Local Spotlights

  • Calvin Charles Gallery Presents ‘The Art of Giving’ December 10-January 5

    Opening Reception 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10Calvin Charles Gallery has been a fixture in the Arts District of Historic Downtown Scottsdale for nearly two decades. Managing partner Veronica Graffius has the distinction of incorporating a unique selection of artists at the gallery that include those who create in homage to the gallery’s earliest focus on Asian art and artists who speak to th ... Read More

  • Girl Friday to the Rescue with Holiday Shopping and Wrapping Services

    Nearly everyone would agree that during the busy holiday season it would be great to have an extra helping hand with the dozens of tasks that need to be completed. Between parties, cooking, out-of-town guests and house cleaning, sometimes it is challenging to find the time to do thoughtful shopping for family, friends and loved ones. Girl Friday has years of experience in helping its clients compl ... Read More

  • Bob the Psychic Creates a Positive and Engaging Psychic Experience for His Clients

    Having a session with Bob the Psychic is a fun, insightful and often surprising experience. As he channels his messages, his clients never really know what communications might be relayed. Whether someone is seeking information or insight into their job, love life or perhaps to reach out to someone who has passed on, Bob the Psychic has a natural ability and talent to bring positive and inspiratio ... Read More

  • Looking for Something Different and Exciting to Do This Holiday Season? All Aboard The Dolly Steamboat!

    Many people in the Valley know Dolly Steamboat – the majestic boat that offers cruises around Canyon Lake.Arizona's World Class Cruise, the Dolly Steamboat is a gorgeous sternwheeler that transports up to 140 passengers on Canyon Lake, taking them through colorful canyons as they enjoy scenic desert vistas and beautiful wildlife. This holiday season, why not do something different and take a cru ... Read More

  • “Disgraced” by Arizona Theatre Company Explores Themes Ripped from the Headlines

    Photos by Tim FullerArizona Theatre Company’s “Disgraced” was penned by playwright Ayad Akhtar, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and in 2015 was nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Play.” Presented in ATC’s home theater in Phoenix at The Herberger Theater Center, “Disgraced” is a unique story in identity politics as it relates to Muslims living in the United States post 9/11 ... Read More

  • NAK Productions Explains What to Say About Your Business and How to Say It Effectively

    One of the main services offered by NAK Productions is what is known as “The Business Selfie.” It is a brief signature-style video that showcases a business owner or business in a 30 second video that encourages viewers to learn more or become more engaged with a person or business. Because the video is 30 seconds in length, the message has to make an impact quickly. Owner of NAK Productions, ... Read More

  • Venezia’s Thrills Diners with New Low-Carb Pizza Bowl Offering

    By Lynette CarringtonTake everything you love about pizza, take away the dough and you have a delicious and satisfying low-carb pizza bowl. Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria has introduced a variety of tasty low-carb pizza bowls designed to fit your unique taste. The addition of low-carb pizza bowls gives Venezia’s diners yet another way to enjoy the restaurant’s Italian flavors!Founders Fra ... Read More

  • Macayo’s in Mesa Carries on the Johnson Family Tradition of Outstanding Mexican Food

    By Lynette CarringtonMacayo’s has been a cherished Valley tradition since 1946, and the Macayo’s in Mesa is a tried and true destination for exceptional Mexican food and cocktails. Founders Woody and Victoria Johnson were focused on delicious and traditional Mexican food with exceptional service – a tradition that is carried on today through three of their children who now own and operate Ma ... Read More

  • Barleens Arizona Opry Features Outstanding Dinner Show with Music, Comedy, Improv and More

    By Lynette Carrington For musically gifted twins, Barbara and Brenda Barleen, running and performing in their family-owned and operated musical dinner show is a rewarding labor of love. With comedy, a bit of acting and improv and lots of live music by wonderfully talented musicians, there is never a dull moment on the Barleens Arizona Opry stage in Apache Junction. From classic country wes ... Read More

  • ‘Cooking With Eddie’ on November 30 Is a Tasty Way to Discover Culinary Tips and Holiday Recipes

    By Lynette Carrington Chef Eddie Matney is at the helm of the wildly delicious Eddie’s House in Old Town Scottsdale. The well-respected and talented chef has been an established part of the Valley’s culinary scene and also happens to be a fun and engaging cooking instructor, too! Chef Eddie’s next class will take place 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 and will cover tasty tips for holiday celebr ... Read More

  • Bevvy – The Upscale Gastropub Lounge is a Swanky and Fun Scottsdale Destination

    By Lynette Carrington The Old Town Scottsdale Entertainment District is the hottest destination. Bevvy is the place you won’t want to miss and is the place to meet friends, enjoy a few drinks, have a great meal and see and be seen! The gastropub occupies the space of the former Derby and has been re-imagined as part sports bar, part restaurant, part laid back lounge and 100 percent fun. Be ... Read More

  • Kierland Life and Health-Health and Life Insurance Answers in a New Age of Insurance

    By Lynette Carrington Insurance agent Teresa Ferrin has experienced the past 19 years of the health and life insurance industry in the trenches. She has seen the trends and experienced where the industry is now in an Obamacare society. Much has changed in the world of health insurance and Teresa Ferrin has decades of experience to help her clients make good health insurance decisions and ass ... Read More

  • John A. Robinson, NMD of The Hormone Zone-Your Hormone Solutions for Life & The Leader in Hormone Replacement Therapy

    There can be many culprits to some unfortunate medical issues such as weight gain, fatigue, memory problems, mood swings, loss of libido and the inability to sleep. Although proper diet and exercise are always a help, sometimes skilled intervention by a doctor can pinpoint specific areas such as various hormonal imbalances that when addressed, are the true key to improved health and true life ch ... Read More

  • ‘Insure Your Future’ Delivers Income and Asset Protection Results

    By Lynette Carrington Getting disability insurance is not something that most people have at the top of their to-do list, but it very well should be. In the event that that you or your partner become incapacitated or permanently disabled, a properly written disability policy from agent René Apack of agency Insure Your Future can help save you or your family from financial disaster. November i ... Read More

  • Offbeat, Unusual and Rebellious Weddings Come to Life at Weddings for Rebels

    By Lynette Carrington Some gals and guys march to the beat of a different drummer. You know who you are – you love the offbeat, the strange, the unusual and the outlandish. Weddings for Rebels is the perfect way for those with a different outlook on their wedding to envision their special day in an entirely unique way. Owner Theresa Morales has been orchestrating unusual weddings for eight year ... Read More

  • Vidogi Salon & Boutique is a Dream Come True for Owner

    By Lynette Carrington Working in the beauty industry has been a dream of Denise Tanigawa since she was young. Her intuition and keen eye for all things related to beauty have come full circle at Vidogi Salon & Boutique in Old Town Scottsdale. Much more than a hair salon, the luxurious, upscale and spacious location provides a beautiful and professional space to receive a variety of beaut ... Read More

  • The Dolly Steamboat Has Some Tourist-Friendly Neighbors That Help Complete the Journey

    By Lynette Carrington Arizona's World Class Cruise, the Dolly Steamboat is a gorgeous sternwheeler that transports up to 140 passengers on Canyon Lake, taking them through colorful canyons as they enjoy scenic desert vistas and beautiful wildlife. On the way to Canyon Lake and in the vicinity, there are also some other attractions that can also be enjoyed during a day or weekend trip. The Bes ... Read More

  • Evil Dead - The Musical comes to Mesa Arts Center

    Critics are RAVING about Evil Dead the Musical: **** (four stars/out of four) "Bloody hilarious!" - Toronto Star "The next Rocky Horror show" - The New York Times“Must see show!” - Philadelphia Inquirer Evil Dead - The Musical comes to Mesa Arts Center November 10-14, 2015 Produced by Starvox Entertainment in association with Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment Mesa, AZ – Evil Dead - T ... Read More

  • Enjoy Desert Plant Life at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    Although arid land is typically characterized by its lack of water and plant life, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s is on a mission to instill in people the appreciation of the plants that actually do grow and thrive in this region.  Their goal is to use education, research, recreation and conservation opportunities to alert visitors to the beauty and importance of arid-land plants and ... Read More

  • Superstition Springs Golf Course

    Taking its name from the surrounding mountains and nearby spring, the Superstition Springs Golf Club is often referred to by a number of alternative nicknames. From simply being known as "the springs" to also being called a "paradise in the desert," this unique course and facilities has earned a more than favorable reputation among visitors and regulars. What makes it st ... Read More

  • Childhelp

    At the core of Childhelp’s mission is the belief that every child has something unique to contribute to the world and that every one of them deserves the chance to reach their God-given potential. As a national non-profit organization that exists to help the victims of child abuse and neglect, they do everything in their power to help each child heal. Focusing on advocacy, prevention, inter ... Read More

  • Arbor Rose Senior Care

    If someone you love is in need of assistance, Arbor Rose Senior Care offers assisted living in a home-like environment. Allowing residents to retain their independence and privacy while receiving the compassionate care they need, this Mesa assisted living facility is the best in the area. With a dedicated and professional staff striving to meet every resident’s needs, you know that your sen ... Read More

  • Motorcycles on Main in Downtown Mesa to Draw Enthusiasts First Friday Each Month

    The first Friday of each month between September and June is bike night in Downtown Mesa! Join over 2000 motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors on Main Street for a Sturgis-style event that attracts bike lovers from all over Arizona and beyond. There is no fee to attend. The roads are closed to car traffic and open to bikes, riders and spectators for this family-friendly event sponsored by ... Read More

  • Wild & Wonderful Out of Africa Wildlife Park

    Get a completely different view of wildlife! Not a zoo or a circus, Out of Africa Wildlife Park is home to hundreds of exotic animals from around the world roaming in spacious habitats that give you a chance to see these beautiful creatures and their natural behavior up-close. Nestled on over 100 acres of rolling hills and valleys, it’s the perfect home to raise the awareness of o ... Read More

  • Stratum Laser Tag

    Thirteen years ago, Stratum Laser Tag opened its doors as the largest laser tag arena and entertainment center in the world, and today it is known as the best place to go for birthday parties, team building events or just to have fun with friends!  With over a thousand square feet of theatrical lighting, levels and obstacles and 3-D artwork, this Mesa laser tag arena is a true entertainmen ... Read More

  • Excitement is IN THE AIR on the Predator Zip Line

    You stand on the edge of the platform.  You look down and your heart pounds as you gauge how high you are above the ground.  From the top of the towers, you can see majestic red rocks, the San Francisco peaks, and the whole breathtaking Verde Valley.   You look above to the blue sky... and JUMP!  Adreneline races through your body as you accelerate and the wind blows faster ... Read More

  • The authentic tastes of Italy come to life at Amalfi's Ristorante Italiano

    By Lynette Carrington There’s Italian food and then there’s genuine Italian food. Brothers Giuseppe and Sergio Miele own and operate Amalfi’s Ristorante Italiano. Part of what makes the beautiful and rustic-looking Amalfi’s dining experience so special is the fact that everything on the on the menu is straight from a family recipe. Whether you’ve been to Amalfi ... Read More

  • Brett Hunt Thinks Strategically and Is Now Taking the Movie Industry by Storm

    By Lynette Carrington Brett Hunt is an award-winning actor, producer, director, stand-up comedian and rapper who has created his own destiny through hard work and some ingenuity. He has put the movie industry on notice not only for his acting prowess but for his keen eye for quality projects that he develops and gets involved with through the production company that he founded, Raging Gophe ... Read More

  • Circle of Friends of Mesa Holds Free Support Group for Memory Care Partners

    By Lynette Carrington Some families have to deal with the devastation that a spouse or loved one is living with dementia or Alzheimer's. The physical duties of caring for someone with memory loss can be demanding and the emotional toll it takes is often far worse. Circle of Friends in Mesa holds free monthly meetings in conjunction with Banner Alzheimer's Institute that brings memo ... Read More

  • CCTV - Closed Circuit Television Is a Critical Component of Business and Home Security Systems

    By Lynette Carrington Home security systems offer extra peace of mind, but what can they provide for a business? A security system offers many different options to monitor and review what goes in various areas of a business to give manager, security officers and decision makers the unbiased information they need. CallTeks Security knows that one huge benefit of business security systems are ... Read More

  • Eagle Eye Retail Intelligence Counts Bashas' Grocery Stores as Satisfied Client

    By Lynette Carrington Bashas' has been Arizona's hometown grocer since 1932 when Eddie Basha, Sr. opened the company's first store. Since that time, Bashas' has grown to be one of the most dynamic and well-respected businesses in the valley and its focus on service and quality permeate the company at every level. In striving for the best in customer care, the company has engaged the services ... Read More

  • Spotless Carpet Care-Prompt, Professional and Guaranteed Carpet Care When You Need It Most

    By Lynette Carrington Since 2002, Spotless Carpet Care owner Steve Cordell has been operating his business based on service, integrity and results. With so many choices in carpet care services available in the East Valley and Valleywide, his business is different and his customers have responded with overwhelming praise. Cordell is a veteran of the carpet cleaning industry. He saw room in t ... Read More

  • Bob The Psychic -Connecting You to Your Future

    By Lynette Carrington There are those in the general population that possess the unique gift of a higher sight. Bob The Psychic is one of those people. Just a few minutes with the warm, funny and talented psychic will make anyone a believer. Whether someone is receiving a reading through the use of Tarot or Angel cards, channeling, clients are ensured a one-of-a-kind experience and addition ... Read More

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