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b2ap3_thumbnail_Scottsdale-Arabian-Horse-Show.pngThe Arabian Horse Association of Arizona is inviting everyone to attend the 59th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show on February 13 (Thursday) until 23 (Sunday), 2014 at the Westworld of Scottsdale, located at 16601 N. Pima Road. The Horse Show will start at 8:00 in the morning and end at 5:00 in the afternoon. 

Attendees can expect to see about 2,400 horses which will be competing all throughout the 11-day event. People will get to see the future of the breed in the colt and filly classes. Add to that, there will also be the Liberty classes where the horses are able to run free. The Native Costume for horses and riders is also present. 

During the event, there will be many retail vendors selling equestrian art, books, jewelry and clothing.



General daily admission costs $10. For further information on other ticket types/prices, feel free to visit this LINK.




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Everyone is invited to attend the event titled “Neighborhood College – Even You Need an Estate Plan” this coming February 12 (Wednesday), 2014. The seminar will be from 1:00 until 3:00 in the afternoon at the Library – Mustang, Auditorium located at 10101 N. 90th Street in Scottsdale. 

Take this opportunity to attend the aforementioned seminar as it is free of charge. Participants will be able to learn what estate planning is and also how they will be able to accomplish each family/individual’s goals. More so, individuals will get to listen to a lecture on what happens if the person doesn't have any estate plan in place as well as what are the countless options available in determining what is right for one’s preference. 

Examining wills, trusts, plus other estate planning tools are included to complete the basic understanding of estate planning. Attendees are also given the privilege to ask questions at the end of the seminar. 

Interested parties may contact Joy Racine at (480) 312-2342 or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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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.

For inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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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.