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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The Universe has Listened: Brewhouse and Italian restaurant coming to Norterra

By Shelley Sakala What a concept! When you live in a growing community, every new business that opens brings hope that your favorite bar or bistro is finally coming to town. You daydream about the kinds of places you’d like to have and the features you would enjoy, and then you put it out into the universe to see what happens. Over the past few years, various surveys and polls taken in our neighborhood have ...

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Swimming for Success

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski EVO wants to be Anthem’s community swim school EVO Swim School founder David Tait is hoping Anthem residents believe in his product as much as he does. Tait is hoping to open a school near Kerry’s Car Care at Norterra Fiesta, at North Valley and Norterra parkways, in Anthem. First, EVO—which has other schools in Gilbert and Queen Creek—needs 750 interested families to submit th ...

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Religious? Judge explains memorial cross case

By Judge Gerald Williams How did the American Legion end up in a lawsuit against a humanist group over whether a World War I Memorial is appropriate? Like many legal cases, it is complicated. Starting in 1919, a committee of mothers whose sons died in World War I began the construction of a war memorial in Maryland. By 1925, they ran out of money and a local American Legion Post finished the job. Listed on ...

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Premier Wellness: The ins and outs of hormone therapy

By Ann Marie D’Onofrio, WHNP-C, MSN As a women’s health care nurse practitioner, I have spent years studying and treating hormone imbalances in women. Hormone therapy treatment can be life changing for many women. Not only can it address physical changes, it can also be a key factor in restoring vitality and overall harmony along with a sense of balance in a woman’s life. Here is an outline of what hormone ...

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