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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | January 2019 |

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Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort


RoadHouse Cinemas at The Pavilions


Blue Coyote Cantina at Talking Stick Resort


Brickyard Grill at Octane Raceway


Ocean Trail at Talking Stick Resort


The Bistro at Courtyard Marriott Salt River

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editor’spage: RINGING in

the New Year in Arizona


t is officially 2019. It may only be January, but you’ve already done something wonderful by choosing to visit Arizona during this lovely time of year. Plenty of outdoor adventures await, and you can take advantage of Arizona’s quite varied climates. As is common with each new year, you may be thinking about some exciting new adventures you’d like to experience in 2019. Well look no further than this, because our exhilarating state offers plenty of bucket-list possibilities. Here are a few of our favorites...

1. See the Grand Canyon

2019 is the Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th anniversary (see page 64 for more about the Grand Canyon), so it’s only fitting that you should take an opportunity to see this amazing natural wonder. There are plenty of ways to visit the canyon (by train, by mule, by river, on foot...) but our favorite is when someone else is doing the driving and is willing to share their knowledge about the majestic sights. Pink Jeep Tours (back cover) provides a Grand Canyon Tour Experience, and Arizona Scenic Tours (pg. 48) provides customized tours to perfectly 16

match your itinerary. DUKOUT Adventure Brokers (story on pg. 68) can combine multiple activities into one fully organized tour that even incorporates meals, wine tastings and other special excursions in one price, setting you free from the distraction of pulling out a wallet.

2. Embark on a New Adventure

If you didn’t have your fill of adrenaline rushes in 2018, it might be time to try some rugged exploring. Arizona offers 35 State Parks to choose from where visitors will surely find a challenging trail to forge. If you need a little guidance, Wild Bunch Desert Guides can help you hit the bike paths, and if motorized exploration is more your speed, then Stellar Adventures (pg. 49) has a thrilling ATV or UTV excursion waiting for you. If the direction you’re thinking of is more vertical, you can go upwards with Hot Air Expeditions (coupon on page 47). Many people’s bucket lists include a ride in a hot air balloon, and Hot Air Expeditions’ trips include a delicious brunch with morning flights and gourmet appetizers & champagne in the desert after evening ascensions. Arizona KEYMagazine

3. Spend More Time With Friends and Family A popular entry on most lists

of New Year’s resolutions is often to spend more time with family. A visit to Arizona is a wonderful place to to fulfil that worthy goal, with plenty of engaging and entertaining ways to spend time together. A few ideas to try: a scenic drive down the famous and nostalgic Route 66 and a stop along the way in Williams, AZ (see story on page 84) will bring you back to a simpler time. Another relaxing way to spend time with friends and loved ones is to book a relaxing cruise on one of the boats that glide along the calm waters of Arizona’s beautiful lakes. Two popular choices are the Dolly Steamboat (pg. 50), which has been cruising the secluded inner waterways of spectacular Canyon Lake since 1925; and the lovely Desert Belle, a double decker boat with two bathrooms and a snack bar that has been cruising the waters of Saguaro Lake for over fifty years (coupon on pg. 47). We’ve found boat cruises to be a wonderful way to see the majestic flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert from a relaxing vantage point (no rugged hiking boots needed) that family members of all ages can thoroughly enjoy.

4. Get Back to Nature

Arizona has many delightful ways to enjoy the natural surroundings. All of our suggestions, in fact, involve getting out of doors. And why not? Arizona in January boasts ideal weather for outside activities. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is Arizona’s oldest botanical garden, and a wonderful place to take a stroll along paths carved beautifully through foliage of many kinds — both mature trees and aridland plants (coupon on page 21). Carefree, AZ offers a lovely walk-around garden that is free to visitors. Carefree Desert Gardens is one of two public botanical gardens in the state, and is open every day for self guided tours through 4 acres of fascinating desert plants (story on page 80).

5. Let Loose and Go Wild

If your bucket list includes doing something daring, you might be interested in ziplining directly over wild animals with Predator Zipline. If you would rather skip the zip and just view the animals in their habitats, Arizona is home to many wildlife viewing opportunities. The Phoenix Zoo (pg. 6) is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the country, with 2.5 miles of walking paths and 3,000+ animals on exhibit. An added bonus is that the Phoenix Zoo allows visitors to bring their own food in, saving on the dining tab for families on a budget. West of Metro Phoenix, visitors will find Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park which houses Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals with a petting zoo, daily shows and carnival style rides (coupon on page 77). If you love the option of walking or driving through a wildlife park, Bearizona in Williams, AZ is a must-see (pg. 87). You’ll have the opportunity to stroll the walkaround areas, drive right up to a herd of bison, or watch the bears rolling around in play if you go on Bearizona’s Wild Ride Bus tour. Just 90 minutes North of Phoenix in Camp Verde, AZ, you’ll find Out of Africa Wildlife Park (coupon on page 61), a unique opportunity to see wild-by-nature animals in an African Bush Safari setting. Not a zoo, or a drive through park, Out of Africa strives for a relaxed and expansive feel where people can witness the natural behavior of many animals. The animals are not trained to perform, but visitors will definitely witness a show when handlers bring the big cats out for a romp in the pool during the daily Tiger Splash. Finally, if an aquatic encounter is what floats your boat, then you’ll surely want to visit Dolphinaris in Scottsdale (pg. 50), where you can choose between a land encounter, a water encounter, or a fully submerged (swimming with the dolphin) Deluxe Encounter.

Whatever the nature of your favorite bucket-list activity, Arizona is a great place to turn those “I will experience...” resolutions into realities and make some lasting memories in 2019. AZ


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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

Joey Alexander Thursday, January 10 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Joey Alexander develops fresh takes on wellknown tunes, combining them seamlessly with his own original compositions in a way that invites both new and seasoned listeners in and reflects the true emotional heart and soul of his musical personality.

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES 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.

unprecedented look into your amazing body and how it works. 480-291-8000.

ALL MONTH The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon (PHOENIX) Musical Instrument Museum displays more than 80 of the world’s rarest guitars and amplifiers. 480.478.6000.

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 47)

ALL MONTH BODIES REVEALED Traveling Exhibition (SCOTTSDALE) Fascinating and Real. BODIES REVEALED is a must-see during its limited time at OdySea in the Desert. Over 200 actual human bodies are meticulously and respectfully displayed, offering an

TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) More than 65 ceramics from one of the finest private collections of Hopi pottery. Spanning 6 centuries, this exhibition explores the history and

ALL MONTH Lights of the World Festival (PHOENIX) Named one of the Top 5 ‘Over-theTop’ Light Shows transforms AZ State Fairgrounds into a holiday light festival with free carnival rides, acrobat shows and more. 602.252.6771.



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Phoenix Theatre presents: Jersey Boys (PHOENIX) Multiple performance times. Audiences will hear their favorite tunes from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in this Jukebox Musical that reveals the rough beginnings of the well-loved band from Jersey. See JANUARY 23 - MARCH 10 storyATon pg. 53. THE PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY Visit or call 602.254.2151 today!

stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539.

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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.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open (SCOTTSDALE) MONDAY, JANUARY 28 FREE General Admission 9:30 a.m. — Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 FREE General Admission 10:00 a.m. — R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day Trick Shot Show, PING Jr. Clinic 11:00 a.m. — San Tan Ford Special Olympics Open WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 8:30 a.m. — Annexus Pro-Am 3:30 p.m. — Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory 3:30 p.m. — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 7:30 a.m. — WMPO 1st round 3:30 p.m. — Birds Nest FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 7:30 a.m. — WMPO 2nd round 3:30 p.m. — Birds Nest SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 9:00 a.m. — WMPO 3rd round 3:30 p.m. — Birds Nest GREEN OUT (Wear Green) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 9:00 a.m. — WMPO 4th round MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 9:00 a.m. — Ewing Post Open – TPC Stadium Course


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THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm–9pm, 800-782-1117. January 1 - 6 Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales at Desert Botanical Garden (PHOENIX) Known widely for his vivid avian subjects, Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective. Desert Botanical Garden, 480-941-1225, January 1 - 11 Farm Lights (MESA) The inaugural year of what will likely be an annual tradition, Vertuccio Farms lights up the farm. Over 10 acres of lights on display. 480.882.1482. January 1 - 13 Zoolights (PHOENIX) One of the Valley’s most anticipated holiday traditions at the Phoenix Zoo. 5:30-10:30pm nightly guests can see millions of lights and a 200 ft. polar slide, live reindeer, Stingray Bay and 4D Theater with Zoolights ticket starting at $9.95 for value dates.

January 8 - 13 Hello, Dolly! (TEMPE) Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed musical comedy at ASU Gammage Theatre. 480.965.3434. January 11 - 13 7th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival (SURPRISE) Held at the Surprise Recreation Center. More than 100 jury-selected artists from around the nation and abroad, displaying original pieces of fine art in a variety of mediums and subject matters. Live musical performance and more than 40 different domestic and imported wines available for tasting. $3. 10 am – 5 pm. 480-837-5637. January 11 - 13 26th Annual Big Maricopa County Home and Garden Show (PHOENIX) The largest home show in the Southwest returns to the Arizona State Fairgrounds. 602.485.1691. January 11 - 13 62nd Annual Gila County Gem and Mineral Show (GLOBE) All three days 9am4pm. Held at the Gila County Fairground Building. Dealers will be selling jewelry, gems, rocks, rock specimens, slabs, cabochons, fossils, lapidary equipment and tools. 623-810-9780.

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January 12 24th Annual Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party (GLENDALE) 4-10pm. This will be your last opportunity to see the Glitters holiday light display, and the city likes to send out the holiday season with a bang! Take in the stunning 1.6 million LED lights, along with more than 20 hot air balloons glowing throughout 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. FREE. 623-930-2299. January 16 - 20 19th Annual Russo and Steele ‘Sports and Muscle’ Car Auction (SCOTTSDALE) At Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Features 800 sports cars, muscle cars and hot rods, presenting the finest in European Sports, American Muscle, Customs and Hot Rods, memorabilia auction, supports local charities. (602) 252-2697.

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elebrating its 84th year, the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community will tee it up at TPC Scottsdale, January 28 – February 3, and will feature a star-studded field comprised of past champions, young guns, perennial contenders, and Major Championship winners. In addition to the PGA TOUR’s best, celebrities, community leaders, and rock stars also will join in the fun making the 2019 tournament the Valley’s mustattend sporting event of the season. Much like the past two years, more than 18 holes were needed to decide a champion during Sunday’s final Round. Gary Woodland found himself in the winner’s circle after besting Chez Reavie in


a sudden-death playoff, tapping in for par and the victory on the first playoff hole. It was Woodland’s third PGA TOUR victory and his first since the 2013 Barracuda Championship. The 2018 tournament also continued to break charitable donation records, as the host Thunderbirds raised more than $12.2 million, distributed to more than 150 Arizona non-profits through the proceeds from the 2018 event.This marks the largest single amount raised by The Thunderbirds in the 83-year history of the tournament, breaking last year’s record of more than $10.1 million. To add to the crowning accomplishment, the civic organization has now raised more than $134 million for Arizona charities since the first tournament in 1932, with more than $68 million raised since 2010 when Waste Management became the title sponsor. So what’s new at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open? Each year, The Thunderbirds strive to improve the tournament in new and exciting ways.This year, El Rancho on 12, the popular Mexican food and tequila venue, gets another makeover that includes an 18,000-square-foot flattened viewing area, perfect for watching golf on the 11th, 12th and 6th holes. Patrons on 18 will notice a brand-new, double-decker skybox

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venue with 24 additional corporate suites. And a new bleacher area on 10 green shows The Thunderbirds never-ending quest to improve fan experience. The party doesn’t end with the conclusion of each round, as the Coors Light Birds Nest brings the party across the street to a four-night music concert series. Open Wednesday (1/30) through Saturday (2/2) from 3:30-10 p.m., the 2019 Coors Light Birds Nest will feature some of the nation’s hottest artists.Things kick off on Wednesday with country music stars Midland and Old Dominion.The country music theme continues on Thursday with Jake Owen, Lee Brice and Michael Ray. Friday features two headliners, Snoop Dogg – one of the most iconic hip-hop artists of all time – and the incredibly successful pop duo,The Chainsmokers. And keeping in line with the past few years, Saturday’s finale features electronic dance music superstars, Martin Garrix, DJ Vice and Justin Mylo. While the actual Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament will be played Thursday-Sunday, there will still be plenty of things to see and do at TPC Scottsdale all week long. Many of the PGA TOUR pros will play morning practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday of tournament week. And thanks to Ford – the official vehicle sponsor of the WM Phoenix Open – all guests receive free admission to the festivities on Monday, Jan. 28, and Tuesday, Jan. 29 as part of Ford Free Days courtesy of Arizona Ford Dealers. Other notable events during tournament week include the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day and San Tan Ford Special Olympics Open on Tuesday; and the extremely popular Annexus Pro-Am

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and Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory on Wednesday. On Saturday, Feb. 2, Waste Management and The Thunderbirds invite everyone to participate in the eighth-annual GREEN OUT, where players and fans are encouraged to wear green to showcase their support for the environment, the community and all that Waste Management is doing to solidify the tournament’s status as not only the greenest event on the PGA TOUR, but also the most charitable. For every person who wears green on Saturday, The Thunderbirds will donate “green” to three local charities. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is not only the most-attended tournament on the PGA TOUR, it is also the largest zero-waste event in the world.That means ZERO tournament waste has entered landfills in the last six years. Instead, 100 percent was recycled, composted or sent to waste-to-energy facilities. There is a lot of excitement in Scottsdale during the early months of 2019, but none more impactful or fun than “The People’s Open.” For more information or tickets visit AZ 23

event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ January 5 & 19 Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts (MESA) Held 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am-4pm. January 18 - 20 26th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival (CAREFREE) More than 155 juried fine artisans from throughout the US and abroad. Artists will participate displaying paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink; impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, sparkling hand blown glass, clay, metal, stone, wood, bronze, one-ofkind handcrafted jewelry, beautiful photography and much more! Sculptor, Austin Casson, is this year’s featured artist. Plus, musicians, wine connoisseurs, chocolatiers and more! 10am-5pm. 480-837-5637. EVERY SATURDAY Rock ‘N’ Roll McDonald’s Car Show (SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music, 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.


January 25 - 27 8th Annual Arizona Ballloon Classic (GOODYEAR) Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race & festival will attract over 20,000 fans and consumers. Multiple “Hare and Hound” Hot Air Balloon races. Up to 30 hot air balloons will participate in the competitions that are set up. Friday and Saturday evenings the balloons will be set aglow. In addition, there will be hot air balloon rides, hot air balloon tether rides, live music, food tasting, beer garden, family fun zone, stunt bike riders, cooking demos and more. $15 admission daily and a Street Foodfest benefits Valley of the Sun United Way. For info: January 25 - 27 Native: A Festival of Tribal, AZ Arts & Entertainers (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Takes place at Avenue of the Fountains

January 12 Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar (CAREFREE) Held at 9:30am. Guest speaker Darren Julian, Urban Wildlife Specialist from AZ Game and Fish Dept. speaks on the topic of Living with Urban Wildlife.


10am-5pm Friday-Sunday. Highlights Native American hoop dancing, music and storytelling daily at 1pm. Shop handcrafted Native American & Southwestern artisan creations, and discover cottage industry packaged edibles and unique health & wellness products, food truck and snack concessions. For more information visit www. fountain-hills-events.html.

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MONDAYS Monday Football Madness (CAMP VERDE) Are you ready for some football? Watch the game on a 12 foot HDTV screen, enjoy a stadium style buffet, featuring home-teamthemed items along with tailgate favorites. Win Castle Cash and prizes. Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, $15, 800-381-SLOT.

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. And 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 Page 63 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.

ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular offroad tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. History buffs can explore the mystery and capture history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For See-Forever Vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Experience thrilling drops on the Diamond Gulch Tour. Call 833-314-7465 to book an amazing dventure! 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 out of the box creative thinking. At Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1pm-2:30pm, $15, call to reserve: 928-203-5353. MONDAYS Monday at the Museum (SEDONA) 11am every Monday in January, the Sedona Museum provides old-time craft and skills demos from quilting, wood-carving, chair caning, bread baking, egg painting, jelly-making, broom-making and lots more. Usually FREE unless supplies are involved. Call for details of the next demo, 928-282-7038 or follow us on SedonaMuseum. 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



event calendar FREE live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). WEDNESDAYS Wineaux Wednesday (SEDONA) Sedona’s Best Sunsets & Wine Tasting with a dozen wines to taste. Different wine experts each week answer questions about the wine selections, Happy Hour Tapas menu and live entertainment starts at 6pm.

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schedule of events, including an intimate salon musicale held in one of Sedona’s private homes and a culminating chamber music concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 13 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. 928-204-2415.

January 13 Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park (SEDONA) Join knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This interpretive experience is for both the January 10 - 13 6th Annual Sedona Winter beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 1½-2 Musicfest (SEDONA) This hours with an elevation gain popular yearly celebration of 250 feet. Hike is included will entertain and educate with park entrance fees. attendees with a dynamic

$7.00 ages 14+; $4.00 ages 7-13; free for ages 6 and under. 928-282-6907. January 13 Yavapai Symphony Association presents Grofe Grand Canyon Suite (PRESCOTT) 2-5pm. Grofe’s picturesque Grand Canyon Suite wowed sold-out audiences during the Symphony’s 2012 performance. The Phoenix Symphony Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper continues this patriotic program with Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra and the unique compositional style of Charles Ives. 928.776.4255. January 19 - 20 Sedona VegFest 2019 (SEDONA) a Two-Day Celebration at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The event will feature speakers, cooking demonstrations, film screenings and exhibitors — all of which will focus on promoting the health, ethical and environmental benefits of a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet and lifestyle. 928-821-6754. January 31 An Evening With George Winston (SEDONA) Selfdescribed “rural folk piano” player George Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music. He performs at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. 928-853-4292.


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event calendar ALL MONTH Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don hats & mining lanterns, and ride the mine train deep underground, search for veins of copper, gold and turquoise, and experience the life of a miner. Reservations 520-4322071. ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) Only one of its kind: Your Ghost Host leads you on a walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and alleys after dark. Learn about ghosts that haunt this 135 year old town. Family friendly tour at 5:30pm! Adults $15, Kids (under 12) $13, and dogs FREE! www.

Tucson & Southern Arizona January 26 Cave Fest at Kartchner Caverns (BENSON) Live animals, children’s activities & crafts, presentations, guided hikes and several caving activities will take place at Kartchner Caverns State Park, 10am4pm. Celebrate the scientific value and the beauty of caves. The day will include expert talks, games, science experiments, and more! or 877.MY.PARKS. January 31 JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show (TUCSON) Hours: 10am-6pm. The JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show is one of the leading Jewelry events in North America for all jewelry industry professionals and it is one of the key jewelry markets in the world. Held at the Tucson Expo Center.

ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) 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, milliongallon ocean and much more, 520-8386200 or visit January 19 - 20 Casa Grande 19th Annual Historic Downtown Street Fair & Car Show (CASA GRANDE) Approximately 200 exhibitors selling art, pottery, jewelry, clothing, sculptures, great food, entertainment and more. The Classic Car Show will feature unique, vintage and custom-built cars on Saturday only. 520-836-8744.

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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 vehicle. Enjoy the antics of baby and smaller animals as you stroll through Fort Bearizona walkaround portion, and hop aboard the Wild Ride Bus Tour to learn more about the critters from an experienced tourguide. Call 928635-2289 or visit WEDNESDAYS Flagstaff Poetry Slam (FLAGSTAFF) Come watch, judge, or compete in this fun and interactive literary event, where you decide who comes out on top at the end of the night! The Flagstaff Poetry Slam is a weekly event that takes place on Wednesday nights at Firecreek Coffee Company. Signups for poets start at 7:30, and the show starts at 8:00 pm. Competing poets are judged by five random audience members who put numbers to poetry and determine who moves on to the second round and, eventually, who wins the night’s slam. This is a fun and engaging opportunity to be involved in the literary community in Flagstaff. All ages are welcome. 928-774-2266.

waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. Weekends and select evenings 5:30 and 7:30pm. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-843-8724, January 19 9th Annual Flagstaff Brewhaha: A Winter Tasting Event to Benefit Flagstaff Ski Club (FLAGSTAFF) 2pm-6pm at High Country Conference Center in downtown Flagstaff. BrewHaHa will feature over 60 of the best local, regional, and national breweries and over 150 different craft beers! There will be live music featuring Flagstaff’s FoxyKoshka. BrewHaHa will also include a Best of the Fest Contest. In keeping with the “tasting” theme of the event there will be also be bratwurst available for sale. The event is 21+ only. 877-435-9849. Tickets will be $50 at the door. 928-853-4292. BEARIZONA CRITTER PLAYING IN SNOW

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings 7:3010pm* and take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects displayed on a large TV screen with the new MallinCam, 928-774-3358. *Subject to astronomer availability. January 3 - 5 The Polar Express (WILLIAMS) Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express train comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, AZ, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”— where Santa Claus and his reindeer are 30

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Events Around Arizona: January 10 - 13 9th Annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair (LAKE HAVASU) Hot air balloon ‘Mass Ascension’, balloon night glow, sky divers, arts and crafts, antique and classic cars, carnival rides and more. 928-486-7979. January 19 German Festival (YUMA) A day filled with German folk music, dancing, traditional games, contests, and more! Wear your dirndl and lederhosen and get in FREE! At Desert Sun Stadium. $1 entry. 928-373-5040. January 19 Scottish Burns Supper 2019 (YUMA) A customary four course Scottish feast, a ‘Toast to the Lassies’ with ‘the water of life’ Scotch Whiskey, excerpt readings of Burns poetry, special presentations from United Yuma Firefighters Pipes & Drums and a Scottish Highland Dancer will fill the evening’s festivities. RSVP Required. (928) 373-5243. January 26 - 27 Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association & Little Delbert Days (LAKE HAVASU CITY) Held at SARA Park Rodeo Grounds. Admission Price: $15 adults; kids 15 and under free. This two-day fun-filled event has something for everyone! Kids activities include: Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, “Little Tuff” Tractor Races, Cupcake Walk, Mechanical Bull Roping Arena and more!

FEB 8-10 2019 Now in its 71st year, Gold Rush Days celebrates Wickenburg’s origins as a historic ranching and gold mining center. Today, this heritage event draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. Join us! PARADE SENIOR PRO RODEO CLASSIC CAR SHOW GOLD PANNING ARTS AND CRAFTS FOOD VENDORS WESTERN ACTS


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Kids OF ALL Ages!


onging for childhood days of make believe? Mythic heroes slaying dragons, sea maidens appearing from the sea, steel clad warriors jousting atop mighty steeds and knights in shining armor saving damsels in distress — this can all be found at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. There is definitely something for the children and the child in all of us to be found at the Faire.

Arizona’s annual festival is one of the largest in the nation, held on weekends in February and March in its fanciful European style village constructed on a 30-acre site just below the foothills of the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix and northwest of Tucson. This is where you’ll find theater, circus, an arts and crafts fair, acrobatics, a jousting tournament, people-powered rides, and a feasting – all rolled into a nonstop, daylong family adventure! Merchants hawk their wares, selling everything from clothing to custom ceramics. Observe in awe at the demonstrations displaying skills of blacksmithing, jewelry making, glassblowing, leather work and pottery throwing. Over 200 artisans are housed in the market lanes filled with whimsical storybook shops. There are fourteen open-air stages where you can listen to raucous music and roaring comedy. Catch the swordplay and wordplay of festival favorites Don Juan and Miguel. It’s hard to miss the wild antics of The Tortuga Twins (three unrelated men in tights), and


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more than amusing to decipher Zilch the Tory Steller(the misspelling, like his missspeaking is intentional). On or off the stage you are bound to rub shoulders with delightful characters. Don’t miss The Living Fountain! Or the Sea Fairies! A variety of food and drynk is available to satisfy your appetite; bread bowls, stews, steak-on-a-stake, roasted chicken and so much more. In the midst of this enormous feast you’ll find the King of festival foods — the huge roasted turkey leg. Tempt your diet plan with desserts from the Cottage Bakery, the Cappuccino Inn, or the Chocolate Shoppe. Pubs serve beers, wine and soft drynks to quench your thirst. And kids love this place! Dozens of activities bring out their smiles. Guests young and old will revel in the magic and mystery upon seeing the varied attractions at the Faire; Living Mermaids — witness the wonder of these lovely, elusive and charming sea fairies of the deep. A Festival favorite with children is Mother (and Father) Goose brought to life, with costumed ducks and geese, Maggie, Mimi and Matilda. Kids will cheer for their favorite knight at the 5,000 seat jousting arena or try their hand at archery. Children delight in the return of a falcon, the King of sports, at the Falconer’s Heath. Kids also love riding the people-powered Da Vinci’s Steam ship, the Swan Swing, Christopher Columbus’ “Voyage to the New World”, the Slider Joust, as well as the Piccolo Pony, a rocking horse bigger than an elephant. In

addition to the peoplepowered rides, the Festival offers interactive games like the dragon climbing tower, the castle AZ Renaissance Festival siege, Jacobs’ Feb. 9 - March 31, 2019 Ladder, a maze Saturdays and Sundays and an archery & Presidents Day range. Kids will 10am – 6pm Rain or Shine surely be asking 12601 East Highway 60 for a hat, wand, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 garland, wooden (520) 463-2600 sword, shield, or to have their face painted, or to make a sand dragon, or perhaps to purchase a pet gorgi or drabbit along with other unique and interesting items available for purchase at the Festival. Those bolder of heart may feed the dragon or play King of the log. HUZZAH! We deal with the 21st century every day. Now the Renaissance is back, offering an opportunity to relax and escape to the amusements of a much simpler time. You can meet all these colorful characters on weekends: Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents’ Day Monday (February 18th). The fun and festivities abound at the Faire — February 9 through March 31. For more information contact the Festival at 520-4632600 or AZ





Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ 1. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM – 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. ODYSEA IN THE DESERT This one-of-a-kind entertainment destination has it all. Featuring 5 worldclass attractions including: OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, Dolphinaris, Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs, and for a limited time BODIES REVEALED. More than 20 dining, shopping and amusement establishments surround the bustling outdoor courtyard which often hosts FREE entertainment year round. 3. 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. 34

4. 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. 5. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. 6. SHOP TIL YOU DROP While in Arizona, be sure to pick up a few treasures from the southwest. Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry plus a myriad of beautiful art and decor pieces at Gilbert Ortega Gallery. 480-990-1808. 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.

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 the world’s foremost collectors and institutions, 480-686-9539. 9. CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN A top hiking destination known for it’s dramatic views of the Valley make this a popular spot. Be sure to head out early because both hikes to the top (Cholla and Echo Canyon trails) are challenging. Visitors should prepare well with plenty of water and novices may consider a guided hike. 602-495-5458. 10. SCENIC BOAT CRUISES Enjoy a 90 minute cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle Cruises (480-984-2425) or explore Canyon Lake with Dolly Steamboat on a 90 minute cruise (480-827-9144). AZ

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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 36

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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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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.

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shopping In need of some retail therapy? Then get ready to navigate the most incredible array of upscale boutiques, specialty gift shops, outdoor promenades, outlet centers, luxury jewelers and so much more! Find the latest designer fashions, unique pieces of the southwest to take home, authentic Native American art & jewelry and everything in between. We promise you will shop ‘til you drop! Remember to keep an eye out for the perfect tote to carry home all your special finds! ELITE JEWELRY & LOAN 805 N Scottsdale Road Tempe, AZ 85281 480-699-6639 This is not your typical pawn shop. Elite Jewelry and Loan is ready to meet all its customers’ jewelry and lending needs by both buying and selling unique and valuable jewelry and collectibles. The impressive array of gorgeous merchandise is a shopper’s dream. HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 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. 40

GILBERT ORTEGA GALLERY 3925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-990-1808 Gilbert Ortega is a nationally recognized dealer of Native American Art and Jewelry that has been operating for over 50 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at Main Street & Scottsdale Road. SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 Avenue of the Fountains #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • 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!

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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix

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

CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Intimate and unique shopping and dining Map B4 experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Scottsdale Map C4 Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an water features, Westgate Entertainment District urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / delivers an interactive shopping, dining and Scottsdale Map J3 entertainment experience. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale



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the performing arts ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria AZ 85382 (623) 776-8400 • Arizona Broadway Theatre’s performance space includes table seating for 470 patrons, and every seat has an unobstructed view of the stage. The menu for the included dinner changes for each show, themed toward the production itself. PRESENTING: An American in Paris January 25 - March 1, 2019 ARIZONA OPERA Phoenix: 602.266.7464 Tucson: 520.293.4336 • The Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona. PRESENTING: La Traviata February 2 - February 3, 2019 (Tucson) Silent Night March 1 - March 3, 2019 (Phoenix) March 9 - March 10, 2019 (Tucson) ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • ASU Gammage is a world-class arts presenting organization, bringing the best of the performing arts to Arizona. This venue seats 3,023 patrons in elegant continental seating. PRESENTING: Hello Dolly January 8 - January 13, 2019 Disney’s Aladdin January 31 - February 17, 2019 ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix Arizona’s fully professional ‘state theatre’ has a 52

proud 50-year history performing in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art; and in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center. PRESENTING: The Music Man January 5 - January 27, 2019 (Phoenix) Two Trains Running January 19 - February 9, 2019 (Tucson) February 14 - March 3, 2019 (Phoenix) BALLET ARIZONA 602.381.1096 • Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. PRESENTING: The Firebird & La Sylphide February 14 - February 17, 2019 CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: And In This Corner... Cassius Clay January 27 - March 3, 2019 PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • 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: Jersey Boys January 23 - March 10, 2019

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The Untold Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons


efore Frankie Valli was a superstar and a household name, he was Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, an Italian-American kid from Newark, New Jersey. His turbulent rise to fame with his Jersey cronies — the crooners who formed The Four Seasons with him — is the subject of the hit biographical musical, Jersey Boys, now playing at Phoenix Theatre. Since the group catapulted to stardom in the 1960’s their sordid pasts (including mob ties, jailtime and gambling debts) were not publicized. Their squeaky clean image is peeled back in layers to reveal the ups and downs of this well-known group. Four Seasons’ favorites are interwoven throughout the portrayal of the bandmembers’ off and on-stage lives. Audiences will hear hits such as “Earth Angel”, “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “Working My Way Back to You”, and “Who Loves You” with the full harmonies and the distinctive ‘falsetto’

(technically Valli’s amazingly high range should be called his head voice), which always seemed to strike the right chord with the millions of fans that have adored The Four Seasons for decades. The orignal PHOENIX THEATRE Broadway producation of (602) 254.2151 Jersey Boys earned four Tony Awards including one for Best Musical in 2006, as well as a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Also among the accolades is the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical it garnered in 2009. In 2014, the film version of the musical biopic was released, after being directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. This entertaining, rags-to-riches-toreality show makes for high drama with a lot of hard-to-forget musical tunes that you won’t be able to stop humming long after. Catch it at Phoenix Theatre now, before you... fogettabowtit! AZ 53




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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 56

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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1. Turkey Creek Trail is a moderate 6 mile hike that is both petfriendly and equipped with restrooms. Climb among the Pinyon Pines on your way toward House Mountain, a dormant shield volcano with a rocky summit formation that looks like a house from below. 2. Chimney Rock Loop in West Sedona is a moderate 2 mile trek that brings you down an easygoing path past the famous ‘Three Fingers’ formation. This pet-friendly hike offers a nice view of Chimney Rock for those who venture to the top of Little Sugarloaf. 3. Baldwin Trail is an easy hike along a pet-friendly trail equipped with restrooms. The 5 mile jaunt will take you high above the treetops for amazing views of Cathedral Rock and Red Rock Butte. Mornings and afternoons afford the most shade along this path. 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. Huckaby Trail is a breathtaking 5.6 mile hike of moderate difficulty to some colorful high-ridge vistas. Bring water shoes and dip a toe in Oak Creek on sunny days. 5. Woods Canyon Trail takes hikers on a 10.4 mile trail that is moderately difficult and pet-friendly. This colorful path is adorned with lush vegetation and huge gray boulders. In winter and spring you may get the cool reward of a freshwater creek from snowmelt running through a red sandstone beach partway through the hike. Happy Trails! AZ

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Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Adventure’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 55 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never have imagined existed. 833-314-7465. 2. CLIFF CASTLE CASINO HOTEL – The entertainment destination on the way to Sedona is Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. Enjoy fun for the whole family including Bowling, Kid’s Quest, fabulous dining, newly renovated accommodations and of course great slot and table gaming. Voted Arizona’s #1 Casino for 18 years in a row! 800-381-SLOT. 3. 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 to this family favorite. 928-567-2840. 4. TLAQUEPAQUE – Tlaquepaque Art & Shopping Village is home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, all enclosed in a compound of Spanishstyle buildings. Known as “The 60

Art and Soul of Sedona,” this is a not-to-be-missed Sedona experience! 928-282-4838. 5. VERDE VALLEY WINE COUNTRY – Perhaps surprising to some is the lush wine country in the Verde Valley that is home to several Arizona wineries, well worth a taste or two. 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. Rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxurious Spa. 866-312-4111. 7. MONTEZUMA CASTLE One of our nation’s first National Monuments, Montezuma Castle and the nearby natural spring Montezuma Well are a must-see for travelers to the Sedona area. Though not necessarily the abode of its Aztec emperor namesake, visitors can learn about the Native Americans who most likely built the structure and left the surrounding

artifacts. History buffs will be transported back to a fascinating era. Operated by the National Park Service. (928) 567-3322 x221. 8. RED ROCK MAGIC TROLLEY – “Experience the Magic of Sedona” with a whimsical tour from Red Rock Magic Trolley. Touring Sedona by trolley is an easy and fun way to see a whole lot of Sedona. You’ll get a great introduction to the beauty, culture, and sights of this breathtaking and magical town. 928.821.6706. 9. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK – Slide Rock provides a natural water slide that invites everyone to be a kid again. Shaded by cottonwoods and sycamores along the canyon walls, hikers can explore the trails. 928-282-3034 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Definite Must-see. AZ

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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!

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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 Arizona KEYMagazine




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he interesting name suits this fascinating shopping plaza quite well. Tlaquepaque was created as an artisan’s village and was named after a colorful Mexican city outside of Guadalajara. The village was passionately constructed by hand over a number of years using Spanish Colonial architectural elements artfully integrated with the sycamore grove that predated its 1971 construction. The trees are so intricately woven into the atmosphere that they meander effortlessly through courtyards, patios, and sometimes the structures themselves. The organic flow of the

property and the rich details give the distinct impression that you are strolling through a centuries-old villa. Known Tlaquepaque Art widely for its & Shopping Village distinctively 336 State Route 179, lovely Sedona, AZ 86336 atmosphere (928) 282-4838 for shopping & dining, its undeniable beauty within the town many call ‘The Most Beautiful Place on Earth,’ (Sedona, AZ) makes it a perfect choice for a day of strolling, shopping and gallery gazing. AZ 63

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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.” 
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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 programs—walks, talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free.

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



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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 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



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hen I spoke with DUKOUT’s owner, Chris Lehker, about what makes his tour company stand out in a state that operates hundreds of tours to Arizona’s plentiful and postcard-perfect land formations, he suggested that the personal commitment of the DUKOUT tour guides to make each excursion unique and stressfree is what makes ‘dukking out’ so much fun for guests. Imagine being treated to a full day of adventure, where every detail — from transportation to lunch selection is artfully taken care of for you. Leave the wallet behind and simply indulge in the great outdoors.


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Although they offer several pre-packaged tours to the classic photo-op spots of Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and the Grand Canyon, DUKOUT’s tour guides frequently customize tours to include everything from mountain biking to kayaking to horseback riding and wine tours.

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Chris told me they’ve customized tours for guests as young as 4 and as old as 94, proving that they can work with any mix of physical abilities and attention spans to create lasting memories for quite varied groups. As adventure brokers, DUKOUT’s tour guides take time to get to know their traveling companions before heading out, ensuring that the critical planning phase incorporates the unique wishes of each guest. Then, working with the best adventure groups in Arizona, DUKOUT plans each personalized adventure, down to the last detail.

Time and again in my family, vacation planning duties have fallen to me, and I venture to guess there are many in my weary shoes. Why not consider allowing one of DUKOUT’s knowledgeable guides to make it a bit easier? Take time to relax, your Concierge for more information. let someone else lead the way,Speak andtotruly experience the beauty of Arizona. AZ DUKOUT

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Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection

WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251


enator Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) is well-known and well-loved in the state of Arizona. Not only was he a dedicated public servant for many years, but he was also a gifted photographer, an avid documentarian, and a frequent contributor to Arizona Highways magazine. As one of the magazine’s first and most important photographers, his extraordinary images celebrating the landscapes, people and culture of the state are true treasures. Senator Goldwater was often granted access to remote Naative American villages and communities based on his ability to build lasting relationships with


Arizona’s native people. This unique trait enabled him to capture historic moments through his photographs. The Grand Canyon and Native peoples of Northern Arizona were among Senator Goldwater’s favorite subjects. The Barry and Peggy Goldwater Foundation is devoted to preserving, protecting and showcasing the images archives of Senator Goldwater. In collaboration with the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation and Arizona Highways magazine, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is proud to premiere this special exhibit.

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Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection presented by SRP will feature the largest collection of photographs by Senator Goldwater and include intimate family photos and personal items. The exhibition runs Jan. 6 – June 23, 2019 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. It is included with museum admission, free to museum members and children 5 and under. Admission is also free on Thursdays (November – April) to Scottsdale residents with proof of residence. Special thanks are given to Commemorative Sponsors: Charles F., Jennifer E., and John U. Sands. AZ

Top Left: Portrait of the Artist as a Married Man, Taken at Coal Mine Canyon between Tuba City and Third Mesa, c. 1935. Photo by Peggy Goldwater. Top Right: Barry M. Goldwater, Hopi Child, 1959. Bottom: Barry M. Goldwater, Valley of the Monuments, 1967. Photos Courtesy of the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation.




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here is undoubtedly something majestic about a snow covered landscape in any state. But it seems nearly impossible to surpass the divine stillness that falls upon the Grand Canyon under a blanket of fresh snow. An Arizona winter delivers all you’ve dreamt of and more. It promises a welcome escape from bitterly cold climes (dips in a hot tub or heated pool mid-winter are certainly not uncommon here!) And yet, after enjoying a sunny winter’s morning in Southern or Central Arizona, you can easily take a day trip to get your fill of fun in the crisp pine country of Northern Arizona, in search of the sometimes elusive groundcover. The White Mountains along the Arizona / New Mexico border are the state’s second highest range. Pinetop-Lakeside and Springerville-Eagar along the northern edge of the range provide the most popular access points. Take a trip to the White Mountains and experience a Northern Arizona winter. Ski, tube or sled down snow-covered hills and then get warm by a fire. Located 220 miles east of Phoenix and 250 miles north of Tucson, this recreational winter wonderland is not to be missed. If you are southbound, Mount Lemmon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson. It is 9,157 feet above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. The drive up the beautiful Catalina Highway displays for travelers changing flora and fauna as the elevation rises. From saguaro cactus at the bottom, to the pine and aspen groves at the top, you’ll see a broad variety of foliage on this lovely drive. During this time of year, you can leave the warm Tucson climate, go skiing or sledding for the day, and be back in the desert before dark! Welcome to winter in Arizona. Hopefully you will find Arizona’s varied climates as fascinating and enjoyable as the varied landscapes our state offers for you to explore. AZ





Glendale / West Valley 1. 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 77 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 2. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, east of the Loop 101. 623-385-7502. 3. WIGWAM RESORT Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples vintage charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, a superb spa & distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 4. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment 76

district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! 5. ANTIQUE ROW – More than 70 antique shops line the streets of Historic downtown Glendale, giving this large city a hometown vibe. Free nearby parking make the 10 square blocks walkable and an ideal day of shopping and dining. www. 6. SPORTS ARENAS – Arizona’s West Valley is home to the Arizona Cardinals Stadium as well as the Gila River Arena where The Arizona Coyotes hockey team plays. Both venues also host large scale events for off-season fun. Cardinals: (623) 433-7101, Coyotes: (623) 772-3800. 7. CERRETA CANDY COMPANY – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for the ‘choco-holic’ in all of us for over 40 years. The entire Cerreta family has been perfecting the art of candy-making over multiple

generations. Enjoy a guided tour during the week and a non-guided video tour at other times. 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. TOPGOLF This sports entertainment complex is a lively way for pros and golfing newbies to wile away the hours. The high-tech climate-controlled hitting bays, with a constant supply of food and music make this a hit with all visitors. (623) 218-2243. 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 turn up the family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ

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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’. 480-4881906. 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 you will have in Arizona. 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 English / 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

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Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar Series Saturday, January 12, 9:30 a.m.

LIVING WITH URBAN WILDLIFE Guest Speaker: Darren Julian

Urban Wildlife Specialist from Arizona Game and Fish Department


Arizona is home to a variety of wildlife species. Understand the issues as their natural habitats and native food sources shrink. Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.

LEGUMES: MORE THAN JUST BEANS Guest Speaker: Dr. Marty Wojciechowski

Associate Professor at Arizona State University Specializing in Legume Research

With more than 19,500 species worldwide, legumes are more diverse that other flower plant families. Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.

PREPARING TREES FOR SUMMER Guest Speaker: Sarah Maitland

Certified Arborist and Plant Health Care Manager for Integrity Tree Service

Learn how to prepare your landscape to withstand harsh weather conditions and prevent storm damage. Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.


ISA Certified Arborist and owner of Tree Theory Landscape Asset Management


With proper water management, desert gardens can remain healthy even in harsh, dry conditions.

Free Monthly Seminars in the Carefree Town Council Chambers 33 Easy St., Carefree, AZ |

DESERT GARDENING Carefree Desert Gardens Educates the Community


ardening in the desert is undoubtedly both an art and a science. Arizona’s climate is highly varied based on elevation, which may come as a surprise to visitors and transplants. From snow-covered peaks to the hot, dry Sonoran Desert, Arizona gardening afficianados must understand the unique care that desert flora require. Carefree Desert Gardens (CDG), in the unique town of Carefree, offers not only a lovely botanical display, but a monthly seminar series for anyone interested in learning more about the delicate balance of plant life, weather and other factors in Arizona gardening. This year’s annual horticulture series will include topics such as Living With Urban Wildlife (Jan.); Legumes: More Than Just Beans (Feb.); Preparing Your Trees for Summer... (March); and Responsible Gardening in Severe Drought (April). See Visitors enter Carefree Desert Gardens near the iconic sundial sculpture — a 72-foot long working sundial that stands 35 feet above the circular plaza on which it casts its monumental shadow. As one of the largest sundials in the U.S., this landmark alone is a sufficient reason to visit Carefree, but it also welcomes guests into the adjacent four acre gardens. The public is free to wander through on a self-guided tour and take in the colorful, lush and sometimes prickly plants that adorn the walking path.


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Pamela Slate, Chair of the CDG Horticulture Seminar Committee, composed mostly of Master Gardeners, commented that not all plants are labeled, but some of the more unusual ones are. Visitors will see exceptional plant specimens intermixed with plants seen as they stand in nature, lending to the natural, easy feel of the gardens. Arizona has a plethora of protected native plants — from the well known Saguaro Cactus and Santa Rita Prickly-pear, to the nearly forty other legally safeguarded varieties. All seem to have memorable names, like the Teddybear Cholla, MacDougal’s Nipple Cactus, and the Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus to name a few. Some of these threatened or endangered cacti and flowering desert plants can be seen at Carefree Desert Gardens. There is no doubt that Carefree Desert Gardens is an enchanting and inviting place to visit, and with the popular gardening series occurring during the first four months of 2019, it also becomes a great place to learn from expert horticulturists. The seminars are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month January through April. Participants meet at the Town Council Chambers at 33 Easy Street in Carefree at 9:30 a.m. A small donation of $5 is requested in order to sustain the programs for future visitors. AZ

Carefree Desert Gardens Easy Street in downtown, Carefree, AZ The Gardens are open 365 days a year. 480-488-3686 |




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.


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

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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.



Williams Visitor Center 200 W. Railroad Ave. Williams, AZ 86046

“If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on Route 66.” ~lyrics by Bobby Troup


he nostalgia and fun of Old Route 66... soda fountains, classic cars, cowboy culture and neon lights, lives on in the historic town of Williams, Arizona.

Well worth a visit on your way to the south rim, you’ll find this tourist fave a convenient pitstop before or after a mustdo excursion to Grand Canyon National Park — hence the city’s apt slogan ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon’. One of the magical ways to see the Grand Canyon, in fact, is to hop aboard a train at the Williams depot. The Grand Canyon Railway offers a relaxing and scenic trip down memory lane as you imagine yourself to be a traveler from the past riding the rails in times gone by. Williams is a diehard town. It was the last town on Historic Route 66 to finally be bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1984. This maverick cowboy town has survived to the delight of its many annual visitors who come to Williams to enjoy street gunfights, classic car shows, rodeos, The Polar Express train ride, and more. It seems safe to say that William “Old Bill” Williams, the town’s founder and legendary mountain man — whose statue watches over the city from Monument park — would be pleased by the progress and simultaneous timelessness of his namesake town. AZ 84

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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., 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 AZ 86

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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 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. 928638-7888. 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. 928-7743358. See Ad Page 89 for Savings. 4. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and 88 88

state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 5. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy a Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tour for a perfect way to experience the canyon! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep)

the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 8. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink 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

6. METEOR CRATER Visit the world’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. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoeshaped bridge extending guests 70 feet past the canyon edge and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. Tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636.

7. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of

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! For info call 928-524-6228. AZ Magazine ArizonaKEY KEYMagazine Arizona


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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.


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., 520-432-3554 TOMBSTONE – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888-457-3929

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 TUCSON – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ

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Southern Arizona 1. DRIVE TO MT. LEMMON Take the famed scenic drive up to the highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The elevation and subsequent drop in temps give rise to potential snowfall in winter and a great escape from Arizona heat in the summer months. Hike, camp, ski, or visit Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter observatory for amazing stargazing through some of the largest public telescopes in the southwest. 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 campgrounds, trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 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, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit 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 5. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily wellpreserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 6. 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 7. 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 ever produced. 520-574-0462 8. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion of: zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains. Enjoy 21 scenic acres and animal presentations. 520-8832701, 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 10. TOMBSTONE’S O.K. CORRAL – Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday’s legendary fight with the Clantons and McLaurys is reenacted daily 520-457-3456. AZ

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he town of Bisbee is known as a progressive and free-spirited town. The art and culture in the area is what make Bisbee such an amazing place to be. There are murals on different corners, colorful houses, beautiful historic architecture and a collective of local artists and musicians within the town. In order to further promote this innovative and creative spirit of Bisbee, the town has a registered Arts and Culture district. This classification not only enhances the appreciation for the arts in the area, but it also accepts the art, culture, history and heritage as vital to the town’s character.

Bisbee Visitor Center 478 Dart Rd., Bisbee, AZ 85603 520.432.3554 |

The editors of SUNSET Magazine have selected Bisbee as the Best Small Town of 2016 in their annual feature of the best hometowns in the West in February and USA Today has designated Bisbee as the Best Historic Small Town in America as determined by their readers. USA Today created this nationwide search because “The USA has a rich and exciting history, and visiting the places which most affected it is so much more fun than reading about it. These 10 winners in the category Best Historic Small Town have big histories and small populations – fewer than 25,000 people – making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past.” The nomination was carefully made by an Expert USA Today panel and the public voted for this honor.

BISBEE’S TOP ACCOLADES: Best Places To Go in 2018 – Frommer’s


e chose Bisbee because it’s one of the most interesting small towns in the American West. It has a rich mining history that epitomizes the Old West, and in some ways it can feel like time stopped there, yet that comes with a creative community that’s vibrant and modern. Its location in the Mule Mountains means its temperatures are usually comfortable year-round, and the ecosystems in the surrounding canyons are surprisingly diverse. We think Bisbee is unique enough to deserve recognition from a worldwide audience. – Pauline Frommer, President of FrommerMedia

Located 90 miles Southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is essentially a ‘franchisefree’ community that welcomes tourists to experience a genuine (some say quirky) lifestyle with terrific food & drink, great art and artists, lots of festivals, and unique family owned places to stay. While you won’t find major chains and outlets lining the narrow streets of Bisbee, as you emerge from the tunnel that leads you into town you will surely be impressed by the quaint historic cottages clustered on the hillside and the bustling Main Street shops and galleries that welcome you when you enter this old mining town turned artist’s-haven. The town invites people to come and ‘Be Bisbee’ (the town’s slogan) and take the time to expereince why they Best Historic Small Town are on so many publications’ ‘best small town’ lists – take time to discover in America – USA Today Bisbee. AZ Best small town to live in For more information please visit the West – Sunset Magazine



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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 (also called the bolo 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.

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 Q. Where can we get an authentic Arizona experience on a post-holiday budget?



nswer: Yes, once again the holidays remind us how expensive it is to live on this earth — but we do get an annual free trip around the sun! (Ba da boom!)

NORTHERN ARIZONA Big-name ski resorts may be the popular choice, but for a euphoric ski experience that’s comfortably between swanky and scruffy, the scenic action centers around the historic “ice burg” of Flagstaff (home to Northern Arizona University) an Old West mountain town allowing you a short 30-minute schussing to Snow Bowl recently celebrating its 80th year of offering remarkable skiing experiences at 11,500 ft. elevations and après ski dining at two restaurants and several yurts on the slopes. There are Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond runs aplenty(928)-779-1951 ( The area surrounding Flagstaff is resplendent with natural wonders for scenic drives including the Coconino National Forest, home to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the world. Or learn about the farming and lumbering history of this region on the free “Night at the Museum” offered by the Pioneer Museum and its Heirloom Garden on the second Friday of January in Flagstaff from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ( CENTRAL ARIZONA My favorite winter warm-up freebies in the State’s mid-section are tucked inside its many museums where you can jump into Phoenix’s rich arts and culture scene 96

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with free admission offered specific days throughout the month. Discover the region’s American Indian culture through history and art at the Heard Museum. Free admission is 6pm -10pm on the first Fridays of the month. ( The Southwest’s largest collection of contemporary art is housed in the Phoenix Art Museum which offers free admission every Wednesday from 3pm-9pm (www. When you’ve got a touch of cabin fever, take in the DNA of the desert at the Desert Botanical Garden, a must-see attraction which houses thousands of desert plants on acres of trails. Admission is free all day the second Tuesday of the month. (www.dbg. org) Families will be delighted to know their kids can crawl, play and create at the imaginative Children’s Museum of Phoenix free from 5pm-9pm the first Friday of the month. ( And the Arizona Capitol Museum with its free historical and educational exhibits in the Capitol Building under a dome made from copper, showcasing the State’s rich mining industry and its official metal along with its gift shop, are open Monday through Friday 9am-4pm ( SOUTHERN ARIZONA The holidays are “rigged” so that we over indulge at the tables-- the bars-- the candyloaded stockings hung by the fires. So, if you took too many rolls, you might take some of my suggested strolls. Tucson is famed for the five mountain ranges that rim it and its scenic sunsets which arrive around 5:30pm in January. [The Mayo Clinic website says a 160-pound person can burn off about 440 calories during a one-hour hike.] Moderate trails to try include: King Canyon in Saguaro National Park west of Tucson where you not only take in pristine desert terrain, but also some signs of the historic and prehistoric past including an old stone-walled watch tower and petroglyphs etched into rocks between A.D. 350. and 1450 by the Hohokam (b) Madera Canyon’s Accessible Trail south of Tucson hummingbirds, bats and deer, creek side among the towering cottonwood trees and vegetation (c) and a short hike on the Esperero Trail in Sabino Canyon northeast of Tucson offers expansive views of peaks in the Catalina Mountains. Visitors pay a $5 per vehicle day use fee. Walk a short distance east, pass a signed turnoff for the Bajada Loop Trail, and continue briefly to a signed left turnoff for the Esperero Trail. If your preference is a brisk walk or bike ride, the Rillito River bike path also known as “The Loop” is a great 130-mile tour along the river beds of Tucson. This multi-use path is free of a circus of cars and traffic lights. Then when you’re ready to pump the brakes on all that physical exercise, take the ultimate scenic drive through Gates Pass (Speedway Boulevard) where many of the John Wayne movies were Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident filmed. This drive is through the largest of Arizona, is past President of the forest of Saguaros in the world—a true gee Southern Arizona Concierge Network, whiz experience. AZ

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