November 2017 Around Town


For the holidays this year, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids is conducting a snowflake drive to benefit children in foster care. Organizations and individuals are being asked to donate snowflake ornaments and $10 or $25 gift cards for children placed with AASK foster families.

Just as every snowflake is unique, every child is unique, and gift cards are used to make children’s holiday wishes come true. This helps build the caring relationship between each child and family.

To participate in the drive, please visit

Snowflakes and gift cards will be collected through December. Questions? Please contact Julie Turko at 602.930.4409 or email

AASK was founded in 1988 by Katherine “Kax” Herberger to ensure that every child has someone who cares. AASK unites children in foster care with foster families, adoptive families, siblings, kin and adult mentors.

Tree of Life Intention Stick Touches Hearts Around the World

Founded by Scott and Marla Berger, of Scottsdale, the Tree of Life Movement aims to unify mankind and heal the world through a global spiritual awakening. The power of their mission is embodied by the Tree of Life Intention Stick. Each Intention Stick is sold with a list of empowering words to select and wear close to the heart. The wearer sends their intentions out to the universe by carrying them close to their heart and can transform their reality in whichever direction they desire.

Designed in several fabrications, the Tree of Life Intention Stick is available at Addison Taylor Fine Jewelry in Scottsdale. Proceeds will benefit charities around the world and will be used to plant trees where they are needed most. Heal the world and live intentionally by joining the movement. For more information, contact Addison Taylor Fine Jewelry at 480.344.9318 or visit

Mike Azzaro to Play at Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

One of the greatest American polo players in the sport’s history, and a fan favorite known for his aggressive style, polo legend Mike Azzaro will make his debut at the seventh annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, November 11 and 12 at Wells Fargo Field, located at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 2013, Azzaro will represent defending champion Aspen Valley Polo Club—owned by Marc and Melissa Ganzi—where he has been one of their most dominant players since recently making his summer polo season debut.

On Saturday, enjoy all your polo party favorites as well as new elements like a live performance by the Phoenix Opera, live Shakespeare and new VIP tents. The featured match of the day begins at 2:15 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets to the Scottsdale Maserati Brunch on Sunday. Sponsorships and tickets, tables and tents ranging from $25 to $4,000 are available at or by calling 480.423.1414.

Annual Notre Dame Prep Culinary Festival Gets an A+

Notre Dame Prep of Scottsdale is preparing for Culinary Festival 2017 set from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, November 11, on the NDP campus, 9701 E. Bell Road. Culinary Festival, with media sponsor Lifestyle Publications, is a casual community event held each year to bring school supporters, families and the community together through fantastic food. Each year, the campus is transformed into an elegant all-inclusive dining venue featuring some of the most popular restaurants in Scottsdale as a community-building event put on by the school’s advancement team. More than 15 local restaurants are prepped to wow eventgoers with exceptional tastes of the Valley. Last year more than 350 guests attended.

The band Elvis Before Noon will provide live entertainment and Scottsdale Beer Company will provide beverages. Registration is $100 in advance at or $125 at the door. For more information, please contact Heather Weurding at 480.634.8284 or at

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack and Emily Greinke Named Honorary Co-Chairs of Seventh Annual Driving Out Domestic Violence

Sponsored by Mobile Mini Inc., the Seventh Annual Driving Out Domestic Violence Celebrity Golf & Gala returns with even more star power, including honorary chairs Zack and Emily Greinke, Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3. More than 50 celebrity athletes from MLB, NFL, NBA and PGA, and 500 all-star evening VIPS will turn out to raise half a million dollars for Chrysalis and victims of domestic violence.

The celebrity golf tournament takes place Thursday at Talking Stick Golf Club. Golf is $1,000 for individual players and includes two gala tickets or $4,000 for a foursome and eight gala tickets. Awards reception and closing ceremonies follow the golf tournament.

The celebrity gala on Friday will be held in an air hanger at Hanger One in Scottsdale. Enjoy a cocktail party with live music and entertainment, a silent auction, savory tasting stations of local cuisine and signature cocktails while mixing and mingling with celebrity athletes.


Opening Saturday, November 18, and running through May 28, 2018, “Pompei: The Exhibition” examines life in Pompeii before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. This promises to be one of the most significant and immersive international exhibitions to fill Arizona Science Center’s Sybil B. Harrington Galleries, located on Level 3.

In this blockbuster exhibition, guests will become time travelers, transported to the bustling commercial port and strategic military and trading center of Pompeii. More than 200 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy will bring to life how Pompeii’s people lived, loved, worked, worshipped and celebrated. In perhaps the most powerful portion of the exhibition, exquisite body casts of adults and children will vividly communicate the emotions of the victims. More details at

Historic Old Town Comes Alive with 
Juried Artists, 
Delectable Food and Live Entertainment

The 24th Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale brings the best of the artist community to the Valley of the Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 18 and 19. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, located at 75th Street and Indian School Road, will bustle with more than 180 fine artists selling their masterpieces, along with local musicians and food vendors representing a variety of cultural tastes.

Just in time for holiday gift-giving season, ArtFest of Scottsdale features fine arts in a variety of mediums such as metal, paint, clay and glass, as well as crafts and wares including jewelers and sculptors. Two stages feature live music from artists such as Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Walt Richardson, among other musicians representing genres such as jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll. ArtFest also encompasses an interactive kids zone, local nonprofit book sale and other local community organizations such as Creciendo Unidos and the Boys and Girls Club that help with the event.

ArtFest of Scottsdale offers free parking and free admission. Dogs are welcome. For more information, visit

Four Notre Prep Dame students named semifinalists in national merit competition

Four seniors from Notre Dame Preparatory High School were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Joshua Babu, Reilly Bettis, Brandon Figueroa and Tayler Smith.

These local students are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program. These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

They will continue to the next level of the competition to become National Merit Finalists and the possibility of becoming a National Merit Scholar. Of all the semifinalists nationwide, roughly 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. They will be notified in February.