In the Spirit of Halloween, Usery Mountain Regional Park Rangers...

October 13, 2015 | 8:46 AM | Uncategorized | By Staff

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With the spirit of Halloween in the air, things are starting to get a little spooky! Maricopa County wants to help the Arizona community get the ultimate Halloween experience through offering a, “Goofy Ghost Walk” at Usery Mountain Regional Park at the Nature Center on Saturday, October 17. This nighttime walk will include a guided tour through the dark desert in a quarter-mile journey.

Participants in the Ghost Walk are encouraged to decorate a bed sheet at home and wear it during the walk. The “Ghost Rangers” will hold a contest to judge the best child, teen and adult homemade bed sheet ghost costume. The Rangers will tell ghost stories around a bonfire with free snacks, drinks and fun games!

The hike requires that each walker brings a flashlight and closed-toe shoes. Any big groups are asked to call ahead and pets are not allowed on the walk. The walk will begin at 7pm and the fee is $6 per car. Usery Mountain Regional Park is located at 3939 N. Usery Pass Rd. For more information call (480)-984-0032 or visit,


Sandbar celebrates “TacOber Fest” & Pink Margaritas All October...

October 12, 2015 | 8:36 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Not much is better than Pink Margaritas, Beer Brat Fajitas and Beer Brat Tacos; especially if it helps fight cancer in support of breast cancer awareness month! Sandbar is inviting its guests to, “Scare up some spicy fun” this October with food & drink specials all month long in a celebration called “TacOber Fest.”

Served now through October 31st, food specials will include $10 Beer Brat Tacos,  $12 Beer Brat Fajitas and $8 Beer Cheese & Pretzel made with Odell’s 90 Shilling Ale. Even better, you can pair that with $4 drink specials such as Hoegaarden wheat beers and $5 Jagermeister & Rumplemintz shots.

Every pink margarita ordered during the month of October will have $1 donated to breast cancer research with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The TacOber fest food & drink specials will take place at both Sandbar Mexican Grill Valley locations in Chandler (7200 W. Ray Rd.) and in Desert Ridge (21001 N. Tatum Blvd.). For more information on Sandbar visit,


Four Peak Brewing’s Oktoberfest Coming to Tempe Town Lake

October 9, 2015 | 8:46 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Four Peaks Oktoberfest is coming back to Tempe Town Lake’s Beach Park from October 9th through the 11th to celebrate its 44th year, benefitting the Tempe Sister Cities Organization. The family-friendly event will feature everything from Beer & Wine, Kid’s Activities, Food, Entertainment and Foot Race.

Four Peaks will have several tents at the event and there will also be a Beers of the World Tent, Widmer Brother Okto-Hau, Budweiser Annex Truck and Wine Garden. For $30 kids can have unlimited fun with all-day passes for all rides including carnival, sky fighter rides and splash park. On October 10 at 8 am there will also be the 43rd Annual Oktoberfest Foot Race benefitting the Frank Kush Youth Foundation and Tempe Sister Cities Youth Programs.

Oktoberfest has free admission to enter and will be held at Tempe Beach Park (80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy). To find out more about all of the events happening at Oktoberfest visit,



October 8, 2015 | 10:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff


Comedian Margaret Cho is bringing “The psyCHO Tour” to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.

Beginning with her early days on the scene in Southern California, Cho has always been the “Agent Provocateur” of stand-up. She is never one to shy away from a difficult, or even “taboo” topic, and there is no subject off-limits. She tackles difficult issues with sensitivity and razor-sharp insight.

A three-time Grammy and Emmy nominee, Cho has been developing brand-new material during the past several months. “I’m so thrilled to announce that I will be back out on the road. This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now,” remarks Cho. “It makes me all so crazy – hence the title: ‘The psyCHO Tour’ … I’m trying to bring some joy to the hysteria and insanity.”

A big part of Cho’s show are tributes to her “father in comedy,” Robin Williams, and her “mother in comedy,” Joan Rivers, who passed away within a month of one another. Cho was very close to both of them. Her friendship with Williams encouraged her to start the #BeRobin campaign to raise awareness and funds for the homeless community. Cho’s friendship with Rivers reinforced her desire to remain fearless.

A pioneer among women in comedy, Cho does not take anything for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people who feel disenfranchised,” she adds. “The audiences at my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans. I seem to be a secure alternative for people who don’t think they’re being represented in society. They come because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there, and that makes me really proud.”

Tickets start at $39 and are available through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Margaret Cho
The psyCHO Tour: There’s No “I” in “Team,” But There’s a “CHO” in “Psycho”
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St. in Downtown Scottsdale


The Alwun House Presents 16th Monsters Menagerie

October 6, 2015 | 9:14 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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It’s time to start getting into the Halloween spirit and to help us out, the Alwun House in Downtown Phoenix in the Garfield Historic District is presenting the Monsters Menagerie exhibit. There will be over 13 artists featured with works that include a combination of humor & horror, dark underworld fantasies, demons and sardonic attire.

The exhibit will have media from paintings, sculptures, objects de arte and more. The Alwun House will feature the 2-story overgrown spider-infested haunted house that will help keep the Halloween spirit alive all month long. Viewings for the free exhibit are available Tuesdays through Fridays (12-6pm), until October 31st.

The Alwun hose in located at 1204 E. Roosevelt Street. For additional information call (602)-253-7887 or visit


The Phoenician Lobby Tea Court Goes Pink In Support of Breast...

October 5, 2015 | 10:32 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. According to, “About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.”

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month The Phoenician resort’s Lobby Tea Court will be transformed into a world of pink during the entire month of October.  Throughout the month pastel pink linens will accessorize the tea setting, J Vineyards Brut Rosé will be the specialty sparkling wine served, desserts will be specifically paired with items to commemorate breast cancer awareness and all menus will be printed in pink.

A portion of the month’s Afternoon Tea revenues will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central and Northern Arizona. The Full tea experience will be $42 per person and the Grand Royale Tea including unlimited J Vineyards Brut is $60 per person. For reservations call, (480)-423-2530. The Phoenician resort is located at 6000 E. Camelback Road.


AZ Cancer Village Fun Run Comes to Steele Indian School Park this...

October 2, 2015 | 9:03 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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The AZ Cancer Village Fun Run in support of Arizona’s cancer community is just around the corner and will hold everything from a 5k and 1-mile fun run, live music every mile, local vendors, team costumes, prizes, food trucks, crafts, cancer resources and more from 9 am- 2pm this Saturday, October 3rd!

The fun run encourages teams to rally together to work on an award winning costume for the run. There will be prizes for the best team costume, largest team and team who raises the most funds.  The fun run will host non-profits who are assisting those who are going through all types of cancer in our Phoenix community. Local vendors will be at the run as well and budding entrepreneurs 17 and younger who will receive a free booth at the event

The event will be hosted by three local charities: The Joybus, Don’t Be a Chump Check For a Lump and Singleton Moms. All funds raised from the event will be split evenly among the three charities. Registration for the October 3rd event is online nowat


Schnepf Farms To Bring Back Pumpkin & Chili Party On October 1st

October 1, 2015 | 8:39 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Fall means hayrides, pumpkin patches, cooler weather and the opening of Schnepf Farms’s Pumpkin & Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday in October Schnepf Farms will be celebrating the start of fall with everything from dog shows, pumpkin carvings, fresh bowls of chili and roller coaster rides.

This jam-packed event includes hayrides, roller coasters, a petting zoo, fireworks, a corn maze, pumpkin patches, pig races and so much more with general admission!

Schnepf Farms will also have their famous chili dinners for purchase and the Farm Grill and Burger shack are also available for dinner. Admission is $17 plus tax or $15 at any Fry’s Food Store. For additional information on events such as Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Shows or the Stuntmasters BMX Show visit,


Fall Concert Series To Debut At Desert Botanical Garden

September 30, 2015 | 12:46 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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With Phoenix finally catching glimpses of nicer weather and fall weather just around the corner, the Desert Botanical Garden is featuring a variety of artists with their Fall Music in the Garden concert series. Starting on October 2 through November 14, 2015 every Friday and Saturday evening there will be a concert from 7-9 pm.

With doors opening at 5:30 pm, guests can plan ahead to enjoy a dinner at the Garden’s restaurant, Gertrude’s, or enjoy options such as the Patio Café, Chef-attended station, Cash Bar and Boutique Wine Sales at the Ullman Terrace. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend the concert with no exception allowed.

The Schedule for featured artists can be found below:


Friday Evenings: 7 – 9 p.m.

October 2 Chuck Hall Band – Blues

October 9 Traveler – World Fusion

October 16 Walt Richardson and Friends – Reggae, Rock

October 23 Tommy Ash Band – Honky-Tonk Country

October 30 Fatigo – Mariachi Meets Indie Rock

Saturday Evenings: 7-9 p.m.

November 7 Dennis Rowland – Jazz

November 14 Big Nick and the Gila Monsters – Blues

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the general public. To purchase tickets visit, or call (480)-481-8188.


Phoenix Fashion Week Returning To Talking Stick Resort On October...

September 29, 2015 | 9:26 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Phoenix Fashion Week is once again taking over the Valley as it returns to Talking Stick Resort from October 1-3, 2015. The three-day event will showcase international designers, national sponsors, 27 fashion shows, glamorous after parties and celebrity guests. Phoenix Fashion Week will include partners and sponsors from FIDM, Toni & Guy Hair, Modern Luxury/Scottsdale Magazine and many more.

This year will include events such as the signature Designer of the Year competition, Business of Fashion Seminars presented by FIDM, Model of the Year Competition by Toni & Guy and Style Villa shopping experience. In addition, there will also be 27 fashion shows featuring designer brands from local to internationally recognized designers, music by DJ Q and fashion seminars.

Tickets for Phoenix Fashion Week start at $45 for ‘Style’ seating and range to $225 for ‘VIP Front Row’ seats. All tickets allow guests access to the Style Villa shopping area and night of runway shows. Tickets can be purchased at


Downtown MAD Greens to Host Free Salad Day in Support of Phoenix...

September 29, 2015 | 8:00 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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MAD Greens will be opening their fourth Valley location, and first location in Phoenix on Tuesday, September 29th at 7thAvenue & McDowell (1515 N. 7th Ave.m #100).  In celebration of every grand opening MAD Greens hosts a “Free Salad Day” with all donations from the day benefitting a local charity. After the success of opening its third Valley location at Hilton Village, MAD Greens raised more than $1,200 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) at the Hilton Village Opening and will once again partner with PCH for the opening of the Phoenix MAD Greens location.

From 10:30 am through 8 pm, MAD Greens will be hosting their official launch of the 7th Ave and McDowell location with a Free Salad Day. Each guest who attends will receive a free salad of his or her choice. To raise funds for PCH, representatives will be on-site collecting donations. For anyone that can’t make it to the grand opening festivities but still wants to support PCH, from October 1- November 1, 2015 one dollar from every “F.L.W.” salad will be donated directly to the PCH’s Hope Fund at any MAD Greens location in Arizona.

The newest MAD Greens location is located at 7th Avenue & McDowell (1515 N. 7th Ave #100).  For additional information on MAD Greens locations throughout the valley visit,


Childsplay Theatre Introduces, “Sideways Stories From Wayside...

September 25, 2015 | 8:43 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Need a way to get your child outside of the house and off the screens without braving the heat? Chidlsplay theatre is presenting “Sidways Stories From Wayside School,” by author Louis Sachar, adapted for the stage by John Olive. Based on the wacky, creative books by Louis Sachar, the performance introduces guests into a world where students turn into apples and an elementary school has 30 classrooms stacked on top of each other.

The shows will run every weekend now through October 18, 2015

 on Saturdays (1 & 4pm) and Sundays (1 pm).  This kid friendly show is recommended for all ages 6 and up and runs approximately an hour and 40 minutes with a 15 minute intermission and Q&A. Tickets run from $12-$25 and are available for purchase online at,


Uptown Farmers Market Introduces New Hours For The Fall Season

September 24, 2015 | 9:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Staff

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Earlier this month the Uptown Farmers Market on Central and Bethany Home moved back outside for the fall season and introduced its new fall hours. The market features Arizona farmers, ranchers, food makers and craftspeople that are local to the Arizona community. Uptown Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 am through noon, featuring dozens of vendors, entertainment for kids and places for families to eat and relax.

The farmers market on September 26th will launch the Uptown Growers Market, a pop-up nursery that will sell items such as soil and composts and will also hold classes on gardening. In October, the market will open an additional market day on Wednesdaymornings with up to 30 tents.

Uptown Farmers Market is located on Central and Bethany Home, right next to the North Phoenix Baptist Church. For additional information on Uptown Farmers Market visit,


Hygiene Means Hope

September 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Local | By Imelda

Client_Shield_250x350The Salvation Army’s calling is to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to care. And thanks to the generous support of local residents, essentials like Hygiene Kits are provided to homeless adults, children and families in need.

Homeless people often go without the basic necessities most Americans take for granted. Amidst the struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep, it’s difficult to acquire basic items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, etc.

In the United States alone, an estimated 3.5 million people per year experience homelessness. On any given night, 730,000 people find themselves without a permanent roof over their heads. The lucky ones are given space in homeless shelters where a place to sleep and a warm meal are provided.

Whether they come to The Salvation Army’s shelter or Project Hope staff go out to meet them on the street, it’s important to provide them with the basic hygiene supplies needed to maintain health and confidence. This can help give the homeless people a greater sense of self-worth and a brighter outlook on life.

That’s why The Salvation Army is collecting items for Hygiene Kits that will be distributed to people in need. These kits include simple, inexpensive items that can be picked up at the drugstore or while grocery shopping, such as:

• Body Wash, Washcloths, Lotion • Shampoo, Conditioner, Brushes, Combs • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Floss • Deodorant, Feminine Hygiene Products • Toilet Paper, Cleansing Wipes, Tissue • Antibacterial Ointment, Bandages

Every Monday through Friday, a Project Hope outreach specialist drives to parks and washes all over the city to distribute these kits. They’re also handed out at The Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner held at the convention center on Thanksgiving Day.

To help provide small, travel-size items for the homeless and needy families in our area, contact or visit


The Desert Botanical Garden Reveals Its Fall Monarch Activities For...

September 22, 2015 | 8:45 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

Fall is the season of change and that means it’s also the season where caterpillars turn into gorgeous, colorful Arizona butterflies. The Desert Botanical Garden is hosting an array of Monarch related activities this fall including a Meet the Caterpillars exhibit, Monarch Butterfly Walks and Monarch Magic Family classes.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am through 1pmfamilies are welcome to come meet the caterpillars that are on their journey to becoming butterflies and forming chrysalises. Once the caterpillars turn into butterflies in late September and early October, there will be Monarch Butterfly Walks on Saturdaymornings from 9-10 am, where guests can learn about different types of butterflies and go on a walk with a naturalist.

For more information about Monarch related events at the Desert Botanical Garden visit, The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.


Roosevelt Row’s Chile Pepper Festival To Be Held At Phoenix...

September 21, 2015 | 9:26 AM | Uncategorized | By Staff

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What could be better than a day filled with eating food, enjoying delicious drinks and listening to live music? The only thing better is the fact that the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, September 26th, hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC), has free general admission with RVSP. The festival will have local food such as onsite Chile roasting and local AZ restaurants such as Phoenix Public Market, Bragg’s Factory Diner, Carly’s and more.

Other activities will include live cooking demos, salsa dancing, kid activities and a talent show hosted by Lawn Gnome Publishing. There will be a Beer Garden hosted by Deschutes Brewery and a Gourmet Margarita station by 3 Amigos Tequila. Additionally, there will be a crowning of this year’s Chile Pepper Champion and announcement of the Festival’s best Chile pepper dish winners.

The Chile Pepper Festival will run from 4pm through 11pm on Saturday, Sept 26th at Phoenix Public Market (721 N. Central Ave). General admission is free with RSVP and food, drink and bundle packages are available for purchase online. To find out more information on the festival or to purchase tickets visit,


TEXAZ Grill Celebrates National Cheeseburger Day

September 18, 2015 | 9:01 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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It’s the best day of the year for cheeseburger lovers because National Cheeseburger Day is an actual food holiday! So in honor of this special day, TEXAZ Grill wants to treat its customers to a $5 Cheeseburger for lunch. Today (Friday, September 18th) from 11am-4pm, TEXAZ Grill will be offering a hearty cheeseburger lunch to hungry Valley residents looking for a steal on National Cheeseburger Day.

The  $5 Cheeseburger (regularly $8) is 100% ground chuck that is hand-formed and never frozen. Chef/owner Steve Freidkin uses real Kraft American cheese or Longhorn cheese on the all beef patty, placed in a sesame seed bun with tomato, lettuce, onion and a pickle on the side. The meal also comes with a large serving of TEXAZ fries or mashed potatoes.

TEXAZ Grill is located at 6003 N. 16th St. and the $5 Cheeseburger offer will be offered until 4pm. For additional information please call, (602)-248-STAR or visit


Chase Field Now Offering Guided Tours All Year Long

September 17, 2015 | 3:51 PM | Phoenix | By Staff


Baseball lover’s can now tour Chase Field year round, home of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. Chase Field is now offering tours for both individuals and groups, highlighting some of the most unique features that the facility has to offer.

Known as one of the most impressive and original Major League Baseball facilities in the country, guests will get the full tour including a preview of the dbTV, one of the largest high definition video scoreboards in MLB, the retractable roof, RamTrucks.compool in right field, the Coors Light Strike Zone and much more.

Tour space is limited so purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot. Tours run from MondaySaturday 9:30 am11 am and 12:30 pm. Tickets are available for purchase online and in person, adults are $7, Children (4-6) $3 and children 3 & under are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets visit,


Fall Arizona Restaurant Week Comes to Town the 18-27th

September 16, 2015 | 9:30 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Calling all foodies, chefs and restaurant aficionados! The long-awaited Fall Arizona Restaurant week (ARW) is almost here, starting this Friday, September 18th and making its way until Sunday, September 27th for a 10-day long food fest.  The ARW hosts participating restaurants as they offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for just $33 or $44 per person, excluding beverages tax and gratuity.

This year, more than 200 restaurants are expected to participate in restaurant week from dining such as J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician, Southern Rail, Salty Sow, Eddie V’s and many more!

Arizona Restaurant Week has a goal to position Arizona, “as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the many dining opportunities available in the state, as well as stimulating business and revenue for restaurants throughout Arizona.” There are no tickets needed to attend AZ Restaurant Week but reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit,


This Thursday CityScape Phoenix + St. Mary’s Food Bank To Host...

September 15, 2015 | 1:26 PM | Local | By Staff

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According to St. Mary’s Food Bank, “Nearly 1 in 3 children in Arizona live in poverty.” The month of September is nationally known as the Hunger Action Month and to help the cause, CityScape Phoenix and St. Mary’s Food Book Alliance are hosting a 300,000 Meals Challenge. The goal is to raise enough money and nonperishable food donations to feed 300,000 Arizonans in need of a meal.

CityScape and St. Mary’s Food Bank are holding a food drive on September 17th and are asking for Arizona locals to help the cause by donating nonperishables, canned food items and money donations to the drive-up-drop-off zone on Central Avenue located in the left turn lane on Jefferson Avenue.

The food drive will run from 7:00 am through 7:00 pm on September 17th. If you would like to donate before the 17th visit,  All funds and food donations raised through the Hunger Challenge in Downtown Phoenix will support St.Mary’s Food Bank during Hunger Action Month.

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