Celebrate Summertime In The Valley

Summer is here and the heat is on. But there is no need to head for the hills just yet. June in the Valley offers plenty of ways to eat, drink and play the summer away.

MudManiaGet Down And Dirty
The 40th Annual Mighty Mud Mania takes over Chaparral Park June 6. The event includes mud obstacle courses for six and under, the young “mudders” in the mini mud obstacle course and puddle pools for toddlers; seven to 12 year olds can take on the original mud course, and those age 13 and up can have at it on the mighty mud challenge course. The events are free for children, but a donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Vista Del Camino Food Bank is requested. Call 480.312.2771 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania.

Treat Dad To The D-Backs
The Arizona Diamondbacks will give away special Father’s Day T-shirts, courtesy of Audi, to 10,000 dads June 21 when the D-backs host the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. The D-backs welcome all dads and kids, 12 and younger, to run the bases for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) after the game. For each dad and kid crossing home plate, the D-backs will donate $1 to PCH.

Major League Baseball and the D-backs will also host Prostate Cancer Awareness Day on June 21. Purchase tickets at www.dbacks.com/giveback and the D-backs will donate $2 from each ticket to prostate cancer charities.

SaltySowEnjoy Salty Summer Specials
Salty Sow
in Phoenix is launching new, seasonal summer happy hour specials beginning this month. From 4-6:30pm daily, Salty Sow will offer $5 bites and small plates, such as the Honey Rosemary Dipped Fried Chicken with sweet potato biscuit (pictured) and more.

Guests can also imbibe on some “signature sips” such as the Curly Tail (pictured), Salty Sow Sparkling Sangria; Miss Piggy and wines by the glass – all at $2 off the regular pricing. Call 602.795.9463 or visit www.saltysow.com.

Golf With Your Buddies
Host of the fan-favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale offers guests desert elegance with legendary championship courses available for play. Named by GolfWeek magazine as “One of America’s best Courses,” TPC Scottsdale is a masterful blend of challenge and playability.

GolfThis summer, June 7 – September 10, groups of eight to 16 players can take advantage of the “Ultimate Buddy Golf Trip” with group rates from $345. The special package includes two rounds of golf, a two-night stay and much more. Call 480.585.4334 or visit www.tpc.com/scottsdale-vacation-packages.

 Editor’s note: Find many more ways to celebrate summer in the Valley, and beyond, throughout our entire June issue. Click here!

Arizona Is The Place To Be In 2015

Waste Management Phoenix Open
Waste Management Phoenix Open

Premier events hit the Valley

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ With average high temperatures hovering around 70 degrees in January and February, it’s no wonder that Arizona attracts flocks of winter visitors. Add to that world-class dining, resorts and entertainment year-round, not to mention a diversity of landscapes ranging from low desert to pine-topped mountain peaks, and Arizona might just be the perfect destination. This year, however, Arizona is out-doing itself as some of the biggest names and games in the world head to the Valley.

Starting off the year with a roar, Scottsdale becomes a car-lovers dream as the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction and Gooding & Company Auction roll into town. These annual events draw collectors from all over the world, and offer automobile eye-candy for the masses. Read the story on page 5. (Click here for digital issue.)

The always popular and frequently rowdy Waste Management Phoenix Open tees off January 26 – February 1 at TPC Scottsdale. With the major players on the PGA Tour in attendance and the lively entertainment of the Coors Light Birds Nest, it is no wonder it is called the “Greatest Show on Grass.” Read more on page 6. (Click here for digital issue.)

At the end of January, the Valley will welcome the biggest sporting event of the year as Super Bowl XLIX kicks off its ground game in advance of Super Bowl Sunday. With Fan Fests and satellite events for everyone in Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale, it all culminates with the big game at University of Phoenix Stadium February 1. Find details in Destinations on page 66. (Click here for digital issue.)

As Arizona rolls out the welcome mat to the world this month, residents and visitors alike can keep up with all of the happenings at www.visitarizona.com, www.visitphoenix.com, www.experiencescottsdale.com and www.visitglendale.com. |CST

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