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Rocky LaPorte, via website

Rocky LaPorte drops the mic at midnight this NYE

The Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy pre-show Q-and-A series give you 10 questions of insight into your favorite comedians’ minds.

You may have seen (or heard) Rocky LaPorte all over your television this year — that Brooklyn accent on a former Chicago truck driver, dock worker and self-described boxing and athletically skilled comedian who made the Top 5 on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2014. (He also won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival’s “Stand Up of the Year” award.) The comedian, who has toured with Drew Carey and opened for Tim Allen, has also opened for Hootie and the Blowfish (we’re curious, too).
Good luck getting tickets to LaPorte’s New Year’s Eve shows — both are sold out. Don’t despair, though, LaPorte has shows Thursday, Jan. 1, through Sunday, Jan. 4 at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. Showtimes vary between 7 and 9:45 p.m. Ticket prices vary between $18 and $24. For more information, or to buy tickets visit the venue’s website.

When was the moment you realized you wanted to be a comedian? 

Probably when I was about 8 and was making some relatives laugh really hard, I thought to myself, “What a great thing to possess. It felt like I was doing magic.”

What was your best (or most embarrassing) moment on stage? 

Just a few days ago, it was my son’s first time he saw me perform. He was too young to get into clubs and went into the Army at 18 , served in Iraq and now he’s 22 and he saw me on the “Last Comic Standing” tour and it was just a great audience and I had a great set and it made us both so happy. I’m very proud of him.

What’s one thing you want people to know about doing stand-up that nobody has ever asked you? 

How hard it is and the sacrifices you have to make.

Who is your comedic inspiration? 

I grew up liking Rodney Dangerfield,  Carlin, Cosby and Pryor. The classics,  I guess.

What’s one thing you wished someone had told you about stand-up? 

See No. 3

What’s one item you never hit the road without? 

My mind. I’ve lost in a few times. Probably after all the essentials — toothpaste,  tooth brush, etc. — I would say my Kindle.  I love to read.

What is your favorite city to perform in and why? 

Not sure if I have a favorite city; each one has something you love about it. New Orleans has great food. Cleveland has the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Chicago is my hometown — and the pizza.  I love Lake Tahoe for its beauty, the weather in California and the pretty girls down South and just about everywhere you go there’s just some really great people and great stuff about each city. I love working up in Canada, too, great peeps. And doing shows overseas for the troops.

Describe yourself in three words: 

Kind, funny and probably tortured.

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it? 

With my kids and grandkids. Their the loves of my life and bring me such joy.

What did you do the last time you were in Phoenix?

I stayed in the air conditioned room. It was like 9,000 degrees. Kidding. I enjoyed working there very much and went to Camelback Mountain.

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El Hefe Scottsdale re-opens New Year’s Eve

Riot Hospitality Group (RHG) celebrates the re-opening of El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Scottsdale on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31. The award-winning restaurant and bar concept will re-open to ring in the new year after being closed for four months while undergoing major renovations. The festivities will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. with owners Ryan Hibbert, Mike Troyen and Jon Wright.

El Hefe will be open to the public 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and then will open for their annual El Hefe “The Morning After” New Year’s Day party at 6 a.m. on Thursday, January 1.

Must be 21 years or older to attend and admission is complementary.

“It’s amazing to be able to celebrate the re-opening of our first restaurant of our brand which changed nightlife across the US from its energetic operational style to family style food service,” said Ryan Hibbert, chief executive officer of Riot Hospitality Group.

The renovations will include a more contemporary and sophisticated look. The restaurant will also feature an all new interior, 90 feet of digital LED walls, completely renovated design interior and exterior, upgraded front entrance, digital menu boards and interactive service.

The first of RHG’s entertainment concept, El Hefe has been delivering high quality food with their from-scratch kitchen, excellent service and quality of product since 2011. Since then they have opened two other El Hefe locations in Chicago and Tempe, in addition to launching a brand new concept Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Scottsdale.


Join Second Story for a New Year’s Eve bash

See what all the buzz is about and ring in the New Year at what’s been called the “Valley’s hottest new Restaurant of the Year,” The Second Story.

Located in Old Town Scottsdale, just above the Gelato Spot, New Year’s revelers at The Second Story will kick-off the festivities New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome specialty cocktail or a glass of premium wine.

Then take your seat for a show of culinary drama featuring a three-course feast of American Modern cuisine.

The party continues all night long with a late-night Cocktail Party including hors d’oeuvres, and a seafood bar.

Finally cure your sweet tooth with the dessert bar and top it all off with the champagne countdown that begins at midnight, the perfect way to celebrate the New Year.

“We wanted to create the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience by putting together the ideal combination of food, drinks and fun,” said Second Story Owner Tommy Plato.

Adding to the overall experience there will be live band throughout the event.


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New Year fun at Talking Stick Resort

Dust off your dancing shoes, shimmering party hats and get ready to bid farewell to 2014 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona! This year, both venues are ringing in the New Year with live headline performances, all-you-can-eat buffets and a variety of entertainment options.

New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to count down the clock and ring in 2015 when the property hosts its Annual New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Party on Dec. 31. The resort will kick off the holiday soiree with dinner followed by the musical performance of the Legendary Soul Man, Sam Moore, and local favorite Boogie Knights. Fans will be entertained as the Grammy Award winner performs a collection of his greatest hits including “Soul Man,” “Hold On! I’m Coming” and “Plenty Good Lovin.” A live DJ will also keep the party going in the Salt River Grand Ballroom all night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the show with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Package options:
•    Sam Moore and Boogie Knights concert $99 per person
•    New Year’s Eve dinner and concert $150 per person
New Year’s Day Brunch at Talking Stick Resort
Make the first day of 2015 unforgettable by attending Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch on Jan. 1.  Kicking off at 10 a.m., the four-hour brunch will be every foodies dream and will include breakfast pastries, seared chicken breast, shrimp and crab gumbo, million dollar pork belly, a smoothie station, herb rubbed New York strip and dessert tray. A signature omelet station and iced seafood display featuring crab claws, poached shrimp and honey smoked salmon will also be included.
New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch options:
•    Adults $65
•    Children (five to 12-years old) $22.95
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz
Celebrate the New Year in style! On Dec. 31, Talking Stick Resort will host Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz. Hosted in the two-story Showroom, the black tie celebration will epitomize the essence of glamor and will include two full bars, cocktail specials, a complimentary appetizer buffet and the sounds of The HIPNOTIX, an acclaimed five-member band performing a variety of genres including pop, funk, Top 40 and R&B. There will not be a dull moment as DJ KILO entertains guests with his dance-infused set list during intermission. Free valet parking will also be available as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guest are encouraged to wear semi-formal to black tie attire. Doors open at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850-7734. For a limited time, attendees can also take advantage of a special $259 hotel room rate for New Year’s Eve by calling 1 (866) 877-9897 and use the code “RAVEN”.
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala Package options:
•    Advance tickets are $65 per person; $125 per couple
•    Day of event tickets are $75 per person
•    Booth or table for four with bottle service is $700 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and four admission tickets
•    Booth or table for six with bottle service is $850 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and six admission tickets
New Year’s Eve Party at Degree 270
Visit Talking Stick Resort’s 14th floor and ring in the New Year at the highest nightclub in the Valley, Degree 270. Ring in the New Year with a live DJ playing top hits throughout the evening. Revelers will enjoy breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountains, party favors, a spacious dance floor and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m and VIP bottle service is available. For more information, call (480) 850-8702. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Degree 270 New Year’s Package options:
•    Six drinks or beverages, party favors and champagne toast for $100 per person
New Year’s Eve at Casino Arizona
Head to Casino Arizona on Dec. 31 and revisit the era of leg warmers, shoulder pads and big hair during the property’s Ultimate 80s Dance Party. Hosted in the Showroom, the extravaganza will include a delicious dinner followed by dancing and performances by the acclaimed tribute act, The Whip-Its. Dieter and Ivanka Hump, a European dominatrix known for her whip and leather attire, will have the crowd in an uproar as they share comedic commentary in between their musical renditions. Audiences will feel as though they’ve traveled back in time as the performers take on 80s classics such as Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” Blondie’s “One Way or Another” and many more. A dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight are also included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Casino Arizona New Year’s Package:
•    General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
•    Standing room only show tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast.
New Year’s Eve at Arizona Room Patio Grill
Relive the 90s at Casino Arizona’s Arizona Room Patio Grill on Dec. 31 with six-member live band, Empire Records. Covering a collection of 90s anthems like Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in A Bottle,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” and Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” just to name a few, guests can honor the New Year with old classics. The party will include a dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and show and the concert begins at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734.  Must be 21 or older to attend.
Arizona Room Patio Grill New Year’s Package options:
•    General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
•    Standing room only tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination (TSCED). Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, TSR is independently owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 240,000 square property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, 98,000 sq. ft. casino, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

el hefe

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria Opens in Tempe on NYE

If you’re heading out to Mill Avenue for New Year’s Eve, why not do it surrounded by platefuls of  award-winning food at the District’s newest bar/restaurant?

Riot Hospitality Group (RHG) will celebrate the grand opening of El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Tempe on Tuesday, December 31. The award-winning restaurant and bar concept will be located at 640 S. Mill Ave — the former location of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar. The New Year’s Eve celebration will take place in the courtyard behind El Hefe and RHG’s newest venue, Public House on Sixth. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event is 21 years and older.

Riot Hospitality Group, operators of El Hefe in Old Town Scottsdale/Downtown Chicago, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Scottsdale and Public House on Sixth in Tempe are proud to be opening the third El Hefe location in Tempe. RHG is known for its from-scratch kitchens, excellent service and quality of product and is expanding its brand to win over the Tempe market with unique venues.

We are thrilled with the success of El Hefe in Old Town Scottsdale and Downtown Chicago and are excited to be announcing the third location in the heart of Tempe,” said Ryan Hibbert, chief executive officer of Riot Hospitality Group. “Tempe is a prime location filled with lively college students and culture and we can’t wait to open our doors.”

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria Tempe will offer a seamless blend of dining and nightlife. The venue will serve a fresh take on the traditional Mexican Taqueria menu, which offers organic ingredients, house made salsas, unique flavor combinations and award-winning food such as the Hefe Hamburguesa, which won “Best Burger” in 2012 at the Arizona Culinary Festival. El Hefe also won 2013 Phoenix New Times Best Of for “Best Place to Stay Up Late on a Sunday Night.” El Hefe Tempe will also feature the famous “Beer-Garita,” which is your choice of a 32 oz. margarita with a 7 oz. bottle of beer poured upside-down.  

The décor is unlike your average Mexican restaurant with natural elements, old school Mexican style and pop culture accents. El Hefe Tempe will be opened Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Note: Because this event is on Mill Ave. where the city’s annual New Year’s Eve Block Party takes place, an additional cover charge may apply for that party.

NYE 2013 Events

NYE 2013 Events In Scottsdale

It’s almost here — 2013! Ready for the countdown? Here are a few NYE 2013 events happening around the Scottsdale area.

NYE 2013 in Scottsdale:

7 Sexy Deadly Sins at Axis Radius

Axis Radius logo, NYE 2013 What: Live music from DJ Soloman; décor based on the seven deadly sins: envy, sloth, lust, pride, gluttony, greed and wrath; perfect for anyone looking for a seductive, yet spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration.
Tickets: General admission, $25, VIP, $45, includes exclusive upstairs VIP area and champagne toast at midnight (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Axis-Radius, 7340 E. Indian Plaza,
Online: axis-radius.com

The Premier at The Mint

the mint, NYE 2013

What: A red carpet, star-studded Hollywood affair.
Tickets: $40 per person (purchase tickets here); for table reservations, call Kelly O’Connor at (480) 516-9748
When: December 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: The Mint
, 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: themintaz.com

Last Dance NYE featuring Wolfgang Gartner at El Santo

el santo, nye 2013 What: Relentless Beats and El Santo present “Last Dance” NYE featuring Grammy-nominated house music producer and DJ Wolfgang Gartner.
Tickets: Starting at $35 online or at the door on December 31st for $75 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 7 p.m.
Where: El Santo Cantina, 
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale

New Years Eve Package at FireSky Resort and Spa

nye 2013 What: Includes Deluxe guest room accommodations, a welcome bottle of champagne, NYE party favors, two cocktails at Taggia’s “Create Your Own Bloody Mary” bar on New Year’s Day, and late checkout of 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Book online or call (800) 528-7867 and mention rate code PNYE
Where: FireSky Resort and Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Online: fireskyresort.com

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve at W Scottsdale

w scottsdale great gatsby, nye 2013 What: A “Great Gatsby” and Roaring ’20s themed NYE party. W Scottsdale is also offering a NYE package, which includes two tickets to the party, in-room champagne, one flask for men and one beaded necklace for women, hosted reception from 7-9 p.m. in the Living Room and more.
Tickets: For the event, $75 for women, $100 for men, $1,000+ for VIP (purchase tickets here); for the package, $374.50 per night (call (877) 782-0104 and ask for rate plan GATSBY, or visit wscottsdalehotel.com/newyear)
When: Event on December 31, 8 p.m.; package valid on stays December 30, 2012 – January 1, 2013
Where: W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: wscottsdalehotel.com

Fiesta Bowl Invitational at The Phoenician Resort

fiesta bowl invitational, nye 2013 What: An elegant evening consisting of live entertainment, five-star dining and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Childhelp, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
Tickets: Single, $300; table: $3,000 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: invitational.fiestabowl.org

NYE 2013: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hotel Valley Ho

hotel valley ho nye 2013 What: Includes a four-hour premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, top club DJs (DJ Decipha), and nearly 1,000 partygoers counting down to midnight with a video countdown.
Tickets: Starts at $115, VIP tables with reserved seating and bottle service start at $750; stay overnight with a special discounted rate of $249 (purchase tickets here)
Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Contact: (312) 226-6990
Online: hotelvalleyho.com

Night on the Town New Year’s Eve at The Saguaro

Saguaro, NYE 2013 What: The Saguaro offers two NYE packages — its Night on the Town, which includes a taco trio for two and two margaritas at Distrito, and its Night at the Saguaro, which includes a barbacoa tasting menu for two in Distrito and brunch for two and two Bloody Mary’s on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Night on the Town, from $236; Night at the Saguaro, from $391 (book here)
Where: The Saguaro, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Online: jdvhotels.com

New Year’s Eve at Sushi Roku (W Scottsdale)

SushiRoku_0008 What: Offering a full, a la carte menu, special menus; half off bottles of wine, sake and champagne from 5-7 p.m.; and a restaurant decked out with 1,000 balloons. The upstairs patio will showcase the W Ball Drop.
Reservations: Call (480) 970-2121
When: December 31; dining room, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; upstairs patio, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Sushi Roku, W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: sushiroku.com

“RA”ckin’ New Year’s Eve Party at RA Sushi

ra sushi, nye events What: New Year’s themed food and drink specials — including Firework Shrimp, “RA”solution Roll, Stoke of Midnight Maki and Bell Droppin’ Bombers — and a live DJ spinning all night. Also offering half-off bottles of sake during the party.
When: December 31, 7 p.m. to close
Where: Kierland Commons, 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, (480) 951-5888; Old Town Scottsdale, 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 990-9256
Online: rasushi.com

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party What: Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this event is a collaboration of three restaurant and bar venues, Dos Gringos, RockBar Inc. and Blitz Sports Grill; features an indoor-outdoor block party with DJs and live music by the Dirty Heads, Authority Zero, the Veragroove, Black Bottom Lighters, the Wednesday Machine, Weird is the New Cool, HB Surround Sound, Pride Through Strife, Valley Love and Grain Truth.
Tickets: $30 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, gates open at 5 p.m.
Where: Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave & 5th Ave., just one block west of Scottsdale Rd.
Online: scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com
Hotel Valley Ho, ZuZu

Hotel Valley Ho's New Year’s Eve Bash

There is no doubt that when you visit the Hotel Valley Ho, whether it be for lunch, a special occasion or hotel stay, you are in for a real treat and unique experience. I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Kristin Heggli, PR and communications manager for the Hotel Valley Ho. Heggli shared the details for their upcoming New Year’s celebration, and how you can ring in the New Year in style.

Tell me about the end of the year at the Hotel Valley Ho.

ZuZu is open Christmas Day! Diners can order off the regular menus, and we’ll also have a few holiday specials like the herb-crusted prime rib and egg nog crème brulee. We’ve also got a great, retro-themed New Year’s Eve party at ZuZu.

What sets your New Year’s event apart from other in the Valley?

This is the only event of the year where our staff is dressed 1950s style, and we encourage guests to wear their best vintage threads, too. It’s so fun to see everyone dress to the period and have a swell time! Also, the rooftop champagne toast is quite special; it’s atop our seven-story tower.

What can guests expect when they choose to spend New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Valley Ho?

DJ Mr. P-Body will be spinning in the lounge, and we’ll also have a four-course dinner paired with Belvedere vodka and champagne from Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. Those who reserve a seat at dinner will be invited to a champagne toast on the rooftop at midnight.

How would you describe the overall experience?

The moment guests arrive, they’ll feel transported to the 1950s. It’ll be an evening of splendid cuisine, champagne, dancing and celebration.

Are there various dining options and price points for the evening?

Yes; guests can reserve a seat for the four-course dinner in the restaurant, or order off the lounge menu and dine in the lounge. The 6:30 p.m. dinner seating is $100, and the 9:30 p.m. seating is $135 (plus tax and gratuity). We recommend early reservations as this event sells out every year.

Tell me about the highlight of the evening.

The dinner is definitely the highlight! For the first course, diners can choose crispy oysters, cheese tortellini, or shrimp + lobster cocktail. The second course is a choice of crab bisque or kale salad; the third course is a choice of tender beef short rib, herb roasted loin of veal, or blackened ahi; and for dessert, it’s either pear financier or chocolate crème brulee. It’s a wonderful menu with a lot of options. The first three courses are paired with champagne, and dessert is paired with a Belvedere lemon basil martini.

Don’t miss this sophisticated and one-of-a-kind evening this New Year’s Eve! Log on to its website or call the number below to reserve your place today. See you there!

Hotel Valley Ho’s New Year’s Eve Bash

When: Monday, December 31, 2012; dining: 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.;
live entertainment: 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Reserve: (480) 248-2000
Online: hotelvalleyho.com

A Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Celebration at W Scottsdale

A Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve At W Scottsdale

Ring in the New Year in ’20s fashion and glamour. With 2012 regarded the year of “The Great Gatsby” and embraced by many designers in recent collections, you can expect the fashion trend to extend into 2013, as Baz Luhrmann’s higly anticipated film is expected to hit the theaters in May. So, it’s only fitting that W Scottsdale’s New Year’s Eve event, the Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve party on December 31st, will capture the spirit and energy of the roaring Twenties as captured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel.

The Great Gatsby experience will begin upon arrival at W Scottsdale, where you’ll find vintage rides and the hotel’s ornate front gate adorned with colorful flowers before entering the hotel’s Living Room ― which will be decked out in true Gatsby style with white textiles, golden candelabras and lush white floral arrangements. As for live entertainment, Crooner Scott Keo will serenade arriving partygoers with classic ’20s tunes.

You’ll then have the chance to ascend the hotel’s dramatic stairway, decorated with feathers and glimmering strands of pearls, before stepping foot onto the W Scottsdale WET deck ― complete with sparkling cabanas, opulent décor and a striking backdrop depicting iconic cover artwork of “The Great Gatsby.”

In addition to individual tickets to the celebration, W Scottsdale will also offer a complete Great Gatsby hotel package.

Fashion inspiration à la Carey Mulligan:

W Scottsdale’s New Year’s Eve package is a two-night-minimum stay and starts at $374.50 per night. The package includes:

  • 2 tickets to the Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve party (package includes two tickets to the event, per bed)
  • In-room champagne amenity
  • One flask for men and one beaded necklace for women
  • Hosted reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Living Room
  • Plus, accommodations in a Wonderful Room

Event-only tickets are available at $100 for gentlemen and $75 for ladies, and VIP tickets begin at $1,000. To reserve a VIP table or cabana, or for more information, please contact (602) 405 0099 or vip@triyar.com.

To make a reservation, please call (877) 782-0104 and ask for rate plan GATSBY or visit wscottsdalehotel.com/newyear. Package is valid on stays December 30, 2012 – January 1, 2013.

Check out W Scottsdale 2011 New Year’s Eve celebration:

W Scottsdale’s Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

When: December 31, 2012
Where: 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: Men, $100; Ladies, $75; VIP, $1,000+ (purchase tickets here)
Contact: (602) 405 0099
Web: wscottsdalehotel.com

Building snowmen at Hidden Meadow Ranch.

Hidden Meadow Ranch Offers Mountain Oasis For A New Year Celebration

When it comes to ringing in the New Year, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Times Square? We see it on television every year: the thousands of people wearing the goofy glasses as they dance to the songs of their favorite performers and watch the magical crystal ball drop during the exciting 10-second countdown. Of course, who could forget all of that multi-colored confetti as it rains down on the crowd as the clock strikes 12? Despite the excitement of Times Square, sometimes there is nothing better than to get away from the crowd and noise to celebrate the start of a new year. And here in Arizona, Hidden Meadow Ranch may be just the place.Snowy Cabin at Hidden Meadow Ranch

At Hidden Meadow Ranch, one can find tranquility and bliss among confetti of snow as they celebrate with friends and loved ones. Located in Arizona’s White Mountains, guests wanting to escape the city can experience the wilderness in luxury as they make their stay in elegant log cabins amid aspen groves, whispering Ponderosa pines and twinkling lakes and streams.Eagle's Nest at Hidden Meadow Ranch

“What better way to wrap up the past year and welcome in the new than to take a peaceful stroll through a meadow at dawn and catch a glimpse of visiting elk, deer or bald eagles?” asks Jane Lenci, general manager of Hidden Meadow Ranch. “Make your first New Year’s resolution to ring in 2013 in a most relaxing, restorative frame of mind.”

As part of the New Year’s Eve festivities at the Hidden Meadow Ranch, guests can expect a special menu from Chef Kurt Jacobsen, the Ranch Roundup evening children’s program from 6-10 p.m., music from the Desert Thunder Band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and a special champagne toast at midnight with party favors.

Get away from the city this holiday season and make a trip to the Hidden Meadow Ranch as you let go of the old and celebrate exciting possibilities with the new.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (928) 333-1000 or visit hiddenmeadow.com.

Hidden Meadow Ranch

620 County Road 1325,
Greer, AZ 85927
Toll free: (866) 333-4080
Local: (928) 333-1000

Memory Jar - DIY

DIY Of The Week: Memory Jar

A Memory Jar And A New Tradition

How many times have you thought, “Where has the time gone?” I love the beginning of new years — the time for fresh starts and new opportunities. This year feels especially promising. Maybe it’s because last year was so difficult for so many people. So let’s not lose track of time and instead make an effort to savor this year!

An easy and quick way to do this is to make a memory jar for the year. Grab some friends or family and decorate a simple mason jar, transforming it into something fabulous. Then, throughout the year write yourself little notes and reminders of all the events of this year — big and small. Even drop in movie ticket stubs, receipts or trinkets. On New Year’s Eve, gather everyone together again and share with each other your memories. I know I’m looking forward to this new tradition!

Here are some steps to create your own memory jar for 2012:

Tools and Materials:

Mason glass jar X-ACTO Knife
Magazines or fabric Scissors
Hot glue 
Modge Podge and
sponge brush

Scrapbooking decorations —
buttons, jewels, glitter, etc.


These are just the steps that I took to make my jar. Let your creativity take over! The key is to make a jar that YOU love.

Memory Jar - Step 11. Gather your magazines, newspaper or fabric, and pull together a color scheme. I prefer to tear scraps of paper rather than cut them out.
Memory Jar - Step 22. With the Modge Podge, paint a little bit directly on the glass. Then, quickly attach the first piece of paper.
3. You’ll want to paint more Modge Podge over the paper as well. Don’t worry if it looks messy, the Modge Podge will dry clear.
Memory Jar - Step 44. Repeat as many times as needed until your glass is covered. Sometimes, I found it easier to use my fingers to glue and move the paper to lay flat.
5. When you’re happy with the coverage, coat the entire jar with a layer of Modge Podge. No need to go too crazy, but anything that is not covered thoroughly will likely peel off later.
Memory Jar - Step 56. Once the glue is dry, embellish to your heart’s content! I added a ribbon and some scrapbooking decorations.
7. For the lid, hot glue the seal to the ring.
8. Lastly, clean up any excess glue or areas that you’d like to remain clear with the X-ACTO knife.

Memory JarAs you can see, just about anything could be done to decorate a memory jar. You could decoupage, sew a wrap or even stain the glass containers. Have fun with it.

Here’s to hoping that 2012 is a gloriously memorable year!

Have a few more jars hiding around? Here are some other DIY ideas using glass jars:

DIY Soap DispenserMason Jar Soap Dispenser

There will always be a need to wash your hands after tending the yard. This handy soap dispenser will fit right in on your potting bench.

DIY - Lace LuminaryLace Luminaries

A sweetly vintage DIY candle holder — perfect for a ladies’ brunch table decoration or your own sitting room.

Google Logo

Top Google Logos 1998 – 2000

About Google’s Logo Doodle collection from 1997 – 2000.

Google has had several logos since its renaming from BackRub. The longest running official Google logo was designed by Ruth Kedar, and is a wordmark based on the Catull typeface.  “There were a lot of different color iterations,” Kedar says. “We ended up with the primary colors, but instead of having the pattern go in order, we put a secondary color on the L, which brought back the idea that Google doesn’t follow the rules.”

In 1998 Sergey Brin created a computerized version of the Google letters using the free graphics program GIMP. These special logos, some designed by Dennis Hwang, have become known as Google Doodles. As of 27 September 2010, Google’s own gallery features 913 logos.

wikipedia: History of the Google Logo

My Top five Doodles from 1998 -2000:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Google Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th 1998

History.com: Thanksgiving by Kathleen Curtin

Season’s Greetings with a Google Doodle

Season's Greetings with a Google Doodle

December 25th 1999

Life123: The Story of Frosty the Snowman by Jenney Cheever

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! from Google Doodles

January 1st 2000

YouTub: New Years Eve Ball Drop 2000

On Easter weekend, Google displayed this logo with an applet by Ken Perlin

Happy Easter: On Easter weekend, Google displayed this logo with an applet created by Ken Perlin

May 1st 2000

The PhotoArgus: 20 Easter Egg Photos to Inspire you this Holiday

2000 Summer Games in Sydney – Cycling

2000 Summer Games in Sydney - Cycling

September 21st 2000

SR – Olympic Sports: Cycling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games


Doodle 4 Google – Google Doodles Animation

A fun animation of sample Google Doodles to highlight the Doodle 4 Google art competition. Read more

by Google’s official YouTube channel



Check back  Next week for the 2001 Google Doodle’s