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Things to do this weekend

This weekend, there is something for everyone to do all day and all night. You can rock out at a music festival or pool party and keep the party going all night at the grand opening of a new club. If you want to spend your evenings doing something a little more low key visit the botanical garden’s flashlight tour or hit the links for a special night of golf.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, a six-week long tour featuring headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium, will be making a stop in Phoenix this Friday. This year, for the first time, the festival will feature four stages of metal with the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage, The Headbang For The Highway/Sumerian Stage and the Victory Records Stage. The festival also features a freestyle motocross and motorsports exhibition area and other surprise attractions.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. Phoenix, Friday July 11, tickets

GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS:
The Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden offers an opportunity for patrons to spend their evening do something a little out of the ordinary and see some of the Valley’s animals and creepy crawlers that only come out at night.  Valley residents can check out discovery stations that show them what the goes on in the dark.  A flashlight tour is offered Saturday, July 12, between 7 and 9 p.m. Admission varies from $10 to $22.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, www.dbg.org, Saturday July 12 7-9 p.m.  

CHROME NIGHTCLUB GRAND OPENING:
Wild House Pass Casino and Hotel will be debuting their Chrome Nightclub in grand form this weekend. As the sun sets in the Valley this weekend Chrome Nightclub will be just getting started with performances by the world renowned video DJ artist and three-time winner of Las Vegas’ Club World Best VJ, DJ Roonie G. Roonie G’s has developed a local fan following from his popular shows at The Bird’s Nest, the nighttime party venue adjacent to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. His show will be projected onto an expanded Chrome dance floor and video displays will be pulsating throughout the club.  Chromes grand opening will be two special high-energy nights of partying.
Chrome Nightclub at Wild Horse Casino and Hotel, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, July 11 and 12, 11 p.m.

NIGHT OF GOLF:
When the sun goes down this Saturday golfers can tee up. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering golfers a unique way to golf in summer and escape the with a night golf at the city’s Palo Verde 9-hole course.  The course will be lined with glow lights and players will receive a glow necklace and glow ball.  Each foursome will receive a flashlight to wave up the next foursome. The event will be run in a tournament format as a four-person scramble and include fun prizes and a goodie bag for each player. Pre-registration is required by calling 602-249-9930 or by visiting the Palo Verde Golf Course.
Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave Phoenix , Saturday July 12, 7 p.m., $100/foursome, tickets

SWAY SUMMER POOL PARTY:
Pool party season is in full swing and Sway’s third annual Summer Pool Party, featuring a full day of music from DJ CrashAttack and DJ Cullen Daniel, is one party you do not want to miss. So lather up your sunscreen and relax poolside at the beautiful OH Pool, visit various pop-up shops, and enjoy free samples from the event’s cocktail sponsors.
The Hotel Valley Ho Pool, 6850 East Main Street in Scottsdale , Sunday, July 13, noon-6 p.m., tickets

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YWCA Honors Valley Women at Tribute to Leadership

The YWCA of Maricopa County has announced its Tribute to Leadership Honorees who will be honored at the 20th Anniversary Tribute to Leadership Gala on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at The Ritz Carlton in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Tribute to Leadership Gala is a special evening set aside to recognize the outstanding individuals who have given selflessly of their time and talent to make our community, and the world, a better place to live and work.

The awards are presented across a variety of categories and recognize those who have made substantial contributions to eliminating discrimination and empowering women in the community.

This year’s honorary chairs are Tim and Deborah Bateman. Cindy McCain will receive the YW’s “Global Justice Leadership Award”.

2014 Tribute to Leadership Honorees:

Mrs. Cindy McCain
The McCain Institute
2014 Global Justice Leadership Award

Alejandra Amarilla Nash
Landfill Harmonic Project
Community Service Nonprofit Leader

MaryLynn Mack
Desert Botanical Garden
Education Leader

Chevy Humphrey
Arizona Science Center
Health & Science Leader

Martha Kuhns
Women’s Overseas Service League
Military or Armed Service Leader

Karen Johnson
Midwestern University
Dorothy Willey Award

Pam Conboy
Wells Fargo
Community Service Corporate Leader

Leon Silver
Polsinelli
Advocacy Leader

Judge Roxanne Song Ong
City of Phoenix- Phoenix Municipal Court
Public Service Award

Dr. Joel Martin
Positively Powerful | Triad West Inc
Racial Justice Leader

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Gertrude’s Plans Salt Smitten Dinner Oct. 24

Chef Stephen Eldridge knows a good thing when he sees it, and beyond that, the guy knows how to cook too. A recent trip to Gertrude’s for their Crafty Beer Dinner Part II, featured the Grand Canyon Brewing from Williams and their award winning line of craft beers and unique Flavor Bomb brews.

I was lucky enough to attend the dinner with my husband, my son and new daughter in law, who are both currently serving in the Army. Together, they flew in from Germany after two years away from home and surprised us. Between such a special surprise, the superb dishes created by Chef Eldridge and the ambiance of Gertrude’s, that dinner will live on in my heart and my memory forever.

Gertrude’s is the Desert Botanical Garden’s newest star. Open since January, the restaurant focuses on bringing the best of Arizona’s fresh, local ingredients directly from farm and pasture and to the plate.

Chef Stephen Eldridge states that his focus is highlighting the amazing bounty that Arizona has available, including herbs and vegetables from the chef’s gardens at the Desert Botanical Garden. Eldridge’s style is known as ‘Modern American Cuisine’ which he believes includes good food, great company, and the garden ambiance. If you have the opportunity to dine at Gertrude’s, don’t miss it.

Chef Eldridge is also well known for collaborating with other professionals and creating amazing dinners with unforgettable dishes that accentuate fresh ingredients.

The next amazing dining adventure is Salt Smitten Gertrude’s, which is planned for October 24 at 6:30 pm. Gertrude’s has partnered with Go lb. Salt and the two will prepare an amazing 6 course dinner that will be ‘salt centric’ and will begin with a cocktail flight pairing featuring High West Handcrafted Bourbons and Ryes.

The dinner will feature creative dishes that include 60 day aged Beef Tartar with pickled mushroom, a sunny side up quail egg with sea salt, herbed lavosh and Mediterranean sea salt, local onions with beef broth, fresh tarragon and thyme with Gruyere cheese, and Sel Gris de Guerande and Fume de Sal. As well as confit of wild boar with root vegetable hash, blood orange chutney and mesquite smoked sea salt.

And for a sweet and memorable ending, a Marcona Almond S’More with bourbon an cardamom eggnog, with a pistachio and preserved citrus marmalade frangipane with roasted honey and bourbon ice cream will be served. Tickets are $65 per person, + $25 for bourbon flights.

For reservations, call 480.719.8600.

salad-at-gertrudes

Gertrude’s Plans Salt Smitten Dinner Oct. 24

Chef Stephen Eldridge knows a good thing when he sees it, and beyond that, the guy knows how to cook too. A recent trip to Gertrude’s for their Crafty Beer Dinner Part II, featured the Grand Canyon Brewing from Williams and their award winning line of craft beers and unique Flavor Bomb brews.

I was lucky enough to attend the dinner with my husband, my son and new daughter in law, who are both currently serving in the Army. Together, they flew in from Germany after two years away from home and surprised us. Between such a special surprise, the superb dishes created by Chef Eldridge and the ambiance of Gertrude’s, that dinner will live on in my heart and my memory forever.

Gertrude’s is the Desert Botanical Garden’s newest star. Open since January, the restaurant focuses on bringing the best of Arizona’s fresh, local ingredients directly from farm and pasture and to the plate.

Chef Stephen Eldridge states that his focus is highlighting the amazing bounty that Arizona has available, including herbs and vegetables from the chef’s gardens at the Desert Botanical Garden. Eldridge’s style is known as ‘Modern American Cuisine’ which he believes includes good food, great company, and the garden ambiance. If you have the opportunity to dine at Gertrude’s, don’t miss it.

Chef Eldridge is also well known for collaborating with other professionals and creating amazing dinners with unforgettable dishes that accentuate fresh ingredients.

The next amazing dining adventure is Salt Smitten Gertrude’s, which is planned for October 24 at 6:30 pm. Gertrude’s has partnered with Go lb. Salt and the two will prepare an amazing 6 course dinner that will be ‘salt centric’ and will begin with a cocktail flight pairing featuring High West Handcrafted Bourbons and Ryes.

The dinner will feature creative dishes that include 60 day aged Beef Tartar with pickled mushroom, a sunny side up quail egg with sea salt, herbed lavosh and Mediterranean sea salt, local onions with beef broth, fresh tarragon and thyme with Gruyere cheese, and Sel Gris de Guerande and Fume de Sal. As well as confit of wild boar with root vegetable hash, blood orange chutney and mesquite smoked sea salt.

And for a sweet and memorable ending, a Marcona Almond S’More with bourbon an cardamom eggnog, with a pistachio and preserved citrus marmalade frangipane with roasted honey and bourbon ice cream will be served. Tickets are $65 per person, + $25 for bourbon flights.

For reservations, call 480.719.8600.

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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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Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

 

strawberries

Do Something Different for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day rolls around again, many couples will find themselves in the same old flowers-and-dinner routine.

There are many places around the Valley that offer something a little different this year, whether for first dates or long-married couples. Here are some to think about:

1. Romance in the Garden: On Feb. 16, the Desert Botanical Garden is hosting a candlelit outdoor concert by Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. Dinner, wine flights and bottles of champagne are available. Can’t celebrate on Thursday? Take Saturday to hear sexy music under the stars with a glass of wine.

Ullman Terrace, 6-9 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead. 480-481-8188

2. Chocolate Affaire: From Feb. 8-10, experience downtown Glendale’s festival of chocolate, wine and romance. Watch chocolatiers making their specialties and sample treats like chocolate-covered bacon. Bring the kids for crafts and rock-climbing, and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district.

Starts Friday at 5 p.m. Park in garages at 59th Ave & Glenn Dr.

3. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar: Fragrances definitely play a big part in everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Melissa at Citrine will take time to blend you a customized fragrance from the purest organic essential oils. Ingredients like Somalian Frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine are aphrodisiacs, or try a blend that matches your astrological sign.

At UNION Biltmore. 602-955-2354. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Written by Steve Martin, this play is being performed by the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale. Think Einstein and Picasso at a Paris café in 1904, add Steve Martin’s intelligent humor, a special cameo and great acting, and you have an idea of what to expect.

7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat through Feb. 23. Tickets $20. Brelby.com. 6839 N. 58th Ave.

5. The Spouse Whisperer: If you’re looking for laughs, head over to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to hear Mark Cordes’ tongue-in-cheek, sharp-witted humor about marriage and middle age. This hysterical look at couples’ life is a great change of pace for Valentine’s Day.

Ovations LIVE! Showroom, 7:15 p.m. Tickets $15. 877-840-0457

6. Roka Akor: While prix-fixe menus are a staple of many V-Day dinners, this one stands out. Items like wild boar bacon, lobster tartare and mushroom tempura will be served in three seatings: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Voted one of the top ten sushi restaurants in the U.S., Roka Akor is an excellent date spot as well as a culinary destination. This menu will be served through the 16th if you can’t make it Thursday.

$98 per person. 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-306-8800

7. The Bassics of Love: On the 14th, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center is featuring Chunyang Wang, who studied at Julliard and played in the New York Asian Symphony Orchestra. Wang will perform timeless classics from Rachmaninov, Mozart and Piazzolla on double bass and piano.

7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.50: vip.me/AAMOdCWkHBM. 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.

8. Vampire’s Wedding: If you’re in the Tucson area and looking for a laugh, head to Tucson Dinner Theatre on the 14th. “Murder at The Vampire’s Wedding” is a 3-act interactive show at Arizona’s oldest dinner theatre. A 3-course meal and champagne toast will be served, and the ladies will receive a ‘Keepstake’ rose.

2744 E. Broadway Blvd. 520-624-0172. Tickets $42. Show starts at 7 p.m.

9. Orange Sky: If you prefer something a little more traditional, Orange Sky at Talking Stick is offering an excellent $70 prix-fixe on the 14th. What makes Orange Sky different is the romantic, award-winning view of the Valley at dusk. The wine room is stunning and a sommelier can help you choose the best bottle.

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Reservations: http://www.talkingstickresort.com/orange-sky.aspx

Dress code enforced: see site for details.

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SRP helps 4 Valley Nonprofits get Solar Systems

Thanks to the generosity of SRP EarthWise Energy customers, four Valley nonprofits will receive solar electric systems.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley/Thunderbirds Branch in Guadalupe, Child Crisis Center in Mesa, Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Phoenix and The Phoenix Zoo will each receive a solar system up to 20 kilowatts in size, depending on site conditions.

These nonprofits were chosen by SRP customers who voted to determine the winners. The systems will generate electricity and help the nonprofits save money on their monthly electric bills.

SRP EarthWise Energy is a voluntary program in which more than 5,000 SRP customers participate for as little as $3 per month, with 100 percent of the funds used to provide solar electric systems to Valley nonprofit organizations.  In addition to helping nonprofits save money, the program contributes to the growth of solar energy in the Valley and educates customers on the importance of renewable energy.

“We are grateful to our EarthWise customers who have provided the funds to assist these important and vital non-profit organizations,” said Lori Singleton, SRP director of Emerging Customer Programs for Solar, Sustainability and Telecom. “Thanks to their generosity, these organizations will be able to reduce their electric bill and redirect their limited dollars to the needs of their communities.”

Since 2007, the voluntary contributions paid by EarthWise Energy customers have funded projects for community-based programs including Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Hospice of the Valley, the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Desert Botanical Garden and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.

For more information, call (602) 236-2922 or email earthwise@srpnet.com. To sign up for the EarthWise Energy program, go to www.srpnet.com/earthwise.

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Gertrude’s At The Desert Botanical Garden Opening January 2013

More than 640,000 attendees visit the Desert Botanical Garden each year to experience the sights and sounds of the desert. But beginning January 2013, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a culinary experience as well — with farm- and pasture-to-table cuisine at Gertrude’s.

Gertrude’s menu, headed by Executive Chef Stephen Eldridge, will boast “Modern Arizona Cuisine,” emphasizing fresh, local ingredients directly from its plot at the Desert Botanical Garden’s Community Garden. Currently, Chef Elridge is cultivating arugula, red sail and butter crunch greens, root vegetables and herbs.

Operated by Skip and Chantal Hause, owners of Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events, Gertrude’s will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at affordable prices as well as happy hour items and a Sunday brunch.

Breakfast
Prices: $5 to $12
Menu: Will include a full coffee bar, fresh baked breakfast pastries, and items such as eggs to order, house made granola, lemon-scented griddle cakes and green chili pork over creamy grits.

Lunch
Prices: $8 to $18
Menu: Designed to be served quickly; will consist of lighter salads, vegetarian dishes, hamburgers, pasta dishes and entrees, as well as a children’s menu.

Dinner
Prices: $7 to $32
Menu: Will feature appetizers, fish, pastas, steak and lighter fare.

At the bar:
The full bar menu will offer Arizona craft brews on tap and quality Old and New World wines, most by the glass and of course bottle. Spirits will be highly rated products from acclaimed distillers as well as regional American selections. Gertrude’s will also feature Garden-inspired cocktails made with native Arizona ingredients and Garden-grown herbs.

Gertrude’s menu will change often, based on the availability of local products and Chef Eldridge’s inspiration.
The restaurant will also feature indoor and patio dining, a private chef’s table and bar seating.

“Gertrude’s will be a special place for all,” says Chef Elridge, passionate about local foods, native ingredients and the Sonoran Desert.

Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden

Where: 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Contact: (480) 941-1225
Hours: 8 a.m. with the last dinner seating at 9 p.m.
Online: dbg.org/gertrudes

solar

SRP Selects Six Valley Nonprofits as Finalists to Receive Solar

SRP is inviting its customers to decide which nonprofits, from a list of six finalists, will receive a solar energy system. The 10-kilowatt systems will enable the nonprofits to help offset the cost of electricity and save money on their monthly electric bills. The savings they see will help them direct more funds to the communities they serve.

The six nonprofit finalists are:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley/Thunderbirds Branch
  • Child Crisis Center
  • Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Mercy Housing Southwest
  • The Phoenix Zoo
  • VALLEYLIFE

Between now and December 31, SRP customers can vote online at www.srpnet.com/votesolar or at various events in which SRP participates around the Valley. The top vote-getters will be announced in January.

SRP EarthWise Energy is a voluntary program in which more than 5,000 SRP customers participate for as little as $3 per month, with 100 percent of the funds used to provide solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to Valley nonprofit organizations.  In addition to helping nonprofits save money, the program contributes to the growth of solar energy in the Valley and educates customers on the importance of renewable energy.

“We are grateful to our EarthWise customers who provide the funds to assist these important and vital non-profit organizations,” said Lori Singleton, SRP director of Emerging Customer Programs for Solar, Sustainability and Telecom. “Thanks to their generosity, these organizations are able to reduce their electric bill and redirect their limited dollars to the needs of their communities.”

Since 2007, the voluntary fees paid by EarthWise Energy customers have funded projects for community-based programs including Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Hospice of the Valley, the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Desert Botanical Garden and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.

For more information, call (602) 236-2922 or email earthwise@srpnet.com. To sign up for the EarthWise Energy program, go to www.srpnet.com/earthwise.

Desert Botanical Garden

Monarch Butterflies Grace The Desert Botanical Garden

Visitors flocked to the Desert Botanical Garden’s Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit, which opened Saturday Sept. 29, and will run through Nov. 25. The exhibit is located inside of the “Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion” where visitors can walk through the butterfly garden and see hundreds of orange and black Monarchs fluttering overhead. The interactive exhibit works to educate visitors about the migration patterns and life of a monarch butterfly.

Monarch butterflies migrate in the millions every year all over North America. They migrate as the seasons change and temperatures drop. Monarchs that live in the Western areas of North America migrate to the California coast for the winter. It takes them around six weeks to make the journey, and they usually arrive to the coast in late October.

While the butterflies in the exhibit are not migrating, they allow an up-close and personal view of them in a warmer environment.

Visitors enter the pavilion through double doors; the second door isn’t opened until the first closes, which prevents the butterflies from leaving the exhibit. Once inside, the garden is filled with a number of different plant species, including different flowers and trees. There is also a small pond dotted with lily pads for the butterflies to enjoy. While the visitors are not supposed to touch the butterflies, they occasionally land on people’s shoulders. As visitors leave they are advised to “check for hitchhiking butterflies” that may have perched on them, unnoticed, as they move through the pavilion.

The Desert Botanical Garden receives shipments of monarch butterflies every week, to keep their population numbers up. Volunteers of the park are located throughout the pavilion where they can answer any questions relating to the butterflies and their habits.

The exhibit is open from Sept. 29 through Nov. 25 and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Admission to the exhibit is free for members and children under three, and is $3.50 for the general public along with paid admission to the Desert Botanical Garden.

For more information about the Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden, visit dbg.org.

 

If You Go: Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.,
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 941-1225
dbg.org

Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Must Sees In Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson St., 
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-462-6799
azchasefield.com
A multi-use facility which serves as a home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, concerts, breweries, team shops and restaurants.


Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., 
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
dbg.org
The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Stroll through the living museum and learn about different desert plants.


The Dolly Steamboat

PO Box 977, 
Apache Junction, AZ 85217
480-827-9144
dollysteamboat.com
Nature cruises, twilight dinner 
cruises and astronomy cruises are 
available. Rated one of the “Best Things to Do in Arizona” by the Official Visitors Guide 
of Greater Phoenix.


Taliesin West

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-860-2700
franklloydwright.org
One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest architectural masterpieces, Taliesin West served as one of his personal homes, studio and design school campus. The site still serves as 
living/working and educational facilities with guided public tours.


South Mountain Park

10919 S. Central Ave., 
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-534-6324
phoenix.gov/PARKS/southmnt
The nation’s largest desert 
municipal park, South Mountain Park features 51 miles of trails and lookouts at 2,300 feet and 2,600 feet.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Family Summer Fun

Family Summer Fun 2012

During the summer, two things increase: the temperature and the amount of time your kids spend at home — and both can be stressful.

Here are some fun and engaging activities for the whole family to enjoy so you can bank on some family summer fun!

Have you heard of the Heard Museum?

This museum has more than 32,000 pieces to display and is one of Phoenix’s first cultural attractions. Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum did not cease to amaze Arizonans, both young and old, of its variety of collections and exhibitions. For more information and to view upcoming events, visit its website at heard.org.

The Desert Botanical Garden

If you are looking for a more earthy and natural experience, the Desert Botanical Garden is the place for you. And if you didn’t know, they also have the “Music in the Garden” series of concerts and events, where the Garden hosts some of the most talent musicians. For a list of these events, visit dpg.org 

Yee-Haw! The Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Instead of complaining about the life of the west — and its heat — embrace it! And if you have little ones who would love to be cowboys and cowgirls when they “grow up,” you can’t miss out on Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. Activities include bull riding, gold panning, camel rides, stunt shows and more. For more information, visit rawhide.com.

More fun, less heat? As You Wish

As You Wish pottery painting place is the perfect place for you and your kids to enjoy a day indoors. Here you can choose a pottery piece, select from a variety of colors, and paint it the way you like. You can then pick up your now fired and blazed pottery piece a few days after you’ve painted it. This makes for great memories. For more information on the way it works, visit asyouwishpottery.com.

 

JAMIE Loves: Jamie Herzlinger

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012

JAMIE Loves in March…

Spring!

I am so excited that spring is here! One of my favorite things about March is Spring Break. Unfortunately, I am always super busy with work in March and therefore cannot go anywhere too far. Lucky for me, I live in one of the best cities, full of activities, amazing hotels, spas, restaurants, shopping and more. So this month I will be taking a “staycation” where I will relax here in Scottsdale. I will be staying at one of my favorite hotels, golfing at one of my favorite courses, and eating at one of my favorite restaurants.

The Royal Palms

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many amazing resorts from which to choose; this month I will be staying at The Royal Palms. For one, I love the location; it’s right on the base of Camelback Mountain, so the views are breathtaking. Secondly, I love the intimate setting of the resort; you feel at home here. And lastly, I cannot deny a great spa! A massage and facial is just what I need on my “staycation.”

Desert Botanical Garden

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012One of my favorite places to visit in Arizona is the Desert Botanical Garden, and springtime is the best time to visit the gardens — the wild flowers are blooming, and the cacti are so green! In collaboration with Ballet Arizona, the Desert Botanical Gardens brings Topia. The dancers perform with the backdrop of the red rocks as the sun sets. This event goes from March 2-March 26th, so get your tickets now on the Desert Botanical Garden website.

Tarbell’s

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many talented chefs living in Arizona; one of my favorites is Mark Tarbell and his restaurant Tarbell’s. I love the atmosphere and the people there. Not to mention, the food is super tasty; one of my personal favorite dishes is the grilled organic salmon. This plate with a good glass of wine and great company, there is no better way to enjoy my “staycation.”

Love,
Jamie

 

JAMIE LOVES: Jamie Herzlinger LogoJAMIE LOVES
Jamie Herzlinger Interiors

4400 N. Scottsdale Rd., #705
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 795-3824
jamieherzlinger.com

 

Old Town Scottsdale Sunset, Photo: seantoyer, Flickr

Seven Top Summer Events in Phoenix

Summertime is officially upon us, which means it’s time to relax and enjoy all that Phoenix has to offer. Phoenix has fun and exciting ways to celebrate the weekends during those hot summer months, whether it’s for a holiday or for no reason at all. These seven events are sure to get your mind off the scorching sun and the triple digits, and each are (thankfully) timed just right, when the sun is just beginning to set.

1. Music in the Garden

From 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 10, 17 and 24, head over to the Desert Botanical Garden, where live bands play and guests the chance to dance under the moonlight as well as indulge in the beautiful night weather on the professional ballroom dance floor.

Admission: $21 General, $15 for DBG members

[stextbox id="grey"]Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
www.dbg.org [/stextbox]

2. Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Come hear live bands for free on High Street at CityCenter of CityNorth. A Kids Club Zone is also available with face painting and balloon artists, while adults can take advantage of exclusive restaurant and shopping deals. Open to the public from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on June 11 and 25 and July 9 and 23.

Admission: Free

[stextbox id="grey"]CityCenter of CityNorth
5455 E. High St., Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ, 85054
480-347-1313
www.citycenterofcitynorth.com[/stextbox]

3. Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo

Kids and adults have the chance to experience the zoo like never before! Guests can enjoy animal meet and greets, take part in Squirt Gun Water Wars, and even visit the sting ray exhibit. When the sun begins to set, you can sign up for a guided night hike where you can visit some of your favorite animals and see what they do during the night. Prowl and Play is available from 6-9:30 p.m. on June 11, July 9 and August 13.

Admission: $6

[stextbox id="grey"]Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
602-273-1341
www.phoenixzoo.org [/stextbox]

4. 5th Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest

This festival celebrates Irish author James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses, with Irish food and music, readings from the novel, and of course, beer tasting. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, June 11.

Admission: $25 presale, $35 at the gate
Price includes all activities plus 16 token tickets which can be used towards food and beer.

[stextbox id="grey"]Irish Cultural Center
1106 North Central Avenue
Phoenix Arizona 85004
602-258-0109
www.azirish.org[/stextbox]

5. After Dark in the Park

From 7-9 p.m. on June 25, community members and families are invited to celebrate an evening full of live music, enjoy cuisine from local food vendors, and watch fireworks.

Admission: Free

[stextbox id="grey"]Maryvale Baseball Park
4420 N. 51st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85031
602-262-6275[/stextbox]

6. Light Up the Sky

At the Maryvale Sports Complex, guests are able to enjoy a night full of different activities, food, entertainment and an outstanding fireworks display to end the night. This is a family oriented and non-alcoholic event and is free to the public. Light Up the Sky takes place on Friday, July 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

[stextbox id="grey"]Deer Valley Park
19602 N 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ, 85027
602-495-3735[/stextbox]

7. Fourth of July Fireworks in Tempe

The Tempe Town Lake offers a patriotic and fun-filled Fourth of July. The event promises local live entertainment, face painters and the Splash Playground for children, as well as a rock climbing wall and rides. The Budweiser Beer Garden will also be open to adults. A spectacular 40-minute firework show will take place from the Mill Avenue Bridge and will be choreographed to patriotic music. The event starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

Admission: $6 at all Fry’s Food Stores, $8 at the gate

[stextbox id="grey"]Tempe Town Lake
S Rural Rd & E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, Arizona 85281
www.tempe4th.com[/stextbox]

Arizona Places to Visit - AZ Business Magazine March/April 2011

Arizona Places To See

Places to go 2011

 

1- Arizona Science Center, Phoenix

Get your hands on more than 300 different exhibits, explore the planetarium and check out the latest film on its state-of-the-art, five-story theater screen.

2- Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle

Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history, from the earliest basketmakers to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here. Cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly include architecture, artifacts and rock imagery.

3- Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Stroll through the living museum and learn about 20,000 different plant species in Arizona. Specialized tours, events, workshops, family activities, café and gift shop are available.

4- Grand Canyon National Park

Visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Take a trail ride by mule or the Grand Canyon Railway into the depths of the canyon. Hiking and camping are also available.

5- Hoover Dam, Nevada-Arizona border

The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours through the Hoover Dam in 1937. Today, close to 1 million visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam. Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the U.S.

6- Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson

Kartchner Caverns is a stunning limestone cavern system in southeastern Arizona, discovered in 1974 by two amateur cavers from Tucson. It is host to world-class cave formations considered to be the best of their kind.

7- Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde

An enduring legacy of the prehistoric Sinagua, this multi-storied, 20-room, ancient Indian cliff dwelling was built more than six centuries ago. The stone, timber and adobe dwelling is 80 percent intact, making it one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the U.S.

8- Tucson Studios, Tucson

Old Tucson Studios is Arizona’s Hollywood in the Desert since 1939. This world-famous working film location offers fun for the whole family including guided historical set tours, live stunt shows, gunfights, and saloon musicals plus rides for the kids. While you’re here, enjoy a trail ride in the beautiful Arizona Sonora Desert.

9- Slide Rock State Park, Sedona

The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick, natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek.

10- Tombstone

Noted as a National Historic Landmark in 1962, this historic Wild West site is home to the stagecoach, gunfight re-enactments and Wild West legends that made Tombstone famous.

Arizona Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Mexican gray wolf photographed by Joel Sartore

Valley Forward Hosts 41st Annual Luncheon Featuring National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore

Valley Forward hosted its 41st Annual Luncheon Dec. 3, and the event was wild — literally. Guests were greeted by a menagerie of interesting wildlife at this year’s event thanks to the Desert Botanical Garden, Liberty Wildlife, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Phoenix Zoo and the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. Several animals were showcased at the environmental education exhibits including a bald eagle, American alligator, greyhound owl, African-crested porcupine and more. These exhibits transformed all the attendees back to their school-age, zoo-visiting days, and truly served as a reminder for the topic that was discussed at the luncheon — the importance of fostering our environment.

The keynote speaker  was Joel Sartore, noted wildlife photographer at National Geographic Magazine, author and passionate environmentalist. Sartore presented a heartfelt speech about the importance of helping preserve our environment and making sure that despite the fervent pace of technology innovations, future generations value and experience the great outdoors.

Sartore has witnessed much of the devastation firsthand during his 20 plus years at National Geographic. He has photographed, among others, environmental tragedies such as the recent Gulf Coast oil spill, endangered species and more. His dedication to the cause is also demonstrated in his latest book, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, featuring endangered species from all over the world including several from Arizona. Sartore hopes that by photographing wildlife that many people don’t even realize exist, it will draw attention to their cause and maybe help save them. His experience provided the audience with an amazing look into this wild world and what we — everyday, average people — can do to help make a difference.

Congratulations to Valley Forward for once again putting together such an inspiring event. The message of sustainability and environmental stewardship is one that continues to gain momentum. Let’s hope it does so for many years to come.

Read more about Joel Sartore in the November/December issue of AZ Business Magazine here.

www.valleyforward.org
www.joelsartore.com

Joel Sartore Presenting

Showcased at the environmental education exhibit, a bald eagle.American alligator & African-crested porcupine Joel Sartore - Rare: Portraits of America's Endangered Species