Escapes

With triple-digit temps just days away, you just know it…you’ve got to plan at least one getaway during the toasty Valley summer. In addition to escaping the heat, it’s also important for your own sanity to take a little time for yourself. Somehow you sailed through the holidays and, without skipping a beat, continue to juggle a demanding work schedule while making time for family and friends. Before you take that well-deserved break from the daily routine, here are some things to check off your list to make it easier to head off to that exciting locale.

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HOLIDAY

We did our research and found plenty of activities to share with the little ones this Easter. There are egg hunts, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, petting zoos, face painting, pony rides, potato sack races, a carousel and even a parade. So, hop to it and plan a family-friendly outing this Easter.

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ESCAPES

Now is the time to take advantage of our beautiful desert weather. Here are some suggestions to get outside and take in the splendor of springtime in the Valley of the Sun.

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Save The Date

Bess, a female Bornean orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo is turning the big 4/0 this month. Born at Phoenix Zoo on March 24, 1979, Bess is shy, sensitive and very adept at solving problems and puzzles. She is the mother of 4-year-old son, Jiwa, her second offspring.

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Community

Fendi is expanding its Roman empire to Scottsdale. The luxury fashion house plans to build a collection of 41 bespoke Fendi Private Residences within The Palmeraie, a $2 billion luxury development located at Scottsdale and Indian Bend Roads.

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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 some of the many organizations that will be grateful for your help.

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Save The Date

Fashion enthusiasts once again will gather for the annual ARIZONA COSTUME INSTITUTE ( ACI ) HOLIDAY LUNCHEON to be held at Phoenix Art Museum on December 3. This fundraising event has become the most coveted ticket in town, filling Cummings Hall to full capacity weeks before the luncheon date. To secure attendance, reservations must be made by November 19.

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Community

“Bugs. BIG BUGS!,” a new exhibition at Phoenix Zoo, showcases 21 larger-than-life insects. Scattered throughout the Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail, guests will encounter a 15-foot-high emperor scorpion, a 20-foot-wide Mexican red-kneed tarantula, a spitting bombardier beetle, a seven-spotted ladybird and a Madagascan sunset moth among other creatures.

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Save The Date

As part of the organization’s 70th Anniversary Season, the Phoenix Symphony’s beloved New Year’s Eve Gala returned last year in spectacular fashion, dazzling guests with festivities and music. Due to overwhelming demand, the Gala will take place again on December 31, 2018. 

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Community

It’s mid-October and the desert temps finally have begun to cool down. The night air is crisp, pumpkins are everywhere and in everything and seasonal activities, festivals and events are happening all around the Valley. To usher in Fall, here are some ways to get into an autumn mindset.

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