May 2017 Around Town

Hype Building Around the Miksta Team at VIP Mortgage

The Miksta Team has been generating a buzz around the Valley with their top-notch mortgage service and community outreach. After helping hundreds of families to finance homes in the Scottsdale area, Steve Miksta was named a part of the top 1 percent of mortgage originators in the nation for 2016, by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Their local presence is growing alongside their business, but their dedication and service level to each borrower has not changed. Every loan done through the Miksta Team is structured to ensure the best financial outcome for their clients. If you’re interested in buying, selling or refinancing a home this year, please visit or call 480.719.8819.

Solis Mammography

The country’s largest independent provider of specialized breast screening and diagnostic services, has proudly been serving the Phoenix community for nearly 10 years. Solis Mammography has four centers in Arizona, including its premier Paradise Valley location located at 11220 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85028 (between E. Cactus Rd. and E. Shea Blvd.) All of our area locations now offer 3-D mammography™ along with a full-range of comprehensive breast screening services, including screening and diagnostic mammography, computer-aided detection, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy and bone density screenings. Schedule online, 24/7 at or call 866.717.2551.

Third Annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner

Make plans to join Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians and his wife, Christine, for the third Annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner at Steak 44 on Monday, May 22, 2017. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Arians Family Foundation and Voices For CASA of Maricopa County. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP cocktail reception at Steak 44, where guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Cardinals’ coaches, players and other Valley sports stars and celebrities. The event then continues with Cardinals’ coaches and players joining guests at their table for a delectable dinner at Steak 44, starting at 7 p.m. For tickets to the event, please contact Brynn Wheeler at or call 310.426.9900.

MIM Music Theater 2017 Summer Concert Series

The MIM Music Theater has announced their 2017 Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln. It includes more than 30 concerts from May through September, spanning multiple genres and generations. The diverse lineup includes Americana legends Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Hot Tuna, Post Modern Jukebox star Morgan James, jazz great Diane Schuur, and the young, talented Austrian folk group Federspiel. The MIM Music Theater presents over 250 concerts per year and has had nearly 150 GRAMMY-winning artists perform on its stage. For more information, please visit

Behind-the-Scenes with Ballet Arizona

Ballet AZ, and its Artistic Director, Ib Andersen, are world-renowned as two of the most innovative and provocative forces in the world of dance. The Ballet is now on a mission to educate donors and attendees about their performances. A few weeks prior to the opening of a new ballet, the public is invited to attend Studio Spotlight, an intimate rehearsal during which Andersen and Ballet Arizona dancers discuss the upcoming performance. Prima Circle donors are able to experience another level of learning, with events held just before each Studio Spotlight. Over cocktails and appetizers, Prima Circle members are treated to a fun social event where ballet insights and insider information are dispensed. For more information, please visit

Live & Local Music at Hotel Valley Ho

Cool off poolside at Hotel Valley Ho this spring and summer with live music, DJs, private cabanas and cool vibes. Local favorites Elvis Before Noon, Drop Top Cadillac, Sassy & The Sneak Attack, and others will play poolside every Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., now through October. Session Saturdays are back too, with Mr. P-Body, DJ Design, Adrian Michaels and other DJs spinning from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., now through September. For more information, please visit

Mountain Shadows Resort Opens in Paradise Valley

Known as a landmark property in the 1960s and 1970s, Mountain Shadows has made its long-awaited return to serene Paradise Valley. The highly-anticipated, $100-million new resort is now open in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. The project is 12 years in the making and is the first resort to open in Paradise Valley in eight years. Rebuilt from the ground up through a partnership between Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation, the new resort features 183 guest rooms, a presidential suite facing Camelback Mountain, a full-service restaurant, two pools, a high-tech fitness facility, an 18-hole par-3 golf course and grill, as well as 37,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. For more information, please visit

Home Builder Selected for Parcel of Ritz-Carlton Residences

Five Star Development, owner and master plan developer of the community known as The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, recently closed a deal with Shea Homes®, who is debuting a new high-end brand called Shea SignatureTM, for the sale of 23 acres within the 105-acre development. The sold parcel will comprise 66 single-family luxury homes and will be its own gated community, not branded or serviced by the venerable hotel company. The Solvere Group leads the sales and marketing for Five Star Development and has also been retained by Shea Homes to market and sell the 66 homes in the gated parcel now named Azure, a Shea SignatureTM Community. For more information, please visit

J&G Steakhouse Launches New Seasonal Menu

Spring is in the air, and J&G Steakhouse has welcomed the arrival of Phoenix’s most spectacular season with a new spring-inspired menu bursting with flavor and vivid shades of color. J&G’s spring menu includes Asparagus Risotto with Parmesan and Herbs; Roasted Striped Bass with Sea Beans, Asparagus, Shiitake and Sesame Vinaigrette; as well as Seared Diver Scallops with assorted Spring Peas, Crispy Bacon and Lime. In addition, menu staples such as the Caramelized Beef Tenderloin and Slowly Cooked Salmon remain, served with ingredients in line with the spring season, such as Braised Mushrooms, Poblano Peppers and Dill. For more information, please visit