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This is Why We Live Here! The Harmon and Paul families of North Scottsdale enjoy a fall evening.

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Combining the two greatest culinary temptations, Fate Brewing Co. Scottsdale claimed a silver medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition for its Candy Bar Milk Stout. A winner in the Specialty BeerStyle category, the sweet/cream stout is brewed with honey roasted peanuts, coca-nibs, whole vanilla beans and sea salt. The brewpub, located at 7337 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 105, began selling the yummy concoction on tap at Fate in early November. Info: www. fatebrewing.com. IDEAL Physical Therapy’s Stephanie Batz, PT, DPT, CPT, recently acquired her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) through University of St. Augustine. It involves mastering manual techniques like myofascial work, joint mobilizations, spine manipulations and muscle energy techniques. IDEAL Physical Therapy is located at 4110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 155. Info: (480) 222-0655 or www. idealphysicaltherapy.com. Brides: Get ready to stand in line and maybe pull some hair (Just kidding.

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Play nice). “White Sunday,” an annual gown sample sale, returns at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. The one-of-a-kind sale brings together 12 Valley bridal salons in one location. Featuring exclusive designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and special event gowns, all items will be a minimum of 50 percent off retail pricing. Gowns are of assorted styles and range from sizes 2 to 32. Brides and beauty queens alike are encouraged to arrive early on “White Sunday” as this is a first-come, first-serve sale. Tickets are $15 with pre-registration and $20 at the door. To register visit: https:// awmgownsale2013.eventbrite.com Matthew Barrow has joined Washington Federal as senior credit analyst. Barrow comes to the financial institution with more than six years of experience in the banking industry. Carrie Severson was given the Characters Unite Award by the USA Network and Cox for her efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination. Severson, one of 10 nationwide winners,

is the CEO and founder of Severson Sisters, which offers programs and services to inspire young girls to live their lives as their awesome, authentic, super self. Her “Super Girl Program” is a creative and supportive initiative that focuses on bullying solutions and selfcompassion, to help girls enhance their self-esteem and develop social skills in support of one another. Info: www. seversonsisters.org. How swimming! Paddock is relocating its corporate headquarters to its already significant presence at the 29,000-square-foot Paddock “Superstore” near the Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard at 8718 E. Shea Blvd.

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it. We can’t wait to see what this year holds for her. Happy birthday sweet girl! Laura and her family moved into their house two years ago and their yard is more interesting than the zoo. They’ve got bobcats peering in their windows, snakes knocking at their door, tarantulas joining them on the porch and all kinds of lizards crawling on their walls. Scottsdale may be in the desert but it certainly isn’t lonely.

Ken and Marci both turn 40 this month. Yep, we can’t believe it either! Speaking of birthdays, Jillian turns 9 this month. It’s her last year in the single digits and she plans to make the most of

What’s the buzz in your neighborhood? New babies or grandbabies? Announcements? Engagements? Let us know! Email hearsay@nearbynews.com.

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Gala is ‘Plane’ Fun for Charities, Lucky Winner Good food, good fun and good causes came together recently as a private airplane hangar at the Scottsdale Airport was transformed into the site of one of the area’s hottest new galas, during the second annual Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic. Proceeds benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and the Pat Tillman Foundation. The event, sponsored by AXA Advisors Southwest, entertained 525 guests from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and featured food from leading Valley chefs, casino-style games—with the chance to win an all-inclusive, firstclass trip on a private jet for four—and live entertainment. A live and silent auction were also held. “This event is a project of passion for our team,” said Dillan Micus, former Boys and Girls Clubs kid and executive vice president of AXA. “Each year, our entire team focuses a day of service with an inspirational community organization. Eager to effect change, we decided to roll up our sleeves and put together an annual gala event meant to raise critical funds for our nonprofit partners.” Local rock cover band RetroActive provided live entertainment throughout the evening. Casino dicestyle games, a VIP lounge area, a photo booth and more kept the night lively. The live and silent auction featured items donated from local businesses. Beverage sponsors, including Southern Wine & Spirits, Hensley, Stella Artois, Peñasco Tequila, Wild Turkey and Skyy Vodka, offered an open bar throughout the evening Three military members were honored as Tillman Military Scholars at the event: Capt. Kent Davis, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Gallagher and Sgt. Maggie Smith. The scholars will all receive funds to help them pursue their educational goals. The Tillman Military Scholars program, created in 2008, helps classifieds

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recipients pursue higher education. The scholarships are a central focus of the Pat Tillman Foundation, which has become a leader in providing resources and educational support to veterans, active service members and their dependents. “The Pat Tillman Foundation is proud to partner with AXA Advisors Southwest on this unique event, and we are honored to be selected to receive funds raised through its efforts,” said Marie Tillman, president of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to directly impact the lives of Tillman Military Scholars by providing the financial and educational resources needed to prevent undeserved debt, increase economic stability and establish a foundation for greater career opportunities.” The other benefactor of the party— Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale—will be using funds for a variety of kids’ programs and materials. “Events like these help to support more than 16,000 Valley kids involved with the clubs and their access to the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills and sports, fitness and recreation,” said Steve Davidson, president/CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. The funds will help kids like 10-year-old Cali, who began coming to the club when her father took on an evening job. One of Cali’s favorite programs is SMART Girls, which gives her the opportunity to talk with other girls about peer pressure and “girl” issues that might not be the most comfortable topics to bring up with her dad, a single father. Funds donated via Weekend Jetaway will ensure that girls like Cali will always have programs dedicated to helping

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them becoming strong, self-confident women. Money raised will also help kids like 11-year-old Juaquin, a Boys & Girls Clubs veteran who is autistic and shy but has made friends and gained confidence during his time in the organization and is looking forward to joining the club’s Leaders in Training program as soon as he is old enough. Jill Bower won the grand prize of the night, a luxurious allFunds raised will also inclusive, first-class trip for four on a private jet to Las Vegas. help continue sports “We are thrilled to be meeting new and fitness programs, homework people and helping such great causes, assistance and much more. but I would be lying if I didn’t say we The exclusive bash was also just were pretty excited to cook in a private plain fun—and “plane” fun for grand jet hangar,” Nicosia said. prize winner Jill Bower, who won the Other culinary treats included private plane getaway. filet mignon, braised pork belly with VIP ticket holders were treated to caramelized onions and au gratin a special lounge and enjoyed tuna potatoes from Dominick’s Steakhouse; crudo, lamb meatballs and pistachio almond ice cream with toffee brittle, and chocolate cannoli from Executive pears and chocolate drizzle from Chef Christopher Nicosia of Sassi Proof—An American Canteen and Scottsdale. sushi from Sapporo Scottsdale.


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Sophomore performs for the first time in ‘The Nutcracker’ By Meghan McCoy A young Scottsdale ballerina is one of more than 100 dancers throughout the East Valley who will participate in the Ballet Etudes’ “The Nutcracker” in Chandler and Mesa this winter. Approximately 115 dancers, ages 9 to 18 years old, from Ballet Etudes, have different roles in the 27th anniversary production of the family friendly ballet. Megan Whitley, 15, is one of them. She has been dancing for as long as she can remember. “I started dancing ballet more seriously when I was 6,” she says. “I love performing. I love being on stage and I love being a part of the production and performing a character role and expressing yourself. It’s fun to be able to express yourself in front of so many people and inspire other people to do the same.” After Megan saw “The Nutcracker” and witnessed the kinds of performing opportunities that are available through Ballet Etudes, she had to join the company. This is her first year with “The Nutcracker.” “I really like performing the role of Court Fairy,” the Scottsdale Prep School sophomore said. “It’s the opening of the second act of the show. You are inviting everyone into the castle of the show. You get to act like a fairy.”

Megan Whitley, 15, will perform for the first time in the Ballet Etudes “The Nutcracker” as a Court Fairy.

Performances for the Ballet Etudes’ “The Nutcracker” run from Fri., Nov. 29, to Sun., Dec. 8, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information, call (480) 782-2683 or visit www. chandlercenter.org. Performances will also be held at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., in Mesa, from Fri., Dec. 13, to Sun., Dec. 15. For tickets to that show, call (480) 644-6500 or visit www. mesaartscenter.com. Tickets, which are $23 and $28, can be ordered by calling the respective box offices. More information can also be found at www.balletetudes.net.

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Allergies are Nothing to Sneeze At By Tracy House There’s more to allergies than sniffles and sneezes. Allergies are not just a runny nose—virtually every aspect of the body can be affected. Allergies affect at least two out of every 10 people and a person can be exposed to an allergen by inhaling it, getting it on or under the skin or swallowing it. Allergy symptoms can range from mild, almost unnoticeable but not feeling up to normal, to moderate including flu-like symptoms to severe in which symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable to debilitating. Dr. Stuart Agren of Family Allergy Clinic, which serves the Valley, has been practicing for 28 years and he said he’s noticed that when he treats the environmental allergies, even though patients were complaining

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During the past 10 years, there has initially about food allergies and discomfort from eating certain foods, been an increase in food allergies the symptoms go away. That’s not that are related to peanuts and tree nuts, according always the case, he said, to WebMD.com. but he has a food allergy About 5 percent serum that he’s found of children have effective. clinically proven “Often there’s a cross allergic reactions to over between the dust, food as opposed to mold or pollen allergies, food intolerances or environmental which are more allergies, and foods. common and Either one can cause include lactose eczema, asthma, intolerance. recurrent ear infections, Some of the those kinds of things Dr. Stuart H. Agren common food and that can be caused allergies include by either side of the allergy spectrum from environmental, dust, mold, peanuts (nuts), wheat and rice. Others pollen, to food allergies,” Agren said. can be eggs, milk and fish. Symptoms “We have been seeing that quite a bit.” from food allergies range from mild

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to severe including eczema, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hives, wheezing, asthma-like symptoms and even anaphylaxis. Agren said a wheat allergy is difficult because it is in so many different foods—breakfast, breads, pastries— that kids may eat. Children can get an allergy in their esophagus which results in not eating well because it hurts. Agren’s grandson went through multiple eating clinics as a result. Agren explained allergies can present in infancy, which are related to eating disorders and eczema. “When we treat the allergy well then the eczema goes away. There are a lot of kids with eczema out there who are real head-scratchers for ... continues on page 10

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dermatologists and they can’t really take care of that very well.” Agren said, “Eczema is an allergic disease and when we treat the allergy the eczema goes away.” Diet and dust, mold and pollen can contribute to the eczema. Asthma is another disease Agren mentioned that is largely allergic in origin and when that is treated, “We can get that to go away.” It can come from foods or dust, molds and pollens. “When it’s welltreated we can make a big difference.” According to Agren, it’s time to seek out an allergist based on severity and duration of symptoms. “If the severity is about to take away quality of life and the duration is such that it’s goes through many months of the year, usually four months out of the year, if they exceed that they really need to be seen and treated for allergies.” Family Allergy Clinic treats all ages, infancy to 90 years old. “We treat everybody,” Agren says. The clinic is located at 3048 E. Baseline Rd., Suite

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If you want to show what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving in a way that is fun and frugal, why not consider a Thankful Tree? A Thankful Tree is easy to make and even more fun to create. It is a wonderful way to show what you are grateful for and even get your children in on the action. Plus, many of the items you need will already be in or around your home. What You Need: • A bundle of twigs or sticks from your yard (citrus branches work great for this) • A large, empty can, bucket or milk jug • Green, brown, yellow and red construction paper • Scissors • Markers • Yarn photo page

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1. Place some sand or rocks in the bottom of the vessel of your choice. 2. Arrange the branches in the vessel so they are secure. 3. On your construction paper, make some leaf outlines. You can just freehand these if you wish or trace a real leaf or two. Cut out the tracing carefully until you have a dozen or so leaves of various colors and sizes. 4. On one leaf, write something you are thankful for. You can write several notes each day if you want. Have fun with this step!

122, Mesa. For more information call (480) 827-9945 or (877) 2763393 (877-2SNEEZE) or visit familyallergyclinic.com. Tis’ the Season See how seasonal allergies symptoms are reported in your area. From mild to severe, allergies in Arizona can be miserable. Visit www.symptoms.webmd.com/ seasonal-allergy-map-tool/ to find out the allergy level for your area and what you can do to minimize your exposure to the triggers that bring about sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes. Tracy House is a busy AZ Modern Mom of four, freelance writer and educator. She writes about motherhood, family, education, sustainability and Arizona. Contact her at tracy@azmodernmom.com. 5. Poke a hole in the leaf and run your yarn through. Hang the leaf from one of your branches. 6. Repeat these steps the next day. Ask everyone in your family to create leaves as well (this is fun and educational for the kids). 7. Over the course of several days, you will see your Thankful Tree starting to form. It will become full and colorful, decorated with all of the people and things you are grateful for. As Thanksgiving approaches, you will have a lovely, colorful fall tree that shows how appreciative you and your family are of the blessings in your life. This is a fun activity that your family can enjoy together, revisiting each night before you settle in for dinner or bedtime. Plus, you’ll have a beautiful Thanksgiving decoration to enjoy all month long!

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around the neighborhood The Scottsdale Showdown gave residents a whole new reason to bust out their cowboy boots and head to WestWorld. Hosted by the Scottsdale Charros, and in partnership with Championship Bull Riding and KMLE Country 107.9, the event included one of the largest bull riding events calendar competitions in the Southwest and a star-studded country concert featuring national recording artists Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann and Maggie Rose. Photos by Adam Moreno

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1. Maggie Rose was the opening act for the post-rodeo concert. 2. World famous barrelman, Rockin’ Robbie Hodges, pumps up the crowd in between rides. 3. Fellow cowboys look on as one of their bull riders makes a go at 8 seconds. 4. A hair band entertains the rodeogoershearsay prior to the final round. 5. The rodeo always draws a huge crowd of all ages. 6. Jerrod monthly meeting Niemann gets the crowd moving at the Bud Light Bullpen Concert. 7. Sometimes cowboys rely on luck as much as skill when avoiding getting trampled by the bull they just fell off of. 8. The Scottsdale Showdown proved fun for all ages as this aspiring bull rider takes a run at the mechanical bull. 9. A glimpse behind the scenes as bulls are lined up and ready to meet their riders. 10. The crowd was as ready for the concert as they were for the bull riding. 11. After much anticipation, country superstars Montgomery Gentry hit the stage with a mix of old and new hits.

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WHEN: Tues., Nov. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland MultiPurpose Room, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $15 for parent and child with Founder’s Members/Annual Pass, and $20 for parent and child per class for general public; $5 additional sibling INFO: (480) 800-3000, ext. 207 or www.butterflywonderland.com Mother Goose will read stories while sharing her magical coloring book and the letter of the day.

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WHEN: Sat., Nov. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Civic Center Library Storytime Room, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312- READ (7323) Children will sing, move and groove to music during the 30-minute program.

WHEN: Sat., Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-6802 or www.scottsdaleaz.gov The annual Holiday Pet Festival will feature interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore.

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WHEN: Tues., Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland MultiPurpose Room, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $20 for parent and child per class for Founder’s Members/Annual Pass; $25 for parent and child per class for the general public INFO: (480) 800-3000, ext. 207 or www.butterflywonderland.com Children ages 4 to 6 years old and their parents will explore different art mediums while drawing portraits of butterflies, ants, bees and fish.

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WHEN: Fri., Dec. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission; $3 train ride; $2 carousel rides; free for children younger than 3 with a paying adult INFO: (480) 312-2312 or www. scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/RailroadPark A tree-lighting ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus will be a part of the festivities.

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WHEN: Sun., Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com The Scottsdale Philharmonic celebrates the spirit of the season.

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we also understand that people like to hear some of the old favorites. There will be a mix of the two.” Lewis wrote the tunes with his relatively new band, which he called a fun bunch. “They bring new ideas and lots of energy and they’re raring to go,” Lewis said with a laugh. “It’s fun. One of them calls me Mr. Lewis. I said, ‘You’re in my band, you don’t have to call me Mr. Lewis.’ He said, ‘Oh I do. Oh I do.’” Lewis is “itching” to return to the studio with his new songs and his new band. After all these years, he still enjoys recording albums. “It always has been, for some reason,” he said. “I know a lot of guys need an audience to perform. “I think it has to do with what you’re performing with. When we’ve played the songs already and we know them very well, it’s like going in and playing them one more time. It’s not like having to learn a new song and record them. Then it’s kind of tedious.”

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski At age 78 with 80 albums under his belt, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis still considers music his life. “I love to perform and I love to practice and I love to rehearse,” Lewis said via telephone from his Chicagoarea home. “It’s amazing that at this stage of the game, those things that bring me a lot of joy are performing, practicing and rehearsing—not necessarily in that order. Performing is probably No. 1 because in the performing arts, it’s great to have an audience to bounce your music off of. I get almost as much joy practicing alone on the piano as I do rehearsing with the band.” Lewis will bring His Electric Band to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. On the docket are new tunes that he’s previewed recently. Some of the songs are so new that they have not been named. “We have several new songs that we’re playing,” he said. “But then again,

Lewis’ formula has worked. So far in his career, he has earned seven gold records, as well as three Grammy Awards for “The In Crowd,” “Hold It Right There” and “Hang on Sloopy.” But Lewis never chased success, he said. “I set out to be the best that I could be a playing the piano,” he said. “To do that, I knew I had to learn it very well. I had great teachers early on.” But, in his career, he has learned that success comes down to communicating with the audience. “I was thinking about that at this stage in my life at 78 years old, I still get to do what I love to do and people pay me to do what I love to do, but I won’t let them know,” he said.

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Live Music WHEN: Thursdays thru Saturdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery, 15040 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 104, Scottsdale monthly meeting cover COST: Free INFO: (480) 398-7700, www.twistedrosewinery.com/events Owned by Frank and Candy Yaconis, Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery pairs hand-crafted wines, beers and martinis with twisted-up dishes that have a winecentric focus. Goodguys Southwest Nationals WHEN: Fri., Nov. 15, and Sat., Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free for children 6 and younger; $6 for children older than 6; $18 for adults. $5 parking fee. INFO: (925) 838-9876, (480) 312-6802 or www.good-guys.com The event will showcase more than 3,000 pre-1972 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks, which also includes the “Goodguys Top 12 Cars of the Year” in the Street Rod Headquarters Champions Arena.

Arizona Season Finale 1 WHEN: Fri., Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO:(602) 992-2706 or (480) 312-6802 Collman Equestrian Productions will present Arizona Season Finale 1 for the first week of a two-week series showcasing beautiful horses and skilled competitors in hunter and jumper events. Live at the Quarter WHEN: Saturdays Nov. 16 and Nov. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 270-8123 or www.scottsdalequarter.com The Nov. 16 performers, Apple, play hits by The Beatles, complete with the classic style and look. The Nov. 23 act, Jared and the Mill, will bring a harmonious indie, folk rock sound. Appaloosa Fall Book Sale WHEN: Sat., Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Appaloosa Library Meeting

Room, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: (480) 312-7323 or http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/ The annual fall used book sale will feature hidden gems at rock-bottom places. The Mac & Cheese Throwdown 2013 WHEN: Sun., Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. WHERE: Renegade by MOD, 9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale COST: $22 INFO: (480) 200-2766 or http://girlmeetsfork.com/events/maccheese-throwdown-2013/ This event is open to mac and cheese lovers 21 years of age and older. Up to 10 restaurants will participate in the battle of the mac. Event attendees can purchase $1 “People’s Choice” tickets and stuff the ballot boxes of their favorite chef. Know About Nature: Birds and Bees and Flowers and Trees WHEN: Wed., Nov. 20, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Arabian Library Meeting Room 1, 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/ Join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for a 45-minute presentation to learn what is unique and living in your own backyard. The living treasures of

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a nearly 28,000-acre urban preserve that is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, many of them unique to the Sonoran Desert. Ask the Scottsdale Healthcare Expert: On Sound Footing: The Health of Your Feet WHEN: Wed., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 10500 N. 90th St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 391-0048 Dr. Todd Lamster, DPM, will discuss the kinds of foot problems that are affecting millions. The special event will teach attendees about prevention and treatment options for common foot conditions, heel pain and nail and skin disorders. Capt. Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords: Endeavor to Succeed WHEN: Fri., Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $59 to $89 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org On Jan. 8, 2011, Capt. Mark Kelly faced the toughest challenge of his life when his wife, now-former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was almost assassinated. Kelly will discuss his love and devotion to his family, which is the foundation of true success. Proceeds from this event benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

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Holiday ArtWalk WHEN: Thurs., Dec. 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Main Street and Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: www.scottsdalegalleries.com Hundreds of fine artists are featured by Scottsdale galleries during the holidays and the Holiday ArtWalk serves as a sparkling showcase for the entire Art District. Ribbons & Bows Small Works Show WHEN: Sat., Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: On The Edge Gallery, 7050 5th Ave., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 265-8991 or www.ontheedgegallery.com On The Edge Gallery presents Ribbons & Bows Small Works Show, opening on Dec. 5 for the Holiday ArtWalk and continuing through Dec. 24. Gallery artists will exhibit “Miniature Masterpieces” for the holidays, many already trimmed with ribbons and bows, ready for holiday gift-giving. Scramble to the Top of Camelback Mountain WHEN: Saturdays, Dec. 7, Jan. 4 and Feb. 1, at 8 a.m., WHERE: Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trailhead, 4233 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 945-4669 or www.morningsqueeze.com The first person to scramble his or her way to the top of Camelback Mountain will win a free Morning Jolt protein shake for a year (one per week). The first 40 adults and first 20 kids younger

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Carols and Candlelight Dinner WHEN: Sat., Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Terravita Country Club, 34034 N. 69th Way, Scottsdale COST: $85 INFO: www.carolsandcandlelight.com The evening will feature cocktails and light hors d’ouevres, an elegant dinner, an assortment of deserts and a champagne toast. Proceeds from the annual Carols and Candlelight event and raffle will help provide funds for activities for kids going through the transplant process. Talk Cinema WHEN: Tues., Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $19 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org Audience members will have the opportunity to be the critics at a sneak preview film series that screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release. Besides the screenings, the event features a moderated conversation hosted by distinguished guest speakers. True Music Festival WHEN: Sat., Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $70 to $146 INFO: www.TrueMusicFestival.com True Music Festival is said to be one of the largest multi-genre single music festival in the Valley of the Sun. It features spotlight acts Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalifa, Capital Cities, Griz and Lord Huron.

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Ventura Grill has specials aplenty and a great atmosphere Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall near Salt River Fields, Ventura Grill is no ordinary sports bar. Sure it has wings, chicken strips and potato skins, but the selection of food— and the comfortable atmosphere—goes beyond that. On a recent lunch visit, we tried the medium spicy boneless wings ($8.99) as an appetizer and they were abounding with flavor. The dish—which comes in mild, medium, hot, “insane” or barbecue honey flavors—were a little spicy for medium, but pleasurable nonetheless. The Buffalo sauce was generous, as were the sides of ranch dressing. For the main course, I tried the Asian chicken salad. With greens adorned with succulent sweet and sour chicken, plump orange segments, comm. spotlight

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November kicks off the holiday season in earnest. It’s all about planning for Thanksgiving, family gatherings and get-togethers with friends. This is the time we start going through our favorite recipes to decide which ones are feast-worthy and fabulous. When I think of feast-worthy and fabulous, I go right to my momma’s recipe for Osso Buco, a wonderful Italian dish of braised veal shanks in a delicious glaze of simmered wine, vegetables and fresh herbs. Osso Buco literally means “bone with a hole” and in that hole is the most scrumptious marrow that I’ve always thought to be the caviar of the veal shank! This dish is considered to be a bit of a delicacy in many fine dining establishments, so I always giggle when I think of my momma’s story about Osso Buco’s humble beginnings in her life. events calendar

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What’s Cooking? I would have never imagined in a million years, that Osso Buco would become such a fancy dish on many expensive restaurant menus because, as a young girl growing up in Venice, Italy, I remember my mother returning from the local butcher with free veal shank bones. Why? Because he couldn’t sell them, so he would give them away! We would use them for soup bones and my six sisters and I would always fight over who was going to be lucky enough to suck out the marrow from those delicious bones! Here I am today, sharing a recipe for a truly gourmet dish. I think you will love it, and I wish you luck getting to the bone marrow first! It’s one of my favorite family recipes and a wonderful comfort-food dish to have on hand for the cooler weather and warm and inviting holidays ahead. So let the holiday season begin with big blessings to all of you!

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Osso Buco Ingredients 4 large veal shanks (10-12 oz. each) 1 cup flour 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cups red wine 2 medium carrots, diced 1 large sweet yellow onion, diced 1 large stalk celery, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley, plus more for garnish 1 small sprig of rosemary plus 1 sprig for garnish 2 cups beef consume or broth 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

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celery, garlic, tomatoes, basil, parsley, rosemary and beef broth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for two to three hours, adding more stock or water if shanks begin to get dry or stick to pot. Shanks are done when they are tender but not falling apart. Remove shanks onto a platter and pour sauce from the skillet over the shanks and serve. (Sauce should be a thick glaze.) Garnish with fresh parsley and sprig of rosemary. Serve with risotto or pasta. Serves four. On the web at www.NearbyNews.com

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Crease Liberty Offers Freedom From Ill-Fitting Trousers Jeffrey Roberts opened Crease Liberty in January 2012 with one goal in mind: to help men of all shapes and sizes look terrific in trousers. To make this possible, Roberts said his store, which is located in the Seville shopping center in Scottsdale, has at least 1,000 pairs of high quality, stylish and well- Crease Liberty has at least 1,000 pairs of trousers in stock tailored trousers in at all times, meaning most men can be fit right off the rack. stock at all times. Roberts imports measure and fit a man into a pair of the trousers from the Gardeur and trousers, Roberts says it is not unusual Hiltl companies in Germany, where, for the customer to comment that he he said, they are “still old-fashioned is not used to actually feeling the fabric enough” to make varieties of trousers against his body. “We do a lot of teaching about the with different rises. “In my experience with these two trousers, and train our customers to product lines, I have found that they purchase the product the way it was solve all sorts of problems for men, meant to be sold.” While most guys might not realize and that they allow us to fit most that their trousers are not looking as people,” Roberts said. In the vast majority of cases, they good as they can and should, Roberts said their wives are definitely aware of can fit men right off the rack. “For many men, they are not aware it. “We hear a lot of complaints from that these products are there and that the wives. They will say things like they even need them.” The main problem with the ‘look at my husband—the back of his domestic trousers that are available in pants look terrible!’” Once they see their husband emerge most retail or big-box stores, Roberts from the dressing room in a pair of explained, is that they are made and marketed based primarily on their pants that fits, Roberts said women are waist size. In most cases, this leads to not shy about voicing their approval. “Wives will say ‘Honey, I’ve never pants that are too baggy in the hips, seen a pair of pants look so good on thighs and rear end. “Today in America, retail stores are you.’” Roberts said he enjoys seeing the not trained to have inventory to fit all smiles on his customers’ faces, when individuals,” he said. “In the old days, we had short rise, they realize how wonderful they look long rise and many other types of in their trousers. “We hear a lot of ‘Wow, that really is trousers that would accommodate all body types, but today most trousers great,’ and ‘This looks wonderful.’ We are made with a ‘one rise fits all’ see that ‘a-ha!” moment over and over.” Crease Liberty is located at 7001 N. approach that doesn’t work,” he said. “In addition, full baggy jeans and Scottsdale Rd., Suite 177 in Scottsdale. pleated trousers are not part of For more information, call (480) 3251035 or visit www.creaseliberty.com. current fashion.” After taking the time to properly on the town

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Horizon High grad finds success in short sales With the help of fellow Horizon High School grads, a Scottsdale businessman has found success in short sales. But it took a few wrong turns to find his true career path. Brian Gubernick moved to Scottsdale with his parents from Pennsylvania in 1987 when he was 8 years old. More than 20 years later, he opened an office for his business, Homehelper Consultants, in his old stomping grounds. “The office I am sitting in right now is where I used to ride my bike,” he said. “Where my wife and I live today is a quarter mile from the high school we attended.” After graduating from Horizon High School, Gubernick attended school in New Hampshire and then transferred to University of San Diego, where he on the town

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earned his accounting degree in 2001. He yearned to become an accountant because it was the most competitive major in business school. “Like many accounting students, I signed with an accounting firm,” the 34-year-old said about his junior year in Phoenix. “I loved the degree. I hated the work. Me as an accountant, it just didn’t work out. I knew within two weeks it was not a long career. The typical behavior of an accountant couldn’t be more opposite than mine. Climbing the corporate ladder wasn’t for me. I wanted to blaze my own trail.” Gubernick said he wanted to be responsible for his own income and pay raises. So he went out on his own. In mid-2006, Gubernick, like many

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others at the time, found himself with a property that was upside down. For an intense 48 hours, he weighed his options. Eventually, he spoke to the bank, Brian Gubernick sold the property, and agreed upon less money for the loan he had signed, creating a short sale. “I started telling my industry peers what had happened to me. Sure enough they found themselves in the same predicament,” he said. The following February, he launched a real estate team, which focused on helping individuals who also found their properties upside down. “The unique thing about my team is many members are guys and girls I went to school with,” he said. His first employee was a 17-year-old senior who he recruited as an intern from the high school. “He did everything for me...just me and him with a phone,” he said. “Now he is a Realtor himself. He is doing great.” His team is now comprised of five

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others who attended Horizon High School. Six years after forming his company, Gubernick and Homehelper Consultants have completed 1,500 short sales in Scottsdale as well as Bellevue, Wash., Beaverton, Ore., and Birmingham, Mich. He has 27 people on his team nationwide. Gubernick said the short sale market is quieting down in the Scottsdale area. “Locally the market shifted quite a bit,” he said. “Only about a third of our properties are short sale.” Recently, Gubernick decided to add another service. A 14-foot moving truck was purchased to help service the Scottsdale community. Local charities and organizations have used the truck for such things as moving items out of a house for a family in need, as well as transporting equipment for a high school. “If it makes an impact and helps the community and gets our name out there then by all means,” he said. For more information, visit myfreemove.com. To learn more about the business, visit www.homehelperconsultants.com. It is located at 7721 E. Gray Rd., Suite 101, in Scottsdale.

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