CPLC’s Latino Teacher Award Nominations Now Open

July 31, 2015 | 8:45 AM | People | By Staff


Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) will celebrate outstanding Latino educators at their 17th Annual Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards presented by Cox Communications and SRP. Nominations will be accepted through August 28 and four winners will be selected.

The four winning teachers will be honored at a special awards dinner in October and receive a $5,000 cash award and a stipend of $2,500 to their respective schools.

The Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards were established 17 years ago by CPLC and their corporate and community partners. It was created to distinguish those educators who ignite in our students a spirit of learning that spills over and impacts so many within the community.

The nomination must be submitted by a fellow teacher, principal or superintendent; the nominee must spend a majority of the school day in the classroom and teach at a state-approved or accredited school in Arizona; and must include a letter of support from the school principal.

Forms can be downloaded at www.CPLC.org and submitted to [email protected].


Date Night: Dinner and a Concert

July 30, 2015 | 8:51 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


In honor of TEXAZ Grill’s 30th Anniversary, on the 30th of every month now through October 30, diners can enjoy a build-your-own three-course feast, plus beverage, for only $30. Choose an appetizer, such as shrimp cocktail or award-winning TEXAZ Grill Red chili, plus a hearty entree from the delectable menu, a decadent dessert and a beverage to wash it all down with.

So grab your date and head over to TEXAZ Grill before going to the concert.

For more information about TEXAZ Grill, visit www.texazgrill.com.

Steve Miller Band Concert

The Summer Concert Series at the The Pool at Talking Stick Resort continues through the end of September, with upcoming acts including The Steve Miller Band tonight and Lynyrd Skynyrd on September 20.

The series allows music aficionados to catch the top names in classic rock along with today’s best country starts.

The Pool is the perfect space for outdoor concerts during these warm summer evenings. The full calendar of shows can be found by visiting www.talkingstickresort.com/outdoor-phoenix-concerts.aspx.

Pricing varies for all events and entry is 21 and over. And to create the ultimate getaway, guests can turn their experience into a luxurious staycation by calling 1-866-877-9897 to book a room at Talking Stick Resort.


Take Advantage of These Local Deals Around the Valley

July 29, 2015 | 8:45 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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There are a number of great dining deals to take advantage of, especially for those looking for early dinner or happy hour specials.

From 5 – 6 pm, diners who mention “local love” receive $10 off all 3-, 4- and 5-course dinners. Three course meals are regularly $35, four course meals are $45 and five course meals are $55.

More information about Crudo can be found at www.crudoaz.com.

Salty Sow
The Salty Sow offers “Weekly Happenings” to enjoy Monday– Sunday with specials beginning at 4:30 pm nightly. On Mondays and Tuesdays, guests can enjoy all-night specials on all signature craft cocktails, local draft beers, wine and small plates.

On Wednesdays, Executive Chef Harold Marmulstein offers his “special” Prime Rib slow cooked and served with Yukon gold crushed potatoes, horseradish sauce, jus and house salad. From Thursday – Saturday, Salty Sow comes alive with live music from 6:30-9:30pm on Thursdays and 7-10 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Finally, Sunday is Porchetta day with Chef’s special served with arugula salad, fingerling potatoes, red peppers, shaved fennel and green herb sauce.

More information about Salty Sow can be found at www.saltysow.com.


What’s a Frozen Fiesta?

July 28, 2015 | 8:50 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


The Westgate Wednesday summer series is coming to an end this Wednesday, July 29 in cool fashion. From 6-7:30 pm, the theme will be Frozen Fiesta with Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen.

This free event has been going on all summer long, with music, games, prizes and dancing. Additionally, those in attendance are able to meet their favorite film characters and receive a free downloadable photo.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their swimsuit to cool off in the nearby splash pad before, during and after the events.

The event is hosted in the Fountain Park. For more information, visit www.westgateaz.com/summer/.


Is Adopting a Doggy in Your Future?

July 27, 2015 | 8:51 AM | Restaurants | By Staff


Salut Kitchen Bar is partnering with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) to help find forever homes for pets in need.

Salut will host a rescue adoption event on July 30 from 6-8 pm on their dog-friendly patio. Guests can enjoy a casual evening of drink specials and puppy bonding, with on-site adoptions available. Guests can also bring their own pup to socialize with others.

Salut’s wine menu features Chateau La Laws, where 10 percent of every bottle sold directly benefits no-kill animal shelters. Salut also offers a wide array of menu items inspired by a mix of Mediterranean and American cuisine.

MCACC has one off-site pet adoption center and two full service animal care centers located in Mesa and Phoenix. Those provide shelter for lost and stray animals, adoption services, pet surrender, dog licensing, rabies vaccinations and microchips.

For more information, visit their website at www.salutkitchenbar.com.


Celebrate Christmas in July at Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail

July 24, 2015 | 8:44 AM | Restaurants | By Staff


Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail is asking the community to drop off new, unwrapped gifts at either restaurant on July 25 and 26 to help bring cheer to children spending part of their summer vacation at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

For their contribution, those who participate will be entered to win a dinner for 4 at Beckett’s Table or Southern Rail.

Also, if guests buy a $100 gift card, they will receive a complimentary $25 bonus gift card. Or for the purchase of a $50 gift card, they will receive a complimentary $10.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has provided hope, healing and the best healthcare for children since it was established in 1983, and it has grown to become one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. PCH provides inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties.

For more information about Beckett’s Table or Southern Rail, visit www.beckettstable.com or www.southernrailaz.com.

Photo credit: Beckett’s Table


Cool Down at CityScape with Movies, Snow and More!

July 23, 2015 | 8:59 AM | Events | By Staff


It’s snowing in downtown Phoenix at the Cool Summer Nights at CityScape. Snow, a snow slide, movies and more are included in this festive event.

Cool Summer Nights will offer guests two opportunities to gather in Patriots Park to watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theatre while enjoying free shaved ice, board games and four tons of snow and a snow slide.

The two dates are Thursday, July 23 and Thursday, August 20from 6:30 pm – 9 pm. The movies begin at 7 pm on both dates. Disney’s Frozen will be shown on July 23, with a special guest appearance by Elsa, and Grease will be shown on August 20.

Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Frozen and Grease characters, and should bring their own chairs and blankets. The event is free and open to the public.


Scottsdale League for the Arts Accepting Grant Applications

July 22, 2015 | 8:45 AM | People | By Staff

SCF Grant

The Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA), the organization that puts on the Scottsdale Culinary Festival each year, is pleased to announce $150,000 in donations and grants to support local arts and arts educations programs in 2015-16. The SLA online grantapplication process allows local non-profits to easily submit an application for funding. This program has provided more than $4 million in funding since 2002.

The online grant application is available at www.leagueforthearts.org, and the grant application package must be completed by Friday, August 7.

Grants will be funded in mid-September, which is a crucial time as arts programs gear up for new seasons. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit 501(c)(3) agencies that expand the League’s support of the visual, culinary, and performing arts, as well as arts education.

Information about eligibility to apply, evaluation of applications and any additional information can be found on the SLA website at www.leagueforthearts.org.


Treat Yourself to a Daycation at The Spa at The Village

July 21, 2015 | 9:29 AM | Phoenix | By Staff
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We all know the importance of pampering ourselves during the hot summer months in order to recharge for the fall. One way to do that is through spa services, which help us to de-stress and detoxify, while also providing mental benefits that can stimulate you mentally and physically.

So, if you can’t get away from the heat this summer, enjoy soothing, specially priced spa packages at The Spa at The Village, the full service, open-to-the-public day spas and salons tucked inside each of the Valley’s four Village Health Clubs & Spas.

The Sizzling Spa Series lets spa guests pamper themselves with their choice of either five 60-minute spa services for $375 or five 90-minute spa services for $510. Even better, guests are able to choose any combination of massages, facials or body treatments, and the package may be shared with family and friends. The Sizzling Spa Series is offered now through August 31.

Each 60-minute or longer spa service also includes all-day access to the members-only Village Health Club and its state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

For more information about the Village Health Clubs & Spas, including locations for the four Valley clubs, visit www.villageclubs.com.


Mane Attraction Salon to Host Dog Whisperer Krista Cantrell

July 20, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


In conjunction with their month-long memorial fundraiser for Mane Attraction Salon owners Kendall and Beate Assmuth-Ong’s beloved dog Einstein, the salon will welcome nationally-recognized dog whisperer and coach Krista Cantrell for their Speaker Series on Wednesday, July 22 at 6 pm. MAS is asking for a $10 donation, that along with 20 percent of all pet-related sales and proceeds from Einstein’s Shampoo during the month of July, will be donated to RESCUE.

For more than 18 years, Cantrell has touched the lives of people and animals with her coaching for “both ends of the leash.” She has earned over 200 competition agility and obedience titles since 2001 and 11 national championship titles with the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC).

Cantrell has an extensive background as a keynote speaker and clinician. She served as the keynote speaker for the 25thInternational Veterinary Acupuncturist Society/IVAS Congress and for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association/AHVMA. To view short videos of puppy classes, dog training, Qigong and whispering, visit Cantrell’s website at www.phoenixdogagilityclasses.com.

Mane Attraction Salon is located at 3156 E Camelback Road in Phoenix. For more information, visit www.maneattractionsalon.com.


Mesa Arts Center Announces Lineup of Events for August and September

July 16, 2015 | 9:14 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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The Mesa Arts Center recently announced its lineup of events for the upcoming months, including events, performances and exhibitions beginning in August.

Season highlights include The Moth presenting Between Worlds, Broadway performances like Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Wynton Marsalis.

Mesa Arts Center will continue its commitment to breaking down barriers to Classical Music with the Classical Music Inside Out Series and guest artistic director Zuill Bailey. The multi-faceted Jazz from A to Z program and series will also continue in 2015-16 with experiences that bring jazz to Mesa Art Center stages and East Valley classrooms.

The public is invited to celebrate the 10th year at One East Main at a free Season Kickoff Festival on Friday, September 11 from 7-10 pm. The festival will have an atmosphere of a Latin street party.

The complete list of 2015-16 events in Mesa Art Center’s Performing Live Season can be found here.

To purchase tickets, call the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at 480-644-6500 or visit www.mesaartscenter.com.


Explore Palettes of the World by Jon Wassom

July 15, 2015 | 8:46 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Palettes of the World

The Shade Gallery at the monOrchrid is hosting the Palettes of the World exhibition of artist Jon Wassom August 7-30.  The exhibition showcases the artist’s latest series of mixed media paintings that highlight various places around the world.

The Opening Reception for Palettes of the World will be on First Friday, August 7 from 6-10pm, with the audience in attendance to discuss his works.  There will also be a closing reception on August 21 from 6-10pm featuring Jon Wassom to discuss the paintings, as well as additional artwork, wine and more.  The Palettes of the World exhibit will run through August 30.

The monOrchid is a mixed-use space in the heart of downtown Phoenix, along the historic Roosevelt Row, located at 214 E. Roosevelt Street.

For more information, visit www.monorchid.com.


Pluto needs a Party! Celebrate the historic flyby with ASU Tonight

July 14, 2015 | 9:15 AM | Events | By Staff

NASA’s New Horizons mission has traveled over 3 billion miles on its journey to Pluto.  The exploratory spacecraft will fly by Pluto today and Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is throwing a party in its honor.

The New Horizon’s mission launched in January 2005 and is expected to return the first-ever close-up images and scientific observations of Pluto and its system of moons.  ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is celebrating this significant milestone with a party featuring talks with ASU professors and a live NASA feed of the mission’s flyby of Pluto.  The event will feature talks by ASU Professor David Williams and Professor Steve Desch to discuss the new Horizon’s mission as well as discuss Pluto and its moon systems.

The event will also feature live coverage of Pluto “phoning home” with the mission’s first images and correspondence of the dwarf planet.  The Pluto flyby party will be at ASU’s Tempe campus at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building on the ground floor beginning at 3pm.

For more information, visit http://sese.asu.edu/content/pluto-party.


MAD Greens Arizona Expansion Raises Over $2K for Boys & Girls Clubs

July 13, 2015 | 9:41 AM | People | By Staff

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MAD Greens is finally here in Arizona and the success and delicious flavors of MAD Greens is keeping customers coming back for more.   The popular Colorado-based restaurant specializing in premium made-to-order salads opened its two new locations in Scottsdale and Tempe on Thursday, June 25 by hosting “Free Salad Day.”

The grand opening giveaway doubled as a fundraiser for the local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs.  During “Free Salad Day,” 100% of the $2,260 raised as donated directly to the BGC of the East Valley’s Ladmo Branch, and the BGC of Greater Scottsdale Thunderbirds Branch.

John Davis, the Special Events Director of the Ladmo Branch of the BGC, said “We are elated to have had the opportunity to partner with MAD Greens on their Grand Opening event, which raised more than $1,000 that will go towards providing scholarships and services for out Ladmo Branch-Tempe Club kids.”

Free Salad Day at MAD Greens’ Scottsdale location helped raise funds for the BGC Thunderbird Branch.  Paola Gale, Branch Director of the Thunderbirds Branch in Scottsdale, said, “We are so thankful to MAD Greens, and their patrons for donating to the Thunderbirds Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.”

These are MAD Greens first two locations in the Valley and MAD Greens Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Marley Hodgson said that opening in Arizona was a longtime dream. “Introducing MAD Greens to Arizona was a herculean effort, and our Grand Opening events, especially our dual Free Salad Day celebrations, would not have been possible without the incredible support from the Arizona community, our local grower partners and especially the hard work of our Arizona team members,” Hodgson said.

MAD Greens is committed to serving locally sourced ingredients and they have partnered with local farmers and purveyors to provide fresh and local ingredients. Currently the Arizona locations of MAD Greens are at Tempe Marketplace (2000 E. Rio Salad Pkwy. #1215) and at Scottsdale & Acoma (14418 N. Scottsdale Rd. #185). In September of this year, there are two new MAD Greens locations set to open at the Hilton Village and 7th & McDowell.

For more information, visit www.madgreens.com.


Tempe History Museum Presents Sounds of Summer, Interactive Music...

July 10, 2015 | 8:53 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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This summer the Tempe History Museum is presenting Wild Wednesday’s with the Sounds of Summer performances. Every Wednesdays and a few select Saturdays, the Tempe History Museum is hosting free drop in events for the whole family.

The events include hands-on activities, fun displays, and interactive performances. Every event runs from 11 am- 2 pm and act as a great way to get out of the house this summer and teach kids about culture with music.

A schedule of all future performers is listed below:

7/15: Jazz Rocks With Bart Salzman

7/25: African Drums with Keith Johnson

7/29: AZ Pro Arte: Woodwinds with Kristilyn Woods

The Tempe History Museum is located at 809 E. Southern Ave. For more information regarding the event call (480)-350-5100 or visit tempe.gov/museum.


Get Ready to Time Travel at the Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Fair in...

July 9, 2015 | 10:54 AM | Events | By Staff

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Come time travel back to Medieval times filled with jousting, belly dancers, mermaids, sword dancing and more. This summer, the Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire will be in Pinetop, Arizona from July 10- 12. The festival will include food, music, sword-fighting and bounce houses.

The festival will run from 10 am through 7pm FridaySaturday and 10 am – 5pm on Sunday. The admission is just $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Fair also acts as the perfect excuse to get away from the Phoenix heat and spend sometime up in the beautiful weather and scenery of Pinetop, AZ

The Medieval Mayhem Festival will be located at Mountain Meadowns Recreation Complex (1101 N Woodland Road in Pinetop-Lakeside). For more information on the event visit, www.azmayhem.com.


Grab A Piece of the Wild West At Pinnacle Peak Patio’s Live...

July 8, 2015 | 8:53 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Calling all cowboys, lovers of the Wild West and anyone looking to place a bid on the rustic treasures from the beloved Pinnacle Peak Patio. Pinnacle Peak Patio, known famously as being a cowboy steakhouse and Arizona icon shut its doors on June 28th. For those interested in owning their own piece of Wild West paraphernalia, Surplus Asset Management is inviting the public to a live auction of the treasures from Pinnacle Peak Patio on Saturday, July 11th.

Pinnacle Peak Patio has been collecting unique Wild West items for over 60 years in order to provide guests with a genuine cowboy dining experience. The auction will also be a chance for guests to see the famous necktie collection that features almost one million neckties that have been cut off of those who broke the restaurants “no necktie” policy, showing up to eat in a shirt and tie and no cowboy attire.

The live auction will take place on July 11th at 10:30 a.m. at 10426 E. Jomax Road in Scottsdale. To register to bid on the event go to, samauctions.com or check out Pinnacle Peak Patio at http://www.pppatio.com.


Phoenix Public Market Café Launches Custom Catering

July 7, 2015 | 9:01 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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The Phoenix Public Market Café is launching an all-new catering menu featuring the Café’s signature market fresh cuisine.  The Café’s custom catering is perfect for large family gatherings, special occasions, or office meetings.

Phoenix Public Market Café’s catering will be available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will reflect the Café’s focus on fresh and organic cuisine.  Start the day with a selection of house made bagels, fruit platters, breakfast burritos, and whole seasonal quiches.  For lunch and dinner, the menu features house made chips and guacamole, seasonal salads, and whole rotisserie chickens.  The menu also includes boxed lunches with your choice of sandwich, pickle, fresh fruit, bag of chips and cookie packed and ready for your next office meeting.  Finish off your meal on a sweet note with the Café’s selection of fresh baked cakes and bakery treats by the dozen.

The Café can customize your order to accommodate parties of any size, from 10 to 500 people.  The Café recommends 48-hours notice on all catering orders.

For more information and to place a catering order, call (602) 253-2700 or email [email protected].  To see the full catering menu, visit the Café website.


Backpack & School Supply Drive to Benefit Foster Children

July 6, 2015 | 8:39 AM | People | By Staff

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According to the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), “More than 30 children will enter foster care in Arizona daily.” The AFFCF organization helps promote self-esteem and enrich the lives of more than 17,000 children in Arizona foster care. They help fund activities, education and programs for foster kids since 1983. This year to help benefit foster children in Arizona get ready for the new school year, AFFCF will be holding a Backpack & School Supply Drive on Saturday, July 11.

The drive is geared towards helping foster children obtain the school supplies and backpacks that they need to start the school year off right. Last year 700 backpacks were raised through AFFCF’s drive effort. This year there is a goal to raise 1,500 new backpacks filled with school supplies for the 2015-2016 school year.

Suggested new school supply donations include items such as pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, crayons, notebooks, binders, glue sticks, rulers, dictionaries/thesauruses, white-out, calculators, flash drives and alarm clocks. The drive will be held in the parking lot of Office Max on 44th St. and Thomas on July 11th from 10 am through 2 pm. For more information visit, http://www.affcf.org .


Family-friendly 4th of July Happenings in Phoenix

July 2, 2015 | 9:38 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff


The fourth of July is just days away and the big day filled with red, white and blue and delicious BBQ food should be celebrated in style. Luckily Arizona is putting on some amazing events around the Valley that are friendly for the whole family.

Phoenix zoo is offering a special 4th of July experience at the “4th of Zooly” event. The zoo will have BBQ food from Andrew’s Catering, carousel rides, a showing of Ice Age at the 4-D theatre, face painting, live entertainment and more! The admission is $45 for adults and $35 for kids. For more information and to purchase tickets visit, http://phoenixzoo.org/event-items/4th-zooly/.

Tempe Town Lake will be hosting its annual 4th of July celebration. The event will include fireworks, live music, beer garden, splash playground, food court, family fun zone and more. Tickets are on sale for $5 through July 4th and available for $6 at Fry’s stores. For more information visit, http://www.tempe4th.com/index.asp.

During the 4th of July weekend Butterfly Wonderland will be holding activities for all ages including live music, butterfly talks with the keepers, face painting and more. Guests who wear red, white and blue will get a 10% discount. For more information visit, www.butterflywonderland.com/.

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