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City OKs continued evaluation of Desert Discovery Center concept The Scottsdale City Council approved creating a business plan and feasibility analysis for the Desert Discovery Center concept, long envisioned as a place for people to learn about the Sonoran Desert at the Gateway Trailhead to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The council awarded the contract to Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale Inc., a private group formed to advance the idea. During the next 18 months, it will engage the citizens of Scottsdale and others to create a comprehensive concept analysis and business plan. Although budgeted in this approval, an architect will be selected through a separate action to create conceptual site and floor plans, and preliminary building designs. The result will be estimated costs to build, maintain and operate the proposed center, which will help the City Council make future decisions about whether to proceed any further. “I’m glad that we were able to move study of the concept forward using tourism bed tax dollars and not the City’s general funds,” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “The commitment from the DDCS to participate in capital fundraising and develop a plan to adequately cover annual operating

costs was a necessary step and I look forward to reviewing and discussing the plans and concepts triggered by this approval.” Nearly $1.7 million in bed tax dollars—money paid by visitors who rent rooms at Scottsdale’s resorts and hotels—was approved for this planning process. Bed tax dollars can only be spent on projects that support tourism in Scottsdale. According to DDCS, the center would be “...a one-of-a-kind institution focused on the challenges of and opportunities for desert adaptation and sustainability, using the adjacent Preserve as a living laboratory and educational asset.” They describe the center as “an interpretive center for residents and visitors and an important attraction for our tourism industry.” In addition to creating a business plan and feasibility analysis, the City Council also approved beginning the process to consider amending the city site plan at the Gateway Trailhead, which would be necessary if the Desert Discovery Center is built there. Learn more about the Desert Discovery Center concept at www., search “desert discovery center.”



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By Tim J. Randall When Barbara Forman decided to host the inaugural Artists for a Cause AZ event on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24, she wanted an important organization to be the beneficiary. For Forman, it was easy to choose the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). “We are partnering with Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), an organization which was so important for our family when our youngest son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism,” said Forman, Artists for a Cause AZ’s managing director. Artists for a Cause AZ—which will be held at The Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch—is an organization with a mission: “To create a marketplace for artisans to showcase their talents and to give back to the community. Thus, in the ‘spirit of charity,’ we are Artists for a Cause,” the website stated. In choosing SARRC, an international nonprofit dedicated to autism research and education, Forman wanted to show appreciation for the group’s extraordinary work with her son. She is also calling attention to a disorder that affects 1 in 68 children in the United States, according to the SARRC website. “SARRC is committed to working together with the community to increase awareness about autism and provide support to the children, teens and adults diagnosed with the disorder,” said Daniel Openden, Ph.D. president and CEO of SARRC. “There are many people with autism in our community, and the number keeps growing. Treatment is intensive, but the earlier it starts, the more effective it is.” Artists for a Cause AZ will host events twice monthly, on the second and fourth weekends, to showcase the handcrafted inspirations of up to 35 talented designers. “We wanted to do something where local artists could display and sell their work while also benefiting charities in Maricopa County,” she said. “We are making this about giving back.” The inspiration behind Artists for a Cause AZ began when Forman, along

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with a group of artists with whom she had previously worked, needed a new venue and concept as a means to display their work. “With the closing of the weekly Artisan Market shows at the Scottsdale Waterfront, many felt the desire to continue on with arts shows that would be held on a regular basis,” said Bobby Harr, a renowned fuse and kiln formed glass creator. “Artists for a Cause AZ was created for this reason.” Forman added that “for a lot of us this is our livelihood.” “Now we can also give to causes that are close to our hearts.” Forman, who also is the proprietor of BD Designs, a boutique shop featuring intricate jewelry creations, indicated that an array of art will be available at each gathering including paintings, glasswork, jewelry, and aromatherapy products among others. The booth fee costs $155, of which 10 percent will be donated to the collaborating charity. “Proceeds from this special event will support SARRC’s work to improve screening and accessibility to diagnosis and intensive treatment with the ultimate goal of helping individuals with autism live as independently as possible.” said Openden. For more information, visit Artists for a Cause at www.artistsforacauseaz. com.

Employees from Washington Federal’s McCormick Ranch and Lincoln and Scottsdale branches in Scottsdale volunteered their time with members of their community during the Holiday Magic on McCormick Ranch on Dec. 5. Holiday Magic is an annual community event put on by the local McCormick Ranch Homeowners Association. In addition to volunteering their time, Washington Federal donated $500 for almost 750 glow necklaces shared with families at the event and both McCormick Ranch branch manager Lisa Shah and Lincoln and Scottsdale branch manager continues on page 9...

Teege, who studied in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, will discuss her book “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Generations After (a program of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association) is presenting the talk in partnership with the Martin Springer Institute at NAU. Goeth was featured in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” and was executed after the war for his crimes against humanity. Through her book, Teege brings insight to the world about being the granddaughter of a Nazi perpetrator.

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By Scott Shumaker Each day of the Arabian Horse Horses, royalty, million-dollar deals, Show features heats of various from Western shopping and gourmet food: what competitions better captures the essence of modern horsemanship to English dressage. When visitors want a Scottsdale than this? break from watching The 61st Scottsdale some of the most Arabian Horse Show, valuable and prized Thursday, Feb. 11, horses in the world, through Sunday, Feb. they can peruse an 21, at WestWorld, extensive range of holds attractions shopping, dining equine lovers and and family-friendly those just tipping a toe activities available. in the phenomena. The show includes For fanatics, the displays from more Arabian Horse Show than 300 vendors. is the first and largest The Scottsdale Arabian Horse “We have a following show of the season Show runs from Feb. 11 through of non-horsey people and debuts the next Feb. 21. generation of legendary horses. For who come year after year because everyone else, the Arabian Horse Show there’s shopping, there’s great food, offers an opportunity to see world- there’s educational seminars, there’s class horsemanship and experience competitions, and there’s behindthe mystique of the Arabian horse the-scenes barn tours,” said O’Shea. This year’s events include ceramic breed first-hand. The event, organized by the Arabian Horse Association of horse painting, talks by horse Arizona, has become a Scottsdale experts, and “Meet an Arabian Horse” sessions, where visitors can classic. But why an 11-day show dedicated touch and sit on an Arabian horse. O’Shea said that one new activity this to Arabian horses? “Arabians are the most beautiful year will be VIP tours to give visitors breed,” said Taryl O’Shea, executive an inside glimpse at the glitzy world director of the Arabian Horse of world-class Arabian horses. “People can see what it takes for Association of Arizona. “They are known for their beautiful these horses to get ready to compete faces, the big eyes, and they are very in such a huge event,” said O’Shea. There is more than bragging friendly animals. Everyone new should come and meet an Arabian rights at stake in championship horse up close and personal because competition—Arabian horses have they’re just amazing, friendly animals.” a following among the wealthiest Arabians are considered one of horse owners, who are drawn to oldest breeds of horse in the world the show from around the world. and possess traits especially suited High-dollar deals take place inside for desert warfare. One of the many elaborately decorated barns during myths surrounding the breed is that the show. “The top (horses) will go for they are so personable because prized horses would sleep in the family tents millions of dollars...A lot of the with their Bedouin owners. Today, royalty will come and pay whatever Arabian horses have a reputation for prices need to be paid to the get the new and best horses,” said O’Shea. being friendly and versatile. Whether you are an aficionado or “They can step really high, or they can jump, or they can do all sorts of just curious to see what the mystique cowboy things. They are just really of the Arabian horse is all about, the smart creatures that stand apart from Arabian Horse Show is a one-of-akind event. the other breeds,” said O’Shea.

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By Kaddie Stephens The new year may mean new beginnings, but the city of Scottsdale is sticking with tradition for its Parada del Sol Parade, which will celebrate its 63rd anniversary at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. “We have everything,” said Wendy Springborn, the vice president of the Parada del Sol Parade. “We have people who walk in the parade, horse-drawn carriages, floats, even the local middle school is involved helping us keep the parade route clean.” Parade-goers can also expect to see Arabian horses, mountain men, a community band, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and more. Springborn said that there are more than 100 entries in the parade so far, and attendance ranges from 20,000 to 30,000. With these large crowds comes large proceeds, and Springborn said this year Parada del Sol’s designated charity is STARS, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, a nonprofit that works with developmental disabled and traumatically brain injured individuals. Parada del Sol also holds an annual rodeo at WestWorld of Scottsdale— this year it’s from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28— benefiting various charities such as Every Kid Counts, The 100 Club and the Veteran Tickets Foundation. This year the parade will close Scottsdale Road from Indian School Road to Second Street. For more information on road closures, ways to enter the parade, and specific details visit


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Local educator named 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year By Michelle Talsma Everson active in Valley Interfaith Project Christine Marsh, an Advanced (she participates in the education Placement English teacher at component of the community group); Chaparral High School, has a lot to is involved in SOSAz; and is the celebrate. In addition to successfully site representative for Scottsdale teaching students for 24 years, Marsh Education Association. was recently named the 2016 Arizona She has also been her school Teacher of the Year by the Arizona district’s representative at the Educational Foundation. It’s an honor Arizona Education Association that comes as no surprise to the (AEA) and joined the Arizona School Chaparral students who have voted Administrators Association. her Teacher of the Year three times. Marsh’s principal, Gayle Holland, “I became a teacher because I nominated her for the 2016 Arizona wanted make the world a better place; Teacher of the Year. In addition to I wanted to change the world,” Marsh the nomination there were essays to said. “When I was in complete, letters of college and realized recommendation, a that my chances of clip of her teaching, literally changing an interview and the world were a speech, she almost nonexistent, explained. Marsh will I came to the go on to compete for conclusion the I the national title this could still have a spring. significant impact She and the other on the world by four finalists, known influencing others. Christine Marsh became a teacher as “Ambassadors I realized that I because she “wanted to make the for Excellence,” will world a better place.” could still change spend this year the world and make it a better place advocating for students and the by helping to create powerful future teaching profession at dozens of leaders and participants in society. educational, governmental, business I believe that teaching does, indeed, and other meetings around Arizona, do that. Yes, I was—and am—very according to the Arizona Educational idealistic.” Foundation. Marsh’s enthusiasm for education “I would like to use the platform goes beyond the classroom. In addition to broaden my voice as an education to teaching, she blogs about education advocate,” Marsh said. “I hope to issues for Arizona K12 Center; is make a difference in the upcoming

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year. Honestly, the role is too new to me to delineate exactly how I see that happening but I am going to every event to which I am invited and am advocating with as strong as a voice as possible on behalf of teachers, students and public schools.” Added to her teaching and extracurricular involvement, Marsh is a mother of two sons (ages 20 and 22) and recently earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.

“I have a broader awareness of the big picture of education now than I did before, and I find myself incorporating that broader knowledge into my classes,” she said about her continued education. She also plans to run for a seat on the Paradise Valley Unified School District’s board because “I believe that I need to ‘walk the talk.’” To learn more about Marsh, follow her blog at www.storiesfromschoolaz. org/author/christine_p_marsh.

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Golf comes to Scottsdale

Local radio personality and teacher Bernard M. Kane and businessman Fred Dittmer pose together on the Paradise Inn putting green in this photo from 1959. The Paradise Inn also shared an 18-hole course with another resort.

This photo from 1955 shows golfers surveying the Scottsdale Country Club’s course. The course first opened in 1953 as the Sundown Golf Course.


In this photo from 1915, a golfer plays on one of the Ingleside Inn’s oiled sand greens. Ingleside was one of Scottsdale’s first resorts and later opened the city’s first 18hole golf course.


The 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open broke its weekly attendance record with more than 500,000 spectators. The growth of this event shows how far golf in Scottsdale has come. In 1909, local golfers and vacationers played on oiled sand greens and partial courses. These first holes developed over the decades into increasingly highclass courses. Today, golfers descend on the city from all over the world to play on elite courses in the region’s mild climate. But this vibrant industry, like many things in Scottsdale, grew from humble origins.



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In 1946, the Ingleside Inn’s course was upgraded and became the Arizona Country Club. This photo shows several Arizona Country Club fairways abutting the Outpost Resort. In the early years of the Arizona Country Club, the Outpost was a popular “19th hole” for golfers to rest after a round of golf.

As televised golf events grew in popularity in the 1980s, the PGA sought more stadium-style courses. Mayor Herb Drinkwater helped entice the Phoenix Open to move to the Stadium Course at the Tournament Players Club in 1987, where it remains today. This photo shows a golfer and spectators at TPC’s first Open in 1987.

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have complained that the old scoreboard was hard to read in the glare of the sun, which made it necessary for them to put down their hot dogs and pay attention to the game. The bigger space will also allow for more graphics. It’s always good to eat for an important cause, and Z’Tejas gave customers that opportunity in December when it launched Cornbread for a Cause. The initiative raised $23,772 for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Z’Tejas Cornbread for a Cause continues its mission by raising funds for Brokers for Kids/Agents Benefiting Children and Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C) through proceeds from cornbread sales at its Phoenix and Austin locations respectively. Z’Tejas famous cornbread is freshly made and priced at $3 per order. Brokers for Kids/Agents Benefiting Children is a year-long fundraising effort by commercial and residential real estate professionals throughout the Valley. Funds raised throughout the year goes to Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club, a nonprofit established by young professionals whose mission is to help underserved children in the community.

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival is a labor of love for Bob Segelbaum, the event’s executive director. Planning for the festival, which this year runs Feb. 14 through Feb. 28, begins 12 months prior and continues through to the day before the event. “We start our screening process as soon as the festival is over,” Segelbaum said. “We have three screening committees—West Valley, Chandler and Scottsdale. They all review the same film the same week and they rate them. “Based on the rating, we decide which films will play at the festival.

They screen all through the spring and summer and into the fall. We hopefully have our selections by October.” The films—like “The Secrets of War,” “The Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt” and “One in a Lifetime”— are shown at three different theaters, Scottsdale Shea 14, Chandler Fashion 20 and Arrowhead Fountains 18. For a complete list of films or ticket information, visit or call (602) 753-9366. This year is the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival’s 20th year and the organization is celebrating it with a party at the Phoenix Art Museum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Tickets are $36.

“We’re having a special party at the Phoenix Art Museum,” Segelbaum said. “We’ll have hors d’oeuvres and drinks and a short presentation. If there’s time, people can wander through the galleries. Then at 7, we go into the theater and there’s a film presentation called ‘The Wandering Muse.’” Whether it’s screening the films, presenting the anniversary party or just seeing satisfied film goers, he’s thrilled to be a part of the event. “It’s a labor of love,” he said. “It’s a lot of work. I’m like an engineer on the train to make sure the train stays on its tracks. “It’s a great thing and we’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to carry on the tradition for 20 years. We have a great group of people working and we all look forward to the successful festival.”

Oh the Tangled Beauty strives to please clients By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski As the owner of the salon Oh the Tangled Beauty, Elizabeth Savage promises perfection. Her makeup artists and hair stylists are topnotch, most of whom worked with Savage during her 22-year tenure in the talent industry. “The makeup artist is the makeup guru in this part of the country,” Savage said of Linda Merisola. “She still does film and commercials. She uses Motives, which is almost impossible to find in Scottsdale.” Motives is custom blended to match a client’s skin, according to Merisola. “They made it for that reason and it’s priced affordably,” Merisola said. “It’s mineral based. It’s cruelty free, which was important to me. The icing on the cake is their custom blending. “I can fix anyone’s coloring. I can formulate it if you need more moisturizer. I can add oil controller, cover a tattoo. It’s 100 percent paraben free. Our powders are dry organic. It won’t irritate the skin.” In terms of hair, Savage was and still is very particular in choosing her associates. She only chooses the best. For example, one of her stylists is straight out of a Manhattan salon. “She had just moved here,” she said.

“She has worked at the top salons in lasers,” Savage said. “She’s been doing Manhattan. She thinks Scottsdale laser for about 18 years—before we is slow and laid back. But she’s even knew what laser was.” incredible. Her clients just love their Laser, Savage said, is perfect for hair. I am just blessed to have her. It prevention. was all about timing. She came to “My daughter is 30 and I make her me the week before I do it at least once opened.” a month,” she said. With six hair chairs— “Women at 30 stop two of which are still producing collagen. available—Savage wanted The laser wakes up an intimate atmosphere. the collagen.” “The big salons with The key, Savage 50 chairs offer little or said, is to make the no personal attention clients happy. whatsoever,” Savage “How many said. “They’re loud and times have you confusing. We wanted had your makeup something really homey, done and you walk really comfortable. The out looking like biggest thing is we want a clown?” Savage to let the neighborhood asked rhetorically. The artists at Oh the Tangled know we’re here.” “Or you get an updo The services do not Beauty have backgrounds in someplace, you go end at makeup and film. home and take it hair. Oh the Tangled Beauty offers down? The key is to know who they injectables like Botox and Juvederm, are. We make them look beautiful, but as well as laser treatments provided natural and pretty.” by registered nurses. Savage calls her Laser Genesis equipment “The Rolls Oh the Tangled Beauty is located at Royce of lasers.” 6590 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. For “Our RN travels worldwide and more information, all (480) 247-9222 teaches the doctors how to use the or visit On the web at


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High school teens tune into career early By Srianthi Perera At 16, Hamilton High School junior Dhruv Iyer has decided on his career— technology entrepreneur. It isn’t an idle dream. He’s nearly there. Dhruv, together with Adi Sidapara, 15, of Scottsdale, Viraj Puri, 15, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Aniruddh Iyengar, 17, of Boston, participated in a four-week camp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last summer. The curriculum centered on entrepreneurship, which they studied by putting it to practice. The result is Allbeat, a technology platform that enables people to discover indie music with 11-second song previews. Now, the teens plan to launch Allbeat as an IOS application for iPhones, and follow it with an Android version for Google phones and a release on the Web. Allbeat is Adi’s brainchild. “My idea really came to fruition out of the frustration I had when it came to finding music,” he said. “Finding new music you like is hard because you have to listen to entire songs. Allbeat really came out of that idea— it’s to make the entire process shorter and even powerful for the artist and for the listener.” The music discovery platform enables its target audience of young adults to preview songs of any genre, follow a link to a particular artist’s

website and download the music using a regular channel. As much as it will help listeners, Allbeat will also serve struggling musicians, the teens said. They said they feel that many talented musicians, who have not signed to a large music label, don’t get a chance to adequately market their work. “We’re trying to give a channel for anyone, really, anyone with any kind of musical ability to share with people,” Dhruv said. The MIT Launch Summer Program, which gathers 160 high schoolers from around the world to learn entrepreneurship and start companies, is thorough. In four weeks, students come up with an idea, identify the customer, learn what to offer them, how to reach them, how to formulate a business model and generate revenue. Dhruv and his teammates did at least 100 hours of market research, talking to the public on the streets of downtown Boston and to students at a nearby college. They tested the theory that the human attention span for music was 10 to 12 seconds and discovered that 11 seconds was the most powerful length of time. Back in their respective cities, they continued to work on the project, collaborating remotely. A fifth member was added to the team: 15-year-old Nathan Flurry, a student at BASIS Prescott.

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In October, they launched a test site, and 700 people signed up (view the test version at While Allbeat will be available for free to listeners, the teens have figured a means of revenue for their business. “In entertainment and media in general, the data and the analytics is very valuable for advertisers,” Adi said. “What we’re trying to foster is this new kind of connection between artists and listeners. Any kind of interaction in this realm is going to be very powerful for marketers to use.” Both Adi and Dhruv hail from families who have entrepreneurship and technology backgrounds. Adi, a sophomore at BASIS Scottsdale, said his father started two companies while working at another one. Dhruv’s father works at Intel Corp. in Chandler and his mother teaches science at Knox Gifted Academy.

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“It was really after I went to the camp that I decided that entrepreneurship is the career for me,” said Dhruv, who has been participating in robotics competitions, science research and the like for much of his life. Time will tell whether Allbeat will become a runaway success or not. In the meantime, Dhruv revels in the experience. “There’s no secret formula for entrepreneurship,” he said. “You just have to find a good couple of cofounders and just start working on it.” He also has a message to his fellow students. “As high school students, we have the lowest risk in starting a company than any other demographic,” he said, adding that if Allbeat were to fail, it wouldn’t hurt anyone much. “Every high schooler should try starting a company. I think it’s a ton of fun more than anything.”

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By Kathy Burwell Dr. A. Denise Birdwell joined the Scottsdale Unified School District as interim superintendent Tuesday, Jan. 19. Dr. Birdwell has 33 years of experience as an educator, teacher, department chair, coach, athletic director and administrator. Her breadth of experience ranges from education law to curriculum to finance. She served as superintendent for the Higley Unified School District, assistant Superintendent for Dysart Unified School District and for eight years as assistant principal and principal at Paradise Valley High School. Since retiring from Dr. A. Denise Birdwell the Higley Unified School District in June 2015, Birdwell has we move our students toward postbeen the principal owner of Birdwell secondary education and successful Educational Consulting, providing career placement. I believe that training in the analysis of teacher and students should be at the center of all principal evaluations. decisions and through a collaborative “The Board has full confidence process with a shared vision, we can that Dr. Birdwell’s background, create the highest levels of student talents, and experience will lead our achievement.” District in a positive direction,” said Community members interested Governing Board President Bonnie in learning more about SUSD may Sneed. “We believe that Dr. Birdwell’s visit Additionally, hire will help us stabilize the district, community members are invited to continue important initiatives, and attend Governing Board Meetings, leave the district in a better position which are held at 5 p.m. at Coronado for the next transition phase, which is High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave., to hire a new superintendent. We look Scottsdale. The next SUSD Governing forward to working with her as we Board Meeting will be held Feb. 9. continue important initiatives such Parents and community members as the 2020 Strategic Plan, election may also attend superintendent initiatives, budget process, and the evening office hours. “The office hours search for a new superintendent.” provide an opportunity for parents “Scottsdale Unified School District and community members to learn has a history of outstanding students, about district initiatives and to ask teachers and support staff. SUSD questions,” said Kristine Harrington, programs and schools stand out SUSD public information officer. The across Arizona and the nation,” meeting locations are rotated between stated Birdwell. “I look forward to SUSD high schools. Upcoming office harnessing our past successes and hours will be held at Chaparral High embracing our future challenges as School on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.

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day this year as opposed to previous years’ two-day events, but the venue is bigger so organizers hope to offer families even more. No matter what interests your children—or what you’d like to give them an opportunity to try—the camp fair probably has you covered. If the thought camp evokes traditional tents, campfires and hikes are your preferred camp experience; destinations like Friendly Pines Camp in the Bradshaw Mountains near Prescott might be in their future. If you’re looking for an out-of-state splurge, overnight camps at several wooded retreats throughout the country will be offered. Archery, horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, crafts, hiking and more keep MODEL 24 NBT

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campers busy and building memories. Overnight camps with a specialized twist, like overnight weeks at Catalina Sea Camp and Astrocamp hosted by Guided Discoveries and Catalina Island Camps as well as day camps at Lowell Observatory and Sea Life Arizona, focus on a particular area of study in numerous activities designed to teach and help them fall in love with the subjects through hands-on lessons. Campers come home with an in-depth appreciation for fields like astronomy or marine biology. Have a performer on your hands? Your star-in-training can hone their dramatic flair, acting or musical talent and stage presence in programs like Arizona Broadway Theatre, ASU Gammage’s Camp Broadway, Childsplay Theatre Academy, School of Rock and more. Your kids can run away to circus camp, at Circus School of Arizona’s youth camps. Kids can try out balancing, hula hooping and even beginner aerial skills under the watchful eyes of experts. For campers who have a way with animals, organizations like Arizona Animal Welfare League, Audubon Arizona, the Phoenix Zoo and others foster a love for critters from scaly to furry while teaching proper biology and animal care. Observation, curiosity and compassion are all fostered as campers learn more about the other animals that share our world.

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Learning doesn’t have to stop just because it’s summer—and it can even be fun. The Arizona Science Center, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Chandler Parks and Recreation, Play-Well TEKnologies, Power Brain Training Center, Tesseract School and more make a game out of learning subjects ranging from robotics and engineering to math and geography, working in engaging activities and even things like Harry Potter and Minecraft to make lessons fly by. No matter what your family’s interests, you’ll find lots to love at the camp fair. Day and overnight camps, as well as camps for all ages—and all budgets—will be exhibiting; with staffers ready to discuss how their programs help kids develop skills, make friends, change their lives or discover new passions. Outdoor and indoor activities will be available to help potential campers explore a wide range of interests Check out the camp fair or visit, where you can view a full list of camps. Camp registration packets will be available at the fair. Popular camps fill quickly, and some camps offer exclusive offers or discounts on the day of the camp fair only. Visit to register before the camp fair and be entered into a raffle for event giveaways.


Magic Bird Festivals host Valentine’s weekend getaway Take a romantic escape this Valentine’s Day weekend to Magic Bird Festivals’ fifth annual Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art. The four-day show runs Thursday, Feb. 11, to Sunday, Feb. 14, at 101 Easy St., in the Carefree Desert Gardens. A decadent delight for the whole family, the Carefree Fine Chocolate and Fine Art Festival features more than 100 exhibitors and vendors. Showcasing scrumptious confections, handcrafted designs, as well as live music and entertainment, the four-day event is a palate pleasing celebration and visual treat. The entirely free event runs Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (480) 488-2014 or visit www. Intimately woven throughout the Carefree Desert Gardens, attendees can browse a diverse selection of artwork from local and regional artisans as well as indulge in a variety of sweet and savory samples. One of Magic Bird Festival’s longest-running shows, the Carefree Fine Chocolate and Fine Art Festival is renowned for hosting quality vendors and distinguished artists. This year’s event features self-taught photographer Cheyenne Rouse. A proven master of technique, Rouse has been shooting professionally for more than two decades and her sports photography has received international acclaim. Despite her

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success as an adventure photographer, Rouse knew she was destined to explore other creative methods. Focused on digital fine art photography, Rouse documents the expansive landscapes and lost artifacts of the West and Southwest. Through light, color and form, her photographs tell regional stories and are powerful time capsules of past relics. Intermingled with the fine arts exhibits are numerous vendors with fresh-baked pastries, artisan breads and handcrafted confections made from the freshest and finest ingredients. Featured chocolatiers include The San Francisco Chocolate Factory, known for its fresh-dipped fruits, sauces and candies. Other vendors include: It’s a Devine Bakery specializing in European style fresh-baked pastries and artisan breads, as well as Xocalatl’s handmade chocolate confections crafted by Jason Wasser.

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around the neighborhood Professional sculptors converged on Salt River Fields to create intricate designs in the sand at the World’s Best Sand Sculpting Championship. The event was the first professional level sand-sculpting contest held in Arizona. Photos by Kimberly Carrillo.



1. Jon Woodworth puts the finishing touches on his entry. 2. Vern Cooley completes his sand sculpture. 3. Carl Jara’s work is exceptional. 4. Fred Mallett focuses on the details. 5. Calvin Seibert took an abstract approach. 6. Christopher Hadloack works on a sand castle. 7. Bert Adams works on the details of his sand sculpture. 8. Ky Terrell went for a traditional castle in the sand. 9. Carl Jara’s work is impressive. 10. The event sponsors were given some unique recognition.






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Make It! is a monthly family-friendly, art-making activity inspired by the museum’s collection or current exhibitions. WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Rineberg Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix COST: Free INFO: (602) 257-1880 or


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Visit Scottsdale’s premier horseback riding and Western adventure operation. Trail rides and shorter pony rides for young children, along with petting zoo and Western games. WHEN: February and March hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week WHERE: 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: One-hour trail ride $85 adult, $80 child INFO: (480) 585-0239 or


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The aquarium in Arizona Mills transports visitors into the ocean world. WHEN: Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 145, Tempe COST: $10 to $15.50 INFO: (877) 526-3960


Learn about butterfly metamorphoses and get up close and personal with thousands of free-flying butterflies. WHEN: Presentation is Saturday, Jan. 23, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: 9500 Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $19.95, $17.95 for students, military members and seniors, $12.95 for ages 3 to 11 INFO: (480) 800-3000 or

Kasih, one of the members of the Phoenix Zoo’s Bornean orangutan family, is turning 10. Watch as the birthday girl enjoys special surprises and learn about orangutans through educational activities. WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: Regular admission: $20 adults, $14 children 3 years to 13 years, children 2 and younger free. INFO: or (602) 914-4301

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Learn about camp activities available for ages 6 through 13 at this sleepaway camp in Prescott. WHEN: Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Flagstaff Room, Double Tree Resort, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (928) 445-2128 or



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The really big sugar crystal project Every parent has experienced the phenomenon. Your child is given an assignment on the first day of class. It is no normal assignment, but one that requires ongoing work throughout the coming weeks or months. It is the Really Big School Project. Really big projects might involve science, geography, math or English literature, but they all start out the same: with a worksheet detailing the details of the assignment. This includes research requirements, data collection, final format and due date, the latter of which seems very far off until unexpectedly your child finds him or herself with three days to meet the said due date and it is crunch time. Responsible parents (which obviously includes all of us) wouldn’t ignore the due date save for one thing. The assignment worksheet never makes it to the kitchen table. This precious and Thinking about remodeling your pool? Is the contractor you’re considering licensed, insured and actually qualified to complete the work?...

important paper that your child was tasked to diligently carry home on the first day of school sits in a crumpled state at the bottom of a backpack or on the floorboards of the backseat of the minivan until it inexplicably makes its way into the laundry pile. Whether you find it before or after the wash cycle is entirely up to luck. In addition to procrastination, really big projects often require poster board and parental participation, which comes after the procrastination threatens a C-minus and parents can no longer ignore the obvious. The work must somehow get done and the assignment becomes a really big family project requiring parental prodding and supervision. This leads to the thing I like best about really big projects: the amount of learning that takes place. Sometimes the knowledge even rubs off on the student.

Still, if the glass is half empty you might as well call it like you see it. Over the years I’ve spent months peering into sugar-water-filled jars looking for any hint of crystals and I’ve yet to see a single grain. Our formations have been as scarce as an A-plus on a failed science experiment and our inadequacies are crystal clear—to me, at least. My son, however, remains optimistic. His glass is half-full, albeit not with crystals. And, although his progress may be lacking, he knows it’s important to complete the really big project with due diligence—crystals or not. He is photographing his water a few times a week to document the lack of any activity or formations. He is writing notes about his crystal deficiencies. He is holding out—with a hope reserved for 13 year olds—that his crystals will grow. And who knows? Maybe they will. I hope they do. I sure do. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.


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We’ve muddled through our fair share of big projects. My kids have mapped out the entire planet, created a timeline of the history of the world, grown tadpoles, mold and Monarchs (butterflies, not royalty). Our experience with big projects is vaster than the projects themselves. Right now, we are growing sugar crystals. Or, I guess I should say we are attempting the task. We haven’t yet had so much as a sprout. I doubt we will. I should have seen this coming. This isn’t my first sugar crystal dog and pony show. I’ve been through eighth grade science a time or two (or five, but who’s counting?) and I’ve witnessed more than a couple crystal flops. I was tempted to tell my son this a couple of weekends ago as he stirred his sugar water concoction on the stove and chattered about the assignment. “My teacher said it’s easy to grow crystals,” he said. “Only one or two in our whole class won’t get them.” “Prepare to be part of the minority,” I wanted to say out loud. “Failure is most likely in your future.” I mouthed the words silently because a good mom never discourages enthusiasm about school projects.

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Step 4: Let there be light Flip the bottle upside down and carefully insert the string lights into the container, leaving the female and male plugs outside for easy use. I also used a knitting needle inserted into the top of the bottle to pull some lights up into the neck.

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Every now and then, as a dedicated Pinterest addict, I look through my pins and realize that I can combine a few small ideas into a bigger project—one that I haven’t seen pass through my feed before. I really miss the warm glow of Christmas lights and I’ve been looking for an excuse to do some decoupage bottles. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seems that these projects were made to be mashed into one! You will need: Glass bottles, One 35-light LED string per bottle, Mod Podge Electric drill, 1” diameter diamond drill bit, tissue paper and scissors, paint brush. law talk

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Step 5: Display When all of your bottles are full of lights, arrange them. With a little creative use of two sheets of tissue paper, I was able to easily hide the plugs and arrange the bottles on my mantle. They could also work on an entry or coffee table or even as a centerpiece with a table runner to cover the wires. I really like a project that gives me a lot of options.

Step 1: Put a hole in a bottle

Step 3: Gluing Starting at the top of your bottle, use your paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to a large area of the glass and then apply your base tissue directly onto the wet adhesive. Repeat until you have a layer of tissue covering the entire bottle, making sure to apply more Mod Podge to areas where the tissue overlaps. Next, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over a flat surface and dip a heart in, just enough to wet the back, and then apply it to the bottle. Repeat with different colors and sizes until you’ve covered as much of the bottle as intended. Go back over the entire bottle with one more layer of Mod Podge to seal the tissue. Set aside to dry.


I intended to have a diffused glow in my bottles so I cut white tissue into squares for the base color. I then cut colored tissue into hearts of varying sizes for use. Upon completion, I noticed that the lavender hearts didn’t show up too well. Definitely use bright colors for the hearts and stay away from pastels.

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Library hosting celebration for new parents By Megan Marples In an effort to stress the importance of reading, the Scottsdale Public Library is hosting a Books and Babies Celebration at 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Paiute Neighborhood Center. There will be many activities for new parents to learn how the library can be a great tool for their child. Louisa Aikin, the youth services lead librarian, is excited to share the community resources offered at the Scottsdale Public Library. “[There are many resources] including the Early Literacy areas at each building, the Bookbites service, which partners with local hospitals to give newborns their first book and to encourage caregivers to visit their neighborhood library to get baby’s first library card, and the series of Knowing and Growing early learning programs for children and caregivers,” Aikin said. To entertain the babies, there will

be games such as an icebreaker and Library Bingo. Parents can listen to guest speakers. “Our guest speakers cover topics of interest to families with young children, including well baby information, sun safety, dental health, assistance for new parents and First Things First Arizona,” Aikin said. When participants attend the Books and Babies celebration, they will automatically be entered to win prizes such as board books, onesies and various items donated by First Things First. At the end of the event, cake and lemonade will be served. For mothers who are expecting, the celebration happens multiple times during the year. The Paiute Neighborhood Center is located at 6535 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 312-2529.

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earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. Dean’s list is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester. Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked private university and one of the nation’s top Christian universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford fourth among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education.

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Turkey and Spinach Sautéed in Phyllo Dough

What’s Cooking? By Jan D’Atri

Turkey and Spinach Sautéed in Phyllo Dough and Parmesan Spinach Balls He wasn’t handsome. He had no muscular definition except for those bulging forearms. But Popeye had a secret weapon that impressed me a child. “I’m strong to the finish, ‘cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man!” (Toot! Toot!) Sorry Popeye, I’ve never been much of a spinach gal. (“I yam what I yam and that’s what I yam.”) But

I have come across a few spinach recipes that, as Popeye would say, “blow me down!” Turkey and Spinach Sautéed in Phyllo Dough is one of my favorite go-to recipes for a hearty and healthful meal, and the Parmesan Spinach Balls are a fantastic appetizer for any occasion. If your goal for 2016 is to be strong to the finish with more spinach, these dishes will help get you there.

4 tablespoons olive oil or butter 1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped fine 3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine 1 package (approx 1 1/4 pound) ground turkey 2-3 large fresh mushrooms, shaved or grated 1 (8-ounce) package frozen spinach, drained well 1/4 cup pine nuts, chopped fine 1 egg salt and pepper to taste Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar 12 sheets phyllo dough, thawed 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small dry skillet, toast pine nuts until golden brown, 1-2 minutes. Do not burn. In a large skillet, sauté onion and garlic in oil or butter until soft and translucent. Add ground turkey and cook for

about 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Shave or grate mushroom into turkey and mix well. Chop pine nuts fine and stir to incorporate. Add drained spinach and egg mixing quickly to incorporate egg before the whites form. Add salt and pepper to taste. For added flavor, sprinkle a splash (about 2 teaspoons) of sherry or red wine vinegar in the mixture and stir. On a parchment-lined baking sheet the size of the parchment paper, lay out one sheet at a time, brushing each layer with melted butter. Spoon turkey mixture in the center of the phyllo dough layers. Fold short ends over the filling and brush with butter. Fold one long end over to cover filling, then roll to hide the seam. Brush with butter. Bake for about minutes or until golden brown. Serves 4.

Parmesan Spinach Balls 2 (10 ounces each) packages of frozen spinach (chopped) 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (grated) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 medium sweet yellow onion (finely chopped) 1/4 cup marsala, sherry or any white wine (not too dry) 4 eggs (lightly beaten) Salt and pepper to taste

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, sauté onions in two tablespoons of the 1/2 cup of butter until onions are soft and translucent. Add wine and spinach, and cook until the liquid has evaporated. Cool down. In a bowl, combine cooled spinach mixture, breadcrumbs, cheese, remainder of the butter, eggs, salt and pepper. Roll and shape mixture into 1 inch balls. Arrange the balls in a single layer on a large baking

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sheet lined with parchment paper. (If no parchment paper is available, use slightly greased nonstick baking sheet.) Bake spinach balls for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. They will hold their shape and may stick slightly to the parchment paper. Serve warm with Dijon or any specialty mustard. These Parmesan Spinach Balls are also delicious in a red sauce like marinara or bolognese.

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YC’s Mongolian Grill Finding a restaurant that makes everyone in the party fulfilled is tough. There are those who are allergic to mushrooms or seafood, while others suffer from sensitivities. Some are just plain picky. YC’s Mongolian Grill solves that problem. At the Mongolian-style restaurant, guests are encouraged to experiment with their own combinations of meats, veggies, noodles and sauces. Options include white or dark chicken and beef or pork and veggies are aplenty. Mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, spinach and bean sprouts are among the offerings. Noodles of the wheat and rice varieties are available, as is tofu. After choosing the ingredients for the stir fry, diners can pick from a variety of sauces—including wine, garlic, sweet and sour, orange, Thai

peanut, curry, ginger or teriyaki— and follow directions posted over the grill for a burst of flavor. Patrons are more than welcome to try their own concoctions as well. Slide the bowls over to the chefs and watch them stir fry the creations while walking around the circular grill. When they’re done, top off the steaming dishes with cilantro, pineapples or peanuts. After grabbing three large bowls, my husband Dave, my niece Maddy and I made our selections from the buffet. The key to a trip to the buffet is to use the tissue paper to press the frozen meat and crisp vegetables deep into the bowl. That way there is room to add even more goodies. Dave filled his bowl with noodles, chicken and beef, mushrooms, peppers, peanuts, spinach and bean sprouts. Always up for a mild stir fry,

he created a mixture of sweet and sauce was my weapon of choice and it sour, Thai peanut and curry sauces offered a bold citrus flavor. with a hint of garlic. He proclaimed Not only were our three dishes that his meal was delicious, but they were the perfect blend affordable. For lunch of mild and spice, bowls run from $10.35 complemented by to $11.35, while a kid’s the moist noodles bowl is 55 cents per and crunchy bean year old. Yogurt is an sprouts. extra $1 and a doggie Maddy stuffed bag is 50 cents. Dinner her bowl with isn’t much more: $12.35 mushrooms and for one trip, $13.35 for beef, as well as a unlimited trips, $11.35 variety of veggies for seniors ages 55 and and noodles. As older. Kids and doggie fast as Maddy was bag prices remain At YC’s Mongolian Grill, guests pushing her food the same. Soup, rice, in the metal bowl, select their food from a buffet-style soft drinks, iced tea presentation then hand it to a chef it was heaving to who cooks it to perfection. and condiments are find its way back included. out. She opted to follow directions and mix her selections with teriyaki YC’s Mongolian Grill sauce. Scottsdale Pavilions I arrived to the buffet last, but made 9120 E. Indian Bend Rd. a pretty hearty dish. I mixed beef— Suite 8 YC’s discourages customers from Scottsdale 85250 mixing meats—rice noodles, green (480) 948-8011 or peppers, carrots and broccoli. Orange


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Back in THE BRONX The 90-minute Bronx PowerPoint seminar features hundreds of pictures, videos and interviews with Bronx celebrities. WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 24, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Call for charge INFO: (914) 329-3372 Emanuel Ax Renowned for his lyrical temperament, unsurpassed virtuosity and the exceptional breadth of his performing activity, Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax regularly appears with major symphony orchestras worldwide and in recital in the most celebrated concert halls. WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $29 to $69 INFO: (480) 874-4644 or

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Scottsdale Society of Women Writers Author and retired doctor, Rene Allen, will speak during this monthly speaker and dinner meeting. WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Call for charge INFO: (480) 250-5556 or Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom “Spirit of Freedom” tells the story of Irish independence, beginning 100 years ago with the Easter Rising. WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: (480) 874-4644 or www. Canadian Brass The Canadian Brass exudes warmth, wit and joy. WHEN: Friday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: (480) 874-4644 or Jerry Riopelle Legendary singer brings his show to the Showroom. Tickets from his Jan. 2 show will be honored. WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $25 to $75 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Squatters/Wasatch Brewing Company VS SLO Dow Wines Dinner Four courses paired with beer and wine—which libation will reign supreme? WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. WHERE: The Casablanca Lounge, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale COST: $39.99 and $49.99 INFO: (480) 970-7888, www., https://

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Writers Connection: Choosing or Creating Your Own Critique Group With tips and techniques from 15 years of personal experience, Patricia Brooks, founder and president of Southwest Society of Women Writers, will guide authors through the necessary steps to choose or start a critique group. WHEN: Friday, Feb. 5, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (the first Friday of each month) WHERE: Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek COST: Call for cost; registration required INFO: (480) 488-2286 or A Love Not Forgotten Gala The seventh annual signature black tie event raises funds for Alzheimer’s Association care, research and support programs in Arizona. WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. WHERE: J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale COST: $250 INFO: (602) 528-0545 or Desert Foothills Lutheran Church and Preschool Book Sale There will be thousands of books to choose from, including paperbacks, hardbacks, children’s books, audiobooks, videos and DVDs. WHEN: Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHEN: Desert Foothills Lutheran Church and Preschool, 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: (480) 502-8101 Trace Adkins Country singer Trace Adkins has scored hits like “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” WHEN: Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking

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Frank Caliendo Frank Caliendo’s comedic stylings feature uncanny impressions. WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $30 to $125 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Beautiful Offerings Tour Big Daddy Weave, Plumb and Jordan Feliz perform. WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale COST: $19.50 to $50 INFO: www.transparentproductions. com/events/big-daddy-weave-phx The Tubes The San Francisco-based band that was bred in Arizona will celebrate decades of music by performing songs like “She’s a Beauty” and “Talk to Ya Later.” WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $25 to $35 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or


Rejuvenated Vanessa Carlton to showcase new record at Livewire By Damir Lolic Since the release of her platinumselling debut album “Be Not Nobody” more than 13 years ago, Grammynominated singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton, has quietly continued to put out wonderful work. Her latest record “Liberman” is no exception. In fact, Carlton’s fifth studio album has exceeded expectations; generating raving reviews from respected publications across the country. Carlton can thank her grandfather Alan J. Lee, for painting the image that served as her spark. “The album was very much inspired by an oil painting my grandfather did in the ‘60s,” she said. “I realized I was staring at that painting, kind of getting lost in the psychedelic colors while I was writing the record.” In the last three years, the seasoned songstress has moved to Nashville, settled down with Deer Tick frontman John McCauley and even welcomed a baby girl last January. McCauley had a hand in helping craft three songs on the aforementioned album. “John is a really natural musician, there’s nothing contrived about his style or who he is,” she said. “There was no way I wasn’t going to ask him to be involved in the creative process. He contributed beautiful guitar and production work.” Now more curious than ever, Carlton said she believes she’s exploring different sounds and sentiments at

this stage in her accomplished career. “Earlier, I didn’t really take control of the sonic element of making albums until I met Steve Osborne and started working with him,” she said, hailing the Great Britain-based record producer for instigating a new chapter in her life. Carlton also mentioned how leaving the major label system helped boost her morale. “To be quite honest, I was very much sold and marketed as a poppianist, but that’s not really who I am,” she said. “I’m really interested in other types of sounds and I finally got the confidence to just go for it in 2010,” Carlton hasn’t looked back since then. Carlton has embarked on the second leg of her tour, which will include a stop at Livewire on Jan. 26. Accompanied on stage by allaround musician Skye Steele, Carlton is able to recreate the richness of the record. “The show is a little bit different than what fans would expect,” she said. “Skye’s able to record live on stage, so we create loops and play over that; stripping some songs down entirely, but also playing some of the old songs along the way.” Vanessa Carlton performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (480) 361-9783 or visit

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Raintree Dental is passionate about providing excellent care Patients can feel confident from the moment they call Raintree Dental in Scottsdale that they will be taken care of immediately. Taking outstanding care of patients is one of the many ways in which Drs. Jonathan Koerperick and Joseph Musselman show their passion for dentistry. “For us, it’s really about our relationships with patients. We are very proactive and servant minded,” Koerperick said. The two general and restorative dentists provide a variety of healthfocused services to their patients, who range in age from preteen to adults. “We are primarily concerned with the overall health of our patients and their teeth and gums and fixing what

is broken,” Koerperick said. “We’re the leader for health-focused dentistry in North Scottsdale.” The office, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, offers routine cleanings and fillings as well as implant restoration and crowns. “We do inoffice crowns in just one visit, and if a person grinds Dr. Joseph Musselman or clenches their teeth we will use stronger materials,” Koerperick said. The practice uses metal-free fillings, he added.

For cleanings, Raintree Dental uses a laser that Koerperick said sterilizes pockets of gum tissue while promoting healthy blood flow. In addition to offering updated and state-of-the art procedures, Koerperick said he, Musselman and their team of hygienists strive to give each patient personalized service. For example, while people have traditionally been advised to get their teeth cleaned twice a year, Koerperick said some patients may require more frequent appointments. “We are very focused on each individual and Dr. Jonathan what is best for Koerperick them. In some cases, medications can impact saliva flow and cause dry mouth, or maybe the patient is prone to build up, so they may need to come in more frequently.”

The practice uses postoperative X-rays to make sure treatments were done thoroughly. From the number of new patients the office sees monthly, Koerperick said Raintree Dental’s commitment to quality care is definitely being noticed. “We see about 50 new patients a month which is usually unheard of, and last month 17 of the 44 new patients were internal referrals,” said Koerperick, who added that the doctors are on time for appointments. Koerperick said he, Musselman and the rest of their staff truly enjoy working at Raintree Dental. “We have a lot of fun here, and we just really enjoy taking care of our patients. At the end of the day, that’s what we are here for,” Koerperick said. Raintree Dental is located at 9304 E. Raintree Dr., Suite 130, in Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 551-9900 or visit www.

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Blossom Park offers students one-on-one instruction For as long as she can remember, Nicky Carter has been passionate about literacy. “I have worked in special education for years, and it has always been an area of interest for me. For me, the possibility of a child not being able to read, write or communicate just hurts.” Now, as director of Blossom Park LLC, a Precision Teaching learning center that offers one-onone instruction to children ages 4 to 14, Carter and her staff are helping learners of all abilities to succeed in school. With locations in North Phoenix and Goodyear, Blossom Park works with students from throughout the Valley. On Saturday, Feb. 20, Blossom Park is hosting a workshop called “Intro to Precision Teaching and the Standard Celeration Chart” at SARRC in Phoenix. Carter said the event will be a great way for interested parents to learn more about the program. Carter said the Fit Learning-affiliated center offers instruction in reading, mathematics, writing, relational language and early intervention through a scientifically designed system of services. The coaches who work at Blossom Park undergo a thorough training program before they start to work with students, Carter said. This ensures that every learner will receive the best instruction possible. Each enrollment period lasts 50 hours, and can be organized around the student’s schedule for a maximum of three hours a day, she said. “We are not a substitute for schooling, so students might come to see us before or after school,” she said. Learner profiles vary significantly at Blossom Park. “We work with students with high-functioning autism, ADHD and dyslexia as well as other types of developmental delays, and also students who do not have a disability but have a deficit in one or more areas.” Page 42

Before students are enrolled in Blossom Park, they are given a thorough assessment to gauge their academic strengths and weaknesses. “The most important part of our program is the assessment piece, which can show the learners and their parents in a fair amount of detail which components are missing,” Carter said. Blossom Park can also do just the assessment piece with students, so their parents can understand the extent of children’s disfluency. “One of the things that sets us apart is that we are evaluating what the learner is doing on a daily basis.” The program’s goal, Carter said, is for learners to be at grade level. While some students may show improvement after one 50-hour enrollment, others may require more than one. “By the time they get to us, the parents have tried a lot of options, and the student’s deficits are very strong,” she said. “In most cases, learners need a few enrollments with us and then they are good to go. But we are definitely seeing tremendous results in 50 hours.” In the relatively short time that Blossom Park has been open, Carter said they have already seen plenty of success stories. “I absolutely love looking at the reassessment results on our learners, which are all data based. If something is not working we will change it,” she said. “Parents have told us ‘my kid is finally able to understand jokes,’ or they are telling us how the teacher is noticing a definite difference in their child. It’s great to see.” Blossom Park’s central office is located at 6232 N. Seventh St., Suite 203, in Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 535-8810 or visit For more information about the upcoming workshop, visit https://

Josh Hintzen and his partner Morgan Hodges make up The Mojo Team of Realty One Group in Scottsdale. The pair has 10 years of experience working together and is extremely familiar with the Scottsdale area.

One of The Mojo Team’s keys to success, Morgan Hodges said, is to focus on the clients’ needs and offer the best customer service possible.

The Mojo Team put its real estate clients’ needs first Josh Hintzen and Morgan Hodges know how to be effective Realtors and associate brokers. They’re familiar with the neighborhoods in which they sell homes, and find the best prices for their clients. But most of all they put their clients’ needs first. Hintzen and Hodges, who met in real estate school, have been working together since 2005. They have been The Mojo Team of Realty One Group in Scottsdale since 2007. “We are two of the original agents at Realty One Group and we are both in the top 25 agents,” Hodges said. Hintzen and Hodges specialize in helping their clients buy and sell residential real estate, and they also work with investors. Although they are happy to work with clients throughout the East Valley, Hodges said they focus on Scottsdale, including Scottsdale Ranch, Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch. What helps to set The Mojo Team apart, Hintzen said, is his and Hodges’ drive, along with their team approach to helping clients. “Instead of working with just one agent to help come up with creative ways to market and help with

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strategies, we work as a team and so our clients always have two agents working for them,” Hintzen said. “We are always looking for new and unique ways to drive eyeballs to see properties.” So far, Hintzen said, The Mojo Team’s enthusiastic, thorough and professional approach to real estate is working quite well. “We have grown our business each and every year, and in some years we have doubled the previous year. We have sold $50 million in Scottsdale in the last three years,” Hintzen said, adding that he and Hodges also work with a lot of repeat clients and get a great number of new referrals. Hodges said he and Hintzen truly enjoy helping their clients sell their homes, or find the perfect property for their individual needs. “It’s been a great ride and I think we both really enjoy working with people,” Hodges said. The Mojo Team of Realty One Group is located at 7975 N. Hayden Rd., Suite A-101, in Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 5508035, email mojo@mojoscottsdale. com or visit www.mojoscottsdale. com.


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