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Introducing the Taps Tattler Arizona Broadway Theatre Unveils a Masterpiece See American Idol’s Phillip Phillips

WVM Interview i See them Live Nov 11th Taps @ Park West




FEBRUARY 16th & 17th, 2013 PARK WEST, PEORIA, ARIZONA 9780 W. NORTHERN AVENUE, PEORIA, AZ 85345 Navigate the changing face of healthcare with the 2013 International Live Life Expo. This two-day Arizona event unites the industries of health and wellness in ways never done before – redeveloping and redefining the new business of medicine. Healthcare reform requires everyone from the general physician to the general consumer to think differently about healthy living. The healthcare paradigm will shift from a focus solely on traditional medicine, to the typically nontraditional: holistic health and wellness. Improving health as opposed to recommending additional, expensive hospital services. So how will doctors change the way they do business? How does the business of wellness take a more prominent position? And what will it all mean for the general consumer? Answers, exhibits, educational programs and much more at the Live Life Expo. Uniting the best of the medical profession with the general public, so that together we can effectively navigate the changing face of healthcare. The 2013 International Live Life Expo. February 16th and 17th. Park West at 101 & Northern Avenue. • November • December 2012 • January 2013 | 3 Connecting our Communities November • December • 2012 January • 2013 Volume 1 • Issue 2

Located west of Central Avenue in Phoenix, each of the communities that make up Arizona’s “Avenues” is unique, but each shares an “Avenues” address and attitude. Signature streets lined with boutique shops, remarkable restaurants and quaint homes, Arizona’s Avenues are charming, noteworthy and even extraordinary. It’s hard to imagine that only 30 years ago, the towns west of Phoenix were comprised of cotton fields, citrus groves, cattle ranches and an Air Force base. Today, big-city attractions dominate as the entire area has exploded with growth in recent years. It astounds even natives of the Grand Canyon State to realize that the West Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. The West Valley is home to major league sports teams. Glendale lays claim to University of Phoenix Stadium, home to NFL’s 2009 NFC Champions, Arizona Cardinals. A smaller, though no less impressive venue sits next door, the Arena. Major ice skating shows and the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, call this building home. Eight - yes, count them - major league baseball teams call the West Valley their Spring Training home. Peoria, Surprise, Glendale and Goodyear all have state-of-the-art Cactus League Spring Training ballparks. And Avondale has Phoenix International Raceway, a world-class professional raceway and home to a multitude of NASCAR racing events. Four regional parks offer plenty of outdoor activities. The Estrella Mountains line the horizons of Goodyear, Tolleson and Avondale, while the White Tank Mountains are virutally sourrounded by Buckeye, Surprise and Litchfield Park. Thunderbird Mountain Park is part of Glendale, and in Peoria, the 10,000-acre Lake Pleasant is Arizona’s second-largest and appropriately named. Two marinas offer a full selection of fishing boats, speedboats and jet skis. Spend a day or a week exploring the West Valley - home to activities and attractions to suit every vacationer’s style and budget.

Lids on Arizona Kids® Arizona in Action

HELMET USE IN THE WEST VALLEY Did you know that children in Arizona are not required by law to wear helmets when on bikes, scooters, or skates? It’s an issue that’s gaining a lot of attention in the West Valley. Last spring, a local nonprofit called Arizona in ACTION set out to see if it could increase helmet use by randomly rewarding students wearing helmets to school. Celebrities, local law enforcement, and various businesses participated by giving high-fives and charms to kids wearing helmets. Helmet use at two test pilot schools increased by 542% in one spring semester! After last spring’s success, A.I.A. secured $12,500 in grants from the Arizona Department of Transportation, the

City of Goodyear, and Coyotes Charities to expand its program this school year. The Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and various businesses also fund Arizona in ACTION’s programs. Lids on Arizona Kids® is opening its program to the entire West Valley on November 3rd. Bring your bikes, scooters, and helmets to the Family Bike Rodeo and 5K at Estrella Mountain Community College. The event runs 9am - Noon. Goodyear Fire and Police departments, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Mayo Clinic will run the bike rodeo with helmet fittings and concussion prevention testing. Vendor spaces are open to Arizona iin ACTION annual members.

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MANAGING EDITOR Trish Arana ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Eric Lopez ADVERTISING 800-315-9630 X2 CONTRIBUTORS Dr. Grey Stafford, Michelle Arana, Scott Haack PHOTOGRAPHERS Michael Jordan Melody Golden Editorial submissions are welcome. Please submit to WVM Arizona AvenuesTM is a trademark publication of West Valley Magazines. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without expressed written consent. West Valley Publishing 14175 W Indian School Rd., B4-496, Goodyear, AZ 85395 PHONE/FAX: 800-315-9630

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wvm Taps Tattler

10 Buffalo Bills vs Cardinals Party The Buffalo Bills Fans didn’t mind rubbing elbows at Taps Signature Cuisine & Bar @ Park West partying it up before the big game on Sunday against the Cardinals.


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14 Black Bottom Lighters An interview with the Black Bottom Lighters.

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16 Arizona Broadway Theatre An interview with artist Penelope Klaphake before unveiling her exquisite work of art on Thursday, November 29th, 2012.

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19 Tallest Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Anthem On Saturday, November 17th, from 6-9 pm, come join American Idol’s 11th Season Winner Phillip Phillips. wv live life

22 WV24 Movers & Shakers David Moss is our Mover this month.

24 Authors Corner


WVM Interviews Patricia Leavy with her Social Fictions Series.

28 Excellence in Health Care Awards Dr. Gael DeRouin makes the list.

30 IMS Arizona Marathon Coach Scott gives training tips for 17 weeks out.

36 Movie Review The Words. Twists & turns as the price one can pay for stealing another man’s work is revealed.

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42 Through the Lens Michael Jordan goes to Tuscany, Italy. wildlife world zoo

46 4th Aquarium Now Open Thanks to strong visitor support. WVM Calendar

52 Are you looking for something to do?


The who, what and where in the West Valley. wv dining

54 The Best Restaurants in the Valley Taps Signature Cuisine & Bar @ Park West.

56 Northwest Valley The vast Northwest Valley covers El Mirage, Sun City, Sun City West & Youngtown.

57 City of Peoria The City of Peoria was establishedin the 1880s after a settler’s vision.

58 City of Glendale Historic downtown Glendale is also famous for its signature festivals.

62 City of Surprise A new city where community, family and traditions are built.


63 City of Goodyear This young “go-gegtter” city celebrates the pastimes of baseball and golf in a community of unsurpassed quality.

64 Southwest Valley Splendid options in the Soutwest Valley including Avondale, Litchfield Park and Tolleson.

66 Town of Buckeye Get active at Town Park, home to the Buckeye Aquatic Center, volleyball pits, ball fields, picnic tables and Skate Park.

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An Interview with the

Black Bottom Lighters by Eric Lopez

WVM: Tell us about the Black Bottom Lighters? Stilly: Me and T started the band about 2 years ago. I put out an ad on Craigslist for someone that wanted to play Reggae Rock music and T was the first one that responded. After that we met up at the house and created our first song within about 5 minutes, “Works of Faith”, which became an instant hit for us. From there T introduced me to a guitar player he knew and we started playing open mic’s and just grew from there. Shortly after we picked up our drummer Ryan along with Jose on the Bass and we’ve just been rocking ever since. WVM: It sounds like you guys were the founders and just added the other members recently. How has that transition been? Stilly: It’s always felt pretty natural with us from day one. Me and T never had any problems writing songs. After we had written about ten songs we had a couple of changes with the lead guitars and then we picked up Kelyn our keyboardist. The transition was a lot easier than anticipated. We just got lucky and found a group of talented guys that can really overcome things quickly, so it’s been smooth. WVM: Has bringing the new members on changed your music, or would you say it has stayed the same since you started? T: I think the music has pretty much

stayed the same. It has also progressed in that it sounds a little different than when we originally started since we first started off with acoustics. We have now transformed into a full band with electric guitars and keys but I think it has changed for the better, so it’s good. I think it’s sounding better and better.

WVM: How would you compare your band to other similar sounding bands like 311, Slightly Stupid, or Sublime? T and Stilly: I think that we do sound a lot like those bands but with our own kind of twist. We don’t sound exactly like them because we have two singers, keyboards and even a Dj. I would say there is a lot of influence from those sounds in our music and it’s an honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence as them. WVM: Why should our readers see you perform live? Stilly: I’d say it’s just an all around good time and a high energy show. We tend to piggyback on a lot of the other bands we play with going back and forth playing different shows with them. We all have a great vibe and the fans love coming out and supporting us, so it does get a bit crazy sometimes but they always have a good time. WVM: What are some of the upcoming events that we can see you perform live? Stilly: We have a few events coming

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up and you can always contact us through our facebook page for our upcoming events. On November 11th we will be performing at Taps Signature Cuisine & Bar in Peoria @ Park West. We have also just launched our new website which will have a lot of cool stuff coming up like live interviews and new video footage that hasn’t been seen before.

WVM: What’s one thing you want to let our readers know about your November 11th performance at Taps? T: It’s going to be an acoustic show so it will be a different experience than watching the entire band play. Fans can basically see a more intimate version of Black Bottom Lighters and we will likely play a bunch of songs we don’t normally play. It will definately be something different, but is always a good time. It will be more personal since it will just be me, Stilly and some bongos or something along those lines. Stilly: It’s crazy because that’s how we started but regular fans might say it would be more of an unplugged version of Black Bottom Lighters. It’s actually the original version of the band. We are really excited about the album coming out. Thanks to all the fans out there who have supported us. Please make sure to check us out at one of our upcoming gigs and watch for the our new album around December 18th. • November • December 2012 • January 2013 | 15

1930’s Style New York Comes to the

Arizona Broadway Theatre By Michelle Arana

Penelope Klaphake has considered herself to be an artist dating back to when she was in preschool where she remembers using crayons to draw a colorful, under-thesea portrait/scene of several tropical fish. Although she wishes she still had her artwork today, she was very fond of the first work of art she created. Ever since, she has always been interested in sketching with pencil, pastels, black ink, and painting in oil and acrylics. And since she didn’t feel as though she could pursue her art passion enough to make a living, she decided to major in Mass Communication instead of Art at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota instead. Between 1966 and 1970, Penelope attended a homestudy art program with Art Instruction, Inc., and although she never completed it (she just got married around that timeframe), she always kept her materials, feeling as if she could one day benefit from keeping them. Art has never left her sight over the years as she has always been the one surfing in the Art book section at bookstores. She ended up making her living being a Writer and an Editor for several years. In fact, she even told WVM that she is currently writing a book that will accompany her upcoming mural. It will contain a feature story on each of the people, anecdotal information about each of the theatres and skyscrapers, photos of various parts of the mural

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incorporated throughout the book, a centerfold of the mural. She presumes it will take her at least three years to complete as this also requires a great deal of research. She has already completed 14 people profiles and the skyscraper anecdotes. Her bibliography for the book has already become quite extensive. While she pursued a career in writing, she never let artwork out of her sight and now she is succeeding at both crafts. Always having a passion for art, Penelope as well as a few of her family members embarked on an idea that would change their lives and the lives of the artistic Arizona community forever. In 2001, the Klaphake family (Ronald, Penelope, son Kiel, and daughter-in-law Cassandra) set in motion an idea that has now developed into a state-of-the-art, Art-Deco-inspired performing arts dinner theatre known to the Valley as the Arizona Broadway Theatre. This one-of-a-kind theatre established itself back in January 2006 and each one of the family members has contributed their artistic ability in one way or another ever since. When WVM asked Penelope what inspired the idea for her family to come up with the Arizona Broadway Theatre back in 2001, she told us that, “In 2001, Ron and I flew to see Kiel perform as Gaylord Ravenal in a production of Show Boat at the original Broadway Palm Theatre. While the

three of us were having lunch at an outdoor café near the theatre, Kiel brought up the idea of wanting to start a business—an elegant and unique kind of dinner theatre. Ron and I both got interested in the venture and it grew from there until all four of us worked together on the various concepts, i.e., financing, style, architecture, location, construction costs, etc.”

Penelope Klaphake

Now 11 years later, this idea has turned into a dream come true for this family, and it just keeps on getting better. On Thursday, November 29th, 2012, Penelope Klaphake will unveil her exquisite work of art, 1930’s Broadway “a portrait” in the Arizona Broadway Theatre’s lobby. The 14feet high x 84-feet wide Mural unveiling takes place exactly one night before the opening night of the award-winning Broadway show, Annie.

WVM was curious to find out how long it took Penelope to complete her mural and she told us, “After I carefully sketched in the entire painting using pencils on the original 2-ft. x 14-ft. canvas, it took me only a year and a half to actually paint it to completion. I placed the canvas on two long tables end to end and painted it in my small 12x14 studio. As you can see, the canvas went from one wall to the other. Even though I painted in a cramped workspace, I had plenty of light from North and West windows. I enjoyed the entire process and never got bored. I’m a project person, and even though it was a huge project, I knew I would complete it eventually.” Pretty amazing, isn’t she?

We also asked her what made her decide to do her piece on a 1930’s New York Broadway style and she explained to WVM, that the four of them had talked about the Art-Deco style and bought several books on the subject…they all were very interested in the late 1920s to early 1940s style, its historical impact and significance. As a result of that initial choice, Kiel asked Penelope if she would be interested in painting a mural for ABT. Of course Penelope said yes, and Kiel proceeded to draw a quick sketch of what he envisioned—New York City’s Broadway theatres and skyscrapers. Penelope later added the idea of portraying 100 people—50 males and 50 females—most of whom were alive and famous during that time. It is clear to all who see her mural of how much time and effort Penelope truly put into this mural. In order to prepare for a piece like this, she had to do a lot of research. She researched New York City theatres, skyscrapers and people over a period of about seven years. In the beginning, she used the Internet to do her research, but later started to check out various bookstores, and then ordered many suitable books through several libraries using the Interlibrary Loan Program. There is no way that you will want to miss this unveiling event and see for yourself first hand, the result of al l of her hard work! Save the date for November 29th 2012 to time-travel back into the 1930’s of New York City and to even meet Penelope Klaphake herself as she will definitely be there!

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Don’t Miss the 11th Annual Tallest Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Anthem & American Idol Guest By Michelle Arana What better way to celebrate the 11th annual lighting of the nation’s tallest Christmas tree than by having American Idol’s Season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips headline it? Yes, you read that correctly. On Saturday, November 17th, from 6-9 pm, come join Phillip Phillips at the Outlets at Anthem’s center court to help celebrate the annual tree lighting ceremony of America’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree. The Outlets at Anthem are located just 15 minutes north of the Loop 101 right off of Interstate-17 at the Anthem Way exit #229. Twenty-one-year-old singer and guitarist Phillip Phillips won the American Idol title on last season’s finale with his debut single, “Home,” as you may recall. This particular single instantly became the highest debut on the Billboard Digital Songs chart in which they recorded 278,000 downloads that were sold. After earning a Billboard Hot 100 top-ten debut for his emerging career, his first album is expected to hit stores by early 2013.

Phillip Phillips

Phillips has been studying guitar since he was 14 years old, and found himself mastering riffs from classicrock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” Years later, he started an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and even started to add singing with his guitar playing.

According to outlet marketing director Sallyann Martinez, “We are ecstatic to bring Phillip Phillips to the Outlets at Anthem for our annual Christmas tree lighting spectacular. Our Christmas tree lighting event has become a savored holiday tradition for families across the Valley with fun for every age including various national and local performers, an appearance by Santa Claus, giveaways, special shopping discounts and even snow! We pride ourselves in showcasing some of the best rising talent in the nation at our annual event, and look forward to the addition of this one-of-a-kind artist that captured America’s votes and hearts last season on American Idol.”

“I used to always keep my singing to myself and never let anyone hear me, but then my sister and brother-in-law caught me one night and told me I had to start singing in the band,” he says.

Well there is no doubt about it, the Valley is excited to welcome Phillip Phillips to their annual Holiday tradition of watching the tallest tree in America light up to mark the beginning of the Christmas season! • November • December 2012 • January 2013 | 19

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Training Tips for the 5th Annual IMS Arizona Marathon February 17th, 2013

WVM Avenues Excellence in Health Care Dr. Gael DeRouin

Author’s Corner: Patricia Leavy

WV24 Mover David Moss




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moving up in business or the community

Communiversity in Surprise, and is a current member of the West Valley Chamber Alliance, which is made up of the six West Valley chamber leaders.

West Valley mover Dave Moss joined the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce as President & CEO in September of 2009. Prior to this position, Moss served as the Deputy State Director for Arizona’s Small Business Development Centers and as West Valley Director for the Maricopa Small Business Development Center where he consulted businesses and conducted seminars and workshops for cities throughout the West Valley. Moss also sits on the advisory board for Rio Salado Community College’s

“Prior to coming to the chamber I served as the Deputy State Director for the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network, then as the West Valley Director for the Maricopa County Small Business Development Center. I was happy to play a role in securing funding then opening and growing the first SBDC office in the west valley located in Rio Salado College’s Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise. Since then the Maricopa Community College SBDC has also opened offices in Avondale at Estrella Mountain Community College and Glendale at Glendale Community College. The SBDC offices in the West Valley provide free one-on-one business counseling to small business owners.” In addition to his work with the Chamber of Commerce, Moss also teaches various US and European history classes at Estrella Mountain Community College as well as International Business classes at Paradise Valley Community College. Before taking the entrepreneurial plunge, Moss spent 5 years in the financial services industry most recently as Vice President of Sales & Client Services for a publicly traded investor relations firm in London, England where he expanded the company into Israel and Spain. Later Moss went on to become an entrepreneur himself, co-founding then selling software company Vermotion, Inc. and the Medical

Savings Association, a medical discount plan marketed to HR departments. He founded and continues to play a role in, an organization which provides college and university health insurance services throughout the country. Moss earned his BA in World History from Brigham Young University and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has lived and worked across the globe including France, England, and Argentina; and has conducted business in dozens of other countries throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. While not quite as fluent as he once was when living in Argentina, Moss is able to speak and write in Spanish. Turning to his family for inspiration and motivation, Moss considers his parents to be his greatest mentors and credits his wife and children as a source of motivation saying that they are,”so unique yet have so much promise and are already my superior in many ways. They keep me focused on the important things.” They are part of David’s secret to success thanks to “the values instilled in me from an early age by two great parents and my family’s support and counsel.” David Moss enjoys working for the business interests of the northwest valley and is eager to see continued economic growth and development throughout the region.

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 6 Family: Wife, Holli and 3 sons. Favorite quote: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”-Arisotle

What would your super power be? I’d settle for the ability to always remember where I’d parked or the ability to always know the quickest route through traffic.

What are your goals (career, personal or for the West Valley)? I’d like to look back and know that my involvement with my community mattered.

What’s your nickname? Dig (mercifully shortened from Diggy)

What is the secret to your success? Being fortunate enough to be surrounded by many smart, capable and dedicated people who have a knack for making me look good.

Describe yourself as a child: Who in history would you most like to have dinner Friendly, easy going, planner. with? By Kathy Knecht, Executive Director Leadership Abraham Lincoln What keeps you up at night? Loud noises and feeling like I might not be giving my What’s your favorite book? full and best effort. Anything my youngest son asks me to read to him. I also love Thomas Sowell’s Economic Facts and What’s your favorite food? Fallacies - hard to call it my favorite, but definitely one Brisket and ribs that I’ve enjoyed rereading. What’s your favorite musical group? I’m all over the place… I listen to classical, country, latin, classic rock, contemporary. More frequently I do seem to listen to CCR and U2.

What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? Professional Tennis Player or Full-time history professor.

What you miss most? Simplicity and 3 month summer vacations.

Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? I’m a foreign-born citizen (Epsom, England) and have lived in France, England and Argentina. And I think I’m a much better tennis player than I actually am.

What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? It’s easy to get caught up in the thick of thin things never confuse busyness with being productive. Focus on a few key objectives and reduce everything else to a secondary priority. What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? Sun Valley Parkway (great for cycling), White Tank Mountains and the Surprise Tennis Center. I also really love the Westgate area. Most coveted: More time with my wife and kids. What is your favorite cause? Anything where I can make a positive impact in people’s lives. I’ve been fortunate in my role at the chamber to become familiar with many wonderful organizations that promote very noble causes. There are so many people more anxiously engaged in great causes than me, but I do enjoy supporting them and finding ways to contribute.

What originally drew you to the West Valley? I had attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale where I earned my MBA, so when my wife and I decided we were done with the snow we knew we wanted to return. We love the area and the potential it holds. How did you get into your current career field? Still trying to figure that out...I suppose with an entrepreneurial background, experience consulting small businesses and a desire to make a positive impact on my community running a chamber of commerce makes sense and gives me a great opportunity to work with a lot of businesses and entrepreneurs. What drives you? Making a positive impact on peoples’ lives - Leaving things better than when I found them.

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West How do you feel the West Valley has affected you, and how do you feel you’ve affected the West Valley? I don’t know if or how I’ve affected the West Valley, but the diversity and unlimited potential of the West Valley excites me and really allows for big thinking. There is a flexibility of thought that exists out here that permits new approaches, new ideas. What would you recommend to people looking to make a difference in the West Valley? Show up. Who was an influence in your life/career, and how did they affect what you do? My dad was a very hard worker and was always involved in the community in which he lived (state legislator, State School Superintendent). I have always admired his focus and dedication, but there is also a need for balance and down time. He died at 48 from a heart attack. My memory of him motivates me to work hard and be productive with my limited time, but I think he would also like me to maintain lifebalance and stick around longer than 48 years. What’s the biggest challenge facing you in your work? My constant challenge is to create and deliver more value to businesses in El Mirage, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise and Youngtown. What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the West Valley, and how does what you do help ease those challenges? There’s a great opportunity to cultivate a collective West Valley identity and vision. Too often we talk in comparative terms in relation to the East Valley when we have so much to build on out here. One of our challenges is to overcome the obsessive sensitivity to east side perceptions. The opportunity is for West Valley cities and organizations to think regionally, think big and make it happen.

Melissa Holdaway

Dr. Leonard Kirschner

Ed Gerak

Claude Mattox

Todd Aakhus

Dr. Ernie Lara

Jennifer Barber

Ginny Solis

Lance Undhjem

Dana Campbell Saylor

Leatha Martin

O.K. Fulton

Randy Edington

David Schwake

Julie Richard

Bridget Binsbacher

Mimi Rogers


he West Valley is filled with remarkable people. From July 2012 through July 2013, we will profile 4 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 4 isn’t an easy chore. That’s why we let a committee, made up 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 transition 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 professionals 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 Neil Terry

John Dover

Jennifer Martyn

Robert McGeorge

Beverly Hurley

David Iwanski

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Author’s Corner: By Michelle Arana

Patricia Leavy Gives WVM Insight into her Writing Career Often in this day and age, our time is consumed with surfing the Internet, checking our blackberries for countless messages and emails, or now spending time on our iPads and iPods. Technology can be beneficial but with all of these casual technology devices being created, we are forgetting about the old school days where we just picked up a book to do some old fashion style research. Remember the days when we all would go to the Library to research a topic we were interested in instead of just turning on our Computers for the answer? Well WVM Avenues Author’s Corner editions will highlight some very talented authors that are out there that are reminding all of us to pick up a book and have those pages touch your very fingertips instead of clicking on a button for answers just like we all used to during the good ‘ole days. For our first edition, I would like to welcome successful Author Patricia Leavy as our first Author that is making great things happen with the power of the written word… While growing up, Patricia Leavy wrote many stories, some she still has kept to this day. She has a very supportive mother who encouraged her talent for writing, which is something that Patricia values and holds dear to her heart, so much so that now she has turned around to encourage her own daughter to go after her passion for being an Artist. Deep down Patricia knew that writing was her first passion, but admits that she was not as brave as she would liked to have been to go after her talent at first. When WVM asked her what stopped her from going after her passion as her first choice she responded, “I think I needed to build 24 | November • December 2012• January 2013 •

my confidence more first because as a writer there is rejection and criticism. So, I was a sociology professor for a decade which was a wonderful experience. I loved working with students, I learned a lot and I became a better and more confident writer. With that said, life is short and so I decided that it was the right time to move toward a full-time career as a writer.” Many things inspire this very talented writer, but WVM wanted to know what specifically inspires her to create such wonderful works of fiction and non-fiction books. Patricia told us “I get ideas from personal experiences, conversations with people, things I observe in the media, and art in all forms. I always work with music on in the background and my office is loaded with art books. For some reason I can’t explain, experiencing art even in a very different form than mine can unlock something. I can also clearly see now looking backward and forward that each project seems to plant the seeds for future projects. I think while each of my books are different they are also connected.” Just recently being able to pursue a career full time in writing, Patricia retired from being a Professor and shares what she enjoys most about finally being able to follow her dream of becoming a writer and what her favorite part about being a writer truly is. “Being creative and pushing myself, and pushing on the bounds of what is considered art and what is considered research. I also love sharing ideas that are important to me and helping other people share their stories. That’s a wonderful privilege.” And boy does she push herself!


So far, Patricia has published about a dozen books and she is also the editor of three book series. “In 2009 I published a book called Method Meets Art (Guilford Press) and I think that was a turning point for me. That book considers how researchers in different fields (sociology, health care, education) can draw on the power of the arts (poetry, theatre, visual art) in order to make their research more accessible to the public.” Once she published this book, it transitioned into her next two projects. “I partnered with Sense Publishers to edit a book series called Social Fictions. The Social Fictions series is totally unique. We publish books that are written entirely in literary forms (novels, plays and short story collections); however, these books are all written by scholars who have teaching or research experiences that have informed their writing. I published my first novel, Low-Fat Love, in the series. Low-Fat Love is a fun “chick-lit” kind of book but really it is about how women develop a sense of themselves, how media impacts women and the psychology of low selfesteem and negative relationships. I hope the book encourages readers not to settle in love or life and to find ways to feel good about themselves. My other most recent book is a non-fiction book called Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research (Left Coast Press). This book also builds on the idea of making research more accessible. The book is really about the ways that researchers and other stakeholders need to come together in order to address the major problems facing society at this time. I write about a variety of things researchers are doing from arts-based research to community-based research to transnational research collaborations. I hope the book is of use to people looking for new ways to work together to address problems from school bullying to sustainability.” Currently, Patricia is working on her second novel as well as a non-fiction book. Her novel is another edition to the Social Fictions series and she hopes to have it published by 2013. She describes this novel as “exploring appearance versus reality in people’s lives—how someone’s life looks to

others versus how they experience it—and the ways that social class impacts our identities in complicated ways.” Just like the other books in the Social Fictions series, this will come out in a fun to read format for all to enjoy. Her non-fiction book is called Fiction as Research from Left Coast Press. “Mitch Allen, the owner of Left Coast, who is someone I deeply respect, approached me with the idea of writing a book about how researchers can use fiction as a way of expressing their research. It’s a tall order to write a book like this but it’s been a wonderful project, and one that connects my interests in both fiction and non-fiction.” She expects this book to come out in Spring of 2013. Her advice for aspiring authors is to “Be brave. Stay true to yourself, your vision and your voice even when it seems “easier” to go another way. My biggest piece of advice is that once you are done with a piece and it is being published, make peace with it and let it go. Don’t let your value be based on what other people think of your work. You have to make peace with it and let it go.” We are excited to see what future projects this exceptional Author, Patricia Leavy, will create for us to read and we wish her the best of luck and happy writing!

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Best In Class Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Gael DeRouin Specialty: Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan

University/Degree: B.S. Biology, Wayne State Univeristy 1968 Medical Degree, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. 1972 Name and Location of West Valley Practice: Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery 14551 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear, AZ

well as cosmetic pathologies. It has been rewarding to me to have a long and useful career with broad diversity of plastic and reconstructive challenges.

What inspired you to become a doctor? I knew that I wanted to become a health care professional from an early age. The combination of having independence, and the prospect of being able to make a relevant, meaningful contribution to others was very compelling.

Are you working on any developments/projects in you field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? We are in the midst of two families of treatment at this time. We are working on an alternative to Botox treatments using technology that treats the target nerves with a device that my give patients up to two years of improvements as apposed to the 3 to 6 months of benefit with the injections

Why did you pursue your specialty? The attraction to a surgical career was very powerful to me as I thought that specific treatments applied to defined problems was more desirable, to me, than treating chronic illnesses. With reconstructive and plastic procedures, improvement to the patient’s quality of life, and in some instances, function seemed a great calling. What is you advice to others pursuing this field? Never stop learning. Study what others are doing and determine if any of their techniques can benefit your patients. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? My career has enabled me to help many people over the years suffering from cancer, congenital and traumatic deformities, as

Additionally, we are in the investigations of fat cell and stem cell transfer with the “Tickle Liposuction” technology. Improve survival and more predictable outcomes seem to be more likely with this technology. What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? Technology, experience, integrity. We believe that we have the best liposuction technology in the state with “Tickle Liposuction”. We have performed several thousand cosmetic procedures with great outcomes over the years. We strive to give our patients results that appear natural and avoid the “operated” look.

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What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? We are a two-physician clinic. (husband/wife team) This provides the patient input from two different perspectives. Because we a small, local clinic, and not a part of a national chain, we can give personal and direct care. Why did you bring your practice to the West Valley? We are now in our sixth year. When we were looking for a location, the growth and expansion of the West Valley was very attractive. Our hope was to provide our services to our side of the Valley of the Sun, thus eliminating the need to travel to Scottsdale, etc. What do see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to heath care field? The future is bright for our communities. We have new hospitals and an expanding medical community. When growth and expansion resumes, the facilities and the health care professionals will already be here for them. While no one can predict the future precisely, there is every reason to be optimistic for the future here in the West Valley.

L IV ELI F E Dr. Barry Hamp

Dr. Michael Hilgers

Dr. Marc Wasseman

Mari Valle

Dr. Pankaj M. Jain

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Nancy Jobin

Dr. Daniel MacLeod

Alan R. Swain

Daniel Smith

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

professional from the West Valley who has been nominated by their peers will be featured in the West Valley Magazine. These physicians 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, 2013.

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17 Weeks left to Train for the IMS Arizona Marathon by Scott Haack I hope your training is coming along great! We have about 17 weeks left until The IMS Arizona Marathon-Half Marathon-Relay-5k on Feb. 17, 2013. There's still lots of time to train to run 3.1 miles, 13.1 or even the full 26.2 mile marathon, but if you are running the marathon or the half, you likely have your base built, and you may be at that point in your training where you start ramping up the mileage. The summer doldrums are over, and it's time to take advantage of some of this great, mild weather. If you live in the greater Phoenix area, August was your payment and this is your prize. Since you might be ramping up your training, it's time to talk about "overtraining". This is the phenomenon, where runners work themselves into a cycle that doesn't include enough rest, run too much on "tired legs", and actually stifle the benefits of the workouts that they are doing. Too often, this cycle ends in injury, burnout, illness, or some combination of same. Don't get me wrong: in order to get stronger, we have to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone; but rest is as important to better fitness as the workouts that you are resting between. Here's the deal: the human body gets stronger in recovery. When you start to think about your fitness this way, you can plan recovery as a part of your training appropriately, and you can run stronger when that's appropriate as well. It's also important to know what recovery means. "Rest", as described in pretty much any training program, does mean "rest", and not "do-something-equally-strenuous-that-isn'ttechnically-running". "Recovery" can take many forms, such as cycling, resistance training, swimming, or even light running, but is never on the edge of your physical capabilities. Lastly, listen to your body. One great way to reduce your chances of injury from overtraining is to make sure that you are resting and recovering from your workouts appropriately. You should definitely be working with a training plan, but don't be afraid to be flexible. It's okay to miss a few workouts here and there. Consistency is key, but on race day, runners are the sum of their training -- not a single workout. Run well! Coach Scott P.S. It goes without saying, but make sure you check with your doctor to make certain that you are healthy enough for your training. Please "like" us on Facebook to get regular motivation and see race updates: and follow us on Twitter: 30 | November • December 2012• January 2013 •

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Embassy Suites North Centrally located in the Valley of the Sun on 17 lush acres and within minutes of the University of Phoenix Stadium, Arena, Glendale, Westgate, Peoria and Sky Harbor Int’l Airport. Featuring 314 two-room suites, Complimentary Cooked to Order Breakfast and Managers Reception Daily. Enjoy the pool, kiddie pool, hot tub, Cabaña bar, fitness center, tennis and more! Dine in Lafitte’s Restaurant and relax in the Lobby Lounge. Starbucks coffee is available in our Café. 2577 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix,, 602.375.1777

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Avondale The Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Avondale hotel is located in the progressive West corridor of Phoenix, conveniently located off I-10 and Avondale Boulevard. We are very close to restaurants, golf, shopping, movie theaters and other attractions such as the Arena, Phoenix International Raceway and the University of Phoenix Stadium! Contact the sales department. 11460 W. Hilton Way, Avondale 623.882.3351

Arizona Scenic Tours Custom Tours and Personalized Day Trips throughout Arizona, Sedona, Prescott, Grand Canyon, Apache Trail, Tombstone, Wine Tours, Overnight Tours and much more! Residential and hotel pickup from all Valley locations. Please call 480.459.7144 or 800.724.1251 or e-mail for details. Visit our website for more info at

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Homewood Suites by Hilton® Phoenix-Avondale The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Phoenix-Avondale hotel is an upscale all-suite hotel located in progressive West Phoenix. Conveniently located off 1-10 and Avondale Boulevard, we are very close to restaurants, golf, shopping, and movie theaters. Other nearby attratctions includes the Arena, Phoenix International Raceway and the University of Phoenix Stadium! Contact our sales department. 11450 W. Hilton Way, Avondale, 623.882.3315.

White Tanks Riding Stables At White Tanks Riding Stables, you can take advantage of the glorious mild winter in the Sonoran desert. A one-hour, two-hour, or half-day guided trail ride is a joy for novice or seasoned riders. Special rides are offered for riders under 8 years old. November-April, Manager: Jeff Karshner 20300 W. Olive Ave. (White Tank Park entrance), Waddell, 623.935.7455,

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West Valley’s Places to Go, Things to Do and People to Meet |

By Michelle Arana

Movie Review: The Words: The Movie that Shows the Price You Can Pay for Stealing another Man’s Work By Michelle Arana Rory Jansen (played by Bradley Cooper, also known as Eddie Morra from Limitless) is an aspiring serious writer who spends all of his time trying to write the next great American novel. Upon finishing what he has always hoped to be the next great American novel, Rory is disappointed when he realizes that no one is interested in his manuscript. He realizes that he has no money because he was depending on his novel to be a best-seller and turns to his father for money. After a heart-to-heart talk with his father on how writing might have to just become a hobby and how Rory should get a paying job, Rory buckles down and ends up getting a job at a publishing company. It is good that he does this, especially after he decides to propose to his girlfriend Dora (played by Zoe Saldana, also known as Neytiri from Avatar). For their honeymoon, Dora and Rory decide to travel to Paris. While there, they stumbled across an antique store where Rory discovers an old, what appears to be, writing satchel. He instantly became inspired by it, for he thought that maybe it could have been Hemmingway’s or Fitzgerald’s. When they arrived back home from their honeymoon, Rory was still feeling sorry for himself that no one was interested in the novel he spent so many nights working on, and so he turned to the satchel he bought from Paris for answers…and boy did he find answers.

from The Man in the Iron Mask) approached him asking him about his book. At first Rory thinks that this old man is just another crazed fan and tries to leave the bench where they were both talking. As Rory gets up to leave, the old man tells Rory how he knows that the Great American novel that Rory supposedly wrote was not his work at all…he knew that because it was the manuscript about his personal life that he lost in Paris decades ago. Rory begins to listen to the life story that led up to the events where this old man had written this book, and this old man’s life was so devastatingly sad that Rory can’t help but feel guilty for stealing his work. The two part, and Rory’s happiness with fame turns into constant guilt as he tries to find ways to fix the damage he has done to this old man. This is a great movie for all of those that love literature and twists and turns as there are quite a few of those near the ending of the movie that tie everything together. There are also a few other well known actors in the movie such as Clay Hammond (played by Dennis Quaid, also known as Jimmy Morris from The Rookie) and Daniella (played by Olivia Wilde, also known as Quorra from TRON: Legacy) that add those twists and turns in the movie.

While looking through all of the compartments, he discovered a manuscript that clearly was written decades ago. He began to read the manuscript, and then an idea popped into his head. It didn’t take him long to do the unthinkable. He took the manuscript to a publisher at his job claiming it as his own, and shortly after, the publisher called Rory back in to his office saying that they wanted to publish it. Rory became that Best-Selling great American Novelist he had always hoped for practically overnight after it was published. Life was great. Then one day, while he was enjoying a nice light read in the park, quite happy about how well his life was going, an old man (played by Jeremy Irons, also known as Aramis 36 | November • December 2012 • January 2013 •

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Barter Then... Barter Now! Businesses around the world are looking for new an innovative ways to supplement lost income in trying times. As the economy changed, so did the way entrepenuers went about attracting clients and paying bills. One such way is an old tale with a new twist, BARTER. Barter has long been an attractive way for many businesses to use excess time, product or capacity to pay for the little extras, both for the business and personally. But as times have changed so has the efficiency of barter. Long gone are the days of wasted time in trying to create a trade with your dentist. Now with just one call to your local Trade Exchange you will be connected with hundreds if not thousands of like minded business owners locally and in many cases, around the world. In Phoenix, AZ, one such company (Value Card Alliance) has this to say, “Over the past 4 years we have seen a huge swing in client spending. In good times we are primarily used for your fun items, like vacations, car details, etc. Today we are helping many business owners maintain a lifestyle and pay for their day to day needs in their business and at home”. – Brian Beal

How do Trade Exchanges make your life easier? They take the time, accounting and guesswork out of barter. Similar to a bank, a trade exchange transfers trade credits

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(dollars) held in online accounts between members. For example: A dentist wants to get business cards printed. Prior to joining a trade exchange she would begin calling printer by printer until one agrees to take dental work for the price of the new cards. If the dentist is lucky she may have accomplished this within her first few calls, but most likely she spend days or possibly weeks trying to find a suitable match. Another downside of direct trades is when one party ends up not fulfilling their end of the bargain. Enter a trade exchange. With one call the doctor is directed to a printer who is prequalified to not only do the work but looking to accept trade dollars. Once the job is complete an online debit from the doctor’s account and credit to the printer’s account occurs. Now the doctor has her new cards and the printer has the ability to take his new found dollars and purchase what he wants with any of the other members within the system. The obvious benefits for the dentist are that she now has new cards with no cash outlay (typically the sales taxes are paid in US currency) and the printer received new business that may have never otherwise walked through his door. Trade exchanges themselves are essentially all the same in basic concept. However, they vary greatly in size, fee plans and customer service. Each exchange will provide you with an online account, connection to other members and monthly statements.


There are three main things to look for. First, size or number of other members enrolled in the exchange. This is hugely important because this is directly related to what you will be able to do with your trade dollars. Second are the fee plan options for your account. While the transaction commissions all seem to hover somewhere around the 10% to 15% range, the monthly, annual and initiation fees vary greatly. Lastly, and easily the most important, is the customer service. How you interact with an exchange means everything when making a decision on who to entrust your business to. Does the exchange have a physical office? Do they answer their phones? Are they open full time? Do you trust the people you are working with? As this relationship will most likely last for the life of your business, you must be comfortable with the people who are handling your trade monies. So, as with any decision, before you commit DO YOUR RESEARCH!

Restaurants Survive Trying Times

Christie Acevedo of Value Card Alliance in Phoenix, AZ, says she now has more than 80 restaurants involved, up 50% from two years ago. Trade Exchange members also appear to be spending more when they go out. This equates to bigger tips for the staff and better spending power for the restaurant owner.

Hotels Turn Lost Revenue Into New Profits Tough economic times are forcing hotels to get creative. The hotel industry has been hit hard by the recession. Occupancy rates are down an alarming percentage and there is no clear blue sky ahead. One increasingly popular recessionary tactic is bartering, where hotels exchange room nights for everything from advertising to dry cleaning.

Restaurants adjust to trying times by turning to the age old idea of barter.

While bartering is not a new phenomenon, hotels are turning to it more and more since the recession began to hit home.

It has been a hard few years for the restaurant industry. On every street you see restaurants closing their doors daily. To combat this many are using empty seats to pay for their day to day expenses.

Natasha Harper of Value Card Alliance in Phoenix, AZ says, “Small hotels barter quite frequently to help compensate for smaller budgets. They must maximize exposure and minimize costs. What better way to do so then with empty rooms?”

Bartering what would have otherwise been an empty table helps on many fronts. One that many people don’t think of is the overall perseption of the establishment. When prospective clients drive up to a restaurant that has few or no clients enjoying a meal, they will typically turn around and leave. When they find a location with many other patrons they are caught up in the excitement and atmosphere. What else will barter do for a restaurant? The more obvious benefit is the decrease in cash outlay. Using gift certificates to pay for expenses such as hood cleaning, grease trap cleaning, advertising, floor care, chemicals, printing, etc. instead of cash from the register is an instant increase in bottom line profits. Rather than traditional bartering, in which goods and services are traded directly between businesses, many restaurants are turning to Trade Exchanges. Trade Exchanges use a debit/credit process similar to a bank. Offering flexibility for both restaurants and service people. For example, a printer uses trade dollars earned by working for other exchange members to pay for a restaurant meal. The restaurant now uses the dollars spent by the printer to "purchase" new lighting from another exchange member. The exchange, acting as a bank, keeps track of the debits and credits between the members and typically earns a nominal fee per transaction.

Hotels aren’t just bartering for advertising. Many hotels are using Trade Exchanges to pay for window washing, carpet cleaning, printing, construction, mattresses, and more. As hotels become more and more desperate to cut expenses they are finding that their best options lie in using an expiring asset, room nights. Many hotels who previously had a policy of not trading are now reevaluating and finding that instead of slashing prices, essentially giving a room away for free, and lowering their perceived value, they can now keep room rates up and attract new clients through barter.

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Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium B Y D R . G R E Y S TA F F O R D

River Monsters! All New 4th Aquarium Building Open at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

Thanks to strong visitor support of Arizona’s first major aquarium, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is pleased to announce the grand opening of its 4th aquarium exhibit building this Saturday, October 6th, 2012. Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at the corner of Northern and Sarival avenues, ½ mile west of State Route 303. The new building has approximately 7000 square feet of additional public display area featuring the main exhibit, a 44 x 10 foot, 33,000-gallon Amazon River Monsters display containing large arowana, arapaima and other South American fresh water giants. These species are so large, they are well known for their ability to jump several feet out of the water to catch prey animals such as birds and primates perched over the water. In addition, the display features menacing payara, nicknamed the “vampire fish,” with 6-inch fangs protruding from its lower jaw! Other notable new exhibits include marine turtles and a permanent indooroutdoor small-clawed otter habitat. Together these new habitats add 60,000 gallons of aquatic displays bringing the aquarium's total to about one quarter of a million gallons. Other creatures from the Amazon River system include: Giant Amazon turtles that can grow to nearly 4 feet across, Yellow spotted turtles as well as freshwater stingrays. The new sea turtle exhibit features a 20foot diameter display for an non releasable and critically endangered Kemp's Ridley turtle. Of the seven species of sea turtle, 6 are listed as threatened or endangered due to poaching, habitat loss, and pollution. Wildlife World has long desired to display endangered sea turtles. The Kemp's Ridley is native to the Gulf of Mexico and north east along the the Atlantic seaboard. As the most rare of the marine turtle species, it has declined due to disruption and over-harvesting of eggs laid in nests along sandy beaches, coastal pollution and ingestion of foreign objects, and entanglement in fishing gear. Both of the males received by Wildlife World had been in long term residence at a rescue center for turtles at Padre Island, TX. Each has a missing front flipper likely due to predator attack and/or injury from fishing gear.

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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.


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C A L E N DA R | The who, what, where and when in the West Valley

November 3 & 4 42nd Annual Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts This free festival is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Proceeds benefit the Litchfield Park Library Association. Now thru April 27, 2013 Peoria Farmer’s Market @ Park West Every Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Market coordinated by Momma’s Organic Market. November 9 Leadership West’s 7th Annual “Golf 4 Good” Tournament The Wigwam, Litchfield Park The annual “Golf for Good” tournament helps to promote the sustainability of the 50+ community based projects that Leadership West classes have created. See details and register online at: Call Leadership West at 623-498-0828 with questions. November 9 Tin Man Awards Banquet Sachem Hall at the Wigwam 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tickets $70 Hosted by the Litchfield Park Rotary Club and held at the Wigwam Resort. The event will celebrate individuals who have "given their heart" to making the community a better place to live and play. November 10 The Reluctant Dragon Peoria Center for the Performig Arts Intended Audience: All ages 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Cost $75/person Loosely based on Kenneth Grahame’s book, this production utilizes colorful moving-mouth hand puppets and rod puppets to tell a story about friendship and understanding. November 11 Nascar Sprint Cup @ Phoenix International Raceway November 11 Black Bottom Lighters Taps Signature Cuisine & Bar @ Park West 7:00 pm November 11 Arts in the Park Concert Series A Salute to Our Veterans

Front lawn of The Wigwam 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Free concert featuring the Dina Preston Bank performing classic rock and country music. November 29 1930s Style New York comes to Arizona Broadway Theatre Penelope Klaphake will unveil her exquisite work of art, 1930’s Broadway “a portrait” in the Arizona Broadway Theatre’s lobby. The 14-feet high x 84feet wide Mural unveiling takes place exactly one night before the opening night of the award-winning Broadway show, Annie. December 1 Trans-Siberian Orchestra 8:00 pm @ Arena December 1 & 2 The F.Q. Story Historic District 28th Annual HomeTour The F.Q. Historic District is spreading the holiday spirit. The tour will feature 10 superb examples of Tudor, Spanish, Revival, Bungalow and English Cottage homes dating from the early 1920s. Additionally these unique historic homes will be decorated for the holidays. The tour will be from 7th Ave., to 16th Ave., on West Lynwood (one block S of McDowell) in central Phoenix. Dec. 1st, 6:00 pm - 9 pm Dec. 2nd, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm $15.00; or $1.00 discount is offered with the donations of a cann of food or non-perishable food item. Tickets available at 9th Avenue & Lynwood the day & evening of the tour oronline at 602-2589282 December 1 – 23, 2012 A Christmas Carol Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. The holiday classic, back for an encore, in the original adaptation created for Theater Works last season and presented to full houses & standing ovations. December 2 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2012 8:00 pm @ Arena December 3 Blue Christmas: A Holiday Salute to the King Arizona Broadway Theatre 7:30 pm In its 7th year, Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band carry on their

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holiday tradition by bringing the The King's holiday favorites, such as "Silver Bells" and "Blue Christmas," as well as other favorite Elvis hits, including "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up." December 6 Bruce Springsten and the E Street Band 7:30 pm @ Arena December 8 Christmas in the Park The free event is held at the Litchfield Park Town Center from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Bring the entire family for this fun-packed day! The craft show begins at 9:00 a.m.; the parade starts at 10:00 a.m. complete with marching bands, drill teams and floats. The day includes real snow, visits with Santa and live entertainment! December 15 Jingle Bell Run 9:00 am @ Victory Land Sports Park December 31 Fabulous Vegas: Then & Now New Year's Eve at ABT! 7:15 pm This New Year’s Eve, Arizona Broadway Theatre brings you an evening of Fabulous Vegas: Then and Now, with the celebrated Terry Davies and his fantastic full band along with ABT stars of past and present. Get ready for an evening of music and fun that will have you dancing your way into 2013! And don’t forget: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! Prices begin at: Individual $150, Table of 4 @ $500, Table of 6 @ $700 January 3 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl @ University of Phoenix Stadium January 25 – February 24 Burning in the Night-A Hobo's Song Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Theater Works proudly presents the world premiere of a play based on the memoirs of Dale Wasserman, the renowned author of Man of La Mancha and the play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Dale rode the rails as in itinerant laborer – a hobo, not a bum – as a teenager during the Great Depression. Acclaimed Arizona playwright Richard Warren has turned Dale’s memory of those crazy-free wanderings into a funny and moving evening of theatre, seasoned with some of the great American folk

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

songs of the rails and the road. Be part of the launching of a lovely new play – right here in the shadow of the “Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe”. January 6, 2013 Burnett Family Blue Grass & The Big Read 3:00 pm Marley Park, 13243 N. Founders Park Blvd., Surprise, AZ. The WVAC Backyard Concert kicks off with the Burnett Family Blue Grass. From the mountains of Northern Arizona, where the southwestern wind was born, comes the sound of Burnett Family Bluegrass, a national award winning, all-family blue grass band. February 9 - March 31, 2013 25th Annual Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace Saturdays, Sundays/Presidents Day 10:00 am - 6:00 pm The Renaissance Festival is held near Apache Junction. Walk among more than 2,000 brightly costumed actors, dancers, and musicians who roam the medieval replica village. Browse over 200 elaborately adorned shops offering an array of traditional goods surrounded among 12 stages of entertainment. Fry’s Adult $20, Child (5-12) $10, Children under 5 free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $2.00 more. For Special Group Rates, Private & Corporate Parties, Student Day Information, please call 620-463-2600 February 6 The Who 7:30 pm @ Arena February 16-17 Live Life Expo & Mama’s Organic Market 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday Park West, 101 & Northern Registration for the IMS Arizona Marathon on Saturday only.



Residential Real Estate Market News by Greg Marthaler, Broker Associate Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage There may never be a better time to purchase real estate in the Phoenix West Valley as the present time. Home values are at a fraction of what they were in the peak period of 2004 through 2006, and mortgage rates are at an all time low, with 30 year loans around 3.5% and 15 year loans as low as 2.7%. Although residential listing inventories are below normal at the current time, they are increasing in numbers as more traditional home listings are entering the market, due to more homeowners showing some positive equity in their properties. Another factor associated with keeping the housing inventory moving forward, is the new home builder. With residential land being relatively inexpensive, developers along with new home builders, are buying land, and again starting to build new homes. Construction has once again been brisk throughout the West Valley, with builders such as Taylor-Morrison, Maracay Homes, Courtland and Camelot Homes, putting up new product in Goodyear, Buckeye, Surprise and Peoria. Many of the new homes are “energy efficient” homes with some incorporating solar panels and other cost saving features. Investors are still looking at the Phoenix housing market to build up their portfolios, as home prices are still showing great value and returns on their investment. Many investors are using a strategy of purchasing single family detached homes, renting them out for three to five years, and will then consider placing them on the market in hopes of seeing some increase in the home’s value. Other investors are purchasing “distressed” properties such as short sales or foreclosures, putting a few thousand dollars into revamping these properties, and then “flipping” or selling the properties at a modest profit. This strategy is not only putting dollars into their portfolios, it is also doing our communities a wonderful service by taking sometimes vacant and unmaintained properties, and turning the homes into properties that neighborhoods are proud to display. With the 303 interchange currently under construction at the Interstate 10, and the continuation of the 303 towards the north, the residential housing market will continue to expand throughout the Phoenix West Valley for years to come. Whether you are a first time home buyer, an out of state buyer looking for a second home, or an investor looking to purchase property in the Phoenix market, now is the perfect time to take a look and purchase a home in the Phoenix West Valley.

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D I N I N G | The best restaurants in the West Valley

by Bob Purtell

When you’re in the mood for good times & great cuisine, Taps is the place to be! They are known for their delightful, fun staff and superb cuisine. Flute Limoncello

Located in the Park West Complex, 9780 West Northern Avenue, Suite 1110, Peoria, AZ 85345, Taps is just a minute from the 101 and Northern exit. They are perfectly positioned for West Valley residents, sports event patrons or East Valley customers looking for a convenient new hangout from their City North, downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale haunts. Widely acclaimed for their wonderful assortment of bar drinks, Taps has put together a great concept with entertainment and dining for everyone to enjoy. The bar menu features Signature cocktails like the Cake Batter Up, the Cosmo Chameleon, the Hot-n-Dirty Martini and the White Chocolatini. All are mixed to perfection and the presentations are flawless. Try some “shots” like The Tillman, the Big “O”, The Oatmeal Cookie, The Vegas Bomber, The Blue Jesus, The Screaming Natzi or Cheyenna’s personally designed Taps Tart. Each is unique in its own way and guaranteed to please the palette. Beers on tap are a combination of locally brewed and hand-crafted domestic as well as popular national favorites. You will regularly see labels such as San Tan, Thunder Canyon, Kingspin, Krombacher Pilsner and Magic Hat. The wines are also selected especially for their quality and range CapreTASTY

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of satisfaction among patrons. You will have your choice of by the glass or by the bottle labels such as Estrella, J. Lohr, Cupcake, Loredona, Mark West, La Crème and Avalon to name a few. Happy Hour runs 3:00-7:00pm daily with a reverse Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 10:00pm until close. The food selection on the Taps menu has been totally designed with fine dining quality and ingredient mastery, yet avoids the pretention commonly associated with finer culinary preparations. They have established themselves as one of the area’s favorite culinary destinations with a nearly 100% “from scratch” kitchen and they strive to bring you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit. The menu features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. “Endless Soup & Salad” special runs from 11am – 3pm EVERYDAY for only $ 5.99. Starters include the signature favorite, Bacon Wrapped Dates, which should be on everyone’s order during their first visit. Beer Battered Fries, Crab Dip, Ahi and Southwest Tomato Soup should also be a serious consideration. The freshness and Strawberry Fields with Chicken

Photography by Michael Jordan Photography flavors are so uncommonly delicious; you will find yourself pleasantly surprised with every bite. A unique menu item is the Taps Tarts. They start with classic shortbread dough, fill it with some of their favorite meats, cheeses, vegetables, then are baked and served to you straight from the oven. The Pesto-Chicken, Vega-tart, Capri, Sheppard, Kahlua, Philadelphia and Knish Nosh Tarts are delicious and well worth trying. They are also available in an unbaked version should you decide to take them home and bake yourself. Salads, ever popular but so often “ho-hum” on most restaurant menus come alive with vibrant and intense flavors at Taps. Balsamic reductions, fresh toasted nuts, bright citrus and specialty cheeses are used in some while classic Caesar and flavorful Taco salads are always available. Main entrees have been developed to be timeless classics at Taps. Corona Beer Battered Fish-n-Chips, Prime Dip, Cheese, Portabella Mushroom or Pesto-Chicken Burgers and Thai Green Curry & Rice are available daily. All created with the freshest of ingredients and delivered tableside in an inspiring presentation. Flatbread Pizzas are a pub staple and Taps has refined the dish to an art form. You have your choice of Basic, 6- Cheese, Pepperoni, Garden Fresca, Margherita, Thai Green Curry, Crab or the option to create your own using a variety of available ingredients. The dessert menu does not neglect the sweet tooth for a moment. Choose from a Fresh Baked Hot Chocolate Chip Cookie, Coconut Ripieno, Crème Brule’, Flute Limóncello or Cinnamacookie Tart. If you are dining with the little ones, there is a menu option for Mini Grilled Cheese, Pizza Bites and Mac & Cheese Bites. Reservations and VIP / party bookings are welcomed. Call them directly at 623-877-1407 to book your next night out!

Corona Beer Batter Fish & Chips

Portabello Mushroom Burger


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Within the Northwest Valley communities, visitors will discover diverse cultures, safe environments, family-oriented living and retirement living.

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Hike, bike, or camp at the White Tank Mountains


With several courses to choose from enjoy a leisurely round of golf


Curl up and read a great book at one of the libraries

u Look, don’t touch the impressive display of cacti at the Caliche Cactus Garden u Come see what driving a golf cart is all about

El Mirage

Sun City

For seniors seeking year-round leisure or simply sun-filled winters, the nationally renowned Pueblo El Mirage Golf Resort has home choices and a host of indoor and outdoor activities to meet every expectation.

Founded in 1960, Sun City is a masterplanned retirement community built by Del Webb Corporation. It’s the largest retirement community in the nation and is world-famous for its active, resort retirement lifestyle and has set the standard for other retirement communities to follow. Sun City is selfcontained with many retail centers and restuarants offering a wide variety of shopping, dining and service3s. Sun City boasts the largest concentration of year round recreational facilities in the United States. Eleven golf courses and seven recreation centers provide swimming, tennis, bowlig and a myriad of other activities. The Lakeview Recreation Center even has View Point Lake for fishing.

The new 13-acre Gateway Park is the center for sports and family gatherings in El Mirage. The park offers an amphitheater, picnic ramadas, shaded playgrounds, lighted sports fields, and a skate plaza that is the first of its kind in Arizona. El Mirage is also home to Bill Gentry Park, a newly renovated little league field that draws teams from throughout the Valley for regular play, as well as regional tournaments. The City of El Mirage, located in the heart of the growing West Valley of Greater Phoenix, is a vibrant, diverse community of 32,000. Once an agricultural enclave of roses and cotton fields, the City has emerged as a business-friendly suburb only minutes away from professional sports arenas, concert venues, golf courses, and great shopping. The City has ensured its business climate is attractive to both new and existing businesses through policies eliminating impact fees normally charged for infrastructure expansion. El Mirage has also joined with other West Valley cities to form the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone, allowing goods to be moved through the region exempt from certain U.S. Customs fees.

Sun City West After its success with Sun City, Del Webb moved four miles down the road and launched Sun City West, a second community mirroring the lifestyle enjoyed by those in Sun City. Like Sun City, the community is unincorporated and is age restricted. Just 14 miles northwest of Phoenix, Sun City West hosts four recreation centers, nine golf courses, a public and private country club. Residents enjoy fitness, sports and over 106 charter and civic clubs. Residents continue to play baseball, participate in Variety Show, choral groups and volunteer activities. Amenities are just minutes away which include shopping centers, a library, the Del E. Webb Hospital and Louisa Kellam Center for Women’s Health, several healthcare providers, grocery stores, drug stores and spas. Drive your golf cart or bike to visit friends and run errands. A lifestyle you need o see to believe.


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Youngtownwas the first full-fledged retirement community in the country and the first to restrict residency to those 59 and older, but in1998was opened to residents of all ages. Situated on the opposite bank of the Agua Fria River from El Mirage, Youngtown boasts its own Historical Society and the Caliche Cactus Garden, a collection of native cacti. While continuously growing, Youngtown offers a lake, numerous parks, a library, and a clubhouse. Come enjoy this small-town friendly feel.


Still a visionary community, the City of Peoria was established in the1880s after a settler’s vision. Even with a setting as beautiful as the Sonoran Desert, Peoria’s attractions are definite standouts - from the second-largest lake in Arizona to nationally-recognized sporting events, and from arts and entertainment opportunities to new independent restaurants and shopping - Peoria has it all.


Peoria is a flourishing city that is swiftly growing to be one of the largest in the Valley thanks to its accessibility via the Loop 101 and soon, the completion of Loop 303 will not only allow access through the city, but also add exciting new amenities.

Play in Peoria

Peoria Sports Complex is the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. The 11,000-seat complex, with 12 practice fields and team clubhouses, is used year-round for special events such as concerts, festivals, art shows, youth and adults national and local baseball tournaments.


Soak up the sun with Spring Training at Peoria Sports Complex

Surrounding the Peoria Sports Complex is the city’s entertainment district featuring a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment including live performances at several unique venues. Arizona Broadway Theatre produces six to eight major musical theater productions each year, encompassing a wide spectrum of Broadway favorites in an elegant dinner setting. Anchoring the Old Town revitalization project is the $13 million, 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. Home to Theater Works, Arizona’s largest community-based theater group, the center offers performances throughout the year as well as workshops and classes for all ages and performers.


Fly a space mission at the Challenger Space Center


Celebrate the performing arts at Theater Works or the Arizona Broadway Theatre

Nearby, the Challenger Space Center of Arizona allows groups of visitors to simulate a two-and-a-half-hour space mission, varying from a trip to the moon to a visit to a comet. The center also offers educational programs for individuals, families and schools as well as camps, stargazing, and corporate programs and rentals. With its unique affiliation to the Smithsonian Institute, access to national quality museum exhibits is the bonus. For anyone seeking activities, 54-acre Rio Vista Community Park, which includes a skate park, 4 diamond softball complex, multipurpose fields, picnic areas, sand volleyball and an urban lake which offers fishing. The 52,000 sq. ft. recreation center has a rock-climbing wall, racquetball courts, gymnasium, fitness area and rooms that are available to rent for private parties. Pioneer Community Park is scheduled to open late fall of 2013 and will feature six lighted sports fields for baseball and softball, and four lighted multipurpose fields, a splash ground and playground, fishing lake and picnicking areas. You can even bring your canine pets to the off-leash dog park to run, swim, and socialize with their peers. On the northern end of the city, nature enthusiasts enjoy the luminous waters of the 10,000-acre Lake Pleasant, a paradise for water skiers, jet-skiers, scuba divers, sailors and anglers. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, thought of by many as the “Jewel in the Desert,” blends in rivaled beauty with unlimited outdoor recreation. The bass fishing is excellent, and two marinas offer a full selection of fishing boats, speedboats and jet skis. And the Desert Outdoor Learning Center offers excellent learning opportunities about not only the lake, but also the surrounding desert area. The 26,000-square-foot facility provides 30 different programs ranging from dinosaur history and stargazing, to life in the desert complete with guided hikes.

u Enjoy open-air shopping, dining & entertainment at Park West u Hike on one of our 35 miles of trails

Peoria prides itself on having a wealth of recreational opportunities

Anchoring the south end of Peoria, complete with canopied walkways, Park West is Peoria’s premiere open-air shopping destination. This pedestrian-friendly center allows shoppers to enjoy a destination complete with upscale shopping, dining and entertainment. Find out more about Peoria at

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GLENDALE Great Glendale Escapes u


Go shopping, dining and exploring in Historic Downtown Shop Cabela’s - the world’s foremost outfitter


Flirt with roaming peacocks at Historic Sahuaro Ranch


Catch a Coyotes Hockey game at Arena


Watch the waters dance at Westgate City Center


Start your Glendale journey at the Glendale Visitor Center

As the Avenue’s largest city, Glendale is a perfect place to begin your journey. Boasting one of the nation’s top shopping and dining districts – it is also the same city that’s well-known for the largest sporting events and the coolest attractions. Any visitors know Glendale for football and hockey, but with the words “play ball” announced by Dodger great Vin Scully, Glendale is also the Spring Training home to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox, two of the highestdrawing, most popular teams in Major League Baseball. The state-of-theart training facility is located just across Loop 101 from Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District.

multitude of events, including pre- and post-game activities, for Cardinals home games, concerts for New Year’s Eve, Fiesta and BCS Bowl games. Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza can accommodate thousands in a unique environment that includes high-style media boards and “WaterDance,” a spectacular Bellagioinspired water feature.

Historic Downtown Glendale is also famous for its signature festivals

Visitors to the District can take a tour of Glendale’s Peter Eisenman-designed University of Phoenix Stadium, home to NFL’s 2009 NFC Champions Arizona Cardinals, the NCAA’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and special events, such as Super Bowls, the BCS National Championship Game and WrestleMania XXVI. You won’t see a half time show during the tour, but you’ll learn how the retractable roof and field work. A smaller, though no less impressive venue sits next door, the Arena. The NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and nationally touring concerts call the building home. Next door, the Westgate City Center sports and retail complex (often labeled “The Times Square of the desert”), hosts a Westgate City Center

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At the Zanjero District, just north of the Westgate City Center, is Cabela’s, the world’s foremost outfitter. In addition to quality outdoor merchandise, the 160,000 square-foot showroom is an educational & entertainment attraction, featuring museum quality animal displays, huge aquariums featuring native fish and trophy animals interacting in realisticrecreations of their natural habitats.

A few miles east of Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District is Historic Downtown. Historic Downtown Glendale is actually two neighborhoods; Historic Catlin Court with its white picket fences and mature shade trees welcoming visitors to the bungalowsturned-specialty shops, and Old Towne boasting brick sidewalks and gaslights leading the way to the city’s famous antique stores. The neighborhoods span 10 square blocks, which can easily be strolled in an afternoon.

The Glendale Glitters Holiday Lights Spectacular begins the day after Thanksgiving and lasts through mid-January with more than a million multi-colored lights creating a sparkling canopy over 10 square blocks. In addition to Historic Downtown, visitors will enjoy shopping at one of the largest malls in the region – the beautifully designed Arrowhead Towne Center. Conveniently located just off the Loop101 freeway, the mall features more the 170shops and restaurants, a movie theater and water fountains. This mall has spurred the successful development of the Bell Road Corridor, which now is the home to more than100 restaurants. Glendale’s Northern Shopping Corridor features boutique clothing shops, live entertainment, sports bars, restaurants and wine shops. Start your adventure at the Glendale Visitor Center and pickup a handy walking map. For a sugar rush, head down the street to Cerreta Candy Company. The family owned business delights in giving tours during which visitors receive samples of silky chocolate. But, if you need real sustenance, the Downtown Dining District offers German, Austrian, Italian, Asian, Polish, Southern and Mexican cuisine. Glendale is home to one-of-a-kind cultural attractions. Glendale hasn’t forgotten its history and heritage where cowboys, farmers and ranchers shaped the community. Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic area is one of the Valley’s oldest and most magnificent homesteads. It teaches visitors about the city’s agrarian past at the preserved 19th-century farm. Walk through citrus orchards and a breathtaking rose garden, and then tour the main house. Tours are also available of Manistee Ranch, a Glendale Historical Society crown jewel. Don’t miss the Glendale Police Exhibit, which chronicles the100-year old history of the Glendale Police Department. Historic Downtown Glendale is also famous for its signature festivals, including the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival and Glendale Glitters. Glendale Glitters

Glendale is a visitor’s treasure chest filled with fabulous options. We welcome you to discover our beautiful city.

p Xeriscape Demonstration Garden/Glendale Main LibraryAward-winning garden contains over 1,000 low-water-use plants excellent for Arizona gardens. Listening wands can be checked out inside the library for a self-guided garden tour. Free landscaping brochures are also available inside the library. Be sure to visit the south area with displays of mosaic and tile artwork created by children. Open dawn to dusk at 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, 623.930.3596, • November • December 2012 • January 2013 | 59

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SURPRISE Surprise’s Secrets Revealed u



Catch a game at awardwinning Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home to the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. You’ll love the great sightlines, food court, warm sun and friendly atmosphere Do the tennis thing at the 25-court Tennis and Racquet Center, which features 17 lighted courts open to everyone. Catch the pros during great tournaments like the CTCA Outback Classic in the 2,500-seat center court Enjoy an adventurous hike in the pristine desert of the White Tank Mountains, where you can puzzle over ancient petroglyphs and visit a seasonal waterfall at trail’s end

Why do 93% of current Surprise residents say they recommend Surprise as a place to live? The best way to find out is….for yourself! Come visit the city that still celebrates it small town roots with great outdoor recreation, clean, safe neighborhoods and a stellar record of new job creation. Since 2010 new employers have chosen Surprise as the place to create more than 1200 new jobs in health, sustainable solar and light manufacturing. That translates into an improved quality of life for residents who already rate Surprise as a great place to raise a family. Add fantastic outdoor recreation and premiere community events and you have a recipe for Arizona’s most exciting and rewarding new city.

We still savor our small town roots with spectacular 4th July fireworks at Surprise Stadium, and our December community celebration, the Surprise Party, each December.

A new city where community, family and traditions are built

Our annual Spring Training season featuring the AL champion Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals is often rated the best Cactus League experience, and at the same time we host a very popular, mouth watering barbeque festival and high quality arts gathering.

Our 25-court Tennis and Racquet Center is home to the annual CTCA Tennis Championships featuring legends such as John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Anna Kournikova, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Jim Courier. When you arrive, talk to all the people taking up tennis for the first time because of this USTA Public Facility of the Year and our friendly instructors. You can feel the friendly spirit of Surprise all over, from our distinctive new neighborhoods, safe streets and excelling schools to our well known restaurants. Greet neighbors who

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strike up conversations just about anywhere, who have come from all over the U.S. to enjoy the southwestern lifestyle Surprise offers to all.

Rising to the west of these venues is one of Arizona’s great outdoor recreation spots, White Tank Mountains Regional Park. From year round hiking, camping and biking to exploring hidden waterfalls and mysterious ancient Native American petroglyphs, the White Tanks embody true Arizona adventure.

We are staying sensitive to our spectacular desert environment while integrating sustainable transportation, jobs and educational excellence And we love the way our residents get involved! Surveys show people feel welcome in Surprise civic affairs, and as a resident, you will find opportunities sprouting up everywhere, from the many volunteer commissions that advise city leaders, to getting involved with youth programs and charitable activities. Come to Surprise and find a city that is creative, dynamic and improving all the time! Check out the popular “Welcome to Surprise” video, which has been viewed more than 10,000 times, and see what our residents have to say on our most recent survey at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center


This young “go-getter” city celebrates the pastimes of baseball and golf Goodyear, Arizona, recipient of both the prestigious All-America City designation and the esteemed Most Livable City Award, constantly strives to distinguish itself. As the fourth fastest growing suburban city in the country between 2000 and 2006, Goodyear’s desert vistas, majestic mountains, master planned communities with lakes, country clubs, golf courses, and active outdoor lifestyle have already attracted almost 70,000 people from all over the country. Planned from the beginning with “unsurpassed quality” in mind, this dynamic and progressive city is definitely generating a “buzz” in the hospitality, housing and retail industries. Plus, in the past few years, this “go-getter” city has attracted major companies like, Macy’s/Bloomingdale’s Fullfilment Center, Sub-Zero, Tower Solar, Suntech Solar Power from China, Schoellar Arca Systems from the Netherlands and St. Gobain Solar from France. These notable companies have brought more than 1,800 jobs to this city of opportunity.Make your reservations for Goodyear’s 2012 Spring Training season when both major league teams from the Buckeye state – the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds – play at the new state-of-theart Goodyear Ballpark. Thanks to its location on the coast-to-coast Interstate 10, just 17 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Goodyear is already home to nine national chain hotels with plans for several more. Nestled in the shadow of the majestic Sierra Estrella Mountains, 39 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails in the 20,000-acre Estrella Mountain Regional Park make Goodyear a mecca for both leisurely and stimulating activities. With such spectacular mountain

surroundings, it’s not surprising that Goodyear plays host to some of the state’s most challenging and dramatic golf courses. The Golf Club at Estrella provides breathtaking views on this rolling desert course with multiple elevation changes. In sharp contrast are the green gently rolling fairw Valley, and PebbleCreek’s Tuscany Falls and Eagle’s Nest courses. To top off the golf experience, the lush, mature greenery of the three championship courses at the nearby Wigwam Resort beckon any golfer looking for a challenge. Already known as the “Retail Center of the Southwest Valley,” Goodyear will add over a million square feet to the five million that already exist when the planned Estrella Falls super regional mall debuts In 2014. When the mall opens, it will provide a hub of energetic shopping and dining activity for area visitors and residents. Design is completed for Phase I of a livable, walkable downtown destined to become another bustling retail area in addition to office, university and residential uses. This future “heart and soul” of Goodyear will also be home to civic buildings including a new City Hall and library. Everyone is eagerly waiting for the economy to pick up so construction can begin on this new City Center. The annual Spring Training experience, great golf, numerous hotels, scenic mountains, a thriving retail market, fabulous housing developments, and great outdoor amenities – it’s all here! Check out the Visitors Section of Goodyear’s website – – for all there is to see and do in the area and to view interactive maps of up-to-date Goodyear retail, dining and hotel guides. But don’t stop there – come see for yourself.

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Catch a game and foul ball at the Goodyear Ballpark, Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds


Study words that were printed more than 500 years ago at the Bible Museum


Tackle some of the Valley’s toughest fairways at Goodyear’s spectacular golf courses


Get your heart pumping while hiking the beautiful Sierra Estrella Mountains


Satisfy your shopping fix at one of the city’s dozens of shopping locations

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Spread out at the foot of the towering Estrella Mountains, the Southwest Valley is no longer a “best kept secret”. The Southwest Valley abounds with recreational opportunities ranging from family fun at the park to a day on the golf course. Enjoy the largest collection of exotic animals in the state at Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium, cheer on your favorite NASCAR driver at PIR or watch a Spring Training baseball game at the new Goodyear Sports and Recreational Complex.


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Lounge poolside at the historic and famed Wigwam


Enjoy a Wine Tasting in the Historic Main Street of Litchfield Park


Feed Giraffe by hand at the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium


Tap your foot to the drumbeat at the West Valley Art Council’s Native American Arts Festival


Summit the Estrella Mountains and revel in the views of Greater Phoenix


Avondale is a vibrant city, and premier destination for NASCAR racing, education, arts, wildlife watching, festivals, shopping, dining, recreation and family living. Nestled at the base of the scenic Sierra Estrella Mountains where the Agua Fria and Gila Rivers meet, Avondale is just 15 minutes from metro Phoenix. An array of shopping, restaurants, fine hotels and other commercial ventures have developed in the last few years. Home to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) and host to two NASCAR races annually, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Avondale every year to experience these national sporting events. Also popular amongst amateur sporting enthusiasts, Avondale’s Randall McDaniel Sports Complex is a uniquely designed indoor sports facility offering six volleyball courts, four basketball courts, two indoor soccer fields, and a 4,000-square-foot multipurpose room. For nature lovers, Avondale offers wildlife viewing, hiking, biking and trail running opportunities on the developing Tres Rios Recreation Corridor and Maricopa County’s Estrella Mountain Regional Park.

Phoenix International Raceway Wildlife World Zoo

Rejoice in the roar of the engines at Phoenix International Raceway

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Tres Rios

A V E N U E S WVM The Wigwam

Litchfield Park A beautiful city of approximately 5,000 residents, Litchfield Park is located 15 miles west of Phoenix. Towering palm trees intermingle with ornamental orange trees to make residents and visitors alike feel a sense of welcome. Founded in 1917 and incorporated in August of 1987, this lovely community features a quaint downtown business district and the beautiful and historic; newly renovated Wigwam resort. This “oasis in the desert” is a favorite destination for many in the Valley. The town center boasts a locally owned and operated collection of shops and restaurants. Visitors and residents enjoy indoor or outdoor patio dining from a menu of American, Italian, Mexican, or Japanese foods served with a variety of specialty wines and other spirits as well as traditional non adult beverages. Litchfield Park is quickly becoming known for its celebration of the arts. Award-winning festivals such as Christmas in the Park, the Fine Art and Culinary Festival, the Native American Arts Festival, the annual Library Festival of the Arts and six award-winning Arts in the Park outdoor concerts, truly makes Litchfield Park a destination for all art and music lovers. A stroll around the City’s five-acre lake and the landscaped open spaces makes your trip to historic Litchfield Park a visit you will remember and a place you will want to visit time and time again.

Tolleson Founded by W.G. Tolleson of South Carolina in 1912 and incorporated in 1929, Tolleson boasts three city parks, five lighted basketball courts, tennis and racquet ball courts. Through the years the city has retained its foundation as a family-oriented, friendly small town while creating a regional employment base and an important distribution hub for companies wishing to deliver products to Southwestern markets.

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BUCKEYE Best of Buckeye u

Visit the Buckeye Historical and Archeological Museum to see artifacts of the Hohokam and Anasazi.


Get active at Town Park, home to the Buckeye Aquatic Center, volleyball pits, ball fields, picnic tables and Skate Park.


Enjoy events like Pioneer Days in March featuring the Helzapoppin’ PRCA Rodeo

An amazing place to live, work, play and learn! Buckeye sits on the western edge of the Southwest Valley, nestled between the White Tank Mountains and the confluence of the Gila and Hassayampa rivers. Named the second fastest growing town in the nation in 2007, Buckeye is still holding its own at number nine! With a current population of 52,000, projected to rise to over 200,000 by the year 2020, Buckeye is one of the largest “small towns” in Arizona. Nature abounds in Buckeye interspersed with very livable master planned communities, smaller housing developments and family farms. Farming is still a big part of Buckeye, as the crops yield cotton, soybeans, alfalfa and grain. Buckeye Hills is home to Robbins Butte, the destination for “watchable wildlife” and the Joe Foss Shooting Range. A recent agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will provide access into the White Tank Mountains Regional Park directly from Buckeye, and guarantee future generations will enjoy this pristine wilderness by protecting it from development. The perfect backdrop for hiking, mountain biking and trail rides, this new access area will feature parking, camping and covered ramadas. If you’re here in the early spring, you may even get to see the famous and elusive waterfall! Icons of the early town remain in the downtown area. Remnants of Historic Route 80, the southern sister of the famed Route 66, and once the only allweather, all-year route to California, re-

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main intact. Exterior renovations to the Ware Building are complete, restoring a lovely piece of 1910 to downtown. Named Sidney when the first town site plat was filed in 1888, the area of the original settlement remains near Centre and 6th Streets. Kell Store, c.1898, was the first “store” in the township and is today a private residence, bearing no resemblance to the original building. St. Henry’s Mission Church was established in 1906.Buckeye Town Park is home to the Buckeye Historical and Archeological Museum, a replica of the Kell Store, with an impressive collection of artifacts of the Hohokam and Anasazi tribes, early inhabitants of the Valley. Town Park is also home to the Buckeye Aquatic Center, ball fields, picnic tables and Skate Park. Visitors will enjoy the many local events taking place throughout the year, including Pioneer Days in March, featuring the Helzapoppin’ PRCA Rodeo, and Country Fest in October, with a Car Show and Fall Demolition Derby in November. Also in December is the Home Town Holiday Boutique and Glow on Monroe followed by Buckeye Days at the end of January. For more information about community events Buckeye visit: Buckeye’s proximity to Phoenix allows access to art and culture, sporting events, nightlife, major transportation and upscale shopping, while allowing residents a little place of peace in the country. • November • December 2012 • January 2013 | 67

2012 Special Olympics: North America Golf Tournament September 6th - 9th at the Wigwam

Photography by Melody Golden

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RESOURCES Essential Information Time Zone: The State of Arizona is located in the Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST). Arizona is one of only two U.S. states that does not make an adjustment for Daylight Savings Time, and during the months of April through October, Arizona time mirrors Pacific Daylight Time. Nickname: Grand Canyon State State Motto: Ditat Deus - God enriches Land Area: 113,634 sq. miles Capital: Phoenix Colors: Blue and old gold Neckwear: Bola Tie Fossil: Petrified Wood Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom Tree: Palo Verde Gemstone: Turquoise Mammal: Ringtail cat Bird: Cactus Wren Reptile: Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake Fish: Arizona Trout

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City of Avondale 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323 623.333.1400 • Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce 508 E. Monroe Avenue, Buckeye, AZ 85326 623.386.2727 The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is the Business Organization of Buckeye, an official Arizona Office of Tourism Visitor’s Center and the hub of information in the community. The Chamber can provide you with local relocation information and visitor brochures on all major cities and attractions in Arizona. Buckeye offers residents and visitors alike a welcoming “small town” atmosphere; preserving its history while moving forward into the 21st century. Amazing Buckeye, the place to live, play, work, learn…It’s a great life! City of El Mirage 12145 NW Grand Ave., El Mirage, AZ 85335 623.972.8116 Economic Development: 623.876.2940 Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (Home of the Glendale Visitor Center) 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Ste. 140, Glendale, AZ 85301 623.930.4500 • 877.800.2601 Economic Development: 623.930.2983 Welcome to Glendale! From football frenzy to signature festivals filled with family fun, unique culinary flavors, holiday splendor and more – when it comes to enjoying the sweet life, Glendale’s got you covered! We’re cuisine. We’re art. We’re discovery, treasures and adventure. Glendale offers travelers a wide variety of amenities, including the famous Historic Downtown shopping district, legendary special events and festivals, museums and cultural attractions, as well as our award-winning pro-

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fessional sports facilities and entertainment district. We’re home of one of the nation’s top shopping and dining districts. Glendale is Arizona’s most dynamic city, yet remains most famous for its well-preserved tradtions and heritage. We welcome you to discover Glendale. Glendale Chamber of Commerce 7105 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301 623.937.4754 • 800.437.8669 The chamber represents the Glendale area business community. Your onestop information center, the chamber can help you with everything from relocating to the West Valley to opening a business in Glendale. Goodyear City Hall 190 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338 623.932.3910 • Marketing/Communication: 623.882.7820 Goodyear – one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona, 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix. Spectacular master-planned communities of unsurpassed quality offer country clubs, lakes and golf courses. Palmlined avenues with a wide array of dining and shopping co-exist with rural open spaces, set against a majestic desert mountain backdrop. It’s a relaxed community where you will feel at home right away. For relocation information, contact the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, 623.932.2260,

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Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake

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City of Litchfield Park City Hall: 214 W. Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 623.935.5033 • Located just 15 miles from Phoenix, Litchfield Park was founded in 1917 and incorporated in 1987. Here the streets are lined with palm and orange trees, quaint restaurants, featuring outdoor patio dining at its best. The Four Star Wigwam Resort offers three championship golf courses, nine tennis courts, a new Red Door Spa and fine resort dining. The City Recreation Center offers year round youth and adult activities. The City hosts many award-winning festivals and events. For a complete listing of these special events, please see the Calendar of Events. Log onto

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374 623.583.0692 Economic Development: 623.875.4273 Serving the communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, El Mirage and Youngtown.


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Peoria Chamber of Commerce 8765 W. Kelton Lane, Building C-1, Peoria, AZ 85382 623.979.3601 • 800.580.2645 Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338 623.932.2260, Serving the communities of Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson

Phoenix Sky Harbor Internationl Airport Arizona’s main airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, serves approximately 40 million passengers annually and is served by 19 airlines. These carriers provide nonstop service from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and around the world. Nonstop international service is provided by Aeromexico, British Airways, Air Canada, WestJet and US Airways.

Reliever Airports Glendale Municipal Airport provides complete airport services for general aviation and corporate jet traffic. Amenities include the Airport Restaurant (open all day), corporate meeting space, enclosed hangars, flight instruction and car rentals. The Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear operates as a general reliever airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, offering fuel sales, overnight parking, a flight-planning and lounge area and a conference room.

Sun City Visitors Center 16824 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 623.977.5000 • 800.437.8146 Sun City Arizona offers the best value in retirement living. Seven recreation/ fitness centers, Banner Boswell Hospital, over 120 clubs and activities, plus low taxes and a low cost of living create this unbeatable value. If golf is your game we also have eight golf courses plus three country clubs. Sun City West Visitors Center 13823 Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, AZ 85375 623.214.8629 • 800.482.3798 City of Surprise 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 623.222.1000 • Economic Development: 623.222.3300 Surprise is the place where all the pieces of family life come together. Connect to home, community, school, kids, your personal goals and more. Connecting them all is what makes Surprise the most promising new city in Arizona. Join new friends and pursue two- and four-year, even Masters level courses at our unique Communiversity. Celebrate the beauty of our state in the magnificent White Tanks Mountains. Learn a new sport or polish old skills with a match at our Tennis and Racquet Complex, then catch stars like John McEnroe and Andre Agassi at our pro tournaments. Tolleson City Hall 9555 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, AZ 85353 623.936.7111 • Youngtown Town Hall 12030 Clubhouse Square, Youngtown, AZ 85363 623.933.8286 • • November • December 2012 • January 2013 | 73

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WVM Avenues November 2012  

Featuring an Interview with the Black Bottom Lighters. Arizona Broadway Theatre unveils a masterpiece. Phillip Phillips comes to West Valley...

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