Around Town 5

Music in the Garden 
Spring Concert Series

The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of spectacular talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. Situated at the base of a saguaro-lined butte, the event pairs great live local bands with the most enchanting venue in the Valley for a truly spectacular experience. Through May 6, concert goers will also be able to view the Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light exhibition. Music in the Garden will run Friday evenings from February 5, 2016 to June 24, 2016. To purchase tickets, please visit Dbg.org or call 480.941.1225.

Third Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

Girl Scouts, Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the third year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will utilize their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies— Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles—into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 29, 2016, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouts and the local Council in the community. Among the Scottsdale and North Valley restaurants signed on for the challenge this year are: Rhythm & Wine, 32 Shea, Kelly’s at Southbridge, Tom’s Thumb, Copper Leaf Gastrolounge, Olive + Ivy, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, The Henry, Paul Martin’s American Grill and many more. For more information, please visit GirlScoutsAz.org.

Le Macaron French Pastries Opens 
in Scottsdale Quarter

Macarons look like small, round shells and are created from ground almonds and soft meringue. They are lightly crisped on the outside, smooth and creamy in the center and can be filled with ganache (chocolate), rich cream, homemade fruit jams and other quality ingredients. Since August, Le Macaron French Pastries, an authentic French café, has been selling this delectable dessert at their new location on the north side of Scottsdale Quarter, hosting a fun-filled Grand Opening Celebration with Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Lane. Le Macaron also caters for weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and birthday parties. For more information, please visit LeMacaron-US.com.

Decantur—The Winery at DC Ranch Opens at DC Ranch Crossing

In the winery’s airy and comfortably stylish main tasting room, guests will be invited to pour, breathe, savor and learn about the wide variety of high-quality wines crafted on-site using grapes sourced from around the world, while pairing them with the culinary delights offered by the winery’s kitchen. Decantur will also give guests the opportunity to make, bottle and custom label their very own wine in the winery’s state-of-the-art fermentation and bottling rooms, located just off the main tasting room. Owners Bill and Debra McDermott are also offering a Wine Club that, at every membership level, features two bottles each month and complimentary tastings daily for each member and a guest. The winery will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with live music every weekend.  For more information, please visit Decantur.com.

Carmel Cleaners Opens North Scottsdale Location

The state-of-the-art ECO Friendly Dry Cleaners has just opened a new location at Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Road in the Sprouts Shopping Center. Stop in, sign up, get your free re-useable laundry bag and drop off or pick up your dry cleaning whenever you please, using their laundry Kiosk—think of it as an ATM for clothes. There’s no need for coupons either, as they are affordably priced at $4.95 for each dry-cleaned garment and laundered men’s or women’s shirts at $2.20 each. For more information, please visit CarmelCleanersAndLaundry.com or call 480.626.9390.

Bakery Café at The Boulders Reopens After Summer Makeover

The Boulders announces the reopening of its Bakery Café, located at the resort’s El Pedregal marketplace. After an extensive summer makeover, the Bakery Café is now a comfortably sophisticated spot to enjoy a morning espresso drink, breakfast, a fresh and healthy lunch or grab-n-go meals. Brian Archibald, The Boulder’s Executive Chef, has unveiled a new menu inspired by Classic Patisseries, where guests can enjoy fresh salads, seasonal soups and a wide selection of mouth-watering sandwiches. Pastry Chef Keith Taylor, a master chocolatier, offers patrons freshly baked cookies, cakes, decadent crème puffs and modern edge desserts. Rounding out the options are freshly-ground coffee selections, blended and frozen espresso drinks and organic fruit smoothies. For hours and menus, please visit TheBoulders.com.

Career Connectors Event at Highlands Church

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 take place on February 11, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, visit CareerConnectors.org 
or call 480.442.5806.