Category: Features

Surprise Party for Ellie Daly

PebbleCreeker Ellie Daly was given a surprise birthday dinner party on May 6 hosted by son Randy and daughter-in-law Jeanne at Ellie’s home. It was catered by Michael Monzon of “Flying Knives”—a Benihana–style meal served on the backyard patio. Eight friends were invited to join the celebration and an unbelievable meal and presentation.

Pet of the Month: Hi Fellow Creekers!

My name is Mr. Bentley, but you can just call me Bentley for short. I love my name that my humans gave to me. I was born May 11 of 2023. I had one sister and two brothers, but I was the cutest one of the bunch and that’s why my humans picked me. I…

John Zakaras Celebrates 90!

Kim Jacobs-Nicholson Longtime PebbleCreek resident John Zakaras was surprised by family and friends in April at Maggiano’s in Scottsdale to celebrate his 90th birthday! He had family arrive from out of town for this special occasion. John may be 90, but he is more active than most—he continues to play bocce ball twice a week,…

Ceramics Club June Artist of the Month: Kathy Koch

Susan Eastman Kathy and her husband, John, were high school sweethearts. After they graduated from the University of Wisconsin, John entered the Army. He trained at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to Fort Ord for the duration. They returned to Madison, Wis., where their twins, a boy and a girl, were born. After the…

Sharing Jesus with the World

Michelle Kuhl Hello, I am Gideon! My mom, Mam-ma, brother Caleb (mini Aussie), and I moved to PebbleCreek after my Pap-pa passed away in 2017. My Mam-ma had several major health issues (including seven surgeries in 2018). My mom and Mam- ma wanted to be active in church, but due to health issues were very limited…

Wednesday Afternoon Poker Fun

For the past 3-plus years, a group of good friend pickleball players get together each Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. for some fun card playing games of poker. This weekly event is hosted by one of the six to eight players, involves chips of different values, and many different “dealer’s choice” card games. On…

What Is 54?

Kathy Sinnott, PhD As I write this, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 54 is the number of total law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 2024 began. So, what is 54? It’s far too many of our nation’s heroes who sacrificed for our freedom and safety. And, as summer knocks…

Dollars and Sense: Changes to the Sales of Annuities

Kathleen Owens, Aurora Financial Planning Investment Management Arizona investors may be surprised when they learn of changes to annuity sales in Arizona Bill 1557: Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to Annuity Transactions. This bill, signed into law in 2020, says that an insurance agent shall act in the best interest of the consumer, but then goes…

Lunch Bunch 2

Kim Jacobs-Nicholson Longtime ladies’ lunch group Lunch Bunch 2 had a wonderful Italian lunch at Bella Luna on April 25. The group meets monthly and a couple ladies take on each month, choosing where they will do lunch the following month. It’s a wonderful group of ladies.

In Passing – June 2024

William E. (Bill) Cox William E. (Bill) Cox passed away after complications of surgery on March 27, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Susan, cousins, nephews, and nieces. Bill was born in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in San Diego, Calif.; the Philippines; Cherry Hill, N.J.; and Philadelphia, Pa. He moved to Virginia,…