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Every year, Paradise Valley sculptor William Daggett travels to Northern Arizona or Southern Utah to collect twisted juniper branches that “speak to me,” he says. He has worked with this hard, dense wood for the past decade, finding motion and beauty in the shapes of these 1,000-year-old tree limbs. “I look for a motion – an animal, a bird, a plane – something abstract I can see in it. Usually, [the wood] says what it...

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COVID-19 Testing When the pandemic hit, Mesa-based Embry Women’s Health turned into an unlikely public health hero. The gynecology clinics became Arizona’s largest COVID-19 test provider, offering free saliva testing and nose swabbing for up to 18,000 people a day at 60 locations. embrywomenshealth.com  Depression Connection Around 40 percent of people who have a heart attack also suffer from depression, and women have twice the risk of experiencing the combination of major depression and cardiovascular...

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To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020, Phoenix College published Phoenix College: Our Past. Your Future. ($29), a charming retrospective coffee table book. Acclaimed local author and Phoenix College alumna Stella Pope Duarte (If I Die in Juárez) chronicles the community college’s history in a decade-by-decade look back that also touches on local and international history, from feminism to the Vietnam War to Y2K. A yearbook-style spread highlights notable alumni, which include Phoenix mayor Kate...

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Have a podcast idea but no clue how to make it a reality? Check out PodPopuli, the first retail podcast storefront in the U.S., which opened in Old Town Scottsdale in January. “This is a place where people of all ages can learn to podcast, launch a podcast and even watch podcasts being created,” says founder Brian Howie, who hosts four pods of his own. PodPopuli offers recording, production, creative and distribution services.

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Alison Bailin is a fixture in wine country, and the Valley-based PR pro and food and beverage writer says she’ll never grow tired of it. Bailin visits the Sonoma County area with her mom, Carol, and her boyfriend, Cory, every year. In all of her “spirited” adventures, she says there is nowhere better than Healdsburg and Dry Creek, where she went this past November. Bailin shares some of her favorite restaurants, wineries and experiences with...

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Photo by Aimee Smith    The problem with writing about Pemberton PHX is… where to start? It seems to be expanding daily. And this week, that is not much of an exaggeration. Wednesday was the official opening of Fever Dream Coffee. Photo by Aimee Smith   Saturday will be the grand opening of House of Hee. It will be one of the few indoor offerings at Pemberton PHX and will be located on the second...

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Copper is commonly known as one of Arizona’s five main economic staples. However, it’s not the only notable natural commodity. Gold, silver, lead, zinc and other minerals are also major players in the state’s mining industry. Arizona ranks second in the nation in production of non-fuel minerals, according to Steve Trussell, executive director of the Arizona Mining Association. More than 300 mines operate throughout Arizona, with a dozen more undiscovered natural resource deposits purported to...

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Nestled in San Luis Obispo County, this quaint coastal community is a must-add to your Central California road trip with its new Insta-worthy experiences. The Bee’s Knees Fruit Farm Book a countryside getaway at this enchanting, upscale farmhouse located on 3 acres of fresh fruit and vegetables ready to pick at your leisure. Explore the nearby areas of Morro Bay and Pismo Beach with hiking, biking and paddling, then return to the farm to enjoy...

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“Well Living Lab researchers have studied a variety of factors that impact health in indoor environments, including air quality, light, biophilia and more,” executive director Barbara Spurrier says. Here are five ways to maximize such factors at home: 1. Get some air. Open windows and sliding glass doors allow fresh air to flow throughout your home. 2. Let there be light. Pull aside those window curtains and let the sunshine in. 3. Connect with nature....

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Tip Your Hat to Horse Power Welcome the Hashknife riders as they complete a 200-mile journey on horseback from Holbrook to Scottsdale, delivering thousands of letters, April 16. This annual re-enactment of Western history is the longest-running Pony Express ride in the nation. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with the riders arriving at high noon, Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, hashknifeponyexpress.com. Immerse Yourself in Beautiful Gardens Phoenix Home & Garden hosts its annual...

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Photo by Max Sassaman   Ramond, a rapper and entrepreneur who hails from Denver, is no stranger to switching things up. He travels frequently and, before the pandemic, spent several months living in Europe to focus on his music and personal growth. So, his recent relocation to Mesa came as no surprise to his manager, friends or fans. “Even if I’m in places I don’t know or have never been, I feel comfortable when I’m...

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New Autism Screening Program If you can’t discuss your child’s behavior with your pediatrician, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) has a new autism screening program that takes 10 minutes over the phone. For more details, call 602-218-8204. autismcenter.org. Improved Chemo Treatment To minimize chemotherapy’s effects, Phoenix Children’s created the Chemo-Induced Nausea and Vomiting Dashboard. It utilizes color coding to match medication with anti-nausea drugs so doctors can prescribe accurately. For more info, visit phoenixchildrens.org....

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Is that some swinging 1960s elevator music in your pocket, or are you just listening to Moonlight Magic on your smart phone? The Phoenix-based band’s blend of bossa nova, lounge music and art pop make it the perfect sonic garnish for the cultural cocktail kick-off of Arizona Tiki Oasis (aztikioasis.com), taking over Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale April 22-25. The instrumental quartet will perform at the event’s Meet & Mingle Pop-Up Art Show from 6-9...

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Blogger and 2020 PHOENIX magazine Great 48 honoree Alana Yazzie, aka The Fancy Navajo, “wanted to create Native fashion that was cute, girly and colorful and reflected The Fancy Navajo brand.” Longtime followers weren’t surprised when she debuted her Turquoise & Coffee T-shirt, dedicated to her two obsessions. “I also wanted to create a shirt that incorporated Diné and English,” Yazzie says. Since she’s not fluent in Diné, she often combines words from the Navajo...

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Locals in the national news cycle. Jake Angeli The self-proclaimed QAnon Shaman became synonymous with the January 6 U.S. Capitol raid after photos of the Viking-hat-clad conspiracy theorist went viral. After his arrest, the Donald Trump supporter (and Arizona resident) changed his tune, taking accountability and expressing disappointment in the former president. Arlando Teller In February, Arizona state representative and Navajo Nation member Arlando Teller resigned from the Legislature to join President Joe Biden’s administration....

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