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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

Happy New Year 2020!

Get ready to ring in the New Year at one of the celebrations across the valley! As 2019 comes to end, take the time to take time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the future in 2020!

Dave & Buster’s 
Dave & Buster’s at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale and Tempe Marketplace will both be open on New Year’s Eve with arcade games, redemption games, an appetizer buffet. Both locations will have a family-friendly party and an adults-only party. For more information, visit: https://www.daveandbusters.com/

Hindsight is 2020 Royal Palms
The Royal Palms Resort & Spa near Paradise Valley will be celebrating every decade from 1920 to 2020. A live bank will play the music of the first 50 years, then a DJ will take over to spin tracks from the next 50 years. Tickets are $175 and include two drinks, a raw bar, appetizers, and a champagne toast. For more information, visit: eventbrite.com/e/hindsight-is-2020

Glow All Out – Topgolf
“Swing-in” the New Year from 9pm to 1am with a glow-in-the-dark party at Topgolf in Gilbert, Glendale, and Scottsdale with four hours of Topgolf play, party favors, and a midnight fireworks show. Reservations are required. Each bay can hold up to six people. A “general” reservation is $240-$270, depending on the location, and includes golf and party favors. Drinks, food are additional costs. VIP is $420-$450 and includes access to buffet, unlimited fountain drinks, a sparkling bottle of wine, party favors, and golf. For more information, visit: topgolf.com

Medieval Times New Year’s Eve Show
Medieval Times will have a special late-night New Year’s Eve show at 9:45pm at its Scottsdale-area castle with pre-show hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a four-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, balloon drop, a DJ, dancing, and admission to the Museum of Torture. For more information, visit: medievaltimes.com

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort New Year’s Eve Party
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix will have a family New Year’s Eve party from 6pm to 10pm with a dinner buffet, crafts, games, dancing, a photo booth, champagne toast, and a “mocktail” bar for the kids. The cost is $35 for kids and $75 for adults. For more information, visit: squawpeakhilton.com

Is one of your 2020 New Year’s resolutions to move? Let Good Glendale Homes for Sale make your real estate resolutions a reality, call me at 602-329-7782 to get started!

 

Glendale Glitters

snowmenGlendale Glitters has become an annual family tradition across the Valley and Arizona! The stunning display of 1.6 million LED lights illuminates sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, located at 58th and Glendale avenues. The glittering magic of Glendale’s 26th annual holiday light display will remain lit nightly through January 11th, 2020, from 5 – 10pm.

Traditional festival favorites, including holiday entertainment, food, seasonal gifts, a children’s snowfield, holiday storytelling will be at Glendale Glitters, as well as a Home Depot Kids Workshop and Santa Claus!

Parking is availalbe at City Hall, at 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive, and the Bank of America Building, at 58th and Glenn Drives. Surface street parking will also be availalbe. For more information about Glendale Glitters, call the special event hotline at 623-930-2299.

Our mild winter temperatures make events like Glendale Glitters an enjoyable evening to be spent outside. Do you know of someone who is planning to relocate to the Valley of the Sun? I’m a local area expert and I can help find new residents a home that meets their needs and lifestyle. 602-329-7782

 

Happy Hauntings!

halloweenPick up some brave friends and head on over to one of the Valley’s haunted houses if you dare!

AZ Field of Screams

Decaying ghouls, masked slashers and chainsaw-wielding lunatics are among the dangers that might be lurking in this haunted corn maze at Tolmachoff Farms!
Details: Last day to scream – October 31st, 2019. 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $15-$20.

Fear Farm

Fear Farm is Phoenix’s largest outdoor haunted house. There are six themed attractions, including “Bunker: The Arrival”, “Slaughterhouse”, “Pumpkin Witch”, “Fallout”, “The Plague” and “Haunted Corn Maze: The Reaping.” Extras this year: carnival games and mini escape rooms.
Details: Last day to be fearful – November 2nd, 2019. 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. $24.99-$32.99 in advance, $1 more on the day of, $3 more at the door. Add $10 for fast pass, $20 to skip the line.

13th Floor Haunted House

This may be the most intricate haunted house in Phoenix, and it gets a fresh look every year, but some rooms stay the same, including the surprisingly disorienting “tilt room” and a haunted mansion that was preserved from a legendary haunted house in Utah. This year’s attractions are “Rise of the Dead” and “Creature Feature,” an homage to classic movie monsters.
Details: Last day to be haunted – November 2nd, 2019. 2814 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. $24.99-$32.99 in advance, $1 more on the day of, $3 more at the door. Add $10 for fast pass, $20 to skip the line.

When you’re ready to buy or sell your next house (hopefully not haunted!), call me at 602-329-7782!

“One Less” Campaign to Reduce Waste

As the West Valley continues to grow, there is a growing concern for environmental awareness. As a result, the City of Avondale has launched a “One-Less” Campaign to encourage people to make choices to reduce wasteful habits.

Starting on October 21st, each day will focus on a different aspect of waste with a challenge on how to reduce:

Day 1- Single Use Plastics
Avoid using items such as plastic straws and grocery bags
Only use reusable silverware (no plasticware)

Day 2- Recycling
Utilize proper recycling methods
Use our helpful High 5 Icon for recycling items

Day 3- Keep It Real
Avoid take-out or bring your own to-go containers
Drink from reusable Water Bottles and Coffee Mugs

Day 4- Green Clean
Avoid using harsh chemicals
Use all-natural or homemade cleaners

Day 5- Zero Waste Day
Avoid wasteful habits
Can you go the entire day without creating waste?

Are you ready for the challenge? What habits will you continue to use after the campaign?

Many homes today have environmentlly friendly features, what features are the most important to you when searching for a new home?

 

AZ Restaurant Week – Fall 2019

fall 2019 az restaurant weekArizona Restaurant Week is the twice a year statewide dining affair offering foodies a wealth of opportunities and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare, it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. So prepare your taste buds and dig in!

During the Fall 2019 Arizona Restaurant Week from September 20th-29th, 2019, over 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for just $33 or $44 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted). The carefully crafted menus offer food lovers their ultimate dining experiences.

Check out updates at www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com, where participating restaurants and their menus will be continually added!

Here are a few of my favorite restaurants that will be participating:
Barrio Queen
Chart House
Culinary Dropout
Different Point of View
Dorian
El Chorro
La Locanda
Local Bistro
Modern Round
Paul Martin’s American Grill
Prado
Roaring Fork
The Gladly
True Food Kitchen

Who else is hungry thinking of all of the great restaurants? If you are thinking about a new kitchen to cook your own gourmet meals in, give me a call! 602-329-7782

Back to School!

Summer vacation was fun, but it’s time to get the kids back to school! Here are some tips for a fun first day back to school and tips for a successful school year.

1st Day of School Traditions

  • Hold a first day photo shoot. Keep the mood fun by suggesting silly faces or letting the family pet join in. Keeping the camera snapping after school and capture your child stepping off the school bus in the afternoon.
  • Bury a time capsule. Fill a box or jar with items that represent your child’s current hobbies and interests. Have your child make a list of their favorite movies, books, and bands and describe first-day fears, friends he or she can’t wait to see!
  • See how they measures up. Using a growth chart (or the inside of a closet door), mark your child’s current height. Keep track year-by-year to show growth spurts.
  • Plan a bus stop breakfast! Invite all the neighborhood kids to get an early start the day before school begins. Fill a wagon with juice boxes, fruits and donuts. Bring it to the neighborhood bus stop at the usual pickup time as a “dress rehearsal” for the first day of school.
  • Tuck a love note into your child’s lunchbox to show you’re thinking of them. The first day can be nerve racking for everyone, so you may want to go for comfort food when dinner time comes and enjoy a cool dessert as summer vacation comes to an end.

Back to School Study Tips

  • A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is key, but sometimes you need variety. A trip to the library, park, or even just moving to the kitchen table will give kids a change of scenery which can prompt their brain to retain information better.
  • Remind your kids to look over their notes each night to make sure they have got all the information they need, then have them highlight the information that they know is the most important.
  • Don’t let a bad grade keep your kid down. A rough start doesn’t have to ruin the entire school year. Remind your kids to take proactive steps by checking their grades regularly and asking for a tutor if they need one.
  • Encourage your kids to make a friend in every class. Having a few friends in each class if always helpful if they have a homework question or had to miss class, then when it comes time to study for exams, they will already have a study group.
  • Keeping a calendar helps everyone plan ahead, but you’ve got more going on than just school so make sure you’re marking your extracurricular, work, and social commitments!

…and remember, before you know it, summer vacation will be starting again!

Celebrate the 4th of July!

4th of JulyThe 4th of July celebration start early this year. Wear your red, white & blue and head out to one of these Valley favorites to celebrate the 4th of July on July 3rd and July 4th!

JULY 3rd:

Anthem’s Independance Day Celebration
Celebrate at Anthem’s Independence Day Celebration with a traditional fireworks display, fun rides, activities and festival food. Families can bring blankets and lawn chairs and sit back to enjoy the spectacular event. ACC Community Park, 41730 N Glavin Peak Parkway, Anthem

Celebrate America at Lake Pleasant
Head to Lake Pleasant for their annual Independence Day celebration. This year’s itinerary includes kids activities with unlimited inflatable water slides, bounce houses, live music and tasty food trucks! Lake Pleasant Marina, 40202 87th Ave, Peoria

JULY 4th:

Fabulous Phoenix 4th
Fabulous Phoenix 4th will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest! The non-alcoholic, family-oriented event annually attracts 100,000-plus participants every year. Included in this year’s event will be two stages featuring local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix

Tempe Town Lake Festival
Kiwanis Club of Tempe 66th Annual Fireworks Spectacular will present fireworks shot from Mill Avenue Bridge! The spectacular fireworks show will begin at 9:20pm and will be choreographed to patriotic, pop and country music! Gates open at 5pm.Tempe Beach Park, 620 N Mill Ave, Tempe

Are you looking for a new home to fly your American flag? Call me at 602-329-7762!