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Nearly 18 models who are recovering from cancer will share their joys and their sorrows through a benefit fashion show. “Sharing Our Beauty and Strength— A Fashion Event to Celebrate the Power of Community” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Cancer Support Community, 360 E. Palm Lane, Phoenix. “In order to honor the journey of cancer survivors, I felt that a fashion show was inadequate by itself,” said Paula Hardison, event chairwoman and former Cancer Support Community executive director. “It needed to capture the significance of what these women have gone through and that pure beauty comes from within. All of these women, their cancer doesn’t define them. It’s their life, priorities and their inner beauty that defines them.” Tickets start at $125 and include the fashion show presentation, brunch, raffle as well as a timeless and trendy accessories silent auction. To purchase

tickets, visit The event is pairing cancer survivors throughout the Valley with local boutiques and designers to dress them based on their journey and story. “They just have really come out to be very powerful because it is their story and it’s the truth,” Hardison said. She is interviewing survivors and penning poetry about their journey. “I’m working with each of the models to match them up with eight boutiques online to assist,” she said. “They have all agreed to dress two models and provide gift certificates. They were very gracious and supportive.” The models, ranging from teenagers to women in their 70s, are working with the local boutiques Kiss Me Kate, A Cool Breeze, Alixandra Collections, Babette, Femme, Nouvelle Armoire, Objects, Studio Joy Li and

Saks 5th Avenue to select an outfit that represents their struggles, disappointments, anger, sadness, courage, frustrations, joy and victories through their fight with cancer. Salon Estique is providing the makeup and hair styles for the fashion show. Karen Fisch, a style consultant for the fashion show, said organizing the event has been moving, as she is a 12-year breast cancer survivor. “It is really interesting to hear their stories,” she said of the models. “I am listening on one level for the event we are doing and hearing it on a different level, comparing it to my own personal experience.” The experience has been inspirational. “It is wonderful to hear positive outcomes. The stories are also uplifting,” Fisch said.”I love that the models are revealing themselves in the stories they are telling.”


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Long known as “roach coaches,” food trucks have elevated their game in recent years and are now considered a respected contributor to the culinary scene. No longer just a convenient option for construction looking back workers looking for aGridiron cheap burrito, food trucks have appealed to the masses with such delights as Maine lobster rolls and gourmet mac and cheese. Their acceptance is best exemplified by the success of the Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale. In its fourth year, the outdoor event broke attendance records after drawing more than 25,500 guests to Salt River Fields. Hao Bao dished more than 3,000 of its signature dumplings and cooked a whopping 320 pounds of chicken, while the Maine Lobster Lady consistently had long lines of patrons seeking the savory seafood delicacy. The Arizona BBQ Festival, which is normally staged during April, has been moved to May 2 at Salt River Fields. Billed as “one of the best damn Honky Tonks in Arizona,” the sixth annual fest will include an expanded

Redneck Games Arena, where patrons can get their trailer park on, partaking in silliness such as watermelon seedspitting, bobbing for pig’s feet and toilet seat horseshoes. More tents and water misters will be implemented to handle the expected higher temperatures. The Corner Bakery Café in Scottsdale makes a delicious grilled panini, but the popular restaurant also demonstrated its owners have a big heart. The Corner Bakery Café recently made a $7,500 donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. When the café opened in Scottsdale last December, a portion of its opening day proceeds was collected for PCH. So next time you’re enjoying one of their delicious sandwiches, know that the restaurant is giving back to the community as well, which makes lunch taste a whole lot better. Two former Scottsdale high school students are excelling academically at the prestigious Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Cadets Juan Montalvo IV, a sophomore majoring in International

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By Meghan McCoy In tennis, players try their best to avoid “love,” but Unstrung Racquets members are learning just the opposite. For the past 20 years, Unstrung Racquets has played matchmaker for singles who wanted to play tennis. The term “unstrung” was used to signify the players who were unmarried. A group of more than 70 people, who share the love of tennis, gather twice a week to play in Scottsdale, all while building lifelong friends. Gloria Mecca, membership of Unstrung Racquets, said the group began a little more than 20 years ago by a handful of single people who wanted to play tennis. As couples fell in love, the group was forced to change its bylaws to allow married players to join. Now it boasts approximately 75 members older than age 45. Memberships are $40 annually; $20 for winter visitors. First-time visitors pay nothing, but matches are $8 thereafter.

The competitive, social group plays tennis twice a week. Drop-in, which is mixed double tennis, is held on Friday and Sunday evenings at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale. Sign in begins at 6:15 p.m. and matches to follow at 6:45 p.m. Mecca became a member of Unstrung Racquets in 2001 after she answered an ad for the group. “I was just looking through and decided to try it,” she said. “I met a lot of good friends.” Mecca said she really enjoys the camaraderie of the group. She said because a lot of the members have family out of town, they sometimes get together around the holidays at a park, play tennis and have a potluck. For more information, or to become a member, visit or email Mecca at


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With little studying, but ample preparation, BASIS Scottsdale junior Alex Cohen received a perfect score on the AP Calculus BC exam, an Advanced Placement calculus course taken by high school students and administered by the College Board. “I couldn’t imagine taking this exam if I didn’t go to the school,” the 16-yearold said. The college level Advanced Placement exam is based on a five-point scale, with five points being equivalent to an A. Four million AP exams were taken in 2014 by high school juniors and seniors in the United States. Out of those 4 million students, only 285 students earned a perfect score. Cohen was one of only nine students in the world to achieve a perfect score on the AP Calculus BC exam. Cohen said his math teacher provided worksheets that consisted of multiple-choice questions and response questions from previous AP exams, which he said made him feel prepared March 15, 2015

for the test. The test covered such topics as differential and integral calculus through six free response questions and 45 multiple-choice questions in three hours. Cohen said the free response questions had multiple parts that all built upon each other—with each one being worth nine points. “The exam is basically a broad exam that covers all of calculus,” he said. Cohen started attending BASIS Scottsdale, a tuition-free charter school, as a fifth-grade student. He enjoys the small student to teacher radio. “I love how small it is. There are less than 100 people in my grade level,” he said. “Getting to know all of them is fantastic.” Although he aced the math exam, Cohen wants to study medicine. “I want to become an oncologist, but you never know what you actually want to do until you get to medical school,” he said.

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Races Are More Than Events to Cancer Survivor By Rhonda Verona Rebecca Green had only lived in Scottsdale for six months but something kept telling her to get a mammogram. Once she found an OB/GYN it took four months to get in for her well check appointment. By August that nagging feeling had turned into an invisible alarm clock that would not go away. At the mammogram appointment, the technician told Green that she could wait for her results. Green initially said they could just mail them, but immediately noticed the technician’s hesitation and, in that moment, she knew something was wrong. Within 10 minutes, the technician said they found suspicious areas and sent Green for diagnostic testing right away. Green started to cry and called her mom and they went together. After the ultrasound the radiologist looked at Green’s mom and asked if breast cancer ran in the family. Then two weeks of craziness began. Biopsies and the waiting—the waiting was the worst. On Aug. 22, 2013, Green was offi-

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meant so much more than simply taking a step. The cancer diagnosis helped Green push herself and cross off bucket list items, one of which was a triathlon. She has never been a lap swimmer or a road biker. So in conjunction with the marathon training, she taught herself two new sports and plans to finish a half-Ironman March 2 in Oceanside, California. She is also scheduled to participate in the ninth annual Tri 4 the Cure AZ benefiting Komen Can AZ on Sunday, March 22. This year’s event will be held at the state-of-the-art Phoenix Country Day Aquatic Center—Phoenix Swim Club, 3901 Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. The event will includes a Triathlon, Duathlon, a 5K and Tri for the Cure relay. To register, visit www.tri- Registration closes March 21. Learning to race on a teeny bike with cars whizzing by, not to mention figuring out those evil bike clips, has led Green to some anxiety but even more laughs. “I have the bruises to prove I have serious balance issues,” she laughingly said, before adding that she has tipped over more times than she cares to admit. But at the end of the day, Green explains that this hardcore training has brought her so much joy. Who would have thought a five-hour bike ride up mountains would make someone happy? “I’m a mom, wife, athlete, avid reader, gardener and pug lover. I have been cancer free for 14 months and I’m surviving and thriving.”

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Scottsdale residents are invited to apply for volunteer positions on 12 City boards and commissions. Openings exist on the Board of Adjustment, Building Advisory Board of Appeals, Environmental Quality Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Library Board, Loss Trust Fund Board, McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission; Neighborhood Advisory Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Tourism Development Commission and Transportation Commission. Information about the functions of these boards and commissions as well as the application can be found on the City’s website at www.ScottsdaleAZ. gov/boards.

The positions will be filled in May. Applications should be submitted by Friday, April 10, to give council members adequate time for review. The application form, which is valid for one year, can also be emailed to interested residents who call (480) 312-7977, or may be picked up in the City Clerk’s office in City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The council will nominate from the applicant pool April 28. Those nominated will be interviewed May 12 at a City Council meeting. Following the interviews, the council will appoint residents to three-year terms. All board and commission members must comply with the City’s ethics code.

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Ultimate Play Date Strives to Educate Kids, Parents By Jessica McNabb The Scottsdale Library is giving kids the chance to learn while they play at the Ultimate Play Date from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Civic Center branch’s lawn, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The free event will feature eight play zones with the themes of language, adventure, make-believe, physical, creativity, music and dance, construction and science and technology. “The beauty of this event is it’s created for kids to have fun, because kids learn while they’re playing,” said Ann Porter, marketing and communications director for Scottsdale Public Libraries. “There are activities for kids that they can do with their parents, so parents can become more aware of their children’s needs. It’s educating parents as well.” Each type of play at the event will focus on activities that expose children to different types of learning and help them to acquire skills they need for success in and out of the classroom. For example, language and make-believe play help children express themselves with words to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Physical, music and dance play help children learn about teamwork and to enjoy exercise. Science and technology play


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By Lynette Carrington Many combat veterans return home feeling numb; they’ve buried their emotional issues so deep that it’s difficult for them to get the help they need. After finding success with her Thunderbird Artists shows, Judi Combs yearned to give back to the community and nation that supported her. So she, with the help of American Healing Arts Foundation, is offering therapeutic art classes through Thunderbird Artists’ Arizona Fine Art Expo until Sunday, March 29. For more information, visit Combs’ selfless act paid off when she signed up one of her first veterans. “His wife called and she said, ‘I’d like to sign my husband up for painting. He only has one working arm so he can’t do sculpting,’” Combs recalled. That didn’t matter to instructor Hal Stewart, who was enthusiastic about the veteran’s participation. “Hal made a special stand for him to work off of and Hal taught him with just one hand as well. They hit it off. They were both Navy (veterans) and it was just great.” The American Healing Arts Foundation’s goal is to use art as a form of therapy for U.S. veterans and first responders. U.S. Navy veteran Steve Smigay participated in the classes. “I’ve been interested in art for quite a while,” Smigay said. “When I was in high school that was my No. 1 subject and I thought I was going to have a career in art, but you know, things just pull you away.” Prior to the classes, Smigay attempted drawing and painting for several years and even tried glass blowing, wood turning and stone carving. “It was all with some limited success. I was never happy with what I was producing,” Smigay said. After taking the classes, Smigay has honed his skills at sculpting in oil-based clay. Smigay has sculpted a hand, a bust and a horse.

Navy veteran Steve Smigay’s final bronzed sculpture entitled “Red Dragon” is one of several he has created since taking sculpting lessons through American Healing Arts Foundation.

“I realized I could do things with clay, even in the third dimension,” the artist said. He has since started his own website at www.studiomaestoso. com and soon will participate in art shows. “You get in a class and the instructor Hal Stewart, who teaches sculpting, is very good,” Smigay explains. “Being with other veterans, there is camaraderie there and the stories going back and forth, you kind of just chuckle. It’s an opportunity to have a structured classroom to do that type of work.”

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United Skates: Childhood Staple Still a Blast for Families Story and photos by Kimberly Hosey After some continued nagging (I mean, “polite asking”) from my son last month—and in a throwback to a staple from my childhood and that of many parents in the Valley—we went to Skateland for the first time. Like its Mesa location at 7 E. Southern Ave., Skateland Chandler at 1011 W. Ray Rd. offers regular family skate sessions on various days of the week— from times for younger kids and a chance to meet “Frozen’s” Elsa and Olaf to family skate, lights-out and latenight skating sessions. We chose a weekend family skate session, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. As we entered, we paid admission and purchased tickets to take to the rental counter for skates. Admission varies depending on the session; we paid

$6.50 each. Roller skate rental is separate; skates are $3.50 while roller blades are $4 to $4.50 to rent. Because you buy the tickets at the admission window, it’s a good idea to know up front what you’re renting unless you want to make another trip through the front line. After renting our skates (it had been years for me and never for him, so we figured starting with roller blades might be pushing it), and taking a kidappropriate amount of time to lace them up (read: forever), we finally hit the skating floor. My son is many things, but he’s not graceful. He teetered, shuffled and slowly rolled forward. “Bend your knees,” I told him. No dice. I zoomed past him, lapping him half a dozen times. (Waiting for him

was too babyish, he said.) “Seriously, David. Lean a little forward, see, and bend your knees while you skate.” Still nothing. I skated what seemed like 100 laps, but was probably only 15 or 20. Turns out I can literally skate laps around the average 10-year-old skater, even if it did take me until my mid-30s. I seem to remember 10-year-old me spending an awful lot of time on the rink floor. And most of these kids did too. Everyone fell at least a couple times, except the few experts who shame us all, and all I saw was smiles. It’s a little hard to stay sad when you’re zipping around with your friends, under colored lights and walls with black-light murals, rocking out to “Let it Go.” My son, for his part, eventually started gliding—actually skating—around the rink. Awesome! Able to skate be-


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In between, we hit Skateland’s arcade. The only downside we encountered was that about half the machines were out of order, but workers were happy to refund eaten tokens, and we were all over a skeeball game and a “ticket jackpot” machine that paid off big-time for my son. Giant wad of tickets in hand, he hit the prize counter, where the medium- to higher-ticket prizes are actually decent, and collected his bounty just in time to start the next session. This one was much like the last, but with younger kids, and that was because of the theme. “Let it Go,” “Fixer Upper” and... “Mom, is that a dubstep of ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’” I believe it was. Yep, “Frozen” was the theme of the session, complete with an appearance by Elsa and Olaf, who strolled around and posed enthusiastically with the kids, especially a couple birthday parties there especially for the theme and occasion. Birthday packages include a party host, admission, a trip to the DJ booth and moment at the mic for the birth-

day kid, pizza, soda, tokens and more. Skateland accommodates a wide range of ages, from slightly-oldergeared parties for younger teens, to “Skate Mates” (available for rent for $5), skating aids for younger skaters new to the activity. Parents might have been a little worn out, but every child I saw, of any age, was having a blast. Yep, this is the Skateland I remember. The only difference was the songs, but I guess I have to get with the times. Skateland has locations in Chandler and Mesa, and their schedules are available online, including open skate sessions and special events. Skateland also offers lessons and special sessions for homeschooled students, adults and church groups and more.

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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is dishes categorized as appetizers, The everything Americans want in an up- Grill, specialties, salads, burgers, pizza scale British pub. and sandwiches. Dark wood walls and tables provide Once we gathered our senses, we just the right amount of ambiance and sought the advice of our knowledgeromance in the 8,500-square-foot build- able server. ing that housed Marcella’s For an appetizer, we Italian Kitchen until it chose hand-breaded closed in 2011. Music vidchicken tenderloins eos, live sporting event served with Newcastle coverage, and conversabarbecue and three-peptions set at 11 create a percorn ranch dipping lively atmosphere in the sauces ($8.95). I could Oregon-based restaurant. have practically licked Guests are encourthe barbecue sauce clean. aged to share long tables It was a delightful addiwith other diners and altion to the tenderloins, though the restaurant is which boasted a crispy Guests are encouraged to wide open, it seems inti- socialize at the long tables. fried outside and tenmate at the same time. der, juicy chicken inside. We were handed the expansive It was cooked perfectly, contrary to menu just as we were seated—and it many Valley restaurants that overfry was a bit overwhelming. Executive chicken fingers, sticks, tenderloins— chef Keith Castro serves up the finest whatever you’d like to call them. comm. spotlight

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I was pretty much stuffed after the tenderloins, but anxiously awaited the main dish of Romano herb-crusted chicken, which was served with lemon herb beurre blanc, creamy garlic noodles, fresh dill, capers and seasonable vegetables ($14.95). This is pretty much my go-to dish at any Italian restaurant or at fusion eateries. This didn’t disappoint. The portion size was perfect and the chicken tasted fresh, not reheated in a microwave. My husband opted for the Pulled Pork Sandwich ($11.95), a sloppy delight of house-smoked Newcastle barbecue pork, Napa slaw and garlic aioli on grilled ciabatta bread. It was served with a choice of fries, Napa slaw or a small house salad. My husband pretty much used every napkin within a fivetable radius. The “pub” in the name isn’t a letdown, either. The handcrafted food is paired with 25 craft beers on tap, signature cocktails and more than 1,500 square feet of prime patio space. The good thing about Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, which opened in February, is that there are plenty of distractions that will keep patrons’

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By Jan D’Atri

Praline Apple Pie The old torn cookbook has no publishing date on it, but it had to have been published when home economics teachers were a big part of the regular school curriculum. OK, those days are long gone, and with them many of the treasured recipes that they undoubtedly shared with students like this Praline Apple Pie. The cookbook is called “Our Favorite Desserts from Home Economics Teachers” and includes 2,000 desserts submitted and tested by teachers from the United States and Canada. Wow, where to begin? I started with the “A’s” and this fantastic and unique apple pie recipe jumped out at me. As if a good homemade apple pie isn’t scrumptious

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What’s Cooking? enough, this one has a glazed caramel topping that enrobes the pecans and gets poured all over the top of the pie after it’s cooked. The recipe calls for mace, which is the outer covering of the nutmeg seed. It’s a bit sweeter and milder that nutmeg, but if you don’t have mace, nutmeg will work just fine. (Grinding the nutmeg fresh is always so much more flavorful than the pre-ground variety). I have to thank my friends Linda and Luther Bruce of Paradise Valley for the phone call I always love getting, “Jan! We found some old cookbooks and I knew you’d put them to good use!” You better believe I will. Enjoy this twist on the all-American favorite!

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8 Granny smith apples, cored, peeled and sliced 6 tablespoons butter 1 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons flour 1 small lemon, juiced 1 teaspoon pure vanilla 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (or mace) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 deep dish unbaked pie crusts, homemade or store-bought Praline Topping: 4 tablespoons butter 1 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons heavy cream or half and half Pinch of salt 1 cup chopped pecans plus whole pecans for decorating

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WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale COST: $43 INFO: (480) 970-1112 or Family Friday at the Gateway Learn about the 120 different types of insects in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. WHEN: Friday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Gateway Trailhead, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: Burger Battle Sixteen of the best chefs and restaurants will compete for the coveted title of Best Burger in the Valley. WHEN: Thursday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale COST: $60 online; $70 at the door INFO: Great Arizona Picnic The Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s signature event, the Great Arizona Picnic presents a weekend of culinary and beverage tasting experiences. WHEN: Saturday, April 11, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center, 7375 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $5 to $12 INFO: Silver and Turquoise Ball Phoenix Indian Center’s yearly

fundraiser features traditional Native American foods, cultural presentations, and silent and live auctions. WHEN: Saturday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale COST: Call for ticket price INFO: (602) 264-6768, ext. 2900 Zia Records and Dogfish Head Beer Present: A Record Store Day Pre-Party Charity Dinner Zia Records and Dogfish Head Beer are hosting a special Record Store Day pre-party, pairing beer and food and benefitting the Beer for Brains Foundation and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. WHEN: Sunday, April 12, at 5 p.m. WHERE: Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: $33 INFO: 5K Walk/Run for Peace Help the Center for Humane Living raise awareness about the solutions to out-of-control bullying, harassment and violence. WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 8 a.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale COST: $25 INFO: (602) 326-6664, or Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraising Dinner The event recognizes community volunteers and donors who have supported the agency to help more than 50,000 children during its 60year history. WHEN: Thursday, April1 16, at 6 p.m. WHERE: JW Marriott Scottsdale

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Life has been rough these days for American blues musician/guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. Having just returned from a visit to India, Bramhall was forced to postpone interviews because he wasn’t feeling well. Add to that a planned move from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, and recording sessions for a new album, it’s no wonder he’s ill. “I didn’t know it, but I’ve been walking around with (pneumonia) for a month and it kept getting worse and worse,” he said. “Two days ago, they diagnosed me with that.” He looks back fondly, however, on the India trip, which he dubbed “inspirational.” It is playing a heavy role in the new material he is writing—his first collection of new material in 14 years. “I can’t believe it’s been that long,” the lefty said between coughs. “The way it works now is you don’t get hired to play shows, festivals or certain countries unless you have new music out. “The time seems right to put my music out now.” It’s not as if Bramhall was sitting around the house dreaming of his next gig or album. He’s been on the road and in the studio with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters or producing other acts’ music. He never really set out to record a

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John Parr and his wife Donna, owners “Eyelash extensions are one thing that of Parr’s full-service salon and day spa has really turned into a lot of business Par Exsalonce, have operated success- during the last year. Both those and hair ful salons in Kansas and Scottsdale. No extensions are very popular right now,” matter where their business is located, Parr said. however, one thing has remained conRoughly 20 of his current clients are stant: Stellar customer men, according to Parr. The service. company also boasts several “When a new customlong-term employees. er calls for an appoint“Our spa director has ment, we don’t just put been with us for 26 years, them with the next hairand some of our other emdresser who is available,” ployees have been with us Parr said. for 10 to 15 years, which “We will talk to them Par Exsalonce focuses on is definitely unusual in this first, and find out what stellar customer service. business,” Parr said. kind of hair they have—for example, If a customer is ever dissatisfied with if it’s long, short or curly or if they are his or her experience at Par Exsalonce, looking for color—and then we put Parr said Donna will go that extra mile them with the hairdresser who is best to make things right. suited for their needs.” “She will not stop until they are hapPar Exsalonce served clients in Kan- py, and knowing that we stand behind sas as well as the 92nd Street and Shea our work is a big thing with our clients,” Boulevard area of Scottsdale, before set- he said. tling in DC Ranch in 2006. Parr said he and his wife truly love Parr said the 5,500-square-foot sa- owning their own salon and day spa. lon and day spa offers a complete hair “Donna just loves the business and she department with 24 hair stations offer- likes every phase of it. She still works as ing “every hair service imaginable,” in- a hairdresser here—it’s who she is and cluding haircuts, color, extensions and what she does,” Parr said. perms. “As for me, I like dealing with people “There is nothing that you can do and making them happy, and making with hair that we don’t do,” he said. them feel good about how they look.” Besides hair, Par Exsalonce offers Par Exsalonce is located at 20707 N. manicures and pedicures, facials, body Pima Rd., Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ, treatments, waxing, massage and eye- 85255 call (480) 860-0717 or visit www. lash extensions. on the town

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Shetland Trail

San Marino Drive

Inviting McCormick Ranch single level home. Amazing curb appeal, newer smooth stucco exterior, lush grassy front yard, & charming courtyard at the entry. Warm wood flooring throughout living areas, lots of recessed lighting & updated fixtures. Formal living/dining area with 2-way fireplace. Kitchen is open to the family room. Expansive master bedroom with private patio, walk in closet, dual sinks & shower/tub. Diving pool with board & slide! Large grass play area & palm trees that frame the lot. MLS 5246473 *More photos at 3 bd, 3 ba, 2,477 sf, 2 car garage, $619,000

High quality remodel in the heart of McCormick Ranch. Bright, open & airy great room floor plan features spacious living areas with wood look porcelain tile flooring, high beamed ceilings & recessed lighting. Custom kitchen cabinets, beautiful granite countertops, tile backsplash and stainless appliances. Master bath finishes are beautiful & the closet is completely organized! All new windows, doors, & covered rear patio with travertine pavers. South facing grassy yard overlooks the ‘’Greenbelt’’ with its miles of trails leading to lakes, parks & more. MSL 5247222 *More photos at 3 bd, 2 ba, 1,997 sf, 2 car garage, $585,000

Cave Creek

108th Place

Custom, single level home with mountain & sunset views! Open, airy greatroom with unique beamed ceiling. Split master suite features gas fireplace, jetted tub, large shower, oversized closet & exit to the backyard. Backyard features covered patio with built in BBQ, grassy area & an infinity pool. Island kitchen,warm wood cabinets, slab granite, stainless appliances including double ovens & eating area overlooking the backyard. MLS 5243806 *More photos at 5 bd, 3 ba, 3,355 sf, 3 car garage, $725,000

Curb appeal abounds - striking landscape & custom iron front entry door. Elegant formal living & dining rooms overlooking patio & pool area. Exceptional “split’’ floor plan with a master suite that offers a proper sitting room, gas fireplace, wetbar & spacious bath. Island kitchen, features gas cooktop, stainless steel double ovens, warm wood cabinets & granite counter tops. Ultra private 3/4 acre culdesac lot. MLS 5164274 *More photos at 5 bd, 7 ba, 4,200 sf, 3 car garage, $1,049,000

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