Lovin' Life After 50: East Valley - December 2017

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December 2017 | East Valley

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Sound Off Ask Gabby Gayle


Viva Volunteers


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Solid Platform

Arizona retirees find new purpose through community service. Francine Kavanaugh welds her way into art shows.


20 Funny Is Funny

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20 Calendar of Events 26 Embracing Change


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50 Aging Today 51 Legally Speaking 53 My Turn 54 Orthopedics Now


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Editor’s Note American poet Richard Armour wrote, “Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought – first tired of working, then tired of not.” As we started planning this career- and retirement-themed issue of Lovin’ Life After 50, I received so many story ideas about people who found new purposes after retirement as volunteers for various nonprofit organizations and charities. It made me realize that retirement doesn’t have to mean being idle – in fact, it can mean quite the opposite for some people. From educating people about a rare form of cancer to stocking shelves at food banks to becoming foster grandparents, Arizona retirees are finding new ways to stay active and make a difference in their communities. You can read about some of these second-lifers in our feature “Viva

Volunteers.” But retirement isn’t all fun and free time; it requires some careful financial planning, as well. To that end, we asked some leading financial advisors for five tips on how to make the road after retirement as smooth as possible. Their advice is available in our story “Running on Empty?” We’ve also beefed up the entertainment section in this issue, because whether you’re getting ready to retire, raring to volunteer, or just want to relax post-career, the point is to stay active and entertained, and quite simply, to keep on Lovin’ Life.

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Back in the mid-‘50s, Westerns represented a huge chunk of programming on TV. There were dozens of them! But one of my favorites was always The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O’Brian. It went on the air in 1955 and immediately became one of my favorite TV shows. Remember that great theme song? “Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp… brave, courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long live his glory and long may his story be told.” Hugh O’Brian was much more than just another “pretty face” on TV. And his story, beyond his days of TV fame, is bigger than life. Here’s the first part: Hugh’s portrayal of the iconic lawman won him great attention and praise. In fact, it attracted the attention of none other than Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the highly acclaimed theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. Dr. Schweitzer, who had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952, was then living in the jungles of what is now Gabon, Africa, treating the local villagers there for myriad tropical diseases, infections and conditions. And Dr. Schweitzer was interested in one Hugh O’Brian, so he cabled him in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He invited Hugh to visit his clinic in Africa, where he would be warmly welcomed at any time. At this time, Hugh was parlaying his fame from the TV show by starring in a rodeo. But Hugh had been a longtime admirer of Schweitzer and his humanitarian efforts. Within a mere two weeks, Hugh was on his way by commercial air, bush plane


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Sound Off I take issue with the (Sound Off submission) about prisoners getting everything “free.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. While I have never been incarcerated, I volunteered at the women’s prison in Goodyear, AZ for over five years. I helped women upon their release with clothing, food, bus passes and transportation to give them a lift when re-entering a country that views them as less than citizens. Everyone who commits a crime should serve the time given to them. However, life behind bars isn’t a life with “no wants, free everything, three meals a day, etc.” And with a record as a felon, society is less than forgiving when it comes to housing and jobs. Life outside is very difficult, and it is hard for them to establish a stable life. The health care provided to inmates is nearly nonexistent. Yes, there is medical care, yet it is often denied to women, or they are severely misdiagnosed. I know of a number of cases where women died while incarcerated due to denial of medical attention, or they weren’t treated properly. The women are provided one I will never buy in a community with an HOA again! When I purchased my condo in East Mesa, I was told the HOA fees were high because we had gates, pool/spa, rec center, fitness room, water/garbage, and everything outside the unit would be covered, including the roof. Fast forward a few years. The HOA fees have almost doubled, gates are open in the mornings and evenings, no fitness center, rec center is accessed by going to a separate location to pick up a key with a deposit. We pay our own water/garbage and now they want $800 per unit to fix the roofs, otherwise they’re threatening to raise our rates again! And if you don’t like it, oh well, because if you don’t pay it, they’ll put a lien on your house and then they’ll foreclose! That’s how much power we have given them. NEVER AGAIN!!!!

roll of single-ply toilet paper a week and a few feminine hygiene items. They must purchase their own shampoo, toothpaste, extra toilet paper, writing paper and on and on. A TV must be purchased by the inmate – there are no “social rooms” where everyone gathers to kick back in their recliner with a bowl of popcorn and a Pepsi. The yard libraries do have books, many with a single copy of each paperback, many of which are quite old. An inmate is permitted five magazines/books, which must be purchased and sent to them by someone on the “outside.” When released, many women go to halfway houses which charge them $125$150 a week. Keep in mind, they have NO job and a record, so finding a job isn’t an easy task! I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. Life as a senior citizen isn’t a bed of roses; I agree that many suffer with medical costs, medications, food, etc. But let’s not attack a community of people who made mistakes in their lives and are paying for them, will also suffer for many years while inside the walls of the prison and may continue to do so when they are outside of those walls.

I’ve been writing since age 5 and would encourage seniors like myself to engage in writing. As we become older, we may have a number of things which limit our activity; however, I feel writing can still be something we can do at our age. We hold a myriad of life experiences. I was trained as a professional nurse but always wrote as a hobby, having written stories, poetry and two books. I may not be a famous writer or a rich one, but I am a happy one who did what I always wanted to do – write!!! I wish someone would tell Dictator Trump to take that ugly yellow pancake off his head.

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No social media doesn’t mean someone’s a scammer BY GAYLE LAGMAN-CRESWICK Note: The following is a reply to last month’s letter discussing dating sites and scammers.


Dear Gabby Gayle:

Help me understand. “I also look them up on Facebook, and if they have no friends or no photos, they are scamming.” What if someone does not have a Facebook account? As a retired executive who does not engage in or subscribe to social media, or utilize Facebook... does that mean I am a scammer? I do, however, date ladies with no intention or desire to scam them. Being well-respected in the professional community, I find it strange that you find it necessary to utilize social media as a basis to determine who is or is not a scammer. I take exception to “no friends or photos” on Facebook may designate me as a scammer. I generally agree with your answers to the questions you answer. However, perhaps you could have given a little more thought to your answer to Senior and Proud of It regarding dating sites.

Respectfully, Confused


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Sorry to have confused you. Perhaps I should have said, “If they have no friends or no photos on Facebook, they might be scammers!” I have been scammed many times and feel I am somewhat of an authority! By scamming, I am using the term loosely – those I found who were not who they said they were. If you have no Facebook account, you cannot be checked on Facebook. If you are not on Facebook, that does not make you a scammer. I think the most reliable way to check up on a date is to meet for coffee and get to know each other. When I invite them for coffee, I sometimes hear excuses such as “I don’t drive,” “I’ll be busy for the next month,” “I would rather chat,” “I’ll be out of the country for a while,” etc. Sometimes when I invite them for coffee, I do not ever hear from them again! I did not mean to put down dating sites. I have lots of fun meeting people, and some have become good friends. Thanks for writing, and happy hunting!


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Dear Gabby Gayle:

My husband died four years ago, and those have been the longest, unhappiest four years of my life. We were so close and had so much fun together. He went suddenly, and I keep reliving it several times a day. I cannot find any good reason to live. We didn’t have any children because I did not want them. I felt they would take away some of the joy we had together. Now here I am with nothing but a comfortable financial arrangement. Is this all there is?

Signed, A.G.


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Before I say anything else: You need serious counseling, and you need it right away! Please, get an appointment immediately. That said, I suspect you did not have grief counseling after your husband died, and you did not have a chance to work through the grief. Your feelings would be normal after losing a loved one – but not four years later! You are stuck, and professionals can help you. It is good for couples to be close, but it is also important that each has their own friends and hobbies, so that when one goes the other still has their own self intact. Please get help. Let me know how you are doing. Thank you and bless you.






Dear Gabby Gayle:

I have a good tale to tell about dating sites! I had been on a senior site for about a year and was about to get off, when I had a note from a guy who wanted to meet for coffee, and he lived near me. We met and had such a good time. We built a good friendship and then had a romantic courtship, and now we are getting married. I too had been romantically scammed, and it made me suspicious, and then I met John and that all changed. Tell your readers not to give up! You may have to “kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince.”

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thing you know is there won’t be any gas stations along the way.” As founder and CEO of Sensible Money, a Scottsdale-based financial advisory firm, Anspach specializes in retirement planning for folks who are already close to heading off on that trip. In her analogy, the gas is the amount of savings and resources you have as you begin your retirement, and the road ahead is your

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1. Get the insurance.

It’s everyone’s least favorite part of renting a car for a long trip, but opting for comprehensive insurance coverage is an essential part of riding into retirement. “Many people talk about taking early retirement,” Robinson says. “But they forget that, prior to age 65, unless you’re among the very small amount of people whose employer carries their health care benefits into retirement, you’re going to have to go into the private marketplace for health insurance. Once you’re 65, if you don’t mind working with Medicare Advantage, which is like an HMO, there is

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no premium. But if you plan on spending a lot of time outside Arizona, you’re only covered for emergency care. Medicare supplemental programs can carry an annual fee of $2,000 to $3,000 per person.” Robinson also advises retirees to consider how they’ll pay for long-term care should they or their spouse require it further down the road and their assets disqualify them for Medicaid. “Health care expenses are probably the biggest factor that can torpedo even any reasonably well-thought-out retirement plan.”

2. Pack smart.

“Don’t put all your money into pretax 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b) deferred compensation plans,” Robinson says. “Divide it up into after-tax Roth IRAs or Roth 401(k)s. The reason is, a couple may be in a low tax bracket early in retirement, but at some point, usually when they reach their 80s or 90s, there’s going to be a single survivor. And that surviving spouse is now going to be taxed as a single individual, which is when Uncle Sam will start requiring them to take more and more money out of their 401(k) and 403(b) and IRAs whether they need it or not. So we encourage people to diversify their assets.” Be careful about drawing savings from investments, too. “Generally speaking, I believe one should remain flexible through retirement,” Pearce says. “If you’re willing to cut back on drawing from investments in years they are not doing well and during market declines, you can have more flexibility and potentially do better over the long run. For example, in the years the market is down, maybe you don’t take that big vacation and put it off

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“People in retirement go through three stages,” Robinson says. “They progress through what we call the ‘gogo years,’ the ‘slow-go years’ and the ‘nogo years.’ And they spend differently in each of those stages. Research shows that, on average, people spend less on consumable goods as they age but more on medical expenses. And the long-term inflation rate on health care expenses is higher. So it’s critical that people begin to track their expenses.” A good retirement planner can help people cut back on their “go-go” expenses as they move into their “no-go” stage. “Maybe there’s a travel club they signed up for that they’re no longer using,” Robinson says. “Simply by going through their expenses from time to time, people can cut 10 to 20 percent of their spending without affecting their lifestyle.”

4. Check your timing.

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5. Follow the rules of the road.

When it comes to withdrawing funds from various forms of savings, it helps to know the rules to minimize taxes and avoid penalties. “There are many rules and some can be easily avoided,” Pearce says. “For example, a Required Minimum Distribution starting in the year you turn 70½ has a hefty penalty of 50 percent of the amount required to distribute if you fail to do so. Generally speaking, many retirement plans come with an age 59½ requirement for withdrawals to avoid penalties. But there are also many exceptions to that rule.” Keep these tips in mind as you enter retirement and you just may have enough funds to go wherever the journey takes you.

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Jennifer Zuniga: Empowering cancer patients By Marilyn Hawkes

In 2001, Jennifer Zuniga was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, a rare form of cancer that is difficult to detect and receives little attention. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs succumbed to the disease in 2011, bringing it briefly to the forefront. Zuniga, who lives in Tucson, has made it her mission to educate and empower others who have rare tumors. “I’ve attempted to take the lessons I’ve learned based on my early diagnosis, the medical treatment

I’ve received and some of the decisions that I’ve made and impart it to others,” she says. As part of her mission, Zuniga has staged several educational events through volunteer work with the Arizona Carcinoid & Neuroendocrine Foundation (AzCNF). In August, she helped organize a symposium on patient self-advocacy in conjunction with Banner MD Anderson that included medical professionals as well as patients. The events are designed to provide advice to patients on how best to describe their symptoms to medical professionals and find the right health care providers to seek proper treatment. Neuroendocrine tumors are hormoneproducing tumors that can grow in the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, appendix and other locations in the body, causing a full range of effects from gastrointestinal upset and flushing to respiratory distress

about whatever disease they have.” While preparing for an event, Zuniga sometimes spends 30 or more volunteer hours a week registering participants, devising questions for panelists and setting up the venue. She also holds a full-time job as associate director of University of Arizona’s AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program and serves as an AzCNF board member. Zuniga also serves as a mentor and friend to other patients who have been diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, answering questions and providing comfort and support during difficult times. She helps patients navigate the medical maze of cancer, but the overarching Jennifer Zuniga has made it her mission to educate and em- message she wants to drive home power others who have rare tumors. (Photo by Melissa Holland) is: “You’ve got to be your own best advocate.” and heart problems, according to AzCNF. Like most volunteers, Zuniga finds joy Because the symptoms mimic a host of other conditions, neuroendocrine cancer in helping others. “You get so much more than what you ever give,” she says. is often misdiagnosed. When working with neuroendocrine Information can sometimes be hard to cancer patients, Zuniga tries to remember find for those diagnosed with rare cancers, how she felt when she was first diagnosed. as opposed to more commonly diagnosed “Admittedly, no one’s journey is exactly cancers such as breast cancer, Zuniga says. “My goal is trying to engage people who the same, but I hope that I’ve been able have less opportunity for conversation

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in college, and while serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, he trained at to give them both hope and insight into the Department of Defense Information best practices and finding the right pro- School and graduated from the military vider and the right team,” she says. “Even broadcast journalism program. “The last if I help one person and make their path a time I was on air was in 1969 when I was little easier. That’s all I think about.” with the Armed Forces Radio and TeleStu Turgel: A voice for vision Service,” Turgel says. “I originally thought that was the direction my career community service was going to go.” By Leisah Woldoff His friend told him about Radio Phoenix, After his retirement from a 42-year caan Internet-based community radio stareer in the nonprofit sector, Stu Turgel tion, and Turgel went through the station’s wasn’t sure what he should do next. “From the time I retired, I wanted to be very care- training program. “The technology has ful and deliberate about figuring out what changed since 1969 when we used to edit I wanted to do to fill my time,” he says. “I programs on magnetic tape,” he notes. He developed “The Phoenix File,” a allowed myself to be very selective to do weekly news magazine broadcast that the things that I wanted to do and that I features conversations about people, thought would contribute something to programs and issues that make a positive the community.” impact on the quality of life in the Greater His first step after retiring as president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foun- Phoenix area. Most of his guests represent dation of Greater Phoenix in 2013 was to nonprofits. “My passion is to enable orgatake on a multiyear consulting contract nizations to better tell their story,” he says. Turgel records the show from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and says it is the most time-intensive of all his volunteer commitments, taking three to four hours each week, which includes selecting his guests, conducting research and writing his script. The public can listen at radiophoenix.org. He also serves as vice chairman on the board of the Arizona Community Media Foundation, the nonprofit that owns and operates Radio Phoenix; is a board member of DUET, a nonprofit that offers services for older adults, and assists with board governance, marketing and communications; and is a mentor for SCORE, a network of volunteer, expert business mentors. Since “The Phoenix File” debuted Retiree Stu Turgel hosts a weekly program on communitybased station Radio Phoenix. (Photo courtesy Stu Turgel) in October 2016, Turgel has recorded more than 50 shows, which are availwith Dental Lifeline Network, a Denverable online at thephoenixfile.net/podbased nonprofit. He next pursued his first post-retire- casts. “It’s been great fun,” he says. ment volunteer opportunity, with the Talking Book Library, a nonprofit that provides publications in alternate formats to people with visual or physical challenges. He recorded books for the organization years ago in Colorado, but this time around he chose to volunteer as an outreach coordinator, representing the nonprofit at health fairs and other events. As Turgel was considering additional options, a discussion with a friend led him to thinking about his initial career plan – broadcast journalism. “From the time I was a little kid, I was fascinated with radio,” Turgel says. He majored in broadcast journalism

George and Ann Corrigan: IMPACT food bank volunteers By Marilyn Hawkes

When George and Ann Corrigan moved to the Tucson area from Hawaii in January 2016, they wanted to find a volunteer opportunity at a food bank. The couple, both 79, started a food pantry in Hawaii through their church and ran it for seven years. “We really wanted to continue that sort of (volunteer work),” George says. They discovered IMPACT of Southern Arizona, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals and families with much

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all over because I’m so happy to school. “In some ways, we were treated like see them smile,” she says. dirt,” Turner says about her school days. “I needed services, including a food bank, The IMPACT of Southern Arihad friends and learned how to deal with senior program and meals, a community zona food bank serves an averthings, but it did take a toll on me because clothing bank, youth programs, ESL (Eng- age of about 400 different famiof how it was.” lish as a second language) and citizenship lies each month, according to Her own story motivates her desire classes, and resource referrals. the organization’s website. “All to help the students at Catalina The Corrigans, who once owned an Al- of our programs are set up to Ventura School build on their strengths phaGraphics print shop in Chicago, began help people get back on their and passions and get excited about school volunteering in September 2016 at IM- feet and be self-sufficient,” says and learning. Teachers appreciate her, too. PACT’s food bank in Catalina, just north- Keith Marcum, IMPACT’s mar “She is there to support and encourwest of Tucson. They both put in a four- keting manager. age them with anything they need, and hour shift every Monday. For the Corrigans, volunteerthrough her they know that everyone is George serves as a computer volunteer ing at the food bank and also rooting for them,” says Callie Krohn, the and greets clients when they arrive, asking with the SaddleBrooke Rofirst-grade teacher who works with Turner for identification to make sure they’re eli- tary Club keeps them young, in the Foster Grandparents program. “She gible to receive a monthly food box. “But George says. “That’s one of the is a really positive light.” they can come in every day if they wish to reasons we’re doing this.” The benefits of the program go both Ann and George Corrigan at IMPACT’s food bank near Tucson pick up bread and one other item from the But the biggest reward for the (Photo courtesy Keith Marcum of IMPACT of Southern Arizona) ways, Turner says. “Coming to this stage expired table,” he says. Corrigans? “When we’re done… of our lives we [older adults] have a lot After George gives the green light, Ann, there’s a feeling of really accomplishing room across the street from where she that we can offer. Instead of just giving up who works as a customer service volun- something,” George says. “We know we’ve lives. and being retired and looking forward to teer, dispenses the food packages. “We’re made a difference in people’s lives. We just She is part of The Foster Grandparents the next doctor’s appointment, we have a just so glad to hand them the bags of like to give back. It’s a great feeling.” Program, a national program that gives wealth we can give to students.” food,” Ann says. “I get the satisfaction that adults 55 and older the opportunity to She says her first-graders also inspire her I’m helping somebody… It makes me feel Jane Howard Turner: interact with elementary school students own writing of her self-published book seModel foster grandparent good.” in their own community. Arizona’s Fos- ries, The Adventures of Raymond Red Bird. Sometimes on Mondays, the food bank By Tayler Brown ter Grandparents Program is directed The Foster Grandparent program bereceives flowers from a local store, and Ann Through a federally funded program, through Northern Arizona University’s gan nationally in 1965 and has given older distributes them to clients. “The smiles on 70-year-old Jane Howard Turner of Phoe- Civic Service Institute. adults the opportunity to stay involved their faces when I hand them a beautiful nix is sharing her wealth of life experience Turner is one of 132 volunteers in the and active in their communities. “Foster bouquet of flowers just makes me tingle with a younger generation in the class- state who get out of their own backGrandparents, like Jane, bridge the gap yards and devote time each week to serv- between older people and younger stuing as role models and helping Valley el- dents,” says program coordinator Hope ementary school children read, write and Clapp. do math. 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of projects on her plate, including the 12-episode Netflix series A Little Help with Carol Burnett. The original, unscripted comedy stars Burnett and a panel of straight-talking 4- to 8-year-old kids who help “solve” life’s biggest dilemmas. BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI In each half-hour episode, the children will face real-life issues brought before Besides her Comerica Theatre Carol Burnett calls her eponymous show “appointment TV.” Families stayed home appearance, Burnett is anticipating her them by celebrities and everyday people. on Saturday nights to watch her program, TV special, The 50th Anniversary of The They will offer their advice in front of a along with All in the Family, M*A*S*H and Carol Burnett Show. Airing on CBS Sunday, studio audience. The series is slated for a December 3, the two-hour program will 2018 premiere. The Bob Newhart Show. “It is so cute,” Burnett says. “It’s out of the Thanks to YouTube, The Carol Burnett feature stars like Vicki Lawrence, Bill Hader, mouths of babes. They haven’t reached the Lyle Waggoner, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Show is experiencing a resurgence. So point where they censor themselves when she tours with her show, An yet. Some of it is pure gold. They are Evening of Laughter and Reflection, so cute.” she’s amazed at the fans who ask One guest said she was marrying questions during the question-anda man with two young children. She answer portion. wanted to know how to make them “I get audience members from 9 like her. A little boy on the panel to 90,” she says. “It’s a real thrill that answered, “Bribery always works. It the show still holds up.” works for me every time.” An Evening of Laughter and “They’re real kids,” Burnett adds. Reflection – which comes to “They’re not actors.” Comerica Theatre on Sunday, Burnett is still revered, 50 years December 17 – continues one of into her career. During a recent Burnett’s trademark bits. She “bumps appearance on the Emmy Awards, up the lights” and takes random the crowd gave her an extended questions from the audience. standing ovation. Many audience “I used to open my shows with members tugged their ear in honor Q&As,” she says. “I never know what of The Carol Burnett Show. anybody’s going to ask or say. It was “I didn’t see it on stage, but I a little scary at first. If the audience recorded it,” she says. “There were comes prepared, I get some fun people in the audience pulling questions.” their ears. That was really sweet. It Some, however, are downright touched me. I spoke to people like startling. So are her answers. Kaley Cuoco and Tracee Ellis Ross “I’ve told this one before, but it who said they grew up watching The bears repeating,” she says. “Nine or Carol Burnett Show. It’s so flattering 10 years ago, I was in Texas and a woman in the balcony raised her Carol Burnett performs at Comerica Theatre on December 17. (Photo to know these wonderful people watched the show.” hand. She asked, ‘If you could be a courtesy Carol Burnett) At 84, Burnett still loves her career. member of the opposite sex for 24 hours and then pop into being yourself Kristen Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert and There’s no real secret to her longevity, she again, who would you be and what would Martin Short sharing their memories of says. “I just enjoy it,” she says. “I’m still having the program. you do.’” fun and I hope that translates.” “On the special, we show a long clip from She was stumped – and then she the dentist skit that Harvey (Korman) and prayed. “I said, ‘OK Lord. I’m going to open my Tim (Conway) did,” she says. “Tim played a mouth and whatever comes out is going new dentist who was so nervous that he What: Carol Burnett: An Evening of to be your fault.’ I had no idea what I was kept hitting himself with the Novocain. Laughter and Reflection It was brilliant, and the audience was going to say.” When: 7 p.m. Sunday, December 17 Her answer? Osama Bin Laden and she screaming and laughing. That sketch is 45 Where: Comerica Theatre, 400 W. years old. It holds up. would kill herself. Washington Street, Phoenix “People ask me why my show is still “The audience went crazy, laughing and Cost: Tickets start at $88.50 applauding,” Burnett says. “I said under my happening after all these years. My answer Info: 1-800-745-3000, 602-379-2800, breath, ‘Thank you, Lord. That was a pretty is, ‘Funny is funny.’” comericatheatre.com And she’s still funny. Burnett has a slew good answer.’”

Carol Burnett is still hilarious after 50 years.




Entertainment December 1 Friday

Valley Engineering, Science and Technology Club, 11:30 a.m., Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Avenue, Sun City West, $20, reservations required, 623-544-0942, engineersaz.com. Lunch will be followed by a technical presentation by ASU professor Li Liu about the basic concepts of molecular evolution and cancer subclones.

December 2 Saturday

Catholic Daughters’ Court No. 2278 Cookie Walk and Bake Sale, 2 to 6 p.m., Madonna Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 19002 N. 128th Avenue, Sun City West, free admission, charge for baked goods, 623-322-4139. Visitors fill boxes with cookies. Also available are baked goods, cakes and candies. Songsters Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., repeats 2:30 p.m. December 3, Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $7, 480-832-9003. New York State of Mind, 6:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, $150, vosjcc.org/newyork. The event, which honors Jennifer and Steven Schwarz and Kristina Brown, features deli food and hot dogs, street performers, and a Broadway-style show. Proceeds benefit the scholarships and programs of The J. Hillcrest Dance and Social Club, 7 to 9:30 p.m., RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 RH Johnson Boulevard, Sun City West, $4 members, $6 guests, hillcrest.scwclubs.com. Midnight Moon performs. Myron Sommerfeld, 7 to 10 p.m., Falcon Field, 4800 E. Falcon Drive, Mesa, $25, 480-644-2450. Myron Sommerfeld and his seven-piece swingin’ dance band will perform. The Buckeye Valley Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Meeting, 1 p.m., Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Avenue, Buckeye, visit website for membership information, buckeyevalley.arizonadar.org. Caroline Kilgore, a 91-year-old original Rosie the Riveter, will speak about her work.

December 3 Sunday

Songsters Christmas Concert, 2:30 p.m. Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $7, 480-832-9003.

December 4 Monday

Parkinson’s PWR!Moves 2, noon to 1 p.m., repeats December 11 and December 18, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free to J members, $5 for nonmembers, registration required, 480-4817090, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org.

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Calendar of Events Calendar...continued from page 20 Planning Ahead for Social Security, 5:30 p.m., Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, free, registration required, 602-652-3368. Jack Burns from the Social Security Administration will explain how to set up your own account, and how Social Security and Medicare work.

December 5 Tuesday

Parkinson’s Boxing, noon to 12:45 p.m., repeats December 12, December 19 and December 26, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, $50 for J members, $70 nonmembers, registration required, 480-481-7015, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org. This 45-minute class improves stamina, speed, coordination, postural imbalances and encourages deep breathing PWR!Moves 1, noon to 1 p.m., repeats freParkinson’s December 12, 19 and December 26, Valley P wSuneNJCC,December of the 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, wefree N for J members, $5 nonmembers, registration required, 480-481-7090, healthandfitness@vosjcc. weorg.N

Let’s Knit, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in December, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, 480-481-7033. Share the pleasure of knitting and crocheting.

Learn about Arizona State Charitable Tax Credit Options, 1 to 2 p.m., Benevilla Surprise Campus, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free, registration required, 623-584-4999, Benevilla.org. Gary Frisch, CPA with Monheit Frisch Group, is the presenter.

December 6 Wednesday

Let’s Talk Current Events Discussion Group, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. It’s Not Just Lunch, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, $5 suggested donation, registration required, 602492-7670, chani@sosaz.org. East Valley Friends and Neighbors, 9:30 to 11 a.m., repeats first Wednesday each month, Grace United Methodist Church, 2024 E. University, Mesa, free. 480-848-5146, evfanaz.org, evfanaz@gmail. com. A nonreligious and nonpartisan group, East Valley Friends and Neighbors welcomes those who wish to get better acquainted with others and to participate in social and charitable activities. Mistletoe Music Magic Concert with Stan Foster, 7 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $10, 480-832-9003. Understanding the Gallbladder, noon, Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, free, registration required, 1-877-924-9355, mvmedicalcenter.org.

December 7 Thursday

Sun Lakes Chorale Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Sun

Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, $10, 480-883-6997. The annual concert consists of traditional carols and contemporary arrangements of other holiday music. Ostomy Support Group Holiday Party, 2 p.m., Banner Boswell Medical Center, 13180 N. 103rd Drive, Sun City, free, 623-582-2446. Parkinson’s PWR!Circuit 3, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free to J members, $5 nonmembers, registration required, 480-481-7090, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org. This class includes PWR!Moves 1 & 2 movements for a more advanced workout with instructor-guided exercise stations to improve cardio, strength, agility, coordination and balance. Participants must be able to walk 150 feet on their own with or without a cane or walker. Let’s Be Strong & Single, 10 to 11 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, registration required, 480-481-7022, harrietc@ vosjcc.org. This workshop helps recently divorced or widowed women find the confidence to begin the next chapter of their lives. Merry Makers Ballroom Dance with Route 66 Trio, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Las Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa, $7 members, $8 nonmembers, 480-654-1994, dancemm.com. The Colors of Christmas, 8 p.m., Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, $40-$85, 1-800-946-4452, wingilariver. com. Stars Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley.

32nd Street, Phoenix, $78-$138, 602-267-1600, ext. 1, celebritytheatre.com.

December 8 Friday

Parkinson’s Support Group, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 602-4063840. Those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers meet and share resources and support. Each month features a guest speaker and time for discussion. Facilitated by Patty Hatton, CTRS, from the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Holiday Dinner Dance, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Chandler Community Center, 275 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler, $5 residents, $7 nonresidents, preregistration required, 480-782-2720, chandleraz.gov/senior-adults. Those 55 and older can enjoy live music, pictures with Santa and a turkey dinner. Sun City Christian Women’s Club Brunch, 9 a.m., Sun City Country Club, 9433 N. 107th Avenue, Sun City, $15, 623-414-1451, 623-776-6155, mwholick@ gmail.com. Billie Cash is the guest speaker, while Santa’s “daughter,” Crystal Claus, will perform.

December 9 Saturday

Hillcrest Dance and Social Club, 7 to 9:30 p.m., RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 RH Johnson Boulevard, Sun City West, $4 members, $6 guests, hillcrest. scwclubs.com. The Breeze performs during this semiformal event. Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 9:30 a.m., Sunland Village

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Calendar of Events Calendar...continued from page 21 Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $5 at the door, 480-832-9003. Sonoran Desert Chorale’s Desert Voices of Christmas, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa, $18, $15 for seniors and students in advance, $20 and $18 at the door, 480-305-4538, sonorandesertchorale. org. Familiar carols, a new “Gloria” that features two of the finest organs in the Valley, and joyful voices lifted in songs of the season fill the second concert of the chorale’s 24th season. Myron Sommerfeld, 10 a.m. to noon, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, free, 480-644-6500. Myron Sommerfeld and his seven-piece swing band perform. Citrus Gardens Country Store, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Citrus Gardens Mobile Home Park, South Hall, 4065 E. University Drive, Mesa, free, 480-218-4421.

December 10 Sunday

Sonoran Desert Chorale’s Desert Voices of Christmas, 3 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, $18 adults, $15 for seniors, in advance, $20 and $18 at the door, 480-305-4538, sonorandesertchorale. org. Familiar carols, a new “Gloria” that features two of the finest organs in the Valley, and joyful voices lifted in songs of the season fill the second concert of the chorale’s 24th season. Holiday Boutique & Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free admission, 480-483-7121, vosjcc.org. Get the perfect gifts for friends and family at The J’s Holiday Boutique & Fair. Kids’ cookie decorating and edible dreidels for Hanukkah. Ronnie Milsap, 7 p.m., Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, $40-$90, 1-800-946-4452, wingilariver.com. Scottsdale Philharmonic Holiday Concert, 4 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $5-$10, 480-499-8587,


scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Enjoy a holiday concert with traditional holiday classical pieces presented by the Scottsdale Philharmonic.

Las Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa, $7 members, $8 nonmembers, 480-654-1994, dancemm.com.

Memory Arts Bistro: Larry’s Ukuladies, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, Benevilla, Hellen and John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free, reservations required, 623584-4999.

Benevilla Memory Arts Bistro: Interactive Ukulele Group, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Birt’s Bistro on the Benevilla Surprise Campus, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free, registration required, 623-5844999, Benevilla.org. This is a fun afternoon for those with dementia, their caregivers and their families.

December 11 Monday

Diabetes Support Group, 3 p.m., Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, free, registration required, 1-877-924-9355, mvmedicalcenter.org.

Phoenix Tinnitus Support Group, 1 p.m., MassMutual of Greater Phoenix, 60 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Building 60, Suite 610, Tempe, free, 602228-3609.

Sun Lakes Democratic Club’s Holiday Party, 7 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 E. Sun Lakes Boulevard North, Sun Lakes, free, 480-200-3322.

The Future of Hip and Knee Replacements, noon, Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, free, registration required, 1-877-9249355, mvmedicalcenter.org.

Diabetes Support Group, 3 p.m., Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, free, registration required, 1-877-924-9355, mvmedicalcenter.org.

December 15 Friday

December 12 Tuesday Happy Hanukkah!

Caregivers Facing Change: How to Remain Independent and Where to Start, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Benevilla Surprise Campus, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free, registration required, 623584-4999, beneville.org. Ostomy Support Group Holiday Party, 6 p.m., Elite Home Healthcare Services, 2140 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, free, 602-246-8221.

December 13 Wednesday

Business & Professionals Groups’ Hanukkah Party: Dreidels and Drinks, 5:30 p.m., Goodmans Interior Structures, 1400 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, $18 professionals, $10 students, registration required by December 12, jewishphoenix.org/dnd. Tickets include appetizers, cocktails and participation in a dreidel tournament. Caregiver Support Group, 2:30 p.m., Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, free, registration required, 1-877-924-9355, mvmedicalcenter.org.

December 14 Thursday

Merrymakers Ballroom Dance with DK Orchestra, 7 to 9:30 p.m., repeats December 28,


The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Tour, 8 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, $63-$96, 602-267-1600, ext. 1, celebritytheatre.com.

December 16 Saturday

Hillcrest Dance and Social Club, 7 to 9:30 p.m., RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 RH Johnson Boulevard, Sun City West, $4 members, $6 guests, hillcrest. scwclubs.com. Swing Memories Big Band performs. Karaoke Night, 6 to 9 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $2 at the door, 480-832-9003. Ahwatukee Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ahwatukee Plaza, 5031 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee, free admission, 520-578-5142, 520-481-8001, artattackaz@gmail.com. Artists from Phoenix and Tucson present unique and handmade items from various mediums – paintings, jewelry, clothing, beading, photography, woodwork, metal art and home décor.

December 17 Sunday

Ahwatukee Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ahwatukee Plaza, 5031 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee, free admission, 520-578-5142, 520-481-8001, artattackaz@gmail.com. Artists from Phoenix and Tucson present unique and handmade items from various mediums – paintings, jewelry, clothing, beading, photography, woodwork, metal art and home décor.

Motown Magic Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, $15-$30, 1-800-946-4452, wingilariver.com.

December 18 Monday

Let’s Retire, 11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, registration required, 480-481-7033, harrietc@ vosjcc.org. Join David Cohn, retired business owner and investment banker, as he shares his wealth of knowledge for finding your passion in giving back and planning for a rewarding retirement.

December 19 Tuesday

Let’s Appreciate Art, 11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. Share the world of art with docents from the Phoenix Art Museum. This month, explore Fabergé Imperial Eggs: Czarina Marie.

December 20 Wednesday

Stroke Support Group, 2 p.m., Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, free, registration required, 1-877-924-9355.

December 21 Thursday

Merrymakers Ballroom Dance with Swing Memories Big Band, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Las Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa, $7 members, $8 nonmembers, 480-654-1994, dancemm.com. Ostomy Support Group Holiday Party, 12:30 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, free, 623-580-4120.

December 22 Friday

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party, 8 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $39-$69, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Myron Sommerfeld, 7 to 10 p.m., Venture Out, 5003 E. Main Street, Mesa, $8, 480-832-9000. Myron Sommerfeld and his seven-piece swingin’ band perform.

December 23 Saturday

Hillcrest Dance and Social Club, 7 to 9:30 p.m., RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 RH Johnson Boulevard,

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December 24 Sunday Merry Christmas Eve!

December 25 Monday Merry Christmas!

December 26 Tuesday

Sing-a-Long-a Grease, various times, through December 30, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 2, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $17, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. This is a fully interactive screening of the classic film with subtitled lyrics.

December 27 Wednesday

Sing-a-Long-a Grease, various times, through December 30, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 2, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $17, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. This is a fully interactive screening of the classic film with subtitled lyrics.

December 28 Thursday

Sing-a-Long-a Grease, various times, through December 30, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 2, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $17, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. This is a fully interactive screening of the classic film with subtitled lyrics.

December 29 Friday

Sing-a-Long-a Grease, various times, through December 30, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 2, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $17, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. This is a fully interactive screening of the classic film with subtitled lyrics.

December 30 Saturday

Hillcrest Dance and Social Club, 7 to 9:30 p.m., RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 RH Johnson Boulevard, Sun City West, $4 members, $6 guests, hillcrest. scwclubs.com. Bobby Freeman and Charlene perform during the semiformal New Year’s dance. Sing-a-Long-a Grease, various times, through December 30, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 2, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $17, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org. This is a fully interactive screening of the classic film with subtitled lyrics.

Holiday Greetings to our friends and neighbors. Each year we look forward to reconnecting with families we served throughout past years. There are many timeless traditions that keep us connected to one another. We hope that you enjoy each celebration and tradition with a renewed appreciation for those around you.

Happy Holidays,

—The Staff at Melcher Mortuary Mission Chapel

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National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade, 9 a.m., Central Phoenix, free, $25 for bleacher seating, fiestabowl.org. Coyotes great Shane Doan serves as grand marshal.

December 31 Sunday

New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance, 6 p.m. to midnight, Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $45 in advance, reserved seating, 480-832-9003. The Rich Howard Band performs. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 4 and 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, $39$115, 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org. End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony and conductor Stuart Chafetz for the most popular New Year’s Eve Celebration in Arizona. Enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites all with a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the New Year.

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Embracing Change

‘Menopause the Musical’ star calls the comedy a ‘rollicking good time.’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI When Megan Cavanagh joined the cast of Menopause the Musical in 2004, she thought it would be a quick six-week run. Fast forward to 2017, and the actress is still hitting stages as Earth Mother in the comedy musical. “I have a blast,” says Cavanagh, who

starred as Marla Hooch in the film A League of Their Own. “I’ve been doing this show since 2004. If I wasn’t having fun, I wouldn’t still be doing it. The gals I work with are lovely. I love them all. I’ve been to every single state in the U.S. with this show, except Alaska and Hawaii. It’s a rollicking good time.”


Menopause the Musical hits the stage at Mesa Arts Center this month. (Photo by G Four Productions)

Cavanagh and the cast are bringing are “redefining themselves.” They know Menopause the Musical to the Mesa Arts what it’s like to be fabulous and they HealthSouth East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Center stage Wednesday, December 20, can remain so, whether they’re having specializes in comprehensive rehabilitation for many conditions such as neurological impairments to Sunday, December 31. children or periods or not. resulting from an illness, accident or surgery. Set in a Bloomingdale’s, the musical “Just because I’m not having children, Neuro conditions we provide intensive therapy follows four women who meet in a it doesn’t make me any less of a woman,” programs for using advanced technologies and lingerie department and poke fun at she adds. “There is a consciousness expert care include: their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, that is developing. Look at the (Harvey) • Brain injury • Spinal cord injury mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and Weinstein scandal. Women are rising. • Multiple sclerosis • Stroke chocolate binges. “We are wonderful, creative, amazing bilitation Hospital • Parkinson’s disease • Trauma “These women don’t have names, ” people, and we want to be treated with rehabilitation for Cavanagh says. “There’s a professional respect, right? This is the menopause cry. rological To impairments help patients regain independence, they receive woman, a soap star, earth mother and a The women over 50 are saying, ‘We are dent or surgery. their own neurorehabilitation team and a personalized housewife. They meet at a lingerie table fabulous, and we deserve respect. We’re ntensiveprogram therapyto improve motor skills, cognition, balance, and realize they’re all going through going to live our lives to the fullest until memory, technologies anddaily living tasks and language skills. different forms of menopause. They bond we’re not here anymore.’” over that.” Cavanagh, who splits her time between Learn more about our neurorehabilitation The group sings nearly 26 songs that Los Angeles and her hometown of • Spinal cord injuryby calling 480 567-0350 or program are parodies of hits. For example, “Chain Chicago, says she considers the audience • Stroke visiting healthsoutheastvalley.com of Fools” becomes “Change, Change, to be “the fifth girlfriend at the show.” • Trauma Change” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” “I’ve had women come up to me after is reimagined to “My Husband Sleeps the show and say, ‘I’m a bit of you, and ndence, they receive Tonight.” some of you,’” she explains. team and a personalized “It’s really a good time,” she says. “It will “They really see themselves in it. That’s lls, cognition, balance, make your cheeks hurt from laughing. just lovely. That’s what theater should These days, we need that.” be doing. It’s an experiential event that 5652 E. Baseline Road • Mesa, AZ 85206 d language skills. The humor is something Cavanagh people are relating to. That’s what theater ©2016:HealthSouth Corporation:1275497-02 appreciated when she joined the cast. is.” neurorehabilitation However, now that she’s gone through 0 567-0350 or menopause, the mood is slightly stvalley.com different. “I understand the audience’s What: Menopause the Musical reaction more, now that I’m in it,” she says. When: Various times Wednesday, “At the time, I was astounded by the crazy December 20 to Sunday, December reaction to the show. 31 “In 2004, too, I don’t think women Where: Mesa Arts Center’s Piper were talking about menopause. They Repertory Theater, 1 E. Main Street, were living it alone, not realizing what Mesa their bodies were going through. A lot of Cost: $46-$66 5206 5652 E. Baseline Road • Mesa, AZ 85206 women thought they were going crazy. Info: 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter. But, no – we’re all in this together.” ©2016:HealthSouth Corporation:1275497-02 ©2016:HealthSouth Corporation:1275497-02 com These days, Cavanagh adds, women







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Time to put on your thinking caps. BY KENNETH LAFAVE Think “December,” and “Christmas” inevitably shows up. The old Christmas holiday began Christmas Eve and lasted for 12 days (think of the song), concluding January 5 (think of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night), followed January 6 by Epiphany, when the three wise men were said to have appeared and recognized Jesus as king. All that has long been swept away by the secular Christmas, which starts on Halloween and ends promptly the morning of December 25, with everyone exhausted by the whole affair. Christmas brings productions of Nutcracker and performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” both of which premiered at Easter in their respective years. “Messiah” transferred to Christmas during Handel’s lifetime, making the old man quite rich from its London performances. Handel noticed, however, that London’s considerable Jewish community didn’t attend, for obvious reasons, and so he composed another work, “Jephtha,” a retold Old Testament story, which made him even richer. Never let it be said that classical composers weren’t also good businessmen. Hanukkah this year starts December 12 and ends December 20. It varies from year to year because the Hebrew calendar differs from the secular calendar. A list of movies released in December would run to several volumes, as the holidays make this month one of the most popular

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for new theater releases. But December has its less joyful moments as well. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, triggering the USA’s involvement in World War II. On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment. And it was on December 15, 1944, that Glenn Miller and his band disappeared from the skies over the English Channel. The supergroup of its day was returning to England from entertaining the troops in France. To this day, no one knows what happened and no wreckage has been found. It’s a good month for musicians to be born. Ludwig van Beethoven, Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison, Donna Summer, Bo Diddley, John Denver and Dave Brubeck were born in December. It’s not bad for actors, either: Denzel Washington, Mary Tyler Moore, Maggie Smith, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Kim Basinger and Val Kilmer all have December birthdays. December ends not with a whimper but with the bang of “Happy New Year!” How much do you know about New Year’s?

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Tinseltown Talks

The rollercoaster life of Connie Francis BY NICK THOMAS The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense of humor. “It never failed me and kept me going,” she says from her home in Parkland, Florida. “From the age of 10, I worked on TV with many comedians like Don Rickles and developed a sense of humor.” While her professional breakthrough came in the late 1950s, it was soon tempered in the early ‘60s when her father thwarted any chance of a lasting relationship with the love of her life, singer Bobby Darin. But the ‘70s and ‘80s were especially devastating. Her brother was killed by mob hitmen, she was raped, she lost her voice and required years to recuperate, and she was diagnosed with

manic depression. Along the way, there was also a miscarriage and four failed marriages. “I tried to see humor in everything, even when I was in a mental institution. But I have to say, the support of the public has also been incredibly uplifting. They saw me through the best and worst of times and never stopped writing from around the world to encourage me.” The ups and downs of her life are detailed in a new autobiography, Among my Souvenirs: The Real Story, Volume 1, due for release on December 12 – her 80th birthday (some sources give her birth date as 1938 but, she states emphatically, “I was born in 1937”). She says writing the book “was an enormous amount of work – a real rollercoaster ride. One day I’d be laughing hysterically and the next be hysterical with tears.”


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Connie Francis (far left) on the set of Where the Boys Are (Photo courtesy MGM)

After making a series of unsuccessful singles in the ‘50s, she recorded “Who’s Sorry Now?,” a song her father had nagged her to record. The song rocketed up the charts, and by the end of 1958, Billboard and others named Connie Francis the number one female vocalist in the country. A string of hits followed into the early 1960s, including “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” and “Heartaches by the Number.” Hollywood soon came calling to cash in on her fame. MGM placed her in 1960’s Where the Boys Are (she also sang the hit title Connie Francis and the lost love of her life, Bobby Darin song). But Francis never caught (Photo courtesy Connie Francis) the acting bug. “I just didn’t feel comfortable, as though I didn’t belong her fans. But she also has since found time to support many worthwhile causes there,” she admits. By 1965, her final film, When the Boys and campaigned for mental health Meet the Girls, was released. “I was so awareness and for victims of violent crime. And since her 1967 trip to Vietnam pleased it was my last one,” she says. Battling back from the tragedies of her to entertain the troops, she has remained life established Francis as a true hero to especially close to the military veterans she calls “the real heroes.” Happily living now in Florida for some 20 years (her home was spared damage from devastating hurricane Irma), she is now retired from performing. “I no longer do concerts because I just can’t sing as well as I used to,” she says. “I would never want to disappoint the fans who have been so good to me throughout my life.” Francis at home today in Florida (Photo courtesy Connie Francis)




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Mannheim Steamroller brings a little ‘Fresh Aire’ to holiday tour. BY ALAN SCULLEY Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and its career-making series of Fresh Aire albums can ring in the season with a special surprise. Two different Mannheim Steamroller ensembles are crisscrossing the country on the annual holiday tour, playing some 80 cities combined. In addition to Christmas music from the half dozen Mannheim holiday albums, the show will feature something extra for Fresh Aire fans, according to the group’s founder and songwriter, Chip Davis. “I’ve added in some more Fresh Aire,” Davis says. “We’re getting a lot of requests from the fans because we don’t do Fresh Aire tours. And they’ve been saying could you add some to the Christmas show? A third of the show is probably Fresh Aire sprinkled around throughout different parts.” The same fans will also want to keep an eye out for the release of Exotic Spaces,

the new Mannheim Steamroller album planned for release in March. “I didn’t call (Exotic Spaces) Fresh Aire 9 because most composers, when they’ve written a ninth symphony, usually die right after that,” Davis says with a chuckle. “Like Beethoven – the guy’s like ‘Nine symphonies, bye.’” Davis, obviously, is very much alive and well. He celebrated his 70th birthday in September with a barbecue attended by nearly 100 of his best friends and family. Far from slowing down, he’s looking at a particularly busy winter with his Christmas tour. The enduring career of Mannheim Steamroller didn’t begin with Christmas music, but rather with the release in 1975 of the first Fresh Aire album. Combining classical music and pop, and using orchestral instruments and synthesizers and other synthetic tones, Fresh Aire helped usher in the New Age music genre. Between 1975 and 2000, Davis released

Mannheim Steamroller will breeze into the Valley with something special for Fresh Aire fans. (Photo by Matt Christine Photography)

eight Mannheim Steamroller Fresh Aire albums, which enjoyed major popularity considering they were marketed in a niche genre. But today Davis and Mannheim Steamroller are best known for Christmas music. Davis entered the holiday fray with the 1984 album Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, at a time when such seasonal albums were largely seen as something artists released when they were on the

downside of their careers. Instead, that first Christmas album became a huge hit, selling five million copies, and Mannheim Steamroller has become the best-selling Christmas act, with combined sales of more than 28 million albums. After this year’s holiday season, Davis will return Mannheim Steamroller to its Fresh Aire roots with Exotic Spaces. The

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Mannheim...continued from page 30 unique album features songs that were inspired by famous – and exotic – sites, such as Egypt’s Pyramids and the Taj Mahal. Modern technology played a key role in helping Davis realize his vision for Exotic Spaces. “Really it would almost have been impossible or extremely difficult to do if it were not for today’s virtual instruments,” he says. “Like some of the crazy instruments, ancient Egyptian instruments, I have access to this stuff now through… different programs. “So (in) Exotic Spaces, when I’m doing (the song) ‘Pyramids,’ I’m using a lot of (computer-created) ancient Egyptian instruments, then partway through, Steamroller kicks in and starts driving it. The same deal with ‘Taj Mahal.’ I’m using like sitars and things for ‘Taj Mahal’ and once again ‘Mannheim’ it.” In addition to his musical projects, Davis has co-authored with writer Mark Valenti a book trilogy aimed toward kids and young adults inspired by a timber wolf and horse he has on his 150-acre property near Omaha, Nebraska. Davis, who has written several children’s books, hopes the trilogy will hit stores sometime next year. “The thing that inspired it was watching them play together, and they’re not supposed to do that. But they grew up together, since they were 8 weeks old,” Davis says. “They race back and forth. It got me thinking, because I can see them from my sitting room. I was like, ‘I wonder what’s going through their minds?’ So we started making up stories of what we thought was going through their minds. That was the inspiration for it.”


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Rogers Tom Jones with the Motown Blossoms

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Exploring Milan, the City of Now BY ED BOITANO

Photographs by Deb Roskamp

I had never seen so many tall and sleek model types in my life. I watched with fascination as they rushed through Milan’s Piazza del Duomo (“Cathedral Square”) for an unknown rendezvous or appointment, dressed in the latest fashion. It was also the first time I had paid $16 for a caffé latte, but it was well worth the price for a front-row table facing the magnificent Piazza. At the other end of the square loomed the iconic symbol of Milan: the Duomo di Milano. Occupying an entire city block, the Lombard Gothic-style cathedral glistened in evening light, with its façade of pinkveined white Candoglia marble. Adorned with 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures, the cathedral took more than 500 years to complete and is the third-largest cathedral in the world. I could just catch a glimpse of the rooftop terrace with the gold-colored statue of the Madonnina, perched on the Duomo’s highest spire. I proclaimed then and there it was the most beautiful cathedral I had ever seen. I

Interior of the Duomo di Milano


read in a guidebook that there’s an elevator to the top, but you can also walk up the stairs in an average time of 10 to 15 minutes. I challenged myself to do it in under 10. But first, the night stretched out before me, and it was time to explore the pulsating city of Milan.

The Next Day

After a filling lunch of the Milanese specialties osso buco – a cross-cut veal shank with a bone marrow hole at its center, served with the traditional side dish of risotto alla Milanese with saffron – I took another look at my guidebook. I read that Milan is an important railway hub, which many tourists use as a starting point for journeys to more ancient Italian towns with Roman ruins and medieval cobblestone streets. That is not Milan. The fashion capital of the world focuses on experiencing the moment. Milan embodies the Italian notion of la bella figura: behaving well and looking good doing it. With a population of 1,357,599, Milan is also the banking capital of Italy, and I noticed numerous urban areas in the process of rebuilding. As I strolled to the Duomo, I remembered last night’s outing to the famous Navigli, a canallaced area left over from a system of waterways that once connected Milan with Lake Como and the Adriatic Sea. The innovative system of locks was designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in the late 15th century. One of the canals actually stopped directly in front of the Duomo, transporting the Candoglia marble from quarries in Lake Maggiore. Da Vinci spent 17 years in Milan. His fresco of “The Last Supper” is on view at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. 1:02 PM: Soon I arrived at the darkened entryway of the Duomo. Before me


The Duomo di Milano’s construction took more than 500 years to complete.

beckoned the high steps to the terrace. I gave the elevator a second look, then began my ascent up the stairway. Worn smooth by centuries of other pilgrims, the staircase seemed an easy task. A young family was leisurely walking up the steps before me, so I lessened my pace rather than rush by them and ruin their experience. I decided to take a short break by an open window overlooking the square I could just make out the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Arcade, named for the first king of Italy in 1900 after the unification of the Italian States. The famous passageway through the arcade was where the likes of Toscanini, Verdi and Maria Callas would stroll after a performance at nearby Teatro alla Scala. 1:06 PM: I took another look at my watch and realized I had some serious time to make up. I charged up the steps, this time passing the group before me. Another 100 steps on, I began to falter. Did the guidebook say anything about the effect of the altitude? And why did I have such a big lunch? Disappointed in myself, I needed another reprieve. I caught my breath before another open window, where I could see the entrance to the Duomo’s interior. There was no line, unlike the one I stood in earlier in the day. As expected, the interior of the cathedral was beautiful, consisting of a nave with four side aisles, crossed by a transept, then followed by an apse. Above the apse there is a small illuminated red light bulb. This marks the spot where allegedly one of the three nails of Jesus’ crucifixion was placed, believed to be retrieved by Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, after a religious tour of Jerusalem. She is regarded as the one who converted Constantine to Christianity, who in turn Christianized the

Roman Empire. Once a year, the nail is presented in a wooden basket for viewing. 1:11 PM: OK, no more time for breaks. I needed to make up some serious time, with about one minute left to make it to the terrace. My legs felt as heavy as Candoglia marble. Taking deep breaths, I remembered my wife begging me not to let my health club membership expire. I was soon met with glorious daylight, 30 seconds ahead of schedule. But somehow it wasn’t what I had expected. Where was the statue of the Madonnina and the flying buttresses? A guide noticed my confusion and informed me there were still more steps to the terrace, just around the corner. I hurried to the base of the final stairway. A tourist gave me a quizzical look. I shouted over my shoulder, “I’m on a mission.” The tourist replied, “This is the Duomo, not a Mission.” Adrenalin kicked in, and I began to ascend the final stairs. 1:12 PM: With just seconds left of my allotted 10 minutes, I made it victoriously to the terrace. Although there were no medals or applause, my reward was more stunning than anything I could ever have imagined: I had just ascended to heaven. Before me was a fairy tale array of openwork pinnacles and spires, set upon delicate flying buttresses. And yes, there was the glorious Madonnina, towering above me. The other tourists on the terrace were serene and respectful, only adding to this otherworldly experience. I walked to the ledge for the angelic view before me. It was a picture-perfect day with spectacular vistas of the city and the snowcapped Swiss Alps in the distance. There was still much to see and do in Milan. But for the moment, I was in no hurry. For further information about travel to Milan, visit turismo.milano.it.



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you can play games so they can learn the American way,” the classroom teacher said. I opened the text. “Charlie Chaplin was born in...” A student sneezed. “Bless you,” I said. “Charlie Chaplin was born in Bless You,” 35 voices said loudly. We generally worked on lesson plans until dinner, after which we shared experiences with teammates or took walks around the hotel. Toddlers – usually barefooted and always bare-bottomed – played with tiny trikes and cars, which

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Gabriel Garfio bought Sunnyside with his parents when he was 19.

Sunnyside owner Gabriel Garfio wants guests to enjoy wholesome meals and stellar service.

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Sunnyside is rising thanks to Benedicts, Bloody Marys. BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

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Inspired by his grandfather, Gabriel Garfio has always been fascinated with food – sometimes much to his parents’ chagrin. “When I was 5 or 7, my parents owned a small German bakery in California,” Garfio says. “My grandpa was one of the bakers. I would sneak off at 2 in the morning when he was going to work. I told him

my parents said it was fine. Then he’d get a phone call asking where I was. I just needed to go in and see the kitchen.” Garfio, now 24, serves as executive chef at Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge, near Power and McDowell roads, in northeast Mesa. He and his parents bought the restaurant, the former home of The Egg and I Café, when he was 19. Garfio came up with the name and the concept; he designed the creative menu as a student at Johnson and Wales

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University in Colorado. The location was scouted by Garfio’s parents, but the chef previously went mountain biking in a park behind the Las Sendas neighborhood. The bright eatery has an open-kitchen concept, something the former occupant lacked, he says. Paintings grace the walls, and the staff can be overheard making smoothies and chatting about ingredients as guests sit at a bar. “We want an ambiance that invites guests to eat a good, wholesome meal and have good service,” Garfio says. Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge specializes in eggs Benedict, ranging in price from $10.89 to $11.89, and topped with items like avocado, chorizo, crab cakes and salmon. Its menu runs deep. Also for breakfast, there are Latin dishes like Savory Sonoran Crêpes ($11.89) or Mom’s Recipe Chilaquiles ($11.89). Savory omelets are popular dishes as well, especially the Chile Verde Omelette ($11.59) and the Rocky Point Omelet ($11.59). The “Sweet Cravings” menu is worth the trip: Brave Banana ($10.49) features pancakes layered with creamy banana custard, topped with Nutella, fresh bananas and walnuts. A similar dish is Banana Nutella Crêpes ($10.49). A graduate of EVIT and Highland High School, Garfio serves the standards as well: biscuits and gravy ($10.79), chicken fried steak ($11.89) and corned beef hash

($11.89). Burgers, BLT, lox and cheese, salads and gluten-free offerings round out the menu. Breakfast and lunch pair well with the Sunnyside Bloody Mary ($7) or The Perfect Paloma (Patron silver tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, lime and Champagne ($17). And day-drinking goes respectable with the “Classy Champagne,” the “Modest Mimosa,” plus screwdrivers and beer. Garfio isn’t done creating just yet. “We’re coming up with different seasonal specials,” he says. “We take seasonal items and use them in different ways people haven’t seen before.” An avid gardener, he has his sights set on farm-to-table offerings. “I want to take that approach and have a garden to cultivate fruits and vegetables,” he says. “There is so much negativity about produce and the meat industry. I figured if I could do it myself, I’ll be better off.” Garfio explains he would be nowhere without his staff, whom he puts “on a pedestal.” “They make Sunnyside successful, with lines out the doors,” he says. The service extends to his family, like his grandfather, who relocated to Rocky Point. “His first stop is always Sunnyside,” Garfio says. “He catches me by surprise, but I give him personal service and make him creative dishes that aren’t on the menu. It’s the least I can do for (him) pushing me through my career.”

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What’s Cooking?

Mark Curtis and Grandma’s Brisket


BY JAN D’ATRI Television news anchors don’t often get a chance to share their home lives. But during the holidays, all of that changes. At Channel 12 where I work, I’ve had a chance to enjoy Kent Dana’s Famous Fudge, Jineane Ford’s Pumpkin Dip and Lin Sue Cooney’s amazing English Toffee – all best-loved recipes they share during this time of the year. Mark Curtis has been added to my “all time favorite recipes” list with his holiday tradition, Grandma Suzy’s Brisket, a fall-apart, forktender spice- and coffee-soaked brisket that Mark and his kids get treated to only three times a year. Suzy is actually the grandma of Mark’s wife, Abby. Here Abby shares why this recipe is a winner: “A lot of popular brisket recipes use onion soup mix, but I find that it makes the meat and vegetables very salty. The coffee is wonderful because it tones down the saltiness, adds a rich flavor when it’s mixed in with ketchup, and the coffee also tenderizes the brisket.” This is the most popular time of the year for brisket, and many of you will be enjoying it as Hanukkah begins or for your Christmas dinner. Besides this brisket cooking up tender and flavorful,

Grandma Suzy’s Brisket

Ingredients: • 3-4 lb (first cut) trimmed brisket • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 sweet yellow onions, sliced in rounds • 1 1/2 cups fresh-brewed strong coffee • 1 1/2 cups ketchup • 3-4 tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon pepper • 2 cups baby carrots • 8 mini potatoes Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Season brisket by patting and rubbing Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides of brisket. Sprinkle both sides


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with garlic powder and pepper. Drizzle olive oil into Dutch Oven, roasting pan or large oven-safe skillet. On high heat, brown brisket on both sides, about two minutes per side. Remove brisket. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook onions with drippings until just softened, about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk together coffee and ketchup. Remove the onions or move them to one side of the pan. Return the brisket to the Dutch oven fat side up and arrange the onions over the brisket. Add carrots and mini potatoes. Pour the coffee and ketchup mixture over the brisket. Cook for 2 1/2 hours or until tender, basting occasionally. Slice the brisket and smother it with the onions, carrots, potatoes and gravy.



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After 20 years, family-owned retro eatery Chase’s Diner still feels fresh and new.

Every square inch of Chase’s mimics a vintage Silk City Diner.


Photo by Kimberly Carrillo

Walking into Chase’s Diner is like stepping out of a DeLorean outfitted with a flux capacitor, or some other kind of time machine. Every square inch of the place mimics a vintage Silk City Diner, from the black-and-white checkered flooring to

boomerang patterned Formica tables and glittery red vinyl chairs. The curved ceiling is stainless, and there’s a Seeburg 100 WallO-Matic tabletop jukebox at every booth. All that’s missing is George McFly in his starched shirt and Buddy Holly glasses. Look closer and you’ll spot the anachronisms. An autographed image of white-

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chopped, resulting in random pieces of cornflake-like skin floating in a sea of thick sausage gravy. The soul of the dish melts away with those crunchy bits. Served on a yeasty hoagie roll, the Messy Meatball Bomber is a dead ringer for the hearty Italian sammies my mom and her best friend dished up at holiday potluck dinners in my childhood. The beef meatballs are as dense and juicy as Mom’s, redolent with the scent of oregano and basil (her secret was flavored Progresso bread crumbs). They’re even better, though, thanks to Chase’s bright and mild red sauce. It’s a refreshing deviation from the murky, overcooked marinara found at most roadside diners. Besides dessert (hang on, we’ll get there!), Chef James’ green chili pork is one of the diner’s best-kept secrets. Served in a burrito, on a skillet or atop the cleverly named “It’s a Dry Heat” burger, it boasts a delectable earthy flavor. One word of caution: The menu’s crimson, ALL-CAPS warning about heat is no joke. One minute after biting into the burger, my tongue felt like it had been stung by a scorpion. Those who can stand the Scoville units will happily polish off the pork like a kid with a bowl of Lucky Charms. If not, Chase’s desserts are a quick fix for burning mouths. Calm the capsaicin with a giant slice of homemade carrot cake or warm, comforting bread pudding. The latter is spongy and compact, with a heady cinnamon scent and strong nutmeg undertone. It’s a tad dry without crème anglaise, but enjoyable when heated and slathered with vanilla bean ice cream. The decadent cream cheese frosting of the carrot cake needs no such extras. The cake layers have a delicate vegetable taste with the perfect balance of raisin sweetness and spice. Stop by early in the day for a slice or you’re likely to miss out on this house specialty. Two decades after opening, Chase’s still looks like it opened yesterday. The stainless steel is spotless, the vinyl is pristine, and members of the Chase family are around to greet guests – though some relatives who helped out have since passed on. The food is consistent, reliable, and just as tasty as it was when Chef James plated his first order on opening day. It’s like time has stood still inside Chase’s Diner. For those of us who crave the simplicity of an era before cell phones and reality TV, that’s a very attractive quality.

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Do you ever do the “ostrich “when you are presented with new information? Do you figuratively bury your head in the sand to avoid reading the article that challenges you to save for retirement or to exercise your way to better health? I get it. You can almost feel the judgment leaping from the page. As you try to grasp the new information, you are thinking, Those paragons of virtue will never know what it is like to be a mere mortal. Change is difficult and even more so when at the same time you are beating yourself up. In late October, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to behavioral economist Richard Thaler, whose lifetime research has acknowledged that most

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formation of new neurons or brain cells and increases the connectivity of existing neurons. So the idea that once you reach your 20s you’re stuck with the brain cells you’ve got is a myth. So how much exercise do you have to do? That’s the crazy thing, as it turns out – not that much to see some benefits. Aerobic exercise for 30 minutes two times per week halves the risk of general dementia, and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 60 percent. Truly, the best news is that the benefits of exercise are dosedependent. The more you do, the greater the benefits you reap. The research of behavioral economists has influenced governments and business – from 401k contribution defaults to organ donation. With the knowledge that we don’t instinctively act in our own best i n te re s t s, we need to nudge ourselves in the right direction, knowing that movement is the key to brain power. We cannot ignore the millions of years that shaped the human brain, and yet we stuff ourselves in classrooms and cubicles for eight hours at a time. Perhaps one day we will see boardrooms and classrooms with treadmills instead of desks. The human brain evolved under conditions of almost constant motion. Our prehistoric ancestors walked roughly 12 miles per day. Our unique cognitive skills were forged in the furnace of physical activity. We were not the strongest on the planet, but we developed the strongest brains – the key to our survival. Last month, after participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, it occurred to me that in addition to showing my support for the researchers, caregivers, families and patients of this devastating disease, I was also taking these very literal steps to decrease my own risk of cognitive decline.


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Grandma Ruth’s legacy BY BECKY CHOLEWKA

Founding attorney, Cholewka Law

Most people think a legacy is what money or property they will leave someone when they die. But your legacy can be so much more. My grandma Ruth was a wise woman who lived through several wars, outlived two husbands, read thousands of books, ate chocolate every day, and died peacefully at the age of 98. She left a wonderful legacy for her family – and it didn’t include money at all. Grandma Ruth did many things to pass on her legacy to her family. First - Grandma had taken all those old family photos that were sitting in boxes for years and organized them. She labeled them with names and dates and how each person was related to her. We are now able to look through several al-

bums (and 100-plus years) of our family heritage. Second - Grandma Ruth always had amazing jewelry. Instead of waiting until she died, Grandma started giving some of the pieces away. So when I graduated high school, I received her emerald ring (her second wedding ring) that I have loved since I was a little girl. The Christmas before I got married, she gave me her pearl necklace, which I wore on my wedding day! She was able to share with each person her memories of each piece and experienced the joy of giving her gifts to others. Third - I love to bake, and one of my favorite recipes was Grandma’s rum cake. Instead of keeping the recipe a secret, as so many people do, Grandma gave me

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Older adults can’t be overlooked in the fight against opioid misuse BY MARY LYNN KASUNIC

What’s been missing from the conversation surrounding the opioid public health emergency and ongoing prescription drug misuse is its devastating impact on older adults and the significant need for more education specifically for this population. According to the Arizona Department of Vital Statistics, nearly 17 percent of the state’s population aged 55 and older who were admitted to hospitals in 2015 were reported to have Opioid Use Disorder. The “Arizona RX Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative: A Multi-Systemic, Multi-Level Approach for Addressing Arizona’s ‘Silent Epidemic,’” published by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, flatly stated that “adult prescription drug misuse in Arizona is alarmingly high.” Statistics show that 2.5 million older adults struggle with alcohol and drug problems, representing up to 11 percent of all elderly hospital admissions, 14 percent of emergency room admissions and 20 percent of elderly psychiatric hospital admissions. Although people 65 and over represent only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly 30 percent of all prescribed medications. And the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that seniors face a greater risk of harmful medication interactions and even more debilitating general physical effects of alcohol and drugs. The Area Agency on Aging is taking a leading role in addressing the issues of medication management through several key initiatives. The Agency has a long history with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC), formerly the Regional Behavioral Health Authority, to do prevention work that educates older adults and professionals about medication misuse.


As part of this work, in 2015, the Agency developed RxMatters, an education presentation in conjunction with Prevention Works AZ and the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. The program focuses on opioid safe storage and disposal of medication for older adults and their caregivers. In 2016, the presentation reached more than 300 older adults. In April 2017, the Area Agency created a six-week, MMIC-funded awareness campaign about the proper use of medications that reached more than 10,000 households. Also in 2017, 16 AmeriCorps members in three Arizona counties took the RxMatters program into the homes of older adults and their caregivers through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), administered by the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Finally, Area Agency on Aging, Region One and three other state Area Agencies are part of a targeted response grant to address opioid misuse in five Arizona counties. Funding for the effort is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and AHCCCS and in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. With the Arizona Department of Health Services reporting more than 3,200 suspected opioid overdoses statewide since June 15, with more than 400 of them resulting in deaths, addressing this crisis as a community has never been more critical. And, in doing so, we cannot overlook – or overstate – the impact of the crisis on one of our most vulnerable populations.









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Orthopedics Now

pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, GI bleeding and kidney failure, this medication is likely unsuitable.

Hip health and aging

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) – These drugs can be an option

Conventional and emerging forms of treatment

for pain relief but typically come with more risks than acetaminophen and should be used with caution. Those with cardiovascular disease or GI bleeding should likely avoid NSAIDS completely, and others with certain pre-existing conditions should ask their doctor before using them even for short-term use.


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Maintaining joint health as we age is a priority for many active seniors, and understandably so. The most common conditions that affect the joints as we age include hip osteoarthritis; trochanteric bursitis (inflammation of the bursa that lies next to the trochanteric bursae); and osteonecrosis of the femoral head (death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply). Fortunately, orthopedic medicine offers many options for healthy hips, and increasingly so with advances in regenerative medicine.

Glucosamine – While scientific evidence has

yet to fully support the use of glucosamine for joint health, some studies show it improves pain and physical discomfort in hip OA and may be worth a try.

Regenerative Medicine

Conventional Treatments Let’s start with more conventional orthopedic options for hip health. The basics of maintaining and improving joint health – including the hips – start with having an exercise program and maintaining a healthy weight. Research consistently demonstrates that patients who lose weight, even in modest

amounts, see reductions in their pain and disability. While there is more research to support the effects of weight loss on knee arthritis, weight loss is likely helpful for hip


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OA and other hip conditions as well. Exercise programs that include strength training, aerobics and range of motion exercises can help with both pain and physical function. Notably, strengthening exercises can help with hip OA. In our clinic, we often use two types of conventional treatments for hip arthritis and hip conditions:

Corticosteroid injections

Corticosteroid compounds injected directly into the affected joints can be useful for short-term pain reduction. Reoccurring injections can be utilized judiciously (2 or 3 times per year) to maintain relief, although many patients and providers are cautious with long-term corticosteroid injection therapy.

Hyaluronic acid injections

Hyaluronic acid mimics the body’s natural substance that gives joint fluid its viscosity. Research shows hyaluronic acid injections typically reach their peak effectiveness at around eight weeks after being given and last for about 24 weeks. The HA injections are excellent for knee arthritis. Unfortunately, these are considered off-label for the hip and not covered by insurance for this body part. Medications and supplements that can help with mild to moderate hip OA include: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – Long-term use is a concern because of the risks of ulcers, GI bleeding and loss of kidney function for healthy individuals. For those with

Now let’s turn to regenerative medicine, an increasingly evidence-based form of medicine that offers exciting new solutions for orthopedic patients. Hip conditions with aging, including hip replacement surgery, are relatively common. While there are times when surgery is the best option, increasingly regenerative medicine offers a safe and effective treatment alternative to more conventional therapies. At a minimum, it can buy time for patients on track for a total hip replacement. I’ve seen evidence of this many times over in my practice. What is regenerative medicine? When tissue such as muscle, tendon, ligament or cartilage is injured, the body tries to heal the injury through its own repair mechanism. However, in certain situations (especially in areas where there is lack of blood flow – such as inside and around the joints) the body can’t heal the injury adequately, if at all. With regenerative medicine, we aim to augment the natural healing process to heal or even “grow back” the damaged tissue. Within orthopedics, there are two forms of regenerative medicine we practice:

Stem Cell Therapy – Stem cell-based therapies for the repair or regeneration of muscle and tendon represent a promising technology going forward for numerous diseases. A type of stem cell called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have gained the most attention in the field of surgery due to their ability to differentiate into the tissues of interest for the surgeon. These multipotent stem cells in adults originate from mesenchymal tissues such as bone marrow, tendon, adipose (fat) and muscle tissue. In orthopedics, we primarily harvest

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Retirement Report

What is true retirement planning? BY GARRY MADALINE

CORE Retirement Engineering/United Retirement

Retirement planning is a way to outline a vision and prepare yourself for life and finances after you are no longer working. Far too many times we see the same plan used for accumulating your wealth kept in place for your retirement years. This can have devastating consequences. True retirement planning isn’t just about investing your money wisely – although investing is important, there are many more elements to take into consideration. True retirement planning is about mapping out your future in order to know exactly how many financial assets you have, why they are being used, and exactly how they will provide income or security for yourself once in retirement. Issues such as social security, pensions, current and potentially rising taxes, longevity, required minimum distributions, sequences of distribution, and long-term care options need to be addressed. Making all of these decisions independently will create a plan that does not work in unison, wasting an opportunity to be efficient and ultimately putting yourself at greater risk of failure, many times unnecessarily. It is simply impossible to have a complete plan for retirement without factoring in all of these aspects, period. A focus on only investments and a simple buy and hold mentality could create very large problems if your assumptions are incorrect. Remember as you go into retirement that your goals are changing and your approach needs to change with that shift. The process of true retirement planning comes with making decisions for retirement income goals and the actions or choices that may be necessary to reach those goals. Identify sources of


income, estimate present and future expenses, manage your assets, and implement a savings plan. Most people would like to retire comfortably; taking the time to come up with a successful retirement plan ahead of time can make this process much less stressful later on. Ultimately, your goal of retirement planning is to achieve your financial independence in your retirement years. Begin with education. Not only do we need to learn what strategies do or do not work in today’s financial arena, but it is also imperative that we understand how and why they work. You don’t need

to spend years learning finance and market theory to accomplish this, but find an educational entity that will help you wrap your arms around the basics concerning what issues you face and how to address them. Often, information can be confusing and conflicting, so make sure multiple sources are being considered and use your best judgment as to what information and approach is a proper fit for your situation. Ultimately, your retirement plan should be all about you, your goals and objectives, and your confidence in a plan to help make a comfortable retirement your reality. Garry Madaline is the creator of CORE Retirement Engineering Workshops. Having done hundreds of seminars across the country over the past 40 years, he is considered a premier retirement consultant in the Valley.




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Winter colds and hearing loss BY KEN ARCIA

Arizona Relay Service

Although the winter months kick off a much-anticipated time of year here in Phoenix, we’re all a bit too familiar with the dreaded winter cold. Along with dropping temperatures come stuffy noses, sore throats and general chest and ear congestion. If you’re quick to react, taking these precautions can help you stop a winter cold in its tracks: Wash your hands. You never know what kinds of germs are being spread throughout your office, or the germs your child may bring home from his or her classroom. Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times and make sure to load up before putting your hands near your face. Keep your hands out of your mouth. This comes straight from tip number one. You are constantly picking up germs with your hands, so keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth unless you’re sure your hands are clean. Rest. If you want your immune system to be healthy enough to fight off infection, you need to let it rest. Go to bed early and get good, uninterrupted sleep. Take vitamins and drink water. Give your immune system an extra boost with daily vitamins. The more you can add positives to your body, the more it will be able to keep out viruses. Get to the gym. Exercise, especially aerobic, will keep your heart moving, which increases your body’s virus-killing

cells. Make sure that if you use a machine or other equipment at the gym, you wipe it down before using it so you don’t pick up any extra germs. If symptoms persist despite taking these precautions, an infection may be looming! When a cold virus develops, fluid can build up in the middle of your ear, preventing sound from traveling correctly from the outer ear to the eardrum. This is why your ears may feel full or conversations sound muffled when you have a cold. Ear infections can also develop when you have a cold due to congestion. If the infection doesn’t go away on its own, medication can be prescribed, but there is also a risk of permanent hearing loss. If hearing loss symptoms brought on by a winter cold persist longer than other symptoms, see your doctor for an indepth ear check. If your hearing loss from the cold overstays its welcome, you want to make sure there isn’t a more serious issue or permanent damage caused by the virus. Although winter colds may seem inevitable, there are many ways to prevent them. If a cold does end up overstaying its welcome, make sure to get plenty of rest and take care of yourself. If a cold lingers longer than 10 days, it’s time to visit your doctor to rule out other illnesses. Winter is the prime season for these infections to attack, so take precautions early on, and don’t let a cold put a damper on the most wonderful time of the year! For more information, visit acdhh.org or azrelay.org.


Hospice Is Hope

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Losing someone you love isn’t a onetime hurt. Grief has a way of sneaking up on us. Just when things seem to be getting better, a familiar song, a whiff of perfume or an old photograph can innocently trigger a memory from the past. Instantly, we’re pierced with pain. Coping with such loss is even harder during the holidays. What used to be a festive time of decorations, parties, laughter and togetherness now seems meaningless. We’re paralyzed by the thought of shopping and socializing. How can we continue old traditions like nothing has changed? Because everything has changed. There is no miracle pill to take away the pain, no magic wand that restores the sparkle of the season. But grief experts say there are ways to survive the holidays and celebrate moments. Honor the old and create the new. No matter what you do, the memory of your loved one will be with you this holiday season. Find a way to honor and acknowledge that, while creating some new family traditions to share going forward. Set limits. Let everyone


know that you will not be overdoing, over-shopping, over-cooking, overpleasing or over-worrying this year. This is not a time to be a perfectionist. Accept help when it’s offered. Plan ahead. Don’t be afraid to say no. Choose activities that will make the holidays enjoyable for you. Do a few special things with a few special people, not everything with everybody. It’s essential to nurture yourself during this vulnerable time. Grief is not something to be conquered alone. It helps to have a safe place to share your feelings and to connect with others who are going through the same pain. That’s why Hospice of the Valley provides no-cost grief support to anyone in our community. Groups meet Valleywide at varying times and locations, which are listed on our website at hov.org. Or call us at 602530-6900. While it’s true that life will never be the same, it’s also true that people do heal after losing a loved one. It doesn’t happen quickly, but recovery is ahead. It isn’t easy, but you can find hope and happiness again.

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Albuquerque, here we come! The 2018 Arizona Senior Olympic Games are a qualifier for the National Senior Games that will be held in Albuquerque in June 2019. Athletes who compete in the ASO games this February have the opportunity to qualify for the National Games by winning gold, silver or bronze medals in a national sport. Albuquerque is famous for its International Balloon Festival. Every year, balloonists gather for nine days to compete.

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reduce stress, which helps the body fight off viruses more effectively. GET A FLU SHOT. December is not too late to get a flu shot. Be sure to ask for the more potent “senior” version for maximum effectiveness. FIGHT GERMS. Consider buying antibacterial wipes or have a bottle of alcohol around to wipe down areas you use that are germ-catchers such as shopping cart handles, door knobs, computer keyboards, telephones (especially mouth pieces) and light switches. Wash your hands often and long enough to sing the “Happy Birthday” song.

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When Jane was younger and working she was always busy. Between caring for a family, being active in her church and doing all the “mother stuff,” she had her hands full. Jane is not alone. It seems that overly busy lives are the curse of the 21st century. Although technology has given us many work-savers, it has also given us almost as many work-makers. With all that’s going on, our minds are full of things to remember. Jane tried to solve her problem of forgetting things by putting “sticky notes” on her kitchen doorknob so that she would take them with her when she went out. Her friends kidded her about sticking the little notes to her steering wheel when she was driving as reminders of what she had to do. The Harvard Health Letter has given us four valuable tips that might even be better than sticky notes. Why not give them a try? 1: Repeat what you hear out loud. This reinforces the information in your brain.

2: Make notes. Carry a tablet, use a sticky note or whatever works for you, but write it down. Then put the tablet or note in the same place every time. 3: Make associations. Our brains like sequences, so put what you want to remember in a story or even a song! 4: Divide information into chunks. If you’re trying to memorize a poem or speech, focus on getting one sentence at a time down pat. Everyday forgetfulness is not just a problem for older people. Everyone forgets, so don’t be self-conscious about forgetting things sometimes. If it gets to be a real problem and is interfering with your life, talk to your doctor. In the meantime, grab the sticky notes!

Registration for the Arizona Senior Olympics is now open Registration for the Arizona Senior Olympics is now open at seniorgames.org. The fun begins February 17, 2018. Win medals! Make friends! Have a great time! Competition is divided into 5-year age groups, i.e. 50-54, 55-59. Games take place throughout metro Phoenix. You might qualify to go to the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Pick a sport and have some fun: alpine

skiing, archery, badminton, basketball, basketball hot shot/free throw, billiards, bowling, cycling, fun walk, golf, handball, pickleball, powerlifting, racewalk, racquetball, 5K/10K road races, shooting: pistol, shooting: trap, shooting: skeet, shooting: sporting clays, shuffleboard, swimming, swim relays, table tennis, tai chi, tennis, track and field, triathlon, volleyball.

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A time for giving BY IRENE STILLWELL ALFF/ASO Director

It’s the time of year when all the nonprofit organizations have their endof-the-year campaigns. Many of us seniors will be deluged with appeals for funds from very worthy organizations. We will open letter after letter asking for us to help. The Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation (ALFF) is the 501c3 name of the Arizona Senior Olympics and we, like other nonprofits, need the help of our constituents if we are to continue the good work of promoting health, fitness and activity among people over the age of 50. The ALFF/ASO programs are prevention programs and all too often, prevention is hard to sell to the public. Although it is well known that the vast majority of American health care dollars go to seniors, there is no groundswell of support for programs that promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Millions of seniors continue to live sedentary lives that keep them from fully engaging in the world around them. That is not only a loss to them personally

but to their community, their family, and our country. Senior athletes, of course, know the value of an active lifestyle. We hear many testimonials about how much our programs have encouraged an active lifestyle and healthy living. Like all nonprofits, we need help from those who know and understand our mission. To those who have given in the past, we sincerely thank you for your continuing support. For those who have not, we hope that you will consider an “end of the year” gift, which you can deduct from your 2017 taxes. Since we have no paid staff, all of your donation will go directly to this very important program. Thank you for reading this message. I wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.

Register early and save five dollars Register for the Arizona Senior Olympics before December 15 and you’ll save $5! You’ll also be doing ASO volunteers a great service, giving them more time to work out the many

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