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community spotlight By Tim J. Randall

Golf tourney added to slate of Mollen fundraisers Dr. Art Mollen has spent his life healing patients, serving the community and creating a better life for those around him. His list of accomplishments is tremendous: U.S. Air Force veteran, practicing physician, medical correspondent for “Good Morning Arizona” and founder of Scottsdale-based The Mollen Clinic as well as Mollen Immunization Clinics of North America. Yet, his legacy may ultimately be defined by the work of The Mollen Foundation, the nonprofit he cofounded in 2008 with his wife, Paige, to help underserved youth. “I’d like to be remembered as the patriarch of preventive medicine of the 21st century,” he said. To support the organization’s endeavors, the Mollen Foundation has

utilized events such as the doctor’s 40-year-old Phoenix 10K and Half Marathon as fundraising tools. This year, he is adding a celebrity golf tournament on Sunday, May 15, to his fundraising ways. “The golf tournament is simply another vehicle to promote the entire concept of what childhood obesity is all about and what healthy habits are and how important it is for children at any age to understand these are lifestyle decisions,” he said. More than 140 birdie seekers will hit the links at Camelback Golf Club’s Padre Course to promote the message of fitness, well-being and “healthy habits for future generations.” The event begins at 7 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast followed by a scramble format over 18 holes,

and ends with lunch and an awards ceremony. For individual golfers, the fee is $200, while foursomes are $700. For more information on the event visit: During the tournament, golfers can participate in the long-drive contest sponsored by Culver’s restaurants, try for a hole-in-one and win a $62,000 Mercedes GLE350 provided by MercedesBenz of Scottsdale, and attempt to beat a golf professional in the “challenge-a-pro” competition. Mollen and his wife anticipate that the golf event will expand and follow the success of Dr. Art Mollen the running fundraiser. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone out on the links,” she said. “The tournament is another way to get the concept out into the community, promote the Mollen Foundation’s message and expand beyond the running community,” he added Attributable to their work and stature in the community, the Mollens

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Following his passion The foundation started with a mission of tackling the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, which “has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “My husband and I wanted to combine his passion for preventative medicine and my desire, as a former special education teacher, to fill critical learning gaps not generally funded in local schools,” she said. “Our initial objectives were to simply offer more opportunities to get children moving and provide hands-on nutrition

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education to encourage students to think critically about where their food comes from, while understanding the impact of their choices on future health.” Over time, the initiatives have grown to include “physical activity, nutrition-integrated food education farm to table, leadership skills and emotional learning,” she said. All of the new activities and programs are creating increasing opportunities for the organization to further its mission. “This is an exciting time for The Mollen Foundation to promote ‘healthy habits for future generations.’” While the foundation’s staff works tirelessly on the problem of youth obesity, the doctor concentrates on delivering the same powerful message of healthy habits to his patients. “With my own practice, which is adult patients, one of the things I do is basically motivate adults to change their lifestyle by incorporating exercise and diet into their routine to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent heart disease,” said Mollen, who earned his doctoral degree from

Thanks to the sale of cornbread, Z’Tejas recently donated $21,238 to the local nonprofit Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club, which was founded to support children’s charities. Cornbread for a Cause is the restaurant group’s corporate giving arm. Its mission is to raise funds for charitable organizations that help people in the communities that Z’Tejas serves. Funds are raised through proceeds from sales of Z’Tejas’ famous, freshly made cornbread. The monies donated to Scottsdale Active 2030 Club were raised between Jan. 1 and March 31 at the Valley Z’Tejas locations, including the restaurant at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Through June 30, Z’Tejas Cornbread for A Cause is raising funds for Valley military-focused charity, Military Assistance Mission. “We are overwhelmed by the success of Cornbread for A Cause since launching the first campaign last December and we are extremely grateful to all our guests, team members and charity partners in embracing our

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “By doing these things, we are able to promote health and fitness among adults and, in turn, we explain that they ought to be exemplary role models to their children. If adults can lead a healthy lifestyle, this will be reflected in the lives and habits of their children.” The annual run is one way to promote his mission and it has grown tremendously over the years. “It all started with a handful of my patients that met every Sunday at Doubletree Road and Tatum Boulevard,” he said. “The group ran at a slow pace because it was about getting beginners started in healthy habits. Over a period of a year and a half, the group continued to meet every Sunday and grew to over 400 people.” At that point Dr. Mollen persuaded the Arizona Marathon Society to have a sponsored road race. And as is his nature Dr. Mollen is quick to pass out praise. “Paige is unequivocally the monolith and backbone of the Mollen Foundation.”

Z’Tejas donated more than $21K to the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club.

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Early Rural/Metro fire trucks and station appear in the foreground in front of Camelback Mountain. Between 1952 and 1955, the City of Scottsdale rented space from Rural/ Metro in the building behind the trucks.

Above: Rural/Metro founder Lou Witzeman, far left, the City fire chief, and members of the Scottsdale City Council pose with a plaque outside of fire station No. 12 in 1971. Scottsdale Mayor Bud Tims stands to Witzeman’s left, and future mayors Bill Jenkins, far right, and Herb Drinkwater stand on the opposite side. Left: Rural/Metro firefighters Jim Trap, Kevin Nuss, and Joseph Early stand in front a fire station.

After seeing his neighbor’s house burn down in 1948, Lou Witzeman realized that the unincorporated town of Scottsdale needed fire protection. Later that year, Witzeman purchased a fire truck and started a four-man fire department called the Rural Fire Protection Company. Witzeman went door-to-door selling subscriptions to

the service, and the company grew. When Scottsdale incorporated in 1951, the City contracted with Rural to provide fire service. Witzeman’s private fire protection model was successful, and Rural, which became Rural/Metro in 1972, expanded to serve other parts of the Valley and today operates in 21 states.


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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Soft spoken and humble, Larry Fitzgerald said he believes in carrying on the legacy of his mother, Carol, who died during a battle with breast cancer in 2003. Subsequently, he established the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund, an organization that offers support to causes she believed in like educating urban youth about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer issues. “My mom was an unbelievable woman and she’s worth honoring,” said Fitzgerald. “I try to live positive and I try to honor her legacy as best I can.” The sixth annual Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game backs one of those causes—nonprofit missions that assist children and their families here and abroad—via The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund. The game is Saturday, April 23, at Salt River Fields, while a new Larry Fitzgerald Charity Classic is the day before at Talking Stick Golf Club. “I really get excited this time of year because I’m able to go out and participate in an event that I really enjoy,” he said. “I have friends from across the league and multiple entertainment circles getting actively involved. It means a great deal to me

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and I really appreciate the support of the community.” Celebrity softball players and coaches will be announced closer to date. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the Home Run Derby begins at 6 p.m. and the game begins at 7 p.m. The 6-foot 3-inch, 215-pound Arizona Cardinals wide receiver explains the game is just as fun for the participants as it is the fans. “The guys get kind of competitive,” Fitzgerald said. “I think everybody really enjoys it. The fans get to see some of their favorite celebrities, meet them, take pictures and get autographs. I think they really enjoy that and I enjoy it myself.” The competition heats up for the first Larry Fitzgerald Charity Classic. “We’ve added a component on Friday, golf,” Fitzgerald explains. “That’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I really enjoy playing golf. I think it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for people who like to play golf and like to do it in a charitable manner. I’m thinking it’s going to be something that’s going to raise a lot of awareness, different kind of clientele, a different kind of donor, and a different kind of volunteer. I’m really excited about that.” Anyone who follows Fitzgerald’s

Two SUSD students receive scholarships at winter awards banquet Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) recently hosted its annual AllCity Athletic Winter Sports Awards Banquet to honor athletes from the five SUSD high schools. The tri-annual banquet recognizes and honors the accomplishments— both academic and athletic—of athletes within SUSD’s sports programs. Forty-seven athletes were honored at the winter awards banquet. Athletes honored participated in wrestling, basketball and soccer. This year athletes had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Denise Birdwell, interim superintendent for the Scottsdale Unified School District. Birdwell spoke about her athletic experience and how overcoming adversity at the athletic level helped her learn to persevere and apply her skills academically. Additionally, two SUSD high school students were awarded


social media accounts knows he’s into military service. We like to keep the golf and traveling. He was even on grassroots of what we’ve been able to the cover of Golf Digest in October. accomplish over the years.” “Golf is something Although it’s easy I picked up a few to get participants, years ago,” he said. the logistics can be “It’s taken me by the difficult. horns and given me “You have to the opportunity to get flights and go out and compete, hotels and a lot of but compete in a way different things that’s not taxing. You of that nature,” he have the burn inside Larry Fitzgerald is interviewed at said. “In terms of the end of his event. of you, but you don’t guys participating, have to get tackled.” they really are supportive and want The golf tournament may be new, to help me. They really do come out but the overall theme and purpose of and support me.” the event has stayed the same. The First Down Fund is a 501 (c)(3) “We try to follow the same model organization that was established in year after year,” he said. “We’ve 2005. For a list of beneficiaries, visit sustained success with the way we’ve done things, but we’re honoring firstdownfund/. some of the wounded warriors who participate over the years. Larry Fitzgerald Double Play “We use YouTube videos for the Celebrity Softball Game is at 6 p.m. person to sing the national anthem. Saturday, April 23, at Salt River Fields, We make sure we’re honoring the 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Tickets people in the community who work are $20 to $500. For more information, so hard, whether it be singing or visit

scholarships. Mary Sloan Beger, student at Arcadia High School and Andrew Campbell, student at Desert Mountain High School, each received a $500 scholarship from the Scottsdale Charro Foundation. Nominations for these awards are made by SUSD athletic directors and coaches, based on character, academics, community service, athletics and future plans. “This event honors our student athletes who have done a phenomenal job. The event also allows us to recognize the families that have supported their student’s academic and athletic endeavors,” said Clif McKenzie, executive director of K-12 Athletics. There will be one additional banquet this year to honor spring sports. The spring sports banquet will be held May 16 and will celebrate the accomplishments of athletes who participate in baseball, softball, tennis and track.

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Mother’s Day specials abound in Scottsdale By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Mother’s Day—Sunday, May 8—is just around the corner, and several Scottsdale restaurants are hosting special events during the weekend, which begins Friday, May 6. Here is a selection of eateries that are serving specials to please moms throughout the Valley. Kneaders The day before Mother’s Day— Saturday, May 7—Kneaders is giving away free Chunky Cinnamon French Toast to all moms from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. A special Mother’s Day gift basket filled with sweet treats will also be available for $47.99. The French toast is made fresh daily with Chunky Cinnamon Bread and served with signature caramel syrup, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. The Scottsdale store is located at 15505 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, visit https:// or call the Scottsdale store at (480) 355-0740.

Drexyl Mother’s Day specials will be offered between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at the recently opened Drexyl, 8877 N. Scottsdale Rd., in the Shops at Gainey Village. Mothers will have a host of dishes from which to choose: • Crab and leek ravioli, lemon buerre blanc sauce with chives, $16. • Charbroiled lamb chops, harissa aioli, sautéed broccolini, pee wee potatoes, golden raisins, $18. • Smoked brisket hash, house smoked brisket, red potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, two fried eggs, havarti fondue, $14. • Peach upside-down cake, with coconut gelato, $7. Tilted Kilt This Mother’s Day take your mom to Tilted Kilt to enjoy a buy-one getone free entrée. Moms can enjoy traditional fish and chips or delicious pulled pork mac and cheese. Visit the Tilted Kilt at 7077 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. For more information,

go to or call (480) 922-8424. The Melting Pot Show your mom that she is the best this Mother’s Day at The Melting Pot. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, each mom will receive a free entrée course when dining with a party of four or more. She will also receive a beautiful carnation and a tasty MOMosa. The Scottsdale location is at 8260 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. For reservations, call (480) 607-1799. Sprinkles Cupcakes Satisfy mom’s sweet tooth with Sprinkles Cupcakes MOM box. Available Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8, this treat will offer dark chocolate, red velvet, vanilla and salty caramel cupcakes. Order online or pick them up at the Scottsdale location. Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Rd., on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Camelback

roads. For more information or to place an order, visit www.sprinkles. com or call (480) 970-4321. Talking Stick and Casino Arizona casinos Give mom the royal treatment with a visit to Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona. Both properties are pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day with delicious dining options on May 8. Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort Treat mom to a special brunch and visit to the resort’s culinary jewel from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. But that’s not all, as mothers will also receive a complimentary rose, order of chocolate-covered strawberries and glass of champagne. The brunch menu will include a buffet-style starters table complete with house-smoked salmon, split crab legs, seafood-display oysters and fresh sliced seasonal fruit. Main dishes will include braised pork shank, grilled prime beef strip loin, rack of lamb and dried strawberry French toast. Prix fixe $75 Orange Sky will not be open for a dinner service.

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Wandering Horse Buffet at Talking Stick Resort Wandering Horse Buffet is getting ahead of the festivities, offering a special pre-Mother’s Day Saturday brunch and dinner experience on May 7. Revised hours of operation will be in effect. The eatery’s Saturday brunch will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults $33.95; children (ages 5-12 years old) $16.95. A Saturday dinner special will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Adults $44.95; children (ages 5-12 years old) $19.95. The international buffet will also feature a special menu on Mother’s Day. A brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy turkey wellington, king crab legs, littleneck clams, wild mushroom veal roulade, and pork osso bucco in barbacoa sauce. A champagne toast will also be included in the meal. Adults $59.95; children (ages 5-12 years old) $19.95 The ARENA Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort In addition to its regular menu, The ARENA Poker Room will serve a special menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Guests can start the experience with a choice of chicken noodle soup or strawberry salad. A grilled salmon will serve as the main dish and will include a bourbon glaze, steamed asparagus and rice pilaf. The meal will also include a strawberry cheesecake. $17 Ocean Trail at Talking Stick Resort From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a Caesar salad and fish trio. The main entrée will include halibut, salmon and sea bass in a rich lobster sauce served with steamed rice. A strawberry napoleon is also included with the meal. $45 Bingo Hall at Casino Arizona The Bingo Hall is offering a garlic linguini with seafood scampi from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The main entrée will include sautéed gulf shrimp, baby scallops, chopped clams in a white

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Blue Coyote Café at Talking Stick Resort Try Blue Coyote Café’s special Mother’s Day menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Select a soup or house salad for the appetizer. Follow the starter dish with a halibut fillet. Savor your sweet tooth with the accompanying chocolate lava cake. $20.95

Arizona Room Patio Grill at Casino Arizona Visit the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and sample the Mother’s Day offerings. A candied walnut and cheese quesadilla will serve as the appetizer. The salmon entrée will include a grilled marinated seven-ounce salmon, prickly pear béarnaise, fajita wild rice pilaf and saffron infused sweet potato puree. Dessert will include an apricot raspberry cake. $21 Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge at Casino Arizona In addition to its regular menu, Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge will offer a special prix fixe menu from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Moms will also take home a complimentary rose, order of chocolate-covered strawberries and glass of champagne. Appetizer options include a shrimp and lobster bisque or pecan and strawberry salad. A blackened filet mignon entree will serve as the main course. Prix Fixe $40

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neighborhood hearsay Fatty Daddy’s, at 1608 N. Miller Rd., is a little south of our distribution area. But for those who are not ashamed to own a sweet tooth, the location—like the admittedly embarrassing name— cannot be permitted to pose an impediment. After all, the locally owned sweet shop has finally put two and two together and come up with an ice cream sandwich that speaks fluent French, while holding back the gluten. Ice cream is eternal, and the macaron—the light, merinque-based, gluten-less French cookie—is hitting the peak of a trend. So, thought the trio of young men who opened Fatty Daddy’s just three months ago, let’s get those two together! Et voila: Fatty Daddy’s Cookie Cup, hand-crafted ice cream between two freshly baked macarons. It’s a natural. After all, macarons are generally served in pairs that sandwich ganache or jam between them. Fatty Daddy’s substitutes ice cream—a big scoop of it—and then plops a toasted marshmallow on top. Ice cream flavors vary but include Nutella, Froot Loops, green tea, Getting Figgy With It and, well, chocolate.

What are you waiting for? Visit www. Now if someone can only figure out a way to pair flan with a chocolate bar... Millennials: Don’t move. Don’t go anywhere. If you’re already in Scottsdale, you’re right where you should be, according to Gogobot. The travel research website recently named Scottsdale the fourth best mid-sized city in the country for you guys, defined as anyone born after 1982. Gogobot proclaimed: “Old Town Scottsdale has a lot going on that is, decidedly, not old. In fact, its food, nightlife and shopping options, as well as the many festivals that take place there, are perfect for a millennial crowd on the lookout for all things new and trendy.” And we just think of it as home... I never think of the West as green. It’s more of a sandy beige with gray outcroppings. But green is the color now associated with Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The

small, but action-packed museum of our Western heritage has been certified LEED Gold. Wait, wait...I know what you’re thinking. I said the new color for the museum was green, and now I’m talking gold. Which is it? Both. The LEED rating system—it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for the purpose of evaluating the environmental status of public buildings. Gold is awarded for “achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.” Kudos to those responsible: Architectural firm Studio Ma of Phoenix, Christiana Moss and Christopher Alt, principals; landscape architect Colwell Shelor of Phoenix; and Phoenix contractors Core Constructions and LGE Design, all under the direction of Scottsdale project manager Gary Meyer. For information on museum shows and hours, go to

Joan Fudala, whose encyclopedic knowledge of all things Scottsdale frequently blesses the pages of our sister publication Scottsdale Airpark News, is one of three individuals who will be inducted May 12 into Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame. The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the Hall of Fame, cited Fudala for “restoring many forgotten areas of Scottsdale history.” For information on the gala induction, go to and search for “History Hall of Fame.”

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Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists offering ultra-short radiation trial By Alison Stanton When Kelly Bernabei was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in March 2015, she was understandably concerned about her treatments and prognosis. While she was grateful that two subsequent lumpectomies were successful, Bernabei, a Fountain Hills resident and mom of a special needs teenager, was unsure how she could fit dozens of radiation treatments into her already-busy schedule. Bernabei, whose husband had died from lymphoma, expressed her concerns to Dr. Robert Kuske, her radiologist and co-founder of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists. During their conversation, Kuske, who is also an oncologist, told Bernabei about a trial of advanced radiation therapy that dramatically cuts treatment time from the usual 33 daily treatments over six and a half weeks to just three over two days. “While we were talking he told me he thought I was the perfect candidate, and I ended up being the first patient Page 16

in the state to take part in the trial,” she said. As Kuske noted, Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists—which has offices in Scottsdale, Gilbert and Deer Valley—is one of a select group of medical centers in the nation that are embarking on this new ultra-short treatment. The new treatment protocol, which is called the TRIUMPH-T Trial, utilizes brachytherapy, which Kuske said is a form of internal radiation that delivers radiation directly to the targeted area of the breast where cancer could recur. Because it is not involving irradiation of the total breast, the trial also spares surrounding tissues from unnecessary radiation, he said. Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists is partnering with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and six other cancer centers across the country to investigate this new treatment protocol, Kuske said. Kuske said he is excited to offer women the chance to participate in

the TRIUMPH-T Trial and cut back on their radiation treatment time by 90 percent. “Women have busy lives, and they have lives outside of breast cancer. So to have equal results in terms of treating the breast cancer and to get it done in two days is a winner,” he said. To qualify for the trial, Kuske said women must meet certain criteria. For example, women must be 45 years or older, have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and have had a lumpectomy, he said, adding that although men can be diagnosed with breast cancer, only women can participate in the TRIUMPH-T Trial. In addition, Kuske said, patients’ tumors must be 3 centimeters or less in size, and they must have clear margins and negative-node breast cancer, which means it has not spread to lymph nodes in other places like the armpits. So far, Kuske said, a few dozen women have taken part in the trial, many of whom have traveled to

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Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists from other states and countries. “It has been popular with women, and we will have another trial coming up. We definitely want to keep it rolling,” he said. Bernabei said having 26 catheters inserted into her breast area was uncomfortable at times and she felt tired. In general the two-day treatment went smoothly. “Because of my situation with my son, it could not have been any better. I really don’t know what I would have done if I had to do 33 radiation treatments.” Bernabei, who recently had a mammogram that showed that everything is clear and cancer-free, said she also liked the way the protocol didn’t cause her skin to burn. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better, and Dr. Kuske is amazing.” To find out qualifications for enrollment and more information on the TRIUMPH-T Trial, contact Kristina Allen or Renee Robles Schein at (480) 922-4600.

By Ken Abramczyk Employees often wonder what its like to venture out on their own and start a business. They’re tired of working for someone else or a large company. They want to own their own business, hoping their hard work and long hours will result in a more immediate financial reward for them. Eureka Loft Scottsdale, a partnership between ASU and the Scottsdale Public Library, is a free space for would-be entrepreneurs and startups to access resources, attend workshops and network on the second floor of the Scottsdale Public Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The city’s Economic Development Department also is heavily involved in the program. “The Eureka Loft is a cooperative space to start an entrepreneurial business, seek guidance with recareering or looking for new opportunities,” said Kathy Coster, senior manager at the Scottsdale Library. “It’s unique because you have a chance to meet others, share input on topics ranging from marketing to taxes and share connections.” Attendees learn about the importance of a business plan, marketing, sales, social media and other topics at the workshops. Colleen Miller, library assistant, said 1,654 people attended Eureka Loft one recent month to use the facility and its resources. “Eureka Loft is for people who have an idea for a business. We offer them a space to work for free,” Miller said. “We offer free Wi-Fi and offer many programs to start a business.” Miller said about 80% of the participants have business ideas, while the remaining 20% recently started a business and look to take the next steps. Eureka Loft schedules a series of classes and workshops throughout the year to assist would-be entrepreneurs and new startups. Eureka Loft offers Starting Your Startup, a five-week course, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14. The

course includes topics on customer market research, marketing strategies that work, planning a business, legal aspects of owning a business and funding a business. Miller said would-be entrepreneurs ask whether they need business plans and how they actually begin the business. “They wonder whether they need licensing from the city of Scottsdale and ask whether they should be a full proprietorship, LLC or corporation.” A free online course also is offered through on how to create a business plan, sponsored by the Thunderbird School of Global Management and Freeport McMoRan. That program is geared toward women. “[Dreambuilder. org is] for those who don’t have a business yet, but have an idea,” Miller said about the course. The most popular workshop at Eureka Loft covers social media and how to market businesses and products on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. A digital media lab allows business owners to film their own YouTube videos and commercials with equipment in the lab. The lab is free, but it can be reserved by appointment only. Attendees can learn about websites at When Websites Work at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Another session covers Domain Versus Hosting Versus Website Building at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Connect the Tech, a speaker series currently scheduled on Mondays through June 6 (except for May 30, Memorial Day), is a partnership between Eureka Loft and the city’s Department of Economic Development. That department’s director, Danielle Casey, works with the library’s Miller and Katie O’Connor, adult services coordinator, to organize and oversee Eureka Loft. Keynote speakers will discuss topics on how to increase sales, legal issues, human resources and hiring and marketing. For more information on scheduled speakers and sessions, visit



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Middle school learning prepares students for high school success By Kathy Burwell Scottsdale Unified School District embraces the belief that every young adolescent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, and postsecondary education should be a possibility for all. “SUSD offers middle school programs designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the emerging adolescent,” said Diane Whitmore, director of curriculum and professional development. Each SUSD middle school provides programs for gifted, special education, and second language students to meet their unique needs. “In addition, SUSD middle schools employ counseling services, nurses, librarians and instructional resource assistants and a school resource officer to maintain a focus on student health and safety,” said Karen Benson, executive director of instructional services.

SUSD middle schools are committed to providing an environment which expands personal and academic success. “All Scottsdale middle schools provide curriculum that is relevant and rigorous, support meaningful relationships and ensure assessment and evaluation processes that promote quality learning,” said Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, executive director of secondary education. Middle level courses offer rich content for students to develop as future-ready learners, fostering the skills of critical thinking, problemsolving, communication along with informational literacy. Courses make connections between science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). “In order to best prepare students for college and careers, SUSD middle school mathematics instruction focuses on developing a conceptual understanding and problem-solving

skills,” Benson said. “To ensure success of our students at the middle level, we use multiple criteria to identify students who may benefit from acceleration. Additionally, students who face academic challenges receive necessary supports to help them overcome Mountainside Middle School students use computers academic hurdles.” District officials understand in science class “We realize that socially, middle that “one size does not fit all” and as a result, a variety of programs school students see as much emotional including fine and performing arts, growth as a child between the ages of rigorous academic opportunities and zero and three,” said Lance Huffman, honors courses, middle school sports, principal of Cocopah Middle School. Middle school counselors and technology and world language are offered to students to meet the vast teachers are trained to address the academic, physical and emotional abilities and interests of all. “The choices provided to middle needs of their students as they face level learners support our students the changes that occur at this critical exploring interests and developing point in their development. To learn more about SUSD middle stronger skills,” said Terri Kellen, principal of Mountainside Middle schools or to schedule a school tour, visit School.


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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is worth every bit of the hype By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The view of Universal Studios Hollywood is menacing from our 22nd-floor room of the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. We see the bright lights of the Simpson’s Krustyland, which stay illuminated all night. The Transformers ride, WaterWorld and Universal CityWalk are also easily spied. But rising from the middle of the park is the intimidating, black Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is part of the attraction The Wizarding World of Harry Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially dePotter. It officially debuted this The buted this month. month. The Wizarding World of Harry there. Really, anything you need to Potter lives up to its advance press. satisfy a sweet tooth is within reach. Hogsmeade Village is straight out of (And, believe me, we took advantage a Christmas card, with its snow-laden of the chocolate marshmallow thatched cottages from which “icicles” fudge, which rivaled the treats from hang. Muggles, as we average folks Michigan’s Mackinac Island.) are called, can peruse the shops and Just outside Honeydukes you’ll find the rides. It’s just an easy walk down some of the more anticipated treats— the cobblestone Butter Beer, Pumpkin streets. Juice and Gilly Water. Upon entering A nonalcoholic drink, the attraction, Butter Beer tastes like we were greeted a mixture of vanilla by the Hogwarts and butterscotch with Express train the consistency of a and its loveable root beer float. It’s a engineer outside little sweet, but it’s of the Hogsmeade a must-try for any Station. Quickly, Harry Potter fan. we were fully Visitors can sample a variety of tradiProceed through immersed in tional English fare including the fabled Diagon Alley and bangers and mash. Diagon Alley, you’ll see a long line home to a slew of shops, including snaking through Hogsmeade. It’s a Zonko’s Joke Shop, where we scored queue of Muggles yearning to try Robot Lilliput, a tin wind-up robot. English meals like Shepherd’s Pie, Diagon Alley also boasts bangers and mash (OK, sausage and confectionaries from Harry Potter’s mashed potatoes), fish and chips world in a shop called Honeydukes. and a variety of desserts at Three Fudge, chocolate frogs, “candy floss” Broomsticks. (the English term for cotton candy) I tried the lemon herb half chicken and assorted jellybeans are found and it was the juiciest meat I have Page 22



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had in a long time. My niece was equally impressed with her fish and chips, while my English husband and my mother had to naturally try the Shepherd’s Pie. All four meals were great, but it totaled more than $80. Now, don’t let the verbiage on the attraction’s map fool you. It mentions that sampling of beer is available at the Hog’s Head Pub. There’s no free sampling to be had, but there’s plenty of alcoholic drinks to purchase— domestic and imported beer, Wizard’s Brew, Dragon Scale, Fire Whiskey, wine, spirits and mixed drinks. Across the cobblestone pathway is one of the hot attractions. It’s the Owl Post in the center of Hogsmeade where fans can send letters with a Hogsmeade postmark and purchase stationery and stamps from the gift shop along with owl-related toys and gifts. An elderly, robe-wearing couple was so enamored with their owls that the man filmed himself playing with his stuffed animal for about 20 minutes. Presumably his wife, the

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woman took extra care in setting up their owls for a “photo shoot” with their cellphones. Adjacent to Owl Post is the store Dervish and Banges, which offers such magical items as Sneakoscopes, Spectrespecs, Omnioculars and The Monster Book of Monsters. Muggles can give into their Quidditch needs by purchasing T-shirts, Quaffles, Golden Snitches and brooms including the Nimbus Two Thousand and One and the Firebolt. Hogwarts school uniforms and clothing—including the $109 robes—are available here as well. One of the highlights is Ollivanders, which has been selling fine wands “since 382 B.C.” Shopkeepers and wandkeepers help visitors choose the appropriate wand by measuring ... continues on page 25



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slices of life By Jill Pertler

Monday melancholy Oh, the dreaded Monday. We all experience and endure it; although depending on your specific schedule, your Monday might fall on a Thursday. Still, we understand the concept of Monday melancholy (or Thursday melancholy, as the case may be). I’ve never been one to shy away from Mondays. It’s as good a time as any to get things done and put things off. But I have to confess: lately they’ve been getting to me. I find myself feeling listless and

unmotivated on the first day of the standard workweek. You know what they say, when life gives you lemons...In this case, when life gives you a Monday, I say make it a three-day weekend. Unfortunately, that’s not typically possible. Like it or not, we’ve all got to deal with Mondays upward of 50—or maybe even more—times every year. Science backs me up on this: Mondays are unavoidable. Research has proven that each morning when you wake up,

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off until tomorrow. You’ve got lots more time to complete the project with a Friday deadline, which seems a long way off on Monday. Procrastination and Mondays go together like wine and cheese. While procrastinating on a Monday, you can take the chance to catch up on all the social media activity you missed over the weekend (during your breaks and lunch, of course). You can view photos of all the exciting things your friends did while you were home cleaning the garage. Monday rhymes with fun-day, which is a great time to test the pairing of wine and cheese alluded to earlier (after work, of course). Sometimes the sun is shining on Monday. In fact, according to highly accurate Internet statistics, it is the least rainy day of week. That makes it a Monday sun-day, which beats out rainy days and Mondays any day of the week. Finally, Monday’s a great day to count your blessings. When you do, I’m pretty sure you’ll decide Mondays aren’t so bad after all. Besides, at the end of the day, you’ve only got three more to go—until Friday. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.



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Visitors don’t have to solemnly swear they are up to no good to visit Hogsmeade Village.

Harry Potter ...continued from page 22 customers’ dominant hands. These wands, which average $49, aren’t just showpieces. Point them at the different shops and attractions to activate a few tricks that we’ll leave to your imagination. It may be simple, but I found the Frog Choir to be especially fun. A couple of times a day, the Frog Choir—three “students” who sing and one beatboxing young man, all of whom are accompanied by croaking frogs—hits the stage. Their voices were incredible, but the beat-boxing student stole the show. But now it’s time for “the” ride. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey made the news when, shall we say, it made plenty of riders ill. My niece and husband fared just fine as they made their way through the familiar classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts, courtesy of a 3-D movie. The Muggles and students encounter plenty of characters, including the spooky Death Eaters. Harry, Hermione and Ron lead riders through the adventure, which includes the chance to get advice from Dumbledore. That’s all we’ll say about that. You’ll have to experience this for yourself. The Flight of the Hippogriff is Universal Studios Florida’s first outdoor, family-friendly coaster. It spirals and flies around the pumpkin patch and swoops past Hagrid’s Hut. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is just a shuttle bus away from the stunning, 24-story Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, which boasts

a scrumptious prime rib and seafood buffet on the weekends. But, as my 21-year-old niece, who describes herself as a “huge Harry Potter fan,” says, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is “a dream come true.” But the Harry Potter love doesn’t end there. Check out the Warner Bros. Studio Tour where memorabilia from the beloved films sits on the second floor of a museum on the tour, which costs $62 a person. But there’s even more fun. Studio Tour, Stage 48: Script to Screen gives guests the opportunity—for a charge—to “fly” on Harry Potter’s broomstick. It employs the same green screen technology used in the “Harry Potter” movie productions.

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Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore friendship and cultural similarities. WHEN: Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix COST: Starts at $15 INFO: (800) 745-3000 or


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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants

The first 10,000 kids receive a D-backs youth T-ball set courtesy of MLB Play Ball. WHEN: Sunday, May 15, at 1:10 p.m. WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix COST: $16 to $250 INFO: (800) 745-3000 or

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Chandler’s newest family-friendly event will feature “Inside Out” on May 6, “Goosebumps” on May 13 and “Minions” on May 20. WHEN: Fridays May 6, May 13 and May 20, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler COST: Free

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Deb’s Dragons: Fear Factors for Families

The classic tale is about the strange little fellow with the hard-toguess name and the miller’s daughter who must spin straw into gold. WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday, May 4 through May 29, various times WHERE: Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix COST: $7 to $10 INFO: (602) 262-2050 or

Deb from Deb’s Dragons will scare, amaze and educate guests about “creepy” animals from snakes to tarantulas. WHEN: Thursday, April 28, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $15 adults; $10 children INFO: http://butterflywonderland. com/event-calendar/

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See 42 highly prized sports trading cards in the world, including the legendary T206 Honus Wagner. WHEN: Through April 24, various times WHERE: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix COST: $8 INFO: (602) 257-1222 or


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Fourteen artists show off their works in the media of painting, sculpture, textile arts, prints, photographs and digital art. WHEN: Through May 29, various times WHERE: i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa COST: $8 INFO: (480) 644-4332 or

10 LEGOLAND Discovery Center The indoor family attraction ideal for children ages 3 to 10 features two LEGO rides, 4-D cinema and a large soft-play area. WHEN: Ongoing WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 135, Tempe COST: $22; free for 2 and younger INFO:

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Finding a good, cute jar is the key to this project. In my head I was seeing something akin to an old perfume bottle. What I was finding were very modern vases that look more like the bottle in the classic TV series “I Dream of Jeannie.” The problem wasn’t insurmountable; it just made me rethink my approach. While any wire can be used, I ended up buying 50 feet of electrical wire from Home Depot because it was available in a number of colors and my kids preferred the red wire to anything silver or copper. I started the project by unwinding about 8 feet of wire, folding it in half, and then fashioning wings with a series of loops and twists. Use the flat nose pliers to twist the ends together two to three times to secure the wings in place. Using the loose ends, wrap them tightly around the bottle, joining them with two twists on the opposite side from the wings. Trim the pieces to equal lengths, then use the needle-nose pliers to loop the ends back on themselves. These form your first set of legs and feet. The next step was to create the loop for hanging the bugs. Cut another 5 feet of wire, fold in half and then cut into two pieces. Use one of the handles on the pliers to fashion a loop in the middle of one of the pieces. Straighten the ends, then twist them together with the other piece of wire five to six times. Spread the loose ends at 45 degree angles from the twisted ends, then wrap them around the bottle and secure with the flat nose pliers. Trim the loose ends to be the same length, then use the needle-nose pliers to twist the ends back on themselves creating feet at the end of each leg. The final step is to glue two washers on the end of the bottle as eyes for the bug. Once the epoxy has set, the bugs are ready to be displayed outside. I used a dollar store trellis for my bugs, but I will probably make more and use fishing line to hang them from the branches of a tree or from the eaves of my patio.


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Student Chronicles Know a Scottsdale student who’s doing something remarkable? Send items for student chronicles to Laura Bellamy, a senior majoring in elementary education from Scottsdale, was among the students named to Augustana College’s 2015 winter term dean’s list. Founded in 1860, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact

learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Students and alumni include 161 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

SUSD robotics teams heading to world competition After winning awards at the Arizona West Regional 2016 Tournament, Chaparral High School Robotics Team 3019 and Saguaro High School Robotics Team 4146 have been invited to the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship. The FRC Championship will be held April 27 through April 30 in St. Louis, Missouri. The international competition will include 900 teams from 39 countries. Chaparral secured its spot at the world championship Saguaro students work to perfect their robot. by winning the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award at the the Gracious Professionalism Award Arizona West Regional Competition sponsored by Johnson & Johnson at the in early April at Grand Canyon Arizona West Regional Competition. University. Mohave Middle School robotics Saguaro Team 4146 won the won a STEM research award at their Regional Finalist Award and the regional VEX IQ tournament and a Industrial Safety Award sponsored Sportsmanship Award at the state by Underwriters Laboratories at the tournament. regional competition. Saguaro was Additionally, this spring, the also invited to the 2016 FRC World Hohokam Traditional School VEX IQ Championship with its Wildcard Robotics Team and the Saguaro High Award. School VEX Robotics Team qualified Robotics innovation is a strong for the 2016 VEX Worlds Competition tradition at Scottsdale Unified School to be held April 20 through April 23 in District. Louisville, Kentucky. Arcadia High School was awarded Page 28

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around the neighborhood The art of food nurtured the performing and fine arts Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, as the Scottsdale Culinary Festival returned for its 39th annual incarnation. All proceeds from the twoday celebration went to the Scottsdale League for the Arts, which supports such organizations as Ballet Arizona, Childsplay and Free Arts of Arizona. Photos by Kimberly Carrillo



1. Keith Jones and Lorena Rodriguez enjoy cold drinks together. 2. The Phoenixbased Ryan Sims Band plays for a full audience. 3. Amy Dodson and George Baylon enjoy the music. 4. Annie Hildreth and Matthew Spilberg enjoy the event. 5. Nataley Adkins and Nick Ostoich had great seats for the entertainment. 6. Elizabeth Hamilton and Larry Oloff enjoy a little downtime. 7. Allison Hinderman and Christine Moore tried many different dishes. 8. Micah and Maika Winter enjoy the live music. 9. Ali Benson and Lillian Simpson take a break from sampling the food. 10. Kelsey Hintz and Kate Mitchell enjoy the warm spring evening at the festival.






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incorporate a mobile canning station and brewing demonstrations. “This festival only offers canned craft beers, it’s a celebration of the almighty can. AmeriCAN has won numerous awards and has a huge fan following,” Pruett said. “You ask any craft beer fan in Arizona and they will tell you this is one of the most beloved festivals each year.” One of the fan favorites is the coronation of top canned beer by a group of certified beer aficionados. “AmeriCAN isn’t just a festival, it’s also a competition,” said Pruett. “The day before the festival, more than 40 certified craft beer judges will gather to taste and vote for their favorites in nine categories including IPA, American Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, Wheat Beers, Stouts and Porters, Ambers and Browns, Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers, Fruit, and Specialty Beer. Gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced via live stream on Friday, May 13,” she said. Like any great festival does, two community organizations benefit from a portion of the proceeds from the event. The Scottsdale Cultural Council has a mission: “To develop, advance and deliver high-quality arts, cultural experiences and opportunities in Scottsdale to residents, cultural institutions, artists and visitors from around the world,” according to the council’s website. The Arizona Society of Homebrewers strives “to preserve and promote the time-honored tradition of homebrewing, and to recognize it as a true art form through information, education and dedicated practice,” according to the Society’s website. “These two charities that we value highly have been big supporters of this event since its inception,” Pruett said.



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By Tim J. Randall It’s time to pop open the tab on your favorite craft brews at the sixth annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival at the Scottsdale Civic Center from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14. “The event is a partnership between SanTan Brewing Company and HDE Agency and is our way of celebrating canned craft beer with our fellow breweries across the country,” said Jen Pruett, public relations director at HDE. “The AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival was created as a signature event for the state of Arizona to celebrate American Craft Beer Week held May 16 through May 22.” The popular event features live entertainment, craft food, VIP quarters, Beer Science Garden, beer Olympics and the craft can award ceremony. “Every year this event grows in size. We started out with just about 100 beers and now we pour nearly 300 different beers from 100 different craft breweries,” Pruett said. Patrons will find not only refreshing and tasty canned brews to slake their thirst, but a delicious assortment of culinary options. “We will have several local restaurants in attendance selling food,” Pruett said. “We are still working on finalizing the restaurants, so far we have Brat Haus and Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers confirmed.” And because canned beer just would not be the same without great tuneage, the festival will be presenting an electric lineup including: DJ Slippe, DJ Hanz, The Hour Glass Cats, Black Bottom Lighters, Dry River Yacht Club and 2 Tone Lizard Kings. Attendees can choose one of two great options for imbibing. General admission tickets before May 6 are $35 ($45 day of ) and include admission, a souvenir can and 20 4-ounce pours. The VIP experience for $100 offers admission one hour early, a souvenir can, 20 four-ounce pours, catered food, a private VIP zone with private restrooms and exclusive specialty beer sampling. In addition to the activities, food and music this year’s iteration will

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Ryan Sims Formerly of EastonAshe, the frontman of the Ryan Sims Band plays acoustic shows from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. His set delivers cover songs as well as original tracks from his self-titled album. WHEN: Sundays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: McDowell Mountain Golf Club, 10690 E. Sheena Dr., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 502-8200 or Phoenix Symphony: Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” This program opens with Thomas Ades’ dances from “Powder Her Face,” and music from his opera which retells the downfall of Britain’s “dirty duchess,” Margaret, duchess of Argyll. Martina Filijak, winner of first prize in the Cleveland Piano Competition and called “a pianist to watch” by The New York Times, makes her Arizona debut. WHEN: Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.

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WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $49 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Jokes ’n Pollock Art is funny. Watch the finale of this stand-up series and enjoy the lighter side of contemporary art. WHEN: Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $10 INFO: (480) 874-4666 or SMoCAsana Join local yoga teacher Julie TuomistoBell (500-hour teaching training certified) for an all-levels, 60-minute yoga flow class in the SMoCA Lounge. WHEN: Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $20 INFO: (480) 874-4666 or

Summer Concert Series The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park kicks off its summer concert series this month with the Groove Merchants. Free concerts are featured every Sunday evening through July 3. Bring a blanket or a chair. Food will be


“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” National Theatre of Scotland has earned a national and international reputation for its originality. The theater’s popular show—“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart”—won a Herald Angel award at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for “Best Music and Sound.” WHEN: Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39; $10 food and beverage minimum INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

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available for purchase. WHEN: Sunday, May 1, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free; train and carousel rides $2. INFO: (480) 312-2312 or Talk Cinema Sneak a preview of new independent and foreign films. Audiences view the films and discuss it with special guests, similar to the experience critics and industry insiders have at film festivals. Selections may be an indie comedy, provocative documentary or the next breakout hit. WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $17 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

SMoCA Mix: Fashionably Avant-Garde Expect the unexpected and join the museum for an evening of mischief and fun as SMoCA explores culture and fashion at its annual nontraditional fundraiser. WHEN: Saturday, May 7, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $250 INFO: (480) 874-4666 or

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Phoenix Symphony: “Scheherazade” Maestro Teddy Abrams conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s famed “Scheherazade,” a musical journey based on tales from “Arabian Nights,” in his debut with the symphony. The performance also features cellist Amit Peled. WHEN: Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $49 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or


The Automatic Hate When Davis Green’s alluring young cousin Alexis appears on his doorstep late one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Davis travels to rural upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to each other, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it. WHEN: Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 14, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m.; Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 21, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $7 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

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Jerusalem Bakery Memories of a homeland are mixed into breads, sweets Lior Ben-Shushan smiles and points to his challah bread’s trademark, a knob-like bump on one of the loaf ’s ends. The bump symbolizes the personal pride he has in the bread and serves as a reminder of his father’s love of family when he would save that piece for one of his children. “It was his blessing,” says BenShushan. “My baking is my memory. Every bread sees my signature.” It’s a Friday morning, and Lior and Lily Ben-Shushan run Jerusalem Bakery, Lior and his wife, Lily, bustle selling challah, other breads and baked goods, and in the kitchen at the Jerusalem even marmalades to accompany the breads. Bakery. cinnamon loaf, real Mediterranean Lior mixes and bakes. Lily works pita bread, Moroccan bread with the register and gives out samples Za’atar, Jerusalem bagels and whole to inquisitive customers. Breads are wheat date bread, along with other bagged and labelled, identifying the selections. challah, Za’atar-spiced Moroccan Cookies also are sold filled with bread and other baked goods in dates and walnuts, sesame, or jam. preparation for the next day’s sales at Those are popular with New Yorkers the Phoenix Public Market. and Canadians, Lior said. The bakery, located on Frank Lloyd Doughs are mixed by hand with Wright Boulevard just north of high-quality unbleached flour,and Shea Boulevard, features a variety of butter, following recipes Ben-Shushan baked goods well beyond the breads, learned from relatives while growing although they represent a large up in Israel. He folds breads to make portion of the couple’s sales. them fluff y. Customers will find egg-free challah, He uses a similar dough in the blueberry loaf, whole wheat walnut challah for rugelach. “The dough sits bread with cranberries, French toast out for two nights, then it’s filled with

Challah and chocolate rugelach are fresh out of the oven at the Scottsdale bakery.

chocolate. This is an original from the old country,” Ben-Shushan said. Turkish bourekas are popular in Israel and usually are eaten with hardboiled eggs, tahini, sour cream and salad on the side, he said. Moroccan bread with Za’atar spice is a tasty snack at any time. That bread is baked on river stone, which helps with its fluffiness and flavor, he said. Ben-Shushan creates marmalades because he enjoyed it with his bread growing up. The bakery sells orange, kiwi, cherry tomato, pineapple, lemon, carrot, strawberry and apple cinnamon flavors. Hamentaschen (poppy seed, chocolate with Halva or pecan caramel) is baked for Jewish holidays. The bakery’s pita bread has a thicker, puffier texture than the commercial pitas sold at grocery stores. Ben-Shushan indicated some uncooked bread. “It is rolled, baked, then customers can take it home and slice it and make French toast,” Lior said. The bakery has a selection of desserts including chocolate espresso

mousse, tiramisu for special events, cream puffs, mini lemon tart with strawberries, cheesecake with berries and mint, bavaria with melted strawberries on top, soft and melty chocolate cake, lemon tart and French apple tart, as advertised on the bakery’s website. The couple opened the bakery at its current location about four months ago. Ben-Shushan enjoys sharing his Jewish heritage and talking about his family growing up in Israel. “I open here for everyone,” he said. “I want to explain the food and express love for everyone. I want for you to share that quality and share the love.” The bakery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Summer, hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The couple sells breads at the downtown Phoenix Public Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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What’s Cooking? By Jan D’Atri

English Trifle (Zuppa Inglese) I call this dish my “made-for-TV dessert.” I’m sharing one of my own family’s recipes that’s one of the simplest, most beautiful desserts you can present to the table. It is the sensational English trifle or “Zuppa Inglese,” a favorite in the D’Atri family for decades. What I really love about it is it looks like a “bowl of extravagance,” yet it’s literally a piece of cake to put together. From the top, our English trifle looks like a giant bowl of whipped cream finished off with fresh fruit. But from the sides you can see all the layers of cake, vanilla pudding and sliced strawberries, kiwi

and boysenberries. Sometimes what you don’t see is the best part—a subtle brushing of Grand Marnier over the cake layers. By the way, how did the English Trifle get an Italian nickname? The stories are as varied as the recipes you’ll find for this elegant dessert. But I’m sure it came about because when you dive your spoon into the layers, the consistency of the trifle is more like a sweet, rich soup or “zuppa.” This is our “Sunday Brunch on the patio” time of year and the English Trifle is the perfect edible center piece.

English Trifle (Zuppa Inglese) 1 box of yellow cake mix 1 box of pudding and pie filling (do not use instant) 2-3 pints of ripe strawberries 1/4 cup granulated sugar 6-8 fresh ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced 2 pints of fresh blueberries or boysenberries 1 pint whipping cream 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup Grand Marnier

Bake cake mix as directed and pour into three 8-inch pie tins. If you only have one pie pan, bake each for about 12-15 minutes or until done. Prepare vanilla pudding as directed, and set aside. Chop one pint of strawberries and combine with granulated sugar. Slice second pint of strawberries thin. Slice kiwi fruit. Place the first cake disc in a trifle or clear glass bowl. Brush on one third of the Grand Marnier. Around the edge of the trifle bowl, alternate slices of kiwi and strawberries, laying fruit flat against the bowl. With a spoon, spread strawberries and sugar combination over cake layer. Drop spoonfuls of one half of the pudding over strawberry mixture. Add second cake disc and brush with Grand Marnier. Line the edge of the bowl with fresh blueberries or boysenberries. Add third cake

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