Category Archives: Stuff To Do

Things to do in and around Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley AZ.

Tap Out the Status Quo at GD Jiu Jitsu!

GD Jiu Jitsu

Like most red-blooded American males, I was first introduced to the martial art known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu back in 1993. A young, scrawny Brazilian by the name of Royce Gracie demonstrated the effectiveness of submission fighting by dispatching of much larger, scarier opponents with apparent ease in the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship, shocking the…

All Aboard the McCormick-Stillman Railroad in Scottsdale, AZ!

Digging through my old archives for additional community information I could use to populate this site, I came across this video I shot aboard the Standard Pacific Railroad at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in McCormick Ranch (Scottsdale). Hard to believe it’s already been two and a half years since I shot this, as I barely…

Winter In July At the Phoenix Zoo – Sat, 7/17

No plans for the upcoming weekend other than consciously staving off spontaneous combustion from the privacy of your own air conditioned home?  You might want to check out the “Winter In July” event taking place this Saturday (7/17) morning at the Phoenix Zoo.  Between the hours of 7 – 11 AM, the zoo will do…

Mighty Mud Mania In Scottsdale AZ

Mighty Mud Mania hysteria

Mighty.  Mud.  Mania. Aside from We’re Going to Disneyland, All the Rock Candy You Can Eat and, possibly, No School Today, you won’t find too many phrases that resonate with the children of Scottsdale more than Mighty Mud Mania. Held annually at Chaparral Park in central Scottsdale (just East of Hayden, between Chaparral and Jackrabbit…

Break the Chain! Echo Coffee in South Scottsdale

Scottsdale Coffee Shop

Recognizing that one has a problem is the first step towards overcoming addiction.  Recognizing that one harbors a chemical dependency on roasted caffeinated goodness … not so much.  I am a full-blown, pull-my-hair-out-by-the-roots java junkie.  I don’t need help, I just need a double espresso with a finish so smooth it could be mistaken for…

The Farm at South Mountain (Phoenix, AZ)

One of the great things about the Phoenix metropolitan area is the abundance of unique weekend destinations for both food and fun. While I love all that my home city of Scottsdale has to offer during the week, I like to load the family into the car on the weekend and visit one of the…

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in McCormick Ranch (Scottsdale, AZ)

McCormick Stillman Railroad Park in McCormick Ranch

“ALL ABOARD!” The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park has been a staple of Scottsdale, AZ since opening to the public in 1975. The 30 acre park sits on land that was donated to the city in 1967 by the Fowler McCormick family. The jewel of the park is the 5/12 (5 inches equals 1 foot) standard Paradise…

Scottsdale Arizona Golf Courses

Camelback Mountain behind the McCormick Ranch Golf Course

A few highlights from the 174 (and growing) public golf courses in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Phoenix Mountain Preserve

phoenix mountain preserves

As part of my continuing series of things to do in and around Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley, Arizona, today’s edition is devoted to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. As the Valley has been beset by rapid expansion and development, political forces have been at odds over the preservation of our native land.  Victories for conservationists have…

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