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A taste of Italy

Whether it was called Franco’s Trattoria, or Franco’s Italian Caffe, for 30 years (off and on), there has been a Chef Franco Fazzuoli restaurant serving hungry Arizonans. There have been four different locations over the years, with each incarnation having a special offering. Franco’s Italian Caffe, in the heart of Scottsdale, is an intimate dining…

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Roberta Elliott: Embrace the refugee

As the daughter of a Jewish refugee, Roberta Elliott knows “the heart and soul of a stranger better than most.” Her father, Franz Engel, left Vienna at age 29 – five months after Hitler’s invasion in 1938. He went into hiding then spent two years in a French alien camp. He ended up working for…

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The Greenberg Gals are a “Committee of Two”

Two songbirds turned snowbirds have given new meaning to the term, “make it a double.”  Joyce Stern Greenberg, and her daughter-in-law, Sandy Greenberg; part-time residents of Sun City Grand and the Chicago area, performed “Committee of Two,” last winter in Arizona. A lighthearted musical, with script and song lyrics by Joyce, the cabaret features two…

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Purple mountain majesties

Did you know that Arizona claims a  precious gemstone, of which there is only one known source on the planet, as its own? Siberian Red is a type of amethyst originally discovered in the Ural Mountains on the other side of the globe. It is purple, like most natural amethyst that typically originates from South…

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Staycations & Summer Fun Directory

Butterfly Wonderland 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale 480-800-3000 • butterflywonderland.com Visit America’s largest butterfly pavilion with more than 3,000 butterflies from around the world. Other exhibits include a butterfly emergence gallery, 3D theater, Honey Bee Extravaganza, Spineless Giants, Rainforest Reptile exhibit and Tropical Waters of the World. Children’s Museum Tucson 200 S. Sixth Ave.,…

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