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Soar Over the Valley in a Hot Air Balloon!

Springtime is upon us and now is the best time of year for a hot air balloon flight over the Valley! Hot air balloon rides are an incredible way to see the beauty of the desert. Is soaring over the Valley in a hot air balloon on your Arizona bucket list? Check out these local Arizona hot air balloon experts to book your flight today!

www.apexballoons.com

www.firebirdballoons.com

www.2flyus.com

If you see your dream home while you’re floating in the sky, give me a call once you’re back on the ground! 602-329-7782

99 Random Acts of Kindness

The past year has brought challenges that many of us never imagined we would ever have to face. Yet, through it all, we continue to persevere. For me, one of the most important things that has kept me going is the kindness of not only friends and family, but also strangers during these challenging times. I’ve also noticed more how when I practice random acts of kindness it lifts my mood too. Challenge yourself this year and see how many random acts of kindness you can do!

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  1. Open the door for someone.
  2. Smile at the people you meet on the sidewalk.
  3. Help carry groceries to a car.
  4. Drop off a toy/game at a homeless shelter.
  5. Offer to walk your elderly neighbor’s dog.
  6. Rake a yard for fun.
  7. Pick up trash in the park.
  8. Host a movie night.
  9. Mail a handwritten letter.
  10. Send a small package to surprise someone.
  11. Bring flowers to a friend.
  12. Recycle old electronics.
  13. Place flowers at a grave.
  14. Bring flowers to a nursing home.
  15. Call your parents.
  16. Volunteer at a shelter.
  17. Strike up a conversation with the person in line behind you.
  18. Thank the cashier for bagging your groceries.
  19. Run an errand for someone.
  20. Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
  21. Donate blood.
  22. Give up your seat for someone else.
  23. Leave a basket of goodies on a porch.
  24. Cook a meal for someone.
  25. Give encouragement to someone.
  26. Donate food cards to a local shelter.
  27. Pray for a family member.
  28. Adopt a family who needs help.
  29. Arrive on time for your appointments.
  30. Be a safe driver.
  31. Donate dog or cat food/supplies to a local animal shelter
  32. Pick up litter at the park.
  33. Buy extra school supplies and donate them to your local school.
  34. Donate warm gloves, mittens, and scarves to a shelter.
  35. Collect food for a food bank.
  36. Text someone just to say hello.
  37. Give an unexpected gift.
  38. Help someone with a garage sale.
  39. Bring donuts in to work to share.
  40. Hold the door open.
  41. Be patient waiting in line.
  42. Use kind words.
  43. Donate coloring pads and crayons to the Children’s Hospital.
  44. Make someone laugh.
  45. Mentor someone.
  46. Be mindful and use good manners.
  47. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  48. Visit someone who is sick.
  49. Bring a treat to work.
  50. Let the person merge in front of you in traffic.
  51. Let someone go in front of you while waiting in line.
  52. Take a shopping cart back to the store.
  53. Buy lemonade from a child.
  54. Run an errand for someone.
  55. Bake cookies and hand them out.
  56. Donate $1 to every tip jar you see in 1 day.
  57. Tell your postal delivery worker how much you appreciate them.
  58. Tell a joke to make someone laugh.
  59. Give away clothing no longer needed.
  60. Shop at a book sale and donate books to a shelter.
  61. Bring someone a coffee just because.
  62. Buy a lottery ticket and hand it away.
  63. Deliver cookies to your local fire station.
  64. Participate in a charity run or walk.
  65. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  66. Participate in a Christmas Angel program.
  67. Tutor a student.
  68. Bring in trash cans.
  69. Give someone a gift card you don’t intend to use.
  70. Tip your waiter generously.
  71. Tell someone you love them.
  72. Invite someone to lunch and listen to them talk.
  73. Leave quarters in a kiddie ride.
  74. Leave quarters in a washing machine/dryer at a laundromat.
  75. Keep bottled water in your car and hand it out on a hot day.
  76. Leave a good book in a cafe.
  77. Pick up the tab for a friend’s meal.
  78. Buy a good book and then pass it on.
  79. Donate to a cause you believe in.
  80. Pass out balloons.
  81. Compliment the stressed-out mom with little children in line.
  82. Buy your waiter/waitress a dessert.
  83. Say please and thank you.
  84. Compliment when you receive good service.
  85. Leave a sticky note for your kids to find telling them how much you love them.
  86. Plant a tree.
  87. Write letters to soldiers
  88. Thank a teacher.
  89. Use a reusable water bottle.
  90. Leave a dollar taped to a vending machine.
  91. Respect others.
  92. Donate new stuffed animals to a local children’s hospital.
  93. Spread encouragement.
  94. Make a freezer meal and drop it off to a friend.
  95. Wash an elderly person’s car.
  96. Write thank you cards and drop them at the local police station.
  97. Make a meal for a new family in your neighborhood.
  98. Remind someone that they matter every day.
  99. Smile.

West Valley AZ Pumpkin Patches

We survived the extreme summer heat and now it’s time to celebrate the cooler temperatures. A favorite Fall tradition is visiting a pumpkin patch. The West Valley is fortunate to have two wonderful pumpkin patches at Tolmachoff Farms and Rocker 7 Farms, or if you want to take a day trip, head north to Mortimer Family Farms or Apple Annie’s. I suggest calling each Pumpkin Patch for hours and admission prices before planning your trip, because as we have learned in the past 6 months, things can change quickly.

Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days

5726 N. 75th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85303
602-999-3276
Open October 1st – November 1st

This West Valley farm has something for the whole family. With admission including a family & mini maze, petting zoo, play areas, jumping pillow, bounce house (weekends only), and optional train rides, and food vendors, you are sure to have the perfect fall day!

Rocker 7 Farms: Farm Patch Fun

19601 W. Broadway Rd. Buckeye, AZ 85326
623-208-8676
Open October 9th – October 31st

Another family-owned farm just on the outskirts of the West Valley.  This pumpkin patch also boasts a crop maze, sunflower field, hay wagon ride, an educational barn and a kid-friendly activity area.  Enjoy a day of not only playing in a pumpkin patch, but learn all about farming and agriculture! All the activities are included in admission, pumpkins and concession sold separately.

Mortimer Family Farms

12907 E. State Rte. 169 Dewey, AZ 86327
928-830-1116
Open September 18th – November 1st

Want a little getaway that will give you all the fall feels? This patch is for you! Slap on your plaid and head up to Dewey, AZ (only about 1.5 hours from Phoenix). Bonus: you get to pick your pumpkins right off the vine! The 15-acre pumpkin patch, 25-acre corn maze, games, live entertainment, farm activities, and more make this a must-visit!
This year, they are offering additional socially distanced add-ons like private fire pits and secluded areas that can host your group up to 25 people.

Apple Annie’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration

6405 W. Williams Rd. Willcox, AZ 85643
520-384-4685
Open September 19th – October 31st

Enjoy old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins and/or fall vegetables at the Farm and apples at the Orchard! Already picked pumpkins also available. Don’t miss out on Arizona’s largest and absolutely amazing corn maze; with 2 levels of difficulty it’s perfect for the entire family! Visit their orchard location for “All-You-Can-Eat” pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast served.

Lagoon Water Park is Coming to Glendale

It’s been a long, hot summer, but soon enough the West Valley will have a new water park to keep cool at during the long, hot summer months. Lagoon water park and entertainment venue is headed to Glendale! Lagoon water park will bring an 11-acre beach lagoon with planned scuba diving, windsurfing and water jet packs all part of 48-acre entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

The planned project will be at 95th Avenue and Cardinals Way near the State Farm Stadium. The project is expected to be complete by October 2022, ahead of when Glendale will host the 2023 Super Bowl.

Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps says the entertainment center will have a similar look to Downtown Disney with a themed hotel, retail, rides and a 4D theater. The 4D theater will incorporate smell, temperature and moisture into the viewer’s experience.

I’m excited to see the construction begin for this incredible new entertainment venue coming to Glendale!

Beat the Heat at Greater Phoenix Lakes

Phoenix may be a hot, dry desert, but there are a number of lakes just a short drive away to spend the day relaxing in the water and having fun with a variety of water sports!

lake pleasantLake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is located north of Glendale in the north west valley about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The 10,000-acre lake is always busy with a variety of water sports such as windsurfers, boaters, sailors, water and jet skiers, and fishermen. Lake Pleasant Regional Park also offers camping and trails for mountain biking and hiking.

Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake is a beautiful spot for spending a day on the boat. Located 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix past Fountain Hills, Saguaro Lake is a great Arizona lake for water-skiers and wakeboarders or those looking for a relaxing day of fishing. No boat? No problem! Leave the captaining to Desert Belle paddle boat for a guided tour of the lake.

Bartlett Lake

Bartlett Lake is just 45 miles from downtown Phoenix and east of Carefree, it is the second-largest lake in the Tonto National Forest. No worries if you don’t have a boat, Bartlett Lake offers aqua lodge rentals and a party yacht that accommodates up to 20 guests.

Roosevelt Lake

Roosevelt Lake is about 80 miles northeast of Phoenix and is the largest of the lakes just outside the Greater Phoenix region. Like other lakes in the Greater Phoenix area, Roosevelt Lake provides plenty of space for a variety of watersports and boating activity. There is also 110 miles of shoreline with peaceful coves for those wishing to find a quiet spot to spend a day.

Canyon Lake

Located past Mesa in the Superstition Wilderness of Tonto National Forest, Canyon Lake (pictured) is about 50 miles east of Phoenix. The 950-acre lake is a great place for a variety of watersports, as well as camping and hiking. Boat rentals are available and the lake has a popular day-use campground with a large grass area, ramadas and a swimming-only section of the lake.

Apache Lake

Apache Lake is also located in the Tonto National Forest and is a good lake for boating, fishing and the scenic canyon walls that surround parts of the lake. Boat rentals are available and for those looking to explore the lake.

4th of July Fireworks 2020

Yes, there will still be fireworks this year! While some events have been canceled this year, others changed up their format to social distance drive-ins!

FireworksLitchfield Park
The City of Litchfield Park and The Wigwam are partnering to present a 4th of July fireworks show on the grounds of The Wigwam. Unlike prior years, there will not be an event attached to the fireworks show.  Area residents are encouraged to watch from their homes/yards and resort guests to watch from their rooms. Fireworks: 9pm

Surprise
Surprise’s celebration will be limited to a 20-minute fireworks show that will be staged around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane. Area residents are encouraged to watch from home or from inside their vehicles. Parking at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park will be available but is limited. Fireworks: 8:40pm

Scottsdale
Scottsdale’s 7th annual celebration at Westworld of Scottsdale will be drive-in this year with fireworks show. Concessions such as hot dogs, soft drinks and alcohol and tacos from the Original AZ Taco Festival Truck will also be available. Fireworks: 9:00pm

Mesa
The drive-in fireworks show in Mesa will take place at what was formerly known as Fiesta Mall. Guests will be able to use every other parking spot and can sit outside their vehicle. Fireworks: 9pm

Casa Grande
To maintain social distancing, there will be a drive-in fireworks show at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park. The parking lot will open at 7 p.m., with an entrance at Rodeo Road and Pinal Avenue and another at Pinal Avenue through the Paul Mason Sports Complex. Concessions won’t be available so guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks. There will be restrooms and hand-washing stations. Fireworks: 9pm

Gilbert
Gilbert’s drive-in fireworks show will take place at Crossroads Park. Alternating spaces will be blocked to promote social distancing. Each space is limited to groups of eight or fewer people. Guests can bring their own food or purchase concessions from a number of food trucks. Restrooms will be available, but other park amenities will be closed. Fireworks: 8:30pm

Hurricane Harbor in Glendale

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix in Glendale is open for the 2020 summer season with a new list of protocols to encourage social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. New safety protocols include temperature checks, requiring masks while on the property, and limiting the number of guests each day with an online-based reservation system.

Additional information to know before enjoying a day at Hurricane Harbor:

-Guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth.
-Masks will not be required on waterslides, water attractions or in pools.
-Distance markers will be added in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail locations, and dining queue lines.
-A limited number of complimentary lifejackets will be available upon request; however, families are encouraged to provide their own coast-guard approved lifejackets for children under 42 inches, or those who are not strong swimmers.
-All Hurricane Harbor lifejackets will be sanitized after every guest use.
-Dining areas will be adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties.
-Guests will be allowed to ride on a tube with family/group members, but will not be allowed to share a tube with those not in their immediate party.
-Guests will be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all rides and attractions.
-Six-foot viewing areas will be marked for guests to observe gameplay, and arcade games will be reconfigured or deactivated to comply with social distancing requirements.
-Capacity at indoor venues and on some attractions, including the Wave Pool and Lazy -River, will be reduced to meet social distancing requirements
-Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by at least six feet.

To make a reservation, visit www.sixflags.com/reserve. Enter the online order number, ticket number or Membership/Season Pass number. Choose the day and the approximate time you want to visit. Acknowledge company’s health policy and watch the video of the park’s social distancing and sanitization procedures. Hurricane Harbor has a variety of admission options and pricing.

Glendale Chocolate Experience

chocolate cake popsThe City of Glendale presents The Chocolate Experience this weekend, February 8th & 9th. The tasty event will be held at the Glendale Civic Center. There will be select chocolatiers and confectioners, craft artisans, artistic performances, wine and chocolate pairings and live music on the fountain terrace. Cerreta Candy Company will offer free tours of the candy factory, as well as its popular chocolate-pizza making booth!

The event offers FREE admission and parking, plus FREE shuttle rides to and from Cerreta’s!

The Chocolate Experience will be held from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and noon to 5pm on Sunday. The Glendale Civic Center is nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale at 5750 W. Glenn Dr. For more information, visit www.glendaleaz.com/events.

I’m a Glendale resident and local area expert, when you’re ready to buy or sell your next house, call me at 602-329-7782!

2020 WM Phoenix Open

golfNicknamed “The Greatest Show on Grass,” The Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale has no problem living up to its name. The tournament is the PGA TOUR’s best attended event with nearly 500,000 energized spectators each year. Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event by helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum”-the loudest hole in golf! Formerly known as The Phoenix Open and The FBR Open, the event has been hosted by TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course since 1987. The annual tournament held in North Scottsdale benefits The Phoenix Thunderbirds and helps to generate millions of dollars in donations for the most deserving organizations in the area.

TICKET PRICES:
Monday-Tuesday
FREE
General Admission Only

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
$45
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Friday & Saturday
$60
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Weekly Sponsor Package
$450

-Monday and Tuesday FREE Admission courtesy of Ford Free Days.
-Ages 15 and under are FREE all week when accompanied by an adult.
-Weekly Sponsor Package includes 4 Sponsor badges (good all week for tournament admission) and 1 reserved parking pass good all week

For more information, visit: wmphoenixopen.com

Would you like a home with a golf course view? Call me today to begin your search in the many golf course communities throughout the Valley of the Sun! 602-329-7782

Barrett-Jackson 2020

classic carLocal car-lovers, it’s time to get excited for the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale. The automotive event of the year returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale from January 11-19th, 2020. Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience.

Highlighting the 2020 Scottsdale Auction’s extended prime time hours on Friday and Saturday are nine prestigious collections, 11 coveted Ford GTs, a collection of celebrity-owned vehicles and the world’s largest gathering of professionally built Resto-Mods, all selling at No Reserve. Guests wishing to attend the event after 5pm Wednesday, January 15, through Saturday, January 18, can get exclusive prime-time ticket pricing online and at the gate.

This year Barrett-Jackson will be increasing its commitment to safety. Security officers will be checking and tagging all bags at the auction entrance, and guests will be screened for weapons and contraband. Also, guests will only be permitted to enter the auction site with clutch purses that do not exceed 6.5” x 4.5” or clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” (or one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags).

The 2020 Scottsdale Auction Docket is available to view online. To receive more information on becoming a bidder or purchase tickets for the 2020 Scottsdale auction or consign for future 2020 auctions, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com.

Are you looking for a home in Scottsdale?  I can help you find a home for you and your cars in Scottsdale or any other area in the Valley of the Sun! 602-329-7782