Around Town

On April 26, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center ( SARRC) hosted its 20th annual Community Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Co-chaired by Stephanie Papadopoulos and Kathy Bosco, over 1,600 supporters filled the ballroom.

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Fab 5

Now that the temperatures are well into the triple digits, the only thing that might be enjoyable is living in an igloo. While this might be difficult to swing, here are five great ideas for how to stay cool.

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Gift Ideas For Dad

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and every year we find ourselves trying to top the previous year’s gift. Shopping can be tricky, which is why we did our research to curate fresh gift ideas that promise to please even the most discerning dad. From a ride on a fighter jet that defies the cliché of thrill-seeker to delicious prime dry-aged steaks delivered to his door to a gold-plated hi-fi wireless speaker for his office, this edit provides some unique options.  

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Celebrate At Valley Resorts

From delicious brunches to signature cocktails to gourmet dinners, Valley resorts are rolling out the red carpet this Father’s Day. With a host of specials that include stay-overs, golf packages and spa services you need not go far to honor your Dad. Reservations are suggested. Please visit resort websites to view complete menus, hours of operation and pricing. 

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Escapes

There is a natural splendor to Malibu’s coastline that has captivated photographers since the rise of the surfing culture in the ‘60s. It exists in the curve of each wave, in the city’s quintessential SoCal architecture and in the laidback lifestyle that comes with a stay on California’s iconic Golden Coast.

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The Arts

Swimsuit? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Three books, because you couldn’t choose just one? Check. From complicated meditations on motherhood to dark thrillers that still slot perfectly into a beach bag, here are 14 books to put on your summer reading list.

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Health

Gone are the days of slathering on oil and baking in the sun for hours. From a health standpoint, we all know that overexposure to UV-rays can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin causing premature wrinkling, uneven skin tone and even cancer.

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Beauty

It’s good to shake up your beauty routine every once in a while. If you’re relying on the same go-to products and tools on the daily, you could be passing up some game-changers. Read on for my picks of the ten beauty essentials you didn’t know you needed — until now.

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Escapes

There is no denying it; we are in for a long, hot summer. No doubt you have planned a vacation, but why not treat yourself to a few extra days at one of the Valley’s five-star resorts. Picture this: you could be sipping a margarita poolside before you can finish saying “airport security.” Luxurious properties are ready and waiting, offering superior service, acclaimed restaurants, renowned spas and great summer deals.

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Around Town

On Saturday, April 28 more than 600 philanthropists, community leaders, Garden donors and members gathered for the 32nd Annual Dinner on the Desert, Desert Botanical Garden’s major annual fundraiser. The $450,000 raised will be used to support Sonoran Desert field trips for students, care for the Garden’s world-class plant collection and the important conservation efforts of our field botanists.

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Taste

The Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week ( ARW) is just days away. Channel your inner foodie and book reservations at some of the Valley’s premiere restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a dinner out, schedule a long overdue get together, revisit a favorite spot or finally try that restaurant on your wish list.

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Fashion

The Met Gala is an annual philanthropic event for the benefit of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum (a.k.a.“The Met”) Costume Institute. Marking the grand opening of the annual blockbuster fashion exhibition, The Gala celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute show, setting the tone for décor and inspiring the attendees’ choice of formal attire.

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Escapes

As much as you’re looking forward to a well-deserved vacation, traveling can be stressful. You have to book a flight, select a hotel, update your passport, make land arrangements, pack appropriately, find a local restaurant that’s off the radar, exchange currency, brush up on foreign language expressions…the list is endless. Thanks to technology, there are now apps to assist you with just about anything you may encounter. Here are some of our favorites.

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Taste

Here are two-dozen Valley restaurants offering Mother’s Day dining that will easily make mom feel relaxed, pampered and catered to on her special day. Check the websites for full menus, pricing and hours of operation. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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The Arts

Opening on May 4 in the Norton Family Photography Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum will present To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider, a rich and nuanced portrait of a group of Americans whose lives began at the turn of the millennium and who are now coming of age in a tumultuous social and political climate.

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Around Town

On March 17, supporters of Arizona Opera gathered at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia to attend Luncheon on the Rhine. Described as a “Golden Afternoon,” the Saturday event proved to be just that with donations topping almost 85-percent over previous years.

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Contemporary Art

Beginning on February 24, Phoenix Art Museum will host the exhibition, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, celebrating the career of the Dutch fashion designer. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van Herpen is widely considered one of contemporary fashion’s most progressive creators, and is a favored designer of style icons, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk, Cara Delevingne among others.

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Fashion

There’s jewelry—and then there are statement pieces that make a long-lasting, emotional impact. If you’re looking for the latter, Barneys New York has you covered.

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Around Town

On December 2, Ryan House hosted their annual White Christmas Gala. Held in the Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, over 230 guests enjoyed hearing the theme-tune “White Christmas,” which was written by Irving Berlin poolside at the Arizona Biltmore.

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Beauty/ Health

If you thought you were spoiling yourself with your monthly massage sessions, think again. Hotels around the world are taking pampering to an extreme new level of luxury with ridiculously indulgent spa treatments so over the top, they’re practically – and in some cases literally –  gilded. We rounded up the most lavish, luxury-drenched spa treatments from five-star hotels around the globe because it’s never too early to start vacation planning. Some are nearby in California, others in frequently visited spots abroad, while those in exotic locales are best suited for your wish-list.

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