Talking Stick Resort is celebrating Halloween with its annual Wicked Ball event on Oct. 31. Hosted in the property’s Salt River Grand Ballroom, the event will feature live entertainment, a variety of performers and decked-out characters vying for top honors in the costume contest. At the end of the night, the remaining 10 finalists will win a share of $10,000. But that’s not all — as the Halloween party will also showcase EDM, trance and Top 40 hits all night long!
In its second year, the Halloween bash will feature three rooms complete with cocktail specials and variety acts. Each room will showcase a different theme, vibe and musical style so guests will get to experience three parties for the price of one! Lady La from LIVE 101.5 will keep the party rocking in the main room, serving as the costume contest’s emcee. The top 10 costume contest finalists will take home cash with the first place winner earning $3,500. Advanced general admission tickets are $50 while VIP tickets are $90. General admission tickets purchased on the day of the event are $60. “Day of” VIP tickets are $100 and include six drinks.
Additionally, guests can purchase a cabana at RELEASE any Saturday this month and receive 10 VIP Wicked Ball tickets, which includes six drinks and access to the VIP areas (a $900 value). To learn more information or purchase tickets for Wicked Ball at Talking Stick Resort, visit http://www.talkingstickresort.com/scottsdale-halloween-party.aspx or call Talking Stick Resort’s Box Office at (480) 850-7734. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Prizes for the top 10 finalists will be as follows:
1st place- $3,500
2nd place- $2,500
3rd place- $1,500
4th place- $1,000
5th place- $500
6th-10th place- $200
One of the perks of living in Arizona is that April means the kickoff of pool party season. While people elsewhere are still rocking their snow boots, we here in Scottsdale are ready to bare down to our bikinis for some serious pool time, great music and tasty cocktails. Here are the details on the first pool parties of the season:
- Talking Stick Resort’s RELEASE parties are returning to the Valley this Saturday! The RELEASE pool parties will take place every Saturday and Sunday and feature performances by some of the top Las Vegas, Miami, San Diego and San Francisco DJs. New this year is an outdoor concert pool venue that will bring in bands such as Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Staind, Collective Soul and 311. There is no admission fee during regular weekends, and the resort has cabana and daybed reservations available. Though pool party entry is free, Talking Stick Resort does charge for outdoor concerts. talkingstickresort.com – 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
- Also this Saturday, you can find David Guetta spinning live at Maya Day + Nightclub! Guetta, a multi-Grammy Award winning DJ is performing Saturday afternoon at Maya before he hits the stage at Coachella. General admission tickets are $90 and VIP tickets are $216. VIP tickets include priority admission, access to VIP area behind the DJ booth, and a private bar with specialty cocktails. mayaclubaz.com – 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
- Also at Maya Day + Nightclub are Day Dreamin Saturday and Sunday Phunday. Maya resident DJs Soloman, Knick Knack, Jason Merm and Trill Tone will heat up the pool every Saturday and Sunday this summer. Expect to see some yet-to-be-announced national and international DJs perform throughout the summer as well. Admission for each day is $10 for girls, $15 for guys. mayaclubaz.com – 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
- Saturday and Sunday pool parties at W Scottsdale’s WET are up and running for 2014. A variety of DJs will spin as you enjoy the pool and cool drinks. Admission is $10 for non-hotel guests, and the hotel offers daybeds and cabana reservations. wscottsdalehotel.com – 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
The new iPhone 5 goes on sale in retail stores later this week, but buyers went online early last Friday to gobble up the latest Apple offering.
Apple opened online pre-orders of the new smartphone at 3:01 a.m. last Friday and sold out of its available stock within an hour.
According to Apple’s website, people looking to order the iPhone 5 now will need to wait two weeks before getting the new device.
“Our online systems have performed flawlessly. We have seen significant volume since we started to accept the pre-orders at 3 a.m. There is clearly strong interest from our customers,” said Michelle Gilbert, spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless.
Gilbert said customers were asking questions about their account to see if they were eligible to upgrade to the new phone, its costs and what would be the correct rate plan for them.
“We’re very pleased with our customers’ initial interest in the iPhone 5 on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Our stores will be open early at 8 a.m. [Friday] when the iPhone [officially] launches,” Gilbert said
The iPhone 5 will cost $199 for a 16 GB version; $299 for a 32 GB version; and $399 for a 64 GB version.