“Best of” Correction: Mastro’s Steakhouse Location

The February issue of North Scottsdale Lifestyle mistakenly identified the wrong location of Mastro’s Steakhouse, winner of the Best Fine Dining Restaurant category. The correct location is 8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, and the correct phone number for that location is 480.585.9500. North Scottsdale Lifestyle regrets the error. 

North Scottsdale Lifestyle is proud to announce Mastro’s Steakhouse as the Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards contest.

Mastro’s Steakhouse is recognized for its combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere—a truly unparalleled dining experience.

Mastro’s aspires to create the finest experience for guests by combining the highest-quality steaks and seafood with exceptional service in a cosmopolitan and entertaining atmosphere.

19th Annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon

Mark your calendars for April 14 as the 19th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. The theme for this year’s event is “A Jewel in the Desert,” and will benefit epilepsy. The PANDA Children’s Epilepsy Project will support the Steele Center’s exploration, in partnership with Rady Children’s Genomic Institute in San Diego. 

Featuring 55 “children helping children” from across the Valley and Tucson, the fashion show will showcase spring fashions provided by Ralph Lauren. 
The luncheon will also include a live and silent auction and raffle. 

To date, the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, known as PANDA, (People Acting Now Discover Answers) has raised more than $9 million to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases as well as fund and recruit internationally recognized pediatric physicians and scientists to Arizona. For more information, visit AZPanda.org.

Scottsdale Public Art Presents an Exhibition by Three Local Artists

Scottsdale Public Art presents an exhibition of 2-D and 3-D artworks by three local artists from the Scottsdale Creates Residency program at the Scottsdale Livery: David Emmit Adams, Ron Carlos and Christopher Jagmin. The exhibition, “Interactions through Art: Scottsdale Artists-in-Residence,” will be on view at the Gallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center through March 30.

In 2011, Scottsdale Public Art initiated the Scottsdale Creates Residency program in the city-owned Noriega Livery Stable space on Brown Avenue and Second Street in downtown Scottsdale. The Livery space provides local artists the opportunity to develop their art practice outside of their normal routines and location. In addition to focusing on their studio art practices, artists-in-residence engage the public in the creative process through open studio hours, artist talks and artmaking workshops.

Adams creates photographs with the wet plate collodion tintype process, first used in 1850. In his current work, he explores the social, political and environmental landscape by creating ultra-large-scale photographs on 55-gallon oil drum lids.

Carlos practices the traditional paddle and anvil pottery-making technique with hand-processed clay and paint gathered from natural sources within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, east of Scottsdale. Carlos is also a teacher and mentor to his community and passes along the traditional craft of pottery-making in the way of his ancestors.

Jagmin is a multimedia artist working in the field of social practice. He uses a variety of vintage printing technologies, such as label makers and typewriters, to document personal feelings, interactions and histories through words and narratives. During his residency, he held several workshops and events to collect materials from both strangers and friends.

For more information, visit ScottsdalePublicArt.org.

“Bodies Revealed” Exhibit at 
OdySea in the Desert

Amram Knishinsky, founder of Scottsdale’s newest entertainment destination, OdySea in the Desert, will bring one of the world’s most sought-after traveling exhibits to Arizona. Opening March 1, the “Bodies Revealed” exhibit explores the human body giving visitors an unprecedented way to view what lies beneath the surface of the skin. 

Developed by Premier Exhibitions Inc., “Bodies Revealed” provides an in-depth view of the beautifully complex and intricate network of internal organs and systems in a very up-close-and-personal way. Guests are lead through nine self-guided galleries, each one a precise and detailed look into a specific part of the body, its functions and its importance to the rest of the body. 

“Seeing promotes understanding, and understanding promotes the most practical kind of body education possible,” Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director for “Bodies Revealed,” says.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibition will remain on display until March 2019.

For more information, visit OdySeaInTheDesert.com.

Local Sisters Co-author 
a Book, On Sale Now

When author-sisters Lauren Daniels and Lisa King got together to write their first book, Tiny Life Changes, little did they know the impact they’d make. Through their interactive guide, readers obtain much-needed inspiration, affirmation and tools that show them how to get unstuck and reset their lives and be empowered to live that kind of vibrant life they have desired.

King, a pharmacist, and Daniels, a life coach, became inspired to combine their 45 years of health and well-being to collaborate on Tiny Life Changes. They learned firsthand how small, positive changes ignite a spark within so that we can live a life bigger than we could have ever dreamed. If it helped them, then how many others could benefit from these tiny life changes as well? They knew that if they could show them how to acquire the right attitude and mindset, they would have the tools needed to conquer their goals and achieve their dreams.

Tiny Life Changes is about transformation through changing your life from the inside out, one step at a time. 

Fortunately, this life-changing journey costs nothing when pointed in the right direction. Part of that roadmap is learning how to replace old feelings and behavior with positive ones, such as fear with courage, doubt with trust and anxiety with peace.

Tiny Life Changes is available now in perfect-bound softcover, hardcover and e-book.

Great Wolf Lodge 
Splashes into Arizona

Families across Arizona and the greater Southwest will have something fun to howl about next year as Great Wolf Resorts Inc., North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, announced it is expanding its paw print to The Grand Canyon State.  The 350-room family resort will be constructed on an 18-acre site adjacent to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District. Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is scheduled to open the second half of 2019, becoming the company’s 18th resort in North America. 

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will be a year-round family destination filled with attractions and amenities for all ages. It will feature an 85,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, a 27,000-square-foot family entertainment center known as the Great Wolf Adventure Park, a first-of-its-kind animated show in the lobby called the Northwoods Friends show, a collection of complimentary family events and activities, several dining options and family-friendly suites in a variety of categories and styles.

The waterpark will be heated to a comfortable 84 degrees and feature a variety of body slides, tube slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash areas. At Great Wolf Adventure Park, families can scale new heights on a multilevel ropes course, play a round of miniature golf, compete for prizes at the arcade or step into the fantasy world of MagiQuest, Great Wolf Lodge’s exclusive live-action adventure game where players use interactive magic wands to assist pixies and battle dragons and goblins. 

Northwest Friends show will utilize projection mapping technology on a moving, 3-D multiplane surface to immerse children in the world of the Great Wolf Kids characters.

Complimentary family events and activities will include Yoga Tails, a program that combines tales of the Northwoods creatures with yoga poses, and Great Wolf Lodge’s signature Story Time event, where children gather around the fireplace for a bedtime tale.

Dining options will include a collection of eateries inside the Great Wolf Adventure Park, a Dunkin’ Donuts, 
Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor and Barnwood, a full-service farm-to-fork restaurant featuring dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

Family-friendly suites will include KidCabin suites with separate sleeping quarters for kids complete with bunk beds and Great Wolf Kids character theming, as well as multiple bedroom suites for large families or multigenerational groups.   

Meeting and event planners can also look to Great Wolf Lodge Arizona for their meeting and event needs. The property will boast nearly 6,500 square feet of flexible conference space with breakout rooms, built-in A/V technology, customizable catering options and a team of dedicated industry professionals to tend to every meeting need.      

For more information on Great Wolf Resorts, visit GreatWolf.com.

The Scott Resort & Spa Debuts New Signature Restaurant, Bar and Lounge Concept

The Scott, a vibrant, Mission-style 204-room hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, debuts its new signature restaurant, The Canal Club, specializing in modern Cuban-American cuisine and Caribbean-inspired cocktails. 

The Canal Club is infused with the colors and comforts of 1930s Havana aesthetic, bringing together the culture and soul of New Orleans and the classic architectural geometry of The Bauhaus, all while celebrating the desert oasis sanctuary it calls home. The restaurant, bar and lounge area offer a casual, yet elegant ambiance throughout the dining room and lobby, while capitalizing on its ideal indoor-outdoor layout, creating a vibrant and comfortable atmosphere.

New furnishings and décor are met with an all-new menu with a fresh approach to modern American cuisine using Cuban-inspired ingredients. Under the direction of chef de cuisine Chris Castro, The Canal Club serves three meals a day in the main dining room, in addition to a selection of tapas and libations at the lobby bar.

In partnership with renowned hospitality design firm AvroKO and branding by Rinker Design Co., The Scott is currently undergoing a $15 million redesign, with The Canal Club as the cornerstone of phase one, which also includes all-new public spaces and meeting and event spaces. The second phase, debuting in the summer, will revamp all 204 spacious guestrooms, each of which features private outdoor patios or balconies. Significant upgrades will range from new furniture packages and case goods to redesigned bathrooms. The renovation will also unveil an all-new presidential suite and the addition of four one-bedroom suites.

The Canal Club dining room is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The coffee bar starts brewing and crafting espresso drinks at 7 a.m., and the bar is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a tapas menu from 3 p.m. to close. Happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information or to make a reservation at The Canal Club or The Scott, call 800.528.7867 or visit TheScottResort.com.

Savor the Symphony is 
a Sellout Success for the 
Sixth Straight Year

The Phoenix Symphony’s signature Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon recently brought food and music together for a good cause at Symphony Hall. Three hundred women from across the Valley enjoyed an exclusive sneak peek performance by Canadian trio The Tenors followed by a delicious lunch prepared by chef Gio Osso of Virtu and Nico.

Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors, the 2018 Savor the Symphony was the most successful event to date. The funds raised support The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Wellness programs, touching the lives of 125,000 individuals each year.

Guests enjoyed pomegranate Champagne cocktails and behind-the-scenes access to the rehearsal of The Tenors and The Phoenix Symphony orchestra while they performed their signature blend of classical and contemporary pop. Guests also purchased mystery boxes, raffle tickets and took part in a live auction.

Sue Glawe, vice president of community relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, served as honorary chair, alongside co-chairs Deborah Bateman, vice chairman of the board of directors for National Bank of Arizona, and Molly Stockley, hospital growth/vice president of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary season, The Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season September through June at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. For more information, visit PhoenixSymphony.org.

SARRC’s Annual 
Community Breakfast 

The beautiful Arizona Biltmore will once again host one of the Valley’s most admired fundraising events, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) Annual Community Breakfast. Scheduled for Thursday, April 26, this year’s event will be co-chaired by Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos, longtime supporters of SARRC.

SARRC’s Annual Community Breakfast is one of the Valley’s premier outreach and fundraising events. Funds raised during this signature event go directly back to the organization’s innovative programs, services and research initiatives. Guests experience a moving portrait of SARRC’s impact among individuals with autism and families served through their programs and services.

Each year, the breakfast draws community and business leaders, sponsors, parents, volunteers and public officials, and has grown to be one of the largest and most anticipated charity events in Arizona.

For more information or to register, visit