Friday, May 27

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The Baked Bear Celebrates Grand Opening with Free Ice Cream Sandwiches 

The Baked Bear will celebrate the opening of its first Arizona location by giving away free ice cream sandwiches from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.  The grand opening celebration will take place at The Baked Bear located just east of Scottsdale Road on Shea Boulevard in the Village at Shea, 7366 E. Shea Boulevard, Suite 106. 
The Baked Bear features made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. Its original cookie recipes are baked from scratch and served fresh out of the oven daily with craft homemade ice cream that is made from the highest quality ingredients. 

The Baked Bear will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 
The Baked Bear of Scottsdale is owned and operated by local entrepreneurs and business partners Rob Clark and Anthony Velez.

More information is available at or at the Scottsdale location's Facebook page at  

7th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival 

It's time once again to light the night sky at the 7th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival at Rancho Mañana Golf Course from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016. This year's event promises to be the best yet with a larger kids' zone, no-line pre-paid tickets, and a designated lawn chair-friendly concert viewing area.

The Cave Creek Balloon Festival has been a huge success in previous years, but the frustration of long lines and a limited kids' zone have dimmed the fun for some attendees. You've talked. We've listened. This year's balloon festival will be more family friendly and fun than ever before!

The balloon glow itself will begin at 7:30 p.m. when this year's massive hot air balloons begin to inflate. The scene becomes magical as they come to life! Whether you are young in years or young at heart, there is nothing quite like the enchanting atmosphere that awakens in the excitement of the night air!

From free face painting to free balloon twisting and a kids' zone that can't be beat, there's plenty for the little ones to see and do. Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as beer from Arizona's own Four Peaks brewery and sample scrumptious food from food trucks, vendors and restaurants, including The Buffalo Chip, Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread, Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Firehouse Kettlecorn, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee & gelato, and Frosted Frenzy Cup Cakes.

Adults and children alike will love the live music on the Sanderson Ford Main Stage from 6:45 to 8 p.m. This year's performers are Arizona favorite Junction 10 and Eagles' tribute band, South of Winslow. This year's band viewing area will accommodate low-profile lawn chairs. Please note: lawn chairs must remain in designated area.

Also new this year is a separate entrance for all pre-paid and Valerie's Furniture VIP ticket holders for quick and easy access. Cost for pre-paid tickets: Adults $12, Kids $7 for ages 12 and under; children 2 and under enter free (ticket fees apply). 

VIP tickets are $75 for adults; $35 for ages 12 and under (ticket fees apply). Price includes entrance fee, tax, gratuity, and gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill (6:30-8:30 p.m.), private cash bar and private restrooms. All orders are final. No cancellations, no rain checks.  Early-bird special, first 100 orders get free VIP parking!
Cost of tickets purchased at the event: Adults $15, Kids $10 for ages 12 and under; children 2 and under enter free. Veteran and active military receive general admission tickets at ½ price. Must show identification at the ticket office on the day of the event. All sales are final. No cancellations or rain checks. Tickets can be purchased online at

All parking available at the center of town, 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek. Parking cost is $5, and proceeds will go to CCUSD. Parking includes shuttle service to and from the event. Please note: There is no access or parking available at Tonto Bar & Grill.

For more information on the event visit:

NAPRO Road Trip

Low gas prices are helping to drive near record travel this holiday weekend. According to AAA, more than 38 million Americans will travel, the second-highest number on record and the most since 2005.
Valley auto repair experts are available to discuss a variety of tips to keep families safe on the road this weekend and all summer.
Road Trip Checklist

  •   Fluids and wipers
  •   Air filter- a dirty filter restricts the flow of air, which impacts performance
  •   Battery -Heat evaporates battery fluids, which can speed up corrosion.

Air conditioning - If it's running a little warm, you might be low in refrigerant or have a loose drive belt. It could also be clogged valves or filters, slow leads in components or hoses or clogs in the condenser.

Tires - According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, 85 percent of drivers don't know how to properly inflate their tires. Matt is happy to demonstrate by stopping by your place or meeting you at his central Phoenix location.
Lights make sure turn signals, headlights and brake lights are clean and working.

Must carry items in case of breakdown:

  •  Charged cell phone
  •  First-aid kit
  •  Fire extinguisher
  •  Reflective warning triangles
  •  Foam tire sealant
  •  Jumper cables
  •  Flashlight and batteries
  •  Duct tape
  •  Gloves and rags
  •  Water and snacks
  •  Umbrella (In AZ for shade more often than rain)

NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals): The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.

Nathan's Famous International Hot Eating contest each July 4th in Coney Island

For more information on this event visit: 

Men's Casual Summer

Find the looks that Timothy Boado/ Wardrobe Stylist talk about on GMAZ at these stores.

City Royals Menswear boutique; 
7056 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 
(480) 737-8449

Kenneth Cole/ New York; 
5000 Arizona Mills Circle, 
Arizona Mills Mall, Tempe, AZ 85282 
(480) 456-8650

For more information on Timothy Boado/ Wardrobe Stylist visit these websites:
@fashnfien via Twitter and Instagram
Timothy Boado via Facebook

Mama Jim's Gluten Free Kitchen 
(602) 625-2952 
Twitter @MamaJimAZ 
Facebook MamaJimAZ Instagram @MamaJims

Upcoming events:  Food Truck Friday WEST on Friday 5/27 5-9pm, Uptown Farmers Market Sat 6/4  8am-12pm, and La Familia food truck Saturday at Lincoln Heights Church Sat 6/11 5-8pm

Tom Arnold/Scottsdale Laugh Factory  

Tom Arnold will be performing this weekend at the Scottsdale Laugh Factory this weekend.

Friday, May 27th at 8 PM
Saturday, May 28th at 8 PM & 10 PM
Sunday, May 29th at 7 PM

For more information visit:
Also visit Tom's website:

7000 E Shea Blvd # H-1990 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480) 607-6878

Poker Run Benefit 

Please join us for a free registration Poker Run Benefit Ride for fallen Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser on Sunday, June 5th at Sandbar Desert Ridge. Free Registration will be from 9-11AM. 

Raffle tickets will be available for great prizes such as a POF AR, GLOCK 19, Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380 w/Laser plus 10 round extended mag & more. Auction items will include an Alice Cooper signed guitar, Big Screen TV and more. 

Schedule of Poker Run Stops:
9:00-11:00 Sandbar Desert Ridge
11:30-1:00 Dirty Dogg Saloon (Late Registration Available)
1:00-2:30 Connolly's Sports Grill
2:30-3:30 Cave Creek Roadhouse
4:00-5:00 Hideaway Grill

Poker Run winner will be announced at 5PM at Hideaway Grill followed by the Auction & Raffle. 

Raffle tickets will be available at all stops.
$5 for 1 ticket
$20 for 5 tickets
$40 for 12 tickets
$60 for 20 tickets
$100 for 40 tickets

Hideaway Grill - 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331