Camp Verde Performing Arts Center Announces New Season


The Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation announced that its 2019–20 concert schedule will kick off with the annual Labor Day Jazz Festival Aug. 30, featuring the Bresnan Unplugged Ensemble. The Festival continues Aug. 31 with the Dom Moio Quintet. Moio will be joined by Nick Manson, a jazz pianist and two-time Emmy […]

Waking Up In Budapest


By Kathi Kovach Koenig It’s just before dusk as we slowly head into the city. Suddenly, our driver takes a quick turn, skirting traffic. Circling a flower-lined roundabout, he stops in front of a glistening hotel set in a centuries-old backdrop. I’m immediately struck by the beauty of fading light and color, the mix of […]

SUSD’s Nutrition Services Eliminates Reduced Lunch Fee — 800 Students Could Benefit


For many years, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has charged $0.40 per lunch to students who qualify under federal guidelines for a reduced-price meal. Beginning with the 2019–20 school year that starts Aug. 5, SUSD will waive that $0.40 fee for participating students, offering them lunch at no charge. SUSD already waives reduced-price breakfast […]

Kiwanis Marketplace Celebrates Fifth Anniversary


The Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store is approaching its five-year anniversary. Opening Aug. 14, 2014 with no paid staff, the store is now led by its general manager, Sandra Carrier, along with the help of a small staff and a committed group of nearly 80 active volunteers. The volunteers at the Marketplace serve as store personnel […]

Taliesin West Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List


Joins seven other Wright sites With 11 of his buildings in the Greater Phoenix area alone, most Valley residents are familiar with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright’s visionary work cemented his place as the American Institute of Architects’ “greatest American architect of all time.” And in July, the World Heritage Committee, meeting in […]

Kitchen Design Begins with the All-Important Countertop


By Barbara Kaplan – We’re surrounded by counters — particularly in the kitchen, home office and bathroom. We take them for granted and don’t realize the impact they have on us. Their colors, patterns and textures affect our feelings daily. Choosing the material is a decision based on style, function and cost, whereas the design […]

Envy Will Make You Miserable


By Paul Witkop – When I was about 12, my close friend Jeff had a gold colored Schwinn Stingray bicycle with a banana seat and 3-speed stick shift. I wanted one too…very badly. It is called envy and it starts young. Experience has shown me that envy is a very destructive force. It is a […]

Male Call: A Charted Conversation


 By James Roberts – A guy-pal — let’s call him “Jon” — related an interesting get-to-know-you phone convo that, sadly, ended less than gloriously. Or, perhaps that’s really the point of such conversations. You decide. Backing up. Jon and the woman — let’s call her “Jan” — connected on Tinder. She seemed perfectly aligned with […]

Healthy Eating On The Go


By Erin Mahoney — A healthy diet takes dedicated focus and intention. So, what do you do when you set good and healthy intentions when on the road? Here are some tips for staying on track when travel plans arise including starting the day right, choosing healthy meals while on the go, and establishing healthy […]

City of Phoenix Special Election Slated For Aug. 27 — Voter Registration Deadline is July 29


The City of Phoenix will conduct a Special Election Tuesday, Aug. 27, in whi​​​ch registered voters will decide on two ballot measures that propose to amend City Charter provisions pertaining to Pensions and Light Rail. Early voting will begin July 31. The first measure, Proposition 105, is a proposed Charter Amendment submitted by Initiative I-4-18 pertaining […]