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Brian Petersheim

Local HomeSmart Success real estate agent Brian Petersheim has teamed up with highly acclaimed local mortgage lender Rudy Benitez of Annie-Mac mortgage and Stacey Cyr of Pioneer Title agency to offer 100 visitors to their booth at this weekend’s Salsa Festival a certificate good for a $1,000 credit at closing when they use Brian Petersheim as their agent to buy or sell a home.

“I wanted to give out something of value, and who can’t use an extra $1,000 when they are buying or selling a home?” said Petersheim. “The $1,000 can be used in many different ways for the buyer or seller. The most common use would be toward closing costs, price reduction or maybe home warranty if needed. The best part is the credit is done after everything has been negotiated in the sale so it is truly an extra $1000!”

In addition to the $1,000 certificates, the real estate trio is holding a contest at the booth with the grand prize a 50-inch TV.

“Anyone can enter; you just need to bring your best estimation skills to guess the number of skittles in a jar,” said Petersheim.  “We also have plenty of swag to give away at the booth, courtesy of Annie-Mac, Pioneer Title and HomeSmart Success. “

The booth is the Brian Petersheim – Homesmart/Pioneer/AnnieMac booth, located in front of the beer garden. Be sure to stop by and see what they have to offer. Anyone that would like a $1,000 certificate but won’t be at the Salsa Fest can reach out directly to Brian via text at 602-206-9644 or email at

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A patient in a wheelchair receiving care from a Sun Life dentist and dental assistant.

Sun Life Dentistry now offers a multifunctional dental chair that will enable appointments that are more comfortable for patients who cannot be accommodated in a regular dental chair because of weight or mobility issues. The chair has the ability to act as a wheel chair lift, eliminating the need for patients who are wheelchair-bound to transfer out of their own chair.

It is important for everyone to see the dentist at least twice a year. Many dental problems will only become detectable to you once the issue is in advanced stages and is causing pain or infection. Visiting the dentist can help catch problems early on so that simpler, and often less costly, treatments can be done to avoid more serious problems in the future. Additionally, regular dental care also helps in the detection of oral cancer.

Aging populations and patients with complex medical conditions are especially at risk for these types of issues. Even patients without teeth need to be checked for oral cancer at least once a year, and several studies have linked poor oral health to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Poor oral health can inhibit a person’s ability to eat or speak and may also have psychological effects. Dental disease can often lead to infections that may have serious consequences if left untreated.

Sun Life is dedicated to providing access to care for all patients, and with the addition of this chair, we are making dental care more accessible for our community. The multifunctional dental chair is available to adults and children alike, and is located at Sun Life’s Pediatric Dental office. To learn more about the multifunctional chair, or make an appointment, call Sun Life Family Dentistry, 520-381-0381, or Sun Life Pediatric Dentistry, 520-350-7560. When scheduling an appointment, please mention your need to use the multifunctional chair.

Sun Life Family Health Center is Pinal County’s largest primary care provider, and was one of the first community health centers in the state to have received accreditation from the Joint Commission (the gold standard of quality in healthcare). Sun Life serves both insured and uninsured patients, and provides health services in family practice, dentistry, women’s health, pediatrics, integrated behavioral health, diabetes education, and much more.

Sun Life operates several family practice offices, located in Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Maricopa, Oracle, and San Manuel. Women’s wellness and maternity services are available at our Centers for Women in Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Chandler and Maricopa. Both Family and Pediatric Dentistry are available in Casa Grande. Our Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Eloy, Florence, Maricopa, and San Manuel locations offer a public pharmacy. Sun Life offers Pediatrics in Casa Grande and Maricopa.

To learn more about office locations and hours, visit Sun Life… Excellence in health, wellness and education.


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Children’s Learning Adventure is taking a fun and interactive approach to summer break with their “Hooray for Hollywood” Summer Camp! This year’s camp offers a specialized STEAM-based curriculum centered around all things Hollywood and movie magic. Children’s Learning Adventure aims to change the meaning of “summer breaks” for students by incorporating weekly field trips, specialty classes, and a STEAM based curriculum with hands-on activities into their program to encourage campers to practice communication, collaboration, and creativity. Campers will experience the adventure of a lifetime as they spend the summer enjoying fun games, activities, and field trips.

Children’s Learning Adventure is currently enrolling campers from ages five to thirteen for their flagship “Hooray for Hollywood!” camp! Providing campers with the opportunity to discover their role in various subjects such as; art, drama, music, writing, and more as they also develop long lasting friendships.

During the summertime, it’s typical for campers to become unmotivated or stuck in a “summer slump”. A child’s school break doesn’t need to be a break from mental stimulation. When school is out, it is ‘in’ to join the fun by attending school break camps. Each school break and summer camp at Children’s Learning Adventure offers a specialized, uniquely designed curriculum that encompasses STEAM learning and literacy. Each theme is developed to engage students of all levels in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

Summer camps provide a great way for children to stay engaged in meaningful curriculum and stay productive during the time away from school. Children’s Learning Adventure is committed to immersing campers in an environment so inspiring and fun, they’ll be making memories that will last a lifetime.

The summer camp will offer a specialized STEAM-based curriculum centered around all things Hollywood and movie magic. Children’s Learning Adventure’s Summer camp will also include field trips, transportation to and from local elementary schools, and a specialized curriculum that encompasses STEAM learning. In addition to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts.

“The “Hooray for Hollywood” camp theme is intentionally planned to offer a specialized, uniquely designed curriculum that encompasses STEAM learning and literacy as Hollywood helps capture our imagination by taking us on amazing journeys to new worlds. This will help teach children to appreciate the world around them and create storylines that can guide them to understand who they are. Every child will have the opportunity to explore movie magic, from behind the scenes exploration to learning the tricks of the trade to participation in a variety of game shows. These are just a few of the many activities Children’s Learning Adventure is offering to families.” – Rick Sodja, CEO

The all-inclusive camp, available at Maricopa’s Children’s Learning Adventure, also includes weekly field trips, meals, activities, and flexible scheduling. Giving campers the experience of a lifetime, so they can enjoy their summer while also learning something new.

To learn more about Children’s Learning Adventure and their upcoming Summer Camp please visit, or call 877-797-1417 to speak to a personal enrollment representative.

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Millar Airport, a private landing strip in Maricopa, again drew car lovers, plane lovers and pancake lovers alike to the annual Spring Break Extravaganza Car Show March 16. Car aficionados competed in the show while fans engaged in an array of activities around the airport property. Photos by Jim Headley

Judith Zaimont and Herman Neuberger will discuss their arts at the "Inside the Creative Mind" lecture March 16.

Next up for the “Inside the Creative Mind” lecture series are multimedia artist Herman Zelig Neuberger and composer Judith Lang Zaimont.

What: “Inside the Creative Mind”
When: March 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
Where: Copper Sky Multigenerational Complex
How much: Free

Presented by the Maricopa Arts Council, the free event is set for March 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Copper Sky. Zaimont and Neuberger will discuss the skillset in the behind-the-scene process they have developed over time to complete the inspiration and make it real.

The session will offer insights gleaned by experience and examples of works, all to answer the constant questions: “How in the world did the artist do that?”

Zaimont will focus on the art and skill of orchestration. A prize-winning composer since the age of 12, she has seen her music commissioned and performed around the world by many orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Switzerland’s Camerata Bern, Janacek Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Orchestra. It includes music in every medium (including six symphonies and orchestral tone poems).

She is a Guggenheim Fellow, grantee of the Aaron Copland Award and from both National Endowments, arts commissions in five states, twice an international Gold Medal winner, plus many other honors. Author of five books, she was professor of music at universities on the East Coast and the University of Minnesota, heading the composition program there before moving to Arizona in 2005.

Neuberger will focus on the two forms where he has concentrated. Over a 58-year career centered in architecture and art, his media have varied, but finally settled into extremely detailed pencil drawings, naming his style “Thru Windows of Time.”

In 2007 he chose to enlarge his “pallet” to a very different and unique form of copper wire sculpting.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception follows.,

This story appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.


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Jennifer Nguyen

By Bernadette Russoniello

February was CTE month, celebrating all things related to Career Technical Education. Maricopa High School hosted a number of events, from Future Freshmen Tours and Showcase to CPR classes, Market Day student business expo and technology recycling. What better way to celebrate CTE than to profile some of our most successful seniors?

Jennifer Nguyen (Technical Theatre) initially chose Technical Theatre because she wanted to be part of a fun, hands-on program… and to get to DJ. She was inspired her freshman year when she attended her first dance concert – she found herself more fascinated by the digital lighting, the sound and transitions than by the dancers. She found even more opportunities in Tech Theatre, including event management, show production, set design, construction, lighting, sound, rigging. She even was part of the flight crew for “Peter Pan.” She intends to pursue audio engineering as a career and will start class at the Conservatory for Recording Arts and Science this fall.

Brayden Sanders

Brayden Sanders (Computer Networking) enjoys taking things apart and learning how they work. He always has had an interest in the complexity of computers. However, it was the mentorship of teacher Brad Chamberlain who inspired Brayden to take his interests to the next level. He loves the possibilities in the Networking class – competitions, work experience, industry certifications and the potential for high paying jobs and careers. Brayden is already an IT assistant for MUSD. Brayden plans to attend a university in the fall, majoring in computer science with the goal of working as a cyber security analyst to protect companies and consumers. Brayden has already been accepted to University of Michigan, Penn State, Colorado School of Mines, New York Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, ASU, NAU and Gus Davis. He is considering the many offers and scholarships and will make his final decision later this spring.

Hayley Mase

Hayley Mase (AFJROTC) originally joined Junior ROTC for the leadership opportunities. The core values of service before self, integrity first and excellence above all resonated with her as a ninth grader. She explains the most impactful experience in JROTC has been the personal changes, morphing her from a shy young woman afraid to speak publicly to the commanding officer for the entire program. Hayley aspires to a career in the military as a pilot and has received Congressional nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and West Point. She will receive her appointment by April.

Katelyn Dayley

Katelyn Dayley (Graphic Design) was accidentally placed into graphic design her sophomore year – she never even signed up for the course. However, because of her background in art, she soon realized the potential in the program. Katelyn was fascinated realizing we are surrounded by graphic design in images, logos, social media posts, print media, TV and broadcast. She has enjoyed her ability to create while contributing to her school and community with her designs. Katelyn plans to pursue a career in graphic design and advertising. She will attend CAC on her Promise for the Future Scholarship, serve a mission for her church and eventually transfer to BYU-Idaho to finish her degree.

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Cooter

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Cooter (Marketing) chose marketing on purpose. She was new to Maricopa, painfully shy and knew she needed a program to help her get out of her shell. What she’s enjoyed most about marketing are the real-world skills – public speaking, presentations, pricing, the psychology of marketing and perspectives into the adult world. Jackie plans to major in nursing at ASU on a full-ride scholarship and knows she will take the professional skills, conflict resolution, project management and inter-personal communication skills with her into her future career.

Ivan Maldonado

Ivan Maldonado (Automotive Technologies) joined Auto because of his personal interest in cars. He enjoyed working on engines before joining the class. However, in MHS Auto Shop he learned more than he imagined possible. He credits teacher Erick Fierro with finding ways to teach both practice and theory; to demonstrate hands-on in the shop yet familiarize students with manuals and “by the book” techniques. Ivan will attend Yavapai Community College to study collision repair.


Alana Daniels

Alana Daniels (Culinary Arts) a comes from a family heritage of cooks; her mother is a professional chef. She entered the program as a sophomore with a passion for food and fond memories of making dough in her grandma’s kitchen. Alana has an interest in culinary arts therapy – using food and food preparation as healing. Alana will attend Johnson and Wales University in Denver, earning $70,000 in scholarships. Pending the outcome of her upcoming CCAP competition, Alana could earn a full ride from the American Culinary Federation to complete her study in culinary arts.

Tyler Griego

Tyler Griego (Computer Repair and Maintenance) had an early interest in computers. He figured taking a computer class would be an “easy A.” He was unprepared for where the rabbit-hole of technology would lead him. Tyler enjoys creating websites and appreciates the most important elements of his learning: personal accountability, time management and people skills. Tyler attributes teacher Brad Chamberlain’s caring, enthusiasm and genuine passion as a major source for his success. Tyler will attend ASU with a full tuition waiver and major in computer science with an emphasis in cybersecurity. He’s open to career possibilities in any tech-related field.

This story appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

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Applications for the Pinal 40 agricultural scholarship program are due by March 15. The Pinal 40 agricultural scholarship program is one of the main charitable efforts for the organization.

Each spring, scholarships are awarded to Pinal County students interested in careers in agriculture and agribusiness. Since 2014, Pinal 40 has awarded over $190,000 in individual scholarship awards.

A wide range of professionals provide services to the industry, from veterinarians to crop production experts. In addition, there are farmers, ranchers and producers who often pursue university degrees and advanced training. Many Pinal 40 members have careers in agriculture and helping local students with agricultural scholarships is a way of giving back to the community. It also fits into Pinal 40’s overall mission of assisting youth in Pinal County.


Pinal 40 scholarships are awarded to Pinal County students planning to further their education as a full-time student at a U.S. college or university. Qualifying programs include Agribusiness, Animal Science, Crop Production, Veterinary Medicine, Horticulture and other related agriculture specialties. The college or university can be located in Arizona or out of state. The value of each scholarship will be a minimum of $2,000.

Over the past three years, 74 students received scholarships and began studies in a wide variety of agriculture-related programs. Here are a few of the college and university programs they have enrolled in:

  • Central Arizona College: Agribusiness, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering
  • Grand Canyon University: Animal Science
  • University of Arizona: Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture Technology Management
  • New Mexico State University: Crop Science
  • Arizona State University: Agricultural Engineering, Global Agribusiness
  • Texas Tech University: Agricultural Communications
  • Pima Community College: Agribusiness

How to Apply

All Pinal County high school, home school or full-time college student with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply. Official high school or college transcripts and letters of recommendation will be required. The Scholarship Application Process is available at Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2019. Pinal 40 is a fraternity of community members organized with the primary objective of promoting Pinal County, its youth as well as farming and agriculture related businesses. | 520-840-5758

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Children’s Learning Adventure is changing the meaning of “summer breaks” for students across the nation by offering their “Hooray for Hollywood” Summer Camp. The camp will include weekly field trips, specialty classes, and a STEAM-based curriculum with hands-on activities to encourage campers to practice communication, collaboration, and creativity.

A child’s school break doesn’t need to be a break from mental stimulation. At Children’s Learning Adventure, students are always gearing up for a new adventure. When school is out, it is ‘in’ to join the fun by attending camps. Each school break and summer camp at Children’s Learning Adventure offers a specialized, uniquely designed curriculum that encompasses STEAM learning and literacy. Each theme is developed to engage students of all levels in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

“Children’s Learning Adventure we help instill a love for learning in our students through fun and interactive activities. These activities allow students to discover and explore areas they are interested in, while learning about something new.” – Rick Sodja, CEO

Children’s Learning Adventures theme for this year’s summer camp is, “Hooray for Hollywood!” The summer camp will offer a specialized STEAM-based curriculum centered around all things Hollywood and movie magic. Children’s Learning Adventure’s Summer camp will also include field trips, transportation to and from local elementary schools, and a specialized curriculum that encompasses STEAM-learning. In addition to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, CLA engages students with the arts.

The “Hooray for Hollywood” camp theme is intentionally planned to offer a specialized, uniquely designed curriculum that encompasses STEAM learning and literacy as Hollywood helps capture our imagination by taking us on amazing journeys to new worlds. Children’s Learning Adventures most entertaining summer camp yet will help teach children to appreciate the world around them and create storylines that can guide them to understand who they are. Every child will have the opportunity to explore movie magic, from behind the scenes exploration to learning the tricks of the trade to participation in a variety of game shows. These are just a few of the many activities Children’s Learning Adventure is offering to families.

To learn more about Children’s Learning Adventure and their upcoming Summer Camp please visit, or call (877) 797-1417.

U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran

By Congressman Tom O’Halleran

There is nothing more important to the future of our state and the entire southwest region of our country than our access to water. I have spent most of my time in public service, as a state legislator, concerned citizen and community leader, and now in the United States House of Representatives, working extensively on Arizona water issues. I understand just how important this resource is to Arizona.

For years, Arizona has worked to implement a drought plan that ensures our state continues to have access to water from the Colorado River and other in-state water sources, while protecting the health of our waterways and national parks and forests. The outcomes of this work must honor our settlement agreements with Native American tribes and nations and ensure the rights of private property owners are protected. The decades-long drought Arizona is facing and the realities of climate change have jeopardized the long-term accessibility of our water and increased the fervency of getting a plan in place.

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During my time in the Arizona Legislature, I spent years working with Republicans and Democrats alike to create Arizona’s first-ever conservation, drought and statewide water management plans. I led these efforts, and my legislation to develop and implement these critical plans was passed with broad, bipartisan support.

Today, the recent passage of the Drought Contingency Plan expands on my work. The interstate plan is an important step, and I am pleased with the outcome. My staff and I have worked closely with tribal, local, state, and federal stakeholders throughout the entire process, and we must continue to work together to ensure this plan works for everyone in the state.

Now, as a member of the House of Representatives, I have continued to make protecting our state’s water resources a priority. Two different efforts to jeopardize our watersheds in Northern Arizona were turned back in the last two years.

The first, a $23 million cut to the Upper Colorado River Basin Fund, would have impacted management programs and research that protects the long-term health of the Grand Canyon watershed and management of water supplies on the Colorado River. The second attack on our water came with the threat that the Administration would lift a ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon watershed. Uranium mining in the region would have a disastrous impact on our natural resources in an area that is still coping with the toxic legacy of abandoned uranium mines from World War II. I worked alongside then-Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva to prevent this ban from being lifted.

In addition to water conservation and sustainability across the state, there are communities in the most rural parts of the First Congressional District who are facing a completely different water issue. Rural and tribal communities often lack water infrastructure, leaving families without safe, clean drinking water. We were successful in passing legislation in the past year to allow the White Mountain Apache Tribe to use available funds to build a water delivery system that provides communities throughout the region with clean water. There are still communities that are facing this problem, and I will continue working to fund these critical infrastructure projects.

There will not be a shortage of water issues that will need to be addressed in the coming years, but it is imperative that we start those discussions sooner than later. Our children and grandchildren are relying on us to take action to ensure our state remains competitive and our economy thrives. We have a great deal of work ahead of us, but I am confident that we can work together to serve the needs of our communities today, and into the future.

Tom O’Halleran is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Arizona’s District 1. A Democrat, he lives in the Village of Oak Creek.

This column appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

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Maricopa High School hosted a College & Career Expo for all grade level during lunch and advisory periods Thursday. Arizona-based and out-of-state colleges, military recruiters and local employers had tables in the courtyard and talked to students about their interests and prospects.

Photos by MHS student Benjamin Thompson.

Maricopa Arts Council will present its fifth Artists Studio Crawl March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and March 10 from noon to 4 p.m.

The Studio Crawl is a drive-yourself fun day at the varying artists’ studios in Maricopa. MAC will have five artists at one stop on the map, like a mini Art Festival.

This free event has been popular with residents and an inspiration for the artists to share their most creative moments, the tools they use and works in progress.

“Maricopa is full of creative folks, so many incredible talents, showing their work to all of us and in doing so may possibly move others to get inspired,” said Susan Cameron, one of the artists on the crawl. “Enjoy the day with the family and see some amazing pieces of artwork.”

Featured artists
Rocky Dunne, fused-glass artist, 19984 N. Ibis Way (Province)
Herman Neuberger, artist and sculptor, 20232 N. Harmony Pass (Province)
Lilly Schuette, poured paint artist, 41312 W. Sanders Way, (Homestead North)
Brad Kammeyer, oil painting artist, 42671 Oakland Drive (Rancho El Dorado)

CAMERON HOME, 21347 N. Sunset Drive (Cobblestone Farms)
–Susan Cameron, pastels and acrylic painter
–Tiffany Yazzie, Navajo weaver
–Allene Dugan, acrylic and mixed media
–Nelda Mullins, wire wrap jewelry and designs
–Beth Soucie, hooked rugs and weaver

PORTREY HOME, 42151 W. Arvada Court (Glennwilde)
–Cynthia Portrey, weaver and artist
–Steve Portrey, woodworking
–Diane Hebert, bead-maker

Maps to the studios and the corresponding artist will be available the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce and Maricopa Public Library.

This item appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

The Maricopa Lions Club is sponsoring a 4-person Charity Golf Scramble with Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino as the Title Sponsor and also a Golf Ball Drop at the Duke Golf Course on March 30.

The tournament begins on March 30 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The $80 per player entry fee includes 18 holes, with cart, range balls, tee packet and a pulled pork lunch. There will be prizes in three divisions; open, senior and mixed. Entry fee for Saguaro members is $20 per person and is gold card point eligible. Prizes will also be raffled.

This Golf Scramble as well as the golf ball drop are the two major fundraisers for the Maricopa Lions Club.  The golf ball drop consists of around 1,200 golf balls and each one is numbered in sequence. The number of each ball is sold for $5 each, or 5 for $20. During the tournament, all the sold balls are loaded in a tub along with one very brightly colored ball. The balls are dropped high into the air from a cherry picker, provided by ED3, and dumped on the grassy area at the Duke Golf Course. One winner will be determined by being closest to the colored ball. It is basically a 50/50 raffle and the winner gets half of the proceeds from the ball sales. Tickets are sold at Maricopa’s Ace Hardware every Saturday until March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at Duke Golf Courseon March 30.

Over the past three years, cash prizes of $1,875, $2,345 and $2,700 were awarded to the winner of the ball drop.

Hole sponsorships are available until March 23.

Proceeds for the tournament and the ball drop help support the Maricopa Lions Club’s funding to the Women’s Shelter, F.O.R. Food Bank, Kid’s Vision Screening in MUSD, Eyeglasses, Camp Tatiyee, Feed My Starving Children and Kids Day.

For more information call Curtis Dornath at (541) 223-3598 or email him at

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Maricopa High School’s Maricopa DECA competed at state last weekend and came home with several noteworthy wins.

Their team of competitors included Alen Nezirevic, Alex Salgado, Anneliese Coleman, Anthony Morris, Arlette Torres, Brendan Maxwell – Chapter Vice President of Career Development, Cipriano Childers, Daniela Smith – Chapter Vice President of Sales, David Henderson, Dylan Guaderrama, Elise Brown Thunder, Hannah Paul Gindiri, Jasmine Ngo, Jayde Maglothin, Johnathan Reale, Jordan Reed, Josie Ormsby, Landen Thomas, Ly’Zhai Wilford, Nathan Hanna, Nathan Wallin, Sarah Hymer, Sebastian Calderwood, Steel Lewis, Vanity Chavez, and William Schroder.

MHS hit a record for state test medalists with students scoring in the top 10 percent of all test takers in their categories. MHS also brought home role play medals, awarded to students with the top presentation score in their event. Finalists proceeded to the next level of competition, and students who placed in the top 4 overall in their events qualified for international competition and will be heading to Orlando in April.

Joy Newey – Test medal
Jordan Reed – Test medal
Nicholas Sanchez, First-year competitor – Test medal
Olivia Healey-Martin, Chapter Vice President of Leadership – Test medal
John Jackson and Nicholas Perez – Finalists in Financial Team Decision-making
Juni Hall, First-year competitor – Finalist in Principles of Hospitality, 4th place overall
Yasmeen Hanania, Chapter Vice President of Marketing – Finalist in Financial Consulting, 2nd place overall
Emma Wrenn, First-year competitor – Role play medal, Finalist in Principles of Hospitality, 3rd place overall
Nadia Chacon and Anelaya Vasquez, First-year competitors – Role play medal, Finalists in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision-making, 2nd place overall
Freya Abraham, Chapter President – Test medal, Role play medal, Finalist in Business Services Marketing, 1st place overall

In addition, Maricopa DECA was recognized with five state-level chapter awards and had their School Based Enterprise gold certified. Project managers Daniela Smith, Chapter VP of Sales, and Chantel Holguin, Chapter VP of Finance, will be representing MHS’s student store at internationals. Chapter VP of Marketing Yasmeen Hanania was elected to Arizona DECA State Office at the conference, and will be representing Maricopa’s district in 2019-2020. Maricopa DECA’s Chapter Advisor Julian Rodriguez, previously named Best Advisor in DECA’s Western Region, received the Rising Star award, given to exemplary new advisors.

Maricopa DECA is a chapter of an international organization dedicated to preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Information provided by Freya Abraham, Maricopa DECA chapter president.


The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, is coming to Pinal County for the first time in March.

It will be on display March 7-10 at Dave White Park, 2121 N. Thornton Road, Casa Grande.

HOHP – Honoring/Hiring/Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County – has worked with the communities of Maricopa, Eloy, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence and San Tan Valley as well as all veterans organizations from around the county to bring the wall to Dave White Park in Casa Grande.

“Last year in the summer, I saw that the Wall That Heals was in Oro Valley,” said Kim Vandenberg of HOHP’s Eagles Landing Veteran Center. “I have seen the real wall three times in D.C., so I headed over there to see it. It was just as moving as the real wall to me.”

She picked up brochures and sent in an application to have a future wall visit come to Pinal County. It was chosen out of 135 applications, the site was vetted, she had to take photos of the park and be interviewed twice.

Organizers had to raise $10,000 to pay for the exhibit and a little extra for other expenses like port-a-potties. The City of Maricopa became an Elite Sponsor by donating $1,000.

This year, the wall’s first stop will be in San Antonio, Texas, and then it will come to Casa Grande. March 5, the wall will receive a full escort from Eloy to Dave White Park. March 6, organizers will spend putting up the display, which will include an education center and the Eagle One mobile veterans center.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the wall will be open 24 hours a day. The two south parking lots at the park will be set aside for those coming to see the wall.

“It’s once in a lifetime,” Vandenberg said. “A lot of people can’t fly to D.C. There was one veteran who said, ‘The wall’s coming a long way to see me, so I’m going to go see it.’ I hope everyone will come and honor all the guys and women who died. There are still so many who didn’t come home or are still missing in action.”

Thursday and Friday, school groups will be coming to see the wall. Friday at 7 p.m. there will be a candlelight vigil with bagpipes. Saturday at 10 a.m., there will be a remembrance ceremony, including the reading of the 37 Pinal County service members who died, and a pinning of any Vietnam War-era veterans.

Sunday at 2 p.m. will be the closing ceremony. The exhibit will close at 3 p.m.

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Ryan Englin

Ryan Englin, CEO of Core Matters, will partner with InMaricopa to present a 90-minute seminar on finding the right employees for your team.

“We’ll explore how you can use a simple process to make your company stand out and attract the best people,” Englin said. “If you’re ready to see more profit from your business and want to spend less time putting out the fires caused by poor performers, you can’t afford to miss this event.”

The event is March 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Englin is a strategic marketing consultant and recruitment marketing expert.

“InMaricopa’s success is directly aligned with our clients’ success,” said Vincent Manfredi, InMaricopa’s director of advertising. “Recruiting, hiring and retaining the right people is an Achilles heel for most businesses, and we our eager to tackle this subject as the first in a series of seminars designed to contribute to our annual partners.”

Seating is limited. Contact Michelle at 520-568-0040 ext. 5 or for availability, details and RSVP.

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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is hiring on-call banquet staff for its newly remodeled and expanded ballroom.

With flexible hours and a variety of shifts, this is the ideal position for someone looking to earn additional income and be a part our award-winning team.

Our banquet setup staff is responsible for set-up and tear-down of all meeting and catered functions, ensuring our guests receive the top-notch service Harrah’s Ak-Chin is known for.

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  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Able to read, write, and understand English.
  • Ability to organize and plan.
  • Present a well-groomed appearance.

So if you take pride in your organization skills and efficient work ethic and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, please consider applying for an on-call banquet setup position.  Immediate openings are available; please visit for additional information and to submit an online application.

County Specific Food Handlers Certification, State specific alcohol certification and/or TIPs certification are required.

 Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is an enterprise of the Ak-Chin Indian Community located at 15406 N Maricopa Road.

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Levi Sholes, Chance Frutchey, RyAnn Liermann, Brianna McVey, Katelyn Owens and Zoie Zimpleman, with Superintendent Tracey Lopeman, board members Joshua Judd, Torri Anderson and Vice President Ben Owens and Rotary's Alma Farrell and Jim Irving. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Rotary Club of Maricopa honored six “Students of the Month” from Maricopa Unified School District, including Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology, during a meeting of the governing board Wednesday.

Levi Sholes, a Maricopa High School junior, was selected by the staff and administration of CAVIT. He is a second-year veterinary assistant student with a career goal to attend the University of Arizona and earn a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. He is an Honor Roll student with perfect attendance honors at MHS and Second Year Honor Roll with perfect attendance at CAVIT. He has a goal to receive national veterinary assistant certification and work while attending CAC and Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technician program. He is also a volunteer at Maricopa Community Food Bank and Church of Celebration.

Chance Frutchey, also an MHS junior, was selected by CAVIT to be Student of the Month for December. He is a CAVIT medical assistant I and on the Honor Roll with perfect attendance. He has a career goal to attend CAC and U of A to become a paramedic and work toward industry certification as a registered medical assistant while working part-time as a medical assistant to pay his way through college. He is involved in football and wrestling.

RyAnn Liermann was named CAVIT’s November Student of the Month. She is a CAVIT Nursing Assistant 1 student and is on the Honor Roll with perfect attendance. She wants to earn her state nursing assistant certification and work in that area part-time to pay for college. RyAnn is involved with MHS Link Crew, Student Council, volleyball, track and AP Honors classes and is a Maricopa Community Church worship leader.

Brianna McVey, a senior at MHS, was nominated by Bernadette Russoniello, who said Brianna is an outstanding campus leader and has been a role model and leading officer in the Air Force Junior ROTC. She was selected to the MHS Girls State delegate for convention 2018. She is a volunteer in the school and community, donating hundreds of hours of service to local food banks and events. She is a Link leader, helping to welcome, orient and involve new students, especially freshmen, to the MHS campus.

Katelyn Owens is an eighth grader at Desert Wind Middle School. She was nominated by three teachers, who said she is “one of the most thoughtful and hardworking students” and “brings energy and a fine balance that can be hard for a middle school student to master with a great work ethic and drive to do things.” She was part of the foundation of the Desert Wind Performing Arts programs and a talented swimmer. Last year, her Future City team qualified for state competition.

Zoie Zimpleman is a Maricopa Wells Middle School eighth grader. Principal Thad Miller said she is an excellent example for all students at MWMS and can be trusted to make the right choice. She has straight A’s in algebra and ELA classes. Zoie is president of the school’s National Junior Honor Society and is in band and after-school clubs. She was also one of the creators of the award-winning middle school short film “Kindness Equals Calm.” She was called a true leader in academics and behavior.

Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys AND Ozomatli – Live in Concert

When:  Saturday, June 8, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Where: The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
How much: $25; $40;  $55
Ages: All

Los Lonely Boys and Ozomatli take the stage at The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in June. Tickets are on sale now. The Events Center seats 2,000, opened in early 2019, is part of the property’s multi-million dollar expansion.

The Grammy-winning Los Lonely Boys are an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas. They play a style of music they call “Texican Rock ‘n’ Roll,” combining elements of rock ‘n’ roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country and Tejano.

Brothers Henry (guitar, vocals), Jojo (bass, vocals), and Ringo (drums, vocals) Garza, follow in the tradition of their father, Ringo Garza, Sr., who formed a band with his brothers called the Falcones.

The debut single for Los Lonely Boys, “Heaven,” was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard adult contemporary chart and reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004. It received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

In 2009, they signed to an Austin-based indie label, Playing in Traffic Records, and released an EP, “1969” and three albums under their LonelyTone label, Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live!, Rockpango, and Revelation.

Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. They received Grammy Awards in 2002 and 2005 for Latin Rock/Alternative album. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles.

The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.


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Students from Desert Wind and Maricopa Wells middle schools took part in the annual Rocket Challenge. Photo by Jim Headley

Blended Learning students from Maricopa Wells and Desert Wind middle schools participated in the annual Middle School Rocket Challenge on Wednesday at Copper Sky Regional Park. They tested their rockets in altitude and cargo security, putting an egg aboard.

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Delia Koschman, Xavier Pulidio and Sam Ferguson

Leading Edge Academy Maricopa hosted their annual school-wide Spelling Bee.

First place winner was seventh-grade student Delia Koschman. Placing second was seventh-grader Sam Ferguson.

Third place went to sixth-grader Mikayla Pearson.

The two runners-up were fourth-grader Xavier Pulido and eighth-grader Ayla McKee.

Delia, Xavier and Sam represented Leading Edge Maricopa at the Pinal County Spelling Bee Feb. 15.

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Leading Edge Academy will host two Teacher Job Fairs this spring, one at its Gilbert campus for positions throughout the network and another at their Maricopa location focusing on hiring for that campus specifically.

The Maricopa Campus Job Fair will occur March 5 from 3:30 to 6 p.m., and the Leading Edge Network Job Fair will occur at the Gilbert campus on March 21 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Schedule an interview appointment by calling the Leading Edge Academy Network office at 480-633-0414 or by emailing

Leading Edge Academy is a 15-year-old network of charter schools with six locations throughout the Valley serving nearly 2,000.

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The second day of Copa Shorts Film Fest took place at City Hall.

Copa Shorts Film Fest finished its two-day run Sunday with awards for category winner and the overall prize-winner after the celebration of short films.

Winning films:

Animation: “Icons”
College: “American letters”
Comedy: “Finding Happy”
Documentary: Ongtupqa
Foreign: “Swept Away”
Horror: “Graveyard shift”
Military veteran: “Mount Liptak”
Native American film: “Running Shadow”
Sci-fi: “17 minutes”
Best screenplay and drama: “Mia”
Best of festival: “Sundown”
Special recognition: “Tin Can”
Audience choice: “Tin Can”

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As children begin to attend childcare, camp, and school, it is important for them to develop a sense of independence. Children’s Learning Adventure inspires their students to develop strong and positive sense of independence, as they learn to explore the world around themselves. They offer innovative, enjoyable, and exciting learning activities in a fun and engaging atmosphere, with just the right amount of support and challenge to encourage students to become confident and independent learners, with a strong sense of self-worth.

Students should be actively involved in learning activities both in and outside the school setting, even during school breaks. Taking a school break from school doesn’t mean there needs to be a break from learning. Children’s Learning Adventure’s School Breaks and Summer Camps are a perfect option to keep The Woodlands children actively engaged, focused, and eager. Their holiday camps provide an amazing opportunity for campers to explore engage in innovative activities, explore exciting hands-on projects, and grow friendships.

“School breaks are a great time for students to relax, enjoy themselves, and recharge. Students should also be actively involved in learning activities both in and outside the school setting. Children’s Learning Adventure’s holiday and summer camps are a perfect option to keep children actively engaged, focused, and eager during their school breaks. Our camps provide an amazing opportunity for campers to explore and engage in innovative activities, explore exciting hands-on projects, and grow in their friendships.” – Rick Sodja, CEO

At Children’s Learning Adventure, students are always gearing up for a new adventure! When school is out, it is ‘in’ to join the fun. Each school break and summer camp offer a specialized, uniquely designed curriculum that encompasses STEAM learning and literacy. Each theme is developed to engage students of all levels in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

It is important for children to get ‘plugged in’ and stay engaged in their educational development throughout the whole year. In addition to their school break camps, Children’s Learning Adventure has created six programs, from infant care to after school to promote and help students of all ages grow and learn. Children’s Learning Adventure’s summer camp is quickly approaching. To learn  more  about  Children’s  Learning  Adventure’s Summer and Holiday Camps please visit .

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Submitted by Tyrae Word (Behavioral Health Consultant at Sun Life Family Health Center)

Spring symbolizes new life or new beginnings for many. As we enter the season of “new” we should take the opportunity to put ourselves first and strike a balance in our lives. As anything, it is often easier said than done, as there are endless demands placed on our time. Yet, to be able to meet these demands or take care of others, we must also take care of ourselves. Mental health is as important as physical health. While we often associate taking caring of ourselves with eating healthy and working out, we forget that it also means keeping our mind healthy. Here are 10 things we can do for our mental health.

1 Value yourself:
Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.

2 Take care of your body:
Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:
• Eat nutritious meals
• Drink plenty of water
• Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods
• Get enough sleep.

3 Surround yourself with good people:
People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

4 Give yourself:
Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people.

5 Learn how to deal with stress:
Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

6 Quiet your mind:
Try meditating. Relaxation exercises and prayer can your state of mind outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

7 Set realistic goals:
Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

8 Break up the monotony:
Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.

9 Avoid alcohol:
Keep alcohol use to a minimum. Sometimes people use alcohol to “self-medicate” but in reality, alcohol can only aggravate problems.

10 Get help when you need it:
Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives. Putting all or some of these tips into place can improve your overall health. It can take as little as a minute to help improve both mental and physical health by using simple strategies. Too often our minds are traveling at the speed of light bouncing from thought to thought, many of which are stressful. Taking a full deep breath or focused breath can help relieve tension and lead to physical relaxation. All we have to do is start.


Myles Amsden was in a critical health crisis three years ago. Submitted photo
Myles Amsden today at age 3

The Maricopa family of a 3-year-old girl who nearly died as an infant from a sudden cardiac arrest recently reunited with the surgeon and medical team who saved her life at Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

The family expressed their heartfelt thanks during the emotional reunion Thursday at the hospital, located at 1400 S. Dobson Road. Seeing Myles Amsden giggling and playing was especially meaningful to the medical team who treated her, since they once helped connect her heart to a machine to keep it beating while her body healed.

Maricopan Ralph Amsden, the girl’s father, wrote a popular and deeply moving Twitter thread detailing his daughter’s illness and amazing recovery.

“The doctor had this look of determination that I’ll never forget,” he wrote. “The moment we gave her the go-ahead (for surgery), it was like she was taking the ball, bases loaded with a one-run lead in game seven of the World Series. ‘All right. Let’s go. Let’s do this.’ And she did it. She replaced a two-week-old baby’s heartbeat with a machine by connecting a tube into her carotid artery. There were a dozen improbable things that saved my daughter that night, but this one I was able to put a name to.”

When Myles was only 2 weeks old, she suddenly stopped breathing and was rushed to the Emergency Department at Cardon Children’s, where doctors determined she wouldn’t survive unless she was emergently placed on cardiac bypass to give her body time to recover. Dr. Heidi Cox, a pediatric surgeon, connected the infant’s heart to an “ECMO” machine, which pumped and oxygenated the baby’s heart outside of her body to allow her heart and lungs to rest.

Amsden said Myles was without oxygen for several minutes before being transported to Cardon and could have suffered brain damage, but she’s now in great health and neurologically fine. She spent about three weeks in Cardon Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, then later required a year of physical therapy.

“We call her a miracle, and she smiles,” Amsden said. “She doesn’t comprehend too much of what she went through, but her family and friends sure do.”

Three years ago, Ralph Amsden with daughter Myles

Larry the Cable Guy will be part of the entertainment for the Pinal 40 Foundation Gala at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino.

The Pinal 40 Foundation presents its annual gala reception and dinner fundraiser scheduled for May 4.

What: Pinal 40 Foundation Gala Reception & Dinner
When: May 4, 5 p.m. cocktail reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner, auction, awards, entertainment
Where: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Events Center Grand Ballroom, 15406 N. Maricopa Road
How much: $300/person
Info:, 520-840-5758

The annual gala raises funds to benefit the Pinal 40 Foundation and their annual charitable giving. This year’s event features Master of Ceremonies Marc Cordes and live tribute artist Randall Hedden. The evening’s feature entertainment is comedian and voice actor “Larry the Cable Guy.”

The evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a live auction, the presentation of the Life Achievement Award and entertainment.

The drawing for the winner of the grand-prize raffle for a choice of a 2019 Polaris model RZR 570 trail or a Ranger 570 Mid Size will take place at the end of the evening. Winner need not be present to win. The winner is responsible for income taxes. No cash value or substitutions. Go to for more information and official rules.

Tickets for the grand prize are on sale now. For information on purchasing raffle tickets, please contact David Vermillion, event director, at 480-986-9238/602-628-5777 or

Pinal 40 is a fraternity of community members organized with the primary objective of promoting Pinal County and its youth as well as farming and agriculture- related businesses. Philanthropically, Pinal 40 and its membership focus on providing support and funding for youth and education through agribusiness-related scholarships and support of local charities.


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Hillary Haldiman

By Hillary Haldiman

I am a third-generation Phoenician and an independent insurance agent.

I have been in the insurance business all my life. I grew up in a family where my father owned Haldiman Insurance Agency. I’ve worked a several different insurance companies specializing in health insurance and now specifically Medicare. During Medicare Open Enrollment, you may have seen doing meetings at Native Grill or Copper Sky over the past five years.

I have lived in the same home in the Villages for the past 12 years. I started work in Medicare after moving to Maricopa and would love to keep in informed about all the updates.

Medicare had a big change this year. They have actually added another Open Enrollment, which started Jan. 1 and ends March 31. If you are already a Medicare Advantage plan member, you may disenroll from your current plan and switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan, of which there are many.

Medicaid also had a big change this year. Pinal County has added United Healthcare. I can help clients find out if they are eligible and what programs are available. A savings account or pension are disqualifying, for instance, but a house and car are not.

I love helping people. I host free Medicaid and Medicare seminars. I work very closely with military veterans in Medicare and Medicaid to make sure they are receiving the services they deserve.

I am here to help and encourage my Medicare clients through education. Medicare is complicated, and finding a plan that is right for each individual is so much harder.

Hillary Haldiman is a Medicare specialist at Haldiman Insurance LLC.

A truck moves through a flooded area on SR 238. Photos by Jim Headley

While much of Arizona was hit by snow, more than an inch of rain fell overnight and into morning in Maricopa. Streets, parks and drainage areas were flooded. A section of Rancho El Dorado Parkway was closed, and water was over the road in three places along State Route 238.

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Brian Petersheim

By Brian Petersheim

In the entire year of 2018, there were 2,041 homes sold in Maricopa. Of those homes sold 1,927 of the homes were located  in Maricopa’s subdivisions led by Home Owner’s Associations. Only Five percent of the homes sold in Maricopa were in areas not guided by HOAs.

I wanted to do a break down of the price per sq. ft. average of each of the subdivisions. Please note that many factors play into these average numbers. The two factors that have the most weight in the averages below are:

  1. The number of sold homes compiled in the average. For instance, in the entire year of 2018, only 8 homes sold in the subdivision of Palo Brea. A single low sales price will affect the average more than other areas.
  2. The subdivisions where new home construction is occurring may have a higher average because the builders sell their homes at a higher price per sq. ft. than a resale home!
Subdivision Average price/ sq. ft.
Acacia Crossings $104
Alterra $96
Cobblestone $104
Desert Cedars $93
Desert Passage* $98
Glennwilde* $103
Homestead* $106
Lakes @ Rancho $102
Maricopa Meadows $88
Palo Brea $87
Province* $136
Rancho El Dorado $105
Rancho Mirage* $110
Santa Rosa* $106
Senita $89
Sorrento* $101
Tortosa $94
Villages $99


*These subdivisions have new builds being sold

Please note: These are averages. Your home may be above or below the average. Your home may be highly upgraded, or have a pool. Single vs. two-story can make a huge difference. Every property should be looked at individually by a licensed local Real estate agent to get a more precise valuation.


Brian Petersheim is a Real estate agent with Homesmart Success.

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 Children’s Learning Adventure enables students to discover their true potential through STEAM based learning. Students are encouraged to take an innovative approach to learning with a wide variety of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematic activities. This curriculum helps students find their passions by offering an array of innovative programs for them to participate in, while teachers also observe their students interests and skills, tapping into their strengths, encouraging their curiosity, and patiently guiding them towards discovering their own passion and sense of purpose.

The first few years of a child’s life is a time of incredible growth and development. Positive learning experiences in a variety of settings, such as the home and a quality childcare center, is essential. Creativity and curiosity are important learning tools. They are the motivating factor that guides exploration, discovery, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Children’s Learning Adventure knows that children are born with a natural sense of wonder and curiosity. They express their curiosity through their creativity. Students are encouraged to embrace their creative abilities in every learning activities. The Arts are equally as important as the science, technology, engineering, and math skills that make up Children’s Learning Adventures STEAM program. This enriches the students learning experience and creates a solid foundation that nurtures their natural curiosity.

“At Children’s Learning Adventure, we believe students should be given the opportunity to express themselves creatively. The arts are incorporated in our STEAM-based learning curriculum, through the implementation of art, music, and drama lessons in daily activities. We know that exposure to the arts is fundamental for early childhood brain development, as it allows children to express emotions and feelings in a positive and healthy way.” – Rick Sodja, CEO

Children’s Learning Adventure also hosts monthly Open Houses to share their learning environment with every family! The next upcoming Maricopa Open House is on February 9th.

To learn  more  about  Children’s  Learning  Adventure please visit