Tuesday, December 22, 2015

January Signature Events

Check out some of our main events in January!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Barrett-Jackson Sneak Peek

It’s never too early to scout out some beautiful cars that will be at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. Last years auction saw sales at over $100 million dollars and this years could easily top that! Check out some of the cars already scheduled to go across the block in January:


2003 Saleen S7

“With just 78 total units produced, the Saleen 7 is one of the rarest supercars ever produced. Of those 78, the S7 offered here is the first of only four naturally aspirated S7s built with the optional “Competition” Saleen Performance upgrade package, according to Saleen records. With a carbon-fiber body, race-spec chassis and 625hp 7.0-liter Ford V8, it is as quick as it is rare.”


1965 Chevrolet Corvette

“This convertible is equipped with the original matching-numbers L78 396/425hp big block with an M20 4-speed manual transmission. Additional features include power windows, power brakes, finned aluminum knock-off wheels, AM/FM radio, seat headrests and restored teakwood steering wheel.”


1952 Willy’s Custom Pickup

“Completely custom, chopped 1952 Willys pickup. No expense was spared in the amazing transformation of this one-of-a-kind custom pickup. The work was done in Scottsdale, AZ, with collaboration from the area’s top customization shops. The interior was completely custom-fabricated.”

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26th Annual Celebration of Fine Art


Celebration of Fine Art marks its 26th anniversary this year, celebrating artists and art lovers in Scottsdale. Open daily from January 16 – March 27, the Celebration gives you the opportunity to see over a hundred artists’ creations come to life right before your eyes. You can meet the artists, discuss their work and purchase pieces directly from them during the show. You’ll be amazed by the caliber of art available and the welcoming attitude of the artists.

This year, take part in the Art Discovery Series and discover the inspiration, techniques and stories behind the creation of art! The informative panel discussions and demonstrations take place each Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., where artists will cover a range of topics from abstract art to wearable pieces, plus collaboration, mixed media, art history and more. Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese while learning about these current themes that are both challenging and propelling modern-day artists.

Admission is just $10 and your ticket is valid for the entire season. So, you can purchase one ticket and come back again and again and again to see the work transform over the show’s 10-week run. Learn more about the event at www.CelebrateArt.com

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fiesta Bowl Preview

fbbanner The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off in this year’s Fiesta Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl remains one of the big 6 bowl games and attracts two of the best teams in the country. Notre Dame had to overcome numerous injuries this season, including one to starting quarterback Malik Zaire early in the season. Backup quarterback stepped into the spotlight and shined, leading the Fighting Irish to a 9-2 record with the two losses by a combined total of four points. Ohio State finished the season 10-1 with it’s only loss coming against College Football Playoff bound Michigan State. Had the Buckeyes not lost on a last second field goal that game, they would be in line to defend last seasons National Championship.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

[Football] Artichokes Signing Day

The Scottsdale Community College Football team had three of their members sign their letters of intent to continue their careers at 4-year universities.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

[Football] Two Artichokes Named All-Americans For Football

Chevoski Collins (SO/Houston, TX) and Maurice Burton Jr. (FR/Chicago, IL) lead the way for Scottsdale Community College as they were named as NJCAA All-Americans.

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Best Places to Catch a Sunset in Scottsdale

When you’re in an environment like the Sonoran Desert, every moment seems like a photo opp. This is especially true during sunset. Following are some of the best places to see a sunset in Scottsdale. Don’t forget that camera!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Once the winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West is now a museum and working architectural school. Guided tours, which take you through Wright’s working and living spaces, are offered on a daily basis. Visit in the late afternoon or book the 2-hour Night Lights tour and you’ll enjoy views of Scottsdale’s twinkling city lights as the sun sets.


McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Prompted by a growth spurt in the 70s and 80s, Scottsdale citizens voted to preserve nearly one-third of city land as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. A true desert oasis, the Preserve offers some of the best hiking in town and is a prime spot for outdoor enthusiasts who want to catch a glimpse of wildlife. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Sonoran Desert’s flush of vibrant purples, greens, and reds come to life just before sunset at the Preserve.


The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Scottish bagpipes signal the end of the day at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Professional bagpiper Michael McClanathan calls in golfers off the course at sunset with his melodic Old World Scotland tunes. Even if you’re not golfing, you can still kick back with an ice-cold margarita at the Dreamweaver Canyon fire pit and watch as the sun dips below a warm desert horizon.


Degree 270

This chic lounge on the 14th floor of the Talking Stick Resort & Spa boasts unparalleled views of Camelback Mountain and the surrounding Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Besides jaw-dropping views, Degree 270 also is known for its live entertainment, dance floor, and regular drink specials. So, it’s not your traditional “sunset spot,” but it’s definitely worth a visit!

Hotel Valley Ho

On top of the tower at the Hotel Valley Ho marks the spot for one of the best views in Scottsdale. Looking over Camelback mountain and the west valley, the view is sure to make your night. City lights and mountain views, what more could you want?

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

[Football] Scottsdale CC Takes Home The Valley Of The Sun Bowl

The Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes Football team has won the 2105 Valley of the Sun Bowl over the Central Lakes College Raiders by a final score of 42-34.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

[Football] Artichoke's Offensive Line Looking To Make History

The Scottsdale Community College Football team has had a lot of success this season from their big Offensive Line that continues to be consistent.

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December 2015 Events in Scottsdale

Check out some of the events going on this December in Scottsdale! For a full list of events, click here.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

[Football] No Fly Zone - The Fighting Artichokes Defensive Backfield

The Scottsdale Community College Football team will be heading into their third consecutive Valley of the Sun Bowl this coming Saturday on December 5th at 2:00 PM.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Top 10 Things to Do with Kids

Scottsdale welcomes families with a host of activities that will keep pint-size travelers entertained morning, noon and night. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of our favorite kid-friendly hotspots to get you started:

Scottsdale Hiking Kids

Sonoran Explorin’

Jeep and Hummer tours, guided hikes, horseback rides, river floats and hot-air balloon flights are just some of the ways to explore Scottsdale’s amazing Sonoran Desert. The Bajada Nature Trail at the Gateway to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is ideal for families with small children.
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Makin’ Music

At the Musical Instrument Museum, discover unique instruments and music from every country around the world. Plus, kids of all ages will enjoy making music in the hands-on Experience Gallery.
Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight tour

Garden Trails

Explore the unusual cacti and plants of the Sonoran Desert up-close at the Desert Botanical Garden. Seasonal events include the Butterfly Pavilion (fall and spring) and evening flashlight tours (summer).
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Wild Ones

The Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals, including 200 endangered species. Daily activities include the Safari Train, Monkey Village, Giraffe Encounters, Wild About Animals Show and a petting zoo.

Native Culture

Hands-on exhibits at the Heard Museum help kids explore the Native American cultures of North America. You’ll see colorful Hopi katsina dolls, learn about desert critters at the Southwest Puzzle Pole, and explore a Navajo hogan.
Scottsdale Western Kids

Cowboy Style

Saddle-up, pardner! MacDonald’s Ranch offers a petting zoo, horseback and stagecoach rides in the Sonoran Desert, and free pony rides for cowpokes under 5 years old.
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Sweet Treats

For more than 50 years, the Sugar Bowl – a 1950s-style soda fountain – has been serving frosty ice cream treats, such as Dusty Road Sundaes and Gosh-Awful-Gooey Banana Splits.
Scottsdale Railroad Park

All Aboard!

Ride the Paradise and Pacific Railroad along a one-mile track at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, which also offers carousel rides, train exhibits, playgrounds and the Snackstop Caboose. Rawhide-Kids

Headin’ West

Rawhide 1880s Western Town boasts cowboy stuntmen at the Six Gun Theater, burro and stagecoach rides, the “Deadman’s Drop” rock climbing wall, a desert train ride and the Rawhide Steakhouse. Indoor Rock Climbing Scottsdale

Going Vertical

Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym, AZ on the Rocks boasts walls up to 30 feet high along with the equipment and instruction needed for everyone from the experienced climber to the novice.

Ready for more? Check out our Kids’ List, which offers 40 family-friendly ideas for the perfect Scottsdale vacation.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Year’s Eve Parties and Dinners

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From romantic and low-key festivities to an all-out roaring good time, Scottsdale’s New Year’s Eve events have something for everyone! Take your pick on how you’ll ring in 2015!

New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort

Thursday, Dec. 31, Starts at 7 p.m.

The best Las Vegas-style New Year’s Eve party of 2015 is at Talking Stick Resort. Experience three party spaces each offering a unique entertainment act. Don’t miss performances by The Boogie Knights, DJ Diverse, DJ Tranzit and legendary tribute performances to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Enjoy a dinner package that offers all-you-can-eat buffet with a vast spread of world-class dining options. (Tickets start at $125). For more information click here.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn: New Year’s Eve Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Ring in the New Year in luxury at LON’s at the Hermosa while enjoying an indulgent multi-course menu prepared by the restaurant’s culinary team. Menu selections include poached Maine lobster, carrot0ginger bisque, prosciutto-wrapped monkfish tail and salted almond chocolate bark with spiced hot chocolate. Once you’ve made your entrée selection, pair it with one of the 500+ wines featured on LON’s award-winning wine list. To view the New Year’s Eve menu, click here.

New Year’s Eve Dinner: ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Thursday, Dec. 31, Seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the New Year with a four-course dinner at ZuZu featuring champagne pairings. Choose from two seatings, enjoy dancing and music from DJ Mr. P-Body, then gather on the rooftop for a midnight toast under the stars. For more information click here.

Phoenix Symphony
Thursday, Dec. 31, Shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony in the Valley’s most popular New Year’s Eve Celebration. Enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites all with a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the New Year. Don’t miss the joyous and popular musical celebration that is sure to sell out. For more information click here.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Saguaro
Thursday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Celebrate the memories and friends of 2015 at the Saguaro hotel in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Sip on sweet champagne and count down to the confetti explosion at midnight marking the start of 2016! The upscale affair includes a three-hour premium reception, savory hors d’oeuvres by Iron Chef Jose Garces, midnight champagne toast, interactive performers and casino gaming. For more information click here.

Topgolf New Year’s Eve
Thursday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Topgolf is heating things up with a New Year’s Eve bash featuring the hottest tracks of the year with a live DJ and keeping you cool with specialty cocktails to celebrate the New Year! Choose from a general bay reservation with party favors ($75) or a VIP reservation ($450) offering unlimited play, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, one bottle of champagne and shareable dishes. For more information click here.

Ring in the New Year: Four Seasons Resort

Thursday, Dec. 31, Starts at 5 p.m.

Celebrate the New Year with elegant ambiance and delectable cuisine in Talavera, which will feature a six-course, plated menu by Executive Chef Mel Mecinas. When the clock strikes midnight, ring in the New Year with a complimentary sparkling wine toast and party favors in Onyx Bar & Lounge. There also will be live entertainment all night long. Starting at 9:30 p.m., Onyx and Veuve Clickquot will host the exclusive Let’s Veuve New Year’s Eve Party with multiple private bars, live entertainment and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. For more information click here.

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Scottsdale is Loonie for Canadians

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 20, 2015) – With 330 days of sunshine and winter temperatures that average 22 degrees Celsius, it’s no wonder that Canadians are loonie for Scottsdale. This year, Scottsdale’s hotels, resorts, restaurants and attractions are reciprocating the love by offering Canadian visitors discounts throughout 2016 to offset the weaker Canadian dollar.

“It’s a small way for us to say ‘thank you’ to the Canadian visitors who choose to travel to Scottsdale,” said Caroline Stoeckel, vice president of marketing of the Scottsdale bureau. “A weak Canadian dollar shouldn’t need to eliminate the possibility of enjoying our warm weather and hospitality.”

Friends to the North, get in on the steals with these loonie deals through Dec. 31, 2016. For a comprehensive list of all campaign deals, visit LoonieLoveinScottsdale.com.

Stay and Play

  • Feel like you’re on the set of Mad Men when you stay at the mid-century modern Hotel Valley Ho, where you’ll be treated to 15 percent off the nightly rate when you book the “Canadian Rate.”
  • “Loonie Toonie Upgrades” at Talking Stick Resort mean that you can upgrade from a standard room to a suite for only $2. And when you’re not in your posh sleeping quarters, enjoy Vegas-style entertainment at the resort’s casino and showroom.
  • To spa or not to spa? Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort makes that decision easy with the “See More Sanctuary” package that includes a $200 resort credit and 10 percent off three nights or more. Spend what you don’t use at the spa at the resort’s signature restaurant elements, helmed by Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan.
  • Play where the pros do with the “Escape the Canadian Cold and Warm Up in Scottsdale” package at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. In addition to accommodations, this package includes one round of golf per adult at TPC Scottsdale, the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, transportation to and from the course, use of the practice facility and access to golf concierge.
  • One of Scottsdale’s crown jewels, The Phoenician, wants you to stay three and get the fourth night free with the “Complimentary 4th Night Package.” Also enjoy a $100 food and beverage credit and a complimentary upgrade at check-in.

On the Go

  • “Shop Like a Loonie” at the largest mall in the Southwest, Scottsdale Fashion Square. Show your out-of-town ID at Scottsdale Fashion Square’s Concierge Desk to receive a complimentary visitor rewards card with $750 in savings and special offers from participating stores and restaurants.
  • Check a hot air balloon flight off your bucket list with Rainbow Ryders, offering a $35 discount on your flight. Take to the skies during daily sunrise flights year-round or book a sunset flight November through March.
  • Buy admission for one to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and receive a second ticket free. Through April 24, SMoCA will have light-based art visionary Bruce Munro’s “Ferryman Crossing” on display. Ferryman Crossing is just one stop in Desert Radiance, an unprecedented artistic collaboration by Munro. Plan a visit to the Arizona Canal brought to you by Scottsdale Public Art through March and Desert Botanical Garden through May 8 to see more of Munro’s eye-catching work.
  • If you mountain bike like a bighorn sheep scales cliffs, enjoy a 10 percent discount on bike rentals at Arizona Outback Adventures. Then, take to Scottsdale’s pristine McDowell Sonoran Preserve, home to more than 100 miles of trails.
  • Relax with peace of mind at Spa Lamar, where the exchange rate has been thrown out the window. Your $1 of Canadian cash will be valued as if it is $1 U.S. Never will your Hot Stone Ritual Massage feel better.

Getting here
Canada is Scottsdale’s No. 1 international travel market, and the top revenue-producing Canadian markets by city are Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. As such, getting to Scottsdale from Canada has never been easier thanks to robust airlift offerings at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, including convenient nonstop service, via Air Canada, American Airlines, United and WestJet.


Laura McMurchie, Vice President of Communications
Phone: 480-429-2253
E-mail: lmcmurchie@scottsdalecvb.com

Melanie Greco, Canadian PR Representative for Scottsdale CVB
Phone: 647-456-2653
E-mail: melanie@getinkpr.ca

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

[Football] Valley of the Sun Bowl Teams Announced

The Valley of the Sun Bowl committee and the NJCAA have made their selections on who will be playing in this years Valley of the Sun Bowl.

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Christmas Dinner

Christmas can be a hectic time. With the all the friends and family in town, Christmas dinner can be pushed to the backburner. This year, instead of slaving away in the kitchen, let some of the finest restaurants around Scottsdale dish up some happiness.


The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

The Four Seasons is known for it’s world-class service, tasty restaurants, and unbelievable locations. Why would their Christmas dinners be any different?

  • Where: Proof: An American Canteen
  • When: December 24 (4:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
    • December 25 (7:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Cost: December 24: $70 Per Person
    • December 25: $30 for Adults and $14 for Kids
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Info: For more information, please visit Proof’s website or call 480-513-5085
  • Where: Talavera
  • When: December 24 (5:00 – 9:30 p.m.)
    • December 25 (12:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Cost: Christmas Eve: $90.00 per person
    • Christmas Day: $96.00 for Adults and $45.00 for Kids
  • Reservations: Required
  • Info: For more information, please visit Talavera’s website or call 480-513-5085

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Princess’ creative culinary teams from Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Toro and Ironwood American Kitchen team up to bring you a fabulously festive dinner

  • Where: Palamino Ballroom
  • When: December 25 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Cost: $95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity
  • Cost: $40.00 per child (6-12 years old)
  • Reservations: Required
  • Info: Take a look at the menu and all the info here.

The Phoenician

Head to The Phoenician’s Il Terrazo on Christmas Eve for a delightful meal featuring a 3-course holiday menu of rosemary-roasted cauliflower soup, branzino and mousse. Christmas Day dinner will offer a special 3-course holiday meal of cippollini onion soup, orange braised lamb shanks and chocolate and mint mousse. J&G Steakhouse will also be hosting a Christmas dinner, click here for the full menu.

  • Where: J&G Steakhouse
  • When: December 24 and 25 (5:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
  • Cost: $85.00 per person plus tax and gratuity
  • Reservations:Required
  • Info: For more information click here

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Gather those who matter most to you and come to ZuZu inside the restored Hotel Valley Ho this Christmas!

  • Where: ZuZu
  • When: December 25 (Brunch: 6:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Dinner: 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
  • Cost: Varies by dish
  • Reservations: Required
  • Info: For more information and reservations please call 480-421-7997 or visit Hotel Valley Ho’s website

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Megan About Town: No Such Thing as Too Much Chocolate

When my chocolate-loving boss and I first heard about the new Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale, we knew it had to be at the top of our list. Our two favorite things are napping and chocolate. And, if we can’t nap on the job… at least we’re going to stuff our faces with as much chocolate as possible.

That’s where Ofelia comes in to save the day. She has established a lovely walking tour through downtown Scottsdale that can satisfy any sweets addict.

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We joined six lovely Arizona locals (Oh, you think only tourists get to have all the fun??) on a beautiful fall day, and after some quick introductions and a few chocolate facts, we were on our way:

Stop No. 1: Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries

Our first stop brought us into a shop that doubles as a cake shop and a bridal jewelry store. It doesn’t sell sweets to the public, but they design custom cakes and treats for special occasions. Chocolate, chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven were waiting for us there. The gooey, chocolate-chip dripping center was sinful. I actually thought these were an underrated favorite of the tour. The cakes on display were impressive, too. I’m sure they are delightful to bite into if you’re willing to take a chunk out of an art piece!

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Stop No. 2: Chocolade van Brugge

I’ve been here before, but gained an all-new appreciation during our visit on the tour. We met owner Frederiek Verbeke who explained that all of the chocolate is shipped straight from outta Belgium. The assortment made our choice of two chocolates pretty tough, but I eventually landed on the lavender and dark chocolate raspberry. Both of which were incredible. They melted in your mouth.

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Stop No. 3: Classic Cakes & Confections Bakery

This place is almost not worth explaining in words. Everywhere you look, there is another incredible cake masterpiece that doesn’t possibly look like it could be cake. I remember liking what we tried, but I can’t remember what it was. Mainly because I was so distracted by the cakes.

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Stop No. 4: Caketini

We took a little break from the sun, and ventured into Scottsdale Fashion Square mall to visit Caketini, which is locally owned. I remember what we tried here, because I could have eaten 20 of them…cannolis! I’m not normally a huge fan, but I devoured their version, which are a little smaller than the average cannoli. That means more crunch! I’ve been craving them since we left…

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Stop No. 5: Godiva

Heading out of the mall, we stopped by Godiva and tried out a chocolate bite. We chatted in there for too long because I had time to stop and stare at even more chocolate in the display. How could I want more chocolate!? Because I’m an addict.

Stop No. 6: Sprinkles Cupcakes

Before we headed back to Chocolade van Brugge for round two, we did a quick stop at Sprinkles. We got to try out their rick and moist chocolate cupcake. I’m a red velvet cupcake fan, so I have been stuck in my ways at Sprinkles for some time now with the same order. It was delightful…but I’m sticking to my red velvet cupcakes for life! 

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Stop No. 7: Back to Chocolade van Brugge

Apparently, liege waffles are a thing in Belgium. And according to a Belgian that happened to be eating one while our group was waiting for our waffles, the ones at Chocolade van Brugge…are the real deal! These waffles are amazing – worth the last return stop!


I loved that Ofelia shared fun Chocolate facts along the way, AND came fully prepared with bottled water and salty snacks when you needed to cleanse from the chocolate overload.

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Also, I want to mention that we met the lovely Brooke of Silver Lining Blog. She took some incredible pictures of the tour and talks about her and her husband’s experience here. One thing that she mentions in her blog is how absolutely beautiful the area of Scottsdale is that we walked. She’s right. It’s so easy for me to take for granted the beauty of downtown because I work here every day. But truly, it’s gorgeous. And I am so glad we had the opportunity to walk around on such a beautiful day! Enjoy Brooke’s blog!

FINALLY, if you decide to try this tour out, use “meganabouttown” promo code when you buy your tickets for a discount!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Megan About Town: Dancing in My Seat

With the latest blockbuster hit at the theaters and live concerts on DVD, it gets harder and harder to remember to get out there and try new things. The truth is…there’s a lot going on in Scottsdale that offers a much cooler experience than the latest Bond flick.

Like spending the night dancing in my seat to the Cuban jazz music.

I’ve been living in Scottsdale my whole life, and I’ve only been to shows at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts a handful of times. That’s unacceptable! Especially since they have been packing their season with some incredible acts. Chucho Valdes is one of many this season.

The Center is located inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, just across the way from Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (which I featured here a while back). Its 15-16 season is stacked this year with shows including:

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I brought along a friend I knew would appreciate good music, even if it isn’t our usual radio station genre. We got to the Center early to experience the Catwalk Lounge, which I highly recommend. Catwalk tickets are $10 and includes light hors d’oeuvres and one alcoholic beverage, but I think the best part is that you get the best people-watching view of the atrium. Grab a seat and enjoy the milling around of the folks excited for the show.

Once you get into the main stage seating area, you will notice that there’s not a bad seat in the house. BUT I will say, I was especially grateful that we were on the left side because we could watch Chucho play the piano. I don’t know why, but I have always had an affinity for the piano.

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Chucho and his 10-piece band, The Afro-Cuban Messengers, wasted no time before entertaining. They were a group that is not only fun to listen to, but also fun to watch. And let me tell you, the crowd was having fun! The audience could barely contain themselves in their seats. The best part was hearing the band almost interact with some of the Spanish-speaking fans in the crowd during the show.

What makes this whole experience so special is that it was completely NEW. A good arts community should challenge your tastes, explore new cultures and help your own meaning in performance, and that’s exactly what the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is doing. I’ve never listened to Cuban jazz music before, but there I was, smiling and dancing in my seat to the sounds of Chucho and the band.

Now, let’s talk intermission.

If you have a special someone in your life, you couldn’t ask for better romantic vibes. The atrium has a special atmosphere that is only amplified by the exterior park with the LOVE statue ready for any Kodak moment. During any show’s intermission, the best thing to do is grab your person’s hand and take them through a quick walk of the Civic Center Mall area. The grounds are beautiful. Flowers and water features top off the sweet spot, just don’t get too carried away and come in late from intermission!

Chucho and the guys played another set along with an encore. If the people salsa dancing the front row weren’t enough indication of the audience’s appreciation, the standing ovation sure did.

If you haven’t considered a show at the Center lately, I urge you to take a look at the season and pick something that’s maybe a little out of the norm for you. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s out there.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

[Football] Football Team Represented Well With Post-Season Conference Awards

The Scottsdale Community College Football team had a nice group of their team earn All-WSFL and All-ACCAC this past season.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

[Football] Football Drives Past Mesa CC In WSFL Playoffs

The Scottsdale Community College Football team came away with a dominating win today over Mesa Community College 39-15 to win the WSFL Consolation Championship.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

[Football] Maurice Burton Jr. Standing Out On Solid Defensive Unit

The Scottsdale Community College Football team has the top defense in the conference, and it has been anchored by their talented defensive end Maurice Burton Jr. (FR/Chicago, IL)

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

[Football] Football Moves Past Glendale CC In WSFL Playoff Game

The Scottsdale Community College Football team came through with a decisive win this afternoon in a WSFL playoff match-up with Glendale Community College by a score of 34-13.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

[Football] Artichokes Running Back Armond Weh-Weh A Rare Breed

The Scottsdale Community College Football team will be going to their third straight Valley of the Sun Bowl this year, and much on the back of their powerful tailback Armond Weh-Weh (SO/Houston, TX).

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinners


Thanksgiving is a time for family and a time to reflect on everything you have to be grateful for…and great food. There’s no shortage of Thanksgiving dinners being served at the top restaurants around Scottsdale, so if you’re visiting, or just don’t feel like slaving over a meal all day, check out these feasts! 

Thanksgiving at the Fairmont Princess

Families may enjoy the tradition of togetherness and a bountiful Thanksgiving in luxury at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where award-winning chefs and an expert staff attend to every detail of a memorable meal or a relaxing fall getaway. Three dynamic restaurants come together to present a Thanksgiving feast. Chefs from BOURBON STEAK, La Hacienda and Ironwood American Kitchen will each bring their own special culinary talents and themed menus to the table.

  • Fairmont Princess Thanksgiving Brunch Menu
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost:   Adults: $95.00 plus tax and 18% gratuity
    • Children (6 – 12): $40.00 plus tax and 18% gratuity
    • Children 5 and under: FREE (with paying adult)
  • For reservations or more information call: (480) 585-2694

 The Phoenician

IL Terrazzo is creating a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner where you’re sure to find something everyone in the family likes. Make sure to check out all the holiday events taking place at the resort as well!

  • Time: J&G Steakhouse: 5-10pm
    •  IL Terrazzo: Brunch-10am-3pm; Dinner 6-10pm
  • Cost: /IL Terrazzo: Dinner: $49 per adult; Dinner: $24 per child (age 3-12)
    • IL Terrazzo: Brunch: $95 per adult; Dinner: $47.50 per child (age 3-12)
  • For reservations and more information call:
    • IL Terrazzo: (480) 941-8200

Hotel Valley Ho 

The retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale is celebrating Thanksgiving with two delicious dining options. Enjoy an à la carte dinner in ZuZu or a full buffet in the ballroom.

Westin Kierland

This year, enjoy Thanksgiving with all the trimmings and leave the dishes to us.The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa will feature a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu created by Executive Chef Christopher Masco. Guests will enjoy a delicious buffet-style dinner and live musical entertainment while surrounded by sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of The Westin Kierland Golf Club and McDowell Mountains.

  • Westin Kierland Thanksgiving Menu
  • Time: 1-6pm (Last seating at 5:15pm)
  • Cost:   Adults: $75 (excluding tax and gratuity)
    • Children (5-12): $25 (excluding tax and gratuity)
    • Children (4 and under): Free
  • Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.624.1202

McCormick Ranch Golf Club

Come experience one of Scottsdale’s favorite golf clubs on Thanksgiving day, as it serves up a tasty buffet of all the traditional items in a Thanksgiving feast!

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Executive Chef Jonathan Scott and his team at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center are cooking up a storm this Thanksgiving holiday in true western style, inviting families and visitors to celebrate the spirit of the season, enjoy the hometown hospitality and indulge in a holiday meal that’s guaranteed to please any palate.

Guests will enjoy an authentic western buffet of traditional holiday favorites that includes a mandarin orange cranberry salad, maple roasted turkey, honey baked ham, rosemary crusted prime rib, cornbread stuffing, garlic roasted mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, candied carrots and pumpkin bisque. Dessert offerings top the list with pumpkin pie, apple crisp, fudge brownies, seasonal cookies and an ice cream bar. The Thanksgiving Buffet menu also includes beverages such as Coffee, Tea and Soda.

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $19.95 for adults
    • $9.95 for kids (12 and under)
  • Reservations are encouraged. Call (480) 502-5600 or visit reso@rawhide.com

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Take it Downtown

Downtown Scottsdale, the vibrant heart of the city, is best known for its impressive collection of designer boutiques, fine art galleries, award-winning restaurants, and sophisticated nightclubs and lounges. It’s also home to several outstanding special event venues that are ideal for corporate gatherings, theme parties and gala celebrations.


The Venue Scottsdale

With more than 29,000 square feet of space, the newly renovated Venue is a multi-level facility that can accommodate groups from 30 to 1,300. Their in-house event designers, sound and lighting staff, and creative culinary team can turn any event into a memorable celebration.


The Clayton on the Park

Set against the lush landscaping of Scottsdale Civic Center Park, this stunning contemporary venue offers 6,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, in-house catering services and full bar amenities.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

An ideal setting for upscale events and celebrations, the Center offers three theaters, the 6,200-square-foot Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium, six unique outdoor venues and a select list of preferred caterers.


Scottsdale Stadium

Hit a home run with your next event! The stadium’s expansive facilities can accommodate up to 12,000 people for reception-style events. During Cactus League Spring Training, the Charro Lodge offers VIP seating and catering for groups to watch the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants take on the competition.

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Monday, October 26, 2015


A tourism industry news update from the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Over the past several months, three of Scottsdale’s most popular courses haven undergone significant transformations. But these changes are a bit more extensive than your standard nip and tuck. Soon, the courses will unveil their natural good looks and enhanced conditions.

       Among the first to go under the knife — or backhoe — was the iconic Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club, former host site of the PGA TOUR’s Frys.com Open. Though its finish was already among the strongest in the state, the remodel of three of the final four holes will enhance playability and ensure an exceptional golf experience well into the future. Famed designer Tom Fazio was called upon to rework his original design. He recounted holes Nos. 15, 16 and 17, bringing them in closer proximity to the rest of the course. This new configuration gives you plenty of options as you head into the home stretch. For media information, contact Jeff Locke at jlocke@commlinks.com or 480-348-7540.

       Keeping pace, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, considered among the “Top 20 Best Courses You Can Play” in Arizona by GOLF Magazine, embarked on a summer-long project to further bolster the course’s status. Primarily, this work consisted of rebuilding and resurfacing the putting greens with Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass, while softening undulations to give SunRidge Canyon some of the fastest, best-rolling greens in the state. A number of bunkers were redesigned and the fairway landing areas were expanded on holes Nos. 2, 3 and 11. And the practice area was expanded to accommodate a new home for Hot Stix Golf, a leader in technology-based golf club fitting. For media information, contact Brett Brooks at bbrooks@troongolf.com or 480-477-0480.

       Finally, the former Tegavah Golf Club in northeast Scottsdale has a new name and new ownership to go along with an ongoing redesign by PGA TOUR star and former Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman. The club was purchased by Shea Homes of Arizona and renamed Verde River Golf & Social Club. Though eventually it will be a private club, Verde River will welcome daily-fee guests for the next several years. Lehman is busy enhancing the golf course, focusing his efforts on rebuilding green complexes and bunkers, as well as modifying the sequencing and routing of several holes to enhance the overall golf experience. The finished product, as well as a new clubhouse by award-winning designer Bing Hu, will be unveiled November 2016. For media information, contact Jeff Locke at jlocke@commlinks.com or 480-348-7540.

Bolstered by the results of a recently completed market study, Scottsdale proves to be one of the few reliable bright spots for golf participation in the U.S. Conducted on behalf of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau by Sports & Leisure Marketing of New York, the study relied upon data collected from more than a dozen Scottsdale golf facilities, representing a wide variety of price points, course types and geographic locations within the city. The study found the number of rounds played in Scottsdale was up approximately 3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013. Likewise, golf-related revenue was up 3.8 percent over the same period. This comes at a time when participation in golf across North America has been generally flat. This bodes well for Scottsdale’s continued leadership as a primary destination for core and avid golfers. Separate from the study, but reflecting its general trend, Scottsdale CVB’s golf-focused website, experiencescottsdalegolf.com, saw visitor traffic increase 32 percent and page views increase 15 percent over the same time period. For media information, contact Jerry Rose at jrose@commlinks.com or 480-348-7540.

This November, Golfweek’s course raters, editors and managers, as well as luminaries from the world of golf and ardent fans of the game, will gather at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center to honor the lifework of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, creators of We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s heralded Saguaro Course. According to Golfweek’s Bradley Klein, Coore and Crenshaw have transformed the face of the American – and world – golf scene over the past 30 years. Their naturalistic, organic design style helped usher in a new aesthetic in golf course design. In Scottsdale, Coore/Crenshaw have three highly regarded golf courses – the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and the North and South Course at Talking Stick Golf Club. During the three-day event Nov. 15-17, participants will discuss, honor and experience Coore and Crenshaw’s work with meetings held at We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center and golf rounds hosted on the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa and at Talking Stick Golf Club. For media information, contact Jeff Locke at jlocke@commlinks.com or 480-348-7540.

As the temperatures start to drop in Scottsdale, the competitions start heating up. Pros are already itching to get back on the courses in this Sonoran Desert oasis, so don’t miss seeing them in action during upcoming tournaments in Scottsdale this fall and winter.

       The Champions Tour concludes its season on Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain Golf Club’s Cochise Course during the The Charles Schwab Cup Championship Nov. 5-8. Catch the top 30 players on the Tour’s official money list – and some of the most accomplished players in PGA TOUR history – compete for the title, as well as their shares of the $2.5 million purse. Entry into the championship event is based on points earned throughout the Champions Tour season at all official Charles Schwab Cup events. Among those expected to compete are Jeff Maggert, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Marco Dawson and Esteban Toledo. For media information, contact Gerald Goodman at GeraldGoodman@pgatourhq.com or 480-237-2100, Ext. 20.

       Also beginning in November, the Thunderbirds and the PGA TOUR will begin work to prepare the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course for the Greatest Party on Grass, the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Work will commence to build the grandstands and stadium style seating necessary to accommodate the largest galleries of any golf event in the world. During this time, the course will remain open for public play, giving visitors to Scottsdale a unique opportunity to play a true TOUR-quality venue leading into the main event Feb. 1-7, 2016. For media information, contact Tiffany Nelson at TiffanyNelson@pgatourtpc.com or 480-585-7309.

Scottsdale remains a hotbed for game improvement. Long-time stalwarts such as the Fore-Max Golf Fitness program at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, as well as technology-based testing, diagnostic and club-fitting services like Cool Clubs, remain as popular and effective as ever. And with some new additions to Scottsdale’s repertoire, now you have even more opportunities to improve your game in Scottsdale.

       Among the new additions is the EXOS Golf Experience Powered by Troon. This three-day immersive program tailors EXOS’ elite training program (clients include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and PGA TOUR professionals Graham DeLaet, Ricky Barnes and James Hahn) to meet the individual needs of amateur players. Training and evaluations are done both at EXOS’ training facilities and Troon North Golf Club. You’ll receive highly individualized instruction by EXOS’ integrated team of golf instructors, performance specialists, registered dietitians and physical therapists. This results in a fitness program designed to optimize your individual performance and health throughout your lifetime. For media information, contact Brett Brooks at bbrooks@troongolf.com or 480-477-0480.

       Another high-tech option is the Robo Golf Pro Boot Camp at Scottsdale’s Boccieri Golf. Boccieri’s Research and Performance Center offers an intense, three-day program of golf instruction and analysis. Its centerpiece is an 800-pound technical marvel – the Robo Golf Instructor. This behemoth and its custom-designed computer program allows Boccieri’s team to program physically correct your golf swingsbased upon your physique and ability. As a result, you are able to feel the proper positioning and sequence of your perfect swing. With repetition and personalized coaching, your new swing becomes ingrained through muscle memory. Limited to four players per session, the Boot Camp aims to provide immediate improvement and includes Titleist Performance evaluation, daily session on the Robo Golf Pro, one round of golf at Desert Mountain with Boccieri teaching professionals, a complimentary custom-fit Heavy Putter, and much, much more. For media information, contact Sandra Boccieri at sandraboccieri@boccierigolf.com or 480-361-4339, Ext. 202.

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Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Contacts:
Laura McMurchie, VP of Communications
Direct: 480-429-2253

Megan Neighbor, Director of Communications
Direct: 480-889-2716

Stephanie Pressler, Communications Manager
Direct: 480-889-2719

Clare Hahne, Communications Coordinator
Direct: 480-889-2709

Jerry Rose, Vice President, Communication Links
Phone: 480-348-7540


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Saturday, October 24, 2015

[Football] Football Secures 3rd Straight Valley Of The Sun Bowl Appearance With Win

The Scottsdale Community College Football team has earned the right to host the Valley of the Sun Bowl with a win over Mesa Community College tonight by the score of 27-20.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Goodguys Southwest Nationals: Full Throttle Fun

The Goodguys 18th Annual Southwest Nationals is taking over WestWorld of Scottsdale Nov. 20 – 22, 2015. Pre-registered cars and trucks from more than 24 different states and Canada will be making the trek to Scottsdale, bringing together 3,000 candy-colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks! Since its start in 1983, the Southwest Nationals has become a can’t miss event that gives hot rod aficionados the opportunity to get together and show off their cars, share ideas, listen to live music and enjoy the warm Scottsdale weather! 

This year, the event will showcase the Goodguys 12 Awards, which honor automotive excellence. These award winners are among some of the most impressive automotive creations and recognize the nation’s finest cars and trucks as well as, the best Autocross racer in the land! That’s right . . . Autocross will also be on the schedule of events at this year’s event. Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has formed an alliance with the SCCA, USCA and ASP to find and qualify the fastest Autocross racers! Duel in the Desert is a three-day spectator event that will give event goers the chance to experience the thrill of watching cars race on a tightly designed course and compete for the title, “Goodguys 2015 Autocrosser of the Year.”

Come for one day or come for all three! Goodguys Southwest Nationals has fun for the whole family and is guaranteed to be a full throttle weekend full of excitement! For more details regarding tickets, times and more click here


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Sunday, October 18, 2015

[Football] Football Takes Care Of Business On The Road

The Scottsdale Community College Football team went on the road Saturday night, and came back with a 59-21 victory over Phoenix College.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Native Trails Breathes New Life into Sacred Traditions

Free noontime festivals explore Native American song, dance and culture

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 14, 2015) – Explore the cultural and environmental footprint of the Southwest’s Native American nations during the 14th season of Native Trails, presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Through song, dance and storytelling during free noontime performances January through March, Native Trails will share with audiences a message passed on to tribal youth – the importance of preserving and conserving the land and its resources.  

“Some of my fondest memories are from when I was a child, spending time with my grandparents,” said Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), artistic director for Native Trails and seven-time hoop dance world champion. “There was no running water, no electricity, yet we worked with the environment to live.  As Native people, we were inspired by nature and given the responsibility of stewardship. Through our song, dance, food, architecture, and being in harmony with nature – working with the seasons, the sun and the moon – we desired prosperity for all beings and for everyone to reach their full potential. Today I believe in doing the best I can with the least amount, and incorporating the traditional ways I was taught, while encouraging healthy behavior and a prosperous life for future generations and all on the circle of life.”

For centuries, Native Americans have lived off the land, even as the world has evolved and brought new challenges to the environment. Tribal elders continue to show younger generations their traditional ways, teaching them to lead healthy lives while respecting and working in harmony with nature. This year, Native Trails shares a message of stewardship through the songs and dances of various tribes including the Hopi, Diné (Navajo), Akimel Au-Authm and San Carlos Apache.

Enjoy these free noontime performances on the lawn at Scottsdale Civic Center Park most Thursdays and Saturdays between Jan. 9 and March 31, 2016. Elaborate performances showcase a variety of dances, including the intricate Hoop Dance and the Round Dance, an audience-participation dance celebrating the connection of all people and cultures.

“The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is proud to once again be the title sponsor of Native Trails,” said the Nation’s President Ruben Balderas. “The Tribal Council knows local residents and visitors alike will enjoy learning about the various native tribal cultures and partaking in the exciting exhibits and shows. Native Trails is truly a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Delve further into American Indian culture while visiting with vendors and artisans selling jewelry, baskets, pottery, instruments and paintings at the festivals. Every Saturday, featured artisans will share their trade with the audience. Don’t forget to get a taste of indigenous cuisine at participating food trucks.

Native Trails performances began in January 2003 as part of the City of Scottsdale’s cultural tourism initiative, Culture Quest Scottsdale. The program was created following a City-conducted study that revealed Scottsdale tourists craved experiencing American Indian culture during their visit. That has proved true each season; last season (January – April 2015), 6,497 people attended the event.

For more information on Native Trails (including black-out dates), visit http://ift.tt/17Msq7K or contact the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at 480-421-1004 or toll-free at 800-782-1117.

Please reach out to one of the media contacts listed below for access to images and b-roll.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau 
Stephanie Pressler, Communications Manager, 480-889-2719, spressler@scottsdalecvb.com

Clare Hahne, Communications Coordinator, 480-889-2709, chahne@scottsdalecvb.com

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Picture Perfect Patios

Enjoy creative cuisine with a hearty side of fresh air at these Scottsdale patio favorites. Olive-and-Ivy

Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace

See and be seen on the sun-drenched patios along the Scottsdale Waterfront. Olive & Ivy is the perfect spot to enjoy a brunch or kick back around the fire pit for some drinks at night.


elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Enjoy stunning desert sunsets and the farm-fresh cuisine of Executive Chef Beau MacMillam. Specialties feature local, organic produce and sustainable seafood.

Old Town Tortilla Factory

Savor outstanding Southwestern cuisine with Native American and Sonoran influences in the shade of 100-year-old pecan trees on this expansive hacienda-style patio.

Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

For panoramic desert and city views overlooking Pinnacle Peak, head north to the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. For a special treat, Talavera offers a six-course tasting menu with optional sommelier-selected wine pairings.

LON’s at the Hermosa Inn

The tree-shaded patio is available any time, but it’s especially nice during weekend brunch. Soak up the sun as you enjoy specialties like Mesquite Honey Pancakes, Short Rib Poutine and Traditional Eggs Benedict.


Breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert and Pinnacle Peak are your dining companions on the patio at SASSI, which blends old-world architecture with the time-honored traditions, hospitality and cuisine of Southern Italy.

Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician

The Phoenician’s flowering gardens, emerald lawns and sparkling pools provide stunning views from the patio at Il Terrazzo, where handcrafted artisan bread and pastas form the foundation of Il Terrazzo’s American-Italian cuisine.


Phil’s Grill at Grayhawk Golf Club

Boasting breathtaking McDowell Mountain and golf course views from its expansive patio, as well as a menu that includes craft beers, fine wines and offerings like the thick and juicy Barn Burger, USDA Prime steaks, and Chicken and Hatch Chile Enchiladas.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

[Football] Football Drops Game To Pima CC

The Scottsdale Community College Football team lost this evening to Pima Community College by the score of 45-17.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Top international meeting planners to visit Scottsdale for Meeting & Incentive Forum The Americas 2016


Scottsdale, AZ, USA (Sept. 30, 2015): Over 200 top international meeting and incentive professionals will gather in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 22-26, 2016, at the Meeting & Incentive (M&I) Forum The Americas Spring 2016.

Sponsored in part by the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch and Southwest Conference Planners, the four-day event will see hosted buyers hold over 4,500 meetings with event vendors from across the Americas and Europe. The Forum will familiarize thousands of the worlds’ leading meeting and incentive professionals with the Scottsdale area.

“We’re elated to have been given the opportunity to host the Meeting & Incentive Forum this May in Scottsdale,” said Kelli Blubaum, vice president of convention sales and services at the Scottsdale CVB. “It gives Scottsdale the chance to showcase accommodations and amenities to hosted buyers, and boost business for the community.”

M&I Forums are trade events held in the world’s leading meetings destinations. They offer business events vendors the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with vetted, hand-selected buyers who have confirmed budgets to spend. The Forums provide a professional, effective and fun platform for business meetings and networking with these high-quality buyers. In 2016, Scottsdale will join Dubai (UAE), Madrid (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), and Izmir (Turkey) in hosting M&I Forums.

“Scottsdale recently came to the top of a poll that we ran asking our meeting planners where they would like us to hold our next Forum. We can see why,” said Richard Barnes, Managing Director of M&I Forums. “It’s a totally unique place, a real slice of the Wild West with everything a great ‘meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions’ – or MICE – destination needs: a huge airport, excellent hotels, some fantastic meeting spaces, and so much to see and do.  We can’t wait to show our delegates all that it has to offer.”

For more information on M&I Forum The Americas 2016, or to take part in the event, please visit the M&I Forums website.


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


Megan Doyle, Community Affairs Manager
Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
480-889-2704, mdoyle@scottsdalecvb.com 

Rachel Pearson, ABC, Vice President of Community & Government Affairs
Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
480-429-2259, rpearson@scottsdalecvb.com 
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Calling All Film Buffs!


Lights. Camera. Action! The Scottsdale International Film Festival is back for its 15th year and it promises you an exciting adventure into the world of filmmaking. This year’s festival will showcase 41 feature films representing more than 30 countries, including buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies and documentaries.

The festival will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The opening-night celebration will feature the documentary “Landfill Harmonic,” which tells the inspiring story of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, the world-famous youth symphony that performs with instruments made from recycled trash. After the film, movie-goers will be able to see the Recycled Orchestra perform onstage and participate in an audience Q-and-A session.

After opening night, the festival returns to its longtime home at Harkins Shea 14 Theater in Scottsdale. With its stellar lineup of films featuring Academy Award-winning directors and actors, this year’s festival is one you don’t want to miss. Catch the Arizona premieres of “The Adderall Diaries” starring award winning actors James Franco and Ed Harris; “Hitchcock/Truffaut” directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese; “Love the Coopers” starring John Goodman and Diane Keaton; and many more! 

Don’t miss the on-screen action at this year’s film festival! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

[Football] Artichokes Fall Short Against Eastern Arizona College

The Scottsdale Community College Football team was edged out in a 21-17 loss to the Gila Monsters of Eastern Arizona College.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Scottsdale Teaser

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Spirited Shows



As always, the Scottsdale area delivers a jam-packed holiday event lineup that will get you and your family in the spirit in no time.

  • Holiday Pops (The Phoenix Symphony): Enjoy this festive concert of seasonal favorites and the ever-popular Holiday sing-a-long as the tradition soars to new and angelic heights this year. The Desert Bells Bell Choir and The Phoenix Girls Chorus take their place among over 200 artists in a performance guaranteed to deliver the holiday spirit. Dec. 4 – 6, 2015
  • Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen (Herberger Theater Center): Come to downtown Phoenix for an enchanting evening and magical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen masterpiece. Set to music by Sergei Prokofiev, this holiday event is great for families, as little ones will find themselves charmed by vivid costumes and a dazzling light show. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 5 – 20, 2015.
  • The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts): Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rock starts of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World”, “Sleight Ride,” “Amazing Grace,” “Feliz Navidad” and many more, Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. Dec. 10 – 11, 2015
  • Sister’s Christmas Catechism (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts): This hilarious take on the classic story of the Nativity will get you in a joyous spirit this holiday season. Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, asks her students to help solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus? Using the latest forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guilt, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit. Catch this performance once and you’re likely to make it a holiday tradition for years to come. Dec. 11 – 20, 2015
  • The Nutcracker (The Phoenix Symphony): Ballet Arizona presents the Nutcracker at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. Dancing toys, mischievous mice and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s unmistakable holiday score. This timeless holiday tradition comes to life with over 150 performers illuminating the stage in hundreds of intricate costumes. Dec. 11 – 27, 2015.
  • Spirit of the Season (Herberger Theater Center): Enjoy seasonal songs that will touch your soul and warm your heart. Jeffrey Hattrick and Nicole Pesce return to the Herberger stage for their annual holiday season music concert. This musical medley featuring everything from jazz to classical will get you ready to celebrate the magic of the holidays. December 15, 2015
  • An Irish Christmas in America (Musical Instrument Museum): This family-friendly performance of Irish ballads, holiday classics, lively fiddle tunes and thrilling Irish dancing at the Musical Instrument Museum will leave your toes tapping with the spirit of the season. Dec. 16-17, 2015
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: (Comerica Theatre) Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must see event this holiday season! This showstopper takes center stage with 40 world class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, a growing Christmas Tree and supersized Matrushka dolls! Dec. 16, 2015.
  • A Merri-Achi Christmas (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts): The original rhythms, fresh sounds and inspiring ideas of Jóse Hernàndez and Sol de Mexico have energized the world of mariachi for more than 30 years. This special performance includes treasured holiday favorites and selections from the mariachi songbook. Hernàndez’ organic, irreverent renditions have become instant classics. Don’t miss what the Los Angeles Times calls ‘a show-stopping performance.’ Dec. 18, 2015

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October Calendar of Events

October COE One Sheet-1

While the weather starts to cool off, event season starts to heat up. Whether it’s taking a train ride to find that perfect pumpkin, watching great movies at the Scottsdale International Film Festival, or having fun at Octoberfest, there are plenty of events in and around town to attend!

Printable Calendar of Events

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

[Football] Football Losses In A Heartbreaker To New Mexico Military Institute

The Scottsdale Community College Football team went on the road this afternoon and suffered a loss to conference opponent New Mexico Military Institute by a score of 28-25.

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[Football] Football Game Available Via Video Live-Stream Today At 1PM

The Scottsdale Community College Football team is on the road today as the face the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos at 1:00PM.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Why We Love Scottsdale for the Holidays


Migrate on over to the Valley of the Sun and discover what makes Scottsdale so unique during the holidays. Whether you’re searching for family fun or looking to cozy up with that special someone, there are a plethora of opportunities for enjoying an exclusive experience in the Sonoran Desert this holiday season. 

Lights & Sights

The holiday spirit lights up at night in Scottsdale…literally. Sip on a warm cup of cocoa as you watch the night come to life with illuminating light displays at places like the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park. You don’t want to miss out on any of these Christmas light sightings this season. 

Spirited Shows

World class venues such as the Musical Instrument Museum, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and The Phoenix Symphony play host to some of the most well-known spirited shows during the holiday season. Take a traditional performance of the Nutcracker by Ballet Arizona, enjoy a delightful journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express or catch Sister’s Christmas Catechism at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Holiday Cheer at Scottsdale Resorts and Hotels

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

Patio Dining

Some of Scottsdale’s best dining spots offer picturesque patios with stunning views of the Sonoran Desert. Leave the cooking up to Scottsdale’s seasoned chefs and enjoy a savory meal with friends and loved ones this holiday season. 


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Sparkling Holiday Sights & Lights


Luckily, you don’t have to dash through any snow to enjoy spectacular holiday light displays in Scottsdale. Here are some of our favorite spots for a little seasonal cheer. No sleigh required.

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo: Glimmering displays light the way through the Phoenix Zoo. Zoolights has become one of the largest light shows in the country, with 3.8 million lights and nearly 700 sparkling displays. Enjoy two lakeside Music in Motion shows – a show with music from Polar Express and Carol of the Bells, all synchronized to 15,000 sparkling holiday lights. Don’t miss out on the Zoo’s 4-D theatre to take the ride of your life on the Polar Express Train! (Nov. 21, 2015 – Jan. 10, 2016)

Las Noches de Las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden: Celebrating its 37th year, this favorite local tradition brings the Garden to life with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias and thousands of white twinkle lights, as well as live entertainment and festive treats. (Nov. 27, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015).

Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park: Take a train ride through thousands of lights and endless holiday displays during the Railroad Park’s winter wonderland festivities. A tree-lighting ceremony marks opening night, along with a visit from Santa. (Dec. 11, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016). 

Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express: Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s storybook comes to life aboard this magical journey that departs from Williams, Arizona and ends with a visit to the North Pole where Santa and his reindeer await their arrival! (Nov. 6, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016).

Holiday Night Lights at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West: Holidays at Wright’s desert masterpiece are dramatic and romantic, with nighttime casting a jewel-like-glow over the Scottsdale landmark. It’s the most enchanting way to view the architect’s home! Check website or call for dates (480-627-5340)

Holiday Lights Tour with Desert Splash Adventures: See Scottsdale’s scenic side from high above with holiday-centric tour from Desert Splash Adventures. Munch on holiday cookies and sip some eggnog, then take off with the birds for a soaring of city lights, Camelback Mountain, and more. Check website or call for dates (877-588-8819).

Arizona Helicopter Adventures: Get in the spirit! As the holidays grow closer, lights of all colors start appearing all over the desert landscape. Take a ride with us and enjoy season’s greeting in full color from Santa’s perspective – the sky! Delight yourself with a tour of the multiple spectacular light displays in the Valley of the Sun. Get a cup of hot cocoa, snuggle with a blanket, and enjoy the best view of the holiday season! Check website or call for dates (800-282-5141)

Decorative Downtown Scottsdale: Over half a million lights are adorning downtown Scottsdale again this season, making your holiday experience here shine even better! Take a stroll around Scottsdale’s arts, shopping, dining and entertainment districts and prepare to be amazed at more than a half million twinkling lights. Downtown Scottsdale has the largest year-round lighting project in Arizona full of lights that span over the streets. Enjoy the twinkle of the wrapped palm trees and beautiful rooftop views of the sparkling city! 

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

[Football] #18 SCC Football Drops Home Game To #6 Snow College

The Scottsdale Community College Football team lost their first game of the season tonight to the Snow College Badgers by the score of 31-14.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Sporting Event of the Culinary World: Arizona Taco Festival is Bringing the Heat!


The sporting event of tacos is back and it’s spicier than ever! In its 6th year, the Arizona Taco Festival is ready to literally “bring the heat” to the Valley of the Sun. More than 50 restaurants, caterers, amateurs, bars and nightclubs are preparing to serve up their best tacos and compete in the largest competition and celebration of the year. With a $10,000 cash prize on the line, it’s sure to be one hot competition. 

On October 17 and 18, make your way out to Salt River Fields and let the smell of savory Mexican food fill the air around you. Be sure to come hungry because there are more than 100 types of tacos to choose from. Did I mention that tacos are only $2? That’s right, $2 chicken, pork, beef, seafood, veggie and dessert tacos available everywhere you turn. Some of the Valley’s hottest restaurants, including Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Cien Agaves, Hacienda’s Mexican Grill, and  Wasted Grain, are preparing to dish out more than 100,000 total tacos. So grab a score-card, pick up an icy margarita and start searching for that taco that makes your mouth water. 

Whether you’re listening to the sounds of live surf and salsa music at the main stage, sampling 100 different types of tequila at the Tequila Expo Tent or watching Lucha Libre wrestling, you’re sure to have a great time as the festival rages on all weekend long. The Arizona Taco Festival is believed to be the world’s first event of its kind, and the Valley’s fastest growing culinary celebration. Don’t miss out on this tasty event – it’s sure to make your taste buds tingle. 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

[Football] SCC Football's Kisima Jagne Named ACCAC Defensive Player Of The Week

The Scottsdale Community College Football had one of it's members named as this weeks ACCAC Defensive Player of thew Week.

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Pumpkin Patches in Scottsdale

Before you can wow all the neighborhood kids with your awesome pumpkin carving skills, you have to go pick out the 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: McDonald’s Ranch is known for its family fun environment and genuine Western experiences, from cookouts and hayrides to horses and stagecoaches. But 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 out your pumpkin! Head to the ranch Oct. 1-31 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., every day except Tuesday.


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. 23-25, it turns into the home of one of the most celebrated pumpkin patches in the Sonoran Desert. 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? Hop on board the Grand Canyon Railway Pumpkin Patch Train! On Oct. 3,4,9,10,11,12,17,18 you can ride to a secret pumpkin patch along the tracks and scoop up a pumpkin just craving to be carved. 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!


Boo! At the Zoo: For a pumpkin patch experience like no other, visit the Phoenix Zoo and enjoy this wild and fun fall festival! This year’s festivities span the whole week long, Oct. 20–26. Partake in daily activities like the pumpkin ”stomp and chomp” with animals enjoying pumpkins and other munchies, scavenger hunts, and a scarecrow straw maze. Visit the pumpkin patch and enjoy great photo ops of the little ones dressed up in costume.

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