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November 15, 2014

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Adobe Chic: The Homes of George Ellis


A founder of Scottsdale’s Cattle Track neighborhood, George Ellis pioneered Sonoran-centric architecture in the 1940s and ‘50s with the use of adobe bricks in modern, fashionable homes. Ellis was a surveyor by trade who relocated to Scottsdale in 1937. In Scottsdale, This photo from the 1930s Ellis’ passion for architecture found an outlet as he began shows George Ellis, a custom homebuilder who building homes on his 16 acres next to the Arizona developed his unique Canal. His homes caught the eye of Frank Lloyd Wright, style using adobe and other “found” materials who asked Ellis to build for him on a project in Phoenix. available locally. Ellis plied his craft with distinctive homes from Tempe to Pinnacle Peak, many of which still stand.

Frank Lloyd Wright brought his staff to Ellis’ Murdock house to show them the level of building quality he expected in his own projects. Ellis included built-in cabinets, seating and shelving in his design.

One of Ellis’ crowning achievements was a luxurious adobe home near Pinnacle Peak designed and built for cereal heiress Lois Kellogg Maury in 1948. The Crescent Moon Ranch included three guesthouses and an eight-stall barn. Left: This photo shows Crescent Moon Ranch’s sun porch. Other features in the adobe home included open and enclosed terraces, panoramic views and a lily pool in the living room. The property was listed in 1953 for $155,000—a tremendous sum at the time. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale occupies the site now.

George Ellis built this adobe and redwood home in the Cattle Track neighborhood for his brotherin-law David Murdock. Notice the adobe brickwork alternating with layers of redwood planks—an Ellis trademark.

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The Big Heap Vintage & Handmade Festival Coming to Salt River Fields By Lynette Carrington Something whimsical, something vintage and something hand-forged: The Big Heap Vintage & Handmade Festival brings it all to Salt River Fields on Friday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 23. Hailing from 10 states and more than 15 Arizona cities, artisans will showcase clothing, furniture, jewelry, housewares, collectibles, art and more. The festival is an extension of Lori Cowherd and Mickey Muelenbeek’s Thieves Market, a vintage and handmade flea market that originated in Cave Creek. It now is held the first Saturday of each month October through April at Big Surf in Tempe. “For that, people were wanting more than just first Saturdays,” Cowherd said. “They wanted a few days to show things and we wanted to produce something that was higher end, not just flea market stuff that included art work and high quality vintage pieces.” The juried Big Heap Vintage & Handmade Festival was founded four years ago to satisfy those needs. This is the first year the Big Heap festival is being held at Salt River Fields. “Cave Creek was pretty good-sized, but it seemed to be a bit far for people, so now we’re right in the middle of everything,” Cowherd explained. Marshall Shore, Arizona’s “Hip Historian,” will emcee the event on Saturday, Nov. 22. Bullhorn in hand, Shore will stroll through the crowds calling a fashion show of unique and vintage clothing throughout the day.

“We’ve got Mitch Phillips from Rare Scarf and Jenny Kuller from Redhead Sadie,” Shore said. “It’s going to be an amazing group of people putting stuff together. I love that it’s a bit of a throwback to a fashion show. It’s going to be more of a fashion parade, like what they would have done in Phoenix and Scottsdale back in the day. This is actually my first year doing this and hopefully not the last.” Food will be available at the Eats Court and includes vendors BuzzNBeez food truck, Hao Bao Chinese Soul Food and Sugar Jam. The Torrey McDannald Quintet will be providing the entertainment on Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Eats Court. Habitat for Humanity will raffle a playhouse that the organization will build during the festival. Tickets will be $5 or five for $20 and proceeds will be split between Habitat for Humanity and the Big Heap’s own “Pay It Artward” program benefitting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The winner does not need to be present to win and the playhouse will be delivered to the winner’s home. The Big Heap Festival takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23. Tickets are available for one-day ($7) and threeday ($15) passes at www.thebigheap. com or at the gates. Salt River Fields is located at 7555 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale.

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By Meghan McCoy The community is encouraged to bring their pets to the fifth annual Holiday Pet Festival and partake in the many animal-related interactive activities, demonstrations and exhibitions at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the venue’s 120,000-square- Grab your pet and travel to WestWorld of Scottsdale for the fifth foot north hall, 16601 annual Holiday Pet Festival Saturday, Dec. 6. N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Ames said pug fest will include many contests, an animal communicator, Admission is free. “It’s a great way to get into the holiday pug-related products, as well as a spirit, while helping the animals in wedding on stage. need,” said Kelly Ames, executive For the first time, the K9 Outlaws will director of Tranquility Trail Animal hold a sanctioned Flyball Tournament during the Holiday Sanctuary. Pet Festival from 7 Her organization 4 p.m. founded the Holiday “It’s a great thing Pet Festival as a way for people to of helping animals, watch,” Ames said. considering Maricopa About 150 County, she said, has booths will sell pet the second-highest products, food, euthanasia rate in services and onethe United States. of-a-kind arts and Tranquility Trail crafts. Animal Sanctuary Pets can also have brings rescue groups their photo taken together before the with Santa Claus, holidays when many with the proceeds families are thinking going back to the about giving pets as animals in need. gifts. “This year is really Animals can have their rabies vaccinations Attendees do not and other procedures at the event. want to miss out about the community coming together, supporting the on the rescue dog fashion show and rescues and local businesses and all the best pet trick contest, which will the wonderful animals that would love take place on the main stage. The best to have a home for the holidays,” Ames holiday pet attire contest will also be featured during the festival. said. Along with the fun activities, are the This year more than 50 rescue groups will participate in the event featuring necessities. Animals can have their such animals as cats, dogs, bunnies, rabies vaccinations, microchipping, rats and guinea pigs. Last year’s event nail trimming and dog licensing. attracted more than 10,000 people, Local Desert Shadows Middle School which resulted in roughly 200 animal will sing holiday carols on the main stage to kick off the entertainment. adoptions. For more information, visit www. The Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network’s Pug-A-Palooza or call (480) event is among the event’s highlights. 406-7301.

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By Gavin Maxwell The Arizona State Land Department will begin the rezoning process of more than 25,000 acres of land north of Scottsdale next year now that the Scottsdale City Council has approved the applications. The rezoning would replace residential land with 116 acres of new commercial and resort space. This addition could increase property values allowing the state to collect more money for the land at auction. If the rezoning is successful, the Arizona State Land Department will move forward with preparations to auction off 400 acres of the rezoned 4,000 next year. The 4,000 acres of trust land in question lay mostly north of Bell Road and east of Scottsdale Road and neighboring existing residential areas. Scottsdale is planning on participating in this auction and hopes to add the 400 acres to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The 400acre plot Scottsdale is interested in

does not include any of the proposed commercial or resort space. These state trust lands have been held in reserve by the U.S. government so that they could later be sold to essential public institutions. Scottsdale will have to compete against private bidders if the land goes to auction and it is likely that the City will encounter some competition: Investors and developers who may be interested in acquiring the land for the purpose of building new communities. The City Council also recently approved a second rezoning application concerning 22,300 acres of City-owned land within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The City wants to rezone this land as conservation open-space. “We are simply initiating the (rezoning) cases, there is no approval of zoning, and there is no commitment to spending numbers for preserve lands, those will come is subsequent steps,” said Preserve Director Kroy Ekblaw.

Ekblaw expects to go through a lengthy rezoning process before a final approval for either case is reached. Now that the rezoning applications have been approved by the City, the State Land Department will take over. Its next step is gathering the staff necessary to process the rezoning. Once it has completed any initial paperwork, the staff can move forward and begin scheduling public open houses and planning commission meetings, Ekblaw said. These events will provide Scottsdale community

members with opportunities to suggest refinements or adjustments to the rezoning plans. “Anytime you are bumping up against exiting residential areas, there will be some people asking what is going on, and there are probably people that expect it to become preserve land.” Once the open houses and other public events have been scheduled, the date and time will become available on the City of Scottsdale’s website at Topics/Planning.



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By Lynette Carrington With a busy lifestyle that included interesting because it gave me an a prime spot on morning television, opportunity to develop an on-air Nadine Bubeck was firing on all persona being a part of that energetic cylinders and anxiously awaiting the morning show team,” Bubeck said. birth of her first child in 2013. Eventually, she launched her own But when the pregnancy website covering lifestyle, was less than perfect, travel, style and restaurants. Bubeck took to writing In turn, her McCormick about her journey. Ranch wedding to husband Ultimately, she released Nate Bubeck was covered her thoughts via the book by the TLC show “Four “Expecting Perfect— Weddings.” My Bumpy Journey to When the couple decided Mommyhood.” it was time to start a family, “Writing became my Bubeck wrote about her therapy,” Bubeck said. “It experiences in trying to gave me a nonjudgmental After a rocky become pregnant. It nearly outlet to honestly express pregnancy, Nadine happened immediately. Bubeck decided to my deepest thoughts, share her experiences “All of a sudden I feelings and emotions.” became—and a lot of with others in her Previously working as new book “Expecting women become—an OCD, a hard news reporter in Perfect—My obsessive pregnant women Bumpy Journey to Yuma and San Diego, wanting to do everything Bubeck moved to Phoenix Mommyhood.” right,” Bubeck said. She in 2011 to cover traffic for KPHO kept writing candidly about her Channel 5. It was there that she was experiences. able to hone her storytelling skills. Bubeck and her husband went to “This traffic position was really Europe on a “babymoon,” a vacation

to celebrate the upcoming birth of their child. When she and her husband returned, Bubeck had her 20-week checkup and was diagnosed with complete placenta previa, a potentially life-threatening condition for her and her child. “Hearing that news was not what I expected,” she noted. She was soon put on total bed rest and eventually hospitalized at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. “Writing in my laptop was my saving grace,” she said. Nicholas Bubeck was born at 34 weeks and spent seven nights in the neonatal intensive care unit. “Expecting Perfect—My Bumpy Journey to Mommyhood” recounts her harrowing pregnancy experiences that also had its bright spots. “The beginning was very emotional for me and my husband both, even though Nicholas was a total rock star,” Bubeck stated. Bubeck returned to KPHO Channel 5 shortly after her son was born. But after four years as the morning show

traffic anchor, Bubeck transitioned to work-at-home mom earlier this year to focus on her family and mommybased entrepreneurial endeavors. The book was a labor of love and she has her husband’s seal of approval. “At first I was a little hesitant, but when I realized how important it was for Nadine, I said, ‘Go for it,’” Nate said. “It brings me joy in watching Nadine create a successful brand and watching it unfold.” The book foreword was written by Bubeck’s gynecologist, Dr. JulieAnn Heathcott of Arizona Women’s Care. Now with baby No. 2 on the way, things have been moving along a little easier. However, it still gives her much to draw from for various endeavors. Bubeck hosts the online mommy show “All Things Mama” and runs a boutique lifestyle website. Additionally, she is thrilled to have joined www. as a “spokesmom” and will serve as host of the company’s website-based “Moms TV.” She is also part of Disney’s Social Media Moms network. Bubeck’s book can be purchased at www.expectingperfect. com or at

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Congratulations to author David J. Winter of Scottsdale, who recently released his third book, “The Commencement of Disharmony.” He will participate in a book-signing event from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. back 6, atlooking The Pressroom,Gridiron 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. Winter will join more than 50 local writers as part of the Holiday Author Event organized by the Arizona Authors Association. For information about the book and event, visit www. and www.azauthors. com. Don’t forget to bring a Sharpie. Chefs-in-training Heather Bohannan and Pa Modou Jallow, students at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, were scheduled to compete in the final round of the World Food Championships in Las Vegas in mid-November. (Results weren’t available at press time.) The two students have the chance to win $100,000 at the A&E-produced event. Le Cordon Bleu Chef Instructor JonPaul Hutchins will judge the event. As long as they prepare dishes like Hutchins taught them, both should do just fine.

Who hasn’t pictured themselves nestled into a plush leather driver’s seat, cruising in a bright red convertible Ferrari with the top down? Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort makes it a whole lot easier by offering rentals of an exotic Ferrari California for as little as two hours up to a full day, as well as lodging packages with rental included. Sanctuary’s Ferrari Casita Package starts at $1,383.88. To book this indulgent package, call (844) 4634830. Click, click. Lisa Langell of Scottsdale was one of 12 winners of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s wildlife calendar photo contest. Her photo, “Coyote on the Run,” will be published in a full-size 2015 wildlife calendar in the November/December 2014 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine. The list of contest winners was posted on Stressed-out holiday shoppers can take a break at The Village Health Clubs & Spas with its Sugar Berry Wine Treatment starting in December. The 60-minute, $92 treatment starts with

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became an icon during World War II, in cemeteries, parks, veterans’ facilities and gardens across the country. With support from the City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Garden Club partnered with the Old Town Scottsdale Garden Club to raise $14,000 to pay for the memorial. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd.

War veterans will forever be honored at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park after the installation of the Blue Star Memorial marker on Oct. 30. Fittingly, it was dedicated on Veterans Day. The National Garden Clubs oversees the program that places Blue Star markers, which

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By Kelsey Sederstrom Those who savor elegant tea-times, needs such as grocery shopping, meaningful holiday parties and mail reading, rides to the doctor and historical re-enactments are invited companionship. All of their services to the upcoming Poinsettia Tea on are provided free of charge and are Sunday, Dec. 14, in Scottsdale. carried out by volunteers. Eleanor Roosevelt, the legendary “Everybody has the potential to first lady and humanitarian, will be make a mark and that is why we honored at the 24th enjoy learning about annual event with women in history a living historical who have done this... performance by Kate who have gone above Campbell Stevenson and beyond what of “Women: Back to is expected,” Banta the Future.” She is Kay Campbell Stevenson explained. expected to deliver a Guests at the tea are dramatic monologue as Roosevelt, encouraged to participate in Duet’s accompanied by music. volunteer efforts. Duet’s ability to The tea is hosted by Duet, an accomplish its goals and be a presence organization that is a “partner in in the community relies on the health and aging” to the Valley’s support of others. The Poinsettia Tea elderly community. Duet’s values is not only an afternoon filled with of dignity, inclusiveness, excellence, traditional tea, scones and sweets, it commitment and stewardship are is also an event that reaches out to all qualities embodied by Roosevelt people who want to serve and make a during her husband President difference in their community. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in More than 500 guests are expected office. She is the longest-serving first at the Sunday, Dec. 14, event, held lady in United States’ history. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at “Eleanor Roosevelt had a Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree tremendous history of doing good Ranch Rd. Arrival time is 1:30 p.m. work and helping individuals who and the program begins at 2 p.m. need support and a helping hand,” said Tickets to the tea are $70. Duet’s Executive Director Elizabeth Reservations are required by Friday, Banta. “She broke through various Dec. 5, by visiting kinds of barriers and inspired others or by calling (602) 274-5002. Ticket in the community and the world.” proceeds benefit Duet. In addition, Duet helps the elderly with daily $37 of each ticket is tax deductible.

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Gluten-Free is More Than Just a Fad Diet

By CariAnn Hunt It acts as a poison in the body. This is how Madeline Bolander described the effect of gluten on those with celiac disease, a disease of the intestines with which she was diagnosed one and a half years ago. The 17-year-old Gilbert resident said it was difficult to adjust to ridding her life of gluten. She brings her own food when she goes out to eat with friends, but that proved to be hard. Although there are many restaurants in her area, Bolander said, “There are only about four restaurants I completely trust.” But more than that, she had to get new makeup, lotion and other products because many contain gluten.

She said there is a surprising amount of products with gluten in them, and she has to be careful. She said anything that could possibly get into her mouth had to be changed. Bolander specifically remembers finding out she couldn’t use just any kind of ChapStick. “I do a lot of research and label reading,” she said. Christy Luedtka, co-president of the Gilbert-based Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona Chapter, said a gluten-free diet is somewhat of a fad, but for those with celiac disease, the lifestyle is a matter of life or death. The country is paying tribute to those with restricted diets this November during gluten-free diet awareness month. Gluten is the protein found in


wheat, barley and rye. Luedtka said when those with celiac disease have gluten, the villi in the small intestine shrink and lose the ability to absorb nutrients. Luedtka said celiac disease is hard to diagnose as there are more than 300 symptoms, including abdominal pain, skin rashes and weight loss.

people who regularly attend meetings. Luedtka said the purpose of the organization is to educate, bring awareness, create a community, and share practices. “We’re able to give hope to those struggling,” Heller said. “That’s the best part about this job.” One of the group leaders’ strategies is to create smaller support groups Helping Others throughout the Last January, Valley. Heller said Brigette Heller and the group is getting Luedtka became The Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona co-presidents of the Chapter brought a group to Sweeties younger with more foundation that was Candy of Arizona to find gluten-free pro-active moms. Brigitte Sand, a started in Arizona candy for Halloween. four years ago. This donation-run foundation member, said the group organization has grown, boasting 300 offers people throughout the Valley ... continues on page 18 to 400 Facebook followers and 30 to 50

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Celebrate the end of 2014 and ring in 2015 with sparkling cider, noise Visitors can take an ELFIE selfie, star makers and a balloon drop at midnight. in their own holiday video, explore Santa’s Observatory using ELF-RAY WHEN: Wed., Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to Vision, test out the “Naughty O’ Nice 1 a.m. mom cents financially speaking Meter” and enjoy a memorable photopasta vixen WHERE: KidsPark, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., with Santa. Suite 220, Scottsdale WHEN: Through Wed., Dec. 24, COST: $10 per hour per child various times INFO: (602) 788-2445 or WHERE: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale COST: Prices vary; check website “The Nutcracker” photo page events calendar 7 recipe corner INFO: View the classical magic of “The Nutcracker,” presented by Ballet 2 D-backs Baseball Academy Arizona, accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s The D-backs Baseball Academy famous score. is offering an elite player development WHEN: Fri., Dec. 12, through Sun., hitting program for boys and girls hearsay meet your neighbor law talk Dec. 28, matinee and evening ages 8-18. Personalized hitting performances instruction from the likes of Mark WHERE: Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Grace and Robby Hammock. St., Phoenix WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and COST: $25 to $163 Fridays in November, December and INFO: (602) 381-1096 or January from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: biz box Salt River Fields looking back at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $50 to $600 8 “Winnie-The-Pooh INFO: (800) 821-7152 or Christmas Tail” Come enjoy a holiday tale featuring friends from the Hundred Acre Woods put on by the Valley Youth Theatre. ZooLights 3 WHEN: Fri., Dec. 5, through Tues., Dec. More than 3.8 million lights glow 23, various morning and afternoon in a total of 700 sparkling displays. performances WHEN: Mon., Nov. 24, through Sun., WHERE: Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. Jan. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. First St., Phoenix WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: $18 COST: $10 to $18 INFO: (602) 253-8188 or INFO: (602) 273-1341 or 9 “Walking with Dinosaurs:


Gilbert Days Parade

The parade is a celebration of the town’s heritage and involves many local schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and special interest groups. WHEN: Sat., Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. WHERE: On Gilbert Road from Guadalupe Road to Elliot Road, running south. COST: Free INFO:


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Red Mountain Community Church turns on the lights for its annual display. Take a hay ride around the grounds and hear the history of the lights. WHEN: Fri., Nov. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E. Virginia St., Mesa COST: Call for information INFO: (480) 807-5868 or

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All aboard! Last month’s Railfair at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park featured model train displays and exhibits, the park’s award-winning Model Railroad Building displaying O, N and HO scale trains, moonwalks and other entertainment. Visitors also enjoyed free tours through the Roald Amundsen Pullman car, a photo page events calendar former presidential car, and many of the Scottsdale park’s seldom-seen railroad equipment. For more information, visit Photos by Tim Sealy



1. Even though it was a day to celebrate the railroads, Leo Piccione wanted to wear his NASA flight suit. 2. The art in the Model Railroad Building at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is off the rails. 3. Victor Powers concentrates on the trains while his dad, Marcus, explains how they run. 4. Kenny Pillow and his dad, Charles, had a great time touring the presidential railroad hearsay meet your neighbor car. 5. The Falcon Robotics team from Carl Hayden High School shows off its mechanical design skills. From left are Isela Martinez, Srnka Johnson, Eliazar Diaz, Sergio Corral, Esther Avila, Jose Martinez, Kelly Rexroat, Alicia Pino, Jasmine Rodarte and Dalton Dayea. 6. Sebastian, Nisim and Ketziah Estrada along with Andres Agosto enjoy their time outdoors 7. Yasmina Smayra rides the carousel with her dad, Chady. 8. Mariah Suarez celebrated her 9th birthday at Railfair with Hello Kitty painted on her face. 9. Perla Valdez and Aiden Grimes cool off in a mini rail car. 10. Bob Nuss, who has been creating scale models since the 1970s, uses cat litter to create a stone looking back facade on a tiny house.








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People tend to overspend at the holidays and much of that can be alleviated by setting a budget and sticking to it. You may know how much you want to spend on presents, but have you planned for Christmas dinner? That meal can set you back— especially if you are entertaining many guests. Here are some tips to help you save and stick to your budget this Christmas. Take advantage of sales starting now. We will see new sales each week with items that you will eventually need for your holiday dinner. Baking products and canned goods on sale can be stored in your pantry, while fresh produce, like squash and cranberries, can be frozen and stored. Shop each week and grab the items on sale so that you aren’t paying full price right before your holiday meal. photo page

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Watch for rare coupons and rebates. During the holidays, you are sure to see some rare coupons, including savings on meat and produce. Snag these when you see them. Also be sure to save any “try-me-free” offers you run across, rebate forms, gift with purchase forms, or any other savings opportunities that come your way. Make inexpensive sides. Some side dishes are quite filling and only cost pennies per serving. Great examples of these would be bread items and potatoes. You can buy boxed corn bread for around 40 cents a box, and you


can buy boxed or real potatoes for mashed potatoes for less than a few dollars. These are tasty, filling sides that don’t cost much and everyone enjoys. Have everyone pitch in. Even if it is just a side dish, rolls or a pie, don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family to bring something to dinner. People love to show off their favorite recipe, too, and it will help cut down the overall cost for your meal. Keep dessert simple. You don’t need an extravagant dessert to finish your meal. Most people will be stuffed by then anyhow! Dollar stores carry ready-made pie crusts and pie filling for just $1 each. Or pick up fresh fruit, serve with ice cream and drizzle with honey for a light refreshing treat. Happy Saving!


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“You really have to break them to get the proper diagnosis,” Sand said. who have celiac disease or a nonNeither could go through with it, so celiac gluten sensitivity a chance to they had genetic testing done instead. get together and share experiences. Luedtka said she spends anywhere Luedtka, Heller and Sand all have from five to 20 hours a week children with celiac disease. Heller volunteering for the organization. and Sand found it difficult She said that balancing to get their children everything is sometimes a diagnosed as patients have struggle, but being a part of to add gluten back into the group “makes me feel their diet for the results to like I’m doing something be accurate. good.” When their child began The Celiac Disease having symptoms, they Foundation has meetings decided to experiment and each month. “Cookies try to find out what the for Kids” is set for 6:30 problem was on their own. p.m. Wednesday, Dec. Luedtka, a Ultimately, they took their Ryan 10. The location has not 5-year-old who has children off gluten. celiac disease, shops yet been decided, but will When they noticed a with his mom during be announced soon. The an outing to Sweeties considerable difference Candy of Arizona to charge is $5, with a $20 cap with their child after going purchase gluten-free per family. The event will candy for Halloween. gluten free, they decided include a guest appearance to get tested for celiac disease. But, from Elsa and Anna. Anyone is when they found out they had to welcome to attend. To get information put their children back on gluten in on this event and any others, go to the order to be accurately tested, Heller Facebook page under Celiac Disease and Sand said it was heartbreaking to Foundation Arizona Chapter. For any make their children sick. questions, email

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Tea Party Meeting Guest speakers will discuss two methods to amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget. WHEN: Thurs., Nov. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. meet your neighbor WHERE: Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free; Donations accepted INFO: (480) 946-8069 The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival The juried event features the best vintage furniture and decor, fashion, adornment and hand-wrought and handmade items in the West. WHEN: Fri., Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (fashion benefit for Phoenix Children’s Hospital); Sat., Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $7 INFO: Tracy Lawrence Tracy Lawrence wields one of the most recognizable voices in country music with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On” and “Alibis.” WHEN: Fri., Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $125 INFO: (480) 850-7777 or Live at the Quarter: Murritta This group brings a harmonious indie/ folk rock sound to the stage. WHEN: Sat., Nov. 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter, southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and the Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: Cheeky Chic Baby Boutique Give Thanks Fall Event The new store offers a 20-percent sale for one day only with refreshments, as well as a gift basket and gift card raffle and a sneak preview of new designer lines. WHEN: Sat., Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Cheeky Chic Baby Boutique, 8989 E. Via Linda, Suite 108, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 272-9659 or

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Artfest of Scottsdale The annual outdoor festival, which is in its 21st year, includes live music and artwork from 175 artists. WHEN: Sat., Nov. 22, and Sun., Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 968-5353 or Foodie Faire The Foodie Faire is a gourmet picnic on wheels featuring the finest in food truck cuisine along with children’s activities, entertainment and a silent auction. WHEN: Sun., Nov. 23, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale COST: $35 INFO: AFFCF/FoodieFaire2014/index.html Fashion STARS Brunch and Fashion Show Guests will enjoy a full-line champagne brunch buffet followed by a professionally styled runway fashion show featuring professional models from FORD Robert Black Modeling Agency and fashions from Fashions by Robert Black and Dillard’s. WHEN: Sun., Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale COST: $100 INFO: (480) 994-5704 or On The Edge Gallery sidewalk sale On The Edge will host a sidewalk sale on Small Business Saturday, as well as the 2014 Small Works Holiday Show. WHEN: Sat., Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: On the Edge Gallery, 7050 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale COST: Purchase of merchandise INFO: (480) 265-8991 Jay Leno Jay Leno has captivated living rooms across the world for more than 20 years with charisma, comedy and charm as host of late night television’s top-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” WHEN: Sat., Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $225 INFO: (480) 850-7777 or

ASU Concerts at the Center This concert series showcases the faculty and students of the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Music. WHEN: Mon., Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $10 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations were inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s celebrated programs that made the joy of music accessible to audiences of all ages. WHEN: Tues., Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $29 to $49 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Holiday ArtWalk The Holiday ArtWalk serves as a sparkling showcase for the entire Art District. WHEN: Thurs., Dec. 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Art District, Main Street and Marshall Way, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 990-3939 or Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival Guests will have the opportunity to sip wine while viewing paintings, bronzes, clay sculptures and more while enjoying live music. WHEN: Fri., Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., through Sun., Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Scottsdale, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale COST: $3 INFO: (480) 837-5637 or Blue October Don’t miss this memorable night of shimmering songs, haunting lyrics and energetic alt-rock with Blue October. WHEN: Fri., Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $30 to $65 INFO: (480) 850-7777 or ARTrageous Benefit Gala Eclectic, romantic and worldly, Pink Martini has become an international phenomenon performing its retro-hip, multilingual repertoire throughout

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Europe, Asia and the Americas. WHEN: Sat., Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $99 to $109 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Holiday Pet Festival The fifth annual Holiday Pet Festival will feature interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore. WHEN: Sat., Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 406-7301 or Sparky’s Holiday Classic Golf Tournament Sparky’s Holiday Classic golf tournament will be followed by an awards luncheon and silent auction featuring items such as golf at Troon Properties, golf equipment, signed sports memorabilia and more. WHEN: Sat., Dec. 6, at 9 a.m. WHERE: The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale COST: $150 to $1,500 INFO: (480) 421-8995 or Celebration of Christmas With a mixture of bells, brass, strings and voices, Celebration of Christmas creates a festive occasion that is the perfect way to herald the season. WHEN: Sun., Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. WHERE: Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 585-9448 or Holiday Lights Take a train ride through many festive holiday lights and displays turning the railroad park into a winter wonderland. The park is not open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. WHEN: Fri., Dec. 12, through Sat., Jan. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $3 train rides; $2 carousel rides INFO: (480) 312-2312 or

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Longtime Goal Born on Dec. 25, 1965, in Nashville, Matheny was raised in Georgia before his family moved to Tucson, where his father took a job as a teacher. Attracted to his father’s collection of jazz and classical LP records, Matheny began piano lessons at age 5 and switched to the trumpet at age 9. While in his teens, he fell in love with the flugelhorn and left home to attend Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and then Boston’s Berklee College of Music. After private studies with Carmine Caruso in New York City, Matheny became the protégé of Farmer, a formative relationship that lasted over a decade, according to his bio. With more than 60 recordings in his discography, Matheny said his latest album, “Sagebrush Rebellion,” is his 10th as a leader. “We’re able to do this for a living,” he said. “It’s nice to play music for people, travel around and make friends.”


By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski A protégé of legendary trumpeter and flugelhornist Art Farmer, Chandler musician Dmitri Matheny said it’s important to persuade youngsters to listen to jazz. If he hadn’t indulged as a kid, he may not have moved on to be dubbed “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” or “unquestionably a master.” Matheny is doing his part with “The SnowCat,” a heartwarming tale of a little girl’s search for her wandering white cat on a chilly afternoon. Each year, the musician and his friends bring “The SnowCat” to life in a series of performances for families, including 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale. “I used to do these shows every Christmas, where we would take a children’s story like ‘Santa Claus’ or ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ or ‘The Grinch’ and set it to music,” Matheny said. “I did these in San Francisco just about every year for 10 years. They were pretty popular among kids and grandparents.” But when lawyers asked him to license the characters, he created an original story. “The SnowCat is based on an ancient Japanese parable about an ox herder, a little boy who goes looking for his lost ox,” said Matheny, who changed the story to a little girl and a cat. The story explores a wide range of genres, including reggae, jazz, hip hop, funk and calypso. “It’s really lively,” he said. “We’re able to keep the attention of the little kids.” There are coloring books and plush toys to enhance the experience. As vocalist Holly Pyle performs the songs, images and text from the book are being projected on the wall behind the musicians. “It encourages literacy,” Matheny said. “Parents can read along with kids. While we’re performing, some

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Guava-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Cuban Salsa It was love at first bite—for me and for everyone else at the event catered by Scottsdale Chef Linda Martin. A guava-glazed pork tenderloin with Cuban salsa prepared by Linda was all people could talk about, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the recipe and serve this ultra-flavorful dish to friends and family. Linda is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef who is a Valley favorite with more than 14 years of experience. She is a popular chef at Sweet Basil Cooking School and Gourmetware in Scottsdale, the featured chef for


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(4 servings) For the Pork: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon minced onion 1 garlic clove, minced 1 can guava nectar (found in most grocery stores in the juice section) 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper Kosher salt Two (3/4 pound each) pork tenderloins Cilantro sprigs for garnish

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For the Salsa: 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons chopped chives 2 jalapenos, minced 1 garlic clove, minced Kosher salt

1. Place a saucepan over medium high heat. Add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil “shimmers” add the onion and cook 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the guava nectar and bring to boil. Cook over high heat until reduced to 1

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cup. Add the soy sauce, ketchup, cayenne pepper and salt. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. 2. Set the pork in a 9 inch-by-13 inch baking dish. Brush all sides of the pork with half of the glaze. 3. Light grill to medium high. Grill the pork, turning and brushing with the remaining glaze until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes, or until cooked through (with an instant-read thermometer 150 degrees). Transfer the cooked pork to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. 4. While the pork is resting make the salsa: In a bowl, mix the cilantro, oil, vinegar, onion, chives, jalapenos and garlic. Season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl. 5. To serve: Slice the pork into quarter- to half-inch slices. Arrange on a serving platter. Pour any accumulated juices over the pork. Garnish cilantro sprigs and serve the salsa on the side.

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was heaping with tender marinated shrimp, onions and colorful peppers. It was also served with soft, warm Story and photos by Lynette Carrington tortillas, guacamole, salsa Fresca and a generous platter Craving chips and salsa, my son and dish is one of the most substantial of rice and beans. The Mexican pizza boasts fresh ingredients and I headed out for an evening of Mexican and filling appetizers we’ve had and it Because I’m a huge fan house-made zesty guacamole and is big enough for food at Ajo Al’s. As soon as we stepped could easily feed six people. The pizza of Mexican combo plates, I a large group to share. out of the car, we were greeted with crust was a dual layer of crisp tortillas, ordered the combo No. 6 ($13.25) desserts, Ajo Al’s offers flan ($4.50), the scents of fajitas which made it easier with a chicken enchilada, shredded fried ice cream ($6.50) and sopapillas and tortillas, setting to pick up like one beef taco, a tostada, rice and beans. ($4.25) dusted with cinnamon. We the mood and the tone would a traditional The combo was so big that it was chose the sopapillas. This version of of our Saturday night. pizza slice. Each served on two plates. The crunchy the dessert featured four large puff With a bright and piece was generously taco was outstanding and boasted pastries served with cinnamon honey inviting décor, Ajo stacked with shredded some of the best shredded beef I’ve and generous dollops of whipped Al’s is adorned with chicken, guacamole, had at any restaurant. Ajo Al’s received cream. They were fresh, warm and a chili pepper lights and Jack cheese, green bonus points because the shredded perfect ending to the meal. traditional Mexican At Ajo Al’s traditional sopapillas chiles, fresh Happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. beef and chicken in masks providing the were served with cinnamon tomatoes and the enchilada were Monday through Friday, with $3 honey and whipped cream. visual flavors of the onions. Mexican delicious without house margaritas, bottled beer and country. pizza was a nice surprise for the being greasy. The well drinks, and chile con queso dip, Complimentary chips and salsa— fresh ingredients and taste of the freshness of the jalapeno bean dip and cheese crisps. the latter of which is made fresh daily chicken. ingredients could be at Ajo Al’s—satisfied our craving, Next, we tried the shrimp Combo No. 6 included tasted throughout generous portions and a but there were plenty more dishes to fajitas ($18.25). The sizzling cast the meal with Ajo Al’s hard shell taco that was full come. iron skillet arrived at the table crisp lettuce, firm 9393 N. 90th St. At first, the Mexican pizza ($16.25) via server Jose Duran, a five-year of flavorful shredded beef. tomatoes, green Scottsdale, 85258 appetizer seemed a little pricey, but veteran of the family-owned onions and outstanding zesty guacamole. (480) 860-2611 we soon discovered its value. The and -operated restaurant. The skillet Staying with traditional Mexican


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By Meghan McCoy More than 150 artists will display their one-of-a-kind artwork during a two-day show that has graced the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza for the past 21 years. This year ArtFest of Scottsdale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, at Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The free event is expected to attract more than 40,000 patrons over both days. The juried show includes Artist Corky Storer will have his work on display all-original fine art and fine during the annual ArtFest of Scottsdale Saturday, craftwork from more than 175 Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23. sculptors, glass artists, woodworkers, Now the show brings in artists from throughout the United States. Maguire photographers and jewelers. “We have some amazing artists,” said said organizers encourage local artists Sherry Maguire, marketing director to participate in the annual event as for ArtFest. “We have some amazing well. Approximately 60 percent of the pieces of art that you don’t think about every day. We have some oddball stuff. artists participating in the show have showcased their art for It’s all price ranges.” multiple years. ArtFest was “We are very careful founded by Maguire’s to keep it balanced,” she husband Frank. It was explained of the various former Mayor Herb mediums. Drinkwater’s idea to No more than 20 host ArtFest at the percent of any one Scottsdale Civic Center. artistic category is “I like the atmosphere represented. Due to of the Civic Center,” the popularity of Maguire said. jewelry, that is the only Maguire said the category that has artist location gives attendees representation close the opportunity to walk Stop by Walter Reiss’ booth to 20 percent, Maguire around the gardens, during the annual ArtFest noted. view the sculptures and of Scottsdale event at the In addition to the watch swans swim in Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza. musical performances the pool, all while listening to classical artwork, by the likes of Jack Alves, Arizona and jazz music. “You can wander around and enjoy Guitar Trio, Shirley’s Temple and yourself,” she said. “You can go over Smokewagon will keep the crowds and talk to an artist about their work.” entertained. Food trucks, food stands The event used to attract and beverages will be available to international artists before laws attendees at an additional cost. changed, making it harder for them to For more information, visit bring their artwork into the country.

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