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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

Paloma Community Park

Paloma Community ParkResidents of Peoria have been enjoying new Paloma Community Park that opened phase one in fall of 2020. The park, located just south of the Loop 303 off of Dixiletta Drive and Lake Pleasant Parkway is open daily from 6am to 10:30pm.

Currently at 85 acres in size, the new park can accommodate large numbers of people while maintaining social distancing. The completed phase one provides an array of active and passive recreational activities for the community. The approximate size of the park will be 120 acres when both phases are completed.

Phase One includes the following amenities:
Lighted Ball Field Complex
Lighted Multi-Purpose Fields
Lighted Pickleball Courts (4)
Open Turf
Fishing Lake
Fishing Deck / Stage Area / Event Lawn
Splash Pad (opens April 15, 2021)
Inclusive-designed Playground
Picnic Ramadas
Lighted Dog Park
Concessions Building (2)
Overlook Plaza
Multiple Restroom Buildings and Parking Areas

Future phase Two is proposed to include amenities such as:
Wheeled Trail/Plaza (skate/rollerblade/bike court)
Additional Lighted Ball Field Complex
Walking Trail
Equestrian Trailhead
Interpretive Trails
Multi-Purpose Fields
Drone Zone
Additional Parking Areas and Restrooms

Paloma will be Peoria’s third community park, joining Rio Vista Community Park, north of Thunderbird Road between Loop 101 and 91st Avenue, Pioneer Community Park, off 83rd Avenue between Olive and Northern avenues. Paloma will be more than double the size of Rio Vista and nearly 40 acres larger than Pioneer.

Tips on Improving Your Credit Score to Prepare for Home Ownership

If you are currently renting and are considering purchasing a home you may need to check a few things before you begin your search.  One of the most important things to know before you venture into home ownership is what your credit score is.

Your credit score will tell you everything about your credit history and this is what lenders will be looking at when deciding whether to approve you for a home loan.  You may have thought you were doing everything right but your credit score will be the deciding factor.  Read more

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!

Top 5 Things to do in the Summer

wigwam resortWith daytime temperatures over 100 degrees for most of the summer, we’re all looking for fun places to cool off! I’ve been living in the Valley of the Sun for almost 25 years and everyone I know is always looking for something cool to do in the summer! Here are a few of my favorites:

Local Resorts
Most 4 and 5-star luxury resorts offer their best deals during the summer months, because they cannot fill all the rooms since Valley tourism is always down June-August. The fantastic deals are a great way for locals to enjoy a fun and affordable staycation at an otherwise pricey resort. The Wigwam (pictured) in Litchfield Park is popular with families and those looking for a quiet spa weekend. The Wigwam has summer activities for the enter family every weekend.

Waterparks
The Valley is home to several awesome waterparks; Hurricane Harbor in North Phoenix, Sun Splash in Mesa and Big Surf in Tempe. Waterparks are one of the best ways to enjoy a hot summer day while still being outside in the fresh air.

OdySea Aquarium
The OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale is a massive 200,000 square foot facility which puts it at the largest aquarium in the Southwest. A visit to the aquarium is the perfect way to escape the heat for a few hours. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the enclosed escalator fish tank, the restroom shark fish tank which ranks amongst “the best bathrooms in the US”, and the Living Sea Carousel, a rotating exhibit which takes you past 4 exhibits including a massive shark and sea lion tank.

Museums
Summer is the perfect time to check out the Valley’s diverse museum scene. A few of my favorite’s include the Musical Instrument Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum and The Science Center. Spending a few hours strolling in an air conditioned museum is the perfect opportunity to escape the heat while enjoying a fun and educational activity. Be sure to check out the summer concert series at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Ice Skating
When you really want to cool off, head on over to one of the Valley’s ice skating rinks where the inside temperature is always a cool 55 degrees! AZ Ice in Peoria offers public skating times, lessons and camps.

Where are your places to cool off in the summer? Give me a call so I can add to my list! 602-329-7762

Fun Things To Do in Peoria

Scottsdale Quarter Christmas tree photoDo you live in or around the Peoria area? Are you looking for something to go do during the winter months? Getting outside and being active in and around your area can be challenging when the weather gets nice and the tourists get into town, but with the right suggestions to keep you going, you’ll never want to stop checking out everything Peoria has to offer. You’re sure to find something for everyone in the family from the list below, so why not make plans to check out many or all of the great activities going on around you this season?

Challenger Space Center
Stop by the Challenger Space Center to learn and experience tons of great information about space travel! Check out Mission Control and be sure you try the simulated two-hour space exploration mission, too.

Peoria Sports Complex
Depending on the month, you may be able to experience some different sporting events taking place at the Peoria Sports Complex. Be sure to check out their web site to see what’s going on and what’s coming up, too.

New River Trail
It’s usually nice enough in Peoria to take a nature walk if the mood strikes you, even when it’s winter, so check out the New River Trail if you want to enjoy some of the local fresh air for a little while. This paved trail is great fo the whole family.

Craft Beer Breweries
The Freak’N Brewing Company offers tours and is a great place to stop by and try some of the region’s local craft beer. Don’t forget to pick up a few to bring home and sample, too.

Winery 101
Much like the craft beer experience in Peoria, you can also check out Winery 101 and learn a little bit about the winemaking process while you’re there. Sample some local creations and purchase gifts for yourself and others.

Go Golfing
The Quintero Golf Club is the most popular option in Peoria. However, you may also want to check out Trilogy Golf Club or Westbrook Village Golf Course for some other nice options in the area.

Visit a Spa
Choose Alvea Spa to experience the most popular option in Peoria. Treat yourself to an indulgent day just for you to prepare for the holiday season or to wind down after it’s done.

Horseback Riding
There are a few different horseback riding tours in Peoria that can help you get out and enjoy nature when the weather gets nice. Some are guided and some let you go on your own if you have experience, too.

Arizona Broadway Theater
Do you love dinner theaters? The Arizona Broadway Theater is sure to give you a night of great food and excellent entertainment, so check it out one evening during the winter.

Shooting Range
Check out the Cowtown Range or Shooter’s World Peoria, both located in the area. This can be a fun and unique way to pass a day during the winter months.

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Businesses Love Glendale AZ

Glendale AZBusinesses LOVE Glendale AZ.

Doing Business in Glendale:  Yes once again Glendale will be host to the 2015 Superbowl.  The first one in Glendale in 2008 put the city on the map as it was recognized as one of the most successful Superbowls in history. As Glendale prepares for this Super Event, there are other projects which have been set in motion; again helping to make Glendale a destination city.

St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center broke ground in Jan 2013 on its new 35-acre Glendale medical campus. Glendale’s 3rd hospital they will be investing more than 44 million for the new 24 bed location in 2014.  This year Midwestern University will also debut its new veterinary school.

In other big news, Luke AFB will have more F-35As assigned to its base in Glendale, more than any other in the Air Force. They will have 6 squadrons totaling 144 jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center.

Glendale Glitters award-winning festival has been recognized by CBSnews.com as one of the top five holiday light displays in the country. This free event which just completed its 20th year typically attracts tens of thousands of people each year. The award also recognized the neighborhood and business participation throughout the city. So who were the other cities on this list? San Diego, Portland Oregon, Arlington Texas, and Somerville Massachusetts.  Yeah for Glendale!

Luke Days is Back!

Luke DaysLuke Days is back on the calendar.

Luke Days 2014 – March 15th and 16th at Luke Air Force Base is an open house and air show. The US Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will be performing both days. A display of the F-35A Lightning II should also be available for viewing. Previous crowds at Luke Days typically average more than 100,00 spectators each day. There will be food, games and attractions for the whole family. Visit www.luke.af.mil for more information.

 

 

Sedona’s Cathedral Rock-“8th Wonder of the World”?

Sedona to have the “8th Wonder of the World”?Sedona Arizona

Yes it’s true…Cathedral Rock is in the running to become the “8th Wonder of the World”.
Inspired by the newly developed 8th Wonder of the World contest created by Virtual Tourist, The Sedona Chamber of Commerce asked our 30,000 Visit Sedona Facebook fans “What are the 7 Wonders of Sedona?” Below are the complied results in order of popularity:

  1. Cathedral Rock
  2. Boynton Canyon
  3. Bell Rock
  4. Slide Rock  State Park
  5. Devil’s  Bridge
  6. Palatki  Heritage Site
  7. West  Fork Trail

As you can see from the results above, our fans, visitors and locals alike choose Sedona’s Cathedral Rock as the #1 most iconic spot in Sedona, Arizona. We therefore nominated Cathedral Rock into the running to become the 8th Wonder of the World. It seems obvious that with vivid crimson spires and copper sandstone monoliths, Cathedral Rock was a perfect nomination choice.

Official voting is now open until September 30, 2013; and Cathedral Rock is listed as one of the 324 locations around the world. Although Sedona is small, sometimes considered to be a hidden gem, we know we can count on the support of locals and national/international visitors who have marveled at the beauty and majesty of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock. Ideal for a romantic hike, a family adventure, a photographer’s greatest ally or thrill seeking adrenaline junkies; Cathedral Rock has something to offer all ages and interests.

We hope we can count on your VOTE for Cathedral Rock as the 8th Wonder of the World. You can vote every day until September 30, 2013!

Reprinted courtesy of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.