Pick up Panorama
click below for locations:
In Anthem at

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

In Cave Creek/Carefree


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

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

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

In North Phoenix at

Desert Hills Mail Boxes
Phoenix UPS Mail Boxes

Old West Cactus Farms


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

The Bead Museum
Spring Hill Suites Marriott

Moe's Southwest Grill

In Peoria at 

Aquazone Water-N-Ice


Peoria KIA

In Surprise at

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce

Bad Ass Coffee
Fitness 1 Gym

West USA Premier Properties

In Sun City at

Best Western Inn & Suites

Sun City Visitors Center
Sun City Library


In Youngtown at
Youngtown Denture Clinic
Youngtown Library
Pet Health Pharmacy

Longhorn Saloon & Grill




Cool Stuff

Eric Firestone Gallery

Arizona Fine Art EXPO
Hernández Contemporary
Leslie Levy Fine Art




Creation vs. Evolution

Chef Dillon's Corner Recipes!Grilled Stuffed Peaches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Use Your Rice Cooker to Steam Towels.

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


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

August  2008 Archives

Michael Fennelly





Megan Weston



Two extraordinary and versatile talents

Both have appeared in Carnegie Hall and played to audiences throughout the world.





























Enjoy this evening of lush romantic music


Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 7 pm



Adults $15  -  Museum Members $13  -  Teens $7  -  Kids $5

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum store

by phone 623-972-0635 with a credit card

or at the door

Michael Fennelly

 Following his sold-out recital debut in Carnegie's Weill Hall, pianist Michael Fennelly has toured the world with an array of dynamic programs. Last year, he released his debut solo recording, The Legend of Faust, on One Soul Records and is currently preparing the follow up CD, The Legend of Faust, Part Two, with legendary producer Max Wilcox of RCA.


The native Californian made his first concerto appearance at age ten, and subsequently performed with many orchestras throughout California, including the Orange County Philharmonic, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Santa Clara Symphony and the South Coast Symphony Orchestra. While still in high school, he was flown to New York as a last-minute replacement for a soloist with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, and later performed Brahms' First Piano Concerto in Germany.


More recently, he recorded new concerti with the Manhattan Symphony, and performed the Bach concerti with the Barge Festival. His recitals have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), NDR Radio (Germany), and KSTA (Palo Alto). On film, he appeared as the young Harry Truman (who initially trained to become a concert pianist!) for PBS' American Experience. Michael Fennelly is a Distinguished Guest Artist for Olympia Cruises, a member of the German ensemble Hudson Shad, and a performer for the Aristotle Onassis Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera, and Allied Tours.


He was the United States winner of the Horowitz Competition, and a prize-winner of the Young Artist Peninsula Music Festival, the Young Keyboard Artist Association, and the Artist International Competition. He has performed in Moscow Conservatory's International Chopin Symposium, New York's Schoenberg Music Festival, and Italy's Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Seminar, and in master classes under John O'Connor, Richard Goode, and Abbey Simon.


Michael Fennelly was taught from age five by his mother, a successful piano teacher, and his father, an avid amateur musician; he continued his studies with Trula Whelan and Earl Voorhies in California. He was a pupil of Dr. Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate, and was then accepted into the studio of Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, where lie received the school's special prize for chamber music and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a dissertation on Metric Structure.


In New York City, Dr. Fennelly's current position as a staff pianist for The Juilliard School has led to innumerable recitals with every instrument and voice type. This year, he embarks upon two tours of the Midwest from Minnesota to Montana, performs across Germany and Belgium, and appears in recital in New York, Georgia, California, and Maine.


 Megan Weston

 Megan Weston received superlative reviews for her portrayal of Lisa in La sonnambula with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Will Crutchfield at the Caramoor International Music Festival. This past season, Ms. Weston triumphed as Norina in Don Pasquale with Lyric Opera San Diego, and sang Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Copland's Poems of Emily Dickinson with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. She recently debuted with the Cape Cod Symphony, and sang Messiah solos with the Choir of Hendon St. Mary, London, England under the baton of Richard Morrison. Her upcoming engagements include Jenny Lind in the US premiere of Chopin and the Nightingale with the Sembrich Festival in Lake George, NY, and concerts with the Bar Harbor Festival, ME, Cape Cod Symphony, MA, Motyl Chamber Ensemble, and New Music New York.


Hailed as "excellent" (Opera News) and "magnificent" (KPBS), Megan Weston first gained national attention in her San Diego Opera debut as the underprivileged mill-girl, Lightfoot McClendon, in the world premiere co-production of Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree. Her performances have included Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea and Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Utah Opera, Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Lapak in The Cunning Little Vixen with Tulsa Opera, Carmina Burana with the San Diego Symphony, Viennese operetta arias with New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall, and many leading roles with Lyric Opera San Diego, including Blondchen in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Lucy Lockit in Britten's The Beggar's Opera, and Cunegonde in Candide.


Megan Weston won both the Lee Schaenen Foundation Awards and Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition in 2006, and has received top awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Awards, Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions, and the Loren L. Zachary Competition among others. She has collaborated with many important American composers include Carlisle Floyd, Myron Fink, Henry Mollicone, and Richard Wargo, and regularly gives lectures and readings of new works for the Juilliard School.




In concert with Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

"But the jewel in the crown was Megan Weston, whose vivid presence and radiant, seemingly effortlessly produced coloratura voice lent wings to the artfully designed and skillfully executed production... Glamorously gowned in bright red satin, the attractive young soprano was as charming to behold as to listen to and is my choice for the best ever Christmas pops soloist."

            Anna Crebo, Cape Cod Times - December, 2007


As Lisa in La sonnambula - Caramoor International Music Festival

"... a delightful surprise, making the scorned innkeeper Lisa a touching, tenderly comic figure, and displaying a gorgeous, light lyric soprano."

            Eric Myers, Opera - January, 2006


"(Sumi Jo) was joined by a strong cast.. .Megan Weston was persuasive as the innkeeper, Lisa."

            Jeremy Eichler, The New York Times - July, 2005


"Megan Weston displayed remarkable virtuosity and charm as Lisa." - Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times - July, 2005


As Norina in Don Pasquale - Lyric Opera San Diego

"...it is her acrobatic coloratura and impeccable technique stealing the show; her piercing sound and wicked characterization bring her triumphantly through each aspect of her role."

            Grace Leslie, San Diego Union- Tribune - November, 2006


As Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann - Tulsa Opera

".. .handled the coloratura fireworks of "Les oiseaux dans la charmille" with thrilling ease, giving a performance that was the perfect mix of vocal control, physicality and humor. It came close to stopping the show Saturday evening."

            James Watts, Tulsa World - April, 2004




West Valley Art Museum 17420 North Avenue of the Arts - Surprise, AZ 85374

Call 623-972-0635 or visit  www.wvam.org


The 2008 Relay For Life of Anthem is off to a great start!  More than 100 people and 15 teams are currently registered!


The next information session/Team Captain meeting is tomorrow, August 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Anthem Community Center.  Come learn more about Relay, get fundraising ideas, turn in offline donations and/or pick up a Team Captain kit.  Sponsorship and luminaria forms are available online on the Forms page as well.


Don’t miss your opportunity to become a part of this amazing event!  If you haven’t already registered as a team captain, team member or survivor, visit the event webpage for the Relay For Life of Anthem and register today!  Once you are registered, you can customize your own personal event page and begin collecting donations online!  If you have any questions about the website, please contact Robin Chowaniec at robin@chowaniec.com.


Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature event, raises awareness and funds to save lives, help those touched by cancer, and empower people to fight back against the disease.  With the money raised at Relay, your American Cancer Society is working towards an important goal, a future without cancer.


Thank you for helping us fight cancer right here in the North Valley!  

Mike Chartrand and Jasson Pilcher

2008 Event Co-Chairs Relay For Life of Anthem


3rd Annual “Dog Days of August” Contest to Benefit Animal Charities Statewide Cave Creek’s newly-formed non-profit is a sponsor of this month-long event.
 100 percent of entry fees will be donated to each applicant’s charity of choice!

In its third year, Linda Budge’s “Dog Days of August” charity contest is once again raising much needed funds for animal charities, but this time the newly-formed non-profit is reaching out to residents statewide and the contest includes more categories and prizes. Story Continues

“Every Tree Has Roots…And Shoots”

             The Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park presents The Magnificent Seven along with discussion by noted film experts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July  20, at the Museum, 1300 North College Avenue, Tempe, Arizona. In this program, called “Every Tree Has Roots…And Shoots,” visitors can watch the movie and then hear how it fits in cinematic history—the movies that influenced it, and how it changed movie-making in Hollywood. The program is free with museum admission.

In this landmark film, seven men, each an expert in his own way, protect a Mexican farming village from a small army of bandits. Stars include Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and Eli Wallach. The film is full of action, where showdowns and shootouts combine with introspection and tragic heroism. After The Magnificent Seven, with its ensemble cast, Westerns changed forever, and it became an inspiration for many other films.

After viewing the film and having some light refreshments, the public can join a panel of film experts to discuss the movie. There will be short clips from movies that were inspiration for — and inspired by — The Magnificent Seven. Clips from films such as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen, and others, will be springboards for lively discussion among the panel and with the audience.

The panel moderator is Fred Linch. Mr. Linch has lectured on films and organized film festivals throughout Arizona and as far away as Bangkok and Vladivostok. He is a lecturer on cinema with Arizona State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and co-creator of “The Film Forecast.” Fred will draw on film clips and his deep knowledge of movies to keep the audience engaged.

Fred is joined by The Arizona Republic writer Richard Nilsen, as well as film critic Francie Noyes. Richard Nilsen has been an art and film critic with the Republic for many years. His interests span the whole spectrum of the Phoenix cultural scene. Francie Noyes has been a movie writer and film aficionado for more than twenty years.  She was the film critic for City Life magazine, and at the Scottsdale Progress.  Francie is a discussion leader for the Foothills Film Society and is a facilitator at the Scottsdale International Film Festival.

The Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park is the principal museum in the Phoenix metropolitan area covering the changes that have made Arizona what it is today. Concentrating on Arizona in the 20th and 21st centuries, the museum is filled with stories—stories about World War II and its effects in Arizona, stories about the rise of desert cities, and stories about Arizona popular culture. The museum makes stories come alive through hands-on and multimedia displays, children’s activities, and a variety of educational programs.

The Museum is located in Papago Park at 1300 North College Avenue, just north of Curry Road between Mill Avenue and Scottsdale Road, north of the Loop 202. At the intersection of Curry and College, you will see a ball field and our large parking lot. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for seniors and students; children under 12 are free. Parking is free. For further information, please contact the Museum at 480-929-0292.


Scott Asher, district manager for Wells Fargo Regional Banking in Tempe, has joined the board of Junior Achievement and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Asher also will serve as treasurer of the Tempe Chamber.

Asher manages 11 Wells Fargo Community Banking stores in Tempe, Mesa and Southeast Phoenix, with $778 million in deposits and 210-plus team members. 

In Arizona, Wells Fargo has 14,000 team members and 260 stores.  Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $595 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the only bank in the U.S., and one of only two banks worldwide, to have the highest possible credit rating from both Moody's Investors Service, “Aaa,” and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, “AAA.”

WELLS FARGO FOOD DRIVE PROMOTES HUNGER AWARENESS Wells Fargo Stagecoach to Appear at Tempe Food Drive Site
Wells Fargo is collecting food from July 1 to 15 to benefit local food banks.  To promote the collection drive, the Wells Fargo stagecoach will make an               appearance at the company’s Tempe Auto Finance Center.  Radio MIX 96.9 will broadcast live from the celebration.Stagecoach appearance Wednesday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Radio station KMXP MIX 96.9 live broadcast 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wells Fargo Auto Finance Center, 711 W. Broadway, Tempe Wells Fargo team members will be on hand to accept donations.
  Daily headlines tell the tale:  The poor economy, the price of gas, the price of food – everyone is being stretched to the limit, and food banks are no different.  The most vulnerable in our community are at the greatest risk when times are toughest. Demand for services is at record levels and donations continue to trail behind the demand. Food shelves need to be re-stocked just to meet daily requests.  From July 1 to 15, Wells Fargo is teaming up with local community food banks across Arizona to help re-fill those shelves.  Food collection bins have been placed in the 260-plus Wells Fargo Community Banking stores throughout the state. 

Facts about hunger in Arizona · One in 7 Arizona adults, 1 in 12 seniors and 1 in 5 children live in poverty.· Of those receiving emergency food in Arizona, 41% are children and seniors; 13% of the families had children under age five; 15% of the families reported their children skipped meals because there was not enough money for food.

In the Valley and nearby cities, Wells Fargo store teams will collect food for:

  • · St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

  • · United Food Bank

  • · Desert Mission Food Bank

  • · St. Anthony’s St. Vincent de Paul (Casa Grande/Maricopa)

  • · Wickenburg Food Pantry

AZDance Group Auditions - Children & Older Dancers (2008-2009 Season)
AZDance Group the professional contemporary touring dance company under the direction of Kenda Newbury, will hold their last set of auditions for this coming season.  We welcome trained dancers for the 2008-2009 Junior/Trainee Company (apprentices) and the Childrenıs Christmas Company. Full audition and company details on the website.
Saturday, July 12th for Apprentice (Junior/Trainee members) and Pre-professional dancers are called to show their stuff from 2:45-4:15 PM with 2:15 pm as the registration time. Please arrive on time. Audition location is the Anthem Community Center Dance Room, 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem,  AZ   85086, Second Floor.  Professional dancers are welcome to attend this audition. Full information www.azdance.org, do not call the community center !
Saturday, August 30th, are for both the Childrenıs and the Junior/Trainee groups. Children begin at 11:00 registration, 11:30-12:30 audition (age 5 and up), the Junior/Trainee dancers age 12 and up are invited to register 1:00, audition 1:30-3:15 pm. The August 30th audition is currently being held at Desert Foothills Dance studio at 6450 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 202, but please confirm on website prior. Please call only the company, AZDance Group, and NOT the studios for audition or company information. For complete audition requirements, restrictions and information visit www.azdance.org. (Professional and Pre-professionals dancers are welcome at either the apprentice auditions).
A resume, photo, proper dance attire (and hair) and audition fee (exact cash/check) of $15.00 is required of all those that audition. Also each individual should turn in a CD with their biography in word format and a high-quality color jpg headshot of themselves (no less than 300 dpi jpg) in case they are selected for this yearıs season of performers. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must be available to fill out and sign appropriate forms prior in order for child to audition. Being able to pick-up combinations quickly is a requirement of all dancers.
AZDance Group was nominated for the Be More Awards (Channel Eight) and listed as one of the top art organizations in the Ranking Arizona 2008 ³The Best of Arizona Business² magazine.  They recently received support from the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture for their 2008-2009 performing season.
The mission of the AZDance Group is to service the community by creating and producing professional dance performances of the highest quality, to nurture its artists and audiences and
to contribute to the arts education of that community.
AZ Diamondbacks Mascots Coming to the Desert Foothills Library
CAVE CREEK - July 7 will find not just one, but two popular mascots appearing at the Desert Foothills Library to entertain young readers in the "Read Your Way to the Ballpark" summer reading program. Sponsored by the AZ Republic and Arizona Diamondbacks, " The Bobby and Baxter Show" will feature Baxter the Bobcat and famed organist Bobby Freeman performing together. The idea for Baxter came in 2000 from Brantley Bell, the oldest son of Diamondbacks second baseman Jay Bell. He suggested the name Bobcat because at the time the team played in the Bank One Ballpark (BOB). Baxter makes public appearances at all the ball games, hospitals, schools, libraries and other locations throughout the Valley. Bobby Freeman has been the official organist for the team since they started in 1998, and is one of the few remaining live performers at ballparks in the country. His presentations at libraries across Maricopa county, as he reads stories, plays his organ and speaks to children, stress positive thinking and not giving up. The educational and interactive program for all ages will begin at 1:00 p.m. and fans should arrive early to get a seat.

In addition to the "Read Your Way to the Ballpark" programs, other July events at DFL include Kid's Summer Movies on July 9 and 23 at 1:30 p.m.

featuring "E.T." and "Arthur and the Invisables." On July 14 Sandy the Sandwich Clown will perform at 10:45 a.m. and on July 16 author Mary Ann Herzog and her Black Labrador Retriever, Buddy, will have a book signing and dog meeting at 10:00 a.m. for her book, "The Buddy Tails." Check for details at www.desertfoothillslibrary.org or call (480) 488-2286.

Stage Coach Village Merchants join forces to present author Maria Grazia Swan: Love Boomer Style
Saturday, June 21st "Boomer Babes -  True Tales of Love and Lust in the Later Years"
Pages Bookstore and Brix Wine Spot have joined forces to present Maria Grazia Swan, author of "Boomer Babes - Love and Lust in the Later Years", Saturday, June 21st at 4pm.
Swan will discuss the true-life stories of the men and women of the Baby Boomer generation, as featured in her new book from Leisure Publishing.
Attendees will receive admittance to the speaking engagement and a signed book at Pages, immediately followed by complimentary wine and food at Brix Wine Spot.
Tickets are $24.95, RSVP by calling 480/575-7220.
    Pages New and Rare and Brix Wine Spot are located at the Stage Coach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek.
    For more information contact Pages, 480/575-7220 or write info@PagesNewAndRare.com.

MARIA GRAZIA SWAN, Scottsdale resident and author of "Boomer Babes - True Tales of Love and Lust in the Later Years" is the winner of a Women's National Book Association award.

Pages is a member of Booksense Independent Bookstores, the American Booksellers Association and the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association.

Scottsdale Artists’ School is continuing its series of weekend workshops at Phoenix Art Museum this summer.

June 21-22, 2008
Introduction to Sculpture-Bas Relief
Jerry Cox
$170 for Museum Members
$200 for non-members

Enter the wonderful world of clay sculpture! In this beginning level class, students will learn how to create a simple bas relief sculpture. A bas relief sculpture is one in which the subject (figure, landscape or still life) projects slightly from the background. There are special techniques for creating a three-dimensional sculpture on a two dimensional surface, and the instructor will show you how to do it. The class will also tour Phoenix Art Museum and look at several bas reliefs in its collection.

July 19-20, 2008
Beginning Drawing
Larry Charles
$150 for Museum Members
$180 for non-members

Learn how to transfer what you see onto paper! Even if you’ve never tried to draw before, this class will help you have success from the very beginning. Students will get a chance to explore various drawing techniques and different methods for getting a realistic image. There will be instructor demonstrations and hands on practice.

August 30-31, 2008
Introduction to Oil Painting
Carrie Curran
$170 for Museum Members
$200 for non-members

Learn the basics of working with oil paints! You’ll get to experiment with mixing colors, painting on a canvas board, and creating a simple still life painting. Students will learn the process of creating an oil painting, from composition and blocking in shapes, to using colors, values, and brushwork to make an image have excitement and depth. If you have always wanted to try oil painting, this fun introduction is a great way to get started!

  In each workshop, instructors will select several museum masterpieces as reference and inspiration for specific workshop topics. After viewing and learning about the artworks, students will return to the studio for hands on experience with the same principles and techniques employed by the masters. No experience is required for any workshop. Materials for each workshop are included with tuition, but all students should bring a sketchpad and pencil. Sessions meet from 10am-4pm each day unless otherwise noted. To register for any of these workshops,

call Scottsdale Artists’ School at 480-990-1422 or go online to ScottsdaleArtSchool.org . Classes are listed under Semester 2008 Local Offsites.

Scottsdale Artists’ School is a nonprofit school of traditional fine art founded

in 1983. One of the world’s premier art institutions, the school holds more than 200 adult classes and workshops each year along with Youth Academy workshops in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Learn more at ScottsdaleArtSchool.org , now featuring on-line enrollment.

 Scottsdale Artists’ School is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving announced the Bondurant Corvette Performance Experience. 
Saturday, December 6, 2008, Corvette owners with guest are welcome to participate in an all day driving experience at the Bondurant School’s 60 acre training facility and 1.6 mile road course.
WHAT: Bondurant Corvette Performance Experience
WHO: Corvette owners and guest
WHEREThe Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, 20,000 S Maricopa Rd. Chandler, AZ, 85226, at Firebird Raceway, Gate 3. 
WHEN: December 6, 2008
HOW: Register online at: www.bondurant.com/corvetteday08
DIRECTIONS: Exit 162 Wild Horse Pass and I-10
PRICING: $195 per Corvette (Corvettes only)
ONLINE INFO:  www.bondurant.com   
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, located in Phoenix, Arizona on the Gila River Indian Community, is the world-renowned leader in driver training.  The Bondurant School proudly features General Motors products such as the Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Corvette C6 coupe, Pontiac Solstice and open-wheel single-seaters.  The core curriculum is the Bondurant Method based on teaching maximum car control and driver safety.  Courses offered are Grand Prix Road Racing, Advanced Teen Driving, High Performance Driving, Executive Protection/Anti-Kidnapping and custom corporate programs.  For more information log on to www.bondurant.com  or call 1-800-842-7223.    

Sunshine Acres Children’s Home to Participate in O.F.F. To School Field Day Shopping Spree July 29th
 Approximately 75 children from Sunshine Acres Children’s Home will get the chance to “shop ‘til they drop” for school supplies on July 29, 2008 at The Wal-Mart Super Center, located at 4505 East McKellips Road in Mesa, compliments of The Ortiz Family Foundation.  

The Ortiz Family Foundation, founded by Major League Baseball Player and former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, Russ Ortiz, and his family, will host the O.F.F. to School Field Day to encourage excitement for the new 2008-2009 school year. All of the children currently living at Sunshine Acres will receive $150 each from the Foundation to help make certain they get the necessary back to school supplies and clothing. Additionally, Wal-Mart Super Center will donate $2,000, increasing each child’s spending amount to $175, and provide breakfast for all event participants.  

"Sunshine Acres is all about service. They provide a loving home for children separated from their parents,” says Russ Ortiz. “The Ortiz Family Foundation is proud to support Sunshine Acres. Our hope is that others will join in to acknowledge their service to children who need to know love," Ortiz continues.

 Pictures from last year’s event are available upon request courtesy of Fresh Look Images Photography. The Ortiz Family Foundation encourages the community to help support next year’s O.F.F to School Field Day through monetary donations. For every sponsorship contribution of $150, a student in need will be provided the opportunity to participate in the day of back to school shopping. For more information about how to contribute to the 2009-2010 O.F.F. to School Field Day, please visit www.ortizfamilyfoundation.com.

 About Sunshine Acres Children’s Home: Sunshine Acres Children’s Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to provide a loving, wholesome, Christian home for children who are separated from their parents, and to help them in  establishing long-term relationships with stable parental figures. They serve boys and girls of all ages with minimum placements of one year continuing as long as needed and appropriate - even through college.

 About The Ortiz Family Foundation: The Ortiz Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting places and people that do amazing work on a daily basis to help the community. The foundation is based on the Christian principles of faith and family first. It is the goal of the foundation to spotlight non-profits in the community by raising awareness among the public about the philanthropic needs in the places they live, work and play. It is their hope that by bringing notice to worthy non-profits more people will volunteer their time, donate needed items and get involved in any way possible.

Military Family Relief Fund Provides New Hope to Arizona Families
Outreach Program Relies on Support from Arizona Caring Friends and Neighbors

 Arizonans seeking to support our troops can now do more than display a bumper sticker! The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund offers a way to mobilize support for local families of service members during times of crisis. The organization coordinates the distribution of funds to support families right here in Arizona.

"Everybody always asks what they can do to help, and now the opportunity is right here for them," said Diane D'Angelo, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services. "It only takes a few minutes to participate but everyone has the power to make a world of difference for Arizona's heroes and their families."

The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund can provide up to $10,000 to families whose loved one has been injured or killed while fighting the Global War on Terror. All funds come from Arizona tax credits or direct contributions from citizens seeking to give back to those who have answered the call of duty.

Contributions can be made through either the organization's website or direct mail program.

Military Family Relief Fund recipients use the support in a variety of ways.

From mothers facing financial calamity after their loved one has been killed, to parents purchasing overseas plane tickets to be by their injured son or daughter's side in the hospital - the fund will be there when people need it most.


News from The Snowmass Wellness Experience August 16-17
The Snowmass Wellness Experience (Aug. 15-17), which was written up last year in the New York Times, celebrates the art of well-being and healthy living. Encompassing all the elements of a balanced lifestyle, this weekend celebration addresses nutrition, fitness, and healthy living topics with best-selling authors and speakers, enriching workshops, cooking demonstrations, al fresco yoga and fitness classes, nature walks and more.

 The 2008 event concentrates on personal and local sustainability and how to produce vibrant foods that nurture body, mind, spirit, and community. All classes, workshops, and events will revolve around this theme.

Nationally renowned organic farmer Eliot Coleman and horticulturist Barbara Damrosch of the Four Season Farm ( www.fourseasonfarm.com     ) - Learn how to develop a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and increase your awareness as a consumer of organic products.

Swami Beyondananda of Wake Up Laughing Productions (political satire and healing laughter from this political guru and uncommontator) will perform a comedy show paired with an organic food tasting on Friday night. ( http://www.wakeuplaughing.com/  )

Mariana Bozesan of Diet for a New Life is the first integral approach to weight loss, emotional health, and consciousness leadership based not on dieting but rather on how the foods we eat can affect our well being. Her book is endorsed by John Robbins, Deepak Chopra, John Gray and many others. ( http://www.sageera.com   ) She's also doing an Interactive Workshop with chef Ricki Mckenna to create favorite healthy foods for people and families "on the go."

Jerome Osentowski, founder and director of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, CO. He is co-founder of EcoSystems Design, a consulting and design service company specializing in environmentally friendly agriculture, edible landscaping, and building. ( www.ecosystems-design.com    )

Organic cooking demonstrations, organic farming and consumer education:

  • An organic spirits tasting with Peak Spirits ( www.peakspirits.com    ), a distillery that makes premium spirits from the finest organic orchard fruit in the world, grown regionally in the North Fork Gunnison Valley of western Colorado. This is the first distillery in the U.S. focused on making premium products from locally grown/sourced organic produce.

  • An organic farmers market featuring Ute City Farms, Peach Valley CSA, Chef Dava Parr, and others.

  • A festival shopping expo with healthy living and organic products.

  • Organic Cooking Demonstrations: A Top Chef-style cook-off with Chef Dava, Ricki McKenna, and Lisa & Lynn Ruoff of Eco-Goddess Edibles

Unique events and workshops:

  • Yoga and Chocolate and Yoga and Wine classes with David Romanelli - Turn your sense of vice into transformative virtue. Learn how to perfectly pair your favorite indulgences with your spiritual practices and enhance your spiritual experience.

  • Yoga Workshops by the Shakti Foundation and renowned instructors Simon Park and Megan Disabatino - the Shakti Foundation will donate $2.50 from every yoga activities pass sold to local non-profits (TBA). Renowned yoga instructors take yoga to new heights with on-mountain, open-air workshops.

  • Come early on Thursday for a free outdoor concert by Robben Ford, named one of the "100 greatest guitarists of the 20th century" by Musician magazine

Other featured events:

  • Spa Pavilion: Complementary to event participants, the Aspen Club & Spa will be presenting an outdoor spa experience on Fanny Hill that includes therapists specializing in mini table/chair massage, facials, manicures/pedicures and an outdoor spa area showcasing product.

  • Guided Nature Hikes and Walks with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

  • Morning Meditation sessions on-mountain

Pilates classes presented by the Aspen Club & Spa staff

Lodging Packages:

  • Just for the Girls: August 14-18, 2008 For the ultimate girlfriends' mountain getaway, Snowmass Village, Colorado, offers adventure, relaxation, and pure rejuvenation August 14-18, 2008. Timberline Condominium rates start as low as $52/person (double occupancy) for a deluxe studio within walking distance to all activities and includes free airport transfer and on-site yoga classes. Stay at the Timberline and additionally receive $15 off your weekend pass to the 5th annual Snowmass Wellness Experience (August 16-17). Finish off the vacation by signing up with the award-winning Snowmass Club for a special rate of two spa services for $185. To book, visit www.snowmassvillage.com  

  • Massage in the Mountains Package Relax and rejuvenate in the mountains with this special Snowmass package. Stay at the Silvertree Hotel and choose a spa treatment ranging from a standard massage to a Jet Lag massage to reflexology or an 85-minute couple's massage. Rates start at $326/person based on a 2 night stay and a spa service per person per day. Package is per person based on double occupancy, not including tax. To book, visit www.snowmassvillage.com   

For the full festival schedule, ticket locations, prices, and lodging specials, visit www.snowmassvillage.com 

APS Power Line Placement Opposed by Peoria
The Peoria City Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing APS' preferred route for new transmission lines, which would run through the northern part of the 7,100-acre Vistancia community. The city suggests APS move the planned overhead high-voltage lines three miles north of Carefree Highway along Arizona 74, a two-lane roadway that would eventually become a divided four-lane highway.

APS designated Arizona 74 as an alternative route through Peoria, however it's on Federal land which would require an environmental impact study at much greater expense.

Peoria and Buckeye have both made it clear they are ready to take the matter to court.

Brix Wine Spot Ribbon Cutting. Mayor Francia doing the honors
Business to Business Brix Wine Spot Opens in Stagecoach Village
What makes Carefree and Cave Creek so appealing to visitors? - Their shops and restaurants are original and unique. Brix have have created a WOW factor. When you walk in the door you can't but help say WOW. It's worth visiting and telling your friends about your experience.

 Merchants Look at Collaborative Marketing in Summer
Recently the Chamber, (Department of Commerce and Department of Tourism), presented a seminar to interested merchants from Carefree and Cave Creek. The topic was "how best to attract the summer visitors" that visit the Valley. A model used in Prescott was used to explain the benefits of the plan.

Two initiatives have resulted. Interested merchants will be looking at collaborative events, marketing and advertising, for this summer. Merchant meetings will be held with the Department of Commerce facilitating to initiate the program. Bill Bolin, Director of Rural Development ADOC addresses the Merchants.

(Publishers Note: Panorama Hills Monthly will work with any merchant/merchants on collaborative advertising both in our print and our on-line publications. Panorama Hills Monthly offers merchants the opportunity to reach visitors and residents from Carefree to Surprise, including the cities of Youngtown, Tramanto, Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria, N. Scottsdale, Glendale, Desert Hills and Anthem. Panorama Hills Monthly will do anything and everything that we can to help the merchants of Cave Creek and Carefree bring in business. But we need YOUR help to do this!)

Desert Landscaper School Open House Takes Place in August
The Desert Botanical is currently accepting registrations for the Desert Landscaper School.  Classes begin the week of September 8, 2008.  The Desert Landscaper School is a 30-week program offered in three sessions. The program is offered in both English and Spanish.  Professionals and non-professionals alike will learn best horticulture practices from Garden curators, expert horticulture staff and guest instructors.   The course fee is $1,265.  A training manual and associated materials are included in the registration fee.  

Prospective students are invited to attend the annual Desert Landscaper School Open House on Thursday, August 14, 2008, from 4 ­ 9 p.m. The open house will take place in Archer House at Desert Botanical Garden.  This is a great way to learn more about Desert Botanical Gardenıs Desert Landscaper School.  

Registration is underway now.  To register online visit www.dbg.org    or contact Rebecca Senior, Desert Landscaper School Coordinator, at 480-481-8161.  

The Desert Botanical Gardenıs Desert Landscaper School was developed in response to the communityıs requests for desert landscape instruction.  The DLS program utilizes the Gardenıs resources to train students in desert conservation, life forms, basic botany, soils, fertilizers, plant pests and diseases, pesticide safety, landscape design, installation and maintenance of desert landscape.  To date, the school has certified over 900 students.  

The Desert Botanical Garden, located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenixıs Papago Park, is open daily (except Dec. 25 and July 4) from 8:00 a.m. ­ 8:00 p.m.  Admission rates: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $4 for children (3-12 years-of-age); members and children 2 and younger are admitted free.  

Arizona Kidney Foundation Primed to Launch  “Know Your GFR” Campaign
The Arizona Kidney Foundation is launching a series of 30- second TV spots designed to make Arizonans take charge of their kidney health and avoid the severe life impact of advanced kidney disease. The PSA’s are specifically targeted towards people with diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cardio disease, because those individuals are also higher at risk for chronic kidney disease. 

                According to Doctor Savas Petrides, a noted Phoenix Nephrologist, GFR or Glomerular Filtration Rate is one of the best indicators of kidney condition and it measures the propensity of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). “GFR offers everyone a way to check their kidneys with a simple blood test,” adds Dr. Petrides.

 The challenge is that what you (or your doctor) don’t know can kill you. 1 in 9 American adults (26 million) have Chronic Kidney Disease – and of those, 90% don’t know they have it.

                 “I can’t think of a better way to commemorate our 45th anniversary here in Arizona than to inspire high risk groups to speak with their doctors about kidney disease,” notes Jeffrey D. Neff, CEO of the Arizona Kidney Foundation. “The “Know Your GFR” campaign’s goal is to raise awareness to the fact that early detection is now available, and critical. By knowing your GFR, you can make a change in time to make a significant difference, allowing for a much higher quality of life.”

                                Neff sees the TV spots as an extension of his organization’s efforts to educate and help people. “Our goal with these powerful TV spots is to turn GFR into a household term,” adds Neff. “Our research shows that television is the best media available to affect consumer behavior and attitudes and it is hoped that through our efforts, people at risk will be encouraged to ask their doctors about their kidney health.”  

Arizona Kidney Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kidney disease sufferers across the state overcome the medical, financial, and logistical challenges of chronic kidney disease. In 2008, the organization commemorates its 45th anniversary of assisting Arizona patients and their families. For more information, call (602) 840-1644 or visit www.azkidney.org.



The Scottsdale Cultural Council is pleased to announce $59,000 in grants to 12 organizations through its community arts grants program.  The program received 26 applications for a total of $222,141 in requests. 


Scottsdale Cultural Council trustee Carol Fehring Irvin chaired the panel and commented, "We were very pleased with the diversity of applications and the quality of work that is being produced by Scottsdale organizations as well as Valley-wide organizations that present programs in Scottsdale.    Adults and youth who are residents and visitors will have great opportunities to participate in stellar programs in the coming year.  My only disappointment is that there were not adequate funds to support all the worthy projects that were submitted." Story Continues 

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The 2008 Relay For Life of Anthem is off to a great start!  More than 80 people and 15 teams are currently registered for the event.

Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature event, raises awareness and funds to save lives, help those touched by cancer, and empower people to fight back against the disease.  With the money raised at Relay, your American Cancer Society is working towards an important goal, a future without cancer.

  Don’t miss your opportunity to become a part of this amazing event!  If you haven’t already registered as a team captain, team member or survivor, visit the event webpage for the Relay For Life of Anthem and register today!  Once you are registered, you can customize your own personal event page and begin collecting donations online!  If you have any questions about the website, please contact Robin Chowaniec at robin@chowaniec.com .

  The next information session/Team Captain meeting is July 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the Anthem Community Center.  Come learn more about Relay, get fundraising ideas, turn in offline donations and/or pick up a Team Captain kit.  Don’t forget sponsorship and luminaria forms are available online on the Forms page.

  Thank you for helping us fight cancer right here in the North Valley!


  Mike Chartrand and Jasson Pilcher

2008 Event Co-Chairs Relay For Life of Anthem


HELP- The Foothills Food Bank Needs Help!
 The Foothills Food Bank is in critical need of food and monetary donations. We are seeing more people. People that we have never seen before, coming in for the first time. It takes approximately 30 pounds of food to feed one individual. If that person went to the store to purchase the food we give them it would cost approximately $64.00.

 The food bank gives a three-day supply of food to a client on an emergency basis.  We also give financial assistance, but due to a lack of funds we have had to cut off financial assistance until further notice. Please do what you can, I will be happy to talk to you. Thanks,Pam DiPietro Executive Director  Foothills Food Bank • 480-488-1145 (work) • 602-284-3483 (cell)


Kartchner Caverns State Park cave tours will be discounted down to $12 for adults and $5 for children for August and September of 2008 as part of the summer internet promotion.  "This was a popular promotion last summer for residents so it's important that we can offer it again," said Assistant Director Jay Ream.  "These are traditionally slower times of the year for the park and with gas prices soaring this is a great opportunity for families to plan summer vacations in that part of the state," he said.

 "If you go online, you can book your tickets for dates starting August 1 through mid September.  Weekends are usually busy, so if you need to travel then you should go to the Internet and book right away.  Walk-up tickets and the phone-in reservations will still be offered at a seasonal discount, so those tickets will be $8.95 for children and $16.95 for adults.  There is no park use fee if you have cave tickets for the day, so you can combine a hike into the Whetstones, but camping is not discounted for this promotion."

 "You can make a weekend of your trip to Cochise County and camp and travel around the County to discover many fascinating spots such as Fort Bowie, Fort Huachuca, the Bisbee Mine, the Amerind Museum, Tombstone Allen Street activities and the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. If you are trying to get out of the heat of the large cities, you actually gain elevation to about 4500 feet from the Phoenix and Tucson valley areas. The air is cooler there and the cave temperature is about 70 degrees," said Ream.

 Park visitors can tour the 23,000-square-foot Discovery Center and all the geology exhibits, sign up for the interpretive programs, and see the filmed documentary of the explorers explaining the importance of stewardship of natural resources. It is always best to guarantee your cave tours and book online for Kartchner Caverns so go to www.azstateparks.com for tickets. You can also call (520)586-2283 to reserve your tickets.

 Camping is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and the picnic and group areas are available throughout the year. Group tours are always welcome for schools, businesses and families. Special accommodations can be made for commercial tour operators including the use of the outdoor amphitheater, ramada area, band stand, and lunches can be served through the "Bat Cafe."

 For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free 800-285-3703) or visit the website at www.azstateparks.com.


Chihuly Art Exhibition Coming to Desert Botanical Garden  
The  Desert  Botanical  Garden  is  pleased  to  announce  the  upcoming  exhibition  by  renowned  artist, Dale  Chihuly.   The  exhibit  will  feature  new  and  unique  works  of  glass  sculpture  located  along  the  Garden’s  trails.  The  exhibition  will  open  Saturday, November  22, 2008  and  remain  until  May  31, 2009.  "The  Desert  Botanical  Garden  is  thrilled  to  host  the  beautiful  work  of  Dale  Chihuly  in  our  magnificent  desert  environment," said  Garden  executive  director, Kenneth  J. Schutz.  "I  am  excited  to  see  his  work, with  its  colors  and  textures, placed  amid  the  amazing  palate  of  our  desert  plants.  This  is  Chihuly’s  first  exhibition  of  his  works  in  a  desert  environment, and  is  certain  to  be  enjoyed  by  all  residents  and  visitors  to  the  Valley  of  the  Sun."   

 Dale  Chihuly  is  known  for  his  innovative  glass  sculptures  and  his  work  is  immediately  recognizable  for  its  grand  scale  and  use  of  vibrant  colors.  Chihuly’s  spectacular  creations  are  found  in  more  than  200  museums  worldwide  including  the  Metropolitan  Museum  of  Art, London’s  Victoria  and  Albert  Museum  and  the  Smithsonian  American  Art  Museum.  Garden  exhibitions  of  his  work  have  been  mounted  at  the  New  York  Botanical  Garden, Fairchild  Tropical  Botanic  Garden, Atlanta  Botanical  Garden  and  the  Royal  Botanical  Gardens, Kew.    Sponsors  for  the  Chihuly  exhibition  include  Target.  Additional  sponsors  are  expected  to  be  named  shortly. .General  Chihuly  Exhibition  Details  To  make  the  visitor  experience  as  enjoyable  as  possible, Desert  Botanical  Garden  is  introducing  timed  ticketing.  Timed  ticketing  is  designed  to  control  the  flow  of  guests, ensure  adequate  parking  and  improve  your  viewing  experience.  Dates:  November  22, 2008  – May  31, 2009  Hours:  8  a.m. – 8  p.m. with  three  timed  ticket  sessions    8  a.m. – noon  / noon  – 4  p.m. / 4p.m. – 8  p.m.  Tickets: Members  Members  will  enjoy  unlimited  Garden  admission  based  on  their  level  of  membership.  Members  will  need  to  reserve  tickets  online  at  www.dbg.org   or  by  phone  at  480 481 8188, beginning  Monday, September  15, 2008.  Members  will  be  able  to  purchase  additional  tickets  for  their  guests  at  the  cost  of  $12  each.    Non members  Non members  will  be  able  to  purchase  tickets  for  Chihuly  beginning  Wednesday, October  15, 2008.  Adults  $15, Seniors  $13.50, Students  (12  1  8  with  and  college  with  ID) $7.50, Children  (3  ]12) $ 5, Children  under  3  admitted  free.   Tickets  may  be  purchased  online  at  www.dbg.org   or  by  phone  at  480 481 8188.   Advanced  reservation  or  purchase  recommended  for  both  members  and  non ]members. Limited  walk up  tickets  may  be  available.  For  reduced  group  rates  call: 480 481 ]8104.   

 A  "Phoenix  Point  of  Pride", the  Desert  Botanical  Garden  is  one  of  only  a  few  botanical  gardens accredited  by  the  American  Association  of  Museums. It  is  a  privately  funded, non profit  organization  and  depends  on  revenues  from  admissions  and  gift  shop  sales, as  well  as  contributions  from  individuals  and  businesses  to  fund  its  programs  of  environmental  education, plant  conservation  and  research. 

Grand Opening of the Newest Trader Joe’s in the Northeast Valley
by Janice Greene
The newest addition was added to Trader Joe’s family on Wednesday, June 18th, at 8:00 AM.  The ribbon cutting ceremony welcomed Trader Joe’s at Tatum and Shea Blvd., in Paradise Valley.  Along with the West Coast Regional Mgr., Mark Torrezmarc, the Captain (Store Mgr.), Joe Gallego and the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, the store had quite a crowd on this warm summer morning.  Trader Joe’s signature bags were given out free along with taste testing at the Captain’s Table and throughout the store by crew members (staff).

 I found Trader Joe’s to be well laid out, easily navigated, with large aisles (see fully stocked wine aisle), and the wonderfully themed artwork murals of Camelback Mountain and the Paradise Valley area on the colorful yellow walls.  Each labeled product featured, are hand crafted from Trader Joe’s local artists.  Each crewmember, wears brightly colored Hawaiian shirts and greet you with smiles and are happy to serve you. What a great way to start your shopping experience. You won’t be disappointed on your gastronomical trip to this store. Check it out.  They are located at 4726 E. Shea Blvd., Paradise Valley, or visit a store near you at www.traderjoes.com .  Story Continues


Mahaffey exhibit at Museum of Northern AZ
 Renowned Grand Canyon Painter Merrill Mahaffey Is Honored at the Museum of Northern Arizona with a 50-Year Retrospective Show and Gala Weekend Opening Weekend to include Gala Dinner and Brunch at the Museum of Northern Arizona

 A Gala Weekend is scheduled for June 21st and 22nd in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit Merrill Mahaffey: Interior Landscapes of the West, A Fifty-Year Retrospective. Meet the artist and dine alongside the Rio de Flag at two featured events at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

 MNA’s 2nd Annual Summer Fundraising Gala Dinner, Live Auction, and Exhibit is Saturday June 21. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $250 per person and underwriting opportunities are available. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Some of the Mahaffey paintings on exhibit will be for sale.

 An Artist Reception and Brunch for Museum Members on Sunday, June 22 at 10 a.m. includes a silent auction and exhibit sales. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased in advance along with memberships. Underwriting opportunities are available. Story Continues

Senate Adopts Kyl-Thune Measure Authorizes Native American Public Safety, Water Projects
The U.S. Senate today adopted a measure authored by U.S. Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) that authorizes $2 billion to support Native American public safety and water projects.  The measure was adopted as an amendment to a larger foreign aid bill, known as the PEPFAR reauthorization bill. Story Continues

The Real Story on Arizona-American Water's Fire Flow Improvement Project
Provided by the Sun City Taxpayers Association

 What is Arizona-American Water Trying to Do?

  • Arizona-American Water (AZ-AM) is a water utility and therefore regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The Sun City Water District serves all the residents of Sun City and Youngtown. It also provides water service to some residents of Peoria, Surprise and other unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.

  •  AZ-AM has an application pending at the ACC to approve a 29.53 percent rate increase for sun City Water District customers (29.01 percent increase in residential rates) and pre-approval of Fire Flow Improvements and a surcharge mechanism for immediate cost recovery for those improvements. AZ-AM has estimated the cost of the project at $5.1 million (up from a $3.1 million estimate in 2005).

  •  Evidence has already been presented at hearings that justifies an overall increase in water rates for all customers in the Sun City Water District.

  •  AZ-AM's present rate design is based on minimum monthly charges that increase by pipe diameter to the meter. AZ-AM's application would keep this rate design and increase monthly usage charges and commodity charges across all customer classes. While all residential customer classes would be impacted by the combination of an overall rate increase and any incremental surcharges, the biggest impact would be felt by residents in condominiums.

  •  AZ-AM is currently in financial difficulty. By its own admission, AZ-AM is the least performing of American Water's subsidiaries. The Sun City Water District has some of the lowest water rates in the State of Arizona because it does not have a water treatment plant and has the ability to pump, treat and deliver water to its customers without any additional costs. Also, the Sun City Water District is virtually built out and has little to no potential for growth in its water operations which linnets the company's ability to increase its profits.

 What is the Fire Flow Improvement project?

  • Under a previous ACC docket, Youngtown made the ACC aware of problems in its water system that affected fire flow. The ACC called for a Task Force. AZ-AM complied and a Task Force was convened to investigate the problem. The results of the task force were submitted to the ACC along with a cost proposal in 2005.

  • The recommendations of the Task Force included replacing pipe in Sun City, Youngtown and parts of Peoria and adding a number of fire hydrants.

  • The ACC is charged with the responsibility to set utility rates. As an operator of a water utility, AZ-AM must meet the ACC requirements that potable water be delivered at 20 psi.

  • The ACC has no authority over fire flow and does not require water utilities to meet a requirement for 1500 gallons per minute fire flow. No other comparable Arizona-regulated water utility has ever oversized its system beyond ACC standards.

  • AZ-AM wants pre-approval from the ACC for the Fire Flow Improvement project so that it would be paid for up front by the ratepayers utilizing a surcharge mechanism. The proposed surcharge mechanism is not a generally accepted method of cost recovery at the ACC. AZ-AM is asking for a special treatment of cost recovery for Fire Flow Improvements.

  • AZ-AM admits that the proposed Fire Flow improvements are discretionary improvements and in pre-filed testimony has stated that it will not go forward without pre-approval of the project and the surcharge mechanism by the ACC. The Residential Utility Consumers' Office (RUCO) believes fire flow modifications are discretionary and is not in favor of AZ-AM obtaining approval for a surcharge to fund the cost of over sizing its system.

  •  The Recreation Centers of Sun City, the Sun City Taxpayers Association, the Sun City Homeowners Association and the Sun City Condominium Owners Association also do not favor approval for a surcharge mechanism to pay for the Fire Flow improvements.

How Does Youngtown fit in?

  • • The need for adequate fire flow and fire hydrants has been a problem for Youngtown for the last 50 years. Youngtown did not undertake the improvements when it owned and operated its own water system neither did AZ-AM nor its predecessor Citizens' Utilities move forward with any improvements when it acquired the Youngtown system in the 1990s.

  •  • The City of Youngtown is in favor of the fire flow project and surcharge since they have a serious public safety problem.

  •  • Sun City will end up paying 87 percent of the cost while Youngtown only 9.2 percent of the cost. Sun City residents should not have to pay for Youngtown's problems.

  •  • If approved and the Fire Flow improvements are completed, all Sun City Water District customers will pay an increased rate for water use in perpetuity because the system has been improved. 

Call to action  If you are upset by this attempt by AZ-AM Water and Youngtown to pass off expensing its problems onto Sun City residents, here are the members of ACC to inform. They need to know what you really think. At this time they have been told that 51 percent of Sun City agrees with this funding for the Fire Flow situation. We need to let them know that is not the case.

 Who can I contact? Write, call or e-mail our Corporation Commissioners today and tell them what you think.Write to the Commissioners at: Commissioners Wing, 1200 W. Washington, Second Floor, Phoenix, Arizona.Call or e-mail our Commissioners at: Chairman Mike Gleason: (602) 542-3682, Gleason-web@azcc.gov, Commissioner Kristin K. Mayes: (602) 542-4143, Mayes-web@azcc.gov, Commissioner William Mundell: (602) 542-3935, Mundell-web@azcc.gov, Commissioner Scott Hatch-Miller: (602) 542-3625, Hatch-web@azcc.gov, Commissioner Gary Pierce: (602) 542-3933, Pierce-web@azcc.gov.

 This information was provided by the Sun City Taxpayers Association, located at 12630 N. 103rd Ave., suite 144, Sun City, Arizona 85351, 623-933-7530 Fax: 623-933-0394 www.suncitytaxpayers.org .

BRiDGES Preschool campus in Gilbert (www.bridgespreschool.com) which will officially open for Fall classes on Monday, August 4th.
On Saturday, July 26th, BRiDGES will host a public open house from 9 a.m. to2 p.m. at the new Gilbert campus, located on the Northwest corner of Gilbert and Ray roads. The new school will feature a variety of programs geared for children ranging from 6 weeks to 6 years. Each class is kept to small student to teacher ratios maintaining a productive and positive learning environment for each student.

All of the BRiDGES Preschool campuses maintain highly-regarded early education programs that exceed many programs provided by standard preschool facilities. The level of professional care and dedication allows children to learn more productively because the environment is conducive to children's development. Their "hands-on, hands-in" environment and fully-degreed teachers provide a quality of education that is unparalleled in the East Valley.

From the unique aspects and creative structuring of the adventure playground to the owner's background in public speaking and as a SUCEEDS Registered Trainer, this school gives parents the opportunity to experience a better alternative available for their children. Some of the organizations she has presented her "Play Clothes Only" presentation on indoor and outdoor environments for young children include Child Care Resource and Referral, The Association for Supportive Childcare, and the Celebrate the Young Child Conference. 


A Motivational Sales Training Workshop will be held on
7/29/2008 at 7:00 AM for
Carefree Corridor Business Group.

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Geoglyphs in Desert Hills

 By LeeAnn Sharpe
Pete Norris is a man on a mission. His mission is to document and save ancient geoglyphs in the desert along Carefree Highway that are in the path of future development.

 Geoglyphs are drawings made by ancient peoples on the ground, in this case using various size and types of rocks to form a pattern and tell a story.   

 Norris is an expert at crytanalysis, or the art of breaking codes. He believes that the geoglyphs he found in north Phoenix depict a known astronomical event some 4,000 years ago. The pattern and number of rocks clearly describe, to the trained eye, where the event happened and for how long. It tells of a meteor event, the number of meteor showers and the direction they crossed the ancient skies. The event is known to astronomers and has been recorded elsewhere in history on pottery and wall art and is documented to have occurred in 3,200B.C. "The sequences and the counts line up with this meteor event," he said.

 The only question is whether these geoglyphs are as ancient as the event itself or a retelling of the story by more recent inhabitants of the area.  Story Continues with Pictures


Letter from the President at MS Corner
Hello to one and all, for this letter is not only for the readers of MS Corner, but also for our entire group.

 As I was reading through a monthly publication of some sort, I came upon some weight loss ideas for those of us who have put on too much weight over the summer, or simply because we’re just too weak to say no to eating unhealthy foods. Story Continues 




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