Three Times the Fun!

Danielle and Nick Cicogna run a trio of businesses By Shelley Sakala   Question: What happens when two kids from New York who never knew each other finally meet in a bank in Anthem? Answer: They get married and start a dance company. And a dancewear store. And a coffee shop. Meet Danielle and Nick Cicogna, a pair of New York transplants who each settled in the desert, met, and are in the middle of thei ...

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What Rollout?

As 5G launches, consumers couldn’t care less. But they should. By Christopher Elliott   If you’re like most cell phone users, you probably aren’t paying attention to the slow rollout of 5G this year, including AT&T’s recent announcement that it would bring super fast mobile connection to 19 cities by early next year. But don’t worry, because your fellow wireless customers are ignoring the news, too ...

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Drama Welcome

Theater programs enrich the high school experience By Jadyn Fisher   In the depths of the 200 performing arts building is a classroom painted completely black, but it's home to a variety of bright students and big personalities. This room full of spontaneity and life is the “black box,” and it doubles as the theater classroom for hundreds of students at Sandra Day O’Connor High School (OC). For schools ...

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Starlight, Star Bright

Community theater group stages It’s a Wonderful Life By Kenneth LaFave   The full name is Starlight Community Theater, though to its thousands of participants over the years – from actors and stagehands to audience members – it’s simply Starlight. But it wouldn’t be inaccurate to call it “Starlight Family Theater.” “The family makeup of Starlight is one of our strengths,” says Raquel L. Jarvill, presid ...

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Getting in the Work Out

How to conquer your fear of group fitness classes For those who aren’t familiar with group fitness, breaking a sweat with a bunch of strangers might sound beyond daunting. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try that Zumba class at your gym, but you’re afraid of being laughed at for your two left feet. Perhaps you’re interested in Bikram yoga, but you’re terrified of toppling over during tree pose. Have no fear; ...

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White Sauce Skillet Enchiladas Fiesta-ready family tradition hits all the high notes

By Leann Grunwald     Cast Iron White Sauce Skillet Enchiladas White sauce ingredients: - 3 tablespoons of butter - 1 shallot, peeled and minced - 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced - 1/4 cup white wine - 1 cup heavy cream - Kosher salt Directions : Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Sweat the shallot and the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Deglaze with the white wine and simmer until slig ...

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Money Talks

6 ways to teach your kids about finance   Special to 85085 Back-to-school time means plenty of lessons to learn in the classroom. But parents usually have to be the teachers when it comes to a subject their kids will need to understand throughout their adult lives – personal finance.  Studies show that teaching finance is not a top priority of the U.S. education system. Fewer than 20 percent of teacher ...

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Fall Fun

Wood pumpkins, leaf faces and scarecrows, oh my!   Story and photos by Shannon Fisher Fall is finally here in AZ! Here are some easy crafts to celebrate. Wood pumpkins are fun to paint and decorate. We ordered ours from a local wood maker, but they sell them at crafts stores as well. You can use acrylic paint to make the colors of your choice. You can also use paper covered with Mod Podge to create ano ...

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New Skin

North Phoenix firm Axolotl Biologix is bio-engineering “replacement skin” and soon replacement blood vessels and heart patches. Is your body due for a high-tech upgrade?   By Jimmy Magahern At first glance, it might look like a miniature sandwich bag for a Barbie doll tea party, or maybe one of those clear breath-freshening strips that dissolve on the tongue. But in fact, the small, fibrous patch devel ...

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Cold and Clean

West Coast Plumbing & Air owners provide customers with life essentials   By Alison Stanton As co-owners of West Coast Plumbing & Air, Michelle Ricart and her husband John Ricart IV offer plumbing and HVAC services to residential and commercial customers. “We provide all plumbing and HVAC services from garbage disposals and toilet repairs to barbecue gas lines,” Michelle says, adding they also ...

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