Carefree: Brings Desert Gardens to Life

2015-08-02 | ImagesAZ | Gardening

Photo Credit: Thomas Baker
The Town of Carefree is abuzz with new improvements and additions that will give sightseers an even more rewarding experience when they visit the town’s crowned jewel, Carefree Desert Gardens, this fall.   Visitor-friendly amenities such as fireplaces, increased seating along the garden paths and welcoming gateway designs and signage are among the many developments currently underway in the downtown area. New water features, including a reflective pool under the iconic Carefree Sundial and a scorpion-shaped splash pad, will also greet attendees when the town kicks off their expanded events season, which begins with October’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden. The event features creative, world-renowned master carver Ray Villafane, who has received international acclaim and press accolades for his work.   All of the improvements will bolster the 4.5-acre Carefree Desert Gardens, home to hundreds of unique and exotic botanical specimens, a permanent outdoor art exhibit and a playground with... 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

Meet The Satran Family

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Family

Entrepreneurs have long lived by the motto, “See a need, fill a need!” The Satrans took this concept and turned it into a family business: Doughlicious.   Victoria Satran, who was born in Hungary, first visited Arizona as an exchange student during her senior year of high school — and decided to stay. She met her husband-to-be, Michael, an Arizona native, through her host family in Sedona.   Before getting married, Victoria earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and international marketing from Northern Arizona University (NAU). She continued her education at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Michael also studied at NAU and holds a real estate salesperson license.   The Satrans have two young daughters, Isabella (Bella), who is 7 years old and attends Desert Sun Academy, and Vivienne (Vivi), who is 19 months old. Both girls love to dance; Bella has been with Centre Stage Dance Studio in Scottsdale since she was 3 years old and competed with the studio... More

NDP Football

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
“What’s new?”   How many times do we ask — or get asked — that question? Usually, the answer to this most mundane query is an equally predictable, “Not much,” or “Same old, same old.”   Not so at Notre Dame Preparatory, where a flurry of “new” activity demands a complex and fascinating answer.   What’s new at NDP? A new football coach, new football uniforms (sponsored by Nike), new school uniforms (also sponsored by Nike) and a new football field, named in honor of an NDP legend and part of a sprawling sports complex.   Last month, a press release announced that NDP has signed a four-year, head-to-toe agreement with Nike and LIDS Team Sports products.   As the release states, “Nike will be the exclusive supplier of athletic uniforms, sports footwear, apparel and equipment beginning in the 2015-16 school year. In addition to the athletic gear, all NDP students will be decked out in new apparel, as Nike will become the provider of the NDP school uniform... More

Bartlett Lake: Right In Your Backyard

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Being confined to a wheelchair has never stopped Bryan Church from chasing his dreams. Little did he know how big of a leap his dreams would take after a trip to Arizona.   “My brother and I decided to make a trip to Arizona to watch the Cleveland Indians spring training in Tucson in 1980,” he said.   Someone told them about Bartlett Lake, the best kept secret in Arizona, according to Church, and they decided to trek up to Phoenix and check it out.   The lake is the last reservoir on Verde River and fed by a 7,500-square-mile watershed located south of Flagstaff. It heads over east of Payson and the Mogollon Rim and west near Prescott. Back then, the last seven miles of the road to Bartlett were unpaved.   “I just got this vision,” said Bryan, as he described the marina he had pictured in his head the moment he “laid wheels” on the shoreline. So he went home, grabbed his typewriter and wrote a letter to the United States Forest Service about his idea. Three months... More
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