If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

Growing up, my family’s summers revolved around going to the pool and the annual family camping trip, but mostly hanging by the pool. With five kids in the house and Dad on the road all week, Mom used the pool as a babysitter. We shuffled off early in the morning and usually only showed up at home for meals. By…

ALS Bite Nite

ALS Bite Nite on Saturday, June 3, raised a record $250,000 and more than 750 guests attended! ALS Bite Nite is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, raise money for a cure and come together for something you care about. 
Photography by Ben Arnold and Brian Flora.

August 2017 Around Town

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.

Lunchbox SOS

As the new school year begins, coming up with some creative ideas for lunchboxes can be challenging. Here are a few healthy alternatives that will make lunches fun and tasty.

Influential Teachers

What makes a teacher great? Typically, the answer is rarely one that is easy to summarize in a word or two. With summer winding to a close and students across the Valley dusting off their backpack and prepare to head back to school, we asked four of the teachers at Notre Dame Preparatory High School to see what makes them…

Publisher’s Playlist

Music was a big deal in Mike McMahon’s earlier years. When he grew up, he listened to more albums than singles and wore out "Hotel California" and "Desperado" by the Eagles. Today, the music he listens to is situational. If he’s by the beach, he wants Jimmy Buffet and a beer. If he’s exercising, he wants rock 'n' roll to…

Back-to-School Fashion

School is back in session for kids across the Valley, and, while everyone wants the latest school supplies, they also want to look stylish, too. Here are a few of our favorite fashion picks for kids that are available locally and online.

The Beat Goes On

Nothing beats live music, but finding a place that does it right can sometimes be a challenge. Fear not, however, as the list below shows, whether your vibe is rock, R&B, jazz or even a touch of country, when a night out on the town calls for a bit of live music, the toughest decision might just be deciding where…

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Dive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit…

Hash Kitchen Hosts Lifestyle Publication’s 
Connecting with Community 

North Scottsdale Lifestyle and Paradise Valley Lifestyle shared an evening of connecting with fellow partners and guests at the creative breakfast and bar, Hash Kitchen. Taste buds were treated to menu items like caprese skewers, carnitas hash and the BYOBM bar as attendees enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere.

July 2017 Around Town

Make this a summer to remember with a getaway, or staycation, to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Experience sunrise hikes to adjacent Pinnacle Peak Park, dining alfresco under a blanket of stars and poolside pampering at the sparkling, two-tiered pool complex.

Refreshing Poolside Recipes

1. Process cantaloupe chunks, ice cream, honey and orange juice concentrate in a food processor until smooth, in batches if necessary; transfer to a large pitcher or serving bowl. Cover mixture, and chill for at least 1 hour. 
2. Just before serving, gently stir in the ginger ale. Garnish individual servings with fresh mint leaves.

Pinnacle Aviation Helps Maximize the Value of Clients’ Jet Experience

Pinnacle Aviation is a full-service aircraft sales, acquisition, charter and management company based at Scottsdale Airport. For nearly 30 years, Pinnacle Aviation has assisted many jet buyers and sellers to maximize the value of their jet experience. After purchasing an aircraft, it is not unusual for a client to request some refurbishment work on the interior and/or the exterior of…

Vino Con Stelle

Richard J Stephenson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Gateway for Cancer Research founder and chairman, and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, CTCA chair, Functional Medicine and Gateway board of directors, hosted “Vino con Stelle” at The Silverleaf Club. The exclusive evening under the stars was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s "Starry Night." For information on Gateway, visit GatewayCR.org.

Summer in Sierra Vista

Looking for a great day trip or active long weekend away without even having to leave the state? Located just three hours southeast, Sierra Vista has something for everyone from history buffs to outdoorsmen to even food and wine enthusiasts. The region is also a global leader in military intelligence as well as a bustling hub for cybersecurity research, workforce…

Ready, set, summer!

Release your inner adventurer without ever having to step foot outside at these three spots that bring the best of the outdoors in. First, traverse through the rainforest and view dozens of brightly colored butterflies at Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, ButterflyWonderland.com, where you can also enjoy a host of special activities such as Bee Talks, Yoga in…

We All Scream for Ice Cream

The weather has hit triple digits, and, besides moving from one air-conditioned location to the next, there’s no better way to cool down during the hot summer months than the classic frozen treat: ice cream. Luckily for locals, the Valley is full of some delightful eateries that specialize in all things chilled and delicious.

Staycations: Survive The Summer In Style With The Perfect Oasis

It’s easy to appreciate desert life in January when temperatures are in the 70s and outdoor activities include hiking instead of shoveling snow. However, during the summer months when the heat is relentless and storm clouds evaporate before breaking the city limits, I recommend swimming in a pool you didn’t clean, sipping on a cocktail you didn’t mix and sleeping…

A Great Month to be a Guy

As June arrives, we realize we’ve nearly made it through half the year—and wonder how that could be possible! It feels like just yesterday we were writing about New Year’s resolutions and Valentine’s Day gifts. Now, we’re planning for summer—long days and warm nights, grilling, pools and everything else the year’s middle months bring along.

notMYkid’s Annual Fundraiser

“Come Fly with Me,” notMYkid’s annual fundraiser, featured a reception, live and silent auctions and Vinum 55 hosted champagne lounge. The program included a tribute video to honorees, award presentation, concert by Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent, dancing, photo booth and Microsoft virtual reality flight simulator.

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center Annual Community Breakfast

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) hosted nearly 1,800 guests at the Arizona Biltmore and were joined by individuals with autism and their families, business, community and elected leaders. Revolution: Redefining the Status Quo was the theme of the breakfast co-chaired by longtime supporters Kathy and Mike Bosco.

Arizona Helping Hands

Arizona Helping Hands held their second StandUp Society cocktail party at the beautiful home of Stan and Sharla Godbehere. Seventy-five attendees enjoyed an evening of food from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, entertainment and community. Arizona Helping Hands makes an impact on Arizona’s 17,000-plus children in foster care. For information, visit AZHelpingHands.org.

HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic Supports Lifesaving Military Training Program

The HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic at Grayhawk Golf Club raised more than $125,000 to support the Military Partnership Program at HonorHealth which provides lifesaving training to military medical personnel and first responders. The 334 golfers who participated enjoyed a fun, scramble-format tournament on the Raptor and Talon courses. HonorHealth.com/GolfClassic.

June 2017 Around Town

This inaugural exhibition will run from June 20, 2017, through September 30, 2018, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The exhibition features Western film posters, lobby cards and associated ephemera and memorabilia dating from the 1800s to the present, curated from the world’s largest—and most historically important and inclusive—collection of Western film graphic arts. The first of many…

Movers & Shakers

Happy hour has long been an ideal place for blowing off some steam after a long day at the office. For those in the know, however, a loosened tie with a drink in hand can be about so much more than just washing away the workday. As people let down their guard, it can be the perfect opportunity to get…

Gadgets Guys Will Love

Guys and gadgets go together like summer and baseball, chips and salsa and cheeseburgers and fries. If you are in the market for a new gadget to make your life easier or simply more fun, check out the following five guy-friendly suggestions.

You Can Have It All

Adventurous families looking for safety, all-terrain capability and versatility can have it all with the all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery. The seven-seat SUV has secured a starring role in the latest round of Euro NCAP tests after being awarded a maximum five-star rating by the globally recognized safety testing organization.

Time for Some Smoke

A love for cigars runs deep in the veins of Cedar Room Fine Cigars & Lounge owner Andy Sweis. A 12-year veteran of the cigar industry, he has continued a long history of the family trade, which his father started after spending more than 30 years in the liquor and tobacco retail business. Having had his first experience smoking a…

What My Great Dad Taught Me

Growing up, my dad frequently shared with my sister and me that he had essentially grown up without a dad, and therefore, didn’t have a role model to inform how he would father us. Yet, today, as the father of two young boys, I strive to be as great of a dad as my dad was to us. The truth…

Ultimate Man Cave

Imagine for a moment returning from a long trip. You haven’t worried about your luxury home because you live in a lock-and-leave community. While waiting on the tarmac, you fire up your hot tub with a touch of a button on your phone. On the way to your Ferrari, you decide it’s warmer out than expected. You grab your phone…

Smokin’ Good!

If you haven’t already discovered the new restaurant in North Scottsdale, it’s easy to find. All you have to do is follow the tantalizing aroma of premium meats being smoked as they cook for hours at the Liberty Station - American Tavern and Smokehouse. Located on the southwest corner of North Scottsdale Road and the Carefree Highway, this is the…

Here’s to Strong Women

Growing up in the Midwest, the saying went, April showers bring May flowers. It’s not quite the same here in Arizona, but the desert is in full bloom, all signs of growth and rebirth. May also is a reminder of the important women in our lives, those who brought us into the world and those who with whom we continue…

Seventh Annual Esperanca Hope Breakfast

It was an inspiring morning indeed as over 350 guests gathered in support of the organization’s local and global health programs during this eye-opening event featuring a delectable meal, Hope Coffee Counter and touching speeches by Esperanca leaders.

Fifth Annual Notre Dame Prep Art Showcase

An afternoon of art, entertainment and community awaited at Vi at Silverstone as student artists from Notre Dame Prep displayed their artwork in the hallways, hoping to receive one of the prestigious awards for their creations.

Lifestyle Publications and Eddie Merlot’s Meet & Mingle

An evening of food, fun and conversation was graciously hosted by North Scottsdale’s Eddie Merlot’s restaurant. Lifestyle Publications' partners and guests got an opportunity to connect in a casual, but elegant atmosphere on the restaurant's patio.

Twenty-third Annual Celebrity Fight Night

Stars and athletes from around the country gathered at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa for this fabulous black-tie event honoring the life of Muhammad Ali. Celebrities in attendance included emcee Reba McEntire, Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone and many others.

May 2017 Around Town

Liberty Station, an American Tavern and Smokehouse is now open at 34522 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 180. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Liberty Station will serve American comfort food with regional touches. Acclaimed Executive Chef Michael Hunn and Chef de Cuisine Dan Watts will head the kitchen. The pair has created a menu using many locally-sourced ingredients, which include…

A Desert Love Story

Stylist Lana Gerimovich, Bespoke Designer, Alis Fashion Design / Photographer David Apeji, Assisted By Steven Fellheimer / Model Hanna Bee / Model Subyn Wadsworth / Editorial Design Danielle Accovelli / Makeup Helen DeMun, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Hair Simone Hall, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Cars Scottsdale Ferrari and Maserati, A Penske Automotive Group Dealership / Location…

Inspirational Women of North Scottsdale

A nearly lifelong Scottsdale resident, Kim Bankofier has been involved in the local community in a variety of capacities. “I have a lot of experience in a multitude of activities—from school years at Kiva Elementary, Xavier Prep and U of A to my work involvement at Scottsdale Citizen Magazine, Westworld, Russ Lyon Realty, and currently Vi at Silverstone,” she says.…

All That Glitters

In the three months that Spence Diamonds has been open in the Scottsdale Quarter, the diamond jewelry retailer has already earned a well-deserved reputation for its beautiful selection of engagement rings. While the stereotypical image of the nervous-yet-excited guy who is shopping for an engagement ring for his girlfriend still takes place at Spence Diamonds, Jason Wong says couples are…

For The Love of Leggings

Livia Margulies grew up on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, where movement is a way of life. She walked to the beach, hiked the coast and played in the ocean almost every day. She walked to school, roller-skated for fun and started exercising at the gym when she was 12. People in Rio wear moisture-wicking clothes built for an…

A Lifestyle of Fitness

Kim LaJoye-Redus, owner of Anytime Fitness, started her career selling prosthesis to people who needed total joint replacements. For 15 years, she found it to be very rewarding, but something was missing. So she went back to school and got her master's in kinesiology. Her motivation was to own her own business where she could help and connect with people…

Finding a Family

Arizona’s foster care system is overwhelmed. Presently it finds itself with over 17,000 kids in the system, but less than 700 listed foster homes available. While the majority of those children may be in the system for a short time as the legal process plays itself out, 2,300 children wait patiently, hoping to find their forever families.

24th Annual Beach Ball

Guests were able to “Escape to the Cape” this year at Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s grandest soiree, held at Scottsdale Hanger One, as they sailed away to another world with a lavish cocktail reception, Cape Cod-Style Clam Bake and inspiring evening program.

Van Dyke Aesthetics Open House

The open house was a huge success! Thank you to all of our current and new patients for attending, and for the vendors who helped educate our patients. We are proud to say that we raised over $10,000 for JDRF!

Fond Farewells & New Beginnings

Spring has finally arrived, and all the tell-tale signs of it are clear: days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to pop-up along the roadside and the promise of summer lingers in the air. For many, spring is a time of growth, renewal and new beginnings with the coming of a fresh, brighter season. Yet…

58th Annual Heart Ball Kick-Off Soiree

Heart Ball Committee members and guests adorned in exquisite designer fashions gathered together to kick-off a year of raising funds and awareness to battle heart disease and stroke while enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, fashion show and entertainment. Photography Scott Foust

Taste of Four Seasons Culinary Event

Valley foodies gathered together at the picturesque Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort at Troon North for this culinary extravaganza featuring specialty cocktails, light bites and a chance to chat with Chef Chuck Kazmer.

YWCA 23rd Annual Tribute to Leadership Gala

Members of the YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix and local supporters headed to The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch for an evening dedicated to recognizing the outstanding individuals that make our community a better place to live and work.

April 2017 Around Town

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) recently opened its second Beneficial Beans Café location, nestled inside of Burton Barr Central Library. The cafe, which is part of SARRC’s social enterprise program, is now accessible Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving coffee and a variety of food items to library visitors and employees. However, its most distinct feature…