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fall fun and fashion. Welcome fall with a fresh new look from The Shops at Norterra. Shop with friends and family under beautiful skies, then dine at your leisure – whenever the moment moves you.

Norterra’s Fashion Destinations Bella Amie Boutique • C.J. Banks • Christopher & Banks • Coldwater Creek Designer District • Fans & Fashionistas • Jos. A. Bank • Men’s Wearhouse So-Oh! Fashion • Trendy TAG Boutique • Victoria’s Secret

Can’t-Miss Events Norterra Car Show • Second Fridays through May, 6 - 9 p.m. • Check out hot cars of all kinds at Norterra’s “Main Street.” Plus enjoy live music, food sampling and much more.

Farmer’s Market • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Browse a bounty of booths full of fresh produce, Alaskan salmon, salsas and much more. Local musicians provide entertainment during each event. For a complete listing of stores and full event details, visit Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Harkins Norterra 14 and many more places to shop and dine. I-17 and Happy Valley Road in North Phoenix. Store Hours: MON-THURS 10AM-8PM, FRI-SAT 10AM-9PM, SUN 11AM - 6PM. Individual store hours may vary.

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Cover Feature

Read up on some of the best places to eat, sleep, drink, play, admire, and learn in arresting Northern Arizona. BY CASSAUNDRA BROOKS


Readers’ Choice Awards Survey

Go online and vote for your favorite Valley restaurants, then check out next issue for the winners!




Valley Residents Offer Theirs


Northern Arizona: of Heaven A Year-Round Slice







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 30 LOCAL PROFILE: Pinnacle Promise: Spreading More than the Word  31 GIVING BACK: Passing It Down, Passing It Forward: Veterans Heritage Project  32 MUSIC: Marley Taylor: Alternating Hot and Cool  34 ART & CULTURE: Picture This City’s Cool  35 AZ FUN FACTS: The Old Black Canyon Highway  36 DAY TRIPPERS & WEEKENDERS: I’ll Drink to That!

A great resource for women John C. Lincoln’s Breast Health and Research Center is designed from the ground up with women’s needs in mind. Our leading-edge technology and depth of expertise provides a caring and comprehensive breast health experience at a single location. Linda Greer, MD – Medical Director 623-780-HOPE (4673) Located at I-17 and Loop 101, Directly across from John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 North Valley


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66 [ STYLE ]

43 J EWELS: Sapphires: Finding One That’s Right for You


Fashion: Cultivate Your Closet



70 RELATIONSHIP: Ask the Dating Coach



76 FLAVOR: Red Wine and Feta

Cheese Complete Your Autumn Idyll


Summer with Some Tang!



Breast Cancer with “Fightin’ Foods”



48 GOLF: Two Major Components at Impact

[ BUZZ ]

27 SPOTLIGHT: Renewing the


Weary Spirit: Golden Door Spa

38 AUTO TRENDS: Minivan Lux: The Toyota Sienna Limited

46 THEATER REVIEW: One Big Show for the Money: Viva Elvis

51 HIGHLIGHT: This Fall, Have It All at Norterra

51 HIGHLIGHT: Bosom Buddies: Sisterhood is Powerful

56 KNOW + TELL: Don’t Smoke the Tree Tobacco

58 HIGHLIGHT: Everything under

the Sun: Making Solar Energy Available

60 HOT LIST: You’ll Fall for It All! 62 EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION:

What’s Your Favorite Northern Arizona Vacation Destination?

64 GOTTA HAVE IT: Put These in Your Treat Bag!

65 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: A Shade of Distinction: Echo Hair and Color Salon

66 TECHNOLOGY: Video-Capable Still Cameras—The Best of Both Worlds!


Drama—and More Comedy!



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 54 Ninth Annual Wine, Woman & Jazz FUNdraiser [ PAMPERED PETS ]

 72 ASK THE VET: Hear This: Your Pet Might Have Ear Mites  74 ADOPT-A-PET: Good Friends Who Need Great Homes!


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What’s Your Favorite Northern Arizona Vacation Destination? Volume 5 / Issue 6


PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Adam Toren My parents and I enjoy camping and fishing at Matthew Toren the scenic Blue

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Ridge Reservoir. Swimming and hiking at Box Canyon (near Payson) with friends is fun, too.

Copy Editor Kate Karp Food Editor Samantha Turner Editorial Interns Alana Stroud, Bill Raznik, Rachael Blume CONTRIBUTORS LeAnne Bagnall, Scott Bohall, Gerald Calamia, Kevin Downey, Jaclyn Douma, Lea Friese-Haben, Laura Henry, Jon Kenton, Carol La Valley, Kevin Madness, Ben Miles, TYSON QUALLS, Greg Rubenstein, Scott Sackett, Marshall Trimble


PHOTOGRAPHERS Director of Photography Eric Fairchild

I love going to Flagstaff every December and playing in the snow, then following it up with a visit to Macy’s European Coffee House and a sleepover at the Grand Canyon International Hostel.

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Correction Notice: In the August/September 2010 feature, "The Final Resort: Late-Summer Luxury," Hotel Valley Ho's Café ZuZu was misspelled. North Valley Magazine apologizes for the error.

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Taking the High Road to Autumn!

Adam Toren Publisher’s autumn once again. A little color in the trees before the leaves fall; a bright, shining sun but cooling temperatures; and lots of food-filled holiday fun. For this issue, we shift our focus to the northern half of our state and explore some of the wonderful places to admire—where to eat, drink, sleep, and play, and where to learn. From high-elevation snowbound fun to sipping your way through Wine Country

to restful days out on a peaceful lake, we highlight a few of the many great vacation destinations through Northern Arizona. And we know that Everyone Has an Opinion—which is why we ask you to tell your fellow readers about your own favorite Northern Arizona vacation destinations. Check out our new section to see what your neighbors have to say. Then, while you head north for some fall fun, remember the history behind the I-17 as told with humor and heart by the one and only Marshall Trimble, our very own state historian. There are some great places to check out down here in the Valley, too. Read all about the newly opened Echo Hair and Color Salon in our Business Spotlight, and know that you’ll want some supreme pampering from Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort once you’ve read about our own experience there. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and not only do we address foods that help fight cancer in our Health & Fitness section but we also shed one of our highlights on an organization uniting breast cancer survivors and their families. With a fall fashion spotlight that can help

you make the most of your current wardrobe, a theater review that’ll make you head for Vegas, a look at an organization that is preserving the history of our veterans, this year’s Readers’ Choice Restaurant Awards ballot, and a good deal more, you’ll know how to savor the autumn months. We’ll be back in December to highlight some of Arizona’s winter delights. Cheers!

Matthew Toren Publisher

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

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

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

Adopt-a-pet 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.


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

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.

Jaclyn Douma and her husband have been Arizonans since 2007. She has worked in marketing and creative design as an author, mother, and wife. She loves trying out new recipes and restaurants. You can usually find her in the kitchen with her daughter on her hip and a spatula in her hand.



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.

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.

Ben Miles is a theater critic and educator with membership in both the American Theatre Critic’s Association and the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle. Currently, Ben teaches at the Art Institute of California. His latest book is titled SPEECHES: An E-Guide to Effective Speechmaking.

HEALTH & FITNESS / fashion

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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DEFYING LOGIC Botswana’s government wants you to visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve where safari companies are using waterholes to encourage wildlife. Yet the Bushmen who have lived there for thousands of years are forbidden access by the government to even one waterhole. They’re forced to travel 300 miles for their water – at least 100 hours in one of the hottest places on earth. Support the Bushmen.

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Points North: We’re Not All Cactus and Canyon B y C assaundra B rooks

Out of Africa

Some outsiders picture our state as re-

sembling the Sahara desert, interrupted only by a giant hole in the ground (Arizona actually has two rather significant holes in its terrain). In fact, our Sonoran desert is gorgeous and vibrant and something quite more than vast quantities of sand that could fill a billion hourglasses. But one of Arizona’s best-kept secrets is

really no secret at all—its northern half reaches elevations of 12,633 feet (Humphrey’s Peak near Flagstaff) and is richly appointed with rugged mountains and peaks scented with juniper and pine. The brilliant blue sky by day and black-velvet starlit sky by night oversee our entire state from north to south; but Northern Arizona is quite another world—and only hours

away. It makes for a great escape from the intense summer heat of the Valley or for a fun winter getaway complete with snow we rarely see—and that actually sticks. From “active” ghost towns like Jerome to favorite winter haunts like Flagstaff and Greer, Northern Arizona holds charm for its residents and Phoenicians alike. We really do have it all. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 North Valley


EAT The Haunted Hamburger

Sunrise Ski Resort

You may not see any ghosts while dining at The Haunted Hamburger in Arizona’s famed ghost town, Jerome, but you’ll be too busy to notice this as you chow down on delicious hamburgers, savory fries, flavorful Philly cheese steaks, and any number of other choice dishes on their menu. Opt for patio dining to take in the fabulous scenery and eat your tasty fill without starving your wallet. Don’t pass up one of their yummy desserts, but be prepared to wait—this historical hamburger joint is a happening place. It’s a great way to stave off hunger while you check out this popular tourist spot, located not more than a half-hour’s drive from seductive Sedona. 410 N. Clark Street Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 634-0554 Hiro’s Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant

Since 2003, Hiro’s has been serving Flagstaff with succulent sushi and first-class Japanese fare. Sample a varied, exciting, traditional menu as you dine in comfort in a remodeled dining area that seats 150. Pair your Japanese cuisine with one of their Japanese beverages—like bottled cold sake, a sake bomber, or one of Hiro’s special martinis. Hit up Hiro’s for lunch or for dinner and check out its Sedona location while you’re peeping at red rocks. and Las Posadas Sedona

DRINK Granite Creek Vineyards

It’s family owned, it’s award winning, and it’s situated against a beautiful backdrop at 4,600 feet in Chino Valley. What’s more, it’s one of only a few wineries in the States to produce 100-percent-certified organic wines with no added sulfites. Granite offers a season-changing selection of red, white, and dessert wines. Open for tastings Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and for live entertainment on Saturdays. Schedule weddings, parties, and other elegant special events in their picturesque vineyards. Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery

Javelina Leap claims that “Arizona never tasted so good” and set about proving it with carefully handcrafted wine. Nestled on ten acres in the historic little valley of Page Springs just outside of Sedona, Javelina Leap boasts a tasting room, winery, and vineyard 20

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on the slopes of a volcanic mountain with rich views of scenic Oak Creek. The tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Take a free barrel-cellar tour on Saturdays. Oak Creek Brewery

Sweet Sedona brings you one of Arizona’s top breweries in the Oak Creek Brewing Co. Oak Creek has crafted several award-winning lagers and ales, but there is a great deal more than simply these potables to please the palate. Rent a keg, grab a pint, join the Mug Club for a small yearly membership fee. Sample choice beers at the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill and pair the golden goodness with selections from their hearty menu of midday and evening meals. It’s also the place to find The Seven Dwarfs—a presentation of select beers in miniature 5-ounce steins. and

Also check out: Alcantara Vineyards on the Verde River in the Verde Valley ( Arizona Stronghold Vineyards in Old Town Cottonwood ( Mogollon Brewing Co. in Flagstaff (

SLEEP Kokopelli Suites

Sedona in late fall is gorgeous, and Kokopelli Suites specializes in romantic getaways. That means it’s the perfect time to get away with your sweetheart. Admire majestic Thunder Mountain, situated across from the hotel. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast before setting off to hike nearby trails and browse original boutiques. Treat yourself to pampering and explore Sedona’s spiritual side. Also, take advantage of the time of year to enjoy Sedona’s XX Annual Fantasy of Lights Holiday Special (use promo code LIGHTS between Nov. 18 and Jan. 1 to receive special rates). Unwind in the evenings in your in-room Jacuzzi in your King Suite, all of which were renovated in January. The renovations include contemporary furniture and artwork, plush bedding, and the latest technology. (800) 789-7393 or Las Posadas Sedona

When you finally drag your rested body from its comfy cocoon at this luxury B&B, mosey over to the window for incredible views of one of Arizona’s most beautiful regions.

Hiro’s Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant

Then head down to breakfast—and not just any breakfast. Luxuriate with a three-course gourmet affair prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Gerson, a Le Cordon Bleu chef specializing in French and MediterraneanAmerican fusion cuisines. As the cooler weather descends, you’ll appreciate the double-sided fireplaces and just may opt to stay in of an evening for an in-room massage. Your comfort is the hotel staff’s primary concern, and Las Posadas has a deep commitment to customer service—they’ll even help you to plan your trip in advance so that when you arrive, you’ve nothing to do but relax and enjoy. Check their Web site for weekly specials and vacation packages. (928) 284-5288 or Hassayampa Inn

The Prescott Journal Miner called it the “Grand Jewel of Prescott” when it opened in November of 1927. The Hassayampa Inn is part of the National Trust Historic Hotels of the America; according to the Web site, it’s

recognized for preserving the “historic integrity, architecture, and ambience.” The inn’s venerable qualities don’t mean you must miss out on the modern ones, however. It maintains its charm while providing all the mod cons you require for a relaxing and pleasant stay. Your canine and feline family members are also welcome. Tour the inn and then tour the town, as the hotel is located in its heart. Explore the city of Prescott and enjoy pleasant dreams and sound rest in between excursions.

PLAY Box Canyon (Payson)

In the summertime, hiking through Christopher Creek in Box Canyon just east of Payson is, in a word, refreshing. From the side of Highway 260 (between mile markers 271 and 272), it’s an easy mile-or-so hike down to the canyon and another mile down the canyon. Be prepared to get wet, to scramble over slippery rocks, and to do some light

climbing here and there. Alternating swimming, wading, and hiking is a nice change from traditional trails. You’ll definitely want to have sturdy water-ready shoes with good traction, and you’ll not want to carry anything with you that can’t get wet. A decent length of rope might be of use to you in a couple of spots. Kids and dogs have a blast so long as they are well supervised. Lava River Cave

If you’re not afraid of the dark and you’ve got a solid flashlight (or, even better, headlight), hiking down the mile-long lava tube cave near Flagstaff can be quite a neat experience. Don’t expect anything fantastic at the end, but inspecting the walls and ceiling of the 700,000-year-old tube cave formed by molten rock and walking through the pitchblack underground can be interesting—and certainly out of the ordinary. Wear warm clothes (the cave temperature can dip down to the mid-thirties) and reliable shoes, as the AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2010 North Valley


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ground is slippery and composed of several different rocky textures. Watch for occasional low ceilings, and although there are no true crawl spaces, the cave does narrow briefly in a couple of places. Bring along more than one good light source in the event one fails you. The lava tube is located about fourteen miles north of Flagstaff off US 180. Sunrise Ski Resort

Greer is a lovely place—located at a refreshing high elevation, with more than a fair sprinkling of trees and wildlife. It also houses Arizona’s fun ski destination: Sunrise Park Resort. Situated in the breathtaking White Mountains, it features sixty-five runs for skiers of any level, as well as snowboarding runs, cross-country ski trails, and even a special area for the wee ones. The nearby Sunrise Park Lodge makes for comfortable accommodations and features dining, an indoor pool and whirlpool, a lounge, and a game room. It’s also conveniently situated near Sunrise Lake, where you can rent boats at the marina in the summer or enjoy the surrounding wilderness on mountain bikes, on horseback (ideal!), and on foot. Tlaquepaque

The village name might be difficult to pronounce (tlak-eh-PAK-eh), but the village itself is not at all difficult to enjoy. You can easily spend hours appreciating original items handcrafted by gifted artisans—you can even watch the artists at work! Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for family, friends, and colleagues. Sit in calm courtyards and admire the flowers 22

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and listen to the peal of the chapel bells. Study stained-glass windows as you walk through the simple, beautiful chapel, complete with handcarved leather pews; if you have pending nuptials, consider holding the ceremony inside its whitewashed adobe walls. Dine with pleasure on French and Mexican fare in the beautiful Spanish setting of the village. Its quaint ambience and unique and creative shops and restaurants, paired with its location in the heart of beautiful Sedona, make it a great place to spend time while you’re visiting the Red-Rock region. Upper Lake Mary

Upper Lake Mary is, in short, a blast. Unlike the adjacent Lower Lake Mary, it always boasts plenty of water in which to fish, swim, boat, and play. Sure, it’s surrounded by the beautiful Coconino National Forest, and it’s blue and sparkling, but its length makes it ideal for water-skiing. You’ll also see sailboats, rafts, kayaks, and canoes. The minimal fees are charged only during the peak season (mid-April through mid-October). Fish from a boat or from shore for Northern pike, rainbow trout, yellow bass, channel catfish, sunfish, and walleye. Find Upper Lake Mary just off the 3 in the Mormon Lake district just south of Flagstaff.

Additional Hiking Resources: Flagstaff Urban Trails System ( Payson Area Trails System (

ADMIRE Blue Ridge Reservoir

It may be man-made, but it’s certainly heaven-sent. This beautiful narrow lake snakes its way through steep pine-covered canyon walls on the Mogollon Plateau in the Coconino National Forest and is as peaceful and fun as it is picturesque. It’s perfect for canoes, kayaks, rafts, and small boats; and for fishing (stocked with trout by the AZ Game and Fish Dept.), swimming, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and wildlife watching. There are large boulders throughout that make for great places to fish from shore, but the shore isn’t much more than that. The Rock Crossing Campground is open from Memorial Day to mid-fall, and there are side roads leading off FR 751 (a relatively good six-milelong dirt road that leads to the boat ramp) that are ideal for camping as well. The reservoir is closed in the winter. The little slice of heaven is located sixty-three miles south of Flagstaff off Highway 87 at an elevation of 6,700 feet. Grand Canyon Railway

Observe Northern Arizona by an ageold classic mode of transportation: the train. Grand Canyon Railway offers a relaxing and scenic way to explore the beautiful country from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park. Choose from four classes of service and savor the history—Grand Canyon Railway made its first journey back in 1901, before Arizona was the Grand Canyon State—or a state at all. What was once a practical and necessary transport has become a tourist’s dream. In the winter, journey to the North

Pole to see Santa via the literature-inspired Polar Express (be sure to read Chris Van Allsberg’s modern classic of the same name to your children before you depart). Lodge comfortably at both ends of the line. Stay at the warm and inviting Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams or leave your traveling home at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park. Grand Canyon Railway offers several vacation packages. Visit their Web site for additional information and to get started on your train ride to one of the world’s seven natural wonders. (800) 843-8724 or

Telescope is 4.3-meter instrument that will soon rise up seven stories above the top of a cinder cone at Happy Jack, forty miles southeast of Flagstaff. It will serve as Lowell Observatory’s flagship research telescope. But the observatory has more to offer. Take guided tours,

Out of Africa

You may not know it, but there is a place here in Arizona where you can visit wild animals “in their own environment,” although they’re indigenous to a very different and distant continent. Out of Africa Wildlife Park employees manage to form carefully nurtured human-animal relationships without disrupting the natural order. Out of Africa creates genuine and intimate experiences with the majestic creatures we admire. Out of Africa strives to help you “feel the tiger’s majesty, to be blown away by the size of the rhino, and to laugh uncontrollably as the giraffe kisses you for a cookie.” Watch in awe as a full-grown Bengal tiger chases a staff member, catches him or her, and inflicts no harm in their can’t-miss Tiger Splash Show. Note that none of the animals are subjected to training. Observe the animals from unobstructed photo platforms, go on an African Bush Safari experience, feed a tiger, and hold a giant anaconda. Opt for a three-hour Behind-the-Scenes VIP tour, and be prepared for some off-this-continent excitement and adventure. (928) 567-2840 or

LEARN Lowell Observatory Kokopelli

Who knew education could be this fun? While you’re exploring the Northern half of the state, scout out space, too. The Discovery Channel

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Out of Africa

Upper Lake Mary

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view the sun through a specially equipped solar telescope, learn Lowell’s history through multimedia shows, spend an evening viewing the stars, try out interactive planetarium shows, and join in the fun on special events. Meteor Crater

Arizona is home to the best-preserved meteorite crater on the planet. Traveling at 26,000 miles per hour, the 150-foot-wide meteor slammed into what is now Northern Arizona some 50,000 years ago. It’s more than just a giant hole in the ground—and at 2.4 miles in circumference, it is certainly gigantic. The visitors’ center, located on its rim, features an eighty-seat widescreen theater, an indoor crater viewing area, crater trail access, an interactive discovery center, artifacts and exhibits, a gift shop, and more. Learn about the crater’s origins, take in the one-of-a-kind vista from both indoor and outdoor viewing areas, and join a half-mile guided foot tour of the crater rim (weather permitting). Museum of Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona is home to more than one museum, but the Museum of Northern Arizona is a great collection of history concerning the land and peoples of the Colorado Plateau. Conveniently located in Flagstaff, a town of many charms and history and home to the NAU Lumberjacks, the museum features four main disciplines: anthropology, biology, geology, and fine art. Explore permanent exhibits in five galleries or enjoy changing exhibits in three additional galleries. Learn about the Native American tribes of the region—don’t miss Photo by DAN GREENSPAN

the award-winning permanent fixture: the anthropology exhibit titled Native People of the Colorado Plateau. Take a gander at lovely Native American artwork, browse the Life Zone Exhibit with an introduction to the Colorado Plateau’s climate, walk the Nature Trail to the Amphibian Pond, inspect geologic fossils, and participate in so much more. With custom tours, educational programs, and artifacts definitely worth examining, it’s a must-hit stop on your tour of the north. There is much to see and much to do. We cannot cover it all! Then again, some of the fun is discovering new and exciting places for yourself. Route 66, for example, runs through Northern Arizona and features a number of interesting and historic sights along the way. But the best part about Northern Arizona? You can enjoy it all year-round in a way that complements your personal budget, no matter your particular interests. Start driving!


Marshall’s Picks Read up on Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble’s favorite Northern Arizona destinations! Eat: I always like to dine at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon on Prescott’s famous Whiskey Row. The place exudes history, with historical relics and photos on the walls, the famous Brunswick bar, the excellent service, and the great food. Drink: There’s no place better to belly up to the bar than the Palace Saloon. Being a historian, I feel like I’m stepping back in time in the historic Palace. There are also a number of fine pubs and breweries along Gurley Street across from the old Yavapai County Court House. You’ll also find friendly pubs in downtown Flagstaff located around the historic Weatherford Hotel. Sleep: Wink Crigler’s wonderful X Diamond Ranch in South Fork Canyon between Greer and Eagar. The ranch lies near the headwaters of the Little Colorado River in a beautiful little canyon with the river running through it, with excellent fishing. It’s one of Arizona’s best-kept secrets. Guests can rent spacious cabins on the property of this historic ranch.

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Play: The San Francisco Peaks would be my choice for great places to hike, especially in hot weather. For scenic beauty, you can’t beat Sedona and Sycamore and Oak Creek canyons. With youngsters, I’d suggest taking them to Slide Rock State Park up in Oak Creek Canyon. Then take them to Walnut Canyon and hike down into the ruins. After that, go up to the Snow Bowl and ride the ski lift high into the San Francisco Peaks. From there, one can see a hundred miles in just about any direction. Admire: Sitting on a rock overlooking the mountains from the top of the Mogollon Rim near Woods Canyon Lake, especially during a monsoon. Learn: I have two favorites: the Museum of Northern Arizona at Flagstaff and the Sharlot Hall Museum at Prescott.


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Renewing the Weary Spirit: Golden Door Spa P hotos courtesy G olden D oor S pa

It’s no wonder that the Boulders Resort calls its massage haven the Golden Door Spa—it’s refined and filled with amenities and treatments fit for royalty. The spa— modeled after the original Golden Door in Escondido, Calif., the oldest continually operating spa in the country—is a tranquil oasis in the desert. It draws inspiration from the ancient Honjin inns of Japan, offering the weary and the stressed excellent personal service and soothing therapeutic treatments that help to relax and reenergize. The exterior conforms to the distinct architecture of Boulders, while the inside suggests a Southwestern theme and Native American influences while incorporating feng shui elements and a Zen-like ambience. Recently, we paid a visit to the Golden Door Spa for a unique treatment: the Thai Massage, described as a “choreographed series of facilitated stretches that combines acupressure and yoga positions to warm the muscles and encourage energy flow.” It was unlike any other massage, but equally—or perhaps even more—enjoyable and effective. Just when you believe you’ve reached the highest point of relaxation and balance, you’re taken even higher. The combination of stretching, breathing, and natural movement allows the body to fully recharge! And with complimentary tea, water, and dried

fruit accompanying a turn in the steam room and sauna, the experience was one that absolutely must be repeated. And, the Thai Massage is only one offering out of many. Outside, you can empty your mind in the aesthetically pleasing labyrinth (path to tranquility), amble through the beautiful garden, and practice meditation under an authentic Tipi guide. Hike on historic trails for a glimpse at Native American ruins or go mountain-biking, golfing, rafting, horseback riding, or hot-air ballooning. Slide into the pool dedicated to Watsu (underwater treatment) or the hydrotherapy tub complete with eighty jets, choose from a tantalizing assortment of massages, or opt for a more active experience in their fitness

center, movement studios, or rock wall. A café and circular tea room silence rumbling stomachs, while special treatment rooms and suites provide privacy and serenity for individuals and couples. Sweat the stress away in the steam room; improve flexibility of mind and body in the yoga studio; or take a class on wellness, stress reduction, nutrition, cooking, self-awareness, or selfacceptance. Once you begin to feel your best, the salon hair and skin treatments can help you look your best. Don’t miss a golden opportunity for some luxurious pampering. Call (480) 488-9009 or visit TheBoulders. com for additional information, including a detailed list of available treatments.

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Pinnacle Promise: Spreading More than the Word By Kevin Downey • Photo by Timon Harper

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

(PPC) in North Scottsdale may be best known for its stunning visual features, including a majestic gigantic organ with shiny pipes and delicately carved wood that stretches from floor to ceiling behind the church’s altar. As impressive as the church’s structure is, it’s what’s taking place among the clergy and congregation that is most notable. They’re setting out to change the world for the better, and the efforts of Wes Avram, Ph.D., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s senior pastor since July 2009, who is at the helm. Dr. Avram is a preacher, an academic, a scholar, a world traveler, and an author who is spearheading PPC’s outreach efforts. One of Dr. Avram’s goals is to expand and enhance PPC’s community involvement. He’s bringing together political leaders from around the world in a series of symposiums where they will discuss issues of importance to people around the United States, specifically, residents of the North Valley. “The purpose is to create a context in which we can be informed, in order to spur serious discussion about how the faith community can be engaged in wider social issues,” Dr. Avram says. “These are free of ideology, free of arguments, and informed


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by reality and informed by good policy.” Dr. Avram helped tighten the focus of PPC’s outreach efforts with a program, Pinnacle Promise, that began this year. It is initially intended to help end homelessness in Maricopa County, with a second initiative to help people in Haiti. In only one year, Dr. Avram has made an impact on Pinnacle Presbyterian and the entire North Valley. A related effort includes a symposium in November to discuss homelessness. In January, a weekend symposium will

tackle what is arguably the hottest-button issue of today here in Arizona: immigration. Dr. Avram is a Detroit native who has been making an impact for decades on people around the world. He has served as pastor at Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania and Illinois and is also an academic and a teacher. He’s served as chaplain and lecturer at Bates College in Maine, edited two books, and studied at colleges around the world. He currently serves on the board of advisors for Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, Lynne,

a home health care nurse, have two sons ages 14 and 12. Dr. Av ra m say s he was drawn to Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in large part because of the congregation’s positive outlook. “I’m drawn to the way Pinnacle can tell a story to the larger church,” he says. “We have a traditional service and a traditional organ. Yet, there is a spirit of innovation and a sense of optimism in the congregation. It’s unusual to find that combination of a traditional church and optimism.”

Giving Back

Passing It Down, Passing It Forward: Veterans Heritage Project by Kevin Downey • photos by Vickilyn Hussey

History is lost to us every day. Tragically, countless veterans who pass on take their accounts of wars with them—wars from World War II to the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that have ensured the freedom and safety of generations of Americans. Barbara Hatch, a history teacher for the past decade at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, has made it her mission since 2004 to preserve military veterans’ stories through the Veterans Heritage Project. In doing so, students forge bonds with the sometimes forgotten men and women who risked their lives to save ours. “Our main mission is to bring kids together with veterans,” Hatch says. “Kids have an enormous appreciation for people who’ve made sacrifices for them.” Hatch launched Veterans Heritage Project with a simple idea: veterans would tell their stories of wars and their roles in these conflicts, and students would record them. Her idea, initially funded with grant money from SRP, became a book in the 2004–05 school year: Since You Asked: Arizona Veterans Share Their Memories. Each year, students write stories about dozens of veterans,

based on recordings made by students. “We make an effort to represent every conflict,” Hatch says. “We have only a small number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, though, because many of them are still deployed or not ready to talk.” Previously known as the A rizona Heritage Project, the Veterans Heritage Project is now a nonprof it 501.c3 organization. Its plan is to roll out in more Arizona schools, including Canyon Valley School in Gilbert for the first time this year, and then proceed to schools around the country. This year students are working on the seventh Since You Asked (previous editions are available at The project is expanding beyond Arizona. Hatch has been a teacher since the early 1970s and has taught in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Iran, and Senegal as well as in the United States. She says her inspiration to preserve veterans’ stories began in the late 1990s when she took students to see Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. That prompted Hatch to ask local veterans to speak to her students. “It was magic,” she says. “I think kids should learn history firsthand.” Hatch says that students involved in Veterans Heritage Project improve their reading and writing skills, and some learn how to speak in public. Several students have in fact spoken about the project at national conferences. And the veterans, she says, benefit from having a chance to tell their

stories and to have their stories preserved for future generations. All the interviews that students conduct with veterans are permanently archived at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Hatch is hoping that Veterans Heritage Project will eventually include ASU classes about preserving veterans’ stories and scholarships for students involved in the project. Already, she’s created a training manual for other teachers to duplicate the project and, with the help of public TV station KAET, a workshop to go along with it. “Our goal this year as a nonprofit is to enable other schools to start similar programs,” Hatch says. “We’re encouraging other schools to do this so students get to know veterans in their area.” OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 North Valley



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Marley Taylor: Alternating Hot and Cool By Kevin Downey • Photo by Richard Flaverty

The last time most of us saw Marley Taylor,

who is one beautiful half of the group Zowie Bowie, she was wrapping up more than four years of high-energy performances in and around North Scottsdale. She and partner Chris Phillips had sung, danced, and rocked out to packed crowds week in and week out. Taylor, a Pittsburgh native and a delightfully upbeat whirlwind of energy, is still performing with Zowie Bowie. But she now has a second group and is composing music and recording it with them in addition to performing it. The new ensemble is the tenpiece David Perrico Group. The band leans toward the styles of adult-contemporary bands like Chicago and Journey. In August, the David Perrico Group began performing at The Bootlegger Bistro in Las Vegas and has been actively lining up performances at music festivals and other venues.

It’s a totally different persona to go from Zowie Bowie to digging deep into your soul and writing music from the heart for the David Perrico Group. “We perform all original music,” says Taylor. “This has a pop-jazz feel to it, with a little bit of country thrown in. David’s background is in jazz, mine is in pop, so we combined the two. The band is horns, strings—instruments that get overlooked these days.” The David Perrico Group represents the next phase of her career, Taylor says. These days, she’s putting most of her energy into writing songs and performing original music. “The band is a collaboration between Marley and me,” says David Perrico, a musician who also performs most nights with Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis show. “It’s geared toward 32

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adult-contemporary music, although it’s difficult to put a label on it.” Day by day, Taylor shifts radically between the David Perrico Group and Zowie Bowie, going from mature, beautiful music to high-energy pop sounds. “It represents totally different, opposite ends of my personality,” she says. “It’s a totally different persona to go from Zowie Bowie to digging deep into your soul and writing music from the heart for the David Perrico Group.” As of September, Zowie Bowie has a standing Friday-night gig at Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas, where Taylor and Phillips first took their show in 2006 after relocating from Scottsdale. “Red Rock is like our home,” Taylor says. “The locals are like people in Scottsdale. It’s a great community. The people really embrace us.” For information about the David Perrico Group featuring Marley Taylor, visit Zowie Bowie performs at Red Rock Casino Resort. For more information, call (702) 797-7777 or visit

‘No one has seen them,’ claims Peru’s oil chief. ‘They’ve been invented,’ says Peru’s president. Yet this photograph of an uncontacted tribe proves they exist. The government is giving over 70% of its Amazon forest to oil and gas exploration. It will destroy the tribes that live there. Help restore logic.

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Art & Culture

Picture This City’s Cool By Kevin Madness • Photos courtesy Jason Hill

Jason Hill makes pictures of Phoenix. He photographs architecture and mountains. He photographs signs and monuments. He pictures Phoenix from an airplane window seat. He pictures Phoenix as it was midcentury and as it will be in the future. Through his lens, he captures the iconic and the obscure. He captures the heat. He captures the culture. It’s all these things that give the city personality, but it’s easy to overlook in the dayto-day. In routine, we lose awareness, forgetting to view our environment with interest. Hill’s work restores that interest and brings attention to our surroundings. He does it by presenting the images with a style that infuses classic imagery with a youthful enthusiasm. When he first moved here, Phoenix seemed to Hill like a ghost town. That was eight years ago. Hill says a cultural shift has been occurring. There is a greater interest in art. Creativity is being embraced. Phoenix is cool again. That’s the title of his latest exhibition: This City is Cool. It is series of pictures taken with an iPhone using an application called Hipstamatic that mimics the retro quality of toy cameras from the 1980s. The Hipstamatic app digitally recreates the endearing imperfections (light leaks, vignetting, and distortions) that gave the plastic cameras a cult following in the art community. With an iPhone camera, Hill was able to shoot sporadically and capture a day-in-thelife vision of Phoenix. “It’s kind of like snapshot photography where you shoot from the hip wherever you’re at,” Hill says. “If you see a shot, you’ve got the phone right in your pocket so you can shoot


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I want to bring attention to the city and its physical surroundings . . . I want to stir something in people. it right there without having to lug around a camera.” Like the cultures of the city, the subjects vary: the rustic front of an old Indian school, the kitschy decadence of the Big Apple Restaurant sign, the castle on Camelback, a looming T-Rex made of painted concrete. They are modern images shown through a layer of nostalgia—images that at once radiate with the heat of the summer and reflect on the elements that make Phoenix cool. This City is Cool, which features over a hundred prints, has drawn critical praise and has been lauded by the inventor of the Hipstamatic app, but Hill is more interested in its impact on the people of the Valley. “I want to bring attention to the city and its physical surroundings,” he says. “I want to stir something in people.” This wasn’t the first time Hill focused his art on local scenery. Last year, he created a collection titled Icons of Phoenix, which recog-

nized the historical architecture in the Valley. Though the old buildings in town sometimes seem outdated and unpreserved, Hill saw an unappreciated romanticism in them. He photographed the buildings, drew over the images, and handmade brilliant three-color screen prints of structures he considered to be icons: Arcosanti, the Phoenix Financial Center, The Bikini Lounge, Talesian West, and the Rosson House. With thick black lines and vibrant blue and yellow ink, the images pop out and look surreal, looking simultaneously historical and modern. Most of the limited-edition screen prints sold out quickly. “I picked buildings that had a classic quality and historical resonance,” Hill says. “Phoenix is notorious for knocking down its buildings and building something new—this was a way to show that the old stuff is cool, too.” The limited-edition screen prints sold out quickly. Hill attributes his artistic success to the inclusion of elements of past and present in his work. “I try to have the optimism that was used in the aesthetics of the past and take those principles and apply them to my work now,” he says. “In a way, it’s retrofuturism, because it’s building on elements from the past to create something for the future.” Hill’s retrofuturistic approach to art is somewhat representative of Phoenix itself. Our city is a model metropolis of the twentyfirst century, but it’s also a city with a visual history worth preserving. To understand that balance is to understand why Phoenix is cool. Check out Jason Hill's art at

AZ Fun Facts

The Old Black Canyon Highway B y M arshall T rimble , O fficial A rizona S tate H istorian

The first time I traveled the old Black Canyon Highway was in October, 1947 and I was 8 years old. My father had recently given up ranching and had sold his cows. He hired out as a fireman for the Santa Fe Railroad, and the only place where he had enough seniority to work steadily was at the railroad junction town of Ash Fork along storied Route 66. Phoenix was linked

to northern Arizona at Ash Fork by U.S. Highway 89 and the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railroad. The highway took a long, circuitous path through Wickenburg and the rugged Weaver and Bradshaw Mountains. Because of its switchbacks, twists, and more kinks than a cheap lariat, the railroad became known as the Peavine.

hills looking for gold. school, and the general store, which included We packed up the 1936 Ford, hitched After making repairs, we loaded up and a gas station, café, bar, groceries, and hardup our two-room trailer house, and headed headed north from Bumble Bee, only to ware. It was also the area’s social gathering north up Mission Drive (today’s 27th Avbreak down again on the steep hill in Crazy place—on Saturday nights, they pushed enue) along what would one day become InBasin, scene of several stagecoach robberies back the tables and had a dance. terstate-17. The only paved road from Phoeduring the late 1800s. Once again, a highMy dad flagged down a southbound car nix to Ash Fork in those days was U.S. 89 way department truck towed us in to Cordes. and gave a parts list to the driver to drop off at by way of Wickenburg and Prescott. There Hen r y C orde s was only one major had a gas station and obstacle —Ya rnel l general store similar Hill, north of Wickto the one at Bumble enburg—and it was Bee, and he became so steep that mounour cordial host for a tain goats had to shut few more days while their eyes and walk more parts arrived sideways. There was from Hilding’s Gano way that old Ford rage. Soon, we were could climb it pullon our way again. ing a trailer house. The journey on to Our only choice was Mayer, Humboldt, to travel the old stageDewey, and Prescott coach road that’s now was uneventful, as called Black Canyon there were no more Highway. It began steep hills to climb. at 27th Avenue and We turned on U.S. Thomas Road and 89 north of Prescott headed north toward and made our way New River where the the final 53 miles to pavement ended. Ash Fork. It would We s topp e d at be our home for the Rock Springs for wanext eight years. ter and gas and then The travelin' Trimbles in Ash Fork, 1948. Marshall, age 9; brother Danny, age 7; mother Juanita, age 29; father Ira "Happy", During that headed north across age 39; and brother Charlie, age 12. eight-day journey the Agua Fria and up from Phoenix to Prescott, my brothers and Hilding’s Garage on 27th Avenue between the steep grade north of the river on that narI had a great time skipping school and roamIndian School and Thomas. Mr. Hilding row road that is still visible today from I-17 ing the hills and canyons along the old Black filled the order and gave it to another car on the way to Sunset Point. About halfway Canyon Highway. I was too young to appreheading north. The next day, the parts arup the grade, the clutch blew out and we had ciate the history as we traveled along that old rived, and Dad went about rebuilding the to be towed into Bumble Bee by a highway stagecoach road, but the memory is still clear clutch. My brothers and I passed the days department truck. All there was to Bumble after more than sixty years. exploring along the creek and the nearby Bee in those days were some small cabins, a OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 North Valley



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Minivan Lux: The Toyota Sienna Limited [ B y G reg R ubenstein ]

No luxury manufacturer offers a minivan, which is too bad. Generally better handling, arguably safer, and undeniably better at hauling people and stuff inside than any SUV, the minivan continues to suffer the label of “not cool.” With Toyota’s new third-generation Sienna, the world’s largest automaker hopes to gain some traction for the minivan in the cool department. In all-wheel-drive Limited trim, the Sienna offers unprecedented minivan luxury. It’s as appropriately appointed as any vehicle from Lexus (Toyota’s upscale luxury line), and it offers second-row seating second to none—full-recline first-class airstyle lounge seating complete with footrests. Other luxury features include two-tone leather upholstery and wood trim, poweradjustable front captain’s chairs with driver memory function, rain-sensing wipers, voice-activated DVD navigation system with touch-screen, and the first 16.4-inch widescreen entertainment center for the rear passengers. This feature is capable of showing two different movies (or movie and video-game system) side-by-side, all controlled by wireless remote and including wireless headsets. Lack of visual appeal has always been part of the problem for minivans, but the Sienna’s new skin goes a long way toward shedding the ugly-duckling stereotype. A responsive, powerful drive train and sedanlike handling create a complete package, making this new minivan not just the class of its field but also a worthy competitor to “crossover” (car-


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platform) SUVs and large sedans. The Sienna’s new profile is much sportier. From the side profile, its design looks modern and sleek, with door sliders noticeably missing, as they’re cleverly hidden in the window recess. From the rear or rear threequarter view, the Sienna’s design really begins to shine thanks to strongly sculpted rear corners and distinct fender flares. Up front, the façade shares a strong Toyota-family resemblance; it’s aerodynamic distinguishing, with sharply angled headlamps poised higher than the grille. Inside, there are soft-touch plastics wherever the hand falls, the switchgear feels substantial, and interior panels are evenly and snugly fit together, as if straight from a Lexus assembly line. There are features to please driver and passengers alike; they include radar-assisted cruise control, a multifunction information display with trip computer and backup camera (independent of the nav system screen), three-zone climate control, power third-row split seating, front and rear parking sonar, dual moonroofs, and sunshades for all passenger windows. The Sienna AWD Limited is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine matched with an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission. The

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Mom was more right than she probably ever knew when she told you that eating fruits and vegetables would make you big and strong. Medical experts are agreeing that Mom’s sage words can actually help lower your chances of developing breast cancer in adulthood.

Breast cancer affects about one out of 1,000 women in the United States each year, and women are 100 times more likely than men to get breast cancer. One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime. According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer in American women will be diagnosed in 2010. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women, second only to non-melanoma skin cancer. It is not certain what exactly causes breast cancer in some women while other women remain completely undiagnosed. Certain factors that contribute to risk are out of our control, like heredity, aging, and the environment. Although there is no magic bullet to prevent or cure cancer, we can improve our chances of lowering risk by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Modifiable risk factors like body weight, alcohol consumption, amount of exercise, and diet can all be controlled by making healthy choices and lifestyle changes. So in the face of these odds, women can safeguard themselves with balanced nutrition to ward off the likelihood of breast cancer. It is most important to balance food intake with a combination of foods high in both phytochemicals, which occur naturally in flavorsome and colorful plants, and antioxidants to prevent cancercausing cells from developing. Create a comprehensive diet using whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that doesn’t emphasize one food group over another so that much needed nutrients and minerals work together to boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, and control weight. Avoid high-fat foods like red meats, processed foods, and fried foods that are typically found in the Western diet.

Whole grains are high in fiber, which drastically reduces toxins and disrupts estrogen pathways that promote estrogen growth. Nutritionists highly recommend adding 30–40 grams of fiber to your daily diet with foods like cereal, flour, bran, pasta, brown rice, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, peas, raw vegetables, and fresh fruit. Integrate olive and flaxseed oils when cooking to gain their beneficial cancer-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber, lignin (another plant-based element with antioxidant properties), and phytoestrogen, which also occurs naturally in plants. Fruits like grapefruit, pomegranates, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, lemons, limes, cantaloupe, and dried prunes and raisins contain antioxidants that have proven to lower cancer risk. Carotene-rich foods like vegetables are great antioxidants and are virtually fat free. Include a daily serving of legumes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, turnips, mustard greens, kale, collards, or dark leafy greens like spinach in your diet. Cruciferous vegetables—broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage—have sulfur-containing phytonutrients that neutralize carcinogenic substances. Soy and soy products are some of the most powerful antioxidants around thanks to their vitamins, potassium, folate, and unique isoflavones; a regular intake of soy has been linked to dramatically lower risk. Although plant foods contain the most benefit, you can still include a portion of meat to your breast nutrition. Select lean meats like skinned chicken or turkey, or coldwater fish like tuna, salmon, rainbow trout, cod, sardines, or herring. Avoid red meats and processed, fried, or barbecued meats when possible. Weight gain, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise have all been found to increase breast cancer risk. Dietary fats—saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, processed oils, and refined oils—diminish the immune system, allowing cancer cells to grow and spread. They also raise estrogen levels, which contributes to tumor growth and cancerous tissue. Alcohol encourages estrogen growth and should be minimally consumed at any age and especially limited in postmenopausal women, since estrogen levels are higher. Of course, see your medical professional for checkups and advice about preventative care. It’s never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle and reverse the risks of one of the greatest threats to women’s lives.

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Sapphires: Finding One That’s Right for You [ B y S cott B ohall ]

What determines beauty? Country of origin? Proportions? Color?

Sapphires and human beings have some things in common. Some humans are almost universally appealing, while others appeal to some of us but not to others. Some humans we could mention are overly hyped; similarly, some gems are not worth any investment. Again, just like humans, some sapphires have some lessthan-ideal quality or require some work before going out on the town. And should you encounter a top-quality sapphire, you instantly understand why they have been coveted for thousands of years. The Greek word for blue is sappheiros, which is where sapphire got its name. Many centuries later, the gem world stopped naming gems by color, realizing that some gems, sapphires particularly, come in a wide variety of colors. While the red sapphires retained the name ruby, the other colors remained under the sapphire umbrella. The scientific name for sapphire is

corundum, but the term is rarely used when talking about jewelry. Some sapphires display a six-legged star when cut into a dome shape. Star sapphires are highly praised in many cultures for luck and status. Black stars are more common and therefore less expensive. Pinks, blues, and purples are the most

collected, while whites and grays are a bit more common. Man-made stars, sometimes called Linde stars, may be found in less expensive jewelry. Gem-quality sapphires that are transparent, are able to be faceted, and have not been treated in any way are quite rare and often equally expensive. When I travel to

Southeast Asia, each trip provides a gem that I have never seen and may never see again. Some treatments, such as heating sapphire in an oven, have been done for hundreds of years. Other treatments, such as color-dyeing or filling of cracks with glass, are not as accepted and take worthless material to market in clever disguises. It is a federal law to disclose treatments that greatly affect value. Some polls suggest less than 20 percent of treated gems are declared to the public. Top-quality orange sapphires can reach $5,000 for a onecarat gem. A color-treated orange can be as cheap as $200, and a man-made orange can be as cheap as $75. The country of origin can also greatly affect a gem’s value. Why would fewer than 10 percent of jewelers disclose origin? Mostly because they don’t know where the gems came from. Just as most of us would not accept a mate with only the information of species and weight, it would be smart to find out more information about your sapphire before purchasing one. OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 North Valley


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One Big Show for the Money: Viva Elvis [ B y B en M iles ]

A seventh in-resident show by one entity on the Las Vegas strip is unheard of. But it’s not unlikely when you consider that the phantasmagorical circus troupe—Cirque du Soleil—has brought the unparalleled story of Elvis Presley to worshipful heights with an hour-and-a-half of showy displays and gravitysassing leaps, lunges, and deathdaring plunges. When it’s over, Viva Elvis—playing indef initely at the Aria Resort and Casino—we in the audience of the newly constructed Elvis Presley Theater are appreciative and thankful for Presley’s gifts. At his best and in his prime, Elvis Presley was a singular phenomenon. Like a Tw yla Tharp dance spectacular, the Cirque players perform to the music of Elvis Presley, which is chronicled in such a fashion as to provide a sort of biographical narrative to this man who would be (and indeed was) king. The production is netted together by writer, director, and co-choreographer Vincent Paterson, with Erich Van Tourneau lending muscular arrangements and musical direction. Center stage presents a huge and everpresent screen f illed with perpetually changing photos and slices of film images that are benchmarks in the ascendancy of Elvis Presley to superstardom and beyond. Mashed up with live Cirque musicians, the horn and percussion additives are especially rousing tweaks to the Elvis vocals. We hear the early Elvis songs and are delighted to rediscover the primal appeal inherent in “Jailhouse Rock” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” The former is performed on the so-called Jailhouse set (designed, along

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with all other set elements, by Mark Fisher)—all sixty-six feet of it. What’s more, it’s forty feet high and weighs in at 90,000 pounds. Plus, the set is mobile. Dozens of acrobats and dancers sporting prison stripes and calaboose-style millinery provide an exuberant exhibition of this jailbird sock hop. Another turning-point in the Presley lifetime was his army induction. Here, thanks to aged black-and-white newsreel footage, we witness the rock ‘n’ roll rebel as he is transformed into a respectful G.I. How surprisingly bittersweet it is. Under a spectacular American f lag made up of BVD underwear and soldier-type long

johns, the Cirque Company performs a boot camp-like routine of rope climbs, bar-pulls, and spins as well as a zip-line descent across the horizontal length of the sizable stage. This all provides for a remarkable series of physical feats performed to the energized cadence of the Elvis baritone belting out “Return to Sender.” A beautiful and soaring act of performance art is conducted by two acrobats spinning and grasping toward and then apart from each other within a huge floating guitar suspended from the rafters above the stage, like a constellation in the night sky. And it’s all done in sync with Elvis’s rendition of the soulful “One Night (with You),” amounting to a tear-teasing tribute to Elvis’s unfulf illed relationship with his monozygotic twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was delivered as a stillbirth thirty-five minutes before Elvis was born. With dazzling costumes ranging from padded-shoulder suit coats to high-collared rhinestone jumpsuits by Stefano Canulli and lighting by Mark Brickman that becomes a spectacle in itself (the colored silhouettes of the swinging sixties Elvis are priceless), Viva Elvis is the perfect Vegas entertainment: a pageant dedicated to the quintessential Vegas entertainer, Elvis Presley. Long live the King. Viva Elvis will be performed indefinitely Friday through Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Elvis Presley Theater at the Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. There will be no shows on Wednesdays or Thursdays. For reservations, dial (877) 253-5847 or (702) 531-2031. For online ticketing, visit

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Function of the Head in the Golf Swing [ B y S cott S ackett • P hotos by C olleen M iniuk - S perry ]

To get a better understanding of the golf swing, it is very important that you understand what causes what. It is really what makes Tour players great. They have a crystal-clear picture of what this tip is all about: club face and path.

or out-to-in through impact. If you’re interested in changing the path of your golf swing through impact, you must fix the club face first. In simple terms, the path to a large degree is a byproduct of the club face...period.

If you’re in the process of taking golf lessons and you’re currently slicing the ball, I have some news that you might find interesting. The slice at impact is an open club face. Most of us try to correct that shot subconsciously by swinging over the top

The club face is controlled by two factors: a) position of your hands on the club at address and b) the tension in your hands while gripping the club at address. At address, your hands can be in one of three positions.

FIGURE 1: Weak grip

FIGURE 2: Neutral grip

FIGURE 3: Strong grip

Remember, when we talk weak, neutral, and strong related to the grip, those are golf terms—they do not have anything to do with strength. When your hands are in a weak position, the Vs of your hands are pointing toward your chin (Figure 1). If the grip is neutral, the Vs are pointing at your right ear (Figure 2). If the grip is strong, the Vs are pointing at your right shoulder (Figure 3). Remember that the stronger we grip the club, the more it allows for the face to rotate through impact. If we’re looking to hit that perfect draw, the club face at impact is slightly closed to the path. That seems to be everyone’s dream shot. Because of the lack of our understanding of the club face and its function, most of us never reach that stage in our golf swing. Approximately 85 percent of all golfers slice the ball. If you are guilty of any of the following, then your game is probably in need of some help: - If I’m slicing the ball, I just take my top hand and turn it more to the left. - If I slice the ball, I align my body to the right of the target. - If I hook the ball, I align myself more to the left of the target. If you need a lesson about one of these three things, e-mail Scott Sackett for an introductory summer special rate.


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best personal trainers, and proven programs. After a fulfilling workout, you’ll need to fill your rumbling stomach, and there is no better way to do that than by stopping into Xooro (pronounced “sure-oh”), a little eatery with big taste. Chomp on some crunchy Spanish fritters and wash them down with a cup of steaming joe or smooth hot chocolate. The pastries are made fresh to order and are available in a multitude of flavors, with a selection of optional toppings and fillings. Get

them gluten-free upon request. You’re now ready for some more shopping, which is best done at Charming Charlie—which is really a charming boutique filled with affordable fashion accessories including jewelry, handbags, clothing, belts, scarves, and more. Browse by color! (623) 516-7966 or Take a break from shopping to relax at Blissful Yoga Studio, which offers nearly twenty varieties of yoga classes that include hot yoga, prenatal yoga, and kids’ yoga. Also check out the Great Yoga Wall, the only of its kind in the state, which can help you to deepen your yoga postures. Now that you’ve had your mental refreshment, it’s time to “elevate” your caffeine levels at Elevate Coffee Co., a café that offers an assortment of coffee drinks made from fresh, locally roasted coffee beans. Great snacks as well! Enjoy live entertainment, too.

debilitating, and sometimes deadly. That’s where the not-for-profit Bosom Buddies of Arizona (BBA) steps in. The organization comprises volunteers with personal experience who regularly deal with the challenges of breast cancer and whose mission is the sharing of common experience and knowledge. BBA hosts monthly breast cancer support groups, provides educational programs, and runs a 24/7 hotline. The organization has been a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition since 1991. It supports a network of breast cancer activists who lobby at the local, state, and national levels for “public policies that impact breast cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment,” as stated on BBA’s Web site. Pat McGarvey served as facilitator for BBA for twelve years. Her journey began in the late nineties when she was searching for breast-reconstruction information and advice after having had a mastectomy. Her very first meeting with BBA included only herself and acting facilitator Rayma Scalzo, and for over a decade, McGarvey helped grow the West Valley Chapter of BBA, with meeting attendance swelling to nearly forty. The chapter hosted a continuing speakers’ program that featured the finest breast cancer surgeons and medical and

radiation oncologists in the Valley; members also put out a monthly newsletter, published articles in five newspapers each month, created a book exchange, handed out welcome folders and free breast cancer booklets, and sponsored a public Bosom Buddies Day. “Through the years, I had the privilege of meeting and helping hundreds of women who taught me the meaning of courage,” McGarvey says. “I have seen their fears become a thirst for knowledge, understanding, determination, and an eagerness to share what they’ve learned with others who have just begun their journeys.” Visit for more information on the organization, monthly meetings, and programs. If you or someone you know breast cancer needs information or support, call their hotline at (602) 231-6648.

This Fall, Have It All at Norterra

By Cassaundra Brooks

Something is always happening at the Shops at Norterra, and November is no exception. Several additional destinations will be open to the public before this lovely autumn month has ended. You may have already popped into a few of them, but others will be enjoying their grand opening in November. So-oh! Fashion opens in November with the latest in chic must-haves for women and for children through age 10. The boutique has an interesting selection of fashionable clothes, shoes, and accessories—and all at affordable prices. If you need to tone up and slim down to look good in these latest fashions, you could head to the newly opened Anytime Fitness for a workout. It is the world’s largest twenty-four-hour co-ed fitness franchise, and it’s stocked with the latest equipment,

Bosom Buddies: Sisterhood is Powerful

By Cassaundra Brooks Photos courtesy Bosom Buddies Cancer is a scary word, not only for those who fight it but also for the family members and friends who deal with it and for the medical professionals who treat it. The adage “strength in numbers” takes on a whole new meaning for those affected in any way by cancer. It’s a comfort to know that you are not alone in your situation—connecting with others provides a great source of strength and encouragement. Breast cancer is the second most prevalent cancer in females. Regular mammograms and monthly breast exams help many women to detect it in its early stages, which gives treatment a better chance of success, but it is still disheartening,

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Fall Fashion: Cultivate Your Closet [ B y L e A nne B agnall ]

When making the transition into your fall wardrobe, there’s no need to start from scratch. Instead, reinvigorate your style by applying fashion-forward trends to your existing wardrobe that will make you stand out this season. By personalizing the clothing you already own with just a few details (and maybe a little help from a friend, if you’re all thumbs), you can accentuate your unique style and make a sleek transition into autumn. To start, find what style suits you best. Designer Christian Siriano suggests targeting your favorite celebrity’s style and adapting it to your own. Think of a celebrity icon with the same body type and personality as yours and let their wardrobe inspire your fall selections. Diane Kruger, Audrey Tautou, Marion Cotillard, and Zoë Saldana all exemplify their sultry styles with lush hues, provocative cuts, and romantic fabrics. Think about what colors, patterns, and textures you favor. Identify what trends you want to incorporate into your wardrobe that are sure to flatter your figure, your character, and your wallet! Once you’ve distinguished your custom look, it’s time to vamp up your closet with a touch of drama. You don’t have to be a professional designer to update your wardrobe. Har vest your inner fashion streng ths and make an old sweater or worn-out pair of jeans into something new and tailor-made to your best features. The process doesn’t have to be complex—think simple trims or tiny accessories to craft creative flair. Don’t be afraid to learn from history! Your fashion predecessors can lend awe-inspiring detail to your modern boudoir. Some Victorian-inspired pearl buttons, pleats, or keyhole slits can turn a drab blouse into elegant new evening wear. Try adding delicate laces or dainty fringe to a plain cardigan for a sophisticated vintage look. Basic cottons like camisoles, long-sleeves, or tiered skirts can have some old-world flair by adding intricate embroideries, frilly ruffles, or 3-D rosettes. Create chic allure with silky ribbons, soft bows, or cinching to a modest dress for classic Hollywood glamour. Whatever changes you decide to make, be


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Don’t forget about shoes! For fall, boots are all the craze. When flaunting your new custom style, do not reach for a pair of bulky Uggs or tacky flip-flops that can undercut your graceful appearance. Complement your flattering look with feminine-shaped heeled boots. Regardless of the length or the type of accessories, studs, straps, laces, and textures on boots of all shapes and sizes make for a great way to top off a stunning fall outfit.

sure they follow your chosen theme and are not overdone. The best improvements are subtle, discreet, and petite. You want your style and not your overeager handiwork to shine. Find a local tailor to custom-fit your department-store clothing, or shop at fabric and craft shops for buttons, buckles, laces, sequins, and more. Maybe your best-fitting jeans are frayed at the bottom or torn at the knee: rediscover their use by tailoring them into board shorts or new capris. Add sumptuous details to purses and other accessories for remarkable transformations. Remember, just because we all purchase our clothing off the rack doesn’t mean we all have to look as if we came off the rack, too. This fall, don’t be afraid to set the trends yourself.

For more formal occasions, the little black dress has never fallen out of style. Any short-length black dress accompanied with bold accessories will send you out the door with elegance and class. Choose from simple to ruffled, tiered, peplum, and sheer to sleek form-fitting designs that emphasize your best features and soften unwanted curves. This timeless classic looks great with any-sized high heels for evening wear.

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New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die lists the Boulders Resort, Canyon De Chelly National Monument, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, and Red Rock country as must-sees.  Chaps,

which are leather leggings worn by cowboys, were designed to protect the legs from the dense growth of tangled shrubs and thickets known as chaparral, thus gaining their name.

George Washington’s false teeth were not made of wood. They were crafted largely from hippopotamus and elephant ivory.


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Arizona has many nicknames: the Baby State, the Valentine State, the Grand Canyon State, the Sunset State, the Sandhill State, the Coyote State, and the Apache State. The reverse, or tails, side of the Arizona quarter was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Iskowitz is a U.S. Air Force artist whose works are displayed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Museum, the Pentagon, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian will permanently display Iskowitz's 2010 Design for the Women Air Force Service Pilots Congressional Gold Medal.

The largest single hailstone ever recorded

in the United States was seven inches in diameter and weighed just under a pound. It hit in Nebraska in 2003 at an estimated 100 mph.


ringtail cat is Arizona’s official state mammal, but it isn’t actually a cat at all. Ringtail cats are related to raccoons. The average ringtail weighs 2 to 2.5 pounds and may be kept as a pet if you’re lucky enough to catch one.

Poisonous plants to look out for in Arizona: silverleaf nightshade, eucalyptus, tree tobacco, and Virginia creeper.

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house APS. It is the first program of its kind in the Grand Canyon State. Why is this so important? QSI-designated installers were tasked with completing a challenging series of technical, professional, and administrative courses for both solar electric systems and solar water heaters; they not only guarantee customer satisfaction in service but they also hold the appropriate licenses with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. “[These installers] understand the complexities associated with the various types of solar installations and are dedicated to the highest level of technical skills, customer service, and consumer safety,” says Eran Mahrer, director of Renewable Portfolio Management. It gets better—there are financial incentives! In fact, APS has been offering them to their customers since 2002. The number of customers taking advantage of these incentives has increased exponentially in the past couple of years, and 2010 has attracted the most new solar energy users to date. The growth has created the need and therefore the opportunity for more installers to achieve a QSI designation. The increase in designated installers in turn creates more opportunity for consumers to take advantage of one of our most precious natural resources and, in doing so, to help to conserve and protect other natural resources. A list of QSIs is available at You may also find a QSI by calling the APS Energy Answer Line at (602) 371-3668.

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You’ll Fall for It All! [ B y A lana S troud ]

This fall, there are some new (or retro, depending on who you are) trends coming round.

Read on to see what you should be wearing, where you should be hanging, and what you should be doing when the cooler weather hits.

Knee-High Socks Designers have been generous with their use of knee-highs on the runways for this fall’s trends. Wear them for fun or for business, as this look caters to all types and helps keeps out the autumn chill, too. Check your favorite clothing store or find some great buys online.

Voting As Americans, we know how important voting is for our country. On Nov. 2, take the time out of your schedule to visit a poll near you and choose your favorites for the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Your opinion matters!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Harry Potter fans, get ready! On Nov. 19, the seventh installment of the Harry Potter series makes its debut with Part I! Get out your Harry Potter gear, buy your tickets early, and prepare for more adventure with your favorite magical gang.


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Thanksgiving Day Parade Come see Arizona’s only Thanksgiving Day Parade, held annually in Fountain Hills. It begins at 9 a.m. at the corners of Saguaro and El Lago Boulevards and features up to 75 pieces—bands, floats, marching units, and a Grand Marshall. Bring the whole family—it’s free!

Velvet Didn’t think it would make a comeback? Think again! This luxurious fabric showed up in the form of pants, shirts, jackets, and vests on the runways as one of this season’s trends. The beauty of velvet’s return is that you don’t necessarily have to shop for brand-new items—vintage boutiques are likely to have a lot of cool pieces as well.

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Stargazing October and November have constellations that are more visible during these months than any other. Aquarius and Pegasus make their appearances in October, and Andromeda, Cassiopeia, and Pisces take the sky in November. Stargazing for Everyone puts on free presentations at locations like Challenger Space Center, Lake Pleasant, and different parks around the valley. Find out where they’ll be next and go see some stars!, or (623) 979-1393.

Fall Flowers Hey, Green Thumbs! The weather is finally tolerable for outdoor activities, so add some color to your yard or flowerbeds this autumn with some fall-blooming flowers. Choose your favorites from among brightly colored asters, fragrant sweet autumn clematis, orchidlike toad lilies, Russian sage, or fall crocus—just to name a few.

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What’s Your Favorite Northern Arizona Vacation Destination? B y C aroline G oddard

Jonathan Lizama, Anthem, restaurant manager “There are a couple: Sedona and Havasupai Falls—beautiful.”

Tonia Cupp, Scottsdale, stay-at-home mom “Sedona—the Pink Jeep Tours. It’s fun! You get to bounce around, see the rocks, and it’s relaxing at the same time.”

Michael Bidak, Phoenix, tree trimmer “I love going up to Big Lake—trout fishing. I take my whole family up there, and it’s awesome. The climate’s awesome year-round, and the trout fishing’s fantastic.”

Patrick Corley, Cave Creek, financial services representative “My favorite place in Northern Arizona would be the Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival in Flagstaff. I would say Flagstaff or I would also say Jerome. Jerome’s a quite exciting little departure from what many of us see in the rest of Arizona.” 62

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Albert Avenaim, Scottsdale, owner of Albert’s Greek Delights

“Lake Powell. It’s the best place to go fishing. I like bass; we rent a boat and go up there and catch as many as we can.”

Leanne Phillips, Cave Creek, intuitive feng shui designer “In the winter, we go west of Snow Bowl and pick some areas where you can slide down the hills with your sleds and have fun that way.”

John Holbrook, Cave Creek, owner of JH Grass Fed Beef I love the Sedona area. It’s not only beautiful but it’s easy access and has fairly decent year-round climate.”

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2 ACCENT PILLOW This leather-and-suede pillow makes the perfect accent. It is hand-beaded and is available in custom sizes and colors. $229 at Valerie’s Furniture & Accents.

3 TWISTED HEART FLIP-FLOPS Haute C. Boutique features Twisted Heart flip-flops, which are delightful for the warm Arizona autumn season. They are great for final trips to the lake and also nice for luncheons and shopping. Available in silver, black, and white; flat and wedge. $48–$88.


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5 KERI GOLF BAGS Designer Keri Murschell introduces a line of distinctly feminine cart and stand bags ($335), totes ($115), and head covers ($60 for set of four), as well as a collection of cart and stand bags ($199.99) by Adams Golf that are also available as part of a fourteen-piece integrated set ($999.99). The collections are colorful and leather-trimmed and feature polka dots, stripes, and geometric prints. (888) 332-5053 or

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A Shade of Distinction: Echo Hair and Color Salon B y C assaundra B rooks

“Upscale service at competitive prices.” That is what you can expect at the newly opened boutique salon, Echo Hair and Color Salon.

Edward owns and operates the salon, which began as a rather successful venture in the Washington, D.C. area. Edward has over thirty-five years experience in the industry, specializing in coloring, cuts, and highlights. He was trained in Montreal and Toronto with Vidal Sassoon and La Coup Hair Design, where he began cultivating his unique personal style. Edward and team are the color kings. His upscale salon focuses on the health and treatment of hair and specializes in high-end coloring and highlights, dimensional color, corrective color, and damaged hair. Coloring mishaps and mismanagement can not only make for an unsatisfactory appearance but can also damage your hair. Echo Hair and Color Salon experts consult with you to improve the condition of your hair and get you the color or highlights you act ua l ly want. You may only need a minor adjustment to

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Video-Capable Still Cameras— The Best of Both Worlds! [ B y J on K enton ]

When we were still using film cameras and

loading tape into our camcorders, we had no choice but to have two cameras if we wanted both functions. It’s been just over ten years since the digital camera hit the mainstream consumer market, and video and still technologies have been attempting to combine for nearly the same amount of time. Today, the two modalities have successfully found a home in the same body. As we will see, not only have the two combined but they are also providing professional TV/ filmmakers another creative and flexible tool at the high end. Most of us are now familiar with the term high-definition (HD) as it relates to our television viewing as more and more of our favorite programming is being received in the crystalclear quality that HD delivers. Standard definition comprises 480 lines; to be high-definition requires the video format to have either 720 or 1080 lines of resolution. There are now many digital cameras that, as well as being capable of taking outstanding still images, can also shoot HD video in both 720 and 1080 formats. No matter what your filmmaking aspirations or budget, you can find a great camera to suit your needs. Point-and-shoot cameras are extremely popular and capable of great pictures, with even the smallest models now available with HD video capabilities. For instance, the Sony DSC-W290 Cyber-shot can record up to 29 minutes (per movie) in 720p HD format. If you like getting wet or enjoy the rough outdoors, consider the Samsung WP10. Also capable of HD 720p operation, it has been designed to operate underwater to a depth of 3 meters and features a dedicated Aqua mode, which optimizes camera settings for underwater photography. For the entry-level DSLR shooter, there is now a number of more-than-capable options. The Canon Rebel, which started the DSLR revolution, has two video variants. The T1i (500D) and the latest Rebel, the T2i (550D), are both capable of 1080P, with the T2i having the advantage of an improved frame rate. Offerings from Nikon (D90 and D5000) and


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Panasonic (G10 and GH1) are also great entryto-midrange options. At the high end, things start to get really interesting in terms of capabilities and prices. Canon has three great alternatives with their 7D, 5D MkII, and flagship 1D MK IV as Nikon brings the D300s and D3S to the HD video party. You have to be serious about your photo/videography, as these models start at approximately $1,500 for a body without a lens. For the top end 1D or D3s, expect to spend around $5,000. I won’t even begin to try to extol the numerous virtues of these great cameras; however, if you are serious about learning how they are beginning to catch up to the leaders in the film world, check out “The Great Camera Shootout 2010” at, which features many of the cameras mentioned here. Zacuto is an innovative company that designs and manufactures a wide range of specialist video and filmmaking accessories entirely in the United States. One of the challenges of shooting video with a still camera is the physical setup, which is designed primarily for a very different style of composition and operation. For still photography, the camera is cradled with a hand on each side to aid stability, and either a small viewfinder or rear screen is used for composition. This is less than ideal for video, especially where panning shots must follow the action. There are some great accessories that can aid the budding videographer when using a digital camera, thanks again to our friends at Zacuto. Check out these great accessories at, where you can find out more about these products as well as a wealth of information about video photography and filmmaking in general. With the holidays just around the corner, a new camera that can shoot great pictures and videos would make a great present for a friend or loved one. Now you can get both in the same package.

Z-Finder is a must-have accessory for the DLSR videographer. Using the LCD screen, it provides an eyecup that prevents extraneous light leakage and allows for the correct form factor for video shooting.

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• event calendar October 1–October 31

October 3–10

October 9




Head to Crazy Horse Resort Aqua Stadium in Lake Havasu City to watch competitors from more than forty U.S. states and thirty-five nations compete for more than $25,000 in prizes. (928) 453-3444, (714) 751-8695. or

Arts and crafts, wagon rides to Willis Family Farm Pumpkin Patch, entertainment, a pieeating contest, food, music, and kids’ activities. (928) 536-4331 or

It’s Phoenix’s only indoor haunted attraction, filled with dramatic and terrifying sights, sounds, and performances set to creepy and very likely familiar themes. Tickets $18 for adults and $15 for kids. October 1

October 7–10



85-year-old piano prodigy Roger Williams was the first pianist to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has released twenty-one Gold and Platinum albums and is the only artist to have received the Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award. On his eighty-sixth birthday, Mr. Williams will perform a piano marathon at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix to create awareness of music in schools.

It’s a film and slide-show festival with a focus on adventure, culture, and the environment. $6–$8. October 9–10


October 1–3


October 2

Who can resist polka, bratwurst, and beer? Moreover, who can resist these great influences when they’re paired with salsa and Southwest foods and fun? Four stages with live entertainment, six beer gardens, wines and spirits, German brats and strudel, children’s games, and more. Free. (480) 491-FEST or

Music invades the grounds of the Poco Diablo Resort as this internationally acclaimed jazz event expands its musical lineup to include blues and R&B. The lineup will include Maysa, Alfredo Rodriguez, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Craig Chaquico, and Dennis Rowland. Sedona Jazz on the Rocks (SJOR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. (928) 282-1985 or

October 1–5


View top-quality international and domestic cinema, attend celebrity parties, and celebrate film with other film lovers. (602) 410-1074 or 68

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October 2


A 10–66 mile single-day endurance bike ride, benefiting Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center.

For half a century, Valley residents have celebrated Greek culture. Come out to the James A. Speros Community Center for a weekend of Greek cuisine and cooking demos, cathedral tours, folk dancing, authentic regional costumes and artifacts, entertainment, and more. $2. (602) 264-2791, (602) 264-7863, or October 8–10


One of the state’s best smalltown celebrations is a true community event, featuring entertainment, food, and gifts. October 9


View airplanes on display, watch a static air show, check out an aerobatics production and a model airplane exhibit, and enjoy a pancake breakfast. (928) 684-5479 or

October 9–10


Head up to Fort Verde State Historic Park for a celebration of Camp Verde’s historic military heritage, complete with living history presentations with the Buffalo soldiers and reenactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills, and a vintage baseball game. (928) 567-3275, azstateparks. com, or

October 17


The seventh annual event is a fun evening filled with gourmet foods, fine wine and spirits from the Diageo Chateau & Estate portfolio, and live entertainment. At Desert Ridge Marketplace. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale ( For tickets and sponsorship packages, contact Chris Marshall at (480) 344-5681. October 17, 2010 –February 6, 2011


The contemporary glass work of Preston Singletary marries Tlingit myths and legends

with techniques that include glassblowing, sand carving, and inlaying. The Heard Museum features the Echoes, Fire, and Shadows traveling exhibit, which is making its only stop in the Southwest. Glassblowing demonstration on Sunday, October 17 with a special series on glass art featuring six expert speakers on Sundays throughout October and November 2010 and January 2011. October 16


The Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation hosts its inaugural fund-raising event to support their efforts to help Valley residents enhance their self-sufficiency, thereby becoming empowered to achieve their life goals. The event will be held at Evelyn Hallman Parker (formerly Canal Park) at 1900 N. College Ave. in Tempe. Register online at October 23


This fund-raising walk and community day supports vital brain tumor research and patient services at the National Brain Tumor Society. It features an optional 5K walk, food, music, prizes, and more. $25–$35. (866) 455-3214 or

October 29–30


On October 29, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) hosts the delicious Grand Tasting event that features samplings of more than one hundred wines and the fourth installment of the Food Fight in which local chefs battle for the championship plate. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Public Radio. On October 30, Molina Fine Jewelers presents the First Press Fine Wine Auction at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. The evening includes a pre-dinner wine-tasting reception, live entertainment, and a live wine auction. Tickets $65 and $125, respectively.

Pedregal celebrates Dia de los Muertos with Day of the Dead art by local artists, festive live music on the courtyard stage, and specialty margaritas and cuisine (at the Bakery Café). (480) 488-1072 or November 5–7


One of Cave Creek’s signature events, Wild West Days, features a golf tournament at Rancho Mañana Golf Club, dancing, musicians, poker, a Wild West buffalo show, the Miss Wild West Days crowning, and a variety of horse-related activities and festivities. Activities include a Walk for 100, a parade, bathtub races, pig races, a Western thieves market, a chili cook-off, and an ice-cream-eating contest. November 6



An all-day, all-night spooky extravaganza complete with communitywide trick or treating, a haunted house/maze, a pet costume contest/parade, a chili cook-off, pumpkin bowling, live performances, and more. (602) 400-3330 or October 30–31


The Adelante Gallery at El

More than 300 contemporary and vintage Navajo weavings in a variety of styles will be auctioned off at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.

Apache Dancers, a lecture titled “Hopi Cultural Affiliation and Perspectives on Rock Art and Hopi Archaeology,” all-day Native American artist demonstrations and sales, a small Oasis Cart vending scrumptious fry bread, a petroglyph trail hike, and a children’s activities station. (623) 582-8007 or November 22


Head to the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort for a popular Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Auxiliary holiday event. The fund-raiser features a lunch, a holiday fashion show by Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons, and live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. Individual tickets are $75, and tables are also available. For tickets, call Judy Front at (480) 585-9177 or November 27

November 20



Veteran comedian (My Boys, 17 Again) Jim Gaffigan, with special guest, comes to Dodge Theatre for one show only. His 2006 Comedy Central special “Beyond the Pale” was certified platinum, selling over 150,000 DVDs and over 170,000 CDs.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center hosts a family-friendly festival to celebrate the Native American Recognition Days. The event includes Navajo storytelling, music and hoop dances by the Yellow Bird

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• relationships

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

Can You Fix What’s Broken? Dear Lea,

I feel incredibly trapped in my marriage and desperately want out. My wife and I have been married sixteen years and have three kids (although it feels like I have four). She is a stayat-home mom and has no interest in helping out around here. She has no concept of money or the economy and spends faster than I can bring it home. She takes no pride in our home nor does she have any financial responsibility. We have not been intimate in over a year and a half. She screams at me and blames me for her unhappiness and can be very volatile at times. I am grateful that we aren’t having sex, as I am no longer attracted to her. I am in my mid 40s, though, and feel as if I am missing out on life. I truly believe that I am past the point of counseling. I want to be with someone who looks to me for more than a paycheck. I am afraid of the 70

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financial fallout of a divorce. What can I do? Dear Trapped,

I am sorry to say that your story is not unique and you have some hard choices ahead of you. First and foremost, let me say that you are not responsible for your spouse's happiness. I see a number of issues in your marriage that you will not be able to resolve alone. Your wife needs to find a life of her own. She takes out her frustration on you, and you have allowed her to. You have a few choices here: You can take the bull by the horns and lay out your expectations for her—or you can divorce her. You have many issues here: infidelity, financial irresponsibility, and a temper to boot. Although I only see one side here, I would suggest that you take a long look at your relationship and see if it is salvageable—if not, then move on. As far as your children go—if you should divorce, stay active with and accessible to them. You aren’t doing your children any favors

by staying in this type of relationship. It sets them up for relationship failure later on. It is better to come from a broken home than to live in one. You have two choices—in or out. Please keep me posted. Lea

Spin Him ’Round and Point to the Exit Dear Coach Lea,

I have made a mess of my life. I am in love with two men. One is my ex-husband and the other is my current fiancé. I really thought I was over my ex until he moved back into town and said that he made a mistake and wants me back. I am unable to come to a decision and feel it is unfair to continue seeing both men. What should I do? I am so conflicted. Dear Conflicted,

I would set emotions aside and look at this situation logically. You have already been married to your ex. It is highly likely that those issues you had before will probably resurface. Your e-mail was short and vague, but based on the info you gave me, I would think long and hard before buying the same real estate twice. Choose the man who will be committed to you and your future children. Lea

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Remove the Suction Cups Dear Coach Lea,

I am 32 years old and never seem to make any of my relationships work. I just broke up with my third long-term boyfriend of four years and I have nothing to show for it. I desperately want to get married, and yet I keep ending up in the same old long-term dead-end relationships. I don’t get it. I am attractive, self-sufficient, and incredibly kind to the men in my life, and yet they all treat me well for a while and then things start to go south. Please help me. It sickens me that I am heading down this road yet again. It seems the men that I break up with always seem to end up married to the girl that they date after me. Dear Desperate,

You show all the signs of a desperate, needy, clingy woman—that’s why your relationships all end up the same way. Your biological clock is deafening and will turn off any man. Men want to be in relationships where they feel loved, respected, and admired for who they are and not because they can fill the slot you have open. Too many women pin all their hopes and dreams on a man and marriage. Lea OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2010 North Valley


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• ask a vet

Hear This: Your Pet Might Have Ear Mites [ B y A lana S troud with B ijula K oyyeri , D V M ]

Ear mites often plague our pets and, unfor-

tunately, sometimes go unnoticed. These microscopic crablike parasites are usually found in cats and dogs, but rabbits, ferrets, and even small animals and birds have been victims. Being proactive in your examinations of your furry friends will help them stay free and clear of these dangerous pests.

How It Happens Ear mites thrive on contact; they easily travel from animal to animal in this manner. If your canine hangs out at the dog park or has play dates with infected friends, chances are that your pet will contract them, too. These nasty parasites live down inside the ear canal in the lining of the skin and feed on earwax and tissue fluids. To add insult to injury, the ear mites’ saliva often increases the amount of earwax for them to snack on. Ear mites can be found in animals of all ages; however, younger pets are more at risk, as well as outdoor cats.

Symptoms If your pet is constantly scratching at its ears or shaking its head, it’s time to take a look inside the ear canal. If you see what appear to be coffee grounds, red tissue, or inflammation, you’ll want to take your companion to the vet for a proper diagnosis. (It can be tricky to make a judgment call on your own, as yeast or bacterial infections can be confused with mites—this is why the initial vet visit is necessary.) Other symptoms to watch out for are fever, lethargy, a strong odor in the ears, and walking in circles or loss of balance from damage to the inner ear. In rabbits, extreme crusting of the inner and outer ear is a sure sign. Humans cannot contract ear mites, but 72

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a skin rash can occur.


Ear mites are scary and require immediate treatment. Animals can cause selfinduced injuries by consistent scratching, resulting in bleeding sores and hair loss. This scratching can also cause a reinfestation by mites that are clinging to the paw (oh yes, these creatures can and do travel to other body parts). Skin disease can result from infection, and severe cases spread outside the ear and affect the skin around the head, face, and eyes. Permanent disfigurement, hearing loss, and even death can result from untreated ear mites.


Thankfully, ear mites can be eradicated. Your vet can prescribe medication that will treat the ear and the skin around it. Several treatment options are available, and he or she will determine which is the right one for your pet. Going the natural route also works well by using household products like vitamin E and olive oil (check with your vet first for proper application). If you find ear mites, all household pets should be treated at the same time to prevent a reinfestation. For caged animals, remove all items from the cage and thoroughly sanitize everything.

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• adopt-A-Pet junior high-age kids and older. He is not good with cats. Phoenix’s adoption fee is $100. Madison is a Japanese bobtail mix. She is 8 years old, super soft, and super cute. She likes to greet all people that come into the room so they can be sure to admire her. One of her favorite things to do is jump up on your back and ride around on your shoulders. Right now, she is learning to do some tricks in exchange for treats, which she loves. Madison’s adoption fee is $50. This includes her spay, microchip, and vaccines.

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

All adoption fees include spay/neuter, vaccinations, and microchip. Lelani is a 64-pound

2-year-old American pit bull terrier mix. She is very sweet and affectionate. She loves to chase tennis balls thrown in the yard and likes to play tug-of-war. When she wants to get petted, she will gently put her paws on your lap and give you kisses. She just came back into the AAWL and SPCA adoption center after spending several months in a foster home nursing her puppies and being a wonderful mother. Lelani is good with kids of all ages, and though she is not good with cats, she is good with other dogs. Lelani’s adoption fee is $100. Clara is a 51-pound

1-year-old border collie/American pit bull terrier mix. She is a very playful girl and an energetic young pup who would make


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a great hiking or running partner. She really loves to run around the yards and can keep herself entertained with toys. Clara is good with older teens and adults. She is not good with cats but is social with other dogs. Clara’s adoption fee is $175. Phoenix is a 48-pound

1-year-old German shepherd/American pit bull terrier mix. Just like the legend of the phoenix, he too has risen from the ashes. He came to AAWL with a horrible burn on his back—no one knows from what, but it was extremely painful. The nice folks here at the shelter nursed him back to health, and he’s better than ever! He is a smart, playful, loyal, energetic boy! He is a true staff favorite. Playing with other dogs in a large group is fun for him, but he is very playful, which can make other dogs wary. Phoenix is a big softy. He needs a home where he can get lots and lots of exercise, play, walks, training, and attention. He loves tennis balls. If you have another dog at home, it should be about his size and like to play rough and fast. Phoenix is good with

Momo is a black-andwhite domestic longhair. She is 3 years old, is very soft, and loves attention and treats. She is not what you’d call a lap cat, but she does like it when people pet her and admire her soft fur. If she wants attention, she will let you know by talking to you and waving at you with her paws. Momo’s adoption fee is $50. Daphne is a declawed

3-year-old domestic short hair. She equally loves treats and affection. Some people say that her best feature is her beautiful eyes. She does not mind her feline friends as long as they are respectful of her space. Daphne can’t wait to have a kitty bed in her favorite place in your home to curl up and take a nap! She would rather keep all four paws on the ground, but if you pick her up, please be gentle. Daphne’s adoption fee is $50.  These pets may already be adopted. Please visit for a current listing of pets available for adoption at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. All dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered, are 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.

Kathy and Tom Bollinger at A New Leaf’s Camaraderie Gala Fundraiser

“As a non-profit 501c3, A New Leaf placed our first ad for Faith House Domestic Violence Shelter of Glendale in North Valley Magazine. Even during these tough economic times, your readers made it clear they still want to help others. By reaching out to our closest neighbors, Faith House immediately received calls for volunteers and donations. We humbly thank our caring neighbors for their efforts and the committed staff at North Valley Magazine for helping us bring hope and new beginnings to families in need.” Kathy Bollinger Faith House Advisory Council, Chair Banner Estrella Medical Center, CEO

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• flavor Flavor Hotspots

End Summer with Some Tang! B y A lana S troud

Organ Stop Pizza 1149 E. Southern Ave. Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 813-5700 Bring the whole family for an amazing dining adventure at one of the Valley’s best hidden gems. This pizzeria features the world’s largest Wurlitzer organ, which brings people young and old from near and far to see its splendor. The organist plays songs based on requests and performs nightly until closing. Organ Stop was voted the 2009 “Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant” by The Arizona Republic. The Old Spaghetti Factory 1418 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 257-0380 If your kids love spaghetti, this is the place to take them! Each location is uniquely furnished with antiques that you can eat in, on, or at—Phoenix’s location features a spaghetti tree in the lobby and an authentic streetcar as the centerpiece! Grown-ups can choose from a wide variety of hearty Italian dishes, and there’s even a gluten-free menu. Established in 1969, this family-owned business knows its spaghetti. Rustler’s Rooste 8383 S. 48th St. Phoenix, AZ 85044 (602) 431-6474 This cowboy joint lassos up your favorite down-home meals and serves them for dinner and special occasions. The kids will love the indoor waterfall and tin slide, which was once used to escape from bounty hunters when the restaurant was still just a cabin. Live country music plays nightly, and the General Store allows you to take home your favorite western souvenirs. Don’t forget to check out the Rooste’s special events!


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Red Wine and Feta Cheese Complete Your Autumn Idyll [ B y J acklyn D ouma ]

Imagine a late Sunday afternoon lounging by the pool while savoring the distinct scents of corn on

the cob grilling on your barbecue. Your favorite meat is dripping mouth-watering juices and sizzles as it hits the coals. Couple this amazing summer meal with a refreshing red wine and a feta cheese salad, and your palate will be thanking you down to the very last bite.

Easily dressed up from casual get-together to elegant dinner party, this dish is sure to keep your guests coming back for more. The sprinkling of feta cheese and drizzle of red wine vinegar is a real eye-catcher and complements the juicy tomato slices next to crisp cucumber and red onion. Even if you are not known for your exceptional kitchen skills, offering the summer’s plumpest vegetables is a refreshing treat for those hot summer nights.

Red Wine Feta Cheese Salad  Serves: 4–6

Ingredients: 8–10 Roma tomatoes, sliced feta cheese (8–10 oz container)  1 medium red onion, sliced and halved fresh basil leaves (.66-z container)  1 cucumber, sliced and halved red wine vinegar to cover 

recipe info


Line sliced tomatoes into rows on a serving dish. Crumble feta cheese all over tomatoes. Chop basil leaves into small pieces so you can sprinkle them over tomatoes. Randomly toss red onion, basil leaves, and cucumber all over tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle with red wine vinegar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue 6130 E Cave Creek rd #2 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-575-7155 Come try our mouth watering slow smoked barbecue. Located in the heart of historic Cave Creek. We offer great food with a clean family friendly atmosphere. Open Tuesday Saturday 11am to 8pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays

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




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• entertainment •

by cassaundra brooks

Comedy, Drama—and More Comedy! + Movies

A selected October/November schedule for theatrical releases: OCTOBER


[5] Due Date Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan,

[8] Life As We Know It Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Fred Thompson

[15] Red Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker Paranormal Activity 2 Katie Featherston, Gabriel Liotta

Jamie Foxx Megamind Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell [12] Morning Glory Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum Unstoppable Chris Pine, Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson [19] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson [24] Faster Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Moon Bloodgood Love and Other Drugs Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Gabriel Macht

The following provide some great ways to get your weekly dose of laughs: The Comedy Spot Comedy Club


Old Town Scottsdale 7117 E. 3rd Ave. Scottsdale, AZ (480) 945-4422 (21 and over) This barrel of laughs features amateurs, experts, the up-and-coming, and the already-made-its. A uniquely comedy-club-type atmosphere, flowing bar, special events, local talent, headliner guests, comedy classes, and an Old Town location make this establishment a must-visit for those looking to relax and have a good laugh. The Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

930 E. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 921-9877 Dive into some all-American food and then laugh the calories away at The Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre, where they host a variety of humorous Homo sapiens for the sake of your figurative funny bone. Chaos Comedy

This short-form comedy improv troupe comes back this fall. Check out their family-friendly shows Saturday nights or hire them for a special event. More details to come soon on their Web site. Also consider delving into the world of improvisation yourself with some classes courtesy of these friendly comedians. Jester’Z

Jester’Z improv comedy troupe has been performing for audiences and corporations since 2001, with two live performances every Friday and Saturday night. Audiences of all ages are welcome. Shows are 90 minutes in length with no intermission, and tickets are $12. Improv classes and workshops for beginning and advanced improvisers are available. At Theater 168. 78

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Scott Sackett, one of GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teachers, conducts private lessons at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Scott is also the director of instruction at the Rim Golf Club in Payson, Ariz. All of Scott’s clients can take instruction at The Rim Golf Club along with playing the prestigious golf course for just a guest fee. To contact Scott, you can e-mail him at or visit his website at

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Join Us For Uncorked & Unplugged! Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Desert Ridge Marketplace 6pm - 9pm: Main Event & Executive Club 9pm - Midnight: Post Party in the Executive Club Now in its seventh year, Uncorked & Unplugged is a casual yet sophisticated evening under the stars and features the best in gourmet foods, fine wine and spirits, and exciting live entertainment.


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• horoscopes •

by laura henry


Kate Winslet LIBRA Oct 5 (1975)

Matt Damon LIBRA Oct 8 (1970)

Emily Deschanel LIBRA Oct 11 (1976)

Hugh Jackman LIBRA Oct12 (1968)

Freida Pinto LIBRA Oct 18 (1984)

Gabrielle Union SCORPIO Oct 29 (1972)


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan SCORPIO Nov 1 (1973)

Emma Stone SCORPIO Nov 6 (1988)

Leonardo DiCaprio SCORPIO Nov 11 (1974)

Anne Hathaway SCORPIO Nov 12 (1982)

Aries (Mar 21–Apr 19) November features higher education, travel, law, broadening your horizons, truth seeking. This may take you to distant shores either physically or intellectually to learn more about the world and its peoples, ideals, and philosophies. Interesting!

Leo (July 23–Aug 22) Love, romance, chil-

Taurus (Apr 20–May 20) Shared resources,

Virgo (Aug 23–Sept 22) November finds you

dren, creativity are your focuses in November—all Leo stuff! It rocks to be you! Get in touch with your creative side if you’ve been neglecting it. Leos need a space and a place to express themselves. They also need largerthan-life romances—go out and get one!

taxes, inheritances, deep sexual stuff are your focuses in November. There may be some disagreements about money, so if you remember that cooler heads prevail, you’ll probably be okay.

occupied with family, home, real estate. You may be remodeling, moving, or uncluttering your space. Most Virgos keep a lean, clean home, and you may be feeling a little more Spartan.

Gemini (May 21–Jun 21) Relationships are

Libra (Sept 23–Oct 22) Communication of all kinds, siblings, neighbors are in your sights in November. You might update your communication toys or find yourself behind the computer more. Deal delicately with siblings, as one of them may be a little cranky.

front and center for you in November. If single, get out there and mingle, if you’re so inclined. If you have a partner, watch for petty arguments or disagreements. These too shall pass.

Cancer (Jun 22–July 22) Work, service, and

health are your focuses in November. You may sign up for a fitness program or commit to a volunteer activity. Cancers are caretakers, and any organization could use your mothering touch!

Scorpio (Oct 23–Nov 22) Personal finances and values have your attention in November. Where you put your money indicates what’s important to you. Take mental notes of where you spend, and you get a good idea of who you are.

Scarlett Johansson SCORPIO Nov 22 (1984)

Katherine Heigl SAGITTARIUS Nov 24 (1978)

Sagittarius (Nov 23–Dec 21) In November,

you’re confident and energetic with power to spare. A great month to get everything done that you want done; just remember that other people need to do their thing, too.

Capricorn (Dec 22–Jan 20) November finds

you introspective, delving into meditation, contemplation, or retreating from the world to gain better perspective on your inner self. A meditation retreat would be ideal.

Aquarius (Jan 21–Feb 18) Friends, groups, humanitarian causes are your focus in November. These are Aquarian ruled, so you’re comfortable dealing with them. Organizing the Christmas hamper and gift drives are natural for you. Pisces (Feb 19–Mar 20) Your career is strong

in November. You’re seen as powerful and a good communicator, with the energy to back up whatever you do. You may be recognized at your work because of this. Laura is available for personal taped consultations by phone.

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