June 2018 Around Town 1

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards Grant to Arizona Helping Hands

Arizona Helping Hands has seen phenomenal growth in every phase of its operations over the past five years, growing into the largest provider of material items to make homes safer and lives better for the 15,000 boys and girls in the state’s foster care system.

“There have been many growing pains in this process,” Dan Shufelt, AHH president and CEO says. “One of the areas that we are way behind the curve on is our technology system.” 

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded AHH a grant of $188,500 over three years to develop and install systems to bring their technology up to date and prepare the organization for the future.

“This new system will allow us to more effectively manage our rapidly growing operations, make the process easier for families who need our services and provide good stewardship of the resources with which we are blessed,” he says. “Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is a valuable partner in our growth and expansion, and we are so grateful for their assistance in this much-needed improvement to our operations.”

For more information about Arizona Helping Hands, contact Dan Shufelt, dshufelt@azhelpinghands.org.      

Drybar Blows Into The Phoenician

Drybar is excited to announce the grand opening of Drybar Scottsdale at The Phoenician Spa. The 650-square-foot location consists of six styling chairs and all of the signature elements that define the unique Drybar experience.

The location will offer all of Drybar’s signature services including Drybar’s full style menu, signature in-shop services, and Drybar’s line of professional hair styling products and tools.

Drybar Scottsdale at The Phoenician Spa will maintain the brand’s signature design, including custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bars with built-in phone docking stations and flat-screen televisions featuring cult-favorite chick flicks.


The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will present three exhibitions this summer aimed at captivating and engaging visitors of all ages.

The upcoming exhibitions are: “Wild Thing: Adventures with the Permanent Collection,” May 19–September 30; “Refik Anadol: Infinity Room,” May 26–September 30; and “Lydia Okumura: Situations,” June 9–October 14.

Featuring more than 130 artworks from SMoCA’s permanent collection, “Wild Thing” celebrates all things animal—a menagerie in print, paint and sculpture. This thematic, playful exhibition explores the relationship between artist and animal and its enduring relevance in contemporary art.

“Refik Anadol: Infinity Room,” is an immersive installation by Turkish-born, Los Angeles-based artist Refik Anadol. Guests will step into a mirrored room that uses light, sound and technology to create a three-dimensional kinetic and architectonic space. The installation uses projection mapping to conceive a constantly changing virtual landscape, an imagined environment that attempts to merge the space between the physical and the virtual.

“Lydia Okumura: Situations” is the first solo museum exhibition of the Brazilian-born artist that showcases her dynamic installations, indoor and outdoor sculptures, and works on paper. The exhibition, spanning two galleries, is a survey of her career, with work dating from 1971 through today.

Inaugural Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival Adds New Elements

The list of unusual and hot elements at the inaugural Michelob Ultra Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival: presented by Talking Stick Resort continues to grow.

Organizers have announced the addition of the world’s tallest inflatable water slide. This Skyscraper dual lane water slide is the tallest inflatable water slide in the world, standing at five stories high. Both kids and adults are sure to enjoy this “cool” element on what will be a day full of “heat.”

To add to the heat elements, fire performances will be performed throughout the day by Burden Blossom, also known as the Human Fire Breathing Dragon.

Ashley Macias, a talented local artist, will entertain the audience with live interactive pieces made from charcoal. Ashley has been a fixture in downtown Phoenix for several years and has amassed a large body of work, including canvas paintings, illustrations, murals and live interactive pieces.

The event will take place on June 16 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door, with free admission for kids 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at ScottsdaleFahrenheitFestival.com.


“Deep Time: Imagining the Ancient Inland Sea” is an immersive, family-friendly experience running through August 24 at the Gallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center.

Presented by Scottsdale Arts, “Deep Time” takes visitors on a journey to the prehistoric ocean that once covered the Sonoran Desert, as imagined through the eyes of Tucson-based artists Lex Gjurasic and Rachel Slick. This sculpted environment uses color, pattern, light, texture and experimental materials to create an ocean-bottom experience of being surrounded by fanciful sea life, including kelp towers, coral reefs, an underwater garden, a bioluminescent tunnel and a large sea beast.

The exhibition also incorporates anthropology, paleontology and geology alongside folktales, legends and myths, providing opportunities for children and adults to learn about the creatures who lived in the prehistoric ocean through a mixture of science, fantasy and imagination. A variety of free activities throughout the summer will enhance the experience with creative workshops and visits from scientific experts.

For more information about the exhibit, visit ScottsdalePublicArt.org.

iPic Entertainment Reveals a New Level of Luxury Moviegoing

iPic Entertainment completed a redesign and reseating of the theater at their Scottsdale Quarter to showcase an elevated experience to its guests. Auditorium enhancements will introduce moviegoers to an unrivaled industry first—iPic’s new intimate patent-pending premium plus seating pods and chaise lounge seating, and push-button ninja butler service—in all eight cinemas. 


These visionary seating pods, designed to provide an intimate seating and sound experience, boast state-of-the-art design innovation and revolutionary acoustic technology for superior sound. Servers deliver from a signature dine in the dark menu by acclaimed three-time James Beard Award-winning chef and iPic COO Sherry Yard in addition to a farm-to-glass beverage menu by iPic executive bartender/corporate sommelier Adam Seger.             


Next door to iPic Scottsdale, updated interiors for iPic’s destination restaurant, Tanzy, also unveiled a new culinary menu debut by Yard, complemented by a diverse beer, wine and craft cocktail list. For more information, visit iPicTheaters.com.

Local Entrepreneurs Bring Innovative Mani-Pedi Brand To Scottsdale

Prose, the revolutionary, wellness-centric boutique hand and foot care salon in Phoenix has opened its second location in Scottsdale. Owned and operated by local entrepreneur Rick Federico, longtime CEO of P.F. Chang’s; his wife, Peggy, the CEO of Upward Projects; Lauren Bailey; and another longtime P.F. Chang’s veteran, Lorrie Fickas, Prose Scottsdale opened in March.

Located at 10893 N. Scottsdale Road, Prose delivers transformative hand and foot services through its innovative design, world-class, nontoxic products and personalized approach. To celebrate its grand opening, Prose Scottsdale is offering first-time guests a premium manicure and pedicure for only $50.


For more information, visit MyProse.com.