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no social skills to speak of when I met three months, a court report is due in juvenile court.” her. She was a survivor.” Duclos, a lay pastor at Dream City “Not only am I visiting the child Church in Scottsdale, proved to be a twice a month, but also interviewing positive force in her life, steering her the other people around her,” she away from a path of drugs and alcohol said “Plus, you’re thinking about this she had embarked on case all the time. earlier. They become a part After reading about of you. The girl I the CASA program in mentioned became a newspaper, Duclos a part of my family underwent the training more or less.” required to help children. The once-suicidal National CASA girl aged out of requires a minimum the system, and of 30 hours of preDuclos heard she service training using was planning to get the National CASA married. Volunteer Training “The last I heard, Curriculum or its Melinda Duclos finds working she was living with equivalent, as well as with children as a court- the young man’s 12 hours of in-service appointed special advocate family,” she said. gratifying. training per year. “She was in a loving The work can be rigorous. family environment, which she never “Typically, they do require knew before, and she got her GED. volunteers to visit with kids twice a She planned to become a nurse. month,” she said “That’s not all you’re “I don’t know how that turned doing though. You’re in the process of out, but she’s pursuing her dreams, becoming an interviewer to all of the and she is being very productive in people attached to this child. Every society.”

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Magic Bird Festivals will host its first Freedom Treasure Fest show on Sunday, July 3, at the Cave Creek Roadhouse grounds, 6900 E. Cave Creek Road. The event celebrates Independence Day a day early, coincides with Cave Creek’s fireworks extravaganza and will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. An assortment of artist and vendor booths will showcase an eclectic collection of boutique apparel, jewelry and accessories, re-purposed home decor, original art, Native American crafts, holiday-themed goods and gourmet-packaged edibles. Throughout the show, the Roadhouse will be serving adult beverages and a full menu of classic American fare. The renowned biker bar will also host live music and featuring local bands. Located on Cave Creek’s main commercial drive and directly across from Harold’s Corral, the Freedom Treasure Fest offers a perfect view of the town’s world-class fireworks display and is walking distance from many attractions. “We are thrilled to be facilitating this new series of weekend shows at one of Cave Creek’s favored establishments. The Roadhouse is known as a fun,

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Roll hot dice at casino night and help disadvantaged youth Local firefighters and first responders from the Gatekeeper Charities have joined forces with the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation in its campaign to help disadvantaged youth in Arizona. The two will host the second annual casino night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. Throughout the evening, attendees can enjoy casino games like black jack, roulette, craps and three-card poker. They will receive casino “funny money” and have chances at prizes. There will be food, drinks and plenty


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As Shakespeare might have written when Juliet was hankering for a drink, “What’s in a name? A stout by any other name would taste as good.” Scottsdale’s award-winning, smallbatch Fate Brewing Company has changed its name—but not by much. It’s now McFate Brewing Co., taking the new name directly from owner Steve McFate. The reason? It seems there is a Fate Brewing Company in Colorado that didn’t like sharing the name. The dispute was “friendly,” according to McFate, and brief. McFate, gentleman that he is, acquiesced to the Colorado competition’s complaint, even though he got there first—starting up in 2012, a year before the other place—and despite the massive costs he faces in the redesign and manufacture of signs, menus, labels, etc. The Scottsdale company’s two locations, Fate South and Fate North, will now be McFate Brewing (Scottsdale and McDowell roads) and McFate’s Tap + Barrel (Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard).

A re-branding party is in the works at McFate Brewing June 25. Call (480) 656-9100 for more information. Business meetings over lunch are why I am a commercial failure. I’ve never understood how businessmen can focus on the bottom line when there’s good food to be eaten. This came to mind when I noted an upcoming Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce event called Meet Your Neighbors for Lunch, to be held June 24 at Boss Pizza Bar in Old Town. The idea, of course, is to network with fellow captains of commerce and get the latest news about what’s happening on the local business scene. I won’t go, because while everyone else was getting the skinny, I’d be getting fat and chatting away about it. I mean, can you talk business when there’s pizza at hand? Businessman: Return on business investment has reached a peak and is bound to start cycling down. Me: Uh-huh. Hey, can you believe mashed potatoes on a pizza! And the sour cream really makes it. The sheer

information on the many facets of the center’s coming season. “No one is old enough to swim alone.” With those words, the Scottsdale Fire Department makes its point. More teens and adults drown every summer in Arizona than do children. Don’t think because you’re all grown up that you can swim alone without risk. Take a buddy along.

Lovers of classical piano may just want to camp out at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and wait for the 2016-17 season. If you know the art form, get ready to drop your jaw to the floor at the list of pianists coming here: Helene Grimaud, Louis Lortie, Olga Kern and Tanya Bannister. And these in addition to the (incredible though it may seem) 38th season of pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s “Keyboard Conversations”—a series of four recitals-with-commentary that inform and entertain. Go to for more

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Laguna Elementary team earns honors in vocabulary competition A team representing Laguna Elementary School recently earned highest honors in the 2015-16 WordMasters Challenge, an annual national vocabulary competition that involves nearly 150,000 students. The fifth-grade Laguna team scored 173 out of a possible 200 points in the last three meets of the year, placing sixth in the nation. The team also placed ninth nationally in the overall competition. The team earned a cumulative score of 523 points out of a possible 600. Laguna fifth-grade student Kate Farrell earned a perfect score of 20 in a recent meet. Farrell competed in the difficult Blue Division and earned a score shared with only 13 fifthgraders nationwide. Other students

at Laguna Elementary who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include Youssef Nasef, fourth grader, and Jordan Wolff, fifth grader. WordMasters Challenge materials are designed for students in grades 3 through 8. The program provides an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with a set of above grade level words and then challenges students to use the words to complete analogies expressing logical relationships. The analogies help students learn to think analytically and metaphorically. Laguna Elementary is an Arizona Education Foundation A+ School of Excellence. The school provides services for youth from toddlers through fifth grade. To learn more

Diabetes, periodontitis linked By Muneeza Khan There is a direct link between diabetes and periodontal disease. It is a two-way relationship between the two diseases. Diabetes mellitus is a systemic disease that has major complications, which are life altering. Diabetes can potentially damage vital organs such as kidneys, nerves, eyes and the heart. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to loss of eyesight, limbs and teeth. One major complication is called periodontal disease or periodontitis. Periodontitis is gum and bone infection that leads to painful chewing problems due to loose teeth. Bad breath is very common along with bloody and sore gums. Advanced stage of the disease causes tooth loss. First, uncontrolled blood sugar increases the risk of periodontitis. Blood vessels thicken, restricting blood flow to the gums causing deprivation of oxygen and nutrients to the gums. This leads to its inability to combat infection. Bacteria also flourishes on high blood glucose, which in turn damages the supporting structures of the tooth, that is, the ligaments and bone supporting the teeth. On the other hand, gingival inflammation and chronic Page 10

periodontitis has been linked to the incidence of Type II diabetes. Advanced periodontitis hinders the control of blood sugar level, which leads to risk of diabetic complications. According to dentist Dr. Jonathan Koerperick of Raintree Dental and Silvertree Dental, physical removal of plaque by brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash is imperative on a daily basis. Patients must be aware of their current periodontal condition and keep up with recommended professional dental care, which may include deep cleaning, laser therapy, periodontal surgery and three- to four-month maintenance. Koerperick added that patients should know their family history of diabetes and gum disease. Patients need routine comprehensive medical examinations and blood work completed. Researchers say maintaining good blood sugar reduces the chance of diabetic complications such as abnormal functionality and disease of vital organs and periodontitis. Good periodontal health enhances the general health and well-being of the entire body. Muneeza Khan, RDH, has received Congressional recognition for her contribution to health.

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Independence Day celebration returns to WestWorld By Caity Hemmerle When the temperatures reach 115 degrees, it can be difficult to enjoy any outdoor festival. The third annual Scottsdale Independence Day celebration at WestWorld makes it easy by giving families a fun-filled day away from the heat from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 2. R Entertainment owner Kerry Dunne said the 300,000-square-foot celebration will be “72 degrees when people walk in, and it’s going to be gorgeous. “I’ve been producing Fourth of Julys for 40 years and up until we started doing it indoors, we always worried about rain, monsoons, wind and haboobs. Being indoors with air conditioning and beautiful bathrooms makes it a wonderful place to spend the Fourth of July for the family.” Disney Studios is bringing along “Star Wars”-related goodies, including an interactive area dubbed “The 4th Awakens.” “It’s a whole interactive thing for families with light saber training, Jedi training and just a really cool area for the whole family,” Dunne said. The Special Olympics will offer traditional games at the festival like bag toss and three-legged races, he said. All of them benefit the organization.

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Making its debut this year is a young adult club with DJs, darkened windows and heavy curtains. Drinks will be available. “If you don’t have kids or if you want to get away from your kids, you can go into this club full of fun,” Dunne said. “It’s so big and there are all these areas to section off, so the rodeo doesn’t bother the club and the club doesn’t bother the kids’ stuff. Wherever you are, you can find something you enjoy.” Then, at 9 p.m., the doors will open, and patrons will walk outside to see a fireworks display against the McDowell Mountains. “It’s spectacular,” he said. The $12 admission includes fireworks, a rodeo, U.S. Olympic gymnasts on trampolines, a petting zoo and horseback riding. It costs $20 per vehicle to park. Scottsdale residents receive the discounted general admission rate of $6 and kids younger than 5 get in free. All military and first responders receive free admission. VIP tickets in advance are $35 and include reserved open seating for fireworks, exclusive access to face painting, cornhole and access to the VIP area food and beverage stations. Kids VIP tickets are $20 in advance for ages 6-17. Purchase tickets at www. or (866) 977-6849.

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Magic Bird Festivals has released its 2016-17 season with arts and entertainment events at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., in downtown Carefree. The Carefree Southwest Art and Indian Market, the Carefree Christmas Festival Gift Market and Food Court, and the Carefree Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festival are Southwest-inspired events featuring live music and dance, world-renowned artists and prized local craftsmen. Admission is free. Information is available at www.carefreeazfestivals. com or by calling (480) 488-2015. Artist exhibits at Magic Bird events stretch across the Carefree Desert Gardens, with 4 acres of botanical garden, adjacent to the Carefree Sundial. Magic Bird events cover a wide array of artistic media including Jewelry, sculpture, paintings, mixed media, custom apparel, On the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion stage, live music and dance performances include worldchampion hoop dancers, jugglers, singer-songwriters, and Native American musicians and storytellers. Each festival seeks to create a diverse atmosphere through various cultural

and seasonal influences. At every event, attendees can select from various international cuisines at the festival food courts. Adult beverages are available along Easy Street, at a number of restaurants in downtown Carefree. The Magic Bird Festivals 2016-17 schedule of Carefree events includes: Carefree Southwest Art and Indian Market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 27 Carefree Christmas Festival Gift Market & Food Court 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Carefree Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, to Sunday, Feb. 12 Roberta Toombs-Rechlin and Lester Rechlin founded Magic Bird Festivals in 1989. The Cave Creek company presents locally inspired art and entertainment events throughout Arizona. For information, visit, call (480) 488-2014 or write P.O. Box 1803, Cave Creek AZ 85327.

Senior heading up tennis team in World Team Championships Sherri Bronson of Scottsdale is one of 24 tennis players who is representing the United States at the ITF Seniors World Team Championships in Finland, the senior equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions. The 24 American athletes are competing against players from 25 other countries through June 24 in Helsinki. The ITF Seniors World Team Championships are the highestranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for male and female players

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in the category of 50- to 60-year-olds. The American teams will be defending titles in three competitions: Austria Cup (men’s 55), Maria Esther Bueno Cup (women’s 50) and Alice Marble Cup (women’s 60). Bronson, 62, is an active tennis player and ambassador for the sport. Bronson is a breast cancer and melanoma survivor. She continued to play tennis and win tournaments throughout her radiation treatment. She was inducted into the USTA Central Arizona Hall of Fame in 2012.

Special to the Nearby News Travis Kerby has the shoulders of a linebacker and the street-smart gaze of a man who’s spent 16 years as a Scottsdale cop. But on a recent Monday afternoon, Officer Kerby was awash in giggles and creativity, surrounded by kindergartners in the Tonalea Elementary School cafeteria. Kerby and the kids were crafting miniature dinosaurs out of construction paper. The kids compared designs, tittered at flubs and chatted amiably with their “big buddy in blue.” What seemed like simple conversation was exactly that—and a lot more. Kerby’s presence is part of a new Scottsdale program to break down barriers between cops and the people they serve. It acknowledges that kids grow up in a complex world filled with temptation, peer pressure and sometimes foreboding authority. It recognizes that amid a blizzard of choices, children still seek direction, role models and sometimes just someone to talk with. Scottsdale’s Police PLAY program— Partnering Law Enforcement and Youth—seeks to make those connections. It encourages uniformed police officers to stop by after-school programs around Scottsdale and just hang out. Launched in January, the program includes 13 after-school sites. “It’s not intended to be a lecture by some robotic authority figure,” said Kerby, who’s a Scottsdale Police Crime Prevention Officer. “It’s all about organic human interaction. We are simply talking and engaging in activities that are very stress free.” Kerby worked with Parks and Recreation Operations Supervisor Erin McKallor-Quill to come up with the concept. He shared his frustration that many of his formal talks with kids seemed to place him in an aloof, authoritative role—one not conducive to building trust or relationships. McKallor-Quill got buy-in from city recreation staff. By sharing a game of pickup basketball, a round of checkers or ideas for an arts and crafts project

with local kids, walls come down. Relationships are built. At first, the kids didn’t know what to think. “When Officer Kerby first started coming, I always thought someone was in trouble because that’s usually what the police come for,” said Thalia, a second grader in the Tonalea afterschool program. “But since he comes to play with’s not that scary. He’s funny and always tries to do the art projects, even though sometimes his doesn’t come out so good.” Despite his artistic shortcomings, Kerby said he prefers to do crafts with kids. It’s less competitive than sports and more conducive to socializing. “I dropped in to do four-square once at the Yavapai afterschool program,” he said, shaking his head. “It was tough. Those girls out there are cut-throat.” At Tonalea on this Monday, the action is more about bonding and styling cutout dinosaurs. It usually takes a child only about five minutes to get past the uniform and badge, said McKallor-Quill, and accept the officers as older and wiser play partners. “It’s nice for the kids to know that police officers are there to help them,” said Recreation Leader Megan Lescoe. “I have even heard some kids say that because (Kerby) has been around they also want to be police officers one day.” On his birthday, the kids at Tonalea made Kerby a banner and sang him “Happy Birthday.” As the dinosaur project wrapped up, they compared artwork and provided Kerby feedback. His final version featured a blue, polka-dotted brontosaurus signed by several of his afterschool buddies. Some of the artwork will be posted in a display area at the Scottsdale Police McKellips District Station. When schools tour the station, several of the students inevitably recognize the crafts and tell their friends about the Police PLAY program and Kerby. “Kids get a kick out of seeing the art,” Kerby said. “It’s another way of building connections.” Kerby enjoyed learning about the students, their aspirations and their theories on decorating dinosaurs.



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Scottsdale sailor serves aboard guided missile destroyer in Spain Special to the Nearby News A 2008 Desert Mountain High School graduate and Scottsdale, Arizona native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Ross. Lt. j.g. Tres Gibbs is an officer aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Rota, Spain. Ross is one of four destroyers home ported in Rota. As a Navy communications officer, Gibbs is responsible for all radio transmissions, local area network communications and communication security. “I really enjoy mentoring and developing junior sailors professionally and helping them develop job skills,” said Gibbs. Commissioned in June 1997, the Arleigh Burke-class guidedmissile destroyer, Ross, measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. It was named in honor

Assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet, sailors are of Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Donald K. Ross. He was awarded on watch throughout the European the Medal of Honor for his heroism region and are important assets supporting the European during the attack on Phased Adaptive Pearl Harbor. Approach to enhance the This ship has been security of that area of fitted with the Aegis the world from ballistic ballistic missile defense missile threats originating (BMD) capability that in the Middle East. enables the ship to In addition to Ross, conduct long-range three other BMD capable surveillance, tracking ships are deployed in and engagement of Rota: USS Porter, USS short and mediumCarney and USS Donald range ballistic missiles. Cook. Having four According to Navy destroyers based in Rota officials, destroyers are tactical multi-mission Desert Mountain graduate gives the U.S. 6th Fleet surface combatants Tres Gibbs is a Navy flexibility to send these ships to various locations capable of conducting communication officer. for a range of missions, anti-air warfare, antisubmarine warfare and anti-surface while at the same time providing warfare, as well as humanitarian a large umbrella of protection for assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and European allies. technically advanced, destroyers Approximately 30 officers and 300 provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute missions overseas.

enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry. “Our primary mission is ballistic missile defense in the Mediterranean and I am proud to be a part of that mission,” Gibbs said. Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches and drills. As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Gibbs explained that he and other Ross sailors know they are part of a legacy that will be last beyond their lifetimes. “I am happy to serve in the Navy and defend my country,” Gibbs added.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation notified approximately 15,000 students that they were finalists in its 61st annual scholarship program. High school principals also were notified and provided with a certificate to present to each finalist. Sixteen SUSD students were among those finalists, who will be considered for National Merit Scholarships. Approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title. The following Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) students were named finalists for 2016:

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Oversized displays such as a giant cutaway heart, walls illustrating smooth heart muscle and animals with heart “windows” invite exploration at Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe.

Learn what makes us tick at Halle Heart Children’s Museum By Kimberly Hosey If you’re looking for an indoor adventure as temperatures soar—or to sneak in a bit of learning while your kids are on summer break—Halle Heart Children’s Museum has you covered. During the summer, the center’s longer hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday) ensure that more visitors will have a chance to take a journey into the circulatory system to see what makes our hearts tick. Halle Heart Children’s Museum, a program of the American Heart Association, started as the Halle Heart Center in 1996, expanding to a 16,000-square-foot museum in 2011. But until recently, the interactive, kidfriendly museum did not offer regular public hours. A grant from Insight Inc. last year allowed the museum to open to the public. Some may consider it a hidden gem, but more than 35,000 guests visit the Halle Heart Children’s Museum each year. With an open, airy and colorful design and eight engaging exhibits, the museum makes learning heart health welcoming and entertaining for kids as well as adults. Visitors learn Page 18

about everything from the dangers of smoking to exercise and the importance of a balanced diet; as well as how to spot signs that someone is having a stroke or heart attack—and what to do. The museum’s beginnings as a center to educate school groups, teachers and parents about the heart is clear, and it’s translated beautifully into an engaging and fun family outing destination. The museum is billed as a children’s destination, but with information such as how to perform CPR on an infant and how to plan meals, everyone in the family has something to learn here. The museum has some striking exhibits (and photo opportunities), among them a giant model of a human heart that greets visitors, surrounded by information about arteries and veins. Life-size models of a giraffe, elephant, zebra and other creatures greet families in the “All Creatures Great and Small” exhibit—with “windows” displaying models of their hearts—that let kids compare heart sizes. You may press a button to learn about each animal and even hear the hearts beat. What makes the museum perfect for kids—especially younger kids—is


Follow your heart the hands-on nature of it. Kids will love the arts and crafts available, but they also can practice making healthy food choices in the museum’s marketplace. There, kids “shop” for artificial (but realistic) Crafts, pretend play, sounds, sights and special events such the signature Toddler Test Kitchen combine in a curricufood items, read food as lum that the museum has been offering to school groups for labels, ring out at years under the American Heart Association. It now can offer cash registers, and this program to the general public thanks in part to a donation from Insight, which allowed it to install video kiosks. learn how to plan healthy meals. In the “kitchen,” meal Game Olympics and more. prep takes center stage—and, all the Public hours for self-guided tours are while, kids are setting a foundation for daily during public hours. Admission making healthful choices. is $5 for adults and children 4 and The museum stresses eating a older, $4 for guests 62 and older, and balanced diet, making physical activity free to children 3 and younger. The museum also offers guided part of our daily routine and saying no to tobacco—especially smoking, said tours, available by appointment only, Programs and Operations Director which meet 18 state curriculum Claudine M. Wessel. And the museum standards for science, health and certainly does that. But the secret to physical education at the second- and their success is the same as the “secret” fifth-grade levels. to all successful lessons: They make you want to learn. Halle Heart Check the museum’s website for Children’s Museum special events like their Toddler Test 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe Kitchen cooking series, Little Rhythms (602) 414-5353 Music and Movement classes, Video

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top 10 family events June 20-July 20, 2016 Winter in July The Phoenix Zoo will stay cool at this event with live music and more than 50 tons of snow. WHEN: Saturday, July 16, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix COST: Call or visit website for ticket information INFO: (602) 286-3800 or www.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid See the hit animated movie come to life. WHEN: Through Sunday, June 26, various times WHERE: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix COST: Call or visit website for ticket information INFO: (602) 253-8188, ext. 307, or

Old MacDonald The great sing-along story of a famous farmer and his beloved animals. WHEN: Wednesday through Saturday, June 22 through July 10, various times WHERE: Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix COST: $7 to $10 INFO: (602) 262-2050 or

Family Fun Day Learn about contemporary art with the museum’s new exhibition, “Crafting the Collection.” WHEN: Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe COST: Free INFO: (480) 965-2787 or

Summer Camp at Sportball Children ages 3 to 6 can learn about nine different types of ball sports, including soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, ball hockey, golf and dodgeball. WHEN: Through Friday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to noon WHERE: Sportball, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 115, Scottsdale COST: $45 per day; $199 per week INFO: (480) 245-6818 or

Teddy Bear Tea Party Preschoolers ages 6 and younger can bring their favorite teddy bears to jump and play with. Lemonade, iced tea and mini muffins will be served. WHEN: Friday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 145, Scottsdale COST: $5 per hour per child INFO (480) 427-2000 or

Legoland Discovery Center The indoor family attraction ideal for children ages 3 to 10 features two Lego rides, 4-D cinema and a large soft-play area. WHEN: Ongoing WHERE: Legoland Discovery Center at Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Suite 135, Tempe COST: $22; free for 2 and younger INFO:

Essential Etiquette Workshop “Essential Etiquette for Teens” offers kids between the ages of 13 and 18 valuable life lessons that they may not learn in school. Classes are taught by SueAnn Brown, certified etiquette instructor and owner of It’s All About Etiquette. WHEN: Saturday July 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, 10755 N. 124 St., Scottsdale. COST: $195; register by July 9 INFO: (480) 510-6346 or

Ice Age: Collision Course This sleepover at the museum celebrates the opening of “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Visitors will receive a free ticket to the movie. WHEN: Friday, July 8, at 6 p.m. to Saturday, July 9, at 9 a.m. WHERE: Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa COST: $45 INFO: (480) 644-2230 or

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Gardening with the boys We spent most of the weekend gardening, and I’ve come to an important conclusion. Some people are born with green thumbs. Others, including the guys I live with, are simply all thumbs—and not a one of them is green. I needed help with mulching. I consider it a heavy task and was hoping to put their muscles to work. They were more than happy to oblige and their attitudes were terrific. A few minutes after they started, mine was not. They lugged the hefty bags with ease, but found it difficult to distribute the mulch without pouring it all over the top of my tender plantings. They were so effusive in their work they covered entire plants with the mulch, leaving me to dig for leaves so my plant friends could live to see another day. When I admonished them about

being careful around the plants, they gave me a serious look and then went about their business—of covering more plants with mulch. And then it started to sprinkle. Sprinkle. An extremely light, barely tangible, you’d-hardly-notice-it sprinkle. I was in the front yard— working. My hair was a bit damp, but the precipitation was miniscule. Refreshing, actually, if you were sweating. Which I was. I finished my task and walked over to where the boys were supposed to be busy mulching. Not a one was in sight. I wasn’t buying the disappearing act and went in the house. There they were: on the couch in front of the TV. Without a smidgen of guilt, they announced they were on a “rain delay.” My jaw clenched and I expended much effort refraining from saying something I might later regret.

My attitude remained far from terrific. I went outside to continue “our” work. On the way, I shut the door in a non-gentle fashion. I hoisted one of the mulch bags over my shoulder and placed it in position. I opened the bag and poured, pure adrenaline pulsing through my veins. By the time I grabbed a second bag, they had joined me in the backyard, obviously knowing their very own supper most likely hinged on their helping me in a loving manner. I said nothing, but accepted their “help.” My boys have big muscles, but they also have big feet, and this was never so obvious as when they attempted to tiptoe through a freshly planted bed whereby the plants themselves seemed to attract those monstrous feet like a magnet. Squish. Some of those unfortunate plants didn’t stand a chance under my son’s 12DD. They displayed an absolute inability to discern a weed from a wanted plant.

To their credit, this often takes people years of practice, but after they pulled up the fourth (blooming) pansy, I requested they withhold their “help” in this area. Not sure yet if the pansies will make it. My fingers are crossed. To be honest, they do their best. And they are interested and engaged— in their own way. Last year we grew cayenne peppers—of the heatedly hot variety. My boys were keenly fascinated—in determining who could eat the most peppers without throwing up. I won’t divulge here who won, but it’s safe to say this will probably be an annual contest. At least it will continue this year. The cayenne pepper plant is one of the few they didn’t stomp on or cover with mulch. True story. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.



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Marco Timothy Omta of Scottsdale qualified for the spring semester dean’s list at Ohio University’s Athens campus. The students represented every region of the United States and numerous countries, including: Egypt, Oman, China Botswana, Canada, the Netherlands and Jamaica. Ohio students must earn at least 3.5 grade point average for the semester with a schedule of classes totaling at least 15 hours, 12 of which were taken for letter grades, to achieve this distinction. Kaitlin Crapo was named to the Albion College dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. Students named to the Michigan college’s list must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above, taking at least three graded courses within a full load of four courses. Crapo is majoring in political science, with a concentration in the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in


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M. Rexer of Scottsdale was named to the St. Francis University dean’s list, along with more than 770 other students for the spring semester. The university is located in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

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Student Chronicles Luther College senior Brianna Shelly of Scottsdale has been named to the 2016 spring semester dean’s list. Brianna is the daughter of James and Jayne Shelly. This spring’s list includes 754 students—59 freshmen, 180 sophomores, 167 juniors and 348 seniors. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D). Luther is a four-year college located in Decorah, Iowa. The college has an enrollment of 2,400 students and offers a liberal arts education leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs.

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Paul Rasmussen of Scottsdale was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 8, majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics. Rasmussen graduated cum laude and was also inducted into the national physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma. While at Coe, Rasmussen received the Arthur Wright Erskine Physics Prize during his first-year in 2013 and also participated in the 2014 Student Research Symposium where he presented his research in his field of study. Rasmussen, a graduate of Scottsdale Christian Academy, is the son of Jamie and Kim Rasmussen. classifieds

Recent graduates at Central Arizona College include Rhonda Lee Gault (associate of applied science massage therapy; with honors) and Steffi H. Tallsalt (associate of applied science business). Both of the women are from Scottsdale. Brian Cafaro, of Scottsdale, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Cafaro was initiated at University of Southern California. Cafaro is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Mallory DeChant, of Scottsdale, has graduated from the University of Findlay in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in animal science. DeChant was invited to walk in the university’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, April 30. More than 500 graduates earned doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s or associate degrees in spring.

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Candles from coffee grounds As a devotee of the morning coffee ritual, imagine how happy I was when I ran across instructions to turn used coffee grounds into a candle? This takes upcycling to a whole new level! You will need: 12 to 16 ounces of dry, used coffee grounds, a 2-pound bag of granulated soy wax, three to four glass containers (preferably salvaged from jelly or even spent candles), pack of waxed wicks, pencils, Ziploc bags, silicone oven mitt, ribbons, etc. biz box

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Step 1 Set a medium-sized pot of water to boil. Fill a Ziploc bag 2/3 full with granulated soy wax and seal. When the water boils, place the bag in the pot. Step 2 Set out some newspaper, then place the glass containers close to each other on the paper surface. Put a wick in each candle. Hold in place by wrapping the wick around a pencil and resting across the top of the container. Spread 1/4 inch of coffee grounds inside each candleholder. Step 3 When the bag of wax has melted in the boiling water, use the silicone oven mitt to remove it from the pot. Hold one of the zipped corners so the bag hangs at an angle over the first glass container. Cut the tip of the lowest corner and allow 1 inch of wax to drain into the container. Quickly move the bag to the next container, following the same procedure until all of your containers have 1 inch of wax in the bottom. Allow the wax to solidify, either by leaving it out or placing the jars in the refrigerator. When solidified, sprinkle another 1/4 inch of grounds over the layer of wax. Melt another bag of wax in the boiling water, and repeat the filling process, alternating layers and solidification, until the containers are filled to the top. Sprinkle a small amount of grounds over the last layer of wax after it has partially solidified. Step 4 Scrape any dripped wax off of the outsides of the glass jars and use ribbons, burlap or other materials to decorate the outside of the jars. Notes: Unfortunately, the coffee grounds do not emit the delicious scent of freshly brewed coffee when the candle burns, so it might be worth it to add some coffee-scented candle oil to the wax bag before it boils. I have tried to melt down old, used candles, or dollar store candles, to remake new ones in the past, and the wax dries very strangely with holes in the middle. It’s worth the extra money to buy the soy wax granules at the craft store.

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around the neighborhood Mighty Mud Mania turned Chaparral Park into a sloppy mess, but chiildren and adults didn’t mind, plodding through obstacle courses, jumping into a pit and crawling through the mud. Children raced through their course, while adults participated in their own extreme course. A smaller version was available for 4 - to 6-year-old kids. A mini-nursery was added this year for 1 to 3 year olds at the event. Nearby News was the event’s offficial community services media sponsor. Photos by Tim Sealy



1. Eli Johnson gets down and dirty. 2. Dominick Burt sloshes through a waist deep pit full of thick, muddy water. 3. Andrew Seiferth is camouflaged as he lounges on a muddy bank. 4. Deegan Martinez is serious about his mud fun. 5. Victoria Vasquez closes her eyes, but she knows what’s coming. 6. Nolan Bell revels in the mud. 7. Tati, Marcello and Diego Rubi proudly show off their dirt. 8. Jazaiah Sanchez gets a little help through the kid’s course from his dad Miguel. 9. Amanda Vadmai slides into a muddy soup at the end of the adult mud course. 10. Josephine Mary Dudek, Owen Navarro-Bania, Quinn Lorgeree and Brennan Navarro-Bania made it through the course as a team.






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By Kathy Burwell The Scottsdale Unified School District has been celebrating the success stories of teachers, students and staff for the past 120 years. Students attending district schools have the ability to choose from a plethora of programs throughout their educational career. At 17 different sites, infants, toddlers and preschoolers can attend early learning programs that offer developmentally appropriate curriculum. Beginning in 201617, SUSD will expand early learning to include a Redfield Cardinal Scholar Pre-K Academy and a Desert Canyon A student Elementary program for Ridge Pre-K a question. 2- and 3-year-olds. Elementary programming includes early exposure to foreign language, a K-3 phonics curriculum, traditional learning opportunities and gifted programming. A science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) design academy is available and serves more than 150 fourth- and fifth-grade students at Navajo Elementary. Students collaborate on multidisciplinary project teams to identify real world problems, and develop and design solutions. Middle schools offer mainstream and honors programs fostering

critical thinking, problemsolving, communication and literacy. A variety of programs including fine and performing arts, middle school sports, technology and world language are offered to meet the interests of all students. High school students perform an honors concert. At the high school level, SUSD prepares students to work as a certified English students at Desert Mountain High School use technology to peer edit. assistant. Additionally, offers rigorous advanced nursing placement courses Saguaro offers the math and science programming is offered at elementary at all high schools academy, a program modeled after the schools. Clubs are found at the middle and an International Massachusetts Institute of Technology and high school level. Baccalaureate program acceptance requirements. “In SUSD, we strive to meet the needs Extracurricular activities begin at of all of our students and to offer our housed at Desert Mountain High School. the elementary level and continue students the opportunity for a wellWorld language courses through high school. They include rounded education,” said Dr. Denise opportunities award-winning robotics programs Birdwell, interim superintendent. at Copper include waits to ask to master a strategic and fine and performing arts “Our goal is to help students identify world language crucial programs. Before- and after-school and utilize their gifts.” to the economic, business, cultural and diplomatic relationships of the United States such as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian, as well as more traditional world languages such as Spanish, French and Latin. Award-winning athletic and fine arts programs are also available to SUSD students. Career and technology education includes information technology, graphic design, business FOLLOW US and health science courses and a @SMALLCAKES 9699 N Hayden Rd. • Scottsdale • 480-282-8611 SCOTTSDALE culinary program housed at Chaparral High School. Saguaro High School has One FREE pint of ice cream with the purchase of six cupcakes. Limit 1. Not to be combined with any other offers. Expires 7/31/16 the district nursing program, which

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events calendar June 20-July 20, 2016 Lone Wolf Exhibition Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz; 1883-1970) played a significant role in capturing the accounts of the individuals and events that shaped the American frontier during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition features a selection of Lone Wolf’s paintings, rare sculptures, illustrated books and ephemera. WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, to Wednesday, Aug. 31, various times WHERE: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale COST: Included with museum admission: $13, adults; $11, seniors (65 and older) and active military; $8, students (with ID) and children (6-17); and free to museum members and children 5 and younger. INFO: (480) 686-9539 or

Fireworks & Movie Night at Salt River Fields Salt River Fields hosts a celebration featuring the film “The Sandlot” inside the stadium followed by a fireworks display. Admission is $10 per car, which allows a full night of family fun. WHEN: Sunday, July 3, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $10 per car INFO: (480) 270-5000 or International Artwalk Art from around the world is displayed during ArtWalk, which boasts presentations and lectures with a global perspective. LIsten to and watch film, music and guest speakers all in the cool surroundings of Scottsdale galleries. WHEN: Thursday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Old Town Scottsdale COST: Free INFO: (480) 421-1818 or

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Marmalade Skies This local seven-piece band pays tribute to The Beatles. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Live & Local Fridays summer concert series showcases one of Arizona’s most popular musical acts inside the Virginia G. Piper Theater. WHEN: Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $12 to $15 INFO: (480) 499-8587 or “Into the Woods” Experience the tale of “Into the Woods” performed by Desert Stages Theater. “Into the Woods” tells the story of a childless baker and his wife who wish to begin a family, but have been cursed by an evil witch. To break the spell, the couple must journey into the woods and complete the witch’s list of tasks. Along the way the baker meets Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and other classic fairy tale characters. WHEN: Friday, July 8, through Sunday, Aug. 7, various times WHERE: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale COST: $18 INFO: (480) 483-1664 or

Experience France The Musical Instrument Museum presents the fifth annual celebration of French music and culture. Attendees will experience musical performances and hands-on activities, and enjoy French-inspired cuisine in the café. WHEN: Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, at 9 a.m. WHERE: Musical Instrument Museum,

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Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth,” the book by New York Times’ film critic A.O. Scott. The museum’s happy hour will include delicious signature cocktails, light snacks and tasty conversation. WHEN: Thursday, July 14, at 5:45 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $7, free for members INFO: (480) 874-4666 or

Arizona Get Outdoors Expo The Arizona Get Outdoors Expo, in association with Arizona Game & Fish, showcases the latest hunting, fishing and camping gear technologies, outdoor education and safety clinics, along with obligatory tips from the pros. WHEN: Saturday, July 16, to Sunday, July 17, at 10 a.m. WHERE: WestWorld, 6601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: (480) 312-6815 or Robert Cray Legendary blues guitarist and singer Robert Cray returns to The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort this July. For more than 40 years, the five-time Grammy Award winner and his band created a fresh sound inspired by America’s roots, working with

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the likes of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker. WHEN: Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $30 to $65 INFO: (480) 850-7734 or


Mogollon, founded 37 years agon in Overgaard, performs at an early Independence Day celebration July 3 at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

Mogollon brings energy July 3 to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park By Connor Dziawura as it is to perform “The Devil Went The key to any band’s success is Down to Georgia.” “I had never given it two thoughts longevity. Times change and bands drift apart. But with 37 years to when I first started out that I’d get its name, Mogollon has built and burned out. And to tell you the truth, maintained a reputation around the I don’t even know what that means, Grand Canyon State for its high- because I still love each and every energy rock ‘n’ roll-influenced country moment,” Moore said. “I feel exactly the same way today as performances. Initially founded in 1979 in the small I did the first time I ever picked up a town of Overgaard, with six members, guitar and went, ‘This is cool!’” Mogollon is working on its fifth Mogollon is now comprised of vocalist and guitarist Duane Moore, album around its concert schedule. bassist Bryan Kuban, drummer Jon On July 3, attendees can expect the band to deliver its brand of highKinsey and guitarist Guy Koplitz. “We haven’t really changed our energy country. Whether it’s the core, which is a high performance classics, covers of newer songs or level and excitement and, I would say, original tunes, Mogollon can appease energy of this band,” said Moore, who fans of different genres and ages— is the only original member left in the even if they don’t usually like country. group. “We’ve evolved like every other The McCormick-Stillman show will artist has, but the core fundamental be followed by a celebratory fireworks foundation, what we’re about, has not show. “We’ve been through a lot of versions changed.” While they have played around of Mogollon, if you will, Moore said. the world, from Hawaii to Germany, “But of all the versions of Mogollon Mogollon is best known in its that we’ve been, I believe in my heart home state. The group already has we’ve got the absolute best one now. I an array of shows booked through look around and I’m just amazed by all 2016-2017, including an early the people who support this and what Independence Day celebration on July we’re doing. I couldn’t be happier.” 3 at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. IF YOU GO Although Mogollon is What: Mogollon known as a country act, they When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3 are as equally rock as they Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale are country. Citing artists Cost: Free like Johnny Cash and Willie Information: (480) 312-2312, Nelson as primary influences, Mogollon is equally as likely to perform a Pink Floyd song

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pie spices up the menu with chorizo, carne asada, salsa verde, jalapeños and cilantro. Of course, the purists and traditionalists will find that they can customize their pizzas with the usual suspects: pepperoni, Italian sausage, green pepper, mushrooms, onion, black olives Alfonso isn’t afraid to stretch the boundaries of and many other toppings. Alfonso learned at his first pizza. His Baker’s pizza has mashed potato, bacon, mozzarella, chive and sour cream. restaurant the difficulty in of the interior can be reserved for managing costs with a high number of menu choices, so he has parties, along with the outside patio. Alfonso is already involved in what he calls a more manageable menu. Boss Pizza Bar also serves the community, as his restaurant customers choices of six salads, has hosted fundraising events for sandwiches and appetizers. One of the local churches and organizations. appetizers puts a spin on a ravioli with Boss Pizza Bar will be the site of an Italian egg roll featuring Italian the Scottsdale Area Chamber of sausage, mozzarella and marinara Commerce’s monthly Meet Your Neighbors lunch at 11:30 a.m. Friday, wrapped in a wonton. “We’ll grow the menu, but it’s more June 24. important to execute first, then add to the menu later,” Alfonso said. Boss Pizza Bar Boss Pizza Bar seats 150 inside and 7125 E. Second St. 150 on the patio. A second bar can be Scottsdale 85251 opened to serve customers on busy (480) 777-2677 evenings and private parties. Half • (480) 898-6500


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Potato Chip Picnic Cookies They’re one of the best cookies ever to come from a bag of potato chips and they’re absolutely the perfect treat to pack for a summer picnic. Just don’t blame me if you can’t stop eating them. I’m having a hard enough time keeping away from them myself. If you like pecan sandies, or any cookie that sort of melts in your mouth, these delicate yet heartyflavored potato chip picnic cookies are going to win you over. This heritage recipe comes from Kammy Orner of Phoenix. It’s a cookie that brings back the most loving memories of her Grandma Estelle and the cookie tin that was waiting for Kammy whenever she would visit. “I would go see Grandma Estelle and she had this special cookie tin that came out of the cabinet and, oh boy, was I in for a treat,” Kammy said. “All of her cookies were good, but once she found out how much I loved

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In a mixing bowl with electric beater, cream butter or margarine. Slowly add in sugar and beat until light in color and texture. Gradually add flour. Add crushed potato chips and nuts, blending well. Chill dough for about 30 minutes or until firm enough to shape. Shape into balls, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on slightly greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Page 28

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Flatten cookie with fork dipped in cold water. Keep dough chilled until ready to bake. Bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until slightly browned. When cookies are cool, sift powdered sugar over top. Jan’s Notes: To crush potato chips, place in mini-food processor or roll over the bag of chips with rolling pin until finely ground.



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Joan Pike, CRS, ABR Associate Broker 602.526.1426 • Please visit

8533 E Thoroughbred Trl, Scottsdale • $779,000


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9969 E Acacia Dr, Scottsdale • $632,000

Updated McCormick Ranch executive home features FIRST floor Master suite and impressive 2nd floor game room. Desirable ‘’Gourmet’’, eat-in, kitchen layout--abundant white cabinetry, double ovens, warming drawer, built-in refrigerator & breakfast bar/island with prep sink. Dramatic courtyard entry and iron front door, two story foyer, custom iron railings, large porcelain tile. Newer HVAC units, roof, flooring, pool & deck finish. One of the largest lots in the neighborhood near the end of a cul-de-sac. 4 Bed, 2.5 Bath, + Game Room, Pool/Spa, 2 car gar 3,842 sq. ft.

9531 East Desert Trail, Scottsdale • $499,000

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Highly upgraded Executive home on the finest lot in gated Trails North! Mt. views & city lights! Open floorplan with a chef’s kitchen, wood cabinets, granite, stainless appliances—all open to family room with gas fireplace. Dramatic entry into 2 story formal living room. 1st floor bedroom/den, full bath, laundry room. Master suite has balcony, sitting room/office, spectacular bath with jetted tub & natural stone. Slate finished patio, gas fireplace, BBQ, heated pool/spa & gas tiki lights! 3 car garage with built-in cabinets & epoxy floor. 4 Bed + Den + Office, 3,264 sq. ft. MLS# 5381432

8178 E Del Platino Dr, Scottsdale • $519,000 McCormick Ranch! Relax in the backyard & enjoy lush mature landscaping! Vaulted ceilings, wood burning fireplace in family rm, split master bed floor plan & plantation shutters in formal living, dining & family rms. Master has two closets, updated bath w/free standing tub & walk in shower! Recently updated kitchen with newer appliances & granite counters. Beautiful 1/4 acre N/S lot with grassy back yard. Quality block construction by Golden Heritage. Great Scottsdale Schools! Much more than a beautiful home-miles of trails that lead to parks, lakes stocked with fish, shopping, restaurants.

Beautifully updated executive home in Sweetwater Ranch Estates! Enjoy the expansive flagstone patio that overlooks the pebble finish salt water pool & rock water feature. Entertainer’s paradise! Sunny, island kitchen opens to the family room & offers granite counter tops & vaulted ceilings.Updated baths! Formal living & dining rooms with Mtn views & plantation shutters. Master suite exits to the back patio. Great overall Scottsdale location! 3 Bed + Den, 3 car garage, 2,328 sq. ft. MLS# 5369070

8405 E Turquoise Ave • $619,000



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4 Bed, 2 Bath, 2,560 sq. ft. MLS# 5442873 See it this weekend! Paradise Park Manor - McCormick Ranch presents: Highly desirable, rare GREAT ROOM floor plan that offers ‘’2 master suites’’ plus a den(or 3rd bdrm) & formal dining. Sunny eat-in kitchen with lots of white cabinets, wood floors, black slab granite, island with cooktop & downdraft. Large laundry room off the kitchen! Mature landscaping & fruit trees in the grassy backyard along with covered patio & extensive brick patios. Front yard features artificial turf enhanced with lush plantings. Total of three full baths, 2.5 car garage with built in cabinets & epoxy floor, pebble finish diving deep pool with water feature. Solar panels(owned) provide power to run the house--equals ultra low electric bills! Also-updated roof, A/C’s, pool surface & equipment! 3 Bed 3 Bath, 2.5car garage, 2,750 sq. ft. MLS# 5456371

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Jaime Kinman VP of Mortgage Lending/Certified Mortgage Planner

P: 480.206.3959 F: 480.393.7280

For more information about a new or existing mortgage, give me a call today! Joan has entrusted me with her clients since 2004...

NMLS (Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System) ID 2611 • AZ - Guaranteed Rate, Inc. - 14811 N. Kierland Blvd., Ste. 100, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254 Mortgage Banker License # BK-0907078 • NMLS ID: 226251 LO LIC: AZ - 0912063 - 0907078 • 14811 N. Kierland Blvd, Suite 100 • Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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