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Origami Owl 

Eighteen year-old Bella Weems is changing the face of entrepreneurship with Origami Owl, a customizable jewelry company she started at the age of 14 with a capital investment of $350 earned from babysitting.  

The high school graduate heads daily to the corporate headquarters where a team that numbers in the hundreds has taken over most of the day-to-day operations that are required to keep producing a line of jewelry that has realized unprecedented demand and empowered scores of women to start their own Origami Owl businesses.

The oldest of five children, Bella enjoys close relationships with her siblings despite a schedule that involves attending college in the fall and a current internal internship at Origami Owl which consists of spending a few weeks in each department to learn as much as possible about day-to-day operations.  In addition Bella is passionate about leading the Origami Owl Hoot Academy, a youth program for 12 to 17 year olds who can work alongside their Origami Owl Designer parent or guardian.  This program assists with providing leadership and business skills that are invaluable for these kids as they think about their future aspirations.

Financial success and the purchase of a white Jeep far behind her, Bella's focus has always been about more than jewelry sales.  Origami Owl's core values include, #5: Love What You Do and #1: Operate by the Golden Rule, and they are most often written on pink paper or handwritten on the walls in bright paint. 
This maverick spirit and perhaps lack of business background worked in her favor, because Bella and her family took a wholly unique approach to structuring the company's business and have never looked back.
When Bella says, "be the change you want to see," she can actually back it up. The hybrid social selling model employed by Origami Owl has birthed legions of entrepreneurs in return, some of whom who have lifted themselves out of poverty in the process and have already begun using their own success to Pay It Forward, Core Value #4.

If interested in purchasing Origami Owl or becoming an Independent Designer, please visit www.OrigamiOwl.com 

Zombie Kill

Beginning October 4, 2015 Westworld Paintball is offering a unique Zombie Hunt experience for the whole family. This willtake place in the Xtreme Pursuit indoor arena located at 4240 W Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85019.

Players will arrive and enter a quarantined Black light and fog filled Arena, complete with a haunting light and sound show. Participants will be armed with Special Paintball Zombie Markers, pre-loaded with "Zombie Killing" glow in the dark paintballs.

Open to ages 6+. Entry is $29.95 at the door, which includes access to the Shootng Gallery style Live Zombie Hunt. Hit the zombies on targets attached to their bodies for extra points! Do not allow the Zombies to reach "kill" zones or you may lose "The Human Race!"

Pre-register on the website http://westworldpaintball.com/zombie-registration/ and save $5. Win or lose, certificates are awarded for both victors and the freshly turned! This is more than a Zombie Shoot!! It is actually a strategic game with a win or lose for Humanity….

Hours of Operation:
-Opening Night  Sunday, October 4th 6pm  10pm
-Wednesday, October 7th, 6pm  9pm
-Saturday, October 10th, 8pm  11pm
-Wednesday, October 14th, 6pm  9pm
-Saturday, October 17th, 8pm  11pm
-Wednesday, October 21st, 6pm  9pm
-Saturday, October 24th, 8pm  11pm
-Wednesday, October 28th, 6pm -  9pm
-Closing Night  Friday, October 30th, 8pm  11pm

Yappy Halloween/ Lucky paws

Lucky Paws is a non-profit animal shelter that provides a cage-free living environment to dogs, cats, and bunnies that have been rescued from high-kill shelters. The animals share comfortable rooms where they lounge on couches, socialize together and get plenty of exercise outside.  Lucky Paws is a magical place for animals where they are calm knowing they are in a safe place and loved.  All Lucky Paws animals are vetted, socialized with many volunteers, and eventually adopted after a screening process.  

Thursday, October 15th - 5:30-7:30pm 
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Drive * Scottsdale, AZ 85253
There is a raffle and a portion of the wine proceeds goes to Lucky Paws. 

For more information visit: http://www.luckypawsaz.org/

Cuba Travel

As the evolving diplomatic dialogue between the Republic of Cuba and the United States continues to make headlines after 54 years of embargo, more than one million Americans are predicted to legally visit Cuba in 2016 through People to People educational exchanges between the two countries.  More than 350 flights a month from Miami transport curious Americans across the Florida Straits to Cuban cities on a discovery of life in a mysterious and romantic island so near, yet so far.  

For two American music producers, Woody Wilson and Neil Birnbaum, the allure and popularity of Cuban jazz in the United States was enough for them to create a specialized People to People program with a distinct focus on Cuban art, music and dance. Through successful cultural exchanges and numerous trips to Cuba in recent years, Wilson and Birnbaum have launched Cuba Rhythm & Views, a unique exploration of creative life and performance in a nation ostensibly off-limits to Americans for more than a half-century

Featuring a mix of jazz and classical programs, Wilson and Birnbaum are appealing to arts aficionados who are more interested in cultural exploration than a tour of a cigar or rum factory. In December of this year, they will take up to 30 travelers to Cuba for an insight into the creative lives of the island's artists and musicians. In January, they will take an another group to accompany eminent Chilean conductor, Maximiano Valdés, who will conduct the Orquesta Nacional de Cuba in works by Rachmaninoff, Ginastera and Brahms.

Lakeshore Music's Cuba Rhythm & Views tours are scheduled for Dec. 9-17, 2015 and Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2016.  Travel is direct from Miami, returning from Havana. For more information, visit www.cubarhythmandviews.com, or write to info@lakeshoremusic.org

Cuba Rhythm & Views Tour
Lakeshore Music, Inc.
1982 E. Oxford Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

Taste Of Italy/ 2nd Annual Best of Italy hosted by The Italian Association 

Join the Italian Association on Friday, October 16, 2015 for one of the best culinary showcases Scottsdale has ever seen. This food and wine celebration will feature delicious bites from five Valley, celebrity Italian chefs and wine tastings from five top Italian wineries. The event begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Salt River in Scottsdale. Registration starts at 5:30 pm. 

The taste of Italy will feature five local celebrity chefs:Massimo De Francesca of Taggia at Fire Sky Resort, Chris Nicosia of Sassi, Gio' Osso of Virtu', Marcellino Verzino of Marcellino Ristorante and Andrea Volpi of Toscana Osteria. Plus, guests will enjoy fabulous Italian cuisine and sophisticated wines from five top Italian wineries from different regions: Cantine Catena, Cesari, Fanti, San Felice, and Vietti.  

Tickets are $99 for members, $125 for non-members if purchased in advance or $125 for members, $150 for non-members at the door. Price includes tastings of all chefs' entrees and 15 wines from participating wineries. To purchase tickets online, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2321963 or  http://italianassociation.advertisingbusinessconsultants.com.

To book a room with a special rate at the Courtyard Marriott Salt River, contact info@italianassociation.org

For more information on this event visit:

Courtyard Marriott Salt River - Mark Ballroom
5201 North Pima
Scottsdale, AZ 85250