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Protégé Footwear: From Heels to Comfort With Candice Chen

Candice Chen, owner of Protégé Footwear

I recently had the distinct pleasure of diving deep into the bustling heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. Among the myriad of unique offerings the city is teeming with, one gem caught my eye – or should I say, my feet? Candice Chen, the genius behind Protégé Footwear, might have cracked the age-old code of merging fashion with comfort in high heels. Yep, you read that right!

Golf Courses to Runways: Candice’s Unexpected Pivot

I was fascinated to learn about Candice’s transition from designing for golf apparel to revolutionizing the world of high heels. Who would’ve thought? A networking event turned out to be the catalyst. After a night in heels, Candice’s discomfort pushed her to study and innovate heel designs. And boy, the discoveries she made about even some high-end brands were startling!

Heels with a Purpose: The Protégé Approach

Candice’s heels are far from the usual. She’s combined her engineering background with the intricacies of foot anatomy to craft shoes that are as comfortable as they are stylish. Forget the usual compressed cardboard; think triple-layer foot padding, shock-absorbing gel foam, and memory foam. She’s on a mission to banish ailments like Newton’s neuroma from the lives of high heel enthusiasts.

I believe in celebrating pioneers like Candice. While many in the fashion world have maintained a status quo, Candice’s Protégé Footwear is disrupting the space, proving that fashion and function can coexist harmoniously.

Inside the Design Room: My Chat with Candice

During our conversation, I delved into Candice’s inspirations. Candice shared her love for heels and the desire to seamlessly blend style with comfort. She passionately walked me through her unique stiletto design, the versatility in her footwear range, and even a sneak peek into their upcoming boots. I was genuinely impressed by how her engineering mind influenced these fantastic designs. As she wrapped up, she reflected on her time in Scottsdale, and how it has influenced her preferences and observations.

On The Horizon: Scottsdale’s Stylish Future

The quest for the perfect heel might just be over, thanks to Candice. Protégé Footwear isn’t just about shoes; it’s a brand that understands and addresses women’s needs. If you’re as intrigued as I was, check out Candice’s feature in the Scottsdale City Lifestyle’s style issue, or head over to YouTube for an in-depth view into her venture.

To stay plugged into all things Scottsdale, don’t forget to tune into the Scottsdale Vibes Podcast. Join our community on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

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Gateway Academy: Shaping the Future of Children With Autism

Scottsdale, often celebrated for its vibrant culture and stunning locales, has a unique gem nestled within its bounds – Gateway Academy. This institution isn’t just any school; it’s a beacon of hope for high-functioning autistic children and their families.

Gateway Academy Seeking Balance

Founded by the indomitable Robin Sweet, Gateway Academy fills a void that many families face in the education system. While children with high-functioning autism are intellectually brilliant, they often grapple with social, emotional, and sensory challenges. Schools that cater to children with learning disabilities don’t always cater to
these unique needs. This gap is what prompted Robin, whose son also falls under this category, to venture into the educational sector, giving these children a place where they truly belong.

An Evolutionary Journey

When Robin first moved to Scottsdale, she hoped to find a school suited to the needs of children with Asperger’s syndrome. But the options available mainly addressed more general learning disabilities like dyslexia or behavioral issues. Disheartened but undeterred, Robin decided to create what she couldn’t find.

Today, Gateway Academy specifically caters to students from grades six to twelve. Initially, the academy had an expansive grade range starting from kindergarten. However, younger students required a different kind of individual attention. With the academy’s commitment to providing only the best, they narrowed their focus to grades where
they could truly excel.

More Than Just Education

What sets Gateway Academy apart isn’t just its targeted educational curriculum. The academy recognizes the profound intelligence of its students. Discussions can rapidly evolve from general topics to deep dives into subjects like physics, driven by the students’ diverse passions.

Teachers at the academy are equipped to nurture these passions, even if they change week by week. The curriculum is dynamic, molded around the ever-evolving interests of the students. This method not only keeps the learning process intriguing but also ensures that students remain engaged and excited about education.

Anthony Terrell, the Director of Education at Gateway, resonates with the mission deeply. Having grown up with a brother on the spectrum, Anthony has firsthand experience of the challenges and joys. This personal connection drives him and the rest of the team to offer an environment where students can thrive both academically and

Lessons Beyond The Classroom

While Gateway Academy is designed for children with high-functioning autism, it offers lessons that everyone can embrace. Anthony highlights a simple but powerful practice: taking a break. Whether it’s a bad day or a challenging task, sometimes stepping away for a few moments can change the perspective and outcome. It’s not about
giving up but allowing oneself the space to regroup and return stronger.

A Future Full of Possibilities

Gateway Academy isn’t just about imparting knowledge. The goal is to prepare its students for life beyond school. Whether it’s pursuing higher education, embarking on a career, or building personal relationships, the academy aims to equip its students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the outside world.

As the conversation around autism becomes more widespread, institutions like Gateway Academy remind us of the importance of specialized education. Every child, regardless of their needs, deserves an environment where they can flourish. With its dedicated team and innovative approach, Gateway Academy is undoubtedly leading the way.

We work closely with parents to ensure that they have all the necessary information and support to apply for the ESA scholarship. Our goal is to ensure that financial constraints don’t become a barrier to a child’s education, especially when they require specialized attention and care.

In terms of transportation, we recognize the challenges many parents face, especially those who live farther away from the school. We’re constantly exploring options and partnering with transportation services to make it feasible for parents. We have a number of parents who carpool, which has been beneficial for many.

The Most Important Message

The main message we want to get across is that we’re here to support not just the students, but also their families. We’re in this together, and we’ll do whatever it takes to ensure our students receive the education they deserve.

Lastly, I want to emphasize the community aspect of Gateway Academy. From parent support groups to collaborative community projects, we believe in the power of unity and working together. It’s not just about academics; it’s about shaping well-rounded, confident, and capable individuals who can thrive in the real world. And we’re committed to that mission, every step of the way.

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Scottsdale’s Real Estate Market and The Art of Balanced Living

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On this week’s podcast episode, I had the privilege of chatting with seasoned real estate agent Shawn Shackleton, touching on Scottsdale’s real estate intricacies, and the dynamics of buyer behavior. Then I got to talk with the ever-inspirational yoga instructor Courtney Fox talking about how yoga can keep you balanced through all life throws
at you.

The Unpredictable World of Interest Rates

Oh, interest rates—everybody’s favorite topic, right? In Scottsdale, it seems like they’re the unsung hero (or villain) in every real estate story. Shawn pointed out that while the rates hover around 7%, it’s not the same for every aspiring homeowner. Your credit score and debt-to-income ratio can make all the difference. And before you ask, no, the experts like Barbara Corcoran don’t think home prices are going down anytime soon—maybe leveling off if we’re lucky.

Supply, Demand, and The New Construction Wave

Despite those high rates, y’all, people are still clamoring for quality homes. Shawn emphasized that properties in hot spots often receive multiple offers, sometimes exceeding the listing price. And for those of you stuck between choosing a resale or new construction home, here’s a tidbit: new constructions have been steadily outpacing
resales. So builders are clearly having a heyday. There’s something about that new home smell, isn’t there?

Debunking Myths: No, Scottsdale Isn’t a Foreclosure Haven

Shawn was quick to dismantle the myth about Scottsdale teeming with foreclosures. Mortgage delinquencies are at an all-time low since the ’80s, making the 2008 housing crisis comparisons moot. So, for now, stability seems to be the keyword.

Seasonal Changes and Buyer Behavior

Being patient is great advice for life and particularly for navigating Scottsdale’s real estate market. Shawn noted that the market has been following its typical seasonal ebbs and flows. So, don’t lose hope; your perfect home is out there somewhere!

The Shawn Shackleton Difference

What sets Shawn apart isn’t just her decades of experience, it’s her ability to really “get” what you’re looking for. She’s not just any realtor; she’s your real estate guardian angel. So, if you’re serious about home-hunting, give her a call at 480-734-7277 or pop into The Shackleton Group.

Balancing It Out With Yoga and Courtney Fox

Switching gears a bit, let’s talk about the balance in life. My conversation with yoga instructor Courtney Fox was nothing short of enlightening. Courtney left the corporate world in 2015, and it’s been a whirlwind of mindfulness, meditation, and some incredibly flexible poses since. Her holistic approach to yoga is not just about physicality; it’s about enriching your life and your interactions with the community. She’s got the credentials and the hours logged in to back it up.

Mindfulness Off the Mat

And it’s not just yoga poses. Courtney emphasized the role of mindfulness in everyday life, whether it’s taking a pause to appreciate your meal or engaging deeply in conversations. She even passionately talked about her husband’s food truck venture, “From the Wildfire,” adding yet another layer of balance to her life.

The Scottsdale Community Vibe

Courtney adores Scottsdale, and I can see why. Our local community vibe is a mesh of outdoor brunches, yoga, and, of course, real estate. Scottsdale seems to be the nexus where wellness, community, and investment collide. Courtney’s favorite part? The brunches, especially those with a wellness twist. Hey, who can blame her?

In Summary

Whether it’s navigating Scottsdale’s ever-changing real estate market or achieving a more balanced life through yoga, the advice and perspectives of experts like Sean Shackleton and Courtney Fox are invaluable. So, if you’re pondering when to make your next move—literally or metaphorically—remember that knowledge and balance are your best allies.

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The Heartbeat of Scottsdale: A Personal Reflection on Our Local Businesses

Hidden amidst the desert charm of Scottsdale, Arizona, is a thriving
haven for small business owners. Stroll along the bustling streets and
you’ll discover quaint coffee shops, state-of-the-art dentistry
clinics, and everything in between. Indeed, Scottsdale’s identity as a
bustling entrepreneurial hub is growing, and I’m here to give you a
glimpse into this remarkable ecosystem.

When I decided to delve deeper into the heartbeat of our city’s businesses, I was fortunate to have Jeremy Mueller of State Farm Insurance and Dr. Rob DiVito of Arizona Central for Laser Dentistry share their stories. What struck me was the unanimity in their experiences: both attributed their success to Scottsdale’s robust economy, the immense support from the community, and the relentless passion that its residents exude.

Small Business Challenges

Every small business owner knows the mountains that stand between an idea and its realization. Dr. Rob touched on these challenges, emphasizing that while starting a business is daunting, Scottsdale’s unique support system ensures entrepreneurs never face these trials alone. I remember during the challenging period of the COVID downturn, the Scottsdale economics bureau extended a lifeline to many small businesses, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of our community.

But success in Scottsdale isn’t just about profit margins. As Jeremy astutely noted, it’s akin to raising a child – the effort is immense, but the real reward is in the relationships built, the community served, and the tangible impact made. Dr. Rob further highlighted the power of genuine interactions, pointing out that in a world so digitally connected, the magic of face-to-face encounters still holds its ground.

Scottsdale’s Economic Forum

Navigating the Scottsdale business landscape, one can’t help but recognize the role of the Scottsdale Economic Forum. Josh Utterback, representing the forum, shared the multitude of services they offer. From business consulting to networking events, this forum has firmly positioned itself as the backbone of Scottsdale’s economic success.

Choose Scottsdale

In our conversation, Josh introduced me to “Choose Scottsdale,” an initiative committed to showcasing Scottsdale as a prime business destination. Through programs like the Business Assistance Program and the Partnership Program, they’ve created a harmony between businesses, local talent, and resources. Their success stories, like that of a local tech startup that expanded manifold with their support, exemplify the difference such programs make.

To anyone contemplating starting or expanding their business in Scottsdale, Josh had a message: “Scottsdale is more than a tourist hotspot; it’s a goldmine of innovation, talent, and unmatched opportunities.” With the guidance of initiatives like Choose Scottsdale, the journey for entrepreneurs becomes significantly smoother.

As I wrap up, I’d like to echo the sentiments of our interviewees and the countless entrepreneurs who call Scottsdale home. Our city isn’t just about the picturesque landscapes or the bustling markets; it’s about the people, the community spirit, and the relentless drive towards innovation and growth. If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s no
better time to be in Scottsdale.

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Scottsdale Police Department: Insights and Community Connections

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On this week’s episode we’re embarking on an exciting journey that promises to deepen our understanding of a crucial community institution – the Scottsdale Police Department (SPD). But before we dive in, I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all. The Scottsdale City Lifestyle has joined hands with Scottsdale Vibes, creating a duo that’ll elevate your Scottsdale experience to new heights. For all the latest on our incredible city, be sure to grab the newest issue – your gateway to all things Scottsdale.

Unveiling the Voices Behind the Badge

I was thrilled to have two phenomenal officers from the Foothills District of the Scottsdale Police Department on the podcast this week. These officers are the driving force behind the department’s community outreach endeavors, creating bridges between law enforcement and our beloved residents. Let’s meet the outstanding guests who will be gracing our conversation today:

Officer Robert Kazteroff

Officer Kazteroff is no stranger to the intricacies of community engagement. His wealth of experience and unwavering dedication shine through as he paints a vivid picture of Commanding Officer Chris Watson’s authenticity and dedication to his community. Officer Kazteroff sets the stage for an enlightening dialogue that promises both depth and authenticity.

Commander Chris Watson

Commander Watson’s journey within the Scottsdale Police Department began way back in 2005, and since then, he’s traversed various roles that have shaped him into the remarkable leader he is today. His background as a Marine and his academic achievements have undoubtedly played a significant role in his leadership philosophy. Now, as a commanding officer, his commitment to the community radiates like a beacon of hope, inspiring officers and residents alike.

Fostering Strong Community Bonds

But let’s get to the heart of our conversation. Commander Watson brings a fresh perspective to his new role within the Foothills District – an emphasis on community engagement. He’s eager to open lines of communication, embrace diverse perspectives, and form meaningful connections that weave together the rich tapestry of our city. This approach aligns beautifully with his vision of dismantling the traditional law enforcement narrative and paving the way for a safer and more interconnected environment. And as Officer Kazteroff rightfully points out, this partnership between law enforcement and the community is an indispensable ingredient in the recipe for creating a secure and vibrant city.

Commander Watson’s Reflective Insights

Taking a step back, Commander Watson takes us on a journey through his career, reflecting on the pivotal moments that have shaped him. From his early days as a rookie officer, brimming with excitement and determination, to the challenges of making impactful decisions, his story paints a vivid picture of his growth as both an officer and a leader. What emerges is a profound understanding of the need for compassion and education, a realization honed through years of experiences within the force and as a loving father of seven. These experiences have become his compass, guiding him through the complexities of law enforcement.  

Leadership: A Journey of Parallels

As Commander Watson reflects on his experiences, an intriguing parallel comes to light – the overlap between leadership within law enforcement and the realm of parenting. Just like in parenthood, effective policing requires adaptability, empathy, and a keen understanding of dynamics. His ability to navigate both domains with finesse underscores the depth of leadership skills required to steer the intricate ship of community policing.

Confronting Traffic Challenges

In the midst of our conversation, Commander Watson tackles one of the pressing challenges in the Foothills District – traffic management. With Scottsdale’s population on the brink of expansion, the SPD is working hand-in-hand with the city’s traffic engineering team to improve road safety and alleviate congestion. As Commander Watson underscores, promoting kindness, respect, and adherence to traffic rules becomes a collective responsibility shared between officers and residents.

Staying Alert: The “Jugging” Phenomenon

Officer Kazteroff brings a crucial concern to the forefront – the phenomenon of “jugging.” This disturbing crime involves individuals being trailed after withdrawing money from a bank, ultimately leading to vehicle break-ins or, in some cases, forceful robberies. Officer Kazteroff’s advice? Stay vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and promptly report anything suspicious to ensure your safety and the security of our community.

Strengthening Community Bonds with Youth Programs

Transitioning to a more uplifting note, we delve into the incredible youth programs offered by the Scottsdale Police Department. Among them, the Public Safety Teen Academy and Cadet Academy shine as beacons of inspiration. These initiatives provide an inside look into the world of law enforcement, dispelling misconceptions and fostering a deeper understanding between officers and the youth of our city.

Commander Watson’s Personal Connection

Commander Watson’s personal connection to the Public Safety Teen Academy adds a layer of authenticity to the program’s significance. This immersive experience offers teenagers a unique chance to explore the realms of law enforcement and firefighting, igniting their interest and curiosity. A testament to the department’s commitment to community involvement, this initiative is offered free of charge, showcasing their dedication to building meaningful connections.

Dispelling Myths Through Connection

As our conversation unfolds, a compelling theme emerges – these youth programs not only educate and engage young minds but also play a pivotal role in dispelling the misconceptions that often surround law enforcement. By providing an up-close view of the department’s activities, these programs bridge the gap between societal perceptions and the reality of their daily work, fostering a new level of understanding.

A Call to Embrace Connection

As our discussion winds down, I extend a heartfelt invitation to all our listeners. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the intricate threads that weave the fabric of the Scottsdale Police Department’s endeavors. While challenges undoubtedly exist, the focus remains on fostering collaboration, transparency, and education within our community. Remember, building stronger bonds is a collective effort that requires a shared commitment to mutual understanding.

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Unleashing Potential Through Skateboarding: A Conversation With Blake Rhodes

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In this week’s episode on Scottsdale Vibes we dive deep into the world of community engagement, extracurricular activities, and the profound impact they have on our children’s growth. As we bid farewell to summer adventures and embrace the back-to-school season, it’s the perfect time to explore how these activities shape our children’s futures.

The excitement of the school year’s return is palpable, both for kids and parents alike. As our children immerse themselves in structured school days, parents find comfort in knowing their kids are in capable hands during those crucial hours. Trust me, having someone else manage their care from 8:30AM-3:30PM is a welcomed relief.  

Skate it Forward Phoenix

Our featured guest this week is Blake Rhodes, an SUSD educator who’s leading an extraordinary initiative centered around skateboarding. But Blake is more than just an educator; he’s a genuine community champion. Growing up in Scottsdale, his journey led him from the Navy back to his roots as an elementary school teacher. And it all began with an old skateboard in his garage, sparking the creation of “Skate It Forward Phoenix.”  

Blake’s Mission

Blake’s mission is all about giving back and providing a safe space for budding skateboarders. Through “Skate Forward Phoenix,” he and his team offer skateboards to kids who might not have access. It’s a powerful example of how a simple act of kindness can create lasting impact.  

Mentorship is key in guiding young skateboarders toward positive growth, and Blake sheds light on how mentors play a pivotal role in navigating the challenges of this unique subculture. By offering the right guidance, mentors help young individuals overcome obstacles and find a supportive community.  

The Evolution of Skateboarding

The evolution of skateboarding, from counterculture to Olympic sport, speaks to its universal appeal. Blake highlights the positive impact of skate boarding’s journey, which has opened doors for youth development programs and engaged young individuals in healthy ways.  

Skateboarding transcends language barriers, creating a universal language that unites people from diverse backgrounds. Blake shares some heartwarming stories of how individuals connect and forge friendships through their shared passion for skateboarding.  

The concept of “earning,” deeply rooted in skateboarding, extends beyond the sport, embodying valuable life lessons. Blake’s insights into this principle underscore dedication and perseverance, offering a meaningful reminder for all.  

The Birth of Skate it Forward

The birth of “Skate Forward Phoenix” was inspired by a determined young skateboarder. Blake’s initiative provides donated equipment to create an inclusive environment for those in need. The overwhelming community support has been instrumental in its success.  

As “Skate Forward Phoenix” celebrates its second anniversary, Blake expresses gratitude for collaborative efforts that have driven its achievements. The strong sense of community within the skateboarding world demonstrates the potential for collective action to enact positive change.  

Sustainability and Collaboration

Sustainability takes center stage as broken skateboards find new life as unique products. Sales from these items contribute to acquiring new equipment for those in need, ensuring the initiative’s lasting impact.  

Blake’s emphasis on collaboration resonates throughout the initiative’s journey. “Skate It Forward Phoenix” actively participates in events that foster connections and provide positive outlets for young individuals within the skateboarding community.  

Looking ahead, Blake remains steadfast in empowering youth through skateboarding. His story is a testament to the ripple effect of simple acts of kindness, shaping lives, communities, and futures.  

The journey of Blake Rhodes and “Skate It Forward Phoenix” epitomizes the transformative power of community engagement and positive mentorship. Through skateboarding, they nurture the potential of young individuals, foster connections, and contribute to a more vibrant and supportive world. As we navigate the school year, let’s remember the profound impact of activities that shape lives and futures.

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Back to School in Scottsdale

It’s that time of year and we’re diving headfirst into the excitement of back to school time in Scottsdale. As a parent, I know how much we all look forward to this time, and we’ll explore the joys, challenges, and opportunities that come with it. 

Summer Memories

Back to School in Scottsdale

First things first, can we all agree that the end of summer means we get a little break from constantly being snack providers? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adore my kids, but their appetites seem never-ending! Joining me on this week’s episode, in this snack-dilemma discussion is Dr. Rob DeVito from Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry, who’s experiencing the same thing with his own children. It’s a snack-stravaganza! 

But before we jump into the school year, let’s take a moment to cherish those summer memories. Dr. Rob had an amazing time with his family on a Disney cruise, escaping the Arizona heat. His kids had a blast attending summer camps up north, keeping them active and engaged.

Speaking of summer camps, they are a blessing for working parents like us. The range of activities and opportunities they offer is incredible, giving us peace of mind knowing our kids are safe and having fun while we focus on our work responsibilities. We’re so grateful for the choices available to our children today.

Education in Scottsdale

Now, let’s shift our focus to education in Scottsdale. Both SUSD and PV School Districts deserve applause for providing well-rounded education that goes beyond academics. From music and arts to STEM activities, they offer ample extracurricular options for students to explore their passions. 

I love that our school districts are seeking input from parents and students. By considering their opinions, we create an environment where children feel valued and heard, fostering a positive and supportive atmosphere in schools. It’s truly heartwarming to see this level of commitment to our students’ well-being.

Now, I have a treat for you – a special guest on this week’s episode, SUSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel. Tune in to hear about the district’s recent achievements, including the COA accreditation with high scores. It’s exciting to see the focus on continuous improvement and student success in action. 

As we move into this new school year, let’s focus on supporting our children’s educational journey for a successful and fulfilling year ahead. Remember, education is not just about academics but also about creating lasting memories and nurturing our children’s passions for a brighter future.

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The Rich History of the Little Red Schoolhouse in Scottsdale

We’re going to dive into the fascinating history of the Little Red Schoolhouse, a cherished landmark in Scottsdale, Arizona. I sat down with Eleanor Brierley, a long-time resident and passionate advocate for preserving Scottsdale’s history. Together, uncover the hidden stories and treasures of the past.

Unveiling the Little Red Schoolhouse’s History

The Little Red Schoolhouse, although no longer red, continues to captivate visitors with its remarkable historical significance. Built in 1896, this small schoolhouse served as the educational hub for Scottsdale’s earliest residents. With just 14 students, the school doors opened to a new era of learning. Over time, the student population grew, prompting the construction of a new building nearby. However, the original schoolhouse remained an integral part of our community’s fabric.

From Schoolhouse to Community Hub

Throughout the years, the Little Red Schoolhouse assumed various roles, reflecting the changing needs of Scottsdale. It served as a Sunday school, a church polling place, and even a Red Cross bandage center during wartime. The schoolhouse experienced a resurgence as an educational facility and later housed the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Finally, in 1991, the building and its rich history were entrusted to the Scottsdale Historical Society, transforming it into the museum we know today.

Rediscovering the Little Red Schoolhouse

After a brief closure for renovations and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little Red Schoolhouse reopened its doors to the public. As a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our community in preserving Scottsdale’s heritage, the museum stands proudly, offering visitors a glimpse into the past and a tangible connection to our town’s history.

A Conversation with Eleanor

Joining me today is Eleanor Brierley, a second-generation native of Scottsdale, who will share her insights into our town’s rich history. Growing up amidst a rural and agricultural landscape, Eleanor vividly recalls the early days of Scottsdale. She fondly remembers the small grocery store where patrons would relay their shopping lists to the shopkeepers and the limited number of paved streets and cars in town.

Preserving the Little Red Schoolhouse

Eleanor’s involvement with the Scottsdale Historical Society and the Little Red Schoolhouse stems from her family’s deep roots in the community. The building held great significance for Eleanor’s parents, who attended school there. When the schoolhouse faced possible demolition, Eleanor and other passionate residents rallied together to save this historical treasure.

The Journey to a Historical Museum

Transforming the Little Red Schoolhouse into a museum was a labor of love and a learning process for the Scottsdale Historical Society. We had to navigate the complexities of running a nonprofit organization and establish partnerships with other entities, such as the local library, to effectively preserve and share Scottsdale’s history.

Embracing the Full Spectrum of Scottsdale’s History

As custodians of Scottsdale’s history, the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Scottsdale Historical Society aim to represent the town’s complete timeline. This includes not only the distant past but also more recent decades. We actively seek donations of historical artifacts, documents, and memories from various periods to ensure future generations have a comprehensive understanding of our town’s development and the people who shaped it.

In addition to collecting physical items, we place great value on oral histories. We recognize the importance of capturing personal recollections and firsthand accounts to provide a nuanced perspective on Scottsdale’s history. By conducting interviews and recording narratives, we preserve the memories and experiences of individuals who have witnessed the town’s evolution.

Embracing Technology

To make these historical resources accessible to the public, we prioritize digitization efforts. We understand the significance of embracing technology to expand the reach of our collections beyond physical exhibits. By digitizing photographs, documents, and audio recordings, we create an online repository that allows anyone to explore Scottsdale’s history from anywhere in the world.

Embracing Education

The Little Red Schoolhouse and the Scottsdale Historical Society also play an active role in educational initiatives. We collaborate with local schools, organize workshops, and host events to engage students and the community in learning about Scottsdale’s past. By fostering a sense of connection to the town’s heritage, we hope to instill a greater appreciation for its historical significance among the younger generation.

Furthermore, we actively seek partnerships with other historical societies, museums, and institutions to exchange knowledge and resources. By collaborating with experts in the field, we ensure that our preservation efforts align with best practices and contribute to a broader understanding of history. Through our dedication to collecting, preserving, and sharing Scottsdale’s history, the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Scottsdale Historical Society fulfill our mission of honoring the town’s past and connecting it to the present. By embracing a holistic approach that encompasses all periods, we ensure that Scottsdale’s complete timeline is celebrated and cherished for generations to come.

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Scottsdale June Days

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As summer approaches, I’m thrilled to share with you why June Days in our beloved city is a season like no other. With the temperatures rising and the allure of the off-season beckoning, Scottsdale becomes a playground of possibilities. But let me tell you, Scottsdale June Days takes it to a whole new level. This extraordinary event offers a sensational lineup of activities, events, and tastings that you won’t want to miss. So, join me as we delve into the origins of June Days and discover how this incredible initiative came to life, bringing a touch of magic to our city.

The Birth of June Days

Fueling Community Spirit, June Days emerged as a response to the needs of Downtown Scottsdale and as a way to showcase the vibrant pulse of Old Town. This initiative brings our community together, highlighting the hidden charms of the summer season and celebrating the unique aspects that make Scottsdale truly special.

The Power of Small Businesses: Lifeblood of Our Community

Small businesses are the heart and soul of our community, driving economic growth, fostering job opportunities, and embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship. June Days amplifies the impact of tourism on our city by driving foot traffic and offering special deals that captivate both residents and visitors alike. Supporting these small businesses contributes to the prosperity and success of our entire community.

The Essence of June Days

June Days is more than just a month-long celebration; it’s a year-round passion that extends beyond the event itself. The dedicated organizers build relationships within the community, fostering excitement and anticipation. The events are tailored to cater to all tastes and ages, celebrating the diversity that makes Scottsdale thrive. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, an art lover, or a music aficionado, June Days has something extraordinary in store for you.

A key objective of June Days is to showcase the marvels of Old Town Scottsdale and connect residents and visitors with local artisans and businesses. By driving foot traffic and showcasing special deals, we have the opportunity to discover hidden treasures and unravel the stories of small business triumph. It’s a chance to immerse ourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Scottsdale’s entrepreneurial spirit.

The June Days Extravaganza

Let’s take a sneak peek into some of the exciting events happening during June Days. Families can enjoy a free showing of Roald Dahl’s, James and the Giant Peach at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. The artwork showcased during family event nights is sure to captivate your children’s imagination. Puzzle Rides offers unique scavenger hunt adventures for the whole family, while the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park Glow Up Party promises an unforgettable neon-themed foam party. Movie enthusiasts can indulge in a free screening of Top Gun Maverick under the stars. And don’t forget to explore the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market for a taste of the vibrant local produce.

This celebration not only showcases the best of our city but also serves as a powerful platform for supporting our local small businesses. By joining me and engaging with the incredible lineup of events and activities, you’ll not only discover the hidden gems of Scottsdale but also contribute to the growth and prosperity of our community. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a curious visitor, June Days offers a summer experience like no other. So, let’s make memories, support our small businesses, and revel in the magic of Scottsdale’s June Days!

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Arizona Wildfires

This week I have the incredible opportunity to be on location with Jeremy Mueller from State Farm Insurance. We’re diving into a topic of utmost importance: the looming threat of wildfires this summer. As someone who hasn’t experienced a fire firsthand, I’m eager to learn about the precautions and insurance measures we can take to protect ourselves and our homes.

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Jeremy and I both agree that fire insurance preparedness is often overlooked. Many of us may not even realize that our home insurance usually covers fire-related incidents. However, it’s crucial to double-check our policies because if fire insurance isn’t included, it’s definitely a cause for concern. After all, protecting our homes is one of the main reasons we invest in insurance.

Luckily, Jeremy reassures me that 99.9% of us probably have fire insurance included in our home insurance policies. However, he brings up an interesting point about the severity of the fire problem in Arizona. Some national carriers are choosing not to renew coverage for clients in areas like Desert Mountain and other northern regions due to increased fire exposure. This revelation surprises me because one would not typically associate Arizona with widespread fires. Nevertheless, it’s essential to consult with your insurance agency or company to ensure you have adequate coverage.

Jeremy explains that if you’re insured with a reliable provider like State Farm, you’re in good hands. Companies like his are well-prepared to handle the risks associated with fire-prone areas. In fact, they even offer provisions that go the extra mile, such as dispatching teams to spray fire retardant and clear out gutters in high-risk situations. While these measures are more common in northern regions, it’s essential for residents of Desert Mountain and Cave Creek to start considering them seriously, given the overgrowth and increased risk during the dry and hot summer months.

It’s crucial to recognize that while we may not face the same level of fire risk as California, Arizona is not exempt from potentially devastating fires. Even if our homes are not directly engulfed in flames, the smoke can cause significant damage. Smoke permeates the walls and can ruin our belongings, including artwork and personal items. Jeremy emphasizes the importance of understanding that smoke damage is a real concern and sometimes even more destructive than the fire itself. While a fire may destroy a structure completely, smoke lingers and affects us on a more personal and emotional level.

As our conversation progresses, Jeremy highlights the importance of reviewing our insurance policies regularly. It’s a good practice to check if our coverage aligns with our current needs, especially as we acquire new items over time. He urges everyone to familiarize themselves with their policy’s details, even if reading the entire booklet might be a daunting task. In a nutshell, Jeremy advises ensuring that the cost of building your home per square foot is adequately covered. With the rising costs of construction, it’s often more economical to buy a new home rather than rebuild one. Therefore, having sufficient coverage becomes crucial, particularly in the high-risk areas of northern Arizona.

Curiosity piqued, I ask Jeremy if he has witnessed any significant fires during his time in Scottsdale. He shares a memory from the late nineties when a severe forest fire near the Scottsdale Golf Club rendered the area unusable for many years. This anecdote serves as a stark reminder that fires can indeed occur in unexpected places and should not be taken lightly. Thankfully, individuals like Jeremy and his team at State Farm are always ready to assist in times of crisis. Their prompt response and dedication to their clients’ safety are truly commendable.

Wildfire Prevention

In addition to my conversation with Jeremy, I had the opportunity to interview Tiffany Davila from the Arizona Forestry about the upcoming fire season and the measures being taken to prevent wildfires in Arizona. Tiffany shared valuable insights into the current situation and the proactive steps being taken to mitigate fire risks.

Tiffany began by emphasizing that the potential for active fires is high in Southern Arizona and the central region due to the dry fuel in those areas. She explained that the fire season typically starts in late April or early May and continues until the peak of the monsoon season, which usually occurs in mid-July. It’s crucial for residents to be aware of these timeframes and take necessary precautions.

One significant point Tiffany stressed during our conversation was that the majority of wildfires are caused by human activities, such as chain dragging or other sources of sparks. Surprisingly, she mentioned that 65-80% of wildfires in Arizona are started by people. This highlights the importance of personal responsibility in preventing wildfires. We must all be mindful of our actions and take steps to minimize the risk of fire ignition.

We delved into the Firewise USA program, which Tiffany explained as an initiative aimed at engaging homeowners and communities in wildfire prevention. The program provides educational resources, home assessments, and tools for creating defensible space around properties. By actively participating in Firewise, communities can reduce the risk of wildfires and ensure the safety of residents and their homes.

Another program we discussed was the “Ready, Set, Go” program, which outlines the necessary steps to take in case of a fire. Tiffany explained that “Ready” refers to being prepared and maintaining situational awareness. This includes having an emergency plan, assembling a go bag with essential items, and staying informed about fire conditions in the area. “Set” is the pre-evacuation status, where homeowners should be prepared to evacuate if necessary, ensuring that their go bags are ready and evacuation plans are in place. Finally, “Go” means evacuating immediately when authorities issue an evacuation order to ensure personal safety.

While it’s challenging to predict the severity of the upcoming fire season, Tiffany mentioned that there has been a cyclical pattern in recent years. The increase in population and human interaction in the wildland-urban interface areas has led to more fire starts in previously unaffected regions. It’s crucial for residents to be vigilant, stay informed, and actively participate in fire prevention efforts.

In conclusion, my conversation with Tiffany highlighted the importance of wildfire prevention, community engagement, and preparedness in Arizona. By understanding the risks, taking preventive measures, and being proactive in our approach, we can help protect our homes, communities, and the beautiful natural landscape of Arizona.