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b2ap3_thumbnail_Scottsdale-Artwalk.pngDon’t miss the 24th Annual Western ArtWalk happening on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening at the Main Street, west of Scottsdale Road and Marshal Way, north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.

Dubbed as the “ultimate artistic showdown on Main Street and all around Scottsdale Downtown”, this event features masterpieces related to cowboy culture.

This event also serves as the kick off celebration to Parada del Sol, a pro rodeo and historic parade.

Parada del Sol is a non-profit corporation that provides financial and volunteer support to charities that provide healthcare, resources, and community programs that benefit the underserved. The Parada del Sol is able to provide these resources through the production and promotion of Parada del Sol Rodeo, Parada del Sol Parade and various charitable events.

This event is made possible by ArtWalk the Line, the Scottsdale Gallery Associaiton, Scottsdale Downtown, and Western Art Collector.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_City-of-Scottsdale.pngDon’t miss the Bidding & Contracting within Associations class happening on February 5, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening at the Community Design Studio located at 7506 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ.

This free event is part of the Neighborhood College Program. It shall be focusing on the proper steps Homeowners Association should take when hiring vendors such as management companies, landscapers, and attorneys. There will also be an in-depth discussion on the request for proposal (RFP) process and vendor contracts as well as the relationship between an “employee” and an “independent contractor.”

The City of Scottsdale developed the Neighborhood College to provide residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders.

For inquiries, please contact Neighborhood College Coordinator Joy Racine through phone at (480) 312-2342m through fax at (480) 312-2455, or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, please contact the Citizen & Neighborhood Resources Department at 480-312-3111.





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So you are looking for an apartment, and have asked the question, “What is included in a furnished apartment?” Depending on your circumstances, a furnished apartment rental may be just the thing you need. If you are on a short term job assignment or corporate relocation, you may or may not find it viable to bring all of your furnishings with you. By learning what could be included with a furnished apartment, you might consider it to be a better option. Here we will break this information up into three sections; barely furnished, reasonably furnished, and over-the-top furnished.

    In an attempt to get a little more money out of a rental property, some landlords will decide to throw some very basic furniture into a vacant rental in order to attract a tenant that does not want to move their belongings. In this “barely furnished” apartment arrangement, you will find nothing more than a basic couch (possibly very worn), a bed, and a few other bare essentials to accommodate you. Many lower-end furnished apartments do not even include a TV. Some people are okay with this, due to the fact that they may be willing to add their own items to make it more livable while also considering the typically lower price of the rental. Others may have to actually go and purchase other temporary furnishings to make this work for them. Beware of online photos that may have been taken years ago when furnishings were newer. Always ask for recent photos to be sent from a smart-phone with a date stamp. As this option may work for some, most fall into the next category of needing a “reasonably furnished” apartment.scottsdale furnished apartment

    When you step into a reasonably furnished apartment, you will find it to be very similar to a hotel room in most cases. There will be a couch, television, bed, better kitchen appliances, etc. These are great rentals for a corporate traveler, traveling nurse, or someone making a real estate transaction. All you will normally need in this case is to bring your clothes and toiletries. You will also need bed/bathroom linens and dishes if you plan on cooking at home. There are a wide variety of accommodations in this category, and the main point of consideration is the quality of the furnishings included. Many of these options will include basic utilities, but many come capped at a certain amount of usage each month. Rents will vary widely as well so it is best to look at your options carefully before placing a deposit. Also keep in mind, the nicer the furnished apartment, the higher the deposit or credit worthiness may need to be in case there are damages.

    While on the subject of nicer furnished apartments, we will look at the “over-the-top” category which are very far and few between. Another name for these known throughout the world is a serviced apartment, or full service apartment. These furnished offerings contain all of the aforementioned included furnishings, major kitchen appliances, TV, etc. Many offer all utilities and cable, some even offer Internet access. The thing that sets them apart, is that they may offer maid service, included linens and dishes, among a variety of other offerings. At Scottsdale Park Suites, a furnished apartment community in Scottsdale, Arizona you will even get dining options paid for, daily golf, and a gym membership just to name some of these extra included items. While this is very uncommon in the furnished apartment world, it is obviously out there. Do your research and locate the place that offers the most bang for your buck.

    An excellent value is usually easy to find as long as you do your due diligence. Make sure to ask many questions, and try to have your most important questions written down so you do not forget to ask the property manager. The last thing you need in your short term arrangement is an unwanted surprise. Make sure to ask about occupancy limits and if pets are allowed or not. Many people have allergies to pets, and would not want to rent a furnished apartment in which pets have been. Lastly, take your time. Things tend to be much more stressful if there is not enough time to plan. As the old saying goes, “...most people don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan.” We hope this guide helps you a little bit in your search for the perfect furnished apartment for your needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or post.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Waste-Management-Phoenix-Open_20140121-153852_1.pngDon’t miss the Waste Management Phoenix Open happening on January 29 t February 3, 2014 at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale located at 17020 N. Hayden Road. 

Dubbed as “the greatest show on the grass”, this event brings together an impressive array of professional golfers.

Admission to the event is priced at $30. 

The event schedule is as follows: 

Monday, January 27 (Practice Rounds for PGA TOUR pros only)

9:30 am — Kyocera Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course 

Tuesday, January 28 (Practice Rounds for PGA TOUR pros only)

 10:00 am — R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day Activities

  • Motivational Speeches by PGA TOUR Professionals
  • Trick Shot Show
  • Junior Golf Clinic Presented by PING
  • Located on the TPC Champions Course Practice Range

11:00 am — CBS Outdoor Special Olympics Open

  • Located at the TPC Scottsdale Putting Green, the Special Olympics Open features 10 Special Olympian athletes, 10 celebrities or sports stars and 10 business leaders from our community. The event is open to all ticket holders and media and lasts about an hour. 

Wednesday, January 29

8:30 am — Annexus Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course

3:30 pm — Phoenix Suns Shot at Glory, TPC Scottsdale 16th hole

3:30 pm — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens: Act – O.A.R. 

Thursday, January 30

7:30 am  — Waste Management Phoenix Open 1st round

3:30 pm  — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens: Act – Jake Owen 

Friday, January 31

7:30 am — Waste Management Phoenix Open 2nd round

3:30 pm — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens: Act – Weezer 

Saturday, February 1

9:00 am — Waste Management Phoenix Open 3rd round

3:30 pm — Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent opens: Act – MetalHead

All Day — Green Out, everybody is encouraged to wear green to support the green/eco-sensitive efforts of the tournament 

Sunday, February 2

9:00 am — Waste Management Phoenix Open 4th round 

Monday, February 3

9:00 am — Post Open Pro-Am, TPC Stadium Course


It is made possible by Waste Management, Inc., the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. It provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal service. Moreover, it is a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Scottsdale_Scottsdale-Arts-Festival-2014.jpgThe 44th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival is the finest event of its kind in the Southwest. It will be  taking place on March 14 to 16, 2014 at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

 Approximately 190 artists will display their work and compete for awards, including the 13 award winners from the 2013 event.

Features include live performances, gourmet food trucks, wine tastings and family art activities.

This event is hosted by the Scottsdale Cultural Council. The proceeds from the festival will help support the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Arizona’s wonderful springtime weather and glorious scenery added to the park-like setting of the festival attracts more than 40,000 visitors every year.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the entrance on the day of the event. Prices are as follows:

·         Single-Day Pass: $8

·         Two-Day Pass: $12

For more information, visit http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org