Mother's Grace Brunch

2015-05-07 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a champagne brunch featuring shopping and inspirational speakers and benefitting Mother’s Grace Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support of mothers and children who have endured life tragedies. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Home of Sandy Metzler, 6811 N. Desert Fairways Dr., 480-320-9466, More

Wings & Wheels

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Pediatric cancer patients benefit from this fundraising event. Admire private, luxurious jets and vehicles while dining on culinary treats from award-winning Good Morning America guest, Chef Eric Osborn. Two to three children’s items serve as admission and will be used to fill backpacks to occupy kids during their travel and treatment. Reservations required. 5-8 p.m. Pulver Aviation at Scottsdale Airpark, 7332 E. Butherus Dr., More

Found in Translation

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

It takes several shelves to display the collection of 35 elephant figurines in her home. For some, the majestic animals represent good luck; to others, they are decoration. But to Misha Mendicino, they represent what’s important: family, creativity and community.   They’re also the signature and purpose of her resort wear clothing brand, Misha Mendicino Designs.   “Fashion is the best way to merge all of my dreams together,” says Misha.   Her mother, who recently celebrated her 87th birthday, is enamored with elephants and has collected figurines throughout her life. Last fall, she gave her collection to Misha, igniting the next generation of elephant lovers in Shilo, Misha’s six-year-old daughter. So far, the first grader has contributed another 11 items to the elephant collection, although hers are of the non-breakable kind – think stuffed animals and other kid-friendly trinkets.   “She’s obsessed with elephants. She wants every single dress in her size,” says... More

Stronger Together: The Sonoran Distance Project

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

At 51 years old, Susan Loken is preparing for her fourth Olympic Marathon Trial. With her agile body and determined spirit, it would be hard to believe that she didn’t start running until the age of 35, after the birth of her third child.   “I was the girl that skipped gym class, hated to get her hair sweaty and was always picked last for any team sport,” she says. “I had no idea there was an athlete hiding inside my body for over 35 years! I began walking, and then running, to give myself some alone time, get outside in the beautiful sunshine, lose weight and feel personally accomplished. The gift that running gave me was the lesson to believe in myself.”   Now she is the athlete everyone looks up to, sweaty hair and all, as she trains with 15 other female runners as part of the Sonoran Distance Project (SDP), an elite all-female running team where members are hoping to qualify and compete in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, and ultimately, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio... More

The Joy of Giving

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Photo Credit: Bryan Black
On the banks of Cave Creek, where soldiers once made regular stops to quench their thirst and rest their horses on the dusty trail to Fort Whipple in Prescott, Paula Scully examines the seedlings in the large garden behind her home.   Not one for flash or pretense, her cropped blond hair brushes her shoulders as she browses through rows of raised planters sprinkled with squash, strawberries, carrots, lemongrass, cucumbers, zucchini, herbs, flowers and other treats. Grape vines, still dormant for the season, form promising tangles on the wire mesh above; they will provide much-needed shade as the days get longer. Chickens, ducks and goats greet her from their pens, eager to let her know they are hungry.   The natural beauty of the garden and the surrounding five-acre property are a breathtaking find in the North Valley desert, but as Paula has learned, beauty alone means little without someone to share it with. And, like the garden which may, at first glance, appear to have no rhyme... More

Foothills Food Bank: So much more than Food

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

When we hear the words “food bank,” we most likely think of just that – a bank of shelves filled with foodstuffs and a band of volunteers who bag and distribute the food to the hungry. And we would be right. But in the case of the Foothills Food Bank we would also be so very wrong, for in its short life, the food bank has expanded its shelves with sustenance for not only the bodies, but also the minds and spirits of its clients, preparing them to survive and thrive on their own.   In the words of Executive Director Pam DiPietro, “It takes a village. Providing food is one thing, but we need to create a one-stop shop for those in need so that they no longer need us.”   With that in mind, the food bank now provides its clients with help in many ways to navigate their way to independence and success and to do so, partners with other agencies, non-profits, churches and government groups to coordinate a full range of assistance.   Who, Me? In the food bank service area of... More

Taylor Jarvill: On A Mission To Kenya

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

From Boulder Creek High School to Pepperdine University, Taylor Jarvill has always brought a strong will to succeed and to serve. That strength of purpose is soon taking her to Nairobi, Kenya. On May 29 she will join nine other volunteer interns on an eight-week mission in the Mathare Valley as part of Christian Missionary Fellowship International. Working alongside missionaries, volunteers, medical personnel and Kenyan nationals, Taylor will be able to use her focus on preventative healthcare to help transform the lives of those living in extreme poverty.   For Taylor, this is not her first mission. In her relatively young life, she has already spent time in Argentina and Fiji on missions to prevent and heal. During her month in Fiji in 2013, she saw first-hand the need for help. “People ride a bus all day to get to a doctor. I saw a lot of surgeries. And one lesson—the importance of something as simple as a healthy mouth to prevent other problems.”   That’s one reason she... More

Behind The Camera

2015-04-21 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with books. Walking through a library is like discovering a treasure trove of gems, each one bound tightly in book cloths or board, waiting to be opened so that it can reveal its carefully sculpted brilliance.   Some books reveal the intricacies of the author’s imagination: tales of intrigue and mystery drawing the reader into a fantastical dance. Others reveal knowledge and facts that change how we see the world and our role within it. Yet others share stories that give us insight, not only into the characters whose lives are portrayed, but into who we are and where we have been.   The story of one remarkable Arizona man may have been all but lost had his friends and family not encouraged him to pen his thoughts and document his life a dozen or so years ago.   Pedro “Pete” Guerrero was behind the lens of a life that unfolded for so many through photographs of early- and mid-century architectural and creative works of... More

Dinner With Wolves

2015-04-19 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Experience the mystique of the Mexican gray wolf, one of the planet’s most endangered mammals, while supporting the Defenders of Wildlife and Arizona’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center at this intimate dinner that includes a guided tour of the Conservation Center. 4-7 p.m. $250. Transportation provided from the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr. Event takes place at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, 27026 N. 156th St., 480-471-9109, More

Gigi’s Playhouse “I Have a Voice” Gala

2015-04-17 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

One Drop Reggae performs at this annual party to raise funds and awareness for outreach programs benefitting individuals with Down syndrome. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $60. Windgate Ranch, 10095 E. Windgate Ranch Rd., More

Archaeology Expo

2015-03-07 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Learn about the archaeology of the Cave Creek/Spur Cross area through family-friendly hikes, booths, guest speakers and live demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Parking, $3. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd., More

Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run

2015-03-06 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

More than 35 hot air balloons will light up the night sky at this inaugural festival featuring live music, food, kids activities, wine and craft beers and a family-friendly 5K fun run benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona. Check website for event times. $10-$20 per person; kids 12 and under, free. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., More

“8 Weeks to Wellness” Orientation Workshop

2015-03-03 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Learn how the “8 Weeks to Wellness” program can change your health and reverse metabolic syndrome at this informational workshop. 6:30 p.m. Free. Back to Health Chiropractic, 42104 N. Venture Dr., Ste. A-102, 623-551-6677, More