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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

 

Want to model for Scottsdale Living Magazine?

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

Scottsdale Living - WINTER 2013

Scottsdale Living Magazine – FALL 2012

Fall 2012

Health | Beauty | Lifestyle
Lookin’ ‘Fall’bulous

It was just last year when I step foot into a completely unfamiliar world — where a mass of stunning socialites gathered, most donning couture from head to toe; where wine and various cocktails were consumed like water on a dry, summer day; where glamour was taken to a seemingly impossible new level.Here I stood at Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort. And even in the haze and lights and within the swarm of attendees, one thing was made very clear: fashion is the backbone of Scottsdale; residents thrive off it.

And thus, an issue or two later, the Style section of Scottsdale Living was born.This issue’s Style section is one we’re particularly proud of. Partnering with an incredible team of people, we’re showcasing sophisticated, sleek and sexy fall attire, perfect for your next gala, cocktail hour or date night.

But, before you can look great in fall’s hottest fashions, how’s your skin looking after basking day after day in the summer sun? Sure, that tan of yours looks great now, especially while wearing those neon-hued bottoms and tops, but you may find yourself with sun-damaged skin in desperate need of care and hydration. Flip to page 6, and you’ll find tips from local experts on how to repair the harmful effects of tanning.

So, let’s make this fall the most fashionable, and healthy, one yet. And, yes, that includes your next camping trip with your girlfriends. Instead of roughin’ it, take a more luxurious approach with “glamping” on page 20.

Kristine Cannon,
Associate Editor

Home | Garden | Design
Breaking Down Barriers

Gossie Signature

Michael Gossie,
Editor in Chief

One of the things that I have always loved about owning my own home is having the ability — on a whim — to demolish a wall, ceiling or floor as needed to accommodate my need for more kitchen space, a basketball hoop or solid space for a treadmill.

So Joel Miller’s story on page 26 of this issue — “Home, Suite Home” — really resonated with me. Th e story talks about how many homeowners are basing their remodeling projects on hotel rooms they’ve stayed in or vacation spots they’ve visited when changing up their master bedrooms.

In the last house I owned in New York before moving to Arizona, there was a third-floor attic that was basically 1,000 square feet of wasted space. I decided to remodel it based on a room that I loved in a ski lodge I visited with friends in college. I completely gutted the whole floor, put a brick base in the center of what was becoming a 1,000-square-foot loft, and put a wood burning fireplace/stove and chimney on top of the brick base. That loft effect, combined with the fireplace in the middle of the room and the incredible views from the third-floor windows, turned that waste-of-space attic into the most romantic master bedroom you can imagine.

Just thinking about it makes me want to bust out another wall.

Take it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.

NiteFlite Gala 2011

NiteFlite Gala, Fundraiser To Benefit Local Children's Charities

The Scottsdale 20-30 Club is hosting its 23rd annual NiteFlite fundraiser on Oct. 12-13 and is expected to draw more than 2,800 attendees.

The semi-formal event takes place in two parts. Friday at 6 p.m. is a nine-hole nighttime golf tournament at Continental Golf Course, which has more than 300 registered players; and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. is a gala at Talking Stick Resort showcasing live music, a silent auction, a raffle and signature food dishes from restaurants throughout the Scottsdale area.

A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS), with the rest dispersed through an application process next May to local children’s charities, says Chris Karas, chairman of this year’s NiteFlite. Previous recipients have been Arizona Burns Foundation, Team Lifeline and Miracle League of Arizona.

In 2011, the NiteFlite golf tournament and gala raised nearly $340,000 for 16 charities, Karas says. The gala raised $60,602 for BGCGS, and 100 percent of the donations went to more than 100 youth development programs the club offers, says Andrea Omer, communications manager at the BGCGS.

NiteFlite offers attendees the chance to stroll down a red carpet mobbed with paparazzi, indulge in various beverages and cuisines, spend time in a cigar lounge, watch a vaudeville performance and listen to the local band, Elvis Before Noon.

A limited-entry after party keeps the night going with additional events and a performance by DJ Soleman from the Phunk Junkeez.

“It’s a memorable evening people won’t forget,” Karas says.

One of NiteFlite’s main attractions is various food dishes from restaurants around the Valley, including Sprinkles Cupcakes and Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort.

“We’re happy to help, and think it’s a good thing to be participating with,” says Sprinkles Cupcake Scottsdale General Manager Kristie Shy. Although she doesn’t know what this year’s design will be, “we’ll try to have a fun little decoration,” Shy says. Last year, Sprinkles Cupcakes made $1600 donation.

NiteFlite raises donations throughout the night in multiple ways, one of which is through silent auctions.

“There are a variety of [auctions] from small packages to exotic luxury vacations,” Karas says. Items auctioned off last year included sports memorabilia, spa packages and local and international vacations.

Tickets for NiteFlite cost $150, and VIP packages, which give early access to the after party, are available for sponsorship purchases.

“NiteFlite has become somewhat of a household name throughout Scottsdale and Arizona,” Karas says. “We are very thankful for all the participants that contributed, and because of their experience and the good cause we’re raising for, they tend to come back year after year.”

To learn more about NiteFlite and Scottsdale 20-30 Club, visit scottsdale2030.org/niteflite. For information about The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, visit bgcs.org.

Fall Fashion Shoot Behind the Scenes

Behind The Scenes: Fall Fashion Photo Shoot [PHOTOS]

Herve Leger, RED Valentino, Michael Kors and more — with such fabulous clothing, shoes and accessories from both Nordstrom and Astor & Black, Scottsdale Living teamed up with a fantastic group of people last Thursday, August 23, and camped out for the day at Talking Stick Resort’s Orange Sky for its Fall 2012 issue’s fall fashion photo shoot.

And the nearly two-month process paid off. The models from JANI Model Management, Michael, Trisha, Sheniece, Nemi, Michael and Nick, looked incredible in their respective outfits; the hairstylist and makeup artist, Randee Miller and Joanna Avillar for Mane Attraction Salon, respectively, stunningly transformed the models; Katie McEndoo of Astor & Black provided and styled the men into a seemingly Mad Men-inspired look; and Kira Brown complemented the dresses with fitting shoes and accessories — all from Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Not to mention the location was a beautiful backdrop to it all. The location, Orange Sky, couldn’t have been more perfect with its sleek, chic lounges and private dining areas; and let’s not forget about that view from its outdoor patio — especially during sunset.

Scottsdale Living would like to thank the team, including the photographers (Mike Mertes Cory Bergquist and Glory Shim) who captured the jaw-dropping images that will grace the pages of Scottsdale Living’s Fall 2012 issue.

Keep an eye out for it in October. We’re sure it will be difficult to miss on the stands at AJ’s and Bashas’ throughout the North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley area.


In the meantime, check out more of these behind-the-scenes photos of our fall fashion shoot on our Facebook:

Fall Fashion Behind the Scenes


Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

From Dusk ’til Dawn: Your Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Same bar, same bartender, night after night — what’s the fun in that? Whether you’re planning a memorable evening or more interested in creating a scandalously forgettable night, try something new (with someone new) with this nightlife guide as your source.

From theaters and comedy clubs to bars, clubs and the live music scene, this Scottsdale nightlife guide covers it all:

Entertainment Venues:

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
(480) 850-7777
talkingstickresort.com
The Comedy Spot Comedy Club
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-4422
thecomedyspot.net
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-1664
desertstages.org
Scottsdale Nightlife GuideScottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St.
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)
scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St.
(480) 248-2000
hotelvalleyho.com
The Saguaro
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
(480) 308.1100
jdvhotels.com
Studio Movie Grill
15515 N. Hayden Rd.
(480) 991-3106
studiomoviegrill.com
Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St.
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
iPic Theaters
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-3232
ipictheaters.com
iPic Theaters, Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Stand-Up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 882-0730
standupscottsdale.com

Bars & Clubs:

Scottsdale Nightlife GuideW Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 970-2100
wscottsdalehotel.com
Jackrabbit Lounge
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., #100
(480) 429-4494
jackrabbitaz.com
Spanish Fly
4341 N. 75th St.
(480) 949-8454
spanishflyscottsdale.com
Myst
7340 E. Shoeman Ln.
(480) 970-5000
mystaz.com
SALT
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., #F-230
(480) 483-3232
thesaltclub.com
Firehouse
4312 N. Brown Ave.
(480) 265-6989
ilovefirehouse.com
Axis-Radius
7340 E. Indian Plaza
(480) 970-1112
axis-radius.com
Mabel’s on Main
7018 E. Main St.
(480) 889-5580
mabelsonmain.com
El Santo
7301 E. Butherus Dr.
(480) 949-8454
elsantocantina.com
The Mint
7373 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 947-6468
themintaz.com
Salty Senorita
3636 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 946-7258
7540 E. 1st St.
(480) 421-0500
saltysenorita.com
Narcisse
Tea and
Champagne Lounge
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 588-2244
narcisselounge.com
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Live Music Venues:

Culinary Dropout
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125
(480) 970-1700
foxrc.com
Chaser’s Nightclub
8005 E. Roosevelt St.
(480) 945-4985
chaserslive.net
Kazimierz
World Wine Bar
7137 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) WINE-004 (9463)
kazbar.net
Old Town Tavern
7320 E. Scottsdale Mall
(480) 606-8113
oldtowntavernaz.com
Scottsdale Nightlife GuideThe Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-5551
thevenuescottsdale.com
Martini Ranch
7295 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) 970-0500
martiniranchaz.net
5th and Wine
7051 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 699-8001
5thandwine.com
The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 947-3580
theroguebar.com
The Roxy Lounge
7443 E. 6th Ave.
(480) 970-1222
theroxyaz.com
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
(602) 716-2222
crescentphx.com
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch
(480) 444-1234
scottsdale.hyatt.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

 

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands - Gila River Indian Community

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands

The Gila River Indian Community is building two new hotels that total more than 200 rooms, a new, 70,000 SF casino, and a conference center. The Navajo Nation is building its first Arizona casino near Flagstaff.

“(Construction in Indian country) is actually one of the market sectors that is really thriving,” says Rogers Owers, an attorney with Andante Law Firm, whose speciality is construction laws in Indian country. “Whether it’s design, construction, or brokering the real estate deals, cash flows into the industry as a whole.”

In Tucson, a new 44,500 SF convention center and a 1,120-car parking structure opened at Casino del Sol in November. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino increased its guest capacity to 300 rentable rooms, and renovated its restaurant in July.

As several Arizona tribes reveal major hospitality and casino construction projects, one thing is a sure bet — 2012 is shaping up to be another jackpot year.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reports that trial casino revenues steadily declined from 2008 to 2010, but returned to the green in 2011. During this period, hospitality and casino construction in Indian country slowed.

Talking Stick Resort, which opened its doors on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 2010, was the last significant Native American casino and hospitality project in almost a year.

Today, several sizable construction projects in Indian country are underway or open for business. The largest, a multifaceted undertaking by the Gila River Indian Community, includes a new 90-room hotel and the demolition and remodel of Vee Quiva Casino in West Phoenix, plus a new conference center, 130-room hotel and restaurant at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler.

The Gila River Indian Community, going all in, also is reportedly opening a new hotel at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa, which is a short distance from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The construction venture at Vee Quiva is still in its developmental stages, according to Melody Hudson, public relations manager for Gila River Casinos. It is expected to open in the summer of 2013 at a cost of $135M.

“Rebuilding Vee Quiva Casino is part of a strategic plan the Gila River Indian Community has set in place to refresh our casinos while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Community and creating new job opportunities in Arizona,” says Anthony Villareal Sr., Casino Expansion Owners Team chairman.

After its reconstruction, Vee Quiva Casino will total nearly 175,000 SF — almost double its original size.

Further north, the Navajo Nation broke ground last March on Twin Arrows Casino outside of Flagstaff, its first casino in Arizona.

The 320,000 SF, $150M casino, scheduled to open in July, will include a hotel and conference center. General contractor is Hunt Construction and the architect is Friedmutter Group.

Some casinos, on the other hand, already have their cards on the table. Casino Del Sol and Harrah’s Ak-Chin opened their newly renovated facilities in 2011.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe renovated and expanded Casino Del Sol’s hotel and convention center in Tucson to the tune of $75M. The additions included 215 new rooms, a conference center, a parking structure and a spa. It is the second phase of the tribe’s ongoing hospitality and casino refurbishment project. McCarthy Building Companies served as GC and LEO A DALY was the architect.

McCarthy project manager Kurt Nyberg says construction went smoothly because the tribe first commissioned his company in 2003.

“What helped with this expansion is that the Casino Del Sol had gained building experience when both firms worked on the original casino project,” Nyberg says, “so the process was not entirely new from the owner’s perspective.”

Another big player in Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, finished its hotel and restaurant renovations in July after 11 months of construction. Lead designer Jason Ploszaj of RSP Architects says the construction was vital, because the “hotel was turning away guests nightly.”

The expansion, a $20M, 5-story hotel tower, doubled the number of rentable rooms at the Maricopa resort.

“In order to better serve guests, Harrah’s decided that after more than 10 years of success, and expansion of 152 new hotel rooms was necessary to refresh the hotel experience,” Ploszaj says.

For more information on casino and hospitality construction visit, ciic.construction.asu.edu

 

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Snapshot: Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

I had the chance to go to Phoenix Fashion Week at the Talking Stick Resort and take as many pictures as I could manage!

Getting a media pass is always fun for me. And this was no exception.

I got to dive in with the rest of the photographers at the end of the runway. Each of us positioned ourselves carefully to get the standard straight-on shot, or the slightly-angled shot from off the left or right of the runway. Many photographers brought benches and long monopods to get over the heads of everyone else.

The audience diligently took in each design as it went down the runway into the storm of flashes given off by the photographers. Loud music that ranged from popular dance jams to classic hits by the Beatles played on the speakers to keep the energy up, and everyone had a great time.

With all sorts of different styles and designs, there was something there for everyone to enjoy.

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[stextbox id=”grey”]Want to see more photos from Phoenix Fashion Week 2011? Visit Scottsdale Living’s website, where you’ll also find recaps of Thursday and Saturday nights’ runway shows.[/stextbox]

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

Scottsdale Events & Happenings: Fall 2011

Scottsdale Events & Happenings: Fall 2011

Find out what’s happening in the Scottsdale area from October through December 2011. Here are some Scottsdale events you don’t want to miss:

Mixology 101 Classes

The Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers Mixology 101, a cocktail making instructional class every Saturday at 1 p.m. throughout the year. During each class, Jade Bar mixologists share techniques and tricks with students as they create three to four specialty cocktails. The specialists also demonstrate Jade Bar’s freshness philosophy, history of the cocktails and spirit details. What’s the best part of the class? The tasting, of course. This interactive and entertaining course is a hit for Arizona residents and visitors alike, especially for birthdays, bachelorette parties, or a perfect finish to a spa weekend at Sanctuary.

The classes are limited to 10 people, at $30 per person. To book a class, call (480) 607-2300.

 Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley
www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com[/stextbox]


Spa Week in Arizona

Since 2004, Spa Week has swept the nation away with hundreds of participating spas offering $100-$400 treatments for the unbelievable price of only $50. October 10- 16 marks the biannual tradition’s fall event for 2011.

Notable participating spas in Scottsdale include Spa at Talking Sticks Resort, Hotel Valley Ho Spa, The Spa at Four Seasons Scottsdale, Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Scottsdale, Revive Spa at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, and Golden Door Spa at The Boulders.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Visit www.spaweek.com for the full list and to register.[/stextbox]


La Gran Fiesta: Latino Cultural Celebration

Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts partners with the City of Scottsdale to present this action-packed weekend of Latin culture held November 5 & 6.

Complete with music, dancing, food, fun, art and a Mercado full of traditional Latin foods and treasures, the festival provides guests with a journey of the rich artistry from Mexico all the way to the Caribbean and South America. This fiesta is great for all ages, as it offers a variety of children’s activities and features performances by top Latin bands.

Open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, this event offers free admission to all guests.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second Street
(480) 874-4694
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/fiesta[/stextbox]


ArtFest of Scottsdale

Arizona’s No. 1 Fall Fine Art Festival returns to Scottsdale for the 17th annual ArtFest on November 19 & 20. More than 200 select artists and authors appear to showcase and sell their one-of-a-kind works at this two-day celebration.

Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. With free admission, free parking and hands-on art activities for kids, this is a great event for the whole family.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E. Second Street
(480) 968-5353
www.888artfest.com[/stextbox]


Bikram Comes to Arizona

Scottsdale welcomes Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury on October 29th. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Choudhury will give a lecture from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by book signings and photos.

Advance tickets are $55 and are available online until October 28, so get yours early to reserve a spot.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley
5401 N. Scottsdale Road.
(480) 947-5400
www.bikramcomestophoenix.com[/stextbox]


Succulent Garden Class

Offered at 10 a.m. every Saturday throughout the year, the Garden Class at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess is the perfect way to enjoy those sunny mornings. Florist Jan Theodore educates the class on indigenous plants of the Sonoran Desert while students design their own succulent cactus gardens. The creations can be sent home or donated to the military troops overseas.

Reserve your spot 24 hours in advance for only $35-$55, depending on garden size.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]South Pool Overlook at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess
7575 E. Princess Drive
(480) 585-4848
www.fairmont.com/scottsdale[/stextbox]


Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show

As the only home show in Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show caters to the renovating and remodeling market with hundreds of exhibitors from art and accessories to flooring and furniture to solar and stone.

As for the art portion of the show, attendees can expect 60 booths showcasing quality works of art from local and regional artists.

The Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show will inspire countless ideas, plans and designs with the hundreds of exhibitors and resources. In addition, a judged landscape competition will round out the Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show with diverse and entertaining experiences.

 Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show
Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road
(602) 277-6045
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Looking for more Scottsdale Events?
Visit the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s calendar of events.

 

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011: Saturday Night Recap

Bravo, Brian Hill; Phoenix Fashion Week 2011 was spectacular this year, making Talking Stick Resort the place to be this past weekend. And Saturday night rounded out the weekend with fabulous head-turning fashion and show-stopping pieces from both local and nationally-acclaimed designers. Even the new face of Prada’s fall 2011 campaign was present, Kelly Mittendorf, who, just one year ago, walked the Phoenix Fashion Week runway.

Saturday night’s runway show spotlighted established designers, including Stop Staring! Clothing, Joy Li, Mariska, Michelle Jonas and Blaque Label. Stop Staring! was a personal favorite of mine. This line is made for women who want to embrace and show off their curves with these 1940’s- and ’50s-inspired vintage dresses. What caught my eye were the stockings, embellished with playful prints and designs.

Joy Li‘s line is inspired by her mantra, “Less is More,” as she revealed in the brief video interview, which aired prior to her runway reveal. Her designs had a modern, edgy vibe, with combat boots paired with silk, lace and furs — fashion that “projects inner strength, beauty and confidence.”

The high-end, contemporary women’s line Mariska, from downtown Los Angeles, really took us back in time with psychedelic prints, as models stomped down the runway to the Cher hit blasting from the speakers.

Michelle Jonas Travelwear was next in line with a premium resort wear line, catering to travelers who want to be comfortable and sexy, emphasizing their silhouettes. And lastly was Blaque Label, which won the Outstanding Brand Award 2011, due to its unique vision, trendy, high-fashion designs, as well as its ability to exhibit constant improvement and consistency. Blaque Label was an audience favorite — and rightfully so considering the collection is worn by celebs, including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kourtney Kardashian and Demi Lovato, to name a few.

And let’s not forget about the emerging designers, including Arizona-based HourGlass Apparel, which, you guessed it, is a clothing line of hourglass apparel; Joli Richard, from Texas, a modern take on old Hollywood glam; Ohio’s Jones Select, a contemporary line for men; and Sylvia Bours from Mexico, for those women looking for something unique.

Thanks for an incredible weekend of fashion, wine and networking, Phoenix Fashion Week team!


Take a look at some of the designs from Phoenix Fashion Week 2011’s Saturday night runway show:

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Photos by Cory Bergquist


Check out our Thursday night recap, and click through the photo gallery, too.

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2011 RED Awards Winners & Honorable Mentions

On Feb. 22, AZRE hosted the 6th Annual, 2011 RED Awards reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2010 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms participated in the process. All the winning projects and brokers are featured on the following pages.

View pictures from the 2011 RED Awards.
View the 2011 RED Awards candid shots as well.

2011 winners can order Awards, Plaques & Reprints


The project categories include:

  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Mixed-Use
  • Most Challenging
  • Hospitality
  • Multi-Family
  • Retail
  • Sustainable
  • Redevelopment
  • Public
  • Education
  • Tenant Improvement
PLUS:

  • Developer of the Year
  • Architect of the Year
  • General Contractor of the Year
  • Broker/Broker Team of the Year

Congratulations to all the 2011 RED Awards Winners

Best Hospitality Project, Small:

Winner:

The Phoenician Ballroom Expansion

Best Hospitality Project, Large:

Winner:

Talking Stick Resort

Best Industrial Project:

Winner:

Keller Electrical

Honorable Mention:

Power-One (Phase I & II)

Best Medical Project:

Winner:

Diamond Children’s Medical Center at UMC

Honorable Mention:

Ryan House at St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Best Mixed-Use Project:

Winner:

CityScape

Honorable Mention:

Gila River Indian Community, District One Service Center

Most Challenging Project:

Winner:

Soleri Bridge & Plaza

Honorable Mention:

Maricopa County Security Building

Best Office Project:

Winner:

Chandler City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Mercy Medical Commons

Best Multi-Family Project:

Winner:

Vi at Silverstone

Honorable Mention:

Sagewood, Phase 1

Brokerage Team: Leasing

Winner:

Tom Adelson, Kevin Calihan

Jim Fijan, Jerry Roberts

CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team: Sales

Winner:

Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham

CB Richard Ellis

General Contractor of the Year:

Winner:

Sundt Construction

Best Retail Project:

Winner:

Mountain Ranch Marketplace

Honorable Mention:

Scottsdale Pavilions – Theater/Food Court Renovation

Most Sustainable Project:

Winner:

White Tank Branch Library & Nature Center

Honorable Mention:

CREST Specialty School

Best Redevelopment Project:

Winner:

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

West Terminal Expansion Phase I

Honorable Mention:

Cowley Companies Warehouse Office

Best Public Project:

Winner:

Musical Instrument Museum

Honorable Mention:

Randall McDaniel Sports Complex

Best Education Project:

Winner:

Sedona-Oak Creek

Red Rock High School

Performing Arts Center

Honorable Mention:

Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus

Best Tenant Improvement Project:

Winner:

Lumberyard Tap Room

Honorable Mention:

Polsinelli Shughart

Special Merit:

Winner:

Schuff Perini Climber

Broker – Leasing:

Winner:

Andy Kroot

Velocity Retail Group

Broker – Sales:

Winner:

Eric J. Wichterman

Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial

Developer of the Year:

Winner:

RED Development

Architect of the Year:

Winner:

RSP Architects


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