Igniting Change Through Engagement, Collaboration


Wildfire takes on poverty To better reflect a commitment to end poverty before it starts, the Arizona Community Action Association has changed its name to Wildfire: Igniting Community Action to End Poverty in Arizona. “What’s in a name? Everything. It reflects what we do, our vision and our mission,” said executive director Cynthia Zwick. “Wildfire better represents […]

Spooktacular Balloon Fest to Scare Up Thrilling Family Fun


Dozens of glowing hot air balloon rides, nightly firework shows, live music, 4,000 pounds of candy and more — the eighth annual Spooktacular Balloon Festival invites families to celebrate Halloween early Oct. 26–27. Children of all ages will love this spectacularly spooky festival featuring a pumpkin patch and a free KidsZone, plus, dare to stroll […]

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Returns for Fourth Year


Enjoy live carving demonstrations and magical Halloween festivities Halloween invades the Town of Carefree in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane and the Villafane Studios team for a fourth year. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, a free admission, one-of-a-kind fall festival celebrating the magic of the season, takes place Oct. 19–28, […]

Mix, Mingle & Savor Local Flavors


The outdoor, open-air setting of Stagecoach Village in historic Cave Creek will host more than 30 area restaurants, along with quality purveyors of craft beer, wine and spirits, to showcase the best that the town and the state has to offer. An annual celebration of local flavors, The Taste of Cave Creek returns Oct. 17–18. […]

Celebrate All Things ‘Local’ at Arizona Fall Fest


Local First Arizona will once again celebrate everything local at its Arizona Fall Fest. The free, family-friendly celebration features food from many of Arizona’s finest restaurants, a beer and wine garden, booths for local merchants and live entertainment. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, the Arizona Fall Fest will have even more Arizona […]

Scottsdale Library Launches Wright Design Exhibit


Opening reception slated for Sept. 21 Valley residents are invited to learn more about the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright’s impact on Arizona architecture through Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona from Sept. 15 – Dec. 31 at the Gallery @ the Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard. “Frank Lloyd Wright […]

Student Artists Sought For Hidden in the Hills


Information sessions begin Sept. 15 The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League is issuing a “Call for Student Artists” for the 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour (HITH) taking place the last two weekends of November. Student artists in grades 6 through 12 from the Phoenix metropolitan area are encouraged to showcase and sell […]

PhxArt Open for Kids


Investing in arts and culture in the Valley  In the last two years, an average of more than 25,000 children have visited the Phoenix Art Museum each year, and the Museum says that with an ongoing expansion of school field trip programs, that number is anticipated to exceed more than 35,000 children in the 2018–19 […]

Explore Wide-Open Spaces…


Just outside of your front door By Kathryn M. Miller ~ In the Valley, we are blessed to be surrounded by wild desert spaces, and many of those spaces have been preserved for future generations. Whether simply protecting land from future development or developing it into parks and preserve spaces that include trails and educational […]

Take An Art Walk This Summer!


Valley studios and galleries open their doors The Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) announced that the Summer Spectacular Art Walk, presented by Museum Square, will take place along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School on Marshall Way to 5th Avenue. The event will be held Thursday, July 12, from […]