August 2017 Around Town


North Ridge Community Church will once again be hosting the worldwide simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit. Leadership is influence. Everyone has influence. Everyone has the ability to create positive change and mark the people, places and things they touch. The Global Leadership Summit is a world-class event that will convene 400,000 influencers around the globe, aligned with one common vision: everyone wins when a leader gets better. The Global Leadership Summit is a great resource for business owners, community leaders, students and for those who influence and lead others. It provides a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can apply immediately. Top speakers include Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO; Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s “The Profit;” and Laszlo Bock, Google senior adviser, just to name a few. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., August 10-11. For more information and to register, visit Group rates available.

Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails Celebrates Summer with New Menu of Summertime Favorites

The sweltering summer heat is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy seasonal shakeups. Using some of the season’s best produce, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails is creating an all-new menu of Southern-inspired, fresh and light favorites to beat the heat all summer long.

The summer is the perfect time to enjoy a new twist on Okra’s signature Southern fried chicken. Available with either two or three pieces plus your choice of a side, order Okra’s fried chicken one of five ways including straight up, smothered in gravy or topped with chow chow (a spicy vegetable relish) and honey. Plus, Okra still tempts with its popular Tennessee hot or Umbrian-sauced chicken.

Savor Okra’s expanded selection includes pork chop with green tomato, stone fruit panzanella and salmon with succotash and peanut romesco, fried green tomatoes with pickle remoulade, and okra with fermented chilies and peanut hummus. Plus, start off with spicy buffalo octopus or shaved catfish with fries and pickle vinaigrette.

Finish off your meal with a summertime classic, peach cobbler with buttermilk ice cream or Okra’s signature canned biscuit doughnut with salted caramel sauce. Pair it all with Okra’s award-winning cocktail program featuring mixologist Micah Olson’s selection of cocktails including the So Fresh So Clean, Risky Business and five julep varieties. Plus, beat the heat with specially priced bar bites and drinks during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and all day Sunday and Monday.

The Breakfast Joynt Opens Two New Locations to Serve Phoenix and Scottsdale Residents

For more than eight years, The Breakfast Joynt has been serving up freshly made breakfast and lunch specialties for Valley residents. They have just announced the opening of two new locations. The first new location—which takes the place of the DC Ranch restaurant—is at 10101 East Bell Road in Scottsdale; the second location is at 6245 East Bell Road on the edge of the Scottsdale/Phoenix border.

In addition to their new locations, The Breakfast Joynt is introducing some new additions to their summer menu like Oreo cookie, pumpkin and banana cream pancakes. These new additions join top breakfast choices like homemade Aunty Em’s homestyle biscuits and gravy, a variety of Benedicts, fresh fruit crepes, red velvet waffles and hand-carved ham-off-the- bone and thick bacon. Lunch specials include fresh prepared salads, the classic triple decker turkey club and a variety of ½ pound burgers made with a blend of ground sirloin and brisket for extra flavor and served with fries, tater tots, sweet potato fries or fresh fruit.

“We are so excited to be able to serve residents in new areas of the Valley with our two new locations on Bell Road. Our new locations are bright inside and continue to offer the same quality breakfast and lunch offerings that our guests have come to expect,” executive chef Dave Phelps says. “We are always coming up with new menu items and we think our new Oreo cookie pancakes will be a hit with youngsters and those with a sweet tooth and our new pumpkin andbBanana cream pancakes will appeal to a wide range of diners.”

There is also a menu for kids and those with smaller appetites as well as numerous side items.

The Breakfast Joynt is open daily from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Pinners Conference + Expo Returns to WestWorld, October 2017

Pinners Conference + Expo, the only Pinterest-based, creative conference connecting consumers, brands and influencers all in one location returns to WestWorld on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7. Tickets for the conference are available with prices ranging from $8 to $49 at

Women from across the nation attend Pinners to learn, create and shop all the creative ideas they have seen, pinned and discovered online. The conference includes 100 classes and a full shopping floor, which features more than 200 popular shops.

Pinners select the best bloggers and teachers to present classes over the two days on topics such as beauty and fashion, DIY and crafts, lifestyle and learning, food arts, home and home decor, quilting and sewing, party planning, photography, and health and fitness.

For more information, go to

Scottsdale Public Art Commission “Blooms,” by Bruce Munro

Scottsdale Public Art commission “Blooms,” by Bruce Munro, was among 49 outstanding public arts projects created in 2016 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program that have been honored by Americans for the Arts, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The winning projects were chosen by a jury from 325 entries representing communities across the U.S.

“Blooms ” was a temporary light-based installation comprised of seven circular platforms placed in the Arizona Canal in November 2015-April 2016. Each platform was mounted with 100 multicolored fishing rods threaded with LED-lit optic fibers. The shape of each platform resembled a blooming flower that glimmered in the sunlight, and at night emitted a gentle glow like a bio-luminescent lily blossom.

“’Blooms’ was a very exciting installation for Scottsdale Public Art,” Scottsdale Public Art Director Donna Isaac says, noting that this was Munro’s first public artwork. “During the five months of the installation, Scottsdale Public Art had a tremendous response from the community and visitors alike. “Blooms” also provided a unique opportunity to highlight the relationship between our public art program and the canal system.”

For more information, visit

Swing Into Aerial Yoga at Gainey Village Health Club & Spa

The Gainey Village Health Club & Spa offers a variety of aerial yoga classes, with benefits including decompression of the spine, increase in core stability, increase in mental clarity and alertness, relief of back stress, and improvement of flexibility and strength.

Aerial yoga is a combination of traditional yoga poses done on the floor and postures practiced using a soft aerial hammock suspended at waist height. The hammock is used to keep alignment, build strength and improve flexibility. This practice is great for beginners and experienced yogis. As with all yoga practices, modifications are offered.

Aerial sound meditation focuses on gentle breath work and awareness of the body to guide participants into a state of relaxation that would be equivalent to three or four hours of deep sleep. This class includes the soothing sounds of the alchemy crystal bowls, bringing participants into a profound state of relaxation and peace.

Aerial stretch and Savasana increases flexibility through traditional yoga poses done on the floor and in the hammock. The class is completed with a 15-minute Savasana for full relaxation and rejuvenation.

For more information, call 480.609.6979 or visit

New Local Art Gallery is Changing the Perception of the Art World

From the family that created Sedona’s Mountain Trails Gallery, pioneered live sculpting in Tlaquepaque, and created a world of beautiful western art comes Desert Mountain Fine Art, now open in Scottsdale. A beautiful gallery located in the bustling Kierland Commons, husband and wife owners Phillip and Gabi Payne are bringing new excitement and energy to how we buy and appreciate art.

The gallery will showcase a variety of original works with a surprising range of value including Western, pop, photography, contemporary and bronze sculptures. Artists include B.C. Nowlin, Ken Payne and Bette Ridgeway. The gallery is a true studio where artists will actively create art—sculpting and painting, lecturing and teaching classes.

Monthly events will include demonstrations and workshops.

A focus of Desert Mountain Fine Art is to highlight the importance of viewing and owning art. The Paynes believe art has a meaningful and impactful purpose in our lives—creating joy and beauty, improving our cultural lives and unifying the community.

“We are excited and proud to be joining this community that has a long, rich history of artists,” Phillip Payne says. “We are optimistic that Desert Mountain Fine Art will educate the community about new artists and masters, break down stereotypes that art is expensive or intimidating, and bring beauty and happiness to those we welcome to the gallery. Our mission simply is supporting the dreamers”

Phillip Payne has been immersed in the art world his whole life. His father, Ken Payne, was a renowned bronze sculptor who over four decades produced more than 150 sculptures. Phillip, similar to his father, works in bronze but gains his inspiration from historical moments and aims to put his own unique impression on it.

Gabi Payne found her artistic voice by “breaking the rules” and jumping in with both feet. Gabi paints what she feels not just what she sees. Her favorite inspiration is flowers, emphasizing textures and color in her work. Gabi uses a palette knife, passed down by her father-in-law and oil paints to create colorful works that she hopes contribute to the happiness in the world.

Desert Fine Art is located in Kierland Commons at 7012 E. Greenway Parkway., Suite 160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For more information, visit