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Mountainside Fitness Fights 
Against Leukemia

When one of their cycling instructors was diagnosed with leukemia, locally owned and operated Mountainside Fitness immediately wanted to help. That is why Arizona’s Friendliest Gym began selling Mountainside Fitness Cycle t-shirts and tanks before every cycling class at its Indian Bend, Shea, Ice Den and Desert Ridge locations. The shirts and tanks are $25 each, with 100-percent of the proceeds from sales being donated directly to Natalie and her family to assist with the cost of her treatment and recovery. Despite missing Natalie, cycling classes at her locations are still being scheduled and attendance is at a record high as people come to support her fight and show their solidarity. For more information, please visit

St. Jude Walk/Run to End 
Childhood Cancer

Thousands of individuals will gather at Chase Field on Saturday, September 24 to support the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, supporters in Phoenix, along with nearly 60 other communities nationwide, will join together in this family-friendly walk/run event to raise funds and awareness for children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The charitable event supports the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. For more information, please visit

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week

Prepare for ten nights of delectable dining during the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW), which is back for its 9th season, from September 16-25, recognizing the Valley’s most epic cuisine. During Fall ARW, more than 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for just $33 or $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. These carefully crafted menus give Valley foodies the chance to sample some of their favorite dishes, whether at a best-loved eatery or someplace new, and savor what are sure to be memorable dining experiences. For more information, please visit

Kneaders Opens First Phoenix Location

Phoenicians looking for a wholesome breakfast option, delicious lunch or the perfect catering menu for their next office meeting will now be able to turn to Kneaders Bakery & Café. The famed bakery recently opened its first Phoenix location, near the intersection of 44th Street and Indian School Road. Known for creating scratch-made, artisanal European hearth breads, fresh, made-to-order sandwiches and a warm and inviting atmosphere, Kneaders Bakery easily distinguishes itself from all other cafés. For more information, please visit

LDV Winery Releases Two New Wines

Local Arizona Winemaker Curt Dunham with LDV Winery has just released two new wines. The 2013 Syrah is 100-percent estate grown and produced at LDV Winery at 5,000-foot elevation in the Chiricahua Mountains and is reflective of the high-mountain fruit the vineyard is producing. The 2012 Epilogue Petite Sirah marks a new milestone for  LDV Winery with the release of their first dessert wine. For more information, please visit

Andaz Scottsdale Announces Key Leadership Team

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa recently announced the appointment of four key leaders to the hotel, which is expected to open in late fall. The resort’s sales and marketing team will be led by Area Director of Sales and Marketing Terri Benich; Director of Business and Luxury Sales Kristen Neibergs; Director of Events Peach Duty and Director of Group Sales Rachel Jessop. For more information, please visit

Signature Senior Transitions

Founded by husband and wife team Bradley and Leslie Levy, who both share a passion to fulfill the needs of their community, Signature Senior Transitions has allowed the Levys to connect and assist senior friends and family during transitional events in their lives. Whether transitioning from a home, or aging in a place, sorting through years of accumulated items can be stressful. These items represent an individual’s history, dreams and lifelong memories. SST will create a smart and sensitive transition plan that is right for them from start to finish. For more information, please call 602.540.9909 or email

Keep Your Air Conditioning Running Smoothly This Summer

It’s peak cooling season in the Arizona air conditioning business, and with the hot temperatures here to stay this summer, Air Conditioning by Jay has some important tips to keep your system running smoothly and help prevent breakdowns. 1) Check your air conditioning filters. 2) Maintain your AC system. 3) Close blinds and drapes to keep out direct sun. 4) Circulate the air with fans. 5) Watch your appliances. 6) Put in a programmable thermostat to raise the temperature set point a few degrees while you’re away. 7) Check outside and clear units of debris, such as leaves and paper. 8) Repair leaky air conditioning ductwork in your attic and add insulation to prevent cool air inside your home from escaping. For more information, please visit