Scottsdale Camp – Why you should go.

Scottsdale Camp is being organized by Tyler Hurst and myself and will be held at Sky Song (click here for a map) in Scottsdale on April 24th from 1:30pm to 6pm with a special screening of the movie Lemonade at 1pm and a Q&A with the Director after the screening.  Lemonade is a movie by Erik Proulx, it’s a short film about him and a bunch of inspired people who saw unemployment as an opportunity, not a hardship.

So why should you go?

I think Tyler said it best in his post:

…it needs to happen. Residents of Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Gilbert and Chandler get it, the businesses they frequent mostly get it and their employers are starting to turn on to it. But Scottsdale seems to be a bit behind the curve.

So let’s catch them up. Scottsdale Camp is an afternoon of teaching, sharing and learning from the actual practitioners. Speakers and topics were chosen to specifically target the theories that our geek conferences tend to specialize in.

If you’re a Scottsdale small business, if you shop at Scottsdale small businesses or if you like to see Scottsdale small businesses succeed, come help us out. We’re looking for smart people that want to learn AND teach.

That is the vision in a nutshell, provide Scottsdale businesses and residents with the tools they need to build stronger communities.

Register here!

See you there!

Chaparral Park post on Around Scottsdale

I just wrote a post over at Around Scottsdale about Chaparral Park and its amenities.

One of the 11 community parks that the City of Scottsdale has and part of its Indian Bend Wash park system is the 100 acre Chaparral Park.  Located between Chaparral and McDonald roads just east of Hayden road, it is full of family friendly features such as:Mtn views

  • 4 acre dog park (3 acres is grass)
  • 10 acre lake for urban fishing
  • 6 lighted ball fields
  • 3 lighted soccer fields
  • aquatic center
  • Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
  • multiple picnic areas and ramada’s
  • covered playground
  • community center with 2 small classrooms

It really is an impressive place. To read the whole post, see some great photos of the park and find out more information, click here.

Scottsdale Realtors® Displaced Pet Rescue

We have all seen or read the stories in the news about pets being abandoned or left behind due to relocation of the family, Shilohfinancial hardship, etc.  As a result the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® has partnered with the Scottsdale REALTORS® Pet Rescue Team to assist in these types of situations. The Pet Rescue Team assists with temporary placement, fostering, adoption and long term placement of the pets.

So, if you know of anyone in the Scottsdale area that would either like to adopt a pet or help with the rescue effort please have them contact the Pet Rescue Team here or call SAAR at 480-945-2651.

Prescription Drug Disposal Event in Scottsdale

We all have over the counter or prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed that we don’t need lying around the house.  Until now, I did not know what to do with them.

I recently, attended the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) Expo event and met Officer Craig Abernethy of the Scottsdale Police Department.  He informed me of this great event that apparently needs to be publicized a little more. So, I am doing my part.  Here are the details.

Who: Any resident of Maricopa County

What: Any prescription or over the counter medication

Where: Mohave Middle SchoolClick here for a Google Map

When: July 17, 2009 – 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Why: By safely destroying medications, we can potentially keep them out of the hands of children and others. Also, by not disposing of them by our own means, we can keep the environment free of hazards generated by the breakdown of chemicals.


  • Keep all medications in original containers
  • Include the name of the drug(s)
  • No syringes or bio-waste
  • Drugs must be given to a Police Officer ONLY

For more information you can contact:  Officer Jen Wattier at 480-312-0275 or Officer Craig Abernethy at 480-312-2594

Springtime Has Arrived in Scottsdale

The sweet smell of citrus in the air, beautiful weather, Spring Training games and wild flowers blooming.  All of these are indicators that Spring has arrived in Scottsdale.


These are a glimpse at the Sea of Wild Daisies that are in my front yard.

As I listen to some of my friends and family back east complain about how they wish for warm weather. I am reminded of why Arizona and particularly the Scottsdale area are great places to live.  By the way, the average temperature this time of year is approximately 70 degrees.

Around Scottdale: Penzey's Spices

For Christmas this year I received a gift card from my wife to a fantastic store in Scottsdale called Penzey’s Spices located at 3310 North Hayden Road.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but boy, was I pleasantly surprised when I walked in to the store.  Penzey’s has a large selection of jarred herbs and spices as well as high quality extracts used for cooking and baking.  They also sell spice mixes, I used their Chili Powder and Southwest Seasoning in some turkey chili and it was fantastic.  Another perk that Penzey’s offers is that any product they carry they have a jar of it out that you can smell and really get a feel for the taste of the product.  Here is a map if you would like to check it out yourself.

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I highly recommend the BBQ 3000 spice rub, it is fantastic on ribs and makes a great sauce. Also, they have gift boxes in all sizes, makes a unique and useful gift. Enjoy!

Around Scottsdale: Camelback Park

This past week the City of Scottsdale dedicated one of its newest additions to the parks system, Camelback Park.  This beautiful 37 acre park is located between Camelback and Chaparral Roads and east of Hayden Road in Scottsdale.  Some residents remember that location was home to the Villa Monterey Golf Course that went out of business about 4 years ago.  So after months of construction the park is finally open to the public.

Camelback Park is a wonderful addition to the City of Scottsdale and includes multi use paths, expansive open green space and lots of trees.  The City even added low impact jogging paths next to the main path.

Also, this park is directly north of the Giants training facility and will make for a beautiful gateway into Old Town Scottsdale.

Lastly, I just wanted to make sure that everyone understands that these pictures were taken in December and I had to shovel no snow to take them.

You can find a few more pictures of Camelback Park on my Flickr page here.

Something Cool

I just wanted to share a quick story with you. Two weeks ago my wife and I went to the Desert Botanical Gardens Chihuly Glass Exhibit, which was blogged about on this site last week, and I took some pretty good pictures.  Shortly after I got the pictures uploaded to my Flickr page I received a challenge from Sarah Cooper, @sarahwv to you twitter folk, to create a slide show that was as good as her Chihuly slide show she created, which you can see here.  So, I accepted her challenge and created a slideshow and posted it to my Flickr page.  Well, as a result the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau liked it so much they have put it up on their site to promote the area, you can view it here.

It is just another example of how Social Media can create opportunities for you and your business.

Around Scottsdale: The DBG and Chihuly at night.

The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix are a spectacular site almost year round and most often seen in the daytime.  Now the Gardens are open in the evening on certain dates until December 23, 2008 and the Chihuly glass exhibit is lit beautifully and provides a wonderful accent to the Gardens.  In addition to the Luminaries lining the paths and the Chihuly glass there is music and drinks throughout the Gardens.  I strongly recommend that everyone goes and experiences this wonderful holiday treat before it is gone.

Amazing piece.

Get a sneek peek at some of what you will see at the DBG on my flickr page here.

Find out more information about the Las Noches de las Luminarias such as available dates and ticket prices here.