Tribute to Leadership Annual Luncheon

Since 1994, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix has hosted our Tribute to Leadership Awards Program to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of leaders in our community who strive to improve the lives of women, girls, and people of color through leadership, advocacy, and community service.

On February 20, 2020, we will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished women who embrace YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We hope you will join us in celebrating our honorees who have given selflessly of their time and talent to make our community, and the world, a stronger and better place to live and work.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

On September 13, 14 and 15, 2019, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will bring together more than 150 vintage curators and handmade artisans from across the country to provide over 120,000 square feet of shopping enjoyment to Valley residents. With a reputation for featuring quality vendors selling unique items and inspiring design, the market continues to be a popular attraction for vintage enthusiasts across the Southwest.

“One of the things that makes our Market so special is the attention to detail that our curators and artisans have,” said Coley Arnold, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market co-founder and owner. “Each item our curators bring has a story and has character.  They scour the country for the most unique vintage items, and what they bring to each Market always amazes us!”

In addition to the inspiring booths full of all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will also feature live music, delicious food, drinks, photo-ops and infinite amounts of design inspiration.

“There’s a lot of fun for the whole family – games, food trucks, live music, and lots of amazing treasures to be found!” said Lindsey Holt, co-founder and owner of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. “Items range from small trinkets, vases, bowls, and old books to large pieces of vintage furniture and everything in between! There is truly something for everyone!”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a package of disinfectant wipes, diapers/wipes, or feminine care products to the Market to donate to Maggie’s Place, an organization that provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals while welcoming them into a community filled with love and dignity.  Attendees will receive $1 off admission with a donation.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will be held September 13, 14 and 15, 2019 at WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Road, in Scottsdale. Ticket prices range from $8 to $65 (see below).


  • VIP and Early Entry tickets are on sale at
  • The Friday night shopping VIP event will be on Friday, September 13 from 4-9pm: $50.00 in advance or $65 at the gate.
  • Early Entry, 8-9am Saturday, September 14: $20 in advance or $25 at gate.
  • General Admission, 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15: $8 at gate only
  • Military discount, $1 off, at gate only
  • Wear official Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market apparel for $1 discount, at gate only
  • Kids 12 and under are free.
  • Bring a package of disinfectant wipes, diapers/wipes, or feminine care products to donate to Maggie’s Place for $1 off your ticket.
  • Venue charges for parking – $5 per vehicle. Please plan to carpool.

Since 2011, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has welcomed well over 200,000 shoppers through its doors across Arizona and California. What started as a small backyard market and creative outlet for founders Holt and Arnold has supported more than 1000 small businesses. Reaching the local community has always been at the heart of the event. The market has long partnered with local Young Life chapters to send high school and junior high kids to camp, as well as other non-profits to bring forth the greater good.  As with previous Markets, a portion of all ticket sales at the Scottsdale Market will go toward the Mission One Sewing Project in Kijabe Town Kenya. To learn more, visit:

For more information on Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, a detailed list of featured vendors, and additional information, visit or follow us on these social media platforms – and @junkinthetrunkvintagemarket (Instagram) – or follow along via hashtag #junkinthetrunkvintagemarket or #partylikeajunker.

Miss Vegan Arizona Pageant

Miss Vegan Arizona Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019 Miss, Classic & Sprout contestants

The Sweetest Thing Productions Inc is a nonprofit organization that is located in Gilbert, Arizona and caters to our vegan brothers and sisters. We are not only limited to organizing Miss Vegan Arizona, we offer workshops and training as well in Arizona.

In the Exhibits: Create Your Own Art

Saturday Family Programs
11am-2pm Drop-in
Great for ages 6-12
Saguaro Room

In the Exhibits- Dive in to activities right in the middle of our exhibit hall
August 31- Create You Own Art in Inspired by History

Museum Hours Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5

65th Annual Northern Gila County Fair

The 64th Annual Northern Gila County Fair will take place in Payson, Arizona, seventy miles North-East of Phoenix. Payson sits at an elevation of just above 5000 feet above sea levels the temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix.

This home-grown fair features everything from kid games to blue ribbon pies. Come watch (or bid) at the 4 H Livestock Auctions, featuring award winning animals raised by local kids. Or stroll through the arts and crafts tent on your way to the bounce house.

Please go to for more information.

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Tibetan monks visit Arizona

Tibetan monks

Throughout this week, the Tibetan monks have been in Sedona, Arizona, where they have been creating a traditional Maitreya Sand Mandala at Unity of Sedona. Visitors are welcome to come and watch the spectacular Sand Mandala come to life and immerse themselves in Tibetan art, culture and meditation through April 28.

In addition, on April 26, L’Auberge de Sedona, A Destination Hotel will host a Creekside lunch with the monks. It will highlight the spring menus at Etch Kitchen & Bar and Cress on Oak Creek, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the monks’ monastery. Reservations are available here.

The Arizona 100 staff

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17th Annual Melrose Street Fair set for March 2

car show

On March 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association is proud to present the 17th Annual Melrose Street Fair. The event takes place throughout the iconic Melrose District – located along 7th Avenue from Camelback to Indian School – and is expecting more than 25,000 guests.

Open to the public and free to attend, it features over 200 booths by local artisans; food trucks; a “Melrose Patio” craft beer garden, sponsored by Huss Brewing; an interactive kids’ zone with face painting, video gaming truck and more; and live entertainment with local bands.

– David Cook, Seventh Avenue Merchants Association

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Riders on the Orphan Train Arizona tour visits Coolidge and Clifton

Orphan Train Arizona

Between 1854 and 1929, over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and sent west to find new homes in the largest child migration in American history. Forty were brought to Clifton-Morenci, Arizona, in 1904.

The “Orphan Trains – Foundlings to the Frontier” educational program, funded in part by the Arizona Humanities Council, informs audiences about this little-known chapter in history.

Two free, family-friendly programs will be held at Coolidge Public Library on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and the Clifton Public Library on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

– Phil Lancaster, Riders on the Orphan Train

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Fellowship proposals accepted for 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

For the first time, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is offering full and partial fellowships for writers to teach at this year’s Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference taking place February 22 – 23, 2019 at Arizona State University. Fellowships provide valuable opportunities to develop professional networks, increase profiles and advance careers.

Applications are relatively easy and consist of a session proposal, statement of merit and supporting materials. Writers of all genres and any level of experience are encouraged to apply. The deadline for fellowship applications is July 30, 2018. To learn more about fellowships, please click here.

– Lisa Aquilina, JD, LLM, Literary Consultant

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Freedom Fest set for Fairmont Scottsdale Princess June 29-July 4

patriotic family

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is unfurling its 8th annual 4th of July Freedom Fest, featuring six nights of fireworks, concerts, all-American fare, military tributes and poolside fun, with vacation packages benefiting military families, June 29-July 4.

The program will also feature an air show with the Falcon Warbirds on July 4, where 30 vintage military aircraft from World War II, Korea and Vietnam will fly over the resort, piloted by retired veterans.

The Princess also features a new Instagram Concierge to offer tips for taking the best pics and to guide guests to summer art installations onsite.

– Valerie Lee, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess