March 2017 Around Town 2

Ashton Thomas Private Wealth Opens in Scottsdale Quarter

Ashton Thomas Private Wealth recently welcomed clients, friends and VIPs to its new home in the Scottsdale Quarter. The open house event featured talented winemaker, Gregory Hayes from Cosa Obra, a limited-production Sonoma County winery, and well-paired catering provided by Pomelo. Ashton Thomas, a boutique wealth management firm with Valley roots, moved from the Scottsdale Waterfront to its new location in the Quarter at the end of 2016. The firm also has an office in the Salt Lake City metro area. Ashton Thomas is committed to fostering genuine, long-lasting partnerships with its clients and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit

Boeing Builds Bikes for Kids in 
Foster Care

Employees from The Boeing Company’s Executive Flight Operations built 100 bikes for kids in foster care during their annual kick off meeting.  Pilots, mechanics and other employees had a great time assembling the bicycles for Arizona Helping Hands. The highlight of the evening came at the conclusion of the project when the bikes were presented to 15 Arizona foster children and the Boeing team was greeted by the beaming smiles on their faces. The remaining bikes will be used throughout the year in Arizona Helping Hands’ BIRTHDAY DREAMS program to celebrate the special day of children in foster care. For more information, please visit

HonorHealth Foundation Charity Golf Tournament

Tee-off at Grayhawk Golf Club on Friday, March 31st, 2017 for the HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic with proceeds supporting HonorHealth Military Partnership. The HonorHealth Military Partnership program provides training for military medical personnel and first responders. These service members receive hands-on learning, including clinical rotations and realistic training at the Military Partnership’s simulation lab. The program has trained more than 2,600 military members, as well as local firefighters, police officers and others. The fun, shamble-format tournament will be held on Grayhawk’s Raptor and Talon courses, with a choice of a 7:30am or 1:15pm shotgun start. Players will enjoy a gift package, gourmet food at on-course stations and complimentary beverage tickets. Each registration also includes two tickets to the tee-off reception and auction on Thursday, March 30. For more information, please visit

Scottsdale Philharmonic’s 
March Concert

Arizona’s Premiere Philharmonic will be hosting a melodious evening of tunes at the Scottsdale Bible Church on March 26, 2017 at 4:00pm, featuring Brahms: Tragic Overture, Schumann: Piano Concerto a minor, and Mozart: Symphony 25 G K 183. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit

Ballet Arizona Adds Classes to Dance for Parkinson’s Lineup

More than 10 million people struggle with Parkinson’s disease globally. For those effected, tremors, stiff limbs and poor balance are commonplace, but one fun activity can help ease the symptoms – dance. In collaboration with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center for two years, Ballet Arizona has hosted a Dance for Parkinson’s class every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Ballet has now added another Dance for Parkinson’s class to its lineup on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., offering even more opportunities for those with Parkinson’s to develop flexibility, establish confidence and connect body and mind. For more information, please visit

Hearth ’61 Restaurant Debuts at Mountain Shadows

In March, Paradise Valley will welcome a new restaurant, Hearth ’61, a concept led by renowned Chef Charles Wiley. Serving Valley locals and visitors alike, it will be the signature restaurant at Mountain Shadows, the new $100-million resort on the corner of 56th Street and Lincoln Drive. The name Hearth ’61 refers to the centerpiece of the restaurant’s kitchen, which is a hearth, and pays tribute to 1961, the year the Town of Paradise Valley was incorporated. The restaurant will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, showcasing an ingredient-driven, seasonal menu, along with an inventive cocktail program, unparalleled hospitality and some of the best views in the Valley. For more information, please visit

Liv Rio Sportswear Comes to The Valley

At Liv Rio, there is a belief that active women everywhere deserve an amazing pair of pants that are comfortable, sleek, sexy and stylish. That’s why this line of sportswear is designed to help women power through their day, maybe even turning a few heads while doing it. The brand was started 18 months ago in Silicon Valley, and became very well established in a number of gyms, yoga/Pilates studios and boutiques. The owners recently moved their family and company to Scottsdale, and have seen significant interest in the brand throughout the Valley. For more information, please visit

Phoenix Center for the Arts Dedicates Larry Wilson Gallery

Phoenix Center for the Arts invited the community to a very special dedication of their new gallery space. Named in honor of former Phoenix Center for the Arts instructor, Larry Wilson (1950-2013), the dedication event coincides with “FORWARD: The Larry Wilson Memorial Exhibit.” Larry Wilson was a beloved artist, teacher, community activist and diligent advocate for artists of color in the Phoenix area. For more information, please visit

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Walk On! Challenge

For the 12th consecutive year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will inspire students to be a part of its Walk On! Challenge. As the largest health care provider in the state of Arizona, the company’s goal is to educate and inspire fourth- and fifth-grade students, their teachers and their families to focus on healthy choices that can be made daily with the 5-2-1-0 goal. The program components include encouraging participants to eat 5 fruits and veggies a day, spend 2 hours a day or less of screen time, get 1 hour of physical activity every day and consume 0 sugary drinks. For more information, please visit