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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Crystal Lagoon Breaks Ground!

The official groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday, July 10th for the Crystal Lagoons Island Resort in Glendale at 95th Ave and Cardinals Way. The “one of a kind” entertainment district will offer a 10-acre lagoon, as well as shopping, themed restaurants, attractions, and entertainment venues. In total, the venue will be a total of 48- acres adjacent to Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District and State Farm Stadium.

Crystal Lagoon resort officials were joined at the ceremony by Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Yucca District Councilmember Joyce Clark. The City of Glendale projects the project will create about 1,800 jobs for the area and generate about $700 million in tax revenue for the State of Arizona.

The Crystal Lagoons Resort is projected to be open 2022 ahead of Glendale hosting the 2023 Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium.

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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!

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

Spring Training 2020

baseballWelcome, Spring Training 2020! With more than 100 Cactus League baseball games scheduled between February 21st and March 24th, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a game!  View complete Cactus League game schedule here.

Who plays at each stadium?

American Family Fields of Phoenix (formerly Maryvale Stadium), 3805 N. 53rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85031 (Milwaukee Brewers)

Camelback Ranch – Glendale, 10710 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85037 (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers)

Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 (Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds)

Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 (Oakland Athletics)

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 (Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres)

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies)

Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Road., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (San Francisco Giants)

Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201 (Chicago Cubs)

Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise AZ, 85374 (Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals)

Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282 (Los Angeles Angels)

You can’t go wrong with a hot dog and peanuts at a baseball game, but the these West Valley fields also have plenty of new eats to try this year:

American Family Fields of Phoenix: New concessions this year include: The Bernie Brat, a Johnsonville Bratwurst double-dipped in secret stadium sauce and topped with bacon crumbles and onion straws; Wisconsin Curd Burger, a classic beef patty topped with Wisconsin cheese curds and hot sauce; and Buffalo Chicken Nachos, tortilla chips topped with chicken and buffalo sauce.

Goodyear Ballpark: New concession items include Loaded Corn Dog Nuggets, Garlic Parmesan waffle fries, Desert Tenders Sandwich, a buffalo chicken tenders on slider buns, Nacho Helmet, nachos served in a souvenir team helmet, and The Cheesy Changeup, a half-pound cheeseburger surrounded by two grilled cheese sandwiches.

Hohokam Stadium: New concession items and businesses this year include Impossible burgers, Black Rock Coffee bar, and Corndog Company. All A’s Access members and Spring Training pass holders can receive 50% off concessions.
Peoria Sports Complex: New food offerings this year include a street taco cart, a spicy version of the Ruthian Foot-Long Hot Dog, which is wrapped in Jalapeno bacon; the Mac Attack Dog; and family-sized nachos or French fries served in a choice of Mariners or Padres souvenir helmets.

Surprise Stadium: This year, Surprise Stadium has added a “value menu” offering $3 hot dogs, popcorn, soda, or chips and cheese. Also new is the Sam Adams Upper Deck with flights of Sam Adams beer; the Huss Backyard and Container Bar with Huss Brewing beers on draft; and a hot dog cart with four signature hot dog creations. Saigon Kitchen, a Vietnamese restaurant in Surprise, will also serve their garlic noodles and lemongrass chicken at the stadium.

Once you find your new favorite ballpark snack, let’s find your new favorite home. Begin your Home Search today!

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

 

Spring Training Baseball

baseballIt’s the best time of year in Arizona-baseball Spring Training time! Camelback Ranch in Glendale is the spring training home of two of baseball’s most storied franchises, the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. They have enjoyed record-setting attendance and national recognition since its inaugural Cactus League season in 2009.

The 141-acre sun-kissed baseball center of award-winning architecture is wrapped around a five-acre lake on the Glendale-Phoenix border in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. The lake separates the Dodgers and White Sox training facilities and offers aesthetic beauty and irrigation to complex landscaping and playing fields. The stadium has 10,000-plus seats plus seating for 3,000 on the bermed grass area. There are also 8 full suites, 4 mini-suites, a press box, a suite-level party deck, and a series of outfield terraces that create party areas. View the Camelback Ranch 2019 spring training schedule here!

When it’s not spring training season, the stadium is used for league rookie baseball, amateur baseball tournaments, corporate hospitality, concerts, festivals and other community events.

Want to view homes for sale in Glendale before or after a game? Give me a call at 602-329-7782!

Get Fit In 2019

Most of us start a new year with resolutions for success or personal growth or to get fit.  If increasing your fitness level is your 2019 New Year’s Resolution list, you don’t have to be stuck in a gym on a treadmill.  Get out and get motivated with some fun outdoor events.  Arizona has perfect winter/spring weather so take advantage!    Glendale has some fun events to get you started:

COLOR RUN
The annual Luke Youth Programs Color Run at Fowler Park will be held January 19th, 2019. This 2 mile “fun run” for all ages and abilities will be  held at Glendale’s Fowler Park (Litchfield Rd & Glendale Ave). So gather your family and friends and form a team to run, walk or volunteer at this year’s Youth Programs Color Run. Check-in is from 9:00am-9:45am, and the run starts at 10am. Click here to registrar for the Color Run.

YOGA AND MEDITATION
White Tantric Yoga And Meditation will be holding a 1-day workshop at the Glendale Civic Center (5750 West Glenn Dr, Glendale, 85301) on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. White Tantric Yoga is done in pairs as a group meditation. You sit facing a partner and follow instructions for meditation given on video by the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan. A representative of the Mahan Tantric will be present to facilitate White Tantric Yoga. Each workshop consists of between six and eight kriyas. A kriya is a meditation incorporating one or all of the following: a yoga posture (asana), a breathing technique (pranayam), a mental focus (mantra) and a hand position (mudra). Beginners are welcome, as there are no prerequisites for participating in White Tantric Yoga. More advanced meditation practitioners will deepen their experience and make new inroads to their spiritual awareness. Click here for more information and to sign up for the White Tantric Yoga And Meditation workshop.

DOBIE DASH 5K
Join the 3rd Annual Dobie Dash 5K to help support Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 8am. This event is fun for the whole family. Run or walk this scenic course starting at Skunk Creek Linear Park (59th Ave and Union Hills near the skate park). Each participant will receive a swag bag loaded with goodies, official Dobie Dash shirt, commemorative run bib, cool after party with food, music and vendor raffle. Socialized dogs of all breeds are welcome to participate. Click here to registrar for the Dobie Dash 5K.

I hope your 2019 if off to a great start, and if a new home is on your resolution list, give me a call!  602.329.7782

5 Golf Courses In The Arizona West Valley Worth Visiting

Put These Courses On Your List To Play!

The 500 Club Golf Course

Gorgeous 18-hole championship golf course nestled in the quiet foothills of northwest Phoenix. Designed by Brian Whitcomb, this par 72 layout offer subtle features that will challenge and excite golfers at every ability. The course plays 6867 yards from the championship tees, with a slope of 122 and a rating of 72.2. The 500 Club is truly unique in that it is one of the only public daily fee courses with the magical desert landscape and views of the valley mountains.

http://www.the500club.com/

Legend at Arrowhead

Designed by Arnold palmer, Award Winning Legend Golf Resort at Arrowhead Golf Club sits on a remote mountain slope 26 miles northwest of Sky Harbor Airport. This beautifully laid out course features 7 lakes and 156 bunkers all surrounded by beautiful valley mountains.The Legend plays 7,005 yards and a par-72 from the championship tees.

https://www.legendatarrowhead.com/

Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course

Originally built in 1966 and designed by Jay Hillhouse, Glen Lakes is located just 5 miles from the Gila River Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium. This course offers a par 33 course featuring 6 par 4s and 3 par 3s. This course can be challenging with 40 foot eucalyptus trees and many bunkers. The 9th hole presents water off the tee and on the approach.

https://www.glenlakesgolfaz.com/

Bellair Golf Club

Known as the best executive golf course by locals, this par-59 layout course features challenges that attract experiences golfers but a shorter more approachable length for beginners and juniors. Bellair features 5 par 4s and 13 par 3s measuring up to 185 to 210 yards in length. This course opened in 1973 and was originally designed by Lawrence, Hardin & Nash.

http://www.bellairgolf.com/

Grand Canyon University Golf Course

Formerly the Maryvale Golf Course, GCU Golf Course was designed by Ted Robinson Sr. The par-71 golf course measures 7,269 yards from the championship tees. Features include new tee boxes, challenging greens, extended fairways, practice facilities and a 10,000 sqft. clubhouse including a restaurant and bar, second-story practice facility and fully equipped pro shop. A traditional walking golf course accented with beautiful greens, preserved full-grown trees planted in the early 1960s and distinct, memorable holes.

http://www.gcugolf.com/