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Golfing in Maricopa County Arizona

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

One of the great area attractions to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area is playing a round or two of golf on the neatly trimmed green at one of the many golf courses. No matter where you live or plan to move in the entire Valley of the Sun, there is a golf course close at hand, ready to offer calm and serenity to a busy life. With world renowned courses where the masters have played, and country clubs to re-energize after a morning in the Arizona sunshine, many of these facilities offer the ability to book tee times online, host various tournaments and tours that come through town, as well as offering a beautiful backdrop for special events. Below is a snapshot of just a few of the sundry golf courses and golf clubs in the area.

Paradise Valley Country Club | Paradise Valley AZ
Nestled in this affluent section of town, this golf course is known as a legacy homestead course and boasts not only a renovated clubhouse with a ballroom and barber shop. It is enjoyed by many Paradise Valley luxury home owners.

Rolling Hills Golf Course | Tempe AZ
As an executive 18 hole-par 62 championship golf course this course is popular for local owners of properties in Tempe as well as those who commute from nearby cities.

Las Colinas | Queen Creek AZ
Mature trees and local grasses invite players for a round of golf in this dynamically landscaped golf course that is also within hitting distance of the unique real estate in Queen Creek Arizona.

Sun Lakes of Arizona | Chandler AZ
Enjoy all the luxury of a resort lifestyle along with several golf courses, country clubs, driving ranges, restaurants, health clubs and all the amenities expected in up-scale living. In a place where the goal is relaxing in style, there are some beautiful Chandler homes for sale as well.

Superstition Springs Golf Club | Mesa AZ
As a PGA Tour qualifying golf course, playing on this green can be both enjoyable and challenging for golfers of all skill levels, while also being set close to a variety of styled homes in Mesa.

Kierland Golf Club | Scottsdale AZ
This golf club offers not only a great facility for golf, but instructions to anyone from the more experienced golfer, to young kids who learn after school and even entire families. And with real estate in Scottsdale so close, it’s no wonder locals choose this course when they want to play.

Legacy Golf Resort | Phoenix AZ
This world-class resort offers everything from a fitness center, spa services and even Southwest-Styled Suite Phoenix condos that keep you close to your game. It boasts gorgeous views and oftentimes hosts business meetings, weddings, retreats and other special occasion events.

Details on additional golf courses and golf clubs in Maricopa County Arizona are provided by Arizona Golfer. Picture also provided by Arizona Golfer.

Tonto National Forest In All Its Glory

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Living in any part of Maricopa County AZ means that you are very close to the beauty and serenity of Tonto National Forest. Its 3 million acres of protected land range from a beautiful pine forest along lakes and rivers to Saguaro cactus-laden desert scenery. Its stunning multi-colored stone canyons beckon tourists and Paradise Valley property owners alike to partake in its majestic beauty, while large sections of the Verde River are now considered Arizona’s first and only Wild and Scenic River Area.

Tonto National forest offers outdoor activities that rival other national forests in the nation, with not only camping, fishing, hiking, tubing and horseback riding, but geocaching, mineral prospecting, hunting and off-highway vehicle trail riding. Catch glimpses of unique wildlife and learn about indigenous plants and trees while enjoying the beautiful scenery on foot or by car, visit interpretive areas that tell about the landscape and ranger programs that delight those of all ages.

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Holiday Festivals, Parades and Tree Lighting Events in Maricopa County Arizona

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

There are a plethora of great holiday festivals going on throughout Maricopa County Arizona for the 2010 holiday season. So get out and make some memories! Here are some highlights of unique and fun events to experience this holiday season:

Tempe Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade
Saturday, November 27th | Mill Avenue District unveils its Winter Wonderland themed season with the glittering lights of the Opening Night Parade; visit Santa Claus, watch the official Tempe Tree Lighting ceremony and enjoy some great holiday shopping.

Gilbert’s Holiday Nights of Lights
Thursday, December 2nd | Experience the lighting of the town’s 28 foot Christmas tree and lights display, a visit from Santa and go skating on the green skating rink made of eco-friendly synthetic hybrid ice.

Queen Creek Hometown Christmas
Friday, December 3rd | Experience the feeling of a small town community, visit with Santa, do crafts with the kids, watch live entertainment on-stage, shop with vendors and eat some great food!

Chandler Parade of Lights and Tumbleweed Tree Lighting
Saturday Dec 4th | Take a picture with Santa at Santa’s House, enjoy the parade and the lighting of the most unique Christmas tree ever made of tumbleweeds!

Phoenix Electric Light Parade
Saturday Dec 4th | This year’s theme for the parade is “Through the Eyes of a Child” and onlookers can come early to see Santa Claus and view the judging of the parade displays, some with over 50,000 lights!

Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade
December 4th | Enjoy all the “home-town” festivities along with this year’s “Around the World” themed parade.

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale
Friday December 10th – January 1st
Kick off the season with a tree lighting event, visit Santa and take a train ride through this winter wonderland of unique lights displays.

Scottsdale Holiday Harmony Snow and Glow
Saturday December 11th | Enjoy the beautiful tree lighting, live performances, interactive booths, visit Santa, eat, drink and be merry!

Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
Saturday Dec 11th | Continuing the theme of Winter Wonderland, Tempe Town Lake hosts a distinctive holiday event with over 50 boats specially lit up for the holiday season. The annual light show will also happen on the METRO Tempe Town Lake Bridge.

Queen Creek Christmas Car Show
Saturday Dec 11th | This is a great event with vintage, classic and collectible car show benefits children that are less fortunate by collecting toys for Christmas.

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San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

San Tan Mountain Regional Park is a great for day-use, with over 10,000 acres of beautiful Sonoran Desert to explore. Its numerous looping trails are anywhere from 1 to 5 miles long; the Moonlight Trail is perfect for families, is relatively easy with beautiful scenic views, while the San Tan Trail is for the more adventurous in spirit, as it winds all the way up to the top of Goldmine Mountain, ending with breathtaking views of the Valley of the Sun below. Easily accessible, most of the trails are friendly to hikers, mountain bikers and horse-riders. Each trail offers its own unique views of local wildlife such as coyotes and Gila monsters, beautiful flowering plants and cactus, and skylines that take the breath away. For horse owners, there is an equestrian staging area to ready the animals for riding. The visitor’s center offers a wealth of information on the area, as well as a plethora of outdoor events hosted by knowledgeable rangers, such as learning how to mountain bike or hiking through bat caves. San Tan Mountain Park gives residents a great place to spend an afternoon or an entire day.

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Paradise Valley Vintage Car Show

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

While being known for its posh resort hotels, great golf courses, up-scale dining, shopping and entertainment, the affluent Town of Paradise Valley also offers some fun annual traditions that bring people from far and wide to this little utopia. The 6th annual Paradise Valley Vintage Car Show is happening on Nov 13, 2010 in the Town Hall parking lot. Pre-1975 classic, sport and special interest automobiles will be on display and visitors can meet the drivers and hear about their history. For those who enjoy hearing a classic engine roar to life, enjoy a drive as the cars tour around Mummy Mountain.

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Mill Avenue District Downtown Tempe AZ

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Downtown Tempe Arizona has its own unique charm that is expressed in numerous ways. With its architecture that throws back to an older, simpler time, and its pedestrian friendly shopping and dining along distinctive red brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets, the Mill Avenue District exudes the feeling of a thriving college town. Appreciate contemporary art at the ASU Art Museum, buy locally grown produce at the Thursday Night Market, be mesmerized by all types of performing arts at ASU Gammage, and experience an unrivaled night life with fine dining and a plethora of shopping. While boasting some of the best entertainment in the area, there is also great opportunity for recreation within the downtown Tempe community parks. Many locals that have discovered this quaint oasis have even decided to make it home by purchasing or renting one of the fine downtown Tempe condos that also boast their own unique character. Mill Avenue District in Downtown Tempe AZ has the atmosphere of a small-town community that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

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Tempe Town Lake

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

In the midst of the bustling hubbub of the City of Tempe, where people scurry to work and school, it is surprisingly easy to find peace on any given day. Tempe Town Lake offers locals a relaxing oasis of outdoor activities to help unwind from a busy day, and even the space to learn a new sport. Take a Segway tour of the lake, go jogging, biking and even horseback riding along one of the many trails. Learn how to row, join the outrigger canoe club, or go dragon boating on the lake itself. For those who enjoy parks and picnics with beautiful views of the lake, there are picnic tables and volleyball courts at Town Lake Marina and Picnic Point. There is even a Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park where kids of all ages can enjoy getting wet while basking in the rays of the desert sun.

Throughout the parks and recreation areas, pieces of artwork such as tree sculptures, light fixtures and sidewalks have been specially created and placed as a tribute to the history and culture of the area. While a majority of people enjoy visiting the lake and all it has to offer, some even choose to buy one of the unique Tempe Town Lake condos for sale and take advantage of the setting year-round from their own home. In addition to being a great place for outdoor activities and works of art, comes a great deal of focus on conservation and habitat recovery. The City of Tempe has restored a number of the Salt riverbed landscapes back to their natural state, making it an inviting place for wildlife to flourish. All along Tempe Town Lake residents and visitors can be found enjoying the beautiful Arizona scenery and sunshine.

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Haunted Hoe Down Halloween Bash

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

With the shifting of seasons into fall come leaves changing beautifully from gold to orange, windy afternoons and the sun setting much earlier than we’d like. One of the most enjoyable parts of this season is the anticipation of Halloween being just around the bend. In the spirit of funny pranks and mischief, a little mayhem and noisy children in costumes perusing their neighborhoods for candy, comes an exciting evening out. The 3rd Annual Haunted Hoe Down Halloween Bash is happening on October 30th, 2010 from 10:00pm to closing at Cadillac Ranch Tempe Marketplace. Winners of the costume contests for most original, best group and sexiest costumes will be awarded with one of the thousands in cash and prizes. Tempe real estate owners and visitors alike can experience a piece of the local night life flavor on this special night.

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Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Imagine wandering through garden trails surrounded by beautiful flowering desert plants, cactus, and trees when suddenly the sound of music catches your ear and you are drawn into another plane of experience with the blending of its melodies. The music seems to naturally accent the garden’s beauty creating an altogether unique experience. It is wonderful to live in an area where preservation of our local natural habitats and plant-life are of such high importance, and where music is continually expressed and enjoyed. The Desert Botanical Garden not only houses some very unique and beautiful plants, flowers and trees, but also hosts events that everyone in the community can enjoy. Every Friday evening throughout the fall season, the Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series brings together fabulous musicians from Arizona and across the US who perform in this distinctively beautiful setting.

Upcoming Fall 2010 Season of Performances:

Oct 22nd: Pat Roberts and the Heymakers (Rockabilly/Swing)

Oct. 29th: Ambicion (Latin/Conjunto)

Oct. 30th: Quetzal Guerrero and the Warriors (Latin/Soul/Jazz)
*Special Engagement concert on Saturday Oct 30th.

Nov. 5th: Estun-Bah (Native American Flute/Hoop Dance)

Nov 12th: Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce (Motown-Inspired/Blues)

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Walk In Wednesdays Open Mic Night

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Art and culture abound in Tempe Arizona and the surrounding cities. The area is a wealth of recreational activities, museums, sporting events, concerts, gardens, parks, and shopping districts all tied together by a community of people that truly care about one another and the area in which they live. One of the favorite events that local Tempe home owners enjoy is Walk in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Series at Tempe Center for the Arts. Tempe property owners and area visitors alike sit back and enjoy an evening set aside specifically for the enjoyment of performances from local talents. Each Open Mic Night is as unique as its eclectic performers, with young and old performing everything from blue-grass to rock, country to reggae, latin to hip-hop and everything in between. The events are catered and offer local musicians a fantastic venue at which to perform their music, with the opportunity to make it to the Songwriters Showcase and play with a headlining band.

Wednesdays through Nov 17, 2010 from 6:00-10:00pm
Youth (high school and younger) perform from 5:00-6:00pm

Songwriter’s Showcase: Nov 19th at 7:30pm

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