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Stop practicing and start playing: Scottsdale golf pro Scott Sackett says, “Head to the course!”

Stop Practicing and Start Playing Golf pro Scott Sackett on why getting off the range and heading for a course is important. Practice is very important. Sometimes the message “Golf is played on the course—you need to practice less and play more” drowns out a player’s sense of what’s needed. Getting out and playing is very important because ultimately, golf is played on the course.... Read More

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Dining Out at Isabella’s Kitchen in Scottsdale

Isabella’s Kitchen North Valley Magazine’s managing editor, Sondra Barr, tries out different restaurants to offer you a no-holds-barred—pardon the pun—opinion about the experience––food, ambience, service, location, and whatever else strikes her. This issue, she steps inside Isabella’s Kitchen. By Sondra Barr While the North Valley certainly isn’t lacking... Read More

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There’s a difference between natural and man-made gems, jewelry expert Scott Bohall explains why

All That Glitters May Be Glass There’s a difference between natural and man-made gems, jewelry expert Scott Bohall explains why. Would you pay the same price for a poster as you would for the original painting? Would you pay the same price for a Mercedes if it were... Read More

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Golf pro Scott Sackett explains how to increase your distance by focusing on point of contact

Increase Your Club Head’s Speed Golf pro Scott Sackett explains how to increase your distance by focusing on point of contact. A lot has been written over the years about how to gain club speed. Lifting weights, yoga, stretching, diet, and equipment are all some of the common... Read More

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Paradise Valley Community College, closing the Educational Achievement Gap

Closing the Educational Achievement Gap   Established in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is nationally recognized as a premier community college. One of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, PVCC’s main campus is located just west of the SR 51 Union Hills exit. The college was recognized by... Read More

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Tune in to Arizona’s radio and TV history

House of Broadcasting, Inc.  Tune in to Arizona’s radio and TV history. By Julie Carlson If you’re interested in television and radio history, stop by the House of Broadcasting, Inc. (HOBI). The museum’s a hidden gem—located, in fact, on the second floor of the Silver Land jewelry shop... Read More

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Scottsdale brings back Fall favorites!

The Fall welcomes those of us who live here in Scottsdale by saying farewell to extreme heat as our taste buds prepare to savor some yummy fall favorites! We have survived yet another summer and we are rewarded with a cooler breeze as local farmers set up tents... Read More

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Dr. Sky on the amazing sights to look upward for during October and November

Eye in the Sky  With much of the summer heat behind us, we now venture into some of the best weather of the entire year. Fall in Arizona has a special feel, one that will encourage even the most particular observer to venture out and look skyward. October... Read More

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Ask Dirk: A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and hearth

Ask Dirk A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and hearth. Desperate Housewife Dear Dirk, I have two young kids that exhaust me day in and day out. I am always home with them, and some days I feel like I am lucky to get through the... Read More

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Self Starters: Notable Valley entrepreneurs on what it takes to succeed

Ali Brown  Company: Coach/consultant for women entrepreneurs alibrown.com City of residence: Scottsdale Where did you get the idea for your business? When I launched my first business back in the late ’90s—a small marketing company in NYC—I had a lot of women asking me things like “How did... Read More

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Scottsdale’s chef Matthew Grunwald chews the fat about where he likes to dine out

Day-Off Dining Destinations Young culinary gun Chef Matthew Grunwald chews the fat about where he likes to dine out.  After a 52-hour workweek in the kitchen, I will truthfully admit that it’s occasionally pleasant to not have to cook on my days off. One of the most relaxing... Read More

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How to reach long-lasting fiscal health––NOW

Ways to Save Create a healthy budget for your family for long-lasting fiscal health. By Kristin Caliendo Raising a family is not cheap. Many families come up short at the end of the month for a lack of proper planning, and what’s the result? Relying on credit cards... Read More

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The Day the Rails Reached Arizona––the day Phoenix was finally connected to the outside world by rail

The Day the Rails Reached Arizona Arizona’s official state historian recounts the day Phoenix was finally connected to the outside world by rail. By Marshall Trimble The building of the transcontinental railroad along the 32nd Parallel was a major milestone in Arizona history. Up to then, the main... Read More

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