April 2017 Around Town 2

Arizona Helping Hands Provides Foster Licensing Aids

Arizona Helping Hands has now launched a new program to assist foster families in meeting the requirements of the Life Safety Inspection. Historically, families have had to expend their own funds to meet the “check-the-box” items on the inspection list, including magnetized cabinet safety locks, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a customized first aid kit. Arizona Helping Hands will now provide Foster Licensing Aids to families who are finishing their foster licensing process. For more information, please visit AZHelpingHands.org

Beneficial Beans Café Opens Second Location

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) recently opened its second Beneficial Beans Café location, nestled inside of Burton Barr Central Library. The cafe, which is part of SARRC’s social enterprise program, is now accessible Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving coffee and a variety of food items to library visitors and employees. However, its most distinct feature is serving as a workplace-training program for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For more information, please visit AutismCenter.org.

GroovyTek Expands Services to Arizona

GroovyTek, an education-based company providing hour-long in-home personal technology training sessions, recently launched its services in the Valley. GroovyTek works side-by-side with their clients, empowering them to take control of their personal technology on their own terms. The company’s trainers assist customers with their smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices, covering a wide array of services and topics—from security to social media. Popular services include smartphone assistance on features such as texting, using the camera, organizing photos, sending email and managing contacts. For more information, please visit GroovyTek.com or call 602.638.5400.

Healthy LifeStars’ Third Annual Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon

Healthy LifeStars, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping today’s youth fight childhood obesity by promoting active, healthy lifestyles at a young age, announces their annual 2017 Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon, which will be held April 17 through 23. This fun event is designed to encourage children and adults to be healthy and active by walking the most steps for one consecutive week. Funds raised will be used to help combat childhood obesity by supporting underserved children and organizations wishing to join the Healthy LifeStars program. For more information, please visit HealthyLifeStars.org.

SARRC Launches New Diagnostics Services Program

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) announced today their first-ever Diagnostic Services Program, where skilled clinicians work with individuals of all ages to accurately diagnose or rule out autism spectrum disorder (ASD). SARRC’s new Diagnostic Services Program will support the early identification of autism as well as identify school-aged children, teens and adults who may have never been diagnosed or previously misdiagnosed. The diagnostic process takes place at SARRC’s Colonel Harland D. Sanders Center for Autism Studies and includes a developmental history interview with a parent or caregiver and direct interaction with the individual. For more information, please visit AutismCenter.org.

Wedding Bliss in Phoenix

One of our Lifestyle Publications family members, Judi Scanlon, owner of Griffin Estate Sales LLC, recently said “I Do,” at the gorgeous, renowned Phoenician Resort in Phoenix. The wedding service was intimate and very special. The groom, Jon Svendsen, a former Olympian, met Judi at one of her high-end sales in Paradise Valley. He was looking for household items and furnishings for his home. While there, he approached one of her colleagues and asked if Judi was single. It wasn’t until the third estate sale that he finally asked Judi out. Jon says, “I went to look for furniture and I found the love of my life.” Mr. and Mrs. Svendsen will honeymoon in Cabo and look forward to many more estate sales and adventures together. GriffinEstateSales.com.

Arizona Helping Hands Awarded Grant for Charitable Work

The Town of Paradise Valley Women’s Association presented a grant to support Arizona Helping Hands with their work in helping kids in foster care at a recent luncheon they held. The charity was recommended to the group by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF), and funds will be used to support Arizona Helping Hands work providing basic needs to boys and girls in foster care. For more information, please visit AZHelpingHands.org.

“Near and Far” Exhibition Debuts at Bonner David Galleries

Just in time for spring, the popular duo is collaborating on a show featuring the close-up views of Dyana Hesson’s botanical paintings and the perspective of distance in the landscapes of Claudia Hartley, thus their title, “Near and Far.”  Both of these heralded artists have a knack for using light and color to make their paintings seem to pop off the wall. Shown beautifully side-by-side, these two artists complement each other in so many ways that their show is always a delight to behold. There will be a special artist reception held on Thursday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit BonnerDavid.com.

Hermosa Inn Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

The Hermosa Inn, a AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, recently completed the second phase of a $5.5-million-dollar renovation and expansion. Situated on six pristine acres of Sonoran Desert landscape, with panoramic mountain views, the renovation included the addition of 10 deluxe hideaway casitas, the complete renovation of 12 historic rancho casitas, and an expansion of LON’s Last Drop bar and patio, increasing the hotel’s number of hacienda-style accommodations and casitas to 43. For more information, please visit HermosaInn.com.

Scottsdale Student Designer to Debut First Collection

Kelly Callaway is an 11-year-old aspiring fashion designer who made her fashion debut  at Phoenix Fashion Week. As part of PHXFW’s “Community Night” runway show, Kelly presented a two-look “mini-collection” that introduced her design talent to local fashionistas. Kelly received so much positive press and feedback on her designs, that news of her debut reached as far as Kansas City. KCFW recently reached out to her inviting her to present a full runway collection at their Kansas City Fashion Week show. For more information, please visit KellyCallaway.com.