Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Celebration of Fine Art: Jenny Foster

015 marks the 25th anniversary of Celebration of Fine Art, where more than 100 juried artists come from all over the United States to create and sell their work in temporary working studios. To celebrate this silver anniversary, we’re highlighting some extremely talented artists and passionate collectors from Celebration of Fine Art. Jenny Foster has one rule for her art…it has to be happy. It can be anything, but it has to radiate happiness. Get to know Jenny and be sure to check out more of his work at Celebration of Fine Art (January 17 – March 29, 2015)!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Sunsets of 2014

The sun is setting on 2014. What better time to recap some of the best sunsets we saw here in Scottsdale this past year? So take in all the beauty of last year, and look ahead to all to come in the next. Here’s to a great 2015!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Guide to Hiking Camelback

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Hiking Camelback Mountain is one of the most popular activities to do when visiting Scottsdale. The climb up either of the two trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla, provides great views, interesting rock formations and a 1,200-foot elevation change. The summit of Camelback offers 360-degree views that overlook Scottsdale and all its surrounding cities. The view is no-doubt worth the climb, but there are a few things you should know before embarking on the journey.

  • Bring water! As with any hike, be sure to bring plenty of water for everyone in your party (including your four-legged friends). Even though the trail isn’t long, the elevation change more than makes up for that.

  • Prepare to get your hands dirty. Echo Canyon has steep hills that require some climbing over large boulders. It’s nothing too extreme, but be aware that this isn’t a walk in the park.

  • The trails are busy on the weekends. Like, really busy. The park will close once it reaches capacity, so have a backup plan just in case.

  • Hikers climbing uphill have the right of way. There are a lot of runners who like to run up the mountain, so when you’re on your way down, it’s easier for everyone if you stop and move out of the way.

  • Have good shoes with grip. Hiking boots are the best, but running shoes also do the trick just fine. Make sure they have decent tread left though, as the dust and smooth rocks make for a slippery situation.

  • Don’t forget your camera. The view from the top is unforgettable!

  • Have good restaurant picked out for after because you’ll be hungry. Trust us.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Skiing at the Westin Kierland


You may not think of us as a Christmas town but, more and more, Scottsdale’s got a lot to offer during the holiday season. There is Las Noches de Las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden, Sister’s Christmas Catechism at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and now, Family FunFest at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

I had the opportunity to swing by the inaugural Family FunFest to check out the festivities. Upon entering the FunFest (which is out by the pool complex, making it feel legitimately cold), I was loaded up with wristbands for the all-you-can eat chili and s’mores bars and access unlimited activities. After a bit of convincing, I also opted in for the SnoPro, a ski simulator. Oh yes, you read that right – an actual ski simulator in Scottsdale, AZ. More on that (and my attempts to ski) later.

Family FunFest is filled with activities geared towards children three and older. You can snap a selfie with Santa, make holiday crafts, decorate cookies, ride a holiday train, watch a magic show and more. $10 will get you in to the FunFest and an additional $5 provides access to the s’mores bar, which includes coconut and oreo dipped marshmallows, dark chocolate and peppermint patties, plus all the usual fixin’s. Also available are holiday-inspired cocktails and the gourmet chili bar, with choices of Elk Tomatillo, Turkey or Vegetarian and about 15 different toppings.

Before I settled in with a cocktail that tasted like butterscotch candy and some yummy comfort food, I tried my skills on the SnoPro. It’s basically a slope with carpet rolling up it. When you are pointed downslope, the SnoPro gives you the feeling of skiing or snowboarding. Before hitting the “slopes”, you’re outfitted with skis or a snowboard and boots. Since my only attempt at snowboarding was nothing short of a disaster, I opted for the skis.

Once I was all suited up, I climbed up on the SnoPro. There was guided instruction throughout the 30-minute course, providing me with a fast-track of all the techniques I had forgotten since I last skied, which was sometime last decade. They taught me the snow-plow, how to move from side to side along the slope and provided continual instruction for my posture and performance. I was a bit nervous at first but was having lots of fun by the end.

If you decide to test out the SnoPro, plan to pay $25 for the first rider and $5 for each additional rider, up to four riders. As an added bonus, they throw in a $20 discount to a one-day lift ticket at Arizona Snowbowl. The sessions are 30 minutes each and, while that may sound short, it was about as much as my body could handle. One session is equivalent to one day on the slopes and, two days later, I’m feeling. My body is sore and I literally felt as if I had spent all day skiing. But, it was absolutely worth it; better than any crash course you could take at an actual ski resort. There are no bumps, other skiers, wet snow or chair lifts to contend with. Just you and pure, pristine carpet.

We finished off our evening by watching the 3-D Holiday Paintscaping Lightshow on the north side of the hotel, just outside the doors from the lobby bar area. This animated light show is set to music and is multiple stories high. Everything is holiday-themed, with elves scampering about, Santa flying across the sky and Christmas carols filling the speakers. Paintscaping is free and open to the public.

Be sure to swing by the Westin Kierland this month, and check out all of their holiday-inspired activities. PaintScaping takes places daily, every 30 minutes from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and the FunFest is open from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays between Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, 2014.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

[Football] Nassau Community College Takes Home The Valley Of The Sun Bowl

NCC defeats SCC 34-27 in the Valley of the Sun Bowl this afternoon.

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[Football] Valley of the Sun Bowl Available Via Live Video Stream

Kick-off is set for Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 PM.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Celebration of Fine Art: James Randle

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Celebration of Fine Art, where more than 100 juried artists come from all over the United States to create and sell their work in temporary working studios. To celebrate this silver anniversary, we’re highlighting some extremely talented artists and passionate collectors from Celebration of Fine Art. James Randle takes everyday urban images from well known cities and turns them into works of art. Get to know James and be sure to check out more of his work at Celebration of Fine Art (January 17 – March 29, 2015)!

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[Football] Valley of the Sun Bowl This Saturday

#7 SCC faces #6 Nassau CC in Valley of the Sun Bowl

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bowl Game Ticket Giveaway

FB 2012_Field The Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl are coming up soon! We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to two lucky winners. All you have to do to enter is like/follow us on both our Facebook and Twitter pages, and tell us who your favorite college football team is on either one! *Winners will be chosen December 19 and must be following us on both Facebook and Twitter to qualify.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2015 San Francisco Giants Spring Training Schedule

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Only a few weeks after their third World Series win in five years, the San Francisco Giants have released their Scottsdale Spring Training Schedule. This year’s slate features 14 home games right here at Scottsdale Stadium.

Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner look to start the 2015 season on the right foot in hopes of a repeat championship. Your first chance to see the champion Giants in Scottsdale is March 4.

Home games played at Scottsdale Stadium and highlighted in orange below:


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

[Football] 2014 All-WSFL and ACCAC Football Teams

The Scottsdale Community College Football Team has 12 players honored with making both All-WSFL and All-ACCAC Football Teams.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Toro set to Open at Scottsdale TPC

TPC Scotts Reno

There has been a lot of attention drawn to the renovations at TPC Scottsdale. And rightfully so. The Stadium Course has gotten a full revamp, with several holes being re-designed, green positions moved and bunkers added. Not to be forgotten, TPC Scottsdale has also renovated their clubhouse and added a new restaurant, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar.

Many will be familiar with Toro’s head chef Richard Sandoval. Sandoval is also in charge of the widely acclaimed La Hacienda restaurant at the Fairmont Princess. This time, Sandoval brings some pan-Latin flair to Scottsdale. With a menu consisting of wok dishes, sushi and 105 different rums, the tastes are guaranteed to be off the charts.

Live music on the weekends gives the restaurant a casual vibe where you can kick back and enjoy the view of the golf course. Toro opens Dec. 5. For more information, click here.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Celebration of Fine Art: Curt Mattson

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Celebration of Fine Art. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some extremely talented artists and passionate collectors.

First up is Curt Mattson. Curt is a renowned bronze sculptor and painter focusing on horse and cowboy inspired themes. Get to know Curt and head to Celebration of Fine Art (January 17 – March 29, 2015) to meet him in person!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

[Football] #4 Scottsdale Community College Football Falls Short Of Repeating As WSFL Champs

The 4th Ranked Artichokes could not overcome the 8th Ranked Matadors of Arizona Western College on Saturday night 52-27.

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[Football] #4 SCC Football VS #8 AWC To Be Live-Streamed

The Saturday, November 8th Football game between Scottsdale Community College and Arizona Western will be available live-streamed

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Getting Around the City


Getting around Scottsdale is quick and easy, even without a car, thanks to the city’s free trolleys that connect area resorts and attractions. The seasonal Paradise Valley Resort Trolley connects resorts like Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain with Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Southwest’s largest mall. When you’re in downtown, explore the diverse districts and attractions, from art galleries along the Marshall Way Arts District to boutique shops in the Fifth Avenue District on the Downtown Trolley, which runs year round. Visiting in March for Cactus League Spring Training? The Talking Stick Spring Training Trolley will take you from downtown to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for the game. If trollies aren’t quite your style, rental car facilities and driver services are scattered throughout the city with companies such as Enterprise and Hertz partnering with local resorts.

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Best of the West

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Scottsdale has been known as “The West’s Most Western Town” since 1947, and that cowboy spirit is still central to the city’s identity. However, Scottsdale isn’t a city stuck in the past. Over the years, Scottsdale refined its nature, trading in its dusty hitching posts for sleek, modern art. While Scottsdale continues to pay homage to its rustic roots, myriad cultural amenities are evident throughout the city. Get a dose of history, art and culture in this one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates its ties to Hopalong Cassidy, Frank Lloyd Wright and everyone in between.


In January 2015, visitors and meeting attendees alike can put on their cowboy boots and bolo ties and mosey on over to the long-awaited Scottsdale Museum of the West. This 40,000-square-foot museum tells the story of history’s notable pioneers. Explore or plan an event in its five galleries of paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts that depict the ever-evolving American West, from cowboys on horseback to historic roads like Route 66. Looking to buy a piece of Western memorabilia? Western themes dominate much of downtown Scottsdale’s art and shopping districts. Browse the selection of souvenirs, such as cowboy boots at Saba’s Western Store, in Old Town or the cowboy-inspired artwork at the galleries in the Main Street Arts District. Stop by WestWorld of Scottsdale, one of the nation’s top equestrian and special event facilities. Set against the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains, WestWorld plays host to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and numerous other indoor and outdoor equestrian and special events.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece Taliesin West (above)attracts more than 150,000 visitors annually. Explore Wright’s singular talent for integrating indoor and outdoor spaces with the Panorama Tour, a guided one-hour stroll across the main grounds of the famed architect’s winter home. Or delve deeper with the 90-minute Insights Tour for a look into the life of Wright and his beloved wife, Olgivanna. Renowned Arizona modernist Will Bruder built his stellar reputation on award-winning public spaces, such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Scottsdale. This minimalist space houses an international collection of modern art, architecture and design, as well as a public “skyspace” by the acclaimed artist James Turrell.The Musical Instrument Museum showcases cultures from around the globe with more than 5,000 instruments on display from nearly every country in the world. See the re-creation of a gong workshop, view instruments played by musicians such as Elvis Presley and Carlos Santana, or test your own musical abilities in the Experience Gallery.


No matter whether you’re visiting for fun or attending a meeting, Scottsdale’s lineup of cultural and Western events and festivals is bound to enhance any itinerary.The Parada del Sol Parade, the world’s longest horse-drawn parade, has taken place every February for more than 60 years. Horses, rodeo riders and wagons march along Scottsdale Road. The Trails End Celebration follows the procession with entertainment, music, and a pancake breakfast. Now entering its 25th year, Celebration of Fine Art takes place in Scottsdale from mid-January to late-March. Immerse yourself in the creative process at this event in North Scottsdale and meet up to 100 working artists in their temporary studios.

To find out more about all of Scottsdale’s cultural and Western amenities, visit ExperienceScottsdale.com or MeetInScottsdale.com.

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Scottsdale Has Sports Fever

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Fans flock to Scottsdale year-round to catch teams from all four major professional sports leagues. With just a short drive, visitors can cheer on the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. And in 2015, Scottsdale will be in the spotlight for premier sporting events that leisure visitors and meetings attendees won’t want to miss, including NFL’s biggest game.


Arizona has a love affair with college football. Celebrate the end of 2014 with the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014 and ring in the new year during the Cactus Bowl (formerly Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl) Jan. 2, 2015. Not to be outdone, 2016 will be another hallmark year for college football in the Valley of the Sun. University of Phoenix Stadium will host the college football championship Jan. 11, 2016.


The “Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” the Waste Management Phoenix Open, takes place Jan. 29–Feb. 1, 2015. The tournament is the most highly attended on the PGA Tour, and attendees get up-close and personal to golf gods like Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Brandt Snedeker. This lifestyle event offers the only fan-enclosed hole on the Tour – the famous 16th hole – and festivities during the evenings at the Birds Nest. TPC Scottsdale will debut a new look for the occasion, following an ambitious makeover of the Stadium Course and Clubhouse.


The party continues Feb. 1, 2015, with Super Bowl XLIX. Throw a game-day party at one Scottsdale’s off-site venues, restaurants and bars such as The Venue Scottsdale, The Clayton on the Park, Derby Public House and Bottled Blonde. Scottsdale will host myriad events in the days leading up to the big game, including Fan Fest Scottsdale, home of the ESPN live broadcast outside Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Taste of the NFL at WestWorld of Scottsdale, where guests can mingle with celebrity chefs and current and alumni NFL players over tasty bites on the eve of the Super Bowl.


Stick around at the end of February to experience the first pitch of Cactus League Spring Training, a staple in Scottsdale for nearly 60 years. The San Francisco Giants call Scottsdale Stadium home, while the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies share Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on the nearby Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Fans commemorate America’s favorite pastime at afternoon and evening games throughout the month of March, exploring legendary Cactus League hangouts and benefitting from out-of-the-park packages at Scottsdale resorts.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

[Football] WSFL Championship Set Between #4 SCC and #10 AWC

#4 Scottsdale Community College will take on #10 Arizona Western College on Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 PM in Eager, AZ.

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[Football] Fighting Artichokes Football Starting To Rack Up 4-Year Offers

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

[Football] RECAP: SCC beats Snow College in thriller, moves on in playoffs

The Artichokes won a classic to set up a rematch with Arizona Western

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

[Football] #4 SCC Football Moves On To WSFL Championship With Win Over #6 Snow College

The 4th Ranked Fighting Artichokes pull off an incredible 43-42 victory on Saturday night against the 6th Ranked Badgers of Snow College.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Survive the Winter with these in-Home Spa Tips


The Sonoran Desert is known for its arid climate. Combine that with chillier temps in the winter months and you may be in need of some soothing beauty remedies! If you’re too busy to take a trip to one of Scottsdale’s luxurious spas, try these quick fixes from the experts instead to protect and maintain your healthy skin all winter long.

Eurasia Spa

  1. Fortify your skin’s natural protective barrier with products that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help bind and hold moisture in.

  2. Skip those seasonal hot coffee drinks; they can really dehydrate your skin and cozy up with some green tea instead. Green tea helps to slow down the aging process with its high antioxidant levels. When applied topically, the catechins found in green tea act as an anti-inflammatory so it’s beneficial in calming acne or soothing sensitive skin.

  3. Drinking water consistently throughout the day helps keep your digestive system functioning properly to expel toxins, which helps to keep your skin’s natural glow through the winter months. Warm (not hot) baths or soaks are also great for detoxing.

  4. Exfoliate by dry brushing, which not only sloughs off dead skin but also stimulates blood flow and helps to energize. Look for brushes made with natural bristles.

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  1. Use Coconut oil to moisturize elbows, knees and feet.

  2. Apply Chamomile tea as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation, which is responsible for redness.

  3. Pure, ice-cold whole milk can be used as an astringent to tone.

  4. Chilled cucumber slices work perfectly to reduce puffy eyes.

  5. Avocado oil can be used to treat skin conditions such as dryness, age spots, psoriasis and sun damage.

Simplicity Skin Care

  1. Add a little extra hydration into your homecare regimen. Remember, skin changes with the seasons and the cold season pulls the moisture right out! When irritation, itching and inflammation occur, it means your skin needs help. Add an extra pump or two of your existing products for an added boost, or try a silicone product to help retain those moisture levels.

  2. Talk to your local aesthetician for tips and tricks. Bring in your existing homecare — this way your skincare professional can supplement or add to your current routine.

  3. Winter is the best time to do those clinical treatments you’ve been holding off on, including peels, laser treatments and more. The key factor in these treatments is the post-care. Know your options in order to achieve faster recovery with a reduced risk of complications.

  4. In terms of long-term skincare, don’t be afraid to spend the extra dollar. You’ll get what you pay for with these types of treatments.

  5. Keep in mind that products do have a shelf life. The goal is to use them within one year of purchase. One to two years is an average shelf life, so if you have products that have surpassed that time frame, it’s time to toss them and look for new ones.

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‘Tis the Season for Spa Treatments

Jill Richards-Hot and Cold Plunge

In the midst of the hustle and bustle as the end of the year nears, don’t forget to treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment during the holidays. Scottsdale’s award-winning spas have a whole host of special seasonal treatments. Find the right one for you so you’ll feel refreshed and revamped for this most wonderful time of year.

Agave, The Arizona Spa at the Westin Kierland Resort: Arctic Berry Sparkling Facial

Using the all-organic Arctic Berry products by Eminence, this 50-minute facial ($189) contains an anti-aging peptide peel. The peel reduces fine lines, inflammation, hyper-pigmentation and acne to receive the same results as a synthetic chemical peel without any of the side effects. The naturally sourced acids are derived from bitter almond, sugar, grains and hibiscus flowers. In addition to the illuminating peptide peel, the facial features the added benefit of the NuFace micro-current. The new FDA-approved device for facial stimulation gently and effectively improves the skin’s tone and texture while providing an immediate “lift.” What a perfect way to get youthful and radiant skin just in time for the holidays! Available Nov. 1, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015.

Amethyst Spa at We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center: Winter Wonderland

Facials and massages go hand-in-hand any time of the year, but these two treats are just what you need to attain that holiday glow. Indulge and revitalize with a power-boosting, tingling peppermint refresher facial for $75. It’s also the perfect time of year to re-energize your golf swing! Get ready to hit the links with the Four Peaks golfers’ massage for $100. Call for redeemable dates.

Jurlique Spa at FireSky Resort & Spa: Call Me a “Cab”ernet

This 60-minute treatment for $99 warms the winter weary with a bath that will intoxicate your senses. Begin with a deep immersion soak emanating the essence of Cabernet and Neroli. Next, a hand and foot massage with Spa Ritual’s baobab oil and organic fair trade shea butter will rehydrate the most winter weathered hands and feet. You can also choose for the focus to be on the scalp, neck and shoulders utilizing Moroccan Oil. Finish with a glass of wine and feel free to lounge poolside. Available Dec. 1 – Jan. 31, 2015.

The Saguaro Spa : Rich Chocolate Truffle Body Wrap

The Saguaro is reveling in the holiday spirit this season with 60-minute treatments starting at just $89. The Chocolate Truffle Body Wrap uses a moisturizing and conditioning formulation that contains cocoa, macadamia nut oil, almond oil, ginseng, lecithin and vitamin E. This hydrating and collagen-boosting wrap also contains antioxidants which help to refresh and nourish the skin. Then extend your spa experience with a 30-minute add-on — polish your skin with a Cranberry Pomegranate scrub coated with an amazing smelling chocolate wrap for just $40! Available through Dec. 31, 2014.

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort : Sugar Glow Body Polish

Pamper yourself with a signature body scrub specifically designed to fight the dry desert air. Exfoliate and nourish with this lavish treatment created to increase blood flow and soften skin. Peppermint oil adds a wonderful touch of aromatherapy to the experience. Choose from 25, 50 or 80-minute treatments priced at $70, $120 or $160. Lock in moisture and improve new skin tone with lotion applied after exfoliating (included in the 50 and 80-minute treatments.) Available on-going.

Spa at Gainey Village : Sugar Berry Wine Treatment

Start with a sea salt scrub blended with organic vodka and raspberry extract. The body is then painted with an antioxidant resveratrol serum made from red wine grapes. These vegetable and fruit enzymes have nearly six times the antioxidant capacities found in top department store moisturizers, making a great solution for dry winter skin. A massage using shea butter scented with white-velvet buttercream seals in the hydration. You’ll also enjoy a glass of red wine or a raspberry smoothie while you get pampered! Treatments are $92 for 60 minutes. Available through Dec. 31, 2014.

Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale : Eucalyptus Treatments

Eucalyptus continues to be one of the best ways to ease winter skin woes. The tree’s medicinal and healing properties are just what you need to protect against dry skin during the chillier months. Try a rejuvenating Eucalyptus Vichy scrub, massage, manicure or pedicure. You can also add a Eucalyptus scalp, hand or foot enhancement to any treatment for just $35! Click here for more details and pricing. Available through Jan. 31, 2015.

Spa Lamar

Choose from three different treatments full of winter delight! The Peppermint Hot Stone Massage ($195) delivers penetrating heat from smooth warm lava stones plus cool refreshing peppermint aromatherapy. This unique fire and ice combo helps restore circulation, enhance relaxation and gives your full body cause for celebration! Or, try the Pumpkin Body Wrap ($145) packed with fruit enzymes, alpha-hydroxy acids and antioxidants, including Vitamin C, and Vitamin A, to help soften and soothe the skin, boost collagen production and prevent signs of aging. Also for pumpkin lovers, the Pumpkin Oatmeal Body Scrub ($145) exfoliates and moisturizes, while gently sloughing away dry skin. Available through June 1, 2015.

Spa at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain : Winter Reishi Face & Body Duo

Replenish your skin and refresh your spirit with this 90-minute body treatment and 60-minute facial ($295). A soothing mask of Reishi, Chaga and Maitake mushrooms blended with Juniper and Helichrysum oils nourish the skin with essential vitamins and minerals following an invigorating organic sea salt and berry seed scrub. The ultimate in hydration, our arctic cloud berry cream rich in Vitamin C and frankincense blended with cold pressed arctic lingonberry and cranberry is massaged into the body to nourish and restore your skin’s vibrant luster. Available on-going.

Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa : Naughty or Nice Holiday

Choose between our signature ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ holiday treatments! If you’ve been naughty, try a blend of wicked patchouli with hot, spicy black pepper and nutmeg, wrapped around notes of seductive ylang-ylang. A touch of vanilla will keep you sweet. Or, reward your nice behavior with a blend of organic peppermint, vanilla and sweet orange. The combination of peppermint with the softly sensuous notes of citrus and vanilla will ensure that your star shines bright all season long! Available Dec. 1, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015.

Too busy to take a trip to the spa? Try these (add hyperlink to Survive the Winter with In-Home Spa Tips article) quick fixes instead!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[Football] #5 SCC To Host #6 Snow College On November 1st

The 5th Nationally Ranked Scottsdale Community College Football will host the semi-final round playoff game against the 6th Nationally Ranked Snow College on Saturday, November 1st at 7:00PM.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[Football] Football Picks Up Player of the Week Honors for Offense and Defense

For the second time this year, Running Back Za'Quan Summers has picked up offensive player of the week in the WSFL. Defensive Back Cloves Campbell has also earned WSFL Defensive player of the week for the Artichokes.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

[Football] #6 Football Moves To 7-1 As They Care Of Mesa CC 58-29

#6 Scottsdale Community College came out with the victory tonight against conference opponent Mesa Community College 58-29.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Expanding Yoga Horizons

Aerial Yoga Man-Woman Sandstone Med Rez

The pristine beauty of the Sonoran Desert attracts people from all over the world to Scottsdale. A feeling of calm and serenity blankets your mind while being in the heart of the desert, making Scottsdale the ideal location for your desired spiritual practice, yoga. Scottsdale goes above and beyond your average indoor yoga studio. Whether taking you out into nature or taking you to new heights, Scottsdale offers more unique yoga opportunities than ever before.


With spectacular weather year-round, take your yoga practice outdoors in Scottsdale. New programs for the fall at The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel make it even more enticing to abandon those mirrored, studio walls. The raised platform in the on-site organic garden is the perfect spot to transform your body and mind, with new features that include beautiful canopy sails. Ancient boulders and desert flora and fauna surround you in the 5,600-square-foot garden. A reflection pond is an added bonus to ensure pure serenity. Sunrise and sunset yoga sessions offer guests time to relax during brisk mornings and breathtaking sunsets, when it is believed that “Chi” is the strongest. If you are looking for a more adventurous take on yoga, head to Promise Rock, where yoga sessions are offered at 2,288 feet above ground level.


Our next stop for unique yoga is W Scottsdale , where furry friends are welcomed for Doga. There’s no need to keep your dog cooped up in your hotel room or at home. They can get in on the yoga fun too. You read that right- your dog is invited to yoga. A brief socialization period before the class allows participating dogs to become familiar with each other. The class is designed to increase flexibility and relax muscles, while taking you and your dog through a series of yoga poses. Yogis and pooches enjoy the class on the first Tuesday of the month.


Who needs a mat to practice yoga? You won’t at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess . The resort offers Aerial Hammock Yoga for individuals looking to overcome gravity. By utilizing a fabric hammock suspended from the ceiling, you glide and release into each pose. Regardless of your yoga experience and fitness level, specifically trained yoga instructors guide you through each pose to ensure safety. If you are seeking a more peaceful approach on the ground, consider Candlelight Flow Yoga. This class is offered in the resort’s Atrium. The candlelight glow filling the room adds a soothing touch to your experience.


Butterfly Wonderland is bringing the rainforest to you in its latest monthly series, Yoga in the Rainforest. In this class, you practice all levels of Vinyasa based yoga, geared toward connecting breath with movement while taking in the beauty of your surroundings. Thousands of butterflies from around the world will fly freely among you during the class in the largest butterfly pavilion in America. The unique lush rainforest environment brings a sense of calm over the class. While on your mat, you will be surrounded by blooming flowers, tropical plants and soothing waterfalls. Leading your class is 200-hour certified yoga teacher Rhiannon Ritchey. Ritchey has been teaching yoga for nine years, and she’ll help you with any modifications or adjustments as she guides you through a series of yoga postures.

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Ron Pratte Collection to be Auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson


1950 GM Futurliner: Photo Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

The vintage car community has no shortage of superstar collectors, but one can argue that there is none bigger than Ron Pratte and the collection he has amassed over the years. Total numbers are estimated to be more than 100 cars and 1,400 items of memorabilia.

The Phoenix native and multi-millionaire has be seen front and center at past Barrett-Jackson auctions where he has purchased most of his collection. Granting no interviews to the media, he remains somewhat of a mystery outside his collection. That collection is being auctioned off at this year’s Barrett-Jackson and is estimated to fetch at least $50 million. To put that in perspective, the sales record achieved at last years auction was $113 million. Yeah, it’s that big of deal.

Some notable cars going up for sale include a 1950 GM Futurliner (which all sales from this car will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation) and a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (one of two built, and the other was totaled in a crash).

Look for Pratte’s collection to be the highlight of the show this year and for last year’s sales record to topple. Stay tuned for event schedules to see the collection on the auction block.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bureau draws need-time visitation with holiday campaign

Resort packages, dining and activity deals, and signature events entice visitors looking for sun in November and December


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 14, 2014) – The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau launched the third year of its holiday campaign, an effort to increase hotel occupancy from Nov. 21 through Jan. 9, a need-time period for the local tourism industry.

This year, the campaign is targeted at adults 35-54 years old from target markets – including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco and Canada – who may not have traditional holiday plans and are looking for a warm-weather destination where they can enjoy holiday activities with a Sonoran Desert twist.

New to the campaign this year is the use of third-party research that will allow the bureau to reach visitors with a propensity to travel to Scottsdale in emerging markets such as Seattle, Boston, Dallas and Philadelphia.

“With the additional research we’ve done over the past few years to target Scottsdale’s ideal visitor, we hope to move the needle even more on holiday visitation,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing at the bureau. “Last year, we were told that one of our member hotel properties saw a $10,000 gain in room revenue simply from their involvement in this holiday campaign. We know that it is making a difference.”

Playing off of four popular holiday jingles, including “The Weather Outside is Delightful,” “Baby It’s Warm Outside,” “Let It Glow,” and “Hiking in a Winter Wonderland,” the campaign uses the surreal desert images of the bureau’s brand campaign to highlight Scottsdale’s warm holiday season. Resort packages, activity and dining offers, as well as Scottsdale holiday events can be found on ScottsdaleHolidayExperience.com and will be promoted through online marketing, direct mail, email and print.

This is the third year of this campaign to increase holiday visitation in Scottsdale. Last year, the campaign resulted in over 56,000 page views and garnered over 8 million impressions. Since the launch of the holiday campaign in 2012, Scottsdale hotels and resorts have experienced a 7.2 percent increase in occupancy during the November/December time frame.

About the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau:

The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is responsible for marketing Scottsdale as a premier travel destination to national and international target audiences, including meeting planners, travel agents, tour operators, and individual tourists.



Megan Doyle, Community Affairs Manager 480-889-2704, mdoyle@scottsdalecvb.com

Rachel Pearson, ABC, Vice President of Community & Government Affairs 480-429-2259, rpearson@scottsdalecvb.com

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Arizona Fall League Kicks Off

SaltRiverStadium_sm The Arizona Fall League has officially begun its 2014 season. Top prospects from the around the majors have made their way to town and are looking to impress their big league clubs. Scottsdale plays host to two AFL teams, the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Salt River Rafters. The Scottsdale Scorpions call Scottsdale Stadium their home. Located right in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, Scottsdale stadium is the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants. Come check out players from the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants organizations. Take a look at their schedule here. The Salt River Rafters are stationed at Salt River Fields, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in the spring. You’ll find players from the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins and Minnesota Twins organizations on the Rafters. Check out their schedule right here: Don’t miss tomorrows stars begin their rise to the majors this fall in Scottsdale!

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Arizona Fall League Kicks Off


The Arizona Fall League has officially begun its 2014 season. Top prospects from the around the majors have made their way to town and are looking to impress their big-league clubs. Scottsdale plays host to two AFL teams, the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Salt River Rafters.

The Scottsdale Scorpions call Scottsdale Stadium their home. Located right in the heart of downtown, Scottsdale stadium is the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants. Come check out players from the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants organizations. You can find the schedule for the Scorpions here.

The Salt River Rafters are stationed at Salt River Fields, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in the spring. You’ll find players from the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins and Minnesota Twins organizations on the Rafters. Check out their schedule here.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s stars as they begin their rise to the majors this fall in Scottsdale!

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

[Football] SCC Runs Through PC on Homecoming Night 42-21

The 6th Ranked Fighting Artichokes made short work of the Bears of Phoenix College tonight on Homecoming.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

[Football] Sanders Takes Home Player of the Week

Quarterback Michael Sanders has been named ACCAC offensive player of the week.

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Pet Paradise


Scottsdale has ranked as one of the best cities for pet lovers and we can’t say we’re surprised. No matter where you venture, this pet paradise is welcoming furry friends with open arms. From pet fashion shows to parks, dog shows and luxury hotels, every pet is sure to leave Scottsdale feeling pampered. Oh, and pet lovers- we know you’ll get your fix too.


The stylish dogs of Scottsdale are hitting the runway with the latest fashion frenzy. As a part of The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Applewood Pet Resort is holding their Canine Couture runway show on Oct. 24, at 2:45 p.m. Pet lovers can spend the afternoon watching their favorite breeds strut their best looks down the runway. These pooches will be judged on their appearance and their owner’s creativity by Million Dollar Listing‘s Chad Rogers, New York Times bestselling author Kelly E. Carter, and two-time winner of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s “Best In Show” Gabriel Rangel.

Have you ever wanted to attend a prestigious dog show without traveling to New York? Then look no further than the 15th Annual Fiesta Cluster Dog Show & Agility Trial. More than 10,000 top dogs from all over the country will flock to WestWorld Feb. 26 – March 2. This free, weekend-long event allows pet admirers to get up-close and personal with different breeds, while canine experts answer all your questions. Pick up a present for your pooch at the vendor pavilion or enjoy a guided tour to learn the workings of how a dog show operates.


Quality dog parks can be difficult to come by, but not in Scottsdale. Chaparral Park and Community Center is well-known for its popular, off-leash area. Although we live in a desert, your dog may be fooled thanks to the 3 acres of grassy field throughout the park. If you are concerned about dog interaction, have no fear. One area of the park is designated for active dogs and the other for passive dogs. Water fountains around the park are sure to keep you and your pooch hydrated.


We know your heart breaks when you see those big, puppy dog eyes staring at you before you leave them behind to go out to dinner. It breaks our hearts too. That’s why Scottsdale restaurants are opening their patios to you AND your pooch. In Old Town, AZ 88 allows dogs on their expansive patio that overlooks Civic Center courtyards. The patio opens up to the courtyard, allowing owners to take their dogs on a stroll after their meal. Sprinkles in Scottsdale even offers a menu item devoted specifically to your dog! Treat them to a Doggie Cupcake. These delicious cupcakes are made of eggs, honey, and vanilla and topped with a yogurt frosting. It is sure to delight any doggie.


Traveling for pets can be exhausting and stressful, but Scottsdale hotels are rolling out the red carpet to make your furry friend feel right at home. Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch provides pets with the best of luxury during their stay. The resort’s 4PAWS Pet Friendly Program presents each pet with a toy, all natural gourmet treats, a “Labor of Love” bed and food and water dishes. The 4PAWS Beastro menu is available for your pet to indulge in Canine Veggie Bruschetta or Seafood Parfait. For exercise, owners are given suggested walking routes of the property. And each dog receives an identification card to wear with the resort name and phone number in case they wander off!

Over at W Scottsdale, pets are treated like royalty. The P.A.W. Program (Pets are Welcome) offers in-room dining for your pet with a specialty chef-prepared menu from Sushi Roku. If you and your dog love exercise, consider the hotel’s unique offering of Doga. Doga is a yoga class for you and your dog! A brief socialization period before the class allows participating dogs to become familiar with each other. In the mood to celebrate? W Scottsdale loves a great birthday celebration, so if your dog has a birthday during your stay, it can enjoy a party with a special birthday cake and treats!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

[Football] The Fighting Artichokes have moved up to #6 in the National Poll

Come out and support our nationally ranked team for Homecoming on Saturday October 11th at 7PM.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barrett-Jackson Sneak Peek

Barrett jackson crowd

It’s never too early to scout out some beautiful cars that are going to be here in Scottsdale at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. Last years auction saw a new sales record at over $113 million dollars and this years total could come close to that! Check out some of the early cars scheduled for January:

1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Competition Convertible : Originally prepared for the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours race, this ‘vette won the pole, but did not have the endurance in the race and ended up finishing 26th. Still, this one of a kind Corvette was one of the first 200 models built in ’68 and is a highly sought after vehicle.

1932 Ford Custom Show Roadster: A contender for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, this ’32 Ford was an award winner for best paint, best engine, best undercarriage and outstanding detail. Roadster fans will not want to miss this gem.

1949 MG TC Roadster Race Car: This historic car was the first car Carroll Shelby drove in a road race. His life changed after winning two races in this car and he went on to become the legend that he is today. This will be one of the most historically significant cars at the 2015 auction.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Brings Fine Art Festivals to Scottsdale

The onset of fall and winter brings idyllic weather along with a series of fine art festivals by Thunderbird Artists, producers of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events. Stop by for plenty of beautiful art, fresh air and sunny skies. You’ll find the following festivals in Carefree and downtown Scottsdale — two unique locations with the beautiful Sonoran Desert serving as the backdrop.

The season kicks off with the 21st Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival on Oct. 31. Carefree closes its streets to make room for over 165 artists and more than 5,000 original pieces of fine art. Browse bronze sculptures, metal, clay, wood, stone, and glassworks. You’ll also find pottery, photography, hand crafted jewelry, oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, and more. With such an assortment of art, you’re sure to find something that fits your style!

The next festival in the series is the 3rd Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, Dec. 5 -7. The Scottsdale Waterfront is one of the city’s best spots to take a stroll and spend a day enjoying the fresh air. Walk along the canal while sipping a glass of wine and find a new piece of art to add to your home décor. Live music creates the perfect ambiance and complements Scottsdale’s impeccable weather and sunshine. Don’t miss musical performances throughout the weekend and glass sculptor extraordinaire Gustavo Santana’s hand-blown pieces.

The Waterfront also offers a mouthwatering restaurant scene. Work up an appetite scoping out the beautiful array of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and crafts, then sit down to a tasty meal to top off the day. Olive & Ivy, Culinary Dropout, and Wildfish Seafood Grille are all great spots. Other favorites among Scottsdale’s culinary scene, like Cowboy Ciao and Barrio Queen, are just a short walk away.

Can’t attend on these dates? Events take place from fall through early March, so mark your calendar for future festivals:

22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival (Jan. 16 – 18, 2015)

4th Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival (Feb. 13 – 15, 2015)

20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival (Feb. 27 – March 1, 2015)

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Get in the Cycling Spirit for Tour De Scottsdale

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The Tour de Scottsdale is back this October, beckoning cyclists and spectators alike to join the pedaling party! If you’ve never participated, this is your chance to get in on the action at one of Scottsdale’s most popular cycling events. Plus, the event comes just as great fall weather begins in Scottsdale. Riders and spectators share the enthusiasm with the beautiful Sonoran Desert serving as a scene-setting backdrop.

This event is for all levels of expertise, whether you’re a hardcore cyclist or you’re riding for the scenery. Choose from the 70-mile or 30-mile course, and make sure to access the live athlete-tracking feature. Friends and family can track riders to find out when they’ve crossed the finish line.

Every mile of both courses offers spectacular views of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and brings awareness to the important mission of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the organization committed to protecting the Preserve. All Tour de Scottsdale festivities support the Conservancy in its mission.

The Tour de Scottsdale not only benefits a great cause, but also has lots of fun in store for you after the race. Whether you’re braving the ride or cheering from the sidelines, head to Market Street at DC Ranch afterwards to celebrate! Check out Herb Box for a hearty Sunday brunch, served until 3 p.m. Try their bourbon-ginger peach brioche French toast, red velvet pancakes or butternut squash and corn enchiladas. That’s a meal to satisfy any competitor’s appetite!

Don’t miss the Tour de Scottsdale on Sunday, October 12. Click here to learn more.

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Why We Love Scottsdale for the Holidays


The holidays are a unique time in Scottsdale. Whether you’re searching for family fun or looking to cozy up with that special someone, there are a plethora of possibilities for enjoying an exclusive experience in the Sonoran Desert this holiday season. We’ve rounded up our picks for what makes Scottsdale stand out during this wonderful time of year!

Night-Time Lights & Sights

Scottsdale comes aglow during the holiday with places like the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden decked out in lights. Don’t miss out on any Christmas light sightings this season, with superb shows around the Valley. We invite you to sip on a comforting cup of hot cocoa as the night comes alive with these illuminating and elaborate light displays!

Spirited Shows

Looking for a place to swank up your holiday season? Look no further than spirited shows like these at world-class venues all around the Valley of the Sun. Take in a traditional performance of the Nutcracker by Ballet Arizona or catch Sister’s Christmas Catechism at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Just be sure to pull out your classiest holiday attire!

Holiday Cheer at Scottsdale Resorts & Hotels

Scottsdale’s resorts and hotels make it effortless for you to stay and play this holiday season. In addition to seeing sparkling holiday decorations and enjoying a sunny, warm ambiance, you’ll have the opportunity to ice skate under the stars, stroll through jaw-dropping light displays, and visit with Santa! Check out these hotel hotspots that have decked the halls just for you!

Patio Dining

Part of what makes Scottsdale special for the holidays is that you can enjoy warm weather and clear blue skies filled with sunshine just about every day. As the evening takes shape, the great outdoors is still just as delightful! Some of Scottsdale’s best dining spots offer picturesque patios perfect for whiling away a winter morning brunch or an evening on the town. With patios along the Scottsdale Waterfront, area golf courses, and even some with stunning views of the Sonoran Desert, you’ll have no problem finding one to suit your mood.

Leave the cooking up to Scottsdale’s seasoned chefs and enjoy a savory meal with friends and loved ones this season. Feast your eyes on the festive menus some of the best chefs have crafted! Whether you’re looking for a buffet full of options or an exclusive plated dinner menu, Scottsdale restaurants are prepared to satisfy you with a tasty and comforting holiday meal.

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[Football] Henderson and Summers Pick Up Player of the Week Honors

Ryan Henderson and Za'Quan Summers pick up multiple offensive and defensive player of the week awards.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mark Your Calendar for Special ArtWalks

It’s that time of year again when the evenings start to cool off and the sun starts to go down earlier with each passing day. The brisk nights make a stroll along the sidewalks in Scottsdale a real treat, and this means there’s no better time to attend a Scottsdale ArtWalk! ArtWalk takes place every Thursday evening from 7- 9pm, and this year marks the 40th anniversary. Check out these special ArtWalks as this 40-year tradition continues to shine! Thursday, October 23 40th Anniversary ArtWalk Thursday, November 13 3rd Annual “Fall for the Arts” ArtWalk Thursday, December 4 10th Annual Holiday ArtWalk Saturday, December 27 17th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk Thursday, January 15 3rd Annual Collector’s ArtWalk Saturday, January 31 Big Game ArtWalk Thursday, February 6 24th Annual Western ArtWalk Thursday, March 5 5th Annual Native Arts ArtWalk Thursday, April 2 2nd Annual “Spring into the Arts” ArtWalk Thursday, July 9 26th Annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Farm Fresh Food

You know when you come across that piece of fruit or food that you’d give anything to have again? Scottsdale farmers markets are where you find that kind of mouth-watering fruit, produce, and food. There are two markets in Scottsdale for you to enjoy: The Old Town Farmers’ Market (re-opens Oct. 25) is Scottsdale’s oldest running farmers’ market, and the North Scottsdale Farmers’ Market, which recently introduced an evening, indoor market. Here are some of the locally grown, awesomely good foods you’ll find at each of these markets.

Singh Farms: Not your traditional farmers market, Singh Farms is a secret even to Scottsdale natives. Blanketed in shade from towering trees, Singh Farms is one of the best spots to buy locally grown produce and also to spend a relaxing Saturday morning. Grab a bite to eat or a fresh squeezed juice as well!Be sure to check this gem out on Saturday’s.

Old Town Farmers Market: Right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale is one of locals favorite farmers markets. McClendon Farms is a big part of the market, and always draws a big crowd. With plenty of local jams, honey, and pastries, don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth as well.localinfo

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

[Football] #14 SCC Football Dominates NMMI on Saturday

#14 Scottsdale Community College moves to 3-1 on the year with a win over New Mexico Military Institute 63-16.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Arizona Fall League 2013: Names to Watch

Arizona Fall League returns this October and promises some of the best prospects since Mike Trout and Bryce Harper rolled through town. 25 of MLB.com’s top 100 prospects will be suiting up in Arizona this fall, headlined by Byron Buxton, Corey Seager, and Addison Russell.

Byron Buxton: Second year attendee Byron Buxton looks to get over a forgettable season in 2014 that was riddled with injuries. The 2014 Fall League provides the perfect platform for Buxton to get back on track. This is still the same guy who was one of the highest rated prospects ever and drew comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr. Don’t be surprised if he puts up big numbers this go around. See him suit up for the Salt River Rafters at Salt River Fields.

Corey Seager: One of the best prospects in the Major Leagues, Seager looks to be the Dodgers shortstop of the future. Standing at 6′ 4″ and 215 pounds, he’s Troy Tulowitzki-esque in size and power. Hitting 50 doubles to go along with 20 home runs last year in both A+ and AA, the power potential is there. Seager could make the jump to the big leagues next year if he keeps producing and looks to hone his skills this fall with the Glendale Desert Dogs.

Addison Russell: For a third straight year, Addison Russell returns to Arizona this fall and this time, with the Chicago Cubs. Russell came over to the Cubs in a blockbuster trade that sent Chicago ace, Jeff Samardzija, to the Oakland A’s. After being traded, Russell put up solid numbers for the Cubs AA team and hopes to carry that over into the fall, as well as next year. He remains a high prospect at the SS position and could break the into the Majors next year if anything happens to Chicago Cubs SS, Starlin Castro.

The Scottsdale Scorpions weren’t shorthanded with their roster assignments. Mason Williams, Alen Hanson, Kyle Crick, and Tyler Austin are all in the top 100 prospects according to MLB.com. Jump on the bandwagon early with this year’s Arizona Fall Ball prospects, they’ll be MLB All-Stars in a couple years. While you’re out choosing your future favorite player, have some fun outside of the stadium in Scottsdale this fall.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Arizona Restaurant Week: Some Favorites

Hundreds of Valley restaurants are partaking in the weeklong celebration of deliciousness known as Arizona Restaurant Week, September 19 -28. Many of Scottsdale’s most acclaimed restaurants will be serving up decadent dishes. Venture out to try some of this city’s most notable eateries, including Cowboy Ciao, Relish Burger Bistro, The Mission, Kazimierz World Wine Bar, Second Story Liquor Bar, Posh, Culinary Dropout and many more.

How does a bruschetta duet with grilled eggplant, roasted heirloom tomato and burrata on the first and roasted ‘brown turkey’ fig, uncured pancetta, house-made ricotta and kumquat puree on the second sound to you? This is what you’ll find on the menu at Cowboy Ciao. And that’s just the appetizer! Choose from grilled flat iron steak, bison meatloaf or seared salmon for your entrée. Don’t forget the brioche bread pudding and chocolate whiskey cake combination to end a fabulous dinner! This is a meal to be remembered for days, dare we say months.

For an exciting and tantalizing spin on the traditional burger, make your way over to Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician. Prepare for the main course by sinking your teeth into the watermelon mint salad or bacon wrapped chili popper. Now for the beloved burger – the “El Rey” Kobe burger with house ham black bean ragu, roasted jalapeno aioli, avocado, tomato, fried egg, grilled red onion, shredded iceberg, pickled jalapeno and habanero jack cheese served on a fresh baked baguette bun is packed with fresh and flavorful ingredients. If you’re not a red meat lover, go for the exotic and tasty twist on trout! Try the crispy-skin steel head trout with grilled cebollitas, roasted fingerling potato salad with escabiche. Check out the menu to see what’s in store for dessert!

Ambiance meets an outrageous medley of Latin cuisine at The Mission. Chandeliers, candlelit walls and enchanting patios set the tone for the elegant and classic food by Chef Matt Carter. Prepare your taste buds for a blast of flavor with the Peruvian clam stew or Brussels sprout tacos with soy vinaigrette, Yuzu honey yogurt and Serrano peanuts. Nosh on green chile duck confit or pork shoulder with house made chorizo and sweet garlic crema during the main course. Top it all off with pumpkin bread pudding or Guatemalan chocolate pastilla for dessert. View the full menu here and prepare to salivate!

Restaurants and menus are being added daily. Make sure to check out the full list here, and don’t forget to come hungry!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pumpkin Patches in Scottsdale

Before you can wow all the neighborhood kids with your awesome pumpkin carving skills, you go pick out that perfect pumpkin. Scottsdale has great spots to choose from, so grab that pumpkin spice latte or some apple cider and get to picking out that melon!


MacDonald’s Ranch: Since 1994, MacDonald’s Ranch has provided a family friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. With cookouts, hayrides, and horses it creates a genuine western experience. When fall comes around, the ranch pulls out all the stops for their pumpkin patch. Train rides, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, sand art, and food all make for a fun family outing! Plus, everyone will love the maze made out of more than a semi-load of hay. With all the fun, don’t forget to pick our your perfect pumpkin! October 1-31 from 9 a.m-6 p.m daily.

The Great Pumpkin Festival: The Desert Botanical Garden is a great spot to take in some of the best views the desert has to offer, and from Oct. 17-20, it turns into the home of one of Scottsdale residents favorite pumpkin patches. Take a hayride to the patch, where you’ll also find a hay bale maze, petting zoo, and carnival games.

Pumpkin Patch Train: Feel like taking a train ride for a fun day out on the hunt? The Grand Canyon Railway runs a Pumpkin Patch Train on special dates in October. The train drops passengers off at a secret pumpkin patch along the tracks. Visitors can enjoy a hay bale maze, pumpkin arts and crafts, and a haunted train car. Be sure to don your favorite halloween costume for this fun and festive train ride!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

[Football] SCC Loses Home Opener Against AWC

The 16th ranked Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes fell on Saturday night to the 12th ranked Arizona Western Matadors 49-20.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

[Football] #16 SCC opens season against #12 AWC

The 16th ranked Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes will begin their 2014 season with a home game against the 12th ranked Arizona Western College Matadors at 7:00 PM on Saturday.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

World Food Championships: Scottsdale Sizzlin’ Showdown


The World Food Championships makes a stop at WestWorld of Scottsdale, October 25 and 26, for the seafood, cheese and sandwich competitions. Home cooks and professional chefs alike are welcome to enter one of the competitions for a chance at a spot in the World Food Championship in Las Vegas and a $1,000 prize.

Twenty competitors in each category will have one hour to put together their best dish and impress the judges – think “Top Chef” and “Chopped” all put together in one event. For an even better idea of what to expect, check out the World Food Championship TV show on FYI Network.

The event will take place in conjunction with the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower and the Larsen Art Auction, making WestWorld the place to be in town that weekend! One ticket will gain you access to all the events and are just $15 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Head out to this high-intensity culinary competition and see some of Scottsdale’s best chefs in action! If you think you have what it takes to win, there are still openings left to enter the competition. Click here for more information.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

September Calendar of Events

September COE

The cooler the weather, the more events going on in Scottsdale! Don’t miss Arizona Restaurant Week (September 19-28), where you can taste some of Scottsdale’s best dishes. Take a look at the calendar online or print it out so you’re always in the know.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Labor Day Events

Phncn_KidsPool Celebrate the end of summer this coming labor day with a final “staycation” or one last summer meal! Check out these happenings around town:

El Chorro Labor Day Celebration: In honor of the three-day holiday weekend, El Chorro would like to invite all those who need a little TLC to come in from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30 to try a special Labor Day three-course prix fixe meal for just $38, including:

  • 1st Course: Tomato, Watermelon & Feta Salad

  • 2nd Course: BBQ Brisket, Pork Ribs, Chicken Sausage, Potato Salad & Coleslaw

  • 3rd Course: Cherry Cobbler & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

For those who want to keep it simple, El Chorro’s bar and lounge is offering its one-of-a-kind Red, White and Blue Burger, featuring Niman Ranch all-natural beef, El Chorro garden tomato, blue cheese, bacon and French fries for $10.

Scottsdale Fairmont Princess’ Bon Voyage to Summer: Landlocked for Labor Day? If the last days of summer are sailing into the sunset – still without a beach getaway on the books – vacationers can say bon voyage to summer in sea style at the S.S. Princess, also known as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The resort’s 4th Annual Dream-cation Weekend sets sail August 29 – September 1, 2014, with a salute to cruise ships with endless activities, abundant buffets, fireworks and even limbo contests on the lido deck.

The Phoenician: On the Boardwalk: The resort’s Casita Lawn comes alive with gourmet food trucks, a children’s Ferris wheel and mind winder ride, carnival games, a magician, caricature artist, tarot card reader, and more. The event will also feature classic rock favorites performed by the band, The Rave. Come out and experience the fun on Saturday, August 30, from 5-9 p.m.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Unexpected Scottsdale

It’s time to discover the Scottsdale you only thought you knew! These unique venues and out-of-the-box event ideas are just what you need to put a fresh twist on your next Scottsdale program.

food-truck-caravanFoodie Town USA: Scottsdale was just ranked number two on Livability.com’s 2014 list of the nation’s “Top 10 Foodie Cities.” Meeting planners can capitalize on Scottsdale’s understanding of the farm-to-table movement with a downtown food tour. Browse the shops and galleries of downtown, stopping at various restaurants along the way for cocktails and appetizers. For your main course, choose a third restaurant or stop by the Food Truck Caravan, which sets up every Saturday night in the heart of downtown. The Caravan features between eight and 10 gourmet food trucks each week, as well as art and live music.

Hyatt-Wine-with-CheeseGrapes & Grains: Introduce your group to the bounty of Arizona’s finest wineries and breweries. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch hosts the Arizona Wine Experience every Friday evening. A sommelier teaches groups about the state’s various grape growing regions and then conducts a blind taste test that includes three Grand Canyon State wines and three challenger varietals. For beer lovers, Encore Creative embraces local brews with its Beer Tap Bar. This completely portable bar can be brought to any venue so that your group can try craft beers from Four Peaks Brewery, San Tan Brewery and others.

sprinter-pink-toursSonoran Desert 101: Pink Jeep Tours is best known for their four-wheel-drive tours of Sedona’s red rock country. But did you know that they also conduct tours of Scottsdale’s amazing Sonoran Desert? Pink Adventure Tours‘ Sonoran Desert Experience starts with an easy half-mile walk in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to learn about the various plants and cacti that live in the desert. Then it’s on to a private tour at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center where your group will meet hundreds of rescued animals native to the Sonoran Desert, including coyotes, javelina, bobcats, owls and mountain lions.

topgolf-riverwalk-scottsdale-arizonaTop-Tier Golf: Not everyone loves golf. We get that. But you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love TopGolf Riverwalk, which opened in June at Talking Stick: An Emerging Cultural and Entertainment Destination on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 65,000-square-foot venue features three levels of semi climate-controlled golf bays from which players hit micro-chipped golf balls at dartboard-like targets that track each shot’s distance and accuracy. TopGolf can accommodate groups of 10 to 1,200 in its board room, banquet rooms and large rooftop terrace.

scottsadales-museum-of-the-westScottsdale’s Western Roots: Come January 2015, groups will be able to pull on their cowboy boots and Stetsons and mosey on over the long-awaited Scottsdale Museum of the West. The two-story, 40,000-square-foot museum will tell the story of history’s notable pioneers and frontier expansion. Plan an event in the museum’s five galleries of paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts. As your group mingles over cocktails and appetizers, they can explore the ever-evolving American West, from cowboys on horseback to historic roads like Route 66. Pieces by famed artists such as Carl Oscar Borg, John Coleman and Maynard Dixon will take the spotlight.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Westin Kierland Scotch Library

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa recently introduced a different type of library to Scottsdale, a scotch library. With over 160 different types of the golden liquid, there is something there for everybody. The Westin’s scotch ambassadors will take your palate on a journey through Scotland, the birthplace of Scotch. Come join in from 5-9 nightly.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SMoCA: Exhibit Spotlight


The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or SMoCA, has brought some of the top modern art exhibits from around the world to Scottsdale. This fall, SMoCA brings you the world of Covert Operations. The exhibit, Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns, brings to life the exciting world of a spy. Coupled with a Spy Studio, which takes a look into the future at some possible spy gadgets, SMoCA promises to be cooler than ever this fall.

Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns

On display from September 28, 2014-January 11, 2015, Cover Operations will take the visitor on a rich, conceptual tour of the spy themes like secrecy and disclosure, surveillance, and the visible versus the hidden. Thirteen international artists have used traditional methods and resources to reveal some of the governments past, unreported information. Come discover the extremely complicated relationship between freedom and security this fall!

Spy Studio

Students from three high schools around the state of Arizona were given the task to see into the future of spy gear. Pen cameras, umbrella guns and wire taps are all from the past, so what does the future hold? Find out on September 27 from 7-9 pm! For more information on the SMoCA and the exhibits, click here.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Scottsdale: The Foodie City

In Scottsdale, eating is so much more than just basic means of survival. This culinary oasis was just named the No. 2 “Foodie City, 2014” by Livability.com, and we couldn’t agree more. Rankings were determined by exploring U.S. cities that had most established farmer’s markets (check), restaurants that use locally grown ingredients (check), and cities with the most critically acclaimed chefs, restaurants, and winners of James Beard Foundation Awards (check, check, and check!). Scottsdale’s restaurant scene is finally getting the recognition it deserves, but the city has been home to incredible restaurants for ages with more than 600 options to choose from. There’s a place for every taste bud in Scottsdale – old favorites and new spots alike. Now, let’s eat.

Old Favorites

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LON’s is the culinary centerpiece of Scottsdale’s historic The Hermosa Inn. This celebrated Four Diamond restaurant open in 1994 is famous for its “artful American” cuisine, utilizing authentic Arizona flavors with cutting-edge trends. For a light bite, the Himalayan Salt Seared Ahi Tuna is a must. Or try the Roasted Duck Breast with duck confit, semolina gnocchi, roasted baby vegetables, and orange duck jus for a truly mouthwatering meal. LON’s boasts one of the finest wine programs in Arizona, recognized by the Wine Spectator’s coveted Award of Excellence continuously since 1996.

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Characterized by the Mediterranean principles of fresh, seasonal, local, and ingredient-driven cuisine, T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa has received both local and national acclaim for two decades. Executive Chef Paul McCabe’s menu incorporates cooking techniques that reflect the evolving culinary scene in Scottsdale. Table 31, one of the most cherished tables at T. Cook’s, debuted a new and exclusive dining experience called #PM31, an improvisational multiple-course meal designed for a limited number of diners every Wednesday.


Open since 1988, AZ88 is renowned for its great cocktails, quirky modern art, delicious food, and jaw-dropping washrooms. This contemporary restaurant is the ultimate “see-and-be-seen” spot, with a patio overlooking the outdoor Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in the heart of downtown. AZ88 keeps it simple and scrumptious with their extensive burger list and classic martinis. Try the sweet and sour Key Lime martini or the Salty Dog cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, Finlandia grapefruit vodka, and pink Himalayan sea salt.


El Chorro is a Scottsdale culinary landmark featuring fresh, innovative cuisine using organic and locally-grown ingredients – including herbs and produce from the restaurant’s garden located just outside the kitchen. Since 1937, El Chorro has invited diners to take in the spectacular views nestled between Camelback and Mummy Mountains; an authentic Arizona setting. Don’t miss out on the Pan Roasted Giant Shrimp with banana chipotle polenta, crispy sweet potatoes, and citrus butter. Save room for the famous El Chorro Sticky Buns – they will not disappoint.

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Cowboy Ciao was just a neighborhood joint when it first opened in 1997, but over the years it has evolved into one of downtown Scottsdale’s most notable eateries. Its award-winning cuisine highlights American food with global influences from Italy, Mexico, and the American Southwest. Cowboy Ciao’s extensive wine list of more than 2,000 selections has received the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five consecutive years.

New Spots


Sumo Maya Mexican Asian Kitchen , which opened in June 2014, offers the unexpected blend of tapas-style small plates and dim sum. The menu takes restaurant goers on a first-class trip from Latin America to Asia, with fusion recipes like the tasty Korean Beef Taco, Pad Thai Al Pastor, and Arroz Con Pato, a spicy poblano fried rice. After just a few bites, you’ll be hooked on this delicious cultural journey.


Another new kid on the culinary block is Fox Restaurant Concept’s latest installment, The Henry , which made its debut in December 2013. Think of The Henry as an extension of your own home with its open dining space that bursts with energy and warmth. It is the perfect spot to grab a quick coffee, a late lunch with friends, dinner with the family, or a cocktail. Simple yet hearty is the mantra at The Henry as the menu features everything from chopped salads and delicious steaks to homemade sodas.


The classic tiki bars of the 1950s and 60s are making a comeback in the restaurant scene, and we welcomed Hula’s Modern Tiki in downtown Scottsdale in February 2014. Get a taste of Polynesian paradise with the Bali Hai BBQ Ribs with a mango barbecue sauce, sweet potato fries and slaw paired with their signature Hula’s Mai Tai. This fusion of Polynesian and American flavors brings the South Pacific to the Southwest.


Driven by passion and storytelling, The Second Story Liquor Bar features the art of savory, modern American cuisine and perfectly crafted cocktails. The vintage dining lounge opened in March 2014 and offers a 2nd story patio overlooking downtown. Executive Chef Josh Bracher puts on the ultimate show with the Sweet Corn Agnolotti, served with crab leg meat, truffle butter, lobster mushroom, and sorrel greens, and resident mixologist John Christie makes magic with his avant-garde cocktails. Try the Divine Intervention, made with 10 Cane Agricole Rum, strawberry balsamic gastrique, lemon juice and sparkling water.


The dynamic duo Dave Andrea and Payton Curry, who previously captured our hearts and our stomachs with Brat Haüs, unveiled their latest endeavor in January 2014. Taco Haüs puts a healthy spin on tacos, empanadas and ceviche. Diners won’t feel guilty diving into these delicious Latin dishes as Curry uses the only the freshest ingredients plucked straight from McClendon’s Select local organic farm. You won’t want to miss out on the side of StrEAT Corn, served with Sriracha aioli, lime, cilantro, and heirloom popcorn. Not to mention their wide array of mouthwatering tacos, all served on “haüs-made” tortillas paired with the “delicioso” Horchata.

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