December 2015 Around Town 1

6th Annual Christmas 
at the Princess

All is merry, bright and full of delight as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into a desert winter wonderland from November 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Christmas festivities include a Princess Express train ride and new holiday characters Christmas Princess Noel, Peppermint the Penguin and Selfie Elfie. The Lagoon Lights this year include a new 3D whale, five skating penguins and a 17-foot long infinity tunnel. The Menorah lighting with latkes and applesauce will take place in the resort lobby from Dec. 6 – 14th at 5:30 p.m.  There will also be a beautiful nativity light show at the resort’s Fragrance Garden, and photos with Santa at the La Hacienda Plaza until December 22. For more information, please visit

Steven Kretchmer Wins Prestigious American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Award

Renowned jewelry design firm Steven Kretchmer, Inc. has been named the recipient of the coveted American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Award for its platinum and 24K crystallized gold RockStar pendant, featuring an extremely rare 37.17-carat color-shift blue zircon accented with diamonds. The pendant, designed by company president Claudia Kretchmer for the privately owned Somewhere in the Rainbow collection, took first place in the Spectrum Awards’ highly competitive Evening Wear category. It also received an honorable mention in the Women’s Jewelry Association GemDIVA awards, which partnered with the Spectrum Awards. For more information, please visit:

Annual Notre Dame Prep 
Culinary Festival

This year’s Culinary Festival celebrated the renovations to the Notre Dame Prep Chapel and its surrounding grounds. Funds for the chapel project were raised last spring and the work was completed during summer break. Over 350 guests enjoyed music by the band Elvis Before Noon while sampling some signature dishes from local restaurant chefs. For more information, please contact Heather Weurding at 480.634.8284 or at

Renowned Interior Designer, Lauren Rautbord, Opens New Scottsdale Showroom

Paul Lauren Design Consultants has announced the opening of their North Scottsdale office at 16419 N. 91st Street-A125.  Founder and President Lauren Rautbord hails from Chicago, where she founded the residential interiors firm 20 years ago. Rautbord is recognized and renowned for her classically elegant, sophisticated yet restrained interiors that emanate comfort and calm. “I selected this North Scottsdale location given the majority of my clients being Silverleaf, DC Ranch, and other golf community residents. My space is very conveniently located and also includes a warehouse where I can store customers’ furniture while they’re remodeling or in between moves. “ Rautbord is currently designing five Silverleaf custom homes and is also available for remodeling and updating projects. The office is holding an Open House Wed, Dec 16 from 5-9 and the public is invited. Rautbord can be reached at or 480.664.6765.

North Scottsdale Spinatos Unveils New Pizza

The Salsicca Di Pollo pie will feature chicken sausage, light spinach, roasted red pepper, red onions, fresh garlic, Pecorino Romano, light mozzarella, Fontina and extra virgin olive oil. Anthony Spinato describes their delicious new pizza stating, “The inspiration behind the pizza is two-fold. First, it exemplifies our core value of diversity; our vision for the menu is to add diversity to it. Chicken sausage is a new item at Spinato’s; it’s a healthier option than Italian Sausage and appeals to many demographics. Most of our pizzas are sauce-based, while this one features an extra virgin olive oil base. It uses a blend of three cheeses, (Pecorino Romano, Mozzarella and Fontina) yet we do not apply as much as we do on our other pizzas. It eats lighter, pairs well with white wine and can be enjoyed as an appetizer or an entrée.” For more information, please visit

Shea Homes Introduces Its Newest Trilogy Community: Verde River

Located in Rio Verde, just east of North Scottsdale, Verde River is the only new golf resort community projected to be built in the area for several years and will be an all-ages neighborhood. Potential homebuyers will have the opportunity to experience the exceptional Trilogy® lifestyle as Shea Homes unveils its first six model homes, including the Orion—a 3,006 square-foot open-model floor plan developed exclusively for Verde River’s model gallery. All home designs will feature open floor plans throughout the main living areas and expansive outdoor living areas, erasing the boundary between indoor and outdoor space. For more information on Trilogy® Grand Openings, visit

Career Connectors Rated As One of the Top Networking Associations in Phoenix

Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies. Events are held three times a month and are available at no cost. Each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four featured hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. This month’s event will take place on December 10 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Highlands Church in Scottsdale. For more information, please visit 
or call 480.442.5806.