Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion

Arcadia Sports Central spring soccer and basketball registration is open for the upcoming season. The teams are specifically looking for more 7/8 and 9/10-year-olds in soccer and 5/6-year-olds in basketball but are still accepting registrations for all ages: 3-10 for soccer and 5-15 for basketball. Games are played at Veritas Prep on Saturdays. The spring season for each sport runs from April 3 to May 22, with summer registration starting in April. ASC is also looking for volunteer coaches.

Grass Clippings, a retail golf company opened by Arcadia residents Connor Riley, Jimmy and Jake Hoselton and Pete Wilson, opened their first store in March. The shop is located at 40th St. and Campbell, across from LGO and Postino. The annual Grass Clippings Open will be held April 29 - May 1 at the Mountain Shadows Golf Resort.

UrbAna is an Arcadia-based home goods store with luxury gifts, decor items, party goods, entertaining decorations and designer furnishings. The shop opened a second location at Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Road, in March and offers more furniture and decor as well as beer, wine and champagne and, eventually, specialty cheeses.

Dance Theater West, located at 40th St. and Indian School Road, has started offering in-person and Zoom classes for incoming students. Story Book Ballet, the student program, is currently working on their spring production of Peter Pan. Classes are offered for kids ages three and up and include creative ballet, jazz, tap and intro to classical ballet. Summer workshops will begin in June. 

Desert Botanical Garden is now offering micro-group experiences for up to 10 people. These tours include a 90-minute private experience with a Desert Botanical Garden expert, with options to add food and drinks. Examples of tours are the Waterlily Pond Experience, Landscaping in Motion and Behind the Scenes. Tours start at $300 for the group.

Arcadia Girl Scout Troop 4352 is looking for donations to go toward achieving their Bronze Award. The troop is making no-sew blankets for residents at Arcadia Assisted Living, and they need fleece to put the blankets together. They are also looking for books, puzzles, gift cards, birthday cards and Easter decorations for the residents. Folks can drop off donations at 4520 N. 49th Pl., Phoenix.

Mountain Shadows Resort (5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley) will continue to offer their Meteor Shower Viewing & Astrology Cocktails event in the coming months. The next event, Cocktails Under the Cosmos, will happen on April 20. Guests will join an expert astronomer as they view the night sky with an astrology-themed cocktail. Tickets are $45 per person. Capacity is limited to 50, and masks are required.

Local entrepreneur Wendy Lane recently unveiled her latest concept, a food delivery service in south Scottsdale that focuses on what Wendy calls “South Pacific comfort food.” The concept opened in February and boasts healthy ingredients with natural South Pacific flavors, such as coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger. Lane’s brand, Sexy Chef, aims to “provide an entrée for couples to bring romance and intimacy back into their relationship through cooking.” Items such as the chicken curry and rice and BBQ jackfruit sandwich can be ordered through various delivery services.

Rich Hazelwood, best known as the owner of Celebrity Theatre, passed away in March after a long battle with leukemia. Along with the theatre, Hazelwood owned several businesses, including Hazelwood’s First Place, which was located in the area (where Century Grand is now) until 2016. The family released a statement: “Rich Hazelwood cared deeply about his family, his Celebrity Theatre staff (which he considered family), everyone associated with Celebrity Theatre, and all the Valley supporters who attended concerts and events.” Rich’s daughter, Heidi, plans to take over the operations at the venue.

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 through April 16.

Camelback Pediatrics is excited to announce Dr. Valerie Jacobs, M.D. Ph.D. FAAP as their newest physician. Jacobs is a board-certified, integrative medicine pediatric physician. She has a special interest in nutrition, mental and behavioral health, practicing an evidence-based holistic approach to primary care. She earned doctorates in Medicine and Pharmacology from Dartmouth College. She is also trained in motivational counseling from Columbia. Dr. Jacobs completed her pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital. She brought her skillset back to Arizona to do what she loves, primary care and taking care of families. She looks forward to meeting your family!

Moon Valley Nursery, located in the former Arcadia Color Garden Nursery spot at 52nd St. near McDowell, is scheduled to open in early April. Moon Valley was founded in Arizona in 1995 and is the largest box tree grower in the United States, now operating 41 retail locations across five states.


Foodies rejoice! Chef Claudio Urciuoli, known for the creative Mediterranean-based dishes at Pa’La, opened a second restaurant in downtown Phoenix last month. The new spot features more seafood, pasta, pizza, sandwiches and salads.

Christopher’s, helmed by Chef Christopher Gross, opened last month at the Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix. The eatery has been in the works since 2017 when the Biltmore Fashion Park location closed. The new restaurant was expected to open in 2018 but construction and other delays pushed the date until its launch in March 2021. The new menu at Christopher’s comprises favorites of Chef Gross and a tasting menu that changes each week. There are plans to offer brunch in the future.

From the chefs of Nonna Urban Eatery in Scottsdale comes a new concept called Nomada Provisions, located at 3410 N. 24th St., Phoenix. The new eatery offers cheese, charcuterie, oil and vinegar, spices and condiments, teas and baking products, as well as ready-made packaged meals.



Scottsdale Jazz Festival

12-6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St. Come out and celebrate the start of Jazz Appreciation Month with a full day of jazz music. Attendees can head to the center’s fountain for a free concert featuring Scottsdale Community College’s jazz ensemble, the Mario Abney Quartet, Grammy-nominated Poncho Sanchez and more.


Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt

10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Royal Palms Resort, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Executive Chef Lee Hillson and his team will host 2021’s Easter Brunch at the Royal Palms. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal, as well as participate in the Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m., where they can search for the golden egg prize. Guests can also partake in a complimentary photo session and listen to live music. Registration is required, and tickets start at $70.


Arcadia Auto Rama

8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4225 N. 56th St., Phoenix. The 3rd annual Arcadia Auto Rama will happen this April. Exhibitor registration is currently open for those who would like to be in the show; entries include cars, trucks and specialty vehicles. It costs $20 to register. Trophies will be given out for Best in Show and Best in Arcadia – Peoples’ Choice.

Art in the Garden 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. This annual spring event is finally back and will feature a colorful display of garden-themed vendors showcasing the latest florals, botanicals, ceramics, wood and wearable art. There will also be live music, art and garden demonstrations, snacks and drinks, and a silent auction. Admission is free.

ARTrageous Gala

Virtual, starting at 7 p.m. Join Scottsdale Arts for a virtual event celebrating love for the visual and performing arts. Guests will enjoy new art, augmented reality experiences and guest performers while in the comfort of their own home. Guests can purchase a Gala in a Box, with sips and snacks, plus treats from Scottsdale Arts. Streaming the gala is free, but guests can also purchase add-ons with customized gifts starting at $200. 


Western Week

Times vary. In downtown Scottsdale. Western Week is here! The 63rd Annual Hashknife Pony Express arrival will occur at Scottsdale Stadium this year to allow for social distancing. The Arizona Indian Festival and the Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk will be happening, along with other events like a mariachi band, live music and an art auction. Unfortunately, this year’s festivities do not include the Parada del Sol parade, which has been postponed until next year.


Bunny Hip Hop Class

12:15-1 p.m. at Bricks Studio, 4550 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Join Bricks Studio for a special Easter-themed class. Each child is encouraged to dress up in their favorite Easter dance outfit as they learn a hip-hop routine and get to go home with an activity coloring sheet. This class is geared toward ages 4-7. Registration is $18 per child.


Dogs and Donuts

9 a.m.-12 p.m. at The Brokery, 4546 N. 40th St., Phoenix. Head out to The Brokery this Saturday for a free event – and make sure to bring your four-legged friends. Chin Up Donuts will provide the snacks while Run Buddy Mobile dog gym will offer free demos on their doggie treadmill. Guests can also partake in pet portraits. Donations of dog food and dog toys are welcome.


Scavenger Hunt to End Homelessness

Virtual, starting at 9 a.m. UMOM, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness by providing shelter and services to people in the Valley, will host their 2nd annual Scavenger Hunt to End Homelessness. This year’s hunt will feature new challenges and opportunities to win various prizes. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids.