Summer Hot Spots 2018: North Scottsdale Edition

 Article Staci Hauk  In the summer, Arizona brings the heat! Several adventures are less than a few hours away and can cool you down, keep you active and help you feel rejuvenated! Whether it's a tranquil visit to an upscale spa, a hike to find a hidden treasure or an adventure in the crisp mountain air, Arizona has many options to…

Artificial Grass Masters Offers Quality and a Lasting Relationship with Customers

 Article Staci Hauk  From two guys and a pickup truck to a thriving business, Artificial Grass Masters is six years into its success in the industry because it views customer service just a little differently.  "We offer 24-hour support and have dedicated staff that communicates with customers so everyone is on the same page. We make sure that no one…

Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar Spices Things Up with Summer Cocktails

 Article Staci Hauk  Whether it's an evening on the town or a cocktail after a day lounging at the pool, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort boasts a variety of colorful and creative drinks to suit any taste.  Toro hosts guests looking for distinct Central and South American cuisine with Japanese- and Peruvian-rooted flavors. 

A Cold Brew or Two

 Article Staci Hauk  McFate Brewing Company features a Hatch chile beer called Hatch Chili Gatos. This golden ale coupled with roasted Hatch chiles packs a huge chile aroma, mild flavor and very little heat. This beer won a Gold Medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup.  One of Scottsdale Beer Company's specialty creations is the SBC German-style Hefeweizen.

Hometown Hero Joanna Sweatt Gives Her Heart and a Helpful Hand to Fellow Veterans

 Article Staci Hauk  Chief Operating Officer of The Veterans Directory Joanna Sweatt has an organization that is near to her heart. As a fellow veteran, she is familiar with acclimating to civilian life.  Joanna began her work at ASU Tillman Center in 2012 and worked with student veteran affairs. This was her first civilian job, which put her in an…

Outdoor Dining in Scottsdale

 Article Staci Hauk  Quiet music echoes over candlelit tables, draped with old-world charm and coupled with the whimsy and elegance of a European garden. Café Monarch's attention to detail delights all the senses. From upscale and eclectic cuisine to an intimate ambiance, it is a romantic experience.  "We stand out due to our staff," says sales director Phillip Lewkowicz. "All…

A Sky-High Gem

 Article Joyce Selk and Kathleen Blair  You know you are in for a treat when you are given the special code that allows the elevator to take you up to the penthouse at Bella Sirena. Walking inside the beautifully etched doorway of Penthouse C1301, you find yourself in the spacious yet comfortable, living area with a large dining table for 12,…

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Healing Cross Project This foundation came out of devastating loss — the loss of a child. Sometimes though, our deepest wounds can bring about our greatest achievements. This incredible foundation brings light to the issue of everyday human suffering. Whether grief, depression, disease, addiction, or something else, this project spreads the word that “You are … Continued

Signature Fundraising Event Recognizes Community and Impact on Individuals with Autism and Their Families 

“With You, We Can” was the theme of this year’s Annual Community Breakfast, hosted by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. More than 1,600 guests gathered on Thursday, April 26, at the Arizona Biltmore for SARRC’s 20th event. Event co-chairs were Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos. All proceeds support SARRC’s mission to … Continued

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Swimming into Summer

 Article Moriah Schowengerdt | Photography Aly Kirk Photo  Often times in Hollywood films, a person who is drowning is making quite a ruckus. They are flailing their arms, splashing and screaming for help. Sadly, this is not an accurate picture of what a typical drowning looks like. Therefore people do not know what to look for. Drowning is often referred…

Outdoor Oasis

 Article Staci Hauk  Whether it's a tranquil reflective pool, a fire feature ideal for entertaining or an edible menagerie, an exceptional outdoor space begins with quality and strong craftsmanship.  Desert Foothills Landscape focuses on creating living art forms on properties around the Valley.