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My mother and father bought their Arcadia home more than 30 years ago. They now want to “downsize” to a Scottsdale townhome. I grew up in that Arcadia home, and we always had pets such as German Shepherds and Siamese cats, but also pets such as hamsters and goldfish. All of those pets were buried in our back yard. Do my mother and father now have to disclose to a buyer that our family pets are buried in the backyard? A:

Under Arizona law a seller, and any real estate broker, has to disclose to the buyer any material and adverse fact relating to the home. In other words, if a fact is material and adverse, it must be disclosed. If a fact is not material and adverse, why not disclose it?

Finally, if a seller questions whether or not to disclose, the seller should ask: If I was buying my own home, would I want disclosure? For example, if you were a buyer of your parents’ home, wouldn’t you want disclosure and then be able to explain to your fouryear old daughter why she found the femur of a German Shepherd in her sand box!

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The famous United Kingdom-originated saying says “April showers brings May flowers” but in Arizona’s case, we’re trading rain for sunshine and flowers for heat. But, let’s forget about the looming triple digits for now and focus on the beautiful weather part of things.

Spring truly has sprung and we’re soaking up all that it has to over – great alfresco everything. From outdoor events where the spirits are flowing (page 55) to adventures in Northern Arizona Page (page 54), there’s something for everyone. Or, perhaps you’re looking to sit back, relax and enjoy a nice cocktail or meal this month. Our debut feature, Perfect Patios (page 60), is pretty self-explanatory: amazing local venues to enjoy the weather. We’re breaking it all down depending on what you’re looking for, whether that’s somewhere for a romantic rendezvous, a buzzy brunch, a place to catch the sunset during golden hour, somewhere to check out a great view, or a spot that’s the talk of the town.

Speaking of the talk of the town, Celebrity Fight Night’s 30th anniversary Emerald Ball is coming up this month at Scottsdale Fairmont Princess. Entertainer extraordinaire Joey Fatone will emcee the event and is giving us the scoop (page 38) on what to expect and why he fell in love with the cause, in addition to talking about his extensive music (the *NSYNC fan in me is very excited for this one!) and acting career, his current tour and what’s coming up next for him.

Additional highlights this month include a look at two new restaurants: Mon Cheri (page 97) and Beginner’s Luck (page 114), both guaranteed to be on most Scottsdale residents’ must-visit list. We are also showcasing citrus dishes (page 100), and a look at the upcoming Jazz Fest (page 43) and Derby DayClub (page 57).

Until the temperatures rise, you’ll find me on a local patio – hope to see you there!

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Music makes the world go round for Phoenix Symphony’s Tammy Rocker

Tammy Rocker is poised to create more magical experiences for the Phoenix Symphony.

A vibrant voice for Phoenix Symphony, Tammy Rocker’s passion for the arts is the driving force in her new role as senior vice president and chief advancement officer. This is Rocker’s second go-around with the symphony, which is a major gem of the local

arts community. In her original role as chief development officer of the symphony from 2016 to 2018, she oversaw the development department, wrote foundation grants, created sponsorships, worked with donors, and helped implement special events with her team.

While Rocker left the symphony after two years to work with the American Lung Association, the Symphony’s spirit never left her.

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“I am delighted to jump back in,” she says.

When rhapsodizing about the newest season, which launched March 18, Rocker describes it as beautifully curated and magical. “We have something for everyone. Whether it’s romance, pops, something for the family, or Broadway, we cover it all,” she says. “The symphony is an incredible place to work; we are very collaborative. The musicians are incredibly talented, and I’ve gotten to know them very well over the years through donor meetings and observing rehearsals.”

One of the events Rocker is proudest of is Savor the Symphony, the Symphony’s signature fundraiser, which will take place May 7. Guests will have the intimate experience of watching the orchestra rehearse for 45 minutes to an hour, plus dining on a sumptuous lunch created by a master chef. Additional highlights include live music, silent and live auctions, and a bar.

The Starting Point

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rocker moved to Phoenix at age 10, later attending Arcadia High School and Northern Arizona University for communications courses. She soon found her way to a nonprofit leadership program at University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which segued into a career at the American Heart Association. In her new capacity, she marketed the ever-popular Jump Rope for Heart program, the first in a string of successful campaigns. “When I became the regional vice president for the program, I had a team of youth market directors who worked with gym teachers and principals in several states to explore ways for children to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA) while participating in a serving learning opportunity. We were the top performers two years in a row during that time.”

As a senior vice president at the AHA’s California office, Rocker accelerated her vision by leading a team of 25 individuals to create well-known events such as the Heart Ball, Go Red for Women, and the Heart Walk. “As senior vice president, I managed 25 people, recruited participants and collected money for large events,” she says.

In her current role, Rocker thrives on being a buoyant cheerleader for the Symphony. “There is a profound difference between attending a live concert and just listening to a recording,” she says. “There is sensory stimulus, intense concentration, physical involvement of the musicians, the drama of the conductor, and the fact the audience is all live. It connects us emotionally, and I love being part of it all.”

Looking Ahead, on October 12 the Symphony will host a gala called A Wicked Night at the Symphony, an elegant black-tie event. It will include a VIP reception, dinner and dancing, and an exclusive symphony performance.

Beyond the Symphony

Rocker and her husband are the parents of five grown sons, who were originally interested in bands while younger but went on individual paths later on. Currently, Rocker has a variety of hobbies and interests that round out her busy career. A voracious reader, she reads three to four books a week, bicycles and tends

her garden of tomatoes, basil, and sunflowers.

Music has always been and always will be a constant theme in Rocker’s life. “People learn that I work for the symphony and assume I like only classical, but that is not the case at all,” she says. “I have very varied taste in music, not just classical.”

Case in point: Rocker has a penchant for all types of rock music, especially New York punk bands, like Patty Smith. “My husband and I saw her a few years ago in Los Angeles at the Ace Theater,” she says. “She was 70 years old and jumping off the stage!”

At the other end of the music spectrum is country music, which Rocker discovered after watching George & Tammy, a miniseries. “I have now become the biggest George Jones fan on the face of the earth,” she says.

Rocker and her husband enjoy spinning vinyl at their second home in Pine and have added a collection of Jone’s old albums. “We’ve always played old classic rock, and now we have a new addition to our collection,” she says.

Rocker also has a soft spot for jazz, especially Ella Fitzgerald. “I listen to everyone and everything,” she says. “There is no music I have never liked. My kids have listened to a lot of music my husband and I grew up with, and it has grown on them.”

When the couple lived in Los Angeles, they saw many shows at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, such as Crosby, Stills and Nash. “Phoenix has a lot of great performances as well; that’s one of the reasons we love it here so much. We go to between 10 and 15 concerts a year.”

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Sommelier-turned-perfumer Ethan Turner creates poetry through his luxury brands

From his days curating exquisite wine selections as a sommelier to crafting bespoke fragrances, Ethan Turner weaves the art of storytelling into all his professional pursuits. This isn’t surprising, given his background in creative writing at Drake University, where he aspired to become a screenwriter. Fate, however, had other plans for him.

“After shopping for a personal fragrance one day and having no luck, I decided I would create one for myself,” he says. “My friend suggested I make one for him and that he would pay me for it. That moment kicked off my career.”

Shortly after this, Turner’s first brand, MOI Fragrances (, came to life. Turner aimed to offer consumers a luxury bespoke fragrance experience without the hefty price tag. Since its inception, MOI Fragrances has expanded its scope, collaborating with various brands, celebrities and businesses.

“[MOI Fragrances] manages 17 different fragrance brands and has evolved into more of a manufacturing house than a bespoke fragrance experience,” Turner says.

Expanding his perfumery repertoire, he pursued studies at France’s renowned ISIPCA. Despite having created over 500 unique fragrances up until this point, Turner had yet to create his own story in a signature scent. This realization sparked the birth of his second brand, Empyrean Parfums (www.empyreanparfums. com), which became a deeply personal project.

“I’ve always been a poet, and I wrote haiku throughout my [studies abroad] as I reflected on life, love and religion. Each fragrance embodies my struggles and eventual return to Christianity,” he says.

Empyrean Parfums will debut its inaugural unisex fragrance AIA (pronounced Gaia), a representation of Mother Earth’s creation, this June at Scottsdale Andaz Resort & Bungalows. The event will activate all five senses through a variety of earth, wind, fire, and water elements, like performances and cuisine. Event proceeds will help build a perfume garden that conserves local aromatic flowers.

“This is the first reveal of my story to the world,” he says. “I’ve received wonderful compliments on the scent from some of the greatest perfumers in modern times, but it’s a new project and new space. I’m feeling excited, and a bit nervous!”

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Peripheral Neuropathy: The Next Step


I believe we may have found a missing link in treating peripheral neuropathy. For those suffering it may be because the smaller, microvascular vessels are not functioning properly. There may be a lack of blood flow between the smaller vessels and the diseased nerves.


Blood contains the oxygen and nutrients your tissues need to survive. Good circulation is necessary to get the blood down to your feet. Once it is there, smaller vessels work to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your nerves and take away carbon dioxide. This exchange of oxygen and waste is vital. For it to happen, we need a healthy microvasculature.


Microvasculature contains small blood vessels (arterioles, capillaries, and venules). It is responsible for supplying nutrients and regulating blood flow. When there is a breakdown in the system the effects are far reaching.


Now there is a new treatment intended to promote healthy microvasculature. It’s a sterile, human tissue allograft which replaces or supplements the damaged microvascular tissue in your body with the hope to prompt it to start producing new cells.


The allograft is made up of microvascular extracellular matrix which contains arterioles, capillaries, and venules. Restoration of microvascular tissue should improve local blood which is necessary for healthy tissue function and to regenerate tissue. Once improved, the body can start the healing process to help repair damaged tissue.


We want to get more blood flow to the legs and feet so healing can begin. The goal of this new treatment is to do just that. I believe it is one of the most promising treatments for peripheral neuropathy today.

Neuropathy has too many people sitting on the sidelines. Pain, burning, tingling, numbness, cramping in your legs or feet, or issues with balance make it difficult to get up and get on with everyday living. But there is good news, there’s a new treatment for peripheral neuropathy that may make a difference.

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Business coach Melissa Galt helps clients rediscover their creative spark

Melissa Galt is a renowned figure in the global interior design industry. Following a successful 25-year career as a residential interior designer, Galt made a lifechanging decision to shift her focus entirely to coaching, a move she describes as a natural progression.

“Coaching was a natural step for me,” she says. “When I relocated to Scottsdale [from Atlanta], I made the conscious choice to close the door on design and devote myself entirely to coaching. I don’t operate at just 100%; it’s always been 120% for me.”

For the past 15 years, Galt (www.melissagalt. com) has served as an interior designer business strategist, guiding her clients with smarter systems, proven processes, and masterful marketing techniques. Her approach not only drives significant revenue growth, but also helps her clients reclaim their “zone of genius,” or the zone of tasks where her clients excel effortlessly, enjoy the work they do, and are exceptionally efficient.

“Delegate, outsource, or delete the rest. It’s critical that you are at peak productivity and delivering at your highest talent,” she says.

Galt truly does operate at 120% – her long-list of services on her website perfectly encapsulates that: from private coaching (one-on-one and group) to live events to group programs to published books and articles to her podcast. Galt is constantly pouring out her expertise and resources to help designers’ business succeed by giving them their nights and weekends back.

“My definition of successful business is one that informs and inspires, fuels and feeds, and serves and supports the whole of your life. It does not swallow you whole,” she says.

When she isn’t helping clients, Galt loves to travel, something she did often growing up as the daughter of late Oscar-winning actress Anne Baxter (the granddaughter of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright). She has journeyed to places like France, Nepal and Australia, to name a few. These travels have informed her own design style.

“My personal style is very driven by original art that I’ve picked up in my travels, as well as from artists I’ve met along the path. Every piece has a memory of a time, a place, an experience.”

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Josh Mundy blends his Midwestern roots with a refined sense of style

A Valley transplant with Midwest charm, Josh Mundy’s fashion journey has evolved from small-town simplicity to a sophisticated blend of clean lines and classic comfort. As the director of philanthropy for Phoenix Children’s Foundation, Mundy connects people to the mission of advancing pediatric care while making a statement with his personal style.

With a style that he describes as “clean, classic and layered,” Mundy’s blend of comfort and classic elements sets him apart in a world often dominated by fleeting trends. “My signature look is a relic from my days in the Midwest – a comfortable sweater and a pair of Levi’s finished off with my Nikes,” he says. “Everyone needs a good pair of jeans and Levi’s still does that better than anyone else in the game.”

When it comes to influences, Mundy points to Derek Guy (@dieworkwear on X, formally known as Twitter) as the biggest inspiration for his style. Derek's emphasis on the importance of a good tailor taught him that a well-fitted outfit can enhance confidence and elevate any look. “Nothing makes you feel better than an outfit that fits you correctly,” Mundy says.

What will we see you in on weekends versus workdays? Complete opposite ends of the spectrum. During the week you’ll find me suited and booted, but come Saturday that switch turns off and it’s Levi’s and a fitted T-shirt.

What is your most prized possession in your closet? My most prized possession in my closet is a ring my grandfather gave me when I was a kid. Even though it doesn’t fit me, I can still look at it whenever I want to remember his influence on me as a man.

What are your favorite colors, patterns, styles and trends? I try not to follow trends to closely, by the time I’m on any particular bandwagon it’s already fallen to the wayside. Because of that I typically stick to blues, any earth tones and burgundy. Style wise, I’m most comfortable in a classic black T-shirt and jeans.

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Patty Withycombe creates her own fashion rules

Patty Withycombe’s vibrant personality transcends not only through her involvement with the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), but also in her eclectic and lively fashion choices. Over the years, Withycombe has gracefully shed the constraints of fashion rules and embraced a style uniquely her own, filled with fun styles, bright colors and bold patterns.

While she draws inspiration from icons like Ralph Lauren, the animal advocate enjoys exploring the offerings of Anthropologie, Alice & Olivia, and Joie, appreciating the fit and quality of their designs. “Most of my clothes are casual – that goes well with my lifestyle. Nothing fussy ever. I am crazy for shoes, too; they must be stylish but comfortable,” she says.

Pink and purple, her favorite colors, find a place alongside patterned wide-leg pants, sequins and her favored handbags. “A great bag is a non-negotiable,” she says. “And my multicolored sequin jumpsuit is so fun to wear. I love sequins!”

By co-chairing the capital campaign for the newly opened AHS Papago Park Campus, Withycombe seamlessly intertwines the worlds of style and compassion, proving that the heart can beat just as passionately for both runway trends and the well-being of four-legged friends.

How has your style evolved over the years? I have always loved clothes and fashion, but when I was younger, I thought I had to follow the rules. Now I make my own rules.

What is your favorite store? I rarely shop brick and mortar. I like to shop online and return by mail if it doesn’t work. I especially like Me & Em from the UK, Heimstone from Paris, Anthropologie, Dolce Vita shoes, and another really fun online boutique for shoes is Charlotte Stone.

Can you share some fashion advice?

I think all women of all ages and sizes should look for clothes that are fun and make them feel like a million without costing a million.

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Joey Fatone was born in New York and attended school in Florida, but he’s always felt most at home on stage.

Growing up, Fatone watched his father perform in a 1960s doo-wop group. Some of the biggest musical influences of his childhood came from that era, from The Temptations to The Delfonics to The Jesters.

“When I was in ninth grade, that was where I wanted to be – in an acapella group,” says Fatone, who formed a group with three other high school friends (one of whom was Luis Fonsi, who went on to top charts with Despacito). This was also around the time that Fatone began his acting career – or at least tried to.

“They did three plays my freshman year, and I wanted to audition but I was so scared. For the first two, I chickened out. I didn’t even go to the auditions. I finally said, ‘You know what? Screw it. If I screw up, I screw up.’”

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He went to the audition, got the role of Chino in West Side Story, and the rest is history. “I started not caring, in the sense of being fearless. There’s nothing wrong with being a little nervous, but it’s about that adrenaline rush, like going on a rollercoaster.”

As a member of *NSYNC, one of the top-selling boy bands of all time, Fatone helped set and break records, but after that chapter of life came to a close, he had to take a step back and reevaluate what came next. First, he took to Broadway, reconnecting with his love for acting by starring in Rent and appearing in productions of Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers and Rock of Ages. After a handful of movie rolls – including Cousin Angelo in My Big Fat Greek Wedding – it was time for him to take the small screen by storm.

In recent years, Fatone has been an inescapable TV presence, from competing on Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer, to hosting of a slew of reality and game shows. While he loved being known as one of the guys from *NSYNC, he welcomed the opportunity to show off his own personality as an entertainer.

“Still to this day, I love that feeling of fear while getting ready to get out there and perform,” he says. “Then you get out there, and you’re fine. You’re happy – it’s your home.”


On April 27, Fatone will serve as the emcee of Celebrity Fight Night at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The event, which will celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with an Emerald Ball theme, has long been among the Valley’s most treasured fundraising events, attracting a plethora of familiar faces. Headliner Michael Bublé will be joined by returning musical director David Foster, singer-songwriter Katharine McPhee and comedian Caroline Rhea, among countless others.

Fatone, who attended the gala for the first time in 2023, immediately knew he wanted to be adopted into the Celebrity Fight Night ( family. “Last year I was emcee of the first party, which is for celebrities and people who donate. It’s a smaller, more intimate kind of party, where everybody gets to


know everybody. It’s basically saying, ‘Hey, thank you for coming, and let’s have a great time.’ It’s such a family vibe.”

This year, Fatone will also host the main charity event, which aims to raise millions to support Gateway for Cancer Research. The nonprofit works to advance early-stage clinical trials for all types of cancer, including rare and underfunded varieties. The overall goal is to help shape a world in which cancer diagnoses are no longer feared.

“What I love about this event is that the money doesn’t go to anything else – 100% of the proceeds, all of the money that’s donated, goes directly to the research,” Fatone says. “Cancer research is something close to my heart. My mother is a survivor of breast cancer. She got it

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detected early, went through chemo, and everything is all right, but some people aren’t so fortunate.”


Further proof that Fatone can never be found too far from the stage, the singer recently began touring with Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, kicking off in March to such great reception that new dates were added for May, June and July. It’s a more casual show, Fatone says, and no two are the same, quite literally – in addition to some

tried-and-true hits, every night they spin a wheel to randomly determine which songs they’ll sing.

“AJ’s a huge performer, like me. I just thought it’d be a great idea to do something like this, something fairly intimate where we can interact, talk about things we don’t normally talk about, sing songs we’ve never sang, do mashups and give thanks to our fans. It’s funny because usually there’s an agenda of some sort – and AJ does have new music that he wants to get out –but me? I’m just here to have fun!”

Part of it is about setting an example for his two daughters, who – though ever-supportive of their old man – wouldn’t exactly say they’re his biggest fans. Last year, when *NSYNC reunited to create new music together for the first time in more than twenty years, the result, Better Place, received rave reviews as the lead single from the soundtrack of Trolls Band Together.

“We watched the movie in the house, and my kids were like, ‘All right, cool.’ They love it and they support it, but they think, ‘Whatever, it’s just Dad.’ It doesn’t really interest them, which is hilarious. I love that position they have, where it’s not really a big deal to them. I don’t want it to ever be a big deal.”

Still, giving them a peek behind the curtain is one of Fatone’s great joys. Though nothing is set in stone at the moment, he’d jump at the opportunity to bring his girls along on a reunion tour with *NSYNC.

“I think the highlight of my life would be showing my kids what I’d done to that magnitude back in the day. It’s mayhem, and I’d love to bring them with me so they could see what I did when I was my oldest daughter’s age.”

The ability of these well-loved boy bands to continue filling stadiums over two decades later, Fatone says, is testament to the power of nostalgia.

“It was a great time in fans’ lives. Times are tough, and it’s great having an outlet where you can watch and sing along with your favorite group, that you used to listen to on TRL. They were 10, 11 years old and now they’re in their 20s, 30s or 40s. Some of them have kids. They want to relive their childhood and show their kids something that was important to them when they were young. It’s the same way I want to show my kids what I did.”

At the end of the day, entertaining in all its forms is about telling a story, and the story Fatone wants to tell – especially for his family – is one of perseverance.

“The same fundamental values that I learned growing up, I try to put to my kids – that failure is fine, it’s how you pick yourself up and do better. If you have a passion, never let it go, and it’s bound to happen at some point. And as my dad always told me – always have clean underwear.”

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On April 27, celebrate International Jazz Day at The Molina Fine Jewelers Scottsdale Jazz Festival Blues & Brews Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale. The annual music festival, which will take place at Scottsdale Civic Center’s new East Bowl amphitheater, is the ultimate combination of cool jazz and blues. This year’s headlining act will be Grammy Award-winning contemporary jazz/R&B superstar Norman Brown. Other artists gracing the stage include internationally known jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, renown vocalist Nayo Jones, Carlos Rivas & Mexsal, Arizona-based Neaman Lyles, Kiara Jayne, Kings of Soul, and more. Attendees can also expect New Orleans-inspired eats as well as the debut Brew Garden Beer Tasting. 3-10:30 p.m. General admission: $55; reserved table and stage seating, $775-$3,050. Beer tickets: $16.50 for five tastings; $33 for 10 tastings.

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Chicago-born steakhouse Maple & Ash is known for its over-the-top weekend brunch experience. The restaurant recently launched a new daytime weekend menu, expertly combining favorites from both the brunch and dinner menus.

The “choose your own brunch adventure” features everything from Alaskan king crab eggs Benedict to a build-your-own, elevated fried chicken and waffle tower to classic steak frites. The extravaganza will still feature beats from a DJ as well as the restaurant’s espresso martini towers. www.


After much anticipation, Barry’s Bootcamp opened its first Arizona location late last month at The Shops at Hilton Village. The boutique fitness studio is a pioneer in the HIIT world, renowned for its high-energy cardio and strength interval training workout. The group fitness experience, which first started 25 years ago, blends high-intensity treadmill cardio with strength training – though attendees who want to forgo the cardio component can opt for the “double floor” option. Each day focuses on a different muscle group for the strength-training portion. Barry’s signature “red room” features dim red lights, rubberized flooring, a booming sound system with specially curated playlists, weights, bands, benches, and treadmills.


Fashion brand American Threads opened its first Arizona location at Scottsdale Quarter last month. The brand, which is celebrated for its infusion of California cool-girl style with a coastal cowgirl twist, specializes in both trending and timeless pieces all curated in Los Angeles

The Georgia-born brand, which first opened in 2009, is now headquartered in California and currently has brick-and-mortar locations in Texas, Georgia and Florida, along with an extensive, popular online store. www.

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Paradise Valley-located Cosanti Originals is offering a spring Tile-Making Experience. During the hands-on classes, guests are guided through the tile-making and design process that was developed by The Cosanti Foundation and is used every day by the artisans of Cosanti Originals. Each class – offered April 6, May 4 and June 8 – begins at 10 a.m. with an introductory tour of Cosanti. Then, attendees will form a clay slab, using canvas and a roller, which will be sized, measured and cut into tile pieces. At noon, instructors will show guests the main tools and techniques used to imprint a design into the clay tile, just as Cosanti artisans do. After the class, the clay tiles will be fired and lightly glazed. Participants’ tiles will be shipped directly to them.


The District Dome, Desert Ridge’s 50-foot spherical pop-up dome, transformed into a new spring-inspired concept late last month. Villa Fleur features an electric atmosphere with an enchanting French maximalist theme. Through May 12, the concept will showcase rich prints and textures, parlor seating and lush florals, all set under romantic lighting. Guests will enjoy chef-driven artisanal bites and elixirs, curated beer and wine offerings, and a 360-degree custom projection show on the ceiling. The duration of each reservation is 90 minutes and the concept welcomes guests 21 and older. www.


On April 11, The Scottsdale Gallery Association will debut the Small Works, Big Talent Gold Palette ArtWalk. The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. throughout the Scottdale Arts District, which stretches along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School Road on Marshall Way to 5th Avenue. Guests can enjoy live entertainment and refreshments, along with themed exhibitions highlighting small works of amazing artists at participating galleries. The highlight of the event will be The Broken Rope, a rare oil painting by Charles Russell. Only a handful of Russell’s oils have come to the market over the past decades, and this piece is expected to sell between $5 million and $7 million. The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s weekly ArtWalk is held most Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in partnership with the city of Scottsdale.

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Power of Love Gala

April 12, Arizona Biltmore

Hosted by notMYkid, this fun-filled gala will highlight a year of significant growth and opportunity for the nonprofit. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their ‘80s best –think big hair, fishnets and shoulder pads – and get ready to dance the night away. Event highlights include a hosted reception, a delicious dinner with an impactful program, live entertainment by Rock Lobster Band, and much more. This year, notMYkid will honor Fiesta Bowl Charities for their exceptional contributions to the Arizona community. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit notMYkids’ vital youth mental health programs. 6 p.m. $350.

The Saguaros Olympiad

April 19, Scottsdale Stadium

Leaders in the real estate industry will unite for a game day to raise money for Valley youth. Preceding the event, Olympiad’s residential division, Agents Benefiting Children (ABC), and commercial division, Brokers for Kids (BFK), rally together to raise funds for children’s charities by securing sponsorships. The top fundraising team in ABC will walk away with the coveted Captain’s Cup, and the top fundraising team in BFK will take home the prestigious Broker’s Cup. Beyond fundraising, participating teams will enjoy lawn games like pop-a-hole, cornhole, dodgeball, and pickleball. The event’s victor will secure the honored Saguaros Cup. Noon. $100.

Ovation Gala: A Night of Note

April 27, The Camby Phoenix

The leaders at Rosie’s House understand the power of music, especially in the lives of children, which is why the nonprofit eliminates barriers to high-quality music education to support youth develop their full potential. This annual gala raises critical funds that allows Rosie’s House to continue that impactful work. This year’s Night to Note-themed gala will include performances by talented Rosie’s House students. Attendees will also enjoy exciting silent and live auctions, a hosted bar, a three-course dinner, and much more. 5:30 p.m. $225.

Celebrity Fight Night

April 27, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

For over 30 years, Celebrity Fight Night has united a global philanthropic community to support Valley charities. Now led by Gateway for Cancer Research, the annual gala is dedicated to eliminating cancer for good. This star-studded event will be emceed by *NSYNC member Joey Fatone and include several celebrity sightings. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, and live and silent auctions full of luxury items. There will be VIP performances, including Michael Bublé, Grammy Awardwinning singer, songwriter, and actor. 5:30 p.m. $1,500.

Go Red for Women Luncheon

May 3, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

When women unite, there’s no limit to what they can accomplish. Go Red for Women, an American Heart Association’s national movement, stands as evidence, dedicated to ending heart disease and stroke in women. Join the movement’s luncheon where Valley leaders, survivors, donors, and friends gather to inspire, educate, and empower. This event fosters interaction and networking, and will include a delicious brunch, empowering speeches, and opportunities to forge new connections while reconnecting with old ones. Proceeds will directly benefit the American Heart Association. Remember to wear red! 10 a.m. $500.

World of Wonder Gala

May 4, The Clayton House

For 50 years, Childsplay Theater has sparked imagination and wonder for children of all ages. With a mission to cultivate enduring awe, love and respect for theater in young people, Childsplay offers diverse arts education programs, lessons, and performances for students and their families throughout Arizona. This annual gala supports those vital creative services. This year’s theme, Making Magic, promises an unforgettable experience. Attendees will enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and more, all in support of the theater. 6 p.m. $375. www.

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April 3-7, WestWorld of Scottsdale

Bike shows, live bull riding, a used bike corral, charity rides, a swap meet, and a variety of vendors will take over WestWorld for the biggest motorcycle event in the Southwest – a five-day show, now in its 27th year. Five blockbuster bands will perform in the RockYard during the four-night music festival portion of the event, featuring Southern rock rapper Yelawolf (Wednesday), country rock singer Brantley Gilbert (Thursday), ’90s alternative rock band Everclear and iconic blues rocker George Thorogood and the Destroyers (both Friday), and alternative metal band Godsmack (Saturday). Times vary. Rally Pass, $119; single day passes, $28-$114.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

April 8, Arizona Science Center

Spend the morning watching the moon cross between the earth and the sun, then stay to explore the science behind this astronomical phenomenon. Free eclipse glasses will be provided for safe viewing. Solar telescopes, hands-on activities exploring eclipse and solar science, local experts, and more will be available for free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

The Kite Runner

April 9-14, ASU Gammage

A powerful play of friendship set in Afghanistan, The Kite Runner follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Told across two decades and two

continents, the story begins on a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, when the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite-flying tournament. Two childhood friends are about to be torn apart by an incident that will change their lives forever, leading to an unforgettable journey of redemption and forgiveness. Show times vary. Starting at $25. www.

Tour de Scottsdale

April 12-13, WestWorld of Scottsdale

Cyclists can opt for the metric century (62-mile) or half-century (32-mile) ride, pushing their limits through challenging and picturesque routes. The event supports McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

run the gamut from Matthew McConaughey’s “poetry” to tips from the Kardashians to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history – Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher – performed in their own words. 7 p.m. $35-$65.


April 13, Peoria Sports Complex

Food trucks from around the Valley will compete for the title of Best Street Food Truck at Foodstock. More than 50 food trucks are expected to attend, with each offering a $5 sample item, along with regular-sized portions for purchase. The family-friendly event will have bounce houses, a barrel train, face painting, a splash pad and playground, and a full bar for the adults. Attendees can vote on their favorite food truck. 4-10 p.m. $5; children 12 and under, free. www.

The Original Taste

April 13, Scottsdale Civic Center

Each year, this top-notch tasting event features the Valley’s best restaurants, world-class wine, premium cocktails, and entertainment in an exclusive setting. Hosted by Executive Council 70, the event will benefit more than 100 children’s charities, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, UMOM New Day Centers, Salt River Community Children’s Foundation, Child Crisis Arizona, and others. VIP tickets include access to an afterparty with DJs, libations, and entertainment. 7-11 p.m.; afterparty, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. General admission, $150; VIP admission, $350. www.ec70phx. com.

Saguaro & Skate

Prior to the event, there will be an expo, beer stands and concessions during the packet pick-up event, plus live music from local artists. The post-ride celebration will include lunch, live music and beer stands featuring local craft beers. Times vary. $20-$300.

Celebrity Autobiography

April 13, The Madison Center for the Arts

The award-winning, acclaimed Broadway comedy sensation will come to Arizona for one night only. The all-star cast includes Chris Parnell, Steven Weber, Julie Brown, and Tate Donovan, who act out hilarious passages from other stars’ memoirs. The passages

April 13, Desert Botanical Garden

Get ready to lace up your skates and hit the rink at a fun pop-up skate party with Zoni Girls. The daytime skate is a family-friendly event with a DJ, food trucks and photo ops, open to skaters of all skills 5 and older. At night, it turns into a groovy roller disco party for guests 21 and older. The glowin-the-dark theme night will also feature food and drinks and live DJ entertainment. Tickets include skate rental, access to the full garden, and skating on the rink in Sunset Plaza. Daytime event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., nighttime, 6-10 p.m. Adults, $29.95; children, $16.95; family four-pack, $89.95; nighttime, $34.95. Member pricing is available.

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Team Taylor Family Fun Run

April 14, Arcadia

Run, walk, bike or scooter through the beautiful streets of Arcadia to support Phoenix Children’s Home Safety & Sleep Program. The 3-mile route starts at Arcadia Canal (North Arcadia Drive and 48th Street). Now in its 12th year, the event started when Mark and Katie Cosmas decided to turn their grief into purpose after tragically losing their 5-month-old daughter, Taylor Paige, to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Since its establishment, the team has raised more than $1 million for SIDS research. 8 a.m. $55.

Dinner on the Desert

April 20, Desert Botanical Garden

Dinner on the Desert celebrates Desert Botanical Garden’s 85th anniversary and its natural, iconic beauty. During the garden’s signature in-person silent auction, guests can bid on unique plants, pots and garden art, plus an array of exceptional and exciting experiences, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in hand. The desert night sky provides the perfect outdoor setting for a dinner that reflects the flavors of spring. The event supports the garden’s mission to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants. 6-11 p.m. $750.

Girls on the Run 5K

April 20, Wesley Bolin Plaza

Girls on the Run helps build confidence in girls in third through eighth grade using a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running. The culmination of the program is a 5K, open to the public. The high-energy, fun event takes place on a flat course with spirited cheer zones along the route. Registration includes an event T-shirt or tank and a sparkly event medal. The post-run festival includes food, music, games, and empowerment activities. Packet pickup, 6 a.m.; one-mile run, 7:15 a.m.; 5K, 8 a.m. One-mile registration, $25; 5K registration, $50.

Pup-a-Palooza Spring Festival

April 20, Chaparral Park

Dress your pup in adorable parade-ready spring costumes and fashions for a celebration of dogs. The event will benefit Oakley’s Oath, a local foundation that strives to protect children and


April 21, Chateau Luxe

See the latest in colorful kids’ fashion while supporting the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children. The celebrity-studded runway will feature more than 50 models, including Maks Chmerkovskiy and his son Shai. Highlighting the latest fashion trends, the show will unveil captivating ensembles from renowned fashion retailers such as Basically Bows & Bowties, Garage Boutique, Apricot Lane Boutique, and Carter’s Men’s Clothing. There will also be a live and silent auction, a raffle, and an awards ceremony honoring individuals who have committed to serving at-risk children. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults, $150; chilren, $100.

pets from preventable accidents by providing contractors and homeowners with common sense guidelines. There will also be delicious food and drink vendors, great shopping with local vendors, a free pet photo booth, children’s and pet activities, live music with a DJ, amazing raffle prizes, and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Early bird tickets, $10; four-pack, $30; at the door, $15; children 12 and younger, free.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

April 26-28, WestWorld of Scottsdale

Shop all things vintage, local and handmade at this semiannual experience that covers 120,000 square feet. Artists, makers and curators from across the country will offer a vast selection of clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor and more. With a reputation for featuring more than

160 quality vendors selling one-ofa-kind items and inspiring designs, the must-see event attracts shopping enthusiasts from across the Southwest. The well-attended market also features food trucks and live music. Times and prices vary.

St. Jude Oasis of Hope

April 27, The Vault of Scottsdale

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s inaugural A Night in Monaco-themed Oasis of Hope event will bring St. Jude supporters in the greater Phoenix area together for a sensational evening that includes dinner, cocktails, dueling piano entertainers, gaming, and live and silent auctions. The evening will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing,

or food. Its mission is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. 6-11 p.m. $350.

Teddy Bear Tea

April 27, Crowning Glory Tea Room

Savor an exquisite family-friendly tearoom experience with food and tea service to support Comfort Bears in a Catastrophe at this debut event. Each duo will receive an adorable stuffed animal. There will be a photo booth station and a raffle. Dress up in tea party attire and support a great cause. Comfort Bears in a Catastrophe is a Scottsdale-based nonprofit that gifts teddy bears and encouraging cards to children impacted by disasters. Two tea times: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. One adult and one child, $100.

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Scottsdale Jazz Festival

Cool jazz and blues come together to create a red-hot music festival including Grammy Award-winning national artists. The Molina Fine Jewelers Scottsdale Jazz, Blues & Brews Festival Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale returns to the Scottsdale Civic Center in Old Town Scottsdale on April 27th, but in the park’s remarkable new East Bowl amphitheater.

Guests will experience a captivating array of sounds and sights including a show by Phoenix Fashion Week and DJs along with food showcasing the flavors of New Orleans for a Scottsdale Jazz Festival like never before.

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Immersive land and water journeys through iconic slot canyons

Located near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, Page, Arizona, is known to serve as a base camp for its surrounding outdoor adventures. In about 4 1/2 hours in the car, or just over an hour flight, Scottsdale residents can be right in the heart of the city.

Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell recently announced limited-time packages with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours and Antelope Point Marina, which allow guests to experience the magic of Canyon Country’s most sough-after designations, including Upper Antelope Canyon and the waters of Lake Powell. Additional highlights include the exploration of the secluded Rattlesnake Canyon and Owl Canyon, all through May 31.

Upper Antelope Canyon is renowned for its captivating light beams, which can

typically be seen by visitors from March to September. Rattlesnake Canyon boasts towering geological formations, while Owl Canyon is named for the great horned owls who call it home.

Upper Antelope, Owl & Rattlesnake Canyon Tours Package

This tour includes accommodations in a standard guest room at Hyatt Place Page/ Lake Powell (starting at $647 per night). Attendees will adventure on a three-hour land tour of Upper Antelope and Owl and Rattlesnake Canyons, hosted by Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tour, for two adults. Guests will first witness the captivating colors of Upper Antelope Canyon illuminated by natural sunlight, then explore Rattlesnake Canyon’s picturesque textured

sandstone, phenomenal curves and color variation. The day concludes in the shorter journey of Owl Canyon. The tour is suitable for ages 8 and older, and additional tickets for larger groups can be purchased through the hotel’s adventure concierge.

Lake Powell Antelope Canyon Waterside Boat Tour Package

The second tour option also includes accommodations in a standard room (starting at $229 per night). The journey will kick off with a one-hour Lake Powell boat tour of Antelope Canyon, hosted by Antelope Point Marina, for two adults. This tour glides through the pristine waters of Antelope Canyon, savoring the gentle breeze between towering canyon walls where the slot canyon meets Lake Powell. The boat ride is suitable for all ages, and additional tickets for larger groups can be purchased through the hotel’s adventure concierge.

Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell

Located in the heart of Arizona’s Canyon Country just a short drive from Lake Powell’s largest marina, Hyatt Place Page/ Lake Powell is the base camp to The Grand Circle’s premier outdoor and adventure destinations including 11 national parks, 16 national monuments and over 20 scenic byways. Those seeking more sightseeing can also find the famed Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam and Antelope Canyon just minutes away. If wanting something more personalized than the two aforementioned tours, the on-site adventure concierge program can build custom itineraries to any wanderlust desire.

The contemporary, Southwest-inspired space boasts 102 spacious, suite-style guestrooms, with separate places to sleep, work and play. The property features an outdoor pool, comfortable lounge patio seating with inviting fire pits, boundless views of Arizona’s desert landscape, complimentary daily breakfast, an eatery, a 24-hour fitness center, and shared computers with a functional meeting space. There’s plenty of places to relax or mix and mingle, including both lively social spaces and the Coffee to Cocktails bar.

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Quench your thirst at spirited soirees this season

Social events abound this spring. Sip your way through the month with these buzzworthy events, all including flowing drinks.

Sips on Social

W Scottsdale’s not-so-secret garden, Social, is an alfresco, laid-back beer garden and lounge. Every Friday (2 to 8 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (both noon to 6 p.m.) through April, the venue will showcase Sips on Social, a series featuring interactive games, alluring entertainment and new cocktails made with Kettle One Botanicals at the venue’s floral Bloombar. There will also be light bites from an artisan cart, and a selection of beers and sparkling rosé. Social is also hosting Mix It Up bartending classes every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Classes include a flight tasting, a mixology demonstration and shareable bites.

Rusty’s Annual Beer Fest

On April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mountain Shadows will host a tasting event where festivalgoers will be able to choose samples from over 30 kinds of beer. Each ticket includes a punch card for 20 tastes, featuring some top local brews, and a buffet showcasing traditional beer fest dishes. Beer will also be available for purchase and there will be raffle prizes. Additionally, a golf tournament will take place the same day, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Aperture Cellars at Andaz Scottsdale

On April 10, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & bungalows will host a special, one-night-only art, wine and culinary event. The guest of honor will be Aperture Cellars, a Sonoma winery specializing in a range of Bordeaux-style wines. The evening will commence in the resort’s luxury villa, Albers House, for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and trunk show where the brand’s founder-winemaker, Jesse Katz, will be pouring Aperture’s most coveted wines for guests. Jesse’s father, visionary photographer Andy Katz, will also be showcasing work from his recent National Park book project. Then, guests will be treated to a five-course wine pairing dinner from Andaz Scottsdale’s executive chef Sammy DeMarco.

Uncorked: AZ Wine Fest

On April 6, the fourth annual event will make a splash at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Sip and swirl over 100 wines and bubbles from 7 to 10 p.m., with varieties from across the globe in addition to some seltzers and canned cocktails. Additional highlights will include local food trucks and music from a DJ. This event will benefit local nonprofit The AZ Small Dog Rescue no-kill shelter.

Light Up Ahwatukee Beer & Wine Gala

This Ahwatukee fan-favorite event will take place April 19 at Foothills Golf Club. The soiree supports the annual Foothills Holiday Lights, along with other area charities. VIP entry will open at 5 p.m. with live music by Contents May Shift, casino gambling, hors d’oeuvres, and a photo booth. At 6 p.m., general admission entry will begin, featuring live music by The Pickup Lines. The rest of the evening will be made up of a wine pull, a raffle, and more casino games. All ticketholders will receive complimentary beer and wine all evening, in addition to a meal.

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Tee off to fight pediatric cancer at the Tom Londen Memorial Golf Classic

When the Londen family lost their father, Tom, to cancer, they wanted to celebrate his life and legacy in a way that would help others through their battle with the disease. Now in its ninth year, the Tom Londen Memorial Golf Classic raises funds for the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children (ACFC).

“ACFC’s mission is to provide social, emotional and financial support directly to families managing the health and well-being of a loved one with pediatric cancer,” says Meg Dufour, director of events for ACFC. “With the support of the Londen family and the Tom Londen Golf Classic, ACFC continues to help more families annually.”

In Arizona, one child a day is diagnosed with cancer. Through its three pillars of support – social, emotional, and financial – ACFC helps children and families cope with the challenges that come with fighting the disease. By integrating services, ACFC can help alleviate the burdens that come with pediatric cancer and support the entire family. Last year, the organization helped 370 Arizona families, providing more than $350,000 in direct financial support as well as end-of-life support to 26 families who lost their child to cancer.

“In addition to hosting this yearly event, the Londen family has volunteered their time, donated essentials in times of need, gifted toys to the Sunshine Boutique, sponsored other foundation events, and become part of the ACFC family,” Dufour says.

ACFC offers many programs, such as direct financial assistance for paying rent, utilities, and medical bills; mental health support through professional counseling and K9 therapy; and social support through on-site sunshine experiences.

Leo, ACFC’s certified therapy dog, and his volunteer friends made 419 Sunshine Visits and have attended numerous Sunshine Celebrations, which commemorate milestones like birthdays,

family events, and the end of treatment. By participating in the Tom Londen Memorial Classic, golfers can help ACFC provide these experiences to hundreds of Arizona families.

The event itself starts with a reception at Talking Stick Resort on Friday evening. The reception is free to attend and will include a charity auction, raffle prizes, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. The scramble-format tournament will take place at the Talking Stick Golf Club on Saturday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Registration for the tournament includes green fees, a cart, practice balls, a breakfast burrito, a post-golf lunch, and a tournament polo. About 250 attendees are expected to attend the reception, with 150 golfers teeing off to support ACFC.


What: Tom Londen Memorial Golf Classic

When: April 19-20, times vary

Where: Talking Stick Resort

Price: Single golfer, $345; foursome, $1,280

Information: www. azcancerfoundation. org.

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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby all day long at The Stella Artois Derby DayClub


What: Stella Artois Derby DayClub

When: May 4, 10:45 a.m.

Where: Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix

Price: General admission, $50; VIP experiences, $400$1,400

Information: www.

The Kentucky Derby is often called the most exciting two minutes in sports. It’s also America’s oldest sporting event, commemorating 150 years in 2024. While the race itself may be over in a flash, the party lasts all day, especially at The Stella Artois Derby DayClub. It’s the only Kentucky Derby party in Arizona where attendees can watch and wager on a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby while also enjoying and betting on live local horseracing just a few feet away.

Turf Paradise is the Valley’s only horse racing track, making it a natural spot to host a watch party for the horse race. The event is organized and produced by The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships.

“After the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships took off, we started looking at other equestrian events where we could bring the same unique approach,” says Jason Rose, founder and owner of both

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

and The Stella Artois Derby DayClub. “We decided on an elevated Kentucky Derby party experience on the backstretch, on the grass, right by the rail with the polo event energy and panache. There’s nothing like it in the Valley.”

About 1,700 people are expected to attend the event, which has sold out almost every year in its nine-year history.

“When horses aren’t racing right in front of you, we have DJs to listen to, great drinks and food trucks on hand. It really is a boardwalk of cool fashion throughout the day. And, if you are going to celebrate, dress up for, and watch the Kentucky Derby, what better place than with live horse racing before and after the Derby itself,” Rose says. “There is an interaction and energy at The Stella Artois Derby DayClub that doesn’t exist at any other such party, plus the crowd

we have is a great mix, making for great people-watching too.”

There are two VIP experiences at the event. The Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge offers reserved tables on the grass in a trackside tent near the finish line. The Nütrl Vodka Seltzer Pavilion includes reserved tables in an open-air tent that includes a complimentary bucket of Nütrl Vodka Seltzer. The Nütrl Vodka Seltzer Pavilion is near the finish line but farther off the backstretch than the Black Label Lounge. General admission tickets are also available. All experiences include convenient access to betting terminals, a no-host bar, and 65-inch televisions to watch the main event.

In addition to an exciting day of horseracing, guests will also enjoy food from M Catering, on-site shopping, and a display of luxury vehicles from Sanderson Lincoln.

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Local photographer Claudia Johnstone uses her talent to help the ADHD community

Claudia Johnstone is one of the primary photographers who brings images of locals to life through her work in So Scottsdale! magazine. Since Johnstone began working with the magazine’s publishing group, Richman Media Group, eight years ago, her photos have graced 59 covers – and her resume includes over 1,000 photos published in total. “I love telling people’s stories and making them feel good about themselves. It makes my soul sparkle,” she says.

Raised in a small village in Germany, Johnstone’s life has been steeped in design, starting with exposure to construction thanks to her family’s carpentry business, which started in 1822.

Architectural studies at University of Kaiserslautern piqued her appreciation, culminating in her architecture degree. Before moving to Phoenix in 2008, she worked at an international architectural firm in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

After establishing her new home in Arizona, Johnstone worked in a marketing position before finding herself at a crossroads when the company went out of business. “I saw this change as a great opportunity to pursue my passion for photography professionally.”

After a major shift in her personal life, Johnstone was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her symptoms, which included trouble focusing, impulsivity, feeling overwhelmed, daydreaming, and overthinking, had always left her bewildered. “I always knew I was different, but I learned to mask my symptoms over the years,” Johnstone says.

An online life coaching program called ADD Coaching Academy (ADDCA) proved life-changing, and she became a coach herself. Upon certification, Johnstone decided to combine her passion for coaching with her passion for photography. In her quest for a cohesive project that would bring attention to ADHD and the accompanying emotions, she began to photograph fellow adults with ADHD. “I had subconsciously always been looking for a personal project I could put all my heart and soul into,” she says.

As her ideas coalesced, an ideal opportunity presented itself. First Studio in Phoenix offered her the chance to be part of an exhibit called Five Start International, featuring five local artists in May, June and July. In her exhibit, which opens May 3, Johnstone captures the myriad of vibrant emotions and masks worn by people with ADHD. To achieve her unique style, Johnstone takes multiple exposures in-camera, resulting in one multilayered final color image achieved with minimal retouching.

“In addition to alleviating the stigma of ADHD, I want to shine a light on these individuals and their neurodivergent brains, their struggles, and also their joys and vibrant personalities. I don’t remember the last time I felt so driven.”

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Where to sip, savor and soak up the beautiful weather all season long

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Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at Andaz Scottsdale Canal
Club at The Scott


Blanco Cocina + Cantina

Canal Club at The Scott

Cook & Craft

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion

El Chorro

Herb Box Shea Boulevard + Scottsdale Road

Isabella’s Kitchen

J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort

Outrider Rooftop Lounge at Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town

Postino WineCafe

The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge

Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at Andaz Scottsdale

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J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort Postino WineCafe Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion Outrider Rooftop Lounge at Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town



Chelsea’s Kitchen

Culinary Dropout at Scottsdale Quarter

Hash Kitchen

Little Snitch Brunch + Cocktails

Loco Patrõn North Scottsdale

OHSO Brewery + Distillery Paradise Valley

Olive & Ivy

The Henry

The Mexicano

The Montauk

The VIG McDowell Mountain Ranch


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The Mexicano Culinary Dropout at Scottsdale The Montauk The Henry Olive & Ivy Hash Kitchen The VIG McDowell Mountain Ranch





Buck & Rider North Scottsdale

Cala Scottsdale

Dominick’s Steakhouse

Kembara at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa


Plaza Bar at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Pyro Phoenix

Seven Rooftop Pool & Lounge Caesars Republic Hotel Scottsdale

Spire Bar at Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa


Dominick’s Steakhouse





Arboleda Plaza Bar at Fairmont Scottsdale Spire Bar at Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS Different Point of View

Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

Fat Ox

Local Bistro

Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn

T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

The Americano

The House Brasserie

The Mission Old Town

The Reserve

Virtù Honest Craft

Zinc Bistro

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Different Point of View Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn Fat Ox T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort & Spa The Americano The Reserve


Chart House

Cielo at ADERO Scottsdale Resort

Lincoln Steakhouse at JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Onyx Bar & Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North

Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort & Casino

Pitch at Cavasson

Raven’s View

Rooftop at Lovecraft

Rooftop at STK Steakhouse

Thea at Global Ambassador

Thompson 105

Volanti Scottsdale

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Thompson 105 Rooftop at STK Steakhouse Lincoln Steakhouse at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Volanti Scottsdale Pitch at Cavasson Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort & Casino Onyx Bar & Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North

The Stella Artois Derby DayClub

Arizona’s biggest and best Kentucky Derby Party, and only one with LIVE thoroughbred horse racing and on-site betting, is coming to Turf Paradise in North Phoenix on May 4th.

The Stella Artois Derby DayClub: Presented by Sanderson Lincoln Featuring Woodford Reserve includes Scottsdale Polo Party-style tents, VIP and luxury tables, live thoroughbred racing, DJs, champagne, Mint Juleps — and of course large televisions to enjoy the Kentucky Derby itself.

The Stella Artois Derby DayClub is a sister event of The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, which returns October 26, 2024.

DAYCLUB Arizona’s Only Kentucky Derby Event With Live Horse Racing And Betting ! Returning May 4, 2024 Tickets & Tables on Sale Now! DERBY The 2024 Presented By Join us at



Orange may just be the new pink this season, thanks in part to Louis Vuitton’s new arrivals which feature many options in the bright hue. This particular pick, the Pico GO-14, is the diminutive version of the iconic GO-14 bag. It may be tiny, but the handbag leaves a lasting impression, crafted from soft lambskin with a crosscross, quilted pattern inspired by the Malletage lining of Louis Vuitton trunks. The vibrant, fashion-forward piece showcases gold-tone hardware, notably the LV Twist lock on its flap and the sliding chain for shoulder or crossbody carry. $4,450 at Louis Vuitton,

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The perfect products to enhance natural lip color and texture

Lip oil, $14.90 at Zara,

Wet lip oil gloss, Kosas, $22 at Citrine, www.citrinenaturalskin. com.

Tinted lip oil balm, Roen Beauty, $34 at Citrine.

Plumping lip gloss, $35 at Charlotte Tilbury, www.

Moisturizing glosssimer lip gloss, Chanel, $40 at Nordstrom, www.

Lip gloss, $7.99 at H&M,

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With Rachell Hall’s signature Perfect Powder technique, she uses her time proven artistry of a soft powdered shading to create the illusion of perfect natural brows and the most subtle eyeliner that are the envy of every woman.

Trust YOUR face only to the very best. Whether you are challenged with short, sparse, or thinning eyebrows, Rachell Hall’s 28 years of expertise in makeup artistry, custom color blending, art and science will be your perfect solution!

For well over 20 years Rachell Hall has eased the makeup woes of an international clientele with her exclusive perfected signature procedures. Be beautiful at breakfast and still look fresh at four! Work out or go out your permanent make up will be perfect! Save time with any procedure. Always natural, always pretty, always perfect. Don't you deserve wash and wear beauty?

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Transform the look and feel of any space with dramatic pieces

Caged pendant, $1,295 at Jonathan Adler, www.

Lucite and brass chandelier, Robert Abbey Lighting, $2,436 at Daniel House Club www.

Banyan floor lamp, Contract Grade, $1,199 at Pottery Barn, www.

Green crystal rechargeable table lamp, Kartell, $305 at Nordstrom, www.

Bowl-shaped table lamp, Travis Barker for Buster + Punch, $649 at Buster + Punch, www.

Antique brass chandelier, Eichholtz, $5,775 at Daniel House Club.

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Pretty pastel blues taking over this season

Midi dress, House of CB, $269 at Nordstrom, www.

Crystal earrings, Jennifer Behr, $150 at Shopbop, www.

Ribbed cottonjersey tank, Re/ Done, $105 at Net-a-Porter, www.

Textured twill shorts, Ramy Brook, $295 at Neiman Marcus, www.

Convertible crossbody bag, Aimee Kestenberg, $248 at Nordstrom.

Suede fisherman sandals, Freda Salvador, $350 at Shopbop.

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Navy short-sleeve button-down, $98 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com.

Striped sweater vest, $12.99 at H&M,

Pleated miniskirt, Mango, $59.99 at Nordstrom, www.

Woven canvas bag, Tory Burch, $398 at Shopbop, www.

Brown penny loafers, Free People, $128 at Nordstrom.

Pleated belted shorts, Zimmerman, $625 at Neiman Marcus, www.

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Prepster pieces are now trending outside of the classroom


DRESS: Blue longsleeve crochet mini, Simkhai, $845.

SHOES: White ankle-strap sandals, Alexandre Birman, $695. Both from Amy Atelier,

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EARRINGS: Black and clear stone hoops, Nickho Rey, $315.

TOP: Black sheer embellished tank, Le Superbe, $375.

JACKET: Paisley print double-breasted silk blazer, L’Agence, $750. PANTS: Paisley print wide-leg silk, L’Agence $555.

HANDBAG: Ivory beaded clutch, Cult Gaia, $498. All from Amy Atelier,

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EARRINGS: Rhinestone hoops, Nickho Rey, $290. DRESS: White embellished crepe and mesh midi, Self-Portrait, $555. HANDBAG: Pearl acrylic wristlet, Cult Gaia $498. SHOES: Off-white rhinestone sandals, Cult Gaia, $628. All from Amy Atelier,
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EARRINGS: Rhinestone hoops, Nickho Rey, $290. DRESS: Orange rhinestone mesh offthe-shoulder midi, Self-Portrait, $670. Both from Amy Atelier, www.shopamyatelier. com.
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TOP: White cropped knit, Varley $110. PANTS: White leather wide-leg with gold stripes, Sprwmn, $1,450. Both from Amy Atelier, TOP: Orange one-shoulder satin long-sleeve, Simkhai, $295. PANTS: Orange high-rise straight-leg satin, Simkhai, $395. Both from Amy Atelier, www.shopamyatelier. com.

BRALETTE: Tan crochet, patBO $195.

CARDIGAN: Tan crochet cardigan, PatBO, $395. SHORTS: Tan crochet, PatBO, $350. SHOES: Pink T-strap sandals, Alexandre Birman, $525. All from Amy Atelier,

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EARRINGS: Pink rhinestone hoops, Nickho Rey, $290. DRESS: Pink blazer mini, L’Agence, $695. SHOES: Black crystal sandals, Simkhai, $595. All from Amy Atelier,

Can I reduce my risk of getting skin cancer?

You may be eager to get outside this summer, but it’s also important to protect yourself from the summer sun. One important way to reduce your risk of skin cancer and melanoma is to avoid sun exposure when possible and/ or protect yourself from damaging rays. Consider following these tips:

• Avoid the sun whenever possible between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when damaging ultraviolet light is typically at its strongest. Seek shade if you must be outside.

• Shield yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and long pants. Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to reduce your risk of eye damage.

• Apply sunscreen liberally. Use a broad-spectrum product that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Make sure it has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or more if you are swimming or sweating. And use sunscreen at other times of the year, not just in the summer. The skin can burn when exposed to the sun, no matter the season.

• Sunscreen isn’t the only product that has an SPF rating. Look for an SPF number on labels for beach umbrellas, tents and hats.

• Examine your skin for changing blemishes at least once a month. Ask your spouse or partner to look at

your back or other areas on the body that you can’t see. Get examined by a physician once a year.

• Avoid tanning salons and tanning beds.

• If you are a parent, protect your children from the sun. Burning may significantly increase their risk of melanoma later in life. And examine your children’s skin regularly, just as you would check your own.

For more information visit Call 602.883.1463 today to schedule a screening.

Simple Steps to Sun Safety

Cover your bases while having fun in the sun

Wear sunscreen

Apply sunscreen at least 10 minutes before you head to the game and avoid sunscreen that contains oxybenzone

Protect your eyes and wear your shades

Wear sunglasses with a UVA/UVB rating of 100%. Darker sunglasses do not indicate greater protection

Support your team while protecting your head

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Sit in the shade or find shade often

A hat will help protect your head from a sunburn and provide some shade for your face. Don’t forget to cover your ears and nose with sunscreen

Shade provides extra protection from UV. Prolonged exposure of UV can lead to Melanoma.



Outdoor parties abound during the spring months in Arizona. Elevate the fun level at a backyard bash with the Oversized Four In A Row Game from Pottery Barn. The classic game is getting a life-sized makeover for alfresco entertainment. The board, which is crafted from solid fir wood and engineered wood, got an all-weather upgrade so it’s perfect for any open-air gathering, from the desert to the beach. The set includes 21 dark blue and 21 light blue plastic chips, proving it is as pretty to display as it is to play. $499 at Pottery Barn,

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The refreshed icon is achingly gorgeous and massively powerful

One could drive an entire year on the road and, with rare exception, never encounter the Aston Martin Vantage. It’s the type of rolling art that tends to spend perpetuity in collectors’ garages, sans the occasional weekend drive.

The Vantage, as Aston Martin describes it, is a car forged in the fires of the limit – not just a shrine to lap times, but standing as a statue to thrill-seekers who want the pinnacle experience.

The 2025 Vantage is gorgeous, exclusive and incredibly powerful.

Receiving its first refresh since 2020, the 111-year-old British legend has had a complete exterior revision, featuring a 38% larger signature grille, a new front bumper, Matrix LED headlamps, front fender shrouds and all-new 21-inch alloy wheels just ahead of new side vents that wrap “AML” coded Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires. There are upgrades galore, including Bilstein DTX adaptive dampers with five times more force distribution bandwidth to better negotiate road variations and available carbon ceramic brakes.

The Vantage has three core livery designs. It is available in 21 colors, a buyer can choose to add a Pinstripe, Pinstripe and Lipstick or

Joining the revisions is a major overhaul to the interior, which now features a new center console with a single gear selection lever and a 10.25-inch Pure Black touchscreen with single and multifinger gesture control. There’s new sport seats fitted with aromatic, hand-stitched Bridge of Weir hides as well as a Bowers & Wilkins 15-speaker, double amplified 1,170 W surround sound system.

But the biggest news is the heavily reworked, Mercedes-sourced, hand-built 4,0-liter twin-turbo 665-horsepower V8, a 128 horsepower increase over the outgoing Vantage, with 590 pound-feet of torque paired with an eightspeed automatic transmission. Aston claims a 3.4-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 202 mph. The previous V12-engine and manual transmission option are no longer available.

Lathed from solid envy, posturing with menace, low and wide with tenacity and resolve, the experience behind the wheel is nothing short of seriously three-digit fast, triggerfish sharp handling, land anchor braking and nothing less than magically refined.


2025 Aston Martin Vantage

Base Price:

Coupe: $190,000 (est)

Convertible: $200,000 (est)

Price as Tested: N/A

Powertrain: 4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8

Horsepower: 665

Seating: 2

Fab features: Massively powerful

Supermodel good looks – handsome, exclusive, stunning

Adrenaline-pumping driving experience

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Pinstripe, Lipstick and Rear infill.

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Every single visit is with Dr. Suescun. At most hormone replacement centers, you will NEVER see a doctor. You also have direct access to Dr. Suescun via cell, text & email.

There are no weekly visits required as with most hormone replacement centers. All medication is taken at home.

We schedule your visits at your convenience including evenings and weekends.

Membership with Elite includes body composition monitoring to achieve your individual goals. We follow your progress by analyzing & tracking your body fat percentage, muscle mass, weight etc. to track tangible results. All plans are completely individualized and doses of medication carefully adjusted for patients to meet their specific goals based on hormone levels and biochemical markers.

We stress the importance of nutrition in reaching the ultimate level of fitness, strength, and health and therefore provide our clients with personalized nutritional advice along with exercise and fitness counseling. Our goal is to help you stay in the best shape of your life and to achieve optimum health.





King Resort allows guests to unleash – then tame – their wild sides during warmer months

Located at the base of Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, Snow King Resort is the popular Wyoming town’s largest full-service resort and spa, offering more than 200 rooms as well as 43 luxury accommodations that range in size from small condos to full-scale homes. During the winter months, outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe descend on the resort to enjoy the ultimate in skiing, snowboarding and other snow-kissed sports.

But as the weather warms and snow melts, new adventures await. Snow King Resort is surrounded by 3.4 million pristine acres of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the iconic jagged peaks of the Teton Range and Grand Teton National Park. Given its prime location, the resort offers private Snow King Adventure Tours through Grand Teton National Park. The half-day tour features a professional guide, window seats in comfortable transportation, access to quality binoculars and spotting scopes, and light refreshments. During the fourhour tour, the guide seamlessly shares the archaeology and history of the region while seeking moose, elk, grizzly bears, black bears, antelope, bison, wolves,

coyotes, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, and more.

Now through October, the resort also offers a Yellowstone adventure. The full-day tour – usually 10 to 12 hours – whisks guests through Grand Teton National Park and then ventures across the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park, making stops at Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring, Hayden Valley, and both the Upper and Lower Falls of Yellowstone River. As with the Grand Teton tour, there is ample wildlife viewing and refreshments throughout the adventure. There is a full lunch as well.

Once guests have walked on the wild side, Snow King also offers the chance to relax through its Tame Your Mild Side package. Those who book this package will enjoy daily complimentary breakfast for two; two desserts and two signature cocktails at Haydens Post restaurant on-site; and two passes to the resort’s 9,000-square-foot Grand View Spa, which boasts experiential showers, a co-ed infrared sauna, an outdoor deck and a hot tub with scenic mountain views, a retail boutique, and private men’s and women’s locker rooms. The package also includes a 30-minute session for two guests in the spa’s halotherapy salt lounge, which is the first of its kind in Wyoming. The treatment involves breathing in air with tiny salt particles to improve lung health, fight allergies, and better skin conditions. A final bonus: The package provides admission for two adults to the nearby National Museum of Wildlife Art, which is the nation’s only museum solely dedicated to wildlife art with more than 5,000 cataloged artworks and 550 artists represented in the museum’s permanent collection.

Rates start at $750 for private tours of the Grand Tetons and $1,500 for Yellowstone. The Tame Your Mild Side package begins at $500 per night and is based on two adults. Tours may be added upon booking for an additional cost.

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Pilates will take you on an exhilarating journey of strength, flexibility, and mind-body connection. Get ready to sculpt your core, improve posture, and deepen your breathing. Whether you’re a rookie or a Pilates pro, let the excitement guide you towards a body transformation you’ve always dreamed of!

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This 5,038-square-foot home is nestled within the gated community of Windy Walk Estates at Troon Village. The rare location is what first draws people in. Coming in at just over an acre, the cul-de-sac lot is situated on the eighth tee box of Troon Country’s private course, giving way to double fairway views. Additionally, the property boasts breathtaking views of city lights, Pinnace Peak and Troon Mountain.

While the surrounding sights and idyllic setting for both relaxation and entertainment may be what first catches the eye, it’s the custom-built dwelling, designed by Lee Hutchinson, that really seals the deal. The adobe-style outer is a desert sanctuary. The long driveway leads to a three-car garage and the front entry, all enhanced by mature desert landscaping one would find on a hike around the area.

The indoor space, which has four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms, showcases Southwest charm. Stone details and natural wood abound, from the floors to the cabinetry. The front door opens to a formal living room adorned with wood ceiling beams, ample windows to show the picturesque setting, and a statement fireplace wall. The formal dining room is right off of the living room. Just steps away from the formal dining room is the kitchen, which has a door to the outdoor grill area, showcases a colorful backsplash, and features a large eat-in island and an apron sink. The kitchen also opens to a breakfast nook and a great room with a fireplace.

The primary suite is also on the first floor. Expect French doors leading to the back patio, and an impressive primary bath.

There is a stairwell off the main entry that leads to a guest room, with its own second-story patio and guest bathroom.

The outdoor oasis is a true haven, featuring an elevated covered patio with a charming fire pit, a sparkling pool adorned with a rock waterfall, a rejuvenating spa, and flagstone hardscape that adds a touch of sophistication.

10652 E. Yearling Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Listed for $3,195,000 with Laura Lucky (480.390.5044) and Lisa Lucky (602.320.8415) of The Luckys with Russ Lyon Sothebys International Realty;

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Mazatlan mesmerizes with sparkling beaches, private sanctuaries and animal encounters

In the 1950s, a slew of the day’s biggest and brightest stars including Walt Disney, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, and Ronald Regan frequented Mazatlan, an awe-inspiring enclave with more than 12 miles of pristine coastline as well as access to the majestic Sierra Madre mountains and several pockets of lush tropical forest.

Nearly 75 years later, the region – nicknamed the Pacific Pearl – continues to tempt celebrities, but even more so wellheeled U.S. travelers, especially those from the Valley thanks to convenient flights to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor daily. The quick two-hour flight, coupled with Mazatlan staying on the same time zone as Arizona year-round, makes it ideal for a long weekend or spring escape for adventure and utter relaxation alike.


Certainly, any outdoor exploration in Mazatlan should include water, and the opportunities for adventure abound in the Zona Dorada, or “Golden Zone,” of the city. This time of year, sportfishing is at its peak with black and blue marlin as well as the mako sharks in the deeper waters. Professional outfitters abound in the region who specialize in big-game fishing on this level, notably Bibi Fleet Sportfishing; Star Fleet Sportfishing; and Aqua Sports Center and Scuba dive, which also offers a host of other tours for all ability levels. The family-owned business is also a great option for those looking for surf school, paddleboarding classes, diving lessons, whale watching tours, parasailing, and jet ski rentals. The company also offers yacht rentals for those seeking a sophisticated means to explore the nearby islands.

The fun is not limited to watersports, however. Given the tropical forest, there are a host of tours – notably Huana Coa – that safely bring guests into the jungle, both for sightseeing tours as well as rappelling and zip line adventures. There’s also ATV tours with guides that explore the forest and beaches, and some that finish with a tour of an agave distillery.

Looking to bust a move? For more than 15 years, Mazatlan has been home to Salsa y Salsa, a long-running Trip Advisor Top 10 attractions in the region. Just as it sounds, the attraction teaches guests how to make authentic Mexican salsas – complete in molcajetes – and margaritas before engaging the entire group in an outdoor dance lesson and party.

Mazatlan is home to a host of golf courses, including El Cid, Marina Golf Course, Compestre, and Estrella del Mar. It also features Gran Acuario Mazatlan, the largest aquarium in Mexico.

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Opened just last year, the ultra-interactive Gran Acuario is nestled near ancient ruins, boasts approximately 1.5 million gallons of saltwater, and houses more than 200 species, including sharks, rays, penguins and sea lions.

Utter Relaxation

Just 20 minutes north of the bustling Golden Zone of Mazatlan sits Emerald Bay. A beachfront wonder dotted with greenery in every direction and secluded by design, Emerald Bay’s aim is to merge Mazatlan’s rich history and neoclassical architecture with modern elegance.

The gem in the crown of the quiet is Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, an all-inclusive property that sprawls across 20 acres along the Pacific Ocean. When approaching Pueblo Bonito, ample gardens, 150-year-old mangroves, towering palm trees, and natural waterways slowly come into view, as if a mirage. Thankfully, it is all very real, making Pueblo Bonito the perfect homebase for those seeking a luxurious experience set apart from the busy downtown, yet with access to everything with one simple call (to the concierge team, of course).

All resort guests are treated to suites, meaning even the smallest lodging option across the property is nearly 500 square feet, and every single room boasts a balcony or terrace with ocean views. A refuge for the soul, Pueblo Bonito offers its guests a glistening beach that is accessible via a short walk beyond the resort’s four crystal-blue pools along a serpentine trail frequented by inquisitive pink flamingos. Once there, choose from cabanas, loungers or simply laying on a towel with toes in the water.

The resort’s culinary offerings are impressive as well, including a French eatery, an international bistro, a grill, and a Mexican hotspot. Guests of the resort also have exclusive access to Casa 46, which is just a short drive – arranged by the resort – from the property. Famed for its authenticity and tribute to the founders of the city, Casa 46 is equal parts interactive museum, art exhibit and vibrant mixology bar, with Michelin-level cuisine.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay is also home to the 16,500-square-foot Armonia Spa, which was named among the Top 20 Best Spas in Mexico and Central America by Conde Nast Traveler. There are dozens of treatments at the well-appointed spa from which to choose, including a nourishing ritual using native rubs and healing therapies, and a four-hand massage. All guests who book a treatment have access to the full suite of amenities at the spa, including steam rooms with aromatherapy, Swiss and mist showers, vascular and reflexology hydrotherapy paths, ice fountains, cold plunges, and hot tubs.

Finally, thanks to the talented entertainment team, everything from ecotours and boating to kite surfing and fishing are easily arranged, as are golf, tennis, spa days, and other on-land pursuits. The entertainment and concierge team can work in tandem to create custom experiences on property as well as excursions for any and all adventures, culinary experiences, or other tours in the Golden Zone and beyond, making the entire experience hassleand stress-free, even down to the airport transfers.

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The “Castle on the Hill” transcends the conventional boundaries of real estate; it is a living work of art.

Enter a domain where luxury meets innovation and opulence reaches its pinnacle. This remarkable masterpiece, hailed as Silverleaf’s crown jewel, is nestled within a prestigious guard-gated community. Set upon over 3 acres of untouched desert terrain, it boasts unparalleled vistas that mesmerize the soul. With majestic mountains and city lights twinkling like stars, this sanctuary offers unmatched privacy, tranquility, and security, catering to those who seek the finest lifestyle. More than a mere residence, it provides an immersive experience with seamless indoor-outdoor living, perfect for intimate reflection or lavish entertaining. Crafted by Fratantoni Luxury Estates in 2020, this grand estate seamlessly blends Italian exterior architecture with modern French interiors.

Spanning an expansive 13,499 sq ft of living space, the interior of this castle is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship. Imbued with immaculate French-inspired details, soaring ceilings, and custom arches, it radiates grandeur at every turn. Each corner tells a tale of beauty, from the sparkling chandeliers to the intricate marble accents and expertly crafted stone brickwork.

11200 E Canyon Cross Way Scottsdale

Listed For: $24,500,000

Interior and exterior furniture included in the sale

Listed By: The Van Patten Luxury Group

Barry Van Patten - 480.202.2413

Ginger Van Patten - 602.625.6455

Barry Van Patten II - 602.576.2019

© 2024 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. All rights reserved. Each office is independently owned and operated. If your property is currently listed with another real estate firm, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit the offerings of other real estate firms. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully.


Remarkable views from every room in this Estancia home. Disappearing electric Walls of Glass surround the Great Room to soak in the views and feel the desert breezes. Main house has 3 ensuite bedrooms + an office and wine room. A private sculpture boulder garden patio is outside of the primary suite. Hickory floors and ceilings; Ebony, Bolivian Rosewood, and Walnut cabinets; and custom Walnut doors throughout. The separate casita has an ensuite guest bedroom and a large ensuite flex-bedroom with a separate entrance. Everything is single level. Electric sun shades thru-out the house and blackout shades in main bedrooms. Spacious 4 car garage. Built with exquisite quality by award winning builder and Taliesin trained architects. Must be seen to be appreciated! 10134 E Cavedale Dr / Scottsdale, AZ 85262 / 5 beds / 5.5 baths 5864 SF / $9,000,000

Alice Ernst 480.443.7400

Desert Mountain Masterpiece

Embark on a journey of luxury living in this Lee Hutchison designed modern pueblo inspired masterpiece! Spectacular 360 degree views embrace the Arizona natural beauty from every angle. Nestled on a private, elevated 9.9-acre lot in the upper village of Saguaro Forest within the prestigious Desert Mountain golf community. Comfortable elegance defines the indoor/outdoor living in this home, featuring over 200 degrees of covered patios. This haven boasts a split floor plan with 4 ensuite bedrooms, 4 half bathrooms, office, piano/game room, fitness room, theater and garden area. Relax and enjoy the views from the negative edge pool, exercise pool, and spa. Your private oasis awaits amidst the stunning vistas. Desert Mountain Golf membership available. 42994 N 102nd Street Scottsdale, AZ 85262 • 4 beds • 4 full baths • 4 half baths • 8704 Sq. ft. • $12,750,000



Inspired updates to James Bond’s iconic drink of choice

Martinis may be shaken, stirred, dirty, dry, creamy, sweet, sour, or even fruity, making them among the most versatile cocktails in modern mixology. Here are some epic local twists on the classic recipe.

In Love with the Cocoa

Little Rituals

Deceiving to the eye given it looks like a standard, clear martini, this surprisingly herbal and vanilla-kissed beauty is a riff on a chocolate martini, made with ample cocoa, coconut, a variety of plantbased spices, and whiskey. $18.

Dirty Chai Martini

The Spot at Arcadia

Stoli Vanilla and Galliano espresso liqueur serve as the base of this cocktail, enhanced by the aromatic warmth of chai tea spice and the creamy indulgence of half-and-half. To crown this masterpiece, a delicate sprinkle of cinnamon finishes the build, adding a layer of flavor and an entrancing aromatic spice. $15.

The Gibson Girl

Platform 18 at Century Grand

In this dangerously delicious take on a martini, guests have their choice of either Botanist Gin or Grey Goose Vodka, which is then stirred with Dolin Dry Vermouth, Soto Junmai Daiginjo Sake, orange bitters, and lemon oils. It is garnished with both an in-house marinated olive and an onion. $19.

Mint Lemon Drop Martini

32 Shea

This is a perfect sipper for the spring that starts with muddled mint leaves and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The ingredients are paired with sweet and sour for a pop of both sweet and tart flavors and then it’s finished with Barton Naturals, which is a certified gluten-free, vegan and kosher vodka, known for its smoothness and botanical notes in every sip. $12.

Nitro Double Espresso Martini

The Genuine

A true kick to the tastebuds, ROC2 Cold Brew from the Roastery of Cave Creek comes together in epic fashion with bold double espresso vodka. Meant to fuel guests for a night of fun, it is finished with Caffè Borghetti, which is a sweet spirit made with real Italian espresso, which has been served at authentic European cafes for over a century. $16.

Cotton Candy Martini

JoJo’s ShakeBAR

Whimsically fun, this dessert martini is made with smooth vanilla vodka, heavy cream, and coconut. Once shaken and poured into a large martini glass, it is finished with a cloud of freshly made cotton candy in one or more vibrant colors. $14.

Italian Passion

Marcellino Ristorante

A nod to the expressive nature of Italians, fresh lemon juice, Arizona honey, and passionfruit are made into a tasty syrup and then shaken with ice and Pepe Lopez Silver Tequila. The fragrant cocktail is strained into a martini glass and finished with a lemon twist for an added hint of zingy citrus. $19.

Lavender Haze

The Sicilian Butcher

This enchanting martini is a fusion of lavender-infused honey, gin and lemon, creating a sensory delight that fully captivates the palate. Topped with a vibrant blue pea flower, enriched with a luscious egg white finish, and garnished with colorful edible flowers, it appears to change color, turning heads as it approaches the table. $16.

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Newly opened Mon Cheri is a beautiful blend of designer charcuterie boards, stylized small and shareable bites, and decadent desserts, all served in a modern, feminine setting awash in glowing chandeliers and thousands of pink, white and red roses. Predesigned multicourse menus are available for those wanting to experience it all, or guests may peruse the Mediterranean seasonal offerings and order a selection of delicacies a la carte. Regardless of how they order, guests will not want to miss the signature French Charcuterie ($40), which is one of several regionally themed boards. It features an array of cheese, nuts, fruit, meat, jam, and bread. The sweet and savory ingredients are paired with a handmade blueberry-infused whipped goat cheese spread. Mon Cheri, 7014 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.597.4004;

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The Phoenician Tavern celebrates Arizona’s spice and sunsets with the Fresno Blueberry Margarita

While The Phoenician Tavern is located above The Phoenician Scottsdale Golf Course clubhouse, do not expect standard pub-style food or drinks.

“Certainly, we want to play the hits for our guests – visitors from around the world and down the street alike – by offering approachable comfort food-inspired and drink favorites,” says Ashley Traynor, assistant food and beverage operations manager of The Phoenician Tavern. “However, in everything we do, expect an upscale twist and a nod, if at all possible, to a local point of pride or two.”

Take the Fresno Blueberry Margarita ($18), which is part of the newly launched spring menu that explores tequila in various vintages, ages and forms.

“Everyone loves a margarita; almost as much as an epic Arizona sunset,” Traynor says. “Why not marry the two with a little hint of spice, another Arizona staple, into something that screams spring?”

The cocktail starts with Fresno chili peppers, which get muddled in a shaker with blueberry puree and agave syrup.

“The sweet ingredients amp up heat in the peppers, and vice versa, elevating all three ingredients while creating a vibrant pink hue in the shaker,” Traynor says.

Lime juice is added, followed by oak barrel-rested Hornitos Reposado Tequila, and finally Cointreau liqueur. “We shake the ingredients and strain into a double old-fashioned glass with ice and a sea salt rim, garnishing the cocktail with additional chili peppers and a lime wheel.”

Visually, the cocktail looks nearly identical to the sunset on the patio each night, and to the taste it offers a refreshing combination of flavors that celebrate the seasonality of blueberries, the power of the Sonoran Desert chili pepper, and the spirit of tequila.

The Phoenician Tavern, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480423.2445;

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In the kitchen with Ken Arneson of Driftwood Hospitality

Ken Arneson is the area executive chef of Driftwood Hospitality, which recently led The Scottsdale Resort & Spa, a Curio Collection Resort by Hilton, in its culinary transformation.

First, tell us about this transformation. This year, we launched three new restaurants on property: La Fogata, offering modern Sonoran cuisine with global influences; The Social Boardroom, a buzzy spot with a golf simulator focused on small bites and shareables; and Barnaby’s Café + Wine Bar, a coffee shop with pastries and fast-casual items by day that transforms into a wine bar at night. We also debuted The Madam, a speakeasy that will eventually serve food as well.

What are some of the must-order items on your new menus?

At La Fogata, try the Chilean sea bass and the meat and potatoes plate, which features braised oxtail, gnocchi, roasted mushrooms, and truffle-infused pecorino. At The Social Boardroom, order the naked wings, which come with sauces ranging from Louisiana-style barbecue to Sriracha honey.

You and Sriracha have a history, right?

In 2019, I was on Chopped, using the secret ingredients, which included sea water, to make this really cool seafood and frisee salad dish. I thought it needed color so painted the plate with Sriracha. The judges did not love all the spice, and it got me “chopped.” The Boardroom’s Sriracha is my redemption sauce!

What first inspired you to cook?

I was born in Honolulu so food – especially Polynesian cuisine – was always special. I eventually moved to Seattle, where my grandfather and stepfather were both chefs. However, it wasn’t until I took kitchen positions to pay for carpentry school that I found my passion for cooking. That led me to the Culinary Institute of America, and the rest is history.

What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?

While I never became a professional carpenter, I am an avid woodworker, mostly crafting furniture like coffee and kitchen tables.

The Scottsdale Resort & Spa, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale; 480.991.9000;

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Dishes that scream citrus for spring

Most dishes – and cocktails, for that matter – list lemon or lime juice in their recipes, but often just as garnish or to add a hint of acidity. Every spring, however, citrus blooms across the Valley, and menus come alive with dishes that let everything from oranges to grapefruit serve as more than an afterthought.

Coconut Crunchy Shrimp

Chart House

While each hand-breaded jumbo shrimp has the perfect ratio of coconut to panko and is fried until golden brown, it is the trio of sauces that sets this starter apart. The most powerful of the bunch is the orange-pink glaze made with orange marmalade and zesty chili oil. It is paired with coconut cream for sweet richness and a soy dipping sauce for a hint of saltiness. $15.

Baked Jerk Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffle

Sugar Jam Southern Kitchen

Certainly, the two ample pieces of Caribbeaninspired baked jerk chicken served with this dish are bursting with warm, earthy goodness courtesy of a nutmeg, cumin, ginger, garlic, allspice, and cinnamon, not to mention their own hint of citrus in the marinade. And, of course, the sweet potato waffle topped with peach cobbler is complete carb and fruit decadence. But the topper of maple syrup with ample orange and habanero elevate every single ingredient on the plate, taking the entire recipe to a new level. $23.95.

Hawaiian Ceviche

Hula’S Modern Tiki

Set sail for the tropics with this crisp, bold, island-style ceviche. It starts with fresh white fish. Rather than baking, grilling, searing or frying, chefs bathe it in citrus juice until the citric acid causes the protein to be altered, much like traditionally cooking it. The flavor-imbued fish is then tossed with coconut milk, jalapenos, chopped cilantro, and garlic. It is served with housemade wonton chips, creating island-inspired nachos. $11.

Faroe Island Salmon Tacos


This dish starts with a sushi-grade salmon, known for its ultrabuttery taste and firm texture, that is sourced from halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. Once tucked into a flour tortilla, the salmon is paired with red grapefruit; orange; pink peppercorn; and spicy aioli made using yuzu, chili peppers and salt. $22.

Orange Peel Chicken

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Among the most beloved dishes on the menu since its opening, the Ling & Louie’s version of orange chicken is both gluten-free and perfectly crispy. Once cooked, it is wok’d with a sweet, spicy, savory sauce made using oranges, gluten-free flour and soy sauce. Once the chicken is lathered in the sauce, it is served over crispy spinach with guest’s choice of Jasmine or brown rice. $16.

Chilean Sea Bass

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

A spring favorite, this Chilean sea bass is seared over a high heat until golden-brown. It is paired with creamy risotto in a Parmesan-lemon

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broth that features tomato- and Mexican guajillo pepper-infused butter. The risotto is finished with jalapeno-avocado salsa and caramelized Campari tomatoes. A citrus-olive relish – made with Mandarin oranges, ruby red grapefruit, Castelvetrano olives, red onions, and capers – finishes the dish along with a garnishment of herbaceous cilantro and scallion curls. $44.

Roasted Beets

Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows

A wild celebration of textures, this dish starts with beets that have been roasted for two hours in orange juice, orange zest and other aromatics. Next, the beets are fried until crispy and arranged on a plate with whipped mascarpone, shaved horseradish and watercress. It is topped with a stunning variety of cara cara navel, regular navel, and blood oranges from McClendon’s Select Organic in Peoria. Before coming to the table, the dish is garnished with a drizzle of lemon oil for one final burst of tangy citrus. $18.

Playa Salad

The Montauk

While The Montauk pays homage to the Hamptons in its aesthetic and overall vibe, this dish is a clear nod to seaside eateries scattered along Mexico. It pairs artisan greens with pepitas, red onions and avocado before topping the creamy and vegetal components with ample slices of orange and queso fresco, which is a soft, fresh Mexican cheese most often from a cow. It is finished with bright, citrus-forward coriander vinaigrette. $14.

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Refreshing yet bold, this dish starts with tuna that is flown in daily from Hawaii. The tuna is

dusted with togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice mix consisting of citrus, nori, sesame, chili, poppy seed, and Szechuan pepper. The tuna is then quickly seared to toast the spices yet keep a rare temperature. Next, a salad of local citrus, including grapefruit, cara cara orange, lemon, and blood orange, is mixed with cucumber, avocado, pickled chilies, radishes, and fresh herbs. Finishing with a citrusy vinaigrette made from yuzu and soy, the dish is plated and topped with sea salt. $26.


T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Cooked shrimp, clams and mussels are enveloped in a broth made from tomato and fennel, resulting in the umami base of the dish. Fennel, apple, a variety of herbs and spices as well as olive oil are then added and allowed time to develop into layer of flavor. The dish is finished with a whole lemon, which is halved and charred. Guests may have it added prior to coming to the table or do the honors by squeezing the lemon on themselves. It is paired with grilled Noble Bread for dipping. $40.

Churro Stack

Salt + Lime Modern Mexican Grill

A brunch staple often ordered for the table with some mimosas or morning margaritas, this dish features three large churros, but each are flattened like pancakes and layered on top of each other with powdered sugar and fresh blackberries and raspberries. The dish is topped with a homemade lime sauce that has been infused with tequila, as well as a drizzle of Cointreau orange liqueur. $14.

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In several Romance languages, the word “cena” means “dinner or supper.” Scottsdale’s newest culinary hotspot uses the word to refer to its seasonally rotating multicultural menu, which features dishes curated from the cuisines of France, Spain and Italy. Diners might find pappardelle pasta with wild mushroom Bolognese and Parmesano-Reggiano, alongside muffuletta croquettes, duck confit, and mussels escabeche. Craft cocktails use spirits from around the world, infused with herbs and fruits, and mixed with fresh ingredients. Happy hour Tuesday through Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m. 14202 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.597.6526; $$-$$$



Butters uses the finest and freshest ingredients on its extensive breakfast and lunch menus, served up in a friendly neighborhood breakfast café. There are more than 10 varieties of pancakes, with favorites like cinnamon roll pancakes and strawberry chocolate chip. You’ll also find an array of French toast, waffles, crepes, egg dishes, skillets, and freshsqueezed juices. Lunch items include burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Three locations in Scottsdale: Scottsdale 101, Northsight Crossing, and Mercado on Hayden;; $$


Eggstasy dishes out fresh ingredients, brunch cocktails, and fun breakfast items, including churro waffles, chocolate-covered bacon, and the Eggasm, a coddled egg with potato puree and crispy prosciutto. The menu also has pancakes, benedicts, crepes, omelets, and healthy options. Three Scottsdale locations: Shea Boulevard, The Mercado, and Market Street at DC Ranch.; $$


Morning Squeeze is a groovy brunch spot in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, where traditional breakfast favorites are made with fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients. Stop in for the popular breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, salsa fresco, and a choice of chorizo, bacon, or sausage. For a liquid breakfast, try the Bloody Mary menu or a seasonal flavor. On the dog-friendly patio, your furry friends can enjoy brunch, too, with doggy biscuits and gravy or the pup cakes off the “tail wager” menu. 4233 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.4669;; $$


New York Bagels ’N Bialys brings East Coast-style delicatessen fare to Scottsdale. Fresh bagels (and bialys, of course) are made from scratch daily in the kosher kitchen. They’ve been servibg up the best blintzes, bagels, bialys, and more since 1987. In addition to over three dozen types of bagels and bialys, there are also hearty breakfast and lunch options. Try the potato pancakes, cheese blintzes, or the New Yorker sandwich with corned beef or pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye bread. Four locations: La Mirada Plaza, Skysong, Scottsdale Road and Shea Blvd, and Village Plaza; www.nybagelsnbialys. com; $-$$


The Original Pancake House has been a Scottsdale breakfast mainstay since it opened its doors in 1988. Pancake lovers can rejoice at the wide selection of specialty pancakes, such as the apple pancake glazed in cinnamon-sugar and the bacon pancakes filled with real bits of bacon. Its signature item is the Dutch Baby, an air-filled pancake oven baked to golden perfection and served with lemon, whipped butter, and powdered sugar. 6840 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.4902; www.; $$



Bone Haus Brewing lives up to its name, with skulls and bones decorating the walls of the tap room, a nod to the ossuaries and catacombs of Europe. Beyond the haunting decor, the brewery offers bold and adventurous craft beers, with the Desert Distortion New England IPA being its signature, crafted in many varieties, including blood orange. It is also known for prickly pear pale ale, Belgian-style brews, and a steady rotation of seasonal beer and limited editions. The venue often brings in food trucks to satisfy hungry appetites and hosts live music, beer and yoga events, cornhole tournaments, and “beer school. 14825 E. Shea Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.292.9541; www.; $


Fate offers small-batch brews with perfectly paired bites at two locations, one in Scottsdale and one in Tempe. Favorite Fate beers include Fateful IPA, Buena Vista Blonde Ale, and the award-winning Candy Bar Milk Stout. Traditional pub fare like nachos and wings, along with a variety of salads, sandwiches, and smashed burgers are available to complement your favorite pint. The Scottsdale location has a large beer garden with a dog-friendly patio and offers a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. 1312 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480.656.9100. www.; $$


Goldwater Brewing Co. is a familyowned-and-operated craft beer brewery in Old Town Scottsdale. The tap room boasts more than 20 of its own craft beers and some specialty brews served directly from its tanks. The brewery specializes strictly in brewing, serving, and distributing its beers to local businesses. Though guests can stop in for tastings, no food menu is offered at this time. Check out the brewery’s website, as there is often a food truck scheduled to park nearby for a bite to

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eat with your brew. Don’t forget to take a growler home or pick up a keg for your next party! 3608 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.350.7305; www.; $-$$

Coffee Shops


Founded in 2007, Fourtillfour is a small coffee shop that serves Four Coffee, an Arizona-based small-batch roastery with four signature blends. The shop combines the owner’s passions for great coffee and vintage vehicles. Enjoy the coffee, small bites, and car culture seven days a week. Stop by on Saturday and Sunday for Cars and Coffee events with different themes each weekend. 7105 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 602.888.3583;; $


JOJO Coffeehouse is a communityfocused breakfast and brunch restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale that dishes up craft products through farm-fresh food and drinks. This establishment is thoughtful about using natural and organic ingredients without GMOs and preservatives whenever possible. Not your typical coffee shop, JOJO has a great selection of kombucha, craft beer, wine, signature mimosas (including flights), and sangria. The buildyour-own omelet option and decadent pancakes are wildly popular. Live music every Saturday and Sunday during breakfast and brunch rounds out the coffeehouse vibe. 3712 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.907.6100; www.; $$


This coffeehouse celebrates classic cafe fare alongside globally influenced coffees, teas, frozen drinks, pastries, and desserts. While the traditional lattes and mochas are out of this world tasty, the internationally inspired beverages are a great way to step out of any caffeine comfort zone. For instance, the French Vietnamese au Lait is a masterpiece of Sweetwaters’ dark roasted French chicory coffee and sweetened condensed milk which is an Asian finish to a French coffee. This community melting pot is a great place to sip, relax and repeat. 14850 N 87th St., Scottsdale; 480.410.4118;; $


Village Coffee Roastery is one of the oldest independent coffee houses in Arizona, opened in 1996 by chemist Craig Sellmen. Arabica beans are roasted via a patented scientific process utilized by only 12 roasters in the world, ensuring that the exceptional coffee is reproduced with near-perfect

consistency each time. As a result, the coffee is as much science as it is art. Drip coffee varietals change every day to a different regional brew. In addition to a wide variety of coffee and espresso beverages, Village Coffee Roastery offers a breakfast and lunch menu that features burritos, pastries, salads, and sandwiches. 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.905.0881;; $



Brat Haus is Scottsdale’s premier beer garden and is widely known for its housemade bratwursts and craft beer selection. Guests can order a la carte or take on a flight of gourmet brats and beer if they want to sample a little of everything. Don’t pass up on the soft pretzel and warm beer cheese fondue or the thick-cut Belgian fries. Inside or on the dog-friendly openair patio, enjoy from-scratch cuisine inspired by European food craftsman. Prost! Closed Monday and Tuesday. 3622 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480.947.4006;; $$


Cava was started in Maryland by three friends with a love of Greek food and family time. In 2018, Cave joined forces with Zoës Kitchen to bring its bold craveable bowls, dips, and pitas to the market. Chef-curated bowls with fresh ingredients like lentil avocado, Greens + Grains, Greek salad, tahini, harissa, and more are healthy, tasty, and satisfying. Pita wraps are also available. Vegetarian eggplant dips, tzatziki, and varieties of hummus spreads, and sauces are prepared daily, free of additives and preservatives. 14601 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 602.805.7957;; $$


These hearty hand pies called pasties have taken the Valley by storm since Cornwall native Dean Thomas founded the original Tempe Cornish Pasty Co. in 2005. The restaurant serves pasties with dozens of filling and flavor combinations, like the spicy asiago chicken and the Oggie, a traditional pasty with steak, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga. Pasties can also be ordered partially baked to take home and cook at your leisure. Vegetarian friendly. 3800 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.945.1220; www.; $$



This locally owned, family-run pizzeria is a casual and welcoming spot offering pizza, salads, and subs, including meatballs and baked chicken. Pizza special-

ties include barbecue, pesto, and buffalo chicken. Diners can choose from a variety of toppings to create their own pizza, with a gluten-free option available. 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.525.5949; $$


Perfectly blistered, Neapolitan-inspired wood oven pizza with names like Sweet & Fiesty, Truffled & Wild, and This Lil Figgy elevate pizza to new heights. Classic, artisan and vegan pies occupy the menu, alongside signature sandwiches, freshly crafted burgers, craveable pasta, and sharable appetizers like antipasto, meatballs, wings, and more. Enjoy the extensive wine list, and “off the vine” cocktails. The “lunch steal” is available weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Happy hour every day until 5 p.m. 5415 E. High St., Phoenix; 480-502-2121;; $$


Once you step inside Il Bosco, your senses will be immediately awakened by the aroma of crusty handmade artisanal pizza cooking in the 900-degree, hand-tiled, wood-fired oven. Every pizza is hand-made and topped with a fresh assortment of imported cheeses, housemade sauces, and seasonal veggies and meats. To complete your dining experience, share a plate of roasted seasonal vegetables with burrata cheese and a glass of wine or draft beer. Gluten-free crust is available. 11108 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale; 480.335.8680;; $$


Any New Yorker will tell you that the key to great pizza is in the water. At NYPD Pizza, the water is filtered just like they do it in New York, giving their pizza dough the distinct flavor and texture East Coasters love. Build your own or order specialty pizzas like buffalo chicken, the Wall Street (with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and mushrooms), Mott Street Meat Lover, or the Veganizza. Pair your slice with Upstate, Hell’s Kitchen, or honey BBQ wings. NYPD also offers salads, pastas, calzones, and desserts. An Arizona favorite for 25 years, NYPD Pizza has seven Valley locations. 14884 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.451.6973; www.; $$



A modern and upscale steakhouse located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Bourbon & Bones specializes in top-quality, wet- and dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. As you’d guess from the restaurant’s name, the bar is stocked with more than 75 high-

end bourbons. The interior consists of studded leather and crystal lighting. Enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib dinner every Sunday and Monday. Happy hour in the bar Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922;; $$$


Keeler’s features an inviting atmosphere with a large patio and rooftop deck. The restaurant serves certified Angus beef steaks and chops, including filet mignon, New York strip, ribeye, and Porterhouse cuts. Top your favorite with mushrooms and onions, truffle butter, shrimp, bearnaise, or a full lobster tail. Market fresh seafood, small plates, burgers, and sides round out the menu. At Historic Spanish Village, 7212 E. Ho Hum Road, Carefree; 602.374.4784;; $$$


The high-end Chicago steakhouse opened a Scottsdale location in 2019, offering a modern take on the traditional steakhouse with sleek furnishings and a fun atmosphere. The menu includes caviar, a fire-roasted seafood tower, and house-made pasta. Steak offerings range from filet mignon and surf and turf to wagyu. At Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.400.8888; www.; $$$$


The Mastro’s family of restaurants is a favorite for fine steak and seafood dining with impeccable service. Notable menu favorites include the lobster cocktail and bone-in filet mignon with a choice of savory sides like garlic mashed potatoes. The famous two-foot seafood tower served “smoking” with dry ice also serves as a succulent spectacle. Complete the dining experience with a bottle of wine from the broad list or order an infamous dry-ice martini. Three Scottsdale concepts: Mastro’s City Hall, Mastro’s Ocean Club and Mastro’s Steakhouse;; $$$$


This Texas-based steakhouse is known for wood-fired cooking and bold American dishes with an infusion of Southwest flavors. Select meats are prepared by either a wood-fired rotisserie, an open-flame grill, or a wood oven roasting. Guest-favorite sides range from the green chili mac and cheese to Mexican street corn. 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795;; $$-$$$

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This inaugural delicious event, hosted by A Taste of AZ Magazine and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, was held at The Salt River Fields East Lawn. In addition to samples of food featuring flavors from across the Grand Canyon State, festivalgoers enjoyed drinks, live music, cooking demos, and more.

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Each year, this luncheon – presented by the Ladies of the Court – honors the life and work of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Held at Arizona Biltmore, the daytime soiree included luncheon and a program celebrating David Monn, a prominent event planner, interior designer, author, and artist.

Patricia DiRoss and Paul Penzone Lynn Hayes and Neely Hayes Christine Jones and Patricia DiRoss Mary Masters Opila and Mary Ellen Gould Mary Ellen McKee and Judy Hewson
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Guests gathered at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) to celebrate the center’s birthday and the opening of new exhibitions. The evening featured special drinks, tasty treats, music performances, and activities with local artists and creatives.

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Joe and Sarah Kuviak Ivana Kat Susan Barron and Steven Yrenk Tessa Saturday and Angus Pollard Jennie Howell and Jennifer Song Cassie Hepler and Jose Murillo Jenny Vaughn and Kristen Miologos Mary Oldsen Robb and Nicole Royse Jesse Hargrave and Shannon Pernenter
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American Cancer Society’s event celebrated the champions in the fight against cancer. Held at The Clayton House, the evening included music along with fun and impactful moments to honor volunteers, chapter members, and more.

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Monique Porras-Mason and Jennifer Gosztyla Carl and Lori Schena Rheeta Wilson and Cathy Brown Blake and Emily Manion Eric Bergman and Lorraine Bergman Bobbi and David Gunn Ryan Johnson and Rachel Cole Vicki and Pedro Cons Madappa and Roshni Kundranda Asia McQueen and Matthew Woodfield
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Guests gathered at Saks Fifth Avenue for a morning of philanthropy and fashion. The day included a fashion show, breakfast and an overview of 65 years of Heart Ball.

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Rachel Miller Andrea Evans, Kimberley Afkhami and Carey Peña Robin Andrews, Lee Courtney and Amy Hair Cheryl Nocifera and Carolyn Sanseverino Ross Bonnie Brobitz, Tracy Flaherty and Elizabeth Garrett Natalie Moyes, Kelly Young and Lacey Osborn Tanya Badyal Catherine Tuton, Kristin Hartman and Suzy Hilton Cayci Oliver and Suzanne Bartlett Victoria Admire and Jennifer Moser
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Child Crisis’ 46th annual fundraising gala, held at JW Marriot Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, featured a Yellowstone theme, with cowboy chic attire encouraged. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, signature cocktails, mechanical bull rides, casino and Western carnival games, a whiskey tasting bar, a hatmaking station, dancing, and live music. The evening raised funds for the nonprofit, which promotes the well-being and safety of children and families.

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Greg and Beth Forsberg Alexandra and Steven Jacobi Ken and Lori DiCicco Nick and Brooke Forst Scott and Randa Hightower Maraya Webster and Katerina Noone Alejandra Reyes and Jacqueline Renteria Jasmine Vasquez and Jeremi Williams Brandi and Seth Heywood Liz and Rob Krewson
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Beginner’s Luck opens doors in Old Town Scottsdale

Growing up, Bernie Kantak would spend nights in the kitchen cooking up a big family feast with his Hungarian grandmother, dancing together while they waited for various recipes to simmer, roast and boil. Those nights inspired Kantak to become a chef and restaurateur. Today, in partnership with Andrew Fritz, he owns In Good Spirits Hospitality Group, best known for owning and operating The Gladly and Citizen Public House.

Seeking to recreate some of his favorite family dishes as well as celebrate his brand’s most popular signature items, Kantak and his team recently launched a third concept in Beginner’s Luck.

The space is just 1,700 square feet, small by design to pay homage to the tiny kitchen where Kantak and his grandmother spent so many nights. However, thanks to an open kitchen, ample dining room tables, and additional seating on the patio and at the vibrant copper bar, Beginner’s Luck – dotted inside and out with houseplants and succulents as colorful accents – feels cozy and warm. Lit by the sun during the day, at night the interior has a wholly different look and feel thanks to twinkling bistro lights and candles.

For brunch and lunch, Beginner’s Luck sources its coffee from Moxie Coffee Co., using it to roast traditional brews as well as specialty coffees and lattes. Highlights during the daypart include a bevy of fresh pastries as well as a few signature items: My Rich Uncle’s French Toast, which is a big brick of challah bread transformed into a light and airy take on the breakfast favorite, complete with butterscotch syrup; the 12-Hour Niman Ranch Pork with blue corn grits, crushed cucumber, pickled onion, jalapeno, avocado, lime, cilantro, chicharron, and queso fresco; and the Lucky 7 Breakfast Bowl, a play on Kantak’s popular chopped salad from The Gladly that brings together warm blue corn grits, chilled chia pudding, coconut-pecan granola, berries, cornflower, and agave. And yes, Kantak’s Original Chopped Salad is on the menu by popular demand.

Beginner’s Luck expanded to offer dinner in recent weeks as well. The Steak Fritz, a coffee-rubbed prime sirloin with hand-cut fries, chili-infused butter, and paprikash sour cream, is an early favorite as is the PanRoasted Norwegian Salmon with mashed Yukon gold potatoes, chai-infused beurre blanc sauce, beans, and snow pea leaf oil.

The buzzy cocktail menu brings in the morning vibe with items like the Chai-rish Iced Coffee with Irish whiskey, chai, cold brew, and stiffened cream, and also features a slew of both traditional and modern recipes as well. There is an impressive array of beers and wines, both by the glass and bottle, and while happy hour has not launched as of yet, there is a paired down midday menu available from 2 to 4 p.m. with small bites, shareables and cocktails.

Beginner’s Luck is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with plans to expand hours in the future. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Beginner’s Luck, 7240 E. Main St., Scottsdale;; 480.571.0416.

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After spending over ten years living in the Valley with my family, I have come to truly love its beauty and focus on a healthful lifestyle. With over 300 days of sunshine per year, we have the opportunity to live a wellness focused life and love everything that this dynamic community has to offer. Spring is our favorite time of year here because everything warms up and comes to life, which helps bring vibrancy into our lives and GLOW!

If we haven’t met through this magazine, or through one of the amazing philanthropic events our community hosts, I am thankful to meet you here!

I’m Dr. Stacie Stephenson, an expert in functional and integrative medicine with a passion for philanthropy. A little about me: I was a practicing physician for 15 years until I realized just how many people need support in their journeys toward health, wellness, and longevity – this led me to create VibrantDoc and begin writing books to help as many people as possible.

My newest bestselling book, Glow: 90 Days to Create Your Vibrant Life from Within, helps readers take control of their health by making wellness the cornerstone of their daily habits – a pillar of functional medicine. You’ll read about many of these principles here in this mini-mag!

Previously, I mentioned the amazing philanthropic events the Valley hosts. Philanthropy is something that my family and I care about deeply. I serve as Vice Chair of Gateway for Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization founded by my husband Richard in 1991 that is dedicated to funding Phase I and II clinical trials. In this role, I bring my expertise in functional and integrative medicine to oncology, placing quality of life at the center of care. I also spearhead Gateway’s signature fundraising events here in the Valley, Vino con Stelle and Gateway Celebrity Fight Night.

In addition to Gateway, I’ve been recognized for my work on behalf of ChildHelp with their 2021 Woman of the World Award and participate on the Phoenix Heart Ball Committee. Beyond local events, Richard and I were awarded the Women’s Cancer Research Fund Unsung Hero Award in 2023 and support various charitable efforts that help people achieve better overall health.

Whether it’s an inspiration to take time for yourself, bring more healthful practices into your life, or give your body and mind a “spring cleaning,” remember that you are capable of participating fully and mindfully each day with reverence and gratitude, and it’s your calling to add wonder and beauty to the world around you.

With love, Dr. Stacie • Get Glowing 3
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with morning and evening meditations grounded in Dr. Stacie Stephenson’s holistic approach to physical and mental wellness that centers around a VIBRANT lifestyle.

No matter where you are in your pursuit of a healthier life, in just minutes each day, you can shine like never before! In this powerful book of meditations, inspirations, and motivations, functional medicine expert and bestselling author Dr. Stacie Stephenson provides an accessible and exciting plan to incorporate mindfulness practices into your mornings and evenings that can enhance your mindset, health, nutrition, and quality of life.

Each day of the week, GLOW focuses on one area of Dr. Stacie's VIBRANT strategy:

• Voice: how you speak to others and express yourself

• Intuition: how you listen to your inner voice

• Balance: how you juggle your many responsibilities

• Rejuvenation: how to slow down and find restoration

• Abundance: how to fill your life with good things

• Nurturing: how to love others well

• Thoughtfulness: how you can more mindfully embrace gratitude, kindness, and joy

You'll also find weekly themes to help you develop a clear mindset and renewed sense of well-being in core areas of your life, including self-care, relationships, rest, communication, creativity, and nature.

As Dr. Stacie has seen in her own life and in her years as a healthcare practitioner and nutritionist specializing in integrative medicine, the small things we do over time create life-changing shifts. Wherever your starting point, GLOW helps you launch your journey to a more joyful, fulfilled, and luminous you. • Get Glowing 5
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Instead of your basic annual spring cleaning, consider a home detox this year instead. A home detox takes cleaning to the next level, by getting both the dirt and the toxins out of your home environment. This isn’t as intimidating as it may sound. Here is a plan for you to detox your home in one weekend.

Before your cleaning weekend, invest in some basic natural cleaning products. These are products that do not release chemicals into the air, pollute the groundwater, or subject you to noxious chemicals. There are many companies that make high quality natural cleaning products—look for a good basic all-purpose cleaning solution, glass cleaner, and floor cleaner. (I’ll also tell you how to make your own.)

Choose a sunny day and get started:

1. Open all the windows. Shake out the rugs and drapes outside, then lay them out in the sun.

2. Dust surfaces including walls, ceilings, ceiling fans, and windowsills.

3. Pull out a large trash can and dump all the toxic ingredients in your house: Any cleaners, lawn and garden, and personal care products that use chemicals. (Contact your local solid waste agency to ask how to properly dispose of hazardous chemicals in your area.)

4. Next, sprinkle carpets with baking soda.

5. While the baking soda sits and absorbs odors, sweep and mop all hard surface floors with a natural floor cleaner, or a combination of 8 parts warm water to 2 parts white vinegar and 2 or 3 drops of liquid dish soap. Mop.

6. While the floors are drying, vacuum the baking soda out of the carpets.

7. Wash all bedding with a nontoxic detergent.

8. Clean all glass and mirrors with a natural glass cleaner, or combine 1 part warm water, 1 part rubbing alcohol, and ¼ cup white vinegar in a spray bottle.

9. Clean all sinks and counters with a natural all-purpose cleaner, or combine equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. You can even use this to clean the toilet with a good sturdy toilet brush.

10. Put all rugs, drapes, and bedding back in place, and take a deep breath of your clean indoor air.

If you keep using natural cleaning and personal care products, your home will become cleaner and less toxic with every season.

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If you have friends or family members who have battled cancer— and most of us know someone—you may feel especially motivated to practice cancer prevention. That’s great, and something you really can influence through lifestyle. While much of my philanthropy work centers around funding cutting-edge cancer research (primarily through Gateway for Cancer Research), I also know, as an integrative medicine expert, how powerful everyday behaviors can be in helping to support the body’s natural defenses against cancer.

Fortunately, many of the practices that can help prevent cancer are the same ones that protect against other chronic diseases, from type 2 diabetes and obesity to heart disease, autoimmunity, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, and dementia. That’s because all the systems of the body are connected, so what influences one part of you—let’s say your heart—also influences all the other parts of you, including your brain, liver, and immune system.

When it comes to cancer prevention, the immune system is key. The most important part of prevention is to stop interfering with and start supporting the immune system. The immune system is your primary defense against cancer cell growth. If it is busy trying to correct other health issues, cancer cells can slip under the radar and start growing.

Keeping your immune system as strong and undistracted as possible is critical. That’s not to say, of course, that this will prevent all cancers. There are many factors that can lead to the development of cancer, and if someone gets cancer, it is certainly not their fault. However, why not do everything you can to improve your odds? In that spirit, below are my five simple tips for reducing your risk of developing any kind of cancer:

1. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits are full of polyphenols with anti-cancer properties. If medicine was preventive, vegetables and fruits would be the ideal form of natural medicine. The wider variety of plant foods you eat, the more anti-cancer phytochemicals you’ll be taking in. Consider that most people in the U.S. only eat about 2 cups of vegetables and fruits per day, but aiming for more like 5 to 8 cups is a powerful way to support the immune system. This isn’t as hard as it sounds. A smoothie with berries and greens for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, and a few servings of steamed vegetables with your dinner will get you there. Rotate your veggies and eat seasonally to get as many types into your diet as possible.

2. Get more cardio. There are plenty of benefits to exercise, including weight lifting, balance training, and stretching, but cardiovascular exercise, like walking, jogging, biking, and swimming, is associated with a lower risk for many of the

common types of cancer. Regular exercise strengthens the body, promoting general health and a strong immune system, which can help your body to better fight off cancer.

3. Drink less (or no) alcohol. The research claiming that small amounts of red wine may be good for your heart has been called into question, but the link between cancer and alcohol is pretty clear-cut, especially for breast, esophageal, and colon cancer. The simple truth is that any amount of alcohol increases risk, so if you are concerned about cancer, cut down or, ideally, cut out alcohol. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and delicious non-alcoholic beer, wine, and mocktail options, as sober living has come into the mainstream.

4. Avoid unblocked sun and dirty air. We all know smoking cigarettes increases cancer risk, but smoking anything or regularly inhaling polluted air increases cancer risk because this introduces pollutants into the body. Although we don’t know everything about vaping yet, logic dictates that inhaling anything that is not clean fresh air isn’t good for lung health. As for the sun, we also know that regular sunscreen use can greatly reduce skin cancer risk, including the risk of potentially deadly malignant melanoma. Short version: Don’t inhale smoke or vapor, stay away from polluted areas when possible, improve your indoor air quality with air cleaning technology, and cover up or block the rays of the sun.

5. Get screened. Technically, screening doesn’t prevent cancer, but it can help catch it early, greatly improving the prognosis. Screening for HPV and cervical cancer should start in the teen years or early 20s at the latest. Start getting screened for skin cancer at 30, breast and prostate cancer at 40, colon and lung cancer at 50. You may want to screen earlier if you have a family history of any of these cancers. If you have a family history of ovarian, thyroid, pancreatic, endometrial, stomach, bladder, esophageal, or other cancers, make sure your doctor knows and ask about what signs to watch for. Get an annual physical and remind your doctor every year about your personal risks. Vigilance is your best weapon! • Get Glowing 7


Gateway exclusively funds Phase I and II cancer clinical trials, which often mark the first in-human study of promising new cancer drugs and therapies. Representing a critical first step in evaluating new cancer treatments to help patients feel better and live longer.









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