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Good Cookies


Everyone wants to be an actor in front of the camera, but 22-year-old Isabella (Bella) Hibbs is making a name for herself behind the lens. On a typical day as an associate casting director at Good Faith Casting, she may see more than 100 people vying for a role for one of her company’s clients. Some of her most recent projects include an Arizona Office of Tourism Print Campaign; a comedy film, Highly Functional, which filmed in New Mexico and features Bruce Campbell and James Frecheville; and a web video for Skittles with Kurt Warner. Read more about Hibbs on page 36.

Speaking of Skittles––one of our favorite treats––has us thinking about the Girl Scout Cookie Challenge. Starting Feb. 1 and running through Feb. 28, participating chefs from popular East Valley restaurants are each reimagining one of the six flavors of Girl Scout cookies into a custom dessert menu item. A portion of the proceeds from the friendly competition will benefit the transformation of Camp Sombrero. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to taste what’s in store for the newest Girl Scout cookie, Rah-Rah Raisins, and to help out this worthy initiative. Find out the participating chefs, and read about their dessert creations, on page 58.


Next, we turn our attention to our second annual East Valley Cutest Pet Contest. It was such a hit last year that we had to bring it back. If you recall, Izak, an Australian shepherd, won top honors in our first contest and graced our June/July 2014 cover. Based on the feedback we received last year, we’ve tweaked the contest just a bit. Check out page 43 to find out how to submit a photo of your furry, feathery, or scaly friend by March 13. All local pets qualify––dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, gerbils, lizards—you name it. If it’s your pet, you can enter it in the contest. For contest rules, please visit our website at and scroll down to the bottom of the home page. We’ll showcase all the entries in our April/May issue with directions on how to vote for your favorite. The animal with the most votes will grace the cover of this magazine’s June/July edition and also earn valuable prizes.

Until next month!


Adam & Matthew Toren


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