Articles by Mala Blomquist


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The Waldorf’s wondrous sukkah

Right after Yom Kippur is over, Jews throughout Israel and the rest of the world busy themselves building temporary “huts” called sukkot (plural; the singular is sukkah). The sukkah can range from a basic design decorated with posters and paper chains to more elaborate structures adorned with draperies and chandeliers. Most of the requirements for…

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An Apple a Day for the High Holidays

What comes to mind when you think of the “forbidden fruit” described in the Garden of Eden – the one that Eve is said to have eaten and then shared with Adam? If you guessed an apple, you’re probably wrong. In the Talmud, when listing the possible “fruits” that may have been products of the…

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Cultivate Your Inner Artisan with Laura Tanzer

Tucson designer Laura Tanzer is opening up a new creative venture where she will guide participants through the very basics to advanced sewing and craft techniques. LearnCraftSew located at 410 N. Toole Ave. in Tucson will carry kits that contain everything you need to start sewing and creating, as well as on-demand, live and custom…

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Stephanie Lieb is ‘Gabbin’ with Mavens’

Communications and branding professional Stephanie Lieb is excited to be bringing back “Gabbin’ with Mavens.” The podcast she created in 2019 will return as an Instagram Live talk show beginning Aug. 5. “Every episode, I interview a different expert on a different topic,” she says. “My dream has always been to do a talk show.”…

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Abrazo opens new Cave Creek hospital

Photo: Staff at the grand opening of the new Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital. Abrazo Health has opened its newest neighborhood hospital. Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital opened July 26 near the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road. The neighborhood hospital at 5227 E. Carefree Highway offers North Valley residents 24/7 care closer to home….

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The Ladies Bring Immersive Art Events to AZ

Photo: Leanne Schmidt-Slater and Marlene Strang as The Ladies. Leanne Schmidt-Slater and Marlene Strang are the creative force behind The Ladies, a wacky duo of physical comediennes that perform live, immersive events in unexpected places. They even took their show to parking lots around the Valley during the pandemic and called it “Ladies in the…

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Tucson Couple Heeds Grammy’s Sage Advice

Wedding photos courtesy of Pure in Art Photography, www.pureinart.com Eliana (Ellie) Boling and Daniel (Danny) Anderson became engaged in November 2019, and like many other engaged young couples, were excitedly planning their wedding for more than 200 guests when COVID-19 hit. The couple was trying to navigate how to plan a large wedding during a…

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