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November 20, 2015

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Bonds approved for streets, fire stations, but rejected for police, technology, parks and transportation Voters approved bonds to construct three new fire stations and renovate a fourth and replace pavement on city streets. However, they rejected four other proposals to fund parks, transportation, citywide transportation and police projects. The street pavement proposal, designating $12.5 million for the road repairs and the fourth question on the ballot, passed with 53 percent of the voters’ support, 19,909 to 17,347. Voters approved the fifth question on the ballot, earmarking $16.35 million for the Fire Department, as it passed 20,442 to 16,847, with just under 55 percent support. Voters rejected the following proposals: • $31.9 million for parks and community facilities, 19,386-17,947; • $16.5 million for transportation, 19,082-18,312; • $6.9 million for citywide technology, 18,867-18,148; • $11.8 million for police, 18,77218,235 The two approved bond proposals will cost the owner of a home valued at $371,000 by the county assessor about $12.75 a year over 21 years. With the approval, the City’s Fire Department now can plan the construction of three new fire stations in Desert Foothills, Desert Mountain and McCormick Ranch. The three new stations will include crew quarters and facilities, office space, an OSHA-certified decontamination area, safer gear storage and apparatus bays. The station at 75th Street and Shea Boulevard will be renovated with improvements to the bathrooms, locker rooms, bunk rooms and kitchen. A renovated apparatus bay area will include a decontamination room and personal protective equipment storage. Fire Chief Tom Shannon thanked Scottsdale voters for their support.

“We recognize that the margin of approval for our projects was not overwhelming and that many important projects were not passed, which emphasizes the importance of guarding the public’s trust as we implement the strategy behind the Fire Department’s four projects,” Shannon said. Shannon said the City of Scottsdale Capital Project Management will begin a planning process Dec. 1. “It is anticipated that most of the projects will be completed or well underway within 36 months with the relocation of Fire Station 603 (McCormick Ranch) likely taking longer,” Shannon said. Officials will examine a relocation north and east of The McCormick Ranch current location at 7339 E. McDonald Dr. to assure more appropriate coverage of that area. That relocation requires land acquisition. The new fire stations will be located to best address response area needs. The Desert Foothills and Desert Mountain fire stations will provide permanent quarters for firefighters who have been in temporary quarters for many years. The stations will reflect the contemporary needs of a four-person crew housed there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Shannon said. Renovations at 75th and Shea “will bring that station up to current building standards for a four-person crew,” Shannon said. Voters also gave the nod to the replacement of 140 miles of deteriorated pavement on city streets. This project will repair and repave various local, collector and major streets. With the approval of two proposals, the City Council will appoint seven residents to a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. As projects move forward, this committee will receive reports on the projects’ progress, review project changes and provide comments and recommendations to City Council.


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VOSJCC holiday New aquarium on par to open in July By Justin Toscano the owners are selling lifetime passes camps offer Amram Knishinsky noticed that the for families and individuals. The famValley was the only major metropol- ily pass—good for two adults and a winter break fun The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center offers students in kindergarten through eighth grade two weeks of fun during winter break. Holiday Camp @ The J is fully licensed and serves grades K-8 with an array of age-appropriate activities taught and supervised by experienced staff. In addition to traditional camp with field trips, crafts, sports and other activities, The J offers art, dance and cheer, and sports specialty camps. Young artists dabble in pottery, painting and a week of fun art projects. Holiday Camps @ The J run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, through Thursday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 31. Extended morning and evening hours are available. All are welcome, regardless of faith, background or ability. For more information and pricing, contact Hillary Goodman at (480) 634-4949 or

itan area without an aquarium. So, when he sold the facility he developed in Newport, Kentucky, the ASU grad trained his eyes on the desert. The $100 million OdySea Aquarium will anchor a “world-class entertainment destination” in Scottsdale, Knishinsky said. The aquarium will join Butterfly Wonderland and the OdySea Mirror Maze. “This aquarium will be the most technologically advanced aquarium to be built,” said Knishinsky, who has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development. “We like to say that it will be a blend of Disney technology with an aquarium presentation of marine life.” He said the aquarium will feature underwater sea trek experiences, escalators in acrylic-wrapped tanks, a 3-D movie theater, aquariums hanging from ceilings, sharks in bathrooms and more. During the construction period only,

child with an extra $100 charge to add more members—is set at $1,295. Individual passes are $500. The aquarium’s construction started in May and is expected to be ready for the July grand opening. Recently, the work has focused on erecting the building’s massive 60-foot walls. Don Mac, the project manager for McCarthy Building Companies, said the team is on schedule. As for some more of the aquarium’s features, he said it will have more than 55 marine life tanks that will hold 2 million gallons of water. The next “significant milestone” will be the placement of the acrylic glass that recently arrived onsite. “The most unique part of the project is that it has virtually no 90-degree corners, but the vast majority of the building is constructed on a radius,” Mac said. “Another unique part is the size of the acrylic-tank walls with the largest panel being 45 feet and weigh-

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ing over 12,000 pounds, which we will be adding.” Moving forward, Mac said the crew will focus on the structural steel, which will hold together the 72 tilt wall panels that were assembled in September. He also said he believes visitors will be impressed and the aquarium will undoubtedly continue to grow as a destination for tourists, families and educators. Folks will be able to easily access the aquarium by taking the Via de Ventura exit off the Loop 101. “The most difficult part of the process has been containing our excitement for July,” Knishinsky said. “We are so excited to bring this to the public.”

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Stay safe while shopping during the busy holiday season By Alison Stanton As the holiday season gets into full swing, thousands of Southeast Valley shoppers will head to local malls and stores to find gifts for everybody on their lists. Brian Snyder, an attorney at Snyder and Wenner P.C. in Scottsdale, said that in addition to the festive lights, decorated trees and other signs of the season, there can be a sinister side to this time of year. “Nobody wants to think about this, but chances are they are being watched by someone,” he said. Criminals will take advantage of the busy shopping season to target harried and distracted shoppers. Snyder said stores should do what they can to help keep their customers safe. “The first thing to consider is security. Stores need to have a live security person there, and they need to make sure they are changing up their patrol schedule,” Snyder said. “They should not patrol at the same time every day, because criminals will

watch the stores and learn their behavior, so a randomized patrol schedule is best.” Stores should also add security cameras in places like parking garages, where thieves can hang out and wait for holiday shoppers with their arms full of bags. “If criminals know there are security cameras and see the signs saying there are cameras, they are less likely to want to lie in wait,” Snyder said. Unfortunately, Snyder said, many stores fall short of having enough security personnel and cameras. “They may have a security person there, but with more people shopping and the stores being densely populated they should add more, and not just rely on what they do in July,” he said. To stay as safe as possible, Nicole Swartwout, a partner with CallTeks Security in Scottsdale, said shoppers must be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times. The first step, Swartwout said, is to choose the safest possible parking space.

“Park in a well-lit area that is close to the door of the store, and look at where the security cameras are located in the parking lot and park near them,” she said. “People who are near security cameras may be less likely to be approached and if something does happen, you can request the footage from the store.” When walking in and out of the store or mall, Swartwout said shoppers should have their cellphones charged and in their hand, and hold their car keys at an angle. Purses should be zipped and held close to the body and, whenever possible, shoppers should avoid going out alone, especially at night, she said. “Just be prepared and ask yourself if you look like a person that a criminal would pick. Try not to look like a target,” she said. To prevent their vehicles from being broken into, Swartwout said shoppers should not leave items out in plain sight. “Criminals will look into cars and see the computer that you just bought Thinking about remodeling your pool? Is the contractor you’re considering licensed, insured and actually qualified to complete the work?...

or the game console,” she said. Whenever possible, shoppers should return home to drop off expensive or large items. If this is not possible, placing purchases in a large plastic tub and covering it up can be a deterrent, she said. Parents who typically store gifts in the trunks of their vehicles to hide them from curious kids can ask their neighbors for help, Swartwout said. “My grandma used to do this and she taught me this tip. She worked out a deal with the neighbors and put a box in their garage and stored presents in there,” she said. While he does not want shoppers to be paranoid, Snyder said people should definitely be aware that crimes can and do happen during the holiday season. “No. 1, people must be aware of their surroundings,” he said. Shoppers should also avoid advertising where they have shopped. “You don’t want to flail your Louis Vuitton bags around. The intention is not to instill fear but to encourage some personal responsibility.” AFTER

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What do you do when guests come to visit but you have to work? For many Scottsdale residents the simple solution is to let them luxuriate at Spa Lamar. Scottsdale Ranch resident Heidi Lamar says her 14,000-square-foot spa has been providing “day care” to Valley visitors for more than 30 years: “Just drop them off on your way to work. We will make sure they have an amazing day.” Massages, Facials and Pedicures start at $70, including all day use of the steam room, sauna, pool and whirlpool. Spa Lamar is located at 5115 N Scottsdale Rd. Call (480) 945-7066, or visit But be warned: Your guests may not want to leave. More than 35,000 fans of protein wrapped in an unleavened grain product showed up Oct. 17 and 18 at the Arizona Taco Festival at Salt River Fields. The sixth annual celebration of the Southwest’s favorite food saw 50 participating restaurants sell more than 100,000 tacos at only $2 each. Had I been there, the 100,000 figure would be considerably larger. “This is probably the fastest-growing event in Arizona,” said David Tyda, festival cofounder. “Each year it’s more delicious and more diverse and more crazy than ever.” And next year, I’ll be there. Please go to Coconuts Fish Café (16640 N. Scottsdale Rd.) and eat an ono taco or two. Why? Because of all the fish in the Pacific, the ono truly deserve to die. They’re mean. Two years ago, I went deep-sea fishing off the coast of Kauai and one of those big, strong, tuna-like fellas grabbed my hook and ran. Ten minutes and three bouts of nausea later, I landed him on the deck of our little rented boat. It flopped and flopped and snapped its jaws viciously, trying to bite me and the crew member who approached it with a hammer. Ono have huge, sharp teeth. We could’ve been killed! After the hammer found the fish’s head, I had it filleted. The ono steaks I grilled that night were delicious,

though I’m sure the ono at Mauibased Coconuts, recently rated “extraordinary to perfection” by Zagat’s, is better. Let the harmless salmon live. Eat ono. Scottsdale Community College will host “Alli Ortega Empty Bowls 2015,” a fundraiser to fight hunger, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the school cafeteria, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. you can buy a modest meal in a handmade ceramic bowl for $10 and keep the bowl. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., you may buy a bowl without food, also $10. All proceeds go to Vista del Camino Social Services, a City of Scottsdale agency that supplies emergency food, clothing and shelter to city residents. For more information call (480) 423-6590. A note from a reader: “This is to commend the parks department employee in charge of Chestnut Park whose name is Shawn. He very kindly cleared the water from the court for four old ladies so we could enjoy a game of tennis. Thanks!” Refuse and recycling collections will change over the holidays. City offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, for Christmas and Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. Please note that Friday’s collection for both weeks moves to Saturday.

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Topping the noisy toy list: • Bruin R/C Racer—103 dB near the ear, 74 dB at arm’s length • Disney: Sofia the First, Time to Shine Sing-Along Boombox—102 dB near the ear, 76 dB at arm’s length • Leap Frog: My Talking LapPup—100 dB near the ear, 74 dB at arm’s length • Blue Sky: The Peanuts Movie, Happy Dance Snoopy—96 dB near the ear, 78 dB at arm’s length • Barbie: Rock ‘N’ Royals Rock Star Guitar—94 dB near the ear, 75 dB at arm’s length • Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Chewbacca Electronic Mask—92 dB near the ear, 79 dB at arm’s length When shopping for your Listen up—it’s importprecious little ones, reant member these precautionDid you know that noise ary measures: is the No. 1 cause of hear• Does the toy have voling loss? By first grade, less ume control? If there is no than 1 percent of children This Chewbacca Elecway to turn down the volhave hearing loss but by tronic Mask measures ume, the child will be ex92 decibels near the ear. the time they are teenagposed to whatever decibel ers, 20 percent of children will have level naturally comes with the toy. some level of hearing loss. Some toys • Is there an on/off switch for the volwith sound or noise components ume? An on/off switch is a great cacould be the cause for this loss. How pability for the child to still be able can you tell how much is too much to enjoy the toy, without the risk of when it comes to noise levels? damage to their hearing. According to the American • Does the toy seem loud to you? If Speech-Language-Hearing Associathe noise level seems loud to you, it tion, 85 decibels (dB) is the maximum will probably be just as loud or loudvolume a child should be exposed to er to the little one playing with it. for no more than eight hours. DeciAs toy shopping season rounds the bels are a unit of measurement to corner, take a few extra precautions to gauge volume, and decibel volume is make sure your child is getting a toy measured in several industries includ- they love, but is also safe. Once the ing construction and engineering to toys are in their hands, you can also ensure hearing safety. Sounds more monitor their usage when they are than 100 dB can damage hearing in playing with the toys as well as watchless than 15 minutes of exposure. ing TV and listening to loud music. “The distance at which the deci- Keep solid time and volume limits to bels are measured can be misleading, ensure the kids aren’t exposed to too because chances are, children aren’t much noise. Noise-reducing head using these toys at arm’s length,” said phones are also a great gift to accomMichele Michaels, hard of hearing pany any sound bearing device. specialist at the Arizona Commission Enjoy the holidays with your family for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. by making sure their hearing is proHow do you know which toys are tected. safe and which should be left off your For more information, please visit shopping list? By Dr. Jennifer Hensley Family and youth resource specialist at the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing As holiday season gears up more people are shopping for toys. The next month will be spent walking up and down toy aisles trying to find just the right gift for the little one on your list. When shopping for the perfect gift, you may look at age appropriateness, price and other warning labels. But how often do you consider the noise level of the toys? You won’t often find the decibel reading on a toy’s warning label, but the noise level could be detrimental to a child’s hearing.


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Colon Cancer Alliance Undy Run/ Walk hits Phoenix streets on Nov. 21 By Dena Roché This time of year, there are plenty of charitable runs in the Valley. Yet, there is only one that encourages participants to run in their best skivvies. That’s the premise behind the Colon Cancer Alliance’s ninth annual underwear-themed Undy Run/Walk, which will attract approximately 1,300 people to downtown Phoenix to raise money and awareness for colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. On Nov. 21, participants will hit the pavement in downtown Phoenix for this family-friendly event that benefits colon cancer screening efforts through the Arizona Department of Health Services. The fundraiser also supports national prevention, research and patient support initiatives of the Colon Cancer Alliance. The Undy Run/Walk isn’t the everyday 5K and 1-mile fun run. Instead of typical running gear, attendees sport everything from matching team underwear, to tutus, to capes and cos-

tumes, with some even coming fully dressed as superheroes or ninja turtles. Whatever the style choice, the Undy Run/Walk takes on colon cancer in a fun and lighthearted way and gets people talking about the disease. One of those who will be on the starting line, sporting bright blue boxers, is McCormick Ranch resident, Lynn Block, who has a personal connection to the cause. “This event is very important to me. It does so many wonderful things for those with colon cancer and also for those who need screening and don’t have the means to afford it,” said Block. An event near-and-dear to Block, she initially became introduced to the Undy Run/Walk in 2013 by her cousin, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed at the young age of 50. Aside from contributing to her cousin’s fundraising efforts for the Undy Run/Walk, Block decided she wanted to increase her support. This month’s race will be Block’s second year participating, and a team of friends will join her.

“My cousin is a survivor in part due Phoenix community and get one step to the advancements made by the closer to accomplishing our mission. Colon Cancer Alliance’s efforts. It is What’s better than that?” The Undy Run/Walk is an opportua preventable cancer, and all it takes nity to encourage those batis screening. I want everytling the disease, remember one to have a chance to be those lost too soon, and celscreened, and fundraising ebrate those who have comwill help,” said Block. pleted colon cancer treatA clever twist on a seriment. “I enjoy the fun of ous topic, the Undy Run/ running in silly underwear, Walk helps to spark much and the positive feeling that needed conversations. permeates the event!” said In 2014, nearly 140,000 Block. Even more memoAmericans were diagrable for Block are the stonosed with colon cancer, Colon cancer is the and more than 50,000 second leading cause ries of those battling colon died from the disease. In of cancer death in the cancer. “I would love to hear that what I help raise Arizona, there have been United States. 2,560 diagnoses and 990 colon can- money for is making a difference. Less cer deaths in the past year alone. The colon cancer deaths. More survivors.” Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top Undy Run/Walk three cancer killers. WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 21; Registra“The creative boxers and witty team tion starts at 7:30 a.m. names bring a light-heartedness to the WHERE: State Capitol District, Undy Run/Walk, but it’s serious busi1600 W. Washington St., Phoenix ness,” says Adina Frazier, Colon CanCOST: $30 to $40 cer Alliance’s special events director. INFO: “Through this event we’re able to have an even bigger impact on the

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Generations After: Children of Holocaust survivors Editor’s Note: This is a two-part series that tells the stories of local adults whose parents were Holocaust survivors. They meet as Generations After. By Tracy House Their stories are vastly different, but there is one common thread—they are the children of Holocaust survivors. The first-generation Americans grew up in refugee households and many of them were born to devastated, broken parents without extended families. They seek support in Generations After, a 2-year-old organization for children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. Its mission is to “embrace our legacy as descendants of Holocaust survivors, to support one another, and to contribute to tikkun olam, repair the world.” GA chairwoman Janice Friebaum is the child of a Holocaust survivor. Friebaum’s 88-year-old father, Morris, a concentration camp survivor, lives in South Florida. He spent time in the Warsaw Ghetto until late 1941, escaping on the run, but was eventu-

ally caught in 1942. He was liberated when he was 18 years old, the only survivor in his family, coming to the United States when he was 19 years old. Henry Goldberg’s parents were the only survivors in each of their families. His father, Rafael, was from Debica, Poland. He was 17 years old when the Nazis invaded in 1939. Rafael went through eight concentration camps in Poland and Germany during the war years. Goldberg’s mother, Trudy, was from Plzen, Czechoslovakia, living in Prague at the time the Nazis invaded. She was married when the war broke out and lost her husband as well as her whole family in the Holocaust. Trudy was in three concentration camps, including Auschwitz, throughout the war. Both of Goldberg’s parents were liberated from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, however they didn’t meet until a few years later in Sweden. The couple immigrated to Canada in 1952.

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Celebrate the holidays with these local events By Kimberly Hosey The holiday season is fast approaching, and there’s so much to do, see, hear, make and contribute in the Valley. It’s hard to pick just one. So we chose a handful. Here are just a few ways to make your holidays with kids or teens even more special.

PLAY Rawhide’s Snowy Christmas at Wild Horse Pass If you’d like to take in some Southwest fun and maybe have a stunt show with your holiday festivities, head to Rawhide Western Town and Event Center for its third annual Rawhide Snowy Christmas. Thousands of holiday lights will festoon the town as it celebrates the season kicking off at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving,

Thursday, Nov. 26, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 3. During Rawhide’s regular hours—Fridays 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.—the venue will continue the celebration with nightly Christmas fun. Each night Santa will lead a treelighting ceremony and take photos with kids, and everyone can enjoy a nightly snowfall on Main Street. Visitors can even drop off letters to Santa at Rawhide’s “Delivery to the Southwest Pole”

Rawhide Western Town and Event Center 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, call (480) 5025600 or email Admission and parking are free, excluding special events. Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 3

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ger. Two light shows feature the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Winter Palace” and “Polar Express.” Kids will enjoy talking to the interactive Jengo the Talking Giraffe, returning with his pal Tortuga the talking tortoise. For an extra fee kids can touch the stingrays in Stingray Bay, ride a camel or take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel. ZooLights run from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix (602) 273-1341 zoolights Admission: $18, but you can purchase discount tickets with membership, an online purchase or with value tickets good for certain nights. Monday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 10 ... continues on page 25

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Holiday Harmony/Tree Lighting

Scottsdale is getting back to its roots and working with the Old Town merchants to offer a family-friendly event. It features a tree lighting, real show, arts and crafts, music and a special visitor from the North Pole. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Old Town Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-0205 or


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Take a train ride through festival holiday lights and displays turning the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. WHEN: Friday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission; $3 train rides; $2 carousel rides; children younger than 3 ride free with a paying adult. INFO: (480) 312-2312 or The J’s fun-filled kids nights include dinner, games, a movie and build-your-own sundaes. For students in kindergarten through fifth grade. WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 21, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: $20 members; $30 nonmembers INFO: (480) 483-7121, ext. 1275, or Santa will appear at AZ Air Time Trampoline Park at Suite 145, while Mrs. Claus will pose for photos at Toys & Playtime Oasis at Suite 116. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Towne Square, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 948-4630 or

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Do you want to build a snowman? You will need: 4-6 old tires, 1 can of indoor/outdoor primer, paintbrush, extra-

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Step 1: Acquire the tires Unless you have a gearhead in your circle of acquaintance, chances are good you don’t have old tires laying around, just waiting to be made into a craft project. While the thought of finding 4-6 used tires may sound daunting, it’s actually very easy and in almost all circumstances, free. It just requires going to a shop like Discount Tire and asking. Every time I’ve needed a craft tire, not only have they given me what I need, they’ve even helped find “the best” tire for my project. In this case, I recommend various sizes although I learned that truck tires are much harder to paint than car tires.

Step 2: Tire painting Spread out the drop cloth and stir the paint. Get the roller saturated and paint the outside edge of the sidewall of one of the tires, then use the roller to paint the tread. I found it was easiest to paint when the tire was right side up, rolling as I went along. Have your kid(s) use the paintbrush to fill in any gaps in the tread you may have missed. Place the tire on its side, then paint the entire sidewall that’s facing up. This will be the upside as you stack the tires later. Repeat for all tires. For the tire you’ve designated as the head, you’ll want to paint both sidewalls completely, as well as the inside of the tire because this one will be visible from all sides.

Step 4: Assembly Stack the tires as desired with the fully painted sides facing up. Hide an extension cord inside the tire stack to bring power to your snowman’s face. Place the head on top then connect the face’s male plug to the extension cord. I used a scarf I found at a thrift store and a 7.5-feet x 8-inch light net (found at Walmart) to make a scarf for my snowman. I happen to have access to go-kart tires which are exactly the right size to make a top-hat, but all craft stores are selling super-cute winter hats at a discount and any of them will work great for this project. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all the crafty mommas reading this!

Step 3: Lighting the face Straighten the wire hangers but leave a 90-degree angle with about 1.5 inches on the end of one. Drill a hole in the edge of the sidewall and insert the short angled end of the hanger. Bend a 6-inch to 8-inch triangle in the middle of the hanger, then extend to the other side of the tire. Repeat drilling and inserting the other end of the hanger. Repeat process for the mouth, but bend the second hanger into a smile instead of into a carrot-shaped nose. Gather eight lights into a cluster and wrap a zip tie around them to secure them into an eye shape. Use another zip tie to secure this cluster to one side of the nose bend, with the excess lights facing the nose. Wrap the extra light string on the hanger between the eye cluster and the plug and secure at the edge with a zip tie. Wrap about 20 more lights around the nose cone and secure the tip with another zip tie. Repeat the eye-cluster process on the other side of the nose. Use the remaining lights to wrap around the mouth wire as many times as needed until all of the light string is used up, securing the end with a zip tie and making sure the end plug is hidden inside the tire. On the web at SP Nearby News Chandler Qtr Pg CaT Green Holiday Ad 110315.indd


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HEAR “The Nutcracker,” Ballet Arizona Well, “hear” doesn’t quite cover it: more like “hear, see and experience.” Still, the music of “The Nutcracker” will stay with you for years. I still find myself humming the tunes some 25 years after learning them. There are always a number of performances to catch each season, but Ballet Arizona’s is particularly well known for its long run and fantastic performance: Animals, colors and fantasy take over the stage in a truly immersive way. Three casts of professional dancers and 140 youth chosen through open auditions perform accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony. If you’re looking to capture childlike wonder or an interest in the fine arts for your kids this holiday season, this is a great bet. Symphony Hall 75 N. Second St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 381-1096 or Admission: Call for charge Friday, Dec. 11 to Saturday, Dec. 27

MAKE AND LEARN Camps at Children’s Museum of Phoenix The Children’s Museum of Phoe-

nix is celebrating winter break with a series of crafty camps for kids 5 to 8 centering around learning, wintertime, animals living in cold climates and more. Kids in the first session; Monday Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Dec. 23, will learn about snow— and the more fun, edible version, ice cream—the science behind germs and the common cold, make art projects and play as they prepare for Santa’s visit. The “cool” fun continues in the second session Monday, Dec. 28, through Wednesday, Dec. 30, when campers will learn all about animals that survive in cold climates, whether it’s the Arctic or the desert. They will also learn about crystals and snow— through play, of course. Both sessions involve art activities and play through the museum’s three interactive, kidcentered floors.


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Growing up Blowing out 18 candles on your birthday cake is a huge milestone. It happens in an instant. You are an adult! As such, you can vote and get married. You can serve in the military, get a tattoo, donate blood and get called for jury duty. You can even win the lottery (because you are finally old enough to buy a ticket). Even though you can do all these things (and more) being 18 does not make you a grownup. I’ve witnessed this firsthand with some of my own kids. They are young adults and independent in so many ways but they are not yet grownups because being an adult and being a grownup are two different things. One is immediate and automatic, the other is not. A grownup has the ability to discern a running toilet from anywhere in the house. This is accompanied by

the inability to ignore a running toilet—even and especially at 2 a.m. An adult flushes and doesn’t give it a second thought or listen. When you are an adult, you eat when you are hungry, whatever time of the day (or night) that might be—even at 2 a.m. When you are a grownup you anticipate other people’s hunger more than your own. When a grownup sees a police car in the rearview mirror he experiences a sense of security. An adult breaks out in a sweat and hopes he wasn’t speeding—again. Adults have been known to lie about their age by increasing it. Grownups have been known to lie about their age by decreasing it. Adults pay the rent; grownups pay the mortgage. Adults have jobs; grownups have careers. Adults stay up way past midnight; grownups attempt

to stay up past midnight when they are waiting for their adults to return home. Adults wake up late on a Saturday morning; it’s the perfect time to catch up on sleep. Grownups see the weekend as a perfect time to catch up on some yard work. Grownups cut the cheddar on the cutting board. Adults cut the cheese wherever they can. Grownups secure the bread bag with the twist tie after making a sandwich. Adults aren’t aware there is an actual purpose for a twist tie. Adults put their dirty dishes in the sink. Grownups rinse their own dishes along with whatever other dishes adults have left in the sink, put them in the dishwasher, run the dishwasher and return two hours later to unload it. When you are an adult, the best part of the holidays is getting presents. When you are a grownup, the best part is giving them. Adults do not consider it out of the ordinary to watch an entire season of “The Walking Dead” on Netflix in

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one day. Grownups watch one episode each week. They are aware there is a way to buzz through commercials, but that seems like a lot of work. Adults run to the grocery store to grab something for dinner—usually from the frozen foods section. Grownups go to the store with a list and spend a considerable amount of time contemplating produce and whether organic is worth the extra money. Grownups keep an accurate budget of spending and income. Adults say, “Budge-what?” Adulthood is awarded to you on your 18th birthday. Growing up is a process. For some of us, it is a neverending one. I’ve always said, “Growing up is realizing there is no such thing.” If this is true, none of us will ever be completely done growing up. I kind of like that thought. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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IB, AP and Dual Enrollment available By Kathy Burwell Students in Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) high schools have multiple paths to choose when preparing for college and careers. Yet, when it comes to college preparation paths, many underclassmen and their parents wonder, which high school path is preferred by colleges and what are the differences in the programs? “The best program is truly dependent upon your child’s future interests and learning preferences,” said Dale Merrill, high school counselor at Desert Mountain High School. The rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program is housed at Desert Mountain High School and is widely recognized by highly selective colleges and universities. “Students enter the program their junior year selecting courses from six categories and take comprehensive exams spring of their junior and senior years,” stated Laura Kamka, IB program coordinator. “Families need to remember that IB

is a program of study. To maintain the rigor of the program, SUSD does not allow students to take IB courses without progression toward the IB diploma. Additionally, IB students must complete community service hours, take a Theory of Knowledge course, and write a 4,000-word essay.” Depending upon exam scores and college requirements, many students in the program earn college credit. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are another option for SUSD high school students and are available at all SUSD high school campuses. Students who choose to participate in AP courses have the option to choose from a menu of over 15 classes. “AP allows students who are academically strong in one subject such as mathematics to choose AP Statistics and AP Calculus, yet take honors or traditional courses in other subjects,” said Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, executive director of secondary education. Students take exams in the spring of their junior and senior years and can

earn college credit depending upon exam scores and college requirements. A third college preparatory option available to SUSD high school students are Dual Enrollment courses. Benefits of these courses include the option to earn college credit upon completion of the course with a passing grade. Additionally, courses are paid at the community college credit cost, which is often dramatically less than traditional four-year universities. The Coronado Early College-Career High School Program allows students to earn up to 12 college credits while in high school.

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Winter wonderland celebration comes to downtown Carefree This holiday season escape to a Southwest winter wonderland at the eighth annual Carefree Christmas Festival. This free event offers merriment and entertainment from Friday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 13. All activities are centrally located in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 100 Easy St., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Spectators line the streets for the festival’s signature Electric Light Parade and its brilliantly decorated floats. Other spotlight events include a dazzling fireworks display. Families will appreciate the expansive Kid’s Zone that provides entertainment for all ages, including 35 tons of real snow, a snow slide, Santa’s Grotto, train rides, nighttime carriage rides and other amusements. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 488-2051. This year’s event features live music performances by the Salvation Army Brass Band, Kelso Brothers holiday jazz group, Dickens Carolers, as well as community church choirs. Other performances include theater acts from the Desert Foothills Theatre including a traditional live nativity scene where families are invited to have their photos taken with the cast of “The Holy Night.” Throughout the weekend, local dance troupes will take center stage at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Choreographed productions will be performed by the Adage Dance Company, AZ Dance Group and the Radio City-worthy Desert Cactus Kickers. On Sunday, attendees are invited to dress their pets in their holiday best and participate in the pet parade and pictures with Santa. Hosted by Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR), pet adoptions will be available on site. This annual event has grown into a Northeast Valley holiday tradition. Additional highlights include a lighted holiday village with daytime and late-night shopping, and vendors with homemade confections and delicious seasonal fare.

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Nov. 20-Dec. 20, 2015 Goodguys Fall Southwest Nationals Hot Rock Show Join Goodguys for a fun, festive weekend of Southwest hot rodding, highlighted by the organization’s Top 12 vehicles of the year. WHEN: Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $6 to $20 INFO: Visions of Sugarplums Holiday Luncheon Enjoy a day of friends, food and fashion at this annual holiday event. Come early to shop in the boutique for designer décor, vintage treasures, gourmet foods, handcrafted items and gift baskets. Mingle through the lavish silent auction. WHEN: Monday, Nov. 23, at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale COST: $85 (a portion of which is tax-deductible); proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale INFO: (480) 980-6432 or Musician Encounters During these informative and relaxing sessions, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra musicians play selections, talk about their experiences and answer questions. WHEN: Monday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8050 E. Mountain View Rd., Scottsdale COST: Call for cost INFO: (540) 905-2315 or Butterfly Wonderland Holiday Event Visitors of all ages will be awestruck as they walk through a “winter wonderland” amidst 3,000 butterflies fluttering freely in the glass atrium. Seasonal music will fill the air from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekend. WHEN: Friday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 24, various hours WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $12.95 to $19.95 INFO: (480) 300-8000 or Northeast Valley Artists League’s Art Show and Sale Meet the artists and help the North Mountain Visitor Center while enjoying oil, watercolor and acrylic original art

pieces as well as original photography. WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: North Mountain Visitors Center, 12950 N. Seventh St., Phoenix COST: Free INFO: Wonderland Market This three-day holiday shopping event features more than 75 vendors helping shoppers find the perfect gifts for this holiday season. A preview party benefiting TGen Foundation is from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale COST: $15 to $200 INFO: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy The classic rocker celebrates the music of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $20 to $45 INFO: Scottsdale Society of Women Writers Join many local talented authors from the organization’s local authors collection as they showcase their books to the community, share their creative process and offer books for sale and signing. All genres and age groups are represented. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: Holiday Pet Festival The show features interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals. Meet hundreds of animals looking for a home. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free admission INFO: Pickup Basketball The J has pickup basketball games for adults ages 18 and older.

WHEN: Sundays Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 27, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free to members; $10 for nonmembers INFO: (480) 483-7121, ext. 1283, or Joe Nichols Country singer Joe Nichols showcases his music, including his new song “Freaks Like Me.” WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $35 INFO: Sand Sculpting Championship Ten world-class sand-sculpting artists compete for a $19,000 purse. The event features sand sculpting lessons and pictures with Santa. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 13, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $12 INFO: (480) 270-5000 or Sonoran Desert Chorale’s “Glad Tidings! Music for a Winter’s Night” The chorale presents “A Winter’s Night” through creative reharmonization and rhythmic variation. WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. WHERE: La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale COST: $18 adults; $15 seniors, students and groups of 10 or more INFO: (480) 305-4538 or Christmas Cantata North Scottsdale United Methodist Church Chancel Choir presents “The Winter Rose” with full orchestra and narrated by Senior Pastor Nancy Cushman. WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. WHERE: North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Call for cost INFO: (480) 948-0529 or Humor in the Civil War The talk is presented by Thomas Cartwright, considered to be one of the leading authorities on the Civil War. WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:40 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 699-5844 or

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Noci Café: Bread and Coffee When Ben and Selene Noci opened Noci Café: Bread and Coffee in February, they said their goal was to serve breakfast to all of Scottsdale. If that remains, they’re going to have to expand: eight tables inside and four outside won’t do. The snug confines of Noci (pronounced NO-chee) are aromatic with the scents of the café’s two specialties: bread and coffee. That is even the complete name of the place. A recent drop-in for cappuccino showed that Noci really knows how to prepare this often misunderstood beverage. It’s not surprising that the owners are from Albania, just across the Adriatic from Italy, coffee capital of the West. The secret of cappuccino is that, far from being the froufrou drink some people take it to be, it should boast a strong flavor profile of espresso; the hot milk and steamed

milk foam are there to accentuate the coffee, not overwhelm it. Noci’s cappuccino gets that, and also doesn’t fuss with the design elements of the cinnamon and foam on top. Who cares that a barista has made the perfect outline of an eagle on something you are about to drink? My companion ordered the less espresso-ish latte, which she reported as smooth and flavorful, and we both ordered a light meal. It was lunchtime but Noci serves breakfast throughout its day—7 a.m. to 3 p.m.—so I enjoyed an omelet of cheddar and roasted vegetables ($7.99). My companion had a pepper steak and cheese hot sub, served with a side salad ($9.49). True to Noci’s full name, the bread stood out in both meals. The French baguette wrapped around my companion’s steak-and-peppers was crusty on the outside and fluff y on the inside.

Noci sells its baguettes separately, to go, but get there early if you want one because they sell out quickly. Somewhat surprisingly, the sandwich arrived without condiments, but on asking, my companion was served two delicious accompaniments: a delicious chipotle Noci Café: Bread and Coffee serves up a perfect cappuccino. cream sauce, and a marvelous, gently spicy/sweet tomato one of those baguettes. All the breads concoction. are baked on premises. My omelet was not overcooked, and I’ll be keeping an eye open as Noci the vegetables were well prepared, but expands its breakfast and lunch the “hash browns” were shoestring menus. Meanwhile, it’s among my top potatoes. (Try the breakfast potatoes five for espresso-based drinks in the instead.) Best of all, though, was the Valley. sourdough bread that came with the meal, a freshly baked, rich bread with Noci Café: Bread and that slightly sour tang that gives it its Coffee name. 9619 N. Hayden Rd. As you leave Noci after coffee or Scottsdale 85258 breakfast, you may want to buy a loaf of sourdough or rye ($5.99 each) or


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Rock Cornish Game Hens with Cranberry and Apricot Preserve Glaze If you’re “game” to veer off the tried and true path of preparing the standard turkey for your holiday meal, Rock Cornish Game Hens are a delicious option. The kids in our family absolutely love them because they think they are miniature turkeys and they each get one of their very own. The great thing about Rock Cornish Game Hens is that they are available all year long. (Just give yourself a few days to thaw them out, because you’ll find them in the frozen food section.) So they not only make a wonderful holiday dish but also great for a “new year—new you” dish in January when you’re still feeling the glow of the holidays but you’re ready to start eating a bit more healthy. For some reason, I thought these delicious little birds had been a part of our culture for centuries, but in the research I did about them, I was shocked to learn that, although the U.S. patent

and trademark office shows no ownership filings for the breed, the first Rock Cornish Game Hen apparently made its debut only in the 1950s. A poultry farmer named Jacques Makowsky first raised Guineas, but later, after much experimenting came up with a crossbreed of Cornish gamers and Plymouth Rock hens. The result was a plump little bird with all-white meat and a distinct gamy flavor. (That’s because these little 1-pounders are given a high protein diet that generally includes cranberries, acorns and other nuts.) Other food historians credit chicken mogul Donald John Tyson for creating the Rock Cornish game hen by crossbreeding White Rock hens and Cornish hens in 1965. I’ll let them sort out the breeding rights. In the meantime, don’t mind if I take credit for creating a wonderful recipe that you’re going to thoroughly enjoy all year long.

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Renovated resort welcomes locals and leisure travelers In 1976, the Scottsdale Conference Center opened for business as the first conference resort in the country. For almost four decades, it earned a reputation for its conference facilities and impressive amenities all in a highclass, scenic setting. Although business owners and others in need of conference space knew about the Scottsdale Conference Center, Patrick Connors, director of sales and marketing, said the surrounding community never felt like they were welcome. This all changed, Connors said, when the Scottsdale Conference Center recently closed down for 100 days for renovations and reopened in September as The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. “Destination Hotels took over the property and began a complete re-

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branding,” Connors said. The center still focuses on conferences, however, the renovations created a resort environment that is an option for locals and leisure travelers. “We have opened our doors and we want everyone to come in,” he said. For example, Connors said, the new Kitchen West restaurant and Bar Six40 are already becoming popular with locals, and 326 guest rooms welcome business travelers who are there for a convention as well as families who are on a staycation. “We are finding a nice balance with our conference business, conventions and leisure options,” Connors said. “We have a new entrance, a nice greenbelt area, great outdoor courtyards and a resort pool. There were some very nice changes to the property

and the renovations went very well.” years in a row,” Connors said. One of the things that helps The The recent renovations are already atScottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch tracting attention from engaged couples stand out from other conference centers as a place to get married. is its many amenities in the rooms. “We’ve had three or four weddings “We have ergohere already and nomic swivel chairs thanks to the renovaversus plain banquet tion we’ve been able chairs, and the rooms to create some beauwere built for meettiful weddings.” ings with built in Whether he is A/V systems, sound meeting with estabThe Scottsdale Resort at McCormick and lighting. At other Ranch was recently renovated and lished clients, bridesproperties, these are reopened as The Scottsdale Resort at to-be or the commuthings that you typi- McCormick Ranch. Guests are already nity, Connors said he cally have to pay extra enjoying a sparkling resort pool. enjoys watching the for,” he said. positive reactions. The conference area is also large “Seeing the property grow from what enough, Connors said they can easily was known as a conference center and hold more than one meeting at once. watching it evolve to something that “We can have two groups of 250 peo- can cater to every guest has been wonple here and they will be in their sep- derful. I love watching the reactions of arate spaces and not competing with guests who have been coming for years each other,” he said. and years and seeing the jaw-dropping The conference spaces are also easily looks on their faces.” divided, which allows them to accomThe Scottsdale Resort at McCormick modate groups as small as 10 to as large Ranch is located at 7700 E. McCormick as 800. Pkwy., Scottsdale. For more informa“We have many, many legacy clients, tion, call (480) 991-9000 or visit www. and some we have seen more then 10

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Goddess Fit provides one-stop fitness shop for women As owner of Goddess Fit, Arizona’s only women’s preferred full-service gym facility, Jodi Stokes said she is offering members more than a place to work out. “I want Goddess Fit to be a sanctuary for women, where they can come and feel comfortable and embrace all aspects of wellness and health in one place,” said Stokes, about her facility that is scheduled Jodi Stokes, third from left, is the owner of to open in late November. Unlike other gyms that might Goddess Fit in Scottsdale. She is looking forward to the grand opening of her 3,000-square-foot cater to one or two exercise nich- women’s preferred gym. es, Stokes said Goddess Fit will offer a huge variety of fitness classes, “It will be an eight-session program strength equipment and more. that will also cover self defense and nu“A lot of women belong to a bunch of trition and we will talk about respondifferent gyms, like maybe one for yoga sible socializing. It will involve sitting and another for boot camp and a third down with the college girls and talking for hiking. We have all of that here,” about social manners,” Stokes said. Stokes said. Goddess Fit will also offer a four-pilMembers will find everything they lared strength program to interested need from three different types of yoga, members that includes massage, image cycle classes and mat Pilates to Zumba coaching, life coaching and Reiki. and Pound classes and a plenty of tread“It’s an all over wellness program,” mills, ellipticals and more. Stokes said. Another type of workout that will Goddess Fit will also offer private help to set the 3,000-square-foot facility training and eventually, a corporate apart from other gyms in the area is the wellness program. Spivi indoor cycling training system. Stokes said she is looking forward to “Women will appear as an avatar on the official grand opening of Goddess the screen and they will ride through Fit, and providing a place where women hills and valleys and Spivi will send can come work out, get healthy and enthem emails about their progress,” joy camaraderie with others. Stokes said. “There is nothing better than when a Because she understands that sched- new gym opens. The classes are all new, uling an hour-long fitness class can be and so everyone will be starting togethdifficult at times, Stokes said Goddess er, and no one has to worry about walkFit will offer plenty of 30-minute ses- ing into a class where everyone else has sions. already been doing it for weeks,” Stokes Although Goddess Fit has not yet said. open, Stokes said she has already been “Here, women can walk in and feel busy launching a running club and confident and comfortable. And for me, doggy boot camp, which lets members there is no greater reward than being work out with their four-legged friends. able to integrate women into fitness.” Stokes is also planning a Turkey Trot Goddess Fit’s pre-sale office is located on Thanksgiving Day, and in December at 8220 N. Hayden Rd., and the gym is she will offer a Boot Camp U for college located at 8260 N. Hayden Rd., in Scottsgirls who are home for the holidays and dale. For more information, call (844) want to get back into shape. 433-7348 or visit On the web at

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