‘I’m Not Disabled, I’m Enhanced’

It was Aug. 27, 2015, and Abriel “Abri” Bentley had just started second grade. She was lying in bed, saying her prayers to her dad.

Ice, Ice Baby

Hot temps, bright sun, air conditioning—summer in Arizona brings many things that can irritate your face and cause it to be sensitive, blotchy and irritated.

It’s on Us: What the iGen Kids Say

Is it really August? How can this be? As you read this, somehow the summer is technically over. “Fall,” as we call it in Arizona, starts so early, and it is never too late to refresh our thoughts on what our kids need and want from us as we head into a new school year.

Miss Paradise Valley’s Outstanding Teen

Chloe Hiller, 15, enjoys playing volleyball, drawing and hanging out with friends and family. She also enjoys participating in pageants and is currently Miss Paradise Valley’s Outstanding Teen. She recently competed in the Miss Arizona State competition and placed as first runner-up.

notMYkid

“I have been working in the behavioral health field for 22 years, and prevention has always sparked my passion and purpose,” says Kristen Polin, CEO of notMYkid. “I have seen the dark side of the disease of addiction personally and professionally, and that fuels my vision to lead an organization that is dedicated to high-impact prevention and early intervention.

Maple Phoenix

Maple Phoenix is a new boutique that opened its doors at Biltmore Fashion Park in March. Here, customers find a unique mix of children’s treasures chosen from around the world, including such hot spots as Paris, London and the U.S. Maple sells clothing, accessories, toys and a selection of natural apothecary. Looking for ancient Greek sandals? They have them too. The…

I Tell People I Live at the Circus!

Do you remember as a kid when your parents would say two, three, sometimes even four names before they got your name right? Well I seem to have joined that club years ago. Why, you ask? Take a look at the photo above. With four active boys plus the dog, things can get … well, … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Hotel Valley Ho to Debut Revamped ZuZu Restaurant Hotel Valley Ho, Old Town Scottsdale’s mid-century marvel with all the luxuries of a modern-day escape, is undergoing a complete revamp of ZuZu restaurant, including a brand-new interior and redesigned menus. A modern take on the classic all-American restaurant of the 1950s, the new ZuZu makes its debut in September. Fans … Continued

2019 Noche para los Niños Event Committee Kick-Off

Held at a private home in Paradise Valley, this event was the kick-off for the planning of the 2019 Noche para los Niños event, a spectacular one-night benefit event for Kids in Focus. The Día de los Muertos-themed celebration will be held on Nov. 7 at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park.

Bite Nite

The ALS Association Arizona Chapter hosted the 10th anniversary of Bite Nite at the Arizona Biltmore Resort June 15 to benefit the more than 450 families and patients living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. More than 900 guests attended the event, which featured signature dishes from 14 restaurants, a live auction and more.

Booze and a Band for the Bow Wows and Meows

The Two Pups Wellness Fund held its annual Booze and a Band for the Bow Wows and Meows May 18. More than 250 guests attended the Pups in the Park-themed party at the Arizona Science Center.

Protecting Our Furry Friends

The Arizona Humane Society has spent more than 60 years working to provide a good life for pets across the Valley through medical services, foster and adoption services, behavioral programs and disaster relief. 

Fun for All

Looking for some fun around town? These kid-friendly destinations around town provide hours of fun for all.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Ninth Annual Arizona Awards Dinner

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation hosted its awards dinner at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa May 18. In the spirit of Semper Fidelis, (always faithful,) community supporters joined together to raise more than $780,000 to support the Scholarship Foundation’s mission to honor Marines by educating their children. 

Now Serving: Famous 48

Famous 48 may have 36 televisions, but it’s not a sports bar.

Danielle Erlich

Danielle Erlich has a life worthy of the big screen in more ways than one. The Paradise Valley screenplay writer bounced between here and Los Angeles, where she was born, brushing arms with celebrities and chasing dreams of stardom. But she always struggled with her health, rarely had enough energy, and it was all compounded by anxiety. Even the best…

The New, Painless Body Contouring Option

At first, Jason Valasek was a skeptic. Although the initial technology Bodcor uses has been extremely popular in other areas of the world for the last 10 years, he was still hesitant to try what is touted as a non-surgical body contouring option, not believing it could really work as well as the hype.

Summertime, and the Livin’s Easy

OK, Ok, so it may feel like we live on the sun in July for us Phoenicians … but let’s face it: Summertime still has an easy way about it: Things slow down a bit, all our seasonal “fair-weather friends” make a mad exodus. It’s really kind of nice. If you really think about it, … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Bitter & Twisted Releases its Newest Book o’ Cocktails Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour released its new carnival-themed Book o’ Cocktails, filled with 18 pages of stunning craft cocktail delights. This edition was led by Head Proprietor Ross Simon (2016 and 2017 Tales of the Cocktail nominee and Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame recipient) and the Bitter & Twisted bar team. Updated … Continued

Paradise Valley and North Scottsdale Lifestyle Publications Launch Soiree

The Lifestyle Publications Launch Soiree was hosted by Ocean 44. This location was the perfect backdrop to celebrate the coming together of Paradise Valley Lifestyle and North Scottsdale Lifestyle magazines under the new direction and ownership of publisher Tammy Fellows. Guests included celebrities and community leaders who enjoyed an evening of fun with raffle proceeds donated to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Phoenix Ballet’s Snow White

The Phoenix Ballet's premiere of Slawomir Wozniak’s Snow White at the Orpheum Theatre was nothing short of stunning. From the impressive sets and gorgeous costumes to the breathtaking dancing and hilarious antics of the dwarfs, this world-class performance of the popular fairytale was enjoyed by both adults and children. For more on the ballet and upcoming performances, visit … Continued

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s 21st Annual Community Breakfast

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center held its annual Community Breakfast event, co-chaired by Julie Alpert and Stephanie Papadopoulos, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort May 9. Nearly 1,500 guests attended the event, themed "Next is Now," a nod to SARRC’s new strategic plan that will put effective services within reach of every Arizonan by 2030.

Rosé Parté

The rosé-all-day trend continued at Nirvana Food & Wine Festival hosted by Christopher Gross with Robert Irvine and the Bella Twins at Wrigley Mansion. Guests sampled pairings of rosé and fine food by star chefs Christopher Gross and Robert Irvine.

13th Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon

This event, held at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, featured a celebrity fashion show, live and silent auction, and more. Jennifer Archuleta and Alexis Earnhardt co-chaired the event. Actress Laura Marano (Ally Dawson on Austin & Ally) and Nick Ciletti (ABC 15 Arizona) emceed. The event raised $240,000 to fund Childhelp programs and services in Arizona.  

Sixty Hearts

For 16 years, Kristine Thompson has been a champion for heart health as a member of the Phoenix Heart Ball committee. This year, as the ball celebrates its 60th year of raising funds to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, she embraces her newest role: chair of the Phoenix Heart Ball.

Fun in the Pines

In a setting unlike any others, tucked into the Ponderosa pines of Arizona’s high country in Flagstaff lies the 600-plus-acre Pine Canyon, a private, master-planned golf course and residential community.

First Fish

It was 7 a.m. on a recent Thursday morning when Marc Lupino, chief executive chef at the Valley’s Ocean 44, found himself on a small private company jet headed from Phoenix to Cordova, Alaska.

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel has visited the Valley many times throughout the years. The popular comedian, actor and television host was the headliner at the Arizona State Fair for many years and performed at Celebrity Theatre, amongst others, but he and his wife enjoy visiting spas in town, as well.

Outrageous Success

It was May 2008, and Frankie Muniz was in Los Angeles standing in line to purchase a grill for his home when a random thought struck him.

Author Charles Babbitt

Birding Arizona: What to Know, Where to Go is written by author Charles Babbitt and shares Babbitt's 40 years of birding experiences to show when, where and how to see the many of Arizona's most fascinating, rare and beautiful birds. With its maps and descriptions, it is the ideal guide for beginning and experienced birders who want to enjoy some of the best…

New Life Juice and Wellness

Bob Worley, founder of New Life Juice and Wellness, went on a natural health journey after a horrific accident in 2016. 

Destined to Design

 Erik B. Peterson has always been fascinated with design.  “It was basically all the way back to sixth grade,” he recalls. “I just had some infatuation with design, and I was artistic. I loved watching This Old House, and the programs that they had in school with technical drafting and mechanical engineering were interesting to me.”  In high school, he…

Gentlemen, We Honor You!

Luck was on my side when I became a mother of four boys. Yes, that’s right: I am surrounded by male energy in my house (four boys, my husband and even the dog is a boy). I wouldn’t trade it for the world! For any young man, it is essential to have a great male influence … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Bobby Q’s Now Offers Brunch Options Legendary restaurateur Bob Sikora is bringing weekend brunch to Bobby Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ Biltmore location, a Valley favorite for all things smoked and grilled. Features include house-made brunch favorites such as avocado toast with mashed avocado and cilantro-chimichurri; Brussel sprouts and cauliflower mash with eggs; acai bowl featuring fresh … Continued

The Board of Visitors 104th Annual Charity Ball

The Board of Visitors hosted their 104th Annual Charity Ball in April. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of 58 beautiful Flower Girls by their fathers at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. The presentation was followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom. Photos: Scott Foust Studios and Steven Yap  

2019 McLaren 570S Spider

The 2019 McLaren 570S Spider truly delivers the ultimate driving experience. This undeniably brought me to my roots. My late grandfather, Bob Montana, was a race car driver who competed amongst racing legends including the great Bruce McLaren in the CanAm Circuit.

CrossFit PHX Workouts Ideal for Men

CrossFit PHX is ideal for men at all levels, from those training in their athletic offseason to those looking to achieve new goals in their training. To begin on a healthier path, founder Mycal Anders says all someone needs to do is show up.

The VIG

The VIG is an upscale neighborhood restaurant that appeals to all with happy hour, lawn games, large patios, brunch and an eclectic menu. The historic feel and architectural elements, housed in an all-encompassing atmosphere, is as intentional as it comes. Founders Tucker Woodbury and Jim Riley have built this dream with purpose and were inspired by its neighborhood at 40th…

New Works Debut at Tieken Gallery in Paradise Valley

Tieken Gallery presented a special joint exhibition showcasing two artists. Fred Tieken has created a series using photography, collage and acrylic, all in the form of digital manipulation, printed on archival photo paper. Sabine Meyer Zu Reckendorf is best known for her playful sculptures made from repurposed industrial surplus and materials scavenged from America’s consumer … Continued

Life Lessons

Chevy Humphrey, the Hazel A. Hare president and CEO of Arizona Science Center, has held six different positions since starting her journey in 1998. Chevy has been in her current role for 14 years, and while she wears several hats, ultimately, she and her team aim to bring the most engaging and inspiring content and experiences to the Center.

All about the ladies…..

As a little girl, my mother always taught me to be authentic, embrace who I am, stand strong and believe in myself. My father taught me that there are no limits, to follow my dreams, work hard and never give up. I am grateful for their lessons because it made me realize that ANYTHING is … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

The Hermosa Inn’s Special Summer Getaway Package The Hermosa Inn, a AAA Four Diamond hotel nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, offers plenty of options to unwind and dine at this boutique hideaway of 43 luxury casitas, which was ranked #8 of the Top 10 Hotels in the U.S. and the #1 Hotel in … Continued

2019 Maserati Levante Granlusso

The Maserati Levante is the first-ever SUV under the Maserati brand with a Ferrari-developed engine making for a perfect addition to the family of SUVs within the luxury car market. The Italian carmaker Maserati has a remarkable history of crafting high-quality vehicles with a beautiful combination of sport, comfort and classy sophistication.

Beach Ball 2019 Raises Money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH)

The Beach Ball was held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in March. This year’s “Party in the Panhandle” celebrated the Flora-Bama Coast. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner, photo ops and an auction. The Tennessee River Band capped off the evening. Generous guests and sponsors raised more than $1.65 million … Continued

Four Peaks Burger Battle

Four Peaks Burger Battle is a fundraising culinary event that was held in March. The 21+ event took place at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Competitors included Aioli Gourmet Burgers, BurgerFi, Burger Theory, Culinary Skol, Handlebar Diner, ZuZu Hotel Valley Ho, Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, plus french fry tastings by Frites Street and boozy milkshakes by Four … Continued

Dorothy Fratt Artwork Showcased at Mountain Shadows Resort

Color-Line-Form was an exhibit at Mountain Shadows Resort through April that showcased works by Dorothy Fratt along with other artists. Attendees were encouraged to explore each artist's varying points of entry, and foundations that were strongly highlighted and defined. 

ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER AMAZES COMMUNITY WITH AN IMMERSIVE ARCHEOLOGICAL JOURNEY

Guests gathered in Heritage and Science Square as Arizona Science Center was transformed into a mysterious seven-story, antique vault using 3D image mapping along with high-powered, state-of-the-art lighting effects and a custom soundtrack to celebrate the Center’s incredible Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Guests participated in this immersive storytelling production, created in partnership with … Continued

Cameldale Estates Groundbreaking

Under beautiful Valley skies, the new pinnacle of Paradise Valley real estate was unveiled. A groundbreaking ceremony for Cameldale Estates took place in March. More than 150 guests attended the event and enjoyed live acoustic music, food and drinks as they learned about the development’s impeccably-designed contemporary homes. For more information visit cameldaleestates.com or call Chris Karas … Continued

Florence Crittenton Luncheon Raises $391,000 for At-Risk Girls

Florence Crittenton’s 17th Annual Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon brought together over 700 guests at the Phoenician Resort. All of the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s life-changing programs for girls and their families. The event featured Emmy nominated professional dancer Cheryl Burke and honored author, philanthropist and Cleveland kidnapping survivor Lily Rose Lee and Tahnia … Continued

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued