Passers-by may have noticed the Los Cerritos building on the SE corner of 40th St. and Indian School was gutted this summer and is now taking shape. Keeping with the drive-through style, word on the street is the new concept will have a “Flower Child meets Hillstone” vibe.
Nook’s old location at the Gaslight Square plaza now has a new tenant: Parma Italian. The restaurant is the second location for Parma, which boasts “coastal California style melding with fine Italian cuisine.” The menu includes snacks and small plates, house-baked bread, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza and “eclectic cocktails inspired by Italian aperitifs.”
Nanaya Japanese Kitchen is now open for takeout. Located next to Parma Italian in the Gaslight complex, the menu specializes in MSG-free ramen, katsu sandos, fried ribs and curated sake selections. Takeout is available Wednesday-Monday 12-2:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
A “co-work, co-play” spot has also opened in the Gaslight Square. Canteen Arcadia opened in early July. Along with the “canteen,” people can book meetings/workrooms located at the back of the building and space to hold Zoom calls. The menu boasts snack foods like chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, breakfast goodies, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
SALAD AND GO
Salad and Go added a new location to its roster this year. Located at 32nd St. and Indian School Road, the restaurant opened in early September. Salad and Go’s menu offers various salads (for around $6), soup, breakfast burritos and kids meals.
Century Grand, located on 36th St. and Indian School Road, opened in October 2019 and has been shuttered for the past few months due to COVID-19. However, they celebrate some good news as the restaurant was named a Top Four Finalist in the Best New American Bar category by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s 14th Annual Spirited Awards.
Spirited Awards was founded in 2007 and “recognizes establishments, professionals, writers, publications, and products across the global spirits community for their achievements and contributions.” The Best New American Bar nomination “recognizes a recently opened cocktail bar that made an immediate impact on cocktail culture and set new high standards for the industry.”
The Hopi Elementary PTA recently announced the creation of a virtual tour of Hopi’s campus. For those who are new to the community and haven’t had an opportunity to see the school up close, now is the time. Guests can take a trip through the campus with their tour guide, Principal Jagodzinski.
The Arcadia Grid Iron Flag Football new team winter registration is open. Fifty two teams are currently registered. The season runs for eight weeks, from January 9 until February 27. Teams are coed, and players do not have to live in Arcadia to qualify. Teams are named after the NFL team names, and each player gets an NFL logo reversible jersey. Fees start at $189.
Art One Foundation launched its fundraiser in September to help gather donations for PPE equipment and art supplies for students across the Valley. With every $20 donation, participants will receive a raffle ticket for 30% off any art piece in the gallery. The goal for this fundraiser is $4,000 and donations will be accepted until November 1.
Fitness, Fellowship and Faith, more commonly known as F3, is a men’s workout group available to the community. The group meets every Wednesday and Saturday morning at Arcadia Park, 56th St. and Indian School Road. The peer-led workouts are free and available to any age and fitness level. Connor Humphrey, who is part of the group, says, “We emphasize making a positive impact in each other’s lives (not just with the fitness component) and in the community that we live in.” There is a similar group called FiA that is available for women.
Former ASU gymnast Karli Newman created 823 Group Arizona, a group-based fitness class that takes place at the homes/businesses of clients. Each session includes up to eight people and all equipment is already provided – you just provide the space! Clients choose from full or upper body, lower body, core or balance and flexibility workouts and the duration (30, 45 or 60-minutes). Workouts will be influenced by barre, Pilates, dance, kickboxing or CrossFit. Sessions are $60-$120.
A new drink is on the market at La Grande Orange, Chestnut, Whole Foods and AJ’s, brought to you by Arcadian Lauren Robson. LAURO is made from prickly pear puree, lime and agave nectar, with no concentrates, additives, colorants or artificial ingredients. After searching for a low sugar, hydrating drink for her family, Lauren stumbled on the benefits of the prickly pear and LAURO was born.
ARRIVE Phoenix, uptown Phoenix’s first boutique hotel, opened in early September. Located on 4th Ave. and Camelback Road, the mid-century modern property has been fully restored. It boasts 79 rooms, a Cartel Coffee Lab, the Pop Stand serving 50+ paletas (Mexican popsicles), a penthouse cocktail lounge called Say When, and Lylo Swim Club, an outdoor lounge helmed by Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.
Barter and Shake, the company behind Undertow and Century Grand, recently announced that they are launching a new takeout program with female bartenders from across Phoenix. Seven local women will be crafting a signature cocktail, and proceeds will go toward creating a professional development fund for women to help promote gender equality and diversity within the hospitality industry. The drinks will be available until mid-October.
The Phoenix Zoo is now open to the general public. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
in October, guests can enjoy the zoo like the good old days – you know, a year ago?! Unfortunately, some exhibits will be closed, but guests can still visit Stingray Bay and go on camel rides, the Endangered Species Carousel and the Safari Cruiser.
The Diaper Bank of Central Arizona provides diapers to various Valley nonprofits, including UMOM, The Salvation Army, Helen’s Hope Chest and the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Many of these agencies have witnessed a surge in families looking for help with necessities. Since the pandemic began, the organization has given 345,800 diapers and 226,000 wipes to their partner agencies. They recently launched a COVID-19 Relief Drive that will run through October 15.
The Arizona Science Center is now open to the public. Guests will have the options for a self-guided tour, guided experiences or a combination of both while following health and safety guidelines. Guests and team members must wear face masks/coverings and social distance. Guests should purchase tickets in advance. Team members will complete health screening daily. There will also be hand sanitizing stations in place.
Varsity Tutors has launched a new program that includes free virtual field trips led by celebrity instructors and experts such as award-winning artist Common, former basketball star Jay Williams, Discovery Channel’s Phil Torres, Astronaut Leland Melvin and songwriter and dancer Lindsey Stirling. Varsity Tutors offers tutoring, test prep and classes for K-12 students.
Hash Kitchen on 40th St. and Indian School Road recently launched “Hash at Night,” on October 2. Available at the Arcadia location on Fridays and Saturdays, the eatery will offer brunch all day and night, with dishes including pancakes, eggs Benedict, waffles and specialties like cannoli doughnuts. There will also be a live DJ to help keep the party going. Hours are 8 p.m.-4 a.m. and music from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Ales on Rails
During the month of October, take in the views and honor Arizona’s craft beers at the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails event. Starting at 11 a.m., guests can enjoy various brews from Huss and Grand Canyon Brewery (and more), lunch and a souvenir pint glass. Tickets start at $110 per person.
Halloween Family Yoga
Bricks Studio at 45th St. & Indian School Road is offering family yoga classes on Sunday, October 18. Families can participate in a 45-minute Halloween-themed class for $15 per family. Choose the toddler to 6-year-old class at 2 p.m. or the 7-year-old and up class at 2:45 p.m.
Pumpkin Nights at the Princess
Throughout October, residents can enjoy fun Halloween-inspired activities at the Scottsdale Princess Resort, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale. There will be a pumpkin farm and shopping, Jack-o’-lanterns, festival rides, hay mazes and a fire pit complete with ingredients for s’mores. Tickets are $40 for general admission for a party of four.
The Living Hope Cancer
Foundation’s online fundraiser
Virtual, 5 p.m. The Living Hope Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to help patients overcome the fear of cancer, will be holding an online fundraiser this Friday. Proceeds will go toward opening up a cancer dream center to host patients and caregivers, purchase a vehicle for transportation and help fund and develop the Cancer Roadmap Project video course. Guests will enjoy a virtual concert with local artist Tyler Thompson.
Monday 10/5- Friday 10/9
Speak Up for Kids Health and Wellness Fair
This free online event boasts downloadable activities, live presentations by pediatric experts, daily prizes, virtual superhero appearances, live children’s book readings and contests, all in the name of supporting children’s health and wellness. It is sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Strong Families Arizona.
saturday 10/23-Sunday 10/24
The Hopi PTA announced their first community event of the year. Join in the fun for “Hopi’s Haunted Cinema” on October 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. Guests can come dressed in their costumes, decorate their cars and drive up to watch Onward on the big screen.