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This year marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11. To recognize that, the city of Scottsdale is hosting a free 9/11 Memorial Tribute from Wednesday, Sept. 7, to Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The tribute includes a mini-museum in the center’s atrium. The exhibition features the three-story National Unity Flag, photos and video from 9/11, memorabilia from retired FDNY and NYPD, and supersized props of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, plane wing and large metal flag—made of steel, brass and polycarbonate. These specially built models will display a memorial card of everyone who died on Sept. 11. The memorial cards were created and donated by Scottsdale resident Lisa Vella. A special installation of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the atrium. The steel will be escorted from Harley-Davidson

of Scottsdale to the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts by the Gatekeepers, a motorcycle club of firefighters from across the Valley. The piece of steel also will be on display from Friday, Sept. 2, through Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the store, 15656 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. On Sept. 11, the names of those who died will be read beginning at 4 p.m. The 9/11 Remembrance ceremony and candlelight vigil begins at 5 p.m. in the adjacent Virginia G. Piper Theater. The ceremony will feature a panel of first responders who were in New York City during and after the towers fell. Also scheduled to speak is Luis Gonzalez, a retired Arizona Diamondbacks player, who will share his thoughts about winning the World Series during that tumultuous time. “This week-long tribute is a chance for all of us to remember and reflect on the impact this event had on our community,” said Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “Out of the sorrow of 9/11 came a commitment to give back. At

this year’s 9/11 Tribute, we encourage individuals to pledge to help a person, our community or our nation through an act of kindness or service.” Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the National 9/11 Day “I Will” campaign that inspires each person to think of a good deed in honor of 9/11. “I Will” pledge cards will be available to fill out during the week and the ceremony. “We hope visitors will experience the overwhelming effect of how many

people lost their lives that day,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “But we also want everyone to remember what came out of the attacks: the spirit of unity, peace and hope. We persevere.” The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. for the ceremony. The center is located at 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.

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Sept. 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day. Call it a chance to get back to the basics. All those Hawaiian ham-andpineapple pies, the barbecue chicken pizzas, even pepperoni—let them go for one day, and eat what started the whole craze: the humble but eternal cheese pizza. To commemorate such a noble day, Fired Pie is offering cheese pizzas for half-price with the purchase of a drink Sept. 5 only. The popular, build-yourown pizza franchise has Scottsdale locations at 14740 N. Northsight Blvd., at 15425 N. Scottsdale Rd., and in the food court at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The deal is good for cheese pizzas— no meats or veggies allowed—but given the variety of charming cheeses you can choose to chew (say that three times quickly, I dare you), including mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, asiago, feta and parmesan, a range of delicious possibilities presents itself, especially as Fired Pie also offers your choice of sauces, such as marinara, barbeque, seasoned olive oil and pesto.

Theater in Scottsdale is not limited to offerings at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Tucked away in a corner of Scottsdale that most people mistake for Phoenix, the collective of actors, directors, writers and techies known as Theatre Artists Studio flourishes in relative seclusion, known largely to the thespian community. It deserves a bigger audience. Why not start with its upcoming production, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” Sept. 2 to Sept. 18? Based on a book by Ilene Beckerman, the play traces important moments in the lives of its characters through the clothes they were wearing. Sounds like a chick thing to me, but maybe it will help men “get it” about females and their wardrobes. Directed by Patti Davis Suarez, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” will play Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, with various discounts. Call 602-7650120 or go to Meanwhile, just south of Old Town, the Stagebrush Theatre, one of the

Tickets are $17 and $15; call 480949-7529. What does “Breakfast with a Side of Recreational Marijuana” sound like to you? Maybe it’s just me, but the name leads me to expect a joint and a fouregg omelet to ease the munchies. Oh that Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce! “Breakfast with a Side of Recreational Marijuana” is the Chamber’s business meeting for Aug. 24, to be held at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd. Members of the chamber and guests are welcome for $20 and $30 respectively, and the subject for discussion over the morning meal will be…the coming possibility of legalized marijuana. Call Anna Mineer at 480-355-2708 if you’re interested in attending. But note: admission includes breakfast, no sides.

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Pinners coming together at WestWorld this October By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Pinners Conference + Expo is bringing Pinterest to life with a twoday event at WestWorld in Scottsdale in October. Set for Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, the Pinners Conference + Expo is the only major creative conference of its kind and will connect consumers, brands and influencers. Tickets are available for $7 (regular admission) to $49 (full weekend pass) at “Pinners’ goal is to facilitate an inspiring experience for women,” said Roxanne Bennett, event coordinator for the Provo, Utah-based Pinners Conference. “Our hope is that every attendee leaves feeling enlightened, encouraged, creative and happy. Pinners is the creative event revolution everyone has been waiting for. You’ll quickly notice this isn’t just another craft show.” It’s not a craft show at all, according to Bennett. She networks to find the best in exhibitors, vendors and presenters for the events, which appeal to a wide audience. “It’s a whole generational thing,” she said. “Grandmas, moms and granddaughters can all find something specific that they’re excited about. It’s a variety of cool things.” Pinners Conference was created by Bennett Events in 2013 to update the creative and learning industry and its events. The 15-member team plans to expand from four events this year to six by 2017. Bennett’s husband, Kendall, came up with the idea. “He thought there was an opportunity to put the business owner, the retailer, the wholesalers, consumer and influencer all in one location,” she said. “We all need to connect with one another. This brings all of that together. It’s kind of magical.” The Scottsdale conference will be the Pinners’ first in the state and organizers expect up to 10,000 attendees to experience the expo. Three previous shows in Salt Lake City average 12,000 visitors per year. Now in its fourth year, the conference Page 10

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is also expanding to Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta over the next 12 months. Women from across the nation attend Pinners to learn, create and shop all the creative ideas they have seen, pinned and discovered online. The conference includes 100 classes and a full trade show featuring more than 230 popular shops. Pinners select the best of the best to teach classes at each conference. Pinners’ presenters will be chosen from the best of the following categories: beauty and fashion, DIY and crafts, lifestyle and learning, food arts, home and home decor, quilting and sewing, party planning, photography and health and fitness. “Pinners Conference allows attendees to customize their most creative weekend imaginable,” Bennett added. “It connects the blogger, the retailer, wholesaler and the consumer in a face-to-face environment during a weekend of customizable fun. Women typically do so much for others, but feel guilty about taking time for themselves. We hope to give them a chance to learn, create and connect together in one fun packed weekend.” Pinners Conference + Expo attendees get to meet and learn from some of the most inspiring, creative experts on the web under one roof. “People think it’s a blogger event,” she said. “But it’s really for the consumer. It’s for the average mom who really wants to have a weekend to be inspired. If you’re not on Pinterest, that doesn’t matter. If you want to learn something cool, this is the place.” For more information about Pinners Conference + Expo, go to


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giving, how to talk to your doctor and any other topics of interest to the group. The weekly sessions will be held every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, starting Sept. 30 at the Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. Light Refreshments will be served. Registration is free, attendees should call the Resource Link at 1-877-602-4111 to reserve a spot.


My Mom, My Hero Eddie Johnson and Friends event provides scholarships for local, single moms By Erica J. Thompson Fourteen years ago Chris Coffman was looking for a way to help the community, but he wasn’t sure what to focus on. A chance encounter with a young boy clarified that. Coffman saw the child walking alone and The Helping Hands for Single Moms organization has accompanied him home. helped more than 450 families. Raised by a single mother, the boy Organizers have put a different spin arrived to his house with Coffman to on the event. They will host a stage find the woman sleeping. She believed performance and panel made up of moms and wives of star athletes— her daughter was watching the boy. “I began to think through what Doris Johnson, Lucille O’Neal, can we do as churches to help single Brenda Warner and Camilla Ratliff, moms?” Coffman said, “The answer the parents of Eddie, Shaquille, the wife of Kurt Warner, and Theo was help them go to college.” Phoenix-based Helping Hands for Ratliff ’s mom. Coffman also hopes to inspire Single Moms was founded in 2002 and has aided more than 450 single patrons through the theme, “My Mom, My Hero.” moms and their families. “Motherhood is the theme this “We know that we are in and headed for a college-based economy. People year. We are honoring mothers for are going to have to have some kind of what they do,” Coffman said. Warner will then return to the post-secondary education,” Coffman stage to host the game “Boys Do the said. To fund the scholarships, Helping Craziest Things.” Coffman said he’s not surprised that Hands for Single Moms is hosting the third annual Eddie Johnson and Friends Johnson was interested in working event at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at together. “When he heard about our program the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale. Tickets and saw our moms at the event, saw start at $150 and can be purchased at what it was about he just fell in love,” Coffman said. Coffman is in awe, himself, of the A former Phoenix Suns basketball player, Johnson became involved with work he and his foundation have Helping Hands three years ago. He been able to achieve. When the first spoke at an event and was touched woman graduated, he vowed to grow by the work that Helping Hands was the program because it’s “important.” That is just what happened. Helping doing for single moms in the Valley, Hands became Coffman’s full-time according to Coffman. Johnson and his siblings were calling. This year Helping Hands for raised by a single mother and he was Single Moms anticipates that it will looking for a local nonprofit with award 100 scholarships to single which to partner. Since then, he and moms in the Valley. The program has Coffman have held two fundraising expanded to Tucson and Dallas. The scholarships help cover tuition, events, including a friendly hoops competition at Talking Stick Resort however, the “scholarship plus” offers auto repair, towing, dental care for Arena. The charity event has grown each the moms, carpet cleaning, holiday year, with organizers anticipating gifts for the kids, and family outings more than 350 patrons in September. to sporting venues. On the web at

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Many of the Upper Ranch buildings are shown in this historic view of Brown’s Ranch, including corrals and a home beneath a rock escarpment.

DC’s ‘Upper Ranch,’ now a beloved preserve The DC Ranch was a working cattle ranch north of town that gave Scottsdale an air of authentic Western tradition in its formative years. After the decline of cattle ranching in the Valley, however, development threatened to encroach on the gorgeous McDowell Mountains. In 1998, city leaders partnered with the DC Ranch owners to set aside land for the celebrated McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The early phases of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve protected what the Brown family—longtime owners of DC Ranch—called the Lower

Ranch. Starting in 2010, however, the City of Scottsdale began acquiring the Upper Ranch, located north of Dynamite Boulevard. The Upper Ranch—also known as Brown’s Ranch—was considered to have better grazing land, and many DC Ranch operations were based there. In 2013, the city unveiled an innovative, $3.8 million Brown’s Ranch Trailhead at the site of the Upper Ranch, along with 50 miles of master-designed trails. From some of these trails, visitors can still see remnants of the Brown’s homestead and DC Ranch operations.

One of the earliest African-American residents of Scottsdale worked as a cook for DC Ranch. “Chicken Henry,” as he was known to the cowboys, prepared hearty meals like biscuits with jerky gravy for hungry workers at the Upper Ranch. E.O. Brown’s grandson remembers helping Henry by pounding beef jerky to a pulp for the jerky gravy.

In this undated photo, Goldie, E.E. Brown’s second wife, crouches next to a saddled horse. Goldie lived on the Upper Ranch for 29 years and performed the often laborious work demanded by ranch life.

The “DC” brand was first registered in 1885 and later purchased by E.O. Brown. It was used on cattle until late in the 20th century. In this photo from 1918, DC Ranch cowboys perform the seasonal ritual of branding.

E.E. Brown, pictured, operated the DC Ranch after his father, E.O. Brown, died. E.E. Brown, or Brownie, loved the ranching life and embraced the Western lifestyle. Brownie and his business partners added land and improvements to the DC Ranch.

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sitting at a white linen-draped table at Dominick’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald laughs when he thinks about his forthcoming Fitz’s Supper Club fundraiser. The eighth annual event, slated for Monday, Aug. 29, will, feature a comedian as the centerpiece entertainment. “In terms of the concept, it’s similar,” he said. “We changed up the theme last year to include Brian McKnight. This year, we have a comedy theme. “We’re asking people to come in and spend a considerable amount of time to buy tickets. I want to give them something new and fresh that they will enjoy.” The emcee is four-time NBA champion and television host John Salley, whom Fitzgerald called “a hoot. He’s funny.” Fitz’s Supper Club will allow guests to “experience” Dominick’s Steakhouse as they haven’t in the past. The servers will Hall of Fame NFL players, Phoenix Suns

and a plethora of Fitzgerald’s teammates like Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell and Michael Floyd. Jeff Mastro, the restaurateur behind Dominick’s, praised Fitzgerald’s charitable work. “He’s a great guy,” Mastro said. “He’s a great football player and he’s an even better guy. He does great (in the restaurant). A lot of the football players are servers. I don’t think they want that to be their full-time job. But all the guests really love it. You get to know all the players and they’re so nice—all of them.” The event serves as a fundraiser for Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund, which, since 2005, has been supporting kids and their families with significant gifts of time, money and special resources through numerous associations across the country. Funds raised this year allow the organization to carry on that tradition. Sponsorships start at $5,000 while individual tickets are $750. Last year, Fitzgerald raised $500,000 for the First Down Fund.



Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is heading up Fitz’s Supper Club at Dominick’s to raise funds for charity.

Philanthropy is second nature to Fitzgerald, whose mother, Carol, kept her sons involved in charitable activities as youngsters. “She would say, ‘Let’s go over there and do Circle of Love,’ or ‘Let’s go over there and do the AIDS Walk.’ It was ingrained in us. “It’s essential for me to do this. If I’m not making a presence in the community, I’m not doing what I’m

supposed to be doing.” When asked if this is his way of remembering his mother who died as a result of breast cancer, his mood turns a bit somber. “I hope she’s smiling down and saying, ‘I’m proud of you,’” he said. “But I know she would expect me to do it, too. It’s something she’d expect my brother and me to do. I’m glad I’m continuing her legacy.”


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Fun for all ages in the Valley By Kimberly Hosey “How old do you have to be to go there? How young?” I’ve been hearing that question from my son often. He wants to plan family trips. My son is a young teenager. My niece is a year and a half old. Lately, he’s has been waxing nostalgic (just don’t tell him I said so), thinking about places we’ve gone over the years to have fun and build memories—with an eye toward taking his younger cousin once she really starts walking. Because he’s an only child, our trips have grown up with my son. I’ve never before considered how challenging it can be to please everyone across a range of ages. McDonald’s Play Places and splash pads did the trick when he was 3, but I don’t think that cuts it at 14. He’s game for zip lining, glider flights and hiking, but I don’t think my niece is quite up to that. And it’s too dang hot to go to the park and call it a day. Are there any spots good for both of them? And, come to that, entertaining for the adults involved? Fortunately, the answer is yes. After a brief review of some of our trips, and a little input from my son, we prepared the following suggestions for staying cool indoors with kids of all ages.

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(or not-so-little) ones wear you out and you need a breather. Seriously, Makutu’s Island was a no-brainer. It underwent a change in ownership two years ago, but most structures, including the giant tree centering the 20,0000-square-foot facility, were built for adults as well as children to play. All main structures are great for kids 5 and up, but your littlest ones should probably stick to Oscar’s Lagoon, built especially for toddlers with foam blocks and a small slide. Everyone can enjoy refreshments (and free Wi-Fi) at Kiki’s Cafe. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Kids ages 1 to 17 $11.99; one adult per child free; extra adult $6.

Arizona Museum of Natural History 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa 480-644-2230 I see toddlers at the “dinosaur museum” nearly every time we visit, and they’re having a blast. And here’s how I know we’ve got the other end of the age spectrum covered: I didn’t make it out there until I was an adult, and I was hooked! In between, my son’s spent long days as a kindergartener, “big kid,” and now teen enamored with the giant dinosaur skeleton replicas; as well as other displays detailing the biology, archaeology, art, culture, history and more of the Southwest. One of our favorite exhibits is “Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies,” and my son can’t wait to stand his little cousin

beneath the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, with a wingspan of 39 feet, the largest animal that has flown. Also not to be missed: Check out dinosaur skeletons and replicas, watch and listen to a “flash flood” every 23 minutes on Dinosaur Mountain, and “lock up” your kids in a cell from the Mesa Territorial Jail. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Admission: Kids 3 to 12 $7; students 13-plus with ID $8; adults $12; seniors 65-plus $10.

Butterfly Wonderland/OdySea Mirror Maze 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale Butterfly Wonderland: 480800-3000; Mirror Maze: 480270-6200; Kids get out of a place what they bring to it, so there are many attractions that can grow and change with them. Both Butterfly Wonderland and the adjacent Odysea Mirror Maze, part of the OdySea in the Desert complex on the Salt River Reservation, offer kids enchanting fun at very young ages, which can grow to challenges and more to explore as they get older. In Butterfly Wonderland, winged wonders flit and flutter everywhere: a perfect enchanting moment for a tiny nature lover, and a great opportunity for older budding naturalists to observe and study the insects. In the

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Mirror Maze the colors, lights, mirrors and effects will amaze everyone. Kids 2 and younger are free, but parents are advised to keep an eye on kids under 5 as the effects can be scary for some. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Butterfly Wonderland: Children 3 to 12 $12.95; students with ID $17.95; adults $19.95; children 2 and younger free / Mirror Maze: All-day pass $9.95; other prices for individual walkthroughs.

i.d.e.a. Museum 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa 480-644-2468 Of all the “children’s” museums that we might soon show my niece, this was my son’s first pick. While it has exhibits and activities designed to engage the littlest visitors in appreciation of art, creation, science and more; its exhibits are consistently fun and engaging for me as well—and my son agrees. The current exhibition, “Sci-Fi: Fantasy to Reality,” features an invention lab, green screen room, time tunnel and costume creator. Storytelling, role playing, arts that encourage the development of motor and pre-literacy skills and more are available for young children, while young and older kids alike will enjoy the gallery exhibits. (And if you promise not to tell, your older kids might create a masterpiece or two as well.) Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8; children younger than 1 free.






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around the neighborhood Music fans escaped the intense heat for the cool confines of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 12, to see the Robby Roberson Band perform. The concert was part of the center’s Live & Local Fridays summer concert series that showcases Arizona’s hottest musical groups. Many ticketholders arrived early to enjoy happy-hour drink specials and delicious bites from Boss Pizza Bar. For more information about the remaining shows, visit event/live-local-fridays-2016/. Photos by Kimberly Carrillo


1. Pel Abbott and Carolyn Ware chat before the show. 2. Richard Satchell and Charlene Sanders enjoy some conversation during happy hour. 3. Brian and Erin Garman are excited for the concert. 4. Ed and Judy Greenberg enjoy the ambiance. 5. Hannah Ray and Marshall Schmitt are thrilled to see the show. 6. The Encore bar kept guests happy with drinks during happy hour.






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U.S. Air Force Airman Nicolas P. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree


Airman Thomas graduates from basic military training through the Community College of the Air Force. Thomas is the son of Barbaraann Thomas and stepson of Steven Dausend of Peoria, grandson of Claudine D’ormigny of Scottsdale, and Barbara Thomas of Louisville, Kentucky, and brother of Alexandra Thomas and Charlotte Thomas of Phoenix. He is also the brother of Emilie Thomas. The airman graduated in 2015 from Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale.

Student Chronicles Know a Scottsdale student who’s doing something remarkable? Send items for student chronicles to Sam Talbot Bragg of Scottsdale graduated from Samford University in Alabama during recent commencement exercises. Bragg earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Brock School of Business. Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked private university and one of the nation’s top Christian universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford fourth among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education. Located in suburban Birmingham, Samford was founded in 1841 and is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls more than 5,200 students from 46 states and 32 countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams

that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference. Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, recently announced the dean’s list for the Spring 2016 semester. Among these students is James Huesing of Scottsdale, class of 2018. Deans list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater. Tufts University, located on four Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/ Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university’s schools is widely encouraged.

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David Peralta Bobblehead Day

The first 20,000 D-backs fans through the gates can jump on the freight train and take home a David Peralta Bobblehead. The adorable collectible shows the outfielder in his trademark leaning pose. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5:10 p.m. WHERE: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix COST: $19-$250 INFO: 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster. com


Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Based on the book series by Barbara Park, this hilarious play is perfect for families with young readers. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 11, to Sunday, Oct. 16, various times WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe COST: $12-$26 INFO: 480-350-2822 or


MIMkids Musical Adventures

Children can learn about Latin American culture and music as they create instruments, make music and explore the museum with a guide. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix COST: $12 INFO: 480-478-6000 or


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This drop-in jam session meets at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year, except for school holidays and early release dates. WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: 480-312-7323 or

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater tells the classic story of a stubborn troll who tries to stop three clever goats from crossing his bridge. WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 18, various times WHERE: Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix COST: $6-$10

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Family Storytime

Listen to stories and participate in finger plays, music and rhyming comm. spotlight activities. WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale COST: Free classifieds INFO: 480-312-7323 or


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Children and teens are invited to celebrate the third annual Batman Day with activities, trivia, coloring and cosplay. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Barnes and Noble, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe COST: Free INFO: 480-894-6954 or

Play games, dig up dinosaur bones, learn weird science and take part in fun crafts to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math. WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: 480-782-2800 or

If you love science, come visit the museum to explore science through fun crafts, activities, stories and experiments. WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Halle Heart Children’s Museum, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe COST: Free INFO: 602-414-2800 or

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MOTB: The quest for the dress We are entering the wedding stage of life – better put, re-entering. Since our own wedding, we’ve been on sabbatical, during which time we experienced all other stages – from the baby shower to the kindergarten and high school graduation stages and everything in between. Now, the cycle has come full and I do believe we’re back to weddings. (Cue “Here Comes the Bride.”) We’re attending a number of nuptials in the near future, but one in particular has piqued our interest: the wedding of our daughter. This, in turn, means one thing – wedding plans. I am overwhelmed by the scope of planning opportunities available through an average wedding today. But there is one element that has me focused to the point of distraction. The dress. Not hers. Mine.

I’ve completed numerous shopping trips – online and to real live stores where I tried various necklines, hemlines and waistlines. I found one I seriously considered getting but then had second thoughts. This has happened three or four times. In the meantime, the bridesmaids have chosen and bought their dresses. They’ll look fabulous. The flower girls have theirs. They’ll be adorable. My husband and sons have all purchased brand new suits. They’ll be the definition of handsome. Even my daughter has said yes to The Dress. It’s gorgeous and she’ll be magnificent. I’m still looking. Don’t get me wrong. I understand the overall insignificance of my decision. I’m the mother of the bride for goodness sake. People won’t care about what I wear. All eyes will be on my sweet baby girl. As they should be.

I live in the day (but usually not by choice). I am still shocked that my daughter is a grown up. I thought she’d be a little girl forever. But that is not the case (thank goodness) and now I am soon-to-be the mother of the bride. Except I’m not old enough, not ready enough to be the mother of the bride. At least not in my mind. The numbers would prove otherwise. (How and when did this happen?) This brings about such tugging feelings. I don’t feel appropriately mature to be right here right now. But I am. That’s life. And I need a dress. I know I will find one. Perhaps I already have. I just need to pull the trigger, or swipe the plastic – if we are being honest. Which I will do. I’ve got to wear something. The alternative wouldn’t be pretty. But we don’t want to go there. I best get shopping.

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Still, I have just one daughter and this is my only shot at filling the role of MOTB. The more I go through life, the more I realize these moments shouldn’t be squandered. It is an important day and I want to feel good in my skin (or lace over satin, as the case may be). So, while this whole dress ordeal isn’t important to anyone else, it is to me. There are numerous beautiful choices to choose from. I’ve been contemplating why I’m having such a hard time with the decision. It’s pretty simple, really. I’m not sure I’m ready to be the mother of the bride. My daughter is ready. Her fiancé is ready. They are a beautiful couple. We love them both. I, however, have always been a little stunted. It seems I’m perpetually playing catch-up when it comes to understanding the logic of this thing called life. Most people are able to look ahead and anticipate milestones.

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By Kathy Burwell On Aug. 8, approximately 24,000 Scottsdale Unified School District students returned to the classroom. Refreshed and rejuvenated after a summer vacation, students found teachers already hard at work as teaching staff returned the week prior. Over the summer, learning did not stop for SUSD teachers and administrators. In June, SUSD teachers attended Summer Institute professional development sessions. Fifty-five classes were offered and total session attendance reached 573 with several teachers attending multiple sessions. Additionally, 138 teachers enrolled in online SUSD Google Apps training and 498 teachers participated in curriculum maps and unit development in the spring. On May 31, administrators throughout the District attended Administrators’ Academy. The 201516 school year was reviewed and celebrated and staffing and budget updates were shared.

“Our summer sessions provided opportunities for our staff to sharpen their skills and to learn new strategies that can be incorporated into their classrooms,” said Dr. Diane Whitmore, director of curriculum. Teachers were not the only ones learning over the summer. More than 2,000 high school students participated in online courses over June and July. Additionally, more than 1,000 high school students attended summer school in the classroom. Incoming ninth-grade students also had the opportunity to participate in a Math Bridge program over the summer, ensuring that students in need of extra support received reinforcement of math concepts in preparation for high school algebra. “Besides receiving academic instruction, our incoming freshman students had the opportunity to become familiar with their new campus and establish a rapport

with their future teachers,” said Dr. Karen Benson, executive director of instructional services. In addition to high school courses, youth had the opportunity to participate in Kids Club camps, athletic camps, computer coding camps and early learning camps. More than 2,400 students participated in the summer camp programs. “The summer programming offered staff and students preparation to start the 2016-2017 school year strong,” said Dr. David McNeil, assistant superintendent educational leadership.

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By Kenneth LaFave Amy Ettinger, director of the Scottsdale International Film Festival, watches movies for a living. But before you turn green, consider this: “I and the other eight programmers watched more than 400 films to find the entries that would become a part of the Scottsdale Film Festival,” Ettinger said. Still green? Wait for it. “Sometimes during the process, a note would circulate among the programmers saying, ‘How did they get funding for this dog? I could’ve made a better film.’” There are a lot of very bad films out there, and to get to the jewels among them, Ettinger and her crew dig through a lot of rock and dirt. This year’s “boutique festival,” as Ettinger characterizes it, runs Oct. 6-10. Opening night is at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, where Ettinger also oversees the film series, with the remaining screenings slated for Harkins Shea 14 Theatre. As of press time, the final film list and ticket prices (some of which include multiple screenings) were not available. For this information, go to The opening-night film is typical of the festival’s sensibility and quality. “Denial,” which stars Rachel Weisz, is a narrative drama based on the real-life confrontation between a Holocaust denier and the woman charged with proving him wrong. The woman portrayed by Weisz, Deborah E. Lipstadt, appears via Skype after the screening Oct. 6. “Denial” is among 50-plus films in this year’s festival. Ettinger prides herself on the national variety of the films selected, as well as their quality. This year’s features hail from 20 countries, including such expected contributors as Australia, India and Germany, but also such surprises as Ghana, which has never before been represented locally. Of course, the USA is represented, as well. “We include some more mainstream films that we hope will get newbies in the door and interested international

cinema.” One of them this year is “Max Rose,” starring Jerry Lewis—yes, that Jerry Lewis. “He made it in 2013 and it got something like eight screenings, then went dark,” she said. “The director has re-edited it and released it as a 2016 film. It’s Lewis’ first starring role in more than 20 years. I didn’t hold out much hope at first— Lewis has had health problems and he’s the bellwether for a lot of interesting headlines—but it’s a very strong film and he’s very strong in it. I’m hoping ‘Max Rose’ will draw a large audience.” In the past, the festival has hosted appearances by young, then-unknown

talents who went on to fame, including Alicia Vikander, who this year won an Oscar for “The Danish Girl,” and young Anton Yelchin, who played Chekhov in the recent “Star Trek” films and who died in a freak accident in June. Ettinger’s bottom line is that the Scottsdale festival is all about quality over quantity. Five days is a brief stint compared to festivals that go on for weeks, but she would rather focus on finding the best of the best. “We get enough submissions that we could easily be a two-week event if we played some of the stuff that other festivals play and charge people at the door. But I don’t think I could do that with a clear conscience.”


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Aug. 20-Sept. 20, 2016 Face to Face Face to Face is a Southern California punk band that formed in the early 1990s and gained national attention with its hit, “Disconnected.” The group released its 10th and LP, “Protection,” in March. Dwarves, Implants and Lightspeedgo open. WHEN: Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $16 INFO: 480-970-1112 or Black Bottom Lighters Black Bottom Lighters celebrate the release of their EP, “Pipe Dream,” with special guests The Hourglass Cats, The Riddims and Barefoot. WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: 480-970-1112 or Jillionaire Jillionaire performs and hosts a “chicken and beer” party for a 21-andolder crowd. He is best known for his work with Major Lazer, alongside Diplo and Walshy Fire. WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 28, at noon WHERE Maya Day + Night Club, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: or Make a Wish and Sip for a Cause Sorso Wine Room will be giving back 10% of its day’s sales to Make a Wish Foundation with an all-day happy hour. Be sure not to miss musician Lee Perreira from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Sorso Wine Room, Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 150, Scottsdale COST: Depends on meal INFO: 480-951-4344 or Pouya After releasing his new album, “Underground Underdog,” Miami, Florida-based rapper Pouya will be stopping by Livewire to bring his dark, trap-influenced beats and Bone Thugs-inspired flow. Germ, Ramirez and Shakewell are opening. WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $23 INFO: 480-970-1112 or

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Deorro Deorro will be headlining the #BestNightEver. Sponsored by the Morning Mess, listen to Live 101.5 for a chance to win tickets. WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: Enter to win for this 18 and older event INFO: 480-970-1112 or Gareth Emery His most recent album, “100 Reasons to Live,” reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Top Dance/ Electronic Albums chart. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m. WHERE Maya Day + Night Club, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO:,



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Odesza The electronic music duo, otherwise known as Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, DJ for the afternoon. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon WHERE Maya Day + Night Club, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $70 to $125 INFO:, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle These two singer-songwriters united to release their debut album as a duo, Colvin & Earle. Now, they will be stopping by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts to share their powerful voices and music. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $25 to $49 INFO: 480-499-8587 or MSTRKRFT This Toronto-based electronic duo will be stopping by Livewire to bring songs from its third album, “Operator.” It’s been awhile since fans heard new music from the duo, as seven years have passed since its sophomore release.

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WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $10 for the 18 and older show INFO: 480-970-1112 or Juliette Lewis Actress/singer Juliette Lewis brings her aggressive rock show to Livewire with special guest Wyves. WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $15 for the 18 and older show INFO: 480-970-1112 or Beth Hart The blues-rock singer, who released her 12th album, “Better Than Home,” last year will drop by Livewire for a sold-out show. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: Sold out INFO: 480-970-1112 or LDV Sip & Learn Workshop Winemaking 101 features a discussion about Arizona terroir, vineyard sustainability and the winemaking process. The workshop will provide an overview of the vineyard to glass LDV winemaking process that is informative for the wine novice and fun for wine aficionados. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: LDV, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale COST: $35 per person; $65 per couple INFO: 480-664-4822 O.A.R. This Maryland-based alternative rock band comes to the Valley to celebrate 20 years in music. Tickets for the

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original Marquee Theatre show will be honored at this new location. WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $31.75 INFO: 480-970-1112 or An Evening with Pat Metheny The legendary jazz-fusion guitarist and 20-time Grammy Award winner will spend an evening with the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. His performance will also feature Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $85 INFO: 480-499-8587 or

Jared & The Mill This Southwest-inspired rock band is returning home to celebrate the release of its new album, Orme Dugas.” WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $17 to $20 INFO: 480-970-1112 or

Your Real Estate Peace of Mind is Our Business John Coleman: Past/Present/Future Images of American Indians infused with the history and mythology of the American West have made John Coleman one of the nation’s most highly regarded contemporary artists. This exhibition, made possible by Scottsdale residents Frankie and Howard Alper, provides an unparalleled opportunity to examine the career of this pioneering painter, sculptor and influential teacher. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, through Wednesday, May 31, various times WHERE: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale COST: Exhibition included with museum admission: $13, adults; $11, seniors (65+) and active military; $8, students (full-time with ID) and children (6-17); and free to museum members and children 5 and under. INFO: 480-686-9539 or Education and Ministries Fair Meet and learn about activities at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church at its annual education and ministries fair. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: 480-948-0529 or Steel Pulse This British reggae band will play a career retrospective show at Livewire, tapping into its 30-plus-years catalog. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $22 for the 18 and older show INFO: 480-970-1112 or Mary Chapin Carpenter This New Jersey-born Americana singer brings music from her 14-albumc career to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $69 INFO: 480-499-8587 or

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By Shelley Gillespie An Airpark visitor ventures downtown for dining or entertainment. They’re standing on a sidewalk holding a map or looking confused. Chances are a red-shirted volunteer with a personality as warm as a Scottsdale evening will be there to guide them. One hundred strong, the Scottsdale Downtown Ambassadors program is gearing up for an even bigger 2016-17 season. Coordinator Joy Racine, in her fifth year heading the program, plans to recruit as many as 50 new volunteers for the coming season. Although every time slot was filled last season, Racine hopes to expand to two people assigned to each period this year, working daily October through May, primarily near information carts at Brown and Main streets and Fifth Avenue and Stetson. “If you join the Scottsdale Downtown Ambassadors, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived here you’re going to learn a lot,” Racine said. Although most Ambassadors return each year, Racine can find spots for more. She hopes to encourage volunteers to serve in the evening as rovers and trolley riders. Rovers walk the more heavily traveled tourist areas, approaching people who seem to need assistance. Trolley riders share knowledge with tourists from stop to stop on the free trolley. The Ambassadors began as a Chamber of Commerce initiative and is now run by the city. Volunteers may join at any time, but the season starts in October, and full training is available then. Orientation for the program is Oct. 1. Registration for the orientation is requested by Sept. 23. Ambassadors, who each receive a nametag, hat, shirts and sweatshirt for chilly mornings, are all about assisting visitors. New Ambassadors are not expected to know every location in Scottsdale. Training is provided and is ongoing. And by pairing experienced Ambassadors with new volunteers, everyone learns. A flexible schedule—3-hour blocks or whatever a volunteer can manage –

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helps Racine assign rovers and trolleyriders. Learning about restaurants, museums, new stores, hikes, navigating the area, including the trolley makes being a Scottsdale Downtown Ambassador an appealing experience and gives volunteers knowledge to share. For example, when an Ambassador found some visitors puzzled by trolley connections and locations, she joined them on the trolley and stayed with them until they reached their stop. Another Ambassador gave tourists ideas for hiking and about Scottsdale sites, then bumped into them on the hiking trail a few days later. The tourists had been to all of the recommended sites and loved the suggestions. Typical of the Ambassadors is Marilyn Perkins, who has been in the program for 11 years. A transplant from the Midlands of Great Britain, she enjoys assisting visitors and is pleased to meet fascinating people who may come from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and even just Phoenix who need information. Among those who choose Scottsdale as a permanent home, Perkins found the weather inviting and the flowers and decorations appealing. So, she’s happy to share that with others. She’s especially pleased to see downtown Scottsdale thriving. With a special interest in history and how the area evolved, Perkins uses her knowledge to assist tourists to find locations they will enjoy. Ambassador carts stock brochures like a “Discover Guide.” Others focus on hiking, walking tours and the arts. Perkins quickly assesses interests by asking a few questions and then arms the visitor with useful information and brochures. Typically, Ambassadors are retirees, but adults with flexible or part-time work schedules often volunteer, too, especially on weekends. Volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds and most have travel experience. Information: downtown/downtown-ambassadors. Contact Joy Racine at 480-312-2342 or email her at

Throughout the year, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of luncheons and meetings for its members and the community. For more information, call 480-355-2700. Here is what’s on tap for late August and September:

dishes. PM Connect 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 Wildfish Seafood and Grille, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 130 Network at night at the event that is free for members or $20 for guests.

Monday Breakfast Leads Referral Group 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22 Denny’s, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Leads Referral Group is a program to provide a vehicle for business-minded Chamber member professionals to share ideas, contacts and qualified referrals in a one-personper-profession setting. This involves a weekly lunch meeting and a weekly breakfast meeting that will increase business through a structured, positive and professional environment while building valuable relationships. Leads group members meet for free, while guests may attend up to two sessions at no cost. Advanced registration is required.

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Meet Your Neighbors for Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 Fogo de Chao, 6300 N. Scottsdale Rd. $15 in advance; $20 cash at the door Meet Your Neighbors is a monthly event designed for Chamber members and nonmembers to network over lunch. The menu is: Brazilian side

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Mayoral Forum 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 DoubleTree Hilton, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd. Hear the mayoral candidates— Mayor Jim Lane and Bob Littlefield— share their visions for Scottsdale. The event is free, but reservations are required at Meet Your Neighbors for Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 17007 N. Scottsdale Rd. Network and dine at the Italian restaurant for $15 in advance, $20 at the door. On the web at

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski a nonprofit organization that works When Brad Taft was in high school to develop public speaking and and early college, he struggled with leadership skills through practice and public speaking. In college, after feedback in local clubs. initially majoring in biology, he The Airpark Toastmasters meets switched his major to speech and that from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays at helped ease his fears. the Jewish Community Center, 12701 But it wasn’t until he joined the N. Scottsdale Rd. The membership fee Airpark Toastmasters is around $80 a month. that he really honed his For more information, skills. visit http://airpark. “I got involved with Toastmasters when I “It really been an self-published my book excellent experience,” in 2006,” said Taft about Taft said. “With “Boom or Bust!: New Toastmasters, it Career Strategies in a gives everybody an New America,” which opportunity to learn discusses issues around to prepare speeches employment for mature and to deliver them workers. in a very supportive Brad Taft got involved with “I had to promote environment. the book and get out in Toastmasters when he self“Some people are published his book “Boom or front of different groups Bust!: New Career Strategies in scared to death about and speak about it. I’ve a New America” in 2006. having to get up in been a Toastmaster front of other people now for close to 10 years.” and give a speech. We want to help Founded in 1924, Toastmasters is people to do it; just get out of their

chairs and give a presentation.” At meetings, members take on different roles. “In other words, we designate one person to be the Toastmaster, the master of ceremonies,” he said. “Then we have other roles within the meeting. We rotate so everybody takes a turn doing different things. “Another part of our meeting is table topics. We have a person designated as the table topics master, if you will. It provides an opportunity for people to practice their extemporaneous speaking.” The leader throws out a question and calls on members to answer within 45 seconds to a minute and 15 seconds. “It really gets people to think on their feet. The questions are built around a theme that is presented at each meeting. The Toastmasters of each meeting picks the theme they want to present.” At the heart of the Toastmasters curriculum is the communication track, defined by the Competent Communication manual and a set of

advanced manuals. The Competent Communication manual consists of 10 speech projects, each building upon the other in skills and difficulty. “One speech is an icebreaker,” Taft said. “We also work on things like vocalization, where we make sure they’re speaking clearly and using pauses and vocal variety in a speech. With another speech, you have to use visual aids like PowerPoint or something. There’s a humorous speech, an entertaining speech, persuasive speech. Once a person completes those 10 initial speeches, they receive their first certification.” If they desire, members can move on to more advanced speeches. The Airpark Toastmasters group is open to the public, while others may be closed. “We have a diverse group of entrepreneurs, individuals who are from Canada and Latin America, for example. It’s a good mixture of individuals who come together for the common interest of improving their communication.”

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