The 17th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon

On Nov. 8, the 17th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon will be held at the Arizona Biltmore. The event provides, “the opportunity to honor and celebrate our veterans and military service members who have, and continue to, ‘stand in the gap’ to defend our liberty and freedom,” and will feature keynote speaker Peter MacDonald, Sr., USMC, one of only five remaining Navajo code talkers.

The honorary luncheon chairman is Jay Curtis, president and CEO of First Credit Union. There will also be a raffle.

For information or to register, visit

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, according to One out of every 10 Americans has diabetes, with another 84 million adults at high-risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and it can even lead to death.

For those at risk for Type 2 diabetes, making healthful changes, such as exercising more, losing weight and eating healthy, can lower your risk.

The 2019 Ferrari Club Annual Experience in Scottsdale

The Ferrari Club of America, by far the largest Ferrari club in the world with some 7,000 members, holds an annual event that moves to different places across the country, but somehow has never been in Arizona—until now. The 2019 Ferrari Club Annual Experience will be held in Scottsdale Nov. 6-11, with a decidedly Western theme echoed in the logo, Horsepower and Horses.

More than 600 attendees have already registered, making this the second-largest gathering ever held.

The organizers have arranged a number of individual activities, including drives and rallies to places such as Prescott, Payson and Show Low, track days at the new APEX Racetrack in Maricopa, a judged Concours and numerous social and dining functions.

You can count on seeing lots of Ferraris all week, but one event is open and even free to the public—the Concours, which is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 7 at the Scottsdale Sports Complex at the corner of Hayden and Princess.

Joan Dominique Launches Women’s Shoe Collection

The international shoe brand is evolving from offering only bespoke services to the elite to now producing standardized sizing collections for men, and now, notably, women. Earlier this month, Joan Dominique officially opened the doors to its first Arizona Maison Location, which is by appointment only and located in the heart of Midtown Phoenix.

Signature styles include its Kakia boot, which features asymmetrical belting with oversized buckles that’s one-of-a-kind. Men’s and women’s shoes are available online or at Maison.

To schedule an appointment, email or visit

Luxury Architecture Firm Candelaria Design Celebrates 20 Years

Candelaria Design Associates (CDA), one of the leading custom luxury architecture firms in the United States, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The firm has grown from a one-man show with Principal Mark B. Candelaria, AIA in 1999 to 25 employees; designers; architects; and managing partners, including Evelyn Jung, Meredith Thomson and Vivian Ayala.

“I have been blessed with an amazing group of clients and architectural projects ranging from custom homes to boutique commercial projects to local landmark restaurants over the past 20 years,” Mark says. “We have designed more than 2,500 projects throughout the entire country and have expanded CDA to be not only an architecture firm, but a total lifestyle company that offers VIP European travel tours and client services that go above and beyond the norm.”

In 2014, CDA moved from a small office it had outgrown in Central Phoenix to its current location in Scottsdale. Recently, the company launched the Candelaria Design Podcast, Inspiring Living. It features a wide gamut of guests covering topics like design, travel, cooking, business, life and everything that inspires good living.