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When loved ones are unable to care for themselves or have passed away, the responsibility of their pets can be something their family didn’t anticipate. Furever Friends Rescue takes in these dogs and cats that would otherwise go to shelters and gives them a new family and a second chance at life. Nancy Babos is the Nancy Babos (second from left) and her fellow Furever president and one of Friends volunteers pose at the ribbon cutting ceremony the founders of Furever at the Gilbert Petco. This facility allows them to take in and help animals find a new home. Friends Rescue, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. She said Babos. She said she has fostered 150 she was inspired by her aging parents animals in the past four years. “This is what we’re supposed to be and their cats. Arizona has a large doing, ” she said. retirement population and Babos said Babos says a lot of their time and many of them don’t know what to do with their animals if they have to resources goes to helping kittens that move or if they simply cannot care for are dumped outside their location. They have been found in boxes taped them. “We put a mission together for us,” shut and with severe burns from being she said. “It’s about taking animals on parking lot asphalt in 115-degree from people going into hospice, going weather. Petco aided Furever Friends by into nursing homes, or for the families of those who have passed away. We’re giving the organization funds to trying to offer some peace of mind to open its Gilbert location. The store also made Furever Friends its official people who don’t have a lot.” Babos said for many it is devastating adoption partner. They also donate to have to part with their best friends all the food and litter, which would but they can rest assured that they otherwise cost $16,000 a year. The rescue doesn’t have enough will be kept safe until they find a new funds to give each animal veterinary home. There is no threat of euthanasia and the animals are not sent anywhere care so they ask that animals being surrendered be up to date on their else. The demand for places such vaccinations, be in good health and as Furever Friends is quite large. either spayed or neutered. If they are Maricopa County is the second not, they have to charge a fee. “We are hoping to change the way largest animal welfare intake system in the country, second only to Los people view rescues and the way Angeles. More than 100,000 dogs and people view senior citizens or people cats go into public intake facilities who are ill and disabled,” she says. Furever Friends Rescue is located like Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Humane Society. inside Petco at 1015 E. Baseline Rd. in Gilbert. They are open 12 p.m. to Only half of the animals make it out. Furever Friends is comprised 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and entirely of volunteers, some of whom 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. have quit paying jobs to dedicate more For more information email info@ time to the rescue. Many of them or visit its foster animals as well—including website at www.fureverfriendsrescue. classifieds

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Gilbert students Steven Almeida, 12, Layna Lupo, 18, and Lea Wandrie, 18, have been recognized by the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program for making a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. They now qualify for the chance to receive $10,000 in scholarships for higher education. For more information, visit First Gentle Dental celebrated its affiliation with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 27. Mayor John Lewis attended the event at the center, owned by Dr. Mark Yates at 2451 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 450. Two Gilbert students made the Scholastic Honor Roll for the spring term at Oregon State University. Brady N. McBride, a sophomore premechanical engineering major, has a straight-A average, while Hannah E. Chute, a freshman studying preapparel, has a 3.5 or better average.

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Commerce ribbon cutting on July 24. The school, led by Principal Claudia McKim, is located at 2747 S. Recker Rd., between Williams Field and Pecos roads, in Gilbert. For more information, visit Rigid Industries, co-owned by Jason Christianson, opened in Gilbert at 779 N. Colorado. According to its Facebook page, Rigid Industries is the world leader in cutting edge forward projecting LED technology. Visit for more information. The Town of Gilbert is excited to announce the fire and rescue department is on Facebook and Twitter—www. facebook/GilbertFireDept or http:// The SWAT team has posted a video about its unit to YouTube. Watch the video here: OApCn6fZw&noredirect=1 Valley Leadership is accepting nominations to honor the 2013 Man & Woman of the Year at the 65th annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon

on Thursday, March 27, at the Arizona Biltmore. Nominations are due 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. For more information, contact Executive Director Christy Moore at christy@valleyleadership. org, (602) 952-6760, ext. 1, or visit To nominate an honoree, visit nominations. Shoutout to the players with Arizona Union Hockey. Thanks for helping the little kids!

Hunter did awesome playing goalie, maybe it’s because of the milkshakes? A video recently surfaced on YouTube of a man driving his BMW M3 off a cliff on his way to Canyon Lake. While we’re glad he’s okay, (the car was a total loss), we want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to keep spirited driving on closed racecourses.

Good Luck to Travis Mathews who took his sergeant test last month! Tim’s GoPro has been found and no funny business was involved. It fell into someone else’s bag and when they discovered it, they returned it. Our faith in humanity is restored! After the monsoons that hit the Valley last month, Misty wants to know if they can ever get a gentle rain or if it will always be the kind that rips up landscaping and blows away small pets?

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Val Vista Lakes Elementary of Gilbert traveled to Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort this spring to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series Program(s) (Y.E.S.) “Properties of Motion Physics Lab.” Each year, individuals and groups from around the world travel to Disneyland Resort to take part in one of several Disney Y.E.S. programs. Most of the programs take place in and behind the scenes of the resort’s world-famous theme parks. Areas of study include career discovery, life management, physical science, natural science, history, and

art and humanities. The programs use varied resources onstage and backstage to bring real world examples to the learning experience. These twoto three-hour interactive educational experiences are available at both the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. They are led by professional Disney facilitators who help guide the students and assist them in understanding the key lessons. For more information on Disney Y.E.S. Programs, visit www. or call (800) 6030552.

Health, Fitness Experts Speak at School Event ASU professors and authors Dr. Charles “Chuck” Corbin and Dr. Hans Van Der Mars will discuss family health and fitness at a free special event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Legacy Traditional School’s new campus at 2747 S. Recker Rd., Gilbert. Corbin is the author of more than 90 books on fitness and exercise and was the first chairman of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board, as well as a charter member of the advisory board for FITNESSGRAM, the national youth fitness test. Van Der Mars is the physical education program director at ASU and co-author of more than 60 refereed research and professional papers published in leading national and international journals. The two authors will present evidence about the health benefits of physical activity at home and in

school and offer suggestions for promoting optimal health and fitness for all family members. The event is sponsored by the school; a donation on behalf of the speakers will be given to professional physical education and health organization Arizona Health and Physical Education. In its inaugural year, Legacy Traditional Schools–Gilbert offers the “Athlos Track,” a special track for students with a physical education focus, as well as a “Mozart Track,” for students who choose an enhanced performing arts curriculum. For more information about the event, contact District Athletic Coordinator for Legacy Traditional Schools Ryan Johnson at (480) 2705438, ext. 1228. For more information about Legacy Traditional Schools, visit

How to Avoid Costly Housing Mistakes Before and After a Divorce Gilbert - Divorce is rarely easy and often means a lot of difficult decisions. One of the most important decisions is what to do about the house. In the midst of the heavy emotional and financial turmoil, what you need most is some non-emotional, straightforward, specific information and answers. Once you know how a divorce affects your home, your mortgage and taxes, critical decisions are easier. Neutral, third party information can help you make logical, rather than emotional, decisions. Probably the first decision is whether you want to continue living in the house. Will the familiar surroundings bring you comfort and emotional security, or unpleasant memories? Do you want to minimize change by staying where you are, or sell your home and move to a new place that offers a new start? Only you can answer those questions, but there

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Gilbert Photographer Shares ‘Stories’ Gilbert artist and photographer Elaine Kessler presents two of her collections this summer at the Songbird Coffee & Tea House, 214 E. Roosevelt St. in downtown Phoenix. Kessler has been working on these collections for years, preparing to exhibit them in story form. “I am a storyteller who works in various media, primarily photography,” Kessler says. “I love and August 2013

will almost certainly be some financial repercussions to your decision process. What can you afford? Can you manage the old house on your new budget? Is refinancing possible? Or is it better to sell and buy? How much house can buy on your new budget? To help you know what questions you should ask and how to arrive at the right answer for your specific situation, a FREE special report has been prepared by industry experts entitled “Divorce: What You Need to Know About Your House, Your Mortgage and Taxes”. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-800-457-9054 and enter 1009. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to find out how to make this part of your current situation less stressful.

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Experience the grace and glamour of the competitive dance world in person during the Arizona Dance Classic, Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Mesa Marriott, 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa. The Arizona Dance Classic is an annual three-day dance festival with something for everyone— country, ballroom and swing dance competitions, workshops, exhibitions and social dancing. Spectators will experience performances by the top dancers from the worlds of country, swing and ballroom in the Saturday night Dinner and Variety Show, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are $65. Dance competitions take place throughout the weekend. There will be Pro-Am, Amateur and Rising Star competitions in American Smooth and Rhythm, and International Standard and Latin. There also will be Line Dance competitions, as well as Hustle and Night Club categories. The Ballroom Competition is on Sunday. A one-day spectator pass is $20 and is available at the door. Call (480) 4912393 for information. Social dancers are invited to dance till the wee hours of the morning in the ballroom on Friday and Saturday nights. DJs will play music until the last dancer drops. Friday night’s open dance begins around 7 p.m., and Saturday’s kicks off after the dinner and show, sometime after 9 p.m. The cost is $15 at the door. To view a full schedule of each day’s competitions, or for more information about registering to compete, visit August 2013

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Easing the Transition to a New School By Tracy House It may still be officially summer with triple-digit temperatures in the Valley, but for students in Mesa and Gilbert, August means back to school and, for some, that means starting the school year at a new school. Whether kids are moving from elementary to junior high or junior high to high school, the transition to another school can be stressful and awkward. Easing the transition from one school to another can make the difference between a smooth start and a cluster of chaos. Larry Cook, a counselor at Mountain View High School in Mesa, with 20 years experience as a school counselor and 33 years in education, shared his suggestions for parents

and students making the change from one school to another. Cook said parents and students need to be aware of some simple things that can help with the transition. Taking care of as much as possible before classes actually start can alleviate first-day stresses for students and parents. At the end of the school year, most schools hosted a night for parents whose student is moving on to high school or junior high school. At this time they received information about classes and what to expect. One of the first suggestions Cook stressed is that parents meet with their students to choose classes that are appropriate, so that students don’t


pick classes just because friends are taking those courses. “We want parents to help their child to do that,” Cook said. “Help their child select appropriate classes for them for their interests.” Many students don’t realize that because they signed up for the same classes as their friends there may be five sections of the course and no guarantee of being in the same period or section. Cook suggested students attend the orientation that schools host before the first day of classes. At the high schools, Larry Cook is a counselor at Mountain View High upperclassmen talk to incoming School in Mesa. freshman about high school, take show incoming seventh graders freshman on tours and answer around campus. questions that new students may have. Reading newsletters that are sent “This is another thing to help them home in the summer or checking the transition,” he said. Junior high schools school’s website for upcoming events ... continues on page 8 have similar days when eighth graders

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Experts suggest that parents help their children select classes appropriate to their interests instead of choosing courses that their friends have also signed up for.

and information on identification cards, class fees, sports and club information and lunch schedules is yet another proactive approach Cook mentioned for parents and students. Parents can also ensure students have the necessary school supplies for students including backpack, pens and pencils. Some classes may require additional supplies specific to the class, such as a calculator or graph paper. “Pull up the website for the class they’re going to be in and it’ll tell them what they need,” Cook said. The parent and student portal is maintained from junior high to high school and Cook said parents and students should log on to that. “We want them to do that so they can monitor all the things about their classes as school gets going,” Cook said. “Everything from grades, to attendance to class assignments.” “We really want parents to trust the school procedure,” Cook said. He explained some parents are nervous about their child coming to high school for the first time and want to walk them to class on the first day. He doesn’t suggest parents accompany their student or follow them to class. “We want them (parents) to trust what we do and the procedures we have in place.” After school starts, Cook said parents should attend the school’s open house. “Parents will get a sense of what it’s like to be a student in a teacher’s particular class,” Cook said. When students have their schedule, Cook mentioned parents should record teachers’ names and email addresses and then monitor school work and talk to teachers to avoid surprises when grades come out.

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If a student isn’t sure about an assignment Cook said he should be proactive and talk to the teacher. “Students need to advocate for themselves. If they’re not sure about something raise their hand.” Staying after class is another option for students who feel shy about raising their hand in class. He continued, “We need them to advocate for themselves so if we can have parents encourage students to do that it would be great.” Cook explained that class schedules are difficult to change after school begins so students really need to give the class they picked a chance. “We want parents to encourage their student to stay with the classes they selected unless there’s a major reason to change,” he said. This goes back to being proactive and helping choose classes. Parents should also be aware of district policies, which can usually be found online or in the student handbook, and familiarize themselves with dress code, attendance and expectations for students. Policies do change from elementary to junior high to high school and students and parents should have a reasonable understanding of the rules. Managing the move to another school doesn’t need to be tedious and parents and students who communicate and are informed can ease the transition to start the new school year off on a positive note. Tracy House is a busy AZ Modern Mom of four, freelance writer and educator. She writes about motherhood, family, education, sustainability and Arizona. Contact her at August 2013

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35 N. Robson, Mesa WHEN: Tuesdays thru Saturdays, COST: $5 for members, $12 for nonmembers call for times INFO: (480) 644-2467 or WHERE: Hubbard Family Swim School, 1061 N. Dobson Rd., Suite 101, Let your children channel their inner Mesa pasta vixen mom cents financially speaking artist in this no-holds-barred art COST: Free class with supplies included. Make INFO: (602) 971-4044 or sure to wear paint-friendly clothing! Registration required. For babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age, these 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or 6 Wildflower Kids caregivers a chance photo to page learn excellent WHEN: Wednesdays from events calendar recipe corner tips on how to enjoy tub time at 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. home with baby and also learn how to WHERE: Wildflower Bread Company, prepare baby for swim lessons. 3425 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert COST: Free INFO: (480) 507-9565 or Kid’s Club Powered by 2 National Geographic Kids hearsay monthly meeting law talk A craft time for children, the event WHEN: Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Mesa; includes free milk and cookies. Fourth Friday of the month at 10 a.m.


in Gilbert WHERE: Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, and SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field biz box Rd., Suite 235, Gilbert. COST: Free INFO: Roar with the group and come learn about big cats with Kids Club in August. Participants will learn fun facts about big cats, dance, and much more.


Chess Education Classes

WHEN: Ongoing WHERE: Mathnasium Gilbert, 538 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 107, Gilbert COST: $60 per month INFO: (480) 216-8025 or Scholastic players in grades K-12 learn chess strategies. Lessons are individualized per child.


Skateland Drop-Off Program

WHEN: Through Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Skateland, 7 E. Southern Ave., Mesa COST: $20 per day, $99 per week INFO: (480) 833-7775 or Need a break? Drop off the kids at Skateland as you run errands and they burn energy. Admission includes breakfast, lunch, skate rental, game tokens and more. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Brush, Zoom and Pour Messy Creations

WHEN: Thurs., Aug. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Arizona Museum for Youth,

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Golfland Sunsplash Mesa Nighttime Swim

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays throughout July from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Golfland Sunsplash Mesa, 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa COST: Varies, see website for details INFO: Swim while watching the stars at Golfland Sunsplash.


All-You-Can-Eat Pizza and Bowling

WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: AMF Mesa Lanes, 2115 E. Southern Ave., Mesa COST: $14.99 INFO: Spend two hours bowling and enjoy all the cheese or pepperoni pizza you can eat. Shoe rental included.


Children’s Karate

WHEN: Ongoing WHERE: Arizona Martial Arts Center, 1515 W. San Angelo St., Suite B, Gilbert COST: $75 to $85 per month INFO: (480) 820-8656 Kids train to use hands, feet, elbows and knees to defend themselves.

10 Family Bounce Night

WHEN: Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Bounce U, 1166 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert COST: $9 for first child; $8 for siblings INFO: (480) 632-9663 or Children must bring socks. All children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.



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Have you noticed all the back-toschool deals already? Hopefully you are taking advantage of the school supply deals at many of the office supply and drugstores around town! As you start to shop for new clothes, shoes and accessories, don’t forget that there are many ways to save in that area, too. Here are some tips for you: 1. Take inventory of what can be reused for the school year. Check your child’s wardrobe to make sure you know what is needed and, more importantly, what isn’t, so you don’t spend on unnecessary items. 2. Shop second-hand shops. Thrift shops, consignment stores and even yard sales can have hidden gems at great prices. To find the best selection, shop early in the season, stop by often, and don’t be afraid to try new places around the Valley. Tip: Check the donation policy at local thrift shops or consignment photo page

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stores. They may offer coupons or higher discounts to shop in their store when you use store credit. 3. Host a clothing exchange. Make a party out of it and ask people to bring their gently used clothing to exchange. Divide up the clothes by gender and size and let each person shop for their new attire. Each person gives away clothes that don’t fit and gets to pick up new ones. After everyone has made their picks, donate or sell clothes that are left over. 4. Shop outside the uniform shop. Many retailers offer uniform basics for half the cost of the uniform shops.

You can use sales and coupons to save even more. Some of the stores that carry uniform basics include Old Navy, Kohl’s, Walmart, Target, Sears and more. Shop early and buy ahead because these items can be in limited supply in store and they don’t always stock them throughout the year. 5. Skip the stores and shop online. Find coupon codes (RetailMeNot. com is a great resource) and use cash back incentives with sites like Ebates. com to help you save. Amazon also carries plenty of school clothes, shoes and uniform basics, plus, shipping is free with a purchase of $25 or more. Other retail stores also carry more choices and inventory online, so if you can’t find what you want in the store, make sure if it is carried online.

Melissa Hurst, a Valley-based deal-hunting savings pro, is also a mom of three. She understands the importance of budgeting and shares her savings tips in her column. Visit, where she shares her passion for bargain-hunting and strategies for stretching a budget.

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“Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” WHEN: Thru Sat., Aug. 24, various times WHERE: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert monthly meeting $10 (youths ages 6 to 18) COST: $24; INFO: (480) 497-1181 or www. Queen-sized teen Tracy Turnblad, who has all the right moves, turns her passion for dancing into a spot on the local TV dance program.

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WHEN: Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Gilbert Yoga, 6 E. Palo Verde St., Suites 12-13, Gilbert INFO: (480) 507-9642 or www. This beginning belly dance class is taught by performer Venusahara. Participants are encouraged to wear movable clothing. Hip scarves and veils are optional, but encouraged.

Skywatch WHEN: Fri., Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch’s library classroom, 2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert COST: $3 donation requested INFO: Learn about the galaxy during this event suitable for children ages 10 and older.




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Storytime WHEN: Saturdays at 10 a.m. WHERE: Barnes and Noble, 3807 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: (480) 917-0301 or Listen as Barnes and Noble employees read aloud to the kiddos.

Chamber Chat WHEN: Wed., Aug. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. WHERE: Bruegger’s, 721 N. Arizona Ave., Gilbert COST: Free admission; charge for meals INFO: (480) 892-0056 or www. Meet up with other chamber members for lunch. This informal gathering is a fun way to share conversation with other professionals and learn more about businesses in the community.

Bird Walk WHEN: Sun., Aug. 18, at 6 a.m. WHERE: Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch’s preserve parking lot, 2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert COST: $5; reservations required by emailing INFO: Experienced birder Kathe Anderson leads the group.

Discover Vietnam and Cambodia Informational Travel Meeting WHEN: Wed., Aug. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert COST: Free admission; charge for trip INFO: (480) 892-0056 or www. Join the chamber for an informational meeting to learn more about this allinclusive travel opportunity.

“Little Women” WHEN: Thurs., Aug. 29, thru Sat., Oct. 12, various times WHERE: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert COST: $15 to $25 INFO: (480) 497-1181 or “Little Women,” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America.

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Tickets are on sale for the 2013-14 performances at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for some of the following shows range from $21 to $45 and can be purchased through a secure link online at www.higleyarts. org, by calling (480) 279-7194, or by visiting the HCPA Box Office at 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. The office is open during the summer from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Highlights from the 2013-14 lineup: • Sat., Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.: Magician Eric Giliam will showcase his award-winning magic and illusions in this thrilling, all ages show. • Sat., Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.: Irish band Solas performs a multimedia stage show, The Shamrock City Tour. Join bandleader Seamus Egan as he takes you on the unforgettable journey of his great-great uncle Michael Conway’s life in Ireland and mysterious death in America. • Sat., Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.: Artist Jonathan Edwards performs songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor— all rendered in a pure and powerful tenor voice. • Sun., Oct. 20, at 3 p.m.: The American-roots band Mrs. Lincoln performs rock, country, bluegrass and rhythm and blues. • Sat., Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.: Grammywinning artist Juice Newton and the band Exile perform some of their No. 1 Billboard hits and other songs. • Sat., Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.: In a hilarious spoof of TV’s “The Newlyweds Game,” “Bob Eubanks in The Not So Newlywed Game,” follows the original format of the television show using four married couples who are either newlyweds or feel like newlyweds. • Fri., Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.: The Blind Boys of Alabama perform holiday songs and hymns. • Sun., Jan. 5, at 3 p.m.: The awardwinning singer and songwriter, C. Daniel Boling, performs songs inhabited by interesting characters drawn from his life, including a vagabond who ran off with a tiny circus to tour the West, and an aging August 2013

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Ladies Game & Card Club, 1st Mon. Info: Tricia (480) 898-3374 or (480) 861-5038. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), Mon. Weighin 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., meeting 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Good Samaritan/Good Shepherd Senior Living, 5848 E. University Dr., Chapel. No food sold, strictly support. Affordable. Info: Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives Standing for Marriage Restoration Support Group , 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mon., Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room, 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert. Support group of wives committed to marriage no matter the circumstances, offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847,,


International Assoc. of Administrative Professionals, Kachina East Valley Chapter, 6 p.m. 2nd Tues., Fiesta Inn and Conference Center, 2100 S. Priest Dr., Tempe. Info: www.kachinachapter-iaap. org.

American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter , 5:30 p.m. 4th Tues., Landmark Restaurant, 809 W. Main St., Mesa. Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Info: Shelby, (602) 430-8834,

Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wed., Mission Church Seminar Room, 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert. Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,


Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Evening, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd Wed., Total Wine, SanTan Village, 2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Info:

Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room, 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert. Support group for women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Info: Lisa (602) 3778847,, LD 25 Democrats, 7 p.m. 1st Wed., Mesa Fire Station, 2830 E. Adobe, Mesa. Info: Ken Dowlin, Arizona Business Connection Networking Group, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wed., Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant, 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Networking /referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Info: Danny, (602) 363-0147,

Alzheimer’s Support Group at Sunrise Assisted Living of Gilbert, 6 p.m., 3rd Wed., Sunrise Assisted Living of Gilbert, 590 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. RSVP by Tuesday before meeting. Info: Brenda Mercer, (480) 632-9400.


Desert Valley Christian Ringers, handbell choir recruiting qualified ringers. Weekly rehearsal 7 p.m. Thurs. Apply online; or email Dwight Vilhauer: Info: (480) 507-5740.

Market St., Suite 104, Gilbert. Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Info: Southeast Valley Women’s Club, 10:30 a.m. 1st Thurs., Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Nonprofit, nondenominational, nonpolitical and volunteer-run social club of women wanting to meet other women. Annual dues $25. Info: Sylvia, 480-821-8693 SE Valley Women’s Club, 10:30 a.m. 1st Thurs., Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd. . Looking for a way to meet new friends, play cards. Join a book club or join friends for breakfast or lunch. Info: Sylvia (480) 821-8693.


Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fri., First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert. Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201


East Valley Friends & Neighbors, 1st Wed. Coffee and short meeting 9:30 a.m. Grace UMC, 2024 E. University, Mesa. Info: (480) 990-3501 or (480) 396-3629.

LBD Support Group, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 4th Thurs., Arbor Rose Senior Care Center, 6033 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206. For family members and caregivers of LOs having Lewy Body Disorder. Info: Marla at, (480) 641-2531.

Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter—Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, 7:15 a.m. Tues., Crackers and Co. Café, 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa. Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624,

Superstition Business Network, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Wed., Crackers & Co. Cafe., 1325 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa. Dedicated to better business through social and professional contact. Group limits membership to one individual per business type. Info: www.SBNLeads. com or Richard A. Prather, CPA, (480) 985-1040.

Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW), 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Thurs, of the month, Dobson Ranch Inn, 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa. Industry-specific referral and networking group. Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 444-2228,

The Pennsylvania Club, 10 a.m., 2nd Sat., LJ’s Pizza, 1038 E. Main St., Mesa. Lunch follows the meeting. Current and former Pennsylvania residents are invited. Info: (480) 832-5755 or (480) 357-6829.

MOPS at Central Christian Church, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tues. and Thurs. Take a much-needed break from your mothering duties for a time of refreshment and friendship with other mothers of preschoolers. Childcare provided. Info: or (480) 924-4946.

Women on a Mission to Earn Commission, 11:30 a.m. to1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wed., Cantina Laredo at SanTan Village Market, 2150 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Women-only networking group for successful businesswomen who want to grow their business. Cost is $15, all inclusive. RSVP requested; guests welcome. Info: Renee S., (480) 258-0583.

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Hospice of the Valley Grief Support, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tues., 777 W. Southern Ave., #301, Mesa. Learn coping skills about the normal process of grief. Info: (602) 530-6970.

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Kneaders Bakery and Café Kneaders Bakery and Café is the new kid on the block in Gilbert on Higley and Baseline roads. As a former home economics teacher, kneading was a skill I helped students learn and develop, so I was excited to see what this restaurant would offer. We went to Kneaders twice— once for breakfast and once for lunch. Let’s start with breakfast, which is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday. As we walked in, we were struck by how welcoming this restaurant felt. It was just like walking into a boutique in downtown Salt Lake City. The walls are lined with baked goods of all kinds, as well as homespun items such as inspirational plaques, aprons, baskets, jewelry, ribbons, chairs hanging on comm. spotlight

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the wall and lots of country greenery. We waited briefly in line and Lara happily gave us suggestions and took our order. Finding a seat wasn’t easy even on a weekday morning in the summertime because Kneaders has created a huge buzz in Gilbert. When our food was delivered, we dug right in. The Italian omelet ($5.29) with sausage, mozzarella, basil and red pepper was tasty as was the bacon, egg and cheese croissant ($4.39.) However, the prize goes to the chunky cinnamon French toast with fresh strawberries, cream and caramel syrup ($5.29.) This was perhaps the best French toast we have ever eaten! The huge slices of homemade chunky cinnamon bread covered in caramel syrup just melted monthly meeting

like butter as we savored every bite. Believe it or not, the French toast and the pancakes are “all you can eat.” We ordered a cinnamon roll ($2.19) which we saved for an afternoon treat and it had the most delicious layers of moist tender bread, cinnamon and frosting ever. When we returned to Kneaders a week later for lunch, we spent more time perusing the menu, which has soups, salads, kid combos, breads, pastries, desserts and smoothies. The food looked beautiful and even the printed menu is a work of art. My turkey cranberry sunflower salad was a yummy blend of all those ingredients plus mozzarella cheese, fresh greens, portabella mushrooms, red onions and sweet poppy seed dressing. The huge morsels of slow-roasted handpulled turkey were amazing and each salad comes with a choice of breads for just $7.79. Lou’s classic pastrami on rye sandwich ($6.39) included tasty layers of pastrami, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. We looked through the cases of delicious pastries and desserts and, after much debate,

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Summers in Arizona beckon us to the sea, so when Dr. Love and I had a chance to set sail to San Diego Bay for a threehour tour, we made like Gilligan and Mary Ann and hopped on board. Salt air, cool breezes, views of shell-filled beaches and Conch shells make very effective horns when the top the company of good friends is cut off. King Triton is said to have used a conch made it a perfect day. So when horn and is depicted holding one in Roman art. I spied a box of Conchiglioni (jumbo the waters, conch shell-shaped pasta) in a Little The blue-green sea-god, whose Italy market, I was inspired to bring a resounding horn culinary memory of the sea home to Is heard from shore to shore. Wet the desert. bearded Triton Conch shells hold quite a distinctive Set lip to that great shell, as Neptune spot in a variety of cultures and ordered, religions and curiously, in Roman Sounding retreat, and all the lands history. In Roman mythology, Triton, and waters son of Neptune, holds a trident in one Heard and obeyed. The sea has hand and a conch shell in the other. shores; the rivers, Triton was said to have blown on Still running high, have channels; the this conch shell like Dizzy Gillespie flood dwindle, to calm the sea or use it to scare the Hill-tops are seen again; the trees, giants when he played it like a fifth- long buried, grade budding French horn player. Rise with their leaves still muddy. The “Gigantes” feared a wild beast The world returns.” was upon them and were overcome, falling into their enemies’ power. More recently we’ve seen Triton Triton, using the conch shell, can be depicted as a Disney character in seen all throughout Italy, his likeness “The Little Mermaid.” Not sure why replicated in Rome’s fountains, statues he didn’t use his conch to get rid of and paintings. He is depicted with his Ursula but he did help out in Jason father Neptune in the Trevi fountain and the Argonauts, so he gets a little in Rome as well as Bernini’s Triton merman boost. He also gets credit fountain in Piazza Barbierini. Bernini, in my captain’s log as a mythological the greatest sculptor in the Baroque hero who inspired a great pasta shape. era, used the myth Metamorphoses, The shell shaped-pasta is perfect for by Ovid as a guide to create the stuffing with a variety of ingredients, fountain: and its ridges holds sauce better “King Neptune put down his trident, than a Sea Siren’s note. The juniors calmed the waves, and love their Nonna’s stuffed shells with Triton, summoned from far down ricotta and spinach, so I will share her under, with his shoulders secret recipe...think of it as a treasure Barnacle-strewn, loomed up above from the sea. events calendar

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16-24 jumbo pasta shells 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 package of frozen chopped spinach 1 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 1/2 cups of whole milk ricotta cheese (Not skim milk ricotta, don’t question the Italian Nonna) 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated 1/2 cup grated ParmigianoReggiano cheese 1 tablespoon chopped basil 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Ground nutmeg, to taste Pinch of oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce

Directions Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain well, then toss with oil in a large bowl; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook spinach as directed on box and drain well, then cool enough to handle, squeeze to remove any excess water. Transfer to a large bowl. Add garlic, ricotta, grated cheeses, nutmeg, salt and herbs to make the filling. (The filling can be made the night before allowing flavors to blend.) Spread a few spoonfuls of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9x12 shallow baking dish large enough to hold the

shells in a single layer. Fill each shell with spinach mixture and arrange in the dish. Pour remaining sauce over and around the stuffed shells and top with additional fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Cover with foil and bake until hot throughout, 20 to 30 minutes, then uncover and continue baking until golden brown (you can sprinkle with more mozzarella cheese at this point if you like), about 10 minutes more. Garnish with some fresh chopped parsley and serve! It’s not just us crazy myth-loving Italians who believe in the power of the conch. Buddha’s followers believe its sound can awaken a person from ignorance. Not sure if this is true but I do know the smell wafting from your oven will certainly awaken your appetite. Now, put down your conch shell and try them. “Sea?”...I told you, one bite makes you want to blow on that conch and frighten the giants away so you can have them all to yourself.

As a first-generation American, Brenda Laufer grew up in an Italian home where ravioli were made by the hundreds and cooking pasta was a sacred event. That passion continues when she creates in her kitchen, where she loves entertaining family and friends. She and her pasta-loving husband, Robert, have four children and one grandson and have lived in Mesa for more than 20 years. Buon Appetito! Contact the Pasta Vixen at

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Jeanne’s School of Dance Professional Instruction to Students of All Ages for More Than 50 Years With more than 50 years of toplevel instruction and thousands upon thousands of dancers having twirled and flipped through the doors, Jeanne’s School of Dance remains an East Valley institution. It continues to turn out talented and confident dancers, cheerleaders, gymnasts and performers. Now is the time to enroll for fall classes. Classes offered at Jeanne’s include: ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, clogging, lyrical, hip hop, pom and cheer and tumbling. “Our classes will be beginning when school starts...we start enrolling the end of July and the first part of August for our fall classes,” stated founder Jeanne Wright. Major enrollments occur in the beginning of August, January and in on the town

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May for the summer, but can also be done throughout the year. Some dance classes for adults are also available. Jeanne’s School of Dance offers a complimentary lesson for potential students. “We have great classes in all areas,” Wright said. There are a few specific performance troupes at the school, too. The ballet troupe is Arizona Youth Ballet and the other dance troupe is called The Power Force Dancers. The Power Force Dancers compete in various competitions throughout the Valley during the year. Mickey Mouse is a big fan of Jeanne’s School of Dance. “We always go to Disneyland and then once in awhile we’ll go to other dance conventions, depending on events calendar

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what’s going on,” Wright noted. “A lot of them have done really well A visit to the studio revealed an entire in their colleges. We’re very proud of wall of fun photos of performances our dancers.” that have taken place over the years at Some dancers have gone on to Disneyland. perform with the Milwaukee Ballet, Arizona Youth Pennsylvania Ballet Ballet does not and Ballet Arizona. compete, rather it is After many decades, strictly a performance Jeanne’s School of group. It presents the Dance continues to holiday classic “The be a top choice for Nutcracker” each year. Last year, Westwood Every day is a chance to learn dancers wanting a High School served as something new at Jeanne’s positive dance school experience. the perfect venue and School of Dance. “We’ve always had a very wholesome Wright anticipates the performance will take place there again this year. atmosphere,” Wright explained. “Our Dancers in “The Nutcracker” don’t costumes have always been modest necessarily have to be with Arizona and pleasing to the mothers and we always have very, very qualified Youth Ballet. “They can audition. We have open teachers. They are very good with auditions for other dancers, too,” kids.” Jeanne’s School of Dance has two Wright noted. Audition dates will probably be in late September, so locations. The East Mesa studio is check back at Jeanne’s School of located at 1058 N. Higley Rd. (at Brown Dance website, www.jeannesdance. Road); (480) 396-8864. The Mesa studio is located at 1337 S. Gilbert Rd., net, for updates. “Our dancers have gone on to Suite 114 (north of U.S. Highway 60), perform in Broadway, off-Broadway (480) 497-4646. For more information, visit and Las Vegas,” she said.

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I am incredibly grateful for our armed forces service members, and it has been my privilege to represent a number of them in family law matters. Cases involving members of the military are often an amalgamation of state and federal laws, which can lead to even more issues in court. While many of our judges have a general knowledge of some of the special rules affecting biz box

service members and their families, you cannot assume that they have all of the information to make the correct decisions. I recently handled a case in which a father of a child with limited supervised parenting time sought to gain legal decision making (formerly custody) and have the child placed in his care until the mother, an army officer deployed overseas, returned.

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The father hired an attorney and, after their attempts at bullying my client failed, they filed a petition to modify. We responded and after a brief hearing the judge dismissed the father’s petition because my client was actively deployed. Another case I handled involved a sailor whose ex-wife would not allow him to see his children. The sailor was stationed in California and the ex-wife had moved to Arizona. Imagine a sailor getting back from a six-month deployment and not being able to have his children greet him or see them shortly thereafter. Although it was too late to have the court rule to keep the children in California, I am proud that we gained my client substantial and regular parenting time, including the majority of the summer.


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I have handled other cases involving a host of other military issues such as military retirement, child support payments and determining jurisdiction. Although I have handled numerous cases for service members, I also represent ex-spouses. Military service, although noble and selfless in many ways, does not make one above the law. If you are involved in a divorce, custody, or any family law matter related to the military, please call my office and schedule a consultation.

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Water is life, swim for life Fall is approaching, but that doesn’t mean that swimming has to end. Mesa Aquatics Club has a year-round competitive swim team and offers comprehensive swim instruction for kids and adults ranging from beginners to Olympic trial-caliber athletes. Mesa Aquatics Club has a wide variety of programs that it wants to share with the community. “Mesa Aquatics Club encompasses four separate, but related organizations,” explained Coaching Director and CEO Paul Smith. That includes age group swimming for all ages, adult swimming, water polo for all levels and swim school. City water programs are winding down and Mesa Aquatics Club offers the chance for kids to continue swimming instruction and on the town

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† You can read more on this subject online. Today’s article by Michael O’Brien is entitled, “Obama: No time for ‘flat—earth society’ on climate change.” news/2013/06/25/19135726-obama-no-time-for-flat-earthsociety-on-climate-change?lite *More details at: 1. R-22 has been the staple of air-conditioning refrigerant since the 1950’s. Due to the Montreal Protocol Agreement in 1987, R-22 has been on a scheduled production phase out. The point made in this letter is that the EPA has twice now, without warning, accelerated the scheduled reduction amount, resulting in unexpected price increases due to supply and demand.

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