Where do central Arizonans go for a quick, out-of-state escape? Families with younger kids often go west to San Diego, hedonists south to Rocky Point, Mexico, and those who like to be active in mountains and canyons can go north to Moab, Utah, a kind of Disneyland for the outdoorsy set.
The Board of Visitors announced that 43 high school seniors accepted invitations to become Flowers Girls. Carlee Cox of Ahwatukee was among these young women who was presented by their fathers at The Board of Visitors 100th Annual Charity Ball, on April 18 at The Camelback Inn Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley.
On this 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, I was already pondering the place of the LBTGQ community in our society when the news broke of CNBC “outing” Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc. It was a painful reminder that, despite significant gains in recent years, there is still a perception problem regarding people’s sexual orientation or self-identification.
The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, home of Camelback Golf Club and the new, award-winning Ambiente golf course, became the first golf facility to host the one-of-a-kind TaylorMade Tuned Performance Studio.
The Ahwatukee Recreation Center’s Women’s Club had its annual luncheon on Dec. 11 at the Grace Inn in Ahwatukee Foothills. During the annual luncheon the women collected dozens of stuffed animals, which will be donated to Arizona DES to go to needy children across the Valley. The group also participated in a raffle, the money from which will be used for a music scholarship for a local middle school or high school aged child.
Ahwatukee resident Riley Rae Kocsis, 16, has spent the past two years traveling between Los Angeles and Phoenix, studying music from across the world and writing music with her own flare. Next year, she’s planning to go on tour to perform her music all over Europe.
Hayden Innes, a freshman at Brophy College Prep from Troop 375, completed his Eagle Scout project for “Save the Family,” a non profit organization who help homeless families get established again by providing them living arrangements. The Ahwatukee resident’s court of honor will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fry Building, in October.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ahwatukee Foothills News, will host a candidates forum in preparation for the Aug. 27 Phoenix City Council election. District 6 City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and Independent Karlene Keogh Parks will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns from the community from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Ahwatukee at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St.