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MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480-478-6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org
CONCERTS: Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band Saturday, March 10 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $53.50-$63.50 Virtuosa Wu Man joins the Zhang Family Band for performances of old-tune traditional music with shadow puppetry. Socks in the Frying Pan Friday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33.50-$43.50 This young trad trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish.
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Sahba Motallebi with Naghmeh Farahmand: A NuRooz Celebration Sunday, March 25 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $33.50-$38.50 “There is no rock guitarist, no oud player, possibly no musician anywhere in the world with such subtle yet fearsome chops on a fretted instrument.” —New York Music Daily.
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. ALL MONTH Desert Diamond Casino (GLENDALE) A good time is never far away. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s shuttle, the Jackpot Express, picks up & drops off at several locations throughout the West Valley. Located right in the heart of Glendale’s entertainment district. Where jackpots hit close to home. Visit ddcaz. com or 866-DDC-WINS. ALL MONTH HOME: Native People in the Southwest (PHOENIX) Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey through the Southwest and
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(SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s” this showcase of anywhere from 250 – 500 cars, and up to 150 motorcycles and choppers, is sure to satisfy collectors, dreamers, and aficionados, alike. The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 4pm-8pm, 480-362-2700. the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Dinosaurs in the Desert (PHOENIX) 23 prehistoric creatures stand along the Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. The self-guided tour includes animatronic dinosaur
structures which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of the tyrannosaurus rex. An unforgettable expedition into the land of the lost you won’t want to miss. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ, 602-286-3800 www. phoenixzoo.org.
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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ MARCH 16 - 18: Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival (CAREFREE) This annual three-day festival is a signature event for the Town of Carefree. More than 150 artists and 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art, and also one of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events, featuring first-class wines from around the world. Fine wines, mouthwatering chocolates, the visual feast of art and the subtle sound of ambient music. Admission $3; Wine Tasting Ticket with Souvenir Glass $10. 10am-5pm. thunderbirdartists.com/festivals.
ALL MONTH Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum (PHOENIX) This exhibition explores the harmony between music, people, heaven, and earth through more than 60 extremely rare instruments and artworks on display for the first time in the US. These extraordinary treasures span 9,000 years of Chinese musical history. On exhibit through May 6th. ALL MONTH Of God and Mortal Men (PHOENIX) The Heard Museum presents the finest group of T.C. Cannon’s paintings known to exist in either private or public collections. It’s been 20 years since these works were last on public exhibit. 602-252-8840. 22
ALL MONTH Pompeii: The Exhibition (PHOENIX) The Arizona Science Center presents over 200 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. Wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, and more! 602-716-2000. TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) Features more than 65 ceramics from one of the finest private collections of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time. Spanning six centuries, this exhibition explores the history and stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music cruising on the Desert Belle! Call 480-984-2425 and mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 49) THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8pm-11pm, 480-488-1906. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm–9pm, 800-782-1117. MARCH 2 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix. Tour galleries, and related spaces and enjoy a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6pm-10pm, www.artlinkphx. org/first-fridays. MARCH 9 - 11 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series 500 (AVONDALE) Champions Kevin Harvick & Kyle Busch taking on young guns like Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES and more. ISM Raceway, 1-866-408-7223. MARCH 9 - 11 Ostrich Festival (CHANDLER) The annual Ostrich Festival features midway rides, musical performances, ostrich races and even ostrich burgers! 2pm-Midnight on Friday, 10am-Midnight Saturday, 10am-11pm Sunday. Adults $13-15; Seniors/Youth (5-12 yrs) $6-8; Children 4 and under FREE. 480-588-8497. MARCH 10 & 11 Arizona Aloha Festival (TEMPE) Two day celebration of cultures of the South Pacific islands. Live music, dance, and lectures about Hawaii and Polynesia. The Island Marketplace offers traditional crafts, fresh flower leis, carved bone necklaces, tapa cloth and more. Tempe Beach Park. 10am-5pm FREE. www.azalohafest.org. MARCH 16 - 18 Pot of Gold Music Festival (CHANDLER) Fans will find a wide variety of tasty local food vendors; free water refill stations; vendor village; product giveaways and promotional items; the Space Lab Area featuring audience interactive areas; Arcade Alley; Art Land; and Shady Lane, a relaxing area to catch your breath between bands. At Rawhide. www.potofgoldaz.com.
MARCH 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire (PHOENIX) Parade starts 10am at 3rd Street and Sheridan then heads south through Downtown Phoenix. Performers, entertainers and floats. Faire after at the Irish Cultural Center, Hance Park. Irish Music, stepdancing, bagpipers, food, crafts, genealogy, kids’ area, and a VIP Lounge with Red Craft Beer competition. 10am5pm. Adults: $12; Seniors $10; Kids 12 and under are FREE. 602-258-0109. MARCH 23 Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts (TEMPE) A popular event that showcases over 350 artists from around the country. Cottage Arts section for handmade seasonings, soaps, candles etc. Live music, kids’ area, wine tasting and more. Mill Ave. District. 10am-5:30pm. 602-997-2601.
MARCH 24 The Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival (CHANDLER) More than 40 BBQ Pitmasters from local, regional and national restaurants and BBQ competition teams, ready to serve the masses their slowsmoked meats and sides. Plus, beer, wine and spirit selections including vodka, whiskey, and bourbon. New: live cooking demos, art installations, themed bars, mechanical bull riding and more. AJ Chandler Park, noon-10pm. Tickets start at $15. 602-276-2499.
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MARCH 24 Flavors of the West (LITCHFIELD PARK) Culinary extravaganza celebrating flavors of the West Valley. Chefs show off their culinary masterpieces in a daytime event for foodies. Familyfriendly atmosphere, great food, wine, entertainment, and outdoor activities. $45 Ticket includes 2 hours of food sampling followed by 2 hours of fun and music. Downtown Litchfield Park. noon-4pm. 623-223-1982 Kids 12 and under FREE.
Thursday, March 8th, 9am Rodeo Slack FREE to the public Thursday, March 8th, 7pm Scottsdale Pro Bull Riding $18 to $45 Friday, March 9th, 7pm Rodeo $18 to $45 Saturday, March 10th, 7pm Rodeo $18 to $45 Sunday, March 11th, 2pm Rodeo $18 to $45 For tickets & More info. visit paradadelsol.org
JEWELRY ARTWORK AND MORE
“Come see what We’ve spent a lifetime Learning... At Gilbert Ortega Galleries”
ilbert Ortega Gallery, nationally recognized and well established since 1950, remains a family run business, carried on through five generations -Proof that integrity, quality, and desirable design are always in style. Walk into the intriguing 10,000 square foot gallery, as Gilbert Ortega Gallery awakens in you a deep appreciation towards Native and Southwestern cultural achievements. View an array of impressive works of art and discover a collection of vintage/contemporary handmade jewelry, hand-woven Navajo rugs in eye-catching designs, unique hand
crafted furniture and home decor, exquisitely hand-carved Hopi kachinas, beautiful Pueblo pottery, Navajo sand painting and a variety of so much more. Today, as the economy improves so does the demand for quality Southwestern Indian jewelry. This increased demand again brings imitators of authentic Indian handiwork to the market. These imitators have created much mistrust. However, Gilbert Ortega Gallery is a name that you can trust. While carefully examining each piece he buys measuring excellence and authenticity, Gilbert Ortega Jr. strongly believes that the art goes beyond the item itself, recognizing each piece to be of spiritual expression. Gilbert Ortega Jr. as well as his friendly and knowledgeable staff invite you to visit the original Gilbert Ortega Gallery and experience â€œwhat we have spent a lifetime learning.â€? AZ Gilbert Ortega Gallery 3925 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 990-1808
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Feb. 24-March 4, 2018 Films run all day through March 4th at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, the Sedona Performing Arts Center and Sedona Harkins.
Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ
ALL MONTH Out of Africa Wildlife Park (CAMP VERDE) Experience a completely different view of wildlife where exotic animals from around the world roam in spacious habitats. With exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily, 928-567-2840. (See pg. 61 for coupon) ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6-9pm, 928-282-5321.
FEATURE FILM: Back To Burgundy ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular off-road tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, book the Broken Arrow Tour. History buffs will love the Ancient Ruin Tour. For see-forever vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Call 833-314-7465 to book! 26
MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches attendees how to understand and tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/ body healing and outside the box creative thinking. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1:00pm-2:30pm, $15, to reserve a seat call 928-203-5353. TUESDAY - SATURDAY Live Entertainment at Timbers Lounge (PINETOP) Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center features 800 of the newest slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy
FREE live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, 800-929-8744. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live music, dancing and fun every Fri & Sat night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT. MARCH 2 12th Annual Sedona Marathon (SEDONA) Enjoy openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations from 5pm-8pm. Ride the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to the Gallery Row & Uptown locations, 800-288-7336. MAR 2 – 4 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival (SEDONA) 3-day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, great Bands each night and a whole lotta sweet red singletrack! 928-282-7722, register sedonamtbfestival.com. MAR 3 First Saturday Art Walk (JEROME) Visit 30+ unique art studios and galleries: jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings, sculpture and more, 5-8 pm, 928-649-2277.
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES MARCH 17 St. Patrick’s Parade (SEDONA) Invigorating 5K run at Posse Grounds Park followed by festive parade in uptown Sedona. The parade starts at 10:30 am at Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south to Mesquite Ave. Parade entrants include dignitaries and civic, social, cultural and religious organizations with area businesses. 10:30 am. MAR 17 - 18 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival (CAMP VERDE) Spring Heritage is a two-day festival celebrating the springtime beauty of Northern AZ, the Verde Valley’s rich Native American history, the largest original historic fort in Arizona, and the one-of-a-kind Wild & Scenic Verde River. For all ages, with live music, vendors, and kids’ activities. Historic Downtown Camp Verde, 928-301-0922. MARCH 18 The Phoenix Symphony in Prescott (PRESCOTT) Tchaikovsky poured his soul into each of his symphonies, expressing passion and pathos as no other composer has. Tito Munoz leads Tchaikovsky’s searing Fifth Symphony. Plus, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel solos in Korngolds lyrical Violin Concerto. 3pm5pm. Tickets are $29-$42. www.yavapaisymphony.org.
MARCH 23 Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk (PRESCOTT) Showcasing regional & international photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry & wearable art! Meander the streets & courtyards to discover a virtual feast for the eyes & soul. Various locations, 5pm-7pm. 982-777-9550. MARCH 31 Celebration of Spring (SEDONA) Inflatable toys for kids, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $5 admission for youth. Some vendors charge for goods. The official egg hunt will begin at 10am for children 12 years and younger (parents will only be allowed to search with kids 2 and under). Children are divided by age and there are over 21,000 eggs waiting to be found! $5 for kids 12 and under, 9am-2pm. 800-288-7336.
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event calendar Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Drive into the Arizona wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of your own private vehicle. Walk through Fort Bearizona’s winding paths to enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. Visit the newly opened jaguar exhibit and restaurant, Canyonlands which are attractions in themselves, 928-635-2289. ALL MONTH Junior Astronomer
(FLAGSTAFF) Akin to the National Park’s “Junior Ranger” program nationwide, the Lowell Observatory “Junior Astronomer” program is an activity-based program geared towards youth ages 5 and up. For just $3, interested visitors complete a series of activities, explore the observatory, and earn an official stellar patch upon completion! Lowell Observatory, 928-774-3358.
ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (WINSLOW) Come and relive the intensity of the impact at Meteor Crater, located off Interstate 40 at Exit 233, 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and Subway Sandwich shop. 800-289-5898. ALL MONTH National Art Month (WILLIAMS) Celebrate art all month in Williams, Arizona. Stroll on Route 66 and be sure to visit experiencewilliams.com for details and great things to do during your visit. SATURDAYS Swing Dancing at Galaxy Diner (FLAGSTAFF) The Galaxy Diner is a historic American diner that holds FREE swing dancing lessons every Saturday night from 7pm-9pm. For all levels, no need for a partner. Focus on East Coast swing. Since it is at a restaurant, all ages are welcome. 928-774-2466. SATURDAYS 2nd Saturdays Family Nights (TUCSON) On the second Saturday of every month, go downtown for free family-friendly fun. Stroll downtown and enjoy free live entertainment. For modest fees, get around on the streetcar, a TuGo bike, or horse-drawn carriage. Check 2ndSaturdaysDowntown. com for schedule.
MAR 2 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music & entertainment, dining, meet local artists & shop for local artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6pm-9pm, FREE. 928-779-2300. MAR 3 Steam to the Grand Canyon (WILLIAMS) It’s Time To Get Fired Up! Steam is back at Grand Canyon Railway. Fueled by waste vegetable oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. Ride the historic locomotive #4960 to the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-843-8724. MAR 9 2nd Friday Science Night at Lowell (FLAGSTAFF) Exciting science demonstrations and experiments featuring the electromagnetic spectrum radio through infrared. Lowell Observatory, 6pm, 928-774-3358. MAR 10 Discovery 2nd Saturday at MNA (FLAGSTAFF) Join MNA on the second Saturday of the month for exciting kids’ programs, hands-on activities, and creative crafts. Programs included with admission and scheduled from 2pm-4 pm. Archaeology Day at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 928-774-5213.
Tucson & Southern Arizona ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Come experience Biosphere 2 for yourself, Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. ALL MONTH Butterfly Gardens a Tropical Wonderland (TUCSON) Every day through May at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. View colorful butterflies, nature’s fluttering flowers, at the new Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. tucsonbotanical.org. MARCH 2 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair (TUCSON) 400+ arts/ crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, two entertainment stages, street performers, kids’ art area, and more. www.fourthavenue.org MARCH 2 - 4 Monster Jam® (TUCSON) Bringing motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, highflying, four-wheel excitement ‘for the entire family. Tucson Convention Center Arena. 800-745-3000. MARCH 2 - 4 Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention (TUCSON) Old Tucson is transformed into the world’s only Western-style Steampunk theme-park for a ArizonaKEY.com
weekend of concerts, street performers, train rides, and more. America’s first and only Steampunk convention www.wildwestcon.com MARCH 4 - 11 25th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival (TUCSON) Arizona Friends of Chamber Music’s annual festival at Leo Rich Theatre. “One of the best and most adventurous festivals in the US!” 520-577-3769. MARCH 10 & 11 Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival (TUCSON) Kief-Joshua Vineyards hosts, featuring 20 Arizona wineries in one location. New wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great wine, food vendors, a pro 2-day chili cook-off and live music. 520-455-5582. MARCH 10 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) 30+ shops and galleries, special sales, promotions, drawings, live entertainment and refreshments. Artist’s receptions until 8pm, 520-432-3554. MARCH 16 – 18 Old Tucson Wild West Days (TUCSON) “Hollywood in the Desert,” recreates 1880s Old West frontier life with living history and cultural presentations, stunt shows, & saloon musicals, 10am-5pm, tickets. 520-883-0100. MARCH 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival (TUCSON) The
31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival brings Celtic tradition and Irish spirit to Tucson!11am at Stone & 17th Street, ending at Armory Park. www. tucsonstpatricksday.com/info MARCH 17 - 18 Wild West Days (TOMBSTONE) Entertainment, USO Canteen dance, raffle, special guests. 8am–5pm. Parade on Sunday at 11am 6th & Allen St. 520-266-5266. MARCH 17 - 18 Wa:k Pow Wow (TUCSON) Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark is the location for inter-tribal activities and an artisan’s marketplace, hosted by Southern AZ’s Tohono O’odham Nation (Sonoran Desert People). www. facebook.com/wakpowwow MARCH 21 - 28 Tucson Cine Mexico (TUCSON) Showcasing the best in contemporary Mexican cinema. Presented by the Hanson Film Institute at the University of Arizona, and New York’s Cinema Tropical. The longest-running festival of contemporary Mexican film in the US. www.tucsoncinemexico.org/ MARCH 24 - 25 Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts (TUCSON) Twoday award-winning festival at Oro Valley Marketplace with up to 150 artists and exhibitors in all mediums, live strolling performances, food and family arts activities. 520-797-3959. 29
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inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 30
Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and concerts make Fountain Hills/Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ
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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS of at the AZ Renaissance Festival
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elebrating 30 Years of Cheers at the 2018 Arizona Renaissance Festival! Take a unique trip back in time to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Not even in her wildest dreams would Queen Elizabeth have imagined a celebration such as this taking place in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains! One of the largest events of its kind in the United States, this special event is a place to revel in the atmosphere of a 16th century European village! Join in the rousing revelry every Saturday & Sunday now through April 1, 2018. The Festival’s 30 acre village is filled with 13 stages of nonstop entertainment; music, comedy, falconry, dance, mermaids and acrobatics. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and mingle with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters.
Arizona Renaissance Festival Sat & Sun thru April 1, 2018 10am – 6pm Rain or Shine 12601 East Highway 60 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 (520) 463-2600 www.RenFestInfo.com
Explore the village marketplace with over 200 storybook shops, studios and galleries filled with unique arts and crafts, handmade wares, kitchens and pubs, games and peoplepowered rides. Kids love the interactive games and peoplepowered rides; Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, The Slider Joust, Piccolo Pony—a rocking horse bigger than an elephant! The Dragon Climbing Tower, Castle Siege, the Maze, Archery Range and much more!
The live jousting tournaments are one of the festival’s most popular attractions. Armored nights on charging steeds take up their lances and battle for the queen’s honor. Cheer on your favorite armored knight at one of the three daily jousting tournaments in the 5,000-seat arena. In addition to the revelry, the festival offers food fit for a King, available throughout the village. The menu is diverse with such offerings as steak-on-a-stake, vegetable and meat pies, pastas, bread bowls filled with hearty stews and more. And who can forget the smoked turkey legs?! The desserts are decadent. Try the crepes or a variety of other sweet treat surprises! There is something for EVERYONE at the Arizona Renaissance Festival! AZ 32
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Whether you are looking to kick up your heels at an Old Western Saloon, visit a World Famous Cafe or enjoy true southwestern cuisine, the Valley of the Sun has something for everyone to enjoy. Sip on wine while you take in a gorgeous sunset or dance the night away with friends.
HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 • haroldscorral.com Harold’s features the finest Choice hand carved steaks and daily delivered fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on premise using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The wide variety menu features everything from Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona.
RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • rustyspursaloon.com Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon serves up great live country and western music daily. It’s located in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank and the walls are decorated with dollar bills, license plates and all kinds of American memorabilia. Lunch served daily from 11 - 4pm.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 290 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.991.5988 • ruthschris.com Get the best steak house experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Scottsdale. Their signature 500° sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. The steak house has magnificent sunset views and a beautiful outside patio and terrace. Call today for an unforgettable dining experience!
VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • venetotrattoria.com Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi, and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.
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HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 highsocietyresale.com Find exceptional women’s clothing and accessories from the finest homes in the Valley! Vast collection of jewelry including one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver and set stones from India, Indonesia and Nepal. SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 Avenue of the Fountains #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • samifinejewelry.com Voted One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores, Sami Fine Jewelry is a great place to buy your jewelry! Home to many unique one of kind jewelry designs, Sami’s is know for their style. If your looking for something that will set you apart, you are sure to find it at Sami’s! Arizona KEYMagazine
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PRESENTING: Low Down Dirty Blues March 10 - 31, 2018 (Tucson) April 5 - 22, 2018 (Phoenix) The Diary of Anne Frank April 21 - May 12, 2018 (Tucson) BALLET ARIZONA at The Orpheum Theatre 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 602.381.1096 • balletaz.org Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. PRESENTING: Today’s Masters March 22 - 25, 2018 CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • childsplayaz.org Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats Through March 11, 2018. Maddi’s Fridge March 31 - April 8, 2018 Flora & Ulysses April 22 - May 20, 2018 PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • phoenixtheatre.com The largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre offers over 400 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs to more than 100,000 audience members a year. PRESENTING: The Boob Show Through March 18, 2018 Million Dollar Quartet March 7 - April 15, 2018 Godspell April 18 - May 13, 2018
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f you are visiting Arizona with children and looking for a rich theatrical experience, plan a visit to Childsplay in Tempe, Az. This year, Childsplay’s 41st season, has been dubbed its ‘Storybook Season.’ It is not the first time this troupe of professional adult actors has brought beloved children’s literature to life on stage, however this 2017-2018 season, each of their 7 productions is a stage adaptation from a children’s book. Popular selections from the season have included Tomás and the Library Lady, Go Dog Go!, A Christmas Carol and The Snowy Day. Still to come are Maddi’s Fridge which runs through April 8th, and Flora & Ulysses (April 22 through May 20, 2018). Childsplay productions are professional level theatrical performances that children and their families will truly adore. After many performances, the actors take time to answer audience questions, and education on several levels is integrated into each production. The mission of Childsplay is “to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood which are keys to the future.” AZ
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OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4
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attractions When it comes to memorable experiences, Arizona has you covered from scenic lake cruises, one-ofa-kind museums, amazing aquariums and zoos, world-class golf courses, soaring balloon flights and everything in between.
SCOTTSDALEâ€™S MUSEUM OF THE WEST
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Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks
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Sedona, Prescott & N. Central AZ
aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is both wild & wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday-and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 54
within close proximity to the parks, attractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ
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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”—John Muir 1. Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek is an easy hike around this famous formation that takes 1-2 hours and is a 4 mile roundtrip. 2. Cathedral Rock in West Sedona is an easy hike that follows Oak Creek to a stunning view that takes 30-40 minutes and is a 1.5 mile roundtrip. 3. Boynton Canyon in West Sedona is an easy hike with heavenly and open canyon spaces that takes 3-4 hours and is a 6.5 mile roundtrip. A Red Rock Pass is required when on National Forest land. You must display the pass on your windshield or you may receive a citation. Passes can be purchased at the Sedona Visitor Center for a minimal cost.
4. Devil’s Bridge in West Sedona is a moderate hike that leads to a geographical wonder that takes 1-2 hours and is a 2 mile roundtrip. 5. Bear Mountain in West Sedona is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views that takes 5-6 hours and is a 5 mile roundtrip. Happy Trails! AZ
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n your secret life do you dream of being an adventureseeking gemologist in search of the finest of earth’s treasures? If Indiana Jones-style escapades top your list then we have found an incredible opportunity for you. Sami Fine Jewelry hosts an exclusive tour of the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine just a few times a year, and you’ll want to book your seat now for this spring’s tour into the rugged desert terrain of the Matazal Mountains. Your day will begin at Sami Fine Jewelry, in Fountain Hills where one of Sami’s knowledgeable team members will show you why Arizona Amethyst rivals some of the most beautiful amethyst in the world. Transportation will be provided for you from that point on. And when we say transportation, that includes a helicopter ride into the mountains where the mine is located. On your ride to the helicopter take off point, Sami’s “Amethyst Guru” will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Arizona Amethyst mine, including interesting history and facts about the Amethyst. Once aboard the helicopter, prepare for an exciting tour of the beautiful Arizona desert. Soaring over the Matazal mountain range, you will fly above the Tonto national forest and then land on the Four Peaks Mountains. The mine is not open to the public, but you will have exclusive access on this incredible experience. Not only will you get to see the rugged living and work conditions of the miners, but you will get to touch and take home real Arizona Amethyst rough. Every tour participant also leaves with a $100 gift card to Sami Fine Jewelry! Reservations are required as seats are very limited and you must RSVP with a deposit. The price of the tour is $495 per person and is approximately 4 - 5 hours long. All tour guests must arrive at Sami Fine Jewelry 30 minutes prior to their scheduled flight time. At this time, you will check in, sign your insurance wavier, and pay for the remaining balance of the tour price. Like every once-in-a-lifetime adventure, this tour requires physical activity. While it’s not a terribly long hike in the mine, you will need to hike uphill in a rocky area. This spring’s tours are scheduled for April 13th & 14th and May 12th & 13th -- don’t miss out! For reservations or for more information, please contact Sami Fine Jewelry at 480-837-8168 or visit www.samifinejewelry.com. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. This 18-hole championship golf course is nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks with views beyond compare. 888-284-1660. 5. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash & Predator Feed. Use Promo code AZKEY18 for special savings. 928-567-2840. 6. SEDONA ROUGE HOTEL & SPA – Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxurious Sedona Spa. Call 866-312-4111 today! 7. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge,
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he incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red! The Red Rocks vary in origin, color and age. Some were originally sea sediment while others came from blowing sand. You’ll see bright orange, red and tan rocks. The brightest orange rocks are more than 250 million years old. White and grey rocks are limestone that formed at the bottom of the sea or sandstone that had its red color washed out by water. You may also stumble across basalt extruded by volcanoes in the past. Sedona and its famous Red Rocks have been in the making for hundreds of millions of years. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, just be sure to get out and experience Sedona’s world renowned Red Rocks! And remember, take only memories, leave only footprints. AZ
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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” — President Theodore Roosevelt
ENJOYING THE SOUTH RIM Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Before heading out, visit www.nps. gov/grca/ to help plan your trip. Once you arrive in the park, talk with the rangers for up-to-theminute information.
Many miles of roads along the rim feature numerous pullouts to enjoy the views. Hermit Road to Hermit Rest is open to private vehicles only from December through February. The free shuttle bus system provides a relaxing way to explore the developed areas of the rim.
Elevations along the rim vary from 6650 feet (2030 m) at Hermits Rest to more than 7400 feet (2260 m) at Desert View near the East Entrance. Summer temperatures are pleasant along the rim, but increase rapidly as you descend into the canyon. Low humidity makes for big temperature differences between day and night. The low humidity and high elevation also means that it is important to drink water frequently.
The Rim Trail winds along the rim for more than 13 miles (21 km), much of it paved and suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. The Greenway, a broad, paved pathway for hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchairs, leads two miles (3 km) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village. A separate segment heads east from Hermits Rest along the rim. The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend steeply into the canyon.
Afternoon thundershowers are common in July, August, and early September. Windy conditions prevail in April and May. Snow may fall as early as November. Winter snowstorms continue into March. Rangers present programsâ€”walks, talks, and evening presentationsâ€”throughout the year. All activities are free. ArizonaKEY.com
VISITOR CENTERS: The Grand Canyon Visitor Center near Mather Point is the largest of several visitor centers and makes a perfect first stop. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. AZ
ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? The Grannd Canyon invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it.
The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 GrandCanyonCVB.org AZ Plan Your Trip to the Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon Yavapai Geology Museum On Yavapai Point. Displays explain the geology and formation of the canyon. Memorable views unfold from the picture windows and nearby overlooks. Verkamp’s Visitor Center East of El Tovar Hotel. Housed in the former Verkamp’s Curios, displays tell the story of the South Rim community. Tusayan Museum 3 miles west of the East Entrance. Exhibits provide a glimpse of the rich Native American cultures, both past and present. A short trail circles an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan village. Desert View Visitor Center Near the East Entrance. Explore how this magnificent landscape has inspired artists, writers, musicians, and conservationists. 2
Canyon Plaza Resort grandcanyonplaza.com (800) 995-2521 Grand Hotel grandcanyongrandhotel.com (888) 634-7263 Holiday Inn Express grandcanyon.hiexpress.com (888) 473-2269 Red Feather Lodge redfeatherlodge.com (866) 561-2425 President Theodore Roosevelt said the Grand Canyon is the one sight every American should see. Whether you drive to it, fly over it, ride a mule into it, hike it, take a train to it or float it - just be sure to SEE IT. You’ve made it this far. Find out why the Grand Canyon is a wonder of the world that everyone should experience.
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Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ 1. MIM – Explore an amazing collection of instruments from every country in the world and from the likes of Elvis, John Lennon, and many more at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Guests wear wireless headsets to hear the sounds of the instruments as they approach different displays. 480-478-6000. 2. HOT AIR EXPEDITIONS – Embark on an unforgettable journey as you soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a Hot Air Balloon! Daily balloon flights available with Hot Air Expeditions 480-502-6999. 3. RUSTY SPUR SALOON – Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. 4. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which 70
8. SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST – This must-see attraction features regularly changing exhibits of Western art, Old West artifacts and historic Native American objects on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions, 480-686-9539.
tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. 5. TALKING STICK RESORT – a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale Resort where fun is limited only by your imagination. Enjoy Vegas-style entertainment, panoramic views at Orange Sky Restaurant, 36-holes of championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and fabulous live entertainment. 480-850-7777. 6. SHOP TIL YOU DROP – Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry at Gilbert Ortega Gallery - 480990-1808. Looking for unique southwest gift items? Visit Bischoff’s Shades of the West 480-945-3289. 7. STELLAR ADVENTURES – Get ready to explore the unique Sonoran Desert with ATV & UTV adventures, Hummers, 4x4 Jeeps, Shooting, plus Stargazing with Night Vision! Land & Lake 1/2 Day Excursion now available. Your adventure begins where the pavement ends! 602-402-0584.
9. SCENIC BOAT CRUISES – Enjoy a 90 minute cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle Cruises - 480-9842425. Explore Canyon Lake with Dolly Steamboat on a 90 minute cruise, Call to book: 480-827-9144. 10. THE PHOENIX ZOO – Home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world. 602-286-3800. AZ
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Glendale / West Valley 1. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO – Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of unrivaled gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! DDCAZ.com/west-valley 2. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK – Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 75 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 3. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT – Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Avenue. 623-385-7502.
4. WIGWAM RESORT – Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 5. BLAST OFF WITH SOME FAMILY FUN – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906. 6. STROLL IN THE GARDENS – 1,000 cactus, trees and shrubs await you desert style, where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour at Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the library to check out a listening wand, so you may learn the names of the foliage. 623-930-3596. 7. FOR THE “CHOC-OHOLIC” IN ALL OF US – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and
1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a non-guided video tour anytime. 623-930-9000. 8. BOOTS AND BIKES – The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811. 9. PACK A ROMANTIC PICNIC LUNCH – The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200. 10. LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK – One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and unleash some family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ
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SCOTTSDALE Parada del Sol
he Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry in every area, from improving working conditions for contestants and monitoring livestock welfare, to boosting entertainment value and promoting sponsors.
The PRCA also proudly supports youth rodeo with educational camps and financial assistance to young standouts preparing to enter the professional ranks, as well as supporting allied organizations such as Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Miss Rodeo America, the American Quarter Horse Association and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Annually, the PRCA sanctions about 600 top-of-the-line multiple-event rodeos on the continent, in about 38 states and three or four Canadian provinces – the cream of the crop among thousands of rodeo-related events that take place each year in North America. More than 36 million people identify themselves as fans of ProRodeo, and many of them attend PRCA-sanctioned rodeos around the country annually. According to the Sports Business Daily, rodeo is seventh in overall attendance for major sporting events, ahead of golf and tennis. Fans can follow professional rodeo all year long through the PRCA’s television coverage on CBS Sports Network, the PRCA’s ProRodeo Sports News magazine and ProRodeo.com, as well as other rodeorelated media outlets. Unlike most other professional sports, where contestants are paid salaries regardless of how well they do at a particular competition, cowboys generally pay to enter each rodeo. If they place high enough to win money, they probably make a profit, but if they don’t, they’ve lost their entry fee and any travel expenses, so every entry is a gamble, pitting the chance for loss and physical injury against 76
RODEO SCHEDULE: March 8th, 9am Rodeo Slack FREE to the public March 8th, 7pm Scottsdale Pro Bull Riding $18 to $45 March 9th & 10th 7pm Rodeo $18 to $45 March 11th, 2pm Rodeo $18 to $45 paradadelsol.org
the chance for financial windfall and athletic glory. Also unlike most sanctioned professional sports, the hundreds of “playing fields”(rodeo arenas of PRCA-sanctioned rodeos) vary widely. The size, shape, perimeter of an arena, as well as the chute configuration and whether it’s indoors or outdoors, all significantly affect times and, to a lesser extent, scores for roughstock events. The differences are so significant that some timed-event cowboys own different horses for different types of arenas. For that reason, the fairest way to measure cowboys’ success in competition across the varied settings is by earnings. The total payout at PRCA rodeos in 2016 was $45,090,245. Committees. Many PRCA rodeos are broadly involved in their communities in both service and fundraising areas. Lets Rodeo, The 65th annual Scottsdale Parada Rodeo is March 8 thru 11th 2018. The PRCA sanctioned rodeo brings the top cowboys and cowgirls from around the US, Mexico and Canada to compete for almost $100,000 in prize money. The rodeo on Thursday March 8 is all bull riding with the 50 top riders fresh from NFR in Las Vegas scheduled to ride the rankest bulls in the west! Friday, Saturday and Sunday rodeo is a true traditional pro rodeo with bareback, saddle bronc, tiedown roping, team roping, bulldogging, barrel racing and bull riding. Dave Alford, Scottsdale Parada Rodeo G.M. says, “Only in Scottsdale can you golf in the morning, go to a spring training ballgame in the afternoon, and then enjoy the action of a pro rodeo that evening!!” The rodeo is held at West World of Scottsdale Arizona’s premier event center. For tickets go to www.paradadelsol.org. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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Cave Creek & Carefree 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP – There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek,
except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 480-488-4812. 5. HISTORIC SPANISH VILLAGE – Located in the heart of Downtown Carefree along whimsical Ho Hum road, this is one of the first buildings constructed in Carefree and remains a cultural and art hub. 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB – Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek, 480-488-0398. 7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY – Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. The steel kinetic wind sculpture turning
in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757. 8. CAVE CREEK MUSEUM – Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480-488-2764. 9. BARTLETT LAKE Located just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors can drive to Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. 480-595-3300. 10. FRONTIER TOWN – Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ
2018 Event Schedule Carefree Farmer’s Market — Sundial Every Friday, 9 am - 1 pm 1st Friday Art Walks First Fridays through April, 4 pm Carefree Desert Garden Seminars Mar. 10 and April 14, 9:30 am - 12 pm 23rd Annual Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival March 16 - 18, 10 am - 5 pm Experience more than 155 fine artisans, live musicand fine wine. Sights & Sounds in the Carefree Desert Gardens March 23 - April 30, 10 am - 3 pm Enjoy a variety of weekly art demonstrations and music. Carefree Restaurant Week May 4 - 13 Dine local “Carefree Style” with specials all week. CarefreeRestaurants.com Enjoy the Carefree Desert Gardens open 365 days a year. Free admission and only minutes north of the 101.
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Prescott 1. WHISKEY ROW Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and peoplewatch. 2. SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122. 3. HASSAYAMPA INN A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434. 80
4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located in the heart of Prescott just a short walk from the historic downtown Courthouse Square. 928-778-0133. 5. CITY OF PRESCOTT LAKES With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-925-1410. 6. HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008. 7. ANTELOPE HILLS GOLF COURSE Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At an
elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass. 928-777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230. 9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT Don’t miss the MileHigh Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System. 10. ANTIQUE ROW Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. AZ
Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Prescott is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest, 450 miles of trails, and four lakes. Find out why Prescott is known for true west, real adventure in a cool setting.
FEATURE FILM: Django
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FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 4, 2018
s the Sedona International Film Festival approaches the quarter-century mark in 2019, Festival organizers have gone back to its roots for the 24th annual event, Feb. 24-March 4, 2018. The 24th Sedona International Film Festival will feature 150 films from narrative features to documentaries to shorts at three venues: The Mary D. Fisher Theatre, the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Sedona Harkins 6. Passes for the 24th festival are on sale now. Individual tickets will go on sale in mid-February. The festival’s enhanced ticketing system “will make it easier to pick and see the films,” Creative and Development Director Pat Schweiss said, and a change in the screening schedule at SPAC “will increase the number of films shown at our largest venue.” A special SPAC Pass ($300) will offer unlimited films and priority seating at that venue. Advanced-sale Platinum All-Access Passes are on sale now for $1,150. Gold Priority Passes are $550; 20-ticket packages are $255; 10-ticket packages are $130. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $100. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 19. Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $75 for a basic membership all the way to the top level: Film Star ($50,000). Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels. Full information is available at www.sedonafilmfestival.org.
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orthern Arizona offers a substantial climate change (the good kind) from lower elevations in the Valley. The noticeable difference averages about 25 degrees, and is a welcome change at any time of year.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. experiencewilliams.com, 928-635-4061 Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200 restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or flagstaffarizona.org AZ 84
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Joe Beeler, Crazy Horse Courtesy of the Peterson Family Collection
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The Old West meets the New West in two new exhibitions at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West in Old Town Scottsdale. “Western Edge: Humor and Playfulness in Contemporary Western Art” offers a modern twist on Western icons. Seventeen artworks in diverse mediums carry on the tradition of art history, but also break or bend the rules in compelling ways to open the viewer’s mind to new possibilities and methods of seeing. Fanciful paintings and bronzes portray Frida Kahlo viewing an artwork by Picasso, a horse working out with an exercise ball, and the iconic road trip—with people and animals at the wheel. Presented in partnership with the Scottsdale Gallery Association, the juried exhibition features 11 emerging artists of the Greater Western region who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. The artworks are on loan from Altamira Gallery, Amery Bohling Fine Art Gallery, The J Klein Gallery, Tilt Gallery and Wilde Meyer Gallery.
Connie Townsend, Move Over AZ Courtesy of Wilde Meyer Gallery
Harkening back to the Old West, “The Art of Joe Beeler: A Western Original” includes more than 80 paintings and bronze sculptures by the artist, plus personal belongings, and a recreation of Beeler’s Sedona, Arizona studio. A fourth-generation Westerner, Beeler (1931-2006) played a vital role in popularizing Western art and preserving the enduring legend of the American cowboy. Working in bronze, oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil and charcoal, he portrayed Plains and Southwest Native Americans, cowboys, mountain men, animals, and everyday moments of Western life.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West 3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-686-9539 scottsdalemuseumwest.org
He was one of four cofounders of the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA), which is recognized as one of the most influential artists’ groups in the nation’s history. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is located at 3830 N. Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. The museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2015, and was named the 2018 “Best Western Museum” in the nation by the readers of True West Magazine. Three docent-led tours are offered daily at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. (except Monday when the museum is closed). For more information about this TripAdvisor highly rated attraction, call 480-686-9539 or visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org. AZ
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Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge extending 70 feet past the canyon edge and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. Tours include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636. 3. LOWELL OBSERVATORY Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-774-3358. 4. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS Treat yourself to the ultimate guided tour experience and 88 88
leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Jeep Tour guide will give you a fun, informative, and focused tour that will ensure that you see the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon. 833-314-7465 5. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM 12 miles wide, one mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928-638-7888. 6. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one of the new Pink
Jeep Grand Canyon Tours, a must do adventure! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Ctr.) 833-314-7465 (Pink Jeep) 8. METEOR CRATER Visit the worldâ€™s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898. 9. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 Whether itâ€™s through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we long to be connected to our love of the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 10. STEP BACK IN TIME The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils going back over 200 million years. Some petrified logs found in the park measure over 190 feet! 928-524-6228. AZ
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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Bisbee – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe. discoverbisbee.com, 520-432-3554 Tucson – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and Tombstone – founded in 1877, the “Town golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play reenactment of the bitter fight between the Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and Tucson will keep you entertained. walk where heroes and villains of the old west 800-638-8350 AZ lived, worked and fought. 888-457-3929 Tubac – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704
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Southern Arizona 1. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily well-preserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 discoverbisbee.com 2. Kartchner Caverns Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour of the State Park. You’ll find museum exhibits, a gift shop, and the Discovery Center. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 azstateparks.com/kartchner/ 3. Biosphere 2 - U of A Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Tours take you inside the world’s largest living research center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org 92 92
4. Tumacácori National Historical Park The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 www.nps.gov/tuma/ 5. TUCSON ADVENTURES What better way to view the gorgeous landscape of Southern Arizona than from a Hot Air Balloon! Bring your camera for incredible photos. After your magic carpet ride enjoy a champagne toast! FAA Certified Pilots & Hot Air Balloons. 1-800-742-2556 tucsonadventures.com 6. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion: zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). Enjoy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520-883-2701 desertmuseum.org 7. Mission San Xavier del Bac - A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with
marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. 520-294-2624 www.sanxaviermission.org 8. Pima Air & Space Museum Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced. 520-574-0462 pimaair.org 9. Colossal Cave Explore this ancient crystal cave on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 colossalcave.com 10. O.K. Corral Tombstone Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-457-3456 okcorral.com AZ
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be inspired Bisbee’s creative spirit is legendary. Here you’ll find a forward-looking town with a remarkably well-preserved past. Bisbee is a town full of extraordinary historic architecture, as well as home to a vital, living, breathing art and music scene, all in a setting of rugged natural beauty. Bisbee’s galleries, shops and performance venues open a window into the town’s rich culture of creativity - in surroundings that may just get your creativity flowing, too.
Come be inspired in Bisbee.
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ARIZONA FUN FACTS 1.
Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.
Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)
Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.
Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.
Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.
10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona. ArizonaKEY.com
13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95
AZ Visitors Ask The Expert
BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT
Q. Can you recommend some places to visit off the tourist map where we can pick up the vibe from longtime locals? A. This year’s Consumer and Electronics (CES) Show in Las Vegas peddling self-cleaning/ flushing toilets, lingerie that tells you when you’re fat, calorie-counting-grocery-list-making refrigerators, and pole-dancing robots spawns a backlash rise in requests for Old School sightseeing spots, and places to visit where the locals convene on an analog basis!
or a time-traveler back to an era when clocks had faces and hands, and records were made of vinyl, a sentimental journey to Seligman along America’s first national highway in Northern Arizona is a must.The epicenter of throwback chit chat is Angel Delgadillo’s Barber Shop and souvenir center. At age 90, Angel has been dubbed “the guardian angel of U.S. Route 66”(Wikipedia). This founding member of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, recently inducted into the Arizona Hall of Fame, will give you an earful of the State’s wild and wooly era along with a classic Old Time Wet Shave if you make an appointment. His daughters run the quirky gift shop, said to be a unique “gold mine of Rt. 66 gadgets and curious curios.” Catch this scrapbook of Arizona history along the Highway nine to five daily. www.route66giftshop.com. Author of Ghost Towns of Route 66, Jim Hinckley, regularly grabs a bite and a cup of house-brewed coffee at Rutherford’s 66 Family Diner owned by fellow locals Tammy and Brent. Housed in one of America’s original three Denny’s serving “three squares” daily, this eatery boasts an Early Bird Special of biscuits-gravy-2-eggs-bacon for $5 and a great prime rib sandwich! 928-377-1660.
sentimental journey you don’t want to miss during Spring Training month around Central Arizona should include a visit to an old-fashioned steak house that doesn’t take itself too seriously (tuxedoes not required) where players from the 15 baseball teams in the area grab grub. 96
Since 1982, Don and Charlie’s has been the place to go to celebrate a team’s win, a year’s end, or for anniversaries, birthdays, bar mitzvahs and milestones (both major and minor.)Owner Don Carson has enshrined an archive of sports memorabilia with over 750 autographed baseballs including its centerpiece Babe Ruth ball; Michael Jordan, Willie Mays and Joe Montana jerseys; bobble heads, bats, baseball gloves, basketball shoes and boxing gloves from famous sports figures across the country and personalized photos and magazine covers from the likes of Ted Williams and Wayne Gretzky. Barbecued baby back ribs and the rib eye steaks take bragging rights on the menu and the crème Brule with its chocolate center is a celebration must. Don and Charlie’s is open daily for dinner only: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. www.donandcharlies.com
orse lovers can rub shoulders with jockeys, trainers, breeders, owners, and riding & ranching first families of the Old West in Southern Arizona the first two weekends in March at the historic Rillito Race Track, celebrating its 75th anniversary. Near the banks of the Rillito River in the shadow of the Catalina Mountains, fans gather to hear the thunder of hooves at the home of the first Quarter Horse race track in the U.S. and the site of the first use of photo finish in horse racing. The track is tied to the world-renowned University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program which is the only one of its kind in the U.S., offering a proven road to careers in the racing industry. Probably its most distinguished alumnus is trainer Bob Baffert of Nogales whose horse -- American Pharoah was the first winner of the Triple Crown in 47 years. Gates open at 10 a.m. The horses leave the paddock at 12:30 for the starting gates, allowing you your up-close encounter with these Western Pegasus legacies and their trainers and jockeys before the first race at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 and Club House $10 (520) 745 5486. www.rillitoracetrack.com. Remember, half the fun of travel is feeling lost in the right direction or getting off the beaten track to ultimately get back on [life’s] track! AZ
Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident of Arizona, is past President of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A. 97
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