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Another Stop on the Wine Trail 

The former FnB spot next to Cowboy Ciao has now become the latest winery to take root in Old Town Scottsdale. Owner and head winemaker Maynard Keenan of Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards in Northern Arizona opened Merkin Vineyards 

Old Town in early March. Keenan, of musical fame with bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, also has a vineyard in Cottonwood that opened in November 2016, but he’s been on the winery scene since his 2004 launch of Caduceus Cellars.   

Rock and Roll 

The Vig Arcadia and Eric Brown of Launch Real Estate will be holding a mini-concert on May 18 from 2 – 5 p.m. Nate Nathan & The MacDaddy-O’s Band will rock the stage to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training bike ride in Lake Tahoe later this year, which Brown will be participating in as team captain. Along with the music, there will also be a raffle. All are invited to come eat, drink and listen to some tunes while supporting a great cause. 

The Chef is In 

Now, there is a whole new reason to dine at T. Cook’s at Camelback Mountain’s Royal Palms Resort. Alex Robinson, who has worked at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North among various other spots, will take over as executive chef. “I want to push the boundaries at T. Cook’s and create inspired dishes where every element on the plate, even the garnish, is interesting, compelling and exceptional,” said Chef Alex. The chef will inspire Mediterranean cuisine combined with his California sensibility with French techniques.  

In with the New 

The plaza located on the northwest corner of 40th St. and Indian School Road will be welcoming two new tenants in the near future. The former spaces for Masterpiece Donuts and Even Stevens will now become Lola Coffee and RKDA Restaurant. Both are scheduled to be open around the end of the month.

Date Night 

The Scottsdale Promenade will offer a drive-in movie experience every Friday night in May. This shopping center, located on Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright, will transform into an open-air movie theater and show films such as Bohemian RhapsodyA Star is Born and Pretty Woman. There will be food tastings, raffles and music prior to the movie, which will start at 8 p.m. The movies are free, but a suggested donation of canned food items is requested, which will benefit the Harvest Compassion Center.   

Keep on Drumming 

The Dirty Drummer Sports Bar on the corner of 44th St. and Oak re-opened in April. The bar was a staple for 39 years until it closed its doors in December last year. Frank Armstrong, who had the nickname “Drummer,” opened the bar with “Dirty Dave” Werner in 1975 and the business grew to 14 locations around Phoenix by the mid-1980s.

Social Hour 

Social Tap Eatery has added another location with the opening in Old Town Scottsdale in April. This is the first location for Arizona; there are two in California. Social Tap is located on 5th Ave. and Drinkwater Blvd. The restaurant offers classic dishes such as burgers and wings as well as chili, salads and big plates. According to their website: “Our vision is to focus on customer service, great food using only high-quality ingredients, creative cocktails & an emphasis on local craft beer.” For more:  

Make the Cut 

Mane Attraction Salon, located on the northwest corner of Camelback Road and 32nd St. in the Biltmore Plaza shopping center, will be holding an event for National Teacher Appreciation Day. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Appreciation Day to honor teachers and recognize the lasting contributions they make in our lives. With that in mind, teachers who show their school IDs can get a complimentary masque and haircuts for 20 percent off. The discount can be redeemed for the entire month. For more:

Optimyze your Health 

A new health and wellness company has opened its doors on 38th and Indian School Road. Optimyze is “designed to synergize your health with the four elements of nature, so you can optimize yourself and level up your health.” The founders are both practitioners of the Wim Hof method of learning how to use breathing to strengthen your immune system. Services include hydrotherapy, compression therapy, cold plunges and infrared saunas. Memberships start at $89.

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History Lesson 

Remember the good old days when Wallace and Ladmo were the stars of morning television? Relive the times and learn about televisions creation and evolution at the Sunnyslope Historical Society. Guests will learn about early broadcasting in the Valley and Pat McMahon, John Craft and Lisa Honebrink will be there to present and reminisce. Lunch and drinks are available for purchase. Set your alarm for 10 a.m. on May 25 and head to the Sunnyslope Historical Museum. For more: