Val McKinley––Create your own happily ever after

Seven Secrets for nurturing a relationship that you want to live in  By Val McKinley for North Valley Magazine After 23 years of marriage, I divorced, and was later fortunate to fall in love with my current husband. We each brought two teenaged children to the marriage. Life was filled with much joy. After several months, reality set in, and I began to realize that my first marriage had started out as lovin ...

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Sara Frederick––The inspiring power of the fallen

The inspiring power of the fallen  By Sara Frederick for North Valley Magazine This summer, my kids and I always drove home from camp through an intersection loaded with supermarkets and condominiums.  As I slowed for traffic one day, I saw a grey-haired woman on the sidewalk with her head on her walker.  She stood up, shuffled three steps, and put her head back down.  My dashboard thermometer showed a balm ...

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Amina Michele––I’m married…now what?

I’m Married… Now What? By Amina Michele  for North Valley Magazine There’s so much fun and excitement surrounding your wedding day, but how do you keep the flame burning over the years? After the honeymoon stage, most couples get caught up in work, kids, and day-to-day activities. As a newlywed and entrepreneur, I completely get it, I am one of those who practices ‘active listening’ when my spouse calls and ...

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Final Team North columnist to be selected by readers

Based on the huge response to our search for a sixth Team North columnist, North Valley Magazine is having readers decide who they’d like to see round out the team. To do this, we’re asking all those interested in becoming a Team North member to submit 1) 300-word sample Team North column on their preferred topic 2) A couple high-resolution headshots 3) 100-word bio. We’ll post this material here on the blo ...

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Behind the Scenes of North Valley Magazine’s June/July ’13 cover story

By Sondra Barr  The North Valley Magazine crew had the pleasure of meeting Erika Monroe-Williams at her Paradise Valley estate recently to photograph and interview her for our June/July '13 cover story. Photographer Scott Whitney, stylist Shannon Campbell, and I were impressed by how sweet and down-to-earth this former news anchor is, as she welcomed us into her home and her life. Of course, home is where M ...

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A Season of Change in the North Valley

Much like the areas we serve, we’re evolving at North Valley Magazine. Our revamped website is just one example. Streamlined, easier to navigate, and more user friendly, it’s a reflection of over nine years experience serving the North Valley local information that celebrates the communities of Anthem, Carefree, Glendale, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale. Our growth into the East Valley also illustrates our ...

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“Face of the North Valley” Model Contest Finalists

1. Lauren Annis, 18 Lauren is a freshman at Paradise Valley Community College. She hopes to transfer to Arizona State University to study journalism and broadcasting.   2. Khemika Kemawong, 22 Khemika was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She is going to school in the Valley and is studying early childhood management and administration.   3. Kristy Letterly, 20 Kristy was born and raised in Scottsdale. S ...

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Ready to Rev

Scottsdale’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. on racing, romance, and life post Bachelorette By Sondra Barr Race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. is on the fast track. Fresh from his memorable stint on ABC’s The Bachelorette, this man-about-town is looking forward to getting back to what he does best. While his ardent female fans fervently hoped it would be as the handsome, dashing romancer on the upcoming season of The Bache ...

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Home-Grown Symphonies: Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona Music

      Applause and praise abounded at a recent concert of the Arizona Wind Symphony (AWS) in Tempe. The group of 80 adult band members had performed the Arizona Centennial Overture, an original piece commissioned to honor the state’s 100-year celebration. “One audience member actually caught me after the concert and said that the piece was her favorite because of how it described all of Arizo ...

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a deeply touching, hugely successful 2006 New York Times best-selling memoir based on Walls’s unconventional childhood and upbringing. Born in Phoenix, she was raised by an alcoholic father and an eccentric and free-spirited mother who were both incapable of providing stability, financially or otherwise, for their children. But the novel is not about Walls’s parents ...

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New Location Ready for Overture: Ballet Arizona Moves Downtown

When the school year begins in 2012, Ballet Arizona will be in a new location closer to downtown Phoenix. The former furniture warehouse at Washington between 28th and 29th streets is undergoing a renovation to get ready for students and professional dancers. Soon, they’ll be tripping the light fantastic instead of tripping over sofas and lounge chairs. “Right now, we’re basically in a shopping center with ...

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Top Lawyer 2011 – The winners

Avvo, Inc.—the Seattle company that helps consumers make better health and legal decisions by offering free Q&A forums, backed by ratings and profiles for 90 percent of the doctors and lawyers in the U.S.—has teamed up with North Valley Magazine to present this list of top lawyers in the Phoenix area. Lawyers are ranked based on their professional backgrounds according to Avvo’s proprietary algorithms. ...

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Strike-a-Pose Model Search >> Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix

The eighth annual event drew over 400 participants to the Outlets at Anthem to strut their stuff on the stage in front of judges that included Outlets at Anthem marketing manager Allison Friedrichs and four representatives of FORD Robert Black Agency, who awarded the four grand-prize winners one-year contracts. All twenty winners, called ambassadors, have the opportunity to be featured in year-round print a ...

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Quick, Before It Melts! Saving the Icehouse

In downtown Phoenix stands the Icehouse, a unique building once used for ice storage and to stash crime-scene evidence. In 1990, Helen Hestenes and then-husband Dave Therrian transformed the building into a multiuse art venue, run not for profit but to nourish a community of creativity and an appreciation for art. For twenty years, the Icehouse has hosted imaginative exhibitions, grandiose installations, pe ...

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Your Neighbor as Yourself: The Phoenix Dream Center

There is a parable in the Book of Matthew in the New Testament in which Jesus explains to his followers that giving to the “least of My brethren” as an expression of belief and faith has an impact on all people. In this spirit, the Phoenix Dream Center (PDC), Phoenix First Assembly of God’s inner-city outreach center, is helping a varied and extensive group of people in need, from at-risk youth to the homel ...

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