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The Scottsdale Charros recently honored outstanding Scottsdale Unified School District students and educators, Scottsdale Community College teacher of the year and The Charro Foundation scholarship and fellowship recipients during its annual awards banquet at the Arizona County Club. “The Scottsdale Unified School District is very grateful to have the continued support of the Scottsdale Charros,” said Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson. “Our students and teachers benefit greatly from their generosity.” The following were honored and selected by their school’s principals: Preschool Outstanding Teachers of the Year: Jessica Jaffe, ECC Cholla; and Marin Velarde, ECC Oak. Elementary Outstanding classifieds

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Teachers of the Year: Joani Peterson, Anasazi; Jenni Holland, Cherokee; Lauren Threet, Cochise; Rene Suderman, Desert Canyon; Cecily Singleton, Hohokam Traditional; Diana Bode, Hopi; Cherie Kujawa, Kiva; Rachel Lindsay, Laguna; Debbie Shaeffer, Navajo; Erik Hedrick, Pima; Melissa Faeh, Pueblo; Darci Aronson, Redfield; Karen Pescatore, Sequoya; Debbie Burkett, Tavan; Laura Baker, Tonalea; and Dana Silva, Yavapai. K-8 Outstanding Teachers of the Year: Kelly Plowman, ANLC; Dusty Thomas, ANLC; Diane Stevens, Cheyenne Traditional; Michael Sampson, Cheyenne Traditional; Marina Rodriguez, Copper Ridge; and Danielle Foley, Copper Ridge. Middle School Outstanding Teachers of the Year: June Solod, Cocopah; Sheri Burke, Desert Canyon;

education and four fellowships to teachers working in the SUSD who want to pursue their master’s degree in education at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Future Teachers Scholarship Recipients are Janet Reboller, Coronado; and Chloe Flitton, Saguaro. Master’s in Education Fellowship Recipients: Vicki Anderson, Coronado; Angela Berry, Hohokam Traditional; Kimberly Mayorga, Arcadia; and Suzanne Van Dobben, ANLC. “The Outstanding Students and Educators Awards Banquet is one of the best events the Charros host each year,” said Lance Baker, Scottsdale Charros education chairman. “Our members know this evening of recognition is very special to our honorees and we greatly enjoy celebrating their accomplishments with them.” For more information about the program, visit www.charrofoundation. org or call (480) 990-2977.

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Jena Krahl, Ingleside; Jon Nost, Mohave; Max Slovis, Mountainside; and Amber McDaniel, Supai. High School Outstanding Teachers of the Year: Kim Mayorga, Arcadia; SueAnn Spahr, Chaparral; Danielle Lester, Desert Mountain; Mike Harris, Saguaro; and Michelle Landreville, Coronado. High School Outstanding Students of the Year: Noah Fry, Arcadia; Marissa Dominick, Arcadia; Eric Peshkin, Chaparral; Alexandra Gilliland, Chaparral; Asan Anarkulov, Coronado; Dominique Zapata, Coronado; Cameron Etebari, Desert Mountain; Samhita Vedula, Desert Mountain; Lance (Nick) Meservey, Saguaro; and Rachael Feldberg, Saguaro. The Charros honored Linda Nance, Scottsdale Community College’s Teacher of the Year, during the awards banquet as well. This year, The Charro Foundation awarded two four-year undergraduate scholarships to SUSD high school seniors pursuing a degree in


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Congratulations to our new executive editor, Christina Fuoco-Karasinski. She’s not one to brag, but her resume is a long one. It includes stories written for, and of course, all of our publications herelookingat Nearby News. Happy back the birthday to her, as well! On that note, congratulations to our former executive editor, Shanna Hogan. Shanna is the New York Times bestselling author of “Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story.” She has moved on to write true crime books full time. Be sure to remember the little people, Shanna! Local landmark Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse and Microbrewery will relocate in 2015. The new location is to be determined, but the 10acre property on which the current restaurant sits was sold for $2.4 million. Apparently it was an offer too good to refuse! Aaron Ling was honored recently as one of United Blood Services’ top six “Donors of the Year” for his

dedication to providing the gift of life, while inspiring others to follow in his footsteps. He was chosen out of the 3,666 donors who cumulatively gave 19,000 blood components during 2013, each spending up to two hours per visit to donate platelets up to 24 times last year. United Blood Services had a star named after Ling in the constellation of Hercules, the hero in the night sky. U.S. News & World Report is out with its annual ranking of the best high schools in the country and Arizona has three schools in the top 10, a feat accomplished by no other state. The report ranks University High School in Tucson as the seventh best, BASIS North in Tucson as the fifth best, and BASIS Scottsdale as the second best high school in America. BASIS North in Tucson was also named third best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) school.

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After 25 years in the profession, he decided to make a career change and attended culinary school. Mucci was not exposed to drugs until he attended culinary school, which changed his life forever. At the age of 48 he decided to try methamphetamine, thinking “I would just try it. No big deal.” “I was Mr. Clean and then I went to culinary school,” he said. “Eightyfive percent of the people I went to culinary school with were alcoholics, addicts and dealers.” What started off as a weekend binge, turned into an everyday addiction when he decided to do meth one Monday morning instead of going to work. The addiction lasted for three years. He was able to support his habit through a divorce settlement and his 401K. “I had at least a quarter of a million dollars and became an addict,” Mucci said. “It doesn’t matter who you are. This drug can and will bring you to your knees.” The first time he was arrested for possession he went to drug court and was told if he attends treatment and stays clean for a year all charges would be dropped. “They gave me a nice chance to do the right thing,” Mucci said. “But I didn’t. I went back to the drug and forgot about it. I ignored the court and I got caught again.” He was given a nine-month sentence in jail and three years of probation. Soon, he was caught with the drug for a third time and sent to prison for three years. After a few days in prison, he decided to do something positive. The result is “Paranoia: A Meth Memoir.” Mucci said although the story is told in three parts—the addictive qualities of meth, how destructive it can be and that the addiction can be beat. He has been clean for five years. “I feel wonderful,” he said. “I have never been happier and healthier in my life. I feel like I am doing something good with a good purpose.”

By Lynette Carrington Marshall Trimble is perhaps more knowledgeable than most about the people, places, events and memories of the Grand Canyon State. The Mesa native and official state historian will educate and entertain the members and guests of The Scottsdale Newcomers Club on Thursday, May 22, at the Orange Tree Golf Resort. Trimble said he is glad to share his Arizona expertise and insight with this group. “I always enjoy the newcomers because most of them just arrived here and they have a curiosity about Marshall Trimble the state and they want to know things,” stated Trimble, who is also the director of Southwest studies at Scottsdale Community College. “I have to tell guests right off the top, ‘I don’t know where the nearest Applebee’s is located,”’ mused Trimble. “I like to tell them about what a great place they’ve moved to.” A longtime teacher, Trimble also throws in a little history lesson tinged with some relevant humor. “I’ve had a lot of practice with people of all ages and I know what people enjoy. They enjoy the little things and the funny things.” “I started teaching in January ’72. Scottsdale Community College was brand new and had just opened the year before. I was a teacher at Coronado High at the time and they invited me out. I had just created a class in Southwest history at Coronado. It

was crowded and they invited me to come out to Scottsdale and create an Arizona History class.” Deb Eklund, publicity chairwoman for the Scottsdale Newcomers Club, said she’s thrilled to have Trimble as a guest speaker. “We know people will enjoy it,” she said. The social hour starts at 11 a.m., with lunch at 12 p.m. and Trimble’s program at 1 p.m. Reservations are closed for the event, but for more information, call (480) 990-1976. The Newcomers Club of Scottsdale was established in 1968 and is a nonprofit social organization for those that have recently moved into the area, but it is not restricted to those just in Scottsdale. Anyone is invited to join the group and partake in luncheons, coffees, happy hours and numerous other activities scheduled each month. “You could be busy every single day of the week if you wanted to,” Eklund stated of the club. “There are a couple of book clubs, gourmet cooking clubs, a film club, a hiking group, men and women’s golf groups and those that go out into the community for various activities.” Prospective members can attend two luncheons, a coffee and/or a happy hour prior to officially joining the club. For more information about the club, visit www. or call (480) 990-1976.

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By Lynette Carrington Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in the United States. As the leading global organization funding T1D research, JDRF works to change that as it strives toward its goal of a cure. Four-time Olympic skier Kris Freeman visited the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center recently to speak at the JDRF Desert Southwest Although initially discouraged from training for the Olympics because of his Type 1 TypeOneNation Conference. Freeman was diagnosed with diabetes, skier Kris Freeman has since gone Type 1 diabetes when he was 19. His on to compete in four Olympic Games. experience dealing with his diagnosis has Type 1 diabetes. Determined, and what happened thereafter is Freeman continued his rigorous inspirational. training, never missed a session and “I’ve always been a skier since the went on to compete in the ’02, ’06, ’10 time I could walk,” Freeman said. and ’14 Olympics. He had just made a major commitment “I would say I test my blood sugar to train for the U.S. Ski Team to go to four to five times a day, but I also the Olympics in 2002. After routine have a continuous glucose monitor by blood testing done during Dexcom,” Freeman noted. training, it was discovered The small wire is that Freeman’s glucose inserted into Freeman’s was very high. Although subcutaneous fat and not symptomatic and not is attached to a chip on technically ill yet, he was Freeman’s body that sends sent to an endocrinologist out blood sugar readings every five minutes. who diagnosed Freeman Freeman states that it is with Type 1 diabetes. just one of the innovations “Basically, they told me that make managing his no one had ever competed Type 1 diabetes easier. at the Olympic level like that and it wasn’t realistic Four-time Olympian Kris Learn more about Kris to try and continue on,” Freeman was diagnosed Freeman and his career at with Type 1 diabetes when Freeman explained. “Kris is with Lilly In fact, the first two he was 19. doctors with whom Freeman Diabetes, which is a pharmaceutical conferred discouraged him. “It was company and he works through them very difficult to get through that kind and JDRF partners with Lilly,” JDRF Development Coordinator Peter Ferry of reaction,” he said. Freeman spent time reading and explained of Freeman’s engagement at learning about his newly diagnosed the TypeOneNation event. “The event went really well. Kris was condition. “What I found were the innovations awesome and the feedback was that he that had come out in diabetes were was really inspiring and motivating. pretty revolutionary and really The whole event was a huge success.” TypeOneNation is a series of events altering,” Freeman said. “With faster glucose monitors that the JDRF puts on for Type 1 and rapid-acting insulin and insulin community, Ferry said. “JDRF used to be known as Juvenile could they really know what was possible? I found the Diabetes Research Foundation but now we’re JDRF because of the amount innovation side very encouraging.” He was also encouraged and of adults who have Type 1 diabetes.” Visit for inspired by the success of Olympic swimmer Gary Hall Jr. who also additional information.

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Frank Lloyd Wright traveled annually to the Valley of the Sun in the early 1930s before purchasing a plot of land in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains of northwest Scottsdale in 1937. The property, dubbed Taliesin West, became the winter home of Wright and his architecture apprentices. Following the famed architect’s death in 1959, ownership of

Taliesin West passed to A shot taken at Taliesin West in the 1960s the Frank Lloyd Wright shows the entrance to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Foundation. Valley office. Wright found prehistoric petroglyphs residents today can see on some of the property’s boulders. Wright’s vision of organic architecture in the Sonoran desert with public tours. These photos, taken in the 1960s and courtesy of the Scottsdale Historical Society, show visitors exploring Taliesin West’s unique architecture. Visitors walk outside Taliesin West’s main studio in the 1960s.

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Deb’s Dragons Brings ‘Misunderstood’ Creatures to ‘Wild’ Parties By Jimmy Magahern Deb Miller puts a tarantula on the they take their turns with the giant head of a young girl, and every kid snake wrapped across their shoulders, in the visiting class from Anthem’s snapping giddy selfies with the wild Caurus Academy immediately pulls photo-bombing reptile. out their smartphone. This is a field trip to be Facebooked, All through the packed HB Wellness Instagrammed and tweeted. And smoothie shop on 90th Street and Miller, looking herself like a fearless, East Bell Road in North ultra-fit superhero in blueScottsdale, the kids streaked black hair and pink from Caurus erupt with short-shorts, is in all her excitement as Miller, glory. reaching into her bank “I love doing the show of portable reptile cages, for kids,” said Miller, owner pulls out one exotic of the 13-year-old Deb’s creature after another. Red Dragons, a home business and white corn snakes. Deb Miller introduces that provides such critters California king snake. A a young audience for school events, corporate blue-tongued Australian member to a tarantula. team-building exercises and skink. Her trademark bearded dragon. parties, for kids and adults. “You know, An African ball python. they don’t have any fear yet. Their fear By the time Miller gets to the isn’t cemented, like it becomes for Columbian boa constrictor, all 40 adults. So it’s all very interactive.” charter school kids are on their feet, To be accurate, a couple of kids do brandishing their iPhones, iPad retreat to the back of the room several Minis and even a couple of camera- times, especially when Miller gets to equipped Nintendo DSis. Two by two, her “Fear Factor” part of the program:

passing around a handful of two-inchlong Madagascar hissing cockroaches. But Miller is quick to relieve their fears. “They cannot hurt you,” she reassured a couple of boys recoiling from the insects. “They’re sticky—they can climb on glass. But they won’t bite you.” Daughter of a zoologist and an adventurer with a fierce wild side (among her favorite activities on her website she lists scuba diving with hammerhead sharks, eating termites, chasing feral rodents and skinny dipping off uninhabited islands with her boyfriend, the aptly named Daniel Boone), Miller said her main mission is to get people past irrational fears of what she calls her “misunderstood creatures,” which she keeps as pets in her North Scottsdale home. “We stereotype these animals into categories that make them seem fearful,” she said. “The movies encourage that, because they play on our fears. So a lot of my show is about overcoming what are actually the myths and stereotypes we have about these creatures—and in a broader sense—about each other. That’s just a subtle message that I like to sneak in.”

Miller loves passing around Madagascar hissing cockroaches, explaining that they can’t hurt anyone despite the noise.

It’s hard to tell whether the class from Caurus, a brainy bunch who begin prepping for the International Baccalaureate program in elementary school, are catching all of Miller’s subtle lessons today. Most are too busy shrieking with delight and mugging for each other’s smartphone cameras with various snakes on their arms. That’s OK with the Valley’s reigning lizard queen, who, though fully insured and stealthily precautious, is a master at making kids feel freed, for at least an hour, from their overprotected world. “I try to put some education in with the entertainment,” Miller said, noting that her carry-along creatures represent a “mini world tour” of every continent. “But really, it’s all about fun.”

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declare May “Mom’s Month.” Yes, I am declaring the ENTIRE month we celebrate moms. I know you’re thinking this is because I’m a mom. It’s more than that. You see, when you have shared a similar experience with someone, you understand that person more than someone who hasn’t. As a mom, I know what goes into being a mom. I know what it feels like to desire to be the best and yet come up short. I can relate to the sacrifices that we joyfully make in being “mom.” What it means to be crazy tired, and yet find yourself up all night with a child that doesn’t feel well, has had a bad dream, or doing a stupid science project. The struggle within between using the degree you fought hard to obtain, or staying home to wipe noses and run carpool. It’s a daily task of keeping everyone on schedule, making sure homework, doctor’s appointments, piano lessons, laundry, vacuuming and dinner not only get accomplished but with some level of consistency and excellence. The mom quickly packing a special lunch while alternately making sure the briefcase holds all she needs for the day’s meetings at work, or those moms who find themselves micromanaging teenagers to complete college and scholarship applications and honor curfews. Not to mention, the list of hopes, dreams, desires and tasks that belong to us moms! Please understand that I’m not whining - we have made the choice to be moms. But moms are just like the rest of the world, making choices, then finding we need to be reminded of why we chose the way we did. In the grand scheme of life, this is the best profession we could ever have imagined. I have learned how to overcome the biggest of power struggles that could bring any corporate executive to their knees and have an amazing solution to dealing with severely loud tantrums wielded by selfish people. I can go from nurse, cook, counselor, bodyguard, referee, teacher, taxi driver to warden all in under an hour - a feat that takes compassion, self-control, intelligence, stamina, Page 12

perseverance, wisdom and a whole lot of grace! It’s in the having done this myself, that I appreciate the moms around me. Mom to mom, I appreciate what you go through to raise and build up healthy kids who will turn into adults with character and integrity. Kids who know their potential and that good sportsmanship and a strong work ethic are highly valued and rewarded. The moments where you have to sit by and let your child walk through a rough time, wanting so desperately to rescue them, but knowing that in resisting you teach them problem solving and the importance of standing up for themselves and what is right. Several years ago I was listening to a local radio program. A caller had just called in to try and win one of the contests they were running. The radio personality asked the woman what her name was and what she did for a living. She responded with her name first, followed by, “… and I’m just a mom.” I will never forget the response by the radio personality. He replied, “Just a MOM! There is no such thing as JUST a mom! My wife is a mom. She stays home with our kids, and I don’t know how she does it. I could never do what she is accomplishing every day, and I appreciate her for it. Please, don’t ever refer to what you do as such a menial thing. It’s a put-down, and you deserve much more for all your hard work.” Affirm the moms in your life during this month, whether it be your own mom, your wife, friend, or co-worker. The list of reasons for why moms should be valued and encouraged could go on and on. Each story is unique and different and helped create legacy—destiny. The simple fact that you are reading this would imply that someone turned you from a thought into a reality. Join me and celebrate the moms in your life. Pastor Holly Anderson Living Word Bible Church Val Vista & Brown Church: A good start to a Great Life…

Jose Leon said he enjoys the camaraderie and effort that is given by the 50 members of the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club.

20-30 Club Dedicated to Helping Local Children By Alison Stanton Three years ago, Ted Aust decided he wanted to get more involved in his community. After speaking with a friend about the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and the work that it does, Aust knew he wanted to join. “The more I heard about it, the more it seemed like a solid group filled with like-minded people,” Aust said. He joined in May 2011 and now serves as the group’s international relations officer. Members of the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club come from all walks of life and represent a variety of professions. “We are a charitable organization based here in Scottsdale that is comprised of men in their 20s and 30s who raise money for the benefit of local children’s charities,” Aust said. To raise funds, Aust said the club sponsors two events each year: the NiteFlite charity golf tournament and Red Carpet Gala, which are held in the fall, and the Brokers for Kids event in February. On May 1, the members held their annual Gifting Meeting at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. During the event, Aust said the club gave $325,000 to 19 different local charities and nonprofit organizations. The charities included CareFund, New Pathways for Youth and Teen Lifeline. For Aust, having the ability to determine which local charities will receive the donations is one of his favorite parts about being a member of the club. He also likes having the

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opportunity to help often-smaller groups get much-needed funding. “When you make a donation to a fairly large charity, it might not make as much of an impact, but $5,000 or $10,000 can make a huge difference for many small local charities,” he said. Aust said local charities go through an application process that involves “As long as what they do is for the benefit of local children, they are considered,” Aust said. “People who are helped by the charities can get up and tell us how grateful they are to have received the donation, and it’s really great to see how happy they are,” he said. Jose Leon, who has been a member of the club for more than two years, said it was rewarding for him to see the recipient organizations bring the beneficiaries to the Gifting Meeting to share their stories. “You don’t realize how much of an impact you make with each dollar raised,” he said. Leon said he enjoys the camaraderie and effort that is given by the 50 members of the club. “It is amazing what we can do as a group.” Although Aust said membership is capped, members age out once they reach 40, and some move away or serve for awhile and then move on. He said anyone who is interested in joining should visit and click on “Become a Member” to learn more about the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club.




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Get Warm Feelings for the Cold-Blooded Summer Camp at PHS Introduces Kids to Reptiles By Kimberly Hosey Phoenix Herpetological Society’s “Reptile Encounters” summer camp might feature some cold-blooded subjects, but the program aims to develop warmth and compassion for the animals as it educates, excites and inspires kids. Campers interact with tortoises, turtles, baby alligators and crocodiles, large and small snakes and more. Students also learn how to identify reptiles (venomous and nonvenomous), how to properly handle certain reptiles and lessons on everything from anatomy and reproduction to ecosystems and endangered species. The organization, which is heavily involved in education and outreach as well as conservation and running a sanctuary for 1,500 local and exotic

reptiles, offers one weeklong camp for ages 8 to 9 and four camp sessions each for ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. The day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers worked to develop a rigorous (but fun) curriculum that adheres to state science standards, and built a classroom devoted to the camp. Campers become “junior herpetologists” and focus on a different species each day of the program. All crafts, lessons and other activities center on the species of the day. “So they may have weights and measures every day but how you weigh and measure a tortoise is different than how you weigh and measure an alligator,” said PHS Vice President Debbie Gibson. She added that the camp helps students not only learn to

love animals, but to work hard, study animals, take notes and more. “We enjoy caring for the animals, of course, but it’s not all fun and games,” she said. Still, she said, she’s never had a bad review. On the final day of camp, parents are asked to arrive an hour early for pickup, and campers act as guides, leading the adults around the sanctuary and teaching them about reptiles. The result is often a week’s worth of lessons cemented into the campers’ minds as they communicate them to others—as well as converting some of the parents into lizard lovers. This is the third year the organization has offered the camp, and it hopes its outreach and education efforts continue to grow, Gibson said. “The most important thing to learn about the animals is coexisting,” she said. “And the real problem is everybody’s heart goes out when they

see a baby bobcat or a little coyote puppy, but when they see a baby rattlesnake, they’re like, ‘It’s a snake.’ And that’s our battle.” If that’s the battle, kids make excellent allies. Gibson said that regardless of the feelings of their parents—and many campers have parents who are not fond of reptiles—every kid comes out of the camp advocating for the animals. There’s still room for mammals. But the Phoenix Herpetological Society’s Reptile Encounters camp— and reptiles themselves—earn lifelong supporters each summer. Camp sessions remain throughout June and July. Camp is $275 per camper for the week. For more details visit and click on the green box labeled “Got Reptiles?” Visit the website or call (480) 513-HERP (4377) for more information. Visits to the sanctuary are by appointment only.

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By Tracy House The first words a baby utters are the most precious. From “Dada” to “Momma,” parents cherish those sounds, recording the momentous occasion in memory books. By the time a child is in preschool, speech should be fluent, but for children who struggle with speech fluency the impacts can be great. For parents who have questions about their child’s stuttering, there is a new resource available. Scottsdale author Mirla G. Raz has written a new book, “Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do,” in response to questions she received from parents of children she was treating for speech sound disorders, language disorders and stuttering. She has been a certified and licensed

speech-language pathologist for 40 years. “I decided reading information is better for parents then sitting and paying for the hours to get the information,” Raz said. “It can be a lot cheaper and it can even help them be proactive in helping their child if they know what the Do’s and Don’ts are and when to seek help, where to seek help and what to expect.” Raz said the book is based on her experiences working with children and recognizing the needs of the parents and children and how best to help the children. She stresses the importance of parental involvement. “I make the most progress when parents are involved in the process. I



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WHEN: Wed., May 28, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 941-2140 or A member of the Scottsdale police department reads a new story every week, and each child receives a snack and a new book.


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WHEN: Fri., May 30, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Arabian Library, 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or www.library. Learn about the size and scale of the universe, stars and the other amazing celestial wonders. Perfect for all ages.

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WHERE: Civic Center Library Story Time Room, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or Stop by the library where parents and their children can play and meet new friends while exploring toys, art activities and books.

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WHEN: Fri., June 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or http://library. The library will host the “Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour,” a national tour sponsored by Random House Children’s Books that brings Junie B. live and in-person across the country to meet her fans.


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Fortunate Son CCR’s Clifford is Proud of His Band’s Longevity By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Spending his winters in Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch, Creedence Clearwater Revisited drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford has longed to play Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Ballroom. “We wanted to get into that venue for so long and our good old friend Danny Zelisko got us in there,” says Clifford, who summers in Reno. “I’m excited about it. I could easily walk there, but I won’t be there in June—except to play.” Thanks to the longtime Phoenix promoter, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will bring the hits to the venue at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15. “We play hit after hit after hit,” Clifford explains. “That’s what we do. We play 21 songs—all hits and some of them are better known than others. But hits are hits. It makes it fun. It’s a little surprise when people forget about songs and then there are other songs that were genuine hits. “Either they’ll go, ‘Oh, I didn’t know they did that one,’ or, ‘Oh, I forgot that they did that one. Then, of course, there are the obvious ones like the ‘Proud Marys,’ ‘Who’ll Stop the Rains’ and the ‘Fortunate Sons.’ Those are the obvious ones.” Clifford is the co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which he started in 1995 with fellow former Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook. The band didn’t intend to play for the public. Instead it wanted to focus on private shows, but Creedence Clearwater Revisited snowballed. It was brought to a complete halt, temporarily, two years later when a

legal injunction by John Fogerty, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival singer, forced the group to change its name to Cosmo’s Factory. However, the courts ruled in Cook and Clifford’s favor and it returned to CCR— Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The music of CCR has stood the test of time. Clifford says he sees fans ranging from ages 8 to 80 at his shows and he has a theory for that. “They’re good songs, kudos to John Fogerty as a songwriter; the fact that we were a band who started playing instruments and being a band at age 13 gave us a unique sound,” Clifford explains. “We’re very dedicated to making that sound successful. It took us 10 years from when we started to when we had the first hit. We maintained that work ethic throughout the projects and hence we have the legacy of music that we have.” Clifford, who is in the Rock and Roll, the Grammy, the Independent Record and Distributors and the Classic Drummer halls of fame, still, admittedly, gets a kick out of hearing his music on the radio. “Our music has staying power and the ultimate test for the pop medium is the test of time,” he says. “We seem to be weathering that challenge.” Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. Tickets are $40 to $125. For more information, call (480) 850-7734 or visit www.ticketmaster. com.

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Fine Art Members’ Juried Exhibition WHEN: Through May 29, various times WHERE: Bezalel Gallery, 7012 Main St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (602) 370-0363 or meet your neighbor View 37 original fine art portraits and works of the human figure created by 24 Portrait Artists of Arizona members. Exhibiting artists will be doing portrait demonstrations during Thursday night ArtWalks throughout May. “The Odd Couple” WHEN: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 31, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8670 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 103, Scottsdale COST: $15 to $23 INFO: (480) 314-0841 or Two divorced men decide to share a New York apartment. “Music on the Promenade” WHEN: Fridays through May 30, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Promenade Amphitheater, southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard COST: Free INFO: The event benefits cystic fibrosis research and features popular Valley musicians. The Amazing World of Desert Ants Workshop WHEN: Thurs., May 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $15 for founders members; $20 for general public

INFO: (480) 800-3000 ext 207 or Come and learn about nature’s tiniest treasure from Scottsdale Community College Professor John Weiser. He will explore many of the behaviors and life histories of the ants of the desert. The Phoenix Pet Expo WHEN: Sat., May 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: Shop, learn, play and adopt during the Phoenix Pet Expo.

Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-2312 or www. Bring a blanket or chair to hear a variety of favorite local bands. “Saving Mr. Banks” WHEN: Mon., May 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to “Mary Poppins” is brought to the screen in this nonfiction drama. AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event WHEN: Sat., May 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $35 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or The event features tastings of more than 40 wines, all personally rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters, who will be available to provide recommendations for wine and food pairings.

Jerry Riopelle WHEN: Sat., May 17, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Showroom, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $45 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or The cross-genre musician, whose success has spanned over five decades, is bringing back his hardhitting show for fans. “Buddies (Colegas)” WHEN: Sun., May 18, through Mon., May 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $5 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Three friends with Down syndrome leave their care home where they grew up and search for their dreams in this film.

Justin Hayward WHEN: Fri., May 30, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Showroom, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $40 to $100 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or With the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward has sold millions of albums worldwide.

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WHERE: Civic Center Library Gold Room, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or Join others for a lively game of scrabble every Friday. Waking Up with the Butterflies Self-Guided Photography Session WHEN: Sat., May 31, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $10 members; $30 for nonmembers INFO: (480) 800-3000 ext 207 or Guests are invited for a quiet hour photographing the butterflies in the tropical rainforest before opening the doors to the public. Tim Allen WHEN: Sat., May 31, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $175 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or This hilarious man that made himself a fixture in our living rooms on the ’90s hit TV show “Home Improvement,” has revved up a whole new show. The Scottsdale Senior Academy WHEN: Wed., June 4, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Civic Center Library Silver Room, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or The Scottsdale Senior Academy arranges for seniors to meet in groups of two to five to study community issues and report proposed resolutions in newspapers, meetings and other forums.

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“Life of a King” WHEN: Tues., June 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or Director Jake Goldberger tells the

inspirational true-life story of Eugene Brown, a repentant ex-convict who establishes a chess club in a Washington, D.C., high school as a means of encouraging at-risk young people to think ahead before choosing a life of crime. Creedence Clearwater Revisited WHEN: Sun., June 15, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale COST: $26.59 to $146.44 INFO: (800) 745-3000 or Creedence Clearwater Revisited has been touring since 1995 when Stu Cook and Doug Clifford (original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival) started their own project. You’ll know them from their hits that capture the voice of a generation like “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.”

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Mighty Mud Mania WHEN: Sat., June 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale COST: Adults $10; free for children 13 to 17 years old INFO: MightyMudMania Mighty Mud Mania offers muddy obstacles for people of all ages and ability levels. There are nonmuddy activities as well for those who prefer not to get dirty.


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Traditional French cuisine is hard The weather was decent, so we to come by in Scottsdale, but Voila!, a opted to dine on the patio. The French bistro, presents a solid menu traditional French music piped of entrees and specials that had us outside was a nice touch and added cooing, “Oooh, la la.” Our group to the overall experience. The house enthusiastically embraced the chance served up an appetizer of traditional to try Voila! and get French bread with creamy a real taste of Paris. aioli dipping sauce. Two Don’t let the petite other stand-out appetizers size of the restaurant included the baked brie fool is with caramelized onions part of the bistro’s ($12) and escargot de upscale charm and Bourgogne ($10). If you romantic ambiance. haven’t tried escargot, The outdoor patio Voila! is the place to take is tucked into a Les moules pastis is a mussel the garlic-tinged plunge. breezeway, just far dish executed in a traditional The southern part of enough away from southern French style. France is well-known the bustle of the retail center where for its mussel dishes and Voila!’s Voila! is located. We were greeted at selection did not disappoint. We the door by executive chef George were pleasantly surprised with the les Venezia who then promptly set to moules pastis ($16 small/$18 large), work creating one of the best meals which is a steamed mussel dish with we’ve had so far this year in the Valley. saffron, garlic, tomatoes and shallots. comm. spotlight


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Its sauce is akin to a thick soup. The entrée, which could also be an appetizer was tender, flavorful and qualifies as the best mussel dish in the Valley. There are three additional mussel The seared scallops and king salmon with lemon confit are selections on the menu. two outstanding dishes at Voila! One entrée we ordered was the pastas and a complete bouillabaisse special of the day: wild king salmon maison dinner ($62) that serves two with lemon confit ($28). The superb and includes seafood marinara with tang was settled slightly by the fresh fish, shrimp, clams, mussels and rice that lent a mild nutty flavor to garlic and dry white wine served with the dish. The accompanying green toasted baguette slices and aioli. The perfect ending to the evening beans were perfectly cooked; not too hard and not too soft. The seared should include one of the bistro’s scallops ($26) were served atop sliced quality desserts. Voila! boasts a cucumbers with a tangy ginger sauce, traditional apple tart tatin, bread accompanied with a fine couscous. pudding with bananas and raisins, Entrée portions were literally the crème brulee and opera, which is ganache and coffee butter cream with perfect size. If you want to try some other unique a delicious chocolate glaze. dishes, Voila! doesn’t disappoint. Additional entrees include frog legs Voila! Provençale ($26), duck a l’orange 10135 E. Via Linda ($28), veal cutlets with apple brandy Scottsdale 85258 sauce ($26) and boeuf bourguignon (480) 614-5600 or ($26). There is also a selection of salads,

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The Moistest Carrot Cake Ever It’s not that I fancy myself a carrot cake expert by any means. I just know a darn good carrot cake when I taste one and this is the best I’ve ever had. I owe a big thanks to Paradise Valley resident Michael Garrett for sending in this “gotta have” version of one of America’s favorite desserts. What makes this recipe so unique? Well, its incredibly moist texture is a result of a couple of fantastic ideas. First, Michael soaks the golden raisins in Grand Marnier, so you get a flavor burst with each bite. Although you can’t taste it, there is crushed pineapple in this recipe, which adds to the moistness. Finally, Michael’s tip for freezing the cake right out of the oven instantly stops the cooking process. Overcooking, of course, can sometimes cause cake to end up a little dry. (The second time I made the cake I didn’t freeze it. Michael’s right. Freezing it makes it much better. I follow this procedure now for all of my cakes and cupcakes.) Also, the recipe calls for toasting the chopped walnuts

and the shredded coconut. The result is a much more complex and memorable flavor profile in every bite. The icing? In a word, extraordinary. As Michael wrote, “First, I worked on perfecting the cake. Then I worked on the frosting. Usually I don’t like lots of powdered sugar in a frosting, but this is nice and creamy, and I love the tartness created by adding the lemon juice.” In fact, this frosting has the most gorgeous, lustrous, almost iridescent, sheen to it! Way to go, Michael. All of your hours in the kitchen really paid off. This one is 2-“carrot” gold! If dad loves a carrot cake, this is the one to make for Father’s Day!

Moist Carrot Cake 1 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 small can (or 1 cup) crushed pineapple, not drained 2 cups shredded carrots (2 large carrots) 1 cup golden raisins, marinated for several hours or overnight in 1/2 cup Grand Marnier or other orange liquor 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1 cup coconut, toasted until golden brown 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt

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With a renewed emphasis on better eating and a healthy diet, it’s time to rethink restaurant choices. Raw Organic Food + Juices opened only two months ago and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Prior to Raw, owner Jonathan Yasso worked with his parents at their Mediterranean Raw Organic Food + Juices offers all-organic restaurant. entrees, juices and smoothies that guests can feel “This is my lifestyle. I eat good about eating. healthy and I workout,” Yasso said. The restaurant’s most popular menu “It’s something I like to do. I haven’t item, the fiesta bowl ($7 or $11 with seen an all-organic food and juice protein), is simply flavorful. It features place. There are food and juice places, black beans, corn, tomato, onion, but they’re not all-organic. If we can’t avocado and chicken with a chipotle get organic, we won’t use it in the lime ranch. The bowl had a base of restaurant.” organic brown rice that was cooked Almost all of Raw’s produce to perfection and lent a slightly nutty is sourced locally. The organic flavor to the dish. difference is in the flavor and quality. Other popular entrees include the on the town

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Tuscan chicken wrap ($8) which chicken or a cheese quesadilla. includes goat cheese, sun-dried Juices start with a base of apple, tomatoes, spinach, red onion and a carrot, pineapple, orange or celery/ chipotle lime ranch dressing, and the cucumber and include three red heaven wrap ($10) with chicken, ingredients. Smoothie bases start with brown rice, black beans, tomato, red coconut water, almond milk, orange onion, cheddar and red basil. juice, hemp milk, coconut milk or “I developed the menu purified water and include myself,” Yasso said. “I four ingredients. Guests picked up ideas from can get imaginative as other restaurants, but Raw has a lot of fresh for the most part, it was ingredients for juices and things that I like.” smoothies. The menu set up is “The most important innovative. For buildthing for people to know is your-own bowls, guests that all our food is organic,” choose a “base” from Yasso said. Although arugula mix, brown rice, menu items might be a bit a regular or gluten-free Raw owner Jonathan higher in price, the quality, wrap, quinoa, romaine, Yasso is excited to offer a taste and freshness shine restaurant to through and make Raw a kale or spinach. From high-quality the North Scottsdale area. there, customers pick place where people can four ingredients and one sauce. feel good about what they are eating. Choose from proteins—chicken, Soon, Raw will add protein bars shrimp, steak, salmon or lentils. and a reach-in refrigerator, expanding Those who have sensitive, vegan or its offerings with added on-the-go vegetarian diets will find something convenience. Raw is located at 17025 to love at Raw. The kids’ choice menu N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 160 (at Bell ($5 per item) includes smoothies or Road). Call (480) 207-6131 or visit juices, a berry bowl, brown rice and

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