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My family and I had the pleasure of seeing Jordin Sparks live at the MIM Museum in Phoenix, Az. The Jordin Sparks and Friends benefit concert was to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of The MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), and to help Jordin raise money for her exciting new program called the “12/29 Music Project”. The proceeds from this concert will benefit her new program that she is so passionate about.
The 12\29 Music Project’s mission is to provide a safe working environment for young people to perfect their craft through artistry, recording music and learning the necessary skills for working inside a studio while making a difference in their community. 12\29 Music Project is a project of The M.A.D. Girls, Inc. Jordin endorses The M.A.D. Girls Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, serves the community as a management group. It helps individuals or organizations identify and implement projects to benefit a cause or humanitarian effort of interest. They achieve their goals by promoting and encouraging corporate and individual social responsibility. By actively engaging in localized efforts to raise awareness, and by supporting activities that enhance the well-being of the less fortunate, we can make a difference. The campaign hopes to motivate others to find something they’re passionate about and funnel that energy into doing something to help another. It’s amazing how wonderful it feels when you know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. For more information, please go to www.1229musicproject.com
Jordin Sparks has a phenomenal voice and she is such an inspiration! I’m so excited and thankful that we had a chance to meet her! She is truly a beautiful woman inside and out! Her voice was so mesmerizing and her performance was sensational! We need more positive influences like her that are representing and leading our youth. I am so elated after watching such a personal and intimate concert! Children are our future and we need to make sure that we expose them to positive role models such as Jordin Sparks. I am so enamored by her personality and good will. After speaking with her, I have grown even more fond of her music and her personality, talk about a real girl with a “real” personality! I absolutely love her and her music and her drive. She is so talented and I wish for my daughter to follow her as a role model.
Andrew Norelli will appear at Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club, Friday May 6th.
Andrew has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comedy.TV, Entertainment Studios with Byron Allen, and Comics Unleashed where he was also a staffed joke writer. Las Vegas, New York, and Boston, where he placed 2nd in The Boston Comedy Festival, are just some of the U.S. cities he has hit. International performances have included The Montreal Comedy Festival, and The Comedy Store and Laugh Garage in Sydney, Australia. See below for a brief montage of TV clips… www.andrewnorelli.net
Andrew Norelli will appear at Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club, Friday May 6th.
Friday, May 6th 2011 at 6pm
Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale 85251
Tickets are $20, and all Procedes will benefit Athletes International (501c3)
To Purchase Tickets Click on “Register Now!”
Proceeds from this show will benefit Athletes International
Athletes International reaches the active and retired professional athlete, the collegiate athlete, coaches and other athletic affiliates. Their vision is to use the extensive platform athletes are given to influence the community. With the help of respected athletes, Athletes International improves the lives of young athletes and helps them to realize their potential.
“The Most Beautiful Woman In The World” was awarded to Lynda Carter in 1978, by The International Academy of Beauty and The British Press Organization. America’s beloved Wonder Woman is an Arizona Native, and she will be back here April 16, 2011 as the Celebrity Grand Marshal of the 15th Annual Phoenix Pride. She also has a new CD titled “At Last”.
Linda Carter was born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 24, 1951. ( FYI – That makes her a Leo) She went to Globe High School and Arcadia High School in Phoenix, she also attended Arizona State University. While she was attending ASU, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta and was voted ” most talented”. Lynda Carter played the role of Wonder Woman, an Amazon woman of eternal youth, and she seems to truly have been blessed with eternal youth and beauty.
Lynda Carter was Miss Phoenix 1972 and represented Arizona in the Miss World-USA contest. Carter won the title of Miss USA, and went on to the semi-finals of Miss World 1972-1973.
I bet you didn’t know she cold sing!
Listen to: At Last
I have wanted to see the Wicked Musical for over five years.” The Wizard of Oz” is one of my favorite movies and when I heard about Wicked, I rushed out and bought the book. Later when my husband and I were in New York, we planed to see the show but it was sold out. Then Wicked was in Phoenix, and it sold out again before we got tickets. Finally, we got tickets to see the musical in Tucson.
I really enjoyed the show, it was worth all my anticipation. If you are not familiar with Wicked, it is the untold story of the Witches of Oz. It gives you a look into the lives of the Witches before Dorothy ever melted or dropped a house on anyone. You may be surprised to learn that even the wicked can be good, and sometimes the good can be a little wicked. The story leaves you feeling empathetic toward Elphaba ( aka the Wicked Witch Of The West). The musical does differ from the book, but that is to be expected.
I would defiantly see this show again, however not at the same venue. We saw the show at the Centennial Hall in Tucson, and I was less than impressed with this venue. We could not see over the heads of the people in front of us, so we spent the entire show scrunched down and leaning to the side, it was very uncomfortable. The couple in front of us weren’t tall either, it’s just the way the seats are. Then during the 15 minute intermission, the line to the bathroom was out the door and all the way to the curb. I am not exaggerating, this was the longest bathroom line I have ever seen. Drinks and snacks were sold outside, and not at the same place. It would be impossible to get a drink, and a snack in that time frame, and forget about the bathroom. Keep in mind you have to be seated before the show starts or you are not allowed in for another 10 minutes. I could have perhaps over looked all this, if the staff was friendly, but they were less than friendly.
Yuri’s Popcorn & More
I love when you accidentally discover something you love. Recently, I ran out to get my daily dose of caffeine at Starbucks, when I spotted Yuri’s Popcorn & More. Naturally, I had to go in and check it out, because I LOVE popcorn. Yuri’s Popcorn & More opened this October in Scottsdale, Arizona. They specialize in fresh gourmet popcorn in unique flavors using quality ingredients as well as chocolates, taffy, nostalgic candy, and more.
Talicia Ricahardson was vice president of operations for a hotel chain before she opened Yuri’s Popcorn & More. Opening a gourmet popcorn shop has been a long time dream for Phoenix mother, Talicia Richardson and it allows her more time with her family. Talicia even named the shop after her daughter Yuri.
This isn’t like the popcorn in the large tins at the drug store, it’s freshly made, delicious gourmet popcorn. I recommend trying samples of some of the more unique flavors. You can also choose from a variety of candies to have mixed into your popcorn. The day I was in they had a banana flavor that reminded me of banana Laffy Taffy. I purchased a large bag of the Crunchy Carmel Popcorn, and I can’t wait to go back in for another bag.
Gourmet popcorn is a unique gift, and Yuri’s can design a custom gift basket for any occasion. Gourmet popcorn is also a great treat for your party guests to snack on, or you can give your guests a popcorn party favor. Sales rep’s should also consider picking up some gourmet popcorn for their accounts, be original EVERYONE gives cookies.
Gourmet Popcorn Flavors
Cheesy Cheddar Popcorn
Crunchy Caramel Popcorn
Blanc Cheddar Popcorn
Spicy Pepper Popcorn
Strawberry Delight Popcorn
Garlic Parmesan Popcorn
Chili Cheese Popcorn
Blueberry Mojito Popcorn
Zesty Ranch Popcorn
Classic Butter Popcorn
Sunday and Monday Closed
Tuesday,Thursday & Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday & Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday December 10th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Festival of Cheer in Peoria at Peoria Sports Complex offers fun things to do for the entire family. Celebrating cultures, families, and holidays around the world. Tickets are only $5 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for a family pass of four. Children six and younger may enter for free. Free photos with Santa, Kids’ Play Land with twenty tons of snow, crafts, Cultural performances, dance and songs all included in admission.
Ice Skating in Downtown Phoenix!!
NRG Ice at CityScape, a skating rink at Patriots Square Park in downtown Phoenix, is open to the public through mid-January.
Kids will enjoy one of the short “Skating with Santa” sessions, which take place at 6 and 8 p.m. every day through Dec. 22. After some time on the ice, each child will have an opportunity to talk with Santa about his or her Christmas wishes. Visitors can bring their own skates or rent them on-site.
November 27th-December 17th
December 18th-January 1st
January 2nd-January 15th
Saturday & Sunday 3pm-11pm
Located at 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission is $10 per person.
For more info call 602-772-3909
Junie B. Jones Play at Tempe Center for the Arts now through December 24th.
Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!
This play, based on three of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, recreates the world of intrigue that is Room One. Recommended for age five and older. Ticket prices are $20-$25 and can be purchased on the Tempe Center for the Arts website. www.childsplayaz.org
Nutcracker Ballet at Ballet Arizona in Phoenix at Symphony Hall, December 10 through December 26th. Don’t miss this classic and magical performance!
Tickets available at ticketmaster.com/baz Prices range from $17-$121.
December 11th is Wigwam’s Annual Tree Lighting where the transformation of the resort’s front lawn to a winter wonderland of holiday music, hot cocoa and house-made cookies, trolley rides, letter writing to the troops and a special visit from the North Pole. A grand holiday tree featuring hundreds of sparkling lights will light up the evening event.
December 18th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast with Santa at Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd. A holiday to remember featuring a hearty breakfast, each child is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and receives a holiday candy cane. Mrs. Claus will share some of her favorite holiday stories.
$25 for Adults, $12 for children 3-12 and under 3 complimentary. For reservations please contact 623-856-1094.
Saturday December 11th is Holiday Harmony Snow & Glow is at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The annual tree lighting and toy drive feature live performances and interactive booths. There are snow and sledding areas. Santa Claus drops in for visit. Food and drinks, including a cash bar for those 21 and older, available. Admission is free, but donations of unwrapped toys are requested. E-mail email@example.com with questions. 480-312-0217. www.scottsdaleaz.gov.
DEC. 15 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. is Winterfest at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. FREE!
Tons of imported snow create a play area, complete with two snow slides. Activities include hay rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, holiday crafts, a live Nativity scene and a rock-climbing wall. 480-824-7200. www.scottsdalebible.com.
DEC. 10 and 17 Holiday Music and Festivities from 6-8 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road. Hot chocolate with Mrs. Claus, live radio broadcasts and snowfall. High-school choral groups perform at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. FREE! See website for school groups and dates. 480-483-4012. www.scottsdalequarter.com.
The last year for ‘The Christmas Carol’ at The Herberger Theatre is December 4th -24th, located at 222 E. Monroe St. in Phoenix, Admission: $28.50-$70.50. Call 602-252-8497 for details. www.actorstheatrephx.org
DEC. 18th and 19th 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. is the Winter Wonderland Express at The Enchanted Island Amusement Park located in Phoenix, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix. The amusement park is transformed into a snow-filled wonderland. Take the C.P. Huntington train to the snow area and play in tons of the white stuff or take a ride on a sled. Santa Claus visits hot cocoa and candy canes are included. Free. 602-254-1200, www.enchantedisland.com.
Science of Snow Week DEC. 27th through JAN. 1st 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, 600 E. Washington St.
It’s snowing at the museum! Experience the science of snow, with themed activities and live demonstrations, including how to make snowflakes, how snow forms and what causes it to snow. Kids can also play in the snow. Free with general admission. $12, $10 for age 62 and older and ages 3-12, free for members and age 2 and younger. 602-716-2000. www.azscience.org.
Tempe Market Place lets it snow twice nightly beginning November 26th through December 24th at 7pm & 8pm! Come join the holiday fun!
Saturday December 11th, 7 p.m. at The U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix is the 19th Annual Christmas Mariachi Festival showcases stellar performances by some of the finest Mariachi groups in the world, including Latin Grammy Award winner Ana Bárbara, as well as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and Mariachi Sonido de Mexico. Tickets sold at Ticket Master, prices from $40-$75.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was in Phoenix this Tuesday for her national book tour. The book went on sale Tuesday, and Sarah Palin began her book tour here in Arizona. Palin’s new book “American by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag”, is already in the top 10 on Amazon best-seller list. There were actually people that camped out over night at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Desert Ridge for a chance to meet Palin.
I didn’t camp out over night, but I was able to meet Sarah Palin while she was here in Arizona. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a photo with her. I can tell you she is even more beautiful in person and was very approachable and sincere. I am excited to among the first to have a signed copy of her new book.
The Most Beautiful Event Of The Year
This event is NOT to be missed! Gather up your entourage, throw on something fierce, and enjoy a fabulous night out. Top beauty industry professionals will give tips and tricks to shine for the holidays and forecast the hottest beauty and style trends for 2011. This beautiful event benefits the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Friends & Trends
Tuesday, December 7
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Beauty Bar with hairstyling tips by award-winning stylists Keith Russell and Mark Reid. Make up artistry by celebrity make up artist Lisa Forester.
Shop one of kind vintage jewelry at trunk show by renowned vintage collector Robert Black of Fashion by Robert Black.
Live demonstrations including the newest applications for Botox, injectables and fillers. Learn about the most advanced skin treatments available from the most experience team of skin specialists in Arizona.
Hollywood Red Carpet Photo Session
Celebrity Plastic Surgery 411 with Dr Shapiro
Amazing Beauty Giveaways: Latisse, Skin Ceauticals, Facials, Fraxel and more. One lucky will win complimentary skin care for a year.
HOLIDAY SOUNDS BY DJ MR P-BODY
Hors D’eourves and Cocktails
KINDLY RSVP BY DECEMBER 2
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Laser peels, also known as a laser resurfacing, is the removal of the top layers of the skin via focused laser light energy. Some types of lasers may penetrate into deeper layers of skin to provide correction at a deeper level. Fully ablative laser resurfacing is used to remove moderately deep lines, scars, birthmarks and enlarged oil glands on the nose (rhinophyma). Laser resurfacing is usually performed using a Co2 (carbon dioxide) or Erbium laser, both lasers vaporize superficial, damaged skin cells.
CO2 is thought to give the best skin tightening, unfortunately it also creates the most downtime, pain and risks of adverse side effects. CO2 laser can use short pulsed light energy (ultrapulsed) or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to very precisely remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding structures.
Erbium laser resurfacing creates minimal burning of surrounding tissue allowing for quicker recovery time than CO2 resurfacing procedure. Recovery time from the CO2 resurfacing is up to two weeks, compared to about one week with an Erbium laser. Erbium lasers cause minimal side effects, such as swelling, bruising and redness. Those with darker skin are usually a better candidate for erbium laser resurfacing compared to CO2. Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure that usually requires local anesthesia, and often done at the same time as surgical procedures.
The Sciton MicroLaser Peel is partial to full epidermal peel ( typically, 20 – 50 microns). The Sciton Erbium Yag laser is used for MicroLaser Peels and has the capability to treat at depths as minimal as 10 microns to as deep as 120 microns (full resurfacing). Microdermabrasion generally only removes the stratum corneum (10 microns). This is a versatile procedure because the settings can be adjusted to control the depth of the desired peel, while a computer guided scanner ensures maximum precision and treatment uniformity. Because this treatment ablates deeper into the epidermis, it is perfect step between microdermabrasion and full resurfacing.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional resurfacing procedures have gained in popularity because their delivery systems dramatically reduce downtime compared to full resurfacing. Fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments can utilize the same energy of ablative resurfacing lasers, while providing the safety of non-ablative laser treatments. As a result, patients can undergo a corrective procedure, without the down -time. Fractional laser treatments target only a fraction of skin at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue intact, allowing the skin to heal faster. Fractional laser procedure are usually done in a series of treatments. Active FX and Fraxel are the most widely used fractional laser treatments.
Active FX, Deep FX and Total FX
The UltraPulse fractional CO2 (10,600nm) laser system is capable of offering the full range of fractional resurfacing. The Active FX and Deep FX are both part of the UltraPulse Fractional laser, they are however separate handpieces that work differently. Patients are often confused by before and after photos, assuming they represent an Active FX treatment, when they may actually show results from a Deep FX or Total FX treatment.
DeepFX offers a small, deep spot microablative treatment
ActiveFX offers a large, superficial spot treatment.
Total FX is a treatment that combines both the DeepFX and ActiveFX.
Fraxel currently has four fractional systems.
Fraxel re:fine® treatment—for prevention and maintenance
This is the most gentle option, and is a cosmetic procedure that treats minor skin damage, with little to no down time.
Fraxel re:store® treatment—for mild to severe skin damage
The original and most popular Fraxel treatment, this treatment is used to resurface damaged skin and treat wrinkles around the eyes, acne scars, surgical scars, age spots/sunspots, melasma and Actinic Keratoses. There is minimal downtime , usually redness and some swelling. Most return to regular activities within a day or two.
1500nm Erbium laser
Fraxel Restore Dual uses both 1500nm Erbium laser and 1927 Thulium fiber laser
Fraxel re:pair® treatment—surgery-like results for the most severe skin damage
This is the most aggressive Fraxel treatment, it tightens skin, corrects severe damage, wrinkles, irregular texture, age spots/sunspots, sun-induced redness. There is increased downtime with this treatment, most return to routine activities after a week.
Fraxel Repair 10,600nm Co2 laser
If you are considering a laser resurfacing procedure, whether it be fully ablative or fractional, you can schedule a consultation with skin professional at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.