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Biz Ins & Outs

Sara Silver to be honored at 2017 Outstanding Women in Business event Sara Silver, founder and president of business management solutions company, Silverware Inc., was recently named by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the 2017 Outstanding Women in Business honorees. The Phoenix Business Journal’s annual award is presented to 30 female business women…

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Beth Surdut: drawn to wildlife

Artist Beth Surdut has always been interested in wildlife. She might have become a naturalist, had she been drawn to science instead of art. Her newest exhibit, “The Art of Paying Attention,” features detailed drawings of the “critters” she encounters around her Tucson home. Beth only recently started doing these intricate drawings. “I was a…

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Taste of Arizona: Sonata’s Restaurant

Some of my earliest memories include hearing my maternal great-grandmother’s thick Russian accent (her name was Fanny) and my paternal grandmother (Bertha) singing lullabies to me in German. My Russian and German heritage helps to explain why I am genetically predisposed to enjoy the food at Sonata’s Restaurant in Scottsdale, a modern take on Eastern…

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House of Tricks is all treats

Tucked away in downtown Tempe, there is a “secret garden” of sorts: House of Tricks, a charming, cottage-style restaurant with a disarming sense of nostalgia and a sense of whimsy. Owned by Temple Emanuel members Robin Trick and her husband Robert, this bucolic oasis is walking distance from the lively bustle of Mill Avenue and…

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Where the wildflowers are

Some people find it hard to believe that there can be an abundance of places to view wildflowers in the middle of the desert. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert would surely change their minds. After winter’s ample rain, this wildflower season has been particularly lovely. Wildflowers bloom March through May in the lower elevations. When it gets…

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A house and a home

The first thing you notice when you walk up to Barton House is what it’s not. The architecture is not what you might expect from a memory care facility, where senior residents are coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not stark and institutional looking. What you do notice is that it looks like a…

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All aboard for education and adventure

If you’re a history buff, you might be interested in an innovative travel program sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE): A Presidential Libraries Tour to Southern California this summer, from August 6 to 11. BJE Executive Director Myra Shindler promises that “participants will connect with like-minded adults who enjoy travel and experiential learning…

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