With 200+ exhibitors, an appearance by Shorty Rossi, star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet; DockDogs, agility demos, all-day entertainment and a mega-adoption event with more than 250 pets available for adoption, the Phoenix Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28 is an important event for you and your pet. However, things can get a little hot and overcrowded. Since we still think it’s a perfect day of information and fun for you and pets of all shapes, sizes, coats and breeds, DLT has a few tips to help you navigate the day safely. Follow the jump, make sure you have a sturdy leash and write down these tips to make you and your pet’s experience a memorable one.
How many of us actually keep track of when we purchased and started using certain types of makeup? Not as often as we’d like, though it would be a great idea, we admit. Keeping track of your makeup’s age keeps you at low risk for skin problems – on the other hand, letting that foundation sit around for an extra few months direly puts you on the line for developing breakouts, allergic reactions, discoloration and other unsightly horrors. Zethina’s to the rescue! Until May 5, the Westside cosmetic and skin care spa is accepting your old makeup, in return for which they will give you $5 for each old cosmetic item, which applies to the purchase of a new item. Trade in as many old items as you like and stock up on new makeup that’s actually good for your skin. All they ask is for no sample-size products.
In addition, Zethina’s is providing the following Mother’s Day Specials, because it is just around the corner, remember?
- Give mom a brightening facial with eye treatment, mini make-up lesson and up-to-date spring/summer trends. Includes a new lip color and eye shadow of her choice. Cost is $175 ($260 value).
- Treat Mom to a 75-min massage/reflexology combo, 45 minute enzyme facial for just $145 ($185 value)
For more information, click here.
Zethina Cosmetics and Skin Care|19420 N 59th Avenue E-510, Glendale, AZ |85308
Whether you like it or not, it will be 100 degrees this weekend, and while this means air-conditioning-everything season has officially begun, it is also the unofficial start of swimsuit season, and we want to be ready. Thankfully, swimsuit gurus Everything But Water has remembered that April pretty much means summer here in the Valley and has taken us into consideration. The largest specialty retailer of swim and resortwear in the U.S. will have a BECCA and BECCA ETC trunk show with designer Rebecca Virtue from 1 to 3 p.m. April 21 at Everything But Water’s Scottsdale Fashion Square store location. Customers will also enjoy sweet treats, personal fittings, and a chance to win a BECCA makeup basket, swimsuit and (sweet!) a cover-up of their choice – because, though it’s time to be poolside, we need at least a another month yet to go without a cover-up.
For information, click here.
Have you ever tasted a wine and liked it, but didn’t know why? Have you ever stared at a wine list and didn’t know where to begin? Wine is fun, fascinating, and not at all frightening if you have some basic tools. Increase your understanding and enjoyment of wine at the Introduction to Wine education class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 2 at ABC Bartending School in Tempe. The class is open to anyone age 21 or older with valid I.D.; you need not be an enrolled student at ABC to participate.
Freelance food and drink writer Geri Koeppel of Phoenix will teach the course and share slides and information from wine producing areas she has visited. The class will go over different varieties, the winemaking process, how to taste wine, the wine “flavor wheel” and major wine regions. It will include five tasting samples: one sparkling wine, two whites, two reds and a dessert wine. Light snacks will be provided as well.
Wines will be provided by Sandy Wasserman of Empty Glass Wine Co., Pasofino Wines & Spirits, and Sam Pillsbury of Pillsbury Wine Company.
For reservations, call the ABC Bartending and Casino School at 480-777-2333.
ABC Bartending School | 5024 South Ash Avenue Tempe, AZ | 85282
Are you a professional photographer or an amateur with a good eye? The good folks behind KAET Channel Eight, Arizona PBS, are proud to announce the launch of their ‘Capture My Arizona‘ Website. This new local social media site allows photographers to share, vote, and publish their work. Best of all, joining this growing community is absolutely free.
Photographers will submit their work in a wide range of genres. People then vote on their favorite pictures. The best are then highlighted by editors. The Website gets more interactive with rotating photo challenges that ask for entries to illustrate a specific topic, examples include sunsets, flowers, animals, etc.
As an added bonus, Channel Eight will publish the best photos yearly in a coffee table book and calender. So all of you photographers out there, start snapping some photos, you may see them in some pretty cool places.
Image via Mark Harms
Want to look your best and support your community, too? Then book your calendars for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 14, as Scottsdale’s Van Dyke Laser & Skin will host an Open House to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There will be a Silent Auction with $20,000 worth of fabulous product and procedures with 100% of the proceeds benefitting JDRF, live demonstrations on innovative new FDA-approved fat-reducing technologies like CoolSculpting and Liposonix with Dr. Susan Van Dyke; refreshments, live music, incredible discounts, a chance to speak one-on-one with vendors about procedures and products and more free educational presentations about the latest/greatest in cosmetic dermatology. Prepay and receive a 10% discount on products and procedures, bring a friend and receive a 20% discount! No reservation needed.
For more information, click here.
Van Dyke Laser & Skin | 5206 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ |85253
Instead of watching out for all ladders, black cats and broken mirrors this Friday the 13th, celebrate your fearlessness with a tattoo! EZ Tattoo definitely is: this Friday, the state-of-the-art Scottsdale shop will offer $13 tattoos (typically the size of a nickel) and buy one, get one for $13 piercings with free standard jewelry from noon to 11 p.m. The shop’s tattoo artists say the $13 marking adequately displays simple initials, small hearts or, if you’re feeling lucky, the number 13.
“It’s a great deal, no matter if you choose the piercing or the tattoo,” said EZ Tattoo owner Myron Larrabee. “Or you can choose both and walk out of our shop with a quality tattoo, two piercings, free jewelry and sea salt aftercare products. You can’t beat that.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here or call 480.941.8720.
EZ Tattoo and Body Piercing |909 North Hayden Road |Scottsdale, AZ |
Beginning this month, our favorite local resort, the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, will celebrate the start of warm weather season with discounted summer rates (we’re talking $99 to $119 per night) for vacationers and stay-cationers alike from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The resort’s “Thank You” Summer Sale will be available with ilovekierlandresort.com through April 22 and will provide families, singles and couples with relaxing and endless summer fun, from the Family Fun program, which includes activities like Kids in the Kitchen, Digital Kid’s Club, Kierland Kampfires and journeys to the Phoenix Zoo, to the all-ages action at Adventure Water Park, which features a 900-foot lazy river, a 110-foot waterslide, partying at the OK Corral and outside games like chess, limbo, relay races and RC Car Race Tracks. Adults will enjoy the air-conditioned outdoor driving range, top golf instruction by Mike and Sandy LaBauve, or a day at Agave, the Arizona Spa, a wellness-focused retreat with treatments indigenous to Arizona as well as the Far East. When the action-packed (or relaxation-packed) day is finished, guests will be treated to the resort’s Bagpipes at Sunset Series in Dreamweaver’s Canyon Courtyard after a five-star dining event courtesy of deseo, Brittlebrush Bar and Grill or the famous Nellie Cashman’s.
These hot best-available rates are available through April 22. To make reservations, click here or call 480.624.12o2.
Free-flow your way into a Zen-full state of mind as you unwind during a vinyasa and power yoga session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in April through May 24 at the W Scottsdale. Beginning today, the eight-week series is in collaboration with lululemon athletica and will provide a relaxing mid-week getaway, complete with enlightening music and extended happy hour specials in Shade Lounge from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The menu will include $3 beers, $5 well drinks, $5 select wines and half-off select food items. Cost is free and the sessions are open to the public; please bring your own mat.
W Scottsdale, WET Pool Deck | 7277 East Camelback Road | Scottsdale AZ 85251
For more information, click here or call 602.405.0099.
This concept sounds a little crazy, but it might actually be genius. For fathers not planning to have any more children and who’d like a little time off to watch the Master’s this week, vasectomies are the newest way to grab some free time. At least, that’s what we’ve heard; in March, a Houston father of four decided March Madness was the perfect time to have the procedure. Now come April, the brilliance of his decision has caught on, even here in the Valley.
During the Master’s Golf Tournament, local urologists, Dr. Al Borhan and Dr. Mark Hong of Affiliated Urologists will host “The Vasters,” encouraging Valley men to get a vasectomy and enjoy a three-t0-four day recovery vacation, while enjoying the return of Tiger Woods.
Each patient will also receive two free golf balls and a chance to win free rounds of golf at two Valley golf courses. Procedures much be scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday or Friday to participate. To schedule your appointment, click here.
The weather is warming up, but are you ready to show some skin? If you’re like us, you may need a little help. Liposonix, a revolutionary procedure from Susan Van Dyke, M.D. of Van Dyke Laser & Skin in Scottsdale. With ten years of developmental research, the FDA-approved, non-surgical, non-invasive procedure uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy (HIFU) to permanently destroy fat cells, giving patients the ultimate convenience of one treatment, in one hour, becoming one size smaller. When the ultrasound is targeted on problem areas, it will permanently eradicate fat around the waistline without surgery or harm to the outer skin layer. The fat is removed through the body’s natural healing process. In approximately 8 to 12 weeks, the fat becomes completely metabolized, leaving you with a thinner, more contoured waistline without having to go under the knife.
For more information, click here.
Today only, if you’re disturbed about the rampant use of “pink slime” like us, you are invited to swap ground beef bought from other retailers at Fresh & Easy’s “Pink Slime Swap Meat” Wednesday, March 28th. Fresh & Easy never has, and never will, use the ammonia-treated filler known as “pink slime” in its ground beef. Hooray! Fresh & Easy grinds all of its own meat, using only fresh, never frozen beef – it’s that simple. All of Fresh & Easy’s products are made with the highest quality ingredients, and contain no artificial colors or flavors, high fructose corn syrup or added trans fats.
Bring fresh or frozen ground beef from another retailer to any Fresh & Easy and exchange it for a package of fresh&easy (80/20) ground beef* – no questions asked. In addition, Fresh & Easy is encouraging customers to take to Facebook and Twitter to share their experiences using the hashtag #SwapMeat.
As other retailers scramble to remove pink slime from their shelves – one USDA scientist claimed that 70% of all ground beef sold in stores contains pink slime – Fresh & Easy is reminding customers they can always get fresh quality products they can trust. For Fresh & Easy locations, click here.
Upward Projects, a group of locally-focused restaurateurs headed by Craig & Kris DeMarco and Lauren & Wyatt Bailey, will open a brand new restaurant concept in the North Central Phoenix neighborhood in the Fall of 2012. The location, a historic Al Beadle building located on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and West Oregon Avenue, will encompass 3,000 square feet of space that originally housed the iconic First Federal Savings & Loan Bank. Architecture and design will be a joint effort executed by Shepley Bulfinch and Upward Projects, with a priority placed on preserving the original architecture and keeping the structural integrity in-tact.
If the grass always looks greener younger and smoother on the other side, here is why. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has recently reported that during 2011, 9.2 million cosmetic procedures net more than $10 billion dollars in the United States. The Society, which has been taking statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased a whopping 197% since the tracking of the statistics first began. The most frequently performed surgical procedure was lipoplasty (liposuction) and the most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport). These statistics align with Arizona’s state statistics, and Valley plastic surgeons like Shapiro Plastic Surgery say demand for plastic surgery procedures is on the steady incline thanks to a competitive job market, aging population and more men going under the knife.
If the recession hit you a little harder than that and you’ve got your own frown lines you want smoothed, DeRosa Medical in Scottsdale has got your back…and your forehead, cheek bones and stretch marks. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 3, the nationally-recognized experts in women’s health will have a Dysport Happy Hour featuring a buy fifty units of the frown-line-reducing injection and get fifty units free deal. In addition, while those who sign up by March 31 will also get a $50 rebate, the event will not just benefit you and your the look: all proceeds will go to DeRosa’s medical mission trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2012. Space is limited. For more information, click here. To RSVP, call 480.619.4097.
McDowell Mountain Medical Center | 9377 East Bell Road, Ste 361, Scottsdale, AZ | 85260
While many entered into Chef Eddie Matney’s “Cooking with Eddie” contest, only a handful were the lucky winners, and this April, each winner will get to cook with Eddie every Tuesday evening at Eddie’s House. The first winner, Ken Brissa, will cook 5:00 p.m. to close April 3.
“I’m a cooking junkie so for me, cooking with Eddie is like playing guitar with Bruce Springsteen,” Brissa explains. “I can’t wait to learn from him and integrate some of his ideas into my own family kitchen. Who knows, maybe I can share a trick or two with him!” Brissa, a Valley resident since 2006, is currently the Regional Director for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Mountain Pacific Region where he leads the Executive Directors that lead JDRF’s efforts in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Hawaii. Because of his extensive cross functional experience, Ken has been selected to participate in a number of nonprofit, corporate, industry and community projects and boards. In honor of his involvement with JDRF, 10% of the proceeds from any guest who comes April 3 to specifically taste Ken’s four-course meal will go to the cause. Guests will be able to order these items a lá carte as well as items from the regular menu.
For more information or to book a reservation at Eddie’s House, call 480.946.1622 or click here.
Eddie’s House | 7042 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ | 85251
Sorry government, but we HATE tax season. Not necessarily the act of paying, but the act of filing is certainly something that makes our stress meters skyrocket. This year, though, we’re feeling less frustrated about tax season…in fact, we may even have a reason to celebrate. Thanks to Shauna Wekherlien, CPA MTAX – AKA the Tax Goddess – tax season just got a whole lot more relaxing.
Recently having been featured on CNN Money and USA Today, Shauna and her team can do it all, from focusing on filing, bookkeeping and payroll services for small businesses to helping individuals do it right. This year, in addition to doing Tax Relax 2012, the sword-loving, martial-arts guru and of course, super-knowledgeable Shauna will offer in-house massages and pampering for clients from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. April 13 and April 16, the day personal taxes are due…which we think is the most awesome idea ever and the best (and only) way we could ever relax before paying the piper.
Tax Goddess Business Services P.C. | 5743 East Thomas Road, Suite 6 | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 602-357-3275
Join Chuck Drago, stadium voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for “Toast for the Tails” from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. March 22 at Villa Siena in Gilbert to benefit Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary. The event will be a wine tasting to raise funds for the building of a permanent sanctuary that will include a medical clinic, food bank and a temporary shelter for animals at risk for unnecessary euthanasia. The tasting will feature a variety of six wines: three reds, and three whites, produced by award-winning Coronado Vineyards in Willcox, Arizona. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with exciting prizes like a trip to the Arizona Cardinals Kids Camp (up to 100 kids, one hour with Big Red and an Arizona Cardinal player), or an evening with the Arizona Diamondbacks – dinner for four, tour of the stadium, names on the JumboTron and seats in the announcer box with Chuck Drago during a game. Cost to attend is $65 per person or $120 for couples. To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.
Villa Siena | 890 West Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ | 85233
For the 12th year in a row, Phoenix based Discount Cab will be continuing its Free Ride Back program. Costing the company $77,500 in free rides per year, the program is designed to keep drunken drivers off the road and out of those dreaded pink undies, courtesy of Sheriff Joe.
To make Free Ride Back that much easier, Discount has just launched its new iPhone app and newly redesigned reloadable gift cards. All of this comes just in time for tomorrow’s green-hued antics aka St. Patrick’s Day, and the remaining Spring Training season.
To take advantage of the Free Ride Back program, simply call 602-200-2000 in Phoenix, or 520-200-2000 in Tucson, and specify if you want a ride and a “Free Ride Back” to your car the next morning. Discount Cab gives you a code, which you give to the driver the next morning for the ride back to your car. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, for one day only, Discount Cab’s new iPhone app can be used not just to get a cab, but to get a Free Ride Back as well.
So make your way to the app store before making your way to the beer garden tomorrow.
We’ve already announced the opening of Italian house Mia Francesca at DC Ranch, but apparently, there is more new life breathing into the primarily-residential North Scottsdale neighborhood. Anticipating a summer 2012 opening, Market Street Kitchen – a new restaurant concept created by Paul Keeler of Keeler Hospitality Group – will provide a provincial-yet-sophisticated menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients. The eatery will feature a selection of appetizers, steaks, chops, pork, lamb and chicken, grilled on a natural wood broiler and rotisserie; fresh coastal seafood, pastas, risottos, hearty soups, salads, burgers, sliders and sandwiches on house-made baguettes. The horseshoe-shaped bar will offer vintage cocktails, local craft beers and an extensive wine list – not to mention a charcuterie and fromage station with terrines, cured meats, salamis and artisanal cheeses. The ambiance will be accentuated by an open display kitchen, wrap-around indoor dining, a board/wine room and a large alfresco patio to take in gorgeous views of the neighboring McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
What is this Arizona?! A new report from the popular
hook-up infidelity site AshleyMadison.com, ranks Arizona as #3 for membership of cheating spouses and unfaithful significant others. Website founder Noel Biderman recently told the Phoenix Business Journal that, “Phoenix’s transplant nature could have something to do with its high membership rate on the infidelity site.” What else could it be? What’s driving us Phoenicians to cheat and perhaps ultimately divorce?
Keith Berkshire, Cerfitified Specialist in Family Law at the Rose Law Group said, ”Given Arizona’s historically high divorce rate, it doesn’t surprise me that Phoenix is listed as having the third highest rate of cheating spouses in the county.” He continued,”When you add to that the significant downturn in the Arizona economy in the last few years, and the resulting financial stress that occurs from that downturn, it isn’t shocking that many people are tempted to cheat on their spouse or partner.”
Alright Arizonans. If you’re so stressed that you are thinking of straying, try a few of these stress relieving tips from Dr. Michael Yasinski of Yasinski Psychiatry, a boutique practice in the privacy of your own home:
1. Get 10-15 minutes of sunshine each day.
2. Exercise. 20-30 minutes of cardio 3 times per week and hopefully some weight trainin which gives you an immediate endorphin “high.” And, long-term changes in brain chemicals involved in depression change for the positive with exercise over time.
3. Get out of the house at least once a day. Not necessarily with friends all the time (or a hookup from AshleyMadison.com), get out by yourself or with others. Just get out of the house to cheer up!
4. Find a purpose outside of the home life. Volunteer or get a job.
5. Lower your carb and sugar intake. Carbs can have a negative effect that lasts on chemicals involved in depression.
6. Limit the booze. Alcohol is a depressant, which could further your depressed state and lead to destructive behaviors.
Need some specific advise on family law or mental health care? Email Keith Berkshire of Rose Law Group at [email protected] and Dr. Michael Yasinski at [email protected] to make an in-home appointment with the doctor.
Renowned Scottsdale Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro is now performing the latest way to look younger without surgery. Ulthera, now offered at Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, allows clients to get a facelift without going under the knife – and in about an hour. Ulthera is an FDA-cleared ultrasound treatment that helps lift and tighten facial skin and kick-starts the production of collagen to revitalize the face instantly; it staves off signs of aging in the long term, as well. The procedure is also the first non-invasive face and neck treatment with a specific indication for eyebrow lift.
Results can be noticed after just one treatment, though the more definitive results are seen over the following two to three months as tired collagen is replaced by stronger collagen that regenerates itself. Even though the technique requires no surgery, Dr. Shapiro understands the importance of having a medical professional attend to all types of remedial procedure; he brings the Ulthera treatment to his practice for patients to have a qualified professional delivering their desired results.
For more information, click here or schedule a consultation appointment at 480-451-1700.
Eating with your health in mind sounds like it should be a piece of cake (carrot cake), but let’s face it, most of the time we just want something quick, easy, affordable and filling. In today’s demanding world, while many of us are trying to lose weight, eat healthier and get back in shape, there’s never any time left to create healthy, smart meals that are also filling, tasty and perfect for our specific diets. However, this is where new Gainey Village store My Fit Foods comes in. Already having over twenty locations in other states, My Fit Foods offers fresh, healthy, pre-packaged, pre-proportioned foods that accommodate your fitness lifestyle, whether it’s gym time every morning or a brisk walk every night. The meals and snacks at My Fit Foods are designed to give customers the vitamins, protein, carbohydrates and heart healthy fats that they actually need for an energetic, fit routine. In addition, according to their website, almost 90% of their meals are gluten-free. Now if easy, healthy meals that don’t taste like cardboard aren’t a reason to start consuming the best for your body (and getting back to the gym), we’re not sure what is.
My Fit Foods | 8977 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 500, Scottsdale, AZ | 85253
Come together, Beckett’s Table lovers (meaning….every one of us!) Chef Justin Beckett has been nominated for “The People’s Best New Chef!” by FOOD & WINE Magazine, and it’s up to US to help this local chef win! It only takes a few seconds, so if you enjoy Beckett’s Table or just want to support a very talented Arizona chef, click here to vote for him. And hurry! You have seven days to vote, ending Sunday, March 11.
Not quite sure why you should vote for Beckett? Did you miss his TedX speech, “Come Together for a Change?” Ever had the chocolate-dipped housemade-marshmellow bacon s’mores? Or have you missed the pork osso buco confit served with spaetzle? You’ve got a few more days to see and taste for yourself.
Beckett’s Table | 3717 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ | 85018
Check the video of Beckett’s TedX speech “Come to Together for Change.”
Listen Read up: this one’s for the kids. Starting this month, local kids can join the spring break Bueno Book Club at Bueno Burger Mex American Grill in Scottsdale. Families may stop by and pick up a Bueno Book Club membership card at any time; participants will then have a month to read as many pages as they can. At various benchmarks in each book, parents will certify the reading efforts, and kids will be rewarded with treats and prizes. In addition the Book Club, Bueno Burger has a weekly Wednesday Study Hall – featuring treats and free lemonade – from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
“Whether games or homework are on the agenda Wednesday afternoons, Bueno Burger loves our neighbors and we wanted to offer a fun after-school environment for parents and children to bond,” said Owner Gary Shaw.
Also, during the month of March, Bueno Burger will send thousands of bookmarks to Valley schools to promote reading and to reward kids in their classrooms. The bookmarks include a coupon for Bueno Bites. For more information, click here.
Bueno Burger Scottsdale | 6977 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ | 85250
It’s flu season, and while the bug seems to be lurking around every corner, there are many natural and easy things we can do to prevent getting sick. Not sure what to do? Naturopathic physician Dr. Phillip Wanzy will give a lecture involving herbs and natural remedies to stay healthy during the spring season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at TeaTime in Scottsdale. For those of us suffering from spring allergies already, the tea specialists also have a new Spring Herbal Blend to try that is made with bee pollen, eucalyptus and holy basil. To RSVP, call 480-686-8503.