Local teens honored with Girl Scouts’ highest honor

Golden Girls Local teens honored with Girl Scouts’ highest honor. By Alison Bailin Batz   All that glitters is not always gold, but these young women––and their futures––are sparkling bright. They’re the North Valley’s 2016 Gold Award honorees. “One of the most impactful parts of Girl Scouting is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” says Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. “ ...

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June and July offer up skies filled with planetary delights

Summer Nights  June and July offer up skies filled with planetary delights. By Steve Kates   Welcome to your skies for June and July 2016. June marks the return of the official return of summer and the summer solstice, which occurs on June 20 around 3:34 p.m. MST. This time of year also means it’s hot in the appropriately named Valley of the Sun. Did you know the highest temperature ever recorded in Ar ...

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June 2016 Events

JUNE 2016 Events  2–5 Phoenix Comicon, the signature pop culture event in the southwest, focuses on comic books, anime, sci-fi and film, and comic book creators. Enjoy panels, workshops, an art auction, zombie beauty pageant, Japanese fashion show, live music, and more. Television actors will also be in attendance to meet with fans. $15 to $25. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. phoenixcomi ...

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North Valley events in June 2016

JUNE 2016 Events   2–5 Phoenix Comicon, the signature pop culture event in the southwest, focuses on comic books, anime, sci-fi and film, and comic book creators. Enjoy panels, workshops, an art auction, zombie beauty pageant, Japanese fashion show, live music, and more. Television actors will also be in attendance to meet with fans. $15 to $25. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. phoenixcom ...

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The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge set to add two Valley locations

The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge announces plans for two new locations this year. The locally owned group is set to bring their innovative wine concept to Ahwatukee and to Scottsdale's Gainey Ranch. The Living Room in Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center – next to the AMC 24 - is scheduled to open the end of May. The Living Room in the Shops at Gainey Village will follow and open mid-October. The Living R ...

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Seven fragrances to usher in spring

Scents of the Season Seven fragrances to usher in spring. By Sondra Barr Clean Air, $69 @ sephora.com Prada Candy Florale, $74 @ macys.com Jo Malone Sakura Cherry Blossom, $125 @ nordstrom.com Tom Ford Costa Azzura, $135 @ sephora.com Kenzo Flower in the Air, $52.49 @ perfumania.com Daisy by Marc Jacobs, $78 @ulta.com Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, $78 @ dior.com   ...

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Escape the desert heat and head to Orange County

California Dreaming  Escape the desert heat and head to Orange County. By Nadine Bubeck It doesn’t take much to persuade an Arizonan to surrender the sweaty summer heat for a refreshing escape, but before you hop a plane somewhere far-far away, consider a getaway to paradise: the OC. We’ve all heard of Orange County—the place even had a TV show dedicated to the area. However, there’s more to the hot spot th ...

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

Ask Dirk A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and home.   Dirk, I have been having trouble with a guy I work with. He is always harassing me with terrible puns and repeating the same jokes over and over again, week after week. It’s incessant. It's driving me nuts. He thinks it’s funny but it really just gets on my nerves and disrupts the office. This particular gent walks into the office and tel ...

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Mama G. whips up a tasty stir fry dish

Lettuce Celebrate Mama G. whips up a tasty stir fry dish. Stir frying is a Chinese cooking technique in which ingredients are quickly fried in very hot oil sealing in the most delicious flavor as well as preserving texture. Home cooks as well as chefs love to stir-fry because it is so simple and completely awe-inspiring. It’s speculated that stir fry began as early as the Han dynasty, while others believe i ...

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Personal trainer Sherry Rodriguez is devoted to her clients’ health

Certifiably Fit Personal trainer Sherry Rodriguez is devoted to her clients’ health. By Alison Stanton Sherry Rodriguez first became involved with fitness and strength training 31 years ago. Since then, she has run numerous road races, competed in a 2.5-mile rough water swim, and is a national level Physique competitor. She wanted others to share those feelings of success, so she opened a personal training ...

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Update your family’s wardrobe with these stylish looks

11 Spring Styles  Update your family's wardrobe with these stylish looks.   By Nadine Bubeck Spring: a favorite season for clothing. It’s time to bid farewell to winter blacks and invite color back into your wardrobe. Here are 11 trending brands and items for the whole family.   Isabelle Grace Sugar Pearls This jewelry line has an all-new, spring-infused necklace for those who love elegant pastels ...

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Local organizations rally together to feed pets in need

P.E.T. Pantry Local organizations rally together to feed dogs and cats in need. By Julie Carlson If you’re a pet lover, you know a pet becomes part of the family. They’re usually our best buds. They provide laughter, joy, tears, and comfort to soothe our pain. They love us unconditionally. But what happens to a pet when someone falls on hard times? It’s difficult enough to put food on the table for an indiv ...

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Writer M.D. Thalmann debates the trend of wearing yoga clothes outside the gym

Workout Wear Writer M.D. Thalmann debates the trend of wearing yoga clothes outside the gym. It has been brought to my attention (not that I hadn't noticed anyway) that there are certain little niches of our Valley that have thrown fashion norms to the wind and have adopted an athletic wear (all the time) aesthetic. From restaurants to grocery stores, from malls to concerts, and every place in between, gals ...

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Mom Kristin Caliendo finds out firsthand what makes up a teacher’s day

A Day in the Life… Mom Kristin Caliendo finds out firsthand what makes up a teacher’s day. With an eye towards Teacher Appreciation Day, Tues., May 3, I recently spent the day with Mrs. Sipp, a fifth-grade teacher at Christ Lutheran School in Phoenix to learn more about what typically occurs. She was kind enough to share with me what her life is like in and out of the classroom. Turns out, there’s more to b ...

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