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    by the Ronstadt family from 1896 until going out of business in the mid 1980 s Linda had offered to buy the store but they didn t take her up on her offer Linda s older brother was Tucson s chief of police Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn Nicks was born on May 26 1948 in Phoenix Arizona Her grandfather a country singer passed on his love of singing to Nicks who was singing at the age of four in her parent s club and writing songs as a teenager Nicks met Lindsey Buckingham in high school and they both joined a local band called Fritz The band moved to the San Francisco area and established a small following while opening for bigger acts At the end of 1974 Mick Fleetwood drummer for the English rock group Fleetwood Mac happened to hear a tape of Nicks and Buckingham at a Los Angeles studio and needing a guitarist called Buckingham Buckingham told Fleetwood that he would join only if Nicks were also part of the deal The Fleetwood Mac album Rumours was a record setting hit around the world Nicks later launched a successful solo career and has since moved back to Arizona Linda McCartney Linda the late wife of Paul McCartney studied art history and geology at the University of Arizona She enjoyed riding horses in the Catalina Mountains Her first marriage was to geophysicist John Melvin See who still lives in Tucson The couple had a daughter Heather but then they became divorced Linda went to London in 1967 as a photographer and she became widely acclaimed for her photographs of rock celebrities In 1968 she met then Beatle McCartney and married him one year later The McCartneys purchased a sprawling ranch with a large white farmhouse in the Catalina foothills in 1979 This was the one private place they had in the world Linda died of cancer on April 17 1998 at the age of 56 The Arizona Star quoting unnamed sources said that she had died on their Tucson ranch and that some of her ashes were scattered there Glen Campbell He became a country pop crossover sensation in the 60s with songs like By the Time I Get to Phoenix Campbell broke down musical barriers with Rhinestone Cowboy 1975 and Southern Nights 1977 that went No 1 on both the country and pop charts Unfortunately along with stardom came alcohol and drug addiction Then in the early 80s he dedicated his life to Christianity and married fourth wife Kim Woollen Still together 18 years later they have three children and live in Phoenix Rex Allen The Arizona Cowboy and the last of Hollywood s singing cowboys he was a native of Willcox Arizona Dick Van Dyke This comedic actor filmed his new Dick Van Dyke Show at the Carefree Studio from 1971 1974 while living in Cave Creek Paul Harvey A radio journalist known for his distinctive style he was one of the original residents of Carefree

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    Falls B Rio Grande Gorge C Grand Canyon 4 Where is Arizona s state capital now located A Prescott B Tucson C Phoenix 5 What is Arizona s state bird A Cactus Wren B Roadrunner C Gambel s Quail 6 What is Arizona s state flower A Desert Marigold B Saguaro Blossom C Gold Poppy 7 What is Arizona s state tree A Joshua Tree B Saguaro Cactus C Palo Verde 8 Which town was Arizona s first capital A Flagstaff B Tombstone C Prescott 9 What is Arizona s official state neckwear A Bandana B Bola Tie C Ascot 10 Which cactus grows in no other state except Arizona A Prickly Pear B Joshua Tree C Saguaro 11 What is Arizona s state gemstone A Gold B Turquoise C Quartz 12 What is Arizona s state fossil A Petrified Wood B Trilobite C Dinosaur bone 13 Arizona s Motto is Ditat Deus What does this Latin phrase mean A In God We Trust B Arid Land C God Enriches 14 What is Arizona s state mammal A Ringtail B Coyote C Javelina 15 What is Arizona s state reptile A Mohave Rattlesnake B Ridgenose Rattlesnake C Diamondback Rattlesnake 16 What is Arizona s state amphibian A Colorado River Toad B Tiger Salamander C Arizona Tree Frog 17 What is Arizona s state fish A Apache Trout B Razorback Sucker C Desert Pupfish 18 Which Arizona desert is called the most beautiful desert in the world A Great Basin B Sonoran C Mohave 19 What are Arizona s official colors A Blue Gold B Red Yellow C Rose Beige 20 What is Arizona s state butterfly A Black Swallowtail B Western Tiger Swallowtail C Two tailed Swallowtail Answers 1 B 2 C 3 C 4 C 5 A 6 B 7 C 8 C 9 B 10 C 11 B 12 A 13 C 14 A 15 B 16 C 17 A 18 B 19 A 20 C If you got 15 20 correct you re a veteran Arizonan If you got 10 15 correct you re a long time resident If you got 5 10 correct you re a newcomer If you got 0 5 correct you must be just visiting Indian Fry Bread a k a Navajo Taco If Arizona had a state food this would probably be it Ingredients 4 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups water 1 handful of powdered milk 2 cups vegetable oil for frying Directions In a large bowl mix the flour baking powder and salt Add the water and powdered milk to the flour mixture Mix together with your hands until it s not sticky Add more water if it s too dry or add more flour if it s too sticky With your hands or a rolling pin mold the fry bread into flat circles each about 6 inches across Put a hole in the middle of the dough with your finger Heat the oil

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  • Knowledge House: Not Just For Kids
    Just For Kids Autumn in Arizona The autumnal equinox ushered in the first day of fall on September 23 An equinox is the time when the sun s rays fall directly on the equator so that neither the north pole nor the south pole is inclined toward the sun This makes the day and night equal in length Did you know The first day of Autumn in the northern hemisphere is the first day of Spring in the southern hemisphere While crisp fall weather and glorious foliage aren t the first things that come to mind here in the desert that s exactly what you ll find in some of the state s higher elevations Up north where expanses of ponderosa pines are broken by stands of quaking aspen changing leaves can herald fall s coming as early as mid September Much of the Coconino National Forest around Flagstaff is in the high country Humphrey s Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12 643 feet The annual color change begins on the higher slopes of these forested volcanic highlands as aspen leaves turn yellow while summer is still in the air From there the transformation gradually migrates to the crimson sumacs and fuchsia maples of the lower canyons as cool nights confirm the full onset of autumn Remnants of reds oranges and golds may linger in the desert canyons as late as mid November The traditional times to view fall foliage in Arizona are from early to mid October The second weekend of October is probably the best bet But even early in the season scenic drives in the San Francisco Peaks area will provide good foliage displays and later in the season look for color along the scenic drive in Oak Creek Canyon Hikers and backpackers might

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  • Knowledge House: Not Just For Kids
    of lightning in the U S In summer hot dry winds often create dust devils resembling mini tornadoes that blow harmlessly across the desert The daytime sky is usually bright blue and clear with lots of sunshine and none of the pollution of the big city The nighttime sky is full of bright stars and even the Milky Way can be seen overhead Wild animals that live in the area and are often seen in people s yards include jackrabbits cottontail rabbits rock squirrels ground squirrels mice coyotes javelina wild pigs pronounced ha va lee na even mule deer and bobcats Birds most often seen are hawks vultures quail roadrunners doves cactus wrens thrashers woodpeckers hummingbirds and cardinals Poisonous creatures that come out in summer are rattlesnakes tarantulas scorpions and black widow spiders There are also several varieties of lizards and other reptiles including the horned toad desert tortoise and gila monster Vegetation consists of paloverde and mesquite trees creosote bushes saguaros prickly pear barrel cactus and other cacti jojoba ho ho ba brittlebush annual grasses and colorful spring wildflowers The geology of the Desert Foothills is mostly volcanic in origin ranging from huge granite boulders to basalt covered mountain slopes The ground is hard in places with caliche kal lee chee a cement like calcium carbonate deposit and the soil is a clay that becomes a sticky mud when wet Many washes desert streams run through the area which are dry most of the time but fill with fast moving water during heavy rains as they drain the surrounding land and hills The majority of residents obtain their water from private wells that are 100 300 feet deep There are many ancient archaeological sites in and around the area a few having 3 6 foot high rock walls still standing on top of steep buttes with pottery shards laying around and an occasional arrowhead to be found New River used to be a stagecoach stop between Phoenix and Prescott It is the most rural of the foothills communities zoned for a minimum property size of one acre while many people own 2 5 or even 10 acres A lot of these folks maintain gardens or small farms while enjoying the natural desert lifestyle Cave Creek has the most history dating back to 1873 when it was a gold mining town with sheep and cattle ranches nearby and also a stage stop Many of its restaurants and shops still promote an Old West flavor Carefree is a planned resort community started in 1956 It boasts one of the world s largest sundials expensive custom homes designed to blend in with the desert environment and quaint street names such as Easy Street Never Mind Trail and Ho and Hum Roads Several famous celebrities including Dick Van Dyke Paul Harvey and Hugh Downs have resided there Most people who live in the Desert Foothills work in Phoenix and cannot wait to come back home to the wide open spaces picturesque mountains beautiful

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  • Knowledge House: Not Just For Kids
    desert flowers bloom every year even in poor years for wildflowers Grow Your Own Wildflowers Growing wildflowers in home landscapes is a popular pastime If you plant your own you will always have a wonderful show since you control how much water they get For a traditional spring showing you will have to plant your wildflower mix in October But you can have a second wildflower season by planting a different kind of mix at the end of spring for a late summer show These will be wildflowers that like hot temperatures combined with wet weather monsoon season rather than cool temperatures and wet weather Some seed companies sell southwestern wildflower mixes and or individual seeds in packets and or bulk quantities Wild Seed Inc located in Tempe Arizona has mixtures in any amounts for yards or large scale revegetation Call 602 276 3536 A local supplier Homan Brothers Seed has a 4000 square foot seed processing and storage center located at 1540 W Happy Valley Road in Phoenix Arizona Phone 623 869 8457 or email sales homanseed com You can also check with local nurseries and at the following websites www homanseed com www plantsofthesouthwest com www wildseedfarms com or go to the Arizona Native Plant Society website at http aznps org for a complete listing of Arizona native plant and seed sources Take An Armchair Tour of the Desert in Bloom Wildflower enthusiasts considered the spring of 1995 to be the best year in more than a decade Nourished by just the right amount of winter rain and coaxed into bloom by the warmth of the sun for a few brief weeks the Sonoran Desert was a breathtaking bouquet of vivid color Channel 8 camera crews explored Arizona by automobile on horseback and on foot to capture this extraordinary visual event so viewers could enjoy an armchair tour of desert wildflowers at the peak of their bloom The locations where they gathered their colorful images include Desert Botanical Garden Boyce Thompson Southwest Arboretum South Mountain Park Superstition Mountains Saguaro National Monument Organ Pipe National Monument Tonto National Monument Picacho Peak State Park Beeline Highway Apache Trail Carefree Highway and Wickenburg For more detailed descriptions as to where they found the flowers go to www kaet asu edu wildflowers Desert Wildflowers is a glorious celebration of spring that showcases the extraor dinary diversity of Arizona s natural landscape Desert Wildflowers A KAET production can also be purchased on video for 19 95 at the KAET Store of Knowledge Scottsdale Fashion Square Arizona Highways 1 800 543 5432 and the Desert Botanical Garden 480 941 1225 Arizona Wildflower Hotlines Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden 602 481 8134 The hotline operates March 1 April 30 Sonoran Desert Naturalist http members aol com Melasoma index html Wild Flower Alert DesertUSA Wildflower Watch www desertusa com Click on Wildflower Reports Wildflower Websites http desertbotanical org index aspx pageID 727 Statewide Wildflower Info Site www desertusa com flora html Excellent desert plant site online wildflower

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    insects or other creatures Use your binoculars to look at birds or blossoms atop a tall cactus Visit the same area over a period of several days or weeks and at different times of day Keep a record of the dates and times whenever you go Check the temperature each time you go out Draw a picture of where the sun is in the sky Draw what the clouds look like if there are any How does your spot change from day to day How is it different at different times of the day Return to your spot several times during the year to see how it looks in other seasons If you look closely you will notice how the desert seasons differ In the spring you will see how beautiful the desert is when the wildflowers are in bloom Previously dead looking plants will be full of life Under your magnifying glass you will be able to look at ladybugs and other insects pollen and tiny delicate flower petals Plan Ahead Get a head start on learning what kinds of plants and animals live in the desert Visit a zoo botanical garden or museum that has desert displays Look in a field guide that identifies desert plant and animal life You may already have such a field guide or you can buy one at a local bookstore It s a good idea to have your own because you will use it a lot In addition you can check out desert books from the library and practice identifying the plants and animals in the pictures That way when you go out into the desert you will be familiar with the types of plants and animals you will see and you will know what to look for Be a Scientist How much rain falls in your desert or in your yard Make a rain gauge to measure Get a clear plastic bottle with a wide opening at the top Take a ruler and with a permanent marker make ½ inch and 1 inch marks on the side of the container Place the rain gauge in an open spot and wait until it rains Did less or more than half an inch fall Does more than an inch ever fall Keep a record in your notebook Make a Desert Diorama A fun project would be to make an interpretive exhibit representing one square area of your desert Get a shoebox and measure its length and height Cut a piece of light blue construction paper for the background wall about ¼ inch shorter than the box s height and about 4 inches longer than the box s length On it you can draw saguaro cactuses and mountains in the background Place the picture in the box and tape each side to the front The paper will curve On separate paper draw and color desert plants and animals each with a flap at the bottom Cut out each picture bend its flap and glue

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    children The exhibits encourage creative expression in a hands on environment Arizona Science Center 600 E Washington St Phoenix 602 716 2000 Explore 350 hands on science exhibits travel to space in a planetarium and experience the excitement of an Imax theater Enjoy science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions Boyce Thompson Arboretum 37615 East US Highway 60 Superior 520 689 2811 Arizona s oldest and largest botanical garden features thousands of plants from the world s deserts 323 acres with miles of nature paths and specialty gardens Cave Creek Museum 6140 E Skyline Dr Cave Creek 480 488 2764 Living history of the desert foothills Displays of pioneer living ranching and mining Indian artifacts from the Hohokam Yavapai and Apache Restored 1920s tuberculosis cabin and 1940s church Challenger Learning Center 21170 N 83rd Avenue Peoria 623 322 2001 A space themed learning environment includes a Mission Control Center Space Craft interactive exhibit area video theatre Galaxy Gift shop and exhibitions Reservations can be made to fly a simulated space mission Rendezvous with a Comet Deer Valley Rock Art Center 3711 W Deer Valley Rd Phoenix 623 582 8007 View more than 1500 ancient petroglyphs in a protected desert preserve plus indoor exhibits and video Desert Botanical Garden 1201 North Galvin Pkwy Phoenix 480 941 1225 World s largest collection of desert plants in a natural setting Tours demonstrations interactive exhibits workshops special events café gift shop plant shop Trails Desert Discovery Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Sonoran Desert Nature Center for Desert Living Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N Frontier St Wickenburg 520 684 2272 Regional exhibits period rooms a re created street scene mineral collection Indian artifacts Western Art Gallery and a park with native plant landscaping Fleischer Museum of California and Russian Impressionism 17207 North Perimeter Drive near Pima and Bell Scottsdale 480 585 3108 This beautiful collection of 300 paintings includes landscapes architectural and figurative subjects and still life Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting 6101 East Van Buren Phoenix 602 275 3473 90 plus restored pieces of vintage fire apparatus dating from 1725 to 1968 plus children s activities and a fire engine to climb aboard Halle Heart Center 2929 S 48th St Tempe 602 414 2800 The Halle Heart Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to join in the fight against the No 1 cause of death in America cardiovascular disease in an innovative hands on way that will educate and entertain Heard Museum 2301 N Central Ave Phoenix 602 252 8848 Experience the cultures and art of Southwestern Native Americans in spectacular exhibits traditional and contemporary artwork Get a taste of what the Heard Museum is about at its branch location Heard Museum North El Pedregal Festival Marketplace Carefree Hwy and Scottsdale Rd Historic Sahuaro Ranch 9802 North 59th Ave Glendale 623 939 5782 This 1885 homestead contains 17 restored original buildings Changing exhibits home tours and special events highlight the agricultural history of the west valley Katydid Insect Museum 5060

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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information
    nbsp Favored Merchants nbsp Sponsors Advertisers nbsp Awards Praises nbsp Web Rings nbsp Acknowledgments K I D S P A G E By wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches Proverbs 24 3 4 Welcome Letter for New Homeschoolers Congratulations You have taken the right step in desiring to take the education of your children into your own hands As parents we want what is best for our children because we love them and have a personal interest in their lives We also know that God has given us the duty for the proper upbringing of our children including their education It is an awesome responsibility but it is also a privilege and one which we do not wish to delegate to anyone else If this is your first homeschooling experience there s no need to worry or be in a hurry Take time to prayerfully consider your curriculum choices your teaching style and the structure of your new homeschool Methods range from traditional to relaxed The home provides a convenient integrated learning environment Every day is another opportunity to instill a love for learning that will last a lifetime Materials for home education are plentiful and varied They include textbooks work books unit studies correspondence courses video lessons and computer instruction Items from different sources may be combined to create your own eclectic curriculum The annual state homeschool convention and curriculum fair provides an opportunity to view and purchase products from many different publishers Libraries and bookstores have many home education how to books There are over 1 5 million homeschoolers nationwide and the figure continues to grow Homeschooled students as a group generally exceed national norms on standardized achievement tests They

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