Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barrett-Jackson Sneak Peek

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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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