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Annual charity event benefits Playworks Arizona On April 2, Scottsdale Airport will be shut down for a great cause— the fourth annual Run the Runway event benefiting Playworks Arizona. The distinctive event will allow participants from across the Valley to run, walk or stroll a 5K, 10K or Kids 1-Mile Mascot Dash among airplanes. “This is a one-of-a-kind, unique event; no one else is doing this,” said Jose Moreno, a Playworks Arizona board member who coordinates the fundraiser. “The runners run on the actual airport runway and we anticipate about 400 kids in the mascot run.” In the past, the event has attracted more than 1,500 participants. Moreno said that they expect about 2,000 runners to join this year. “Anyone can participate—you don’t have to be a regular runner,” he added. “We’re also always looking for volunteers to help put the event on.” This occasion is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Playworks Arizona, bringing in upwards $50,000 annually. The state chapter is part of a nationwide organization that is “the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity,” according to the nonprofit. Moreno describes Playworks as “a program that promotes anti-bullying principles through active play.” According to the national Playworks website,, the organization works by providing participating elementary schools with a full-time, year-round Playworks Coach who orchestrates inclusive play activities during recess and after school programs. In addition, other components of the organization including providing the Playworks TeamUp service that shows teachers and other educational professionals

how to sustain a positive recess program, and the Playworks Pro, which is an ongoing development program for educational professionals. According to Playworks, the program’s coach service is proven to decrease bullying behavior, increase physical activity and support learning in participating schools. “Playworks is unique because it blends active play and inclusion to do something that no one else is doing,” Moreno said. “The City of Scottsdale supports it.” He added that, this school year, Playworks Arizona coaches and programs are in about 18 schools across the Valley—most of them Title 1 schools. Next year, Moreno said that the program hopes to reach up to 50 schools. “Playworks is changing the culture within the schools to one of inclusion,” he added. “It’s important that there are full-time [Playworks] coaches within these schools. The data shows that this program does make a difference.” While Run the Runway takes place at Scottsdale Airport, Playworks supporters note that the event is open to all Valley residents. Moreno added that something new this year is that runners will receive event medals for participating. “Run the Runway is one of our marquis fundraising events,” said Chuck Warshaver, executive director of Playworks Arizona. “Because of the amazing support of all our sponsors— including United Healthcare our title sponsor, the Scottsdale Airport and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce— we are able to raise funds each year to serve [more than] 20,000 low income K [kindergarten] to eighth grade students, allowing them to experience safe and inclusive play at their schools every day.” In addition to the running and walking events, race festivities will also include a vendor expo, bounce ... continues on page 6


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inflatables, a kids’ activity area, DJ, special guest appearances of your favorite professional sports team mascots, photo opportunities with planes, and more, according to Playworks Arizona. From March 1 to March 30, event registration prices are listed as: $50 for the 5K, $60 for the 10K, and $15 for the Kid’s Mascot Dash. Prices go up by $5 the day of the event for the 5K and 10K.

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By Delaney Wood The Desert Mountain High School boys’ basketball team finished the regular season with a powerful 58-57 defeat against the Mountain Lions from Mountain Ridge High School on Thursday, Feb. 11. The Wolves (17-10) ended their regular season on a high note—a three-game winning streak. Now the team advances to the playoffs, a feat that eluded it last year. During their nonconference game tonight, the Mountain Lions (19-7) put themselves on the board first and stayed in the lead through the third quarter with Desert Mountain behind by four points. The pressure was on for the Wolves. Senior captains Grant Fogerty and Adam Rees stepped up as leaders and contributed offensively, scoring a combined 39 points. With only four minutes left in the fourth quarter, the crowd in the gym began to roar about the one-point difference. At the one-minute mark, Fogerty handled the ball until the

last 10 seconds. The pressure didn’t fade for the Wolves. The Mountain Lions led with a score was 57-56. With one second left, Fogerty caused a foul against the Mountain Lions and scored two free throw shots to get the win for his team. Fogerty said he plays better under pressure. “We’ve had a couple of situations like that earlier in the season,” Fogerty said. “We’ve dropped a few and got a few so it was good to get one on the road for the last game of the season and go in the playoffs strong.” Desert Mountain coach Chris Satterlie emerged from the locker room excited about the win. “It was a big-time win for our kids and for our program,” Satterlie said. “We are one of the most talented teams in the state of Arizona and to get it on their home floor to finish out our regular season is something we are feeling really good about.” Desert Mountains’ senior guard and

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forward, Adam Rees, finished with 25 points and five rebounds. He led the team in scoring. “I knew I just needed to step up,” Rees said. “In the first quarter I played really poorly but I knew that if I kept going, I would be able to put up some points.” Fifth-seeded Desert Mountain Wolves were set to begin the first round of the playoffs at home on Thursday, Feb. 18.

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Scottsdale Arts Festival rides again in March A weekend-long celebration of creativity, the Scottsdale Arts Festival returns for a 46th year Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 13, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Civic Center Park. “The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a beloved annual tradition that has entertained generations of our city’s residents and visitors,” remarked Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO Neale Perl. “The event is a great example of how the arts bring people together and inspire a community. We invite everyone to be part of this unique celebration of the visual and performing arts.” Known for its high-quality art and beautiful setting, the Scottsdale Arts Festival will showcase 170 juryselected artists from North America, who work in painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other media. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the festival’s online art auction.

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Youth of the Year celebration The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is preparing to host this year’s “Youth of the Year” awards, which are part the Blue Door Ball. The organization’s largest fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Arizona Biltmore. During the Blue Door Ball, one child will be chosen as the Greater Scottsdale Chapter’s “Youth of the Year.” Sponsors for this year’s event include Tiffany & Bosco, Great American Title Company and Nationwide. Tickets are still available for this black-tie affair that will be hosted by Good Evening Arizona anchor Nicole Crites. The Blue Door Ball also features a live auction; up for grabs is a meal with Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald. For more information about the event or for tickets, visit https://www.

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including happy-hour drink specials, Official festival merchandise will build-your-own Bloody Marys, and be available at the Store at Scottsdale tastings, samplings and giveaways Center for the Performing Arts, which throughout the weekend. also offers a unique selection of artistDuring the Festival, made jewelry, imaginative admission will be free toys, decorative objects to Scottsdale Museum from around the world, of Contemporary Art well-designed furnishings (SMoCA), which features for home and office, music, the exhibitions “Betye books and greeting cards. Saar: Still Tickin’,” a Next door, Scottsdale retrospective showing Museum of Contemporary six decades of work by Art’s Shop@SMoCA this legendary American features more art-inspired artist, and “Bruce Munro: creations in its Arizona by Ferryman’s Crossing,” a Design section. Admission to the gallery-sized installation by the acclaimed U.K. Gentle Wind Necklace, 5 x Scottsdale Arts Festival artist, along with James 2 x 3/4 inches. Yumi Ueno, is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free Turrell’s “Knight Rise” Van Nuys, California. for children 12 skyspace and more. and younger and Exploring the members of the theme of “Art Scottsdale Cultural is Everywhere,” Council. A two-day Imagine Nation, the pass is available for festival’s free family $15. Tickets may be area, will offer a purchased in advance variety of sights, or at any festival sounds and handsentrance on the day on art activities of the event. Parking and entertainment and trolley service to engage the are free. Pets are imaginations of children and adults, Cobalt Abstract Vase. Glass, 14 x 14 not allowed, except including wearable x 4 inches. Ken and Ingrid Hanson, for trained service animals. Additional paper hats, story San Carlos, California. readers and dancing. SMoCA’s Young@ information is available through www. Art Gallery inside Scottsdale Center or (480) for the Performing Arts will feature the 499-TKTS (8587). Proceeds benefit exhibition “Yo Soy … Je Suis...I Am... the programs of Scottsdale Center for The Future,” featuring optimistic and the Performing Arts, a division of the insightful artwork by children with nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council. Scottsdale Center for the Performing developmental challenges from around the world. The Arizona Coyotes Youth Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in Mobile Tour will make a stop at the downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is festival, offering immersive technology available in the public parking garage and hands-on hockey skills stations, located on Wells Fargo Avenue, west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing among other fun activities. In collaboration with the Festival, Arts and behind Scottsdale Museum Scottsdale Public Art will offer a of Contemporary Art. Additional free guided walking tour ($15) of Old parking is available at the Old Town Town Scottsdale. Led by Scottsdale Parking Corral at East Second Street Public Art Director Donna Isaac and and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Center Library parking garage located Wendy Raisanen, the tour will start at on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Second Street. Festival visitors may Art at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 12, and use the free Scottsdale Trolley, which feature more than a dozen works of makes stops throughout downtown art. Tickets and additional details are Scottsdale and at Civic Center Park, available at www.ScottsdalePublicArt. as well as paid rideshare services Uber and E-tuks. org.


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By Megan Bridgeman Teenagers older than age 14 are invited to apply for the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy, a free, weeklong academy provided by Scottsdale Police and Fire departments. The academy is an opportunity for 42 teenagers with an interest in police and firefighting careers to participate in demonstrations and hands-on learning. Applicants must submit applications before March 25 and go through a background check. It’s recommended that teens submit their applications as soon as possible due to the high volume the departments receive. “It’s a great learning experience for all the different police and fire techniques, and how they do their job,” said Miranda Hoster, who participated in the academy last year. She is returning as a junior recruit training officer to help and encourage new recruits. The academy will be held June 6 through June 10, at the Tom Holtz Training Facility, 911 N. Stadem Dr. in Tempe, daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Recruits must attend the entire week. Teens will be split up into groups led by a police officer or firefighter. Past recruits of the academy will also participate by helping team leaders and encouraging other recruits. “I got to see what it’s like to work in


Public Safety Teen Academy looking for applicants the field of a police officer or firemen, and it made me want to be a firefighter,” Hoster said, “It’s a great opportunity.” Scheduled activities focus on police and fire demonstrations, including a simulated car wreck, a house on fire, and a look at how officers and firefighters work in unison. Recruits will get to participate in a demonstration of an investigation, climb a fire ladder, and go into a video simulation. “The best parts for me were driving with a police officer on an emergency drive, and I got to go into a smoke room in fire gear,” Hoster said. The recruits will get to see K-9, SWAT, bicycle and equestrian police units and learn about them. They will also learn hands-only CPR, how to operate fire extinguishers, and basic first aid. Lori Schmidt, Scottsdale public education officer, said, “The recruits will undergo huge character building, and gain knowledge and experience for police and fire.” At the conclusion of the academy, a graduation ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. June 10 at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef. Recruits will receive a certificate of completion, and awards will be handed out for achievements. To apply or for more information, visit public-safety-teen-academy.

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Members of the Scottsdale Baseball Club hang out in the dugout of Scottsdale Stadium in this photo from the 1950s. The Scottsdale Baseball Club raised funds to build the original Scottsdale Stadium, and the group later become the Scottsdale Charros

Celebrating 60 years of Spring Training in Scottsdale When the San Francisco Giants open their Cactus League season at home against the Los Angeles Angels on March 2, it will mark 60 years of Spring Training baseball in Scottsdale. The original Scottsdale Stadium was a wooden structure built in 1955 for the 1956 Baltimore Orioles, one of four teams in the Cactus League that

season. Bringing star players and professional teams like the Orioles and Cubs to Scottsdale was a group effort by the community. These historic photos feature baseball stars who came to Scottsdale for Spring Training and some of the community members who helped bring them here.

Left: In this 1959 photo, Red Sox star Ted Williams, right, poses with manager Mike Higgins, center, and Jackie Jensen, left, outside the old Scottsdale Stadium. The local sheriff and officers greet the players and manager.

In this undated photo, Charlie Briley, owner of the Pink Pony restaurant in Scottsdale, and “Dizzy” Dean, a professional pitcherturned-sportscaster, pose together. Briley is considered one of the most important figures in the establishment of Spring Training baseball in Scottsdale. His restaurant became a nationally known hangout for prominent members of the baseball world.

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neighborhood hearsay I try to keep this quiet, but I’ve been a golfer all my life. Countless times I’ve addressed the ball—usually as “Fred,” because somehow that always seems like a perfect ball name to me—and then sent it rolling along the carpeted path to glory. (What’s “the green” that golf commentators keep talking about?) I use only a putter, hitting the ball past a cardboard clown or plastic dragon that at-

tempts to interfere with the ball’s trajectory. I must say I’m very good at timing my shot so it slips right past the interfering clown or dragon and into the hole. But the old ways are passing and new ones coming in for us golfers. At Glow Putt Mini Golf, 9160 E. Shea Blvd., the owners have put a whole new spin on things. Gone are the clowns and dragons and such, are here to replace them are glowing borders that light up with special UV illumination. It’s a step toward puttputt maturity, I guess. Glow Putt Mini Golf has locations all over the country, but moved headquarters in 2014 from Maui to its newest building at 92nd Street and Shea. Check it out by visiting www.glowputtaz. com. Serious golfers only. How long is 37 years? Long enough for pianist Jeffrey Siegel to have educated and entertained two generations of music lovers eager to know more about the piano and the amazing repertoire written for it. Siegel, a New York pianist known especially for his performances of George Gershwin’s music, has been coming to the

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for almost two decades with his special blend of music-making and teaching. Siegel calls his programs “Keyboard Conversations”—performances of major works for the piano, prefaced by comments about the music’s history. His next program at the Center, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, is called “The Golden Age of the Piano” and will feature music by Gershwin, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff and Joplin. Tickets are $25 to $49; go to I must admit some favoritism in recommending Siegel’s performance. Jeffrey and I used to hang. Once back in the ‘90s, the two of us shut down a place called Wolf’s Deli in Manhattan. I’m serious here. Jeffrey and I went to lunch at Wolf’s and ordered an all-youcan-eat-as-long-as-it’s-meat special – all the pastrami, turkey and brisket you could consume for one set price. Little did the owners know they were up against pros. Jeffrey and I ate from noon until nearly dinner, and as we rolled ourselves out the door, I remember him saying, “My fingers need to go on a diet.” Less than a year later, Wolf’s was gone. I think we were too much for them.

dle-school teacher Maureen Brown at 124th Street and Shea Boulevard last October. Brown’s life was saved, but she continues to recover from serious injuries at a slow rate. Anyone with information on the driver, who was at the wheel of a dark, four-door sedan that day, can call Silent Witness at (480)-WITNESS. A $20,000 award is offered for information that leads to closing the case. The Black Student Union at Scottsdale Community College will present “My Life as a Crow” at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in the Turquoise Room of the SCC Student Union. The lecture, by Professor Bruce Thomas, will detail what it was like to be raised during the era of Jim Crow laws. The one-hour program is free and open to the public. Congratulations to Charleen Badman, chef at Scottsdale’s FnB, on her third semifinal nomination to the national honor of a James Beard Award for “Best Chef—Southwest.” The winners will be announced May 2 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Third time’s the charm.

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By Delaney Wood The Desert Mountain High School students came together Saturday, Feb. 13, to support Kurt Warner’s Treasure House by hosting their second annual Wolves’ Walk. Founded by the former NFL quarterback and his wife, Brenda, Treasure House strives to provide a structured, supported living community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

That was a cause that the students— and the community—could get behind. The offensive coordinator for DMHS football, Warner kicked off the 3K Wolves’ Walk by offering inspirational words to the group. Participants came together to walk or run around the track and later filled up on food from the Waffle Love truck, a unique attraction on the warm Saturday morning.


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Bommersbach tests the fiction waters with latest book By Kaddie Stephens Funeral hotdish: a real-life casserole recipe served after funerals at a church in North Dakota. But to Jana Bommersbach, one of Arizona’s most respected and acclaimed journalists, it sounded like a great title for first foray into fiction. “Hearing the name ‘funeral hotdish’ as the actual name of a food dish was astonishing at first, but then I thought, ‘Wow, what a great title for a book.’ I had a title, now it was just time for me to come up with a novel to go along with it,” Bommersbach said. It took the journalist about a year to come up with that novel, and “it is the first book I’ve written that is really a pure fiction story,” she added. A Phoenix resident born in Fargo, North Dakota, Bommersbach is known for her investigative reporting skills and has earned awards such as the Don Bolles Award for investigative reporting, national awards for commentaries on KAET-TV, and Arizona’s only literary prize, “The Scotty” for her novel on Winnie Ruth Judd. Bommersbach has also received the Presidential Award for Media Excellence from the Arizona Education Association. She has written nonfiction and historical novels based on stories she covered as a journalist. Her books include “The Truth Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd,” “Bones in the Desert” and “Cattle Kate.” “I adore writing historical fiction,” Bommersbach said. “It identifies both



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parts of me: the true story and the basis of the historical novel, which I am used to from my reporting days, and the creative writing part which is the fiction of a historical novel.” In “Funeral Hotdish,” however, Bommersbach gets in touch with her fictional side and creates the main character of Funeral Hotdish, Joya Bonner. Bonner is an investigative reporter who discovers that Sammy “The Bull” Gravano has been sent to Phoenix under the witness protection program, something about which her detective boyfriend is not happy. Around the same time, Bonner discovers a girl from her hometown in North Dakota overdosed on ecstasy. Bommersbach arrived at the idea after covering the Gravano story. He was, indeed, sent to Phoenix as part of the witness protection program, and was subsequently arrested by police for running the largest ecstasy ring in the Southwest. The Phoenix Police Department refused to tell the FBI out of fear that it would send him out of town. “It was just such an interesting combination of weird events going on,” she said. “We have a major crime figure, a major police department and a major crime department working with and around each other and it was so compelling to write a story about a reporter unraveling all of this.” Bommersbach is working on a sequel with the same character, however, she said it probably will not be complete until the fall of 2017.

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By Kristin Kinghorn Students also performed songs and Principal skits that talked about ROAR behavior. Canyon Elementary School We are proud of the positive behavior OVEDesert ABOUT THE J? It’s a New Year at Desert Canyon our students exhibit every day. One of Elementary School and the New Year our vision goals at Desert Canyon is brings new adventures to its staff and to empower each child. Our teachers students. Students were welcomed empower children by helping them back this semester with an outstanding see the link between hard work and PBIS assembly arranged by the student achievement. We call this the “growth council. Students and teachers came mindset.” Students who believe they can together to show their ROAR behavior. learn from their mistakes and work hard Desert Canyon Students pride to overcome obstacles, achieve more themselves on being respectful, having than students who do not. Students outstanding character, appreciating who believe some people are born others| and being responsible. smart or dumb tend to give up when a CAMP YOUTH PROGRAMS Students kicked off the new semester challenge comes their way. We want to by listening to a motivational speech teach our students to persevere in times TNESS CLASSES | FITNESS CENTER by former MLB player Chad Moeller. of trouble rather than be quitters. This Moeller SALT spoke to students POOL about is why we encourage students to think HEATED WATER persevering through difficult tasks and “I am not done yet.” Researcher Carol how positive behavior and character Dweck calls this the “power of yet.” takes you far in life. Students were The school is located at 10203 E. motivated by Moeller’s speech and McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd. For are continuing to push themselves in more information, call (480) 484-1700 r of all theareas—academically, J, you not only sociallyhave and or visit physically. schools/desert-canyon-es/.


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DMHS freshmen, junior varsity and varsity basketball players contributed to the event. One of the ways in which Treasure House is helping the community is by building a 30-unit residence for young adults, according to the organization’s House Programming Coordinator Jesse Jo Stanton. “We are trying to raise enough funds to provide a mortgage-free residence for our young adults.” The Warner family’s goal this year was to top last year’s donation total of $1,300. Jordan Brown, sophomore class president

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the City luncheon raised $24,000 for the program, which relies entirely on donations from the local business community and other organizations. “This event is more than just talking about things happening in Scottsdale,” Lane said. “It’s an opportunity to meet people who share a passion for this great

at Desert Mountain, said she was more than happy to help realize that goal. “We decided to put this together because Kurt Warner’s son, Kade Warner, goes to Desert Mountain. ... We wanted to support our fellow students,” Brown said. During the 3K walk/run on the track, individuals who are disabled actively participated as well. Kate Schmitzer, a participant of the Wolves’ Walk, spoke about her disability and expressed that this was her first time at the Wolves’ Walk. She said she loved the event. “I love that this is supporting people like me, who need assistance and help,” Schmitzer said. “Basically it’s nice that I can be like anyone else.” city while supporting a community program that has a tremendous positive impact in Scottsdale.” The annual State of the City Address is hosted by the Scottsdale Business Development Forum, a private organization whose goal is to proactively recruit businesses to the region and strengthen the city’s economy. To RSVP, call (480) 312-2466 or email

North Scottsdale United Methodist Church hosting ‘Surf Shack’ day camp North Scottsdale United Methodist Church’s 2016 summer day camp, “Surf Shack,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 1, at the church. It is open to all children ages 3 through 12. The requested donation is $45 per child for the entire week’s program. At “Surf Shack,” children will discover how to surf through life with God and others. The adventure includes curriculum from Steve Spangler Science, www.stevespanglerscience. com/. Campers will experience scripture stories through energizing music, interactive Bible puppetry, super science experiments, creative crafts, hands-on mission work, delicious snacks and active games. There will also be a 12-foot waterslide for the campers to enjoy on Friday. Call the church office at (480) 9480529 to request a registration form or visit it online at and print a registration form that will need to be returned to the church office at

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11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., or stop by Monday morning, June 27, with a completed registration form for each child. North Scottsdale United Methodist Church celebrates the love of God through Christ by having two services on Sunday—8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.— plus Sunday school classes for children and youth. Other children and youth activities include children’s choir, youth band, volleyball, mission trips, small groups, festivals, carnivals and youth groups. NSUMC also offers adult Bible studies, men’s and women’s groups, choirs, retreats, holiday events, turn-around trips, mission trips and more. If you are interested in additional information about the church or any of these events, call its office at (480) 948-0529, check its website www., https://www.facebook. com/NorthScottsdaleUMC , https:// or visit.

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contracted Macgillivray Freeman Films to produce the film for the facility’s 3-D Theatre. As the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 38 films for IMAX theaters, Macgillivray Freeman has won numerous international awards including two Academy Award nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. Adjacent to the OdySea Aquarium, the 1-acre marketplace that includes restaurants, retail and entertainment has contracted California Pools & Landscape who will begin construction for the 10 individual fountains and a performance stage in the center courtyard. Opening July 2016, the OdySea Aquarium will be the largest aquarium in the southwest. The 16-acre stateof-the-art facility will include a 3-D theater, a SeaTrek experience and acrylic underwater walkways for visitors to explore all areas of marine life from the bayous and coral reefs to deep abysses of fresh water and salt water. There will also be a Lighthouse Café, and the OdySea Treasures Gift Shop. The OdySea Aquarium is located at is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. For more information, call (480) 9512100 or visit www.odyseaaquarium. com.


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HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR COLLEGE? n 2010, researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce forecasted that by 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some college and that there will be a shortfall of 300,000 college graduates each year through 2018. In order for America to reach the national goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, every American needs to complete at least one year of education beyond high school. In today’s economy, having just a high school diploma will not secure your future. Whether you plan to complete a certificate, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree, the following information includes a checklist that will help you get ready for college and information to help you find ways to fund your education beyond high school.


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• If you still need assistance, attend one of Arizona’s statewide College Goal FAF$A events for free help. Visit www.collegegoal. to find a location near you. • Use FAFSA4caster at www. to estimate how much federal student aid you might receive. This information will help you and your parents plan ahead. Compare the results in the FAFSA4caster to the actual costs at the colleges to which you have applied. SPRING SENIOR YEAR • Continue to stay focused in school. Second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility. • Stay involved in school- or community-based activities that interest you or let you explore career interests. Consider working or volunteering. Remember it’s quality, (not quantity) that counts. • Complete any last scholarship applications. • Review your college acceptance letters and the financial aid awards you have received. For each school you are considering, what will be your family’s remaining expenses after financial aid is credited? Compare this remaining “expense” as an evaluation factor between colleges. • When you decide which vocational, community college or university you want to attend, notify that school of your commitment and submit any required financial deposit. Many schools require this notification and deposit by May 1. HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE When planning how to pay for college, families should view the following resources as pieces of a pie that fit together to make a whole plan. 1. Federal student aid 2. Scholarships 3. Savings FEDERAL STUDENT AID The first step to paying for

college each year is to apply for federal student aid. Most colleges, universities, and scholarship foundations require students to complete the Free Application for Federal student aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for any state, institutional or private grants or scholarships. This free application will also determine if you qualify for any federal financial aid programs. You should never pay to complete a Federal Aid application! The U.S. Department of Education awards about $150 billion each year in grants, work-study funds and loans with favorable repayment terms to more than 15 million students. Federal student aid can be used to pay for education related expenses, such as tuition and fees; room and board; books and supplies; a computer; and transportation. TYPES OF FEDERAL STUDENT AID There are three main types of federal student aid: Grants: A grant is free money that does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for federal grants is based on financial need and a minimum grade point average (GPA). Work Study: This is a work program through which students with financial need can earn federal aid money to help pay for school. The program encourages community service work or work related to the student’s course of study. Jobs can be located on or off-campus, however students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during school. While workstudy income is reported as taxable income when completing the FAFSA each year, it is also reported as financial aid income and is excluded from the financial needs calculation for the following year. Student Loans: A student loan is money borrowed from the federal government to help pay for education that must be repaid with interest. Students may borrow money for vocational, community college, university or career school. Student loans offered by the federal government usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from private

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banks. The current interest rate for undergraduate federal student loans is 4.29 percent. Other benefits of federal student loans are: • no collateral is required and they do not require a credit check, • loan amount eligibility each year is based on grade level • all borrowers get a sixth-month grace period before beginning repayment, • repayment follows a standard 10year plan, but you could sign up for an income-driven repayment plan, • interest paid on federal student loans can be tax deductible, • certain types of teaching or public service may qualify for loan forgiveness, • loans may be discharged if you become totally and permanently disabled. The best resource for more information about federal student aid programs is www.studentaid. You can visit the website to see what questions are trending and learn about any new changes to the application process each year. Apply for federal student aid any time after Jan. 1 during your high school senior year. You should apply no later than Feb. 14 to ensure you meet most college and university priority filing deadlines of March 1. If you are unsure of the priority financial aid and scholarship filing deadlines at the schools you are interested in attending, contact the admissions or financial aid office right away to find out. Go to to complete the FAFSA online. It takes about 26 minutes on average to complete the application online. If you have any questions while filling out the application, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-4333243). If you would like free in-person assistance to complete the FAFSA, the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education is coordinating Arizona’s statewide College Goal FAFSA events. Visit to find a location near you. SCHOLARSHIPS Everyone wants free money to help them attend college.

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... continued from page 24 There are many types of scholarships (they don’t all require that you have outstanding grades!), and they are provided by many different organizations. Each scholarship provider has its own application process and rules to determine who will receive its scholarship. Your job is to find as many scholarships for which you think you might qualify, and apply by the deadlines. Grants and scholarships are often called “gift aid” because the money is free, a form of state or private financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Grants are often needbased, while scholarships can be merit, talent or skill-based. Some scholarships have both a need and a merit component. Be sure to read the qualification requirements for all scholarships and grants you intend to apply for. Grants and scholarships can come from federal government agencies, state government agencies, directly from your college or career school or a private or nonprofit organization. No scholarship is too small since every dollar counts! You might be able to get a scholarship for being a good student or a great basketball player, for being Polish, for being a member of a certain church, or because your parent works for a particular company. There are many scholarship options out there. Find out more through research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for and be sure to meet the application deadlines. Note: There is no “secret” scholarship money out there. You don’t need to pay a consultant or join a society just because they say they can help you find scholarships. You should never pay to receive free money for school. Avoid scholarship scams. Free sources of information include: • The U.S. Department of Education’s free online scholarship search at • FinAid! The Smart Guide to Financial Aid at scholarships • Peterson’s Scholarship Guide at • FastWeb Scholarship Search at • Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae scholarships • Arizona Community Foundation at

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• The Endowment Scholarship offices at the colleges or universities you are interested in attending • Your public library’s reference section • Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses or civic groups • Organizations and professional associations related to your field of interest • Ethnicity-based organizations • Your employer or your parent’s employer(s) SAVINGS Many people forget about savings as an important component of their plan to pay for college. Some families feel like it may be too late to start saving, but that’s not true. According to a longitudinal study released in 2012 by Washington University in St. Louis, “children with any college savings are six times more likely to attend a four-year college than children with no dedicated college savings account.” While the dollar amounts saved in the study were not significant, involving the child in the act of saving clearly expressed the family’s intent for the child to go to college. In addition, the study found that a child with college savings of $500 or more was five times more likely to graduate from college than a child with no savings account. It is never too late to continue saving for your child’s college education. Involve the student and other members of your family in saving toward their college goal. If you have not opened a tax-deferred college savings account, you can find information about the tax advantages at Any contributions made to a 529 College Savings account by an Arizona resident can be claimed as an Arizona income tax deduction, up to $2,000 each year for individual tax filers or $4,000 for married couples filing jointly. While college costs continue to

INVESTMENT OPTIONS The State of Arizona offers one of the most diversified 529 College Savings plans in the country. Arizona’s 529 Savings Plan benefits include: • Contributions and earnings grow free from federal and Arizona State income taxes when used to pay qualified higher education expenses. • College savings offered through three financial institutions that include choices of FDIC-insured CDs, mutual fund options, and agebased portfolios. • Assets are not considered when determining Arizona financial aid awards.


• Savings can be used at all U.S. Department of Education accredited universities, colleges, private colleges and vocational schools in the United States, as well as eligible foreign institutions. • Allows for anyone to make contributions (grandparents, family members, friends). • Ability to begin saving with as little as $15 a month. • Ability to change account beneficiaries within the same family. • If there are still funds left in the account after your oldest child completes their college degree, the account beneficiary can be changed from the oldest child to another member of the family. According to the chart below, the beneficiary could be changed to another sibling, to the beneficiary’s spouse, back to the parent to complete a PhD, or to a grandchild. MEMBER OF THE FAMILY The Arizona Family College Savings Program offers a wide variety of choices through three financial institutions. Choices include CD’s, adviser-sold mutual fund options, direct-sold mutual fund options, passively and actively

managed accounts, indexed, agebased portfolios and self-designed custom strategy options. Choices are offered so that your investment goals can be targeted for the timeline that best fits your needs.* MORE TAX SAVING TIPS Go to and read IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education to see how you or

student might benefit from federal income tax credits for education expenses. The Hope Scholarship, Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, and the Tuition and Fees Deduction are some of the tax benefits available for educational expenses. Up to $2,500 a year in student loan interest can be deducted on an income tax return without itemizing.

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i.d.e.a. Museum invites visitors to dive in with ‘FantaSEA’ exhibit By Kimberly Hosey Families can get a taste of the ocean right in the Valley, as the i.d.e.a. Museum goes below the waves with its latest immersive exhibit— pun intended. In addition to the Mesa museum’s regular offerings, “Underwater FantaSEA” will showcase stunning artwork, engage imaginations of all ages and emphasize the value of oceans to our world and to each of us. It’s well worth the 20-minute drive from Scottsdale. The exhibit runs through Sunday, May 29, and will also feature activities to enhance your oceanic explorations. As you and your little marine biologists and art lovers explore “FantaSEA,” you’ll also be embarking on an expedition to “discover” various

mysterious sea creatures. Along the way, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the oceans’ importance, biodiversity, history and more, as well as meet scientists who have made crucial discoveries and still study the oceans today. Among the activities available, kids will be inspired to create their own oceanic art masterpieces, can “become” jellyfish or suit up to explore the ocean in make-believe play stations, and can view live underwater webcams in the Atlantic Ocean. They can even hear sounds of marine mammals “talking” to one another and can pick up enough knowledge on our seas to wear the mantle of marine biologist, if only as a beginner. They’ll hardly realize they’re learning.

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techniques and more as they learn beginning watercolor techniques and create ocean scenes. Ages: 5 to 12 Cost: Member $7, Nonmember $15

The i.d.e.a. Museum, standing for “Imagination. Design. Experience. Art,” is a destination for art, learning and discovery for kids of all ages—a place where families can work Dramatic Yoga and Movement, 10 across generations to play and create a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Thursday, April 7 imaginative experiences. Young visitors can move like sea Any time you visit, the museum creatures as they practice creative will offer its current exhibition as yoga. Swim like fish, relax like sea stars, well as studios, rooms exercise like dolphins for crafts and physical and create oceanic play, an outdoor area meditation bottles. perfect for grabbing a Ages: 2 to 5 snack or picnic lunch Cost: Member $7, while the weather is Nonmember $15 still nice, and the “Hub” near the front of the Spray, Splash, Squeeze museum. The busy, Infant Messy Creations, brightly colored fanThursday, 10 a.m. to favorite area features 11 10:30 a.m., April 14 interactive stations to Explore, sense and trigger imagination and play without the cleancreativity, like “Face up, and make art with Frames” where guests your baby. (Registration create decorative includes all-day museum glasses by first choosing admission for both frames (using pipe parent and child) cleaners, pre-printed Ages: 6 months to 24 frame patterns or 3-D Wake Up and See the Light months (Child must glasses), and then by Scott McNeill, who has a be accompanied by an decorating them with studio in Tempe. adult) materials like feathers, glitter, gems Cost: Member $3, Nonmember $11 and stickers. If ever you wanted to craft with your kids without the hassle The museum will also offer a spring of gathering all the materials, i.d.e.a. is break camp Monday, March 14, to the place for you. Friday, March 18; full of art, play, The museum also features an art science experiments and more as studio, rooms for food crafts and campers learn about life under the physical play, an outdoor area for sea. Camp is $13 a day for members picnic lunches. and $16 for nonmembers, or for a full One of my son’s (and OK, my) week is $50 for members and $65 for favorite areas is the Black Light Room. nonmembers. Bathed in ultraviolet light and with Find out more about the spring break toys and painting that picks it up, the and daily themes at www.ideamuseum. room evokes a campsite experience. A org/spring-break.html, and find a full “fire” glows in one corner, one entire list of classes at wall is devoted to a black-light mural classes.html. Regular admission to the museum of clouds, moon and moonlit water; and tents are set up for enthusiastic is $8; members and children younger campers, complete with hand-cranked than 1 are free. The museum is open lanterns. Wear clothes with white, and 9 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. you’ll really glow. The museum is offering a wide variety of classes themed around the i.d.e.a. Museum exhibition, including: 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa 85201 Art Core: Watercolor, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 10 Kids will experiment with salt, brush

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Spring is in the air and it’s stimulating my desire to grow beautiful flowers. Unlike past years when I’ve given in to this urge, I’m finally accepting reality: I have a black thumb and no amount of sunlight and chirping birds is going to change that. I may not be able to keep plants alive but I have an X-acto knife and I know how to use it! You will need: Aluminum cans, X-acto knife, scissors, 20-gauge 18-inch green annealed floral wire, bottle caps or colorful beads, hot glue gun. law talk


Use a hot glue gun to affix a bottle cap or colorful beads to the centers of the flowers. Once the glue has solidified, turn the flower over. Bend one edge of the green annealed floral wire into a spiral and apply generous amounts of hot glue to affix the floral wire to the back of the flower.

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To make leaves for your flowers, cut the top and bottom off of a can, then cut from end to end and flatten the aluminum so it sits flush. Use your scissors to cut leaf shapes, leaving a long enough stem to wrap around the floral wire. Use a dull pencil to score veins

Cutting cans Rinse and dry the cans you will be using so they aren’t sticky. Hold the can gently but firmly in one hand and use the X-acto knife to slice the top off the can. Once the top is removed, use the scissors to even out the cut edge. This will help with marking future cut lines. To get evenly divided strips, I first bent the cut edge in half, creasing the two corners, then repeating the procedure to divide the top into 4 pieces. Repeat the process twice more, folding the can into quarters and then eighths. The final bend came from finding the halfway point between two adjacent creases. I ended up with 16 creases which I used as the starting point to cut straight down to the bottom of the can, leaving me with 16 strips of aluminum radiating out from the central hub of the can’s base. Note: The thinner the strip of aluminum, the easier it is to fold out from the base, but this is not necessary. There are many aluminum flower designs that can be made from thicker strips of aluminum. biz box

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into the leaves. Fold the leaf stem in half, apply a small dot of hot glue, then affix to the stem of the flower using a pencil to hold the edges together until the glue cools down.

Enjoy! The beauty of these flowers is that they can be displayed indoors and outdoors and in a variety of containers. Set them how you want, walk away and don’t worry about keeping them alive!


Woven petals design Choose one of the strips of aluminum and fold it at approximately a 45-degree angle so that the end rests in the center of the third strip to the right. Repeat the process with each third strip, folding it to cover the sharp edge of the strip that was folded onto it. After a full rotation, continue the process until all of the strips have been folded over. Tuck the last folded strip under the piece that it’s end rests on, this will lock the design into place.


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Curled petals design Fold each of the strips of aluminum so that they are perpendicular to the table. Curl each strip of aluminum around a pencil or other small, round object until you reach the top of where the strip is folded at an angle. The smaller the object, the tighter the curl. Curling with the printed edge out will make a very colorful flower, curling with the inside facing out will create a mostly silver flower.

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Get up close and personal with the 2016 D-backs team and get autographs, visit the clubhouse, take photos with the players, test your swing in the batting cages, and buy really cool merch at the yard sale. WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix COST: Free INFO:

The Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a Jousting Tournament and a feast, all rolled into one nonstop, daylong, family adventure. WHEN: Weekends through March 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Arizona Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12601 U.S. Highway 60, Gold Canyon COST: $9 to $24 INFO: (520) 463-2600 or


Parada Del Sol Rodeo

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Party Safari

Get ready to enjoy exclusive animal encounters, family-friendly food and beverage sampling, live music and entertainment. WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 28, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: $20 to $70 INFO: (602) 286-3800 or party-safari/


Scottsdale Giant Race

The courses tour scenic Scottsdale before finishing on the field of Scottsdale Stadium. WHEN: Saturday, March 5, at 7 a.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale COST: $20 to $75 INFO: (415) 972-1881 or


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Bring the little ones to an exciting, live telling of “The Cat in the Hat” to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Toys and Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 116, Scottsdale COST: $15 per child; free for adults. Registration required INFO: (480) 948-4630

Family Weekend: String Break (with a Side of Science) allows kids to have fun with instruments from around the world, like banjos, violins and ukuleles. WHEN: Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix COST: $10 to $20, museum admission included INFO: (480) 478-6000 or


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This family-friendly festival includes a battle between western, country-western and southern rock bands; top gunfighter performers from around the United States, a western play zone and more. WHEN: Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 13, various times WHERE: Throughout Cave Creek COST: Free INFO:

Parents can bring their cameras and take free photos of their children with the EB. There will also be an Easter egg hunt from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHEN: Saturday, March 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Sportball, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 115, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 245-6818 or

10 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival The renowned festival boasts national and local entertainment, great food, beverages and, of course, ostriches. WHEN: Friday, March 11, from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler COST: $7 to $140 INFO:

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Owned by cats I have two cats, or better put, they have me. Cats aren’t actually owned by humans. It’s a fallacy perpetuated by dogs that delight in being owned and coming when they’re called. My cats grace me with their presence when they want, not when I call. They strut through the house with the dignity of royalty. Never mind they were both abandoned as kittens. One was found in a cardboard box on the side of the road, the other wandering the parking lot of a home improvement store. Technically, they have humble roots and should be thankful we took them in and provided a warm spot for their naps. But they know nothing of technicalities or humility. They are cats. And as such, they are assured, without any hint of a doubt, they are the supreme beings of our domicile, the planet, and most likely the entire

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universe. They possess powers and authority incomprehensible to mere humans. Not only that, they may want to kill us. Cat research made the news recently when a study compared domestic cats to larger cats in the wild saying both breeds have strong characteristics related to dominance, impulsiveness and neuroticism. And, both are predators with an instinct to hunt and eat their kill. Some researchers concluded that our cats would kill us, if only they could. Trouble is, we’re too big. So although cats are smarter and better than humans in every way possible, in this case, size does matter. In addition to their extremely honed balance, super-kinetic jumping skills and other worldly hunting abilities (among countless

additional attributes) my cats are telepathic. At various times of the day—at their choosing—they sit atop a perch on the cabinet directly in front of the TV and stare with the tenacity and intensity of Spock doing a mind meld. This is because I think they are attempting a mind meld by telepathically sending the message, “Give me all the catnip, simple worthless human.” Unfortunately, as a simple human, I am not as evolved as the feline species and as such have not yet mastered the skill of telepathy. I can only guess what they desire because when I get up to fetch a cup of tea from the kitchen, they follow me greedily and alternate the death stare between their treat dish and yours truly. Which brings me to the most astounding and impressive fact about my elusive and elite felines. Despite their haughty temperament and persnickety demeanor, I’ve taught one of them to perform a cat trick. He doesn’t exactly perform on demand. He has to be in the right frame of mind and know it is time for

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his daily dose of nip. Then, and only then, he will shake hands. That’s right. My cat shakes hands. If I hadn’t witnessed the feat (or better put, paw) with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have thought it possible because as a general rule, my cats don’t do anything I ask of them. They also don’t particularly like people pawing with their paws, which under normal circumstances would make shaking hands with a human a deplorable experience. It probably is deplorable. I never said my cat enjoys shaking his paw. I said he will do it—for the right price, or in this case cat treats. I’m sure there will come a time when his hatred for cat tricks overcomes his desire for treats. At that point he will probably give in to his cat instincts and attempt to kill me. For now, though, I still have the upper hand. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

By Kathy Burwell “I want students to know what it is like to be in college,” stated Dr. Jeff Kuperschmidt, instructor for the Desert Mountain High School (DMHS) human physiology and anatomy (HPA) course. “That’s why I set my expectations high and treat all of my students as if they were in college. We use a college textbook in the class,” and the expectation is that students not only memorize, but that they also demonstrate what they have learned by developing models. Class projects allow students to see the mechanics and physiology being taught. Completed models include building a muscle, artery and a marionette 3-D model that shows how muscles contract. Additionally, students have multiple opportunities to dissect in the class. Over the course of the year, students dissect a sheep brain, pig heart and a complete cat. Viashen, formerly a student at BASIS, stated that the main difference between learning in the HPA class at DMHS and science classes at his former school, BASIS, was the hands on component. “At BASIS, the classes were more theoretic and based in rote memorization. In the HPA class at DMHS, I am expected not only to memorize important information, but to apply what I have learned through models. The models help us learn because they give us an opportunity to experience hands on learning rather than just studying what’s in the books.” Kuperschmidt also brings guest speakers into his class. He wants his class to hear from past students who are now applying what they learned either in a collegiate setting or in the workforce. “While HPA was one of the most challenging classes I took as a high school student, it was also one of the most rewarding classes. In college, I was able to sail through biology and often tutored other students who were not as fortunate to have been exposed to a class like HPA,” stated Samantha, a former student. While many students in the class planned for careers in medicine, student career aspirations also included


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around the neighborhood The 63rd Annual Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival entertained viewers from Scottsdale and the surrounding areas on Saturday, Feb. 13. The parade route mirrored the original 1959 parade route, and the original family barbecue has been dubbed the Trail’s End Festival designed to attract tourists and residents to Old Town Scottsdale. Photos by Tim Sealy 1. Coltrane Schwartz and his dad, Michael, feed a persistent goat in the petting zoo. 2. Allison McDonnell gets a taste of the wild west as she pans for gold. 3. Darren Cannon and Julianna Allen share a giggle as the parade goes by. 4. Mariko Zemnick of Fallen Feathers rescue shows off one of their rehabilitated birds, a Harris Hawk that has been with the rescue for three year 5. A Classic Thunderbird carries the representatives from he American Legion Auxillary’s Unit 44 from Scottsdale. 6. Sophia Robinson and Tristan Phillips love the parade. 7. The Bridwell Girls lead off the parade. 8. Performers of all sorts took part in the parade. 9. Shannon Brousseau helps Samuel Bailey get a better view of the parade. 10. Madison Pick and Avery Heetland keep watch for the next parade entry.


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COST: Free INFO: (540) 905-2315 or “Late Nite Catechism III: ‘Til Death Do Us Part” In this popular sequel to “Late Nite Catechism” comedies, Sister offers up the latest dogma fresh off the Internet, some hilarious lessons about love and marriage, and her own outrageous version of “The Newlywed Game.” When: Saturdays Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 5, March 12 and March 19, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Pilobolus Pilobolus uses diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the understanding of dance. WHEN: Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Scottsdale Concert Band The 75-member collective will perform the world premiere of the concert band arrangement of Concerto in A Major by Alex Blumenfeld, featuring pianist Andrew O’Brien. Also on the program is “Bond...James Bond,” arranged by Stephen Bulla, “Russian Folk Dances” and “The Fire of Eternal Glory” by Shostakovich. WHEN: Sunday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Saguaro High School auditorium, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (602) 327-3168 or Sunday A’Fair Sunday A’Fair’s La Gran Fiesta: A Celebration of Latin and Hispanic Cultures showcases live music and dance, arts and crafts, fun activities for families, delicious cuisine and more. WHEN: Sunday, March 6, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free

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Talk Cinema Mixing Hollywood glamour with the element of surprise, Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Talk Cinema founder Harlan Jacobson selects each film from leading festivals and patrons will not know until arrival which movie will be shown. WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $17 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Broadway Back Together: Avenue Q featuring John Tartaglia, Ann Harada, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Alex Gemignani and music director Gary Adler The show features the talents of original cast members of the Tony Award-winning smash hit “Avenue Q,” the laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment. WHEN: Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

TAO: Seventeen Samurai Living and training in the rugged mountains of Japan, the athletic, young drummers of TAO bring precision, energy and stamina to their explosive performances. WHEN: Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, March 11, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series—“La Rondine” Screened in HD, the Grand Opera Cinema Series features recent productions of the world-renowned San Francisco Opera. WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $12 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Scottsdale Arts Festival The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a weekend-long celebration of art, music, food and family fun. It features 175 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada. WHEN: Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $10; $5 students; free for members and children ages 12 and younger INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Cherish the Ladies: Irish Homecoming Taking its name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies initially won recognition as the first and only all-women traditional Irish band. Combining virtuoso instrumental talents, vocals and step dancing, the group celebrates all facets of Irish traditional culture. WHEN: Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $29 to $59 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

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perform a Tchaikovsky piano concerto, Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony and Shostakovich’s Symphony 5. The experience in the group shows. A 33-year music teacher in the Mesa Public Schools district, Nichols has spent most of his career as the director of orchestras at Mesa and then Dobson high schools. In addition to a host of musicians, AJay Patel serves as associate conductor, co-founder Dr. Carl Reiter is executive director and co-founder Joy Patridge, CPA, serves as board president. An NAU graduate, Reiter served as the executive director for the Arizona School of Fine Arts and Science, and taught music at Grand Canyon University. “I am excited and gratified to see the tremendous audience support this orchestra has received,” Reiter said. “This is a unique orchestra. A group of professional musicians that sees no limit and is eager to present the finest quality concerts to the public.” The Scottsdale Philharmonic also features a Youth Orchestra for serious young musicians in grades 6 through 12. It is led by Myra Lin, concertmaster of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. “It’s a great way to introduce children to classical music,” Droll said. But perhaps most importantly, Droll also is quick to say that Scottsdale Philharmonic concerts are worth attending. An upcoming concert includes 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, when it performs Wagner: Lohengrin prelude Act 1, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral and Copland: Appalachian spring. Admission is free, but if concertgoers prefer a reserved ticket, there is a $15 charge. “I didn’t mean to get real involved, but that’s the way it turned out, and I’m trying my best” Droll said of pushing publicity for the Scottsdale Philharmonic. “A performance put on by the Scottsdale Philharmonic truly is a gift to the people.” For more information, call (480) 951-6077 or visit www.

By Mike Sakal Just a few months ago, Fran Doll of Scottsdale saw a need to promote the Scottsdale Philharmonic—a nonprofit organization that performs throughout the year for free. Her friend, Betty Scott, serves on its advisory board, and Droll, a former advertising representative for the Detroit Free Press, knew what to do. Droll became the publicity coordinator for the 92-member Scottsdale Philharmonic led by Conductor Robert Nichols. The Scottsdale Philharmonic has entered its fifth year and calls the newly renovated, 2,000-capacity Scottsdale Bible Church Auditorium at 7601 E. Shea Blvd., its home. “The first thing I thought of was to get the word out,” Droll said of her volunteer role. “They needed recognition. They are a full orchestra and put on beautiful performances. They perform very well. It’s definitely world-class.” Founded in 2012, the Scottsdale Philharmonic’s mission is to make classical music available to audiences of all ages. Funded by private contributions and the business community, the Scottsdale Philharmonic is gaining momentum— and Droll is doing her part to make sure of it. Recently, she conducted a “Man on the Street” interview poll about the philharmonic, and was amazed. “I asked people about what they thought of the Scottsdale Philharmonic, and they said, “Scottsdale has a Philharmonic? Gee, I’ve never heard of them.” So, Droll took her publicity role— and perhaps her religion—to a creative level. When she passes out church bulletins before Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, she slips in an informational card about the Scottsdale Philharmonic. The crowds attending performances are getting larger, Droll said. In fact, there were nearly 2,000 in attendance at the philharmonic’s last concert on Nov. 22 when it performed a Mozart Symphony and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” On Feb. 21, it is scheduled to

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on the town By Kenneth LaFave

La Pizzetta La Pizzetta has “rendezvous” written all over it. The little Italian café, tucked away among a few other buildings in a corner of McDowell Mountain Ranch, has intimate charm, red-checkered tablecloths and the glow of a desert sunset at dinner time. It’s a place you take a special someone to escape the loud restaurants of today’s urban culture. So it’s only appropriate that La Pizzetta’s new head chef started cooking for reasons more romantic than culinary. “I’ll tell you the truth,” said Pietro Pizzuro. “I got into cooking because in Sicily, I would take a girl out to dinner

at a restaurant, and then that was it. She would go home. “But when I cooked for her at my place,” Pizzuro adds with a broad smile, “she would stay.” That was a while ago—a few decades and half-a-world ago. When young Pizzuro ventured forth from his small hometown to the Sicilian capital of Palermo to learn cooking, he found a new life. “In Sicily, we cooked for today, not tomorrow,” he recalled. “The fish was caught that morning and on your plate that afternoon. We pressed our own olive oil and made our own tomato sauce from scratch every day.”

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That’s the kind of devotion to fresh ingredients and homemade preparation that Pizzuro intends to bring to La Pizzetta. Pizzuro was named the eatery’s new head chef in January. Primarily a pizza shop since its opening last year, La Pizzetta is expanding under Pizzuro to include pastas, Chef Pizzuro wants to bring Sicilian homemade preparation to Scottsdale. gnocchi and desserts. Pizzas will continue to be featured as Pizzuro left Sicily as a young man for well. New York, where his family owned a Some of Pizzuro’s signature dishes number of pizza shops. Eventually, he include Strozzapreti Salsiccia, a hand- left for Ohio, where he started his own rolled pasta in a sausage sauce with network of pizza places. He eventually cream and parmesan; homemade moved to the Valley, where he opened gnocchi with mascarpone; and Pizza 10 Café Romas and Il Forno in Mesa. Bianca. Horse racing took him away from “I also make a heck of a seafood cuisine for a while, and for several pizza, with calamari, mussels, white years he owned and raced a stable fish in garlic and mozzarella, finished of horses at Phoenix’s Turf Paradise with a sauce that has a clam-juice base,” during the winters, and in California Pizzuro added. in the summers. Another pizza new on La Pizzetta’s The horses didn’t turn out as he had menu is Pizzuro’s “Michelangelo,” a hoped. veggie pie featuring grilled zucchini, “Things went bad for me, and so eggplant, Portobello mushroom, here I am, starting all over again in roasted red peppers and garlic. the restaurant business, which is more The flour used in La Pizzetta crusts is solid.” sourced from Italy, and local produce is That’s good fortune for Scottsdale used whenever possible. lovers of Italian food—and for The ubiquity of garlic on the menu is Scottsdale’s lovers. in keeping with Pizzuro’s Sicilian roots. La Pizzetta “In Sicily, everything is more garlicky,” he said, adding that, if one 10411 E. McDowell Mountain has been to Rome or Venice but not to Ranch Rd. Sicily, then one “has never really been Scottsdale 85255 (480) 521-1101 to Italy.”

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What’s Cooking? By Jan D’Atri

Killer Potato Salad Just check the weather almanacs. They confirm that Phoenix’s average daily temperature this time of year is between 74 and 82 degrees. You know what that means, don’t you? Pool party, picnics and potato salad weather here we come! One of the favorite sides for any picnic or buffet is a great homemade potato salad that keeps your palate interested. The potatoes can’t be overcooked, it has to have a crunch

and it has to have a punch. This recipe from reader Steve Rogan has all of that and then some! His potato salad is simple and savory, with just the right kick from the dill pickles, garlic and red onions. This is a party-size recipe, because if your picnickers don’t finish it off, there will be some leftover for you the next day. Spice it up, kick it up and then gobble it up—and bring on the Arizona sunshine!


Killer Potato Salad Ingredients 10 russet Potatoes, medium to large 1 1/4 cups dill pickles, diced or chopped fine 3 large or extra large hard-boiled eggs, shredded with cheese grater 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chopped garlic (not chopped garlic in jar) 2 cups celery, diced small 2 cups red onions, chopped fine 2 cups mayonnaise (Best Foods) 1 tablespoon prepared specialty mustard like stone ground or Dijon Salt and pepper to taste

Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 20 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork but still firm. Drain, cool, peel and dice potatoes into small cubes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add dill pickles, shredded eggs, garlic, celery, red onions, mayonnaise and mustard. Gently stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. About potatoes (From www. Buying Look for clean, smooth, firmtextured potatoes with no cuts, bruises or discoloration. Storing Store potatoes in a cool, wellventilated place.

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business spotlight By Alison Stanton

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 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.

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.

“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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Restyle Junkie breathes beautiful new life into old cabinets When Rachel Elise Trimble was 19, she moved into her first apartment. Trimble recalled using blue crackle paint on her Amishstyle furniture, transforming the wooden pieces into something unique and interesting. Over the years, Trimble has continued to enjoy taking old wooden furniture and cabinets and updating them into vibrant and restyled objects of beauty. In October 2014, Trimble’s passion for upcycling inspired her to open Restyle Junkie. Last October she launched a showroom in North Phoenix. “We do four main things at Restyle Junkie. We paint people’s bathroom and kitchen cabinets for them, and we can also create distressed wood from brand new wood, adding color and texture to pine that gives it the character of 150-year-old wood without exposure of 150 years,” Trimble said. “We are also a retailer of General Finishes paint and we offer DIY classes.” Trimble said she works with a lot of homeowners who want to update their kitchens or bathrooms but are generally pleased with the bones of their cabinets. “They might have a nice kitchen and like the layout, but they don’t like the ‘90s-looking oak or maple or salmoncolored cabinets,” she said. By artistically painting the cabinets, it will give them a fresh and restyled look without the expense or mess of a full remodel. For people who wish to sell their home, updating the old cabinets with an artistic finish is a cost-effective way to boost their asking price, Trimble said. “Restyling the cabinets can be done for about a third of the cost of refacing them, and so for a couple of thousand

At Restyle Junkie, owner Rachel Elise Trimble takes old cabinets and other items made from wood and professionally and artistically gives them a fresh new look.

dollars you can often increase the value of the kitchen by $15,000 or $20,000.” To make the process as easy as possible for her customers, Trimble said she will go to her clients’ homes, remove the old cabinet doors and drawers and bring them back to her shop for repainting. If customers prefer, Trimble’s team can even paint large pieces of furniture in their homes. “I use a low VOC paint, and if people want to do it themselves, they can also come into the showroom to be inspired for their own projects and get ideas for designs,” she said, adding that right now, gray finishes are especially popular. The company showroom, with its many samples of cabinets and textured wood as well as a huge selection of General Finishes milk paint and gel stains, is one of the things that helps set Restyle Junkie apart. “Some of the other companies in the Valley don’t have a physical space and a place where people can gather, purchase paint, ask questions about finishes and view so many samples,” Trimble said. Trimble said she is very grateful for the many customer referrals, as well as the positive reaction to her work. She especially enjoys unveiling the newly refinished products to her clients. “We work for that smile.” Restyle Junkie is located at 625 W. Deer Valley Rd., Suite 108, in Phoenix. For more information, call (623) 5805222 or visit



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business spotlight By Ken Abramczyk

Almarte homes fit into the Carefree attitude Just a stone’s throw from North Scottsdale, there’s a rare site in Carefree: new homes. Almarte, located just north of Darlington Drive and Cave Creek Road, was created by Keystone Homes of Tempe, to bring what Keystone describes as a “resort-style atmosphere,” including a heated swimming pool, barbecue and fireplace. “We’re really excited about this unique offering, 24 new single-family detached homes,” said Jeff King, vice president and general manager of Keystone Homes. “Carefree really doesn’t have new home product available. “It’s pretty unique offering, just steps from the Gaslight District, with the coffee shops, restaurants and galleries. It’s just a quick walk [to get there]. You

can leave your home and be sitting in your favorite restaurant in 5 minutes.” Starting in the $400,000 to $450,000 range, buyers can choose between four single and two luxurious floor plans ranging from 1,880 and 2,449 square feet. Each home features a master bedroom, dual master suites and 2-by-6 exterior framed walls. The development showcases a natural desert common area and front yard landscaping. Inspired by Tuscan- and Andalusianstyle architecture, the exteriors feature walk-out balconies, covered patios and front entries, color-thru roof tiles and sand-finished stucco. Home buyers can upgrade the interior and work with a designer from Interior Logic at Keystone’s design center for the Almarte homes.

Buyers often look to upgrade carpet, available for a quick move, King said. tile or cabinetry, King said. “We’re Many homes in the Carefree area were seeing [trends of] white-painted Shaker built in the 1980s with poor insulation cabinets, dark-stained cabinets or or leaky windows. The Almarte homes they go with a white offer better energy contemporary look,” efficiency with foam insulation, Milgard King said. Granite windows and glass and quartz are often sliding doors, along with upgrade choices in an R-24 exterior wall countertops, while design. some step up to the Buyers can work with an interior The Carefree location high-end appliances designer to customize their homes to their liking and to fit their tastes. will be a big draw for made by Wolf and Subthose who want to Zero. “The sky is the limit,” King said of the be near North Scottsdale without upgrades. “Some stay close to the base; all the buzz. “The heated swimming others spend significant amounts of pool, barbecue and fireplace provide a centralized area where residents can money.” These homes will appeal to residents gather and meet their neighbors,” King who currently enjoy large lots and large said. This “social space” worked well in homes who want the same amenities another Keystone community in Cave but want to downsize, King said. “They Creek, King said. “The amenities are something they want what they are used to on a smaller lot that is easier to maintain,” King said. appreciate,” King said. Out of the 24 homes, 13 still are available, King said. Four inventory Keystone Homes (Almarte) homes are under construction. If 7471 Hum Rd., Carefree 85377 prospective buyers like what they see (480) 422-0655 on the floor plan, these homes will be (Marina or Dianna)

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Joan Pike, CRS, ABR Associate Broker 602.526.1426 • Please visit

9550 E Thunderbird Rd., 121, Scottsdale

9707 E Mountain View Rd., 1403, Scottsdale DO




See it this weekend! 1st floor Condo with private garage offers beautiful highend finishes! Unit was professionally renovated in 2009, lightly lived in & shows like new. Brands like Dacor, Liebherr, Bosch, Kohler, Toto & Schrock.Clean lines, timeless design. Master bedroom has a whimsical “secret door’’ entrance, walkin AND wardrobe closets, patio access, & a beautifully finished bathroom you will remember! Open floor plan, higher ceilings, great lighting. Heat pump new in 2014, tankless hot water heater 2009. Custom window treatments, water softener and washer/dryer included–a rare full size laundry room. Bright southern exposure, quiet location away from busy streets. Gated community offers work out center, heated pool/spa. Move right in and stay forever -or- the perfect lock & leave. MLS 5344197 *More photos at 1BR, 1BA, 842 sf, 1 car garage, $195,000

Updated ground floor Condo unit, ‘’Courtside Casita’’–across from one of the 5 pools/spas in the exclusive Guard gated community of The Racquet Club on Scottsdale Ranch. A perfect ‘’lock and leave’’–it’s a rare, larger great room floor plan. Updated with easy care wood like flooring, granite counters, stainless appliances (dishwasher new fall of 2015). Fully furnished and ready to occupy– the old “just bring your toothbrush’’ purchase. Community offers lighted tennis courts (lights out at 9pm), community center, weight room, lots of activities. Covered parking and storage closet off of the spacious courtside patio. Very lightly lived in! Also, newer a/c, baseboards and interior paint. It’s a good one... MLS 5392307 *More photos at 1BR, 1BA, 850 sf, 1 car carport, $159,000

©2015 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.

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For more information about a new or existing mortgage, give me a call today! Joan has entrusted me with her clients since 2004...

NMLS (Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System) ID 2611 • AZ - Guaranteed Rate, Inc. - 14811 N. Kierland Blvd., Ste. 100, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254 Mortgage Banker License # BK-0907078 • NMLS ID: 226251 LO LIC: AZ - 0912063 - 0907078 • 14811 N. Kierland Blvd, Suite 100 • Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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