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Spring Fashion The textures and textiles of the spring 2010 collections are a juxtaposition of structure and flow, glamour and grunge, with a sexy undertone no matter the trend.

Cover Feature Tap into the wealth of Arizona’s entertainment industry. We take a look at some of the Valley’s best performers and artists, from the amateurs to the veteran entertainers. By Cassaundra Brooks


Mother’s Day Gift Guide The traditional mom gifts may be tried and true, but perhaps you’ll want to attempt the traditional with a twist to make this Mother’s Day a little extra-special.

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 30 LOCAL PROFILE: Teachers Wear Many Hats—Including Cowboy!  31 GIVING BACK: Wild at Heart Cares for Raptors  32 MUSIC: The Musical Instrument Museum  34 ART & CULTURE: The Phoenix Film Festival Tenth Anniversary  35 AZ FUN FACTS: Aimee Semple McPherson  36 DAY TRIPPERS & WEEKENDERS: Ranch Hand, Resort-Style  38 HIGHLIGHT: Your Service at Your Service  38 HIGHLIGHT: The Shops at Norterra Have You Covered for Spring  58 HIGHLIGHT: Your Own Little Bit of Heaven

On the cover: Photos by Dustin James, Ash Rodes, Mckay Jaffe


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43 J EWELS: All That Glitters: Be Savvy about Sparklers!


28 D  ATING: Breaking the Rules of Dating

70 R  ELATIONSHIP: Ask the Dating Coach




76 FLAVOR: Spring Green 76 F LAVOR HOTSPOTS: Head to Old Town for New Tastes


46 B  EAUTY: New Makeup Trends


Blossom This Spring

48 GOLF: Bunkers Made Easy 62 H  EALTH & FITNESS: Optimum Stress Relief during Times of High Anxiety


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42 H  IGHLIGHT: It’s How You Play the Game

42 BOOK REVIEW: Three Feet from Gold 44 T ECHNOLOGY: There’s an App for That!

56 K NOW + TELL: Arizona Entertainment

59 T RAVEL JOURNAL: Keep Busy or Just Relax: The New Marina Sets Sail Next Year

60 HOT LIST: Hailing a Green Day! 66 AUTO TRENDS: The Q-Ship: 2010 Infinity QX56

68 EVENT CALENDAR 78 ENTERTAINMENT: London, New York, Los Angeles—Yeah, We Can Do That


72 ASK THE VET: Don’t Have a Crispy

Critter: Sun Protection for Your Pet

74 ADOPT-A-PET: Good Friends Who Need Great Homes!


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Adam Toren Publisher

North Valley Magazine presents the annual

Entertainment Issue, dedicated to all our local entertainers. Read our cover feature to meet a few of the Valley’s rising stars and hidden desert diamonds as well as those established and award-winning entertainers who call Arizona home. Some pretty impressive art is being created and performed here in the Grand Canyon State—you just have to know where to find it! One way is to turn to our Entertainment column, where we highlight four local performing-arts companies that

captivate audiences with traditional pieces and introduce them to new classics, and that are responsible for educating our state’s rising generations of entertainers. Flip to Art & Culture to read up on the tenth annual Phoenix Film Festival, which showcases the work of amateurs and celebrities alike—you could even meet some of them at the PFF parties, and you might learn about the Arizona f ilm industry through valuable seminars and workshops. Discover which celebrities can lay claim to Arizona and which of your favorite movies were filmed here in Know + Tell. And you’ll definitely want to check out Music to learn about a cutting-edge museum opening soon. Our fashion feature showcases some must-have pieces you can find here in the Valley or online, while our Mother’s Day Gift Guide features a half-dozen gifts that put a slight twist on traditional gift giving. (You will want to check out Jewels before you purchase anything shiny or sparkly for Mom, though.) Find ways to go green at good prices in this issue’s Hot List, or flip to our Book Review for our publisher’s pick—a book designed to help you achieve success in both your personal life and in the business world. Improve your bunker shots with advice from our golf expert, Scott Sackett.

De-stress with ideas from Health & Fitness, cowboy up the peaceful way with Day Trippers & Weekenders, and turn to Giving Back to read about an organization that is helping out some desert critters you likely were not aware needed your help. From relationship advice to ideal travel destinations, recipes, spring makeup tips, and more, you will find what you need in the ensuing pages to make it a great season. Enjoy the warm sunshine—we’ll see you in June! Cheers!

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Jon Kenton is principal consultant and owner of JRDR Marketing. Originally from London, he has been living in Arizona with his family for the last eight years. Jon has worked in computing and communications for over 20 years. If it connects to a TV, camera, network, or computer, Jon has probably used it.

Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for, an auto enthusiast Web site. He has been writing about and racing cars for twenty-five years.

He has been called a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller, and is Arizona’s official state historian, but Marshall Trimble’s most treasured title is teacher. He hopes people will realize the importance and fun involved in Arizona history and culture.

Music & Local Profile

Kevin Downey is a freelance writer based in Phoenix. He has been writing about the entertainment industry for eight years for such magazines as Variety, Broadcasting & Cable, and Media Life. A recent émigré from Long Beach, California, Kevin, his partner, and their dog Pogo have taken root in the North Valley, and they’re loving it. dating

Louie Felix is the CEO of Elite Personal Search, one of the largest personalized matchmaking companies in North America. His passion to combine his extensive business growth and management background with matchmaking and relationship coaching has assisted with the rapid expansion of Elite’s current national locations and a 20,000-plus active-client database. Louie has been a specialist in the matchmaking industry for almost a decade, and his organization has successfully matched both men and women with a fresh new male and female perspective to an industry that is 99 percent female oriented. Golf

Scott Sackett is a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Scott teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also the director of instruction at the Rim Club in Payson. He splits his time equally between the two. To reach Scott, call him at (904) 838-2721 or e-mail him at Visit his Web site at ART & CULTURE

Tyson Qualls recently relocated to Arizona from Northern California. After graduating from Pacific Union College in 2007, he started his career as a writer. He was married in May, and when he isn’t writing, he works as a behavior coach for special-needs children. art&


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Michelle Brodsky is a Phoenix native whose passion for animals began at a very young age. Her talent for photography was not discovered until later on in her life. When not tending to her small zoo at home, she helps educate the minds of high school kids as an assistant teacher of photography.

Lea Friese-Haben is Arizona’s number-one dating expert. She is happily married to Cpt. Greg Haben of Southwest Airlines and has three children. Lea is a certified holistic practitioner and is a regular guest on channels 3, 10, 12, and 15.



Laura Henry has been studying astrology and metaphysics for over 25 years and is available for readings via phone or in person. She uses astrology to assist people wishing to discover their strengths, challenges, and gifts in this lifetime, as well as to examine future trends for clients to maximize opportunities for personal growth. Readings are taped and completely confidential.

Alison Malone Eathorne has lived in Australia and has traveled to such destinations as Fiji, England, Thailand, Spain, Nepal, the Cook Islands, Portugal, New Zealand, and France. When not at her laptop, she can be found strolling on the beach, carving up the slopes and poring over travel guides, cookbooks, and interior design magazines at local bookstores.


Giving Back

Scott Bohall is the owner of Treasures Jewelers. The Treasures staff has won more design awards than any jeweler in Arizona. Scott is a past president and current board member of the Arizona Jewelers Association, travels the world to find gems, and speaks around the state on jewelry-related topics.

Freelance feature writer Carol La Valley missed being an Arizona native by six months. When she was growing up, the North Valley was where she and her family went to have picnics and ride dune buggies. She received the Outstanding Writing Award from the Arizona Newspapers Association and Arizona Press Women in 2007 and 2009.




Eric Fairchild, a commercial photographer with fifteen years experience, owns and operates Phoenix-based FairchildPhotography, a complete digital and traditional film photography studio. Specialties include advertising, people, editorial, architecture, and automotive photography.

LeAnne Bagnall is a writer and editor from Los Angeles who specializes in arts and culture, health, and community-related topics.


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You may not know that the underworld's hottest undead scribe, Twilight Saga

series author Stephenie Meyer, who will soon release her first adult fiction piece The Host, is a resident of Phoenix. In fact, Arizona has a wealth of talent in a variety of artistic and performing arts fields, and we’ve rounded up an assortment of artists and entertainers—established, amateur, award-winning, and otherwise—whose work you’ll definitely want to look out for! A Passion for Producing…

Name: Frank Di Bugnara Occupation: director, producer, director

of photography Years active: 13 Location: Downtown Phoenix Awards: two-time Pollie Award Winner for political ad campaigns Company: Veritas Pictures

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“It is impossible to divorce your experiences and world view from your work,” says Frank Di Bugnara, owner of Veritas Pictures and man behind the camera. Actually, it seems that Di Bugnara is unable to divorce himself from a career he stumbled into as a young teen—perhaps life experiences not only help determine how we approach our work but also help choose the kind of work we do. “I almost accidentally walked into a public-access TV station in

Southern California when I was 13 and got an internship,” Di Bugnara says. He enjoyed it so much that he sought out productionrelated opportunities throughout his education, and he found himself hired into a production-management position directly after college. With his current company, DiBugnara has produced and directed hundreds of music videos and local and national commercials, including a Super Bowl spot for Fulton Homes; worked for the Discovery Channel; and served as second unit, which shoots scenery shots and other inserts, for NBC’s Medium. Di Bugnara says his company constantly expands the scope and scale of its projects, however, and Veritas Pictures is currently developing a feature film. “We like to stretch ourselves by taking on ambitious jobs that require us to utilize our decades of collective industry experience,”

he says. “By pushing the creative envelope, we avoid falling back on the conventional creative formulas that are easy to use as crutches.” Di Bugnara is looking to take on more narrative film projects, which is no wonder, considering his views on life experiences and media in general. He finds satisfaction and encouragement from strangers who have seen his work and with the various nonprofit organizations with which he has collaborated. He believes one’s work reflects not only one’s life experiences but also one’s

work experience. “As you become more mature, seasoned, and skilled, so does your work,” he says. But media is a monster in its own right, and Di Bugnara cautions consumers to “constantly evaluate and filter the ideas and information” to which they are exposed. His fear is that we too easily and too often let media and entertainment shape our world view—without realizing it is happening— when we should be shaping media and entertainment. As for why he has chosen Arizona for his life and his life’s work, he calls the state a “fantastic place to call home” and “an excellent talent pool.” We think he can be counted among the latter. APRIL | MAY 2010 North Valley


Burgeoning with Talent: The Multifaceted Gifts of Valley Residents this age-old art form, his exceptional training, his years of mounting success, and his wonderful support group at home—wife, Jackie, and daughters, Lillie and Julia— we’ll be hearing a lot more from him.

Preserving the Classics...

Name: Jared Sakren Occupation: artistic director, actor,


Years active: 38 Location: Scottsdale, Mesa Awards: Juilliard Fellowship to study un-


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Name: Matthew Dearing Occupation: actor, coach Years active: 8 Location: Central Phoenix Awards: Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick

tional departments: Shakespeare Sedona, the Circle Repertory Company Lab, and the graduate acting program (MFA) at ASU (1994), for starters. For the past ten years, Sakren has been artistic director of the Southwest Shakespeare Company, which, in its tenth year, is gaining momentum and proving to be one of the best theater companies devoted entirely to the classics in the Southwest—and, indeed, the country. He is the recipient of three AriZoni Awards for Best Direction, two for productions with the Southwest Shakespeare Company: Richard III and Merry Wives of Windsor. Why does Sakren go to such lengths to make rich classic theater available to thespians and audiences of today and future generations? “It is a labor of love,” Sakren says. “Very few, if any, get rich doing live theater, but many of us can support ourselves doing the thing we are obsessed to do. It is all consuming, and I work 24-7, nearly every day of the year, with little time off.” He considers himself fortunate to have taught in some of the country’s most exalted educational institutions and to have taught students who have the shiny statues or name recognition to show for their talent and training: Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti, Christopher Noth, Bradley Whitford, Dylan Baker, Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt, and Mary Louise Parker. A visual being, Sakren pulls a great amount of inspiration from paintings and photographs but says that music and nature, as well as a deep entrenchment in religion, also serve as sources of inspiration. He’s busy at work with the Southwest Shakespeare Company, which he intends to establish as the premiere classical theater company in the Southwestern U.S. and hopes to eventually write a book and work more internationally. Considering Sakren’s “insane devotion” to

Award 2009–10 Company: Dearing Acting Studio, Chaos Comedy

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The draw to imaginary and visually captivating worlds is a strong one for creative minds, and a 5-year-old Jared Sakren knew he would someday help imagine such worlds upon witnessing a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Naples Opera House in Italy. “At the end, when Don Giovanni is dueling with the Devil, it seemed as if the entire stage were engulfed in flames,” Sakren says. “I’ve wanted to be part of such a magical world ever since, and to create compelling theater that would transport audiences to another world, another time and place, and to fully engage their imaginations.” And for years, Jared Sakren has done that and so much more. He was a member of the inaugural graduating class of the Drama Division at the prestigious Juilliard School alongside the likes of Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone and under the leadership of John Houseman and Michel St.-Denis. After graduating, he helped form The Acting Company and went on to perform on Broadway, off-Broadway, and national tours. Sakren would go on to help found, as a member or director, a number of instrumental programs, companies, and educa-

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der master teacher Pierre LeFevre (1979), inclusion in Who’s Who in Entertainment (1991), recipient of a Florence Gould Foundation Grant for U.S./French Cultural Exchange (1993), AriZoni Award for Best Direction (1997, 2005, 2008), among others Company: Southwest Shakespeare Company

W hi le premed at ASU, Mat thew Dearing discovered the formula for optimal health: following your passion. After three years of making movies with friends just for fun, Dearing switched majors and graduated with a degree in photography and filmmaking. He found a second home in the library, where he checked out every book on acting he could get his hands on, and once he had landed a coveted spot in a class with the highly sought-after acting coach Larry Moss, there was no turning back. In fact, he and Leeann, his wife of two years who is a successful actor herself, founded the Dearing Acting Studio in order to help other Arizona actors discover and cultivate their own talent for the art of acting, focusing on up-to-date acting styles, training methods, and industry standards. “We’ve helped send a number of talented actors to LA, and it’s wonderful to hear about their successes,” he says. “I just got a phone call from one of our loyal students, Josh McDermit, who landed a part on a television series.” According to Dearing,

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bringing their own talent, they’re discovering that Arizona has a wealth of talent to tap. With studios like the Dearings own, our talent is getting the training it needs to start competing with established talent pools of the bigger coastal cities. Find Matt Dearing Saturday evenings directing comedy improv troupe Chaos Comedy. Look for his handsome face as you veg in front of the tube or sit in front of the big screen—if you don’t see it yet, you soon will.

Saturday nights. When she isn’t performing, filming projects, taking classes, and interning at Dearing Acting Studio, she is auditioning for big-name projects like the Will Ferrell movie soon to be shot in our glorious desert. And she’s glad of the blossoming Arizona market, because while she is planning a move to LA at the end of this year to take her budding career to the next level, she rather enjoys living here. “Honestly, sometimes I feel like Arizona chose me,” says Joy, who moved here from Virginia for college. “Arizona has been so good to me. I feel that Arizona has been the best place to not only build my résumé but also to network and get my foot in the door of the entertainment industry, because it is such a small community of some extremely talented people.” Acting is an art she encourages others to try for themselves, whether they intend to turn it into a career or dabble in it now and again. “Let me tell you,” she says, “there is no other feeling in the world comparable

The Joy of Acting...

Name: Davina Joy Occupation: Actor Years active: 5 Location: East Valley Awards: Best Acting Ensemble for Being

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Nigel in Sixth Annual A3F 48-Hour Short Film Challenge Company: Chaos Comedy

“To be honest with you, I don’t know where this insanely strong need, want, and love for acting came from,” says Davina Joy Friedlander, a Valley actor who approaches every class, audition, and project with a childlike enthusiasm and admirable determination. It’s the continual opportunities she attributes to God and the support and encouragement from her instructors, friends, and family that keep Joy relentlessly plugging away at her craft, she says. Her work has started to pay off. Davina Joy has been filming projects across Arizona, including, a soon-to-be-released horror flick, Closets, which stars veteran actor Corbin Bernsen of USA Network’s hit series Psych. She has had five independent film releases—Death of a Ghost Hunter (2008), Star Quest (2009), Flesh TX (2009), Blood Moon Rising (2009), and Reborn (2009)— some of which were screened at last year’s Phoenix Film Festival. In February, Davina took part in the sixth annual A3F 48-Hour Short Film Challenge with Synthetic Human Pictures in the film short Being Nigel, which won a Best Acting Ensemble award. Soon she will be working on the Brian Skiba-directed feature film Crushed Velvet. You can find Joy on stage, too—no, not in theater (yet), but at Arizona Virtual Studios, where she performs with short-form comedy improv troupe Chaos Comedy

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it’s phone calls like this one that keep him going—that, and his faith in God and the love of his wife. His students aren’t the only ones landing prime roles. Dearing has earned lead roles in America’s Most Wanted (no, he didn’t earn it that way), the BBC film The Comet, the comedy feature Sex, Drugs and Money, and a recurring role in the sketch comedy pilot Loop 202, which he also directed. He has appeared in national commercials for Chick’s Construction, one of John McCain’s campaign ads (which was featured on The O’Reilly Factor as the top campaign ad of the year), and Pulte Homes (featured during the PGA Tour). He is set to star in a commercial for the Catholics Come Home campaign with Veritas Pictures as well as in two feature films: Room without a View by Jason Weichart and Crushed Velvet. And Dearing has managed this success within the borders of the Grand Canyon State. “I’ve been to New York,” he says. “I’ve been to LA. But Arizona is my home. I love it here. It’s a great place to film.” And with our assorted landscapes, terrains, climates, backdrops, world wonders, and yes, our tax incentives, filmmakers increasingly bring their projects to us. And instead of always

to it, no words to describe it; it just is what it is—and it’s out-of-this-world amazing!” And if you’ve no interest in catching the acting bug? “Support your local talent,” Joy encourages. “Go to improv comedy shows, plays, film festivals—just take part in all that Arizona’s entertainment community has to offer!” APRIL | MAY 2010 North Valley


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ment in Choreography for Liberty Weekend (1987), American Choreography Awards USA Career Achievement Award (1998), Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee (2005) Company: Desert Foothills Theatre, Celebration of Dance

these performers in Arizona,” Wood says, “and still get the biggest kick and the biggest thrill—like I’m back in show business— when I study some of these people out here who are studying and singing and acting and doing theater. I’m absolutely blown away and I love it!” But she isn’t content to watch and to study—she’s taking an active role in discovering new talent and encouraging upcoming generations of dancers and performers. National Dance Week kicks off April 1, and for the eleventh consecutive year, Celebration of Dance, with which

for Guys and Dolls. “Went to it, they didn’t take me,” she says. “I waited for three hours outside at the stage door for Michael Kidd— who would become my mentor—and asked him, ‘Why didn’t you hire me?’” When he asked her if she’d ever danced in high heels, she replied that she didn’t own any and was advised to come back with high heels. She did. “Persistence and love and passion for the art, and I guess with a little bit of luck— that gets you, hopefully, where you want to be,” Wood says. Wood’s career has spanned several enter-

Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey, chim chim cher-ee...and, says Emmy Award-winning choreographer Dee Dee Wood, the rest is history! Wood started dancing in high school and never stopped. Ten successful years on Broadway and decades of choreographing visually stunning dance routines for countless dancing greats has far from quenched Wood’s thirst for an art form she dubs “one of the best things in life, if not the best thing.” If you’ve seen classic films Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Sound of Music (1965), or Beaches (1988), you know Wood’s work. From choreographing the 1984 Summer Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies to the 1975 TV series Cher, working with legends like Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds, and rehearsing on elaborate sets built on the Disney lot in front of Walt Disney himself, Wood’s assorted collaborations and creations have withstood the test of time and have provided generations with quality examples of dance. The Valley is brimming with talent, and we desert dwellers can now benefit from Wood’s years of experience. “I look at all

Wood and several other established entertainers and choreographers are involved, will showcase some of Arizona’s hottest talent.* Wood has also lent her talents to the local Desert Foothills Theatre and is one of its staunchest supporters. It’s Wood’s passion for dance—what she describes as a euphoria that renders all else insignificant—that drives her to so wholly involve herself in Arizona’s dance scene, but there’s more to it than that. “[I want people to] realize how healthy and wonderful it is for students, “she says. “They will stay off drugs. It creates discipline, love for music, love for fellow performers, respect.” Wood herself is proof that determination and discipline can drive you toward your goals. While training in New York, she spotted an ad in the paper for an audition

tainment industry mediums and provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with and create masterpieces for some of the industry’s best-loved entertainers. Or perhaps we should say they were blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with her. In any case, this engaging lady can now regale those who will listen with enchanting behind-the-scenes stories that humanize the exceptional on-screen and stage talent we’ve fallen in love with over the years. And she can still design and captivate audiences with riveting, complex showcases that exhibit the best of a variety of styles of that art that binds us together, whether we’ve got rhythm or not: dance. *see Event Calendar for additional information

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Name: DeeDee Wood Occupation: choreographer, director Years active: since high school Location: Cave Creek Awards: Emmy for Outstanding Achieve-


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Burgeoning with Talent: The Multifaceted Gifts of Valley Residents to compete in amateur Latin and ballroom competitions and predicts that her newest dance students, Dean Fields and Alexandra Grunwald, will be the 2010 Young Adult National Swing Champions. She is grateful for the opportunity to do and teach what she loves every day and continues to pull inspiration—and support— from her children, who recently dedicated a swing performance to her at one of her studio showcases that left her in tears—of joy, of course. “I got to see them dance the dance I taught them when they were so little. That is what is so amazing about dancing—it is a shared craft that can be shared with every generation.” The love and beauty of dance, she insists, is in the eye of the beholder, so while she promotes the art form, she encourages people to find a studio where you feel good about yourself. “It should be an extension of who you are,” she says. A second home. As for Kauffman—dance is her home. “It is everything I am, and everything that I do,” she says. “I wake up thinking about dance and I go to bed thinking about dance!” And that, as the saying goes, means that Laurie Kauffman is, irrefutably, a dancer. She happens to be a darn good one, too.

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Name: Laurie (Schwimmer) Kauffman Occupation: choreographer, dance in-

structor, proud mother Years active: 44 Location: Phoenix Awards: Legend of Swing Hall of Fame Award (2010), United States Swing Championships Humanitarian of the Year (2000), National Professional Cabaret Champion (1994, 1995) and more Company: Planet Dance

Name: You Hang Up Occupation: band Years active: 4 months Location: Phoenix

jor award, and performed on television, in commercials, and onstage—with routines Kauffman herself choreographed. Having achieved all her professional goals she had set for herself and having “traveled, competed, choreographed, taught, judged, and performed to her heart’s content,” Kauffman now aspires to share her life experiences with her students. And lucky for us Arizonans, she is sharing her experience with us. She “married into the state” three years ago and for a couple of years commuted back and forth to California, where she had studios and students. With encouragement from husband Tim and a wonderful grand opening to 400 guests, Kauffman opened Planet Dance in Phoenix. She is currently training an eager Latin dancesport couple

A year ago, Frankie Muniz told us, “I say when I’m done racing...I’m going to join a band and be a drummer.” His girlfriend, Elycia, warned us he was serious. She was right—he was. After conquering first the silver and big screens and then the auto racetrack, Frankie Muniz has recently set out to

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You might recognize her kids—Benji Schwimmer, who won Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance? and Lacey Schwimmer, who made it to the final four on its next season and has appeared as a professional on recent seasons of Dancing with the Stars— and Laurie Kauffman hopes that you do. She couldn’t be prouder of the two dancers who, it seems, got not only their training but also their talent from Mom. Kauffman caught the dancing bug at the age of 6. Her first job was teaching dance. She majored in dance in college, and from 1981, her life has been what she refers to as “a whirlwind of traveling all over the world teaching, performing, coaching, and doing choreography.” For fourteen years, Kauffman danced in her own jazz company, Dance Attack! which won every ma-

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historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance; historical mystery; or historical mainstream fiction, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of any of her books. But don’t look for just Jennifer Ashley—she also writes under the pen names Ashley Gardner (for mysteries) and Allyson James (for paranormal romance). She began writing at the age of 8, when she realized that “novels were make-believe written down.” Ten years ago, a seminar at a local Y prompted Ashley to stop putting off her dream of being a published author. Today, her full-time occupation is writing. She supports herself and her family doing what she loves—her dream job is now her bread-and-butter job! But it took a great deal of patience, resilience, and hard work. “I read and read, wrote and wrote,” Ash-

conquer the music charts. In December, he and three Arizona natives officially assembled You Hang Up, a band that has already enjoyed massive worldwide media exposure thanks to the wonderful worldwide Web and several print publications. While they’ve not yet released an album, their MySpace music samples have seen more than 20,000 hits in a single day, and everyone, including You Hang Up, is optimistic. The band is currently writing new material for its debut full-length record and rehearses multiple times per week in preparation for a tour. So what should fans expect? Well, the band says, its number-one goal is “providing listeners from all walks of life with good quality music to listen to.” Expect songs to reflect life—relationships, yes, but also “the emotion sparked by everyday occurrences, whether good or bad.” Also expect clear vocals, a polished sound, and a clear message. It hopes to produce songs people like to put on repeat and yet also to focus on live performance. Negative and lukewarm reviews only serve to spur the band on to finetune their product. “We will never please everybody, but we will also never stop learning and becoming better at what we do,” Muniz says. Lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Aaron Brown has spent years writing songs and working hard in studio, playing in various bands and touring the country with brother Chris Brown (vocals and gui24

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tar). When they joined forces with Muniz to form You Hang Up, Aaron brought bass guitarist and vocalist Henry Ebarb, a recent NAU graduate with a degree in Music Theory. Muniz, in the background for the first time—or, rather, the back of the stage—proves to be a man of many talents as he completes the four-man ensemble with his drumming skills. Time will tell where the band finds itself at the end of the year, and time will dictate Muniz’s contributions to the racing and the acting worlds, but one thing is certain: You Hang Up, a project two years in the making, is a serious effort on the part of four talented men with a passion for music and for following their dreams in whichever direction they take them. or The Art of Love...

Name: Jennifer Ashley Occupation: writer/novelist Years active: 8 Location: North Phoenix Awards: RITA Award (excellence in

romantic fiction), four RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards Company: Berkley Publishing (Penguin Putnam) In just eight years, Jennifer Ashley has published thirty-two novels and a dozen novellas and short stories, some of which have appeared on the prestigious New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. If you fancy

ley says. “I learned all I could about agents, publishers, and the publishing industry, and I started submitting—and getting rejected. In a couple of years, I was offered my first contract, which was followed by more contracts.” It was through learning and writing all that she could, believing in herself and her stories, and never giving up that helped her succeed in the end. “Writing and getting published take dedication, focus, persistence, and time,” Ashley says, “[and] you can never let any of the work aspect of if destroy your creativity—a challenge!” Like many creative people, Ashley

Burgeoning with Talent: The Multifaceted Gifts of Valley Residents derives inspiration from others’ creative works of art, music, film, and literature. She herself enjoys a number of creative activities not directly connected with writing: cooking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses. The backdrops for her elaborate tales sometimes come from history, other times from the other side of the world. Yet Ashley is content to do the storytelling from right here in Arizona. “I love Arizona,” she says. “The state has so many different things to see and so much diverse beauty and so much fascinating history and culture.” Not Quite a Native... JD Challenger

He many not be Arizona born and bred, but Carefree will soon be home to a gallery filled with this exceptional artist’s pieces. If you haven’t already traveled to Sedona to check out Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, you’ll want to tide yourself over with a trip to its JD Challenger exhibit now. Known as the premier painter of Native Americans and having received t hei r blessing, Challenger inf uses deep respect and admiration for his subjects into each painting. “I’m just the instrument,” he says. “The Creator, the brush, the paint, and then me.” However he does it, and whatever he is, the results are always visually stunning and give us a unique and moving look into a people with a rich and vibrant history. Burning Up the Air Waves... Johnjay and Rich

The 104.7 Kiss FM morning show with Johnjay and Rich may not be everyone’s cup; but if you’ve a long drive to work and enjoy exclusive celebrity interviews and good-natured bickering, you might want to tune in. Johnjay Van Es, Rich Berra and co-host Kyle keep listeners up-to-date on the world of music, and they also go out of their way to intervene in people’s lives—often for the good: their popular Christmas Wish program, for instance, gives financial help to deserving

And, she emphasizes, so many different climate zones. Her books have been translated into several European and Asian languages and are sold in a variety of ways, from big-name retail bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders to independent retailers, grocery stores to airports, to publishers’ Web sites. Expect a May release of her newest novel, a contemporary fantasy titled Stormwalker and written under her nom de plume Allyson James. Check out or follow her (or Allyson James) on Facebook. people around the Valley. From backing a r t ist Jesse McCartney on a special acoustic version of “Leaving” to convincing Enrique Iglesias to call in every morning for months to getting chummy with Paula Abdul to collaborating with top artists for special concerts, Johnjay and Rich certainly do their best to keep us entertained, well-informed, and in the loop. Local TV Treasure... Pat McMahon

You might know him from the popular TV program The Wallace & Ladmo Show (1954–1989), or perhaps from his daily radio show on 92.3 KTAR (McMahon Group). Now this experienced entertainer, voted 2009’s Best Local TV Personality by, is taking on a new fastpaced hour-long television program weekdays at 9 a.m. The McMahon Group, which debuted March 1, combines elements from The Pat McMahon Show and The Chat Room and is co-hosted by current AZ-TV personalities Lisa Schneider-Cipriano and A ngela Scot t. T he t r io w i l l hit on hot topics that include local news and politics, sports and entertainment, food and dining, and lifestyle and sex.

Already Cooking Up a Name for Himself... Matthew Grunwald

If you tune into Channel 12’s AZ Midday program, you may catch one special young chef creating decadent entrées for the cameras. Seventeen-year-old Matthew Grunwald researches his menus and shops for his ingredients, which he pays for with the money he earns at his job at Starbucks. His latest creation for his bakery line is inspired by work, too—a cappuccino mocha chocolate cake! At one time, a small line of his gourmet cookies sold in all the AJ’s Fine Food markets. A few years ago, his products sold at Grayhawk’s local coffee house Areopagus. And

for several years, he has been featured in various local publications and TV shows for his cooking prowess. Though he himself has been a kitchen staple since the age of 9, Grunwald currently attends Sur La Table cooking classes and is earning respect at his high school and other local schools as a role model for achievement. He hopes to enter Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown competition and perhaps one day become a Food Network star. E-mail Matt with cooking questions at or find his fan page—Chef Matthew Grunwald—on Facebook. APRIL | MAY 2010 North Valley


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As a matchmaker and dating and relation-

ship expert, I speak with thousands of singles who are looking to meet the love of their life. Yes, they know exactly what they’re looking for: a great sense of humor, strong core values, a good family background, active, adventurous. They put these traits on their dating profiles, not realizing that they’re generalizations and not unique, individual qualities. How many online profiles do you have to scroll through and how many people do you have to meet at a bar before you would consider going out with them? Most singles I interview say they would know after just one date, but if this is true, then why do so many great first dates become last dates? If you are finally at a place in your life where you’re tired of dating and are ready to meet the love of your life, then you have to start dating smarter, not harder. This means that you will create new dating rules. For starters, I believe that many of today’s singles are relying too much on technology and chemistry as the driving forces behind the type of person they consider dating. An online computerized personality combined with a great online photo and profile is the best way to ensure that you will meet your life’s true love—right? Does it make you wonder how our parents did it—or their parents’ parents, for that matter? Before technology allowed us to become lazy daters, there was a time when people got to know other people in the genuine sense. People would date for months to get to know each other—rarely was it just for one date. We’ve become focused on looking for reasons why we shouldn’t date someone rather than what we really like about the person. How many people are you not meeting or taking a chance with because you don’t like their photo, something they wrote on a profile, or something they said online? I challenge you to meet someone with whom you believe you are truly compatible,

without looking at the photo. I challenge you to walk up to someone to whom you would normally not give the time of day and have a conversation with that person. I challenge you to be real and to also have a sense of authenticity about the person and his or her interests. Men, chivalry isn’t dead. Take time to really get to know the women you meet to find out what they’re truly about. Most women want a giving, sensitive man who is confident but not overbearing. Stop trying to impress them, and don’t have intimate relations with a woman unless you have a genuine intention to pursue a relationship with her. Women will respond to you if you stop looking for what you can get out of them and start approaching them from the standpoint of what you can give them. Women, I understand you have worked hard to become who you are today. Realize, however, that femininity, and not the latest perfume that claims to drive men wild, is the ultimate fragrance that men are attracted to. It has become more difficult for women to figure out what their roles are in the dating world. Women have to work twice as hard to get ahead in the business world, and that work applies to dating as well. Leave your work at the office and tune in to your inner beauty. Never go straight from work to a dinner date or a night out. My suggestion is to take time to unwind between workday and date. Take a nice long bath, listen to something relaxing and romantic, and look as feminine as possible while maintaining your own personal style.. Take the time to get to know someone, and don’t allow yourself to make what you don’t like about a person to be the reason to stop dating him or her. You have to really get to know someone before you count a person out—and you owe it to yourself and that person to let him or her really get to know you, too.





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Teachers Wear Many Hats— Including Cowboy! By Kevin Downey • Photo by Kathy Cole

Evelyn Holbrook, Arizona native, Cave Creek resident since the early 1980s, and local cattle rancher, didn’t set out to transform education for children and adults in the North Valley. But over the course of a quarter-century, that’s just what she’s done and continues to do. Holbrook is communit y education director at Desert Foothills Community Education (DFCE), which is part of the Cave Creek Unified School District. The well-spoken educator has overseen the program’s expansion from a few classes for kids to an expansive program that sets out to enrich the lives of everyone in the North Valley, young and old. “It’s a place where kids can have fun but also learn what they need to know,” Holbrook says. “You should never get out of the learning mode, which is what we really push.” DFCE has programs throughout the year, including beforeand after-school programs and preschool and enrichment programs for kids and adults. In the summer, about 650 kids are enrolled. Holbrook’s initial motivation for becoming involved with the school district was twofold. In the late 1980s, her husband of 37 years, John Holbrook, was on the Cave Creek Board of



Education. More importantly, she had two young children at the time—a daughter and a son, now both grown and on their own—and she wanted to make sure their education was as a rich as possible. “A group of us parents got together when we realized the school district wouldn’t be able to offer a summer program,” she says. “We put together a summer program and, for a few years, I did that as a volunteer. Then, around 1989, I came onboard to run what community programs there were.” The Desert Foothills Community Education program kicks off its summer session on May 24. The enrichment programs and preschool run through July 30. Over the years, DFCE’s sum-

mer day camp has become part of the fabric of the North Valley. Kids and adults get a chance to take part in classes they may otherwise not be exposed to, like musical theater. The performing arts have always been a big part of the program, and Holbrook’s fingerprints are all over that. For years, DFCE has had artists in residence; today, it continues to offer intense performing arts classes, notably a two-and-ahalf-week program in partnership with C. Nicholas Johnson of Alithea Creations. Johnson, thanks to Holbrook’s support and vision, has been developing live theater performances with young people for 25 years at DFCE, notably incorporating mime. DFCE has evolved over the years as the population of the

North Valley has grown and changed. The school is collaborating this summer with Paradise Valley Community College and the YMCA on a brochure for classes in the North Valley. Now, about those cattle: Holbrook has had two constants in her life—kids and animals. Holbrook is surrounded by both, and her home is a virtual zoo. She has horses, chickens, ducks, geese, tortoises, cats, and dogs. The cattle are a new addition, comprising a family-run business, JH Grass Fed, with Evelyn’s husband and son overseeing the day-to-day operation. Their cattle roam parts of the North Valley. Their meat is sold at farmers’ markets throughout the Valley, including every Saturday at Roadrunner Park on Cactus Road just east of the 51. “My husband in his mid-60s decided to return to what he loves doing, which is cattle,” Holbrook says. “And my son would rather be cowboying than just about anything else. I tried to get my husband to do this 20 years ago, but people weren’t interested in grass-fed beef back then. Now, it’s really taking off.” Holbrook is passionate about many things, including reading, watching movies, animals, living in Arizona and, of course, education. And cattle as well.

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Wild at Heart Cares for Raptors Article and photos by Carol La Valley

Scheherazade, safe in her perch on Bob’s

arm, swivels her head to face the opposite direction, allowing her golden eyes to survey the Palo Verde bushes, barrel cactus, and century plant behind her back. Perhaps the barn owl was alerted by a songbird or senses one of the Wild at Heart cats. She turns her head back, hisses, and f luffs her feathers. The TK membranes slant at an angle across her eyes. “The second lids come across the eyes for protection on a windy day,” says Bob Fox, co-director of Wild at Heart (WAH). Protection is something Scheherazade would have died without some fifteen years ago, for she is missing most of her right wing from a gunshot. She is one of dozens of raptors cared for by Samantha “Sam” and Bob Fox and a host of dedicated volunteers at Wild at Heart, a raptor rescue, tucked in the urban desert of Cave Creek. Her lovely feathers appear soft, but this is a wild bird with talons and a sharp beak. At Wild at Heart, where Scheherazade’s life span may encompass another two decades, the quality of her life is important. Home is a wood-and-mesh cage with plenty of ramps and perches for hopping and even room for Antar, her mate, to fly. Home is also a place with a purpose. Scheherazade and Antar are one of several sets of foster parents. When eggs or hatchling owls are brought into the facility, Scheherazade reverts to her natural instincts to protect her nest and young. When she is not broody, she is part of Wild at Heart’s educational program.

There are more important things for Sam and Bob Fox to do than log into a computer the number of birds they have rescued and released into the wild during the past twelve years—suffice it to say there have been thousands. “We focus on our mission—our goal is to get the bird help as quickly as possible,” co-director Sam Fox says. The Foxes count their Burrowing Owl Project as one of their most successful. As housing developments expanded into the desert, the government mandated the relocation of burrowing owls, and WAH began to get more calls for assistance. Since the small owls live in burrows under the ground, they could not just be dropped off in the desert and be expected to survive. To date, WAH volunteers have dug up and

covered more than 4,500 burrows and released approximately 1,500 burrowing owls into their new habitats. Arizona Game and Fish is a collaborator in this program. Currently, about 80 burrowing owls are cared for at WAH. In addition to owls, WAH is home to recovering red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and other raptors that have been hit by cars or shot as a nuisance—or, sadly, for what some people call “fun.” Falcons dive at 200 mph and pull out at 25 G of force, so their wings have to be 100-percent rehabilitated or they cannot be re-released into the wild and survive. It is a 24/7 job to keep the birds fed and the cages clean and free of bacteria that could lead to unpleasant odors and illness. The food bill alone—mice and rats—topped $100,000 in 2009.  In addition to adult volunteers, children and teens who have felt the need to connect to the natural world and make a difference are part of WAH. “But the kids must call us, and a parent must be here the first few times so we know the interest is sincere,” Sam says. “The kids learn to complete a task and earn a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. There is hope for the world.”   If you find a raptor in need of rescue, call (480) 595-5047. To learn more about Wild at Heart, log on to APRIL | MAY 2010 NORTH VALLEY






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Opening in a Valley near You The Phoenix Film Festival Arrives This Spring By Tyson Qualls • Photos courtesy Phoenix Film Festival

Starting April 8, the Phoenix Film Festival returns once again to entice movie buffs across the Valley with first looks at some remarkable films and their creators. After humble beginnings, the festival has risen to new heights in recent years. Seemingly unaffected by the current economic downturn, the festival continues to draw a rapidly increasing crowd. The massive gatherings provide ample spotlight for up-and-coming artists. Just ask Kathy Lindboe, director of one of this year’s promising movies, Nonames, a film featuring Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure, The Closer). The movie details the story of a man struggling to go somewhere after 30 years of going nowhere. “[The] press, exposure, and being introduced to a great new city and new fans,” Lindboe says of the benefits of her film being featured at the event. The festival is not just for directors, producers, and actors. Its main objective is to provide quality entertainment and give the patrons experiences that are not always readily available in high-profile films. Lindboe hopes that those who see her movie will walk away feeling that they have connected with the characters and emotions in the film. “This is not an esoteric artsy film,” she says. “We hope people love the story, the characters, the music, and the world, whether it is familiar to you or not. It is ‘accessible indie.’” Maybe that is the direction of the future of independent films: finding a way to be different and inspiring without alienating the movie novice. This year’s tenth-annual festival boasts just that—a multitude of films that are unique, enthralling, and accessible. Individuals who attend can see the importance of producing films that delve into the hearts and minds of the viewers. And with an annual lineup of short films and feature films, student projects and celebrity-sprinkled expected hits, documentaries and mockumentaries, of every



genre and vision and type, it is easily done. There are also parties where guests and can mingle with filmmakers, educational classes for aspiring filmmakers and actors, seminars that touch on the Arizona market and general filmmaking, a silent auction with a broad selection of autographed film goodies, and Q&A sessions with actors and directors after select screenings. Attendees can pick and choose by film, seminar, party, and class or purchase passes for portions of or the complete festival. Jay Cooper of Jay Cooper Media is a director who regularly attends the festival. He believes that the festival is an essential component to Arizona’s film industry. From the standpoint of those attending, he recognizes the dramatic effect it can have

on the lives of those whose movies are selected. “The Phoenix Film Festival can bring vital publicity to a film,” Cooper says. “Being able to display your talent on such a large stage is often the jumping point for even more opportunities.” The Phoenix Film Festival is quickly catching up with high-profile festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes International Film Festival. Every year, the talent increases along with the attendance. More and more people flock annually to the festival in the hope of being the first to see the next cult classic. After a high of more than 20,000 viewers in attendance in recent years, the festival is expected to surpass those numbers in 2010. While it may be difficult to compete with a 30-year icon, if Arizona’s version of Sundance continues to increase at its present rate, total attendance will surpass Utah’s festival within the next few years. The Phoenix Film Festival is fast becoming a major venue for the independent film circuit, and is garnering a reputation for being one of the friendliest. For a schedule of events and screenings or to purchase tickets, visit

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Arizona played a part in one of the great hoaxes of the decade when Aimee Semple McPherson, a popular Hollywood show business evangelist, was allegedly kidnapped by a band of rogues. Aimee was born on the family farm near Ingersoll, Ontario, in 1890. She; the daughter of a zealous tambourine-thumping soldier in the Salvation Army; and early on, she became steeped in rigid fundamentalist Protestantism. She learned her trade as a little girl by lining up her dolls and preaching sermons to her “congregation.” She grew up endowed with unique evangelistic talents and a silver tongue. While still in high school, she began her lifelong crusade against evolution. At 17, she met Robert James Semple, a Pentecostal missionary from Ireland. They were married a few months later and embarked on an evangelistic tour of Europe, followed by another to China. Shortly after they arrived, both contracted malaria. Robert died Aug. 19, 1910 and was buried in Hong Kong. A month later, Aimee gave birth to a daughter. She returned to New York and joined her mother, Minnie, who was working for the Salvation Army. Shortly afterward, she met and married an accountant named Harold McPherson. Nine months later, a son was born. By 1913, Aimee had launched her evangelistic career in Canada, holding tent revivals and drawing standing-room-only crowds. Her fame was growing, and she began holding revivals across the United States. In San Diego, the National Guard had to be called out to control the 30,000 people who came to hear her preach. In 1916, Aimee and her mother traveled the Southern states in her 1912 Packard touring car, named the “Gospel Car.” Painted on the side were the words, “Jesus is Coming Soon—Get Ready.” In 1921, her husband divorced her, citing abandonment as the reason. The money was rolling in, and Aimee decided to establish her base in the Echo

Park area of Los Angeles, where she built a huge domed church that she named the Angelus Temple. It could hold over 5,000 people and was filled to capacity three times a day, seven days a week. It eventually evolved into its own denomination, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. To complement her other talents, Aimee had blossomed into womanhood, with a body splendidly endowed by Mother Nature. It was only a matter of time before she headed off to Hollywood to seek her fortune. She had no problem using the media or the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown and didn’t hesitate to “use the devil’s tools to tear down the devil’s house.” She was a pioneer in the art of using the media, especially radio, to preach her religion. By the mid-1920s, she was heading a multimillion-dollar religious empire. “I can’t stand the jingle of coins,” Sister Aimee told her adoring (mostly male) admirers. “Make it a silent offering. I can’t

hear paper money.” It might have been one of those rare times in history when husbands dragged their wives to church rather than the other way around. By early 1926, Aimee had become one of the most charismatic and influential people in America. Then, on May 18, 1926, she mysteriously disappeared off the coast of Santa Monica. She was a good swimmer, according to her private secretary, Emma Schaeffer—she just walked into the ocean and vanished. Aimee was supposed to preach a sermon that day and her mother took her place, proclaiming, “Sister is with Jesus,” sending her disciples into a frenzy. Hundreds searched in vain for days and found no trace. Meanwhile, her congregation prayed. Some claimed they saw visions of her rising from the ocean and ascending into heaven. A plane flew over Santa Monica Bay and dropped a huge load of red and white roses. Her disciples held a big memorial service. Then, thirty-seven days later, she reappeared in the Mexican border town of Douglas, Arizona, “resurrected from the dead,” according to Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star headline. Supposedly, she was kidnapped from the beach by bandits, taken to Mexico, and held for a half-million-dollar ransom. She said she’d been chloroformed and gagged but managed to make a harrowing escape, followed by “twenty miles of delirious wandering in the Mexican desert.” Despite dramatic photographic re-creations, some noticed that the buxom lady appeared to be in excellent shape after her long ordeal. Her clothes and shoes showed no signs of wear and tear. Soon, the sympathetic press reversed itself and decided Aimee was having a romantic tryst, sharing a cottage in Carmel, California, with a married man, Ken Ormiston. The mystery remains: What was she doing between her disappearance in Santa Monica and her “resurrection” weeks later in Douglas? Wink, wink. april | may 2010 NORTH VALLEY



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few. Cherry Creek is set up like a bed-andbreakfast, which means your meals are also included! Past visitors rave about the unbelievable scenery and fantastic food. If you’re one of the many Americans concerned about the environment, you’ll love Cherry Creek’s solar-powered green facilities. Rancho de los Caballeros – Wickenburg, Arizona

Situated in what is arguably the Dude Ranch capital of the state, you’ll find Rancho de los Caballeros, a 62-year-old establishment exquisitely maintained and eagerly awaiting your arrival. Rancho de los Caballeros’s welcome screen promises that “with more than 20,000 acres of rolling hillsides…and

flowering Sonoran Desert beauty, you can ride all week and never see the same trail twice.” All meals are included with your stay and feature expansive buffets and menus that change daily. Tennis, swimming, trap and skeet, bird watching, and a beautiful golf course where deer often congregate to graze are just a few of the ways you can enjoy time on this ranch. Some folks own property here and enjoy it year-round, so if you find you love this ranch, inquire about homesteading! White Stallion Ranch – Tucson, Arizona

Put a dude ranch together with a resort, and you have the White Stallion Ranch. Tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts; a pool; a full-service spa; and a fitness center are just a few of the resort-style amenities this ranch offers. For a more rugged experience, go horseback riding or hiking, try cattle pinning, or watch a rodeo. What makes White Stallion memorable is its 3,000 acres at the foot of the Tucson Mountains and its proximity to the Saguaro National Park—a truly perfect setting for a relaxing getaway. There are children’s activities, too, so you can lasso the whole family for a stay here. APRIL | MAY 2010 NORTH VALLEY


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Your Service at Your Service

By Alana Stroud

It’s time to head to work, but you need some

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assistance from your wireless provider. Lucky you—they open right when you need to be behind your desk and close by the time you’re free for the day. Sprint by eSystems Management has come up with a solution: As of March 1, they now open at 7 a.m. and stay open until 8 p.m. Simple enough! Sprint by eSystem Management’s Carefree location, just off the Carefree Highway, operates under these new hours and offers service and repairs throughout the entire day, unlike other carriers whose service technicians tend to be available only from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. If you’re an early bird but don’t have time to get the worm, Sprint by eSystems Management even offers complimentary coffee and doughnuts Monday through Friday from 7–10 a.m. How about that for stellar cellular service? In a constant effort to cater to their customers’ needs, Sprint by eSystems Management continues to take your suggestions and feedback into consideration to be the best provider they can be. Go to to find the location nearest you.

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The Shops at Norterra Have You Covered for Spring

By Alana Stroud

Spring is here! Time

to update the wardrobe with shorts, tank tops, skirts, and sandals to get the most out of that Arizona sun. The Shops at Norterra is one of the ultimate shopping spots in North Phoenix, and to celebrate their second birthday, they’re having a spring fashion show April 9 on Norterra’s “Main Street.” Making its debut just in time for the fashion show (and spring!) is Designer District, a boutique offering women’s and men’s denim, tops, dresses, and bags from a wide range of well-known and independent designers and brands. Designer District has the artistic feel of an urban designer showroom and is

stocked with friendly staff and reasonable prices. They offer leading-edge premium apparel, including European brands that have thus far been rare to the Phoenix area. Designer District is proud to have snagged the title of 2009’s Best Place to Shop on a Dime by Phoenix Magazine. For more information, visit shopdesigner where you can sign up for the email list and mobile media alerts to get first notice of upcoming sales and events. Visit for up-to-date news and a list of all shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

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It’s How You Play the Game

Three Feet from Gold

ThriveTime for Teens

One Prospector’s Journey to Professional Success

[ By Alana Stroud ]

[ By Adam Toren ]

– Napoleon Hill

This remarkable business allegory tells a fascinating story, presents key principles of Napoleon Hill’s revolutionary bestseller Think and Grow Rich, and offers a formula and workbook section for achieving success in life. While you follow a struggling young entrepreneur through a life-changing series of encounters with some of today’s foremost business leaders and inspirational figures, you’ll find encouragement and motivation to believe in yourself, discover your own personal success equation, and to never give up. You are just three feet from gold! The perfect message of hope and inspiration for people during the current economic crisis.

Sharon L. Lechter Author, Entrepreneur, Educator

Steve Forbes, Editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine

“Three Feet From Gold will pull you in from page one. Building on the simple truths of Napoleon Hill’s timeless classic, Think and Grow Rich, Sharon Lechter and Greg Reid’s compelling story reinforces Hill’s ever-relevant message: ‘Everything your mind can conceive, you can achieve.’ Let this book become part of your own success story.” ® Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level

Greg S. Reid Author, Filmmaker, Speaker

“This book teaches you perhaps the most important success principle ever discovered. When you apply it to your life your future becomes unlimited.” Brian Tracy, author of The Way to Wealth

Wisdom from captains of industry, including: Dave Liniger, Co-founder of RE/MAX International, Inc. Bob Proctor, Founder of Life Success Evander Holyfield, Four-Time World Champion Boxer Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies Mike Helton, President of NASCAR Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-fil-A Inc. John St. Augustine, Producer of Oprah & Friends Radio Joe Louis Dudley, Sr., Founder of Dudley Products, Inc. James Amos, Chairman Emeritus, Mail Boxes, Etc. John Hope Bryant, Founder of Operation Hope Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O-Meara, Founders of Childhelp ISBN 9781402767647

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When our generation was growing up, we had The Game of Life, a board game that simulated what life was supposed to be like—college, career, children, retirement. When the game was over, we weren’t any better prepared for the real world. It was just fun. ThriveTime for Teens is different. Yes, it’s a money-and-life reality game. Yes, it’s geared toward teenagers. And yes, they’ll actually learn from it! In real life, we don’t start our school experience with college. We also don’t start our work experience with a career. ThriveTime for Teens places players in high school with a part-time job. Players age 13 and up will learn how to manage money and make big decisions like buying cars and stocks. They’re taught how to pay for college and use credit cards. They’re even taught how to start a business. The winner is the teen who most effectively manages money, makes solid financial decisions, generates income, and does good for his or her community. What makes ThriveTime for Teens unique is its ability to teach teenagers things they’ll need to know to survive. Kids are placed in real-life situations, asked real-life questions, and have the chance to see how their decisions affect their futures. Youth organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA have the game on hand, and teens are giving it great reviews because it’s not only educational but a great deal of fun, too! ThriveTime for Teens is available for $29.95 at and at Teaching Stuff locations in Phoenix. Give your child the gift of getting ready for real life!


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Three Feet from Gold

Greg S. Reid is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and the CEO of several successful corporations. His prior books include The Millionaire Mentor (2003) and Positive Impact co-authored with Charlie “Tremendous” Jones. In addition, his writings have appeared in over thirty books, and is co-founder of Personal Development magazine. Reid has been featured on local and nationally syndicated programs across the country. He is also a keynote speaker for corporations, universities, and charitable organizations.

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step BEYOND their greatest failure.”

Lechter & Reid

Sharon L. Lechter, business woman and member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, was co-author of the international best-seller Rich Dad, Poor Dad and 14 books in the Rich Dad series. Over twenty-seven million Rich Dad books have been sold in over fifty languages and over one hundred countries. Now, in addition to her own separate business enterprises, Lechter works with the Napoleon Hill Foundation to develop materials to teach Napoleon Hill’s principles to families, women and young people. She also serves on the national Boards of Childhelp and Women’s Presidents’ Organization while speaking internationally as an advocate for financial literacy.

If you were lucky, you had one

of those history teachers or professors who turned history class into story time. Rather than reading dry-as-dust textbooks and falling asleep during a droning lecture by an instructor who, you knew, had to have been born during the same ancient time as his or her lecture topic, you were held captive by stories of war heroes and founding fathers. And because history was preTurn Your Obstacles into Opportunities! sented in an interesting and relevant way, you listened, you with The Napoleon Hill Foundation retained, and you learned. Foreword by Mark Victor Hansen The same rule applies to becoming knowledgeable about the business world. Reading a book littered with statistics, technical terms, and theories might work for those already well versed in business-speak, but the rest of us need a boost of confidence and an easy-to-follow map. If you are looking for a book, either for yourself or for someone you know, that will inspire and promote self confidence, then Three Feet from Gold is the book you need. From the minds and experiences of Greg S. Reid and Sharon L. Lechter comes a book that chronicles a fictional man’s passage from a frustrated failure in both his business and personal life to an enlightened, contented business success—and a fulfilling and meaningful personal life as well. It’s story time! But it’s also time to learn valuable lessons from the experts. The many people who helped Greg achieve his success speak directly to the reader as he or she follows Greg’s journey and roots for his success. If you’re a fan of Napoleon Hill’s Great Depression-era Think and Grow Rich (1937), you’ll be delighted with the artful way in which Hill’s tips and messages are woven into and throughout Three Feet from Gold. The book incorporates original teachings and simply stated wisdom that is appropriate for people of all ages and from every walk of life. It is not a get-rich-quick book, and it doesn’t lead anyone to believe that success is an easily attainable state. In fact, the valuable lessons you take away from Three Feet from Gold are perseverance, faith, and belief that you will be successful. With its novel appeal, its timeless principles, its concise storytelling, and its wonderful aha! moments, Three Feet from Gold is an inspirational read that, after digesting its principles and putting them into practice, will put you on the road to your own personal and professional success.


In Three Feet from Gold, Sharon L. Lechter and Greg S. Reid have written a remarkable business allegory with a powerful message that resonates especially in times of economic downturn: never give up, you could be three feet from gold—the greatest success of your life. This book will not only inspire you to believe in yourself, but also provides an invaluable equation for personal success based on advice from top entrepreneurs, and a practical workbook for finding your own path to achievement. A century ago Napoleon Hill began the research that ultimately resulted in his extraordinary bestseller Think and Grow Rich. Since its publication in 1937, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, Think and Grow Rich has inspired generations of men and women to turn their dreams into reality with its wise and effective principles of self-motivation, leadership, service, and achievement culled from Hill’s interviews with visionaries of his day. Now, a hundred years later, in Three Feet from Gold, a young entrepreneur whose life is falling apart finds himself retracing Hill’s steps following a serendipitous encounter with a powerful businessman who sees the young man’s potential and sets him on a challenging journey of personal, spiritual, and financial growth. Sharon—entrepreneur, successful business woman and co-author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad and—Greg— himself a successful author, CEO, and in-demand motivational speaker—have given us more than the story of one man’s dogged pursuit of success. They deliver an effective equation for accomplishing goals that calls for combining passion and talent, taking action with the right association, and above all else, having faith that you are on the right path.

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All That Glitters… Be Savvy About Sparklers! [ By Scott Bohall ]

If you put steak sauce on a hot dog, will it taste like a sirloin?

Consumers have more experience buying food than jewelry. Most of us have bought an item at a ball game or concert where the food and beverage was low quality but four times the normal price. As a captive audience, we buy the stuff. The problem with jewelry is that most people have no idea when they are paying way too much for something of low quality. Here are a few tips to help find value instead of just a price tag:

With any purchase, including diamonds or gemstones, get a statement in writing as to whether a gem has been treated or not. Even if your particular salesperson does not know, someone in the store should. It is a federal law that any treatment that affects the value of the gem should be disclosed. Only 5 percent of jewelry sold each year has treatments mentioned.  Some gems can only be found treated. Blue topaz is one example. It comes out of the ground white or clear and is treated in a few different ways to produce the various blue shades. If someone tells you a blue topaz is naturally colored, they are wrong. Some gems, like sapphires, are normally heat treated, which is an accepted treatment. Sapphires that have no treatment are very rare and usually cost much more. The challenge is that rubies and sapphires can also be treated in unnatural ways, taking worthless material and turning it into fairly attractive pieces. The unethical jewelers will use this material, which can be worth a mere $20,

and sell it for $200 because it looks similar to material that costs $200. Some wording can also be difficult to understand. “Some gems may be treated” is not enough information to determine what type of treatment was used and whether the treatment is permanent. A new term that is all over the Internet is “created diamond simulant.” A created diamond is a diamond made in a laboratory. A created diamond simulant is something that looks like a diamond but is not and is usually overpriced.  Buying a coin on TV that is clad in 24k gold means you are buying brass with a dollar’s worth of gold plating on it. When they limit you to five, they are hoping that you are dumb enough to buy five.  Buying gold jewelry on a cruise ship that is layered in gold usually means sterling silver that is gold plated. With silver at $17 per ounce and gold at $1,100 per ounce, you should know what you are paying for. Buying created opal is essentially purchasing plastic.  Less than 10 percent of all jewelry salespeople have taken even one professional course about gems. Less than 20 percent of all appraisals are done by someone with an appraisal degree. Less than 30 percent of jewelers who agree to work on your jewelry actually do their own work. Less than 40 percent of all jewelers have a gemologist on staff. And less than 50 percent of all jewelers make their own jewelry.  If you don’t know jewelry, know your jeweler—and be certain your jeweler actually does know jewelry. Whether it’s ice cream or ice, learn to be a canny consumer. APRIL | MAY 2010 North Valley


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There’s an App for That! [ By Jon Kenton ]

Those who followed the telecom boom and bust, as well as the many who lived through it personally, will understand the myriad underlying reasons for and causes of it. One of those reasons was the build-out of the core backbone and infrastructure to enable the next “killer application” that would suck up the miles of new fiber optic cables and their many terabytes of bandwidth. Unfortunately, that killer app was nowhere to be seen, and much of the new network’s bandwidth remained dormant. Some of that dormant bandwidth is now able to stretch and awaken from its enforced hibernation. It is not, however, a single killer app that is fueling the fire, but based on statistics from the end of February, there will soon be over 200,000 of them. The apps to which I am referring are those for the now everpresent smartphones (e.g. iPhone, Droid, Blackberry)., an information resource for the community of developers, began to keep track of Apple’s App Store when the number of apps crossed the 10,000 threshold. A snapshot taken on February 24 shows the


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total number of active apps (currently available for download) at 159,611. The stream of new submissions continues to grow the total significantly each and every month, as evidenced by these stats from February. Games: 2,009 (84/day) Non-Games: 14,387 (599/day) Total: 16,396 (683/day)

Although games are a natural attraction for smartphone platforms, one can see that a broad range of other applications represents the majority interest of developers and users alike. Most Popular Categories 1 - Books (28,705 active) 2 - Games (24,551 active) 3 - Entertainment (20,656 active) 4 - Education (11,056 active) 5 - Utilities (9,788 active)

Google’s Android smartphone platform has seen increased popularity over the last year with the introduction of many new

phones from multiple manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung, LG, and of course, Motorola, with the much publicized Droid. The “Android market” (the store for Android apps) continues to increase the number of apps available for download. According to, the number of new apps introduced has increased every single month, and in February 2010, the number of new apps added was closing in on the 6,000 mark. This brings the total number of android apps to over 33,000, although the number will undoubtedly be much greater by the time you are reading this article. The proportion of games versus other applications available for Android mirrors the proportions of the app base for the iPhone, with approximately 15 percent games and therefore the wide range of other apps making 85 percent of the downloads. Obviously, one is not going to have 30,000 apps installed on one’s phone, let alone 160,000—so what are a few of the popular apps of today? If you search online for “most popular iPhone apps,” you will find many different opinions. On Apple’s Web site, the current number-one staff pick is an eBook reader from dBelement LLC, called simply Reader. Word games are ever popular, and at number six on the staff list is “Wordsearch Puzzles” from iphonegames4u. One significant feature of many new smartphones is an inbuilt GPS. There are numerous apps that take advantage of this feature. If you are bad at remembering where you parked your car, try downloading “3DCoche” (coche is Spanish for car) for your Android phone. Simply save your position when leaving your car, and Google maps will guide you back to it later. For those more inclined toward keeping fit, do checkout for an app of the same name. Runkeeper uses the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to track your fitness activities, including distance, time, speed, pace, calories burned, elevation, and path traveled on a map. Whether you yet have an app-enabled phone, the likelihood is that before long, the majority of phones will be able to take advantage of the apps created by thousands of developers. They may be highly practical and mundane, such as weather forecasters or stock market trackers, or more out there, like “Ghost Radar,” but you can be sure no matter what you need, there will be “an app for that.”


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New Makeup Trends Blossom This Spring [ B y L e A n n e B a g n all ]

Start your spring off by reaffirming your New Year’s resolution and optimizing your lifestyle. It’s time to break away from the dreary, drab colors of the recession and re‑ ally shine! As such designers as Carolina Herrera, Toni Francesc, and Michael Kors envisaged at the Mercedes‑Benz Spring 2010 Fashion Week back in September, this season is marked by light, natural hues with an essence of sophistication. And the season’s new makeup collections are no ex‑ ception: a classy, feminine glow is all the desire this spring. The most modern must-have cosmetic is the makeup-that-doesn’t-look-like-makeup: one that creates barely there pure beauty. Re‑ juvenate your natural femininity with some of the latest, freshest makeup available. For a more noticeable appearance, avoid the over‑ exaggerated flashy colors of the ’80s revival trend and take a bold step with these sweet, soft, and sexy shades. Accentuate your nat‑ ural skin tone with the help of bluish-pink powders for fair skin, peach tones for olive


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skin, and golden shades for medium-dark skin. Try M.A.C.’s Too Fabulous Collec‑ tion’s Mineralize Blush Duos in comple‑ mentary flesh tones, like Bi-Tone in rose pink and copper bronze or Two Virtues in light blue-pink and light violet ($23), to enhance a healthy glow. For a softly feminine shine, try Smashbox Heartbreaker Collection’s Baked Starlight Fusion Soft Lights blush in white gold, bright pink, warm bronze, rosy pink, and ballet pink ($30). The most fashionable makeup this season has quickly become Lancôme’s O My Rose Collection’s Pop ‘n Cheek Coral Flirt palette ($29) for its rosekissed perfection. Rid yourself of the depressing dark colors of the nation’s economic mood and boost your complexion by choosing some earthly new shades. Colors like light pinks and peri‑ winkle on lips complement fair skin, coral or bronze do beautifully on olive skin, and rosier tones accent medium-dark complex‑ ions. Choose some Mother Nature-inspired tones for your lips, like Korres Lip Block‑

buster Cherry Oil Lipgloss Collection ($28) in light pink, bronze gold, natural purple, beige pink, and red pink to make your lips vividly bright. These floral- and terracottainfused shades give your lips a supple, lovely balance with your warm, healthy f lush. Avoid the severity of heavily dark shades and maintain a fresh, ladylike elegance by concentrating a delicate shade in the cen‑ ter of your mouth and then blending to the edges for an all-around gorgeous finish. Try M.A.C.’s Viva Glam Gaga in cool blue-pink luster ($14) or Lancôme’s O My Rose Col‑ lection’s Color Fever Glosses in BB Sand, Coral Delight, Orange Scopitone, or Shiv‑ ering Pink ($26). Eye shadows should be sheer, bright tones with earthen pigments like copper, bronze, gold, browns, greens, and bold blues. The Smashbox Heartbreaker Collection’s Hot Date Eye Shadow Palette offers a rich color combination that includes crème brûlée, shimmering chestnut, champagne, shim‑ mering azure, mint, and warm taupe ($34). For overall complexion, Too Faced Spring 2010 Collection’s Fun in the Dark Light-up Mirror Makeup Palette ($32.50) packages a provocative arrangement of lip shades, bronzer, eye shadows with enticing color names like Pinup, Peep Show, Full Frontal, and Lucky Charms, along with Papa Don’t Peach Brightening Blush. Awaken pastelcolored eyes with a slight wing-tip lining of black cream liner, like Pixi No. 1 Onyx Gel Eyeliner ($18) with an angled brush. Liquid eyeliner is too extreme for a mature, flattering appearance. A subtle alternative to eyeliner pencils or gels can be emulated by blending brownish eye shadow across the upper rim with a small smudge brush to avoid the hard edge of liner. M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow in Embark ($14.50) is per‑ fect for creating this softened effect on any skin tone. Complete your ladylike ensemble with shiny nail polish in gentle colors. Abstain from f luorescent, dull tones this spring. Light shades on short fingernails—pastel blues, pinks, lilac, and creamy browns or grays—create a f lattering sophistication and are well-balanced by vibrant pastels like berry blues and purples, cocoa, and periwinkle on toenails. Essie’s The Art of Spring Collection’s Lilacism, Pop Art Pink, or Tart Deco nail polish ($8 each) gives a sweet, feminine touch.

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Golf Improve Your Game

Bunkers Made Easy [ By Scott Sackett • Photos by Colleen Miniuk-Sperry ]

Most amateurs are terrified of hitting their balls in the sand and are subsequently poor bunker players for one reason: They do not know how they are supposed to play a bunker shot. Conversely, tour players will aim at a bunker on a long shot into the green versus hitting it in the rough. If the ball is in a greenside bunker, it is much more predictable than hitting from the greenside rough. The best tour players get up and down more than 60 percent of the time from a greenside bunker. On a straightforward bunker shot, that number goes up to almost 80 percent. Once you understand how the sand wedge’s design can help you hit a bunker shot, all it takes is a feel of how to release the club head into the sand, and you will get the ball out every single time. Everything that I teach about a bunker shot, from setup to swing, is designed to get the bounce working in an effective manner. What you need to get a crystal-clear understanding of is what happens on the initial downswing. The move is clearly different than any other shot in golf, next to hitting a wedge shot with bounce. What has been overdone in the bunker is the following: a) ball too forward; b) stance aiming too far left; c) clubface pointing at one o’clock or to the right of the target; d) the overall swing plane too vertical or too upright; and e) swinging left through impact. To play a successful bunker shot, the setup dictates what can and cannot happen. Characteristics of Greenside Bunkers





 feet wider than shoulder width  knees slightly bowed out  ball under left armpit ( forward of middle)  light grip pressure, around 3 or 4 on a scale of 1–10  clubface square to slightly open  stance square  both feet will be slightly open  weight on forward foot 65/35  setup relatively far from the ball

 neutral grip  hands in line or slightly behind the ball  hands lower than with a normal shot  grip slightly behind the ball  shoulders will stay level (right shoulder will feel high)  swing the club along your stance line

Controlling Distance in the Bunker

One question I’m asked a lot is “How do I control the distance of my bunker shot?” I hear everything from “Hit farther or closer to the ball,” “Open the face or close the face,” “Take a shorter backswing,” or “Stand farther or closer to the ball” in reply. But there is a much simpler way: Learn to control the length of your follow-through. Keeping it simple: The shorter you want to hit it, the shorter you make the follow-through. Buried Lies

This is a shot that is not difficult once you make some setup changes at address. Changes are as follows: club face closed, ball back in the stance, grip more firm (around a 6 on a scale of 1–10). The club now becomes a digger; conversely, when you are hitting a normal bunker shot, the club bounces into the ball. Set the face at 11 o’clock and take your normal grip. Short follow-through.


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3 Follow-through

Results of Good Bunker Play

Once you have a true understanding of the function of the sand wedge, you’ve taken the first step in becoming a more confident bunker player. When you hit your ball into the bunker, your primary objective is to get the ball onto the green. It is obviously best if you can get the ball close to the pin. A great thought that will help you become a proficient bunker player is this: If you can get the sand onto the green, then the ball has a pretty good chance of also getting on the green.

Scott Sackett is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Scott teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also the director of instruction at The Rim Golf Club in Payson. He splits his time equally between them. To reach Scott, call him at (904) 838-2721 or e-mail him at Visit Scott's Web site at

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Photography: Greg Swales ( Stylist: Crystal Carson for Mode Models Stylist Assistant: Deanna Palkowski Jewelery Stylist: Kelly E. Hassen Makeup Artist: Andrea Tiller for NOBASURA using MAC Cosmetics Hair Stylist: Tania Becker for NOBASURA/Moods Hair Salon using Bumble and Bumble Models: Beau ( Nicole Tusznio ( *Special thanks to the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, BC, for location. *For Mayors merchandise, call (800) 4-MAYORS or visit *For Chanel merchandise, visit a local boutique or call (800) 550-0005.

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Nicole Dress / Chanel / $4,750 White shawl / Christian Bond / Gentille Alouette / $480 Shoes / Guess / The Bay / $115 Necklace—turquoise and diamond / Damiani / Mayors / $6,315 Earrings—turquoise and diamond / Damiani / Mayors / $6,950 Ring—black diamond and ruby / Damiani / Mayors / $12,890 Ring / Van Cleef & Arpels / Mayors / $24,300 Bracelet—sterling / Tacori / $360

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• know & Tell •

by cassaundra brooks

Arizona Entertainment

There are a number of celebrities with ties to Arizona. Some call Arizona home from wherever they’re living now, others were actually born here, and still others consider themselves natives. But just like Canada—if they’ve got talent, we’ll claim them as our own. Among the ranks are: Steven Spielberg – film director, screenwriter, producer Joe Garagiola – former MLB catcher, now announcer/TV host Wayne Newton – singer and Vegas entertainer David Spade – actor (SNL, Just Shoot Me! Rules of Engagement) Meadowlark Lemon – pastor, formerly of the Harlem Globetrotters Dick Van Dyke – actor, comedian, writer, producer Paul Harvey – late radio broadcaster Lynda Carter – actress, singer (Wonder Woman)

Leslie Nielsen – actor, comedian (Airplane! Naked Gun) Ted Danson – actor (Cheers, Becker, Damages) Matt Dallas – actor (Kyle XY) Catherine Hicks – actress (7th Heaven) Emma Stone – actress (Superbad, House Bunny, Zombieland) Joe Jonas – singer (The Jonas Brothers) Michelle Branch – singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley – country singer Stevie Nicks – singer-songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, soloist)

Arizona isn’t a popular inspiration for songwriters (why that is, we’ve not figured out), but on occasion, people have penned some lyrics that make mention of our great state. The following are a few that include the Grand Canyon State in the title, but don’t expect most of these to be happy affairs: “There Is No Arizona” by Jamie O’Neal “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” by Glen Campbell “3:10 to Yuma” by Sandy Denny and Johnny Silvio “Arizona Stand” by Lucky Boys Confusion


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“Arizona” by Hey Monday “Arizona” The Scorpions “By the Time I Get to Arizona” by Public Enemy “Hotel Arizona” by Wilco

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Filmed in Arizona: There are a handful of films set entirely or partly in Arizona that have also been filmed here—Jerry Maguire, Waiting to Exhale, 3:10 to Yuma, Fools Rush In, Can’t Buy Me Love, Tombstone, Thelma & Louise, and Raise Your Voice, for example. However, numerous familiar projects have been filmed throughout the state. The following is a selected list: 24 (TV series) Bride & Prejudice Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure The Kingdom Little Miss Sunshine Psycho Taxi Transamerica Back to the Future Planet of the Apes (1968) The Outlaw Josey Wales The Quick and the Dead Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen The Mummy Wayne’s World The Nutty Professor The Bells of St. Mary’s Casablanca Forrest Gump Easy Rider The Karate Kid Revenge of the Nerds Tin Cup Mona Lisa Smile Pearl Harbor Maverick Next Oklahoma! Glory Road Jarhead Spaceballs

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Your Own Little Bit of Heaven

By Alana Stroud If you live or work in the Valley of the Sun, then you certainly know how crowded and hot it can be. It’s not uncommon for locals to find themselves heading north on weekends and holidays for cooler weather and a little breathing room. What’s better than being able to get away from the city? Owning property at award-winning Pine Canyon in Flagstaff so that you can f lee the urban pressure cooker whenever you want to! Pine Canyon is a 600-plus acre private community situated in the Coconino National Forest offering over 700 homesites to buyers. Your membership gives you benefits like the private 18-hole golf course, 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, concierge services, fitness activities and classes, and special events scheduled throughout the year by Team Pine Canyon. The clubhouse alone is impressive, featuring a fully stocked golf


shop, fitness center, private dining room, mixed-grill restaurant, cocktail lounge, and more. For those members with little ones, Camp Pine Canyon caters to their sense of adventure and curiosity with activities, arts and crafts, athletics, and their special Outdoor Adventures. In the summer, kids can enjoy the toddler wading pool, water slide, and kids’ pool with water features. Pine Canyon’s homesites won’t disappoint you, either. Choose among condominiums, town homes, cabins, custom homes, and communities, depending on your needs and wants. Prices range from the high $100,000s to over $1 million. Condos and town homes begin at 1,500 square feet, and custom homes can be as large as 6,000 square feet. Now that’s luxury! If Pine Canyon sounds like the place for you, contact Pine Canyon Realty at (866) 779-5700, or visit for more information and pictures of your future slice of heaven.

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• travel

Keep Busy or Just Relax The New Marina Sets Sail Next Year [ By Marion Hager ]

Oceania Cruises is stirring up quite a bit of excitement these days with the announcement that its first-ever new-build ship, the Marina, will debut on February 5, 2011. That sounds like a long way off, but given the fact that the first four sailings are already sold out, you’ll want to plan way ahead if you want to be among the first to experience Marina! At 65,000 tons, Marina carries 1,252 passengers, almost double that of Oceania’s smaller ships. She brings you all the things people love about midsize ships, as well as a lot of new interesting features and activities. The most exciting of them is a culinary arts center with a focus on workshops and

audience participation. It consists of 24 state-of-the-art food stations, complete with induction cooktops, utensils, sinks, and every other conceivable cooking implement. On every itinerary, Marina will host handson workshops planned in conjunction with Bon Appétit magazine. Marina’s gourmet coffee shop has great views high above the sea and is a wonderful place to gather with friends. Another oneof-a-kind feature is the Artist Loft, where artists-in-residence teach different courses. Marina has a well-stocked library and a state-of-the-art computer center where you can take advantage of computer classes, including digital photography. And don’t miss a visit to the Canyon Ranch onboard spa.

The Oceania Cruise Experience is focused on itineraries and fine dining. Almost every day (sometimes overnight) is spent in port. When you get back to the ship, you have your choice of dining in one of ten different venues, so you’ll never get tired of eating the same thing. Six of these venues are open seating, while four require reservations. Two of the restaurants are new—Jacques and Red Ginger. Jacques is a French country venue, conceived by Oceania’s culinary director and one of the original “superstar” chefs, Jacques Pepin. Red Ginger features dishes that represent cuisines of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and other Asian nations. There is never a restaurant surcharge or additional gratuity requirement. Staterooms are spacious and nicely decorated. They range from inside rooms measuring 174 square feet to Owners Suites measuring about 2,200 square feet. Make your reser vation early to get two-for-one pricing and free air! For more information about Oceania Cruises and the new Marina, call Hager’s Journeys in Scottsdale and East Valley at (480) 9987606, and in Peoria and the West Valley at (623) 974-4690.



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Hailing a Green Day! [ By Kevin Downey ]

1 2 1 • Catch a (Clean-Smelling) Taxicab

Tooling around the North Valley has never been more ecofriendly than it is today. Clean Air Cab opened last October and now cruises 30 taxis throughout the Valley. All of its cabs are hybrids, which use about one-third the gas of regular taxicabs. Clean Air Cab takes the environment seriously. It’s a carbonnegative company that, among other things, plants ten trees for each of its taxicabs every month, both locally and in Brazil. (480) 777-9777 or 2 • Tap In to the Sun


There may be no better time than now to check out solar electricity (and solar thermal to heat water). Utility companies are jacking up rates. But, at the same time, prices for solar products are falling, and government incentives are rising. Advanced Energy Systems, with over 30 years of experience, custom-installs solar packages. And they offer free consultations. Green and free—that’s a pretty good deal! (480) 772-0019 or

4 • Don’t Drive, Walk 3 • Recycle, Eat for Free

Since November, the city of Phoenix has been partnering with RecycleBank, a New York-based organization that motivates consumers to recycle their trash. RecycleBank partners with companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, La Curacao and, notably, local mom-and-pop businesses to drum up incentives that include coupons for free or discounted products and services. So far, more than 120,000 homes throughout the Valley have signed up. There is no cost to participate. (888) 727-2978 or


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North Valleyers love to walk, particularly when the scorching summer sun isn’t melting everything that hits the pavement. Walking is earth friendly and can be even more so when you’re wearing shoes from the 2010 summer collection from OKA b. The U.S.-based company makes a slew of stylish-comfy shoes for women and men in low-waste, vegan-friendly factories. You can walk out with a number of them for under $40. On top of that, OKA b. will take back used shoes to recycle or grind up to make industrial mats. (888) 730-6522 or

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When it comes to health, both physical and mental, there are really two approaches that doctors take. The Western approach gives center stage to prescription drugs, and the naturopathic physicians take a holistic approach to health. Typically, naturopathic doctors use a variety of treatments on patients, including homeopathic medicines, botanical formulas. and healthy foods. But they also emphasize preventive health through healthy, green lifestyles with lots of fresh air and exercise. Dr. Amy-Jane Lilie is a top local practitioner and president and founder of Natural Health Connections. (480) 993-6913 or

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• health & fitness

Optimum Stress Relief during Times of High Anxiety [ B y L e A n n e B a g n all ]

April is Stress Awareness Month, and there’s plenty to be stressed about in 2010: an unwavering recession, skyrocketing unemployment, a looming foreclosure crisis and, not to be forgotten, April’s unremitting tax season. According to the American Psychological Association, about one-third of Americans report experiencing higherthan-average levels of stress. Because stress is so commonly accepted as a part of life, it often goes unnoticed as the root of many serious problems, including emotional, occupational, psychological, and physical conditions. The variety of physical ailments related to stress are innumerable but can include such severe symptoms as high blood pressure, chronic back pain, a weakened immune system, hypertension, gastrointestinal and skin disorders, and increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and sudden death. The American Institute of Stress finds reports that 75–90 percent of visits to a primary-


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care physician are related to stress-induced ailments. Even learning how to avoid stress can seem like a daunting task in itself! However, the key to successfully reducing stress is to realize that you are not doomed with an ill-fated stressful life but that you have things in your life that cause you stress. Once the causes of stress are identified, choose simple management solutions to incorporate into your lifestyle that best work for you. Don’t be fooled by quick-fix stress relievers that are constantly being marketed, like expensive gym memberships, drastic cosmetic makeovers, or concoctions of vitamins and pills. The best therapeutic solution is the one you don’t have to juggle into your already busy lifestyle or find in a bottle or television advertisement—you are your best resource! One of the most overlooked solutions to stress is sleep. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 30 percent of American adults receive insufficient amounts of sleep on a regular basis. Sleep deprivation causes multiple health problems that include loss of productivity, injury at work, and accidents caused by slow reaction time. Without enough sleep, physical aches and pains can keep you from completing your assignments, concentrating, or making it to your child’s school function in time. Make time each night to receive seven to nine hours of healthy sleep. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol consumption before bed; these products are often sought out as stress-relieving tactics but actually further impair your health by putting you at risk of metabolic deficiency and addiction. Eat a full dinner to prevent hunger from creeping up on you in the middle of the night. Eliminate sporadic naps throughout your day so your body can fully recharge during one sleep session. You’ll feel more energetic and productive throughout the entire day. The APA also reports that 70 percent of Americans believe work- or money-related issues are the source of their stress. Stress

in the workplace has become a significant factor in Americans’ lives today, considering job stability, turnover rates, cutbacks, furlough days, and unemployment. Striving for a steady income to provide for your family, home, and future while undergoing further pressure in the workplace has caused many to work strenuous hours, settle for pay cuts, or even work while injured or sick. Overworking is not the same as working hard. The work may be unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to drain all your energy. Keep a to-do list for yourself to stay on track with your own tasks and not strain yourself over power struggles taking place among your supervisors. Take advantage of your entire lunch break and enjoy a hearty meal to keep you focused and energized. Instead of dining on the lousy selection of fatty, sugary snacks from the office vending machine between meetings, pack a meal beforehand that includes plenty of vitamin C, protein, fiber, calcium, or potassium that replenishes your mind and body and circumvents high sugar intake that adds to stress. Getting efficient amounts of sunshine can especially boost your immune system by providing you a healthy dose of vitamin D. Take brisk walks on your breaks to gain exercise and alleviate rising tension or find a well-ventilated space where you can relax or meditate. Remember that 25 percent of your adult life is spent working; you shouldn’t let work become the dominant stressor in your life and risk missing out on more valuable moments. Laughing and winding down with family members have become the top methods of reducing stress among Americans. Keep a daily balance between socializing with your family and having alone time while at home. Owning a pet also has multiple benefits for a healthy lifestyle: man’s best friend can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, decrease depression and feelings of loneliness, and increase exercise habits! Lastly, whether it’s with a family member or your furry friend, talking openly about problems directly alleviates mental and physical stress.

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For the ‘Queen Mum’


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1 Par Exsalonce spa While a giving day at the spa is an excellent way to treat your mother, you might also consider sending her home with a bit of the spa itself so she can enjoy a little pampering every day—even in midst of a busy work week. Par Exsalonce offers an assortment of boutique items such as the colorful aromatherapy shower steamers, an aromatherapy bath tea, spongelles (shower-gel–infused sponges), moisturizing lotions, and lovely-scented body oils. (480) 860-0717 or

Mothers don’t always get the time to exercise—although having children can be enough of a workout!—and sometimes it just takes that little something extra to get motivated. Gym memberships are nice, but gyms aren’t for everyone. Think about what your mom likes to do best to keep fit, and encourage her to keep up her health and her energy by staying committed to it! New workout clothes, a trendy and comfortable yoga mat, a brand-new tennis racket, special running shoes—the possibilities are endless and, what’s more, can be personalized to perfection!

3 smart phones Moms are always on the go, so providing them with technology that not only keeps up with their hectic schedule but also makes their life a little easier is worth consideration. With the variety of smartphones available on the market today, and certainly with the great number of applications and bells and whistles, you should be able to find one that best suits your mother’s needs. With plans that keep her in touch with you and the rest of her family at good rates, applications that make paying bills a snap, and an Internet connection that gives her access to last-minute driving directions, your mom can make the best use of her time and even have openings in her schedule to do with as she pleases!

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5 flower arrangments Most women love to receive flowers—it’s such a nice gesture! So long as Mom isn’t allergic and you pay attention to her tastes and the meanings behind the particular flowers, you’re in good shape. A beautiful arrangement of flowers can make a lasting impression in the mind’s eye, but why not go the distance and give your mother flowers that will last as well? Hit up your local nursery for some flowers you can plant in your mom’s garden or to brighten up the front of her house. You could even make a mother-daughter/mother-son project out of planting them and caring for them. It could become a tradition or turn into a bigger project— a budding bond!

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4 dining out Sometimes it’s just nice to have an excuse to dress up! It may be even nicer not to have to cook once in a while or grab fast food on the way home from toting the clan back from soccer practice. The Valley—particularly Scottsdale—is home to an eclectic array of super restaurants, from hidden gems to celebrated chains. You don’t have to pick a place that doesn’t list its prices on the menu. A number of Valley dining spots are well known for extensive wine lists, mouthwatering dishes, and collaborative flavors. Our December/January 2010 issue featured thirty-seven such restaurants our readers have chosen as their favorites. Pull out your copy or visit to revisit the list of readers’ choice award winners! All that’s left is to glam up and go!

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The Q-Ship 2010 Infinity QX56 [ By Greg Rubenstein ]

At a time when the price of gas

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could go north of $4 per gallon for the slightest reason, driving a ginormous SUV seems so ’90s. Yet for those who need major carrying capacity and towing ability or simply enjoy riding large, the supersized Infiniti QX56 SUV does make perfect sense. There is a definite feeling of owning the road as you sit up above most traffic, commanding a view ahead that those in sports cars and sedans can only dream about. The power available from the 320-horsepower 5.6-liter V-8 is delivered with authority through its five-speed automatic transmission, allowing this massive 6,011pound vehicle an ability to accelerate and carve through traffic that belies its heft. Our 2010 QX56 test vehicle had a base price of $60,015 and came equipped with optional four-wheel drive, 20-inch chrome wheels, a technology package, and mobile entertainment system that added, among other features, front sonar-based cruise control and a ceiling-mounted eight-inch color monitor for the front-console DVD player. While the QX56 has plenty of get-upand-go, it pleasantly surprises with its ability to turn and stop—on par with some luxury sedans. The trade-off for good driving dynamics is a stiff ride, but not any more so than what’s experienced in a high-performance sedan with sport-tuned suspension. Plenty of safety is onboard as well, with dual-stage supplemental front air bags, frontseat–mounted side impact supplemental air bags, and front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters, plus active head restraints to most effectively control the motion of and protect front occupants. There also are roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with a rollover sensor for outboard occupant head protection for all three rows. Stability control to help prevent skids and spins is standard equipment, as is traction control to limit wheel spin and to make it

easier to accelerate in slippery conditions, an active brake limited slip to use the available power most effectively, and a tire-pressure– monitoring system with warning display so you’ll always know that your tires are properly inflated. Don’t forget the luxury, too, as this upscale supercruiser offers soft touch points all around, plush leather seats with heat in both first and second row, a steering wheel with multifunction controls that’s also heated, and elegant wood trim throughout. The roomy interior is comfortable and ergonomic for the driver as well as the passengers, offering all the comforts one might expect in a rolling living room, including a hard-drive–based navigation system with seven-inch LCD screen, twelve-speaker Bose audio system with 9.3GB storage capacity, and dual-zone front climate control with rear air conditioning. It might also be noteworthy that, while its EPA fuel economy estimate of 12 city and 17 highway is obviously not in Prius territory, there aren’t any economy cars that are rated to tow 8,900 pounds or that can carry seven people and all their gear for a ski trip. As tested, our Q-ship rang in at $62,865. It delivers a premium drive loaded with luxury, power, and comfort, while offering plenty of utility, too. The QX doesn’t make an in-your-face statement like Cadillac’s Escalade or the Hummer, but if your preference is for understated elegance, this Q may be just right for you.


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• event calendar Excellence at the University of Arizona and one of the few research centers in the country with such a program. In addition to the fashion show, the event will also feature a luncheon, silent auction, and raffle, whose prizes include a diamond solitaire, a golf car, and a $2,500 gift certificate to Westcor. $150 per person. Table sponsorship and select seating is available.

April 7, 14


This northwest Phoenix archaeology museum presents guided tours of the center’s wildflowers. The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has Valley’s largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs, and visitors enjoy hiking a trail and viewing over 1,500 of these glyphs made between 800 and 5,000 years ago. The center is managed by the ASU archaeology program and promotes “preservation, connection, and respect for the site.” Adults $6.50, seniors and students $3.50, and children 12 and younger $2.50. (623) 582-8007 or April 8


This annual culinary event brings together the Valley’s culinary stars for a “highenergy celebration of food and wine.” More than twenty top Valley chefs will prepare special selections from their respective restaurant and resort menus while guests sample the savory specialties and enjoy live jazz. The event will also feature tastings from boutique wineries and microbreweries and a silent auction. This is a 21-and-over event. Proceeds will provide scholarships for the Arizona Hotel and Restaurant Education Foundations. At Camelback Esplanade. $65 in advance or $75 at the door. (602) 604-0729 or April 8–10


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April 13–18

the fresh musical as “Crummles from Nicholas Nickleby stumbling onto the set of Sweeney Todd.” Performed entirely in song, the “adorable” and “strange” tale is of a poor soprano trying to make her way when she encounters a human—or, rather, a group—obstacle that, among other things, gives the heroine helium when her voice begins to run out. The hilarious voices and plot lines are worth the trip to Moon Valley Bible Church for a performance of the unique showcase. (602) 386-4135 or April 10


Sponsored by the Phoenix Women’s Board for the Steele Children’s Research Center, which affectionately adopted the acronym PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers), the show aims to raise money to primarily fund the PANDA Children’s Cancer Immunology Program at Tucson’s Steele Children’s Research Center. It is one of eight Centers of


The nation’s longest-running food festival is back. Get ready for celebrity chefs, beer gardens, luxe poolside cocktail parties, food and drink demonstrations, live music, and scrumptious food and wine. This year, the lineup will include a Wine and Chocolate Experience, where guests can sample chocolates and desserts from some of the Valley’s best pastry chefs. Having donated over $3.2 million to arts and arts education programs across Arizona since 2002, the festival is not only a foodie highlight but also a good excuse for food, fun, and warm sunshine. (480) 945-7193 or April 15


Estate House at the South Bridge District presents its final dinner for the “Appellation Dinner Series,” in which guests are served an elaborate four-course meal by Executive Chef Gio Osso, with wine pairings from Napa Valley. $80 per person (includes all wine pairings).

April 16–May 21


Friday nights, the Promenade Shopping Center in Scottsdale will headline jazz and blues ensembles for its fourth annual jazz event. The series will benefit Ryan House, a new children’s care home in downtown Phoenix whose mission is “to provide essential care in a home-like setting where children with life-threatening conditions and their families will come for respite and, if needed, end-of-life care.” Some of the featured jazz artists include Khani Cole, the Judy Robert’s Quartet, and Dennis Rowland. The event will also feature a selection of wines from Uncorked and appetizers from Cantina Laredo, Maggiano’s, and other Promenade restaurants. Expect weekly raffles and great shopping opportunities. April 19–May 12


Contemporary artist Quim Bove showcases his new collection at Bonner David Galleries. The collection focuses on the mysterious cycle of life and captures the power of energy with a masterful manipulation of oil paint and resin. Spanishborn Bove, who recently moved to Arizona, says his artwork “translates the relationship between humanity and the universe through a metaphoric representation of flashes of the human mind in different spaces.” His use of color and space is unmistakable. There is an artist reception on April 22. (480) 941-8500 or

Anthem’s Relay for Life event to spring rather than autumn. On May 1, over 130 people and at least 16 teams will head to Boulder Creek High School to raise money to help fight cancer. As of late March, over $4,000 dollars had already been raised. Support the cancer survivors and fighters in your family and social circle by donating, volunteering, or participating.

April 21


The Purple Ribbon Council holds a symposium at the Glendale Civic Center to “educate, engage, encourage dialogue, and inspire collective action” to prevent domestic abuse. Every voice counts. The event will feature sessions on positive parenting, interrupting and preventing teen dating abuse, faith-based community in prevention, theory versus practice, prevention through the government sector lens, the business sector’s stake, and more. Register online at preventionisthecure. and check out April 24


The Desert Foothills Land Trust’s sole major fundraising event, to be held at the Rancho Mañana Golf Club, will this year feature Top-40 country recording artist Rex Allen Jr. and country artist Lacy J. Dalton instead of its usual symphony orchestra. The Sonoran Stars Cowboy Jubilee will also feature cocktails, a silent auction, dinner by Tonto Bar & Grill, a Wildat-Heart owl release, dancing, and more. The Land Trust “works with communities and partners to protect, preserve, and steward sensitive lands and species for the survival of the fragile Sonoran Desert.” Tickets are $250. Info: (480) 488-613. Tickets: (480) 659-5133 or

Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones takes her 2010 U.S. tour through Phoenix for a night of critically acclaimed music. Her smart lyrics, easy sound, and lovely, sultry voice make for an exciting yet soothing evening. At Dodge Theatre. (877) LYV-6671 or April 29–May 9


Scorpius Dance Theatre presents an all-original, contemporary dance production this spring. The show will be staged on an actual runway and will showcase the work of local fashion designers. The production pays homage to the ever-changing fashion scene and hit reality fashion shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. It not only provides audiences with some top-notch dancing entertainment but also gives local designers the opportunity to have their designs seen. At Phoenix Theatre. (602) 254-2151 or

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In support of her new album The Fall, multiple Grammy

The American Cancer Society Relay Council has moved

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For the eleventh year, the nonprofit Golden Lion Productions presents Celebration of Dance to promote dance in Arizona during National Dance Week. Whether you fancy hip hop, ballet, tap, ballroom, jazz, modern, belly, or other diverse dance styles, this eclectic production will have a performance to your taste. Participating Valley dancers and dance companies will take the stage at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center with a selection of exhilarating performances that showcase the vast talent base we have right here in the North Valley. Several well-known artistic directors, choreographers, and dancers help to make this annual event a success. $16–$25. (623) 465-5415 or May 7


The five-time winners of Las Vegas Magicians of the Year are pop culture icons who have dazzled audiences with magic for thirty-five years. From the longest-running show in Vegas to Broadway to world tours, TV specials

to stints on Dancing with the Stars, the duo has certainly carved a niche for themselves in the world of magic as well as in the entertainment industry. See them live at the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center. $37–$72. (480) 644-6500 or May 16


As part of the Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) spring and summer exhibitions Stare, this exhibition features a survey of Chris Rush’s work from the last ten years. Rush’s collection of portraits includes drawings of unusual children and adults, often those with physical and mental disabilities. (480) 644-6500 or May 18


Support Boys & Girls Clubs of America by heading out to Arena to watch a popular showing filled with remarkable figure-skating routines courtesy of some of the world’s greatest figure skaters. The tour, founded and produced by Olympic gold medalist and fan favorite Scott Hamilton, will feature, among others, 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 2010 Olympic gold medalists Shen and Zhao, US Champion and 2010 Olympic competitor Mirai Nagasu, and World Champion and 2010 Olympic competitor Miki Ando. For info, visit For tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or

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• relationships

Ask the Dating Coach [ By Lea Friese-Haben ]

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My boyfriend and I are planning to get married someday. We have been living together for three years and have bought a house together. His twin brother moved in with us last year, and there is no sign of him leaving. I have asked my boyfriend to ask his brother to move out, but he refuses. He told me that his brother has a home with him as long as he wants one. His brother is a slob and brings a different woman home every night. This is my house, too. What can I do? Dear Wedding Bell Blues,

You and your boyfriend are “playing house” with plans for marriage. However, you didn’t mention a ring or a wedding date. It would seem that your boyfriend’s brother has more claim than you. You want the privilege and rights that you are entitled to as a wife; however, you are nothing more than a mere girlfriend and roommate— both of which are expendable. The fact that you own the house together is simply a business

arrangement. I think it’s time you sat down and clarified your plans and future ASAP. Lea Lollipops and Roses—Sticky, Thorny Issue

Dear Lea,

I am really frustrated with my life right now. I am a successful businessman in my early 50s and am divorcing my second wife. I should tell you that I am only attracted to and date women in their 20s and 30s. I do not find women in their 40s or 50s to be attractive. I have no problem attracting younger women—my issue seems to be keeping them. What should I do? Dear Manther,

Grow up! I am not at all surprised that you are single again. I find your statement of not finding women over 40 attractive as extremely offensive. I hope that you will take this advice to heart. Women are looking better and have much to offer in their 40s and 50s. It is rare that

a relationship with more than a five-year age difference survives. Solid relationships are built on common ground, mutual respect, and shared passions. (That is not something you will find with a woman young enough to be your child). You are what is called a manther—the cougar’s counterpart. You want a superficial trophy wife and not a woman of character and substance. Women are intelligent and self-sufficient and are looking for a partner, not another daddy. Start actively looking for more age-appropriate women, and I think you will be happier with your results. The women you date in their 20s and 30s will eventually become women in their 40s and 50s—don’t forget that. Good luck and grow up! Lea Love Is Real

Dear Lea,

Does real love exist? Can people really stay together? I am twice divorced, have been dating a guy for about six months now, and am really falling hard for him. I am scared of getting hurt and am questioning whether or not love is something that can really endure and stand the test of time. I see so many people divorcing, and then I see couples in their 80s holding hands and being so loving to each other. So I have to ask you once again: Can and does real love exist?

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Dear hopeless romantic,

Yes, real love does indeed exist, but it takes courage and commitment to make it work and to make it last. Love is a living, breathing thing that, like anything else, will die with neglect. Making a commitment to your partner to do the following things will help solidify your love. Lea Do fun things together.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Forgive your partner for his or her little flaws. We all have them. Always create time for intimacy. Stay physically fit and attractive for each other. Nip arguments in the bud. Love is weathering a few storms together. Lastly, and most importantly, love your partner as much as you love yourself. Real love does exist, and these five tips can help get you on your way. Good luck! Love is always worth the investment. APRIL | MAY 2010 North Valley


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Don’t Have a Crispy Critter Sun Protection for Your Pet [ By Rob Spooner ]

Now that the sun is starting to shine, can you give us some advice on pets and sunburn, specifically fair-skinned animals (like white cats) who are prone to sunburn with only a bit of lounging in the sun? A body covered with fur is generally sufficient protection for most pets, but the tips of the ears, the bridge of the nose and, for those animals who like to loll about on their


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backs, the bare belly, are all more sparsely furred and thus more likely to suffer the effects of prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. As you mentioned, animals with poorly pigmented skin or blue eyes are also more likely to feel the effects of the sun. Avoidance is the best way to prevent sunburn. Staying out of the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., will help. But

while this may work for pets that spend their days indoors, it isn’t always the most feasible option. There are several ways to reduce the risk of ill effects from the sun’s rays. Sunscreen applied to any sparsely furred, lightly pigmented areas will help. Generally, the tips of the ears and the bridge of the nose are sufficient. Use a product with an SPF of 40 or higher. Since there’s a good chance it’s going to get licked off to some degree, use a children’s product. Zinc-based sunblocks are good, but avoid products containing the protectant PABA—they can cause irritation where applied. Solar-protection jackets are also available at some pet stores and through Internet pet sites. If your pet happens to spend a nice sunny day outside and comes back with a sunburned body part, a cool compress on the affected area or a cool bath will help take the sting out. Follow this with an aloe or vitamin E ointment—this will help get the skin back to good health. Do not apply aloe straight from one of your houseplants. This can cause vomiting if it’s licked off. If sunburns are a recurring problem, use some of the tips above but keep an eye out for any areas that don’t seem to be healing. Persistently inflamed, thickened, or crusty areas of skin can be an indication of precancerous changes and should be dealt with promptly. Please have any suspicious spots checked out by your veterinarian. Keep in mind that the incidence of these problems is still quite low, so don’t let the sun keep you and your pet from getting outside and enjoying the spring and summer weather!

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• adopt-A-Pet Me e t T e r r a t h e Terrific—a domestic short hair brown tabby who is a little over a year old. Terra can be a little shy with people and will need time, patience, and gentle pets in order to warm up to her new parents. Even though she is shy with people, she loves other cats and is very outgoing with them—she will instantly befriend any feline housemates! A young girl, she still loves to run around and wrestle with other active kitties and wants nothing more than to cuddle with and groom her new friend after a good play session. She would be the perfect companion for your cat and your home—or you could adopt her along with another cat from AAWL! She needs to be in a dog-free home. Her adoption fee is $50. Ulysses is a 3-year-

Good Friends Who Need Great Homes [ Photos by Michelle Brodsky ]

All adoption fees include spay or neuter, up-todate shots, and a microchip. Triumph is a 3-year-

old Australian shepherd mix who weighs 47 pounds. She spent the past year and a half tied up in a backyard before her people abandoned the house, leaving her where she was until a nice person rescued her and took her in. She still has a very good attitude toward people despite the way she was treated by her original owners. She is good with children of all ages, might be good with cats, and may be good with dogs. Her adoption fee is $100. Jamocha is an extremely affectionate

dachshund/Jack Russell terrier mix. This beautiful 2-year-old 22-pound boy is happy but has a few special issues and needs someone who is willing to work with him. He’s


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been in foster care for a while now, and he is just a doll. Animated and curious, he is quite possibly the most affectionate dog ever! He’s smart and highly trainable—he already knows sit, high five, shake, and down. Jamocha is not good with kids and prefers only adults; he is okay with cats and great with dogs. His adoption fee is $100. Snow is a 40-pound 2 1/2-year-old shepherd mix. He’s very friendly and likes to play, particularly at chasing toys that are thrown for him. Snow loves getting belly rubs and a little attention. He is probably good with kids of all ages, may be good with cats, and likes other dogs. His adoption fee is $150.

old domestic shor t hair orange tabby who loves to be petted. He does not care for other cats but loves people. He likes to place his paws on shoulders so that he can give hugs and kisses. He would like to go to a home where he is the only cat so that he may have all the attention. His adoption fee is $50. Thumper is a 10-year-

old domestic short hair brown tabby who loves to snuggle. He will meow for attention and follow you around until he gets it. He enjoys being carried around like a baby while he gets petted. His adoption fee is $50.  These pets may already be adopted. Please visit for a current listing of pets available for adoption at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. All dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered, are updated on their shots, and will go home with a microchip inserted. The Arizona Animal Welfare League is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. AAWL is located at 30 North 40th Place in Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 273-6852.

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• flavor Flavor Hotspots

Head to Old Town for New Tastes By Alana Stroud

Old Town is usually where the happening joints are. The only problem is choosing where to go! Haus Murphy’s Old Town Glendale 5739 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale, AZ 85021 (623) 939-2480 Come for lunch, dinner, or just the authentic German beer! Haus Murphy’s has the best German cuisine on the west side, with plates like Jäger Schnitzel, Frankfurter Würstchen (sausage), and Hackbraten (German-style meatloaf). Every Friday and Saturday, the tuba and accordion players serve up live music, and the annual Oktoberfest is always a good time!

Spring Green Vibrant green peas are anointed with spring herbs in a fresh, flavorful soup. [ B y A l i s o n M a l o n e Ea t h o r n e ]

Peas haven’t always enjoyed the best reputation. For many people, the word conjures up painful childhood memories of overcooked, grey-green spheres served with equally-overcooked roast beef and potatoes at Sunday dinner. In this recipe, peas are finally given the starring role that they deserve. Cooked until just tender, they’re combined with mellow leeks and the spring herbs tarragon, thyme and mint. The result? A fresh, sweet, pastel-hued soup that’s quick, easy and effortlessly elegant. While the frozen variety will do the trick in the winter, the inherent sweetness of this dish is best conveyed during spring and summer with the use of fresh peas. The soup may be served warm or chilled. If opting for the latter, pour soup into a bowl nested in an ice bath immediately after cooking and stir until cool. This process helps to preserve the soup’s vibrant green color. A preview of the gazpachos of summer, this dish is decadent topped with crème fraiche and chives or fresh crab and avocado.

Pea Soup with Spring Herbs • Ingredients: 1 tbsp butter 2 cups leeks, chopped finely (white and pale green parts only) 2 cups Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced 8 cups vegetable broth 2 tsp vermouth 3 cups green peas, fresh or frozen 2 sprigs each of fresh tarragon, thyme and mint Salt and pepper to taste Crème fraiche and finely chopped chives to garnish


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Serves 8

Preparation: In a large pot, heat butter over medium heat. Add leeks and sweat until tender, about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the potato, stock and vermouth. Bring to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Tie herbs together using string. Add peas and herb bouquet to the pot and bring to a simmer, cooking until peas are tender, about 4 minutes. Remove herbs and purée the soup until smooth. Strain soup

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 through a sieve, discarding solids. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with crème fraiche and chives and serve immediately.

Casey Moore’s Oyster House Old Town Tempe 850 S. Ash Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 968-9935 At Casey’s, you’ll get a little history with your meal. This historical home that many claim is haunted serves up high-class appetizers like Oysters Rockefeller and escargot. In addition to plates like salmon Oscar and cioppino of seafood, Casey’s also has sandwiches, burgers, and steaks. The building itself is worth the visit, from the beautiful outdoor seating areas with ponds to the unique and antique décor inside. Be sure to check out the draught beers and spirits! Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Old Town Scottsdale 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 994-1100 You may have visited the Grimaldi’s in DC Ranch, but a visit to this flagship location is a must! Coal-fired brick oven pizza is Grimaldi’s claim to fame. Known nationally for their unique flavors and exceptional service, Grimaldi’s has naturally attracted customers like Frank Sinatra. They have calzones, salads and, of course pizza, with all the toppings you love on your pie and then some. Love Grimaldi’s so much you want to share? Reserve a banquet room or have your next party catered!

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Keva Juice 20020 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308 / (623) 537-4091 Fresh-squeezed juices. Ripened fruit. Nonfat yogurt and sherbet. Fat-free milk. Essential vitamins and minerals. These quality ingredients comprise each and every tasty smoothie from Keva Juice. Oranges and carrots are squeezed on-site, and nonfat ingredients boost the flavor and texture without boosting the caloric intake as well. Down a shot of fresh-squeezed wheatgrass or pucker up for a Lemonberry Zinger, made with lemonade, lime sherbet, pineapple sherbet, and strawberries. One energizer comes free with every smoothie, so drink in some energy, protein, and vitamins with the frozen goodness. For the perfect start to your day or a satisfying midday treat, stop by any of our Valley locations!

Gavilan Peak Sports Bar & Grill 46639 N. Black Canyon Hwy., (I-17 Exit 232) New River, Arizona 85087 (623) 465-1020 We proudly serve 19 beers on tap, and delicous food! Try our chicken tortilla salad, or the best half lb burger around. Come visit us for Happy Hour M-F from 2-6 pm for half price wings and potato skins, along with boneless wings. We have several specials and events throughout the week; Monday is buy-one-burger-get-one free night, Tuesday is buy-a-dozen-wings-get-a-dozen free night, Friday is all-you-caneat-fish-fry night and Saturday night is ladies night with $3 martinis and margaritas. Also note our Reverse Happy Hour is from 10 pm-close Sun-Thur, Sunday NFL Ticket, Thursday karaoke night, and live music on Wed, Fri and Sat evenings!

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2815 W Carefree Hwy, Suite 101 • Phoenix, AZ 85085 20910 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste 150 Phoenix, AZ 85050 / 480-585-6100 (623) 879-1175 • Inspired by the traditions and great flavors of northern Mexico, Ketzal Mexican Grill is home to innovative, fresh, and delectable fare. In Ketzal Mexican Grill’s authentic menu, you will find mouthwatering carne asada, chicken, fish, and shrimp dishes. Our authentic tortillas are handcrafted using traditional flour imported from northern Mexico. We offer an extensive bar menu, including many imported and domestic beers, wines, tequilas, and amazing margaritas! APRIL | MAY 2010 North Valley


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• entertainment •

by cassaundra brooks

+ Movies

A selected April/May schedule for theatrical releases: April

[2] Repo Men Liev Schreiber, Jude Law, Forest Whitaker [9] Date Night Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg [16] The Joneses David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard [22] Oceans Directed by Jacques Perrin [23] Boogie Woogie Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, Amanda Seyfried [30] Furry Vengeance Brendan Fraser, Skyler Samuels, Brooke Shields


[7] Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle [14] Letters to Juliet Vanessa Redgrave, Amanda Seyfried, Gael

García Bernal Robin Hood Russell Crow, Cate Blanchett, Vanessa Redgrave [21] Shrek Forever After Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas [28] Sex and the City 2 Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, Chris Noth

+ Local Performing Arts Companies: Several Arizona-based performing arts companies supply Valley residents with a steady stream of breathtaking entertainment from experienced performers and rising stars. They are also responsible for the education of generations of performers who have gone on and continue to go on to dazzle the world with four centuries-old art forms. Our performing arts scene may not garner the wider acclaim of New York and LA—it’s younger, after all—but it is well established and attracting better talent and better praise with each passing year.

Ballet Arizona This classic style of dance extends from traditional to modern and demands flexibility, athleticism, elegance, poise, and discipline the majority of us could never dream of



possessing. Whether this particular art form has you mesmerized or has your wife dragging you to an annual performance of The Nutcracker, the talent and training that produces Ballet Arizona dancers, directors, and choreographers is there to be appreciated. Artistic director Ib Anderson has created two full-length ballets in addition to choreographing other performances and reinterpreting some of the classic works; under his talent and experience, Ballet Arizona offers Arizonans an exquisite example of one of history’s most beloved and esteemed performance-art forms. For more information and a schedule of performances, visit

Arizona Opera If the first film you ever watched was awful, you wouldn’t give up on the entire medium, would you? But for some, the word opera induces an involuntary shudder—and they’ve not even attended an opera or heard a song by one of the greats. The Arizona Opera Company introduces first-time attendees, opera lovers, and patrons to a lineup of enchanting tales, both tragedies and comedies—classics that have stood the test of time and contemporary favorites that will live on as long

as there are powerful voices to tell them. The company, which divides its time between Phoenix and Tucson (where it was founded), is under the artistic direction of impressive maestro Joel Revzen. Since its inaugural year in 1971, Arizona Opera Company has produced over 170 fully staged operas and concerts. Visit for additional information and to learn about upcoming performances.

Arizona Theater Company This company, too, was founded in Tucson—only a few years prior to Arizona Opera. Since 1983, the company has split its time between the southern city and our fair Valley, developing a national reputation and delighting audiences with over 200 quality productions spanning centuries’ worth of remarkable playwrights’ imagined worlds. A strong contingent of costume and set designers and property shops expertly craft and construct the tangible pieces of these worlds and places into which we gleefully escape, while a talented company of directors and

actors breathe life into plays that take us on a journey and tap into our humor and our hearts along the way. For news and upcoming performances, visit

Phoenix Symphony Since 1947, the Phoenix Symphony has given voice—or rather, sound—to the brilliant compositions of musical geniuses long-gone yet still revered and currently making their musical mark on the world. The Symphony is Arizona’s sole full-time, professional orchestra, and it channels the talents of some of our state’s and the country’s most accomplished instrumentalists. Music is a universal language, and orchestra members each translate and interpret the world’s most common and cherished language in their own unique but deferential ways. Considering the assortment of compositions the symphony selects, there is something to please everyone and always something to be admired and to be learned. Visit for information on the current season and upcoming performances.

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