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Frank Lloyd Wright Night Lights Tour

2016-08-20 | ImagesAZ | Community


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Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in a spectacular way. Located in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Wright’s winter home is open for evening tours each Friday of the month and is a perfect option for a one-of-a-kind date night. Reservations required. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-627-5375, franklloydwright.org.... More

Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw

2016-08-18 | ImagesAZ | Community


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Unwind after a long day of work by attending Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw each Wednesday evening of the month. There you will experience what is all the rage right now: adult coloring! The restaurant will also include live music, coloring supplies (or you can bring your own) and half-priced flatbreads. 6-8 p.m. Local Jonny’s, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-7473, localjonnys.com.... More

Frank Lloyd Wright Night Lights Tour

2016-08-13 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: flickr
Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in a spectacular way. Located in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Wright’s winter home is open for evening tours each Friday of the month and is a perfect option for a one-of-a-kind date night. Reservations required. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-627-5375, franklloydwright.org.... More

Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw

2016-08-11 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: localjonnys.com
Unwind after a long day of work by attending Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw each Wednesday evening of the month. There you will experience what is all the rage right now: adult coloring! The restaurant will also include live music, coloring supplies (or you can bring your own) and half-priced flatbreads. 6-8 p.m. Local Jonny’s, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-7473, localjonnys.com.... More

Frank Lloyd Wright Night Lights Tour

2016-08-08 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: flickr
Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in a spectacular way. Located in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Wright’s winter home is open for evening tours each Friday of the month and is a perfect option for a one-of-a-kind date night. Reservations required. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-627-5375, franklloydwright.org.... More

Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw

2016-08-04 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: localjonnys.com
Unwind after a long day of work by attending Local Jonny’s Drink and Draw each Wednesday evening of the month. There you will experience what is all the rage right now: adult coloring! The restaurant will also include live music, coloring supplies (or you can bring your own) and half-priced flatbreads. 6-8 p.m. Local Jonny’s, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-7473, localjonnys.com.... More

Built to Last: Meet the Wedge Family

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Loralei Lazurek
Writer Grace Hill   The Wedge family loves to build. It’s in their blood.   A resident of Arizona for nearly 40 years, Greg Wedge Jr., the patriarch of the family, currently lives in North Scottsdale with his wife, Kathleen. Not too far away from them live their three children: twin sons, Greg III and Josh, and daughter, Sydney.   While the family loves the outdoors and spends that time mountain biking, camping or fishing, it is the indoor spaces they have created that set them apart. The need to create homes first began when the elder Greg was just a young man, and decided to follow a similar path as his father.   “I love building and working with wood,” he says. “When I graduated from high school, I started working with my dad doing basically the same stuff that I do now.”   He never stopped building. For more than 32 years, the elder Greg worked as a framer. But about five years ago, after some restructuring of the company he worked for, he was let go. Instead of... More

Coach Cas pumps up BC football

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Youth


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Writer Tom Scanlon   The rough sport of football has been lorded over by some legendary tough coaches.   If he wasn’t happy with the first half of play, Bull Sullivan, a feared Mississippi junior college coach, would have his players bash into each other at halftime. Bear Bryant, one of college’s most revered coaches (in his Arizona Cardinals office, Bruce Arians sits under a poster of Bear), was so mean he didn’t allow water breaks, even in 100-degree summer practices. Vince Lombardi, who led the Green Bay Packers to NFL championships and Super Bowl victories, was known to scream at players for a full hour.   Lombardi also said something quite telling during a 1970 lecture to his fellow NFL coaches: “I believe everybody wants discipline, especially young people. But one has to be careful of the spirit in which it's given. They'll take it if it's done in the spirit of teaching … even of love, like the discipline one gets from a mother and father."   Which brings us to one... More

First Salute

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


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Writer Tom Scanlon   “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” the New Testament advises.   Things are just a little different in the military.   In the armed forces, giving a salute is a sign of deference and obedience to a superior; receiving a salute means, well, that you’re the man — or the woman.   Madison Pascale understands the difference firsthand. Four years ago, she graduated from Cactus Shadows High School, where she was a star soccer player and excellent student. Rather than pursuing athletics and studying at a college or university, she went to an academy — the U.S. Naval Academy, an intensive four-year military preparatory in Annapolis, Maryland.   The school was far from her elegant, cozy North Scottsdale home, where she was raised by her parents, Christina and Nino Pascale. While many of Madison’s classmates stayed close to home, enrolling at Arizona State University, Christina and Nino knew there was no point in trying to talk their strong-minded... More

Anthem’s 1-2 golf punch

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Youth


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Writer Tom Scanlon   Only six Arizona boys ages 15-17 are invited to the Junior World Golf Championships — three from each of two qualifying events. So it’s pretty cool that one of the players who made the tournament at the dazzling Torrey Pines Golf Course is from Anthem.   That two of the players come from Anthem? Downright amazing.   Here’s how it happened: In mid-June, a tournament took place at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa. The best of the boys under 18 would qualify for the prestigious IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships in La Jolla, California. On the first day, Mason Domecq, having just finished his freshman year at Boulder Creek High School, had an excellent round, shooting a 3-under-par 69. Yet he found himself trailing three golfers who had shot an astounding 68. One of those first-day leaders was Nicholas San Miguel, a year ahead of Mason at BC.   Mason got ready to start his second day, hoping to hold down his strong position and qualify for the... More

Saguaro Splendor

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


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Writer Grace Hill   Amidst the sprawling Sonoran Desert, the saguaro cactus makes its exclusive home. It is here, and only here, that the largest and perhaps most treasured cactus in the United States finds living conditions required for its survival: a hot, dry climate located between sea level and 4,000 feet in elevation. The summer monsoon season is also vitally important, as it supplies the rainfall that hydrates the saguaro all year long.     The saguaro’s scientific name is Carnegiea gigantea. It is not a coincidence that the name Carnegiea sounds similar to the last name of the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It was given in honor of Carnegie for his generous support in the research of desert plants.     The quintessential saguaro is often depicted as having two arms growing upward out of its trunk. While an accurate portrayal for some, this form is not considered the standard. In fact, it is possible for a saguaro to produce as many as 50 arms. Those arms do not... More

Born to be Wild

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration


Photo Credit: Painting by Marless Fellows
Writer Amanda Christmann   In the searing heat of summer, brittlebush and cholla take long pauses, scorched and tested by unforgiving rays of the desert sun. Whiptail and earless lizards scurry from the sparse shade of one parched palo verde to the next, and families of Harris’s hawks perch tiredly atop the spiny tops of saguaros.   Desert cicadas break the silence, their rattling screams seeming to come from the mesquites and prickly pear cacti themselves. The swish of a tail, barely visible from behind a crop of mesquites, shatters the stillness, followed by an unmistakable snort. A sturdy white stallion rises like a mirage out of the waves of heat that dance above the desert floor. Alert, he glances sideways from a dark eye, one ear perked high as he listens to the sound of approaching visitors.   Only mildly cautious — for he has seen many visitors in recent years — he steps toward a striking chestnut mare with white socks and a white blaze, softly snorting to prompt her... More

Tuft & Needle

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


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Writer Shannon Severson   Young, successful innovators use their software development backgrounds to take a startup from problem-solving idea to multimillion dollar industry breakthrough. It sounds like a Silicon Valley Cinderella story, but it’s happening right here in Phoenix at online mattress retailer Tuft & Needle.   John-Thomas “JT” Marino and Daehee Park were longtime friends who met at Penn State University and were burning the candle at both ends at an early stage, heavily financed Palo Alto, California software company. They had tossed around the idea of starting their own company for a long time, but didn’t want to follow the same old formula: become a founder, then find an idea to build a company around, followed by collecting massive amounts of investors’ cash to get things going, all while working endless hours until a buyout makes everyone involved massively wealthy.   “We wanted to do it differently,” says Marino. “We wanted to look at our own... More

Behind the Scenes: Four Phantoms

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


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Writer Rebecca Zaner   “Softly, deftly, music shall surround you …”   On August 12-13, the music of the night at Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort will feature “The Four Phantoms,” a brand new national tour featuring four of the most iconic stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “The Phantom of the Opera”: Brent Barrett, Franc D’Ambrosio, Davis Gaines and Marcus Lovett. Each of these actors have performed the role of Phantom in professional venues on and off Broadway during their careers.   The new concert will include beloved songs from the show, as well as other Broadway favorites from “Les Miserables,” “Cats,” “Miss Saigon,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “West Side Story” and more. The four artists will also be joined by Kaley Ann Voorhees, the youngest female performer to play the role of Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.   Brent Barrett performed in the Las Vegas production of... More

Luxury Urban Living

2016-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle


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Writer Grace Hill   A new era in luxury home development has emerged in Arizona. Homebuyers are being seduced by a more upscale, urban lifestyle — one where they are in the heart of the city, with easy access to high-end shopping, trendsetting dining destinations, art districts and local music venues.   In order to meet this lifestyle demand, a slew of impressive homes are being built as close to main streets as possible. These homes are masterfully designed and full of modern luxury. Resort-style features permeate throughout, including concierge services; gorgeous rooftop and courtyard gardens; sophisticated and upscale interior amenities; one-of-a-kind mountain and city views; secure indoor parking; sprawling entertainment spaces; and so much more.   No detail has been overlooked and no expense has been spared. Luxury living is now possible in areas bursting with life.   Contour on Campbell Avenue Located in Phoenix’s character-rich Campbell Avenue, Contour offers more than... More