A ‘Suite’ Learning Experience

Legacy’s ‘The Nutcracker’ schools the audience and its dancers By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski “The Nutcracker Suite” is a holiday tradition, but Legacy Ballet Academy is creating a learning experience for its dancers. The cast of dancers—whose leads attend Cactus Shadows, Deer Valley, Boulder Creek and Sandra Day O’Connor high schools—will hit the Madison Center for the Arts’ stage with guest artists Darren ...

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A Continuing Mission

Anthem’s Darlene Gonzales left lasting impression on Afghan women By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Darlene Gonzales found out she was going to be deployed at age 52 to Afghanistan, she figured she could “do anything for a year.” The 12 months turned out to be a career highlight for the Daisy Mountain Veterans web designer who will volunteer at this year’s Veterans Day Parade. Gonzales, who splits her time ...

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Doggo “Heaven in Anthem”

Anthem’s newest adoption: a unique thrift store By Ron Sanzone Bargain hunters are discovering they can get a deal while helping canines live out their golden years with love and compassion. Open in Anthem since October 5, Rusty’s Resale Boutique sells donated goods to raise funds for New River’s Rusty’s Angels Sanctuary, which facilitates the adoption of senior dogs and provides a permanent home for those ...

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Feeling ‘Off’?

‘Hammies’ are the key to proper spinal function By Dr. Brian Hester, Back to Health of Anthem Have you ever started to drive your car and realized you left the parking brake on? Things just felt off. It just isn’t running the way it should. But once you figure it out and release the parking brake, everything feels much smoother. There’s way less resistance. Well, welcome to tight hamstrings. Your hamstrings ...

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‘Italy Meets Arizona’

There will be nothing simple about Osteria Mia By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Mario Rana knows he has a good thing. Sitting in his State 48 Brewery in the Scottsdale Airpark, Rana shares his latest project—Osteria Mia, a modern Italian restaurant and wine bar coming in January to the Shops at Norterra. The menu will feature wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, build-your-own bruschetta and charcuterie boards, ...

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A Visit to Dreamy Draw Park

The story behind the recreation area is loopy Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Ah. Fall temps are here! I love the crisp mornings and cool evenings. Milder temperatures mean we can explore more local hiking options, rather than heading to higher ground to avoid the heat. Recently, we drove about 30 minutes to Dreamy Draw Park (2421 E. Northern Avenue, Phoenix; off the 51 and Northern). Tho ...

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Day of Remembrance

The 15th annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade honors Navy submariners this fall By Brandie Bosworth Howard Doyle served as a submariner from 1968 to 1977 during the Cold and Vietnam wars. He enlisted in the Navy’s nuclear power program and served aboard the submarines U.S.S. Nereus and U.S.S. M.G. Vallejo. On the latter, he assisted with converting missiles into Poseidon missiles. The crew on the submarine ...

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The Cycle of Goodwill

Habitat for Humanity’s Anthem ReStore is ‘not just a store’ By Brandie Bosworth Vickie Dinieri donated the tile flooring from her house years ago to Habitat for Humanity’s Anthem ReStore. During a recent visit to her neighbor’s home, she admired their light fixtures. They were purchased from the same ReStore. Several others in her community buzzed-about items they found at the resale shop, so she decided to ...

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The Real Superheroes of the Valley

Adv.Fit’s obstacle course helps at-risk children By Octavio Serrano Brett and Kristen Stewart are passionate about helping the community and especially at-risk children. The Stewarts and their staff at Adv.Fit is hosting the Superhero Scramble, an all-ages obstacle course that benefits Put on the Cape: A Foundation for Hope. “We’re really passionate about helping out charity, especially helping children and ...

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Saving Lives

Ethan D’Onofrio has what it takes to be an Eagle Scout By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Ethan D’Onofrio strives to make a great impact on many people. The Boulder Creek High School senior is starting his campaign with his Eagle Scout program: a bone marrow registration drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 2, at the Anthem LDS Church, 2503 W. Anthem Way. “There’s a critical shortage of bone marrow donor ...

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