Author Archives: Kaci Demarest

About Kaci Demarest

Kaci is a freshman at Arizona State University majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. After college, she aims to work as a sports reporter with ESPN. Native to Phoenix, she enjoys hiking in northern Arizona, attending concerts and watching football. When she’s not writing articles, she’s drinking coffee or tea and finding new ways to Instagram it.

Brokers for Kids surpasses $3M in fundraising overall

The annual Brokers for Kids was held April 24 at Scottsdale Stadium. There were 38 commercial real estate teams that competed in yearlong fundraising and the event’s Olympiad. The Olympiad was set up in the outfield of the stadium. Teams participated in toss football, bocce ball, Jenga, and baggo. In the end, the top four… Read More →

Non-invasive ways to restore, protect sun-damaged skin

The Arizona sun is harsh for skin, especially during the summer time, and desert dwellers are most susceptible to skin damage. Dr. Susan Van Dyke and Van Dyke Laser & Skin have compiled a number of services to restore and protect damaged skin. All of the services that Van Dyke has compiled are all non-invasive.… Read More →

Flamenco, BBQ and Gridiron Glory + more to do this week

Gridiron Glory The Arizona Science Center’s exhibit, “Gridiron Glory:  The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” is in its final week. Over 200 pieces make up the exhibition. The exhibit consists of attire, photos, documents, and NFL Films footage. The exhibit allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of the… Read More →

Run, rock and roll this weekend

Every weekend brings a new lineup of rocking events around the Valley, and does this weekend rock. Lace up for an Arbor Day 5K, catch some live music and BBQ or prep some questions for a Q-and-A with Anderson Cooper in Phoenix. Arbor Day Run The Arbor Day 5K is in its fifth year. Proceeds… Read More →

Things got dirty at Scottsdale rugby bowl

Scottsdale Stadium hosted a sport other than baseball on April 18. The 2nd annual Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale: Beauty and the Beast Rugby Bowl featured three rugby games inside of the San Francisco Giants’ Spring Training facility. Around 2,000 fans turned out to watch the matches. The division one high school championship started the series of… Read More →

FDA calls out Kind bars for misbranding

Granola bars are often a quick snack throughout the day to provide a boost of energy and satisfy hunger in between meals, but some of the most common bars may not be as a healthy as they claim. The Food and Drug Administration served Kind LLC, the company behind Kind Bars, with a warning letter… Read More →

Nerd out at ZapCon, take in rugby + more to do this week

Rugby Bowl The 2nd annual Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Beauty and the Beast Rugby Bowl comes to Scottsdale Stadium this weekend.  This all day event features three different rugby games including the Arizona high school championship, Grand Canyon vs. USC, and Arizona State vs. Ohio State. In addition to Rugby, fans can challenge the world arm… Read More →

Cargo containers join multifamily inventory

Some Phoenicians are seeking out trendy living spaces in the burgeoning downtown Phoenix area, and soon the available product will include a cluster of shipping containers. The concept, Containers on Grand, was originally intended to provide local artists with a space to store and showcase their artwork on First Fridays, but it has evolved into… Read More →

The Rebel Lounge opens in former Mason Jar location

A new music venue will take the place of a previously iconic rock hub in the Valley. The Rebel Lounge is set to open at the beginning of May in the same building that used to house the Mason Jar. Before the Mason Jar, the location was home to the Branding Iron bar. For close… Read More →

Back to the ballpark + more to do this weekend

Fan Fest

Scottsdale Culinary Festival The 37th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival takes place this week at various locations throughout Scottsdale. The event is home to over 20 events, 100 restaurants, dozens of chefs, and thousands of guests. This six-day extravaganza has events such as the Burger Battle, Great Arizona Picnic, Southwest Festival of Beers, and more. Scottsdale… Read More →

Joblyt wins GCU’s Canyon Challenge

Recent Grand Canyon University graduates Brad Scruggs, Brian Scruggs, and Ahmad Saleem won $11,000 in the fourth annual Canyon Challenge for their software application Joblyt. Joblyt is a software application that connects people who need to get jobs done and those who are looking for work. Users can post a job that needs to be… Read More →

This week: Jazz at the Nash, Bike ‘Prom,’ First Friday

Jazz at The Nash Jazz Appreciation month kicks off April 1 and the Nash has a number of events scheduled throughout the month. The first in this series of events is “Exploring the Jazz Masters of the Tenor Saxophone.” Taught by ASU jazz instructor Dr. Jeffrey Libman, this class is aimed toward those who want… Read More →

How to celebrate Valley Bike Month

Bike Sharing Program

April is Valley Bike Month and Metro Phoenix is planning a number of events for the occasion. Valley Metro is promoting the month-long event with the purpose of supporting bike use for workers’ commutes. According to the organization, about 6 percent of Valley commuters bike to work once a week. The events lined up in… Read More →

McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2015 in review

McDowell Mountain Music Festival took over Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix over the weekend. The three-day festival featured more than 30 bands from a wide range of genres between the local and main stages. For the 12th year, Wespac Construction hosted the event as a fundraiser for charity. McDowell Mountain Music Festival benefits… Read More →

14,000 miles traveled during Grid Bike Share’s 1Q

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The Grid Bike Share program boasted a successful first quarter since the launch of the program in November. The program has garnered 2,250 members since the start and that number is growing. Bike share members have cumulatively racked up 11,000 trips totaling 14,075 miles in the first quarter of the program, according to the Phoenix… Read More →