3 Events Where You Can Connect Through Art

As part of its commitment to creating a deeply personal experience for the community, the audience, the artist and the collector, C Gallery will begin a new series of Salons in October.

“It is important that our gallery’s initiatives and story provide platforms, supporting events, and environments where the artists, art, community, and audience connect,” said gallery director, Jeffrey Lazos Ferns. “These salons are curated in an intimate, inviting, and safe place where in this new normal and looking post pandemic, we can build community and a program structure where art, ideas and participants engage in a more deep and meaningful way.”

Most Salons will be livestreamed as well as held in-gallery with limited seating and safety guidelines and measures in place.

Oct. 1: The 101 on COVID 19

Held from 6–8pm via livestream and in-gallery, this event includes discussion, questions and answers regarding COVID-19. Dr. Kristy Ingebo, an attending physician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, will share her in-depth knowledge, research and personal experiences on the front lines of COVID-19.

Twila Cassadore; Photo: Halie Sutton

Oct. 3: Edible Desert Walk

Take a plant walk with Twila Cassadore, San Carlos Apache ancestral food archivist, educator and forager, from 9–10:30am. Cassadore will share food stories of her tribe. Through this morning walk guests will see and learn about edible and medicinal plants native to the Sonoran Desert and ancestral foods of the San Carlos Apache. After the walk, taste/sample edible desert foraged foods and teas; $40 fee includes tasting. Visit http://www.cgalleryart.com and click “Shop C Gallery” and “Salons” for tickets.

Oct. 15: Day of the Dead 101

The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere, including Arizona. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray, perform ceremony, celebrate and remember friends/family members who have died. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Jeffrey Lazos-Ferns, artist and cultural worker, shares his personal and professional experiences, 6–8pm.

Masks will be required for all in-gallery events. Events are free, except where noted. Additional details and RSVP information can be found on the gallery website.

C Gallery is located at 20789 N. Pima Road, Suite 100, in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.331.2975 or visit cgalleryart.com.

Scottsdale Mayor’s Candidate Forum to Be Held — Public questions sought

Scottsdale’s mayoral candidates have been invited to participate in an online webinar forum designed to give them the opportunity to share their positions on critical issues and address questions formulated to reflect the concerns of the community.

Candidates Lisa Borowsky and David “Dave” Ortega will participate in the panel discussion moderated by Kurt Brueckner, Titus Brueckner & Levine PLC

The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, noon to 1:30pm at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The in-person event is limited to 250 attendees to adhere to social distancing measures. Tickets are first come, first served. The discussion will also be available via livestream on the Scottsdale Arts social channels.

Public questions can be submitted until Friday, Sept. 25 at 3pm by filling out an online form.

For additional information or to view the event online, visit the event web page.

Reducing Infant Drownings Starts with Teaching Water Survival Skills

September is Baby Safety Month and Goldfish Swim School is fully focused on the leading cause of unintentional deaths in children — drowning.

According to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the number of children ages 1 to 4 who drowned in 2020 rose steadily throughout the summer, likely due to families staying home due to COVID-19. But while many pools close after Labor Day, drowning can happen in as little as two inches of water and prevention starts with the basics of water safety — being able to hold your breath, flip on your back, get to the ledge and crawl out of the water. Those basics can be taught to children as young as four months old and it’s why Goldfish Swim School offers swim lessons for even the youngest of learners.

“At Goldfish Swim School of Scottsdale, we understand that swim lessons at a very young age isn’t just about water comfort and bonding — it’s about safety and survival, both for the infants and for their parents, said Sherry Scott, owner of Goldfish Swim School of Scottsdale. “No one wants to think about what could happen if their baby falls into a pool or slips in a bathtub, but you can prevent those worst-case-scenarios head on by enrolling in swim lessons and being vigilant about water safety. Our hope at Goldfish Swim School is to raise awareness for families during Baby Safety Month to help change the outcomes.”

In addition to offering small group and family swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School recently built a new program with national partners called Goldfish RX. With Goldfish RX, Goldfish Swim School of Scottsdale is building relationships with pediatricians across the Scottsdale area by providing educational material needed to promote doctor-patient conversations around drowning prevention, the importance of water safety and the value of infant and toddler swim lessons.

“It’s time for essential change throughout our community. Drowning deaths are preventable and, at Goldfish Swim School, we want to be part of the solution. Together we can change the conversation and save lives,” Scott said.

For more information on Goldfish Swim School of Scottsdale and water safety, visit goldfishswimschool.com/north-scottsdale.

Stand Out to Potential Employers — SCC Seminar Series Begins Sept. 15

The 2020 job market is unlike anything experienced before, and while many workers have been furloughed or laid off, those who have not been negatively impacted may be also looking to re-career and grow their own professional skills.

To assist students and the community at large, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is offering a free Emerging Professionals Seminar Series to help individuals secure employment and thriving careers.

Beginning Sept. 15, the series offers eight weekly sessions based on the topics, trends and skills anyone looking to enter the workforce, advance in their career or build professional competency should know. Lessons will help participants develop interviewing, online job search and various professional development skills.

Topics for the live online sessions include personal branding, job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, workplace professionalism, LinkedIn do’s and don’ts, networking 101, interviewing strategies and practice interviews.

While participants are not required to attend all eight seminars, those who complete the entire series will receive a certificate of participation.

The series is sponsored by SCC’s Academic and Career Advising Department, Business School and Women Rising Club.

Learn more about the Emerging Professionals Seminar Series and secure a spot by registering for the free seminars: scottsdalecc.edu/emerging-professionals-seminar-series.

Poisoned Pen to Host Virtual Event With Author Ruth Ware

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore continues its virtual author series this month with Ruth Ware as she discusses her book One by One, with special guest A.J. Finn.

Published by Scout Press, One by One is the latest release (available Sept. 8) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key:

“When the cofounder of trendy social music app Snoop upends the agenda of a week-long getaway by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. After staff and guests are cut off from all access to the outside world by a devastating avalanche, resentments are laid bare as the corporate food chain unravels and office politics take a deadly turn.”

The author event will take place via Facebook Live, Sept. 12, from noon to 1pm.

For additional information about virtual events offered by The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, call 480.947.2974 or visit poisonedpen.com.

Gabriella’s Contemporary American Cuisine Opens Today in Scottsdale

A sampling of the fare. Photo: Tim Fuchs; courtesy of Gabriella’s Contemporary American Cuisine

Husband-and-wife business partners Anthony and Anna Barr, have opened a new dining concept in Scottsdale that offers “an intimate and comfortable dining space in which to enjoy relatable yet artfully crafted cuisine for the whole family.”

“We are so excited to bring our upscale-yet-approachable cuisine to the diners of Scottsdale,” says co-founder Anna Barr. “We take much pride in every dish that comes out of our kitchen, and we’re dedicated to, and passionate about, creating memorable experiences through a welcoming atmosphere, spectacular service, and exceptional food.”

Gabriella’s menu features familiar American cuisine, including vegan and vegetarian selections, from chef Anthony Barr. Diners will find appetizers such as the Stuffed Cheese and Bacon Tater Tots; Sweet Corn and Wild Mushroom Tamale with cumin crema and avocado salsa; and Impossible Sloppy Joe Sliders with Daiya cheese. Featured salads include the Arugula and Frisée Salad and the Field of Greens. A Chef’s Soup of the Day is also available.

Menu mains consist of sandwiches such as the Short Rib Grilled Cheese with white cheddar on sourdough bread; Gabriella’s Crispy Chicken Bahn Mi with pickled vegetables, roasted jalapeno and cilantro aioli; and Dungeness Crab and Lobster Roll; Pastas and Grains from the Baked Creamy Pasta with baby scallops, heirloom tomatoes, torn basil and toasted brioche crumbs to the Pasta with Lemon Sage Marinated Grilled Chicken with broccolini, garden peas and white wine; and entrees including Grilled New York Steak with wild mushrooms and red wine demi served with garlic smashed potatoes and garden vegetables; Seasonal Risotto with garden vegetables, black truffle and parmesan cheese; and Grilled Fresh Catch with celeriac root puree, baby garden vegetables, maple lardons and orange miso glaze. Weekly specials, such as Tomahawk Tuesdays and Fried Chicken Fridays, are offered on select days.

Choices for the kids and a robust selection of desserts — Praline and Cream Crème Brulee, Strawberry Shortcake, and Hot Fudge Sundae, for example — round out the menu along with a full bar featuring local brews, house wine and specialty craft cocktails.

In accordance with state regulations and CDC guidelines, and to ensure safety of its guests, the restaurant is currently configured to offer limiting seating.

Gabriella’s debuts today, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5–10pm. Located at 10155 E. Via Linda Road, #H134, the restaurant then reopens for service seven days a week, from 10am–10pm, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. The menu is available for dine-in and take-out. For more, visit gabriellasscottsdale.com.

Meet Rosie: OdySea Aquarium’s Little Penguin That Could

Uplifting and inspirational stories are something everyone could use more of right now, and OdySea Aquarium is sharing a story of overcoming adversity by introducing the community to their tiny resident wonder: 8-month-old Rosie, an African penguin.

Rosie hatched in early December 2019 to first-time parents Mojo and Lemieux at the Penguin Point exhibit. The Animal Care Team was excited, eager to watch another chick thrive at OdySea Aquarium. She became penguin #39 in the colony and as the first offspring to new parents, Rosie was considered genetically valuable to the endangered African penguin species.

“All penguin chicks are adorable. But there was something special about Rosie that made her extra endearing to us right from the start,” said Jessica Peranteau, director of Animal Care and Education. “As Rosie’s story unfolded, it was her motivation, as well as the way our teams came to together to provide ‘outside the box’ care for her, that made us feel inspired. Rosie is a great reminder of perseverance, especially with what is happening in the world today.”

As the ninth chick to hatch at OdySea Aquarium, the experienced Animal Care Team typically remain hands-off as much as possible, allowing penguin parents to rear their offspring. The first-timers Mojo and Lemieux were enthusiastic parents, fussing over their chick, taking turns feeding and incubating their baby to keep it warm.

But all was not well with little Rosie. Watch the video to see how her story unfolded.

Free Landscape Consultations Offered Through Maricopa Native Seed Library

The Maricopa Native Seed Library provides free seed of local native plants to the community, as well as education and information to make it easy to incorporate these plants into yards, patios and balconies. Anyone can include some native plants into their residences, whether they have a lot of space or a small apartment.

In addition, the Seed Library is now offering free native plant landscape consultations to the community. Those who want to attract more birds or butterflies to their home or cut down on maintenance and water bills are perfect candidates for a consultation:

  • Staff will walk around the site with the homeowner (observing social distancing and masks) or conduct the visit online through Google Hangout or similar
  • Identify existing plants
  • Provide recommendations based on what the homeowner wants to achieve (ex: building a hummingbird garden, attracting butterflies)
  • Answer any questions about native plant gardening
  • Provide seed from the seed library to get started (including some species that aren’t currently available at the seed library) and/or provide recommendations for where to obtain plants

Currently, staff can only offer in-person consultations to residences in the following areas: City of Phoenix, City of Scottsdale and City of Tempe. Those who are outside of these areas can still contact staff for a virtual consultation.

Learn more about consultations here. To learn more about the Seed Library, visit libguides.maricopa.edu/seed/about.


Photo courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Native Seed Library

JOJO Coffeehouse Reopens With New Menu Options and Services

Breakfast bowl

Traditional breakfast sandwich

JOJO Coffeehouse reopened Aug. 12 after closing its doors in June in response to rising cases of COVID-19 in the community. The Old Town Scottsdale all-day breakfast and brunch restaurant will now offer curbside pickup and expanded delivery services of its full menu, plus new family meal deals. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19, the restaurant says it will open dine-in, as long as the downward trend in cases continues.

“We want to get back to the business of serving our customers, and we want to do everything we can to make it as safe as possible,” said owner Mike Melton. “Expanding options for customers to order and enjoy our menu if they prefer to dine at home.”

For curbside pickup, JOJO’s has specific designated parking directly in front of the restaurant on Scottsdale Road. Customers can order online or by phone to have servers bring orders directly to their vehicle. JOJO’s has always offered delivery service through Postmates. The restaurant now also offers its customers delivery options on DoorDash, GrubHub and Uber Eats.

In addition to the full menu of breakfast and lunch dishes, JOJO Coffeehouse added three family-style meal specials that serve two, four or six. Customers can choose six ala carte menu items to create a complete family meal. Family meal deals begin at $25 for two, $45 for four and $65 for six.

After initially reopening May 22, in late June, Melton decided to temporarily close again, when one of the employees reported they tested positive.

“We temporarily closed in June to get everyone tested and provide time to quarantine, but when I saw that cases were quickly rising, I thought the best thing for the safety of our employees and customers and the community.”

JOJO Coffeehouse says that it is closely following all CDC and state guidelines and taking its own additional safety steps, including taking employee temperatures daily, adding daily cleaning and sanitization protocols, taking employee temperatures. Only employees will be allowed inside until dine-in service resumes.

JOJO Coffeehouse is located at 3712 N. Scottsdale Road. To order curbside pick-up or takeout and check the entertainment line-up visit jojocoffeehouse.com or call 480.907.6100.


Photos courtesy of JOJO Coffeehouse

Connect With Authors Virtually at Poisoned Pen Events

Although The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale has not yet reopened its doors for in-store browsing or events, it continues its virtual book events this week with a full roster of authors.

  • Aug. 18: Jonathan Slaght discusses Owls of the Eastern Ice: 5–6pm
  • Aug. 18: Keith McCafferty discusses The Bangtail Ghost; 7–8pm
  • Aug. 19: David Joy discusses When These Mountains Burn; 6–7pm
  • Aug. 20: Kate Riordan discusses The Heatwave, in conversation with Rosie Walsh, author of Ghosted; 1–2pm
  • Aug. 20: Owen Laukkanen discusses Lone Jack Trail; 7–8pm
  • Aug. 21: James Lee Burke discusses A Private Cathedral; 5-6pm
  • Aug. 21: Virtual Sci-Friday Book Club — Email Pat King, pat@poisonedpen.com, to receive an invitation and password for the Zoom meeting. New members are welcome. The group discusses two novellas this month: first is Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This is How You Lose the Time War and Sarah Gailey’s Upright Woman Wanted.
  • Aug. 22: Julia Heaberlin discusses We Are All the Same in the Dark; Heather Gudenkauf discusses This is How I Lied; 1–2pm
  • Aug. 22: Virtual event with The Jungle Red Writers; 2–3pm. This event will be on YouTube following the Facebook event.

All events will be held via Facebook Live: facebook.com/thepoisonedpenbookstore/events, except where noted. In addition to the virtual events, the bookstore is open for phone, curbside pickup and internet shopping. Hours are Monday–Friday, 11am–3pm; Saturday, 11am–5pm; and Sunday 1–4pm. For additional information, call 480.947.2974or visit poisonedpen.com.


Featured photo: Heatwave by Kate Riordan, cover art

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