May 2017 Around Town

Hype Building Around the Miksta Team at VIP Mortgage

The Miksta Team has been generating a buzz around the Valley with their top-notch mortgage service and community outreach. After helping hundreds of families to finance homes in the Scottsdale area, Steve Miksta was named a part of the top 1% of Mortgage Originators in the nation for 2016, by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Their local presence is growing alongside their business, but their dedication and service level to each borrower has not changed. Every loan done through the Miksta Team is structured to ensure the best financial outcome for their clients. If you’re interested in buying, selling or refinancing a home this year, call 480.719.8819.

NRCC Grace & Mercy Homeless Ministries

Thanks to the many donations received, North Ridge Community Church volunteers recently participated in this ministry, which operates on the streets in downtown Phoenix at St. Vincent de Paul, located at 1075 W. Jackson Street. Providing prepared meals, clothing and support to about 2,000 homeless people each month, Grace and Mercy serves in several ways. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays through Fridays, and the first Saturday of each month from 7:30 a.m – 9 a.m. For more information, please go to

Bike Tours for the Wounded USA

Bike Tours for the Wounded USA is a Phoenix-based charity formed to support our wounded, injured and sick veterans. BT4TW raise funds to give our guys a once in a lifetime motorcycle tour with their British counterparts in Normandy, France. On their arrival in the U.K., they will travel to Normandy on the back of motorcycles to stand on the same soil on which their predecessors stood on June 6, 1944. More details of this and our membership program can be found on our Facebook page, Bike Tours for the Wounded USA.

rd Annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner

Make plans to join Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians and his wife, Christine, for the third Annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner at Steak 44 on Monday, May 22, 2017. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Arians Family Foundation and Voices For CASA of Maricopa County. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP cocktail reception at Steak 44, where guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Cardinals’ coaches, players and other Valley sports stars and celebrities. The event then continues with Cardinals’ coaches and players joining guests at their table for a delectable dinner at Steak 44, starting at 7 p.m. For tickets to the event, please contact Brynn Wheeler at or call 310.426.9900.

MIM Music Theater 2017 Summer Concert Series

The MIM Music Theater has announced their 2017 Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln. It includes more than 30 concerts from May through September, spanning multiple genres and generations. The diverse lineup includes Americana legends Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Hot Tuna, Post Modern Jukebox star Morgan James, jazz great Diane Schuur, and the young, talented Austrian folk group Federspiel. The MIM Music Theater presents over 250 concerts per year and has had nearly 150 GRAMMY-winning artists perform on its stage. For more information, please visit

Girl Scouts Gold Award Recipients Announced

Three northeast valley teens—Allison Daugherty, Alexandra Neumann and Serena Noss—earned the prestigious Gold Award, the highest award a girl can merit in Girl Scouting. The three girls were honored by the Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, along with 30 other girls from central and northern Arizona at The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain. To earn the Gold Award, girls spend over 80 hours working on a project that addresses a community problem and is important to each girl. Overall, the process usually takes 18 to 24 months and often involves seeking in-kind donations and recruiting volunteers. For more information, please visit

Liberty Station Opens in North Scottsdale

Liberty Station, an American Tavern and Smokehouse is now open at 34522 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 180. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Liberty Station will serve American comfort food with regional touches. Acclaimed Executive Chef Michael Hunn and Chef de Cuisine Dan Watts will head the kitchen. The pair has created a menu using many locally-sourced ingredients, which include creative “shareable” appetizers, sandwiches, pasta and salads. Entrees will feature fresh seafood, steaks and chops. Liberty Station will also smoke many of their high-quality meats from Creekstone Farms on a custom made smoker by Camelback Smokers, prominently displayed on the west side patio of the restaurant. For more information, please visit

Mermaid Magic Experience at OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium celebrates Mermaid Magic with activities revolving around one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mythical creatures — mermaids! Guests can watch real live mermaids swim with the sharks and rays, and even meet these majestic beauties, from May 27 through June 4. Activities will include: Mermaids in the water at SeaTREK’s Stingray Bay;

Transformation of the Deep Ocean 3D Theater to Mermaid Cove; and the Mermaids in the Deep Ocean Exhibit. The Lighthouse Café will also offer Mermaid exclusive menu items, including Chocolate pirate coins and mermaid-themed cupcakes, as well as a Mermaid Mule specialty cocktail available during weekends only. For more information, please visit

Tommy Bahama Debuts Maritime Men’s Fragrance

Tommy Bahama, the iconic island lifestyle brand, has announced the national wholesale distribution of its latest men’s fragrance, Maritime. The new addition to the Tommy Bahama men’s scent portfolio is now launching at fine retailers nationwide, including Belk, Bon-Ton, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor and Von Maur, following its exclusive debut at Tommy Bahama stores and online. Staying true to the Tommy Bahama brand ethos of celebrating the finer things in life, Maritime is an olfactive reflection of one of the Tommy Bahama man’s weekend passions. Drawing inspiration from the pleasure of sailing, Maritime encapsulates the vivacity of the sea. For more information, please visit

Bodega 13 Features Mother’s Day Brunch

Please join Bodega 13 as they celebrate Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch featuring carving stations serving Prime New York Strip and smoked turkey, grilled salmon, traditional breakfast stations, salad stations, a dessert station and more! Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys are available for $20. Pricing is as follows: Adults $39.99, Kids under 12 $14.99 and kids under 7 eat free. Located in La Mirada Center, NE corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak, across from Mastro’s. Call 480.284.7600 for reservations.