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Signs of spring return: Limited baseball, other events give Scottsdale hope

In just a few short weeks it will have been one year since Major League Baseball called an out on its 2020 spring training season — the catalyst that gave way to Arizona closing down because of …
Education

Great Hearts Academies hosts hiring fair for Arizona locations

Great Hearts Academies in Arizona is hosting a hiring fair in March with hopes of landing 240 new teachers. The outreach is part of the  Phoenix-based charter school group to find new …

SWCC announces winning name of mountain lion

Zuma is the winning name for the Name the Lion Contest hosted by Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale.
Government

A snapshot of Scottsdale bond projects’ timeline

For those curious about the status of one of those bond projects Scottsdale voters approved in 2019, a timeline of 41 projects stretching out to 2030 has been released. For residents waiting for …
Subscriber Exclusive

Qwick digital staffing model fuels COVID-19 vaccination sites across Valley of the Sun

A Scottsdale-based hiring agency is lending its hand in the fight against the pandemic by filling vaccination sites with much-needed workers. Vaccinations have become a priority for states across …
First Responders

Driver arrested, charged following fatal Scottsdale Road vehicle collision

A man has been charged with manslaughter following a vehicle collision at Scottsdale and Chaparral roads on Sunday night.
SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Alexander: Kimsey project hits all the right boxes

Mayor Ortega and City Councilors, I strongly support the Kimsey project at 71st and Indian School, and hope you will support it too. All four members of my family support this project. I work …
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …

Mason: SB1379 needs fixing to address short-term rental issues

Dear Senator Mesnard: Reference: SB1379 — I would like to meet with either you or your staff on SB1379 the important short term rental issue, and fixes to make SB1379 a better bill. As a …

Opinion: What are the intentions of Scottsdale’s City Council?

Good intentions or bad? Three separate issues – all tied to one main issue. (1) Canal Micro-Parklets, (2) the Kimsey Project and Triangle Building and (3) The General Plan and …
Scottsdale City Councilwoman Solange Whitehead

Whitehead: Go time for Scottsdale general plan

It’s go time for the general plan in Scottsdale. Last week the City Council made fundamental changes to better reflect community values and protect our city’s character, quality of …

Curtin: How vitamins, supplements may help defend against negative COVID-19 outcomes

As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, we are also learning more about the virus itself, and new ways to defend ourselves from its detrimental and sometimes lingering side effects. …

Kurland: Scottsdale voters love voting by mail, so why is Ugenti-Rita threatening it?

There are so many reasons to be proud to live in the Grand Canyon State — from the “five c’s” I taught to my grade school students to the awe-inspiring scenery that makes us a …

Dr. Matthews: Brush for your heart

Many know there is a direct connection between what we put into our mouths and our heart health. But did you know that the health of your mouth itself is directly connected to heart health? …

Messina: Show employees the love, especially during uncertain times

We often associate the month of February with acts of love. Cards, dinners, flowers and chocolates are given to those we value. As leaders, it’s important to show the love by demonstrating …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Jason W. Smith was chosen to lead the International School of Arizona at the Scottsdale-based foreign language immersion school.

International School of Arizona names Jason W. Smith as head of school

The International School of Arizona, specializing in French and Spanish language immersion curriculum from preschool through eighth grade, selected Jason W. Smith as its new Head of School.
Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has agreed to use the city of Scottsdale's auditing services for the the construction and redevelopment of Hohokam Elementary School.

Scottsdale schools obtain city services to audit Hohokam bond project

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Scottsdale to provide auditing services for the construction and redevelopment of Hohokam Elementary School.
Mountainside Middle School students will return to a regular bell schedule, 8:15 a.m.-2:50 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting on Feb. 22 as part of Scottsdale Unified School District's pilot project to study fully opening schools and its results during the pandemic.

Scottsdale middle school tries full return to in-person learning

Although Scottsdale Unified School District middle and high schools have operated on a limited schedule for those participating in in-person instruction since the fall, Mountainside Middle School opens at full capacity on Monday, Feb. 22 as part of a pilot project.
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Neighbors
Nature

Queen Creek donor gives Scottsdale butterfly facility large collection

Butterfly Wonderland recently received a large, private donation of over 60 preserved butterfly, moth, dragonfly, spider, and other insect specimens from Queen Creek resident Della Johnson. The …

Scottsdale's Evan Kobley presents 'Celebrating Our Symphony' to DAR chapter virtually

The Sun City National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Agua Fria Chapter was honored with a program presentation by Evan Kobley, who is the 2020-21 Arizona State President of the Children of the American Revolution at the chapter’s February virtual meeting.
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Litchfield Park girl strikes a pose in Make-A-Wish fashion shoot

For much of her young life, Audrey Murphy dreamed of having her hair and makeup styled by professionals, putting on beautiful outfits and striking pose after pose as a fashion photographer captured her in action, just like models in Vogue magazine.
Community

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation grants $665,000 to Arizona Girl Scouts

This year, more than 6,500 Girl Scouts across central and northern Arizona are practicing their entrepreneurial skills by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. With COVID-19 precautions …

Scottsdale's Summerhays, Watts of Oregon win Fisher-Bryan invitational

Gathered at Longbow Golf Club Arizona’s best junior golfers – 30 girls and 48 boys – competed in the Fisher-Bryan Invitational held Feb. 13-14.
Business

Sandra Guadarrama-Baumunk, vice president of client services for knoodle advertising agency, has made partner after nine years with the company.

Beauty and Propaganda, a lifestyle salon with a new approach to beauty services, has announced its grand opening on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7400 North Via Paseo Del Sur, Suite 104 in the Grove on Hayden shopping center.
Proponents at Tucson-based technology startup, ConfirmD, contend innovative approach to digital registration is changing the way the world is verifying COVID-19 vaccination status. Since vaccine …
Barrett-Jackson has announced the company is adding Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence Technology and Varigard disinfectant spray to its health and safety protocols for the 2021 Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale, March 20-27.
Scottsdale Entertainment
The annual ride of the Hashknife Pony Express is among coveted Western Week events.

Scottsdale reinvents Western Week with new date, modifications

The city of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which honors Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences.
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company will showcase its first “Best of Broadway” revue for an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein shows.

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company has new cabaret style revues in March

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company has announced that it will showcase Broadway’s most famous music and songs in a cabaret style format every Saturday night in March at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
Artist Charmagne Vasquez Coe often creates works in her home studio or en plein air, with her recent direction of art focusing on assemblage and abstract surrealism across many media.

Scottsdale’s Royse Contemporary presents: 'Contrails and Peripheries,' Feb.18-March 21

Royse Contemporary will present the solo exhibition of Charmagne Vasquez Coe, “Contrails and Peripheries,” which is titled after a large work completed in 2020.
Seltzerland will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Continental Golf Club, 7920 E Osborn Road in Scottsdale with various hard seltzer national and local brands on-site.

Seltzerland pours in to Scottsdale’s Continental Golf Club Feb. 13

Cannonball Productions will present Seltzerland on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Continental Golf Club, 7920 E Osborn Road in Scottsdale, inviting attendees to leisurely walk a portion of the course while sampling more than 30 flavors of hard seltzer.
Scottsdale's Humble Pie welcomes a new chef and owner, Jorge Gomez.

Humble Pie debuts new brand, menu with star chef in Scottsdale

Pizzeria and social house, Humble Pie, has reemerged in Scottsdale with a new chef and owner, Jorge Gomez, in addition to a renovated dining room, menu and bar.
"Live at Grayhawk" returns Feb. 10 to Quill Creek Café patio.

Patio dining, ‘Live at Grayhawk’ returns at Grayhawk Golf Club

The restaurants at Scottsdale’s Grayhawk Golf Club, which offers four patio dining experiences with views of the golf courses and nearby McDowell Mountains, brings back “Live at Grayhawk.”
Scottsdale Quarter Quad

Scottsdale Quarter, Culinary Dropout offers private dome dining

Scottsdale Quarter presents a new, safe way to dine: Desert Domes featuring four partially-enclosed geodesic domes for outdoor dining.
Celebrate the third annual Arizona Persian New Year Festival with COVID-19 safe measures from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 6-7 on the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Persian New Year Festival to unveil ‘Haftseen’art

In honor of the Celebration of Life Nowruz — Persian New Year — the third annual Arizona Persian New Year Festival will unveil interactive art installations for public viewing instead of hosting an in-person festival.
Inspired by the work of Ballet Arizona choreographer and dancer Nayon Iovino’s work for ENERGY, a  performance of originals and classics from Ballet Arizona, is available for in-person performances Feb. 12-21 and online March 6.

Ballet Arizona ‘arabesques’ its ENERGY TikTok Challenge

Ballet Arizona and Goodmans Interior Structures have partnered for the ENERGY TikTok Challenge and fans can submit videos inspired by the February Performance of “ENERGY.”
The Village Snow Mountain's 120-foot ice slide.

The Fairmont Scottsdale premiers Winter At The Princess event

Guests can enjoy two different ice skating experiences, ax throwing, rides, ice mazes, inventive food, beverages and more at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Winter at the Princess.
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