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Neighbors Murphy’s Law rules pub fare by Joan Westlake

A loyal clientele and bustling atmosphere are sure signs Roger Baldwin’s Murphy’s Law is becoming the classic neighborhood pub of which he always dreamed.

He says the downtown Chandler location is just like the historic long, narrow and often century-old Irish pubs found in cities like New York and Chicago. Before opening the pub, he sampled Irish cuisine from around the country to create a menu that is rich with traditional dishes like shepherd’s pie ($8.95) and boxty, a potato crepe wrapped around dinner and breakfast ingredients ($8.95). The Harp Beer fi sh and chips ($12.95) is still one of the most popular dishes. Beer-battered, fresh, hand-cut fi sh is crispy outside and fl avorfully moist inside. Several side dishes are offered but be certain to choose the crisp, thin, classic pub fries. As Murphy’s Law approaches its second anniversary this November, General Manager Chris Field says they have been fi ne tuning and expanding the menu. “People have a great way of telling you what they want,” he explains. “We are establishing ourselves as an authentic Irish pub with great Irish classics on a fun, modern American menu. We’ve invested in our kitchen personnel led by Chef Chad Carnahan.”

Murphy’s draft beer program is all about the “great beers of Europe” like Guinness and Harp, plus the best of the American craft brew scene such as Four

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Carebear opens at Downtown Ocotillo

by Lynda Exley

Parents Night Out, gymnastics, Amazing Athletes, dance, Spanish, karate, reading, math and one-on- one homework tutoring are a few of the special programs available to students at Carebear Preschool at Downtown Ocotillo, which opens for its fi rst offi cial day of school on July 26.

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PLAY: A shaded jungle gym and synthetic grass make the play area at Carebear Downtown Ocotillo safe and fun for children.

begins its school year on July 26.

“We are extremely excited for the 2010-2011 school year,” says owner Carrie Edwards. “We have a new state-of-the-art playground with a splash pad that we did not have before and an additional classroom. This allows us to have more classes and fl exible scheduling. Our students can come to school more days in a week and have extended hours.”

In addition to the splash pad, Carebear’s playground is covered with synthetic green grass that is safe for children, and there is a shaded jungle gym with many areas for children to explore.

Edwards, who also owns the Carebear Preschool at Fulton Ranch, says it is not accurate to refer to her schools, which serve children ages 2 to 5, as “daycares” because her schools hold a higher stander in academics and learning. Carebear’s teachers are accredited through the State of Arizona and both facilities use the “newest and greatest” technology, materials and programs, such as “Handwriting

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Meet the Teacher sessions are scheduled for July 22 and 23 for Carebear Ocotillo, located at 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., west of Dobson in Southern Chandler, and Carebear at Fulton Ranch, 244 W. Chandler Heights Rd. in Southern Chandler, which also

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IRISH FARE: General Manager Chris Field, far right, with Chef Chad Carnahan and Murphy’s Law Irish Pub employees, right to left, Hillary Smith, Jessica Goodenough and London Loria.

LaVida Massage under new ownership, holds open house

Joyce Graham and Darla Lowry have taken the reins of LaVida Massage in Chandler and will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thu., July 29.

There are 12 LaVida licensed massage therapists who custom- tailor massages to each client’s needs and include deep tissue, Swedish, cranial-sacral, refl exology, hot or cold stone therapy and complimentary aromatherapy.

New to LaVida is the addition of aesthetics.

“Many clients were asking for a

more rounded day spa menu, so we added our signature facial, waxing services and glycolic peels,” explains Lowry. “Whether your skin is in need of hydration or anti-aging products or you have a teen with acne, we have a custom protocol under our new Image line of products.”

Another addition to services offered is Detox-Weight Loss Body Wrap technology. “These new wraps help remove unwanted toxins from the body and can rid you of 4 to12 inches off the body in as little as one treatment,” Lowry adds. Lowry and Graham pride themselves on offering a family-friendly atmosphere without the pressure of membership. While they do offer a loyalty program, other options are available to fi t most budgets and monthly specials are common. “The most important thing to the people at LaVida Massage is that our clients are always happy, healthy, and most of all, relaxed,” Lowry says.

Learn more about LaVida at the open house, which will feature complimentary mini massages, mini facials and demonstrations of body wraps. A representative from Images will be on hand doing skin analysis for attendees, and there will be raffl es, giveaways and refreshments. Free products will be given when certain treatments are scheduled. LaVida Massage is located at 3020 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 4, on the southwest corner at Queen Creek Road and is open seven days a week. For an appointment, call 480-629-4985 or visit

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RELAX: LaVida Massage offers a family-friendly atmosphere.

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