Kombucha Craze

Norterra mom shares kombucha and healthy eating By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski After giving birth to her first son, Lindsey Chairez wanted to get back in shape, like most new moms. “I have always been interested in health, but could never seem to lose the weight,” says Chairez, who lives in Norterra. “I began to see negative effects on my body at a young age.’ She relied on eating healthier and living a holi ...

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Learn to Swim

Proposed EVO Swim School looking for community interest to build By Sherry Jackson A proposed $4 million swim school in North Phoenix needs help from the surrounding community. With a possible location under contract at the Norterra Fiesta Shopping Center at North Valley and Norterra parkways, EVO Swim School needs residents to show their interest for this investment to be made and construction to begin. EV ...

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Little Bit of Everything

Proven businesses moving into Norterra By Shelley Sakala Something sporty, Something fun, Something pretty, Something yum! The center of the North Phoenix universe, otherwise known as The Shops at Norterra, has some big things coming. Four new tenants are opening their doors this year—Club Pilates, Luv 2 Play, Pure Beauty Salon & Spa and Koi Poke. Not only are the concepts interesting and fun, they’re p ...

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Measles is making a comeback

By Dr. Laura K. Schroeder, Network Infectious Disease Officer for HonorHealth Measles used to be a common viral illness in the United States and is making a comeback in the country in alarming numbers. Current outbreaks in New York City and others have health care providers and the community concerned about this resurgence. Measles begins two to four days after exposure with sick patient. It is a highly con ...

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Mindful Crafts

Inspire healthy thinking habits with these projects By Shannon Fisher May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a counselor, I see the need for this awareness and for kids to work on learning ways to cope with things that are bothering them. Here are fun crafts that can inspire healthy thinking habits as well. “I am” art is an easy way to express the positive things you feel about yourself. We took painter’s ...

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On the Cutting Edge

V’s Barbershops is renewing interest in the trade and service By Eric Newman Jim Valenzuela saw a lack of barbershops in the Valley. All he longed for was a place for his family to visit for simple treatments. Traditional barbershops had — like short men’s haircuts — faded. “I just wanted a place where I could take my son and get a haircut, shave and a shoeshine in that atmosphere you always think of,” Vale ...

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Switching Perspectives

Starlight puts a new spin on ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ By Bridgette Redman Who better to tell a tale of childhood adventure, love and deep attachment than a group of children? At Starlight Community Theater, a company that performs in an intimate space with 80 seats in North Phoenix, 13 children are telling the story of “The Velveteen Rabbit” from May 3 to May 13. Led by Director Ric Alpers, a theater artist w ...

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Teaching Life Lessons

By Pastor David Bowen Standing Stones Community Church Standing Stones Christian Academy Author William Arthur Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” The greatest teaching and learning experiences come from being in a family. Families help us learn valuable lessons about life. God creates each of us with the des ...

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What’s Cooking with Jan D’Atri: Ham and Egg Brunch Cups

By Jan D'Atri They’re easy enough for kids to make and yet elegant enough to serve at your next fancy brunch. They’re called ham and egg brunch cups, but you can also make them with sliced turkey or salmon. I love this recipe because it’s so simple and looks gorgeous on a plate. I’ve included a fantastic recipe for crispy hash browns and a simple way to “fancy up” store-bought, refrigerated cinnamon rolls. ...

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True Showman

By Laura Latzko Anthem eighth grader raises pigs for county fair Taking care of any farm animal takes hard work and planning, but pigs come with their own set of challenges. For the last three years, eighth grader Shea Freeland of Desert Hills has been raising and showing pigs.   This year, the 14-year-old will take two pigs to the Maricopa County Fair, which runs Wednesday, April 10, to Sunday, April ...

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