Sunday, November 30, 2008

Start the night off at the Divine Lounge for Friday Night Fever at Hotel Indigo

It's the season of giving...

*Fire Department Kicks off Annual Toy Drive This Friday to benefit the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Program, Nov. 28th through Dec. 25th

-Drop off new unwrapped toys at one of the Scottsdale's 14 fire stations

-Drop off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ring the door bell or knock at the station door upon arrival

*Dickens Carolers Concert will benefit Scottsdale's Social Services Center

-Food collection is from noon to 1 p.m. and the concert from 1 to 2 p.m.

-Friday Nov. 28th at the Promenade Shopping Center

-For admission bring a cash gift or two or more cans of food 

*Scottsdale Community College hosting an event to help fight hunger

-Buy a bowl of pasta on Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the SCC Cafeteria

-Will stock the Scottsdale food bank shelves which helps with about 5,000 requests each year for emergency food services

-Minimum $5 donation 

*Adopt-A-Family at the helps families in need with children's clothing and toys

-Drop off at Vista del Camino CEnter or The Pima North Neighborhood Resource Center (Also accepting non-perishable food donations)

Upcoming Special Events

*Farmer's Market every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-Great food, live entertainment, and a variety of displays

-Downtown Scottsdale

*Historic Tours of Old Town

-Every Tuesday through March beginning at 10:30 a.m. from the Little Red Schoolhouse on the Civic Center Mall

*Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon in downtown Scottsdale Dec. 14th

-Elite athletes will be running as part of the Fiesta Bowl Marathon

Still looking for holiday deals?  This website is a great help http://www.azcentral.com/deals/

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

**Don't dwell on the past, don't dream too much about the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment**


**An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day*- Irv Kupcinet


5 Classic Movies for the holiday...

-It's a Wonderful Life

-A Christmas Story

-A Charlie Brown Christmas

-Bad Santa


And I'm going to add one of my favorites to the list, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase


Looking for a little help with your Thanksgiving turkey?  

*Gilbert Boy Scouts will slow roast your turkey overnight in a deep pit and have it ready 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day

*This is a tradition has been going on for 30 years and accepts donations for events and gear

*Drop your turkey off Wednesday night

*Turkey stays fresh and warm and falls right off the bone

*Turkey drop off is 5 to 7 p.m. at the Maplewood Chapel for more information email troop830@gmail.com


*Thanksgiving Day Parade in Fountain Hills*

~Theme is "Jingle Bells Rock the Hills"

~Floats, bands, and groups starting at Saguaro and El Lago Boulevards

~November 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM


Get a little tired of sitting in the house on Thanksgiving Day?

Tempe Thanksgiving Block Party from 6-10 PM

-Games, fireworks, music, rides, and food

-Admission is free with a can of food

Pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Night Parties at Dos Gringos 

-Thanksgiving night it opens at 7 PM and serving food and drinks till 2 AM

-Each location has their own specials http://dosgringosaz.com/


Other Thanksgiving Events from 11/25-11/30 http://www.azcentral.com/ent/holiday/articles/2008/11/24/20081124tgivingevents.html


Want to walk off the weight from the holidays?  Here is a Scottsdale Downtown walking route map from Get fit, the Fit City Scottsdale initiative. 


*Residents can also fill out a questionnaire to meet your greatest physical needs http://fitcityscottsdale.com/


Get fit by helping the environment; The Handlebar Helpers program gives Scottsdale residents an opportunity to earn a bike through as little as 20 hours of community service.  Call 480-312-0217 for more inforation. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thinking optimistic will change your life for the better... here are some optimistic quotes


*Sharing your dreams with someone is the positive, flip side of complaining*

*Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending*

*Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done*


Two for One Tuesdays at Hotel Indigo in the Divine Lounge

~Two for one drink specials on domestic beers and well drinks


No work and school means a big night for many Valley Bars 

Hot Spots Expecting Thanksgiving Eve Crowds on Wednesday night...

*Coach House; fabulous decorations of wrapping paper, lights, candy canes, and tinsel on every inch of the bar until New Years Day

*6 Lounge is hosting La Femme; a special night for ladies with special guest Dj Amen and drink specials include $4 vodka drinks and $5 blueberry Martinis

*Four Peaks Brewery, Tempe; last night to try pumpkin and spice beer

*R.T.. O'Sullivan's, Mesa; name that tune trivia, turkey bowling contest, and drink specials all night

*Dos Gringos Chandler and Scottsdale; happy hour and reverse happy hour along with a late-night menu

*Max's Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Glendale; happy hour, poker, and 85 TV's

*Lis Doon Varna, Peoria; Irish Pub with traditional Celtic band Seisiun and Guinness and other European beers on tap

*The Vig, Phoenix; Upscale, intimate, bocce court, countless beers, high-end liquor, and hard-to-find wines


Future Scottsdale Holiday Events

~Railroad Park's Holiday Lights Program stats Dec. 12th with Santa there nightly through Dec. 23 http://www.therailroadpark.com/

~Scottsdale's annual holiday harmony; snowy event, entertainment, crafts, and Santa. 11/29 from, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tree-lighting ceremony at 6:20 p.m. followed by a fireworks display. 

~Dickens Carolers concert 11/28 noon to 2 p.m. at Promenade Shopping Center



$$Holiday Deals$$ From Dairy Queen to Toys R Us



Looking for a way to stay active?  Scottsdale has a large selection of sports and recreation activities for everyone from walking to softball.  Join a team!  


Monday, November 24, 2008

*Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer* ~Ernest Holmes


Hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!


Enjoy Monday night football at Hotel Indigo, $6 grilled food specials and $3 beers during the game.  This week Green Bay at New Orleans.


Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit....

*Fred Claus staring Vince Vaughn, Kevin Spacey, and Paul Giamatti available on blu-ray and dvd Tuesday November 25th; rediscover the gift of family! 

*Four Christmases starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon.  Release date is Wednesday November 26.

*Watch the 25 days of Christmas on ABC family.  


**IMPORTANT...Holidays are suppose to be a time for food and fun and most would think that New Years was the most dangerous holiday for drivers, but in actuality it's Thanksgiving so keep track of how much wine your taking in at dinner this year!**


Black Friday is not just a day this year its a week!  Sales begin online as early as Monday so keep an eye on very hot deals before you leave the house Friday morning.  For deals and more information check out this site, http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/

~This year Wal-Mart has added their unbelievable deals on electronics, toys, and much more online http://www.walmart.com


Thanksgiving takeout...Here is a list of 11 places in the Valley that has Thanksgiving food for those who no longer have time to cook http://www.azcentral.com/ent/holiday/articles/2008/11/20/20081120turkeytakeout.html 


Looking for some new music or artists?  Try out my new favorite site...Pandora http://www.pandora.com/ This site allows one to create their own personalized radio station and it automatically recommends artists and songs that sound similar to your favorite tunes!


Friday, November 21, 2008

**Join Hotel Indigo tonight for Friday Night Fever**


*The Divine Lounge is one of the only spots in Scottsdale offering Friday night specials*

~Domestics for $3 and well cocktails for $4

~Walking distance to a variety of nightclubs, bars, galleries, and restaurants


*Electric Ladyland Boutique is celebrating its 6th year anniversary by throwing a party*

-Hosted by Iconic Entertainment

-Friday November 21, at 9:00 p.m. at 6 Lounge featuring fashion presentation and Mike Loy performing live on electric guitar with DJ Diesel 


Holiday Activities 

-Holly Jolly Christmas at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; a 500-seat theatre that presents full-length Broadway musicals along with a meal and full bar available.  Showing November 20 - December 25th, more information is available at 



-Las Noches de las Luminaries at Desert Botanical Garden Nov. 23- Dec 23..  This is a great place to bring out of town guests to give them a taste of the southwest. Buffet dinner, musical entertainment, and a cozy fire to keep warm.


-Sister's Christmas Catechism- The Mystery of the Magi's Gold, Theater 4301, Nov. 23 - Dec. 23.  These shows sell out quickly and are very funny offering an alternative to traditional holiday shows. 



-Polar Express train rides departing from Williams, AZ to visit the "north pole."  Hot chocolate, cookies, and the Polar Express story!  Limited space so call early to make a reservation and truly enjoy the holiday spirit!



-ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest holiday lighting events in the southwest. This year several new features have been added; a dancing tree show, a talking giraffe, carousel, wagon, and camel rides... YES camel rides and I can say that I have done one before and it's an experience everyone should try!


Upcoming Concerts

·         Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming November 23 at Jobing.com Arena.  This is a great holiday show!

·         Coldplay is coming November 26, 2008 at Jobing.com Arena


Fun Thanksgiving did you know facts...

-Did you know... that Thanksgiving didn't become an official national holiday until more than 200 years later, when in 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November a national day of thanksgiving.

-Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.  Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

-The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

-Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.

-Turkeys have poor night vision

-Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining....BY FAR THE BEST FACT!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

**The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning - Joy Baker Priest*


Catch the Suns game verse the LA Lakers tonight at 8:30 p.m.  GO SUNS!


**Start the weekend off right and join Hotel Indigo tonight for the Divine Lounge Patio Party!*

-Tonight, Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 - 7p.m.

-RSVP to be entered into door prize drawings at 480-941-9400

-Complimentary food and beverages

-Enjoy the live music from the band PHEED which features the former drummer of Gin Blossoms playing your favorite songs


Third Thursdays in Scottsdale presents a variety of activities all within walking distance of the hotel and each other...

*Tasteful Thursdays at Hotel Indigo featuring live music, $5 Martinis, and $5 house wines during PHEED's performance

*Edge 103.9 Third Thursday Free Concert Series is now being held in Downtown Scottsdale and is presenting Marcy Playground tonight at 7pm located between Dos Gringos and Upper Deck

*Scottsdale ArtWalk 7-9pm

*Night Lights of the Canal 7-11pm at Scottsdale Waterfront (Scottsdale Rd & Camelback)


Looking for something to do this upcoming weekend...

-Friday Night Fever at Hotel Indigo offering Friday drink specials

-The hyped up talked about movie Twilight is out Friday, November 21 and is based on the best-selling books by Stephanie Meyer.  This is known to be the next Harry Potter type series!

-Beauty and the Best at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theater, November 16- December 16th

-Enjoy a round of golf at one of the 200 plus golf courses in the valley, but there is a new trend in high end golf courses: walking.  Troon North and TPC Scottsdale are two of the courses advertising this trend.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

**This time of year can bring a lot of stress, but reducing stress gives one the ability to focus and enhance concentration.  This will allow you to remain calm in the eye of the storm.**

Experience Scottsdale

Looking for some place to party on hump day?  

  • Wednesday nights at Myst nightclub in Old Town Scottsdale is always a good choice.  

~Sleepwalk, a Robot CD Release party is being held tonight, 11-19-08 at 6 p.m. with Kinch, Neba, and This Daily Summer.

~Ladies night every Wednesday, $3 dollar drinks for ladies all night

  • Check out the Bungalow Bar and Grill

~Bungalow atmosphere

~Great food from Bungalow bites, spinach artichoke dip, mac and cheese, to a delicious filet entree

~This place offers great happy hour deals from $2 domestic beers to half price appetizers 

Looking for a place to eat while in Scottsdale check out what sizzles at http://www.vacationfun.com/ebrochures/scottsdale/ibrochure/index.html

Restaurants of particular interest that are warm and welcoming...

-Old Town Tortilla Factory offers a historical Southwestern experience, famous margaritas, and an indoor or outdoor dining area

-Arcadia Farms is located in an old cottage home and serves organic food

-Grazie Pizzeria and Winebar brings Tuscany to Arizona located in an old Southwestern home

-Don and Charlie's Restaurant specializes in BBQ baby back ribs, prime rib, chicken, and fresh fish and is decorated entirely in sports memorabilia.  Located in the heart of Scottsdale and has a causal and friendly environment. 

-City Hall Steakhouse is highly recommend to those who want to dress up and enjoy a fantastic dinner.  Perfect place for business.  Located in Downtown Scottsdale on Drinkwater.

Activities for family and Friends 

*Take a Hike in Arizona is a way for guests to experience the desert safely.  There is a variety of guided hiking tours in Scottsdale and the Phoenix Area http://www.takeahikearizona.com.  Full and half-day hikes for all skill levels and varied interests.  These cater to families, individuals, groups, and corporate adventures.

*Fiddlesticks Family Fun Park featuring go-kars, batting cages, mini-golf, arcade, laser tag, pizza, snacks, and much more www.fiddlesticksaz.com

*Artistic Expressions by Peggy offers dramatic and eclectic collection of fine contemporary art and showcases national and international renowned artists.

Want to know more about Arizona shopping, restaurants, and sights of interest check out http://goseearizona.com/

Worldy News

*Latest in D.C.....Our Arizona governor, Janet Napolitano, won't be leaving us for the United States Attorney General as Obama wants veteran Washington D.C. lawyer Eric Holder Jr. for the position 

-Barack Obama is up to date with the digital age; posting on YouTube and planning on online Q&A and videos

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

*Join Hotel Indigo this evening for two for one drink specials on your favorite drinks or domestic beers*


It's crazy to think that we can keep everything going 100 percent of the time, to stay on top of everything, juggle so many balls, be in touch with so many people, be mistake free, and do it all with a smile- is foolish... so kick back, relax, and enjoy the weekend!


**Start the holiday celebration early and join Hotel Indigo for a Patio Party!**


The weather has finally cooled off in Arizona and there is no better place to be, but under the stars.  


DATE: Thursday, November 20, 2008

TIME: 5:30 - 7pm

LOCATION: Divine Lounge & Patio


*Complimentary food and beverages

*RSVP to be entered into door prize drawings at 480-941-9400


Afterwards catch the Night Lights on the Marshall Way Bridge, South of Camelback at the canal, from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM.  Light show will be accompanied by live music. More information at http://www.scottsdalepublicart.org/


**Scottsdale Celebrity Sightings**

Hotel Indigo has been the spot for many celebrities!

~MTV The Hills star Brody Jenner

~Paris Hilton

~Cuba Gooding JR

~Tom Arnold

~Michael Clarke Duncan

~Reggie Busch

~Stacy Keibler

~Joey Fatone

~Kim Kardashian


Go out and enjoy one of the hippest and most happening places, Scottsdale nightlife.  There are dozens of bars, hotels, and nightclubs that cater to a variety of ages. For more information on Downtown Scottsdale nightlife http://www.scottsdaledowntown.com/Listings.aspx?catid=16&subcatid=67


Events coming up in Downtown Scottsdale....

-5th annual Artfest of Scottsdale returns to Downtown Scottsdale November 22-23 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.  Enjoy live music, international food, and interactive family activities.

-Join the Civic Center Holiday Harmony tree lighting event on November 29th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Scottsdale Mall, 7780 E. 2nd Street.  Features of this event include snow, music, crafts, and games.  Tree lighting is at 6:15 p.m. and includes fireworks to conclude Thanksgiving weekend and start the rest of the holiday season off right

-Escape holiday stress and join the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art from 5 - 8 p.m. for yoga, healthy snacks, and gallery tours.  For tickets or more information call 480-874-4612 or email leighh@sccarts.org


Always remember that there is no point in assuming the worst, worrying, getting overwhelmed, or being pessimistic, when the real truth is that the end result is unknown so enjoy your life, but be safe!

Monday, November 17, 2008



Yesterday's game was a payback to Seattle as the Cardinals continue their winning streak against the Seahawks 26-20.  Kurt Warner played a wonderful game throwing 395 yards and completing 32 out of 44 passes.  The Cardinals are 7-3 and were all rooting and hoping for a division championship.


Speaking of football...Cleveland Browns take on the Buffalo Bills this week for Monday night football.  Looking for a place to watch the game?  Come to Hotel Indigo's Gridiron Grillin' held on the patio of the Divine Lounge.  Different specials are grilled each week for $6 and beers are $3 during the game!


~Living from your heart means that you choose a life and lifestyle that are true for you and your family~


With the holidays just around the corner we all realize how important our family and friends are.  Soon we will all be enjoying a large feast among our friends and family, and it's important to think about giving thanks to those who matter the most. What are you thankful for?  This year try to stay positive and share your dreams instead of the flip side, complaining!  


"The most important things in life are your friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life. If you have these then you have everything!"
Author Unknown, from HOW POOR ARE WE?

For those who enjoy holiday music tune into 94.5 or 99.9.  


*Did you know... that Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving, which is often known as the biggest Christmas shopping day in America -- is not the biggest shopping day? The Saturday before Christmas is known as the largest shopping day. Black Thursday ranges anywhere from second to fifth in Christmas shopping days.


Tips for black Friday can be found at this site http://www.phoenixmag.com/lifestyle/shopping/200811/black-friday-game-plan/

Saturday, November 15, 2008

**This weekend slow down and smell the coffee**

Great quote from the book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff:


A frazzled person who is constantly in a rush will find any number of ways to fill up any free time he/she does manage to create, with activities-work and otherwise-that will cause additional chaos.”

Enjoy the beautiful weather this time of year in Arizona! It's the reason why a majority of us live here.  Take a step back, slow down, and reflect on the miracle of life!

Looking for things to do this weekend?  Check out Downtown Scottsdale's new website www.scottsdaledowntown.com

Need a change of pace?  The new bond movie, Quantum of Solace, comes out in theaters tomorrow.

Interested in cars?  WestWorld is holding Goodguys 11th Southwest Nationals Hot Road Show this weekend.  It features almost 3,000 1972 and earlier rods, customs and classics, indoor and outdoor exhibits, kick off parties, and a great swap meet.  Everything hotrod lovers could want!

For a calendar of WestWorld events visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld/events.asp

This weekend ASU celebrates their 50th Homecoming!  The event started on Nov. 7th and runs through Nov. 15 with the ASU vs. WSU, Washington State Cougars Football game.  GO DEVILS!  They are holding The Block Party, which is the biggest party of the year, this weekend beginning at 11:30 a.m.  There will be giveaways, food, a parade, lantern walk up A Mountain, and the Homecoming Gala.  Activities for adults and kids so join ASU in celebrating 50 years as a university! 

Friday, November 14, 2008

**Try Something New**

Life can seem monotonous and mind numbing at times and that's why it's always important to diversify life.  Diversity can open up our eyes to the much bigger world around us, widening our perspective to the existence of new people and other areas of interest.

It's always good to mix up everyday routine by trying something new.  One might be surprised at what they discover by doing new things....

~New activities to consider in Old Town Scottsdale:

*Dog's Night out at Classy Jazzy, 7111 5th Avenue, every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. http://www.classy-jazzy.com

*Scottsdale Art Walk, Every Thursday http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com

*A variety of theatrical plays from Mystery Mansion Dinner Theater to the award-winning non-profit Desert Stages Theatre


*Enjoy a cup of coffee or cocktail outside on the terrace of Hotel Indigo while the bomb fire heats the air in a comfortable lounge setting

*Visit the Fiesta Bowl Museum and Headquarters on E. Camelback, 480- 450- 0999 for more information

The quest for finding that special someone in any city can be hard, but in Scottsdale it can be a bit trickier with its many temptations and enjoyable party scene, but there is good news!  Arizona has a singles club for almost every interest from those who enjoy adventures to those who enjoy playing cards so diversify your life and join a club


Calendar of single events for November http://azsinglescene.com/calendar.htm

New experiences will keep you young and make the journey of life much more enjoyable!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Smile each and everyday

Make sure to smile each and everyday. Smiling truly helps, even at the worst of times.  Be a carrier of a contagious smile!

Smiling at one point was a known as a sign of fear, but now it's a language that even a baby understands and one thing that enriches those around us.

Monday was an all around good day in sports for Phoenix!  Cardinals bring every fan something to cheer about and the Suns pull another win.  Fans were riled up over Phoenix sports teams last night in every bar.  Cardinals won Monday night football against the 49ers, playing a close game, but staying strong to the last second to win the game!  This win brings the team a step closer toward a division title for the Cardinals.  The Suns also had a close game against the Memphis Grizzlies pulling out a win with a score of 107 to 102.  Both teams played their part in representing the desert!

~Suns next home game is Wednesday against Houston and tickets range from $4 to $2001 and can be purchased online at http://www.stubhub.com/phoenix-suns-tickets/?gcid=C12289x471&gtkw=Phoenix+Suns

~Cardinals next home game is 11/23 verse the Giants http://www.stubhub.com/sports-tickets/

Not a huge sports fan go and see one of the up and coming concerts; Smash Mouth 11/15, Jason Mraz 11/17, or Coldplay 11/26 or enjoy free music at the Canal Concert Series and 5th Avenue Free Unplugged Solo Music on Saturdays in Old Town Scottsdale


Hopefully everyone took the time to honor and appreciate our military veterans for all their hard work on Veterans Day!  It's the day that celebrates peace in the world and honors 24.9 million military veterans in the United States.

Scottsdale is holding a health and wellness program to allow community members to learn about the new Fit City initiative, more information can be found at



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

***Quote of the day***

Most of the time people see the past better than it actually was, the present worse than it is, and forget to believe that the future will be resolved.  Everyday we must remember to focus on the journey of life and see that the future will bring everyone endless possibilities. 

These days many people are being faced with the dimness of the economic depression, but through the tough times there are businesses who won't suffer and those who won't be affected, so try to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We should all remember to smile and keep enjoying life because everyday is a blessing.  Let's all try to keep our faith in the future of America and continue to enjoy our everyday activities.

For people who tend to overspend on their nights of fun or those in denial about no longer being rich, go and enjoy a Luxury Martini at Capital Grille in North Scottsdale for $1000.00, yes that is correct $1000.00!  For the majority of us who have to tighten our belts there are endless activities all over the valley; world-class 5-star restaurant The Original Pancake House on Camelback, one of the 125 art galleries, studios, and museums in Scottsdale is another enjoyable activity, various concerts or theatrical plays in the area is always a great choice, mixing up the workout routine with a mountain-bike ride, or one could never go wrong with partying in Scottsdale where the sun never sets.

Scottsdale known at times as a mini LA or Beverly Hills is made up of more than snobby people!  It is an oasis comprised of beautiful landscapes and alluring hotels where one can enjoy a combination of solitude and fun.  Enjoy Hotel Indigo's idyllic pool area, comfortable lounge bar, and up-beat atmosphere with a design like no other.  Walking distance to the area's best shopping, stunning art galleries, and three of the cities most trendiest night clubs, E-4, Axis/Radius, and Myst, is very alluring.

Want to enjoy something completely new? Enjoy oddball arizona activities from Burro shows to Motel Tepees... http://www.azcentral.com/travel/visitor/oddballaz/travel_oddballazindex.html

Mountain-bike trails in the area... http://www.azcentral.com/ent/calendar/articles/2008/10/23/20081023mtnbiking1017.html - mountain

 Keep in mind that it's not to early to think about booking a hotel for the holidays or the fiesta bowl in one of the world's most livable cities, Scottsdale.


Friday, November 7, 2008

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra



The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents The Spaghetti Western Orchestra Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, at Theater 4301 in Downtown Scottsdale. The performances are part of the Satirical Edge Series sponsored in laughing memory of Steve Simon by his family.

Single tickets are available for $38 online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787).

Described as "Deadwood meets Mozart," The Spaghetti Western Orchestra is a bonanza of a tribute to Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer who created the soundtracks for hundreds of classic western films, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West; and For a Few Dollars More.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the tradition of Las Noches de las Luminarias as never before, with the work of artist Dale Chihuly casting a magical glow upon the Garden's trails. His innovative glass sculptures will join the thousands of hand-lit luminarias, musical entertainment, and cheerful decorations to evoke the spirit and warmth of the holiday season.

To Purchase Tickets:

  • Click here to Buy Tickets
  • Call 480-481-8188 (9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily)
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)

November 28, 29, 30 - General Public
December 4, 5, 6, 7 - Garden Members and their Guests
December 11, 12, 13, 14 - General Public
December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 - General Public

5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Adults $20 / Children $10 (ages 3-12)

Non-Members - Join Today and Save!
Adults $25 / Children $12.50 (ages 3-12)

Children 2 years and younger are admitted free.

Dinner and beverages available at an additional cost.
For 25 or more tickets please call 480-481-8104. Group discount will apply.

Tourism agency taps into social-networking tools

SCOTTSDALE - The Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau is turning to more online marketing strategies to attract tourists.

The bureau launched a new blog, Facebook fan page, Flickr photo stream, YouTube channel and Twitter account to promote Scottsdale as a world-class travel destination, said the group responsible for bringing in 7 million tourists a year.

"These channels allow us to offer the Scottsdale brand where potential visitors spend their time online," said Josh Kenzer, online marketing manager at the bureau. "Through online social networking, we can provide the Scottsdale experience, bring visitors back to our Web site and engage them in conversations."

The following outlets were chosen because they allow for user feedback and visitor interaction. Additional sites will be considered to ensure the CVB is reaching its customers through the online communities in which they already belong.

Blog: blog.scottsdalecvb.com, a supplement to the CVB Web site, allows for two-way conversations where readers post comments, feedback and questions about member events and Scottsdale news. Content is supplied by the CVB.

Facebook: At www.scottsdalecvb.com/facebook, Scottsdale fans share their own videos, photos and links and connect with each other on their destination experiences.

Flickr: Photos at flickr.com/photos/scottsdale-arizona/ includes candid shots of Scottsdale activities.

YouTube: Videos at www.youtube.com/user/ScottsdaleCVB showcase Scottsdale's tourism amenities, events and members.

Twitter: Daily updates at www.twitter.com/scottsdaleaz feature what's happening in Scottsdale.

The bureau encouraged members to participate by commenting on the blog, becoming a Scottsdale fan on Facebook, and building their own sites to further showcase your business. For more information, contact Josh Kenzer, online marketing manager, at 480-949-6280 or jkenzer@scottsdalecvb.com.