CHS Principal Amy Palatucci

CHS Principal Amy Palatucci

Almost There: A Mom + Pups Rescue is a nonprofit specializing in the rescue, care and adoption of large breed pregnant dogs and their puppies. Geri Hormel and her partners, Megan and Annie, recently opened their newest brick and mortar shelter (complete with a play yard and meet and greet room) on 26th St. and Indian School Road. The rescue offers volunteer and foster opportunities and also accepts donations.


Freytag Fine Jewelry is now open for business in the space formerly occupied by W.R. Williams Fine Jewelry. Located in the Arcadia Town Center at 48th St. and Indian School, the completely remodeled showroom features diamond and gemstone jewelry and watches. Owner Bryan Freytag has a connection to the location and the business as a fellow jeweler and a long-time friend to Randy Williams.

For more, check out the Freytag Fine Jewelry Facebook page


The Arcadia Junior Titans team is looking for players and coaches for the spring 2021 season. This program is geared toward kids ages 8-14 for tackle football, with practices that started in December and will go to March. Official games will also begin in March, and there are no club fees. 

President John Blanks at


Cholla Trail, which has been closed since March 2020, has plans to open soon – this time with a bathroom and water fountain for hikers to use. The new trail has hikers entering through a construction road south of East Vista Drive – a newly constructed route at one end of The Phoenician’s golf course will connect to the main Cholla Trail. Those interested in submitting comments on the reopening should contact Sam Stone, chief of staff for Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio. or 602-262-7419


My Three Girls Bakery, located on the corner of 48th St. and Indian School, has officially closed. Arcadia Tavern, located in the same complex, closed and reopened in late-December as Taberna de Arcadia, a restaurant that focuses on smoky Arizona flavors and al pastor style dishes. The eatery partnered with the owners of The Porch, who run the new concept.


A new vegan burger joint will be opening in early 2021 at 33rd St. and Indian School Road. Beaut Burger’s menu consists of burgers made from 100% ground plants, veggies, grains, beans and nuts served on homemade buns. They’ll offer the classic side – French fries – along with artichoke salad, coleslaw and dill pickles. This is the first Phoenix location for the eatery. The owners will also be opening a dairy-free ice cream shop, called Bristlecone, next to the burger spot.

Their first location is in the heart of the Town too Tough to Die. Now, Tombstone Brewing Company has brought their craft beers and food to Phoenix (at 40th St. and Thomas), “Where people can casually gather for a pint. This is an exciting destination for beer lovers with crafting ales and lagers that range from the traditional to the far reaches of what beer can be.” There are 12 beers on tap and a range of appetizers, sandwiches and burgers for guests to choose from.


A new eatery opened up in November on Camelback Road and 11th St. Chantico Mexican Restaurant is billed as casual dining with inside and outside patio seating available. Chantico’s menu includes brunch and dinner, with dishes like ribeye, chili relleno and ceviche along with a happy hour and signature drinks.


A new pho spot opened in November next to the Sprouts on 32nd St. and Indian School Road. Pho Bar Central’s menu offers rice noodle soup, spring rolls, banh mi and local craft beers. Pho Bar is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more, check out the Pho Bar Central Facebook page 


Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national organization that helps young people succeed in school and the workplace, has named Coronado High Principal Amy Palatucci as the recipient of its 2020 National Educational Leadership Award. Every year, JAG hosts an event recognizing individuals who contribute to its success in state and national education, government or workforce development arenas. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, chair of JAG’s Board of Directors, announced Palatucci’s award on Dec. 3. She was nominated by the state’s organization, JAG Arizona. 


A new planned private residential community broke ground in Scottsdale in November. Ascent at The Phoenician, located next to The Phoenician Resort and at the foot of Camelback Mountain overlooking the resort’s golf club, comprises approximately 200 properties, including amenities like a private homeowner pool and fitness club.


The latest eatery at 40th St. and Indian School is taking shape and will soon become Eat Up Drive Thru. Word on the street is that it will be a healthy alternative from the creators of Chop Shop. 

Keep up to date by visiting the Eat Up Drive Thru Facebook page


Arcadians Jessica and Jacob Carter, along with their partner, started a business pre-COVID called Nurture Boss, which is an automated mobile nurturing tool for multifamily housing. The trio produced proprietary software that creates custom and personalized landing pages (sent via text) to people who are looking for new apartments. Clients, apartment management and ownership companies can communicate personal messages with multiple people at once.


Phoenix Public Library is still offering curbside service. Library-goers can place holds for physical materials through the online catalog, pull up to curbside service and pick everything up from the safety of their cars. People can also get kids’ café meals, MACH1 to-go bags, book and movie bundles and Seed Library seed packets from curbside service. Beginning Dec. 8, curbside service hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon and 3:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

In partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation, College Depot is offering free online workshops to help students find and apply for scholarships. Kids can learn application tips, how to write an essay and secure strong letters of recommendation. One-on-one appointments are available by calling 602-261-8847. Upcoming 2021 dates are Wednesday, Jan. 13, 5-6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 28, 4-5:30 p.m.



The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market 

Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Attendees will find organic produce, seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, pork, beef, fish and eggs from Arizona growers. Guests can also find cheese, freshly baked bread, jams and tamales. Drive-through pickup lanes are open for pre-orders and for patrons who want to remain in their vehicles.


Cruise Zoolights

Phoenix Zoo,

455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

Throughout January, guests can view the annual Zoolights from the comfort of their vehicles and still witness all of the magic. Zoolights includes millions of twinkling lights and animal sculptures. Guests can tour the Africa Trail and see the Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring 66 animals like polar bears, mammoths, koalas and kangaroos. Kettle corn and hot cocoa will be available for purchase. Tickets are $75 per car for nonmembers, $60 for members. 


Phoenix Art Museum Exhibit

Wednesday-Friday from

10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.

Opening on January 2, the Phoenix Art Museum will feature an exhibit with prints by some of the most respected names in art history, including Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, Mary Cassatt, Paul Klee, Louise Nevelson and Robert Rauschenberg. The exhibit will explore the “modern rebirth of printmaking as an art form, with a particular focus on the role of women artists in that history. The exhibition will place more than 50 European and American artworks from the U.K.-based Schorr Collection and the museum’s own collections in conversation with each other, and many of these prints will be on view for the first time in Arizona.” Tickets are $23 for adults and $5 for kids.

Art History Lecture

Thursday, January 21 from 5:30-7 p.m. Shemer Art Center,

5005 E. Camelback Road

This month’s art history lecture is all about Dutch baroque painting in the golden age of Dutch power and prosperity, featuring artists Frans Hals and Jan Vermeer. Presented by Eleanor Sypher, Ph.D., guests will learn about Hals’ technique while enjoying beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Registration is $10. 


The R + R Show

Friday, January 22


Brought to you by Hotel Valley Ho, The R+R Show brings together Executive Chef Russell LaCasce and Hotel Manager Ronen Aviram, who will show guests how to make some of their ZuZu favorites at home – complete with recipes. The team will share expert tips along with ideas for cocktail pairings and chef-approved leftovers. 

Watch for free on Hotel Valley Ho’s

website or YouTube channel


Fried Chicken and Wings Festival

Saturday, January 30 from

12:30-5 p.m. at The Pressroom,

441 W. Madison St.

It’s going to get saucy at the second annual Fried Chicken and Wings Festival. Guests can enjoy classic, modern and fusion chicken recipes from over 10 local vendors. There will also be an art market, lawn, board and video games, drinks and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for kids. 

Visit the Fried Chicken and Wings Festival Facebook page