October 2016 Around Town 1

OdySea Aquarium Grand Opening

One of Arizona’s premier attractions, the OdySea Aquarium is now open in Scottsdale. Located at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, it is the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet. The OdySea Aquarium offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life like no other in the industry. Throughout the OdySea Aquarium experience, interactive activities are plentiful, from the walk-about animals referred to as “Animal Ambassadors” such as a sloth, penguins and otters, to “touch” areas designed for visitors to feel sea lion whiskers, turtle eggs, invertebrates and more. Visitors may also participate in scheduled daily events throughout the day such as feedings, enrichment sessions and Question & Answer sessions with aquarists. For more information, please visit OdySeaAquarium.com.

Gold Medal Performance by The Scottsdale Chorus

The Scottsdale Chorus presents “Sing!… Party Like You Won the Gold” on Sunday, October 2nd at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The 2016 Sweet Adelines International Champion Scottsdale Chorus will take the stage to share the high-energy performance and a cappella vocal skills that propelled them to win their fifth gold medal in international competition. Special guests include the current International “Queens of Harmony” Champions Speed of Sound quartet, Barbershop Harmony Society International Senior Champion Quartet High Priority and other award-winning groups. Be sure not to miss this a cappella extravaganza! For more information, please visit ScottsdaleChorus.org.

Potato Barn Opens New 
Scottsdale Location

The Potato Barn is excited to announce a new Scottsdale location opening this fall. The new 40,000-square-foot store will be located on Bell Road and the 101, in Scottsdale. Potato Barn is a family-owned furniture store that offers an eclectic mix of home furnishings and décor, with an emphasis on rustic, vintage, industrial and shabby chic designs. For more information, please visit Potato-Barn.com.

Merrill Edge Smart Financial Planning

There’s no age limit for helping your kids learn to manage money. Here are some tips from the experts at Merrill Edge about teaching your college-age kids financial responsibility. Talk candidly about the pitfalls of borrowing and have an open discussion about not taking on too much debt; help analyze career aspirations— as your kids choose what college to attend, encourage them to be realistic about their income prospects; offer selective financial support and talk about the need to budget carefully. For more information, please visit MerrillEdge.com.

Dr. Swainhart Joins Carefree Smile

Carefree Smile is proud to welcome Dr. Samuel Swainhart to North Scottsdale. Dr. Swainhart comes from a background of private practice dentistry and military service. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he provided dental care throughout the Bluegrass and Appalachia. He is active in volunteer work and directs an annual dental mission to Haiti. As a dental officer in the US Army, he served as forensic dental examiner at Fort Hood, Texas and as a mentor for new dentists at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Carefree Smile is located on North 60th Street and Carefree Highway. For more information, please visit CareFreeSmile.com.

Eddie Merlot’s Celebrates 15 
Year Anniversary

Eddie Merlot’s is celebrating their 15 Year Anniversary, and you will most definitely want to join them for this milestone! From October 1 through November 20, they will have delectable items for two people on offer for only $15, including Caesar Salad for two, two glasses of Eddie Merlot’s Private Label Wine, Specialty Martinis for two and select Desserts for two. They will also have their Eddie’s Smokin’ Shrimp Cocktail and Macaroni and Cheese with Lobster for only $15 each. Plus, during the special week of October 8 through October 15, say “Happy Anniversary” to your server and receive $15 off any two dinner entrees! For reservations, call 480.699.0480 or visit EddieMerlots.com.

Arizona Musicfest’s Inaugural 
Fall Festival

Arizona Musicfest kicks off its 26th season by presenting wide-ranging musical artists with its first-ever Fall Fest, a four-concert schedule featuring Melissa Manchester, Musicfest competition and scholarship winners, two of America’s hottest bluegrass bands, and The Midtown Men: The Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey’s Boys, from October 28 through November 7, in Scottsdale. The inaugural Fall Fest “reflects our commitment to our growing and engaged patron base to expand both our schedule and concerts by major artists and Arizona’s incredible young talent,” said Executive and Producing Director Allan Naplan. For more information, please visit AZMusicFest.org.

Utopia Primary Care’s Two-Year 

Jeffrey J. Baird, M.D. is a family practice physician at Utopia Primary Care, P.L.L.C. After serving the south Scottsdale area for sixteen years, Dr. Baird left Scottsdale Family Health to open East Scottsdale Medical Care, along with his wife Tracy D. Drummond, M.D. He then converted his practice to a more personal concierge medicine practice, Utopia Primary Care. Dr. Baird cares for patients of all ages, but has a special interest in geriatric medicine, as well as chronic disease management. As a concierge physician, Dr. Baird is able to offer a more personalized healthcare experience for his patients. Join us in celebrating Utopia Primary Care’s two-year anniversary at our open house on October 11 and October 25 at 5:30p.m. For more information, please call 480.355.0600.