Save the date! On Friday, May 20, the third annual Arcadia High Senior Parade will take place. Seniors will decorate their cars and be driven on the designated parade route at Hopi Elementary School. The community is invited to cheer and celebrate the Class of 2022 at 6 p.m. Graduation returns to the campus football stadium this year on May 25.
OsteoStrong, a physical therapy-type business that focuses on skeletal health, plans to open a new location near 32nd St. and Indian School next to Beaut Burger and Bristlecone. OsteoStrong uses osteogenic loading (a rehabilitative method to improve bone density with brief, intensive resistance exercises) to promote skeletal strength and improve balance and energy. The practice works for people of all ages and levels of activity.
Next to OsteoStrong is a new business that supplies and installs cabinetry in residential and commercial spaces. AZ Cabinets’ inventory includes European-style lines plus contemporary and traditional styles crafted by Arizona-based designers, making it a one-stop-shop for home improvement needs.
A new cider company is coming to the Gaslight Square complex (36th St. and Indian School Road) with plans to open in July 2022. Six Byrd Cider originated in Tempe and has set its sights north – toward Arcadia. The company creates 60 different ciders throughout the year, and guests will be able to try them all when the taproom opens!
Six Byrd Cider Facebook Page
Pyro, a Japanese izakaya [a word meaning “stay-drink-place”] bistro, will debut as the first dining establishment coming to The Grove, a mixed-use destination on the northwest corner of 44th St. and Camelback Road. An original concept by Flagship Restaurant Group and RED Development, the space will house a cocktail bar and outdoor patio; menu highlights include an open-flame concept with sustainably-sourced seafood and proteins.
A new med-spa specializing in weight loss, sculpting, cosmetic and skin care services is opening in May. Active Body Wellness, located at 2111 E. Highland Ave., is hosting a grand opening celebration. Guests can learn more about the business while enjoying snacks, drinks, door prizes, raffles and more from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Please RSVP by May 18.
Oleg Bortman of The Brokeryand the Ukrainian National Women’s League of Arizona are holding a donation drive for medical supplies to send overseas. Those interested can drop off donations (including but not limited to: bandages, burn aid, masks, eyewash, tweezers, safety pins, antibiotic ointment and aspirin) at The Brokery office, 4546 N. 40th St., Phoenix.
Jazz & Jambalaya nights are back at Southern Rail! Guests can enjoy live jazz every Sunday night on the patio. Jambalaya and Sazerac specials will also be added to the nightly dinner menu, plus half-off bottles of Arizona wines. Reservations are required.
Phoenix-based author Christina Buescher recently published the first chapter of her book, called The Seven Summits: Empowering Principles to Gain Altitude in Life. The book focuses on Christina’s personal development coupled with teachings from books, experiences and people. She shares seven principles that helped elevate her to the next “summit” so readers can “gain altitude in life, and ensure that their inner world becomes a force that no external circumstance can tackle.” The full book will be available on amazon.com in July.
Nineteen restaurants participated in the eighth annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, which invites chefs from some of Arizona’s most popular restaurants to support Girl Scouts by creating a special dessert using one of their cookies. Diners voted for their favorite with Nook Kitchen (and chef Amber Cumming) taking the title for best dessert! Don’t Mind if I Do was created with Girl Scout Do-si-dos, peanut butter panna cotta, oatmeal cookie crumbles, banana cream and banana fries.
The Spring edition of Arizona Restaurant Week happens from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 29, featuring three-course menus at various restaurants throughout the state. This event highlights the talent of chef-driven establishments while allowing diners to try new menus. Participating eateries include Buck & Rider, Charleston’s Restaurant, Chelsea’s Kitchen and Match Market & Bar. Prix fixe menus cost $33, $44 or $55 per person.
A new “smart fitness studio” recently opened on 16th St. and Highland Ave. The high-tech workout at The Exercise Coach relies on computers instead of dumbbells and treadmills. The machines adjust a person’s workout to their strengths and weaknesses in real-time. Personalized programs are two 20-minute workouts per week, complete with the guidance of certified coaches. The owners plan to open two more locations, in Scottsdale and Arcadia, in the coming months.
Arizona Women’s Expo
10 a.m-5 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 33 S. Third St. Today is all about the women! Guests can find vendors focused on personal style, uncovering passions, shopping and relaxing. The weekend-long event concludes today – the last chance to find decorating workshops, wine tastings, beauty treatments and a chance to see keynote speaker and comedienne Loni Love. Tickets are $10 for general admission with VIP packages available.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
12 p.m. at Washington St. and Third Ave., Phoenix. Attendees can enjoy a full day of fun with this festival, featuring authentic foods, cultural performances by Ballet Folkloric, and live musical performances from artists Lisa Lisa and Color Me Badd. There will also be a free kids zone with inflatables, games and giveaways. Proceeds benefit the Arvizu Scholarships and Grand Canyon University. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $40 for VIP.
Cinco de Mayo Car Show
5-10 p.m. on Central Ave. and Lynne through Second Ave., between South Plaza and St. Catherine’s. Hosted by Old School City, the Cinco de Mayo Car Show is a free community event focused on lowriders and cars. Guests can check out the fancy rides while enjoying vendors, live entertainment, dancing, and food options available for purchase.
Plated and Staged
3:30 p.m. at Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Fine dining and entertainment are in store at Herberger Theater’s seventh annual Plated and Staged event. The evening begins at the theater with hors d’oeuvres and live music. Dinner will follow at another location, but surprise – folks won’t know where they’re dining until they get there. This event benefits the theater’s youth outreach programs. Tickets are $50-$2,200.
Mariachi Sol de Mexico
7 p.m. at The Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix. Spend your Cinco immersed in culture with the Mariachi Sol De México de José Hernández Cinco de Mayo Celebration. This group is the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy – it might be hard to stay in your seats at this performance. Tickets are $35-$65.
Codigo 1530 Tequila Dinner
6-9 p.m. at the Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley. Join the Hermosa Inn as they launch their newest featured spirit, Codigo 1530 Tequila. Guests can enjoy an evening with Chef Alejandro Martinez and his culinary team as they create a four-course dinner and hand-passed hors d’oeuvres while mixologist Kat Strassburg and her team create cocktails highlighting Codigo 1530. $199 per person.
FRIDAY 5/6 – SUNDAY 5/8
Maricopa County Home Show
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at WestWorld Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. Spring is here – time for a fresh update for your home and garden. This event is a one-stop shop for all things improvement, including a vendor marketplace, live demonstrations, seminars, art and craft projects, fun stuff for Mother’s Day and a food court for when you get hungry. Tickets are $5 for the show, $10 for parking.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
Kentucky Derby Lawn Party
1-4 p.m. at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr. Join the Scottsdale Princess for its annual “fastest two minutes in sports” party – also known as the 148th Run for the Roses horse race. The race will be on-screen while guests can find a southern-inspired menu with shrimp and grits and derby pie, derby games, raffles and contests for best outfit and fanciest hat. Tickets are $169 per person.
Peace of Mind 5K
7:30 a.m. at Arizona Falls, 5802 E. Indian School Road. The inaugural Peace of Mind 5K is focused on spreading awareness and raising funds to support programs that help individuals overcome everyday social, emotional and mental challenges. Proceeds will help fund Choose Love Movement and a scholarship fund. All ages are welcome to run, walk or bike Arizona Falls and enjoy a post-race runner’s brunch. Registration is $35.
Mama’s Makers Market
9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Shops at Town and Country, 2021 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Join Local Trade for its third annual Mama’s Makers Market. The marketplace will feature over 100 local vendors showing off their one-of-a-kind wares, including art, jewelry, handmade furniture, decor, clothing, health, beauty and sweets. There will also be food available for purchase and live music and entertainment. Admission is free.
Uncorked: AZ Wine Festival
7-10 p.m. at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Wine lovers, get ready for a special day! The AZ Wine Festival at Salt River Fields will feature over 50 worldwide wineries with over 100 different wines to taste. There will also be gourmet food trucks, plus live music and entertainment. Tickets are $60 for general admission with VIP packages available.
Taco and Tequila Crawl
12 p.m., starting at Wasted Grain, 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale. What’s better than one taco? Two – or more – tacos, which guests will find at the Taco and Tequila Crawl. Attendees will head to various spots around Old Town Scottsdale for drink and food specials, music, dancing and most importantly, a taco buffet. Tickets are $30; this is a 21+ event.
Jurassic Park in Concert
7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, 1 N. 1st St. We all remember the first time we saw Jurassic Park, right? The action-packed film pitted man against dinosaur in a battle for survival. At this event, audiences can experience Jurassic Park like never before: projected in HD with The Phoenix Symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score along with the film. Tickets start at $34-$102.
Arcadia High Golf Classic
7:30 a.m. at the Raven Golf Club, 3636 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix. Golfers, get your clubs ready! The Arcadia High Boys Golf Four-Person Scramble is a day dedicated to raising funds and holes-in-one. After 18 holes, participants will receive team prizes (Pebble Beach getaway, anyone?), lunch and a charitable auction. Registration is $250 per golfer, or $800 per foursome. Sponsorships are also available.
Yoga in the Outfield
8 a.m. at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Grab your mats; it’s time for Yoga in the Outfield. This is a fitness event for those looking for a unique experience on the outfield grass of Salt River Fields. Attendees will participate in a one-hour class with instructor Courtney Sheber and then enjoy a post-class cocktail mixer on the Pepsi Patio. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $25 per person.
Sound Journey Meditation
8:45 a.m. at the Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix. Start your day with relaxation in the friendship garden. Emily Slonina of Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga will lead a sound and vibration meditation session – sound is said to relax the mind, balance energy centers and rejuvenate the spirit. Bring water and a mat! Registration is $30.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St. This new maker-space exhibit at the museum offers a hands-on, creative space where children can gather materials, create a blueprint, use tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, saws and measuring tapes. Workbenches and safety gear (along with safety monitors!) are provided, and product possibilities are endless. This exhibit is free with general admission, $16 per person.
Phoenix Food Tour
1 p.m. starting at 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. The Phoenix Food Tour is a three-hour guided outing that brings guests on a culinary adventure through downtown Phoenix to try five different eateries while stopping at historic landmarks, including one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S. Guests can try an English delicacy, Thai cuisine, an authentic Mexican street taco, pasta/bruschetta and Italian gelato to cap the day off on a sweet note. Registration is $75.
FRIDAY 5/27 – SUNDAY 5/29
Phoenix Fan Fusion
9 a.m.- 11 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St. Prepare to fully geek out at this year’s Phoenix Fan Fusion. Don your costume and get ready for contests, movie screenings, merch, prizes, exhibits, panel discussions and the best part – photo ops with some of your favorite actors, authors, comic book creators and more. Tickets range from $40 to $295.