April 2017 Around Town 1

Arizona Helping Hands Provides Foster Licensing Aids

Arizona Helping Hands has now launched a new program to assist foster families in meeting the requirements of the Life Safety Inspection. Historically, families have had to expend their own funds to meet the “check-the-box” items on the inspection list, including magnetized cabinet safety locks, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a customized first aid kit. Arizona Helping Hands will now provide Foster Licensing Aids to families who are finishing their foster licensing process. For more information, please visit AZHelpingHands.org

Beneficial Beans Café Opens Second Location

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) recently opened its second Beneficial Beans Café location, nestled inside of Burton Barr Central Library. The cafe, which is part of SARRC’s social enterprise program, is now accessible Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving coffee and a variety of food items to library visitors and employees. However, its most distinct feature is serving as a workplace-training program for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For more information, please visit AutismCenter.org.

GroovyTek Expands Services to Arizona

GroovyTek, an education-based company providing hour-long in-home personal technology training sessions, recently launched its services in the Valley. GroovyTek works side-by-side with their clients, empowering them to take control of their personal technology on their own terms. The company’s trainers assist customers with their smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices, covering a wide array of services and topics—from security to social media. Popular services include smartphone assistance on features such as texting, using the camera, organizing photos, sending email and managing contacts. For more information, please visit GroovyTek.com or call 602.638.5400.

Healthy LifeStars’ Third Annual Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon

Healthy LifeStars, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping today’s youth fight childhood obesity by promoting active, healthy lifestyles at a young age, announces their annual 2017 Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon, which will be held April 17 through 23. This fun event is designed to encourage children and adults to be healthy and active by walking the most steps for one consecutive week. Funds raised will be used to help combat childhood obesity by supporting underserved children and organizations wishing to join the Healthy LifeStars program. For more information, please visit HealthyLifeStars.org.

SARRC Launches New Diagnostics Services Program

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) announced today their first-ever Diagnostic Services Program, where skilled clinicians work with individuals of all ages to accurately diagnose or rule out autism spectrum disorder (ASD). SARRC’s new Diagnostic Services Program will support the early identification of autism as well as identify school-aged children, teens and adults who may have never been diagnosed or previously misdiagnosed. The diagnostic process takes place at SARRC’s Colonel Harland D. Sanders Center for Autism Studies and includes a developmental history interview with a parent or caregiver and direct interaction with the individual. For more information, please visit AutismCenter.org.

Wedding Bliss in Phoenix

One of our Lifestyle Publications family members, Judi Scanlon, owner of Griffin Estate Sales LLC, recently said “I Do,” at the gorgeous, renowned Phoenician Resort in Phoenix. The wedding service was intimate and very special. The groom, Jon Svendsen, a former Olympian, met Judi at one of her high-end sales in Paradise Valley. He was looking for household items and furnishings for his home. While there, he approached one of her colleagues and asked if Judi was single. It wasn’t until the third estate sale that he finally asked Judi out. Jon says, “I went to look for furniture and I found the love of my life.” Mr. and Mrs. Svendsen will honeymoon in Cabo and look forward to many more estate sales and adventures together. GriffinEstateSales.com.

Scottsdale Student Crowned Winner of 2017 Healthy Cooking Contest

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) announced the grand-prize winner of the 2017 Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge. Katie Cafferelli, age 11, from Saint John XXIII Catholic School in Scottsdale, was selected as this year’s top winner for her recipe, Totally Ave-Some.As the winner of the 2017 contest, Katie received a new bike to help her stay active and have fun while doing so. She also has the honor of creating the most nutritious, tastiest and popular side dish recipe in the whole state of Arizona. For more information, please visit AZBlue.com.

Wild At Heart Day Camp At Reigning Grace Ranch

This summer, Reigning Grace Ranch will hold its Wild At Heart Day Camp for girls. Campers will be assigned a horse that will be theirs for the whole week, and will learn everything about horse care, including basic grooming, saddling, horse psychology, horse anatomy and breeds, basic horse vetting, and connecting with the horse. The friendly, individualized horsemanship and riding camp will give girls skills in leadership, teambuilding and communication, as well as helping them to grow in self-esteem. For more information, please visit AZRGR.org.

The Mission Restaurant Opens at Kierland Commons

Local restaurateurs Terry Ellisor, Brian Raab, and Chef/Partner Matt Carter have expanded their successful Modern Latin concept, The Mission Restaurant, into North Scottsdale. From celebrated Zinc Bistro, Chef Matt Carter has artfully blended numerous Latin influences with his French training. Signature starters include Tableside Guacamole, Street Tacos and the extremely popular Almejas Al Vapor Peruvian clam stew. For entrees, the Chorizo Porchetta, Florida Grouper and Green Chile Duck Confit are longstanding favorites. Equally as important as the food is The Mission’s wine, cocktail and tequila menu, which provides myriad great pairings for guests. For more information, please visit TheMissonAZ.com.

Tommy Bahama Debuts IslandZone Collection

Having long been synonymous with relaxed attitudes, luxurious fabrics and refined styles, Tommy Bahama, the iconic island lifestyle brand, has combined the benefits of all-day comfort and performance to sportswear with its new IslandZone Collection. Crafted from a revolutionary new fabric, IslandZone features 37.5 technology, which is derived from coconut shells and volcanic sand to create soft, high-performance garments that help regulate body temperature and control perspiration. For more information, please visit TommyBahama.com.