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Swinging With Precision

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
For most, the game of golf is measured by distance. Golfers select the tee they play based on the length of the course, as listed on the scorecard. Each hole has a tee plate denoting the distance to the hole, and sprinkler heads marked with yardages are littered all over the course as reminders of the distance yet to travel.   Golfers talk in yards, feet and inches, describing the length of their best drive, the proximity of their approach and the chagrin of a missed putt. Even the great Bobby Jones used a unit of measurement when he described the game as being played on a five-inch course, the distance between one’s ears.   Mike Tomas is a golfer, but one who measures the game by more than distance alone. As a master club fitter, Mike sees golf in terms of swing speed, angle of attack, set makeup, swing weight, shaft droop, shaft profile, loft, lie and dispersion rates. His evaluation of the game is far more precise than that of the average golfer; he talks in tenths of a degree,... More

Down & Dirty with Anthem's Mud Mama

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
At 53 years old, Gale Walker is doing anything but entering quietly into her golden years. While her peers contemplate the slow, easy pace of retirement and empty nests, this mom of seven (with her third grandchild on the way) is on a whole different course — and it’s as muddy and dirty as it gets!   In her fifth decade, “Granny Gale” decided to not only take up running as a sport; she’s taken to obstacle course races — mud runs — and intends to set a world record in the popular Spartan race series. Her goal: to complete the most trifectas in her age group in a calendar year. That’s a combination of a five-mile, a 10-mile and a 15-mile race. She’s already done three trifectas and has four more to do before 2015 ends. Secretly, though, she confides that she’d really like to do nine this year.   Her growing strength and her humility are an inspiration to her children and grandchildren, as well as those who hear her story.   “Let’s get one thing clear,” says... More

Sustainable Roadtrip

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Whether you prefer to patronize green businesses or are simply up for a road trip, pack this list of sustainable stops with you. According to the World Tourism Organization, destinations like these are managed for economic, social and aesthetic needs in a way that maintains the cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems of the area.   Sleep Flagstaff Nordic Center’s Off-Grid Getaways is an unplugged, low-to-no carbon print resort comparable to glamping (glamorous camping), sans the planning, packing and lugging of gear and food. Located 15 miles from downtown on Forest Service campgrounds, the center rents nightly yurts and cabins year-round.   Purists can request the Eco-Hideaway, a fully self-contained cabin not connected to utility lines. Electricity is generated through solar- and wind-generating systems, rainwater is collected and filtered for house use and heat is provided via a propane fireplace and heaters.   From May... More

Flamenco and Fashion

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Enjoy an evening of flamenco and fashion with this event supporting the El Samaritano Equestrian Center and featuring a special appearance by Inspiration Flamenca and fashions sported by Daisy Blue, Pretty Please, Kimes Ranch jeans, Four Peaks Amethyst and more. 6:15-10 p.m. $25 per adult; children under 12 free. El Samaritano Equestrian Center, 28345 N. 84th St., facebook.com/elsamaritanoequestriancenter, 206-604-3034.... More

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra Auditions

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


All are welcome to audition for ProMusica Arizona’s 2015-16 concert season. Vocalists should be able to read music and have experience in choral singing. Instrumentalists need to have an intermediate or advanced skill level. Contact artistic director Adam Stich for an appointment at astich@pmaz.org. 7-9 p.m. Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, 20125 N. 15th Ave., pmaz.org, 623-326-5172.... More

Anthem Youth Advisory Council’s Teen Movie Night: “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story”

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Anthem’s teens are invited to get together for a friendly tournament of dodgeball before settling in for a viewing of the PG-13 movie “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story,” starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. 7 p.m. Free. Anthem Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, onlineatanthem.com/AYAC, 623-742-6050.... More

Meet the Author: Shona Patel

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Listen to author Shona Patel read from her books “Teatime for the Firefly” and “Flame Tree Road” while enjoying authentic English tea and scones. Reservations required. 3-5 p.m. $30. English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., Ste. 103, carefreetea.com, 480-488-4812.... More

Writing the Contemporary Novel Workshop

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Learn the ins and outs of writing a contemporary novel from this workshop hosted by Betty Webb, acclaimed author of 13 mystery and suspense novels. Call to register. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., dfla.org, 480-488-2286.... More

Harold’s Gong Show

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Entertainers young and old are invited to impress a panel of five judges who have no problem expressing their displeasure and disqualifying acts with a bang on the gong. Features two separate shows for kids and adults, with prizes awarded for first, second and third place. Single acts: $10 entry fee; group acts: $20 entry fee. Reservations recommended. 6 p.m. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., haroldscorral.com, 480-488-1906.... More

Anthem Women’s Expo

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Shop, share, support and socialize at this exciting expo featuring a variety of local direct sales businesses, snacks, drinks, prizes and a special guest speaker. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hampton Inn Anthem, 42415 N. 41st Dr., facebook.com/AnthemWomensExpo.... More

Butterfly Wonderland Teachers’ Open House

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Teachers can experience firsthand the fun and educational opportunities available at Butterfly Wonderland and learn about ways they can receive discounts throughout the facility with this open house that also features butterfly- and rainforest-themed craft ideas from Lakeshore Learning Store. 5-7:30 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.... More

Journey to Healing: Women’s Health

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Presenter Ben Ta’ati, CCH, RSHom, discusses women’s health issues such as hormonal imbalance, infertility, acne, premenstrual syndrome, menopause symptoms and endometriosis, and how homeopathy addresses the four dimensions of health: spirit, emotion, body and mind. Call to register. 2-3:30 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., dfla.org, 480-488-2286.... More

Cave Creek Oil Company

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
On a warm Saturday afternoon in Cave Creek, customers saunter through the doors of a small shop. Wearing cowboy boots, tennis shoes, or even high heels, they make their way across the wood floor to the bar where proprietors Rich and Martha Bates often greet them by name, pour them a shot of what they’d like, or recommend a favorite of their own.   They come in with an appetite and leave with a smile, and no one leaves Cave Creek Olive Oil Company without a fun experience under their belt.   There may not be a drop of alcohol in the building, but this year-old business has become a regular stop for many locals. With 57 varieties of freshly bottled olive oils from all over the world, fine balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, unique pastas, salsas, avocado oils, jams, jellies and honey, the shop is a mecca for anyone who enjoys putting together a good meal.   But the bigger reason Cave Creek Olive Oil Company is drawing a crowd is because Rich and Martha are so personable. That’s... More

Durant's Never Closes

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Few people remember a time when Phoenix was a small dot of concrete surrounded by cattle yards and citrus orchards, but it was just that a generation ago. The railroad served as the most important mode of transportation for both agricultural commodities and human cargo, and Union Station was a place where families hung out on long weekend days, simply for the excitement of it all.   The soon-to-be booming city was firmly divided into blocks on one side of the tracks or the other based on skin color, and real cowboys fresh from their cattle drives mingled with bankers and politicians at any of the downtown bars on hot summer afternoons.   The year was 1950 — the same year a now-iconic restaurant opened its doors on bustling Central Avenue. For the last 65 years, Durant’s and its founder, Jack Durant, have become the stuff of lore and legend. John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Lucille Ball all placed their orders at Durant’s.   To this day, the deals that... More

Cowboy Up in Prescott

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community


Ask nearly anyone in the United States what they think about Arizona history and you’ll likely receive an answer that includes cowboys, campfires and Wild West antics. Not only did some of the most newsworthy gunfights and cowboy history happen in our backyard (and front yard, in some cases), but you’ll also find the places and spaces where history’s ghosts have left a permanent mark.   One of the most significant places in Arizona for cowboy history is the town of Prescott. Founded in 1864, this central Arizona town features both high desert and towering pines, with Prescott National Forest to its west and Prescott Valley to its east. Prescott is a cool day trip away from Phoenix, an hour up and west on I-17, and it offers more than just fantastic lakes and vistas. It was once the territorial capital of Arizona and its colorful Whiskey Row stands in testament to its Wild West history.   Cowboy tales often originated from campfires along cattle drives near its boundaries. At... More