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Monica Monson Featured in’s Trendsetters
categories: Community, luxury real estate, Paradise Valley Living, Phoenix Living, Scottsdale Living

One of the nicest compliments of late, contacted Monica to feature her in their new “People” section of their web site. It shares stories and insights about the Valley’s hottest trendsetters whether entrepreneurs, celebrities, models or fashion icons. Arizona Foothills Magazine continues to be the leading source for all lifestyle trends in Arizona. Fitting to include an agent who specializes in luxury lifestyles and all of the things that go along with it.


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Urban Green Event Celebrates 30 Years for Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE)
categories: Community, Phoenix Living, Scottsdale Living

Looking for ways to get involved in the community?

Arizona Women’s Education & Employment is holding it’s first evening affair called Urban Green at The Duce in Phoenix. The evening promises to be fun and eclectic with organic vintage-style cocktails, dinner, “Dream Job” live auction, Pot ‘O Gold mystery boxes, DJ, darts and so much more. A great way to rub elbows with and shmooz the night away.

Experience Downtown Phoenix’s green movement and do a lot of good for the community.

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About AWEE


AWEE works! AWEE has been transforming the lives of Arizonans into “faces of success” for nearly 30 years. Since our inception, we have helped create successful beginnings and renewed hope for more than 115,000 women, men and young adults. Gone are the days of simply moving people off welfare. Today, AWEE is Arizona’s preeminent workforce development organization, offering a diverse range of evidence-based training and support services throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties.

Brasil Fest 2011 Tonight at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) in Phoenix
categories: Community, Phoenix Living, Scottsdale Living

Written by Stewart Downey

Brasil Fest is one of the most entertaining and exciting events of the year and it’s all happening this Friday September 9th 2011 at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum). There will be beautiful live dancers performing on two stages, live art and visual displays and, of course, authentic Brazilian food and beverages. It is a great way to check out the world renowned Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix while also eating, drinking and dancing the night away.

The event is for those who are 21 and older, so call your babysitter and plan on having a fun-filled evening. General admission is $25 the day of the event and VIP tickets are also available at a price of $45 per ticket. Those tickets allow for exclusive access to certain designated bars and include 2 complimentary beverages.

This is the 2nd annual celebration, so come and learn about the history and culture that makes Brazil such a unique place.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

A esperança vê-lo aí. (Hope to see you there)

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Sure to be an Eye-Opening Experience
categories: Community, Scottsdale Events, Scottsdale Living

Written by Alisha Collinson
Photos Courtesy of Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Fresh, unpredictable, and edgy.  This season’s line-up of “eye-opening” performances at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts is nothing short of just that.   The 2011-2012 season features a potpourri of performances ranging from dance, music, film, comedy, and world performance acts from Haiti, Colombia, Ireland and Japan.  SCPA, known for showcasing provocative and unorthodox performing arts continues to keep us intrigued and wanting more.  This season is certainly no exception.  Having been open to the public and a local destination for tourists and locals since 1975, the SCPA has always been the forerunner of edgy attraction for its showcase of events, performances, art shows and more.

Originally designed and constructed by the late local architect Bennie Gonzales, FAIA, the center featured simple and pure forms that resembled the classic Southwestern and Native-American themes.  Taking on a recent major renovation in 2009 by architect John Douglas, the space is now a modern, sleek, and collective space with many state of the art design and functionality aspects.  The space now features an intimate 853-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater enhanced by wood interiors and amazing acoustics.  Additionally, there is a 137-seat Stage 2 theater as well as an 1,800 capacity Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater.

Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Scottsdale Center for the ArtsThis is not your typical art center featuring toured performances that have been around for decades, or even half a decade.  Some of the performances this season allows Scottsdale to be the first set of viewers.   So, if you could use some cultural stimulus, soul-shaking inspiration and thought-provoking entertainment, go get your tickets now!  Personally, I can’t wait for the Stephen Petronio’s Underland -featuring the music of Australian alternative rocker, Nick Cave.

While you’re there, don’t forget to walk the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Park, a lush 21 acre park of gardens, sculptures, fountains and outdoor stages is sure to soothe the soul.

Entrance to the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater – photo by Wen Hang Lin

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) of Phoenix a True Pleasure to Visit
categories: Community, Phoenix Living, Scottsdale Living

By Stewart Downey
Photography Courtesy of MIM

The MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) had its grand opening in Phoenix, Arizona off Tatum and Mayo Boulevards just over a year ago.  They spared no expense in creating this amazing one-of-a-kind facility, from the beautifully finished music theater to the displays of instruments, costumes and artwork from around the world.  Even the “Café at MIM” has received recognition by local Arizona food critics for using high quality food that’s often locally grown.

When you first walk up to the building you cannot help but notice the beautiful architecture.  Upon entering you will be greeted by a friendly staff that is happy to answer any questions and point you in the right direction.  The tour begins on the lower level and makes its way up stairs to explore 5 major regions of the world. These regions include Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the United States of America.

Whether you are a diehard music lover or just wanted to see what the buzz is all about you will be pleased you made it to the MIM.  Plus, who in their right mind wants to be outside when its 100 degrees.  For more information on the MIM please visit or call (480)478-6000.

Save the Date – Stars of the Season 2011 Benefitting Cardon Children’s Medical Center
categories: Community

Stars of the Season 2011 is going to be the hottest event of the year!

On November 12, 2011 supporters of Cardon Children’s Medical Center will attend an event at Montelucia Resort & Spa to raise money for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center. Guests will enjoy a night under the stars with the Brazilian-themed event “A Night to Remember” and will experience an edgy, fun evening filled with great food, signature drinks and desserts, and world-renowned rock star entertainment (to be announced soon!).

Monica Monson of Monson Luxury Group is the co-chair of this year’s event and is proud to give back to the community. “It is my absolute pleasure to work with the Banner Health Foundation and the Advisory Council on this year’s event. Our inaugural event last year was sold out almost instantly and the event was a big success. The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a magical place and will be the perfect backdrop to honor our Stars this year. My co-chair Tina Curran and I  couldn’t be more excited to raise funds for this first-of-its-kind facility for children in the Southwest.”

For more information about attending the event, sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please visit

Breakfast Birthday Bash will highlight Scottsdale’s 60th anniversary with food, history, music, games and the unveiling of the showpiece cake
categories: Community, luxury real estate, Scottsdale Living

Scottsdale’s Mayor and City Council will host the Scottsdale Breakfast Birthday Bash at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on June 25. Party goers will enjoy a free breakfast buffet and hear stories from Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official historian.

Visitors can also visit with Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane and members of the City Council and see Scottsdale’s showpiece birthday cake, created by Chef Tracy DeWitt, Food Network competitor and Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale instructor.

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. The Ms. Senior Arizona Performing Group and Gary Sprague, the city’s Singing Cowboy, will be on hand to provide musical entertainment. Activities for kids will include vintage games like an obstacle course, rope a “horse,” bean bag toss and an egg relay. All will take place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on the Civic Center Mall next to the arts center.

The Scottsdale Gem Wall will also be on display. This interactive public art piece was created for the city’s 60th anniversary celebration and features 60 bandanas, each folded with a message inside that celebrates Scottsdale’s history. Over the 60 day celebration, each bandana was removed and the messages were displayed on the wall.

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second Street. Parking is available in the Civic Center garage or in the Civic Center Library garage.

For more information on all of the Scottsdale 60 events visit

Contact: Kim Hanna, Economic Vitality; Office: (480) 312-7612,


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