Alternative Therapies: Local psychologist Chris Wylie offers an overview of Cogmed, a cognitive supplement to medicating children with ADHD

Alternative Therapies Local psychologist Chris Wylie offers an overview of Cogmed, a cognitive supplement to medicating children with ADHD. [Note: This article comprises research on Cogmed by the author and does not represent any opinion or endorsement by “North Valley Magazine.”] One frequently heard complaint about complementary therapies for treating attention-deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD) is that there ...

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Holiday shopping tips: Savvy local Judy Weston offers up ideas to align gift giving with your budget this season.

Holiday Shopping Tips Savvy local Judy Weston offers up ideas to align gift giving with your budget this season. During the holiday frenzy, it can be overwhelming and frustrating to match our desires with our budgets. My goal for the last few years has been to shower my loved ones with gifts without regretting it on Dec. 26. Before you head to the mall and end up in debt, consider putting these tips into yo ...

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Desert Spiritual: Local Barbara Stitzer catches up with preacher Tim Gunnells

Desert Spiritual Local Barbara Stitzer catches up with preacher Tim Gunnells In this world of fast-paced social climbers and even-faster paced social media-a-holics, how many times can you meet someone and feel like you’re being listened to with that person’s entire being? When it comes to Tim Gunnells, the Canyon Church of Christ’s preacher for the past two years, listening is only the beginning. Gunnels w ...

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The 85086 Book Club

The 85086 Book Club The reading journey continues with local Kristine Abrams Gresh. Hi, my fellow 85086 readers! So, I’m enjoying Quiet (the book, not the thing you sometimes get when you hike Daisy Mountain at the right time). I hope you’re reading along and finding it interesting. Write in and let me know––next month, we discuss! Then, we’ll ring in 2014 with a new book selection. [For those who didn’t ca ...

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The Power of One: Local Judy Weston on how one person can touch one life and make a difference in the world

The Power of One Local Judy Weston on how one person can touch one life and make a difference in the world. “I remember seeing pictures of children in Africa who didn’t have very much, and I wanted to help,” says Anthem student Taylor Koeckes. “I was able to participate in the pillowcase dress project last year, and it was amazing seeing the orphans wearing their dresses. It made me feel good about myself.” ...

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Shimmer & Shine: There’s a holiday beauty eye trend for you, and local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert is here to help you find it

Shimmer & Shine There’s a holiday beauty eye trend for you, and local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert is here to help you find it. Make the most out of your holiday look by glamming those eyes! We communicate through our eyes, so why not make them pop! One should consider the current holiday trends determined by industry experts, but let’s be honest—some runway makeup is more wacky than wearable. ...

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A Fresh Note: Rhapsody School of Music offers local musicians a nearby spot for lessons and instruments.

A Fresh Note: Rhapsody School of Music offers local musicians a nearby spot for lessons and instruments.  By Anissa Stringer Photos by Stephen Miller Brian and Angie Benson, the owners of Rhapsody School of Music, are proud to own the only local commercial center that offers music lessons and the tools necessary to play. The Bensons acquired Dave Janssen’s School of Music (3434 W. Anthem Way) just a few mon ...

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Every Life Counts––Local animal advocate Roberta Gottlieb on how you can help make a difference when it comes to the homeless pet population.

Every Life Counts––Local animal advocate Roberta Gottlieb on how you can help make a difference when it comes to the homeless pet population. During 2011, Phoenix open-intake shelters received 93,393 homeless or abandoned animals, and 45 percent did not make it out alive. Most of the residents in metropolitan Phoenix are unaware of our overwhelming homeless pet population. The numbers are sobering, but ther ...

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Things to do in December…

THINGS TO DO… DECEMBER  1 Kick off the holiday season with the seventh annual Cowboy Christmas Children’s Program at the Cave Creek Museum’s Cowboy Christmas. Activities include roping a steer with a Hula-Hoop, making chaps, making and decorating cookies, and other crafts. 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek. cavecreekmuseum.org 4 The business holiday reception event brings both th ...

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Fresh Pickings: The Anthem Farmers’ Market offers unique products from local purveyors

Fresh Pickings The Anthem Farmers’ Market offers a plethora of products from local purveyors. From organic and seasonal crops, plants and seeds, to grass fed beef, pork, lamb, and goat, to fresh eggs, cheeses and butters, to artisanal producers of jams, jellies, pickles, tamales, sauces, and breads, and more! Team 85086 headed to this popular seasonal market to experience it for ourselves and to chat with t ...

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