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PLAYHOUSE 2014

Brookfield donates playhouse to Phoenix Zoo

Brookfield Communities, a successful master-plan developer of two Arizona active adult communities and large land-holder, is helping to raise funds for the Phoenix Zoo’s conservation and educational programs for a second consecutive year. The Phoenix-based developer and home builder has teamed up with its architect partners to custom design and build a unique western themed playhouse for the zoo to giveaway through its annual raffle.

Phil Petersen, founder and president of Brookfield Communities and also a Phoenix Zoo board member stated, “We are proud to be working with the Phoenix Zoo again and hope the playhouse helps raise significant dollars and awareness for worthy zoo programs. This year’s playhouse is really incredible. It’s a miniature western town with a hotel and a jail. The kids will love it!”

The Western Town playhouse is a spacious, two-room, professionally hand-crafted, high-quality, playhouse which will be raffled by the Zoo. Its custom design features old western swinging doors and a wraparound porch. Raffle entries are $20 each or six for $100. They can be purchased at www.phoenixzoo.org/rendezzoo, by visiting the Zoo’s Guest Services Lobby (admission to the Zoo is not required for viewing or purchasing an entry to win) or on Saturday, Oct. 11 during the Zoo’s Rendez-Zoo event.

The playhouse is now on display at the Phoenix Zoo and is available for viewing during regular Zoo hours. One winner will be randomly selected on Oct. 11 via a computer drawing, the evening of the Phoenix Zoo’s annual benefit, Rendez-Zoo. The winner does not need to be present to win.

In 2013, Brookfield Communities donated a pair of playhouses that helped raise funds for various zoo programs and initiatives. Once again this year, Christoph Kaiser of Christoph Kaiser, LLC and Larry Allen of 33 North Architects designed the playhouse.

“We are pleased that Brookfield Communities and its architect partners are providing this hand-crafted playhouse to help raise money for the Phoenix Zoo,” said Bert Castro, president and CEO of Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix Zoo. “The playhouses were a big hit last year so we’re looking forward to what this year brings.”

To purchase raffle entries, visit phoenixzoo.org/rendezzoo.

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TGen recognized as ‘2014 Economic Driver’

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) for one of its 2014 Impact Awards.

TGen was selected among small to medium business in the category of 2014 Economic Driver.

“These companies represent the spirit of the entrepreneur — a spirit that truly makes an impact on our community and our Chamber,” Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO, said in a press release. “It’s a privilege to honor those who continue to innovate, take risks, boost our economy and create jobs. Their ability, tenacity and sense of community are an inspiration to all.”

The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley’s business community and economy.

“TGen is honored to be recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Through our research into the human genome, we strive to not only make an impact on the Arizona economy, but also endeavor — though precision medicine — to help develop new tools, capabilities and therapies that benefit our patients, and benefit Arizona patients first,” said Tess Burleson, TGen’s Chief Operating Officer.

This year, GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity.

Small to Medium Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Native American Connections

2014 Economic Driver: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Risas Dental and Braces

2014 Response to Adversity: NJOY, Inc.



Large Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

2014 Economic Driver: Sundt Construction, Inc.

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: The CORE Institute

2014 Response to Adversity: Phoenix Zoo

The 2014 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at the 27th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 15, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information, visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.

playhouse

Homebuilder donates playhouses to Phoenix Zoo charity

Brookfield Communities, a successful master-plan developer of two Arizona active adult communities and large land-holder, has teamed up with its architect partners to custom design and build two unique playhouses to help raise money for the Phoenix Zoo’s conservation initiatives and educational programs.

Phil Petersen, founder and president of Brookfield Communities and also a Phoenix Zoo board member stated, “We are proud to be working with the Phoenix Zoo and hope these playhouses help raise significant dollars. Special thanks to Christoph Kaiser of Christoph Kaiser, LLC and Larry Allen of 33 North Architects for designing these one-of-a-kind playhouses.”

‘Wild Child Playhouse’ the first of two houses, is an animal themed, 56-square-foot, two room, professionally hand-crafted, high-quality, playhouse – being raffled by the Zoo. Its custom design features a covered wrap around porch, a built in play table and desk. Raffle entries are $20 each or six for $100. They can be purchased at www.PhoenixZoo.org, by visiting the Zoo’s Guest Services Lobby (admission to the Zoo is not required for viewing or purchasing an entry to win) or on Saturday, Oct. 12 during the Zoo’s Rendez-Zoo event.

The playhouse is now on display at the Phoenix Zoo and is available for viewing during regular Zoo hours. One winner will be randomly selected on Oct. 12 via a computer drawing, the evening of the Phoenix Zoo’s annual benefit, Rendez-Zoo. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Additionally, a second playhouse is currently being designed by Brookfield Communities and its partners. This one, which will be shaped like a bird house, will be included in Rendez-Zoo’s silent auction portion of the evening on Oct. 12.

“We are pleased that Brookfield Communities and its architect partners are providing these
professionally-designed handcrafted playhouses to help raise money for the Phoenix Zoo,” said Bert Castro, president and chief executive officer of Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix Zoo. “Judging from the impressive renderings, these playhouses are sure to be a hit.”

The fourth annual Rendez-Zoo will be held at the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 12. The festivities will begin with a welcome in the Zoo’s Plaza by some of the Phoenix Zoo’s animals and their keepers. Guests will then embark on their culinary adventure in the new C.W. & Modene Neely Education and Event Center, where some of the Valley’s best known restaurants, wineries and breweries will offer tasty delights. This will also be the time to experience a preview of ZooLights and bid on unique items and travel experiences in the silent auction. An elegant dinner will be served lakeside by Chef Skip Hause of Fabulous Food, followed by an exciting live auction, dancing to the sounds of Ron Alosi and late-night coffee under the stars.

To purchase raffle entries and/or make reservations for Rendez-Zoo, visit phoenixzoo.org/rendezzoo.

zoowalk

The 9th Annual ZooWalk for Autism Research

Gather your friends, family, and coworkers and enjoy a beautiful walk around the Phoenix Zoo while supporting the mission to find effective treatments for autism!

Come out and participate in the ZooWalk for Autism Research held at the Phoenix Zoo from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds for ASU’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program.

The cost is $25 for adults (includes a t-shirt), $15 for teens and it is free for ages 12 and under. All participants will receive a wristband to enjoy all-day zoo admittance.

This year’s Zoo Walk is dedicated to raising funds for a 1-year multi-treatment study for children and adults with autism.

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Schedule – Saturday, October 5, 2013

6:30 am: Registration Begins – Arrive Early!

6:30 a.m.: Walk begins as soon as you finish registering

8:30 a.m.: Registration Ends

9:00 a.m.: Walk Ends

It’s time to build your Zoo Walk team! Invite your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join your team and help raise money for the Zoo Walk for Autism Research. Sign up today at zoowalk.org.

The 2012 ZooWalk raised over $100,000 cash, and had over $200,000 in donations of medical testing and nutritional supplements. Due to your support, they will be able to complete their 12-month multi-treatment study to help many children and adults with
autism in Arizona!

ASU’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program’s focus is primarily on biomedical issues, including nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, and bacterial/yeast overgrowths in the gut. However, we strongly recommend that a combination of biomedical, behavioral, therapy and educational interventions be used to best help children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.  The research group is dedicated to finding the causes of autism, how to prevent autism, and how to best help people with autism. Please visit zoowalk.com.

The ZooWalk for Autism Research is an annual walk held to raise funds for Autism/Asperger’s Research program at ASU. The walk is a family-oriented gathering that anyone can join, including children, adults, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more. This year’s Zoo walk is dedicated to raising funds for a 1-year multi-treatment study for children and adults with autism. This study will involve a combination of special vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine (to boost energy metabolism), and special diet (gluten-free, casein-free) that we believe will significantly help many individuals.

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zoowalk

The 9th Annual ZooWalk for Autism Research

Gather your friends, family, and coworkers and enjoy a beautiful walk around the Phoenix Zoo while supporting the mission to find effective treatments for autism!

Come out and participate in the ZooWalk for Autism Research held at the Phoenix Zoo from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds for ASU’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program.

The cost is $25 for adults (includes a t-shirt), $15 for teens and it is free for ages 12 and under. All participants will receive a wristband to enjoy all-day zoo admittance.

This year’s Zoo Walk is dedicated to raising funds for a 1-year multi-treatment study for children and adults with autism.

giraffe

Schedule – Saturday, October 5, 2013

6:30 am: Registration Begins – Arrive Early!

6:30 a.m.: Walk begins as soon as you finish registering

8:30 a.m.: Registration Ends

9:00 a.m.: Walk Ends

It’s time to build your Zoo Walk team! Invite your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join your team and help raise money for the Zoo Walk for Autism Research. Sign up today at zoowalk.org.

The 2012 ZooWalk raised over $100,000 cash, and had over $200,000 in donations of medical testing and nutritional supplements. Due to your support, they will be able to complete their 12-month multi-treatment study to help many children and adults with
autism in Arizona!

ASU’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program’s focus is primarily on biomedical issues, including nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, and bacterial/yeast overgrowths in the gut. However, we strongly recommend that a combination of biomedical, behavioral, therapy and educational interventions be used to best help children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.  The research group is dedicated to finding the causes of autism, how to prevent autism, and how to best help people with autism. Please visit zoowalk.com.

The ZooWalk for Autism Research is an annual walk held to raise funds for Autism/Asperger’s Research program at ASU. The walk is a family-oriented gathering that anyone can join, including children, adults, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more. This year’s Zoo walk is dedicated to raising funds for a 1-year multi-treatment study for children and adults with autism. This study will involve a combination of special vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine (to boost energy metabolism), and special diet (gluten-free, casein-free) that we believe will significantly help many individuals.

facebook.com/zoowalkforautismresearch

 

Walk Like MADD Kids

MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING GEAR UP TO WALK LIKE MADD

Mothers Against Drunk Driving brings Phoenix residents together for the Annual Walk Like MADD on March 16, to eliminate drunk driving.

The Phoenix Chapter of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, (MADD), is a non-profit organization that supports victims of drunk driving and spreads awareness of the heartbreaking effects drunk driving can have in the community.

Walk Like MADD 2013In Arizona alone there were over 260 people killed in drunk driving related accidents in 2011 and that number continues to rise. Walk Like MADD helps further the organization’s life-saving mission to campaign to eliminate drunk driving and is held in 36 cities this year.

“We encourage families, and groups of friends and co-workers, to lace up their sneakers and join us for this year’s walk,” said Susan Kavanaugh, executive director of MADD Phoenix. “With everyone’s help, we can and will eliminate drunk driving — a 100 percent preventable crime.”

Walk Like MADD is a non-competitive 5K walk in Phoenix. Check-in for the walk is at the Phoenix Zoo and all proceeds will raise funds and rally support for MADD’s campaign. Registration is $15 for ages five to 20, and $20 for those 21 and over.

If you want to get involved in the MADD organization there are three ways:

  • Register to walk as an individual or a team
  • Sign up online to raise money as a virtual walker
  • Give a one-time donation to Walk Like MADD

For more information on the event please visit walklikemadd.org/phoenix.

What: Annual Walk Like MADD

Where: Check in at Phoenix Zoo

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7 a.m., registration/check-in at 6:30 a.m.

Prices: Ages five to 20 – $15, Ages 21 and older – $20

solar

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.

Holiday traveling tips

Holiday Traveling Survival Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts

Traveling over the holidays? Millions of people will hit the roads, rails and sky this holiday season to join family and friends for thanks and celebration. With tons of sunshine and cool nights, Arizona has become a prime destination for not just vacations, but also activities and entertainment during the holiday season. While some stress is unavoidable when planning around the holidays, you can avoid other headaches and stay in good spirits with a little advanced planning.

To ensure you don’t get caught in the hustle and bustle this year, here is a list of dos and don’ts for the in-state or out-of-state traveler.

Holiday Traveling Dos & Don’ts:

DO plan ahead

If you haven’t booked your holiday travel yet, it’s time to stop waiting and start booking! Check hotel and travel websites for holiday discounts and specials. At Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino, seasonal promotions are routinely offered for those guests who may need somewhere to stay over the holidays. Some sites like Expedia and Hotels.com also offer discounts and specials to travelers based on destination.

DON’T overpack

For some, the holidays mean cold temperatures and snow. Here in the Valley, it means lots of sunshine and shorts. With the 70-plus-degree days this holiday season, it has many Arizonan’s dressing down instead of buttoning up. Try to plan out your outfits ahead of time, and figure out  exactly what you’ll need. Using lists when packing will come in handy to ensure you pack the right wardrobe and don’t over pack.

DO see holiday shows

This holiday season, travelers can enjoy shows of all kinds from festive light shows to holiday concert series. At Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino, enjoy an array of performances this holiday season as country stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan perform to celebrate the holidays and bring in the New Year. Have kids? Enjoy several holiday light displays around the Valley. From Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo to Glendale Glitters, the Valley has a little something for everyone.

DON’T forget Northern Arizona

With Prescott, Flagstaff and Sedona just a few hours away, travelers can experience what the other parts of Arizona have to offer for the holidays. Visit Downtown Prescott, and see historic landmarks and shops, or venture to Sedona to enjoy the red-rock scenery and the outdoors. For those looking for some snow this holiday season, a short drive will get you to Snowbowl in Flagstaff where you can test the slopes.

DO make a budget

Of course you want to shower all your friends and family with all the items on their wish lists, but keep in mind that money doesn’t grow on trees (including Christmas trees). Between shopping, holiday parties and decorating, it can pile on the stress by racking up huge bills. Stick to a realistic budget instead, so you don’t spend the New Year scrambling to pay off your holidays.

DON’T forget about yourself

Between shopping for gifts, holiday happenings and other schedule demands, it can be very easy to forget about yourself during the holidays. Avoid stress during the holidays by scheduling some time for yourself. Yoga and other exercise are great ways to wind down. Taking the time to eat right and get enough sleep can also help keep your mind and bodies refreshed and avoid any added stress through the holidays and into the New Year.

The holidays are a festive time of year, but can also prove stressful for those who host friends and family, travel or go on vacation. By adhering to a few dos and don’ts, you can survive yet another year of stress and demands, and ensure a joyous holiday season and New Year.

Top 5: Animal Parks - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Animal Parks (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Animal Parks — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Pkwy.,
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 273-1341
phoenixzoo.org
Guests can take a walk through Monkey Village, have an up-close encounter with a giraffe, ride a camel, hop aboard the Safari Train, learn about farm life at the petting zoo and enjoy several water-play features during spring and summer months.


Reid Park Zoo

1100 S. Randolph Way,
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 791-4022
tucsonzoo.org
Meet more than 400 animals — rhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions and many more. Venture into the African, Asian and South American regions. Explore the Flight Connection — the full-flight, walkthrough aviary.


Out of Africa Wildlife Park

3505 W. Highway 260,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(928) 567-2840
outofafricapark.com
At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Here, exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen.


Bearizona

1500 E. Route 66,
Williams, AZ 86046
(928) 635-2289
bearizona.com
Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment and all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble bighorn sheep to stealthy mountain lions and adorable bear cubs.


Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

16501 W. Northern Ave.,
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 935-WILD (9453)
wildlifeworld.com
Wildlife World Zoo has been an integral part of the West Valley for more than two decades, and with the opening of a multimillion-dollar aquarium, it just keeps getting better and better. The Zoo is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The aquarium is open to 9 p.m.). That means we are open every day and night of the year — even holidays.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

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Phoenix Zoo celebrates its 50th anniversary

The Phoenix Zoo — voted one of the nation’s Top 5 zoos for kids — will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend with photos from the past and other activities.

Officials from the zoo will tell visitors how the zoo has evolved over the last five decades.

The effort to open the zoo started in 1961 when Robert E. Maytag, grandson of the founder of the Maytag appliance company, rallied friends to help open a zoo in Phoenix.

Maytag died the next year, but his wife Nancy emerged to organize the effort.

The zoo sees 1.4 million guests each year and is home to more than 1,100 animals.

Phoenix Airport Museum, Art Gone Wild

Phoenix Airport Museum Celebrates Phoenix Zoo's 50th Anniversary With "Art Gone Wild"

Phoenix Airport Museum, Art Gone WildSky Harbor International Airport is embracing its inner animal by celebrating the Phoenix Zoo’s 50th anniversary with an “Art Gone Wild” exhibit.

The Phoenix Airport Museum’s exhibit features more than 20 ceramic and bronze wildlife sculptures by Heidi Uotila, and more than 70 animal pictures created by local children, says Jeri Walker, a Phoenix Airport Museum information specialist.Phoenix Airport Museum, Art Gone Wild

Uotila’s collection showcases sculptures of zebras, gazelles, tigers, lions and giraffes among other animals.

Phoenix Airport Museum, Art Gone WildHeidi Uotila is nationally syndicated wildlife sculptor, now a high school ceramics teacher, and lent the Phoenix Airport Museum sculptures she had at home.

Uotila says after she has decided what animals she wants to sculpt, she travels to see them in person and studies their movements

“People are pretty easy to do because you can get them to sit and pose for you,” Uotila says. “Animals are much more challenging because they don’t stand still.”

In recent years, Uotila has moved away from working with bronze sculptures due to the cost of bronze, and says she’s found working with clay to be challenging but rewarding.

Each art piece is accompanied by text that includes educational facts about the animals on display — as well as other facts about the animals and their relatives at the Phoenix Zoo.

The exhibit, located at terminal four on level three in Sky Harbor International Airport, runs until March 2013. Visiting the Phoenix Airport Museum is free, and it’s open 24 hours a day. With more than 600 pieces of artwork and 35 exhibitions, Phoenix Airport Museum is one of the largest in the country.

If You Go: “Art Gone Wild” at the Phoenix Airport Museum

 
Sky Harbor International Airport
3400 Sky Harbor Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 273-2105

Top 5 Animal Parks (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Animal Parks (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Animal Parks — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Bearizona

1500 E. Route 66,
Williams, AZ 86046
928-635-2289
bearizona.com
Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment and all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble bighorn sheep to stealthy mountain lions and adorable bear cubs.


Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

3505 W. Highway 260,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
928-567-2840
outofafricapark.com
At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Here, exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen.


Reid Park Zoo

1100 S. Randolph Way,
Tucson, AZ 85716
520-791-4022
tucsonzoo.org
Meet more than 400 animals — rhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions and many more. Venture into the African, Asian and South American regions. Explore the Flight Connection — the full-flight, walkthrough aviary.


Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Pkwy.,
Phoenix, AZ 85008
602-273-1341
phoenixzoo.org
Home to more than 1,300 animals, guests can take a walk through Monkey Village, have an up close encounter with a giraffe, ride a camel, hop aboard the Safari Train, learn about farm life at the petting zoo and enjoy several water play features during spring and summer months.


Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park,
AZ 85340 623-935-WILD (9453)
wildlifeworld.com
Wildlife World Zoo has been an integral part of the West Valley for more than two decades, and with the opening of a multimillion-dollar aquarium, it just keeps getting better and better. The Zoo is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The aquarium is open to 9 p.m.) That means we are open every day and night of the year — even holidays.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

corporate team-building - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012

All Work And Go Play – Corporate Team-Building Activities

Corporate team-building activities abound from Old West hootenanny’s to serene red-rock settings to zipping around a race track

Great teamwork builds business faster than any technology. And as we slowly emerge from the Great Recession, corporate team-building activities are making a comeback.

Spending on business group travel and activities increased nearly 8 percent in 2011, according to the Global Business Travel Association, and it is expected to rise again in 2012.

If you’re looking for places to take employees for some team building and brainstorming time, the Valley offers a full menu of opportunities.

Here are a few:

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort
The Fairmont Resort has much to offer for corporate outings with its Fairmont Signature Series. Packages in the series include Tequila 101 & Competition, Mimosas & Crepes, DC Ranch Cycling and the Ultimate Western Experience. During the Ultimate Western Experience, participants do a little of everything — from 4×4 excursions and pistol shooting to bow and arrow shooting and horseback riding. Just tie in a team-building platform, and everyone is ready to go.

Loews Ventana, Tucson
Loews Ventana Canyon offers the ideal setting for an Old West-themed, Tucson-style party. Your group can enjoy the night sky and the sounds of a saloon, or ride the mechanical bull until dinner is served. This is a guaranteed great time with a throwback to the Old West right down the interstate in Tucson.

Enchantment, Sedona
At Enchantment in Sedona, you can reward colleagues with a program designed to improve wellness that will pump them up. Enchantment also offers exploration expeditions for strengthening problem solving methods. Participants can expect all of this along with the great scenery, amenities and the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.

Bondurant Raceway
If your fellow office employees have the need for speed, Bondurant Raceway is the place to race off to. The ProKart Enduro package is specifically designed for team building; it starts with a ground school, followed by an open practice session to get comfortable with the track. Then, teams can get together for a few minutes to determine strategy for race time.

Bucca Di Beppo
The spirit of Italian culture in the room makes an outing at Bucca Di Beppo a festive and fun one. With dishes served family style and endless Italian options, there is something for everyone, including banquet packages available for groups of 20 or more, different menu options and themed dining rooms within which to enjoy dinner.

Mesa Arts Center
Searching for more of a theatrical outing for your company? Then search no further than the Mesa Arts Center. It has ongoing shows, offering a 10 percent discount on ticket prices for groups of 20-49 and a 15 percent discount for 50 or more. With upcoming shows such as “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Rock of Ages” and “Ragtime,” a toe-tapping time is guaranteed and will have the office singing show tunes the next day.

Musical Instrument Museum
Enjoy sounds other than office noise at the Musical Instrument Museum. With more than 5,000 musical instruments and musical history from around the world, there will be no awkward silences. Guided tours can last up to about an hour with an overview of the world’s music. Guided tours are free with just cost of admission, which is $15. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to music you may have never known existed.

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort is the place to really let all that hard work pay off with a night out with fellow employees. With endless entertainment activities of which to take advantage, including entertainers such as Jay Leno and Smokey Robinson in the Salt River Ballroom or endless gaming action in the casino, there is something for everybody’s liking. Reward your employees, and make it a TSR night; experience Scottsdale like never before.

Red Rock Balloon Adventures
Fly away on a Red Rock Balloon Adventure in Sedona, and see the sights in a whole new way. Start off with a morning drive to the location, watch the sunset during liftoff and, before you know it, you will get to witness the glorious red rocks, wildlife and much more that Sedona has to offer in a calm balloon ride. When you land, a commemorative picnic awaits. This isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s an adventure that’s will be talked about at the water cooler in the office for the next couple of weeks. Get ready for a magical getaway.

Phoenix International Raceway
Rev up your office mates by letting them enjoy the NASCAR experience at PIR. Not only will they get to see great races, they will also enjoy great food and drink, games and good company. With basic seating to high-end luxury seating available, Phoenix International Raceway will fit the needs of your corporate outing, and, as a result, they will never want to leave.

Granite Creek Vineyards
Looking for more of a peaceful, laid back setting for employees? Then Granite Creek Vineyards is bliss. Granite Creek offers Block Six Catering that custom designs each menu to the party’s desires — even a menu specifically designed to be paired with a Granite Creek Wine selection. So take it easy with a glass a wine, and escape if only for a day.

Grand Canyon Railway
Arizona companies can enjoy the Grand Canyon Railway with fellow employees by qualifying for a discount of 20 percent on train rides and 10 percent off packages. What better way to escape the office and view the great sights of the Grand Canyon with coworkers than on the Grand Canyon Railway.

iPic Theaters
iPic Theaters in Scottsdale offers a discount for employees who work at the Scottsdale Quarter. Members also enjoy perks, such as discounted pricing Monday-Thursdays, and every Tuesday, members get discounted pricing on drinks and food. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Make your corporate outing a memorable one at Fleming’s. Fleming’s can custom design your night out with either a choice of three different set of menus or build one that everyone can enjoy. Or, enjoy a wine tasting with small plates. Either way, you’ll forget about all office work with this night out at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Phoenix Zoo
You think your office is a jungle? Then enjoy a fun outing with “real” animals at the Phoenix Zoo. The Phoenix Zoo offers full-catered company picnics along with team building activities outdoors. With discount admission from $18 to $12 for adults, the Phoenix Zoo offers a one-of-a kind adventure for your corporate outing, and animal company at the same time.

Pink Jeep Tours
What better way to take in the beautiful sights of Sedona than with a Pink Jeep Tour. Pink Jeep Tours offers a discount of 20 percent off for groups of 12 or more. Groups can customize their tours by including a BBQ cookout or box lunches, team building activities, scavenger hunts and more.

Taliesin West
Discover the masterpiece Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built in 1937. Tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups. With a group of 15 or more, take a 1 1/2-hour tour along with additional options, such as renting out space in the evenings, to take in the night sky with a catered dinner. Have your coworkers experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal home in the beautiful Sonoran desert.

Biosphere2
Just take your group north of Tucson, and there you will find Biosphere2, a one-of-a-kind location where your coworkers learn more about the future of the planet as it unfolds right in Tucson. For groups of about 20-30, take part in a 2 1/2-hour private tour, leading your group all through Biosphere2.

Rawhide
Throw on your best cowboy boots, and saddle up because Rawhide offers a new program that provides Arizona companies’ employees with a discount on attractions and at the Steakhouse. Companies can enroll and employees can receive 2-for-1 attraction town passes and 10 percent off in the Steakhouse. So come and experience this unique Western town like you were back in the 1880s. Yee-haw!

Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2012

Phoenix Zoo Giraffe

The Phoenix Zoo: Getting Wild

Voted as one of the top five zoos for kids in the country, the Phoenix Zoo is home to some of the world’s most distinct animals.

Visitors do more than just stroll the zoo; they ride (camels and trains), pedal boats, encounter and pet animals, rock climb, bike and so much more.  The zoo also offers an exceptionally varied menu for when visitors’ stomachs growl in hunger after a day of these activities.

With 2.5 miles of walking trails and nearly 125 acres of land, the Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals, including more than 200 endangered species.

The Phoenix Zoo has four major themed trails: tropics, Arizona, Children’s and Africa’s — each with an experience worth remembering.

The lives of the animals are not framed behind cages and exhibits; in fact, visitors can experience the wildlife with no barriers in-between. Visitors may interact with the monkeys in the “Monkey Village,” encounter giraffes and pet stingrays.  Other activities include camel rides and a visit to the petting zoo, a trip to the farm without ever having to leave the zoo.

When reality hits hard for the kids and the animals become too real, there is also the Endangered Species that will take them for a ride on authentic, hand-crafted animals.

Families can also enjoy a wide variety of seasonal activities like Breakfast with the Animals and Wild Art Classes, where kids have a meal with some of their favorite animals or are inspired by them to create their own ornaments, masquerade masks or even sun catchers.

The Phoenix Zoo is perfect for a casual day out in the wild for kids, families and animal-lovers of all ages or a pleasant, yet wild, night during the zoo’s tent-camping experience. The night camp is a full night-in-the-wild experience with a fresh dinner off the grill, a night hike, close-up animal encounters and a camp fire. Campers also wake up to a breakfast with the animals and a private safari tour.

Since 1962, the Phoenix Zoo provides locals and travelers from all across the world an experience of the wild and a glimpse of an animal-loving traveler, bringing to the state some of the world’s most threatened, yet distinct, animals.

For more information about the Phoenix Zoo, visit phoenixzoo.org.

National League of Cities Gathering

Phoenix Hosts National League Of Cities Gathering

Phoenix impresses peers as host of National League of Cities Gathering

Inviting municipal leaders from across the nation to spend nearly a week in your city requires great measures of confidence and hospitality. It is bold exercise in peer review, not unlike inviting Martha Stewart and Miss Manners to attend a dinner party you’re hosting, or inviting renowned golf architects Pete Dye and Tom Fazio to play a round on links you’ve built.

So last month, when the City of Phoenix welcomed more than 3,500 mayors, city councilpersons and municipal planners to town for the National League of Cities’ 2011 Congress of Cities and Exposition, it was no small undertaking.

The event, held at the Phoenix Convention Center, featured four concurrent conferences―Green Cities, Economic Development, Infrastructure and Your City’s Families. Civic-minded attendees heard from prominent speakers and issue experts, participated in leadership training sessions, attended leadership training sessions and visited mobile workshops across metropolitan Phoenix.

“Mobile workshops highlighted everything happening in Arizona cities, from sports to sustainability,” Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said.

When all the educational sessions and site tours and were over, Phoenix’s peers left impressed.

“We had a great time in Phoenix,” said Bluffton (Ind.) Mayor Ted Ellis, who was elected as the new president of the National League of Cities during the congress. “Coming to Phoenix allowed our members a number of opportunities to explore innovative ideas and programs in the city and the surrounding area. Between various workshop sessions and mobile tours, the city and the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau provided an in-depth exploration of the most pressing challenges cities are facing today.”

The mobile workshops took participants to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Civic Space Park and Downtown Public Market, and several City of Phoenix leaders leant their voices and expertise to the cause. Mayor Gordon and Councilman Michael Johnson spoke at the opening general session, Councilman Bill Gates spoke at Green Cities Conference opening session, and Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark spoke at the biomedical campus mobile workshop.

Phoenix Art Museum hosted 300 attendees at the Board of Director’s Dinner, and the Arizona Science Center was the site of the congress’ closing event on Nov. 12. Spouses of attendees were treated to tours of Desert Botanical Garden and downtown, and youth delegates experienced “Zoo Lights” at the Phoenix Zoo.

Attendees also got an up-close look at some of downtown’s newest developments, including the expanded Phoenix Convention Center, METRO light rail, Arizona State University’s Downtown Campus, CityScape, and the Sheraton and Westin hotels.
“This event was almost a decade in the making, and what better time to showcase downtown Phoenix than right now?” said Councilman Johnson, who, as the President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, led tours and spoke at a number of events. “The feedback I received from conference attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. National League of Cities attendees were impressed with the quality of conference workshops, tours and other amenities Phoenix offers our visitors.”

The 2011 Congress of Cities generated an estimated $8.7 million dollars in direct spending for the city. It also gave city leaders the opportunity to demonstrate to their peers that Phoenix is a diverse and welcoming destination for meetings and conventions―a fact that has been clouded by the national debate over Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law.

The National League of Cities expressed opposition to Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law last year, and the group had felt pressure from some corners to pull the 2011 Congress of Cities out of the state. Instead, it chose to conduct the event in Phoenix as planned, and took the opportunity to add Immigrant Integration training seminars to the agenda. These seminars allowed attendees to learn about different programs and policies to integrate immigrants into the community―economically, socially and culturally.

Rebuffing critics who called for a boycott, the National League of Cities reaffirmed its decision to host the Congress of Cities in Phoenix, citing the following reasons:

To support Phoenix and Arizona cities and towns. The City of Phoenix and Arizona cities and towns have actively opposed to the state’s actions. As the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing cities nationally, we are going to Phoenix to support the efforts of the City and other Arizona cities and towns.

To promote and encourage constructive local action to integrate immigrants into the economic, social, and cultural fabric of cities through conference programming, training, and education.

As a continued call for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.

For more information about the National League of Cities, nlc.org.

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]

2010 Best of the Best Awards

2010 BOB Awards: Entertainment

The following companies won the Gold, Silver and Bronze rankings in the Entertainment category of the 2010 BOB Awards.

2010 Best Of The Best Awards: Entertainment


2010 Best of the Best AwardsPhoenix Zoo
Family Amusement

Year Est.: 1962
AZ Staff: 250+
Principal(s): Berto Castro
phoenixzoo.org

2010 BOB AwardsNestled among the picturesque buttes of Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals, including several of the planet’s most endangered species. With 125 acres to roam, the zoo offers four distinct and exciting trails — Tropics, Africa, Arizona and the Children’s Trail — providing a captivating experience around every corner. The zoo is also the perfect place for a birthday party or special event — even a wedding — with numerous venues to create a wonderful memory for any occasion. Enjoy all this and more, only at your Phoenix Zoo.


2010 Best of the Best AwardsThe Cine Capri at Harkins Scottsdale 101

Movie Theaters

2010 BOB


Year Est.:
2003
Screens: 14
Principal(s):
Dan Harkins
harkinstheatres.com

2010 BOB AwardsElements Restaurant at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort

Restaurants: International

2010 BOB AwardsYear Est.: 2001
Seats: 108
Principal(s): Westroc Hospitality
Head Chef: Beau MacMillan

elementsrestaurant.com

2010 Best of the Best Hall of Fame