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This week we meet Debbie Hickey. Debbie is local Arizonaian, a rare breed as Alicia says. Debbie talks about the changes she's seen in Scottsdale. Her reason's for moving here and why she absolutely loves Scottsdale. Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep Brought to you by Notre Dame Prep. Notre Dame Prep is your catholic HS for Scottsdale. Their campus is breathtaking. Their staff & faculty are amazing and the students love it there too. Check them out at NDP saints dot org.  TOAST! A Fundraiser for Homeward Bound The event supports Homeward Bound, a nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless families in the Phoenix area. Online auction, raffle and flight tasteings. It’s Oct 17 at 1030am at the Clayton House in Old Towne.  The codes for the 10% discount will be: VIPVIBE for VIP Tickets - Total $225 from $250 GAVIBE for GA Tickets - total $90 from $100   Rail Fair at McCormick Railroad Park This weekend, Oct 2 & 3 from 10am-5pm. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park kicks off the fall season by celebrating all things railroading! There will be multiple outdoor model train layouts on display from a variety of railroading clubs from across the Valley. Take a tour of the park’s train shed with our steam engineers and see a wide selection of the park’s seldom seen vintage railroad equipment on display.  Desert Brews for Oktoberfest @ Andaz Hotel Join us every Friday in October from 4-6 p.m. in the Olive Grove located next to Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen for a taste of Oktoberfest. This dog-friendly pop-up beer garden will feature beirgarten bites, live music from a German band, and German beer from local breweries including Four Peaks Brewing Company and SanTan Brewing Company. 
Resorts are a big part of the Scottsdale lifestyle. It's what attracts patrons from all over the country. One of the most popular ones being the Fairmont Princess, in North Scottsdale. Alicia speaks with Fairmont GM Jack Miller on how he re-crowned the Princess and grew it to what she is today. We also dive into his tenure in the hotel business and why he calls Scottsdale home. Jeremy Mueller is at the table bringing out all the laughs when it comes to his good friend, Jack Miller. Calendar of Events Fairmont Princess Reach for the stars with days filled with action-packed space-themed activities, and watch in awe as an entire new universe opens up at night brimming with alien encounters and rocket-fueled fun!   Old Town Thursday Art Walk My family and I had a great time doing this a couple weeks ago. The Vibe is great. The views are even better. We are surrounded by so much talent that it’s magical to go walk around it all.   LAST weekend for Old Town Farmers Market It’s the last weekend to go support our local Farmers. Located on 2d street between Brown and Scottsdale Road. Go check it out! Bring your appetite because there are too many delicious choices to only choose one.    Resources Dr. Rob DiVito: Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry Jeremy Mueller: State Farm Insurance Darren Tackett: Re/Max Fine Properties Shawn Shackelton : Shackleton Group
The wild west is back in town as the Arizona Black Rodeo heads to Westworld, this weekend. From cattle roping to bull riding, it's sure to be a fun family event for all of us. Rodeo producer Cloves Campbell tells Alicia why this event is so important as well some stories on Mike Tyson's experience with the Arizona Black Rodeo. Trust us, you don't want to miss this hilarious story.  Arizona Black Rodeo check out some real life cowboys and cowgirls. Kids events are Friday, May 14 from 1030-1230pm.  Sunset yoga at Scottsdale Fashion Square Every Wednesday through the month of May get your yoga they turn the top deck of the Purple Parking Garage (next to Dillards and Toca Madera) into a beautiful outdoor yoga studio with a synthetic grass surface.  You also get special deals and discounts on purchases for attending. RSVP on their website. Old Town Farmers Market Only a few weeks left to check it out. Each Saturday from 8am-1pm you can find dozens of local vendors. Everything from fresh produce to arts and crafts. It’s a great place to eat, bring the family and support our neighbors! Parking is located on 2nd st between Brown and Scottsdale road Dr. Rob DiVito: Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry Jeremy Mueller: State Farm Insurance Darren Tackett: Re/Max Fine Properties       4.Shawn Shackelton: Shackleton Group
Ran & Danit Knishinsky have been telling stories to each other since Danit could talk. After Ran published 4 books in 5 languages, his daughter Danit decided to her turn. Publishing her first book at the age of 13, the future is shining bright for her. We also learn about the benefits of eating clay, yes. Dirt and clay is healthy? Ran tells us more.    Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep    Flora in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve – Cacti, Trees, and Large Shrubs 2 p.m., Saturday, August 20 at the Mustang Library We are so lucky to have this palace in our backyards. Each time I go I see, find or learn something new. Here’s an easy event to attend for you to learn too! Nicole Myden PR eventAttention all you small business owners out there. Ever wonder how to grow your small business and get the media attention you deserve. This is the event for you! Aug 18 from 730-930am you can hear 23 year PR veteran Nicole Myden give insight into marketing and more. From 830-930am, you get an up close Q&A with ME and two other amazing ladies to learn how we grew our business, get people’s attention and more.    What She Said event at the WIf you can’t make the event on Aug 18, come see me at the What She Said event on Aug 25 from 2-9pm, where we’re celebrating Women Equality Day. I’ll be there hosting LIVE podcasts with some amazing women. There’s a fashion show, shopping, networking opportunities and more. Hosted by the Modern Day Wife. It’s a great time to live in Scottsdale and garner support from your community.  Detox Dirt Danit's Books
SUSD students are back to school this week. Perfect opportunity for SUSD superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel to come back for another epsiode. Dr. Menzel opens up about teacher pay & turnover rate, his new contract,  how he plans to make SUSD one of the best school districts in the nation and so much more. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's a great education for our kids. A don't miss episode! Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep    SUSD InformationTo find out more on SUSD and individual schools, click the link above. And as always, feel free to reach out to them with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.    Scottsdale Center for the Performing ArtsShows happening all month long. Concerts, plays and more. Check the link to see showtimes and ticket price.    AZ Boardwalk is having a weekend full of fun for the kids. Foam frenzy, reptile encounters and more.  Super Bowl 2023 Needs YOU. Volunteers will help the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee by serving as ambassadors at key areas including airports, hotels, and official Host Committee and NFL events. You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission and go through a formal application process, including a background check. TEAM AZ volunteers must commit to working three shifts ranging from four to eight hours each.
Our last two candidates running for Scottsdale city council are on this week, Barry Graham and Raul Zubia. What two better Scottsdale citizens to get their opinion on what matters than Dr. Rob DiVito of Arizona Center for Laser Dentisty and Jeremy Mueller of State Farm Insurance. GO VOTE! This is is the last week for early voting! And don't forget to get to the polls next Tuesday, August 2. Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep As the summer comes to a close, be sure to check out some local Staycations, be sure to ask for any local steals and deals when booking. River tubing at Salt River or maybe a last minute trip to visit somewhere new in AZ. OUr past guest, Roger Naylor has some great places to visit around the state.   
This week we have 2 more City Council Candidates, Solange Whitehead and Dan Ishac. PLEASE, GO VOTE! Early voting is happening all month. Or, cast your vote in person on Tuesday, Aug 2. Scottsdale Election Information  To find out more about Dan and his goals for Scottsdale visit Solange For Scottsdale To find out more about Dan and his goals for Scottsdale visit  Dan For Scottsdale   Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep  Dinner & a Movie at Marcellino Date night, Girls Night Out, or just for fun. Join us for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from June thru August, and watch a classic, award-winning movie. Reservations only. How to Selfie @ Scottsdale Selfie Museum There is a beginner and intermediate class happening this Saturday & Sunday. Class is from 10am-1130 and starts at $99. Comes with a class, continued education and more. Click the link to book and find out more information.  Of course, don’t forget about all the great hotels & resorts this summer. Each one tends to have deals for locals and lots of fun events. 
Starting the remainder of the month, we will feture the candidates running for Scottsdale City Council. Each week 2 candidates are asked the same 4 questions based on feedback from the community. This week, we feature Tim Stratton and Pamela Carter. PLEASE, GO VOTE! Early voting is happening all month. Or, cast your vote in person on Tuesday, Aug 2.  Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep Scottsdale Election Information For mor information on Tim Stratton, please visit Stratton For Scottsdale For more information on Pamela Carter, please visit Summer Friday's at Scottsdale QuarterFree family fun from 10-11am on Friday’s. Each week is a new theme. Go have some fun and stay cool while doing it.  Release Afterdark @ Talking StickEach friday starting at 5pm, come enjoy the pool and live music with some big EDM names making an appearance. Tickets start at $45. Art on the Wild SideVisit the Phoenix Zoo for some special art pieces. The zoo keepers themselves have taken some behind the scenes pictures to show you the animals like you’ve never seen them before. Go to their website to learn more. 
We see the signs as we drive on the 101, Salt River-Prima Maricopa Indian Community. But I bet you don't know how the community and Scottsdale work together. Or how much the Indian's communities history is portrayed in the buildings we see on their land.  My guests this week are Maleena Deer, who is in charge of Marketing and Tourism and Aaron Studebacker, Project Manager, are here to teach us more about the Indian Community. Discover More at Salt RiverTo learn more about the Salt River Pima Maricopa Tribe, visit their website to learn more.    Foam Frenzy at AZ BoardwalkHappening July 9-10 from 11am-3pm. FREE event for family. Bring your suites and towel and have some fun! There will also be Fantastic Fire Truck Broadway Lion King @ ASU GammageIf you haven’t seen this Broadway musical, you are missing out! Spectacularly done. In doors to stay cool! Happening all month of July. Click the link to find a date that works for you.  Observe with NASAWestern Spirit (a Smithsonian Affiliate) is proud to be one of the first 10 to host an interactive “Observing With NASA” (OWN) kiosk through the end of August. Visitors to this touch screen kiosk will choose from a range of activities and be introduced to the tools, data, and skills that NASA scientists use to create the images of deep space objects that we know and love. 
When it comes to adverstity, look no further than Scottsdale resident, Diana Gibson. Diana lost a limb in an ATV accident over 5 years ago. But it was only 2 weeks after her accident that she was back in the gym, starting her new normal. Hear how her mother's words helped her through the dark times. We can all learn a thing or two about how to get through the tough times and see light at the other end.    Learn more about Diana Gibson  June Days LAST week for June Days. An easy, FUN way to support our local, small business in Old Town.  4th of July at The PrincessFireworks, movie nights by the pool, pools galore. Enjoy one of the best staycations in Scottsdale. July 4th at WestWorld Event is from 5-9pm. SO many family friendly events happening. Games, live entertainment and more! Fireworks start around 9pm. There are all kinds of ticket prices so be sure to click the link in the episode description for more information. 
Former SPD officer Johnnie Ghiglia joins Alicia at the table to talk about his non-profit LGBTQ+ charity. After his son came out as Gay at the age of 17, Johnnie knew his next calling in life wasn't serving and protecting Scottsdale, but more specific the LGBTQ+ community. Hear the story of why Johnnie started this organization not just for those coming out, but for the families of those kids too. A true story of acceptance, honesty and love. Out is the New InTo find out more about Johnnie’s organization and how you can help support him.   Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep   June Days Don’t forget about June Days this month. Lots of events still happening so go sign up quick before they’re all sold out. An easy, FUN way to support our local, small business in Old Town.    Immersion of Van Gogh Last week for the Immersion of Van Gogh. Great fun for all ages! My family and I enjoyed it. And you really do see all ages there. Something to never forget.  Free Family Fun @ Scottsdale Quarter Quad FREE fun for kids at Scottsdale Quarter Quad. Every Friday there this summer there is a DJ, fun water toys, inflatables and swag from your favorite retailers. The first 100 kids will also get free toys to take home!
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We all know it's time to take care of the earth. Reusing materials, less driving, recycling are just a few ways to live a more a sustainable life. Our neighbor & artist Laura Madded practices this in her everyday life. From consignment shopping to her beautiful art, she teaches us to find beauty in what you may see as trash.  FInd out more about Laura Madden and her artwork by clicking on her name.  Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep Fish n Sips @ Odyssey Aquarium Thursday June 16 from 5-9pm. 21+ to attend. Get an up close look at some of the sea creatures while enjoying adult beverages and food for purchase.  Juneteenth EventHappening at Scottsdale Stadium from 2-7pm  June Days with City of ScottsdalePlenty of events happening all month long. Sign up for and find out more.
Just because it's summer time in Scottsdale doesn't mean there's a short list of things to do. Jackie Contaldo and Jackie Johnson and their teams have worked to put together a month of fun filled events. Over 80 events happening during the month of June, including a big Juneteenth event.  We also have Shawn Shackelton with us talking about the real estate market. Did she bring her crystal ball this week? Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep June DaysPlenty of fun events throughout the month of June. Chihuly in the DesertExhibit is ending June 19 so get in these last couple of weeks. Art Walk Happening this week, June 9th from 630-830. It’s also a part of June Days.   
May is mental health awareness month. And after the past few years, we could all use a check in with ourselves. Dr. Mitzi Krockover is here to talk about some of the mental health issues we've gone through since COVID. But, she's also well aware we are just now finding out what long term mental health issues we will see long term. To learn more about the available grants and scholarships available for mental health research.  Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255 Dr. Krockover’s  podcast, titled “Beyond the Paper Gown” “48 Women: Arizona’s Most Intriguing Women.”   Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep June Days PLENTY of events planned throughout the month of June. Check out the calendar to find what you’re looking for. And tune in next week when we have 2 guests on talking about June Days.    The Canal Club Classic Movie NightGo enjoy a delicious dinner at The Scot resort and Spa and stay for a classic movie, starting at dusk.    MIM Concert Series Heat too much and want to enjoy some good music indoors? Then check out the MIM museum for their concert series. It’s one of my favorite museums in town and your visit can be extended just by staying for a concert. 
We see them overhead and some may hear them more than they may want, those private, corporate planes. Scottsdale Airport is a place full of history, huge economic impact and great date nights. Sarah Ferrara, Aviation Planning & Outreach Coordinator at Scottsdale Airport joins Alicia at the table to talk all things planes.  We also have our favorite duo in the studio,  Jeremy Mueller of State Farm Insurance and Dr. Rob DiVito of AZ Center for Laser Dentistry.  One of them talks about his wonderful experience at Scottsdale Aiport. Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep It’s Memorial Day this weekend! Have fun, be safe and check out some great staycations. Starting with Summer at the Princess Wrapping up the Concert Series @ Kierland Commons as well as McCormick-Stillman Railroad Bring your lawn chairs, family-friendly fun, and great tunes. Another family friendly event happening all weekend is at Arizona Boardwalk From foam party to sip and see at the Butterfly Garden and Aquarium, there is plenty to see and do.  Also the last week to check out Arizona Restaurant Week. 
Director Tim Roemer of AZ Department of Homeland security, is here to tell you how to stay safe, what's the biggest security threat to AZ and his days working in the CIA. we also talks about how the city and other government departments are working together, as Scottsdale and the Valley prepare for next year's big event.s  Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep Roars & Pours at the Phoenix ZooFriday May 19 from 530-830pm $10 per person. Must 21+ to attend. Get a sneak peak of the animals at night. Enjoy a quiet, less crowded stroll around the zoo.  May Concert Series at Kierland CommonsBring your lawn chairs, grab some dinner or a treat from one of our restaurants and enjoy the free family-friendly fun, perfect weather and great tunes. Every Friday this month from 5-8pm. Click the link to see who’s playing each Friday.
He is an AZ Tourism Hall of Fame inductee, the narrator on the Verde Canyon Railroad, author to at least 6 books, and I’m sure there’s more on the way,  basically he’s a go-to guy for all things fun in Arizona. Here to tell us about some of his favorite Scottsdale hikes, restaurants and maybe a joke or two is Roger Naylor   Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep Roger NaylorTo find out about more of the places Roger spoke about or some hidden gems to visit around the state, click his website above.   Scottsdale Fashion WeekCome and see some of the top fashions for this season. Happening May 11-15. Click the link in the description to see the schedule and designers that will be featured.
THANK YOU, Scottsdale for all the love and support this past year. We have grown more than I ever could have imagined. This podcast is here to showcase all the wonderful people, places and events for our great city. I'm excited to catch up with our sponsors, look at back at some favorite episodes and talk about all the great things comming up next. Cheers to you! 
Even if you're not a hiker or enjoy the outdoor trails, we all know about and appreciate the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. CEO Justin Owen joins Alicia at the table to talk about how the Conservancy got it's start, how it's not possible without this community and what the future looks like.  Calendar of Events Brought you by Notre Dame Prep McDowell Sonoran ConservancyAll the information one can need to get out and enjoy life! 2nd Annual Horses & Friends Meet & GreetSaturday, April 30 from 9-12pm @ WestWorldCome and meet the SPD Mounted Unit and meet some of the Police Horses and their officers. Great fun for all.  Scottsdale Jazz FestivalHappening this Saturday, April 30 from 3-10pm. Head down to the Scottsdale Civic Center NE lawn. Tickets starting at $25 they are selling out fast. So go quickly.  Kierland After Dark, Jazz FestivalFriday, April 29, to celebrate the launch of an exciting new event series at the majestic Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Professional jazz musician Doc Jones will bring the energy with a stirring musical performance that’s sure to get the dance floor rocking. This show is the ideal kick-off event for the Scottsdale Jazz Festival.



This week we have Philip Manghisi, the owner of one-of-kind high end fashion at Wunderkind. Philip talks about how his love of fashion really started with his mom in NY. Now his passion is his job.  Wunderkind 7293 North Scottsdale RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85253 480-386-6591 Junk in the TrunkApril 22-24 @ WestWorld. Tickets start at $8. Shop over 120,000 sq. ft. filled with 160+ vintage curators and handmade artisans from across the country. Enjoy live music, local food trucks and a unique shopping experience. Kierland After Dark, Jazz FestivalFriday, April 29, to celebrate the launch of an exciting new event series at the majestic Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Professional jazz musician Doc Jones will bring the energy with a stirring musical performance that’s sure to get the dance floor rocking. This show is the ideal kick-off event for the Scottsdale Jazz Festival.
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