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Local swimmers take gold with Team USA at championships After being tested on flexibility, strength, and synchronized swimming techniques the two were selected to be on a team of 10 to represent the United States at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships. The games are an international synchronized swimming competition that North and South American countries compete in. It is typically held at the end of summer annually in a different country each year. Outside of the team event, each girl on the team also competes in individual events known as figures. Maya placed in the top 16 out of all other girls there from various countries, while Ivy placed in the top eight of competitors from around North and South America. “Both placements are quite an accomplishment,” Kuchan said. The girls are planning to take a brief recoup now that the games are over before beginning their training for the 2016-2017 season with the Scottsdale Synchronized Swimming Team at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center on Thompson Peak Parkway. For more information, call 480-3126677 or visit scottsdale-synchronized-swimming/.

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Two synchronized swimmers from Scottsdale scored a gold medal with Team USA at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the beginning of September. Ivy Davis and Maya Schwickert, from the Scottsdale Synchronized Swimming Team, represented their club and the United States as part of the 12 and under National Synchronized Swimming Team at the games. In the 12 and under team final, the United States took gold, finishing with 133.7600 points. Canada was second at 130.6655 and Colombia was third with 120.2881. “As a coach, and former national team athlete myself, I understand how challenging of a process it is to even be on the national team let alone compete for your country in an international competition. So we are so very proud of them for accomplishing that at such a young age,” said Scottsdale Synchronized Swimming Team coach Jamie Kuchan. Kuchan said Ivy and Maya were selected as two of only a small group of top athletes in the country to go through a rigorous tryout process that began in January. The two then advanced to the next phase of tryouts held in the spring.



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Scottsdale native trains to become a U.S. Navy pilot By Navy Office of Community Outreach A 2011 Notre Dame Preparatory High School graduate and Scottsdale native is playing a key role in the lengthy and rigorous training process that transforms U.S. Navy officers into Navy pilots. Ensign Brett Berry is a student naval aviator with the Rangers Training Squadron (VT-28), based in Corpus Christi, Texas, that operates the T-6B Texan II aircraft. As a student naval aviator, Berry is responsible for learning how to operate military aircraft to efficiently carry out the Navy’s mission. “My job is great because I get paid to fly and that’s what I love to do,” Berry said. “It is amazing to get top notch training in a job that is as rewarding as being a pilot.” The T-6B Texan is a training aircraft that is powered by a 1,100 shaft horsepower, free-turbine, turboprop single-engine, four-bladed propeller,

which take off from and with a cruising speed of 310 land aboard aircraft mph. carriers, a unique capability VT-28’s primary mission which allows the Navy to is to train future naval operate anywhere on the aviators to fly as well as world’s oceans. Recently, instill leadership and Navy attack aircraft officer values, Navy officials operating from aircraft explained. Students must carriers sailing in the Eastern complete four phases of flight training in order to Ensign Brett Berry said Mediterranean Sea and from in the Navy has Middle East waters have graduate, including aviation being been “very rewarding” launched hundreds of strike pre-flight indoctrination, because he can push himself past his limits. missions against terrorist primary flight training and targets in Iraq and Syria. advanced flight training. As a member of one of the U.S. After successfully completing the rigorous program, naval aviators earn Navy’s squadrons with the newest aircraft platforms, Berry said he and their coveted “Wings of Gold.” After graduation, pilots continue other VT-28 sailors are proud to be their training to learn how to fly a part of a war-fighting team that readily specific aircraft, such as the Navy’s defends America at all times. “All of the instructors really care F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter jet, the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft about helping you out as much as or the SH-60 Seahawk helicopter. They possible,” Berry said. “You can tell that are later assigned to a ship or land- the want you to be the best you can be. I get a sense of pride for serving my based squadron. Many of the pilots will fly aircraft country because the people training

me show that they are invested in me success.” Jobs are highly varied at VT28, according to Navy officials. Approximately 69 men and women officers and 15 civilian employees make up and keep all parts of the squadron running smoothly—this includes everything from training the new aviators, maintaining airframes and engines, processing paperwork, along with handling and flying the aircraft. “Leading this extraordinary team of Naval Officers and civilians is an honor,” said Cmdr. James T. Sultenfuss, commanding officer of VT-28. Serving in the Navy, Berry is learning about being a more responsible leader, Sailor and person through handling numerous responsibilities. “The Navy has showed me how to maximize my work ethic and discipline,” Berry said. “I am able to push myself past limits that I thought I had and that’s very rewarding.”

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PITCH4KIDZ, founded by Stacey Beck, is hoping to increase public awareness of addiction and other substance abuse by hosting the Celebrity Fundraising Dinner Event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Camelback Inn. Last year, more than 150 guests supported the cause including the Nationals manager Dusty Baker, and Arizona Diamondbacks Archie Bradley and Evan Marshall. Tickets for the fundraiser start at $200. For more information, visit Beck was inspired to become a mental health counselor after the loss of her husband, Major League baseball player, Rod Beck, to addiction in 2007. Butters Pancakes and Cafe has attracted some high-profile customers, including most of the D-backs. (Check the out early in the morning.) Now actresses Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”) and Chelsea Kane (“Baby Daddy”) have visited the bustling eatery. You never know who you’ll run into there!

Arizona Fall League, which boasts alum such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Derek Jeter, kicks off its season Oct. 11, for those who just aren’t ready to give up America’s pastime for the winter. Teams play in two facilities in Scottsdale: Scottsdale Stadium and Salt River Fields. Individual adult game tickets are $8. Senior and children tickets are $6. Groups of 20 or more are $4 each. For more information, visit afl/. Square One Concepts, who found success with Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, debuted Bourbon & Bones Chophouse & Bar recently in Old Town Scottsdale. Bourbon & Bones takes over the former Alphagraphics at 4200 N. Scottsdale Rd. The menu focuses on wet-aged and dry-aged cuts of beef, 75plus bourbons, a 750-bottle wine case and handcrafted cocktails. For more information, visit http:// or call 480-629-4922.

Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. Parsons is a Purple Heart recipient who served with the Marines in Vietnam. He credits his military experience for much of his business success. He’s founded several companies including Go Daddy and Parsons Extreme Golf. The ceremony also features Scottsdale historian Joan Fudala and a performance of patriotic music by the 108th Army Band. Fudala is a columnist for our sister publication, Scottsdale Airpark News. Learn more at ScottsdaleAZ. gov, search “Veterans Day.”

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons is the keynote speaker at Scottsdale’s Veterans Day event. The free program runs from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-

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Downtown Scottsdale wineries join forces, launch wine trail Five downtown Scottsdale wine tasting rooms have joined forces to launch the first Scottsdale Wine Trail. This cooperative of wineries united efforts will continue to advance education and exposure for Arizona-produced wines and wineries. Their inaugural event, the Harvest Festival, is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and will feature bites, wine tasting and entertainment at each location on the trail. Details and registration are available at The Scottsdale Wine Trail is comprised of: LDV Winery, Carlson Creek, Aridus Wine Company, Su Vino Winery and Salvatore Vineyards. All of the wineries have tasting rooms/retail shops that are within walking distance. Beyond the Harvest Festival, the Scottsdale Wine Trail features an official SWT Passport to oenophiles or just everyday wine lovers offering SWT swag, and special discounts for completing the Wine Trail tasting program. On Thursday, Dec. 15, the SWT will host a Santa Clause-themed “winearound” and details are forthcoming. In addition, the SWT will host monthly “Wine Around Wednesdays,” every first Wednesday of the month beginning in January. LDV Winery LDV Winery’s Wine Gallery brings a piece of the vineyard to Scottsdale. The redeveloped bungalow has an art gallery and two shaded patios where guests enjoy wine flights, glasses of wine or a bottle while sharing a cheese/ charcuterie platter. LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale, 480-664-4822; info@; Carlson Creek Vineyard Carlson Creek Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery headquartered in Willcox. Its recently opened tasting room in downtown Scottsdale represents a major expansion for the brand. The 160-acre vineyard is located at 4,200 feet above sea level. The result is a wine portfolio that is smooth and understated, yet approachable. Varietals Page 10

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include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Rose and Mourvedre, with Chenin Blanc and Merlot varietals being locally sourced. Carlson Creek Tasting Room, 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 520-766-3000;; CarlsonCreek. com. Aridus Wine Company Since 2012, Aridus Wine Company is the largest custom crush facility in Arizona. Located in Willcox, the familyowned wine company produces its own label and offers a place for local growers to make their wine where the grapes are grown. Aridus Wine Company, 7173 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 520-954-2676; info@; Su Vino Winery Su Vino Winery, Scottsdale is the second installment of the awardwinning winery founded in Texas. Su Vino means “Your Wine” in Italian and Spanish. As a custom winery, not only does it make its own wines for sale by the bottle, but it can customize a wine to your palate. Su Vino Winery, 7035 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-994-VINO (8466); info@; SuVinoWineryAZ. com. Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room The owners fell in love with the culture of wine during extensive travels to various wine regions around the world. Upon returning to Arizona they were surprised by the thriving wine industry. Motivated by the love of wine and excited to be a part of it, the family purchased land on the Willcox Bench. Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room, 7064 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-4232901; Harvest Fest Pic The Scottsdale Wine Trail’s inaugural event, the Harvest Festival, is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and will feature bites, wine tasting and entertainment at each location on the trail.


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A collection of brightly colored paintings showing a wide range of styles and materials has just been installed in the corridors of the historic Scottsdale Artists School, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. The public can view paintings from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through Friday, October 14 The Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA) is the largest group of watercolor painters in Arizona with about 300 members statewide. It was founded in 1964 by professional artists and instructors but is also open to beginning artists. For information, visit Paintings in the show include work in transparent watercolor, gouache, acrylic paint and colored ink and subjects from portraits, landscapes and geometric studies through abstracts. Many artists in the show are nationally recognized with work appearing in prominent galleries and publications. A reception and awards presentation is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Arizona Artists Guild at 18411 N. Seventh Ave., during the regular AWA monthly meeting. The award presentation will be followed by a watercolor demonstration by juror Bob Burridge. Burridge is an international juror, motivational speaker, workshop instructor, and a leader in contemporary fine art. He left a successful career in industrial design to pursue his love for art, and his work can be found in international galleries, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles, and in upscale retail stores and cruise ships. He holds numerous national and international honors and awards for his art. Some of the artwork includes’ • Russian Red by Carol Baker, a transparent watercolor portrait. Baker recently had work published in Splash, a national annual publication of outstanding watercolors. • “Whispers in the Branches” is by Dyanne Locati, nationally known artist and workshop instructor working in Oregon and Arizona. This abstract image uses multiple water-


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based media and black line to depict changing seasons. • Just a quick glance of a puppy gave Mary Valesano the idea for the watercolor depiction, Sweet Lucy, of a friend’s dog. • Carole McSweeney used transparent watercolor to depict an aging Native American leader. • Award-winning West Valley artist Tom Herbert starts playing with pure pigments then erases out light areas for strong graphic images that surprise him as much as art lovers • Barbara Freedman, former head of the Glendale Community College Art Department, likes to take a series of photos to study potential images then uses multiple types of paints to partially abstract her paintings. • Lynda Burruss uses a mixture of patterns to portray an abstract vision of a farm. • JoEllen Layton creates portraits of friends and relatives in transparent watercolor including “Sunshine.” • Valley artist Stan Kurth recently won the San Diego Watercolor Show along with many other awards and is featured in the new book “Watercolor Masters and Legends” by Betsy Dillard Stroud. Loner No. 7 is part of a new series exploring intangible aspects of existence.

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Rose Hair Studio offers caring and pampering touch By Alison Stanton Rochelle Baumgartner is passionate about pampering clients at her salons, The Rose Hair Studio in Goodyear and Scottsdale. Salons are in her blood, as her mom owned them in the 1980s. So it was only natural that Baumgartner would open her own. About six years ago, Baumgartner opened the Goodyear location. Two years ago she opened the second salon in Scottsdale. One of the best parts of owning her own studio, Baumgartner said, is that hair styling and coloring is a family affair. Her mom, June Seney, and daughter, Aislinn Schwartz, both work with her. “We are an Aveda Concept Salon, so we only use Aveda products. They are organic and plant-based and are made with essential oils,” Baumgartner said. One of Aveda’s key philosophies is that every client who comes in is not just a head of hair, but a whole person who should have their mind, body and spirit cared for, she said. “We offer our clients Aveda tea or water, and then we also give them a shoulder massage and hand massage and we do makeup touchups as well,” she said. “If you go into other salons, you usually don’t see all of these extra services. They are all

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feel like they are getting extra value.” The Scottsdale location has 10 stations, and is the bigger of the two hair studios. “We specialize in color, hair smoothing, perms—everything to do with hair,” she said. “We also do facials, waxing and makeup.” Baumgartner said they work with men and women, and see a wide range of ages. “We get a lot of retired people, but my staff is young so we see a lot of young people, too.” Baumgartner said she, her mom, daughter and the rest of the staff all enjoy getting to know their clients, many of whom are repeat customers. They are also happy when new customers come in, and offer $20 off to new clients who spend $40 or more during the first appointment. In the case of older clients, Baumgartner knows she might be the only interaction they get all day. “I think that is what I love the most. It really makes a big difference in their lives, and I also love that we can help them feel pretty. It really makes a big difference when someone feels pretty,” she said. The Rose Hair Studio is located at 8664 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 158, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-970-1711 or visit

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By Carson Mlnarik Brooke Roe was inspired by her own lack of output when it came to DIY projects. To nudge herself and others, she created Pinspiration, with the tagline “Where community meets creativity.” She wanted to break down the walls that were preventing people from finishing their projects. She found that expenses, equipment, fear of failure and even lack of creative space were stopping many Pinners from completing the projects they liked the most. “Inspiration is contagious and there is nothing like the energy that comes from surrounding yourself with other creative people,” said Roe, who is hosting a booth at the Pinners Conference at WestWorld in Scottsdale Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8. “Plus, there is always the glitter. We love the glitter.” Armed with glue gun, the Scottsdale resident created a hip studio space in

Phoenix, allowing everyone to get in touch with their inner DIY artist. The Pinspiration staff provides the tools for guests, who have the option to choose from one of the month’s most “pinned” projects online or work off an idea they have in their head. The group hosts workshops on everything from calligraphy to painting as well as corporate events, birthday parties and group get-togethers. “We think it’s really important for people who are passionate about Making to have a place to come together and celebrate all-things-DIY,” Roe said. The DIY community was at the heart of Pinspiration’s conception, so their support at a communal celebration for crafting is a no-brainer. Pinspiration is also teaching class at 3:30 p.m. Saturday called “We Heart String Art.” Instructors will show participants how to “nail” the popular Pinterest project by creating a string art piece to take home. For more information on the



Brooke Roe and her Pinspiration staff are hosting a booth at the Pinners Conference and Expo at WestWorld in early October.

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Years of nature love at Boyce Thompson Arboretum By Kimberly Hosey Like any sentimental mother who can’t believe her little cherub is already a surly teenager, I’ve taken (and frequently look back on) my share of snapshots. Happily, with one destination that’s become a family tradition, I have a ready-made excuse, as well as a lovely background for those photos. My son and I have regularly visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which houses more than 3,000 different desert plants as well as the animals that call the plants and environment home, since shortly after he learned to walk. In those days, it was the best local spot I knew to take long walks and expose him to the natural world. As time went by and we got to know the trails well, we found favorite spots: the main trail as it winds around a canyon rim, flowers alive with hummingbirds and butterflies and many more. We’ve visited at all seasons, become members and even volunteered there. On this particular trip we enjoyed the fresh feeling that comes from a recent rain, looked for queen butterfly chrysalises on milkweed plants, and learned more about our local desert lizards—greater earless lizards, tree lizards, the big spiny lizards and even a tiger whiptail—and got to study a few in detail as they were safely caught and then released by our guide. We’ve been on most of the interpretive tours the arboretum offers; exploring plants,

“Learn Your Lizards” guided walking tours at the arboretum give visitors a primer on identifying the reptiles, as well as opportunities to get up-close and personal with a few lizards.

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Guided dragonfly walks show guests where to spot the colorful insect predators around the arboretum’s pond and water features.

David Hosey, now 14, has been going to Boyce Thompson Arboretum for over a decade.

lizards, butterflies, dragonflies and more. The groups often, but not always, include other children. This time, he was the youngest participant. It didn’t matter; everyone turns into kids as we have up-close encounters with nature. We’re all learning here. After our tour, we checked out the Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden as a family with several kids joined us. Two kids paused in the path to watch birds in the water fountain, bringing us to a stop. The father apologized, but I told him he needn’t worry. We were stopping to watch. The opportunities at the arboretum are limited only by your and your kids’ interests. One highlight not to miss is the Children’s Garden, a well-designed collection of mazes, flowers, mosaics and more. Kids can navigate the maze and pretend to be javelinas, excavate “fossils,” watch butterflies dance among the flowers, become a human sundial and more. It’s all about interacting with the natural world. The arboretum has many events and interpretive walks coming up in the next few months, great for all members of the family: Saturday, Sept. 24—September brings the autumnal equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians. The Arboretum

has a day filled with events starting just after sunrise with the annual Bye Bye Buzzards seasonal send-off. View and learn about the resident flock on the cliffs before they start their daily soaring. Vulture viewing is from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with a guided bird walk to follow from 8:30 to 10 a.m. 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24—Geology Walking Tour: Geology rocks— literally—as the minerals and volcanic formations along the Main Trail take center stage as guests cover almost 2 billion years of geologic history with professional geologist Rich Leveille. 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24— Butterfly Walk: Queens, Empress Leilia, spring azures and more: The fancy names and their flashy owners delight during leisurely walk through the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children’s Garden collections, led by local butterfly researchers and experts. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1— Dragonfly Walk: Blue-eyed and common green darners, flame and roseate skimmers, Mexican amberwings, blue dashers: Even the names are colorful. ASU professor Pierre Deviche guides this walk around the arboretum’s pond and water features to find and study these brilliant

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insects, and learn more about their life cycle and how they hunt. 8:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 1, 2, 9, 15, 29 and Nov. 13 and 19— Guided Bird Walk: Discover how to spot (and listen for) warblers, cardinals and many more birds during this interpretive walk led by local bird experts.

A northern cardinal seen during one of Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s guided bird walks.

The arboretum also offers history walks, photography workshops, home school day tours and more. The arboretum is open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September, and changes to its fall and winter hours in October, when it is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, and children younger than 5 are free.

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around the neighborhood The McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Show is the longest-running show of its kind, making it the perfect Valley destination to eye classic cars. On an average night, between 250 and 500 autos participate and up to 150 motorcycles. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays at The Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center. Photos by Will Powers


1. Dave Bertram, Al Gartzman, Cindi Smith and Kevin Dewitt cool off at the McDonald’s where the car show is held. 2. Mike and Meka Simmons invite fans to check out their 1961 Ford F100 3. Michael Dorton’s Lamborghini Countach kit car was a big hit. 4. Bob Groves shows off his 1970 Cadillac Deville. 5. Jon Mesa is proud of his 1975 Pontiac Granville. That year was the end of the line for Pontiac convertibles. 6. Janet, Kevin and Angie Castorina admire the vehicles at the car show 7. Christine and Maria Marsceill admire a 1950s-era Chevy stationwagon.






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By Scottsdale Unified School District Get ready for the second annual SUSD Showcase. This event, highlighting the rigorous academic and extracurricular programs found at all 30 Scottsdale public schools, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Cocopah Middle School, 6615 E. Cholla St. Student performances will take place throughout the four-hour event and student-created art representing all grade levels will be on display. From robotics to academics, arts and athletics, the event provides an opportunity for community members to connect with Scottsdale schools. “The showcase celebrates the accomplishments and talents of our students,” said Kristine Harrington, public information and marketing officer for SUSD. “Everyone is invited to this celebration of Scottsdale’s schools.” Food trucks, bounce houses and door prizes will ensure that there’s fun for everyone. More than 1,500 community members attended last year’s event and the District is looking to eclipse that mark this year. The event is free. Local businesses interested in helping sponsor this event can contact SUSDCommunications@ 2016 bond and override election community information meetings The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host meetings in each of the district’s learning communities to share factual information with the community about the bond and additional assistance budget override proposals that will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Bonds and overrides are voterapproved initiatives that generate tax revenue to fund projects for local school districts above and beyond what the state provides. SUSD Chief Financial Officer Daniel O’Brien will be available to answer questions regarding the ballot issues.


SUSD Showcase: A celebration of student learning The meeting schedule is: • Coronado Learning Community 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 Coronado High School 7501 E. Virginia Ave., Scottsdale Board Room/Lecture Hall • Chaparral Learning Community 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 Chaparral High School 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale Library • Arcadia Learning Community 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 Arcadia High School 4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix Mount Olympus Room • Saguaro Learning Community 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 Saguaro High School 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale Community Room • Desert Mountain Learning Community 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 Desert Mountain High School 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale Room 5121 Visit to learn more.

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How to make a front-yard zombie Anyone who has flown in the last decade has flipped through Skymall. One of the most memorable products was the “Zombie of Montclaire Moors” sculpture, which appears to be clawing its way out of the owner’s yard. I’ve always loved the concept, but never wanted to spend more than $120 for the novelty. I have since realized I could make my own, and Halloween is going to be a little spookier this year. law talk

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mask like I did (Frankenstein), the paint can do wonders for hiding clues that your zombie started out as a more famous character. A wellplaced bruise, ripped flesh or streak of blood can cover a lot of stitches and bolts.

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You will need: a 25-pound box of rapid-set cement, two 1 foot x 3/8 inch rebar, bucket and stir, bucket, one set of dollar store cleaning gloves, full face monster mask (check thrift shops, I found mine for only $2.99), duct tape, length of bamboo broken into three pieces and outdoor paint. Step 1 Use duct tape to cover the eye and nose holes of the monster mask. Make sure to put the tape on the outside of the mask or else an imprint of the shape of the tape will remain on your cast. Empty 2/3 of the concrete to your bucket and slowly add water until you’ve achieved a consistency similar to a milkshake. Have someone hold the mask open and pour the concrete into it filling every nook and cranny. Put two holes in the mask, one on either side of the face and thread the bamboo through the holes so the face is hanging down. Suspend the mask from the bamboo pole until the concrete solidifies. (If you lay the mask on the ground to solidify, it will flatten and not retain a humane-like shape.)

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Step 2 You will need a way to suspend the two gloves while you fill them with concrete. I happened to have two bulk-sized snack canisters which did the trick. A 5-gallon bucket would also work, or two piles of bricks or wood. Put holes through the tops of each glove, then use the remaining two pieces of bamboo to thread through the holes. Suspend the gloves by the bamboo. Mix the rest of the concrete, again going for a milkshake-like consistency. Pour into each of the gloves until there’s only about 1 inch left at the top.

While the concrete is setting, use rocks to bend the fingers into clawlike positions. Take care not to bend the fingers at very extreme angles or the fingers could break when you’re removing the gloves. When the concrete is just about to solidify, insert one piece of rebar into each glove, about halfway. They should stand up straight without any help. Step 3 You can remove the castings from their molds as early as two hours after setting. I recommend waiting overnight, however. You can tell that the process is finished when the concrete is no longer hot to the touch. Carefully strip the plastic away from the concrete mold. You may have to use a razor blade on some

of the tighter areas of the fingers. If done carefully, the rubber mask can be removed without cutting and be reused for more castings. Step 4 When the concrete is set and cooled, it can be painted. I made two sets of monsters, one for me and one for my kids. They wanted their zombie to have a greenish pallor so I used a can of green spray paint on their monster. I left mine concrete gray because we know that dead flesh turns gray over time, or so say zombie movies. After the spray paint, it was just a matter of decorating the heads and faces to look like zombies. I only used red, white and black outdoor

acrylic paint and mixed it with water when I needed it to spread like a bruise or a shadow. If you end up with a very easy to identify monster

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NOTE: I broke a number of monster fingers when I was removing the gloves from the cast. I glued them back on and used red paint (blood) to hide the fractures and glue. I even left one finger off, painted the break black and put a dab of white in the middle to indicate where a bone would be. Step 5 The only thing left is to find a spot for your zombie to claw out of your yard. This will require some digging of two approximately 10-inch holes, but you want to make it look like the arms are emerging from the otherwise solid ground. For effect, you could leave some small piles of dirt in front of the hands. Clear out the top layer of rocks or dirt in the middle of the two hands and set 6 inches to 12 inches back for the head, then fill the earth back in around the edges. All that’s left now is to scare the neighbors with your very own yard zombie.

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Four more years We’re in the middle of a presidential election year (boy are we ever) and the nation is firmly focused on the next four years. What will they bring? Will things change, or stay the same? My household is experiencing a similar situation, although our focus has nothing to do with campaign strategies, polls or votes. We are staring down the nose of four more years. Our last four. It’s the number we have to go before our youngest son graduates. For us, it’s been a long time coming. When our son receives his diploma in four years we will have spent 23 consecutive years in school. Or at least our kids will have. But any parent knows education is a family affair. Our daughter first rode the kindergarten bus back in the last millennium. The year was 1997. We had a Clinton in the White House.

a photo of our child descending the vehicle’s steps. If we’d been hip, we would have used the newly invented camera phone, but we have never been that cutting edge. In 2003 I was still using a 35mm that required film. Imagine! Apple launched a new music store called iTunes and Skype was released to the public. Facebook was a year away from existence. Families throughout the country were intent on finding Nemo while Will Ferrell played a lovable elf in movie theaters. At a whopping 766 pages, the fifth Harry Potter book hit the shelves. Our little caboose rode the kindergarten bus in 2007. It was the same year a senator from Illinois named Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president. The first generation iPhone came equipped with a new feature—a touchscreen. The savviest among us posted our kindergarten videos on YouTube (created in 2004) and limited our commentary to 140 characters or less on Twitter, which had been around for just a couple of years. The show “Mad Men” premiered and viewers watched the final episode of “The Sopranos.” The federal minimum

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wage increased for the first time in a decade, from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour and gas cost about $2.80 a gallon. The seventh book about Harry Potter was published, giving readers the satisfaction that Voldemort finally got his comeuppance and good guys occasionally do win in the end. My family’s long-term relationship with public education will be complete in four more years. The world has changed in significant ways since we started this journey 19 years ago and there are more unfolding as we speak. The newest book in the Harry Potter series is available for diehard fans. And, perhaps even more noteworthy, in January a new president will enter the White House. It’s a pivotal period for the wizarding world and our nation. I hope things go well for both. As I do for my son’s next four years. High school is also a pivotal period and I hope his experience is not only magical but presidential. 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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Our family didn’t possess even one cellphone, much less six. No one had heard of the Google because it was a year away from being invented. We watched “Titanic” and “Men in Black” on the big screen. The federal minimum wage increased from $4.75 per hour to $5.15. The first Harry Potter book was released leaving us all talking about Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Three years later, when our son started school, George Bush and Al Gore ended campaigns in a presidential election that left us chatting about chads. Global Positioning System, better known as GPS, became available for nonmilitary use and the first hybrid car hit the roads. The reality show, “Survivor,” hit the small screen. Movie theaters premiered the first “Scary Movie,” and our favorite stranded castaway of the year wasn’t Gilligan, but Tom Hanks (and his volleyball). Child No. 3 (and son No. 2) entered kindergarten in 2003, when Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of California. By this time my husband and I were pros at following the bus to school the first day so we could get


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“Octonauts Live!”

New “Octonauts” episodes are premiering throughout the year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, but check out the characters live here. WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. WHERE: Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix COST: $28.50 to $38.50 INFO: 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster. com or


Thin Mint Sprint

All local Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Ambassadors, can earn a patch at this event. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. WHERE: Kiwanis Park, 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe COST: $31 for Girl Scouts; $41 for nonGirl Scouts INFO: 602-452-7000 or


Family Storytime

Kids can partake in interactive learning fun during family storytime, which is open to family members of all ages. WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe COST: Free INFO: 480-350-5500,


Slide Across America

The three-day event features more than 25 waterslides with the centerpiece being the 42-feet high Dropkick Slide. Adult night is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, with music, drinks and Slip N Slides. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23, to Monday, Sept. 25, various times WHERE: Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale COST: $20 to $60 INFO:


Brazilian Day Festival

The Brazilian Day Festival is a great opportunity for families to experience Brazilian bands, dancers, performers, DJs, martial arts, food and drinks. WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $15 INFO: 480-499-8587,


A Taste of Greece

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costumed folk dancing. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. WHERE: St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler COST: $3 INFO: 480-899-3330 or


Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party

The annual party brings the fall fun with Hillbilly Bob’s pig races, spooky train rides, live entertainment, a celebrity 10acre maze, bonfires, pumpkin patch and hayrides. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 30, various times Thursday through Sundays. WHERE: Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek COST: $15 tickets available at Fry’s Food Stores INFO:


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Bring tots ages 2 to 5 to storytime in Butterfly Wonderland’s birthday room. WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale COST: $17.95 to $19.95; children 2 and younger are free INFO: 480-800-3000 or

10 Chandler Indian Art Market and Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program The festival features Native American art from artists all over the Southwest. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the art market; Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. for scholarship program. WHERE: Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: Free for market; $5 to $10 for scholarship program INFO:

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Chris Difford of Squeeze is in a good place. The English pop band, which kicks off its U.S. tour at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Sept. 21, is pleased that the act has witnessed a resurgence since the 2015 release of the album “Cradle to the Grave.” “We’re fortunate to get back on the radio and have people buy our records again,” Difford said via telephone from England. “You don’t get many bites at the cherry when you’re at this end of your career. I think we’re very lucky and we should make the most of it.” “Cradle to the Grave” is Squeeze’s first album of new material in 17 years, which is why the collection’s success comes as a surprise to Difford. The songs were commissioned for a similarly named British sitcom, “Cradle to Grave.” “A friend of ours (Danny Baker) wrote a script for a TV show and asked us to write the music for it,” he said. “We thought we would have to make our songs fit the script. He said, ‘Forget that. Write a really

good Squeeze album.’ That’s exactly what we did.” Those songs will be the focus of Squeeze’s SCPA show. “We’ll be primarily playing songs from it and all the usual songs that people love Squeeze for,” he said. “It’s a tapestry of all things.” Some of those hits are “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Up the Junction,” “Tempted,” “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)” and “Hourglass”—all staples on classic rock radio. “We’re really fortunate to have had a history that stands up and timeless in a way,” Difford said. “That’s the nature of Squeeze.”


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Esteban returns to the stage he calls home, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Flamenco guitarist Esteban will return to the stage on Saturday, Oct. 22, with his full band, including daughter Teresa Joy on violin. Set against the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains, the sunset concert will be held at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa’s outdoor Fountain

Court. Born Stephen Paul, in Pittsburgh, Esteban eyed his first guitar in a store window when he was 8 years old. His uncle bought it for him, and Esteban said, “it never left my hands.” His name was given him by the legendary classical guitarist Andrés Segovia. Tickets are $40 to $115. To purchase them, visit For dinner reservations, call (480) 483-5549.

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Sept. 20-Oct. 20, 2016 Mary Chapin Carpenter with Garrison Starr Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will pull from her 14-album catalog to entertain fans at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $39 to $69 INFO: events/

Alice in Chains It’s been about 14 years since Layne Staley died, but lead singer William DuVall has been filling the shoes nicely. Check out how well at Talking Stick Resort. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. WHERE: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $25 to $90 INFO: 800-745-3000 or

Dweezil Zappa Dweezil Zappa leads an assortment of musicians dedicated to preserving and performing the detailed music of Frank Zappa. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale COST: $45 to $85 INFO: 480-850-7734, 800-745-3000 or

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Pickup Basketball Adults 18 and older are invited to join this game of organized pickup basketball. WHEN: Sundays in October, either from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., or 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free to members; $10 nonmembers INFO: 480-481-7016 or



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ASU Symphony Orchestra: Seduction and the Hand of Fate The orchestra presents John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances,” a portrayal of the youthful Mao Tse-tung dancing the foxtrot with his mistress, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, a depiction of the transformation of fate. WHEN: Monday, Oct 3, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale COST: $10 INFO: events/ Sunset Yoga Flow Enjoy the Arizona sunset with Yin yoga! Classes are held outside, so be sure to dress appropriately and bring a yoga mat and water. WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free to members, $10 nonmembers INFO: 480-481-7015 or Let’s Be Strong & Single This workshop helps middle-age, newly single women find confidence and begin

Sunrise Yoga Flow Enjoy the Arizona sunrise with yoga. Classes are outside be sure to dress appropriately and bring a yoga mat and water. WHEN: Fridays Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale COST: Free for members; $10 nonmembers INFO: 480-481-7015 or

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Hamburger Pancakes I just love this recipe. Not the least of which is the name: hamburger pancakes. I also love the stories behind the recipe. Hamburger pancakes were made popular during wartime when rationing was top of mind. Here what one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, “Cooking On a Ration,” said about 1943: “We have taken a sudden nosedive from happy-go-lucky splashing about with plenty of whipping cream, pounds of butter and rib roasts to conserving our precious food supply, making it stretch,” it read. “Women have been whirled into dizzy readjustments and are showing dauntless spirit and resolve to turn out delectable food with whatever materials may be available.” These were times of battle and belttightening. Fancy dishes like Entrecote a la Bourguignon were likely replaced by

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recipes simply titled, wartime stew and victory pie. Meatball pancakes (or hamburger pancakes) was one of those simple and dollar-stretching dishes that should have never left our recipe box. I’ve received several emails over time from readers sharing their recipe for these unique and savory pancakes. They’re a favorite for busy moms as they come together quickly, and perfect for kids who will gobble them up in an instant! They can be a main meal served with tomato sauce or as a finger food appetizer with catsup! Here’s a recipe and story from Marty Grotlisch: “It was World War II and I was just out of college,” Marty said. “I was on a radio show in Kansas City called The Happy Kitchen. As that was some 64

years ago, memories dim, but such fun it was! We always included at least one recipe. When my ‘true love returned from the Battle of the Bulge, we married and I left with a suitcase full of recipes.” Well, Marty, I’m glad this one went packing with you. After making your wartime meatball pancakes, it was a battle to the finish in our family for the last one on the plate!

received from Pat in Tucson: “I was a young bride on a very low budget and always looking for recipes that would stretch my dollar. The hamburger pancakes made my dollar go further and were delicious hot or cold. We served these in our restaurant as a special once a week and they would sell out every time.”

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3 egg yolks, beaten 1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Dash of pepper 1 tablespoon grated onion 3 stiffly beaten egg whites 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon minced parsley Directions:

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Hamburger Pancakes 1/2 pound hamburger 1/4 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons tomato sauce 3 egg yolks Salt & pepper to taste 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten Oil or butter Brown gravy or tomato sauce (optional)

Combine hamburger, onion, tomato sauce, egg yolks, salt & pepper until well blended. Fold in egg whites. Add a small amount of oil or butter to skillet. Drop mixture by tablespoon full onto hot skillet. Push down gently, with back of spoon, till round and flat like a pancake. Turn when golden brown and continue cooking until browned on both sides. I save drippings in pan to make brown gravy.

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Once upon a time, all-American cook Louie fell for beautiful Asian chef Ling and they opened a restaurant. Louie loved American comfort food. Ling was a connoisseur of Asia’s panoply of adventurous flavors and textures, from Thailand and China to Korea and Japan. What kind of menu could such a couple possible agree upon? Hmmm. How about meatloaf under a gravy that suggests Szechuan with a side of wasabi mashed potatoes ($11.50)? Or maybe good old southwestern tacos stuffed with sashimi-grade ahi and an Asianinflected salsa? To be clear, Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill really is more Asian than American in its flavors and presentation. An entire section of the comm. spotlight


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menu is devoted to an array of wok dishes for which you choose chicken, beef, scallops or shrimp, cooked with myriad possible sauces, including Kung Pao, peanut-red curry, honeywalnut, cashew and a fiery red chili. But the feeling is laid-back American, and there are persistent attempts to make American forays into the Asian dominance. The Mongolian flatbread ($11.25) may remind you a bit of a Mongolian barbecue, but since when did the Mongolians invent cheese? Oh, and Ling and Louie aren’t real. Sorry. “That was a story made up to give a background to the restaurant’s concept,” explained John Banquil, director of brand development for the restaurant and former manager of Ling & Louie’s Scottsdale location. meet your neighbor

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The Last Samurai a truly unique drink. Banquil described Japanese whiskies as “smoky and complex like Scotch, but subtler and without the peatiness. You get more of the dried fruit qualities.” As for the whiskey-tinged foods, a diner might try the Bourbon-glazed pork sliders with honey-wasabi mustard, or Wokin’ Whiskey, a choice of crispy chicken, shrimp or scallops in a whiskey-garlic sauce (prices not available). The next promotion is planned for November, when the menu will swing more toward American food. We’re talking burgers, tuna melts and pretzels, but with unexpected bursts of Asian flavor. But the restaurant’s big break must surely be in the future. “Right now, we are a hidden gem,” Banquil said.

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Exactly what is that concept? “Modern Asian meets American comfort.” The Ling & Louie’s in Scottsdale is the corporate flagship, but you’ll also find the restaurant in Chandler at Wild Horse Pass. Ling and Louie are ready to break out. “Our motto is, ‘Not for boring people,’” Banquil said. And that means constantly rethinking the menu. “We come up with promotions to keep it fresh for our guests.” In September, keeping it fresh means whiskey—shots, cocktails and even whisky-inspired special-menu dishes. What’s the occasion? “September is National Bourbon Month, and we’ve celebrated that for the last four years. We decided to expand it this year to include all kinds of whiskey, including Scotch and the new Japanese whiskeys.” Japanese whiskeys? Take two of the special whiskey cocktails featured in September: The Nikka Sour and The Last Samurai. Both feature Japanese whiskeys, with fresh Thai basil and ginger beer making




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By Alison Stanton Darrell Peruch, owner of A-Authentic Garage Door Service Co., understands how stressful it can be to discover that the garage door will not open. This knowledge inspired him to offer emergency service to his customers, often within an hour. “When we get a phone call from a customer who is saying, ‘Oh my gosh, my springs broke in my garage door and I need to get out.’ we can usually get there really fast,” he said. “I am sure to staff appropriately so we can get to customers that quickly most of the time.” The company’s motto reflects this same commitment to the customers, Peruch said. “Our tagline is ‘We will be there when you need us,’” he said. Since A-Authentic Garage Door Service Co. opened in 1999, Peruch said they have strived to offer topnotch garage door service and replacement services. “We repair or replace garage doors and openers. We can work with anybody who has a garage door, including light commercial customers,” Peruch said. Although Peruch said there are not a lot of changes that take place in the garage door industry, he said they do stay abreast of the latest technology and products.

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For example, the Wi-Fi garage door openers are catching the eye and interest of customers, he said. “They are MyQ compatible, and you can open and close your garage door with your iPhone,” he said. Wi-Fi openers are ideal for people who routinely get to work and ask themselves “Did I close my garage door?” “You can check from your phone if it is closed. This way, if it was left open it won’t be open all day, and people won’t come back home and find that everything in the garage is gone,” he said. Peruch said he is proud of his company’s many repeat customers and numerous referrals. Peruch also likes knowing that he and his staff are helping people, some of whom are dealing with an emergency situation. “Our customers have a problem and they are stuck in their garages and can’t get out, so we get there and help them. Our customers are happy, we are happy, and then we move onto the next person,” Peruch said. “Knowing that we are helping people is a very rewarding experience.” A-Authentic Garage Door Service Co. is located at 22051 N. 23rd Ave., Phoenix. For more information, call 480-635-8114 or visit In Tucson, call 520-740-1050.



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Smallcakes fulfills Scottsdale residents’ sweet tooth By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Growing up in upstate New York, Michelle Arena was spoiled with many bakeries and sweets shops. However, when she and her husband moved to Arizona, they found the Valley lacked that luxury. So Arena left corporate America and opened a franchise of Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery last October. The McCormick Ranch resident is preparing to celebrate her store’s first anniversary with a “big party.” She said she’s anticipating specials like four cupcakes for $10, cake giveaways and radio station giveaways. Smallcakes, which carries the slogan of “Maybe a cupcake will help?,” regularly sells cupcakes for $3.75 each; six for $20; or a dozen for $39. The chain was started by Jeff Martin in Overland Park, Kansas. The franchises, including Arena’s store, bake and frost 18 signature flavors every morning from scratch. Extra product is donated to Waste Not, a nonprofit, food rescue organization that delivers perishable food. “We, as franchise owners, run them on our own,” added Arena, whose store is the only one in the Valley. “Jeff isn’t really involved. We design our own stores. There’s a set menu of signature

flavors, but we’re able to pick our specials on our own. We play with the flavors and specials we decide to offer.” Of the 18 flavors, Arena said the hot fudge sundae is a hot commodity for chocolate lovers, while vanilla fans enjoy birthday cake. The store was designed by Michelle Rene, a local artist and a friend of Arena. She hand painted the logos and murals on the walls. That’s not the only local tie. Coffee for the store is provided by Espressions Roastery, a Phoenix company owned by a McCormick Ranch resident. It’s not all about cupcakes. Smallcakes also bakes big cakes, including round, sheet, half sheet and cupcake cakes. Six-inch cakes start at $35. Arena, who has seven employees, called herself a “people person” who enjoys getting to know her customers. “I know a lot of customers by name,” she said. “We’ll chat and it’s nice.”


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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

i2iOptique: Where every customer is treated like family Every day, optician Sabina Krasnov, owner of i2iOptique in Scottsdale, treats every customer as she would her mother. Krasnov, who has worked in the optical industry for 26-plus years, relocated to Scottsdale four years ago and opened i2iOptique two years ago. It is a mid- to high-end optical shop that features a wide variety of glasses, sunglasses and contacts. Recently, i2iOptique moved to a new location in Scottsdale. “I really care about what and how people look and see,” Krasnov said. “I’m especially proud of the personalized service that I offer my clients and I want them to know that they can always rely on me.

“One of the biggest complaints that I hear from people is that at the chains, they see different people each time. But here, I’m the face that they will always see.” Also, because i2iOptique is a specialty store, Krasnov said she can get her patients everything that they need for their eyes. “The quality of lenses is not the same everywhere. Oftentimes, people go to chains and think that the price is less but the quality is the same and this is not true,” she said. “Our glasses are made with love and perfection. For example, our coatings do not peel or scratch easily.” For Krasnov—a self-described “eyeglass fashionista”—working with

her customers from the time they place their order to when they come back to pick up their glasses is part of her commitment to outstanding customer service. The combination of customer service and quality products, Krasnov said, are what makes i2iOptique different. “For me, it’s not just about the money. I really roll out the white glove service to every one of my customers.” Getting to know her customers is a highlight of her work, Krasnov said, as is spending time every Tuesday at assisted living facilities helping the residents with their glasses. Krasnov especially loves the way having the correct eyeglasses can make people not only look terrific, but feel good about themselves. “Everyone who wears glasses needs to see well and look great,” she said. “Every day we change people’s lives by changing the way they see and look and that’s our promise. Glasses are a part of you and we need to love them.”

As the optician and owner of i2iOptique in Scottsdale, Sabina Krasnov said she truly enjoys giving her clients the “white glove treatment” and working closely with them.

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