December 2015 Around Town

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Unveils New Jackrabbit Pool Area

The renowned resort has recently announced the completion of its new Jackrabbit pool area following an extensive three-month, $2.5 million renovation. Designed by local architect and landscape designer Todd & Associates, Inc., the new pool area features a refreshed surface in the main pool, a new adults-only quiet pool and a new children’s pool with an infinity edge. The three pools are surrounded by a natural-tone surface consistent with the Camelback’s southwestern style, and are topped with three new cabanas and more than 300 pieces of pool furniture from Tropitone. For additional information, please visit or call 480.905.7902.

Winter Festivities at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Spend the holidays at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, where the resort will be transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland complete with festive holiday lighting and visits from Santa. Be sure not to miss its third annual Holiday Tree Lighting, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Rico’s American Grill. The public is invited to gather for a festive celebration as the resort’s mountaintop holiday tree is illuminated, becoming visible across the whole city. Also enjoy “Breakfast with Santa,” where Mr. and Mrs. Claus will play host at Rico’s American Grill, featuring a tasty buffet, photos with Santa, holiday story time and whimsical cookie decorating. For more information, please visit

 Robert Watson Promoted to Executive Chef at Steak 44

There’s a new Commander-in-Chief at the Valley’s hottest steakhouse, as Steak 44 proudly announces Robert Watson’s promotion to Executive Chef. Watson, who started as a chef’s apprentice in Philadelphia, worked his way up to Executive Chef at his first job and from there landed similar roles on the West Coast and in Seattle. After settling in Arizona 12 years ago, Watson worked at several of the Valley’s finest country clubs until he joined the Mastro family as a sous chef at Dominick’s Steakhouse and more recently, as Executive Chef at Steak 44. For more information, please visit

Jo Malone London Opens Boutique at Biltmore Fashion Park

Quintessentially British with an understated style, always timeless and elegant, and infused with charm, wit and whimsy, these qualities are the heritage and heart of Jo Malone London. Enter The World of Jo Malone™ and discover bespoke British fragrances, from new scents such as Mimosa & Cardamom to the classic Lime Basil & Mandarin. Each fragrance is crafted from the highest quality ingredients. The boutique mixes English classicism with modernity, creating an environment where shopping becomes an inspiring experience. Jo Malone London is known for its unique style of service, from advice on styling a scented statement to finding a special gift, or simply indulging in a relaxing hand and arm massage at the Tasting Bar while discovering the power of fragrance combining. For more information, please visit or call 602.956.2376.

Christmas at The Phoenician

Head to The Phoenician for the holidays and experience festive winter fun in the desert. The resort will feature a host of holiday activities, including a complimentary Cactus Garden Guided Light Tour; Holiday Tea; Santa’s Workshop, where you can participate in festive games, crafts and culinary workshops; stories with Mrs. Claus and the “Twas The Night Before Christmas” party on Christmas Eve. Also enjoy the “Up & Away Winter Holiday” festival on Saturday, Dec. 26 at the Jokake Inn, featuring hot air balloon rides, a live band, face painting, caricature drawing, a magician and a giant snow globe. For more information, please visit

American Girl Fashion Show Benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital

The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation has announced its highly-anticipated American Girl Fashion Show. The four shows will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 11a.m. and 3 p.m. at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. This fun, engaging program showcases historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls, with all proceeds from the event benefitting The Emily Center Family Health Library at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Audiences will delight in historical clothing, from daywear to sleepwear to special occasion clothing that resembles what popular American Girl characters might have worn. Contemporary outfits for older girls and sweet fashions for younger girls complete the program. For more information, please visit

Career Connectors Rated As One of the Top Networking Associations in Phoenix

Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies. Events are held three times a month and are available at no cost. Each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four featured hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. This month’s event will take place on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Highlands Church in Scottsdale. For more information, please visit or call 480.442.5806.