Children’s Learning and Play Festival at West World

The Children’s Learning and Play Festival is an amazing free community event that benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy nonprofit. This Sept. 7 will be the fourth year of the event, with last year’s event boasting 13,000 happy attendees. The Children’s Learning and Play Festival is a free educational event for children that is open to the public and features children’s authors, illustrators, music, live performances, STEM activities, local business vendors and a host of interactive activities for toddlers, children and young adults. 

The festival offers opportunities to interact with animals and wildlife, hear storytellers, see top-notch children’s shows, live performances and interact with storybook characters. Dinosaur exhibits, arts and crafts, a science and tech showcase, animal attractions, photo booth, kids rides, face painting and other attractions are also scheduled. 

Donated Sports Equipment for Kids at Twin Peaks

From June 14 through Aug. 2, all three Valley Twin Peaks locations will support the need for sports equipment for local youth. 

Basketballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, footballs—any new sports equipment for kids ages 6 to 18 is appreciated and can be donated at any Twin Peaks location. For guests who donate equipment, Twin Peaks will honor them with a $5 gift card that can be used in the future.



Harkins Camelview Hosts Nationwide Premiere of Wish Man

Harkins Theatres was proud to host the nationwide premiere of Wish Man in June at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square. The new biographical drama is based on the life of Frank Shankwitz, the creator of Arizona-based children’s charity Make-A-Wish Foundation. Shankwitz was in attendance for the special screening.

Starring Andrew Steel as Shankwitz, Wish Man tells the story of how, after surviving a near-fatal accident, a motorcycle cop unexpectedly finds hope in the shape of a terminally ill boy. To honor the boy, he creates the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Agave del Scottsdale Debuts in Scottsdale

Agave del Scottsdale has opened in the former Butters space in the Mercado del Lago plaza on the southeast corner of Hayden Road and Via de Ventura. This fully renovated dining room and Mexico City-inspired menu will redefine what Phoenicians know of as high-end, authentic Mexican cuisine.

Premium-quality ingredients and innovative dishes stud the menu. A trio of sopecitos topped with chicken tinga, shrimp and chorizo and potato is one of the appetizers. Four different fish ceviches including tuna and a mixture of octopus, shrimp and white fish mixed with zesty citrus and herbs is recommended as a refreshing course. Eye-catching vegetable carpaccio—shaved squash drizzled with a tangy vinaigrette and topped with beet microgreens—is a unique vegetarian dish. Succulent Chilean sea bass served with a sophisticated Coronado pasila chile sauce, prime filet mignon topped with a creamy corn truffle sauce served with potatoes and the 48-hour-long mole preparations made from recipes passed down through generations served over chicken or pork are a few of the outstanding entrees on the menu.





Local Cadet Graduates from West Point

Cadet Grayson Beaux Naquin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Naquin of Scottsdale, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy.

Grayson is a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory High School’s class of 2015. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in management, was captain of the men’s soccer team and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. In addition to his graduation, Grayson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the Army Aviation branch and will report to Fort Rucker, Alabama, for his assignment.


Azure Paradise Valley Wins Two Gold Nugget Grand Awards

At the PCBC Closing Ceremonies & Gold Nugget Awards Presentation in San Francisco, Azure Paradise Valley was selected from among the Award of Merit winners as the Grand Award winner in two categories: Residential Detached Collection of the Year and Best Single Family Detached Home – 3,500 to 4,500 SQ. FT. for Residence 1. This annual competition honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally.

Edible Flowers to Add Color & Health Benefits to Dishes

Edible flowers are trending in restaurants and offer a unique burst of flavor, color and some health benefits. One of the most popular ones is summer squash blossoms that can be eaten raw, stuffed or fried. Squash blossoms are high in calcium, iron and vitamins C and A. 

Parma Italian Roots incorporates edible flowers into dishes, and the health benefits they add are amazing. Parma Italian Roots has happy hour Monday–Friday 3:30–6:30 p.m., brunch on Sundays 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and is open for lunch Monday–Saturday at 11 a.m.