A Joyful Sound

Arizona Musicfest season stages four months of performances for a good cause By Kenneth LaFave   It was once known as “the little festival that could.” Now it’s the cultural flashpoint of the North Valley. What else would you call a performance series that has gone from 7,000 attendees in 2013 to more than 21,000 last year? Or one that grew from a few winter performances into a fall-to-spring season of ...

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Voter 411

How to find information about the judges on your ballot By Judge Gerald A. Williams   Some Arizona judges, like me, are elected and must collect signatures to get on the ballot. Others are appointed by the governor and then face a yes or no retention ballot. When it comes to the judicial retention, some people mark yes on each of them, others mark no on each of them, and many just leave that part of th ...

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Float On

The Daisy Mountain Veteran’s Parade and Charity Picnic honors heroes By Niki D’Andrea Every year at 11:11 a.m. on November 11, something magical happens in Anthem. That’s when the sun beams precisely through the five white pillars that comprise the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial and shines a spotlight on the Great Seal of the United States. It’s a monumental marvel engineered by James Martin that draws thousands ...

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Cool Beans

Amped Coffee Company goes to 11 By Shelley Sakala   The local community has a reputation for rushing to check out new businesses. So, when Amped Coffee Company opened their doors 90 days ago, they opted for a “soft” opening to help manage the initial rush. It didn’t work. Customers showed up from day one, and haven’t stopped coming since. Amped Coffee Company is the creation of owners Keith and Jeanine ...

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4 legal concepts you need to know

Attention consumers: You need to know these legal concepts. But you probably don’t. Consumers don’t always understand the law – and that can hurt them. “Legal literacy should not be a necessary proficiency to a traditional consumer,” says Braden Perry, a regulatory and government investigations attorney with Kansas City-based Kennyhertz Perry. Take contracts, for example, which should be written in plain En ...

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Sleeper Hit

The Bento Box is a delicious diamond in the rough By Madison Rutherford   The Bento Box is a hidden gem. Seriously – trying to locate it is like a treasure hunt. Once you finally find it (burrowed behind Lowe’s, between Café Rio and Ray’s Pizza in Happy Valley Towne Center), don’t be deterred by its unassuming appearance. It’s sometimes difficult to tell if a spot is worth your time when it’s buried be ...

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Timeless Turmeric

Ancient spice has modern benefits   By Angela Shelf Medearis Turmeric has spiced up the news over the past few years. It’s a unique ingredient with an ancient history. Turmeric is thought to have originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It’s also a common ingredient in Chinese medicine and the centerpiece of Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine. The spice is present in nearly every Indian curry dis ...

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Teach Contentment

Guide kids to look inward, not outward to external fads and gadgets By Pastor David Bowen   After the family dinner, my girls have a saying: “I’m full, but I still have an ice cream spot” – meaning even after a good meal, there is still room for ice cream. Who doesn’t like a sweet dessert to finish off a good meal? However, have you ever noticed that after eating sweets, you are still hungry afterward? ...

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All Fired Up

Norterra to break ground on new fire station this month By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   When Michelle Reynolds-Ricart moved to Fireside at Norterra in 2011, she saw a weathered sign stating a fire station was coming. The real estate agent and member of the North Gateway Village Planning Committee didn’t expect it to come to fruition. But when the main playground at Fireside at Norterra’s Community Cent ...

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Sedona: The most beautiful place on Earth to visit

By Christopher Elliott Sedona, Arizona calls itself “the most beautiful place on Earth,” and that may be true. But if it is, then it shares the title with several other destinations. I know because I’m in Sedona now – and wow, it is gorgeous! But it’s not alone. There’s beauty everywhere. And it’s not just in the places where you’d expect to see it, like the Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu or Buddhist temp ...

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