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contents September-October 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 10 wv features

9 Blackstone at Vistancia Pricing, Location and Amenities Draw Canadian Buyers.

10 Quintero Golf & Country Club

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A “Pure Private Golf” Experience

12 Futures Course at 500 Club Golf Course designed for kids and families.

13 Sailing In The Desert A decidedly different diversion.

14 Waste Management A look inside the Arizona Ecocenter.

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16 ARIZONA CHARTER ACADEMY Students dress for success.

18 IMS Arizona Marathon Boyscout Eagle Troop 90 - honored by IMS.

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24 The Industry of Tourism Take that vacation every year to explore new worlds.

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28 Diabetes The warning signs.

32 Excellence in Health Care Awards Sharon Day and Dr. Thomas Kotoske

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Bartering: Isn’t that something that they used to do in the old days, give someone a chicken and get free fresh eggs for a year? Exactly... And when you think about it, isn’t fresh eggs for a year better than having a chicken you don’t want to feed? Which brings us to BARTER BOOK. What if you’re a printer and need a plumber for that back bathroom with the toilet nobody wants to use but you haven’t had the money to fix? How about free business cards for a year for the plumber who will fix that toilet? Write great resumes? List that in Barterbook and you might get offered something you really want but didn’t want to spend the money on. It’s practical but it’s fun, too. How great is it to pay with your talents, skills and abilities. Just trade with someone who has something you want for something you have. TO GET STARTED just login to your facebook account and select the barterbook app. Follow the prompts to set up your account and check out what others’ have to offer. NO TRANSACTION FEES...Just a $12/year membership fee and you can list and buy all you want. And earn up to $25 for inviting your friends to join. Admit it. This sounds fun and just crazy enough to be one of the best ways to get products and services and hang on to your hard earned cash. Win-win isn’t always a cliché’.

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contents September-October 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 10 36 Antioxidants Get An A+ What are antioxidants and free radicals? What they can do for us.

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38 Arizona Holistic Chamber of Commerce Supporting the West Valley.

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40 The ART of Loving Yourself How one Valley group is taking a stand by helping women to stand tall.

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44 The Reformed Polluter Let’s get energy smart. Arizona Smart Power. wildlife world zoo

46 Living Dragons Coming to WWZ&A An all-new exhibit complex featuring giant ectotherms—living “dragons”.

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51 Griddle Q Heavy duty grill-top griddle shatters all of the conventional limits on cooking outside on your grill. through the lens

56 Photographer Michael Jordan A Photographic Exposé.

58 Calendar The who, what, when and where for September. wv dining

60 The Best Restaurants in the Valley Litchfield’s at the Wigwam Resort.

65 Summer Movie Medley Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.

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editor’s letter

I’ve been doing quite a bit of email marketing lately and have noticed a lot of “out of the office” auto responders this month. It seems like most of Arizona is on vacation and I am happily about to join the trend. I’m off to the Pacific Northwest to visit family and friends and I can hardly wait to get going. My team has been busy getting our September issue together before I leave and this month we have featured Golf and Tourism.

The Futures Course Summer Junior Program is worth checking out if you have any young aspiring golfers in your family. Russ Ullinger interviewed Futures PGA Instructor and Golf Professional, Sheila Peterson, who offers an etiquette clinic for juniors who want unlimited free golf during the summer.

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Connecting our Communities SEPTEMBER • OCTOBER • 2011 VOLUME 7 • ISSUE 10 EDITOR

Trish Arana ADVERTISING COORDINATOR

Kim O’Leary ART DIRECTOR

Perhaps you were aware that one of our greatest tourist attractions to the West Valley, PIR is undergoing a remodel. Jonathan Reyes reports on its progress as they gear up for the Sprint Cup Series on October 4th. If you’re looking for something cool and different to do this summer, you may want to try “Sailing in the Desert” with Captain Rick Griffin. I’m so looking forward to spending three relaxing hours on Lake Pleasant with three of my friends and Rick describes the wonderful adventure awaiting us. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to tour the Waste Management facilities along with the City of Goodyear’s Mayor, Georgia Lord. This is one tour I would highly recommend to anyone with the slightest doubt that recycling really works. Their facilities are state-ofthe-art and designed to manage our waste with optimum speed and efficiency. I was amazed to discover how many times I had driven by their transfer station visible from I10 just west of the 303 and never knew what it was. They have done a superb job of keeping the facility clean and free from unpleasant trash odors. Kristy Matsuda describes our tour experience guided by Waste Management’s Rodney Glassman, Director of Public Sector Solutions. I hope you enjoy the read and don’t forget to check out this month’s movie review by Alexis McCoy. My auto responder is about to be activated, so I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.

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Pricing, Location and Amenities Draw Canadian Buyers to

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he resort-style golf course and clubhouse at Blackstone at Vistancia in Peoria may not be open to Valley tourists but it has its share of international visitors just the same, especially from our neighbors to the north. Canadians have always been attracted to the warmth and beauty of the desert Southwest, but as U.S. real estate prices began to slide and the Canadian dollar started to rise, significant property sales at Blackstone to visitors from Canada took off. Sales of homes and custom home sites for vacation getaways, as well as private golf memberships to Canadians, particularly from Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, remain strong today at the 540-acre community. “They’ve been among our best buyers,” said Stephanie Wilbanks, Vistancia marketing director. “They’re drawn to the club amenities, private gate and the prestige of living at a Scottsdale type of property that offers better value and less congestion.” With many private golf communities to choose from in the Valley, Wilbanks said

the family-friendliness of the Blackstone club, with a membership demographic ranging from emptynesters to young families, may also be a draw. She pointed out that the recent opening of a 14-mile stretch of the Loop 303 from Happy Valley Road to I-17 has created easier access to Sky Harbor International Airport and entertainment venues in other parts of the Valley making Blackstone an even more attractive choice. Wilbanks said that Canadian buyers have learned about Blackstone from visiting the community’s website which experienced nearly 2,000 visits from Canadians in the past 18 months, on-site visits from Canadian reporters resulting in feature articles in the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal, and word-of-mouth. “Frequently new buyers will tell their friends who will come down for a visit, decide to buy and in turn, tell other friends about Blackstone. So many of the members already know each other,” she added. Wilbanks has also noticed several trends among Canadian buyers. For example, they tend to purchase homes in the $300-$400,000 price range, plan to inhabit the property rather than buy it as an investment and choose homes with southern exposures, particularly the backyard to catch plenty of sun. And in 2010, Calgarians in particular purchased more lock-and-leave townhomes at Blackstone than anyone else. The neighborhood has since sold out. Blackstone at Vistancia offers custom home sites from the low $100,000’s. Luxury homes by T.W. Lewis and K. Hovnanian Homes feature floor plans from 2,759-3,511 square feet and start from the low $300,000’s.

For more information on real estate call 623-476-2923; for information on golf club and social memberships call 623-707-8700; or visit Facebook or the website at www.blackstonecountryclub.com.

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GOLF & TOURISM

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Quintero Golf & Country Club........................... | lush manicured fairways

| smooth and fast bentgrass greens

| sweeping desert landscape

| significant elevation changes | the most beautifully challenging golf in the Arizona... a true golfer’s paradise!

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“Pure PrivateGolf”

Nestled in the Hieroglyphic Mountains just west of Lake Pleasant, on the Carefree Highway (only 17 minutes west of I-17), Quintero Golf & Country Club is a private golf club located less than one hour’s drive northwest of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. Quintero, first and foremost is about great golf. The crown jewel of the community, is the 7208-yard Founders Course. Designed by esteemed architect Rees Jones, it includes an extensive practice facility and some of the most beautifully challenging golf in the Arizona. The course, which offers five sets of tees, includes spectacular par fives, memorable par fours and some of the best, and most demanding and scenic Par 3’s in the Southwest. Renowned for its conditioning, the course boasts lush manicured fairways and smooth and fast bentgrass greens. Named as one of America's Top 100 modern golf courses by GolfWeek Magazine for 9 straight years, plus the recipient of numerous awards from Golf Digest, Desert Golf and Travel&Leisure Magazines, the course features dramatic elevation changes, integral water features and stunning vistas that enhance every players day of golf at Quintero. Unlike many private golf clubs, membership in Quintero does not require a real estate purchase and Quintero offers several Annual Membership opportunities. New offering s provide memberships for only $350 a month dues, with a small $500 activation fee, and includes privileges for two family members. Other memberships include a National Membership and the popular

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“SnowBird” Membership for nonResidents at equally generous rates. Located at an elevation between 1986 and 2670 feet, the entire property is surrounded by Federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, adding to the feeling of privacy. Quintero has been meticulously designed to take full advantage of the sweeping desert landscape with significant elevation changes and lush collections of native saguaro, ocotillo, ironwood, palo verde, and acacia trees. Members, residents and guests all love it here, where native desert mules & deer, javalina, bobcat and a variety of indigenous fowl including gamble quail, cactus wrens are often sighted. Only a short drive from the Valley of the Sun, this private, gated golf community provides world-class golf in a secluded setting for Members and Guests alike ... a true golfer’s paradise.

Reese Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf & Country Club ... the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most coveted golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces and the ultimate challenge for their individual games. Membership at Quintero means worldclass golf & no more five hour rounds, just a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course.


| Golfweek Magazine Top 100 America’s Best Modern courses every year since 2002

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| Top 20 Golfweek Magazine Best Residential Golf Course Communities since 2002

| Top 20 best course in State by Golf Digest Panel since 2003, #13 in 2007-2008

| Selected 3rd favorite Private Club Course in Arizona by local PGA Professionals in Desert Golf Magazine 2006-2008

| Named In 2007 Golf Digest Index as one of America’s Top 50 modern Golf Clubs

The course itself has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, designed to test players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero has been designed to offer even the scratch golfer a game demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the tips, and a comfortable 5307 yards from the forward tees, the



Quintero experience challenges with strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level greens often referred to as some of the best in the Southwest.

Quinero Golf & Country Club Tom Wilcox, General Manager/Director of Golf 16792 West Carefree Highway, (West State Route 74) Peoria, AZ 85383 928.501.1500 www.quinterogolf.com TWilcox@TroonGolf.com

Call us today for details for private Membership Opportunities ... because Quintero is Pure Golf, but it’s only available to Members and their guests!

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Futures Course at 500 Club

By Russ Ullinger

Golf Course Designed for Kids and Families The West Valley is home to dozens of golf courses for all levels of play and prices. Courses include public, private, semi-private, executive, and exclusive country clubs like Blackstone in Peoria. Many of them offer playing lessons. One of the more unique programs available to the public is the “Futures Course” located at *500 Club golf course located at 4707 West Pinnacle Peak Road in Glendale. This wonderful 1,620 yard, Par 28 course provides many opportunities and programs including etiquette clinics, family events, juniors competition, club championships, junior group lessons, and events specifically designed for ladies. I had a chance to talk with Futures PGA Instructor of Golf, Sheila Peterson about the program. Here is what she had to say: “The Futures Course Summer Junior program is designed to offer free golf for all juniors ages 17 and younger who attend an etiquette clinic. Once the etiquette clinic has been attended; the junior is eligible to play unlimited golf from approximately the end of May through mid September every year. The junior is also entitled to bring an 18 yr or older guest for free each time the junior plays. We have many entire families that play free all summer! The program is also designed to encourage children of all ages to play golf at a junior/family friendly golf facility and to encourage families to play together. The etiquette clinics are offered several times every week, beginning around the first of April, and ending by mid May every year. Each clinic provides the attendees information on dress code, expectations of the junior golfer, golf etiquette and our rules for the program. Life lessons are emphasized-- being on time, being honest, treating others with respect-- all requirements of our program here. I make sure that all the juniors know that this is a safe place to be, and that we want them here. Many golf courses unfortunately don't welcome juniors, and we want that mentality to change by teaching these juniors how to behave on a golf course. Weekly group clinics and tournaments run throughout the summer for the kids as well. I do provide private lessons and group lessons to all ages, men and women. Throughout the winter months I provide women's clinics, Girls Only clinics, and after school group lessons. Those interested can call the Futures Golf Shop (623-434-6527) and speak with me about availability and pricing. I have been teaching golf in the valley for 27 years. I love what I do!!” *The 500 Club is a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course nestled in the quiet, secluded foothills of northwest Phoenix. The course plays 6867 yards from the championship tees. It is one of Phoenix's only public-daily fee courses with scenic mountain views and an unblemished desert landscape. In addition, men's and women's associations and junior programs are available on an annual basis. Individual and family passes are options for both the golf and practice facility.

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Sailing By Captain Rick Griffin

The sweltering summer heat got you down? Try a decidedly different diversion…sailing! That’s right sailing in the desert. Phoenix is not known for sailing; however we do have a great place for it. The place is Lake Pleasant located at Lat: 33.85N, Lon: 112.27W for you fans of GPS, for the technologically challenged that equates to 30 miles Northwest of Phoenix. Lake Pleasant is a 10,000 square acre lake that measures five miles long by 2 miles wide with an additional five miles of the Agua Fria River that feeds it. Held back by the New Waddell Dam, it is the second largest body of water in central Arizona and the first most used by visitors. With a large variety of uses from angling to Zebra Mussels, there is something for everyone. The lake provides water for drinking and irrigation of fields. Electrical power is generated by the water’s release from the dam. The most important use however, in my opinion, is sailing. What could be a better way to cool off than a nice summer breeze rocking along silently on a wind powered vessel? If the wind is too hot, you can “heave to” (sailing term for parking the boat while under way), and take a dip in the sparkling clear water. The water temperature is near bath water at the surface, but dive down a few feet and you will find cooling relief from the heat. The clarity of the water is a byproduct of the Quagga Mussel introduction to the lake. This bivalve feeds by filtering nutrients in the form of particulate matter from the water and expelling clear water and some phosphorus. Although they can be a nuisance creature, the clear water byproduct is great for swimmers and divers. After your swim you may get underway again to explore the many nuances the lake has to offer such as islands, inlets and coves. The water level is down right now for summer irrigation so that means several islands are popping up which are reefs during the winter months. If you are daring and talented, or hire a captain who is, you can anchor near or tie off to one of these newly born gems to explore or claim for your King. Island claiming can be a chore for some, so pass them by in favor of finding a private cove to float in and enjoy a cool beverage of your choice. Sometimes the wind is lazy and will not work to propel a boat along, but fear not there is still fun to be had. You can motor sail up the Agua Fria River to explore its natural beauty and enjoy the shade of the high canyon walls. For those who think drifting and floating is boring sailing has something for you too, there is racing. Arizona Yacht Club is the governing body for sailboat racing on Lake Pleasant. They hold two racing series each year, one in the Fall and one during Spring. The racing regattas are around-the-buoy type with several different fleets participating including everything from dinghies to keel boats over 30 feet. The winds on Lake Pleasant can be varied as well, ranging from dead calm to gusts over 40 knots. The best and most consistent wind is usually found later in the afternoon from two o’clock till sunset, so this is the time to get your practice in for racing. Average winds are from five to ten knots out of the southwest, which is great for those learning to sail. The place to learn to sail is at the Sailboat Shop, located above the south boat launch ramp. The Sailboat Shop is your one stop learn-to-sail shop. With everything from 3 hour introduction to sailing classes to ASA Keel boat certification they have what you need. Their expert Coast Guard licensed captain, Captain Rick, has crossed the Pacific, sailed the Caribbean and won ocean races. He will see to your sailing needs. If you want to do something different in the desert, try sailing. It could be your new found love and wind is free!

Sailing In The Desert

Summer

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WAS TE MA NAG EM EN T ARIZONA ECOCENTER By Kristy Matsuda

Ever wonder what happens to “reduce, reuse, recycle”? I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Waste Management (WM) facilities in the West Valley with Mayor Georgia Lord of Goodyear and a few members from the community. The facilities and operations were very organized and the Managers and Directors were very informational. We walked away with a better knowledge of where exactly our waste goes and how it’s used. The most enjoyable part of the tour was at the Arizona Community Ecocenter in Surprise. The 65,000 square-foot center opened their doors on February 16th of this year and has the capacity to process more than 10,000 tons of material a month. The main reason for building this start-of-the-art advanced technology facility was to create a programmed system that is faster and more efficient. The facility has advanced sorting equipment that sorts, magnetizes, screens and scans. There are limitations to certain objects that the equipment cannot detect such as smaller items and plastic bags; workers sort these items.

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a look inside...

The Waste Management’s recycling program offers the ease of curbside pickup services. It alleviates the time and travel to drop our recyclables at a center. WM offers to have our recycling picked up and also the convenience of having a one day pickup. The Director of Public Sector Solutions at WM, Rodney Glassman said, that Waste Management does pickups for waste and recycling all on one day so you’re able to just take out your trash/recyclables just once a week rather than having the hassle of having to take it out twice a week on separate days. Another advantage Waste Management’s Recycling Program is the single stream recycling which eliminates the inconvenience and confusion of having to separate your recyclables. Mayor Lord commented that in the past you had piles of materials stacked in your garage because you had to sort all the different recycled materials, well the WM Program allows you to mix your recyclable paper, plastics and aluminums. Your bins are collected, taken to the transfer station and then sorted at the Materials Recycling Facility typically within 24 hours. To be honest, I know I’m guilty of not bothering to recycle at times because the hassle of sorting. Mayor Lord was elated to also


find out that she no longer had to wash out her peanut butter jars, “It is so hard to wash out all the peanut butter from the jars and you waste so much water.” We were told that we didn’t need to wash out our jars or cans; the advanced technological recycling equipment eliminates that process on our end. Rodney Glassman, Director of Public Sector Solutions, felt the significance of having a “partnership” with the community. WM strives to provide the community with services that makes their lives easier as well as giving back to the community with programs and donations. WM saves 41 million trees from the papers recycled and provide 17,000 acres of protected habitat for wildlife. Waste Management has been partners with the City of Goodyear since 2006 and Mayor Lord said that WM has been “Beneficial to the community of Goodyear.” “Waste Management wants to do more for the community” said R. Glassman. WM’s corporate directive is to get the community involved and educated on environmental issues in Arizona such as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability. The opening of the Arizona Community Ecocenter offers a much quicker and efficient facility to allow more recycling programs for the community and also creates jobs in the waste management and disposal industries which are important in this the economy. Waste Management employs 1,500 in Arizona, including the call center. Recycling aids us to save energy and lessens the reliance on foreign oil and also conserves our natural resources. If each person recycled, that’s 6,852,472,823 and counting, that makes a significant difference. Even half of that can do great benefit to the Earth. One of my favorite sayings quoted from Dr. Carl Sagan is

“Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used.” Waste Management is constantly developing ways to be innovative and conserve the environment. They have shown great deal of progress as the largest Environmental Solutions Provider in the country.

Visit the Waste Management Arizona Community Ecocenter, located: 19401 W. Deer Valley Rd., Surprise, AZ 85387.

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F A M I LY F O C U S

Must-read topics and advice to keep your family united

....Dress code, uniforms are key to increased learning, When students arrived at Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise for the first day of school, there was undoubtedly a lot of discussion about what everyone did over the summer, where students went on vacation, and what music they recently downloaded on their iPods. What was missing from the excited chatter was the comparing and contrasting of who has the trendiest new clothing or who spent the most for his or her shirt or pants. And as far as staff and the vast majority of students at the school are concerned, this is just fine with them. Since it opened in 2001, Arizona Charter Academy has required its students to wear uniforms. Although most schools have some type of dress code to make sure students are wearing clothing that is appropriate and in

required to help hold up properly-fitting pants. For girls, shorts and skirts cannot be more than 2 inches above the knee. According to Principal Heather Henderson, staff at the school spent a year getting feedback from parents, students, and even community members on the newlyupdated dress code. “We had our advisory board, which is made up of local business owners, who provided their input on how we can prepare our students for the workplace,” she said. “Shawn Nelson, a local attorney who sits on the board, explained now dressing for success provides students a way to ‘stand out’ and gain an edge when applying for jobs. And

Uniforms Allow Arizona Charter Academy

Students to Literally Dress for Success SPORTS

reasonable condition, the charter school has gone a step further and made uniforms part of the policy. On the school’s website, the 2011-2012 updated dress code for 7th through 12th graders was available for parents and students to look over before they headed out to do their back to school clothes shopping over the summer. For example, for the most part, clothing needs to be maroon, black, or white, which coincides with the school’s colors. Shirts must be tucked in. On boys, a nice belt is

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Tim Newbill, an emergency management coordinator for the city of Goodyear, told me that the dress code is an excellent way to show kids that they are on equal ground while also teaching them life skills of how to dress for success.” According to Henderson, research has also shown that having students wear uniforms is an extremely positive policy, one that most parents and students are supportive of and happy to be a part of. Crazy Chameleons win the cup


and greater academic achievement .... “Studies have found that schools that require children to wear uniforms or wear pretty much the same colors and styles typically have a student body that achieves more academically,” she said. “Students who don’t have to worry about wearing the latest fashions, or if their pants are a better brand than their classmates will have more time to focus on what’s important— coming to school and being ready to learn every single day.” Henderson cited an article in Examiner.com, in which writer Matt Buesing looked at the many reasons why wearing school uniforms can be beneficial for both the student and the school alike. For example, he noted that when everyone is wearing the same basic colors and styles, it can create an atmosphere for better learning because no one is distracted by what “everyone else” is wearing.

Henderson agreed with what Buesing wrote, adding that she agrees with another point he made in his article—that wearing school uniforms can encourage individual self-expression. “Because of our dress code and uniform policy, our students can focus on what truly makes them unique—their intelligence, their achievement, and the way they all strive for excellence,” she said. “Since no one has to worry about the latest or hottest brands of clothing and who is wearing what, everyone can really concentrate on what is truly the most important part of school—getting a good education, which will in turn help them prepare for their future career.”

Purpose, Character and Excellence in Education

Arizona Charter Academy 16011 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ 85374 | (623) 974-4959 | www.azcharteracademy.com

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oy Scout Eagle Troop 90 from Litchfield Park has received the honor to help with the IMS marathon now for 3 years. The scouts have enjoyed providing both encouragement and water to the racers. In 2010 Troop 90 manned four water/Gateraid booths toward the end of the route and were able to witness the determination the runners had in finishing the race. It helps teach our scouts that one can set a long term goal and after a lot of practice they could see it achieved by these amazing runners. We were especially amazed at the women who could run and still speak with each other even at the 18 miles marker. Impressive!! We look forward to next years IMS marathon. IMS donation is put to camper scholarships for our troops making Boy Scout camp affordable for all boys in our troop.

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Melissa Holdaway

Dr. Leonard Kirschner

Ed Gerak

Claude Mattox

Todd Aakhus

Dr. Ernie Lara

Jennifer Barber

Ginny Solis

Lance Undhjem

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he West Valley is filled with remarkable people. From July 2010 through July 2011, we will profile 24 who have not only achieved distinction, but have

made a real and lasting difference in our community. Narrowing down a region of close to 1 million people to 24 isn’t an easy chore. That’s why we let a committee, made up Dana Campbell Saylor

Leatha Martin

O.K. Fulton

of members from the West Valley 24 (some of them pictured to the left), identify the people they believe are helping define the West Valley in the 21st century and making it the place to live, work and play. On one side of the equation will be the Shakers, those people that have invested much of their lives in making the tran-

Randy Edington

David Schwake

Julie Richard

sition of the West Valley. On the other side will be the Movers, the people who are positioned to become the major difference makers in years to come. From educators to public officials to other members of the community, West Valley 24 recognizes and celebrates the pro-

Bridget Binsbacher

Mimi Rogers

MichaelYates

fessionals who are moving the West Valley ahead.

For more information on the West Valley 24 or to nominate someone you think is a Mover or Shaker, contact Landis Elliott at Landis@houseofelliott.com. Neil Terry

John Dover

Jennifer Martyn

Robert McGeorge

Beverly Hurley

David Iwanski

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LEADER PROFILE

Jill Veillette M OV E R all digital hospital in the world. He was subsequently hired by Cancer Treatment Centers of America to build their next facility here in Goodyear, Arizona. She also explained that since she moved across the country many times, getting a job was pointless. And since she didn’t need one, volunteering to fill her time was a natural step.

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moving up in business or the community

“It was a little hard since he wasn’t home a lot,” Veillette says describing what her husband did and how it inspired her to become the President of Arizona Assistance in Health Care. I volunteered at my daughter’s school one day a week and at the Heart Hospital three days a week.”

With only four years in Arizona, Jill Veillette has done a great many things for the good of the West Valley as well as all around the United States. A part of Peoria and Arizona Assistance in Health Care in Goodyear she has done a great deal of work for the community, spending three of the four years here getting it up and running. The mission at Arizona Assistance In Health Care, Inc. is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, which assists cancer patients currently being treated in the Valley of the Sun with non-medical expenses when the cost of prolonged medical care creates financial hardship. Her husband, Dave Veillette, has some good as well. As CEO of The Indiana Heart Hospital, he built the first

Something that Veillette is proud of is her leadership role in the MASH party with her husband. “It was a concept that many people weren’t sure about; but once they came to the event they couldn’t wait to come again.” She said, confident. The MASH fundraiser is dedicated to helping cancer patients in financial distress with non-medical expenses such as rent, utilities and groceries. It also provides grants to patients being treated for cancer at any Phoenix metro area facility. The next one will be held November 5th at Westside Complex at 99th Avenue and McDowell.

well, despite the economy, and we have a great working board of directors.” Her greatest influence is her husband, because of his job; she was able to volunteer for many things over their marriage, up to and including the fact that establishing Arizona Assistance in Health Care (AAHC) has been a full time job. Though she admits that the Economy is the biggest challenge facing both her work and in the West Valley. “With people having a hard time hanging onto their jobs and finding new ones, the lack of taxes have taken a toll on community services. I know we help those fighting a horrible disease, get by on their day to day living.” Veillette responds, “And people do want to give money to charity but have little to no money to do anything.” “My biggest mentor has to be my parents for instilling their work ethic into all their daughters.” After thinking for a moment, Veillette continued “Princess Diana after her divorce, has also been an inspiration. She was involved in and lent her name to many charities worldwide; she really tried to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people and to those less fortunate. There are many women in my life today I admire and have taught me many things.”

Jill Veillette’s biggest leadership position was in starting Arizona Assistance in Health Care. “It’s doing

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 4

What is your favorite place/feature in the West valley? anyone we take there really enjoys it.

What would you do if you won the lottery? a three-week vacation with no phones or computers.

Most coveted: Our backyard.

What do you do during lunchtime? I can pretty much do whatever I want during lunch.

What is your favorite cause? Arizona Assistance in Health Care and cancer research.

Greatest Extravagance: Shoes and Lunch at Ritz Pins.

By Kathy Knecht, Executive Director Leadership Taps. Aside from the obvious, the kids love it and West Take

Family: Husband Dave, 2 children Danielle and Aimee. Favorite Quote: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? J.K. Rowling, this woman built an entire alternate world alongside ours, including slang, clothing, creatures, on down to an entire sport.

Most overrated virtue: Organization.

What is your favorite book? The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot. It is written entirely in email form and is humorous.

Describe yourself as a child: Read a lot; school and homework came easy to me, outgoing, very uncoordinated and bad at sports.

What is your favorite musical group? I have such eclectic taste in my music. I have everything from classical to hard rock, soft rock to country to easy listening on my ipod.

What keeps you up at night? Disappointing those that are counting on me.

What do you miss most? My mother. What is your biggest inspiration and why? My mother. She was gracious and kind to everyone she met. What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? Sunscreen is a must, lying out on reflective surfaces slathered in baby oil is really bad.

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What would your super power be? Accelerated Speed

One phrase you wish people would say more: “We would be happy to help!” What is your favorite food? Mexican. What is your biggest pet peeve? Lying politicians. What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? Interior design has always interested me.

Tell us something about yourself that the average person wouldn’t know? I played the violin and the piano. What originally drew you to the West Valley? My husband was in charge of getting Cancer Treatment Centers in Goodyear built and staffed. What is the secret to your success? Surrounding myself with incredible people who also want to help those in their community. How do you feel the West Valley has affected you and how do you feel you’ve affected the West Valley? I have so enjoyed living here and getting to know the people currently in my life. I would hope that attitude comes out to everyone I meet. What are your goals (career, personal, or for the west valley)? Even though we have worked hard to get where we are, we also realize we have been fortunate and we feel it is our obligation to help those in need. We have raised our children to be self-sufficient and hardworking; but we have also taught them to be aware of those around them that are less fortunate and want to help those in need.


LEADER PROFILE

Steven Bales Jr. SHAKERS A fifth generation Native Arizonian, Steven Bales Jr. is President of Bales Hay Sales in Buckeye. He farms alfalfa hay, cotton and small grains on approximately 2,500 acres in the area of Buckeye and Rainbow Valley, including his original family homestead on Beloat Road, named for his greatgreat-grandfather. He was also apart of the Cotton Growers Association as a chairman of the board and a past president, Arizona farm Bureau Federation past board member, Past President of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau, past board member of the Buckeye Valley Chamber Commerce, Liberty Cemetery Association President, Buckeye Valley Centennial Commission board member, and Way of Grave Church as an Elder and Sunday school teacher.

W.R. Beloat is presumed to be the first pioneer to drive a herd of cattle to the Buckeye Valley. He drove a herd from the Prescott area in 1886 and filed a homestead that same year in the Liberty area. Working with livestock using the Lazy SL brand continues to be a part of the W. R. Beloat family heritage.

An interesting family fact is that the footprints of daughter, Mildred Beloat Biddulph, can be seen on the front steps. Some of his successful leader ship positions include organizing the construction and design team as well as raising the funds to build a fence and signs for the Liberty Cemetery. He also is a founding member of the WV National Bank and is currently the Chairman of the Board. The founding group raised over 14 million dollars during our failing economy. West Valley National Bank is the West Valley’s first locally owned and operated community bank, founded by local business leaders. The West Valley was served only by large institutions led by out of state ownership and management. They wanted to help local businesses control their own destiny by providing exceptional financial services delivered by local residents.

Years in the West Valley: I’m a Native Arizonian, 50 years.

their equipment on the old proving grounds that is now home to Verrado.

Family: My wife of 27 years Sidney, 3 grown children Ian, Trevor, Mackenzie, and my Granddaugher Ryann age 6.

Most coveted: right now? Two consecutive weeks of vacation.

Over the next three years, the West Valley National Bank will focus on growing assets to $100,000,000 by providing exceptional service and products to the rapidly expanding population of the West Valley. But the one who Bales Jr. feels inspired him to do what he did in his life? “My father, Steve Bales Sr., Working for my dad can be both a tremendous opportunity as well as a huge challenge. I tested my father’s patience daily for the first 10 years of my career, but he exercised great leadership and humility that really made me the man I am today. I am very grateful.”

[Q&A]

Who are and have been some of your mentors? Chuck Younger and Rick Ladra. Favorite quote: “It is better to be silent and thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Attributed to Abe Lincoln and Mark Twain.

What is your favorite cause? Americans Taking Care of Americans, a charity that helps our service men and women, headed up by a WV family. What keeps you up at night? The economy. One phrase you wish people wouldn’t say: “I can’t”

Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? Ronald Reagan

A phrase you wish people would say more: “You are doing a great job!”

What is your favorite book? Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

What is your favorite food? My wife, Sidney’s latest new recipe.

What do you miss most? The kinds of days like when I was a kid, we didn’t have a pool so we swam in the irrigation ditch.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Non-courteous acts.

What is your biggest inspiration and why? My three children and granddaughter, they are the future and encourage me daily. What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? That change is inevitable and most things come in cycles. What is your favorite place/ feature in the West Valley? There is a scar along the south face of the White Tank Mountains made by the Caterpillar Co. as they tested

What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? Possibly politics... It would be fun to spend everybody else’s money for a change. (laughs jokingly) What would you do if you won the lottery? Pay off debts and keep on farming. What do you do during lunch time? Catch up on what I didn’t finish that morning!

How did you get into your current career field? I grew up on the farm and only left for school and returned after a one year stint working on the world’s largest drip-irrigation project. What drives you? The idea of taking something and leaving it better that I found it. Making our west valley and state an even better place for our children. What are your goals (career, personal, or for the West Valley)? To see more state and national leadership come from the west valley, to see the Gila river regarded for the resource that it is and not a last resort for dumping ground, see the WV become a home for centers of higher education, and to see the WV foster job creators. What is the secret to your success? No secrets: patience, listening, hard work, and faith in God. How do you feel the West Valley has affected you and how to you feel you’ve affected the West Valley? This truly is one of the greatest place in all of Arizona, especially for establishing a career and raising a family. Our family has been blessed by this valley and I hope that we have been faithful in returning back to our community some of what we have received. What is the biggest challenge when facing you in your work? U.S. Agriculture will be challenged in finding a work force to continue to feed and clothe the nation. Water, and the energy needed to provide it economically and efficiently, is a huge challenge.

Greatest Extravagance: Sleeping in late.

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long established change agent/builder

The Beloat name can be traced in Arizona to William Robert (W.R.) Beloat, who lived in a two-story

The Founders believe it is their responsibility to provide opportunities for our shareholders, the customers, their employees and the communities they serve. They also believe that no one recognizes or has the ability to execute those opportunities better than local decision makers. West Valley National Bank provides exceptional financial services and products to businesses, business owners, and professionals; delivers value to customers, employees, and

shareholders; and invests in the communities we serve enriching their quality of life.

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A graduate of the University of Arizona (Agricultural Economics), Mr. Bales has been extensively involved in organizations relating to agriculture. He has served as a community director of Farm Services Agency Board and on the Board of the Arizona Cotton Growers Association.

house built in Liberty in 1911 and raised 14 children there. W.R. and his wife, Mary, homesteaded in 1886 and were married under an elderberry tree near the road designated as Beloat Road in the early 1950s. the house was built with bricks made on-site for $5,000.


FINANCIAL

Advice on a financial fitness, investments, loans and other components to help create a healthy lifestyle

By Edwin H. Smith

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ourism is a big industry. Everyone likes to travel and explore new areas. The travel industry contributes millions to local economies and to the pockets of the hotel owners, airlines, and travel companies. Phoenix is an excellent location for that long waited vacation and can offer many things to spark your interest all year long from golf to hiking to spa treatments to year round baseball to shopping. Some will plan to play a round of golf monthly, weekly, or maybe daily. With more than 300 golf courses in Arizona to choose from, one can play at the same course or maybe a different one every day. There is sure to be a different and ideal location to choose every time you vacation. The spectacular landscape offered throughout Arizona ensures a diverse representation and difficulty level as you look to collect tee times that fit your sense of adventure and budget. Planning your golf venture can offer a different experience at the higher elevations throughout the state and can save money if you brave the summer heat.

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Some will seek the serene and welcoming therapeutic offerings of a spa. Comfortable leather sofas, wood floors, staff that will make you feel instantly at home and comfortable. The soothing sanctuary of a manicure, music and natural ingredients comes in nicely after a busy day

Keep in mind that your needs, wants, and desires change. on the tennis court or exploring the shopping malls. You can receive a renewed sense of well-being if the entire day is spent incorporating hair and nail care, make-up artistry, hot stones, and a Swedish massage. The truth about living in the desert is that the ups and downs of everyday life are far less noticeable. The fact that there are really only two seasons helps to support full and part time residents. If you are looking for an endless list of things to do while keeping cool in the stifling hot summer sun, then you have come to the right location. Hiking one of the many mountains in 110 degree heat does not sound like the proper choice in July, August, or even September. Golfing takes a second thought at the same time. But there are ways to beat the heat and enjoy the weather.

loans, and other components to help create a healthy lifestyle - no matter what stage of life you are in. Take the journey as we venture through different areas that lead us to a healthy and wealthy lifestyle.

One of the biggest concerns for today is not always where to go for that vacation or to make it a staycation but what can be afforded and still maintain the lifestyle that got us that vacation to start with. People will make plans to travel to places they haven’t been before. We are always making plans but nobody makes a plan to die. For this reason we never think about the advantages of a life insurance policy.

This month, being prepared for unexpected life changes. I

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One of the most common reasons for buying life insurance is to replace the loss of income in the event of your death. When you die your paychecks stop. Your family may be left with limited resources. Proceeds from a life insurance policy make cash available almost immediately


upon your death. Life insurance is also commonly used to pay debts that you may leave behind. Today most of us find ourselves with a plethora of debt from credit cards to auto payments to vacations to green fees. We find that the price of everything continues to rise so that a sale price can be advertised which is still more that what the item used to cost. Life insurance may help to offset the raising cost and give an added income in later years. Life insurance can be used to pay off mortgages, car loans, and credit card debts, leaving other remaining assets intact for your family. Life insurance proceeds can also be used to pay for final expenses and estate taxes. Finally, life insurance can create an estate for your heirs. Your life insurance needs will depend on a number of factors, including whether you’re married, the size of your family, the nature of your financial obligations, your career stage, and

your goals. For example, when you are young, you might not have much need for life insurance. However, as you take on more responsibilities and your family grows, your need for life insurance increases. There are plenty of tools to help you determine how much coverage you should have. Your best resource may be a financial professional. At the most basic level, the amount of life insurance coverage that you need corresponds directly to your answers to these questions. What immediate financial expenses would your family face upon your death? Funerals are not free. Would you want your family to stand on the street corner asking for car wash donations? Would you want to stand there and try to cover the expenses of one of your love ones? How much of your salary is devoted to current expenses and future needs? How much would your family miss your income? Would your children still be able to enjoy the sports

and activities they are engaged in now? Could they still pay the every month bills and for how long would your dependents need support if you were to die tomorrow? Your needs change as you grow older. Your family size grows and needs increase. Your family will most likely not need as much financial help after they have built their own families. Do you want to leave them a legacy? How much money would you want to leave for special situations upon your death, such as funding your children’s education, gifts to charities, or an inheritance for your children? Do you want to continue to live your same lifestyle after you retire, or would you travel more? Play more golf? Take in more sporting events? How much life insurance can you afford? How do you balance the cost of insurance coverage with the amount of coverage that your family needs? Just as several variables determine the amount of coverage that you need, many factors determine the cost of coverage, your age, and your health all play a part.

The amount of coverage you can afford is tied to your current and expected future financial situation, as well. A term life policy or a permanent life policy, which is best for your personal and family needs? A financial professional or insurance agent can be invaluable in helping you select the right insurance plan.

Enjoy life today. Play golf, go shopping, enjoy a spa day or two. Take that vacation every year to explore new worlds. Keep in mind that your needs, wants, and desires change. So does your need for life insurance. Continually re-evaluate your need for coverage and stay connected with your financial advisor.

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LIVELIFE Do you know that Diabetes can lead to heart disease? It’s true, and more and more adults and adolescents are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

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By Jennifer Olson .....

WHY is this HAPPENING?

irst let’s discuss the two types of Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is also called juvenile diabetes and is caused when the body can’t produce insulin. People with type 1 usually have to take insulin everyday to regulate their blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type and is linked to individuals who are not active and are considered obese. Type 2 diabetes also increases ones risk for heart disease.

How does one know if they have diabetes or not? If one has Prediabetes there are no symptoms. There are symptoms with Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms Increased or extreme thirst Increased appetite Increased fatigue Increased or frequent urination Unusual weight loss Blurred vision Fruity odor or breath Some cases, no symptoms

What happens if you don’t have symptoms? Here are some factors of when health care providers should test an individual: | Overweight and over age of 45 | Overweight under the age of 45 and have one or more risk factors below: | High Cholesterol | High Blood Pressure | Family History Are of the following ethnic decent... | | | | |

African-American Asian-American Latino/Hispanic-American Native-American Pacific Islander Or if you have a history of gestational diabetes or delivering a baby over 9lbs

What tests are available for testing? The most common is a fasting plasma glucose test or FGT. In this test one fasts for 8 hours prior and then the health care providers draws blood. The second test is Oral Glucose Tolerance Test or OGTT. This

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms Increased thirst Increased appetite Fatigue Increased urination especially at night Weight loss Blurred vision Sores that do not heal Some cases, no symptoms

test is a little more involved and requires the patient to drink a premeasured beverage containing glucose. The health care provider takes blood tests before and 2 hours after drinking the liquid.

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LIVELIFE What do the tests mean? FA S T I N G

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BLOOD GLUCOSE RANGE 100-125mg/dl 126 and higher

DIAGNOSIS Prediabetes Diabetes Mellitus (also known as Type 2)

ORAL GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST 140-199 mg/dl 200 mg/dl and higher

Prediabetes Diabetes Mellitus (also known as Type 2)

If you are diagnosed with Prediabetes your health care provider may or may not prescribe medications. What he may prescribe is an overall change in lifestyle such as losing weight, getting active, and changing your eating habits by including more fruits/veggies, lean meat and cutting down on high fat foods. If you are diagnosed with Diabetes your healthcare provider will prescribe medications consisting of insulin and/or oral medications. They will also prescribe a lifestyle change of losing weight, getting active, and change of eating habits. Other factors that anyone who has prediabetes or diabetes will need to keep an eye on their blood pressure and cholesterol. While this is just an overview of what diabetes is, how to diagnose diabetes, and how to reduce risk, more information can be found on www.heart.org or www.heart.org, and www.diabetes.org

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herri Collins

Executive Director, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Sherri Collins is the Executive Director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH), a position she has held since May 1998, where she acts as the Commission’s chief executive officer by advocating, strengthening and implementing state policies affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and their relationship to the public, industry, health care and educational opportunities. She also recommends strategic goals and policies to the board, develops and monitors the annual operating plan, administers day-to-day operations, develops programs to ensure constituents are informed, acts as the spokesperson within the community and legislature and also prepares and controls the annual $6 million budget. In 2000 she passed her first bill for major changes in the ACDHH statue, therein changing the name

from Arizona Council for the Hearing Impaired to ACDHH, in addition to passing interpreter licensure requirement and an increase in the annual budget. Prior to moving to Arizona, she was an administrator for five years at the North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She was also the Assistant Director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. Collins has a bachelor of science degree in Child Development from Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. and a Master’s in Education in Adult Education/Organizational Development from North Carolina State University. Collins is also the chair of Phoenix College, Interpreter Preparation Program Advisory board; board member and past president of the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind; chair of the Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition and council member of the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council. Aside from serving on several boards and committees, Collins is also a certified raw food chef and teaches how to live a raw vegan lifestyle to the deaf and hard of hearing throughout the state. In her spare time she enjoys spending weekends with her husband, Randy, shopping the local farmers markets, reading, walking her dogs and making healthy meals in the kitchen.

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Dr. Barry Hamp

Michael Hilgers

Dr. Marc Wasseman

Mari Valle

Dr. Pankaj M. Jain

April Esch

Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer

Loraine Gonzalez

Nancy Jobin

Dr. Daniel MacLeod

Alan R. Swain

Daniel Smith

Dr. Daniel Charous

Dr. Troy Peters

Sharon Day

elcome to The West Valley Magazine’s Top

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Doctors and Health Care Professionals. Each month an outstanding physician and health care

professional from the West Valley who has been nominated by their peers will be featured in the West Valley Magazine. These Dr. Thomas Kotoske

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achievement and excellence in a variety of health care specialties and fields. All those featured for the next year will be acknowledged and recognized at the Live Life Expo Excellence in Health Care Awards Gala in February, 2012.

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LIVELIFE

Best In Class Clinical Oncology Nutrition Sharon Day, RD, CSO,CNSC Specialty: Clinical Oncology Nutrition

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan

University/Degree: Modonna University, bachelor of science in dietetics What inspired you to become a dietitian? I knew that I wanted to help people and I was completely fascinated with human metabolism. Why did you pursue your specialty? As an oncology dietitian I am able to help support patients nutrition needs during treatment and support wellness and prevention initiatives. What would you recommend to someone pursuing a career in your field? Utilize an evidenced based, ADA accredited program to support your education foundation and always maintain a strong network of professional relationships. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? Personally touching the lives of nearly 2500 patients undergoing cancer treatment, being a voice in the community for cancer prevention and contributing to two successful start up hospitals. Are you working on any developments /projects in our field of specialty that you would like to tell us about?

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Our team at CTCA in Goodyear strives to have the entire nutrition team board certified as oncology nutrition specialist. The state of Arizona currently has twelve dietitians with this specialty certification. CTCA in Goodyear has two of the twelve. Two additional RD's will take the exam in the next year. What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? Our proactive approach to cancer treatment. Our first goal for our patients is to prevent or reverse malnutrition to support optimal outcomes. The literature indicates that patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery have more treatment interruptions if they are malnourished. The dietitians at CTCA are able to utilize a proactive approach to the management of nutrition related side effects to limit treatment interruptions and improve quality of life. What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? Our integrative model. Each patient has a team of clinicians to support their treatment. Every time a patient comes in for a clinic appointment they meet with their entire team of clinicians; a

medical oncologist, a naturopathic physician, a nurse and a dietitian. Additional support systems such as a mind-body-therapist, acupuncturist, massage therapist, pastoral care and a physical therapist are also available every visit --- All under one roof! Our results, combined with collaboration, communication, and compassion is what makes us extraordinary. Why did you bring your practice to the West Valley? Our patients told us that they wanted this model of care and that they weren't able to find it anywhere else. What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the healthcare field? I see the West Valley as a leading force that will drive change and innovation as it relates to health care. As the community becomes more aware and informed they will demand more from their health care providers. The West Valley and clinicians will respond.


LIVELIFE

Best In Class Cosmetic Surgery Specialist Dr. Thomas Kotoske Specialty: Board Certified | Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialty: Total Body Cosmetic Sugery Specialist

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan University/Degree: Depauw University -B.S. Pre Med and psychology Kirksville College -Medical School

What inspired you to become a doctor? As a child I had the opportunity to observe my father and all of the good things he did in his medical practice. I have always wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. My focus was different in the fact that I wanted to apply my artistic ability and surgical techniques in plastic surgery. As I followed my father, my wife Andrea and I have noticed over the years that our children Zack & Hunter are also showing an interest in the medical field. Why did you pursue your specialty? Once I got into medical school and observed the field of Plastic Surgery, I knew I could change people’s lives and make a difference. Plastic Surgery requires the artistic eye, intellect, and creativity to achieve the optimal results. What would you recommend to someone pursuing a career in your field? Get the best training that you can with the most hands on volume. You must always be motivated to continue learning the latest in techniques and surgical procedures and translate that knowlege to the human form. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? One might think that the accolades that follow I would be most proud of; “America’s Top Doctor” by Consumers Research Councils of America - Chairman of Department of Surgery at John C.

Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital for over 10 years. - Professor of Plastic Surgery at two medical schools. - Featured medical expert for CBS, NBC, and ABC television affiliates on cosmetic and plastic surgery topics. However it is the smile I see on my patients when they come back and say “Thank You”. Are you working on any developments /projects in your field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? I have a facial implant that I am in the process of getting a patent. Shhh it’s a secret! What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? We practice with the most innovative techniques in a private and confidential setting. The fact is what differentiates me from my peers is best said by my patients….. “My youthful persona was being challenged every time I looked into the mirror. The person I was looking at on the outside no longer matched how I felt on the inside. After many months of e v a l u a t i n g plastic surgeons, I selected Dr. Thomas Kotoske. His knowledge, thoroughness, pleasant demeanor, and visual artistry convinced me that I had made the right decision. Today, I am more satisfied with the results and actually look like I did more than 10 years ago. What a difference Dr. Kotoske and his staff made in my life!” - S. Pollan

What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? I care about my patients and will provide each and every patient the opportunity to ask questions and understand their procedure and post operative care. The patient doctor relationship is different at Cosmetic Surgery Institute. This ensures that they understand their procedure and will achieve their optimal result. We value each and every person that walks through our door and they are treated like family. Why did you bring your practice to the West Valley? I was recruited by John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in 1995; I have been the Chairmen of Surgery for over 10 years. We are located in the West Valley which is soon becoming the center of metropolitan phoenix. We chose our location to better serve our patients from the West, East, North and South Valley’s. Our patients come from all over the state and nationwide. What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the Health Care program? Just look around and you can see where the future is moving. The West Valley is quickly becoming the Mecca of Health Care. The new Abrazo Health Care Center and Cancer Treatment Center of America is only the beginning. I am proud to serve the community as “West Valley’s Top Doctor”.

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LIVELIFE By the CTCA Nutrition Team

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Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer and you’re interested in eating to boost your immunity and help with recovery or you’re simply looking to improve your diet in the interest of overall wellness and prevention, you’ll want to be aware of a powerful player in the nutrient lineup: antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells from damage to their genetic material caused by agents known as free radicals. This type of damage to cells may increase the risk of developing cancer. Studies have shown that consuming an antioxidant-rich diet can play a significant role in reducing the risk of cancer as well as other conditions, such as heart disease. An antioxidant-rich diet should not only include the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables but also feature generous servings of legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Here is a list of some of the most common antioxidants and where they can be found: Carotenoids are found in fruits and vegetables that are orange, dark green, deep yellow, and red. Examples include bell peppers, carrots, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and oranges. Bioflavonoids are found in citrus fruits, whole grains, soy, berries, honey, tea, and other plant foods. Vitamin C can be found in fruits and vegetables such as kiwis, strawberries, cantaloupe, papaya, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, tomatoes, pineapple, red and green peppers, sweet potatoes, kale, kohlrabi, and broccoli. Ellagic acid is found in numerous fruits, nuts, and vegetables, including blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranates, wolf berries, walnuts, pecans, and other plant foods. Anthocyanidins are found in black and red currents, red cabbage, eggplant, blueberries, and açai berries. Selenium is found in Brazil nuts, fish, poultry, meat, and whole grains. Lycopene is found in tomatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, and papaya. Vitamin E (gamma-tocopherols) is found in walnuts, peanuts, and pecans. Seek out antioxidants whenever possible, and look for recipes, like chicken with mango salsa on the following page, that incorporate these powerful players.

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LIVELIFE Chicken with Mango Salsa 2 ripe mangoes, diced ½ ripe papaya, diced 1 jalapeño pepper, minced 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons diced red onion 2 tablespoons diced cilantro 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 ounces each) Combine mangoes, papaya, jalapeño pepper, orange juice, lime juice, onion, and cilantro in a bowl. refrigerate until chilled. heat olive oil in a skillet. add chicken. cook for 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. serve chicken on a platter and top with salsa. add garnish if needed. Makes 4 servings

Nutritional information per serving: calories 249; protein 25.6 grams (g); carbohydrates 24 g; total fat 6.3 g; saturated fat 1.3 g; dietary fiber 3g; sodium 58 mg

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells from damage to their genetic material caused by agents known as free radicals. Free radicals are atoms, molecules, or ions with unpaired electrons on an open shell configuration. Free radicals may have positive, negative, or zero charge. With some exceptions, the unpaired electrons cause radicals to be highly chemically reactive. Radicals, if allowed to run free in the body, are believed to be involved in degenerative diseases, senescence and cancers.

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By Kathy Knecht

Arizona Holistic Chamber Growing in the West Valley Jan Wilson



we are at our best when we consider and act on the needs of others,

No doubt you are familiar with “The Golden Rule,” or the “Ethic of Reciprocity “as it is sometimes called. Virtually every religion on the planet and several secular philosophies subscribe to the theory that we are at our best when we consider and act on the needs of others, just as we’d hope that others will act in ways that are in our best interest. You know: "Do unto others..." Jan Wilson subscribes to that philosophy. Wilson is a real estate agent in Peoria who also sells a detoxifying supplement and an herbally-enhanced coffee. She is a founding member of the Arizona Holistic Chamber of Commerce where her humanitarian outlook fits right in, and she has recently been instrumental in bringing the chamber’s mixers and luncheons to the west side. The AZ Holistic Chamber has been around since 2005 and has been holding events and an annual picnic in the north valley and the on the east side. The chamber operates on membership dues and by the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Their membership has grown to over 150. Now, the owners of a growing number of West Valley-based businesses have requested meeting on the west side. Come September, they’ll get their wish when monthly luncheons start up at PF Changs in Arrowhead. So what kinds of businesses seek membership in a Holistic Chamber of Commerce?

she says. “Decisions are made at the CEO level that impact the quality of the lives of employees and the world." When that’s done conscientiously, that’s holistic. She sites examples like dry cleaners that that use organic solutions and veterinarians who use nonchemical treatments for ailing animals. “We have a member who is a physician who embraces the idea that “you are what you eat,” she says. He prescribes better food and more exercise before opting for chemicals. That is thinking holistically.” The chamber isn’t just for convening like-minded people, but for building their businesses. As the Chamber develops their west side programs they’re planning opportunities for companies to spotlight their products and services and scheduling speakers who can illustrate best business practices. Jan Wilson is looking forward to events closer to home and networking with other West Valley holistic businesspeople. Like the other members of the Holistic Chamber she believes that its right to do business in that ethically reciprocal way, but she’s not naïve: It’s still about business. She quotes world famous motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar: “Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale.”

just as we’d hope that others will act in ways that are in our best interest.

For more information, visit Info@Azhollisticchamber.com. According to the Chamber’s president, Janet Gangl, the answer isn’t likely what you think. “Our membership is extremely diverse,” she explains. We have small, mom-and-pop type businesses and medium-sized companies, too. We have businesses that many people associate with the “holistic” label like chiropractors, alternative medicine practitioners and massage therapists, but also dentists, veterinarians and dry cleaners.” Gangl says that the chamber is right for any business that understands the mind/body/spirit connection. That connection is often evident in a company’s efforts to conserve natural resources and be kind to people and the planet. “Recycling, using solar energy, all these things are holistic decisions,”

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“Today, so many people have a ‘to heck with the rest, IGM .” says Wilson. (That’s “I Got Mine,” she explained.) We all want to make money,” she confirms. “What’s different though, is that the members of the chamber don’t have an IGM attitude.” Naturally, the Chamber hopes that the monthly luncheons and mixers will attract new holistic businesses. “We really expect our membership to grow,” says Gangle. “The general public really likes what we stand for. And when we have a presence in four corners of the Valley, we’ll be stronger. It’s like earth, wind, fire and water. The four chapters will complete a circle. It will make our energy stronger.”


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BIGGEST LOSER

Follow the contestants as they shed pounds and inches

The Art of Loving Yourself: How One Valley Group is Taking a Stand by Helping Women to Stand Tall

Weight Loss, Food, and Body Image

By Shannon Dodge Every woman knows that loving yourself and being satisfied with your body is one of the most difficult things we, as women, have to face. It is a constant battle that most do not win. Society tells us that thin, fit, and gorgeous is the only way to be. Sexuality is sold in everything; there is no escaping the message that you aren’t good enough, sexy enough, beautiful enough. The ease of internet access and constant electronic communication brings more and more hits to a woman’s mentality of what the definition of “beautiful” and “sexy” is. What are the side effects of this socially acceptable situation? Two of the most common effects that experts are seeing today are an increase in depression among females as young as ten years old and an increase in selfesteem issues in relation to body image. By conducting an advanced Google search for hits within the last year for the phrase “negative body image”, I located approximately 37,300,000 hits. The first page of search strings shows a significant connection between negative body image, eating disorders, depression, and sexuality issues. In February 2011, Glamour magazine printed the article “Shocking Body-Image News: 97% of Women Will Be Cruel to Their Bodies Today.” In this study, journalist Shaun Dreisbach reviewed the survey results of 300 women of many different sizes and age. The research showed that 97% of women admitted to having at least one “I hate my body” moment per day. The article reviews interesting information around how our brain is wired for negative body image, the amount of negativity we feel daily, the connection of our female relationships and negativity, and how to begin a healing process. The survey found that the respondents who noted that they worked out regularly tended to report fewer harsh thoughts than those who don’t. One interesting note, one study found that women felt better about themselves after exercising, even if their bodies didn’t change. The challenge of exercising and taking that step to begin brings about confidence and pride.

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Stephanie Fogelson, founder of West Valley’s Biggest Loser, feels that food plays a major factor with women, self-image, and emotions. “One of the best drugs of choice for people is FOOD!” Stephanie comments. “The beautiful serotonin rush that food provides, works on more neuroreceptors than alcohol and drugs”. Food disorders are a common issue across the nation today. Stephanie believes that our abuse of food becomes a very addictive habit, beginning early. “At a very young age we learn that food will make us feel happy, sad, rewarded, entitled or anything in between… we train ourselves to use food to cope with all emotions.” The West Valley’s Biggest Loser program (WVBL) is designed to get individuals motivated, moving, and taking the steps towards a more healthy life, including food choice.

Women in particular need a boost and this program is designed to work. “The women who go through my program are not the ones you see in the gym…(they) have thrown in the towel, given up on themselves, and the ideas of reaching their goals.” Stephanie notes that she has not had anyone join her program that has not tried at least six different weight loss programs, all complicated and empty. “My program eliminates the complication of weight loss, breaks down the basic do’s and do not’s, but the true unique quality of the program is the bonds made in

The focus of this program is to bring about accountability in a group setting with nutrition guidelines, exercise programs, and individual goals. “We create a family around a common mission. That mission is to live the highest quality of life...great friends, great health, and a great quality of life…” WVBL helps individuals in similar situations to be able to connect and become a support group. Each “season” contestants work with Stephanie and participate in a multitude of different activities. The groups have been known to hike, swim, run, mountain bike, have boot camp, and to do strength training. “Most of my clients look at me cross eyed when I tell them what they are going to do (such as complete a Sprint Triathlon)…but watching them cross that finish line is so worth it all … the weeks leading up to it!” Variation is key in the program, the more variation the less the participants begin to feel disengaged. By setting biweekly goals, the participant works toward accomplishing them on their own time, which helps them feel accountable for their own journey and successful when completed.

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the program…everyone needs a village…where you really aren’t able to give up on yourself because no one will allow you to!” Stephanie Fogelson has moved 150 participants through her six “seasons”. The success is in the numbers; a total weight loss of over THREE THOUSAND pounds and the individual with the biggest loss was 130 pounds! The impact of this program has been exceptionally significant and Stephanie felt that West Valley Biggest Loser needed to be open and accessible to a broader range of women. That’s where Leatha Martin of Oasis Fitness and Spa comes in. “Designed exclusively for women by women, Oasis Fitness and Spa is THE place to go to reach your health and wellness goals!” explains Leatha Martin, Director of Oasis. This new, state of the art women’s gym and spa offers workshops, fitness classes, nutritional products, and personal training as well as affordable spa features such as massage, facials, body treatments and waxing. Oasis is excited to offer both programs that Stephanie Fogelson has created, West Valley’s Biggest Loser, as well as Fit to Fabulous. Fit to Fabulous is a program dedicated to muscle tone versus weight loss however the programs workout together and create a close unit. “We have a ‘Kick Off Celebration’ where all the contestants meet one another… (then) we have the before pictures taken, weigh in, and do the physical assessments…at our ‘Finale’ we celebrate the success of each contestant and award the winner of the contest!” Each contestant is individually competing for the title of “Biggest Loser”, for either total pounds lost (Biggest Loser) or the highest percentage of body fat lost (Fit to Fabulous). “Our team is here to educate, teach, and support you over the finish line!” Having a starting point and a place to begin is the hardest part. Taking the step towards weight loss can be daunting and discouraging; however, there are programs out there to assist in the process. West Valley’s Biggest Loser’s focus brings about change and positive outcomes. Stephanie Fogelson confidently states, “By living a healthy lifestyle with meal choice and exercise, women exude a high level of self confidence, stand taller and beam positive energy – at all sizes! I see it everyday and that living energy is where the magic happens!” The art of loving yourself comes from determination and then support. “You can’t enter into a wellness program for a special event or a pair of jeans, it has to be a desire to want to LIVE, a fire burning inside of you…believing in yourself again, or maybe for the first time ever.” Information Cited From: Dreisbach, Shaun. “Shocking Body-Image News: 97% of Women Will Be Cruel to Tehir Bodies Today.” Glamour Magazine. 2011. 23 Jun. 2011 HYPERLINK "http://http:/www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2011/02/shocking-body-image-news97-percent-of-women-will-be-cruel-to-their-bodies-today"http://HYPERLINK "http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2011/02/shocking-body-image-news-97percent-of-women-will-be-cruel-to-their-bodiestoday"http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2011/02/shocking-body-image-news-9 7-percent-of-women-will-be-cruel-to-their-bodies-today.

For more information about West Valley Biggest Loser, contact Stephanie Fogelson at 623 332 2501 or LIKE on Facebook @ Wv Bl! For more information about Biggest Loser programs available at Oasis Fitness and Spa, contact Leatha Martin at 623 322 2132 or visit the website at oasisfitnessandspa.com

Alyson; 7.3% body weight loss, 11 inches, 27 pounds, 6.4% body fat, Sally; 1.4% body weight loss, 5 inches, 6.4 pounds, 7.9% body fat Audition and follow the WVBL at: westvalleymagazine.com

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GREEN LIVING

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With over 300 sunny days a year, solar just makes sense for Arizona. That’s why the “Arizona Solar Challenge” was created. Communities all across Arizona need to commit to supporting solar on rooftops. When your community achieves 5% solar on owneroccupied homes, it will recieve the designation of an “Arizona Solar Community.”

A r i z o n a homeowners who want to make the right energy decisions for their homes are confronted with complex and sometimes conflicting information. That’s the case with residential solar electricity. With rapidly changing technology, incentives and costs making the right decision can be overwhelming. Homeowners who could benefit from cost saving technology don’t take advantage of the opportunities simply because they don’t have the time to sort out the confusing information. Such a situation calls for a community based organization to step forward and give unbiased advice to homeowners. To meet this need, APS has hired Smart Power to promote clean energy and energy efficiency. Smart Power is the nation’s leading 501[c]3 non-profit marketing firm for promotion of clean energy and energy efficiency. Smart Power is working in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York to improve energy efficiency and costs.

achieving the 5% target are designated as an “Arizona Solar Community.” To date, the participating communities are Goodyear, Anthem, Casa Grande, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Pinal County, Prescott, Sun City West and Yuma. Goodyear has achieved a 109% rating, while Sun City West leads the state with 122% of the goal. In the participating communities Smart Power asks residential solar customers to host meetings where they can share their solar experience with friends and neighbors. These homeowners are designated as Solar Ambassadors. Smart Power has Solar Coaches to advise homeowners in obtaining and evaluating bids from solar installers. It’s important that Goodyear residents know that these valuable free resources are available to them. Get on the road to going solar today by visiting www.azsmartpower.org or contacting Arizona SmartPower at (480) 219-4395. Whether you need a Solar Coach or want to become a Solar Ambassador, Arizona SmartPower has a way for you to get involved. Together, we can transform Arizona into the solar capital of the United States!

In Arizona, Smart Power’s first project is to promote residential solar energy participation. To aid in this effort, Smart Power created “The Arizona Solar Challenge.” The goal of the challenge is to achieve residential solar on 5% of the houses in the participating communities. Communities

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Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ. We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m. For more info including future updates on the opening of Dragon World: call (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit www.Wildlifeworld.com.

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Alhabra & Galapaos Tortoise | Saltwater Crocodile | Rhino Iguanas | 200lb Python |Crocodile Monitor Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium’s Tropics of the World Reptile Exhibit has long been home to dozens of exotic reptile species. But coming later this fall, an all-new exhibit complex featuring giant ectotherms—living “dragons” that use the environment to control their body temperature- will call Wildlife World home. Some of the species planned for Dragon World have never before been on display in our state. The largest and most fearsome of these new dragons is a saltwater crocodile from Australia and Southeast Asia. While many varieties of smaller crocodilians including one of the planet’s most rare reptiles, the albino alligator, already call Wildlife World home, none compare to the size and strength of a “salty.” As the largest living reptile species, males can weigh over 1 ton and reach up to 20 feet in length, which is nearly twice as big as an average female saltwater croc. The saltwater crocodile coming to Wildlife World this fall will be the first of its kind on public display in Arizona.

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Other impressive animals to be unveiled at the new Dragon World exhibit will be two species of giant tortoise, the Galapagos and the Aldabra. The animals from the Galapagos Islands-- the volcanic islands located about 600 miles west of the South American nation of Ecuador and home to unique plant and animal species that helped inspire Charles Darwin’s theories on evolution--are one of the longest-lived species on earth with a lifespan in excess of 100 years. They are also one of the largest species of tortoise with mature adults weighing as much as 600-800 lbs. These giants are vegetarians, feasting on grasses, fruits, cactus and vegetables. The Aldabra tortoise is also an island tortoise species similar in size to the Galapagos and found mainly on the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles. Rounding out the list of dragons will be several varieties of monitor and iguana lizards. The longest of these, the crocodile monitor, can reach up to 10 or more feet in length. Up to two thirds of the croc monitor’s body is made up of its long, whip-like tail. This long appendage provides balance for this arboreal animal as it spends much of its time in the trees searching for prey. On the other end of the spectrum will be a group of impressive looking but gentle rhino iguanas. These largely vegetarian Caribbean Island animals are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, pollution and over hunting. Their name stems from the chocolate chip shaped horns at the end of their snouts. Of course, no reptile exhibit would be complete without a giant snake, like the man-sized, 200-pound python also planned for Dragon World this fall. Best of all, each exhibit features large acrylic panels, including some with underwater viewing that will provide close-up views of these amazing animals for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

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CALENDAR

The who, what, where and when in the West Valley

Every Sunday Wigwam Farmer’s Market Sundays 7am – 11am, Front Lawn Think of it as the good karma of good food. The Wigwam Farmer's Market, held on the Front Lawn of the resort, is a direct outgrowth of our commitments both to serving fresh, locally produced food at our resort and to supporting those who grow it. Every Sunday, our market will feature fresh fruits, vegetables and handcrafted delicacies such as cheese, preserves, bread and wine. We warmly invite the entire community to come support these local Arizona heroes who share with us the gift of fresh, healthy and nutritious food and drink. Enjoy breakfast and shopping at The Wigwam Farmer's Market - a truly delightful way to start or end your weekend in Phoenix.

September 2 – 25 Arizona Broadway Theatre Steel Magnolias 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the familiar sanctuary of Truvy's localhomegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while keeping up with essential neighborly gossip! From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, humor and, of course, perfectly coiffed hair. For tickets call 623-776-8400 or log on to www.azbroadway.org

September 6 - 15 Herberger Theatre - The Kax Stage Into The Blue with Bessie Coleman Back by popular demand, Larissa Brewington returns to the Lunch Time Theater stage as Bessie Coleman, the first African American female pilot. This daring adventuress was the first American of any race or gender to hold an international pilot license. Bessie set a course to make a name for herself in the hopes that others of her race would follow. Based on documented events, this original encore performance, written and performed by Larissa Brewington, details the moments just before Bessie's final airshow. Tickets - $6.00 per person

September - October A Shot Of Java Coffee House Open Mic Night in Downtown Glendale Every Thursday from 7p.m. - 10p.m. Sign-in begins at 6:45 p.m. 7003 N. 58th Ave., Glendale For more information, call 623-847-2423. September 9 Movie Night at the Ballpark Megamind Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved dogooder Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt) and creating a new opponent who refuses to play by the rules. Megamind was only an infant when his parents loaded him into an emergency escape

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that shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Winner of a mindboggling nine Tony Awards, A Chorus Line also boasts a Pulitzer Prize-winning score that includes “What I Did for Love,” “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three,” and the iconic finale, “One.” For tickets call 623-776-8400 or log on to www.azbroadway.org

September 16 - October 2 Herberger Theatre - The Kax Stage A conversation with Edith Head A feast of delicious behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood's greatest stars that provides an intimate portrait of Hollywood's legendary costume designer. In her six decades of costume design, Edith Head worked on over eleven hundred films; dressed the greatest stars of Hollywood; received 35 Academy Award nominations, and won an unprecedented eight Oscars. Edith Head's story is as fascinating as the history of the film industry itself, filled with humor, frustration and, above all, glamour. This diva of design helped to define glamour in the most glamorous place in the world - Hollywood! Project Runway, eat your heart out! $31.00-$47.00 additional fees may apply

October 5 Heard Museum Native People of the Southwest Guided tours are included with admission and are offered daily. Hear from experienced docents as they share about the artists, cultures and artwork featured in the museum's galleries. For more information about Heard Museum go to www.heard.org or call 602-346-8191. Price includes tour and school bus transportation. The museum does not permit backpacks, food or drink in exhibit spaces and all cell phones must be silenced before entering the museum.

October 14 Movie Night at the Ballpark Despicable Me 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. 7:30 PM @ Goodyear Ballpark, Gates open at 6:30 PM. Movie begins at 7:30 PM. Admission and Parking are FREE. Concessions will be available for purchase.

September 20 - 29 Herberger Theatre - The Kax Stage An Instant History of Classical Music Music professor Phillip Simon is challenged by the Greek muse Euterpe to summarize the history of classical

October 14- November 18 Arizona Broadway Theatre A Chorus Line Show starts at 7:30 p.m. 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 Few musicals make their way into the American mainstream the way A Chorus Line has since its Broadway debut in 1975. The show provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and choreographer as they describe the events

October 22 Blues, Bruise & BBQ’s 11:00am - 11:00PM Teams, players and fans come watch rugby in a 10,000 seat stadium at the Goodyear Ballpark and Recreation Center. There will be live music all day, BBQ, vendors, beverages and lots of rugby. Come join the fun! For more information visit us at w w w. b l u e s b r u i s e a n d b b q s . c o m or call 623-308-0722 Events/Calendar submissions are welcome. Please email to editor@westvalleymagazine.com.

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DINING

The best restaurants in the West Valley

From Local Farm to Dining Table

Litchfield’s by Bob Purtell

The Wigwam Resort

has stood the test of time serving west valley residents and visitors, alike. New owners, Jerry Coangelo, David Eaton and Mel Schultz had a vision to bring locally grown produce, wine and dairy products to the famous landmark property. “Litchfield’s”, the signature restaurant named for the former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company president, Paul Litchfield, is a solid 4-star dining experience. Knowing the task to bring the “farm-to-table” concept would be daunting, James Beard award-winning chef, Chris Bianco, was brought in to re-concept the restaurant and to work with Chef Kirsten Seltzer. Together, they have created fresh, creative menu selections utilizing products from local businesses such as Duncan Farms, Crow’s Dairy, Double Creek Ranch, Queen Creek, Browns Orchard and South Mountain. Their organic foods are cultivated and/or processed without the use of chemicals of any sort. Many of the local producers incorporate “biodynamic agriculture” practices which utilizes special mineral preparations and the rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets and stars. Litchfield’s concept also promotes “sustainable agriculture” to promote and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

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A “Farmer’s Market is hosted on the front lawn each Sunday, (during season), from 9:30am- 1:30pm. For more comprehensive information about these farming concepts and how they are integrated in the overall “Green” concept of Litchfield’s, please visit the website at www.wigwamarizona.com or call 623 935-3811. The main dining room has been graciously expanded and opened to bring a totally new look. Seating for 90 allows for more than adequate room for those larger parties as well as providing intimacy for that quiet romantic dinner. Private dining rooms are available upon request for those special functions should you require. The “open kitchen” is center stage and allows patrons to witness the mesquite wood-burning grill and plate preparation. The menu is a delightfully balanced assortment of delicious salads, entrees and desserts the likes of which will keep you coming back until you have eaten your way through to the end. Try the Farmer’s Market Salad or Sweet Potato Hummus to begin your meal. Next, treat yourself to Wild Caught Salmon with Eagle Eye Honey, New Mexican Lamb Chuletas or a Grilled Cedar River NY Steak. Cavatelli and Risotto are made fresh daily and are available with a “Vegan” option should you prefer. All are cooked to perfection by the extraordinary culinary staff. Sides of Trumpet Mushrooms and Garlic Roasted Potatoes are just a few of the tasty delights that await your palette. Late Harvest Farmer’s Dinner Specials are available daily from 8:30pm-9:00pm. This is a 3 course dinner priced modestly at $28. It includes a small plate starter, a large plate entrée and a dessert course. Locally produced beer and wines are promoted, as well as, vineyards that pay respect to and lessen our footprint on the environment. Available beers on draft include Four Peaks 8th Street Ale, Oak Creek Brewery Hefeweizen, Grand Canyon Pilsner and Four Peaks Kiltlifter. Enjoy a taste of all four with the “Arizona Draught Beer Tour.

An extremely respectable wine list offers choices for the most savvy of wine connoisseurs. By the glass selections have been meticulously created to assure your perfect pairing with every entrée. Try a flight of three different wines in the AZ Fine Wine Tasting. Choose from an extensive list of bottled wines including Dominus, Opus One, Far Niente, Frog’s Leap, Louis Roederer, Penfolds, Gaja, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and more. Farmer’s Dinners take “Farm to Table” to a new level. You can explore the farming process, their unique products and the importance of eating local while our local winemakers pick the perfect pairings. Scheduled events are October 20, November 17 and December 15. For reservations, please contact 623 856-1053. Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be served family style on Thursday, November 24. Price is $45 for adults and $20 for children 5-12. Meals are complimentary under 5. Have you ever thought of becoming a better “home chef?” Wigwam cooking classes are held monthly and can take you to the next level. Price is $55 per person and can be scheduled with the concierge at ext. 30. Dates are October 8, November 12, January 14, February 25, March 24 and April 28. Hours of operation are 5:30pm-10:00pm daily. Dress is business casual. If you have been to the Wigwam in years passed or have never had the wonderful experience of the west valleys premier resort, treat yourself and your family to the new Litchfield’s Restaurant. It is truly a destination worth your time. The caring and courteous service team will make you feel like royalty. The food will have you coming back for more.

Litchfield’s concept is to encourage “sustainable agriculture” to promote and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

We give this restaurant deserves our best stars.

*****

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9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, AZ

623.877.0096

D I N I N G

Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

623.772-9463 www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Rustica Cafe Bar 623.877-6400 www.rusticacafebar.com

Blu Burger Grille 623.877-3200 www.bluburger.com

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

623.486-4455 www.grimaldispizzeria.com

Sandbar 623.877-6444 www.sandbaraz.com

S WEETS

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shopparkwest.com

G U I D E

Fleming’s

Mexican Grill

Stylish, contemporary dining is the hallmark of Fleming's. As our name implies, our menu features the finest in prime beef, augmented by a tempting variety of chops, seafood, chicken, generous salads, inventive side orders and indulgent desserts. Our celebrated wine list, known as the Fleming's 100, boasts some of the finest wines in the world, all available by the glass.

At Rustica, it’s all very simple. Simply homemade, local, comfortable and casual. It’s hard to find a place you can enjoy a good happy hour and come back on the weekends to enjoy live music or for a romantic evening out. Enjoy our locally brewed or craft selection of beer or indulge in our unique selection of wine. We offer affordable and fresh Italian cuisine for both lunch and dinner! Reservations accepted and private rooms are avaialble.

Blu Burger Grille, was built on the need for a truly unique, high quality, hamburger experience. Our burgers are prepared to your specification and are made with the freshest Certified Angus ground beef. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy quality hamburger creations, and thus strive to maintain reasonable menu prices without sacrificing quality.

A taste of NY in the West Valley. With over 100 years of pizza making traditions, Grimaldi’s serves NY-style, coal fired brickoven pizzas and calzones, freshly prepared salads and house made desserts in an upscale yet casual and family oriented pizzeria. Come enjoy “The Pizza that made the Brooklyn Bridge Famous.”

Ice cold cervezas, sand beneath your feet, and some fresh Mexican food. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town or want to relax with a couple of cool cocktails, Sandbar is the destination for the best beach fun!

SPIRITS

Wine Styles 623.872.7900 • www.winestylesstore.com Feel like you have traveled back in time to an old world wine cellar where the ambiance is perfect for browsing through our world class wines at affordable prices. Our wines are separated into eight tasting styles and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the style right for you. We also offer unique gifts, a large selection of American craft beer and Kana Cuban Coffee. Whether you join our wine club, visit us for weekly wine tastings, stop in for a glass of wine or shop for a gift basket, we are sure you will not be disappointed.

See’s Candies 623.772.7256 • www.sees.com

Located at 99th Avenue and Northern • Just west of the Loop 101


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By Alexis McCoy

THE FINAL... Though Not In Our Hearts

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any people were and still are excited for the most recent and final of the Harry Potter series. Though most are sad that it is finished, there is a chance in the future for a new series by the much loved author J.K. Rowling. The final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, was the most anticipated and one of the best of The Harry Potter series. The tones in color and music fit very well with the solemness of everything that had happened in part one and the things to come later in part two. The cast is familiar, we have been following them since the very first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, though age has touched them since 2001. Loyal fans are impressed by how Part two came together in a final clash of good versus evil, betrayal versus trust, and loyalty versus fear. Watching this combination become the intense struggle and watching it mold together as the movie did with the book. The movie was not all suspense and despair, though less than in the other movies there were some comedic moments. The moments were well timed and brought some relief between the danger and despair going on with Lord Voldemort, his followers and the search and destroy of the Horcruxes, or the pieces of Voldemorts’ power still left in the world. The most intense scenes were not the brandishing of wands, or the hurling of vows of death, but the scenes that ripped your heart in two, and made tears trickle down your cheeks. They were few and far between but they are the most memorable. Changing the hated into the loved, and the loved into the more admired. In the 10 years since the fist movie hit the big screen the legendary trio of Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, as touched the people’s hearts, minds, and inspired many to notice the strength that the lowest character had. Not the strength of the main character, and what that strength will bring to everyone who will listen. You don’t need a sign of survival to move people, one voice is all it takes. This series of movies may become one of many that children should see, it inspires imagination, and teaches some of the more valuable lessons in life, some that we forget over the years and some we do not take into account any longer. Along with Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Star Wars, this series will last through the ages and not become forgotten as some movies have, or be reborn and masqueraded as something it is not.

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PUZZLES

Exercise your mind and get lost in a puzzle

CROSSWORD

Across 1. Green bean 5. Fly in the sky 10. Heifer's home 14. Not veg. or min. 15. Playwright ___ Fugard 16. Alternative to iso17. It bills itself as "The independent guide to technology" 19. Earthy desire 20. Jewish Platonist 21. Court call 23. Watch chains 26. Pencil end 27. Offshoot 32. Street crosser: Abbr. 33. Skier's territory 34. Like a delta 38. "David Copperfield" character 40. Coin of Copenhagen 42. River in England 43. Do a pre-op chore 45. Rear 47. What's left after deductions 48. Very sincere, as a conversation 51. Render harmless 54. Tidy 55. Carrying fake ID, maybe 58. "___ behold" 62. Vague or Zorina 63. Star of "The Pawnbroker" 66. Famous ___ 67. Carpenter's grooves 68. Kemo___ (the Lone Ranger) 69. Connecticut town with a disease named after it 70. French pen 71. Tramped (on)

LAST MONTH’S SOLUTIONS

SUDOKU HOW TO PLAY SUDOKU? Sudoku requires no calculation or arithmetic skills. It is essentially a game of placing numbers in squares, using very simple rules of logic and deduction. It can be played by children and adults and the rules are simple to learn. SUDOKU OBJECTIVE The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9x9 square Sudoku game: * Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in * Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order * Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9x9 square must include all digits 1 through 9.

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Down 1. Northern Scandinavian 2. Ruler unit 3. "Out Tonight" singer in "Rent" 4. Italian resort 5. Ewe said it 6. Pretzel brand 7. Tibia's locale 8. Ice cream purchase 9. Kosygin 10. Italian for "beautiful singing" 11. Shades of blue 12. Charlotte ___ (dessert) 13. Gunpowder ingredient 18. Loafs, with "off" 22. City of Paris 24. Bamboozle 25. Game official 27. Fans' shouts 28. ___ plaisir 29. Double no-hit pitcher Johnny Vander ___ 30. On the left 31. Religious beliefs 35. Coney Island's ____ Park 36. Elbe feeder 37. Scottish tartan pattern 39. Cynic's snort #4 41. Subj. concerned with supply and demand 44. Teddy, e.g. 46. Ultima ___ 49. Hugo and Edgar 50. Altruist's opposite 51. David of the PGA 52. Military adversary 53. Computer information holder 56. Animal with a beard 57. Old MacDonald's song mate 59. Actor John of "Sands of Iwo Jima" 60. Peak in ancient Palestine 61. 1857's ___ Scott Decision 64. Helios 65. General ___'s chicken


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West Valley Magazine Septebmer 2011  

West Valley Magazine's September issue with Dr. Kotoske on the cover features golf and tourism.