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Sky Harbor offers Memorial Day travel tips

Memorial Day weekend is the start of the busy summer travel season. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport anticipates Thursday, Friday and Monday as the busiest travel days with passenger traffic about 15-20 percent higher than an average day. America’s Friendliest Airport® offers you the following tips for your holiday travels:

Use our best kept secret – Pick-up and drop-off at the 44th Street and Washington PHX Sky Train® station.  This convenient option allows you to avoid the busy terminal curbs. The station features Early Bag Check and kiosks where you can print boarding passes. It is only a five-minute ride from the station to Terminal 4 and a seven minute ride to Terminal 3. There is a free cell phone waiting lot at the station and four-hour parking meters for those who would like to ride the train into the Airport to meet their party. To access the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station from the 202 Red Mountain Freeway, exit at 44th Street and head south. The PHX Sky Train station is on the southwest corner of 44th Street and Washington.

A handy service – Early Bag Check.  Travelers flying American/US Airways, Southwest or United can check their bags before they arrive at the terminals and avoid the ticket counter lines. The Early Bag Check service is available at East Economy Parking, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station® and at the Rental Car Center. The service is free, though airline bag fees apply. For hours of operation and more information, visit skyharbor.com/earlybagcheck.

Added convenience at a discounted price – Prepaid Discount Parking is an easy-to-use online reservation system that gives travelers the ability to book and prepay for parking in the Terminal 2, Terminal 3, or Terminal 4 garages. Those using Prepaid Discount Parking should take a ticket when entering the garage, then present the ticket and the prepaid parking confirmation (printed or on a smartphone) to the cashier upon exit. To reserve parking, visit skyharbor.com.

A special note about Terminal 3 Construction is underway on Terminal 3 modernization.  As a reminder, Spirit and Sun Country Airlines relocated earlier this spring to Terminal 2. Additionally, the north inner lanes of Terminal 3 are closed.  This impacts drivers entering Sky Harbor from the West. Drivers can still use the north outer lanes for pick-up and drop-off, but should watch for detour signs, proceed with caution, and give themselves extra time.

More tips:

·        Always give yourself extra time. Arrive at the Airport two hours before your flight departs, especially if you are parking in economy areas or checking bags.

·        Be sure to look through your purse or carry-on bag before you come to the Airport. A forgotten weapon can cause you delays, hassles, and even fines. Visit tsa.gov for information about what can be placed in your carry-on.

·        For updated information on parking lot and garage availability, visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot or call our 24-hour parking hotline at 602-273-4545.

·        Visit skyharbor.com on your smartphone or tablet to access our mobile website to find out which restaurants and shops are near your gate as well as other Airport information.

Things to do this weekend

School’s out and there’s a long weekend ahead of us. If you’re not going camping, sitting poolside or catching up on “Game of Thrones,” give one of these events a try! Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us at @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Christopher Titus
It’s a disgusting understatement to say Christopher Titus has gone through some valleys in his life (schizophrenic mom and an unfaithful wife who also forged checks and drained his bank accounts during their 15-year marriage). Titus has a lot to be angry about, it’s just for our pleasure that his anger comes out in hilarious observations on life. On Titus’ “Angry Pursuit of Happiness” tour, he brings his hard humor reminiscent of the late greats (think George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce, you get it).

Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., #200, Phoenix, May 24 and 25, times vary, standuplive.com, $25

“The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein”
Young Frankenstein, Paul KolnikWant a side order of kitsch with your night at Arizona Broadway Theatre? “Young Frankenstein” is a musical of monstrous proportions of entertainment. Dr. Frankenstein and a cast of funny characters overcome the complications of reanimating a corpse through numbers such as “The Transylvania Mania” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” (Also, check out the delicious menu for this particular show.)
Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, May 23 to June 22, times vary, azbroadway.org, tickets (http://azbroadway.org/index.php/the-shows/2013-2014-series/the-new-mel-brooks-musical-young-frankenstein)

“The Composer is Dead”
Composer is Dead, iTunes, WEBLooking for a way to make a night at the symphony fun for the family? Lemony Snicket has brought his “A Series of Unfortunate Events” to the orchestra pit for a dreadfully entertaining and interactive “whodunnit” show. The composer is dead and the crowd must figure out who did it. The diva violins, overlooks violas, sneaky clarinets and wallflower tuba are all possible culprits…
Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, Sunday, May 25, 2:30 p.m., $11 to $19

“Hollywood Costume”
478207119Those ruby slippers. That Dalmatian coat. A fedora and whip. Costumes are sometimes what propel beloved movie characters into pop culture icons, more so than scripts or special effects and makeup magic. The Phoenix Art Museum’s “Hollywood Costume” exhibit has set the Valley abuzz with its famous folds of fabric on display. The exhibit features more than 100 of the most iconic costumes — from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Titanic” and many, many others in an up-close showcase.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Tues/Thurs. noon to 5 p.m., Wed. noon to 8:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sat/Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., phxart.org, $20 adults, $10 children, free for children 5 and younger

Memorial Day Ride
469789901This annual charitable motorcycle ride through the northwest Valley is in its fourth year. Things rev up at 8 a.m. at Sanderson Ford, takes a stop at Veterans Memorial Cemetery before continuing to Westgate for an evening of entertainment.
Sanderson Ford, 6400 N. 51st Ave., Glendale, Saturday, May 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., aztributerides.com, $25 per rider

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Summer at the Princess packs fun

Summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess includes cool rides down waterslides, zooming across a zip line and fireworks lighting up the night. This AAA Five Diamond resort is a play-cation paradise, from a new water ride to a world-class spa, signature restaurants and new Posh Paws program just for the pups. Best of all, summer vacations benefit Valley schools and charities.

Poolside is the place to be at the new SplashRider X-treme, a thrilling, spinning water adventure. Nearby, 200-foot waterslides are lined by shady cabanas with all the luxuries, with Dive In Movies and the Techno Glo Party taking center stage weekend nights. During the day, The Zipper zip line offers a 240-foot thrill ride across the lagoons and catch-and-release fishing is a family favorite. Meanwhile, grown-ups can sample any of 240 tequilas at La Hacienda, escape for a day to Well & Being Spa or savor an exquisite summer menu at the AAA Four Diamond Bourbon Steak.

Then, as the sun sets at the Princess, fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, May 24 – August 30, 2014. The summer celebration crescendos during the Fourth of July Freedom Fest, July 4-6, with all-American picnics, concerts, vintage airplane shows and salutes to the military. Labor Day says bon voyage to summer with a “Dreamcation” cruise ship themed weekend. Every week in between, all summer long, the resort has added activities for the whole family to enjoy:

Summer Weekend Fun, Poolside

New this summer is the SplashRider X-treme, a rolling water pipe for both kids and adults on weekends at the Sonoran Splash Pool. The attraction, lasting three to five minutes, creates a constant wave which allows four to five riders at a time to body surf, while boogie boarders and those on inner tubes ride solo. Tickets can be purchased individually or packaged with The Zipper zip line for unlimited rides.

Then, it’s a disco down the slides with the after dark Techno Glo Party at Sonoran Splash. Black lights, lasers, fog, LED hula hooping, glow-in-the-dark bubbles, drinks and a DJ pulsating techno music rock the pool 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for families this summer. Or, over at the South Pool, families can just chill at the Dive In Movies also offered complimentary Friday and Saturday nights. Movie-watchers float on inner tubes, or enjoy movie snacks, Sabrett hot dogs and a taco cart poolside, as the family flick begins at approximately 8 p.m., with an intermission for fireworks at 9 p.m.

Every weekend, the Fairmont Fun Team leads dancing games, tie dye t-shirt making, limbo and underwater bingo. Other daily activities include giant bubble making, wooden turtle races, badminton, volleyball and bocce ball.

Sonoran Splash, the resort’s 6,000 square-foot water oasis is perfect for families, with two twisting waterslides, pop-jet fountains, cabanas and games. For tots, there is a zero-entry deck area as well as a large, shaded sandbox complete with Tonka trucks and beach toys, sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours.

Whether delivering refreshing fruit water or frozen grapes to sun seekers, the resort’s pool attendants are on deck to ensure every day at the pool is one to remember. One of the cool drinks is the Parrot Punch, named after the resort’s colorful, feathery friends (Rosy-Faced Lovebirds) who now nest in the palm trees above the pools. Parrot Punch is made with coconut rum, citrus rum and spiced rum with pineapple juice, Midori and orange juice made from the orange trees on property.

Sonoran Splash is one of three pools that offer luxurious cabanas for rental, with amenities such as a flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, sofas, reserved chaise lounges, refrigerator, bottled waters and fresh fruit. The resort has five pools in total throughout the 65-acre property.

When (and if) parents do get the kids out of the pool, two other hot spots are Ironwood American Kitchen by the South Pool, which is cool, classic and comfortably residential with home-cooked favorites, an exhibition kitchen and InnoTab computer learning tablets for the kids. The Princess Shop and Coffee Market, on the main level, has grab ‘n’ go sandwiches, gelato, Starbucks coffee and an iPad lab.

Lagoon Adventures

Resort guests can soar a speedy 25 mph, 240-feet across the lagoons on The Zipper, a 37-foot-high zip line, available weekends, all summer long. There are prices for individual rides or packaged for unlimited rides, combined with the new SplashRider X-treme.

For more adventure, kids of any age cast a reel for bluegill at the new fishing derbies, steer ships in remote-control boat races or observe any of the waterfowl who make the lagoons their home.

Trailblazers Family Adventure Center & Kids Club

Trailblazers is a fun-filled program for ages 5-12 where kids pan for real gold, learn to solar cook, play sports, swim and even meet a reptilian friend or two. Themed days such as Wildlife, Wild West, Sports and Nature rotate, so youngsters may attend more than once and still discover something new each day. Half-day and full-day sessions are available year-round for overnight guests. A la carte pricing is $35 for a half-day or $60 for a full-day session. Included in the hotel’s daily resort fee of $29, up to three children per family receive half-day admission to the Kids Club, which is a savings of more than $100 per day. (Lunch is additional for $12.) Kids Club reservations are recommended 24-hours in advance.

The Trailblazers Family Adventure Center is now open 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly, complimentary, year-round for resort guests to play Ping Pong, foosball, basketball, air hockey, shuffle board, videos and board games.

More for the Little Ones, Just Ask!

To ensure families have the comforts of home, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess covers all of the bases with an assortment of in-room amenities for children. Full-size cribs complete with bedding, high chairs, strollers, night lights, safety outlet covers, portable playpens, humidifiers, baby monitors, baby bathtubs, baby shampoo, kid’s robes and step stools are available for resort guests upon request, complimentary.

Dog Days of Summer? Posh Paws!

Posh Paws, the resort’s pet program, keeps with its Five-Diamond reputation for being dedicated to the guests and creating countless memories that even man’s best friend will remember. For an additional $35 per night, dogs can experience the ultimate luxury pet resort experience. Owner and pet stay in a room that comes complete with a “Woofer” gift set featuring a plush pet bed, food and water bowl, a food mat, pet toys and of course…treats. For the crème de la crème dog experience, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Executive Chef David Morris has created a doggie menu, “Lou’s Barkery,” available through In-Room Dining as well as recipes for take-home gifts. The Princess is partnering with nearby pet retailer for doggie day care or grooming needs and Fairmont staff is available to assist with dog walking.

Well & Being Spa

Here’s a way to spend a cool summer day, sure to inspire. Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has all-new “Live it Well” programs, sizzling specials and soothing spa treatments to keep spa-goers refreshed and energized all summer long.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, every summer spa weekend kicks off with “Feel Good Fridays,” offering the new “Lunch & Enlighten”: a healthy spa lunch with a fun, informative talk from the spa’s “Good Life” team of fitness, nutrition and beauty experts. This includes access to the spa facility, pool and exercise classes for the entire day, all for just $50. Add to that a 45-minute treatment such as a facial, manicure and pedicure or massage for $99. Each week, Facebook fans can check for the spa’s “Play Well Rx,” a prescription of spa offers and feel good tips.

Well & Being Spa is a sanctuary situated on three levels with a rooftop pool, waterfall grotto, steam rooms, saunas, salon, boutique and café. Spa guests can also reserve a posh cabana package at Quench, the spa’s rooftop pool, serving spa-inspired cocktails and brimming with luxurious amenities Fridays through Sundays.

Summer Dining

La Hacienda is celebrating summer with the return of its popular “Guacamole Fest” sampler of various guacamoles, from pork belly to seafood and pomegranate, as well as Fresca Floats made with traditional Mexican sodas. (Prices of these a la carte items vary.)

Bourbon Steak offers a Post-Pool Prix-Fixe Menu, with three courses and choices of summer salads, chilled soups, market-fresh fish, Jidori chicken, mesquite grilled C.A.B. skirt steak, chef’s selection of sides and topped off with vanilla crème brulee, warm nutmeg beignet or a trio of house-made sorbet. Bourbon Steak’s summer menu is $55 and includes a wine pairing with the main course. The restaurant’s regular menu is also available.

The summer Kids Resort Dining Passport is a super deal for families for $35 per day that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort dining outlets such as Ironwood American Kitchen, Trailblazers Kids Club, the pools and La Hacienda, plus a kid’s snack at the South Pool during the Dive-In Movie. These meals are from the children’s menus and are exclusive to overnight resort guests. Passports are available for purchase upon arrival at the Leisure Services Desk in the main lobby.

Day Guests, Overnight Guests
Most of the resort activities mentioned are exclusive for overnight guests. Day visitors are invited to enjoy a treatment at Well & Being Spa, take a lesson from the resort’s tennis pro or dine in any of the resort’s award-winning restaurants. Saturday nights throughout the summer are a terrific time to dine in the restaurants, which includes an after-dinner fireworks show over the lagoons at 9 p.m.

Vacation Packages

The popular Sip, Savor & Splash Package returns, starting from $149 per room, per night Sunday through Thursday and $169 weekends and includes a $50 daily credit for dining, spa, tennis or kids club.

Taking it one step further with the new Stay, Play & Pay It Forward Package, families make memories and give back to the school or charity of their choice from a list of participating organizations in the resort’s annual Sleepover for a Better Tomorrow program. This summer package also starts from $149/ $169 per night with a $50 daily resort credit and 10 percent of every dollar charged to the room folio is donated to the guest’s chosen charity. This program is year-round and is free for any non-profit organization to join. For more information, visit: http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/special-offers/sleepover-for-a-better-tomorrow.

Also new is the Play Well Rx Spa Package, where spa-goers enjoy overnight accommodations, with a choice of one 45-minute treatment: a Body Reboot Massage, a Rejuvenating Facial or an Energizing Manicure & Pedicure, plus full-use of the 44,000 square-foot spa, exercise classes and rooftop pool. Prices of this package start at $269 single/$379 double, per night plus spa gratuities.
Summer package dates are based upon space availability, May 26-September 2, 2014. Taxes and daily resort fees are additional.

For Memorial Day weekend specifically, rates are starting at $199 with a $50 dining credit and $149 a night with a $50 dining credit for a three-night stay.

For reservations or more information on summer programs at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, please dial (800) 908-9370 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.


Foodie staycations abound for Memorial Day

ARW Blue LogoAs the Memorial Day holiday approaches and temperatures begin to inevitably soar above the 100-degree mark, Phoenicians are planning their escape for a relaxing weekend out of town – but what about those that simply can’t afford to get away? Between the cost of travel, a hotel room and indulging in in dining out (one of the most significant costs associated with vacations) it can be tough on the pocket book. Enter the Arizona Restaurant Week foodie staycation – where affordable amenities combine with top-notch dining and specially priced menus to create the perfect getaway right here at home.

With just five days left until Arizona’s biggest foodie event begins, Arizona Restaurant Week fans are already logging on, checking menus and dialing fiercely for a reservation at the Valley’s best restaurants. With the lauded week falling on Memorial Day weekend this year, the typically nine-day event has added another 24 hours for fans to squeeze every delicious drop from the occasion. From May 17-26, the Valley’s top restaurants will be offering delectable 3-course menus at just $30 or $40. The bonus – a healthy handful of these restaurants just happen to reside at some of the Valley’s best hotels and resorts. Those staying in town this Memorial Day weekend can beat the blues with a foodie staycation solution at gorgeous properties offering low rates, along with incredible Arizona Restaurant Week menus – examples include:

  • The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs/Different Point of View – Rates starting at $109/night and a $40 Arizona Restaurant Week menu
  • Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel/District American Kitchen – Rates as low as $120/night and a $30 Arizona Restaurant Week menu (includes beverage)
  • The Hermosa Inn/Lon’s – Rates starting at $199/night and a $40 Arizona Restaurant Week menu
  • The Saguaro/Distrito – Rates as low as $199/night and a $30 Arizona Restaurant Week menu
  • JW Marriott Camelback Inn/BLT Steak – Rates as low as $223/night and a $40 Arizona Restaurant Week menu
  • Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort/Bourbon Steak – Rates starting at $229/night and a $40 Arizona Restaurant Week menu

“It’s really a no-brainer,” says Steve Chucri, President of Arizona Restaurant Association.

“I love to travel with my family, but with so many fantastic options for a perfect retreat right here at home, there’s no reason for me to leave the state over the holiday. We’re excited to have added another day to the event this year and we think those ​in town​ will ​ make the most of it, as well.”

Already in its ninth season and the brainchild of the Arizona Restaurant Association, Arizona Restaurant Week boasts one of the most successful events of its kind in the nation year-over-year, helping to introduce the state’s brightest and best talent – not to mention the most delectable dishes – to throngs of foodie fans Valley-wide. This season, for the first time ever, fans of Arizona Restaurant Week are able to make reservations right from their phone or tablet via a newly optimized mobile site developed specifically for the 10-day event.

For more information on Arizona Restaurant Week, the restaurants participating and their menus, and to check out the mobile site from your phone, visit www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.

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LUSTRE Launches Summer Event Series

Summer in the city has never been hotter and LUSTRE Rooftop Garden in Downtown Phoenix plans to keep things cool with events nearly every day of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series.

Perched on the third-floor pool deck at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city skyline, fresh cocktails and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside.

New this summer, LUSTRE is introducing an activity called Champong, a gentlemen’s and ladies’ game that is played like beer pong, but with champagne. Pinky fingers in the air when drinking is considered proper form and a variety of champagne brands are available for all tastes and budgets.

LUSTRE Rooftop GardenFirst Days of Summer

Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Saturday: $10/person ticket for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.- midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 -6:00 p.m.
Guests can expect DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of specialty cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

Industry Day
Every Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Enjoy happy hour all day with $6 food and drink specials including two flatbreads, a hummus trio, red or white sangria, a draft beer selection, red and white wine and three specialty cocktails.

Sweat Your Asana Off  Rooftop Yoga Series
Every Tuesday beginning May 27 through September 2
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The popular, weekly hot yoga rooftop series is back! Every Tuesday night, approximately 150 yogis pack the rooftop pool deck at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and enjoy sweating and stretching in the Phoenix heat. $10 admission with $5 food and beverage credit to LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Space is limited. Book your spot in advance at www.eventbrite.com (search for LUSTRE Yoga).

Live at LUSTRE
Every Friday beginning May 30 through August 29
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Live blues and infused rock every Friday from 8pm – 11pm by a live duo featuring Lee Perreira.

LUSTRE Pool Party
Every Saturday beginning May 24 through Labor Day
Pool Opens at 11 a.m.
DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight.
Free and open to the public.
Guests can expect DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

All American Independence Day Party
Fourth of July Weekend Pool Party
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Friday, July 4: $10 tickets for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Saturday, July 5: $10 tickets for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday, July 6: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a classic, all-American barbeque, specialty cocktails, live music, DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and ping pong, and more.

Last Days of Summer
Labor Day Weekend Pool Party
Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Saturday: $10 ticket for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 100th day of summer on Labor Day weekend with DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

Summer Hotel Packages at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Extend your summer fun with a stay at Hotel Palomar Phoenix with summer packages that run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Lustre view 1_low100 Days of Summer:  Deluxe accommodations, includes the guest’s choice of either two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE or complimentary valet parking for one vehicle. Rates start from $100/night.

Tequila and Tan lines:  Margaritas and Arizona sunshine, need we say more? Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and a welcome pitcher of margaritas from LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Rates start from $119/night.

Night on the Town: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and $25 gift card to Copper Blues at CityScape Phoenix. Rates start from $129/night.

Sweet Dreams: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, “Some Day, Some Night” children’s book by local author Jack Guinan, milk and cookies. Rates starting from $129/night.

Summer Getaway: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, $10 iTunes gift card, two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Rates starting from $129/night.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633.

To book a cabana all summer long at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, call 480-478-1765 or see more details at www.lustrerooftopgarden.com.

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4th Annual Memorial Day Ride & After Party

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the largest “escorted ride” in the state will honor our fallen American heroes at the 4th Annual Memorial Day Ride starting at Sanderson Ford, 5111 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, and finish with an after party at Westgate Entertainment District.  Close to 700 motorcyclists are expected to participate.

The annual charity event, presented by Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln, benefits Veteran’s First LTD and Soldier’s Best Friend. Last year, $5,500 was raised to support a local military charity.

·         $25 1 biker/ $40 – 2 UP

·         NATIONAL ANTHEM by Timothy Arney, Purple Heart Recipient and Combat Vet of the 82nd Airborne Division
·         MISSING MAN FORMATION by WARBIRDS RAT SQUADRON, sponsored by Atlantic Aviation

·         10:30 AM: Kicks Stands Up @ Sanderson Ford
·         STOP: National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix
·         FINISH -NOON – 3 PM: Party @ The Plaza, Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 North Sunset Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305

SPONSORS: Presenting Sponsors Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln; Westgate Entertainment District, Walmart, Law Tigers Pawn 1st, Indian & Victory of Scottsdale, Atlantic Aviation, Clyclerides.com, Biker Information Guide, Four Peaks Brewery and Sensational Events.

For more information, go online to www.AZTributeRides.com or www.facebook.com/aztributerides.


ForMyReason customizes Wristbands for Military

Local company ForMyReason, a provider of customizable silicone wristbands, announced partnerships with Soldiers‚ Angels, Friends of Freedom and Hope for the Warriors.  ForMyReason is selling camouflage and red, white and blue wristbands in the name of these organizations, to assist them with giving back to veterans, current service members and their families.  With each wristband order, 20 percent of the sale is donated to the named organization.

“We have created our customizable wristbands with charitable causes top-of-mind,” said ForMyReason Co-founder, Lisa Youngblood. “It is an honor to work with these organizations that contribute to the health and well-being of our country‚s past and present men and women of the armed forces, and their families.  We are excited to be offering a way for others in the community to show their support, as well.”

When a charitable cause partners with ForMyReason, a dedicated fundraiser web page is added to the ForMyReason website and a direct link to the fundraiser page to place on the cause‚s website is provided, both at no cost to the organization.  ForMyReason has forged partnerships with more than 10 charitable causes, in less than six months of business.

In addition to their online involvement, ForMyReason also participates on-site at charitable events, selling, or in many cases, donating wristbands to the cause at-hand.

Just in time for Memorial Day, ForMyReason attended Friends of Freedom’s 1st Annual Night Stalker 5K Walk for Warriors on May 18 and passed out complimentary wristbands featuring a photo frame that contained the Friends of Freedom logo to participants.  Funds raised from event ticket sales benefitted the No One Left Behind (NOLB) Center, which provides a place for veterans to find encouragement, advice and training, and entertainment and activities to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Free customized wristbands were also provided to Hope for the Warriors and Soldiers‚ Angels for them to distribute for Memorial Day.

For more information about ForMyReason‚s involvement with charitable causes and to purchase wristbands for Soldiers‚ Angels, Friends of Freedom or Hope for the Warriors, visit formyreason.com/charitable-causes.

Memorial Day concert in Greer

Kierland Developers Host Memorial Day Weekend Concert In Greer

Escape the 100-degree weather this Memorial Day weekend and head to the White Mountains for Hidden Meadow Ranch’s Boots, BBQ and Beer concert on Sunday, May 27th.

Providing first-rate accommodations and service is second nature at Hidden Meadow Ranch. The owners, Tim and Casey Bolinger of Greenbrier Southwest Corporation, were integrally involved in the development of Kierland in northeast Phoenix and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain community near Tucson. Combining their resort and development expertise with their interests in horseback riding, snow skiing and fly fishing, the Bolingers and their team, led by General Manager Jane Lenci, have created a luxury lodging experience at Hidden Meadow Ranch that complements the naturally beautiful, secluded setting, while providing a range of recreational activities and high level of service and comfort in all four seasons.

Starting at 5 p.m., a limited number of concert goers can enjoy burgers, baby back ribs, chicken and hot dogs, along with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks for just $50, including the live music performance. Beer and cocktails are extra. Memorial Weekend Lodge guests at Hidden Meadow Ranch get all of this included in their stay. After the barbeque, Arrowheart, an all-female country group from Arizona, will take to the stage.

“Nothing beats barbeque and great live music on Memorial Day weekend,” said Jane Lenci, General Manager of Hidden Meadow Ranch. “The ladies of Arrowheart bring a country flare that we love up here at Hidden Meadow Ranch. Now if we could just get them to write a song about the Ranch!”

The popularity of Arrowheart is rising rapidly in the Southwest. The three lead singers, Alexis Driscoll, Erin Beaty & Julia Frys are known for their vocal harmonies and great live performances. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album.

Guests who want to make a weekend out of it can book a stay at Hidden Meadow Ranch for Memorial Day weekend. For guests who stay in our 900-square-foot luxurious log cabins, the concert and BBQ will be included at no extra cost.

For more information on Hidden Meadow Ranch or to make reservations, please visit www.hiddenmeadow.com or call (928) 333-1000.