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5 Spring-Forth Welcome newness, new ideas and freshness into your life

5 Spring-Sailing Let’s Go Sailing

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wv featured event

10 Celebrity Fight Night Proceeds to benefit Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute to help those living with Parkinson’s disease. wv featured artist

12 James Doré Teacher James Doré works hard every day to instill the same love of music in his students that he has felt since he was a young boy. wv featured event

14 Reds, Whites N Blues 2012 Concert Series - Presented by Acoustic Cellars

15 Blues, Bruise and BBQ’s Cinco De Mayo Festival

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May 5th, 2012...Come Get Some! wv 24

22 WV24 Movers & Shakers Nancy Herrington and Dave Brnolovich make the list this month. wv live life

28 2012 LIVE LIFE EXPO The 1st Annual LIve Life Expo launched successfully on February 17th.

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SPRING - FORTH

Spring time is renewal, new birth, and freshness as well as a time of reflection and introspection. Looking back at winter, this was a time of hibernation, nurturing and connecting to your Self, to your family and to your friends. From those deeper connections, spring arrives with new opportunities to move forward to develop and grow all those ideas or thoughts that you have been percolating during those winter months. The Spring is the time for your creativity to blossom. This is the perfect season to unleash your creative ideas for your personal and even your professional life. Write down those ideas which have been kicking around in your head. Let the invigorating energy of Spring time support you with your ideas. Spring is the perfect time to bring out your creativity. Maybe your creativity is planting an organic garden for delicious salads this summer. Perhaps it is a new process you have considered for your business. Maybe it is a vacation you have thought about but never planned. Perhaps it is a restaurant or place you have always wanted to visit, but didn’t. Spring into action! Do it! Don’t hold your Self back. Spring time is so inspiring. You can feel the newness in the air. So inspire your Self. Do all those things you thought about but didn’t do. Don’t waste another minute. Get moving!!

Here are some favorite amazing quotes about Spring time: Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~ Robin Williams Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

By Sherry Anshara

Welcome newness, new ideas and freshness into your

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

life. With

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. ~W. Earl Hall

new eyes,

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet

embrace

Best advice for Spring time is to be open, look for new opportunities, take your ideas and put them into action. Spring into action and see what happens. Welcome newness, new ideas and freshness into your life. With new eyes, embrace Spring and spring forth!

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32 Excellence in Health Care Awards Dr. Mayer M. Dev and Dr. Coral Quiet make the list for this month.

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34 YES, Men Get Breast Cancer Too Approximately 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year.

36 Ten West Valley Cities... Thousands of Runners 4th Annual IMS Arizona Marathon results.

42 Photographer Michael Jordan A Photographic Exposé. wv biggest loser

40 Spring Into Training Incredible numbers for personal trainer and West Valley’s Biggest Loser founder Stephanie Fogelson.

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wildlife world zoo

46 Living Dragons Tropics of the World Reptile Exhibit has long been home to dozens of exotic reptile species. wv dining

58 The Best Restaurants in the Valley P.F. Chang’s - Chinese/American Fusion and Fun! wv entertainment

61 McDowell Mountain Music Festival Featuring Big Head Todd and many others.

61 Movie Review This Means WAR

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F E AT U R E

......................................................................... By Captain Rick

SPRING - SAILING The sun is shinning warm, the water is clear, the wind is blowing, LETS GO SAILING!!

The sun is shinning warm, the water is clear, the wind is blowing, lets go sailing is the shout! With conditions like this what could be better than to go sailing? This is the question that can only be answered by gathering what you need for sailing as quickly as possible and heading for the nearest body of water. Winter can be quite chilly at times even for the residents of the “Valley of the Sun”. When the daytime temperature hits seventy it’s time to grab your deck shoes and cast off. When you mention sailing in a conversation while in the desert most people shift their minds eye to the nearest coast. For Phoenician’s the nearest coast, for sailing, most often means San Diego. San Diego is a great place to go sailing. There are many charter companies to choose from where you can rent a sailboat for the day or up to a week. The weather is mild and the wind can generally be counted on to come up around noon. Most of the sailing is done in the protected area of the harbor due to the fact there is really no place to go outside of the harbor unless you are on a multiday charter. There is Mexico to the south, the rest of California to the north, against the wind and current, Catalina Island to the northwest at least ten hours away. You have to extend your exit of the harbor a mile south before you can turn north to even go to Mission bay due to the kelp forests. For a day sail the harbor should be just fine then right? If dogging war ships with Navy SEALs pointing machine guns at you is your idea of a good time then yes. After the bombing of the USS Cole all shipping traffic has to stay at least 500 feet away from warships and Navy SEALs in their high speed rubber boats will see that you do! With the majority of the San Diego harbor being less than a mile wide, this restriction can be a challenge when tacking a sailboat back and forth. Fear not Phoenicians there is a solution to San Diego’s problematic sailing close to home. Lake Pleasant is only about an hour away for most of the areas residents, which is five times closer than San Diego. The lake’s dimensions are approximately five miles long by two miles wide. Which means Lake Pleasant is a mile wider than most of San Diego harbor. This can be a real advantage when tacking to avoid warships, except we don’t have warships in the lake, another advantage. There is no swell in the lake unlike the ocean so the ride is much smoother when sailing there. Lake Pleasant is admittedly much smaller than San Diego, but there is some of the same infrastructure to help facilitate the pleasure of sailing. There are two bars, one at Pleasant Harbor Marina and one at Scorpion Bay Marina, alcohol can be a great lubricant for sailing pleasure (don’t drink and drive). You can charter a sailboat from the Sailboat Shop if you don’t have one of your own. You can take sailing lesson from the Sailboat also if for you do not how to already. For more information about sailing on Lake Pleasant you can contact Captain Rick at richardsgriffin@yahoo.com .It ’Spring time, lets go sailing!

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editor’s letter

www.WVMonline.com The first quarter of this year has been interesting to say the least. I don’t know if you can relate to having your car stuck in the snow. You step on the

Connecting our Communities

gas and the wheels are spinning as fast as they can but you’re not moving forward. No matter how fast they spin your stuck. At that point you have to step back and assess the situation. You need to come up with a strategy to

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make your wheels find traction. Whether that’s rolling backwards and

EDITOR

trying to rock yourself slowly out of the tracks you’ve dug, or finding more weight to place over the stuck tires. I feel like we’ve been spinning our

Trish Arana ADVERTISING COORDINATOR

Kim O’Leary

wheels for the first quarter and decided to step back to come up with a strategy to move forward. The first major decision was to move Fashion Fantastico from April 13th back

ART DIRECTOR

to September 14th giving us more time to produce the truly amazing show we envision. We would like

Jane Gridley

to see more companies get involved with teams collaborating to produce creative and innovative

ADVERTISING CONSULTANT

garment designs. It’s our belief that this type of innovative and creative thinking is what will help define

Eric Lopez 800-315-9630 X2

Phoenix as it rises out of this economic crisis. I hope if you’re reading this you’ll consider getting your company involved. I can’t think of a more exciting way to get your team collaborating and thinking outside of the box.

The Live Life Expo launched successfully on February 17th with the Muay Thai Kickboxing sell-out

CONTRIBUTORS

Michael Haley, Sherry Anshara, Dr. Grey Stafford, Jennifer Olson, Bob Purtell, Shannon Dodge, Michelle Arana, John Kostis, Jonathan Reyes, Wade Lee

on Friday evening. On Saturday, thousands made their way through the vendor booths as they registered for the IMS Arizona Marathon. The Director of the race, Debra Undhjem drew our attention

INTERNS

Lauren Rubino

for the cover story as the 4th Annual marathon weaved its way from Verrado to the Westgate City Center finish line. The Fit Kids run attracted close to 800 little people running their hearts out. Debra’s dedication and commitment to directing this marathon has had a huge impact on getting the West

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Michael Jordan, Melody Golden, Lauren Rubino

Valley moving towards a healthier lifestyle and we’re pleased to be able to recognize her this month.

Now we’re on to the next event…Blues, Bruise and BBQs on May 12th featuring another Muay Thai kickboxing competition. Up to 10 bands will be performing throughout the day as the wonderful aroma of BBQ lofts through the air. What could be better than beer gardens or wine tasting along with the visuals of a motorcycle competition and body painting competition? Look out West Valley…you’re in for some fun in the coming months. We have traction!

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ComingNextMonth Home and Garden Tips and tricks to make your Home & Garden the oasis you’ve always dreamed of.

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on the cover: 4th Annual IMS Arizona Marathon February 19th, 2012


F E AT U R E D E V E N T

West Valley Magazine Welcomes Back

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t’s that time of year again where Celebrity Fight Night will make it’s 18th appearance right here in Arizona to try and raise money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute to help those living with Parkinson’s disease. This event is a yearly event held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Celebrities and professional athletes from all over the U.S. unite for an actionpacked night filled with incredible live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. All proceeds go to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center as well as various other charities that Celebrity Fight Night is partnered with. So far, a few names that you all may have heard of that will be attending the event will be Arizona’s own Larry Fitzgerald, as well as Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, Miley Cyrus, Rascal Flatts, Sinbad, Rita Wilson, John Corbett and Jackie Evancho just to name a few. And this year is a special treat because the event will also celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday! Over the past 17 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised over $70 million. This event is known as the nation’s most elite charity events helping various organizations and charities throughout the years with this great cause. The event will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5 p.m. To book tickets or make reservations, please call (602) 956-1121 or for more information please visit www.celebrityfightnight.org. You can also find Celebrity Fight Night on social media websites such as: Facebook.com/CelebrityFightNight, Twitter.com/CelebFightNight

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F E AT U R E D E V E N T

Celebrity Fight Night 2012

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F E AT U R E D A R T I S T

Meet JAMES DORE´ As a health and wellness teacher who incorporates music appreciation into his curriculum at Arizona Charter Academy, James Doré works hard every day to instill the same love of music in his students that he has felt since he was a young boy. Doré, who also teaches an after-school hip hop class at the Surprise charter school, has built up an impressive music career over the years. As a singer, songwriter and television host, Doré has sang and danced at shows in Hawaii, hosted a show called Destination TV and had four of his original songs included in the movie “Vampire Slayers.” Doré recently released his second CD, a pop/R&B collection of music called “The EP.” Doré wrote all of the songs and lyrics for each of the tracks on the CD and also sings on each one. Music producer Chris Starr, who is well-known for working with recording artist Omarion on one of his hit songs collaborated with Doré on the album. On February 12, Doré hosted a CD release party at Taps Signature Cuisine & Bar in Old Town Litchfield Park. During the event, he met with fans, signed and sold copies of the CD, and performed some of the songs along with local dancers Michael Chase and Chris Valdez. Doré said the event was a huge success, with the crowd at capacity level. “I was able to re-connect with long time friends and meet new one as well as some Facebook friends who I met for the first time in person,” he said, adding that it was great to meet with his fans face-to face. A highlight of the evening was when Doré’s three daughters as well as some of his students joined him in performing what he refers to as his anthem song, “Happy Endings.”“There was just nothing like it,” he said. Doré hopes to host another event at Taps in the near future. In the meantime, he will continue to work towards his goals in music, which he has been pursuing for years. “It was always a dream of mine to be on stage,” Doré said. “It became not only my goal but also my mission.” While he was in the process of creating his latest CD, Doré said he would sometimes have his students listen to some of his melodies to get their opinion. “I would bounce beats off of them, and ask them to say which one they liked, and then I would use that one in the song,” he said. “What’s great about kids is that they are always honest, and they would tell me if they didn’t like something.” Doré said he also uses stories from his career to help inspire his students every day and assure them that they can be whatever they want to be, as long as they keep reaching for their goals. “That is my ‘MO’—I am constantly saying how important it is to chase their dreams and keep working at it.”

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T

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

by Kris Jenell for WVM

www.acousticcellars.com

Concert Series 2012

Reds, Whites, N Blues and the VIP tent at this years Blues, Bruise & BBQ's Cinco De Mayo Festival... An Interview with Aaron Morton of Acoustic Cellars Productions, Phoenix AZ WVM: Tell me a little bit about the Reds Whites N Blues® winetasting concert events. Aaron: Well the concert is really interesting. It's built around the Vegas style theme show called 'The Americana Crossroads Music Review' by Leon J & his band JukeJoint...multi-media music show with stories about the early influences of what we now call American Rock and Roll. It's a timeline of American roots music and how that actually moves forward to create the sounds we all know and love as American Music and Rock & Roll. The interesting component is we've partnered the showcase with an incredible wine tasting event that's available for party special events and festival environments like we're going to do at the Blue Bruise and BBQ's, Cinco de Mayo Festival. In addition, we have the opportunity to do these little special events privately so literally it’s as though it's an exclusive house concert type setting. The Reds Whites N Blues showcase is an opportunity to combine incredible wines and learn about the wine just like you learn about the cool delta music and styles along wth the artist & stories that you get with the music in this concert showcase. So similarly, you also get stories about the incredible wine that you're tasting and some of the local vineyards and the value of those vineyards offer, and some of their amazing wines. It's just an incredible event and really a lot of fun! Everybody enjoys it and hey, who doesn't love tasting great wine and hearing incredible music? WVM: Wow, that does sound really good Aaron. You’ve said that this can be done for private parties, corporate events, specialty events and you've done some of these in major resorts in different areas of the southwest? Aaron: Yes it's a great opportunity to really showcase and spotlight a great venue or a resort. Not only is it good for the guests, but also those in the community to come and experience the establishment helping to build their client base as a result. It's interesting but we are finding that one of the coolest things to do is to host one of these 'mini-events' in your home or community. People are really having a blast doing that. If you go to acousticcellars.com you'll learn a little bit about it. We have a feature artist for this year’s season and he's actually a Hall of Fame of blues performer. That's how we knew about this festival because he's going to be headlining at the event. His name is Leon J and he has partnered his show with us on this tour. As we put these wine tasting events together all across the Southwest that's the showcase that you will get! Its just an incredible opportunity for an intimate setting to hear amazing music incredible stories, fun & laughter. Throw in a lot of good wine and just a great afternoon or evening hanging out with friends enjoying incredible wine and the excitement and energy around a really cool concert up close and personal.

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WVM: Does Leon J do the wine tasting proponent? Aaron: Laughing...'oh no'. His specialty and expertise is the music and the stories...the things that he's an expet at. Just like we have partnered with some incredible wine experts here in the Southwest for these events. Also many of the places that we hold these events have executive chefs or wine experts in house, so we incorporate them into the program and the event using their existing distributor. We also have incredible partner wineries and they love the opportunity because they get to expose their new wines and also their wine label to thousands of people that never might get to hear of them. It's a really cool win-win situation. WVM: How are you going to pull something like this off at a huge festival? Aaron: We're taking a VIP tent at the Cinco de Mayo music festival. The music component is already going to be handled because they have an incredible line up of bands all day long that are going to be performing right near our tent. We’ll bring in some incredible wine from some awesome wineries that want to showcase their wines and will be doing wine tastings throughout the day. You’ll be served a flight of wine tasting so you can enjoy different styles of wine whether it's red or white, you'll love it all. Of course you’ve gotta love the blues. What a great fit to showcase this nice opportunity and expose people to the theme and attract those that might want to host these events for themselves, their company, or wedding, or special event. Perhaps you just enjoy wine tastings and will join us for the day listening to incredible music, taste incredible wines. It's going to be a great event and we're really looking forward to it. WVM: It sounds amazing to us. How do I find out more about this? Aaron: Go to our website acousticcellars.com to learn about the process. As I mentioned this is an incredible idea for a wedding, for example, it you’re looking for something cool and memorable. It's also an incredible opportunity for an exclusive house concert and wine tasting right at your home or corporate entertainment specialty events. All the information is at acousticsellers.com. You can email acousticcellars@gmail.com with questions and one of us will get back to you. We'll see how we can coordinate incredible event for you and all of your guests.


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Don't you just love the anticipation and the good feelings you get when you are getting ready to go to a music festival or an outdoor concert?

MAY 5TH, 2012 | 11 TO 11

Blues, Bruise & BBQ's cinco De Mayo Festival -HOT BLUES AND HOT BIKES-

] Blues Hall of Fame

Featuring some of the regions top touring bands, the absolute best local acts from the valley of the sun, culminating the music with some great feature

showcase acts (3 Blues Hall of Fame acts already in the lineup!) all on one stage all day long!

If you enjoy...Mississippi Blues | Acoustic Blues | Swing Blues Rockin' Blues, Delta and Texas Blues...We've got you covered!

] 'Sturgis of Phoenix' ATTENTION BIKERS: come and experience the

Bike event of the Year!

Fun contests | Best Bike | Best Custom | Hottest Rider Body Painting Competition | Coolest Tattoo and more... Fun riding events to enter... A Group and Club Ride in Destination For more information on BLUES, BRUISE & BBQ’S please contact rick@houseofelliott.com or 623.398.7161

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Don't you wish at the end that it could just go on all day? A full day of incredible music, fun, food, events, and great weather?

MAY 5TH, 2012 | 11 TO 11

Blues, Bruise & BBQ's cinco De Mayo Festival -HOT BBQ AND HOT BABESThis exciting festival will give fans and guests the opportunity to see Muay Thia fighters in action.

‘REDEMption 2’ Featuring fighters from My B.A.D Training Center and 2 Knuckle Sports

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The Blood | The Sweat | The Broken Bones Experience it all LIVE at BLUES, BRUISE & BBQ’S

Registration is free

Artists

Bodypainting is all about embellishing the beauty and mystery of the human form in a provocative, competitive and we've got to admit, a titillating environment using paints, props, music, and above all imagination.

Get Your Teams Together!

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Artists and models from throughout the Valley are invited to participate for prize money and bragging rights. Winners of this competition will be invited to participate in this year’s Fashion Fantastico, A Wearable Art Show, September 14th, 2012 at the Madison Event Center.

For further information on Fashion Fantastico please contact trish@fashionfantastico.com or call 623-205-6231

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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 professionals who are moving the West Valley ahead.

Bridget Binsbacher

Mimi Rogers

MichaelYates

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

Nancy Herrington M OV E R The two women have been friends for over 45 years, after they met one another in the 8th grade when their fathers were stationed at Luke Air force Base. “She is just a great person, [has] a good heart, a strong faith, [and] she sees the good and potential in people,” said Rubke proudly. Today, Herrington owns her own business, Mr. Handyman in Goodyear, Ariz.. She is the Chair of the West Valley Make a Difference Day leadership team that serves military veterans, and she has served in numerous volunteer activities spanning over 30 years. “It’s all just a part of our family tradition,” says Herrington.

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moving up in business or the community

When it comes to running the business, Mr. Handyman, Herrington says she and her employees work hard to serve their customers, but running a business wasn’t what Herrington originally set out to do. Nancy Herrington is the type of person that makes others strive to be better people. She is inspirational, selfless and truly a wonderful human being for numerous reasons. Herrington’s long time friend, Patricia Rubke, said, “She is probably the hardest working person I know. She really is an amazing person with a big heart that gives a lot. She is very goal driven, very honest, very hardworking, and very giving.”

“After being in the software consulting business for 15 years, traveling 50 weeks a year, I decided I needed a break. Plus, after surviving a bout of cancer I was ready for a change,” says Herrington. “God showed his sense of humor in answering a prayer to give me an opportunity to work where I live and to use my talents to serve His purpose. We strive to do this every day for our employees and customers.”

“Having been part of an Air Force family, I traveled all of my life. I lived here in the late 60’s and early 70’s and always considered this home. I feel that I have made a small, positive difference in my community in serving my leadership opportunities and will continue to do so,” says Herrington. When it comes to community activity, Herrington’s resume is quite impressive. She was the past President of the Litchfield Park Rotary and led the club to receive multiple District awards. She also was able to increase membership over 30% and to give back to the community by making over $18,000 in one year. Currently, Herrington is the Chair of the West Valley Make-a-Difference Day and has raised over $40,000 in cash and in-kind donations. She has led a team in the contribution of over 1,550 volunteer hours over the past three years to make a positive difference in the lives of people and neighborhoods in the West Valley with a focus this year, on thanking military veterans. “She (Herrington) has a soft spot in her heart for the military,” said Rubke. Herrington was also recently acknowledged by the Meridian Bank and received their Community Hero award in October 2011 for all her volunteering and hard work. Herrington is truly a blessing to the West Valley and the community. Her passion for caring for others and volunteering will serve as an inspiration for many.

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 20+ (I have lived in Arizona three different times) Family: Son, Bobby and his wife Elizabeth; Mom, Lucille; Sisters, Kathy and Norma. Father, Dwight passed in 1992.

What’s your biggest inspiration and why? Anyone who is honest, works hard and has a story to tell about how he or she overcame adversity.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Dishonesty; lazy people who feel they are entitled to something they did not work for.

What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? How much my family and friends love me. They have always supported me through some very difficult times.

What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? I would prefer to just retire; I have had my fair share of careers.

Who are and have been some of your mentors? My family and close friends. They all make me a better person because they believe in me and have been there What is your favorite place/feature in the West By Kathy Knecht, Executive Director Leadership through good and tough times. Valley? Luke Air Force Base and the incredible men and women who serve our country so that we may Name a project in which you took a leadership role in continue to enjoy our freedom. that you are particularly proud of and why? I initiated the West Valley National Day of Prayer, which ran for Most coveted: My family and friends. What is your four years. That was most definitely a bold step of favorite cause? I support several causes but am courage in my faith. My company and employees have incredibly impressed with the servant hearts of the been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal for staff of the New Life Center in Goodyear. two years and profiled in Entrepreneur Magazine this Most overrated virtue: I concur with what Neal Terry year for our volunteer leadership in our community. said about silence. It is time for the silent majority to be Favorite quote: “I can do all things through Christ who heard and set our country back on track with strengthens me”. Phil 4:13 courageous and civil leadership. Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? All of my past relatives. I love genealogy and have a few holes to fill in. Amelia Earhart has always intrigued me. What’s your favorite book? Hard to say because I read a lot. I enjoy reading autobiographies, business publications, and Proverbs in the Bible (because of the incredible wisdom, inspiration and insight). For light reading, anything by Nicolas Sparks. For business inspiration I enjoyed If Aristotle Ran General Motors by Tom Morris and several books and videos by Marcus Buckingham. What’s your favorite musical group? I still love Fleetwood Mac and instrumentals from Santana from high school, but enjoy all kinds of music except hard rock. What do you miss most? My Dad, who passed in 1992. My son, Bobby who lives in Houston.

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What would your super power be? To be able to stay awake past 8:30 pm. (I am up at 5:00am) What’s your nickname? Haven’t had one since high school, and at the time it was “Stork.” I actually used to be quite thin in my younger years. Describe yourself as a child: Strong-willed cowgirl. My family and friends will tell you there is no change after all these years. What keeps you up at night? I try hard to trust God with all of my worries, but when I don’t let go I think about things I have to do to keep my business rolling forward and to help my employees to keep getting a paycheck. One phrase you wish people wouldn’t say, or would say more: Say more of “You’re welcome” and wish people wouldn’t say, “No problem.” What’s your favorite food? Arizona Mexican food with a cold beer.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Retire comfortably and have fun giving the rest away. West What do you do during lunchtime? Work. Greatest Extravagance: A glass of chilled, Blue Moon beer. Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? I was a police lieutenant in Texas for over 13 years. What originally drew you to the West Valley? My mom, some of my junior high and high school friends, and one of my sisters live here. I always wanted to move back home. What drives you? Satisfaction in knowing I have given my absolute best. What are your goals (career, personal or for the West Valley)? To continue to do those things and surround myself with the people who bring me joy. What is the secret to your success? My faith, my family and friends and focusing on my life’s purpose. What would you recommend to people looking to make a difference in the West Valley? Find your passion, follow your heart and dive in. Who was an influence in your life/career, and how did they affect what you do? My family/friends and life’s events along the way. What’s the biggest challenge facing you in your work? Uncertainty in our economy and where are country is headed.


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David Brnilovich SHAKER For most people, lawyers are the men and women we see mostly on television, whether it be on the news or on a television series like Law and Order. These people are hardworking, well educated and one of a kind human beings, and that is exactly how David Brnilovich can be described. Brnilovich works at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., Arrowhead Office in Peoria. His areas of focus include things such as litigation, real estate, general business, wills and estates, just to name a few. He is also the lead attorney in the firm’s office. He began his journey to becoming an attorney at law at West Virginia University, where he graduated magna cum lade and received his bachelor’s degree in political science. Brnilovich then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

After living 32 years in the Valley, Brnilovich has not only had the opportunity to grow as an attorney, but help his community grow and become a citizen that really gives back to his community. Brnilovich said he was a Member of the original Deer Valley Village Planning Board in the early 1980’s and

Then, during the 1980’s/1990’s he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Glendale/Peoria YMCA and was instrumental in negotiating the lease with the American Graduate School (Thunderbird) so that the YMCA could build a facility on its campus. He was also a previous Member of the Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission and various committees in the Deer Valley School District. Currently, Brnilovich is a Member of WESTMARC and alumni of Leadership West. Brnilovich thoroughly seems to enjoy the West Valley and says, “The dynamics in the West Valley over the past 30 years have demonstrated to me that the sky is the limit. I have played a small role in helping to shape the West Valley dynamics in a positive way.” When it comes to specific goals for the West Valley, Brnilovich says, “The ultimate goal for the West Valley would be the creation of several major employment hubs some of which would focus on the creation of jobs which would allow employees with skills and technical ability to maintain a middle class lifestyle without the need for college or advanced degrees.” Not everything is easy for the West Valley and Brnilovich sees challenges that are there. “Because the West Valley is comprised of a dozen municipalities and

communities together with portions of Phoenix, it lacks a unifying identity. Ongoing involvement in West Valley organizations is a small step toward the creation of a unifying identity,” he says. Brnilovich lives in Peoria with his wife and has three sons, a daughter and four grandchildren, all of whom reside in the West Valley.

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 32

What do you do during lunchtime? Attempt to keep acquainted with friends, colleagues and clients.

What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? How quickly time passes.

Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? I like to garden.

What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? Castle Hot Springs Road

What originally drew you to the West Valley? The people are reserved and family-oriented, not extravagant.

What is your favorite cause? Preservation of the Constitution

How did you get into your current career field? Idealistic view of the world as a high school student.

Describe yourself as a child: Pain in the neck for older siblings.

What drives you? Strong work ethic instilled by my parents.

Favorite quote: Never confuse motion with action. (Benjamin Franklin)

What keeps you up at night? Solving litigation issues.

What is the secret to your success? To keep working when others quit.

Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? Thomas Jefferson

One phrase you wish people wouldn’t say: “At the end of the day”.

What’s your favorite book? Democracy in America, (Alexis de Tocqueville)

What’s your favorite food? Grandmother’s stuffed cabbage rolls.

What’s your favorite musical group? Brooks & Dunn

What is your biggest pet peeve? Increasing crassness of the culture.

Family: Wife, Diane, Sons: Nicholas, Ivan, Stefan, all residents of West Valley, Daughter: Natalie, College Student. Four grandchildren Who are and have been some of your mentors? Father What are some of the leadership positions directly you have taken on in the West Valley and what did you accomplish? Was active in promoting the Glendale/Peoria YMCA and the members of the Board, the Y-Leadership and the community were successful in the construction of the YMCA at 59th Avenue and Greenway.

What you miss most? Personal contact giving way to digital contact. What’s your biggest inspiration and why? Paternal grandparents because they came to the U.S. with no education and no money, learned to speak English, read and write in two languages using two alphabets

What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? Any one of a dozen other careers from anthropology to woodworker.

Greatest Extravagance: Cabin in the mountains.

What would you recommend to people looking to make a difference in the West Valley? Get involved, apply to Leadership West, be active in your school district or your city.

What’s the biggest challenge facing you in your work? Time.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Become a philanthropist.

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Dr. Barry Hamp

Dr. Michael Hilgers

Dr. Marc Wasseman

Mari Valle

Dr. Pankaj M. Jain

April Esch

Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer

Loraine Gonzalez

Nancy Jobin

Dr. Daniel MacLeod

Alan R. Swain

Daniel Smith

Dr. Daniel Charous

Dr. Troy Peters

Sharon Day

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Best In Class Pharmacist Dr. Mayur M. Dev PharmD Specialty: Pharmacist

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

University/Degree: University of Florida (M.S. Microbiology and Biochemistry) & Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale (Doctorate of Pharmacy) What inspired you to become a doctor? I was influenced by many family members in the health care community at an early age! Why did you pursue your specialty? I choose the pharmacy profession because of the unique interactions of helping people and making a difference in their lives. Pharmacist play a crucial role in healthcare by dispensing and counseling patients on their medications. What is your advice to others pursuing a career in this field? My advice to others would be that the pharmacy profession is needing pharmacist that care about their patients well being. If your heart is in this area, then select it as a career. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? I am proud in launching my own website, named Modern Pharmacist. This site allows for everyone to obtain credible knowledge and information in the areas of nutrition, exercise, prescription medications, supplements and overall healthy living. Education is key in today's world in making informed decisions on health.

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Are you working on any developments/projects in our field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? I am launching my own product called Pure Berry delights, in the attempt to help kids and adults obtain a convenient form of antioxidants from berries. Antioxidants play a crucial role in our health and the pectin based berry chews that I have developed help address this issue. Please visit the site www.PureBerryDelights.com What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? I have coined myself as the "Modern Pharmacist" for the fact that I am more than just a pharmacist. I have the education and background on traditional medicine but I am also aware of the other modalities to helping someone with their health. In the 11 years of practice, I have helped numerous individuals become healthy and improve their quality of life. I have unique vantage point in that my education, life experiences with numerous patients and pure passion is what separates me from others in my profession.

What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? I practice what I preach and people see that. When talking about healthy living, it is a passion of mine and it is noticed very quickly! I truly care about people and their health! What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the health care field? I see a movement as people are becoming more health conscious. From the farmers market at the Wigwam resort to the Live Life Expo in Avondale, the West Valley is becoming more health consciousness. What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? I have always been fascinated with space while growing up in Florida and would say that I would be working with NASA as a space pioneer. Please visit www.ModernPharmacist.com


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Best In Class Radiation Oncologist Dr. Coral Quiet Specialty/Job Function Description: Breast Cancer Radiation Oncologist

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

University/Degree: University/Degree: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA A.B. (Honors) – 1981, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA M.D. – 1985 What inspired you to become a doctor/health care professional? I knew since I was a very young girl that I was going to grow up and be a physician. My dream through my younger years was to be a pediatrician. I was quite influenced by my pediatrician that had converted the barn in her old New England farm house to her office - She practice right next door to her house and could keep tabs on her family.... That always seemed so ideal. Once I started medicine, I realized how challenging it is to care for young sick children and I was not that brave! Why did you pursue your specialty? I’ve been focused on treating women with breast cancer since entering the field. In fact, I interned as a surgeon at the University of Chicago planning to specialize in mastectomies and immediate reconstructions. At that time, the data about breast preservation treatments was just beginning to gain scientific strength and after two years in surgery, I decided I preferred my patients being awake and with their own tissue! That resulted in a career change, and I began her study of oncology and radiation. What is your advice to others pursuing this field? Medicine is changing and there are so many external challenges to delivering high quality and effective care - that I would have to

caution someone about Medicine as a career - and that’s a shame because I truly love what I do.... and look forward to each day helping women and their families deal with and recover from the diagnosis of breast cancer. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? For me, co-founding Arizona Breast Cancer specialists and growing it to three locations and more than 50 employees in just four short years. Our practice has been designed to provide women the highest quality of breast cancer treatment while providing the respect and solace every patient with breast cancer deserves. Are you working on any developments/projects in your field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? There is one very major project that has been a passion of mine and will continue to be – Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). I co-founded this non-profit organization in 1998. Our mission – to offer women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion, completely free of charge. There is no other non-profit organization in the country doing this. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is overwhelming, and the realization is difficult to comprehend. But knowledge is power. AIBH seeks to inform and educate so that patients are empowered

in their battle against breast cancer. To date, AIBH has worked with thousands of women and their families – and not only to provide second opinions. In fact, we also provide free support, resources, fitness and nutrition advice and more. We welcome anyone to get involved or seek our help at www.aibh.org What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists is the first and ONLY center in the world focused solely on treating women with breast cancer. No other radiation practice has committed its physicians, staff and equipment exclusively for women fighting breast cancer! We have chosen equipment that offers the best types of radiation to direct against cancer; yet allows minimal collateral damage to normal tissues. Our state-of-the-art equipment is specifically designed for treating breast cancer. What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? I am committed to providing breast cancer care and treatment that is confidential, respectful, compassionate and of the highest quality. In addition, our entire team participates in clinical trials, which increase our patients options and makes future innovations and concepts available to them now. westvalleymagazine.com • March • April 2012 | 33


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YES, Men Get Breast Cancer Too. By Laurie Wertich

Tony Blackmon, cancer patient

The two foul balls that hit Tony Blackmon in the chest when he was umpiring a youth baseball game in April 2007 just might have been a blessing. “I get hit by foul balls all the time,” says the former Cornell University defensive back from Peoria, Arizona. “But it’s kind of unusual to get hit twice in the same place. A few days later, it was still sore.” It turns out those foul balls drew attention to something more serious than a bruise; when Tony palpated his right breast near where he was sore, discharge was released from his nipple, and he grew concerned. After a visit to his dermatologist and then a surgeon, he underwent a biopsy and received the diagnosis: breast cancer. Like most men, breast cancer was nowhere on his radar, so Tony was shocked to learn that men too can get the disease. Less than a week later, he underwent a mastectomy to have his breast removed. Determined that other men be made aware that breast cancer can affect them, Tony, a college academic recruiter, committed himself to sharing his story and educating other men. Now, almost five years since his diagnosis, he continues to work to spread awareness about the disease. Yes, Men Get Breast Cancer Too Although much of what we hear about breast cancer in the media is bathed in the glow of the now-ubiquitous pink ribbon, breast cancer is an equal opportunity cancer. Approximately 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year compared with nearly 200,000 women. Although the disease is rare in men, rates have been on the rise since about 1983, according to data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database.1 Breast cancer in men mirrors female breast cancer in most ways, except incidence rates and stage at diagnosis. Men are often diagnosed with later-stage disease for two reasons: lack of screening and lack of awareness about the disease and its symptoms. Diagnosing Male Breast Cancer Because male breast cancer incidence rates are so low, there are no screening recommendations for the disease. While many female breast cancers are detected through mammography screening and breast exams, most male breast cancers are detected when there is a palpable mass in the chest wall. In fact, men with breast cancer typically end up in the doctor’s office because they have noticed a lump beneath the nipple or they have experienced nipple discharge. 34 | March •April 2012 • westvalleymagazine.com

“Men present with higher-stage cancer than women do, probably because we don’t have screen-detected cancer in men,” explains Kathryn Ruddy, MD, MPH, a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Their cancer is diagnosed because it’s palpable.” Once men present with those symptoms, the diagnostic process generally moves forward in the same way it does for women, including mammography, ultrasound, and needle biopsy. Who Gets Male Breast Cancer? Many men who are diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the disease. “One of the first things I ask any patient is whether there is a family history of breast cancer,” explains John V. Kiluk, MD, FACS, a breast surgical oncologist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. The question can elicit emotional responses, Dr. Kiluk says. “It’s not uncommon for the patient to start crying because his mom died of breast cancer.” Sometimes this family history can be the result of a genetic mutation called BRCA2, which accounts for 10 percent of all male breast cancers in the United States. (Interestingly, the statistics are different elsewhere; Tony Blackmon, cancer patient for example, BRCA2 accounts for 40 percent of all male breast cancers in Finland.) In addition, Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic condition in which men have an extra X chromosome, is associated with a higher risk of male breast cancer. A cluster of male breast cancer cases at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in North Carolina has fueled speculation that the disease could be linked with environmental causes. Thus far 70 men from Camp Lejeune have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Evidence is inconclusive but continues to be evaluated. Treating Male Breast Cancer Surgical options for breast cancer include mastectomy (removal of the breast) and lumpectomy (removal of the mass) plus radiation. “With male breast cancer, the cancer is generally just underneath the nipple, and there is not a whole lot of breast tissue there anyway,” explains Dr. Kiluk. “Almost invariably, we do a mastectomy on these guys.” Men who have later-stage disease with lymph node involvement may undergo radiation in addition to surgery. Most men will undergo follow-up treatment with the hormonal therapy tamoxifen, which is a selective estrogen receptor modulator that blocks estrogen receptors within breast cells and reduces estrogenstimulated growth. “At least 90 percent of male breast cancers are estrogen fed,” explains Dr. Kiluk. “Everyone makes estrogen—men and women— just in different proportions.” Tamoxifen has been shown to be an effective treatment for estrogen-fed breast cancers. Emotional Impact of Male Breast Cancer Treating male breast cancer is only the tip of the iceberg. The disease can really throw men for an emotional loop. “They’re grappling with


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your body,”Tony insists. “If you feel like something is wrong, something is probably wrong.” He encourages men to get immediate medical attention. “It may be nothing, but go to your doctor right away, not next month, not next summer. Go right away,” he says.

something generally viewed as a female cancer,” explains Dr. Kiluk. “And they’re often grappling with the fact that their mom had the disease, too.”The diagnosis can come as a shock because most men aren’t aware they can get the disease. “Men who are diagnosed feel really isolated,” explains Dr. Ruddy. “It’s harder for men to find connection and support because they’re in the minority.” Dr. Ruddy explains that everything about breast cancer is geared toward women, which can serve to further isolate men with the disease. “They’re filling out forms and they’re being asked if they are pre- or postmenopausal,” she says. To add injury to insult, the disease can be disfiguring. While women often wear prosthetics or undergo reconstructive surgery, most men are left with a missing nipple and a visible scar. Dr. Kiluk recalls one patient whose wife insisted he wear his shirt at the pool. Tony, on the other hand, proudly removes his shirt, whether he’s at the beach or attempting to raise awareness about the disease by showing people his scar. Survivors like him serve as torchbearers for men with the disease. “I don’t have a negative stigma about being a male with breast cancer because I know I survived,” he says. Preventing Male Breast Cancer Because incidence rates are so low, it doesn’t make sense to screen men for breast cancer. Instead, awareness and education are the key. “One thing I’ve noticed is that guys have a tendency to blow it off when they present with a palpable mass,” says Dr. Kiluk. “If a female has a pea in her breast, she is jumping up and down to have it evaluated, but most people aren’t aware that men can develop breast cancer.” Dr. Kiluk counsels his female patients who are genetic carriers to talk to their sons about the disease and educate them about the signs and the symptoms. As a survivor, Tony works tirelessly to increase awareness of the disease. “I talk to people about it,” he says. “Men die of breast cancer simply because they see it and think it can’t be breast cancer and decide they’ll take care of it later. Before you know it, it has spread.” Men are often diagnosed with later-stage disease because they aren’t aware that they can develop breast cancer and therefore ignore warning signs. Later- stage disease is harder to treat and has a higher recurrence rate than early-stage breast cancer.“You know

The Future of Treating Male Breast Cancer One challenge in the treatment of male breast cancer is that there are few studies and little data from which to work. “Everything we do, we extrapolate from women,” explains Dr. Ruddy. “We’re operating in a data-free zone.”That means doctors have to use their best judgment when it comes to treatment protocols and follow- up care. For example, Dr. Ruddy generally recommends screening mammography on the other breast for men who have survived breast cancer; however, this is not based on any data indicating that it is necessary— it’s her personal judgment as a physician. Dr. Ruddy is currently analyzing the results of an online study of male breast cancer patients. Next she hopes to open a multi-institutional study at three large cancer centers. She would like to enroll 150 patients with male breast cancer to be able to better study and understand the disease. More data will help physicians be better able to tailor treatment for men in the future.

Reference 1. Ries LAG, Eisner MP, Kosary CL, et al. (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2001. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://seer.cancer.gov/ csr/1975 2001. Accessed August 12, 2011.

Tony with his wife, Patricia, and daughter Johanna

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‘Ten West Valley Cities Thousands of Runners’

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OVERALL FULL MARATHON RUN Male:

Caleb Schiff

Female: Sarah Moore

2:42:25

Flagstaff, AZ

3:14:18

Aliso Viejo, CA

MASTERS MARATHON 40+ Male:

Chuck Engle

2:44:59

Female: Christin Schomaker 3:19:47

Coosbay, OR Cave Creek, AZ

Half Marathon Male:

Luke May

Female: Kristina Pham

1:13:53

Scottsdale, AZ

1:27:05

Phoenix, AZ

MASTERS HALF MARATHON Male:

Richard DeCample

Female: Danielle Castro

1:22:08:

Renton, AZ

1:38:18

Glendale, AZ

MARATHON RELAY (Top Team) Team Name: TNT

2:45:16

Rising Star YOUNGEST Marathon Male:

Jake Feiter

Female: Sydnee York

Rising Star YOUNGEST Half Marathon Male:

Nathaniel Barry

Female: Kate Berton

Tell us why you run!! Send your story to Editor@westvalleymagazine.com Joshua Gass and his family ran the CTCA 5k at the IMS Arizona Marathon. At the same time, Tony and Jake Feiter ran the IMS full marathon while Jack Feiter and his team ran the IMS half marathon! Jake (11 years old) is Jack's son, and he was the youngest to run the full marathon and received our Rising Star award. Congrats to everyone Sunday, Feb 19th, as it was a victory day for everyone involved. Please be sure to check this link out, as it is truly heartfelt...the best thank you we could ever receive! http://www.azfamily.com/news/9pm-extra/Leukemia-Survivors-in-Race-for-Cancer-Research-140050533.html

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Stay Smart, Stay Fit Charity Walk and Festival Estrella partnered with Community Cares Lifestyle & Wellness Expo to put on the event to raise funds for Banner Alzheimer's Institute, Liberty School District and Buckeye Union High School District. Additionally, the public and those participating in the one mile charity walk were welcomed to a post-walk festival showcasing a number of health and wellness companies from the Valley.

Stay Smart, Stay Fit Charity Walk and Festival was held January 28th and 29th at Estrella by Newland Communities.

Guests also watched an interview of defensive lineman and Super Bowl champion, Seth Joyner, as he and Karen Frye of "Girlfriends Talk Sports with KFrye" bantered about the upcoming Super Bowl.

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BIGGEST LOSER | Follow the contestants as they shed pounds and inches

SPRING INTO TRAINING with West Valley’s Biggest Loser By Shannon Dodge

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pring has arrived and soon spring training will be inching its way into our weekly routines. The weather is warming, the grass is greener, trees are growing and flowers are blooming. Which means spirits are high and Arizona is prime for outdoor fun!

During this time of year, Arizona offers beautiful parks and trails as well as various runs to participate in. Take a look and see what strikes your fancy (you can gather more information in Phoenix Magazine’s March addition):

Events and Games West Valley’s Biggest Loser founder Stephanie Fogelson has a few ideas to spice up your workout by sending you outside. “Really anything that gets you moving is good!” Fogelson stated when I asked about the best outdoor activity. “Right now with spring hitting we will be getting the Loser “families” together for adult kickball. We even change it up a bit for a little extra fun by adding “beer on base”, where second base is the place to be!” Beer, ON THE FIELD? Fogelson reassured me, “yep, it’s all about having fun and adding a little color into the black and white landscape of weight loss.” However, moderation with alcohol is always something to keep in mind when you are attempting to shed some pounds. There are many other ways to bring a little fun to your routines and even get your family involved.

Join Fogelson’s continued love affair with weight loss via Oasis Fitness and Spa and now Sade Clarity. Visit www.oasisfitnessandspa.com , www.sadeclarity.com or contact Fogelson directly via Facebook at WVBL or West Valley’s Biggest Loser.

• April 13th – Girls on the Run. This non profit helps mentor girls third through eighth grade with incorporating running games,workouts, and ends with a 5k run! Exercise and give back, check out gotrmc.org • World Adult Kickball Association. Kickball.com • Bocce Ball. Azaiclub.org • Yoga in the Park. Sutramidtown.com

Tra i l s a n d C l i m b s • Pipeline Canyon Trail. Maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant • Wind Cave Trail. Maricopa.gov/parks/usery • White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank • Arizona Falls and Arizona Canal. Srpnet.com/water/canals/azfalls.aspx • Arizona Climbing and Adventure School. Climbingschool.com • Estrella Mountain. maricopa.gov/parks/estrella/ • Deems Hill. phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/deemhills

For more information about West Valley’s Biggest Loser, visit Oasis Fitness and Spa’s website at: www.oasisfitnessandspa.com or call 623-322-2132

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When you are outside experiencing nature with your family or friends remember to pack a healthy snack. Fogelson suggests grabbing a bag full of green apples, raw almonds, water, dried fruit, peanut butter on celery and Greek yogurt. “Good quality protein bars and shakes are good to have as well,” Fogelson suggests as well as prepping before you leave. “Before a good workout you should have some protein, carbs and fiber. I always suggest a bowl of oatmeal!” As you get ready to make your plans for this spring, remember to get out there and get active in this wonderful weather. But also remember to take a break, sit in the sunshine and watch a ball game. Maybe a hot dog, too.

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LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER, MICHAEL JORDAN CAPTURES THE WEST VALLEY ONE PHOTO AT A TIME.

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ildlife World Zoo & Aquarium’s Tropics of the World Reptile Exhibit has long been home to dozens of exotic reptile species. But there’s an all-new exhibit complex at Wildlife World featuring giant ectotherms—living “dragons” that use the environment to control their body temperature. Some of the species at Dragon World have never before been on display in our state.

The largest and most fearsome of these new dragons is a saltwater crocodile from Australia and Southeast Asia named “Jaws.” While many varieties of smaller crocodilians including one of the planet’s most rare reptiles, the albino alligator, already call Wildlife World home, none compare to the size and strength of a “salty.” As the largest living reptile species, males can weigh over 1 ton and reach over 20 feet in length, which is nearly twice as big as an average female saltwater croc. Jaws is the first of its kind on public display in Arizona. Other impressive species unveiled at Dragon World include a variety of giant tortoise, the Aldabra. Aldabra tortoises are one of the largest species of tortoise with mature adults weighing as much as 600-800 lbs. These giants are vegetarians, feasting on grasses, fruits, cactus and vegetables. The Aldabra tortoise is an island tortoise species similar in size to the Galapagos tortoise and found mainly on the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles. Rounding out the list of dragons are African Dwarf crocodiles plus 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 is a group of impressive looking but gentle rhino iguanas. These largely vegetarian animals from the Caribbean 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 mansized, 200-pound reticulated python on display. 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!

Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m. Dillon’s KC Style BBQ restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner at the Aquarium restaurant— walk-ins welcome!

For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit www.Wildlifeworld.com.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ. We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium.

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FAMILY PRACTICE Sun Valley Family Practice offers comprehensive family care to the West Valley of the Phoenix Metro Area. We are committed to bringing the highest level of care to our patients, tailored to their needs. Our health care providers are board certified in family medicine.

ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS • SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE • Personalized healthcare tailored to you • Physical exams for all ages • Immunizations for all ages • Asthma • Diabetes

• Hypertension and Cholesterol Care • Maintenance of acute and chronic health conditions • Women’s gynecologic care MOST H INSURA EALTH • Allergy treatment NCE PL ANS ARE AC • Sports medicine and exams CEPTED . • Skin care treatment

12409 W. Indian School Rd.,Building E. www.sunvalleymg.com Avondale, AZ 85392

623-536-5353

MON-FRI: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

URGENT CARE Sun Valley Urgent Care, P.C. will provide treatment for many illnesses and occupational medicine services. The following list describes many of the illnesses or injuries we treat, including the additional services we offer at our facility.

ILLNESS & INJURY • Cold, cough, flu, and sinus infection • Upper respiratory problems, asthma, and bronchitis • Sore throat, earache, or headache • Abdominal pain • Back pain • Rash or skin infections

• Eye infections • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea • Urinary tract infection • STD's • Limb fractures, sprains, and strains • Lacerations or wound care • Burns

NT OINTME NO APP SARY NECES

ADDITIONAL SERVICES • School/Sports physicals • Department of Transportation physical exams • Drug screening services and breath alcohol testing 2910 N Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, Arizona 85395

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• Immunizations • On-site digital x-ray 7 days per week • On-site lab services

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C A L E N DA R | 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. 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, The Rave, Rondavous, Mary Hoffman. Night Groove Band and The Thaddeus Rose Band. Drinks and snacks are on sale at the event, but attendees are more than welcome to make a picnic out of the event. The next performance in line for the Arts in the Park Concert Series is Sunday, March 18 from 4-6 P.M. featuring Night Groove Band. Everyone, whether you're from Litchfield Park or elsewhere is encouraged to participate in an evening at the park with live music, community, and relaxing. 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: 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.

March 11 - 12 Dead Man's Cell Phone After you're gone, how will you be remembered? Jean is just trying to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in a cafe, when a cell phone belonging to the man at the next table starts to ring. And ring.  And ring.  Jean realizes the man isn't answering it... because he's dead. Contains mature themes and adult language. $31.00-$47.00

March 2nd through April 8th Arizona Broadway Theatre Sunset Blvd. Show Hours TBA 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 Sunset Boulevard. The two words conjure up Tinsel town and glamour. The Academy Awardwinning film lifted Gloria Swanson to icon status for her portrayal as the faded silent film actress Norma Desmond, who dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen while living in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. The winner of seven Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard boasts a beautiful, lush score by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita). For tickets call 623-776-8400 or log on to www.azbroadway.org

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March 10th - 11th 14th Annual Litchfield Art & Culinary Festival 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Experience the legendary lure of the Southwest through a celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. Whether you love fine dining, superior wines, extraordinary art, or you just love the relaxed ambiance of outdoor festivals, this is your destination. Festival information contact 623-734-6526.

March 10th - 11th Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival 9:00 am until 4:00 pm The Cities of Goodyear and Avondale have once again joined with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to present the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Free outdoor activities and educational booths will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the wonders of outdoor Arizona while celebrating the rich heritage, ecology, history and abundant wildlife of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria Rivers. Did you know that the three rivers join together near Phoenix International

Raceway and travel west to eventually empty into the Colorado River? If you would like to learn more about the river, its riparian area and the wildlife that makes its home there take advantage of a guided nature walk in Estrella Mountain Regional Park. There are numerous activities designed for the entire family such as: free fishing clinics and selfpowered canoe floats sponsored by Arizona Game and Fish Department, birding tours with volunteers from Sonoran Audubon, air rifle and archery clinics, a kid’s recycling fashion show sponsored by Luke Air Force Base, Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festivalperformances by a recycling magician and much more. The kid’s zone will open the door for youngsters to get excited about nature and learn how to care for it while enjoying all it has to offer. Come out and spend the day. Food vendors will be on hand with a taste tempting array of festival food. Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival will be held at Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard in Goodyear (south of I-10). Take Estella Parkway south to Vineyard and follow the signs. Event admission is free. There is a $3 fee per car for parking. For more information visit the Tres Rios website at www.tresriosnaturefestival.com or call (623) 932-2260.


March 16 & March 17, 2012 45th Annual Pioneer Days Melodrama: The Bride of Buckeye Youngker High School Auditorium: 3000 S. Apache Road, 7 PM Join the Town of Buckeye and the Buckeye Women’s Club for the 45th Annual Pioneer Days Melodrama. This year’s play titled The Bride of Buckeye is sure to provide lots of laughter and more drama than ever. Be sure to boo, cheer, ooh, and ahh your favorite characters through the performance. Advanced tickets will be on sale at the Buckeye Public Library, Bookmobile, Community Center, and Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce for $5 each (adult tickets), $3 (youth aged 6 to 12) and children 5 and under are FREE. Tickets purchased at the door will be $6 for adults, $4 for youth. For more information, visit www.buckeyeaz.gov/events or contact 623349-6621.

March 24, 2012 5th Annual Viper Thunder Classic Car and Cycle Show The Verrado High School Viper Vanguard Marching Band is pleased to be hosting their 5th Annual Viper Thunder Classic Annual Car & Cycle Show on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The event will take place at Verrado High School, 20050 W. Indian School Rd., Buckeye, AZ from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day promises to be one that is full of fun for the whole family. In addition to the car show, the event will include: drawings, kiddie corner, music, entertainment, shopping and food vendors. Registration forms and information about the show are available on the band’s website:www.thevipervanguardreport.com. Car registration will be held from 8 am to 10 am; show starts at 10am. To receive more information on this event, feel free to contact the Viper Vanguard at email vipsteam2010@gmail.com or visit the band’s website at www.thevipervanguardreport.com. Or feel free to call me, I am the Advertising Committee Chairperson directly. My name is Jennifer Owin and my phone numbers is 623-521-6849.

March 24, 2012 16th Annual “Spring Splash” Fashion Show Soroptimist International of Estrella presents their sixteenth annual “Spring Splash”Fashion Show, Luncheon, and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 24 at the Eagles Nest Ballroom in Pebble Creek. Donations for tickets are $35.00 with checks made out to SIE. Doors will open at 11. A silent auction will be held from 11-12. Lunch will be served at noon followed by a style show presented by The Dress Barn. The day also features raffles, door prizes, and a 50/50 chance. Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for women who, by working together through service projects, advance the lives of women and children in their local communities and throughout the world. All money raised is returned to the community in a variety of ways. The major service project of the Estrella Club is the New Life Center, a shelter from domestic violence, which was founded by the Soroptimsit International of Estrella Club over 20 years ago. We also offer a Women’s Opportunity Awards to ladies who are head of household and entering or returning to the workforce. Some of the other programs supported include the Tolleson and Tri-City Boys and Girls Clubs, the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank, and the club annually presents scholarships to graduating seniors from Tolleson and Agua Fria Union High Schools. Tickets may be purchased from 623 935 2125 or 623 535 4203

from Hickman Family Farms and Hilgers Pediatric Dentistry for the Second Annual Governor’s Easter Egg Roll. Guests can enjoy face painting, free junior tennis tournaments, a healthy cooking demonstration with David Snyder, Executive Chef of the Wynn Resorts and Governor Brewer reading from the classic Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham. This is a free event, but guests will have the opportunity to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, AZ Children’s Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics Reach Out and Read Program. Come back to the Wigwam on Easter Day for a delicious champagne brunch for only $38 for adults and $20 for children, served at the Wigwams award winning Red’s Bar and Grill and Litchfield’s restaurants. Hotel and brunch guest can then enjoy an exclusive Easter Egg Hunt on the Wigwams lush lawn. For reservations, please contact the restaurants directly, 623-856-1094 for Red’s and 623-856-1053 for Litchfield’s.

April 14, 2012 Montesorri in the Park Golf Classic The 2012 Montessori in the Park Golf Classic will be held April 14th, at the Wigwam on the Patriot Course. Players will be treated to breakfast, lunch, gift bags, and a chance at winning great prizes. Sponsorship opportunities also available. For more information contact Jon Bourne 623-536-5770 ext 105, jon@mipschool.org, or visit www.mipschool.org/inthenews to download the registration flyer.

April 21, 2012 Centennial Commitee 2nd Annual Car Show

Enjoy the Easter weekend with a pleasant “staycation” at the Wigwam. Starting on April 6, enjoy overnight accommodations including Easter breakfast for only $159 and use the promotional code BUNNY to receive a second day for only $99.

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Goodyear Ballpark More than 100 classic and historic cars will be on display. There will also be model train exhibits and a train parts swap meet inside the Ballpark. Local High School jazz groups will provide live entertainment. BBQ lunch available for $10, proceeds go to the Centennial Project to restore the historic Litchfield Train Depot.

On Saturday, April 7 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., families can enjoy a delicious Easter breakfast with a very special guest, the Easter Bunny. After breakfast, join Governor Jan Brewer and the folks

Events/Calendar submissions are welcome. Please email editor@westvalleymagazine.com. to

April 14, 2012 Easter at the Wigwam

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

Chinese/American Fusion and Fun!

by Bob Purtell Diners looking for amazing food, excellent service, adult contemporary music, tasteful appointments and wonderful ambiance will find PF Chang’s (14681 W. McDowell Rd.) ready to deliver a truly superior culinary journey.

Photographed by Michael Jordan Photography

Located seconds from I-10 and Bullard Rd (exit 127), patrons from central Phoenix can reach this west valley restaurant within 20 minutes. Because of its prime location, sports icons from Major League Baseball can often be sighted during Cactus League Spring Training. Chang’s, a nation-wide chain, maintains its anchor menu and wine list to assure consistent quality and selection their valued guests have come to expect. A menu filled with Starters, Salads, Pockets, Soups, Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Seafood, Noodles, Mein’s, Rice’s, Sides and Desserts will have you coming back time and time again. Each dish is prepared to order from scratch ingredients by an extremely talented kitchen staff that pours love into every dish. The Kid’s menu will keep your young ones happy and a generous selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options will satisfy those with special dietary needs.

We recognize PF Chang’s as one of the West Valleys best places for food, fun and value, worthy of our full

**** stars.

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Our recent visit allowed for a sampling of Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Flaming Red Wontons, Seared Ahi Tuna, Wok-Charred Volcano Steak Pockets, Thai Chicken Noodle Salad, Beef with Broccoli, Crispy Honey Shrimp, Singapore Street Noodles, Crab Wontons, Banana Spring Rolls, Flourless Chocolate Dome and The Great Wall of Chocolate Cake. Every dish was flawless in presentation, taste and degree of doneness. Several unique dining options are offered to allow increased value to your meal plans. Happy hour, (Mon-Fri 3:00-6:00pm), includes “Triple Happiness”. Drinks, Dim-Sum & Street Fare. Enjoy a Dragon Martini, Asian Street Tacos & Edamame Dumplings as you relax in the stylish confines of rich wood and stone décor. The newly revised lunch menu offers 20 items for under $10. This author would highly recommend the Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Pockets, Beef ala Sichuan, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce or the Thai Basil Greens Salad. PF Chang’s also has the perfect Prix Fix option for couples. A 4-course meal for two is available for $39.95. The meal includes soup (2), a starter, entree (2) and dessert (2). Upgrades are available for a nominal charge. All menu items are available for dine-in or take out. Orders can be placed online and reservations are gladly accepted. Chang’s can accommodate private parties of up to 35 guests. Group menu’s can be specially modified to suit your individual event by calling Operating Partner, Marybeth Garrett at (623) 536-3222. The Bar, which is separate from the main dining room, offers an excellent selection of wines, beers, Sakes, specialty drinks, coffee & teas. The wine list reflects “popular trends and emerging wine growing regions.” Beers are typically designed to reflect the local culture of each local market. Specialty drinks are a passion of mixologist, Robert Thornton, who will be more than happy to create an Organic Agave Margarita, Sichuan Mary or a Chinese 88 Martini for your pleasure. Chang’s shows appreciation to their loyal customers with the “Warrior Rewards Card Program.” Sign up online and receive delicious rewards for simply dining with them. For those interested in tracking nutritional information on menu items, visit the PF Chang’s website at www.pfchangs.com for more information. Complete online services, including current menu, drinks, reservations, gift cards, ordering and other customer related information is available. With so many choices and so much competition for dining dollars, restaurants need to set the bar very high. PF Chang’s of Goodyear has put together a staff that truly stands out from the crowd. Their customer loyalty and determination to deliver outstanding quality service needs to be recognized.

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Showcasing Musicians From Around The World By Lauren Rubino

Music fans, get ready to break out the sun block and start hydrating. The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is only a couple of months away, and it will showcase musicians from around the world on April 13, 14 and 15. The festival has been going on since April 2004 with the goal of encouraging the community to come together, listen to some great music, and most importantly, benefit charities. Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy, a local nonprofit music organization, will receive 100 percent of the proceeds raised from the festival. The festival will be fun for all ages, but especially for music lovers. Bands and musicians like Ozomatli, Galactic, Trevor Hall and Big Head Todd and the Monsters will all be performing. For a full lineup, visit http://www.mmmf.net. One of the bands, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, will rock the stage Saturday, April 14, and lead vocalist and guitarist, Todd Park Mohr, said they are excited to perform in the Valley. “The last showed we played [in Arizona] was a blues show, and this will be more representative of our whole career. We will be playing music from all our records and blues as well…and some of our favorite hits,” said Todd.

The band has been playing together since 1986, where they met each another in college, and has truly enjoyed the ride so far. “We love what we do, we love playing live shows and there is no other way to do it than to get out there in front of people…I love people and it is a great feeling, very rewarding to make people happy, so they can enjoy the music. Sharing that, it’s great fun.” Big Head Todd and the Monsters is currently on a tour around the country, but if fans happen to miss a show in their city, there are other alternatives. They can check out the band’s numerous videos online or see Todd perform live from his living room. With the help from the website called, “Stageit”, Todd can give fans an intimate performance from his own home. Talk about front row seats. “I am always playing at home, and I am always looking for ways to share [music]…When I heard about this service it made perfect sense for me. So far I have done two of them and people really seem to enjoy it so I will continue,” said Todd. The band has quite a few achievements under their belt too. For example, they performed their song “Blue Sky”, live, for astronauts orbiting. (The song was specifically written for the space shuttle, Discovery.) Their album Sister Sweetly went platinum and Todd said in a couple of weeks, he will be playing a show with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. “It will be a great accomplishment,” Todd said. The bluesy, yet rock and roll style music the band produces is toe tapping and it is hard to resist not singing along to classics and breaking out the air guitar. When it comes to today’s music, Todd says it is hard for new artists to break through in the industry, but the veteran gives this advice, “First thing is developing a relationship with your audience. It doesn’t matter how big your audience is, [and] focus on writing songs, if you don’t have songs, then you don’t have a lot.”

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

E N T E R TA I N M E N T

By Michelle Arana

Movie Review: T HI S M E A NS WA R E is a Movie You Won’t Want to Miss

very now and then, a movie will come along that surprises us with a great all around-feel-good type of feeling after we see it. You know, the type of movie that has just enough comedy, just enough action, a little romance, and a great story line enough to reach every type of audience that is out there. This Means War does all of the above and then some.

the movie watcher. It begins to ruin their friendship until it all hits the fan when Lauren finds out the two know each other. To make matters worse, the three of them get their cover blown by a killer who is seeking revenge on Tuck and FDR and Lauren gets caught in the middle and is forced to choose one of the two agents on the spot.

FDR Foster (played by Chris Pine, also known as Will from Unstoppable) and Tuck (played by Tom Hardy, also known as Eames from Inception) are two top CIA agents who always have each other’s backs not only out in the field but outside of work as well. They have always been there for each other as well as supported each other through thick and thin to where nothing could ever come between them. Or so they thought….

Does Lauren choose Tuck who is loving, supportive, and whom she fell for first? Or will she choose FDR who is a playboy, flaunts his money, and thinks he’s the better man?

Tuck is trying to get over a divorce and decides to try online dating as it seems as though his ex-wife has moved on and he thought he should as well. He comes across a girl named Lauren (played by Reese Witherspoon, also known as June from Walk the Line) and instantly hits it off with her. After their date, Lauren goes to rent a movie and runs into FDR who is at the video store strolling for women like this playboy typically does. Lauren calls out FDR on his game and leaves FDR behind wanting more. Being the CIA agent that he is, FDR is able to track down where Lauren works and begins to pursue her. FDR and Tuck messed up on their last assignment and as a punishment they are tied down to working at a desk so they have a lot more time on their hands. One day while they are bored and both happy out of the blue they tell each other that they both started seeing someone new. They decided to show each other the girl that they started dating and it turns out that they both were seeing the same girl and had no clue. To resolve their predicament, they both decided to lay down a gentleman’s agreement to not ruin their friendship but to both continue to move forward in pursuing Lauren but to allow her to make the best choice. Well as you can imagine, this turns into a competition between the two CIA agents. In fact it goes beyond a competition. It turns into a war. Tuck and FDR start using their CIA training skills to sabotage the dates of the other man all while Lauren has no idea they both know each other. Each of the agents spy on the other and the pranks to try and sabotage each other get worse and worse which means they get more hilarious for

Find out in this hilarious comedy that will make you want to see it again right after you left the theater.

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PUZZLES | Exercise your mind and get lost in a puzzle

C R OS S WOR D

Across 1. Role for Gwyneth 5. Requires 10. Platform for a guest of honor 14. Not a natural blonde 15. ___ ware (fine porcelain) 16. Years, to Cicero 17. Veteran Hollywood actress 19. Commandeer 20. Picture card 21. Erik's people 23. Cobbler's need 26. Top-scored 27. Road engineer's job 32. Dnepr feeder 33. Actress Neal of "All of Us" 34. Visionaries 38. "Get ___ writing!" 40. Hope of "Peyton Place" 42. Jet-black, in verse 43. Prefix meaning "bone" 45. Ease off, as rain 47. ____ Z (everything) 48. Kalmar-Ruby question 51. Making a choice 54. Quince or pear 55. August's shooting stars 58. Musicians' copyright grp. 62. General ___ chicken (Chinese menu item) 63. Cadenza in a concerto, perhaps 66. '___, Brute!': 'Julius Caesar' 67. Comedienne DeGeneres 68. Those, in Nuevo Laredo 69. Medicate 70. It might ooze 71. Ex-Cleveland QB Brian Down 1. Redact 2. "___ Breckinridge" (Gore Vidal novel) 3. Double no-hit pitcher Johnny Vander ___

LAST MONTH’S SOLUTIONS

S UD OKU 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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4. "Dover Beach" poet 5. Solved 6. Ostrich lookalike 7. Herbie of jazz 8. Tuscany river 9. ___ Club (conservationists' group) 10. Oasis sight 11. "I Got ___ ": Croce hit 12. Marked (in) with a pen 13. College near Albany, NY 18. Story, in France 22. Je ne ___ quoi 24. Betray 25. Legal proceedings 27. Con ___: spirited, in music 28. Decomposes 29. Does the chasing in tag 30. Serfs 31. Spinning toy 35. Abba 36. Newspaper section, for short 37. Driving is hard when this is driving 39. Initial public offering 41. Coin that's been around for more than half a decade 44. Without: Ger. 46. Image consultant 49. Pointed arches 50. Fawners' words: var. 51. Elected 52. Sauce with pine nuts 53. Gaits slower than gallops 56. Cousin of parsley 57. Performances for one 59. "____Cosa," 1935. song 60. Gain ___ (get ahead in arace) 61. Put on a happy face, maybe 64. Moon transport, briefly 65. Ending with nectar or saturn


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