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Sizzling Summer Storms

Beautiful and breathtaking. Dynamic and dangerous. That is the natural world around us. Here in America, we experience the glorious diversity of nature firsthand. The North boasts of freezing temperatures and high snowfall during long winter months. The Southeast features impressive and terrifying hurricanes. The Midwest succumbs to tornadoes that can stretch a mile wide. And the West finds itself rattled by frequent earthquakes of all magnitudes.

Paityn on Pointe

Back in January, Boulder Creek High School senior Paityn Lauzon was a finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix Phoenix Division, the world’s largest ballet competition. Yet she can’t remember the moment her dance career began — understandable, considering she was only 3 years old at the time.

Experience the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

No one could have predicted it 133 years ago, but Payson Pro Rodeo has since become the world’s oldest continuous rodeo. Not that it would have made any difference to its earliest contestants. The cowboys and ranch hands took pride in their skills and horses, and saw the rodeo as their chance to strut their stuff in the town square. It was how they had fun in the gap between spring and fall roundups at the ranch, and the entire town joined them.

Anarchy in Anthem

It was the second hour of a two-hour softball practice. Ten players had their head in the game until infielder and team captain Tori Krayeski threw a dead tarantula at shortstop Sydney Barnes. That’s what best friends do — especially when you and your bestie are on a fast-pitch softball team that’s been together since you were 9 years old, and that team is named Anarchy AZ.

Drinks

A Sip of Summertime

Just in time for summer, Sonata’s Restaurant has added a bevy of light new cocktails with bright, fresh ingredients. Located at 10050 N. Scottsdale Rd., the modern European restaurant named for its owner, Sonata Molocajeviene Tuft, was designed to turn down the heat.

Artist Janet Towbin

Janet Towbin creates art from intricate patterns. Her pieces draw the viewer in closer and closer, until they are enveloped by the beauty…

Deborah Bateman

Deborah Bateman takes one last review of BAM before departing. BAM is the 40-foot recreational vehicle she shares with her husband, Tim.

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