North Valley mom Kristin Caliendo goes in search of some peace and simplicity

Slow Down  Photo by Scott E. Whitney Photography If you’re like most North Valley parents, you’re probably already feeling overwhelmed and overburdened with commitments. If your to-do list has no end in sight, then it is time to slow down. At about the time I was in over my head juggling the demands of motherhood, managing my business, and volunteering for every great cause that came my way, I decided I nee ...

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Scottsdale’s Local Bistro Celebrates Re-Grand Opening

  Local Bistro, located at 20581 North Hayden Road in the Hayden Peak Crossing shopping plaza, has reopened its doors with a fully renovated interior and patio area as well as enhanced menus and generous weekly features.   Local design architect and restaurant designer Ivonek Badilla, principal of EVODESIGN, and in collaboration with Todd Kessell of Platinum Commercial and Ron Hecht of Valley Arch ...

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Scottsdale indie pop duo 76th St.

76th Street Writer Lynette Carrington gets to know a local young indie pop duo.   Haley Gold and Spencer Bryant know each other so well that they can finish each other’s sentences. What has been a nearly lifelong friendship has grown into the dynamic indie pop duo known as 76th Street. The two 18-year-olds are studying business communications at ASU and manage to keep up with their burgeoning music car ...

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Painting and wine make for a night to remember

Paint & Sip  Writer Julie Carlson on a hot new trend that combines artistry and wine.   Are you tired of doing the same old thing on date night or girls’ night out? Maybe you’ve been wanting to put a different twist on an upcoming birthday party, a wedding anniversary, or a bachelorette party. If so, then a paint-and-sip outing may be just what you were looking for. The paint-and-sip concept has be ...

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2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC This all-new model holds its own against worldwide competition, says auto writer Greg Rubenstein. There was a time—and not too long ago—when the notion that a Lincoln could compete against a BMW, an Audi, a Lexus, a Mercedes-Benz, or an Acura was theoretically possible but credibly implausible. That time is no more, and Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan-based luxury brand produces American-made pro ...

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North Valley Magazine celebrates 10 years in the Valley

Celebrating 10 years in the North Valley This year marks our 10th anniversary serving the North Valley. We’re proud of this milestone and the mileage we’ve accrued getting to 2015. Flipping through our first issue (yes, that’s the first North Valley Magazine cover on the right!), we can’t help but notice that a lot has changed. But some things have stayed consistent, including a number of names on our masth ...

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AZ Rattlers bring in local students to help with team wellness

Shake, Rattle––and Don’t Roll Your Ankle!  [caption id="attachment_1420" align="alignright" width="300"] Spokane Shock at Arizona Rattlers (Matt Hinshaw/Arizona Rattlers)[/caption] By Alison Bailin Batz Turns out, the five-time Arena Football League (AFL) Champion Arizona Rattlers have a secret weapon off the field––local students! “Since 2006, the AZ Rattlers have partnered with Carrington College and its ...

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Golf pro Scott Sackett on why you should pay more attention to your ball flight

The game of golf has lots of moving parts. Sometimes, parts of the game are given more attention by both teachers and students. In my opinion, the most commonly overlooked part in teaching is ball flight. Where and how the golf ball flies where it does is dictated by one thing––impact. Understanding the components of impact—that is, how the club and ball interact to produce certain ball flights—is extremely ...

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Frank Murphy’s Impossible Railroad

State historian Marshall Trimble recounts the story behind a masterpiece in engineering and one of the most spectacular standard-gauge railroad lines in the country.  Gold was first discovered in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona in 1863. Over the next few years, prospectors would comb the hills south of Prescott in search of treasure. Soon, the mineral-rich mountains were dotted with mines large an ...

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Create a refreshing outdoor escape for your family this season

All-Star Summer   Summer officially begins June 21, which is all well and good for most of the country, but for us North Valley residents, it’s safe to say, we’ve already been melting. If you have yet to get your home summer ready, check out these sizzling summer solutions to tie together your patio and backyard. Perk Up Your Patio Your patio will inevitably be an extension of your home for the upcoming mon ...

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Swimwear separates draw inspiration from the dramatic beauty of Arizona

              Summer Spirit Swimwear separates draw inspiration from the dramatic beauty and history of the people and land of  Arizona. Photography by Chadwick Fowler Creative direction & wardrobe styling by Shannon Campbell Assistant: Michael Keatley Hair/Make-up: Rachel Taft Peterson Assistant: Karissa Jones Models: Daynalynn Wain, Michelle Davis, and Kaci Koch––The ...

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Entertainment in July

July concerts, television, and movies  Compiled by Sara Goodwin CONCERTS/ JULY 11 The Smashing Pumpkins Comerica Theatre The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson head to Phoenix for their End Times tour. The tour follows the release of the Smashing Pumpkins’ latest album, Monuments to an Elegy. Phoenix is only their fourth stop, so there should be plenty of energy on stage and an unforgettable set.   J ...

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Introducing Gucci, North Valley Magazine’s Cutest Pet Winner!

Top Dog  Introducing Gucci, North Valley Magazine’s Cutest Pet Winner! By Sondra Barr Photos of Gucci and his family by Chadwick Fowler Our second annual North Valley Cutest Pet Contest proved once again that pet owners from around the area love to snap and share photos of their beloved critters. This year, we received dozens upon dozens of adorable pet submissions from their doting owners. The contestants ...

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The 15-Minute Family-Fitness Workout

Try this quick exercise routine that can be done just about anywhere.  By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Models: Shannon Dougherty and Kari Burghardt and their daughters Photos: Stephanie Heymann, stephanieheymannphotography.com Exercise has a wealth of benefits, including reducing stress, preventing disease, helping to control weight, increasing life expectancy, and improving focus. Studies show that act ...

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The Dog–er, Cat Days of Summer

M.D. Thalmann weighs in on the dog versus cat debate.  As you can tell from this month’s cover, we here at North Valley Magazine are all about our furry little companions, though as usual, the dogs get all the glory and felines get shafted yet again even though us cat owners aren’t the ones picking up poo in a nanometer-thick bag. (Although when I owned a dog, I used a shovel.) I must admit, I was a staunch ...

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