Local Food Bank: ‘Here to Serve Everyone’

Ready for a weekly backpack food delivery.

By Kathryn M. Miller

No one should have to go hungry, but due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are — 54 million in the U.S. may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 18 million children.

Closer to home, food insecurity is a problem that two million Arizonans are faced with every year. And as Valley residents continue to recover from the economic downturn, local services are feeling the impact as their neighbors try to make ends meet.

“We’ve seen more multiple generation families — grandparents, parents and kids. I’d say we’ve increased maybe 15 to 18 percent,” said Kay Norris, interim director of the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank. “But we’ve been keeping up with them, and I’m grateful for that, and our volunteers.”

Founded in 1986, the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to individuals living within the boundaries of the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools). The private food pantry does not operate under the auspices of any governmental or religious organization, and it is entirely volunteer run.

PVSchools (pvschools.net/about) covers 98-square miles of Northeast Phoenix and North Scottsdale in an area bounded by 7th Avenue and Pima Road, and Northern Avenue and Jomax Road. For the food bank’s two main programs, Weekend Food4Kids Backpack and Family Assist, that translates into roughly 800 Title 1 school students, 34 weeks of the school year, and 10,000–11,000 individuals every year, respectively.

“Our volunteers have been wonderful.”

A major source for the food bank’s stock is from food drives. Norris noted, “Schools last year donated over 60,000 pounds of food. And then we had synagogues and churches, Boy Scouts…” She added that all of that changed in early 2020, “We don’t have those food drives. We haven’t had any since March. So, we have relied on donations to purchase food, and we have never purchased so much food in our entire history.”

With physical donations down and their donated funds being spent on food, donations of items such as toilet paper, shampoo and other personal items have become a necessity. Of course, the need for food is constant, and non-perishable food items are always welcome. Donations can be brought to the Phoenix food bank at 10862 North 32nd St., 9am–3:30pm, Monday through Friday.

The work that is done could not be accomplished without the organization’s many volunteers.

“Our volunteers have been wonderful,” Norris said. “We’ve had to change everything. The day that the pandemic came, a third of our volunteers let us know they couldn’t be volunteering anymore.”

While many older volunteers and those with health issue have had to stay home, Norris said that the organization has been blessed with an influx of new recruits from area churches and through volunteermatch.org. And they always welcome additional support.

Above all, Norris wants residents to know that the food bank is there to help, regardless of circumstances, no questions asked, “If you live in the school district, you are welcome. We are here to serve everyone.” Si usted vive en el distrito escolar, por favor venga a nuestra Despensa Comunitaria DE Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank. Estamos aquí para servir a todos.

No one should have to go hungry, and thanks to organizations like the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank and those who support it, fewer North Valley neighbors will. |CST

To Volunteer:
director@pvefb.org; volunteermatch.org

For Assistance or to Donate:
602.867.9228; pvefb.org

Photos courtesy of Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank

Dine-In, Take-Out, Repeat — Fall Restaurant Week in Carefree

While spring and summer have been challenging for everyone, the restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard. But as the temperatures begin to drop, along with coronavirus numbers, there is a cautious sense of optimism as fall approaches.

Joining in that optimism, and with a huge dose of gratitude for continued patron support, is the Carefree Restaurant Association as it once again presents diners the opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings during its Fall Restaurant Week, Oct. 1–11.

Participating restaurants are fired up and ready to showcase the diverse culinary options to be found in Carefree — from hearty American fare, to English afternoon tea and Mediterranean influence; from cafés and bistros to steakhouses and everything in between. Some restaurants will offer a special lunch menu, while others will offer a three-course dinner for dine-in or take-out customers.

Prices for Fall Restaurant Week 2020:
Lunch Menu (2-courses) $18
Dinner Menu (3-courses) $35 or $45
(per person, excluding alcohol)

“We have all had a very tough year,” said Carefree Restaurant Association chairperson Jo Gemmill. “We are so grateful for the customers who have continued to support us during these hard times, whether by dining in or picking up take-out. Carefree Restaurant Week is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to our community for continuing to support us.”

Gemmill added that, unlike many other towns, Carefree’s restaurant base is made up of independent, family-owned businesses, something that makes the town so irresistible to residents and visitors alike.

“No large corporate chains dictate menu, pricing or marketing campaign — rather, the individual business owner can determine the look, feel, style, concept and brand their own restaurant based on their own individual culinary expertise.”

During the event, participating restaurants will follow all CDC guidelines regarding safety measures and limited dine-in capacity.

For additional details on Carefree Restaurant Week, including a complete list of all Carefree restaurants and menus, visit carefreerestaurants.com.

A Peek Inside Carefree’s Eateries

We asked a few of the participating restaurants to share a little bit about what makes their eatery stand out. Here is what they had to say. |CST

Black Mountain Coffee Shop
7211 E. Ho Road, Suite 23
“We are a unique breakfast and lunch restaurant located in the heart of Carefree,” said restaurant manager, Christina Holmes. “The majority of the locals enjoy having their morning coffee with friends or stopping by for lunch in the afternoon. Established in 1978, we have been serving the community and visitors from around the world. Our homemade cinnamon rolls and biscuits topped with our secret gravy recipe have been a hit for decades.”

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive
“At Confluence, we believe in serving up healthy options without sacrificing flavor. We have a cozy bistro interior as well as an open patio with mountain views,” said owner Victoria Gauthier. “Chef Brandon wants to make this restaurant unique to the area, where you can order a la carte; however, it is meant to have multiple courses and tastings. The wine list will be worldly with a heavy by the glass section — so you can enjoy all of your favorites. At Confluence we focus on seasonal offerings from as many local farmers as possible. We also enjoy sourcing some of the finest foods from around the world. We love introducing fun, unique ingredients to our guests in a comfortable environment.”

English Rose Tea Room
201 Easy St., Suite 103
Situated in the heart of Carefree, the English Rose Tea Room provides an exquisite “Afternoon Tea” experience. “Try a scone with Devon Cream, or the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea, or simply a delicious vegetarian quiche…there is something for every discerning tea lover’s palate,” said owner Jo Gemmill. “The interior of the Tea Room boasts sumptuous fabrics of velvet and silk, crystal chandeliers and beautiful bone china tea sets. An extensive lunch menu, a beautifully appointed outdoor patio and a gorgeous gift store, makes the English Rose Tea Room a ‘Must Do’ when coming to Carefree.” Open Tuesday thru Sunday, 11am–4pm.

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse
7212 E. Ho Hum Road
“Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse is the latest concept by our family-run company, Keeler Hospitality Group, LLC,” said Michael Fischer, general manager. “Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse features only the finest certified Angus beef steaks, freshest available seafood, chicken and American specialties that redefine comfort food, served with professional yet unpretentious service. In addition to fine dining, Keeler’s features an inviting and upscale neighborhood social house atmosphere that encourages conversation and laughs among old friends and new. The restaurant boasts a centrally located island bar, large adjacent patio, beautiful courtyard and roof-top deck designed for stargazing and lounging after a good wholesome meal — made by our family for yours.”

Venues Cafe
34 Easy St.
We have been a Carefree staple for 10 years offering comfort food with a Southwest flair,” said owner Catherine Marr. “Dining options include light bites such as deviled eggs with bacon jam, street tacos, loaded mac and cheese and lettuce wraps. Signature salads such as the Chicken Taco Salad, Roasted Beet Salad and customized Chopped Salad are popular, Marr says, as well as full comfort meals like a baked, stuffed pork chop, Chicken Schnitzel with lingonberry sauce or mixed grill kabobs.”

3 Events Where You Can Connect Through Art

As part of its commitment to creating a deeply personal experience for the community, the audience, the artist and the collector, C Gallery will begin a new series of Salons in October.

“It is important that our gallery’s initiatives and story provide platforms, supporting events, and environments where the artists, art, community, and audience connect,” said gallery director, Jeffrey Lazos Ferns. “These salons are curated in an intimate, inviting, and safe place where in this new normal and looking post pandemic, we can build community and a program structure where art, ideas and participants engage in a more deep and meaningful way.”

Most Salons will be livestreamed as well as held in-gallery with limited seating and safety guidelines and measures in place.

Oct. 1: The 101 on COVID 19

Held from 6–8pm via livestream and in-gallery, this event includes discussion, questions and answers regarding COVID-19. Dr. Kristy Ingebo, an attending physician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, will share her in-depth knowledge, research and personal experiences on the front lines of COVID-19.

Twila Cassadore; Photo: Halie Sutton

Oct. 3: Edible Desert Walk

Take a plant walk with Twila Cassadore, San Carlos Apache ancestral food archivist, educator and forager, from 9–10:30am. Cassadore will share food stories of her tribe. Through this morning walk guests will see and learn about edible and medicinal plants native to the Sonoran Desert and ancestral foods of the San Carlos Apache. After the walk, taste/sample edible desert foraged foods and teas; $40 fee includes tasting. Visit http://www.cgalleryart.com and click “Shop C Gallery” and “Salons” for tickets.

Oct. 15: Day of the Dead 101

The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere, including Arizona. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray, perform ceremony, celebrate and remember friends/family members who have died. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Jeffrey Lazos-Ferns, artist and cultural worker, shares his personal and professional experiences, 6–8pm.

Masks will be required for all in-gallery events. Events are free, except where noted. Additional details and RSVP information can be found on the gallery website.

C Gallery is located at 20789 N. Pima Road, Suite 100, in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.331.2975 or visit cgalleryart.com.


Band with North Phoenix roots returns with new single

By Kathryn M. Miller

“We’re living in some strange and unusual times, and the fire just seems to be the cherry on the sundae,” said Jonathan Goldman in September from his home in Los Angeles.

Goldman and William Preston Bowling are the founding members of the Phoenix 80s band Basic Elements, and as wildfires raged across their adopted home state, we took a trip back in time to 1984–85 when the Shadow Mountain High School students first founded their band.

Longtime friends, Bowling and Goldman met in 1977, bonding over their shared interest in Star Wars. Then, along came the 80s and high school.

Bowling: “Yeah, we started out totally focused on science fiction and building models and Legos and then at one point we started getting into music and guitars and synthesizers.”

Goldman: “That would have been early 80s, ’82, ’83, and you’ve gotta remember, this was before, in Arizona, you get like KDKB, KUPD, and maybe every now and then, Gary Numan would break through, or The Cars, or maybe hear some Blondie, so Bill and I grew up on Van Halen and Pink Floyd and rock ‘n’ roll, but there was something about this new sound.”

Goldman: “Honestly, I think it was probably ‘Hungry Like the Wolf,’ and we were just like, ‘What the…’ and then MTV dropped and you saw the marriage of video and music and our minds were blown. So, we went from listening to emulating.”

Goldman: “And back then, if we wanted to look like the people that were making the music that we thought was cool, we had to go to PV Mall and go to the ‘Gear for Guys’ section of Judy’s, or, honestly, I’d go into my mother’s wardrobe…”

Bowling: “I think the funniest time was when my mom asked me where I wanted to go shopping for back-to-school and I said Capezio on Scottsdale Road.”

It wasn’t long before the self-described “scrawny dudes wearing women’s clothing and eye liner” found trouble with their peers. They were harassed and occasionally beat up — they did make some friends, though.

Goldman: “The girlfriends of the dudes that were beating us up were always wanting to hang out with us because we were boys that liked Duran Duran.”

Bolwing: “‘Oh, male Duranies!’

But then, an epiphany.

Goldman: “Bill and I saw, I think it was at Shea Plaza Cinema, we were just getting sick of getting beat up and snuck into a movie, an R-rated movie, and we saw Revenge of the Nerds, and you know, there’s that climactic scene in that movie where the nerds at the festival; the nerds do their concert, they play their song and they get all the points and they get all the girls. And Bill and I were like, ‘Wait a minute, we should start a band.’ So, it was like a literal revenge of the nerds, or revenge of the new wavers that inspired us to just give it a try.”

Basic Elements was formed with Matt Barton on drums, Bowling on bass, John Denis on vocals, Goldman on synth and David Youssefi on guitar.

The band began by playing house parties and what they jokingly referred to as their “lunchtime concert series” at Shadow Mountain and other area high schools — Chaparral, Horizon and Deer Valley. Then, in a moment of inspiration, their “manager,” Sean McFarland, got them a gig on the stage outside of a Howard Jones concert at the Arizona State Fair. That inspired October night in 1985 is what put them on the map.

Bowling: “We started playing bars after that. Franco from the Jar would call and say, ‘I want that kid band.’”

The Mason Jar (now The Rebel Lounge) was an iconic venue for music in Phoenix, and Goldman recalled playing there at 15 and the owner, Franco Gagliano, telling them, “Hey, great set guys, I need you out of here in 10 minutes.”

The band played many venues around town where a group of teenagers couldn’t linger, and opened for hitmakers of the 80s such as Gene Loves Jezebel (at the Jar) and The Bolshoi, and played alongside well-known Arizona bands like Caterwaul and Gentlemen Afterdark.

L–R: David Youssefi, Jonathan Goldman, John Denis, William Preston Bowling, Matt Barton
Photo: Ashley Noelle Studios

Flash forward to today’s “strange and unusual times,” and the band, with all of its original members (but now a graphic artist, a real-estate agent, a sculptor, a TV producer and an attorney), is set to release its first single, “Hide.” The track is the first song the band wrote and played live in 1985. It was their anti-authoritarian fight song, and they felt that it also captures the feeling of the current moment.

Bowling: “To take you back in time, Jonathon and I were wearing Frankie Goes to Hollywood T-shirts and we thought that whole fight between Reagan and Gorbachev, the ‘Two Tribes,’ was kind of a theme we were looking for, ‘Hide from your leader.’”

After reuniting and playing together for the first time since disbanding in 1990, the band played a show at The Mint in late 2019. It felt so right that they decided to make it official and record five original tracks that they first recorded in Goldman’s parents’ garage in 1985.

They took their 1985 cassette and a 2019 iPhone recording to Ed Buller, “synth god” turned music producer. Buller, the legend behind some of the Psychedelic Furs most iconic hits and producer of bands like Suede and Pulp, agreed to come on board.

Goldman: “He was like, you know, these are pretty good 80s songs, man.”

Cover art: Todd Alcott

Recorded at the iconic Glenwood Studios, the music goes so far beyond simple nostalgia — it doesn’t just capture the feel of 80s music, it IS 80s music. For those who grew up in the era, “Hide” will feel familiar yet completely new. Younger generations who may be fans of the TV show “Stranger Things” will instantly recognize its pure 80s vibe. So, 35 years after its conception, the single “Hide” drops Oct. 2 on all “major platforms.”

Goldman: “Yeah, they should be able to get it on Apple, they should be able to get it on Spotify. I don’t know what else people use other than that, Amazon?”

Bowling: “Columbia House!”

Four additional singles will be released in 2021. Once complete, the band plans to release a vinyl press of the entire Ed Buller sessions along with a B-Side of the original recordings from 1985. On the horizon, a homecoming show in Arizona (preferably at The Rebel Lounge).

Goldman agreed that, with the release of their original music all these years later, the group really has come full circle in their Revenge of the Nerds tale, concluding, “The only thing that would be better is if people actually listen to it.” |CST

FIND “HIDE” : facebook.com/basicelementsmusic; basicelementsmusic.com

Top photo: Basic Elements at a “lunchtime concert” at Horizon High School in the 80s. Photo: David Faulkner

4 Ways to Engage With Art at The Holland Center in October

The Holland Center is a privately funded community center in the North Valley, serving North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Carefree and Cave Creek. The center offers activities throughout the month, ranging from classes, lectures, theater performances and more. Here are just a few of the events coming up beginning Sept. 30, into October and beyond.

“Spitfire Departure” by Betsy Aguirre, member of Arizona Watercolor Association, Inc.; courtesy of Holland Center

1. Arizona Watercolor Association — Juried Show and Sale

Showing: Sept. 30 — Nov. 18, Monday through Thursday; 10am–4pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct. 3, 4:30–6:30pm
The Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA) display will not only include watercolor paintings, but all types of water-based media at The Holland Gallery of Fine Art. An organization of nearly 300 Artists, AWA has been active for 60 years, mentoring and presenting the works of some of Arizona’s most talented artists.
This exhibition will also be available online. According to the Holland Center, residents will be able to access this feature on its website, “We feel that if people cannot come to the Holland Center, they can still see the show and hear from each artist. It’s a unique opportunity to share these wonderful works of art!”

2. Art, Coffee and Conversation

Friday, Oct. 2; 10am–noon
Art, Coffee and Conversation is a monthly workshop where art lovers get together to discuss the current show in the Holland Gallery.  Led by Nicolette Bonnstetter, the lively discussions that take place are fun and fascinating.  Held the first Friday of each month via Zoom. The Oct. 2 program will be “Art and does size really matter?” in addition to a discussion of the Arizona Watercolor Association show that will go from Sept. 30 — Nov. 18. Register online.

3. Bookbinding — Long Stitch Journal

Thursday, Oct. 15; 9am–1pm
Explore your creative side with this bookbinding technique. In this four-hour bookbinding class with Lynda Abare, participants will create their own unique journal cover; measure, cut and fold pages, drill holes, then assemble, hand stitch and bind the journal together. All students will leave class with a completed Long Stitch Journal.
The Holland Center event page includes a link to Abare’s website to register and get more information, including a supply list; $45.

4. Memory Project Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 10; 1–2:30pm
Susan McCaslin, a noted artist from Connecticut, offers participants the opportunity to express themselves artistically in an attempt to make sense of all that has been experienced recently in the country and around the world. Living through a pandemic is something unique and she feels that people will want to remember what it was like.  During the workshop, create a three-dimensional figure that will hold memories, similar to a diary or a time-capsule.  All the materials needed will be found around the house. McCaslin will help participants get started, but they will be making it uniquely theirs. Three, 1-1/2-hour Zoom classes; $20 for all three sessions. Register online to be sent further instructions and the URL.

Also Coming Up in October:

Embossed Pewter Sampler
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 9am–1pm

Making Fermented Foods to Boost Your Immune System
Thursday, Oct. 15; 10am–noon

Travel Talk with David Decker
Thursday, Oct. 15; 10:30am–noon
Saturday, Oct. 17; 1–2:30pm

Wrapped Doughnut Necklace
Monday, Oct. 19; 9:30am–12:30pm

Train Your Brain
Thursday, Oct. 22, 3–4:30pm

The Holland Center is located at 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. To register for classes, visit hollandcenter.org. For additional information, call 480.488.1090.

CST Community Spotlight: Etania Gems & Jewelry Boutique

Etania Gems & Jewelry was established in 2006 by Lisa Baker. Baker is an avid jewelry lover, creator and collector. She worked in the retail jewelry business for a number of years, where she was certified as a diamontologist and gemologist through the Diamond Council of America.

Baker decided to broaden her love of jewelry by creating unique, upscale pieces to offer her customers, and opened a small store in 2013 and expanded Etania Jewelry & Boutique at the current location in 2015.

“In addition to the unique gemstone jewelry we also carry other items that cater to the upscale woman, including unique women’s clothing, artisan created handbags and unique gift items,” said Baker. “In 2019 our store was voted ‘Best Shopping Experience’ from the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. In 2020, we were honored to be chosen the ‘Best Jewelry Store’ in the Best of the North Valley Magazine!”

Etania Gems & Jewelry specializes in fine sterling silver designer gemstone jewelry. Baker said that each piece is created from the highest quality natural stones and precious metals. “Because each gemstone is a unique gift from nature, no two pieces are exactly alike.”

In addition to her own work, she also admires and treasures pieces from other quality artists and as such has hand-selected unique treasures to offer her customers.

Baker added, “We feature Arizona artists as much as possible, but also have the work of some talented artists from Colorado, California, Nevada and Texas.”

As with many businesses, Baker said that she has been impacted by the new coronavirus.

“Not only did we miss out on our two biggest months of the year due to being closed due to COVID-19, we were also impacted by the fire at the Black Mountain Feed store. They are our next-door neighbors and our store sustained major smoke damage from the fire. As such, all of our clothing items are being sold at 70 percent off, until gone. It’s a great time to come in and get a fabulous bargain on some amazing women’s clothing.”

Etania Gems & Jewelry is located at 6140 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 5, in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 602.429.0505 or visit etaniagems.com.

When Help is Needed Most, Foundation Steps In

Submitted photo: Carrie Masters, director of David R. Sellers Foundation, and Mike Anderson, director of Global Orphan

Founded in 2014, the David R. Sellers Foundation has funded over 56 organizations. During the COVID-19 crisis alone, it has funded seven organizations, which include Global Orphan Hope, UMOM, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Child Crisis Center, The Joy Bus, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and Amanda Hope.

“Some entities have pulled back during the COVID-19 crisis but the David R. Sellers Foundation has done just the opposite — we are continuing to identify nonprofits with the highest level of need and are funding them,” said Foundation director Carrie Masters. “We realize this is when our help is needed most and we are stepping up to the plate to do the right thing, especially for those in the most desperate conditions.”

“We have an orphanage with 120 children in Port Au Prince, Haiti, which consists of 60 special needs children,” said Mike Anderson, director of Global Orphan. “The worldwide pandemic has destroyed the world’s food supply chain which makes it extremely difficult to get food to the neediest people in the third world. It has been estimated that as many as 200 million people will starve worldwide as a result of the virus. The deaths from COVID will only be a tiny percentage of the deaths from starvation.”

Anderson added, “Our children were in desperate need of food when I contacted David E. Sellers (son of David R. Sellers and CEO of LGE Design Build) and Carrie Masters. They responded immediately. We will never know their names but there will be children who are alive because of their generosity.”

In addition to the continued funding, the David R. Sellers Foundation has launched a new website at drsaz.org. The new site highlights the many organizations the Foundation has funded and offers a feature where anyone who believes in the mission can easily donate.

Scottsdale Mayor’s Candidate Forum to Be Held — Public questions sought

Scottsdale’s mayoral candidates have been invited to participate in an online webinar forum designed to give them the opportunity to share their positions on critical issues and address questions formulated to reflect the concerns of the community.

Candidates Lisa Borowsky and David “Dave” Ortega will participate in the panel discussion moderated by Kurt Brueckner, Titus Brueckner & Levine PLC

The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, noon to 1:30pm at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The in-person event is limited to 250 attendees to adhere to social distancing measures. Tickets are first come, first served. The discussion will also be available via livestream on the Scottsdale Arts social channels.

Public questions can be submitted until Friday, Sept. 25 at 3pm by filling out an online form.

For additional information or to view the event online, visit the event web page.

Rescue To Host Fitness Class to Benefit Area Felines

Fearless Kitty Rescue is creating an outlet for people to work out while supporting the nonprofit— an hour-long class taught by an experienced fitness instructor.

The event will be hosted by instructor Lisa Cargill, Saturday, Sept. 26, 8–9am, at the Fearless Kitty Rescue “backyard” (the back parking lot): 16832 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills.

All levels of skill and all ages are welcome. There will be a limit of 25 people to comply with safe social distancing guidelines.  There will be no exercises that require sitting on the ground, but participants can bring mats if they wish. Masks are required. Except (participant choice) during classes.

The cost is $15 per person and all proceeds will go to the cats and kittens of Fearless Kitty Rescue.

Interested participants can register online: fearlesskittyrescue.org/fitness-for-felines.

There will be a water station and a boutique table where people can buy logo items and selected merchandise from the boutique.

Kim Kamins, CEO, said, “We are testing this out as a potential monthly event. If we get enough interest, we will move to a regular schedule.”

She added, “There are 10 stations that the instructor will be laying out with a few fun cat props thrown in the mix. And, a bag of cat toys will be given to all paid attendees.”

Participants are encouraged to dress in their best cat gear — anything to make it a festive workout.

For more information visit fearlesskittyrescue.org.

Just Daydreaming Over Here, Old Sport!

Classic Promenade Auctions announced that the company will host a virtual auction this month, featuring approximately 12 high-end classic cars weekly in its online auction. Each collector car will be auctioned over a seven- to 14-day period.

Coming up next month, the auction company is unveiling the Rolls-Royce that was featured in the Academy Award-winning 1974 film The Great Gatsby, starring Robert Redford, for auction beginning Monday, Oct. 12.

“Part of the significance of this car is its provenance. Beyond the movie, this car is thoroughly documented and has a unique pedigree which would satisfy the most discerning car and Hollywood memorabilia collectors,” said Harry Clark, founder of Classic Promenade and Concours Master Judge. “There is no question in my mind this is one of the most important Rolls-Royces ever built and would be welcome on any Concours field.”

The car was featured with Great Gatsby actor Redford on magazine covers and in numerous layouts including GQ and Vogue, as well as promotional materials produced for the movie. The famed 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton is believed to be the only Ascot Sport Phaeton built with a dual cowl, thus matching one of the most important details specified in Fitzgerald’s novel “…terraced with a labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns.”   

The Great Gatsby Rolls-Royce acquired further modifications to match the novel’s additional details about the car: “It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes… Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory.” For the film, the car’s livery was repainted a creamy yellow combination and its leather interior was dyed an elegant green.

Perfect for the collector of Hollywood memorabilia, Gatsby’s Rolls-Royce is at the center of the novel and the film’s adapted screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. A stunning classic car representing the opulent world of Gatsby’s mythic character and the glamour of the 1920s, the Gatsby Rolls-Royce is in near-perfect condition today after a total investment in its restoration of approximately $1.2 million.

The Gatsby Roll-Royce will be available via online auction at classicpromenade.com from Monday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 25. Bidding begins Monday, Oct. 12, at 10am PST. Registration for bidding is free; inspection and individual viewings are by appointment only.

See some of Classic Promenade’s cars here.

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