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Saguaro Sabercats Saguaro High School 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale Head coach: Jason Mohns 2013 record: 13-1 The Saguaro Sabercats will field another juggernaut this fall. One year after going 13-1 and claiming the Division 3 state title (the Sabercats lost their first game, then won 13 straight), they might be even better this season. In part, this is because they are led by Arizona’s most recruited prep football player, Christian Kirk. The receiver-running back has been listed among the nation’s top 50 recruits, said third-year head coach Jason Mohns. Kirk, who plays safety on defense, has visits scheduled with Texas A&M, Ohio State and USC, Mohns said. He also has interest in Arizona State, Arizona and

UCLA, Mohns said, which are among the 40 or so scholarship offers that Kirk has generated. Kirk has started at receiver since his freshman year, the same season that D.J. Foster, now a star at Arizona State, was a senior. Not only is Kirk an “extremely talented athlete,” Mohns said, but, “He has a great work ethic. “He puts work in the weight room, studies film. He really wants to be great. You don’t see that a lot in high school. He has really pushed himself.” Kirk is built like a running back at 5-foot-11 and an “extremely strong” 195 pounds, Mohns said. “He has great top-end speed and is very physical. He can physically play with safeties and linebackers, but he can run by them.” Another standout is junior Byron Murphy, who plays cornerback and receiver.

Chaparral Firebirds Gearing Up for Great Season By Mike Tulumello Chaparral Firebirds Chaparral High School 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale Head coach: Conrad Hamilton 2013 record: 12-2 Expectations always are high for Chaparral football. So it matters little that the Firebirds return only about six starters this season. They expect, and outsiders expect, them to contend once again for the Division 2 state title. Last year, they made it to the state finals before being whipped by Salpointe Catholic in Tucson. “It wasn’t a bad season,” coach Conrad Hamilton said. “We just came up short and got beat by a better team.” Then, Hamilton was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Now, he is taking over as the head coach at a time when the team is younger than usual. His sophomore and junior classes

are talented, so, “The future is bright… but we’re going to be awfully young at a lot of positions. “The talent is still here. But the experience factor, guys who are returning as starters, we just don’t really have that. “We’re not making any excuses, but we will have some inexperience.” The leaders include offensive lineman Keenan Walker, a 6-foot6, 290-pounder who has verbally committed to the University of Arizona, Hamilton said. Walker will be a three-year starter and captain. “He’s a good player, a monster. He plays the way you’re supposed to play. He finishes blocks. He has the correct mindset.” At quarterback will be Sean Paul Brophy who, Hamilton says, has an offer from Weber State in Utah. “He’s got a big arm. His physical tools have grown over the years.” Leading the defense will be

linebacker Robbie Kleifield, who led the team in tackles last year, Hamilton said. “He’s pretty versatile,” Hamilton said. They will play a tough schedule that opens with rival Saguaro, the defending state champion in Division 3 and a team that features Arizona’s most highly touted player in receiverrunning back Christian Kirk. “They’re loaded,” Hamilton says of the Sabercats. Next up is Marcos de Niza, who Hamilton says “is always one of the top teams in Division 2.” As the season winds down, Hamilton expects Salpointe, Marcos de Niza, Centennial and his own team to be in the mix for the state title. Other teams that could contend are Liberty and Deer Valley, he said. “They could be surprises. They are on the rise.” As for his team, “We’ll be in the mix at the end of the season and vying for another state championship opportunity.

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So they brought up a freshman, rearranged the line, and, “We got on a roll from there.” “Last season, we felt we got better every week. We grew together. We had great team leadership. We peaked at the right time.” This season, Mohns expects competition for the state title to come again from Queen Creek. Also, “Williams Field is a real good team. Desert Edge is a very talented team on the westside.” Other possibilities are Higley and Tucson Sabino, he said. But with Kirk and company, the ingredients are there for a Saguaro repeat. Saguaro High schedule Aug. 29 Chaparral Sept. 5 South Mountain Sept. 12 at Bradshaw Mountain Sept. 19 Apache Junction (homecoming) Sept. 26 at McClintock Oct. 2 at Queen Creek Oct. 9 Williams Field Oct. 17 at Greenway Oct. 24 at Higley Oct. 31 Marcos de Niza

“By the time we get to the playoffs, the 11th and 12th games, there won’t be many teams that will want to play us.” So Chaparral should be there in the end, too. That’s the expectation. Chaparral High schedule Aug. 29 at Saguaro Sept. 5 Marcos de Niza (homecoming) Sept. 12 at Mountain Ridge Sept. 19 Desert Mountain Sept. 26 Red Mountain Oct. 2 at Notre Dame Prep Oct. 10 Arcadia Oct. 17 at Brophy Prep Oct. 24 at Cactus Shadows Oct. 31 Paradise Valley Page 3


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“He is a great cover corner,” Mohns said. “He will be a high-impact player.” Murphy already has received offers from such colleges as Texas A&M, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Arizona and UCLA, Mohns said. Yet another star that is attracting national attention is just a sophomore. Offensive lineman Kayden Lyles already has received about 10 offers, including from Arizona State, Arizona, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State and UCLA, Mohns said. At about 6-3, 300 pounds, “He is beast of a 15-year-old. He has a chance to be one of the highest-rated offensive linemen in the country.” As a team, Mohns is hoping the Sabercats can grow together in the same way as last season, which ended with a 47-25 win over Queen Creek in the state title game. The season actually started out sideways. Not only did they lose the opener to Chaparral, the team’s starting center suffered a broken leg on the third play from scrimmage. “We had to scramble and shift things around,” Mohns said.

Cultural Festival is set for Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26, on the grounds of the Pavilions at Talking Stick, on Indian Bend Road, between the Loop 101 Freeway and Pima Road. Admission and parking are free, and all nationalities are invited to enjoy the weekend’s events. Vendors offering food, arts and crafts, a kids’ zone, music, entertainment and presentations will be featured during the weekend. At 1 p.m. Sunday Oct. 26, the inaugural “Latke Maven Fry-Off ” will take place. Sign up for a $20 fee; first-place prize is $200. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The festival will feature a V.I.P. area with guest appearances throughout the weekend. Members of the Holocaust Survivors Association of Greater Phoenix will speak at the event.

Join the festival as a patron or register as a vendor. For more information, call (520) 568-2425 or (602) 410-4942, visit www., or email The following vendors have registered to participate so far: The “Hot Pastrami” Guy; Origami Works; Bruce Swift Real Estate; Hooters; Beads and More; Allstate Insurance; Red Robin; Jewelry by Abbie; Long Realty; Luke’s WoodFired Pizza; Stone Art; Computer Service; The FryBread Girls; MazTov Makers; Cheyenne Plumbing Co.; the Hot Dog Man; Simcha Novelties; and Blimpie.

By the Scottsdale Public Library The school year is back in swing in Scottsdale. And with that comes projects, homework, idle time and, most likely, a need for help and information. While students may turn to Google, don’t forget that some of the best resources for students are available, for free, from the Scottsdale Public Library.

Resources: The library has access to databases that help with homework, research papers and more. Each of those databases can be accessed from the library’s website from your home at any time during the day. (Note: You will need a Scottsdale Public Library card to access the databases. You can stop into any of the library’s five locations to pick one up.) STEAM Programs: STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art/design and math. These programs support education that help children

develop the skills necessary to become creators and innovators. Wednesday Early-Release Programs: This year, SUSD students in kindergarten through fifth grade will end their school day at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, instead of the regular 3:15 p.m. The Scottsdale library has programs scheduled during this time to give students something fun and educational to do. Practice Exams for Teens: Teens can prepare for the SAT by taking a practice exam at the library. They can later review their scores and receive helpful test strategies to help them do their best and feel confident when they take the real test. To learn more about these programs, visit the library’s website www.


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Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced that Scottsdale native Tuffy Gosewisch will be rotating in the catcher’s position for the rest of the season with Miguel Montero. Good going, Tuffy! The 30-year-old baseball player graduated from Horizon High School as well as ASU.

If you’ve been looking for a place to combine your love of video games and microbrews, Scottsdale has a place for you! A “barcade” called The King, co-owned by Crescent Ballroom and Stateside Presents owner Charles Levy, opened Aug. 1.

Congratulations to Maddy who is set to graduate high school! Nice job!

The kiddos are back to school, but it’s still blisteringly hot out. Make sure to send them out the door with plenty of cold water to keep them cool throughout the day. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to celebrate your newfound freedom! (We suggest indulging in a mani-pedi.) Don’t forget to vote for your favorite local candidate in the primaries this Aug. 26. The general election will take place Nov. 4. Make your voice heard!

Seafood fans will have to look somewhere other than Downtown Scottsdale’s Red Lobster to dine. The restaurant at 3360 N. Scottsdale Rd. closed July 26 and will be razed to make way for a multistory residential complex. The restaurant has served the area for more than 30 years In the “I guess it’s a good thing” department, the Arizona Department of Transportation is adding a northbound lane and a southbound lane to the freeway—and it’s going to take through the end of 2016 to do so. The project, which launched this month, involves an 11-mile stretch between Loop 202 and Shea Boulevard.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge is gearing up for its second annual Kelly’s Kup Charity Golf Tournament at McCormick Ranch Golf Club on Monday, Sept. 8. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit Scottsdale youth, education and local charities in partnership with the Scottsdale Charros. Those interested in participating can visit www.

acoustic music to raise funds to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Among restaurants committed to the event are Aiello’s Salumeria, Charr Burger, Isa’s Pizza, Mayo Clinic, Pita Jungle and Sierra Bonita Grill. Tickets are $75 and are available by visiting or calling (480) 455-3958.

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Lovebirds have added color to an otherwise brown Valley. But now a disease called psittacosis, also known as “parrot fever,” has been killing them off. The disease was brought to the collective minds at Arizona Game and Fish Department when a half dozen lovebirds were found dead in a single Scottsdale backyard.


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Rotary Club Installs Clock at Civic Center Plaza By Meghan McCoy

Scottsdale residents as well as visitors to the city have a new way of telling time. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale installed a clock recently at the City of Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza. Jason Washo, Rotary Clock Project chairman, said he came up with the idea from clubs around the world that organized similar donations. “I had seen some of the clocks in California,” he said. “I really felt like it would add a lot of value to our club’s presence and make a nice contribution to the Civic Center Mall. It’s an icon

for people to remember their trip to Scottsdale.” The City of Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza is located at 7375 E. Second St. The clock is a Howard clock replica manufactured by Electric Times. It is backlit with four faces and a GPS device to ensure it keeps the current time in the event of power loss. “It’s a very classic, timeless design,” Washo said. The Rotary Clock was made possible through donations over the last couple years to the group’s foundation, by members, area businesses and

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Scottsdale Citizens Boost Cactus League Gridiron

The Baltimore Orioles were the first Major League Baseball team to use the wood stadium built at Osborn Road and Drinkwater Boulevard. In the following decades, several teams flocked to the stadium to practice in the city’s dry air and excellent spring weather. These included the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, which began its long residency in the city in 1982.

Pink Pony Steakhouse owner and baseball aficionado Charlie Briley turned his bar into a hangout popular with baseball pros and fans alike. Briley and nine other local businessmen raised the $56,000 to build the original Scottsdale Stadium.

It’s almost always a great day for a ballgame in Scottsdale, as Scottsdale Baseball Club members demonstrate in this 1950s photo.



As Arizonans worked to lure Major League Baseball teams away from Florida’s established Grapefruit League, a group of Scottsdale citizens in the 1950s pitched in to help drive home the Grand Canyon State’s appeal. The Scottsdale Baseball Club was organized in 1955 to promote Spring Training in the city. Later, in 1961, the volunteer Scottsdale Charros took over responsibilities for hosting and promoting the city’s Spring Training scene.


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The Orioles made Scottsdale their “winter nest” from 1956 to 1958. In this photo, an unidentified Orioles player signs autographs.

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The Boston Red Sox took over Scottsdale Stadium after the Baltimore Orioles migrated in 1958. In this 1959 photo, a sheriff’s posse greets members of the newly arrived Red Sox, including Hall of Famer Ted Williams, at far right.

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Kathleen Norton has been scientific research, patient care and appointed as the executive director of global partnerships. Norton secured advancement for Tesseract School. multimillion-dollar gifts in excess of Tesseract is an independent school $10 million for key initiatives. with campuses in Paradise Valley and Norton began her career in Phoenix. According to a education and is dedicated press release, the facility to advancing learning. She inspires students from also has a long-standing preschool through 12th connection to Tesseract, grade to realize their having served as director individual potential by of admissions in 2001. preparing them for the “We are extremely 21st century. excited to have Kathleen Norton, who started Norton join our team,” in early August, brings said Mark Bistricky, broad experience Tesseract’s head of school. and a proven track “She brings a wealth of Kathleen Norton record of development knowledge and experience results to Tesseract. Most recently, in development, capital campaign she served as vice president for strategy and donor cultivation. She fund development and community is deeply passionate about education, relations at St. Joseph’s Foundation/ and we are proud to welcome her back Barrow Neurological Foundation. to Tesseract.” During her seven-year tenure, Norton Norton returns to Tesseract at an led key initiatives to build state- important time. The school has plans of-the-art facilities and expanded to grow and expand to keep pace with programs to enhance the hospital’s market demands, starting with facility


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By Meghan McCoy A Chilean exchange student arrived in Scottsdale recently to spend nearly a year attending school and experiencing the United States thanks to the Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s youthexchange program. The program’s chairman, Max Rumbaugh, said 17-year-old Valentina, whose last name was Rotary Club exchange student Valentina is greeted by withheld for privacy Rotary District 5510 Governor John Pennypacker at reasons, is visiting from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Coyhaique in southern Chile. It is Rumbaugh said. “She will probably go a 12-hour flight from Coyhaique to back the first of June or July.” Phoenix. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale began Rotary International District 5510 its program in 2003. To be considered, Governor John Pennypacker, Rotary a 15- to 18-year-old student must Club of Scottsdale President Tim apply by filling out a sensitive Baughman, several club members and application that shares medical, dental the host family welcomed Valentina and educational information. at Phoenix Sky Harbor International “They have to write a couple of Airport. letters to why they want to come “She will probably be here for and what they wish to accomplish,” 10 months, a whole school year,” Rumbaugh added.

If chosen, the student is interviewed by a local Rotarian in his or her home country. If the meeting is successful, the student’s application is sent overseas to a Rotary Club exchange student Valentina stands with her Rotary Rotary Club of the counselor, Claudia Arnold-Sawaf, and her two daughters at country of his or her Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The organization choosing. Medical preferred to withhold Valentina’s last name for privacy reasons. “That’s the kind of relationship insurance, a passport and a visa must we hope to develop,” Rumbaugh be purchased before traveling abroad. explained. Rumbaugh said when the Rotary Rumbaugh said the Rotary is known Club received Valentina’s application, the club enrolled her in a Scottsdale for being one of the most successful, high school as a senior and found her best run and least expensive youthhost families. She’ll stay with each exchange programs because it is host family for an average of three to completely run by volunteers. “They are doing it because they love four months. the program,” he explained. “That is “She will be staying with, hopefully, a very unique characteristic of the three host families,” he said. “She is Rotary program. It makes it to be a with her first host family now.” The program was developed so really wonderful program.” The club is accepting applications exchange students are not treated for next summer. Interested students as guests, but instead are part of the can visit family.

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The Living Room to Open in DC Ranch children aren’t typically in The Living Room on busy weekend nights, they do come in with their parents during the day. The Living Room will feature 40 to 50 wines and sangrias by the glass, Kaufman said, along with a handpicked list of wines by the bottle, around eight beers on draft, bottled beers and a full line of spirits. A menu of “sharable food” will complement the list of beverages, he noted. David Emran, The Living Room’s general manager, said there are many factors that come together to make The Living Room such a cool destination. In addition to the inviting atmosphere, the owners and staff take great care of everyone who walks in the door. “Our commitment to service has always kept customers coming back, and we have a passion to always want to learn more,” Emran said. “If we stay a step ahead, then we never find ourselves on our heels. Keeping this philosophy, very few things slip through the cracks.” As Emran noted, Kaufman is truly passionate about wine. “He built all his restaurants with one thing—his love for wine. That passion is the driving force in the Living Room and was the inspiration to open one in DC Ranch, which seems like a match made in heaven.” The Living Room at DC Ranch Marketplace will be located at 20751 N. Pima Rd., Suite 120, in Scottsdale, in the former Armitage Bistro. For more information, visit www.

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Each year across the nation, many children start or return to school without the needed school supplies and new clothes to feel confident and successful. In an effort to combat this issue, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale—thanks to a generous donation by local civic leaders Michael and Ellie Ziegler—helped photo page events calendar 1,000 club members in need to shop for back-to-school items during “30 Days of Shopping” events in July. During the events, the selected youth received $100 Kohl’s gift cards to pick out clothing and other back-to-school necessities at Kohl’s stores in Scottsdale and Phoenix. “All children, regardless of socio-economic factors, deserve the opportunity to start the school year off on a positive note and on an even playing field,” Ellie Ziegler said. Photos by Alison Bailin Batz



1. Ellie Ziegler, Boys and Girls Club CEO Steve Davidson and club member Maddie 2. Volunteers helped meet club members select clothes for the upcoming school year. hearsay your neighbor 3. Youth of the Year Dalia Jimenez is interviewed by 3TV. 4. Volunteer Tony Garcia and club member Matthew show off some of Kohl’s sportswear. 5. Michael and Ellie Ziegler with Kids from Piper branch. 6. Members of the Thunderbirds center had a great time. 7. Volunteer Michael Shebeck helps Gage choose some new kicks. 8. Volunteer Sierra Haynes poses with club member Ariel. 10. Volunteers Christine Newman, Kathy Mergl and Ashley Preach pause for a photo op. 11. Volunteer Carla looking back Fisher and one of the club members pause to snap a photo.






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Italian Crème Cake 2 cups flour 2 cups white sugar 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening 5 eggs, separated 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut (use up to 2 cups if desired.)

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sale. I’m just happy that when daughter-in-law Donna Nall quietly mentioned to me that Elaine was famous in the family for this cake, I paid attention. In between three ever-so-richtasting layers of buttermilk cake is a luscious slather of cream cheese and pecan icing. The combination is either perfectly sinful or heavenly; I just haven’t quite decided which. Now that we’re heading into fall harvest and baking season, Elaine’s Italian Crème Cake is a must! A big thanks to Donna for sharing a family treasure. And, Elaine is not Italian, but a true Texan, so, “Buon appetito, y’all!”

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The inviting ambiance of Pars Persian Cuisine was the first hint that my son and I were in for a Middle Eastern culinary treat. The décor is beautifully done, and the handmade stitch “paintings” were an authentic touch. We kicked off our lunch with the Pars appetizers platter ($14), which included shirazi salad, maust khiar, hummus, Persian pickles, olivieh salad and dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves). It was definitely large enough for a party of four or more to share. We grabbed the accompanying warm pita bread and got to work. Luckily, my 11-yearold son is an adventurous eater who loved every selection in the sampler platter, especially the olivieh salad, which is almost like a creamy chicken salad. The grape leaves were also outstanding, especially when dipped in the maust khair, a tangy cucumber and yogurt dip. comm. spotlight


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Our first entrée was from the lunch menu, a specific menu served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. The lamb shish kebab ($14) was a very generously sized platter that was served complete with saffron-dusted basmati rice and a romaine salad. The marinated lamb skewer also boasted fresh charbroiled tomatoes, bell peppers and onions. And the lamb was soft and juicy. Even if someone hasn’t tried lamb before, this is the dish I would encourage someone to try. It was fabulous. Next, we had the gyros platter and, for $10, it was a deliciously filling lunchtime bargain. The gyro meat was perfectly done and served with the same saffron-dusted basmati rice along with a special dip similar to the maust khiar. We saved some pita bread from the appetizer and used it to wrap the gyro meat, and the dip was tangy, tender and tasty. meet your neighbor

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There are also a number of side orders on the menu, which is a great way to try new dishes. Selections include adas polo ($8), a combination of cooked currants and lentils with chopped dates and mixed with basmati rice, and shirin polo ($11), a specialty Pars’ special baklava was light, flaky and simply the best dish with orange skin, baklava we’ve had in Valley at any restaurant or bakery. carrots, slivered almonds, pistachios, both loved the Pars special baklava ($4). Unlike heavier Bavarian-style syrup and saffron with basmati rice. Dinner entrees are larger than baklava, which is heavy and sticky, this lunch selections and include some version was light, flaky and included popular dishes such as chicken filet nuts, cinnamon and sugar. We took sultani ($20), the chef ’s special ($33), some baklava home, too, and I was with tender filet mignon, chicken filet immediately ordered to return to and koobideh (ground beef kebab), Pars Persian Cuisine to pick up more and other selections such as oyster of the tasty treat—no arm twisting mushroom kebab ($10) and vegetarian necessary. dolmeh ($13). The family-owned Pars Persian Pars Persian Cusine Cuisine features handmade desserts 11144 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. that should not be missed. The Persian Suite E9 ice cream ($5) is quality vanilla ice Scottsdale, 85259 cream hand-mixed with saffron (480) 551-3222 or and pistachio nuts. My son and I LYNETTE CARRINGTON

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Brazilian Festival Showcases Music, Dance, Food and More With the World Cup recently in Brazil, and the Summer Olympics arriving in the country in 2016, all eyes have been on South America. Folks wanting to learn more about and celebrate Brazil can indulge in the fifth annual Brazilian Day Arizona from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. “There’s definitely something for everyone,” said event organizer Miguel Ivery. “It celebrates Brazil’s Independence Day. We look at Brazil’s culture as a whole. “A lot of people have this misconception that Brazil is Carnival, samba, bossa nova, Rio De Janeiro. That’s everything that people know. It has this stigma.” With this festival, Ivery hopes to explore “all aspects of the culture” to allow people to realize that Brazil is so much more than the aforementioned events. “The event is fun, interactive and educational, all in one,” he said. Hosted in partnership with Ivery’s Afro:Baile Records, the event is dubbed the most authentic celebration of Brazilian Independence Day. Visitors to the family-friendly event will enjoy the sounds of traditional samba and bossa nova, funk, electronica and Brazilian fusion, as well as dazzling displays of capoeira. Among the more than 50 participating performers and instructors are Boca do Rio, Quetzal Guerrero, Raiz Brazil Dance Company, Axe Capoeira AZ, Axe Folclorico, Lili de Peixinhos, DJ El Dopa, DJ Seduce and more.

Dancing will be featured at the event at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Other Brazilian Day Arizona highlights include a samba queen contest, a children’s corner with face painting and arts activities, and more than 20 vendors. Brazilian, Argentine and Lebanese foods will be available for purchase, along with the national cocktail of Brazil—the caipirinha— and other beverages. In 2006, Ivery, otherwise known as DJ Seduce, established Afro:Baile, an award-winning Brazilian music label and events company based in Gilbert. Tickets are $12; $5 for children 10 and younger. For more information, visit, www. or call (480) 499-8587. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale, two blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.


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n the outside I was perfect, even commended: perfect wife, perfect mom, and perfect friend. Still, on the inside, I was in prison. I don’t know how else to describe what I was feeling. No matter how hard I tried to be good, it was never enough. I listened at the church I attended, trying to hear all the things I needed to do so I could be good enough. “I just need to try harder,” I’d convince myself. I shared with a friend how I was feeling, and in return, I got a blank stare. I was feeling so alone. All of the things I was taught to do―and boy, there were a lot of things―I did them, but I still felt empty. I wanted so badly to please God, but on the inside, I was wasting away. I felt like God still wasn’t happy with me. I wasn’t happy with me. I hid behind my smile and I was suffocating. No matter how hard I tried to be good enough, I just wasn’t; there was always some failure glaring at me in the mirror. I found myself being driven to places that I shouldn’t go. I just wanted to medicate my emotions. But then, one day, I opened up the Bible. I don’t know whether I was trying to appease God, or if I was trying to find out what I was doing wrong and what other hoops I could jump through in order to be a good person, but I began to read the Bible in secret. And do you know what I found? Freedom. I have read Romans chapters three through eight 20 times now. It’s like this great big secret that no one in my world is talking about, and it’s right there staring me in the face. The answer: Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. 21 But now a righteousness from God, apart 20

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And I find the same message in 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, Ephesians; it’s everywhere in the New Testament! I’m not the first one to try and be good enough by my behavior; and I’m not the first to fail at it. No one can do it. We are all destined to fail at being good enough on our own. But there is hope; there is a righteousness that I can have. It’s the one that comes simply by faith in Jesus. He did it all for me. He was perfect. That was the point. He was perfect, but He died like a sinner, so that even in my sin I am made perfect in Christ. Until now, I had seen and heard stories of people being rejected by the church and their families, because they weren’t good enough. And if the church rejected them, then certainly God was also rejecting them. So then I had thought that God must also be rejecting me, or He was getting ready to. But the Bible gave me a different message; God loved us while we were still sinners. Now goodness is easier, since it’s not a chore. When I learned that God has grace for me, I finally began to have grace for myself. I have since found a church that teaches the Bible and its message of grace, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I still go to church every week. I try to be a good mom, a good wife, and a good friend. But now, things are different; the smile on my face is finally coming from the inside. I don’t have to hide anymore. Living Word Bible Church Page 25


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Food Truck Caravan Find up to 15 of the Valley’s finest gourmet food trucks serving delicious foods from around the world in one parking lot. WHEN: Saturdays, from 6:30 p.m. to meet your neighbor 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Corner of Fifth Avenue and Goldwater, Scottsdale COST: Free admission; cost for food INFO: (480) 443-0322 or Desert Gardening Ellen Newell, associate director of facilities management at Arizona State University, will speak about what plants can be planted in the desert and when. WHEN: Thurs., Aug. 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-6424 or Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns The next new Live and Local Fridays summer concert series will showcase one of Arizona’s favorite bands, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, who perform classic and contemporary R&B, soul, rock, funk and jazz. WHEN: Fri., Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $10 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Crystal Singing Bowls 101 Learn about Crystal Singing Bowls, sound healing, gemstone and mineral healing properties and crystal bowls as they relate to the Chakras and the

best practices for playing and toning with them. WHEN: Sat., Aug. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Anahata Sound and Energy Healing, 10565 N. 114th St., Suite 110, Scottsdale COST: $35 INFO: (480) 699-9600 or Double Symphonic Gong Mediation This monthly Double Gong Mediation event, which is held by Ardas Kaur and Sadhana Kaur with Celebrate Us Now, will teach individuals how to breathe, while doing a little light Kundalini yoga and meditation as the body is lulled into a safe, relaxed state through the vibrations of two separate symphonic gongs. WHEN: Sun., Aug. 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Anahata Sound and Energy Healing, 10565 N. 114th St., Suite 110, Scottsdale COST: $17 to $20 INFO: (480) 699-9600 or Candidate Forum All eight Scottsdale council candidates and four of the five legislative district 23 candidates have committed to attend. WHEN: Thurs., Aug. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 946-8069, or “You Matter” Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Teens and Parents Following the death of her son, Le Ann Hull is choosing love, encouragement

and suicide prevention to impact as many children, teens and adults as possible. WHEN: Thurs., Aug. 21, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Arabian Library, 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or Vedic Chant Workshop The workshop will feature the chanting of up to four healing mantras, which have the potential to alter the physiological state and improve physical and mental health. WHEN: Fri., Aug. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Anahata Sound and Energy Healing, 10565 N. 114th St., Suite 110, Scottsdale COST: $40 INFO: (480) 699-9600 or The Australian Bee Gees The Australian Bee Gees, a tribute to the trio, have been taking their act on tour for the past 16 years, playing re-creations of “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love” and “You Should Be Dancing.” WHEN: Fri., Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $55 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or PastFinders: Ranching in the McDowells Ranching was an important contributor to the social and economic growth of the McDowell Mountain area. This session highlights the ranches and the ranchers who shaped the area’s history. WHEN: Tues., Aug. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Arabian Library, 10214 E.


Wynonna and the Big Noise Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own successful solo path, Wynonna has the ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty. WHEN: Tues., Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $45 to $79 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Eight-Man Jam Stars Gary Allan, Chris Young, The Swon Brothers, Thompson Square, Dan and Shay, Easton Corbin, Aaron Lewis, Craig Morgan and the lone woman, Jamie Lynn Spears. WHEN: Wed., Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Win tickets through KMLE 107.9 INFO: Asleep at the Wheel Easily the most influential country band around, Asleep at the Wheel has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than five decades. WHEN: Fri., Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $55 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Cellphone Photography Class Learn how to take better pictures with your cellphone camera by learning tips on the settings.

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“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” In this powerful gritty drama, R.P. McMurphy is convicted of statutory rape and chooses to serve time in a mental hospital, rather than state prison. WHEN: Fri., Sept. 5, through Sun., Oct. 26, various times WHERE: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: $22 to $25

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8500 block of East Sweetwater Avenue, Scottsdale Mikulkumar Shah and his wife, Shamini Oza, recently purchased this 5,291-square-foot house built in 2006 at Vlachos in Scottsdale. This prestigious Spanish colonial home offers four bedrooms with en suite baths, powder-plus den and three-car garage with extra storage space. The custom kitchen has distressed alder cabinet and a 207-bottle wine closet. Shah, an anesthesiologist, is president/CEO of Shah Anesthesia Corp. in Scottsdale. Oza is a consultant pharmacist for PharMerica in Scottsdale. The house was sold by Michael and Erica Kaplan. Michael Kaplan is an attorney practicing in the Valley. The home was listed by Realty One Group.

SOLD FOR $3,575,000 9800 block of East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale Kirk and Karen Erickson recently purchased this 7,921-square-foot house built in 2003 in DC Ranch in Scottsdale. The five-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom home was designed and built by La Casa Builders and features interior design by Elizabeth Rosensteel. All the bedrooms in this home, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in The Country Club at DC Ranch, have private patios/ balconies with mountain and/or city views. Kirk Erickson is a director at Erickson Supply and Construction Co. Inc. in Royal, Arkansas. The house was sold by John and Lisa Berry. John Berry is the owner of B&B Aviation LLC, an aircraft dealership in Scottsdale. The home was listed by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

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