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A Tour of Belize Through the Eyes of a Photographer Day Trippers

& Weekenders: Visit Arizona’s Puebloan Ancestry

D-Backs’ Blitz: Dan Haren’s Unrelenting Style is the Key to His Success

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health & fitness


Learn about ten local medical clinics, hospitals, and professionals whose collective technologies, procedures, advancements, and other medical goodies and tidbits you’ll want to check out.

Cover Feature

An up-close look at Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher extraordinaire, Dan Haren. Let’s talk impressive stats. BY GREG SALVATORE



See the beautiful country of Belize through the eyes of photographer Eric Fairchild—then book a trip to the island paradise as soon as humanly possible and experience its beauty firsthand.


Couture Construction

We shine the light on a local couture designer whose latest looks you’ll not want to miss. Flip to page 24 for a spotlight on Danell Lynn and a peek at six of her custom-made designs.


FATHER'S Day Gift Guide

Check out our guide for some Father’s Day gift-giving ideas.


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 30 LOCAL PROFILE: Suzanne Johnson: Film Festival’s Flower Child  31 GIVING BACK: Friends Unite Across the Invisible Line  32 MUSIC: Prelude to a Brilliant Performance: Custom-made Pianos  34 ART & CULTURE: Pop! Exhibit  35 AZ FUN FACTS: Frank Luke—Arizona’s “Balloon Buster”  36 DAY TRIPPERS & WEEKENDERS: Visit Arizona’s Puebloan Ancestry

On the cover: Dan Haren Photo by Jon Willey/Arizona Diamondbacks


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“Committed to

Compassionate Care“

As a surgeon, I care that John C. Lincoln Hospitals are known for compassionate, patient-centered care. You see it in the hospitals’ firm commitment to having the resources, technology and advanced clinical protocols necessary to achieve superior patient outcomes. When patients trust us with their lives and health, they deserve no less.

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43 J EWELS: Appraise Your

Appraiser: Valuing Jewelry Needs Expert Skill


39 D  ATING: Don’t Let Your Next Fish Get Away!

70 R  ELATIONSHIP: Ask the


Dating Coach



76 F LAVOR HOTSPOTS: From Sea to Lining Skewers

76 F LAVOR HOTSPOTS: Vegan—and Veggie-Friendly



48 G  OLF: Impact—the Moment of Truth

[ BUZZ ]

38 T ECHNOLOGY: The New Face of


Phone Services


56 K NOW + TELL: North Valley Edition

58 H  IGHLIGHT: Cool Sport Hot on Target: Coyotes Curling Club

58 H  IGHLIGHT: Have a Ball at the Mall!

59 T RAVEL JOURNAL: South Pacific Paradise

60 H  OT LIST: Once Upon a Time, Not So Hot...

66 A UTO TRENDS: 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

68 EVENT CALENDAR 78 E NTERTAINMENT: For Your Summer Entertainment


72 A SK THE VET: My Dog (or Cat) Has Fleas! What Can I Do?

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


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Volume 5 / Issue 4 PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Adam Toren Matthew Toren EDITORIAL Managing Editor Crystal Huckabay Editorial Assistant Cassaundra Brooks Copy Editor Kate Karp Food Editor Samantha Turner Editorial Interns Alana Stroud, Bill Raznik, Rachael Blume CONTRIBUTORS


LeAnne Bagnall, Scott Bohall, Diana Bocco, Gerald Calamia, Kevin Downey, Alison Malone Eathorne, Louie Felix, Lea Friese-Haben, Laura Henry, Jon Kenton, Carol La Valley, Kevin Madness, Ben Miles, TYSON QUALLS, Greg Rubenstein, Scott Sackett, Marshall Trimble, Michael van den Bos PHOTOGRAPHERS Director of Photography Eric Fairchild Photographers Michelle Brodsky, Mark Susan, Caroline GODDARD ADVERTISING 602.828.0313 marketing director Eric Twohey Art Director/PRODUCTION vanessa malchuk CIRCULATION Distribution Manager Mark Lokeli

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Presenting a Summer Festival!

Adam Toren Publisher

We’ve got an issue full of summer escapes,

from foreign paradises to northern Arizona ruins, movie theaters to golf courses. Flip to our Travel Feature to see Belize through the eyes of our photographer and discover how you can have an island experience yourself. Then check out Day Trippers & Weekenders for some ancient Puebloan monuments worth visiting here in our own great state. It’s Father’s Day in June, and we have

some affordable gifts that Dad will love. Improve your golf game by perfecting your technique at impact, described in Golf, and learn the difference between certificates and appraisals in Jewels. Consider the benefits of a custom-made, high-quality piano after reading Music and read up on an American hero in AZ Fun Facts. One of our local couturiers customdesigns and hand-stitches garments that grace runways in and beyond Arizona— you can see some of her latest designs in our special Fashion feature. Learn about a wonderful program that connects students with those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Giving Back, and don’t miss reading our highlight on the Coyotes Curling Club—an activity you may want to become involved in yourself. Our cover boy has some pretty impressive baseball stats. Flip to our Cover Feature for an in-depth look at the professional side of Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren. Next, turn to our Health & Fitness Feature—there, you’ll read up on ten Valley medical facilities, including the renowned Mayo Clinic and John C. Lincoln Hospital, that are making a positive difference in the

health and wellness of our fellow residents. With an eclectic collection of stories, tips, and post-event coverage as well as an exclusive peek at the North Valley staff and statistics in Know + Tell, we should have enough to keep you busy through the hot summer months. We’ll see you again in August! Cheers!

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Arizona Fun facts

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 GIVING BACK

Kevin Madness began his writing career by forging excused absence forms in elementary school and later honed his skills as a journalist at Michigan State University. He then moved into a motor home and now travels far and wide writing and performing music. kevin@


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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.


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. Photography

Mark Susan is a fashion and editorial freelance photographer based out of Scottsdale. He grew up in Seoul, Korea before moving to Wisconsin, and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics. Mark enjoys traveling, experiencing new restaurants, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

Giving Back

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. HEALTH & FITNESS

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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D-backs’ Blitz:

Dan Haren’s Unrelenting Style is the Key to His Success

By Greg Salvatore Photography by Jon Willey/Arizona Diamondbacks

A.J. Hinch uses a good word to describe Dan Haren—relentless. The D-backs manager has seen his share of great Haren games firsthand, and relentless is an apt description. As Haren has progressed to stardom in the major leagues, his ability to hammer at hitters has been the biggest key to his success. Haren throws a first-pitch strike and never looks back. When Haren took the mound on Opening Day this year, he faced 24 batters and started with a strike to 20 of them. “I felt good coming out, I felt good in

the warm-ups,” Haren says. “We scored six runs in the first couple innings, and I was able to just attack the zone and throw first-pitch strikes. I just was aggressive in the strike zone, and the defense made some nice plays.” At one point in the game, Haren retired 15 consecutive batters. Getting ahead of hitters is standard for the D-backs ace. He was one of only 10 starters in baseball last season to throw a strike on more than 65 percent of their pitches. “He does such a good job of pounding

the zone,” Hinch says. “Guys go up there ready to swing. He still has a way to just get them to mis-hit it, to miss bats and get into counts that are favorable to him. He’s lethal when that happens.” Haren’s growth is clear when you look at the numbers. His adjusted Earned Run Average (ERA) has improved each year over the last four years. He has increased his annual strikeout total every year among his five full seasons in the Major Leagues. His walk rate has gone down three years in a row, and he has never walked more than JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


I do my best to be consistent. All the accolades—the All-Star games and stuff—those just come along with the territory. If I’m just healthy and I make 34 starts a year, I know the numbers will be there. I just try to be a leader for the staff, lead by example, and try to be a guy other pitchers can turn to. 20

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55 batters in a season. Because of those numbers, and because of the direction they’re heading, Haren’s name is routinely dropped among the best in baseball—CC Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Zack Grienke, Tim Lincecum, Josh Beckett, Felix Hernandez, Brandon Webb. His manager ranks Haren up there with the big names after his opening-day start, and

the rest of the league’s players and managers have picked him for the All-Star Game three years in a row. Haren says he doesn’t necessarily think of himself in that way. “Ever yone is a different k ind of pitcher,” he says. “My game is hitting the strike zone, pounding the strike zone. I don’t need to be mentioned with those guys. I know this team needs me to be

good, and if I go out and do what I did (on Opening Day) 33 or 34 times, we’ll be all right. I do my best to be consistent. All the accolades—the All-Star games and stuff— those just come along with the territory. If I’m just healthy and I make 34 starts a year, I know the numbers will be there. I just try to be a leader for the staff, lead by example, and try to be a guy other pitchers can turn to.”

Webb has had a great look at Haren for three years now, and he noticed that the way Haren pitches inside the strike zone is the biggest key to his success. It was the same tactic Greg Maddux took when he dominated for so long, throwing strikes so aggressively that batters were forced to swing at the pitches he wanted them to swing at early or risk being down 0–1 or 0–2 in every count. “(Haren) throws strikes, and he doesn’t walk anybody,” Webb says. “Look at his strikeout-to-walk ratio. He throws a lot of strikes, but they’re quality strikes. So even if (the hitters) are swinging at them early, they’re not doing a whole lot with them.” Haren’s strikeout-to-walk ratios are incredible. Among pitchers who have thrown at least 350 innings over the 2008–09 seasons, Haren is second only to Roy Halladay, who struck out 5.59 batters for every one he walked. Haren’s ratio was at 5.50, and no other pitcher even had 5.00 (Cliff Lee is a distant third at 4.56). “I think just being consistently in the strike zone—if you do that, you can do almost anything," Webb says. "But his stuff has, I think, gotten better. His cutter has been a huge pitch for him for the last two years. He dominates hitters with that, and his split-finger is his strikeout pitch. He gets a lot of outs with that.” Last season was the first year Haren used the cutter as a big part of his arsenal, as he went from throwing them about

6 percent of the time in 2008 to about a quarter of his pitches last year, according to He still predominantly throws fastballs, but the combination of movement and velocity difference—there is about a four MPH difference between his cutter and his fastball—keeps hitters off balance. What Haren does that is very similar to Webb’s approach is run pitches in on the hands of hitters or keep a fastball low and away. You will rarely see Haren throw a belt-high fastball over the plate. “A strike down the middle is not going to get many outs,” Webb says. “Throwing quality strikes consistently is huge, and it’s a key for both of us. You might be able to get away with one trying to get ahead of a hitter early in the count, but after that, you’re working the corners down and being able to throw your pitches in any counts. He does that. He throws curveballs in any count and he keeps hitters off balance a lot. And he throws that cutter a lot. The hitters can’t really look for a fastball or a cutter because he mixes his pitches really well.” When Haren throws bullpen sessions, you can see the control. The catcher can hold a glove to a spot, and Haren can hit it. And he’ll just keep hitting the glove over and over again. Miguel Montero said on Opening Day, when Haren was throwing a first-pitch strike to nearly every hitter he faced, he was hitting the glove. “Yeah, [Opening Day] was one of those JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


Guys go up there ready to swing. He still has a way to just get them to mis-hit it, to miss bats and get into counts that are favorable to him. He’s lethal when that happens. days,” Montero says. “It’s an easy day for me, I don’t have to move that much. It’s just right there where I want it.” At the end of the day, the outcome of that control is more often than not a win. The D-backs won on Opening Day and, luckily for Haren, he was awarded the decision. In 2009, Haren posted a 1.89 ERA through his first three starts and took a loss in every one of them. It wasn’t the first time, either. In 2007 the same thing happened to him in Oakland, where he took a 0–2 record in his first two starts despite a 0.69 ERA. “I’ve had some funky starts to years, and last year was one,” he said.


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“I believe last time I had an Opening Day start, I started like 0–2, but with a really good ERA. So it was nice to get the first win out of the way and just go on from there.” The D-backs took two out of three in the first series of the year, which is right in line with the team’s plan. Take one day at a time and just focus on a win every time out. “I think small-term goals are probably better and smarter for us,” Haren said. “Win the game, win the series, and take care of business at home.” That sounds like a relentless approach for the D-backs, and there might not be anybody better than Haren to lead them.

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outure Construction

Photography: Mark Susan ( DESIGNER: Danell Lynn ( Stylist Assistant: Deanna Palkowski Jewelry Stylist: Kelly E. Hassen HAIR & Makeup Artist: Ashlyn Melancon ( and Michelle Lindsay ( Models: Morgana – dl-couture house model Gwen, Laura, Leihala, and Tori – S.I.M. Agency (

Special thanks to the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale and the Clarendon Hotel in downtown Phoenix for locations.

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Danell Lynn may be based in Arizona, but her name and her couture creations are nationally—even internationally—known. Having taken an interest in art and fashion at an early age, Lynn grew to become an expert in couture construction. Her designs have graced the figures of Mrs. World and Miss America winners and models walking glamorous runways across the globe (including an annual show in our very own Flagstaff). She was commissioned to design the official Arizona Cardinals gown for charity and was IFAC’s Avant-Garde Fashion Designer of the Year in 2002. Fancy one of her designs? Let’s hope you aren’t superstitious! Lynn creates only thirteen custom-made and custom-fit gowns each year. She drapes ideas into being and designs her own original patterns. Before hand-sewing her garments, she handpicks the fabrics, many of which come from other countries she visits during her travels and all of which are chosen with an eye for quality. Her painting combines with her humanitarian interests to inspire her art form, and you can expect that when you purchase a piece from Lynn, you will be helping out nonprofits she has researched and worked with over the years. Her Threading Hope project helps bring quilts to villages, orphanages, and children throughout the world (most recently, to Haiti) and takes Lynn on three to five missions every year—to refugee camps, children’s schools, orphanages, and poverty-stricken villages. Lynn was educated in fashion design through specialized schooling and working under and alongside big names in the fashion world. With a wealth of experience in designing, constructing, and sewing as well as traveling and investing in other artistic endeavors, Danell Lynn offers beautiful high-fashion collections that are the perfect fit both literally and figuratively—and while her fashions are quite eye-catching, they accentuate the entire person rather than claim the spotlight for themselves. For more information on Danell Lynn and her designs, visit To view her other artistic ventures, check out To learn more about Threading Hope, visit JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


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Suzanne Johnson: Film Festival’s Flower Child B y K evin D owney • P hoto by C hris B urawa

to figure out Suzanne Johnson, a Cave Creek resident since the early 1980s. About a second after she blows into a room, her unruly gray curls bucking like untamed broncos, she announces to whoever’s around, “I’m a hippie.” Ever yone k nows her, it seems, and she knows them. And it’s not the type of knowing where you merely say “hello” or nod your head. Johnson is a whirlwind of hugs, kisses, and big gestures. “I have my father’s love for people,” she says. Johnson is a documentary filmmaker and film chair of the Fifth Annual Cave Creek Film & Arts Festival this July. Her ancestry is Greek, and her background is city girl. She grew up in Chicago with her father, her mother, and two younger brothers. Her father was a huge influence on her. He’d stretch out his arms as far as he could, which was a gesture to his daughter that she should welcome as many friends into her life as possible. Johnson is what people might call an independent spirit. It’s fitting. In the mid-1970s, she attended überliberal Sarah Lawrence College, just outside New York City. She was among the f irst It doesn’t take long


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students to attend that school after it went coed. She earned a degree in liberal arts, then bounced around for about a year. She launched her career as a producer and director in Manhattan. Most of her gigs were for television commercials at a time when the ad industry was as exciting as people think it was. Around that time, her parents moved from Chicago to Cave Creek, and Johnson eventually bought a home here. For years, she split her time between New York and Arizona. “I loved the desert,” she says. “I wanted to make a mark here,

and I thought I could live between two locations.” Gradually, she began picking up work in Arizona, mostly with ad agencies. For most of the 1990s, she had her own production company, AZanne. She settled in Cave Creek. In 1988, she began dating a longtime friend, the worldrenowned modernist architect Michael P. Johnson. A year later, when she was 36, she became his fourth wife. The couple lives in a Johnsondesigned masterpiece. It’s a stunning wood-and-glass box that Michael Johnson designed for his spouse.

She wanted to live in a Manhattan-type loft, but one that just happens to be surrounded by the desert, stunning mountains, and towering saguaros. These days, Johnson spends her time on a number of projects. She’s executive director of Gnosis, a nonprofit she founded 11 years ago. Gnosis sets out to preserve significant artistic and humanitarian projects. Since the late 1990s, she has been producing documentaries, including one about the late Arizona architect Al Beadle (a friend of the Johnsons) and another on photographer Pedro Guerrero. She’s currently working on a documentary about Arizona artist Mayme Kratz. Johnson continues to work as a freelance producer, including taking on an occasional project for cable network HGTV. She has organized tours of homes that architects have designed for themselves. Another tour is likely in the next few years. And, for the fifth time this July, she’s the film chair at the Cave Creek Film & Arts Festival, a judged competition for short movies, music, dance, art, and literature. She also produces that event’s opening gala. “Every year, it gets better and better, which is really exciting,” Johnson says.

Giving Back

Friends Unite Across the Invisible Line A rticle and photos by C arol L a V alley

Every person is born with dreams and tal-

ents and the hunger for friendship. Friends come equipped with ears to listen, hearts to share joys, shoulders to lean on, and the will to make a difference in the life of another human being. In fifty countries across the globe, Best Buddies (BB) volunteers empower their friends with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with the social skills to be more independent and active in their communities. “As friendships progress, Buddies gain independence from knowing someone cares, someone who can help them when they stumble as they are becoming more confident,” says Maggie Speer, program supervisor for Best Buddies Arizona. BB is a nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver at Georgetown University. The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The opportunities and rewards are many. E-Buddies is an e-mail program for individuals 10 years old and up who want a safe way to make a new friend. Honing computer and literacy skills is a bonus to social interaction. The BB College program matches people with IDD and college volunteers to create one-to-one friendships that allow intellectually disabled individuals to have a relationship outside their usual environment. The BB high school and middle school programs give participants the opportunity to not feel different and to spread the smiles

that can wither ignorance and stamp out the “R-word.” As BB students and their Buddies from Durango, Colorado stated in their video, “I see you as a…nice person, an equal, a friend, happy, compassionate.” “I see you” is a customary greeting in Central Africa and is also a BB-trademarked phrase. It is a brilliant recognition of the individual. “At Best Buddies, we see people with IDD as equals, as coworkers and as friends,” founder Anthony Shriver says. “I’m on my way to dinner with my Buddy!” During an April weekend, BB Facebook post buzzed with wishes for no rain for a 5K Friendship Walk in Indianapolis, dinner plans, movie plans, a game of bowling, and Buddies from high school reconnecting after a five-year hiatus. A normal weekend of friends enjoying one another’s

company—it’s friendship, one-to-one. “It is not just the person with the disability whose life gets changed,” Speer says. There are 2,500 participants in Arizona at Arizona State University and University of Arizona as well as high school and middle school chapters. Cactus Shadows (Cave Creek) and Pinnacle (Scottsdale) chapters comprise the local chapters. The Buddy pair makes the commitment to meet once a month for the duration of the school year, and the club on campus has group activities each semester. All Best Buddies participants are encouraged to stay in contact during the summer, and most of them do. “The Arizona Best Buddies office spends the summer months on training to ensure success in the next school year,” Speer says. Upcoming Arizona events include the tenth annual Leadership Training Day on September 26 for 350 high school and college students and their teachers/advisors. The seventh annual Spirit of Friendship fund-raiser will take place October 29. Brazilian Carnival is the 2010 theme of the event held at a private Scottsdale residence. The Carnival is expected to raise more than $300,000 from the celebrities, government officials, famous artists, major philanthropists, and power brokers in attendance. Log on to to learn more. JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley



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an extra quarter-million dollars lying around. You may want to head out to buy a piano. Yes, a piano. For just under $300,000, one of the most lush-sounding, luxurious pianos in the world can be yours. Custom-made pianos are exceedingly hard to come by. But playing one—and making that kind of investment—is worth the price, say pianists who’ve tinkled the keys on custom-mades. “As a pianist, I get sucked in,� says Robert Springer, a piano technician and composer whose commissioned work “Balloons� was performed by the Mesquite Junior High School band in Gilbert in May. “I’ll sit down and play, and two hours will just flash by. The experience is just so different.� As it turns out, the North Valley boasts one of only four custom-made piano makers in the world. That’s Michael Spreeman, who’s been a piano technician for 36 years and whom Springer happens to work for. Two of Spreeman’s custom-made Ravenscroft Pianos will be on display at Bally’s Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

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in late June, and one was in a performance at the 33rd Annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party in May. Piano technicians tune pianos and also repair and sometimes rebuild and restore them. Technicians who excel at their craft are highly sought after. It’s a complicated process and takes years to learn. For example, Spreeman says that there are “about thirty different adjustments you can make to each individual key that affects the performance of the piano.” Even rarer than finding a good technician, though, is finding someone who builds custom-made pianos. Spreeman learned how to build these pianos from the ground up. He worked for a few years as a concert technician. Concert technicians have to fix pianos fast for demanding performers. “It’s like being an Indy 500 mechanic,” says Spreeman. “You have to be twice as fast and twice as good as the average technician.” After many years working as a technician, Spreeman began contemplating starting up a piano-rebuilding shop. He did just that. And six years ago, he began building custom-made pianos, averaging about one a year. “My entire focus right now is building the Ravenscroft Pianos, which requires all the skills I’ve learned over the years,” Spreeman says. “One of the things I love about this business is that it’s like being an artist. If it was possible to learn everything that everyone has ever learned about it, there’s still more to learn.” For more information about Ravenscroft Pianos, call (480) 664-3702 or visit

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POP Exhibit B y K evin C urtin M adness

How could anyone forget Andy Warhol’s can of tomato soup? The print is one of the most memorable art images of the last century—its subject universal, its portrayal perfectly simple. When a young Navajo artist named Ryan Singer was searching for an image to parody, he rapidly flipped through a modern-art book and tried to recall what stood out. The only thing he could remember was the Campbell’s can. Drawing inspiration from his heritage, Singer transformed it into a can of mutton stew, stylized it, added Navajo language, and titled it “Sheep is Good Food.”

by American Indian artists. Pop Art is a movement that originated in the 1950s. It employs images from popular culture and presents them in ironic and interesting ways. Singer grew up admiring traditional Navajo painters but thought the art could be pushed to another level. He wanted to break away and do something different. His escape route: Pop Art. “Pop Art is a reminder of what America started off with: advertising, imagery, symbolism,” Singer says. “People don’t think about the design that goes behind it—they kind of just forget about it, and Pop Art is a way of bringing that back and showing it in different way.”


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Marcus Amerman | Choctaw, b. 1959, Icon, 2005, beaded wallet

Visitors will get a chance to see a classic print by Warhol as well as fashion and music from Pop Art’s heyday, but that is simply for contrast and context. What is of paramount importance to the show’s organizers is displaying the work of a new

Panorama shot of the gallery, with fashion from the era

Ryan Singer | Navajo b. 1973, Sheep is Good Food, 2005., acrylic on canvas

“Mutton stew is universal for Navajos,” Singer says. “I guess it’s a proud cultural food. Everyone who grew up on the ‘res’ has had it, so I thought it would be perfect.” The can of sheep stew describes the Heard Museums Pop! exhibit as well as any image could. The show, which runs into next year, explores Pop Art as expressed

culture of the American Indian and that of Madison Avenue and challenge the way we look at everyday items and symbols.

Stephen Wood | Cherokee, b. 1980, POPcorn #5, 2010, acrylic on canvas

Some of the most famous examples of Pop Art involved appropriating items and images used in advertising and transforming them in some interesting way. There’s good reason to: logos are familiar and attention getting and often allow the artist to make a statement about consumerism. Some of the Pop! exhibit’s most compelling pieces use this technique. There’s Indian jewelry made from canceled Starbucks gift cards and an eye-catching pair of high heels adorned with peppers and Tabasco paraphernalia. These images nod to both the

generation. “We want to draw parallels between the old and new and show Pop Art as a continuum,” says Diana Pardue, curator of the POP! exhibit. “But I think people really like the younger artists’ work. For us to be able to show the artists who are just starting their careers—that’s one of our missions.” In the Pop! exhibit, opposing narratives persist: tradition versus innovation, native culture versus Americana, the elitism of art verses kitschy images. Here they are juxtaposed, and in the spaces between is commonality—ever-present images familiar to us all despite our differences. In that, there is unity.

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Frank Luke—Arizona’s ‘Balloon Buster’ B y M arshall T rimble , O fficial A rizona S tate H istorian

When it comes to war heroes, none surpasses the daring exploits of Arizona’s Frank Luke. Frank Luke was the first American aviator to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. In just seventeen days and less than thirty hours in the air, he officially racked up eighteen confirmed and two probable victories. Unofficially, he probably scored higher. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, America’s top Ace in World War I, called him “the most daring aviator and greatest fighter pilot of the entire war.” Luke was born in Phoenix on May 19, 1897, the fifth of nine children. He attended Phoenix Union High School where he was captain of the football team. There was a rugged toughness about him. During one game, he scored the winning touchdown even knowing that he had a broken collarbone. He graduated in 1915 and went to work in the mines at Ajo. He quickly gained a reputation as a rough and ready fellow after participating in bare-knuckle boxing matches in the mining camp. When war came, he enlisted as a private in the aviation section of the Signal Corps. He completed pilot training and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He shipped out to France on March 4, 1918 but it wasn’t until late July that he was assigned to the First Pursuit Group, 27th Squadron. On his third day in the air, the young flyer engaged in his first combat and bagged his first victory. He quickly became interested in German observation balloons. The balloons were the terror of infantrymen. From their aerial advantage, they could direct artillery fire down on the trenches. Aircraft were too light and radios too heavy for reconnaissance, so both sides used huge sausageshaped gas balloons to communicate. The balloons were protected by flights of fighters and antiaircraft guns on the ground, making them the most dangerous target a fighter pilot could attack. Luke was fiercely independent and was

branded a maverick by some of his superior officers. On September 28, he went on an unauthorized mission, and even though he flamed another “gasbag,” he was grounded and threatened with arrest. The next day, he was in the air again. He dropped a message to some American observers on the ground: “Watch 3 Hun balloons on the Meuse. Luke.” He got the first two, but his plane was hit. He attacked the third and flamed it, too. Then, under heavy fire and almost out of fuel, Luke’s Spad wobbled toward home. On the way, he strafed a column of German infantry. Luke landed his crippled plane, got out, and tried to run for cover in a wooded area but collapsed from his wounds. As the German troops approached, he drew his pistol and, in a brief gunfight, was killed. He was only twenty-one years old. In just seventeen days and only thirty hours of flying time, Luke shot down fourteen balloons and four aircraft. The daring aviator scored eighteen victories flying just

ten sorties in eight days, a feat unequaled by any pilot in the war, including the storied German ace Manfred Von Richthofen, aka Red Baron. Often in war, there’s a thin line between a hero and a court martial for disobeying an order. When a maverick warrior like Luke disobeys orders or goes off on his own and subsequently becomes a hero doing a brave deed, it’s pretty difficult for his commander to demand he be punished for his actions. Luke was the epitome of the tough, reckless, undisciplined loner fighter pilot. Because of his bravery, he was the first American aviator to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Today, his statue stands in front of the state capitol building. Luke Air Force Base, named for the famed aviator, is today one of the nation’s most important fighter-pilot training bases. The main character in the 2006 movie Flyboys, Blaine Rawlings, was inspired by Frank Luke, and the town of Lukeville, Arizona is named in his honor. JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley



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Day Trippers & Weekenders


YOU MAY NOT HAVE studied Native American history since your middle school days, but it isn’t too late for a field trip! Arizona is proud to have a number of sites and monuments dedicated to Puebloan Natives. The following points of interest are not only worth the trip but also just might teach you a thing or two about this glorious state and the people who were here before we were.

Navajo National Monument

Northern Arizona is home to three intact thirteenth-century cliff dwellings built by the ancestral Puebloans (specifically Hopi and Zuni) and now wonderfully preserved for our enjoyment and education. The monument, established by President Taft in 1909, includes a visitor center, museum,

bookstore, two small campgrounds, and a picnic area. The best feature, though, is the tour schedule. Rangers offer free guided tours to the dwellings, and you can also choose from three free self-guided trails on the mesa top. There are three short rim trails open, or you can opt for lengthier and more strenuous hikes up to Betatakin and Keet Seel. For the kids, check out the Junior Ranger Program. The summer season runs through September 11. Advance reservation and a backcountry permit—available at the visitor center—are required for the Keet Seel hike. Note that during the summer months, Mountain Daylight Savings Time is observed. Donations are welcome, as they help to keep these parks open to the public! Visit for more information.

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

What sets this monument apart from others is that it is entirely situated upon Navajo Tribal Trust Land and is home to a community of Navajo people. Also located in the northern half of our state, Canyon de Chelly has been continuously inhabited in one form or another by Puebloans, their descendants, and other Native peoples for centuries. President Herbert Hoover established the monument in 1931. Among his reasons was the preservation of the rich archaeological resources found within the borders of the roughly 84,000 acres of land that is still farmed to this day. While there, take a long scenic drive and stop at three designated overlooks; follow the public trail to hike at the white House Ruin Overlook; try out the ranger-led programs that include hikes and other summer activities; camp at Cottonwood Campground; and tour the backcountry of the canyon on foot, on horseback, or in a vehicle. Tours are provided by private guides and companies. Check out the Junior Ranger program for the little tykes. A backcountry permit is available at the Visitor Center and is required for the tours. Tours are offered through Labor Day. Visit for more information. JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


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The New Face of Phone Services [ B y J on K enton ]

For many years, the networks that were used to transmit our telephone conversations were based on the same basic technology: switched circuits. Although these networks evolved many times, the core concepts remained similar. Fundamentally, every time you called somebody, it was just like the proverbial tin-can-and-string experiment (i.e., a dedicated fixed path was created just for your call and then torn down when you hung up). Just picture the telephone operator from some old movie with her patch panel of cords as she connected callers. In essence, these were the first telephone switches. The last ten years have seen a huge revolution as the old voice circuits gave way to the data network based on packet technologies. This revolution, brought about by the explosive growth of the Internet, made it apparent to the telecommunications giants that there would be a major shift of the infrastructure toward high-speed packet technologies. As well as providing the networks to accommodate our growing data needs, many began adapting voice traffic to the Internet. This new technology of the “packet revolution” has been called many things: Voice over Packet, Voice on the Net, Internet Telephony or Voice over IP (Internet Protocol), or just plain VoIP. Although the telecom


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giants ruled the old circuit-based world, the advent of VoIP spawned numerous new companies that would take advantage of this new technology. One of the first new companies to emerge was Skype ( Back in 2003, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis founded Skype as an online communication tool that anybody could use to talk to anyone anywhere in the world with just one computer and Internet connection. Now, as well as the ability to make calls using a simple headset, there are special “Skype phones” and also the capability to make video calls using webcams. Acquired by eBay in October 2005, Skype is now responsible for 8 percent of global international calling minutes, and its users made over 3 billion minutes of calls in the third quarter of 2009. When it comes to anything Internet related, one can be certain that Google will be there somewhere. So it is with telephone services—and lo, in March of last year, Google launched Google Voice. Although it does employ the Internet to provide telephone services, it is not specifically a VoIP service. Google Voice provides an independent (and free) set of extended features that can be utilized by the user across whichever carriers they choose. Here are few exam-

ples of features provided by Google Voice ( One number: a single phone number that rings all your phones Free SMS: send, receive, and store text messages online Record calls: record phone calls and store them online Conference calls: join several people into a single call Google voice mail: voicemail that works like e-mail Voice mail transcription: read what your voicemail says Custom greetings: vary voicemail greetings by caller Notifications: read voicemail messages via e-mail or SMS

The services provided by Skype and Google are very cool, but if you are a business that relies on phone communications (and which of them doesn’t?), a local company that specializes in business communications is probably more appropriate. Yes, the conventional companies such as Qwest or AT&T do now offer VoIP services; however, there are local specialists who really understand how to get the best from this new technology and have advanced services that can improve your efficiency and save you significant money. One such company—TelEvolve LLC (—is locally owned and operated and specializes in bringing VoIP-based telephone services to small and medium businesses as well as call centers. Owned and staffed by “real people” rather than remote call centers with faceless operators, TelEvolve’s highly experienced network engineers truly enjoy providing advanced phone services at a fraction of the cost of their much larger competitors. Their success is based on direct customer interaction. They offer all-inclusive pricing, and business users won’t get one of those surprise bills every time they make those frequently necessary changes as users are added or moved about the phone system. We all used to be happy with our tin cans and string and would pay big bucks for the privilege. With a VoIP phone service (and the right provider), one can get a plethora of great and highly useful features and improve one’s bottom line. As TelEvolve would say, it’s “Advanced Phones Services Simplified.”

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Don’t Let Your Next Fish Get Away! [ B y L ouie F elix ]

For many people , being single means being

free—free from having someone constantly telling you what you can and or can’t do, free from having to think about anyone but yourself. For many, being single is wonderful because you are finally free to do whatever it is you want to do when you want to do it. But does this mean that you are really free, or have you just convinced yourself that happiness means never having to answer to anyone but yourself? Being single can be fun if you have recently come out of a long-term relationship. The challenge I see is that sometimes, when someone has been single for a longer period of time, the person may convince himself or herself of being content with the idea of possibly never meeting someone to pursue a relationship with. And maybe the single person really is content and that life as a singleton turns out just fine. However, if you take time to be honest with yourself, you may decide that this isn’t your situation. You could be sabotaging your dating success by not taking a risk and opening yourself to the possibility that you may fall in love again with someone with whom you really have a connection. The question is, how can you overcome your fear of relationship failure and the self-denial that you may be ready for a relationship? How can you accept the exciting possibility that you actually may meet someone amazing again? I do believe that being single may be a choice, but I also believe that if you want to be in a healthy, loving, committed relationship, you have that choice as well. Being a relationship and matchmaking expert has allowed me to work with thousands of singles for nearly a decade. This means that I have “insider information” as to why some singles find themselves single without ultimately wanting to be. Most singles I have interviewed or have worked with have told me they really don’t have trouble meeting people—they just have trouble meeting the right type of quality person that meets or exceeds their expectations for the purposes of pursuing a long-term relationship. If you are single and looking to meet the love of your life, then settling for someone who does not meet or exceed all of your expectations is not worth your time. Furthermore, the longer you find yourself without a partner,

the more willing you may be to compromise what it is that you are really looking for in a serious relationship. How many people will you have to date before you start to question whether there really is a perfect match out there for you? I believe that everyone who has been single for a longer period of time has already met his or her “perfect match” multiple times without realizing it. For most singles I have spoken to, this is something they are able to recognize as time goes by, and many may consider this person “the fish that got away.” This happens because most singles will spend a certain amount of time reflecting on whom they have dated in the past, which no doubt leads to the burning question of “Why didn’t that relationship work out? We really did have a strong connection, and we got along great.” Many people will convince themselves that it just wasn’t meant to be, which is what I consider to be a selfconsoling statement. Sometimes it’s easier to believe that if a relationship were meant to be, then it would have worked out, rather than consider the possibility that maybe you actually do have control over the outcome of the relationship. The grass is not greener on the other side. If you meet someone with whom you have a great connection, make sure you think twice about allowing yourself to sabotage a relationship with that person out of fear that you may get hurt if it does not work out. Take control of your personal life and make that relationship happen, instead of sitting at home wondering how that fish got away again. If you focus on the positive when it comes to whom you date, then you may be surprised to find yourself in the relationship of your dreams. And remember this: If you buy a stronger fishing line, your next fish will not get away!

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Muhammad Ali’s annual Celebrity Fight Night headlined Glenn Frey of the Eagles and was hosted by country music star Reba McEntire. The event featured familiar faces like American Idol’s Randy Jackson and performers like Charice, The Canadian Tenors, and comedian Chris Tucker. Producer Jerry Weintraub was presented with the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Humanitarian Award, race car driver Danica Patrick received the Sports Achievement Award, and philanthropist and businessman Walter Scott Jr. received the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Entrepreneur Award. Cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner, and a rousing live auction were all part of the event. The event raised $5 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and several other charities.

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Appraise Your Appraiser Valuing Jewelry Needs Expert Skill [ B y S cott B ohall ]

Looking for a job? No experience needed?

Well, then, become a jewelry appraiser as soon as you buy a microscope and business cards. This, of course, seems silly—and it is—but there is actually nothing to keep anyone from claiming to have the ability to appraise jewelry. Despite many efforts by appraisal organizations, jewelers’ organizations, and insurance companies, 70 percent of appraisals are done by people who do not have a gemology degree and have not taken even one appraisal course. Can you imagine having your home appraised by the receptionist in a real estate office or having your hair cut by someone who never took a class? Both of these fields have laws to ensure that someone has at least passed a minimum state requirement. Some day, jewelry will have the same standards, and appraisals will be more professional, honest, and accurate and will actually be worth the price you pay. Most employees of a jewelry store that sign their names to an appraisal have no idea that they can be held personally responsible for wrong values and sued for the difference. Most insurance companies will accept a bad appraisal and your money to insure the jewelry, but have many loopholes to get out of paying when there is a loss. Most insurance policies are only paying what the item costs the insurance company and not what the item is insured for. Americans somehow get happy when a jeweler appraises something at a much higher price than it sold for. Only 22 percent of appraisals have realistic values on them. Why would you overinsure something when you will not get any more for it when it is lost or stolen? An accurate appraisal should reflect what the item can be replaced with without looking for the best deal in your area. This process is similar to comps on a real estate appraisal. If your insurance agent tells you receipts are all you need, they are wrong. Most receipts do not show enough information for you to be able to replace an item. Appraisals should also include top- and side-view pictures of an item. They should include

whether the item was a one of a kind or mass-produced. There should be an accurate description of whether gems have been treated and are set properly as well as whether inclusions in gems can be identified and if this item would be able to be duplicated in the event of a loss. Appraisals are most accurate when they are done by independent appraisers who do not buy or sell jewelry. Ask possible candidates if they also buy or sell. Ask what appraisal organizations they belong to. Ask what degree they have earned. Ask if they belong to the Arizona Jewelers Association. If a person doing an appraisal cannot answer these questions to your satisfaction, you would be smart to find someone else. Often, a qualified appraiser will charge the same fee as someone with no credentials. Certificates are not the same as appraisals. Lab certificates should not have any value on them and should include only the lab information for size and quality of the gem being examined. Some labs are highly regarded, some are not, and some that are used for traveling auctions and Internet sales are not reliable for information and include phony values that are inflated. Certificates and appraisals serve different purposes. For more information, contact the Arizona Jewelers Association at, and someone will answer your questions or direct you to a jeweler or appraiser. JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


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North Valley’s Best Health Care Resources [ B y L e A nne B agnall ]

With the transition into summer, health usually becomes a top priority for Americans. Now that the kids are out of school, you can finally get their wisdom teeth out without interrupting their education. Maybe the warmer temperatures are bringing you new symptoms you didn’t notice before, like allergies or sudden changes to your skin. aging can seem more prominent—whether it is time to expand your family, cope with your child’s pains of teenage years, or approach your senior years with security and well-being. Luckily, Phoenix is home to some of the best health and fitness service providers in Arizona. Here are some local leaders in the health community who can help make the passage into summer a positive change in your life.

Positive Physique, Positive Attitude EduFit Personal Training Studio

What makes EduFit stand apart from other personal-training services is its costeffective programming that offers a variety of personalized leveled training choices to each individual client. Unlike other oneon-one training services, clients receive their individualized training simultaneously for time efficiency and cost reduction. This price‑point formula makes EduFit’s stellar services much more affordable than other health clinic alternatives and allows clients to remain committed to fitness

training over time. During this economic downturn, health and fitness still can be priorities for EduFit’s patrons. A series of training regimens combined with individual attention motivates clients toward self-reliance and accountability for overall fitness. EduFit provides all the right fitness tools and techniques to offer a rewarding workout that keeps you dedicated. Thanks to the unique program and state-of-the-art training, clients come back and also refer EduFit to others. The success of the distinctive training model over the last twelve years has led to a nationwide franchise. You can receive a free consultation at any of the three Arizona locations by calling (602) 770‑7050 or visiting for more information. Southwest Weight Loss



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Arizona’s foremost LAP-BAND surgeon, Dr. Terry Simpson, has been performing weight-loss and laparoscopic surgeries for 19 years and laparoscopic bariatric surgery for 16 years. His company, Southwest Weight Loss, is Arizona’s premier LAP‑BAND surgical provider, with emphasis on comfort, quality-care management, and communication between patients and their doctors. Its qualified team performs surgeries at the physician-owned Surgical Specialty Hospital in Phoenix, which is credited with more LAP‑BAND surgeries than any other hospital in Arizona, California, New Mexico, or Nevada, as well as at the expert-led outpatient center Tempe New Day Surgery Center. South-

west Weight Loss comprises a handpicked staff of physicians, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, psychologists, nutritionists, and support personnel who oversee the patients’ process from initial consultation through aftercare. Using the most modern weight-loss technologies and laparoscopic equipment available in the Valley coupled with seminars, personal reviews, pre- and postsurgical training, and psychological evaluations for all its patients makes for a successful procedure and lasting results. Visit or call (602) 476‑2334 to learn more.

Caring Clinics Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

The famed Mayo Clinic, the world’s largest nonprofit medical group and esteemed international medical authority, has its home in Phoenix. The clinic serves thousands of patients with attentive, comprehensive care and sponsors numerous community organizations that share its values. Mayo Clinic collaborates with multiple institutions within Arizona to advance biomedical research and better existing cancer-treatment and transplant programs. Its facilities provide the most advanced forms of organ and heart transplants, bone marrow transplants, radiology services, cardio research, and genetic research. Hundreds of physicians, students, fellows, and residents receive training there each year. Services include surgery in over 65 specialties, uncompromising research, emergency care, and support services for local, national, and international patients. Numerous highly respected ongoing education programs train undergraduate and post-graduate medical students, using the best research available. With a multicampus network that includes the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix and outpatient care and research facilities in both Phoenix and Scottsdale, Mayo Clinic creates an impressive economic impact on the Arizona community. Its high employeeretention rate is evidence of its well-known reputation for being one of America’s best

places to work; an expansion in progress is expected to increase employee numbers to 13,000. Visit to learn more about what Mayo Clinic can do for you and your family. Valley Clinical Services

To meet the growing need for substanceabuse treatment and mental health services for adolescents, Valley Clinical Services

(VCS) has designed a solid support system of strength-based counseling composed of family, therapy, education, and community. VCS offers therapeutic services that promote awareness, self-reliance, and confidence for individuals seeking to overcome certain disorders. Guided by a team of board-certified counselors experienced in troubled youth and families, VCS provides family-centered counseling that includes individual, intensive group, and family therapies; psychiatric services; parent and family training; and substance abuse counseling and intervention. VCS’s 12-week intensive outpatient substance abuse program is structured upon the SAMHSA evidencedbased program, The Seven Challenges®, and is harnessed by aftercare support. This program and VCS’s similarly structured eating disorder program have produced positive outcomes for VCS patients and their families. VCS’s autism spectrum services are community based and involve inhome family training to coordinate efforts between the family and school. Services are available through insurance providers, outof-network service providers, and private pay. A sliding-scale payment system makes VCS’s services available to families struggling with the economy as well as with the challenges of adolescence. VCS has offices in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Visit or call (480) 661‑1075 for more information. JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


appointment with Dr. D’Souza or for more information on Cardiovascular Consultants’ practice, call (602) 867‑8644 or visit

John C Lincoln Hospital:

Anthem Acupuncture

Specialty Services John C Lincoln Hospital


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The answer for treating severe varicose veins used to be a gruesome and painful procedure, called vein stripping, that left the patient scarred, with weeks of recovery. Medical technology has since revolutionized varicose vein treatment through minimally invasive catheters that close the diseased vein from the inside, thus allowing the body to automatically repair itself and circulation to become healthy. Cardiovascular Consultant’s vascular surgeon, Dr. Sean B. D’Souza MD, M.P.H., has provided this revitalizing procedure reported to be 97 percent effective to many patients, who gain restored control and function in their legs and comfort with their physical appearance. Cardiovascular Consultants offers professional medical consultations and advanced testing for electrophysiology, nuclear cardiology, sleep studies, surgical diagnostics, and vascular and cardiac ultrasound through top-of-the-line cardiovascular technology and medicine. Since the new vascular procedure is considered a medical necessity rather than a cosmetic procedure, it is eligible for Medicare and private health-insurance coverage. To ma ke a n

John C Lincoln Hospital:

Thanks to a partnership between the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center and The Wellness Community, support services for women with breast cancer and their families have expanded throughout the North Valley. Free support groups and classes are given every week at the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center so that women will not have to travel to The Wellness Community’s location in downtown Phoenix. “This makes a much more comprehensive range of services available to patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and can benefit from information and psychosocial support from others who are on the same journey to recovery,” said Sherry Gage, director of the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center. Group meetings are held on Thursdays from 6–8 p.m., alternating among exercise classes led by certified instructors, support groups with trained facilitators, music/relaxation, and nutrition/cooking. Other support groups that meet at the center include the first Young Survivors Coalition support group in Arizona (6–8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month) and the Circle of Help for patients with advanced, metastatic, or recurrent breast cancer (6–8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month). For more information or directions, call the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center at (623) 434‑HOPE (4673) or go to

Cardiovascular Consultants

Eastern medicine‘s goal is a successful pregnancy regardless of whether the patient is undergoing in vitro fertilization or wishes to conceive naturally. Along with other issues, Anthem Acupuncture of Phoenix specializes in treating infertility and women’s menstrual cycle conditions. Founder Andrew C. Wen L.Ac., FABORM, CHT, a board-certified, state and nationally licensed acupuncturist/herbalist, emphasizes individual, holistic treatment. This, he says, unifies mind, body, and spirit and enables health and ability. Under western medicine practice, infertility is attributed to a number of physical, hormonal, and genetic causes. At Anthem, treatment relies on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which claims to increase the chance of successful pregnancy by helping to regulate and balance the woman’s menstrual cycle. TCM divides the menstrual cycle into four distinct stages. A healthy menstrual cycle is created when these stages are synchronized, improving the possibility of a successful implantation of the embryo and the ability to carry the pregnancy to term. TCM can be utilized before and after an embryo transfer to further enhance the chance of implantation and can also increase the quality of sperm for a natural conception if infertility stems from low sperm count, motility, and/ or morphology. For treatment of infertility or other medical conditions, please visit or call (623) 680-8780 for more information.

Cardiovascular Consultants

help diagnose underlying conditions and locate unerupted teeth and their movement. By staying abreast of the newest developments in pediatric dentistry and communicating this information to parents, a solid client-doctor relationship for the sake of the child’s overall health is formed, reaffirming West Valley Pediatric Dentistry’s mission to make the well-being of the community its top priority. Beside the West Valley office, locations include Surprise and Litchfield Park. For more information, visit or call (623) 551-2992. Deer Valley Family Dentistry

Shaped-Up Smiles Wood Orthodontics

Wood Orthodontics believes in affordable, dependable family dental care. Orthodontic treatment is one of the best preventive health care services that parents can provide their children. Early detection of malocclusions occurring in a developing smile can prevent such common problems as enamel wear, overbite growth, crossbite growth, teeth protrusion, crowding, and spacing. These problems can develop into a number of conditions that can lead to tooth decay or trauma. Wood Orthodontists recommends giving the initial orthodontic examination at around age 7 when incisors and adult molars begin to erupt and cause new movement of the teeth. Early evaluation is the most cost-effective and time-efficient method of treating orthodontic problems and preventing more serious problems and emergencies down the road. Managing family care and monitoring progress can ensure proper growth, development, and sufficient room for new teeth. Minimal time will be required for braces and symmetrical facial

structure, and there will be a reduced risk of decay, trauma, or tooth removal. Wood Orthodontics uses the most modern orthodontic technology available to ensure optimal treatment and successful progress. Call Wood Orthodontics’ Anthem office at (623) 792‑7323 or visit for more information. West Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Certainly the most unique children’s dentistry in the greater Phoenix area, West Valley Pediatric Dentistry makes professional dental care fun, educational, and a positive experience for young patients—an optimistic mentality about dental care at an early age influences children to take better care of their teeth over time! West Valley Pediatric Dentistry’s specialized expert staff supports teaching children and parents about mutual communication between patients and their health care providers to avoid such problems as dental decay or disease. Its Anthem office uses advanced research and state-of-the-art dental technology to guarantee the highest quality of service for the most vulnerable of patients. Safe radiograph processes

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Steven Y. Kim at Deer Valley Family Dentistry has been pleasing the Phoenix community with bright and beautiful smiles. Dr. Kim has specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, orthodontics, and Invisalign treatment. Deer Valley’s goal is to enhance natural beauty of teeth and ensure patients’ health and confidence by using reliable, modern dental procedures. Patients will select the best enamel shade complementary to the rest of their teeth and receive aftercare treatment and guidance. Custom porcelain veneers are fitted to chipped, worn, misshapen, discolored, and uneven teeth, and an average of only two visits completes the procedure: buffing, a custom mold of the teeth, cleaning, cement bonding, and laser setting. Deer Valley also fits dental implants to replace missing teeth, support facial tissue and muscle structure, and allow chewing and speech function. Implants, bridges, crowns, dentures, and partial dentures restore a great smile and self-confidence. Deer Valley keeps patients and their families smiling with natural-looking cosmetic dentistry and trusted service. Visit or call (623) 587‑8700 to learn more. JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


Golf Improve Your Game

Impact—The Moment of Truth [ B y S cott S ackett • P hotos by C olleen M iniuk - S perry ]

Many things can go right or wrong during the golf swing, but the only thing the ball responds to is what’s happening at impact. The goal at impact is to achieve forward lean of the shaft with a consistent clubface angle. The forward lean of the shaft ensures that the club head is both accelerating and descending through impact, while the consistent clubface angle will produce a repeated ball flight. This ultimately allows the player to squarely compress the golf ball against the clubface, transferring the speed of the accelerating clubhead to the ball. If you can consistently get this position right, you will be a solid striker of the golf ball. Watch the PGA Tour pros and you’ll see different ways to take the club back, start it down, and follow through. With virtually every player, however, the impact position looks the same. To become a better ball striker, it is very important to realize that impact is more of a reaction than an action. If all of your basics—grip, posture, alignment, and ball position—have been mastered, the club has a much better chance of returning to the ball on plane with forward lean to the shaft and a square clubface.

 feet wider than shoulder width  upper body behind the golf ball (head)  weight 55 percent or so on the back foot at address  middle iron (8) ball position in the center  feet slightly narrower than shoulder-width  arms relaxed  left hip slightly higher than the right hip  right shoe relatively square  left show slightly open

 head is behind the ball  hips 20–40 degrees open  shoulders 0–10 degrees open  approximately 70 percent of the weight on the front foot  left wrist is flat  air under the right heel  left leg braced  arms are starting to fully extend

1 Setup Face-on address

2 Setup Face-on Impact


Being in a great impact position is a byproduct of having solid fundamentals. As a golfer, you will always do what is necessary (right or wrong) to hit the ball at a given target. Our main objective is to deliver the clubface square at impact. That gives us the optimum distance, regardless of the club that we are hitting. To perfect impact, I highly recommend hitting waist-high shots with a waist-high follow-through. If you feel your contact is what you are looking for, then you can take the swing into a ¾ motion back and through. If, for whatever reason, the ball striking becomes inconsistent, go back to a waist-high motion back and through. Remember: All the ball knows is what is happening at impact.


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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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• travel

UNBELIZEABLE A Tour of Belize Through the Eyes of a Photographer [ By ERIC FAIRCHILD ]


Day 1

3:45 p.m. I arrived at Belize National Air-

port via American Airlines, where I met my pleasant and informative Yute Expedition guide to Chaa Creek Lodge. Belize is the only English-language country in Central and South America and is therefore an ideal choice for vacationing Americans who are not fluent in any foreign language. 5:58 p.m. We pull into Chaa Creek parking lot, and I realize I am in the middle of the jungle, far away from civilization. The

monkeys call loudly, competing with the melodic songs of dozens of different tropical birds. Though my animal friends are easily heard, they’re invisible among the dense and alluring trees. 7:22 p.m. After inspecting my large, elegant house that they graciously called my “room,” I walked to the hotel’s restaurant, which was about five minutes away. I was excited to see there were no walls—I would be dining in the enticing jungle air. I had grilled blackened tilapia after a small cup

of tomato cappuccino soup. I savored every minute. Day 2

9:16 a.m. After enjoying my egg breakfast at the Chaa Creek restaurant, my guide from Yute Expeditions arrived to take me on a tour of the ancient Mayan city of Xunantunich (shoo-NAHN-too-nich), which means “stone woman” in the Mayan language. I was pleasantly surprised to board a hand-cranked ferry, which took us over the JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley



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Interior of Chaa Creek Lodge room

Mopan River. The city of Xunantunich was built on a steep hill, hidden from common view. It is now an enchanting ruin. I was in awe of the magnificence of these once mighty structures and was delighted to see that they had restored the friezes (a design that generally goes between the columns and roof of a structure) along the sides of these earliest buildings. We climbed the stone steps that revealed the breathtaking view, which stretched all the way to the Guatemalan countryside. These striking ruins will forever have a place in my heart. 12:03 p.m. Lunchtime tour of San Ignacio Hotel, where I was greeted by the cordial manager, Sandra. After a delightful walkthrough, we sat down to a delicious steak lunch at the hotel. Sandra was very friendly and beamed with pride as she told me that the Queen of England had stayed in this hotel on her visit to Belize. She also told me of the Iguana Project, an exhibit designed to help prevent extinction of this threatened reptile. After a tour of the extensive grounds, I decided that a visit to these intriguing creatures was in order. 1:06 p.m. I had so much fun learning about the iguanas and even had several crawling on me. Photo op! Green iguanas are very large and have not departed much in appearance from their prehistoric days. This trip to the Iguana Project is a must-add to any Belize itinerary. 3:12 p.m. From lizards to butterf lies. I arrived at the Chaa Creek Butterfly Farm, which is a very interesting and remote part of the San Ignacio Hotel. Everyone is so welcoming in Belize, even other tourists— like the couple I met from England who were also admiring the beautiful butterflies. 6:17 p.m. Transported to Ka’ana Boutique Resort for dinner and tour. Even now, my mouth begins to water as I recall the exquisite dish I was presented. The server brought out a mound of salt that he quickly and precisely cracked open to reveal red snapper wrapped in a banana leaf. What a presentation—and the taste was out of this world!

Restored and protected frieze on the side of Xunantunich Temple

Day 3

11:04 a.m. After breakfast and a morning flight, I arrived in Placencia. A short drive later, I reached my new lodging—The Inn at Robert’s Grove, a quaint, charming hotel right on the white-sand beach. My ocean view was spectacular, complete with exotic lounge chairs with green umbrella cover, palm-frond–roofed huts, and kayaks parked

Chaa Creek dining building

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San Ignacio Resort pool area

Beach in Placencia

halfway between water and sand, begging for someone to jump into the scene. 12:58 p.m. After a delicious shrimp taco lunch at Robert’s Grove, I was given a tour by Toadal Adventure around the island via kayak. The water was shallow and clear, and I was delighted to see large and brightly colored starfish along the way of my peaceful travel. This serene shore is also home to Francis Ford Coppola’s hut hotel, Turtle Inn, of which I was able to catch a brief glimpse. 54

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Snorkeling in Shark Ray Alley

Day 4

10:07 a.m. Short flight on Tropic Air to San Pedro and arrival at Ramone’s Village Resort. For the first time, I found myself in a city—a small city, but a city no less. This meant I could spend the day walking around the small shops picking up souvenirs for my girlfriend and her son and buying an indigenous mask for our backyard. 7:04 p.m. I had dinner at Victoria House Hotel, which is another resort on the beach in a very quiet part of San Pedro. I enjoyed

the tranquility of this particular hotel and its surroundings. When I return to Belize, I will definitely stay here. Day 5

9:09 a.m. Following a quick but tasty breakfast at Ramone’s Village, it was time to snorkel, one of the major draws to Belize. Just a few steps from my hotel room was the dock from which we blissfully departed for the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. We started our snorkeling adventure by petting a cu-

rious black grouper that was hard to see among the massive schools of smaller, more colorful fish. As we swam along the coral reef, we encountered an aloof stingray and a fleeing moray eel. More than 160 species of fish have been recorded on this reserve. The fish are as abundant as they are beautiful. We hopped back on the boat and a few

minutes later arrived at Shark Ray Alley. Shark Ray Alley is aptly named, as right away, I was accompanied by several nurse sharks, all of which were between six and seven feet long. Snorkeling in Belize is surreal, and was an amazing way to end my too-short stay in Belize. I will certainly be returning.

CONTACT INFO: Belize Tourism Board

Accommodations: Lodge at Chaa Creek (501) 824-2037 Top ecoresort and hotel in Belize. San Ignacio Resort (800) 822-3274 Cayo’s premier full-service resort in San Ignacio, Belize. Ka’ana Resort Small luxury resort in the Cayo District, with one of the best chefs in the country. The Inn Robert’s Grove One of Belize’s top beachfront luxury resort hotels. Ramon’s Village Resort Resort right in the middle of San Pedro on the beach within walking distance of the San Pedro Airstrip. Victoria House Small and very exclusive beachfront resort.

Travel: Yute Expeditions Tour company for all tours in and around the Cayo district of Belize. Tropic Air The airline of Belize to take you from island to island. SeaDuced by Belize For your sailing, snorkeling, and diving adventures from San Pedro. Toadal Adventure

David Vernon David Vernon is a local guide and naturalist.

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• know & Tell •

by cassaundra brooks

North Valley Edition!



You might not know that...  Brothers

Adam and Matthew Toren, Co-Presidents and Co-Publishers of North Valley Magazine, also own and operate, a popular business networking site for business owners and entrepreneurs from all over the world.

Marketing Director Eric Twohey paints. You can check out some of his one-of-a-kind acrylic artworks at North Valley Magazine reaches over 130,000 readers per issue. And

that number keeps growing.

Editorial Assistant Cassaundra Brooks graduated from Baylor Uni-

versity in Texas, where she studied English and History. Sic ’em, Bears!


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Managing Editor Crystal Huckabay is also a nurse. Because

Phoenix Suns player Steve Nash has strong ties to both Phoenix and Vancouver, BC, he has on separate occasions given exclusive interviews to both North Valley Magazine and its sister publication Vancouver View Magazine.

 North

Valley Magazine was named the off icial magazine of


Editor Kate Karp both pronounces for and participates in several regional and national spelling bees every year—and does both with panache (that’s P-A-N-A-C-H-E!).


North Valley Magazine staff members love

animals. Woodbine, King, and Nakoma are just three of the team’s furry best friends.

AZ Fun Facts writer Marshall Trimble,

Arizona’s official state historian since 1996, is a former Marine (if there is such a thing as “former”) and was this year inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.

North Valley Magazine’s first issue was pub-

lished in December 2005 and consisted of 48 pages. Its Technology section featured VoIP and included a quote that claimed that “over 70 percent of all homes will have VoIP by 2010.” That prediction has not quite come true, but check out this current issue’s Technology article for an update on VoIP technology—or, for those of you who are technologically behind the times, to learn what in the world VoIP is! JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


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• highlights

Jineane Ford!

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Successfully Maintains Her Goal Weight over 3 years & Counting! Jineane Ford, former Miss USA and local television personality had her LAP-BAND done by Dr. Simpson - and look at her now!

Have a Ball at the Mall!

By Cassaundra Brooks The Shops at Norterra Summer Kids’ Club is back! Children ages 2–12 can enjoy a variety of special events at several of the Norterra stores and restaurants throughout the summer. The merchants will lead the kids in fun, interactive activities and provide coupons for parents. Bear in mind that registration is required and will open for each Kids’ Club date two weeks prior to the event. All events

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Cool Sport Hot on Target: Coyotes Curling Club

By Cassaundra Brooks Back in 2003, a group of Canadians brought a cool game—literally—to our scorching desert. The Coyotes Curling Club brings a longstanding Canadian tradition to the Valley. Phoenicians get to experience something normally reserved for residents of colder climates—and get respite from the intense Arizona heat. And there’s the fiscal return, too, with the Valley’s annual Desert Ice Bonspiel—a 24-team international event they host that falls outside their league play—and businesses relocating here to curl. But curling requires practice time, and we have a limited supply of ice. The club’s goal for this year is to acquire its own facility or additional ice time from the Alltel Ice Den in Scottsdale. The club’s members are a diverse bunch. Because the sport uses the same 40-pound polished granite disc for men and women, both genders can play and compete, and there are no social or economic class divisions. The


May 26 Paradise Bakery (making and decorating cookies) June 9 Bella Amie Boutique (jewelry making) June 23 Dippin’ Dots (science workshop with Mad Science, free cup of Dippin’ Dots) July 14 Johnny Rockets (craft with The Doll House & Toy Store; plus build your own Johnny Rockets burger; free burger and shake) July 28 Mellow Mushroom (event TBD) August 11 Dick’s Sporting Goods (event TBD)

Call The Shops at Norterra at (623) 528-9599 to register. Visit for more details. team includes a successful restaurant owner, a business development officer, an ASU student, and a 78-year-old retired teacher. Curling affords them unique friendships and provides them with core training and cardiovascular exercise. There’s also a sense of honor: curling is one of the only remaining Olympic sports that employs no referee. The club’s current season runs June through July. Their competitive schedule goes from October through April, with the United States Curling Association (USCA) national events held in January. The Coyotes square off against other clubs in the region (Mountain Pacific, or MoPac) when playing for the Nationals. In-league play competes for a trophy member and club skip Darryl Horsman calls the “Stanley Cup of curling.” Rather than being instructed by one coach, the club operates under a board of directors that comprises 125 years of curling and curling business experience. The cost of playing is relatively low, and the benefits are numerous. “I’d have to say the camaraderie with the other players [is a major benefit],” Horsman says. “It’s easy to get to know people, easy to play, and even easier to enjoy yourself. Additionally, as you get better at the game, there are continually new challenges and goals.” To learn more or get involved, visit Visit for more information on the annual April event. Check out the USCA Web site,, for more on USA curling.

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• travel

South Pacific Paradise [ B y M arion H ager ]

Have you ever dreamt of being on a South Seas island? A paradise where you can smell the sweet scent of exotic f lowers and feel the warm breeze blowing gently through the fronds of coconut trees? Where you can walk down a white-sand beach ringed with palm trees against a sea of ever-changing blue-and-green water? Paradise can be yours when you explore the islands of the South Pacific in luxury aboard the 332-passenger MS Paul Gauguin, a ship designed specifically for year-round sailing in the islands. You’ll travel in sixstar comfort and luxury, yet in a casual and relaxing environment. The staterooms are spacious, and 70 percent of them have private balconies. A choice of three openseating dining venues and an extensive spa are among her six-star attributes. The atmosphere aboard radiates warmth and informality. And her beloved troupe of Gauguines—part cruise staff, part entertainers, part storytellers—add the unique personality of French Polynesia to every cruise. The MS Paul Gauguin sails several different itineraries in the Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. The most popular is an eight-day, seven-night voyage through Tahiti and the Society Islands sailing roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti.

You’ll visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and have the opportunity to swim and enjoy k ay a k i n g , windsurf ing, and waterskiing from the onboard watersports marina. Opt iona l d ive excursions are available, as is an o p t i o n a l PA D I dive program and certification. It is a fabulous itinerary for honeymoons or that special anniversary where you would like to renew your vows. MS Paul Gauguin also offers ten- and eleven-night itineraries through the Cook and Society Islands, thirteen- and fifteennight itineraries to Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, and Society Islands, and fourteennight itineraries between Auckland, New Zealand, and Papeete. A highlight of every MS Paul Gauguin sailing is a private island experience at Taha’a on Motu Mahana, where guests spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and

Polynesian entertainment. You’ll find Paul Gauguin Cruises to be an exceptional value, with generous earlybooking savings and free air on select sailings. All onboard gratuities are included in the fare, and you’ll receive complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship. On select sailings, Hager’s Journeys offers an exclusive complimentary Virtuoso shore event. For more information about Paul Gauguin Cruises, call Hager’s Journeys: Scottsdale and East Valley (480) 998-7606; Peoria and the West Valley (623) 974-4690.

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• hot list

Once Upon a Time, Not So Hot... Once upon a time, the following were “hot”:

1. Bleached-blonde hair—platinum, blinding, hair-damaging blonde. 2. Fake-tanned-to-the-point-of-orange or so-tanned-you’d-thinkit-was-leather skin. 3. Beach attire in the business world.


In 2010—not so hot! Instead, consider these trends: 1• When it comes to hair, many women like to go lighter in the summer and darker in the winter. If you don’t have the kind of hair that highlights naturally with a bit of summer-sun exposure, consider lightening your hair by just a few shades or having some highlights expertly and subtly put in. These are easier to maintain and don’t look severe when your roots begin to show. This more natural look is not only simpler but also looks much better and won’t damage your hair. And remember that brunettes, redheads, and raven-haired beauties can have plenty of fun in the sun!


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2 • They say the sun is (or, rather, particular sun rays are) bad for your skin, so you started hitting the tanning beds. But now, tanning beds are also under scrutiny. If you’re not proud to be pale or, unlike us freckle-faced bunch, actually have the ability to tan, there are a number of options for darkening your skin and giving it a glow while protecting it as well. From lotions to self-tanners and professional spray-tans, you can achieve the skin tone that you want without risking melanoma. With everything, moderation is the key. Test products on small areas that are easy to cover to check for results (we don’t want to see Oompa Loompas) and for possible skin irritation. Consult your dermatologist, and please, oh please, don’t try for a hue that isn’t you. If you can’t achieve it with the sun’s rays, you’ll probably be categorized as “overdone.”


3 • We don’t mean to imply that people were wearing bikinis and board shorts in the boardroom. In fact, we’re fairly certain that people wore appropriate work attire just as often as they do today. What we do mean is that hitting the shops, the supermarket, or the movies in barely there bottoms and made-to-showoff-your-bikini-body tops is not the way to be cool—literally or figuratively. We know you’re practically melting into the pavement in the heat, but there’s plenty of trendy summer attire that shows your curves off nicely and keeps you alive while traveling from one air-conditioned haven to the next and, at the same time, won’t motivate people to start up a beach volleyball game in the produce department. Considering showing off one great feature at a time—a short tunicstyle dress that showcases your long, toned legs or a nice strapless top that reveals nicely tanned shoulders, for example.

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• people & places

• Photography by Mark Susan


Phoenix Film Festival, Harkins Ciné-Capri, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix The tenth annual Phoenix Film Festival attracted thousands of film lovers and a slew of rising local filmmakers and actors. Popular film actor Luke Wilson was in attendance. The event included educational courses; free seminars; parties with live entertainment; Q&A sessions with filmmakers, writers, directors, and actors; and screenings of student films, star-studded feature flicks, documentaries, and locally produced shorts.


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’Scuse Me While I Gift My Guy!


2 KOKOPELLI SUITES Kokopelli Suites has a great package for your Father’s Day budget. The package starts with a special gift basket that includes a Tlaquepaque Discount Book (valued at $100), an insulated lunch bag with bottled water, and a one-day Sedona Red Rock parking pass that includes detailed maps for hiking the red rock trails in and around the Sedona area. The package also includes (of course!) a gourmet hot buffet breakfast each morning to start your day off right. (800) 789-7393 or Use promo code FATHER anytime this June when checking availability at

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3 IDAPT i3 Universal Desktop Charger 1 V'S BARBERSHOP Why not consider a “guy thing” for Father’s Day? V’s Barbershop, operating in the Valley since 1999, has a variety of service packages for the guy in your life. Consider The Works: shampoo, haircut, and a relaxing old-fashioned straightedge shave with loads of hot lather and hot towels, using only the finest products! He’ll be sure to enjoy!


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The IDAPT i3 Universal Desktop Charger simultaneously charges three different portable devices without the “cord clutter.” Affordable and compatible with over 3,500 brands of mobile devices, it’s the gadget that will make your life a little simpler. $49.99 MSRP at

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With summer upon us, P&M Products’ EZ Grill is the perfect outdoor grilling companion. The ready-to-use grill is inexpensive, recyclable, and portable. It comes with instant all-natural charcoal and doesn’t leave you with a mess to clean up after your neighborhood or family get-together. $4.99–$9.99 at WalMart, Safeway, and

The NOVOPHONE Retro Handset is perfect for those fathers who get suckered into long telephone conversations where speakerphone is not a viable option. The retro design is classic, stylish, and comfortable and plugs into most cell phone devices with its numerous available adapters. $27.95 at

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7 GORILLATORCH Joby’s Gorillatorch is the perfect lighting option for countless tasks, from reading to changing a tire. The rubberized leg joints bend and rotate for numerous standing and mounting options. They’re magnetized and affix themselves to most metal surfaces, and the water-resistant bulb has a dimmer and is battery-powered. $29.95 at

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6 POGO STYLUS Those with iPhone-, iPod touch-, and iPad-owning fathers might be interested in Ten One Design’s Pogo Stylus, a touch-screen stylus that allows for faster typing and navigation. The aluminum base and advanced technology tip is compatible with other multitouch capacitive screens as well. $14.95 at JUNE | JULY 2010 North Valley


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• auto trends

The Q-Ship 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster [ B y G reg R ubenstein ]

L ast year ,

Nissa n h it the reset button on its Z sports car and rolled out an all-new 370Z coupe. Lighter and considerably livelier than its predecessor, this latest version is also the best Z in forty years. For 2010, a convertible version has been added, combining the thoroughbred performance of the coupe with an open-air experience. This drop-top is drop-dead gorgeous, with sensuous lines that begin at its chiseled nose. Starting at the slightly menacing and fang-like diagonal fascia supports in the radiator opening, t he Roadster’s desig n f lows into the aerodynamic headlamps and races along the front fenders. Passing through the sculpted side mirrors and the beltline along the doors, the design cascades over the aggressively flared rear fenders and culminates at dramatically downward-swooping “boomerang” rear taillights. In just a few days driving, I lost count of the number of times people’s heads turned as the Z Roadster passed them by. Complete strangers and friends alike felt compelled to comment on its design—this is not a car for those seeking anonymity. Like its fixed-roof sibling, nestled in the Roadster’s engine bay is a 3.7-liter V6 engine capable of producing 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. With a curb weight of 3,449 pounds, the convertible’s naturally a bit heavier than the coupe, but performance is still thrilling. It’s capable of a mid-five-second 0–60 mph sprint and is able to cover the quarter-mile in the high13-second range. The new Z is offered with either a closeratio six-speed manual or seven-speed au-


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tomatic transmission. I highly recommend the former, not only for its pure sportscar ethos but also because this Nissan has available a revolutionary “SynchroRev Match” function. In a nutshell, it’s automatic rev-matching technology that makes downshifting perfectly flawless and absolutely foolproof in any combination of gear change—it’s a system good enough to satisfy even the most die-hard enthusiast. Alternately, the automatic includes paddle shifters, or shift-lever “automanual” operation, plus its own style of revmatching for downshifts. The auto also gets a technology Nissan calls “Adaptive Shift Control,” which adjusts shifts to the driver’s style of driving. The Z’s EPA-rated at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with either manual or automatic. Operation of the automatic cloth top takes about 20 seconds, initiated either from the key fob or a console switch. The top is fabric lined to help mute outside noise, and it features a glass rear window with integrated electric defroster.

There are two trim lines available in this Z, the Roadster and Touring. Standard features include push-button ignition, one-touch auto up-or-down power windows, power mirrors and locks, automatic climate control, and a four-speaker sound system with illuminated steering-wheel– mounted controls. The Touring model adds a 6-CD Bose sound system with eight speakers, Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth phone system. True to its sports-car philosophy, the convertible Z is a purpose-built machine with little storage room in the cabin. It’s not too cramped, but don’t expect to take home many packages if a passenger occupies the other seat. The trunk is also minimalist and is nearly taken over by the top when stowed—creative planning would be required to use this Z for a weekend-fortwo excursion. The Z Roadster star ts at $37,980 ($38,990 with automatic transmission), while the Touring starts at $41,240, or $42,540 with an automatic.

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• event calendar

June 4–5

June 5



An event that honors the music of John Denver. (602) 495-1999 or

Tolmachoff Farms hosts its annual day of family farm fun complete with children’s activities that include train

rides, corn-husking and watermelon-eating contests, crafts, and farm-themed games. $4. (623) 386-1301 or June 11–13


This varied program features choreography from the Prodigal Son, Divertimento #15, Four Temperaments. (602) 381-1096 or ticketmaster. com/baz, or visit for more information

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This Olympic-style competition features thirty-one sports and is held in sites across Maricopa County. The games welcome recreational athletes of all ages and abilities, although there is a category for elite athletes. $10–$25 participation and free for spectators. (480) 517-9700 or June 19



The dancing sensation hits the stage of Arizona Broadway Theatre. A teen from Chicago moves with his mother to a puritanical small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing are forbidden. (623) 776-8400 or

The park event includes mud obstacle courses for children ages 1–6 and 7–17 as well as a mud pool for toddlers. Enjoy sandcastle building, water slides, water cannons, and swimming. (480) 312-2771 or

June 17–18

June 26, July 10 & 24



The second oldest professional tournament in he state is back. The $100,000 54-hole event will be held at Desert Mountain Apache Course and will feature some of Arizona’s top golfers. (480) 443-9002 or

The guided tour of rock art by educators is a lesson in petroglyphs, archaeology, desert plants and animals, and Native American cultures and reservations. $2.50–$6.50. (623) 582-8007 or

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July 26–30



Head up to the cooler weather in Flagstaff. $3. (602) 717-7337 or


A free festival for volleyball lovers that features more than 7,000 players from more than 700 teams from more than 25 states. The players range from 12–18 years old. July 3


The Maricopa annual event includes a hot dog-eating contest, a water zone that features blowup slides and water features, and fireworks. (520) 568-9573 or July 3–7


Check out the annual Frontier Days Parade in Prescott. Help to celebrate its history and heritage during this fun annual tradition. (866) 407-6336 or

For cultural presentations, tasty Indian fry bread, musical performances, and arts and crafts demonstrations, check out the annual Indian Art Market in Prescott. (928) 445-3122 or July 8


Dozens of galleries host artist receptions and demonstrations. The event, hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale, is free and features music, art, and prize-filled ice sculptures. (480) 990-3939 or July 9–11


July 17


Learn all about the renowned Buffalo Soldiers, the all-Black unit from the late 1800s through the early 1900s, on a tour in Sierra Vista. $12. (520) 417-6960 or July 22


John Farris conducts an outdoor community-band event in Glendale, with 100 musicians playing renditions of marches, ballads, and show tunes. (623) 930-2299 or

Take a trip down to Tucson for a course on human and animal bone identification. Special tours, presentations, and hands-on activities are included. $320—registration required. (520) 626-8381 or July 30–August 1


Head up to Prescott where more than twenty-eight dealers of fine jewelry, beading components, mineral specimens, tools, equipment and rock for lapidary work, rough rock, and door-prize drawings are all part of a fun weekend.

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• relationships

Ask the Dating Coach [ B y L ea F riese - H aben ]



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You Look Fa-a-bulous, but He Wants a Real Woman

Dear Fabulous Singles,

On a daily basis, single, attractive women ask me, “Why do all the frumpy, unattractive women land all the successful, attractive men?” The following are just a sampling of the recent letters I’ve received on the subject. You are not alone! Lea Dear Coach Lea,

I am a 37-year-old single, attractive, successful female attorney who is struggling to find a good man. I am considered extremely attractive by most people’s standards—my hair, nails, wardrobe and weight are always

in check—and yet I see these professional, attractive men married to overweight, unkempt women in sweats and baggy T-shirts with no makeup. I don’t get it. How do these women land these men? Seriously. I want to know. Dear Lea,

My girlfriends and I were out again last weekend, and the topic of conversation was “all the good men are taken.” It blows my mind when these gorgeous men show up at corporate functions with the wives that they do. I am a fit, attractive executive who has struggled to find a man suitable for marriage. I am often hit on by the kind of men that just want to play. It frustrates me when

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Dear Attractive Superwomen,

I have consulted with a number of men on the subject, and there seems to be a method to what you feel is their “madness.”



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Men are naturally attracted to the girl who looks like a supermodel, but the novelty can wear off pretty quickly when they realize that these women are high maintenance. Some men have stated that these more “attractive” women can be very narcissistic and self-absorbed.


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It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the beholders’ visions of beauty can vary in different parts of the country. (Hollywood standards wouldn’t necessarily be a fit in Wyoming or Alaska, for instance, where the men prefer natural-faced beauties to painted dolls). The biggest reason most men gave for choosing their mates, however, was that they liked the way the woman made them feel. We all want to be with someone who makes us feel special.

I see these fabulous men who are married to unattractive, overweight, unmotivated women. Why does this happen? Dear Coach Lea,

I dated a man I was deeply in love with for over four years. Shortly after our breakup, he married a woman who isn’t even remotely attractive. I have taken great pride in my appearance and in my education and career, and I think that I am a great catch. Why is it that I have yet to find a good man? When I look around, the women who have considerably less to offer seem to score Prince Charming. It floors me, and it seems to be pretty common. Why do these men seem to prefer these women of a lower caliber?

I think that most of these women have more to offer than meets the eye. The consensus from all of the men that I spoke to was that they prefer kindness, grace, and femininity to striking beauty.

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As a dating a relationship expert, I will concur that many successful, attractive women have lost the softness and femininity that naturally draws men. Femininity and grace are not necessarily observed through appearance but rather the way a woman carries herself and the way she makes others around her feel. There are examples of women everywhere who aren’t necessarily beauty queens, but the men flock to them. Look at the way they carry themselves and put others at ease, and then simply model their behaviors. You will likely notice a difference. Lea

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• ask a vet

My Dog (or Cat) Has Fleas! What Can I Do? [ B y R ob S pooner ]

We may be living in the desert, but we still have to deal with fleas. It can get cold enough here over the winter months to kill off the adult flea population and force the immature flea stages into a dormant state, so we forget all about them until spring arrives. With all the rain we’ve had, and now the warmer weather, the environment once again becomes ideal for the fleas to resume their life cycle: eggs hatch into larvae, larvae mature into pupae, and pupae emerge as adults. Then, they jump onto your dog or cat and chow down to get the nutrition they need to lay more eggs. And the whole thing starts all over again! Flea populations can vary dramatically from area to area. Some pet-friendly complexes have their own microenvironments that harbor a year-round f lea population that happily reproduces in temperaturecontrolled luxury. Buildings with lots of tile and hardwood floors are not as prone to these buildups as are those with carpet. Carpeted hallways and common areas are prime real estate for fleas to take up residence, lay their eggs, and start that life cycle rolling. So all you cat owners out there, be-


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ware! Just because your cat doesn’t venture outdoors—and it shouldn’t, with our desert predators—doesn’t mean that fleas are not going to hop in from the hallway and introduce themselves to kitty. Flea control has always been one of the downsides to pet ownership. In the past, it has been very labor-intensive, with regular bathing, spraying of both pet and house, and the ever-so-toxic available-only-over-theborder-but-often-smuggled-in-becausenothing-else-seems-to-work f lea bomb! Over the past few years, several products have come on the market that are effective, convenient, and safe not only for you and your pet but also for the environment. With monthly administration, their biggest drawback is reminding yourself when it’s time to apply them (little stickers for your calendar should help take care of that problem, and some companies offer an e-mail reminder service). There are two basic categories in the new flea control products: growth regulators and neurotoxins. Although both sound potentially toxic, they rely strictly on parts of the flea’s physiology that do not have a mam-

malian (cat/dog/human/etc.) counterpart: kills fleas, won’t harm pets. Which of these products is best for you depends on the flea situation on the dog or cat in your home and also the area in which you live. If you want basic control and don’t have a flea situation at present, one of the growth regulators should do the trick. Program is a once-a-month pill. It stops fleas from laying viable eggs and makes the flea droppings (used as food by the larvae living in your carpet) toxic. The downside is that if you have any number of fleas already, they’re going to keep biting until they die of old age (or something else kills them). This brings us to the next category: the neurotoxins. These products (Advantage and Revolution) block nerve impulse conduction in the flea but have no effect on the central nervous system of your pet (or you). Revolution also has the benefit of controlling heartworm, ear mites, ticks, and certain intestinal parasites and won’t become less effective if your dog likes to swim every day. There are still the older means of f lea control available: shampoos, powders, and sprays for your pet and your home (kills the fleas on your pet but no lasting effect), flea collars of questionable benefit, and the good old flea comb (which is good for detecting fleas but is only effective in flea control if you have nothing better to do than comb your pet all day long). In my opinion, the newgeneration flea products are far safer than these older products, and although they’re generally more expensive, they do a far better job in almost no time at all. Before you decide how to handle or prevent your flea problems, visit your veterinarian and explain your flea situation. If you know how you want to approach flea control, ask about a specific product. If not, discuss your pet’s lifestyle with the veterinary staff. Regardless of the product you take home, you and your pet will soon be happier and more comfortable in your flea-free environment 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 E d amame i s a 43-pound boxer-sharpei mix. She is 2 years old and obedient. She likes to play and would make a good running partner. Edamame is good with children junior high age and older. She is not good with cats but is good with dogs. Her adoption fee is $100. Skip is a 5-year-old, 17-pound Jack Russell terrier mix. He is a mature gentleman. He is sweet and mellow. He would like to curl up on the couch and watch TV or simply relax and enjoy people’s company. He knows how to sit and can be easily trained to learn more tricks. While he is an older dog, he stills like to get playful and toss some toys around. He likes being petted but doesn’t need constant attention. He is good with kids of all ages and other dogs as long as they’re polite, but he’s not good with cats. His adoption fee is $75.

Great Friends Who Need Good Homes [ P hotos by M ichelle B rodsky ]

All adoption fees include spay or neuter, up-todate shots, and a microchip. Sassy is a 4-year-old

domestic shorthair gray tabby. This very affectionate and downto-earth girl loves to be brushed. She also likes to hang out on the enclosed patio so that she can bird-watch. Sassy’s adoption fee is $50. Harvey is a domestic medium-hair 3-yearold cat. He likes to chase around jingly balls (in fact, he likes to carry the ball around in 74

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his mouth like a dog), bat around fuzzy mice, and play with anything else that remotely resembles a toy. He is not a real cuddle bug but does like attention from people. If you are looking for a kitten but don’t want all the fuss, then Harvey is what you are looking for. Harvey’s adoption fee is $50. Hercules is a 5-yearold Maine coon mix. He is regal, brave, and handsome, just like a Greek titan. He likes to make sure all the cats follow his rules but turns to jelly when it comes to people. He likes to be held while he purrs. To express his happiness, he kneads things with his paws. His adoption fee is $50.

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20-pound retriever mix that is a little under a year old. She is full of all the energy you could ever want in a puppy. She is squirmy, affectionate, jumpy, and playful. She knows how to sit and (almost) lie down on command. She will need some more structured training. Aphrodite is good with kids that are elementary age and up. She may be good with cats and is sociable with dogs, but a dog intro is recommended. Her adoption fee is $175.  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 up-to-date 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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• people & places

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The forty-first annual ball brought out more than 600 leaders in the medical and business industries and raised a record-breaking $400,000 to support advanced medicine and technology and community services and programs at John C. Lincoln Health Network. $112,000 was donated directly to the Desert Mission Food Bank. Other funds will go to help the Virginia G. Piper Center for Pediatric Center for Excellence, the Breast Health and Research Center at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, and the Level I Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital.

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• flavor

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THE LOVING HUT 3515-A W. Union Hills Dr. Glendale, AZ 85308 (602) 978-0393 The Loving Hut is a family-owned, notfor-profit vegan fast-food chain. Yes, you read that correctly. Their motto—”Be Green. Go Veg. Save the Planet!”—might get you environmentally-conscious eaters in the door, but their eclectic, bright, flavorful dishes will get you to return again and again. All items are 100 percent vegan and free of animal ingredients. No MSG, milk, or eggs. UDUPI CAFÉ 1636 N. Scottsdale Rd. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 994-8787

From Sea to Lining Skewers Succulent prawns are anointed with rich, tangy rémoulade [ B y A lison M alone E athorne ]

Vegans and vegetarians with an affinity for Indian food should check out Udupi Café. Eighty percent of the menu is vegan, and 100 percent of it is fresh, authentic, and served in a vibrant atmosphere by a friendly staff. From appetizers to complete dinners, a good-size dessert selection, and savory curries and Indian breads, the café has vegetarian and vegan dishes to delight.

On the West Coast, late spring is a blissful time for seafood lovers. Beginning early in May and lasting approximately 80 days, prawns are harvested and snapped up feverishly by chefs and home cooks alike. In this quick, easy recipe, the succulent prawns are anointed with rémoulade, a classic accompaniment to seafood dishes for its richness and tang (the sauce can be made one day ahead of time, then chilled and covered). When the height of prawn season rolls around, make a beeline to your local fish market and savor some of the very best that the seas of the Northwest have to offer.

GREEN Green New American Vegetarian 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd. #8 Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 941-9003

Grilled Prawns with Tangy Rémoulade • RECIPE DEVELOPED BY HILARY MALONE • Serves 6

For New American Vegetarian fare, a conglomeration of cultures and cooking styles straight from the kitchen of Chef Damon Brasch, check out Green New American Vegetarian. Yes, this 100-percent vegan-vegetarian restaurant is named for its initiative. The food is fresh, simple, and savory, and since you can help green the planet as you dine, it’s a healthy and tasty way to show your support for the Earth. For other great imported vegan and vegetarian eats, check out the Persian Garden Café ( and Bombay Spice Grill & Wine (


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Ingredients: ¼ cup coarse-grain mustard ¼ cup white wine vinegar ²∕³ plus ¼ cup vegetable oil 4 tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley 2 ½ tbsp bottled horseradish 2 ½ tbsp minced dill pickle 3 tbsp minced scallions 2 tsp paprika (mild) 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper Salt and pepper to taste 3 lb prawns (21 - 25 per lb), shell on Preparation: Soak wooden skewers in water, at least 30 minutes. To make rémoulade, whisk together mustard and vinegar until combined well, then slowly whisk in ²∕³ cup oil

with parsley, horseradish, pickle, scallion, paprika, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Slit shell down the middle of the back using scissors, exposing vein. Devein prawns, leaving shell intact. Toss prawns in a bowl with remaining ¼ cup oil, then season with salt and pepper. Thread 5–6 prawns onto each skewer. Grill skewers on a mediumto high-heat grill until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Mix cooked prawns with rémoulade sauce. Serve at room temperature.

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• entertainment •

by cassaundra brooks

+ Movies

A selected June/July schedule for theatrical releases: June

[4] Killers Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck

Marmaduke Ron Perlman, Owen Wilson, Judy Greer [11] The A-Team Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel The Karate Kid Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson [18] Jonah Hex Josh Brolin, Will Arnett, Megan Fox Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack [25] Grown Ups Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek Knight and Day Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Marc Blucas [30] The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner


[2] The Last Airbender (an M. Night Shyamalan film), with Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel

[7] Predators Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace [9] Despicable Me Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Julie Andrews [16] Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe [23] Dinner for Schmucks Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Ron Livingston Ramona and Beezus Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Corbett, Sandra Oh, Josh Duhamel Salt Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Victor Slezak [30] Beastly Neil Patrick Harris, Mary-Kate Olsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer The Adjustment Bureau Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Daniel Dae Kim

+ Music

Imported Goods By now, you’ve heard all about Susan Boyle, the lady who wowed Britain’s Got Talent judges and fans—and then the whole world—with her surprisingly sweet and powerful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.” But she wasn’t the first foreign musical phenom to make a splash in the U.S.—and no, you don’t have to think back to The Beatles, and yes, you could bring up Barbados-born-and-bred Rihanna. In fact, you could bring up a number of people if you look back far enough. The following, however, are three of the biggest voices (literally) to emerge over just the past few years. Their launch to success was sudden, but with their dominating voices and mass appeal, we suspect their success is the sort that transcends cultures and only increases and matures with time. Charice Pempengco

If you never hit YouTube, don’t watch Oprah, and don’t follow the musical ear of well-renowned music producer David Foster (responsible for discovering Josh Groban, among others), you may not have heard of this small, young Filipina powerhouse. But once you have, you won’t forget her—or her voice. Now just 17 years old, she tackles the repertoire of the legendary Whitney Houston with pipes that are already mature beyond her years and will surely continue to mature over time. Over the last few years she has performed for an impressive number of powerful people and audiences numbering


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in the millions, on famed stages and alongside musical icons she herself idolizes. Her first two albums went platinum, and her latest creation, Charice, featuring her inspirational single “Note to God,” releases this month. Paul Potts

Simon Cowell wasn’t the only Britain’s Got Talent judge who cringed when former carphone salesman Paul Potts declared he was there to sing opera. However, neither was the famously cynical judge the only person who was utterly shocked and blown away by Potts’s powerful, beautiful voice. His audition performance of the classic opera favorite Nessun Dorma in 2007 earned him a standing ovation—and his subsequent performances earned him the title and the right to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of Queen Elizabeth II later that year. That same month, his UK-released album One Chance went double platinum. YouTube and Oprah had a hand in helping the new British star collect fans across the pond, and his momentum keeps on building. Last year, he released his second collection, Passione, which itself went platinum in the UK. Leona Lewis

Clive Davis and Simon Cowell are big names in the music industry—and when they think you’re something special and throw their full support behind you, you can’t help but rise to the top. Leona Lewis has been compared to Mariah Carey for her considerably high (though not quite as

high as the famous diva’s) range and to Whitney Houston for her powerful vocals. But the beautiful East Londoner who captured the hearts of people across the United Kingdom on the third season of Britain’s The X Factor has since captivated audiences around the world with a sweet voice that is uniquely hers. A string of increasingly strong performances, including a particularly moving rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” helped her win on the popular British show that helped launch her into the international spotlight. Lewis has collaborated with musical icons from across the world and enjoyed wild success with both her debut album Spirit and last year’s sophomore release Echo. This month will kick off her first world tour, a fourteen-month adventure after which she says she will work on a third album. Note: Also check out 2008 X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, a powerful singer and great performer whose first single, a beautiful rendition of "Hallelujah," outsold Leona Lewis's winning single "A Moment Like This," and whose album, Overcome, is hoped to hit the U.S. market soon.

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• horoscopes •

Heidi Klum GEMINI June 1 (1974)

Justin Long Gemini June 2 (1978)

Zachary Quinto Gemini June 2 (1977)

Aries (Mar 21–Apr 19) In June, you’re more

social. You're interested in the goings-on in your neighborhood as well as having more contact with siblings. Communication becomes especially important for you now, so do your best to stay on top of e-mails, phone calls, and all methods of communication. July is spent close to home and family: barbecues, gardening, doing things around the home.

Taurus (Apr 20–May 20) June brings your

attention to finances and personal values. Do your best to be conscious of where and when you spend your time and money. Take a step back to see who you really are and get insight into what’s important to you. Communications, new gadgets, friends, and siblings are your focus in July. The phone never stops ringing, and the e-mails just pile up. You take a course or weekend workshop. Your mind is hungry and wants feeding.

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Shia LaBeouf Gemini June 11 (1986)

Zoë Saldana Gemini June 19 (1978)

Liv Tyler CANCER July 1 (1977)

some fun! In July, you’re quiet, reflective, looking inward for answers to the big questions. A meditation retreat would be just the ticket to satisfy what you’re feeling right now. Sitting quietly for half an hour a day allows your subconscious to open up. June focuses on travel, teaching, broadening your horizons. A trip or tour that involves learning about another country is possible—you’d be able to soak up the knowledge quite easily (Virgos are smart, anyhow!). If you can’t go, learn as much as you can, as this is a learning month for you. July finds you in humanitarian/social rights activities. You’re drawn to groups that want to make the world a better place. Bravo! Virgo likes to serve, and you want to serve in a more worldly scene now. Your service will likely have to do with food and shelter.

Virgo (Aug 23–Sept 22)

Libra (Sept 23–Oct 22) Relationships get

June brings you back out into the open—chatty, flitting from one place to another. In July, you focus on finances and reflect on personal values. Sit back and look at what is important to you and find what it all says about you and to you. Self-knowledge makes you confident and sure of yourself.

quite passionate in June. It’s as if you both trust each other enough to be totally “naked” psychologically. Not an easy thing to do. Libras are most happy in a relationship, and this could be a big one for you. Career looks good in July. You’re noticed and may get an opportunity to take courses to broaden your knowledge. You’re seen as bright and capable.

Cancer (Jun 22–July 22) June

Scorpio (Oct 23–Nov 22) June turns your

Gemini (May 21–Jun 21)

turns you inward toward soul-searching, not only for the meaning in life but your part in it, too. Your birthday month is a new start for the year. Make your own New Year’s resolutions, set goals, and go after them. Make a wish list and see how much comes into your life by next year. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Leo (July 23–Aug 22) June turns into a more

social and socially minded month— friends and social opportunities are there for the asking. Time to go out and have

attention to relationships. You’re a little shinier than usual—probably because you’re being kind just for the sake of being kind. Your light shines brighter, making you more attractive. Travel, broadening your horizons, philosophy, teaching are all on the agenda for you in July. A summer holiday to an exotic location and learning the customs and history of a different culture would be perfect!

Sagittarius (Nov 23–Dec 21) In

June, you’re in “clearance mode.” You want to

Tom Hanks CANCER July 9 (1956)

Michelle Rodriguez CANCER July 12 (1978)

Sandra Bullock LEO July 26 (1964)

get rid of everything that no longer serves you. Think of who you want to be, then ask yourself as you consider each detail, “Is this what I want to carry into my new life?” Toss it if it doesn’t work. Death (metaphorically), taxes, shared resources, sex, rebirth occupy you in July. You could be coming out of a slump feeling as if you’ve been reborn, or taking a relationship to a deeper, more intimate level. In June, it’s time to let your hair down, get outside, have a picnic, do anything that makes you feel like a kid again. This is your month for romance, joy, creativity, children—all the situations where it’s okay to get ice cream on the front of your shirt. Personal relationships, especially romantic ones, set the tone for July. You could fall in love all over again if you have a partner. If single, dress yourself up and get out and mingle. There’s a good chance you could meet someone special!

Capricorn (Dec 22–Jan 20)

Aquarius (Jan 21–Feb 18) You’re focused

on work, service, health in July. You may be volunteering at an animal shelter or soup kitchen, or getting and keeping your body in shape for summer. Aquarians are the humanitarians of the zodiac, so it’s not unusual to find them joined up with others, trying to make the world a better place.

Pisces (Feb 19–Mar 20) You’re right in your

element in July, and creativity, romance, children are your focus. You could get swept away by some gorgeous other and be in dreamland. Keep your feet on the ground. Pisceans need to do “navigation checks” to make sure they stay on course. Laura is available for personal taped consultations by phone.

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