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contents June-July 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 7 wv fashion

9 Fashion Fantastico Arizona’s first foray into wearable art graced the courtyard stage at the Estrella Vista Reception Center.

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15 Synthesis Day Leadership West’s mission is to cultivate Leadership Capital for the West Valley.

wv on the town

18 Cibola Vista Resort & Spa Nestled between Lake Pleasant and Phoenix lies Arizona's newest luxury resort.

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22 West Valley 24 Robert McGeorg and Dr. John Dover make the list for the month of June.

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24 The Power of Water Calming and Relaxing.

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28 Health and Diet American Heart Associations recommendations.

32 Excellence in Health Care Awards Dr. Daniel MacLeod, DO and Nancy Jobin make the list this month.

36 Cancer Treatment Centers of America® Cancer survivor Sandy Willett adds a shiny new leaf to the golden tree and celebrates reaching her 5 year milestone.

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contents June-July 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 7 wv biggest loser

40 Meet Karen Speer It’s never too late to get started.

wildlife world zoo

46 Snakes, Scorpions & Monsters Nature is full of such examples of relatively harmless species mimicking the appearance and behavior of more noxious and dangerous species.

52 Celebrating Dad’s and Grads The summer gift-giving season revolves around graduation and Father's Day.

wv family focus


53 Tips for Warm Weather Entertaining A little planning goes a long way toward helping the host relax and your guests enjoy this special time of year.

through the lens

56 Photographer Michael Jordon A Photographic Exposé.

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

wv dinning

60 The Best Restaurants in the Valley Dino’s Greek & Italian Grill is an authentic culinary vacation to Greece.

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editor’s letter

Celebrate, celebrate…dance to the music. I can’t get that song out of my brain. We are celebrating the graduation class of 2011 and father’s day is right around the corner. This is the month to celebrate.

It’s official. We’ve all gone crazy here at West Valley Magazine. On May 19th, we started celebrating with the click of a key on my iMac. was launched and now it’s time to “get your deal on”. This Tasmanian like little devil (designed by the talented Will Manchas by the way) has been running around the west valley finding the craziest deals. Try $10 for a $33 Lube, Oil & Filter at Yates, or $10 for a $30 voucher at Taps Signature Cuisine & Bar, or $29 for $200 worth of dental exams, x-rays and cancer screening at Suncoast Dental. CRAZY! You can find deals like these at If you subscribe to our email list, we can send you the latest crazy deal so you don’t miss out. Each deal is unique and only available for a short period of time. June really is the month to celebrate. The whole month I say. On June 9th, my fellow classmates and I will be celebrating our Leadership West Class XVII Graduation. Synthesis Day presentations start at 8:00 a.m. at the Avondale Civic Center and I hope to see you there. Team WOW will be presenting Fashion Fantastico, the Wearable Arts Show that premiered on May 14th. If you didn’t get a chance to make it this year you really missed out. The good news is, Michael Jordan and Paul Michael were there with camera’s in hand and you’ll see some of their beautiful work within these pages.

Connecting our Communities JUNE • 2011 VOLUME 7 • ISSUE 7 EDITOR



Tina Williams, 623-210-1616 Elizabeth Bua, 602-558-5551


Dru Bacon, Betsy Rice Patricia Krogh, Dr. Grey Stafford, Edwin H. Smith, Jennifer Olson ARA Content PHOTOGRAPHERS

Michael Jordan, Melody Golden, Paul Michael ART DIRECTOR

Jane Gridley

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on the cover: Fashion Fantastico’s Birds of Paradise Petal Dress designed by Trish Adams and Maybeline Armistead, modeled by Shelby Allen. Photograph provided by Paul Michael Photography 623-533-5700.

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FA S H I O N “Red Burlesque Funk” - By D. Martin, modeled by Kayla Toledo

“Revelation” - By Raye Shao, modeled by Kynzie Bair

“Green Velvet Steam Punk” - By Nola Yergen

“Frido Meets Sylvia” By Geneva Labato-Mitchell, modeled by Kim Reyes


rizona’s first foray into wearable art graced the courtyard stage at the Estrella Vista Reception Center Photography by Michael Jordan & Paul Michael

“Aztec” - By Ana Morino, modeled by Hector Moreno & Samatha McGonicle


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

More than 250 patrons were in attendance, as Arizona’s first foray into wearable art graced the courtyard stage in Avondale. Fashion. Art. Passion. Pageantry. Performance. This is the world of Fashion Fantastico – the first wearable arts show premiered on May 14th. Artists were asked to go deep into their imagination to create a wearable piece of art that challenged what most consider wearable, or everyday fashion. Fashion Fantastico invited artists of all mediums to push their imaginations to create evocative, imaginative and thought provoking sculpture for the human body. The breath taking performance by James Rio and The Anderson Institute of Music’s, Angela Anderson along with the Tandem Dancers choreographed by Valerie Soles wowed the audience to the “Phantom of the Opera” theme. Lights, cameras and action packed energy swirled through the evening air at Estrella Vista Reception Center in Avondale.

“Foiled Phantom Bride”, by Nate Sandoval modeled by Kirin Christianson “Pink Burlesque Funk”, by D. Martin modeled by Kisha Toledo “Words Are Power” by Raye Shao modeled by Jenesis Laforcarde “You Are What You Eat”, by Raye Shao modeled by Anadela Hogan

Trish Adams & Maybelline Armistead Designs “Birds of Paradise Series” “Petal Dress”, modeled by Shelby Allen, “1000 Cranes Dress”, modeled by Ashley Espinoza “Fringe Dress”, modeled by Rebecca Clark, “Peacock Dress”, modeled by Chloe Schneider 10| June • July 2011 •

“Deceiving” by Nuvia Magdahi

“Frido Meets Sylvia” by Geneva Labato-Mitchell

Drawing from fashion, multimedia art, music, dance, lighting and innovative set design, Fashion Fantastico culminated with the naming of three winners: First place went to the holiday-themed “Christmas Tree” by Samira Binna, the “Just Add Butter” popcorn dress by Danica Coral was awarded second place, and the “Kachina-Earth” by Kristi Felts Moore took home third place honors. The People’s Choice, was voted on through the Fashion Fantastico’s Facebook page with Krist Felts Moore’s “Phoenix Fire” taking the honor.

“Christmas Tree” Samira Binna modeled by Michelle Manuel

“Just Add Butter”, Danica Coral modeled by Yanzie Montano “Kachina-Earth”, Kristi Felts Moore modeled by Tiffany Nicole People’s Choice, “Phoenix Fire”, Kristi Felts Moore modeled by Noel Brunn

“Red Burlesque Funk”, D. Martin modeled by Kayla Toledo “Newspaper Tux”, Marcia Zigler modeled by Jamaal Pittman

“Strawberry Shortcake”, Nandi Shange modeled by Nandi Shange “Birdcage “, Shay Star modeled by Shay Star

Kristi Felts Moore Designs ”Wind-Air”, modeled by Phoebe Thompson “Kachina-Earth”, modeled byTiffany Nicole “Phoenix Fire”, modeled by Noel Brunn • June • July 2011 | 11


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

AIM Dancers: Valerie Soles, Katy Huetter, Iris Sugarman, Kailey Perry, Cedar Sugarman, Taylor Ramey, Sean Schofield

James Rio and Angela Anderson 12 | June • July 2011 •

Team from the Anderson Institute of Music Troy Anderson, Mike Eastwood, Valerie Soles, Amber Martin, Angela Anderson, Adam Gorman, Cindy Eastwood, Dominic Carlos, Ed Anderson, McKenna Uhde, Katryna Eastwood, Kailey Perry, Taylor Ramey, Heather Anderson, Nancy Eiser.

Judges - Nikki Causer, Shairon Beale, Jennifer Olsen, Chris Loomis, Shannon McRae Emcee - Clarissa Burt, Ed Anderson, Dominic Carlos, Jay Soto

BELOW...LEADERSHIP WEST’S TEAM “WOW” Trish Arana, Will Manchas, Gary Serviss, Russ Ullinger, Cheryl Street, Bob Sanders • June • July 2011 | 13

“Popcorn Garden”, by Danica Coral modeled by Yanzie Montano “Black Burlesque Funk”, by D. Martin modeled by Estela Meza

Birds of Paradise - “Peacock Dress”, by Trish Adams & Maybelline Armistead modeled by Chloe Schneider “Adam”, by Raye Shao modeled by Immanuel Malone

“We couldn’t have asked for more from our premiere show,” said Trish Arana, a member of the event’s inaugural Planning Committee. “Already, we’ve had artists and potential sponsors brainstorming with us for what we could do next year.” 14 | June • July 2011 • • June • July 2011 | 15


Keep up to date on Leaders in the West Valley

Leadership West Synthesis Day for Class XVII

Avondale City Hall Thursday, June 9th from 7:30 a.m. to noon

by Kathy Knecht

Members of Leadership West, Class 17, will present their group projects to community members and stakeholders at “Synthesis Day,” a free event on Thursday, June 9th from 7:30 a.m. to noon, at Avondale City Hall in the Council Chambers, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, in Avondale. Synthesis Day is an annual event at which graduating Leadership West members present the community projects which they have developed and completed during their year-long Leadership West class experience. Synthesis day projects are self-selected for the purpose of meeting a need in the community, and demonstrating teamwork and leadership. Over the years, several Leadership West Synthesis Day projects have been recognized with “Best of the West” awards. This year’s projects include:

• An economic development program, West Valley Work Internships Ready Community College Students, is a scholarship program for EMCC students who accept non-paid internships with local businesses; a win-win scenario for both businesses and students. • Fashion Fantastico is a Wearable Arts Show, not a fashion show. It is a multi-media performance where the human body became a living, breathing, moving canvas. The event merged fashion, fine arts, performance and more to benefit arts, education and tourism in the West Valley. The presentations will be judged by a panel of prominent West Valley leaders, and be given cash awards to be used to support the projects. The winning project will be displayed on a trophy which will be prominently featured at Leadership West events throughout the next year.

• An expandable online virtual career, life skills, and college awareness program for middle grade students. • Fall for the Arts Festival is a free event for the entire family and is an excellent opportunity to sample from numerous performance arts groups. Attendees will be able to engage in free dance lessons, talk with artists, or watch a live performance, demonstrating that the West Valley is the place to be for outstanding entertainment.

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Places and events going on in the West Valley


estled between Lake Pleasant and Phoenix lies Arizona's newest luxury resort, Cibola Vista Resort and Spa. Taking its name from the fabled "Seven Cities of Cibola," the resort is the ultimate Vacation Ownership experience.

Cibola Vista is designed for seven "cities." Six cities are owners' villas and the seventh city is the resort's extensive amenity core. There are public and private courtyards, fountains, Kivas, gardens and reflecting pools throughout the resort, all connected with a series of walkways to enhance the unique village design. Whether you want to just relax and enjoy the natural beauty of its surroundings, have the golf concierge arrange your tee times, take advantage of the exciting Cibola Vista Riding Program, fish, boat or ski beautiful Lake Pleasant, or take in one of the many sporting and cultural events in Peoria and Phoenix, Cibola Vista offers a wonderful vacation experience for you and your family. Not since 1929 has a resort opened in the West Valley, just outside of Phoenix, and never before has a luxury resort been planned that preserves the traditions of the American West while offering the finest amenities and comfort for its owners. The history, cultures, and beauty of the surroundings are incorporated into every detail. All brought together for one purpose - to offer a wonderful, enriching, and comfortable vacation. Neil S. Cumsky, creator of Cibola Vista, says it best, "We owe our owners the absolute finest quality. The finest quality in their vacation home and the finest quality in their vacation experience. The memories we help create will last a lifetime. This is our mission. This is Cibola Vista. Horses and the the theme and we want our owners to appreciate, enjoy and feel the thrill of the Old West!" said Cumsky.

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Robert McGeorge M OV E R

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moving up in business or the community

That day came in 1987 when McGeorge moved back to Arizona to work for El Dorado Ventures, the Venture Capital Group owned by Pinnacle West. In 1990 he took a food service and processing company, Main Street and Main public. Over the past three years he has represented Iberdrola Renewables, the largest renewable energy company in the world. McGeroge identifies sites for commercial grade solar developments throughout the Southwestern United States.

Robert McGeorge spent the first part of his childhood on a farm north of Luke Air Force Base, called “Tal Wi Wi”. The name means, “Land Where the Sun First Shines.” When his family moved to California in the 1970s to continue farming, he knew that one day he would move back to the West Valley and raise a family in the West Valley’s “Shine.”

Growing up on a farm as the youngest of seven children, he learned the value of family and community service early in life. “My mom and dad were both so active in the West Valley, so I grew up watching my dad interact with the generals at Luke AFB and always admired the Air Force,” said McGeorge. “There were times when jet planes would crash in our orchards. Back then there was no litigation, just a few drinks and all was fine. But, if dad had potential frost damage for his citrus, the general would send his helicopters to hover at night to protect the crop. Today, I am

blessed to be involved with Fighter Country Partnership, which supports the personnel and their families at Luke.” McGeorge is passionate about school children and the experience that each student has in the West Valley, so that is why he is also very active in Young Life (YL). “We believe in the power of presence. Children’s lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them,” said McGeorge. “Because their YL leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. This is the first step of a lifelong journey. The choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions, careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. In our own backyard, YL has had a rich history in Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson. Today, YL has clubs at Desert Edge High School with new club openings this fall at Millennium and Westview High Schools.”

[Q&A] Family: My wife Stefi and four daughters: Kellie Ellen, 11; Caitlin Diane, 10; Kenzie Grace, 8; and Roszy Stefi, 6.

Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? William Wallace or General George Patton; they were both tough Scotsman!!

How did you get into your current career field? I have a consulting company that represents some of the largest renewable energy developers in the world (both solar and wind). We locate sites throughout the Southwest for utility grade developments.

What’s your favorite musical group? Membership in civic and non profit organizaPhil Collins or Sting. tions and explain your involvement: Most coveted: ByComKathy Knecht, Executive Director Leadership West Fighter Country Partnership, Honorary Tal Wi Wi Ranches at Olive and Litchfield Road. What are your goals (career, personal or for mander Alumni Board; AYSO, coach; Young I was raised there with my other six brothers the West Valley)? Life, director of the West Valley Capital Camand sisters. The name means “Land where the I would like to see faith and God put back into paign; and St. Thomas Aquinas, teacher of reliSun First Shines.” public schools, especially in the West Valley gious education. schools that we reach out to. What would your super power be? Who are and have been some of your mentors? Karl Eller and Ferenc Rosztoczy. What are some of the leadership positions directly you have taken on in the West Valley and what did you accomplish? I have recently taken on the position of leading Young Life (YL) in the West Valley to help fund the expansion into multiple high school locations. Currently YL meets at Desert Edge High School. In spring of 2011, YL plans on having new clubs at Millennium, Verrado and Westview high schools. Favorite quote: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

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The gift of prophesy. I would be able to see the future and steer away from danger and also maybe throw down a few bets. What keeps you up at night? The future for the next generation both spiritually and economically. One phrase you wish people would say more: “I am grateful.” What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? I had a chance to spend a month as a missionary in Africa and never felt so fulfilled. If I hit the lottery, maybe that could be an option. What originally drew you to the West Valley? My mom and dad moved here to farm after World War II in 1946 and we were raised on a 900- acre farm just north of Luke Air Force Base.

What is the secret to your success? My wife -- she is my earth magnet. What would you recommend to people looking to make a difference in the West Valley? Get involved in our schools and youth activities that support a healthy life style both physically and spiritually. The children are our future. Grade school and middle school students seem to be facing so much more then I did at that age. What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the West Valley, and how does what you do help ease those challenges? I am working on four different 20 megawatt solar projects in the West Valley. I hope that these will be a benefit to the local economy promoting job growth and sustainability.


Dr. John Dover SHAKER

But owning medical real estate was not always on Dr. Dover's mind. His model for how medicine should be structured pre-dates the current political medical debates. In 2003, realizing that it was becoming increasingly difficult to manage the back office functions in a medium sized medical practice, he

began to talk to other physicians about sharing resources, such as billing. By 2006, Integrated Medical Services (IMS) was born, with just six physician practices working together. IMS has since grown into a valley and state wide multi-specialty physician group, with many of its employees living and working in the West Valley. IMS offers more than just business support to physicians but also a coordinated approach to patient care. In 2010, IMS physicians treated 263,610 patients in both primary care and specialty areas. Since his arrival to Phoenix in 1989 from Philadelphia where he completed his Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Dr. Dover has expanded his Valley Radiation Oncology practice throughout Arizona. He is a three-time winner of Phoenix Magazine's Top Doc Award in Radiation Oncology for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

terms starting in 2003. He has also served as chief of staff at Phoenix Memorial Hospital as well as president of the Arizona Radiologic Society. Dr. Dover is board certified and is a fellow of the American College of Radiology.

At West Valley Hospital, Dr. Dover served as chairman of the board for two consecutive

[Q&A] What’s your favorite food? Chocolate Ice Cream

Family: Erin, his wife and daughter, Mary, 11.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Whining

What do you miss most? Solitude

What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? Research Scientist

What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? Westgate.

Describe yourself as a child: Hyperactive, creative and very curious. I liked to tear things apart and put them back together.

What keeps you up at night? IMS

One phrase you wish people wouldn’t say, or would say more: “I’m sorry”

What do you do during lunchtime? Work

How do you feel the West Valley has affected you, and how do you feel you’ve affected the West Valley? I have had the honor of being awarded the J. Kipp Charlton Physician Excellence Award at the Maricopa Health Foundation's 2010 CopaBall. This honor was awarded to me for the years of service to those living with cancer. Proceeds from the annual event are used to touch the lives of countless patients and their loved ones through the programs of the Foundation and Maricopa Integrated Health System. Who was an influence in your life/career, and how did they affect what you do? My father because he remained humble despite all of his successes.

What originally drew you to the West Valley? Growth and opportunity.

What drives you? Boredom

What is the secret to your success? Hard work.

What’s the biggest challenge facing you in your work? Staying focused on the big picture.

What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the West Valley, and how does what you do help ease those challenges? Economy -- establish sustainable growth. • June • July 2011 | 23

long established change agent/builder

Years in West Valley: 21 years

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Dr. John Dover, a radiation oncologist for over 20 years, has helped to transform the West Valley's medical community over the last eight years. Realizing that Goodyear and Avondale was rapidly developing without adequate space for physicians to practice, he opened the dialogue between West Valley Hospital and local physicians to come together and build medical office buildings. This was a win-win for both sides. The hospital wanted more practicing physicians on its campus and physicians wanted to own their own office suites. In 2004, the concept became a reality when physicians invested in and built the IMS medical office building in Goodyear. One year later, a second facility was built in Avondale.


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ranquil, serene, relaxing, torrential, downpour, deluge, calming rejuvenating, restorative, soaker, violet, inundation, invigorating, thrilling! Just reading these words causes reactions inside you. Water has the same effect on you as these words. Living in the desert means it is hard to find a river to build by so that you can take pleasure in the soothing benefits of running water. It also means that you don’t have to watch your dream home drift away down the raging waters that relocate your vision of that home farther downstream in a less desirable configuration. Now the dream is sunk. Standing on a stretch of land by a raging river and watching your house be destroyed is not something that you think will happen in the high desert of Arizona. Truth is, it can and does happen. However, the more likely scenario for our area would be: You find the water in a pool is not surprisingly warm during that afternoon dip and the monsoon rain creates a pleasurable swim. The rain gently massaging your back, you lazily swim stroke after stroke, producing an oasis of relaxation, calm and comfort, generating the peace and tranquility everyone seeks. The sound of running water, apparently, is a genetic memory that reaches well back into our distant past and sends off resonances deep within our limbic brain stem which also controls such basic actions as our breathing, hunger and the fight or flight response which is the primary cause of stress in our lives. Living in the past was as stressful as it is today. The people of Mesopotamia had busy nerve-racking lives with uncertain jobs, and daily pressures and they felt the need to connect with something soothing and primal in order to relax. They brought nature to their urban environment though the practice of having fountains in the gardens and patios.

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Whatever type of existence we had back in the cradle of civilization, our world was obviously a lot less stressful than the one we experience today. However the sound of running water still triggers an immediate soothing response which can help reduce

stress, lower blood pressure, reduce the frequency of tension headaches and to counteracting some of the worst effects of today’s fast-paced living. The elements of nature have a way of engaging our senses and a fountain, with its crystal clear sound of flowing water is fundamental. It engages our eyes with its shape and form and it engages our ears with its pleasant sound. Fountains become the center of focus in any surrounding, providing perfect points of visual excitement. They enhance the look of any patio or garden. Their appeal works both pervasively and subliminal slowly filling us with a subtle load of sensory perception. The constant sound of gurgling water in the background acts as its own form of “white noise” cancelling out unwanted distractions and providing a calming effect to our general wellbeing. The result is that tasks which would irritate us because of their complexity, like personal finances and our proneness to making mistakes, like waiting too long to act, when we are under pressure suddenly become easier as our concentration improves and we find ourselves able to work in a much more focused and relaxed way. This has led to an increasing widespread popularity in the use of fountains. People appreciate the benefits of the calming effects brought by the gentle music of running water as an ideal solution that averts the building of makeshift moats to protect homes, finances and retirement. Beaches, lake sides, and riversides are popular destination of those who opt to get away from the busy city life. Why not? They are perfect venues for picnic and barbecues. The sound of running water provides a relaxing surrounding and enhances one's tranquility. But did you know that you can bring that same calming atmosphere to your own backyard? People are reconnecting with their own outdoor spaces. Ponds and fountains are a good way to do that. They not only create a conversation piece but also a place to go for quiet and relaxation. Ponds, waterfalls and backyard streams come in all shapes and sizes. Huge outdoor fountains often come with intricate designs and lavish spouting features. The best pond designs are those that fit with the existing landscape of your yard. The most natural-looking ponds and waterfalls use native stone, which is more appealing to the eyes. One thing for sure, no matter how simple or complicated a water fountain is, it will bring an aura of serenity and peace to anyone surrounding it. Many people place their fountains or waterfalls near a location where they exercise to facilitate and assist with relaxation methods. The sound of water can be therapeutic, especially after a hard day of work, but having a pond also becomes a hobby. Many people start small, and enjoy it so much that they keep adding on and

moving up until they have their dream installation. That fountain in your backyard can make patio life seem much more enjoyable. You can't quite put your finger on it, but something seems different about your patio now that the fountain's up and running— surely, that great feeling must be a psychology trick triggered by the fountain's beauty, right? Believe it or not, a fountain or waterfall's benefits may extend beyond the purely aesthetic. The elements of nature have a way of engaging our senses. When water runs through the systems, its molecules are jostled and release negative ions. These negative ions combine with air impurities, neutralizing them and helping to pull them from the air. As you might expect, cleaner air means cleaner lungs—and better health. Aside from minimizing air pollution, negative ions are believed by some researchers to increase the body's serotonin levels, which can relieve stress and depression symptoms, as well as increase energy and alertness. They may even help prevent migraine headaches! Talking about personal finances engages the sense of rage and defensiveness.

Just as a raging river swells and its tumultuous waves crash along taking everything in its path and sets the body senses to anger the talk of what you should do with your own money has the same effect. Listening to people propose to you what you should do with your hard earned money causes an outpouring of fury and an immediate unbreachable levee is constructed. Let us not forget the calming effect of running water, created by its soothing sound. Take the time to set beside the still waters and listen to the peaceful sound of a waterfall or fountain before talking with a financial advisor. The results could be amazing down the road as you look back while relaxing comfortably next to your pond or fountain in retirement. Many people place their fountains or waterfalls near a favorite yoga location, to assist with relaxation methods. Tranquil, serene, calming, composed, stimulating, peaceful, inspiring! No matter what you think causes that relaxing, all-around enjoyable feeling, embrace it — and enjoy! • June • July 2011 | 25

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West Valley Magazine’s Top Doctors and Health Care Professionals Easy...Healthy Eating Habits

LIVELIFE By Jennifer Olson


his month’s column is about eating healthy, not about the latest fad diet. I often am asked how and what I eat to stay healthy and fit, of course it was not always that way. Three years ago I was traveling a lot for work and was employed by an Adult Beverage company. I ate out a lot, had a few adult beverages here and there, my weight increased by 30lbs to 157lbs. I knew I had to do something and the first thing was getting my eating in control. You may ask how I did that, I started by cutting out the fried food, alcohol, and watching my calories and lost 30lbs in 1 year. Over the past couple of years I have tweaked my eating by cutting down on the processed foods in my diet, increased by protein intake and starting eating more fruits and vegetables. What I am about to outline is not a DIET, but a way of life. How do you incorporate the above goals into your daily life? It can be difficult but it can be done. Once I started on my journey I kept a journal of what I ate on a daily basis. I have used both a paper journal and an online journal. I have found that I like my current app on my android phone: Calorie Counter, but there are many out there and you have to find one that works for you. I also had to learn how to plan meals in advance such as making a whole bag of chicken breasts and prepping my produce on Sunday’s. The American Heart Association recommends the following goals for your daily/weekly eating plan • Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day •

Fish (preferably oily fish): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week

• Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce-equivalent servings a day

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Jennifer is the current Mrs. Arizona International 2011, spokesperson/advocate/volunteer for the American Heart Association. She can be reached at mrsarizonaintl2011

YOUR WAY TO BETSodium: Less than 1,500 mg a day

Sugar-sweetened beverages: No more than 450 calories (36 ounces) a week

Nuts, legumes and seeds: At least 4 servings a week

Processed meats: No more than 2 servings a week

Saturated fat: Less than 7% of total energy intake. A typical day of healthy clean eating is as follows according to the Eat Clean Principles from Tosca Reno: • Eat 5-6 small meals a day • Eat Breakfast every day, within an hour of waking • Eat 2-3 servings’ healthy fats every day • Drink 2-3 liters of water each day • Depend on fresh fruit and vegetables for fiber, vitamisn, nutrients, and enzymes • Adhere to proper portion sizes • Carry a cooler packed with Clean foods every day

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• By now you are probably making a plan in your head to eat healthy, but where do you start. One of my favorite resources for eating healthy and clean is the Eat Clean books and website from Tosca Reno. The American Heart Association is also a great resource in providing information on grocery shopping, cooking healthy, and eating healthy at restaurants.

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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

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Dr. Barry Hamp

Michael Hilgers

Dr. Marc Wasseman

Mari Valle

Dr. Pankaj M. Jain

April Esch

Dr. Laurel Robison

Loraine Gonzalez

Nancy Jobin

Dr. Daniel MacLeod

elcome to The West Valley Magazine’s Top


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

professional from the West Valley who has been nominated by their peers will be featured in the West Valley Magazine. These physicians and health care professionals represent achievement and excellence in a variety of health care specialties and fields. All those featured for the next year will be acknowledged and recognized at the Live Life Expo Excellence in Health Care Awards Gala on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

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Best In Class Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Daniel MacLeod, DO Specialty: Family Medicine Name and Location of Practice: Southwest Family Practice, A Division of IMS, Goodyear, AZ Hometown: Litchfield Park, AZ

What inspired you to become a doctor/health care professional? I never considered anything else! Since I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a doctor. Why did you pursue your specialty? I like reading mysteries…it is similar to family medicine since I never know what to expect when I step into an exam room to see a patient. It is interesting to diagnose something completely different and unexpected from what the patient came in for. Every day is demanding and provides a variety of interesting medical issues. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? I enjoy working with all sorts of people in all aspects of medicine, from the common cold to the chronically ill and those with difficult diseases. When I joined Southwest Family Practice, there was one other physician…and now we have grown to 20 providers. 32 | June • July 2011 •

University/Degree: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine; Family Practice Residency training at Mesa General Hospital. Board Certified in Family Medicine.

Are you working on any developments/ projects in our field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? With our new IMS electronic medical records system, I can greatly improve the quality of care to our patients. Family medicine overall will be greatly improved because of how we can coordinate care with our specialists and track medications. What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? I treat the mind, body and soul. Our top notch referral department helps our patients navigate through the tricky insurance company regulations and also helps them to find the best specialists in the area. What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? I take the time to listen to my patient’s problems, and often run late because of it!! Communication is the most important as-

pect of medicine and also the hardest part as well. Why did you bring your practice to the West Valley? I came back home. Since I grew up in Litchfield Park and went to Agua Fria High School, it only seemed natural to return home to my family and friends after my medical training. What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the health care field? Steady growth…with the recent population explosion here in the West Valley, top notch medical care has followed, such as IMS, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Phoenix Children’s Hospital new West Valley campus. The West Valley will have everything we need right here.


Best In Class Health Care Professional Nancy Jobin Job Title: Practice Administrator at Southwest Family Practice; Director of Clinical Services at Integrated Medical Services (IMS) Specialty/Job Function Description: I am responsible for the day to day management of 20 family practice providers, 80 employees, and four practice locations. I oversee the financial health of the practice and the patient flow of 500-600 patients per day.

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? I am proud to have contributed to the growth of Southwest Family Practice, which is now one of the largest family practices in the Southwest Valley. When I arrived at the practice in 1996, we had four providers and now we have over 20. I am also proud that Southwest Family Practice is one of the original practices that not only helped to create IMS, but also developed it into a successful multi-specialty group. Is the practice that you work for working on any developments/projects in its specialty that you would like to tell us about? Southwest Family Practice was one of six practices to establish IMS, a Valley-wide multi-specialty physician group that provides exceptional patient centered, comprehensive care. In 2010, IMS physicians treated

Name and Location of Practice: Southwest Family Practice, A Division of IMS. Practice locations are in Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye and Phoenix. Hometown: St. Louis, MO University/Degree/Experience: Over 35 years experience in the accounting and medical fields.

263,610 patients in both primary care and specialty areas. Over the past five years, IMS has grown to over 110 providers located in and outside the Valley. What is your role in this development/project?

What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the health care field? Growth and many challenges, as medical providers face decreasing revenues and increasing costs.

I served as the first IMS billing manager, and am now the IMS director of clinical services. I am responsible for overseeing and developing the operational strategies for clinical services across all IMS Divisions. What differentiates you from your peers? I proudly work with over 20 practice managers and administrators within IMS. We all share similar goals and objectives. The main goal is to provide excellent patient care. We all tend to be MOMs (Managers of Moral) in the very fast paced, demanding field of medicine. • June • July 2011 |33 • June • July 2011 | 35


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od answers prayer with cancer diagnosis West Valley resident celebrates survivorship onset asthma. A year and a half later, a

I would have surgery and have the tumors

Inside every Cancer Treatment

doctor found a tumor in her trachea. It was

removed. When they removed them, they

Centers of America® hospital

removed, along with three rings of her

took them to the lab and tested different

there is a golden tree.

trachea. When Sandy woke up from the

kinds of chemotherapy on them to see if any

surgery, she was told she had cancer. She

would affect my cancer. They found three

Its shimmering leaves are etched with the

went through 38 radiation treatments and

chemotherapy drugs that had the right

names of cancer survivors who have reached

thought the cancer was gone, but less than

reaction and so we decided that I would take

their five year milestone treating with CTCA.

five years later it came back, this time in her

all three. When I say ‘we decided,’ that is just

Last month, five shiny new leaves were added

lungs. Her oncologist told her to go home and

what I mean. The doctors provided all of the

to the CTCA tree at the Goodyear, Arizona

get her affairs in order.

information I needed to make the decisions about my treatment, and then I made the

hospital during the 2011 Celebrate Life celebration. Among those, was a leaf for West Valley resident Sandy Willett.

But Sandy is a fighter. So she spent the next

final decision. That is one of the most

seven years battling her cancer, the later part

amazing things about CTCA - the fact that I

with the talented team of doctors and

am in control of my treatment choices, not the doctor.”

After giving birth to two beautiful children

clinicians at CTCA by her side. She took

in her early twenties, Sandy knew she needed

advantage of the hospital’s integrative model

to quit smoking. She desperately tried every

of care, which combines leading edge

After undergoing surgery, radiation and

method but she just couldn’t kick the habit.

therapies with supportive treatments such as

chemotherapy, Sandy’s cancer went into

So she did something quite unusual. She

naturopathic medicine, nutrition and mind-

remission. It has been five years since her

prayed to God to make her sick so she would

body medicine.

last treatment.

quit. “I was totally amazed at how much they

In May, Sandy celebrated with other five-

A week later, Sandy developed a cold. A

cared about me and my family,” Sandy says

year cancer survivors during Celebrate Life –

month later, she was diagnosed with adult

of her experience at CTCA. “We decided that

a ceremony held annually at CTCA to

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LIVELIFE recognize those who have reached this special milestone in their fight against cancer. Throughout the day, the celebrants met with patients in the hospital, sharing words of inspiration and passing on hope. The celebration culminated with a dedication ceremony emceed by legendary radio host Dave Pratt, a fellow cancer survivor. With her two teenage children by her side, Sandy watched as her leaf was unveiled on the Tree of Life.

Sandy With Inpatient Manager “It was a really special moment for me,” Sandy says. “Not only am I a five-year survivor, but I have survived 15 years battling this disease! I am proof that it is possible to beat the odds and survive. I’ve been able to watch my daughter grow into a beautiful young woman and for that, I am so thankful.”

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tiresome, but it is an invaluable tool that speaks volumes. When it comes to our workout programs, Stephanie shows no mercy. She works us hard. We do a variety of activities like running, swimming, weight training and more. After each workout, you know mentally and physically that you have pushed yourself past your comfort level, but it is worth it. I do have to admit that I have had some pretty sore muscles and I sometimes I think, “What in the world do you think you are doing? This is crazy.” But, I have to keep going. My biggest fear is that I will fail by giving up. The key for me is to just do it and don’t think too far ahead. One of the most crucial parts of the program so far is having a group of others along side of me in an atmosphere where everyone is very supportive of each other. I really appreciate the encouragement as well the opportunity to be accountable. The extra challenges that Stephanie has us do on our own, like running 13 miles over the course of 2 weeks was quite a milestone for me because I have never really been a runner. I did, however, run 3 consecutive miles at one time and it has motivated me to think that I could accomplish other things like maybe a “sprint triathalon” that is coming up in September. What do you think? Should I do it? I couldn’t be more grateful to be part of this program. I am having a wonderful time (sore muscles and all).

Remember, it’s never too late to get started. Alyson; 7.3% body weight loss, 11 inches, 27 pounds, 6.4% body fat, Sally; 1.4% body weight loss, 5 inches, 6.4 pounds, 7.9% body fat

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Must-read news and advice on protecting our planet

THE REFORMED POLLUTER DRU BACON Meritage chose to make their Net Zero houses look main stream. So how do you recognize a Meritage Net Zero house as you drive down the street? You can’t! It looks just like other houses in the neighborhood. How do you recognize that you are inside a Meritage Net Zero house? You can’t! You will not find any clues inside the house indicating that it is more efficient than other houses. What lifestyle changes do residents of a Meritage Net Zero make? None! There are no shades to adjust, no dials to change or levers to pull. The difference in a Meritage Net Zero house and a normal house is in the construction details, insulation methods, choice of appliances and solar energy.


ark Twain said, “Everybody complains about the weather but no one does anything about it.” Home owners sometimes feel the same way about utility bills. Actually, home builders have been making steady progress in recent years to reduce utility bills for the houses they build. Now a new standard in energy efficiency has been achieved by Meritage Homes with a “net zero” house. Net zero means that the house produces energy equivalent to or more than the house uses. Actually, a few houses have been built across the US over the past several years, which have no net energy demand. Most of these houses are custom built and look more like geeky science experiments than normal houses. What Meritage has accomplished is a standard production house that combines the best technology available to reduce energy demands and then to meet or exceed those demands with state of the art solar energy technology. Meritage uses Eco Solar electric panels, which combine the capture of solar light and solar heat. Eco Solar panels capture solar light to produce electricity and solar heat for space heating. Solar energy is also used for domestic hot water. The Net Zero home utilizes state of the art technology to control energy usage and reduce demand for electricity and water. The result is the first production house in the US able to manufacture electricity on-site equal to the demand of the house. 44 | June • July 2011 •

How did Meritage develop a Net Zero house? Meritage did not just suddenly appear on the scene with a highly energy efficient house. Instead, they worked through several well planned steps to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand. The plan was that Net Zero houses would not look different from the normal Arizona house. Indeed, the changes hide in plain sight with efficient appliances, heating and cooling. What is really important is that Meritage sells Net Zero houses without a price increase over their previous models. Bruce and Kerry Ploesar and their four children are the proud owners of the first Net Zero house completed by Meritage. The house is located in the Buckeye community of Verado. Unless the Ploesar family posts their utility bills on a billboard in their front yard, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to recognize it.

Net Zero home located in the Buckeye Community of Verado.


ow that spring is here, many homeowners are thinking about remodeling projects that will improve the home this season and yearround. Whether you're planning a few do-it-yourself improvements or a major renovation, it's important to think "green." One way to enhance the beauty and comfort of your home while saving on energy is by installing highly energy efficient windows.

"We want consumers to know that although window technology has become more advanced through the years, it doesn't mean they have to sacrifice beauty with ordinary-looking windows," says Chris Pickering, vice president, marketing, Ply Gem Windows. "In combination with other energy efficiency upgrades such as insulated siding, these windows can dramatically improve curb appeal and home comfort in both the warm and cold months."

Energy efficient windows with high insulating values, such as R5, can result in significant savings

Qualifying windows within the DOE program are available in different colors and styles to match a variety of


Seeing through new energy efficient windows on energy needed to heat and cool a home. Up until now, such windows have been cost prohibitive to most consumers. But thanks to programs like the Department of Energy (DOE)'s High Performance Windows Volume Program, homeowners can now purchase energy efficient R-5 windows at a more affordable price.

home decor. Ply Gem Windows, for example, offers R-5 windows and patio doors for both new construction and retrofit projects that come in a choice of two solid interior colors, three wood grain interior options and four exterior colors. Multiple grille, screen and frame styles can be selected for a more personalized look.

"The ultimate goal of such initiatives is to increase the awareness of R-5 windows and make purchasing more attainable for home and commercial building owners," says Terry Mapes, energy efficiency engineer and principal investigator, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). "R-5 windows are some of the most insulating available on today's market, and with so many manufacturers now producing such windows, it's getting easier to find prices that suit every need and budget."

If you're looking to make a change this spring that will beautify your home while protecting the environment, consider installing energy efficient windows.

For more detailed information, visit websites such as and, which are geared to help consumers better understand the benefits of R-5 windows and select styles that suit their needs.

So, what exactly does R-5 mean and why is it beneficial? An "R" value of a window means greater resistance to weather - making it ideal in winter to keep warm air in the home and cold air out and vice versa in the summer. This compares to common ENERGY STAR windows with an Rvalue of 3. Increasing the R-value from 3 to 5 reduces average heat loss through the windows by more than 30 percent, according to the • June • July 2011 | 45

Snakes, Scorpions


Monsters! at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium By Grey Stafford

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ith the warmer temperatures, the spring breeding season is in full swing. As a result, many types of animals will be increasingly more noticeable as they forage for food, build nests, find mates and/or rear their young. This includes mammals, birds and the many species of reptiles such as the elusive Gila Monster and the dozens of snake varieties that call Arizona home.


One common and harmless reptile that calls Phoenix home is the bull or gopher snake. This animal displays features and behaviors similar to the venomous rattlesnake, but is in fact quite harmless to humans. The bull snake’s diamond-like color pattern resembles that of the western diamondback. Plus, when threatened, a bull snake will exhale loudly producing a hissing sound. At the same time, it often rapidly shakes its rattle-less tail. Thus, a would-be predator might think twice about attacking the bull snake, mistaking it for the much more dangerous rattlesnake. Ironically, the bull snake is known to eat other snakes including the rattlesnake! Nature is full of such examples of relatively harmless species mimicking the appearance and behavior of more noxious and dangerous species. It is a very clever survival strategy. So too, for our own survival, it is important to know the difference between dangerous and harmless species. The bull snake lacks the characteristic triangular shaped head and slender neck of the rattlesnake. The rattlesnake most common to the Valley also has 3 or 4 broadly distinct black and white

stripes at the base of its tail just before your reach the rattle. Bull snakes are constrictors—they are NOT venomous. In fact, most snakes, including the dozens of varieties from all over the globe on display at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium, hunt by suffocating their prey by wrapping their bodies tightly around their victim. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is all species of snakes play an important role in preserving a healthy Sonoran Desert. If you happen to come across one, please don’t harm or antagonize these animals. Most wild animals, even snakes, are naturally fearful of humans. If we steer clear of them, they will most likely leave us alone. (The rattle is designed to warn away others in lieu of an actual attack.) So, if you plan to go hiking in the desert go with a buddy, wear good hiking boots and long pants, and carry a cell phone. Most of all make certain you can see (and hear) where you step, place your hands or sit down! The reason? Even animals that use the sun to keep warm can die if exposed to the extreme heat. Thus, rattlesnakes will seek the shade provided by bushes, logs and rocky outcroppings during the hottest parts of the day. So be careful where you ssstep! Located in the West Valley of Phoenix, the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium first opened its doors in 1984. Today, Wildlife World displays more than 600 species, totaling more than 6000 birds, mammals, reptiles and fish.

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 New Years. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m. For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit

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Celebrating grads and dads: Top gift ideas for the summer holidays The summer gift-giving season revolves around graduation and Father's Day. This year, technology tops the most-wanted list and offers a variety of options for gift-givers. If you're looking for a high-tech gift that will stand out, consider one of these gift ideas: New grilling technology is sure to impress Does your loved one enjoy spending time outdoors grilling tasty meats and veggies? If barbecuing is a favorite pastime, a new grill with some extra tech-savvy features can take grilling to a whole new level. The biggest buzz in outdoor grilling is infrared technology, which provides higher cooking temperatures than a traditional gas grill. Dad will be able to get hotter temperatures in much less time so he can cook tasty creations quickly and efficiently. Look for other grilling extras - like side burners, steamers and smoking options - to get the ultimate grill setup.

Score big with a 3D TV Dad, and granddad too, is sure to be the coolest on the block when he brags about his new 3-D TV, and with ample availability, this gift is more affordable than ever. When shopping, look for passive 3-D technology that eliminates clunky glasses in place of comfortable light-weight options that don't require batteries. One of the most popular models is the LG LW5600 HDTV featuring Cinema 3-D technology. The LG Cinema 3-D HDTV provides a full HD 1080p picture with LED Plus technology, which helps to provide crisp bright images, a wider viewing angle, and greater energy-efficiency. It also offers lightweight and comfortable 3-D eyewear. These glasses are reasonably priced, making it easier than ever to stock up for movie night so everyone can enjoy the fun.

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The gift of cinema at home If you want to give the gift of cinema that is a step above the rest, consider giving a Blu-ray Disc Player. For those considering a 3-D TV, you'll want to get a 3-D-capable Bluray player. These players embrace high definition in a way that everyone will love come movie night. Some options have the capability to instantly stream Netflix, YouTube and Vudu. You can even connect to your home's wireless network and other connected devices with players from LG, so ask about the extras before you purchase your gift.

An e-reader makes reading cool again Whether for a dad who loves a good read, or a grad who is heading off to college, an e-reader makes a great gift. These space-saving devices are surprisingly affordable, and with e-book options expanding every day, you can read just about any book/newspaper/magazine you want in its electronic version. Before buying, think about how the person will use the device - a student might need a lightweight size that fits in a backpack, while someone who wants to read the Sunday paper may want a larger size. Many e-readers have wireless access and advanced display technology that allow for easy reading both inside and out.

Father's day and graduations are the perfect times to let someone special know that you appreciate then and are proud of their hard work. If you're looking to spoil your dad or grad this summer, look to technology forinspiration and a gift that's sure to please.

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and your grill is calling to you. It's that time of year when you can't wait to entertain outdoors. If you're stuck in a rut, though, or aren't sure how to up the wow factor for your backyard soiree, here are some tips. Start with your menu, advises David Mirassou, sixth Don't forget dessert. Whether it's a chilled granita, fresh generation of America's oldest winemaking family. "I love to entertain, and once I've chosen the food and wine, the rest of the get-together is easy to plan."

fruit pie, or s'mores with melted-over-the-grill goodness, dessert brings your celebration full-circle.

Make your menu. Grilling is a great way to enjoy the

For great warm weather recipes, including Grilled Chipotle Caesar Salad Wedges and chilled granita which pair beautifully with Moscato, visit

warm weather, and most agree that when it's hot out, food tastes better grilled. For a twist on an old favorite, try grilling salad, like Grilled Chipotle Caesar Salad Wedges. Its wonderful smoky flavor is unexpected - and delicious.


"The best part of outdoor entertaining is getting together with family and friends," says David Mirassou. "But a little planning goes a long way toward helping the host relax and your guests enjoy this special time of year."

for warm weather entertaining

Decide what to serve. Offer your guests both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage choices. When the weather heats up, chilled white wine is a great option for outdoor gatherings. Chardonnay is always a crowd-pleaser, but if you're looking for something unique, serve Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Moscato is especially popular this season and has been compared to "summer in a bottle" because of its refreshing, sweet taste. Create an easy ambiance. When you're entertaining outdoors, use your surroundings as inspiration. Feature what's in bloom - like roses, wildflowers or even herbs, placing bunches in clear glass vases or jars. Consider using natural-fiber placemats like abaca, rattan and bamboo for an organic feel. Set your table with plates and glassware, not paper, which is kinder to the environment and looks better, too. Place lighted candles and lanterns about - the glow is especially welcome when the conversation lasts past sundown. • June • July 2011 | 53

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

June 2 Glendale Summer Band Concert Series For the Month of June at Murphy Park Amphitheater Downtown Glendale. Specific dates are June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14, 21, 2011 Make plans to attend the 45th annual Glendale Summer Band concert series presented by Glendale’s Office of Special Events. The concerts get underway at 8 p.m. every Thursday, from June 2 to July 21, at the Murphy Park Amphitheater in Downtown Glendale. This is the longest-running community band in Arizona and entertains guests of all ages with renditions of popular marches, ballads and show tunes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a fun evening under the stars. Admission and parking are free. June 3 Fridays in June WaterDance Film Festival. Every Friday, you bring the chairs, we bring the stars. Westgates’s Waterdance Film Festival Beginning Friday Jun 3 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. For more information, please visit or call 602.363.2298 June 3 – July 10 All Shook Up Arizona Broadway Theatre 7701 W. Paradise Lane Peoria, AZ 85382 It’s the summer of 1955, in a small Midwest town, when a young girl with big dreams falls for a motorcycleriding stud who charges into town, and

suddenly the laws of attraction are turned on their head. All Shook Up is built around the songs made famous by the one-and-only Elvis Presley. Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, It’s Now or Never, Don’t Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock, and many others, are the iconic hits that create the perfect backdrop for finding love in the unlikeliest of place For ticket information please call 623.776.8400 or purchase your tickets online June 10th Movie Night at the Ballpark – "How to Train Your Dragon" 7:30 p.m. Goodyear Ballpark 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Entry and parking are free. The movie is: "How to Train Your Dragon" - rated PG

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June 18 Missoula Children's Theatre 7:00 p.m. The Wigwam Resort 300 West Wigwam Boulevard Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 Tickets: $10/Adult, $8/Student (with valid ID), $5/Children Info Phone: (623) 935-3811 Presented by West Valley Arts Council at The Wigwam Resort Experience the magic of theater as West Valley students star in a fullscale musical production of a classic children's tale with a twist. On Monday, they're cast as characters. By Saturday, they've gained character, the kind that really counts. Complete with professionally designed scenery ad costumes, the performance is a culmination of a week-long residency led by the internationally acclaimed troupe.

Haircut, Style, Mani-Pedi & 3 Tanning Sessions for $45 ($100 Value) at Salon Glow in Litchfield Park

June 21 – August 29 AZ Rookie League Baseball The Arizona League is a rookie-level professional baseball league run by Major League Baseball. Games are played from mid-June until the end of August, and a season consists of 56 games. Most games are played at night. The players in this league are usually from other countries or drafted high school and college players from the MLB June Draft. Major league players may also play in these games as part of a rehab assignments. Spectators may attend these games for free. For more information about Rookie League Baseball, visit Minor League Baseball online. AZL Indians - Arizona Indians Where do they play: Goodyear Ballpark Address: 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 AZL Mariners - Peoria Mariners Where do they play: Peoria Sports Complex, Mariners Practice Fields Address: 15707 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 AZL Padres - Peoria Padres Where do they play: Peoria Sports Complex, Padres Practice Fields Address: 8131 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 AZL Rangers - Arizona Rangers Where do they play: Surprise Recreation Campus Address: 15754 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374

AZL Reds - Goodyear Reds Where do they play: Goodyear Ballpark Practice Fields Address: 3125 S. Wood Blvd., Goodyear, AZ 85338 AZL Royals - Surprise Royals Where do they play: Surprise Recreation Campus Address: 15754 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374 June 22nd Herberger Lunchtime Show The Family Tree 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Depart 11:15 a.m., Return 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Goodyear Community Park 3075 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85395 The Family Tree. The same Friendly People who brought you the Lunch Time Theater hits, Dog Lovers, Liza Live!, The Confessions of Saint Verizon, Marriage A Trois, FOUR, Weather or Not, and Lucky in Love now present The Family Tree. Playwright Drew Derrix Templeton takes an inspired journey into the near and distant past, examining the women who have influenced her life. For more information call 602-252-8497. Cost: $18 ($25 Non-resident) Price includes admission, lunch and Agua Fria school bus transportation. June 24th Music in the Garden 2011 Concert Series 7-9 p.m.; Ullman Terrace General $21; Member $15 The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of spectacular talent

to the Music in the Garden Spring concert series. Situated at the base of a saguaro-lined butte Music in the Garden pairs great live local bands with the most enchanting venue in the Valley. Dance under the stars on our professional ballroom dance floor. Enhance your evening with a gourmet meal or spirited drink. Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events provides a chef-attended station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present. July 4 Wigwam Farmer’s Market Sundays 7am – 11am, Front Lawn Join 15 of the Valley’s top local farmers and artisans for a producer-only farmers market Sundays at The Wigwam. Golo Family Farms will offer fresh seasonal produce including melons, okra, peppers, carrots, radishes, cucumbers and more, with Duncan Family Farms offering summer peaches and blackberries for a limited time. Sunizona Farms has recently joined the market to offer tomatoes, micro greens, salads, herbs and whole grain sprouted bread. Additional vendors include Chile Acres, DeCio Pasta, Health Foodie, Mi Salsa, Poppa Maize, Pork on a Fork, R Sauce, Raging Raw, Relish This, Terra Verde Farms and Torched Goodness. For more information visit



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The best restaurants in the West Valley


“An Authentic Culinary Vacation to Greece” by Bob Purtell

afely nestled in the Wigwam Commons, the West Valley celebrates its finest Greek cuisine in Peter & Alexandra Katsaros namesake restaurant. Bringing over 3 decades of successful worldwide experience, Peter shares his philosophy which simply states, “If I cannot eat it, I will not give it to you.” Apparently, the Valley’s gourmands agree, having voted Dino’s “Best Gyro’s” in the New Times 2010 “Best Of” issue.


While the menu goes well beyond the borders of the Mediterranean, its signature dishes remain indigenous to Athenian fare. Tzatziki, Hummus, Skordalia and Taramosalata dips are

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hand-crafted, fresh daily, on property. Generously portioned appetizers are an excellent introduction to the kitchens talent. Dolmathes, Flaming Saganaki, Spanakopita, Souzoukia and Calamari are a few of the indigenous choices, as well as a generous selection of Italian and American favorites. For the full Greek culinary journey, order the entrée Lamb Chops, Prawn, Chicken or Lamb Souvlaki, Lamb shanks, Moussaka or Gyros. Beef lovers can enjoy perfectly cooked New York and Ribeye Steaks. Seafood palettes can be romanced with an excellent selection of Tiger Prawns, Salmon Filets and Tilapia.

If salads, pasta’s and pizzas are filling your meal fantasies, your choices are numerous with over two dozen mouthwatering items to select from. All are made with top quality ingredients, including Dino’s special tomato sauce and homemade pizza dough. House specialty menu selections include BBQ Pork Ribs, Veal Scalloppine Marsala, & Chicken, Veal or Eggplant Parmesan, as well as a full compliment of burgers & sandwiches. Don’t forget to leave room for an exceptional dessert course of Baklava, Tiramisu, Chocolate, Carrot or Cheesecake. A triple swirl of strawberry/chocolate spumoni ice cream is what the doctor should have

ordered. The Gelato & Sorbetto Menu contains a trio of choices entirely unique to the West Valley. Do not miss. Lunch and dinner menus are offered with portions adjusted accordingly. A children’s menu is also available for the younger diners. Diners with special dietary concerns are not only welcome, but expected. The kitchen can accommodate most requests and the service staff is well versed in ingredients for all dishes. They can satisfy the most probing of dietary questions should you need additional information. Daily specials are posted on a menu board as you enter Dino’s. Greeting is prompt. Seating is available both indoor and patio style. The teams goal is to have your appetizer or salad within 5 minutes, entrees in less than 30 minutes.

Hours of operation are 11:00 am – 10:00 pm daily (7 days a week). The atmosphere is cordial and family comfortable. Light, upbeat background music welcomes diners who have the choice of two flat-screen TV’s broadcasting sports continuously. Catering and takeout orders are welcome. (623) 535-8380. Prices are reasonable for the quality and freshness one enjoys with this exceptional food. A full bar provides all your favorite spirits including several local and international beers on tap. The wine list is comprehensive and varied with all selections available by the bottle or by the glass. The West Valley has a lot of businesses that compete for dining dollars. This restaurant has built a loyal customer base with excellent quality food, exceptional customer service and outstanding value for the price. You will not find more authentic Greek cuisine in the valley.

We give this exceptional dining experience


***** stars.

Treat yourself to a rare culinary experience by visiting Dino’s Greek & Italian Grill and Bar @ 14960 West Indian School Road, Goodyear, AZ (just west of Litchfield Road in the Wigwam Commons). Visit <> for additional information. • June • July 2011 | 61

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

Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar


BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 623.772-6470

Rustica Cafe Bar 623.877-6400

Blu Burger Grille 623.877-3200

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria


Sandbar 623.877-6444





Mexican Grill

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is an excellent choice for a fun, high-energy restaurant with delicious food. From awardwinning handcrafted beers, to signature deep dish pizza, savory entrees and their famous Pizookie® dessert, there is something for everyone. BJ’s offers a casual atmosphere, spacious dining rooms and a lively bar with high-definition flat panel TVs in sight of every table-perfect for catching the big game. Call Ahead Waiting is available.

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

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 brick-oven pizzas and calzones, freshly prepared salads and house made desserts in an upscale yet casual and family oriented pizzeria. Come enjoy “The Pizza that made the Brooklyn Bridge Famous.”

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


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

See’s Candies 623.772.7256

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Exercise your mind and get lost in a puzzle Across 1. Gurgle's cousin 5. Rottweiler restraint 10. NL stadium 14. "... ___ I'm told" 15. Bane of pool owners 16. "A View to a ___" (Bond film) 17. B-52 mission 19. Crocus, e.g. 20. Peruvian sun worshiper 21. Salt related to a poison 23. Corporate money managers: Abbr. 26. They're often out 27. Miscellaneous coins 32. Back then 33. He stirs up 34. A very long time 38. Hipbones: Anat. 40. Big strings in the orchestra 42. "Remember the neediest,"e.g. 43. Kishke casing 45. Frost the cake again 47. Funnyman Conway 48. DePalma's intelligence 51. Op-ed piece 54. Contentedly confident 55. "Min and Bill" Oscar winner 58. Bryson of R&B 62. Rocker David Lee ___ 63. Place of bliss 66. "This round's ___!" 67. Less established 68. Fabric with gold threads 69. "The Simpsons" tavern 70. Double curves 71. Colorants


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. Desert in east Asia 2. "Dianetics" author ___ Hubbard 3. Letters at Camp Pendleton 4. Return 5. Capital of Mich. 6. Taina who was one of Les Girls, 1957 7. Indian city that's the site of the Taj Mahal 8. Suffix with dino9. Muppets creator Jim 10. Superficial, as beauty 11. Biblical king 12. Top-class 13. Mayflower pilgrim John 18. Draw conclusions 22. Restive 24. Of hearing 25. Eyeball membrane 27. Footed, as a bill 28. Girl-watch, e.g. 29. Coconut-husk fiber 30. Hayes of the theater 31. George of old movies 35. Meter starter 36. Strap for someone on horseback 37. Texas pioneer Houston et al. 39. Oater action scenes 41. Long-range nuke 44. Limbs 46. Blow a gasket 49. Kind of skates 50. From way back when 51. Data disk 52. University of Maine site 53. "___ Entertain You": song from "Gypsy" 56. Day followers, in want ads 57. Propels a boat 59. Absent 60. The Everly Brothers' "Let It ___" 61. Underground deposits 64. Wild: Scot. 65. Vintage nos • June • July 2011 | 67

West Valley Magazine June 2011  

West Valley Magazine's June 2011 edition features Fashion Fantastico, A Wearable Arts Show and other events and happenings around the west v...

West Valley Magazine June 2011  

West Valley Magazine's June 2011 edition features Fashion Fantastico, A Wearable Arts Show and other events and happenings around the west v...