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opinion The Curmudgeon The Second Revolution By Drew Alexander

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t had been simmering for a long time. The disaffection and anger of the American populace over the corruption and gross mismanagement of their government finally erupted on Nov. 8 in a massive repudiation of the self-serving cabal of Washington, D. C., elitists. Back in March, I compared the mood of the country to an iconic scene in the 1976 movie Network, in which distraught television news anchorman Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch, urged his millions of viewers to stick their heads out the window and yell, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” This scene is exactly what was figuratively reincarnated in 2016 on the second Tuesday of November.

Fed up with eight years of the inept Obama administration, fed up with being over-taxed and over-regulated, fed up with such deadly blunders as the Benghazi and Fast and Furious tragedies, fed up with Obamacare and the Veterans Health Administration and Internal Revenue Service scandals, fed up with a flat economy and devastatingly high unemployment, millions of really pissed off Americans went into voting booths and made it clear they were mad as hell and not taking it anymore by electing Republican candidate Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States. But it didn’t end there. Further fed up with President Barack Hussein Obama giving over $100 billion to the terror

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ince those of us who contribute columns to “Lovin’ Life…,” have to submit our columns two to three weeks ahead of publication, this is my first chance to comment on the results of the election. I’ve got a couple of reflections. • I want you to imagine a hypothetical situation. Imagine you live in relative isolation and you contracted an infection from a small cut on your arm. Now imagine that as the pain increases to an agonizing level, you simply cannot find any relief. There are no doctors, no emergency room to which you can flee. And despite your best efforts at controlling the pain with medication, you fail, and the pain inflames to a degree you just can’t stand. At some point and I remind you this is just a hypothetical isn’t it possible that you would reach that moment when the pain becomes so excruciatingly unbearable you would actually consider cutting your arm off ?

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state of Iran, failing to secure the nation’s borders against illegal immigration and drug trafficking, allowing so-called sanctuary cities such as San Francisco to harbor criminal illegal aliens, the electorate expressed more of its displeasure by assuring the Republican Party a majority in both houses of Congress. But wait there’s more! The Trump “deplorables” were also fed up with the extreme left-wing dogma of the Democratic Party that has corroded the nation’s education establishments, bankrupted cities, and promotes an antimilitary, anti-law enforcement, and antiAmerican values attitude. Again, as I wrote in March, the nation is weary and leery of political dynasties, whether they carry the surname of Kennedy, Bush or Clinton. Of the latter, the dark cloud of scandal and suspicion of serious wrongdoing hanging over Hillary Clinton reinforced the electorate’s opinion that the former secretary of state was untrustworthy and unfit to hold the highest office in the land. Nov. 8, 2016, was a historical milestone on an epic scale, a date in which we the people brought about nothing less than

And if the pain grew from there, you might really do it …. right?!?! In my mind, that’s how I contextualized Arizonans backing the ill-fated SB1070. Illegal immigration was a problem with no solutions forthcoming. It had been more than 40 years since any reforms to our outdated immigration system were enacted and the people in Arizona unquestionably “ground zero” for the issue of illegal immigration were simply willing to try anything to solve the problem, even support a hateful, bigoted and obviously unconstitutional new law. That’s exactly how I see the people of America voting for Donald Trump. People with very real problems just weren’t getting the attention of our elected leadership, so they reached out for an answer anything to their plight. Trump appealed directly to that group, and he’s now going to be President. They cut off their arm! Is he the answer to their problems? I seriously doubt it. But I seriously doubted he had any chance to

the Second American Revolution. For me, the most telling moment of political chicanery in the long, eventfilled presidential campaign occurred on the tarmac of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport when former President Bill Clinton met secretly on an airplane on June 27 with Attorney General Loretta Lynch — the boss of FBI Director James Comey. The covert meeting was just days before Comey announced that no criminal charges would be recommended resulting from the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. A coincidence, you say? No way. In politics there are no coincidences. Drain that swamp, Donald. Drain it down to its murky, mucky, malicious bottom. Drew Alexander, also known as “The Curmudgeon,” is a monthly columnist for Lovin’ Life After 50, writing about political issues. Send comments to drewalexander@cox.net or to Drew Alexander, in care of Lovin’ Life After 50, 1620 W. Fountainhead Pkwy., Suite 219, Tempe, AZ 85282.

get elected, just as I seriously doubted that SB1070 would ever become law. So my ability to predict is questionable. I’ve got to admit that accepting Donald Trump as our President is not going to be easy for me. Oh, I accept the results. I love this country, respect our history and regard our democratic process in the highest regard. But this one is tough. All I can do is hope for the best; but that hope, which often burns brightly within me, is a mere ember. • A brief word about Prop. 205, the proposition to legalize recreational marijuana: All I can say is shame, shame, shame on Sheila Polk and Seth Leibsohn. Sheila, the County Attorney of Yavapai County, and Seth Leibsohn, a second-tier conservative talk show host, led the efforts to defeat the proposition. And they stooped to outright deception to do it. The ads opposing 205 were shamelessly deceitful, featuring former elected officials of Colorado, which legalized recreational pot a few years ago. The ads were so fraught with lies, that current elected officials from Colorado felt compelled to formally protest the ads. I don’t know Leibsohn, but I do know Sheila, and I would have hoped she would be above that kind of behavior.

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The Up Side

Secret to finding the holiday spirit: stop looking By Michael Grady

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ne Christmas, when I was five, I decided to see Santa up close. I threw aside the covers Christmas Eve, determined to go downstairs and catch the jolly-old-elf in the act. My older brother told me not to. I told him I had yet to catch the Christmas spirit this year, and this was my final chance. He told me he was hoping for a fivespeed bike. And if I messed that up, they would only find my body parts under the tree tomorrow. It made for an awkward standoff. Then, perhaps just to shut me up, my brother launched into this elaborate tale about catching Santa the previous year. It was a dark, Edgar Allen Poeish version containing several moments where I was to blame for things but my brother had a way with a story. I can’t remember if he ever got the bike, or anything I got, or said, that Christmas. I just remember the sight of my older brother, sitting cross-legged on the bed, whispering this fantastic yarn in the moonlight. You never know when this season will etch a little something on your soul. I’m a sucker for the holidays. If you’ve read this far, you probably are, too. It’s not cool to admit it these days. Most of us lament the appearance of holiday decorations in department stores (Tip to retailers: if you’re trying to jam plastic santas between back-toschool displays? You’re too early.) And we groan at the first holiday commercial sighting or the first carols on our local radio stations. (Soon, they’ll make a Christmas song the closing number for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.) Yes, we all get Facebook-snarky about “it’s too early,” and “I’m not ready” and merchandisers’ hair-trigger fingers on the “Fa-la-la-la-la.” But someone is watching Linus’ speech in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Someone’s turning up Bing Crosby on the radio. Personally, I could use a good holiday this year. After last month’s

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election, I’d like to pop open a freakin’ “Perry Como Christmas Special,” crawl in, and hide there ‘til spring. I imagine many of us are desperate for a fix of old-fashioned holiday spirit. But it took me years to understand the lesson I first learned that night I wanted to catch Santa Claus: the surest way to miss the magic is to go looking for it. Holiday spirit is like true love, inner peace or any one of those annoying things you can’t order on Amazon: going after it is a futile and often frustrating exercise. So, I can’t tell you exactly what to do to enjoy your holidays this year. But bitter experience has taught me what not to do: Don’t be passive-aggressive about holiday cheer. Visiting family, old friends and observing time-honored traditions? That’s great. But put a little effort into it. Too many people return to their old haunts, sit there like a cold lump of buzzkill, and wait for someone or something to light them up. I tried this one Christmas when I was broke, and between girlfriends. It generated a lot of holiday cheer. If, by holiday cheer, you mean: awkward pauses, threats of a restraining order, and questions such as “Mommy, why is he crying at the nativity scene?” It’s a balance. Bring some energy to the festivities, but don’t try too hard … Don’t be passive-aggressive about holiday cheer. Everyone has, in their circle, a Decorum Goon, who’ll twist you like a cow’s udder until you produce your allotted portion of glee. (“Be happy! It’s Christmas!”) While forced cheer does improve per capita liquor consumption, it doesn’t really work, and people see it coming a mile away. It’s like flop sweat on a comedian: it signals desperation, and it frightens children and pets. We’ve all run into “forced cheer” guy at an office party. He’s the one who hits the bar like it’s a

tackling dummy, discusses his divorce with the caterers, and winds up shouting at Santa during the gift exchange. If you’re blue, be unobtrusively blue. And whatever you do … Don’t spend too much time around Christmas songs. There’s a tendency, if you’re driving around a lot, to depend on Christmas music for inspiration. That’s when you realize how many depressing Christmas songs there are. (Have you heard “Christmas Shoes” or “Where are You, Christmas?” If either of these songs come on, just drive straight to a bar.) Instead … Take a life lesson from holiday specials. The old classics “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas “ have much to teach us. And that’s not just the eggnog talking. Every one in those stories was having an off-year, too: Charlie Brown lost artistic control of the Christmas pageant; Frosty the Snowman became a puddle and a damp hat; George Bailey lost $8,000, alienated his family and jumped off a bridge; the Whos in Whoville, the tall and the small, had every home ransacked, on the best night of all. What they had in common and what

non-fictional souls like us should keep in mind is that they all gamely rolled with the dark turn their holiday had taken. And when they stopped looking for some external force to cheer them, something remarkable happened. Think about your three best holiday memories. Chances are, each memory is tied to a moment with a loved one that sprang, unexpectedly, out of nothing much: the surprise visitor; the unexpected kindness; the beautiful lights/table/service/song that meant so much because of the people you shared it with. That stuff happens, I find, when you neither dread nor expect anything from the holidays. You buy the gifts, wear the awful sweaters and let the crazy choreography just happen. One Christmas, I decided to see Santa up close. When that didn’t happen, I gave up on trying to make the holiday go my way. The moment after I did so, my brother gave me a story, and a memory, that I still treasure five decades later. I hope whatever holiday you celebrate this month Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, it comes to you like a friend, easing your worries and lifting your spirits. If it doesn’t, I wish you the stillness to watch your life and all its poetry as it unfolds around you. And I hope somewhere in there, as the Rolling Stones promise, you get what you need.

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Aging Today Home care vs. home health: What is the difference?

By Bob Roth, Managing Partner Cypress HomeCare Solutions

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ften, there can be a common misunderstanding by many that home care and home health care are one and the same. The difference is this: a “home care” (in-home personal care) agency provides caregivers who assist with activities of daily living, while “home health” is a medical service providing treatment and care for illnesses and injuries at home. The options for care and comfort are increasing as our aging population grows. Both home care and home health care agencies provide services that assist individuals and families with aging successfully at home.

Unfortunately, the differences between these services and many others is not known or fully understood until the need arises. Home care and home health both encourage individuals to remain in the comfort of home as they age, but there are key differences you need to know so you can understand your loved ones’ needs–and yours–when the time comes. HOME CARE The goal of home care is to assist and empower an individual and their family to remain independent

at home. Home care providers accomplish this through care that is focused on the individual’s unique needs. Non-medical caregivers provide assistance with activities of daily living, which can include meal preparation, transportation, running errands, light housekeeping, medication reminders and so importantly, companionship. The amount of care is directed by the care recipient, family members or a trusted advisor. In addition, the length of service is determined solely by these individuals, which provides additional flexibility for the family. Also, those who receive care are not required to be homebound, nor must they need medical eligibility or a physician’s order. Medicare is not a payment option for home care. Rather, recipients of home care services have the option of paying privately, through a long term care insurance policy, or through Medicaid, or in Arizona, the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) following a comprehensive application process. HOME HEALTH The goal of home health is to treat an illness or injury that will aid in regaining a person’s strength, independence and self-sufficiency. Some of the services home health include physical therapy, occupational therapy, wound care, speech therapy, IV support, injections and the monitoring of serious illnesses. Home health is more medically oriented, where clinicians (nurses, therapists, home health aides) are providing care (nursing, therapies, etc.) for the aging, infirmed and those people that are recovering from injuries, illnesses, or surgery. Unlike home care, home health requires a physician’s order and that the care recipient must be homebound. In addition, the length of service for home health is determined by the individual’s diagnosis and need, with visits occurring intermittently as needed. Finally, Medicare is an acceptable payment for home health services, along with private insurance. WORKING TOGETHER Home care and home health

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can also work in tandem to care for individuals and their families. For instance, one of our clients at Cypress HomeCare Solutions who had been receiving our home care services for more than seven years, began needing additional, medicalrelated care nearly 5 years ago. By introducing home health services, this client was able to avoid moving to a skilled nursing facility. The familiar surroundings of home provide the client, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, the ability to maintain a frame of reference while he is receiving both home care and home health care services. By joining forces, the home care agency and home health provider can create an environment that promotes comfort and ensures peace of mind. The client recently passed away, and it is believed he lived longer and enjoyed a better quality of life because of the personalized care he received. Bottom line: services provided in the home offer individuals and their families added comfort and reassurance that the care recipients and their loved ones can remain in their most comfortable surroundings. Val Halamandaris, president of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice, confirms that “the intervention of services at home makes it possible for people to live out their lives fully.” By understanding that home care and home health are available and knowing the differences in what they provide, it will be that much easier to be prepared for the future. Also it is important to note that there is no local, state or federal government oversight for home care providers. As many as 29 states have adopted some type of oversight. Here in the state of Arizona we have worked feverishly trying to get some type of regulation in place to keep out the “bad actors” and safeguard our vulnerable aging adults. The bad news is after nearly 10 years we have not been successful in getting a law passed to protect our vulnerable older adult population, but as consolation is that in April 2015, we were able to convince our legislature to pass a disclosure rule that requires all providers of services in the home care trade to disclose certain facts about their home care agencies.

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Health & Longevity Stay away from extra sugar this holiday season By Crystal Jarvie

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h, the holiday season. Time to enjoy loved ones, buy presents, and also, deal with being surrounded by endless amounts of baked goods and sweets. Christmas is notorious for being a sugar-coated holiday. Offices and homes this time of year are quickly filled with guilty pleasures. Added sugar from cupcakes, cookies, candy-canes, cakes and pies might taste good, but won’t contribute to your wellness quotient. Added sugar can lead to inflammation, reducing immune health, and can also create unhealthy fat. Plus, there are long-term consequences sugar has on our bodies that correlate to disease. So you might be wondering: how can I enjoy the holidays without suffering sugar shock for the next few months? Consider these seven tips on how to minimize your sugar intake over the holidays so you don’t fall off the wellness wagon this year. 1. Make sleep a priority. Sleeping an adequate number of hours at night is ideal. Research has shown that lack of sleep affects appetite, which increases the “hunger hormone” signal to the brain which can ultimately lead to overeating and weight gain. 2. Reduce caffeine intake. The rollercoaster of energy and hydration levels stemming from drinking caffeine in the morning can make people more susceptible to sugar cravings. Caffeine also dehydrates, so being mindful of your caffeine intake helps control the desire for sweets. 3. Drink more water. This goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip, since dehydration can sometimes manifest itself in sugar cravings. This will especially help when temptation strikes. If you find yourself staring down a plate of sweets, try drinking a tall glass of water and waiting 15 minutes, and your craving should subside. Hydration in the moment will make you feel stronger. 4. Eat plenty of fruit and sweet veg-

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etables. The natural sugars in whole foods such as berries, apples, bananas, grapes, pineapple, beans and sweet potatoes can help satisfy your sweet tooth, and the high fiber content helps increase that sensation of feeling full. 5. Differentiate between junk and worthwhile indulgences. Ask yourself, is it worth eating? If it is, do it, don’t deprive yourself. Perhaps this year, instead of having a whole piece, you take 1/3 of what you would have normally had. This way you still get the satisfaction without overindulging. And don’t eat sweets that you don’t enjoy 110 percent; those aren’t worth it. 6. Hit the gym, trail, or yoga class. Continued physical activity helps balance blood sugar levels, reduces tension, and boosts energy. All of this will help reduce the desire for sugar and keep you on track during the holidays. It’s nice in Arizona this time of year; go walk around the block after dinner at night! 7. Find sweetness in your life. No joke! Cravings are not always a sign that your body needs sugar or sweets. Cravings sometimes have psychological components, so take some time to look introspectively and make adjustments accordingly. Finding balance in your life might help balance out your desire for sugar. Don’t beat yourself up if you falter. Enjoy the holidays and your loved ones. But do remember, sugar consumed during the holidays can affect your wellness for months to follow. Less is more this holiday season! Crystal Jarvie is a certified integrative health coach for HealthStyles 4 You. She focuses not only on nutrition but also on relationships, physical activity, career and spirituality, and how those five things are connected to your health and vitality. For more information, please visit www. healthstyles4you.com.

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Legally Speaking Traditions, heritage, and legacy By Becky Cholewka

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egacy Planning” is usually interpreted as leaving money to your children and grandchildren. I think it means more. Our legacy can be leaving our children with rich family traditions, an understanding of our family heritage, moral values, and spiritual guidance. Our legacy can also be an estate plan that will keep the family out of court and spending the least amount of time and money after our deaths to deal with our assets. All too often I hear of a different legacy that parents leave their children. A legacy of leaving a complete mess for their loved ones to figure out and fight about. A legacy of a box of pictures — and no one knows the names of

those in the photos or where they were taken. A legacy of a memory of mom’s famous pumpkin bread, because mom never wrote down the recipe for her family. Here are a few tips to pass down your traditions and heritage. 1.Tell a family member about why you chose to establish your own family traditions. Did you combine your mom and mother-in-law’s stuffing recipes to create your own? (I did!) Did your children open one gift on Christmas Eve because your parents allowed you to do the same? (Mine was always an ornament from my grandmother, a tradition I have continued for my son.) 2.Place your box of family photos on

your kitchen counter. Each day take a handful and write names, events and dates on the back. My grandmother left us several albums marked with everyone’s names and relation to us. 3.Write down a few of your famous family recipes. Make copies and include it in your Christmas cards this year. 4.Buy a journal or keep one online. Each week write a story about your childhood, valuable lessons you’ve learned, favorite vacation, what you believe and why, and stories of when your children were young. Tell someone where you keep this journal or make copies for loved ones. 5.Ask your children if there are family heirlooms or mementos they would

like to have when you pass away. If two kids want one item, flip a coin, or let children take turns choosing items. This will help avoid family fights later. Include this list in your estate plan. We have conversations every day with families that desire to leave a legacy of love by ensuring there is a plan in place when something happens to them. Commit to taking a small step today, whether it’s booking that estate planning consultation or pulling those old photos out of the attic. Take advantage of family gatherings this holiday season and share your traditions and heritage with the next generation. That is a legacy of love. Becky Cholewka is the founding attorney at Cholewka Law.

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The air in Arizona: Poor for those with COPD By: David Ebner, Staff Writer

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ach year, the American Lung Association releases the State of the Air Report, accounting for the air quality of major counties in the United States. It’s probably not news that Maricopa County and the PhoenixMesa-Scottsdale metropolitan area scored poorly in air quality. However, it may be surprising that the county was given an “F” in the category of overall ozone pollution and short-term particle pollution. In addition, the metropolitan area ranked 10th for most polluted ozone out of the 220 areas ranked. For the 228,913 permanent residents of the area who have COPD, this statistic can cause concern. People with COPD suffer from symptom flare-ups that can be brought on by anxiety, dust, mildew, a chemical smell, excessively warm or cold air, smoke and airborne pollution. Symptom flare-ups include coughing, wheezing, sputum, shortness of breath and fatigue. These facts pose the question: Is our air quality forcing

Meal preparation • Shopping • Laundry • Personal care more than 200,000 residents to consider chronically ill, they are even slower. The those who took a pulmonary function Transportation • Medication reminders . . . leaving the area in fear of its effects on physicians at the Lung Institute realized test saw an increase in lung function. their health? Although the changes needed to improve our air quality are many and it will take years to see results, there’s something more immediate that can help those with COPD in the area. A specialty clinic opened in Scottsdale to help address the growing need for treating those with COPD. The Lung Institute (lunginstitute.com) treats patients with various lung diseases like COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis. They don’t just prescribe supplemental oxygen or a variety of medications; they treat people using stem cells from the patient’s own body. Stem cells act as the body’s healing system. The body alerts these cells, and they flow to the area that needs repair. However, it takes time for this process to happen. Stem cells are slow to react, and in the body of someone who is

this and wondered if they could help the stem cells do their job faster. The physicians extract a patient’s own stem cells from blood or bone marrow tissue. Then they separate the stem cells and return them intravenously to the body. The cells then travel through the heart and straight to the lungs where they are trapped in the pulmonary trap. That’s when the cells do their job and may help promote healing of the lungs, potentially improving lung function. Since the Lung Institute expanded to Scottsdale, they’ve reportedly treated 667 patients locally. Nationwide, the company operates five total clinics in Tampa, FL; Nashville, TN; Pittsburgh, PA; Dallas, TX and Scottsdale, AZ and has treated more than 3,000 patients. A recent research study produced by the clinic indicated that 83 percent of patients report an increase in quality of life after treatment, and 49 percent of

Cleaning the air in Maricopa County will be a much larger discussion in the future and will likely encompass alternative solutions to the problem. What we’re currently doing isn’t working, which is how those suffering from COPD have felt for years. They’ve been told the same thing, given the same medications and little has been done to improve their care until now. An alternative treatment is now available for those with COPD in Maricopa County through stem cell therapy. Maybe we should take a page from Lung Institute’s book and look at our air quality in the same way. If you or a loved one suffer from a chronic lung disease, the specialists at the Lung Institute may be able to help. You can contact the Lung Institute at (855) 842-7878 or visit lunginstitute. com/lovin to find out if you qualify for these new treatments.

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Entertainment Rock Opera lights up Arizona Trans-Siberian Orchestra celebrates 20 years of performances and giving back By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

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wenty years ago, when Paul O’Neill told his parents he was going to be a musician, his mom said to God: Please don’t let him starve. “It worked out better than we ever could have imagined,” says O’Neill, the mastermind behind TransSiberian Orchestra. Take, for example, 2015. TSO released the album “Letters from the Labyrinth,” which marked the act’s third consecutive Top 10 debuting album. Live, it played to more than 850,000 people, grossing $41 million in 45 days. (The TSO team is split into two groups to cover the East and West coasts and Midwest.) That summer, at the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany, TSO produced an industry first when the group performed a coordinated set across the festival’s massive two main stages, to a crowd of more than 80,000 fans. Perhaps, however, Trans-Siberian Orchestra is best known for its holiday shows that blend pyro, dramatic readings, singing and stellar instrumentation. TSO returns for two shows on December 26 at Gila River Arena. The radio station 99.9 KEZ presents the 3 p.m. show with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Operation Santa Claus. 100.7 KSLX hosts the 7:30 p.m. show with a portion of the proceeds going to the Arizona Animal Welfare League. “When we started in the ’70s, usually at the end of every year, we would write a check to a charity that we thought did good work,” O’Neill says. “Then one year our accountants audited the charity and found out something odd: 96 cents out of every dollar went to overhead, and 4 cents went to the needy. What was even scarier was that it was legal. When TSO started to tour, I think it was one of the agents who said, ‘Paul, instead of writing one check at the end of the year, why don’t you write it and take

Calendar of events December 2016 December 1 Thursday Back pain: when do you need to see a doctor? (HonorHealth Events), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Spine Group Arizona, 3621 N. Wells Fargo Ave., Scottsdale, free, RSVP: 623-580-5800. HonorHealth.com/events. Physical Therapy will offer recommendations for minimizing back pain, give an overview of Physical Therapy appointments, what patients can expect, course of treatment, customized exercise plans for home, core strengthening exercises, handouts provided. Presenters include: Dr. Harvinder S. Deogun, MD, Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Fellowship Trained in Interventional Spine and Kylie Scott PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT. December 2 Friday

Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to Glendale in December. O’Neill keeps up on all the pyro and $1 or $2 from every ticket that you sell and write it for a local charity? This way if you special effects trends to make his shows make a mistake it won’t be a total disaster.’ top notch. “We know all the pyro companies,” he I thought that was a great idea.” says. “We know all the lighting companies; Then it was suggested to O’Neill that he get radio stations involved because they we know all the special effects companies. They all know that if they invent great know of reputable, local charities. “I think the last time we did an audit, special effects that’s insanely expensive 97 cents out of every dollar went to the there is one band that is dumb enough to needy and 3 cents went to overhead,” he buy it—that’s us. “It’s also always important for us that adds about locally based charities. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is celebrating we get it right away. The disadvantage its two-decade milestone by bringing of that is it’s incredibly expensive when it back to the stage “The Ghosts of first comes out. The look on the kids’ faces Christmas Eve.” O’Neill says there was a when they see an effect that has never groundswell to revive the show after last been done before, it’s just worth it.” To enhance the view from each seat, year’s successful run. “We received a lot of fan mail from TSO places a stage in the back of the people who loved it and then asked if arena, too. “I remember the first time we did it, we were going to be doing it again,” the accountants said ‘Paul, you can’t do O’Neill says. this. You are killing seats. You are killing “We exist for the fans. Two years in a row isn’t a lot when you consider we did floor seats.’ I responded with, “Yeah, but ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’ for it looks really, really cool.” True story. The 13 years in a row. We decided that we next day when I showed up at rehearsal were trying to shuffle them to never allow the accountant bought T-shirts for the boredom to set in anyway. We do with crew. In the front, it just had a little TSO the special effects on the flight deck to the logo. On the back in big block letters it story to the new singers.” ...continues on page 23

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Artlink First Fridays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., get from place-to-place on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route; or print a map from the Art Link website, and guide yourself www. artlinkpheonic.com/first-Fridays, free. Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces and enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. December 3 Saturday Here Comes Santa Claus Right Down the Promenade Way, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright and N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, www.scottsdalepromenade.com. Take the grandkids for some Christmas cheer and the opportunity to mug it up with Santa Claus. Photos are FREE and include a keepsake 4x6 print. Plus, enjoy a FREE “make and take ornament” activity for kids and a food drive that will benefit the Harvest Compassion Center. Meet The Author, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Half Price Books, 6339 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, www.PaulasStories.com, “Have You Ever Heard An Angel Speak???” and “The Adventures Of Baby Cuz.” Each reader personalizes their own book. The angel book contains poems, a journal section and is also an adult coloring book. The three children’s books help young ones learn to read and spell. Makes a great keepsake for the mother after the child has outgrown the book. ...continues on page 15

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Calendar of events... from page 14 December 3 Saturday Phoenicians Barbershop Chorus, A Phoenician Christmas show, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., Skyline High School, 845 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, $25 for premium seating; $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, and $12 students, 480-947-7464, tickets.phoenicians.org. Chorus and quartets perform happy, harmonious holiday songs in traditional religious and popular musical styles. December 4 Sunday Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, “Aerial America: Colorado”, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Adults: $13, Seniors (65+): $11, Children: $8, 480-686-9539, ext. 219, rheller@scottsdalemuseumwest.org. The fifth of seven programs from Smithsonian Channel’s epic series of the nation’s most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. December 5 Monday Crystal Bridge – Duplicate Games (Runs: Mondays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26),12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Drop in: $10 per player. For information and reservations, contact Harriet at 480.481.7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org.

Regular sanctioned ACBL duplicate games for players with less than 750 master points. Led by ACBL-certified director Maddy Bloom. Enjoy light refreshments and a friendly atmosphere. December 6 Tuesday A Less Invasive Approach to Total Hip Replacement, 5:30–6:30 p.m., HonorHealth Orthopedic Institute, 20401 N. 73rd St, Ste. 130, Scottsdale, RSVP: 623-580-5800, www.HonorHealth.com/events Dr. Brian Miller, MD orthopedic surgeon will review the anatomy of the hip, the main cause of hip pain, the newest treatment options both non-surgical and surgical. There will be time for questions. He will explain how less invasive hip replacement allows for a faster recovery, less pain and fewer restrictions. December 7 Wednesday It’s Not Just Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, $5 suggested donation, Register: Chani at 602.492.7670 or chani@sosaz.org. Great speakers and a different topic each month along with a full kosher lunch. A collaboration with SOS.

ter, PhD, RN, and supported by Banner - University Medical Center, University of Arizona College of Nursing and Sarver Heart Center. For stroke survivors and caregivers to learn more about stroke, to find positive solutions to shared concerns and to unite in support of each other. MerryMakers Ballroom Dances, doors open at 6:00 p.m., live music: 7:00 p.m., 2550 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, Members: $7, non-members: $8, www.dancemm.com, Vyda: 480-654-1994. Got a passion for polka? Can you dance a winning waltz? Join the fun; no jeans T-shirts, tennis shoes or shorts. Manuela Dorante performs.

“Our Season of Rejoicing” - Stardust Theatre, Thurs & Sun at 2 p.m.; Fri & Sat at 7 p.m., 14401 RH Johnson Blvd, Performances by the 80 mixed-voice chorus are all reserved tickets: $10.00, Sun City West Box Office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.- Fri. at 19803 RH Johnson Blvd in Sun City West or online at suncitywest.com. Presented by The Westernaires Chorus of Sun City West. December 9 Friday

December 8 Thursday Green Valley Stroke Support Group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Zuni Room, La Perla at La Posada, 635 S. Park Center Ave., free, RSVP: 520-626-2901. Facilitated by Leslie Rit-

Venture Out 55+ Adult Community, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., 5001 E. Main St. Mesa, 480-832-9000, Myron Sommerfeld and his Orchestra will perform the Music of the Stars to the many folks who enjoy swing and ballroom Dancing.

Greater West Valley Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave. (at Meeker Blvd.), Sun City West. Mail your check by December 2nd payable to CWC: $23 per person to Monica Page Petersen, 13339 W. LaTerraza Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375; 623-640-5420. The theme of the luncheon is “A Christmas Cup of Tea” — Chico’s Outlet will present a fashion show; enjoy a performance by “Triplicity.” Guest speaker Kara Thomas, former TV fitness personality, nationally certified Pilates instructor, certified fitness nutrition coach, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor will promote “healthy fun.” December 10 Saturday Sunland Village Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., $4 for full breakfast, 480-8329003, sunlandvillage.org. Come enjoy a wonderful breakfast prepared by volunteers. “The Polar Express”, 10 a.m., Film Screening and Children’s Activities, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480-686-9539, ext. 219; rheller@scottsdalemuseumwest.org. Take the grandkids to a screening of this cherished holiday film starring Tom Hanks, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. ...continues on page 16

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“Do You Hear What I Hear“ and “Jingle Bell Rock” along with other classics recognized by all. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:30 PM VELDA ROSE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5540 East Main St. Mesa Sunday, December 11, 2016 3:00 PM CAMELBACK BIBLE CHURCH 3900 E Stanford Dr. Paradise Valley

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., kids can participate in a silver bell scavenger hunt, make-and-take crafts and games.

celebrate the season at this year’s very special Las Noches de las Luminarias.

Annual Mesa Arts Center Festival – Mesa Arts Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., http://www.mesaartscenter. com/index.php/events/free-events/mesaartsfestival the premier place to find unique gifts for the holidays, features original works of art for sale from local, regional and national artists in various mediums; live entertainment showcasing local and national talent on two stages; live artist demonstrations; Family Activity Area and an array of culinary delights.

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Phoenicians Barbershop Chorus, A Phoenician Christmas show, 2:00 p.m., Glendale Church of the Nazarene, 5902 W. Cactus Road, Glendale, $25 for premium seating; $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, and $12 students, 480947-7464, tickets.phoenicians.org. Chorus and quartets perform happy, harmonious holiday songs in traditional religious and popular musical styles. December 11 Sunday

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Reading of the Play, 10 a.m., Kick-off for the pilot program of Creative Aging Classes which run January through May, 2017, East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road in Chandler. Information: janet.arnold@jfcsaz.org or calling 480-599-7198. Enjoy a reading of a one-act play by East Valley playwright/author, Amy Dominy. Jewish Family & Children’s Service is offering a pilot program of Creative Aging classes from January through May, 201. December 13 Tuesday Las Noches De Las Luminarias, (Nov. 25 - Dec. 31), 5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Adults: $30 Kids: $12.50, 480 941.1225, dbg. org. Eight thousand hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkle lights will set the Garden aglow this winter for 21 magical evenings. Join us for this Southwest holiday tradition that features the sights and sounds of nine entertainment ensembles, including the return of Simply Three. Enjoy dinner at the Garden with family and friends and stroll the paths with a warm cup of cider or cocoa, as you

Duet Caregiver Support, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 555 W. Glendale Ave. Phoenix, 602-274-5022; duetaz.org; Offering support and resources to those offering care for people with Parkinson’s Disease. December 15 Thursday Let’s Eat Mature Mavens Dinner, 5 p.m., Please contact Bunnye at 602.371.3744 for current schedule of restaurants and to reserve your place. Meet for dinner, socialize and make new friends. Discussion with the Rabbi, 11 a.m. - Noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, A collaboration with SOS, reservations recommended, contact Chani at 602.492.7670 or chani@sosaz.org. Join Rabbi Levi Levertov for stimulating discussion on Judaism. A collaboration with SOS. Reservations recommended. December 16 Friday Zoolights, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. nightly through January 8, Adults: $24.95, Children: $14.95. Join the Phoenix Zoo at the Valley’s brightest holiday tradition: ZooLights presented by SRP. Celebrating 25 years, ZooLights shines with millions of lights, a three-storyhigh holiday tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-in-motion shows. Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings – Historic Downtown, 6 p.m. -10 p.m., 58th and Glendale Avenues, free, 623-930-2299, www.glendaleaz.com/events. Holiday entertainment, food, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, this weekend features Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend. December 17 Saturday The Myron Sommerfeld Orchestra; 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Las Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, Members: $7, Non-Members: $8, (480) 357-1148. Myron Sommerfeld and his “Music of the Stars” orchestra have entertained crowds across the valley since 1997.

December 17 Saturday A Chorale Christmas: Silent Night, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, free, 602253-2224 or phoenixchorale.org. The Phoenix Chorale, first penned 1816, Stille Nacht has become the iconic carol for the holiday season, commemorating this 200th anniversary, the Christmas program will be filled with unique arrangements of ...continues on page 17

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Calendar of events... from page 16 this evocative hymn, conjuring peaceful images, also featuring familiar favorites like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Sunland Village Karaoke Night, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa 480-832-9003 $2 at the door. Always wanted to be a rock star? Here’s your chance. Everyone is welcome! December 18 Sunday A Christmas Carol: The Musical, 2 p.m., Fountain Hills Community Theatre, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, $23-$30, 480-837-9661, fhtaz.org. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol” tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. December 19 Monday Child Loss Support Group, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (held 3rd Monday each month), Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., 1st Floor Conference Room, Scottsdale, 480-323-3878, www.HonorHealth.com/events. The Child Loss Support Group is for parents that have experienced the loss of a child through an illness, accident or natural causes. This support group allows parents, guardians and caregivers the opportunity to share their experiences, grieve together in a group setting and receive encouragement

and assistance from others. The group is facilitated by licensed Psychologist, Abby Garcia, Ph.D. and provided complimentary by HonorHealth. December 20 Tuesday Mastectomy Care Program, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, free, Register: 480-323-1250, honorhealth.com. A class designed to help you through hospitalization for your mastectomy surgery. December 21 Wednesday Yoga for Recovery, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Deer Valley Medical Center, Medical Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Ste. 400, Phoenix, 623-780-4673; www.HonorHealth.com/events Invigorate your mind and body in this gentle yoga class tailored for breast cancer survivors that includes soothing stretches, meditation, relaxation and centering breath techniques to help reduce daily stress and boost overall immune function. Open to family and friends. No registration is required, walk-ins welcomed. December 22 Thursday MerryMakers Ballroom Dances, doors open at 6:00 p.m., live music: 7:00 p.m., Las Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, Members: $7, non-members: $8, dancemm. com, Vyda: 480-654-1994. Got a passion for polka? Can you dance a winning waltz? Join the fun; no jeans T-shirts,

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tennis shoes or shorts; Swing Memories Big Band performs (semi formal). Family Flicks – Elf Showing at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 6 p.m., 3 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler, free, www.downtownchandler.org.Visit with Santa and enjoy complimentary photography, free hot cocoa, popcorn for purchase and the chance to interact with some of Santa’s elves. Bundle up and bring blankets and chairs. Schmooze & Pastry with Chani, 11 a.m. - noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, register: Chani, 602.492.7670 or chani@sosaz.org. Enjoy homemade pastries and stimulating conversation with Chani. December 23 Friday Winter Butterfly Wonderland, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 9500 Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, Museum Admission: Adults: $19.95, Children: $12.95 plus additional charge for Winter Wonderland; senior discounts available, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com. A holiday extravaganza with music by Scottsdale Strings, 7-ft. living angels, and dazzling décor and as always, more than 3,000 rainforest butterflies. December 24 Saturday Christmas Lights at the Mesa Arizona Temple, (Runs all month through December 31) 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.,

525 E. Main St., Mesa, free, 480-964-7164. People of all backgrounds and faiths are welcome at the annual Mesa Temple Garden Christmas Lights display. Conveying peace and goodwill of the season, this unique exhibit showcases hundreds of thousands of lights that serve as a backdrop for the sounds of the holidays. Free concerts offered by a variety of performers begin nightly at 7 p.m. through December 25. The display is entitled Celebrate the Birth of Christ Light and Music Christmas Celebration. December 25 Sunday Golfland/Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Rd., Mesa, prices vary, group packages, veterans’ discounts and others available, 480-834-8319, www.golfland.com. Get out of the house with the grandkids or kids-at-heart after a hectic morning. Mini golf course, wave pool, tubing, boating, arcades, & more. December 26 Monday Holidays at the Heard, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas Day (Dec. 25); $18 adults, $13.50 seniors (65+), $7.50 students with a valid student ID, $7.50, children ages 6-17, Children 5 and younger (free). Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission, heard.org/holidays ...continues on page 18

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Enjoy a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Exciting performances and artist demonstrations introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week. Visitors can also browse items in the Museum Shop. Have lunch at the Courtyard Café, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day during Holidays at the Heard. Included in general museum admission.  December 27 Tuesday Let’s Knit, (Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27), 1:30-3:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Harriet: 480.481.7033 or harrietc@vosjcc.org. Share the pleasure of knitting and crocheting. Help others with projects and patterns. Can’t knit? We’ll teach you. No reservations required. December 28 Wednesday Leukemia and Lymphoma Support Group, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 101, Scottsdale, free, register: 480-323-1321, www.HonorHealth.com/events. This group offers support to those living with a diagnosis of leukemia or one of the varied types of lymphoma. Guest speakers: VGPCC Social Worker Gerrie Jacobs, MA, LCSW and Transplant Institute Coordinator Steve Dahlstrom, RN. December 29 Thursday MerryMakers Ballroom Dances, doors open at 6:00 p.m., live music: 7:00 p.m., 2550 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa, Members: $7, non-members: $8, dancemm.com, Vyda: 480-654-1994. Got a passion for polka? Can you dance a winning waltz? Join the fun; no jeans T-shirts, tennis shoes or shorts; DK Orchestra performs. December 30 Friday Music of David Bowie - Symphony Hall, 7:30 pm, 75 N. 2nd. St., Phoenix, 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org. David Bowie’s music lives on. A full rock band and vocalist Tony Vincent join the Symphony to celebrate the one-of-a-kind genius in a sensational musical odyssey through his unforgettable body of work with “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl” and many more. Conductor Brent Havens leads vocalist Tony Vincent and The Phoenix Symphony. December 31 Saturday

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ere you one of those kids who dashed home from school in the late 60s to catch the latest developments in the fantasy/ horror TV serial “Dark Shadows”? When the show first aired on daytime television on June 27, 1966, Kathryn Leigh Scott was among the original cast of the landmark soap opera. Five years and 1,225 episodes later, Scott had left the series, but Lara Parker was on hand for the final episode. The actresses have been attending conventions and reunions all year to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary. “This year is special and a huge milestone for the show which is still so fondly remembered,” said Scott from Los Angeles. “We have a reunion every year,” said Parker, also from LA. “Around 1,000 fans showed up at the end of June for a convention in New York and it’s amazing the following that the show still generates.” In their twenties and with only stage experience when hired, “Dark Shadows” was the first time in front of a camera for both actresses. Each went on to play multiple characters in the series which eventually expanded its Gothic romance themes to include time travel and parallel universe plots while incorporating supernatural characters such as witches, ghosts, werewolves, and vampires. Shot at ABC’s East Coast Manhattan studio and set in the fictional town of Collinsport, Maine, the show was initially slow to gain an audience. “That’s when writer Dan Curtis said ‘What the hell, let’s add a vampire’ and the show became a cult hit,” explained Scott, who initially played diner waitress Maggie Evans and still recalls the first episode. “I was petri-

fied!” she laughed. While Parker and Scott faced the camera as rookies, one veteran Hollywood actress was present throughout the series. “Joan Bennett was our movie star,” said Parker. “She brought a lot of attention to the show.” “She was so beautiful, and with four daughters treated us very motherly,” added Scott. “She really understood camera acting and I picked up a lot of technical things from her.” Scott left “Dark Shadows” in 1970, a few months before the show ended, but overlapped for much of the series with Parker who arrived in late 1967. “I remember our first episode together because we were speaking French,” recalled Scott. “I played Josette, a countess during the flashback sequence to 1795. Lara played my maid, Angélique, who was actually a witch. Both characters loved Barnabas Collins, the vampire character played by Jonathan Frid, and that gave rise to much of the series drama.” “I remember being catatonic with fear on my first day on the set,” said Parker. “But I soon settled down as there was a tight schedule to produce a daily show and a lot to remember.” After “Dark Shadows,” Scott and Parker continued in film, television, and theater. Both also became successful authors, writing about the show. Parker’s fourth book, ‘Heiress of Collinwood,’ came out in November (see www.laraparker.com). Scott has written companion guides to the show and published other topics through her publishing house, Pomegranate Press.

Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby and Lara Parker in 2015 at Lyndhurst - location for two DS films. Provided by Kathryn Leigh Scott. “Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood,” written with Jim Pierson, contains behind the scenes stories, photos, and an episode guide (see www.kathrynleighscott.com). As the show continues to draw new fans with all episodes now available on DVD, Scott and Parker believe “Dark Shadows” had an enduring influence on later popular culture. “The supernatural element that Dan Curtis introduced was new to daytime TV,” said Scott. “It’s the granddaddy of all the contemporary TV series dealing with the paranormal, vampires, and horror.”

“The horror of Gothic romance takes place in the anticipation and imagination of the audience, and we gave ours plenty,” added Parker. “Sure, they were over-the-top theatrical stories, but we played them with total believability and our fans, old and new, still appreciate that.”

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WHEN: Tuesdays and Fridays, at 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson, Peoria COST: 25 cents per card; 50 cents for overall INFO: 623-979-3570 Community Bingo The 200-seat bingo hall open Wednesdays through Sundays in Goodyear. The building—new and well-lit—features Ana’s dinners and desserts. WHEN: Wednesdays through Sundays, at 6:30 p.m.; Fridays, at 10:30 p.m.; and Sundays, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Community Bingo, 3690 S. Estrella Pkwy., Suite 108, Goodyear COST: $21 (includes progressive) for 18 games; $14, late night and matinee for 13 games. INFO: 623-512-8878 Sun Lakes VFW Post 8053 The organization holds bingo for up to 230 people. Payouts are based on sales; total may reach $900. All proceeds go to veteran needs, including homeless veterans, disabled veterans and military families. WHEN: Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. Sales start at 6 p.m. WHERE: Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes COST: $7 minimum for play of all 19 games INFO: 480-895-9270 Sunland Village Auditorium doors open at 4:30 p.m., cards are sold at 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. There’s a $900 progressive pot. WHEN: Thursdays in May WHERE: Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa COST: Charge for cards varies according to number purchased INFO: 480-832-9003 Palmas del Sol Come join the group to play Bingo weekly. Bingo doors and snack bar open at 5:15 p.m. WHEN: Thursdays, at 6:30 pm.

WHERE; Palmas del Sol, 6209 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa COST: Charge for cards varies according to number purchased. INFO: 480-528-4689 Sunrise Village Join the group to play bingo weekly. The cards start selling at 5:45 p.m., early bird at 6:45 p.m., and regular bingo at 7 p.m. WHEN: Fridays, at 5:45 p.m. WHERE: Sunrise Village, 5402 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa COST: $13 minimum buy in INFO: 480-985-0548 Greenfield Village RV Resort Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. WHEN: Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, 2016 WHERE: Greenfield Village RV Resort 111 S. Greenfield Rd. (enter off Main and Quinn Circle) Mesa COST: Depends on number of cards purchased $1 and up INFO: 480-832-3844 Las Palmas Grand Bingo When: Monday Night Where: Las Palmas Grand, 2550 South Ellsworth Road, Mesa, AZ Cost: $21 Buy-In Info: 480-357-1148 Snack Bar: Opens 5:00 PM Early Bird Session: 6:30 PM Free Hot Dog, Chips, Drink – Dec. 5 and 12, 2016 Free Cheeseburger, Chips, Drink – December 19, 2016 NO BINGO – December 26, 2016 & January 2, 2017 Resume Play on January 9, 2017 Games: Double Action, Betty Boop, $1000 Progressive Jack Pot with additional number added each week, with a $300 Consolation Prize. Pay out $70, Early Bird; $100 Regular Game

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Arizona experts offer advice: Invest in real estate to create retirement income By Jimmy Magahern

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etirement years may seem the perfect time to buy investment real estate you’ve always wanted to own. Perhaps it’s a cozy bar, or the type of restaurant you’ve always felt could make a killing in your neighborhood. Or maybe it’s a little shop to sell those collectibles you’ve loved since childhood. Beware, says Michael Pollack of Pollack Investments, one of the largest independently owned real estate companies in Arizona. Delving into “enthusiast” projects generally isn’t the smartest path to growing retirement income. “What I recommend for creating retirement income is not to simply invest in something that you’re passionate about,” he says. “A movie theater, for example, or an ethnic restaurant or whatever. Although it can be fun, it takes a lot of work. And when you get into retirement years, most people don’t want to work that hard!”

Follow your passion, with caution Such advice can sound contrarian coming from a tireless 61-year-old entrepreneur who has himself invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into at least a couple of enterprises that are clearly passion projects. Pollack launched his real estate company in 1973 and is best known for remodeling old strip malls throughout central Arizona into revitalized shopping districts. The redeveloper is also the owner of Tempe’s Pollack Cinemas, a popular movie house, and the Pollack Advertising Museum, a private, by-invitationonly collection of vintage advertising memorabilia that occupies 8,000 square feet in his Mesa office building. While Pollack admits he enjoys being involved in both the movie theater and museum, he advises others to steer clear of pouring money into such offbeat investments unless they’ve got “money to

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burn.” “I think it’s wonderful if you can be in a business that you truly love,” he says. “And I always encourage young people to follow their passions. “But you have to be able to afford your passion, and you have to be able to afford your hobbies. And if you’re interested in community involvement or have a philanthropic side, that’s great, too. “But you don’t decide you’re going to open up a discount movie cinema, like I did, with the idea that it’s a profitable investment. Movie theaters are very difficult to operate and very expensive to run. And the museum business, that’s a whole ‘nother world! The only question there is how much you’re going to lose.” Pollack’s best advice: RLS, and stay out of debt Instead, Pollack advises clients in or near retirement wishing to generate income to invest in real estate in one of three ways: • Real estate investment trusts (REITs) • Limited partnerships • Single family homes, for the purpose of renting them out “Most REITs are publically traded, so you can invest in them just as you buy stocks,” he says. “Some are better than others, so you have to really research the company, its principals, and find out what their track records are through good times and bad times. “Anybody in the real estate business

who’s successfully emerged from the great depression of 2008 through 2010 without losing any properties to foreclosures — that’s a person I would automatically consider. That tells me they’ve probably got some pretty good experience.” As for limited partnerships or limited liability companies, he explains, “They usually are created privately. There will be a sponsor who seeks out investors who, individually, would not have enough money to invest.” Before entering this kind of investment, Pollock suggests “vetting the sponsor to ensure he or she has the experience and necessary skill sets” to make that kind of investment successful. “For example, they may think they want to be in the shopping center business. Well, just because you have extra money doesn’t mean you belong in the shopping center industry. “Or they might think they want to be in the apartment business. It’s not nearly as simple as some people make it look. And so the experience level of the sponsor is critical.” The third option, Pollack says, is investing in good, old-fashioned single family houses — especially for the purpose of renting them. He doesn’t encourage retirement debt. “I know that a lot of times it’s not recommended by investment gurus to pay off your home and own your house or condo or townhouse free and clear,” he

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Experts...continued from 26 says. “But I’m a fan of owning in your retirement years. I don’t care what size it is, it can be a mobile home. But I’d like to see them actually own it. “That way, in their advanced years, they don’t become renters. And you’re talking to a guy who’s made his living for the last 43 years renting properties to people.” Pollack is also not a fan of reverse mortgages. “I think that’s a recipe for eventual problems,” he says. But he is in favor of owning real estate as a retirement investment. “If you’re looking at single-family home buying strictly as an investment –not to live in yourself, the money’s not made when you sell it. The money is really made when you buy it. “Timing is critical,” he explains. “You don’t want to ever be buying at the high side of the market and then have the market come tumbling down. And unfortunately, particularly in Arizona, it’s difficult to time the cycles in the market. “However, at the moment, it’s becoming much more stable. And it’s becoming, more importantly, more diversified.”

To Airbnb or not to be: One Tucson real estate expert’s predictions A whole new market has evolved for house rentals: Offering properties for short-term lodging through Airbnb. It’s a peer-to-peer online marketplace that enables property owners to rent out homes or parts of homes to guests for as little as a week or even a few days. The landlord, in turn, pays the company a percentage service fee. Founded in 2008, the privately owned San Francisco-based company now offers more than 2 million listings in nearly 200 countries. “That’s what I’ve been crazy busy with,” says Paula Sindelar, who runs the Pepper Group Diversified in Tucson, a real estate company the University of Arizona graduate took over from mentor Carl Pepper in 2005. “I sell homes from Tucson down to Bisbee, and that seems to be what’s going on now. A lot of people are buying homes and renting out at least part of the space to cover some of the mortgage, and many are specifically getting the higher-end weekly rates on Airbnb. It has become a really great investment for people.” The Bisbee-born agent is a former caterer and wedding planner. In addition

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to single-family homes purchased as shortterm rentals, Sindelar says she’s seeing a trend of people over 50 buying homes with an extra guest house specifically to use them as Airbnb rentals. “I have a friend who recently found a house she wanted to buy in Bisbee,” Sindelar says. “She had decided to shop specifically for a home for herself that included a guest house that she would then rent out.” “Then, just a couple of days later, I had clients in their early 60s purchasing over by the University of Arizona. They

chose a really neat ranch home with a guest house for the same purpose. I’ve seen other examples, and I think it’s definitely a trend.” Sindelar says it’s important that investors carefully consider a home’s location before buying property to use as a short-term rental. “First, you have to make sure you’re buying in a place where people want to stay, that it is a destination,” she says. “In Tucson, a lot of people like to be over by the University of Arizona or by Sabino Canyon in the Santa Catalina

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Mountains. Those are usually easyto-rent —as long as the HOAs will allow it.” That, Sindelar says, is the second biggest consideration. “Many HOAs in Tucson don’t allow short term rentals—or, in some cases long-term rentals, for that matter. That’s particularly common with some condos in the Catalina Foothills.” She says Bisbee has become a popular destination for Airbnb renters. “It’s a huge artists’ community, just written up in Sunset magazine as one of the best places to live in the West, along with Seattle’s Beacon Hill and Santa Barbara. “Bisbee is a mile high, so it’s 10 degrees cooler than Tucson. They have running waterfalls and pine trees. Those rentals are always booked up on Airbnb.” Sindelar uses Airbnb as a renter, but says she hasn’t yet offered places of her own through the site. “We go everywhere—Cancun, Playa del Carmen—and when we travel, we prefer to rent through Airbnb. I meet up often with about 20 alums from the class of ‘86 from Bisbee, and we book a big Airbnb and all stay together. It’s the

Musical chairs However you choose to invest in real estate as a means for growing retirement income, Pollack stresses the importance of research. “I think the most important thing to do is your homework,” he says. “Make sure you really know the track record of anyone you’re working with. “A lot of people sound good, but do they really have the talent, ability and experience to make money for you? If you don’t understand what you’re investing in, then you have to make sure you’re working with somebody credible, who has integrity.” That’s particularly crucial now, Pollack says, as the market is finally improving and drawing more players into the game. “It gets worst when times are best. We saw that in 2005 to 2007. Everybody was a real estate guru, because the market was going up so quickly that all you had to do was sign your name and you’d make money. “The problem is, it’s just like musical chairs,” he says. “In real estate, you don’t want to be stuck without a chair when the music stops.”

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t. Augustine, Florida, which was founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1565, is festooned with three million lights. These represent the candles that brighten Spanish homes during the Christmas season. The town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri features a parade of les petits chanteurs who sing French carols, while the Kansas community of Lindsborg, settled by Swedes in the late nineteenth century, celebrates Christmas with Scandinavian music and folk dancing.

St. Augustine has one of the world’s top-rated holiday light displays. (Photo courtesy of FloridasHistoricCoast.com) And so it goes. Across the United States, people come together to observe the holidays in ways that combine quintessentially American customs while at the same time honoring the traditions of their ancestors. Here, a spotlight on three towns that speak to the best of America: its commonalities as well as its diversity.

St. Augustine honors its Spanish heritage by putting lights in the windows of downtown buildings. (Photo courtesy of FloridasHistoricCoast.com) Convinced that they’d found the storied Fountain of Youth, the Spanish, along with enslaved African Americans and native Timucuan Indians, established the first permanent settlement in what became the United States. Then knowing that their families back in Europe were celebrating the Fiesta de Navidad, they said a Christmas mass. It was the first Christmas in the New World. I swallow the water, but it’s laden with sulfur and smells like hard-boiled eggs. I’d rather have eggnog. Today St. Augustine’s annual “Nights of Lights,” which has been selected by both National Geographic and the Smithsonian as one of the world’s best holiday displays, begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through the end of January. Ste. Genevieve’s French Connection

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Folks at ASL Foundry in Ste. Genevieve use old-time methods to make pewter Christmas ornaments. (Photo by Irv Green) The Colonial Spanish Quarter in St. Augustine is filled with museums, eateries and shops that reflect the town’s heritage. (Photo by Irv Green) Heritage I take a sip of water. According to legend, this water, which comes from a natural spring near St. Augustine, Florida, is going to bestow upon me a magical gift — the gift of eternal youth.

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, 60 miles south of St. Louis, is a charming town of 4,500 people, most of whom trace their ancestry back to France. We explore streets filled with intriguing shops and eateries, stopping for nearly an hour at ASL Foundry where we watch folks craft pewter plates, goblets and — to my delight — Christmas ornaments. Finally we make our way to the town’s historic district, which has gained

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Ste. Genevieve’s historic district depicts what life was like for early French settlers. (Photo by Irv Green) worldwide recognition for its collection of French Creole buildings. Christmas in the historic district begins the day after Thanksgiving with Vieux Noël in Lights, during which folks follow a path marked with signs that tell the Christmas story. The path ends at a small crèche that has been secreted in a boxwood grove. The Holiday Christmas Festival, which takes place a few days later on the first weekend in December, celebrates 500 years of the area’s rich musical traditions. Free performances feature everything from chamber concerts and violin concertos to church music and holiday carolers. For good measure, there’s even a grand holiday parade with Santa. In addition the Felix Vallé State Historic Site hosts Le Réveillon, which features a French Christmas circa the early 1800s. As French music plays in the background, guides in historicallyaccurate dress explain the various decorations and encourage people to testtaste dessert items such as bûche de Noël, a sweet rendition of the yule log. But the biggest holiday celebration is La Gulannée Watch Party on New Year’s Eve. Similar to the English custom of Wassailing, partygoers dress in outlandish costumes and go from house to house begging for favors.

Lindsborg’s Christmas festivities, like those in Sweden, lighten the dark days of winter. (Photo by Jim Turner) Lindsborg’s Swedish Celebration In Lindsborg, Kansas, where more than a third of the residents are of Swedish descent, Christmas is all about

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music. The season kicks off the first Sunday in December with a music-filled Jultide Concert and doesn’t fully end until spring when the town choir performs the country’s longest running annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. The biggest event of the season is the St. Lucia Festival, which celebrates the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. To brighten a time when light is in short supply, a young girl adorned with a crown of lighted candles is chosen to serve cookies and coffee. The candles, which are set among green leaves, are meant to show that the dark winter is turning into a bright spring.

Lindsborg is home to the world’s longest-running annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. (Photo by Jim Turner) Finally, as Christmas winds down, folks begin to prepare for the spring presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Although the oratorio is traditionally associated with Christmas, only the first section focuses on the birth of Christ. The latter parts tell the story of death and resurrection and were originally intended to be performed at Easter. It is then, after a weeklong celebration, that the 200-person Bethany Lutheran Choir performs the well-known piece. As the last notes fade away, Lindsborg’s Christmas truly ends, just as the sights and sounds of spring begin to fill the air.

Lindsborg has strong musical traditions. (Photo by Irv Green) Feliz Navidad, joyeux Noel, god Jul... Happy holidays to all! For an expanded version of this article that includes other ways that these towns celebrate their heritage, see www. Traveltizers.com.

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his is one time where man really got it right. Quite simply, the Rocky Mountaineer is a life-changing train journey that touches your very soul, immersed in the sweeping beauty and ever-changing landscape of western Canada. This historic train route was created more than a century ago, linking the country and introducing the world to a new and rugged land of towering mountain peaks, glacial lakes, roaring waterfalls, abundant wildlife bear, elk, deer, moose, bald eagles, osprey, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and pristine vegetation. With departures from Vancouver, B.C., the two-day journey 280 miles each day climbs from sea level to more than 5,000 feet through the Canadian Rockies and Continental Divide to Banff or Jasper, with station transfers to Calgary for your departure cities. All travel takes place in daylight there are no sleeper cars with overnight accommodations in the charming hillside town of Kamloops. It’s a popular excursion for none other than Bill Gates and family (who once rented) an entire coach. To witness the wonders of such beauty in the comforts of a luxurious rail coach only enhances the experience. Travelers enjoy plush seats in glass-enclosed coaches, along with attentive stewards who deliver passionate and insightful narration throughout the journey. Rocky Mountaineer’s all-inclusive packages include seats at the white linen-clad tables of the dining room, where awardwinning chefs prepare three-course meals using regional ingredients from British Columbia and Alberta. Dishes such as baked wild salmon; slow roasted Alberta bison; wild British Columbia mushroom chowder; and pickerel, a white, sweet tasting fish, should not be missed. Also, try a Caesar, Canada’s answer to the Bloody Mary. Welcome to Banff and Lake Louise After the railway journey, guests are invited to spend the night and enjoy quality time in the Rocky Mountain communities of Banff and Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada’s first and foremost national park. The park is a year-round protected wilderness area

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offering a remote alpine beauty that one must see to believe. There is an endless array of vacation possibilities available, including a dip in the world-famous hot springs. Where to Stay: The Fairmont Banff Springs Modeled after a Scottish baronial castle, the opulent Fairmont Banff Springs is like its own bustling village, tucked away in the mountains. An adult Disneyland comes to mind with its army of impeccably uniformed staff, mammoth ballrooms, elegant restaurants, stately lounges, designer shops and recently renovated European-style spa. If it’s activities you want, this world-class resort is the hub. Make sure you start your day with the phenomenal breakfast buffet at the Bow Valley Grill. The Backstory “If we can’t export the scenery, we will import the tourists” was the self-fulfilling prophesy of William Van Horne, General Manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He recognized the potential for

robust tourism at the hot springs near the railway station at Banff, Alberta. It was his vision to design a luxury hotel amidst the stunning mountain scenery of the Canadian Rockies above the confluence of the Bow and the Spray Rivers overlooking the beautiful Bow Valley and the only way to get there in 1886 would be via a railway. The hotel officially opened on June 1, 1888, and was declared a historical site by the Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1992. If Walls Could Talk In 1956, Marilyn Monroe was staying at the hotel while filming River of No Return, directed by Otto Preminger. During the filming, she sprained her ankle and was on doctor’s orders to be transported around by wheelchair. Needless to say, fierce arguments broke out among the bellmen as to who would get to push Ms. Monroe around the hotel. The dilemma was handled in the only civilized way each morning the young men drew straws. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Located approximately a scenic

20-minute car drive from Banff, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an essential stop on your free time in Banff National Park. Nestled besides its namesake lake, which itself is set against the backdrop of Victoria Glacier, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is perhaps the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. The location lends itself to the tranquility and stillness of the outdoors; a good place for a gentle hike in the woods or a stroll around the pristine lake. You can enjoy the property’s worldclass amenities or simple things like a good book in front of the properties cozy fireplace. The Rocky Mountaineer offers more than 65 Canadian vacation packages and four unique rail routes, with other destinations in British Columbia and Alberta such as Whistler, Jasper and Calgary. You may also connect to the Canadian Rockies via Seattle through the Coastal Passage route, which showcases Seattle’s’ stunning sea and landscapes. For further information, visit: www.RockyMountaineer.com/en

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ICY BAY LODGE — Nestled at the base of Mount Saint Elias in Southeast Alaska, Icy Bay Lodge offers the ideal location for the perfect Alaskan outdoor adventure. We specialize in fishing for Silver Salmon on remote streams in the morning, and go deep sea fishing in the afternoon. Our guides are passionate about giving our guests a true Alaskan experience. Besides fishing, there’s wildlife viewing, kayaking and hiking. After an action packed day, kick back in the main lodge while our chef prepares fresh Alaskan gourmet meals. Book by Jan 1 & receive $500.00 off list price. (303) 520 6344 or www.IcyBayLodge.com PUFFIN INN is conveniently located near the Ted Stevens International Airport and Lake Hood and just ten minutes from Downtown Anchorage, shopping, flight seeing, fishing and more. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Puffin Inn has four distinct room styles to suit your needs.

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ROSES NOW

GIANT 36” BOX

• Date Palms • Mexican Blue • Bismarkia • Pineapple Palm • Mediterranian Fan

95

$

All Colors

HUGE!! GIANT!! 24” Box Trees

CHOICE

799

ARIZONA’S LARGEST GROWER DIRECT PALM CO. DUG TO ORDER FROM OUR FARM SIZES TO 40’ TALL

36” Box Trees Up to 15’ Tall

Mesquite • Oak Elm • Ash Pistachio Palo Verde

• Mesquite • Thornless Mesquite • Palo Verde • Acacia • Palobrea

Your Choice

FROM

299

$

INSTANT SHADE MONSTER 48” BOX TREES • Ash • Elm • Mesquite • Palo Verde • Pistachio • Pines 1000’s to Choose From Up to 25’ Tall

FROM

Reg. $299

199

$

with Ad Only

COMPARE AT $1000

SHADE TREES

10 - 12’ TALL

NOW ONLY

599

$

PLANTED & GUARANTEED

COMPARE AT $350

PLANTED & GUARANTEED

$ YOUR

with Ad Only

PLANTED & GUARANTEED

BIG PECAN TREES

Reg. $1995

1495

PLANTED & GUARANTEED

FRUITS - VINES - NUTS GRAPES FIGS & POMEGRANITE NOW ONLY BIG 15 Gallon $ 95

19

L! A E D H OT Big 5 Gallon

$1250

PLANTED & GUARANTEED COMPARE AT $2500

WORTH THE DRIVE FROM ANYWHERE! VALLEYWIDE DELIVERY JUST $50! MAIN TREE FARM 2647 E. Southern Ave. (Phx) 602-268-9096

EAST VALLEY Cooper (Stapley) & Guadalupe 480-892-2712

NORTH PHX /SCOTTSDALE 824 E. Glendale Ave. 602-944-8479

All offers limited to stock on hand. • No other discounts apply. • Not valid on previous sales. Multi trunk, jumbo size, and field dug trees slightly higher. STORE HOURS: MON-SAT 8-5:30, SUN 10-4 • LICENSED, BONDED & INSURED • RESIDENTIAL - C-21 - 125878 • COMMERCIAL - A-21 - 125879

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