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Teen Dancer Lives Dream In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Fremont Junior High School explain. It was incredible to see all the student Robin Jackson girls do it in sync.” Before leaving for calls her Thanksgiving New York, the girls nothing less than were provided with a “magical.” link to a website that The 13-year-old showed the basics of was one of 650 female the dance they would dancers from across be performing. the United States The Jacksons who performed in the arrived in New York 87th annual Macy’s on Saturday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day when the seemingly Parade in New York endless practicing City. began. Maureen said “Magical, a once in from 7 p.m. until a lifetime opportunity about 10:45 p.m. they and I was a part of practiced. it,” Robin said of her “They practiced four experience as a Spirit to six hours a day,” she of America dancer. Fremont Junior High School said of the 650 girls. “All the thousands of student Robin Jackson danced While in New people waving and in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. York, the eighth smiling at us from the side of the streets to inside the office grader visited Radio City Music Hall to see “The Christmas Spectacular” buildings ... it was really exciting.” Robin was the youngest of eight featuring the Rockettes. She also saw girls from Jeanne’s School of Dance the Broadway show “Newsies,” Times East Mesa who participated in the Square, the Empire State building and Rockefeller Center tree. She embarked parade. “My daughter just made the cut” on a New York harbor sight-seeing due to her age, said mom, Maureen. cruise of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue “I’m just over-the-top proud.” The of Liberty and Ellis Island. “Mom took us all to see the World girls had to be at least 13 years old to Trade Center Memorial,” Robin said. be involved in the parade. “I just think of all the girls in the “We have talked about it, seen it at country and my daughter was able school and now I actually was there. I’d to have the opportunity to do this,” say we pretty much saw it all including Maureen said. “She has worked hard riding the subway.” Robin fell in love with dance 11 years to get to this point.” The girls walked, chanted and waved ago. “It’s kind of consumed her life. She in the two and half mile parade before they wound up in Herald Square loves it,” Maureen said. Robin does ballet technique, pointe, at Macy’s where they performed their dance. The dance was to the senior contemporary, senior tricks, “Mad Hatter” theme from “Alice in teen technique, Hot Shots Tap, Hot Shots Jazz, ballet V/VI, advanced Wonderland.” Maureen recalled standing at the clogging and Teen Fierce Dance edge of the parade when she saw her Competitors Group. “I feel happy when I dance and I daughter, who was flanked by big am glad others enjoy watching me balloons. “It was such an overwhelming because I can see the smiles on their feeling,” Maureen said. “It’s hard to faces,” Robin said. classifieds

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Ellsworth, a former state legislator who also served a stint in Washington, D.C., as U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater’s top aide, died Dec. 9 in Mesa, according to AZ Central. He was 82.

Hey batter batter! Spring registration is open for Red Mountain National Little League. Visit to sign up. Anderson and Associates Public Relations and Edit Bay Communications, two marketing communications firms with 20 years of experience, have merged and have rebranded as Cactus Creative LLC. Owners Jim B. Varner and Laurie W. Anderson are Las Sendas residents. With the rebranding, Cactus Creative also launched a new website,, featuring a fresh look and enhanced functionality. Info: or call (480) 981-4046.

Mesa’s Richard Hale appeared on “The Price is Right” last month during a special pet adoption week in honor of Bob Barker’s 90th birthday. He did quite well—winning a selection of hand bags in one bid. He also played “One Right Price” and won a Panasonic Plasma 3D TV and a Yamaha Motor Scooter to equal $7,257.99 in prizes! Peter Piper Pizza reopened at Mesa Riverview as one of the “reimagined” restaurants dubbed the “Piper Remix” project. All locations will receive facelifts by 2018. Piper Remix is aimed at attracting millennial families, boasting new exterior color and signage, revamped modern interiors and new store configurations showcasing abundant glass, brick and modern lighting. Flexible seating arrangements are available including areas for customizable family dining as well as large parties, an enhanced

Mesa recently lost two beloved folks. Jeanne Wright, the 87-year-old founder of Jeanne’s School of Dance—a longtime staple in the community— died on Oct. 20. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund, Missionary Fund or the Perpetual Education Fund through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 E. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84150. D. Delos

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By Lynette Carrington There are many unhealthy and unproductive distractions that can lead young people down the wrong path. One organization seeks to change that with a focus on service and discipline, with opportunities to earn ribbons for special skills. East Valley Young Marines welcomes all youth between the ages of 8 and 18 who are actively enrolled in a public, private or certified home school and in good standing. The group is not used as a recruiting pool, rather, it is a dynamic program to teach skills, life lessons and discipline while focusing on drug and alcohol diversion. Tyson Henry is a 12-year-old Mesa teen attending Stapley Junior High who has benefited greatly from the unique Sgt. Rhiannon Giesegh and Tyson Henry at a hot dog fundraiser for the Young Marines. program. “I’ve always been interested in the leadership and respect. We also do a military and I used to run around and lot of community service,” Alger said. play army guys, so my mom thought He has also seen a remarkable I should learn more about the Young change in Tyson. Marines,” Tyson said. “He’s come a long way. He was “I looked at it and decided that it one of my kids that came in shy and was a good idea. Once I graduate, I introverted and he’s come out of his had a choice to stay with the Young shell. Now, he doesn’t mind getting up Marines or not.” in front of people to speak.” The program is about 10 weeks Tyson’s mother Dawn Henry long and Tyson graduated in May as added, “In the 11 months that my a Young Marines Honor Graduate son has participated in this program Private First Class. He has decided to he has earned 11 ribbons ranging remain with Young Marines. from physical fitness, scuba, first aid/ “We go on campouts and every CPR and fire safety to community month we have fun days and Color service and communications. My Guard and classes on drug resistance,” son has completed almost 100 hours he noted. of community service in his short He stated that the valuable lessons time with the program. It is not a he has learned through East Valley requirement but instead a passion and Young Marines will serve him well desire that is instilled in these kids to into high school and beyond. give back.” Frank (Gunny) Alger is the unit There are more than 300 Young commander for the East Valley Marine units nationwide and four units Young Marines. A 20-year Marine in Okinawa, Japan. Internationally, Corps veteran, he helped found the there are more than 14,000 Young East Valley Young Marines because Marine members and 2,200 adult staff his father was involved in the volunteers. On the national level, the organization. program features a national director “We’re not trying to get kids to join and two assistant directors guiding the service. We’re trying to get them to the program. For more information, develop the skill sets they need to be visit www.eastvalleyyoungmarines. successful; so basically the discipline, com. January 2014

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A Ronald McDonald House will open in the parking lot of Cardon Children’s Medical Center later this year to help assist families who have children receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment.

Ronald McDonald House to Open in Mesa By Meghan McCoy Families of children receiving medical treatment will have a place to stay as a Ronald McDonald House will open at Cardon Children’s Medical Center this year. The organization signed a 99-year lease for an existing building at the hospital, said Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach. The rent on the building, a former psychiatric facility, is $1 per year. “The families that stay (will) just have to walk across the parking lot to be with their children,” she said. Ronald McDonald House is now trying to raise funds to renovate the building to create a homey atmosphere. Roach said $1.6 million of the needed $2.1 million has been raised. To donate, call Roach at (602) 798-5089. “The minute the funds come in, we are ready to build,” Roach said. The construction will take about six months to complete. The house will have 16 individual rooms, a dining room, and a common kitchen and living room, as well as a public laundry room and outdoor patios. “We try to provide them with common areas for the ability to be with other families,” Roach said. The rooms, which are about the same size as a hotel room, will have a queen-size bed, dresser and desk area, as well as its own bathroom. “Two of the rooms will even have kitchenettes for families that can’t go into the community kitchen because

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their child might have a suppressed immune system,” she said. “In this case, the family can stay out of the general population to protect their child.” A survey of 100 families revealed the need for the Ronald McDonald House. Some respondents said they slept in their cars while their children were receiving care. Others stay with family or in a “nesting room,” a hospital room for mothers. The first Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix opened in 1985 as a 63room facility. In 2008, a second home opened near Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “This will help tremendously,” said Roach of having a house in Mesa. “It’s a great opportunity for these families.” Families who have children younger than 22 years old who are receiving treatment at Cardon Children’s Medical Center can stay at the Ronald McDonald House on a first-come, first-serve basis. Although they ask families to pay $15 a night, they do not turn anyone away who cannot afford it. In 2012, 1,500 families used the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix and they checked-in approximately 2,200 times. Roach said the families stayed for almost 1,900 nights. Out of those families, only 12 percent could contribute money. “That’s why we raise money in the community,” she said. “We are community funded.” January 2014

The Arizona Museum for Youth Friends Inc., a nonprofit organization charged with raising funds for the Arizona Museum for Youth, is asking the community to donate to its $12,500 Kickstarter campaign. Funds generated through Sunday, Jan. 26, will help build “The HUB,” an engaging, hands-on space that will foster creativity in the upcoming, newly rebranded i.d.e.a. Museum. Every donation will count as this is an all-or-nothing campaign. Kickstarter projects are only funded if the entire goal is met. If it falls even a dollar short, the museum receives nothing (credit cards will not be charged). Donations are tax deductible. For more information, view the Kickstarter video at www. or www. the-hub-a-new-interactive-creativespace-at-idea-m. “We need you, members of the community to join us in making a donation in order to make this space

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a reality,” says Carmen Guerrero of the AMY Friends. “Your support will help children and families of all backgrounds and abilities achieve their dreams and aspirations by helping lay a foundation which fosters their creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills.” The HUB is just one aspect of the new museum brand. It is called a hands-on space where patrons and children can unleash their creativity. There are more than 10 different experiences planned in this space. “Kickstarter is a great way for the community to get involved in helping us provide creative opportunities for everyone,” said Sunnee O’Rork, AMY executive director. “Only 50 percent of public schools in Arizona offer some type of creative, artistic opportunity as part of their standard curriculum. Creativity is

listed as the single most attribute of the future, according to an IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs worldwide. By backing this project, you will help us ensure that the creativity in all of us continues to thrive.” This is the first Kickstarter campaign by a nonprofit for a museum in the Valley. The $12,500 is part of a $100,000 third, public match, led by the Arizona Museum for Youth Friends nonprofit in response to a lead gift of $100,000 by visionary John Whiteman and $100,000 match to his contribution by Mesa toward the overall rebrand initiative goal of $300,000. Donors (also known as “backers”) will receive awards, including free tickets to the new i.d.e.a. Museum exclusive VIP re-brand launch on Thursday, Feb. 6. The i.d.e.a. Museum is scheduled for launch to the public on Friday, Feb. 7. For more information about the Kickstarter program, call Lindsay Hochhalter at (480) 644-5564.


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Bunco Group to Raise Funds Feb. 1 Soroptimist International of Mesa will be hosting its 12th annual Bunco Fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mesa Women’s Club, 200 N. Macdonald. The theme is the “Roaring ‘20s: ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’” and costumes are welcome. There will be a door prize, raffle items and prize balloon sales. The $25 tickets include a buffet dinner. Soroptimists are described as “women at their best, working to help other women and girls be their best.” Proceeds from this event will support Helen’s Hope Chest, and other local projects such as student mentoring and monetary awards. For more information or tickets, contact Patsy Fimbres at (480) 9646400, or

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Author Publishes Second Book Of ‘Whispers From The Past’ Series By Meghan McCoy Donald Ensenbach’s writing career began when he completed a book for his family and friends who were visiting Arizona in 1990. However, his true love of writing about history has taken hold with the second book in his “Whispers from the Past” series called “Shadows through a Spirit Window.” The 75-year-old Mesa resident tapped into his real love—history— after completing six autobiographies. “I just walked away from the autobiographies in 2010 and started writing my series,” he said. A healthy amount of inspiration comes from his travels with his wife of 54 years. At each stop, Ensenbach absorbs the history and myths of the locals. “We drive everywhere we go, so I have some good ideas for future

books,” he explained. “It’s amazing some of the things I have been able to run into by mistake by many occasions. The stories are fantastic. The legends and myths is what I enjoy writing about.” All of his books are fiction, but they use real locations when appropriate. “Now, I’m having the time of my life,” he said of writing his fiction novels. “I’m fantasizing and putting down what I think is important and using history as much as possible.” The first book in his series, “Kokopelli: Dream Catchers of an Ancient,” focuses on the time period between the seventh and 15th centuries when the Spaniards arrived. Ensenbach said he pieced together a story about Kokopelli by reading anthropologists’ and archeologists’ accounts.

“I pieced together a story of a Spirit Window,” is based on the life Kokopelli who had the reputation of of the daughter, whose family also being a traveling trader and god of decided to be travelers as well. futility,” he said. For more information, visit www. He was inspired to start the series and search for the after seeing a newspaper article about author’s name. He will sign copies of a 12-year-old boy who delivered the book at the Chandler Art Walk in a substance to his front of Sibley West, grandfather’s tomb. 72 San Marcos Pl., In the book, the prefrom 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 teen boy is an orphan, p.m. Friday, Jan. 17; who lived off of dream and during museum catchers at night. hours on Saturday, Jan. Later, he located one 18, and Sunday, Jan. of his daughters in a 19, at the Superstition village and married Mountain Museum in the mother. Apache Junction. “It was kind of He said the third interesting story as it book, “When the went through,” he said. Spirits Moved,” is about earthquakes Ensenbach decided and volcanoes that to write another book Donald Ensenbach released his took place in the 10th on the encouragement new novel “Shadows through a Spirit Window,” which is the century on Hopi land of fans. in Northern Arizona. “They asked me to second book of his “Whispers “I’m hoping I have go back and pick up from the Past” series. some of these people that they have the time to do all of these. It should kind of come attached to,” he said of be a lot of fun doing it. If I keep going the way I am, I can complete the series the characters. The second book, “Shadows through and then some,” he said.

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Massachusetts Arts School Auditioning in Gilbert Aspiring dancers from across the Valley will have the unique opportunity to audition for Walnut Hill School for the Arts’ prestigious summer and high school dance programs. Walnut Hill representatives will hold auditions at Ballet Etudes, 2401 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 111, Gilbert, on Monday, Jan. 20. Registration for all ages is 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; auditions for ages 10 to 13 is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and auditions for children ages 14 to 17 is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students who wish to audition for the 2014-2015 Dance Program, Summer Dance 2014 or Summer Youth Dance 2014 are welcome to attend the relevant audition listed above. Preregistration is not required, but is encouraged. For more information and to pre-register, please visit: apply/audition-requirements/dance/ national-audition-tour/. Taught by world-renowned dance educators, Walnut Hill’s high school dance curriculum is a pre-professional

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski From the outside, Randy Shepherd was the picture of health. He actively rode his mountain bike and played in a fairly competitive softball league. Then five years ago, severe fatigue set in. The East Mesa resident lost his appetite and dropped 20 pounds. The symptoms were familiar to Shepherd, who contracted rheumatic fever twice before the age of 16. The disease damaged his heart, forcing doctors to replace two heart valves with metal at 17. This time around, however, he convinced himself he was just tired or had the flu. “In the back of my mind, I knew I had something wrong with my heart,” Shepherd said. He didn’t expect to hear that he needed a heart transplant. As a bridge to the transplant, Shepherd, 39, was fitted with an artificial heart, complete with an external 20-pound backpack motor earlier this year. It is audible as he speaks on the phone from University Medical Center in Tucson, where he was awaiting his new heart. To help defray the transplant’s peripheral costs, Shepherd’s friends and family are hosting the appropriately dubbed Tin Man Boutique from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1850 N. Higley Rd., in a warehouse behind Flancer’s, in East Mesa. For details, visit www. To participate, call Shesten Melder at (480) 390-5493. So far, craft and food vendors have committed as well as a photographer who’s donated a photo session. Monetary donations may also be made via Wells Fargo account No. 8968057771. On Saturday, Jan. 4, Shepherd’s friends and family will rally to make crafts for Tin Man Boutique at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1430 N. Recker Rd., Mesa. The holiday season is one, unfortunately, of loss. Shepherd realizes this and doesn’t like to think about someone’s death allowing him to live. “Donors spike during the holidays,”

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he said. “It’s a time of a lot of travel. There are a lot of people out on the road. There are DUIs, as sad as it is. I kind of feel like a vulture thinking about it. I’m certainly not trying to hasten anybody’s demise.” Shepherd and his wife, Tiffany, have three children—Krista, 16, Kelsey, 12, and Nathan, 7. “They’ve been taking it really well,” he said. “They know dad’s sick. That’s really all my son has ever known of me. He was a year old when this all started. “With my daughters, it has been a blessing. While they were growing up, I was running my own business. I was a plumbing contractor.” He worked about 100 hours a week, allowing him to only see his family on the weekends. “Being home the last five years, I’ve gotten to catch up with them, and experience those things with my son that I didn’t get to experience with my daughters.” However, the family is taking into consideration that he might not make it through. “We’ve talked about it,” he said. “We’re a really strong religious family. We’ve taught them that this life isn’t the end. We go on to live afterward and we’ll see each other again. If I do die, it’s not the end.” January 2014

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Trampoline Safety Priority for Backyard Bouncing By Tracy House The kids bounce, jump and bound through the air, soaring above the ground and giggling with excitement on the newest present from the holidays—a trampoline. They are a lot of fun, but if not used properly they can be dangerous and cause, often avoidable, injuries. According to information published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is estimated there were 94,900 emergency roomtreated injuries associated with trampolines in 2012. Major reasons for injuries include colliding with another person on the trampoline; improper landing while jumping or doing stunts; falling or jumping off the trampoline; and falling on the trampoline springs or frame.

Keeping the kids safe and still allowing them to have fun means taking precautions and implementing rules for trampoline safety. Scott Barclay, ASU men’s gymnastics coach since 1979 and the owner of Aspire Kids Sports Center, said there are some steadfast rules for backyard trampolines. “The No. 1 rule on tramp is one person on a tramp at a time,” Barclay said. “A study has been done and there are more kids in the ER because of trampoline and the No. 1 reason is two kids on a trampoline at a time.” He explained there is a lot of force as one child is jumping up and the other is coming down. “In our gym the No. 1 rule is one person on the tramp at a time. If we

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27, from 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Main Library Youth Activity Center, 64 E. First St., Mesa WHEN: Wed., Jan. 8, thru Sun., Jan. 12, COST: Free various times INFO: (480) 644-3100 WHERE: US Airways Center, 201 E. New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Jefferson St., Phoenix pasta vixen Development and First Things First are mom cents financially speaking COST: $20 to $75 presenting the S.T.E.P.S. Plus parent INFO: (800) 745-3000 or education workshops, a series of 10 fun and interactive sessions that will help Get ready to rock out with some of the each parent learn effective ways to most magical idols of all in Disney on Ice prepare their birth to 5-year-old children presents “Rockin’ Ever After.” A cast of for future success. world-class skaters brings your favorite


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WHEN: Fri., Jan. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: McQueen Park Activity Center, 510 N. Horne St., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: (480) 503-6294 or Grab your best stuffed friend and join the group for stories, songs and fun.

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WHEN: Sat., Jan. 18, at 8 a.m. WHERE: Riparian Preserve, 2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: Walks depart as groups gather at the Dragonfly Ramada.

WHEN: Sat., Jan. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa COST: Donations of materials INFO: Well-trained presenters teach about the natural history of each animal and tell how each came to be at Liberty Wildlife. They explain the place that the animals hold in the desert ecosystem and point out adaptations to desert life.

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WHEN: Sat., Jan. 25, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Hubbard Riverview, 1061 N. Dobson Rd., Suite 101, Mesa COST: $5 per swimmer, free for children younger than 3, $15 max per family INFO: (602) 971-4044 or Hubbard Riverview invites children with special needs and their families to come to an open swim. There are two, heated 90-degree indoor pools that are 4 feet deep with ledges and steps for exploration and fun.

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Talking to your children about New Year’s resolutions can be positive and motivational because it helps to focus on new beginnings. It also allows children to set goals and work on obtaining them. This can be a fun family activity that everyone can enjoy discussing. The important point to remember is that we should help our children pick attainable (trying to fly to the moon is a tad unrealistic!) and fun goals that they will enjoy reaching. If you are helping your children come up with new resolutions this year, here are a few ideas: Financial: Help kids make goals to be financially responsible this year. Are your kids old enough for an allowance? How are they spending their money? Set up a bank account and allow them to start saving. Even photo page

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little amounts will help them to start to learn money sense and value what they have. Healthy Living: Many New Year’s resolutions resolve around getting fit, yet for many children who don’t need to lose weight, a focus can be to stay active. Playing at recess, riding a bike, starting a new sport—allow your children to pick their favorite activity to focus on this year. My son is excited to continue playing baseball this year, so his resolution is to practice more. Educational: Depending on the age of your child this can vary, and because

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my children are young, their goals are simple. This goal can focus on grades, or something more specific, such as reading more books or learning more about a favorite subject. Helping Others: Volunteering at church or school, adding chores around the house, deciding to befriend the new kid at school, or just resolving to not pick on his or her younger sibling. This resolution will help children think of others in the New Year. Safety: For younger kids, this may be to remember to wear a helmet while on the bike or put sunscreen on before going out. For older kids, this can include wearing seatbelts in the car, and committing to a set curfew. Make sure you have fun when you are picking resolutions—and unlike most adults, try to pick goals that they can reach!


navigating parenthood By Eva Dwight, B.A. MaEd. mom section

Pay Attention to Eliminate Misbehavior Last month, I introduced the four mistaken goals of misbehavior. According to psychologists Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, children Eva Dwight misbehave when they don’t feel belonging and significance; they unconsciously seek to create connection, but their negative behavior actually causes greater disconnection. As a parent, tuning into my feelings can point me toward my child’s mistaken goal, and I can then take appropriate steps to teach him how to achieve belonging and significance with positive behaviors, instead. One of the mistaken goals is attention. When a child’s negative behaviors are making parents feel irritated, annoyed, pasta vixen

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worried or guilty, the child’s mistaken (unconscious) belief is, “I matter only when I’m keeping you busy with me.” Responding with anger or punishment can escalate the problem. Instead, when parents recognize why their child is—pick one—bickering with a sibling, interrupting when they’re on the phone, only completing a task when the parent is standing near to supervise, purposely making a mess, acting out at school... then they can respond strategically.

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Redirect: Tell squabbling kids that you’re sure they can resolve the problem once they’ve calmed down, and engage them in a task (not necessarily a fun one— we don’t want to reward bickering). Later, ask them to create a resolution that works for both of them. Don’t

take sides. Let them develop problemsolving skills and figure it out! Get your child involved in an activity with you. Cooking, cleaning and laundry take longer when children help, but think of the skills you’re teaching while you spend time together! Plan for time together: “I’m busy right now but I’ll spend time with you when I’m finished. What could you do beside me while I work?” Set up nonverbal signals: When you’re busy and your child needs something, teach him to touch you on the knee or shoulder quietly, and then signal back with one or two fingers to let him know you received the message and will be with him soon. To practically eliminate the need for this mistaken goal, use proactive planning to set children up for success. Make time for children daily: Eat at least one meal together several days per week. Do your “homework” while they do theirs. Do chores together!

Play games, take a walk or read together daily. Never leave home empty handed: Keep a basket of books/portable activities in the car so you always have it handy while you wait at a restaurant, doctor’s office, etc. Notice and acknowledge when your child is acting appropriately: “Thanks for being patient while I (fill in the blank). Now, what can we do together?” Parents of teens, don’t believe the myth that your child doesn’t want to spend time with you. Teenagers value “together time,” even if they don’t always show it. Children who are connected to parents are less likely to act out in school, use drugs/alcohol, or engage in illegal activities. Giving them attention, whether they’re 6 or 16, creates belonging and significance, so this mistaken goal is no longer needed! Eva Dwight is a parent, family and personal coach. For more information, go to www.creativecoachingconversations. com.

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Some of the Gains, In Exchange For None Of The Losses By Thomas K. Brueckner, CLTC


s we enter 2014, last year’s bull market faces a myriad of problems. It’s overvalued, subsidized by the Fed, and the artificial quality of its earnings is being driven less by sales than by labor force reductions, outsourcing, automation and efficient technology, the hiring of part-time workers, and wage stagnation. Companies have bought back their own stock with money raised by issuing their own bonds, leaving them rife with cash and debt. The debt bubble we are in requires Yellen’s Fed to keep the QE apparatus humming because if rates were allowed to rise to the historical mean, governments, corporations, banks, and individuals would be subject to tremendous stress, littering the landscape with bankruptcies, business failures, and foreclosures. The Fed is trying to buy time, hoping the world economy improves in time to prevent the inevitable. It’s a colossal gamble on a massive scale with unthinkable consequences if it fails. Individual investors face some challenges too, after The Year No One Expected in 2013. Conditions last seen in early 2000 and late 2007: irrational exuberance, record levels of margin debt, and fund managers with record equity exposure all bode poorly for those trying to convince themselves that the coming “correction” will be shallow and short-lived. Recent history bears different testimony but, as an old mentor once told me, “The only thing we learn from market history, is that investors repeatedly refuse to learn from market history”, so don’t expect scar tissue to deter the foolhardy. Logic, experience, and common sense should dictate that if “buy low, sell high” is the watch phrase of investing, now would be an opportune time to take some profits, and perhaps move to the sidelines. The older you are, the less tolerance you have for risk. As we often ask new prospects with sufficient assets for a sus-

tainable retirement and age-inappropriate risk exposure, “If you’ve already won the game, why are you still out on the field?” While most have “never thought of it that way”, some have a different reply, parroting the advisors who benefit from ongoing management (risk exposure) of those funds: “But we can’t afford not to be at risk, since only equities historically outpace inflation over time…” (Never mind the fact that inflation is currently at 1.2% and has averaged less than 2.3% for a decade.) Translation: No pain, no gain. Really? Guess again. A savings platform first developed by insurance companies in the mid nineties credits market-linked interest (like a CD) during years when the indices (S&P 500, DJIA, etc.) advance—retaining such gains amid a selloff or meltdown the following year. Fixed Index Annuities, or FIAs as they are now called, protected their owner’s account balances during both the -51% “tech wreck” sell-off in 2000-2, and again during the -57% decline that followed the subprime mortgage and financial crisis on Wall Street. They have grown so much in popularity that some of the brokerage firms that once maligned them have recently partnered with the companies that developed them, for the benefit of their more risk-averse clients, lest their advisors lose such clients to other firms. Employing the simplicity of time-tested hedging via the use of options, FIA firms guarantee a) their client’s original principal, b) any bonus monies credited (in exchange for a longer enrollment), as well as c) each year’s market-linked interest gains against losses. Like an ever rising tide leaving a new high-water mark, an FIA owner will only see their account value grow or hold—and only decline when they take a withdrawal. Although they’ll never again hit a market home run, they’ll hit a lot of singles,

doubles, and triples, while never losing the retirement game. Regulators, CFPs and actuaries have long maintained that the older an investor gets (and the further into a sustainable retirement), the less risk they should be taking. Getting market-linked interest of 3-9%—we’ve even seen credits of over 20% during banner years— knowing you’ll never lose those gains to another massive sell-off, makes for many a contented retiree sleeping very well at night. Whatever Janet Yellen or Europe’s central banking elite have up their economic sleeve in 2014, we all know that the reality of a stagnant world economy will eventually overtake the euphoric fantasy that was 2013. The only question is whether you’ll have protected yourself this time. Thomas K. Brueckner, CLTC, is President/CEO of Strategic Asset Conservation in Scottsdale, a conservative wealth management firm with clients in 18 states and 6 countries. He is a 2011 Advisor of the Year national finalist, a radio talk show host, and a mentor to other advisors nationally. He may be reached for comment at

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By Brian Hay, Title I specialist Mesa Public Schools is home to one of the few dual language programs in the East Valley. Keller Elementary School offers kindergarten through fifth-grade curriculum, with plans to expand English-Spanish program through sixth-grade in the 2014-15 school year. The Program’s Goal The goal is for students to become bilingual and biliterate, while gaining an appreciation for other cultures. The Keller Elementary model is aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. Students receive instruction in both languages, with the day divided into English and Spanish blocks. They are encouraged to use the learned language and content in group settings and during individualized instruction with the teacher. Cultural diversity is incorporated in the program, through student participation in events that honor important historical figures, traditions and holidays. The Mesa Arts Center’s Dia de los Muertos Festival is one such event. Students utilize their English and Spanish skills to participate in the altar contest honoring the memory of Cesar Chavez. Increased Support for All Research indicates children can transfer learning in one language to another, enhancing a child’s educational and cognitive development. Dual language programs

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dangerous but it can also be very fun. And it can also be very healthy.” Barclay mentioned that bouncing on a trampoline tightens the core muscles. “For somebody to bounce for just five minutes is probably one of the best workouts they can have. You don’t have to flip or do anything. Just bounce. Every time you land you have to tighten your core.” “It’s so important,” Barclay said of trampoline safety. “It’s dear to me because it gives a bad name to trampoline when people get hurt. If we can keep them from getting hurt they will enjoy the sport and just the activity of bouncing.” He reiterates, the No. 1 rule, only one person on the trampoline at the time. “It’s a hard rule to follow, but if they stick to it they’ll be a lot safer.” Aspire Kids Sports Center, which trains kids from throughout the Valley, is located at 50 S. Hearthstone Way, Chandler. Visit www. aspirekidsportscom or call (480) 8203774 for more information. For more information about trampoline safety, go to 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 January 2014

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Kids are used to waking up to gifts from Santa, but the jolly man is nowhere in sight when Christmas morning comes but Mesa residents had the chance to get an early glimpse of him on December 14. Residents woke up to Breakfast with Santa, an annual Mesa tradition that includes a pancake photo page events calendargoody bag, holiday activities and of course, a picture with breakfast, the big guy. Proceeds benefitted the City of Mesa’s Community Spirit, which provides funds for elementary books, field trips, materials and more. Photos by Tiera Allen.



1. A volunteer from Red Mountain High School’s Diversity Club holds a sign for a table of 4. 2. Volunteers Alexis Cooper and Jenna Forrey keep the bacon warm. 3. Gage Ljundgren of Scottsdale smiles for a photo with Santa. 4. Three girls decorate paper snowflake ornaments. 5. Suzanne decorates gingerbread cookies hearsay monthly meeting with Noah and Daniel Campbell. 6. Kiley Stevens and Rachel Portell work hard on their foam gingerbread man ornaments. 7. Tauja Jones helps her son Taimari build a paper sticker Santa. 8. Santa has his 15 minutes of fame as a local news station interviews him about the event. 9. Blank gingerbread cookies wait to be decorated. 10. Adam and Heather Henry help their daughter Addison finish breakfast before meeting Santa. 11. Volunteer Summer Stehl with her little helpers Nicholas and Michael Stehl.






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Fiddler on the Roof Beloved Musical Classic Co-Stars Mesa Resident By Lynette Carrington

Mesa resident Kathi Osborne is one It’s such a beautiful story and tradition of the few thespians who have been is something I wish we had more of.” able to make acting a full-time career. “Fiddler on the Roof ” tells the story Starring as “Golde” in The Palms of Jewish dairyman Tevye during preTheatre’s rendition of “Fiddler on revolutionary Russia. The patriarch the Roof ” from Jan. 9 through Feb. peasant deals with the trials and 15, Osborne is often cast tribulations of marrying in comedic roles. So this off three of his daughters production is a bit of a during a time of growing departure for the seasoned anti-Semitism. actress. The classic tale is full of “She’s a mother of tradition, love and family daughters,” Osborne said of and religious passion. “Golde,” the wife of “Tevye.” The original Broadway “She’s very loving and loves production of “Fiddler on her husband very much. It the Roof ” was the first Actress Kathi Osborne is a different time where musical in history to sail the husband was the sole portrayed Queen past 3,000 performances. Stefanie in “Sleeping provider and whatever he Beauty” at The Palms “This is a beautiful story said went. But, the wonderful immediately before that harkens back to when thing about Golde and taking on the role of there was much respect for Tevye is that they both have Golde in “Fiddler on the parents and what they a very strong personality. the Roof.” said; and not just parents, They counter back and forth and the but the grandparents and townspeople. daughters then have their own way of We’ve gotten away from that and it’s looking at things—they want change. sad,” Osborne said.

“Fiddler on the Roof” will celebrate tradition at The Palms Theatre from Thursday, Jan. 9, to Saturday, Feb. 15.

A New York native, Osborne met the love of her life, Larry Renfrow, while on a movie set in Chicago. He was working on many films in Arizona and she moved here in 1998. “I was cast in a show a week after I moved here,” Osborne stated. “I’ve been very fortunate.” She has since been in 20 productions with Prather Entertainment Group, The Palms’ parent company, and was part of its original production when it opened nearly 20 years ago. “I absolutely adore them. It’s

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Catholics Returning Home WHEN: Mon., Jan. 6, thru Mon., Feb. 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 985-7655 The sessions are for nonpracticing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church.

Getting Started with Family History Writing WHEN: Tues., Jan. 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa COST: Free INFO: Duane Roen will share strategies for beginning the process, including an easy hands-on activity that will get participants writing about a memorable family member, place or event.

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Running with the Bulls 5k WHEN: Sat., Jan. 11, at 9 a.m. WHERE: Mountain View Toro Football Field, 2700 E. Brown Rd., Mesa COST: $25 (group discounts available online) INFO: The entire community is welcome, with a free 1/4-mile run for the kids, and official chip timing and T-shirt for the 5k runners. The race will benefit AZBrainFood and the Ronald McDonald House.

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WHEN: Tues., Jan. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa COST: $13 INFO: (480) 357-7538 Jan Hart—an expert in the field of “scarf folding—will teach the group new and unique ways to fold scarves. Sandie Townsend is the featured musician, while Julie Whaley will discuss “Everything Has a Price! What Are You Worth?”

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WHEN: Thurs., Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. WHERE: Las Sendas Golf Club, 7555 E. Eagle Crest Dr., Mesa COST: $60 INFO: (480) 396-4000 or Considered the area’s best show band, Affinity has been captivating audiences with its high energy performances since the 1980s and has traveled nationally and internationally for concerts, corporate and social events.

The Fab Four WHEN: Fri., Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ikeda Theatre, Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $25 to $45 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or Mesa Arts Center transforms into Abbey Road when the Fab Four returns. They have wowed audiences around the globe as they celebrate each era of The Beatles’ incredible musical journey.

MACFest, Arts and Crafts Market WHEN: Sat., Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: North MacDonald Street in downtown Mesa from Main Street to Pepper Street COST: Free INFO: The Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival features the work of emerging and established artists on the first and third Saturdays from October through April.

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Spring Out to Lunch Concert Series WHEN: Thursdays, Jan. 23, through March 27, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Wells Fargo Garden, Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 644-6500 or Seating is limited, so bring your favorite comfortable folding chairs, cushions or blankets. Life of the Party Catering will be onsite for each concert offering a selection of hot and cold lunch selections.

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“The Good Doctor” WHEN: Fri., Jan. 24, thru Sat., Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Community College— Southern Dobson Campus, Theatre Outback, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa COST: $5 to $15 INFO: (480) 461-7172 or This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the

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The 2013 Nobel Prize for Economics and Your Investments I am sure that 99 percent of you reading my article have never heard of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Economics recipient, Professor Eugene Fama of the University of Chicago. However, I want to share with you how Gene Fama and his 40 years of Nobel Prizewinning work has directly influenced the way I invest my own money, and the millions of dollars I have stewardship over as a fiduciary investment adviser to my clients. Let me introduce you to Fama in the words of others, first. As justification for its decision, the Nobel committee pointed to Fama’s groundbreaking work advancing the Efficient Market Hypothesis. “Beginning in the 1960s, Eugene Fama and several collaborators demonstrated that stock prices are extremely difficult to predict in the short run, and that new information is very quickly incorporated into prices. These findings not only had a profound impact on subsequent research but also changed market practice. The emergence of so-called index funds in stock markets all over the world is a prominent example.” After the award was announced, Economist Tim Hartford wrote in the Financial Times, “Fama has helped millions of people by showing them the futility of picking stocks, finding value-adding managers, or timing the market to their advantage.” The Sydney Morning Herald proclaimed, “The world owes a great debt to Fama, who demonstrated rigorously that if the supermarket crowd is big enough, or if there are enough cars on the highway, you will get no advantage from changing lanes. Anyone who could have been helped will have already helped themselves.” Here is the lesson from Fama’s lifetime of important, Nobel Prizewinning work that I finally learned after years of beating my head against the wall: You are better off letting the market work for you rather than recipe corner

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beating yourself up adopting complex, expensive and ultimately futile strategies to “beat” the market. I know that this sounds counterintuitive to many of you. After all, in other areas of our lives, like business, the secret to success is to study hard, compete aggressively and constantly look for an edge over our competitors. As the son of a stockbroker, and as a former stockbroker myself, I was taught, and unwittingly believed the message of Wall Street that if you do your homework you can consistently pick winning stocks or identify those money managers with extraordinary skill who can consistently beat the market. Mutual fund companies love to tout their one fund in 50 that beat its benchmark over the past 10 years, but they don’t mention the other 49 that didn’t. Then, upon closer examination, that one winner is likely to have just matched the return of its benchmark net of fees. In the words of Fama: “After costs, only the top 3 percent of managers

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produce a return that indicates they have sufficient skill to just cover their costs, which means that, going forward, and despite extraordinary past returns, even the top performers are expected to be only as good as a low-cost passive index fund. The other 97 percent can be expected to do worse.” So here are the lessons I want you to learn from 2013’s Nobel Prize: Invest passively and not actively. Turn off CNBC and throw away that Money Magazine. Let the capital markets work for you and not against you. Stay away from financial “products,” separate account managers at Wall Street brokerage firms and high-cost mutual funds. They don’t outperform and you will be a net loser after fees. Stick with low cost index and asset class funds. Work with a fiduciary financial adviser who has heard of Fama

and who applies his Nobel Prize winning research to your investment portfolio. Scott Johnson is a vice president with Arista Wealth Management LLC. He is a certified financial planner and an accredited investment fiduciary (AIF). Johnson provides financial advisory services to companies and individuals. Johnson can be reached at (480) 5536249 or Arista Wealth Management LLC is a registered investment adviser. All investments involve risk. Risks associated with investing in securities include increased volatility and loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The information herein is educational in nature and does not represent investment advice, as it may not be suitable for every investor. All rights reserved. Arista Wealth Management LLC ©2013.

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Dana Law Firm—Estate Litigation and Probate Serving Arizona Since 1984 Attorney Matthew Dana says it best about Dana Law Firm, which he founded more than 25 years ago. “In the beginning, Dana Law Firm started as just a small estate planning workshop,” Dana said. “Now, with 10 attorneys, we cover every facet of estate planning from simple estate planning to the very complex estate plan. We have the knowledge and expertise to meet every client’s needs. We also work in estate administration to assist with probate or trust administration. We understand that sometimes there is a need for estate litigation and we provide this in our office, as well. Since our only practice area is estate planning, we are knowledgeable in every facet of it.” on the town

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However, Dana is most proud that all five of his children work at the firm. To be able to work with his children on a regular basis means the world to him. Dana Law Firm is also proud that most of the attorneys have earned an advanced law degree or an LL.M., a master’s of law degree in taxation. Other attorneys are CPAs who also have an extensive background in tax. When choosing an attorney to help with taxes, it’s important to pick one who has the expertise to serve even the most challenging of estate-related issues. Estate planning is definitely not a “do it once and forget it” type of plan. Once the initial estate plan is complete, it is low maintenance but should be events calendar

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As a criminal defense attorney in Arizona, I am consistently meeting people who are downright distraught and confused to have been charged Brian D. Strong with DUI drugs (sometimes referred to as “drugged driving”) when the only drug they were using was medical marijuana. In Arizona, a prosecutor has three possible methods for proving that a driver has violated the DUI statutes: 1) “The Individual Analysis;” 2) “The Legal Limit” and 3) “Zero Tolerance.” biz box

The Individual Analysis Because we all have unique body chemistry and unique tolerance levels, this approach (whether it involves alcohol, drugs or both) is the most factually honest. The bottom line question here is: Was this driver actually impaired (or under the influence) of some substance at the time of driving? Oftentimes, the answer to this question is not easily resolved. This is because almost every indicator of motor skills impairment can be caused by innocent factors. Bloodshot/watery eyes can simply mean an allergy sufferer. Most sober drivers make wide right turns into the wrong lane. Failure to walk a straight line might be because of knee trouble. As a result, most prosecutors dislike the “Individual Analysis” because it makes them work for a living and has a tendency to result in hung juries or acquittals. The Legal Limit In this subsection of the DUI statutes, the legislature has established a precise limit of alcohol or drugs that are permissible in the human body. In Arizona, the current legal limit for alcohol is .08 percent. Like most states, Arizona does not currently January 2014

have a legal limit specified for any DUI drug charge. A small number of states have created such limits. For example, in the State of Washington, five (5) nanograms per milliliter is the legal limit for tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as THC—the physiologically active component of marijuana). See, Wash. Rev. Code 46.61.502(1)(b). Zero Tolerance In DUI drug cases, the legislature has made it illegal for a driver to have any amount of drugs in their system if they do not possess a valid prescription for that drug. This might include a driver who has consumed medication prescribed for a family member or friend or in the alternative, has consumed illegal drugs (for which no prescription is ever available). While alcohol and most illegal drugs are cleaned out of the body within a matter of hours, marijuana metabolites remain in the bloodstream for a much longer time. Marijuana metabolites are the remnants of THC in the body after it has gone through the process of breaking down the drug. Even after the body is no longer feeling the effects of THC, there are still modified remnants of it flowing through the bloodstream. For some users, marijuana metabolites can remain in their systems for several weeks, even if the user did not consume any marijuana on the day he or she was arrested for DUI. Historically, DUI drugs in Arizona has been a “zero-tolerance statute.” Any trace of an illegal drug in one’s system resulted in a DUI drug conviction regardless of how long ago the marijuana was smoked. Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) has erased the “zero-tolerance” standard for those with authorized medical marijuana cards. Specifically, A.R.S. § 36-2802(D) notes that, to obtain a DUI drug conviction for a person with an authorized medical marijuana

card, the prosecutor must prove that the driver was actually “under the influence of marijuana” and, more importantly, “a registered qualifying patient shall not be considered to be under the influence of marijuana solely because of the presence of metabolites or components of marijuana that appear in insufficient concentration to cause impairment.” The AMMA fails to tell us, however, exactly how much marijuana is too much. In like manner, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has asked all states to adopt drugged driving laws with specific limits, but never mentions what specific limit should be set for each drug. See ondcp/drugged-driving. In Arizona, the smell of marijuana alone can be enough to give a police officer probable cause to pursue a DUI drug investigation. Because the odor of marijuana in vehicle upholstery can linger for several weeks, DUI drugs has become an extremely common criminal charge. And, in spite of the express language in the AMMA,


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many prosecutors are still pursuing DUI drug cases as if they were premedical marijuana “zero-tolerance” cases. These prosecutors are actively fighting to keep a defendant’s medical marijuana card excluded from the jury. As a result, should you or someone you love receive a DUI alleging the presence of marijuana, please contact Rowley Chapman & Barney Ltd. immediately. Brian D. Strong is a criminal defense attorney with Rowley Chapman & Barney Ltd. at 63 E. Main St., Suite 501, Mesa, 85201. Strong can be reached at (480) 833-1113 or via email at Strong earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1987 from Utah State University and his juris doctor from Brigham Young University in 1990.

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Since 2005, Bark Avenue Pet Supply has served pets and their unique needs. As a locally owned and operated independent retailer, it specializes in holistic, raw and natural pet foods and supplements for cats and dogs. Routinely, customers count on the Bark Avenue staff, which is an excellent resource on pet nutrition. Avenue Pet Supply is a nice alternative to “We are dedicated to helping Bark big-box pet supply stores owners find the best food for Dog?” at Bark Avenue Pet Supply their individual pet, taking into account the pet’s health, age, activities on Saturday, Jan. 11. Also new are and breed,” said manager, Elizabeth expanded training classes and a new seminar schedule. Additionally, the Pfeiffer. Unlike big-box stores or massive store is a donation site for Pets of the retailers, Bark Avenue offers Homeless, which provides food and personalized customer service, taking other pet donations to people in need. The store is inviting, clean and the guess work out of what might work best for pets and their specific cheerful; a store that is “purrrfect” for your pet’s needs. Colorful packages health issues. The year 2014 kicks off with the pet and feature displays make the store fun for people to explore and the smell January Weight Loss Challenge. “Pet obesity lends to the same of tasty treats makes the four-legged health challenges for pets as it does visitors dog gone happy, too. The for people; heart and joint issues, store’s reputation barks for itself and diabetes and more,” explained Pfeiffer. customers and canines return time “Our knowledgeable staff encourages and time again. Adorable dog artwork a healthy pet lifestyle and is happy to adds a unique personality to the store. More than just a quality pet food recommend healthy food options for your companion animals. We have store, Bark Avenue also offers a full expanded our selection of premium pet range of pet services. Dr. Kathy Orr foods, with new choices of dry kibble, is the veterinarian at Bark Avenue canned foods, freeze-dried, raw and Animal Hospital. “She provides experienced, home-prepared options, too. “Bark Avenue expands the pet- compassionate care for dogs, cats, ownership experience with frequent rabbits, exotic pets, reptiles and birds,” speakers and special events at the Pfeiffer said. Full service boarding store that are always well attended. At and grooming at Bark Avenue Pet their monthly Tooth Talk, customers Resort round out the list of services, learn the about tools used and, tips essentially everything your pet could and techniques that help keep their need or want is available in once stop pet’s teeth shiny and white,” Pfeiffer with the combination of a store, vet and pet resort. added. Check the website for customer A Canine Body Language workshop testimonials and pet training is planned for the near future and Dr. Randy Aronson, VMD, and dog schedules. Bark Avenue Pet Supply is trainer, Paul Blaushild from P.A.W.S. located at 3109 E. McKellips Road (east Radio (960 AM The Patriot) will of Lindsay). Call the store at (480) 832present the program, “Behavior 2510 or visit www.BarkAvePetSupply. vs. Medicine: What’s Up With My com for additional information. on the town

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