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Orange Sky earns Wine Spectator 2014 Award of Excellence

Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is proud to announce that its signature restaurant, Orange Sky, has once again been the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. This marks the fourth consecutive year the restaurant has been recognized for its impressive wine list.

“We consider Orange Sky to be Talking Stick Resort’s culinary jewel so we’re ecstatic Wine Spectator has acknowledged our premier wine offerings,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “To be recognized with an Award of Excellence once is significant, but to be recognized four years straight is a great source of pride.”

Wine Spectator is widely considered the insider’s guide to wine and fine dining. It evaluates wine lists at restaurants in consideration for three awards. In addition to the Award of Excellence, awards giving by the publication annually include, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award. This year, Orange Sky was one among more than 2,000 restaurants to receive the Award of Excellence accolade in 2014. As an award recipient, the upscale eatery will be featured in Wine Spectator’s Aug. 31 edition.

AE14color-1To qualify for an award from Wine Spectator, the restaurant’s wine list must showcase complete, accurate information, including appellations and vintages for all selections. The complete producer names and correct spellings are required. The overall presentation of the wine list is also reviewed. For the Award of Excellence, selected restaurants must offer at least 100 wine selections complementary to their menu.

The wine list at Orange Sky features a selection of over 300 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. A dramatic, glass wine room displays more than 100 of its white wine selections in a temperature controlled environment of 42 degrees, while red wines are stored at 56 degrees in hand-crafted, cedar wood wine racks enclosing the Sommelier table. All of Orange Sky’s wines are served in lead crystal glassware, fitting to the varietal.

Nestled on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort, the fine-dining restaurant features fresh seafood, flavorful steaks and just-harvested vegetables. With its 360-degree views of the valley’s signature orange sunsets, Orange Sky has a versatile menu that will satisfy all tastes. For more restaurant information or reservations call (480) 850-8606 or visit www.talkingstickresort.com.

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Casino Arizona, Talking Stick present Mercury playoffs

Glory Awaits for the Phoenix Mercury, who today announced Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the club’s 2014 playoff run. The WNBA Playoffs will begin on Thursday, August 21. The Mercury’s postseason schedule has not yet been determined.

As part of the agreement, one lucky Mercury fan at each home Playoffs game will receive a shot at the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout. The promotion gives the fan a choice of shooting a free throw for $777, 3-point shot for $7,777 or a half-court shot for $77,777.

As the presenting partner, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is included on the Mercury’s “Glory Awaits” 2014 playoff logo, which is painted on the glass windows outside of the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center. An image of the logo painting is attached.

“Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is proud to be a part of the Phoenix Mercury’s bid to win the WNBA Finals,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Playoffs are an exciting time, not only for the team, but also for the fans and we are pleased to offer our support.”

The presenting partnership for the Mercury’s WNBA Playoffs run is an extension of a regular season agreement which also featured Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the team. The Mercury clinched the team’s ninth playoff berth in franchise history with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, July 22.

Single-game tickets for Game 1 of the Mercury’s opening round series are on sale now. Tickets for Round 1, Game 1 start at $17 and can be purchased at PhoenixMercury.com, at the US Airways Center ticket office or by phone at 602-252-WNBA.

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.

Some of the best staycations for the holiday weekend

You don’t need to go away for the holiday weekend when we have the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants right in our backyard.

You can forget about the flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are designed specifically for local residents who want a staycation to get away from it all. The best part about it getting to experience the best Arizona has to offer? During the summer, the rates are very low.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix
The deals: “Night on the Town” includes accommodations and $25 gift card to Copper Blues starting at $129. “$102 and a Round of Brew” includes accommodations and a round of four beers at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. “Sweet Dreams” features accommodations, “Some Day, Some Night” children’s book by local author Jack Guinan, milk and cookies starting at $129. “Summer Getaway” offers accommodations, $10 iTunes gift card and two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden starting from $129.
To book: (602) 253-6633 or hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
The deal: The Splash Into Summer package is available May 21-Sept. 3. From just $169 per night, guests get a deluxe room (50 percent off second room), free dinner in SWB for one child with each paying adult, free golf for kids ages 15 and under, 50 percent off Camp Hyatt each day for up to two children per room, and access to the resort’s 2.5-acre water extravaganza complete with 10 pools and three-story, high-speed waterslide.
To book: (480) 444-1234 or scottsdale.hyatt.com and reference rate code SSPLSH

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
The deal: The “Fling & Swing” package starting at $169 is available May 22 through Sept. 2. The summer package includes a daily $50 resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses (after 3 p.m. day of arrival, 11 a.m. on for remainder of stay), free meals for kids 12 and under, free access to the Family Escape Center, free in-room Wi-Fi, complimentary appetizer or dessert daily with an entree and free tennis.
To book: familyflingandswing.com/

Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa
The deals: Amara offers two summer packages. “Rise & Dine” includes deluxe accommodations and a $25 daily dining credit starting from $339 per night. “Relax & Recharge” features deluxe accommodations and $100 daily spa credit starting from $339 per night. Packages valid now through December 31.
To book: (928) 282-4828 or amararesort.com

L’Auberge de Sedona
The deal: For the past 3 summers L’Auberge has had a “Drop it Like it’s Hot” deal that is geared towards Phoenix residents. As the temperatures heat up in Phoenix, Phoenician can escape the heat and drive North to Sedona and “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” At 4 p.m., L’Auberge takes the temperature on Oak Creek and compares it with the temperature at Sky Harbor. The difference will be the discount on your rate.
To book: (928) 282-1661 or lauberge.com

Lodge on the Desert
The deal: From May 27-Aug. 14, guests can get deluxe accommodations at $99 per night with breakfast for two (plus tax). Based on availability.
To book: (520) 320-2000

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
The deal: Dive into Summer Savings with Loews Best Rate. Rates start from $99 per night, May 21-Sept. 4, and some restrictions apply. Rates are also based on availability.
To book: (800) 235-6397 or loewshotels.com

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
The deal: Discover refreshing pools, water slides, complimentary kid’s meals, poolside activities, dive-in movies, all-suite accommodations, themed restaurants, children’s programs, championship golf and relaxing spa services for the ultimate in summer chill time. Rates starting from $89 per room, per night.
To book: (602) 943-7752 or pointehiltontapatiocliffs.com

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
The deal: Sanctuary offers the “For Arizonans Only” deal, which gives local residents 20 percent off the resort’s best available rate for a two-night stay or more. Guests must present a valid Arizona ID at check-in. Offer is valid June 1-Aug. 27. In addition, Sanctuary’s starting rates drop 45 percent — from $529 to $289 per night — beginning May 16.
To book: (800) 245-2051 or sanctuaryaz.com

Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center
The deal: Rates from $89, guests choose from the resort’s Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale or Summer Seclusions “Kid Free Zone” packages. Available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (480) 991-9000 or TheScottsdaleResort.com

Talking Stick Resort
The deal: This summer, Talking Stick Resort is offering discounted hotel rates starting from $119 per night plus applicable taxes.
To book: (480) 850-7777 or talkingstickresort.com

The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
The deal: The Boulders beckons travelers to the “cool side of the desert,” where temperatures are typically10 degrees cooler than in the valley. Seasonal rates dip to $99 per night. When booking a stay, request the “Best of Waldorf Astoria Package” and receive $50 resort reward for each night of the stay. The Truly Boulders Package includes luxury Casita accommodations, daily $15/adult breakfast credit, 20 percent off spa services, complimentary parking and golf club/tennis racquet rentals for just $159 per night, double occupancy.
To book: (480) 488-9009 or theboulders.com

The Phoenician
The deal: Book and stay between May 30 and September 1 and be entered to win a two-night New Year’s Eve stay at The Canyon Suites, Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel. Summer rates start at $159 per night.
To book: (480) 941-8200 or thephoenician.com/offers and reference rate code SUMMER

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The deal: At The Plaza, enjoy luxury accommodations from $99 per night plus a $50 food & beverage credit for any resort bar, poolside café or restaurant.
To book: (480) 948-5000 or scottsdaleplaza.com

The Scottsdale Resort
The deals: “Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale Summer Package” offers rates from $89 weekdays and $99 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and weekend movie showings in the Pueblo Theater. The “Kid Free Zone” package offers rates from $89 weekdays and $119 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and Saturday and Sunday full breakfast buffet for two in the clubhouse. Casita suites available starting from $149 weekday and $179 on weekends. Summer deals available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (800) 540-0727 or thescottsdaleresort.com

W Scottsdale Hotel
The deal: The W lets you kick back and take it easy with two special summer packages. The Vitamin W comes with sunglasses, sunblock, beach bag, a poolside pitcher of Vitamin W and a room. The Road Trip includes a $25 gas card, overnight valet parking, a USB car charger and a room. Rates are from $160 per night and available for stays May 11-Sept. 6
To book: (877) 782-0104 or wscottsdalehotel.com/specialoffers

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
The deal: Get Baja Bound starting at $99, Your tropical staycation includes a discount “passport book” with savings on all restaurants, spa, tennis, horseback riding and more.
To book: (520) 297-1151 or westwardlook.com

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
The deal: Gila River Casinos is a great place to stay and play! From June 1-Sept. 25, guests can stay at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino for rates starting as low as $69. The best gaming, dining and night life in the valley, Gila River Casinos offers all the hottest slots and best entertainment destination all under one roof.
To book: WinGilaRiver.com

DJ Danny Stern, from WorldRedEye.com

In the Mix: Top club shows this weekend

This weekend is all about the daytime party at some of the Valley’s top-notch locations with some great headliners hailing from across the country and world.

DJ Danny Stern @ Release Pool Party Talking Stick Resort

Spinning at Saturday’s Release Pool party is one of South Beaches prominent DJs, Danny Stern. Stern’s format includes elements of almost every danceable genre out there. Stern is use to turning tables at all popular oceanfront oases in Miami that partying at one of the valleys top pool parties should come easy.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, Saturday June 21, 11 a.m.-5p.m.

Syn Cole @ El Hefe Scottsdale

Estonian DJ, Syn Cole, who skyrocketed to EDM stardom after being picked up by Avicii’s record label, will be behind the turn tables this weekend for Sunday Funday at El Hefe Scottsdale.His debut single ‘April’ showed what this newfound talent can do and his second remix for the label ‘Hey Brother’ sparked both radio and DJ support across the globe. His release ‘Miami 82’, on Avicii’s album solidified that this talent is here to stay. This is show is free of charge and is one you do not want to miss.

El Hefe Scottsdale, 4425 N Saddlebag Trl, Scottsdale , Sunday June 22, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

DJ Leslie Santos @ Release Pool Party Talking Stick Resort

One of Los Angeles most sought after female DJs is headlining Sunday’s Release Pool Party. Since her debut nightclub performance 2007 Santos has been all over the LA club scene. Her pure talent behind the turntables and aptitude for all music genres has landed her residencies and guest appearances at some of Los Angeles & Las Vegas premiere nightclubs. She is on her way to securing her spot among some of the world elite DJs.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, Sunday June 22, 11 a.m.-5p.m.

Things to do this weekend

Are you looking to break away from your daily routine? From the Vans Warped Tour rocking the desert, learning about women’s issues through LUNAFEST, engaging in side-splitting laughter with a former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller, experiencing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in a new way to ending your weekend with a serenade by an “American Idol” winner, the rest of your week is bound to be anything but ordinary!

Icon for Hire, via Vans Warped Tour flickr.

Icon for Hire, via Vans Warped Tour flickr.

Vans Warped Tour
Lather on that sunscreen and stay hydrated, but most importantly unleash your inner punk rocker because the Vans Warped Tour is taking over the desert! Featured bands include Anthony Raneri, Anberlin, Bad Rabbits, Bayside, Born of Osiris, Bowling for Soup, Breathe Carolina, Chelsea Grin, Cute is What We Aim For and many more.
Quail Run Park, 4155 E. Virginia, Mesa. vanswarpedtour.com. Wednesday, June 18. 11 a.m. $23.50 to $45

LUNAFEST
Join the LUNAFEST film festival to raise awareness about women’s issues. The festival will illustrate women serving as leaders in society through nine short films. Each film will focus on topics ranging from women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds will help fund the Breast Cancer Fund and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.
AE England Building at Civic Space Park. 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. http://lunafest.org/phoenix. Friday, June 20, Reception: 6 p.m., Festival Opening Remarks, 7 p.m. General Admission: $20; Filmmakers: $15; Students: $8

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller
Former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor and Monday Night Football commentator, Dennis Miller known for his pop culture references and right-winged comedy is set to fill Talking Stick Resort with laughter. Miller is a five-time Emmy award winning comedian best known for his live talk show, Dennis Miller Live.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. talkingstickresort.com.  Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m. $30 to $150


Rocky Horror Picture Show with Shadow Cast
Get ready to experience the songs, dances and flashy costumes that make the Rocky Horror Picture Show unforgettable. Watch as the cult-classic comes to life through performances by Frankie’s Fishnets alongside the actual film. A costume is not required, but you may purchase a prop bag at the show or wear your own Rocky Horror Picture Show inspired attire.
Arizona Event Center, 1300 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. arizonaeventcenter.com. Saturday, June 21, Doors open 9 p.m. $10 adv, $15 dos

Scotty McCreery
End your weekend with “American Idol” winner and country singer, Scotty McCreery! The “See You Tonight Singer” and “I Love You This Big” singer has three successful albums under his belt along with numerous hit singles. McCreery is the second country singer to win “American Idol” since past winner, Carrie Underwood in 2005.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation.  wingilariver.com. Sunday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. $38 to $58

Things to Do: May 27-June 4

Who’s feeling a bit nostalgic this weekend? From reliving three decades of award-winning chart-toppers by pianist Billy Joel, catching up with Tim Allen, running through downtown Tucson or watching Prescott reenact crucial events in Arizona history at its 150th anniversary, take some time to enjoy the past! Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us at @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

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Billy Joel
Billy “Piano Man” Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits over a span of three decades (‘70s to ’90s). Find yourself a greatest hits compilation and get ready for a night of sing-a-longs! Fun fact: The six-time Grammy Award winner is the first non-classical pianist to have a painted portrait hanging in Steinway Hall in Manhattan.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, usairwayscenter.com, Sunday, June 1, 8 p.m., $50 to $120

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Prescott Sesquicentennial
Prescott is turning 150 years old! In celebration of its anniversary, the city getting back to its Western roots with reenactments, shoot outs, street fairs, rodeo and museum tours. Fun fact: Prescott was the First Territorial Capital in Arizona (It later became Tucson, then Prescott, and, finally, Phoenix). Abraham Lincoln appointed the original governor, John A. Gurley, who died before taking office.
Courthouse Plaza, Prescott, Friday, May 30, 5 p.m., to Sunday, June 1, visit-prescott.com.

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Meet Me Downtown 5K
This evening run starts and finishes at the Children’s Museum and Military Park Plaza. The route has runners winding through downtown Tucson, finishing with a music festival, food trucks and an after party at Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Kitchen.
Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave., Tucson, Saturday, May 31, 7 p.m., $20 to $20

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AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular
You what pairs really well with a fine wine? The fine arts! Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts reap the benefits of your glassfuls of more than 40 wines specifically selected to wash down AJ’s gourmet tapas. There will also be live music and an auction.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, Saturday, May 31, 2 p.m., $30 member; $35 nonmember

Comedy

Tim Allen
Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, aka Santa Claus, aka Buzz Lightyear, is coming to Talking Stick Resort. While Allen never really left the entertainment biz, he recently received a TV Guide award for “Best Comeback” for his portrayal of Mike Baxter in “Last Man Standing,” a sitcom about a dad “fighting for his manhood in a house filled with women.” He’s also the proud father of an enormous cat. See below:
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, Saturday, May 31, 8 p.m., $25 to $175

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Top 5 Accommodations: Casino Resort Destinations

Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations for Casino Resort Destinations! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Accommodations: Casino Resort Destinations

Apache Gold Casino Resort
Location: Hwy. 70, 5 miles East of Globe San Carlos, AZ 85550
(800) 272-2438
Website
On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 850-7777
Website
A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000 square foot gaming floor and two pools.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226

(800) 946-4452
Website
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

Casino Del Sol Resort
5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85757

(855) 765-7829
Website
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
22181 Resort Blvd. Flagstaff, AZ 86004

(928) 856-7200
Website
Twin Arrows, located east of Flagstaff, is northern Arizona’s premier casino resort destination, offering luxury amenities and best-in-class gaming.

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LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

Catch the first wave of pool parties this weekend

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
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Players rally for Phoenix Suns Charities’ Jump Ball

Phoenix Suns Charities’ annual gala, THE JUMP BALL, will be headlined by a show-stopping tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring Damian Brantley, on Saturday, March 1 at Talking Stick Resort. Guests will also enjoy appearances by the entire Suns team and coaching staff, entertainment by DJ Roonie G., dinner, a silent auction and much more. The gala will begin at 6 p.m.

The Michael Jackson tribute band is part of the award-winning “Legends in Concert” live tribute show in Las Vegas. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the show highlights world-renowned musicians from the past and present. The band, featuring Damian Brantley, regularly performs at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, capturing Jackson’s legendary music and choreography through captivating theatrical sets and costumes.

Performing as Michael Jackson is Milwaukee native Damian Brantley. Brantley grew up around music, having been taught to play the piano at age 8 by his father, Junior Brantley, who toured with B.B. King. Before becoming a Michael Jackson tribute performer, Brantley trained for two years to perfect being the King of Pop. View a recent performance by Brantley as Michael Jackson: “Legends in Concert” Michael Jackson tribute

Following the tribute to Michael Jackson, two-time Club World Award winner DJ Roonie G will entertain guests with his own creative blend of audio and visual content.

Table sponsorship options are now available, as are limited individual tickets. More information can be found at sunscharities.org, or by calling 602-379-7767. All proceeds from the event benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families.

Mercury strike deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick

Today, the Phoenix Mercury entered into an exclusive, multi-year marquee partnership with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort that includes branding on the Mercury’s home and away jerseys. The new agreement also designates Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Mercury.

The partnership was announced this morning by Mercury President Jason Rowley, Mercury VP Ann Meyers Drysdale and Casino Arizona’s Senior Director of Marketing Peter Arceo, during a press conference inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center.

Highlighting the partnership is the appearance of the Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort logo across the front of the Phoenix Mercury home and away jerseys, as well as on the team’s warm-ups. With the deal, the Mercury remains one of five WNBA teams with a corporate-branded jersey, after becoming the first team in WNBA history to sign a marquee partnership in 2009.

“The Phoenix Mercury is thrilled to announce our new marquee sponsorship with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort,” said Mercury President, Jason Rowley.  “Having served as the presenting partner for the Mercury’s 2007 WNBA Championship run, Casino Arizona has been a loyal supporter of women’s basketball and we are excited to take that collaboration to an unprecedented level.”

Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort’s logo will also be featured on the Phoenix Mercury’s home court at US Airways Center, and incorporated into the team’s official logo. Images of the court and logo are attached. The new co-branded logo will appear on Mercury tickets and other collateral.

“The partnership between Casino Arizona and the Phoenix Mercury is truly an obvious fit,” said Peter Arceo, Senior Director of Marketing for Casino Arizona. “We both provide the ultimate entertainment in our respective fields. We are proud to be a part of all the excitement the Mercury will bring this season and beyond.”

In addition to marquee placement on player jerseys and on-court logo recognition, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort will receive brand exposure on the team’s website, in-arena signage and throughout various in-game promotions. During each Friday and Saturday home game, one lucky Mercury fan will compete in the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout for the opportunity to win up to $77,777.

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Phoenix Fashion Week is October 1-5 at Talking Stick Resort

From October 1-5, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale will be the center of attraction for all fashionphiles with the arrival of dozens of burgeoning designers who will present their exclusive collections to style addicts, designers, buyers, media, industry tastemakers, bloggers and celebrities at Phoenix Fashion Week (PHXFW). The Las Vegas-style resort and casino will once again serve as the backdrop for three days of breathtaking established and emerging designer runway shows. This year’s event will include a Designer of the Year competition, Fashion Education Seminars, Model of the Year competition, glitzy after-parties, retail deal making and the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience.

Since partnering with Talking Stick Resort in 2011, PHXFW has welcomed more than 10,000 key industry professionals and guests from around the nation and the globe to the City of Scottsdale. An expanded partnership between PHXFW and Talking Stick Resort allows the event the ability to showcase the hottest up-and-coming local, national and international designers.  It will also activate an impressive roster of top-tier partners and sponsors including Zappos.com, Fiat, Pinnacle Aviation, Toni & Guy Hairdressing, UBER, and the UK’s top beauty brand No7 Cosmetics & Skincare.

Over the past several years PHXFW has seen tremendous growth that has earned national attention as a model for regional fashion weeks around the country. PHXFW’s unique brand-building program includes a 4-month boot camp-style preparation and training for participating designers and models – a process that has caught the attention of major industry players including TIME magazine. A feature in the publication earlier this year profiled the event and how it develops young designers and facilitates the jump from homegrown brand to household name for both up-and-coming fashion models and designers.

“Phoenix Fashion Week has become an annual marquee event for Talking Stick Resort,” said Peter Arceo, senior director of sales and marketing for Talking Stick Resort. “The excitement, energy and fashionable fan base that follows the event is a natural fit for our property and the Talking Stick Resort brand.”

Talking Stick Resort offers luxury accommodations in high style, fusing innovative design, exciting entertainment and Southwest sophistication making it an ideal host for the event.

“Talking Stick Resort is an ideal partner for PHXFW because of its capability to accommodate our exploding growth,” said PHXFW Director Brian Hill. “At Talking Stick Resort we have it all – stunning surroundings, key amenities and a platform that allows us to create our own signature runway look and feel that rivals fashion weeks in New York, Paris, and London,” he said. “Having our own flexible space, within the venue has been a key component to growing our program and has helped us to effectively show the fashion world how Phoenix has become a game-changing fashion city,” he said.

This year, PHXFW attendees can expect a high-energy, high style fashion experience with expanded front-row seating, high-tech lighting and heart-palpitating sound, exclusive VIP lounges, interactive brand experiences, premier music and entertainment and special celebrity guests.

Several additional PHXFW-sanctioned designer and sponsor events will take place off site including PHXFW’s signature charity event, Fashionably Pink. Fashionably Pink is a celebrity runway show showcasing pink-inspired outfits created by each of the PHXFW participating designers. The annual event raises breast cancer awareness and funds for breast cancer charities throughout Arizona. This year, the popular charity runway show and silent auction will take place at Domus, a new luxury condominium high-rise in the Arcadia neighborhood.

Patricia Tate

Patricia Tate – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patricia Tate - Vice president and CFO, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona

Tate joined Casino Arizona in 2004 as its finance controller, responsible for financial statement presentation and treasury administration. Her current role as the CFO and vice president includes all her previous responsibilities, along with management of the cage, count, finance, purchasing, compliance, and information technology departments within the enterprise, which includes Casino Arizona and its sister property, Talking Stick Resort.

Surprising fact: “I live in Laveen, three miles from the house I grew up in and where my parents still live today.”

Biggest challenge: “Over the course of my career, I’ve worked in several male-dominated industries, and the biggest challenge has been being judged before my ideas were heard.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

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Summer Deals and Events at Talking Stick

SALT RIVER FIELDS AT TALKING STICK

Tim McGraw takes center stage on August 10. Tickets are on sale now for Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom tour at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. saltriverfields.com/Events.as

TALKING STICK RESORT

Release Pool Parties are heating up at Talking Stick Resort. Enjoy drink specials, promotional giveaways, cabana rentals and more. And don’t miss poolside performances by the region’s best DJs. Every Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. Visit talkingstickresort.com/scottsdale-pool-party.aspx for more information.

The Spa at Talking Stick offers Luxury for Locals, Sunday through Thursday, now through September 30. Choose from three 60-minute spa treatments for only $89. Visit talkingstickresort.com/spa.aspx for more information.

THE PAVILIONS AT TALKING STICK

Race in to the Pavilions for the grand opening of Octane Raceway! The celebration weekend begins July 19. There will be fun activities and events all weekend, including a Hooter girl’s race on Saturday night. Please visit thepavilionsattalkingstick.com/ for more info.

Grab a handful of napkins and a handful of your closest friends and head on down to Buffalo Wild Wings, opening July 29 at the Pavilions at Talking Stick!

BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND

Life Cycle of a Butterfly Workshop- Monday, August 26, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

$15 for Founder’s Members & Annual Passes and $20 for the general public

To register, contact Adriane Grimaldi at (480) 800-3000, ext. 207

Guests will also be taught about the lifecycle of these incredible insects from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and then to butterfly as they go through the transformation process. The class will also include tips about where to see butterflies in Arizona, suggested books for learning more about butterfly gardening and hands-on butterfly examples.

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SCOTTSDALE SALT RIVER

Book 2 weeks in advance and receive 20% off your weekend stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River! marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxpi-courtyard-scottsdale-pima-maricopa-community/

TALKING STICK GOLF CLUB

Tee up at Talking Stick Golf Club – this summer, juniors play free at Talking Stick Golf Club when playing with a paying adult. June-September; please visit talkingstickgolfclub.com/index.php for details.

Talking Stick: A Cultural and Entertainment Destination is conveniently located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Indian Bend and the 101 freeway. We invite you to shop, dine, play and stay with us and be a part of what everyone is talking about! talkingstickarizona.com

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Spring 2013 Events at Talking Stick

Mark your calendars for these upcoming spring 2013 events at Talking Stick.

The Pavilions at Talking Stick

The weather is great so get outside to enjoy it! The Pavilions at Talking Stick is proud to host the McDonalds Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Show every Saturday from 4 – 8 p.m., and the Scottsdale Street Fair April 13 and 14. Both events are free and family friendly.

Octane Raceway is moving to Talking Stick and opening this spring. Octane Raceway features high-speed electric kart racing, a flexible segway course and an interactive arcade.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Who’s hungry? Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will host the Arizona BBQ Festival on April 20. This years’ fest includes the 2013 Redneck Games, an exciting line-up of bands, wild western saloons, super macho mechanical bull riding, a flavored vodka tasting tent and a whole lot of BBQ!

Larry Fitzgerald and some of his closest celebrity pals will be taking the field at the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game on April 27. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., home run derby begins at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.

Talking Stick Resort

Upcoming headline entertainment at Talking Stick Resort.

  • Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, March 29
  • The Tubes, April 5
  • Justin Furstenfeld, April 6
  • Dwight Yoakam, April 20
  • Foreigner, April 26

Share the Health at Rancho Solano – Via De Ventura Campus

Share the Health event celebrates the grand opening of the school’s new state-of-the-art athletic complex and student center on Sat., April 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This free interactive event showcases health and fitness with interactive activities for the whole family – dance and gymnastics, basketball free-throw contests, cheer leading drills, golf and more. A canned food donation is appreciated but not required.

Butterfly Wonderland

Emerging May 2013 is Butterfly Wonderland. Set to open late this spring, Butterfly Wonderland is sure to please children of all ages.

 

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE ANNOUNCES 2013 YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Arcadia High School junior Jessica DuBois has been selected as the 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year.

DuBois, 16, is a member of the Hartley & Ruth Baker Branch, which is located in south Scottsdale. She has been involved in a variety of educational and community service programs since joining the Club more than five years ago and is an active community volunteer, logging more than 90 hours of service in recent months.

Jessica - 2013 YOYAt the Club, she is a dedicated member of several programs, including:

  • Smart Girls, which is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem program for girls ages eight to 17 designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. She also serves as a mentor to younger girls entering the program.
  • What’s Hip, which is an eight-week program for high school girls covering issues such as relationships, drug and alcohol use, self-esteem, and fashion, among others. The program culminates with a fashion show at the Rose Lane Branch.
  • eCrew, which is a program developed in partnership with Arizona State University, C4 Systems, where General Dynamics’ engineers mentor Club members and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to potentially become engineers and business leaders.

The Youth of the Year program has been an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 60 years and is the highest honor given to members of the organization. This annual program begins in January when each of the Scottsdale Clubs’ nine area branches, which are located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods, crown their own Youth of the Year honoree. Each of these members are chosen based on their dedication to the Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, leadership, poise and public speaking ability.

From there, each of the nine branch Youths of the Year undergo a two-month judging process, which culminates with the kids being honored and then giving a speech during the Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction, the non-profits biggest fundraising event of the year.

Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, the annual gala, which took place on March 9 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona, included a dinner, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser, and live entertainment by Club members.

Katie 1During the gala, DuBois shared her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse one day – a dream much closer thanks to her Youth of the Year prizes, which included a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems, a laptop from NPCE Technology Solutions and a Young Leadership Training scholarship from U & Improved.

Her eight fellow branch Youths of the Year were also rewarded during the gala, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and Google tablets from NPCE Technology Solutions. They included: Ariana Alvez, Samantha Elder, Amari Gonzales, Dani Haboush, Alexa Jenouri, Marissa Masters, Kristofferson Walker and Lane Yazzie.

2013 Gala Title sponsors were Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, with other major sponsors including General Dynamics C4 Systems, Republic Services, Go Daddy, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona.

This event caps off a whirlwind 12 months for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, which also included:

  • The Clubs’ Lehi Branch, which serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, finishing construction and hosting the grand opening of its new $50,000 Teen Center, which includes a performance stage, upgraded fitness equipment, a computer lab, décor improvements and a painted mural representing the Native American culture.
  • The Club’s Red Mountain Branch, which also serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, being honored with a National Award of Merit for Program Excellence in Health & Life Skills from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
  • The Club’s Vestar Branch, which serves youth from the Desert Ridge and North Phoenix areas, being named the top branch in the nation by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
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35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival Events Schedule

The lineup has been released for the 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 9 – April 14. Mark your calendars for a week of culinary satisfaction and new events for 2013 including a Cupcake Challenge at Bubbles & Bliss and the Take the Cake Decorating Competition at the Wine Country Brunch.

Since 2002, Scottsdale Culinary Festival has raised over $3.5 million to benefit arts and arts education charities. The event has been voted “Best Annual Event” By AZCentral.com and Arizona Foothills Magazine in 2012.

The 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival schedule is as follows:

Shaken and StirredTuesday, April 9 – Shaken & Stirred: Shake up your Tuesday night with flavor profiles that only a celebrity chef could create. Shaken & Stirred is a riveting celebration of cocktail culture with Chef Brian Malarkey and his latest addition to his culinary empire, Searsucker Scottsdale. In its second year, guests will be able to enjoy three signature Searsucker drinks and the perfect nibbles to match. $40 per person.

Chocolate and WineWednesday, April 10 – The Chocolate & Wine Experience: Imagine if Wonka’s Chocolate Factory was situated in Napa Valley and you were granted an exclusive tasting – a night worthy of a golden ticket that would bring together life’s sweetest indulgences and most robust flavors. Fantasy becomes reality at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Chocolate & Wine Experience. The Valley’s finest pastry chefs and chocolatiers will unite with an incredible selection of wineries at Talking Stick Resort’s Fire Garden. $50 per person.

bubbles and blissThursday, April 11 – Bubbles & Bliss: Pop a bottle, take a sip and stroll around W Scottsdale’s glamorous rooftop WET pool deck. Take a break to say ‘ahhh’ with the Bliss Spa Squad who will be distributing spa-at-home samples and providing complimentary arm massages. Providing the “frosting on the cake” so to speak, will be the Cupcake Challenge. This sweet addition to the annual soiree will have cupcake creators going spatula-to-spatula, as they showcase the best of their wares and voted on by guests. $40 per person.

burger battleThursday, April 11 – Burger Battle: Sixteen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants will be grilling up burgers flavors you can’t even fathom. The battle will begin behind the grill, but it’s up to guests and the panel of judges to decide who will take home the trophy home along with unlimited bragging rights. With entry into Scottsdale Stadium, guests can indulge in all the burger samples they can eat, sip on ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer and enjoy live music by The Walkens. $55 per person.

EDBPFriday, April 12 – Eat Drink and Be Pretty: Guests can stay in vogue with Scottsdale’s culinary scene as twenty restaurants showcase their creations. Around 8:30pm, Caribe Devine of 12News will take the stage and introduce a high-energy runway fashion show by Caché, which will forecast the latest trends and must-haves of the season. Once your appetite for fashion is satisfied, there will be music from DJ P-Body inside the atrium and Las Vegas show band True to Life will perform outside the building. $75 per person.

Chef dinnersSaturday, April 13 – Chef Wine Dinners: One of Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s most exclusive and intimate culinary experiences, guests will join award-winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants for a series of exclusive four-course dinners paired with rich wines. Both the chef and winemaker will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about the pairings. Attendance will be limited to 24 attendees per restaurant. $125 per person.

Great AZ picnicSaturday, April 13 & Sunday April 14 – The Great Arizona Picnic: The “Great Arizona Picnic” is back and better than ever with over 50 restaurants, 200 types of beer, and over 16 hours of live music packed into two massive days! Samples, tastings, demonstrations and more await for 2013. Saturday’s lineup includes major culinary firepower, including Brian Malarkey, host of ABC’s breakout new reality show The Taste, plus Food Network’s Robin Miller and globally-awarded chef Jose Garces. New at the expo for 2013 is the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, an annual event previously invite-only. Watch as awards are given to the Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Beverage Master of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement. Southwest Festival of BeersTM provides samplings of over 200 frosty beers, delicious food and special musical entertainment

Also new for 2013 is the VIP Experience: Passport to the Picnic. Those looking for a premium experience will delight in this brand new offering situated on an exclusive perch overlooking the Barefoot Bubbly and Wine stage, providing shady comfort, inclusive unique food samplings and premium beer, wine and spirits.

GAP: $10 per person.

Children 12 and under, seniors 65 and over – free admission
Active US Military personnel: $5 (not available for pre-purchase)

SW Festival of Beers: $20 per person on Saturday, $15 per person on Sunday.

VIP Experience: $125 per person (21 and over)

Wine country brunchSunday, April 14 – Wine Country Brunch: Feast upon an array of the Valley’s most delightful brunches while sipping on Mimosas and Bloody Marys, perusing alluring silent auction items. Let Randall Hedden astound you as he creates large murals of rock legends, while painting to their own music; and admire 19 extravagant cakes designed and decorated by Valley pastry chefs and culinary students who will be participating in the first ever Take the Cake – Decorating Competition. $65 per person.

best of the festSunday, April 14 – Best of the Fest: A highlight for many of the town’s top culinarians, this year’s lineup at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is sure to please. Chefs take charge of their own two tables to share their personality and flair with guests who selected to dine with them. A friendly competition of sorts, diners enter and take their seats, as curious eyes peer at opposing tables to see what over-the-top decadence other guests may be experiencing. $175 per person.

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35TH ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

The lineup has been released for the 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 9 – April 14. Mark your calendars for a week of culinary satisfaction and new events for 2013 including a Cupcake Challenge at Bubbles & Bliss and the Take the Cake Decorating Competition at the Wine Country Brunch.

Since 2002, Scottsdale Culinary Festival has raised over $3.5 million to benefit the arts and art education charities. The event has been voted “Best Annual Event” By AZCentral.com and Arizona Foothills Magazine in 2012.

The 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival schedule is as follows:

Shaken and Stirred

Tuesday, April 9 – Shaken & Stirred: Shake up your Tuesday night with flavor profiles that only a celebrity chef could create. Shaken & Stirred is a riveting celebration of cocktail culture with Chef Brian Malarkey and his latest addition to his culinary empire, Searsucker Scottsdale. In its second year, guests will be able to enjoy three signature Searsucker drinks and the perfect nibbles to match. $40 per person.

Chocolate and Wine

Wednesday, April 10 – The Chocolate & Wine Experience: Imagine if Wonka’s Chocolate Factory was situated in Napa Valley and you were granted an exclusive tasting – a night worthy of a golden ticket that would bring together life’s sweetest indulgences and most robust flavors. Fantasy becomes reality at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Chocolate & Wine Experience. The Valley’s finest pastry chefs and chocolatiers will unite with an incredible selection of wineries at Talking Stick Resort’s Fire Garden. $50 per person.

bubbles and bliss

Thursday, April 11 – Bubbles & Bliss: Pop a bottle, take a sip and stroll around W Scottsdale’s glamorous rooftop WET pool deck. Take a break to say ‘ahhh’ with the Bliss Spa Squad who will be distributing spa-at-home samples and providing complimentary arm massages. Providing the “frosting on the cake” so to speak, will be the Cupcake Challenge. This sweet addition to the annual soiree will have cupcake creators going spatula-to-spatula, as they showcase the best of their wares and voted on by guests. $40 per person.

burger battle

Thursday, April 11 – Burger Battle: Sixteen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants will be grilling up burgers flavors you can’t even fathom. The battle will begin behind the grill, but it’s up to guests and the panel of judges to decide who will take home the trophy home along with unlimited bragging rights. With entry into Scottsdale Stadium, guests can indulge in all the burger samples they can eat, sip on ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer and enjoy live music by The Walkens. $55 per person.

EDBP

Friday, April 12 – Eat Drink and Be Pretty: Guests can stay in vogue with Scottsdale’s culinary scene as twenty restaurants showcase their creations. Around 8:30pm, Caribe Devine of 12News will take the stage and introduce a high-energy runway fashion show by Caché, which will forecast the latest trends and must-haves of the season. Once your appetite for fashion is satisfied, there will be music from DJ P-Body inside the atrium and Las Vegas show band True to Life will perform outside the building. $75 per person.

Chef dinners

Saturday, April 13 – Chef Wine Dinners: One of Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s most exclusive and intimate culinary experiences, guests will join award-winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants for a series of exclusive four-course dinners paired with rich wines. Both the chef and winemaker will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about the pairings. Attendance will be limited to 24 attendees per restaurant. $125 per person.

Great AZ picnic

Saturday, April 13 & Sunday April 14 – The Great Arizona Picnic: The “Great Arizona Picnic” is back and better than ever with over 50 restaurants, 200 types of beer, and over 16 hours of live music packed into two massive days around Civic Mall in downtown Scottsdale! Samples, tastings, demonstrations and more await for 2013. Saturday’s lineup includes major culinary firepower, including Brian Malarkey, host of ABC’s breakout new reality show The Taste, plus Food Network’s Robin Miller and globally-awarded chef Jose Garces. New at the expo for 2013 is the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, an annual event previously invite-only. Watch as awards are given to the Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Beverage Master of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement. Southwest Festival of BeersTM provides samplings of over 200 frosty beers, delicious food and special musical entertainment

Also new for 2013 is the VIP Experience: Passport to the Picnic. Those looking for a premium experience will delight in this brand new offering situated on an exclusive perch overlooking the Barefoot Bubbly and Wine stage, providing shady comfort, inclusive unique food samplings and premium beer, wine and spirits.

GAP: $10 per person.

Children 12 and under, seniors 65 and over – free admission
Active US Military personnel: $5 (not available for pre-purchase)

SW Festival of Beers: $20 per person on Saturday, $15 per person on Sunday.

VIP Experience: $125 per person (21 and over)

Wine country brunch

Sunday, April 14 – Wine Country Brunch: Feast upon an array of the Valley’s most delightful brunches while sipping on Mimosas and Bloody Marys, perusing alluring silent auction items. Let Randall Hedden astound you as he creates large murals of rock legends, while painting to their own music; and admire 19 extravagant cakes designed and decorated by Valley pastry chefs and culinary students who will be participating in the first ever Take the Cake – Decorating Competition. $65 per person.

best of the fest

Sunday, April 14 – Best of the Fest: A highlight for many of the town’s top culinarians, this year’s lineup at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is sure to please. Chefs take charge of their own two tables to share their personality and flair with guests who selected to dine with them. A friendly competition of sorts, diners enter and take their seats, as curious eyes peer at opposing tables to see what over-the-top decadence other guests may be experiencing. $175 per person.

Boys and Girls Club Youths of the Year

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE HONORS NINE "YOUTHS OF THE YEAR"

By Rick Baker

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale will honor its 2013 Youth of the Year branch winners at its annual Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Talking Stick Resort.

Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, the annual gala includes a dinner, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser, and live entertainment by Club members.

The highlight of the evening will be hearing each of the nine branch’s Youth of the Year honoree give inspiring speeches, followed by one of the teens being named the 2013 Overall Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year – the highest honor given to a member of the organization.

Each year, all of the greater-Scottsdale Clubs have the honor of taking their teens served through the Youth of the Year nomination program, with one overall teen being honored as their branch’s Youth of the Year.

This year’s branch-by-branch honorees are:

Ariana Alvez, senior at Desert Mountain High School and member of the Virginia G. Piper Branch, located in Scottsdale

Jessica DuBois, junior at Coronado High School and member of the Hartley & Ruth Baker Branch, located in Scottsdale

Samantha Elder, sophomore at Fountain Hills High School and member of the Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch, located in Fountain Hills

Amari Gonzales, junior at Westwood High School and member of the Lehi Branch, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Dani Haboush, sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School and member of the Vestar Branch, located in Desert Ridge

Alexa Jenouri, junior at Cactus Shadows High School and member of the Thunderbirds Branch, located in Scottsdale

Marissa Masters, junior at Saguaro High School and member of the Rose Lane Branch, located in Scottsdale

Kristofferson Walker, junior at Seligman High School and member of the Hualapai Branch, located in Peach Springs

Lane Yazzie, freshman at Salt River High School and member of the Red Mountain Branch, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

What They Earn

The 2013 Youth of the Year winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems, a laptop from NPCE Technology Solutions and a Young Leadership Training scholarship from U & Improved. Each of the eight runners-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and Google tablets from NPCE Technology Solutions.

Who Helps Make it Possible

Title sponsors are Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, and other major sponsors include General Dynamics C4 Systems, Republic Services, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona.

The 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year will continue on to the state-level competition with other organizations from across Arizona. The state finalist will be announced during the Arizona State Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast to be held on April 3, 2013, at U.S. Airways Center.

The winner of the state competition advances to the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition held later this year, with the opportunity to continue to the national event.

Come Join Us!

Tickets for Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction start at $125 per person. Tables and event sponsorships are still available. For more information or to see our 2013 sponsors please visit www.celebrateyouthgala.org or call 480-344-5682.

About Rick Baker

Rick Baker is Chairman of the Board at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. He has been involved with the organization since 2001 and is currently working with the team on “Angels for Kids, Mentors for Life,” the annual giving campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Mentoring helps youth in their personal and educational development as well as prepares them to be productive future citizens. For more information, please visit www.bgcs.org.

Spring Training Stadium Guide

Talking Stick packs in the fun

Come be a part of what everyone is talking about at Talking Stick!

THE PAVILIONS AT TALKING STICK
The Scottsdale Street Fair is now a Saturday/Sunday affair! Beginning this Saturday/Sunday, February 9 & 10, the SSF is going bi-weekly, resulting in twice the fun off the 101! On Saturday, February 9th, The Scottsdale Street Fair will welcome MagiKaria, a fantastic magical experience for children or all ages (11a) and Spring Into Fashion- a fashion show brought to you by the Phoenix Children’s Museum of Phoenix and sponsored by Dillards (1p).

The Big One is Back! February 14th is opening night for Circus Vargas! February 14-18, for tickets visit www.circusvargas.com

SALT RIVER FIELDS AT TALKING STICK
Spring Training begins on February 23rd! The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will kick off another great season on Saturday, 2/23! The World Baseball Classic will take the field March 5-7 as well. Tickets are on sale now at  http://www.saltriverfields.com/spring-training-tickets.aspx

TALKING STICK RESORT
Love is in the air at Talking Stick Resort! The Spa at Talking Stick is offering several candlelight specials  this month, including a candlelight pedicure for $60. visit http://www.talkingstickresort.com/spa/specials.aspx for more information.

Looking for something to do Valentine’s Day weekend? Talking stick Resort is the place to be! Wynonna & The Big Noise will be taking the stage on Saturday, February 16 and Jay Leno is sure to make you smile on Sunday, February 17. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.talkingstickresort.com/entertainment.aspx

TALKING STICK CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION
Beginning February 23rd, Talking Stick will be offering area visitors complimentary Trolley Service in and around the Talking Stick area and downtown Scottsdale. Service will begin at 11:30am daily and run thru March 28th. Please visit http://talkingstickarizona.com/play.htm for route and a full schedule.

Talking Stick Resort’s hotel tower.

Top 5: Casino Resort Destinations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Casino Resort Destinations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort

10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85264
(480) 789-5300
radissonfortmcdowellresort.com
A four-diamond Scottsdale resort that won Radisson brand’s “Hotel of the Year” award in 2008, the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort offers a casino, golf course, restaurant, pool, spa, free Wi-Fi and specials.


Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000-square-foot gaming floor, and two pools.


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(800) WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.


Casino Del Sol Resort

5655 W. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85757
(800) 344-9435
casinodelsol.com
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100-million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.


Apache Gold Casino Resort

Hwy. 70, 5 miles east of Globe,
San Carlos, AZ 85550
(800) 272-2438
apachegoldcasinoresort.com
On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel with an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

talking stick resort

Relieve The Holiday Stress With Talking Stick Resort's Holiday On The 14th Floor Spa Specials

Seemingly never-ending days of shopping, getting trampled on Black Friday, and fighting the gal next to you for the last item on the shelf — just to arrive home from the chaos of the day to face the kitchen and prepare for that upcoming family gathering, which you have so graciously accepted to host this year.

Sometimes it’s impossible to close and lock the bathroom door behind you to de-stress. So, instead, lock the front door behind you, and head to Talking Spa Resort to take advantage of its holiday spa specials.

Beginning Dec. 1, The Spa at Talking Stick Resort’s spa specials include candlelit messages, facials and more. And even your hubby take part in the relaxing getaway.

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort’s Holiday on the 14th Floor:

Candlelight Massage Duo

This 60-minute Simply Swedish message begins with a candlelit soak, followed by a massage with the warm oil of the candle. Originally $170, Talking Stick is offering it for just $139.

Warm Stone Renew & Repair Facial

The holiday season almost always means family photo sessions — and candid shots, of course. So ensure your face is ready for anything and take advantage of this anti-aging facial that replenishes the complexion — for $129 (normally $145).

Candlelight Pedicure

Ready to rock those new, holiday heels? This candlelight pedicure will treat tired feet to a to a warm candle lit soak, moisturizing sugar scrub and a massage from knee to toe with the warm oil of the candle — ending with the perfect polish. Get it for $70 (normally $90).

Holiday On The 14th Floor offers valid Dec. 1, 2012 through Jan. 17, 2013. Along with treatment savings each guest will receive a gift of remembrance to continue the experience. Not valid with any other offers or promotions.

For more information about The Spa at Talking Stick Resort or to make reservations, call (480) 850-4065 or visit talkingstickresort.com.

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort
Located on the 14th floor
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 850-4065
talkingstickresort.com

Meet the Models: Michael G., JANI Model Management

Meet The Models: Michael G., JANI Model Management

Meet the Models spotlights each and every model featured in Scottsdale Living — so you can get to know them better.

Up next on Meet the Models, meet Michael G. (from JANI Model Management), who you’ll find in our Fall 2012 issue.

How did you start modeling?

I was approached by JANI Model Management while working as a waiter at my family’s restaurant in Scottsdale.

What type of modeling do you like the most and why?

I like everything that I have done so far. I definitely like modeling suits and clothing because I like fashion, but I also like swimsuit modeling as well.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done and why?

Michael G. of JANI Model Management

My last shoot at the Talking Stick had to be one of my favorites. I loved the clothes that we modeled as well as the scene.

<< What’s your favorite modeling photo?

What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

Have a positive attitude, and be confident with yourself!


More photos of Michael G.:

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Want to model for Scottsdale Living Magazine?

Email Associate Editor Kristine Cannon your portfolio, including three of your best shots.

SkySong

Innovation unites Arizona’s economic engines

When Arizona became a state 100 years ago, it was easy to identify its economic engines, those industries, innovators and locations that drove the state’s economy and employment.

They all started with C — copper, cotton, citrus, cattle and climate.
A decade later, it’s not so easy.

“We must find ways to diversify our economy, including investing in bioscience and technology, health science and innovation,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says. “We are coming out of the recession, and we need to move forward in a strategic way.”

Today’s economic engines are doing just that. They innovate, they collaborate, and the only one that starts with C is CityScape, and the only copper you’ll find there is Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen and the cotton is at Urban Outfitters.

But today’s economic engines have to clear vision and direction for driving Arizona’s economy during its second century.

The Biodesign Institute at ASU
What it is: The Biodesign Institute at ASU addresses today’s critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability and security by developing solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices.
Economic impact: The Biodesign Institute has met or exceeded all of the business goals set in mid-2003 by attracting more than $300 million in external funding since inception, and generating more than $200 million in proposals advanced in 2011 alone.
Companies it has helped grow: Licensed next-generation respiratory sensor technology to a European medical device developer; executed an exclusive license agreement for DNA sequencing technology to Roche, which includes a sponsored research agreement to develop devices in collaboration with Roche and IBM; and launched two Biodesign Commercial Translation companies.
Latest news: Led by electrical engineer, Nongjian Tao, ASU researchers have formulated a new sensor technology that will allow them to design and create a handheld sensor that can contribute to better diagnosis of asthma.
Michael Birt, director of the Center for Sustainable Health at the Biodesign Institute at ASU: “By establishing biosignatures centers, we hope to build a global network that will provide the scale necessary to overcome scientific limitations while creating a global platform to share methods, results and experiences.”

CityScape
What it is: A highrise mixed-use development in Downtown Phoenix consisting of residential, retail, office, and hotel components. The project covers three downtown Phoenix city blocks and is located between First Avenue and First Street, and between Washington and Jefferson streets.
Economic impact: Officials credit the evolution of Downtown Phoenix — led by CityScape — with helping the Valley land the 2015 Super Bowl, which will bring an economic impact of an estimated $500 million.
Companies it has helped grow: In addition to entertainment venues and top-notch restaurants, business leaders calling CityScape home include Alliance Bank, Cantor Law Group,  Fidelity Title, Gordon Silver, Gust Rosenfeld, Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, PLC, Polsinelli Shughart, RED Development, Squire Sanders and UnitedHealthcare.
Latest news: The 250-room boutique hotel, Hotel Palomar Phoenix by Kimpton, opened in June.
Jeff Moloznik, general manager, CityScape:  “The most progressive and entrepreneurial talent in the Valley have convened at CityScape. The impact our tenants’ businesses have brought to Downtown Phoenix is noticeable and significant. In an area that once lacked a central core, there is now energy, creativity, enterprise and excitement all day, every day in once central location.”

Intel

What it is: Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.
Economic impact: Since 1996, Intel has invested more than $12 billion in high-tech manufacturing capability in Arizona and spent more than $450 million each year in research and development. Intel is investing another $5 billion in its Chandler site to manufacture its industry-leading, next-generation 14 nanometer technology.
Companies it has helped grow: Intel has been a catalyst for helping to create Chandler’s “tech corridor,” which includes Freescale, Microchip Technology, Orbital Sciences, Avnet, Amkor, and Marvell Technologies.
Latest news: Intel and ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) are developing a customized engineering degree for some of the chip maker’s Arizona-based employees. The program is based on CTI’s modular, project-based curriculum and upon completion will provide a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering degree from ASU, with a focus in materials science.
Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny: Intel likes the partnership it has with Chandler, likes doing business in Arizona, and they’re a very good corporate citizen.”

Phoenix Mesa-Gateway Airport

What it is: Formerly Williams Gateway Airport (1994–2008) and Williams Air Force Base (1941–1993), it is a commercial airport located in the southeastern area of Mesa.
Economic impact: The airport helped generate $685 million in economic benefits last year, and the airport supports more than 4,000 jobs in the region.
Companies it has helped grow: Able Engineering & Component Services, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Embraer, CMC Steel, TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc..
Latest news: The Airport Authority’s Board of Directors announced Monday the airport will undergo a $1.4 billion expansion. There is also an effort to privately raise $385 million to build two hotels and office and retail space near the airport.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith: “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has gone through tremendous growth and expansion and has truly arrived as a major transportation center in the Valley.”

SkySong

What it is: A 1.2-million-square-feet mixed use space that gives entrepreneurs and innovators the resources they need  to grow and thrive, and provide them an exceptional home for when their businesses begin to take off.
Economic impact: Projected to generate more than $9.3 billion in economic growth over the next 30 years, according to an updated study by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Companies it has helped grow: Emerge.MD, Channel Intelligence, Adaptive Curriculum, Alaris, Jobing.com/Blogic, webFilings.
Latest news: Jobing, an online company that connects employers and job seekers nationally, relocated its corporate headquarters from Phoenix to SkySong.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane: “It is hard to think of a business attraction initiative the city has recently used that has not mentioned SkySong as a major attribute. SkySong has a national reputation and as it grows it will continue to elevate Scottsdale’s standing.”

Talking Stick

What it is: This economic engine encompasses a complex that includes the 497-room Talking Stick Resort, Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale Salt River, Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the spring training home of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Economic impact: Salt Rivers Fields аt Talking Stick accounted fоr 22 percent оf the the attendance for Cactus League baseball, which generates more thаn $300 million а yeаr іn economic impact tо the greater Phoenix metropolitan area economy.
Companies it has helped grow: In 2011, nearby Scottsdale Pavilions — which features 1.1 million square feet of select retail and mixed-use properties — became The Pavilions at Talking Stick. Pavilions has added Hobby Lobby, Mountainside Fitness, Buffalo Wild Wings and Hooters.
Latest news: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will be one of the ballparks selected to host the first round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in the spring.
David Hielscher, advertising manager, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort: “Our property’s diverse, entertainment-driven culture and convenient locations allow us limitless opportunities for future expansion and development.”

Translational Genomics Research Institute

What it is: TGen is a non-profit genomics research institute that seeks to employ genetic discoveries to improve disease outcomes by developing smarter diagnostics and targeted therapeutics.
Economic impact: TGen provides Arizona with a total annual economic impact of $137.7 million, according to the results of an independent analysis done by Tripp Umbach, a national leader in economic forecasting.
Companies it has helped grow: TGen researchers have collaborated with Scottsdale Healthcare, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Ascalon International Inc., MCS Biotech Resources LLC, Semafore Pharmaceuticals Inc., Silamed Inc., Stromaceutics Inc., SynDevRx Inc., and Translational Accelerator LLC (TRAC). and many others.
Latest news: When TGen-generated business spin-offs and commercialization are included,  Tripp Umbach predicts that in 2012 TGen will produce $47.06 for every $1 of state investment, support 3,723 jobs, result in $21.1 million in state tax revenues, and have a total annual economic impact of $258.8 million.
Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals: “TGen is one of this state’s premier medical research and economic assets, and is a standard-bearer for promoting everything that is positive and forward-looking about Arizona.”

University of Arizona’s Tech Park

What it is: The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) sits on 1,345 acres in Southeast Tucson. Almost 2 million square feet of space has been developed featuring high tech office, R&D and laboratory facilities.
Economic impact: In 2009, the businesses that call Tech Park home had an economic impact of $2.67 billion in Pima County. This included $1.81 billion in direct economic impacts such as wages paid and supplies and services purchased and $861 million in indirect and induced dollar impacts. In total, the Tech Park and its companies generated 14,322 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced).
Companies it has helped grow: IBM, Raytheon, Canon USA, Citigroup, NP Photonics, and DILAS Diode Laser.
Latest news: A 38.5-acre photovoltaic array is the latest addition to the Solar Zone technology demonstration area at Tech Park. Power generated from the facility will be sold to Tucson Electric Power Co., providing power for  about 1,000 homes.
Bruce Wright, associate vice president for University Research Parks:  “By 2011, the park had recaptured this lost employment (resulting from the recession) with total employment increasing to 6,944. In addition, the number of tenants had expanded from 50 to 52 reflecting the addition of new companies in the Arizona Center for Innovation and the development of the Solar Zone at the Tech Park.”

Meet the Models: Tim S.

Meet The Models: Tim S.

Meet the Models spotlights each and every model featured in Scottsdale Living — so you can get to know them better.

Up next on Meet the Models, meet Tim S. (from JANI Model Management), who you can spot in our Fall 2012 issue.

How did you start modeling?

I first started modeling at 22 years old — not too long ago. A former coworker of mine, who had signed with the agency I currently work for (JANI Model Management), recommended that I should try it out. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to, but with all the encouragement from my friends and family, I walked into their office one day, and I have been there since.

What type of modeling do you like the most and why?

I prefer still photo shoots verses runway or television; although, I find all to be fun and exciting. In my experience, my agency has always worked hard at having the best photographers, stylists and all the other people you need to have a successful photo shoot, in a good setting and comfortable environment.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done and why?

There have been a few that I’ve really enjoyed so far. I really enjoyed my most recent photo shoot for the Talking Stick Resort where I wore some Astor & Black attire that looked amazing and some of the most friendly staff and photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with thus far.

Tim S., Photo: Michael FrancoDo you have an all-time favorite modeling photo?

arrowsThis is a photo taken by the very talented photographer Michael Franco. He really brought out and captured a sort of intense, focused, but elegant feel. Very professional. I love it because it looks amazing.

What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?

I’d say confidence and believing in your self is key. It is a serious profession and can be a good career if you choose to make it so. Work hard always and conduct yourself in a way that reflects professionalism in everything you do; but most importantly, enjoy what you’re doing, and have fun.


More photos of Tim S.:

Tim S., Photo: Mike MertesTim S., Photo: Cory BergquistTim S., Photo: Glory ShimTim S., Photo: Glory Shim

 

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