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Decades of Decadence in Support of the Arts Each year, thousands flock to the Scottsdale League for the Arts board events of the Scottsdale Culinary president. Festival. This year marks the event’s “We’re opening up Tuesday night 36th anniversary and features more (April 8) with an event at The than 100 restaurants and dozens of Casablanca Lounge and it’s going to renowned chefs between be a sensational evening April 8 and April 13. with close up, sleightIt serves as the primary of-hand by an artist fundraiser for Scottsdale working with us and League for the Arts, we’re going to make it which supports artists, black tie optional.” art programs and arts On Thursday, April 10, education. Since 2002, there will be a “mystery the league has given dinner.” more than $3.8 million to “It’s going to be a the arts across the Valley. Cathy Bua (shown here in surprise,” McMahon This year’s festival is a vintage photo) has been said. “It’s going to be shaping up to be another taking part in the Scottsdale a tremendously new epic year, according to Culinary Festival since its experience and we’re inception. officials. calling it An Artist’s “We have a couple things we’re doing Palate and will have very limited differently,” said Jerry McMahon, seating of 36 people.” classifieds

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The Chocolate and Wine Experience is set for Wednesday, April 9, at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. A day later are the Burger Battle, Bubbles and Bliss and Artists’ Palate, and Friday, April 11, features Eat, Drink and Be Pretty. (Weekday events are at different locations, check website for details and ticketing information.) “Our net proceeds are dedicated to grants throughout the Valley and Maricopa County for arts and arts education and that’s what we’re really all about,” stated McMahon. Among the organizations that receive funding are Musical Instrument Museum, the opera, the ballet and many other art-based programs. The Great Arizona Picnic is April 12-13 at Scottsdale Civic Center and features a huge variety of food and spirits vendors offering tastings of their unique items via individual food tickets, which can be purchased at the event. (General admission is $10 and tasting tickets are $1 each, with food being priced individually by vendor.) One vendor who has been with the


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By Meghan McCoy A 45-year-old organization is working to promote friendship by offering day and night activities for residents of Scottsdale and the surrounding area. “I think it has certainly made me feel more a part of the Valley of the Sun,” said Nancy Schmidt, a club member and past president. “I love Carefree, but being a part of Newcomers keeps me coming down to the Valley, which I think is important.” President Terry Bachenheimer said the club began as the Welcome Wagon Club in 1968. It separated from that group and changed its name to Newcomers Club of Scottsdale in 1999. However, residency in Scottsdale is not a requirement to join the club, nor is it necessary that members are new to the area. The club is open to all residents (and part-time residents) of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. “I found it (to be) a lifeline for me,” Bachenheimer said about when she moved to the Valley five years ago. “There are so many activities. I can be busy every single day.” The club’s 400 members, who participate in the many daily, weekly and monthly activities, pay $25 a year to join. There are additional fees for certain activities. “Every little group is self-sustaining, but nothing is terribly expensive,” Bachenheimer explained. A monthly newsletter lets members know what is on the docket.

“Once a month we have a happy hour, usually at a restaurant,” Bachenheimer said. “New and prospective members can join us.” In addition, she said they also have a lot of nighttime eat, drink and be merry groups for individuals. They include Daytime Gourmet, Nibbles ‘n’ Nosh, Retro Cocktail Party, Saturday Night Live, The Supper Club, Vitamin F (friendship) for Fun and a wine-tasting group. The Dirty Double Dozen meets once a month and has two dozen wine glasses that are used at its monthly functions. A Simply Gourmet group also meets once a month. Bachenheimer said a hostess plans a menu for the night and everyone shares the expense and participates by making a dish. Other offshoots include two book clubs—nonfiction and fiction—as well as a mystery book club for individuals to join monthly. Newcomers Club of Scottsdale also has a film club that meets the third Tuesday of the month to discuss a movie that was chosen during the previous month’s gathering. There are groups for those who enjoy playing games, specific groups for men and a few groups for travelers, as well as a new hiking group. For more information or to join the club, visit its website at www., send an email to membership@ or call (480) 990-1976.


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By Meghan McCoy As an exchange student, Chaparral High School junior Gabi GerberManning is building excitement for her Friday, March 7, departure to Mexico by forming a relationship with her host family. “They own a restaurant and they are very nice,” GerberManning said. She decided to contact her host family so they could learn their common likes and dislikes. Plus, the Spanish 2 student can improve her skills before heading down south. “I want to discover the Mexican culture,” she said of her seven-day trip. She is traveling as part of the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association’s program, which publicizes the exchange opportunities through the international clubs at Scottsdale high schools, according to President George Hartz. “It’s open to any high school student to submit an application,” he said. Once the application is submitted, a team of teachers or board members interview the students and make recommendations. Although the parents typically pay for transportation, scholarships are available to help cover costs because the organization does not want to turn any student away. “When they get to the other country, they are being hosted in homes and hosted for meals and for activities,” Hartz explained. In return, students stay with host




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By Katie Snyder The connection between baseball and tobacco chewing dates to the 19th century, when baseball players would keep a dip, or wad of smokeless chewing tobacco, in his mouth to keep it moist while on the field. Since then, chewing and spitting have been entwined with the sport. Decades ago, legends including Babe Ruth and Ted Williams lent their names and faces to tobacco ads. Today, the popular pastime continues to remain a big part of Major League Baseball culture and a major area of concern among health experts. So what’s the danger? “Smokeless tobacco, chew, snuff, dip—call it what you want but don’t call it harmless,” said Dr. Farley Yang, radiation oncologist at Arizona Center for Cancer Care. Just look at baseball history. Baseball legend Babe Ruth died of heavy tobacco use at 52 from a cancerous tumor caused by chewing tobacco. And, San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his cheek, which was believed to stem from his addiction to chewing tobacco. Despite the negative effects, the growing use of smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco and snuff continues to be a cause of concern for health experts, who suggest athletes in Major League Baseball are not just putting their own health at risk but also influencing young people and young athletes to take up the cancer-causing habit. A study done by the American Cancer Society found that 40 percent of all Major League Baseball players and 30 percent of all minor league players chew tobacco on a daily basis. In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that use of smokeless tobacco products has increased in the past 10 years amongst young adults and teens. “Many mistakenly believe that smokeless tobacco is not as harmful as the tobacco found in cigarettes and this simply is not true,” said Yang. “Research shows there are more than 28 cancer-causing chemicals in

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It’s spring! Or at least as far as we’re concerned. Spring doesn’t officially start until March 20, but that doesn’t stop us here in the Valley from celebrating springtime fun in the sun early. After all, by the end of March, we can expect temperatures close to 100. Get out there and enjoy those spring festivals while you still can! On that note ... Celebrate the spring season with art, music and interactive activities March 21-24 at Scottsdale Public Art’s Canal Convergence Spring Equinox. This free, four-day festival takes place on the Scottsdale Waterfront, from the Soleri Bridge and Plaza to Goldwater Boulevard. For more information, visit: canal-convergence-spring-equinoxcycle-2. A team of Scottsdale students from BASIS Scottsdale (Middle School) was among the eight groups of middle and high school students who won their regional competitions for the 2014 National Science Bowl. Winners will advance to the National Science Bowl held from April 24-28 in Washington,

D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions. INFO: www. ASICS has expanded its retail footprint into Scottsdale with the addition of a storefront in the quad area of the Scottsdale Quarter, 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 140, near the GreenwayHayden Loop. The retail store will provide runners, athletes and fitness enthusiasts of all types with a large collection of award-winning ASICS products. INFO: (480) 207-2928, www. Throughout the month of March, Pasta Brioni will donate $1 to the Scottsdale Charros organization when patrons purchase one of its most popular dishes, the Chicken Martini. A signature dish at Pasta Brioni, the Chicken Martini, is a Parmesan-crusted chicken paired with asparagus in a white wine pan sauce with penne marinara. INFO: www. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around Scottsdale on April 20 doling out gifts and mugging for selfies. He

will make a stop at the Palm Court at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center for cookie decorating, balloon artistry and plenty of bunnies, ducks and chicks for children to marvel over. Each child will be given an Easter basket with toy-filled eggs, bubbles and candy as well as a special Easter balloon. The Easter Sunday Brunch at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. is $62 for adults, $31 for children 8-12 and is free for children 7 and younger. For reservations, call (480) 5967700. The brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with Easter activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Nussbaum, Gillis and Dinner P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, has been named the No. 1 law firm in Arizona in two different categories by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business for 2014. Nussbaum Gillis and Dinner was ranked No. 1 for

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By the Scottsdale Public Library Imagine an event where your little one will laugh, play, sing, dance and create while learning—and it’s all free. Last year thousands of people attended the Scottsdale Public Library’s inaugural Ultimate Play Date; an event offering stories, games, activities and crafts for children and their family and friends. On Saturday, March 29, the Ultimate Play Date returns and it will be larger with even more things to do. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Civic Center Mall in Downtown Scottsdale, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Through this event, the Scottsdale Public Library aims to show families how playing and learning go hand in hand. The Ultimate Play Date features eight different play zones focusing on language, adventure, make believe, physical education, music and dance, construction, technology and creative. At each zone you will find various activities that are geared for children



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8 a.m., kids check in and get situated into their groups and from there we are off and running.” Campers are separated into ageappropriate groups, kindergarten through eighth grade. Each age group has an animal-based curriculum that includes interaction with the animals, crafts and experiential learning. “The kids all have an airconditioned home base,” he says. “That’s very important. We have new facilities here at the Phoenix Zoo.

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Adventures in Butterfly Wonderland Story and photos by Kimberly Hosey Sometimes, in the course of exploring Arizona with my son, I set out to try something totally foreign— something I’m not even sure we’ll enjoy. This was not one of those trips. Anyone who knows our family knows that we—and especially my son and I—are huge nature nerds. The more informative, the more nature friendly, the better. So the question on our trip to the grand opening of Butterfly Wonderland wasn’t if we were going to enjoy it. It was how much. The answer: A whole lot. Butterfly Wonderland opened in May of 2013 in Scottsdale on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land, and is the largest butterfly pavilion in America. We’re already

looking forward to our next visit and to the growth of this new destination. It’s actually the first stage of “Odysea in the Desert,” a 522,000 square-foot entertainment complex that is planned to include the largest aquarium in the southwest, a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, and more. For now, it’s all about insects, and that suits us just fine, because Butterfly Wonderland makes an immersive encounter out of the experience. The first stop after checking in is the 3D film “Flight of the Butterflies,” which follows a monarch family over multiple generations. I won’t spoil it for you except to say that it’s so well done, I almost got choked up over the insects’ fates. If kids are old enough to understand the information and story, they (and you) will be enthralled


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WHEN: Sat., March 15, from 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. 7 Tail Waggin’ Tales WHEN: Sun., March 30, from 2 WHERE: Arabian Library, 10215 E. hearsay monthly meeting law talk p.m. to 3 p.m. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., WHERE: Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Scottsdale St., Scottsdale COST: Free COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or INFO: (480) 312-7323 or Join the group in the library’s early biz box Certified therapy dogs love listening literacy area for this short program of to kids, 6 to 10 years old, practice their delightful picture book stories. Suitable reading skills at the library. for ages 0 to 5 years old.


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times WHERE: KidsPark, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 220, Scottsdale COST: $8 an hour for first child; discounts for siblings INFO: (602) 788-2445 or Children ages 2 to 12 will get to pick a $1 gold coin from a pot of gold under a rainbow. Kids can decorate cookies and get a chance to play with dozens of toys, games, books and puzzles.


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WHEN: Tues., March 18, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Palomino Library Multiuse Room, 12575 E. Via Linda, Suite 102, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or Sing, move and groove to music that will make you smile. Suitable for all ages.


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WHEN: Mon., March 31, at various times WHERE: KidsPark, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 220, Scottsdale COST: $8 an hour for first child; discounts for siblings INFO: (602) 788-2445 or Children ages 2 to 12 can make Dr. Seuss hats and all sorts of clever Dr. Seuss arts and crafts projects.

WHEN: Tues., April 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 312-7323 or Free tutoring is available for children 11 to 18 years old. Drop in for homework help on any subject.

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Toys and Playtime Oasis Reopens with Expanded Space By Lynette Carrington Scottsdale residents likely remember The Doll House and Toy Store from its previous locations that have graced the city since 1977. Most recently, it’s relocated to a bigger space with much more fun to offer young children and their parents. In its new location, the store will be known as Toys and Playtime Oasis. The grand opening celebration is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Sari and Sam Powazek have owned the charming business since its inception. “We’re still The Doll House and Toy Store even though we’re not putting that on our sign, but we are adding Playtime Oasis, an indoor play space for toddlers and young children 5 and under,” Sari Powazek said. In the late 1970s, the store was born. “We had adopted our son and my husband had resigned,” Powazek said. “He was a CFO of a big medical group and we didn’t want to stay in

Las Vegas. We came here and saw there was a need. We were primarily doll houses and miniatures, dolls and collectible plush.” Sam enjoyed working at the store so much he decided to stay with it instead of going back to the corporate world. “In the store, we have a lot of Thomas the Train, arts and crafts, games, puzzles, books, Calico Critters, Breyer Horses (we’re the largest dealer in Arizona), remote control cars and magnetic toys,” Powazek said. “A lot of what we have is developmental and creative. We don’t do electronics.” Step in the door and you’ll encounter a game of hopscotch on the floor. “The play area is one huge room,” she said. “We have a chalkboard area, a magnetic board area, carnival mirrors, wire toys, magnetic toys, a full kitchen, a little grocery store and a nursery.”

There is also a kidpowered workout area that boasts a kiddie elliptical, a rowing machine, treadmill and stationary bike. “The Doll House and Toy Store is such an amazing place. I remember going to the store when I was little,” said longtime customer The staff at Toys and Playtime Oasis believe “The sky is Dana Maciag. “My grandmother used the limit for our children.” to take me there quite often. And now “We want it to be an interactive I shop there for my kids! As a mom area for mom or caregiver and child,” and a former teacher, I love the fact Powazek explained. “We want you to that the toys all have a purpose. They have fun with your child.” are educational, make your child think Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and be engaged. The best part, she has through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. some toys that I remember as a child. Saturdays. The remainder of Saturdays So I can play games with my kids that and Sundays are available for parties my mother used to play with me.” and special events. Story time takes The cost for Playtime Oasis is $9 place at 11 a.m. weekdays. per child and the kids can stay as long The new Toys and Playtime Oasis as they like, Powazek said. They ask is located at 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., that all children wear socks and all Suite 116. Call (480) 948-4630 or phones be set to vibrate, to minimize visit for distractions. additional information.

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optimal treatment for women with a gynecological cancer diagnosis. Valley Doctor Racing Against War on Cancer “For many races, triathlons and even By Alison Bailin Batz the Ironman, we athletes compete in Ironmen and women are warriors. In partnership with the Foundation honor of a person or cause near and Many of these warriors go even for Women’s Cancer, of which he is dear to our hearts. But, not all races beyond grueling physical training in a member, Scribner launched the are specifically focused on the goal of the name of their races—including Dr. Foundation for Women’s Cancer raising funds,” said Scribner. “So, we Dennis Scribner. Athletic Fund in early 2014. created this Athletic Fund By day, Scribner is a partner at “This organization has to offer athletes the ability Arizona Center for Cancer Care, which proven success in bringing to easily raise online funds has an office in Scottsdale focused on together a vast network for the causes that mean treating patients with gynecological of physicians, patients, something to them no cancers including cervical, ovarian and and researchers to achieve matter the race, location or more. Just last year, in fact, he became some common goals,” said Dr. Dennis Scribner time of year.” one of only a handful of specialists Scribner, noting the organization With training underway for the in the world to perform the famed has assisted in furthering the study Ironman competition in the fall, da Vinci Single-Site gynecological of cervical, ovarian, uterine to name Scribner is hoping he can inspire robotic surgery, a recently FDA- a few. “To improve research and others to make the commitment like cleared method to perform surgery improve treatments to help patients, he has made and encourage them to through the bellybutton resulting in and to ultimately find a cure for support the causes they most care minimal pain and virtually scar-free cancer.” about through his new foundation. results for women who need complex And they are certainly on a mission “It’s the perfect platform to raise gynecologic procedures. to do just that. awareness not just for gynecological But by night, this dedicated doctor Over time, the organization has cancers but for any cancer,” said and dad is a completive triathlete and expanded its mission to include raising Scribner, “At Arizona Center for Ironman who wants to empower his awareness about the prevention Cancer Care we care deeply about fellow racers to fight back harder than and early detection of cancers our patients and are always looking ever in this on-going war on cancer. unique to women, and educational for ways to advance treatment options How? programs and materials about the and provide better outcomes, so we Page 16

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couldn’t be more thrilled to support this initiative.” So, how do you get involved? According to Scribner, getting involved is as easy as 1-2-3. “Anyone can participate,” he said. “Individuals, teams, families, friends, we’re challenging everyone to make a commitment, get registered.”

1. Visit 2. Register an individual for an event or series of events, or choose the option to build a team 3. Spread the word and have your family, friends and colleagues support your team and cause with donations or by simply making a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. All money raised will support the foundation’s awareness, research and education mission based programs. “I am thrilled that this opportunity now exists, and I challenge everyone who is affected by these diseases to start training, join our team and participate,” said Scribner.

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Growing up attending dance and slumber parties thrown by her older sister, Jordan Kriston had no idea that the intimacy and creativity of these events would inspire her future profession. The Phoenix native is part of the renowned Connecticut-based dance troupe called Pilobolus. Known for its witty, gravity-defying acts of balance and contortion, the group performs two shows on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, visit www. Pilobolus. “I have an older sister who was really into dance,” said Kriston of sister, Micah. “My sister would teach me cheers. She would teach me dances. She’s 12 years older than me. She would throw slumber parties for me and we would have dance parties. She was a huge influence on my life. Dance includes a lot of creativity and a lot of physicality. It seemed like a combination of all of the things I was interested in.” After earning a bachelor of fine arts in dance performance from Arizona State University in 2006, she moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., to pursue a career in dance. During her time in New York, she worked with H.T. Chen, Dian Dong, Douglas Dunn and Karl Anderson. After auditioning twice, Kriston started a full-time position with Pilobolus Dance Theatre in August 2010. At the shows, which include nudity and adult themes, theater goers can expect “variety” as well as “lots of theater and lots of athleticism.” Included in its repertory is its version of “All is Not Lost,” a collaboration it did with the pop band OK Go! (For the video, visit watch?v=ur-y7oOto14) “That was such a fun process,” she said. “They’re really cool guys. I was surprised to see that they were game to jump into leotards with us. Being in Pilobolus has been an amazing experience.”


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Butterfly Wonderland’s Conservatory is an enclosed glass atrium covering over 10,000 square feet. It boasts a small waterfall, large koi pond, and tropical plants; to simulate a rainforest environment.

ensure that no butterflies get in or out of the next stage, and then we entered the Conservatory, the centerpiece of Butterfly Wonderland. The Conservatory is a glass atrium, a greenhouse covering more than 10,000 square feet and planted with tropical trees and bushes. It housed about 1,000 butterflies when we visited. They planned to add another 3,000 soon, for the full opening June 1, to coincide with National Butterfly Awareness Day. A small waterfall, large koi pond, benches and sloping walkways complete the area. The atrium is a veritable showcase of the quirky wonders of biology; from knobby or feathery antennae, to eye spots on butterfly wings, to moth wingtips that look like snake heads. Workers circulate to point out sights both bizarre and beautiful, and to teach visitors about the insects. You and your kids can learn about mimicry, metamorphosis, evolution, predators, and more. Get a close look at a butterfly’s curlicue proboscis, or the dainty feet, or its rainbow of shinglelike scales. Or you can just lounge and watch the pretty butterflies with your loved ones. There are certainly much worse ways to spend an afternoon. Some of the resident insects are shy, but many seem to be—dare I say it—social butterflies. They may even land on you, as I discovered when one hitched a ride on my hair, or as my son learned when two blue Morpho Butterflies decided his fingers were a prime spot to, as he delicately put it, “make more butterflies!” He sat down with the pair for several minutes, and became temporarily known as the mating-Morphos’ host, a designation he relished. Later, after we’d gently ushered the pair into a shady spot,

a yellow-edged giant Owl Butterfly perched on his nose. I’ve never seen him so happy about an itchy nose. The atrium is hot and muggy. They keep it tropical for the butterflies, so you will get sweaty. Wear cool, comfortable clothes and get something to drink beforehand. It lets out into the Butterfly Café, which is a nice cool rest stop even if you’re not planning to buy refreshments. Next, we explored the other resident insects—a beehive where we could watch the queen lay eggs and workers fill honeycomb with honey; and a large see-through ant colony. The last main attraction is the Rivers of the Amazon area, with a wide variety of colorful fish. The area also included a pool with spotted freshwater rays, which visitors were invited to touch gently (after having their hands sanitized). The half-dozen rays, juvenile and still small, mostly stayed at the bottom of their pool, only coming up now and then to investigate visitors, but we liked it, as it seemed the rays had plenty of room and weren’t stressed. The tour ends, of course, in a gift shop. Still, the Butterfly Treasures Gift Shop has some great souvenirs, and even if you’re not inclined to buy, the only thing your kids will probably pester you about upon leaving is your next visit.

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The Art of Arizona Wine Celebration WHEN: Sat., March 15, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: The Saguaro Hotel and Clayton on the Park, East Indian School Road and North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale COST: $20 to $275 INFO: The inaugural event will include wine tastings, educational sessions, an Arizona wine art show, an industry trade show, a keynote address and the Art of Arizona Wine Gala Celebration. Aaron Neville WHEN: Sat., March 22, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $69 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Jazz icon Aaron Neville, accompanied by a pianist, performs songs from his latest album, “My True Story,” a celebration of the doo-wop songs of his youth. Pilobolus WHEN: Fri., March 28 at 2 p.m. and Sat., March 29 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $35 to $69 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or Named after a sun-loving fungus that grows in barnyards and pastures, Pilobolus began in 1971 as an outsider dance company and quickly became renowned the world over for its witty and gravity defying works using the human body as a medium of expression. Scottsdale Home and Garden Show WHEN: Sat., March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $5 INFO: Offering hundreds of home products and services for homeowners, the Scottsdale Home and Garden Show is the only show of its kind in the Scottsdale area. Jennifer Trask Debut Exhibition WHEN: Through Sat., March 29, various times WHERE: Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 990-7342 or Unfurling from the architecture, emerging out of corners and walls, Jennifer Trask’s wild conflagrations of ghost-pale flowers, frames, branches and vines look as though they could have sprouted from an enchanted seed. “Guys and Dolls” WHEN: Through Sat., April 12, at

Scottsdale Civil War Round Table WHEN: Tue., March 18, at 6:40 p.m. WHERE: Civic Center Library auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 699-5844 or Scottsdale Civil War Round Table meets the third Tuesday of every month, except in June, July, August and December. Speakers are comprised of well-known Civil War experts from around the country. AZ Wine and Dine WHEN: Thurs., April 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale and Greenway roads, Scottsdale COST: $55 to $75 INFO: AZ Wine and Dine is not just a food fest; it’s a “foodies” fest, as it boasts 20 of the Valley’s top resort and hotel restaurants, plus several Scottsdale Quarter favorites and a stellar selection of wine and craft beer. Mary Chapin Carpenter with the Phoenix Symphony WHEN: Fri., April 4, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $149 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Italian Festival of Arizona WHEN: Fri., April 4, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sat., April 5, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: SouthBridge in Old Town Scottsdale COST: $10; free for children younger than 10 INFO: or The first Italian Festival of Arizona is a two-day show celebrating Italian culture, music, food and commerce. Visitors will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, live music, experience Italian culture and purchase Italian handcrafted items from a variety of vendors. Run the Runway 5K/10K and Kids 1-mile Mascot Dash WHEN: Sat., April 5, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Airport, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $55 INFO: The family friendly event includes a kids one-mile Mascot Dash featuring Arizona sports team mascots. Post-race festivals will include bounce inflatables, DJ, vendors, interactive activities for kids, photo opportunities with planes, awards and much more. Arizona BBQ Festival WHEN: Sat., April 5, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $60 advance VIP; $12 general admission; free for children younger than 12 INFO: The fifth annual Arizona BBQ Festival will feature more than 25 top barbecue purveyors. The biggest attraction is an expansion of last year’s popular Redneck Games Arena.

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1. A butterfly lands on young Avery’s shirt as she visited the conservatory with family. 2. Linda James was in photographer’s heaven in the atrium. 3. Vivian Hellerman does her hearsay monthly meeting best butterfly impression as she’s carried around the conservatory by Jennifer Brown. 4. Lainey Kyle is careful not to make any sudden movements as multiple butterflies land on her top. 5. Butterfly Wonderland proudly displays a hand-painted mural by students from Lake Pleasant Elementary. 6. Middy Ewert points out butterflies to husband, David. 7. Isabel Knock and grandmother, Ilsa, witness butterfly births in the Butterfly Emergence Gallery. 8. A tiny butterfly lands on top of German visitor Hanna Hoffman’s ear. 9. A couple of friendly butterflies land on Alexander Benedetti. 10. Annaliese O’Day gets a closer look at a butterfly. 11. A curious butterfly flutters toward Linda Bedson.






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Maaco Certified Center for Auto Painting and Body Repair Maaco Auto Painting and Body Repair is one of the most trusted names in its field. John and Lynn DeBoer own the Tempe and Mesa Maaco locations and they have involved the whole family in their signature brand of customer care. Son Jeff DeBoer manages the Tempe location and son Steve DeBoer manages the Mesa location. Lynn DeBoer and daughter-in-law Cindy DeBoer handle the lion’s share of the administrative functions for the business. “We have been doing this most of our lives,” John DeBoer said. “We give the customers more than they ask for and we’re pretty proud of our work here. Our shop has always been voted one of the best and cleanest in the Maaco chain.” on the town

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Maaco does any type of collision repair or auto and truck painting. “We have frame machines, prep. stations, and I-CAR certified employees that are able to do virtually anything on a vehicle,” DeBoer noted. At the Mesa location, they also paint and repair large trucks in their 52-foot paint booth. What some might not realize is the vehicle repair and painting is an art and all DeBoer’s employees are highly skilled in what they do. Because they have seen just about every type of body damage, they are equally adept at fixing everything from minor scratches and dings to collision damage. “We’re approved by most insurance companies and we’ll work directly with their insurance company,” DeBoer stated. So long as there is a claim number from the insurance company, events calendar

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the folks at Maaco will help take the guesswork out of the repair process. “We’re at their service as far as what someone would like us to do to the vehicle. We have different paint services and each one carries different The DeBoer family warmly welcomes customers to the warranties, depending on Tempe and Mesa Maaco Auto Painting and Body Repair the quality of the paint,” locations. they do at both the Mesa and Tempe DeBoer explained. “The least expensive is an enamel locations. They look to the future to paint job that has a one-year warranty, continue their legacy. “To me, it’s one of the most selfthen we get into a urethane paints satisfying things I’ve done. When which is a better quality paint and has a better warranty. Then there are people bring in their car after a also base coat/clear coats which have collision or for a paint see the a five year warranty. It depends on car come in and then leave looking like how much someone wants to spend. a shiny new penny, I still get a bang Basically, we want to work with their out of it after all these years,” DeBoer finished. budget.” The Maaco Tempe Certified Center With more than 18 million vehicles is located at 1992 E. University Dr. (east serviced since its inception more than 40 years ago, Maaco continues to be of McClintock). Visit www.tempe. or call (480) 829-6875. trusted across the United States. “Warranties are also honored at any The Mesa location is located at 3113 E. Main St. (east of Lindsay). For more location in the country.” The finest in customer service is information, contact mesamaaco@ always at the forefront of everything or call (480) 924-9280.

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right.” There is new merchandise at the store each Tuesday and Thursday, as well as new transitional style furniture items that are brought into the store. Interior design services offered include space planning, custom window treatments, all paper and paint selection, color consultation, refinishing, reupholstering, flooring, custom woodwork and accessorizing. “A lot of people come and we talk to them and find out what they want,” Myers stated. “We really pride ourselves in providing great customer service and we spend time with them when they’re in the store. It gives us a chance to have a conversation and find out what their needs and goals are. We like to provide that interior design service even when a customer is in the store. “We’ll do a one-hour complimentary design consultation and then from there, I charge $75 an hour for my services and my grandmother—and as far as I’m concerned she’s the expert— charges $150 an hour for her services.” Furniture and interior design is an ongoing passion for Myers and Fuller and they love to work and grow with their customers. Staging services are also available. Stevan’s Consignment is located at 15770 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite 102 (south of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard). Call (480) 607-0143 or visit for additional information.

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For more than two decades, the name “Stevan’s” has been a trusted name in furniture and interior design. Owner Amanda Myers is carrying on her family’s traditions of value, quality and excellent customer service with Stevan’s Consignment. The store opened in July 2013, but it is owned and operated by the same family who founded Stevan’s Furniture and Interior Design. “My grandmother owned Stevan’s Furniture and Interior Design on Scottsdale and Lincoln and I worked for her for 10 years, managed the showroom and I had the opportunity to be involved in every facet of the business and the interior design. She sold it in 2007,” Myers explained. Myers, who returned to school to earn a degree in international business, worked in the corporate world for a few years before realizing she missed a creative work atmosphere. Myers and her grandmother, Bernadean Fuller, decided to get back into the game. “I opened my store and she’s a huge part of it,” Myers noted. “A lot of our old Stevan’s clients come in and it’s just like the good old days.” On the consignment side of the business, potential clients are invited to sell their gently loved furnishings and related accessories. “Customers contact us, send us photos and tell us the manufacturer, what they paid for it and the age of the item and I can get a good idea of the price and if I want it in the showroom,” Myers said. If there are many pieces, Myers will travel to a customer’s home to peruse and price the items. “Everyone is looking for something wonderful and something that is unique, that is quality and priced


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Company Specializes in All Aspects of Custom Flooring For two decades, family-owned and -operated Extreme Construction has been providing quality construction and flooring services. Robert Amarillas owns the general contracting business and provides a full range of construction services with a focus on quality and individualized service. Best of all, Extreme Construction can Extreme Construction provides general complete any job from start to finish, contracting and their specialties are jobs essentially becoming a one-stop shop utilizing stone, granite, travertine, porcelain tile and other quality materials. for any construction need. “Primarily, we’re seeing a lot of difference between it and real wood.” remodels and lot of new building,” said The upkeep and maintenance is general manager Kenny Wentworth. minimal. Some new ceramic tile styles “But a lot of people are starting to are designed to look like wood and it is remodel their homes instead of going one of the hottest flooring products at out and buying a new one. They’re Extreme Construction. redoing their bathrooms and kitchens. “Our forte is granite and flooring A lot of people are going with granite but we do everything up to full-on countertops with a full backsplash. The renovations,” Amarillas explained. trend used to be a 4-inch backsplash The company is happy to provide or a full granite backsplash. Now complimentary estimates for jobs, too. it’s turning more to the designer tile “We go out and go over design, speak backsplash.” Stones and travertine are to the customer and get a feel for what being utilized in unexpected ways, they want and what they’re looking too, in kitchens entryways and in for. We also try to fill in some of the bathrooms. blanks for some of the “Bathroom remodels are things they might want to sort of all over the place do. Then we’ll give them a since everyone’s tastes free bid. We’re not highare different,” Wentworth pressure salesmen.” said. “We’re known as a Some popular choices higher-end contractor. in bathroom remodels Not higher-priced, but include Jacuzzi tubs and a higher-end in that we’ll lot of travertine. Showers do challenging jobs Whether it’s a single utilizing a lot of clear glass room or an entire home, that others won’t do,” and stone often provide a Extreme Construction can Amarillas said. roomier and more “open” orchestrate a job, start to Most frequently, the finish. feel. company is called on to Extreme Construction specializes do kitchens and bathroom remodels, in travertine, carpet, hardwoods, in addition to entertainment centers laminate, porcelain tile, veneer stone, and modernizing existing rooms. flagstone, cultured stone, natural Extreme Construction comes with stone, concrete epoxy floor coverings. high praise from its previous clients Engineered hardwoods are also and is rated “A+” by the Better Business becoming a highly attractive flooring Bureau. The company is licensed for choice. residential and commercial jobs. For “The engineered wood has gotten additional information on Extreme so good now that most people are Construction, call (480) 984-5124 or choosing it over hardwood. The quality visit www.extremeconstructioninc. is so good that you can hardly tell the com. on the town

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