Mac and Cheese Fest – Scottsdale Arizona

 

Local restaurants will be serving up their cheesiest renditions of America’s comfort food at this two-day festival, in its second year. General admission guests can purchase macaroni and cheese samples ($2) and wash them down with beers in the craft beer garden. VIP guests get five tasting tokens, four drink tickets and a free soda or water. The event also features mac and cheese cooking demonstrations and lawn games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $15 for general admission; $20 for beer garden (with general admission); $75-$85 for VIP; $10 for children’s general admission. macandcheesefestaz.com.

View more info about the Mac & Cheese Fest here.

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Scottsdale Art Walk – Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

A 40-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple — proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.

Be prepared to be surprised by the wide array of artistic styles that are represented by Scottsdale galleries, from Western traditional to cutting-edge contemporary, from Southwest landscapes and Native American subjects to Russian Impressionism and more. Scottsdale ArtWalk keeps you on your cultural toes! Casual and eclectic, it’s a great time to visit the galleries and discover fabulous artists. Several times per year, the Scottsdale Gallery Association “pulls out all the stops” for Special Event ArtWalks with live music along the streets and special themed events.

ArtWalks are free to the public every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. along Main Street from Scottsdale Rd. west to Goldwater Blvd., and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Rd. to Fifth Ave.

For more information about the Scottsdale Art Walk click here.

 

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Fur children (our dogs) and dog parks…

Today I decided to take Tucker and Sunny to Paradise Valley dog park. As I got them ready putting their leashes on my 14 year old fur child Sassy just wimpered and layed by my husbands feet. She loves to go to the park with us but not the dog park. She is getting old and can’t run around like she used to. But the other two are raring to go! We are fortunate to have quite a few dog parks in the Phoenix Metro Area to choose from. My last count shows 36 dog parks!

I recommend finding several dog parks close by and going and checking them out. Many now have two fenced dog parks. One for the little dogs and one for big dogs. Check to see if there is water available Many have double water fountain-one for pups and one for humans! Some parks just have a water spiggot to fill bowls. Check to see if the area is well maintained-make sure it has grass and not a dust bowl or mud bath. Look for a shade structure and trees.

New to the area or thinking about making the move to the Phoenix area? For information on the 36 dog parks contact me at [email protected]

Click here to see map of the 36 dog parks in Phoenix Metro Area…

 

 

 

What the Baby Boomers are looking for …


I work with many out of state buyers looking for a second home as well as empty nesters wanting to downsize.  Neville and Sharon are a couple I recently worked with from California looking to downsize from their current home. We looked at various communities in North Scottsdale looking for the right home. After our three day house hunt we found the right home and the views they were looking for in Troon.

The number one thing I am finding is that this sector of home buyers are looking for 3000 square foot or less one-story homes. They have had the big house and are now want a smaller, more manageable home. Home builders have responded and are building smaller homes. In order to get the new smaller homes baby boomer buyers are having look further outside of the initial area they wanted to be in.

Recently we found a rare professionally remodeled home in North Scottsdale’s Ancala West/Ancala Country Club for $760,000 3000 SF 1-story with pool that surpasses anything in Scottsdale in this price range!

Solar Panels…Are they a good investment? What you need to know.

So you agree to meet with the solar company that called and they are offering solar panels to you at no initial cost. They say that they will save you significant money on your electric bills. You want to save money and our planet so you sign up. Then a few years later you decide to sell the house. You just know that those solar panels will help sell your home and at a higher price…Right?

That’s not always the case… the buyer really likes your home, then their real estate agent tells them that they will need to qualify to take over your solar lease payments for the next 15 to 17 years! If they don’t qualify for the solar lease they can’t buy your house.  Or another scenario unfolds…the buyers won’t make an offer unless you buy out the remaining lease payments…OUCH! This can be tens of thousands of dollars! They are worried about the solar equipment-what if it needs to be repaired? What will it cost me? Will I really save that much money on my electric bills?

Be aware of the potential challenges with buying or leasing solar panels and make sure you understand before you sign on the dotted line!

Scorpions…are they really that bad?

When we moved here 18 years ago I was thrilled to not have all of the mosquitoes, flies and various bugs that we had back in North Carolina. The kids being able to play outside without a heavy dousing of off spray! Shortly after we moved here I was at my children’s school & heard a woman talking about scorpions. Her description of them sounded like the beginning of the apocalypse! Were they that bad? Were they going to attack my children and pets?

If you are moving to the Phoenix area, rest assured that scorpions are not crawling around everywhere you look as some people believe.

Get to Know Scorpions… (as found on tripsavvy)

Scorpions have four pairs of legs. They also have pincers that look like little lobster claws. Scorpions come in many sizes and colors, but most of the ones you’ll see in Arizona are usually pale gold or tan in color & are less than 3 inches long. Scorpions hide under rocks or debris. They live in crawl spaces.

They are active and feed at night. The scorpions that are native to Arizona typically eat spiders, insects and each other, if they are hungry enough.

  • They hide during the day. Check your shoes and clothes before putting them on if you live in an area where there are likely to be scorpions.
  • If you live in an area where there is a lot of construction, you may be more likely to find scorpions inside because their outdoor habitat has been disturbed.
  • They can live for months on water only. Because they are looking for water, you may find them in or under sinks or tubs.

Here are some common sense tips that will help control scorpions.

  • Close or caulk door openings, screen openings, and window cracks so scorpions can’t get into the house.
  • Dust and vacuum in corners and normally undisturbed places where scorpions hide.
  • Eliminate the scorpion’s prey (crickets, spiders, and other insects) by using common pesticides.
  • Eliminate outdoor places where scorpions can hide, such as trash piles, rock piles, decaying wood or piles of junk.
  • Don’t walk around the house at night in bare feet.