O’Rourke Media Group Buys CITYSunTimes

PHOENIX—The CITYSunTimes has been acquired by the O’Rourke Media Group, a media company that specializes in publishing local community newspapers. The company also provides cost-effective digital marketing solutions and print/design services to local businesses.

“We’re looking forward to entering the Phoenix market,” says Jim O’Rourke, CEO and Owner of O’Rourke Media Group. “The CITYSunTimes content and publishing frequency is unique, they have a great team in place, and the business is greatly positioned for explosive digital audience and marketing growth.”

CST offers personalized news each month to Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Carefree, Cave Creek, Black Canyon City, New River, Anthem and Fountain Hills, and is delivered to area homes and businesses.

CST joins an up-and-coming, family-owned media company during a distressed time period in the newspaper and media industry. O’Rourke Media Group has a track record of retaining local employees at a time when many other media companies are downsizing and outsourcing work out of state or out of the country. O’Rourke says that readers and local businesses in the market can expect the same. “Actually, I anticipate adding resources and people to help support digital audience and revenue growth,” says O’Rourke.

The CITYSunTimes has been successfully serving the community for 18 years. CITYSunTimes was founded in 2002 by Hope Ozer and purchased in 2013 by Lorrie Pomeroy.

“This is an exciting time for CITYSunTimes,” says Pomeroy. “We are confident that Jim and his company will continue to maintain integrity and commitment of excellence while taking CST to the next level.”

For additional information, visit http://news.citysuntimes or https://orourkemediagroup.com.

Music & Arts Opens New Location In Scottsdale — Grand Opening Event Planned

Music & Arts announced the unveiling of its newest musical instrument store and lessons facility, located in Scottsdale. The new store serves the residents of Scottsdale and surrounding cities by offering private and group lessons, instrument rentals, repairs and a wide assortment of instruments and accessories. Located in Scottsdale Fiesta, 10290-A North 90th Street in Scottsdale, the store also serves school music programs throughout Maricopa County.
In celebration, a grand opening weekend is planned for February 23–25, with specials on famous brands and multiple drawings for product giveaways from Fender and D’Addario.

“Since day one, services such as rentals, repairs and lessons have been an important part of our retail experience,” shares Music & Arts president Steve Zapf. “Sixty-six years ago, our company founder, Benjamin O’Brien, opened the first Music & Arts in a small house in Bethesda, MD. Today, we are proud to serve communities across the entire US with his same level of dedication to students, parents, and music educators.”

Jeremy Mueller, National Sales Director notes, “In each new location we open, Music & Arts becomes a strong member of the community it serves. I attribute this to our fully-trained, friendly staff of musicians, our passion for music education, and our commitment to providing a central source for ‘everything musical’ parents and students need — from instruments, to lessons, to accessories and advice.”

Music & Arts comprises more than 160 retail stores, more than 120 educational representatives and over 350 affiliate locations. In addition to carrying a wide assortment of top-name brands, most locations offer expert repairs and university-trained, background-checked lesson instructors.
To learn more about Music & Arts, visit www.musicarts.com. Contact the Scottsdale store at 480.767.8970.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Receives Grants To Support Engagement At Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that it is the recipient of several grants to fund vital technology updates and digital access opportunities for the community. The grants will allow Taliesin West to continue its evolution from a traditional house museum to an engaging site infused with interactive, technology-enhanced experiences.

“We’re very excited that our new approach to sharing Wright’s legacy of beauty and sustainability is winning the support of our community,” said Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Foundation. “Ongoing investment from foundations, corporate supporters and most critically our individual donors and members, will allow us to take this work to more schools and to offer more programs, to our visitors.”

In its first grant to the Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded $307,100 to improve the Foundation’s core information technology operations. This work will make Taliesin West more accessible and address the significant challenges posed by running a large, internationally known nonprofit on a historic property. The funds will provide for the installation of a full mile of fiber-optic cable to the Taliesin West campus, ensuring reliable internet connectivity that gives the Foundation the ability to create web-based programming on- and off-campus.

“We look forward to being able to broadcast interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education programs to distant schools, as well as live and virtual tours for people with mobility challenges,” said DeDee Ludwig-Palit, director of education for the Foundation.

The grant will also fund new systems for volunteer engagement, allowing the Foundation to expand its work. Together, the improvements will allow the Foundation to serve thousands of additional users each year through expanded internet-reliant programming.

American Express donated $40,000 to fund two projects at Taliesin West, including informative new kiosks for the visitor entry court to enhance the guest experience. The kiosks will provide digital access to Wright’s archived drawings, manuscripts, talks, art, artifacts and areas of the property not currently accessible to the public. These funds will also support enhanced security at Taliesin West through relocation and restoration of the vehicle entry gates created by Wright’s apprentices.

In 2017, the Foundation was also the recipient of grants from The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Society of Architectural Historians, ON Semiconductor, Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation, Scottsdale Arts, and the Rio Salado Architectural Foundation.

“Many of these grants come from new supporters who have not previously funded our work. It’s a great vote of confidence, and we hope that their support will encourage others to get behind our work,” said Graff.

The Foundation maintains two large National Historic Landmarks, Taliesin in Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Arizona, as well as the community outreach programs and preservation needs of both properties. Grants fund 20 percent of the Foundation’s annual budget.

Taliesin West is located at 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. Learn more at franklloydwright.org and franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west.

 

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting At Cave Creek Filiberto’s

The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, January 18, at Filiberto’s Mexican Food, Cave Creek.

Founded in 1993, Filiberto’s has served the southwest with 24-hour, fast, authentic Mexican food, launching its first restaurant in Mesa. In only a few years, 10 other Valley locations opened.

Filiberto’s is located at 31414 North Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.3624 or visit filibertos.com.

To learn more about the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit carefreecavecreek.org.

Valley Leadership Seeks New Leader

President and CEO Christy Moore leaving post

Christy Moore

Valley Leadership (VL) is initiating a search for a new leader in anticipation of the pending departure of president and CEO Christy Moore.

Moore joined Valley Leadership in 2012, and through her tenure, Moore supported more than 250 of the Valley’s most impactful Arizona leaders through the flagship program Valley Leadership Institute, and launched Valley Leadership Advance, a program designed for high potential leaders, either new to Arizona or new to civic engagement. Moore also launched LeaderLink, a VL initiative that connects servant leaders to nonprofits seeking board members.

She also successfully convened a CEO Circle, populated with Arizona’s top thought leaders that resulted in introducing design thinking into Valley Leadership’s curriculum, a partnership with president Dr. Michael Crow and the Arizona State University’s Office of University Initiatives.

“On behalf of the board of directors and all Valley Leadership Alumni, I thank Christy for her passionate service to Valley Leadership,” says Jenny Holsman Tetreault. “Christy has a great love for Arizona and for moving our great state forward. This was evident in the work she brought to VL.”

The organization has appointed a selection committee to conduct the search. The new leader will help the organization build upon Valley Leadership’s signature programs.

“Over the past five years, I have had the opportunity to meet and work alongside the most talented leaders of Arizona,” says Moore. “I am extremely proud of our accomplishments, and it’s time to share my talents with Arizona in other ways. I will continue to live by Valley Leadership’s mission of strengthening and transforming communities, and look forward to staying connected to all of the amAZing alumni.”

Questions about the position can be directed to jobs@valleyleadership.org.

Why You Should Spend Time In Your Phoenix Backyard

By Tim Murphy

It’s often suggested that backyard time is therapy time. Whether it’s spending time in the pool, grilling food with family and friends, or simply kicking back around a fire pit at night with a cocktail, the relaxation that often comes with backyard activity can be quite therapeutic. But did you know that spending time in your Phoenix backyard can also be beneficial for your health?

A 2010 study completed at Harvard University noted that spending time outdoors — enjoying activities popular in Phoenix-area backyards — can be extremely helpful for our overall well-being. Outdoor time can also help to improve relationships, fitness, and mental clarity. Noted below are just a few of the reasons why it’s important to spend time in your Phoenix backyard consistently.

First off, let’s acknowledge the 500-pound gorilla in the room: Yes, it can be very hot in the Phoenix Valley from late April until early October. But when the sun goes down, the outdoor temperature can become comfortable. Plus, multiple backyard transformations are possible to improve comfort even when the temperature eclipses the triple-digit mark. With that in mind, here’s why you should spend time in your backyard.

 

Backyard Exercising Can Improve Overall Happiness

It’s proven that frequent exercise can be extremely helpful to maintaining good health. But did you know that exercising outdoors has been linked to improving happiness? In 2010, researchers at the University of Essex in England measured the benefits of outdoor exercise and its impact on mental health. The study’s conclusion indicated that spending just five minutes exercising outdoors resulted in improvement in personal mood and even self-esteem.

The primary reason was the presence of fresh air and its improvement of blood circulation. Although the indoors may be cool, the reality is that indoor air quality is not very good for your body. Most indoor air filters are dirty, and when air conditioning runs constantly in the summer, it spreads harmful contaminants around the home. Be proactive and place an older exercise bike on your outdoor patio, or do daily laps in your pool outdoors, to help improve your mental and emotional well-being.

 

Backyard Time With Friends Is Mentally Stimulating

Any doctor or clinical psychologist will argue passionately that one of the best ways to stay mentally sharp is to engage in conversation with friends. When you invite friends over to your backyard for a few cocktails and good conversation, you not only build relationships and strong bonds, but many studies also suggest that you improve your health. The University of Chicago found that more time spent with friends stimulates your mind and gives you a better night’s sleep as a result.

Beyond that, a Harvard University study determined that people who spend time in relaxing conversation with small, intimate groups of friends are more likely to have improved mental strength, which helps them make better and quicker decisions at work and in their personal lives. Inviting your friends or neighbors over to talk is extremely beneficial. And chatting while sitting around a fire pit or listening to the water features in your backyard truly enhances the experience.

No rule says you have to invite friends or family members over to enjoy backyard time. Some of the best evenings occur in a swing chair on a backyard patio, just enjoying personal time. Though the Phoenix metro area offers several entertaining things to do and places to go, personal relaxation in the backyard – with a significant other in the hot tub, watching the stars under a pergola or just talking – can be very therapeutic.


Tim Murphy is the founder and CEO of Presidential Pools, Spas & Patio, the nation’s largest pool builder, based in Arizona. Since 1991, the company has been transforming backyards, providing custom design and building services for swimming pools, spas and patios in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas.


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Natural Grocers To Open Two New Stores May 31

Phoenix StoreNatural Grocers, a specialty retailer of organic and natural groceries, body care and dietary supplements, is opening two new stores in both Phoenix and Chandler on Tuesday, May 31. In celebration of the grand openings, Natural Grocers will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at each location at 7:55am and will then distribute mystery gift cards to the first 50 customers in line.

The May 31 store openings each begin with a live performance by a local band from 8-10am. The Phoenix store will feature a performance by Mancini the Band.

The stores will also offer a tasting of healthy and delicious food from its Paleo Wraps class, from 10am-12pm.

Opening day celebrations will be followed by a month-long series of free, grand opening events, including food tastings, cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes with nutrition experts. Each store will host a series of four Saturday health fairs, beginning on June 4, with the last fair on June 25. Health fair themes include: Splash! Into Health this Summer, Taste the Natural Grocers Difference, Paleo, Gluten-Free and Southwest Proud.

Jack Challem, a nationally-acclaimed author widely known as The Nutrition Reporter and one of America’s most trusted nutrition and health writers, will present a nutrition seminar at the Phoenix location on June 11 from 12-1:30pm.

Natural Grocers will continue to provide the Greater Phoenix community with fresh produce that is 100 percent USDA Certified Organic, as well as other healthy, affordable, organic and natural products. The store will feature a mix of national brands and a selection of locally produced products from Arizona in a small, neighborhood market environment. The stores will also feature a Nutritional Health Coach and offer free nutrition education classes to the public. The Natural Grocers in Phoenix and Chandler will be open seven days a week.

Family-run Natural Grocers was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, along with nutrition knowledge to help support their own health.

The Phoenix store is located at 655 West Indian School Road. Natural Grocers also has a location in Scottsdale at 13802 North Scottsdale Road. For more information, visit www.naturalgrocers.com.

MAD Greens Is Hiring In North Scottsdale

Set to open in late June and specializing in made-to-order salads, paninis, wraps and soups, MAD Greens is looking to hire 40 team members at its new North Scottsdale location.

So what kind of people is MAD Greens looking for, and what makes it such a great place to work? According to CEO, Darden Coors, “At MAD Greens, we have a saying: ‘Have work At Fun.’ This means that even though we take our food and our business seriously, we value having fun along the way. Before hiring candidates, experience is certainly a consideration, but equally as important is having a fun and positive personality while exhibiting enthusiasm for learning about MAD Greens.”

Plus, Coors says, with MAD Greens’ rapid expansion plans, there are plenty of opportunities for growth.

“As we expand into new markets in Colorado, Arizona and now Texas, there are a lot of opportunities for personal and professional growth within MAD Greens,” he says. “We invest in team member training and development, and whenever we hire, we always look internally first to determine if our talent is a fit for the open position. We have several longtime MAD Greens employees who started as temporary, hourly employees and have worked their way up into salaried positions at MAD Greens HQ. Specifically with Arizona, we are excited to offer these same opportunities. We have a variety of positions and are therefore able to offer seasonal jobs as well as long-term careers.”

The new MAD Greens – North Scottsdale is located at 14850 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, and is now accepting applications at www.madgreens.com/join-mad-greens and at in-person interviews, which start the week of May 23.

UPDATED: Bashas’ Transitions To Cage-Free Eggs

Change is coming soon to the dairy case at Bashas’ Supermarkets, as Arizona’s hometown grocer announced today that it will transition all of its private-label, Bashas’-branded eggs to cage-free eggs starting this fall.

The cage-free-egg changeover launches this November, making Bashas’ Supermarkets the first mainstream grocer in the state to make the transition with its own brand of eggs.

“We are committed to being a good corporate citizen,” says Edward “Trey” Basha, CEO of Bashas’. “It’s important to us to offer local, responsibly-sourced foods at affordable prices. Bringing cage-free eggs to our customers is the right thing to do, and we are happy to be partnering with another local, family-owned business to make this happen.”

Bashas’ is teaming up with Arizona-based Hickman’s Family Farms to source its Bashas’-branded eggs.

“We are especially proud to be making this momentous transition with one of our longest-standing customers,” says Glenn Hickman, CEO of Hickman’s Family Farms, which recently announced a major cage-free expansion at its facilities in Buckeye. “Supporting the cage-free movement means not only a high-quality egg production, but greater comfort for our hens.”

This phase of Bashas’ cage-free egg changeover is expected to be fully complete in 2017. In addition, Bashas’ Supermarkets’ parent company, Bashas’ Family of Stores, has committed to being 100 percent cage-free in all of the grocery store formats (including AJ’s Fine Foods and Food City grocery stores) it operates by 2025, as long as supply permits.

In a statement following the Bashas’ announcement, Matthew Prescott, Senior Director, Food Policy  for The Humane Society of the United States, said,
“The Humane Society of the United States applauds Bashas’ for joining the food industry’s national cage-free movement, and welcomes today’s announcement.”

“Customers want more food traceability; they want to know exactly where their food is coming from,” Basha says. “We have a longstanding reputation as a company that cares about the community, and we’re always looking for new ways to better serve our customers.”

For more information, visit www.bashas.com.


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Bashas’ Transitions To Cage-Free Eggs

Change is coming soon to the dairy case at Bashas’ Supermarkets, as Arizona’s hometown grocer announced today that it will transition all of its private-label, Bashas’-branded eggs to cage-free eggs starting this fall.

The cage-free-egg changeover launches this November, making Bashas’ Supermarkets the first mainstream grocer in the state to make the transition with its own brand of eggs.

“We are committed to being a good corporate citizen,” says Edward “Trey” Basha, CEO of Bashas’. “It’s important to us to offer local, responsibly-sourced foods at affordable prices. Bringing cage-free eggs to our customers is the right thing to do, and we are happy to be partnering with another local, family-owned business to make this happen.”

Bashas’ is teaming up with Arizona-based Hickman’s Family Farms to source its Bashas’-branded eggs.

“We are especially proud to be making this momentous transition with one of our longest-standing customers,” says Glenn Hickman, CEO of Hickman’s Family Farms, which recently announced a major cage-free expansion at its facilities in Buckeye. “Supporting the cage-free movement means not only a high-quality egg production, but greater comfort for our hens.”

Bashas’ cage-free egg changeover is expected to be fully complete in 2017.

“Customers want more food traceability; they want to know exactly where their food is coming from,” Basha says. “We have a longstanding reputation as a company that cares about the community, and we’re always looking for new ways to better serve our customers.”

For more information, visit www.bashas.com.

[Updated 3.23.16 - read the story here.]

 

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