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45 Neighbors Arizona Olympian athletes soar Arizona Olympian athletes soar by Joan Westlake by Joan Westlake

Young athletes from Arizona Olympian Gymnastics recently soared to capture state and regional championships, bringing home top honors at a variety of events for both the girls’ and boys’ teams. Owner and Coach Lyle Guthrie boasts the gym hasn’t lost state championships in more than a decade.

The girls made an excellent showing at the Jessica Kleya invitational in March. Kimber Donaldson took home gold in the all-around. Top 10 all-around fi nishes were achieved at January’s Lady Luck in Las Vegas competition by Melissa Teague Jillian Ciferno, Amaya Hooks, Courtney Weisenberger and MacKenzie Walsh. All three boys’ teams won at the state fi nals with Zachary Gunnell, Quinlan Donovan-Schager, Seth Zimmerer, Tanner Day, Keichi Serrano, Melito Luna, Reed Cook, Zachary Townsend and Ben Howell going to regionals in Oakland. “Reed Cook didn’t just win level 5 at regionals, he dominated,” says Guthrie. “He moves straight to level 8 completion now. Most of our kids start when they are 3 or 4 but Reed was a few years older and he struggled. But you could see the talent was there and he works so hard.”

Reed’s mother, Kelly, says he is very committed to gymnastics and has a passion every parent hopes their children will fi nd. She says she and her husband see who can create the most awesome video of his competitions.

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Call for musicians, sponsors for September Concert

Be part of the second annual September Concert in Chandler, orga- nized by the Chandler Irish Cultural Council (CICC), slated as a free com- munity concert at 8 p.m. Sat., Sept. 10 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in historic downtown Chandler.

Submitted photo by Stirling Anderson

ROCKED THE HOUSE: JPhynix, a local light rock band, performed at the 2010 September Concert in Chandler.

It’s the ninth annual global “day of music for peace” when professional and amateur musicians play all types of music at venues around the world. All concerts adhere to three basic principles: all venues and musicians are free to design and organize their own concerts; all music and musicians

are treated equally, regardless of genre or background, and all music is offered free of charge.

Musicians are sought who wish to perform one to three numbers in exchange for advertising and promotion in news releases, on the CICC website, event programs and elsewhere. Vendor tables will once again be available for local arts, crafts and other business people to sell items in the lobby before, during and after the concert. In addition, business sponsors are sought for tax-deductible donations in exchange for advertising and promotion.

The Chandler concert will be preceded by a benefi t dinner for the CICC which starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a silent auction and raffl e prizes. CICC was created to join Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland as Sister Cities through Sister Cities International. Their mission is to “cultivate and maintain a strong reciprocal relationship between Chandler and Tullamore to encourage cultural understanding, community involvement, and economic development.” CICC is part of the nonprofi t Damhsa Irish Dance Company, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofi t organization.

For more information about CICC, visit For more information on the international event, visit Musicians, vendors and business donors can contact September Concert Co-Chair Charlotte Hodel at or 480-220-9050.

Submitted photo CHAMPS: The winning teams from Arizona Olympian Gymnastics.

Unemployment segues to entrepreneurship

by K. M. Lang

Recent economic woes are leading a growing number of unemployed workers to dust off long-cherished dreams of business ownership. Chandler residents Debbie Brewington and Lisa Miller, co-owners of historic downtown’s One Wing Boutique, have managed to make their dreams a reality, and they have encouragement and advice for others thinking of starting a new venture in tough times.

“It’s almost a perfect storm to open a retail shop because everything is so cheap,” says Miller, who launched the Christian- themed boutique with Brewington last December. “Commercial space is at an all-time low, as far as

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DOWNTOWN RETAIL: Downtown Chandler’s One Wing Boutique owners Debbie Brewington, left, and Lisa Miller made their dream of owning a retail shop a reality.

leasing. We were able to negotiate things that we never could have two years ago, so it put us in a really great environment to succeed.”

Miller had “burned out” after a 25-year career in mortgage banking, and Brewington had closed her Gilbert gift store to spend more time with her kids when the unemployed single mothers met through their children and realized they shared a common ambition.

“I was looking for somebody who had some spare time and not teeny kids,” says Brewington, “because owning the store by myself, I’d been putting in 60 or 70 hours a week, and that was insane.”

“It was an opportunity to do something I love instead of doing something that I had to do because it was all I knew,” adds Miller. “I took half my life savings and put it into this business in probably one of the worst economies we’ve ever seen. A lot of people thought we’d lost our minds, but I’d never felt so sure about doing anything in my entire life.”

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