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May 20, 2016

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community spotlight By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

North Scottsdale resident Brenda Warner knows how troubling it is to have a child in the hospital. At the age of 4 months, Brenda’s son Zachary was accidentally dropped on his head by his father, her former husband. The infant was left disabled and blind. So Warner and her second husband, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, provide help to those in similar situations whenever possible. On May 3, the duo supported the Zone to Go program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Zone to Go program, made possible by a $50,000 donation from the Warners’ First Things First Foundation, expands the reach of the Hospital’s Child Life Zone to individual patient rooms. The

Child Life Zone is a state-of-the-art procedure-free area, where patients can go to escape the realities of their hospital stays by engaging in creative and therapeutic play through activities like arts and crafts, air hockey, cooking, music and video and board games. “We realized there are a number of kids who aren’t able to travel from their hospital rooms to the Zone,” Kurt said. “The Zone to Go is a cart taking a number of the activities from here in the Zone to their rooms. “A staff member—or today the two of us—takes the cart to some of the floors and rooms, and gives families the chance to interact. It gives the parents a little bit of a break.” A former Marine, Brenda subscribes to the belief that nobody


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should be left behind—including kids at Children’s Hospital. “When there’s anybody left behind, we have to come up with something else to include them,” she said. “The Zone to Go opens the world to kids who can’t leave their rooms as much. The hospital is able to reach out to these kids and lets them know they’re not alone.” Zackary, who is now 27, accompanied Kurt and Brenda on their visit to

Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “When my son was injured at a very young age, being in the hospital and being alone, I felt hopeless,” Brenda said. “I wanted someone to give me a little of their strength because I didn’t have any of mine left. I wanted someone to show up and say, ‘We care about you, too.’ That’s what we’re doing.”

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neighborhood hearsay Ice cream-to-order may be the last frontier of pick-your-poison food preparation. You’ve been able to choose crust and toppings for pizza for decades, and the fillings for your burrito for years, but until recently, you have not been able to choose the cream-base of your ice cream as well as its flavor. At Creamistry, the California-based concept that just opened its first Arizona location on the Scottsdale Waterfront, they use liquid nitrogen to create your ice cream choice on the spot. (Don’t ask me how: chemistry was not my best subject.) The Arizona franchisees are former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Andre Wadsworth and real estate honcho Ryan Zeleznak. Ambitious and then some, the partners plan to open as many as 20 Creamistry locations in the Valley over the next several years. Your first step in ordering at Creamistry is to choose your base. Its signature premium cream is the default, but if GMOs are a concern, go for the organic, which is also kosher. Vegan? Then you’ll want the coconut cream base. There is also a sorbet alternative,

though that comes in limited flavors. Then comes the hard choice: which flavor? Creamistry features more than 30, and I won’t list them all here. You can go to and check that out for yourself. I will say that I am happy to see an ice cream purveyor finally grab hold of Thai tea as a flavor, and that roasted black sesame sounds in-freaking-credible. Next come the possible toppings: again, more than 30 of them, plus upgrades that include waffle bowls and chocolate bowls. Now there’s no excuse not to include your preferences in ice cream, whether you need your dessert to be GMO-free, gluten-free, or animal product-free. Just don’t expect it to be... free. Ice cream costs a lot these days! I’ve always suspected those cable guys had something happening on the side, you know? I mean, cable ain’t cheap, and the cable guy is at the front line. I recently came across evidence that my suspicions are justified. It seems that Larry the Cable Guy— the man who says “Git-R-Done”—just

bought a $3.6 million home in Desert Mountain. Now, I want to know: How do you swing $3.6 million on a cable guy’s salary without, well, additional income? He’s done it going under the name, “Daniel Whitney,” claiming that said “Daniel Whitney” is actually a handsomely paid actor who plays Larry the Cable Guy. Yeah, right! At least he made his $3.6 million count. The 2014, 4,073-square-foot house he bought with his wife, Cara, features a wrap-around patio, outdoor kitchen, mountain views, two guest suites, a guest casita and a marble bath. Dang. I bet the cable service is primo, too. I’ve always wondered: When blue collar types buy upscale houses, do their tastes change? Will Larry start listening to classical music and hire a French chef? Will his air-conditioned garage house twin Porsches (one for him, one for her) instead of that classic ’55 Chevy?

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These Scottsdale teens are ‘golden’ Two North Scottsdale-area teens— Ariana Schein and Rachel DeStigter Boatwright—have been honored by the Girl Scouts–Arizona CactusPine Council with the highest award in Girl Scouting: the Gold Award. “One of the most impactful parts of Girl Scouting is earning the girl Scout Gold Award,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts– Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. “This prestigious award represents the highest achievement in girl Scouting and challenges girls ages 14 to 17 to initiate meaningful, sustainable change locally, nationally, or globally through unique ‘take action’ projects of their own creation.” According to Woodbury, 2016 is special as the Girl Scouts are celebrating the milestone 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. Earning the award is somewhat comparable to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout. While both achievements require developing and completing a service project, Girl Scouts must Page 8

create a project that is continues to give back to the community long after they move on. Overall, the process usually takes 18 to 24 months and often involves seeking in-kind donations and recruiting volunteers. Others recognize the value of the Gold Award, too. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships to award recipients and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. “Empowering girls to lead is one of the greatest investments we can make,” said Woodbury. “When women adopt leadership roles, they contribute a unique set of skills, ideas and life experiences that enrich and strengthen communities. Girl Scouts, and the Gold Award specifically, gives girls the support and guidance they need as they step into impactful leadership roles.” For many of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in the Girl Scouts.

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Boys & Girls Clubs’ Piper Branch celebrates 25 years

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During the last 25 years, North Scottsdale’s Virginia G. Piper Branch has played a vital role in the formative years of the city’s youth. It not only provides afterschool care, but offers educational programs, homework help, sports activities, youth support and a place that members often call their “second home.” To mark its silver anniversary, the Piper Branch, located at 10515 E. Lakeview Dr., will host a special celebration on Friday, June 3. The event will include those members who were not only the organization’s founders, plus community leaders, board members and families past and present of the Piper Branch. In addition, Jensen Morgan, the Piper Branch’s 2016 “Youth of the Year,” and branch historian and staff member, Jeff Berman, will address the crowd and share what makes the Piper Branch a special part of the community. The gymnasium will be decorated in silver tones along with a montage of special photographs

that captures many memories of families, staff and supporters over the last 25 years at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ various activities. The organization is known for its summer camp programs, which help keep youth engaged and active. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale opened the Piper Branch in 1991. At the time, the greater Scottsdale area had three branches consisting of two all-boys and one all-girls locations. When Piper opened its doors, it was the first fully integrated branch. Mary Ellen McKee, Valley resident and philanthropist, was an integral part of the opening 25 years ago and remains an active part of the clubs. Well-known community figures have lent a hand to the club, too. Former Phoenix Suns player Charles Barkley volunteered as a coach when his son played on the youth basketball team at Piper. Not only did the youth benefit from the all-star NBA player’s participation, but as a former Olympian, Barkley

brought years of expertise to the Piper Branch’s youth. One of the branch alumnus who proved to be quite successful is Erika Frantzve. As a child of seven, Frantzve walked the halls of the Piper Branch, practicing a walk that would lead her down the path of becoming Miss Arizona USA 2012. Eventually, she competed in the Miss USA 2012 competition. Frantzve is a public speaker and very connected with charitable causes. Boys & Girls Clubs have been serving children across the country since the early 1900s. The clubs’ goals are to enable youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Piper Branch will continue its tradition of an interactive, fun summer camp program available for ages kindergarten through teens this summer. Interested families can learn more by visiting or contact a local branch.

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Affable yet dedicated to her clients, Realtor/broker Joan Pike of Berkshire Hathaway of Scottsdale has a knack for working with people. Growing up in a family of 10 in Wisconsin, Pike learned early on about establishing a good work ethic and being loyal. “To be honest, I never, ever woke up and said, ‘I want to be a Realtor,’” she said. “I was always interested in homes, and I always enjoyed Joan Pike working with people. “I used to be a master barber and worked with people. Being from a large family, I learned to communicate. I got into real estate because my friend said, ‘I need somebody to help me with a new home subdivision.’” She earned her real estate license in nine days, and soon thereafter started with a small, family-owned real estate company, but has been with Berkshire Hathaway/Prudential for 15 years. “That’s a rare thing,” she said. “The ownership changed hands. My mantra is, if the phone rings, I answer it. How novel is that? That’s a Midwest work ethic coming through again.” Pike specializes in Scottsdale for the Kierland branch, the corporate headquarters. “Berkshire Hathaway is definitely

a high-end brand, recognized by a high-end crowd,” she said. “I do specialize in Scottsdale, for the most part. The Kierland branch has about 190 agents and I was the No. 1 agent at Kierland branch and No. 4 companywide. I definitely have worked hard fpr that.” Pike moved to Arizona in 1995 and has been a broker since 1996. Recently, she was nominated for Realtor of the Year by the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business in Scottsdale. She enjoys her job because it’s generally a positive experience for her clients. “I like watching people be happy with their decisions when they buy or sell,” said Pike, whose office is paperless. The key to clients’ happiness and satisfaction is listening to their Realtor, Pike believes. “They should be confident in the person they’re working with,” she said. “If it’s a first-time home buyer, I say I wouldn’t let them buy something that I wouldn’t sell to my own kids. I work in their best interest.” Joan Pike’s office is located at 14635 W. Kierland Blvd., Suite 160, Scottsdale, 85254. For more information, call (602) 526-1426.


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The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa will welcome hundreds of people to enjoy food from the hottest chefs and eateries around the Valley as they raise money for the ALS Association Arizona Chapter on Saturday, June 11. Bite Nite is celebrating its seventh year in 2016, as it continues to raise awareness and funding for the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit solely devoted to raising awareness and funds for ALS,” said Taryn Norley, executive director of The ALS Association Arizona Chapter. “Bite Nite is a great way to enjoy amazing food, live entertainment and support a worthwhile cause.” Patrons will stroll through the event and sample signature dishes from some of the most popular restaurants in the Valley. The main event will be the Best Bite of the Night contest, where guests will vote for their favorite signature dishes via text. North Italia and The Capital Grille in Phoenix are defending Best Bite champions that will be flexing their culinary chops once again. They will compete for the 2016 Best Bite alongside a variety of restaurants and chefs eager to snag this title for their own. Ling and Louie’s, an Asian fusion restaurant, has been participating with Bite Nite since the start. “Over the last few years it has really been an amazing experience,” said John Banquil, the regional general manager of Ling and Louie’s. “It has been one of the greatest things the restaurant has done.” Throughout the night people can partake in live and silent auctions and purchase $50 mystery boxes. Along with the delicious food from more than 15 chefs and restaurants, there will be live music to entertain guests. “Over the past seven years, Bite Nite has grown into the special event of the summer,” Norley said. According to The ALS Association website, ALS affects two in 100,000 people. Nearly 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year.


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ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. The disease leads to paralysis and life expectancy from the time of diagnosis is 2 to 5 years. The ALS Association’s goal is to raise funds not only for those living with ALS but also for the families supporting them. The estimated yearly cost for someone living with ALS is $200,000. “Every year the Arizona chapter serves more than 400 patients,” Norley said. “Our main goal is to help families and patients manage this disease with dignity and hope.” Funds raised from Bite Nite will go toward patient and family services, community outreach, the medical equipment loan closet, and to help support the newly established children’s program for children who will lose a loved one to this disease. There is no known cause or effective treatment for ALS. This disease can affect anyone regardless of age, race, or gender, according to the ALS Association. Last year Bite Nite raised $202,000 and has raised over $750,000 between 2010 and 2015. There were more than 700 guests at the 2015 Bite Nite. Before the event concludes, patients and family members of those living with ALS will speak about the impact that The ALS Association Arizona Chapter has had on their lives, sharing their stories and explaining how the funds raised will be spent. These families have directly benefited from the funds raised by The ALS Association events such as Bite Nite. Tickets for Bite Nite are $150 and can be purchased online at www.bitenite. org. On the web at

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More than 500 patrons supported notMYkid by attending the Boot ’n Bling Gala on April 8 at Desert Foothills Events inside McDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale. Attendees and honorees enjoyed hay rides, barbecue, bull riding, silent and live auctions, videos and s’mores by the campfire. Peggy Baze, the founder of Artful Giving, was honored with the Inspiring Philanthropist Award. notMYkid’s 12th annual gala had the most sponsors in the organization’s history with 52 community supporters. photo page


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Julee Landau Shahon, women’s philanthropy chairwoman for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, has been named to the Jewish Federation of North America’s Women’s Philanthropy board. “Julee has been instrumental in the resurgence of our local women’s philanthropy efforts,” said Robin Loeb, director of women’s philanthropy and donor relations. “We are honored to have her represent our community and thrilled that her outstanding work has been recognized through this appointment. “Her passion, dedication and insight about the work of the Federation will be a wonderful addition to this board of leadership women.” The national women’s philanthropy board engages women at the highest levels of decision-making within the federation system. It is at the forefront of campaign solicitation

and leadership development and provides inspirational leadership to advocate for federation programs and services around the world. Board members serve as role models in their communities, inspiring others to get involved and become leaders. “I am thrilled to be selected to be part of the Women’s Philanthropy board of JFNA. I am proud to continue to bring my Detroit family tradition to Phoenix and to be able to represent our Julee Landau Shahon is thrilled to be selected community in this way,” said for the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Women’s Landau Shahon. Philanthropy Board. The board position is and throughout the nation. a two-year term. Landau The Jewish Federation of Greater Shahon said she looks forward Phoenix aims to enrich lives to meeting other women leaders from across the country and to through Jewish values, innovation bringing new ideas and approaches and stewardship. It also supplies to build and strengthen Women’s financial support with other Jewish Philanthropy in Greater Phoenix organizations in the Phoenix area.

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The Scottsdale City Council’s meeting chamber, called the City Hall Kiva, is below ground level. Instead of walls, the City Hall Kiva’s space is defined by surrounding This photo of City Hall shows some of the regional building techniques that Gonzales incorporated into his design, including recessed windows, curves and thick white walls to provide insulation from the Arizona sun.

In the mid 1960s, Gonzales poses with the master model for the Scottsdale Governmental Complex.

Bennie Gonzales: Helping define the look of modern Scottsdale In the 1960s and ’70s, architect Bennie Gonzales, who was born and raised in the Valley, gave many important buildings in Scottsdale a look that was sleek and modern yet also rooted in the local culture and environment. Gonzales grew up in a working class family in Phoenix. After graduating from architecture school at ASU, he became an acclaimed architect Page 14

and designed more than 300 buildings, mostly in Arizona. Gonzales worked on projects everywhere from Nogales to the Hopi Reservation, but he left an especially large imprint on Scottsdale’s public architecture. The distinctive style of Gonzales’ buildings—a combination of contemporary and traditional architecture—remains an important part of the city’s built environment.

Bennie Gonzales, left, poses with Rabbi Friedman in front of the Har Zion in the Desert Synagogue. The synagogue, since razed, was designed by Gonzales and built in 1966.

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Built in 1975, this 90,000-square-foot building, containing art galleries, a cinema and a theater, remains fresh in 2016.


Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and community has been certified gold by LEED, a connectivity. rating system developed by the U.S. • Water savings. The Green Building Council (USGBC) building’s innovative that is the foremost program for the systems reduce water design, construction and operation of use by a minimum of environmentally conscious buildings. 40%. The sculpture The 43,000-square-foot, two-story courtyard’s “weeping museum building was built and is wall” collects rainwater The museum’s building features green design strategies owned by the City of Scottsdale and is from the roof and 100% including desert-appropriate building orientation, selfof the condensation shading and innovative water-saving systems. managed and operated by Scottsdale from the HVAC system. Museum of the West, a 501(c)(3) design are regionally and sustainably Collected water travels from a nonprofit organization. It opened Jan. sourced. bioswale (recessed planter) in the 15, 2015. courtyard to a separate bioswale • Indoor environmental quality. “We are so very proud of this The museum features high-level on the museum’s south plaza that achievement, the credit for which goes lighting systems that are individually provides water to the building’s to the design team of local architects controlled. Low-emitting paints landscaping. The museum campus and contractors with whom we were and coatings are used throughout features low-water-use desert plants. so fortunate to have the privilege to the building to reduce the quantity work,” said Mike Fox, of indoor air contaminants. The museum director/CEO. building’s design and performance “Their purposeful designs provide a comfortable thermal of the museum and its environment. surrounding campus not only maximize Located in Scottsdale’s historic arts sustainability, but also district, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s support the conservation Museum of the West immerses its of critical regional guests in the essence of the American resources.” West, past and present, through The city’s museum artworks by renowned artists, historic development project The sculpture courtyard’s “weeping wall” collects rainwater was led by architectural from the roof and 100 percent of the condensation from artifacts of the Old West, and an firm Studio Ma of the HVAC system. The water then travels to bioswales ongoing schedule of fun, educational Phoenix, Christiana (recessed planters) throughout the museum campus, programs and public events. The $11.4 million museum features Moss and Christopher providing water to the desert landscaping. rotating exhibitions of Western art and Alt, principals; landscape architect Colwell Shelor of Phoenix; • Optimal energy efficiency. The cultural treasures on loan from some building achieves a 38% reduction of the world’s foremost collectors and contractors Core Construction in energy use over the baseline and institutions. With exhibitions Company and LGE Design Build energy code requirement due to regularly changing, there is always Company, both of Phoenix, all under enhanced performance of systems something new to see and experience the daily direction and oversight of and green design strategies such at the museum. City of Scottsdale Project Manager The museum is open from 9:30 as desert appropriate building Gary Meyer. orientation and self-shading. a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, The museum achieved LEED Gold Concrete ribbing on the museum’s Friday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 certification (60 to 79 points earned) facade provides passive vertical p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for implementing practical and shade to the building’s exterior. A Sunday. measurable strategies and solutions Tickets are $13 for adults; $11 for “woven” metal overhang on the aimed at achieving high performance second level provides self-shading seniors and active military; $8 for in sustainable site development, water students with ID and children ages 6 for the building. savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental • Materials selection. Over 75% to 17; and free for children ages 5 and of nonhazardous debris from the younger. quality. The building’s design supports The museum is located at 3830 N. building’s construction was recycled these criteria through the following: or salvaged. The theater’s sound Marshall Way, Scottsdale. For more • Sustainable site development. attenuation blankets are comprised information, call (480) 686-9539 or The museum site features www.scottsdalemuseumwest. of locally sourced cotton. Materials visit excellent public transportation used throughout the building’s org. access, development density,


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Career and technology education prepares students for the future By Kathy Burwell Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work. To prepare today’s students to compete in the workforce, Scottsdale Unified School District offers Career and Technology Education (CTE) at all five high schools. Chaparral Culinary Program Students enrolled in the Chaparral High School culinary program can experience what it is like to work in a professional kitchen with a curriculum-based upon college and career standards and the Scottsdale Community College Culinary Program.

Students learn to cook for themselves during the first year and then to cater for large groups during their second year. “The culinary program has evolved from a part-time program to one in which students clamor to enroll. The professional kitchen and the realworld curriculum attract a variety of students,” said Ashley Holian, Chaparral culinary chef, program teacher and Chaparral graduate. Students who complete two years in the program graduate with certificates of completion from the state of Arizona and a certificate in culinary arts from SCC. Students also can elect to receive dual enrollment credit from

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SCC for classes taken in the program. The Chaparral culinary program partners with several organizations. The partnerships get students “out of the classroom and into real life,” Holian said. “When working with a chef, it gives students knowledge of what the workforce demands.” Desert Mountain Graphic Design Another popular CTE course taken by SUSD students is graphic design. SUSD provides students with access to the latest design software. DMHS students can take graphic design I, II and III and can earn four college credits their first year and six during the subsequent two years to total 16 college credits over a three-year period. “The CTE Graphic Design class at Desert Mountain High School (DMHS) has grown by over 120 students over

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the last four years,” said Bernie Fritts, DMHS graphic design teacher. The graphic design classes encourage students to explore a variety of media. Traditional manual skills are combined with an array of sophisticated graphics software. Desert Mountain students have experienced much success. Recently, Lauren Anderson took top honors at the State of Arizona’s Skills USA Competition, placing first out of 60 competitors. Anderson’s redesign of the DMHS newspaper took first place at the Western States Printing Alliance Competition, beating out college students. Hannah Emery and Amelia Whittington received third place awards. Information on the CTE programs offered within SUSD is available at

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Writers research, procrastinate and look for happy endings The combination of a blank page and a column deadline should be motivating. Should be. However, I’ve heard this duo can provoke a person to employ any number of creative time-wasters, hardly any of which include putting actual words on paper. But I wouldn’t know firsthand. I’m only imagining, because that’s what writers do best. Well, that and write, I suppose, but I’m getting sidetracked and wouldn’t want to do that. It would be a waste of time. Here’s the rub: writing isn’t just writing. It involves research and procrastination and often some overlap between where one ends and the other begins. When faced with a deadline, a writer might find herself scrolling on social media, clicking on link after link sifting through a considerable amount of whatevers and whatnots engaging in activity loosely referred to as “research.” The serious investigative inquiry required by a serious columnist (much like myself ) is critical to the writing process and, like a deadline, is nearly impossible to avoid. In my professional experience, I’ve found a certain amount of research—

otherwise known as uncontrolled scrolling—is inevitable, albeit not always required. The result of this research most often falls into one of three categories: significant, insignificant and beyond insignificant. One is useful; the other two may be, depending on the writer’s talent, creativity, proximity to deadline and overall desperation. Furthermore, separating the wheat from the chafe requires diligence, concentration, perseverance and the ability to click on link after link while waiting patiently for the slowest of pages to load. Today I conducted considerable research, all in the name of getting it right for you, dear reader. Your appreciation is noted and appreciated. Back at you. To serve you better, I muddled through the significant, insignificant and beyond, but I’m not one to judge. I’ll leave that up to you. Said research included: An enticing invitation to “Click here to see jaw-dropping historic photos of amazing people!” (Most I didn’t recognize.) There was Goldie Hawn eating a hamburger and Clint Eastwood skateboarding—both in

1964 but not together. The takeaway? Maybe 1964 was a pretty big year— significant even. Or maybe not. Cleaning hacks, home improvement hacks, gardening hacks, life hacks, cooking hacks, fishing hacks, decorating hacks and laundry hacks. The internet is full of hacks, and one can basically conclude that anything containing a hack is anything but. In a word: I love hacks. The same can be said of animal rescue stories. I watched a few (OK, maybe half a dozen) but one about a pup named Xena the Warrior Princess and a boy with autism tugged at the heartstrings. I hate animal cruelty, but enjoy happy endings. Xena the Warrior Princess has a very happy ending. Research can take you in a number of directions. An hour before deadline, person might find herself inexplicably Googling descriptions of movies she’s never watched to see if she might want to sometime—even though she hardly ever watches movies and tends to fall asleep on the couch when she does. Still, research is research; I

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remind myself it’s all for a good cause and sometimes you have to take one for the team. I’m not a total chump and do harbor a sliver of discernment. I didn’t click on every link I encountered. That wouldn’t be prudent or professional (or discerning). I avoided an article outlining the history of the cell phone because I’ve lived out that journey in person. Perhaps I’ll write about it someday. Also took a pass on an image of what Xena the Warrior Princess looks like now. There was no need. I am not and wasn’t ever aware of what Xena the Warrior Princess (in the human form) looked like then, so I wouldn’t even know the difference. Not that I’d need to. I’ve already seen the puppy story and in my world Xena will forever walk on four legs. Like I said, I love happy endings. 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.


Know a Scottsdale student who’s doing something remarkable? Send items for student chronicles to Jaron Anthony Ahmann of Scottsdale was among more than 1,800 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students honored during individual college celebrations and the AllUniversity Honors Convocation April 24 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Ahmann, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, was recognized as a High Scholar. Christopher S. McLaughlin, post baccalaureate, computer science; and Kaylee F. Weyrauch, junior, applied visual arts, both of Scottsdale, earned a 3.5 or better at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Jake Herzog, a junior at Desert Mountain High School, recently earned honors from the Arizona High School Hockey Association when he was named to three All-State Teams: All-Arizona Team, Varsity D3 All-State First Team and AllAcademic Team. Jake was the only player in the state to be named to all three teams. AllState honorees were recognized by the Phoenix Coyotes at a regular season game at Gila River Arena. The Arizona High School Hockey Association is made up of 32 varsity and junior varsity teams. Twentynine teams are from the metro Phoenix area and three teams are from Flagstaff. The University of NebraskaLincoln granted 2,816 degrees during commencement exercises May 6 and May 7, including Clark Franklin Cunningham, College of Business Administration, bachelor of science in business administration; and Kaitlyn Tanner Kubicki, College of Business Administration, bachelor of science in business administration.


The names of nearly 4,800 candidates for degrees from the University of Kansas this spring were announced by the university registrar. Degrees are officially conferred in June. Among the degree candidates are Jordie Mallace, of Scottsdale, Bachelor of Science in journalism and business minor; Wyatt Rose, of Scottsdale, Bachelor of Science in business; and Jonathan Salzetti, of Scottsdale, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering; Brock Saturno, of Scottsdale, Bachelor of General Studies in communication studies and business minor; and Austin Williams, Scottsdale, Bachelor of Science in business.


Stephen Moore, of Scottsdale, has been named to the dean’s list for Graceland University’s 2016 spring term. Graceland students with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64 are named to the dean’s list. The university is located in Lamoni, Iowa. Scottsdale resident Jacova Snyder graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies on May 7 and joined approximately 2,000 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies. The university is located in Azusa, California. Kathryn Koon and Shannon Slakey, both of Scottsdale, are on the dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville for the spring 2016 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

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around the neighborhood Beer lovers came together on May 14 for the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival at the Scottsdale Civic Center. It celebrated the canned craft beer revolution with live entertainment, food, a VIP tent, beer science garden and beer Olympic games. New elements this year included a mobile canning station and brewing demonstrations. A portion of event proceeds benefited the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH). For more information about those organizations, visit or During a related event, a group of more than 30 certified beer judges sampled over 346 beers from 15 states at Hotel Valley Ho the night before the event. Photos by Kimberly Carrillo.



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The classic tale 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, through May 29, various times WHERE: Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix COST: $7 to $10 INFO: (602) 262-2050 or




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


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Children and families are invited to the Summer Kickoff Celebration, where they can enjoy a night of games, prizes and the chance to meet Cha! Cha. The celebration also features fun raffles and prizes, treats, complimentary goodie bags, and a special discounted meal for kids. WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, from 5 p.m. to close WHERE: Rainforest Café, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 573, Tempe

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Pete, or the Return of Peter Pan

In a new twist on Peter Pan, Wendy jumps into a world of pirates, fairies, ninjas and pterodactyls and finds out what it means to believe. WHEN: Through Sunday, May 22, various times WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. COST: $12 to $26 INFO: (480) 350-2822


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Youth Ensemble Theatre Inc. (YETI), a teen theater production ensemble, begins its second season with Steven Dietz’s critically acclaimed adventure fantasy drama “Still Life with Iris.” WHEN: Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, various times WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe COST: Call for ticket information INFO: (480) 350-2822


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See the hit animated movie come to life. WHEN: Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 26, various times WHERE: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix COST: Call or visit website for ticket information INFO: (602) 253-8188, ext. 307, or


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The 41st annual event includes mud obstacle courses for different age groups, starting from toddlers through adults. WHEN: Saturday, June 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale COST: Various prices INFO: mighty-mud-mania

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Bring your pup to Chase Field and watch the D-backs try to beat the Miami Marlins. WHEN: Sunday, June 12, at 1:10 p.m. WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix COST: Tickets start at $10 INFO:


Blue October singer shares newfound happiness “I’m not a jogger,” he said with a laugh. By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Singer Justin Furstenfeld “What? What’s that about. If this album enthusiastically answers the phone is going to be about getting outside of to discuss Blue October’s new album, your shell and doing something that “Home.” With well-documented might make you uncomfortable, what struggles with bipolar disorder and better than to go jogging at night when addiction, happiness hasn’t always everyone else is sleeping.” Jogging didn’t necessarily come easy come easy. “Happiness comes in waves,” for Furstenfeld, either. He would tell Furstenfeld said. “I think I’ve mastered himself not to “wimp out; don’t give up. the art of sucking up the moment. I’m Go faster.” The result was a really, really protective collection of anthemic of my good moments. I songs about doing your don’t want any moment best—“the best husband, to be wasted. the best son, the best “I demand to be father. prepared. When we’re “The song ‘Heart in the studio, everything Go Bang’ is just about has to be prepared. It has to be right, perfect, or I’ll Blue October will play songs making out with your work on it until it is. But from its new album “Home” at wife, guy or girl— Talking Stick Resort on Friday, someone you think is so the happy moments, it’s June 3. freaking hot. You have to crazy. It’s such a different make out to your fullest; make it good,” place for me.” With sobriety came positivity. He Furstenfeld said. He dubs the recording process as weeded out all the negative influences in his life, but he’s not necessarily “summer camp in the winter. “It was awesome,” he said. “All of the saying that negativity doesn’t come. “I push it to the side and I say, ‘You’re guys would come over and it would not going to get me today,’” he explains. be this massive ‘mancave’ studio. We “Sometimes I get stung by the negative. talked about our lives. It wasn’t like I can’t control that. I just keep moving we were sitting there mixing (previous hits) ‘Hate Me’ or ‘Dirt Room,’ where it’s forward.” “Home” reflects this joy. Take the about something tragic. Every song was chorus for example: Like dancing in about something uplifting. Everyone the kitchen in the pale moonlight/ was in a good mood. If drama came Only care in the world is that our kids in, I’d say, ‘You have to go.’ Good vibes are all right/ Daddy loves momma and only.” That mood reflects the live show, momma loves him/ Tomorrow we get which comes to The Showroom at to do it over again. “This record is amazing because, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale on first of all, (2013’s) ‘Sway’ was pretty Friday, June 3. “I don’t think I’m going to play a lot much me discovering that there was a life outside of being crazy,” Furstenfeld of sad songs,” he said. “This album is so refreshing and makes me feel so good. I confesses. “There was a life outside of me, me, want to go up there and have everyone me. That was like being reborn. This for an hour and a half feel so good. album was just about life can be as When they leave, I want them to say, good as you want it to be, as long as you ‘What just hit me?’ “That’s what I’m hoping for.” just give it your all. When I was making this album, I would come up with these Blue October performs at 8 p.m. melodies in my head.” The other theme of the album was Friday, June 3, at The Showroom at pushing boundaries or going outside Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking of the box. So what did Furstenfeld do? Stick Way, Scottsdale. Tickets are $45 He took up jogging at night to ponder to $65. For more information, call (800) 745-3000 or visit these melodies. On the web at

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events calendar May 20-June 20, 2016 COST: $25 to $75 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Discover new wines with friends in a fun, entertaining setting while supporting the arts. This annual celebration features tastings of more than 40 wines of value, all personally rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters, who will be available to provide their expert recommendations for wine and food pairings. WHEN: Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $50 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Naari (woman) This dance drama brings to life the innocence of a girl child, who blossoms into an ebullient adolescent, then grows into a responsible woman and mother to confront the realities of life, emphasizing the need for harmony between man and woman. WHEN: Sunday, May 22, at 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale

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Cave Creek Balloon Festival This signature event returns to the Rancho Mañana driving range. Guests will enjoy a military fly-by, live music, food and beverage, Kidszone, a hot air balloon glow and a fireworks finale. Enjoy the music of Madison Holmes, Junction 10 and South of Winslow, an Eagles tribute band, on the Sanderson Lincoln and Ford Country Stage. WHEN: Saturday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Rancho Mañana Golf Course, 5734 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek COST: $12 for adults, $7 for children. VIP tickets, $75 and $35. INFO: Butterfly Wonderland Third Birthday Celebration Join the venue for three days of celebratory fun including a bounce house, kids’ games, complimentary face painting, photos with the Butterfly Princess, food trucks, live music by Native American flutist

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Aaron White, progressive ambient stylist Scott Schaefer, and Mark Bensette Aux Bois performing the wood flute, didgeridoo, guitar and harp in the conservatory. WHEN: Friday, May 28, through Sunday, May 30, at 10 a.m. WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $20 for adults, $13 for children INFO: (480) 800-3000 or


Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker Learn the story of how early violin makers from the northern Italian city of Cremona shaped music from the 16th century onward. See and hear timeless masterpieces handcrafted by master luthiers, including Andrea Amati, the founding father of the violin; the rogue genius Guarneri del Gesù, and the master himself—Antonio Stradivari. Several modern-day masterworks demonstrate the continuing influence of Cremona’s early masters. WHEN: Friday, May 20, through Sunday, June 5, various times WHERE: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix COST: $10 for exhibition only, $7 with museum admission. INFO: (480) 478-6000 or

Phoenix Symphony: Berlioz and Sibelius Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique describes a journey into the composer’s lovesick mind and complete obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson. World-renowned violinist and Valley favorite, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel, takes the stage to perform Sibelius’ technically demanding “Concerto for Violin” on his 1840 JeanBaptiste Vuillaume instrument. WHEN: Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $59 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Lisa Lampanelli Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean is heralded as “more than a standup—a standout” by comedy legend Jim Carrey. Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. She has won accolades from Howard Stern, who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedic mind who’ll steal the show every time.” WHEN: Sunday, May 29, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $45 to $125 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Blue October For nearly 20 years Blue October has amassed a loyal fan base that constantly grows. Blue October recently released its eighth album,

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“Home.” Don’t miss this memorable night of shimmering songs, haunting lyrics and energetic alt-rock with the boys of Blue October. WHEN: Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $45 to $65 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Sketching in the Galleries Bring your sketchpads and pencils to SMoCA for a rewarding experience, sketching in the exhibition Sama Alshaibi: Silsila. Join in guided sketching activities or sketch on your own. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. WHEN: Thursday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 874-4666 or

3 Doors Down Be there to hear favorites like “Kryptonite” and “Here Without You” along with songs from its latest album, “Us and The Night.” Must be 21 years or older to attend. WHEN: Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $45 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or

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SMoCAsana Join local yoga teacher Julie Tuomisto-Bell (500-hour teaching training certified) for an all-levels, 60-minute yoga flow class in the SMoCA Lounge. WHEN: Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $20, $15 for members and friends, museum admission included in ticket price INFO: (480) 874-4666 or

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Ahipoki Bowl who come in three to five times a week.” The appeal is simple: healthy food served quickly. And it doesn’t hurt that the menu offers choices so you can order something different each On the left is a bowl with salmon, tuna and spicy tuna, masago, seaweed, sprouts, ginger, time you visit. The bowls are priced at two scoops guacamole and sesame seed. At right is albacore and spicy tuna and crab salad, masago, seaweed, sprouts, ginger, guacamole and sesame seed. for $8.95 and three for $10.75. The Will Arizona catch the craze? scoops refer to the fish selections. successfully, and Zimmerman’s other “This is healthy, high-quality, Raw options are tuna, spicy tuna, business, Republic West Home, is a 5103_AMCorson_8.5x11Mailer_v2.qxp_Layout 1 2/17/16 2:34 PM Page 2 construction company one of whose low-calorie food that doesn’t leave albacore, salmon and yellowtail; cooked options are shrimp, scallops specialties happens to be restaurant you feeling bogged down,” Jantzen answers. “It’s what people are and octopus. You can choose to have build-outs. PRSTD STD Strongest, Cleanest Liquid Chlorine! “‘Poke’ is all over Hawaii, and the looking for.” your selections served over white or US POSTAGE PAID brown rice or an organic green salad, craze caught on strong in southern PHOENIX AZ FR4th PERMIT NO. 5892 th E 4 about two yearsEE ago. or a combo. There are four sauces: RCalifornia E Sani-Clor Liquid Pool Chlorine F there are Ahipoki Bowl Scottsdale house, spicy house, spicy creamy, Right now in BuyCalifornia, 3, Get 4th FREE! brands with two or 2805 N. Scottsdale Rd. and sweet citrus. Based on a recent five or six ‘poke’ Now HASA costs even less! Present this special coupon when you buy your each. a FREE!race to Suite 103 next Four-Pak locations of Hasa Sani-Clor Liquid Pool Chlorine, You’llIt’s get 1 gallon visit, I recommend the house (or three one of its spicy variations) for rice- see who can dominate and become Scottsdale 85257 based bowls, while the sweet citrus the Chipotle of the ‘poke’ world,” (480) 219-9310 or works especially well over the organic Jantzen said. greens. Then there are the toppings: ginger and wasabi for sushi traditionalists; jicama and crispy onion for a little crunch, as well as cucumber, masago, green onion, sesame seed and roasted seaweed, plus chili flakes for heat lovers. Jantzen and Zimmerman saw the popularity of “poke” in California and decided to make their move, though neither has previous experience in the restaurant business directly. Jantzen’s marketing firm did help launch the Scottsdale Ahipoki Bowl ®

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Greek Manestra (Orzo Pasta Gravy) I made up a batch of one of my favorite comfort foods this week and almost forgot how scrumptious it is. There’s only one word to describe this dish: “Opa!”—that beautiful Greek word meaning to celebrate with exuberance, and that only just begins to express my excitement for this yummy favorite. You may not have heard of Greek Manestra, but the ingredients and flavors are pure comfort food in all languages. It starts with braised and slowcooked short ribs that create a fantastic red sauce, and you’ll eventually let

orzo pasta soak up all its goodness. For this dish, I thank popular Valley musicians and recording artists Thano and Demitri Sahnas, known in Arizona as The Sahnas Brothers and Turning Point. Mom Kathy Sahnas had a hidden treasure that had been passed down from generation to generation that is so simple and welcoming, I couldn’t wait to try it, and I’m so happy I pulled the recipe out again this week. Thanks, Sahnas Family. You’ve set the bar really high for great flavor and family tradition. Opa, indeed!

Greek Manestra (Orzo Pasta Gravy) 1/8 cup olive oil 2 packages short ribs, bone in (approximately 8-10 pieces or 3 to 3 1/2 pounds) Salt and pepper 2 bunches mint, stems removed, chopped fine 1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped fine 6 small (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce 1/4 whole cinnamon stick (approximately 1 inch long) 4 whole cloves 1 1-pound package orzo pasta 1 lemon, squeezed 1/2 cube butter, browned Chicken broth for thinning mixture (optional)

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McCormick Ranch! Relax in the backyard & enjoy the lush mature landscaping! Home features vaulted ceilings, wood burning fireplace in family room, split master bedroom floor plan & plantation shutters in formal living, dining and family rooms. Master suite has two closets, updated bath with free standing tub & walk in shower! Kitchen has been recently updated with newer appliances & granite counter tops- open to the dining area. NEWER ceiling fans, roof, A/C, garage door & opener too! Updated bath vanities. Beautiful 1/4 acre N/S lot with grassy back yard. Quality block construction by Golden Heritage. Great Scottsdale Schools! McCormick Ranch offers so much more than a beautiful home-miles of trails that lead to parks, lakes stocked with fish, shopping, restaurants.

8178 E Del Platino Dr, Scottsdale • $519,000

4 Bed, 2 Bath, 2,560 sq. ft. MLS# 5442873 ©2015 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.

Jaime Kinman VP of Mortgage Lending/Certified Mortgage Planner

P: 480.206.3959 F: 480.393.7280

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

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

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