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“..I’ve battled plantar fasciitis for over 2 years.. I have had roughly 15 treatments for my lower back pain and feet and am finally feeling like myself again.”

Zamora Acupuncture in North Scottsdale offers hope for those dealing with pain.

Dr. Zamora of Scottsdale loves her work and dedicates her life to helping those in dealing with all kinds of pain issues. Embracing traditional Chinese acupuncture despite its unconventional nature, Dr. Zamora excelled academically in her studies, eventually becoming the class president. For nine years now, she has been providing pain-relieving acupuncture. Her commitment to providing the best care also led her to pursue a doctoral degree, ensuring she remained at the forefront of acupuncture techniques and research. In her thriving acupuncture clinic, she helps patients dealing with foot pain, back pain, elbow pain, nerve pain, fibromyalgia and more.

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Q.What brought you to the field of acupuncture?

A.“I was fortunate to find my calling for healthcare at a young age. By 16, I was already working in nursing homes. My undergrad is in public health and health promotion. I discovered acupuncture and decided to make it my life’s work after experiencing personal success in alleviating my migraines. I feel grateful for the opportunity to help those suffering with pain for far too long with a natural approach! It brings me joy to help my patients with their health goals and to see them thrive! ”

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411: The Latest Local News You Need to Know


The Phoenix Public Library system is preparing to kick off its Summer Reading Program as part of Maricopa County Reads, starting June 1. This annual program, which runs until August 1, encourages readers of all ages to participate and aims to reach a community goal of 65 million minutes read.

Maricopa County Reads is one of the county’s largest literacy initiatives, playing a crucial role in preventing learning loss during the summer break. Participants, including children, teens, and adults, earn one point for every minute spent reading physical or electronic books, graphic novels, or listening to audiobooks. Additional points can be earned by attending events, completing reading challenges, and engaging in community experiences to discover secret codes throughout Maricopa County.

Prizes are awarded based on the points accumulated. Readers who reach 1,000 points can choose a free book for their home library or opt to donate it to a local Head Start classroom. This year’s theme, “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” aims to inspire participants to embark on literary adventures. For more information and to register, visit


The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is alerting drivers to expect periodic closures on Interstate 17 in the northern part of the Valley. These closures are part of ongoing road improvement projects and are anticipated to continue over the next several months. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly and stay updated on closure schedules to minimize travel disruptions. For more information, visit

courtesy of Kate Gallego Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has announced her candidacy for a second and final term. In her May announcement, Gallego highlighted achievements from her first term, including the creation of wellpaying manufacturing jobs and infrastructure improvements to safeguard the city’s water supply.

Gallego emphasized the need to continue building Phoenix’s future and called on voters to support her for another four years.

Other candidates in the mayoral race include Matt Evans and Anthony Woss.

During her tenure, Gallego has secured major investments such as the TSMC plant in north Phoenix and a new ASU Health headquarters. She also established the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation to address the city’s extreme summer heat. Gallego is the second woman elected as mayor of Phoenix, following Margaret T. Hance.

Phoenix’s general election for mayor is on Nov. 5. A runoff election is scheduled for March 11, 2025. The filing deadline for this election is July 8.


With the election season upon us, political and campaign signs are starting to appear on public and private properties. While these signs are permitted beginning in May, it’s essential to follow Arizona Revised Statute regulations regarding their placement. Here are some key guidelines to ensure proper sign etiquette:

Permission for Placement: Political signs do not require a city permit. However, if placed on private property, the sign owner must have the property owner’s permission.

Sign Specifications: Political signs can be freestanding, single, or double-sided. They may be positioned either perpendicular or parallel to the street.

Installation and Removal: Political signs can be installed up to 90 days before Primary Election Day and must be removed within 15 days after the General Election Day. Candidates who do not advance to the General Election must remove their signs within 15 days after the Primary Election Day.

Utility Safety: Before digging to install signs, contact Arizona 811. State law mandates that anyone excavating on public or private property must determine if underground utilities are present.

Adhering to these guidelines not only demonstrates good neighborly behavior but also ensures compliance with state regulations. Using proper sign etiquette can contribute to a respectful and orderly election season.

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City News Public Works Announces Switch to Appointment-Based Bulk Trash Collection

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THE CITY OF PHOENIX IS CHANGING THE WAY BULK TRASH IS COLLECTED. At city council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, and Planning (TIP) Subcommittee meeting last month, the Appointment-Based Bulk Trash system was presented. The new program will offer residents the ability to schedule their own bulk trash collection, rather than waiting for quarterly bulk trash pickup during the dates assigned to their area. Appointment-based bulk trash collection begins on September 30.

Under the current bulk trash program, Public Works lays out a collection schedule for the entire year for 13 different regions across the city, giving each region four designated collection

periods annually. The appointmentbased system will be replacing quarterly collection beginning on September 30. All bulk trash collection on or after that date must be scheduled online.

Customers will have the freedom to schedule bulk trash pickup based on when they need it, rather than according to a citywide calendar. Residents will schedule a pickup date online. The portal will offer available collection dates based on the customer’s address. Upon selecting a date, customers will get an email confirmation and can then begin to place their large items at the edge of their property no more than seven days ahead of their pickup appointment. Customers will be allowed up to 10 cubic yards of trash per collection. The

new program will do away with bulk trash collection in alleys.

Customers are still allowed up to four bulk trash collections each year. General guidelines on bulk trash placement and permitted/prohibited items will remain the same.

The scheduling model will also allow residents flexibility and convenience according to their own needs. For example, a customer could avoid placing bulk items out during the heat of summer months and schedule appointments only in the winter. Or someone who is slowly cleaning out their garage could schedule all four collections in the same month if they wanted to.

Because customers may begin putting items on the edge of their property no

earlier than seven days before their selected collection day, trash will be left out for a significantly shorter amount of time.

The new model will not allow customers to schedule collection on dates surrounding Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day each year. This will help eliminate unsightly trash piles during times when visitors and trick-or-treaters are out and about. Because Public Works will be able to build collection routes according to scheduled appointments, items won’t be sitting outside as long, staff workloads will be more equitable, and equipment operators will spend less time outside during the hottest parts of the day.

For more information, visit phoenix. gov/publicworks/bulktrash.


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Buy One, Give One: Discover Mercantile Launches Summer Give Back and Vendor Programs

AS SUMMER APPROACHES, DISCOVER MERCANTILE, A UNIQUE SECONDHAND, THRIFT, AND GIFT STORE, IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF ITS SUMMER GIVE BACK AND VENDOR PROGRAMS. Located at 3241 E. Shea Blvd., Ste 7, in Phoenix, Discover Mercantile, the brainchild of friends Heidi Koffman and Natasha Beal, blends style with sustainability. The store features a carefully curated mix of midrange to boutique clothing, including well-known brands like Anthropologie, Free People and Lululemon, alongside charming no-name finds. Shoppers can also explore thrifted treasures like vintage crockery, brand new pet items, quirky gifts and everything in between.

The store’s commitment to circular fashion sets it apart. Koffman and Beal believe that sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing style. “Aside from finding amazing items at an amazing price,

every item that you buy secondhand is one less item heading to the landfill,” Beal says. With weekly inventory updates, customers always have something new to discover.

This month, Discover Mercantile is proud to launch their unique “Buy One, Give One” program, which will run May 30 through June 30 (while supplies last). For each clothing item purchased, customers can select an additional clothing item to be donated to a partnered nonprofit. “We are grateful to have the opportunity together with our customers to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others in our community. These donated items will be distributed to organizations close to our hearts, including domestic violence shelters, recovery centers and foster organizations,” Koffman says. Those wishing to bring in additional items to donate can do so during regular business hours.

Beginning in August, you will have the chance to support other small businesses by shopping local vendors at Discover Mercantile. In an innovative concept, vendors and makers can rent a clothing rack booth or shelf space to resell pre-loved items, jewelry, gifts, and more. Located in a prime, hightraffic area, the Discover Mercantile offers flexible options to fit vendors’ needs, allowing them to display and sell their way. This opportunity provides a supportive environment where vendors benefit from the store’s marketing efforts, getting their unique creations in front of potential buyers at an affordable price. Spaces are limited, so interested vendors should secure their spots (which start in August), by emailing hello@discovermercantile. com or calling 602-492-4797.

With newly extended store hours, Discover Mercantile is now open

Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @ DiscoverMercantile for updates and to join in spreading kindness this summer.

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Join the Arizona Live Music Cooperative for a Rock Star Open Mic Experience

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MUSIC LOVERS AND PERFORMERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE ARIZONA LIVE MUSIC COOPERATIVE (AZLMC) FOR A UNIQUE OPEN MIC EXPERIENCE EVERY MONDAY NIGHT AT AUNT CHILADA’S, LOCATED AT 7330 N. DREAMY DRAW DR, PHOENIX. The event promises a dedicated space for music, free from the usual restaurant distractions, making each performer feel like a rock star.

The evening begins with a sign-up lottery at 4:30 p.m., with music starting at 5 p.m. sharp. Numbers will be

drawn at the registration table to determine the order of performances. Each session accommodates 22 players, with each performer getting a two-song rotation. Given the popularity of the event, all slots have been filled recently, so there is a chance some attendees will enjoy the show without playing.

AZLMC aims to provide a professional experience for every performer, complete with pro sound, lights, and video. This commitment to quality ensures that everyone on stage feels like a true rock star. While the house keyboard is unavailable this week, performers are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Additionally, the event is livestreamed on AZLMC’s Facebook page, allowing a global audience to enjoy the performances.

Attendees can order food and beverages in the event area, which is separate from the main restaurant. While there is no requirement to purchase anything, a $5 donation to AZLMC is appreciated but never required.

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating a supportive community for musicians, providing a platform where the focus is solely on the music. The

listening room environment is designed to eliminate distractions, such as clanking dishes or idle chatter, ensuring that each performance is appreciated in its entirety.

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City News Western Spirit Introduces “The Cool Frontier” Summer Programs

Photos courtesy of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST OFFERS AN EXCITING LINEUP OF SUMMER PROGRAMS. Titled “Western Spirit: The Cool Frontier,” these programs promise to immerse visitors in the rich history and culture of the American West. From classic movies to live artist demonstrations, and a fascinating exhibit on Western film history, there’s something for everyone.

Kicking off the summer program is “Western Movies, sponsored by Marcia and Hugh Ruddock. Free for members, this series features iconic Western films shown on a brand new state-of-the-art projector system.

Movie tickets are priced at $8 each or enjoy the film for free with paid museum admission. Screenings happen every Thursday and Sunday in June, July, and August. Among the films shown include “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Tombstone,” “The Searchers,” “Unforgiven,” “3:10 to Yuma,” and more.

Coinciding with the summer Western movies is “The Dr. Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History” exhibit. Showcasing 16 Western movie posters, lobby cards, and advertisements from around the world from this renowned collection. This

exhibit is presented within the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium and pays tribute to Dr. Strickland’s dedication to preserving Western Film History.

Meanwhile, every Tuesday in June, July, and August, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can witness local artists at work during “Artist Tuesdays.” This program allows guests to observe artists creating their masterpieces. Featured artists include Jerry Salinas, Milly Guthrie, Kathy Howard, Dustin Klassen, and more.

Also featured are regularly changing and permanent exhibits of Western and Native American art and artifacts, events, and informative programs that bring the West’s heritage, culture, and community to life. Current special exhibitions are “Waking Dream: Works by Navajo Artist Melanie Yazzie,” through July 14, “Inner Light: The Art of Tom Gilleon, through August, and “William Matthews: Decades,” through October.

Western Spirit is located at 3830 N. Marshall Way, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit scottsdalemuseumwest. org.

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W Scottsdale and Bushwood Sims Team Up to Launch Luxury Simulator Experience

W SCOTTSDALE HAS PARTNERED WITH BUSHWOOD SIMS, WHERE SIMULATOR TECHNOLOGY MEETS THE COMRADERY OF SPORT, TO OFFER THE ULTIMATE SIMULATOR EXPERIENCE. Available through Labor Day at W Scottsdale, the new entertainment offering will take place at the hotel’s iconic rooftop WET Deck Mondays through Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featuring state of the art golf and hunting simulator technologies, W Scottsdale x Bushwood Sims Simulator Experience aims to bring the ambience and refinement of a true country club to the digital world of simulation, all while surrounded by the vibrant and social WET Deck.

“We are excited to partner with Bushwood Sims to offer an interactive, off-course experience of this caliber to hotel guests and visitors alike,” says W Scottsdale’s General Manager Todd Iacono. “W Scottsdale is at the epicenter of leisure, entertainment, and recreation, making it the perfect destination to activate this partnership.”

Upon arriving at W Scottsdale, located at 7277 E. Camelback Rd., guests will be greeted in the hotel lobby by their personal Bushwood Sims caddy who will then escort them up the lifts through the

cacti garden to the hotel’s rooftop WET Deck that has been transformed into the quintessential country club for their simulator experience. From VIP entrance escorting to drink orders to simulation set up, the Bushwood Sims caddy is charged with ensuring an exciting and memorable guest experience. In addition to over 500 golf courses to choose from, guests can enjoy other activities during their 90-minute session, including 100 unique hunting scenarios and virtual reality gaming.

“Finding value in a five-star experience has become increasingly difficult in today’s marketplace,” says Nicholas Russo, owner of Bushwood Sims. “Bushwood Sims was founded to deliver on this while providing a true luxury experience to individuals and groups, which perfectly aligns with W Scottsdale’s personalized service and offerings.”

The W Scottsdale x Bushwood Sims Simulator Experience starts at $99 for a 90-minute session and includes the following: complimentary valet parking at W Scottsdale, complimentary golf clubs and balls, full access to W Scottsdale’s rooftop Cottontail Lounge during and after the session, along with the option to reserve cabanas on the WET Deck through the WET Deck’s VIP host.

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City News Southeast Asia and Jazz Legends at MIM in June


One of the signature events this month is “Experience Southeast Asia,” taking place on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event offers museum visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the region’s rich musical heritage.

Supported by the Arizona Asian American Association and in part by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the event features curator talks, traditional dances, and live performances.

Among the highlights is the Wayang Puppet craft activity from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where attendees can create traditional puppets resembling humans, animals, or mythical figures. Visitors are encouraged

to explore the “Indonesia: Gamelan” exhibit to see these puppets in action.

The Instrument Exploration session in the Experience Gallery offers a hands-on opportunity to play gamelan instruments, experiencing the unique sounds of gongs and metallophones.

The Southeast Asia program also includes a photo booth for capturing memories, guest talks on Vietnamese musical instruments, and a gallery tour focused on Southeast Asian musical instruments. Pop-up performances, such as “The Sound of Ðàn Tranh” and the “Rojak Jam,” add to the immersive experience.

Film screenings and traditional dance performances, including the Lion Dance and Thai Flower Dance, further enrich the cultural offerings.

In addition to the Southeast Asia celebration, MIM’s June Jazz performances bring together an impressive lineup of artists, promising an unforgettable musical experience.

SHABAKA: JUNE 14, 7:30 P.M.

Multi-instrumentalist Shabaka, known for his pioneering role in the British jazz scene, will perform. His latest work features a blend of jazz and new age music, focusing on flutes and clarinets. This performance is expected to be a fresh and reflective listening experience.


Barcelona-born guitarist Oscar Peñas will showcase his unique blend of jazz, Spanish folk, and European classical music. Performing with bassist Simón Willson and drummer Mark Ferber, Peñas brings a distinctive and imaginative approach to jazz.


Renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli will perform songs from his latest album, “Stage and Screen,” which explores timeless pieces from Broadway and cinema. Pizzarelli’s trio, featuring bassist Mike Karn and pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, delivers a captivating tribute to the Great American Songbook.


Pianist Benny Green, a bebop master with extensive experience playing alongside jazz legends, will present a solo performance. Known for his dynamic playing and deep understanding of jazz, Green’s concert is a must-see.


This group of seasoned jazz virtuosos, including Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, and Eddie Henderson, brings over 250 years of collective experience to the stage. The Cookers deliver powerful performances that showcase their extensive expertise and deep-rooted connection to jazz.

This June, the MIM offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the musical landscapes of Southeast Asia and enjoy the artistry of some of the finest jazz musicians. Whether through crafting, hands-on instrument exploration, or enjoying live performances, visitors to the MIM are sure to find inspiration and delight in this month’s dynamic lineup.

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Scottsdale Quarter Heats Up with New Stores and Summer Events


As a destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment, The Quarter offers Scottsdale locals the perfect retreat from the summer heat. Dive into the fun and create unforgettable memories at Scottsdale Quarter’s Summer Fridays. Kicking off on June 21, Summer Fridays offer fun and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Each week features a unique theme,

with music from a live DJ, treats from retailers, and various water toys to play with in the fountain. The first 100 children each week (through August 2) will receive themed toys as souvenirs of their summer adventures.

The full schedule can be found below and on the Summer Fridays event page at

June 21: Fiesta Friday

June 28: Under the Sea

July 5: Stars, Stripes & Splash

July 12: It’s All Sunshine & Rainbows

July 19: Splish Splash Mermaid Bash

July 26: Shark Week

Aug. 2: Heatwave Hula

Scottsdale Quarter is also adding several new stores to its ever-expanding lineup of tenants.

A transformation is underway on North Street, where a fresh new look will be unveiled alongside the introduction of several new retailers:

• Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

• Aroma 360

• Pandora

Meanwhile, The Quad is set to welcome two new stores:

• Jenni Kayne

• Reformation (relocating from North Street to their permanent location)

Prepare your taste buds for South Street’s upcoming addition:

• Sweet Paris Creperie

Over on 72nd Place, prepare to welcome two exciting new arrivals:

• Ariat

• Williams Sonoma

Whether you’re catching a movie at Landmark Theatres, exploring retailers, dining at unique restaurants, or enjoying an evening stroll, Scottsdale Quarter promises to keep you entertained this summer. Scottsdale Quarter is located at 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd. For more information, visit

Celebrating History & Looking Toward the Future

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City News Long-time Bakery Urban Cookies Bakeshop Opens Second Location

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RECENTLY. Located at 8776 E. Shea Blvd, Suite #108, the bakery offers its popular menu items, including brown velvet and strawberry cupcakes, milk and dark chocolate chip, and snickerdoodle cookies.

“After surveying our customers, it was clear that a new location in the East Valley would be well received,” says coowner Shaun Breese. “Since we’re right off the 101 freeway, we are easy to access from Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler.”

As its name signifies, the bakery began in 2005 selling its signature cookies made with all natural, gourmet ingredients. But in 2011, the owners and husband-wife team, Brady and Shaun Breese, won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” putting its new line of cupcakes on the map. Today it is most known for its cupcakes, which it offers in 12 to 14 flavors, all made by hand and from scratch daily.

“The reception in Scottsdale has been amazing so far,” says co-owner Brady Breese. “Being surrounded by so many businesses and the HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center has allowed us to get off to a great start.”

Urban Cookies’ two locations are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It offers its full line of pastries fully stocked every morning for walk-ins, as well as online ordering for same day or advance pre-orders and delivery through its website serviced by Door Dash. Cupcakes are $4.40, cookies are $3.25, brownies and bars are $3.60, and an assortment of to-go cakes are $50.

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Dining Tell Your Friends Opens in North Scottsdale

Sultry new underground cocktail and live music lounge enlivens city’s upscale nightlife scene.

Photos courtesy of Tell Your Friends

Scottsdale’s upscale nightlife scene is about to get a lot more glamorous with the opening of Tell Your Friends, an underground cocktail and live music lounge. This new venue promises a blend of sultry ambiance, curated craft cocktails, elevated small bites, and dynamic live music performances. Located beneath The Americano, Tell Your Friends transports guests to an era of Gatsby-era allure with rich maroon velvet drapes, mirrored walls, and fanciful lighting. The bar, adorned with floor-to-ceiling lights, seamlessly connects to the adjacent stage, creating a dazzling backdrop for nightly live performances. The lounge, open Thursday through Sunday, features a variety of talented vocalists and musical acts that blend classic sounds with a modern twist.

Renowned Arizona Chef Beau MacMillan oversees the menu, bringing his finedining expertise to a selection of upscale small bites. Highlights include TYF Korean fried chicken with kimchi honey and smoked bacon ranch ($25), fire-roasted oysters with Chinese sausage and sesame ($30), and vodka-cured salmon & potato ‘pizza’ with dill crème fraiche and smoked salmon roe ($26). For a truly luxurious experience, guests can opt for caviar D’Aquitaine Ossetra with chilled vodka shots ($220).

The cocktail menu, crafted by awardwinning bartender Keifer Gilbert, features

approximately 20 unique drinks. Signature cocktails include Friends with Benefits, a whiskey concoction bottled and cured in beeswax ($25); One Time Thing, a blend of cognac, banana, and sherry ($26); and Flapper Fizz, a vodka and champagne mix ($24). Classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and Negroni are also available, all priced at $20.

“At Tell Your Friends, we’re blending simple, snackable dishes with luxurious, memorable touches,” says Chef MacMillan. “Keifer and I collaborated closely to pair phenomenal cocktails with delightful bites that will inspire and excite our guests. Imagine enjoying a great martini with an amazing onion dip on homemade chips or indulging in fried chicken topped with caviar – there’s nothing better. Also, our talented staff embodies genuine hospitality, ensuring every guest feels welcomed and leaves feeling even better than when they arrived.”

Tell Your Friends is the debut of a collaboration between Creation Hospitality, owners of The Americano and Mora Italian, and Clive Collective, owners of Cala. Accessed through a discreet side door, the 52-seat venue offers an intimate and luxurious setting. Located at 17797 N. Scottsdale Rd., reservations are recommended due to limited space.

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PVCC Announces 2024 All-Arizona Academic Team Recipients

Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) announced its two 2024 All-Arizona Academic Team honorees, Christine Collado-Frost and Halle Goral. Both students will receive a two-year scholarship to one of PVCC’s transfer institutions: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona.

“We are extremely proud of Christine and Halle for their hard work, focus, and contributions to the PVCC community,” says PVCC Honors Director Jenny Hall. She highlighted that participants are required to create a community-based project with significant impact. “We are grateful to have them represent our college so exceptionally and show future students what is possible at PVCC.”

Christine Collado-Frost initially approached the process with uncertainty but found inspiration in her passion for reptiles. She chose to combat the stigma surrounding snakes through educational presentations, bringing her snakes to campus to shift perceptions. Collado-Frost conducted surveys to measure changes in attitudes before and after her presentations.

“I was sitting with my [snake] and thinking about how no one could be afraid of a beautiful little face like his and then it hit me; he is my endeavor. I truly love these animals,” she says. Despite her initial fear of being bitten, working in a reptile shop helped her overcome this fear, which was replaced by love.

Since receiving the scholarship, Collado-Frost has experienced a transformation in her self-confidence and mental health. “I’ve dealt with mental health issues my entire life and I genuinely believe in myself now. I’ve improved in my writing and in how I teach others about snakes,” she says.

Halle Goral was driven to apply for the scholarship to continue her education at a four-year university and to make a positive impact in her community. Her project focused on addressing the volunteer recruitment challenges faced by nonprofit organizations. Utilizing her design skills, Goral created a website to inspire college students to volunteer, listing opportunities and links to their sites. She also organized a community volunteer fair on the PVCC campus with the help of Student Life.

“This scholarship has had such a positive effect on my life because now I know that I have the ability to

achieve big things if I put my mind to it and give it my all,” she says.

The All-Arizona scholarship award criteria include a strong academic background and the application of learned skills to benefit the community. Students compete locally and are ranked in teams—first, second, and third. First team winners advance to the national level, where additional scholarship monies are awarded. Students must create an endeavor project with significant community impact as part of the competition.

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For the second year in a row, all Certified Nursing Assistant students at Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) have successfully passed the State Board of Nursing Exam. This notable achievement highlights the dedication and hard work of the students, as well as the high-quality education provided by PVSchools.

The district congratulates the following outstanding students for their achievements: Reeyanna De Boda (North Canyon High School), Jazmine Diaz (Paradise Valley High School), Aleigh Doyle (Paradise Valley High School), Nancy Espino Sierra (Paradise Valley High School), Mattea Hejl (Paradise Valley High School), Kyley Johnson (Paradise Valley High

School), Kimberly Lopez Martinez (Paradise Valley High School), Lorelei Rankin (Pinnacle High School), Jessica Sierra Hernandez (Paradise Valley High School), and Garrett Voigt (Pinnacle High School).

These students have shown remarkable commitment and perseverance in their studies. Passing the State Board of Nursing Exam marks a significant step in their journey to becoming certified nursing assistants. Their success underscores the supportive learning environment fostered by PVSchools.

The district’s nursing assistant program aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in their chosen careers.

The 100% pass rate illustrates the program’s effectiveness and the hard work of both students and instructors.

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Kids’ Corner

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Names 2024 Bigs of the Year

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) has named its 2024 Bigs of the Year. Out of the more than 1,000 volunteers who serve as mentors to youth in Maricopa County, BBBSAZ has selected Geoffrey Nail and Ivy Davis as outstanding examples of volunteerism and the power of mentoring.

Research has shown that children who have mentors are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, volunteer in their community, and graduate from high school; and less likely to engage in risky behavior like underage drug and alcohol use.


Not only has he been a fantastic Big Brother to his Little, but Geoffrey Nail has been involved and given back to the agency in many different ways over the years, including by serving as a Big Brothers Big Sisters

board member and previous president of the Young Professionals Council.

Nail’s Little Brother Raazi was in the fourth grade when they were matched. Raazi’s mother believed he would benefit from having a younger positive male role model in his life, as his grandfather was the only male influence for him at that time. Nail has been a consistent, committed role model to Raazi since that time. Through the years he has been with Raazi for every major milestone. Raazi graduated from high school in December and is currently working. He was accepted to

NAU in the fall with a partial scholarship but is also looking at other options such as trade schools before making his final decision. With the continued support and friendship with Nail, Razzi is ready to embark on the next chapter of his life. He witnessed how bright his future could be with Nail as his role model.


Davis and Rhianna were matched during the pandemic in 2021, when Rhianna was just 14. Often, Bigs enter the lives of Littles at a time when they need it most, and this is true for this match. While they built a relationship over shared meals and trampoline park outings, Rhianna was struggling with anxiety and depression. While she was able to receive treatment she was still challenged with significant instability in her life. Davis maintained regular visits and outings with Rhianna during this turbulent time, serving as a consistent, reliable support she could count on. Because of the special bond Ivy and Rhianna formed early on, they have

been able to effectively navigate these challenges together.

Now 17, Rhianna has shared that she can tell that Davis cares for her and she is grateful. She says Davis is the role model for who she aspires to be. Davis has been, and continues to be, a light for Rhianna during her journey, walking with her as she finds her way. Through consistency and genuine care, Ivy is able to support Rhianna in reaching her full potential.

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Big Brother Geoffrey Nail and Little Brother Raazi. Big Sister Ivy Davis and Little Sister Rhianna.

Kids’ Corner

Phoenix Children’s Unveils 407-Foot Mural to Advance Hope and Healing for Patient Families

Phoenix Children’s recently unveiled a 407-foot commissioned mural that has transformed a heavily trafficked corridor into a captivating and exciting journey for children and their families. Nearly two years in the making, the art installation, called “Wonder And Wander” brings vibrant colors and imaginative designs to a major hospital hallway through which 70,000 children are transported each year.

The installation is a collaboration between Phoenix Children’s and RxART, a nonprofit organization that aims to help children heal through the power of visual art. Inspired by RxART’s mission, Phoenix Children’s Board Chair and RxART Board Member David Lenhardt worked closely with the organization to create an art installation at Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Thomas Campus. “Wonder And Wander” is the largest project ever completed by RxART.

“Our goal was not only to brighten a major corridor at Phoenix Children’s but also to reduce anxiety and create a calming environment for the thousands of children who are wheeled down this hall for surgery, imaging and other critical healthcare procedures,” says Lenhardt. “You can’t help but smile when you see this piece. I know it will make all the difference for kids battling illness or trauma who may need an extra dose of joy.”

His enthusiasm for the project was shared by the health system’s Children’s Advisory Board (CAB), a council of patients and siblings ages 12 to 18 whose perspectives directly impact the patient family experience. The CAB members had previously identified the hallway as an area of the hospital that needed to be more patient friendly

and uplifting. They knew the artwork would breathe new life into the space and bring hope to kids.

Lenhardt worked alongside RxART founder, Diane Brown, to identify the right artist for Phoenix Children’s installation. They enlisted contemporary artist Shara Hughes, whose art has been displayed in museum exhibitions worldwide, to create the otherworldly landscape piece.

Hughes used colored pencil, oil pastel, watercolor, marker, and crayon on paper – materials familiar to children – to create “Wonder And Wander.” The design was then enlarged and transferred to Acrovyn, a hospital-safe, custom wall-covering application.

“Sometimes, the installation feels immersive, like you are in the landscape, being hugged by the trees on either side and sometimes it is viewed as if you are a passenger looking outside of a window on one side,” says Hughes. “The drawing shifts in materials and perspective of what you can and can’t see ahead and behind you. While the unknown is present in the drawings, I wanted it to feel like a safe, positive, and hopeful space where kids could reflect, to find a moment of respite, and see a landscape change, move, and grow. I wanted it to feel exciting and hopeful to move through.”

“Seeing our vision come to fruition in such an impactful way, for such an important purpose, has been such a rewarding experience,” says Lenhardt. “I am so grateful for RxART and especially for Shara, who put her heart and soul into creating the perfect piece for Phoenix Children’s and the families we serve.”

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Artist Shara Hughes with Phoenix Children’s Board Chair David Lenhardt

Harness the Sun Kids’ Corner


Who needs a fancy kitchen when the sun can do the cooking for you? This easy and fun activity lets you harness the power of the sun to create a tasty treat. It's a fantastic way to learn about science while having a blast in your backyard.


• A cardboard box (like a pizza box)

• Aluminum foil

• Matte black construction paper

• Clingfilm (plastic wrap)

• Marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers (or other food, but avoid raw meat)


1. Prep the Box: Line the inside of the box lid with aluminum foil, shiny side up. This will reflect the sunlight. Cover the bottom of the box with matte black paper, which will absorb the heat.

2. Set Up Your Food: Place graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows (or chosen food) inside the box. You may want to experiment with and without a plate.

3. Catch the Sun: Position the box so it faces the sun. Adjust the lid so it reflects the sunlight directly onto the food.

4. Cover and Cook: You may want to cover the inside base of the box with clingfilm to keep your food clean. Wait for about 20 minutes, and voilà, your s'mores will be ready.


As your solar oven cooks your food, it’s also teaching you some cool science principles:

• Heat Absorption: The matte black paper absorbs the heat, helping to cook your food.

• Reflection: The aluminum foil reflects sunlight onto the food, increasing the temperature.

• Conduction: The heat is transferred from the foil to the food, just like in a real oven.


Want to take your solar cooking to the next level? Try these fun experiments:

• Crayon Meltdown: Place a crayon on a shiny

metal plate and another on a plastic plate. Which one melts faster? Why do you think that is?

• Plate Colors: Does food heat up faster on a black plate or a white plate? Why?

• Design Upgrades: Think about how you could improve your solar oven. Maybe a hinge for the lid or extra insulation?

In the intense sunshine of the Valley summer, your solar oven will work wonders. So, gather your materials and let the sun turn your backyard into a fun and educational cooking adventure. Enjoy your delicious solar-cooked creations!

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Sunsolar Solutions Revolutionizes Home Energy with Tesla’s Powerwall 3

As utility costs soar and the demand for sustainable energy solutions increases, Sunsolar Solutions introduces an innovative approach to home energy management with the integration of Tesla’s Powerwall 3. This groundbreaking technology promises to not only provide backup power during outages but also significantly reduce electricity bills for homeowners.

Val Berechet, president of Sunsolar Solutions, shared insights on the new offering during a recent interview, emphasizing how Tesla’s latest advancements are changing the landscape of solar energy storage. “Tesla’s Powerwall 3 is a game changer,” Berechet explains. “Customers have been asking for effective battery solutions for years, and now, with the technological and economic advancements, it finally makes sense.”


Historically, the cost and limited functionality of battery storage have been barriers for many homeowners. “Batteries used to be expensive and not very useful for reducing utility bills,” Berechet says. “They were mainly for peace of mind during power outages, which, given the reliability of the grid, didn’t justify the high investment.”

However, the recent rate hikes by Arizona Public Service (APS) have changed the equation. APS implemented a significant rate increase in March, with most homeowners experiencing a 16% rise in their electricity bills. As utility prices continue to escalate, the economic case for solar and battery storage becomes more compelling.

Tesla’s Powerwall 3 stands out because of its ability to provide whole-home backup power. “Traditionally, batteries could only support limited loads, like your fridge or garage door,” Berechet

noted. “But with the Powerwall 3 and its backup switch, you can now back up your entire electrical panel, covering everything from lights to air conditioning. This capability, combined with reduced installation costs and the technology’s improved efficiency, makes the Powerwall 3 an attractive option.”


The synergy between solar panels and battery storage is where the real benefits lie. Sunsolar Solutions installs solar systems in tandem with the Powerwall 3, maximizing energy savings. “With APS’s expensive on-peak period, homeowners can now use stored solar power during these times instead of relying on costly utility electricity,” Berechet explains. “This integration allows customers to save significantly on their energy bills.”

Moreover, for Tesla vehicle owners, the Powerwall

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3 offers seamless integration within the Tesla ecosystem. “Tesla’s app enables users to monitor both their car and home energy systems effortlessly. It’s a sleek, user-friendly interface that enhances the overall experience,” Berechet says.


Investing in solar energy and battery storage also brings substantial financial benefits. The federal government offers a 30% tax credit on both solar systems and batteries, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act. Additionally, Arizona residents can receive a $1,000 state tax credit. These incentives significantly reduce the upfront costs, making solar energy more accessible.

Beyond financial savings, the environmental impact of switching to solar is profound. Sunsolar Solutions has already helped reduce an estimated 6.8 million tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting 16.2 million trees. The company has also contributed to saving 170.4 million gallons of water, showcasing the substantial ecological benefits of solar adoption.


Since its inception in 2015, Sunsolar Solutions has established itself as a leading player in the Arizona solar market. The company has helped over 10,000 homeowners transition to solar energy and created more than 150 local jobs. “We are proud to have brought over 150 new green jobs to the Valley,” Berechet says. “Being a homegrown company, we understand the local market and utilities deeply, which allows us to provide tailored solutions and excellent customer service.”

Sunsolar Solutions is committed to transparency and customer education. “Eighty percent of solar companies don’t install the panels they sell,” Berechet explains. “We handle everything in-house, from sales to installation, ensuring a smooth process for our customers. We also offer multiple design options and provide the total cost upfront, so there are no surprises.”

For those interested in exploring solar energy, Sunsolar Solutions offers free consultations. The company aims to educate potential customers about the benefits of solar power, even if they don’t make an immediate sale. “Our goal is always to reduce electric bills to zero, providing clean, reliable energy while protecting against rising utility costs,” Berechet says.

Sunsolar Solutions, with its innovative approach and commitment to quality, is at the forefront of the solar energy revolution in Arizona. The integration of Tesla’s Powerwall 3 with their solar systems offers homeowners a powerful, costeffective solution to rising energy costs and environmental concerns. As more residents make the switch to solar, the collective impact on both wallets and the planet will be significant.

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Real Estate

The Secret to Wealth: Investing in Real Estate

When people ask me about my career in real estate and specifically ask me if I have any regrets, I have one immediate reaction. I wish I had bought more real estate.

When you talk to wealthy people, the common denominator is typically that they have built and continue to build their wealth by owning real estate. There is a reason that big businesses, like Black Rock, are buying real estate and trying to control more of the market and push for a bigger renter community. Like others, they want to grow their assets in real estate and build their wealth.

Building wealth via a real estate asset does not provide immediate gratification. It takes a long time generally to build wealth in real estate. Ask anyone who bought a home 10, 20, 30, or 40 years ago and sold it and see their facial reaction when you talk about what that house would be worth

now. It’s not realistic to think that every home you purchase you would never sell, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t wish that they had held on to their properties because they would have gained so much more wealth.

I’ll give an example – a single family home (three bedrooms, two baths, 2,400 square feet) bought in Desert Ridge in 2000 was worth $270,000. The property was valued at over $800,000 in 2006 and then dropped in value to around $450,000 in 2011, but now it is worth around $1,000,000. So, over the last 24 years, that home has appreciated over $700,000.

I especially love to give this example because whenever the market feels unstable, people may worry that there may be a market crash. We lived through a market crash, and we understand the results. Yes, if

everyone had sold their home during the crash, a greater number of people would have lost money. The key was to hold on to see the recovery and appreciation following the crash. Owning real estate is like owning stocks. The investment may go down in value, but the key is to not sell your home or your stock when the market is low and hold on until it goes up.

A lot of parents are worried about how their kids are going to afford to buy a home when they grow up. We’ve been working with a lot of clients recently who are helping their “kids” in their 20s and 30s with a home purchase. If you have the means, this can be a great investment towards helping your “kids” or helping yourself build wealth, rather than continue to have your “kids” spend money on rent. When you do the math, if your “kid” is paying $2,000 a month in rent and maybe paying that amount for the next two to five years, that can add up to anywhere between $48,000 to $120,000 of rent paid. When rent is paid, there is no return on investment.

In addition, there may be an opportunity loss from what may have been appreciation were home prices and values to rise during the same two to five years. We all understand that postponing the purchase of real estate oftentimes results in a higher price to pay when the purchase finally does occur. The saying – “the best time to buy real estate was five years ago” is a saying for a reason – it holds truth.

You may find that talking with a lawyer and tax advisor may be helpful in determining a course of action to best accomplish your goals and protect your real estate and other assets and wealth. You may find that your plan to purchase real estate should involve a trust, an LLC and/or other choice(s) for ownership. You may also find it prudent, too, to set up or update your

will and estate planning giving full consideration of real estate investments.

As a Realtor I have a passion for real estate and investing. I’m definitely biased to real estate and doing everything possible to protect the “American Dream” for our future generations. My biggest concern for the future is related to companies purchasing real estate and creating renter communities. The American Dream of buying a home is critical to success in many ways. It is well understood that homeowners care about their home’s value and their community. Buying a home does not just add to one’s personal wealth, but home ownership creates safety, stability, better communities, and schools. On the other hand, an area of predominantly rental properties does not create a strong fabric to support community, and such areas with a general lack of care among residents likely manifest higher crime and diminished values.

Bottom line, invest early and for the long-term whenever possible, and if you can and want to help someone in your family purchase a home, then that can not only help build wealth, but you can build better communities.

Holly has been a Desert Ridge resident since 2000 and has been a Realtor since 2006. She is the leader of The Henbest Team with Realty One Group. Holly is ranked in the top ½ of 1 percent of Realtors in Arizona and is a certified luxury marketing expert. She has been ranked #24 in the Top 50 Realtors by the “Phoenix Business Journal” for the past several years and recognized by “So Scottsdale!” magazine as a Real Estate Superstar for 2019, 2020 and 2021. She’s also been the #1 ranked realtor at Realty One Group/North Scottsdale for the past several years. Learn more at

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Real Estate

Phoenix Housing Market Prepares for TSMC-Driven Expansion

The area is on the verge of a housing surge as homebuilders prepare for an influx of workers due to the expansion of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) plant in North Phoenix.

The plant is expected to generate thousands of new jobs, prompting developers to accelerate their building plans to meet the anticipated housing demand.

Lennar Corp., a Miami-based homebuilder, is planning to construct over 700 homes in the area. Their Middle Vistas community, situated near Interstate 17 and Dixileta, has already garnered interest from TSMC employees. Lennar is also expanding its offerings in the area with versatile housing designs suitable for multi-generational families.

In addition to Lennar’s efforts, Brookfield Properties is preparing to develop 6,000 acres of state land located east of Interstate 17 and west of Tatum Boulevard. This strategic move aims to capitalize on the strong housing demand driven by job growth in the region.

Mattamy Homes is another major player actively building in proximity to the TSMC plant. The company has seen notable sales to TSMC employees in North Phoenix. Furthermore, Mattamy Homes is exploring nearly 1,500 additional lots in key areas to attract employees from TSMC and its suppliers.

Despite a rise in home prices, with the median sales price in metro Phoenix now at $450,000, the job growth from TSMC is fueling a robust housing market. Realtors are already assisting many people

relocating to the area for employment at TSMC, underscoring the plant’s significant impact on local real estate trends.

The aggressive land acquisition and development strategies by homebuilders highlight the substantial demand for housing in Phoenix. As the TSMC plant’s operations expand, the region is poised for considerable growth, driven by the semiconductor industry’s presence and the resulting economic boost.

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HI, MY NAME IS… Kim Hintze.

I’VE LIVED IN ARIZONA MY ENTIRE LIFE AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… there is so much diversity between the geography, weather, and cultures. Within a two-hour drive, you can go from mountains to desert, or from playing in the snow to playing in the pool. We have some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… getting my kids out the

door to school, then getting myself to work. I teach art to my kindergarten through fifth graders at Caurus Academy. Once I get home I like to unwind by doing crafts or working on my latest manuscript or illustrations. After dinner, I like to watch something funny on TV with my husband.

MY FAMILY IS… my greatest blessing. They motivate me to be my best and to try new things. They fill my day with purpose.

ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… my long-haired dachshund Lady. She’s the first face I see each morning, and the first one to tell me hello when I get home. She’s also my writing partner.

MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY IS… “Napoleon Dynamite.” It’s funny in an absurd sort of way. The main reason I like it is because I have ties to so many family members who also love the movie. It brings back good memories of watching it with them.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… a fashion designer. Design school was not meant to be, but taking art classes in college is what steered me toward my current profession. I have had the opportunity to design many costumes for school plays, and events at my church.


THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… I have a dear friend in one of my writer’s groups who encourages me through writer’s block, bad critiques, and slow sales. She can talk me off a ledge when I’m lying on the floor staring at the fish tank thinking I’ll never write again.

THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… one of my first graders showed me his latest dance move. I wasn’t laughing at him, it just brought me joy.

THE PERFECT DAY IS… I would start by sleeping in and then enjoying a cup of coffee. Next, I would go to the float spa, followed by lunch with friends and a trip to the craft store. I would spend the afternoon writing or doing art. Then a movie with my family to end the day.

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Health Why Your Back Still Hurts (And How to Finally Get Relief!)

Does this sound like you?

You’ve seen everyone for low back pain and are still left without solutions. You’ve tried therapeutic massages, but the pain came back (or worse, was aggravated). Chiropractic care only offered temporary relief, your physical therapist put you on the same exercises as everyone else, the pain management doctor did a nerve ablation and told you to stop being active, and the orthopedic surgeon told you that you weren’t a surgical candidate and would need to wait until it got worse.

As someone who specializes in treating back pain, I hear these stories all the time. I know how frustrating it is to feel like you’re stuck at square one. But the silver lining is, you’ve actually eliminated the majority

of causes for your low back pain. If you’ve seen everyone and are still experiencing back pain, your story is likely one of these commonly missed pain patterns:


“My pain is worse when I sit, stand, or lie down for a long period of time. I’m constantly having to shift my weight to ease the discomfort, and even have trouble sleeping because of it. If I go from sitting to standing, it fires up. The pain starts in my lower back and travels down the back of my thigh and side of my leg. Everyone thought it was sciatica, but none of the treatments worked.”


“My pain gets better with rest, becomes aggravated with movement, and sometimes travels towards my butt. If I get a massage, it feels better for a bit — then gets worse a few hours later. Pressure usually makes the pain worse.”


1. Ethos Pain Profile: Is designed to identify the specific characteristics of your pain, so we can pinpoint exactly where it’s coming from.

2. 32-Point Back Inspection: Your pain bothers you during specific movements. Our 32-Point Back Inspection allows us to replicate those painful movements so we are one step closer to eliminating them.

3. Precision Knee Scan: Our advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound exam gives a detailed, real-time view of your back’s structures, providing more accuracy than a regular MRI.

4. Ethos Pain Map: This is a specialized method to confirm the exact source of pain in your body. This detailed approach helps us create a personalized strategy, increasing your likelihood of long-term success.

5. Easy-To-Understand Explanation: We skip the complex terms and offer you a direct, honest breakdown of your diagnosis.

6. Leave You Better Promise: If by the end of the visit you do not have a better understanding of your pain or what your options are moving forward we will give you a full refund on your visit.


“I’m scared to throw my back out again. When I’m in pain, I can’t do anything; It happens when I don’t expect it — like when I’m picking up my kid’s toy.”


If one of these experiences sound similar to yours, your pain is likely a ligament, nerve, or muscle problem — and not the ones you’ve been told about!

I’ve spent years researching and treating patients experiencing these patterns, and I don’t want you to be stuck at square one.

With our 90 Minute Deep Dive (which includes our Pain Profile, 32-Point Back Inspection, Precision Back Scan, and Diagnostic Mapping Technique) we’ll not only get you an accurate diagnosis (and explain it to you!) but will also provide you with a personalized treatment plan to effectively treat your pain and prevent it from coming back. YOUR

Call 480-573-6171 to schedule your Deep Dive for a Pain-Free Back with our specialists at Ethos Integrative Medicine.

Scan the QR code below to access your FREE report: “Back SOS: The Expert Guide to Decoding Your Pain.”

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Nominations Open for 2024 Greater Phoenix Chamber ATHENA Awards

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The Greater Phoenix Chamber is now accepting nominations for the 2024 ATHENA Awards, an esteemed program recognizing the exceptional accomplishments of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region. This prestigious award honors women who exhibit excellence in professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of future leaders. Nominations for the 2024 ATHENA Awards are open until Friday, June 21.

Each year, the ATHENA Awards spotlight three remarkable women who have demonstrated inspiring leadership within their industries, mentored others throughout their careers, and made significant contributions to their communities. Over the past 37 years, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards program has honored 68 accomplished and

compassionate Valley businesswomen.

“The Greater Phoenix Chamber has been a leader in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of women and their impact on the Greater Phoenix community,” saYS Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “We take pride in acknowledging the remarkable achievements and impact of local women and are proud to present the ATHENA Awards to shed light on these inspiring leaders and look forward to learning more about this year’s nominees.”

The recipients of the 2024 ATHENA Awards will be announced at the Chamber’s 37th Annual ATHENA Awards ceremony on October 24 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge. For more information and to access the nomination forms, visit signature-events/athena/athenaawards-nominations.

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Community Arizona Sports Musician Connects with People Living with Dementia

Bobby Freeman remembers reading about the ebony baby grand at Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Care and Education Campus in Phoenix. The stunning piano had been generously donated by a man who was grateful for the compassionate care his wife received.

The longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks recalls thinking: “I hope they let me play it someday.” More than a year later, Freeman was pinching himself as he sat down to give a special performance to assisted living residents and adult day club members at the campus.

The enthusiastic audience tapped their feet and clapped their hands as the gifted self-taught musician played dozens of tunes, from Elvis and Beatles to Queen and Elton John, plus classics like “Für Elise,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” When Freeman played “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” they cheered wildly as one lifelong baseball fan shouted: “Charge!”

“Music is something we never forget,” Freeman says. “I’m communicating with them through music. There’s a language there and memories come flooding back. My goal is to touch their heart.”

Freeman has been with the D-backs since the team’s first season in 1998. “I knew since I was 2 years old that I wanted to be an organist.”

At 13, he became a professional musician back in his native Cleveland. “I love to share the gift of music,” he says.

“Not only is Bobby an amazing piano player, but he’s also very engaging and interactive,” says Angela Hofler, life enrichment coordinator at the campus. “Everyone really loved that they could shout out a song and he could play it!” After the show, Freeman received many compliments from the audience. “They thought he was wonderful!”

Music therapy is a vital component of Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Program because musical memories, especially songs with emotional associations, are deeply rooted in long-term memory. “It can bring joy and connection to someone at any stage in their dementia journey,” says Amanda Marcum, the campus’ boardcertified music therapist. “It was so rewarding to see our residents and club members reliving those happy emotions watching Bobby play.”

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Freeman had wanted to play the baby grand in the assisted living space since reading about the piano’s donation.

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Bobby Freeman played an assortment of tunes at the Dementia Care and Education Campus.


Beware of the $599 Living Trust!

If you are like me, you are receiving mail and seeing signs advertising revocable living trusts at steep discounts. Caveat emptor - Let the buyer beware!

We see these plans in our office. Clients sometimes come in with worries that what was done isn’t quite what they requested. Most often, they are right. Once we review the plan, it isn’t what they want to have happen with their estate. In one particularly egregious case, there were no beneficiaries listed.

Often, the purpose of this low-ball offer isn’t to give you a good estate plan, but to sell you an annuity or other investment. A friend of mine passed along a story about someone she knew who felt held hostage in the room with the salesperson who was bound and determined she was going to invest in an annuity. Make no mistake about it– most often you are meeting with a salesperson for a financial product, and not with an attorney. They are more interested in your money and you investing with them than they are in assuring you have a proper plan that serves you and your family well.

As estate planning attorneys, we are most interested in making sure that you have an estate plan to protect you if you are incapacitated and to make your estate as easy as possible to administer on your passing (and without court proceedings).

There is a reason that attorneys are referred to as “attorney and counselor at law.” While an experienced estate planning attorney like me has the technical expertise to draft documents correctly and that is important, it is equally important that we get to know your situation. An experienced estate attorney can guide you with delicate decisions, including how to provide for a child or elderly parent who has special needs without interrupting valuable government benefits; how to provide for your children fairly (which may not be equally); who should be the guardian of your minor children; and how you can protect your children’s or grandchildren’s inheritance from creditors and irresponsible spending. That discount plan, thrown together without more discussion, won’t do the same job.

Most people think their estate planning will be simple. But the reality is that our estates are personal, and most people do need some personalized planning… and you may not know just what you need without the guidance of an experienced attorney. It is far better to spend a little more now and make sure your plan is created correctly than to try to save a few dollars and have things turn out badly and cost your family thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees later. You won’t be around to straighten things out or keep the peace then. Don’t you think you owe it to those you love to do a proper estate plan?

To schedule a no charge consultation or review with one of our attorneys, please call us at 602-375-6752.

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Entertainment Movie Reviews and Upcoming Release Dates


“I Saw the TV Glow”

to make them truly scary. Ultimately, “Tarot” lacks soul and passion, feeling like it was made simply to be released.


Reality blurs for two teenagers who become obsessed with a canceled TV show.

Sometimes, there’s a horror film that you watch and immediately know it will be influential for its generation. Made by and for the creepypasta generation, “I Saw the TV Glow” is a quaint, slow-burn horror that captures the eerie feeling of the everyday not feeling right and how it eventually boils over. With deep colors and slightly detached performances, the film conveys the unsettling idea of not being yourself but being unable to face it. It’s terrifying yet also sad, like watching someone spiral out of control. With a terrific soundtrack, it’s everything one wants from horror while also showing a bright future for the genre.


A group of friends are hunted by the spirits of a cursed Tarot card.

Some movies are made just to fill a release date, and “Tarot” is one of them. There’s a potentially entertaining film hidden within, resembling a supernatural slasher, but it’s bogged down by a boring plot and annoying characters, making it impossible to be thrilled. While the creature designs are impressive, they are wasted without any effort

A tennis player and his wife/coach clash personally and professionally with her ex.

There’s a sensuality infused in every frame of Luca Guadagnino’s newest film, which is much welcomed. The three leads have incredible chemistry that transcends typical romance, extending even into the tennis scenes. These scenes are astounding, with Guadagnino executing shots I thought were impossible, bringing a kinetic energy to the film. Additionally, the film is genuinely funny in a way that few studio films are. Topped off with an incredible score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, we have a true cinematic treat.

“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”

Generations after Caesar’s death, a new era begins in the fight for prosperity between apes and humans.

Following up the triumph of the previous “Planet of the Apes” trilogy was always going to be a tough job, and “Kingdom” sort of succeeds. It establishes its own identity with engaging characters and tone. However, it drags at points, making a noble attempt to showcase more of the world but not quite getting there. Structurally, it sometimes feels like a repeat of the previous film, “War.” Despite this, the film shines when it really gets going,

thanks to the talented cast, particularly Peter Macon and Kevin Durand. It also explores the human and ape dynamic in a more interesting and uncertain way than previous films, offering a fresh angle for future installments. As a start, it’s worthwhile.


June 7

“Bad Boys: Ride or Die”

“The Watchers” “Hit Man” (Netflix)

June 14

“Inside Out 2”

June 21

“The Bikeriders”

“Janet Planet” “Kinds of Kindness” (Limited) “Thelma” (Limited) “Trigger Warning” (Netflix)

June 28

“Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter One”

“A Quiet Place: Day One” “A Royal Affair” (Netflix)

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When: June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

Where: My Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church, 42425 N. New River Rd., New River

What: This community-based farmers market is where you can find over 70 local vendors, food, coffee, and sweets trucks every week. They are a pet friendly market, showcasing local farm produce, eggs and milk, handmade artisan goods and décor, health and wellness products, fresh pet food, local honey, and much more. They are open every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year.

Info: Instagram: @acommunityaffiar. Facebook: A Community Affair Farmers Market.


When: June 9

Where: Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix

What: Vampire Weekend’s 2024 tour is stopping in the Valley! Get ready for an unforgettable night as the band performs their greatest hits and new tracks. Experience their unique blend of indie rock and infectious energy. Info:


When: June 9

Where: Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix

What: Catch Alanis Morissette on her highly anticipated “The Triple Moon Tour,” with special guests Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Morgan Wade. Experience a night of iconic hits and powerful performances from this legendary artist. Info:


When: June 11


When: June 19

Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

What: Join the community to commemorate Juneteenth at the garden. Stroll through the trails to enjoy a day filled with activities that celebrate Black culture and traditions. Desert Botanical Garden honors Juneteenth’s legacy of change by celebrating Black culture and excellence through storytelling, history, art, performance, community discussion, and entrepreneurship. Info:


When: June 11 – June 16

Where: ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe

What: This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new adaptation by celebrated playwright Larissa FastHorse, directed by Emmy Award-winner Lonny Price and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. Info:


When: June 13

Where: The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix

What: Join Echo & The Bunnymen at The Van Buren for an evening of legendary post-punk music. Enjoy their timeless hits and captivating stage presence. Don’t miss this iconic band’s performance.


Where: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

What: Megan Thee Stallion is bringing her “Hot Girl” Summer Tour to Phoenix, featuring special guest GloRilla. Get ready for an electrifying performance filled with her chart-topping hits and high-energy stage presence. Don’t miss this unforgettable night of music and entertainment.



When: June 21 – Aug. 4

Where: Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria

What: Journey into a kingdom under the sea and meet Ariel, a young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home to experience life in the human world. After falling in love with the land-dwelling Prince Eric, she bargains with evil sea witch Ursula to trade her tail for legs, losing her voice in the process. With the help of colorful friends, Flounder, Scuttle, and Sebastian, Ariel voyages on land legs in a quest for true love and human discovery.



When: June 22

Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

What: This indoor car showcase is set to feature an eclectic mix of vehicles, welcoming all makes and models to participate. Attendees can look forward to exploring vendor displays, awards ceremonies, and enjoying music. Info:

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When: June 22

Where: Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix

What: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street are coming to your neighborhood to say hello! In “Sesame Street Live! Say Hello,” you can sing and dance with your favorite furry friends with fun surprises along the way. Put on your dancing shoes and make your way to where the air is sweet for this all-new celebration on Sesame Street! Info:


When: June 25

Where: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

What: Melanie Martinez is bringing “The Trilogy Tour” to the Valley, featuring special guests Beach Bunny and Sofia Isella. The tour will showcase songs from her three acclaimed records, promising an immersive and unforgettable experience. Info:


When: June 26

Where: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

What: Four-time Grammy Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers,

The Doobie Brothers, have announced the 2024 tour which will touch down at Footprint Center with very special guests

The Robert Cray Band! Info:


When: June 27

Where: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

What: Tim McGraw is bringing the “Standing Room Only Tour ’24” to Footprint Center with special guest Carly Pearce and Timothy Wayne! Info:


When: June 28

Where: Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix

What: Experience the ultimate Pink Floyd tribute with Brit Floyd. Enjoy an evening of stunning visuals and impeccable renditions of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. Info:


When: June 29

Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

What: The Children’s Learning and Play Festival is a free public event that features children’s authors, illustrators, music, live

performances, rides, STEAM activities, local business vendors, and a host of interactive activities for toddlers, children, and young adults.




When: July 2

Where: Desert Diamond Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale

What: Multi-platinum, award-winning band blink-182 is bringing their “One More Time Tour” to Glendale with special guests Pierce The Veil & Hot Milk. According to The New York Times, “No punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than ‘blink-182’.”

Info: CROSSWORD ANSWER from page 34.

SUDOKU ANSWER from page 35.

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4. Fluffy dessert

5. Hillsides in Scotland

6. Anti-seniors sentiment

7. *Opposite of awakward and clumsy

8. *Door instruction (2 words)

9. Fairy tale opener

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11. Bambino

13. Not like #26 Down

14. Popular breakfast item

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Why You Still Have Sciatica Pain (And How To Get Rid Of It For Good)

Is doing everyday things from standing up straight to nding comfortable sleeping positions and even just walking di cult because of sciatica pain?

You may nd it hard to focus on enjoying those around you because you’re distracted by your pain. You may have already tried chiropractic, massage, stretching, and exercise, but the di culty is knowing which things will help and which won’t. is can be frustrating because it seems unpredictable.

Some sciatica is caused by muscular weakness and restriction, while others can be caused by sti joints. Ultimately, certain exercises may help some sciatica, but make other types worse. To best help you, I’ve compiled a list of tips that will help anyone with sciatica regardless of the type to reduce daily pain.

Most people with sciatica just want to know if there’s a solution that actually lasts. Solutions that used to work, don’t work any longer. Eventually you nd yourself in a rabbit hole, searching high and low for solutions that hopefully help you avoid surgery.

One of my patients, Marian, had tried everything above on top of back surgery, unspecialized physical therapy, pain management, spinal injections, spinal electrostimulation, acupuncture, and dietary analysis. Marian told me, “When you go through this, you learn how many things you can no longer do if you can’t stand or walk.”

You Don’t Have to Choose Between Surgery and Giving Up the Activities that You Love.

Sciatica is so common because many of the solutions out there just take one area into consideration.

e muscles, the joints, nerves, strength, weakness, etcetera. e simple truth is that sciatica is a complex condition with many contributing factors.

e core issue, which has been proven time and again in the best research, is that the body has developed compensation patterns in order to protect itself. ese patterns are hardwired into the brain, and will continue to persist unless they are xed.

is pattern is what CAUSES the tight muscles, and the sti joints. ese tight muscles and sti joints eventually pinch the nerve, causing sciatica. erefore, correcting the pattern is the true root cause. No matter how long you’ve su ered, you can still get your life back. No surgery. No pills.

6 Reasons Why Your Sciatica May Be Lasting Longer than it Should:

1. You tried looking up exercises to do on your own for your sciatica. But with many “causes,” it’s di cult to gure out which exercises are right for you. is is why some exercises can seem to make it better, but some make it much worse.

2. You tried a few relaxing massages and it felt good for a few days but then it came back.

3. You tried chiropractic care and it eased a bit, but the nagging sensation is still there.

4. You tried waiting for it to go away on its own. at didn’t work…

5. You went to the doctor’s o ce, and they gave you pain meds or nerve medication to numb the pain. ey told you to come back in 6 weeks if it didn’t work.

6. You went to a physical therapist who put you on the same exercises everyone else with sciatica gets…then they left you with an assistant who only half watched your technique.

Why What You’ve Tried Hasn’t Worked

If any of these things have happened to you, unfortunately it’s common. e issue with a lot of these methods is that they focus on addressing the symptoms, not the root cause of your sciatica.

What to Avoid

Here are 3 things that can make your sciatica pain worse.

Stretching: If you’ve been stretching to x your sciatica and it hasn’t worked yet, it likely won’t. More often than not, sciatica has come up because of tight muscles. Stretching is for short muscles. Tight muscles are tight because they’re compensating for a weak muscle nearby.

Stretching will relieve them for a little bit, but it will come back unless the weakness is resolved.

Crossing Your Legs: Avoid crossing your legs at all costs. is can cause stretching in the back of your hip which compresses the sciatic nerve. It also causes twisting in your hips and pelvis which can put stress on the nerves in your back.

Resting: Certain activities right now might make your sciatica worse, but that doesn’t mean you should restrict all of your movements. If certain things are painful, like walking, lifting, sitting, it’s important to nd the root cause so you can start moving properly and stay active.

How to Fix Sciatica for the Long Term

So many of the “solutions” we try only provide temporary relief because they’re not targeting the root cause. And without getting to the source of the problem, sciatica pain will continue to return because the cause was never addressed.

Marian learned this the hard way, and unfortunately a lot of people do. After addressing the root cause, Marian says, “I’m back to walking 3-4 miles a day; I can lift and hold my grandbabies; I can go to parties without having to sit in a corner; I can go shopping again.” e only thing she’d change? Finding a specialist to help her address the root cause sooner. “I could have avoided a lot of doctors’ appointments and needless and expensive treatments, not to mention losing a couple of years to my other attempts.”

How to Get Rid of Sciatica Pain for Good

If you’re ready to get to the root cause of your sciatica, and want to get back to being active with con dence, and without painkillers or surgery, you may qualify for a complimentary “discovery visit” with a specialist. To apply, email info@ and say “discovery visit” along with your phone number and we’ll reach out. Or apply at:

If you’re ok to keep trying on your own, our special sciatica report is full of more tips to ease your pain fast so you can get back to doing the basics without as much pain. Get a hard copy of our sciatica report (value $27) mailed to your home for FREE by calling 480-482- 0651 and asking for a copy, or emailing us at and saying “Send me a sciatica report” along with your name, phone number, and address so we can mail it to you.

Dr. Tom Padilla, Physical erapist, and Sciatica and Back Pain Expert is the CEO and Founder at e Doctors of Physical erapy in Scottsdale Arizona.

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THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA Completes $40 Million Renovation



leisure destination provides guests with premier dining and wellness experiences.

Photos courtesy of The Scottsdale Resort & Spa

As one of the largest renovations to be completed in the Phoenix-metro area this year, The Scottsdale Resort & Spa, a Curio Collection Resort by Hilton emerges as a full-service luxury retreat, captivating both global travelers and Valley locals, with the completion of a $40 million renovation encompassing all guestrooms and public spaces, including Luna Spa and the introduction of four new distinct dining destinations.

Marking the largest renovation in the property’s 50-year history, The Scottsdale Resort’s new residential-style guestrooms take inspiration from the property’s historic charm by intertwining legacy with contemporary allure for a fusion of modern sophistication and signature Southwestern appeal. With room rates starting from $232 per night, every guest room boasts leather accents, intricately embroidered headboards and hand-carved wood – all complemented with pops of modern Southwestern patterns.

A standout of the resort’s transformation is the conversion of an existing building into The Stillman Villas, an enclave comprised of 12 two-story villas that offer high-end finishes, upgraded and enhanced amenities, expansive golf course views, and

a private pool exclusive to Stillman guests. Starting from $1,300 per night, these villas accommodate up to 14 guests and are ideal for parties, family gatherings, and groups seeking the pinnacle of the resort’s offering. With all aspects of the resort’s renovation now on full display, resort guests will discover a range of exciting dining experiences featuring elevated Sonoran cuisine with global influences, a health-focused café, a hidden speakeasy, and a familyfriendly lounge with interactive games. The expansive fitness center and Luna Spa are equally impressive, which provide rejuvenation and serenity for the body, mind, and spirit.

Culinary Experiences

Renowned Valley Chef Ken Arneson, who serves as the area executive chef for Driftwood Hospitality, leads The Scottdale Resort’s culinary evolution into a destination for all.

La Fogata Kitchen and Bar: Situated against the backdrop of panoramic vistas of the McCormick Ranch Golf Club and Camelback Mountain, La Fogata invites guests to delve into modern Sonoran cuisine married with a fusion of global influences. Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, La Fogata’s menu is crafted utilizing locally sourced ingredients.

The Madam: Step into the allure of a bygone era at The Madam, a speakeasy reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties and the prohibition era. The Madam invites guests on a journey where classic cocktails meet modern creations. Upon check-in, guests receive a secret password, ensuring an exclusive entry into this intimate space. For non-guests, acquiring the password becomes a delightful task, requiring interaction with the staff or the resort’s social media pages to find out where The Madam keeps a watchful eye.

The Social Boardroom: Adjacent to The Madam, The Social Boardroom awaits, offering a casual and welcoming lounge-style atmosphere for all ages. This space invites guests to unwind with various entertainment options, including pool, shuffleboard, board games and a golf simulator. Bartenders and servers stand ready to serve cocktails and small bites.

Barnaby’s Café + Wine Bar: At Barnaby’s Café + Wine Bar, the morning hours welcome guests with a coffee bar and a selection of fresh pastries, breakfast sandwiches featuring meats from the inhouse butcher, vegan items and a variety of teas, and coffee. Barnaby’s transitions into a fast-casual lunch spot with paninis and salads tailored to midday cravings. In the evening, Barnaby’s Wine Bar comes

alive, featuring Arizona and regional wines to be enjoyed within the café or out in the Spanish-style courtyard.

Wellness & Fitness

From hot stone massages to aromatic body treatments, a premier wellness experience awaits.

Luna Spa: Spa guests will find where tranquility meets rejuvenation in the heart of the serene Scottsdale desert. Dedicated to cultivating balance and relaxation, the 3,200-square-foot spa features nine indoor treatment rooms, a Zen meditation garden, a sauna, a steam room, a co-ed tranquil room and a refreshing cold plunge.

Fitness: The resort is complete with a 3,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility featuring Life Fitness cardio machines, Peloton bikes, Therabody Muscle Relief, free weights, and weight machines.

Meetings & Events

When The Scottsdale Resort originally opened in 1976, it was the country’s first conference resort. Today, that legacy lives on with the refresh of 18 versatile meeting venues with 45,000 square feet of flexible interior space and an additional 40,000 square feet across its picturesque outdoor areas.

To learn more about The Scottsdale Resort & Spa or to book a stay, visit

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