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Memorable Flavors and Excellent Hospitality at Ditka’s Restaurant

If you haven’t already heard, the all-new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in the West Valley is home to the first Ditka’s Restaurant in the Western United States. I was fortunate enough to experience the top-notch service and mouthwatering cuisine at this one-of-a-kind eatery.

Although not normally a casino-frequenter, Ditka’s won me over. Our waiter, Virgil, was professional yet personable and provided us with excellent recommendations and expertise about each dish.

Not normally a sushi-eater (apparently this restaurant pushed me out of my comfort zone – in a good way), the Crispy Tuna Avocado Rolls that we enjoyed for an appetizer might have been my favorite dish of the evening. Tempura-battered and served with a Yuzu Ponzu sauce, they were light and flavorful, without being too “fishy” tasting. My dining companion and I also enjoyed the Slider Combo for a second appetizer, which featured two mini cheeseburgers and two filet mignon sliders. Although my friend preferred the simple yet tasty cheeseburger, I enjoyed the sautéed onion-topped filet mignon slider.

Although we were practically full after the appetizers, we didn’t shy away from the main course. Possibly tied with the tuna rolls for the favorite dish of the evening, the Tortilla Crusted Halibut that I chose for an entrée rested on a sweet corn tamale cake with corn relish and was topped with lemon butter and a chipotle drizzle. The sweet tamale cake mixed with the perfectly cooked halibut was to die for.

For his entrée, my friend chose “Da Pork Chop,” one of the signature dishes on the menu. Paired with an apple chutney, a cherry jus and sitting on mashed sweet potatoes, the pork chop was cooked well and boasted a unique flavor. He described it as “done just right, flavorful, and with an excellent glaze sauce.”

Since of course this was not enough food already, we decided to order a side of Ditka’s Jalapeño Hash Browns. “[They] made this New Mexico-born chile aficionado stand up and take notice. [They had] just the right amount of ‘kick,’” said my dining companion.

We were officially stuffed after the entrées, but we still couldn’t resist dessert.Virgil told us if we wanted to have a memorable dessert experience, we needed to order Mike’s Big Ice Cream Pie. Although my description will not do it justice, this “pie” was three or four thick layers of different ice cream flavors, coated with a crust of M&M’s, nuts and caramel, all sitting on an Oreo cookie crust. Neither of us could finish our half of the dessert, but we had fun in our attempt.

In addition to Virgil, the rest of the staff at Ditka’s displayed warm hospitality. The general manager, Mike, came by our table a few times to check on us, and the executive chef, Andy, was also kind enough to come introduce himself.

The excellent hospitality paired with the unique and exceptional flavors at Ditka’s made for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. I would highly recommend a drive down to Laveen to enjoy Ditka’s restaurant as well as the all-new casino and boutique hotel that make up Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino.
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Mariano transitions from White House to children’s health

Although she doesn’t, Dr. Connie Mariano could boast about her title as the first Filipino American in history to receive the rank of Navy Rear Admiral. However, when she reflects on her past, this “first” may not seem quite as significant as another first: “the first patient.” This is how Dr. Mariano, former White House physician, referred to her most important patient: the president of the United States.

Mariano served for nine years as the White House physician under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Mariano recently published a captivating book about her experiences at the White House. The memoir, titled “The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents,” is written in such a way that you feel as if you’re sitting down with Mariano herself, listening to stories about her years caring for the most important patients of her medical career.

Since 2001, Mariano has lived and served people here in the Valley. After four years working as a consultant in the Executive Health Care Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Mariano established the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice for CEOs and their families. Framed pictures of Mariano being sworn in as Rear Admiral and posing with Presidents and other world leaders adorn the walls of her medical office, furnished to resemble the West Wing of the White House.

While Mariano has spent her life in innovative service to others, she’s not finished yet. Recently, Mariano was nominated and chosen to sit on the board of directors for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Ever since Mariano’s younger sister came close to death at the age of 3 after accidentally ingesting poisonous liquid, Mariano, who played a vital role in saving her sister’s life, has recognized the importance of quality pediatric care.

Now, a mother of two and a stepmother of two, Mariano continues to see the need for excellent pediatric medicine and as a physician who cares for adults, oftent sees the dangerous effects of unhealthy choices that could have been prevented in childhood.

“As a parent, I can definitely see the importance of (pediatric care),” said Mariano. “But also as a physician who believes in preventative medicine, I think if you can give good care in the pediatrics world, get (children) started with good prevention of disease and good health habits, as well as educate the parents, you’ll have a healthier population.”

When discussing what excited her about the board position with PCH, Mariano said, “The most significant thing was to be part of a great team of people who are really going to make a difference in childcare here in the Valley.”

Mariano looks forward to acting as a liaison between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the federal government and using the connections she has in Washington to contribute to the growing institution.

“There’s a reason I’m in this position in my life,” Mariano said. “The best thing to do about it is to touch lives.”

With every life she encounters, Mariano asks, “How can I help that life be better?” As a board member for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mariano will be able to contribute to the betterment of thousands of young lives.

Remembering Our Fallen 2012 Honor Walk

"Remembering Our Fallen" Exhibit Honors Arizona Soldiers

According to Denis Day, Director of the Honor Walk Foundation, the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit “reinforces the real human cost of war.” “Remembering Our Fallen” is a moving exhibit, sponsored by the Honor Walk Foundation, that recognizes men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The exhibit is comprised of pictures and special mementos contributed by the family members of fallen soldiers.

Through this exhibit, Day has come in contact with countless families, each that have their own moving story. He remembers the story of a young girl who enlisted in the military right after graduating from her high school in Tucson, where she played in the marching band. She was killed right before her 19th birthday. Her mother, a former marine, passed away of cancer just a few years later. Both are now buried in Arlington cemetery together.

Day also remembers meeting a woman who did not have a loved one commemorated at the exhibit, but whose husband was killed during the Vietnam War and is now considered permanently MIA.

These are just a few of the countless, heart wrenching stories of people permanently affected by war. The “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit allows families and friends of fallen soldiers to come together and share in the experience of honoring the heroic lives of their loved ones.

“[The exhibit] puts a face on these people – they’re not just names or statistics anymore. They’ve given the ultimate sacrifice, and we owe it to them to never forget,” said Day.

Day’s son, Colin Day, an Iraq War veteran, founded the Honor Walk Foundation with the help of a few others. The organization provides professional networking, mentoring and career services for veterans. In addition to these services and the sponsoring of the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit, the Honor Walk Foundation also puts on the Honor Walk each February.

The organization is excited about the upcoming 2014 walk, scheduled for February 23. “We’re hoping to have 5,000 people there. It’s going to be a terrific event,” said Day.

The Honor Walk Foundation also gives people the chance to honor a veteran at the Honor Walk. Whether they are still living or have passed, whether they are young or old, any veteran is eligible to be recognized. The veteran’s profile will be displayed on the Honor Walk Foundation’s website as well as on a large screen at the event in February where they will be recognized by name.

The “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit is set to be featured at the state fair for the month of October. If you would like to visit the exhibit before then, it will be displayed September 7-15 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Phoenix.

According to Day, there is no end point in sight for the exhibit. As long as people continue hosting the exhibit, it will continue to exist, honoring the brave men and women of Arizona who have so selflessly represented our state and our country.

Remembering Our Fallen

Remembering Our Fallen 2012 Honor Walk

"Remembering Our Fallen" Exhibit Honors Arizona Soldiers

According to Denis Day, Director of the Honor Walk Foundation, the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit “reinforces the real human cost of war.” “Remembering Our Fallen” is a moving exhibit, sponsored by the Honor Walk Foundation, that recognizes men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The exhibit is comprised of pictures and special mementos contributed by the family members of fallen soldiers.

Through this exhibit, Day has come in contact with countless families, each that have their own moving story. He remembers the story of a young girl who enlisted in the military right after graduating from her high school in Tucson, where she played in the marching band. She was killed right before her 19th birthday. Her mother, a former marine, passed away of cancer just a few years later. Both are now buried in Arlington cemetery together.

Day also remembers meeting a woman who did not have a loved one commemorated at the exhibit, but whose husband was killed during the Vietnam War and is now considered permanently MIA.

These are just a few of the countless, heart wrenching stories of people permanently affected by war. The “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit allows families and friends of fallen soldiers to come together and share in the experience of honoring the heroic lives of their loved ones.

“[The exhibit] puts a face on these people – they’re not just names or statistics anymore. They’ve given the ultimate sacrifice, and we owe it to them to never forget,” said Day.

Day’s son, Colin Day, an Iraq War veteran, founded the Honor Walk Foundation with the help of a few others. The organization provides professional networking, mentoring and career services for veterans. In addition to these services and the sponsoring of the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit, the Honor Walk Foundation also puts on the Honor Walk each February.

The organization is excited about the upcoming 2014 walk, scheduled for February 23. “We’re hoping to have 5,000 people there. It’s going to be a terrific event,” said Day.

The Honor Walk Foundation also gives people the chance to honor a veteran at the Honor Walk. Whether they are still living or have passed, whether they are young or old, any veteran is eligible to be recognized. The veteran’s profile will be displayed on the Honor Walk Foundation’s website as well as on a large screen at the event in February where they will be recognized by name.

The “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit is set to be featured at the state fair for the month of October. If you would like to visit the exhibit before then, it will be displayed September 7-15 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Phoenix.

According to Day, there is no end point in sight for the exhibit. As long as people continue hosting the exhibit, it will continue to exist, honoring the brave men and women of Arizona who have so selflessly represented our state and our country.

Remembering Our Fallen

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Times are Changing for Women in Business

Recent studies have shown that only 26% of American women do not work. Furthermore, in 4 out of every 10 American households, the mother is the sole or primary earner for the family. Women in Arizona are no exception. Arizona is ranked 6th out of the top ten states for women-owned businesses. Because the number of women moving from the home to the workplace is ever increasing, it is important for businesswomen to know how to adapt to these changes. Three attorneys from Jennings & Strouss, a Valley-based law firm, answer some of our questions regarding what businesswomen should be aware of today.

What advice would you give a businesswoman regarding prenups?

Norma Milner Izzo
Family Law Attorney

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Prenuptial agreements can be quite romantic, actually. There is no better time to outline the financial responsibilities of each spouse, in the event of a divorce, than when both people admire and love each other the most. It allows spouses the opportunity to avoid public, in-court battles and resolve the financial aspect of a legal separation or dissolution of marriage within the confines of a conference room. A properly drafted prenuptial agreement allows spouses to determine how assets acquired prior to and during the marriage would be divided. It can also be used to shield a spouse from the other spouse’s debt. Prenuptial agreements can also outline the terms of any spousal maintenance or alimony obligations.

While an excellent way to protect your assets, a prenuptial agreement cannot deal with issues related to child custody, parenting time or child support. Certainly all provisions within the agreement must be legal and conscionable. I always suggest to my clients that both spouses have legal representation and that the drafting and execution of the agreement not occur immediately before the ceremony. While the timing alone wouldn’t invalidate an otherwise valid prenuptial agreement, I find that people have a better experience if they can discuss the terms of the agreement without feeling undue pressure to complete it mere days before the wedding.

It is important for potential clients to realize that engaging with counsel for a prenuptial agreement is a full legal representation, not simply a document preparation. With that said, anyone considering entering into such a contract should meet and confer with a skilled attorney that practices family law and is familiar with the state’s laws regarding prenuptial agreements. The attorney should ensure the client’s full cooperation and participation in full disclosure related to each person’s assets so that both spouses are making informed and deliberate decisions.

What are some of the necessary legal steps that Valley businesswomen should take in order to protect both their families and their job?

Nancy Pohl
Estate Planning and Probate Law Attorney

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If a woman owns her own business, she should hold her business assets through a limited liability entity, such as a limited liability company. A limited liability company can protect personal assets from the creditors of her business. Additionally, a limited liability company is a “pass through” entity for tax purposes, so that conducting a business through a limited liability company does not result in additional taxes at the company level. Rather, each owner of a limited liability company is taxed on his or her share of the income from the business.

Valley businesswomen can also protect assets through trusts. Historically, trusts created in certain foreign jurisdictions could provide significant asset protection for the creators of those trusts. Now, some states allow persons to create trusts for their benefit that can serve to significantly protect assets during their lifetime, with a much lower administration cost than a foreign jurisdiction.

Additionally, a revocable, standard family trust that is created during lifetime can serve to protect assets following death. For women with children, leaving assets to children through a trust can be beneficial in that the assets can be distributed to children over time rather than in one lump sum at an age when the child may not be ready to manage the assets. Also, by keeping the assets in a trust for the child’s benefit, the assets can generally be protected from the child’s creditors in the event of divorce or financial difficulties. A trust can also be beneficial in protecting assets in that it can provide a way for a woman to provide for her surviving spouse by giving him a lifetime income interest in the trust but make sure that the assets ultimately go to her children. For ultra high net worth women, trusts can also be a vehicle for techniques to minimize estate taxes.

What advice would you give a businesswoman regarding hiring and firing? 

Kami Hoskins
Labor and Employment Law Attorney

For business use only by Jennings Strauss.  No personal use allowed.Laws affecting business owners are changing at lightning speed. Over the last few years, there have been major changes to federal and state laws related to healthcare, immigration, employment discrimination and controlled substances. For example, the Affordable Care Act is changing employee benefits in ways that may affect your business’s bottom line.  Are you prepared?  Or, can you fire someone for being under the influence at work if they have a prescription for medical marijuana? Arizona business owners need to understand their rights and responsibilities.

The informed business owner can better navigate these complex issues by staying up-to-date on changes in the law. I also suggest business owners regularly review and revise their employee handbooks as well as their policies and procedures to comply with the laws as they evolve. These policies and procedures not only protect the business owner but also state the employee’s responsibilities and sets expectations, protecting the entire team from any employment discrepancies that may arise.

 

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
Jennings Strouss & Salmon is one of the Southwest’s leading law firms, providing business, litigation and regulatory legal counsel for over 70 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, and Yuma, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. 

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Apartments on Thomas Win Top Design Award From American Society of Interior Designers

Deco Communities’ Cabana on Thomas project has won the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Arizona North Chapter’s prestigious Adaptive Use award, a top design industry award honoring excellence in interior design.

Cabana on Thomas is one of Deco Communities’ apartment renovation projects in which infill buildings are revamped and given a new vibrant life. The property’s interior design team is Valley-based Private Label International. Private Label is a full service, integrated interior design firm that develops strategic environments and lifestyle brands.

“The Private Label team has been instrumental in helping us define the Cabana brand as a concept that is fresh, inspired and forward-thinking in terms of style and design,” said Deco Communities Partner Rob Lyles. “We are honored that Private Label has received this prestigious award. This award is recognition that the Cabana brand is setting the standard for adaptive use projects both in the Valley, and across the country,” he said.

Deco Communities purchased the 1960’s apartment complex in a transitional urban location and wanted to breathe new life back into this once-desirable place to live. The project scope included a comprehensive property-repositioning plan inclusive of exterior paint schemes, signage, and graphic and cultural brand elements. Public spaces included a leasing office and club room, bike storage, EV charging stations, model units, branded laundries, a fitness center, as well as exterior common spaces and signature pool cabanas.

The challenges were to transform the property on a minimal budget and reuse as much of the existing architecture as possible. The overall vision for the property was strongly influenced by international fashion trends and national art and design, all with a focus on the local community.

The designers pulled in unique vintage pieces from the neighborhood shops, incorporated one-of-a-kind art and brought in a local artist to create exterior murals as public art. The combination of each of these elements resulted in the unique look that is attracting both tenants and the attention of the design community.

Representing the Society’s rich history, the annual ASID Design Awards signify the highest level of excellence in the interior design community, honoring those who have made substantial contributions toward the advancement of the profession while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing quality of life. Cabana on Thomas’ distinction from ASID is recognition of their dedication to style and innovation that is accessible to everyone.

About ASID:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people — designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Our 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

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Ghosts, Goblins and Cupcakes

This Halloween, skip the trick-or-treating and head to Sprinkles Cupcakes. Sprinkles BOO box features three of Sprinkles most popular flavors — vanilla milk chocolate, black and white, and red velvet – plus, limited edition caramel apple cupcakes.

Each dozen box includes all four flavors, decorated with ghoulish orange ghosts and BOO decorations, and is sealed with a spooky ‘BOO’ sticker. Available from October 4 – 31, ghosts, goblins and monsters of all ages will have a hard time turning down Sprinkles Halloween BOO box!

A riff on the candy apple, Sprinkles caramel apple cupcake is a Granny Smith-studded spiced apple cake topped with buttery caramel cream cheese frosting. “Forget the candy or the costumes,” says executive pastry chef and co-owner Candace Nelson, “caramel apples have always been my favorite thing about Halloween, so I was inspired to create a cupcake version of the popular treat.”

The BOO Box and limited edition Halloween cupcake will be available at Sprinkles from October 4 – 31. Valley residents can pick up their cupcakes at the Scottsdale location Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Golf Tournament Funds Will Help Train Canine Companions for Independence

The largest single fund raiser of the year for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization providing highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults with disabilities and veterans for free, will bring together golfers and dog lovers at the Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic on Friday, September 20 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale.

Registration for the four-person scramble format tournament begins at 7 a.m. Golfers will tee off at 8 a.m. with an awards luncheon and silent auction to follow. Registration (ccigolf.dojiggy.com) is $175 per person or $700 per team and includes golf, a tournament shirt, a goody bag, contests and the awards luncheon. Sponsorships also are available.

CCI is privately funded from individuals, businesses, civic groups, service clubs, grants and fund raising activities. There is no government funding. CCI breeds labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and crosses of the two to become assistance dogs.

Highly trained volunteers train dogs to provide services such as:

Service dogs to assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks
Skilled companions to enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities
Hearing dogs to alert the deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds
Facility dogs to work with a professional in a visitation, education or healthcare setting

The average service life for each dog is eight years, and retired dogs are adopted as pets. For more information about Canine Companions for Independence or to apply for a dog, visit cci.org.

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Māyā Day + Nightclub Announces Above & Beyond to Perform Labor Day Weekend

Māyā Day + Nightclub, Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations and Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) add Above &Beyond to their star-studded lineup at Māyā Day + Nightclub on Saturday, August 31.

The three members of Above & Beyond came together not as DJs, but as producers and songwriters and refer to themselves as “a band first and foremost.” The first two members of the group, Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki, met at the University of Westminster while studying electronic engineering. The pair discovered their shared interest in electronic music and began their label, Anjunabeats, in 2000 with the first single “Volume One” released shortly after. Final member Tony McGuinness joined the group in 2000 after he enlisted them to help complete a remix for his own label.

Since their formation, Above & Beyond has released an expansive and critically acclaimed discography and earned many accolades along the way. After remixing tracks from artists as diverse as Madonna, Britney Spears and Delerium, the trio released their first full-length album, “Tri-State,” in 2006, which was given a 5-star rating and described as “brilliant” by DJ Mag. The album’s single, “Air For Life,” was voted as “Best Underground Dance Track of the Year” and “Tune of the Year” by the Winter Music Conference (WMC). Their second full-length release, “Group Therapy,” was released in 2011 and quickly jumped to the top of the iTunes Dance chart.

The group is the only dance act to win BBC’s Essential Mix of the Year twice, first in 2004, prior to releasing any full-length albums, and again in 2011, following the release of “Group Therapy.” In 2009, Richard Branson invited Above & Beyond to DJ the launch of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert, marking the first and only recorded appearance of any electronic artist at the unveiling of a spacecraft. The group continues to remain extremely active, touring internationally and engaging thousands of fans via Twitter during their weekly trance radio show “Group Therapy” from London, UK.

About Māyā Day + Nightclub:
Māyā Day + Nightclub, named for the ancient deity that manifests and perpetuates illusion and dream, is the new standard for high-end entertainment in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Southwest. Developed by Triyar Entertainment, Māyā features a 9,700 square foot indoor bar and 17,600 square feet of outdoor pool and patio areas with a resort-style pool complete with day beds, lounges, private and VIP cabanas. The venue also serves an authentic Mexican cuisine including, signature tacos, ceviche and taco salad. Māyā Day + Nightclub boasts massive poolside LED video screens and features a floating stage in the center of the pool to host live music concerts and DJ performances. 

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Touchstone Gallery to Host California Lapidary Artist Ed Rigel During Scottsdale ArtWalk

In keeping with the 39-year tradition of featuring the world’s most renowned artists during the weekly ArtWalks in downtown Scottsdale, Touchstone Gallery is excited to be hosting an evening with 3rd generation lapidary artist Ed Rigel from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 3.

Ed’s primary medium is the collecting, cutting and polishing of Arizona’s 225-year-old petrified wood. Collected from private lands near Holbrook, Arizona and presented in outstanding creations of tables, wall art and gift items such as petrified wood bookends, each piece reflects Ed’s years of patient attention to detail and love of the natural beauty found in these priceless treasures from nature.

On display for this event will be a 5-foot-long, half-round log Ed has worked to a mirror finish that showcases a number of the natural knots within this amazing example of Rainbow Wood known as auracarioxylon arizonicum – the state fossil of Arizona.

Also on display for Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, will be the full-fossil skeleton of an 8’-8” tall Cave Bear from Ed’s private collection. Through Ed’s work as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS), he will be showcasing this incredible 50,000-year-old skeleton from the Ural Mountains in Russia.

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Touchstone Gallery to Host California Lapidary Artist Ed Rigel During Scottsdale ArtWalk

In keeping with the 39-year tradition of featuring the world’s most renowned artists during the weekly ArtWalks in downtown Scottsdale, Touchstone Gallery is excited to be hosting an evening with 3rd generation lapidary artist Ed Rigel from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 3.

Ed’s primary medium is the collecting, cutting and polishing of Arizona’s 225-year-old petrified wood. Collected from private lands near Holbrook, Arizona and presented in outstanding creations of tables, wall art and gift items such as petrified wood bookends, each piece reflects Ed’s years of patient attention to detail and love of the natural beauty found in these priceless treasures from nature.

On display for this event will be a 5-foot-long, half-round log Ed has worked to a mirror finish that showcases a number of the natural knots within this amazing example of Rainbow Wood known as auracarioxylon arizonicum – the state fossil of Arizona.

Also on display for Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, will be the full-fossil skeleton of an 8’-8” tall Cave Bear from Ed’s private collection. Through Ed’s work as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS), he will be showcasing this incredible 50,000-year-old skeleton from the Ural Mountains in Russia.

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Golf Tournament Funds Will Help Train Canine Companions for Independence

The largest single fund raiser of the year for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization providing highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults with disabilities and veterans for free, will bring together golfers and dog lovers at the Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic on Friday, September 20 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale.

Registration for the four-person scramble format tournament begins at 7 a.m. Golfers will tee off at 8 a.m. with an awards luncheon and silent auction to follow. Registration (ccigolf.dojiggy.com) is $175 per person or $700 per team and includes golf, a tournament shirt, a goody bag, contests and the awards luncheon. Sponsorships also are available.

CCI is privately funded from individuals, businesses, civic groups, service clubs, grants and fund raising activities. There is no government funding. CCI breeds labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and crosses of the two to become assistance dogs.

Highly trained volunteers train dogs to provide services such as:

Service dogs to assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks
Skilled companions to enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities
Hearing dogs to alert the deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds
Facility dogs to work with a professional in a visitation, education or healthcare setting

The average service life for each dog is eight years, and retired dogs are adopted as pets. For more information about Canine Companions for Independence or to apply for a dog, visit cci.org.

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Gateway Bank's "Love Local" to Award $5000 to Small Valley Business

The nominations are open and only one Valley business will win. Love Local, a campaign created by Gateway Bank, gives the local community an opportunity to nominate favorite small businesses for a chance to win a portion of Gateway Bank’s own marketing budget (in the form of a $2500 donation), which will be matched by Forty in the form of branding and design services.

“Small businesses help our economy grow and thrive, and Love Local is one way of showing appreciation while giving the community an opportunity to return the support,” said James Christensen, president and CEO of Gateway Bank.

With nominations open through August 31, Valley residents can visit gcbaz.com/lovelocal to nominate their favorite small business (owned and operated by Arizona residents and with 20 employees or less) and tell Gateway Bank why they think their nominee deserves the boost. The winning company will be announced on October 1.

About Gateway Bank:
Gateway Bank, a Mesa, Ariz.-based, community-centric institution, is focused on returning to the “old-fashioned” way of banking. With services available Valley wide, Gateway Bank offers businesses and individuals personalized solutions ranging from simple savings and checking accounts, to complex loans and cash management solutions for business. 

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Gateway Bank's "Love Local" to Award $5000 to Small Valley Business

The nominations are open and only one Valley business will win. Love Local, a campaign created by Gateway Bank, gives the local community an opportunity to nominate favorite small businesses for a chance to win a portion of Gateway Bank’s own marketing budget (in the form of a $2500 donation), which will be matched by Forty in the form of branding and design services.

“Small businesses help our economy grow and thrive, and Love Local is one way of showing appreciation while giving the community an opportunity to return the support,” said James Christensen, president and CEO of Gateway Bank.

With nominations open through August 31, Valley residents can visit gcbaz.com/lovelocal to nominate their favorite small business (owned and operated by Arizona residents and with 20 employees or less) and tell Gateway Bank why they think their nominee deserves the boost. The winning company will be announced on October 1.

About Gateway Bank:
Gateway Bank, a Mesa, Ariz.-based, community-centric institution, is focused on returning to the “old-fashioned” way of banking. With services available Valley wide, Gateway Bank offers businesses and individuals personalized solutions ranging from simple savings and checking accounts, to complex loans and cash management solutions for business. 

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Māyā Day + Nightclub Announces Above & Beyond to Perform Labor Day Weekend

 

Māyā Day + Nightclub, Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations and Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) add Above &Beyond to their star-studded lineup at Māyā Day + Nightclub on Saturday, August 31.

The three members of Above & Beyond came together not as DJs, but as producers and songwriters and refer to themselves as “a band first and foremost.” The first two members of the group, Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki, met at the University of Westminster while studying electronic engineering. The pair discovered their shared interest in electronic music and began their label, Anjunabeats, in 2000 with the first single “Volume One” released shortly after. Final member Tony McGuinness joined the group in 2000 after he enlisted them to help complete a remix for his own label.

Since their formation, Above & Beyond has released an expansive and critically acclaimed discography and earned many accolades along the way. After remixing tracks from artists as diverse as Madonna, Britney Spears and Delerium, the trio released their first full-length album, “Tri-State,” in 2006, which was given a 5-star rating and described as “brilliant” by DJ Mag. The album’s single, “Air For Life,” was voted as “Best Underground Dance Track of the Year” and “Tune of the Year” by the Winter Music Conference (WMC). Their second full-length release, “Group Therapy,” was released in 2011 and quickly jumped to the top of the iTunes Dance chart.

The group is the only dance act to win BBC’s Essential Mix of the Year twice, first in 2004, prior to releasing any full-length albums, and again in 2011, following the release of “Group Therapy.” In 2009, Richard Branson invited Above & Beyond to DJ the launch of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert, marking the first and only recorded appearance of any electronic artist at the unveiling of a spacecraft. The group continues to remain extremely active, touring internationally and engaging thousands of fans via Twitter during their weekly trance radio show “Group Therapy” from London, UK.

About Māyā Day + Nightclub:
Māyā Day + Nightclub, named for the ancient deity that manifests and perpetuates illusion and dream, is the new standard for high-end entertainment in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Southwest. Developed by Triyar Entertainment, Māyā features a 9,700 square foot indoor bar and 17,600 square feet of outdoor pool and patio areas with a resort-style pool complete with day beds, lounges, private and VIP cabanas. The venue also serves an authentic Mexican cuisine including, signature tacos, ceviche and taco salad. Māyā Day + Nightclub boasts massive poolside LED video screens and features a floating stage in the center of the pool to host live music concerts and DJ performances. 

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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

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Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

foodtruckcaravan

Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the recent transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails featuring house-made liquors, tinctures and bitters are whipped up by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

scottsdale

Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

OEG-Flowers-610x360Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

foodtruckcaravan Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails are made by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Back-to-School Dorm Room Essentials

In September, parents will see their children off to college. Two things that most dorm rooms have in common is their limited space and less-than-appealing furniture. To give those grungy dorm sofas a new, more colorful look, Sure Fit has designed brightly colored suede sofa covers. First Class Travel Iron and the Ultrasteam Steambrush, designed by Rowenta, are compact and will keep students clothing fresh and wrinkle free throughout the school year. The Delta Force Stick Vacuum is a standing, bagless vacuum, making it convenient for a student to pick up dust and spills on dorm room floors. These compact items store perfectly in small dorm rooms.

SureFit Bright Suede Sofa Cover  - $59.99

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- Fun and fashion meet function in this lively collection of furniture covers.
- The soft, supple fabric, with all-over 4” box quilting and 2.5 oz fill, has a generous 39” back drop and removable, elasticized detachable strap that keeps the cover securely in place.
- Detach the strap to quickly convert this cover into a luxurious throw.
- 100% polyester with 100% polyester fill and 100% polypropylene backing
- Machine washable

Bright Suede Furniture covers - $39.99

dorm chair throw

- The soft, supple fabric, with all-over 4” box quilting and 2.5 oz fill, has a generous 39” back drop and removable, elasticized detachable strap that keeps the cover securely in place.
- Detach the strap to quickly convert this cover into a luxurious throw.
- 100% polyester with 100% polyester fill and 100% polypropylene backing
- Machine washable

 

 

steambrushROWENTA DR5015 Ultrasteam Steambrush- $39.99

- Efficient garment steaming at your finger tips
- Ideal for last minute touch ups and wrinkle release
- Fits easily into large purses, shoulder bags and any size suitcase
- Great alternative to the “shower” steaming method

 

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ROWENTA First Class Travel Iron$39.99

- Compact Size – 1.65 lbs and folds in 7.8 inches
- Doubles as a garment steamer
- Ideal for last minute touch ups and wrinkle release
- Travel Pouch for easy storage or travel

 

vacuumROWENTA Delta Force Cordless Stick Vacuum - $179.99

- Cordless and bagless stick vacuum perfect for picking up sand tracked into your room
- Efficient in cleaning  both hard floors and carpet
- Swivel head for easy cleaning, even in hard-to-reach areas
- Self-standing position – can be stored anywhere without a base
- Compact to pack in the car for weekend beach trips

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Female Polo Star Sunny Hale to Participate in Scottsdale Polo Championships

She is undoubtedly the best female polo player in the United States. Sunny Hale is the first woman in the country to be on the winning U.S. Open Polo Championship team and on November 1 and 2, Hale will bring her elite brand of polo and unparalleled skills to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower.

Hale, from Palm Beach, Florida, will captain a Women’s All-Star Team which will take on men from the Arizona Polo Club in a Battle of the Sexes match on Saturday, November 2 at WestWorld of Scottsdale Polo Field.

“I am really looking forward to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships and what should be a really fun and entertaining game against the men’s team,” said Sunny Hale. “For those people who have never seen a polo match, this match will be a lot of fun to watch. The event will be a great way to come out and enjoy their first polo match and a great day with lots to do.”

Polo fans who purchase an advance ticket to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships will have a chance to meet Hale and her biggest competition on the men’s side – U.S. Polo Champion Jeff Hall – at a meet and greet Polo Preview Party on Thursday, September 5 at Dominick’s Steakhouse from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP at SJones@ThePoloParty.com.

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Hale attained the highest rating ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. Her mother, the late Sue Sally Hale, was also a sports trailblazer, breaking American polo’s sex barrier in 1972 when she gained membership in its national governing body after playing matches disguised as a man (hair tucked under helmet and mascara-drawn simulated mustache) for two decades.

More women are discovering polo, known as the Sport of Kings. Now, with women accounting for about one-third of registered players, “and Queens” may need to be added to that moniker. Hale stands out as the best of the best, having attained the highest rating (five-goal) ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. She’s been named player of the year seven times and has played in professional matches in a dozen countries.

“If you have any athletic inclination and like horses, you’re done for. Once you get connected to polo, you’re addicted,” Hale told ESPN in 2011.

Polo fans in the Scottsdale area and from around the country will get a chance to see not only the greatest female polo player in the U.S., but also a woman who has become a legend for transforming the sport. In 2005, Hale launched an international women’s polo tournament series, the Women’s Championship Tournament, which now boasts more than 100 participants.

The following year she created the American Polo Horse Association, which collects, records and preserves pedigrees of horses used in polo matches and allows players to learn about the history of the horses they will be using in upcoming events. An accomplished rider, Hale told ESPN that before the registry, there was “zero information available out there about these horses, their pedigree or their history.”

“What motivates me to train and encourage others to play polo is the passion I have for the sport of polo and horses,” Hale said. “I have had the amazing opportunity to play with some of the best players of my generation and to travel around the world all because of polo. I love to share with other players who are interested in learning just what they can accomplish in the sport and with horses, using what worked for me.”

Last October the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country for a one-day polo event with approximately 9,180 fans enjoying the three-match showdown at the annual Polo Party.

This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players, more vendors, more sponsors and the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show, the Polo Party is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to WestWorld of Scottsdale.With the breathtaking backdrop of the McDowell Mountains and the beautiful white tents lining the field, the Polo Party will again be a weekend destination for both local residents and tourists.

It all gets started on Friday, November 1, when gates will open at 3 p.m. for a sneak preview of the Championships as well as a fashion show. There will be an all-star match at 4 p.m. and then a 5:30 p.m. introduction of the players. It will culminate with a 6 p.m. Sunset Equestrian Fashion Show presented by Phoenix Fashion Week.

On Saturday, November 2, gates open at 10 a.m. for the Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower. The first match on the docket will pit America’s high school champions, Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, the University of Virginia. The Work to Ride team has been featured on ESPN and “60 Minutes” and is repeat National Interscholastic Polo Champions. The University of Virginia team (sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati) were 2012 NCAA Champions and Winner of 10 Men’s National Championships.

The next match, at 1 p.m., is the previously mentioned Battle of the Sexes.

At 3 p.m. the U.S. Military Polo Team will square off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team (United Kingdom). Jeff Hall, one of the best polo players in the world, and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will be captaining the U.S. Military team. Hall has played every major tournament in the U.S. and Argentina and is a six-time winner of the USPA Silver Cup and a 2003 winner of the U.S. Open.

The Wales Polo Team, sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari, is captained by Ricky Cooper, who has been the team’s captain since its inception. The team is a member of the Hurlingham Polo Association, the prestigious governing body for polo in the U.K. and other European countries. Prince Charles is the Patron of the team and the Association. The Wales team finished runner up in the 2012 British Beach Polo Championships and boasts an overall record of 14 wins against 4 losses and a draw.

Attendees will also enjoy a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and see some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local car clubs lining the field. This year will also feature the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show.

polo

Female Polo Star Sunny Hale to Participate in Scottsdale Polo Championships

She is undoubtedly the best female polo player in the United States. Sunny Hale is the first woman in the country to be on the winning U.S. Open Polo Championship team and on November 1 and 2, Hale will bring her elite brand of polo and unparalleled skills to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower.

Hale, from Palm Beach, Florida, will captain a Women’s All-Star Team which will take on men from the Arizona Polo Club in a Battle of the Sexes match on Saturday, November 2 at WestWorld of Scottsdale Polo Field.

“I am really looking forward to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships and what should be a really fun and entertaining game against the men’s team,” said Sunny Hale. “For those people who have never seen a polo match, this match will be a lot of fun to watch. The event will be a great way to come out and enjoy their first polo match and a great day with lots to do.”

Polo fans who purchase an advance ticket to the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships will have a chance to meet Hale and her biggest competition on the men’s side – U.S. Polo Champion Jeff Hall – at a meet and greet Polo Preview Party on Thursday, September 5 at Dominick’s Steakhouse from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP at SJones@ThePoloParty.com.

sunny hale

Hale attained the highest rating ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. Her mother, the late Sue Sally Hale, was also a sports trailblazer, breaking American polo’s sex barrier in 1972 when she gained membership in its national governing body after playing matches disguised as a man (hair tucked under helmet and mascara-drawn simulated mustache) for two decades.

More women are discovering polo, known as the Sport of Kings. Now, with women accounting for about one-third of registered players, “and Queens” may need to be added to that moniker. Hale stands out as the best of the best, having attained the highest rating (five-goal) ever given to a woman in the history of the sport. She’s been named player of the year seven times and has played in professional matches in a dozen countries.

“If you have any athletic inclination and like horses, you’re done for. Once you get connected to polo, you’re addicted,” Hale told ESPN in 2011.

Polo fans in the Scottsdale area and from around the country will get a chance to see not only the greatest female polo player in the U.S., but also a woman who has become a legend for transforming the sport. In 2005, Hale launched an international women’s polo tournament series, the Women’s Championship Tournament, which now boasts more than 100 participants.

The following year she created the American Polo Horse Association, which collects, records and preserves pedigrees of horses used in polo matches and allows players to learn about the history of the horses they will be using in upcoming events. An accomplished rider, Hale told ESPN that before the registry, there was “zero information available out there about these horses, their pedigree or their history.”

“What motivates me to train and encourage others to play polo is the passion I have for the sport of polo and horses,” Hale said. “I have had the amazing opportunity to play with some of the best players of my generation and to travel around the world all because of polo. I love to share with other players who are interested in learning just what they can accomplish in the sport and with horses, using what worked for me.”

Last October the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country for a one-day polo event with approximately 9,180 fans enjoying the three-match showdown at the annual Polo Party.

This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players, more vendors, more sponsors and the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show, the Polo Party is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to WestWorld of Scottsdale.With the breathtaking backdrop of the McDowell Mountains and the beautiful white tents lining the field, the Polo Party will again be a weekend destination for both local residents and tourists.

It all gets started on Friday, November 1, when gates will open at 3 p.m. for a sneak preview of the Championships as well as a fashion show. There will be an all-star match at 4 p.m. and then a 5:30 p.m. introduction of the players. It will culminate with a 6 p.m. Sunset Equestrian Fashion Show presented by Phoenix Fashion Week.

On Saturday, November 2, gates open at 10 a.m. for the Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower. The first match on the docket will pit America’s high school champions, Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, the University of Virginia. The Work to Ride team has been featured on ESPN and “60 Minutes” and is repeat National Interscholastic Polo Champions. The University of Virginia team (sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati) were 2012 NCAA Champions and Winner of 10 Men’s National Championships.

The next match, at 1 p.m., is the previously mentioned Battle of the Sexes.

At 3 p.m. the U.S. Military Polo Team will square off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team (United Kingdom). Jeff Hall, one of the best polo players in the world, and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will be captaining the U.S. Military team. Hall has played every major tournament in the U.S. and Argentina and is a six-time winner of the USPA Silver Cup and a 2003 winner of the U.S. Open.

The Wales Polo Team, sponsored by Scottsdale Ferrari, is captained by Ricky Cooper, who has been the team’s captain since its inception. The team is a member of the Hurlingham Polo Association, the prestigious governing body for polo in the U.K. and other European countries. Prince Charles is the Patron of the team and the Association. The Wales team finished runner up in the 2012 British Beach Polo Championships and boasts an overall record of 14 wins against 4 losses and a draw.

Attendees will also enjoy a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and see some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local car clubs lining the field. This year will also feature the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show.

sprinkles maple bacon

Free Limited Edition Maple Bacon Cupcakes at Sprinkles

Bacon. Need we say more? Sprinkles has announced their newest creation—Maple Bacon cupcakes. Harnessing bacon’s unique umami taste, Sprinkles serves up their first savory cupcake.

Thick, smoky bacon is baked to a crisp and woven into their Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cake. Topped with rich, buttery maple cream cheese frosting, you will be convinced that everything tastes better with Maple Bacon!

In honor of their limited edition Maple Bacon cupcakes, available August 30 – September 15, Sprinkles is offering everyone one FREE Maple Bacon cupcake on Tuesday, August 27 from 7 – 9 p.m.! There is no purchase necessary. The limit is one per person.

Valley residents can pick up their FREE cupcake at the Scottsdale location during the two-hour window.

sprinkles maple bacon

Free Limited Edition Maple Bacon Cupcakes at Sprinkles

Bacon. Need we say more? Sprinkles has announced their newest creation—Maple Bacon cupcakes. Harnessing bacon’s unique umami taste, Sprinkles serves up their first savory cupcake.

Thick, smoky bacon is baked to a crisp and woven into their Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cake. Topped with rich, buttery maple cream cheese frosting, you will be convinced that everything tastes better with Maple Bacon!

In honor of their limited edition Maple Bacon cupcakes, available August 30 – September 15, Sprinkles is offering everyone one FREE Maple Bacon cupcake on Tuesday, August 27 from 7 – 9 p.m.! There is no purchase necessary. The limit is one per person.

Valley residents can pick up their FREE cupcake at the Scottsdale location during the two-hour window.

breast cancer

Macy's Partners With Local Charity to Raise Funds and Awareness for Breast Cancer

Macy’s will partner with City of Hope’s Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer to invite customers to participate in Macy’s eighth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 24. Customers can purchase shopping passes from City of Hope now. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, which has helped raise more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006.

“Over the past eight years, Macy’s annual ‘Shop For A Cause’ has raised more than $46 million for local and national charities, providing our associates and customers an opportunity to give back to those organizations that touch their hearts each and every day,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Giving back is a key component of Macy’s culture. We are honored to offer our customers an easy and convenient way to make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of others, while enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”

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Macy’s has provided City of Hope with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. City of Hope will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more City of Hope sells, the more money it will raise.

By purchasing a shopping pass from City of Hope, customers support breast cancer research while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

“We’re excited to continue our 17-year legacy, and again raise money for research at City of Hope,” said Barbara Westberg, coordinator of the 2013 Walk for Hope Phoenix. “Walk for Hope is making a difference in the lives of women everywhere by supporting research that is bringing us closer to cures for breast cancer.”

For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from City of Hope, contact Barbara Westberg at bwestberg@coh.org. To register for or donate to Walk for Hope please visit walk4hope.org/phoenix.

About City of Hope:
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology byU.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. 

breast cancer

Macy's Partners With Local Charity to Raise Funds and Awareness for Breast Cancer

 

Macy’s will partner with City of Hope’s Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer to invite customers to participate in Macy’s eighth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 24. Customers can purchase shopping passes from City of Hope now. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, which has helped raise more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006.

“Over the past eight years, Macy’s annual ‘Shop For A Cause’ has raised more than $46 million for local and national charities, providing our associates and customers an opportunity to give back to those organizations that touch their hearts each and every day,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Giving back is a key component of Macy’s culture. We are honored to offer our customers an easy and convenient way to make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of others, while enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”

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Macy’s has provided City of Hope with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. City of Hope will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more City of Hope sells, the more money it will raise.

By purchasing a shopping pass from City of Hope, customers support breast cancer research while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

“We’re excited to continue our 17-year legacy, and again raise money for research at City of Hope,” said Barbara Westberg, coordinator of the 2013 Walk for Hope Phoenix. “Walk for Hope is making a difference in the lives of women everywhere by supporting research that is bringing us closer to cures for breast cancer.”

For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from City of Hope, contact Barbara Westberg at bwestberg@coh.org. To register for or donate to Walk for Hope please visit walk4hope.org/phoenix.

About City of Hope:
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology byU.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.