Pick up Panorama
click below for locations:
In Anthem at

Anthem Mall Customer Service in Food Court
Anthem Community Center
Anthem 4 Sons Chevron

In Cave Creek/Carefree
 

Harold's

Oaks Dinner & Flapjacks
Document Station
Satisfied Frog
Spur Cross B&B

 
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

In New River at
Riverside Food Mart
Road Runner Restaurant
New River Post Office


In North Phoenix at

Desert Hills Mail Boxes
Phoenix UPS Mail Boxes


Old West Cactus Farms


Pioneer

In Glendale at
Downtown Glendale - North end of Velma Teague Park at City Hall  on Glenn Drive

The Bead Museum
Spring Hill Suites Marriott


Moe's Southwest Grill

In Peoria at 

Dillion's
Aquazone Water-N-Ice


Starbucks

Peoria KIA

In Surprise at


Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce


Bad Ass Coffee
Fitness 1 Gym


West USA Premier Properties

In Sun City at

Best Western Inn & Suites

Sun City Visitors Center
Sun City Library

Starbucks

In Youngtown at
Youngtown Denture Clinic
Youngtown Library
Pet Health Pharmacy


Longhorn Saloon & Grill
 

 

FREE TAX HELP

 

Cool Stuff

NEW ART SHOW LINKS
Eric Firestone Gallery

Arizona Fine Art EXPO
Hernández Contemporary
Leslie Levy Fine Art

 

 

 
 

Creation vs. Evolution


Chef Dillon's Corner Recipes!Grilled Stuffed Peaches

GO GREEN
Tips for Going Green
Reduce your Carbon Imprint
1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
2. Replace bulbs with new low energy  bulbs.
3. Reuse shopping bags
4. Carpool
5. Conserve water
6. Inflate tires
7. Recycle
8. About 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heating the water. Cool things off and save 349 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
 

Household Tips
Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and run the dishwasher while empty. The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains! And it smells lemon fresh!

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's ear... massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Easy eyeglass protection... to prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue. 

 Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

 Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Kills fleas instantly... Dawn Dishwashing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas. 

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns? 

Use leftover eggshells to shine your glassware. Simply drop some crushed shells in vase, add warm water and a drop of dishwashing liquid, and give it a good swirl

A simple spruce up for the microwave: place a bowl of water mixed with lemon juice inside and run the machine on high for one minute, wipe out to clean.

 

Use Your Rice Cooker to Steam Towels.

Slather your hands with lotion, then wrap them in the steamed towels until cool.

 


Here are the five most common early warning signs of a heart attack:
-- Chest pain.
-- Pain or discomfort in the neck and jaw.
-- Pain or discomfort in the arm, shoulder or back.
-- Sudden feeling of profound fatigue.
-- Sudden shortness of breath.

May 2008    

Fun Zone's Buggy Bash
Bring your family and your buggy for a fun filled day. We will supply hotdogs, chips and sodas.
May 4th at 163rd Ave & Grand. For more info call John at Fun Zone in Youngtown 623-875-3400

Women Against MS Luncheon
An afternoon of inspiration, motivation and empowerment as we move towards a world free of MS Wednesday, April 23, 2008 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa http://nationaIMSsociety.org/ azwams2008 

Event Chair: Terry Ashoff Johnson

About the Luncheon
The National MS Society, Arizona Chapter and other outstanding women for an afternoon of inspiration, motivation and empowerment move towards a world free of MS. They share the joys of a fine lunch while watching an inspirational program emceed by Tara Hitchcock of "Good Morning Arizona" and with featured keynote speaker Kristie Salerno Kent. Guests also bought tickets for a live raffle held during the program for a wide variety of exciting prizes. 
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New Owners of The Satisfied Frog are Committed to Providing Exceptional Food and Service to Patrons
Ownership change on February 15th
prompts re-birth of a new era for The Satisfied Frog


Long-time patrons of The Satisfied Frog at Frontier Town in Cave Creek can rest assured that it is "business as usual" at the western-themed restaurant and the recent change of ownership is already bringing about positive response from employees and customers. On Friday, February 15, The Satisfied Frog Restaurant operations were temporarily suspended for some 30 minutes during a transition to new operators, and despite rumors, the restaurant did not close its doors.

"Not only were we open this past weekend, we had a wedding on Saturday and an incredible turnout for our Nascar Party on Sunday," said Marc Peagler, who is operating the restaurant. Marc added that "we're not going anywhere," noting that The
Satisfied Frog has been one of Arizona's most popular dining and entertainment destinations for more than 25 years and locals and tourists have been visiting Frontier Town for more than 38 years.
 
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Lori Piestewa Honored in Tree Dedication in PA
Lori Piestewa, the first female American-Indian soldier to be killed as a result of injuries suffered during combat in Iraq will be honored in the naming of a very special oak tree in Solebury, Pennsylvania.

The white oak sapling was sprouted from the acorn of an ancient, 516 year old legendary oak tree that had succumbed to disease and a lightning strike in May 1999.The much loved tree with it’s broad near perfect shape and huge size had been a gathering place for schoolchildren who would form a circle around the trunk and couples who would marry in its shade.

 While colonial settlers felled thousands of acres of trees in Bucks County to clear land for farms, this particular oak survived. According to legend, the Lenni Lenape Indians held gatherings beneath its boughs. By the end of the 20th century, the Columbus Oak, as it was known, stood like a solitary sentinel in a field off Aquetong Road. It had grown to 68 feet in height, 29 feet in circumference and more than 140 feet from side to side.

 Only a rotting stump now remains a silent sentinel marking the location of so much history. Now, an acorn from the fallen tree that was nurtured into a young oak that will be planted in the roots of the mother. The Solebury Township Historical Society will also dedicate a plaque at the site of the Columbus Oak below Bowman's Tower and across the street from the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church.

  Piestewa, a Hopi from Arizona, was chosen to represent the tree because of the ideals she represented as an American Indian, says Crooks, as well as the significance of what the tree meant to the early Indian tribes. The Native American Society also will participate in the celebration.

STOCK UP ON FOREVER STAMPS WHILE STILL 41 CENTS

Effective May 12, the First Class Postage will sell for 42 cents. There is no increase for additional ounces for retail (single-piece) First-Class Mail letters, large envelopes, and packages remains 17 cents for each ounce.

The new price for eligible postcards will be 27 cents. Stamped Cards will increase to 30 cents each.

 

The United States Postal Service® issued a non-denominated First-Class Mail® definitive, Forever Stamp (Liberty Bell), on April 12, 2007, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 

Right now you can order the Forever stamp  through The Postal Store, by calling 1-800-STAMP24 (1-800-782-6724) and in Post Office lobbies nationwide. You may also purchase the stamps in Post Office™ vending machines, Automated Postal Centers, and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

 

The value of the Forever Stamp (Liberty Bell) will always be the postage necessary for a First-Class Mail, single-piece, 1-ounce letter that is in effect on the day of use (mailing), unaffected by any postage price changes.

 

The stamp depicts the Liberty Bell, which is perhaps the most prominent and recognizable symbol associated with American independence. Over the years, the historic significance of the bell's message has transcended our national borders, and today the Liberty Bell is an international icon of freedom.

 

The stamp art features a computer-generated image of the Liberty Bell by nationally acclaimed artist Tom Engeman of Brunswick, Maryland.

Pets Helping Kids·
 Gabriel's Angels invites you to the Pets Helping Kids Fundraising Breakfast
Friday, May 16, 2008
 The Westin Kierland Resort Trailblazer's Terrace 6902 E Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale Registration begins at 7:00 am Program & breakfast from 7:30am - 8:30am We invite you to a free one-hour fundraising breakfast. Come experience first-hand how Gabriel's Angels is nurturing abused and neglected children through pet therapy to break the cycle of violence. 
For more information, or to reserve your seat, YOU MUST CALL Gabriel's Angels at (480) 460-5333. Zee Peters
1st Annual M.B.F. (Man's Best Friend) CAR SHOW  Fundraiser for Mesa Dog Parks Saturday, April 26th, 10 am. to 3 pm. Hohokam Stadium, Mesa http://www.gabrielsangels.org/

Eve’s Place Announces Second Annual Grand Ball
With Special Guest Speaker Denise Brown
 
Eve’s Place will host its second annual charity fundraising ball presented by Henry Madison Research, Inc. with special guest speaker Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson. The gala will take place at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa in Glendale, Ariz. starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th 2008. The fundraiser helps to raise awareness about domestic violence (DV) and provides a revenue source for safety and services to empower women and children who are victims of DV.

 “Domestic violence is a problem that affects everyone,” states Velda King, President of Eve’s Place Board of Directors.  In Arizona alone, over 17,000 women and children are affected.  “We may not know it, but we all know someone who has been affected in some way by DV.  It costs at least $67,000 a month to keep our doors open.”

Donate at http://www.safetyatevesplace.org/

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The Shops of Norterra Hosts Grand Opening,
Family Sports & Art Events Planned
 
North Phoenix families will soon have a new place to shop, dine and play when the 350,000 square-foot lifestyle center The Shops at Norterra holds its grand opening Friday and Saturday, April 18th-19th, 2008. The two-day family oriented celebration will include a tailgate party, mascot games, Student Art Show fundraiser, live concerts, kids’ activities, giveaways and more, all free and open to the public. The center is located just east of the intersection of I-17 and W. Happy Valley Road, about three miles north of the Loop 101.
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Wilhelm Automotive Presents Proceeds of Special Grand Opening
Promotion to Eve’s Place.

 Thom Gyder and Chris Garman, President and General Manager of Wilhelm Automotive, presented a check today for $1,400 to Eve’s Place, a non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic violence in Surprise. The check was presented to Eve’s Place Board President Velda King and Executive Director Laura Horsley.

 This fundraising program was created as part of a special promotion that was done in conjunction with the grand opening of two new Wilhelm Automotive stores in Surprise and Goodyear. For over 80 years, Wilhelm Automotive has cared for our customer’s cars and cared about the communities in which we do business. Thom Gyder stated “We learned about the many items that Eve’s Place needed to operate their shelter and support groups. We saw that funding was very limited for many of the necessities that Eve’s Place needed so we found a way to put a program together through our Surprise and Peoria locations to assist them.”

 For more information about how you can assist Eve’s Place please call them at 623 537-5380 or visit their website at www.Safetyatevesplace.org . To find out more about Wilhelm Automotive and how they support their local communities please call 623 412-1989 or visit the website at www.WilhelmAuto.com . Story Continues

Wilhelm Automotive Supports “Packages From Home” Program
As Designated Drop Off Locations

Wilhelm Automotive is proud to announce our newest partnership with “Packages From Home”, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide food, personal care, and recreational items to deployed American troops. All five Wilhelm Automotive Locations invite Valley residents to join us in supporting our troops by donating these needed items.     Story Continues
BISON MUSEUM TO HOST FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT
"PISTOL PACKIN' PAULA"

Bison Museum and DR Buck Productions to Aide Injured Western Performer
The Bison Museum in North Scottsdale will play host to a fundraiser on Saturday evening, April 19th to benefit injured Western performer and World Champion Lady Six Gun Spinner, Paula Saletnik, better known as "Pistol Packin' Paula". Paula was severely injured in an automobile accident on January 10th of this year.

The Western themed benefit will be held from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Bison Museum located at 16641 N. 91st Street in Scottsdale, just north of West World, and will feature several Western entertainers, performers and celebrities, silent and live auctions, food, refreshments and more. Admission is $20 per person. The fundraiser is being presented by Buck Montgomery of DR Buck Productions, longtime associate and friend of "Pistol Packin' Paula", and by Gary Martinson, owner of Bison Museum and Bison Homes. Story Continues
 

April 27th Desert Foothills Culinary Fare: Savor the Flavor to raise funds for Desert Foothills YMCA & Community Center

 Inaugural event features taste samples from more than a dozen restaurants, 30 original wine and beer vendors, live music and a kid's zone

 Sunday afternoon fundraiser takes place at Harold's Cave Creek Corral

 A dedicated group of community advocates are coordinating the first Desert Foothills Culinary Fare: Savor the Flavor fund-raising event, set for Sunday, April 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, in the heart of Cave Creek.  Tickets cost $30 per person and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets for adults 21 and over include food, wine and beer samples. All other guests under 21 can sample food and non-alcoholic beverages. Net proceeds benefit the Desert Foothills YMCA & Community Center (DFYCC), which recently kicked off its $10 million capital development campaign. Robin Kilbane, DFYCC committee member, said excitement is already building about the culinary fare. "Not only will guests have an opportunity to sample a variety of cuisine, crafted beer and wine, we're also lining up several bands to perform throughout the afternoon. In addition, our Kid's Zone will include a climbing wall, bouncers, and other fun activities," Kilbane said. 

 Local restaurants lending their support to the event include: Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Carefree Station, The Satisfied Frog, Indian Village, Tonto Bar & Grill, Cartwrights, The Buffalo Chip, Carefree Resort and Villas, the Horny Toad, El Encanto, Cave Creek Coffee Company, The Wild Bunch Catering, and Wild Horse West.  In addition, the culinary fare will feature some 30 crafted beer and wine vendors. Los Dos Dons, popular rock band EastonAshe, and Young Country will perform on two stages.  All three bands are donating their services to help DFYCC.  Story Continues

Prescott Elks Opera House Tea with ‘ZaZa"
Tea with ‘ZaZa’,
a one woman show featuring Gail Mangham as Florence Roberts, returns to the Elks Opera House June 10 – Sept 5.  First Lady of theater, 'ZaZa' opened our opera house in 1905.  Visit her Tuesdays, Noon, Tickets $9, Seniors 65+  $7.  Or Fridays, 7:30 pm, $15;  Seniors 65+  $13.  Theater tour following each performance.  A Portion of Proceeds benefit the Restoration. Box Office open Tuesdays –Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm in the lobby.  Drop by or call 928 777 1366.  For information call the Event Line at 928 443-8541; or Toll Free1-888-858-elks.  Lunch or dinner packages at the Hassayampa Inn available.  Concessions open with coffee, tea, soft drinks & goodies.  

BISON HOMES PERCHERONS WIN PARADA DEL SOL PARADE AWARD
“Best Overall” Goes to Percherons… Next up, Parada del Sol Rodeo

 The Bison Homes team of beautiful Percheron horses came away with first place honors for the “Best Overall” entry at the 55th Annual Parada del Sol Parade, held last Saturday in Old Town Scottsdale. These wonderful horses impressed the judges with their regal presence, beauty and teamwork. The six horse hitch worked as a finely tuned unit under the guidance of their handler/driver Gary Keck and his trusted group of wranglers.

 Following the parade, the Percherons set up camp at the “Trail’s End” Celebration in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Hundreds of devoted fans and admirers stopped by to visit the Percheron display and partake in the other “Trail’s End” festivities that included live music, food, refreshments, games, displays and more all masterfully orchestrated by the Scottsdale Jaycees.  Story Continues

Three New Shops Open
Welcome to Christopher & Banks. We are a specialty women's apparel retailer serving the baby boomer woman and her desire for style, fit and value in everything she wears. We think women should feel comfortable in their clothes and we are here to make sure that happens with versatile styles and exceptional customer service.

 Our history dates back to 1956, when Gil Braun opened the first Braun's store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He believed in offering quality apparel at a great value and personalized service to everyone who walked through the door. By the time he retired, Mr. Braun had turned his vision into the wonderful shopping experience Christopher & Banks customers still enjoy today.

 Brauns Fashions became a publicly traded company in March 1992, and in July 2000, we changed the name to Christopher & Banks, Corp. We've also added some exciting divisions to serve our customer's lifestyle and size needs, but one thing always remains the same: our commitment to customer satisfaction. 

The Christopher & Banks Division offers misses sizes 4 to 16 through 546 store locations as of February 2008.

C.J. Banks, our plus size division, opened its doors in the Fall of 2000. This brand is specifically designed for women who wear plus sizes 14W and up. As of February 2008, there were 256 stores.

 In November 2004, Christopher & Banks Corporation acquired Acorn from Gilmore Brothers, Inc. The Acorn boutique concept appeals to a more affluent customer with an eye for unique styles. There were 39 Acorn stores open as of February 2008. Learn more about the Acorn division by visiting www.acornstores.com Story Continues

New Owners of The Satisfied Frog are Committed to Providing Exceptional Food and Service to Patrons
Ownership change on February 15th
prompts re-birth of a new era for The Satisfied Frog


Long-time patrons of The Satisfied Frog at Frontier Town in Cave Creek can rest assured that it is "business as usual" at the western-themed restaurant and the recent change of ownership is already bringing about positive response from employees and customers. On Friday, February 15, The Satisfied Frog Restaurant operations were temporarily suspended for some 30 minutes during a transition to new operators, and despite rumors, the restaurant did not close its doors.

"Not only were we open this past weekend, we had a wedding on Saturday and an incredible turnout for our Nascar Party on Sunday," said Marc Peagler, who is operating the restaurant. Marc added that "we're not going anywhere," noting that The
Satisfied Frog has been one of Arizona's most popular dining and entertainment destinations for more than 25 years and locals and tourists have been visiting Frontier Town for more than 38 years.
 
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Desert Foothills Library to hold 19th Annual Golf Tournament
The Desert Foothills Library will hold its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the prestigious Desert Foothills Golf Club in Carefree on Monday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. for Registration and 9:00 a.m. for Scramble. Desert Forest is one of the top 100 courses in America according to Golf Digest, Golf Week and Golf Magazine and is certainly one of the most beautiful courses in Arizona.

The $185 per person entry fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon and lots of fun! The format is a four player scramble with men, women or mixed groups. It also includes a silent auction and Chinese auction. All contributory amounts are tax deductible. For more information visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org or call (480) 488-2286.

 

Cave Creek’s Newest Open Air Shopping, Office and Dining Destination Showcased
 StageCoach Village is Cave Creek’s newest premier open air shopping, office and dining destination, hosted a sneak preview of the center on Thursday, Feb. 21st from 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 The event featured cowboy chow from Cave Creek caterer The Wild Bunch, live entertainment from local band, Rhondavous and cocktails. Guests were able to experience the western ambiance of the new retail and office center, reminiscent of the old Southwest territory, featuring turn-of-the-century style architecture.

 Located in the heart of Cave Creek, on the Northwest corner of Cave Creek Road and Galloway, StageCoach Village features more than 105,000 square feet of retail and office space. Of the 105,000 square feet of space, nearly 65 percent of the retail is pre-leased or sold, and more than 50 percent of the office space is pre-sold. The retail sales and office sales are being handled by Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate, and the retail leasing is being handled by Retail Brokers, Inc. (RBI). The developer of the property is StageCoach Village, LLC.

 The sneak preview was a private event, and guests including Panorama Hills Monthly Advertising and Marketing Director Janice Greene had to have an invitation to attend. Sponsors for the event include Chicago Title Insurance Company; Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate; Retail Brokers, Inc. (RBI); and Parkway Bank. For more information on StageCoach Village, please call 480-365-1267 or checkout www.stagecoachvillage.com

SCOTTSDALE ROSE SOCIETY ANNUAL ROSE SHOW  April 12, 2008 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
 Scottsdale Community College 9000 East Chaparral Road Scottsdale For additional information call Jeannine at (480) 948-6772, Mary (480) 945-8114, Kathy (480) 990-1422 or Roberta (480) 990-1690.
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Imaginative Spring Break Camps Offered by Theater Works
 Looking for that special fun thing for your child to do during Spring Break?  Hoping the opportunity will provide some education in the disguise of fabulous entertainment?  Then Theater Works has the answer for you with their first ever Spring Break Camps.

 Children aged 8 to 16 will be creatively inspired as they learn music, dance, acting and much more from local teaching artists.  The last day of camp all students will don costumes and make-up and perform in an original one act musical they created themselves, on the Theater Works main stage at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.  

"It's such a great creative outlet for kids," says Jim Gradillas, Theater Works Youth Programs manager, "And it's a whole collaborative effort in creating the final production in just one week.  It's so rewarding.  Plus the kids meet other kids and they become friends for a lifetime."  Gradillas has 21 years experience as a youth theater director.

 These special Spring Break Camps will be offered for two weeks.   The first camp is March 17 - 21 and the second camp March 24 -28.  The camps operate daily 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily.  The cost is $225 per child. To sign your child up for the experience of a lifetime, contact Jim Gradillas, Youth Programs Manager at 623-815-1791 ext 108. For more programs offered to children, visit www.theaterworks.org .

DFL to hold Author's Podium Speakers Series 2008 Elizabeth B. Lewis will appear on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m.
 In the tradition of holding book discussions that started many years ago, The Desert Foothills Library will present best selling authors who will speak about their latest published books in the library's meeting room.  All discussions are free to the public, refreshments will be served and authors will have books for sale and signing.  Elizabeth B. Lewis will appear on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss her books which are set in present day Arizona but are enriched with history and personalities from the past.  Elizabeth served nine years on the Board of the Arizona Nature Conservancy and she weaves challenges to the Arizona environment into her novels.

Newest Non-Motorized Addition to Trail
 The Black Canyon City Trailhead is the newest non-motorized addition to the award winning and nationally recognized Black Canyon Trail system. The Black Canyon Trail Coalition held its Grand Opening celebration for the public on February 9th. 

 There was a special Dedication Ceremony started at 11:00 AM with a traditional Native American trail blessing.  Following the ceremony, there was food, beverages, live entertainment, display booths, hourly walks & talks on the trail with a BLM archeologist, a geologist, and a wildlife biologist, and more! For more info call 623-374-5553 or visit www.bctaz.com

Opt-In and earn Outlet Points for Tech-ucation 
Outlets at Anthem has launched "Opt-In," a program that benefits  the Deer Valley Unified School District schools. Opt-In is a ten month program where Outlets at Anthem receipts are translated into points simply by visiting Customer Service. At the end of the program, the schools with the most points will receive SMART Boards, one of the most high tech and desired items in today's classrooms. Visit Customer Service or Outlets at Anthem http://outletsanthem.com   for more information on how you can help the DVUSD school of your choice.  When you shop, make sure to save those receipts! 

Back To School Clothing Drive Golf Classic
Legacy Golf Club at South Mountain April 3, 2008, 1:15 p.m. Shotgun Start

 by LeeAnn Sharpe
 The 6th Annual BTS Golf Classic takes place, Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix. Register now online http://www.backtoschoolclothingdrive.com and secure your place in one of the most popular golf events in the valley and help raise money to support of the children served by the Back To School Clothing Drive 

Founded in 1967, The Back-To-School Clothing Drive provides new school outfits and uniforms, backpacks and school supplies to less fortunate children in the Valley of the Sun.  Each year, more than 10,000 children from 135 schools receive our support, thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, corporate sponsors and foundations.  School supplies, a new outfit, a pair of shoes, and a backpack to hold school books. To most of us, these are routine necessities when returning to school.  Through the eyes of the children we serve each year, they represent not having to wear hand-me downs to school, the grown-up thrill of choosing their own items, and the chance to dress like other kids. Story Continues

 

ANGELA JOHNSON FASHION SHOW AT CLARENDON HOTEL’S NEWLY REMODELED POOL CATWALK
 

Local Fashion Designer, Angela Johnson, will be Arizona’s first designer to have a fashion show on the Clarendon Hotel’s newly renovated pool catwalk with her Fall 2008 “Menagerie” line
 
 Angela Johnson, Arizona’s most prominent fashion designer, will unveil her Fall 2008 line entitled “Angela Johnson’s Vaudeville Style Mystery Menagerie” Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm at the Clarendon Hotel’s pool catwalk at 401 W. Clarendon in Phoenix.  The event is free to store buyers and press and is also open to the public at $10 a ticket which can be pre-purchased or reserved on www.angelajohnsondesigns.com .     
 
 Voted Best Boutique Hotel by the Travel Channel, the Clarendon Hotel will open its pool area to fashion show attendees at 8:00 pm.  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and music by DJ William F-ing Reed and DJ Jas will be provided.  Hosted by Carey Pena of 3TV, the highly anticipated fashion show and Vaudeville style performances including pyrotechnic burlesque show by Pyra Sutra, will begin promptly at 9:00pm. The Menagerie line will be worn by models from Arizona’s most reputable agencies with hair styled by E’s Urban Hair and make up by Ginger Champagne.  
 
 As co-founder of the now dissolved Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion, Angela has coordinated and shown work in countless multi-designer fashion shows including an annual 60-designer fashion show entitled Fashion Ball and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts quarterly “SMoCA Nights” shows.  This exciting event will be Angela’s first solo fashion show since “Sideshow Freak in the Padded Room” which was held at Loft 19 Studios in 2005 and attracted over 300 spectators.  “I’m excited to have my own solo show at the Clarendon Hotel” says, Angela.  “I’m always so busy coordinating multi-designer shows that I don’t get a chance to focus solely on my own line as much as I would like to. I’ve put a lot of work into this new collection and the Clarendon Hotel, with the built in pool runway, will make the type of impact that I’m hoping will highlight my hard work and create a memorable show.”
 
 Angela Johnson is an award winning clothing designer with over 13 years in the fashion industry. Angela handcrafts cutting edge, avant-garde apparel under her name.  Angela's clothing is sold online, in boutiques nationwide, and at her fashion and trunk shows.   She got her start working in design and production for X-Large Clothing, the line owned by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys and X-Girl, the line owned by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.  Today, she designs under her own line and has been honored as Fashion Group International of Arizona’s Rising Star in 2004, Artist of the Year by the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Chairman’s Committee, Chicest Local Designer by 944 Magazine in 2007 was a finalist in the Scottsdale Fashion Week’s Designer of the Year contest in 2007.  She coordinates and exhibits her own line in the fashion show portion of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts SMoCA Nights quarterly event and co-founded Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion.
 
 Sponsored by: The Clarendon Hotel, 3TV’s Carey Pena, Eric Hendrix, Pyra Sutra of Scandalesque, DJ William F-ing Reed, DJ Jas, E’s Urban Hair, Ginger Champagne, Bunky Boutique, Drama Queen Productions – Jen Deveroux, Humble Entertainment, Rebecca Devaney, Bigger Pictures Images, Tony Zeh, Ally Burnham, Lesley Oliver, Kristin Dinnis.



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Photos of Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

Awards Luncheon  All photos by LeeAnn Sharpe lasharpe@cox.net 602-565-5785

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James McCracken of McCracken Pool Co receives Small Business of the Year award.           

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 Ambassador of the Year                              Entrepreneur of the Year

  Karen Cimaglia                                                           Paris Toon

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LON'S AT HERMOSA INN HOSTS RENOWNED PAINTER
MELANIE STIMMELL AT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE DINNER MAY 16
Street painter Melanie Stimmell, internationally acclaimed for bringing pavement to life, will be the featured guest for an intimate Artist in Residence dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 16th at Lon's at The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley.

 The evening will feature a pre-dinner wine reception at which Melanie Stimmell will mingle with guests. Participants will enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner designed especially for the occasion by Lon's Executive Chef, Michael Rusconi, showcasing his artful American culinary style.

 The menu will include hacienda salad with blue cheese, spiced pecans and apple-pears; butter braised Maine lobster and beef tenderloin; and white chocolate and hazelnut torte with dark chocolate ganache. Wines will be personally selected for the event by sommelier Robert Ofstedahl.

 After dinner, Melanie Stimmell will share stories about her life and career, do a question and answer session and a sample street painting will be displayed on Lon's patio, according to Pam Swartz, cultural arts director for The Hermosa Inn.

 Called a modern day Leonardo da Vinci, Melanie Stimmell is the only woman to have won the title of 'Maestro' and several gold medals in both Italy and Germany. The Artist in Residence dinner at Lon's at The Hermosa Inn is an opportunity for Valley residents and visitors to mingle with this internationally acclaimed street painter.

 Melanie Stimmell paints for clients in Turkey, Holland, Canada and throughout America for special events, performance art and interactive media. Her street paintings convey the spirit of creativity and bring extraordinary drama to her pavement canvases.

 Lon's welcoming and intimate atmosphere features a ruggedly elegant dining room with wood-beamed ceilings, vintage Western artifacts and beehive fireplaces that accent the meandering dining space. The charming restaurant features the artworks of the historic inn's original owner, Lon Megargee.

 The cost for the Artist in Residence dinner with Melanie Stimmell is $125 per person, including tax and gratuity and a four-course dinner paired with wines. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Lon's at The Hermosa Inn at 602-955-7878.

 Lon's at The Hermosa Inn is located at 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road in Paradise Valley, Ariz. For more information, visit www.lons.com .

The West Valley Moves to The Front With World's
First Luxury Eco-Friendly Dealership

 Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead the newest Mercedes-Benz dealership in Arizona is the first luxury brand dealership to get Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The dealership located just west of the 101 Loop at 9260 W. Bell Road boasts an exterior made of recycled foam insulation, photovoltaic solar panels on the roof that provide up to 35 percent of the electrical power during off-peak hours. Water-saving features including toilets and a carwash that uses only six gallons per car, a saving of 18 gallons for every car washed. Water will be recycled and used to irrigate the plants and there is an underground storm water system to minimize soil erosion and maximize the settling of solids. Recycled asphalt, concrete and steel were used in the construction of the dealership. Even the ceiling tiles contain 85 percent of recycled material 

Owner of Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead, Chuck Theisen has been an advocate for responsible use of natural resources for many years. "I feel this new dealership is more than a worthwhile investment, it’s an opportunity to improve the world we live in. We are excited to be able to offer our employees and the local community a state-of-the-art environmentally sustainable dealership along with the same customer service the Phoenix Motor Company has been known for the past 45 years," said Mr. Theisen. "I am passionate about doing our part in the fight against global warming and pollution, as well as in serving as a steward for the environment."

 Other features include large sweeping roof extensions and canopy screens that maximize interior shading during the summer. The dealership encourages its employees to be environmentally friendly. “In addition to the outstanding sustainable facilities, we are thrilled to be able to offer our employees a range of different amenities. These include a low carbon dioxide level working environment, closed-in parking for those with electric or "0" emission vehicles, showers and lockers for employees who want to bike to work and shuttle service to public transportation,” said Jim Astuno, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Arrowhead.

 The dealership was designed and constructed by Autopilot Development Services a local Scottsdale based company, which specializes in vehicle dealership facilities. "Autopilot is very excited to be working with Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead who embraces the fundamental principals of the United States Green Building Council’s call for new buildings to provide environmental stewardship in design, construction and technologies," said Rick Cartell, Principal of Autopilot.

 Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead is a proud partner of the Phoenix Mercedes-Benz dealership, who has been serving valley customers for 45 years. For more information call (623) 583-7200 or visit www.arrowheadmb.com .

The Shops of Norterra Hosts Grand Opening, Family Sports & Art Events Planned 
North Phoenix families will soon have a new place to shop, dine and play when the 350,000 square-foot lifestyle center The Shops at Norterra holds its grand opening Friday and Saturday, April 18th-19th, 2008. The two-day family oriented celebration will include a tailgate party, mascot games, Student Art Show fundraiser, live concerts, kids’ activities, giveaways and more, all free and open to the public. The center is located just east of the intersection of I-17 and W. Happy Valley Road, about three miles north of the Loop 101.

The Shops at Norterra is anchored by Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods, both are already open, and Harkins Norterra 14, which will hold its grand opening on Friday, April 18. Specialty shops now open or that will be open by the grand opening date include Bath & Body Works, Coldwater Creek, Kay Jewelers, New York & Company and Victoria’s Secret, plus several new-to-the-area retailers such as Fans & Fashionistas, Sweet & Sassy and Urban Sanctuary. An array of dining choices, that will also open for the grand opening, include Paradise Bakery, Sauce and Paciugo Gelato. Additional great stores, services and restaurants will open at The Shops at Norterra over the next several months.

 “Sports in Motion” is the theme for Friday’s events and includes a live sports radio broadcast, a Wii and video game arcade featuring Guitar Hero, and Mascot Games, in which pro and high school team mascots play a variety of hilarious games on a football field replica. The “stadium,” complete with Astroturf, bleachers and lights, will be located near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Pro team mascots planning to compete include the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Scorch from the Phoenix Mercury basketball team, Big Red from the Arizona Cardinals, and Rocky Roadrunner from the Phoenix Roadrunners hockey team (participants subject to change without notice). 

“Kids in Motion” events on Saturday are highlighted by a YMCA rock climbing wall and bounce house that benefits the non-profit service agency. On the arts side of “Kids in Motion,” Shops at Norterra will showcase winners from the Deer Valley Unified School District Student Art Show and Contest. All students within the school district are eligible to submit a piece of art, from which 57 winners will be chosen. These works will be on display throughout the center, and note cards featuring the six grand prize winning pieces will be available for purchase in packets of 6 for $10. All proceeds will benefit the DVUSD’s Visual Arts Program. This event marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership between The Shops at Norterra and the Deer Valley Unified School District.

 Chances to Win: Visitors to the grand opening celebration can register for a chance to win an entertainment package from Best Buy, including 42-inch Samsung plasma HDTV and Blu-ray disc player, or a $500 Shops at Norterra gift card. And shoppers can redeem their store receipts totaling $100 or more for an exclusive fashion tote (while supplies last). 

GRAND OPENING CALENDAR
FRIDAY, APRIL 18• 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  “Sports in Motion” • 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: LIVE Radio Broadcast with Gambo and Ash of Sports 620 KTAR • 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gamin’ Ride – Wii and Video Game Arcade, featuring Guitar Hero • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tailgate Party, with food by Dickey’s BBQ • Prize Wheel • DJ (5-8pm) • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mascot Games near Dick’s Sporting Goods. 

 SATURDAY, APRIL 19 • 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. “Kids in Motion” • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ride, Rock & Roll with Radio Disney AM 1580 and X-Games Gear • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. YMCA Bounce House and Rock Wall Roaming Balloon Artists, Face Painters and Chalk Artists • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Prize Wheel • 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Jonnie and Brookie LIVE IN CONCERT - This teen pop duo performing 30-minute shows beginning at the top of each hour. • 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Video games and other special activities • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Apple LIVE IN CONCERT – Beatles tribute band • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Prize Wheel

 Stores and restaurants at The Shops at Norterra include the following. Those opening after the grand opening are noted. • APPAREL – Christopher & Banks, CJ Banks, Coldwater Creek, Fans & Fashionistas, New York & Company, Urban Sanctuary, Victoria’s Secret, Apricot Lane (coming soon), Trendy Tag Boutique (coming soon). • JEWELRY – Kay Jewelers. • SPECIALTY STORES – Alltel, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, Claire’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sunglass Hut, Sweet & Sassy, Bella Day Spa (coming soon), Beverages & More (coming soon), Element Sports (coming soon), Massage Envy (coming soon), Men’s Wearhouse (coming soon), Sunglass Station (coming soon). • RESTAURANTS & SPECIALTY FOODS – Dippin’ Dots, Paciugo Gelato, Paradise Bakery, Sauce, Ah-So Sushi (coming soon), Berry Good Yogurt (coming soon), Chipotle (coming soon), Chop Chop (coming soon), Dickey’s BBQ Pit (coming soon), Johnny Rockets (coming soon), Mellow Mushroom (coming soon), P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (coming soon). • ENTERTAINMENT – Harkins Norterra 14. • SERVICES – Bella Day Spa (coming soon), Massage Envy (coming soon). For more information check out The Shops at Norterra: www.norterrashopping.com  

Wilhelm Automotive Supports “Packages From Home” Program As Designated Drop Off Locations
Wilhelm Automotive is proud to announce our newest partnership with “Packages From Home”, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide food, personal care, and recreational items to deployed American troops. All five Wilhelm Automotive Locations invite Valley residents to join us in supporting our troops by donating these needed items.     

While these brave men and women serve our country, it is important that they know that people back home are thinking about them. These donated items bring smiles to their faces even in the most difficult times. Donations drop off after the Christmas season. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we continue to supply these needed items.

 Here’s How You Can Help
1)   Visit
www.PackagesFromHome.org  and see the list of items to donate (we also have brochures that outline the list of items to donate…you are welcome to pick one up in any of our stores). Come into any one of our five locations with your donated items and drop them off. We will deliver them to PFH for packaging and delivery to the soldiers. (please see locations listed below)

 2)   You may also make a donation online; when making your donation, you can specify how you would like your donation to be used: 

  • Postage

  • Purchase of a specific item.

  • A combination of postage and items needed

 Wilhelm Automotive locations
Home Office 8241 Grand Ave Peoria, AZ 85345 623-412-1989
Peoria 8245 Grand Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345 623-979-3740
 Litchfield Park 13973 W. Indian School Rd Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 623-935-9503
Surprise 14297 W. Grand Ave. Surprise, AZ 85374 623-544-3676
Goodyear 3900 S. Estrella Pkwy Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-925-1571
Tatum Ranch 29233 N. Cave Creek Rd Tatum Ranch, AZ 85331 480-342-7100

 “Community support comes naturally to our entire organization and we are proud to be involved in Packages From Home”, said Thom Gyder, President of Wilhelm Automotive. “We should not forget about our troops abroad and we thank everyone for supporting this wonderful program”.

 About Wilhelm Automotive - Wilhelm Automotive is a family owned and operated award winning automotive repair and maintenance business that has been serving the valley since 1928. the company has won such honors as the distinguished WestMarc Best Business in the West Valley award and the West Valley View’s Consumer Choice Award. Wilhelm’s has always made community support a top priority by being involved with organizations such as St. Mary’s Westside Food Bank, TheaterWorks, Eve’s Place, the Cave Creek Museum and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wilhelm currently has five locations in Tatum Ranch, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise and Goodyear. Additional information can be found at our website at www.WilhelmAuto.com.  

About Packages From Home

PACKAGES FROM HOME (PFH) is an Arizona not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization that takes pride in sending care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.  In many instances, these packages raise morale and save lives; they are much more than "care packages" as they exemplify the gratitude we have for our troops for their bravery and commitment to preserving freedom.

 PROUDLY, we announce that PACKAGES FROM HOME (PFH) sent 123,000 boxes, and an additional 20,000 tons via parcel post to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004! In March of 2008, we begin our fifth year of supporting our troops.

Wilhelm Automotive Presents Proceeds of
Special Grand Opening Promotion to Eve’s Place.

 Thom Gyder and Chris Garman, President and General Manager of Wilhelm Automotive, presented a check today for $1,400 to Eve’s Place, a non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic violence in Surprise. The check was presented to Eve’s Place Board President Velda King and Executive Director Laura Horsley.

 This fundraising program was created as part of a special promotion that was done in conjunction with the grand opening of two new Wilhelm Automotive stores in Surprise and Goodyear. For over 80 years, Wilhelm Automotive has cared for our customer’s cars and cared about the communities in which we do business. Thom Gyder stated “We learned about the many items that Eve’s Place needed to operate their shelter and support groups. We saw that funding was very limited for many of the necessities that Eve’s Place needed so we found a way to put a program together through our Surprise and Peoria locations to assist them.”

 For more information about how you can assist Eve’s Place please call them at 623 537-5380 or visit their website at www.Safetyatevesplace.org . To find out more about Wilhelm Automotive and how they support their local communities please call 623 412-1989 or visit the website at www.WilhelmAuto.com .

About Eve’s Place

Eve
’s Place is a non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic violence in Surprise, Arizona and the surrounding communities. Eve’s Place started in early 2005 beginning support groups to assist those in need of assistance. In late 2005, Eve’s Place obtained a residence to fill the need for a crisis shelter in our area. Since then, the Safe House has provided over 1,500 bed nights of safety to women and children.

Joan Johnson And The Foster Oden Trio with special guests Jeffery Burkett, Kelly Greenburg, Lynn Ivory Sr. Lynn Ivory Jr. and Karla Pierce A hot evening of cool jazz Saturday, April 5, 2008  at  7 pm   Adults $8  |  Teens $5  |  Kids  $3 at door - Doors open at 6 pm
Joan Johnson, vocals  Foster Oden, piano   Bob McKeon, drums Ray Carter, bass
Joan Embrey-Johnson, vocals, is from Newark, New Jersey.  Her parents, grand-parents and other relatives had music backgrounds and a love of music. She holds degrees In Psychology and worked in the legal profession for many years. She was exposed to all kinds of music, growing up, as she had a grandmother who sang opera, a grandfather, known as Mr. Nostalgia, who recorded for RCA records and performed In clubs all over the world, an aunt who played gospel for and toured with the Clara Ward Singers and a child-hood that allowed her to see and often meet many of the greats, like Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Eckstein, The Ink Spots, all of whom performed in Newark and nearby New York.  Joan performed at various venues, in New Jersey and New York, before moving to Arizona, in 1998.  She has been performing in Arizona and enjoying the climate and music scene since then.

Foster Oden is a native of West Palm Beach Florida who relocated from Dayton, Ohio to Sun Lakes, Arizona, in 2001. An accomplished pianist, he has an extensive repertoire of jazz, blues, broadway show, rock and pop tunes at his command. Foster majored in music, at Florida A. M. University where he was a member of their Big Jazz Band and played baritone horn In the Marching Band.  He has fond memories of performing with the late Nat Adderly (cornet) during his college years.  Presently, Foster accompanies several local vocalists.  He also works with the Sun Lakes Big Band.  His trio has played for dances at some of the Country Clubs in Sun Lakes.  The trio has performed at several of the Chandler Jazz Festivals and other jazz venues.

Bob McKeon (drums). Bob Is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He put himself through college playing music full time on a local morning television show, as part of the house band. He also worked steadily, in local jazz clubs.  Bob was on the road during the late 50's, with various groups, spending time In New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana.  He has backed such luminaries as Gene Austin (composer of My Blue Heaven) and Candy Candido.  Bob worked with big bands, In Michigan, and fronted his own jazz quartet/quintet over, the years. His wife, Margo Lynn, was also his singer. Bob moved to the Valley in 2000 and has stayed busy playing with local jazz musicians.  Among other accomplishments, Bob has held down the drum chair for musicals, including Minsky Burlesque Show, Annie, Sweet Charity and Charlie Brown. Bob also gigged with the Treme Brass Band, from New Orleans, when they were in the Phoenix area due to hurricane Katrina.  He holds down the drum chair with the Sun Lakes Big Band and various smaller groups, often playing on the dance club circuit, during tourist season.  Bob has played with the Foster Oden Trio for the past 6 years. .

Ray Harvey Carter, stand up bass and vocals, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He has recorded for and with Chess Records, the Isley Brothers, Mary Wells and has worked at the Apollo Theater, New York, many times.  Ray has performed with the Khalid Moss Trio, the Jack McDuff Organ Jazz Band and many other noted jazz ensembles.  Ray moved to Phoenix, in 1978 and has stayed very busy with the Helen Mason Performing Arts Troupe, the Black Theater Troupe, the Larry Reed Trio and many others.  He has been with the Foster Oden Trio, since 2005.  Ray Is also Vice President of the ARIZONA BLACK FAMILY GENEALOGY Ir. HISTORY SOCIETY and recently retired, after 21 years, from his position as a Senior Information Technologist with the Arizona Department of Revenue.  In addition, he is the grandfather of 10. Ray can be seen In many venues throughout the Valley of the Sun.

West Valley Art Museum 17420 North Avenue of the Arts  Surprise, AZ  85374    623-972-0635    www.wvam.org  14th Avenue and Bell Road
New Owners of The Satisfied Frog are
Committed to Providing Exceptional Food and Service to Patrons

Ownership change on February 15th prompts re-birth of a new era for The Satisfied Frog
Long-time patrons of The Satisfied Frog at Frontier Town in Cave Creek can rest assured that it is "business as usual" at the western-themed restaurant and the recent change of ownership is already bringing about positive response from employees and customers. On Friday, February 15, The Satisfied Frog Restaurant operations were temporarily suspended for some 30 minutes during a transition to new operators, and despite rumors, the restaurant did not close its doors.

"Not only were we open this past weekend, we had a wedding on Saturday and an incredible turnout for our Nascar Party on Sunday," said Marc Peagler, who is operating the restaurant. Marc added that "we're not going anywhere," noting that The Satisfied Frog has been one of Arizona's most popular dining and entertainment destinations for more than 25 years and locals and tourists have been visiting Frontier Town for more than 38 years.

A New Era and Special Events
Juli Forsyth, The Satisfied Frog's Operations and General Manager, said she views this transition as a re-birth of a new era for the restaurant. "The history of The Frog will carry on. Our menu will remain mostly the same, though we may look at how to make it even better," Forsyth said. "We're also excited to announce that The Satisfied Frog is the official Spring Training headquarters for the Chicago Cubs. In addition, we are teaming up with Nascar to host big screen TV parties in our Beer Garden on race days. We're in the midst of planning these promotions, so check back with us soon for more details." Juli also credits her staff of 65 for their dedication and hard work. "Our staff has been incredible. We are very grateful to them and to our loyal customers for their support," she said.

Constance Wood, The Satisfied Frog's Director of Special Events, has been employed by the restaurant for 14 years and in her current position for four years. She said she is confident the new change will bring about positive results. "I am 100 percent behind this and want to reassure our customers, especially our brides and grooms who are planning a wedding here, that we will continue to provide exceptional food and service," Constance stated.

The Satisfied Frog Restaurant is located at 6245 E. Cave Creek Road in Frontier Town in Cave Creek. The western-themed restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious appetizers, entrées and deserts, including a full bar. Frontier Town is a western-themed, family-friendly town that pays tribute to the miners, ranchers and cattlemen who settled in Cave Creek in the late 1800s. Located in the heart of Cave Creek, Frontier Town is just minutes from North Scottsdale. Patrons visiting Frontier Town not only can dine at The Satisfied Frog, they can stroll through a myriad of gift shops and view authentic artifacts from the Old West, including covered wagons, and a 13 step hanging gallows. Patrons can relax in the outdoor beer garden and even have their hair cut in the old western barber/beauty shop. Parking and admission is free.

For information or to make dining reservations at The Satisfied Frog, call (480) 488-3317 or visit www.satisfiedfrog.biz . For banquets and weddings, call (602) 359-3300 or visit www.icanaffordthiswedding.biz .

 

7th ANNUAL SONORAN FESTIVAL OF FINE ART IS SET
FOR FRI, SAT, & SUN, APRIL 4, 5 & 6

The non-profit Sonoran Arts League is once again hosting the Sonoran Festival of Fine Art on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 4, 5, & 6 on Easy Street at the Carefree Town Center. The juried show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features 100 local and nationally-acclaimed painters, sculptors, jewelers, wood and glass artists, photographers, and artists working with mixed media. The event also includes live entertainment, in-booth artist demonstrations, and special exhibits dedicated to desert preservation. Admission is FREE.

 Highlights include: Carefree Farmer's Market will take place in conjunction with the Festival in the Carefree Town Center Amphitheatre. The market will feature fresh produce, chef demonstrations, organic meats and cheeses, specialty Italian entrees, tamales, award-winning salsas, luscious desserts, pastries and freshly-baked artisan breads.

“A Brush With Fine Art” is a popular interactive activity that allows patrons to try their hand at painting. Two tents will be set up with several canvases, paints and brushes inside. Each canvas will have a recognizable image gridded into 4”x6” squares. Similar to a mosaic style, adults and children will be able to paint a square and contribute to the overall piece of art.

 Live Entertainment throughout the weekend.According to Beth Zink, Sonoran Festival of Fine Art co-chair, the Festival features members of the Sonoran Arts League along with several renowned artists from other states. The Festival committee adheres to strict guidelines during the jurying process when reviewing artists’ work. Each piece of art must be 100 percent hand-crafted. Imports, manufactured goods, or artwork produced with kits or other commercial methods are not allowed. In addition, the committee reviews slides of each artist’s booth and any other information pertaining to how the artist will exhibit his or her work.

 “Any profit that the League makes from the Festival will be put back into the community through student scholarships, art awareness, and art education,” Zink says.  “We hope to raise funds through sales of this year’s Festival Poster. Photographer Joel Wolfson was chosen to create the image for this year’s poster. The 18”x24” poster features an image of his photograph “La Fontaine.” Posters cost $15 each, and a portion of proceeds will support League scholarships.”

 Based in Carefree and Cave Creek, Arizona, Sonoran Arts League is dedicated to the promotion of art, artists, and art education, affirming the belief that art and artistic awareness is essential to the well being of life and the community. The non-profit organization’s 400+ members actively participate in community outreach programs, including mentoring programs, workshops, seminars, fundraisers, and other activities, such as the Empty Bowls Project each October, and the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour every November. For more information about the Sonoran Festival of Fine Art, visit www.SonoranArtsLeague.org  or call (480) 575-6624.

 Joel Wolfson tells us about his photograph, "La Fontaine".  "La Fontaine" was photographed in a small town in Southern France. The photograph shows a rural French storefront with the refection of a fountain in the window.

 "The small towns of Provence have a wonderful feel to them. We traveled all over Provence looking for an image that would be a distillation of the Provençal feel. I found this scene which seemed to have all the elements.  I waited for sweet light and angled my perspective so the reflection in the window of the figurine shop would reveal my last missing element…the fountain," he said.

 Other event highlights:    Carefree Farmer's Market will take place in conjunction with the Festival in the Carefree Town Center Amphitheatre. The market will feature fresh produce, chef demonstrations, organic meats and cheeses, specialty Italian entrees, tamales, award-winning salsas, luscious desserts, pastries and freshly-baked artisan breads.

 “A Brush With Fine Art” is a popular interactive activity that allows patrons to try their hand at painting. Two tents will be set up with several canvases, paints and brushes inside. Each canvas will have a recognizable image gridded into 4”x6” squares. Similar to a mosaic style, adults and children will be able to paint a square and contribute to the overall piece of art.

What makes this artshow different:     This juried art show is the one of the very few art shows in Arizona that is coordinated by artists. The Sonoran Arts League is also the oldest and largest arts league in Arizona and adheres to strict guidelines during the jurying process.

 INFORMATION:             Call (480) 575-6624, or visit www.SonoranArtsLeague.org .

We Provide Quality Care for Dogs and Cats!
 Sonoran Foothills Pet Clinic opened in December 2007 to provide health care services for North Valley dog and cat owners. Staff Veterinarian Steven C. Grossman, DVM brings with him more than 23 years worth of experience caring for pets. A 1984 graduate of Colorado State University, Dr. Grossman's goal is to be an advocate for our patient’s health and well being, and to educate and involve our clients in a life-long health care plan for their pets.

 Sonoran Foothills Pet Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive quality care for our patients to enhance their well being and quality of life. We achieve this by having a compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional staff; utilizing the latest technical advances, and implementing the most effective medical practices.

At Sonoran Foothills Pet Clinic patient care is our priority, and at all times our goals are to:

  • Treat our patients with care, compassion, and competence.

  • Treat our customers with courtesy and respect.

  • Conduct our business with professionalism and integrity.      

 Steven C. Grossman, DVM brings a wealth of experience to Sonoran Foothills Pet Clinic located at 34406 N. 27th Dr. Phoenix. For more information including clinic hours please call (623) 236-8993 or check out www.SFPetClinic.com

The Library Book
Check It Out, now available at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek. The library has long wished to publish a book telling the story of its history. Now, with the near completion of its most recent expansion and the celebration of its 54th anniversary on Valentine's Day, the library is proud to announce that The Library Book - Check It Out is complete and available for purchase at $10 a copy. Editor Stephanie Anderson did a masterful job of designing and layout, interspersing historical facts with 140 photos taken from the archives of newspapers and scrap books. "It's a history of the people, places and events that gave root to this beautiful, new library/community center," she says. Much of the book is made up of the memories, as she lived them, of Corky Cockburn, who has volunteered in the library since its beginning and knew most of the people in the book. "I've lived longer than anybody else involved in the library," chuckles Corky. "I was overwhelmed, excited and honored to be asked to help." The Library Book - Check It Out is a labor of love by many people. The beautiful cover photo comes from the photography of Heinz Kagerer and several other volunteers helped with proofreading. The whole community will want to have this priceless book in their homes, to read and enjoy many times over as they learn and reminisce about the history of the community and its library. Look for it in the Friends of the Library Book Room at the Desert Foothills Library, (480) 488-2286.

"Homes Through Time" Home Tour Proceeds Benefit Cave Creek Museum
Sunday March 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Cave Creek Museum is hosting its 2nd Annual "Homes Through Time" home tour for just $30 per person. Tickets available in advance and Sunday, the 30th at the Museum during business hours, credit cards accepted. No pets, no photos, no food or beverages allowed within the homes and no children under the age of 12. 

Spend the day touring three distinct homes, including: the Boulder Home, owned by the Yavapai Tribe. This widely acclaimed Boulder House was designed by Charles E. Johnson around, over and under enormous outcroppings of weathered granite and was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest.

 The Boulder House is recognized worldwide for its unique structure and its success in preserving the aura of the past, the Boulder House combines the mystical elements of archaeological lore with contemporary design. Built by Sunnie and Bill Empie and now owned by the Yavapai nation, the remarkable home, dubbed the best in America in Stanley Marcus' Book of the Best, is defined by a large boulder outcropping in the middle of ten acres of land.

 To prehistoric people, promise was everywhere among the boulders. They celebrated the mysterious cycles of nature, leaving behind petroglyphs and other artifacts. The mystical boulder outcrop into which the entire home is built has been virtually undisturbed. Within the boulder rock walls of the home, which are more than a billion years old, is a connection to the past that reveals itself in the silence enfolding the modern structure.  A natural wall of granite hugs the walkway up to an arresting angled front door that conforms to the space afforded by nature. After the almost secretive entry, the living space within surprises visitors with its enormity in height and breadth.  

Steps lead up to the dining area, above which a beam holds an array of Yavapai crown dancers. Irregular stone slab floors lead to hallways that divide, one entering library and office space that benefits from desert views beyond glass walls. The other corridor winds through a modern kitchen to the west side of the house and its bedroom quarters.

 Glass, in art and in the windows that overlook creek-side vistas, is the star of the Hoss House, "ecologically-friendly" home. Designed to take advantage of passive solar, gray water recycling and other techniques available today to best conserve resources, this home has succeeded in combining sensitivity to the environment with comfort and unparalleled beauty. Hidden beneath the stucco-finish is a sturdy base of rastra block construction for dense insulation. While full of mindful engineering decisions that took two years to implement, it is what is visible in the home that thrills the eye. Set above the actual Cave Creek, the home achieves grandeur just by right of placement. But the dwelling within competes convincingly with the vistas beyond. Keeping close to nature without disturbing it is thematic. Drawing on the rich array of local artists, the Hoss family incorporated painting, sculpture, tile, and above all, glass artwork throughout the home.

 At The Hunt Compound, history is just a hoof beat away. Built on the former cavalry remount station along "the creek," the complex was inspired by cool, hacienda living.  Pass through a massive pair of ornate antique wooden doors that open into a courtyard oasis of mature trees and plantings. A central pool bids cooling welcome.   

Comfort and nostalgia greet you inside. Rich woodwork defines the rooms and generous windows overlook the grounds. The home is awhirl with warmth, created by antiques and architectural details. Be sure to explore the barn, bunkhouse, guest cottage and creek-side deck as well as the main house.

 Located at 6140 Skyline Dr., the Cave Creek Museum fatures an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The museum hours are Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $3 for adults, and $2 for seniors and students over age 12. Group tours: $2 per person. For information about the Creek Museum and its programs, call (480) 488-2764, or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org . Part of this article was written by Stephanie Bradley and was printed in The Peak Magazine

 Here are two more photos of the Hunt Compound. Please give photo credit to Stephanie Bradley.

Eve’s Place Announces Second Annual Grand Ball With Special Guest Speaker Denise Brown
 
Eve’s Place will host its second annual charity fundraising ball presented by Henry Madison Research, Inc. with special guest speaker Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson. The gala will take place at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa in Glendale, Ariz. starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th 2008. The fundraiser helps to raise awareness about domestic violence (DV) and provides a revenue source for safety and services to empower women and children who are victims of DV.

 “Domestic violence is a problem that affects everyone,” states Velda King, President of Eve’s Place Board of Directors.  In Arizona alone, over 17,000 women and children are affected.  “We may not know it, but we all know someone who has been affected in some way by DV.  It costs at least $67,000 a month to keep our doors open.”

 According to the Arizona Foundation for Women, although there has been progress over the last two years in funding domestic violence shelters in Arizona, thousands of women seeking shelter are still turned away due to lack of space.  However, “due to an appropriation of $3 million last year in the state’s budget, Eve’s Place expanded to 38 beds as of December 15, 2007,” said Laura Horsley, Eve’s Place Executive Director.

 “We want to be known as the gap provider, by partnering with businesses in the community to improve programs and services to our residents, such as transitional housing, employment and education,” said King.  “We also want to offer an empowerment program to the children, who hold the future in their hands to stop domestic violence.  These children are the forgotten ones, and they need our help in dealing with all they have seen, heard and do not understand.”

 Eve’s Place, a relatively new nonprofit organization that serves the northwest Valley by providing victims of DV with emergency shelter, programs and services, opened its doors in early April of 2005.  Eve’s Place operates a safe house in a home-like setting that accommodates up to 38 women and children, not including infants.  The organization also offers group sessions and arranges transportation, as well as assistance with accessing legal services, seeking employment and/or education, and finding a new place to live.

 As a way to sustain and generate new revenue, Eve’s Place holds several fundraising activities throughout the year, including the Touch of Hope Spa Party, Celebration of New Beginnings Cocktail Party and Golf Tournament.  However, the annual ball generates a great deal of the organization’s operating revenue.

 The gala includes dinner, dancing, a chance to bid on exciting live and silent auction items and entertainment.  Advance ticket sales have begun.  Tickets are $150 per person for general admission, and $250 per person for VIP admission which includes an after dinner party with major sponsors and Denise Brown.  For reservations and information, call (602) 252-4477 or visit the website at safety@evesplace.org   www.evesplace.org    . 

Studies in Texture & Storytelling
The 30 paintings featured in this exhibit, entitled “Studies in Texture & Storytelling“, celebrate unusual viewing experiences as well as adventuresome techniques.  “I often apply molding paste, manipulating it to create distorted forms and when it‘s dry I paint freely over the surface. This tactile quality invites the viewer to pause, to experience the painting’s visual story,” says Fiorucci, 62.

“I’m quite taken with the Impressionist’s lack of fear when it came to building up thick surfaces.  The work of painters such as Manet, Pisarro and Renoir have always seem more personal to me and that’s how I paint.  If it doesn’t ’touch’ me, I don’t paint it.” 

 Enjoy Visually Rewarding Series This solo show focuses on two series: the exuberant “Girl’s Night Out” and the intriguing, somewhat mysterious “Inside Out”. “Family members and friends get together for major birthdays,” recalls Fiorucci. “The painting entitled ’Karaoke’ from the ‘Girl’s Night Out’ was inspired by such a celebration.” Gazing at this playful artwork, with its sense of fun intensified by dramatic, textural elements, leaves the viewer with a memorable visual experience.

 The concept behind the “Inside Out” series is seeing the world from inside the eye of the artist. “In the hope of conveying a new and different perspective, I would like the viewer to experience the world as I see it,” Fiorucci stresses.  The somewhat edgy and poignant painting entitled “Crash” certainly encourages a second look.  “Since the story line is not obvious, it inspires the viewer to reflect on what they’re seeing and this mental process can become a memory,’ the artist points out. “The recollection of my work makes me feel I have completed my artistic mission.”

 Making up for Lost Time As a single parent with limited funds, for a number of years Fiorucci kept her work to herself, using it as an escape from an often discouraging world. Recognizing her inherent talent, a good friend introduced her to the world of oil painting, and this late bloomer has been enthusiastically exploring her creativity ever since.  “I have known and worked closely with Dyanne for several years as she has developed painting skills,” says Diane Sanborn, BRIO director and oil painting instructor. “I have witnessed a great metamorphosis in her work; with each painting, she is better able to express her special visual message of exciting mysteries.”

 The artist’s first commissioned work, a painting of an angel, was requested by the nurse who was taking care of Fiorucci’s terminally ill mother.  Working from an old black-and-white photo, she painted her mother as an angel; as a result, the nurse requested 12 different angels, which were displayed throughout the urgent care unit of Phoenix’s Good Samaritan Hospital.  (A special collection of Fiorucci’s most personal paintings, that helped the Phoenix resident become an acknowledged artist, will also be included in the exhibit.)

 Meet the Artist at the Opening Reception  Slated for Saturday, April 5th from 6-9pm, admission to the reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

BISON HOMES PERCHERONS WIN PARADA DEL SOL PARADE AWARD
“Best Overall” Goes to Percherons… Next up, Parada del Sol Rodeo

 The Bison Homes team of beautiful Percheron horses came away with first place honors for the “Best Overall” entry at the 55th Annual Parada del Sol Parade, held last Saturday in Old Town Scottsdale. These wonderful horses impressed the judges with their regal presence, beauty and teamwork. The six horse hitch worked as a finely tuned unit under the guidance of their handler/driver Gary Keck and his trusted group of wranglers.

 Following the parade, the Percherons set up camp at the “Trail’s End” Celebration in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Hundreds of devoted fans and admirers stopped by to visit the Percheron display and partake in the other “Trail’s End” festivities that included live music, food, refreshments, games, displays and more all masterfully orchestrated by the Scottsdale Jaycees.

 The Percherons next appearance will be this weekend at the Parada del Sol Rodeo taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at West World in north Scottsdale.  Though not competing, the Percherons will put on a handling exhibition in the Equidome ring during each show. Rodeo performances will be held at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. For more rodeo information contact the Scottsdale Jaycees at 480-990-3179 or online at www.paradadelsol.org .  

The Percheron breed originated in France and was first imported to the United States in the mid 1800’s.  Known for its free movement, great disposition and heart, this gentle giant was a major factor in our country’s development.  They plowed fields, hauled freight, pulled fire engines and served our American soldiers in both world wars as heavy artillery horses. Percherons normally tip the scales at just over 2,000 pounds, and stand about 18 hands high. The Percherons are currently wintering at West World through the month of March. To visit these horses up close and personal at their West World stables, please contact their handler, Gary Keck, directly at 480-205-5990.

Other Parada del Sol parade entry award winners included Tom Nesbitt’s Fire Hose Wagon & Cart (Authentic Western Vehicle), 101 Phoenix Ski Club (Civic), Scottsdale Public Library (Comical/Specialty), Michael Pollack Real Estate Investments (Commercial Float), American Legion and VFW (Honor/Color Guard), Golden West Cowgirls (Mounted Western Costumed), Baroque Western Group (Mounted Western), Saguaro High School (Musical Marching), Young Champions of America (Non Musical Marching), Gadsen School District (School Band), Hashknife (Best Theme), Arizona Twirling Athletes Show Corps (Best Youth), 52 Paul's Ace Hardware (Best Scottsdale), Dave Pratt, the Morning Mayor (Judges Choice)

 The Percherons are presented by Bison Homes, a premier builder of retreat homes in Northeast Arizona. For more information on the Percherons, Bison Homes or the Bison Western Museum, call 480-837-8700, or visit www.bisonhomes.com .

Three New Shops Open
Welcome to Christopher & Banks. We are a specialty women's apparel retailer serving the baby boomer woman and her desire for style, fit and value in everything she wears. We think women should feel comfortable in their clothes and we are here to make sure that happens with versatile styles and exceptional customer service.

 Our history dates back to 1956, when Gil Braun opened the first Braun's store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He believed in offering quality apparel at a great value and personalized service to everyone who walked through the door. By the time he retired, Mr. Braun had turned his vision into the wonderful shopping experience Christopher & Banks customers still enjoy today.

 Brauns Fashions became a publicly traded company in March 1992, and in July 2000, we changed the name to Christopher & Banks, Corp. We've also added some exciting divisions to serve our customer's lifestyle and size needs, but one thing always remains the same: our commitment to customer satisfaction. 

The Christopher & Banks Division offers misses sizes 4 to 16 through 546 store locations as of February 2008.

C.J. Banks, our plus size division, opened its doors in the Fall of 2000. This brand is specifically designed for women who wear plus sizes 14W and up. As of February 2008, there were 256 stores.

 In November 2004, Christopher & Banks Corporation acquired Acorn from Gilmore Brothers, Inc. The Acorn boutique concept appeals to a more affluent customer with an eye for unique styles. There were 39 Acorn stores open as of February 2008. Learn more about the Acorn division by visiting www.acornstores.com

 Christopher & Banks Corporation has grown to more than 800 women's specialty stores in 46 states. In addition, the Christopher & Banks and C. J. Banks divisions launched their web stores in February 2008 allowing customers even more convenient access across the nation.

 We at Christopher & Banks, C. J. Banks and Acorn sincerely hope there's one concept that fits your style.

 Christopher & Banks offers exclusively designed, coordinating clothing in sizes 4 to 16. We also offer a diverse selection of accessories to complete her every look. Christopher & Banks is the preferred destination for quality women’s clothing and accessories. We consistently provide excellent service, selection and value.

 C.J. Banks is the ultimate shopping destination for women who wear plus sizes 14W to 24W. We believe size shouldn’t limit selection and provide comfortable, quality clothing to satisfy her every need. These exclusively designed, coordinating selections are classic, comfortable, casual and colorful.  

Commitment to Our Communities - At Christopher & Banks, we are inspired to help the people in our community. We connect with several local and national groups dedicated to changing the lives of those in need. Through innovative practices and a true passion for the spirit of giving, these organizations truly make our world a better place. We are proud to say our employees are continuously engaged in supporting these groups and their commitment to improving the lives of others.

 Our Partners - Christopher & Banks is proud to sponsor Walk MS events across the country each year. We wish to express a sincere thank you to all who participated in the over one hundred fifty 2007 Walk MS events nationwide. Over 100,000 walkers dedicated their time and effort to help fund vital research as well as programs that address the challenges of people whose lives are affected by MS. Each year we walk farther and push harder to find a cure for MS. We invite you to be a part of CBK TEAM HOPE in a Walk MS Event near you! Please click here to find out how you can Join the Movement. http://www.nmss.org 

 MS Collection Jewelry- Debuting in 2007, the MS Collection was created to help raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. Each year, Christopher & Banks will donate 50% of the proceeds from the sales of these pieces directly to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In its inaugural year, the MS Collection raised over $120,000 for this worthy cause.

 American Cancer Society

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Each October, Acorn stores feature a line of cause-related merchandise to help fund breast cancer research.

 American Heart Association  - Go Red for Women Campaign

Every February, Acorn stores also feature a line of cause-related merchandise to help fund research for the prevention of heart disease in women. Acorn is proud to donate 50% of the proceeds to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. www.americanheart.org 

 Cornerstone - Cornerstone's mission is to provide individuals and families who have experienced domestic abuse a continuum of service that builds sustainable self-reliance and revives the human spirit. Each December, Christopher & Banks associates participate in Cornerstone’s Adopt-A- Family program, providing victims of domestic violence with holiday gifts they would otherwise not receive.  www.cornerstonemn.org 

 The Caring Tree - The Caring Tree's mission is to promote educational success for Minnesota's K-12 students in-need by ensuring that they have the appropriate school supplies. Each August, Christopher & Banks corporate associates hold a school supply drive, collecting school supplies for underprivileged children in our community. www.caringtree.org 

 Memorial Blood Centers - The Memorial Blood Centers’ mission is to provide blood products and biomedical services to benefit our community. Christopher & Banks regularly holds Blood Drives at the corporate office to support this important initiative. www.mbc.org

 Second Harvest Heartland - Second Harvest Heartland’s mission to end hunger through community partnerships. Each November, Christopher & Banks holds a Non-Perishable Food Drive to benefit our local food shelves with the goal of feeding those in need.  www.2harvest.org

 Many other causes and initiatives at the local level - We are thankful to our store associates throughout the country who regularly donate new clothing to charitable organizations in their communities.

 Volunteerism - Christopher & Banks promotes and helps connect community involvement efforts for its associates and colleagues by providing resources to local and national volunteer opportunities.
 

Pets Helping Kids·
 Gabriel's Angels invites you to the Pets Helping Kids Fundraising Breakfast Friday, May 16, 2008 The Westin Kierland Resort Trailblazer's Terrace 6902 E Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale Registration begins at 7:00 am Program & breakfast from 7:30am - 8:30am We invite you to a free one-hour fundraising breakfast. Come experience first-hand how Gabriel's Angels is nurturing abused and neglected children through pet therapy to break the cycle of violence. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call Gabriel's Angels at (480) 460-5333.
1st Annual M.B.F. (Man's Best Friend) CAR SHOW  Fundraiser for Mesa Dog Parks Saturday, April 26th, 10 am. to 3 pm. Hohokam Stadium, Mesa http://www.gabrielsangels.org/

Author speakers at DFL

 Author, Joan Anderson, will speak at the Desert Foothills Library on May 16.
April and May bring exciting authors to Desert Foothills Library Speaker Series

The 2008 Author's Podium Speaker Series has become very popular at the Desert Foothills Library and already audiences are looking forward to the presenters for April and May.

Saturday, April 12 - 10:30 a.m.   Elizabeth Bruening Lewis began by writing medieval history until her first fiction book, To Live or Die in Arizona, which won a national first prize.  Since then, Elizabeth's heroine, Abby Taylor, has dodged killers, battled kidney disease, cared for her corgi dog and won the heart of an environmental studies professor.  In this way, Lewis' books deal with history, crime and the Arizona Environment.  As a past board member of the Arizona Nature Conservancy, she has her feet in the worlds of the past and present, fiction and actual life.  Listeners at her book sharing and signing will delight in her Arizona tales.  Her most recent books are Dry Death in Arizona and Deadly Deception in Arizona.   

Friday, May 16 - 1:00 p.m.  Joan Anderson started out as a reporter, moved to photo essay books and found her niche as a writer of memoirs.  This happened when she left home to pursue her own interests, living alone by the sea.  "By writing my story, it has given hundreds of thousands of women the excuse to take themselves away, have their turn, and see who they are beyond the roles they play," she says.  Her books, A Year by the Sea and A Walk on the Beach are just two of these memoirs.

Wednesday, May 21 - 1:00 p.m.  Louise Ure is a fourth generation Arizonan who writes novels about the magic, mystery and legends of the desert Southwest.  With degrees from the University of Arizona and "Thunderbird" College in Glendale, Arizona,  Ure pursued a career in advertising and marketing for 25 years and then decided to try writing fiction. She still has a large family in Tucson and  her books, Forcing Amaryllis and The Fault Tree are both mysteries set in Arizona.

For more information on the Author's Podium Speaker Series, check the DFL web site at www.desertfoothillslibrary.org 

Pascoti Sweet Memories

 A Brand New Concept has appeared in the west valley. Pascoti Sweet Memories is a delightful little shop that serves coffee, gelato, yogurt, cheesecakes and pastries.

The energetic Manager of Pascoti, Angie Garrett says, "We serve Mokarabia coffee. Our Gelato is 100% natural, with half the fat and cholesterol of regular ice cream."   She goes on to describe some great specials.  "Our hours are Mon-Thurs 6:30am-10pm, Fri & Sat 6:30am-11pm and Sun 8am-10pm. In between 3 & 4pm we have free cups of gelato and drip coffee from 6:30am-7:30am. Our Grand Opening is May 9th-10th. There will be free coffee and yogurt going on throughout the weekend. We’re located @ 6922 N 95th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305. SW corner of Glendale Ave & 95th Ave, Just out side the Westgate City Center." I found the best way to get there is to turn north from Glendale Ave on 95th Ave and look for Guarduno's and Picazzo's on the west side. Pascoti's is next door on the south side of Picazzo's.

GARY HARDT MEMORIAL RODEO
May 16 and 17 – 7:00 PM Evening Performances
Payson Event Center  - Rodeo starts 7 PM – GATES OPEN 5:00 PM
Adults – 13 to 64 -- $12.00, Seniors – 65+ -- $10.00 and Children ages 8 to 12 $ 8.00 Children 7 and under Free Tickets available at: Rim Country Chamber of Commerce – Corral West, Circle K north of Wal-mart and the Payson RoundUp newspaper
Stock Contractor:  Salt River Rodeo – Featuring some of the top Bulls!

Special Events: **** “
Tough Enough to Wear PINK ***

 
Friday – May 16th a special Breast Cancer Support Performance
DONATIONS WILL BE MADE FOR
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 Cowboys in PINK - $3.00 each – Patrons wearing PINK - $1.00 each
PINK items will be sold to help everyone have PINK on with proceeds donated.
  
 
Come see some of Rodeo’s Best and support a good cause to Boot!
Thursday, May 15th come out and see the Cactus Series – Ladies Barrel Racing Gates open 5:00 PM – Performance at 7:00 PM Admission a can of food for the Food Bank

Local Songwriter/Singer Presents His Music for One Night Only Thursday, April 24th in Scottsdale
Kevin Glenn sings his latest recorded songs for the public  

“I haven’t done a show like this in years,” local songwriter, Kevin Glenn, shared with Darknight Productions co-producer Diedre Kaye, “but I used to perform regularly in Brooklyn Heights, Cobblestone and Manhattan and I loved the feedback I’d get from the residents that would come to my small concerts.”  Since moving to Arizona, Kevin has spent most of his performance time with local theaters or the Sonoran Serenade Big Band.  In addition to musical direction for area theaters, Glenn has done the musical direction for the last two plays Darknight Productions has presented.  The producing couple is so impressed with his work that they asked him to do his own show of his original music like he used to do back East.  Kaye says, “The setting is perfect at Grimaldi’s for an intimate evening of great music with great food. We think once people hear Kevin’s work they’ll be as excited about it as we are.”

 Past concerts, were about an hour or more in length, which gave Glenn the opportunity to hone his performance style and share his latest musical efforts. On Thursday, April 24th, Kevin will perform between dinner courses of appetizer, entrée and dessert.  His style varies from pop/rock to folk, country, and theatrical drama. With lyrics drawn from his own experiences and insights into the joy and pain of everyday life, the tunes are both deeply personal and universal.  Perhaps that’s why his audiences relate so closely to his music. Back East, several concert goers attended multiple evenings for the sheer joy of it. “A touch of genius is in his work,” reported one such Heights resident. Another exclaims, “He’s in the top echelon of what he does.” With applause ringing forth at the end of each concert, encores have become standard. And with them come requests for tunes that, in this brief period of time, have become well known. “My son and I have several personal favorites,” commented one Cobble Hill resident. “We always hope to hear at least one of them.” According to Glenn, people have different favorites. “Apparently, people are resonating to the entire body of work and not just favoring one or two songs. For a songwriter this is great news.”  

 Tickets for the Thursday, April 24th show are available online at www.darknightproductions.us or by calling the Darknight Productions Box-office at 480-595-7346.  The evening includes a four-course Italian pizza buffet dinner and three sets of Kevin’s music.  Dinner, show and gratuity is $40 plus tax.  Reservations are required.  Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is located at 4000 N. Scottsdale Road in Old Town Scottsdale.  The doors open at 6:30 and dinner is service begins immediately.

 Darknight Productions is owned and operated by writer Alexx Stuart and director Diedre Kaye.  They perform weekly at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and The Encore Room at Arizona Broadway Theatre with a variety of comedy, mystery and music shows with dinner.  Most shows are also available for booking for private events at any venue.

MESA ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON OF
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE ARIZONA
SPEAKERS SERIES

Esteemed Series Brings Renowned National Geographic Explorers to Arizona
 

National Geographic brings its acclaimed series back to the Mesa Arts Center for a second season featuring more presentations by dynamic National Geographic explorers, scientists, filmmakers, photographers and journalists. From adventures with photography and conservation in remote areas of the world to exploring the depths of the oceans for lost shipwrecks and working to create the first-ever map of human migration, these speakers inspire, enlighten and engage audiences worldwide.

 The second season of this successful partnership will feature lectures and multi-media presentations by National Geographic veteran photographer Annie Griffiths Belt; population geneticist and Genographic Project director Spencer Wells; marine geologist and underwater explorer Robert Ballard; and herpetologist and National Geographic Channel TV host Brady Barr. Following each presentation, speakers will engage in Q&A with the audience and will be available to sign copies of their published works.

 Currently, National Geographic also programs the series in five other markets across the U.S., including Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  “National Geographic is delighted to announce that four of our best and brightest explorers will be coming to the Phoenix Valley. The National Geographic Live events are a unique opportunity for people in Arizona to meet these visionary individuals in person, and to be inspired by the fascinating discoveries and breathtaking images they will share from their expeditions to the far corners of our planet,” said Andy van Duym, Director of National Programs for National Geographic Live.

 “Mesa Arts Center is extremely pleased to be continuing our partnership with National Geographic next season, said Randall Vogel, Director of Theaters and Operations at Mesa Arts Center.  “We are excited to welcome these prestigious explorers, photographers, and educators. The Center is committed to presenting performances and programs that educate and enrich the community in which we live.  Through National Geographic Live, we offer a window to the world.”

 The series also includes matinee presentations geared to area students as well as lesson plans and related materials for statewide educators. Teachers can register by visiting www.ngsednet.org/nglive.

 The National Geographic Live Speakers Series is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE ARIZONA EVENT DETAILS:
 Photographer Annie Griffiths Belt
A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel Wednesday Oct. 29, 2008- During her 25-year National Geographic career, Annie Griffiths Belt has traveled the world as a master of both photography and locomotion. To reach her destinations, she’s ridden everything from planes, trains and helicopters to camels, mules, mopeds, fishing boats, ferries, skis, snowmobiles, pachyderms and pickup trucks. And more often than not, she has taken her family along for the ride—as documented by a recent episode of National Geographic’s Explorer television series. In the process, she’s produced dozens of articles and books, and has made friends on every continent except Antarctica. In addition to National Geographic, Annie’s work is widely published in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, American Photo, Merian, Stern and numerous books, including A Day in the Life of Ireland and National Geographic Women Photographers. The personal warmth that allows Annie to connect with people of all cultures has also made her one of the most sought-after speakers in her profession—a popular guest on NBC’s Today and National Public Radio whose message of creative empowerment, delivered with humor and humanity, inspires audiences at dinners, conventions and other large-scale events. Annie’s work has been honored with awards from many organizations, including the National Press Photographers Association, the National Organization of Women and the White House News Photographers’ Association. Whether rendering the windswept beauty of the Arabian Desert or the quiet dignity of a Guatemalan farmer, Annie seeks through her work to communicate with all humanity. She brings a similar passion and commitment to her public appearances with presentations that resonate, educate and inspire.

 

 

Population Geneticist Spencer Wells Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project Wednesday Dec. 3, 2008 =Wells, 38, is a leading population geneticist, author, and documentary filmmaker who has dedicated much of his career to studying humankind's family tree and closing the gaps in our knowledge of human migration through DNA. Launched in 2005, the five-year Genographic Project represents the ultimate marriage of his two great passions, biology and history.  Dr. Wells graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin at the age of 19 going on to pursue his Ph.D. at Harvard University and his post-doctoral training at Stanford University with noted geneticist D. Luca Cavalli-Sforza. He is the writer and presenter of the award-winning PBS/National Geographic documentary, Journey of Man, and author of the book of the same name, published worldwide in 10 languages. He is the recipient of numerous scientific awards, grants and fellowships, including the 2007 Kistler Prize for accomplishment in the field of genetics. In addition to his role as Genographic Project Director, Dr. Wells serves as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Since the project launched in 2005, his work has taken him to more than three-dozen countries, including Chad, Tajikistan, Morocco, and French Polynesia, working with the Project's ten research centers.


Marine Geologist Robert Ballard
Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 - As President of the Institute for the Exploration in Mystic, Connecticut, renowned underwater explorer Robert Ballard is a veteran of more than 125 expeditions, many in search of lost ships and ancient history. Ballard also teaches graduate-level oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, where he serves as director of the URI Institute for Archeological Oceanography. Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, he has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the American aircraft carrier Yorktown (sunk in the WWII Battle of Midway) and the remains of President John F. Kennedy’s PT-109. Recently he has focused his expeditions on the Black Sea where an anoxic layer of water contributes to perfectly preserved wrecks and offers an invaluable window into our seafaring past.  Committed to fostering the next generation of explorers, Ballard founded and currently serves as Chairman for the JASON Project, which connects students to top explorers and uses hands-on learning experiences to inspire in students a lifelong passion to pursue learning in science, math and technology through exploration and discovery. Ballard has received more than 30 awards, including six military honors. He received National Geographic’s highest award, the Hubbard Medal, in 1996 for “extraordinary accomplishments in coaxing secrets from the world’s oceans and engaging students in the wonder of science” and he is currently a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.  Ballard will share highlights from over 40 years exploring our oceans’ depths along with his vision of how technology can continue to advance the frontiers of exploration.

 

 

 Herpetologist Brady Barr Dangerous Encounters with Dr. Brady Barr Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - Reptile expert Dr. Brady Barr is the first person ever to capture and study all 23 species of crocodilians in the wild. Recently, the National Geographic Channel created a special TV program, Dangerous Encounters: Countdown Croc, celebrating this historic achievement. What has driven Barr for 15 years through 50 countries is a desire to save these crocs in the wild and to help crocs and humans coexist peacefully. At present, nearly one third of all croc species are considered endangered. One of the 23 species he has captured, the wild Siamese crocodile, was thought to be functionally extinct in the wild. Barr is a longtime on-air contributor to National Geographic, working as a field specialist on National Geographic Explorer since 1997, hosting Reptile Wild with Dr. Brady Barr from 2001 through 2002 and recently, hosting Dangerous Encounters on the National Geographic Channel. His early research on alligator diet and eating habits helped spawn conservation efforts in the Everglades, contributing to the preservation of Florida’s unique ecosystem. Barr’s infectious sense of humor combined with both his experiences teaching high school zoology, biology and life sciences and his ease in front of the camera make him an engaging presenter for any audience.

 HOW TO PURCHASE SERIES TICKETS:4-Part Series tickets for National Geographic Live Arizona will go on sale April 21st. Prices for the four-part series package range from $94-$138.  There is a special package available, called Explorers Circle ($330) featuring prime orchestra seating for all presentations, a private reception with one of the speakers, a signed copy of his or her most recent book, and acknowledgement of series support in each printed event program. There are a limited number of Explorers Circle tickets available; $125 of the Explorers Circle ticket price is tax-deductible. Tickets for single events will go on sale beginning July 12, 2008.

 Series tickets can be purchased through Mesa Arts Center by calling 480-644-6500, online at www.mesaartscenter.com, or at the Box Office located at 1 E. Main St., in Downtown Mesa.  Box Office hours are Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. 

Discounted pricing for Series tickets is available for National Geographic magazine subscribers, Mesa Arts Center members and Arizona Museum of Natural History members.  To become a member of the Mesa Arts Center, call 480-644-6615; to become a member of the Arizona Museum of Natural History, call 480-644-2230. To become a National Geographic Society member and receive National Geographic magazine, call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463).

 If you are traveling to Mesa for these events, Mesa Arts Center recommends the Phoenix Mesa Marriott at 200 N Centennial Way, 3 blocks away.  The hotel can be reached at (480) 898-8300 or visit www.marriott.com.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE  National Geographic Live is the performing arts division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films, and dynamic presentations by today's leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers, and photographers covering a wide range of topics including exploration and adventure; wildlife and habitat conservation; natural phenomena; and relevant issues such as climate change. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration and education.  For more information visit www.nglive.org.

 ABOUT MESA ARTS CENTER Mesa Arts Center has received numerous awards and accolades for its programs and outstanding new facilities. Arizona's largest arts campus is home to four theaters, five art galleries and fourteen art studios. Guests, patrons and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performing arts performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes. The facility is an architectural showpiece and a destination for visitors to the Phoenix area. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through impacting and engaging experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant; and that enhance the quality of life and vitality of the region. For more information, visit www.mesaartscenter.com.

Pages Bookstore
7100 East Cave Creek Road in the StageCoach Village Shopping Center 480/575-7220 www.PagesNewAndRare.com
Contact: Will or Sandi Pearson, info@PagesNewAndRare.Com

Every Tuesday:
Children’s Storytelling Hour - 4:15-5pm
Presented by Pages and Rising Sun Montessori School.

April
Thursday, April 17th, 4-5pm ­ Meet Shelby Yastrow, attorney and best-selling author, as he discusses  The Pesky Problems of Writing a Book.

Thursday, April 24th, 4-5pm ­ Bonnie Birnam and Sharon Alworth, authors of  Letters to Fathers from Daughters, will sign copies of their book, a moving tribute to fathers.

May
Thursday, May 1st, 4-5:00pm The Universe has never been better let your brain tell you why! Insights from desert life and evolution reveal how and why our brains evolved, and what they need to have fun and stay fit. Meet author Phyllis Strupp, who will discuss bringing grace and healing to everyday life, and sign copies of her book  The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spritual Serenity in the Sonoran Desert.

Saturday, May 3rd, 11am-1pm ­ Meet entertaining local author Christina Eckert and she signs her nationally acclaimed Winning Against the Wackos in Your Life.

Thursday, May 8th, 4-5pm ­ Meet Joan Fudala, historian and author. Fudala will discuss the history of Scottsdale and sign copies of her book  Images of America - Scottsdale.

June
Thursday, June 5th, 4-5pm ­ Father’s Day Event ­ Authors Bonnie Birnam and Sharon Alworth, Letters to Fathers from Daughters will give tips on writing a heartfelt letter to your own father. Discussion.

ANGELA JOHNSON FASHION SHOW AT CLARENDON HOTEL’S NEWLY REMODELED POOL CATWALK
Local Fashion Designer, Angela Johnson, will be Arizona’s first designer to have a fashion show on the Clarendon Hotel’s newly renovated pool catwalk with her Fall 2008 “Menagerie” line

Angela Johnson, Arizona’s most prominent fashion designer, will unveil her Fall 2008 line entitled “Angela Johnson’s Vaudeville Style Mystery Menagerie” Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm at the Clarendon Hotel’s pool catwalk at 401 W. Clarendon in Phoenix.  The event is free to store buyers and press and is also open to the public at $10 a ticket which can be pre-purchased or reserved on www.angelajohnsondesigns.com .     

Voted Best Boutique Hotel by the Travel Channel, the Clarendon Hotel will open its pool area to fashion show attendees at 8:00 pm.  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and music by DJ William F-ing Reed and DJ Jas will be provided.  Hosted by Carey Pena of 3TV, the highly anticipated fashion show and Vaudeville style performances including pyrotechnic burlesque show by Pyra Sutra, will begin promptly at 9:00pm. The Menagerie line will be worn by models from Arizona’s most reputable agencies with hair styled by E’s Urban Hair and make up by Ginger Champagne.  

As co-founder of the now dissolved Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion, Angela has coordinated and shown work in countless multi-designer fashion shows including an annual 60-designer fashion show entitled Fashion Ball and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts quarterly “SMoCA Nights” shows.  This exciting event will be Angela’s first solo fashion show since “Sideshow Freak in the Padded Room” which was held at Loft 19 Studios in 2005 and attracted over 300 spectators.  “I’m excited to have my own solo show at the Clarendon Hotel” says, Angela.  “I’m always so busy coordinating multi-designer shows that I don’t get a chance to focus solely on my own line as much as I would like to. I’ve put a lot of work into this new collection and the Clarendon Hotel, with the built in pool runway, will make the type of impact that I’m hoping will highlight my hard work and create a memorable show.”

Angela Johnson is an award winning clothing designer with over 13 years in the fashion industry. Angela handcrafts cutting edge, avant-garde apparel under her name.  Angela's clothing is sold online, in boutiques nationwide, and at her fashion and trunk shows.   She got her start working in design and production for X-Large Clothing, the line owned by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys and X-Girl, the line owned by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.  Today, she designs under her own line and has been honored as Fashion Group International of Arizona’s Rising Star in 2004, Artist of the Year by the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Chairman’s Committee, Chicest Local Designer by 944 Magazine in 2007 was a finalist in the Scottsdale Fashion Week’s Designer of the Year contest in 2007.  She coordinates and exhibits her own line in the fashion show portion of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts SMoCA Nights quarterly event and co-founded Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion.

Sponsored by: The Clarendon Hotel, 3TV’s Carey Pena, Eric Hendrix, Pyra Sutra of Scandalesque, DJ William F-ing Reed, DJ Jas, E’s Urban Hair, Ginger Champagne, Bunky Boutique, Drama Queen Productions – Jen Deveroux, Humble Entertainment, Rebecca Devaney, Bigger Pictures Images, Tony Zeh, Ally Burnham, Lesley Oliver, Kristin Dinnis.

MARYVALE HIGH SCHOOL EIGHTH ANNUAL ALL CLASS REUNION,  PULLANO’S PIZZA (13848 N. 51ST AVE., GLENDALE)

SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH, 4 P.M. ‘TIL CLOSING 

Mike and Bonnie Pullano are opening their restaurant, Pullano’s Pizza—and their parking lot—to Maryvale High School Alumni and Faculty from the Class of 1964 to the Class of 2007, Saturday, April 5th.  This is the Eighth Annual mini reunion at Pullano’s, located at 13848 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.  For additional information, please contact Mike Pullano at 602 978 1234.

            “I cannot explain it to you, but growing up in Maryvale in the 60’s and 70’s was something very special; a real bond was created.  We have stayed close to each other through the years.  In the early years, there were as many as 3500 students at the school; later there were double sessions.  Nothing seemed to quell our enthusiasm.  We have alumni who played in the NFL, managed MLB, City Council members, a Mayor, actors and actresses, homemakers, Fire Chief, Police Chief, a lot of fire fighters and police officers; reporters, one woman, named the Phoenix Handicapped Employee of the Year, rescued her five year old son from their burning apartment.  We just stick together,” Mike Pullano explained.

            This year’s event features free pizza from 8 to 10 p.m. as well as a disc jockey.  Admission is $10 per person and helps cover expenses for the Maryvale Alumni Association which includes the cost of keeping Memorial yearbooks up to date for all deceased former students as well as providing flowers on the graves of all MHS Veterans interred at the Veterans Cemetery on Veterans Day annually.  Last year’s event drew several hundred alumni and faculty (and even a few parents) to the restaurant at Thunderbird and 51st Avenue. http://www.pullanospizza.com/index.htm

BISON MUSEUM TO HOST FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT
"PISTOL PACKIN' PAULA"

Bison Museum and DR Buck Productions to Aide Injured Western Performer
The Bison Museum in North Scottsdale will play host to a fundraiser on Saturday evening, April 19th to benefit injured Western performer and World Champion Lady Six Gun Spinner, Paula Saletnik, better known as "Pistol Packin' Paula". Paula was severely injured in an automobile accident on January 10th of this year.

The Western themed benefit will be held from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Bison Museum located at 16641 N. 91st Street in Scottsdale, just north of West World, and will feature several Western entertainers, performers and celebrities, silent and live auctions, food, refreshments and more. Admission is $20 per person. The fundraiser is being presented by Buck Montgomery of DR Buck Productions, longtime associate and friend of "Pistol Packin' Paula", and by Gary Martinson, owner of Bison Museum and Bison Homes.

Paula Saletnik has been a world class Western entertainer for many years, including over 12 years at Rawhide when it was located in Scottsdale. She also was a regular performer at the famous Ponderosa Ranch, home of TV¹s Bonanza.

Recent winner of the World Champion Lady Six Gun Spinner title, Paula suffered her injuries when a deer struck her vehicle while she was driving on a country road in Texas. Her injuries include fractured sternum and pelvis, several cracked ribs and three fractured vertebrae. She underwent extensive surgery on January 15th with several permanent pins being implanted. Due in part to her excellent physical condition and cowgirl spirit, Paula is expected to make a full recovery. However, that recovery will take several months, even years, of diligent therapy and hard work.

So plan on making it out to the Bison Museum on Saturday evening April 19th and help "Pistol Packin' Paula" get back in the saddle again.

To purchase tickets or for more information please contact Tammy Youngs of DR Buck Productions at 480-703-6702 or tlyoungs@cox.net or contact DR Buck at 623-521-3856 or drbuc@cox.net .

Desert Foothills Library's 19th Annual Golf Tournament
The Desert Foothills Library will hold its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the prestigious Desert Foothills Golf Club in Carefree on Monday, May 5th, 8:00 a.m. for Registration and 9:00 a.m. for Scramble. Desert Forest is one of the top 100 courses in America according to Golf Digest, Golf Week and Golf Magazine and is certainly one of the most beautiful courses in Arizona.

 The $185 per person entry fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon and lots of fun! The format is a four player scramble with men, women or mixed groups. It also includes a silent auction and Chinese auction. All contributory amounts are tax deductible. For more information visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org or call (480) 488-2286.

April 27th Desert Foothills Culinary Fare: Savor the Flavor to raise funds for Desert Foothills YMCA & Community Center

 Inaugural event features taste samples from more than a dozen restaurants, 30 original wine and beer vendors, live music and a kid's zone

 Sunday afternoon fundraiser takes place at Harold's Cave Creek Corral

 A dedicated group of community advocates are coordinating the first Desert Foothills Culinary Fare: Savor the Flavor fund-raising event, set for Sunday, April 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, in the heart of Cave Creek.  Tickets cost $30 per person and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets for adults 21 and over include food, wine and beer samples. All other guests under 21 can sample food and non-alcoholic beverages. Net proceeds benefit the Desert Foothills YMCA & Community Center (DFYCC), which recently kicked off its $10 million capital development campaign. Robin Kilbane, DFYCC committee member, said excitement is already building about the culinary fare. "Not only will guests have an opportunity to sample a variety of cuisine, crafted beer and wine, we're also lining up several bands to perform throughout the afternoon. In addition, our Kid's Zone will include a climbing wall, bouncers, and other fun activities," Kilbane said. 

 Local restaurants lending their support to the event include: Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Carefree Station, The Satisfied Frog, Indian Village, Tonto Bar & Grill, Cartwrights, The Buffalo Chip, Carefree Resort and Villas, the Horny Toad, El Encanto, Cave Creek Coffee Company, The Wild Bunch Catering, and Wild Horse West.  In addition, the culinary fare will feature some 30 crafted beer and wine vendors.

Los Dos Dons, popular rock band EastonAshe, and Young Country will perform on two stages.  All three bands are donating their services to help DFYCC.

John Youngberg, Valley of the Sun YMCA vice president of financial development, said he hopes the new culinary fare will grow to be one of the Desert Foothills community's premier events.

"This event is truly about building community connections," Youngberg said. "Your support will assist the Valley of the Sun YMCA, the Foothills Community Foundation, and Paradise Valley Community College in working together to create a seven-acre Desert Foothills YMCA campus that will provide a multiplicity of activities and programs for all age groups."
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Carefree Dentists, the Foothills Community Foundation office and the Carefree –Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Desert Foothills YMCA and Community Center, call (602) 257-5130 or visit www.ymcadesertfoothills.org .

 

Outlaws Lacrosse Experience Turn Around Season
The Outlaws Lacrosse team, consisting of middle and charter school players from North Phoenix, Cave Creek, and North Scottsdale, is experiencing a season that they had only dreamed about. In the 2007 Arizona Youth Lacrosse League, the Outlaws only won two of their twelve games that they played. This year, the Outlaws are off to their best start ever with a 6 and 1 record. This matches the team high for victories in their six-year history.
A new coaching staff and a group of boys dedicated to teamwork has helped take this team from the bottom to the top of the northern division. The team began building up confidence in the second game of the season when they defeated Mohave in overtime 6 to 5 after coming from behind with two late goals in regulation to tie the game. This confidence carried over into their game with perennial power Scottsdale Christian Academy Eagles. The Eagles had annually beaten the Outlaw by large margins but this year the Outlaws suffered their only loss by a 5 to 4 score. This team now knows that they can play against any team in the league and know they have a chance to come out on top.
As for the Outlaws team, Coach Richie Yost has had the team ready fired up since the first day of practice. In his first year of coaching, he has done an admirable job getting the team back to the fundamentals of lacrosse. “I have seen a great deal of improvement from the boys since early October” said Coach Yost “and we are all very excited about the results and how we match up well with the other teams in the Valley.”

Team members include Ben Adler, Tucker Ammons, Korbin Bolkovatz, Ryan Erickson, Chase Ferguson, John Fioriti, Alec Gordon, Brett Grossman, Cody Ippolito, Nick Kinney, Jeffrey Kunkel, Alex Larson, Steven Larson, Jack Martin, Michael Myers, Parker Rudgear, Jim Trebilcock, Jose Waldron and Nick Yardley. The coaching staff includes Head Coach Richie Yost and Assistant Coaches Bill Stevens, Earle Lloyd and Dave Ammons.  The Outlaws have three regular season games remaining before the Cactus Cup State Tournament in March. The final three games are as follows:

Date

Time

Opponent

Location

Sat February 23

10:00 AM

Scottsdale Mustangs

Mountain View Park, Scottsdale

Thurs February 28

4:30 PM

Phoenix Country Day School

Mountain View Park, Scottsdale

We encourage anyone who has never experienced lacrosse to come out and see a game. It is exciting and we believe that you won’t be disappointed in your experience. For more information on the Outlaws Lacrosse Club please feel free to contact Eva Martin at evamartin@cox.net or Laurie Larson at lleelarson@earthlink.net. You may also go to the AYLL website at www.AZLAX.com  for more information about lacrosse in Arizona. UPDATE Outlaws Lacrosse. The Outlaws finished the regular season with a 7 and 3 record. They finished in third place in the North Division and made the playoffs. The playoffs began March fourth. The Outlaws were seeded 3rd in the North Division and played the second seeded Broncos who we lost to in the regular season 7 to 6 in four overtimes. The boys made a statement with a full effort from start to finish. Final score was Outlaws 6, Broncos 1. They now move on to the Middle School State Lacrosse Semifinals march sixth against the Scottsdale Christian Academy Eagles. The Outlaws lost to the Eagles earlier in the season 5 to 4 in a very physical and hard fought game. If they win they will then play for the championship on Saturday march eighth against either the Mesa Heat or the Anderson Jaguars. It's amazing how far The Outlaws have come after finishing 2 and 10 last year.

‘It’s de ja vu all over again,’ at SAS
 “It’s de ja vu all over again.” That’s how Maxine Johnston describes what’s in store for one of nation’s premiere art institutions as it prepares to celebrate its 25
th Anniversary. Johnston is a professional artist-instructor at SAS and last of the original founders of Scottsdale Artists’ School.

 “What began as an idea in a one-studio school twenty-five years ago has evolved into one of America’s foremost schools of traditional fine art,” Johnston reminisced.  “Now the School has some new ideas that are about to steer it in some new directions.”

 SAS’s newly-elected Board President Larry Charles couldn’t agree more. Charles, who became a professional Arizona artist after a long and successful career as creative director for J. Walter Thompson, claims, “Scottsdale Artists’ School is arguably the art Mecca of the Southwest. And its future is every bit as new, exciting and as daunting as what was on the horizon in 1983.”

 The School, he says, is in the process of expanding internally and externally. “For one thing, we are adding many more top-notch, nationally-prominent artists to SAS’ visiting faculty and expanding the School’s curriculum to accommodate other important genres of traditional art, such as western art and wild life painting. We are also expanding SAS’ Valley youth programs and broadening the School’s outreach activities to include the disadvantaged and physically challenged.”

 One of the School’s most rewarding outreach programs is teaching the blind to sculpt three-dimensional figures using their “mind’s eye.” “SAS has already tested this important pilot program in cooperation with the Arizona Center for the Blind,” Charles said, “and the School will soon be joining forces with the Phoenix Art Museum and other leading museums throughout the country, adding an important art education element to SAS’ Sculpture for the Blind program.”

 In addition to Valley outreach programs, the School will be reaching out more aggressively in the future with on-location workshops at a variety of scenic and other in-demand art venues throughout the country, even aboard. “This past year, for example, we held workshops in Vietnam and at a several picturesque sites in the U.S., including Cowicham Bay in British Columbia; Jackson, Wyoming; and the Finger Lakes region of New York. And we’ll be doing a lot more workshops on-location this coming year.”  

All of which reminds Maxine Johnston of “what it was like in the beginning when SAS was just a glimmer in the eyes of a few local artists and community leaders. That’s what I mean by de ja vu all over again,” she explains.

 Scottsdale Artists’ School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit school of traditional art, offering more than 200 workshops and classes annually to about 3,000 students a year, with an impressive roster of guest instructors, including 140 professional artists, many of them nationally and internationally acclaimed.

 Photo: Professional artists Maxine Johnston (left) and Joni Falk at SAS art workshop.

 

Back To School Clothing Drive Golf Classic
Legacy Golf Club at South Mountain April 3, 2008, 1:15 p.m. Shotgun Start

 by LeeAnn Sharpe
 The 6th Annual BTS Golf Classic takes place, Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix. Register now online http://www.backtoschoolclothingdrive.com and secure your place in one of the most popular golf events in the valley and help raise money to support of the children served by the Back To School Clothing Drive 

Founded in 1967, The Back-To-School Clothing Drive provides new school outfits and uniforms, backpacks and school supplies to less fortunate children in the Valley of the Sun.  Each year, more than 10,000 children from 135 schools receive our support, thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, corporate sponsors and foundations.  School supplies, a new outfit, a pair of shoes, and a backpack to hold school books. To most of us, these are routine necessities when returning to school.  Through the eyes of the children we serve each year, they represent not having to wear hand-me downs to school, the grown-up thrill of choosing their own items, and the chance to dress like other kids.

 Back-To-School Clothing Drive does it all with 2,500 member volunteer corps and 200 special women who sew year-round as a part of our Stitches of Love program.  The smiles say it all!  A boost of self-esteem and all the right tools to succeed make this program a huge success.

 Working on a potential client or business deal, need to entertain an existing client, or just want to get away from work or the spouse for an afternoon? Whatever your reason the perfect golf outing is the 6th Annual Back to School Clothing Drive Golf Classic which takes place April 3, 2008 at the scenic Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix.

Our mission is simple: To provide school clothing, uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies to less fortunate children in the Valley of the Sun. Your mission is simple: Register now online http://www.backtoschoolclothingdrive.com / or download the registration form above and fax it to (602) 749-6523. Help make this the most successful event ever by registering and encouraging your friends and colleagues to support the event.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information about Event Sponsorship or to register your Foursome contact: Karl Gentles, btscda@qwest.net or 602.920.1808 Kristie Leshinskie, kristielesh@cox.net or 480.215.7433. See you on April 3!

 Opt-In and earn Outlet Points for Tech-ucation 
Outlets at Anthem has launched "Opt-In," a program that benefits  the Deer Valley Unified School District schools. Opt-In is a ten month program where Outlets at Anthem receipts are translated into points simply by visiting Customer Service. At the end of the program, the schools with the most points will receive SMART Boards, one of the most high tech and desired items in today's classrooms. Visit Customer Service or Outlets at Anthem http://outletsanthem.com   for more information on how you can help the DVUSD school of your choice.  When you shop, make sure to save those receipts! 

Newest Non-Motorized Addition to Trail
 The Black Canyon City Trailhead is the newest non-motorized addition to the award winning and nationally recognized Black Canyon Trail system. The Black Canyon Trail Coalition held its Grand Opening celebration for the public on February 9th. 

 There was a special Dedication Ceremony started at 11:00 AM with a traditional Native American trail blessing.  Following the ceremony, there was food, beverages, live entertainment, display booths, hourly walks & talks on the trail with a BLM archeologist, a geologist, and a wildlife biologist, and more! For more info call 623-374-5553 or visit www.bctaz.com

Saving Lives Just Got 30% Faster
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given United Blood Services the green light to begin using a simplified health history interview with blood donors. Now, donors will spend less time in the interview process and be on their way more quickly. The donor questionnaire has been slimmed down by almost 30 percent.  The interview is even shorter for those who donate more frequently than every six months, primarily covering changes since their most recent donation.

 “Donors are busy people. One of the top things they tell us, again and again, is that they’d like the donation process streamlined,” explained Audrey Gietzen, Executive Director of United Blood Services/Arizona.  Potential donors may call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org   to make an appointment.

 Most of the questions that were eliminated or reworded have to do with medication and travel. The new questionnaires use “gatekeeper” questions. If the answer on one of these broad questions is “no,” the interviewer moves to the next subject. If the answer is “yes,” there are follow-up questions that get to the specifics.”

 The scaled down questionnaire debuted in mid-January. Donors are pleased with the speedy process. A Phoenix platelet donor who gives every two to three weeks, Tom Martin thinks anything that makes the process shorter is great. “The biggest surprise was that I didn’t have to bring my prescription list again and again.”  Glendale donor Carolyn Quinton echoed his enthusiasm, “Because it doesn’t take so much time, I feel better about giving more often.  My mother recently required four blood transfusions, so I know how important it is to donate regularly.”

 United Blood Services’ donor interview questionnaire is based on the uniform donor history questionnaire developed by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). The AABB is the professional standards setting organization for community blood centers. United Blood Services’ revamped questionnaire was in development for close to a year and has been reviewed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. “Our first consideration always is patient safety,” said Gietzen.  “This new questionnaire helps to assure the safety and integrity of the blood supply, while making blood donation faster and more convenient for donors.”

  •  United Blood Services Donation Locations

  • Days and Hours Vary – Appointments Recommended

  • Call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or Visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org 

  •  Blood Drives

  • Daily Locations Statewide

  • Chandler Donor Center

  • 1987 W. Elliot Rd., #33 (Elliot & Dobson)

  • Glendale Donor Center

  • 18583 N. 59th Ave. (59th Ave. & Union Hills)

  • Mesa – East Valley Donor Center

  • 1337 S. Gilbert Rd., #101 (Gilbert & Hampton)

  • Phoenix Donor Centers

  • 5757 N. Black Canyon Hwy. (Bethany Home Rd. & I-17)

  • 3227 E. Bell Rd., #D-270 (Bell & 32nd St.)

  • 2929 N. 75th Ave., #5 (75th Ave. & Thomas)

  • Scottsdale Donor Centers

  • 1405 N. Hayden Rd. (Hayden & McDowell)

  • 15170 N. Hayden Rd., #6 (Hayden & 83rd Pl.)

The Federal Government’s National Heritage Areas Don’t Have to Be Your Community’s Worst Nightmare

Get involved in the National Heritage Area designation to Prevent Property Rights Abuse

 By Harold Maxwell,Arizona Farm Bureau Member and Yuma County Farm Bureau Board Member

 Recently, there has been extensive discussion in Arizona about the proposed Little Colorado River Valley National Heritage Area. As one of the individuals that worked to resolve some of the issues that arose from the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, I have a unique view on the potential pitfalls and benefits of having a National Heritage Area (NHA). First, let me state that the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area in its final form has been a benefit to our community. That being said, two main issues exist that must be addressed to ensure that a National Heritage Area truly is a benefit to the local community, rather than a threat.

 First let’s tackle the issue of individual property rights. Proponents of another proposed NHA, the Little Colorado River Valley National Heritage Area (LCRVNHA), cite two main reasons why the local populous should not be concerned about their property rights. The authors of the proposed Heritage Area bill like to point to specific language in the bill that they included in an attempt to afford property owners some protection. They also like to cite a 2004 study by the GAO that found no issues affecting property values or use. Let me address both of those issues.

 Most legislation that designates a NHA and its subsequent management plan includes language that prohibits the National Park Service and/or the Heritage Board from using eminent domain to acquire property. These management plans also prohibit the use of the Federal funds obtained under the bill from being used to acquire land. Unfortunately, these “protections” are limited.

 The proposed LCRVNHA bill does not prohibit local governments from changing zoning ordinances to conform to the land use plans suggested by the Heritage Area Board. Local governments find themselves in a difficult situation: either adopt the new land use plans and put local property owners at risk, or reject the land use plans and put their federal funding at risk.

 This is not just idle conjecture. The Wheeling National Heritage Area, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Essex National Heritage Area, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHAs are just a few examples of where local zoning was changed to accommodate the management plan and those changes did negatively impact local land owners’ property rights.

 The other statement, that no Federal funds obtained under the bill can be used to acquire land, is also misleading. This statement only applies to funds authorized by Congress for a Heritage Area. Any matching funds that are raised are free to be spent however the Heritage Area Board sees fit.

 This is not an insignificant problem. Heritage Areas on average receive $8 in matching funds for every $1 that is provided under the Heritage Area Act. Far and away the majority of the funds generated by a Heritage Area are eligible to purchase private property, or issue conservation or historical easements. This is of particular significance in Arizona, as only 13% of our land is privately owned. Any acquisition that removes land from the tax rolls has the potential for a huge negative impact on the amount of property tax collected for our local communities.

 Even a more serious issue is the potential of a Heritage Area to acquire land and then donate the land to the National Park Service (NPS). This is what happened with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation. The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park as it is now known was created in 2003 by using a combination of donated lands and conservation easements. Though National Heritage Areas do not impose direct restrictions on property this is not the case for the NPS. Federal law grants the National Parks the right to impose specific land use restrictions on properties adjacent to their boundaries.

 A March 2004 Governmental Accounting Office (GAO) study on heritage areas is the Holy Grail for the National Heritage Areas’ claim that Heritage Areas do not impact property rights. The GAO study claims to have found no issues affecting property values or use. This has always been perplexing to me as I know of three separate incidences involving property rights and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

 Having read the GAO report, I now believe that I can shed some light on the subject. In regard to the Yuma events, the GAO report was published in March 2004. The meeting held in Yuma concerning property rights, with an attendance of more than 600 Yuma County residents, was held the end of February 2004. One of the reasons that the GAO did not find any incidents in Yuma was that the publication had gone to press by the time of the Yuma meeting.

 It was also noted in the GAO’s report that the survey was limited to “national groups” and apparently did not include a survey of individual property owners in the more than three-dozen NHAs already in existence. It is also evident that the GAO was only concerned about the immediate impact of the bill and not the consequences from the land use planning that was encouraged by the National Heritage Areas. When one reviews the literature looking for cases where NHAs have influenced local zoning ordinances, it becomes apparent even to the casual observer that NHAs can and do have the ability to affect property rights.

   The second major concern involving National Heritage Areas is local control. No clearer example of the benefit of local control can be found than the Yuma experience. After the Yuma Crossing Heritage Area Bill passed Congress designating 22-square miles of Yuma as a National Heritage Area, the local agencies responsible for zoning started to interpret what it meant to own property in and around the boundaries of the new Heritage Area. It was these decisions made by bureaucrats that caused the local population to become concerned about their property rights. Local pressure was brought to bear on the County Board of Supervisors and the City of Yuma to pass resolutions instructing staff not to use the boundaries of the New Heritage Area in determining zoning issues. This solved the immediate issue, but the community realized that the Yuma Crossing Heritage Act was a federal law that would become more difficult to change as federal monies were invested.

We also understood that the local resolutions could be lifted at some time in the future after the Heritage area was well established. The local community decided, for their own protection, to reduce the scope of the project back to what was originally proposed: 4 square miles or 2,560 acres of downtown Yuma and the Colorado River inside the levee system. Even with strong local support it took Yuma over 3 years to change the original legislation. The Yuma community now believes that this new boundary is focused enough that even if the local ordinances are changed the community will be protected from their impact. One of the benefits of such a focused area is that we have enough money to effect change. If one assumes that their Heritage Area will get all of the potential $10 million from the federal government, and no project has, then the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area has the potential of receiving a little more than $3,900 per acre for our project, as compared to the $710 per acre it could have received under the original scope.

 The proposed Little Colorado River Valley National Heritage Area is too large. At over 23,000 square miles or 14,720,000 acres, it falls into the trap that some of the other Heritage Areas have fallen into: On a per acre basis the Little Colorado River Valley National Heritage Area will at a maximum receive only 68 cents per acre under the bill. When a Heritage area is too large the funds are insufficient to get the project up and running on a self-sustaining basis. One of the goals for all Heritage areas is to be self-sustaining at the sunset of their authorization bill in 15 years.

 Yuma learned that local control is critical. When issues arose it was relatively easy to convince our County Board of Supervisors and the Yuma City Council to pass resolutions protecting our citizens. The proposed Little Colorado River Valley National Heritage Area covers parts of four states, seven Native American Nations, and 27 counties. How do you have local control in such a large entity?  The only effective control is on a county, sovereign nation, or city basis. When a project covers so many different governing agencies the only way for the project to work is for the local governments to cede local control to the Heritage Area.

 After having looked at some of the major pitfalls with the Little Colorado River Valley Heritage Area, these are the changes I would recommend in the plan if your community chooses to go forward.

 First, maintain local control. One 23,000 square mile heritage area managed out of Tucson with some local people appointed to the board is not local control. The Little Colorado River Valley National Heritage Area includes parts of 4 states, 7 Native American nations, and 27 counties. At the very least there should be 34 separate Heritage Areas divided along county and Native American nation lines. This would give control down to the county or nation level. A side benefit would be that each heritage area would be eligible for $10 million in government funds on their own. That is a potential of $340 million dollars in federal funds vs. the current proposal of $10 million. Learn from the Yuma experience. If Yuma reduced the size of its Heritage Area from 22 square miles to 4 square miles due to concerns over property rights, one can only imagine the potential issues with the 23,000 square mile Heritage Area that is being proposed.

 Secondly, be very focused. One of the ways that you can protect yourselves against property rights abuse is to make certain that the areas that are included are well defined and include cultural, historical and environmental areas that can be developed into self sustaining economic zones. Vast expanses of the current proposal would not fit these criteria. Heritage Areas are intended to be self-sustaining after the first 15 years of existence.

Finally, the legislation authorizing the Heritage Area should prohibit the Heritage Area from using any of the funds raised to buy private property or to purchase any form of easement (conservation, historical etc.). This would ensure that private property stays on the tax rolls and is not retired. It also would ensure that land is not “donated” by the Heritage Area to create a new or expanded National Park.

 About Harold Maxwell  Active in Arizona Farm Bureau and Yuma County Farm Bureau, Harold Maxwell served a critical role in reshaping the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area in Arizona to ensure that individual property rights were protected and that the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area became a true benefit to the local community. Maxwell may be reached via email at maxwell719@roadrunner.com.

 About Arizona Farm Bureau The Arizona Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving and improving the Agriculture industry through member involvement in education, political activities, programs and services. As a member services organization, individuals can become a member by contacting the Farm Bureau. Go to www.azfb.org to learn more. For information on member benefits call (480) 635-3606.

DFL to hold Author's Podium Speakers Series 2008 Elizabeth B. Lewis will appear on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m.
 In the tradition of holding book discussions that started many years ago, The Desert Foothills Library will present best selling authors who will speak about their latest published books in the library's meeting room.  All discussions are free to the public, refreshments will be served and authors will have books for sale and signing.  Elizabeth B. Lewis will appear on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss her books which are set in present day Arizona but are enriched with history and personalities from the past.  Elizabeth served nine years on the Board of the Arizona Nature Conservancy and she weaves challenges to the Arizona environment into her novels.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TO HOST INFORMATIONAL SESSION WITH DISTRICT 6 STATE REPRESENTATIVE, SAM CRUMP
Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) will host a public informational session with Rep. Sam Crump on Tuesday, March 11th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Crossroads Christian Fellowship at 42425 N. New River Road.   Elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006, Sam represents District 6 (includes New River, Desert Hills, and Anthem) and is the Vice-Chair of the Public Institutions and Retirement committee. He also currently serves on the Transportation, Education and Environment committees.

 Sam is an attorney with Boates & Crump, a general practice law firm located in the Anthem community where he also resides with his family. He began his career as a US Army JAG officer in Germany.  After graduating with honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Government, Sam received his law degree from Santa Clara University; and he holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, also from the University of San Francisco. 

 Sam has been a Rotarian since 1992, and was the charter president of the Rotary Club of Anthem (2003-04).  He is also very involved with Sunrise House Orphanage in Uganda. This is a Rotary Project that he first pursued in 2000. The orphanage opened in 2004 with 50 children and Sam recently visited the project in February, 2008.

 If you have questions for Rep. Crump, you may submit them in advance by emailing NRDHCA at nrdhca@gmail.com. Everyone is encouraged to attend this timely and important community meeting. For more information, please call 623-587-7039 or visit www.nrdhca.org

Maricopa Community Colleges Launch New Online Student Center
A new online Student Center debuted February 19, 2008 to support the Maricopa Community College system. The multi-functional online Student Center provides students with new and improved self-service features and can be found by visiting http://my.maricopa.edu   

“Students lives are about to become easier with the new online Student Center,” said Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges. “Students will be able to perform a variety of tasks and inquiries such as apply for admission, search for and register for classes, check their grades, make payments, and request transcripts all from the online Student Center.”

 The District has promoted implementation of the on-line system as part of its commitment to a strong teaching and learning environment for its students. The system has been tested by students, with very positive responses. Among the student comments were, “It’s easy to navigate,” “Very impressive,” and “This will enable each student to be informed and successful.”

 The excitement has been building for both students and employees, because the new system will, for the first time, link all ten of the Maricopa Community Colleges, allowing student information to travel with a student from one college to another.  “We believe this is the largest system conversion project of its type ever taken on by a higher education system,” said Darrel Huish, Chief Information Officer.  “We anticipate a successful rollout, and we are prepared to respond quickly to any students who may need assistance during and after the conversion.”

 The Maricopa Community Colleges provide a variety of methods to help students transition to the new system. It will allow students unprecedented access to their own student records and information. Detailed fact sheets, flyers, wallet cards, and self-directed tutorials are available to assist students. A new 24-hour help line also will be available for students to call for immediate support.

 “No more paper invoices and goodbye to waiting in lines,” said Tonya Drake, District Director of Student Affairs. “Students will be able to register for classes at their favorite wireless café or check their grades in their pajamas in front of their personal computer at home. Registering for classes has never been easier.” For more information: 480-731-8333, 480-731-8000 or www.maricopa.edu . District News: www.maricopa.edu/press

Imaginative Spring Break Camps Offered by Theater Works
 Looking for that special fun thing for your child to do during Spring Break?  Hoping the opportunity will provide some education in the disguise of fabulous entertainment?  Then Theater Works has the answer for you with their first ever Spring Break Camps.

 Children aged 8 to 16 will be creatively inspired as they learn music, dance, acting and much more from local teaching artists.  The last day of camp all students will don costumes and make-up and perform in an original one act musical they created themselves, on the Theater Works main stage at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.  

"It's such a great creative outlet for kids," says Jim Gradillas, Theater Works Youth Programs manager, "And it's a whole collaborative effort in creating the final production in just one week.  It's so rewarding.  Plus the kids meet other kids and they become friends for a lifetime."  Gradillas has 21 years experience as a youth theater director.

 These special Spring Break Camps will be offered for two weeks.   The first camp is March 17 - 21 and the second camp March 24 -28.  The camps operate daily 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily.  The cost is $225 per child. To sign your child up for the experience of a lifetime, contact Jim Gradillas, Youth Programs Manager at 623-815-1791 ext 108. For more programs offered to children, visit www.theaterworks.org .

DEDICATION OF THE NEW SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC ROSE GARDEN HOSTED BY SCOTTSDALE ARTISTS’ SCHOOL
 The Scottsdale Public Rose Garden is located on the historic site that originally housed the Loloma Elementary School and currently houses the Scottsdale Artists’ School

 The events planned are tours of the rose garden, a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. Remarks by representatives of the City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale Historical Society and the Scottsdale Rose Society followed by mini-programs in the garden presented by Consulting Rosarians of the Scottsdale Rose Society on “Summer Care of Roses”, “Controlling Pests and Diseases” and “Fertilizing Roses.” The public is invited to attend the ceremony, it is free of charge.

 The Scottsdale Rose Society Rose Show is a competition among rose growers in the Valley and will include more than 1000 cut roses and rose arrangements exhibited for competition for Queen of Show and numerous other awards.  Included will be large roses, floribundas, miniatures, climbers and old garden roses.  At 3:30 P.M. awards will be presented for the winning cut roses and arrangements.

 During the afternoon there will be mini-seminars covering various topics on growing roses in our Valley and Artists from the Scottsdale Artists’ School displaying some of their work.  There will be potted rose bushes, rose arrangements and cut roses for sale.  Also for sale will be pruning shears, gloves and other rose related items.

 This rose show is a great opportunity for the public to see new roses and roses that grow particularly well in the Valley. There will be Consulting Rosarians to answer your questions.

For additional information call Jeannine at (480) 948-6772, Mary (480) 945-8114, Kathy (480) 990-1422 or Roberta (480) 990-1690.

SCOTTSDALE ROSE SOCIETY ANNUAL ROSE SHOW  April 12, 2008 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
 Scottsdale Community College 9000 East Chaparral Road Scottsdale For additional information call Jeannine at (480) 948-6772, Mary (480) 945-8114, Kathy (480) 990-1422 or Roberta (480) 990-1690.

Cave Creek’s Newest Open Air Shopping, Office and Dining Destination Showcased
 StageCoach Village is Cave Creek’s newest premier open air shopping, office and dining destination, hosted a sneak preview of the center on Thursday, Feb. 21st from 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 The event featured cowboy chow from Cave Creek caterer The Wild Bunch, live entertainment from local band, Rhondavous and cocktails. Guests were able to experience the western ambiance of the new retail and office center, reminiscent of the old Southwest territory, featuring turn-of-the-century style architecture.

 Located in the heart of Cave Creek, on the Northwest corner of Cave Creek Road and Galloway, StageCoach Village features more than 105,000 square feet of retail and office space. Of the 105,000 square feet of space, nearly 65 percent of the retail is pre-leased or sold, and more than 50 percent of the office space is pre-sold. The retail sales and office sales are being handled by Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate, and the retail leasing is being handled by Retail Brokers, Inc. (RBI). The developer of the property is StageCoach Village, LLC.

 The sneak preview was a private event, and guests including Panorama Hills Monthly Advertising and Marketing Director Janice Greene had to have an invitation to attend. Sponsors for the event include Chicago Title Insurance Company; Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate; Retail Brokers, Inc. (RBI); and Parkway Bank. For more information on StageCoach Village, please call 480-365-1267 or checkout www.stagecoachvillage.com

Chef Dillon's Corner
By Mr. Rich Dillon, Owner of Dillon's Restaurants

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Grilled Stuffed Peaches for four 

  • Four large peaches

  • One cup fresh blackberries

  • One third cup brown sugar

  • Three tablespoons lime juice

 Wash the four peaches, cut them in half and remove the pits. Place peaches on a double thick square of aluminum foil. Spoon two tablespoons of berries into each peach half. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over each peach half and squeeze one teaspoon of limejuice on each.  

Fold aluminum foil over the peach halves and seal. Place on a hot grill and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes, turning once. Remove from heat. Slit open foil packets and serve. Great for dessert or as a side dish, grilled fruits are interesting and refreshing.
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The Special Slaw 

  • One medium head green cabbage

  • One quarter head medium size red cabbage

  • Three medium carrots

  • Finely chop both cabbage and carrots (or coarsely grate if you prefer), place in a large bowl and refrigerate.

 Dressing:

  • One and one half cups mayonnaise

  • One half cup white vinegar

  • Two tablespoons light corn syrup

  • One tablespoon sugar

  • One teaspoon dry mustard

  • One teaspoon celery salt

  • One teaspoon white pepper

  • One half teaspoon garlic powder

  • One half teaspoon Kosher salt

 Mix together all of the dressing ingredients and refrigerate before serving. The trick to great cole slaw is to mix the cold cabbage and carrot mixture with the cold dressing just before serving. Pour dressing over cabbage/carrot mixture and toss. This will serve six to seven people. Have fun with your cooking and I hope to see you at Dillon's. Chef Dillon welcomes your questions. Please e-mail him at azphm@earthlink.net .



 

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

 

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals

March 18, 2008, Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals as part of Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations on March 18, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are available for $38 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 

Now in its 28th season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations explore the theme of A Musical Travelogue in 2007 - 08. Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals will feature Schubert's Scherzo in B-flat and Sonata in A minor, D. 784, Opus 143; Bartók's Rondo No. 1 as well as Bagatelle No. 8, Opus 6, and From the Diary of a Fly; Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13; Dvorák's Humoresque; Suk's Love Song; and J. Strauss, Jr.'s Blue Danube Waltz, arranged for the piano by Schulz-Evler. A question-and-answer session will follow.

 

The performance also will feature Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' innovative Keyboard in the Sky, a large-screen projection over the stage that enables the audience to watch Siegel's hands on the keyboard in real time.

 

Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations are a unique, concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work. New listeners have greeted these programs with enormous enthusiasm because they present an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Seasoned music-lovers have been enriched by Siegel's erudition and delighted by his wit. Ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix/Scottsdale, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Denver Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has been presenting Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations since 1979, a testament to Siegel's superb artistry, innovative format and loyal following.

 

JEFFREY SIEGEL The distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world's great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, The Hague Residentie Orkest, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan. In the United States, engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Siegel has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.

 

As a conductor, Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, The Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in France, Scandinavia and South America. He is equally at home in the dual role of conductor/pianist, directing the orchestra from the keyboard. For 13 years, Siegel served as music director and conductor of the Mainly Mozart Festival in Arizona.

 

In 2006, Random House Audio Publishing Group released an audiobook series of four CDs of Keyboard Conversations: Mozart and Friends, The Power and Passion of Beethoven, The Romanticism of the Russian Soul and The Romance of the Piano. They are available at www.randomhouse.com/audio, for download at iTunes and Audible and at booksellers across the country. Twin Cities Public Television, in conjunction with The Schubert Club, recently produced and broadcast two half-hour Keyboard Conversations - Mozart & Chopin - available on DVD exclusively at Siegel's concerts. His recording of Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony continues to be a best-seller and is available as a VoxBox, 2-CD set (CDX 5007).

 

Born into a musical family, Jeffrey Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, with the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Ilona Kabos in London. Siegel and his wife live in New York City and are the parents of two grown children.

 

Jeffrey Siegel is a Steinway artist.

 


LATIN JAZZ PIANIST EDDIE PALMIERI TO PERFORM

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

April 3, 2008, Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band on April 3, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the Journeys in Jazz Series sponsored by Infiniti and is presented with support from Alice and David Olsan with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Single tickets are available for $42 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 

One of the greatest Latin pianists of the last half century, Eddie Palmieri merges the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the seminal jazz of Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner. His extraordinary career spans 50 years as a leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras and includes nine Grammy Awards and more than 30 albums. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Palmieri began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late salsa legend and pianist Charlie Palmieri. He began his professional career as a pianist in the early 1950s with Eddie Forrester's Orchestra and later performed with Johnny Segui's band and the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, the legendary Conjunto La Perfecta, which featured a trombone section (led by the late Barry Rogers) in place of trumpets, something that had been rarely done in Latin music, demonstrating the early stages of Palmieri's unconventional orchestration. The group was known as "the band with the crazy roaring elephants" for its unique configuration of two trombones, flute, percussion, bass and vocals. With an infectious and soaring sound, Palmieri's band soon joined the ranks of Machito, Tito Rodriguez and the other major Latin orchestras of the day.

 

Palmieri's influences include not only his older brother Charlie but Jesus Lopez, Chapotin, Lili Martinez and other Cuban players of the 1940s, as well as jazz luminaries Art Tatum, Bobby Timmons, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. Equally important were influences derived from Palmieri's curiosity and incessant search to unearth his family's roots and to seek out the origins of the music that profoundly inspired him. Palmieri's solid interpretation of Afro-Caribbean music and its confluence with jazz are evident in his astute arranging skills, which assemble those components in dramatic and compelling compositions. Palmieri's accomplishments have taken him throughout Europe, Japan and Latin America, showcasing his assemblage of seasoned musicians and kaleidoscope of musical styles.

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Laurie Anderson's Homeland, originally scheduled for April 6 in the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Amphitheater

Has been canceled due to unforeseen technical difficulties

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts regrets to announce that the performance of Laurie Anderson's Homeland, originally scheduled for April 6 in the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Amphitheater, has been canceled due to unforeseen technical difficulties adapting the multi-media show to an outdoor venue.
"Laurie Anderson is a longtime favorite of our audiences, and we're sorry that it's not possible to present her Homeland performance as planned," remarked Kathy Hotchner, vice president and director of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. "We look forward to bringing Laurie back to our stage for another performance in the near future."
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) is in the process of notifying ticket buyers. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PARSONS DANCE TO SHOWCASE ITS GREATEST HITS
David Parsons, Artistic Director
April 5-6, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the exhilarating Parsons Dance on April 5-6, 2008. The performances are part of the Soaring Inspirations Series sponsored by the Daron and Ron Barness Family Foundation and are presented with support from Clara Lovett and Benjamin F. Brown IV.

Single tickets are available for $42 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

Led by acclaimed dancer and choreographer David Parsons, Parsons Dance is renowned for its sexy athleticism, dynamic movements and ground-breaking choreography scored to everything from classical music to disco and rock. The company will perform fresh, new re-stagings of six of its greatest hits from the past 20 years, including In the End, set to the popular music of the Dave Matthews Band; Shining Star, an upbeat, high-energy romp based on the disco-era hits of Earth, Wind & Fire; and Caught, Parsons' unforgettable signature stroboscopic tour-de-force, featuring a solo dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage.

Parsons Dance is comprised of 10 full-time dancers and maintains an impressive repertoire of original works created by David Parsons. The company has enabled Parsons to create as many new works as possible, to commission original musical scores and theatrical designs from leading artists and to introduce new dances created by the company's members. Parsons Dance has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world and is widely recognized for its community-based residencies, master classes, lecture-demonstrations and workshops, benefiting thousands of people of every age.

David Parsons has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. Born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City, Parsons was a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1978-87, where Taylor created many roles for him in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses. In 1985, Parsons founded Parsons Dance with lighting designer Howell Binkley. As artistic director, Parsons has created more than 70 works for the company and received commissions over the years from the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Spoleto Festival, among many others.
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CHAMBER-MUSIC RECITAL EXPLORES MYSTICISM AND TIMELESSNESS IN MUSIC

 Close Encounters With Music: Transcendental Night

Featuring Walter Ponce, piano; Yehonatan Berick, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello

April 12, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m. Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre

 Close Encounters With Music will present Transcendental Night on April 12, 2008, at 8 p.m. at Theater 4301 in downtown Scottsdale. The series is underwritten by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation.

 Single tickets are available for $25 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 Close Encounters With Music brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and musical commentary, all in the intimate setting of Theater 4301. Transcendental Night features acclaimed pianist Walter Ponce, violinist Yehonatan Berick and cellist Yehuda Hanani performing a program that explores mysticism and timelessness in music. The recital includes Beethoven's Ghost Trio, Rachmaninoff's Trio Elegiaque, piano works by Franz Liszt and Alexander Scriabin and the world premiere of Jorge Martin's Recuerda (To Remember) for solo cello. A reception with the artists will follow the performance.

 Internationally acclaimed pianist Walter Ponce has been heard in the most important concert halls of every major city of North and South America as well as in Europe, Japan, Korea and Africa. He came to the United States at age 17 on a Fulbright grant, receiving a Master's and doctorate from The Juilliard School, where he was one of three students chosen to study with Vladimir Horowitz. Ponce is now professor and head of the piano area at UCLA.

 A prize winner at the 1993 Naumburg Competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, violinst Yehonatan Berick is a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. He has performed with symphony orchestras and at leading festivals world-wide. Currently professor of violin at the University of Michigan, he can be heard on recordings on the Summit, Gasparo and Helicon labels.

 The founder and artistic director of the Close Encounters With Music chamber series, Yehuda Hanani has performed as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, and he is a frequent guest at festivals in the United States, Europe and Australia. He has collaborated with music luminaries such as Aaron Copland, Leon Fleisher and Itzhak Perlman, and he has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works by leading contemporary composers. Professor of cello at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Hanani has released CDs of Vivaldi and Bach that have become best-selling standard setters.
Jorge Martin is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters' Academy Award in Music and a Cintas Fellowship in Music (for distinguished creative artists of Cuban descent). His works have been performed across the United States and Europe, and he has received numerous commissions, including two from Close Encounters With Music.

 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC

Close Encounters With Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. He is joined by familiar musicians from the Close Encounters roster of artists as well as brilliant newcomers.

 For additional information about Close Encounters With Music and featured artists please visit www.cewm.org.

 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Accommodations for the artists are graciously provided by The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix. The Steinway piano is available to the series through the generosity of Steinway of Phoenix. Cookies for the reception are generously provided by AJ's Fine Foods.


GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON TO PERFORM RECITAL

Garrick Ohlsson April 15, 2008, Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a recital by American pianist Garrick Ohlsson on April 15, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the In the Spotlight Series sponsored by Scottsdale League for the Arts and is presented with support from Dayton and Laura Grafman.

 Single tickets are available for $65 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Web site at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or the box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

 Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, with a vast repertoire spanning the entire piano literature. He has earned widespread critical acclaim throughout his distinguished career, from his triumph at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970 to his 2008 Grammy Award.
Ohlsson's recital will feature Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3; Liszt's Sonata in B minor; Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42; and Scriabin's Etudes.

The recital also features Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' innovative Keyboard in the Sky, a large-screen projection over the stage that enables the audience to watch the pianist's hands on the keyboard in real time.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8. He attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music and at 13 entered The Juilliard School in New York. Although he won first prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the gold medal, that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since then he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains immense personal popularity. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Mich. In February 2008, he won a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)" for his Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Bridge Records, Inc.).

Among the highlights of Ohlsson's 2007-08 season are engagements with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto; performances in Berkeley and Los Angeles with the Mark Morris Dance Group and pianist Yoko Nozaki in the critically acclaimed Mozart Dances; and performances with the Russian National Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski in California and at New York's Lincoln Center.

 


ROSANNE CASH'S APRIL 18 CONCERT CANCELED

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts regrets to announce that Rosanne Cash's concert originally scheduled for April 18, 2008, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater has been canceled.

 Ms. Cash, who underwent brain surgery this past November for a rare but benign condition, recently resumed her spring touring schedule, performing a short acoustic set in Tampa, Fla. Upon returning home to New York City, it was decided that further recuperation is necessary before undertaking the rigors of a full performance schedule and travel. As a result, Ms. Cash's tour dates in Arizona and California have been canceled. "I am distressed and disappointed to cancel concerts. I fear I was far too optimistic in evaluating the toll brain surgery would take on my body, and the time required to heal," remarked Ms. Cash. "I am deeply sorry not to honor my commitments at this time, but look forward to making musical amends in the near future."

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) is in the process of notifying ticket buyers.

 


FOLK-MUSIC LEGEND ARLO GUTHRIE RETURNS FOR A SPECIAL SOLO CONCERT

 Arlo Guthrie: Solo Reunion Tour - Together at Last

April 25, 2008, Friday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Arlo Guthrie: Solo Reunion Tour - Together at Last on April 25, 2008 at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the In the Spotlight Series sponsored by Scottsdale League for the Arts.Single tickets are available for $65 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

 

As the eldest son of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie grew up surrounded by some of the most important musicians of the era. Drawn to the music that was shaping the 1960s, he developed his own style and became a distinctive, expressive voice. His career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice's Restaurant, followed by classic hits such as Coming into Los Angeles, a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and his unique rendition of Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans

Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, winning a broad and dedicated following. In addition to being an accomplished musician - playing the piano, six- and 12-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments - Guthrie is a natural-born storyteller whose hilarious tales and anecdotes are woven seamlessly into his performances. He has rarely toured solo since his Woodstock days. 


DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT JOHN OLIVER TO PERFORM  

April 26, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present comedian John Oliver on April 26, 2008, at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the Satirical Edge Series sponsored in laughing memory of Steve Simon by his family and is presented with support from Beth and Sanford Hoffman.Single tickets are available for $44 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.A regular on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, John Oliver was born and raised in England and has worked as a comedian and actor around the United Kingdom "entertaining and irritating audiences in equal measure for the last seven years." He shares his global insights as The Daily Show's roving U.K. correspondent.

This performance may include mature language and themes.


 Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking

April 29 - May 11, 2008, Tuesday - Thursday @ 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m, Sunday @ 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 2 p.m. Theater 4301 @ Galleria Corporate Centre

Single ticket: $56*/$52 *higher ticket price is for Friday and Saturday evening performances

 In this one-woman, autobiographical journey, actress and writer Carrie Fisher shares insights into her fascinating life and career with a wry sense of humor. Starting with her childhood in Hollywood as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, she examines her rise to stardom as plucky Princess Leia and her hit movie Postcards from the Edge, marriage to Paul Simon, drug addiction, bipolar disorder, motherhood and her triumph over life's challenges.

 Contains mature language and themes

 This performance will include an exclusive Ignite event. Ignite is a group for young professionals and students with a passion for the performing arts. Members enjoy exclusive social events before and after selected performances as well as opportunities to meet artists and to volunteer for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Membership in Ignite is free and open to anyone between the ages of 21 - 39. To learn more and to join online visit www.ignitearts.org. Ignite lounges and special events are presented with support from Orange Table.

 


An Evening with Dave Brubeck and Sons - Chris and Dan Brubeck

May 1 - 2, 2008, Thursday @ 7:30 p.m., Friday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Single ticket: $70

 Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and his sons, Chris and Dan Brubeck, are back for an encore performance! The combination of the elder Brubeck's daring improvisations and the brothers' unique style blending rock, classical, blues, funk, reggae and world music into the color and texture of their arrangements promises to be another outstanding evening for jazz fans.

 This performance is part of the In the Spotlight Series sponsored by Scottsdale League for the Arts

Presented with support from Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. and Alice and David Olsan 


Night Run for the Arts

May 3, 2008, Saturday @ 7 p.m. (8K race starts @ 8 p.m.)

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main Street

Registration fee: $18 (before March 31); $20 (April 1 - May 2); $25 (day of the race)

 

The Valley's premier evening race, the Night Run for the Arts is a fun, family-friendly event that welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Highlights include an 8K run through downtown Scottsdale, a 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk and the Art Stroll, a docent-guided walking tour of the sculptures on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. The event culminates with an outdoor party featuring music, an awards ceremony, food and beverages. This year's Night Run for the Arts also features a green building exhibit and an eco-friendly activity for kids.

 

The Night Run for the Arts is presented by SRP Earthwise Energy and benefits youth education programs at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Information and advance registration are available online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org


R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe

Written and directed by D.W. Jacobs

Starring Joe Spano

Produced by Rubicon Theatre Company in association with The Z Space Studio

May 9, 2008, Friday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Single ticket: $58

 

Based on the writings of engineer, philosopher and utopian thinker R. Buckminster Fuller, this one-man show is a supercharged, inspiring tour de force. It begins as one of Fuller's famous lectures and transforms into a full-on effort to reunite the arts and sciences to create a better world. Filled with stirring words (many drawn from Fuller's lectures and writings) and stunning visual images, "The Bucky Show" takes the audience on a journey (complete with models, drawings and a little tai chi) through the mind and matter of one of the 20th century's greatest intellectuals.

 Presented with support from Will Bruder and Louise Roman 


R. Carlos Nakai

May 10, 2008, Saturday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

Single ticket: $38
Arizonan R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premier Native American flutist. Nakai has combined his classical training with his mastery of the cedar flute to form a complex, sophisticated sound that not only reveals the flute's uniqueness, but covers the spectrum of musical genres from jazz, piano and guitar collaborations to digital technology.
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts


Concerts Under the Stars: Pink Martini

May 13, 2008, Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.

Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Single ticket price: $36

 The wildly entertaining and eclectic Pink Martini has been described as a cross between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band and Japanese film noir. This 12-piece 'little orchestra' from Portland, Oregon, is at home on any stage performing its romantic, multi-lingual repertoire.


RENOWNED EVIDENCE DANCE COMPANYEXPLORES AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE

 Evidence, A Dance Company

March 14, 2008, Friday @ 8 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater

 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a one-night performance by Ronald K. Brown's critically acclaimed dance company, Evidence, on March 14, 2008, at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the Soaring Inspirations Series sponsored by the Daron and Ron Barness Family Foundation and is presented with support from Suzanne T. and Irving D. Karpas Jr. with additional support provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts, MetLife and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Concerts Under the Stars: Don McLean

May 17, 2008, Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.

Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Single ticket price: $36

 Legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean began his career during the tumultuous 1960s and became a household name with his 1971 smash hit American Pie, a nostalgic tribute to the late Buddy Holly. Rooted in American folk, his classic songs and deeply personal lyrics have inspired audiences for more than 40 years. 


ONGOING PERFORMANCES

 Late Nite Catechism

By Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan

Ongoing, call for dates and times

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2

Single ticket: $36

 na's longest-running play is still in a class by itself! Audience members are the students in catechism class, and Patti Hannon stars as "Sister" in this hilarious interactive comedy. Each performance of Late Nite Catechism is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths. Students are advised to be on their best behavior, however, or else Sister may put someone in her naughty chair - on stage!

 


Late Nite Catechism II: Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We Are Guilty

By Maripat Donovan

Ongoing, call for dates and times

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2

Single ticket: $36

 The fun continues in Sister's second catechism class! It's not necessary to be a graduate of Late Nite Catechism to enjoy this one - Sister will give extra attention to her slower students. She has felt banners, a filmstrip, handouts, historical facts and hysterical insights to explain the goal of every nun: getting into heaven and bringing along as many of the faithful as possible. Using a special version of Chutes & Ladders to demonstrate her point, Sister tells us where we have gone wrong, and no one is excused from her firm belief that "sometimes we feel guilty because we are guilty." 


LOCATION AND PARKING

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East Second Street in downtown Scottsdale, four blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road. The amphitheater is located on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall at 75th Street and Main Street. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and directly behind Los Olivos restaurant on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street. Theater 4301 is located in the Galleria Corporate Centre at 4301 Scottsdale Road on the corner of Drinkwater Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, one block east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the Galleria Corporate Centre parking garage.

 ACCESSIBILITY

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance our audience members' experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assisted listening devices and wheelchair seating are always available. Visit our Web site www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org  or contact the box office at (480) 994-ARTS [TDD: (480) 874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.

 GROUP DISCOUNTS

A $3 discount per ticket is available for groups of 15 or more (subject to restriction and limitation). Call (480) 874-4657 for more information.

 STUDENT DISCOUNTS

Students with valid student identification may purchase half-price tickets (subject to availability; limit one per student) 72 hours before any performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office. Tickets must be purchased in-person; phone orders are not accepted.

 SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Opened in 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents exceptional and culturally diverse performances of contemporary dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire. More than 1,000 performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are showcased annually serving more than 300,000 people. Performances take place in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' 838-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater and 136-seat Stage 2, the 2,200-seat amphitheater on the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and the 326-seat Theater 4301 @ Galleria Corporate Centre. In 2007-08, the City of Scottsdale will begin a major renovation of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, part of the Scottsdale Civic Center complex designed by Arizona architect Bennie Gonzales. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' educational programs reach more than 43,000 school children each year, and its free programs are available to the entire public. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts also produces the popular Scottsdale Arts Festival every March; Sunday A'Fair, a series of free outdoor music festivals held on Sunday afternoons from January to April; and Native Trails, a collaboration with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau that features free demonstrations of Native American arts and culture from January to April. Open daily and during performances, The Store @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers hand-crafted jewelry, accessories for the home, toys for imaginative young minds, recordings, books, greeting cards and more.

 The Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, to administer certain City arts and cultural projects and to manage the City-owned Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art Program. The programs of the Scottsdale Cultural Council are made possible, in part, by the support of members and donors and grants received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

FREE TAX HELP AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be at the Desert Foothills Library

 AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be at the Desert Foothills Library (38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek) starting February 5th, to provide free tax assistance in preparing and e-filing 2007 federal and AZ state tax returns.Tax-Aide Volunteers will be available at this site on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30pm to 4:30pm throughout the tax season ending on April 15th. 

Appointments Are Strongly Recommended to minimize wait times. People with appointments will be serviced first. To schedule an appointment for the Desert Foothills Library site only, call (480) 488-2286.Taxpayers must bring all of their 2007 income documents (W-2’s, 1099’s, etc.), and their 2006 tax return. For joint returns, both spouses need to be present. Completed federal and AZ state tax returns prepared at this site will be e-filed.The AARP Tax-Aide program provides free tax assistance to low and middle income taxpayers with emphasis on assisting those 60 years and older.

 

 

 

Pet Corner
by Steven C. Grossman, DVM

 ALLERGY SEASON IS IN FULL SWING FOR PETS

 If your dog has been itching, scratching and breaking out in rashes recently, you are not alone! The spring time allergy season for many pets has been in full force for the past several weeks. Due to our wet winter, the pollens levels are extremely high this year; as a result, many pets are suffering the effects of allergic reactions. Instead of “hay fever” many pets with allergies develop a skin reaction, which causes intense itching and scratching. This season seems to be particularly bad for many allergic pets, and we have seen many patients with severe skin reactions who have not had problems in past years. Many of our patients have intense itching, and secondary rashes and infections that develop, especially around the eyes, face, feet, and undersides. If your pet is suffering as well, be sure to schedule a check-up with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

 Dr. Grossman operates the Sonoran Foothills Pet Clinic on North 27th Drive South of Carefree Hwy., in Phoenix.

 

Review:

“Rent” is not for everybody. But it is for you, it’s a delight. The National Touring Company of “Rent” opened at Sun City’s Maricopa County Events Center (Sundome) Saturday May 10th with a mixed audience containing “Rent Heads” who follow the production and cheer heartily. And there were a few seniors not ready for the operetta based on "La Boheme" that so openly addresses AIDS and homosexuality, who walked out after the first act. (Or maybe the theatre temperature was too cold, or they couldn’t hear the words, as was told to this reviewer.)

"American Idol" finalist Anwar Robinson and South African "Idol" winner Heinz Winckler are making their theatrical debuts in the show were outstanding. And Jennifer Talton, who brings the show's Mimi to life with an incredible voice that fills the theatre with emotion is wonderful.

Rent ran on Broadway for over a decade. The National Tour has been on the road and their schedule can be found at http://www.siteforrent.com/tourschedule . Only 4 shows in Phoenix. We have what we call 'Rent heads' who follow the show; we have some really loyal fans and it's great to see those familiar faces," said Talton.

This cast does a phenomenal job of singing a challenging script with some extreme choreography. How they can still sing with all of that dance and gymnastics is amazing. And they sing very well.  So if you get the opportunity check it out!  

The Theatrical Experience that Changed Broadway Forever
Featuring South African Idol Winner Heinz Winckler and American Idol
Finalist Anwar Robinson in the National Tour of RENT
 
            The 2007-2008 national touring production of RENT features Heinz Winckler as Roger Davis and Anwar Robinson as Tom Collins. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, is coming to the Maricopa County Events Center, 19403 RH Johnson Blvd in Sun City West for four performances, Saturday May 10th at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sunday May 11th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Tickets for all performances will go on sale Sunday March 30th at 10:00 am.  Tickets are $30, $40 and $50 and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com  or by phone at 480-784-4444.  Tickets will also be available at the Maricopa County Events Center Box Office, Tue.- Sat. 10 am – 4 pm.  For group sales, call 480-218-9332.

Winckler was the winner of the first South African Idol in 2002 and the 4th place finalist in the 2003 inaugural World Idol competition, in which he competed against American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Robinson was the 7th place finalist on the 4th season of American Idol.

On stage, Winckler played Tony in the Toronto production of West Side Story. Winckler has recorded three hit albums with Sony BMG, including: One Step Closer, Come Alive (both South African Music Award “SAMA” nominees for “best pop album”) and Moment of Truth.  His song, “Once in a Lifetime,” was a “SAMA” nominee for “best single.” He performed the song “Chasing Shadows” for the Walt Disney movie, Treasure Planet, and participated in the Westlife Greatest Hits Tour in South Africa.  Winckler has received the People Magazine Award for “Hottest Hunk,” “South Africa’s Hottest Artist” and “Best Male Personality.” He was also featured in Cosmopolitan’s “Sexy Man Calendar.”

Robinson will make his stage debut in this touring production of RENT. American audiences will recall Robinson as the Music Teacher who was rocketed to television stardom on season four of the pop-culture phenomenon American Idol.  His vocal range quickly landed him a coveted spot in Idol’s Top 10, where Judge Paula Abdul touted him as technically the best singer of the competition.” Robinson has toured the country as part of the Idols Live show. The New Jersey native has worked and appeared with a number of music icons, including Clive Davis, Patti Labelle, Kelly Price, Byron Cage and Pastor Donnie McClurkin. Robinson recently released his debut album, The Truth About Love.

            Critics have called RENT  “the best thing that has happened to the Broadway musical in a long time,” and have said that RENT  “justifies every bit of attention that has been lavished on this phenomenal musical.”  “It shimmers with hope for the future of the American musical.”  The New York Times.  RENT is the theatrical experience that transformed how a generation feels about musicals, changed Broadway forever, and inspired a major motion picture.  Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.  RENT has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock and a story that really resonates.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews.  It rapidly became a sold-out hit.  The show transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996 where it continues to play at The Nederlander Theatre.  RENT is now the 7th longest running show in Broadway history. The success of RENT is always tempered by the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson.  Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1996, just hours after Rent’s final dress rehearsal off-Broadway, and ten days before his 36th birthday.

RENT features musical direction by Tim Weil, choreography by Marlies Yearby, set design by Paul Clay, costume design by Angela Wendt and lighting design by Blake Burba.

The 2007/08 Broadway on the Boulevard Series is sponsored by  

 
Photos of Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

Awards Luncheon  All photos by LeeAnn Sharpe lasharpe@cox.net 602-565-5785

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James McCracken of McCracken Pool Co receives Small Business of the Year award.           

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 Ambassador of the Year                              Entrepreneur of the Year

  Karen Cimaglia                                                           Paris Toon

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Back To School Clothing Drive Golf Classic
Legacy Golf Club at South Mountain April 3, 2008, 1:15 p.m. Shotgun Start

 by LeeAnn Sharpe
 The 6th Annual BTS Golf Classic takes place, Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix. Register now online http://www.backtoschoolclothingdrive.com and secure your place in one of the most popular golf events in the valley and help raise money to support of the children served by the Back To School Clothing Drive 

Founded in 1967, The Back-To-School Clothing Drive provides new school outfits and uniforms, backpacks and school supplies to less fortunate children in the Valley of the Sun.  Each year, more than 10,000 children from 135 schools receive our support, thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, corporate sponsors and foundations.  School supplies, a new outfit, a pair of shoes, and a backpack to hold school books. To most of us, these are routine necessities when returning to school.  Through the eyes of the children we serve each year, they represent not having to wear hand-me downs to school, the grown-up thrill of choosing their own items, and the chance to dress like other kids. Story Continues

 

 

ANGELA JOHNSON FASHION SHOW AT CLARENDON HOTEL’S NEWLY REMODELED POOL CATWALK
 

Local Fashion Designer, Angela Johnson, will be Arizona’s first designer to have a fashion show on the Clarendon Hotel’s newly renovated pool catwalk with her Fall 2008 “Menagerie” line
 
 Angela Johnson, Arizona’s most prominent fashion designer, will unveil her Fall 2008 line entitled “Angela Johnson’s Vaudeville Style Mystery Menagerie” Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm at the Clarendon Hotel’s pool catwalk at 401 W. Clarendon in Phoenix.  The event is free to store buyers and press and is also open to the public at $10 a ticket which can be pre-purchased or reserved on www.angelajohnsondesigns.com .     
 
 Voted Best Boutique Hotel by the Travel Channel, the Clarendon Hotel will open its pool area to fashion show attendees at 8:00 pm.  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and music by DJ William F-ing Reed and DJ Jas will be provided.  Hosted by Carey Pena of 3TV, the highly anticipated fashion show and Vaudeville style performances including pyrotechnic burlesque show by Pyra Sutra, will begin promptly at 9:00pm. The Menagerie line will be worn by models from Arizona’s most reputable agencies with hair styled by E’s Urban Hair and make up by Ginger Champagne.  
 
 As co-founder of the now dissolved Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion, Angela has coordinated and shown work in countless multi-designer fashion shows including an annual 60-designer fashion show entitled Fashion Ball and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts quarterly “SMoCA Nights” shows.  This exciting event will be Angela’s first solo fashion show since “Sideshow Freak in the Padded Room” which was held at Loft 19 Studios in 2005 and attracted over 300 spectators.  “I’m excited to have my own solo show at the Clarendon Hotel” says, Angela.  “I’m always so busy coordinating multi-designer shows that I don’t get a chance to focus solely on my own line as much as I would like to. I’ve put a lot of work into this new collection and the Clarendon Hotel, with the built in pool runway, will make the type of impact that I’m hoping will highlight my hard work and create a memorable show.”
 
 Angela Johnson is an award winning clothing designer with over 13 years in the fashion industry. Angela handcrafts cutting edge, avant-garde apparel under her name.  Angela's clothing is sold online, in boutiques nationwide, and at her fashion and trunk shows.   She got her start working in design and production for X-Large Clothing, the line owned by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys and X-Girl, the line owned by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.  Today, she designs under her own line and has been honored as Fashion Group International of Arizona’s Rising Star in 2004, Artist of the Year by the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Chairman’s Committee, Chicest Local Designer by 944 Magazine in 2007 was a finalist in the Scottsdale Fashion Week’s Designer of the Year contest in 2007.  She coordinates and exhibits her own line in the fashion show portion of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts SMoCA Nights quarterly event and co-founded Arizona Fashion Foundation / LabelHorde Fashion.
 
 Sponsored by: The Clarendon Hotel, 3TV’s Carey Pena, Eric Hendrix, Pyra Sutra of Scandalesque, DJ William F-ing Reed, DJ Jas, E’s Urban Hair, Ginger Champagne, Bunky Boutique, Drama Queen Productions – Jen Deveroux, Humble Entertainment, Rebecca Devaney, Bigger Pictures Images, Tony Zeh, Ally Burnham, Lesley Oliver, Kristin Dinnis.



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DFL to hold Author's Podium Speakers Series 2008 Elizabeth B. Lewis will appear on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m.
 In the tradition of holding book discussions that started many years ago, The Desert Foothills Library will present best selling authors who will speak about their latest published books in the library's meeting room.  All discussions are free to the public, refreshments will be served and authors will have books for sale and signing.  Elizabeth B. Lewis will appear on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss her books which are set in present day Arizona but are enriched with history and personalities from the past.  Elizabeth served nine years on the Board of the Arizona Nature Conservancy and she weaves challenges to the Arizona environment into her novels.

Newest Non-Motorized Addition to Trail
 The Black Canyon City Trailhead is the newest non-motorized addition to the award winning and nationally recognized Black Canyon Trail system. The Black Canyon Trail Coalition held its Grand Opening celebration for the public on February 9th. 

 There was a special Dedication Ceremony started at 11:00 AM with a traditional Native American trail blessing.  Following the ceremony, there was food, beverages, live entertainment, display booths, hourly walks & talks on the trail with a BLM archeologist, a geologist, and a wildlife biologist, and more! For more info call 623-374-5553 or visit www.bctaz.com

Opt-In and earn Outlet Points for Tech-ucation 
Outlets at Anthem has launched "Opt-In," a program that benefits  the Deer Valley Unified School District schools. Opt-In is a ten month program where Outlets at Anthem receipts are translated into points simply by visiting Customer Service. At the end of the program, the schools with the most points will receive SMART Boards, one of the most high tech and desired items in today's classrooms. Visit Customer Service or Outlets at Anthem http://outletsanthem.com   for more information on how you can help the DVUSD school of your choice.  When you shop, make sure to save those receipts! 
SCOTTSDALE ROSE SOCIETY ANNUAL ROSE SHOW  April 12, 2008 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
 Scottsdale Community College 9000 East Chaparral Road Scottsdale For additional information call Jeannine at (480) 948-6772, Mary (480) 945-8114, Kathy (480) 990-1422 or Roberta (480) 990-1690.
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Imaginative Spring Break Camps Offered by Theater Works
 Looking for that special fun thing for your child to do during Spring Break?  Hoping the opportunity will provide some education in the disguise of fabulous entertainment?  Then Theater Works has the answer for you with their first ever Spring Break Camps.

 Children aged 8 to 16 will be creatively inspired as they learn music, dance, acting and much more from local teaching artists.  The last day of camp all students will don costumes and make-up and perform in an original one act musical they created themselves, on the Theater Works main stage at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.  

"It's such a great creative outlet for kids," says Jim Gradillas, Theater Works Youth Programs manager, "And it's a whole collaborative effort in creating the final production in just one week.  It's so rewarding.  Plus the kids meet other kids and they become friends for a lifetime."  Gradillas has 21 years experience as a youth theater director.

 These special Spring Break Camps will be offered for two weeks.   The first camp is March 17 - 21 and the second camp March 24 -28.  The camps operate daily 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily.  The cost is $225 per child. To sign your child up for the experience of a lifetime, contact Jim Gradillas, Youth Programs Manager at 623-815-1791 ext 108. For more programs offered to children, visit www.theaterworks.org .

Desert Foothills Library to hold 19th Annual Golf Tournament
The Desert Foothills Library will hold its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the prestigious Desert Foothills Golf Club in Carefree on Monday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. for Registration and 9:00 a.m. for Scramble. Desert Forest is one of the top 100 courses in America according to Golf Digest, Golf Week and Golf Magazine and is certainly one of the most beautiful courses in Arizona.

The $185 per person entry fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon and lots of fun! The format is a four player scramble with men, women or mixed groups. It also includes a silent auction and Chinese auction. All contributory amounts are tax deductible. For more information visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org or call (480) 488-2286.

 

Cave Creek’s Newest Open Air Shopping, Office and Dining Destination Showcased
 StageCoach Village is Cave Creek’s newest premier open air shopping, office and dining destination, hosted a sneak preview of the center on Thursday, Feb. 21st from 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 The event featured cowboy chow from Cave Creek caterer The Wild Bunch, live entertainment from local band, Rhondavous and cocktails. Guests were able to experience the western ambiance of the new retail and office center, reminiscent of the old Southwest territory, featuring turn-of-the-century style architecture.

 Located in the heart of Cave Creek, on the Northwest corner of Cave Creek Road and Galloway, StageCoach Village features more than 105,000 square feet of retail and office space. Of the 105,000 square feet of space, nearly 65 percent of the retail is pre-leased or sold, and more than 50 percent of the office space is pre-sold. The retail sales and office sales are being handled by Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate, and the retail leasing is being handled by Retail Brokers, Inc. (RBI). The developer of the property is StageCoach Village, LLC.

 The sneak preview was a private event, and guests including Panorama Hills Monthly Advertising and Marketing Director Janice Greene had to have an invitation to attend. Sponsors for the event include Chicago Title Insurance Company; Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate; Retail Brokers, Inc. (RBI); and Parkway Bank. For more information on StageCoach Village, please call 480-365-1267 or checkout www.stagecoachvillage.com

Lodge Opens, and Invites Guests to Take in Historic and Pristine Arizona
 
This spring and summer, Cherry Creek Lodge invites guests to experience historic and beautiful Arizona like never before. Nestled within the pristine wilderness of the Tonto National Forest, Cherry Creek Lodge is a portrait of when rustic Arizona meets modern convenience. Story Continues
 
 
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