The Pemberton

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.

Arcadia Color Garden Nursery, located on 52nd St. near McDowell, sold their business in February. A new Moon Valley Nursery is scheduled to open in its place soon.

For the entire month of March, Mane Attraction Salon – located in the Biltmore Plaza Shopping Center at 32nd St. and Camelback Road – will be hosting an online raffle and silent auction in place of their annual Beauty to the Rescue fundraiser. Each Saturday, the salon will feature one local vendor and animal rescue with adoptable animals. Proceeds from the raffle, auction and a percentage of vendor sales and retail purchases made throughout March will go directly to the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition’s Critical Care Program.

A new (mostly) plant-based café has opened inside the Madison Improvement Club. Gooder Goods, whose promise is “We are good people doing good things to support and inspire other good people doing good things,” features coffee and smoothies, plus breakfast, lunch and to-go snacks.

One of the Valley’s most well-known chefs and food pioneers, Tomaso Maggiore, lost his battle with cancer in late January at age 73. Tomaso operated restaurants for over four decades and was known for his vibrant personality and love for great food. The family plans to refresh Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant this year, and his daughter will also open a new concept in his honor called The Italian Daughter. In honor of Tomaso, the family will also launch a culinary scholarship in his name.

Valley Metro recently launched the Engineers of the Future virtual program for middle school students. Engineer-mentors will share video lessons that teach students about the importance of STEM learning. The free program is a continuation of the Valley Metro Workforce Development program providing learning opportunities about engineering and transit concepts. The mentors will help students build balloon cars, bridges, marshmallow slingshots, balance projects, scientific concepts and a virtual tour of the metro rail construction sites.

Arizona Science Center’s latest exhibition has landed, and it’s “out of this world.” The Astronaut exhibit opened in early February and “focuses on teamwork to solve problems, accurately perform tasks and overcome challenges that an astronaut would face on a real mission.” Guests will also get to experience a rocket launch, a Space Lab and much more. The exhibit is open until May. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for kids, plus $10 for the exhibit.

A new spot in downtown Phoenix, called The Pemberton, is bringing together almost a dozen mobile restaurants and breweries. Located near 2nd St. and Portland at the historic Sarah H. Pemberton home, there is a breakfast joint, a pizza place and FilmBar, an outdoor theater that seats over 70 people. Eventually, The Pemberton will house fitness classes and clothing stores.

Phoenix Public Works launched Household Hazardous Waste Home Pickup, a six-month program that assists residential customers with the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. Check the accepted materials online and schedule an appointment between March 15-26 for pick up in April.

Network of Auto Repair Professionals, with locations all over the Valley (and one on Thomas Road), is collecting old, expired and damaged children’s car seats which volunteers will take apart for proper recycling. The 13th annual event will dispose of the seats in an environmentally friendly way. Take your old car seat to any participating NARPRO shop from now until April 16.

Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment facility located at 51st St. and Thomas, recently debuted the first episode of their new podcast, “Recovery on Air.” The episodes will be released every other week and will feature recovery experts, recovering addicts and community advocates. The show will be co-hosted by Donna Alexander, Crossroads’ community outreach director.

Annual events update

The 6th annual Arcadia Cares: Food for Kidz Packathon will be held on Saturday, November 6, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (56th St. and Indian School Road). Signups will begin in September. For more: contact Heidi Staudenmaier at or Steve Crofton,

Art in the Garden and Sparkling Tea at Shemer Art Center (Arcadia Dr. and Camelback Road) is scheduled for April 10, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival is postponed to September 25, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Scottsdale Parada del Sol will be postponed until 2022.



Gold Palette ArtWalk

6:30-9 p.m. around Old Town Scottsdale’s art district. The Gold Palette ArtWalks will be offered eight times this year, and will feature extended gallery hours and fun activities for attendees, such as complimentary wine tasting, live music and entertainment. This month’s theme is Native Spirit. Attendees will learn about Native American artists, their culture and history in Scottsdale – including performances by traditional Native American hoop dancers. Check out Art One Gallery, Carsten’s Fine Art and On the Edge Gallery for more.


Persian New Year Interactive Art

11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 4420 N. Scottsdale Road. In honor of Persian New Year, the 3rd annual Arizona Persian New Year Festival will be unveiling interactive art installations instead of the usual in-person festival. Folks can enjoy the largest “haftseen” (a Persian table setting) art installation in Arizona’s history. The display has seven symbolic items representing the beginning of spring. Artist Masha Page will have three different takes on haftseens.


Hope in the Garden exhibit

8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Berridge Nursery, 4647 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Kids in Focus, a nonprofit that uses photography to give at-risk kids a “new way to see themselves and the world,” will be featured in a brand-new exhibit at Berridge Nursery. For ten days, folks can come and experience Hope in the Garden, a collection of nature-themed photos taken by current and graduate-program participants. The images will also be available for purchase, with proceeds going to Kids in Focus. 


Spirited Sipping Seminar

3 p.m. at Mountain Shadows Resort, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. Sipping Seminars are back in session. Hosted by Hearth ‘61, these classes are designed to teach attendees about the history of wine and spirits through a sipping seminar. Students will learn how to create classic drinks – anything from vino to cocktails is on the table. Class size is limited to 20 people and safety measures will be in place. Tickets are $39 per person.


Walk with Me Fundraiser

Virtual. Join Southwest Human Development and the Arizona Coyotes for the 13th annual Walk with Me Fundraiser. The event will be a week of socially-distanced, virtual activities as participants raise funds to support SWHD. Participants who complete goals of $50-$1,000 are eligible to win prizes including a custom medal, t-shirt, water bottle, earbuds and more. Registration is free and open to the public.


Learn and Lunch

1-3 p.m. at Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale. Head over to Marcellino and learn how to make mushroom risotto like the pros. Chef Marcellino will teach participants how to cook the dish, and then after the class, guests will enjoy a lunch with the newly prepared risotto, a salad and Chef’s homemade biscotti. Seating is limited and safety guidelines are in place. Registration is $50 per person.


Unicorns and Rainbows Dance Class

12:15-3:45 p.m. at Bricks Studio, 4550 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Calling all children ages 3-8 years old! Bricks Studio is offering a specialty dance class called Unicorns and Rainbows. Each child will be able to dress up in their favorite outfit, learn a fun dance and leave with a craft to work on after class. Registration is $18 per child. Participants 3-5 years old are invited at 12:15-1 p.m. and ages 6-8 from 3-3:45 p.m.


Hike for the Homeless

St. Joseph the Worker will kick off its 23rd annual Hike for the Homeless fundraiser with a few changes this year. All participants will be invited to hike the location of their choice to comply with social distancing. The event will feature an adventure hunt that provides interaction within and across teams. All participants are entered into a drawing to win a trip to Mexico. Proceeds will fund SJW’s mission to help individuals experiencing poverty, homelessness or crisis find quality employment and regain their families’ stability. Registration starts at $25.


Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The Heard Museum is proud to present a collection of works from Leon Polk Smith – the first major exhibit of his work in over 25 years. According to the Heard, Smith’s work is widely recognized as a key foundation of the hard-edge modernist movement, and this exhibit is the first to explore the influence of the Oklahoma Territory and Native American art and culture on his work. Admission is $20 for adults and $9 for kids.