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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Become a Beauty Rock Star––Local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert offers makeup-buying tips

Let’s face it, not all of us are born with natural beauty. Fortunately, there’s help—lots of it. The challenge is sifting through the mega-tons of marketing and finding what’s right for you. Total sales in the beauty industry have reached $426 billion. The cosmetic industry represents 15 percent and includes everything from lipstick to polish. Makeup has proven to be recession proof over and over again and ...

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Fabulous Finds! Check out some of the cool stuff your neighbors are selling.

The area is filled with many talented folks creating unique items. Check out some of the cool stuff your neighbors are selling. By Sondra Barr People from around the world send Jamie Wilson of Jelly Belly Quilts their baby clothes, and she turns them into modern memory quilts. She also designs these handmade quilts from the clothes of a loved one for a special family keepsake. Jamie has been in business for ...

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Everything’s coming up Jackie! Local Barbara Stitzer catches up with Musical Theatre of Anthem’s Jackie Hammond

Local Barbara Stitzer catches up with Musical Theatre of Anthem’s Jackie Hammond.  Jackie Hammond is the kind of luminous, magical presence that lights up the darkest room. Her smile and her talent are both reflected in her genuine love for Musical Theatre of Anthem, her 501(c)(3) business of which she’s the founder and producing artistic director, and for the 500-plus actors that have been a part of it. He ...

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Better Health, Better Mindset: Local Michelle Steinke explains why looking inward is the first step in changing your fitness:

I’m a 40-year-old widowed mother of two amazing kids. My life is extremely busy with two young children, being the CEO of a thriving business, and founding a private foundation. Life gets pretty crazy on most days, but regardless of what life is throwing my way, I always make the time to exercise and take care of myself. The gym is my personal me time-it’s a way to destress, unwind, and prioritize. Coming t ...

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Flavors of Fall: Local Kelli Morgan serves us up nutritional chili and healthy oatmeal-pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

As soon as the weather dips below 95 degrees in the 85086, I pull out my soup pot. Soups are so wonderfully warming to the body and soul. They’re also the perfect dinner for busy families. I always make soup for the days when I know we’ll be out late with kids’ activities.  My personal favorite type of soup to make is chili because it’s full of different textures and bold flavors. As a dietitian, I love how ...

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Here Comes the Parade! Local Jim Oliveri on the popular Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade

One of Anthem’s most popular attractions, the Daisy Mountain Veterans (DMV) Parade, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9. Now in its ninth year, the event is among the largest and most spectacular of its kind in the state of Arizona and has quickly become a local tradition. Schedule and Route The parade will step off promptly at 10 a.m. from King Drive just south of Boulder Creek High School immediately foll ...

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A Good Night’s Rest: Local pharmacist Tara Storjohann talks about dealing with insomnia.

There’s nothing more frustrating than waking up feeling tired and yawning all day, especially if you feel as if you’ve provided yourself with enough of the precious time you needed to rest. Lack of sleep can creep into every aspect of our daily living and affect our bodies in many damaging ways. It may surprise you that although it’s generally recommended for adults to get at least eight hours of sleep a ni ...

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A Season of Excellence: The Jaguar Pride Marching Band has local Judy Weston talking

A Season of Excellence The Jaguar Pride Marching Band has local Judy Weston talking. “Respect, Pride, Honor, Excellence…Who are we? Jags!” The band can be heard loudly chanting this at the end of each practice or event. It’s what the Boulder Creek High School Marching Band is all about. Under the direction of James O’Halloran, the Jaguar Pride Marching Band is in its tenth season and is at its strongest. Th ...

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The 85086 Book Club––Local Kristine Abrams Gresh brings her love of books to the community and asks you to join her on a reading journey

The 85086 Book Club Local Kristine Abrams Gresh brings her love of books to the community and asks you to join her on a reading journey. First, there was The Giving Tree, then the Babysitters’ Club series, and eventually, on to fascinating memoirs and nonfiction essays…oh, and let’s not leave out the recent indulgence of the Hunger Games trilogy. Reading has always been a significant part of my life. In fac ...

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