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Things to Do This Week!

School may have started but summertime fun still continues. Some say the fall is even more fun. Well, we think that since it’s still going to at least feel like summer for another month, party it up!

• Arizona Rattlers vs Philadelphia Soul @ ArenaBowl

Saturday, August 17, 2013. Airs at 1 p.m. on CBS.
Tune in to watch the Rattlers defend their title against the Philadelphia Soul in what promises to be an action-packed repeat of last year’s ArenaBowl. For more information, click here.

MAYA_Stargaze_Flyer_0818• Stargaze Nightswim @ Maya Day + Nightclub

Sunday, August 18, 2013. Doors open at 6 p.m.. 21+ Event
Swim under the stars this Sunday at Maya Day + Nightclub with performances by Nathan Feeser, Lujan, J Alan, Will Power, Big Mix, Juany Bravo, DJ Jen Jones, and KATLYNX. For VIP table reservations, please contact Nolan at 602.810.0736 or Nolan@MayaClubAZ.com.

• Intimate Fashion Series “Sherre’s Boutique” in the Living Room @ W Scottsdale

Thursday, August 22, 2013. Begins at 9 p.m. 21+Event
Guests are invited to sip cocktails and find fashion inspiration for their wardrobe as Sherre’s Clothing Company shows their stuff. Brands to include Bailey 44, Michael Stars, Ella Moss, Paige Jeans, Hudson Jeans, Johnny Was, and more.
For VIP table reservations, contact VIP@triyar.com or call 602.405.0099.

• Quintino @ Maya Day + Nightclub

Friday, August 23, 2013. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ Event
The Dutch DJ and producer was discovered by house mastermind Laidback Luke at the age of 18. His 2011 release “Epic,” featuring Sandro Silva and Dada Life, topped the Dutch Top 40 Charts and went platinum in Holland and gold in Belgium. For VIP table reservations, please contact Nolan at 602.810.0736 or Nolan@MayaClubAZ.com.

• Mark-Taylor Summer of Love Pool Party @ SanPamilla, Tempe

Saturday, August 24, 2013. From 12 – 4 p.m. All Ages Allowed
Love lives at Mark-Taylor! Our legendary Summer of Love Pool Parties continue as we celebrate the summer at San Pamilla in Tempe. Enjoy food, drinks and prize giveaways, with music poolside by DJ Paul Nazzaro. RSVP at www.mark-taylor.com/summer-of-love.

• Krewella @ Maya Day + Nightclub

Sunday, August 25, 2013. Doors open at 11 a.m. 21+ Event
Electro-house/Dubstep trio Krewella released their hit single “Alive” off their EP Play Hard in February. “Alive” remained on the Billboard dance charts for 32 straight weeks before hitting No. 1 in June of 2013 and went Gold after reaching 500,000 in sales. For VIP table reservations, please contact Nolan at 602.810.0736 or Nolan@MayaClubAZ.com.


Butterfly Wonderland Alights in Scottsdale

Supremely located within a whistle’s distance from Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields and Talking Stick Resort and Casino stands the country’s newest and largest butterfly pavilion, Butterfly Wonderland. The cutting-edge, five-acre attraction features an interactive, state-of-the-art indoor rainforest environment complete with freshwater aquariums teeming with Amazonian wildlife, an 1,800 -gallon tank with Motoro spotted stingrays, a live ant colony, a protected honey bee beehive exhibit and of course, a brilliantly vivid atrium where butterflies from all over the world flutter about freely.

Opened over Memorial Day weekend, Butterfly Wonderland is sure to become one of our state’s (and nation’s!) most loved and most frequented attractions. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Celebrating 25 Years of Cheers at the 2013 Arizona Renaissance Festival

Take a unique trip back in time to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Not even in her wildest dreams would Queen Elizabeth have imagined a celebration such as this taking place in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains!

One of the largest events of its kind in the United States; revel in the atmosphere of a 16th Century European village! Join in the celebrations every Saturday and Sunday, February 9 through March 31, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Presidents’ Day (Feb. 18)

The festival’s 30-acre village is filled with 12 stages of nonstop entertainment—music, comedy, falconry, dance and acrobatics. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and mingle with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters.

Explore the village marketplace with over 200 storybook shops, studios and galleries filled with unique arts and crafts, handmade wares, kitchens and pubs, games and people-powered rides for the kids.

The live jousting tournaments are one of the festival’s most popular attractions. Armored nights on charging steeds take up their lances and battle for the queen’s honor. Cheer on your favorite armored knight at one of the three daily jousting tournaments in the 5,000-seat arena.

Food fit for a king is plentiful and available throughout the village. The menu is diverse with such offerings as steak-on-a-stake, vegetable and meat pies, pastas, bread bowls filled with hearty stews and more. And who can forget the smoked turkey legs?

The Pleasure Feast, held twice daily, offers raucous Renaissance entertainment at its best while you feast on five courses of fine food. Advance reservations are recommended.

Don’t miss the NEW Living Fountain at Pan’s Oasis.

Visit www.RenFestInfo.com for more information and Like them on Facebook for special offers, information and contests.

See thee at the Faire-HUZZAH!

February 9 through March 31, 2013

Saturdays, Sundays and Presidents’ Day

10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Rain or Shine

Arizona Renaissance Festival

12601 East Highway 60

Gold Canyon, AZ 85118

(520) 463-2600


Scottsdale ArtWalk

Things To Do In Arizona: The Scottsdale ArtWalk

In Arizona sometimes the heat of the evening has folks taking shelter within their homes. The Scottsdale ArtWalk, however, is an event that seems to bring everyone out on a Thursday night if even for a few hours.

The hustle and bustle of Scottsdale invites shoppers to its fabulous stores and unique restaurants, but another event that appeals to natives and visitors alike is a chance to see the diverse creations that only the Scottsdale ArtWalk can feature.

ArtWalk is held each Thursday night from 7-9 in Downtown Scottsdale. Seeking a way to spend a fun evening together, my boyfriend and I set out to experience ArtWalk for the first time.

We started our visited with the Ostrovsky Fine Art Gallery that had the featured artist present. The more galleries we visited the more there seemed to be at least one of the artists present. Some artists had new pieces that they were completing or were working on while visitors searched the gallery.

Many of the art pieces depicted the landscape of Arizona in ways that show the beauty of our great state that is not often depicted.

What makes this experience amazing is the versatility from what you chose to explore and how the galleries change. Adding wine tasting or even a quick bite to eat at a restaurant can only enhance the experiences that await at every turn.

The food options are an art form of their own, as we soon discovered. There are a variety of restaurants within driving distance. Another treat is hearing the clip-clop of what can only be the sound of horses approaching as policemen patrol on horseback. Too tired to continue your journey? No problem. There are helpful people in golf carts that offer visitors a ride to their cars.

Being cooped up during most of the day due to the heat or work, it was nice to be able to be outside no matter how briefly. My boyfriend loves photography and took advantage of Scottsdale’s beauty. He even captured magnificent night shots in between galleries. After an hour we found ourselves sitting on a bench, gazing up at the stars. This allowed us a break as well as another opportunity to further enjoy the many sights the ArWalk had to offer.

I was glad I was given the opportunity to experience the ArtWalk as well as share it with my boyfriend. New experiences? They await each Thursday night in Downtown Scottsdale.

For more information on the Scottsdale ArtWalk, visit their website at www.scottsdalegalleries.com/events.html.

Heard Museum

Things To Do In Arizona: The Heard Museum

When you grow up in Arizona, sometimes the coolest things are in your own backyard and you don’t even realize it. Recently I spent an afternoon at the Heard Museum in Central Phoenix and thought to myself, “Why haven’t I been here before?”

Entering the grounds, it’s not hard to be in awe of the buildings marvelous architecture and how they complement one another. Even more breathtaking is how nature is incorporated throughout the grounds, including the various gardens that are part of the exhibits. The Heard Museum is a perfect example of combining the use of art, nature, and the charms of Arizona to create something new and exciting for visitors to see.

Upon entering, I was warmly greeted by two gentlemen who told me about the various tours available and offered to answer any questions. Feeling adventurous, I decided to strike out on my own; hoping to create my own adventure on the museum’s vast grounds. This allowed me to pace myself and explore in more detail what interested me.

My first stop was the “Home: Native People In The Southwest” gallery. I was dazzled by the numerous collections of jewelry, instruments, and clothes. What became one of the most vivid encounters of my experience was a wooden fortress. The moment you set foot inside you could smell the freshly cut trees and take in how this structure was built.

The various patterns of how the logs were intertwined to make the structure stable were beautiful. The pattern left a circular hole in the center of the roof and a wooden bench lined the circular hut.

As I proceeded through the Heard Museum I examined more and more artifacts that I wasn’t certain could be topped. The surprises that awaited me throughout my journey were just as informative as they were beautiful.

What I was most impressed with was how interactive and hands-on the experience can be. There were multiple areas such as the Ullman Learning Center and Freeman Gallery that featured kid-friendly activities. Many of the exhibits had video stops or buttons to push that allowed the visitor to listen to personal stories relevant to the exhibit.

An amazing amenity the museum offers are outside benches that allow you take a break from learning and enjoy nature and architecture as water features run near by.

Of course, you can also take a break by visiting the Coffee Cantina or the Courtyard Café, which serves lunch and desserts that include a unique experience of local and indigenous ingredients in the culinary creations. If your stomach is full but your appetite for knowledge is still not satiated, be sure to check out the Books and More shop.

As I left the Heard Museum and weaved through the pillars making my way gradually to the parking lot, the sculptures became more apparent and I discovered some that I had not previously noticed.

The Heard Museum allows visitors to be just as aware of its exterior, not giving up any secrets as to the memorable experience inside.

Memorable. That’s a word I would use to describe my experience. My only regret is that I didn’t come here sooner.

This was a wonderful experience. Next time I hope to find another adventure awaiting.

For more information on the Heard Museum, visit their website at www.heard.org.