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Horseshoe Bend

Looking for adventure? Hop in the car and take a road trip to Page, Arizona to visit one of America’s great natural wonders-Horseshoe Bend!  For many years, Horseshoe Bend was a quiet location only popular with nearby residents who would make the short drive from Page and have a picnic along the rim. However, social media has recently played a prominent role in its ascent to tourism fame. Horseshoe Bend has now become one of the country’s most Instagrammed destinations!

Horseshoe Bend is one of those rare places that is absolutely breathtaking, yet accessible to people of all hiking skill levels. A short 3/4 mile hike from the parking lot takes you to the top of a cliff overlooking Horseshoe Bend and the Colorado River below.

The overlook at Horseshoe Bend can be dangerous, as only a small portion has railings, so use extreme caution as it is a drop of over 1000 feet to the Colorado River. While enjoying the view, you may be able to see watercraft up and down the river, and some people rafting the river spend the night down at the shores of Horseshoe Bend.

There is no parking along the street, so be prepared to pay to enter the parking lot:

Motorcycle- $5
Passenger vehicles (car, truck, SUV, RV, motorhome)- $10
Commercial vans with passenger capacity of 14 or less- $35
Tour buses- $70-$140

Have you been to Horseshoe Bend? I love for you to share your pictures with me!

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Beat the Heat Water Bottle Drive

Extreme temperatures affect the most vulnerable in our communities who don’t have refuge or resources.

Help Us Help Others…

Help prevent respite from the heat for homeless veterans, seniors, men, women, youth, and children. Central Arizona Shelter Services distributes over 150,000 bottles of water from May – October.

Good Glendale Homes For Sale, along with The Sibbach Team are hosting a water bottle drive to help the Central Arizona Shelter Services provide heat relief during the summer months.

About Our Partner…

Central Arizona Shelter Services logoCentral Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) is the largest emergency homeless shelter provider in the state, including a Downtown Phoenix single adult shelter and Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter in Sunnyslope. Each year, CASS serves over 5,500 homeless individuals and families.

Why You Should Donate…

Dehydration can lead to organ failure, seizures, and death. Individuals who are experiencing homelessness are at great risk for heat-related illness. Last year, there were 172 heat-related deaths in Arizona. So join us, and help save a homeless person’s life.

How You Can Help…

Drop off cases of bottled water (preferably standard 16.9-ounce bottles) to the Sibbach Team offices at 14301 N 87th Street, Suite 215, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. We’ll be accepting water donations through August, Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Don’t Forget To…

  • Check-in on neighbors that might be at risk of dehydration or heat-related health issues.
  • Get your friends, family, or neighbors involved by sharing this page with them.

Not able to make it to our offices?

You can also make a monetary donation by visiting this link. All proceeds go directly to the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) and are tax-deductible. Monetary donations help provide bottled water, sunscreen, flip flops, hats, cool-weather clothing, air conditioning costs at the CASS shelters, financial assistance and eviction prevention for their clients, and other summer-related expenses.

Make a Monetary Donation

One water bottle makes a BIG difference.

 

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4th of July – 2021

Who’s ready to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue? Classic Fourth of July gatherings with fireworks and food can be found across the Valley in 2021. Check out my list of things to do for the 4th of July in West Valley:

 

RED, WHITE & BOOM AT THE WIGWAM

The Wigwam in partnership with the City of Litchfield Park invites you to gather the whole family, grab some lawn chairs, blankets or beach towels to sit on, and join us on the Blue Golf Course for our annual Red, White & Boom event. Get ready for a Fourth of July celebration to remember, complete with the DJ spinning great tunes, delicious American fare, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show.

The Wigwam – 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park

 

CELEBRATE AMERICA 2021 – LAKE PLEASANT FIREWORKS SHOW

Located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, conveniently adjacent to the Phoenix Metro area, Pleasant Harbor hosts this annual fireworks show, as well as food trucks, free kids activities, including water slides, bounce houses and live music. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:00 p.m. and activities running through 10:30 p.m.

Pleasant Harbor Marina (Southeastern Shore of Lake Pleasant) – 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria

 

AVONDALE LIGHT UP THE SKY 4TH OF JULY

Come to the largest tailgate fireworks experience in the Southwest Valley for a free fireworks show, or choose an upgrade to watch the fireworks from the VIP zone. Festivities, kid zone, food, and fireworks to light up the sky are all part of the celebration. Gates open at 5 p.m., the fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m. and the event ends at the conclusion of the fireworks show.

Phoenix Raceway – 7602 Jimmie Johnson Dr., Avondale

 

FIREWORKS FOR THE 4TH AT WESTGATE

Enjoy free face painting, balloon twisting, an iconic chalk walk, patriotic photo ops, live music and a dazzling fireworks display at 9 p.m. Additionally, multiple Westgate eateries and experiential venues will offer special deals and festive drinks and dishes to round out the evening.

Westgate Entertainment District – 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale

 

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AT ARIZONA GRAND RESORT & SPA

Enjoy a brilliant 15-minute fireworks show from Reserved Fire Pits, Reserved Patio Seating, the Oasis Water Park, or from the patio of your guaranteed view suite, available exclusively to resort guests. The Fireworks show will be accompanied by a DJ and Willie’s Taco Truck will be offering delicious eats.

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa – 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix

 

FABULOUS PHOENIX FOURTH

This annual fireworks show put on by the City of Phoenix will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. This is a free and non-alcoholic family event. Hang out at the park with friends and family and enjoy the show.

Steele Indian School Park – 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

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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.