Brownie Girl Scouts (from left) Madison, Isa, Chloe, Willow and Maci are pictured with Hospice team Mark and Paula Henning and their Therapy Dogs, Hayden and Bailey.

 Thayer unveils Gems of Arizona collection

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Ann Turpin Thayer will unveil her new collection and exhibit, Gems of Arizona, at the Celebration of Fine Art show Jan. 16 to March 28 in Scottsdale. The exhibit will be on display throughout the event, with new pieces debuting each week.

Included in the collection are Arizona gemstones as well as seldom seen treasures.

Thayer, who owns a studio in Ahwatukee Foothills, is known nationally for her innovative jewelry designs that use only wrapped precious metal wire and gems with no solder or casting used.

People interested in learning more about Arizona gems are invited to meet Thayer at her working studio at the show and sale. The Celebration of Fine Art show will feature 100 of the finest national and international artists and attracts more than 50,000 visitors during its 10-week run. The show will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the big white tents on Scottsdale Road, just south of Loop 101 at Exit 34 in Scottsdale. Tickets, $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and military, are good for all 10 weeks of the show and sale. Children under 12 are admitted at no charge.

For information on Thayer and Gems of Arizona, visit For information on the show, visit


Girl Scouts work with Hospice of the Valley

Jan. 9 marked the beginning of Girl Scout cookie sales, and Brownie Girl Scouts of Troop 774 are working diligently to have a successful sales season.

The scouts are also partnering with Hospice of the Valley for its Gift of Caring Program this year, which allows customers to donate boxes of cookies to organizations or community members. Hospice of the Valley was chosen by one of the scouts in Troop 774 because Hospice helped her grandmother. Hospice helped prepare fliers and posters for the Brownies.

Cheryl Thomas, associate director of fund development, along with volunteers with therapy dogs visited the troop meeting to educate the girls on Hospice’s mission and services.


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