Health

People Google everything — you know you’ve done it.  Even for things you probably know you shouldn’t, like how do I wrap a sprained ankle, what should I do to treat a fever or is that skin blemish cancerous. But, do you really know how dependable that information is? It is the Internet after all.  Sites like the Mayo Clinic or the CDC are probably pretty reliable, but then you still have to be sure that you found recommendations for exactly what is ailing you. “We are all so used to googling our symptoms these days, but it really only leads us down a rabbit hole,” explains Hope Yates, director of strategic partnerships at Maven, a healthcare and wellness app that provides on-demand video appointments. Thus, the field of telemedicine has emerged to help combat this worry. 

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Around Town

In spectacular fashion, The Phoenix Symphony (TPS) held its 70th Anniversary Gala. To honor this milestone, the event took place on New Year’s Eve. Held at the Arizona Biltmore, more than 200 guests enjoyed a dazzling evening of festivities and music as they rang in 2018. The opportunity to dance to the music performed by TPS, under the direction of Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz, was a special treat.

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Health

It all started with Halloween candy. Then there was the Thanksgiving dinner: candied yams, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream. December was filled with parties and get-togethers: signature cocktails, rich dips, decadent desserts. Face it… you’ve stuffed yourself silly for two months but, by following our experts’ advice, you’ll be back in your skinny jeans in no time. 

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Community

Bruce Halle, philanthropist and Chairman of Discount Tire, passed away on January 4, 2018.

In 1960, with an inventory of only six tires, Halle founded Discount Tire in Michigan and built it into the largest independent tire dealer in North America. He is survived by Diane, his wife; four children; a brother; two sisters; and seven grandchildren. 

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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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The Arts

With the holidays behind us, we welcome January. Getting back to a normal routine allows us some breathing room. Why not plan some R & R time and settle in with one of these page-turners.

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Entertainment

As 2017 comes to a close, there are many options for revelers on the final night of the year. Whether you want to plan an evening under the stars, toss snowballs with the kids or tap your toes to Broadway melodies, there is something for everyone. Here are 15 of our favorites.

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Save The Date

On Friday, January 19, Ballet Arizona will honor longtime supporters Rose and Harry Papp with its popular and entertaining fundraising event Dance with Me at Phoenix Art Museum. All proceeds from the event support Ballet Arizona’s beautiful and athletic performances, as well as its education and community outreach programs. 

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Shop Talk

Buying from a locally owned business is a good idea. Not only is parking easier and the crowds more manageable, but independent stores often carry unique items that you’re not likely to find at a national chain. Plus, when you shop local, you’re investing in our community and acknowledging the retailers who are working to make the Valley a one-of-a-kind place to live. Here are five local shops described in detail, plus a sidebar of others, where you’re bound to find the perfect presents you’ve been hoping for. Store hours vary, so best to check before venturing out.

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Taste

After preparing and hosting the Thanksgiving feast, stringing lights, shopping and wrapping presents, trimming the tree, addressing the holiday cards, baking gingerbread cookies and taking the kids to meet Santa, dining out this Christmas seems like a great option. Here are ten Valley restaurants waiting to take your reservation. 

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Save The Date

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 and the 2018 luncheon is no exception: Amy Lau will be the keynote speaker.

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Design

When it comes to Christmas, no city does it better than New York. During the holiday season, the town sparkles and everything seems magical. Window shopping is irresistible with displays that are a testament to the creative vision and painstaking effort put forth by retailers. Here are some of the engaging examples now on view. 

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The Arts

Forget the traffic jams, the long lines at the malls, the endless wrapping, decorating and cooking. Instead, get back to basics this holiday season with music, dance, singing and laughter. Guaranteed to get you in the spirit, here are some things to see and do around town.

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Giving Back

Want to make a difference this holiday season? With over 150 Valley nonprofits championing worthwhile causes, one of the best ways to support our community is to give of yourself. Taking the time from your busy schedule to volunteer will be greatly appreciated. At random, we’ve selected 10 of the many organizations that will be grateful for your help. 

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Fashion

Saks Fifth Avenue’s most talented tastemakers have let AZL in on the must-have fashion trends for men this fall. These style experts recommend well-considered investment pieces to build on the basics that most gents already have in their closet. 

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The Arts

A groundbreaking and unprecedented retrospective of seminal Italian-born American artist and architect Paolo Soleri is now on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

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Around Town

The Heard Museum hosted its annual fundraiser, Moondance, on October 28. The evening celebrated the Museum’s gallery expansion completed in the past year as well as honoring Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday.

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Escapes

It’s a four-day weekend.  Who says you have to spend it prepping, cooking, baking and cleaning?  This year for Thanksgiving, start a new tradition and head out of town.  Here are five great destinations that will let you enjoy the holiday and give thanks for a well-deserved break.

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