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Schooled at Harvard, Dr. Rita Fisler took an unusual route to the East Valley. She studied opera in France before joining English Dermatology.

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CHANDELIERS, CHROME & CONTEMPORARY

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HelpingTHE HUNGRY

EAST VALLEY BLOG RAISES MONEY TO FEED CHILDREN HALF A WORLD AWAY BY KENNETH LAFAVE

CAN WORDS FEED THE HUNGRY? They can, when the words go out to caring Gilbert moms. “Being moms, we want to help not only our own children, but also other people’s children,” says Lisa Glowacka, editor and co-owner of East Valley Moms Blog and a Gilbert resident. That’s why the blog she co-owns with Michelle Alexander is helping to support an effort to feed children in Guatemala. One of a national network of blogs written by and intended for moms, East Valley Moms Blog reaches out to women in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek and Ahwatukee. The flagship site for the network, called City Moms Blog, is nearby in Scottsdale, where Steph Flies started it in 2010. The network of more than 60 blogs across the country gives mothers a chance to share about everything from easy recipes to mommy fashion. East Valley Moms Blog has a team of 14 writers, all mothers, addressing children’s health, parenthood, potty-training tips and recommendations for day care. Breakfast with Santa is annually sponsored by the blog. Playgroups have sprung from contacts made. But it goes beyond such things, as well. “As an online community of moms, part of our mission is helping local businesses and community organizations,” says

Lisa Glowacka supports an effort by City Moms Blog to help feed children in Guatamala. The organization is the parent company for Glowaka's East Valley Moms Blog.

the Gilbert mother of two boys, ages 6 and 11, and one girl, age 9. “We looked at the Food for the Hungry office here in the Valley and the impact they have on children, and we wanted to help.” Food for the Hungry, founded in 1971, provides both emergency relief and long-term programs for children in more than 20 countries. Flies took a trip to Guatemala, which persuaded her to focus on that Central American country. “I love that our network inspires, encourages and connects women who are at home rocking their babies and desperate to feel a sense of community,” Flies says. GILBERT WOMAN MAGAZINE | JULY 2016

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“This partnership gives our members the opportunity to do their part in making a substantial difference,” she says. The campaign will feed 300 Guatemalan children. Each dollar will pack a philanthropic punch. “Each contribution of $3 will support a Guatemalan child for a month,” Glowacka says. To contribute, go to eastvalley.citymomsblog.com. You can also go to a movie July 27. “We’re doing a private screening of ‘Bad Moms’ July 27, prior to release. We thought the title was appropriate,” Glowacka jokes. For more information on the screening, go to the website. For Glowacka and the other members of the blog locally and nationally, the Guatemala project is a chance to feel kinship with mothers half a world away.

“Being moms, we want to help not only our own children, but also other people’s children”

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5 KeysTO FIGHT

DRY OR MATURE SUMMER SKIN BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Arizona summers are harsh on mature skin. But whether you’re 35 or 60, Erica Rohrbacker, general manager of Ulta Beauty’s SanTan Village Marketplace store, offers five simple keys to creating your perfect look. “Each is important to enhance natural beauty,” she says. And each key is geared toward fighting sun damage and dryness, the biggest challenges to Arizona skin of all ages. KEY 1: MOISTURIZE.

“Having a good moisturizer that meets skincare needs is essential. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. It gives the added benefit of ensuring that makeup applies evenly,” Rohrbacker says. The combination of water and moisturizer plumps fine lines and provides an excellent base for makeup. She suggests using a buffing brush to apply moisturizer. “A Real Techniques sponge works well,” says Rohrbacker. “You wet it before application, and it expands. Apply makeup directly with the sponge, and it provides a natural, flawless appearance. “As you get older, it’s important to use a tinted moisturizer. Many foundations are creams with moisturizer incorporated, such as Urban Decay,” she says. “This type of base blurs fine lines and imperfections and gives the skin a smoother texture. “Just remember, especially with older skin, less is more,” she adds. KEY 2: CHOOSE CREAM, NOT POWDER.

A cream blush lends itself to the “less is more” theory, she says, since it masks skin texture. “It provides a natural tint, unlike a powder blush, and minimizes the look of dryness,” she adds. Creams also beat powder when applying eye makeup to dry or older skin.

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KEY 3: DRAW THE LINE.

Rohrbacker suggests choosing a clear lip liner before applying any lipstick. “Lip liner prevents the feathering effect, which can add years to your appearance. Liners keep lipstick from bleeding into the fine lines around your lips that become more pronounced with age or dryness.” KEY 4: PROTECT.

Sunscreen is a cancer preventative, but it also plays an essential role in keeping skin looking its best. “SPF for the face is essential—use at least a 50 rating,” she says. “A mineral-based sunscreen is best to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. You can add sunscreen fluid to any moisturizer; mix it with your favorite and you won’t even need to alter your skincare regimen.” KEY 5: YOU CAN’T BEAT THE BROWS.

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SPOTLIGHT ON

KAYLA KOLAR

THE GILBERT HISTORICAL MUSEUM’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IS PRESERVING — AND SHAPING — THE TOWN’S HISTORY BY KIMIE BUNYASARANAND

Kayla Kolar knew very little about Gilbert when she moved from Colorado in 1991. Twenty-five years later, she is among the preeminent authorities on the town’s history, playing a major role in preserving it. Kolar, who co-authored a book on Gilbert history, “Gilbert (Images of America),” is executive director of the Gilbert Historical Museum and is spearheading a movement to develop an intergenerational cultural center. “I feel like I’m from Gilbert now,” says Kolar, a native of Carterville, Illinois. “I probably know more about Gilbert than Carterville.” At a young age, Kolar was involved in nonprofit work. “I’ve always volunteered, whether with UNICEF, United Way, or March of Dimes,” she says. “The nonprofit volunteering bug is my passion.” Kolar started working full time in nonprofit administration in 1986 when she joined the National Federation of Independent Business. “When I first started working for NFIB, I loved working for a cause and a reason — it wasn’t just a job,” she said. Kolar worked at the Colorado offices for five years before she was transferred to Arizona in 1991. Although she loved the work there, the job required significant travel, and Kolar wanted to spend more time at home with her family. In 1993, shortly after the birth of her first son, Kolar took a position with Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. She spent 11 years in a variety of roles, eventually becoming deputy director. “The garden was a wonderful place to learn about nonprofits in the Valley,” Kolar says. “It’s an incredibly well-run nonprofit, and I built a really good foundation from there.” Kolar had one more stint in nonprofit administration, as executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Phoenix affiliate, before joining the Gilbert Historical Museum. She has headed it since 2005. 14

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An Illinois native, Kayla Kolar calls Gilbert home and has become an authority on the town.

“I saw an ad for director and the timing worked out,” she says. “I didn’t know anything about Gilbert or the museum at the time. The board was looking for a curator, but I said, ‘You really don’t want a curator who will stay inside all the time and play with artifacts. You need someone to go outside, into the community.’” And Kolar did exactly that. “We are no longer the best-kept secret in Gilbert,” says Marji Scotten of the museum’s board of directors and a volunteer since 2001. “Kayla interacts with the different organizations in the Gilbert area, and she really works very hard.” Kolar attributes much of it to her experience with the Chamber of Commerce’s Gilbert Leadership program. Shortly after she joined the historical museum, Kolar participated in Gilbert Leadership, in which participants take classes, engage in community activities and work on community projects. “We help develop the town’s current and future leaders,” says Amanda Bayer, manager of Gilbert Leadership. “There is a strong networking component. Participants of the program vary greatly in age and lines of work.” Kolar was a member of the 14th Leadership graduating class and remained active on its board of directors from


2006 to 2013. The program introduced her to the community and helped her build relationships with key stakeholders. “Gilbert is all about building relationships,” says Kolar. “There are about 240,000 people here, and it has a small-town feel. It’s all about the relationships.” Those ties are fundamental to her success running the Gilbert Historical Museum. In an era that makes it difficult for nonprofit arts and culture organizations to survive — the Phoenix Museum of History went out of business in 2009 due to lack of operating funds — Kolar is focusing on long-term sustainability. She leads a major transition that will significantly expand the museum’s scope and programs, focusing on an intergenerational model. While the specific programs have yet to be determined, there have been discussions about bringing in an arts school, cooking classes and agriscaping. Kolar has been meeting with potential partners, working on a feasibility study, planning property expansion and preparing for the next phase of fundraising. “We had to look at the whole model and figure out what we’re going to do,” she says. “We’re the oldest building in Gilbert, and the only building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places — we’re not going anywhere. But we have to move toward sustainability.”

“We’re the oldest building in Gilbert ... we’re not going anywhere. But we have to move toward sustainability.” The museum will be renamed in the next few months, and Kolar’s title will change to president and CEO. Despite her busy schedule, Kolar has maintained a “family first” mentality. Her job transitions often were driven by her desire to keep children her priority. She left Susan G. Komen for the Cure at a pivotal moment in her sons’ childhood because of the late hours and long commute. “My whole life has changed around my kids,” she says. Kolar’s three sons, now 24, 21 and 18, all went through Gilbert Public Schools and are enthusiastic volunteers. “When you work in nonprofit, it tends to become a family affair,” she says. “When I first came to the museum, my youngest son was seven and he picked out stuffed animals that we were going to sell at the gift shop.” The full impact of Kolar’s work in Gilbert is yet to be seen. What is certain is her deep dedication and passion for her work. “It’s a great fit for me personally and professionally. I love the museum,” she says. LEFT: One of the exhibits in the Military display is a wedding dress worn by several generations that is made from a parachute. BELOW: The museums "Live Exhibit" is a quilting bee featuring Norma Spaid, 79, Betty Walford 75, Bev Brower, 62 and Ginny Martin, 82. They have repaired quilts that are over a hundred years old. BOTTOM: At the entrance to the Gilbert Historical Museum are several old vehicles including this old Ford

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Summertime has arrived, and that means one thing — it’s picnic season. There’s nothing more relaxing than going to the park with a checkered blanket and a basket full of goodies. If you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor lunches, check out these stylish picnic accessories to transform your outside meals from lifeless to luxurious.

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HERITAGE DISTRICT’S BUILDING 313 IS A PASSION PROJECT BY WOMEN, FOR WOMEN BY KELLI LAPOINTE

The projected $3.3 million Building 313 will house TicketForce, Thrive, a coworking space for women, a restaurant and rooftop lounge, as shown in this rendering.

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Everywhere she went, Lynne King Smith lamented, buildings just seemed to have a heavy “guy” feel. For nearly a decade, King Smith had a vision: A female-centric co-working space by women, for women, in a community with a sizable population of upscale working women. So when ground broke June 7 on her Building 313, created and designed by women in Gilbert’s booming Heritage District, King Smith’s concept became reality. “This project has been a vision and a dream,” King Smith says of her $3.3 million project that sits on 15,602 square feet of prime real estate on Gilbert Road. When King Smith moved to the area in 2006, there was the concept of a commercial/retail space that would be a place “for businesses like ours to have offices right in the neighborhood.” Building 313 will house two of her enterprises: TicketForce, an entertainment ticketing company that King Smith runs as CEO with her husband, Brad; and Thrive, a 2,600-square-foot, coworking space for women.


“I love the idea of a collaborative space ... I wondered what it would be like to have a coworking space that met the needs of women.” — LYNNE KING SMITH

It also will have a 4,300-square-foot, ground-floor restaurant that she is hoping to fill with an Arizona-based brewery or a farm-to-table restaurant with a commitment to local food. It will be topped with a 1,500-square-foot rooftop lounge facing west to capture the magnificent Valley sunsets. “It really just popped into my head one day,” King Smith says, “that we have this space on the rooftop.” The camaraderie among women that inspired King Smith to create Thrive as part of Building 313 also encouraged her to look for other women to help her bring her project to life. She partnered with Lorraine Bergman, CEO of Caliente Construction in the East Valley, to come on board as general contractor for the building. She turned to Dina Rosas of D Rosas Interior Group to provide innovative designs for the new TicketForce offices, which will include shared workspaces, a broadcast room, a relaxation space, and quiet spaces. Bringing it to Gilbert was an easy decision, King Smith says. “I love Gilbert, and the Heritage District is growing,” she says. “I’m excited about bringing our bustling headquarters to this area, and offering my TicketForce staff a fun place to come to work and play every day.” Initially, the project was planned to simply be a new location for TicketForce. It evolved into more largely because King Smith always has been fascinated with mixed-use buildings. The Building 313 concept was expanded to three-stories with a restaurant on the first floor, TicketForce on the second and “either an apartment or more retail on the third,” she says. Her travels around the country, especially to Boston, encouraged her to think outside the box and spurred her decision to include the rooftop bar. After seeing the shared office space of Connect Coworking, where her daughter worked, as well as Co+Hoots in Phoenix, King Smith was inspired to bring something similar to Building 313, but with a specific quality she found lacking in other similar co-working spaces. “I love the idea of a collaborative space,” King Smith says. “It’s a fascinating trend. I started searching for something that was specially created for women. But most of these co-working spaces have an incredibly masculine feel — industrial — and have predominantly male members. “I wondered what it would be like to have a co-working

Lynne King Smith said bringing Building 313 to Gilbert was an easy decision.

space that met the needs of women. I visited one in New York City, and developed the idea from there.” Her goal was to encourage and inspire women entrepreneurs in the Valley, and thus, Thrive was born. From 2007 to 2012, Arizona saw a spike in women-owned businesses. According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau survey, 36.5% of all firms in Arizona were owned by women, and a majority of those businesses are the projects of self-employed owners. When the next Census survey comes around next year, that number is expected to grow again. Now these women will have a place especially for them to work, network, train, and collaborate in an open and engaging setting. And with the trend fostering more women-run businesses, Thrive will become a popular working space in no time, King Smith believes. The project is not entirely about women. Her husband played a role in developing the concept, and King Smith started Continues on page 20

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Woman's Dream Continued from page 19

TicketForce with her husband in 2003 as a company that assists other businesses in establishing a way to collect revenue from ticket sales on their own terms. In 2010, she was named CEO and her guidance over the last six years has caused her once-small company to become a major player in the ticketing market. TicketForce and Building 313 might not be the only ventures on King Smith’s resume. She says that she “thought this was a one-time legacy project but after seeing the bulldozers on the lot, building really is in my blood. So who knows?” Building, after all, is part of her heritage. Her father built the house she grew up in, and she is researching the many buildings her grandfather helped construct. So when King Smith was standing on the Building 313 site recently, she said “it got my blood pumping.” “This is not the only time I’m going to do this,” she says.

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TRAVEL TIPS HOW TO KEEP UP FITNESS GOALS WHILE ON VACATION BY JULIE LEMEROND

’Tis the season ... for vacation! Chances are good that you’re going to take a break this summer whether it’s cross-country or in your backyard. Either way, the destination has a way of distracting you from your fitness goals, especially when you disrupt your normal routine. No matter where you go or what you are doing, there’s a way to keep in shape. SIGHTSEEING IN THE CITY

Many of our country’s cities are walkable from site to site. If you are visiting Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, San Francisco or a bevy of other American cities, much of your day can be spent on foot. Though it all depends on your height and weight, the average person burns 75-100 calories walking 1 mile. Spend a day in New York and you can easily burn hundreds of calories simply sightseeing. THEME PARKS

Nearly 1,600 calories can be burned walking around Disney World during a day. (Yes, even the standing and waiting in line contributes to this total.) When you and your family are eager to get an early start to your day and your morning run becomes distant memory, worry not. Your day will be spent on your feet, which translates to calories burned and muscles working. EATING OUT

One of the classic dilemmas while vacationing is the weight gain that results from eating out every meal. And while it’s easy to indulge when away, here are a few tips to prevent returning home with an extra 5 pounds: • Agree to indulge for only one meal. Whether it’s pizza for dinner or a decadent ice cream cone for dessert, let yourself have it ... but make a deal with yourself that it only happens once per day.

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"Spend a day in New York, and you can easily burn hundreds of calories simply sightseeing." • Eat a healthy breakfast — and a big breakfast — to fill yourself up before your day begins. • Keep healthy snacks nearby to nosh on ... this will keep you from filling up on whatever temptation is put in front of you, no matter where you are. • Remind yourself that you feel better when you eat better ... and you are not on vacation to feel sluggish and heavy. UTILIZE YOUR HOTEL FACILITIES

Your kids love spending the evening in the hotel pool ... so why shouldn’t you? Get in and play with them (even dog paddling is an all-over body workout and calorie burner) or, if you get a break from the kiddos, spend a half hour or more in your hotel’s gym. Nearly every hotel has a gym and often it is empty, so find your favorite TV show and pump iron or run on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Your body and mind will thank you.

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TRENDS | PEOPLE | CULTURE | STYLE

ABOVE THE RIM COOL GETAWAYS UP NORTH BY SCOTT SHUMAKER

Thank God for the Colorado plateau. That mass of land still slowly rising gives Arizonans an enviable geographic palate to choose from when planning a trip. Whether you need to warm up or cool off, hike a canyon or hike a mountain, there’s always a destination just a few hours away. The Colorado plateau spans four states and covers much of Northern Arizona. Because of its 5,000- to 12,000-foot elevations, temperatures on the plateau are often 20 to 30 degrees cooler than in the Valley. A few spots, like the upper elevations of the San Francisco Peaks, boast even more dramatic

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LEFT: Boaters get close to the cool waters of the Colorado River on a day trip through Marble Canyon. Photo courtesy Colorado River Discovery. BELOW: The historic Museum of Northern Arizona brings the wonders of the Colorado Plateau together in one place. Photo by Tony Marinella. BOTTOM LEFT: The Lava River Cave provides, literally, the coolest hike in Northern Arizona in the summer. Photo courtesy Coconino National Forest.

temperature differentials. Arizona’s share of the Colorado Plateau also includes some of its famous features — the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, and Canyon de Chelly, to name just a few. But besides its geologic wonders and often-pleasant climate, the plateau is also home to fascinating history and culture. If a break from Valley heat is in order, Northern Arizona’s Colorado Plateau is a treasure trove of adventure no matter what type of activities you crave. WATER

Though it is a dry region, there are many good destinations in Northern Arizona for cooling off in or around water. One of the most iconic water features in the region is the Colorado River, which slices through the Colorado Plateau before plunging into the deserts. The tricky part about visiting the Colorado River in the summer is accessing its cool waters. Hiking down to the river from the top of Grand Canyon is not recommended in the summer time because of high temperatures inside the canyon, and rafting trips through Grand Canyon National Park require advanced planning. Colorado River Discovery offers an alternative: one-day rafting tours through Marble Canyon, the section of the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. These trips give adventurers a taste of the scenic beauty of the Grand Canyon and chance to enjoy the cold waters of the Colorado River, which is

just 46 degrees on average when it emerges from Glen Canyon Dam. Full day river trips start at $112 for adults, and half-day trips are also available for $92. Colorado River Discovery www.raftthedam.com The Rim Lakes Recreation Area in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Payson provides an even closer option for water recreation in the summer. The seven lakes in the area lakes were created by damming small streams along the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The Rim Lakes Recreation Area allows visitors to design their own adventures because each lake has a unique set of characteristics and amenities. For example, some have boats ramps while others do not; some are close to the highway, while others are more remote. Chevelon Canyon is one of the largest lakes, but visitation is lighter because the lake requires a Continues on page 26

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Above the Rim Continued from page 25

If a break from Valley heat is in order, Northern Arizona’s Colorado plateau is a treasure trove of adventure, no matter what type of activities you crave.

hike to access. Woods Lake, in contrast, offers lots of amenities, like a store and developed campgrounds, and receives lots of visitation. Apache Sitgreaves National Forest www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

the summer. The big, bouncy tires make all the lumps and bumps in the trail feel soft. The bikes are fun for expert and novice cyclists alike. Bike rentals start at $15 for a half day and $20 for a full day. Fat Tire Biking at Arizona Nordic Center www.arizonanordicvillage.com

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The Colorado Plateau is a geologist’s paradise, and many of the region’s wonders are particularly pleasant in the summer. A good candidate for best summer cool down hike in Northern Arizona is the Lava River Cave. The tube, situated north of Flagstaff, is a mile long and stays frigid inside all year. On the hottest days of summer, the coldest part of the cave is about 35 degrees, and the warmest part is 45 degrees. The cave, formed by an ancient lava flow, collects cold air that sink into the cave in the winter. The volcanic rock surrounding the cave insulates the air, so the inside remains an icebox all summer. The cave is managed by the Coconino National Forest but is minimally developed and visits are selfguided. Many people who have done this hike offer similar advice — bring warm clothes and plenty of flashlights. The interior of the cave is pitch black. Red Mountain is another interesting volcanic remnant, and it is close to the Lava River. The mountain is an extinct volcanic crater that has partially collapsed and eroded into sculpted curves and hoodoos. The effect created by the sequence of geologic events at Red Mountain is reminiscent of the spires in Bryce Canyon National Park. From the parking lot, a 30-minute hike takes visitors to the “amphitheater” area of Red Mountain. At over 7,000 feet in elevation, the Red Mountain hike provides a relatively cool summer hike. www.fs.usda.gov/coconino If you still have energy and daylight after your volcanic explorations, complete a hat trick and visit the Arizona Nordic Village (formerly Flagstaff Nordic Center) to ride fat tire bikes. The Nordic Village has a network of trails — used for cross country skiing in the winter — through aspen groves and mixed conifer forests below the San Francisco Peaks. The Village’s fleet of fat tires bikes cruise over snow in the winter season, but they are also loads of fun on dirt trails in

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The Museum of Northern Arizona is an excellent concierge for any tour of the Colorado Plateau. The museum was established by philanthropists in the 1920’s and the rustic 1930’s building, made from local volcanic boulders, is beautiful. The museum boasts a staggering collection of historic and prehistoric artifacts. On any given visit you can see artifacts like 800-year-old sandals or arrows from the plateau. For dinosaur lovers there are also exhibits on the ancient life of the plateau and the fossils it left behind. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children. During summer, the museum hosts “Thirsty Thursdays” with discounted $5 entrances, extended hours, live music, and food and beverage. Museum of Northern Arizona www.musnaz.org


TOP RIGHT: Arizona Snowbowl scenic chairlift shuttles people up the mountain. Photo courtesy Arizona Snowbowl ABOVE: The historic Grand Canyon Railway winds through a ponderosa forest on its way to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Photo courtesy Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

To see one of the greatest geologic treasures in the world and experience a slice of life from 100 years ago, consider the Grand Canyon Railway. In Arizona’s territorial days, a visit to the Grand Canyon meant a 12-hour stagecoach ride from Flagstaff. That changed in 1901 when a railway line was completed between Williams and the South Rim. Cars put the railroad out of business in 1968, but the railway was saved from demolition and restored in 1989. During the summer, the railway offers two departures from Williams at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Passengers can explore the canyon edge until the first train back to Williams departs at 4:30 p.m. During the two-hour ride back, actors on horseback perform an Old West train robbery to entertain kids and adults alike. Roundtrip tickets start at $65 for adults and $29 for children. Grand Canyon Railway www.thetrain.com AIR

For travelers who want to experience the Colorado Plateau from above, there are a few convenient options. During the summertime, Arizona Snowbowl’s scenic chairlift shuttles people up the mountain to an altitude of 11,500 feet. At the top of the lift, visitors can take a short hike

and enjoy unparalleled views of Northern Arizona. Volcanoes, the red rocks of Sedona, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are all visible from the top of the lift. At 11,500 feet, temperatures near the top of the mountain are cooler than in Flagstaff—as low as the 50s on summer days. Tickets to Arizona Snowbowl’s Scenic Chairlift are $19 for adults, and $13 for seniors and children. www.arizonasnowbowl.com Another way to enjoy the Colorado Plateau from the sky is zip lining. On a zipline, riders grip handles attached to a pulley that rolls down a steel cable via gravity. Sunrise Ski Park, in the White Mountains outside of Greer, just opened Arizona’s longest single zipline, at 2,300 feet in length, this past May. Sunrise’s long zipline is one of a series of six lines carrying guests a total of one mile. Yet another way to fly through air at Sunrise is the park’s upgraded airbag jump. Guests can freefall through the air onto a fluffy 50-foot by 50-foot airbag. The jumping platforms start at 10 feet and top out at 30 feet, for the most experienced and fearless jumpers. Peak season zipline rides start at $39 for adults and $35 for children. Airbag Jumps are $12 for three jumps or $30 for 10. sunriseskiparkaz.com/summer-things-to-do

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FROM MUSIC IN FRANCE TO SKIN CARE IN THE EAST VALLEY BY MARJORIE RICE

DERMATOLOGIST DR. RITA FISLER COULD BE CONSIDERED A RENAISSANCE WOMAN. Her biography includes inspiring accomplishments — Harvard Medical School and a long list of publications in medical journals and membership in prestigious associations. But the road she took to get there is anything but typical. Her journey has now brought her to live in the East Valley and work at English Dermatology Centers. The company includes a premiere office in Gilbert. But her professional journey began in France, where she traveled to study voice the summer after high school. That grew into a five-year stay, while Fisler, a coloratura soprano, studied opera at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris and was an apprentice at the Opera de Marseilles. On her return to the U.S., Fisler completed a degree in voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, and then was off to Jakarta, Indonesia, where she performed and taught music to students in the American School. It changed her life.



“I had some pretty amazing interactions with kids in Indonesia,” says Fisler, now the mother of two teenage sons. “I realized what I really wanted to do was work with refugee kids. I joined the trauma department of Massachusetts General Hospital, working with kids suffering psychological trauma.” She went on to earn a master’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and then an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She then moved to Kansas City, where she completed her dermatology residency and practiced for 10 years. The shift from psychiatry to dermatology isn’t as big a leap as it might seem, Fisler says. “There’s a lot of overlap. More than you would think.”


Tips to prevent damage from Arizona summer sun

ABOVE: Medical products available from English Dermatology LEFT: Trina Wright, a Licensed Aesthetician and Certified Laser Tech, demonstrates a thourogh skin cleansing on her co-worker, Amber Sierra.

Gilbert women know that the Arizona sun requires them to take vigilant precautions to protect their skin, especially in summer. More than 2 million Americans contract skin cancer each year, and the disease is easiest to cure if diagnosed and treated early, says Dr. Rita Fisler, one of the newest dermatologists at English Dermatology. “Sun causes more damage to the skin and accelerates aging faster than anything else, leading to skin cancers, pre-cancers, discoloration of the skin and photo-aging due to long-term UVA and UVB exposure,” she says. Prevention is key, she says. “For instance, hats aren’t worn simply to shade your face—they can help prevent development of skin cancers on the scalp. “Protection should also include long sleeves and long pants whenever exposed to the sun,” even during these record-breaking hot days of summer, she says. And, she adds, use broad spectrum, highSPF sun screen—every day. The sun screen should be re-applied every couple of hours, Fisler says. “And use plenty—plan on a full shot glass of sun screen for the entire body. Most people will only use a quarter to a third of that, and it isn’t enough.” A yearly skin check with a board-certified dermatologist is very important to spot any pre-cancers, Fisler adds. “Skin cancers that are caught early are very treatable. People also should do a personal head-to-toe skin exam every month.” Moisturizers also are important. “For dry areas like Arizona, we recommend a moisturizing cream rather than a lotion,” Fisler says. “Look for one that’s fragrance-free, with ceramides that help the body produce its own natural moisturizing factor.”


In Kansas City, Fisler was named Most Compassionate Doctor for two years as part of a peer review. She plans to continue that focus on compassion in her work with patients here. “I really enjoy taking the time to get to know my patients and hear their specific concerns, which is where the background in psychology comes in to play. “Skin issues are very personal, and reaction to them varies with the individual,” Fisler explained. “What is difficult for one patient may not be particularly troubling to another,” says the new East Valley resident. “Whether it’s acne or psoriasis or skin cancers or the way a scar looks, I always try to take time to really listen to what the patient’s concerns are,” she says. “That also is the philosophy of English Dermatology, which is one of the things that attracted me to this practice. It’s not just about how many patients you can see. The emphasis is on taking the time to really get to know each one.”

ABOVE: Julio Hernandez, MD surgeon at English Dermatology, looks through a microscope to determine for a patient the kind of damage to cells and whether surgery is needed.

"I’s not just about how many patients you can see. The emphasis is on

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English Dermatology expands The dermatology center recently named Best of Gilbert for 2016 has announced it will build on three decades of success in the East Valley by more than doubling its presence in and near the Phoenix Metro area. English Dermatology has won a number of recent accolades, including the 2016 East Valley Tribune “Best of Gilbert” and “Best of Ahwatukee” rankings. “We have had numerous requests from patients to expand our services and are happy to report we are on our way,” says Shana Dominguez, practice administrator and manager of marketing for the group, which in addition to offices in Gilbert, currently includes locations in Ahwatukee and San Tan Valley. A new office is under construction in downtown Phoenix in partnership with the Phoenix Suns. It will be located within the IASIS Multispecialty Clinic at 230 S. Third St. “This is a great opportunity for downtown business professionals,” Dominguez says. “For instance, a woman who lives in Gilbert but works in downtown Phoenix may wish to make an appointment but isn’t able to miss an entire day’s work,” she explains. “We are conveniently located so that she could pop in during breaks or during her lunch hour for cosmetic or medical appointments.” The group is completing acquisition of four practices. They are located in Desert Ridge, Central Phoenix, Mesa and Casa Grande. “Placing the patient experience at the forefront of all our decision making is what sets English

Dermatology Centers apart,” Dominguez believes. “We ask our patients what we can do better and, more importantly, we listen to the answers.” For example, patients have expressed the desire to have one location for all their dermatological services, including exams, diagnosis and treatment, she says. “We understand people are busy, so we have a variety of specialists on staff who offer multiple treatment options to our patients,” Dominguez says. They include dermatologists, a dermatopathologist who reviews results, and a Moh’s surgeon who can discuss best treatment options. “This not only gives patients the ability to choose what’s best for them, but also puts them in control of their own well-being and makes them an intricate part of the treatment process.”

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NEW GILBERT KITCHENS ARE HIGH-TECH AT HEART By Mike Butler

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ifteen years ago, if you had a lower storage cabinet with a built-in lazy susan and a drawer with a spice rack, you had a state-of-the-art kitchen. If you’re thinking about updating the kitchen in your Gilbert home this year, you’ll be amazed — and perhaps a little overwhelmed — by the multitude of options to consider. In order to begin narrowing your choices, it helps to know what’s trending in kitchen design. The white transitional kitchen, which blends traditional and contemporary elements, never goes out of style, but it does evolve, says Marina Selles of Allure Designs in Gilbert. And the pendulum is definitely swinging more to the contemporary side. Increasingly, Selles says, homeowners want that streamlined, flush look for their kitchen cabinets. If they opt for any ornamentation, they’ll go with a simple Shaker or Mission profile. Bolder clients are choosing cabinets that are grayish blue or green, she says. Quartz and granite are still kings of the countertop, Selles affirms. And while glass tile backsplashes continue to be popular, they’re increasingly accented with or bordered by metal tiles.

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Once you have an inkling about your cabinets, countertops and color palette, it’s time to see what’s new in appliances, plumbing fixtures and lighting. That’s when a place like Ferguson Showrooms can be a huge help. Good news is that the company soon will open a 10,000-square-foot showroom, in Dana Park near Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road. Although wall ovens have been a standard feature in kitchens for years, they’ve seen a lot of innovation recently, according to Chris Norris, Director of Showroom/Builder for the Southwest at the Ferguson Showroom on Raintree Drive in north Scottsdale. New wall ovens, as well as their bigger brothers, can now be controlled with smartphone apps. This allows you to preheat your oven as you drive home from work, for example – or get a message that dinner’s done while you’re lounging by the pool. They also have the capability of gently steaming your food during roasting so that foods don’t dry out. Though not high-tech, perhaps of greatest interest to cooks of average height is that many wall ovens now come with French-style doors. Norris says the old two-door refrigerator just doesn’t have enough functionality for the modern kitchen. Having three, four or even five compartments that can be set at various temperatures is more the norm and much more energy efficient. Small innovations are nevertheless popular. For instance, the three-door GE Cafe refrigerator incorporates a built-in hot water dispenser and Keurig K-Cup brewing system. Higher-end dishwashers now often are equipped with their own water-softening technology, so you don’t need a whole-house system to get sparkling glassware. Stainless steel still dominates on refrigerators and dishwashers, of course. But Norris says homeowners have moved away from the brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze finishes popular on faucets and lighting fixtures just a few years ago and now favor polished nickel and chrome, instead. Although pendant lights remain popular over kitchen islands, Selles says many clients are instead choosing to make an artistic statement with contemporary chandeliers. Norris adds that under-cabinet lighting has become so popular that some homeowners are now also incorporating them above cabinets and down on the toe kicks. In any case, customers will invest in LED bulbs for all lighting fixtures they choose. Norris says 40-foot ceilings in the new Dana Park showroom will allow lighting fixtures to hang at varying heights, giving visitors a better, more realistic sense of how they’ll appear in home applications. Gilbert is an important new location for Ferguson, Norris says, because there’s a great deal of new building going on—and homes in older neighborhoods are ripe for kitchen remodels. He says the showroom will be specially designed to benefit a different type of customer, too. “The Scottsdale client still buys by looks and status,” he explains. “East Valley residents are much more into the features and benefits of the products. They’re also more of a do-it-yourself crowd,” he added. “They actually cook.”

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OUR DESTINATION VACATION, NO MORE THAN 6 HOURS FROM THE VALLEY


THE OLD PUEBLO ARIZONA INN TRANSCENDS TIME, EMANATES BEAUTY BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI


6 hour drive

OUR DESTINATION VACATION, NO MORE THAN 6 HOURS FROM THE VALLEY

“Check in and chill out.” That’s the mantra of the Arizona Inn in Tucson subscribes. With its lush grounds, tasty drinks, friendly staff and heavenly beds, it’s easy to do. Upon check-in, we were greeted by the friendly front desk staff, who offered to give us a tour. The bellhop shared the history behind the pink-hued boutique inn that boasts 92 rooms and suites spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns. The inn, located less than a mile from the University of Arizona and its hospital, has been owned and operated by the same family since its inception in 1930. Isabella Greenway opened the property 85 years ago because there were no luxury hotels in Tucson. Once we arrived in our traditional casitastyle suite, we were dazzled. The modern furniture and amenities nicely juxtaposed the 1930s-style architecture. And the bed was worth the trip. Beds can be somewhat tricky at times for me, considering I’ve had three spinal fusions. The mattress offered soft but firm support. The white comforter was fluffy and light, making it perfect for a cool spring night. The New York Times was delivered daily on the patio, enhancing the suite’s homey feel. The hotel’s centerpiece is its pool, with a recently renovated archway, a nearby bar and an indoor lounge with comfy couches and games. Youngsters get a kick out of the Arizona Inn’s homemade ice cream served poolside between April and October. During our visit, we piled on the toppings, making monster sundaes. The real highlight is the Audubon Bar, which rivals another Tucson hotspot, Tanque Verde Ranch, for the best prickly pear margarita. We also sampled the Arizona Inn Margarita, made with Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, triple sec and lime juice. The bar menu features other summery sips like a minty mojito and a Moscow mule.

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ISABELLA GREENWAY OPENED THE PROPERTY 85 YEARS AGO BECAUSE THERE WERE NO LUXURY HOTELS IN TUCSON.


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Temperatures in Tucson are a tad cooler than in the Valley, and there are plenty of nearby attractions to check out during a stay at the Arizona Inn. The hotel is offering summer rates starting at $129. This year, the Arizona Inn is inviting guests to share their memorable stories and photos via Facebook. The hotel will select one winning entry in December for a grand prize two-night stay, including meals.

THE ARIZONA INN 2200 E. Elm St. Tucson 85719 (520) 325-1541 www.arizonainn.com

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Your Personal Concierge When a loved one passes from the mortal coil, you can feel overwhelmed with details, so another benefit that family funeral homes can offer is access to a concierge to help with everything from florists, hotels, restaurants and even car services. Our professional staff is available to assist with any special Community Education A family funeral home takes needs six days per week. services a step further by offering education before Finding the right fit for a a loss as well as caring and funeral home is important; compassion during a peri- you want to know that not od of mourning. Funeral di- only is your loved one being rectors and their team will treated with dignity, but that help you understand the you and your family will feel meaning of different parts comfortable and supportof the memorial service, the ed in your decisions during differences between cre- this time. Selecting Mounmation and interment, and tain View Funeral Home provide you with a wealth of and Cemetery is one way to additional options including ensure that you are using a beautiful touches such as a family funeral home who will release of white doves after go above and beyond your the service. expectations. managed by the Second and third generation of Coury’s, Mountain View Funeral Home is a Mesa, AZ tradition with professionally trained and licensed staff members all with the stated goal of ensuring your loved one receives the dignified memorial service that they deserve.

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Best Buddies Arizona is now recruiting for our new Young Business Professionals Board! We are seeking 8-10 aspiring young professionals who are looking to make a difference in their communities by helping us develop a specific event with fundraising and programmatic goals. Best Buddies is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). To get involved, please contact State Director Timothy Bolen at timothybolen@bestbuddies.org today!


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DINING | REVIEWS | WINE | SPIRITS

IRELAND TO PARIS TO GILBERT: THE CULINARY AND MECHANICAL ODYSSEY OF MAIREAD BUSCHTETZ BY KENNETH LAFAVE

ABOVE: The chocolate souffle is a rich dessert on Cuisine and Wine Bistro's menu.

Dads who dined last month at one of Arizona’s top wine bars, Gilbert’s Cuisine and Wine Bistro, may have been stumped when the owners gifted them with cards good for a free oil change. If the combination of haute cuisine and engine lubrication seemed unlikely, it was only because they hadn’t yet heard Cuisine and Wine Bistro’s back story. The tale turns not so much on years of sommelier experience, a perfectly grilled steak and the careful selection of a prime location as on the wandering heart of a young Irish girl, a first date on a Harley, destiny and D-Day. Cuisine and Wine Bistro, named recently by BuzzFeed.com as the state’s best wine bar, is a familyowned business that sprang last year from the love and work of Fabrice and Mairead Buschtetz. As chef, Fabrice is already known throughout the Valley for his signature escargots and flair for producing variations on traditional French dishes. While Fabrice creates, Mairead manages the business, from supervising service and handling payroll to hiring musicians for live music every Friday and Saturday night. When she’s not at the bistro, Mairead works at her second job — at the couple’s garage — Desert Car Care McQueen.

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“Motors and food are our two great loves,” Mairead explains. “They are the things that brought Fabrice and I together.” But we are getting ahead of the story. Back it up to 1986. Mairead — pronounced “like Maureen but with a ‘d’ at the end”— is a 17-year-old girl in Mitchelstown, County Cork, the Republic of Ireland. “Ireland was a wonderful place to grow up,” she says. “But at the age of 17, if you’re a girl in a small town speaking to someone or doing anything at all, everybody in town knows about 10 minutes later.” Her parents were strict about boys and punished her whenever they learned she’d been talking to one. This chaffed Mairead’s sense of independence, and she longed to leave Ireland for a big city. She longed for some faraway place with a culture more sophisticated than a little village of 4,000 in the middle of the Emerald Isle. Maybe even a place where she could talk to a boy without being punished. “Most of all, I wanted a place where I was anonymous, a place where not everything I did was noticed,” she recalls. What better destination than the City of Lights? Mairead had learned some French from the nuns in Mitchelstown, and she knew a little about the hospitality business from working for her dad, the village’s “bread man” or baker. Learning the hotel business in Paris became young Mairead’s dream. “I figured if I went from hotel to hotel, I would get all-round experience, so I took a series of jobs in fourand five-star Paris hotels. The fact that I spoke English helped. I learned French while working,” Mairead recalls. Her language skills improved to the point that talking with French boys became a new hobby. In 1988, one of them, Fabrice Buschtetz, swept her off her feet. “For our first date, he took me for a ride on his Harley. I noticed the bike before I noticed the man. Then he cooked me an omelet. It was the best omelet I’d ever eaten. Between the bike and the cooking, he won my heart.” Mairead and Fabrice married two years later, opened a restaurant in France near the Belgian border, and raised three children. But just as Mairead had been restless when young, Fabrice was restless in middle age. Her dream had been of France. His was of America.

OPPOSITE: This cod dish is one of the many ways in which Fabrice Buschtetz prepares fish. TOP LEFT: Motors and food are Maired Buschtetz's loves. LEFT: Cuisine and Wine Bistro regularly changes its menu, but the escargot dish is a mainstay.

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“Fabrice belongs to that group of Frenchmen who are very grateful to America for what they did in World War II. He has said that without the D-Day invasion, all of France would be speaking German today.” And, of course, America also gave the world Harley-Davidson. “Fabrice told me, ‘I feel attached to America and believe we are meant to live there.’” The couple began visiting the United States and checking out various possible locations. “In internet searches, Arizona always came up in the top three states,” Mairead says. So did Florida, the first state the Buschtetzs visited. “Florida was boring. It was flat and there were mosquitoes.” Arizona was next on the list. “We flew into Las Vegas, rented a car and drove to Phoenix. We looked around, and I said to Fabrice, ‘Well, this is it.’” That was 2013, and the plan was to buy a restaurant. They couldn’t find one, but they did find a repair shop near the house they had purchased in Gilbert. “I believe in destiny, and finding the repair shop was destiny,” Mairead says. For two years, it was enough.

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“But then one day, out on the Harley, Fabrice whispered in my ear, ‘I’m ready to go back to the kitchen.’” Again, destiny intervened. A restaurant became available within two miles of the garage and the Buschtetz home. In March 2015, Fabrice and Mairead opened Cuisine and Wine Bistro. Its success has been phenomenal, she says. “We are very lucky,” she says. “We just cleaned it up, turned on the lights, and people started showing up.” Here are some of the dishes they show up for: grilled Angus ribeye with wine and shallot butter ($28); duck breast with Grand Marnier sauce—Fabrice’s take on duck a l’orange ($28); pork filet with bleu cheese and bacon sauce ($18); and grilled Mahi-Mahi, with zucchini salad ($21). Cuisine and Wine Bistro also features live music every Friday and Saturday night. And, in case you need an oil change while you dine, there’s a garage just around the corner. CUISINE AND WINE BISTRO 1422 W. Warner Rd., Gilbert 85233 (480) 497-1422, cuisineandwinebistro.com


Should I keep the house? One of the most difficult decisions women face when going through a divorce is whether to keep the house. Women often want to keep the house to provide stability for the kids. Is it a good idea? It depends. PROS: The advantage of keeping the home is you don’t have to move! You save yourself all the time and money associated with finding a new place, packing, and dealing with movers and deposits. You can maintain the routine your home already has. Your children will stay in the same school, near the same neighbors. Minimizing change can reduce the stress of divorce. You will also protect equity by avoiding realtor fees and closing costs. However, you may want to factor in what the closing costs and fees would be when you determine the equitable buy-out value of the home. Specifically, if the home has $50,000 in equity, you may want to propose that the buy-out equity is $40,000—about what you would actually end up with after selling. Then, you only need to provide your husband with a $20,000 offset or buy-out instead of a $25,000 buy-out. Also, gains on your primary residence will be non-taxable income upon the sale of the house, subject to certain limits. That makes the gain on your home more valuable than taxable retirement income. CONS: Sometimes children transition more easily when everything changes. Otherwise, one parent is at “home” and the other is “visiting.” Memories associated with the home can make divorce harder, especially when a new boyfriend/husband comes into the picture. Also, you should analyze whether you can afford to keep the home—not just the house payment, but also costs like landscaping, pool, and utilities. Most often the home was purchased with the understanding that both spouses would participate in the upkeep. You don’t want to find yourself financially strapped or “house-poor” because you’re emotionally attached to the home. OTHER ALTERNATIVES: “Nesting” is a relatively new trend where the children stay in the home and the parents take turns spending parenting time there. This can work well when the parents are on good terms and the children are close to graduation. If one or both parents travel for work, this arrangement becomes more feasible. Whether to keep the house may be one of the most difficult decisions you make in your divorce.. Consider your options carefully.

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EASY RECIPE

Too Easy! SUPER-SIMPLE RECIPES FOR BUSY-BUT-HUNGRY FAMILIES

BY MEGAN MARPLES

4th of July Fruit Kabobs Celebrate Independence Day with these festive fruit skewers. Assemble them ahead of time, or have your guests design their own. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • 1 bunch of bananas • 1 carton of strawberries • 1 carton of blueberries • Long wooden skewers • Optional: melted chocolate

DIRECTIONS: 1. Peel the banana and slice into ½-inch disks. 2. Slice off the strawberry stems and rinse the strawberries and blueberries. 3. Layer the fruit on the skewer in any pattern. 4. Optional: Dip the banana slices or strawberries partially in melted chocolate and cool slightly before inserting them on the skewer. 5. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

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What's Cooking WITH JAN D'ATRI

Potato Chip Picnic Cookies They’re one of the best cookies ever to come from a bag of potato chips and they’re absolutely the perfect treat to pack for a summer picnic. Just don’t blame me if you can’t stop eating them. I’m having a hard enough time keeping away from them myself. If you like pecan sandies, or any cookie that sort of melts in your mouth, these delicate yet hearty-flavored potato chip picnic cookies are going to win you over. This heritage recipe comes from Kammy Orner of Phoenix. It’s a cookie that brings back the most loving memories of her Grandma Estelle and the cookie tin that was waiting for Kammy whenever she would visit. “I would go see Grandma Estelle and she had this special

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cookie tin that came out of the cabinet and, oh boy, was I in for a treat,” Kammy said. “All of her cookies were good, but once she found out how much I loved the potato chip cookies, she would make them whenever she knew I was coming over. We use to sit and talk about her work. Grandma Estelle was a nurse at ASU and a diehard Sun Devils fan. She was from Wisconsin and passed away in 2003. I had asked her for years for the recipe for the cookies and one day on a visit after my grandfather had passed away, we were sitting at the kitchen table having tea and cookies she gave me the hand written recipe. It’s a very special treasure.” Kammy heard me talking on the radio about how much I


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love family recipes and stories. She said it brought a smile to her face and she decided that the greatest honor she could give her Grandma Estelle is to pass along her delicious potato chip cookie recipe for all of us to enjoy. I’m so glad you did, Kammy. Will we love Grandma Estelle’s potato chip cookies? I’d say it’s in the bag!

Jan D’Atri is a local food writer, cookbook author and Emmy Award-winning TV host and producer. She owned two restaurants and a gourmet food company in Arizona that created an exclusive line of Italian biscotti for QVC. Her cooking columns have appeared in print for more than 14 years, and you can catch Jan cooking, decorating and designing as well as co-hosting the Arizona Midday Show on KPNX Channel 12. Her passions are cooking, fly-fishing and caring for 24 adopted pets, including her beloved brood of chickens.

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“I would go see Grandma Estelle and she had this special cookie tin that came out of the cabinet and, oh boy, was I in for a treat.“

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • ½ pound butter or margarine (2 sticks) • ½ cup granulated sugar • 1 ¼ cups flour • 1 cup crushed plain potato chips, salted • ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) • powdered sugar for sprinkling on top

DIRECTIONS: In a mixing bowl with electric beater, cream butter or margarine Slowly add in sugar and beat until light in color and texture. Gradually add flour. Add crushed potato chips and nuts, blending well. Chill dough for about 30 minutes or until dough is firm enough to shape. Shape into balls, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on slightly greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten cookie with fork dipped in cold water. Keep dough chilled until ready to bake. Bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until slightly browned. When cookies are cool, sift powdered sugar over top.

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Watermelon Salad INGREDIENTS:

WATERMELON BY JASMINE KEMPER

What would summer be without juicy watermelons to quench our thirsts? That’s right — watermelons are about 92% water, making them the perfect snack to keep you hydrated in triple-digit temperatures. In fact, early explorers would even hollow out watermelons and use them as canteens. Originally from southern Africa, this juicy fruit might not even be a fruit at all. The watermelon we all know and love is actually related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, which is why it was declared the official state vegetable of Oklahoma in 2007. You won’t have to worry about Arizona running out of these hydrating treats any time soon. That’s because we are one of the largest watermelon producers in the United States, alongside Georgia, Texas, Florida and California. There are five types of watermelons: seeded, seedless, yellow, orange and mini. Along with being delicious, they also have a ton of health benefits. These fruits can help with inflammation, are a good source of fiber, are full of vitamins A and C, and are considered healthy because they don’t contain any fat or cholesterol — so eat up without the guilt! We can all agree that the best time to sink your teeth into these melons is during the hot months. Whether you cook them on the grill or add some cubes to a refreshing margarita, watermelons will always be a symbol of summer.

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5 oz watermelon, 1 inch x 1 inch, cubed • 1 tbsp red onion, julienned • 2 oz jicama batons • 3 oz spinach & arugula blend (50/50) • 3 tbsp white balsamic vinaigrette • 2 tbsp feta cheese • 1 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds (salted) DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine watermelon, jicama, red onion, spinach and arugula blend, and vinaigrette in a mixing bowl. Gently toss to combine everything well. 2. Garnish salad with crumbled feta and pumpkin seeds.


Watermelon Cake INGREDIENTS:

2 cups vanilla yogurt • 8 oz. whipped cream or coconut whipped cream • 1 large watermelon • blueberries • strawberries • almonds DIRECTIONS: FOR THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM: 1. Whip yogurt and whipped cream

until fluffy. 2. Place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use. FOR THE TOASTED ALMONDS OR COCONUT: 1. Place a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot. 2. Add the sliced almonds or shredded coconut and toss in the pan until they are toasted and turn light brown. Remove from pan and set aside to cool. TO ASSEMBLE: 1. Remove the top and bottom from the watermelon and remove the rind from the middle section. You should be left with a cakeshaped piece of watermelon. Cut the watermelon “cake” into the number of wedges/slices you want. I recommend six to eight slices depending on the size of the watermelon. (See the visual on how to cut the watermelon). NOTE: You can leave the watermelon intact if you plan on traveling with it or do not want to cut it. Slicing a cake ahead of time just makes it much easier to dip the edges into the icing and then into anything else you want to adhere to the icing, such as the almonds or toasted coconut. 2. Pat the outside of the watermelon dry with paper towels (this is important because it will help the coconut whipped cream adhere better). 3. Dip the outside edge of each slice into the coconut whipped cream and then into the toasted almonds or coconut, and reassemble the wedges into the cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream and the fresh fruit. Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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RESTAURANT GUIDE

taku CALLING ALL BREAKFAST LOVERS! If you haven’t been to the Henhouse Cafe you are truly missing out. You’ll feel right at home with the friendly atmosphere and shabby chic decor. Our food is purchased locally from farm to table, We even make our own sausage in house. It’s high quality comfort food that will delight your taste buds The menu is bursting with egg items from the griddle to chicken and waffles. The homemade sausage and homemade green chile sauce is so delicious!! We don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the Henhouse Cafe menu.

THIS FAMILY (AND DATE NIGHT!) FRIENDLY, locally owned sushi and Asian fusion restaurant is conveniently located just south of the 202 San Tan on Gilbert Road in the Watermark Center. Valley diners will love the way Otaku’s staff combine an obsession for the freshest fish and weekly specialty items with a fanatical belief that guests should be welcomed and made to feel welcome. For guests that don’t enjoy sushi, they have a full selection of hot food from a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese. Stop in today and discover your local Asian destination.

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Gotta Try: APRICOT GLAZED CHICKEN

Housed in the heart of Gilbert’s Heritage District, Liberty Market is a restaurant that offers delicious local cuisine that brings the community together. Julie Townsend, front of house manager, describes Liberty Market as a place where freedom is celebrated. “You have complete liberty...liberty to choose from a wide variety of foods and liberty to stay for a moment or as long as you would like,” Townsend says. What sets Liberty Market apart from other bistros is that it always makes sure to keep things fresh and local. “We are passionate about our food and we serve from the heart,” Townsend says. Liberty Market was founded by partners Chef David and Kiersten Traina and Gilbert restaurateurs Joe and Cindy Johnston. Together, they created a welcoming atmosphere with handcrafted beverages, wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastries and a full espresso bar. They also created their famous Apricot Glazed Chicken, a staple on Liberty Market’s dinner menu. While you may be hesitant about apricot being paired with chicken, we can assure you that this delectable sweet and savory 60

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combination is something you won’t want to miss. The dish features a grilled 10 oz. chicken breast with house-made apricot glaze, whipped sweet potato made with basil and cream and a vegetable—usually asparagus or broccolini. “It’s awesome, and with the homemade whipped sweet potatoes and local veggies—the natural flavors all come through,” Townsend says. With a flavor explosion like this, it’s no wonder the chicken is one of their biggest sellers. It’s easy to say that the Apricot Glazed Chicken is definitely a dish that you have to try. Don’t believe us? Then try it out for yourself. Liberty Market is an awardwinning Gilbert hot spot that is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner starting at 7 a.m.

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Lustre Independence Day Pool Party SATURDAY, JULY 2, TO MONDAY, JULY 4

Head over to Lustre Rooftop Bar to celebrate the 4th of July all weekend. While a DJ sets the mood, play fun games like ping pong and corn hole. There will also be special cocktails served at the event. The first 100 guests will receive free Lustre sunglasses. Lustre Rooftop Bar, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (480) 478-1765.

“West Side Story” THURSDAY, JULY 7, THROUGH SATURDAY, AUG. 20

“West Side Story” gives a modern twist to the classic tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet.” Two people from opposing New York City gangs become unlikely lovers. Listen to favorite songs such as “Maria,” “Tonight” and “Somewhere.” Hale Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, (480) 497-1181, haletheatrearizona.com.

IndieAZ Fest THURSDAY, JULY 7

This event aims to bring local talent to the big screen. Our talented neighbors who enter their films will have them judged by professionals from the industry along with a special guest. At least 10% of the profits will go to Agnes’ Centers for Domestic Solutions. Special guests include Mel Novak, Charlotte Kemp, Travis Walton and Byron Cherry. Tempe Pollack Cinemas, 1825 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe, pollacktempecinemas.com.

International ArtWalk THURSDAY, JULY 7

Experience the beauty of international culture through art in Scottsdale. Along with viewing the art, patrons can listen to presentations based on different global ideas. Exotic food, like Italian gelato and Asian shaved ice, is paired with the event. Old Town Scottsdale, 4101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

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Christmas in July SATURDAY, JULY 9

Throw on a Santa hat and head over to Glendale for a taste of the holidays. Christmas-themed snacks will be served and crafts will be available to peruse. Snatch up deep discounts on holiday merchandise before the Christmas rush. Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Glendale, visitglendale.com.


Arizona Lindy Hop Society’s Swing Night TUESDAYS IN JULY

Swing on over to the Fatcat Ballroom and dance the night away. For beginners, there will be an hour of lessons before the swinging kicks into full gear. Steve Conrad teaches lessons in the Charleston, East Coast Swing and many more. Afterward, practice the moves on the dance floor to a DJ and the occasional live band. Fatcat Ballroom, 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, (602) 324-7119.

Paint Nite at Winery 101 SUNDAY, JULY 10

Paint the night away while sipping outstanding Arizona wine. Purchase wines separately from the venue and bring them to the loft. An artist will walk guests through simple steps of painting a beautiful masterpiece. The first few attendees will receive discounted wine. Winery 101, 9299 W. Olive Ave., Peoria, winery101.com.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers FRIDAY, JULY 15

Enjoy America’s pastime this July at Chase Field when the D-backs face their rivals—and pitcher Zac Greinke’s former team—the Los Angeles Dodgers. Grab a bite at Friday’s or Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles, or go for the traditional hot dogs. Gila River Casinos will present postgame fireworks. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (480) 339-5000, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com.

Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival SATURDAY, JULY 23

Join more than 65 breweries at one of the summer’s largest beer events. High-ABV beers return to the event, which strives to provide the most unique brews. Admission includes 20 beer samples along with small bites from restaurants around the Valley. Phoenix Convention Center South Building, 33 S. 3rd St., Phoenix, (480) 586-6711.

Boz Scaggs TUESDAY, JULY 26

Music legend Boz Scaggs will play a rare show at the Mesa Arts Center this month, showcasing music from his new album, A Fool to Care. Hits like “Middle Man” and “Silk Degrees” are also expected to be on the setlist. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 644-6500, mesaartscenter.com. GILBERT WOMAN MAGAZINE | JULY 2016

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