Octane Raceway and Bachelor Star Give Back to PCH

Octane Raceway celebrated 15 years by hosting a charity event for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and by partnering with local Bachelor Season 22 star Arie Luyendyk Jr. VIP tickets included catered food and kart racing against Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Luyendyk Sr. The event raised more than $6,000 for PCH. 

“My Indy car is displayed at Octane, and I’ve been coming here a long time. When they came to me with the idea to partner and raise money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, it was an easy decision,” Luyendyk Jr. says.

Former President Bush Visits Heritage Center to Open Portraits of Courage

Former President George W. Bush visited the Valley to open a traveling exhibition of his paintings, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. The Portraits of Courage collection grew out of George W. Bush’s personal commitment to veterans.

Portraits of Courage brings together portraits and a mural painted by President Bush of service members and veterans who have served our nation. The Arizona Heritage Center is one of just four venues to host the paintings this year. Portraits of Courage will be on display through Dec. 29.

Scottsdale Artists’ School Fine Arts Youth Academy Winter Session

Scottsdale Artists’ School strives to enrich the community through developing the capabilities of aspiring artists of all ages. Its Youth Academy, which is geared toward providing kids the opportunity to practice their skills, is offering two differed classes this season: “Colorific Class” Nov. 3 – Dec. 15 and “Studio 7 Class” Nov. 12 – Dec. 10.

“Colorific” will be a class filled with color, clay, cartoons and everything fun! Inviting all who are interested between the ages of 6 and 14 to come get creative. This class will take place on Saturdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. $125

Tickets can be purchased at ScottsdaleArtSchool.org/course/colorific

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill New Brunch Menu

As the weather is changing, so is Thirsty Lion’s menu! Introducing a new brunch menu that debuted on Oct. 20, check out any of the three locations in the Valley between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thirsty Lion is a combination of traditional European and American pubs with a focus on bringing together family and friends.

Just to highlight a few, some of the items on the menu include spicy chicken and waffles, Greek yogurt and chia seed breakfast bowl, whiskey French toast and adobo pork Benedict.

Scottsdazzle Event

Scottsdazzle Holiday event returns to Scottsdale! This month-long celebration consists of festivals, concerts and tree lighting ceremonies. The event helps local residents and visitors get in the holiday spirit through holiday festivities.

On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12-5 p.m., the inaugural Feliz Navidad Fiesta event will take place in Historic Old Town. This event will be free and open to the public, featuring poinsettias for sale, an assortment of piñatas and tamale tastings.

Live entertainment including mariachis and folkloric performances are also scheduled, making it a fun time for kids as well as adults.

On Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3-7 p.m., Fifth Avenue will be transformed into Sugar Plum Avenue, which will include princesses, a Snow King and Queen, carriage rides, Candyland bounce houses and The Nutcracker ballet performances. That same day from 4-6 p.m., the Miracle of Roses Pageant will be taking place at the Old Adobe Mission.

For more information, visit Scottsdazzle.com.



23rd Annual Asian Festival

Asian Treasures is hosting its 23rd annual Asian Festival in Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. This will give all participants the opportunity to experience culinary dishes that originate from Asia. Asian marketplaces will also be participating in this festival along with a wide variety of souvenir booths. There will be more than 20 Asian food vendors which will be perfect for anyone who has an interest in testing out some dishes originating from Asia.

Let’s Build It! Architectural Class for Kids

Scottsdale Public Library Civic center presents an arts and crafts opportunity, “Let’s Build It!,” to motive kids to draw and scale models. This is an arts and crafts class that is available to children in grades 4-6 that is free of charge.

In this all-day workshop, children will gain an understanding of how buildings directly affect the environment as well as their own well-being. Lessons will be related back to the exhibition Footprints on the Desert and The Shelters at Taliesin West

Taking place at 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. in Scottsdale. To make reservations, please contact Brittany Arnold at BrittanyA@ScottsdaleArts.org or call 480.874.4630 to register for one of the two available sessions.

The workshop is currently scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Space is limited, so please register early if you are interested in participating.

For more information, visit ScottsdalePublicArt.org/events/arizona-kids-build-presents-lets-build-it-1