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We’ve been conditioned to equate Christmas with snow. So if you’re a Valley resident who is longing to experience a “Winter Wonderland,” rest assured it’s just a car ride away. Sure you’re familiar with Snowbowl outside of Flagstaff, Sunrise Park in the White Mountains and Mount Lemmon north of Tucson, which draw huge crowds. But there are other designated “snow play areas,” up north that are ideal for sledding, building snowmen, making angels and enjoying a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Just bundle up, buckle up and head out.

Fab 5

The holiday season is a time to spread happiness and joy, so in case you’ve lost your spirit, here are five reminders of where to find it.

The Arts

Early in the year, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents an exhibition of international designers that position environmental concerns and sustainability at the center of their process and a yearlong collection show that highlights powerful works by women artists in conjunction with the national platform Feminist Art Coalition (FAC). Summer at the Museum debuts a new light and space installation by Phillip K. Smith III and a group exhibition of Iranian photography and video that introduces viewers to the often-hidden experience of life in Iran. During the fall, an installation of ceramic sculptures by Nathan Lynch sets a stage for performances about varying viewpoints in a Post-Truth Era and an exhibition by Brad Kahlhamer presents new works in a variety of mediums that offer a meditation on the nomadic and intersectional contemporary condition that involves a social network of individuals of different ages, residency status, class and race.

Shop Talk

‘Tis the season to be gifting. When it comes to selecting the perfect Christmas present for the lady in your life, you want to get it right. So, this year we’ve amped it up with carefully curated items that take traditional gifts over-the-top.

Giving Back

When wild animals are found injured, orphaned or displaced by encroaching land development, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) knows just what to do. The nonprofit organization is there to help our native wildlife by giving them a safe place to recover and grow; a place where their wildness is nurtured and encouraged.

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Mindset

Several years ago I began experimenting with work-from-home days on a very limited basis. I had heard the concept of the “cloud office” for over a decade and was intrigued by the possibilities it might afford me. Escaping the daily commute hassle two days a week as well as avoiding the endless round of in-office meetings and interruptions was reason enough to give it a try. My goal was to remain productive, submit quality work and meet deadlines in a timely manner while staying connected to my colleagues and clients. I quickly learned that working off-site certainly has its benefits, but it also requires a great deal of self-discipline. After much trial-and-error, here are ten tips on how I made it work for me and, most importantly, for my associates and clients.

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Taste

When you’re looking for the best money can buy, certain foods should top your list. These extremely rare and unique items are in demand for those seeking to taste something that only a few elite foodies would ever consider worth the splurge. Peruse the descriptions to see if any strike your fancy. Then check out the price tag. Warning: you may need to make arrangements with your banker before finalizing your purchase. But, why not? You only live once. Bon appétit!

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The Arts

Arizona Opera is thrilled to announce its production line-up and casting for the 2019/2020 Season, delivering thought-provoking new works, beloved classic operas, and the revival of an immensely popular modern masterwork premiered by Arizona Opera. The reveal of the upcoming Season is accompanied by the exciting announcement of Arizona Opera’s commissioning of its second world premiere.

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The Arts

Over the course of an accomplished, decades-long career, Guatemalan artist Luis Gonzalez Palma has worked to distill the poetic from the photographic, altering and obscuring the formal tenets of the medium of photography while paying tribute to its profound historical and theoretical implications.

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Around Town

The Heart Ball, one of the Valley’s most popular and prestigious social events of the year, was held on November 17, 2018 at the Phoenician Resort. The annual Ball, now in its 59th year, is the major fundraiser, both locally and nationally, for the American Heart Association. The evening celebrates the lives saved and improved by the community’s ongoing commitment to make heart health a priority.

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Entertainment

We’re never shy about our devotion to all things Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and the like for on-demand and streaming content. So, if you’re in need of a fashion boost, these documentaries are accessible and will surely reignite your love of style.

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The Arts

Opening this Saturday at Phoenix Art Museum, the exhibition Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist explores the work of a relatively unknown artist who was a pioneer of 20th-century American abstraction.

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Mindset

The mind-body connection means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are. Conversely, what we do with our physical body, such as what we eat, how much we exercise and even our posture, can positively or negatively impact our mental state.This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.

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SAVE THE DATE

Now in its ninth year, the Independent Woman Luncheon has become one of the premier philanthropic events in the Valley, celebrating the contributions of creative, successful women as they support the arts and educational programming at Phoenix Art Museum. In years past, the event has featured high profile speakers like interior designer Amy Lau, HGTV star Sarah Richardson and tastemaker Carolyne Roehm.

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The Arts

Expect delicious food, toe-tapping tunes, giant lawn games and plenty of family activities at the Scottsdale Arts Festival…but the main attraction is indisputably the art itself.

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Around Town

On January 25, Ballet Arizona hosted its annual Gala, Dance With Me. Held at Phoenix Art Museum, the lavish fundraiser drew over 300 supporters. After mingling over cocktails in the lobby, guests were treated to a display of costumes designed by Fabio Toblini for the upcoming production of The Firebird which opens on February 14 at Symphony Hall. A behind-the-scenes documentary titled Creating The Firebird was viewed, giving attendees an intimate look into the process of creating the world premiere created by Artistic Director Ib Andersen.

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The Arts

Now on view at the Arizona Science Center, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition features 40 real human and animal mummies, as well as 85 rare artifacts from across the globe. This blockbuster exhibit, which traveled from Budapest, Hungary to Phoenix, reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world.

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Fashion

There’s still a nip in the air, but we know that warmer days are just around the corner. We can’t wait to break out in the season’s freshest shoes that will complement our new spring attire. To put our best foot forward, we consulted with the Barneys team to share 8 pairs they’re eyeing and how they’ll be wearing them.

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The Arts

To launch a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts (SMoCA) premieres Now Playing: Video 1999-2019, an exhibition featuring video art sampled from the last 20 years. Works by 11 international artists temporarily transforms the Museum, a former movie theater, into a space dedicated to the moving image. The iconic survey marks the importance of video in contemporary art, and the social and political concerns that artists have addressed over the last two decades.

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Around Town

The Phoenix Symphony’s signature Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon brought food and music together for a good cause on February 8, 2019 at Symphony Hall. During the widely anticipated event, 350 women from across the Valley enjoyed an exclusive sneak peek at the rehearsal of Broadway star Matt Doyle followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Lisa Dahl, one of the country’s leading female chefs and restaurateurs.

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