August 2017 Around Town


North Ridge Community Church will once again be hosting the worldwide simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit. Leadership is influence. Everyone has influence. Everyone can create positive change and mark the people, places and things they touch. The Global Leadership Summit is a world-class event that will convene 400,000 influencers around the globe, aligned with one common vision: Everyone wins when a leader gets better. The Global Leadership Summit is a great resource for business owners, community leaders, students and for those who influence and lead others. It provides a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can apply immediately. Top speakers include Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO; Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s “The Profit;” and Laszlo Bock, Google senior adviser, just to name a few. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., August 10-11. For more information and to register, visit 
Group rates available.

Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails Celebrates Summer with New Menu of Summertime Favorites

The sweltering summer heat is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy seasonal shakeups. Using some of the season’s best produce, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails is creating an all-new menu of Southern-inspired, fresh and light favorites to beat the heat all summer long.

The summer is the perfect time to enjoy a new twist on Okra’s signature Southern fried chicken. Available with either two or three pieces plus your choice of a side, order Okra’s fried chicken one of five ways including straight up, smothered in gravy or topped with chow chow (a spicy vegetable relish) and honey. Plus, Okra still tempts with its popular Tennessee hot or Umbrian-sauced chicken.

Savor Okra’s expanded selection includes pork chop with green tomato, stone fruit panzanella and salmon with succotash and peanut romesco, fried green tomatoes with pickle remoulade, and okra with fermented chilies and peanut hummus. Plus, start off with spicy buffalo octopus or shaved catfish with fries and pickle vinaigrette.

Finish off your meal with a summertime classic, peach cobbler with buttermilk ice cream or Okra’s signature canned biscuit doughnut with salted caramel sauce. Pair it all with Okra’s award-winning cocktail program featuring mixologist Micah Olson’s selection of cocktails including the So Fresh So Clean, Risky Business and five julep varieties. Plus, beat the heat with specially priced bar bites and drinks during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and all day Sunday and Monday.

The Breakfast Joynt Opens Two New Locations to Serve Phoenix and Scottsdale Residents

For more than eight years, The Breakfast Joynt has been serving up freshly made breakfast and lunch specialties for Valley residents. They have just announced the opening of two new locations. The first new location—which takes the place of the DC Ranch restaurant—is at 10101 East Bell Road in Scottsdale; the second location is at 6245 East Bell Road on the edge of the Scottsdale/Phoenix border.

In addition to their new locations, The Breakfast Joynt is introducing some new additions to their summer menu like Oreo cookie, pumpkin and banana cream pancakes. These new additions join top breakfast choices like homemade Aunty Em’s homestyle biscuits and gravy, a variety of Benedicts, fresh fruit crepes, red velvet waffles and hand-carved ham-off-the- bone and thick bacon. Lunch specials include freshly prepared salads, the classic triple decker turkey club and a variety of ½ pound burgers made with a blend of ground sirloin and brisket for extra flavor and served with fries, tater tots, sweet potato fries or fresh fruit.

“We are so excited to be able to serve residents in new areas of the Valley with our two new locations on Bell Road. Our new locations are bright inside and continue to offer the same quality breakfast and lunch offerings that our guests have come to expect,” executive chef Dave Phelps says. “We are always coming up with new menu items, and we think our new Oreo cookie pancakes will be a hit with youngsters and those with a sweet tooth and our new pumpkin andbBanana cream pancakes will appeal to a wide range of diners.”

There is also a menu for kids and those with smaller appetites as well as numerous side items.

The Breakfast Joynt is open daily from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Pinners Conference + Expo Returns to WestWorld, October 2017

Pinners Conference + Expo, the only Pinterest-based, creative conference connecting consumers, brands and influencers all in one location returns to WestWorld on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7. Tickets for the conference are available with prices ranging from $8 to $49 at

Women from across the nation attend Pinners to learn, create and shop all the creative ideas they have seen, pinned and discovered online. The conference includes 100 classes and a full shopping floor, which features more than 200 popular shops.

Pinners select the best bloggers and teachers to present classes over the two days on topics such as beauty and fashion, DIY and crafts, lifestyle and learning, food arts, home and home decor, quilting and sewing, party planning, photography, and health and fitness.

For more information, go to

Scottsdale Public Art Commission “Blooms,” by Bruce Munro

Scottsdale Public Art commission “Blooms,” by Bruce Munro, was among 49 outstanding public arts projects created in 2016 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program that have been honored by Americans for the Arts, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The winning projects were chosen by a jury from 325 entries representing communities across the U.S.

“Blooms ” was a temporary light-based installation comprised of seven circular platforms placed in the Arizona Canal in November 2015-April 2016. Each platform was mounted with 100 multicolored fishing rods threaded with LED-lit optic fibers. The shape of each platform resembled a blooming flower that glimmered in the sunlight, and at night emitted a gentle glow like a bio-luminescent lily blossom.

“’Blooms’ was a very exciting installation for Scottsdale Public Art,” Scottsdale Public Art Director Donna Isaac says, noting that this was Munro’s first public artwork. “During the five months of the installation, Scottsdale Public Art had a tremendous response from the community and visitors alike. “Blooms” also provided a unique opportunity to highlight the relationship between our public art program and the canal system.”

For more information, visit

Swing Into Aerial Yoga at Gainey Village Health Club & Spa

The Gainey Village Health Club & Spa offers a variety of aerial yoga classes, with benefits including decompression of the spine, increase in core stability, increase in mental clarity and alertness, relief of back stress, and improvement of flexibility and strength.

Aerial yoga is a combination of traditional yoga poses done on the floor and postures practiced using a soft aerial hammock suspended at waist height. The hammock is used to keep alignment, build strength and improve flexibility. This practice is great for beginners and experienced yogis. As with all yoga practices, modifications are offered.

Aerial sound meditation focuses on gentle breath work and awareness of the body to guide participants into a state of relaxation that would be equivalent to three or four hours of deep sleep. This class includes the soothing sounds of the alchemy crystal bowls, bringing participants into a profound state of relaxation and peace.

Aerial stretch and Savasana increases flexibility through traditional yoga poses done on the floor and in the hammock. The class is completed with a 15-minute Savasana for full relaxation and rejuvenation.

For more information, call 480.609.6979 or visit

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation Provides Grant to Support

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation provided Child Crisis of Arizona with a $50,000 grant to support the organization’s expansion of its Early Head Start Program. The program’s new location, 817 N. Country Club Drive in Mesa, Arizona., celebrated its grand opening in April 2017 and serves 112 children up to 3 years old in center-based and home-based models.

“Sadly, in Maricopa County, few children receive the measurable and positive benefits of early education programs, an issue that is especially prevalent in lower-income level groups,” Andrew Bridge, director of the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation, says. “This grant supports Child Crisis of Arizona’s endeavor to expand its Early Head Start Program, providing impactful educational services to a larger number of children and parents within our community.”

This expansion is comprised of two different programs to assist the needs of children and parents in one of seven pockets of poverty in Mesa where 47 to 68 percent live below the federal poverty level.

The center-based program consists of six new classrooms offering a full day of care for up to 48 children with parents who are working or in school. In the home-based program, which accommodates 64 children, specially trained Child Crisis Arizona staff visit parents who have children at home to provide them with tools, support and guidance for their child’s development.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous support from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation,” Torrie Taj, CEO of Child Crisis Arizona, says. “This expansion has allowed for us to develop an early education program that is an essential mix of both center-based and home-based services, a combination that has been found to be most effective and creating positive outcomes for children and families.”

Early Head Start is a federally funded, community-based program for low-income families. Children experience consistent, nurturing relationships and stable, ongoing routines while families receive guidance and connections to other community services, as needed. According to the National Head Start Association, advantages to children that participate in Head Start and Early Head Start appear immediately, last a lifetime, and even have an effect on other generations.

In addition to the new Mesa program, Child Crisis Arizona also operates an Early Head Start Program in Phoenix, which has a five-star rating from First Things First, as well as a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5.

For more information about Child Crisis of Arizona’s early education services, visit