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June 2 - 15, 2012 www.SanTanSun.com Stay healthy, safe in the heat


BY MIRIAM VAN SCOTT Summer has arrived in the SanTan Sun area, and as


temperatures soar into triple digits, residents need to guard against a variety of hot climate dangers. These range from painful annoyances like sunburn and fatigue to life-threatening afflictions like heat stroke and dehydration. “According to the Arizona Department of Health Services,


last year 56 Arizona residents died as a result of heat-related illness,” reports Dr. Daniel Aspery of Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona. “Individuals most at risk include those over 65 as well as young children. Others at risk include people with heart disease, high blood pressure or who are overweight. Also, anyone using alcohol or medications for depression or insomnia or has poor circulation is at risk. Last, those who tend to exert energy at work or during exercise should be cautious during the summer months and especially during the hottest parts of the day.” For those who must venture outdoors, the doctor suggests


taking simple steps to help protect vulnerable skin from harsh rays. “A key element to avoiding sunburns is staying out of the sun,”


notes Aspery. “When this isn’t possible, sun-safe, breathable clothing including long sleeve shirts and pants should be worn, as well as a wide-brim hat.” It is also important to recognize the formidable power of the


Arizona sun and take heat-related symptoms seriously. “Sun exposure can cause second and third degree burns which should be treated by a physician,” Aspery says. “If someone has experienced sunburn so severe they are having health complications, they need to see their doctor.


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COOL, COOL WATER: The water is fine at the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center in Southern Chandler. The pool is open with various hours and plenty for the family to enjoy, from the pictured big blue bucket, to the water vortex, to the lazy river and lap pools. The large water park is located behind Basha High on the northwest corner of Riggs and Val Vista. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/. STSN photo


Local talent shines at Copperstar


BY K. M. LANG “The Wizard of Oz,” “White Christmas,” “Legally Blonde.” Arizona may be far from the bright lights of Broadway, but live theatre is thriving in the East Valley, thanks to Copperstar Repertory Co., a Chandler-based nonprofit poised to start a fifth season of musical productions by the community, for the community. Last season’s main-stage


offerings, held at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, included “Seussical,” “The King and I,” “Annie,” and “Bye Bye Birdie,” each drawing around 2,300 attendees, not including student matinees. Along with musical productions,


FOR THE FUTURE: John T. Hagensen, managing partner of Warren & Hagensen Wealth Management in Sun Lakes, advises a client about investing for her future. STSN photo


BY MIRIAM VAN SCOTT Economists believe the recession is over and a


recovery is under way in the SanTan Sun area and beyond, however the boom and bust real estate market exposed serious cracks in the nation’s underlying financial system.


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Copperstar offers acting workshops, theatre camps and Class Act, a program that brings professional actors into schools. “Our three tenets are education,


entertainment and enrichment for community members of all ages,” explains Copperstar’s founder and artistic producing director, Mary-Jo Okawa. “Ours are large, community- wide productions. People 3 to 83 have SEE Copperstar PAGE 8


TREADING THE BOARDS: Local actors of all ages experienced the thrill of the spotlight in Copperstar’s 2012 production of “Seussical.” Top left to right: Adam Hardy, Nichole Evans, aTina Reynolds, Robb Hassell, Abby Webster, Kayden Hall, Brookie Bruce, Brenna Bruce, Leslie Jones, 9-month-old Samuel Jardine, Jere Van Patten, Gina Russo, Sam Siaski, Amanda Bria and Kelsey Chamberlain.


F E AT U R E D S TO R I E S Centennial wraps up 3 big days . . . . . . . . . COMMUNITY . . . Page 4 LaVida Massage listens to customers. . . . BUSINESS . . . . . Page 17 CUSD enjoys sports success . . . . . . . . . . . . YOUTH . . . . . . Page 27 The taste of Chicago at Jimmy’s . . . . . . . . NEIGHBORS . . . Page 47 Donate blood at Faith Family Church. . . . SPIRITUALITY . . Page 59


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Community . . . . . . . . 4-16 Business . . . . . . . . . . 17-25 Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . .26-36 Opinion. . . . . . . . . . .37-38 Neighbors. . . . . . . . .47-57 Spirituality . . . . . . . .58-61 Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-69 Directory . . . . . . . . 70-72 Classifieds. . . . . . . . .73-74 Where to eat . . . . . .75-78


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