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In Anthem at

Anthem Mall Customer Service in Food Court
Anthem Community Center
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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.

September 2008 Archives

  • ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY September 26th

  • 1580: Drake circumnavigates the globe
  • 1820: The famous frontiersman Daniel Boone dies in Missouri
  • 1888: T.S. Eliot is born
  • 1910: Durant loses control of GM
  • 1920: Ford announces new Ranger
  • 1956: President Eisenhower was hit by a sudden heart attack and the NYSE promptly responded, posting its largest drop since the Depression.
  • 1957: Bernstein's West Side Story opens
  • 1960: First Kennedy-Nixon debate

  • 1982: KITT debuts
  • 1987: Whitney Houston hits No. 1
  • 1990: X rating abolished
  • 2007: Mistrial declared in Phil Spector murder case


Gallup Daily: Obama Leading McCain by 4 Points
in the Gallup daily tracking poll September 21st

Palin Electrifies Convention

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska introduced herself to America before a roaring crowd at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night as “just your average hockey mom” who was as qualified as the Democratic nominee, to be president of the United States. Her intelligence and humor shown through as she took the audience of millions watching prime time television through her history as mayor and governor detailing her executive experience, outweighing by far the experience of both Democratic nominees.

Throughout the evening speakers had touted Senator John McCain's history as a rebellious former prisoner of war in Vietnam defining his courage under fire and along with his record in government service made him the best qualified to be the 44th president of the United States.

When John McCain joined Gov. Sarah Palin on stage after her speech he  asked the cheering delegates, “Do you think we made the right choice” in picking Ms. Palin as the vice-presidential nominee? An overwhelming round of applause made their supportive feelings clear.

The roll-call vote made McCain, the first Republican presidential candidate to share the ticket with a woman and only the second presidential candidate from a major party to do so, after Walter F. Mondale selected Geraldine A. Ferraro as his running mate for the Democratic ticket in 1984.Gov. Sarah Palin has shattered another glass ceiling for women that Hillary Clinton failed to accomplish when she lost the Democratic nomination.

“Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown,” Ms. Palin told the delegates.  “And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.” Her remark played against her opponents resume as a 'community organizer'.

Delegates waved signs that said “I love hockey moms. ”Gov. Palin commented on being a hockey mom when she said that “the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull” was “lipstick.”

Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York spoke highly of Gov. Palin when he said, “She already has more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket.”  Then he addressed people who have questioned whether Ms. Palin will have enough energy to focus on the vice presidency as the mother of five. “How dare they question whether Sarah Palin has enough time to spend with her children and be vice president,” Mr. Giuliani said. “How dare they do that? When do they ever ask a man that question?”

Her strong supportive family gathered on stage after her speech demonstrating her real connection with the average American family. The daughter of school teacher parents, wife of a fisherman, son going off to war in Iraq, daughter pregnant standing with her boyfriend, two more daughters helping to care for infant son who has Down's Syndrome. The  experience she brings to the office is so much more than that of an executive. She commented she will be an advocate for the special needs children. As the mother of a soldier, millions of military moms will relate to her  experience. Dealing with teen pregnancy has brought her more support than criticism as her opponents had hoped. Gov. Sarah Palin brings so much to the ticket it's impossible to not relate to her as a candidate in so many positive ways.


The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the University of Phoenix - Phoenix Campus from September 10 - 12, 2008. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. Please forward, post, and distribute this e-mail to your colleagues and listservs.

All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. For more information call (888) 824 - 4424 or visit The Grant Institute at www.thegrantinstitute.com .
Please find the program description below:
The Grant Institute
Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
will be held at the
University of Phoenix - Phoenix Campus
Phoenix, Arizona
September 10 - 12, 2008
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Diagnosis: Brain Tumor
Today I celebrated 10 years since having my first brain tumor removed.  The baseball size mass finally was given a name “Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma”  Simple terms:  there are four stages of brain cancer I had stage 3.  Bottom line……. TEN years 5 craniotomies /radiation /and chemo treatments.  I am here and scans every 4 months continue to look  good.  2 years ago I launched a website to help a little organization I created grow so I could continue to help more patients and their families not feel alone when dealing with the diagnosis of a brain tumor.  www.graymattersfoundation.org
My new website and official non-profit take a look - it details everything just perfectly.

UFO Sightings Increase in Arizona
The organization recently launched a local website to help filter the significant increase in UFO interest and sightings in Arizona. 
 Phoenixmufon.com allows people to report UFO sightings and remain anonymous.  People can also read about sightings and the investigations as they unfold.

The Phoenix chapter of MUFON has scheduled a presentation and discussion that is open to the public Saturday, September 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library located at 64 E. First Street.  According to a news release, the meeting will be held in the Saguaro Room and includes discussions about the increasing number of UFO sightings from private citizens and prominent public figures such as an Apollo 14 Astronaut.

Corks and Chords 2008 An evening of wine and music to end MS Saturday, September 13, 2008 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mayo Clinic Scottsdale http://nationalMSsociety.org/corks2008  

Mayo Clinic
13400 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259  
Individual Tickets: $75 

5:30 p.m.: Check-in
6:00 p.m.: Wine, chef-prepared food pairings and silent auction

About Corks and Chords
Treat your senses to an evening of song, spirits and savory tastes! Join us in Mayo Clinic’s beautiful reception area nestled among the scenic foothills of Scottsdale. Stations of chef-prepared dishes paired with delicious wines and wonderfully-appointed acoustic music will tantalize guests as they browse items in the silent auction.

View pictures from the 2007 event

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this event or would like more information on how to be showcased as a wine and/or food vendor, please contact Brandee Wessel, Development Director for the National MS Society, Arizona Chapter: bwessel@aza.nmss.org or 480-968-2488, option 2, X 218. A portion of your sponsorship will be tax-deductible.

Register online (below), or by phone at 1-800-344-4867, option 2. Please pre-register by Wednesday, September 10.

Registration Fee: $75

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


"Mamma Mia!"

  "Mamma Mia!" is great fun! The audience sang along, clapped, giggled and ahhhed as the songs ran the gamut of emotions.  Mamma Mia flies on the wings of the golden oldies of ABBA and the crazy musical romps where the entire cast joins in wonderfully joyful choreographed dance routines. Every minute of this flick will refresh your spirit with beautiful views of the Greek island and blues of the ocean, along with classic music. 

Meryl Streep is so well loved that even though this musical part of this role may have been a stretch for her, she made it work. Her voice actually sounded good. But Pierce Brosnan, who  played her old flame Sam, should stick to acting. His voice was like the guy at the office singing karaoke and everyone tries to ignore the pain of it all. Still he is well cast as the great love of her life. Colin Firth who actually learned to play guitar for this role and took some singing lessons sounded pretty decent. Not that he will have a new music career, but he can carry a tune. Julie Walters and Christine Baranski took their comedic acting skills to a new level with their over the top musical performances. Stellan Skarsgård as Bill, one of three possible fathers of Donna’s daughter, had the audience rooting for him all the way.
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"Rootin' Tootin' Roundup"September 20th
Western Night Benefits Area Non-Profit Programs including Foothills Caring Corps and Desert Foothill Theater

 Don't miss the second annual "Rootin' Tootin' Roundup," a Western-style benefit evening presented by the Foothills Community Foundation,
Sat., September 20th, from 6-11pm, at the Carefree Resort & Villas in Carefree. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
    According to Bre Ulewicz, executive director, the event provides the community a chance to have fun and get to know each other, while supporting many vital community programs at the same time.
    The night begins at 5pm and the fun doesn't stop until 11pm. "Guests will enjoy an outdoor cookout, a Wild West variety show, and gamblin' and horsin' around throughout the night. At the same time they will have an opportunity to learn about the programs of the Foundation, many of which offer critical services such as the Foothills Caring Corps who make home visits and offer transportation to the homebound," Ulewicz said.
    The evening also benefits the Desert Foothills Theater who recently received seven ariZoni Award nominations for their production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"
    For those who wish to stay overnight, special Boardin' Overnight rates are available at the resort.
    "We get so many calls from individuals in our community who want to be involved in making a difference in the lives of others. This is our way of presenting the Foundation programs to the community with an evening of entertainment and fun. It is about making friends and getting to know others who want to make a difference," Ulewicz said.
    Tickets are $60 and may be purchased by calling the Foothills Community Foundation, 480/488-1090, or by writing Barbie@azfcf.org.
The Foothills Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information call 480/488-1090, email info@azfcf.org, visit www.azfcf.org , or write 37417 North Tom Darlington Road, P.O. Box 5713, Carefree, Arizona 85377.

Foothills Community Foundation 2nd Annual "Rootin' Tootin' Roundup"
Saturday, September 20th, 5 -11pm, Carefree Resort & Villas, 37220 Mule Train, Carefree
For tickets call the FCF, 480/488-1090 or write Barbie @azfcf.org.
· $60 members or non-members
· Program Corral, 5-6pm
· Western Cookout Buffet 6-7pm
· Wild West Variety Show, 7-8pm
· Gamblin' & Horsin' Around, 8-11pm
· Boardin' Overnight - special rates available, contact the Carefree Resort & Villas
· FCF Mission & Programs


Kidtoons G-rated Family Film Program Premieres in First ULTRASTAR Arizona Theater
UltraStar Cinemas Features National Program and Announces Summer Kidtoon Titles

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend a weekend with the family? Try a Kidtoons matinee now available in Arizona exclusively at UltraStar Cinemas.  UltraStar’s newest movie theater in Surprise is the first theater in the state to offer the national Kidtoons G-rated Family Film Program. For only $2.50, parents and kids between the ages of 3-12 can enjoy a fun, kid-friendly flick. Children two and under are free.
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Banner Hospice Bereavement Program to Provide 12-week Grief Groups
Programs available at six of Banner Health's Hospital Facilities

Banner Hospice is providing twelve week educational programs aimed at guiding participants to a return to a full life after experiencing a loss of any kind. Each of the facilities are offering four open sessions where new members are welcome to join, followed by eight closed sessions for those who have already attended one of the four open sessions.  Sessions meet weekly for two hours.
Participants will learn a step-by-step approach, using a textbook and a structured format.  This approach enables participants to regain a sense of meaning, value and joy in spite of their loss.  Specially-trained Grief Recovery Specialists will lead the programs. The various programs begin in July and August, 2008.Story Continues
Symposium on DOUBT, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
You are invited to a Symposium on this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play on September 9, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at The Elks Opera House.  Director, Ernest Giglio will lead, a panel of experts from religion, philosophy and theater in a discussion of this deeply, thought provoking play. Gail Mangham & Dino Palazzi will perform a short excerpt from the play.  If you wish to read the play prior to attending, a copy of the play is in the Prescott Public Library.  Shanley doesnʼt provide answers but leaves his audience in a state of doubt. Had Fr. Flynn acted improperly? Did the evidence support Sr. Aloysiusʼs suspicions?  What are the roles of doubt and certainty in our lives?  And why did Shanley write the play years after the exposure of the sexual abuse scandals in the Church?   These are just a few of the questions we will explore  FREE and open to the public.  Call 928 771 2554 for details or visit www.NaturallySpeaking.biz The play opens in last weekend in Sept.  Visit www.ElksOperaHouse.com
Ladies of the Garden & Joe Mayer and the Town that Built Him  Story Continues

Vogue Bistro and Bar

A new slice of gastronomic heaven has opened in the northwest valley. Vogue Bistro and Bar, located in Marley Park at 15411 W. Waddell Rd. in Surprise is pleased to bring Cordon Bleu Culinary School trained Chef Aurore de Beauduy, most recently the former Chef at the Silverleaf Country Club located in DC Ranch in Scottsdale, to create contemporary American cuisine with a French bistro influence. 

Pictured at right Chef Aurore de Beauduy with husband and co-owner Roman Yasinsky
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Jumpin Jammin Jazz



Joan Johnson


Freddie Hall, guitar  -  Royce Murray, Hammond Organ















Jeffrey Burkett, guitar  -  Sherman Martin Austin, drums


Saturday, September 20, 2008  at  7 pm


Adults $10  -  Museum Members $9  -  Teens $5  -  Kids  $3 at door     Doors open at 6 pm



Joan Embrey-Johnson, vocals, is from Newark, New Jersey.  Her parents, grand­parents and other relatives had music backgrounds and a love of music. She holds degrees In Psychology and worked in the legal profession for many years. She was exposed to all kinds of music, growing up, as she had a grandmother who sang opera, a grandfather, known as Mr. Nostalgia, who recorded for RCA records and performed In clubs all over the world, an aunt who played gospel for and toured with the Clara Ward Singers and a child­hood that allowed her to see and often meet many of the greats, like Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Eckstein, The Ink Spots, all of whom performed in Newark and nearby New York.  Joan performed at various venues, in New Jersey and New York, before moving to Arizona, in 1998.  She has been performing in Arizona and enjoying the climate and music scene since then.









Freddie Hall is a singer/songwriter/actor and musician. He has been performing most of his adult life at various venues throughout the USA.  He has been influenced by the music of Nat "King" Cole, Ray Charles, Van Morrison and others.

Freddie has performed on the Las Vegas Strip at various casino hotels such as the Rivera, Westward Ho and the Hacienda.

Internationally Freddie most recently performed at the U Maleho Glena Jazz Club and the Cabestro Music Club in Prague.  In Paris, he has sung at the Blue Note Jazz Club and the St. Michel Pub.

Freddie performs original compositions, jazz favorites and blues blended with contemporary pop songs.

He composed the music and lyrics to a special song for 9/11 titled "The Statue of Liberty"

Freddie received his Ph.D., in Speech-language Pathology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  In addition to music his passion is also providing intervention to children with speech and language disorders.

Freddie currently resides in the Phoenix area and performs at various venues throughout the valley of the sun.










Royce Murray, Native of LA., began playing the Hammond Organ at age seven. Inspired by legends like, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and, Jimmy McGriff, he brought his gospel influence into his love for Jazz and Blues, to form his own, unique style.


At the age of 7 years old Royce's teacher Joni Baxter, (who Royce credits with making him the player he is today) started teaching him blues and jazz progressions. Then Royce found his calling and discovered a passion to play the Hammond Organ, When Joni heard him play the Hues she said, "Just let him play!"


Royce's older brother Sonny brought over a Jimmy Smith jazz album, and once Royce Listened to the album he knew Mat was bow the Hammond Organ was supposed to be played, However, Anne Murray thought otherwise, not considering jazz for her son because he learned to play gospel in the church. By age 1.7, Royce was playing everything, Jimmy Smith, Timmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Richard" Groove" Holmes., Charles Earland, Filly Preston and Far] Grant had recorded, Also, during this time the minister of music at his church toned down the jazzy 'licks" and was persistent in Royce playing more chords and was pleased when his music became "churchy", After awhile gospel music was all he was playing„ jazz and blues had fallen by the wayside.


At 27 years old Royce stopped playing and started a trucking company with his father the late Lloyd Murray.  He didn't get serious about the organ again until the age of 42. Even then practice time was hard to come by with his family living in an apartment.  The only resource to practice was at a club in Phoenix, Arizona during non-business hours in a room where the temperature was above 90 degrees, in such conditions practice was limited.


Royce's life changed when Jimmy Smith came to hear him play at one of his gigs.  His friendship with Jimmy was the musical catalyst that set him free to play Royce with gospel I overtones, he had learned in church, Jimmy said, "Play yourself, it’s what made me famous, it will make you famous too,"


Royce has opened for Tony Monaco, Joey DeFrancesco and the legendary Jimmy Smith.  Royce currently tours with Blues Hall of Fame artist '"Big Pete" Pearson, and he is often joined by world renowned artist George Benson at his Sunday Jazz Jam in Phoenix, Arizona_ Royce's career has included playing organ for the ABC, CBS and NBC television soap operas. As an accomplished songwriter, his credits include R&B icon Barry White, whom he collaborated with during the 1970’s


On Sunday when Royce is not touring you will find him playing the Hammond Organ at his church where he still loves to play good down home gospel. music, in the summer of 2007 Royce's debut CD/DVD entitled, Now’s The Time was released on the AMEC Record label where he became the first jazz artist to join their roster of successful gospel artists.  Royce's unique sound is a mixture of gospel, straight-ahead jazz, blues, soul and funk.



West Valley Art Museum

17420 North Avenue of the Arts  Surprise, AZ  85374    623-972-0635    www.wvam.org

114th Avenue and Bell Road





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