Sir Ringo Starr Brings His All Starr Band to Phoenix

Danny Zelisko presents an evening with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band on Aug. 26 at the Celebrity Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band. The 2019 All Starr Band features Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and alum Hamish Stuart. 

 “My dream has always been, and still is, to play great music with great musicians—and I’ve been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands,” Starr said. 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Hosts Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosted Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich at its weekly meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club Feb. 11. The event was an opportunity for the Club’s 125-plus members and guests to hear, first-hand, about the economic, tourism and educational value of the relationship between Arizona and Sonora, including the importance to the small-business community. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale was joined by representatives from the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, US Consul to Mexico, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Office, along with area business, community and political leaders.



Desert Ridge Marketplace Continues to Defy Retail Trends

With a dedicated marketing and event staff, unusual for a retail center, Desert Ridge Marketplace now offers 300 new community events every year. Between festivals, live music, concerts for the family, movies in the courtyard, workshops and classes for every age range, Desert Ridge Marketplace is a primary place to go for entertainment.

“We know our shoppers are looking for much more than just stores and dining. They are looking for a complete experience, and we are proud to offer that now at Desert Ridge Marketplace,” says Rebecca Smith, Vestar marketing director. “We have several staffers employed just for our events, and we are dedicated to putting on at least 300 diverse events every year. We’re proud to offer something for everyone.”

Desert Ridge Marketplace also welcomes community groups year-round including choral, instrumental, dance, mixed martial arts, theater and more.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Renovations Near Completion

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, considered one of Arizona’s premier and largest destination resorts, is nearing completion on its six new pool suites. According to Steve Hart, general manager and area general manager, the addition of the six new poolside suites rounds out a compilation of enhancements the resort added in 2018, totaling $8 million.

“These additional amenities and enhancements define our continued commitment to providing an authentic JW Marriott signature guest experience,” he says.

Steak 44 and Sister Concepts Award $1,500 in Scholarships

Steak 44 is proud to announce that for the first time ever, together with its sister concepts, awarded $1,500 in scholarships to three full-time university students. Each recipient will receive $500 in his or her pursuit of higher education.

Scholarship winners were selected after a rigorous selection process. Participants were asked to submit a short essay answering the following question: “Why are some dining experiences better than others? Considering service, food, atmosphere, how does the totality of the experience determine your decision to call a restaurant best in class?’’’

Tikka Shack Opens First Arizona Location at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Desert Ridge Marketplace welcomed Tikka Shack to its lineup of culinary destinations in March 2019. The Texas-based fast-casual Indian concept opened its first Arizona location in the District across from the Splash Pad.

Tikka Shack has carefully curated a menu to captivate guests with the aromatic flavors of India through the artful creation of blended spices. Tikka Shack offers a variety of traditional Indian dishes and lighter, build-your-own options. In addition, guests can also enjoy a “self-serve” beer wall to complement their meal.

Chef Sacha Levine Blends Fresh and Flavorful at Singh Meadows

Savor fresh flavors every Friday through Sunday with from-scratch breakfast and lunch dishes carefully crafted by chef Sacha Levine at Singh Meadows in Tempe. 

Singh Meadows’ menu has many items that rely on Arizona’s bounty. It offers a variety of tasty dishes, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, all for $12 or less.

Hospice of the Valley Art and Wine Auction Gala Raises $358,000

AAHA!, An Auction of Heirlooms and Art… and more! netted a record-breaking $358,000 to support Hospice of the Valley charity care and dementia care programs.

An elegant crowd of 350 gathered at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn to bid on beautiful paintings and sculptures, fine jewelry, exquisite dining, rare wines, exclusive trips and a precious goldendoodle puppy. The highest bidder will take to the skies by private jet for three nights at the exclusive Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, while another winner will experience the wonders of Italy for eight days visiting Roman ruins, viewing grand architecture and enjoying exceptional cuisine and fine wine.

$123,000 was raised to support innovative in-home palliative care for dementia program that improves quality of life and helps patients and caregivers live well with dementia.

Founded in 1977, Hospice of the Valley is the leading provider of hospice care in Arizona and also offers a full spectrum of services to serve those with chronic illnesses and all stages of dementia. Last year, the not-for-profit agency, which turns no one away, served 20,000 patients and families in our community.