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After weeks of deliberation amid safety concerns surrounding a new BASIS charter school campus, the Scottsdale City Council approved a development agreement for the campus and students are scheduled to be transferred to the new facility in August. The council voted 6-1 on Feb. 23 in favor of the development agreement to abandon the general land office easement for BASIS to begin alterations to the surrounding roadway and public utility easement of the new site, located on nine acres on the southwestern corner of 128th Street and Shea Boulevard. The parcel of land is zoned as residential, but like public schools, charter schools also have the ability to build in residential areas. The new building will be a two-story facility and will include a full-size gym, upgraded science labs and an outdoor courtyard area. BASIS Scottsdale is ranked as the No. 2 high school in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. The existing campus has about 740 students, while 500 prospective students are on a waiting list. The new location will allow for a maximum of 1,215 students, according to attorney Jordan Rose who represents BASIS. The new site sits across from a sixlane, 50 mph zone that sees nearly 50,000 cars pass daily, according to city data. Nearby residents shared concerns over the increased traffic and children’s safety issues related to the site and met with BASIS officials on multiple occasions. BASIS’ final proposal included paying for road improvements, including a new traffic signal and widening of 128th Street, and regulations regarding parking, pickup and dropoff locations. Start times will be scheduled so students will begin classes at two separate times to ease traffic flow.

Scottsdale resident Tim Heinemann created a group, Citizens Safety, representing what he believes is the majority of residents who will be affected by the new location. Heinemann proposed seven alternative locations for BASIS to consider. “Nobody addressed the reality that children and citizens will be put in harm’s way, and that’s the issue,” says Heinemann. “From a citizen’s point of view, we worked on this for two months. For what? To be ignored.” Heinemann hopes that this discussion sets a precedent for future deliberations concerning school zoning laws and takes into account concerns about safety and traffic issues. Many parents of current students appeared at the city council meeting to support BASIS, along with those opposing the new site. The meeting lasted more than two hours. “I think they will implement everything the neighbors were concerned about and I think it will actually help with the overall safety in the area,” says Sophia Yang, mother of a 10th grade BASIS student. “BASIS produces the future leaders and future workforce for Arizona, so I think this will have a positive ripple-down effect.” Officials from BASIS said that the proposed road improvements will make the intersection safer and that the site is the best location for the school to expand. “Over the last couple of years, BASIS has looked at upwards of 52 sites in Scottsdale and evaluated each of those sites carefully,” said Rose. “This is the very best site in Scottsdale because of its accessibility and relative separation of neighbors, size and configuration and location off of Shea.” ... continues on page 8


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State of the City Mayor: Innovation, business and tourism drives economy By Megan Bridgeman Scottsdale continues to show a promising future as a top city in business, as tourism, innovation and technology continue to drive the city’s economy, according to Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. Scottsdale has earned a reputation as a place people want to live, visit and bring their business, Lane told hundreds of leaders and community members in his State of the City address at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Feb. 25. “Vibrant is the right word to describe our community, it means bright and striking, full of energy and enthusiasm,” said Lane. “We are capable of shining, because we have made it a priority.” The address highlighted many of Scottsdale’s premier events, developments, technology and businesses that impact the city’s economy and culture. Lane presented numerous examples: the Scottsdale Cure Corridor’s research and technology, Skysong’s innovation and the revitalization of the McDowell

Corridor, and signature events of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and Waste Management Phoenix Open. “We are in the midst of another amazing events season. Our signature events are seeing record crowds and raising millions for charity,” said Lane. “These great events are very important to our reputation and our economy.” Investments into venues and facilities support and grow tourism in Scottsdale, the mayor said. An investment such as Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is one of Lane’s examples of success. The museum recently acquired an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution as well as the title of “Best Western Museum” from True West Magazine. “A healthy tourism industry should support and reinvest in itself, and that is what we have in Scottsdale,” said Lane. The Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will unveil its new brand in fall 2016 once it completes the reimaging process.

Scottsdale’s tourism may be getting a new brand, but the position as a hub for innovative technology and health care companies has never been stronger, Lane said. Named one of the nation’s 10 best cities to begin a startup, Scottsdale also hosts companies, such as JDA Software, and SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, the Cure Corridor and many local firms and organizations as a part of Security Canyon. SkySong’s first three phases are at 98 percent occupancy, with SkySong 4 starting in September. “Technology companies are finding a beautiful ‘live, work and thrive’ environment on McDowell Road,” Lane said. Skysong 4 will serve more than 1,500 employees and many visitors. “It’s a very different atmosphere, and a stark contrast to the old Motor Mile,” Lane said. New technology and innovation centers help lead to new development, such as SkySong and the new Scottsdale Entrada, a proposed redevelopment on McDowell Road. “McDowell will be mighty again, even stronger in the years to come,”

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Desert Canyon Middle School to host community showcase By Tierra Beasley Desert Canyon Middle School will host a showcase from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, on its campus at 10203 E. McDowell Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, to display its commitment to students’ success academically and creatively. “We’re proud of our school and want people to know that we feel we offer the best quality education for students,” said Christine Babey, Parent Teacher Organization co-president at DCMS. According to officials, DCMS aims to provide its students with opportunities that will inspire and promote growth. For example, DCMS offers unique course electives and activities for students to participate in including robotics and aviation/aeronautics. There are visual art electives from which students can choose, video journalism and frequent guest speakers. Recently, C.W. Trisef, author of the Oracle Series, stopped by to speak to seventh-grade

students to inspire creative writing. Teachers are also instrumental is encouraging students to get involved. “Teachers provide opportunities for our students to be leaders on campus [with programs] such as student government, [National Junior Honor Society], peer tutors, morning broadcast news announcers and athletics,” said Babey. Ten DCMS students recently received regional Gold Keys in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing awards in categories ranging from drawing and illustration to poetry and short stories. Principal Dale Link congratulated all the “talented” students, saying, “In addition to gold key winners, several students from Cocopah Middle School, Desert Canyon Middle School, Chaparral High School and Desert Mountain High School were recognized for silver keys and honorable mention awards.” In addition to the Gold Key award,

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DCMS has seen outstanding success in “athletic championships, Scholastic Gold and Silver recipients in writing for multiple years, Science Olympiad, nationally recognized Choir program, state testing scores well above state average,” to name a few, said Babey. The March 23 showcase will have more information about what DCMS offers. The event is open to students, parents and their children, community members and families with sixththrough eighth-grade students who are interested in the school. Participants will have a chance to browse the campus and meet faculty and PTO members. The showcase will feature performances from drama, band, strings and choir. This event is free; however, there will be food for sale through a food vendor. Books can be purchased at the PTOsponsored book fair. For more information, call (480) 4844600.

Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips was the lone council member to vote against the proposal, despite the outcome being a non-factor in BASIS’ ability to build on the land. Without an approval, BASIS could have built the new campus without the proposed amendments, but would not be able to alter the easement that runs through the site. “I think without the work of the concerned residents, we wouldn’t even have this agreement. BASIS just would have built this school and hoped for the best,” Phillips said at the final city council meeting. “I’m not convinced this will ever be a safe location. It doesn’t matter if it’s a charter school or a public school or a gas station or any kind of construction.” BASIS operates more than 15 schools in Arizona. The new Scottsdale campus is scheduled to open in time for next school year in August.

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Charros fulfill charitable legacy, one Spring Training game at a time By Damir Lolic Spring has been synonymous with training in Arizona since 1947. MLB teams flock to the Valley every year competing in exhibition play before the 162-game season begins. The Scottsdale Charros organization of community volunteers jumped on the opportunity to incorporate Spring Training as a chief economic driver in Scottsdale. Experience the Charro Lodge Through their partnership with the San Francisco Giants, the Charros offer an epicurean ballpark experience at Scottsdale Stadium’s Charro Lodge. Rooted in right field, the Lodge offers fans covered or patio seating, as well as the aroma of chef-prepared fare. Passes for the Charro Lodge cost between $90 and $150, and include food and drinks. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Salty Senorita, Grimaldi’s and Wasted Grain are just a few of the Lodge’s food partners that alternate Giants games throughout Spring Training. The passes allow general admission seating in the stadium. Enriching the community With an annual economic impact of $800 million for Arizona, Spring Training baseball is the primary fundraising event for the Charros. Formed in 1951, the Scottsdale Charros have touched the lives of many by donating millions of dollars to local charities, schools, students and teachers.

Soon-to-be-appointed Charros’ Executive Director Dennis Robbins, spoke about the significance of investing in youth and facilitating funds for the betterment of education. “Everyone has to work together in order for a community to be great and we believe that giving kids the necessary tools to enrich their lives through education should be at the forefront of every community,” he said. The business leaders who create the Charros contribute year-round through scholastic banquets, grants and donations. About 18 months ago, the organization contributed $250,000 toward the construction of the Scottsdale’s Museum of the West: Western Spirit’s construction. The museum and the Charros share the same scholarly ideals. Jim Bruner is the chairman for the museum’s board of trustees. Bruner emphasized the indispensable role Spring Training plays in providing economic prosperity. “If people don’t come to the games and specifically to the Charros Lodge, they don’t have funds to give back to the community,” he explained. Bruner went on to laud the Charros for their efforts in funding community infrastructure. “We were thrilled to receive the donation, naming a part of the building in their honor,” he said. “If the Scottsdale Charros did not exist a lot of charities in the city of Scottsdale and its surrounding areas would be hardpressed to make the impact they do.”

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By Steven Solomon Like most states, Arizona has an official bird (cactus wren), flower (saguaro cactus blossom) and rock (copper). It’s also one of less than a dozen states with an official handgun (Colt single action revolver) and one of a very few states with an official necktie (bolo). But then there’s a category that was invented in Arizona Dolan Ellis was named state balladeer in 1966. exactly 50 years that hasn’t exactly caught on in other states Ellis defines a balladeer as someone across the nation. It’s something so who writes and sing songs, usually unique that Arizona has boasting accompanied by a stringed instrument. rights hands down. Having written approximately 300 The Grand Canyon State has an songs over the years, and singing in a official balladeer, and he lives in strong baritone voice while playing a Scottsdale. 12-string guitar, Ellis fits his definition. The position is held by Francis Dolan “I find Arizona stories. I dig them Ellis, who moved to Phoenix from out. And I put them to poetry and Kansas in 1959. Appointed by Gov. write music. I think it’s important Sam Goddard Jr., a Democrat, Ellis work.” To showcase balladeering, Ellis has been appointed by every Arizona governor since then—six Republicans founded the Arizona Folklore and five Democrats—clearly making Preserve, a performance theater in Ramsey Canyon near Sierra Vista. him a true bipartisan favorite. It turns out that the first governor He serves as artist in residence, to appoint him, Goddard, was a fan of performing one weekend a month. He Ellis before he got elected governor. requires that guest artists be “talented, “I didn’t really know him. He was just whether as singers, songwriters, storytellers or one of the people who would come to instrumentalists, see my shows,” Ellis said. “Honestly, poets.” It is owned and operated in cooperation with the University of I’m not too sure that we even met.” Ellis said his interest in music Arizona South. “I’m not the only guy in this state started when his parents bought him a ukulele to keep him occupied when doing this. There are hundreds,” Ellis illness confined him to bed. Later, after said. “But I put it all together, because getting a guitar in high school, he took being balladeer means more to me a few lessons. Ellis said that then he than winning a Grammy ever did.” Arizona State Historian Marshall started hanging around people who played better than he did. His talent Trimble has kept track of the progress was obvious, because he was asked to Ellis has made in his role as state balladeer and counts himself as a big join a new band. That band was The New Christy fan. “I’ve known Dolan since he was a Minstrels, a folk music group that won a Grammy for its 1962 debut album shy guitar picker in the coffee houses and has sold millions of albums since. around Scottsdale in the late 1950s. “I was really visible in those days,” said He was good, so good that when Ellis, an original member. “There was Randy Sparks organized the storied a time when I was a household name New Christy Minstrels in the early in this state. But I was the first to 1960s he selected Dolan. The group quit, because I wanted to get back to went all over the world and sold my writing. Everybody thought I was millions of records. He left the group around 1964, because he wanted to crazy for doing it.”

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“Back in the days, things were still wild out here. I don’t want it to disappear after I’m gone,” he said. “I know I can’t do it forever. So I’m looking, and looking and looking. But I haven’t found anybody,” he said of his efforts to find and mentor his successor. “I’m waiting for age to nail me to a chair.”


return to his beloved Arizona. He was named state balladeer in 1966 and still holds that title. He and I occasionally do convention shows and folk festivals together and I swear he gets better with age.” These days Ellis, now 81, is thinking about when he’ll no longer be able to perform the duties of state balladeer.

Drowning Prevention emphasized at April Pools Day event By Delaney Wood In an effort to stress the importance of water safety, Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an April Pools Day event at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center. According to the Children’s Safety Zone, there have been nine drowning incidents in Maricopa and Pinal counties so far this year. Since 2011, Eldorado continues to help the community and the state gain awareness with activities for families and kids of all ages to learn strategies on how to practice water safety. Matthew Osterhold, pool manager at the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center, happily shared information on the event. “It’s a free event,” Osterhold said. “We offer this to remind people and show them different options to prevent drowning in the state and the community.”

The Scottsdale Fire Department and emergency medical services will also be present to perform mock rescues. They will also show a proper demonstration of CPR technique when a drowning incident occurs. “The PMT ambulance also comes in and everyone can see what happens when a drowning happens,” Osterhold said. Families can enjoy interactive booths, games and raffles related to drowning prevention awareness. “I think it’s a good reminder to the public around Scottsdale and Arizona that you always have to watch your kids around water,” Osterhold said. “We can remind everyone that there’s water everywhere in the state and you’ve got to make sure you watch your kids around water.” The Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center is located at 2301 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 312-2636.

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The Hotel Valley Ho, built in 1956, attracted celebrities with its modern décor. It was a beacon of Scottsdale glamour throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This undated photo shows diners in the Valley Ho’s restaurant.

Nightclubs, soda fountains and restaurants: Gathering places in Old Scottsdale As Scottsdale grew after World War II and downtown became a chic retail destination, eateries and watering holes quickly sprang up. Many of these establishments became important

gathering places for Scottsdale residents. The popular dining spots below became common settings for everything from first dates, to celebration dinners, to afterschool hangouts.

Left: Lute Wasbotten, an early storeowner in Scottsdale, called the Lulu Belle’s “the first glamour restaurant in town.” The restaurant, which opened in the mid-1950s, became a popular place for gatherings and celebrations. In this photo from 1960, Roland Feltman (standing, left) and Bin Marshall (standing, right), hold a Ted Williams Red Sox jersey inside Lulu Belle’s.

Opened in 1956, Tico Taco was Scottsdale’s first Mexican restaurant. According to author José Maria Burruel, Clark Gable and Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia frequented the restaurant. Joselito Contreras, son of owners Emma and Waldo Contreras, stands in front of the restaurant in this undated photo.

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During the Tiki craze in the 1950s and 1960s, the Polynesian-themed Trader Vic’s franchise opened restaurants around the world. A Trader Vic’s opened in Scottsdale in 1962 and became a popular spot for social and civic gatherings. In this undated photo, a sailor carries a woman in a mermaid costume into Trader Vic’s.

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neighborhood hearsay Where is the best brewpub in Arizona? If you said Tempe, you’re aiming too far south. Our very own dale of Scotts has that honor, according to CraftBeer. com, the website of the Brewers Association, a national professional group. How did Scottsdale get the distinction of harboring the No. 1 brewpub in the state? It was Fate. Specifically, it was Fate Brewing. Only four years in the business, Scottsdale’s Fate Brewing has already distinguished itself as the state’s best according to fellow brew masters. The small-batch establishment with two Scottsdale locations won for its perfect balance of beer choices and the excellent food pairings. We’re especially enthusiastic for Fate’s small bites, which include such dazzlers as the Irish nachos, potato-based goodies topped with things like bacon and garlic-infused sour cream. They do a number of different specialty pizzas as well, including a white pie called The Grape Escape—roasted red grapes, goat cheese, garlic, mozzarella and a balsamic glaze.

Oh yeah, and they brew and serve beer! At any given time, Fate Brewing will have on hand at least one of the following types: pilsners or pale lagers; amber-to-dark lagers; blonde and pale ales; IPAs; amber, red or brown ales; porters and stouts; and fruit beer. For specifics, check its website ( Fate North is located at 7337 E. Shea Blvd. For those who mistakenly went to Tempe, there’s a Fate South located just up the street from you at 1312 N. Scottsdale Rd. Congrats to Emmalaine Wright, a theater arts student at Scottsdale Community College. Wright, whose previous work in theater has been onstage as an actor, moved backstage to design costumes for an SCC production last year and now she’s on her way to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Wright’s designs won top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Wright and her design mentor, SCC faculty Amanda Embry, will attend the Ken-

nedy Center National Festival April 11 to April 16. Speaking of Scottsdale Community College theater, I was confused earlier this month when I showed up at something called “The Good Person of Szechwan” and was not served General Tso’s Chicken. Turns out that’s the name of a play. Maybe if I took the summer theater course at SCC, I wouldn’t make those kids of mistakes. I’ll get my chance from May 31 to July 6, if I sign up for SCC’s “theater boot camp.” The basic training consists of participation in a production by the Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre, SCC Drama Dept.’s summer entity. The program will accept 20 students in the acting program and 15 in tech/ design. College credits will apply, and the program will conclude in a full-staged production of “The Truly Amazing Curry of Northern India,” or some play of a different name.

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By Kenneth LaFave Members of the Scottsdale League for the Arts include champions of dance, drama, music, painting and sculpture. “The arts are a big umbrella that covers a lot of different passions,” said League president Dan Bowman. But there’s one art everyone in the League can get behind: The culinary festival is a great chance to sample The edible sort. food from Scottsdale’s best eateries. The art of food will nurture the performing and fine arts Saturday, culinary festival in the country, and April 16, and Sunday, April 17, on the there was one in Cincinnati that Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, as the thought it was. So we invited them Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns out here and compared notes and it for its 39th annual incarnation. All turned out we were started in January proceeds from the two-day celebration and they started in May [of the same of all things tasty and consumable year], so on a technicality, we’re the will go to the League, which supports oldest.” Events over the two days will indeed such organizations as Ballet Arizona, serve every taste and type, with 30 Childsplay and Free Arts of Arizona. For $10 general admission, visitors craft breweries sharing their latest to the festival will have access to inspirations, plus a vodka lounge and a panoply of restaurant booths, wine garden for adult imbibers, while representing everything from pizza to at the other end of the age demo, a family zone provides bouncy houses sushi to barbecue. “This is a very lively restaurant and face-painting for the littlest ones, community. We may not have the as their older siblings vie to become cachet of San Francisco or New York, the next superstar chef in a teen but there’s a lot to showcase here,” cooking challenge. Along the way, 20 said Bowman, who discovered the local bands will play as patrons sample festival—and the League—eight years the tasty art of 40 local restaurants. An “Epicurean Expo” will feature ago when he moved to Scottsdale local chefs demonstrating their skills, from Nebraska. “I grew up on the arts, and when I wine seminars and the latest in kitchen saw what the League was doing and and cooking gadgets. A Southwest how the festival supported them, I Festival of Beers will feature 200 thought, ‘This is great way to give back specialty beers from local and national craft breweries, food from local to the community.’” Bowman combined his loves of the restaurants and beer games. (The arts and mathematics to become an Festival of Beers requires an additional architect, but, he points out, that not charge.) A Culinary Experience Tent all young students have the chance will include mixology and chocolateto embrace the arts, given fiscal making demos, a brewer’s panel, and seminars on food photography and priorities. “The arts are the first things to get urban farming. But the heart of the experience cut from schools, so the League is a will be the ability to sample food way to put the arts back in place.” from restaurants including The And cuisine? Neighborhood Treatery, Grimaldi’s, “It’s an art too, absolutely.” Food and the League got together Roka Akor, Sushi Roku, Honey Bear’s almost four decades ago for this BBQ, Pita Jungle, The District, Delice fundraiser, and it’s been an enormous Bistro, Inchin’s Bamboo Garden, Dakota and many more. success every year. “We thought we were the oldest



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Scottsdale resident Jennifer Mattox began studying medicine after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 30.

“Like with thyroid cancer, the condition is much more common in women—I’ve learned from my doctors that as many as 90 percent of those diagnosed are women, in fact,” said Mattox. “While researchers have yet to determine the cause of the condition and there is not yet a cure, treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms.” Buoyed by finally having a diagnosis, Mattox was motivated to take action. “As I began to take better—and more proactive—care of myself, I found myself inspired to take care of others,” said Mattox. Eventually, this inspiration brought Mattox to Carrington College, a career-based technical school that offers a wide range of programs that prepare students for the medical, dental and veterinary fields. “I wanted to go into medicine— starting by earning a certificate in medical assisting,” said Mattox, who maintains a 4.0 GPA in the program and is taking part in classroom and hands-on learning activities focused on everything from recording vital signs and conducting diagnostic tests to drawing blood samples and removing sutures. “We get direction just as we would in the field, under a trained faculty member, and learn everything from routine patient procedures to the best ways to assist physicians with inoffice surgical procedures.” In addition to her work toward her medical assisting certificate, which she will earn on April 29, Mattox’s desire to help others extends outside of the classroom as well. “At Carrington, the students, faculty and staff are empowered to

Student-athletes sign on to continue competing By Edwin Rodriguez Six Chaparral High School senior student-athletes officially signed their letters of intent on national signing day in February. Chaparral football standouts Brandon Jamison, Christian Skeptaris, Kurt Shughart and Brett Voss officially committed to continue their athletic careers beyond high school. Chaparral soccer players Allison Hogan and Jacob Cohen have also committed. Four-year varsity starter and two-sport athlete Brandon, who played defensive end for Chaparral, committed to play for the University of California, Davis. Brandon finished his high school career with 213 tackles, 128 solo tackles, while averaging 5.8 tackles per game, 32 sacks, six caused fumbles and a single fumble recovery. Joining Brandon at UC Davis is Christian, a three-year tight end who finished his high school career with

773 receiving yards, averaged 24.3 receiving yards per game, had 75 catches and nine total touchdowns. Defensive back Kurt will play for New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Kurt expressed that the short distance from home was a key factor when he committed to NMSU. “Opportunities to play earlier,” he said about NMSU’s offer. “Some schools you have to come in and you might red shirt. I wanted somewhere I could step in and have a larger role earlier than most schools.” Kurt ended his high school career with 57 solo tackles, 81 total tackles, and 62 tackles per game, one sack, six interceptions and seven passes deflected. Safety Brett officially committed to play at the University of Mary in College Park, Maryland. Voss finished his high school career with 43 total tackles, 33 solo tackles, and averages 6.1 tackles per game, one sack and four passes deflected.

Chaparral coach Conrad Hamilton was visibly proud just moments after seeing his players officially sign their national letters of intent. “Football is the ultimate team game and kids have the opportunity to help themselves out from an individual standpoint,” Hamilton said. Two-sport athlete Allison will play soccer for Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Allison finished her high school career with nine goals, three assists while averaging one goal per game. Jacob officially committed to play soccer for Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Chaparral Athletic Director Tommy Eubanks said the ultimate goal is to encourage students to promote the school’s athletic programs. “It was really about them, their parents, and their dedication to their sport and to the school,” Eubanks said. “It’s really meaningful for me to see students reach their goals.”

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take an active role in volunteerism, fundraising and other outreach opportunities that help to make the local community a better place to work and live,” said Mattox. “Most recently our campus delivered more than 520 homemade heart-shaped pillows to Phoenix Children’s Hospital through our Heart Pillow Project.” As part of the 8-year-old program, the pillows are cut, sewn, stuffed and stitched by students, staff and faculty to donate to the children at PCH. To bring a smile to each child’s face, they also attach homemade cards of encouragement to each pillow. “I am also passionate about volunteering and fundraising for the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation,” said Mattox, who just volunteered for the organization’s Walk-About event at Paradise Valley Mall in February and raised more than $12,000. “My condition does not rule my life—it propels me to work just that much harder every single day.” For more information about Sjögren’s syndrome, visit www.



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Carefree Days Festival celebrates Spring in the Southwest Make it a carefree weekend at Magic Bird Festivals’ third annual Carefree Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., in downtown Carefree. Held two weeks after Easter, the free, outdoor festival ushers in the spring season with over 75 prestigious arts and craft exhibitors. Their Southwestinspired artistry and handcrafted designs are woven throughout the town’s exotic botanical gardens with Carefree’s world-famous sundial at its center. Attendees are invited to browse one-of-a-kind fine art designs while taking in live music and entertainment all weekend long. Local entertainer Dakota Kid will perform popular country western and classic rock songs. Additional entertainment includes Rockette-style dance acts from the Desert Cactus Kickers. All performances take place in the openair Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion with state-of-the-art acoustics, ample shaded seating and generous stage views. Magic Bird’s festive food court also offers popular Southwest eats throughout the weekend. Local food concessions include Barlow’s Fair Foods of Surprise; Nakia’s Greek Food Kitchen of Gilbert; Grandma’s Navajo Frybread of Phoenix; and Doughlicious

Attendees relax on the lawn as they enjoy good food and drinks and live performances by some of Arizona’s best bands.

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Brick Oven Pizza of Scottsdale. All food vendors are located next to the art booths and only a short walk from the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion stage. Attendees will appreciate Carefree Days’ outdoor setting and intimate atmosphere. Magic Bird Festivals owner and founder, Roberta ToombsRechlin, wanted to fully embrace Carefree’s history and natural wonders within each of her shows. “Though Carefree is a small town, it is alive with Southwest spirit. There is nothing else quite like it in Arizona,” she said. For information, call (480) 488-2014 or visit

For the restaurateurs, the festival is a chance to reach out to new clientele. “We’ve have people come into the restaurant just after the culinary festival and say, ‘We discovered you at you tent in Scottsdale,’” said Mike Merendino, owner of Crust restaurants. This will be the fifth year Crust has been represented at the festival. “We’re a very traditional, East Coast kind of pizzeria,” said Merendino. Visitors to the festival are often unaware that such an option exists in Scottsdale. Crust will offer two items at its tent: individual-sized pizza rustica, and a treat Merendino describes as “pizza dough tossed in garlic, olive oil, parmesan and seasonings.”

“What I love about the festival, in addition to raising money for the arts, is the diversity of the food,” said Bowman. “It’s a chance to try something new and break out of the bubble.”

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By Tim J. Randall The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Laguna Elementary School will host its annual fundraiser to benefit the school and its Early Learning Center. “This is one of three big events we hold each year to raise money and build spirit for the school,” said Janice Lajoie, PTO treasurer and event chairwoman. “The need for funds is so important.” This year’s event, set for 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, will feature the traditional silent auction with great items such as Rascal Flatts tickets and spa packages. This year, Ryan Sims Band will perform, adding an uptempo, rock-infused country sound to the event. “We wanted to do the band for a while and this year we were able to make it happen,” Lajoie said. “The Ryan Sims Band was recommended to us and they are well known in the region.” In addition to the live music, attendees and their families can enjoy face painting and the Dignity Kids Ninja Panda and Obstacle Course. “There will be fun activities for everyone,” Lajoie said. Patrons will also experience the Tom Thumb’s barbecue, with dishes like pulled pork, pulled chicken, backed mac ‘n’ cheese, bistro salad and chicken fingers. With 100 percent of the funds from

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Easter Sunday. Specials include a smoked salmon scramble with potato chive pancake for $17 and Saigon cinnamon French toast with a red fruits compote for $14 as well as other choices. The kids brunch buffet costs $14.95 per child and includes choices of French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, country cut potatoes and fruit salad. Tavern Americana is located at 20469 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 502-6740 or visit www.

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Celebrate Easter in the area with brunch, bunny appearances By Alison Stanton Believe it or not, Easter is coming up soon; the holiday falls on Sunday, March 27, this year. Scottsdale-area families who are looking for things to do on and around Easter have plenty to choose from. For example, check out these festive events and tasty meals: Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch The newly renovated Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch will host a Hoppin’ Easter Bunch in the Vista Verde Dining Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Easter Sunday. The brunch will include an appearance from the Easter Bunny, balloon artists and an Easter carousel located in Bennie’s


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slices of life By Jill Pertler

Sweetening your grapes It can seem overwhelming sometimes; this thing called life. You awaken at 4 a.m. because it is a “migraine day,” and roll over while trying not to move your head, just hoping to get back to sleep for another hour or two. You discover the furnace needs repairs and the washing machine needs replacing—all in the same day. The morning alarm didn’t go off and no one had time to make coffee. You are out of ketchup and you’d planned on having hamburgers for supper. There’s dog hair all over the carpet and muddy cat paw prints across the newly cleaned kitchen floor (and table, but I wouldn’t admit to that publicly). The dining room table is covered in receipts and tax documents. It’s the first of the month and bills are due and you can’t find the checkbook. One kid claims he doesn’t have clean underwear because the laundry is piled high because the washer has been

broken for a few days because it broke when one of the other kids was doing a load and he or she never thought to tell you. Another of the kids calls. He has a flat tire. Again. Your car is nearly out of gas so you have to fill up before you can go rescue him. The school calls. Your kid threw up in science class. Again. It is raining or snowing or maybe probably both. The snow blower or the lawn mower or maybe probably both are on the fritz. Again. You forgot to take your vitamins and only realize this when you reach for the aspirin. Because you still have that headache. Your day, your week, heck your life in general seeps with potential for chaos and complaints. It can be overwhelming sometimes. It can be. The furnace needs repairs and I am able to call a repairperson and keep our

house warm. The washing machine needs replacing and I am able to go to the store and order a new one. I have a coffee maker. It works when I press a button. A hamburger without ketchup is still a hamburger. Plus, I can probably find a recipe for an interesting sauce online. It’s practically why Pinterest was invented. Dog hair indicates a house that has the ability to love and care for animals. Ditto that for the cat paw prints. Pets give us an unconditional love like no other. Receipts and tax documents mean we had jobs and income during the previous year. We were able to purchase food and pay the mortgage and live in our house and be a family. The bills are due. They aren’t overdue. A lack of clean clothes and washing machine doesn’t prevent those clothes from being laundered. Teaching kids how to hand wash items in a pinch is a valuable skill. Having a snow blower and lawn mower means you have somewhere to blow and mow. Rain and snow means Mother Nature is doing her job.

A flat tire can be fixed. No one is hurt and filling up the gas is a lot less painful now than a year ago. You can pick up the sick kid while rescuing the flat tire one. That’s a twofer. And tonight at supper they will be home with you. All under one roof. You don’t appreciate simple things like that until they are gone. Life. It can be overwhelming sometimes. It sure can. For me this is most likely to happen in the wee hours of the morning while I lie in bed thinking of my to-do list and all the things that could go wrong. It can be overwhelming sometimes. It is overwhelming sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be. You get to choose the fullness of your cup and the sweetness of your grapes (or wine as the case may be). As long as you realize you’re the one with the power to do so. I attempt to make mine full to the brim with a nice white—preferably an oaky Chardonnay. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.



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discover Easter eggs filled with treats as they work their way along the trail. The resort is also featuring a breakfast buffet inside Prado. Starting at 9 a.m., guests will enjoy a delicious meal featuring champagne. The buffet is $75 for adults and $30 for kids. Omni Resort and Spa at Montelucia is located at 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 627-3200 or visit www. Butterfly Wonderland From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny will be onsite and available for photos at Butterfly Wonderland. Kids and adults can pose with the famous bunny, and photo packages will be available. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 800-3000 or visit http://butterflywonderland. com. Easter brunch at AJ’s Fine Foods Families can enjoy delicious food on the shaded patio at all five AJ’s Fine Foods in Scottsdale on Easter Sunday morning. From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. choose from a variety of familyfriendly Easter brunch options like the breakfast plate with eggs, potatoes, fruit and two bacon or sausage links for $6.99 or Belgian waffles with butter for $3.99 or with fresh berries and whipped cream for $4.99. Madeto-order omelets will also be available. The patio will be decorated with pastel table covers and centerpieces and AJ’s Fine Foods will also offer an Easter Egg Hunt through its Little Chef ’s program; contact the store for more details and to register. There are five AJ’s Fine Foods locations in Scottsdale. For more information and for addresses, visit Drexyl Modern American Folks who are hungry and parched from a morning of Easter egg hunts will find plenty to choose from at Drexyl Modern American. The restaurant is offering a wide selection of foods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Easter Sunday, including starters, salads and


AJ’s Fine Foods throughout Scottsdale is featuring a family-friendly breakfast with seating on the shaded patios. Choices include the breakfast plate with eggs, potatoes, fruit and two bacon or sausage links.

small plates like Chicken Arancini with fire roasted chicken, crispy fried risotto, tomato jam, cilantro cream and candied jalapeno for $5. Entrees include crab Benedict featuring blue crab, tomato, wilted spinach, soft poached egg and poblano hollandaise served on an English muffin for $17, and smoked brisket hash with house smoked brisket, red potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, two fried eggs and havarti fondue for $14. Desserts include bread pudding made with milk chocolate, candied pecans, roasted banana and maple whiskey butter sauce for $8 and a salted caramel brownie for $8. The Little “D” Kid’s Brunch offers scrambled eggs, pancake and bacon for $7. Drexyl Modern American is located at 8877 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. For reservations call (480) 840-1861 or visit for more information. Desert Ridge Marketplace The Easter Bunny has settled into his burrow at Desert Ridge Marketplace and is now available for photos with kiddos. From March 11 through 26, children can take part in a photo session with the Easter Bunny by the Barnes and Noble fountain. Everyone who participates will receive a free downloadable photo and gift from the cute cottontail, and photo packages will be available to purchase. The Easter Bunny will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. He takes a carrot break from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. For more information, visit www.

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SUSD students learn critical and strategic world languages By Kathy Burwell Mastering a world language better prepares students for post-secondary success. “Bilingual students show higher academic achievement on standardized tests,” stated Julie Vazquez, Scottsdale Unified School District world language academic coach. “SUSD realizes the importance of ensuring that our students are prepared to meet future industry demands. Students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian as well as more traditional foreign languages such as Spanish, French and Latin,” stated Jill Newburg, SUSD world language coordinator. Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian are deemed strategic by the U.S. Department of State, as they are crucial to the economic, business, cultural and diplomatic relationships of the United States. Mandarin Chinese and Russian are also deemed critical by the U.S.

Department of Defense as they affect our national security on a daily basis. Due to the relative low supply of people highly proficient in these languages, there is a large demand for them across all employment sectors, including government, international banking and business, trade and tourism and industry. Mastering these languages can make Scottsdale students have the opportunity to learn students eligible for college several languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian. scholarships as well as provide an opportunity (FLI) program for the past nine years to earn increased compensation in and Mohave Middle School hosts the future careers. middle school Spanish FLI program. Students in SUSD have the Beginning with the 2016-17 school opportunity to choose from the year, Spanish will be offered at the above foreign language courses in following elementary schools: Pima, high school. Additionally, at least one Copper Ridge, Anasazi and Cherokee. of the languages of Spanish, French Additionally, Desert Canyon and Mandarin Chinese is offered Elementary will offer Mandarin in all SUSD middle schools. Pueblo Chinese. Elementary has housed the District “In order to ensure that our students Spanish Foreign Language Immersion are ‘future ready’ and to maximize

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This month’s project is another that I found on Pinterest. I’ve been sitting on it for a while, though, so I could collect the upcycled items I need to make it work. The keys to this project are not spending a lot of money, and repurposing items found within the home. You will need: Hot glue gun, popsicle sticks, aluminum foil, concrete, acrylic paint, cups, water, decorations (i.e., bottle caps, pennies, marbles, bike chain, nuts and washers—the sky’s the limit), self-adhesive felt, scissors law talk


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Lay out aluminum foil on a flat surface. Using your hot glue gun, affix the ends of popsicle sticks into a square. Build off of the first square into a grid, making as many molds as you think you will need.

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Step 2: Mix and pour the concrete Fill a plastic cup about halfway with dry concrete and add water, stirring constantly until it reaches the consistency of a milkshake. If desired, add about 2 tablespoons of colored acrylic paint to give tint to the mixture. When ready, slowly pour into one of the squares until the shape is about 3/4 full.

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Step 3: Add the decorations It’s important to note at this point that working one square at a time will allow time to add decorations before the concrete hardens. I discovered after working with a few different materials that it’s imperative to add decorations from the middle and work outward. The weight of the decorations will cause ripple effects in the concrete and if you work from top to bottom then the concrete “wave” will shift to one side of the coaster causing a surface area that is angled when dry.



Step 4: Finishing touches Once your coasters are decorated and dry, break apart the popsicle sticks and carefully peel the aluminum foil from the bottom of the coasters. There will be a few places where some of the concrete leaked between the popsicle stick and the table. You can easily remove these by pressing them against a hard surface, or use a low-grit sandpaper. The final stage is to apply self-adhesive felt to the bottom of the coasters to protect the surface you’ll be using these coasters on from scratching. NOTE: These can also be used as decorative tiles in gardens or other outdoor applications, just leave the felt off the bottom.




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Get tangled up with Rapunzel and Flynn, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Mulan and, of course, Snow White. WHEN: Thursday, April 7, through Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix COST: $24 to $69 INFO: events


Moonlit Drive-In Movies

The Promenade launched this free movie series last spring and, by popular demand, is bringing it back. See website for complete list of movies. WHEN: Saturdays in April, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Promenade, Frank Lloyd Wright and North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 385-2820 or

Peak Academics Premiere Tutoring: Information Night 4

Peak Academics invites parents of children who struggle with dyslexia or ADD/ADHD to learn more about its inhome, personalized tutoring services. WHEN: Thursday, March 31, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Le Macaron French Pastries, Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free, registration required INFO: (480) 420-7721 or


Desert Canyon Middle School Open House

Desert Canyon Middle School invites the public to learn more about its middle school programming. WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Desert Canyon Middle School, 10203 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 484-4600 or www.


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More than 350 booths of artists line up on Mill Avenue displaying creative artwork ranging from sculpture to jewelry, a cottage edibles area, live entertainment and a variety of street performers. WHEN: Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Mill Avenue, between Third Street and University Drive, Tempe. COST: Free INFO:


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Visit the Phoenix Art Museum for free the second Sunday of the month, courtesy of Discount Tire. The day includes special hands-on educational programming for all ages. WHEN: Sunday, April 10, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix COST: Free INFO: (602) 257-1880 or

Celebrate children, animals and culture. Enjoy music, folkloric dancers, games, piñata bashing by some of the animals and fun activities. WHEN: Sunday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: Free with zoo admission INFO: (602) 273-1341 or

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around the neighborhood Scottsdale families came out for a fun Saturday evening at Grayhawk Park as part of Family Fun Night hosted by Scottsdale Parks and Recreation on Feb. 20, 2016. Photos by Murphy Bannerman



1. Courtney Lutz gets ready to throw in a corn hole tournament. 2. Nicolas Laplume plays giant Connect Four with Drake Blogett. 3. Hadily Chenoori plays in the miniature puppet theater. 4. Zoey Hanshew tries her luck at the Dave and Busters spinner. 5. Aishwarya Kommareddy plays with puppets. 6. Emma Dembrosky gets ready to throw in the corn hole tournament. 7. Lauren Smith and Ariel Berger play hopscotch with throwing mats. 8. Aditi Aravamudhan shows exemplary form in her corn hole toss technique. 9. Kennedy Hughes adds flavor to her shaved ice. 10. The corn hole competition was hotly contested.






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events calendar March 20-April 20, 2016 Italian Festival Hosted by the nonprofit Italian Association of Arizona, the Italian Festival brings Italian culture, food, fashion and more to Scottsdale. The event features live music and unique, hand-crafted Italian items, to wine tastings, authentic Italian cuisine and artists straight from Italy. WHEN: Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Waterfront (Scottsdale’s SouthBridge, Soleri Bridge and the Canal), 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale COST: $10; free for children younger than 12, veterans and Italian Association members INFO: (480) 745-7020, or Arizona Miniature Horse March Festival See miniature horses competing in more than 150 classes—driving, jumping, obstacle, costume and more. WHEN: Thursday, March 24, through Sunday, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission and parking INFO: (623) 465-5034 or Concert Series at el Pedregal Come out and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather, live music and art show. Alice Tatum will perform March 26, followed by Chuck E. Baby and the All-Stars on April 2, The Sugar Thieves on April 9 and Khani Cole on April 16. WHEN: Saturdays through April 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: El Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: $8, includes art show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and concert from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. INFO: Arturo Sandoval and Poncho Sanchez Two of the biggest names in Latin jazz—Grammy Award winners Arturo Sandoval and Poncho Sanchez—share the stage in this electrifying concert under the stars. WHEN: Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $19 to $149 INFO: (480) 499-8587

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Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales The nine-time Tony Award winner takes an autobiographical stroll, celebrating 50-plus-years of bigtime showmanship, from his arrival in New York City as a fresh-faced kid from Texas, through his most popular roles on stage and screen, to his ascension as one of Broadway’s most accomplished directorchoreographers. WHEN: Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $59 to $89 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Sunday A’Fair The culmination of the Discovery Series, this special Sunday A’Fair celebrates the cultures of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Arizona in an afternoon of entertainment and interactive experiences. WHEN: Sunday, April 3, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Compassion with Fashion: Paws in Paradise The Valley’s most passionate animal advocates raise money to help care for and find loving homes for hundreds of homeless pets. WHEN: Sunday, April 3, at 11 a.m. WHERE: The Phoenician Grand Ballroom, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale COST: $175 INFO: (602) 997-7586, ext. 1014, San Francisco Opera: Grand Opera Cinema Series: “Cinderella” Screened in HD, the Grand Opera Cinema Series features recent

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productions of the world-renowned San Francisco Opera. Gioachino Rossini’s sparkling version of this beloved fairy tale stars Karine Deshayes in her San Francisco Opera debut as the gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $12 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Beauty Boot Camp The event will feature nationally known image consultants and fashion experts Shari Braendel and Donna Roland, and hair stylist Sherry Long. The sessions will cover discovering your clothing personality; how to dress for your body shape; undergarments and hemlines; discovering your best colors and how to wear them; makeup and skin care; hair tips; accessorizing for your frame size; spring and summer 2016 trends and shopping tips; and how to organize and “shop” your closet. WHEN: Friday, April 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale COST: $90, includes lunch on Saturday INFO: (480) 948-1234 or Scottsdale Cinematheque Scottsdale Cinematheque showcases new independent, foreign and art films that are not screened at other Valley theaters. New films are introduced each month, with multiple screenings on selected weekends, all with reserved seating. WHEN: Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m.,

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Expect the unexpected with Suzy Bogguss By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Country singer Suzy Bogguss likes to throw in a little surprise or two when she performs with her acoustic trio. She’ll impress audiences with songs she rarely plays and she’ll even get fans to laugh when she introduces her musicians. “My guitar player who I have out on the road with me, he’s an interesting cat,” Bogguss said. “He’s from the Orkney Islands in Scotland, at the very north point of Scotland. He went to school in Texas. He dresses like a Texan, but he has a very strong brogue. I like to get him on the microphone because it surprises people.” Fans can hear this for themselves when Bogguss plays a slew of Arizona shows this month—Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, at the Musical Instrument Museum; Thursday, March 31, at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood; and Friday, April 1, at Pioneer Hall in Sonoita. Besides deep cuts, the setlist will include songs from “Lucky,” a Merle Haggard album that she recorded. “I had already gotten his blessing,” she said. “I had license to do it the way my band would play the songs.

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“We experimented with them and [cut] it down to 14 songs. We gave free cuts to people who helped me with the Kickstarter campaign. Every one of them is such a chestnut. Every time I’m singing them, I feel like I’m in a mini movie.” She is using what she learned during that process while making her forthcoming album. “The economy of this guy is just amazing,” she said. “Everything is the true sentiment. Obviously, he marries the melody perfectly to everything.” Her concert will also feature songs from “American Folk Songbook” and her hit songs from the 1990s. “That’s for those folks who got drawn in at that time.” She said she is looking forward to her return to Arizona “One of the things about the MIM that’s so fabulous is it’s a small venue where you’re able to hear everybody and see everybody. I understand that’s the situation in Sonoita. Then we’re playing Cottonwood, too, in a small community center. I love this because I have access to the audience and they have access to me. You never know where the show is going to go.”

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on the town By Ken Abramczyk

Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers Imagine a hungry couple’s that develops restaurant concepts. That conversation: love of beer and cheeseburgers was “What do you want for dinner?” embraced and developed by owner S. “Cold beers and cheeseburgers.” Barrett Rinzler. “OK, then, it’s settled.” Rinzler, a restaurant veteran with 15“What’s settled?” plus different concepts over the past If the James Beard awards had a 25 years, including the Martini Ranch, category for Most Obvious Restaurant Wasted Grain and San Diego’s Pacific Name, Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers Beach Shore Club, wanted to open would win. All customers have to do a restaurant that would appeal to all is remember the name of this eatery, different demographics, Sanchez said. and they probably will know what The first Cold Beers and they want to eat Cheeseburgers and drink at this opened in growing restaurant October 2011 group. in Grayhawk in Cold Beers and North Scottsdale. Cheeseburgers is all That location about cold beers— was followed by more than 100 of others in Old them, including Town Scottsdale, 40 different draft Coold Beers and Cheeseburgers has three Chandler and a beers, 60 selections Scottsdale Locations: 4222 N. Scottsdale third Scottsdale in bottles and 30 Rd., 20831 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 17 and location on Shea 10767 N. 116th St. choices in cans. Boulevard. Two The eatery serves 19 versions of other locations will open later this year half-pound burgers, ranging from the on Seventh Street north of Missouri classic All American with American Avenue in Phoenix and in San Diego. cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickle, to The most popular burgers are the the Mammoth Double of two patties, CB&CB, featuring gruyere cheese, American cheese, mustard, mayo, caramelized onion, pickle, lettuce ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onion and and garlic aioli; the Juicy Lucy with pickle. a cheddar Jack stuffed patty, and the “Everybody loves a cold beer and Bacon Bleu with bacon, bleu cheese cheeseburgers,” said Alecia Sanchez, crumbles, avocado, caramelized director of marketing for Square One onions, chef mayo and baby greens. Concepts, a hospitality management, The hand-formed, half-pound burgers design and consulting firm in Scottsdale range in price from $11 to $18.

One of the most popular cheeseburgers on the Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers’ menu is the Juicy Lucy, a cheddar Jack stuffed patty.

One taste of the Bacon Bleu and diners will realize why it is so popular, although a little messy. The handpressed homemade burgers are seared to the diner’s preferred doneness (today it is medium) and the slight char of the burger makes it savory and caramelized, a pleasant sensation on the palate. The bleu cheese crumbles give it an ever-so-slight tang and a richness that elevates this culinary classic. The fries are salted just right. Order a beer or another favorite beverage, and the pregame meal before a Spring Training game will be off to a good start. Burgers are served with chips or fries, and for $2, you can substitute other sides, like a house salad, cole slaw, Tater Tots or onion rings. Customers can build their own burgers on Wednesdays. Those who are into the competitive eating aspect of burgers can enter the One & Only Burger Challenge. The most impressive finisher had a ninepatty, 5-pounder. Finish in the posted time and the burger is on the house.

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“Everything is made from scratch, everything is fresh made, in house from the aioli on the burgers to the dressings in the salads,” Sanchez said. Many of the beers sold are created by local crafters, Sanchez said. “We have such a wide range.” Some of the local beers offered include the Four Peaks Sunbru, SanTan’s Devil Ale, Scottsdale Blonde Ale, Grand Canyon Pilsner and the Barrio Rojo, just to name a few. Red and white wines from California, Washington and Spain grace the menu. For those who don’t want a cheeseburger, there’s Stadium Char Dogs, salads, appetizers such as the Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls, sandwiches like the Grayhawk Club and desserts like the brownie sundae. Who can forget though, the name of the restaurant, and why they came in the first place?

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Chicken Scaloppine If you are looking for simplicity in the kitchen, I’ve got the dish for you. My Momma’s recipe for a very quick and easy Chicken Scaloppine. This is the dish that put her famous restaurant in Lake Tahoe on the map, and once you taste it you’ll know why. At that time, back in 1955, she was preparing this dish with veal, but we have found that slices of chicken breast pounded into tender medallions is as flavorful as the veal. I’m so excited to share Momma’s Scaloppine with you because this is one of the upscale dishes that you pay a lot of money for at Italian restaurants, and now you can make it at home anytime you want. It really only takes about five minutes to make once you have all of your items prepped, which is an absolute must for this recipe because it will sauté up so quickly. This was the first recipe we chose when creating our cookbook, “Momma & Me & You,” and that was the first time Momma

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Chicken Scaloppine 4 medium boneless chicken breasts 1 cup flour for dredging 2 tablespoons olive oil 3/4 cup Marsala 1/2 cup butter 4 cups white button mushrooms, sliced 1 cup sweet yellow onion, chopped fine 1/4 cup green onions or 1 tablespoon chives, chopped fine 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine 1/4 cup chicken broth or water (if needed) 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

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JCE Company provides top-quality construction, repair work Since JCE Company LLC opened in Apache Junction in the fall of 2001, co-owners Melissa Erickson and her husband, John, have had one key goal in mind: providing their customers with the best possible construction and remodeling work. “We do custom remodeling and work on new builds and existing structures,” Erickson said. The company works with residential and commercial customers. “We specialize in kitchens, bathrooms and patios, and we can transform carports into garages and garages into bedrooms. We also build casitas. There is nothing that we cannot do.” Unlike other companies that might hire subcontractors to do much of the work, Erickson said John, who is

a licensed contractor, handles virtually everything himself. “Most general contractors subcontract work out, but that is not how we do business,” she said. “The only job we subcontract is large concrete pours when we get it pumped in. Other than that, we do not work with subcontractors. From the electrical to plumbing to cabinet work, we do all of it ourselves.” To make sure each and every customer is comfortable with the project, Erickson said her husband takes a lot of time to speak with them and discuss any questions or concerns. “He definitely takes the time to talk to them and will answer their questions. Homeowners will sometimes ask very specialized questions and he is always there to give suggestions.”

Their focus on quality work and personalized customer service has resulted in a great number of customer referrals, Erickson said, as well as about a dozen regular customers who return again and again for additional projects. “We’ve worked with some of our clients for years. We know that most people don’t have JCE Company LLC in Apache Junction handles custom $50,000 to $60,000 in remodeling and new construction. the bank to do everything at once, constantly hearing ‘man, you are so so they come back and we do their good at what you do,’” she said. “We are very proud of the work that projects in stages.” From a homeowner who wants a we do and have a lot of pride of owning custom kitchen remodel or a new our own business and at the end of the sunroom or office to restaurants, day day, we want everybody to be happy. cares or other business owners who We enjoy seeing how our customers need some remodeling work, Erickson get so excited about the quality of the said she and John pride themselves on work and the newness of it.” JCE Company LLC is located at their integrity and making sure every customer is pleased with the finished 5410 N. Wolverine Pass Rd., Apache Junction. For more information, product. “John has a passion for making call (480) 200-9037 or visit www. a difference for people, and he is

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