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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
MONTH IN REVIEW
A Scottsdale man has been sentenced to 18
years in prison for fatally stabbing Tyrice
Thompson during a fight last year outside
of Martini Ranch, a Scottsdale nightclub.
Ian MacDonald was convicted on one
count of manslaughter last August after
witness interviews and surveillance video
subsequently established MacDonald and
Thompson were involved in a fight after
two employees removed MacDonald and
his girlfriend from the club.
“Despite this defendant’s efforts to
conceal or minimize his culpability for
taking an innocent life, he now faces the
consequences for his violent actions,”
said Maricopa County Attorney Bill
Montgomery.
While he was awaiting trial, MacDonald
was arrested for assaulting a Tempe Police
Officer. Charges were later dismissed
by the Tempe Prosecutor’s Office.
Shortly before the trial, MacDonald was
arrested after a violent domestic dispute
and charged with aggravated assault,
disorderly conduct, animal cruelty and
making a false report to law enforcement.
He is scheduled for trial on these offenses
on Monday, Dec. 1.
$350M Luxury �Green’
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Funded by Scottsdale
WestWorld, an 110,000-square-foot
covered arena with retractable bleachers,
VIP suites and a concrete concourse, has
recently been approved for a general-fund
contingency transfer from the Scottsdale
City Council. The arena plans on using
the $168,100 fund on a paving project
to reduce dust during the Barrett-Jackson
auto auction and other events.
The pavement-improvement project
includes constructing a paved roadway
along the VIP drop-off route and
an unpaved area directly west of the
Equidome. The project will be completed
within the next month.
Separate from this approved fund, the
council authorized a $380,000 reduction
in overall spending for the WestWorld
expansion project. This brought the overall
expansion cost of WestWorld down to
$46.6 million.
Taylor Requests Change in
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Shanesha Taylor, the job-seeking mother
who left her two toddlers in a car during
a job interview in March, failed to meet
a deadline to deposit $60,000 in a trust
fund for her children. Instead, she asked
the judge for a decrease in the amount she
agreed to deposit.
Taylor agreed to take parenting classes,
undergo substance abuse counseling
and set up a trust fund using $60,000.
Taylor’s request to lower the deposit left
prosecutors wondering what happened
to the $114,700 she received in public
donations after her initial arrest.
Due to Taylor’s actions, the Maricopa
County Attorney’s Office filed a motion in
late October to reinstate the prosecution
of Taylor. Taylor is being asked to account
for the money and a follow-up hearing has
been scheduled.
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is set to be the state’s most luxurious
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will begin this month. The condominium
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distinctive finishes.
“We are thrilled to introduce The Sterling
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first and only development in Arizona to
offer this level of exceptional, sustainable
condominiums,” says Nathan Day, CEO City Honored for
Economic Development
of Cypress Development Group.
In addition, residents will have access to Website
a resident lounge and the community’s ChooseScottsdale.com, the City of
Effortless Ownership program, which Scottsdale’s Economic Development
offers a wide array of hotel-like services. website, received the International
Construction will begin in the first Economic Development Council’s Bronze
quarter 2015 with anticipated move-in by Excellence in Economic Development
early 2016. A priority interest list is being Award in the general purpose website
developed with a sales gallery and model category for cities its size. The website’s
opening early this month.
aim is to launch more dynamic content,
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Scottsdale Man Sentenced
for Fatal Stabbing
The City of Scottsdale’s Dog Days event was a “howling” good time as animals of
the canine type participated in a Howl-Oween Costume Contest, live demonstrations
and a desert dog walk. Dog lovers had the chance to go home with a puppy as pet
adoptions were available as well. The event, held at the Via Linda Senior Center last
month, was sponsored by The Valley Times. Pictured above, Mya and Tito get sized
up to see who truly is the smallest dog.
imagery and tools to serve the department’s
existing and prospective client base.
Scottsdale’s economic development team
was able to revamp the website in 90 days
using in-house resources. The project’s
impact was immediately visible. In the first
week after the new launch, 74 percent of
the visitors were new, and unique visitors
increased by 32 percent.
The award was presented at an awards
ceremony held in October during the
council’s annual conference in Fort Worth,
Texas.
Organizations and individuals were
honored for their efforts in creating
positive change in urban, suburban and
rural communities.
Future of Greasewood Flat
in Scottsdale is Uncertain
Greasewood Flat is one of Scottsdale’s most
iconic Western spots, but its location may
not remain in Scottsdale. A recent proposal
to move the attraction near the McDowell
Sonoran Preserve was withdrawn in the
face of opposition in October and finding
a new location has proven to be more
difficult.
The heirs of George “Doc” Cavalliere, who
founded Greasewood, were forced to sell
the property last year to pay estate taxes
and other expenses after Cavalliere’s death
in 2010. Possible new locations include
WestWorld.
While the family is looking for new
locations, they will continue to stay open
until March 31, they said in a recent
statement.
Avenue of the Fountains
$1.5M Makeover Nearly
Done
The Avenue of the Fountains, the gateway
to the town of Fountain Hill’s namesake
attraction, is about ready to debut as a new
park and gathering place. The makeover
cost $1.5 million and will be done in time
for the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and
Crafts on Nov. 14-16.
Work on the attraction began in April.
The project included new electrical and
irrigation systems, mechanical enclosures,
new water features, plazas and entry
features, a new brick-paver pedestrian
pathway, locations for public art and
improved landscaping. The attraction will
also include eight shade canopies, pathway
lighting and up lighting in spaces reserved
for art pieces.
Before the renovation the attraction had
leaky fountains, dying trees, limited
pedestrian accessibility, outdated electrical
system and an inefficient irrigation system.
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Did you happen to see the photo
of the cop who shot Michael
Brown? The hospital photo, that
is. His face is a mess and I read that his eye
socket was crushed. All of this happened in
his police car (front seat). This young man,
I am told, was just a huge human being,
and as mean as they come, with a record.
Tell me, when does a cop stop being a cop
and just a man fearing for his life? Were
Michael’s hands up in the air to give up,
or were they calling out to the cop, “Come
and get some more.” We will probably
never know the true story because no
matter what the cop says, he will be wrong.
I have a suggestion: Put black cops in black
neighborhoods and see how many charges
are filed against the cops then.—Jerry
Kortas
Have you folks ever tried with The
San Carlos Bay Restaurant or Tia
Maria’s Rancho restaurant? Good
eats at both. The San Carlos is as good as
and, in some cases, better Mexican seafood
than you can get in Mexico. Tia Maria’s
started as Rosa’s on University and Mesa
Drive by a Mormon missionary when he
returned from his mission in Mexico. Still
some of the best refried beans in the Valley.
Well Rosa’s was sold and a new place much
larger open up on McKellips in Mesa and
so on. I would be interested in reading
your opinions on these two.
I just wanted to let everyone
know about some great service
my husband and I received at the
Quick N Clean Car Wash on Power Road,
just north of University in Mesa. We were
there a week or two ago and using the selfserve vacuums. I accidentally vacuumed up
my daughter’s baby blanket, which is very,
very special to her. I was devastated and
thought it was gone for good. Fortunately
two nice boys working there were willing
to look through the tubes and tanks and
were finally able to retrieve the blankie for
us. It was something they definitely did
not need to do, and it was so nice of them.
Hope their boss happens to read this post
because they showed themselves to be two
great employees! Thank you!
I wish people could learn to
say “No” when they really want
to say “No” instead of being so
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just said “No.” Like
when you get invited to an event. If you killed, they should understand why they more jobs will be taken by Congress and
don’t want to go just say you can’t make will never rule the world or win or beat the the president blamed for the cost to the
it instead of saying “Yes” and backing out people who do not hate. Life is about love. taxpayers. It’s the same old Washington
at the last minute leaving people high and Love thy neighbor. They’ll win a happier game. Disgusting people in Congress.
dry. People will respect an honest person life, too. They’re just too dumb to notice it. Disgusting, as per usual.
better than a fake, Yes?
In today’s world—anywhere in
For all of the problems we read
the world—cowards who will not
about today in the newspapers and
Legislative candidate Martha
fight for their own homeland do
television, we can thank President
McSally portrays herself as a
“fighter.” We don’t need a fighter not deserve the benefits of others’ battle Reagan for firing all the air-traffic control
in Congress. We need an arbitrator. Her victories. Think about that Europe—and people. No problems in the air today are
there? No problems in the emergency
claim to fame is winning the fight against everywhere else in the east.
room with mentally ill people, either. He
requiring American service women to wear
If the ISIL warriors think they are so let them all out and thought they’d be
the traditional garb (Burka) while stationed
much better than everyone else, and better off at home and not in hospital. The
in Saudi Arabia. I don’t see anything
can go around and kill everybody insurance companies all went along with
exceptionally unusual to that. I believe any
normal secure American woman would and not be identified, that must be why it. They have to let patients go, too. We
have done the same, and won. I am a four- they hide behind a mask or a beard. can thank President Reagan for all of the
year former servicewoman, serving during Cowards do that and they are all coward problems today.
time of war. I’m glad I never had to serve warriors.
Newspaper public opinion pages are
with Martha McSally. A vote for Ron
just great for a frustrated public. But
Barack Hussein Obama is a curse
Barber is a vote for a sincere individual
it sure is one tough job for editors to
on America. All those who voted
who listens to both sides, and then makes
for them should hang their heads sort out the many commentators from the
decisions which he knows will best serve
in shame. They are responsible for the fewer and fewer true journalists in politics
his constituents.—Gwen C. Niemi
anywhere, anytime.
downfall of our beloved country.
The family of Thomas Duncan,
The money movers give you a name
Did you notice the telephone
the man who brought Ebola
to vote for. The Constitution gives
companies are no help trying to get
to our country and exposed
you a choice to vote for someone
rid of the dummy who’s looking for
hundreds of Americans to the fatal disease,
Mr. Wolfe? Or the card callers who call
are threatening to sue the hospital. What else.
three times a day with different names,
nerve they have! They should pay all the
I am so sick and tired of this reminding you your credit card is in
millions of dollars it costs to treat Duncan,
president lying to the American trouble? I don’t even have a credit card.
who wasn’t even a citizen, and lied to get
people. In his speech on ISIS, he I’m so sick of these stupid people and the
into the country because he knew he had
carried a woman dying of Ebola. America emphasized ISIS are not Islamists. Well telephone companies are no help other
needs to stop all people trying to come Mr. President, their name says that they than charge you more to take you out of
into our country from those West Africa are. If they’re not Islamists, why are they the book. Do something, whoever you are.
telling Christians unless they convert to Get rid of these dummies.
areas where Ebola is raging.
Islam, they will be slaughtered, which they
Everyone needs to stop calling ISIL,
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has stated, have been. Mr. Obama in one of his books
ISIS. ISIS is the name of an Egyptian
“All vets are mentally ill in some said he would side with the Muslims. Is it
female that a lot of businesses use it
way and government should any wonder, many millions of Americans
prevent them from owning firearms.” This are firmly convinced this man is a Muslim? legitimately.
is an insult to all veterans and she needs to He is putting Americans in danger. God
help America.
Grandma taught us that the
make an apology!
American economy is improving,
but you didn’t get a raise yet.
Well, with all the need for more
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that’s invented immediately? What ever
happened to frugality and in-due-time
luxury?
Does anyone doubt that if Ebola
had originated in, say, Denmark,
the pending crisis would be handled
a lot differently than it is now? When
it comes to forced quarantines, airport
medical screenings, national flight bans,
etc., we would be erring on the side
of overkill, not underkill. So much for
change. Sometimes it kills, just as political
correctness sometimes kills.
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to be president of our United States.
These past six years have proven it. This
man is unqualified and doesn’t want the
real work and responsibility of being
president. He just wants to enjoy the
perks of the office—his vacations, golfing,
fundraising. We are so sick of this man,
it’s not funny.
Everyone must be on an instant
button. If you pick up the phone
and the recorded voice is already
working before you can say hello, hang
up. More than two rings and no one
can wait for a busy mother, a worker or
an older person to get to the phone and
answer it. Rush through life and miss the
best of it. Poor dummy. Slow down and
see the world that is around you. Take the
time to let the damn phone ring awhile.
It is known that Freedom of
Speech is practiced in almost every
local newspaper that is printed
in someone else’s ancestor’s language.
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be educated in more than the American
language. Quit forcing Spanish to be
America’s second language.
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the poor parenting of another,
when all were raised on movie and
TV violence as examples of the way of
everyday life. It’s more just TV drama and
shame on its sponsors.
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that they think they can change
nature? All I have to do is learn to
live with it in Florida and spend all their
millions of dollars of making Miami
America’s new Venice. The oceans will rise
and you either use them, or use yourself
to them.
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fighting for the rich. The Democrats
will never stop fighting for the poor
and middle class.
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an admonishment, delivered by an angry
nun, or a drunken relative sloshing a glass
of wine. It’s usually followed by an example
of someone in hideous circumstances.
Chinese children
were
popular
in the 1970s:
“...there
are
starving kids in
China who have
never even seen
Brussels sprouts!”
Had I known
those kids would
one day come to
own us, I might
have said something. Or at least sent them
some sprouts.
Bad associations like these led many of us
to make gratitude the thing we’ll eventually
get to. And we never do. (Your letter,
thanking grandma for your 1974 Christmas
present? That ship has sailed.) When you’re
young, there’s always something more fun
to do. When you’re grown, there’s always
something more to achieve. And once
you’re old, you sit around waiting for others
to appreciate you. (Good luck with that,
because most of them are busy having fun
or trying to achieve.) In the West, gratitude
is largely seen as a passive, self-absorbed
exercise. While Eastern traditions regard
it as a hidden spring that, with patience,
restores and refills your soul.
The popularity of Eastern philosophies
and the emergence of meditation has
led many folks to revisit the concept of
gratitude. But even here, the results are
mixed. Today, people on social media often
give each other “gratitude challenges,” where
they publicly describe their blessings. While
I think this is nobly intended, Internet
blessing recitations (“I am grateful for my
wonderful wife and our two accomplished
children, and our large, ranch-style
home...”) inevitably begin to sound like
those horrible smug holiday letters. (“What
a year! Buster made the dean’s list, and we all
took part in the regatta!”) For awhile there,
gratitude challenges were running neckand-neck with ALS Ice Bucket challenges
on my Facebook feed. And I couldn’t resist
the desire to see the grateful people hit with
ice water. Though I regard this as a personal
failing of mine, I still think gratitude—like
shower singing and mole self-checks—
might be more of a private exercise.
Gratitude becomes easier with age.
war zone, we think. That could be us with
the missing child, or the tornado-ravaged
home. Gratitude gives us a positive grip on
all of this: We begin to recognize that our
lives are a confluence of many blessings:
good health, good fortune, safe loved
ones...all of which makes us less likely to
pistol-whip our in-laws with a drumstick.
On the last Thursday of this month,
we’ll rise early (because hungry dogs
heed no holiday!) We’ll watch the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Parade (heaping scathing
commentary on the play-by-play). Once
the kids and grandkids arrive, we’ll lament
the performance of the Detroit Lions, agree
the National Dog Show winner resembles
something out of a lint trap and—because
the grandkids are young—I’ll have to
be some kind of farm animal for awhile.
Between all of that and dinner, I’m hoping
for a moment where I can look upon my
family and my cluttered home and feel the
same profound gratitude the Puritans must
have felt when they looked upriver and saw
the Wampanoag paddling in with canoes
full of venison and a hankering to party.
I hope you get that, too. And I wish you
a Happy Thanksgiving.
N. Northsight Blvd.
he wealth of historical research
conducted on the origins of the first
Thanksgiving have led me to realize that my
1967 kindergarten diorama was little more
than candy corn and Hallmark-driven lies.
The pilgrims who’d staked their claim in
present-day Massachusetts weren’t applecheeked folk with bugle-shaped guns and
charming buckled hats. They were brave
and principled refugees with the passion of
their convictions and almost no talent for
living on the land.
They’d planted their flag on Plymouth
Rock and, almost immediately, began
dying off like bugs on the windshield of the
New World. The way they farmed, hunted
and cultivated land made the Wampanoag
Indians downriver cringe.
It was, ironically, like watching the
Washington Redskins play: A series of
frequent performance errors, punctuated
by the occasional terrible idea. “Should
we help these people?” The Wampanoags
must have asked one another, “Are they
capable of being helped? Should we head
on over, with dead animals and advice?
Or will winter just kill them all, anyway?”
Whatever persuaded them to head on over
is the thing we celebrate—and a testament
to how our great, proud, moon-landing,
game-changing, awe-inspiring nation once
pivoted on the good will of other people
and luck.
Three hundred ninety three years
later, we attempt to revisit this ancient
act of good will by consuming lots of pie
and blaming the results on the dog. If
that seems blasphemous, consider that
Christmas has morphed from Jesus’ birth to
a jolly housebreaker in your home heating
system; and Easter somehow translated
into the Cadbury bunny. By this standard,
Thanksgiving has aged rather well. Maybe
it’s because Thanksgiving has no giftgiving component to build a coral reef of
commercialism upon. Maybe it’s because
Thanksgiving is overshadowed by Black
Friday and the holiday shopping season.
But beneath all of the Macy’s Parade,
NFL, door-buster savings theatrics, a tiny
vein of genuine gratitude still flows at
Thanksgiving’s heart. And it does us well to
access it.
Gratitude gets a bad rap these days. It is
the green vegetable of contemplative habits.
For Catholics, gratitude is the cellophane
that relatives wrap guilt in. “You oughta be
grateful!” is the opening chorus to many
Not because time makes you wiser, but
because experience acquaints you with loss.
When I lost a loved one a few years ago, I
dreaded the Thanksgiving that followed. I
dreaded the empty chair back, in the seat
he’d always taken, staring back at me like
a missing tooth. But when the day came,
his presence was there, in a gently positive
way. And in a weird quirk of perspective,
I became acutely grateful for all the chairs
that were filled. I got to see the people still
with me as the miracles of life and health
and comfort that they are. Like certain stars
in the night sky,
certain blessings
only
become
visible when the
light in our lives is
eclipsed somehow.
An
excellent
chaser for grief,
gratitude is a
really
effective
mechanism
for
shaking off a
difficult day. It offers a broader perspective
that doesn’t eliminate the bad traffic,
the aggravating work situation or the
opinionated holiday guest, but makes them
much more tolerable. As we get older, our
sense of empathy expands. The daily news
cycle hits us harder. That could be us in the
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he Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was recently ranked among
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Founded in 1952, the 98-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in
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to check it out or revisit if you haven’t been for a while.
It boasts 21 interpreted acres, two miles of walking paths, 16
individual gardens, 1,200 native plant species and a live animal
collection with 230 native mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects
and birds. So it’s not like we needed much of an excuse to revisit this
gem. But the season and recent accolades were certainly a good reason
to check it out again, so my son and I ventured out to the ArizonaSonora Desert Museum, largely because we’d so loved it the last time.
What we found was all the same stuff we knew and loved, plus some
great new additions. It will be hard to justify not making the trip down
every weekend.
We started at the Orientation Ramada near the entrance, where the
museum posts events for the day and regularly hosts presentations of
Arizona’s flora and fauna. This time, a docent was introducing visitors
to a kestrel, North America’s smallest falcon and an Arizona native.
From there we went to one of my son’s favorites from our previous
trip: The limestone cave. The replica cave—complete with stalagmites
and stalactites, water, fossils and interpretive displays about cavedwelling animals—is a huge hit with kids, and adults who are game
can earn extra points by going through the “true caving experience”
tunnel inside.
From there our path took
us past a prowling mountain
lion and playing Mexican
gray wolves, social parrots and
cuddling beavers, javelina resting
in the shade of a footbridge and
much more. One of our favorite
presentations, “Live and (Sort
of ) on the Loose,” introduced us
to a very easygoing Gila monster,
A Gila monster stands on a pedestal dur- a slightly more rattled (pun
ing a presentation of “Live and (Sort of ) intended) snake and some very
on the Loose.”
Above: A docent at the Warden Aquarium’s touch tank
gives kids an up-close look at snails, hermit crabs, sea
stars and more. They’re able to hold some snails and
crabs.
Right: A docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
holds a female kestrel, a small falcon, and discusses
how the bird lives in the wild.
knowledgeable presenters keen on protecting
reptiles and humans alike.
Other live animal presentations include
“Fur, Feathers and Fangs,” where workers share
knowledge and stories about working with
some of the museum’s most interesting residents
and the popular Raptor Free Flight, running
through April 5, where you watch from the
flight path as native birds of prey zoom by so
close you might feel their wings brush your hair.
We visited the walk-in aviary, which was going
through renovation—a disappointment to my
budding ornithologist, but one he decided was
acceptable if it meant the birds were getting
better digs. A visit to the hummingbird aviary
was cut short as a private party came in and we
were asked to come back in an hour.
The delay was OK, though, because it was
a prime time to visit the museum’s newest
addition, the Warden Aquarium.
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7 Tips for a Budget-Thankful
Thanksgiving
By Melissa Hurst
A
s you are preparing your Thanksgiving
feast and creating the list of
items that you are thankful
for, add this: You
can celebrate your
Thanksgiving feast
and enjoy knowing
that you didn’t
spend a fortune.
Check out my simple
tips for creating a budget“thankful” Thanksgiving below.
Reuse! Instead of buying disposable
plates, napkins, tablecloths or
utensils, use what you have on hand.
Although you may save time on clean
up, you’ll end up spending more
money for the convenience.
Free Turkey! Many of the grocery
stores will run promotions to either
get a free turkey or a nice percentage
off. You may be required to spend a
certain amount of money to get the
promotion, but if you look for store
deals and match those with coupons,
you’ll have an even better deal while
getting all the necessities for your
Thanksgiving meal.
Shopping List! Make your grocery
list before you go to the store to make
sure you only buy the items that
you need. Match up the items that
you plan to buy with store sales and
coupons so you don’t overspend.
DIY! Use items from nature, such
as leaves, pinecones, twigs and
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pumpkins to make your own festive
Thanksgiving decorations. Here are a
few ideas: Gather pine cones
in a large vase and add
some fresh cinnamon
sticks to create a
festive
decorative
piece. Or try the
traditional kid’s craft
of a handprint turkey
to create a family-friendly
activity.
Potluck! Don’t be embarrassed to ask
for help. Involve your dinner guests
and ask them to bring their favorite
dish, dessert or drink. Not only will
this help to cut down on your cost,
but it also allows guests to share their
own specialties.
Consolidate Heat! Heat items up
together in the oven after the turkey is
done and have everything done at the
same time, in less time. If you have a
toaster oven, you can try heating up
side dishes there as well. Don’t forget
the barbecue. Not only can you cook
the meat on the grill, but grilled
vegetables and bread can also to a nice
touch to your Thanksgiving dinner.
Realistic Servings! Calculate how
much you need to make for the
amount of people, keeping in mind
that there will be several dishes.
Leftovers are good, but decide ahead
of time how much you want so that
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WHEN: Tues., Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fountain Park at Westgate, 6751 N.
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Free holiday skating for children older than age 5.
Skates are provided, but bring your own socks.
WHEN: Fri., Nov. 28, through Sun., Nov. 30, at 11
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WHERE: Near AMC Theater at Tempe Marketplace,
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Kids and families can engage in fun activities,
including coloring, fish feeding, archery target
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WHEN: Tuesdays starting Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to
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WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in
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WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N.
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The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost
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dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on
two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more
agile predators.
WHEN: Wed., Nov. 19, through Sun., Nov. 23, matinee
and evening shows
WHERE: US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St.,
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COST: $41.50 to $79.50
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ZOOLIGHTS
More than 3.8 million lights glow in a total of 700
sparkling displays.
WHEN: Mon., Nov. 24, through Sun., Jan. 11, from
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
COST: $10 to $18
INFO: (602) 273-1341 or www.phoenixzoo.org
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that revolves around the adventures of
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who come to life when they hear the magic
words “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
WHEN: Tues., Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
WHERE: Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St.,
Phoenix
COST: $25 to $45
INFO: (602) 379-2888 or www.ticketmaster.com
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The Deer Valley High School cheerleaders will
model the fashions. As a community service, they will
demonstrate their school’s powerful “Team Spirit” message.
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 22, at 1 p.m.
WHERE: The Marketplace, 4255 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Phoenix
COST: Free
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Festival features a multitude of activities from
hayrides and pony rides, to rock climbing and face
painting.
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 22, and Sun., Nov. 23, from 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W.
Encanto Blvd., Phoenix
COST: $6
INFO: (602) 254-1200 or www.enchantedisland.com
The parade is a celebration of the town’s heritage and
involves many local schools, businesses, nonprofit
organizations and special interest groups.
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 22, at 9 a.m.
WHERE: On Gilbert Road from Guadalupe Road to
Elliot Road, running south.
COST: Free
INFO: www.gilbertaz.gov
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Local rescue and pet vendors will
be on hand with tips and treats for dogs.
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m.
WHERE: Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S.
McQueen Rd., Chandler
COST: Free
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Red Mountain Community Church turns on
the lights for its annual display. Take a hay ride around
the grounds and hear the history of the lights.
WHEN: Fri., Nov. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E.
Virginia St., Mesa
COST: Call for information
INFO: (480) 807-5868 or [email protected]
Family-friendly event features two stages of
entertainment, a large beer garden, a kids’ zone and
Veterans Day celebrations.
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 8, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Break out the glue gun and power tools—it’s time to get crafty with your little one. Each month,
Valley Moms brings you a creative project that you and your kids can do together.В DIY Composter
By Erica Odello
W
hile my pallet garden (April
2014 issue) was only moderately
successful, I have had some very good
luck with the more traditional box garden
I also started in the spring. It’s been so
successful, in fact, that I’d like to expand
it, but I need good soil, which can get
expensive. I’ve been kicking around the
idea of composting for quite a while and,
because it takes two to three months to
get a good batch, November seemed like a
good time to get things rolling.
Ingredients
Compost Bin
Shovel
Compost starter or mulch
Pitchfork
Raw materials to create compost
Plastic container with tight-sealing lid
Mess level: HHHHвњ©
My first step was to create the compost
bin. I’ve seen composters in stores for as
low as $45 and online as high as $150.
Because the whole point of this project
is to save money, I wasn’t about to drop
that much coin on something I can get
for free or nearly free with just a little
bit of Googling. Most Valley cities have
backyard composting programs where
they convert old and broken city trash cans
into compost bins which they either sell
for about $5 or give to residents for free.
Many will even deliver the compost bin
for no added cost! I live in Phoenix and
Skill level: Hвњ©вњ©вњ©вњ©
At the transfer station just off the I-17 on Jomax,
you have to enter the facility through the scales.
I’m extremely impatient, so I threw my
kids in the truck and headed to the nearest
disposal facility listed on City of Phoenix’s
website to pick up my “new” bin.
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Once home, I
had to pick a spot
to dig my hole.
In my backyard
this was quite
easy. I wrote once
that I don’t have a
pool. That wasn’t
entirely accurate.
We have a pool in our backyard, the
problem is that the people we purchased
the house from had filled it in with dirt,
badly. Every time it rains we discover
another sinkhole where the water is slowly
washing the dirt...somewhere. But this
made it easy to choose a digging spot
because the hole was half made already. All
I had to do was complete the job.
Air is an essential tool to making
compost and all city-created composters
have holes drilled in the sides. All I had
to do was dig a hole deep enough to fit
the bin up to the top holes, then fill in the
sides. Pretty easy.
The next order of business was to fill the
composter with the raw materials needed
to create compost. I had read that putting
down straw in the bottom is very helpful,
so I went to the
Pet Food Depot
near my home
and they said I
could take any
hay that was on
the ground and
not in a bale. I
filled up one grocery bag and then spread
it across the bottom of my bin.
The best compost is made of plant
scraps. Never, ever include pet feces, meat,
fish or oil of any kind. If it comes from a
plant it’s good, if it comes from an animal,
except for egg shells, don’t use it.
You will need fresh material as well as
dry material. The fresh material provides
nitrogen and the dry material provides
carbon which when combined breaks the
mixture
down
into the nutrientrich soil that
plants love so
much. Start by
placing a 6-inch
layer of fresh
material across
the bottom of the composter, followed
by a 2-inch layer of dry material. In
between each layer, I sprinkled about 1
cup of compost starter, but you can also
use mulch. Repeat the process until you
run out of material,
then water down the
entire thing, to the
consistency of a justwrung-out sponge.
I have found that
because I placed my
composter where it
spends most daylight
hours in the sun that I need to wet down
the pile every three to four days to keep the
process moving.
Once a week I use my pitchfork to rake
through the pile and stop it from settling.
The more air that gets into the layers the
quicker the process will finish.
In the meantime,
while I am waiting
(somewhat) patiently
for my compost to be
ready, I am already
working on my next
batch by saving all of my vegetable and
fruit scraps in an airtight container under
my sink. We are coffee drinkers and
happily for us, coffee grounds are excellent
contributors to compost. Instead of
throwing away all of my stems, too-brown
bananas and the like, I am saving them
under my sink and will put them to work
growing next spring’s round of veggies. I
was very skeptical of the smell this practice
would create, but they weren’t lying when
they said that if you stick to plant-based
refuse, it won’t decay with a smell. That
lovely garbage odor that makes everyone
gag is from animal-derived trash, not
plant-based.
I am almost
four weeks into
this project and I
think I’m doing it
right. Everything
in my composter
is turning brown
but it doesn’t smell bad, just musty. It isn’t
attracting too many bugs either which was
another concern. I can’t wait to put this
soil to use next spring!
What to use for
fresh materials
Grass, hedge and tree trimmings (less than 1/4-inch
thick to keep the process moving quickly)
Fruit and vegetable leftovers including stems and
peels (or what’s fallen from your trees)
Grain scraps (bread, pasta, rice, quinoa etc.)
Crushed eggshells
Coffee grounds (with filter), tea bags, fruit juice
Cactus cuttings
Wilted flowers
What to use for dry materials
Sawdust or wood chips
Straw or hay
Shredded newspaper (black and white preferred, only
in small amounts)
Twigs
Fireplace ashes (in smaller amounts)
Other dry, organic materials
Do not use
Weeds that have gone to seed
Diseased plants
Pet waste
Animal-derived food waste
Oil of any sort
Plastic, glass or metal
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By Jill Pertler
I’ve Got
I
a
List
am an A-lister.
And a B-lister. And a 1, 2, 3 lister.
And so on.
A. I make lists. B. I compose lists. C. I
put lists together. D. I enlist lists.
My daily to-do directions tell me what
to do. Sometimes I take my list from the
morning and do a complete rewrite after
lunch. I’ve been known to write, “Make
list for Tuesday” on Monday’s list. It’s
that bad. (Or good, depending on your
opinion of lists.)
I’ve been a registered pro-lister since at
least 1993—for a number
of reasons.
1.Lists tell me where to
go and what to do.
If I didn’t have that,
I might not get to
the place where I am
supposed to be. I might
forget to do something
meant to be an integral
part of my day, like
going to the dentist or
(horrors) scrubbing a
toilet. Instead I’d stay
in bed and forget to eat
breakfast. Lists keep me
on track.
2.Lists provide opportunity. If an item
is on your list, logic dictates it is a
legitimate and prioritized activity. If you
want to eat chocolate after lunch (or for
lunch), include Hershey’s on your list.
Likewise with taking a nap, watching
kitten videos on YouTube or scrolling
through vast amounts of Facebook
entries. It is your duty to complete the
listings on your list; you might as well
make a few of them enjoyable. You can
thank me later.
3.Napping notwithstanding, lists help me
sleep. Ever wake up in the middle of the
night and become plagued by all the
things you hope to accomplish in the
coming day? Me neither. If I don’t have
a written list, the middle of the night
mental one can keep me awake and
alert for hours. I find keeping a pencil
and paper by the bedside helps me sleep
better. Or at the very least provides a
groggily written, illegible directive to
decipher over morning coffee.
4.
Lists give a visual reminder of
productivity. When you complete a
task (this part is very important) you
get to cross that item off your list. It’s
for
That
a fundamental human truth: there
are few things in life as rewarding and
satisfying as crossing an entry off your
to-do list. Well, except for chocolate.
Or maybe a combination of the two.
Imagine savoring a bite of a bonbon
while simultaneously crossing it off your
list. Nirvana.
5.We now come to the importance of
list content and increasing crossing
opportunities. If I have three loads of
laundry on a Tuesday, I could simply
write “Laundry” on my list. That would
be so wrong. I would
spend hours hobnobbing
with the dirty clothes
before getting to cross the
L-word off my list. When
composing list content,
it is prudent to maximize
the crossing potential. An
A-lister like myself knows
how to expand list capacity
so
opportunities
for
crossations are multiplied.
For instance, one load
of laundry equates to four
entries on my list: 1. Wash
2. Dry 3. Fold 4. Put away.
Three loads equals 12
crossportunities. It’s smarter than new
math.
You can imagine how similar
amplification can be achieved with other
household chores. Office and work tasks
can likewise be outnumbered. Play it right
and you’ll spend more time crossing than
working. There’s a goal that’s a bigger
priority than any item on anyone’s list.
6.One last piece of list advice for copious
crossing opportunities: include items
you’ve previously completed for the sole
purpose of crossing them off. Ingenious,
I know. You might think this sounds
like cheating, but it isn’t. You’ve done
the chore. You deserve to take credit for
your efforts on a list somewhere (and
leave it out on the kitchen table for your
family to see later).
7.I guess that sums it up. Lists can be
helpful for numerous reasons. I probably
could list them here. Then again, I
believe I just did.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated
columnist, published playwright and author.
You can read more and follow her column on
the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
The aquarium, unveiled last year to
celebrate the museum’s 60th anniversary,
includes two galleries—one featuring
freshwater species and one showcasing
marine life from the Gulf of California.
It might seem odd to have a dedicated
aquarium in a facility centered on native
desert life, but the desert is actually home
to about 100 species of freshwater fish,
some threatened or endangered. Many
are featured in the aquarium as it explores
Arizona’s creeks, rivers and riparian areas as
well as waterways leading into and entering
the Gulf of California.
Threats to Arizona’s aquatic habitats and
species are discussed, as well as conservation
efforts and why these animals are so crucial
to our ecosystem and even human-centered
research, like the endangered desert
pupfish, which has evolved to tolerate
low oxygen levels, temperatures over 100
degrees Fahrenheit and salinity greater than
that found in ocean saltwater—but is
disappearing as its habitat is destroyed
and nonnative species prey on it.
The great thing is the exhibits are
so engagingly arranged that kids
(and adults) learn about biology and
conservation in an enjoyable and
painless setting. After taking a field
trip with U.S. Fish and Wildlife
workers years ago to relocate pupfish, I’ve
long lectured my family about their plight.
But here, my son could learn about them
while watching the diminutive blue and
silvery fish darting about as they formed
breeding pairs. Seeing the actual animals—
and knowing that this is their home, just
as it is ours—drives the message of the
aquarium and museum home in a way
no amount of dinner-table lecturing ever
would.
If you really want to get your kids excited
about our aquatic life, you absolutely must
visit the aquarium around 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.,
when the touch tank is open. Visitors—
who have clean hands, listening ears and
their best behavior ready—can touch crabs,
snails and other sea life from our marine
neighborhood, and may even get a close-up
view of a sea star eating its lunch as it turns
its stomach inside-out to engulf a morsel.
Check the museum’s website for details
on daily events, grab some nature-loving
people big or small and go check out the
wilder side of our state.
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Holiday Cheer
The North Pole Experience Offers
Glimpse Into Santa’s Workshop
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | Photos by Erica Odello
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minutes to go through the 12,000-squarefoot attraction, which runs this season
from Nov. 21 through Dec. 27.
“We did it for fun to start out but it
became so popular that it grew from
there,” Pace says. “This
year we’ll see more
than 40,000 guests.
We have a great cast,
great kids and it’s all
because of the families.
In the wrapping room, children catch toys and packages which are slid
They enjoy it.
down chutes by Santa and his elves.
“They tell us every
He explains that the hands-on experience
“It’s a secret
year what they like.
place,” he says. “We is interactive and fun for families as well as
We’re always listening.
tell people to park couples. Visitors travel in groups of 55, so
Authenticity is our
at Little America it’s an intimate setting.
big thing. The whole
“It’s not like there’s thousands of people
experience is designed In the wrapping room, children catch toys and we go out to
and
packages
which
are
slid
down
chutes
by
all
together,” he says. “It’s very small,
the
forest,
through
to be a 400-yearthe magic forest intimate groups. They’re with each other
old active workshop. Santa and his elves.
through the entire experience. It makes it
There’s a lot of history. There’s a lot of and get propelled to the North Pole.”
very personal and
Visitors are met
nostalgia. There’s a lot of antiques. There’s
very interactive.”
a lot of high tech. That’s what people really by head elf Alabaster
Snowflake, who has
Tickets
to
like is the authenticity.”
The North Pole
For The North Pole Experience, been Santa’s “rightExperience range
ticketholders meet at the Little America hand man” for more
than
300
years.
from $38 to $55,
Hotel in Flagstaff where they are then
“Alabaster,
he
with day and
transported through a “portal” to the
runs the workshop,”
evening
trips
North Pole.
available.
“They travel on magic trollies and Pace explains. “He
“The
only
go through a magic portal,” Pace says. runs the elves. He
difference is the
“Families can go in the oversees the whole
Christmas lights
workshop, meet the elves, family experience at
THE NORTH POLE
at the workshop,”
build toys with the elves the workshop. It’s all
EXPERIENCE
in
Alabaster’s
hands
Pace
explains.
and see the Toy Hall of
Children of all ages squeal with delight when
Fame where Santa’s most and he takes care of they visit Area 47, the secret hangar where Santa “Everything else
Flagstaff
is identical. Day
famous toy inventions are.” everything else there. keeps his sleigh.
trips are great
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The exact location of the He’s one of the first
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you
see.
He
gives
everyone
their
for
families
who
just
want
to drive up and
portal
is
a
“time-honored
www.northpoleexperience.com
orientation. He’s a hoot.”
not stay the night, or for parents who have
secret,” according to Pace.
Families
go little ones who can’t stay up late.
through
the
main
“For the night trips, you get the
WILL CALL HAS YOUR FREE PASS TO ENTERTAINMENT!
factory room, visit Christmas lights at the North Pole, the
Mrs. Claus’ bakery Christmas lights at Little America—they
ach month, Will Call is hiding somewhere within our Calendar of
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Events. Simply locate the event within which it is hiding, let us know,
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“One
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Experience’s
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secret sleigh hangar discounted room rates for visitors.
phone number and email address. If you are the winner, someone from
(Area 47),” Pace says.
“But we have six other partner hotels up
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Congratulations to
“This
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relive their holiday childhood.”
ometimes the best ideas come from the
minds of children. Scott Pace learned
this in the mid-2000s while visiting the
Polar Express in Flagstaff with his then
5-year-old twin daughters.
“We went four years in a row and had a
great time,” Pace says. “My daughter said,
�We’re having a great time and I’m excited
to see Santa. But next year can we go to
Santa’s workshop, meet the elves and build
toys with them?’”
Pace promised his 5-year-old daughter
that he would do that. However, when
he couldn’t find anything like that in the
world, he decided to build it. Thus The
North Pole Experience was born.
The North Pole
Experience is an
interactive family
Christmas
event
in Flagstaff that
includes tours of
Santa’s workshop,
toy factory and
a visit with the
big man himself.
Originally founded
in Greer in 2009, it
Visitors work with
moved to Flagstaff
elves in Alabaster’s
workshop to put toys in 2012.
It takes about 90
together for Santa.
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PUMPKIN DAYS AND CORN MAZE
The Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze features a family and mini maze, petting zoo,
jumping pillow, spider web, pedal carts, play area and bounce house.
WHEN: Through Sun., Nov. 9; Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8
p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale
COST: $9
INFO: (602) 999-3276 or www.tolmachoff-farms.com
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
For more than 50 years, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterful retelling of the
Family Von Trapp singers has delighted audiences with its enduring true story.
WHEN: Through Sat., Nov. 29, matinee and evening shows
WHERE: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert
COST: $16 to $28
INFO: (480) 497-1181 or www.haletheatrearizona.com
THERESA CAPUTO
Theresa Caputo is known for her television show “Long Island Medium.”
WHEN: Wed., Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
COST: $44.75 to $94.75
INFO: (602) 379-2888 or www.comericatheatre.com
“MY SON PINOCCHIO”
OUR TOP PICKS
ROC RACE
ROC Race is the original game show inspired obstacle featuring 12 largerthan-life obstacles, including the infamous Wrecking Ball, the brand new
Sweeper, Jump Balls and the world’s largest water slide.
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 15, and Sun., Nov. 16, personal designated start
times issued
WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
COST: $67 to $80
INFO: www.rocrace.com
JAY MOHR
Comedian and actor Jay Mohr returns to the comedy stage after a long hiatus.
He is most well-known for his role in “Jerry Maguire.”
WHEN: Thurs., Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.;
Sat., Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe
COST: $30
INFO: (480) 921-9877 or http://tempeimprov.com
ARIZONA CARDINALS VS. DETROIT LIONS
The hometown Arizona Cardinals take on the Honolulu blue and silver of the Detroit Lions.
WHEN: Sun., Nov. 16, at 2:25 p.m.
WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale
COST: $35 to $467
INFO: (623) 433-7101 or www.universityofphoenixstadium.com
The well-loved story of the father, Gepetto, who longs for a real boy as a son is not
so sure he wants to be a parent after all.
WHEN: Fri., Nov. 7, through Sun., Nov. 16, matinee and evening shows
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix
WHERE: Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Third Street Theater, 1202 N. Third
COST: $45 to $49.50
St., Phoenix
INFO: (877) 840-0457 or www.phoenixconventioncenter.com/venues/Orpheum-theatre
COST: $12.50 to $16
THE BLACK KEYS: TURN BLUE WORLD TOUR
INFO: www.cytphoenix.org
The 2010 unveiling of “Brothers” marked the start of The Black Keys’ commercial success,
as tracks like “Howlin’ for You” and “Tighten Up” received regular rotation on Top 40 stations
SPANISH MARKET
Strolling mariachis and artwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico nationwide.
highlight this festival, casual and friendly annual marketplace, the largest of its
WHEN: Mon., Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.
kind in Arizona.
WHERE: US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 8, and Sun., Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COST: $30 to $60.25
WHERE: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
INFO: (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
COST: $10 suggested donation
THE FESTIVAL AT THE FARM
INFO: (480) 252-8840 or www.heard.org
Shake hands with and drink the wine of Arizona’s own grape farmers and wine producers in the
MASS APPEAL MUSIC PRESENTS THE NICK AND KNIGHT picturesque setting of Phoenix’s historic The Farm at South Mountain.
TOUR
WHEN: Fri., Nov. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sat., Nov. 15, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Nick Carter and Jordan Knight of Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block,
WHERE: The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix
respectively, team up for a whole new brand of pop.
COST: $65 to $75
WHEN: Sun., Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.
INFO: (623) 239-2338 or http://azwinefestivalatthefarm.com
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Railfair
1. Kenny Pillow and his dad, Charles, have a great time touring the presidential railroad car on display for Railfair. 2. The
Falcon Robotics team from Carl Hayden High School shows off its mechanical design skills. From left are Isela Martinez,
Srnka Johnson, Eliazar Diaz, Sergio Corral, Esther Avila, Jose Martinez, Kelly Rexroat, Alicia Pino, Jasmine Rodarte and Dalton
Dayea. 3. Even though it was a day to celebrate the railroads, Leo Piccione wanted to wear his NASA flight suit. 4. Thomas
Manzano and Kali Pufolkes with the kids; Mikae, Mikaiya, Michael and Markei Beasley, join the celebration. 5. Sebastian,
Nisim and Ketziah Estrada along with Andres Agosto enjoy some outdoor time. 6. Naomi Regener plays on the old-time stage
coach in the mini Western town. 7. Wyatt Immell and Kassy Scrivner take in one of the model trains on display all around
the park. 8. Perla Valdez and Aiden Grimes take a break from the warm outdoors to cool off in a mini rail car. 9. The Model
Railroad Building houses an expanse of working model trains in several scales. 10. Matt Zongas has been working at the
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park for well over a decade, taking passengers on a train ride powered by a real steam engine.
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ll aboard! Last month’s Railfair at McCormickStillman Railroad Park featured model train displays
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and exhibits, the park’s award-winning Model Railroad
Building displaying O, N and HO scale trains, moonwalks
and other entertainment. Visitors also enjoyed free tours
through the Roald Amundsen Pullman car, a former
presidential car, and many of the Scottsdale park’s seldomseen railroad equipment. For more information, visit www.
therailroadpark.com. Photos by Tim Sealy
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PALMER SAYLOR III
Reality Swipes
Wish you could block annoying people in real life as easily
as you can on social media? Here’s why we can’t—and why
wishing we had such control may not be a good thing.
By Jimmy Magahern
n a commercial for the Danish TV try to catch her eye, including co-host
talk show SГёndag Live that went viral Michael Jeppesen and comic Anders Lund
on YouTube this past spring, host Ane Madsen (who, with his heavy beard and
Cortzen demonstrates what life might disheveled hair, looks like Denmark’s
be like if we could dismiss people with a answer to Zach Galifianakis). Each time,
simple left-swipe as we do on the popular she callously flicks away the potential
suitor with a quick finger swipe, sending
dating app Tinder.
One after another, Cortzen encounters each hurtling violently out of her path.
Finally she comes upon handsome
people on her walk through the city who
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Danish physician Peter Qvortrup
Geisling, whom she grants an approving
right-swipe—only to be left-swiped herself
by Geisling, smiling and humming along
with Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” on his iPod
as he quietly mouths the words, “To the
left, to the left.”
It’s a funny visualization of the kind of
snap judgments Millennials have become
accustomed to making with the new dating
app (and how badly those left-swipes
might actually damage our spines, along
with our self-esteem, if the action had reallife consequences). But, with more than
160,000 views worldwide, the wordless
ad has also captured the imagination
of people who, through their online
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Reality Swipes
...continued from page 22
Wishing we could rid ourselves of
comments, truly wish certain people could
be as easily excluded in real life as they can “social allergens,” as Wall Street Journal
be left-swiped—or blocked, or unfriended columnist Elizabeth Bernstein described
the behaviors of annoying prototypes—
or unfollowed—on social media.
A survey on Facebook asks, “If there was from noisy gum-chewers to public
a block button in real life, would you use belchers to incessant knuckle crackers—
as nothing new.
it?” More than 700 out
Only Will Rogers
of the 1,000 polled
was able to find
answer “Yes.” (The
every personality
brainy types on Quora
type likable.
answered a similarly
What’s new is
worded
question
the entitlement we
differently:
“See:
feel to being able
Restraining
order,”
to filter out people
with a Wikipedia link,
we find annoying.
was the most up-voted
A recent study
response.)
by the University
Beyond
seeking Danish TV host Ane Cortzen took her
of
Colorado
a court order to viewers on a tour of what life would be like
Denver Business
block
undesirables if she could easily swipe away people she
School
found
from stalking your considers annoying.
driveway, however, there seems to be a that unfriending people on Facebook can
growing number of people who would like have real life effects as well: Researchers
to see real life become as customizable as found that 40 percent of those surveyed
said they would avoid someone in real
their virtual lives.
And why not? On the ever-expanding life who unfriended them on Facebook,
arsenal of mobile devices we carry in our with women being more likely than men
pockets, we can filter out all of the news, to avoid someone in real life (IRL) who
music, viewpoints and, yes, family and unfriended them.
That’s considered a plus by many social
friends that we’d rather not be surrounded
by, selectively choosing who and what media users. “That’s what I like most about
culling jerks on Facebook—the fact
winds up on our daily timelines.
that it gets them off my back
In real life, however, there’s no such
in person too,” wrote
control. Annoying people pop
Seattle-based
essayist
up at school, in the workplace,
Lindy West, a culture
in grocery store check-out
writer for GQ.
lines and, especially, in
After all, West
traffic as regularly as
noted, what’s
that preening insurance
so bad about
salesman that slaps
being avoided
Bill Murray on the
in real life
back each morning in
by a guy who
Groundhog Day (“Am
annoyed you so
I right or am I right?”).
much that you
“can’t even stand
the thought of
him looking at
your crabcake
benedict on
Instagram
and had
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to take evasive action? Sounds like a winwin to me.”
But filtering out who we come in contact
with in real life can have its downsides.
“Nowadays we can choose who we
want to be friends with and what media
we want to watch,” says Nicole Roberts,
an assistant professor at ASU’s School of
Social and Behavioral Sciences.
“And in college dorms now, you can
even choose who your roommates will
be in advance, based on some computer
matching algorithms. Before, you were
just kind of stuck with whoever, and you
learned to tolerate their differences and
possibly even expand your own horizons
in the process.
“It was the one time in your life where
you were stuck with someone random,”
Roberts says, almost wistfully. “And I
don’t know if that’s such a good thing to
get away from.”
grossing out his fellow passengers with his
activities.
“Most people aren’t out to deliberately
annoy you,” she says. “They don’t know, or
they don’t care. And all we can really do is
find some humor in it.”
Cashen’s way of coping with annoying
people is to invent funny stories that
might explain their behavior, a technique
she’s passed on to her kids. Before she
confronted the nail clipper, Cashen says,
she thought to herself, “Maybe he was
raised by wolves. Maybe his nails are
so long he’s afraid one will poke a hole
through his shoe and he’ll be subdued by
passengers as a potential shoe-bomber. You
know? By making up stories, it’s fun, it’s
creative and, who knows, you might be
right!”
She learned that last point herself when
she was stuck depending on the services
of a “slow walker” working in a hotel she
was speaking at. “He couldn’t have walked
slower, and I needed to get a table for an
Habits of Highly
event that was about to start.” Cashen
Annoying People
Christine Cashen is a Dallas-based found her temper boiling over until she
public speaker and “humorista” on a was approached by another hotel employee
personal nationwide campaign to “Stop who told her that slow Joe had been
Global Whining.” Her website includes recovering from a bad motorcycle accident
and this was his first day back on
a blog post on the
the job.
“Seven Habits of
“I felt so stupid!” she says.
Highly
Annoying
“I couldn’t believe that I didn’t
People (H.A.P.),” a
follow my own formula and
takeoff on the seminal
invent a story for this guy.
self-help book by
Because you really don’t know
Stephen R. Covey,
what’s up with other people,
where, in addition to
what makes them behave the
whiners who insist
way they do. You’ve got to give
on loudly taking their
them the benefit of the doubt.”
frustrations out on
If a real-life block button
airport gate agents
existed, would Cashen use
over baggage checking
rules the ticket-takers “Humorista” Christine Cashen it on all the slow walkers,
is the brains behind the “Stop
airplane toenail clippers and
have no authority Global Whining” campaign.
loud cellphone talkers she
to change, she lists a
variety of societal “rule breakers” who drive encounters on a daily basis?
“No!” she insists. “My first instinct is to
her up the wall. Loud cellphone talkers.
Parents who let their kids run wild in the get mad at them, but then I think, �What
post office. Multi-taskers who insist on can I do to make this funny or interesting?’
whipping out their smartphones to check There’s always another way to look at it. I
their email while you’re trying to have a force myself to twist the dial, change the
channel on how I’m seeing someone. We
face-to-face conversation with them.
“I’ve got my share of pet peeves,” she all need more compassion than judgment.”
admits. “I was on an airplane a couple
of weeks ago, and I heard a nail clipper. Bonding Through
And I look over, and there’s a guy in the Loathing
aisle across from me clipping his toenails!
Working with young people
every
I seriously almost asked for a barf bag, day as an ASU psychology professor,
because it made me ill. And he was just Nicole Roberts is used to dealing with
happily clipping away, like, �I’ve got some a generation that’s grown up tailoring
free time, let me take care of some personal their personal universes through a series
grooming.’”
of “likes” and “dislikes.” But she doesn’t
Finally, Cashen reached necessarily see her students wishing they
across the aisle and said, could swipe away annoying people as
“I’ve got a nail file if you easily as they can thumbs-down annoying
want to borrow it to finish the songs on Pandora.
job.” She was amused to find
“I can see it going both ways,” she says.
out the guy had no clue he was “To some extent, people who use social
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People paying more attention to their cell phones than the people they are with is one of the
most commonly cited annoyances of going out in public.
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so good, so if they encounter people who feel around other people.”
Finally, if all else fails, leave. While you
annoy them, that can be tough if they have
grown up only indicating their responses may not be able to swipe the offending
on the Internet. They may not know how person away, sometimes we can swipe
ourselves away—at least to another side of
to respond face-to-face.”
Roberts
recommends
developing the break room.
“There’s often a sense of obligation that
empathy, first and foremost. “In
we have to be in contact
psychology,
there’s
with these people. But it
something
we
call
is OK to remove yourself
fundamental attribution
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error, where we tend
much as possible. You
to blame the person
may have more control
instead of the situation,”
than you think in your
she says. “So one way
interactions with even
of coping with people
your closest coworkers.”
you find annoying is to
If you just can’t stop
understand where they
hatin’ on the people who
may be coming from.”
rub you the wrong way,
This may include learning
Roberts says, embrace it.
more about cultural
“It can be fun to be
differences or the events
annoyed by other people
that may have shaped Nicole Roberts, a psychology
and talk about it!” she
their personality.
professor at ASU, sees both
allows, playing the devil’s
“Another is to reinforce benefits and downsides to our
advocate. “Sometimes we
the positive behavior growing interactions on social
have anger and aggression,
they might be exhibiting, media.
so you can subtly shape the behavior of and we can actually get closer to people
people around you,” adds Roberts, who by bad-mouthing somebody else. There
admits she uses that technique on her own are always those annoying people in the
preschooler. “Like, if someone is always office that everyone talks about, and it can
interrupting you, when they finally let you actually bond together the people who feel
talk you can say, �Thanks for letting me the same way.
“There’s something to be gained by
finish my thought. I’ve been wanting to
collective meanness—the dark side of
get all that out!’”
If that doesn’t work, breathe deep. responding to annoying people,” Roberts
“Nowadays in psychology, there’s a big says, laughing. “I mean, it would be nice
focus on acceptance and mindfulness if we could all be accepting and happy
and just being in the moment and paying with everyone. But there’s a lot of social
attention to your own feelings,” Roberts reward in finding people annoying and all
says. “So if someone is annoying you, just chiming in on that.”
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DINING PATROL
By Anna Purna
Sumo Maya is the Perfect Fusion
for Spendy Scottsdale
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Social Box Neighborhood Eatery (“SoBo”), at
1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, combines
elevated comfort food with a strong taste of
community stewardship. SoBo will donate a
portion of its monthly revenue to nonprofits
that are focused on kids, veterans, hunger
and other causes that affect their surrounding
Chandler neighbors. Additionally, SoBo will host
quarterly events that benefit specific nonprofits
and engage the nearby neighborhood. Info:
www.sociaboxeateries.com.
exican and Asian cuisine are traditionally two
of the cheapest kinds of meals you can buy.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill is opening its
Blend them together and, well...not so much.
second Arizona location, this time at Scottsdale
Sumo Maya is Scottsdale’s latest hot spot, blending
Fashion Square, following the success of its
sushi and guacamole under one trendy roof with
first Valley location at Tempe Marketplace. The
gorgeous, ornate, bright design and a tapas-style menu
gastropub will open in February in the space
that won’t exactly fill you up without making a mark on
that formerly housed Marcella’s Italian Kitchen,
your bill.
which shuttered in September 2011. Info:
Being the latest hot spot, this place is crowded—even
http://thirstyliongastropub.com.
on the Tuesday night I went. I made a reservation for two
at 6 p.m. and still had to wait 10 minutes to be seated at
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers recently
our table. Our super small table. When you
Inside Sumo Maya
opened near Paradise Valley Mall. Known for its
order tapas-style, the last thing you want is a
quality chicken finger meals, Raising Cane’s is
small table, and the rest of the night was spent shuffling
open from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through
around plates and glasses.
deliciously fatty and served with (real) lump crab meat
Saturday. Info: www.ilovecanes.com.
My BFF and I arrived hungry and with a hankering and fried mini tortillas, which acted as the chips, in Sumo
for a cocktail, so we ordered up some crab guacamole Maya’s effort to make everything a little different. This
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Pineapple, which is a rather unremarkable concoction of
The main draw for me to go to Sumo Maya was the
capel pineapple pisco, lemon juice, white grapefruit syrup idea of Mexican-infused sushi, and on one roll, they might have been my favorite of the night, but I can easily
and lime syrup, and my friend ordered the Tamarind, a didn’t disappoint. The Crispy Pork Belly Roll included see how someone wouldn’t like the soft, raw fish inside of
spicy (and too strong, if you ask me) mix of bulleit rye, an unusual blend of sweet and sour plums, chicharrones, what they expect to be a traditional taco. Though these
tamarind, lime and ginger. These were $10 a pop, and not pork belly and a plum wine ponzu, all topped with a were far from traditional, served up in a fried wonton
coming away totally pleased, our next drink order was a Brussels sprout cole slaw. While the Japanese would shell and topped with guac, pickled onions and masago.
lot more conventional. And cheaper.
hardly consider this sushi, the blend of flavors from both The spicy sweetness of the fish and the crunch of the
At a near-outrageous $14, the guac was slightly spicy, cultures was interesting and the pork belly was incredibly wonton shell really did it for me.
I’d heard good things about the pork al pastor pad
tender.
Looking to keep our sushi high going, we ordered Thai, so I had to get on board. The rumors were right.
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Those flavors just don’t mesh, so we counted this one as
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One bowl of guac and two
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to satisfy the hunger of two
starving chicks, we opted
for two more selections—
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Unconventional
Thanksgivings
Cooking at home just won’t cut it
for some families.
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
R
KIMBERLY CARRILLO
enowned chef Beau MacMillan 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be a four-course
pretty much embodies the spirit of New American prix-fixe feast. Beginnings
Thanksgiving.
include savory fall flavors like roasted
The executive chef at Sanctuary on butternut squash soup, pumpkin gnocchi,
Camelback Mountain hails from the land and duck confit with sweet potato hash.
of all-things Thanksgiving, Plymouth,
EntrГ©e selections include traditional turkey
Massachusetts, which etches in stone his love dinner with all the fixings, roasted halibut
of the holiday.
with white bean and chorizo stew, baby
So each year at the swanky resort, clams with smoked paprika aioli, and panMacMillan provides out-of-town guests roasted filet of beef with garlicky parsley
and those who do not want to cook with a crust, dauphinoise potatoes, haricot verts and
culinary feast to give thanks to the harvest sauce perigueux. An array of desserts are also
season.
offered. Dinner is $75 per adult and $25 for
This year is no different. Sanctuary children ages 6-12, plus tax and gratuity.
is offering two Thanksgiving
experiences—a meal in its restaurant,
Elements, as well as dinner in its
ballroom, The Views.
“We do have a pretty good
Thanksgiving lined up,” says
MacMillan, who goes by the
nickname “Beau Mac.” “We’ve
established ourselves as one of those
special-occasion restaurants and
holiday restaurants. Not only do
you have the opportunity to go into
Elements if you want to and have that
amazing view and a killer prix fixe
menu, but this year we’re opening up
our ballroom and doing larger parties
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace carries a host of
in a buffet setting.”
The holiday buffet in The Views is gluten-free and vegetarian products.
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and comes complete
More and more, folks are looking for
with live entertainment, action and carving alternatives to Thanksgiving, whether it be
stations along with a variety of beginnings dining in a restaurant or purchasing a catered
like salads, artisan breads and assorted meal from a grocery store. Some are even
cheeses. The buffet is $55 per adult and $20 bringing their own meals to relatives’ homes
for children ages 6-12, plus tax and gratuity. due to dietary restrictions.
Thanksgiving dinner at Elements is from
MacMillan acknowledges that he sticks
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Beau MacMillan provides out-of-town
guests with a stellar holiday meal at
Sanctuary’s Elements restaurant.
to Thanksgiving favorites when creating
meals, although he sneaks in a few
nontraditional dishes as well. One year, he
put an Asian spin on Brussels sprouts.
“If we’re going to, say, make a puree of
pumpkin and butternut squash, we’ll add
a bit of ginger and star anise to them,” he
says. “Nothing too outlandish. I’ve done
turduckens. I’ve done deep-fried turkeys.
We’ve roasted turkeys. We’ve done it all.
I think it’s fun to constantly evolve and
throw new mixes in.
“But you can’t mess with stuffing and
mashed potatoes.”
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix
is serving up catered meals for $139.99
with enough dishes to feed six to eight
people.
“It’s our first time,” says the store/
restaurant’s namesake Lucia Schnitzer.
“We’ve been asked by our customers if we
ever planned on doing it. The intent was
always there. We’re in a place now—five
and a half years after opening—where
we can offer an amazing catered feast this
Thanksgiving.”
The $139.99 meal comes with a locally
roasted turkey, one quart of turkey gravy,
one pint of fresh cranberry sauce with
KIMBERLY CARRILLO
KIMBERLY CARRILLO
alternatives that have the right can’t get here (at Luci’s) because it has to be
taste profile, like Daiya.”
a kosher turkey. But we cook up a storm.”
Christy Moore, who works
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is open on
as executive director of Valley Thanksgiving for those who maybe don’t
Leadership, is an eight-year want to cook, or who don’t have family in
vegetarian who ordered a take- town.
out meal from Green New
“Our main purpose is this: There are
American Vegetarian restaurant people who don’t have family here,” she
in Tempe a few years back when says. “They are not going to go have a
her husband, Mitchell, was out Thanksgiving feast. So we provide it here.
of town.
They can see the barista they’re so familiar
She was delighted with the with. Thanksgiving is supposed to bring
food choices, considering when people together and feel grateful.”
she sits down for a meal with
That’s the exact sentiment that
Christy Moore is a vegetarian while her husband,
Mitchell, is an avid hunter. She was unaware that
family, she chooses to eat side dishes MacMillan and Moore have as well.
her “lid organizer” was actually meant for cooking
that are vegetarian-friendly.
They say that more important than the
a turkey.
“If all the side dishes are made consumption of food is the camaraderie
with a vegetable-based broth, as between family and friends.
local honey (gluten-free and vegetarian),
“I think Thanksgiving really is about
Luci’s pumpkin pie, cornbread stuffing, opposed meat based broth, I can eat that
green bean casserole (vegetarian), gluten- and then just avoid the turkey. I tried breaking bread,” MacMillan says, “It’s
free and vegan roasted root vegetables and a Tofurky once, but it just wasn’t tasty. about passing and sharing. This (at
Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. A la carte It’s just not necessary. There are mashed Sanctuary) is a little more elaborate. It’s
potatoes, casseroles and biscuits that I can involved with a little more people.
items are available as well.
“From a seasonal aspect, you have
Schnitzer explains that she’s proud of eat.”
Moore is so separated from a meat-lover’s all these incredible rustic, earthy, rich
what her chef, Stephen Nakashian, has
Thanksgiving that she was unaware
ingredients to work with from
created because it’s affordable.
butternut squash to pumpkin
“If you bought those ingredients that her “lid organizer” was actually
to richer wishes with winter
individually, it would be way over that meant for cooking a turkey.
The ironic thing about Moore’s
herbs and greens. It’s just
price,” she says.
incredible, not only from
“We wanted to make it reasonable. We quest to live healthy? Her husband
a growing up in Plymouth
offer a natural turkey, not one that was is an avid hunter who proudly
standpoint, but knowing what
injected with all kinds of things. Our chef displays Ernie the Elk on the
it’s all about.”
is amazing. His recipes are off the charts. wall between the living room and
He shares that belief with his
We’re really excited to be able to provide kitchen.
Because of her husband and his
staff.
something like this to any one of our
family’s propensity to eat meat,
“Right around Thanksgiving
customers.”
time, I’ll get a Facebook post,
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace also gives Moore will sometimes bring her
something that not a lot of stores offer: An own dishes. She’s careful, however, Ernie the Elk hangs a phone call, text or email
from guys who have come
array of choices specific to different diets, not to offend folks who aren’t in the Moores’
home in Mesa.
and gone,” he says. “They’ll
whether they be by choice or dictated by vegetarians.
“I think it’s important to note that my say, �Chef, I’m thinking about you. I’m
health problems.
“If you know you can’t have gluten—say family has gone out of their way to make thinking about Thanksgiving and the
the stuffing—there are other ways to do sure that there are plenty of options for times we had in the kitchen.’
“It’s a bonding thing. It’s about giving
it,” she says. “There’s a local bread product me at the table,” she says. “I walk into
called Gluten-Free Creations (Bakery). We every space understanding that my choices and spending time together, with people
were one of the first retailers to pick up shouldn’t influence other people’s choices you love to work with or love in your
their products. They used to do everything or inconvenience them. I often go to the family.”
Mitchell and Christy Moore agree
ecommerce. You can use their bread, toast party with my own options.”
Schnitzer is limited by her diet as well, so saying they embrace the true meaning of
it up, cube it up and make an amazing
she is unable, for the most part, to have her Thanksgiving—whether it involves turkey
stuffing out of it.”
or not.
Luci’s also offers vegan alternatives to meal catered.
“We have a kosher home,” she says. “We
“When I think of Thanksgiving, it’s the
add to her meal.
“If you were a mouse and you loved to don’t mix meat and milk together. I’m also feast, the leftover sandwiches later on, the
eat cheese, where are you going to find lactose intolerant. So my dairy-free foods being with family,” Mitchell says.
“Certainly the meal brings you together,
good vegan cheese?” she asks. “You want (at Luci’s) go hand in hand.
“With my kitchen, if I’m making a but as a vegetarian I don’t think you’re
to make sure it matches the right taste
profile, like mac and cheese and all those meat meal, there is Daiya cheese or dairy- missing out on anything by not enjoying
nostalgic foods that we’re accustomed to. free products that’ll work with my diet the meat products on the table. That
We’ve handpicked some really good cheese restrictions. Our turkey, unfortunately, I essence of Thanksgiving is still there.”
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STRANGE BUT TRUE
It was Hungarian mathematician
Paul Erdos who made the following
sage observation: “Problems worthy
of attack prove their worth by
fighting back.”
The soft drink 7-UP was originally
called Bib-Label Lithiated LemonLime Soda—and it contained lithium,
which is now prescribed to treat
manic depression. That ingredient
(which continued to be part of the
formula until the 1940s) probably
helped spur the drink’s success,
because 7-UP was introduced just
before the Great Depression. The
new name was derived from the size
of the soda bottle (7 ounces) and
“bottoms up,” which is presumably
what many people did during the
difficult years of the Depression.
If you removed all the phosphorus
from your body, you’d have enough
to make about 250 matchheads.
A man in Orange County, California,
stole a diamond worth $25,000
and, despite being arrested for the
crime, was able to smuggle it into
prison with him by swallowing it. He
then managed to hide the gem in a
shower drain in hopes of retrieving
and swallowing it again before his
release. All that effort was in vain,
however, prison guards found the
diamond and returned it to the
jewelry shop.
If you’re using an average brandnew pencil, you’ll be able to draw
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By Samantha Weaver
a line about 35 miles long before
running out of lead (though you’ll
have to stop for sharpening breaks,
of course).
It was beloved American author Kurt
Vonnegut who made the following
sage observation: “Laughing or
crying is what a human being does
when there’s nothing else he can
do.”
Those who study such things say
that boys who have first names
that are considered to be strange
or peculiar have a higher incidence
of mental problems as adults than
boys with more traditional names.
The correlation was not found to
hold true for girls.
You may have learned that the
distress signal SOS stands for “Save
Our Ship,” but that’s a myth. That
signal was chosen because in Morse
Code, it’s easy to remember and
transmit the three dots, three dashes
and three dots that represent those
letters.
There was a time when it was illegal
in Hawaii for a woman to eat a
coconut.
The New Orleans Saints were
admitted to the National Football
League on Nov. 1, 1966—All Saints’
Day. The team, however, was named
for the iconic New Orleans jazz song
“When the Saints Go Marching In.”
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Expect
this month to be fast paced; you
can confidently move forward if you get
those little things out of the way by Nov.
9. Mars in the area of work requires
extra effort on your part. When finances
are being tweaked, pay attention to
details, focus on taking control and
do some financial trimming. That
confrontation last month allows you to
move on. Power days: 4 & 5.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A bit
of give and take is needed to
make your days easier. An issue from
the past needs to be addressed by
the full moon on Nov. 6. You can play
catch up with your bills by the end of
the month and free yourself of some
long-term commitments. Don’t take
your health or personal appearance for
granted, both need some maintenance
at times. Power days: 6 & 7.
GEMINI
(May
21-June
20)
Changes of planetary positions
motivate you to put more importance
on your emotional interactions with
others. Expect a little competition or
a lack of cooperation. Unexpected
romantic encounters perk up your
social life. Being with the people you
love and doing the things you love
will alter your attitude in the months
ahead. Power days: 8 & 9.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) One
of the more productive and
rewarding times of the year is the first
week of November. Home matters and
family plans should be finalized then.
Day-to-day functions will run smoothly
with little interference. Power days: 10,
11 & 12.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Luck is still
with you, you can mix business
with social affairs this holiday season.
If traveling, keep informed of the
weather and get those reservations
booked early. The new moon on Nov. 22
is timely for new projects. Power days:
13 & 14.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Most
of your mental energy will be
taken up by money matters or pending
bills. The good news is that you are
determined to establish greater control
of what you do not but can have. The
new moon on Nov. 22 lets you connect
with others. Power days: 15, 16 & 17.
LIBRA
(Sept.
23-Oct.
22)
Make the most of all the
November
social resources you have, including
emotional connections. You are a
master when it comes to saying the
right thing at the right time—you may
have to put that to good use. You need
not react to circumstances of others—
put your own desires first, and others
will follow. Power days: 18 & 19.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You
can reach that agreement or
conclude a project by the first week.
After that, you are free to focus on
yourself. Some relationships may be
ending or beginning. Release and let
go of any inhibiting habits or attitudes.
Expect your day-to-day events to be
fast paced by the week of Nov. 17.
Power days: 20 & 21.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You are in a long cycle of learning
and exploring new personal terrain.
Work area is active; expect to put in
some extra efforts that will lead to an
increase in earnings. Mars and Venus
fill your social calendar starting around
Nov. 17 and are nonstop. If taking
some classes or other methods of
learning in the near future, circle Nov.
24 for inquiries. Power days: 23 & 24.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 21)
Expect the month to fly by and
to be on the go. Mars brings some
demands at work in addition to home
interests. You need to take control to
achieve your personal plans. You can
slowly move toward your holiday plans.
Leave work at work and enjoy some
free time to reconnect with friends.
Power days: 25 & 26.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 22-Feb. 18)
Friends and social connections
have your attention most of the month.
The No. 1 priority as you start out the
month is to address financial matters.
Control is needed to purchase what you
need, not what you want. The last half
of the month gives you more freedom
to spend. A new lunar cycle starts in
your work area. Power days: 27 & 28.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Frank
Sinatra’s song “Dream (When
You’re Feeling Blue)” is not the thing
to do this month. A much more realistic and clear thinking attitude allows
you to easily accomplish most of your
goals. Your values are changing; being
content with very little is no longer
needed. A more social involvement
ends the month on a positive note.
Power days: 2, 3, 29 & 30.
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SUDOKU TIME
After 13 years in the biz, North Mesa’s Tia
Rosa Mexican restaurant has closed its
doors. The Gilbert location on Higley and
Guadalupe roads will remain open when you
have a hankering for a steak quesadilla and a
pineapple margarita.
By Linda Thistle
Place a number in the empty
boxes in such a way that each
row across, each column
down and each small 9-box
square contains all of the
numbers from one to nine.
"If you wish to
make an apple pie
from scratch, you
must first invent the
universe."
—Carl Sagan
DIFFICULTY THIS MONTH
INCOMING! Are you ready for the snowbirds
to make their descent upon the Valley? Prepare
for the population of your city to increase as
our lovable neighbors from the north settle in
our temperate-weather home this winter. (Not
that we hold anything against snowbirds, but
we earn our right to nice weather during these
scorching summers.)
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H Moderate HHChallenging
HHH HOO BOY!
SAY WHAT?
History’s best quotes
Downtown Gilbert is bursting at the seams with
new restaurants. The Gilbert Heritage District
will say hello to Peterson’s Old Fashioned Ice
Cream, Pizzeria Pomo Napoletana and Barrio
Queen in 2015.
KINGCROSSWORD
ACROSS
1 Existed
4 Rx watchdog org.
7 Type measures
12 “Wha’d’ja say?”
13 Bobby of hockey
14 Battery terminal
15 401(k) alternative
16 Net game
18Distant
19 Soup eater’s need
20 Buy, fix and resell quickly
22 Baseball stat
23 Scored 100 on
27 “Monty Python” opener
29 Wisconsin, the - State
31 Cheer up
34Quotidian
35 “Saturday Night Fever” director John
37 Group of whales
38Physique
39 Rhyming tribute
41Rescue
45 Rushmore or Suribachi
47 - de mer
48 “Day After Day” band
52Antiquated
SanTan Brewing Company in Chandler is out
to create a buzz. The hometown brewery had
released its Vault Series of high ABV beers,
including the first release, Count Hoppula, at
9.1 percent ABV.
53 Civil War victors
54Rage
55 Fish eggs
56 Ship’s rear
57 Aye canceler
58 Mess up
Move aside, West Valley. Gilbert was recently
ranked among the top cities in the country by
Money magazine, landing at No. 22. It was also
named the best in Arizona.
DOWN
1 Slight inhalation
2 Of hearing
3 Lewis who worked with Lamb Chop
4 Watch chains
5 Curtains
6 Fervor
7 Analgesic target
8 Hostel
9 Barracks bed
10 Too much trouble
11 Yen fraction
17 Biblical kingdom
21 Concise and substantive
23 Second president
24 Hollywood trickery, for short
25 Moray, e.g.
26Parched
28 Afternoon affair
EVEN EXCHANGE
There’s bustling happening near Scottsdale
Fashion Square. Rumor has it a new music
venue dubbed Livewire Entertainment is
springing up adjacent to the shopping hot spot.
No word yet on what kind of music they’ll host,
but it will fill a gap due to Scottsdale’s Martini
Ranch making its departure in late 2013.
30 Oklahoma city
31Recede
32 “7 Faces of Dr. –”
33 Toss in
36 Apollo’s destination
37 Groups of species
40 Started dining
42 Dino sang about it
43 It’s mostly discretion
44Presbyter
45 Lake Wobegon’s st.
46 Low card
48 Clear the tables
49Pismire
50 Conk out
51 “What -?”
By Donna Pettman
Each numbered row contains two clues and two answers. The two answers differ from each other by only one letter, which has already
been inserted. For example, if you exchange the A from MASTER for an I, you get MISTER. Do not change the order of the letters.
Did you make it out to the state fair last
month? Despite a giant fight involving 60 teens
and stomach-turning deep fried food, we can’t
shake our love for the annual Arizona tradition.
Better luck next year, ASF.
Embrace the cool weather! Check out a movie
in the park in Tempe. Visit www.tempe.gov/
city-hall/community-services/recreationservices/movies-in-the-park for a full list of
times, dates and family-friendly movies being
shown at Kiwanis Park.
Gilbert bakery Lisa’s Rum Cake made its TV
debut as cameras from the reality TV show, “The
Millionaire Mastermind of Arizona,” infiltrated
its Elliot and McQueen roads location. The
bakery was chosen to participate in challenges
and receive advice from millionaires on how to
become a successful business.
Tempe Marketplace has two new stores! Total
Wine and Nordstrom Rack found new locations
on the east side of the shopping complex.
Sam’s Club will also find a home on the east
end, opening in 2015 for all of your bulk
shopping needs.
All puzzles answers
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A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF
THE NOT-SO-AVERAGE WAYS TO
BRING HOME THE BACON.
Going to the Dogs
By Tracy House
Photos by Sam Nalven
W
hen a job is so unique that only one person in the state has it,
that’s something to brag about.
But David Zehring, a fire investigator with the Gilbert Fire
Department, doesn’t take any credit for the work he does as the handler
for Arizona’s only Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-certified
canine. He says that Spring, a 3 1/2-year-old English Labrador retriever,
does all the work.
“If there is an arson fire, we work the case from beginning to end,”
Zehring says.
The duo travels throughout Arizona and the western region, if
needed, to investigate arsons. “If it’s an ATF call we are required to go.”
Spring was originally being trained as a guide dog, but that didn’t
work out.
“She has an issue with food,” Zehring says. “She would guide the
blind person, and if there was food on the floor or table she was going
to eat it.”
That said, Zehring explains Spring is a food-reward dog. She doesn’t
eat out of a dog bowl.
“Her dog bowl is my hand,” he says. “Literally, twice a day, if we’re
not working a fire, I have to put accelerant down. She has to find the
accelerant in order to eat. So she has to work for her food.”
Zehring and Spring have a five-year commitment with the ATF; each
year the team has to recertify for the program. After the five years, if
Zehring chooses not to continue, Spring will retire and become his
dog. He and Spring can continue for two additional years with ATF,
but Spring must retire at 9 years old.
David Zehring and Spring
Fire Investigator/Sworn Police Officer
and his ATF-Certified Dog
Company: Gilbert Fire Department
Years on the Job: Fifteen years with the fire department and attended
the police academy in 2009. “ATF requires their handlers to be police
officers and fire investigators. I would not have been able to get her if I
wasn’t a police officer.”
Best Part of the Job: “I adore Spring. We’re able to provide an
important service to our community.” Zehring adds, “If you’re having
a bad day, she’s what you want to have around to change it because of
her gentle nature.”
Hardest Part of the Job: “There’s no holidays. There’s no sick days.
On my vacation, she came with me. Literally twice a day you have to
work your dog.” Zehring states he went into the position knowing the
responsibility and dedication required. “I so wanted to be a handler,
that when ATF contacted me there was no hesitation.”
Success Rate: Zehring says they collect evidence that otherwise
would have gone undetected. Spring’s ability to detect accelerants
has expedited cases that would have taken days for investigators. “She
doesn’t only assist us in finding where the accelerant is, but she speeds
up the process.”
Info: http://townofgilbert.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/spring-gilberts-
atf-fire-dog/
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NOW HERE'S A TIP
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SECURE AT HOME
WITH THESE TIPS
By JoAnn Derson
If you heat a pita in the microwave first, it will be
easier to open and will rip less. About 10 seconds
should do.—M.E.
Two ways to remove a bandage: Rub a little baby oil
or vegetable oil over it. The oil will soak in and make
it easier to remove. Or—and this works especially well
with kids—have them soak in the bath and use baby
shampoo to soften the sticky edges.
I use double-stick tape to hang lighter items on my
walls, because it does not leave a hole, and I am a
renter. You also can use it to reduce noise from
vibrations. For instance, I used it in my car to keep the
carpet lying flat in the trunk.—J.T.
Here is a sewing tip for your column: I prewash fabrics
that tend to shrink, before I use them to make clothing
items. That way, the fit is more accurate.—G.V.
I have said this before, but I’m happy to give a
reminder with the holidays coming up and possibly
new cellular technology in your family’s future: Many
of us have found ourselves with old cellphones that still
work, but don’t have the features we want. If you get
a new phone, donate your old one. There are groups
that refurbish the phones and give them to domestic
violence victims for emergency purposes. Other groups
send the phones back into use in the developing
world. Any way you recycle your phone is a benefit to
the environment. Check with www.donateaphone.org,
www.collectivegood.com or Verizon Wireless HopeLine.
Instead of using costly brass polish, try a little lemon
juice and salt. Another brass polish you probably have
right now is ketchup. Apply a thin layer and buff off
with a soft rag.
Save plastic bags that cannot be recycled, and use
them to collect food scraps that cannot be composted
or flushed.—B.M.
Keep the yolks in hard-boiled eggs from crumbling by
wetting your knife between slices.
“To soften butter without melting it, warm a bowl that
is bigger than the butter stick and invert it over the
butter on a plate. It’s nice before a meal because it
makes a hard stick of butter easier to spread on bread
rolls, but not so soft that you use too much.”—T.G.
SEND YOUR TIPS TO:
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W
hen it comes to protecting your family, your
home is your fortress. It’s the place where your
children fall asleep at night, tucked safely in their
beds. It has the backyard where your pets roam freely
without any danger of running into traffic. And it’s
the place where you can relax, knowing your family
is secure.
There are some actions you’ll need to take to secure
your fortress, but with a few
adjustments to your landscaping,
you can help keep your family
and pets protected at home.
Security systems: As a final touch
to keep an eye on your house
at all times, install a security
system. You can find models that
range from contacting a security
company when the alarm is
triggered to having video cameras
that allow online monitoring
from a smartphone.
Shrubbery: Landscaping directly
next to the house can provide a
hiding place for potential intruders
of the human, insect and animal
varieties. To discourage intruders
of any kind, keep bushes smaller,
spaced out and neatly trimmed if
they are directly next to the house. This is a project to
do both in the beginning of the summer and again in
the fall before the frost hits.
Lighting: In addition to keeping your trees and
bushes trimmed, install lights—both on the house
and around the landscaping of the yard. These lights
will help illuminate any shadows that could hide
potential intruders. Also, remember to keep the lights
you shine inside your house to yourself. Prevent
people outside the home from seeing what you have
inside by closing the drapes at night.
Fencing: Fences are great for keeping your children
and pets away from traffic and other possible danger.
If you have a pool, it will also keep them safe
around the water. Fences require
premium-grade,
adjustable
hinges and latches to ensure
your gate closes properly, stays
latched, and doesn’t sag or drag
over time. MagnaLatch magnetic
pool latches are specifically
designed for child and pool
safety. They have a patented
latching system that prevents
mechanical jamming that could
cause gate failure. Combined
with TruClose self-closing hinges
your gate will close smoothly and
securely every time. If you prefer
a standard gate lock, LokkLatch
latches are designed with stainless
steel components that won’t rust
or stain. These gate hardware
options from D&D feature a
lifetime limited warranty, are
easy to install and are available
through fencing contractors and numerous retail
outlets, including Lowe’s, Home Depot and Amazon.
Visit www.ddtechglobal.com for a full range of gate
hardware products and to find a retailer near you.
With these home and yard safety tips, your fortress
will be as secure as you can make it. So enjoy your
home and relax knowing you’ve kept your family
safe.
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