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Often on the golf course a seemingly poor shot takes a fortunate bounce, opening up a chance to make a birdie, or change the complexion of a round. It’s said that golf and life imitate each other. For 9-year-old golf champion Gracie McGovern, a bad break turned into a fortuitous win. Last year, Gracie stormed to victory at Pinehurst, North Carolina, winning the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships. With her father, Sean, as coach and mentor, the pair began the defense of her title by competing in June at the U.S. Kids Arizona State Invitational, where she obliterated the field by 12 shots. The family returned home and, the next morning, found her golf clubs were missing. “I had mistakenly left Gracie’s clubs in the front seat of our car, and the vehicle was broken into,” McGovern said. classifieds

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Gracie’s blades, the same set she had used since her first competitive round at age 7; her rangefinder; training tools; personal golf memorabilia; and a custom bag given to her by the PGA professionals at McCormick Ranch Golf Club had been stolen. “I was so sad when my dad told me what had happened,” Gracie said. Immediately her dad and friends called the owners of local sports stores to alert them that Gracie’s stolen golf clubs may show up at their establishments. The proactive stance worked. Greg Haase of Play It Again Sports in Tempe was approached by the two female thieves after the phone call and he notified the police. “I was so happy that my clubs were found. I really thank Mr. Haase for what he did,” Gracie said. It was good timing. The prodigy was



due to compete June 30 through July 1 at the U.S. Kids California State Invitational. Despite the incident, Gracie finished second in the event, pouring in birdies on five of the last six holes. “She has the heart of a champion and would not give up,” McGovern said. News of the burglary circulated across the Gracie McGovern and her dad, Sean, pose with her new golf clubs. Valley. A few local businesses saw the story on Already, the new clubs are taking GraTV and offered to assist Gracie and Sean. cie’s game to new levels. “There was just an outpouring of good “I am hitting the ball farther and highfeelings from the community,” he said. er than I ever have,” she said. Curt Hudek at Tathata Golf in ScottWith the U.S. Kids Golf World Chamsdale provided Gracie with a new bag, pionships approaching July 30 through while Michael Pinkey at Combine Golf Aug. 1, Gracie and her dad are ramping custom built a brand new set of profes- up their schedule. sionally fit Ping irons and woods for her. “We are practicing four to five days a She was also given a $300 Van’s Golf week, often for five hours a day,” McGovShop gift card. ern said. “I was almost in tears watching her get Her practice regimen seems to be the new equipment,” McGovern said. “It working extremely well, as dad notes that was like Christmas in July for both of Gracie recently made 135 consecutive us. I can’t thank everyone enough who nine foot putts in a row, a feat that her helped out.” idol Mo Martin would marvel at.


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Livewire, Arizona’s newest live entertainment venue, has announced the release of its mobile app, which can be downloaded for free through the App Store or Google Play. “The app will be a great way for our concert goers to connect with us and keep track of upcoming shows they plan to attend,” said Les Corieri, owner of Livewire. “It has a lot of valuable information on the venue and our shows, all in one place.” The simple, user-friendly mobile app allows concert goers to discover upcoming events happening at Livewire, with an option to purchase tickets, and access all of Livewire’s social media accounts.

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City reviews court’s decision to toss ban on sign walkers By Ken Abramczyk

The City of Scottsdale is reviewing a ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals against the municipality’s ordinance that banned sign walkers. The appellate court recently threw out the ban on sign walkers, people who carry signs to advertise local businesses. Scottsdale leaders argued that the walkers were a distraction to passing motorists and an eyesore in the community. According to pleas filed in court, the City’s primary concerns were safety and aesthetics, said Bruce Washburn, Scottsdale city attorney. “The judges gave (the case) serious consideration and came to a decision,” Washburn said. “Obviously we would have wished for a different decision.” In 2008, the Arizona Legislature passed a law that pre-empted City bans on sign walkers’ use of public sidewalks and made the practice legal throughout the state. But Scottsdale continued to enforce its ban. In 2014, legislators passed a law prohibiting cities from barring sign walkers. The City of Scottsdale filed a lawsuit against the State, claiming its authority as a charter city trumped Arizona law. The appellate court ruled the City can’t override that.

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The Goldwater Institute represented Jim Torgeson and his company, Sign King, and argued the ban violated Torgeson’s and his employees’ right to free speech under the Arizona and U.S. constitutions. The institute argued that protecting free speech is a statewide interest that justifies the State statute and pre-empts Scottsdale’s ban. Clint Bolick, the vice president of litigation for the Goldwater Institute, called it “a victory for the little guy against the government Goliath.” “Scottsdale tried to extinguish an entire industry and the people who earn their living in an innocent way,” Bolick said. “The court decided that Scottsdale can reasonably regulate sign walkers, but cannot ban them. That’s the right balance.” Washburn said recently he had completed a review of the ruling and was in the process of sending it to the council, but would not comment on what he was recommending until he informed the council. The City’s options include appealing to the Arizona Supreme Court or revising its regulations to abide by the ruling. “That (decision) will depend on the council,” Washburn said.

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Paretsky to be featured at Write Now! Conference New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky will kick off the 12th annual Write Now! Conference, sponsored by the Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Friday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. “Our Write Now! Conference is open to established authors, aspiring writers and readers of all genres,” explained Desert Sleuths President Isabella Maldonado. “We have designed a conference that assists writers in every aspect of their careers. Our goal as a chapter of Sisters in Crime is to help as many writers as possible achieve their dreams of a successful career. This year, we have extended that goal to include aspiring teen and college-age writers in our conference; their response has been incredible. We are thrilled to have Ms. Paretsky, who is such an advocate for young people, as the keynote speaker for our conference.” Paretsky, best known for her internationally acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series, has received the most prestigious awards in fiction, including the Golden Dagger Award, the Anthony Award, the Grand Master Award and the British Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. Her books appear in 30 languages. “This is an amazing lineup of professionals, who will all be here to help conference attendees attain success,” said Dana King-Esquer, Write Now! publicity chairwoman. “We have many award-winning authors in our program, such as Simon Wood, Hilary Davidson and Deborah J. Ledford. They will discuss how to write an exceptional story, how to stand apart and attract an agent or publisher, and effectively promote your books for maximum sales. Ms. Ledford, who is also a screenwriter and producer, and Christina Cox, the well-known actress, screenwriter and motion picture producer, will address writing and adapting screenplays.”

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Maldonado said Terri Bischoff, an acquiring editor for Midnight Ink, will complete the program. “Her guidance on how to interest a reputable publisher in your writing will be invaluable,” she said. “All of our speakers will join the conference attendees on Friday night for the reception that opens the Write Now! Conference.” The 2015 Write Now! Conference will be held at the Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. The event starts with registration at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug, 14, followed by the reception immediately following. Additional registration will take place Saturday at 7:30 a.m., with the conference continuing that day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The charge is $115 for Sisters in Crime members; $125 for non-members. Students between the ages of 14 and 20 pay $75. To register, visit www.desertsleuths. com/conference. Sisters in Crime is an international writers’ organization with more than 3,600 men and women as members. There are 50-plus chapters worldwide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. Sisters in Crime was founded by Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore. For more information, visit The Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime serves members throughout Arizona. Desert Sleuths was founded in 1994 and has more than 100 men and women as members. For more information: www.

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Scottsdale Resort & Conference and sunset. The sunrise awakens the Center, A Destination Hotel, has em- renovated areas on the east side of barked on a massive renovation that the resort while the sun at high noon will transform the inblankets the entire dependent resort and property in its glow. revitalize its amenities. As the sun sets on In September, the the west, guests property will be unsoak in the vibrant veiled as The Scottsdale colors of an Arizona Resort at McCormick sunset while socialRanch, A Destination The rich history of the property izing and enjoying Hotel, and it will have will be augmented by the renova- the fresh culinary an updated look to ac- tion. offerings in the newcompany its new name. The first phase ly enhanced outdoor spaces. of the renovation will inject $9 million There will be new culinary concepts into the property, introducing a new as well. Sangria’s Lounge will be comrestaurant and bar, transforming the pletely remodeled and boast commumain pool, adding significant outdoor nal dining, an open-air kitchen and meeting and event space, and enhanc- updated furnishings. The new restauing guest rooms, all while creating a rant will feature a culinary concept more open, welcoming feel through- and menu influenced by the Western out the resort. The property is owned United States for lunch and dinner, by Cornerstone Advisors, which also hence, the name Kitchen West. The features Motif Seattle, A Destination resort’s Executive Chef Rick Dupere Hotel, in its resort portfolio. will oversee the new culinary outlet. “The goal of the renovation is to The Scottsdale Resort will debut a maximize the aesthetic potential of new lobby bar serving as an extension the romantic, Spanish architecture of the restaurant. Bar Six40—named and beautiful grounds of The Scotts- after the number of acres of land that dale Resort elevating the overall guest Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purexperience and amenities,” said Kevin chased in 1888, land that would beRegan, senior vice president of opera- come Scottsdale—will serve local coftions, Western region, for Destination fee, freshly squeezed juices and light Hotels. breakfast options and snacks. Guests “This property is situated in an up- may enjoy craft beers and wines on scale community centrally located tap with live entertainment during the but just enough off the beaten path afternoon and evenings along with that it is a bit of a hidden gem within delectable bites from Kitchen West. this world-class travel destination. We New bar seating at the lobby windows cannot wait to share this property’s overlooking McCormick Ranch Golf new look with our guests, neighbors Club will provide unparalleled views and the local community.” of the rolling fairways. The designers at PHX Architecture Well-known by locals and repeat in Phoenix and SB Design in Scotts- guests, Palm Court Restaurant is a dale developed plans to update the AAA Four Diamond restaurant that look of the resort and introduce new boasts dramatic second-story views amenities, while staying true to the of Camelback Mountain and the golf rich history of the property originally course. After the renovation, Palm designed by legendary Scottsdale ar- Court will offer breakfast and Sunday chitect Bennie Gonzales. brunch, and host special events such Accompanying the physical changes as holiday brunches. Meeting attendto the property, The Scottsdale Re- ees and groups will enjoy this restausort will experience a brand overhaul rant for conference dining and events. including new names and logos for The resort is located at 7700 E. Mcthe resort, restaurants and spa. The Cormick Pkwy., Scottsdale. For more property’s new logo contains three information, call (480) 991-9000. suns, representing sunrise, high noon

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The Scottsdale Unified School District’s Class of 2015 earned more than $57.3 million in scholarships toward their postsecondary educational opportunities. Gridiron looking back Looking for a fun, cool activity to do with the kids this summer? Scottsdale’s Glow Putt, located in the same complex as Sweet Republic on Shea Boulevard and 92nd Avenue, is a mini golf retreat complete with glowing elements, lit by blacklights.

You won’t soon see the end of sign spinners in Scottsdale. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled recently that the oft-costumed spinners can swing, turn and dance as they please. See related story page 5. We have to admit that we think people who hike in the summer are a little crazy. But if you’re going to go, be sure to be prepared. Many hikers get stranded and dehydrated on the trails, so make sure you’re not one of them. Always keep a working GPS on hand, plus water, snacks and a weapon to fend off any potential creepy crawlies.

It’s monsoon season, so remember to drive safely when the dust hits. Pull completely off the traveled portion of the road, turn your lights off and wait until you can see 300 feet in front of you to drive again. If you’re on the freeway, pull off if visibility permits. Two luxury resorts will soon reveal their multimillion-dollar facelifts. To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the Boulders Resort & Spa will soon boast color schemes that embrace the resort’s indigenous inspirations and Old West charm. And as part of a $10 million room overhaul and renovation, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s Spa House will convert one of its private residences, Casa del Sano, into a spa and wellness compound. The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower is

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Creative writer to speak at ImpulsUS Writer, trainer and life creativity coach Quinn McDonald will be the featured speaker at ImpulsUS services Sunday, July 19. The ImpulsUS spiritual community meets Sundays at the Hyatt House, 4245 N. Drinkwater Blvd., in Old Town Scottsdale. Meditation starts at 9:30 a.m. and service follows at 10. The topic for this week is “Comfort and Freedom.” McDonald will use that theme to discuss the connection and tension between comfort and freedom during the interactive program. McDonald helps people face change and re-invent themselves by honoring their deeply held values. She left the corporate world after working for 25 years as a writer and opened her own business. In addition to developing and teaching writing programs, she helps people create rituals and ceremonies for life events. For more information, visit

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Sherri Bronson returned triumphantly to Scottsdale in late June, after leading her team to the Alice Marble Cup at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Seniors World Team Championships in La Baule, France. “To play for your country and be part of our winning team is amazing,” Bronson said. The 61-year-old, United States Tennis Association (USTA) Central Arizona Hall of Fame member served as captain of the squad at tennis’ senior version of the popular Davis and Fed Cup tournaments. In securing the Alice Marble Cup, Bronson’s team—Tina Karwasky of Glendale, California, Wendy McColskey of Durham, North Carolina and Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, California—joined three other American teams in the championships. “This was a great win, because we beat Great Britain in the finals, the team that we lost the cup to last year,” she said. En route to victory over Great Britain, Bronson played in the doubles matches overcoming Australia and Argentina, while skilfully matching her top players in the single matches. “I just set the line-up, but you never know,” she said. Winning is nothing new for Bronson, who has captured more than 15 titles worldwide, including an individual world championship. “I never get burned out playing,” she said. “I just love picking up a racquet and competing.” But tennis victories are not Bronson’s greatest triumph. That would be her win over breast cancer, a battle she


fought while continuing to play. Bronson won tournaments even while undergoing radiation treatment. Bronson plays in all four of the senior U.S National Tournaments, and as many of the other top-level competitions as she can enter. “I play on all surfaces: indoor, grass, clay and hard court; and compete in USTA singles, doubles and mixed doubles in multiple age groups,” she said. Following her victory at the ITF World Team Championships, Bronson posted a strong showing at the World Individual Championships from June 14 to June 21. “I got knocked out in the third round, but my teammates from the Alice Marble Cup, Carolyn Nichols and Tina Karwasky, played in the finals.” With her love of the sport, which she picked up after playing college basketball, Bronson is serving and volleying six days a week. “It’s tough to play in the summer, I am always looking for uninjured and heat tolerant competition,” she said. Next for the champion is the USTA National Grass Courts title in New York, and Bronson is already gearing up to defend the Alice Marble Cup in 2016. “Next year the tournament is going to be held indoor on hard court, which will be challenging,” she said. Bronson’s competition should take note. “I’ll be playing ‘til I drop over. I have no plans on slowing down or quitting the game,” she said.


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Thunderbird II trained 5,500 pilots from 1942 to 1945.

Scottsdale Airport’s roots in Hollywood and World War II According to a 1943 article in Time Magazine, Scottsdale’s airport began in “a cozy booth in Beverly Hills’ swank Chasen’s Restaurant.” There, high-powered Hollywood agent Leland Hayward and aviation-industry veteran John Howard Connelly decided to form Southwest Airways (no connection to Southwest Airlines), a civilian company contracted to train pilots for the U.S. Army Air Corps

during World War II. In the summer of 1942, Southwest Airways opened Thunderbird II airfield in North Scottsdale. Thunderbird II was one of three facilities where Southwest minted new pilots for the war effort. The seed money for Thunderbird II, which eventually became Scottsdale Airport, came from the likes of Hollywood stars such as James Stewart and Henry Fonda.

Above: A ground crew washes AT-6 training planes at Thunderbird II.

Above: Malcolm White worked as an instructor at Thunderbird II airfield and became Scottsdale’s first mayor in 1951. Under White, Scottsdale adopted the motto, “The West’s Most Western Town.” Left: Unidentified airmen pose in front of a PT-17 training plane. The airfield reached its peak activity in late 1943 and in one month graduated 615 pilots.

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Left: In this photo, the all-woman ground crew poses at Thunderbird II. The scale of fighting in World War II drew millions of women into war work.


Chaparral grad spends ‘productive’ summer in D.C. By Kenneth LaFave One warm night in July, Jenny Swift Reform Judaism. Her internship was had pretty good luck while bowling. scheduled to conclude July 21. “I’m not a bowler, but I got a strike,” The Religious Action Center of ReSwift reported with form Judaism is amazement. “Must an advocacy orgahave been the magnization focusing ic of the room.” on social justice. The “room” was Interns in the Manot a public bowlchon Kaplan proing alley, but a place gram spend six of presidents: The weeks engaged in Harry S. Truman social issues from Bowling Alley, loacademic and cated in the Eisenpractical standhower Executive points. Office building, a “In the mornpart of the White ings, we have class, House complex in where we talk Washington, D.C. about different asA 2014 Chaparral Jenny Swift is touring Washington, D.C., pects of social jusHigh School gradu- landmarks when she’s not studying. tice,” Swift said. ate, 19-year-old Swift has been in D.C. Students read from Jewish texts that this summer for a much different kind relate to contemporary issues. of magic from bowling strikes. Since “In the afternoons, we work for pubJune 7, she has been a summer-study lic policy organizations. There are 30 intern with the Machon Kaplan pro- interns and each of us works for a difgram at the Religious Action Center of ferent group,” she said.

The interns choose from organizations that address such subjects such as the environment, civil rights, LGBT equality and church-state separation, and which include the NAACP, the AFL-CIO and The Interfaith Alliance. Swift, whose main interest is economics, was assigned to the Center for Responsible Lending, which fights predatory lending practices. “We’ve been working on such issues as payday loans and for-profit colleges,” Swift said. “The issue of payday loans wasn’t on my radar before, but this experience has made me realize that it really is an economic equality issue. Payday loans target poor people who need the money.” Swift might have spent the summer at the beach, but her background compelled her to do something more productive for humanity. “In the Reform Jewish community, we have the concept of Tikkun Olam, meaning ‘repairing the world’ in Hebrew,” she said. “We engage in a lot of community

projects and fundraising to help fix problems. It’s been a part of my life for a long time.” Swift’s D.C. summer hasn’t all been call-of-duty. After morning classes and afternoon internships, the students have spent nights and weekends exploring the cultural attractions of the nation’s capital. “Being in D.C. is a really exciting opportunity. We’ve been to the monuments at night, when they’re especially moving,” Swift said. Swift was born in Connecticut, but has lived in Scottsdale since she was 5 years old. Now life is taking her back to the East Coast. Swift said she plans to spend a few weeks with family in Scottsdale before leaving in August for Ithaca, New York, where she has transferred to Cornell University from ASU. Her major at Cornell will be industrial and labor relations. Swift said she believes the internship was good preparation for her major. “It’s been a very productive way to spend my summer.”

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Scottsdale resident studies names of school sports venue Eight Scottsdale schools are represented in the new book “Who is Gym?” which focuses on telling the stories behind the names of Arizona high school sports venues. Written by Arizona native and 30year high school football and baseball official Scott Hanson, “Who is Gym?” is the result of three years of research and interviews with Arizona’s high school athletic directors, administrators, alumni, librarians, local historians, long-time school employees, relatives of those honored, the honorees themselves and others who may have known the people whose names adorn the buildings and fields across Arizona. “The idea for the book started three years ago on a Friday night at Cactus High School as my football crew was preparing to officiate the school’s varsity football game,” Hanson said. “The field was named M.L. Huber Stadium. Not familiar with Huber, I asked a couple people at the school who he was. To my surprise, they didn’t know who Huber was either. Then a week later, our football crew was at Independence High School and I asked about the story behind their Tolmachoff Stadium. I got the same answer. It was then that I was motivated to action.” His first action was a conversation with Arizona state historian Marshall Trimble. July 15, 2015

“We got to talking, and Marshall was quick to point out there was no one place where all of this history lived. No collection. No official records,” Hanson said. “He told me right then and there I should take it upon myself to create a record and collection for our state. Those were powerful words.” Scottsdale is well represented in the book—telling the stories behind the stadiums, ball fields and gyms at: • Horizon High School • Notre Dame Prep • Scottsdale Christian Academy • Scottsdale Prep • Thunderbird Adventist • Coronado High School • Chaparral High School • Saguaro High School “Stories people can expect from the book include a great one from Chaparral,” Hanson said. “Jeff Oscarson Softball Field is named after Jeff Oscarson, who led the Lady Firebirds to 17 region championships, five state titles, including four straight 4A crowns in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998, along with a 5A championship in 1989. “His teams also had runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1994. In 1997 USA Today ranked his team No. 3 and in 1998 it was ranked No. 1 nationally.” “Who is Gym?” is available for purchase for $19.95, plus shipping and handling. For more information, or to purchase a copy, visit www.whoisgym. com.


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Money grows on walls at Tortilla Flat By Kimberly Hosey

My son and I like to travel to outof-the-way places, but it’s not often that we find ourselves in the middle of town—and in the middle of nowhere—at the same time. With a population of six, Tortilla Flat might make that very short list. It also may be the only entire town that is a destination you can see in a few hours with your family. Tortilla Flat, located northeast of Apache Junction and two miles past Canyon Lake on Apache Trail, boasts the distinction of being the last surviving stagecoach stop on the historic Apache Trail. The unincorporated town knows how to make the most of its tourist appeal, and has been hosting visitors for over a century.


Arguably the main attraction is the Superstition Saloon, a bar and restaurant known for its decor, chili and burgers. Sadly for my son, it does not feature kick-in-able, cartoon-style saloon doors, but he made a show of identifying himself as the “rootin’-est, shootin’-est” as we entered, anyway. (I’m sure other patrons were duly impressed.) We visited not for food, but to see the artwork. In addition to the Western themes painted through much of the town (even the bathroom stalls have saloon-character art), Tortilla Flat has a rich history—literally. Tens of thousands of dollar bills paper nearly every wall and surface in the restaurant. The saloon started as a hangout

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I’m not a couponer. If I need something, it’s usually because I’m about to run out of it and I need it quickly. Conversely, if I have a coupon, it’s almost always for something I don’t need. That being said, I do like to save money wherever I can. In my world, the only thing that rivals finding a good deal is finding a good deal for which I don’t have to jump through a bunch of hoops. Like all big-box stores, Costco has good prices on some things and really terrible prices on others. I agree with every article I’ve ever read that buying fresh produce at Costco for nonparty use is a sure way to end up with spoiled vegetables. There are things I won’t buy anywhere else, however, like toilet paper and garbage bags. I wouldn’t buy anywhere else, that is, until I finally broke down and bought a year’s subscription to Amazon Prime while it was on sale for $79. photo page


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I decided to give Prime a shot because I am also a cord cutter and I had read that Amazon Prime’s online streaming service was really good. (More on that next month.) In the meantime, I now have free shipping on anything sold through Prime. Thanks to Amazon’s fulfillment warehouse in Goodyear, I’ve had items arrive on my doorstep within a few hours of clicking “checkout.” It’s the ultimate in last-minute shopping and I don’t even have to set foot in a retail store. Aside from specialty gifts with free shipping, is there a benefit to ordering off of Amazon Prime versus heading to Costco? After all, Amazon Prime doesn’t offer free samples of delicious food as I meander up and down the aisles. The answer to that question is “it depends.” For example, I realized after a recent Costco run that I’d forgotten

Coke fridge-pack, Prime Pantry prices aren’t cheaper than Costco but they allow for shopping from the comfort of home. If Amazon only sold gifts and books then Prime membership wouldn’t compete with Costco at all. As someone who’s not known for planning ahead, there’s no way I’d survive with only a Prime membership. To that point, it’s also nice to be able to order an exotic gift at the last minute and have it shipped for free. Where Prime falls short in last-minute grocery shopping it more than makes up for in last-minute and impulse shopping. If I had to choose only one, I get more everyday use out of my Costco membership, but it sure is nice to take advantage of all that Amazon has to offer without having to pay extra for shipping.

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1. Meara gets comfortable for storytime with Dean Smith. 2. Aubrey Bunnell and hearsay Meara seem content with some affection. 3. Jace Johnson and his mom, meet your neighbor Shannon Pietrobon, give Meara some love. 4. Retired seeing-eye dog Meara sometimes dozes off during story time. 5. Beth and Arianna Avakian give her cuddles while Dean Smith, with mom, Amy, reads her a story. 6. Meara draws all kinds of attention during Tail Waggin’ Tales. 7. Jace Johnson reads to Meara while his dad, Brian Pietrobon, looks on. 8. Gary Long brings his retired seeinglooking back eye dog, Meara, to Mustang Library most Tuesdays for Tail Waggin’ Tales. 9. Aubrey Bunnell gets down on the floor to read Meara a story. 10. Meara’s calm energy helps readers relax.




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and it will be added to the rich walls within a week as the workers maintain and add to the walls. While we weren’t up for a full meal, we did mosey over to the ice cream parlor, which offers fantastic ice cream as well as homemade fudge in a variety of flavors. Of particular acclaim is its prickly pear gelato. We David holds up a humorous sign from the chose butter pecan and double dark Tortilla Flat gift shop. chocolate. Warning: Get a cup, espe- souvenirs, humorous Western paracially if you’re visiting in the summer. phernalia, high-quality jewelry and more. My son wore a very You probably won’t sticky, very tasty chocspend an entire day olate glove of melted here (though if you ice cream from his illvisit October through advised cone. April you can make use We rounded out our of the nearby campstay by touring the ground, and the town rest of the attractions The boardwalk outside the four hosts reenacted gunalong the small row buildings of Tortilla Flat include benches and funny signs. fights Dec. 26 through buildings that make up the location. In addition to the saloon Easter) but Tortilla Flat is a great stop and ice cream shop, the town boasts a for out-of-town guests looking for a one-room schoolhouse that serves as little Old West fun, as you visit a lake, the Tortilla Flat Museum and a mer- or just a fun and quirky jaunt. Your cantile shop that offers Tortilla Flat buck can literally stop here.

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River rock animals

Sometimes projects that I do with my kids have a clear purpose, such as a holiday craft or as a gift. Sometimes, we do it merely “because it’s cute and fun.” River rock animals are cute and fun, and as a bonus, easy to make!

River rocks, plastic drop cloth, outdoor glue (like Gorilla Glue), outdoor acrylic paint and paint brushes. You will need the following:

Step 1 Even if you don’t have river rocks as an integral part of your landscape like I do, you know someone who does. The hardest part of this project was finding appropriately shaped rocks, which took 10 minutes. In this case, I made quail, lizards and frogs. Once I selected a rock for the body of the animal, I put it on the lawn and then searched for other rocks that resembled heads, legs or tails.

Step 2 After washing the rocks to remove excess dirt, I laid them all out on a plastic drop cloth into the shapes I’d imagined. The only cheat I used was glass beads for eyes. I just couldn’t find anything small and round enough to pass for cartoon-like frog eyes. Once the animal bodies were reassembled, I glued them together. I used Gorilla Glue, but in the future I would use a different adhesive like all-weather epoxy. One of the selling points of Gorilla Glue is that it expands as it cures to fill areas that may have missed being glued. For this project, however, it just bulged out in places I didn’t want it to show up. I used tape to hold pieces in place if they weren’t cooperating on their own.

Step 3 Once the glue was dry, my kids and I painted the animals. While my kids chose fantastical color schemes, I wanted to go for a more realistic look. I painted the lizard to look like a bluebelly that lives in my vegetable garden and the quail could be any number of birds strutting their stuff on my parents’ fence. When the paint dried, we set them out in our yard. Some are hiding under plants, others are having a party for all to see. They add a whimsical touch to our yard which my kids find quite amusing. Page 20

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George and Son’s Chinese and Asian Cuisine On a sweltering June day in the My husband and I are huge fans of Valley, my husband and I found the pot stickers ($8.95) and this appetizer ultimate refresher: George and Son’s didn’t disappoint. The dumpling was Chinese and Asian Cuisine. It was there slightly crispy on the outside, with that we discovered the most refreshing a delicious soft center of pork and unsweetened raspberry green tea vegetables accompanied by ginger soy ($2)—not to mention a sauce that imparted great restaurant. a slightly spicy kick. As soon as we For his entrée, arrived, we went my husband chose headfirst into the the chicken fried menu. The restaurant rice ($9.95) which has an extensive was large enough menu that includes to feed a small everything from a army and bursting huge assortment of The Mandalay nungyi noodles with with chicken Burmese seasoning was topped with lunch combinations, and vegetables. I appetizers and soups fresh lime juice by a server at our table. chose the shrimp to seafood, beef, pork, chicken, veggie, with honey-glazed walnuts lunch tofu and low carb dishes from various combination ($8.95). It was a great regions of the Orient. value that included a salad, crab puff, comm. spotlight

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a vegetable roll and steamed rice. The lightly breaded shrimp were large and topped with sweet coconut sauce that made for an outstanding dish. The glazed walnuts were also plentiful. Given the amount of food and quality of the shrimp and walnuts, this dish is a great The shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts lunch lunchtime value. Next up were the Mandalay combination was highlighted by a slightly sweet nungyi noodles ($11.95). Large coconut sauce atop the shrimp. enough for two people to share, the dish lychee, jack fruit, red bean and avocado. included rice noodles with chicken, The restaurant’s contemporary décor fresh onion, fresh lime and Burmese is just as impressive as the food. A seasoning. Our server prepared the cleverly decorated wall is complete entrée by squeezing the lime juice over with rainbow-colored liquor bottles the noodles and mixing it at the table. overlooking the dining room. There is It was a nice extra touch of service. The a lunch buffet ($8.95) that runs 11:30 Burmese seasoning was surprisingly a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. The weekend mild but tasty and the chicken was lunch buffet ($10.95) runs 11 a.m. to cooked to perfection. 2 p.m. and includes either mimosa or We barely had room for dessert, but champagne. chose two different Asian ice creams ($2.95 a dish)—mango and coconut. George and Son’s Chinese The generously sized ice cream and Asian Cuisine scoops were smooth and creamy and 11291 E. Via Linda kept within the flavor profile of the Scottsdale 85259 restaurant’s cuisine. Other available (480) 661-6336 or ice cream flavors included green tea,


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8 large cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons minced sun-dried tomatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet, boned

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Spread the remaining garlic mixture on the fish. Continue cooking, with the lid down, over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily. Remove from the grill by inserting spatulas between the skin and the flesh, lifting the fillet, and leaving the skin on the grill. Serve the skinless, boneless fillet on a bed of fresh greens. Yields 4 servings. Beer and Balsamic Salad Dressing 1/4 cup medium full-bodied beer, like Amber Ale, room temperature 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil, or dried 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt

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DICK’s Sporting Goods Grand Opening Join DICK’s Sporting Goods grand opening event to win free gift cards and other prizes. Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell will join meet your neighbor the grand opening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. WHEN: Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19, various times WHERE: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: Theory of a Deadman Canadian rock band will perform at Livewire as part of their summer savages tour. WHEN: Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $23 INFO: Havana Brown Singer, dancer and DJ, Havana Brown will perform as part of Talking Sticks Resort’s RELEASE series. She is known for her reimagined remixes and has toured with Britney Spears, Rihanna and other top artists. WHEN: Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free for women, $10 for men after 12 p.m. INFO: Sublime with Rome One of music’s most legendary bands

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HELENA UK-born, Australian-bred and Los Angeles based HELENA will lead the party Aug. 1 as part of Talking Stick Resort’s RELEASE series. HELENA’s energetic DJ sets have garnered attention from label giants such as Sony, Ultra Music, Musical Freedom and Mutants Records. WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free for women, $10 for men after 12 p.m. INFO: Gareth Emery English music producer and DJ Gareth Emery takes over the Talking Sticks Resort RELEASE series. He will be serving up songs from his hit album “DRIVE.” WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $30 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or Cars & Coffee Enjoy a cup of coffee and take a tour of exotic cars from the Ferrari club. WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. WHERE: The SHOPS Gainey Village, 8777 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: www.theshopsgaineyvillage. com/events

Lil Durk Remember My Name Tour Enjoy the performance by Chicago based rapper, Lil Durk, who has worked with top hip-hop artists like French Montana, Logic and Jeremih. WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $20 to $35 INFO: Tiny House Movement Learn about the tiny house movement and what motives people to live in these 100- to 400-square-feet homes. WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale COST: Free; Registration required INFO: Tommy Ash Band Phoenix-raised singer-songwriter Tommy Ash will perform a blend of countrywestern music with rockabilly and Americana. The band has recently opened for Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam. WHEN: Friday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale COST: $10 INFO: Nicky Romero Amsterdam-based superstar Nicky Romero brings his talents to Talking Stick Resort’s RELEASE series. He has collaborated with top artists such as Rihanna, Britney Spears and David Guetta. WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale COST: $15 to $40 INFO:

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Keep an open mind when grilling By Josh Dae, BBQ Island Scottsdale Grilling: It’s an activity you don’t have to be good or even great at to enjoy. Just like other cooking methods, everyone can use a few tips to improve their dishes. Here are a few ideas that will work whether you use gas, charcoal or wood. Keep an open mind, don’t be afraid to try new rubs, seasonings, marinades or cooking methods (i.e., reverse sear, smoking, sous vide). Be prepared and have a plan. This will help you stay calm, relaxed and organized while you cook. You want to season the meat or items to be grilled evenly on both sides and place in back in the refrigerator so the seasoning adheres better. Using a clean grill surface is always recommended to prevent from buildup, flare-ups and sticking. To clean it, use either brass or stainless bristle grill brush.

Allow the grill or cooker to preheat and get to the desired cooking temperature. I suggest having an accurate meat probe or thermometer to help with grilling accuracy and consistency. Once your items are removed from the grill allow at least a few minutes for the grilled items to rest for maximum tenderness and flavor. Allow your grill to stay lit and at temp to allow any excess grease or drippings to burn off, then brush your grates so the grill is ready and prepared for your next cook. For additional tips, product recommendations and suggestions call BBQ Island Scottsdale at (480) 503-1110 or visit the showroom at 15815 N. Frank Lloyd Wright, Scottsdale. Log onto for more information.

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Maverick Coffee offers a jolt of Olympic energy The start to an athlete’s day demands nutrition. But that is open to interpretation, according to Olympian Mitchell Watt. “While other athletes are taking their protein shakes, Steve and I are drinking coffee. It’s our supplement,” Watt said. Watt, who won silver in long jump for Australia at the 2012 London Olym- Maverick Coffee’s interior features comfy couches and community tables. pic Games, and “Steve”— who is Steven Lewis, fellow Olympian modern interior with comfy couches and Great Britain’s most successful and inviting community tables. pole vault athlete—have opened their Why “Maverick”? own coffee shop in Scottsdale. It “Every day for three weeks, we sat seemed the like the natural thing to over coffee, the three of us, and came do. up with a huge list of names,” Watt re“Steve and I have known each other called. for six years, and when we’re not on Maverick was the eventual winthe track, there’s a good chance you’ll ner, because of the “free spirited and find us at a coffee shop,” Watt said. free thinking connotation.” And it “So we decided to start our own.” didn’t hurt that, according to a Google Watt and Lewis, with business search, the only other coffee shop with partner Josh Taylor, opened Maver- that name is in North Carolina. ick Coffee in June. Located at 10269 Watt, an Australian, and Lewis, who N. Scottsdale Rd., on the southeast is English, are year-round Scottsdale corner of Scottsdale Road and Shea residents, thanks to the World AthletBoulevard, Maverick couples a shiny ics Center, a state-of-the-art training on the town

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facility in North Phoenix that is home roasting its own beans and also wholebase to a wide range of track-and-field saling them elsewhere. Watt explained athletes. why he and Lewis chose Ritual, widely “We train with the regarded as one of best coaches in yearthe best roasteries round great weather, on the West Coast. but we train only four “A lot of other hours a day. At first, local coffee shops Steve and I thought have a small roastMaverick was someery and do it themthing we’d do after selves. Steve and I our careers. But with thought, why try all that down time, we to do something decided to go ahead.” better when Ritual Initial response has Coffee has already been strongly positive. spent years per“We are already fecting their roast?” serving lots of happy As they train customers. It’s great for the 2016 Rio to see the locals enjoy Olympic Games, every element that we Maverick Coffee is the only place in Watt and Lewis have put into the store the Valley that uses beans from San will be frequenting and menu,” said Lewis, Francisco’s Ritual Coffee Roasters. their own business. who added he believes Maverick will “We always take coffee before every become the “first choice” of local ath- session. It’s an important part of our letes and fans. training. I’ve had four cups already toMaverick buys its roasted beans day,” Watt said at 2 p.m. on a weekday from Ritual Coffee Roasters, a San afternoon, adding that more was on Francisco-based firm that is part of its way. the “third wave” of coffee’s popularity, “It’s hard to resist.”

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