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Haunted Hotel Ball checks into The Saguaro this Halloween

The most sultry, gruesome and creative Halloween costumes will be checking in to the Haunted Hotel Ball this year. The 7th annual Halloween party will haunt The Saguaro in Scottsdale and features three epic parties over a span of thirty hours including the Haunted Hotel Ball Opening Party, Masquerade Pool Party and Dia De Los Muertos Closing Party.

Haunted Hotel Ball’s very own zombie innkeeper, Mr. Franklin Bates, with support from his signature staff of zombie go-go dancers, VIP French-maid hostesses and theatrical performers have taken care that every detail is addressed. In addition to transforming The Saguaro’s lavish “Day-of-the-dead”-esque interior into a fantastical landscape of coffins, cobwebs, skeletons and every imaginable Halloween party accouterment, Haunted Hotel Ball promises to deliver multiple parties to “wake the living dead.”

DJs Decipha, Tranzit and Slippe will be amongst the all-star line-up of over 20 Arizona DJs hitting the decks within Haunted Hotel Ball’s three horrifying rooms. The Saguaro’s Anchusa Ballroom will feature Top 40 music, Distrito will transform into an underground EDM dance club and Zocalo will host the best urban/hip-hop music.

Prior to the big Halloween party weekend, Haunted Hotel Ball will launch the Halloween Photo Costume Contest presented by Yandy.com, where contestants can share their best costumes from last year online for a chance to win VIP guest passes, hotel stays and other riveting prizes. Contest and voting start September 22nd.

Prepare for a marathon weekend of fantasy, fun and debauchery with up to 5,000 party-goers in Halloween costumes expected at the Phoenix area Halloween party. 3-Party VIP Passes go on sale on Monday, September 15th at 10am MST. Haunted Hotel Ball is waiving resort fees and offering a special discounted overnight rate of $139 plus tax at The Saguaro for party monsters looking to make it a staycation.

Haunted Hotel Ball takes place October 31 – November 1, 2014 at The Saguaro (4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251). Visit HauntedHotelBall.com Halloween party for tickets, VIP table reservations, group packages, hotel room accommodations or for more information about the Halloween party.


NYE 2013 Events

NYE 2013 Events In Scottsdale

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

NYE 2013 in Scottsdale:

7 Sexy Deadly Sins at Axis Radius

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

The Premier at The Mint

the mint, NYE 2013

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

Last Dance NYE featuring Wolfgang Gartner at El Santo

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

New Years Eve Package at FireSky Resort and Spa

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

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve at W Scottsdale

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

Fiesta Bowl Invitational at The Phoenician Resort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

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

Synchronized Swimming Makes Waves At The Saguaro, Scottsdale Synchro

As an almost century-old sport, synchronized swimming didn’t appear on the radar until the 1984 Olympic Games. The sport was eased into the athletic world with various recognitions until the Olympics made it a commonly known activity.

Head coach at Scottsdale Synchro for the upcoming season, Jill Parr, says that although synchronized swimming has come a long way in the last few decades, it is still a highly misunderstood sport.

“The swimmers are supposed to make it look easy,” says Parr, who has been coaching for 15 years. The veteran trainer says that, in reality, it’s an extremely difficult sport to master.

“At the higher levels, you want to do a regular swimming workout,” Parr says. In addition, gymnastics and flexibility training are utilized. Land workouts are included as well. “It’s good fitness in a relatively injury-free environment.”

Kids as young as six years old can start competitive synchronized swimming, as long as they are comfortable in deep water.

The difficulty in mastery of the sport lies within being part of a team. Parr says it takes her several months to come up with a really creative and complex routine, and her team will spend a whole season perfecting it for competition. Seasons begin in October and competitions begin in January.

“The girls get a great bond together,” says Parr. “It teaches dedication, hard work and discipline.”

Synchronized swimming doesn’t have to be competitive, though. It can be recreational as well.

Kendra Sollars and Hannah Creaser, the two synchronized swimmers who perform at The Saguaro’s Sips & Synchro happy hour event held every Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 pm., know best.

“I think that we grew up at a really lucky time,” Sollars says. “I think that we ended our synchro careers at a great time because just recently there are so many opportunities for synchro as a performing art and not just a competitive sport.”

In fact, we caught up Sollars and Creaser at The Saguaro, just before their first routine:

Video by Kristine Cannon

For more information about Scottsdale Synchro, visit scottsdalesynchro.org.

Scottsdale Synchro
15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale
(480) 312-6677

For more information about The Saguaro Scottsdale, visit jdvhotels.com.

The Saguaro Scottsdale
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 308-1100