Ninja vet: Elaine Carpenter

2016-05-31 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Photo Credit: Submitted by Elaine Carpenter
Writer Tom Scanlon   “Boredom is the root of all evil — the despairing refusal to be oneself,” wrote Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher. The life and adventures of Elaine Carpenter, the Cave Creek horse veterinarian, offer proof to that thesis.   Carpenter was getting just a tad bored with her life until she stumbled upon a few key things that made her soul recognize itself: speed, pushing herself to the limit, trying new things and taking risks that, while calculated, make those close to her cover their eyes and moan, “For the love of sanity, Elaine — please, no!”   These days, there must be something dull and mundane in Carpenter’s life, but you’d have to do a thorough investigation to find it. Even her day job is exciting — she’s a veterinarian specializing in equine surgery. After work and on weekends, she loves to race motorcycles, do stunt flying in planes, climb rocks and other things that have her adrenal glands firing off hormones like machine gun... More

Young Bucks

2016-05-30 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Keri Meyers
Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque   In a world filled with video games, iPhones and other electronics, there are three North Valley families who are raising boys in what may seem like an alternate universe: the world of rodeo competition.   Barely tall enough to see over the steers they regularly ride, these boys put fear aside and work through their anxiety each time they climb into the metal chute and mount the 1,800-pound steers they will cling to for as long as possible — in front of crowds of hundreds. Thus far in their relatively short careers, they have attracted the respect and admiration of many audiences. And if local resident Rob Tremp has his way, they will sell the short documentary he produced to a network for reality TV development or a full-feature documentary based on three of these local “Young Bucks.”   Many believe that more than promoting bull riding and the rodeo circuit, these boys are promoting a lifestyle that some say is all but dead: the lifestyle of... More

A Piece of History: Cartwright’s Arizona History Dinners

2016-05-29 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House
Writer Amanda Christmann   In many ways, Cave Creek has escaped the pen strokes of time. Sports cars still share the road with horses and there are just as many Tony Lamas as there are Christian Louboutins. For well over a century, time has not managed to erase all that has made Cave Creek special, and if Cave Creek restaurateurs Eric Flatt and John Malcolm have their way, the history and lore that made it great will live on through stories and song.   Arizona has always been a place where people do things a little differently. Perhaps it’s something about the dry desert air that makes us feel a little more relaxed and closer to one another. We don’t have to sit in the glow of a campfire to connect through stories and common history; we just need to share a good meal, imbibe in a drink or two and make new memories while sharing old ones.   It’s not a stretch for a place like Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House to carry on Arizona traditions. The restaurant is named after the... More

The Next Stage: Desert Stages Theatre

2016-05-28 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Photo Credit: Desert Stages Theatre
Writer Rebecca Zaner   For more than 20 years, Desert Stages Theatre has called Scottsdale home. In 1995, auditions for its first production, “The Ugly Duckling,” were held in the parking lot of Scottsdale Fashion Square. Gerry and Laurie Cullity, co-founders and executive directors, auditioned 13 young hopefuls, all of whom were cast in the first of what would become more than 250 productions.   Gerry was a classically trained musician holding a master’s degree in fine arts from the Mason Gross School of Fine Arts. His career included jobs as an actor, director, playwright, lyricist and musician. Sadly, Gerry passed away a few years ago, leaving Laurie to continue the success of the theater alone. Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from Rutgers University and spent the majority of her life owning and operating dance schools.   “Gerry was a humble actor when we met in New Jersey,” Laurie shares of their beginning. “I was passionate for dance and musical theater.... More

Drive By Blessings: Helping Vets, Finding Hope

2016-05-27 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Photo Credit: Loralei Lazurek
Writer Shannon Severson   Sometimes, the best remedy for a broken heart is reaching out to help others. Less than a year ago, Karynda and Brandon Kearns’ family was experiencing the hardest time of their lives. Their youngest sons, Owen and Aiden, were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after enduring severe emotional trauma. Karynda struggled to keep a brave face for her children, but felt they were all stuck in an endless cycle of painful thoughts.   “About three weeks after that trauma, I decided we needed to do something to get our minds off of our own difficulties,” says Karynda. “I went to the kids for ideas and they suggested we create ‘blessing bags’ to hand out to the homeless as we drove by.”   The boys designed a logo themselves, filled plastic zip bags with water, basic toiletries and snacks — and Drive By Blessings was born.   “When we focused on making the bags, we began to heal from what happened to us,” says Karynda. “By mid-July, we... More

Paper Dresses: Annie Lopez

2016-05-26 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Photo Credit: Loralei Lazurek
Writer Donna Kublin   Over the past several decades, nationally exhibited artist Annie Lopez has consistently created new bodies of work exploring a variety of subjects. Through it, she presents a dialogue about race, stereotypes, the local art world, relationships and family, all done with a combination of frankness and humor.   A fourth-generation Phoenix resident, Lopez was recently honored with the 2016 Governor’s Arts Award for individual artist. Her work has been exhibited at museums across the country, including “Paper!” at the Phoenix Art Museum; “American Voices” at the Smithsonian Institution; “The Show” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe; “In Celebration: A Century of Arizona Women Artists,” which traveled throughout Arizona; and, most recently, “Cyanotypes: Photography’s Blue Period” at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Two of her pieces are currently on exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New... More

The Athlete’s Home

2016-05-25 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Photo Credit: The Athlete’s Home
Writer Lara Piu   Healthy living communities have been popular over the last 15 years, with homeowners now enjoying miles of walking, hiking and biking paths throughout communities like DC Ranch and Anthem, in addition to fitness centers and classes, pools, golf, medical complexes and more.   Now in other cities, the trend has made its way inside the home, with new home builders marketing wellness properties. Canyon Ranch in Tucson, for example, offers new homes designed to mimic its iconic destination spa. And in Chicago, new homes by Evolutionary Home Builders monitor and evaluate health and track stamina and performance.   In search of their own health and lifestyle-centric home, local architect, general contractor and real estate broker John Landry and his wife, Kim, took matters into their own hands. Not wanting to move out of the neighborhood they loved, they took their existing home down to the slab and started from scratch, all to create a new home catered to their... More

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

2016-05-25 | ImagesAZ | Community

Readers of all ages will explore nutrition and fitness-themed activities and events this summer through the “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” library program. Registration is open to youth, ages 0-18, with prize drawings, story times, reading clubs and more. Activities include contests, foodie events, art projects, science and coding events, and encourage reading fundamentals and cultural enrichment in an inviting social environment. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, More

Cave Creek's 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Community

Get an early start on Fourth of July festivities at this annual fireworks extravaganza hosted by Harold’s Corral and Roadhouse. The familyfriendly celebration will be filled with live music, kids' activities, and food and drink specials at both restaurants. A spectacular display of fireworks at sunset will close out the night. Harold's Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-1906,; Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-3000, More

Rhythm and Wine Nights at Indigo Crow

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Beginning June 9 and continuing each Thursday night, Indigo Crow will feature live music on the upstairs mezzanine. Call for reservations. Indigo Crow, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2187, More

Desert Foothills Library Youth Event: Stranded, What to Eat

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Calling all adventurers! The Desert Foothills Library invites youth, ages 11 to 14, to learn about what foods to eat if stranded on a desert island. Participants will be working with Arizona Science Center staff. Call to register. Free. 2 to 3 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, More

Desert Foothills Gallery Hot Summer Show Reception

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Enjoy prosecco and light hors d'oeuvres while meeting the artists whose work is displayed in the Desert Foothills Gallery. Free. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, More

Sedona’s 12th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Grab your boots! Sedona’s National Day of the Cowboy event is back with gunfights, roping, cowboy action shooting, historical reenactments, country music, cowboy storytelling and poetry. Free. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Uptown Sedona, 928-204-2390, More

Pow Wow Retreat

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Community

Women of all ages are invited to the Pow Wow Retreat at the Carefree Resort, where they will spend a weekend relaxing and listening to speakers discuss a wide variety of women’s issues. Single ticket, $299; double ticket, $279 each. July 9: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 10: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 612-803-1442, More

Musical Theatre of Anthem Presents Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.”

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Adventure

Pinocchio and friends are brought to the stage at the Musical Theatre of Anthem. This retelling from Geppetto's perspective is sure to delight the whole family. Check website for show times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, More