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contents November - December 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 12

wv features

9 Fabulous Holiday Fare! Holiday recipes to die for! Bon Apetit.

10 Stories for the Holiday Season Heartwarming Christmas stories you will want to read.

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12 Beauty Changes Lives This event raises awareness about cosmetology, hair, and fashion industries, advocating beauty careers.

wv fashion

14 Phoenix Fashion Week The event was a huge success. The talent that was showcased was nothing short of spectacular.

wv on the town

16 The Goodyear Fair Be prepared for the answers, and remember the rules: always stay professional.

16 19 Cool List for Gifts Holiday Season Rolfs Glassware

18 Renovating PIR 10 million dollar repaving and remodeling project.

wv financial

24 What Are YOU Thankful For This Year? Reflect back on the things you should be thankful for.

wv live life

32 Excellence in Health Care Awards Shellie Clayton and Madhu Murthy

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contents November - December 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 12

36 Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis The Complete Mind Therapy approach to weight loss without the surgery.

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wv biggest loser

40 Take A Hike Hiking has all of the components to Let Go Of Weight.

wv green living

44 RECYCLE The valuable benefts of shredding and recycling.

wildlife world zoo

46 What a CROC! Dragon World comes to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium.

through the lens

56 Photographer Michael Jordan A Photographic Exposé.

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58 Calendar The who, what, when and where for December.

wv dining

60 The Best Restaurants in the Valley Arizona Broadway Theatre - Dinner Theatre Redefind.

wv entertainment

63 Movie Review Puss in Boots.

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editor’s letter

www.westvalleymagazine.com As a young girl, I recall being encouraged by my schoolteachers to send my Christmas wishes in a letter to Santa Claus addressed to the North Pole. It seemed like a pretty reasonable thing to do at the time since the North Pole wasn’t too much further north from where I was living in

Connecting our Communities NOVEMBER • DECEMBER • 2011 VOLUME 7 • ISSUE 12

Canada. The excitement and anticipation leading up to Christmas Day was

EDITOR

Trish Arana

half the fun of the holiday season and still is. I see things have changed just slightly since I was a little girl though. As you can see from our cover, Santa is much fitter than he used to be and the North Pole now has a website that kids can join to interact

ADVERTISING COORDINATOR

Kim O’Leary ART DIRECTOR

with Santa’s team. December is still the month that brings families together to enjoy each other and

Jane Gridley

all the magic of the holiday season. One of the things on my list this year was to find Santa and I thought

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you might be interested what I’ve learned. He’s going to be at the Goodyear Fair on December 17th and

Candice Mathon 702.281.4003

18th at the Goodyear Ballpark. Besides photo opportunities with Santa Claus, there will be bounce houses, games, fun food and music. You’ll enjoy all kinds of family activities and don’t have to travel half way across the valley to get there. Christmas in the Park is a free holiday celebration on December 10th in Litchfield Town Center and I’ve heard that Santa is going to be showing up for photos there. And

CONTRIBUTORS

Wade Lee, Marilyn M. Brougher, Sherry Anshara, Dr. Grey Stafford, Edwin H. Smith, Bob Purtell, Shannon Dodge, Millie Gorichs, Michelle Arana

then the City of Tolleson is featuring pictures with Santa on December 10th and 11th at the Veterans INTERNS

Park while Park West has Santa every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. Wow, this Santa really gets around...’tis the Season, ho, ho, ho.

Jonathan Reyes, Kristy Matsuda PHOTOGRAPHERS

In this December issue you’ll find Bob Purtell’s exquisite dining review featuring the Arizona Broadway Theatre, now playing Miracle on 34th Street. Take your entire family to experience this

Michael Jordan, Melody Golden, Paul Michael Reklaitis, Steven Segura, Jesse Paulk, Yucel Yalim

timeless tale of Christmas spirit, a hilarious and charming story of a white bearded man that claims he is the real Santa Claus. ABT is offering our readers an exclusive discount with the code “WEST” when ordering your tickets at the ABT Box office.

Editorial submissions are welcome. Please submit to editor@westvalleymagazine.com West Valley MagazineTM is a trademark publication of West Valley Magazines. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without expressed written consent.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year.

Trish Arana

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ComingNextMonth Health and fitness ideas to start your new year out right.

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on the cover: SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN!!


Cherry & Jalapeno Cornbread

Green Beans with Bacon, Shallots and Mushrooms

1 cup cornmeal ¼ cup flour ½ cup oil 2 eggs ¾ cup milk 3 jalapeno peppers (seeded and fine chopped) ¾ cup dried cherries ¼ tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 can corn (cream style) ¾ cup cheddar cheese (grated)

2 lbs green beans (fresh) 4 oz bacon (sliced julienned) 1 oz shallots (minced) 8 oz mushrooms (sliced) Salt Pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and bake in greased pan for 45 minutes. Let cool.

Blanch, shock and reserve green beans. Sauté bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel. Sauté shallots and mushrooms in bacon fat. Add green beans and cook to desired doneness. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with reserved bacon.

Scalloped Potato Gratin

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

1 ½ Cup Heavy Cream 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme 2 Cloves Garlic (chopped) ½ tsp Nutmeg (fresh ground) Butter 2 lbs Russet Potatoes (peeled & cut into 1/8 inch thick slices) Salt Fresh ground pepper 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup sugar 1 cup water 16 oz fresh cranberries 1 cup apple (peeled and chopped) 1 cup walnuts (chopped) ½ cup raisins ½ cup Grand Marnier ½ orange (juiced) ½ lemon (juiced) 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg (grated)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter casserole dish In a saucepan, heat cream, thyme, nutmeg and garlic Place single layer of potatoes in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper. Pour ¼ of cream sauce over potatoes and sprinkle with ¼ of parmesan cheese. Repeat for two more layers. Finish with last of cream sauce and bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Sprinkle last of parmesan over top and broil until cheese turns golden brown.

Bring sugar & water to boil in saucepan. Add cranberries, return to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook at medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

Place first 3 ingredients in large mixing bowl. Bring sugar, milk and butter to boil. Pour over chocolate and marshmallow cream. Stir until all ingredients until mixture is smooth. Add Vanilla and a dash of salt. Stir. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 pan and place in refrigerator to set. Cut as desired. NOTE: A cup of toasted chopped nuts can be added if desired westvalleymagazine.com • November • December 2011 | 9

bon appetit

CHOCOLATE CANDY ................................................................................ 16 oz Hershey Bar 24 oz Semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 pt Marshmallow Cream 4c Granulated sugar 13 oz Evaporated Milk ¾ stick Butter 1 tsp Vanilla Dash Salt

F E AT U R E

Fabulous Holiday Fare!


F E AT U R E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stories For The Holiday Season

My Christmas is a Scratched Diamond

By Alexis-Jane Torres

I will admit that I am a huge TV junkie. Cartoons, dramas, reality television; you name it, I’ll watch it. The hours that I have spent watching TV have led me to expect perfection; no TV program shows a flawed dinner date or a crippling failure that the protagonist cannot overcome. I call this ‘television perfection’, where every word is scripted, every hair is in place, and every action is meaningful. Even Christmas, a sacred holiday, has fallen short of this ‘television perfection’. TV shows portray Christmas as a peaceful holiday where everyone celebrates with gifts, food, and family. Christmas also serves as a time for TV couples to reunite, friends to make up, and enemies to see each other in a new light. And, of course, these fictional Christmases always involve a snowy night and an eight-foot tall tree. My Christmas experiences have never been similar to the perfection portrayed on the television screen. One flaw is the lack of that Christmas morning excitement because my dad’s job requires him to work on Christmas. He comes home at five in the afternoon, which is when my family starts unwrapping presents. Another imperfection is my family’s version of a Christmas tree. I spent half of my life living in small apartments with no room for a real Christmas tree. Our solution was to string some lights on one of our fake plants. And, growing up in Arizona, I have never had a snowy Christmas. The closest thing I’ve experienced is some rain on Christmas morning. I used to focus so intently on these blemishes that I lost sight of the beauty and joy of the holiday. My former perspective on Christmas was similar to the Ralphie Frank quote: “You look at the scratch and completely miss the

diamond.” But, I have recently realized that the little quirks of my Christmases do not take away from the happiness of the day. My new outlook has shown me a new meaning of Christmas: a scratched diamond, beautiful in all its imperfection. So, as I prepare for the holiday season, I do not expect perfection. Instead, I look forward to another ‘scratched diamond’ Christmas day with my family gathered around a five-foot tree at five in the afternoon with the possibility of raindrops tapping on our living room window, which is an experience unlike any television scene.

A Christmas Gift Dearest Father, I was only five years old when you transitioned on Christmas morning, yet I know now that you understood how the future events that your transitioning would enfold for everyone. Your wife, my mother and my three teenage siblings were devastated. How on the most sacred of holidays could anyone comprehend how this tragedy could be happening to us? Although I was too young to understand all the details at the time, I knew that our world had come to end as we knew it. Nothing would ever be the same. You dear father had been the support, the strength and the guidance for everyone in our family, including my mother. You were the love of her life. For me I had the best of all worlds, as I knew it. Since I was so much younger then my siblings, everyone spoiled me just like you did. I adored my brothers and sister. I wanted to be just like them. I could not know at the time how frightening it was for them without you,

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especially for my mother, left behind with three teenagers and a five year old. As I reflect back now on your transition, I am amazed at the strength and courage it took for my mother, my brothers and my sister to overcome their individual fears about what would happen to us. In spite of the shock, their grief, and their fears of the future, together they united to have a Christmas holiday in the best way they could. They did it for each other and for me. And for some reason I knew, dear father, you did for us too. I know absolutely now that you were complete with your life at that time and you had chosen to transition. You knew our contracts with you were complete in this lifetime. You knew all of our lives were unfolding on our journeys. To make way for us, you let us go. That was the most incredible Christmas gift to us. Because somewhere along the way, we have all come to realize that out of this tragedy and the loss of you to each of us, that many births and rebirths occurred throughout all of these years for our family. And because my dearest father that you transitioned when you did, we didn’t move away to the home that you and mother had planned. And because of that my sister met and married her soul mate. As you watched, dear father, you know she was married for over fifty years, and together they had their five children and grandchildren. I know you watched my brothers marry, have children and journey through their lives in their own unique ways.

My own life has been quite remarkable. I really did it my way. I am grateful for every person who came into my life and for every experience, whether I liked it at the time or not. There has been nothing in my life that I have not gotten to do that I wanted to do. I have gotten to do whatever it is that I chose to do. I have no regrets, just wonderful memories. Even my two near death experiences happened for my benefit and for my spiritual growth. During both experiences, I felt your presence. I know you have always been with me at those crucial times. I know you really never really left me or any of us. When mother eventually remarried, and had another child with my step father, it was a divine contract for the three of them. He was the best “step” parent. He raised me through my teenage years. Sometimes I look back and wonder how he managed, but he did. I was definitely blessed for having him into my life.

How divine of you, my dear father to choose Christmas Day, the day that represents the birth of the Christed Consciousness. I know in my heart it was your ascension into your Christ Consciousness for which he had awaited. I honor you for choosing what this day represents. What a great gift. I get it. Because you chose the metaphor of this day to transition, I thank you for what you are teaching me that the idea of death is really a time continuum of birthing and rebirthing each and every day. And by living through the Christed Consciousness that is within each of us, every day, and by celebrating our aliveness each and every day, we can choose to live our lives fully and to receive life as a blessing and not as a tragedy. Your transition was never meant as an ending. You gave new beginnings so we could fulfill our own contracts with all of those individuals who came into our lives. We all began a new life each day. Throughout the years I have always had a small Christmas tree, no matter what the season. For me, it represents the Tree of Life. My dearest father, you are part of our tree, from you we branched out, grew, went our separate ways, created our lives in our unique ways, and yet we are all still connected to you and to each other. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to reflect, to see where we have been, what we have learned from each other, where we are now, and through our Christed Consciousness, where we can grow individually and together into the future that we create each and every day. This is the perfect time to make a commitment to love yourself and your life unconditionally. This is a perfect time to see the blessings and gifts in your life, and bless others by sharing your life and your gifts with them. As you allow yourself to see through your Christed Consciousness every day without fear and judgment, you can see how truly Divine your life and the Universe are. Thank you dearest father for giving me that part of my life that comes from you. I know we have been together before and we will be together again. And so you are a part as I am. Your Loving and grateful Daughter, Sherry Anshara

Happy Holidays!!

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F E AT U R E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kristy Matsuda

Beauty Changes Lives American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) headquarters located in Scottsdale currently represents 1100 beauty schools and 200 product sales and services in the country. About a year and half ago, AACS formed a non-profit foundation called Beauty Changes Lives. The event’s purpose was to raise awareness about cosmetology, hair, and fashion industries, advocating beauty careers. In addition, the event highlighted on beauty wellness and how the profession has impacted and integrated into lives personally and professionally. Sassoon and P&G Beauty sponsored the event and fashion show that was held to showcase beauty school student’s skills. This year was Beauty Changes Lives fourth event, held at the Orpheum Theater on Monday, Novmber 7th. Fashion Fantastico was invited to the stage to perform a short version of the Phantom of the Opera themed, Wearable Art Show that was launched earlier this year. The event celebrated all the diversity. Special guests of beauty professionals and educators of beauty school graduates shared their stories and journeys toward career opportunities, including Richard Dalton the hairdresser for twelve years of the late Princess Diana. The BCL wishes to promote careers and showcase the benefits coming from beauty schools, sharing inspirations and opportunities their passion has taken them. Some taking them to the corporate world, Jim Cox shared two stories of beauty graduates with me. A nail technician, with her education and drive she built an entire empire, founding and creating a brand, and a 2009 graduate who had a dream of a product (hairdresser capes) and is now producing and selling her products and will have a booth at the convention. Beauty Changes Lives philanthropic main cause is not only to spotlight the beauty world and how it impacts the communities, but the organization is adamant about giving back to the community. They will also share stories of the impact the industry has for the communities with charitable deeds with the people in the beauty industry. The organization allows for the raise of funds and fight for domestic causes such as breast cancer, missing and exploited children, and much more. AACS trains what to look for in their clients, not in any way of intrusion or counseling as they are not professionals but to be aware for a cry for help and refer to a safe place as more often than not, a natural relationship is formed with your hairdresser or beauty consultant. Proceeds go to Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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FA S H I O N

What to wear and whwre to find ways to improve your style

Photography by Michael Jordan

PHOENIX Fashion Week By Wade Lee

Talking Stick Resort

As the year is coming to an end, I have to look back with amazement how through social media I was able to put The House of Wade Lee on the map in the Fashion world. Through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube local and national buzz was created by a unique and innovative way of sharing my passion for fashion and all things beauty. In February 2011 The House of Wade Lee was invited to Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week to beauty blog backstage at the Academy of Art University fashion show where I was able to meet and interview celebrities such as Alex McCordReal House Wives of New York, Bravo's Launch my Line Star and NYC Fashionista "the dandy" Patrick, McDonald, and Jon Reyman head fashion stylist for Aveda. Attending NY Fashion Week was an honor and a dream come true, little did I know my involvement with the fashion world was just beginning.

Fashion Week it was that you couldn’t be timid when it comes to interviewing and capturing footage, so I arrived prepared with my entire equipment ready to document every moment. The event was a huge success, and I was pleasantly surprised at the talent that was showcased by the ten designers which included bright colors and denim by Blue Bird denim, love conscious apparel by Deeds of Love, quirky animated characters by Sebastien Millon, street wear with couture elements by Dejamone, fashionable easy travel wear by inDi, fabulous feminine designs by Hour Glass Apparel, classic pieces by Mabella Chic, glamour Hollywood inspired apparel by Diary of Joli, distinct and custom tailored menswear by Jones Select, and flirty couture by Silvia Bours.

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Shortly after arriving home to Phoenix, I was invited to attend a Phoenix Fashion Week event at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) where they would be announcing the ten 2011 PHX Fashion Week Emerging Designers. If I learned anything at NY

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.............................................. After posting the Emerging Designer video to The House of Wade Lee T.V. Youtube Channel, I had the attention of PHX Fashion Week designers, photographers, and models. The next three months I had the incredible opportunity to work hair and make up for designers look books, model portfolios, exclusive interviews with designers and PFW Executive Director Brian Hill, videography for PHX Fashion Week's Model Makeover Challenge, and blog the PHX Fashion Week meet ups.

The second night included Blue Bird Denim winner of the Emerging Designer contest who stole the show with her "vitamin girl" inspired looks filled with bright colors and cool comfortable spring wear. Indi showcased her comfortable couture ready for the jet setting fashionista. Indi's apparel is designed with geometric shapes and breezy beautiful fabrics. Mabella Chic closed the night with her unique vintage inspired pieces made for the contemporary woman.

Through my insolvent with PHX Fashion Week and the relationships I built because of the organization it was such a treat to be at The Talking Stick Resort opening night of the designers showcases. It felt so cool to watch with pride to see the growth of so many of the emerging designers who through the summer worked so diligently to create and market their brands.

The last four designers to hit the runway the third night was Hour Glass Apparel, which was definitely one of my favorite shows this season, who's love for the woman's body was displayed with flowing fabrics and gorgeous silhouettes. Diary of Joli showcased a glamourous old Hollywood collection with rich colors and textures. Jones Select, another one of my favorite designers this year, had the crowds attention the minute the first model walked out. His custom designs which are uniquely tailored to fit an individual’s lifestyle and fashion cause you to Stand out, when others are merely fitting in. The show by Silvia Bours, which ended PHX Fashion Week 2001, was the talk of the evening and brought drama and fashion together as her collection whimsically moved across the runway. She closed the night with a bang, with Marie Antoinette inspired hair and makeup, angelic opera, and breath taking couture.

Deeds of Love opened the Emerging Designers showcase Thursday night with a powerful message about love capturing the spirit of Martin Luther King. Designs included "Love is Key", "Love over Hate", and "Love is all you need". Dejamone was the next designer of the evening showcasing his amazing denim couture pieces in which he has mastered the skill of using denim to drape and contour the woman's body. It was also an honor to have Dejamone Dezyns provide my wardrobe for the night. Ending the night was Sebastien Millon's show full of color and crazy antics of his characters, which he brought to life through his t-shirt designs, which included "drunky bear" and "little owlie who loves a fat beat".

To view pictures and video of my experience with Phoenix Fashion Week please visit The House of Wade Lee T.V. on Youtube at www.youtube.com/thehouseofwadelee or www.thehouseofwaelee.com.

PFW 2011

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ON THE TOWN

Places and events going on in the West Valley

GLIMPSES | ........................ of the fair

The Goodyear Fair kicked off the fun and festivities November 20th with a myriad of art displays, vendors, crafts, and delicious food and beverages. The fair, which was held at Goodyear Ballpark, also included bounce castles and carnival games that entertained kids and families for hours.

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The Goodyear Fair, billed as “a neighborhood event that entertains the Goodyear community,” is a family-friendly event for all ages. Even better, the fun will continue on the second to last weekend of every month, except in March due to baseball’s spring training. Photography by Michael Jordan Photography

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“We encourage everyone in Goodyear to come out, support your community and have fun,” said Eric Lopez, promoter of the Goodyear Fair. “We are bringing entertainment to the West Valley, so everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the weather and have a great afternoon with the family!”

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The much anticipated December fair will be a holiday season spectacular with two days, December 17th and 18th, featuring live music, a beer garden and pictures with Santa Claus. December’s Goodyear Fair is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!

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L AT E S T D I R T

Keep up to date on new developments and business concepts

THE REMODELING OF

PIR On average any given track is replaced every 15-20 years depending on weather and maintenance conditions.

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ie hard race fans and Valley Residents take note, Arizona's legendary 47 year old racetrack Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) is coming back, and in force. Since March PIR has been closed due to a 10 million dollar repaving and remodeling project aimed at not only replacing the cracked existing track, but enhancing virtually every aspect of the race from spectating to driving. The projects coordinator Martin Flugger is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering. Flugger has seventeen years of experience and has already worked on repaving six other racetracks including the famous Daytona 500. On average any given track is replaced every 15-20 years depending on weather and maintenance conditions. However this is more than just a repave it's a complete remodeling. Virtually none of the original course is being left unchanged and with good reason. According to Flugger, "if you would have repaved this, and got all the bumps and wrinkles out of it, and you paved it back the way it was, it would have turned into a single file race for years to come." The wear and tear of the previous track while making the course a lot bumpier leveled the playing field and allowed for "side by side" racing because there was no longer a "sweet spot" that a driver could utilize to win a race. "Most of what we were doing with the geometry changes was first geared towards getting the race competitive, and getting the side by side racing from day one. The second part of that was after we got the geometry set we then took a look at the sight lines and essentially began to raise the platform that the track was sitting on." In a sport where drivers can swap places in the blink of an eye it's important to facilitate this sort of racing from day one, however viewpoint from the stands is equally important. The repaving process has taken into consideration viewpoints from the grandstand and raised the track two feet to provide an unobstructed view. According to Flugger "turn one, and two, had an eleven degree banking before, it's now ten and eleven" while this seems miniscule it really makes all the difference when it comes to ensuring higher speeds and unobstructed viewpoints for spectators. At the same time RV stands have been lowered to give a better view to give the spotters on the roof a better view. Safety too has been raised to the racetracks new standards as new impact walls are being placed around the course of the entire track to ensure driver safety in total around 4000 feet of protective barriers are being placed, just under a mile. To christen the new track PIR cane back with a bang. Tuesday October 4th PIR hosted the Sprint Cup Series. Fans were not only be able to see as drivers tested out the new track, but they were able to do so for free.

Additional changes that are as follows: - Widened the front stretch from 52 to 62 feet - Reconfigured pit road and installed concrete pit stalls - Pushed the dog-leg back 95 feet By Jonathan Reyes 18 | November • December 2011 • westvalleymagazine.com


W h a t ’s C o o l t h i s H o l i d a y S e a s o n

COOL LIST

Rolf Glass Ware (rolfglass.com) Rolf Glass is the only line of affordable cut and etched/engraved glass made in North America. Every other large scaled cut and etched glass maker in North America (there used to be hundreds) have moved their manufacturing overseas. Combining state of the art robotics with the traditional craft of glass cutting and engraving, Rolf Glass is able to produce pieces of even higher quality and workmanship than the custom work of glass artisans at the same price as low-quality overseas manufacturers. The Rolf Glass line includes a wide range of styles, from ocean themes like compass rose and seashell to botanical inspired styles like emerald forest and icy pine to creatures like butterfly and heron and many more. Specific piece sets include every type of glassware that could be needed for any setting, be it formal or casual. Available in stores throughout North America as well as online at www.Rolfglass.com

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Melissa Holdaway

Dr. Leonard Kirschner

Ed Gerak

Claude Mattox

Todd Aakhus

Dr. Ernie Lara

Jennifer Barber

Ginny Solis

Lance Undhjem

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he West Valley is filled with remarkable people. From July 2011 through July 2012, we will profile 24 who have not only achieved distinction, but have

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

Leatha Martin

O.K. Fulton

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

Randy Edington

David Schwake

Julie Richard

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

Bridget Binsbacher

Mimi Rogers

MichaelYates

fessionals who are moving the West Valley ahead.

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

John Dover

Jennifer Martyn

Robert McGeorge

Beverly Hurley

David Iwanski

presented by:

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LEADER PROFILE

Robert Handy

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moving up in business or the community

M OV E R

Robert Handy lives in Phoenix with his Wife, Jennifer and two daughters, Caitlyn (19) and Madalyne (17). In 2008 he oversaw the construction of the new Estrella Mountain police precinct. In addition, he also oversaw the re-drawing of all of the police precinct boundaries, meeting with dozens of neighborhood and community groups throughout the City of Phoenix. Handy is currently President of Arizona Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates: a 350 member

professional development organization for local law enforcement leaders. He is also the creator and Director of Arizona Leadership Education and Development Academy (ALEAD) which is a youth leadership program held every summer for youth from all over Arizona. The development of the ALEAD is one of the projects he is particularly proud to have been a part of. Handy was the founding director and has been very involved since its inception. The idea started with a brainstorming session on where to put some of the professional organization’s community service resources. From the original idea, a week long inresidence youth academy was developed in Flagstaff for teenage kids from across Arizona. The program was fully funded by the ALEAD so students did not have to pay. It was a life changing experience for some of the kids who attended. ALEAD just completed their third year and are already preparing for the summer of 2012. Handy serves a variety of community organizations in Maryvale: Maryvale YMCA, Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, Maryvale Association of Churches, McDowell Corridor Community Alliance His favorite cause is The 100 Club of Arizona. They provide assistance to the families of public safety officials who are killed or injured in the line of duty, providing dozens

of scholarships and money for safety equipment to cash strapped police and fire departments. When asked how the West Valley has affected him, Handy responded, “I believe the West Valley has helped keep me grounded and keep life in perspective. The diversity and richness of the community combined with the commitment and character of the people I have met in the West Valley are truly amazing. It is my hope that in some small way I help to improve the quality of life for those who live in the West Valley. The most significant challenge I face at work is the erosion of personal values. Much of the negative side of police work stems from the erosion of basic values. We constantly deal with people who have lost the most basic respect for themselves and others. The current recession is the most significant issue facing the West Valley. The dramatic slow down of business and residential relocation and development threatens the future prosperity of the West Valley. Public safety is the most basic need for future development. The area must continue to see decreasing crime rates and an increased quality of life in order to be successful. The men and women of the Maryvale Precinct work tirelessly everyday to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.”

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 17

Most overrated virtue: Patience

Who are and have been some of your mentors? I have been very fortunate to have had many terrific leaders at the Phoenix Police Department who have provided mentorship to me over the years.

What would your super power be? Batman Describe yourself as a child: Always dirty and full of mischief.

By Kathy Knecht, Executive Director Leadership Favorite quote: “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have” What keeps you up at night? Thomas Jefferson Worrying about the safety of the men and women who patrol our streets. Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? One phrase you wish people wouldn’t say, Ronald Regan or would say more: I wish people would not say somebody What’s your favorite book? “got lucky” when they achieve success. All of Tom Clancy’s novels. What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite musical group? Mexican food U2 What is your biggest pet peeve? What you miss most? Mediocrity Being young What would you choose to do, career wise, What’s your biggest inspiration and why? if you weren’t in your current career? My daughters, because they talented, driven, and Lawyer destined for great things. What would you do if you won the lottery? What do you know about life that you wish you Retire and become a rancher. had known 10 to 20 years ago? Life goes way too fast, children grow up way too soon, What do you do during lunchtime? and you should never stop learning. Eat too much. What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? The variety of sporting venues. Most coveted: Maryvale Ballpark

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Greatest Extravagance: Hunting and fishing trips. Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? I grew up in Phoenix and graduated form both U of A and ASU.

What originally drew you to the West Valley? I grew up in what was the west valley at the time. I returned as an adult with my family because we enjoy the amenities of the West Valley and the casual working class atmosphere. How did you get into your current career field? I got a “C” in biology in college and began looking for an West easier vocation. What drives you? Meeting new people and taking on new challenges. What are your goals (career, personal or for the West Valley)? I would like to be able to be in a position with regard to time and finances to assist my children when they are ready they start their families. What is the secret to your success? A supportive wife and family. What would you recommend to people looking to make a difference in the West Valley? Get involved! There are so many organizations and opportunities to make a difference, just do it! Who was an influence in your life/career, and how did they affect what you do? My parents who have physically worked hard their entire lives were a tremendous influence on my career. They taught me a strong work ethic and low tolerance for laziness.


LEADER PROFILE

Norman J. Davis SHAKERS Judge Davis, a West Valley resident for the past 35 years, and currently the Presiding Judge of Maricopa County has quite a bit under his belt. Not only does he have a wife and four children, but 11 grandchildren all vying for his attention, but has to ensure the protection of freedom within the court. He received his B.S. degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1972; and his J.D. degree for Arizona State University in 1975, where he served as Managing Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal.

Since Judge Davis has served in not only the family, but, civil, criminal, probate, and juvenile departments of the court. Judge David was even given the honor of acting as Presiding Judge of the Northwest Regional Court from July 2002 to January 2004, as well as Presiding Judge of Family Court from June 2004 to June 2007, and Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court from June 2009 until March, 2010.

Judge Davis is very active in the community as well, he is a past member of the Agua Fria High School Board that got excellent Academic Excellence A+ Awards. He is also a past member and President of the Litchfield Elementary School Board and was even a member of the Estrella Rotary Club. Judge Davis also developed a pilot project to streamline family court procedures to reduce litigation and stress in family court disputes. His favorite place in the whole West Valley is Litchfield Park where he spends his time participating in the community, and with his wife. “I have a great fondness for the West Valley where my wife and I raised our family in a tranquil and supportive environment, where I started my legal career, and where I’ve come to develop friendships with a great number of wonderfully genuine

and caring people.’ said Judge Davis. “My wife has been incredibly supportive and influential and made it possible for me to focus on my career. My maternal grandparents taught me the skills to be personally and professionally successful and demonstrated them with their incredible example.”

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 35 years Family: Wife: Sherry; 4 adult children; 11 grandchildren. Who are and have been some of your mentors? My maternal grandparents, Judge Kimball Rose, Justice Charles E. Jones, Judge Barry Schneider.

Name a project in which you took a leadership role in that you are particularly proud of and why? While serving at the Northwest Regional Court Center in Surprise I developed a pilot project to streamline family court procedures to reduce litigation and stress in family court disputes that was subsequently adopted court-wide, and its concepts included in new statewide rules of procedure. Favorite quote: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” --Abraham Lincoln Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? My father who passed away when I was 2-years-old. What’s your favorite book? “The Count of Monte Cristo” because it opened my mind to the importance of reading and learning as a teenager. What you miss most? Political civility and cooperation.

What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? Life seems to accelerate as you get older, and it is important to make good use of every day and hour. What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? Litchfield Park where my wife and I raised our 4 children in association with great friends and neighbors. What is your favorite cause? Helping to preserve our freedoms by working to provide fair and equal justice to every person. We have a judicial and governing system that exists to serve the people, and it is extremely important that everyone is protected by and subject to the rule of law. Most overrated virtue: No true virtue can be overrated. What would your super power be? The ability to leap tall curbs in a single bound. Describe yourself as a child: I was very shy and mischievous. What keeps you up at night? Bad food and creeping age, but not much else. What’s your favorite food? Whatever my wife fixes. What is your biggest pet peeve? Narcissism. What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? I would have loved to be in the garage with Steve Jobs.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Continue to do what I’m doing now. Greatest Extravagance: Probably our cabin up north. Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? Several years ago, I persuaded my family to assist in building a cabin. Being only able to work on it on Saturdays, holidays and vacations, it took the better part of 4 years, but we completed it. The best part is every member of the family, including the young grandchildren, have taken ownership in what they built and all look forward to spending time there. What originally drew you to the West Valley? I moved to the West Valley to start a law firm. How did you get into your current career field? After 20 years of the general practice of law in the West Valley, I applied through the merit selection process and was fortunate to be selected by the Governor for an appointment to the Superior Court bench in 1995. What drives you? Somewhere in my DNA is the need to strive for excellence and make a difference. Probably a result of the tremendous legacy taught to me by my grandparents. What are your goals (career, personal or for the West Valley)? As Presiding Judge of the 4th largest trial court in the nation, I work in an environment that expects, and frequently achieves, excellence. My goal is for out court to continue to be the best trial court in the country, make the court system accessible and userfriendly to everyone, and through the use of technology and innovation, streamline court processes and reduce their cost wherever possible. What is the secret to your success? Hard work, collaboration, consensus building, and a willingness to take risks.

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long established change agent/builder

What are some of the leadership positions directly you have taken on in the West Valley and what did you accomplish? Northwest Regional Superior Court Presiding Judge; assisted in planning and opening of new regional superior court center in Surprise & served as judge at that court; President & Member of Litchfield Elementary School District Board; New middle school built during this time, and schools received academic A+ excellence awards. Also member, Agua Fria Union High School Board, and involved in church leadership and scouting for many years.

What’s your biggest inspiration and why? My maternal grandparents. My grandmother taught me how to read at a young age and the importance of giving my best in everything I did. My grandfather taught me the meaning and joy of hard work. Both left an incredible legacy of honor, integrity and industry in the way they lived their lives that I envy.

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Davis practiced general law for 19 years in the West Valley prior to his appointment to the Maricopa County Superior Court bench in June 1995 for Davis & Layton, P.C. of which he was a founding partner. His focus was in the areas of civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, criminal law, estate planning, probate, real estate and commercial transactions

Judge Davis has served on numerous court committees, including the Court’s Pro Tem Committee, Commissioner Nomination Committee, Chair of the Self-Service Center Advisory Committee, and the eCourt Development Team. He was also a member of the Court’s Executive Committee from July 2002 to June 2007. Additionally he has served as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Superior Court, Committee on Rules of Procedure in Domestic Relations Cases, Family Law Rules Review Committee, and the Child Support Committee. Despite


FINANCIAL

Advice on a financial fitness, investments, loans and other components to help create a healthy lifestyle By Edwin H. Smith

Financial Tips to Bring you Peace this Christmas and Throughout the Years to Come!

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Not Rich program brings you useful information from community partners in the areas of financial fitness, investments, loans, and other components to help create a healthy lifestyle - no matter what stage of life you are in. Take the journey as we venture through different areas that lead us to a healthy and wealthy lifestyle. This month, being prepared for unexpected life changes. I

hristmas is traditionally a time of “Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All.”

Unfortunately the stress of financial issues and overspending can often rob us of this peace. What causes a money crisis in the lives of so many is when something unexpected happens or there is a period of unemployment or an unexpected bill arrives. It may be that the car needs new tires or a major repair, or an appliance quits, or sometimes it is simply the cost of Christmas that pushes us over the financial edge. The main reason for this is that so many people live payday to payday consistently playing catch-up with their finances.

Here are some tips to help find financial peace this Christmas season and into the New Year. Learn Financial Stuff Many people feel uneasy about their personal finances simply because they don’t understand them. They don’t comprehend things like the basics of how a mortgage works, or the impact of debt interest on their finances. For many, credit cards seem like the perfect option to holiday spending. They can purchase what they want and pay for it in installments. Having that debt looming over you is a bad idea and can be very stressful. You end up paying a lot more for items than if you would have paid cash for the item at regular price. There are dozens of books written on personal finance. Go to your local library or bookshop and grab one to read. Knowing just the very basics of personal finance will ease your stress levels markedly.

Budget, Budget, Budget! Everyone needs to plan their spending. Most of us are not millionaires who don’t need to worry about money. True is, even the rich need to plan their spending. A lot of people never use a budget because they don’t believe in them or never stick to them. A ‘budget’ becomes a negative perception in people’s mind. They think that it means stop enjoying life. Not so. A budget is simply a plan that tells you what you earn and, firstly, where you MUST spend it and, secondly, where you would LIKE to spend what is left over. That means a budget is not a constraint to spending but a plan that gives you confidence to spend on things you would like without going into debt. Make purchases throughout the year instead of waiting for the last minute. This can also help with the cost of items because you are more able to take advantage of sale prices and it will give you more spending power.

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Plan for emergencies. Nobody wants a crisis to happen, but we can all expect one at some time or another. Let’s say, your hot water heater suddenly needs replacing, what do you do? Most people today have to go into debt to replace it, and that debt follows them for a long time. Generality, nowadays people find themselves spending all their surplus income and a little more and then feeling nervous about being vulnerable to emergencies around the home. Begin to put aside a few dollars a week into an emergency savings account and you will discover the financial peace that comes from not having to worry about those unexpected events. In general it is good to have six months’ worth of income saved. For most people – especially families with a mortgage – that is not viable. However, by just putting aside $2,000 in a separate account, most small household crises would be covered.

Monitor your expenses Those who are doing well financially can tell you precisely what they spend their money on. If there is one thing that separates those who are doing well financially and those who are not, this is it. This follows on from having a budget or spending plan. Tracking your finances enables you to see whether or not you are keeping to your budget. If you’re not, you can see where you are overspending and work out what to do about it. Financial peace of mind comes from tracking your income and expenses because by doing this, you can resolve problems that arise in your household operating costs such as increased heating or cooling bills, and will know ahead of time that the money you require for something is there.

Plan ahead of time A number of the things that trouble us financially we know about before they occur – plan for them!! Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries come at the same time every year, so plan for them ahead of time. The reality is, most people can be very casual with their finances. They spend without giving much thought to the future and then complain that they have to thrash the credit card with spending at Christmas. That is a pathway to debt and a sure-fire way to lose your financial peace of mind. By planning ahead of time you’ll go through the year without the fear of how you’re going to pay for everything.

Get rid of debt Money paid on debt interest is wasted money. Of course there are times we can’t avoid it. Buy a home and you are almost sure to require a mortgage and so some interest repayments are inevitable. But, if you have debt, the challenge is to get out of it as soon as possible. Become debt free, and stay debt free. Never charge more on credit cards than you can afford to pay in full the next month. Being debt free totally changes your finances. Imagine what you could do if you didn’t have to pay your mortgage each month. The money spent on repayments would be cash in your hand and that would surely bring an incredible peace of mind.

Don’t get Overwhelmed As long as you set some money aside ahead of time and stick to your budget you’ll have a great holiday season without the need to worry about your finances. By planning ahead, you will know you have everything you need, and you also won’t have the idea of credit card debt looming over you into the New Year.

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Dr. Barry Hamp

Michael Hilgers

Dr. Marc Wasseman

Mari Valle

Dr. Pankaj M. Jain

April Esch

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Loraine Gonzalez

Nancy Jobin

Dr. Daniel MacLeod

Alan R. Swain

Daniel Smith

Dr. Daniel Charous

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elcome to The West Valley Magazine’s Top

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

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Practice Administrator Shellie Clayton Specialty: Responsible for providing programmatic, planning, direction and operational management for an outstanding group of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Hometown: Glendale, Arizona

University/Degree: University of Phoenix, B.S. Healthcare Management

Name of Practice: Valley Orthopedics

What inspired you to pursue a career in health care? I have always been intrigued by the human mind and body and with the resources, education and learning opportunities available, the path is endless. What would you recommend to someone wanting to pursue a career in health care? Healthcare is a very fluid environment so be patient yet diligent to achieve your goals. It can also be very demanding so maintaining a healthy balance personally and professionally is critical.

Is the practice that you work for working on any developments/projects in their field of specialty that you would like to tell us about?

Valley Orthopedics has four locations:

We are currently experimenting with our technology tools via apps to make us more efficient and effective with documentation, coding and billing.

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Delivering excellent patient care and maintaining high employee retention rates. Developing and maintaining programs and services that are cutting edge and market leaders in the industry.

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Research, implementation and ongoing management to ensure we are achieving our desired short and long term goals. What differentiates you from your peers?

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

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Having the pleasure of being exposed to and educated with both the clinical and administrative side of healthcare. My background experience allows me to have an appreciation for what is needed to maintain and grow a successful practice, in addition to being able to assist patients and providers clinically when the need arises.

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LIVELIFE

Infectious Disease Specialist Madhu Murthy MD, MHSA Specialty: Infectious Diseases

Hometown: Mysore, India

University/Degree: University Of Mysore, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Master of Health Administration, University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Internship and Residency, Creighton University and University of Nebraska, Infectious Diseases Fellowship What inspired you to become a doctor? My father is a physician who practiced in smaller communities and later in his career became a medical school faculty. This helped me realize the opportunities in the medical field where you can not only provide health education but also address health care needs of the community and have a positive influence on the quality of life. Why did you pursue your specialty? Infectious diseases specialty represents a large part of medicine with infectious conditions affecting the population of all ages, genders and ethnicities. This provides an unique opportunity to provide education, prevention of illness with immunization and treatment of variety of infectious conditions. Infectious diseases impact globally and the challenges associated with controlling the spread of illness, providing education and the antimicrobial clinical research opportunities make it an exciting field. What is your advice to others pursuing a career in this field? With the emerging challenges in the health care field, it is important to maintain the passion for the art of practicing medicine, focus on the health care needs of the

community and achieve personal goal of quality outcomes.

are able to provide care to a diversified population.

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? Having graduated from medical school in India, I decided to pursue higher education in USA. This opportunity to obtain quality education helped me understand the population diversity and their unique health care requirements, develop an interest in clinical research and apply evidence based guidelines in the medical practice.

What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? My personal belief in respect and kindness helps achieve an excellent relationship between patient and healthcare provider, which again translates to successful medical outcome.

Are you working on any developments/ projects in our field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? My clinical research interest includes review articles and meta-analysis of randomized drug clinical trials. This kind of research provides an opportunity to pool a number of well designed studies to analyze the overall outcomes. What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? In our practice, we strive to adopt evidence based medical guidelines with a focus on quality outcomes impacting the overall health of our patients. We also work closely with different hospital systems and

Why did you bring your practice to the West Valley? Being an international medical graduate, I had the opportunity to serve in medically underserved area. West Valley being one of the designated underserved areas, along with support from the West Valley hospital and the medical staff helped me become a part of successful West Valley practice. What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the health care field? West Valley area has a great growth potential to meet the health care needs of the community. With the growing population, the expansion of the local hospital systems will continue to help establish the West Valley as an area of health care excellence. westvalleymagazine.com • November • December 2011 | 33


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Certified Hypnotist Wilma Vance tried different ways to lose weight, but success was always short lived because of the hunger and cravings. Then she tried GASTRIC LAP-BAND HYPNOSIS and started seeing results. She was so desperate, she had even seriously considered the weight-loss surgery. Wilma wanted the benefits of Gastric Lap Band surgery without going under the knife, so she tried a new innovative technique called GASTRIC LAP-BAND HYPNOSIS.

By Millie Gorichs

Gastric Lap Band Weight Loss

The technique works by the subconscious accepting the belief that the body has had the surgery. In traditional gastric lap band surgery, doctors reduce the size of the stomach with a band so patients can’t eat as much. With the Gastric Lap Band Hypnosis weight loss system, clients are guided into a dream-like state that allows the client to be more open to suggestion. Then the client is taken through the process of having the lap band surgically fitted on the stomach. They experience the images, sounds and feelings of being in the operating room. Because the mind believes this has taken place, the stomach reacts to food as if it has

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actually been banded. Virtual Gastric Lap Band surgery is done in the mind, and if the mind believes it, then it is so. The purpose of Gastric Lap Band Hypnosis is to help overweight persons achieve long term weight loss and keep it off just as if they had the actual gastric lap band surgery. Weight loss is much easier when the stomach feels full and the cravings are gone. The virtual surgery experience is much like dreaming. It is a relaxing and comfortable experience. There are no side effects and it is perfectly safe. This new weight loss system is for you if you are seriously overweight, committed to losing the weight and see this as a tool to help that happen.

Without The Surgery?

Several days later, Wilma said she felt changed. “Now the size of my stomach is like a golf ball so I won’t be eating, large amount of food,” Wilma said. The first month Wilma lost 28 pounds. She continues losing steadily and so far has gone from a size 22 to a size 16.

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BIGGEST LOSER

Follow the contestants as they shed pounds and inches

By Shannon Dodge

Take A Hike! Letting Go of the Weight

The morning was gorgeously brisk and clear, a slight wind keeps us chilly and bundled up at the base of Camelback Mountain. As we prepared for the hike, it was great to watch a beaming woman standing at the trailhead holding balloons and posing for pictures. Why balloons on a hike? We were there to celebrate a wonderful moment – a Loser lost 100 lbs. ONE HUNDRED POUNDS! Amazing results for the winner of West Valley’s Biggest Loser VII. Christina Figueroa began her journey with Stephanie Fogelson, founder and trainer for WVBL, in September 2009 and has been on the program ever since. After two years of being a Loser I asked her, “are you going for another round?” “Yep! I am going to keep going. This time I signed up for the really early training,” Christina told me as she was beaming with pride. Since franchising to Oasis Fitness and Spa, Fogelson is able to offer more flexibility with training times and number of programs available. Christina’s amazing goal shattering weight loss brought her to her stretch goal of hiking Camelback Mountain and

“letting go” of the weight that held her down. Getting ready for the hike, Christina was surrounded by the women who made it happen – coach Fogelson, trainer Lolly, and Oasis Fitness and Spa owner Leatha. “They believed in me when I struggled in believing in myself and it became too hard. Today’s hike is about ‘letting go’… letting go of all that I have allowed to hold me back and defined me as a person. Through this process not only have I lost weight, but I was forced to look within myself. I have accepted ME and love ME for ME!” I was truly inspired by Christina, still looking toward change and weigh loss but grounded in truth and humor. I was standing there in the daunting shadow of the mountain and wondering how I was even going to begin this hike. This was a climb, really, and I wasn’t quite prepared for the path that lay ahead of me. Soon everyone was off, balloons tied to Christina’s backpack, and I took the first step onto the stone and breathed. With my fibromyalgia I wasn’t sure just how much of this hike I was going to be able to do and expressed my concern to Fogelson as we climbed. We chatted as we moved forward towards the top. Why hiking? “All the elements! The incline the hike produces is such a great 'body shocker'. Any time the terrain changes our bodies have to overcome and adapt to those changes, causing what we call muscle confusion. Muscle change is what produces a bigger, stronger and faster foundation in our body. The more muscle we have on our body the leaner we are and have less injuries.” I am following Fogelson up the rocky terrain and greeting people as we pass. “See, that is another thing. People brighten by exercising

I may still be a beat-up pick up truck but I chugged a little less and ran a bit smoother that day.


outdoors. The culture you get while hiking a busy mountain is amazing, nowhere else are complete strangers so nice to each other -saying good morning as they pass. The top of the mountain becomes a network of happy people enjoying the wind in their face and it just makes the whole experience so worth it!” I was struggling to keep up and I began wondering if this climb was worth it to me. I stopped for a moment to gather myself, check my pain levels, and drink some water. I asked Fogelson about Christina and her journey. “This has been earth moving for me personally. She marks the second West Valley's Biggest Loser to lose more than 100 pounds. It keeps reinforcing that given the right tools and the right mindset anyone can achieve their dreams. I love that the program has been here to assist in her weight loss goals but also really impacted and transform her life. If you would have seen the Christina I met 2 years ago you would not believe that the woman standing over there is the same person. She was using a cane because her knees could no longer bear the weight. She was absolutely defeated and broken. Now, Christina is a leader, a fighter, and no longer hides in the corner.” My legs were aching and my pain levels were increasing with every moment on the mountainside. I finally told Fogelson that I would have to turn back, my fibromyalgia wasn’t going to allow me to make it any further. “Do you know how Christina got here, I mean really made it to this point?” I shrugged my shoulders in defeat, but Fogelson wanted to tell me this last piece of the puzzle to Christina’s amazing achievement. “She kept showing up. When the world just wasn't a nice place for her and the workouts became too much she continued to 'just show up'. Even when she hit set backs and struggles and even when she didn't see weight loss for weeks, she BELIEVED the best was still yet to come. THAT is why she was successful. Today – you showed up.” As I slowly trudged back down the small portion of trail I had climbed I reflected on that – showing up. I had shown up that day and I gave it a try. My health is an obstacle but that is what I am working towards, right? Feeling better, losing weight, and hopefully losing pain too. Fogelson’s Biggest Loser program is focused on health, not just weight loss. The belief is that there are five pillars of wellness: exercise, nutrition, stress, social interaction, and sleep. As a program they address and recognize all of them, helping the Losers to treat their body’s like sports cars instead of beat up pick-up trucks (as Fogelson likes to say). Later that night I had a message from Christina with a picture of them on the mountainside, releasing the balloons labeled with “100” on the side. Such a powerful ceremony, letting go of the weight that held her back, standing where she never thought she would ever stand. “Be kind to yourself, you gave it a try – more than others – and you showed up.” I smiled to myself, I showed up. I may still be a beat-up pick up truck but I chugged a little less and ran a bit smoother that day.

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Q: What attributes should a patient look for in a plastic surgeon to achieve optimal results? A: Finding the appropriate surgeon can be a daunting task. Patients should look for a board-certified specialist in facial or general plastics who has vast experience in all cosmetic procedures. A surgeon who is a professor, national lecturer, or teaches other surgeons also is ideal; as this demonstrates expertise in his or her field. The Cosmetic Surgery Institute is a nationally recognized facility that covers the gamut of the most innovative plastic surgical techniques. Thomas G. Kotoske, D.O., is a medical director of Cosmetic Surgery Institute and the only surgeon accredited and authorized to perform the QuickLift™ in Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding areas. Dr. Kotoske believes in the “personal touch.” He combines a thorough evaluation and innovative treatments with patient education and participation. “Cosmetic procedures should be natural-looking and give people a feeling of confidence,” he explains. “It is essential that my patients completely understand their treatment and have realistic expectations for positive results.” Patient knowledge and realistic expectations lead to informed patient decisions. These decisions – combined with Dr. Kotoske’s clinical excellence – form the basis for a successful experience at the Cosmetic Surgery Institute. For future information about Dr. Kotoske and the latest and most innovative procedures he performs at Cosmetic Surgery Institute, visit bodybykotoske.com, or call 623-516-2639.

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GREEN LIVING

Must-read news and advice on protecting our planet

RECYCLE Shredding and recycling has so many valuable benefits. sensitive documents via a secure, locked container and shred them in their 24 hour monitored facility. These are all things to consider when destroying important documents or personal information. Once the information is destroyed, or shredded, the material must then be recycled. Most recycling centers do not provide certified document shredding and may only bundle the paper material as it is received, so working with a certified document destruction company is ideal, as they offer both.

“Environmentally friendly,” “green,” and “eco-friendly”

Shredding and recycling has so many valuable benefits. Let’s avoid information theft, spend less and participate in the eco-friendly movement!

are phrases we hear almost daily and tend to dictate how many of us do business. Taking care of our environment has become a priority for many of us and what we do with our records, files, bank statements and personal data has a big impact on our community and environment. Record Center Innovations, Inc. (RCI) in Phoenix, an off-site records management, document storage, imaging and certified destruction facility; places strong emphasis on the importance of proper shredding and recycling of information. Whether you are a big business, small business or individual looking for peace of mind, secure document destruction provides a variety of benefits including those to our environment. Document shredding of course reduces the risk of identity theft, information leaks, and breaches of security as well as reducing storage costs. However, shredding is also a means of being environmentally friendly. “There are so many benefits to shredding your documents,” confirms Erika Peterson, Vice President of Operations for RCI. “In addition to keeping your information private, companies save money on storage costs and protect the environment. Also, by engaging a document destruction company, businesses are saving their employee’s time as well as keeping their company safe from information theft.” Shredded documents can be recycled which diverts the amount of solid waste from our landfills and saves energy and water since manufacturing new products from recycled paper uses less of both. Many products we use every day are made from recycled paper including coffee filters, diapers, egg cartons, shoe boxes, napkins, etc. Shredded paper can also be composted or used as packaging material rather than Styrofoam. It is important to consider how you go about shredding your documents and what is done with the paper after it is shredded. Documents that are shredded by a notable document destruction company such as Record Center Innovations can offer great advantages. For example, RCI ensures the secure destruction of all records, documenting the exact date and offering a certificate of destruction. In addition, you can watch the destruction of your documents securely over the Internet. RCI will transport your

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RECORD CENTER INNOVATIONS, INC. Receives 2011 ACHIEVEMENT in OPERATIONS EXCELLENCE AWARD By International Industry Leader, O’NEIL SOFTWARE Record Center Innovations Selected From More Than 500 Records Management Companies Worldwide Arizona’s solution for off-site records management, storage and document imaging and secure document destruction , has just received the 2011 Achievement in Operations Excellence Award by O’Neil Software, the leader in records storage management software. At the annual O’Neil Strategic Partner Conference, held September 14th – 16th, 2011 in Huntington Beach, CA; RCI was selected from a group of over 500 International record centers to receive this award. The award is given each year to a company that displays a thorough knowledge of the software, utilizes its capabilities to the fullest and demonstrates a superior level of customer service and streamlined operations to their customers.


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Dragon World Comes to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Coming in November is an exciting new display of animal exhibits featuring giant ectotherms—living “dragons” that, like all reptiles, use the environment to control their body temperature. One of the featured species descending upon Dragon World, a large saltwater crocodile, is the first of its kind in Arizona. This species of croc from Australia and Southeast Asia is the largest and one of the most fearsome varieties of crocodilian in the world. While many smaller crocodilians including, the Nile croc, the African Dwarf croc and one of the planet’s most rare reptiles, the albino alligator, already call Wildlife World home, none compare to the size and strength of a “salty.” As recent news reports suggest, this species can weigh over 1 ton and exceed 20 feet in length. This means at about 10-11 feet, our newest arrival is only half its potential size! Rounding out the list of dragons will be giant Aldabra tortoises, smaller lizards, and several varieties of monitor and iguana lizards. The longest of these, the crocodile monitor, can reach up to 10 or more feet in length. Up to two thirds of the croc monitor’s body is made up of its long, whip-like tail. This long appendage provides balance for this arboreal animal as it spends much of its time in the trees searching for prey. On the other end of the spectrum will be a group of impressive looking but gentle rhino iguanas. These largely vegetarian Caribbean Island animals are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, pollution and over hunting. Their name stems from the chocolate chip shaped horns at the end of their snouts. Of course, no reptile exhibit would be complete without a giant snake, like the man-sized, 200-pound, 20-feet long reticulated python also planned for Dragon World this fall. Best of all, each exhibit features large acrylic panels, including some with underwater viewing that will provide close-up views of these amazing animals for visitors of all ages to enjoy! So this November, check out Arizona’s largest and always growing collection of wild animals and the all-new Dragon World.

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By Mia James

Healthy Holiday Choices

Make This Holiday Season Delicious and Nutritious HOLIDAY FOOD TEMPTATIONS are as inevitable during the festive season as sleigh bells, gift giving, and family gatherings. For those of us committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve can be loaded with challenges, as every event seems to revolve around food and drink. Jasmyn Walker, MS, RD, CSO, LD, a dietitian at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa, explains that the holiday season is laden with circumstances that challenge the resolve of even the most dedicated health nut. At this time of year, she says, “We’re often more tempted by traditions and social events.” Whether we’re serving up cherished family recipes or hopping from one social event to the next, the pitfalls are similar: we’ll likely be presented with calorie-rich food and beverages that offer limited nutrition, Walker explains. Common sources of these “empty” calories include desserts, cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks, and processed foods— all of which make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. So-called hidden calories, or foods that are more caloric than expected, are another concern during the holidays. A common source of hidden calories is restaurant meals, which can be more calorie-heavy than comparable dishes prepared at home. Eating out, says Walker, is something to watch for during the holidays when our busy schedules make it difficult to plan and prepare our own meals. HEALTHY HOLIDAYS MATTER Given the focus on rich food during the holidays, it can seem tempting to let yourself stray from your healthy lifestyle sometimes a little and sometimes a lot. Excuses like “It’s only once a year” and “I’ll start eating well after New Year’s” are tempting to make. The consequences of giving in to holiday indulgence, however, may outweigh the momentary pleasure.

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Walker explains that straying from a healthy lifestyle, even temporarily, can result in weight gain, fatigue, fluctuation in blood sugar (a particular concern among diabetics), a weakened immune system, and raised cholesterol and blood pressure. Each of these consequences can lead to serious and sometimes long-term medical issues, including increased risk of infection (weakened immune system), cardiovascular disease (weight gain and raised cholesterol and blood pressure), and a decrease in quality of life. STAYING ON TRACK Despite the challenges, keeping your commitment to health during the holidays is not only possible but, with the right strategies, also easier (and tastier) than you may think. And you don’t need to go hungry—with a few tricks you can enjoy filling, delicious holiday meals that support your healthy lifestyle. In some cases you can prepare yourself for success before you meet your caloric adversary, says Walker. She offers the following tips to prevent giving in to temptation at holiday gatherings: • “Never arrive at a gathering hungry.” Fill up on sensible snacks or a meal before you go out so that hunger won’t weaken your resolve. • Offer to bring a nutritious dish that you enjoy to ensure that you’ll have a healthy option. • Don’t forget to exercise on the day of a gathering; physical activity is a great way to stay on track and support overall health. • If you do get hungry during an event, look for nutritious options such as fruits and vegetables and keep portions small.


If you do give in to temptation, don’t be discouraged. Get back on track as soon as possible. • Don’t linger near the food, circulate through the crowd, or “work the room,” as Walker suggests. • “Limit sipping,” Walker says, and be aware of potentially high calories in alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and sweetened coffees and teas. Water is always a sensible alternative and will also keep you hydrated an essential component of any healthy diet. You can give yourself another opportunity to keep your holidays healthy when you cook and bake at home. Even sweets such as cakes, cookies, and pies can be prepared with less fat, fewer calories, and greater nutritional value than traditional recipes. Tips that Walker offers include using two egg whites for each egg called for in a recipe, replacing butter with applesauce, and using whole-wheat flour in place of white flour. She also says that adding nuts or dried fruit to baked goods can provide some nutritional value and that nonfat vanilla yogurt can be an alternative to whipped cream. SOMETIMES THE COOKIE WINS Even with real determination to stay healthy during the holidays, you may find yourself indulging in a little something you wouldn’t normally allow on your plate. As mentioned earlier, it’s a challenging season. Keeping this in mind, know that that dessert, second helping at dinner, or extra glass of wine doesn’t mean you’ve strayed from your commitment and goal. If you do give in to temptation, don’t be discouraged. Get back on track as soon as possible. Walker encourages renewing your commitment to healthy eating immediately. “Focus on making the next meal where you’re going to start anew,” she says, rather than looking to the next week or the New Year for a turnaround. As well, maintaining physical activity, even in small amounts, can help you stick with your commitment.

A Healthy Alternative to your Holiday Favorite Recipes by Michell Janah, pastry chef at CTCA

Autumn Apple-Cranberry Crisp Makes 8 servings 3 to 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 2 cups fresh cranberries 1 cup applesauce 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 3 tablespoons softened butter Preheat oven to 375º. In a large bowl, toss apples, cranberries, applesauce, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, and butter. Place apple mixture in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top of fruit. Bake until apples and cranberries are bubbly and tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm. Nutritional information per serving: calories 255; protein 4g; carbihydrates 42g; fat 10g; dietary fiber 5g

Knowing that indulgence does happen, Walker says that if you truly want to enjoy something special, do so in moderation. “If you are going to indulge, maybe have half a portion versus the entire piece,” she suggests. YES, YOU CAN With the right approach, you can have your holidays and your health. When faced with a food-related decision, consider the options and the strategies discussed here and remember that most decadent foods and ingredients can be replaced with lighter, more nutritious fare. “It seems like there’s always a healthier alternative,” Walker says. If you’re at a loss for a healthy choice, make your own. “Don’t be afraid to experiment with traditional dishes,” she says. You just might create your own healthy tradition!

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lthough there were fewer entries than organizers expected, the fifth annual Pebble Creek Autofest Charity Car Show and Food Drive at Goodyear Ballpark drew about 2,000 people on Sunday. "Everything went really well," said Landis Elliot, a show coordinator, adding that organizers on Monday were still tallying how much food was donated for the Agua Fria Food Bank. "It usually takes them a couple of days to get back the exact tonnage that we raised as far as canned goods are concerned, but it was a pretty full truck again." The show, organized by the Pebble Creek Car Club, attracted 50 vendors and nearly 200 automobiles."I was thinking there would be more cars," said Charlie Miller, car-club president. "I don't know why it was a little off."

. Each year, a panel of PebbleCreek Car Club members judges the classes of cars. Awards are given to the first- and second-place cars in each class, and awards were presented for President's Choice and Mayor's Choice. The Mayor's Award went to Danny Hoctor, owner of 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle. The President's Award was given to Robert Gonzales, owner of a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster "We did not do a best of show this year because it's impossible," Miller said. "When you get the quality of cars that we have there, you almost start flipping a coin so instead we made these two the big ones and they'll be on the (promotional) T-shirt next year. We gave out about 50 other awards in classes."

Organizers expected their biggest show ever, perhaps 200 to 250 cars, from Valley clubs. The show attracts some of the nicest cars in the West Valley, organizers believe.This year the show included DIRECTV so car buffs could watch football. There also was a rock-climbing wall."We went up a level this year on what was there," Miller said. "We had a lot more auto-related vendors, which really made it good."There also was live music and a disc jockey."I just wish it would have been a tiny bit cooler. That would have been helpful," Elliot said. Vehicles included street-rod roadsters that date to pre-1950, sports cars and muscle cars. The show mainly benefits the food bank, and last year the club collected 5,400 pounds of food. New Life Center and the YMCA Youth Leadership program also benefit from the show. Registration of cars was $25. Each owner was also asked to donate three canned/non-perishable food items. S p e c t a t o r admission was free with donation of two cans of food. Landis said the organizers were still doing bookkeeping Monday to determine how much money will be donated to charity.

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CALENDAR

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

Arts in the Park LIVE - FREE Concert Series For those looking for some quality entertainment while also trying to save money The City Litchfield Park's Arts in the Park Concert Series may be just what you're looking for. Starting October 23rd and going on all the way until April 20th the Wigwam Resort and Spa will be hosting monthly concerts on its grounds, the best part, admission is free. All you have to do is show up at the resort, bring a lawn chair, and listen to the easy tunes of a variety of music. The show itself is very relaxing, children are playing games in the grass, while adults can lounge in chairs and grass listen to 50's music from bands like Come Back Buddy, a tribute band to Buddy Holly. Drinks and snacks are on sale at the event, but attendees are more than welcome to make a picnic out of the event. Wigwam Resort and Spa is located on 300 East Litchfield Park Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. For more information go to Litchfieldpark.org for more information on the concert series as well as additional community events for The City of Litchfield Park. Upcoming Shows: Rondavous: Recently voted "Best Country Band that's Everywhere," January 22nd, 3-5 P.M. Mary Hoffman: Always a Litchfield Park Favorite, February 19th, 3-5 P.M. Night Groove Band: Playing your favorites from R&B, Rock, Motown, and more, March 18th, 4-6 P.M. Thaddeus Rose Band: High Energy from Begining to End, April 20th, 7-9 P.M.

November 25 through December 29 Arizona Broadway Theatre Miracle on 34th Street

December 3 Hometown Holiday Boutique & Winter Wonderland

Show starts at 7:30pm 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 This hilarious andcharming show brings about a genuine “Miracle on 34th Street” as a wave of love spreads throughout New York City and convinces a divorced, cynical single mother and her somber daughterthat there really is a Santa Claus. For tickets call 623-776-8400 or log on to www.azbroadway.org.

9:00am until 4:00pm, 6th Street Plaze Arts & crafts, food vendors, Santa photos, holiday music, snow play area, Holiday Chihuahua Races, come get a jump on your holiday shopping. Free Admission.

November 27 Park West for the Holidays Santa Photos Visit Santa in the West Plaza (near Brighton) from 11am to 4pm every Friday, Saturday & Sunday between Black Friday & Christmas Eve. Pet photo day on December 3rd.

December 3 Westgate Cyclerides.com Toy Drive 9:00am until 1:00pm Our wildly popular evening event takes a “tug-on-the-heartstrings” tone in December. Bikers from all around the state bring a wrapped toy and get to enjoy watching children receive the early Christmas they deserve and rarely get. You don’t have to have a bike to participate, but we do ask that you bring an unwrapped gift. 58 | November • December 2011 • westvalleymagazine.com

December 10 Christmas in the Park 9:00am until 4:00pm Santa and friends will be stopping in Litchfield Park for our hometown holiday event - Christmas in the Park. Bring your family and friends here for a day filled with fun activities. There will be arts and craft vendors and at 10am our parade begins. Local marching bands, dance groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and others will display their members and their floats. Santa will be part of the parade, and kids can take their pictures with him throughout the day. After the parade, kids can play in Elf’s Alley, where bouncers, games and real snow will be available. Bring out the family and enjoy the fun.

December 14 Westgatr City Center Sing For BLING 10:00am until 6:00pm We’re inviting those brave enough, to take the mic and sing their favorite holiday carol front and center in Fountain Park. Call it

our own little version of the stimulus package because while supplies last, every participant gets at least $5 in gift card(s) to spend at Westgate.

December17 & 18 Goodyear Ballpark Front Lawn Goodyear Fair 8:00am until 5:00pm. Join the fun..there will be arts & crafts vendors, food vendors plus tons of fun carnival like activities for the kids.

December 22 Westgate City Center Naughty or Nice Santa Crawl Want to get into the holiday spirits? Get it? Join us December 22 from 8pm – 2am, dressed in holiday attire, for our holiday bar/restaurant crawl. Be sure to dust off your Santa suit, participants must be dressed in holiday fashion to receive deals and discounts.

January 27 - 29 Buckeye Days 2012 Arizona Centennial Celebration Cowboy Breakfast, Mainstreet Mixer, Chuck Wagon BBQ Dinner, live country music, MainStreet Cattle Drivve & Parade and more. www.buckeyeaz.gov/events. Events/Calendar submissions are welcome. Please email to editor@westvalleymagazine.com.


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DINING

The best restaurants in the West Valley

by Bob Purtell

Arizona Broadway Theatre Dinner Theatre Redefined The West Valley hosts an amazing opportunity for its residents to see and enjoy wonderful live theater performances right in their own backyard. Las Vegas quality shows are presented, along with an elegant dining experience, at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Plan a special “Date Night” with your significant other and enjoy a topquality evening of live theatre coupled with an extraordinary culinary adventure.

Located at 7701 West Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ, the ABT is conveniently located within a short commute for most valley patrons. http://www.azbroadwaytheatre.com

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While dinner theatres traditionally have very limited and oftentimes“boring” menus, ABT has completely revamped the dinner menu to match the excellence of their stage productions. The transition has solidified the entire dinner theatre experience into a night of complete enjoyment and entertainment. Additionally, a new children’s menu has been introduced to bring the family theatre experience to a new level and just in time for the holiday season. Take your entire family to Miracle on 34th Street. Experience this timeless tale of Christmas spirit, a hilarious and charming story of a white bearded man that claims he is the real Santa Claus. They are offering a discount if you use the code “WEST” when ordering your tickets from the ABT Box office. Ticket packages include the price of the show, including your meal, or choose from a variety of dinner theatre options. In addition to providing year-round Broadway musicals and gourmet table-service dining, ABT offers a unique, elegant and sophisticated venue for holding your special event. The seven-tiered auditorium, spacious lobby and private dining rooms are available for receptions, employee appreciation banquets, award ceremonies, trade shows, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries, wedding receptions and other social and professional events. While the quality of the shows are beyond reproach, theatre goers often enjoy reading the press releases which can be viewed online at www.arizonabroadwaytheatre.com. Pictures speak volumes, and the ABT “Virtual Tour” speaks for itself. Take a moment to tour the amazing dinner theatre. Theatre Arts are important for our children, and ABT understands the need for including programs designed to promote youth education with Theatre for Young Audiences and the ABT Academy. You can register to enroll now for the upcoming winter session online, or sign up for ABT’s free email newsletter to stay abreast of current theater activities and events. You don’t need to travel to Las Vegas or New York to enjoy world class live theater entertainment. Arizona Broadway Theatre has brought it right here to the West Valley. Treat yourself to an elegant, affordable and memorable experience.

Call 623 776-8400 for information and reservations today.

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

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

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By Michelle Arana

Movie Review: Bring the Whole Family to Watch

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“Puss in Boots”

f your children loved going to the movie theater to see Shrek, then your kids will surely love going to see Puss in Boots! Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas, also known as Puss in Shrek), is back in the action again. However, only this storyline is what happened to Puss as he was growing up, and leading up to the Puss that we all met in the Shrek series. When Puss was growing up, he heard of magical beans that could supposedly lead up to a castle in the clouds, where golden eggs could be found and a fortune could be made. He had been searching for the beans his whole life when he discovered that two outlaws Jack (voiced by Billy Bob Thornton, also known as Dan Truman in Armageddon), and Jill (voiced by Amy Sedaris, also known as the voice of Cinderella in Shrek the Third) had them under their careful watchful eye. In an attempt to take the beans from Jack and Jill, Puss runs into another masked kitty that ruins his plans of taking the beans. They both had a struggle and when Jack and Jill discovered what they were trying to do, they ran both kitties out of their room. Puss then followed the masked kitty that ruined his plan back to the masked kitties’ hideout only to discover that the masked kitty was a female known as the infamous Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek, also known as Cesca Giggles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over). Once the discovery was made, a childhood friend of Puss, Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis, also known as Therman in Dinner for Schmucks) appeared and revealed a plan that he and Kitty Softpaws wanted Puss to team up with them in, which was to take the magic beans from Jack and Jill, and to go up the beanstalk and get the golden eggs themselves just like they had dreamed about when they were growing up. However, Puss is not too excited to go along with their plan because of an incident that happened when Humpty Dumpty and Puss were growing up. Humpty Dumpty tricked Puss into stealing from a bank when they were younger when Puss was told by Humpty that they were really doing something else. Due to that incident, Puss was made an outlaw in the town that he grew up in and never spoke to Humpty or saw him ever again….until now. Find out if Puss goes along with their plan, if Humpty and Puss make up, and what becomes of Puss and Kitty Softpaws in this fairy tale filled movie. Along with an all star cast, you and your family will definitely love this movie!

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PUZZLES

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Across 1. U.S.N. officers 5. Archaic forest 10. Word said before "time" and "place" 14. Toy on a finger 15. ___ Hoffman of the Chicago Seven 16. "When You Wish ___ a Star" 17. Mealtime summoner 19. Ginseng herb 20. Bargain 21. Golf ball brand 23. Cologne that sounds improper 26. Signaled a hack 27. Deer Park rival 32. Bogie's "Barefoot Contessa" co-star 33. Syrian sectarian 34. 67 Signal of disdain 38. Straight-to-curly transformation, informally 40. ___ Mrs. 42. Video 43. Pricing phrase 45. Rock's ___ John 47. French wine 48. Gossip source 51. Dish-shaped gong 54. Island neckwear 55. Shuffle the staff 58. Exasperated cry 62. Tool 63. Nuclear-explosion hot spot 66. Surrender possession of 67. Homophone for I'll 68. Small fight 69. "The corn __ high..." 70. Rock singer Patty who is married to John McEnroe 71. Police radio messages, for short

LAST MONTH’S SOLUTIONS

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

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Down 1. Dancer Charisse et al. 2. "Just ___": Nike slogan 3. Former Cub ___ Sandberg 4. "Moonlight," e.g. 5. Hawks support it 6. Weaken 7. Help along 8. "___ & Stitch": 2002 film 9. Greek oracle site 10. Source of vitamin D 11. "... to fetch ___..." 12. "Le ___ d'Arthur" 13. Through 18. Largest living antelope 22. Pre-air conditioning coolers 24. Place to sleep in an apt. 25. Shylock 27. ___Doc Duvalier 28. Baking site 29. Tub of ___ 30. Song of David 31. Tuxedo option 35. Shankar 36. ___ the air: uncertain 37. Chromosome unit 39. You can't miss them 41. Old Venetian V.I.P. 44. School grps. 46. Young mayfly 49. Some computers 50. A Gabor sister 51. Actress Lords or Bingham 52. Dangerous mosquito 53. Honda rival 56. Ghastly 57. Apt to pry 59. Corded fabric 60. Impolitely take 61. Romantic attraction, slangily 64. Maximum: Abbr. 65. Book after Ezr.


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