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45th Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade

Kick off the New Year with a much-loved Arizona tradition, the Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade, held on Saturday, January 2 at 11 a.m. in Downtown Phoenix. This year’s theme will be “Arizona’s Got Game,” as the Fiesta Bowl is known for more than just the two games that it puts on each year. At the Fiesta Bowl, they want to put as much emphasis as possible on the fact that the Bowl and its partners do so much more than simply hold the games. Their goal is to shine a spotlight on our communities and those that take Arizona to the next level. The Fiesta Bowl Parade is the largest single-day spectator event in Arizona, and this year it will be highlighting 12 communities across the state—from Payson to Tombstone. There will also be 10 Arizona high school bands performing and 13 high-flying helium balloons. Expect to see Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Miss Arizona 2015 – Madi Esteves, as well as Grand Marshal and Arizona Diamondbacks Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. The parade is free to the public with premium seating available along the sidewalks for $25 and reserved accessible seating available for $10. For more information, please visit

Western Spirit to Expand Programs Through Partnership with Smithsonian Institution

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has been certified as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, making it a recognized partner with the world’s largest museum and research complex. Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture for the Smithsonian Institution Richard Kurin visited the museum located at 3830 N. Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale to present the Certification of Affiliation at a private event. Becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate opens the door to a variety of benefits for Scottsdale’s Museum of the West including loans of iconic artifacts and cultural treasures, education programming, expert speakers and career development for museum professionals. In addition to sharing artifacts from the Smithsonian’s vast collection, the affiliate relationship will provide Scottsdale’s Museum of the West with opportunities to collaborate on innovative educational programming to help students understand the legacy of the West and their own role in shaping it. For more information, please visit or call 480.686.9539.

Flourish Restaurant Debuts on Grounds of Former CopperWynd Resort

Flourish, a sustainably-sourced all-new restaurant located on the grounds of The Audrey Hotel (the soon-to-be-unveiled resort formerly known as CopperWynd) has officially opened. Located in the mountains above Fountain Hills and North Scottsdale and operated by the Scottsdale-based Enchantment Group, Flourish will be the signature eatery at what will become a best-of-class luxury wellness retreat. Led by Executive Chef Mike Winneker (Cowboy Ciao), Flourish will feature an ever-changing menu of farm-fresh, healthful yet crave-able eats served for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Flourish also tempts with a sumptuous bar menu and a lively weekday happy hour served in the stylish lounge and outdoor dining terrace, including an expansive selection of organic wines, craft beers and signature cocktails made with cold-pressed juices and artisan spirits. Housed inside a free-flowing and seamlessly indoor-outdoor integrated space, Flourish pairs each meal with nearly 360-degree vistas of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and the distant Four Peaks wilderness, making for an unforgettable culinary experience. For more information, please visit

Warby Parker Opens First Arizona Retail Location in Scottsdale Quarter

The new store is designed to pay tribute to a classic yet welcoming library set-up. The space features a 17-foot cathedral ceiling, white terrazzo-tiled floors and suspended globe lighting. Bringing their signature retail design to Scottsdale, they also installed elegant book displays, custom brass library lamps and cozy leather seating. Behind the Reference Desk is a one-stop shop for pickups, adjustments and more, with a custom mural by artist Nishant Choksi adorning the wall. Warby Parker advisors will be ready with suggestions for picking out your most flattering frame, and customers can check out with advisors on tablets using a custom-built point-of-sale system called Point of Everything (or POE for short, in homage to Edgar Allan Poe). Prescription glasses are shipped within days, while sunwear and optical frames with non-prescription lenses are available for immediate takeaway. For more information, please visit or call 480.498.6540.

Career Connectors Event to be Held on January 14

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. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Highlands Church located at 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale. For more information, please visit or call 480.442.5806.

MD Skin Lounge Opens in DC Ranch Crossing

MD Skin Lounge has opened in DC Ranch Crossing under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Brian Gawley, M.D., F.A.C.S. As an extension of his plastic surgery practice, Dr. Gawley believes plastic surgeons and dermatologists should be setting the standard in the MedSpa industry. The state-of-the-art skin care facility offers three unique offerings in its retail space: A Beauty Bar where patients can reapply their makeup after treatment and purchase cosmetics, a Juice Bar where guests can rehydrate after treatments with complimentary pressed juices, and a Skin Bar filled with medical-grade skincare products. Specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Gawley brought together MD Skin Lounge’s medical team, including a physician assistant, registered nurse, certified technicians and concierges, all focused on delivering natural results that meet each patient’s aesthetic goals. For more information, please visit or call 480. 878. 5213