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(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about “snowbirds” in Ahwatukee and the Valley of the Sun. The next story will appear in the July 25 issue of the AFN).
Ten years ago, Laura’s Gourmet Granola hit the shelves of AJ’s Fine Foods for the first time, and its creator, Laura Briscoe, said it was really just family and friends that purchased it.
A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular “superfoods” like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.
I’ve made a habit lately of studying the Amish. I use the word “study” loosely as this is not a simple curiosity of mine or some kind of theological experiment. My exploration flows out of a deep respect and admiration for their faith and spirituality. We English (that’s what the Amish call us outside their communities) recognize them because of their familiar beards, horse-drawn buggies, fine woodworking, or barn-raisings, but there’s a lot more to this group than sturdy furniture and firm dispositions. They have a lively, vibrant faith despite their archaic lifestyles.
Editor’s note: This is the final in a two-part series on the history of the Ahwatukee streets.
HERE: Ahwatukee Sunday Farmer’s Market
In the beginning there was dirt — and roads that were mere afterthoughts of other East Valley cities. For the most part, they didn’t lead to much of anywhere, as they dustily meandered west toward South Mountain.
Every single day we’re exposed to chemicals and toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink and in which we bathe. Over time, these toxins accumulate in our bodies.
You know George Washington and John Hancock as Founding Fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer?
Veteran Yuma state senator Don Shooter will have a foe in the Aug. 26 Republican primary.
In a case with statewide implications, the Arizona Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether circumstantial evidence a candidate knew of forged signatures on petitions is enough to disqualify him from the ballot.
Three of Arizona’s five Democrat members of Congress recently joined all four of their Republican colleagues from the state to accomplish what a similar bipartisan majority in the Arizona Legislature did earlier this year: It loaded a badly needed shot in the arm for the small-business owners who generate almost every new job in the state and nation.
Q: What type of business services or products do you provide?
HERE: Ahwatukee Sunday Farmer’s Market
AZ Food Crafters, the local company that sells hand pies at the Gilbert and Chandler farmers markets and at its own Chandler storefront, is offering a Father’s Day carry-out special to feed four.
Seth MacFarlane is one talented guy. Sure, a lot of people have written him off for his “lowbrow” and “tasteless” sense of humor. But few modern performers have mastered such “lowbrow” comedy through everything from animation to feature film to songwriting to live performances. The one thing MacFarlane has yet to do is get in front of the camera and star in a movie. We all know that he’s a gifted voice-over actor, as seen in “Family Guy,” “Ted,” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (yeah, he played the guy in the containment suite believe it or not). Does voice-over acting transfer well to screen acting, though? In MacFarlane’s case, it does.
Despite being a non-fan of writer/director/actor/comedian, Seth MacFarlane (the “brains” behind such farcical fare as Family Guy and Ted), I still had high hopes for his latest project, A Million Ways to Die in the West. I love westerns and the genre is pretty easy pickins when it comes to laughs, but unfortunately MacFarlane scrapes most his material from the bottom of the comedic bucket.
It was 50 years ago Barry Goldwater declared “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” The political world gasped and he suffered a crushing defeat in the 1964 presidential election. Today, pundits and the “legacy media” commonly emphasize the importance of keeping those extremists marginalized.
It was 50 years ago that Barry Goldwater declared “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” The political world gasped and he suffered a crushing defeat in the 1964 presidential election. Today, pundits and the “legacy media” commonly emphasize the importance of keeping those extremists marginalized.
At the dawn of civilization, when communities started to see their members specialize (think of farmers, tailors, herdsmen, blacksmiths, builder, merchants), that’s when the first businesses were born. Until we entered the 20th century, there were only two modes of marketing: word of mouth and the printed word. Then, with a rush of innovation came the new waves of marketing with each one farther reaching and more targeted: radio, television, Internet, and only recently mobile. Not only has the way we market businesses to the community changed, the entire mentality of business has transformed to reward businesses that give back to the community and society as a whole. By placing stress on increasing community value, not shareholder value, these companies transcend the common mission of corporate America and become a crusader for the communities they touch. That’s why I’d like to bring GEOPERKS by iPayMobile to our community’s attention and the different ways this mobile marketing company is bringing opportunities to local businesses and nonprofit organizations alike. As Americans we love our baseball and since we’re in baseball season, our local schools and club leagues are starting up, let’s delve into the services GEOPERKS by iPayMobile is bringing to our Ahwatukee baseball community.
It can be tricky finding a good restaurant that fulfills all your brunching desires. A good shade-to-sun ratio on the patio, a sweet-and-savory menu and, of course, daytime boozing are all necessary requirements. The next time it’s your turn to pick the place for brunch, try one of these East Valley favorites that fit the bill.
A recent grant from Target is making summer programs more affordable and available to more dancers at the Phoenix Dance Cooperative in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Jim Hunt of Ahwatukee Foothills has joined United Brokers Group, a local real estate brokerage firm. Previously with Farmers Insurance, Hunt has been serving families with their insurance and financial services needs for almost 25 years and is an active member of the Ahwatukee business community.
An Irish relative sent me some packages of her favorite tea. On the package of the Thompson Family Teas Company it states: “We Trade only with tea farmers who share our ideals. Treating their workers Fairly with proper wages, healthcare & education.”