Just Beat It…

April 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm (Around Town)

It’s sneaking up on us like a lion hunts its prey. You know it’s coming, but it’s too late to do anything about it except brace yourself and hope you survive. That’s right my fellow Phoenicians. I’m talking about the one, the only…the rising heat. Can you feel it coming? I definitely can. I’ve lived in the Valley for several years now, but I’m still trying to perfect the Desert Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Heat. While every other state stores their snow boots and waits for their 75 degree weather, we’ve already had our “summer” and now extreme heat is on the horizon. So far, the fact that we have pools on practically every corner has been my saving grace, but this summer, I plan on expanding my fighting tactics against the heat. We can’t let the approaching 120 degree temperatures scare us. Let’s just stock up on sunscreen, bathing suits and hats and take a look at the summer tips I’ve gathered so far. As it gets hotter and we start seeing visions of a beach in the desert oasis, I’ll contuine to add to my guide on ways to beat the heat this summer.

Beat the Heat – Part I

Day trips close to home but away from the heat.

Slide Rock 

F.D.D. Note – If you’re planning on visiting Slide Rock this summer, be sure to visit early in the year rather than August. It’s a much better experience in May or June!

The Flintstones missed out on this treat in Bedrock. Slide Rock makes its home in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona and is a popular water spot for residences and traveler’s alike. Visitors experience a natural rock formation that allows you to actually slide down a natural water slide. It doesn’t get much better then this! In addition, it’s only a couple hour drive from Phoenix, so you can take a day-long trip, explore Arizona and make it home to sleep in your own bed before night fall.  For more information, visit: http://azstateparks.com/Parks/SLRO/

Hours of Operation:

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend: 8 am – 7 pm

May and September: 8 am – 6 pm

October through April: 8 am – 5 pm


Fossil Springs

Would you like to go to Hawaii? Me too. 🙂 But, for those of us who are unable to make the tropical journey this year, we have an alternative option right in our own backyard. Ok, technically it’s an hour and a half away from Phoenix, but compared to Hawaii, it’s a stone’s throw away! The name is Fossil Springs and it’s a secret wilderness and water oasis in Arizona. Located near Strawberry Arizona, hikers have the option to do the long hike (around 8 miles) or the short hike (just a couple miles). But, either hike has a similar pot of gold at the end – a beautiful waterfall just waiting for you to jump into! When I first heard about Fossil Springs and the similarities between Hawaii, I thought Pinocchio was telling me a lie, but once I arrived and did both hikes, I realized that this wasn’t a tall tale. The hike is gorgeous. Imagine a combination between desert beauty and lush wildness and creeks. The longer hike had a better ending, but both hikes were gorgeous. At the end of the eight mile hike (roundtrip), hikers find several springs, a natural lazy river and water holes all situated within trees and shade. It’s the perfect getaway in July, but promise me you check the monsoon weather report before you start. 🙂

Sweet Tooth Note: On your way home from the long hike, stop by the Goat’s Milk Farm and try their Goat’s Milk Fudge. We couldn’t resist seeing if goat’s milk fudge was eatable and not only is it eatable, but it’s delectable and melts in your mouth! After you’ve had a taste, let me know what you think.



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Coffee Table Flare

April 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm (Around Town)

A Tribute to Phoenix Magazine

As a history major in college, I learned many important facts; including fun facts that I’ve kept with me along the way. For example, did you know that in the South, Southern Living acts as a signature piece in practically every Southern household? This status symbol seems to be as important as the home’s interior decorating and it’s pertinent that it’s always prominently displayed.

In Arizona, I am a loyal subscriber and reader of Phoenix Magazine. I consider this to be Arizona’s version of Southern Living and I treat mine like a Southern belle treats her own subscription. Phoenix Magazine  acts as my one stop shop for information that every local Phoenician needs to know. On any given month, this literary jewel of the desert is filled with tips on the best shopping, restaurants, doctors, hiking trails, weekend journeys, real estate, events and happenings around town. This magazine proves that Arizona is filled with adventures and culture right at our fingertips.

In this month’s issue, Phoenix Magazine features 33 neighborhoods we love. I loved each one and as I flipped through the pages, I took an imaginary real estate journey through each household.

Take a trip around the Grand Circle – Did you know that in the 1800’s, it was a status symbol to complete the “Grand Circle.” Phoenix Magazine featured the Grand Circle this month and explained just exactly what it is. The Grand Circle is a journey you take to give you an authentic taste of the Southwest by traveling through five states and witnessing some of the most beautiful national parks, monuments and breathtaking scenery. Pick up your local Phoenix Magazine today for a detailed itinerary on how to complete this symbolic journey.

Salsa Festival  – May 1 – A festival dedicated to salsa? This is right up my alley! My taste buds love authentic salsa and since I live in the Southwest, I get to satisfy my salsa craving any day of the week. For the true lovers of salsa, this Salsa Festival is coming to town in May, allowing you to taste all the salsa your heart desires. You’ll get the true feel of a Southwest lifestyle during this free event in North Scottsdale. The festival also happens to be a short drive away from Cave Creek, home of some of the best country establishments in the state, including Harold’s. Make your Saturday a true cowboy adventure on May 1! http://www.elpedregal.com/ 

Peach Festival  – May 8-16 – My mouth begins to water as I think about the approaching Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms. Schnepf Farms takes their annual Peach Festival very seriously and fills the event with peach everything including cuisines like peach pancakes, samplings, peach games, peach pickings and family-fun events. Schnepf Farms does a great job of making the most of the seasons. Be sure to take a weekend drive to visit the Festival and come back in October to pick out your Halloween pumpkins at their fall festival! http://www.peachfestival.net/

Sneaking to stands in May! Phoenix Magazine will be featuring the ultimate Arizona travel guide which is useful to locals and tourists alike! I’ve lived in Arizona for years, but I have an ongoing list of explorations I need to complete. The magazine comes out in May, so you might still have time to subscribe, otherwise, be sure to visit Borders to pick up this coveted guide.

As you can see, Phoenix Magazine holds the key to the treasure chest of adventures in Phoenix. To my friends in Phoenix and those in other parts of the country, my advice to you is to subscribe to your local magazine. Here, you will find important information to keep you in the know and you’ll be viewed as the go-to lady for anyone looking for local (not touristy) information.

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Heat is on the Horizon

April 13, 2010 at 11:32 pm (Around Town)

 

Before it’s too hot to leave your house, take full advantage of the outdoor adventures in Phoenix.  Whether you’re a fan of the outdoor hikes or take the movies in the park approach, Phoenicians are against the sun dial clock and it’s probably only a matter of weeks before we hit the dreaded digits on the thermometer.

Lions and tigers and beers, oh my!

Oh it’s that time of year once again my friends. Take a walk on the wild side and visit the Phoenix Zoo’s annual event featuring a new name and a new attitude this year.  Rock the Zoo will be keeping the animals up past their bedtime while the fundraiser features well-known artists such as Vertical Horizon and a variety of beer and food vendors. Do I even have to ask where you’ll be on Friday, April 23? The fun starts at 7 so hurry home from work and get ready to party the night away at the wildest party in town.

For more information, visit: http://www.phoenixzoo.org/RockTheZoo2010/

Get Up and Get Active

See all those mountains surrounding Metro Phoenix? They don’t bite! Don’t just enjoy the view from your car window, put on your hiking shoes, grab your Camelbak and get out there and enjoy nature like Robert Goulet!

Camelback Mountain – take the challenge and try out the Echo Canyon side. It’s worth it when you reach the top. For information, visit: http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikecmlb.html

Piestewa Peak Summit Trail  aka Squaw Peak – You can explore the beautiful desert scenery for hours and choose a trail depending on your hiking abilities. For information, visit: http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikephx.html

McDowell Mountains – Keep an eye out for deer and even coyotes or javelinas. You’ll feel like a true Davey Crockett after you finish. For information, visit: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/

 

Take me out to the ballgame

Whether you chat your way through nine innings or you’re a diehard, statistic taking fan, a baseball game is always a guaranteed good time. So grab your family or friends, buy some cheap or pricey seats, grab yourself a hot dog and beer (or soda) and prepare your vocal cords to belt out “take me out to the ballgame. “The Diamondback’s season is in full gear and the tickets are shockingly low in price. Get your tickets here: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=ari.  If you are in the mood to make it an event, ask about availability at TGI Friday’s Front Row.

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When the Orange Blossoms Come out to Play

March 25, 2010 at 12:43 am (Around Town)

It’s the prettiest time of year in Arizona and probably the reason the streets have twice as many cars and the restaurants have hour-long waits. If you have ever been to Arizona in March, you know its worth it. Picture this. On a typical March day, the weather is a perfect 75-80 degrees with a cool breeze. Arizona is known for their orange blossoms and when spring hits, Phoenix smells like its been kissed by the fragrance gods. The aroma puts anyone in a good mood. In Phoenix, we are lucky to have Spring Training visit us once a year and with that comes tourists…a lot of tourists. But, it’s good for the local businesses and as a fan of these businesses I support anything that keeps them afloat! With the gorgeous weather, the land blossoming, the birds chirping and the town flowing with events and fun in the sun, the month of March makes me realize how Pollyanna felt in her story. It’s easy to be in a good mood during this lovely month of March. Call me in August and my attitude might be a bit different!

Farmer’s Markets

Take full advantage of your Saturdays, wake up early and walk or drive to your nearest farmer’s market. Here, our very own locals sell their homemade goodies and treats. Have you ever had goats milk fudge from Strawberry? You’ll get your chance to try it at the farmer’s markets! In honor of the outdoor season, here are some farmer’s markets to explore before the heat locks us inside for the summer.

Downtown Phoenix Public Market – This market used be on Saturdays, but due to its popularity, it grew to a full-blown Urban Grocery Store, with a wine bar! This is a great spot for a day with the family, your loved one or just friends. The grocery store operates Tuesday-Saturdays and the open-air market is on Wednesday and Saturday. http://www.foodconnect.org/phoenixmarket/

The Camelback Market– This is one of the classic markets in town and a chance to take a day trip to France. This delectable market is open October – May. Walk the market streets and give your taste buds a treat with Panini sandwiches, shrimp skewers, lamb chops and word fired pizzas. If you’re looking for gifts, why not give French-made a shot and buy honey olive oil and French Soaps. https://www.vincentsoncamelback.com/bistro/market.php

Old Town Farmer’s Market – I’ve fullfilled my craving for goat’s milk fudge (don’t let the name scare you, it’s good!) at this quaint market nestled in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Visitors can find fresh produce, home essentials and tasty treats. Be sure to wake up early, because it only runs on Saturdays! http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/pageScottsdaleOldtown/ScottsdaleOTsat.htm

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How did you hear about us?

March 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm (Around Town)

Branding; Marketing and Pr. These techniques are the commonly known ways for a business to earn (hopefully positive) recognition and excel in their market. Geico’s Gecko put their name on the map. “Redbull gives you wingscaught the eye of the energy drinker. I’ll never forget the Budweiser frogs. But, while traditional marketing and PR catches the customer’s eye, what makes them a lifelong member of the family?

Marketing and Branding is vital to a company’s visibility, but customers look for more than a catchy song. They look for a positive experience at a coffee shop, a smiling face at the counter of the clothing store and a handyman that goes out of their way to get the job done. To find this service, the paperless land of today’s technology-inclined world unfolds a new retro type of marketing. Yelp (www.yelp.com) calls it “Real Reviews by Real People.” Who would you trust more; a business listing their rankings or 20 consumers providing a first-hand account of their experience with the product or service? I enjoy looking at the newest restaurant’s advertising, but before I pick up my fork, I’m going to read what others have to say. The two topics of self-reviewing on the shelf today will be my favorite stop for reviews, Yelp and the ever so popular trend of blogging.

Yelp it from the rooftops.

I’ve joined the Yelp bandwagon. How? The good old fashioned way… word of mouth.  My friend Alice swears by it and since I trust her, I had to check it out. Now I might need to join Yelp Addicts Anonymous. Before I go on, let me explain Yelp. Yelp’s philosophy is simple. Real people provide real reviews. Review what you want. Did you like your service and food at Chelsea’s Kitchen . Yelp it and tell others they need to visit immediately. Did you visit a new boutique in town and discover the best deals since the invention of Ebay? Yelp it out! Tell others. On the flip side, real people provide REAL reviews. Real reviews mean honest reviews. Yelp doesn’t discriminate. If you had a bad experience, you can Yelp it and warn others.  It not only helps the consumer but it might even help the business in the long run. I could Yelp about Yelp all day long, but instead, I suggest you check out their site (www.yelp.com). Before you know it, you’ll be visiting spots around town and itching to just get home and Yelp about it!

Yelp doesn’t just offer reviews. They share:

–    Events around town

–    Special invite-only events

–    Social Networking capabilities

–    Like a Yelper? Follow them and read all their reviews.

Top five reasons to use Yelp

  • You can find services with great customer service. Yelpers told me about a Handyman. They gave him such high reviews I had to check him out. I approve. http://www.yelp.com/biz/diamond-d-handyman-phoenix
  • Your opinion can FINALLY be heard and appreciated.
  • Itching to be a reporter around town? Until Lifestyle magazine calls you, practice your writing skills on Yelp.
  • Looking for something to do? Yelp will tell you.

So, my advice is this. If you need Help, just Yelp.

Blogs to Blog About

Yes, the blogging trend started years ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s losing its shape for providing a great resource of important information. I live for local blogs, fashion blogs, crafting blogs, etc. Here, others share their super secret tips you’d almost pay money for.

Check out some of my favorite blogs:

Valley Girl – Check this blog daily for the latest tips about excitement around town. http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/valleygirlblog/

Jaime RoseWell-known AZ Central (www.azcentral.com) columnist knows all the ins and outs of the latest trends, local tips and more. I read her column daily. http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/JaimeeRose

Downtown Phoenix Journal http://www.downtownphoenixjournal.com/ Not so much a blog, but if you live in Phoenix, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with happenings around town.

City Girl Blog Emily Style’s “City Life and Adventures” – I heart SF. As a Nor Cal girl living in the desert, I read about Emily’s latest adventures in my favorite city by the bay http://emilystyle.blogspot.com/

Those with a sweet tooth, beware. After reading this delicious blog you’ll want to run to the store and make these tasty treats yourself. http://milkeggschocolate.blogspot.com/

House Designer’s Haven http://vivafullhouse.blogspot.com/ I want my place to look like every picture in her blog.

Elements of Style Great tips and visuals for furnishings. I’d take this home style too. http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/

Walking down the Aisle? Dreaming of doing so one day? Click here and you’ll have your wedding planned in no time. http://100layercake.com/blog/

Looking for a blog? Check out http://www.blogcatalog.com/. It’s your one stop shop for the best blogs in town.

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The Quest for the Perfect Margarita

February 24, 2010 at 12:52 am (Around Town)

We spend much of the year celebrating holidays such as Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, MLK Day and the 4th of July. But, did you know what we celebrate on February 22? You got it – National Margarita Day. Apparently this is a “holiday” and one that gives us the excuse to take a break from our daily lives and sip a chilled Margarita, while thinking of a beachfront vacation. Now, Arizona is missing a key element for a beach vacation… an ocean, but we do happen to have some of the best Mexican food restaurants in the U.S. With a holiday like National Margarita Day, it’s only fitting to salute the trademark Mexican cocktail and begin a quest to find the perfect Margarita.

While searching, why don’t you take the Quest to the next level… the Margarita Club Level!

If you feel like celebrating National Margarita Day more than once a year, grab a few friends and start your own Margarita Club. It’s simple. Create a list of restaurants with tempting Margaritas on the menu, pick a day each month and meet your friends there to catch up and try them out. Let the restaurant know your coming and they might even give you some extra samples!

Here are just a couple spots around town to get you started on your quest for finding the Margaritas at the end of the rainbow.

Tortilla Factory

The Old Town Tortilla Factory calls Scottsdale its home for 75 years now. Enjoy authentic Southwestern food with a Mexican “twist,” along with some tasty Margaritas to quench your thirst. The patio is perfect for a sunny spring day or evening. Looking for a Margarita on a budget? Check out their Happy Hour from 4-5 p.m. and try it out for $5!

Frank and Lupes

In business for 25 years, Frank and Lupe’s sits in the heart of Old Town, Scottsdale and entertains visitors and locals all year-round. It’s best to visit Frank and Lupe’s in the spring when the night air is fresh and warming up. Sip their Margaritas and try their sopaipillas.

Los Olivos

Family owned and operated, Los Olivos has a prime location next to the Giant’s Stadium in Old Town, Scottsdale. After cheering on your spring training teams, stop by Los Olivos and try out their signature Margarita in a charming atmosphere.

Los Sombreros

This is another classic gem that’s been in business for over 15 years. Home of classic authentic regional cooking, they have a variety of Margarita’s to choose from, including the Margarita de Coc and the Tijuana Donkey. They definitely receive an A for creativity in the names!

Z Tejas

If you’ve ever been to Z Tejas, you know that the Chambord Margaritas are so dangerously delicious and strong; guests are limited to just three per visit. Three is quite enough and if you haven’t tried one, I suggest you stop by…tonight.

Visit their website to find a location near you.

The Mission

This restaurant of Modern Latin Cuisine has the atmosphere to enjoy your cocktails either under the stars or in a mission restaurant inside. They even have a Tequila bar. It’s perfect for a date night or a night out with friends. During your quest for the Perfect Margarita, stop by and try out their Premarita Margarita.

Padres Modern Mexican

Nestled on Camelback Road in Phoenix, this restaurant has the trendy vibe and the food and cocktails to go with it. The owners split their time between Phoenix and Mexico so I’m sure they have some tasty tricks up their sleeves! Travel to their restaurant and try out the signature Padre’s Margarita to find out!

El Charro – a Tucson Treat

How serious are you about your journey to find the perfect Margarita? Why not take a drive to Tucson, Arizona and check out El Charro downtown. The minute you walk in, it feels like you’ve left the U.S. and entered a charming village in Mexico. While you wait for a seat, visit their authentic shop next door and browse some Mexican treasures for sale. It’s worth the drive and the wait. This restaurant may actually be the reason I became a University of Arizona Wildcat in the first place! Bear Down!!

Margarita’s on a Budget?

Why not make your own kitchen a Margarita Mayhem? For the best recipes I always turn to my favorite foodies in life, Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray. Here are some of their recipes to get you started:

Rachel Ray’s Grapefruit Margarita

Ingredients

1 quart ruby red grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed if available)

10 fresh mint leaves, torn in 1/2

2 shots orange liqueur

8 shots tequila

Preparation – Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir to combine. Pour over ice and serve. Serves 4.

Martha Stewart’s Blue Margarita

Ingredients

Coarse salt

1 lime, cut into wedges

4 ounces tequila

1 ounce Triple Sec

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 ounces blue curacao

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

Directions (Serves 2)

  1. Pour salt into a shallow dish large enough to fit the rim of the glasses you are using. Using 1 lime wedge for each glass, rub each rim. Dip rim in the plate of salt, and rotate gently to coat evenly. Place a lime wedge on each salted glass, and set aside.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Place tequila, Triple sec, lime juice, blue curacao, and sugar in shaker, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fill prepared glasses with ice cubes. Strain the margarita into the glasses, and serve immediately.

Happy cocktail’ing in honor of National Margarita Day!

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I love you. I love you not.

February 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm (Around Town, Uncategorized)

Valentine’s Day – Some cringe and some smile as the holiday sneaks up on us like the five pounds at Christmas. Women look around and all they see are couples, chocolates, flowers, balloons and romance. Men look around and all they see is…nothing. Do men even realize Valentine’s Day is coming? Who knows. The Hallmark holiday can cause friction for both lovebirds and the single’s club, but how you handle it is what that really matters.

Still searching for Mr. Right? Get your ladies together, go out on the town and meet new men or buy some wine and have an 80’s movie rerun night.

Taken? Don’t stress about what your guy does for you. Savor the moment and enjoy the time you’re spending together. Think about it, there are 364 other days in the year for your boyfriend to go above and beyond and you won’t even have to thank Hallmark for telling him to do so!

Looking for ideas? Check out some heartfelt tips on how to make the most of Valentine’s Day, or better yet, use these to make every day of the year Valentine’s Day – single or taken.

Movies in the Park

  • Visit Biltmore Fashion Park in the fall and spring and check out Friday night movies in the park. Pick up a picnic dinner to go, grab a blanket and snuggle up under the stars as you watch a timeless classic. http://www.shopbiltmore.com/events.asp
  • Saving money? Why not make your own backyard a movie in the park. Set up a projection screen, put down a blanket and make a savory picnic meal. Your backyard will never look so good!
  • Not a desert resident? Google movies in the park in your city and chances are they have something similar.

Savor the Desert Flavor

  • Rustler’s Rooste – A slide, a real bull and they serve snake (along with BBQ chicken and steak of course). If you are ready for a cowboy adventure, visit: www.rustlersrooste.com
  • Greaswood Flats – Picnic tables, live music and a wild west of a good time. www.greasewoodflat.net
  • Schnepf Farms – With peach festivals, pumpkin farms and an olive mille next door, this is a farm adventure that you’d never expect to find in Arizona. www.schnepffarms.com
  • Horseback Riding – You’re not an Arizonan until you’ve tried it – www.cavecreekoutfitters.com
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides – Take a look at Arizona from a different angle – www.hotairexpeditions.com

Dinner Dates

Here are just a few local spots to try with your sweetie.

  • Rokerji – Nestled in Central Phoenix with a fireplace and deep wood furniture, this spot is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. http://www.burningembersphoenix.com/
  • Dick’s Hideway – Richardson’s is now under renovation but in the meantime; try out Dick’s Hideaway which is the quaint and charming brother of Richardson’s. Built off the kitchen, it’s cozy and the food leaves you counting the days until your next visit. http://www.burningembersphoenix.com/
  • My Florist Café – Make sure you go there for dinner and eat your scrumptious meal to the sound of live music. http://www.myfloristcafe.com/

Side Note – If you’re looking for a post-dinner drink, check out Sidebar or The Rhythm Room (live jazz!)

  • Chelsea’s Kitchen – Homecookin’ at its finest. www.chelseaskitchenaz.com/
  • Capitol Grille – High quality steak in a cozy setting. www.thecapitalgrille.com/
  • Radio Milano – Be sure to eat there on Neighborhood Night (Mon & Tues) and you’ll get an appetizer or dessert and entrée for $20! www.radiomilanobar.com/
  • Pizzeria Bianco – It’s world famous, but be ready for a 2-3 hour wait. The good news though is that there is an adorable wine bar next door to help you pass the time! www.pizzeriabianco.com/

Take a class that leaves you wanting homework!

Cooking Classes

Massage Classes

Wine Tasting

Revisit your childhood

Wine and Cheese Please

Wine Nights

Wine Tasting Adventures

Home is where the heart is.

  • Make it a night in, cook together and play your favorite board games.

Stay-cation

  • Can’t get away? Local resorts are the perfect vacation at a home away from home.

Road Trip

  • Vegas, Flagstaff and Sedona are just a stone’s throw away. Grab your honey or your best friends, visit www.priceline.com and take a weekend to get out-of-town. Don’t forget the road trip music mix!

For more ideas take a look at these sites:

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Networking Events: College house parties for young professionals

January 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm (Around Town)

Network. Network. Network.

How are you supposed to meet people if you don’t get out there and try? The word network can come of as stuffy, sophisticated and down right boring. But, don’t let the word fool you! Once you hit the young professional age of life, networking is like the new college house party. Phoenix is full of networking social hours that normally occur at a local bar with cocktails involved. From events themed around Going Green to events focused on getting Phoenix professionals in touch with other Phoenix professionals, the options are endless.

So take the leap. Here are just a couple of networks to get started. Take a look and get yourself to one of the networking social hours. I doubt you’ll regret it and let me know when you meet your new best friend or significant other!

Get Phoenix – http://www.getphoenix.org/  – A network of business professionals

This group evolved from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and does a great job of hosting a variety of Valley events, multiple times a month. Young like-minded professionals gather and network with each other at their main event once a month and several smaller opportunities throughout the month. Members (and non-members) can attend seminars on finance, communicating, going green and more. Members are invited to join Get Phoenix committees that range from planning the social events to organizing volunteer opportunities. It’s worth checking out at least once and I bet you find yourself coming back every month!

 Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Generation United – http://genunited.org/  – A network of volunteers

Are you 40 or under and do you like to give back with people your own age? Generation United is for you. Founded by the Valley of the Sun United Way, this organization saw that Young Professionals like to live by improving quality of live for the greater good, and they acted on it. From hosting social networking events to organizing volunteer opportunities in all areas of the giving spectrum, this is a great way to meet new people who have similar likes while making the world a better place along the way.

 Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce – http://www.arizonagreenchamber.org/Phoenix/  – A network for those who dream green

Are you green with jealously towards those who know how to make our environment cleaner and more breathable? Well, now you can become one yourself. For the Phoenicians who see our environment as one that needs a bit of work and they want to do something to improve it, check out Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce. Their mission statement says it all – “a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the voice and influence of businesses united to promote a more sustainable, environmentally sound economy and green public policy.” – Green Chamber of Commerce. With Valley events going on monthly, you’ll have several opportunities to join the Go Green movement and make friends with others who feel the same way you do!

Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Active.com – http://www.active.com/running/  – A network for those on the run – literally

 So you like to run. A lot. You run to blow of steam. You run when you are trying to shed some pounds. You run when you just can’t think of anything better to do. So, why not run with others like you? This isn’t necessarily a networking group that meets once a month, but it’s the perfect site to join to learn about every running activity you could ever think of going on in the Valley. Seriously, everything you can think of. Have you ever heard of the Skirt Chaser? Check out the site. Guys, you might want to take a look too!

Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce – http://www.scottsdalechamber.com/

Phoenix Chamber of Commerce – http://www.phoenixchamber.com/

A network for the future leaders of the Valley

Buyer be warned, a membership is not cheap, but if you are serious about getting involved with your city and potentially running for an office in the future; joining your city’s chamber of commerce is the way to go. From morning networking meetings to seminars with some of the most prominent leaders in the Valley, you’ll definitely be in the know if you’re a part of this group and you will most likely help with molding the future of our state! Join this group and make friends with other future leaders.

Shout it from the rooftops! Want to spread the word about another networking group in town? Now’s your chance! Comment on this post or send me an email.

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