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Who decides who is a Top Doctor?

521 of the Valley’s Best Doctors/ Top Doctors 1995-2015/ 20th Anniversary Edition PHOENIX magazine published its first list of the Valley’s best doctors in 1995. Twenty years and 2,457 peer-selected physicians later, Top Docs is our most...

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Heart Beat

With an assist from a motivated widower, Mayo Clinic uncovers a genetic link to a little-known heart condition called SCAD. On Jan. 2, 2011, 51-year-old Judy Alico experienced blurry vision and pain in her right arm. She was rushed from her Scottsda...


Kid de Cuisine

Gilbert chef Cody Vasquez cooks up enthusiasm for healthful eating in schools while getting recognition from Food Network and the White House. Twelve-year-old Gilbert resident Cody Vasquez builds forts in the backyard with his friends, then steps in...


Brandon Lee

3TV Evening Anchor Broadcast journalist Brandon Lee has delivered the news in eight different cities over the past decade, graduating to the anchor’s desk and climbing the ladder to bigger markets – most recently Atlanta, where he worked...

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Top Docs History 1995-2015

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Top Docs, we did some housekeeping. Through the upheaval of the Internet Age, our Top Docs database hadn’t changed much since 1995. Which is to say: It was still a stack of back issues piled in a closet. ...


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June 2-Nov. 20
Practical Culinary Series
Chef/owner Pascal Dionot leads a comprehensive 24-week program focusing on basic skills, stocks, soups, sauces, eggs, vegetables, meal fabrication, fish and shellfish, grains, pasta, pastries, hors d’oeuvres, Asian techniques, desserts and chocolates. Tu, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; or F, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Call for fees. Classic Cooking Academy, 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-502-0177.

June 3
Harvest of the Desert
See how desert plants were used for food, building, medicine and magic by examining the ethnobotany of the Sonoran Desert. Hosted by Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary, the lecture is presented David Morris, a Native American naturalist. 7:30 p.m. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-495-0901.

June 3-23
Career Connectors
This nonprofit organization connects professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies, with information provided on networking, résumé help, career coaches and business portraits. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. June 3, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; June 11, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale; and June 23, Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert,, 480-442-5806.

June 4
Green Building Lecture
Participants learn about successes with innovative residential and commercial projects that exemplify principles of resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living at this City of Scottsdale program. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-3111.

June 6-28
Garden Workshops
This month’s programs focus on vegan tacos, a Southwest picnic, cultivation and care of cactus, environmental challenges of desert gardening, Arizona’s owls, container gardening for ornamentals, sustainable edible gardens, watering and controller programming, replacing grass with a desert-friendly landscape, companion planting and summer tree care. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8146.

June 20
Summer Desert Cooking Series
A special guest from Tohono O’odham Community Action gives a tutorial on the saguaro and its fruit, followed by a chef demonstration on how to create make-at-home dishes using saguaro syrup and saguaro seeds. Attendees also harvest and learn to make specialty desserts using barrel cactus with pastry chef Krista Owens. 2 p.m. $35. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr., Tucson,, 520-299-2020, ext. 5107.

June 24
Sip & Learn
Participants enjoy wine tastings and small bites as this series continues with The Art of Wine Blending. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. $35; $65 per couple. Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale, 480-664-4822.

June 27
Waking Up with the Butterflies
Novice and professional photographers are invited to spend a quiet hour photographing awakening butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting. 8:30 a.m. $30. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.