Posts by: Staff

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 or

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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

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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, 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

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

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

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

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

Explore Palettes of the World by Jon Wassom

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

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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

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

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

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

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,

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, or check out Pinnacle Peak Patio at

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, .

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,

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,

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,

Crudo Owners to Host Job Fair for New Restaurant, Okra Cookhouse &...

July 1, 2015 | 11:33 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Down-home Southern food with an Italian influence will be making its way to Central Phoenix later this summer with the opening of Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails, the newest restaurant from the owners of Crudo.  But right now, the restaurant is looking to build a motivated and passionate team to spearhead this high-profile new project.  A job fair for Okra will be held Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th at Crudo to hire all positions, both front-and-back-of-the-house.  The event will run from 11am – 6pm both days, and will seek to find those with the right skill, personality and positive attitude that it takes to be successful in this new project.

Located inside the Crown on 7th development, Okra is housed inside a burgeoning mid century strip that is currently being overhauled by adaptive reuse gurus Brick + West and will ultimately blend indoor and outdoor spaces into a 100-seat space that features an open kitchen and expansive bar.  The cuisine, crafted by nationally recognized chef Cullen Campbell, will offer mouthwatering takes on dishes that blur the line between southern and Italian cooking. Guests can look forward to Tennessee Hot Chicken, Pig Pot Pie, Ham Hocks, even a Redneck burger, plus Italian influences such as focaccia bread pizzas and Umbrian meats. Okra will also include one of the most anticipated bars of the year, Micah Olson’s second full beverage program that’ll feature a large collection of wines, craft beer, and of course, cocktails.

Applicants are asked to simply show up at Crudo during the applicable days and times, and any questions can be answered by reaching out to [email protected] or by calling (602)-358-8666.

Superheroes take the Heard Museum in a Unique New Exhibit

June 30, 2015 | 10:43 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff


Most people associate Superheroes with Marvel Comic characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. This summer the Heard Museum is looking to educate its guests on American Indian legends and super heroes that teach life lessons and make a great impact on American Indian history.

In the Super Heroes exhibit at the Heard Museum kids will be able to create their own superheroes by making superhero costumes, play Native video games and learn what it really means to be a super hero. According to the Heard Museum, American Indian super heroes inspire many American Indian artists and graphic novelists in their work.

The exhibit features work from American Indian artists of re-imagined American Indian super heroes. There are also clay figures on display, graphic drawings and an interactive section for kids to create their own superhero costumes.

Members. Heard museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. For more information on the exhibit visit, or call, (602)-252-8840.

Enjoy the Last Month of Afternoon Tea Time at the Ritz-Carlton...

June 29, 2015 | 9:53 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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The Valley-famous Ritz Carlton hotel will be closing their doors on July 24, 2015. For many Arizona residents this marks the end of their tradition for afternoon teatime.  However, the Ritz Carlton plans to end teatime with tea service throughout July as well as special events to end the reign of teatime.

From July 1-7 the Ritz Carlton will be serving the Teddy Bear Tea from noon through 3 pm with gourmet hot chocolate, sandwiches and pastries.  The event will have story time and a sing-a-long around the piano. Every child that attends the event will receive a teddy bear.

From July 14th through the 19th the Tea Room will be open daily with a final afternoon tea held at 3pm on the 19th. The final afternoon tea will include a champagne reception and slideshow of the afternoon teas throughout the years. The final afternoon tea will hold live music from the Nicole Pesce trio.

For more information call (602-952-2424 or visit

Get Ready for Some Summer Fun with Bottomless Mimosas and Weekend...

June 26, 2015 | 10:35 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Every weekend at Bevvy you can join in on the fun of betting, drinks and brunch at the “Off Track Brunch” that occurs every Sundayfrom 11am- 6 pm. The brunch will feature betting on horse races to win bottle service and other prizes. The event will show the races live on the big screens and there will be specials offered at the delicious brunch that Bevvy serves up.

Bevvy’s weekend brunch runs from 11 am through 3 pm and features brunch cocktails at just $8 with bottomless mimosas and bloodies ($25) or at a special price of $15 with the purchase of a brunch item off the menu. The Bevvy brunch offers delicious breakfast food such as a “Brekkie Burrito” ($10) with scrambled eggs, cheddar & jack cheese, avocado, tomato salsa, sour cream and home fries, the “Deep Bowl” ($10) is another favorite and comes with 2 eggs over easy, ground beef, bacon, avocado, salsa and home fries.

Bevvy brunch is served Saturday and Sundays from 11 am- 3pm and the Bevvy “Off Track Brunch” is every Sunday from 11 am- 3pm. To make reservations for the Off Track Brunch call, (480)-525-9300. Bevvy is located at 4420 N Saddlebag Trail.

Botanical Gardens Encourages Arizona Residents to Explore the Night...

June 25, 2015 | 10:15 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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As we all know, it’s nearly impossible to step outside into the blazing Arizona sun during the daylight hours. Fortunately, Desert Botanical Gardens is offering a way for locals to get outdoor time in nature without the risk of melting, through offering nighttime Garden Flashlight Tours.

The flashlight tours will begin at 7pm and run until 9pm on Thursdays & Saturdays until September 5, 2015. Participants are encouraged to bring their own flashlight and join in on a self-paced stroll in the Garden’s trails to different discovery stations such as the Agave Station, Saguaro Station, Insect Station, Snake Discovery and many more!

This event is open to all ages and parents are encouraged to bring their children along. The Garden Flashlight Tours are included with a Desert Botanical membership or paid Garden Admission fee. For more information call, (480)-941-1225 or visit . Desert Botanical Gardens is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.

Westgate to Host Final Week of Bike Night

June 24, 2015 | 8:45 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Westgate has claimed the title of holding the biggest Bike Night in the Valley and Thursday, June 25 will be the final week of the highly anticipated Bike Nights for the year. Bike Night has been in association with and features hundreds of bikes lining the Coyotes Boulevard and Westgate Boulevard.

Since March 26, the Bike Nights have featured live music, great deals and discounts from participating Westgate bars and restaurants. Each week vendors come to the side with gifts and food for purchase. The event runs from 5-9 pm at Westgate Entertainment District in the WaterDance Plaza.

Participating restaurants offer bike night specials when you show your M-class license such as Calico Jack’s with $2 Domestic Drafts, $3 Margaritas and ½ off appetizers, McFadden’s offers $10 burger & beers, $3 Domestic Drafts and $25 sampler platter that serves four; for a full list of restaurants and specials offered for Bike Night, visit

Bike Night at Westgate is located at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd in Glendale at the Loop 101 & Glendale Ave. For more info call (623)-385-7502or visit

Annual All Art Arizona Debuts 7-Week Exhibition Featuring Arizona...

June 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Exhibits | By Staff

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The Art Intersection gallery located in Gilbert is known for celebrating all forms of visual art and is once again hosting their annual All Art Arizona 7-week long exhibition. The exhibition is a chance for visual artists of all experience levels to showcase their art pieces in front of a public audience.

This free event platforms many forms of visual art from Arizona artists across the valley who use different techniques such as photography, sculpture, painting drawing and many more. There will be opportunities for guests to vote on their favorite pieces from artists whose work are on display.

The exhibition will be running now through July 18,2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 480-361-1118 or visit . Art Intersection is located at 207 N Gilbert Rd. #201.

Tolmachoff Farms is Offering Arizona Locals a Chance to Pick Local...

June 22, 2015 | 8:30 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


This summer Tolmachoff Farms is encouraging Arizona locals to think and eat local in picking out their fresh produce. Tolmachoff Farms is a four-generation family farm that is operated in Glendale, Arizona. They grow a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to provide people with Arizona produce.

During the month of June only Tolmachoff Farms is holding a U-Pick Produce Garden. It will feature a wide range of seasonal crops for people to pick from 8am- noon on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays for $1.75/LB for picked produce.

Tolmachoff Farms will also have a produce stand open through July from 9am-5 pm that will feature fresh farm produce such as tomatoes, sweet corn, watermelon, jalapenos, eggplant, squas and more!

Tolmachoff Farms is located on 5726 N. 75th Ave in Glendale. For more information call (602)-999-3276 or visit

Don’t Get Soaked At The Waterpark This Summer

June 18, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


When it comes to beating the summertime sizzle, there’s nothing better than day splashing around the waterpark. In fact, did you know Arizona invented the now ubiquitous “wave pool” back in 1969, when a local inventor convinced Clarisol (yes, the hair care company) to put up the money to build an artificial wave machine at Big Surf. Recognized as the first inland surfing facility in North America, Big Surf is now one of three local waterparks that help keep us overheated desert dwellers sane during the long, hot days of summer. That said, it can get a little pricey, so here’s your guide to the best deals at local waterparks.

Big Surf is offering daily deals for the summer including Mom’s Day Mondays and Dad’s Day Thursdays that gets your parent in for free when at least on Junior Admission ticket ($19.95) is purchased. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays everyone pays the Junior Admission price for admission and Fridays during June & July, there will be a Sunset Fridays day to have Big Surf open until 9pm. Lastly, on Father’s Day June 21 all dads get free admission with no additional purchases necessary. For more information on pricing visit,

This summer at Wet ‘m’ Wild there are Bring-A-Friend days every Sunday in June when you process a season pass, bring a friend for free. There are also opportunities to save up to $20 online when you buy your ticket online at

Wet ‘n’ Wild is offering summer events such as Dive ‘n’ movies through September featuring some of the most popular children’s animated films. For more information on events offered at Wet ‘n’ Wild visit their website online at

Win With The World Champs

June 17, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Phoenix | By Staff


Want to watch the World Champion Phoenix Mercury defend their WNBA crown, while also enjoying some awesome deals and discounts? This summer Phoenix Mercury has partnered with Arizona businesses around the Valley to provide locals with amazing promotions and events to last throughout the whole summer. Delta Dental of Arizona is celebrating National Smile Month with Phoenix Mercury for a promotion and chance to win a VIP experience for four on June 30, 2015 that includes photo ops with the players, swag bad with autographed item, 4 premium tickets with food/ beverages and a Team Night Out with pre-game warm-ups. You can visit, to get entered into the drawing.

Phoenix Mercury will be hosting Friday’s with Carl’s JR every Friday between July 10-July 31 with Scorch and members of the Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop squad. From 12-1pm there will be chances to win free Mercury home game tickets and t-shirts at these locations:

  • Friday, July 10: US Airways Center Pavilion, 1st Street and Jefferson
  • Friday, July 17: 2342 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday, July 24: 1202 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday, July 31: 1519 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ

Other promotions offered include 50% off your entire online order at the day after each Mercury victory with the promo code MERC50, exclusice discount at Hotel Paomoar Phoenix with promo code “SCORCH” and 20% off all food & beverage at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Lustre Rooftop Garden by presenting a Mercury game ticket.

For a full list of promotions and events offered by Phoenix Mercury visit, .

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