My Foodie Valentine:


Valley festivals abound By Kathryn M. Miller ~ It’s February, and love is in the air. However, it’s not cupid’s arrow that is hitting its mark, but rather purveyors of all things food and drink who are sending a delectable love letter to Valley foodies – so get ready to celebrate the delicious diversity that […]

Car Show Generates Excitement – Economic Boon


Russo and Steele returns to Scottsdale Following 16 consecutive years as a staple of Arizona’s legendary collector car week, Russo and Steele is moving to a new North Scottsdale home, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick ( The annual event returns to Scottsdale January 18-22 and bring their well-established “auction in the round” formula with […]

Phoenix Fruit Tree Program Has Deep Roots


Greg Peterson, owner of The Urban Farm, wants to help the Valley become more sustainable – one fruit tree at a time. As part of its annual Fruit Tree Program, The Urban Farm is gearing up for its fruit tree pop-up nursery events, with thousands of trees set to arrive in Phoenix this month. Residents […]

Finding Healing Through Artistic Expression


Free Arts facilitates children’s wellbeing Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona has been selected as a “Pioneer of Children’s Wellbeing” by the social change-focused organization Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of the project, according to Ashoka Changemakers, is to “work with thought leaders, influencers and one another to break down […]

Phoenix Metro Chamber Gives Away “Ton of Toys”


Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce, LLC (PMCC) donated a “Ton of Toys” to three of its member charities at its annual trade show, held November 9. PMCC has made a significant, positive impact on the Metro Phoenix community by partnering with Member charities throughout the year – an important focal point for the Chamber. On […]

Small But Mighty – How Local, Small Business Drives Economic Engines


By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Small business is a big deal – especially in Arizona where small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) make up 97 percent of all employers in the state. In addition, firms with fewer than 100 employees have the largest share of small business employment. Arizona’s small businesses employ 979,412 […]

Explore A Wonderland Of Reading


PVCC to host Festival of Tales Valley families will enjoy a fun day of reading, literacy and cultural activities for children that includes storytelling, arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, food trucks and more, as Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) hosts Festival of Tales. The seventh annual event will bring books to life […]

Sixteenth Scottsdale International Film Festival

Photo: Denial, courtesy of Bleecker Street Films

The 2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase 50 films representing more than 30 countries, including buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies and documentaries, October 6-10. The Festival will kick off on Thursday, October 6, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with daytime screenings of 13 children’s animated short films – perfect for school groups. […]

Save The Date & Get Ready To Go Local!


The  (LFA) Certified Local Fall Festival is right around the corner, and Valley residents are invited to celebrate “local” community. The 12th annual Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 vendors with […]

Discover Delectable Dining Around The Valley

Cuisine at Rusconi’s American Kitchen; Photo: Joanie Simon

Arizona Restaurant Association’s (ARA) Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is back for its ninth season September 16-25, and Valley diners may want to loosen their belts and get out their fashionable stretchy pants in preparation for 10 nights of epic cuisine. ARA president and CEO Steve Chucri says, “ARW unites Valley diners around one of […]