Read the May 2013 issue of North Scottsdale Lifestyle.
Cinco de Mayo has fast become one of Arizona’s favorite holidays to celebrate in honor of our Mexican neighbors to the south. Historically, the day has significance, commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Today, “Cinco” has become a day to honor Mexican culture, a …View full post
Author Tim Lyons | Photography Pulse Fitness Every few years, a new “buzz” word catches on to describe the latest craze for the fitness industry. At one time, that word was “aerobics.” Fairly recently, all we heard about was “core training.” The latest in a string of these words is “functional training”. But, what is …View full post
Author Kathleen Blair | Photography Stingray Sushi In the year of writing this column, I put off writing about a sushi restaurant as the thought of eating raw fish never set well with me. But, to my amazing discovery I uncovered a whole world of delightfully delicious appetizers, sushi rolls and entrees to add to …View full post
Article Moriah Schowengerdt | Photography Michelle Guerrero at Camelot Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, a non-profit organization located in North Scottsdale, is a place where riders challenge themselves to grow into the heroes they were born to be. Camelot is a bridge, leading to a life of freedom and self-fulfillment for children and adults who have physical …View full post
Article Frank Hinds | Photography Red Means Stop At a time when Arizona ranked number one in the nation for fatalities caused by red light running, three people who experienced first-hand how traumatizing these crashes can be joined together to create a non-profit organization. Frank Hinds, Les Marquis, and John Philippi were all impacted by …View full post
Author Ann E. Butenas | Photography Gigi’s Cupcakes Imagine mouth-watering dark chocolate cake filled with a marshmallow cream, along with Oreo® buttercream frosting that is also filled with marshmallow cream, topped with a mini Oreo®. Or envision white cake baked with fresh strawberries, topped with a strawberry buttercream frosting and red sugar crystals. These are …View full post
Spring has arrived and things are beginning to look colorful here in North Scottsdale. While sitting outside, I see flowers blooming and sprouts of green are beginning to appear on this dry dusty ground. Being from the Midwest, I am used to seeing a lot more green than Arizona usually offers. After living here, I have come to appreciate every splash of color I can get. This spring has got me thinking of all the new things going on in my life that have started “blooming” into new and greater opportunities. Spring always encourages me to get outside, participate in something new, and see what’s sprouting around my community.
As you read through this issue, you will see there are a lot of new and exciting things happening around our North Scottsdale area. These fun-filled events will get you, your family and your friends all outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather before it gets too hot. And we all know the heat is on its way!
Your family will enjoy a walk through the Desert Botanical Garden while surrounded by hundreds of beautiful butterflies as they host their annual Spring Butterfly Exhibit. And don’t forget to do something special for mom on Mother’s Day this year. You could always surprise her with an incredible brunch experience at Elements restaurant. More information on these events can be found in our Fab Five section.
Don’t forget to check out the “Camelot Kingdom” too! Camelot is an Arizona nonprofit organization here in North Scottsdale that allows children and adults with disabilities to ride horses! They are getting ready to host their first of two fundraising events called “Hooves and Heroes.” It will be a great event for everyone in the community to go out and see what Camelot is all about! They will have riding demonstrations, raffle tickets, silent auction and more at their outdoor event. Read more about Camelot in this issue and find their “Hooves and Heroes” event in our Fab Five section.
After going to all of these fun outdoor events, be sure you stop into Gigi’s Cupcakes for a delicious treat. With so many flavors to choose from, it will hit anyone’s sweet spot. There is nothing better than celebrating the end of any day with a scrumptious treat and Gigi’s is the place to make it happen.
So as you find yourself driving around town with your windows down and the wind blowing through your hair, be sure to stop by these awesome events going on in our community. Spring won’t last too long, so get out there and enjoy it while you can. Who knows, you may even begin to see new and beautiful things begin to bloom in your own life too!
Have a Happy Spring!
Moriah Schowengerdt, Editor
In February, WestWorld of Scottsdale hosted the 58th annual Arabian Horse Show. With close to 2400 horses competing for a grand prize, spectators were amazed at what these horses can do. Over a 10-day period, riders mounted up and put on a show to prove their worth. A win in the Scottsdale show could mean major dollars for breeding barns. This show brings in horses, riders, and trainers from all over to world. These horses do everything from western plea- sure, jumping, costume and more! There is never a dull moment at WestWorld during the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Make it a family outing and be sure to get out to WestWorld the next time this amazing show comes to town. For more information please visit scottsdaleshow.com.
In a rather unique fundraising event, an SVS Charities donkey named Princess Fiona recently helped raise $13,300 for the Phoenix Dream Center. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards a project at The Phoenix Dream Center. The goal of the re-model project is to provide a place where teens can relax together in a family style atmosphere, watch television, play video games and do their homework, or just visit. This will create lasting relationships while encouraging social/emotional growth among these young adults. For more information, visit SVSHorseSales.com.
Engel & Völkers has announced the opening of its first Scottsdale shop and entrance into the Arizona real estate market, breaking new ground as the luxury brand continues to expand throughout the U.S. and around the world. “Engel & Völkers brings the highest standards of real estate service to the most sought-after markets throughout the world,” said Anthony Hitt, Chief Operating Officer of Engel & Völkers North America. “We are excited to introduce our distinctive brand in Scottsdale and to debut with the leadership of Sandra Wilken, the most successful and highly respected name in the area’s luxury market.” Visit evusa.com for more information.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCA) is pleased to host several exhibitions that will showcase the artistic talent from our state and beyond. American Dream is a collaborative effort by the artists of Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space (Phoenix) and presents their commentary of this nationalistic ideology. In contrast, Now Playing Everywhere, which features selected works from Stéphane Janssen’s impressive collection, provides a sobering look at social and political issues reported by artists across the globe. Alice Leora Briggs (Texas) and Albert Kogel’s on mental illness and the recent success of the movie Silver Linings Playbook. Ron Burn’s (Scottsdale) colorful and playful pet portraits are an uplifting tribute to man’s best friend, and Arizona Catalyst focuses on four former Arizona artists, who maintain their connections to the state. The opening reception for the new exhibition will take place on Friday, May 10 from 7-10 p.m.
Sagewood, a Life Care Services retirement community featuring resort-like amenities and a comprehensive suite of health care services for senior living has added three marketing positions to the community and onside Acacia Health Center. Lynnette Melbostad has also been named a residency counselor at Sagewood. She is an eight-year veteran of the senior living industy, most recently serving as sales director for Vi at Silverstone in Scottsdale. She earned her master’s degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Science in statistics form the University of Iowa. Melbostad resides in North Scottsdale.
Do you want to share your passion about the natural world with others? Do you enjoy butterflies and are fascinated with how bees buzz, ants live in a colony or how string rays swim so effortlessly? If so, positions are now open for volunteers that would like to support its programs by providing interactive, hands-on tours to general visitors, school groups and adult tours. Volunteer positions are open for both morning and afternoon shifts. Training will be provided. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480.951.2100, ext. 224.
Meet over a hundred tattoo artists and body piercers May 3-5th. It’s fun for all ages! There will also be henna artists and various tattoo inspired clothing and merchandise for sale on site. Enter to win $500 cash in one of their 20 different tattoo contests! Tommy Montoya, from the TLC show NY Ink, will be there signing autographs and tattooing throughout the weekend. The AZ Tattoo Expo will provide attendees the rare opportunity to see some of the best tattoo artists in the world all under one roof. Visit aztattooexpo.com for tickets and more information.
Come and experience the best of AAA Five-Diamond luxury at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Summer rates now start at $139 per night. Enjoy casual comfort, renowned personal service, and temperatures up to 10 degrees cooler than the Valley below from the Resort’s scenic position in North Scottsdale. To book a room, please call 480.513.5300.