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The best in charity, fashion, cocktails and fun from October 11 - 13. 



Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau Hosts “New York Dream, 1953” Fashion Event


Fundraiser to Celebrate Author Elizabeth Winder’s “Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York 1953.” Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum. Tickets are $30.


Visit www.phoenixart.orgArizona Costume Institute (ACI) Nouveau is hosting its fourth annual fundraiser as a 1950s-themed fashion event at Phoenix Art Museum that will feature well-known author Elizabeth Winder’s latest literary gem, Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York 1953.

Close to 300 guests are expected to attend and listen to Winder discuss famous American poet and author, Sylvia Plath and her time as a guest editor in 1953 at Mademoiselle magazine. Winder will share her insights into Plath’s experiences in the New York fashion scene and receive sined copies of her book that will be available for purchase.

Following the lecture, enjoy light bites, cocktails, beats by DJ Kim E-Fresh, Dior makeovers by the Saks Fifth Avenue cosmetics team and gift bags by sponsors Saks Fifth Avenue and Kendra Scott Jewelry.


The Little Black Dress Soiree

“Enjoy the contemporary, inviting atmosphere of Hotel Indigo Scottsdale's 44fifteen Bar & Bistro as we enjoy Extended Happy Hour Drink Specials, Complimentary Appetizers, Shopping w/ Local Vendors, Prize Giveaways & More!

 Friday, Oct. 11, 7 - 10 p.m. General Admission is $10, VIP is $15.

Purchase Tickets at: http://littleblackdresssoiree.eventbrite.com/

Western-Themed Kick-off Party Planned at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle

“The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle transforms its amphitheater into a country festival for all ages on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. as it hosts a Western-themed event in anticipation of the upcoming Scottsdale Showdown.

The family-friendly kick-off event will include an authentic chuck wagon and features an appearance by Tuff Hedeman, Championship CBR Bull Rider ”The Dina Preston Band,” winner of the 2012 Gig Master Award, will entertain guests with a mix of Country and Southern Rock music.  Concessions will be available including BBQ, and a variety of other food and beverages.  All venues at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle (including bowling, arcade, laser tag, restaurants, lounge and movies) will be open as usual for business during this event.  

Entry is free.  


For more information, visit: www.ultrastarakchin.com


W Scottsdale will host a Romance in Rio Birthday Celebration

W Scottsdale will host a Romance in Rio birthday celebration on Friday, Oct. 11. The festive party will transport revelers into the over-the-top world of exotic Rio de Janeiro, complete with colorful decorations, live performances and other surprise attractions.

The Romance in Rio event is free and open to adults 21 and over. Doors open at 8 p.m.


W Scottsdale will hold an Instagram photo contest during the party for the chance to win tickets to the hotel’s New Year’s Eve bash. Guests will be encouraged to upload photos of themselves at the event to Instagram with the hashtag #wbirthday and @wscottsdale for the chance to win tickets to the hotel’s New Year’s Eve party, plus accommodations.


Sushi Roku is also rolling out special deals for the W Scottsdale birthday celebration. The restaurant will offer 50% off dinner reservations on October 7 – 10 p.m., plus Roku Fusion cocktails available for just $5.  


I’ve included the press release announcing the Romance in Rio event below. If you have any questions, please let me know!


Jade Bar's Grand Re-Opening 

The newly transformed jade bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale makes its highly anticipated (re)debut on Oct. 11. The new-and-improved (and tripled) space will feature expanded seating indoors and out and a stand-up bar of genuine jade (Arizona’s only one, in fact). Outdoors, retractable fabric shade coverings, a fireplace and heaters make cozying up on the enlarged patio the ultimate escape all year round—with the patio’s views of the resort’s scenic setting being the cherry on the top.

For more information, read the full article here: http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/resorts/desert/jade-bars-grand-re-opening


2nd Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic

This fall, many of the top culinary events in the Valley will be filled with amazing fare, high-end wines and spirits, live entertainment and covetable giveaways. But only one will be giving away an all-inclusive vacation to Las Vegas on their own private jet. That’s where the 2nd Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic comes in.

On Friday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Valley foodies–and those who just want to have a good time–are invited to a private jet hangar of the Scottsdale Airport for food from the Valley’s top chefs, cocktails, live music from Valley cover band Retroactive and fun casino games. Participating restaurants include Dominick’s Steakhouse, North Italian Farmhouse Kierland, Peñasco Tequila, Proof – An American Canteen, Sapporo Scottsdale, Sassi, SOL Cocina, Stella Artois, The Greene House and Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market. Guests can also enjoy the Clique Photo Station, David Blaine-style magicians, a live and silent auction (prizes include custom jewelry from Kendra Scott to dinners with chefs to vacations to Cabo San Lucas and golf retreats worldwide). And, as mentioned above, four guests will win an all-inclusive vacation to Las Vegas on their own private jet the night’s end.

Read the full article here: http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/taste/phoenix-food-and-restaurant-news/oct-11-2nd-weekend-jetaway-culinary-casino-classic

Bob’s 2nd Annual Biker Blast

Joining the ranks of the GoDaddy holiday party, but open to the general public, the three-day event hosted by Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Go AZ Motorcycles and spirited Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons, is a chance for bikers, wanna-be bikers, bike enthusiasts and music lovers to have a “blast” and help make a difference.

The second annual event will be held Oct. 11-13, 2013 and will feature headline performances by blues rock legend Grand Funk Railroad and country music star Gary Allan.

Read the full article here: http://arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/autos/bob-parsons-2nd-annual-bobs-biker-blast/


An Evening of Conservation and Cuisine

Saturday, Oct. 12. Festivities will begin with a welcome in the Plaza by some of our animals and their keepers.  Guests will then embark on their culinary adventure in the new C.W. & Modene Neely Education and Event Center, where some of the Valley’s best known restaurants and wineries will offer tasty delights and wine pairings.  This will also be the time to experience a preview of ZooLights and bid on unique items and travel experiences in the silent auction.  An elegant dinner will be served lakeside by Chef Skip Hause of Fabulous Food, followed by dancing to live music and late-night coffee under the stars.

For more information visit: http://www.phoenixzoo.org/rendezzoo/

Susan Komen Race for the Cure


Sunday, Oct. 13.

State Capitol District - Wesley Bolin Plaza

Breast Cancer Survivor $20.00 -- Youth $15.00 -- Adult $30

For more information visit http://komencanaz.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/

Tour de Scottsdale 

From tourdescottsdale.net, “The tenth annual Tour de Scottsdale, presented by Lexu, is Sunday, October 13, 2013. The event kicks off at Market Street in DC Ranch, which is located near the southeast corner of Pima Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. The event features a 70-mile and 30-mile citizen’s ride.

The event beneficiary is the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization in Scottsdale that protects and promotes the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Tour de Scottsdale event is capped at 2,000 cyclists soregister now!

For more information, visit: http://www.tourdescottsdale.net/