A Collection of Stories

Anthem photographer David Spindel reflects on his career By Laura Latzko For David Spindel, being a professional photographer has meant looking at the world with a special eye and capturing it on film for others to see.  The world-renowned photographer, who is originally from New York but now lives in Anthem, has a natural gift that has allowed him the chance to work with famous actors and musicians an ...

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Relationships Matter

Arizona Hills Community Church Celebrates 20 Years By Laura Latzko Arizona Hills Community Church held its first official service with 100 people in the Pioneer Village opera house on Christmas Eve 1999. Twenty years later, the church built by Bob and Janet Lehman endures and serves the community, despite not having its own building. Three years ago, Senior Pastor Randy Williams took the reins of Anthem’s f ...

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License to Kiln

Pottery shop wants to build relationships with the community By Octavio Serrano Mishy Katz had some experience with pottery when she was a kid, but when she walked into the art studio during her college years, she fell in love with the craft.  “I walked into the studio at ASU in 1970 and had not really done clay, and that was it for me,” Katz says. Katz graduated with a bachelor’s in fine arts and cera ...

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Floral Fun

These crafts show flower power can be crafty By Shannon Fisher Flowers can make great crafts from simple things you probably have in your home. These three show flower power. Pom pom flowers are fun and can be made from extra yarn you have around. You can wrap around a fork or two fingers. Wrap the yarn around about 60 times. You can wrap less for a less fluffy pom or more for a bigger poof. After you have ...

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Desert Donuts

Steve Wolff can bring the sweets, whether it’s boba, donuts or ice cream By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Steve Wolff knows how to promote a business. Shortly after taking ownership of Desert Donuts, he dressed as a donut and stood on the corner encouraging folks to try his sweets—in the 101-degree heat. Now he’s promising that guests will have their best donut at Desert Donuts. “We make the donuts for you fre ...

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Fall in Love with Your Skin

Autumn is the time to combat damage and dryness By Dr. Kelly Collins, Owner and Medical Director Premier Wellness Center, Anthem Fall is right around the corner and before you know it temperatures will start dropping below 100 degrees! As the weather cools down, it is a good time to address all the damage your “fun in the sun summer” did to your skin. Now is the time to repair and rejuvenate sun-damaged ski ...

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The Time for Change is Now

Healthy eating should be a lifestyle By Dr. Brian Hester, Back to Health of Anthem Eating healthy can be confusing and difficult without help or guidance. I mean, most people admit it’s easier to grab something on the go than prepare for what they will eat later. The one thing I know for sure, “You can’t medicate your way out of a problem that you behaved your way into.” The thing is, eating healthy is such ...

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Workout and Wine

The noncompetitive Fitness with Benefits runs the trails By Eric Newman North Phoenix residents Larry Padgett, Lewis Young and Lisa Evans were at a nearby Fry’s Wine Bar, hanging out and sharing stories of their exercise regiments and fitness goals when they had an epiphany. Why not start a small club to merge their interests. “We kind of figured, why not do it together? And it started from there,” says Pad ...

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Apple Biscuit Dumplings

With Jan D'Atri Who knew crispy apples, store bought biscuit dough, a few spices and a can of 7-Up could make the most amazing Apple Biscuit Dumplings? It’s absolutely true and might just be the perfect finish for your Sunday Supper! This easy-as-ever recipe has become my new favorite dessert! It all starts with apple wedges tucked inside biscuit dough. A beautiful caramel liquid comes together on the cookt ...

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Just Roll With It!

Echo Sushi is a prize to North Phoenix/Anthem By Shelley Sakala Some communities wait years to get an authentic, locally owned sushi restaurant. North Phoenix/Anthem has one right now—and it’s fantastic! Say hello to Echo Sushi. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you. The food here is legit, and the sushi is just the beginning. Echo serves up top-rate poke bowls, hearty ramen dishes, noodle and fried ri ...

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