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Aubrey Howard’s family believed they were haunted. Spooky shadows followed the 20-year-old around her Mesa home, near McDowell and Recker roads. Her mother’s hair was yanked by an invisible aspiration; Pictured from left, Ryan Howard, Don Moxley, her father heard shrieking noises Penny Moxley, Aubrey Howard and Lacey Mckay make up the Mesa Arizona Paranormal Society. in the middle of the night. their group a part is not simply their So when Aubrey happened to meet a burly, 29-year-old ghost hunting unconventional family. Perhaps most enthusiast named Ryan Howard, she peculiar is that they also happen to be didn’t hesitate to reveal her haunted Mormon. “It’s not natural to hear about history. And he decided to take on their Mormons doing this type of thing,” said case. “I told them I am a paranormal Aubrey. “Our bishop doesn’t really care investigator,” said Ryan. “I coached for us doing it. He thinks it’s not in our them on how to get rid of any unwanted best interests. But most other people are intrigued.” spirits.” While most Mormons may not While clearing her house of malevolent ghouls, Aubrey and Ryan believe in hauntings, Aubrey and her bonded. They began dating and just last family maintain they can not only contact the dead, they can also help year were married. “Meeting him was like the best the spirits fulfill their unfinished earthy thing for me,” said Aubrey. “The ghosts business. “We’re basically helping our Heavenly stopped bugging me—I think they’re Father,” Aubrey said. “I really think afraid of him. He’s my protector.” Ryan taught her more about his we’re doing God’s work.” spiritual pursuits and soon the Haunted Mesa entire family formed a team of ghost Ghost hunting groups claim hunters, launching the Mesa Arizona that various locations in Mesa are Paranormal Society. Aubrey works as the group’s historian, haunted. researching the haunted location’s past. Her father, Don Moxley, serves as a Buckhorn Baths Hotel and Mineral lead investigator, while mother Penny Bath, 5900 E. Main St., Mesa Although the historic motel has Moxley typically blesses the homes. Their younger daughter, Lacey Mckay, been closed for a decade, it is rumored is the newest member and investigator- to be haunted by the ghosts of several people who have died on the property. in-training. Equipped with night vision cameras, K2 meters and digital recorders they The Bungalow, 48 N. Robson, Mesa The ghost of a man and little girl investigate supposedly haunted places across the state, hoping to capture supposedly haunt the café. Strange shadows can be seen moving from proof of life after death. “When dealing with the paranormal, room to room. we communicate with something that may not be there, that we can’t see,” said Jefferson Park, 306 S. Jefferson, Mesa Paranormal investigators say the Ryan. “Some things make the hair on park is haunted by a ghostly woman the back of your neck stand up.” The Mesa Arizona Paranormal in white. Her spirit is believed to have Society is one of about 50 ghost hunting once belonged to a woman who was organizations in the state, but what sets murdered nearby. classifieds

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Boy Scout Troop 653 is hosting a garage sale at Central Christian Church at 933 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa, from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, to supplement the “rising cost of scouting.” To aid in its effort, the troop is looking for donations of furniture, appliances, campers, boats, RVs, cars and more. (No televisions accepted.) To donate, call Chris Schneck at (480) 924-7964 or email him at chris.

Game on Sunday, Aug. 31. Duncan, who entered to win the priceless VIP experience at her local Denny’s in Gilbert, even met D. Baxter the Bobcat!

Hospice of the Valley patient Adam Parsons, a lifelong Cardinals fan who died in November, was remembered by friends and family at the Cardinals game in Glendale on Aug. 24. Parsons’ Hospice of the Valley social worker was making arrangements for him to visit with Cardinals players, however, he died before that came to fruition. The Cardinals followed through, though, donating tickets for 17 members of the Mesa family to attend the game.

Longtime Valley golf club manager Jeff Lessig has been named club operations manager at Mesa Country Club. During his 30-plus year career, Lessig has led some of the Southwest’s most iconic and successful golf and country clubs, including WeKoPa and SunRidge Canyon golf clubs in Fountain Hills, Desert Highlands in Scottsdale and Indian Wells Golf Club in California. For information about Mesa Country Club, visit or call (480) 964-1797.

Lisa Duncan, of Mesa, won four tickets to sit in the dugout with the D-backs during the team’s second annual Arizona Diamondbacks Alumni

Mesa resident Paul Petersen, who has worked more than seven years in the county assessor’s office as the

Barro’s Pizza is slated to open by Oct. 15 at Power and McDowell roads in East Mesa, right next door to Nando’s. The new location will replace the store at Power and Brown roads, as it will be a bigger and better space and will allow more room for customers.

assessor’s representative and public information officer, has been named as the new Maricopa County assessor. Petersen, a licensed attorney and court interpreter, replaces former assessor Keith Russell, who resigned the position in June to become a justice of the peace in East Mesa.

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For Pat Allen, the White Dove Thrift Shoppe in Mesa is a “win, win, win, win!’’ She donates. She shops. She repurposes. She likes knowing her purchases help others in need. “You feel good going in when you donate something and you feel good going out if you’ve found something to buy,’’ said Allen, a Mesa resident who shopped at the store recently with daughter Laura Barclay of Chandler. “And this store is just so nice,” Allen said. “It’s like a little boutique.’’ The White Dove thrift stores in Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale are operated by not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley. All sale proceeds benefit patients and families served by the agency, which provides end-of-life care. The Mesa location, at 1255 W. Guadalupe Rd., opened in May and has developed a loyal following in just a few short months. It stands apart from other thrift stores with its retro design theme in a contemporary retail space.

On a recent Tuesday in August, a steady stream of shoppers hunted for bargains and vintage finds at the 11,000-square-foot store. As lively music played overhead, shoppers browsed tidy shelves filled with shoes and accessories. They poured over table-top items like crystal glasses and silver serving pieces. They looked for deals on furniture. They tried on unique jewelry. Kathleen Onding regularly shops the Dove’s Mesa and Scottsdale locations. She has scored several deals, including two antique collectible dolls for about $15 each and a seven-foot, pre-lit Christmas tree for just a quarter. Her Mickey Mouse watch was also a steal. “I get wonderful bargains at the White Dove,’’ she said. Mesa residents Ella and Chuck Mingua are new Dove devotees. They’ve snapped up dishes, small hand tools and more. The couple was happy to learn that the Dove offers special discounts for seniors 55 and older on Mondays. There are also discounts for  


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the table individually I think are more influential than any specific musician or person.” Batiste and Stay Human will showcase their music during a Thursday, Oct. 10, performance at the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater. Five days later, the band will release its debut full-length album, “Social Music,” on Razor and Tie. With Batiste on piano, vocals and melodica, (which he has renamed the harmonaboard) and his band Stay Human—Eddie Barbash on alto saxophone; Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba; and Joe Saylor on drums and tambourine—“Social Music” reflects an extraordinary range. “When I’m thinking about the montage of musical traditions that is ‘Social Music,’ you also think about how we play everything with the spirit of inclusiveness,” Batiste said. “So if you don’t like jazz or you like rock ‘n’ roll or you like classical music or whatever, there’s going to be

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David Luna Appointed as District 5 Councilman The Mesa City Council, during a special Council meeting in midSeptember, appointed David Luna to serve as District 5 councilman. Luna will serve as the councilman until January 2015. He replaces Dina Higgins, who resigned the position in August. Luna has lived in Mesa for 25 years and serves as the director of educational television for Mesa Public Schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television from the University of Arizona, David Luna a Masters of Mass Communication from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Luna has served on numerous community and school boards including Mesa United Way, Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens and Mesa Rotary International. He was named the City of Mesa’s Citizen of the Year in 2012.

Mesa City Clerk DeeAnn Mickelsen officially swore Luna into office this morning. A formal swearing-in ceremony took place Sept. 23 at the City Council meeting. Seventeen eligible applications were received for the position on the Mesa City Council. Luna was one of four finalists interviewed by councilmembers at the Sept. 5 City Council Study Session. In accordance with the Mesa City Charter, Council needed a decision and a final vote no later than 30 days after the vacancy was created. If no decision were made by Sept. 15, a special election would have been called to elect a replacement. Luna will serve as the District 5 Councilmember until the election on Aug. 26, 2014. A runoff election, if required, will be held on Nov. 4, 2014. The new councilmember will take office in January 2015.

Mesa Extends Solar Incentive for City Customers Residents and business property owners in the City of Mesa’s electric service area can reap the benefits of a solar incentive program which is being offered until June 30, 2014. The solar incentive program offered by the Mesa Energy Resources Department will provide up to a total of $100,000 in incentives to qualified City of Mesa Electric Utility customers who install a solar photovoltaic system on their property. The program pays 50 cents per watt for up to five kilowatts (kW) or $2,500 for residential participants and up to $15,000 (30 kW) for business property owners. In exchange for the incentive payment, the city receives the associated renewable energy credits and environmental benefits. The city will offer a variation of net metering where the Energy Resources Department buys back energy when the customer produces more solar energy than they consume. The net Page 10

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metering program is reviewed in June on an annual basis. “We offered a similar one-year incentive program in July 2012, and the interest was such that we felt it important to continue the program,” said Frank McRae, director of the Energy Resources Department for the City of Mesa. “We as a department support renewable energy sources and are happy to support our customers who are interested in solar energy.” By installing solar panels, customers can use the sun to reduce their electric bills. Solar systems also help protect the environment because they provide clean, renewable energy that is virtually free of carbon emissions. For more information about the solar program, visit the City of Mesa’s website at solarpilotprogram.aspx or call the Energy Resources Department at (480) 644-4444. October 2013

Mesa Singer Took Part in Lengthy Tour By Lynette Carrington It was 19 magical days filled with travel, song, new friends and outstanding performances. The Phoenix Boys Choir toured Europe this past June and participated in a performance tour that took the boys to Ely, Bath, Cambridge, London, Guildford, Hastings, Croydon, Canterbury, Salisbury, Portsmouth and Ramsgate in England and Paris, Chartres, Versailles, Normandy, Rouen and Epernay in France. The tour choir makes a three-week tour each summer, alternating between domestic and international jaunts. Trips are designed to build cultural awareness, introduce new cultures, landmarks and points of interest and enhance selfresponsibility. Mesa resident Joseph Aposhian made the trip with the tour choir, the top segment of the Phoenix Boys Choir. The 12-year-old is in the seventh grade at Chandler Preparatory Academy and was very excited to embark on the European tour. It marked the first time he had been to Europe. There were many memorable concerts in which the young singer was able to participate. “In the whole tour, we had eight concerts,” explained second soprano, Aposhian. He singled out a performance at Eton College Chapel with the Eton’s Boys Choir as his favorite. Aposhian’s mother, Nancy Aposhian has an uncle who is a Catholic priest who lives in London. He was able to come out to see his great nephew sing alongside the Ely Cathedral Choir in the Ely Cathedral. Nancy has not been able to reach her uncle for feedback since the end of the trip, but she was thrilled that he was able to take in Joel’s singing performance; one that he may not have had a chance to travel to the United States to see. The boys in the choir were also able to partake in sightseeing and cultural activities and visited Salisbury Cathedral, Greenwich, October 2013

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Technology is not just for the big boys and girls anymore. With the massive boom in technology, video games and mobile apps, it’s natural that kids want to learn how to use, develop and manipulate various types of technology through programming and apps. One enthusiastic iD Tech Camps camper was fifth Camper Adam Cesarano learned all about the finer grader Adam Cesarano, a Mesa points of the world of Minecraft during his class at resident who attends school in iD Tech Camps. “These classes are great and kids can Phoenix. He was in the middle of the Minecraft class and was very all get personalized attention. It varies proud to show off his construction between courses, since some classes prowess in developing his virtual are harder than others,” stated Sims. When they’re not receiving world. “I’m working on teleporting,” instruction, students are applying their Cesarano stated as he pointed and knowledge on tasks, participating in tournaments with other camp clicked his way through his screen. “Whoa, that’s lava, right there” he members or with other iD Tech exclaimed as he encountered some Camps members in other locations. Some campers come for the day and orange goo on his screen. The youngster expertly maneuvered other campers take advantage of the through his Minecraft game showing true overnight camp experience. In off different areas that he had created. each instance, kids get to utilize ASU’s He loved participating in the camp cafeteria and overnight campers get to stay in the university’s dorms. and wants to return next summer. “The kids are so funny. They say, “I think it’s really cool,” said ‘Wow. Is this where the college Cesarano. iDTech Camps are held locally at students sleep?’” explained Sims. Arizona State University. The summer Although iD Tech Camps have camps camp runs Monday through Friday on 60 different university campuses for the entire day and lunch can throughout the United States, the ASU be brought in or is available at an location gets campers from various additional cost. Overnight camps are areas including California, Alaska and available and include all meals and even Germany. Each day, campers 24/7 supervision for campers. One of also get some time to go outside and the great features of iD Tech Camps be active with activities such as water is the 1-to-8 teacher-to-student play or Frisbee. The curriculum at iD Tech Camps is ratio that allows for a very involved camp experience with the maximum revised during the year to ensure their amount of personalized attention students get up-to-date training. “We have curriculum developers and instruction. Some classes include Adventures in Game Design, that work in California to develop the Programming in C++, Adventures in classes,” finished Sims. Look for an updated list of classes Robotics, Film Production with Final Cut Pro and Professional Photography. at campuses across the U.S. for Director of iD Tech Camps at the Summer 2014 to be available in late ASU Campus, Elyssa Sims, said in fall on the company’s website, www. each room, students were completely, or call 1-888-7098324. engaged in their tasks. LYNETTE CARRINGTON


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By Ana Anguiano When Diana LeSueur goes to work field trip for Mesa Public School she helps kids fly without stepping off fifth graders who have been studying the ground. aviation in their individual classes. LeSueur works with middle school Through aviation they learn about students and passes along her force, gravity and Newton’s Laws of enthusiasm for aviation. Along the Motion among other things. way, students also learn about physics, “It really motivates the kids,” history, geography LeSueur said. and some of them When students arrive at even find their calling. the flight center, they put LeSueur has been everything they’ve learned a teacher in Mesa for to use. LeSueur starts with 23 years. Eleven years putting students through ago she joined the ground school where they Mesa Flight Center sit and traverse through and now LeSueur Diana LeSueur in the an imaginary flight using a works with 3,500 fifth classroom. control stick. From there, graders a year teaching them the ins students sit in front of computer and outs of aviation. stations to use Microsoft Flight The Mesa Flight Center is a joint Simulator. If that’s not real enough, venture between Mesa Public Schools students can climb into a mock and Boeing. It offers students the helicopter made from MD500 parts. opportunity to have hands-on They also have an airplane trainer that experience and test their aviation was built by The Desert Sages, who knowledge. are retired Boeing employees. The flight center is a culminating Seeing the value in introducing

children to aviation, LeSueur started a Summer Aviation Camp. It just celebrated its 10th anniversary and LeSueur has seen her students grow up to be commercial and private pilots and join the Civil Air Patrol. The two-week camp is for any students in the Students at the Mesa Flight Center hop on a helicopter seventh and eighth grade trainer to see what it takes to be a pilot. learns is something she can share with who are interested in aviation. They go on field trips, listen them. “The more I learn the more I realize to guest speakers and try their hand at everything the Flight Center offers. the more there is to learn,” she said LeSueur said the camp wouldn’t be with a laugh. LeSueur’s ambition doesn’t end at possible without a generous grant simply gaining her pilot license; she from Boeing, which also helps the wants to become a flight instructor flight center. “Being a science teacher I love to try herself. Once she has more experience new things and since I was teaching she is also interested in trying her hand kids about this I got more and more at aerobatic training. Her enthusiasm fascinated with it. I was like, ‘Hey I knows no bounds and she has been to three air shows in the past four want to do this!’” she said. Inspired by her students and ready months. She has even gone up with an for an adventure, LeSueur pursued her aerobatic pilot and said it fascinates pilot’s certificate because she wanted her. “Now I have more excitement I can to be sure what she was teaching her students was accurate. Everything she pass along to the kids,” she said.

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Necessary Struggles A positive discipline educator recently noted that we all want our children to be good problem solvers... but we don’t want them to have any problems. Why is that? Because there’s nothing harder than watching my child struggle. I want to jump in and fix things so he can just have it easy and not get discouraged and... um...not learn any survival skills. Wait, that’s not what I want! I want him to be strong, independent, confident and resilient, so my job as a parent can’t include fixing my son’s problems. I need to let him struggle, lift the weight, build those “life muscles.” It’s a fine line: too much frustration and he’ll give up; not enough frustration and he won’t learn persistence. Putting support structures in place can help bridge that gap between frustration and success. pasta vixen

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What do support structures look like? Here are some possibilities: • If my child struggles in school, I will help him access help by contacting a teacher to make an appointment for him and I will make sure that he follows through and keeps the appointment. I will help him set up a study schedule and make sure he follows through with it. And I will cheer for every step toward improvement along the way. I will not allow him to sit back and fail because he doesn’t have the life experience to understand all the choices he has available to him when he struggles. • If my child breaks a rule at school, I will help him accept the consequence and create a plan for not repeating that mistake. I will not try to rescue him from the consequence because I want him

don’t have to ask for help.” It was painful. But our support structure was effective, and toward the end of the year, my son wrote this in about 48-point font and turned it in for part of an English project: “I have learned that sometimes life is going to try to pound you into the ground, but half the fun of living is being able to get up and gloat about how, in the end, you did it!” Now that’s a kid with life muscles!

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Pink Army—Party in Pink Zumbathon Event WHEN: Sat., Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa COST: $15 INFO: partyinpink Second annual Pink Army—Party in Pink Zumbathon Event celebrates breast cancer awareness through the art and exercise of Zumba.

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WHERE: On Main Street between Center and Robson streets, Mesa COST: Free INFO: Ghosts and goblins make an appearance during this monthly event suited for the entire family.

Dolores Marie Patterson Book Signing WHEN: Sat., Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: The Book Rack, 1752 S. Signal Butte Rd., Suite 108, Mesa COST: Free admission; $16.99 book INFO: (480) 380-0044 Author Dolores Marie Patterson signs her new book “The Schoolteacher and the Bad Boy.”

Mesa Sprint Triathlon WHEN: Sat., Oct. 12, at 7 a.m. WHERE: Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa COST: $15 to $300 INFO: (480) 644-4119, or The third annual event benefits youth programs. The triathlon is sponsored by the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation, which raises support through fundraisers that benefit youth who cannot afford recreational programs, swim classes and camps.

Holiday Craft Fair WHEN: Sat., Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Holy Cross Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 656-1522 The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council No. 7904 Ladies Auxiliary will hold its Holiday Craft Fair, featuring talented vendors displaying their handmade crafts. Refreshments will be offered in which proceeds will go to benefit local charities as well.

East Valley Pennsylvania Group WHEN: Sat., Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. (second Saturday of the month) WHERE: Old Country Buffet, 1855 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa COST: Charge for meals INFO: (480) 832-5755 The dues-free social group meets about all things Pennsylvania.

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Antique Appraisals WHEN: Sun., Oct. 20, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Tower Point RV Resort, 4860 E. Main St., Mesa COST: $10 per item; three for $25 INFO: (602) 692-7492 The Optimist Club of Mesa is hosting an antique appraisal fair where participants can discover the value of their treasures.

Empty Bowls WHEN: Wed., Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: MCC’s Red Mountain Campus, Mesquite Building, Community Room, 7110 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa COST: $10 donation INFO: (480) 461-7445 For a $10 donation, those attending Empty Bowl events can take home a one-of-a-kind bowl made by accomplished local artists and dine on a simple meal of bread, soup and water in observance of World Hunger Day. All proceeds go to Paz de Cristo.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration WHEN: Sat., Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 644-6627 or The Day of the Dead festival will

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Las Sendas Elementary School Community Garage Sale WHEN: Sat., Oct. 26, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Las Sendas Elementary School parking lot, 3120 N. Red Mountain, Mesa COST: Free admission; $25 per parking space to sell items. Deadline Oct. 23. INFO: Krystal Schmier, (602) 4489732 or The Las Sendas PTO will sell reserved parking spaces where guests can set up their own garage sale and keep the profits. Anyone—not just Las Sendas residents—can participate.

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Pro-Life Lasagna Dinner WHEN: Sat., Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Anderson Hall, Holy Cross Church, 1244 S. Power Rd., Mesa COST: $ 10 donation per person. INFO: (480) 218-6369 Award-winning journalist and author Joyce Coronel will speak at the fourth annual Pro-Life Lasagna Dinner in support of Maggie’s Place, a home welcoming expectant mothers in distress.

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from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Superstition Farm, 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa COST: Free; $8 early admission tickets INFO: (602) 432-6865 or The Udderly Sweet Vintage Boutique “pop-up” sale features local vendors selling an assortment of vintage, industrial, upcycled and recycled items. There is also food available as well as hayrides, live music and a petting zoo for the kids.


Under the Streetlamp to Illuminate Mesa Arts Center By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski With their good looks, impeccable style and wide vocal range, the men of Under the Streetlamp are poised to play arenas one day—if they have anything to say about it. With two PBS specials under their collective belt—the second one is to debut in March—Under the Streetlamp yearns to join the upper echelon of the elite adult contemporary artists. “We want to be touring on the scales of the Michael Bubles of the world and the Josh Grobans of the world,” said Michael Ingersoll, one of the four Under the Streetlamp vocalists. “We diligently build our audiences. That’s exactly where we will be.” Under the Streetlamp brings its unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to doo-wop, Motown, and old time rock ‘n’ roll hits from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, and more. Like Ingersoll, the three

other singers are recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys”—Michael Cunio, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley. Under the Streetlamp will perform at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. The group’s last show at the venue was sold out. Ingersoll has two theories on his group’s popularity. “One of the unique things about the music, this particular genre, is we stay pretty heavily in the ‘50s and ‘60s,” said Chicago-based Ingersoll, an avid fan of the Foo Fighters. “At that time music listenership wasn’t as fragmented as it was now. Each city essentially had one maybe two radio stations. That meant the entire community was listening to the same music at the very same time. The music of the ‘50s and ‘60s is kind of a soundtrack to most of the Baby Boomers’ lives. They all have that in common. When they’re able to relive

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Sunland Village Hosts Crafts Fair The Sunland Village Arts and Crafts Fair is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2, in the neighborhood’s auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin, Mesa A hotbed of gift ideas from more than 50 vendors in the East Valley, the event features woodcarving, handmade wooden toys, ceramics, jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, quilts and fabric creations of all kinds, large and small. This bi-annual event at Sunland

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of Arizonans. The first of four installments in this series features a rare look at the elusive Ladmo Bag in all of its variations over time. The downtown location has 3,500 square feet of space and will be a temporary home before a permanent Mesa Historical Museum is scheduled to open in the former federal building, 26 N. Macdonald, in the summer of 2015. The permanent facility, owned by the city since 2002, was made possible after Mesa voters approved a parks bond package in the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election. The Mesa Historical Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 8352286. On the web at

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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.

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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. Weigh-in 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: gfleishans@ 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, Marriage@, Red Mountain Patriots, 7 p.m. Mon., East Valley High School, 7420 E. Main St., Mesa. Info: 877267-3317 or


The Mesa East Lions Club, 1st & 3rd Tues.; 5:30 p.m. for dinner, 6:30 p.m. for meeting. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert. Info: Larry Mann, (480) 797-4439. Mesa Buckhorn Elks Lodge #2656, 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tues. Kitchen open Wed.-Sun. for lunch & dinner, Sun. for breakfast. Info: (480) 981-2763. East Mesa Fraternal Order of Eagles #4508, 6209 E. Main St. Auxiliary meets 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tues.; Aerie meets 7 p.m. 2nd & 4th Tues. Membership applications accepted. Info: (480) 830-9392. 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: 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. 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, 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: mops@ or (480) 924-4946. 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

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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) 377-8847, Marriage@, LD 25 Democrats, 7 p.m. 1st Wed., Mesa Fire Station, 2830 E. Adobe, Mesa. Info: Ken Dowlin, Soroptimist International of Mesa Inc., 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Salvation Army, 241 E. Sixth St., Mesa. Mesa Evening Optimist Club, 6:30 p.m. 1st and 3rd Wed., Mesa Community Restaurant, 535 N. Country Club, Mesa. Info: (480) 833-0128 or 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, 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. 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: or Richard A. Prather, CPA, (480) 985-1040. 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. 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:

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. 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, Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Morning, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1st Thurs., Designer Cakes by April, 2743 S. 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

Join a book club or join friends for breakfast or lunch. Info: Sylvia (480) 821-8693. East Mesa SOS: Survivor of Suicide, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs. Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe. Nanci Alexander, (480) 784-1514, ext. 1108. 24 Hr. Crisis Line (480) 784-1500 or 1-800-SUICIDE. Mesa Republican Women, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1st Thurs. for lunch and meeting. Lunch is $10, must RSVP. 1900 E. University Dr. #4. Info: Sherry Pierce (480) 615-0524 or mesarepublicanwomen@


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) 5280545, ext. 201


Mesa Breakfast Optimist Club, 8 a.m. 1st & 3rd Sat., Paradise Bakery and Café. Dana Park. Info: Tom Hill, (480) 545-1830. Messianic Services, 10 a.m. Sat. A dairy Potluck meal (Oneg) served after Saturday Shabbat Service. Life’s Destiny Church, 2601 E. Brown Rd., Mesa. Info: (480) 588-8133.

Mom2Mom at Red Mountain Community Church, breakfast, with moms of kids birth through elementary, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 3rd Thurs. Info: or (480) 807-5868.

Chandler/Gilbert Wine Meetup Group, meet new people and taste new wines. Be serious about wine or light-hearted. Info: The-Chandler-Gilbert-Wine-Group.

Sweet Adelines International’s Fiesta Chorus is searching for women singers. Weekly rehearsal 7 p.m. Thurs., All Saints Catholic Church, McKay Hall, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa. Info: Debie Bohlke

MOMS Club Mesa North offers activities, playgroups, park days, moms’ night out, field trips, family activities, community service projects and more. Info:

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Where Wine Events, Casually Elegant Dining and History Meet Whether you’ve never visited il Vinaio (“the wine merchant”), you’re a regular or haven’t visited in awhile, there is much going on at this beloved family-owned and -operated restaurant in downtown Mesa. The restaurant is bustling hub of monthly activities that you simply won’t want to miss. Continuously building its culinary and wine fan base since 2008, owners Cameron and Cindy Selogie are the heart and soul of il Vinaio. One of the ongoing events is the wine pairing dinner, complete with four or five courses and wines orchestrated to compliment each entrée. “We do that event toward the end of each month and it’s always really popular,” explained Cameron. Dinners are often themed according comm. spotlight


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to a geographic region or a specific winery. Diners are also welcomed in to be part of the il Vinaio family. “We love to entertain. We love wine and we love to meet new people,” added Cindy. Wine dinners are often sold out, so be sure to call ahead and reserve a space. Because the restaurant has a retail liquor license, twice yearly they hold a “Stock Your Cellar” event where customers can stop for a tasting of eight to 10 special wines and then purchase their favorites. “We also have a monthly wine club and we make three wines available for tasting at the beginning of each month,” Cindy said. Cameron and Cindy love wine and take the time to offer unique and monthly meeting

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exciting wines to their monthly wine club participants. Another event taking place four times a year is “Beer and Donuts.” “We take four different types of donuts and match them with different beers,” Cameron noted. Donuts are custom created Cindy and Cameron Selogie, owners of il Vinaio, in il Vinaio’s own kitchen. are inspired by a classic moment from Disney’s film A few examples from past “Lady and the Tramp.” pairings have included a Black Cherry risotto and seasonal squash. Salyer has Blond beer with a vanilla frosted donut developed the new menu in a French and a Black Talon Russian Imperial base with touches of Southwestern Stout with a raspberry bacon fritter. and Asian influences. Specialty events continue to thrill old The building that houses il Vinaio and new customers alike at il Vinaio. has been a handful of restaurants since “Depending on the inspirations we it was built in the 1970s. It started out get, that’s how we plan our events,” as a Humpty Dumpty’s and it even Cameron explained. still has 70 gorgeous stained glass Il Vinaio is unveiling their new sunflower windows that have found menu orchestrated by head chef new life at il Vinaio. Jordan Salyer and the Selogies. One new appetizer is the avocado and rock shrimp cocktail complete with ancho il Vinaio cocktail sauce and pico de gallo. It’s 270 W. Main St. perfect size for a couple to share. The Mesa, 85201 pecan-crusted salmon is also a stand (480) 649-6476 out with a cilantro orange butter topping and served with jalapeno Closed Mondays


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By Lynette Carrington The weather is cooling and the Arizona State Fair is right around the corner. That means fun, rides, animals, concerts and food. Piggly’s at the Fair has been a concessions fixture at the Arizona State Fair since the early ‘80s serving up the most beloved and highquality fair foods that crowds flock to eat each year. The fair is an event that is memorable for any family. “It’s about the family functions, the rodeos, the livestock, the 4H...that’s all a big part of that,” said Sawyers, who lives in Gilbert. “It’s a great thing.” Fair food is also an important part of a fair experience and Piggly’s brings out their mobile concession grandeur for all to enjoy. This year, Piggly’s will offer crowd favorites Piggly’s Polish Sausage, 100 percent ground beef burgers, Zak’s Zucchini, Riley Fries (beerbattered fries with onions and cheese sauce), jumbo onion rings, barbecue beef, roasted chicken and wings, Hoggly Fries, corn dogs and awardwinning sandwiches. The Sawyers family oversees everything and even the massive turkey legs are handselected for size and smoked to their specifications. “The turkey legs are huge. I think ours are about a pound and a half and they are the hit of the fair,” stated Sawyers. “We introduced alligator last year and that was a big hit and we do the big 100 pound beef ‘round’ that spins that we slice up fresh daily. Of course the world-famous Piggly’s Fries are always a crowd favorite,” Sawyers explained. “Piggly’s is right inside the gates on the corner of McDowell and 19th

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Avenue,” noted Sawyers. Everyone loves a value and Piggly’s will have special deals. “The Arizona State Fair has done a great job with several values. Every Friday, except opening Friday, there’s a $2 menu item and that is a big hit and that will run until 5 or 6 p.m. People line up for that deal,” he said. Deals will change each day. Sawyers took over Piggly’s from his parents Jerry and Sandy Sawyers who founded the concession company in 1964 and started serving fair foods and barbecue at local events in Washington. When his parents retired in 1997, Sawyers took over the business and now has incorporated the next generation to manage and run Piggly’s. Other events where Piggly’s has joined the fun include the Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Taste of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash., Fair Frontier Days in Wall Walla, Wash., Good Guys Car Show in Scottsdale and the Fourth Avenue Street Fair in Tucson, among many other exciting community celebrations. Early 2013, Piggly’s at the Fair opened its first restaurant serving up its famous fair “fare” and an expanded menu. Plus, the entire restaurant is decorated in a fair theme with artwork and fair fixtures that bring out the kid in everyone. Piggly’s also does fundraisers and school events at the restaurant. Piggly’s at the Fair is located at 1633 S. Stapley Dr., (just south of U.S. Highway 60), Mesa. Call (480) 707-9009 for restaurant or concession inquiries, or visit for more information and special events. October 2013

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I wish I had known about this treat years ago when I was living in British Columbia, where it originated. (I was going to school at the Conservatory of Music in Victoria, and on the weekends my fellow classmates and I would drive up Vancouver Island to Nanaimo, a quaint and picturesque town on the waterfront just to get away from it all.) Little did I know then, as relatively few people know now, that it’s the home of the original Nanaimo Bar, a decadent, delicious no-bake three layer cookie bar that takes only one bite to win you over for a lifetime. Yes, it’s that good, with a bottom layer events calendar

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A Tradition of Christian Academic Excellence Since 1999 There are child day cares and then there are foundational childhood educational centers. The Magellan Academy is a Christian-based preschool that welcomes young children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten-preparatory age 5. The Magellan Academy delivers an exceptional program that is designed to enrich every part of a child’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. “We were wanting for a long time to locate in a good, value-based community and we found it here in Mesa/Gilbert,” said Founder and Managing Member Thomas Blitch. Together with his wife, Lorrie Blitch (master’s-degreed registered nurse), they have created a unique preschool program that teaches kindergarten readiness while instilling Christian values. “Next year we will be moving to establish a kindergarten,” Thomas explained. Each day, the children start off with the Pledge of Allegiance and the school prayer. A child is chosen each day to make a special recital in the morning over the intercoms. On Fridays, the students attend chapel where there is a lot of fun—singing, clapping and participative learning. Theological studies are considered inappropriate for very young children and no proselytizing is conducted, just thoughtful and reflective Christian values that are embraced by all faiths and ethnicities are taught. The kinder-prep program is designed to specifically prepare children for kindergarten and set up for a good routine for learning. “Our kinder-prep curriculum is fantastic and our results are unsurpassed,” Thomas said. “Children classifieds

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coming out of the kinder-prep program routinely test one to two full grade levels ahead of kindergarten. Overall, we place a lot of emphasis on employing the highest quality teachers. We train them well and pay above scale.” The school also has “reverse field trips” where artists, musicians and other activity specialists come in to visit with children. Thomas and Lorrie Blitch are retired Naval commanders and have a structured order and cleanliness that they demand of the school and classrooms. The Magellan Academy is one of the very few preschools to have a dedicated dining room. “Cleanliness and sanitation are a big part of the business,” Thomas said. “Eating, sleeping and playing in the same room all day, every day is like a prison sentence.” Most paperwork and billing is handled at the corporate level, which frees up Director Gail Nobles to spend more time with the children in the classrooms. Visit the school during the Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, on the campus, 1847 S. Greenfield Rd., Suite 104. There is an Internet camera service for parents and it is free for the first three months so a family can decide if they want to continue using it. Corporate discounts are available for employees of Wells Fargo, Banner Health, Chase Bank and Cascade Financial. Additional promotional discounts are available for children ages 2 to 4 and for children in kinderprep while slots last. To visit The Magellan Academy campus, call for an appointment at (480) 359-4040. For more information, visit monthly meeting

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Ready to Move, But Not to Sell As the real estate market begins to turn the corner, many prospective sellers face the question of whether to accept today’s lower prices or hold out for a more robust market. And many are weighing the pros and cons of turning their home into rental property as they wait out the recovery. Whether moving for a job opportunity, to upsize, downsize or retire to a more pleasing climate, homeowners who are ready to move face a challenging real estate market. Many who bought at the top of the market must deal with the specter of owing more than their home is now worth, while others may find today’s deflated prices unacceptable and sense the market is poised for an upswing. Those who have already moved on to a new home prior to selling may face the prospect of carrying their previous home and all of its costs indefinitely. Given this changing real estate dynamic, many homeowners are weighing the pros and cons of renting rather than selling their properties. But the decision to sell or rent is not simple and should include an examination of tax considerations and cash flow issues, as well as personal and financial expectations. recipe corner

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The Accidental Landlord Homeowners who choose to rent out their homes rather than sell, or are pressed into it out of necessity, join the ranks of what some call “accidental landlords.” Many homeowners squeezed by the collapse of the real estate market have found that postponing the sale of a previous home by turning it into rental property can very quickly eliminate an array of problems, such as: • The possibility of selling at a loss. • Having a property languish on the market indefinitely. • Cash flow issues that may arise if two mortgages are involved. • The stress of anxiously waiting for an offer. Page 36

Additionally, landlord status may also offer: • Tax advantages including deduction of mortgage interest and real estate taxes as well as expenses and depreciation that can offset rental income, depending on your particular situation. • The ability to continue to build equity if a mortgage is involved. • Time to wait out the market until prices rebound and sales improve. Waiting Has Its Drawbacks While becoming a landlord may solve a host of problems, there are some serious issues—both financial and personal that should be carefully considered such as: • Losing the capital gains tax exclusion. Married couples filing jointly qualify for a $500,000 capital gains exclusion on their primary residence, as long as they live in the house for two of the previous five years. If the rental period lasts for more than three years, this tax benefit may be forfeited.1 • Depreciation will become taxable. If the capital gains tax exclusion

is claimed following the property sale, any depreciation used to offset taxes on rental income will become taxable, thereby reducing the exclusion amount. • Potential problems with tenants. Landlords often find themselves dealing with damage to property, legal issues or failure to pay issues that can result in a lengthy and expensive eviction process. • Lack of diversification. Carrying two homes may result in an overall financial portfolio that is significantly overweight in real estate. Assets tied up in a former residence that is converted into rental property may be more wisely redirected into investments with a potentially higher rate of return. Additionally, potential landlords should seriously consider the following questions: • Is a potential appreciation rate of 3 percent to 5 percent per year over the next three years meaningful enough to make renting a viable option?

• Is the rental market strong enough to allow for a rent that will cover all carrying costs? Reaching a decision on whether to sell or rent should be the result of a thorough examination of financial, tax and personal considerations. The advice of a real estate professional as well as a trusted financial adviser can help you reach the right decision for your particular situation. Please contact me if you would like to explore the pros and cons in greater detail. Gabe Hoffmann is senior vice president of the investment firm Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He and his wife, Mazie, live in the Arboleda community of northeast Mesa where they are raising their three children. Hoffmann can be reached at (480) 345-4731 or gabriel.d.hoffmann@morganstanley. com.

Your Financial Future: Will You Be Ready? Getting your financial and investment act together takes time and close attention to detail. With more responsibilities, the process becomes even more complex. As a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor, I have access to a range of resources, advice and services to help you meet your needs. Please call me to arrange a meeting about your wealth management needs. Gabriel Hoffmann Senior Vice President Financial Advisor 80 E RIO SALADO PKWY #810 Tempe, AZ 85281 +1 480 345-4731

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Booths Selling Fast for the Expo! There’s a reason they call us MR MR. Rooter Plumbing is LOCAL and located in the heart of Mesa, AZ. We are the sewer and drain cleaning professionals of Mesa. MR. Rooter is a full service plumbing company that specializes in sewer and drain issues as well as water treatment issues. MR. Rooter Plumbing has you covered coming and going “if water runs through it, we do it”.

A Partnership of Experience and Value This year, for the first time, Lovin’ Life After 50 and East Valley Adult Resources have joined forces in a partnership designed to bring additional value to companies and organizations with a need to reach the East Valley’s after-50 market. Together, these two organizations will host the 2013 Healthy Living Expo on November 21 at the Mesa Convention Center.

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Professional, Affordable Tree and Landscape Service When it comes to landscape and tree services, why trust your yard investment to anyone less than the pros? All Pro Trees & Landscaping Service is a family-owned and -operated business that provides an entire range of services to keep your yard and trees in outstanding condition. Whether your yard needs clean up, irrigation install or repair or weekly, bi-monthly or monthly yard maintenance, All Pro Trees & Landscaping Service can take care of any yard need. If it’s time to freshen up your landscaping or redesign your entire yard, the licensed, bonded and insured company delivers yard and tree maintenance expertise by highly trained individuals. Owners Dennis on the town

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and Sue Kirby have been in the landscape business for years and for Dennis it is a special passion. “Back in high school, my best friend and I trimmed palm trees,” he explained, “It’s just something I love to do.” Dennis brings decades of in-depth experience with a wide variety of trees to All Pro Trees & Landscaping. Tree services offered includes trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, deep-root fertilization and 24-hour emergency storm damage response. For clients, Dennis and Sue provide expert, year-round advice on proper yard care and tree maintenance. “Did you know that during the monsoon season mesquite and Palo Verde trees get heavy and they can be knocked events calendar

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down in winter storms?” asked Dennis. At All Pro, clients’ trees are properly cared for and thinned out to enhance their beauty, lessen the chance of loss from a storm and lessen the risk of property damage from falling trees. Older trees in particular can be worth thousands of dollars, add beauty to a property and taking care of them is a worthwhile investment. All Pro customers include home and business owners, HOAs, Realtors and property management companies. “All of our estimates are free and we take very good care of our customers,” explains Sue. “Many of our customers have been with us for years.” Why risk sub-par yard maintenance or untrained and uninsured tree trimmers who are not properly covered for the work they do? “All our employees are fully insured with worker’s comp. and liability insurance,” Sue said. “Uninsured workers present a risk to homeowners and if they are hurt on a home or business owner’s property, they can turn around and sue for injuries. Most people don’t know that.”

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All Pro offers a variety of service terms available for yard or property maintenance and tree maintenance is recommended every six months. Two important times to get tree service are right before the monsoon season and before winter storms. Because Arizona has an unusually wide spectrum of weather, trees and plants can become particularly vulnerable. If trees or plants have become damaged by frost, All Pro can also properly trim and prune plants and trees to assist them in returning to optimal health. Mention this ad for a 15 percent discount on any tree or yard service. For more information, call (480) 3545802, email or visit

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DENNIS APPLIANCE SERVICE 20Years Experience Washers – Dryers – Refrigerators Ranges – Dishwashers Bonded & Insured Not a Licensed Contractor Dennis 480-539-1019

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BEAUTY SERVICES COME VISIT THE HAIR PARLOR For all your hair & nail needs! Perms, Highlights, Razor Cuts, Back Combing, Roller Sets, Weddings. Station available for stylist with clientele. Mary Ann’s Hair Parlor 3049 E. McKellips Rd., Ste. 3 Mesa, AZ 85213 480-641-0334

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CLEANING SERVICES Red Mountain Maids – Homes / Offices / Commercial - Low prices. Serving the East Valley for 10 years! Prompt, courteous service. $14/hr using your supplies or $16/hr w/our cleaning supplies. Call 480-354-7928 or 480-206-9998.

MESA HOME MAINTENANCE & REPAIR Plumbing, electric, irrigation, garage doors, water heaters, tile and drywall repairs, carpentry, handyman lists and other services. All work guaranteed. Sean Sornberger 480-699-7990 AD SPACE AVAILABLE! Call Tracey Wilson today. 480-348-0343 x100

B&B MAINTENANCE REPAIR More than just a Handyman! Residential & Commercial. Electrical, Plumbing, General maintenance, Interior Painting, Ceiling Fan Installation, Tile/Ceramic, Carpentry, Hot Water Tanks, Drip and Sprinkler Systems and Evaporative Coolers. Affordable, License ROC #198734 and Insured. Mesa resident over 30 years experience. Work guaranteed, friendly, clean and professional. Call Buddy at 480-352-9677 Small Jobs Welcome Call with questions about your type of small repairs that you’re not sure of. HOME REMODELING/REPAIRS & CUSTOM INTERIOR PAINTING Move a wall; turn a door into a window. From small jobs and repairs to room additions, I do it all. Precision interior painting, carpentry, drywall, tile, windows, doors, skylights, electrical, fans, plumbing and more. All trades done by hands-on General Contractor. Friendly, artistic, intelligent, honest and affordable. 40 years’ experience. Call Ron Wolfgang Office 480-820-8515 Cell 602-628-9653 Wolfgang Construction Inc. Licensed & Bonded ROC 124934 PATIODOORREPAIRS.COM Roller replacement, track repair, handles & locks. Sun Valley Patio Door Service. Free estimates. Cell phone 602-482-0605

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East Valley Tennis at the Gene Autry Tennis Center Promoting the Sport of Tennis the East Valley Tennis is an engaging sport that is fun and makes staying fit a snap. East Valley Tennis offers a variety of programs at the Gene Autry Tennis Center facility designed for every type of player. Tom Kenney has been the manager of East Valley Tennis since 1997, and was excited announce what’s new. “Our Fall II adult leagues start the week of Oct. 28 and last for six weeks,” Kenney said. “We have singles, doubles and mixed doubles leagues on weekday evenings. First-time league players should attend the league rating session anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 so we can get you into the appropriate group.” Leagues are a great choice for on the town

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those who love tennis because they don’t have to find opponents or court reservations, players are of the same ability and games are on the same evening each week. Junior (ages 7 and older) and adult lessons begin the week of Oct. 14 and Nov. 11 and continue for four to five weeks. Group lessons take place in late afternoons, early evenings or Saturday mornings. There is also a drop-in tennis program at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays. Those who play and train at the Gene Autry Tennis Center have done very well in competitions. Kenney is particularly proud of player Savannah Slaysman. “Savannah Slaysman trains at Gene Autry and recently won the Girls monthly meeting

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16 and under National Championships in San Diego,” Kenney said. “We have many adult women traveling teams at Gene Autry that have recently done very well in Valleywide competition.” Most tennis instructors at East Valley Tennis have their professional certification or are working toward A student practices serving at Gene Autry Tennis Center. certification, so students are ensured compete successfully against others top-notch instruction while basic and that are bigger or smaller and older or younger. You can play this sport as an challenging skills are presented. Kenney said he sees an obesity elderly grandparent or as a youngster problem in the United States and or anywhere in between and the risk thinks that tennis is mentally of physical injuries is small.” The U.S. Tennis Association named challenging and exciting. It also the Gene Autry Tennis Center one provides a good cardio workout. “In my opinion, tennis is the best of the nation’s Outstanding Public sport ever invented,” Kenney said. Tennis Facilities. The facility is owned “The physical and intellectual skills by the City of Mesa and managed by needed to play well surpass other East Valley Tennis LLC. The Gene Autry Tennis Center is located at 4125 sports. “It’s like playing physical chess E. McKellips Rd., between Val Vista because you need to know what and Greenfield roads. For additional shots to hit and when to have the information visit www.MesaTennis. skills to execute those shots. You can com or call (480) 654-3787.

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Are Teen Drivers Getting the (Text) Message? As a father of teenage drivers, including one who just (finally) obtained his learner’s permit, any report about teenagers and driving gets my attention. A recently released national survey by Bridgestone America found that teen drivers change their behavior for the better, even when driving with friends, and are, naturally, on their best behavior, when driving with their parents. Unfortunately, they are still doing very dangerous things with their phones when driving by themselves. A teen driver survey, supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, revealed that 95 percent of teens read texts and emails when they are driving by themselves, but only 32 percent do so when driving with their friends and only 7 percent when driving with their parents. Similarly, 90 percent of teenagers send social media updates when driving alone, while only 29 percent when driving with friends and a mere 5 percent when driving with parents. The statistics are comparable to those teens watching videos when driving. At least 75 percent of teen drivers admit to browsing social media sites, taking photos, editing and posting those photos, and other such activities

while driving. However, when asked if such conduct was acceptable, the percentages in each category dropped to below 10 percent. So, teenage drivers know that they need to be digitally disconnected when driving, yet they still do it, especially when by themselves. Smart phones are making them stupid drivers. Another alarming, but not surprising, discovery from the survey is that teens’ driving behaviors are most often influenced by watching their parents drive. They form their habits as they see what their parents do—good or bad. While today’s teenagers do generally wear their seatbelts and don’t often engaging in risky driving, such as drag racing or drifting like generations before, they do try to electronically multitask. Sadly, combining any distraction with driving can have disastrous, sometimes fatal consequences. Talk to any teenage drivers in your home and let them know the digital dangers awaiting them. Establish rules and consequences for violations, as needed, to get their attention. Stress that nothing is so urgent, and if it is, pull over and deal with it. And make sure you also practice what you preach.

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Charlie & Valerie Randall

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

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Your Luxury Home Specialists

SOLD GATED MULTI-LEVEL HOME 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths & 4,982 sq. ft. $620,000

CLASSIC ELEGANCE 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths & 8,384 sq. ft. $1,850,000

RED MOUNTAIN VIEWS 4 Bedrooms, 5 Baths & 4,936 sq. ft. $1,235,000

IN THE HEART OF THE CITRUS BELT 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths & 4,019 sq. ft. $495,000

BACKS TO TONTO NATIONAL FOREST 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths & 7,603 sq. ft. $3,100,000

FOR LEASE 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths & 5,242 sq. ft. $4,800/Monthly

SOLD GATED GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Loft, Ofc & 2,891 sq. ft. $339,900

BEYOND SPECTACULAR 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths & 7,041 sq. ft. $1,475,000

GATED IN MOUNTAIN BRIDGE 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths & 4,572 sq. ft. $830,000


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