Party at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower

POLO PARTY An intriguing mix of old and new draws big crowds to the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower.   By Sondra Barr   What do you get when a posh, upper crust sport like polo is reimagined by a splashy Scottsdale PR firm tasked with bringing renewed attention to a game considered out-of-reach and out-of-touch? Answer: The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Hors ...

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Unique Local Wine Bars

A Different Kind of Pour  By Alison Bailin Batz   Not long ago, simply offering a few tasting flights along with some fancy cheeses could satisfy the Valley’s oenophile (aka wine lovers) population. But those days are gone. Today, innovative new bar owners are taking the “wine and dine” concept to another level, especially in the North Valley.   Here's the 411 on three of our favorites.   Sor ...

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4 Simple Yoga Poses to Start Your Day

Increase your balance and reduce anxiety with these simple yoga moves.  By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Photos by Stephanie Heymann Yoga is well known for increasing flexibility, improving posture and building strength, but it’s also practiced by many for the physical and mental wellness attributes it provides. Yoga encourages deep breathing as part of the practice, which aids in reducing stress and ten ...

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North Valley events in October

OCTOBER 2015 EVENTS 1–3 Phoenix Fashion Week returns to Talking Stick Resort. This year's event includes Phoenix Fashion Week's signature Designer of the Year competition, Model of the Year, and the event’s popular Style Villa shopping experience. Attendees can expect over 27 high-energy fashion shows featuring designer brands ranging from locally to internationally recognized faces, stylish sounds by DJ Q, ...

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Top Valley Lawyers 2015

    CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT   Attorney: Michael R. King Firm: Gammage & Burnham Phone: (602) 256-4405 Website: gblaw.com Address: 2 North Central Ave., 15th Floor, Phoenix Philosophy: World-class counsel. Arizona roots. CRIMINAL DEFENSE   Attorney: Alex H. Lane Firm: Stewart & Lane, PLC Phone: (480) 776-5757 Website: alexlanelaw.com Address: 777 E. Thomas Rd., Suite 210, P ...

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How to make a successful app

App Development  What does it take to make a successful app in today’s tech-savvy environment? CodeRed-I founder Tina Machado offers some clues.   Q: What makes an app successful? A: Four key factors: simplicity, functionality, usability, and of course, revenue. An app should be simple to understand and use, especially in this instant-response society. It serves an end purpose that adds value. Whether ...

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Meet two educators who make students and learning a North Valley priority.

Educational Leaders Meet two educators who make students and learning a North Valley priority. Compiled by Sondra Barr   Dr. Debbi Burdick  Cave Creek Unified School District superintendent Number of years in position: I am starting the eighth year. What is your educational experience? I have been an educator 40 years, teaching every grade K–8 as well as university undergrad, masters, and doctoral clas ...

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The 2015 Ford Expedition is a colossus

Supersized! The 2015 Ford Expedition is a colossus in more ways than one, according to auto writer Greg Rubenstein When a gallon of gasoline topped $4, the end of thirsty, oversized sport utility vehicles seemed to be in sight. After all, a 28-gallon fill-up costing at least $100 isn’t the most economical way to travel 300 miles, and there really aren’t many people who actually need seating for eight plus t ...

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For retirees Sue and Morry Himmel, a beautiful life continues at Maravilla Scottsdale

  A Life Well Lived For retirees Sue and Morry Himmel, a beautiful life continues in Scottsdale   “Retirement doesn’t mean we stop being us,” says Sue Himmel. “It just means we get to indulge a little more.” According to Sue, she and Morry, her husband of 62 years, have led a joy-filled and active lifestyle and wouldn’t change a thing, and that includes where they now call home––Maravilla Scottsda ...

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Ryan Sims Band

Writer Lynette Carrington catches up with Ryan Sims about life before and after The X Factor. Life is good for Ryan Sims. He’s enjoying writing music, playing, and performing in Arizona. As the lead singer of the band EastonAshe, Sims led a talented group of musicians as they worked at venues around the Valley. But as the EastonAshe band members got married and had families, their schedules got hectic. The ...

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Create a Sophisticated Open House

Open House  By Jamila Watson, Parties on Purpose Turn your real estate open house into a fun gathering to remember! Most of us have been to an open house for a beautiful home only to see that the presentation could have been more sophisticated. You want your property to be memorable and your guests to feel comfortable and relaxed. Simple and thoughtful additions can be made to make your potential clients fe ...

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Dream Dinners in Scottsdale

Dream Dinners Not knowing what to expect, writer (and self-proclaimed bad cook) Anissa Stringer tries out a fresh spin on meal preparation. By Anissa Stringer I’m a bad cook. I really am. I tend to throw things together, often with very mixed results. I also work full time, do all the usual “mom” jobs, and write on the side. Cooking just isn’t a high priority for me. Plus, there’s the fact that I pretty muc ...

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Fresh reads

Fresh Reads By Julie Carlson Luckiest Girl Alive By Jessica Knoll Jessica Knoll’s debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, is making waves in Hollywood. Reese Witherspoon and the Lionsgate producers behind the Gone Girl movie have already optioned film rights to this best-selling novel. Novels like Luckiest Girl Alive are difficult to review because you don’t want to spoil things and give too much away. After a sh ...

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Jim + Sam’s Yoga Jam

Jim + Sam's Yoga Jam Who: North Scottsdale residents, Health Advocates of all ages/experience and anyone looking to enjoy some evening yoga set to live music. What: Grab your yoga mat and water bottle because on Sunday, September 6 anyone can join in on Jim + Sam's Yoga Jam. Samantha Lang will lead the event along with musician Jim Gregory. From 6 - 7:15 pm participants will enjoy a rockin' yoga flow set to ...

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Golf pro Scott Sackett on how shaft flex influences attack angle

It’s in the Flex  Golf pro Scott Sackett on how shaft flex influences attack angle. When looking at how a player drives a golf ball, it’s important to consider all things to find the best driver-and-shaft combination possible. One thing that gets a lot of attention is the shaft. Regular, stiff, and X-stiff are all shaft flexes we are familiar with. Furthermore, swing speed is not the only factor to think ab ...

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