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A world of water activities in a lush paradise awaits in Southern California

Escape the Desert Heat By Paige Bailey As lifelong Arizona residents—or “Zonies,” as San Diegans sometimes call us Valley visitors, we relish the chance to go to San Diego to escape the desert heat and temporarily live in a watery world of fun and ocean breezes. Taking a family vacation can sometimes be a challenge, and getting my 16-year-old daughter and 12- and 8-year old... Read More

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Geocaching––A Scottsdale treasure-hunting game that’s fun for the entire family

By Anissa Stringer  My daughter, Jessica, and I went geocaching recently. Geocaching.com defines this pastime as a “real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.” That means that you plug a coordinate into a GPS and try to find the item hidden at the coordinate. It sounds easier... Read More

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Local jeweler Scott Bohall talks the big three––Engagements. Weddings. Anniversaries

By Scott Bohall Because there are so many engagements and weddings in spring and summer, anniversaries also come up at the same time. Anniversary spending is topping Christmas spending for the first time ever. That’s good news for marriages, as the desire to give gifts usually means the... Read More

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Andy Warhol: Portraits exhibit at The Phoenix Art Museum offers a glimpse into the works of an iconic mix master.

Pop Art By Julie Carlson Andy Warhol, like many great artists past and present, has remained one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. He was one of the pioneers of the visual artistic movement known as Pop Art, and ’his work continues to be an... Read More

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Summer camps in Arizona offer an opportunity for children to gain confidence

By Kristin Caliendo Summer camp is a rite of passage for many young children; it’s a time that signals the start of summer and marks a magical journey toward independence. Cherished childhood memories and traditions are formed with every campfire, song, horseback ride, and canoe race as children... Read More

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State historian Marshall Trimble on the curious tale of a rancher who attended his own funeral

The Bear Facts of Christopher Creek  I’ll never forget sitting next to my mother at my father’s funeral. Dad had been a carefree cowboy back in 1935 when he met my mother, a 16-year-old Irish girl living on a farm south of Tempe. Every evening, he’d come riding... Read More

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5 Savvy Tax Tips for Families

Tax time can certainly drudge up anxiety and most parents start to panic as April 15th gets closer and closer. Doing taxes tends to end up on the back burner, but don’t procrastinate-check out these 5 tips as tax season is just around the corner. 1. Know Your... Read More

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A trip that gives back

Hard Labor  Writer Anissa Stringer experiences a trip that gives back. The idea of going on a mission trip can be intimidating. You know that you’re doing a lot of good, but you’re surrounded by people who speak a different language and presented with food you aren’t used... Read More

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Scottsdale party planner sets the stage for a romantic Valentine’s Day

Romance, with a Touch of Fitness Party planner Jamila Watson sets the stage for a romantic homespun Valentine’s Day. Photo by Scott E. Whitney Photography A Love and Fitness Valentine Ah, Valentine’s Day! Are you looking for a new way to celebrate with your loved one? Why not... Read More

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Look to the February and March skies for a glimpse of the goddess!

Hot and Heavy  Look to the February and March skies for a glimpse of the goddess! With 2015 well underway, it’s time to look to our Arizona skies for some amazing sights. The month of February is that special time, when our thoughts turn to romance and images... Read More

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The Luck of the Irish: M.D. Thalman (aka Dirk) is out to celebrate St. Dirktrick’s Day

The Luck of the Irish           M.D. Thalman (aka Dirk) is out to celebrate St. Dirktrick’s Day. Is it just me, or have things gone too far? Ahh, if there were ever a less justified holiday than St. Patrick’s Day, I couldn’t think of... Read More

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5 Mystery Ingredients: Scottsdale Chef Matthew Grunwald divulges his top gourmet secret weapons

Five Mystery Ingredients Young culinary gun Chef Matthew Grunwald divulges his top gourmet secret weapons.   1. Light Coconut Milk Creamy and dreamy is right around the corner at the grocery store, and guess what, it’s healthier than using classic heavy cream to thicken a dish. I cannot live... Read More

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Scottsdale & Valley events in January 2015

JANUARY 2015 1          Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions. Start training now for the 11th Annual New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Papago Park Ramadas 9 and 10, 455 N Galvin Parkway at the Zoo, Phoenix. allarizonarunningevents.com 4  The Scottsdale Wedding Walk is a shopping experience... Read More

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