March 2017 Around Town 2

Ashton Thomas Private Wealth Opens in Scottsdale Quarter

Ashton Thomas Private Wealth recently welcomed clients, friends and VIPs to its new home in the Scottsdale Quarter. The open house event featured talented winemaker, Gregory Hayes from Cosa Obra, a limited-production Sonoma County winery, and well-paired catering provided by Pomelo. Ashton Thomas, a boutique wealth management firm with Valley roots, moved from the Scottsdale Waterfront to its new location in the Quarter at the end of 2016. The firm also has an office in the Salt Lake City metro area. Ashton Thomas is committed to fostering genuine, long-lasting partnerships with its clients and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit

Boeing Builds Bikes for 
Kids in Foster Care

Employees from The Boeing Company’s Executive Flight Operations built 100 bikes for kids in foster care during their annual kick off meeting.  Pilots, mechanics and other employees had a great time assembling the bicycles for Arizona Helping Hands. The highlight of the evening came at the conclusion of the project when the bikes were presented to 15 Arizona foster children and the Boeing team was greeted by the beaming smiles on their faces. The remaining bikes will be used throughout the year in Arizona Helping Hands’ BIRTHDAY DREAMS program to celebrate the special day of children in foster care. For more information, please visit

HonorHealth Foundation Charity Golf Tournament

Tee-off at Grayhawk Golf Club on Friday, March 31st, 2017 for the HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic with proceeds supporting HonorHealth Military Partnership. The HonorHealth Military Partnership program provides training for military medical personnel and first responders. These service members receive hands-on learning, including clinical rotations and realistic training at the Military Partnership’s simulation lab. The program has trained more than 2,600 military members, as well as local firefighters, police officers and others. The fun, shamble-format tournament will be held on Grayhawk’s Raptor and Talon courses, with a choice of a 7:30am or 1:15pm shotgun start. Players will enjoy a gift package, gourmet food at on-course stations and complimentary beverage tickets. Each registration also includes two tickets to the tee-off reception and auction on Thursday, March 30. For more information, please visit

Scottsdale Philharmonic’s 
March Concert

Arizona’s Premiere Philharmonic will be hosting a melodious evening of tunes at the Scottsdale Bible Church on March 26, 2017 at 4:00pm, featuring Brahms: Tragic Overture, Schumann: Piano Concerto a minor, and Mozart: Symphony 25 G K 183. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit

Butterfly Wonderland Unveils Largest Known Butterfly Sculpture

Butterfly Wonderland has been graced with its biggest butterfly yet. On display at the exterior foyer of Butterfly Wonderland, the stunning Las Mariposas sculpture stands at an impressive 45 feet tall, with the butterflies’ expansive wings extending 25 feet from base to wing. Taking nearly a year to complete, Las Mariposas is considered to be the largest known butterfly sculpture in the world, and is certain to become an attraction in and of itself at Butterfly Wonderland. The presentation of Las Mariposas to Butterfly Wonderland has been made possible by Michela Roti Gallery in New Mexico, gallery owner Michael Sanchez, and the entire Sanchez Family Trust. For more information, please visit

Etazin Interactive Outdoor 
Lounge Chair

This unique chair is a true combination of form and function as a striking sculptural piece and a lounge chair that can turn to face any direction. Made completely out of steel, this is the first modern interactive art piece of its kind. The 8’ outer ring is stationary for the stability of the piece, while the two inner rings are free to turn a full 360 degrees for ideal viewing preferences.  Designer Kathleen Werner conceived of this innovative chair while attending the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Taliesin West. For more information, please visit

Four Seasons Scottsdale Welcomes New Executive Chef

Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North welcomes Executive Chef Chuck Kazmer, a 25-year veteran of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, arriving most recently from the brand’s sister property in Amman, Jordan. Kazmer assumes responsibility for the Scottsdale property’s three main restaurants: Talavera, Proof, an American Canteen, and Saguaro Blossom poolside grill, in addition to Onyx Bar & Lounge and all food and beverage service throughout the conference and banquet facilities. Chef Kazmer is excited by the prospect of exploring Scottsdale’s farmers’ markets and restaurants, and immersing himself in the destination. He will reside in the Scottsdale area with his wife, Margaret, and three children, sons Patrick (15) and Nicholas (10), and daughter, Lauren (4). For more information, please visit

Orangetheory® Fitness Opens New North Scottsdale Location

Orangetheory® Fitness, a one-of-a-kind, energizing group interval fitness concept broken into cardiovascular and strength training, is celebrating its 22nd location in the Valley, located in the Pinnacle at Scottsdale Plaza, at 23757 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 125, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85254. In celebration of its grand opening, Orangetheory Fitness North Scottsdale hosted a VIP grand opening celebration with food samples, light refreshments, photo opportunities, swag bags and more. For more information, please visit

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 
Car Week Results

With incredible fanfare surrounding the success of its new venue at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions has announced market leading sales results. This not only continues to demonstrate Russo and Steele’s firm position as “the most exciting collector automobile auction company in the world,” but also as the industry’s most bankable, as Russo and Steele was the Scottsdale 2017 only major auction house to garner two consecutive years of positive growth momentum. For more information, please visit

Notre Dame Preparatory Tech 
Tutors Help Seniors

Teaching his grandmother how to text, FaceTime and use applications on her cellphone inspired Kaden Macor, a junior at Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale, to teach local residents at Vi at Silverstone how to use their electronic devices. The Tech Tutors visit Vi at Silverstone twice a month to hold classes and give one-on-one instruction on how to use anything from iPads and cellphones to digital picture frames and mobile printers. The residents are interested in learning to use Uber, Facebook, Twitter, and playing games on their devices. The most popular mobile games are Bridge and Words with Friends. For more information, please visit or

Zak’s Chocolate Wins 2017 
Good Food Award

Zak’s Chocolate was named a 2017 Good Food Awards Winner in the Confections Category for its Cacao Nib Caramel. Zak’s Chocolate is the first Arizona winner in the Confections Category, and only the second ever winner from Arizona—the first winner was AZ Queen Bee Honey in 2015. The Award Winning entry is hand-crafted with Zak’s House-Made Caramel, infused with in- house roasted cacao nibs, coated with Zak’s House Blend Bean-to-Bar Chocolate, and topped with a caramelized cacao nib. For more information, please visit