09 Apr 2012

Spring Fever!

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We have some serious spring fever here in Scottsdale!  It’s pretty easy to understand why with the warm sun shining, the lazy breeze blowing and beautiful flowers blooming everywhere…

We played hooky recently and took a day off to visit the Desert Botanical Gardens – one of our favorite springtime destinations.  It was a perfect day!

21 Dec 2011

Beautiful Morning Hike

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One of our favorite winter activities in Arizona is hiking.  Just this past weekend we enjoyed a light trek through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.  After several days of rain last week, the air was fresh and dewy, laced with the smell of mesquite.  The plants and cacti were green and so alive.  The sky was a breathtaking, turquoise blue scattered with bright white clouds. Sunny and warm with a light, cool breeze.  We could spend every day here…

It is so easy to access nature here in Scottsdale.  Some of our favorite trails — located just minutes away from the Sunny Scottsdale Condo — include Lost Dog Wash Trail and Papago Park, and of course Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak for more experienced hikers.  Please ask us about hiking or mountain biking trails, we are happy to give further recommendations!

15 Nov 2011

Scottsdale’s Winter Glow

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Scottsdale glows all year round, but it is especially bright during the winter season.  Old Town Scottsdale becomes a festive wonderland and Scottsdale shops, restaurants, resorts and attractions follow suit.  Whether you drive around town looking at the twinkling lights or tour one of the following attractions, you will certainly be delighted!

Zoo Lights at The Phoenix Zoo Celebrating its 20th anniversary with 600 displays, the Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo is a delight for all ages.

November 24, 2011 – January 8, 2012
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly

455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden

The serenity of the nighttime desert becomes magical with 8,000 hand-lit luminarias lighting the paths of the garden.  Hot chocolate and nightly entertainment makes this a special holiday tradition.

December 1 – 30

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Scottsdale Mall
Celebrate the start to the holiday season with the City of Scottsdale’s official tree lighting ceremony with live entertainment, Santa and snow.

Sunday, December 4th

3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

3309 N. Drinkwater Boulevard

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing one of Scottsdale’s favorite parks lit up into a winter wonderland.  Opening night festivities will include a tree lighting ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa on December 23rd.

December 9 – 30, 2011 (excluding December 24 & 25)

6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, Arizona

11 May 2011

Happy Birthday, Scottsdale!

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Boasting with some of the hottest nightlife, restaurants, bars and shops in the Valley, Scottsdale sure looks good for turning 60!

The city is celebrating with 60 days of festivities culminating on June 25th.  Enjoy the fun, and Happy Birthday Scottsdale!

Event Date Event Name Event Information
May 11 Couple of Hours to Browse? Soleri Bells Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 12 The 31st Annual Film/Video Festival presented by The Film School at Scottsdale Community College http://showcase.scottsdalecc.edu/ filmschool/blog/2011/05/04/31st-filmvideo-festival/
May 12 Celebrate Scottsdale ArtWalk www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com/events
May 12 ArtBridge Thursdays www.artisanmarketsaz.com
May 12 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
May 12 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
May 13 Art and Roses www.ScottsdaleArtSchool.org
May 13 Preservation Hall Jazz Band www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event.php?id=728
May 13 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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May 14 2nd Annual At Bat for Kids HealthFest www.atbatforkids.com
May 14 Dan Zanes & Friends www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event.php?id=688
May 14 Local Motion Trolley Tour www.ultimatearttours.com
May 14 Starlight Concert with The Swingtips www.dcranchnet.com
May 14 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 15 Open House at Studio of Quilt Maker Marla Hattabaugh http://scottsdalepublicart.org/SPA60.php
May 15 Couple of Hours to Browse? Taliesen West Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 16 Couple of Hours to Browse? Muesum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 17 “Scottsdale Memories” book signing by Paul Messinger www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
memories
May 17 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 18 Couple of Hours to Browse? Scottsdale Historic Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 19 Open House at Studio of Quilt Maker Marla Hattabaugh http://scottsdalepublicart.org/SPA60.php
May 19 ArtBridge Thursdays www.artisanmarketsaz.com
May 19 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
May 19 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 20 Arizona Authors & Appetizers www.girlmeetsfork.com/events/
authorsandappetizers
May 20 TAP Into “S.N.A.P.” www.yoursnap.org
May 20 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 20 through July 20 2011 Young Artists and Authors Showcase www.scottsdalesistercities.com
May 21 Frontier Town Days www.cidermillmarket.com
May 21 Mid-Century Modern Architectural Tour www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
architectural
May 21 Sing-Along Sound of Music www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event.php?id=729
May 21 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 22 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 23 Couple of Hours to Browse? Civic Center Mall Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 24 Old Town Guided Walking Tour www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
walk
May 24 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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May 25 Scottsdale Then and Now www.scottsdalelibrary.org/events
May 25 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 26 ArtBridge Thursdays www.artisanmarketsaz.com
May 26 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
May 26 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 27 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 28 Couple of Hours to Browse? Museum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 29 Couple of Hours to Browse? Soleri Bells Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 30 Couple of Hours to Browse?  Taliesen West Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 31 Couple of Hours to Browse? Civic Center Mall Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 1 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 2 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 2 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 3 One with the Eagle Sculpture Rededication One With Eagle Sculpture Rededication
June 3 Couple of Hours to Browse? Museum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 4 National Trails Day Hike the Preserve www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
preserve
June 4 Dedication of Scottsdale High School plaque Dedication of Scottsdale High School plaque
June 4 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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June 5 Alamos Band Stand Plaque Rededication www.scottsdalesistercities.com
June 6 Fan Grabber/Paradise Valley Rotary 2011 Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction www.pvrotary.org
June 6 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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June 7 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 8 Couple of Hours to Browse? Soleri Bells Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 9 Zap! Pow! Bam! Costume Ball www.ScottsdalePublicArt.org
June 9 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 9 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 10 Couple of Hours to Browse? Taliesan West Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 11 Mighty Mud Mania www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania
June 11 60 + 60 www.dwr.com/category/find+a+studio/
scottsdale.do
June 11 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 12 Couple of Hours to Browse? Civic Center Mall Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 13 Couple of Hours to Browse? Scottsdale Historic Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 14 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 14 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
June 15 Audubon Nature Film Festival www.audubon.az
June 15 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 16 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 16 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 17 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 18 Scottsdale Urban Chase Family Scavenger Hunt www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
scavenger
June 18 Racin’ at the Basin 5K Run www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/ssc
June 18 Scottsdale History Tour www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
history
June 18 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 19 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
June 20 Couple of Hours to Browse? Museum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 21 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 21 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
June 22 History of the Famous Scottsdale Art District www.scottsdalelibrary.org/events
June 22 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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June 23 Scottsdale Public Art 100+ Journals Workshop. Visual Art Journaling: Diamonds in the West led by Cyndi Coon www.scottsdalepublicartblog.org/workshops.html
June 23 Artwalk www.scottsdalegalleries.com
June 23 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 23 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 24 SMOCA opening night www.smoca.org
June 24 Old fashioned Cowboy Campfire www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
campfire
June 24 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 25 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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June 25 W Scottsdale to host The Grand Soiree for Scottsdale’s 60th Birthday www.WScottsdaleHotel.com/Scottsdale60
June 25 Mayor and Council Breakfast and Scottsdale Birthday Party www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
breakfastparty
11 Feb 2011

An A’Fair to Remember

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With rolling green hills, bright flowers, bubbling fountains, and nearby attractions, Sunday A’Fair at Scottsdale Civic Center is the perfect way to enjoy a free concert on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.  Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn or enjoy some delicious treats or browse the fine arts and crafts or make your own at the fun hands-on art activities for children and families.

Dates (Sundays):

February 13, 20, 27, 2011

March 6, 27, 2011

April 3, 2011

Time:

Noon – 4pm

Location:

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Admission:

Free

09 Dec 2010

McCormick Stillman Railroad park holiday lights picking up steam

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The McCormick Stillman Railroad is literally 500 yards or so from our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental. Families love riding the train as it meanders through the beautiful display.

This just in…

Peter Kaczmarowski considers the holiday-lights display at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park his annual labor of love.

Kaczmarowski has fond memories of the tradition that blossomed from a small lights display into a premier annual event at the Scottsdale park, with train rides and costumed characters.

When the event was still in its infancy, Kaczmarowski had just joined the city as a railroad engineer.

“My daughter, who turned 21 this year, said she didn’t remember a year that (I) didn’t do it,” said Kaczmarowski, a volunteer.

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park kicks off Friday with a tree-lighting ceremony and related festivities. The annual affair runs nightly through Jan. 1, with the exception of Dec. 24, 25 and 31.

The event already was running in 1986 when Kaczmarowski came on board.”It’s a great event, and the opening night is crowded,” Kaczmarowski said. “We run two trains every night. We bring in entertainment and characters to give people something to watch.”

Fond memories

In its early days, the infrastructure could not always handle the electrical demands of the display, Kaczmarowski said. Blackouts occurred, and “one year, it was actually snowing,” he said.

In the early ’90s, Kaczmarowski decided to string lights over the park’s 1907 Baldwin steam engine.

“That’s the first thing people see when they get out of their cars,” Kaczmarowski said. “I thought, ‘Let’s just cover this thing completely with lights.’ ”

Park recreation supervisor Bob McNair said there are tens of thousands of holiday lights on display, along with kid-friendly exhibits and characters. Santa will be on hand through Dec. 23.

The cost to stage the event is about $90,000, covered by approximately $100,000 in revenue, he said. The city-sponsored event also is supported by the Scottsdale Charros and Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society.

This year’s event boasts a new Snoopy display and a 25-foot-tall inflatable sun with sunglasses. Organizers added costumed volunteers several years ago, he said.

Ann Achtziger, a volunteer and assistant principal of Mohave Middle School, said students and volunteers from the Scottsdale Unified School District dress up as Santa’s helpers and popular children’s characters. Families can take free photos with the characters, she said.

The cost for a train ride is $2 and $1 for a carousel ride.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/12/08/20101208scottsdale-mccormick-railroad-park-holiday-lights.html#ixzz17a0X5INe

01 Nov 2010

Annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Races

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The annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon races are already gearing up for another awesome experience. The event is a lot of fun for spectators and runners.

Our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental by Owner offers great access to the race route, but also is superb for avoiding the race route if you don’t want to be bothered. This can be really important since the race route takes up 26 miles of urban road throughout Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. Below follows a recent press release on the upcoming festivities.

The musically inspired P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon races to Tempe, January 16, 2011. Runners and walkers from all levels and destinations are breaking in their sneakers to prepare for the flat and festive course that begins in downtown Phoenix, races through Scottsdale and finishes in Tempe on the Arizona State University campus.

More than 35,000 runners and walkers from around the world are expected to attend to participate in this popular event. In addition to the thousands of spectators on the sidelines cheering them on, runners are inspired at every mile with live music to keep the energy high from one mile to the next. Music of every genre can be heard along both the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses. Reggae, jazz, country and rock will fill the streets for runners, walkers and spectators alike to enjoy.

The music doesn’t stop when the race does – an exciting post-race concert featuring a nationally recognized headliner is held immediately after the race and is free and open to the public. Held at Sun Angel Stadium at Arizona State University, participants and their friends and family are sure to have a rockin’ good time.

New this year, runners can participate in a two-person relay race for the 1/2 marathon. Runners will enjoy all the perks of the running the entire 1/2 marathon, such as the commemorative finisher’s medal, Brook’s technical participant tee and goodie bag, but with half the distance. Relay Teams are encouraged to have some fun during this event and wear costumes to get into the spirit.

Kids can also get into the running spirit at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Kids Rock Fun Run on Saturday, January 15. The one mile Fun Run takes place at Tempe Marketplace, an outdoor shopping area featuring 1.3 million square feet of retailers, dining and nightlife destinations.

The Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center on Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15. At the expo, participants can pick up their race numbers and browse more than 100 vendors from the running and fitness industry.

Offering sunny skies and mild temperatures, it’s no surprise that more than half of all race participants come from outside of Arizona. After the race, many choose to extend their stay over the long weekend and turn their Tempe trip into a running vacation. Some of the most popular Tempe attractions and entertainment include hiking in Papago Park, browsing museums and galleries at Arizona State University, dining and nightlife in Tempe’s Mill Avenue District and shopping at Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills.

For more information about the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, visit www.RnRaz.com or contact the Competitor Group at 800-311-1255.

For more information about activities in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office Web site, www.RaceToTempe.com, or call 800-283-6734.

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For the original version on PRWeb visit: www.prweb.com/releases/prwebarizona/pfchangs/prweb4712714.html

19 Oct 2010

Scottsdale Pop Quiz!

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How well do you know Scottsdale, Arizona?  Maybe you know that Scottsdale is one of the best cities to find challenging golf courses, tantalizing dining experiences, sumptuous spas, and, of course, shopping!  But did you know that we have a very rich, western history dating back to 1888?  Check out the quiz on AZCentral.com and learn some pretty interesting facts about the city we love.  Don’t forget to book your stay at our Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental!

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/08/12/20100812scottsdale-arizona-quiz-prog.html

12 Oct 2010

Scottsdale’s Soleri Bridge project is Underway

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Scottsdale has done very well by continuing to invest in public art. This commitment continues to make Scottsdale a beautiful and interesting place for visitors and residents. The public arts project is clearly one of many factors making Scottsdale a top vacation destination. In 1985, the Arizona city of Scottsdale adopted a one percent for art ordinance and established the Scottsdale Public Art Program with the goal to enhance the quality of life afforded area residents and visitors. Scottsdale’s program and projects have won local, regional and national awards. Public art has taken many forms ranging from the walls of the Pima Freeway to James Turrell’s Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. I am excited about the latest addition, and I know visitors to our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental will enjoy the new Soleri addition.

Read more about the Soleri Bridge Project at azcentral.com

For Even More info:

Read More about Paolo Soleri on Wikipedia

12 Oct 2010

Nike Store latest new addition at Scottsdale Quarter

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Apple Store at Scottsdale Quarter Nearby the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental

Scottsdale Quarter is just one of several high profile shopping destinations that continue to expand.

We’re  glad to see that Scottsdale is continuing to boom with new retail shopping options. Scottsdale Quarter continues to impress, and we are definitely looking forward to the upcoming opening of the upscale movie theaters. Scottsdale Quarter already boasts many retail favorites like the Apple Store and H&M. Visitors to our Scottsdale condo vacation rental are going to love shopping at Kierland and Scottsdale Quarter.

Nike Store latest new addition at Scottsdale Quarter