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A Sporty Community


A couple months ago, we received an email from a reader asking if we’d like more information about the pickleball club in Anthem. We’d never previously heard of pickleball, and the name had us intrigued. So, of course, we had to learn more.

As it turns out, there are no actual pickles involved in pickleball. But, a growing number of folks in Anthem are getting in on this trendy sport, as we discovered upon contacting Anthem’s very own club devoted to the activity, the Anthem AZ Pickleball Club (AAZPC).

According to Jennifer Kaul, a local player and secretary of the AAZPC, “Pickleball is a racquet sport that is a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.” It’s an activity that allows players to test their skill at a strategic sport that can be played as doubles or singles. Apparently, pickleball basics are very easy to learn and there are endless opportunities for improvement, which may also explain the sport’s increasing popularity both locally and beyond. Want to learn more? Head to page 34 to read about this interesting sport that is bringing the community together.matthew-sig

We also check in with some movers and shakers in the area. On page 30, meet Jamie Cottrell, a longtime local financial advisor who’s helping her neighbors reach their financial goals. Inside, you’ll also meet Jacob Robert Soulliere, a local teen who’s hitting all the right notes.

Meanwhile, for the very first time in months, we woke up to a chilly morning. Fall is here, and not a minute too soon. Not only are we ready for cooler weather, we’re looking forward to all the festivities October brings. One of our favorites, of course, is Halloween. To celebrate the spookiest of holidays, check inside for a host of engaging content including fun crafts, ideas for a wicked soiree, tips on how to teach your kids Halloween etiquette, all the way to how to help your kids have a safer trick-or-treating experience. Also, don’t forget to check the event calendar on pages 12 and 13 for a list of fun local programming going on throughout the month.

As always, there’s a lot more to keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in your community, so get reading.



ON THE COVER85086-cover-oct-16

Jennifer Kaul, John Brenkman, and Carol Acker.

Photo by Chadwick Fowler








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