Thursday, February 26, 2015

Discover Your Talents at Scottsdale Artist’s School


Are you looking to develop and refine your artistic skills? Learn from artists specializing in drawing, sculpture, oil and pastel, and more! The Scottsdale Artist’s School, the only school of its kind in Arizona located in the heart of the Scottsdale Arts District, offers a fun and relaxed environment for enthusiasts seeking professional art training.

The Artist’s School focuses on developing the capabilities of artists and aspiring artists of all ages by teaching the applied fundamentals of fine art. Approximately 3,000 visitors come to the school each year, with repeat visitation from both domestic travelers and foreign students who continuously return for classes and workshops.

The Scottsdale Artist’s School occupies the historic Loloma School, the second grammar school established in Scottsdale, and has six fully equipped studios. A variety of learning opportunities are available, so find one that’s right for you!

  • Workshops: From October-May, the School offers more than 100 three- to five-day programs in the areas of painting, drawing and sculpture. All of these workshops are led by professionally working artists who travel to Scottsdale from all across the United States. Class sizes remain small (fewer than 20 students) and allow students to get one-on-one attention, critiques and guidance from the instructor. Workshop range in price from $500 to $800 depending on the length of the workshop and subject matter.

  • Weekly Classes: Featuring prominent local instructors, weekly classes range from four to six weeks and are offered morning to evening, all week long. Classes are arranged to fit even the busiest of schedules and are geared towards all types of artists – from beginner to advanced. Weekly classes slightly range in price from $50 to $350 depending on the length of the class.

  • Youth & Teen Academy: Youth & Teen Academy provides a stimulating fine art program for youth, ages 6-18. Children are taught to develop critical and conceptual thinking skills while expressing their artistic creativity. The School offers year round weekly classes and action-packed weeklong summer programs, all of which are taught by professional artists. Youth and Teen Academy range in price from $90 to $200 for mid-year classes and $275 to $300 for week-long summer programs.

  • Open Studio Sessions: Open Studio provides an opportunity for artists to practice their skills independently, outside of the classroom. The School provides the model and students bring their own supplies to paint, draw or sculpt. Open Studio ranges from $10 to $15 per session and is offered four times per week.

Guests are always welcome, so stop in for a visit and take a tour of the property. Go to for more information.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


Award-Winning Scottsdale Arts Festival Returns for 45th Year


The Scottsdale Arts Festival has been recognized as one of the nation’s top arts festivals, and 2015 marks the acclaimed event’s 45th anniversary. Held annually in the Civic Center Park in Old Town Scottsdale, this gathering of artists and vendors offers fun for the whole family!

The event features 175 jury-selected artists from North America who create art in many forms, from paintings and sculptures to glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other media. Artworks are available for purchase directly from the artists during the event and through the Festival’s online art auction.

In addition to works by various artists, Scottsdale Public Art will reveal the newly commissioned interactive piece, Shifting Sand Land by artist Bobby Zokaites. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is also offering free admission all weekend. Check out murals by James Marshall (aka Dalek), James Turrell’s Knight Rise skyspace, and much more!

Guests can enjoy continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, including blues, country/folk, jazz, R&B, rock and much more. Among the musical acts are ’56, Alan Jones Jazz Quintet, Ashley Wineland, Big Nick & the Gila Monsters, The Blue Goats, Blues Review Band, Carmela y Mas, Jan Sandwich Band, Str8 Up Band, Robby Roberson Quartet, Teneia Sanders, Traveler and Whiskey Kiss. Kids can enjoy the family area where they’ll have the opportunity to engage their creativity through free arts activities, storytelling, dancing and more.

Delicious dishes from around the world will be available at gourmet food trucks throughout the weekend. Participating mobile eateries include The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Maine Lobster Lady, Paletas Betty, Short Leash Hotdogs, The Traveling Monk and Whiskey Ranch BBQ.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and kids 12 and under get in free. Two-day passes are $15. Tickets are available in advance or at the Festival entrances.

For a full list of artists and a complete schedule of events, visit

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Walk in the Park

distrito crop If you know anything about Scottsdale, you know it’s easy, care-free and particularly gorgeous this time of year. So gorgeous in fact that even I, who eats lunch at her desk every day, can’t stand to be cooped up inside. Can you blame me? It’s literally 75 degrees and sunny as I write this, while the northeast is about to get hit with their, I don’t know, hundredth storm in two weeks. No thank you! To take full advantage of the warm “winter” temps, I’ve been patio dining and outdoor exploring every chance I get. Recently, I spent time exploring Scottsdale Civic Center Park, a total gem, tucked right into the heart of downtown Scottsdale. This lush oasis covers 21 acres and has businesses tucked around the outer edges, making it the perfect place to get some relaxation while still being able to shop, dine and browse museums. Here are a few of my top picks from my most recent stroll around the park. Trailside Galleries: This gallery has been going strong since 1963. It features artists who specialize in western, wildlife, landscape, figurative and impressionist works. But don’t let all those art terms scare you – as they sometimes do for me. While offering the highest quality art, Trailside Galleries is open and friendly. They’re eager to talk to you about the artists, explain the stories behind their works and give insight into the different shows (which change on a regular basis). When I visited the gallery, both Coastal Connections and Family Expressions shows were on display. Each was beautiful in its own right and left me longing for a piece above my own mantel someday. AZ88 & Distrito: There isn’t anything much better than sitting on an outdoor patio, soaking up the first warm days of the year – especially when it’s only February. Both AZ88 and Distrito restaurants offer sun-drenched patios with great views of the Park. Stop by AZ88 for the open-air space, the eclectic food (Bigger Mac and China Lil’s Chicken are just two of the items you’ll find on the menu) and the cocktails. Oh my goodness, the cocktails! During my last visit, I had to indulge in both the Moscow mule and the key lime martini – neither disappointed. Just across the way from AZ88, is Distrito at the Saguaro hotel. This brightly-colored, Southwestern-inspired restaurant is a departure from AZ88 in every possible way, with the exception of amazing food, drinks and a patio. I ordered up a blood orange margarita, Carnitas tacos and guacamole with crab (hey, when in Rome). I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I was nearly licking the plate for more. When you’re longing for a little sunshine in your life (I’m sure everyone east of the Rockies is in that boat at the moment), head to Scottsdale and carve out some time to discover Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


Arizona Bike Week

Get ready for the streets of Scottsdale to start vibrating March 25-29, as over 40,000 bikes roar into WestWorld of Scottsdale for Arizona Bike Week. This year’s event features everything from stunt shows to the Miss Arizona Bike Week Pageant. Harley Davidson will be debuting some of their newest bikes to take a look at and test drive. Nightly concerts feature names like Randy Houser, Social Distortion, Stone Temple Pilots and Ted Nugent. 5 Day passes are $60 and single day tickets start at $15..

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Flavors of Scottsdale: Barrio Queen

Flavors of Scottsdale takes a look at one of the top Mexican restaurants in Scottsdale, Barrio Queen. Check out this behind the scenes look!

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Flavors of Scottsdale: RA

The popular sushi spot, RA, has expanded across the country, but it all started here in Scottsdale. Take a behind the scenes look in this episode of Flavors of Scottsdale!

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Flavors of Scottsdale: Virtu

Flavors of Scottsdale gives you a closer look at Virtu, one of the highly rated restaurants in Scottsdale! Check it out!

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Arizona United Comes to Scottsdale

Scottsdale stadium_pano copy Arizona United, Arizona’s only professional soccer team, has announced that it will call Scottsdale Stadium it’s new home. The USL PRO club is affiliated with FC Dallas in the MLS and previously played in the west side of the Valley. The move to Scottsdale is expected to increase attendance and gives fans an unmatched experience before and after the game. Take a look at the full press release below: “Arizona United Soccer Club – the state’s only professional soccer team playing in USL PRO – will play in Scottsdale Stadium beginning in April 2015, the club announced today. “This is the next step in professional soccer’s evolution in Arizona,” Arizona United Soccer Club owner Kyle Eng said. “Our mission is to serve the entire Arizona soccer community, and this move will bring the beautiful game to a wider audience. With Scottsdale Stadium’s proximity to restaurants and nightlife in Downtown Scottsdale, our supporters will enjoy a game day experience that is second to none.” Winter home of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Scottsdale Stadium has won praise for its intimate sightlines, fan-friendly facilities and central location. The City of Scottsdale partnered with the soccer club. “The people of Scottsdale love sports, and soccer is definitely among the most popular, Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane said. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome the Arizona United Soccer Club to Scottsdale Stadium and Downtown Scottsdale. It’s a great venue in a great location, and it will provide a great home field advantage for Arizona’s only professional soccer team. We can’t wait to kick off the season.” Arizona United Soccer Club played its 2014 USL PRO home schedule at Peoria Sports Complex after Eng bought the club a little more than a month before the season opener. Arizona United Soccer Club averaged about 3,200 fans in 16 home matches, posting a 7-7-2 record. “We are grateful to the City of Peoria and the Peoria Sports Complex for their support and hard work in our first season,” said Eng, founder and owner of Peoria-based Arrowhead Advertising. “With their help, we provided a first-class venue for our players, fans and partners.” In Scottsdale Stadium, the soccer pitch will run north and south, with the north goal in front of the left field wall and the south goal along the first base line. “We’re looking forward to a long and successful partnership,” Scottsdale Stadium Supervisor Jeff Cesaretti said. “Professional soccer will expose the stadium to a new audience and Scottsdale Stadium will provide a unique experience for soccer fans.” For full season tickets prices call the Arizona United Soccer Club front office at 623-594-9606 or email Season ticket deposits are only $50 per seat, and season tickets start as low as $165.”

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


Thursday, February 19, 2015

5 Outdoor Activities Near Scottsdale


Scottsdale is a great base point for many incredible outdoor adventures! Within a few hours drive you can explore, escape and experience the beauty of Arizona with in an adventure level you desire!

Below our 5 of our favorites:

Sky Diving

Take on the adventure of a lifetime with your first tandem sky dive. From the classroom to the sky, you will walk you through every step of the process. Enjoy Arizona’s beautiful weather, the largest drop zone in the world and the best instructors in the word with SkyDiveAZ. With the largest aircraft fleets, amazing facilities and the largest drop zone in the world, they offer sun, more fun and more jumps.

Arizona Whitewater Rafting

Explore whitewater Rafting in a spectacular 2,000 foot deep canyon, with desert scenery, wilderness surroundings and lots of Class III “wet and fun” rapids! Rafting the Upper Salt River Canyon is just 2.5 hours from Scottsdale and is done as a day trip, express trip, or 2-5 day option for those seeking a camping and multi-day experience. Arizona’s premier outfitter, Mild to Wild Rafting, the SW adventure and whitewater experts for over 20 years, offer guided whitewater rafting on the Upper Salt.

Leap of Faith

Try a varied kind of rappelling and take the “Leap of Faith”! This a dynamic adventure: Climb up a 30 foot pole, balance as long as you can, then leap off towards the trapeze bar. Specialized equipment and rope catch the participant and lower them to the ground. This adventure not for the faint of heart!

Experience an aerial extravaganza over the amazing Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon helicopter and airplane tours give you a fresh new perspective and never seen before views of the Canyon. There are several commercial aircraft operators flying from just outside the National. Sit back, relax and explore this amazing landscape in all of its natural beauty.


Experience flying! Zip lining is an invigorating and thrilling way to fly through the air. Depending on your adventure level (mild to wild!), desired of length and number of zips and scenery desired, options exist from within minutes to a few hours away!

So if you are looking to experience some new adventures, visit Scottsdale to get a little bit of it all!

*This post was written by Whitney Hagen of Mild to Wild Rafting

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Flower Power

If you’re wild about wildflowers, now is the time to hit the trail in Scottsdale. Our Sonoran Desert landscape comes to life every spring with wildflowers and cactus blossoms in all shapes and colors. And thanks to moderate fall rains and warm winter temperatures, this year’s bloom has started right on time! Where to Go: Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers more than 100 miles of hiking trails that sport spring blossoms. For current information on where the flowers are blooming, check out the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Wildflower Watch. The site also offers information on the Conservancy’s weekly guided hikes, which are filled with insight about the Sonoran Desert’s plants and animals. The Desert Botanical Garden’s Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail encompasses nearly two acres of wildflower exhibits planted with year-round displays. The Garden also partners with several regional parks and gardens on the Wildflower Infosite to help you find wildflowers in their natural habitats. Sonoran Desert Flower Guide: Lupine: Purple Majestic lupine can be found throughout Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. The Tohono O’odham tribe’s name for this plant means “sun-hand,” referring to the way its hand-shaped leaves move to face the sun throughout the day.

Brittlebush: This desert shrub sports tiny yellow flowers and yields a sap that the Tohono O’odham people used for things like glue, incense and chewing gum. Cowboys back in the days of the Old West used the flower’s stem as a fine toothbrush.

Blue Yucca: The Blue Yucca’s showy stalks of flowers are as vibrant as the succulent’s powdery blue leaves. The Blue Yucca’s red roots are frequently used in Tohono O’odham basket weaving. (Photo by Ken Bosma)

Penstemon: Besides being beautiful wildflowers, penstemons are a staple for many Scottsdale residents’ gardens because they require little water, are easy to maintain and attract colorful hummingbirds.

Poppy: Poppies can come in all kinds of colors and are well-known for their symbolism. In the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, poppies are worn to commemorate fallen soldiers.

Century Plant: The century plant spends up to 35 years growing a large basal rosette of leaves. Then, a single stalk with golden-yellow blossoms shoots out and grows as much as a foot each day to reach a height of about 15 feet.

Saguaro Blossom: The saguaro blossom, the state flower of Arizona, is a cream-white flower with a bright yellow center and measures about three inches in diameter.

Palo Verde: In Spanish, palo verde means “green stick.” In the spring, the tree sprouts thousands of tiny, bright gold flowers.

Queen of the Night: In the spring, this elusive plant sprouts buds, and then on one summer night, the buds burst open into silky white flowers. Each flower opens for only one night and closes with the morning sun.

Prickly Pear: Prickly pears bloom with brilliant yellow flowers in the spring. The sweet juice from the cacti’s fruit is used in drinks, syrup and jelly.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6th Annual GoodGuys Spring Nationals


It’s time to get ready for the return of the Goodguys Spring Nationals at WestWorld of Scottsdale. This colorful display of thousands of classic cars is full of fun to keep your engine revving!

One of the main highlights of the event is the car show featuring 2,500 vehicles from across the U.S. From hot rods, customs, and classics to street machines, muscle cars and trucks, there’s something for everyone!

The event also features more than 100 vendors offering demonstrations throughout the show, plus a swap meet and cars-for-sale corral where attendees have the opportunity to purchase high-performance used automobiles.

AutoCross will thrill event-goers throughout all three event days. Event participants will get a chance to put their cars through this challenging course, which includes cornering, acceleration and braking trials – all while trying to record the fastest lap time!

Held on the last day of the event, the Goodguys All American Sunday is a special event where all years, makes and models of American-powered cars and trucks are welcome! Late model American muscle cars like the new generation Camaro, Mustang, GTO, Challenger, Charger and more are all for show alongside the amazing vintage autos on display.

Come for one day or come for all three! Goodguys Spring Nationals is guaranteed fun for the whole family. The show takes place at WestWorld from March 13 – 15. Adult tickets are $20 and tickets for kids 7-12 are $6. Kids 6 and under get in free! Advance sale tickets are $17, so get your tickets before midnight on March 12! Visit for more details.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


2015 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show


The history of the Arabian horse is remarkable. They are the oldest purebred horses in the world and are admired for their splendor and athleticism. Exceling in distance riding and agility with an amazing capacity for endurance, it’s not surprising that Arabian horses have continued to be so widely bred around the globe.

From February 12 – 22, you witness their beauty and amazing competitive abilities first-hand. The 60th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will showcase the skills of the Arabian horse at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Click here for a complete competition schedule.

This year’s event is also packed with exciting activities the whole family can enjoy. Take part in the behind-the-scenes barn tour, enjoy Wells Fargo stage coach photos, participate in the paint-a-pony ceramic horse painting (free for the first 400 kids!), meet an Arabian horse, and much more! Click here for the full schedule of activities.

Tickets start at just $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are free, so you can attend multiple days with the whole family! While you’re up north at WestWorld, swing on over to Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons for a great night of dining, shopping and entertainment. To learn more about the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, visit

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

62nd Annual Parada del Sol Rodeo


There’s no better way to capture the spirit of the West than by attending a rodeo, and Scottsdale just happens to host one of the oldest officially sanctioned rodeos in the country. Catch Arizona’s best bull-riding competition, with the country’s top riders taking on the orneriest beasts in all of rodeo! The Parada del Sol Rodeo will be held February 26 – March 1 at Westworld of Scottsdale. Don’t miss four exciting days of rodeo action, including bull riding, team roping, calf roping, barrel racing and bronco riding.


Tickets for general admission start at $10 and box seats are also available. Click here to purchase tickets.


February 26: Scottsdale’s Champion Challenge at 7 p.m.

February 27: Pro bull-riding at 7 p.m.

February 28: Rodeo at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

March 1: Rodeo at 2 p.m.

Concessions and vendors will also be on site. Shop for some great Western merchandise and unique souvenirs. Also, check out some of the great Scottsdale restaurants located in North Scottsdale near WestWorld.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


Monday, February 2, 2015

[Football] Quarter-Back College, The Legacy Of SCC Football

Scottsdale Community College has become a premier destination for JUCO quarterbacks.

from Scottsdale Community College Athletics - News