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Generations After Children of Holocaust survivors: Part two Growing up with parents who were immigrants and also Holocaust survivors Levine said, it was something that her parents did talk about with other survivors. Her parents would come together with other couples and discuss the war. While she didn’t understand it all, she was aware. “In my case I didn’t feel all that different from my other friends. Because, although my parents did have an accent, their circle of friends were all from where they had come in Europe.” Levine said the only thing she found strange was that she had no grandparents, “All of my American friends had grandparents. That seemed odd to me. It wasn’t until my early 30s that I became really aware that my upbringing and the effect that the Holocaust had on me made me a very different person than the American friends.” It was after she had her own children, that the impact of the Holocaust hit her and a friend asked her if she felt different from her American friends. “That was the first time that it actually hit me. When I got off the phone with her I realized that I don’t think the same way they do. My mind set is not the same. I don’t see the world the way they see it. They had an innocence about them, and I didn’t. It suddenly became very apparent to me,” Levine said. Levine mentioned that she is sensitive to the stories about immigrants and refugees that are on the news comparing, their situation to those of the Jews of World War II. “I immediately put myself and my parents in that situation,” she said. “I could have been that little baby on the shore.” Within the community of Generations After, Levine feels a tremendous link with the other members. “Where it’s most pronounced is in the discussion group,” she said. “We get together and people share their parents’ experiences and their own experiences. Every experience is dramatically different from the others, yet there is a tremendous bond between us.” For more information, visit www.


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By Alison Stanton NLCI’s Teacher of the Year program As long as she can remember, Jo Schloss recognizes teachers who stand out by has loved anything and everything to do demonstrating a strong commitment to with art. inspire, motivate and educate students Schloss has fond memories of watching and staff. her mom crochet and sew and her father “I make the nominations each year, construct and renovate the house. so I’m always looking for exceptional “I was exposed to crafts and textiles teachers who are not only following in particular, and my sixth policies and procedures but grade teacher also installed are also consistent and love a love of art in me,” Schloss what they do,” Horner said. said. “With Jo, nominating her After earning a fine arts was just easy.” “Jo is very inspiring and she degree in textile sculpture, has very high expectations starting her own weaving for her students, and she is business and becoming a mom of three, Schloss Jo Schloss, an art teacher very clear with them. She really is an exceptional and realized that she loved at Camelback Desert School in Scottsdale, wonderful teacher.” working with children. Schloss said she especially Twenty years ago, she credits her parents and combined her passions her sixth-grade teacher for likes the way art helps inspiring her to love art. children to see beauty in the and started working as a teacher. In 2002, she began teaching art world that’s around them. Just like she found artistic inspiration at Camelback Desert School. Recently, Schloss was named the K-12 by watching her father complete projects Teacher of the Year by Camelback Desert around the house, Schloss said she School’s parent organization, Nobel encourages her students to see the art everywhere they go. Learning Communities Inc. Schloss said being named K-12 Schloss, who was nominated for the national award by parents, the school’s Teacher of the Year was definitely a “feel principal and fellow teachers, received good moment.” “The award is a validation for my the award at NLCI’s national principal passion for inspiring kids and why I do it. conference in Las Vegas in October. Linda Horner, principal of Camelback I also realized that others recognize and Desert School in Scottsdale, said appreciate what I do.”




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By Ken Abramczyk Nick Boor has a simple reason for starting a company that buys and sells vinyl records. “Complete insanity,” Boor said, and then he laughs. “I collected records since I was young. I was sick of IT.” Boor sold his IT company that specialized in managed services in October 2010 and started an online business to buy and sell vinyl records, items created from a technology that was literally shelved 30 years ago, a victim of the development of CDs. Today Boor’s company, Vinyl Record Dude, buys and sells thousands of albums, 45s and 78s worldwide from his 3,000-square-foot office in the Airpark. Boor purchases records, sometimes thousands at a time, from collectors and fills buyers’ orders, sending out 50 to 60 packages a day, to destinations worldwide. Boor, 34, always loved vinyl records and started collecting them as a hobby 15 years ago. “It went from a closet to a room, to the living room and a storage unit,” Boor said. “It’s just the sound of it. It is definitely better than digital or CDs, depending on how great of condition the record is in. I love the nostalgia of it, and the design of it. You are hearing something the way they heard it in the 1940s.” Starting his vinyl record company wasn’t an easy transition. When Boor wanted to start his business and went to the banks, he was met with skepticism. “Everyone looked at me sideways,” Boor said. “I put out a business plan. It said that records would come back and everyone looked at me as if I was insane.” For the first three years of his business, it was a hand-to-mouth existence for Boor, but now he can actually take a salary, Boor said. Today he has three employees at his company. Vinyl revival Vinyl records were replaced by CDs in the late 1980s, but they have experienced a renaissance of sorts in recent years. Vinyl record sales in the United States hit 9.2 million in 2014, surpassing the previous year’s 6.1 million, representing the ninth consecutive year of growth,

according to Nielsen’s annual music report. Customers buy rock music albums the most, but Boor stocks all genres. Foreign buyers have varied tastes. Classical music is popular in China and Japan. Japanese also like “weird ‘80s pop” and death metal, Boor said. Europeans and Russians like the 1960s and 1970s rock. Americans also enjoy classic rock, too, and jazz. His office walls reflect rock’s popularity, and an age when the albums took on the band’s personality with artistic covers, photos and posters of the band and printed lyrics. Office visitors will see a poster of Bob Dylan, and then a few feet away, the cover of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Brain Salad Surgery” and “Woodstock.” The 1960s counterculture is remembered with the MC5 and the Stooges (with Iggy Pop) album covers that grace the wall near covers and photos of the more popular acts of Led Zeppelin, the Doors and The Who. In another room, Boor has two vinyl flatteners, which will take warped records and flatten them. “It heats it to a certain temperature, then it cools for two hours,” Boor said. Boor said records get warped easily in the Arizona heat. A map displays where Boor has shipped records including South Korea, the Philippines and even desolate destinations like New Caledonia and Reunion Island. Boor enjoys seeing online photographs of customers on the other side of the world; he remembered a photo of a Russian man who, after Boor sold him an album by Deep Purple, had placed online a photograph of himself smiling with the album. Boor likes seeing the increased demand for vinyl, but quickly adds that the technology has been shelved by manufacturers for several years, and the vinyl machines cost about $130,000 to build, Boor said.


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neighborhood hearsay They finally did it. Harkins Theatres has at last shut down dear old Camelview, where I have spent many a “sick day” off from work, spilling buttered popcorn all over the floors while watching French, Russian, German and even English-language films. (Don’t tell my employer about this, OK?) I’ll miss the old thing, but this is a case of “Camelview is Dead, Long Live Camelview.” The new, improved Camelview opened Dec. 17 inside Fashion Square Mall, instead of sortof-across from it. The new building features 14 curved, wall-to-wall screens; state-of-the art, all-digital projection and sound; gourmet snacks and plush leather reclining seats. The new Camelview replaces both the old Camelview art-film house and Harkins Fashion Square 7, which has also said hasta la vista, baby. You can tell the new Camelview is a class operation because it has a lounge area with a French name—well, half-French: the Vérité Lounge, which, if I am not mistaken, means “Truthful Lounge.” It would be even classier in

all-French, which comes out Salon de Vérité, but then no one could pronounce it. Whatever its name, the joint should be jumpin’, what with cocktails, wine and local craft beers for sale. I’d like to say I look forward to spilling wine all over the floors of the new Camelview, but when it comes to movies, American or foreign, I’m a traditionalist: One large bag with butter, please. Help me out here. I’m trying to look younger. Significantly younger. It seems that at Don & Charlie’s, the Scottsdale sports-memorabilia museum with a restaurant attached, kids now eat free every Wednesday. If I ditch the goatee, dye my hair and wear sunglasses to hide the wrinkles, maybe there’s a chance I can...Ah, but never mind. They’d never let a 12-yearold order the Cadillac margarita. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce intends to inspire, inform and invigorate you, all within the space of less than three hours on the morning of March 10. Registration

for “Scottsdale Forward,” a forum addressing economic issues in Scottsdale, is open by calling Anna Mineer at (480) 355-2708. The event will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd. Admission is $15 for chamber members, $20 for guests. Up to 200 people are expected to attend. Between 7 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., a series of high-profile speakers will address forum participants on a range of issues key to economic growth, and though nothing has been said about breakfast, I would expect to be fed at that time of morning, as well. At least a glass of orange juice or something. If not, you can always smuggle in a honey bun in your pocket.

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Dos Gringos is now Old Town Gringos. The popular Scottsdale cantina and nightspot, located at 4209 N. Craftsman Ct., was sold in November. (Other Dos Gringos around the Valley were

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Agents needed for local nonprofit event The Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club was founded with the single objective of supporting children’s charities. The organization provides young adults with an opportunity for personal growth, friendships, and leadership development while improving the quality of life for special needs children in the community. Each year, Scottsdale Active 20-30 hosts a charity sporting competition called Brokers for Kids and Agents Benefiting Children. Brokers for Kids is a year-round fundraising effort by professionals in the commercial real estate industry. Agents Benefiting Children is the residential real estate equivalent. Throughout the year, teams are tasked with selling raffle tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Scottsdale nonprofit. At the end, participants then go head to head in an Olympiad Championship. Jose Leon, owner of Leon Law, is the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club chairman for these events this year. “This is a great opportunity for brokers and agents to join efforts

with their fellow professionals in their respective industries to fundraise for children charities,” says Leon. “We are always looking to add brokers and agents to our event.” Throughout the year, these real estate teams raise money through various fundraising efforts for two charities, Boys Hope Girls Hope and the Care Fund. Boys Hope Girls Hope is a nonprofit that provides scholarships to underprivileged kids in communityand residency-based programs, ensuring a good start toward a college education. The Care Fund provides mortgage, rent and housing expense relief, as well as related lifestyle resources during a child’s extended health crisis. The culmination of the yearround fundraiser is an Olympiad Championship. The day is packed with events such as, basketball free throws, football toss, baggo, giant Jenga and bocce ball. The teams that raises the most money from each side is then recognized.

Skyler Irvine, owner of Myriad Real Estate at My Home Group, was a captain for last year’s Agents Benefiting Children event. “There are so many positive reasons to participate in an event like this,” says Irvine. “Everyone is always amazed at the final numbers when it’s their Giant Jenga is one of the many fun events at the Olymfirst time at the event.” piad Championship. Kyle Campbell is an “We would love to get to a point associate at Colliers International and was also a captain for his team on the where we have someone from every company in the industry participating,” Brokers Benefiting Kids side. “We had the privilege of visiting the says Leon. The public can also get involved by Boys Hope Girls Hope house and we got to meet and listen to some of the purchasing raffle tickets to win a new children’s truly inspirational stories,” 2016 Toyota, or $15,000 in cash, from says Campbell. “It is one of the best Valley Toyota Dealers. Each ticket is $25 or five raffle tickets for $100. events of the year.” For more information, or to While this year’s event isn’t until April 8, the nonprofit is looking for purchase a raffle ticket, visit the residential and commercial real estate Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club’s website agents to sign up in teams of six or at eight.

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Dr. Gino Tutera, an internationally Tutera successfully practiced recognized and respected leader and medicine as a board certified OB/GYN innovator in bio-identical hormone for more than four decades in Kansas replacement therapy and antiCity, Missouri, Rancho aging, died Nov. 7 in Scottsdale. Mirage, California, and An accomplished physician, Scottsdale. Tutera was listed in America’s He initially specialized in Top OB/GYN in Arizona; obstetrics and gynecology The Leading Physicians of and then moved onto the World, as well as The treating hormonal International Association imbalances in women. After of Obstetricians and recognizing the potential Gynecologists. He served benefits of hormone Dr. Gino Tutera with distinction as a medical replacement therapy for director, vice chairman and chairman of both men and women, he performed multiple hospitals and medical centers. continues on page 21...

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By Kristin Kinghorn Desert Canyon Elementary has had a busy month. The week of Dec. 9 was the Hour of Code week across the globe. Millions of students learned about coding and the students at Desert Canyon Elementary School did just that. What is the Hour of Code? It is a worldwide movement that is being led by top creators, executives, programmers, etc. of companies such as Facebook, Inc., YouTube, Microsoft and Google under the nonprofit was created to expand computer science access to all individuals, including women and minorities, and encourage computer science to become part of the fundamental curriculum in schools. During the Hour of Code, students spent one hour acquainting themselves with coding, with the hopes that they’ll be interested in joining the field. By 2020 it is projected that there will be more than 1 million computing jobs. Just imagine how many jobs may be available when kindergarteners are of employment age. Everything we touch is connected

He uses Apple as an example to illustrate his point. “What’s to stop Apple from charging $9.95 a month? That’s not saying that they will do that, but there is no user’s agreement when you buy a record. You buy it, it’s yours and you own a tangible object.” Boor doesn’t sell records through his website,, but has links to eBay, Amazon, Discogs and MusicStack for albums that can be purchased online. Boor even sells old records that are of little value on Etsy to crafters who turn them into craft items to sell, such as bowls or coasters. “It’s better to recycle them that way rather than fill a Dumpster,” Boor said. “It helps the environment.” Boor said he differs in his approach from some of other vinyl dealers in the area in that he won’t pay 50 cents an album for 20 or 30 albums. “I will make a fair offer,” he said. “Others deal with volume for as little money as possible.” What is popular and valuable? The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, Boor said, “all the

to technology and coding, however, less than 2.4 percent of students graduate with a degree in computer science. Computer science is a toppaying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average. To learn more about the Hour of Code, visit or stop by Desert Canyon Elementary School. With the New Year upon us, we are starting to look to the 2016-2017 school year. Registration is already happening for our early learning programs. Desert Canyon operates a fully licensed 2and 3-year-old and pre-k program. Kindergarten roundup is right around the corner. Incoming kindergarteners may join the school at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the cafeteria. This is a great time to meet the staff, hear about the kindergarten program, meet the PTO and tour the campus. For more information about what Desert Canyon Elementary and its upcoming events, visit desert-canyon-es.

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Holiday hurry can trigger sciatic pain taxing on your mind and body. You’re on your WIth the arrival of Summer, daylight feet all day to get the shopping done or get the grows longer and many people start house ready for a holiday party. There’s a lot toworking on their spending more time backswings, do this time of year and just trying to getbackstrokes, it done backhands, They also might be can put added strain on your backyard back andgardens. increase spending more time with backaches. back pain. Dr. Alex Bigham, CEO of Novocur Pain Clinics, explains that taking on new or added physical activity can be particularly tricky for patients with sciatic back and leg pain. He says, “Sometimes the simple act of loading up the car after a trip to the mall can end with a call to our clinic the next day.” Epidural injections are one of the most effective treatments Novocur uses to quickly relieve sciatic pain. A skilled physician who specializes in pain performs this advanced, high-tech procedure. The medication is carefully injected directly around the nerves that are causing the Page 16

Dr. Alex Bigham, CEO of Novocur Pain Management Clinics, explains that taking on new or added physical activity can be particularly tricky for patients with sciatic leg pain and back pain. He says, “A sudden inspiration to take up tennis over the weekend can often end with a call to our clinic on Monday.” Epidural injections are one of the most effective treatments Novocur uses to quickly relieve sciatic pain. A skilled physician who specializes in pain management performs this advanced procedure safely with the help of x-ray guidance. The medication is carefully injected directly around the nerves that cause the pain to reduce inflammation and provide fast relief.

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psychedelic stuff,” he said. Records of bands that, along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, comprised the British Invasion, namely the Kinks, The Zombies, the Animals and others, are also valuable. Audiophiles who want to place a value on old vinyl records need to examine their condition, Boor said. “The condition is the most important aspect,” Boor said. “Everyone thinks they have the ‘million dollar record,’ but if it is pretty beat up, that’s not good.” Records that are “uniquely pressed” when they were manufactured, such as a deep groove or unusual detail, also are valuable. On his website, Boor requests customers call his office to set an appointment if they are interested in selling records to him. Purchasers can click on links to see his inventory.

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Nonviolence advocate headlines MLK Jr Dinner Celebration Author and nonviolence advocate Zak Ebrahim will be the keynote speaker at the Scottsdale 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 12. When Ebrahim was 7, his father shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League and later comasterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Today, Ebrahim is best known for speaking out against terrorism and spreading his message of peace and nonviolence. Ebrahim will share his story of a childhood inculcated in dogma and hate and how he chose a different path. The annual event begins with a 5:30 p.m. registration and reception, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and recognition. It will be held at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd. Tickets can be purchased at www. The cost is $60. Community Celebrating Diversity hosts the event and APS sponsors it. In addition to the MLK Jr. Community Dinner Celebration, Community Celebrating Diversity also sponsors the Diversity Champions awards. Diversity Champions are individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who have enriched and impacted the Scottsdale community through their work and/ or volunteerism by empowering others. Eligible nominees must work, live or volunteer in Scottsdale. The nomination deadline is noon Friday, Nov. 20. Nomination forms are available online. CCD is a Scottsdale-based nonprofit organization that sponsors educational and community events to celebrate and create a greater awareness of our community’s diversity.

Massage Envy is making treatments more affordable, convenient By Alison Stanton For many years, Sam Biggs was interested in health and wellness. So when he heard about Massage Envy, he and his wife, Sheila, knew it would be a franchise would be a perfect fit. “Touch is a very natural aspect of health and wellness. When a baby cries, we pick it up, and when we’ve had a bad day, we want a hug,” he said. In February 2004 they became cofranchise owners of their first Massage Envy, which is located in Mesa. The initial Massage Envy opened in Scottsdale in 2002. Now, Biggs and his wife are cofranchisees of eight Massage Envy locations—six throughout Mesa, Gilbert and Scottsdale and two in California. “We were probably the third or fourth franchisee with Massage Envy, so we were with them right from the beginning,” Biggs said. “One reason that Massage Envy is so fun to own is that we are making a difference in peoples’ lives. They are walking out better than when they came in, because they have experienced Page 20

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the healing power of touch.” Biggs said Massage Envy’s goal is to bring massage to the everyday person, and it make it more affordable, professional and convenient. Each location offers a wide variety of different types of massages, Biggs said, including hot stone, trigger point, Swedish, deep tissue, sports and prenatal—which he said is an especially popular option with clients. “The other big offering that Massage Envy has focuses on healthy skin and facials that are done in-house, all with Murad products,” Biggs said. To schedule an appointment, people are welcome to call any of the Massage Envy locations. “People can explain what they are looking for in a massage, for instance if they are looking for relaxation or if they have a lot of knots, and the wellness consultant will help them schedule what type of massage they need,” Biggs said. To make it as easy as possible for people to get a massage, each Massage Envy location has around 30 massage therapists on staff, all of whom are continues on next page...

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licensed and very experienced. Thanks to the large staff, Biggs said it’s typically very easy to get an appointment right away. “People can call in the morning and we can often see them the same day,” he said. Although anyone is welcome to schedule an appointment at Massage Envy, Biggs said people may also join the membership program. “If someone knows they will get regular massages, they can join the program and get significant savings,” he said. Biggs said Massage Envy has caught on not only in the Phoenix metropolitan area, but around the country. “Massage Envy has just surpassed 1,100 locations,” he said. Biggs said he and his wife are delighted with their decision to become full-time franchisees with Massage Envy. “We absolutely love it. We wake up every day thinking ‘oh, we are so glad we get to do this.’” For more information about Massage Envy, visit

his own research, testing and analysis in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. The result was the development of SottoPelle, his own proprietary, pellet-based individualized bio-identical hormone delivery system now utilized by physicians around the world. Tutera was a visionary and saw the importance of treating hormonal imbalance in relation to a myriad of medical conditions and symptomology. This was well before the connection of nutritional and hormonal health were mainstream, and the connection between diet, health, and hormones was readily accepted or understood. Tutera was committed to helping everyone live and age well. Above all else, Tutera was a healer and was devoted to improving the quality of life for everyone. His efforts also included working with those with Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injuries and countless other conditions where BHRT is able to play a vital role in healing and improving health.


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CitySkate creates a winter wonderland By Kimberly Hosey I’m almost a lifelong Arizonan, but my family is originally from Buffalo, New York. One Christmas we made a trip back there, and one of the highlights was ice skating...outside! We slipped and slid on real live ice as we watched the sun set. It was pretty exotic. Well, Arizonans looking for that postcard ice-skating experience, transplants looking for a taste of ice in the desert, parents introducing their kids to the ice and just about anyone else can find it from now until Jan. 11 at CitySkate, Phoenix’s largest real outdoor ice rink, at CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The event, in its sixth year, is

presented by APS. Organizers expect 200,000 guests to take a spin on the ice during the seven-week run—but they were seeing triple the amount of visitors early this month compared to the same time last year. The word has gotten out. Expect to wait in line. After getting a wristband to skate (the price includes skate rental, plus unlimited skating for the day and session purchased), we made our way through bystanders and skaters to a bench to lace up. CitySkate has lockers for shoes and belongings. My son hit the ice—well, inched out onto it, mostly—and glided around to an equal mix of Christmas songs and pop hits. (Never before have

I transitioned so seamlessly from gold and blue lights above. singing carols to doing the whip and Santa stops by the rink every Friday, the nae nae.) Saturday and Sunday for photos from Light shows 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. began bathing the Bystanders can ice in alternating have fun too: Every Friday, shades of red, Saturday and green, purple and Sunday Patriots blue at 7 p.m., but Park receives a even before that light snowfall we were treated during light show to plenty of hours. Christmas wonder, CitySkate offers sightseeing and, ice skates as yes, parental photo small as 11 youth ops as my son (including double skated beneath a 36-foot Christmas Skaters find their way around the rink at blades), and the CitySkate in Phoenix. smaller skates tree festooned in bulbs and lights and topped with a often run out quickly. If you want star. When he wanted a break, he sat to make sure to nab some skates, or briefly on the wraparound bench at avoid the long line and wait time, try the foot of the tree, gazing up into the ... continues on page 28

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Take a train ride through festival holiday lights and displays that turn the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. WHEN: Through Saturday, Jan. 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission; $3 train rides; $2 carousel rides; children younger than 3 ride free with a paying adult. INFO: (480) 312-2312 or www.


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Santa Headquarters

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around the neighborhood Just before the force was awakened, mounds of little kids visited the Appaloosa Library for the facility’s Jedi Academy. The group met for games, activities and a Force-themed craft. Costumes were encouraged. Photos by Kimberly Carrillo



1. Charlotte Boisnier taps into the Force to navigate a “laser” field. 2. Matthew Sanchez makes a Stormtrooper mask. 3. Dawn Treude practices with her lightsaber. 4. Vincent Luna attacks a balloon with his lightsaber. 5. Samuel and David McIntosh pick a character to cut out. 6. All the padawans were in awe of Kiera Myrick, dressed as Princess Leia. 7. Nobody got lost heading to the event. 8. Kiera Myrick shows off her Princess Leia costume. 9. The Dark Lord of the Sith made an appearance. 10. All padawans practiced with their lightsabers.






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Step 1: Select the best material Choosing the easiest material to work with proved to be the biggest challenge of this project. I purchased spoons and forks at a variety of places including Goodwill, 99 Cents Only Store and Ross. By far the easiest pieces to drill were from 99 Cents Only Store because they use cheap, very soft metal. In retrospect, cheap cutlery with thin handles are the way to go. In selecting a chain, it was important to me to choose a weldless type so I could easily separate links which I intended to use to attach the cutlery to the chain. S-hooks may also be used for this, but I didn’t feel that the added expense was worth it.

Step 2: Preparing the cutlery Bend the bowls of the forks and spoons at 90-degree angles. To drill a hole in each handle, place the bent cutlery on a piece of wood with the angled part hanging off the end. This secures the piece against spinning and allows you to use both hands on the drill. Drill a hole in each handle, as close to the top as possible. It’s also fun to use needlenose pliers to bend the tines of the forks into fun shapes.

Step 3: Assembly Attach the hook to one end of the chain and hang from the area you intend the rain chain to reside. Remove any extra chain by separating a link, the chain should hang just above ground level. Separate individual links from the excess chain and open each end, these will be what you use to hang the forks and spoons. Start at the bottom, hang two pieces, one on each side of the chain, and pinch both ends of the link to secure. Cut 18 inches to 24 inches of wire (I used brass floral wire) and wrap around the cutlery and chain, just above the bend, to keep the pieces securely attached to the chain. Continue this process, working up to the top of the chain. The end result should be a semi-rigid art piece that allows water to flow and drip down its various protrusions.

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A ‘Star Wars’ saga It’s that special time of year and we’re a nation in anticipation. My family is experiencing the same star-laden excitement as the rest of the country and I’m not talking about deciding who gets to place the topper on the tree. The newest “Star Wars’ premiere is coming Dec. 18 to a theater near you! The whole “Star Wars” pop culture phenomenon started 38 years ago, in 1977, with the original movie. Because of its success the one movie quickly became a trilogy, with shows released in 1980 and 1983. The second set of three movies spanned from 1999 to 2005 and gave us the prequel to the first three episodes. So, the first episode wasn’t the first, it was the fourth, even though it was released first. The second was the fifth and the third the sixth. The fourth was the first and so on. You don’t have to be a Jedi Master to follow the logic. At our house the excitement is as palpable as Senator Palpatine’s evil

aura. My guys—all fans of the Force— debate intricacies that I’ve yet to understand, much less ponder. They are making plans to see the film at midnight the first day it is released. I am making plans to sleep. Sorry, I know how incredibly anti-Wookiee that sounds. (Whispered) I’m not a huge fan of “Star Wars.” I don’t even own a lightsaber. My husband is unaccepting and in denial regarding my total lack of any sense of the Force. He’s been trying to get me to turn to the dark side since 1983, when he tricked me into seeing the third movie (which was actually the sixth, we just didn’t know it at the time). He said we were going to see “Flashdance,” or maybe it was “Terms of Endearment,” I can’t remember. I do remember not seeing either. Instead, we went to “Return of the Jedi.” In a year with films like “Risky

Business,” “The Big Chill” and “Staying Alive,” my husband, who was not my husband or even my boyfriend at the time, picked a movie that featured a Muppet in an attempt to impress me. While epic, here’s the “Star Wars” saga in a nutshell: Boy meets girl. Anakin Skywalker and Padme were 9 and 13 when they first met. They grew up, fell in love and got married. Anakin was busy becoming a Jedi, otherwise known as “one of the good guys,” but the dark side proved tempting. Padme got pregnant, delivered twins and died during childbirth. This further pushed Anakin into the abyss (literally), from which he emerged as Darth Vader— one of the greatest villains of all time. Jump forward a couple of decades. The twins, Luke and Leia, are all grown up, but they don’t know they are brother and sister because they were separated at birth. Leia is a princess. Luke’s Jedi skills are emerging. “The Force is strong in this one.” Darth Vader attempts to entice Luke over to the dark side. “I am your father.” Luke goes to Jedi school with a Muppet. Meanwhile battles and wars break out and planets get blown up, but

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Leia’s funky hair always stays in place. Luke fights his dad a couple of times in awesome action scenes featuring lightsabers as the weapons of choice for chopping off right hands. Darth dies, but not before making peace with Luke. Leia falls in love with Han Solo and in a little known tidbit of trivia, Chewbacca marries and has a son named Lumpawarrump. I’m not making that up. I found the info on Wookiepedia, and I’m not making that up, either. The world’s abuzz with “Star Wars” hype. And, despite not being much of a fan, I’ll probably go see the movie. Not at midnight, but I’ll go. With my husband—because he is a super fan and we sort of have a longstanding history with this “Star Wars” stuff. For us, it all started a long time ago, in a movie theater far, far away, when we were just starry-eyed teenagers not much older than Padme was when she met Anakin. Sigh. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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By Kathy Burwell Teaching and learning within kindergarten classrooms has evolved. An increasing number of children participate in preschool programs. As a result, kindergarten is no longer the first school experience for many children. “What was once an With so many children attending preschool, kindergarten is emphasis on social no longer the first experience most children have with school. play with toys and manipulates has as they reinforce units taught and now become highly academic in allow students the opportunity to rigor,” stated Amy Moore, principal of challenge themselves based upon Navajo Elementary. their individual abilities. Students spend their day immersed “Full-day kindergarten is essential in activities that reflect reading, for students to maximize their math and writing with applications learning potential,” Moore said. of technology. According to Nick Teachers use all instructional Noonan, principal of Kiva Elementary, minutes in the classrooms to prepare “we use the district-adopted students for academic success curriculum and provide rigor through and to teach socialization and differentiation.” communication skills. At the kindergarten level, teachers “Our kindergarten program provides see a wide spectrum of learning ability. the balance between educating the Nicole Wahl, Kiva kindergarten academic, social and emotional needs teacher, stated, “We are constantly of our students,” Noonan said. assessing to determine what level the With a full-day program, teachers students are achieving. We do this are able to plan lessons to address through observation and small group academics, yet allow time for assessment...and differentiate lessons.” cooperative learning activities. Class activities range from whole SUSD offers kindergarten group, small group, one-on-one students the much-needed, full-day instruction and individual activities. kindergarten program. With unified, “Activities are interactive, fun tight core standards and assessments, and challenging to all students,” all kindergarten students are taught stated Wahl. the necessary skills to show growth In the kindergarten classrooms and success. of Navajo Elementary, teachers “The philosophy of SUSD is to foster inquiry and understanding provide students an innovative focus through exploration and discovery. with applications and explorations of Activities in the classrooms foster relevance,” Moore said. active engagement and project-based Kindergarten teachers work learning. to build a strong foundation to “We use a lot of cross curriculum make a successful transition from instruction and thematic learning kindergarten to first grade. As a result, based upon instructional units,” stated “SUSD kindergarten students rise Cristi Youngkin, kindergarten teacher beyond the standards of educational at Navajo Elementary. entities to become future ready.” Frequently students are broken Families interested in learning more into small groups to differentiate about SUSD kindergarten programs instruction and to allow students can visit the opportunity for individual directory/kindergarten-roundup/ for learning. Homework packets further information regarding kindergarten differentiate kindergarten learning roundup dates.


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has a heat altogether different from any Bloody Mary you’ve had before, because it comes from the smoldering fire of wasabi. With Ketel One vodka and Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sake, it’s a drink to take the top of your head off—in a good way. It comes with a sausage with a sesame mustard. • Smoked salmon tamago roll ($9). skewer that’s a meal in itself: bacon, The closest any brunch item gets shrimp, celery, olives and asparagus. (You can actually to traditional sushi, order the skewer this is a nice balance separately as a of tamago (Japanese food item: The omelet) and smoked Bloody Mary salmon, rolled with Roll, $8.50.) rice and nori. Easy The Ginger on the wasabi with Mimosa ($5) is this one, as the a kinder, gentler flavors are subtle. alternative to the • Chicken-fried rice Bloody Mary, spring roll ($7.50). made with A spring roll is too ginger-infused often cabbage-heavy orange juice and and unfulfilling. Not sparkling wine. so this variation, In addition to which surprises brunch, RA is with a fresh taste of featuring chicken-fried rice. Combine the Premium Bloody Mary with also If you think the the Bloody Mary Roll and you’ve got l i m i t e d - t i m e items on its drinks at RA’s Sunday brunch. regular menu. brunch will be any less unexpected than the food items, you’re Do not miss the Apple-Teriyaki shortchanging the inventiveness of Salmon, served with wasabi mashed the RA team. What are the two most potatoes. The idea of a Sunday sushi brunch prominent condiments associated with sushi? Wasabi and ginger, of is in keeping with RA’s ambiance of course: one hot, one sweet—just like food-as-adventure. “You don’t get this kind of the two most popular brunch drinks, atmosphere other places,” said Lance the Bloody Mary and the mimosa. RA’s Premium Bloody Mary ($10) Carver, a manager at the Kierland

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RA Sushi Bacon and eggs for Sunday brunch is nothing new. And a Bloody Mary or a mimosa to go with that is no big deal, right? Wrong. RA Sushi, already known for pushing back the boundary that separates Japanese cuisine from the daily American diet, has introduced a brunch that will change your whole outlook on sushi—and brunch. The menu is available at all RA’s Valley locations; we sampled it at the Kierland Commons location, convenient to Scottsdale Airpark. RA’s brunch menu items, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, manage to blend flavors familiar to sushi lovers with the flair of a festive, late Sunday morning meal: • Tamagoyaki ($7). This is a softbaked egg in a nest of bacon-fried rice. A rich soy butter blends the flavors together. • Chicken katsu slider ($6). Pankobreaded fried chicken, with cole slaw and the distinctively tangy Japanese sauce that was a model for Western catsup (but without the tomato), is tucked between two rice crispy rice buns. Also available as a chicken teriyaki slider. • Arabiki slider ($7.75). For meat lovers, this slider features a Japanese

Commons location. “People come here to eat, and also to have fun. We’re the rock ‘n’ roll sushi restaurant.” Brunch at RA is a burst of flavors under cheery, cherry-red fauxlanterns, but true sushi lovers will want to go behind the scenes. That’s available with RA’s Sushi 101, a class in how to work the magic of sushi on your own. For information, call (480) 951-5888. I got a sampling of sushi class with the head chef at RA-Kierland Commons, Shigeru Ishizaki. You don’t know humble until you’ve tried to give shape to a ball of sticky rice under the tutelage of a master like Ishizaki. But he makes you feel comfortable, and even compliments you on that lump you made that sort of peters out at one end—also known as my idea of a California Roll. Ishizaki’s patience paid off in the end, when I put together a spicy albacore roll that would make any sushi-lover a fine lunch—or brunch.

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What’s Cooking? By Jan D’Atri It’s a One Pot Wonder and it’s just become one of my all-time favorite meals. One Pot Wonders. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for these days? Especially if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to simplify your life! So let’s start the New Year right with a yummy and satisfying throw-it-allin-a-pot kind of meal. It’s the sort of dinner that our great-grandmothers prepared because there was such limited space on the stovetop back then. This recipe is a delicious pasta dish that satisfies the craving for a hearty Italian meal without a lot of the prep work. When I got the email about this one-pot dish, the subject line simply read, “A good recipe.” It was from Sharon Levinson with C-Cap, the nonprofit Careers through Culinary Arts Program in Arizona that teaches youth about the value of home cooking. It awards millions of dollars each

year to underserved high school students. Sharon’s email was right to the point: “Jan I’m sure you get hundreds of recipes from readers and blogs. I just wanted to share this with you as I couldn’t believe how simple and how delicious this was.” Need she say more? Grab a big pot and some pasta, gather the family for a good dose of comfort food, lift your glass of Chianti Classico and leave the stress behind. You’ve just been handed some real pot luck just in time for a brand new year! Jan’s Note: I still prefer the taste of sautéed onions over raw, so I opted to sauté the onions and garlic first and then I added them to the rest of the ingredients in the pot. You can also add a pinch of fresh oregano along with the basil if you have it on hand.

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski In the two years that Kevin Kopp has been involved in the Coors Light Birds Nest, he has seen the Waste Management Phoenix Open-affiliated concert series flourish. Last year, Kid Rock headlined the event that also saw Darius Popular Dutch DJ Tiesto will perform on SaturRucker, Afrojack and Capital day, Feb. 6. Cities hitting the stage. This year, very small capacity—only about 400 it’s bringing in heavy hitters—Rascal people,” Kopp said. “You get all of the Flatts (Wednesday, Feb. 3), Dierks amenities of our VIP area in addition, Bentley (Thursday, Feb. 4), Robin when the concert starts, you are right Thicke (Friday, Feb. 5) and Dutch DJ in front of the stage.” Tiesto (Saturday, Feb. 6). So how as the Birds Nest been able “The Birds Nest has taken on a life to leverage such in-demand artists? of its own,” said Kopp, a volunteer Kopp chalked it up to the success with the Thunderbirds and Birds Nest of the Waste Management Phoenix chairman. “It used to be this little Open. piece of entertainment with local, “First and foremost, it’s connected small, maybe, regional acts. with the largest golf tournament in the “Over the last five to six years, it’s world,” he said. “That has always been really morphed into a festival. These a great embedded audience to pull festivals are the hot new thing in music from. There’s a natural flow. As the scenes around the country. Because of tournament’s gotten bigger and bigger, the tournament, we’ve been able to it’s reaching occupancy records. leverage the notoriety and success of “That’s only increased our reach the tournament to make some good for people to come to the Birds Nest. in-roads to the music industry. It’s Golf ends—depending on the day— paid off.” between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. People This year marks the first time a VIP are always looking for something to pit has been offered for all shows. Last do when golf ends.” year it was so successful with the Kid It doesn’t hurt that organizers are Rock concert that it was expanded. attracting the likes of Bentley, Thicke, Kid Rock’s 2015 Birds Nest show sold Rascal Flatts and Tiesto. out long before the February event. “There’s a direct correlation between Tickets can be purchased at http:// our ticket sales and occupancies at the Birds Nest. The two biggest reasons “The pit is an exclusive area right that the Birds Nest continues to in the front of the stage and it’s got a flourish and gain popularity.”

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“Mary Poppins” The Detour Company Theatre presents this classic play. WHEN: Friday, Jan. 8, through Sunday, Jan. 10, various times WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free; donations welcome INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

DSB: An American Journey (Journey Tribute) Hear favorites like “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Faithfully” when these world-class Los Angeles-based musicians perform the music of Journey. WHEN: Friday, Jan. 1, and Saturday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $25 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or

Native Trails This free outdoor festival celebrates the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. WHEN: Selected Thursdays and Saturdays from Jan. 9 through March 31, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Catherine Follestad Book Signing Event A Surprise resident, Catherine Follestad will sign her series of books about “The Itty Bitty Kitty.” WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 7; Sunday, Jan. 10; and Friday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Artisan Markets, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: epk/?id=13357

“Late Nite Catechism III: ‘Til Death Do Us Part” In this sequel to the “Late Nite Catechism” comedies, Sister offers hilarious lessons about love and marriage. WHEN: Saturdays at 8 p.m. through March 26 WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Generation Idol (Billy Idol Tribute) Recall the ‘80s rock scene as Generation Idol performs the hits of bigger-than-life music legend Billy Idol. WHERE: Casino Arizona, 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $25 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Guest speaker is Zak Ebrahim, who penned “The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice.” WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. WHERE; Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: $60 INFO: (480) 312-3030 or

“Late Nite Catechism” This record-breaking play has been running every season at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts since 2000. WHEN: Fridays at 8 p.m. through March 25 WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Sunday A’Fair Celebrating its 29th season, Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts in Scottsdale Civic Center Park by top Arizona musicians. WHEN: Selected Sundays from Jan. 10 to April 3, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

“Close Encounters with Music” This concert experience brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and insightful commentary. WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $18 to $39 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Dave Rawlings Machine The Dave Rawlings Machine’s rousing live show has prompted critics and fans to call the band “one of the hottest string bands on the planet.” WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $31.50 in advance; $33.50 day of show INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Markus Schulz German trance and house producer and international DJ Markus Schulz has crafted his own style of dance music over the past 10 years. WHEN: Friday, Jan. 15, at 9 p.m. WHERE: Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour The festival brings to Scottsdale Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Raul Midon, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders and Justin Brown. WHEN: Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has an international reputation for bringing audiences firstclass performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of musical repertoire.

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WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Thunderbird Artists’ Sculpture and Wine Festival The juried show will feature more than 60 acclaimed sculptors from around the globe, giving patrons a chance to view and purchase stunning, diverse pieces. WHEN: Friday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills COST: $3 admission for adults, free for children ages 18 and younger. Wine tasting tickets are $10; additional wine tickets are $1. INFO: (480) 837-5637 or



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YogaFit offers first-of-its-kind yoga concept For about 10 years, Dana Galinsky virtual-led instruction all under the worked in the entertainment industry guidance of world-renowned yoga in Los Angeles, California, appearing guru Beth Shaw,” Galinsky said. in front of the camera and behind the Day or night, members are able to scenes. access the studio and get in their yoga “I had a recurring practice. role on the CBS soap “They may choose opera ‘The Bold and the from a wide menu Beautiful,’ worked as the of classes on a kiosk assistant to the producer attached to a large of the successful national screen monitor and get theater production Dana Galinsky, owner of YogaFit their yoga class in at ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ in Scottsdale, said her studio their convenience,” she and appeared as a offers a wide variety of yoga said. regular on a webseries classes, in addition to virtual In addition, Galinsky yoga classes that members can called ‘Sometimes said, YogaFit offers access 24 hours a day. Daily,’” Galinsky said. classes for people of all To deal with the stress of the abilities and experience levels. entertainment industry, Galinsky took For example, the level one Restorative up yoga. and Foundations Yoga classes are When she decided to leave Los “slow and specific,” so students can Angeles and move to Scottsdale focus on the breath and flow between earlier this year, Galinsky admitted to movements. struggling with what she wanted to do “Our level two classes, YogaFit Barre next. and YogaFit Core, add variations to The more she thought about it, the foundational poses by using additional more she said her mind kept returning equipment such as hand weights, to yoga. blocks and a ballet barre for an added Galinsky decided to take the plunge challenge,” Galinsky said. and open her own yoga studio. Level three classes are a combination After researching dozens of available of the foundation of level one and the franchise opportunities, Galinsky challenges of level two. recently opened YogaFit in Scottsdale. “YogaFit Fusion and YogaFit Sweat “When I made the decision to open expand the physical and mental my own studio I knew two things strength of yoga and fitness enthusiasts for sure. I wanted to join up with a utilizing a heated room,” she said. franchise because I didn’t have much Galinsky said she is proud of business experience, I also wanted to YogaFit’s focus on philanthropy. Each own a studio that offered the variety of studio donates a portion of class levels and modalities that I was used to dues to charities that feed the hungry in LA,” she said. throughout the world. “For instance, many yoga studios Galinsky said she is definitely pleased offer only hot yoga, some are strictly with her decision to open her own yoga traditional yoga, and others have barre studio. classes with no other options. YogaFit “Yoga was always the gift I gave offers all of the above.” myself, and it was what I wanted to do,” In addition to the wide variety of she said. yoga, Galinsky said YogaFit offers its YogaFit is located at 10855 N. Frank members 24/7 virtual yoga classes. Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale. For “What sets YogaFit apart from the more information, call (480) 454-1750 competition is unlimited accessibility or visit or to the industry’s best live classes and

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