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Noble Vision – A World Premier

Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, is proud to sponsor The Noble Vision World Premiere Concert by the Flagstaff Community Band. 

The Noble Vision World Premiere Concert will be held on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at 5:30 pm and at Coconino Community College which is located 2800 S Lone Tree Rd in Flagstaff. 

70 members of the Flagstaff Community Band are currently rehearsing for the performance. 

Among those is a musically gifted saxophone player named Paula Mack.  

The Flagstaff resident has been playing the  saxophone for 20 years and shares her time between playing for the Flagstaff Community Band and working as a REALTOR for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.  Mack, who works out of the brokerage’s Flagstaff Office is excited to perform with the Flagstaff Community Band in the upcoming Noble Vision World Premiere Concert. 

“I am extremely proud to be a part of such a talented group of musicians,” explains Paula Mack of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, and member of the Flagstaff Community Band, “The Flagstaff Community Band has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together a beautiful ensemble, and this composition will be especially special to the Dark Skies Flagstaff area.” 

Noble Vision is a commission composed by Patrick J. Burns and celebrates the life and contributions of Percival Lowell, the astronomer who founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Lowell Observatory is an astronomical observatory and was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. This observatory is also known for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto.

The Flagstaff Community Band has chosen to honor Lowell with this commission to highlight this special part of the state. The observatory provided inspiration for the theme of the music and offered room for the composer’s creativity when writing the piece. The composer, Patrick Burns, in learning much more about Lowell Observatory, liked the grandness of very simply drawing attention to the work of Percival Lowell and the boundaries that he pushed through his thoughts, studies, and eventually discoveries.

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Russ Lyon SIR Sponsors “Calling All Warriors” With Flagstaff Unified School District

The Flagstaff Unified School District Foundation will be hosting a virtual program entitled Calling All Warriors with D.J. Vanas, the author of The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery & Achievement on Thursday, March 4th at 5:30 p.m.  The free program will be available to the public digitally here and is aimed at inspiring students to bring out their best. 

The FUSD Foundation is excited to share this opportunity with the community. Our board truly believes in empowering students and we are grateful for the opportunity to share Mr. Vanas’s important message with generous financial support of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Paul Kulpinkski, FUSD Foundation President

Based on concepts from D.J.’s celebrated book, The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery & Achievement, this program will inspire your students to bring out their best.  Using wisdom from traditional Native American ceremonies, they’ll learn the true purpose of a warrior – to be of service – and the “superpowers” they have to make that a reality.  In this dynamic and entertaining program, D.J. will inspire students with a new sense of purpose and passion in who we are and what we can do.  

Mr. Vanas’s message is timely and right on target in these turbulent times, especially so for the youth of your community. Very powerful.”

Todd, Gillenwater

Born into poverty to teenage parents, D.J. has used the power of his culture, education and determined drive to become a highly successful business owner, speaker and best-selling author.  He’ll show your students how the simple choices we make each day can create a massive impact and create a life of excitement, adventure – and success. They’ll feel supercharged towards their future when they learn the truth about themselves – there’s a warrior within!

Participants can visit D.J. Vanas’s website, http://www.nativediscovery.com, and download a free digital copy of The Warrior’s Guide before the program.

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Starry-Eyed Destinations

Arizona may be home to some of the best sunsets in the world but even the most experienced star gazer would be impressed by the awe-inspiring starry night skies. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or just love to observe the celestial objects in the sky, the Grand Canyon State has a star studded line up of stargazing spots.  

From Northern Arizona to the Valley of the Sun to Southern Arizona and the great towns in between, there are 29 stargazing locations one should be sure to check out when looking for the best views of the stars.

The first stop starts in the Northern part of the state. If you are willing to make the trip to the Northern Arizona area, you will certainly discover some breathtaking views.

The Grand Canyon:A classic certified Dark Sky Park that is known around the country to provoke wonder. The combination of high elevation and desert air makes for some picturesque night sky views. For the best views, head to Moran Point or Lipan Point on the South Rim.

Arizona Sky Village – Portal, AZ: 24/7 magnificent dark skies protected by the Portal, AZ community is some of what you can experience in this quaint community. Every house in the 450-acre community even has a domed observatory.

Lowell Observatory – Flagstaff AZ: Lowell Observatory is historically known for many things, such as the finding of the dwarf planet Pluto. Here at this observatory, not only will you find a big piece of Flagstaff’s history, but you can also stargaze, interact with exhibits and observe the solar system.

Monument Valley – Navajo Tribal Park: After acquiring a guide and tribal permission to this Navajo Nation Valley, you will experience some of the most iconic and stunning landscapes and skies. Monument Valley is additionally one of the few remaining locations with naturally dark skies in the United States and Europe.

Verde River Greenway State Natural Area – Cottonwood: Verde River is in the top 20% of the world for locations with the best visibility of the Milky Way. This spot is perfect for stargazing as it is far away from any light pollution, so be sure to check this astonishing location out.

Mount Elden – Flagstaff: Those interested in stargazing at Mount Elden may also find the gravesite for John Elden Jr., shot on Mount Elden at just six-years-old. When it gets dark, keep an eye out for some fantastic night sky views but try not to be too spooked!

Wupatki National Monument – Flagstaff: Surprisingly enough, the parking lot of Wupatki National Monument is one of the best places to see the stars, with almost nothing blocking the view. With the visitor center and trails closing by sunset, nothing is stopping you from enjoying the views from the comfort of your car in the parking lot!

Buffalo Park – Flagstaff: Not only do you get an amazing view of the night sky, but also the privilege of being accompanied by buffalo and mule deer during your visit. This is an especially convenient location if you are in the Flagstaff area.

Arizona Snow Bowl – Flagstaff: Make sure to visit this spot during the summer, as they have events during the other seasons. Snow Bowl also hosts events that celebrate stargazing as well as many other fun events to check out.

Sunset Crater Volcano Park – Flagstaff: Ponderosa pines frame this magnificent view at 1,000 feet high, including great options for camping. This park also happens to be one of the youngest volcanic craters among the 400+ in northeast Flagstaff.

Coconino National Forest – Sedona: One of the most diverse forests in the country, Coconino offers breathtaking night sky views amidst pines, red rock, cacti and alpine tundra.

Verde River Area – Cottonwood: This spot is well worth the drive for a glorious view of the stars, far removed from city light pollution. Verde River, one of the only free-flowing rivers left in the desert, features excursions and a trail loop that takes you through the area’s natural beauty and wildlife.

If you desire a stargazing spot closer to the Phoenix Metropolitan area, here are some equally inspiring spots to see it all right in the Valley of the Sun.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park – Maricopa County: 21,099 acres of desert make for a truly astounding view of the night skies. Programs are offered here with telescopes included as well as some great trails for hiking.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park – Waddell: For just $6 per vehicle, you can experience the wonders of this stargazing hotspot near Phoenix. This national park also offers numerous events and classes related to the stars.

Cave Creek Regional Park – Cave Creek: A favorite tourist destination, this regional park offers some fantastic night sky views as well as hiking. The most popular trail you should be sure to check out is the Go John Trail.

Tempe Town Lake – Tempe: Tempe Town Lake is a popular hangout location that offers various activities such as a beginner class on stargazing and kayaking at night. Park close by and walk along the lake for a night filled with stars, cool weather and restaurants nearby.

Estrella Mountain Park: Estrella, which translates to star in Spanish, boasts 20,000 acres of desert, wetland and mountains with awe-inspiring night sky views. Legend says Mexican gold is buried somewhere around the mountain.

Phoenix Mountains Preserve: This preserve of parks is only 20 minutes from downtown. Piestewa Peak and Camelback are the highest points in the preserve and offer some magnificent panoramic views. The hike is challenging to get up there but well worth it.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park: Not only are there scenic trails but some great night sky views as well. This revered park surrounded by mountain ranges is also a sacred marker to the Yavapai people.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park – San Tan: This piece of Sonoran Desert holds a suburban park ranging in elevation from 1400 to 2500 feet. There are many activities offered here, such as horseback riding, hiking and stargazing tours.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch – Gilbert: Here you will find the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory, which is open to the public every Friday and Saturday.

Hilltop at SunRidge Canyon – Fountain Hills: For those less interested in hikes and more in a luxury setting, here you will find some breathtaking night sky views with many high-end resorts to accommodate.

If you want to be even closer to the equator and looking for stargazing in Southern Arizona here are some great locations to check out near Tucson:

Mount Lemmon SkyCenter – Mount Lemmon: Located high above the City of Tucson, this SkyCenter possesses two of the largest telescopes in the Southwest, available to the public.  Mount Lemmon SkyCenter also holds stargazing events almost every night of the year.

Kitt Peak National Observatory – Tucson: Established in 1964, just 50 miles from Tucson, this observatory holds the single most diverse collection of astronomical instruments in the northern hemisphere. For $50, sign up for the Nightly Observing Program, one of their best stargazing experiences.

Saguaro National Park – Pima County: Home to cacti almost two centuries old, tourists can see the park and the crystal-clear dark skies in the comfort of their car. These desert skies provide for some spectacular stargazing.

The Sonoran Desert: Relax under a blanket of stars and enjoy the serenity of the Sonoran Desert.  Loop trails, excursions, jeep tours and more will offer great views of this landscape.

Oracle State Park – Tucson: Wildlife refuge with great picnic areas, this park is one of the least visited in Arizona making it perfect for those looking for solitude in their sky viewing.

Tumacácori National Historical Park – Santa Cruz: Stars of the constellations Cassiopeia and Andromeda can be seen from the ruins of these three Spanish mission communities, two of which are U.S. National Historic Landmark sites.

Catalina State Park – Pima County: This park offers great campsites, horse riding, magnificent hikes and sometimes a concert series. This certified dark sky is removed from Tucson’s light pollution and is sure to give some amazing night views.

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February Newsletter

The Sotheby’s International Realty® 2021 Luxury Outlook is a deep-dive into high-end residential markets across the globe, reflecting on an unprecedented year for real estate and global wealth. The report looks at what’s in store for some of the world’s primary and secondary markets as well as the wealth trends that will drive discretionary investment in the coming months. Read more
Sotheby’s Masters Week Auctions in New York achieved $95.4 million across an exciting week of four live auctions and a successful online auction. Nearly half of all sold lots exceeded their high estimates and 15 lots exceeded $1 million. The Master Paintings Evening Sale realized $61.1 million making it the highest total for a Master Paintings Sale at Sotheby’s New York since 2012 and setting 7 new auction records.  Read more
It’s been a long year, so we have good reason to rejoice when thinking of the interior design trends coming up in 2021. From the growing importance of sustainable materials to elegant elements and a celebration of individuality and uniqueness, our 2021 trend edit will provide you with a curated look that will bring your home into the New Year with sensational style. Read more
Amazon dropped big announcements this week. In the span of 24 hours, its CEO, Jeff Bezos, revealed he’ll be stepping down from his role later this year. Then the corporate giant unveiled its plan for its second headquarters to be built in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. The 2.8 million-square-foot HQ2, PenPlace, will transform Arlington’s skyline. Designed by global architecture firm NBBJ, who led the design of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, PenPlace is the next step of Amazon’s expansion. Read more
Although some countries have reopened their borders, many travellers are still unable to venture out during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This has forced tourism industries to rethink how they can promote tourist attractions online. One way of getting tourists to travel abroad from the comfort of their own homes is through virtual reality (VR) technology and 360-degree videography. We round up the best virtual travel tours and online travel experiences that can be enjoyed online right now. Read more
It’s been a long time since most of us have used our dining rooms for one of their intended purposes—hosting a good old-fashioned dinner party. At some point later this year, we hope, gatherings like this will be possible, but until they are, we know that you could use a little inspiration in the meantime. (And you can always “host” your own intimate gathering without inviting guests, right?) Here, we’ve gathered 15 of our absolute favorite dining rooms from the pages of ELLE Decor over the past year—each and every one is memorable in its own way and will leave you wanting more. So grab your best china and silver and get ready to set the table—we hope these 15 stunning displays of style and flair will help bring you some cheer until we’re all back together in the dining room. Read more
We often create these “grazing boards” for family dinners, but of course, they’re absolutely perfect for parties and occasions. Even my daughter helps add her favorite foods to the boards for snacks. 
Speaking of occasions, Courtney Whitmore of PIZZAZZERIE created a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board to share! I’m absolutely tickled pink with how it turned out, and I’ve decided it will be a Valentine’s Day tradition. Read more
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Arizona’s Wide-Open Spaces Are Still Open for Business

Arizona’s diverse and lavish landscape has always been one of the state’s biggest selling points.  From the national wonders of the Grand Canyon to the historic ghost and mining towns to the perfectly positioned saguaros and bountiful mountains, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery or outdoor recreation.  Mother Nature blessed the 48th state with hundreds of miles of vast open spaces.  The Grand Canyon state has been drawing tourists from around the world for over a century and it’s still happening today. 

Even during the pandemic, travelers and residents alike continue to show their appreciation and love for Arizona’s outdoors and all it has to offer.  While the Arizona Office of Tourism says it may take a little more than a year to get the state’s tourism back to pre-COVID levels, steps are already underway to keep Arizona’s tourism on the map for many years to come.  The office recently released a recovery plan that includes accelerating leisure travel activity statewide, stabilizing visitor volume in urban centers, and reinvigorating and strengthening tourism in rural and Tribal areas.

The foundation our industry has built through the best of times will continue to serve us through these challenging times. We’ll use the strategies outlined in our Tourism Strategic Recovery Plan to stabilize, recover and rebuild our travel industry, which supports so many Arizonans.

Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism

Among those sizzling factors that keep Arizona a hot spot for tourism – two words – The Weather!

While there’s no shoveling the sunshine here, it can certainly be counted on when it comes to aiding the state’s recovery. With the Phoenix Valley of the Sun averaging 296 days of sunshine, Tucson averaging 284, and Flagstaff averaging 264 days a year with sunshine – Arizona is the ideal state to visit for all the seasons and for all the best reasons. As many travel plans came to a halt, tourists are still making their way to explore Arizona’s parks, trails, lakes, and play its golf courses. 

Recreational state parks and trails are open to the public and continue to attract tourists, including a one-of-kind tourist destination like the cave tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park, which resumed in June.  The vast open space in Arizona will be cherished for many years to come as the national forest land covers 15% of Arizona. The state is home to 24 national parks, making day trips and weekend adventures all the rage. 

After a brief closure and a few added restrictions, our favorite backdrop and Natural Wonder of the World, the Grand Canyon National Park, is open and shuttle service is continuing.  The Grand Canyon is unmatched throughout the world for the vistas it offers visitors on the rim.  The canyon stretches an impressive 227 miles long and averages over 10 miles wide. On a normal year, Arizona’s premier National Park attracts about five million visitors per year.  For those looking to visit, the entry is through the Town of Tusayan. With plenty of available lodging in neighboring Tusayan, the community has renewed its efforts to promote local tourism to Arizona residents.

Tusayan’s Mayor-Elect, Clarinda Vail, remains optimistic, “Since the re-opening of the Grand Canyon National Park we are seeing more tourists in our community and it is a welcoming sight. At 7,000 feet in elevation, Tusayan remains a place for Arizonans seeking some relief from the heat and an opportunity to reconnect with the Grand Canyon or see it for the first time.”

Renegade Golf Course at Desert Mountain

From 5 million visitors at the canyon to 12 million rounds of golf, it is fair to say there has never been a better time to get outdoors and enjoy a round of golf.  Home to more than 300 public and private golf courses, Arizona deemed golf an essential activity allowing golf courses to remain open with new protocols set in place for physical distancing. While other sporting events such as Spring Training were cut short this year, the Arizona Golf Association managed to hold its 96th Arizona Amateur Championship in July.

This winter there’s even more reasons to fall in love with Arizona again. Arizona Snowbowl plans to open for the ski season and unveil its new high-speed Agassiz combo lift that will redefine the Snowbowl experience with six-person chairs interspersed with eight-person gondola cabins. The new lift will transport passengers up 2,000 feet of vertical in just 7 minutes – less than half the time of the existing lift.  You don’t need to wait for winter to enjoy Flagstaff’s Arizona Snowbowl. During the summer months, enjoy live music events or take in the dramatic scenery of northern Arizona from a bird’s eye view on the Grand Canyon Express lift. As the lift travels up to 10,800 feet, one can see the cinder cone volcanic field, the red rocks in Sedona, and as far as the Grand Canyon on a clear day. No matter the season or the temperature, Arizona offers some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. With its diverse topography and awe-inspiring wonders, pandemic or not, it will surely be the place visitors will return for many years to come.

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Turkey Trots

2020 Turkey Trots are still a go for this Thanksgiving. Here is a list of in-person and virtual events you can be a part of.

STATEWIDE

The Turkey Trot Challenge was created by The Virtual Run Challenge in 2018. As Turkey Trot runs and races are wildly popular among runners of all ages and skill levels, the same goes for our popular Thanksgiving run event, the Turkey Trot Challenge, which is not much different except for one thing, the Turkey Trot Race is a virtual Thanksgiving race.

THE VALLEY

Anthem AZ Turkey Trot – Get off the couch and join us at the 18th Annual Anthem Turkey Trot. Beginning and ending at the Anthem Community Center, this rolling course winds through the beautiful Anthem community in the shadow of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak. Make this family friendly event part of your Thanksgiving tradition.

Arizona Road Racers Thanksgiving Classic in Peoria- Begin your Thanksgiving celebration with a great race while helping a great cause. This event features three distances: 10 Mile, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. All three races start and finish at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Ave in Peoria. Members: Your ARR member discount will show on your total during checkout. If you do not see the membership discount, it may be due to a mismatch in your name, email or birth date compared to what is stored in the membership database.

Fat Turkey Trail Run in Tempe – Why come run the Fat Turkey Trail Run? Because you’ve eaten too much, because it’s in the red rocks of Papago Park, because it’s on the trails, because more than a 10k is too far when you’re this full, and because RUNNING IS FUN! Come race the Turkey (or at least someone dressed like one) on the trails of Papago Park. This fun and enjoyable trail turkey trot is great for the whole family. 

The Fountain Hills Turkey Trot Fun Run & Fitness Walk is are celebrating 30 years of trotting! Fountain Hills Community Services Department would like to invite residents and visitors to take part in the 30th Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run. Join us on Thanksgiving morning for a great Fountain Hills tradition and get some exercise before you hit the mashed potatoes and gravy!

Gilbert Turkey Trot has decided to move forward with the Virtual Gilbert Turkey Trot 9.5 – everyone gathering with their families on a smaller scale and having mini-races anywhere you want. This means next year when we’re able to gather together, we can have a large party celebrating our 10th anniversary – you won’t want to miss it!

Laveen Turkey Trot The Laveen Turkey Trot has a 5K, 10K, and 1-Mile course options for runners to take part in. Whether you are running to win or doing a fun, leisurely run or walk, you are sure to enjoy the beauty of the South Mountain, the Sierra Estrella Mountain ranges, Cesar Chavez Park, and Alvord Lake with its very own island.

The Mesa Turkey Trot 10K & Fun Runs are professionally timed and have a great family theme! We have over 2,000 participate in the 10K event, with over 1,000 participating in the 1 and 2 mile run runs before the 10K event. Many 10K runners cover the Fun Run with family before the main event, adding to the community and family feel of this traditional event. The 10K is run on the roads around Red Mountain Park in East Mesa, AZ, finishing in the center of the park. This will be a live event.

The Phoenician Turkey Trot 5K – Join this Thanksgiving for our annual Turkey Trot 5k run + walk! Wind your way through our newly renovated golf course, which highlights the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Race starts promptly at 7:30am. Costumes are encouraged!

Phoenix Turkey Trot – Join us by sharing miles together while miles apart! The Phoenix Turkey Trot virtual event will take place between November 23, 2020 thru November 29, 2020. 

Run, Turkey, Run 5K / 1 mile in BuckeyeThis event has not yet been approved by the city of Buckeye.  They are waiting on approval/cancellation. If you register, and the event does not get approved you can defer to 2021 or you can get a refund minus the processing fees. Join Thanksgiving morning at the Annual Verrado Turkey Trot; Run, Turkey, Run! This mixed elevation course winds through the beautiful Verrado community at the base of the White Tank Mountains. Bring the whole family out for this fun, family-friendly event! (No pets please.)

Scottsdale Turkey Trot Virtual Challenge – Thanksgiving is a time for feasting with company and reflecting on all that we’re grateful for. But before all that comes the tradition of putting on your autumn running gear and taking part in the nearest Turkey Trot. Whether you’re participating in an official race or just touring the neighborhood with family and friends, Thanksgiving dinner always tastes better when you’ve tired out your legs a little.

The Leftovers 10K / 5K Run / Walk in Tempe – Help Us Burn Off Our Leftovers While We Burn Off Yours!

Thanksgiving Day Classic – Spend part of your Thanksgiving celebration with a great race while helping a great cause. This virtual event features three distances: 10 Mile, 5K, and 1 mile fun run. You can start your race any time during the window from Thursday, November 26 to Saturday, November 28.

Tortoise and Hare Turkey Trot in Glendale- Join Thanksgiving morning for a fun 3.2 mile run or walk. Bring your family and friends for a great start to the eating season! Bring non-perishable canned good to be entered in a big boffo raffle.  All proceeds will go to a local food bank. This event will start and end at Tortoise and Hare Sports. Lite snacks and refreshments at the end.

NORTHERN ARIZONA

Campbell Scramble A new Flagstaff Summer Run Series race, the Campbell Scramble includes Virtual running for both ACTUAL Campbell Mesa, Flagstaff routes and ANYWHERE courses at 10K, 5K and 1 Mile distances. Honoring NACA – Native Americans for Community Action and specifically taking a cue from Tommy Rivers Puzey in designating the race beneficiary, we invite all to celebrate the spirit of community and love through running.    

JRD 5K Turkey Trot Burn off those Thanksgiving calories with your friends and family. Course is a 3.64 mile run or walk along the bike path. Run starts and ends at the Jerome Recreation District. Register by Friday, November 20th to be guaranteed a shirt on race day. You WILL NOT receive a shirt if you register after November 20th. All donation go to Martha and Mary Food Pantry. Please limit the amount of vegetables donated. Families in need cannot prepare adequate meals with only canned vegetables. The food pantry is needing more protein rich food, baby products, and paper products.

Payson Turkey Trot New to this year’s race is the option to participate in EITHER the 5k walk/run OR the 1 Mile walk/run! Whichever you choose, we know you’ll have a great time! Pre-register through 11/17, or on site if space permits. Those who register after 11/8 may receive their sweatshirt AFTER race day.

Pre Thanksgiving Day Bartlett Lake Triathlon adult Olympic Triathlon PLUS 2000 m Swim, 37.6 mi Bike, 6.2 mi Run, Olympic Triathlon 1500 m Sw,, 24.8 Mi.Bike, 6.2 Mi Run,  Sprint Triathlon, 500 m Swim, 12.8 mi Bike; 2.2 mi Run, Adult Aqua Bike: 1500 m. swim, 12.8 mi bike, Sprint Duathlon: 2.2mi. Run, 12.8 mi. bike, 2.2 mi. run, Olympic two or three person Relay teams = Same distances as Olympic listed

Sedona Turkey Trot – Join us for the 11th edition of the Sedona Turkey Trot 5k! Run a beautiful 5k surrounded by the majestic red rocks of Sedona, then promptly stuff your face with as much pumpkin pie as you can handle. The start and finish will be at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona, AZ. There is ample parking in the lot across from the skate park.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

2020 Turkey Trit 5K/10K in Yuma – Join family, friends, and your community the morning of November 14 for a quick run, jog, or walk along the Gateway Park path and under the Ocean to Ocean Bridge.

Pima Turkey Trot – Join on Thanksgiving Day for the 15th Annual Pima Turkey Trot!

#RunMarana Virtual Turkey Trot The Town of Marana has partnered with On Your Left Fitness to host this year’s VIRTUAL Marana Turkey Trot. Just like Thanksgiving dinner, the Marana Turkey Trot has become a local tradition. In 2020 we are going virtual, meaning you can challenge friends and family from anywhere to RUN now and GOBBLE later. Run, walk or trot your course anytime between November 1st and November 30th. USE COUPON CODE “TROT2020” FOR $5 OFF PER PARTICIPANT

Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic 5K and 1.5M Fun Run in Tucson is going virtual! Our first and foremost concern is your safety. Wherever you are this Thanksgiving, be part of this Thanksgiving tradition! We offer two course options for you this year. Option 1 is our traditional cross country course on grass and dirt. Unfortunately the hay-bales and water-jumps will not be on the course this year but with permission of Tucson Parks and Recreation, the course will be marked! The 5K course will be two loops and the 1.5 Mile course will be one loop. Course starts near Ramada #10 at the southwest corner of Reid Park, at 22nd Street and Country Club. Option 2 is for you to run the course of your choice. Run or walk your course between Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 29th. Post your results by midnight on Sunday, November 29th, for entry into the raffle drawings! 

Tubac Turkey Trot – Join the 8th Annual Tubac Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving at the Governor’s Mansion, Barrio de Tubac, for a 5K run or 2.5K walk.

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A message from our Director of Marketing, Nadine-Angela Sciarani

On Sunday we learned of an extremely hateful and racist video that was posted to social media showing one of our inactive Independent Contractors, Paul Ng, demonstrating abhorrent, unacceptable behavior. Upon learning of this video we took immediate action in severing his license, terminating his involvement with us effective immediately and condemning his disgusting  behavior. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty does not, and will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. Period. Never has. Never will.  

We have notified the Arizona Department of Real Estate pertaining to his severance as well as Sotheby’s International Realty, the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS, ARMLS and National Association of REALTORS. In addition, we are notifying the Arizona Department of Real Estate of Ng’s behavior with the recommendation that his license be revoked. 

Though Ng had not sold a home with us in two years, commissions we find going back further than that will be donated to local charities. 

Nadine-Angela Sciarani, Director of Marketing for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

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Homegating 2020

With attendance at sports events on hold, “home-gating” is the new tailgating and no one effortlessly combines outdoor entertaining with luxury-living like Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate presents its most lavish top “home-gating” properties.   Six reasons that make “home-gating” the new alternative to traditional tailgating in 2020.   

The first stop on the exclusive “home-gating” tour is a 5 bed 7.5 bath one-level home in Desert Mountain. Located at 42725 N 102nd St, this property is listed at $10,999,999 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Tami Henderson. Dissappearing Glass Walls between the backyard and the kitchen, dining, and living rooms along with a 25-meter infinity pool, rainfall water feature and linear fire pit will keep guests entertained for hours at this exquiste estate that spares no expense on its grandeur and awe-factor. 

Next on the tour head north to Flagstaff, Arizona for a rare and beautifully built Dennis Dixon home that sits on 2.23 tree covered acres.  Offering the ideal outdoor space for entertaining, the home is located at 1485 Tolchaco Rd.  The 5 bed 4.5 bath home is listed at $1,600,00 by Agent’s Valerie Core, and Freddi Paulsrud of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and boasts a full bar with an abundance of outdoor entertainment space for guests. From the moment guests walk through the grand archway, they will be greeted with soaring 19-foot ceilings on their way to one of many entertainment spaces, including a private guest retreat. 

The third stop on the “home-gating” tour takes us to Tucson for a Santa Barabara style home. The 3 bed 3 bath home, listed at $1,595,000 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Susanne Grogan, boasts an a generous Chef’s kitchen that includes Quartz counters and a full butler’s pantry for the ultimate“home-gate.” Located at 2255 E Ambassador Ct., the home also includes sprawling entertaining spaces outside  with a covered outdoor seating and built-in BBQ that opens to the dining area and kitchen, allowing for inside-outside entertainment space. 

Back in the Valley, the fourth stop on the tour on showcases at an exquisite Spanish Colonia Candelaria designed estate in Paradise Valley. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Michel Edery is offering this grand estate at 5239 E Roadrunner Rd for $3,000,000. Among the other jaw dropping amenities, the 7 bed 6.5 bath estate offers the ultimate rooftop “home-gating” experience. Sports fans can enjoy the breathtaking nearby mountain views by while enjoying a full kitchen and bar setting under the stars.  There’s also an adjacent home theatre when ready to head indoors.

Host the “home-gate” of your dreams at 23035 N Church Rd in Scottsdale. The 7 bed 10 bath estate sits on over 8 acres with an array of outdoor entertainment. Listed at $7,299,000 by agents, Frank Aazami and David Mayo of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, the secluded estate is home to fire pits, an outdoor tennis court, pools, and a full outdoor kitchen and BBQ. Be the envy of all “home-gaters” at this exquisite property.  After watching the big game, guests can also head to the wine room for a 2006 Bordeaux or take a break at the putting green, and relax in the steam shower. 

The final stop on the tour brings us to 19042 N 102nd St, a 4 bed 7.5 bath Bing Hu designed Custom Home in Scottsdale. Listed at $5,900,000 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Chey Castro this high-end estate can host a variety of “home-gates”. Whether in the movie theater, or in the luxurious outside seating area, enjoy a breath-taking upstairs bar that opens to a 1,000-square-feet of covered patio space with a fireplace and incredible views of the city lights. 

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Jeff Fields Wins National Award for Preventing Teen Suicide

The National Association of Realtors® today announced Jeff Fields, with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale, as one its five 2020 Good Neighbor Award winners. As a volunteer and past board president of nonprofit Teen Lifeline, Fields has served more than 28,000 youth through a peer-to-peer teen crisis hotline while providing community education on suicide prevention.

NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards honor 10 Realtors® annually for making an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work. Over the past 21 years, the Good Neighbor Awards program has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants to more than 200 Realtor®-led nonprofits. Their impact has been felt in 40 states, 15 countries and in Puerto Rico. 

Our Good Neighbor Award winners leave a remarkable impact on their communities every year, but everything these Realtors® have done in 2020 is even more impressive and more commendable. I am proud to honor Jeff Fields for dedicating his time and passion to giving hope to teens who had none.” 

NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco, Calif.

Fields became passionate about saving teens from what he calls “the most preventable death” after losing several friends to suicide. To read his full story, go to magazine.realtor/JeffFields.   

With the award, Fields will receive a $10,000 grant for his charity and will be featured in the November-December issue of Realtor® Magazine. In lieu of the traditional ceremony held every year at the REALTORS® Conference and Expo, each winner will also be honored by their local Realtor® associations over the coming months. 

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PUMPKIN PATCHES in Arizona

Many of your favorite pumpkin patches and corn mazes are open this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic and you can still hunt for your favorite pumpkin for your decorating and carving goals.

  • Vertuccio Farms“Your Destination for Farm-Friendly, Family Fun”
    • Located at 4011 S Power Road, Mesa, Arizona
    • The corn maze is open from October 1st to November 1st.
    • Monday-Thursday 9am – 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday 9am – 10pm
    • Sunday 10am – 6pm
  • Schnepf FarmsPumpkin and Chili Party
    • 24810 S Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, Arizona
    • Open from October 1st to November 1st.
    • Thursdays –  1:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Fridays –  10:00am – 10:00pm (Mask Required from 10am-2pm) 
    • Saturdays – 10:00am -10:00pm
    • Sundays – 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Mother Nature’s FarmBrooke’s Pumpkin Patch
    • 1663 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233
    • September 26th – October 31st
    • Monday – Sunday 9AM to 9PM
  • Macdonald’s Ranch
    • 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona
    • October 3rd – November 1st
    • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Closed on Tuesdays
  • Tolmachoff FarmsPumpkin Days and Corn Maze
    • 5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona
    • Open from October 1st to November 1st
    • Monday & Tuesday closed 
    • Wednesday – Thursday 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm 
    • Friday 12:00 noon – 11:00 pm 
    • Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm 
    • Sunday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm 
  • Pumpkin NightsAt the Princess
    • 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona 
    • Open from September 17 – October 31
    • Sept. 17 – Oct. 4 | Thursday-Sunday Nights 
    • Oct. 7 – 11 | Wednesday-Sunday Nights
    • Oct. 14 – 31 | Nightly
    • Weekdays | 5 – 10 PM
    • Sat. & Sun. | 4 – 10 PM
  • Halloween Town AZPumpkin Patch
    • 4568 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    • October 22-31, 2020
    • Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Mortimer FarmsPumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
    • 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey, AZ
    • September 18th – November 1st
    • 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Marana Pumpkin PatchPumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
    • 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey, AZ
    • October 3rd – October 31st
    • Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    • Thursday and Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm