Curated Gifts AZ gift baskets

Curated Gifts AZ gift baskets

Arcadia’s 34th annual Neighborhood Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m. ACMNA will send the code out separately. This year’s meeting will have presentations from Phoenix PD on new leadership and local crime and safety updates, updates on Cholla Trail and City Council District 6, the annual State of the Neighborhood Address and what ACMNA has been involved in. A state representative (Butler, Marsh or Lieberman) may be present to address short-term rental legislation.

Camelback Pediatrics has moved to their new home at 3333 E. Camelback Road, Suite 175. Patients will be pleased to see that the jungle animals have also migrated to the new location. The clinic is operating with strict COVID considerations. Camelback Pediatrics has been working with Arcadia’s families for over 50 years and would like to thank Arcadia and beyond for the honor of caring for the Valley’s families.

Help Arcadia High’s PTO raise money by donating gently used items to the Goodwill Retail Store at 3130 E. Thomas Road on Saturday, February 27, from 

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Items that will be accepted include small appliances, books, clothing, handbags, housewares and much more. Masks and social distancing will also be in place.

Hopi Elementary is in need of water bottle donations. The drinking fountains at the school are still unavailable for use, so the school would like to have disposable water bottles on hand for any students that forget their own. If you would like to donate, please drop off any amount and size water bottles outside the front office with the word “DONATION” written on it.

Arcadia locals Abigail and Emma Freeman, who attend BASIS Phoenix as 7th and 6th graders, recently started Curated Gifts AZ (with help from their mom) that focuses on creating unique gift baskets for kids. The idea stemmed from raising money for the National Junior Honor Society to make Kindness Kits for the homeless. They loved the idea so much that they decided to turn it into a business. The baskets include anything from candy, small toys, coloring utensils, books and small stuffed animals. 

Visit the Curated Gifts AZ Instagram page

Echo Canyon Elementary is looking for in-person and virtual support volunteers. Duties range from helping with pick-up/drop-off to helping advertise the PTO, the newsletter, fundraising events, or attending Dining for Dollars to help spread the word. Behind the scenes, there is also a variety of support opportunities. 

Those interested should email

Rehab Plus, a physical therapy business located on 42nd St. and Thomas, is holding youth fitness classes for boys and girls every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. The class is geared toward kids ages 9-16 and focuses on strength training, athletic development, speed and condition and agility exercises. Each class is $25.

Congratulations are in order for Arcadia High’s Snowstorm campaign, which raised over $17,000 this year. The Arcadia Snowstorm is a way to show appreciation to teachers and staff; instead of gift-giving, patrons were asked to donate monetarily. The money went toward helping the faculty purchase family gifts, travel expenses and a variety of other options.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has unveiled their latest pop-up storefront, located at Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Road, which opened in mid-January. Guests can shop from a collection of vintage, artisan-made and handcrafted goods from over 25 local vendors. Junk in the Trunk also has an online marketplace so people can shop from home.

A new pop-up taco stand has recently made its debut on the patio at Jewel’s Bakery and Café on 40th St. and Thomas. Tru Tacos PHX is available on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. until they sell out. The menu consists of al pastor, carne asada and nopal on house-made tortillas, plus salsas, margaritas and seasonal local beers.

The City of Phoenix is now accepting applications for the 2021 Outstanding Young Man/Woman of the Year awards. This program recognizes the achievements and contributions made by youth and raises awareness of the good things they’ve done. The award is open to any students currently enrolled in high school in Phoenix. The winner will receive $500 and be eligible for another award if they win at the citywide level. The deadline to apply is February 26.

Hydrate IV Bar, a Colorado-based company, is set to expand out-of-state with a Phoenix spa opening in the Arcadia Village Shopping Center, 3925 E. Camelback Road. Services include vitamin-infused IVs and injections for wellness, recovery and beauty. Hydrate IV Bar Arcadia will be offering a Founders Membership for $99 per month to the first 50 members. They are set to open in spring 2021, and safety guidelines will be in place.

Grass Clippings, a retail golf company opened by Arcadia residents Connor Riley, Jimmy and Jake Hoselton and Pete Wilson will be opening their first retail store in February 2021 at 40th St. and Campbell, across from LGO.

Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows Resort now has a Sunday Supper Club. One Sunday a month, the restaurant will feature a winery, distillery or local purveyor. Guests can enjoy four courses paired with beverages and enjoy a conversation with Chef Charles Wiley and a special guest. Upcoming dinners include a Tour of Italy on February 28 and Miura Wines with Emanuel Kimji on March 21. Each dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is $109 per person. 

Reservations are available at

The latest concept from Fox Restaurants, Fly Bye, is a to-go-only pizza, salad and chicken joint located on 7th St. south of Bethany Home Road. Fox converted a former Culinary Dropout into a new space that offers fan favorites like chicken tenders, wings and classic cheese pizza. Or, you could try out the artichoke pesto or buffalo butternut squash pizza if you’re looking for something with a little more flair. The spot is open from 3-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on Friday/Saturday.

From the mom whose family owns Gadzooks, Mama Linda’s Bake Shop recently opened their first brick and mortar on 20th St. and Osborn. The shop offers cookies, with flavors such as pumpkin, chocolate chip s’mores and lemon blueberry, plus pies, cupcakes and more. Guests can order online, as well.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the grace period on Arizona’s distracted driving law has ended. The law prohibits drivers from using a phone or device, writing or reading text messages, watching, recording or broadcasting video while driving or operating a vehicle. The law was passed in the spring of 2019. You can still use hands-free options and a phone can be used to report an emergency. The first violation is between $75 and $149, and subsequent offenses can reach as high as $250.


Saturday 2/6

Walkin’ the Line

5:30 p.m. at the Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria

This event is a little out of the neighborhood, but if you love Johnny Cash, you won’t mind the drive! The Arizona Broadway Theater presents Walkin’ The Line, a two-hour tribute concert featuring Scott Moreau, who starred in the Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet, as he sings hits like Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, and A Boy Named Sue. Tickets start at $52, and social distancing is in place.

Thursday 2/11

Winemaker Dinner

6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road

This event is for food lovers and wine connoisseurs alike. The dinner will feature the Wagner Family and Caymus Vineyards. Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner and learn all about the lasting dream of Charlie Wagner, whose son Chuck now runs the vineyard. Registration is $99 per person.

Thursday 2/12

Sample & Shop Event

4:30-7:30 p.m. at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale

Guests can enjoy a special, free wine tasting and shopping experience at the Good Crush Sip + Shop event. Learn about each wine and try 16 pours at this socially distanced, limited-capacity event. Guests will also get a 20% off voucher with a purchase that they can use at ZuZu. There will be a maximum of 25 guests per time slot and masks are required.

Saturday 2/13

Candlelight Open Air Event

7 or 9 p.m. at The Croft, 22 E. Buchanan St., Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix’s newest venue, The Croft, presents outdoor concerts with social distancing so that folks can get back to live music. This month, they’re offering a Valentine’s Special. Head downtown for music from the Listeso String Quartet, performing Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1st movement, La Vie en Rose, Can’t Help Falling in Love and more. Tickets start at $50 per person.

Thursday 2/18 and 2/25

Virtual Wildlife Series

6:30-8 p.m., online

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has rolled out a new way to keep people connected with Arizona’s wildlife with the Virtual Wildlife Speaker Series. They’ve partnered with the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Boyce Thompson Arboretum to introduce and educate folks about critters in the Southwest. This month’s lectures are on California Condors and American Black Bears (February 25). The 90-minute lessons will be hosted by AZGFD biologists Jeff Meyers and Cheyenne Dubiach. Registration is $10.

Friday 2/19 and 2/26

Live Music and Classical Movie Series

6 p.m. at the Royal Palms Resort, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Royal Palms invites music and movie lovers alike to the Vernadero Lawn, where this month’s classic movie, Singing in the Rain, and the Miguel Melgoza Duo will be entertaining. Held on two separate nights, guests can enjoy the film and music with a socially-distant setup. There will also be snacks and beverages available for purchase. This event is free, and seating is first-come, first-served.

Ongoing until 3/28

Arizona Fine Art Expo

10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Voted the best place to buy art in 2020, the Arizona Fine Art Expo invites guests to meet artists in their creative space and immerse themselves in the process. There will be over 120 artists on-site showcasing multiple mediums, such as bronze, stone carving, metal and wood sculptures, southwest art, western art and mid-century modern pieces. Season passes are $10, with 12 and under free.