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The Parada del Sol Rodeo, set for Spanish, began as the Sunshine FestiThursday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, val in 1954 and consisted of a downMarch 1, at WestWorld, will be na- town Scottsdale parade and barbetionally televised for the second time cue. In 1956, the name was changed in its 62 years, as a continued effort by to Parada del Sol and the rodeo was the Professional Rodeo Cowboys As- added as an attraction. In the beginsociation to increase the popularity of ning, a few hundred people attended. Now the parade and rodeo bring in the cowboy sport. “A unique aspect of this year’s rodeo nearly 100,000 people. The rodeo is it will be nationalone brought in ally televised on more than 35,000 CBS Sports Netpatrons last year. work,” said presiThis year’s announcers are dent Dave Alford Dan Fowlie and of Parada del Sol, Wayne Brooks. the nonprofit corThe two have poration that proknown each other duces and profor years, accordmotes the Parada ing to Brooks. del Sol Rodeo and “One of my first Parade. “Some of the announcing jobs new sponsors have was with Parada created teams del Sol and it’s The Parada del Sol Rodeo will be nationof seven to 10 been one of my longest runs,” riders. The rid- ally televised on CBS Sports Network. ers compete against other riders on Brooks said. “The Wrangler event is their team, in addition to competing by invitation only. The riders are inagainst other teams. It’s a new TV vited based on their world standings concept and will help create a fanbase from last year’s finals standings and this year’s standings as well.” for the cowboys.” The event will feature a myriad of A cowboy’s standings (via www. rodeos. The Professional Rodeo Cow- prorodeo.com) reflect his earnings boys Association (PRCA) Wrangler for the year in the rodeo. Champions Challenge is at 7 p.m. There are several postrodeo events Thursday, Feb. 26, while the Scottsdale scheduled, including the Coors HoePro Bull Riding is scheduled for 7 p.m. down on Thursday, Feb. 26, through Friday, Feb. 27. The other three rodeos Saturday, Feb. 28, and a Rodeo Dance are set for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, at Handlebar J at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Feb. 28, with music by the Herndon The rodeos will include bareback Brothers Band. riding, saddle bronc riding, team rop“We clear out all the dinner tables ing, tie-down roping, steer wrestling so there’s a larger dance floor than and steer roping. The rodeo is also a usual,” said Ray Herndon, a Handlekid friendly event. bar J manager and guitarist for the “There is a kid zone in the vendor Herndon Brothers Band. “We kick area with Western-themed activities,” it up a notch for the party level. We Alford said. “And the rodeo clowns turn into a true honkytonk.” are always entertaining to the kids.” Tickets for the rodeo range from The rodeo is a celebration of Scott- $10 to $35. For more information, sdale’s western roots. Parada del Sol, visit www.paradadelsol.rodeo/eventwhich means “walk in the sun” in tickets. classifieds

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Sweet News: The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Is Back By Alison Bailin Batz

The Girl Scouts–Arizona CactusPine Council has brought back its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the second consecutive year, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to reimagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies—Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and the new flavor Rah Rah Raisins— into a custom dessert menu item.

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Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu throughout February, with a portion of the pro-

ceeds benefiting the transformation of the local council’s Camp Sombrero to the Leadership Center for Girls and Women. Among the participating restaurants in Scottsdale are: Restaurant: Fifth and Wine in Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Enrique Sanchez Dessert: Rah Rah Cookie Mud Pie Restaurant: Bink’s Scottsdale and Café Bink’s in Scottsdale and Carefree Chef/Dessert Designer: Amy Binkley Dessert: Banana Trefoil Puddin’ Restaurant: Gelato Spot in Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Josh Bracher Dessert: Samoa Cookie Gelato Restaurant: All Grimaldi’s locations in Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Cory Lattuca Desserts: Chocolate Thin Mint Cheesecake as well as a Samoa Cheesecake offering Restaurant: Kelly’s at Southbridge in Scottsdale

Chef/Dessert Designer: Kelli Casey Dessert: Tagalong Chocolate Donut Holes Restaurant: Melting Pot in Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Jon Boggs Dessert: Melting Pot Dark Chocolate Mojito Fondue Restaurant: Olive + Ivy in Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Kelli Sappington Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Gelato with Girl Scout Tagalong Cookie Crunch Restaurant: Over Easy in Arcadia and Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Aaron May Dessert: Chocolate Do-Si-Dos Muffins Restaurant: Sushi Roku in Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Joy Butteweg Dessert: Thin Mint Chocolate Mousse Dome Restaurant: The Second Story in Scottsdale Chef/Dessert Designer: Josh Bracher Dessert: Brûléed Salted Chocolate Tart with Samoa Cookie Crust Restaurant: Tom’s Thumb in Scottsdale

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Chef/Dessert Designer: Lisa Anderson Dessert: Samoa the Tom-oa In addition to benefiting from the dessert challenge, a portion of the council proceeds from all local 2015 Girl Scout cookie sales will benefit the Camp Sombrero project. The transformation of Camp Sombrero is one of the local council’s objectives as part of its overarching Campaign for Girls in Arizona. For more information, visit www. girlscoutsaz.org/dessertchallenge.

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Scottsdale Community College Theatre Arts faculty member Evelyn “E.E.” Moe has been selected to receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Gold Medallion of Excellence from the Kennedy Center American College Theater FesGridiron back tivallooking (KCACTF), Region VIII. Recipients are honored for their excellence in educational theater and commitment to the values and goals of the KCACTF. She was recognized at the 47th annual Region VIII Festival Feb. 10 through Feb. 14 in St. George, Utah. Vean Simon III has been named agent of the month by EXIT Realty Gainey Ranch of Scottsdale. His ratings with his clients is superior. North Scottsdale resident Brian K. Moll has joined the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP’s Phoenix office as a partner in its Business Law Practice Group. The Living Room at Market Street at DC Ranch is now offering brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Fitness Wrap—a tomato basil

wrap, egg whites, turkey, caramelized onion, roasted peppers and spinach— is new to the restaurant. There is also a smoked salmon plate, steel-cut oatmeal, homemade granola, French toast, chilaquiles, a frittata and other sweet and savory selections. Prices range from $7 to $12. Call (480) 4047465 or visit www.livingroomwinebar. com for menus. Last month, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board elected Bonnie Sneed as president and George Jackson as vice president. This is the third time that Sneed has served as president of the governing board, and the first time that Jackson has served as vice president. The governing board’s reorganization occurs once a year at the first meeting in January. ACCEL, a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs, has hired Scottsdale resident Dr. Catherine Cisar as principal. In her role, Cisar will provide day-to-day leadership, support and training for teachers and staff, cur-

riculum design and implementation as well as administrative management at ACCEL’s East Campus in Tempe. That’s amore! Celebrate all things tasty at the Italian Festival of Arizona from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at SouthBridge in Old Town Scottsdale. Visitors will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, dancing and live music from the Italian folk group La Ziarella from Benevento, a city in the Campania region of Italy. Experience Italian culture and purchase Italian handcrafted items from a variety of vendors. Tickets are $10; call (480) 745-7020.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation selected Aaron Betsky—renowned teacher, curator, critic and administrator—to lead the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as its new dean. Upon his selection, Betsky said, “I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to continue the work that for so long made Taliesin into a workshop for reinventing American architecture. I look forward to continuing its traditions and making the school into the

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Learn about the latest gadgets and gizmos, demo new technologies and get a behind-the-scenes look at the City during a free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library and Civic Center Mall. At Gadgets, STEAM and Science of the City, Scottsdale students, local businesses and entrepreneurs will showcase their latest innovations. Participants can test drive some of the newest and most popular gadgets on the market. The hands-on experience extends to the trucks, machinery and technology the City uses to maintain Scottsdale’s great quality of life. The event is being held in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, an annual statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Interactive displays and hands-on activities will reveal how STEAM is at work every day to keep the City running safely and smoothly. City exhibits and activities include: Scottsdale Crime Lab It’s real-life CSI! Meet the police department’s forensic scientists and take a turn testing some of the equipment the Crime Lab uses. Learn about the microscopic study of evidence and get a glimpse of chromatography, the study of different compounds. Discover the unique patterns fingerprints leave behind and how these prints can help solve crimes. See a crime scene vehicle and learn how crime scenes and evidence are processed. Police Traffic Unit It’s no accident! Physics and engineering principles are used to reconstruct, investigate, analyze and draw conclusions about the causes of vehicular collisions. The unit will let visitors participate in a realistic simulation of impairment that demonstrates the consequences of alcohol misuse. If you think you’re fast, you can test your speed against a police radar gun. Fire Department Learn how firefighters use math and science daily when responding to emergency calls.

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Solid Waste and Garbage Interactive Truck Display Get an up close look at Scottsdale’s garbage trucks, learn how the City uses “green” vehicles to curb pollutants in the air and take a turn dumping some trash. Officials will show patrons how the departments use technology to monitor and move trash. City vehicle fleet Learn about different types of alternative fuels used in City vehicles and how they help the environment. Library Technology drives the activities at the Scottsdale Public Library. See 3-D printers in action, find out how you can use your e-reader to link to library materials and sign up for a library card. Parks & Recreation Splish-Splash! See the science behind Scottsdale’s safe swimming pools and fountains and test the technology behind the City’s Irrigation Central Control System. Transportation Don’t be an egg head! Take part in a classic science demonstration that illustrates Newton’s Laws of Motion. You’ll see why it’s important to wear a helmet when you bike or skateboard. Water Resources Learn how Scottsdale treats, tests and delivers clean, safe drinking water and see hands-on testing demonstrations by Scottsdale’s water quality scientists. Find out how Scottsdale’s state-of-the-art advanced water treatment process keeps area golf courses green and protects Scottsdale’s longterm water supply. Think you know how to protect our natural water resources? Spin the prize wheel to test your knowledge! For more information, visit www. scottsdaleaz.gov/scitechfest. Get to Gadgets, STEAM & Science of the City by using the interactive Downtown parking, trolley and information map: www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/ downtown parking.

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Early Scottsdale Residents Worked and Played Under the Ramada looking back

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In this photo taken before 1910, about 18 people gather under a ramada to celebrate Thanksgiving at Winfield Scott’s home.

In this photo of Winfield Scott’s home, a ramada stands on the left side, with an adobe cookhouse on the right and a water well in the middle.

A ramada shades the area between two wings of a wood frame house in a photo dated 1909.

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski If Michael J. Principe has his way, “It’s great,” he said. “Any time you Scottsdale’s Baseball City will be syn- can teach baseball to kids, or peoonymous with Spring Training. ple are interested in seeing you and Principe is the CEO of the event, set learning about the game, it’s always to be held 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Satur- good. It’s cool to have Spring Trainday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, at ing in Arizona.” the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Spring Training and events like Admission is free for Baseball City allow Baseball City, which boasts fans the opportunity appearances by Arizona meet players, someDiamondbacks Aaron Hill thing that’s a little and A.J. Pollock, San Franmore difficult once cisco Giants outfielder Anthe season begins, gel Pagan, and 1991 Hall of the outfielder said. Fame inductees Ferguson As for the best adBilly Butler does an on-site Jenkins and Gaylord Perry, vice he can give to interview during a previous among others. kids at Baseball City: year’s Baseball City. “One thing that we’re re“Just enjoy it.” Polally interested in doing is making this lock was a multi-sport player until he a must-attend event,” said Principe, stopped enjoying them. who called from Manhattan. Principe is excited about Baseball “We’re interested in having Baseball City’s return to Scottsdale. City just engrained in the commu“For us, we’re trying to bring a nity. When people think baseball and unique opportunity to baseball fans,” Spring Training, they think Scottsdale he said. “It’s going to be a celebration and Baseball City.” of all things baseball. We’re going to Baseball City’s highlights include: have booths where folks can engage • Clinics and panel discussions with with vendors, interactive games, current and former baseball stars. meet and greets, former and cur• Home Run Derby Field. rent baseball players, music and food • Steal Home Competition. trucks.” • Speed Pitch Competition. Like Pollock, the rest of the players • Player photo opportunities. are looking forward to Baseball City, • Player clinics and appearances. Principe explained. For more information, visit www. “They enjoy coming,” he said. “It’s baseballcityexperience.com. one of the more fun events. There’s Pollock, who suffered a right broken going to be a whiffle ball derby area. I hand last season after being struck by wouldn’t be surprised if an imprompa pitch by Cincinnati Reds ace John- tu game breaks out between the playny Cueto, said he expects this to be a ers and fans. Overall, it’s going to be a good time. really fun thing to participate in.”

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It had been a few years since we a mountainous cave with a waterfall, I visited Rockin’ R Ranch and, when we could almost hear the coyotes howling returned, I was reminded how great and the cook banging the triangle the working horse ranch is for kids and signaling dinner was ready. families. The ranch is We soon spilled out onto owned and operated by Main Street. My three kids the Robson family, who immediately ran for the gold also serve up vittles at panning trough. My husband dinnertime followed and I headed straight for by a true Western stage Sweet Mary’s Sweet Shop for show. the best homemade fudge Entering the Rockin’ and to check out the Rockin’ R Ranch transported R Ranch merchandise, us back to a kinder, During the Western show, apparel and Western gifts. Marisa Robson joins simpler time where her parents onstage to Before we went into the the tumbleweeds blew perform “Thank God for large dirt floor showroom for Kids” in sign language. across the desert and dinner, we checked out the cowboys rode the range. As we walked blacksmith’s shop to greet the goats, across the wooden bridge and through pig and a small pony, the latter of

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Spring break is forthcoming for most Valley schools. So how do you alleviate your children’s boredom? Here are some ideas that won’t break the bank. Family Game Night. Set out card tables and all of your board games— old and new—for a family fun game night. Pair into teams and play a variety of games. Have inexpensive snacks and drinks and music. You can even invite players to come in costume for fun. Visit the local dollar store for inexpensive door prizes you can raffle off each hour. Go Camping. Check out local parks that offer resident discounts. For less than $25 a night, you can enjoy a roomy campsite with water and electrical hook-up, plus many campgrounds will have fun camp activities. If your kids are younger or you want to save even more, set up a campground in your backyard photo page

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with a tent and fire pit. The best part is that you can access clean restrooms! Flying? You can still save by watching extra fees with overweight bags, volunteering to get “bumped” or upgrading with frequent flyer miles. Remember to shop around before you book by using an online price comparison like Priceline or Expedia. Visit the Library. Libraries aren’t just for books, you can rent movies, books on tape, magazines or music—and it’s all free! Check local library events for book reading or other special events to entertain kids while they are off.

Enjoy a Staycation. Instead of traveling out of state, enjoy what Arizona has to offer for less. Check daily deal sites like Groupon.com or Livingsocial.com to save on rooms, restaurants, spa services or other special events. They even offer concert tickets on select bands. No matter what you plan this Spring Break, don’t let your budget get off course. Plan some frugal fun activities and enjoy the savings!

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The Rockin’ R Wranglers group put on a musical show that included national two-time fiddling champion “Danny Boy” Smith, Shane Bankhead slapping the bass, Big Jim on guitar and as lead story teller and Sweet Mary who handles duties including singing and playing flute, tambourine and even a saw. You haven’t experienced “Home on the The Rockin’ R Wranglers put on a traditional Western Range” until you’ve seen musical show as soon as dinner is finished. There are not too many places in Sweet Mary pulling a bow across a Arizona that put on a traditional saw. The show included great stories Western show with dinner. It’s a bonus and cute jokes, but more importantly, that such a wonderful experience everyone on stage was incredibly is in East Mesa. The property also talented and they put on an includes the Ponderosa Gardens entertaining hour-long show. One Reception Center for weddings and fantastic highlight was when Sweet special events. The Rockin’ R Ranch Mary and Big Jim’s adult daughter, is also home to a lot of activities for Marisa Robson, joined them onstage Boy Scouts who can do campouts and to perform “Thank God for Kids” earn badges. Rockin’ R Ranch tickets are $20 in sign language. It was a touching for children 12 and younger; $30 for performance. During the Rockin’ R Wranglers’ adults and VIP seating and combo set, guests enjoyed songs like the meal tickets running $26 for children theme from “The Lone Ranger,” “Back and $36 for adults. Tickets are $2 in the Saddle,” “The Arizona Song,” higher if purchased at the door. To “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and even purchase tickets visit www.rockinr.net “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” After or call (480) 832-1539 for information. the show, guests met on Main Street Rockin’ R Ranch where local bad guys were run out of town once and for all during a staged 6136 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa (480) 832-1539 gunfight. The dinner and show were a www.rockinr.net two-hour event. Page 16

sides for this purpose. The hardest part of this project was digging a hole deep enough that the top air-holes were below ground level. I used the excess dirt to fill the hole back in so the converted trash can has a snug fit. I read that putting straw in the bottom of the composter is a great way to start the process, so I went to the Pet Food Depot near my home. They said I could take any hay that was on the ground and not in a bale. I filled up one grocery bag and then spread it across the bottom of my bin. The best compost is made of plant scraps. Never, ever include pet feces, meat, fish or oil of any kind. If it comes from a plant it’s good, if it comes from an animal, except for egg shells, don’t use it.

Fresh compost material provides nitrogen and the dry material you will add provides carbon which, when combined, breaks the mixture down into the nutrient-rich soil that plants love so much. Start by placing a 6-inch layer of fresh material across the bottom of the composter, followed by a 2-inch layer of dry material. In between each layer, I sprinkled about 1 cup of compost starter, but you can also use mulch. Repeat the process until you run out of material, then water down the entire thing to the consistency of a justwrung-out sponge. I have found that,

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Zap Mama and Antibalas Collaborating for the first time, the pioneering vocalist Zap Mama and Brooklyn-based Antibalas come together to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: 25 to $59 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts Newcomers Club of Scottsdale Luncheon A representative from Arizona Power Paws Assistance dogs will speak about the program and how dogs are trained. WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. WHERE: Eagle Mountain Golf Club, 14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy., Fountain Hills COST: Call for cost; reservations by Monday, Feb. 23 INFO: (480) 990-1976 Canal Convergence—Spring Equinox Canal Convergence is an annual series of engaging and inspiring free events at the Scottsdale Waterfront featuring innovative large-scale installations by local and international artists, hands-on activities, performances and Artisan Market’s urban marketplace experience. WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 28, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: The Scottsdale Waterfront, 4420 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 874-4645 or audrey@artisanmarketsaz.com Scottsdale Concert Band The band, directed by Michele Kalo, will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2, with Andrew O’Brien as soloist. WHEN: Sunday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Saguaro High School Auditorium, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: www.scottsdaleconcertband.org Sunday A’Fair Grab a blanket or lawn chair and relax at a Sunday A’Fair concert. WHEN: Sundays March 1, March 8,

Scottsdale Police Citizens Academy Citizens get a chance this March to see what happens in the city every day through the eyes of Scottsdale police officers and the department’s civilian staff. WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, for 11 weeks, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Police department offices throughout the city COST: Free INFO: Community Liaison Officer Chris Vassall, (480) 312-1922 “Tiny House Movement” People are downsizing the space they live in as part of the “tiny house movement.” WHEN: Thursday, March 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-3111 or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/greenbuilding/ lectures Native Trails Native Trails is a series of free festivals focusing on Native American music and dance. WHEN: Thursdays and Saturdays through April 4, including March 5, March 26 and March 28 WHERE: Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: www.scottsdalenativetrails.com Native Arts ArtWalk Native American arts take center stage as part of a special Scottsdale ArtWalk. WHEN: Thursday, March 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Scottsdale, along North Marshall Way and East Main Street COST: Free INFO: www.scottsdalegalleries.com or info@scottsdalegalleries.com Baseball City Baseball City is the one-stop shop for all things Spring Training; a fan fest and trade show in one. Event features appearances by Aaron Hill and A.J.

Pollock of the D-backs, Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants, and others. WHEN: Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free general admission INFO: www.baseballcityexperience.com A Holistic Health Fair Vendors and mini workshops will be given on how to take control of your health. Are you functionally healthy? What’s the fuss with GMOs and gluten? Can you navigate the medical world? How are free radicals causing disease in your body? WHEN: Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: North Scottsdale Christian Church, 28700 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (602) 465-2733 or www.patientadvocatesaz.com Scottsdale Giant Race Enjoy a footrace through the heart of Scottsdale. Race distances include 3 mile, 9K and a kids race/family relay. WHEN: Sunday, March 8 WHERE: Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale COST: $20 to $75 INFO: www.scottsdalegiantrace.com Scottsdale Arts Festival Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally acclaimed exhibiting artists at the 45th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival. WHEN: Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15, WHERE: Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Single pass is $10 for adults; $5 for students; and free for children 12 and younger. INFO: (480) 994-2787 or www.scottdaleartsfestival.org Marc Cohn A natural storyteller, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. WHEN: Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $59 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Nat and Alex Wolff are passionate about music and film. Fortunately for the duo, formerly of The Naked Brothers Band, the two art forms have combined creating an opportunity for them to forge a successful career. Nat appeared as “Isaac” in the 2014 film “The Fault in Our Stars,” a role that won him two Teen Choice Awards. Alex had a hand in the film as well; Nat sings along to one of his songs. “It’s been interesting to see how the worlds have come together,” said Nat, who’s bummed that he has yet to receive his Teen Choice Awards surfboards. Nat and Alex Wolff are excited to bring their new “Alex getting a song in the acoustic sound to Scottsdale on Saturday, Feb. 28. movie (‘The Fault in Our Stars’) playing elsewhere.” and me getting a song in ‘Palo Alto,’ Playing as an acoustic duo is more it’s been great. We’re most passionate of their “new style,” he said. He and his about acting and music. So for them brother were influences primarily by to come together is just great.” The Beatles and The Replacements. The sons of actress Polly Draper “We loved playing with a band and and jazz musician Michael Wolff, we still work with a lot of the guys Nat and Alex are bringing their new in the band, but it’s been better,” Nat acoustic sound to Livewire in Scotts- said. “Our main focus is songwriting. dale on Saturday, Feb. 28. It’s great to strip down the music and “We’re really looking forward to focus on the songs.” coming,” Nat said. “We’re just kind Nat and Alex Wolff perform at 7 of getting our setlist together. We’ve p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Livewire, mostly been playing New York and 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. TickLos Angeles. But we’ve had all this ets are $22 to $50. For more informanew music come out and all these tion, visit www.livewireaz.com. new fans, so we’re excited to start

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Fresh, flavorful and made-to-order are made fresh when ordered. dishes are always on the menu at VerThe hammy is the most popular mont Sandwich Co. in Scottsdale, breakfast sandwich ($4.75) and inwhich has two locations. cludes eggs, honey ham and chedI decided to see if it lived up to its dar on a house-made bagel. The flareputation by visiting vors burst in this the Bell Road locasandwich and the tion, which features perfectly toasted breakfast from 6:30 texture of the bagel a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and and sweetness of the lunch from 10 a.m. to 4 ham make this one p.m. Monday through of the best breakfast Saturday. sandwiches in the I love breakfast The northeast tomato basil wrap Valley. wraps, so I started with and the hammy are two of the most Vermont Sandpopular breakfast items at Vermont the Northeast tomato Sandwich Co. of Scottsdale. wich Co. gets bonus basil wrap ($8.45) that points for its freshincludes honey ham, tomato, egg squeezed, tart and tangy lemonade and cheddar cheese. Put into a pa- ($2.50), and its use of real maple syrup nini press, the wrap was a departure in its maple bacon cookies. Authentic from the usual pressed sandwich, as it syrup is also offered to customers who was perfectly moist, not dried out or order buttermilk flapjacks ($5.15). sticky. It is served with country-style The lunch menu—which includes home fries on the side. All breakfasts several vegetarian options—includes comm. spotlight

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wraps, sandwiches, salads and soups. Any sandwich can be made as a romaine lettuce wrap, for those who are avoiding gluten. The Vermonter ($8.45) is a signature sandwich at Vermont Vermonter is a signature sandwich featuring mapleSandwich Co. that is a delicious glazed turkey and honey ham with cranberry maycombination of sweet and tart onnaise, sharp cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, evened out by maple glazed tur- red onions and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples key and honey ham. It’s a sand- on whole wheat or the customer’s choice of bread. wich that I’ve not seen anywhere be- ing reviews are based on a simple fore, and is indicative of the quality premise: use the freshest ingredients. and freshness that is also represented “We don’t even own a freezer and in every item I tried at the eatery. everything we make is from scratch,” Bakery items at the casual restaurant Jones said. are definitely worth the trip. Each day, Vermont Sandwich Co. offers large Vermont Sandwich Co. cookies ($1.50 each) like peanut butter of Scottsdale cup, creamsicle, chocolate chip and, 8763 E. Bell Rd., my favorite, maple bacon—a uniquely Suite C103 savory and sweet treat that shouldn’t Scottsdale 85260 be missed. Other baked good that ro- (480) 999-3287 tate daily include sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and orange-cranberry, zuc- Vermont Sandwich Co. of Scottsdale chini and banana breads. Owners David Spengler and Jodi 8880 E. Via Linda Jones hail from upstate New York— Scottsdale 85258 just a stone’s throw from Vermont. (480) 767-1651 The restaurant’s reputation and glow- www.vermontsandwich.com

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Waldorf Chicken Salad “You’re the top! You’re a Waldorf salad. You’re the top! You’re a Berlin ballad.” Lyrics from Cole Porter’s “You’re the Top”

It’s just a mystery to me. How could something so simple and delicious virtually vanish from the culinary scene? After all, this is the type of recipe that everyone is looking for these days— light, healthful and with just a few ingredients that you can find at any store, any time. I’m talking about the iconic Waldorf salad, the beautiful and colorful plate of apple, celery, grapes and walnuts served on a bed of greens that was a staple on the menu at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (before it became the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1897). This recipe is more than a century old

and has yet to make a splashy comeback in the way cupcakes and whoopee pies have. I say it’s time we give this seminal salad its due and, while we’re at it, let’s give it an update. By adding some diced chicken and lightening the dressing by substituting yogurt, honey and ginger for the mayonnaise, the classic Waldorf salad gets a hearty and healthy makeover! It’s a beautiful plate as an appetizer, side salad or light main meal and should be enjoyed as much today as it was 120 years ago. By the way, The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel also gave us the original red velvet cake. For the recipe and story of the original Waldorf-Astoria red velvet cake, visit www.jandatri.com. Search red velvet cake in the recipe box.

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One of the things that Lynette Dennis enjoys the most about owning Hot Petunias Boutique is hearing her young customers exclaim that they want to bring their moms to the shop. Her older customers tell her that they are coming back with their daughters. “I cater mostly to my daughter, who was in her early 20s at the time when I opened, and my son’s girlfriend as well as myself and my mom,” Dennis said. Although her target market is women from their late 30s to their 60s, younger customers can also find plenty of things that they like, too. From clothing and purses to jewelry, candles, lotions, soaps and signs for the home, Dennis said Hot Petunias Boutique has just about anything a woman could want. Hot Petunias Boutique opened in on the town

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November 2013. Dennis owned a salon once, and worked part time at a boutique. She said she had so much fun working there, they decided to open her own store. As she pondered a location, Dennis said she learned that another boutique owner was hoping to vacate the premises in a Scottsdale shopping center. “They wanted out, and I wanted in. So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just jump into it.’ Things just fell into place,” she said. Dennis, who has lived in the area since 1987, said she was already familiar with the success of the shopping center. When it came time to choose a name for her new boutique, Dennis said she turned to her family members for advice. “Hot Petunias was a culmination of family ideas; we were all working together to decide on a name,” Dennis said.

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She chose “petunias” based on her love of flowers. “Then my son’s girlfriend added ‘hot’ to it. I didn’t want to eliminate anyone as far as an age group, but the word ‘hot’ is really associated with Arizona.” Dennis said that one of her most popular items is the HipS-sister—a waist pack that is like a flatter fanny pack. “I found a local vendor who makes them too, so I have two versions of them,” Dennis said. She tries whenever possible to work with local people. Dennis works with two young women who make jewelry, organic soap, lotions and lip balm. Being an active member of the community is also important to Dennis. Each month she selects a charity and donates a portion of her boutique’s profits to it. She welcomes local groups like the Girl Scouts and others to sell their products out front. “It is nice to help your own community,” she said. Dennis said she also enjoys meeting her customers, many of whom return regularly.

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“I like getting to know the people who are coming in; they become friends.” Hot Petunias is located at 15029 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Suite B-105, in Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 748-8442 or visit www.hotpetunias.com.

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As an avid traveler, Noam Meppen has seen a great deal of the world, including 45 states and more than 30 countries on six continents. His trips include six enjoyable cruises, including one to Alaska. So when Meppen was looking for a career change after 16 years in sales and marketing, it was natural that he thought of a travel-related job. Meppen found a fit in an Expedia CruiseShipOwner Noam Meppen’s extensive experience with Centers franchise oppor- traveling, combined with a desire to help others plan tunity. Part of Expedia their dream cruises, inspired him to open Expedia CruiseShipCenters. Inc., Expedia CruiseShip“We really do a lot of digging and exCenters is the only full-service vacaploring with the people we are talking tion center agency in the market. “I really liked the business model to and ask them about their priorities that they offered as a franchise, and be- for a cruise; this will help them make cause it allows me to have a storefront, the best purchase for their needs.” Meppen is hosting a free “Explore it will help me to build wealth much faster than if I was working out of my Alaska” event at his business at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25. The one-hour basement,” he said. Meppen decided to open his own presentation will focus on Princess Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise Cruises to Alaska. Those who are last spring. At the time, he was living interested in attending should call and working in San Diego. He decided Meppen’s office at (480) 378-3633 to to relocate to North Scottsdale after a RSVP. Meppen said he and his nine travel visit to the Valley. “It’s an honor to be the first Expe- consultants are already staying busy dia CruiseShipCenters location in the helping clients book their cruises. Because he knows that so many travstate,” he said. He added that North Scottsdale elers are inclined to book their trip has an ideal demographic profile for through a travel business, he hopes to his business. To help people book the triple his staff by the end of the year. “I just really enjoy sitting down cruise of their dreams, Meppen said he or one of his sales associates offer with my customers and learning what personal travel consultations either in they are looking forward to on their person, via email or over the phone. cruise and how we can help them. I The team suggests which cruises will couldn’t be happier with my decision to open Expedia CruiseShipCenters.” be best based on a client’s thoughts. Expedia CruiseShipCenters is “People only get one or two weeks a year for their vacation and they really located at 15560 N. Frank Lloyd look forward to it, so we want to make Wright Blvd., Suite B-3, in Scottsdale. sure they are getting a great value and For more information, visit www. also having a great experience,” he said. cruisescottsdale.com. on the town

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Phoenix Eye Group Offers High Standard of Care As founder of Phoenix Eye Group, Dr. Eva-Marie Chong spends her days treating a wide variety of eye issues and diseases. The ophthalmologist offers medical care, eye exams and surgical care for adults. “We treat a lot of diabetics, as well as people with glaucoma, dry eye, those who have floaters and we can also do laser surgery for conditions like cataracts,” she said. As a specialist in corneal diseases, Chong also performs corneal transplants and other medical care geared to the cornea. Chong, who opened a practice eight years ago in Sun City West, moved to Scottsdale late last year. She said she is delighted that at least 150 of her patients from Sun City West drive to Scottsdale to continue receiving care from her and her staff. “I’m very touched that since I opened my practice in Scottsdale, so many people have driven to see me here,” she said. Chong said she enjoys meeting and treating all of her patients, whether they’re folks who recently turned 40 and need reading glasses, or seniors who are dealing with eye diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma. “I enjoy looking after people and improving their quality of life,” she said. “Advances in surgery have allowed us to give many people much better vision than they had.” She said it’s important to schedule regular eye exams. “A lot of eye problems can be asymptomatic, and if there is a genetic predisposition for something like macular degeneration or cataracts, it is also important to have your eyes checked,” she said. By the time people reach their 60s, more serious eye diseases tend to happen. In addition to her state-of-the-artequipment, Chong said Phoenix Eye on the town

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Dr. Eva-Marie Chong takes the time to get to know her patients and determine the best ways to treat their eye conditions.

Group’s high standard of care as well as her excellent training helps to make her clinic stand out. “I’m also one of the few female ophthalmologists in the area, and I am the only female-owned practice. I think many female physicians have a different style and approach to medicine that helps to set us apart,” she said. Over time, Chong said she hopes to grow her practice to include two to four other doctors who can provide specialized care to their patients in diseases like glaucoma. For now, Chong is pleased with her staff as well as her new Scottsdale office. From the front office to her practice manager, Chong said everyone at Phoenix Eye Group truly enjoys working with patients. “I really enjoy talking to my patients. I like giving personalized care and listening to them and learning about their problems with their eyes.” Phoenix Eye Group is located at 10250 N. 92nd St., Suite 105, in Scottsdale. For more information, call (480) 237-3799 or visit www.phoenixeyegroup.com. February 15, 2015


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