Thursday, Feb. 4

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The Greatest Show on Grass

The 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as "The Greatest Show on Grass", will be held at TPC Scottsdale from February 1-7, 2016. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. The 2016 edition will mark the 81st playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the seventh as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 "active" members and more than 250 "life" members. Last year The Thunderbirds raised a record $9.06 million for charity and have eclipsed $102 million in charitable giving since its inception. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open, call the Thunderbirds office at (602) 870-0163 or visit

Opening Acts for the 2016 Coors Light Birds Nest

The opening acts for the 2016 Coors Light Birds Nest have been confirmed as Dylan Scott, Davey Arnold, Kelley James and Manufactured Superstars will open for the star-studded lineup. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlet locations.

Dylan Scott will open for Country icons Rascal Flatts on Wednesday, Feb 3. Scott, an emerging country artist signed to Curb Records, recorded numerous songs including "Making This Boy go Crazy" which sold in excess of 130,000 units with more than 2.5 million views of the accompanying music video.

The Thursday, Feb. 4 performance will feature two Phoenix natives as 24-year-old singer/songwriter Davey Arnold will open for Country megastar Dierks Bently. Davey's debut EP "Hotter in July" features six original tracks written or co-written by Davey. With his blend of modern country sound highlighting steel and electric guitar, Davey has opened for national acts such as Craig Morgan, Chris Janson and Joe Nichols.

Before Robin Thicke takes the stage on Friday, Feb. 5, Kelley James will pump up the crowd with a mash-up of rock, pop and the beachside vibes of California. James' most recent album, "The Pattern Transcending" achieved a Top-20 spot on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. James owns his own record label named Kelley James Music and built his career on the road with over 1,200 shows played to date.

Manufactured Superstars, opens the final night of the 2016 Coors Light Birds Nest before Dutch DJ Tiesto. The DJ/production duo from Colorado are known for their trademark stage costumes which consist of matching NASA spacesuits and often share the stage with a six-foot-tall teddy bear. Their high-energy, accessible and technically challenging style can be heard on terrestrial, satellite and web radio stations worldwide.

Coors Light Birds Nest general admission tickets start at $50 while VIP tickets are available starting at $200 each and provide exclusive access to the Absolute Vodka VIP area where guests are treated to a complimentary catered dinner, complimentary drinks and access to a newly redesigned premium viewing area for the shows. Organizers encourage fans to buy their tickets early as ticket prices may increase as the event draws closer. The Dierks Bentley show is sold out.

The Coors Light Birds Nest is located directly across from the main Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road. The entertainment venue opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Headline acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Coors Light Birds Nest is a 21-and-over venue. For more information about the Coors Light Birds Nest visit

The Zero Waste Challenge

In the fourth year of the tournament's Zero Waste Challenge, Waste Management expanded vendor and fan education of proper waste sorting. Once again, there were no trash receptacles on the golf course, only recycling and compost bins for all public and back-of-house operations.

Waste Management repurposed and transformed large roll-off containers into eye-catching Zero Waste Stations where fans could engage with volunteers to help collect food and beverage materials.

Waste Management has been a partner of the Phoenix Open for 15 years, providing waste, recycling, and portable restroom services. As the title sponsor, Waste Management, in partnership with the PGA TOUR and The Thunderbirds, is dedicated to making the Waste Management Phoenix Open the greenest tournament on the PGA TOUR. The tournament has also become a major platform for Waste Management Think Green solutions, including the Four R’s reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company's customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit or

Phoenix Fire Department will provide free immunizations at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus on Feb. 4  

Free vaccinations for children and free flu shots for children and adults will be available from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Road.

The Phoenix Fire Department Baby Shots Immunization Program is providing the children's vaccinations and Walgreens is providing the flu shots at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus (formerly Paradise Valley Hospital) which is hosting the event. 

The Phoenix Fire Department provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children's Program, a federally funded program that provides free immunizations to eligible children. Immunization records and proof of eligibility must be provided for the Baby Shots program. 

The Phoenix Fire Department also is partnering with Walgreen's to provide free flu shots. This program is available to anyone at least 7 years old. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC reports that in the United States, seasonal flu activity can continue as late as May.

For more information, call 602-534-BABY (2229) or visit: 

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus 
3929 E. Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ. 85032
(602) 923-5000

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Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is BACK this February at Restaurants Across the Valley and Flagstaff

Girl ScoutsArizona Cactus-Pine Council is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the third year in a row, chefs from some of the state's most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Savannah Smiles into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 29, 2016, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in our community.

The participating restaurants, and their creative desserts, are: 

Restaurant: 32 Shea
Location: 10626 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix 
Chef/Dessert Designer: Theresa "Chef T" Willie 
Assigned Cookie: Samoas 
Dessert: Samoas Cookie Pecan Shortbread Coconut Caramel Trifle

Restaurant: 5th and Wine
Location: 7051 E. 5th Avenue in Scottsdale 
Chef/Dessert Designer: Enrique Sanchez 
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Warm Tagalong Dulce de Leches Cake

Restaurant: BlueFire Grille at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort and Villas 
Location: 6333 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale
Chef/Dessert Designer: Patrick Doyle
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles 
Dessert: Savanna Smiles Crumble Crust Prickly Pear Cheese Cake

Restaurant: Churn 
Location: 5223 North Central Avenue in Phoenix
Chef/Dessert Designer: Jada Shiya
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils
Dessert: Trefoil Butter Swirl Ice Cream

Restaurant: Copper Leaf Gastrolounge
Location: 4225 North Craftsman Court in Scottsdale
Chef/Dessert Designer: Todd Williams 
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints 
Dessert: Thin Mint Pizza Cookie

Restaurant: Kelly's at Southbridge
Location: 7117 E. 6th Avenue in Scottsdale 
Chef/Dessert Designer: Kelli Casey 
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Thin Mint Cheesecake

Restaurant: Lumberyard Brewery
Location: 5 South San Francisco Street in Flagstaff
Chef/Dessert Designer: Richard Kimball
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints 
Dessert: Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Restaurant: Olive + Ivy 
Location: 7135 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale 
Chef/Dessert Designer: Kelli Sappington 
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints 
Dessert: Thin Mint Gelato 

Restaurant: Paul Martin's American Grill
Location: 6186 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale
Chef/Dessert Designer: Ray Valencia
Assigned Cookie: Samoas 
Dessert: Caramel Delight Ice Cream

Restaurant: Rhythm & Wine 
Location: 7605 E Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale 
Chef/Dessert Designer: Terry Craig 
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles 
Dessert: Savannah Chambord Raspberry Mousse

Restaurant: Rusconi's American Kitchen
Location 10637 North Tatum Boulevard in Phoenix 
Chef/Dessert Designer: Michael Rusconi  
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Banana Cream Samoa Jar

Restaurant: The Henry
Location: 4455 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix/Arcadia
Chef/Dessert Designer: Marissa Pintor 
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs 
Dessert: Tagalong Donuts 

Restaurant: The Market By Jennifer's Restaurant + Bar
Location: 3603 East Indian School Road in Phoenix/Arcadia 
Chef/Dessert Designer: Jennifer Russo
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils 
Dessert: "Twixted" Trefoil Bar

Restaurant: Tom's Thumb
Location: 9393 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale
Chef/Dessert Designer: Andrea Madrid 
Assigned Cookie: Do-Si-Dos
Dessert: Do-Si-Decadent Cheesecake

For more information on the challenge, please visit And be sure to get social with us! Tag any and all of your Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge photos and posts with #DessertChallenge and #GirlScoutsAZ to join in the movement!

Super Bowl Travel

Nearly 60 percent of Americans have traveled to or will travel to a major sporting event this year. With these "big games" creating entire destination experiences for fans, it's no surprise that sports-related travel is on the rise.  From stadium tours to game-day concerts and super-fan experiences, for many, it's worth every penny to be a part of it all.  
As final preparations are being laid for a historic Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, talks "travel by the numbers" for this big event, from the cost to fly, where you can still get a room, and how much of a premium fans are paying just to be there. Orbitz data also reveals year-over-year changes in pricing and which city has the most fans traveling to the game.
Orbitz also shares what sports fans say are the top roadblocks in booking travel to major sports events, from cost of tickets to getting time off work, and why those who do go plan to stay to vacation. Plus, the top sporting events throughout the year super-fans should plan travel for now based on cost and availability.  

Super Bowl 50 Travel: what it will cost to fly, stay and play; is there still hotel availability, airport with cheapest flight options; how much more fans pay to travel this weekend; and which team has the most fans traveling to the game!
2016's Main Events: A look at the top sporting events in 2016 that fans should book travel for ASAP and why.
Sports Travel Getting Bigger:  It's an industry that's getting bigger and more expensive.  Why fans continue to pay big bucks to get to and attend major sporting events, and how these games are creating destination experiences that have local tourism officials cheering.

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