Where to go to Celebrate Super Bowl XLIX in Scottsdale

Super Bowl old photo from wikipediaEvery year, the Super Bowl host city goes all out to put on an even more spectacular event than the previous year’s Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLIX is being played on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The NFL holds a big party and there are a number of exclusive private parties throughout the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. In Scottsdale, about 30 minutes from the site of Super Bowl XLIX, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are all planning to have special themed events and celebrations revolving around the big game.

While the Super Bowl is still a football game to determine the NFL championship, it has grown into a big and lucrative party that injects hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Even those people who don’t know the difference between a touchdown and a field goal become football fans. Electricity is in the air and crowds flock to the area whether or not they have tickets to the game.

• Hotel rooms fill up fast
• Room rates often double or triple in price
• Lines get longer outside the best nightclubs
• You might have to wait 30 minutes to get into a restaurant for dinner
• Bars fill-up before, during, and after the big game

Scottsdale is the perfect place to stay during Super Bowl week. There are so many things to do in this gem of a city. From upscale malls in Northern Scottsdale to quaint shops in Old Town Scottsdale, there are ample opportunities to enjoy the sport of shopping. If you stay here in Scottsdale there are countless restaurants, a wide array of bars, and a bunch of cool nightclubs where you can show off your best dance moves.

Would you like to have a memorable night out before Super-Sunday? This year, Taste of the NFL is hosting its 24th Annual Party with a Purpose on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The extremely popular NFL event is being held at WestWorld of Scottsdale (3 miles from the Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites) and allows attendees to sample the best cuisine from 32 restaurant stations (representing each NFL city). If you choose, you can also partake in the specially created wine pairings. You’ll get a chance to meet and greet NFL players from every NFL team as they man the 32 restaurant stations. This year’s culinary host will be Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Actress Alyssa Milano has been chosen as the celebrity spokesperson. To top off the night, a nationally-featured musical act, yet to be announced (past performers have included Sarah Evans, Martina McBride and many more), will entertain and there will be a silent auction where you can bid on rare sports memorabilia, jewelry, vacations and other goodies).

The affair is open to the public and serves a dual purpose. It gets everyone in a good mood for game day and the proceeds go to help fight hunger in the local community as well as in the 32 NFL cities around the country. Tickets are not cheap at $700 for an individual or $9,000 for a VIP table that seats 10 guests. Dress is formal (suits and cocktail dresses) and attendees are encouraged to snap photos and share them on social media. If you can afford it, this is a top event that benefits an important cause.

Many of the restaurants in Scottsdale are doing themed-parties for the Super Bowl Macayo’s Kitchen at 11107 N. Scottsdale Road is making up some fantastic Mexican platters filled with all of your favorites. If you want a great steak in a great atmosphere, you can’t go wrong by making a reservation at Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse at 6691 East Camelback Road. Want to let your hair down and down a few beers? Try the Rusty Spur Saloon at 7245 East Main Street in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Finally, dress to impress and head over to the hottest nightclub in town. Degree 270, on the 14th floor of the Talking Stick Resort Hotel, has unbeatable views of the Valley, fabulous French champagne, and everything else you might want in an upscale nightclub.

As we get closer to Super Bowl XLIX, you will be able to get more details about the numerous parties and events being held all around Scottsdale. Remember make your reservations soon and celebrate Super Bowl XLIX in Scottsdale.

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Learn The Secrets To A Fun Family Vacation

Create Fun and Happy Memories With your Kids with Good Parenting!

For many people, family vacations bring up many great memories. Some remember long cross-country trips with the family packed into a car, some remember flying on airplanes to see relatives and others remember going on an ocean cruises to play on faraway beaches. Are you planning on making those wonderful memories with your children this summer? The happy and fun-filled family vacation is, after all, one of the biggest highlights in parenting you can have. You may also wonder how to make it a fun one that they will remember for years to come. After all, you do not want to have a cranky and unhappy family when all you want to do is spend time together.

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Here are some secrets to a fun family vacation that guarantee memorable and happy moments.

  • Plan your vacation with your kids and decide on where everyone wants to go as well as finding out vacation schedules ahead of time.
  • Make sure to pack lightly and make it fun by helping your younger ones pack. You can also let them help you pack by putting certain items in your suitcases such as shoes and other items. Be sure to have enough room in your luggage for souvenirs.
  • Leave plenty of time to get to where you want to be. To get your vacation off to a good start, plan to arrive at the airport about an hour early if you are planning to fly so you can check luggage, go through security and still have time to play before boarding.
  • Leave some flexibility in the schedule. Perhaps you may remember a series of films made in the 1980’s about a well-meaning, yet overly ambitious father by the name of Clark Griswold and his family. Wanting the best for the family, he had a tendency to go a little overboard with vacation schedules that left no flexibility what so ever. This, of course, lead to several humorous disasters and inevitable meltdowns; from the first film where the kids did not want to stay in the car anymore, to feeling exhausted and a little smothered in Europe in the second film. Unlike the National Lampoon Vacation movies, disasters from over scheduling and little flexibility are rarely humorous. Remember that even though kids seem to have a lot of energy, a lot of them are not continuous doers that constantly need to go from ride to ride or monument to monument. Over scheduling often leads loss of enthusiasm and exhaustion. Downtime is a must for everyone in the family so they would have time to enjoy themselves.
  • Let your children pick out a special souvenir within a certain price range; whether it is with their own vacation money or you decide to pay for it.
  • Let each person in the family choose one activity and one restaurant per trip. Give them options to choose from or let them choose something else that is fun to do if they are old enough to do so.
  • Last and certainly not least, keep your vacation simple and fun.

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Kristin Farmer Tells Where To Take Your Children In San Francisco

Kristin Farmer gives you some fun suggestions of where to take your kids in San Francisco for a fun, cultural adventure.

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium is a smorgasbord of creative experimentation for kids. Part of the Palace of Fine Arts, this large, two-story warehouse provides a variety of educational inventions, ranging from floating beach balls to a sand conveyor belt to a huge tactile dome. Kids are able to explore science concepts such as electricity, energy, light, sound, and motion.

The San Francisco Zoo is a spectacular place to take kids, and it has recently completed renovation to make it one of the best children’s zoos in the country. New additions include a meerkat and prairie dog exhibit and a petting zoo so kids can interact directly with animals.

The Walt Disney Family Museum. The museum details the life and works of the famed animator with both permanent and rotating exhibits. Features include early drawings and movies, music listening stations, and a 13-foot model of Disneyland.

The Randall Museum of San Francisco is located in the center of the city. This favorite gives kids a large variety of activities including a scale model of a caboose to climb on. The urban rail exhibit lets kids guide their train through models of San Francisco landmarks.

San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay may be smaller than San Francisco’s notable California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but that makes it ideal for younger kids who don’t want to walk as far. It also has a series of undersea tunnels that can be explored by foot or on moving sidewalks. The petting pools let little ones touch anemones, starfish, rays, and small sharks. For an additional $10, you can explore the catwalks above the tanks. Call in advance to book spots and for additional information.

Just across the Bay Bridge, you’ll find the Oakland Museum of California. This is a great place to make learning history fun for kids. The large chalkboard entrance encourages visitors to write their answers to a topical question, draw a picture, or just scribble their name. Rotating art exhibits bring the courtyard to life. Inside the museum are galleries for Art, History, and Natural Sciences. On Family Sundays, they offer events such as storytelling and arts and crafts.

Alcatraz: While you may wonder whether taking children to a former prison is a good idea, there is plenty to offer for children. Just keep in mind that they may be interested in different aspects, such as the ferry ride, the views of surrounding towns, the abundance of birds and flowers, and the island’s steep hill.

The Asian Art Museum is the largest museum in the Western World dedicated exclusively to Asian art and culture. The permanent collections span 6,000 years and more than 40 Asian countries.

About the author: Aces Kristin Farmer has many roles in her life: family member (mother, daughter, sister), friend, business executive, and role model for women. Aces Kristin Farmer is also a fearless advocate for individuals with autism. Her dedication and commitment to service make her an inspiration for many.

Realtor Patrick Belhon Maintains Positive View of the 2014 San Francisco Real Estate Market

The 2014 San Francisco real estate market is projected to be the top performer among the top 20 real estate markets in the United States.

By Patrick Belhon
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Tight inventory and strong demand, especially for commercial properties, will help drive prices higher in the strong and flourishing local economy.

In 2013, sellers of residential real estate in San Francisco and the Bay Area of California did very well. Low inventory levels and high demand for homes in all price ranges led to the most desirable homes being snapped up as soon as they hit the market. Competition led to many homes being sold for more than their asking price.

The high price of San Francisco real estate did not dissuade buyers from entering the market. The luxury market did particularly well with more than 350 homes and 120 condos selling in excess of $2,000,000. Foreign investors helped to contribute to the demand for both moderately priced and luxury residences.

Commercial real estate also performed well in San Francisco and the entire Bay Area. Thanks to the strong economy in the region, demand for office space outstripped supply, leading to higher prices. According to a 2013 report by CBRE, a Fortune 500 commercial real estate company based in Los Angeles, the San Francisco business district (greater downtown area) had 5.7 million square feet of vacant office space and there was a demand for 6.3 million square feet of downtown office space.

What will 2014 look like?

Forecasts for 2014 residential real estate in most of the Bay Area neighborhoods are positive. While sale prices can vary significantly by neighborhood and type of home, on average, home prices are expected to increase by 6-8 percent in 2014. Inventory levels are still tight and are only expected to reach more normal levels by the end of the year or early in 2015. Foreclosures are down and continuing to go down. Mortgage rates show very little change and are expected to stay under 5 percent for the year.

San Francisco is experiencing a net influx into its population ranks. More people are moving in to the city than are migrating out of the city. The opportunity for work in high-paying fields such as technology, banking and insurance, is likely to result in an overall job growth rate of 2 percent for 2014.

San Francisco earns number 1 ranking in real estate

A highly-regarded report entitled Emerging Trends in Real Estate – 2014, was published in 2013 by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and ULI (Urban Land Institute) that gave valuable insight into the top 20 real estate markets in the United States. San Francisco finished number 1 in the overall rankings.

The study interviewed and surveyed more than 1,000 industry professionals. Included among the respondents were investors, mutual & pension fund managers, developers, property companies, lenders, brokers, advisers and consultants.

Consensus opinion was that San Francisco will continue to be a very good place to invest in both residential and commercial real estate. Private home ownership is expensive, but the prospects are good that prices will continue to rise throughout the year. According to the experts, commercial real estate has the potential to outperform residential real estate (more demand & price appreciation) in 2014.

Respondents were asked to give their opinion on the performance of the different segments of the San Francisco commercial real estate market. The question asked was whether you would buy, hold or sell a particular type of commercial property.

Hotels: 55.6% would buy – 24.4% would hold – 20.0% would sell
Industrial: 54.2% would buy – 37.29% would hold – 8.47% would sell
Retail: 50.8% would buy – 32.5% would hold – 16.7% would sell
Apartments: 49.0% would buy – 20.4% would hold – 30.6% would sell
Office Buildings: 45.0% would buy – 30.9% would hold – 24.2% would sell

If you define a positive outlook on commercial real estate as either buying property or holding on to property you already own, these statistics are clearly bullish for investors.

• Hotel segment: 80% positive outlook
• Industrial segment: 91.31% positive outlook
• Retail segment: 83.3% positive outlook
• Apartment segment: 69.4% positive outlook
• Office building segment: 75.9% positive outlook

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Things to do in January 2014 in Santa Clara: South Bay Home & Garden Show

Screen shot 2013-10-08 South Bay Home & Garden ShowEarly in new year, the air in Northern California is cool and crisp. Your New Year’s resolutions are still fresh in your mind. Will you be able to lose those extra 30 pounds? Are you really going to sell your BMW and replace it with a really cool Tesla? Well one resolution you can make is to attend the January, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Mark your calendars for the January 10-12, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco, the Santa Clara Convention Center is easy to find. It is just a short drive from almost any place in and around the area. From San Francisco, the Convention Center is located just off Interstate 101 at 5001 Great American Parkway in Santa Clara.

The Santa Clara Convention Center is a modern facility that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The 302, 000 square feet of covered space is more than big enough to allow all of the vendors and exhibitors to bring in the latest and greatest products and display them for you to see.

As one of the premiere home shows in the entire state of California, you can expect to see leading experts in the home improvement industry. Professionals will be on hand to discuss the latest new products and trends for your home. You will be able to ask them questions and pick their brains for ideas to improve both the inside and the outside of your house.

Although the organizers of the South Bay Home & Garden Show aim this event at the professionals who run city parks, own landscaping companies and are involved in designing and installing outdoor structures, the show is also appealing to homeowners.

During the three days that the big show takes place, there will be many new and exciting exhibits to see. While far from being all that you will see, the following list will give you an idea of some of the things that will be on display.

• Decorative greenery
• Garden equipment
• Hand and power tools designed for outdoor projects
• Biological and chemical products
• Greenhouses
• Lighting – solutions for both indoor and outdoor lighting
• Systems for more efficient watering
• Building a beautiful and functional garden area
• How to grow flowers all year long
• Equipment for playgrounds and parks

You will also get to see some things you probably never saw before.

• Bee-keeping
• Mushroom growing
• Plants that can be grown for medicinal purposes

Whether you are a pro looking to find the best kind of machine for maintaining acres of grassland or a homeowner who would like to have a gazebo installed down by the lake in your backyard, you are sure to find an expert who can help you out. If you are visiting San Francisco, Mountain View, or any other place in or around Silicon Valley, it is worth taking a trip to attend the January, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show.

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What People Do To Have Fun In San Francisco: Touring, Exploring, Adventures…

Inside Cafe downtownSan Francisco’s many neighborhoods provide a rich diversity of culture and unique beauty that keeps this city among the top must-visit destinations in America. The City by the Bay can make for an exciting trip, but visitors should be forewarned that it is not easy to explore its complex geography by car; a knowledge of the public transportation system is helpful. Fortunately, the city’s Muni (short for municipal transportation) offers multiple ways to get around, including the iconic cable cars as well as buses and trains. It should also be noted that there is no shortage of taxis here. When it comes to fun, there are many options as each neighborhood offers its own ways for visitors to enjoy themselves.

Golden Gate Park – Exploring Nature and the Arts in the Bay Area

From its museum to its gardens, this park alone may be worth the trip. Golden Gate Park occupies more than 1,000 acres and offers a wide assortment of fun and interesting things to explore, including the California Academy of Sciences.

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The Academy is housed in a 400,000 square foot facility and includes an aquarium and planetarium as well as a rainforest that is over four stories tall. The park also has the Conservatory of Flowers which provides exhibits of different types of plant life, ranging from aquatic varieties to various types of potted plants. The Conservatory of Flowers includes a 60-foot Victorian greenhouse and has almost 2,000 plant species. There is a Japanese Tea Garden that is a leftover from the late 19th century when the park was built and there is also a historic carousel that is open to both children and adults. For those interested in the arts, there is the De Young Museum which aims to provide a variety of high quality art exhibitions. The park is the perfect place to picnic, but visitors who want restaurant dining will have no trouble finding eating establishments in its vicinity that serve everything from Irish pub food to middle eastern dishes.

Touring Alcatraz – Sightseeing on “The Rock”

Alcatraz Island is home to what is possibly the most well-known abandoned prison in the world. Its notoriety is partly due to it having been the home of notorious criminals like Al Capone and Machinegun Kelly. It is interesting that despite its reputation as a place of desolation, its location in the bay is actually quite beautiful. Visitors can tour the interior of the facility day or night, with the day tour being the more popular option. While on the tour, they can choose to listen to an audio recording that will help them learn about the island and its history. Because the tour is so popular, it may be best to visit Alcatraz in the winter when the crowds are not quite as large.

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Beauty at SFMOMA – Enjoying the Arts at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The thriving arts scene is among the reasons that this city is such a popular destination. Visitors with an interest in art can follow up their visit to Golden Gate Park’s De Young Museum with one to SFMOMA. The museum started life as the first on the West Coast to be exclusively dedicated to modern art and continues that tradition today with four floors of works by notable modern artists like Jeff Koons and Piet Mondrian. There are more than 27,000 artworks housed in the building, so SFMOMA may take up a considerable amount of time for a serious art lover. The types of art range from paintings and photographs to a variety of design objects. Visitors may opt for an audio tour or use one of SFMOMA’s interactive kiosks to help them navigate. For those who want a souvenir of their time exploring the museum, there is a museum-store that sells a variety of art books; the store also sells furniture and products for children. There is a café on site that provides fine dining and which has both indoor and outdoor seating. Upcoming exhibitions in 2013 include ones by Garry Winogrand and Ben Kinmont.

Tug/Boat in the bayDiscovering San Francisco’s Legendary Waterfront – Fun on Fisherman’s Wharf

An iconic destination, this waterfront neighborhood is the home base of San Francisco’s fishermen as well as the location of many of the Bay Area’s best seafood restaurants. In addition to the restaurants, the local sights include the sea lions at Pier 39 and the Maritime Museum. The museum has historic vessels and a research center. That this is one of the most popular Californian destinations for tourists can be seen in its many souvenir shops and wax museums. There is also the Ghirardelli Square chocolate factory and many events throughout the year at which visitors can enjoy themselves.

Rediscovering the 60s – Adventures in “The Haight”

The Haight is actually comprised of two communities: Haight-Fillmore and Haight-Ashbury. Considered the birthplace of the 1960’s American counter-culture movement, this neighborhood has changed considerably since then; in 2013 it features upscale shopping and trendy cafes. Despite the fact that the ’60s are long gone, it is still possible to find its remnants here in a few smoke-shops and hippie-influenced stores. However, the population these days is generally young and focused on fashion; the neighborhood is known for its thriving nightlife and music scene. The Haight’s atmosphere is relaxed, despite the proliferation of hipsters and vintage clothing boutiques; visitors may want to avoid touring on the weekends as it is usually crowded with tourists. Among the enjoyable places here are Buena Vista Park which offers 36 acres of forest with trails for hiking and jogging. There is also the Grateful Dead House, which is where the legendary band lived together in the 60s.

A Taste of the Exotic – Trekking Through Chinatown

Though many visitors may find it hard to believe, this relatively small neighborhood (geographically speaking) is actually the largest Chinese community outside of China. It has its own unique feel and energy and is a must-visit destination for those traveling to the Bay Area. Started by immigrant workers who came to America to help build railroads, this community of over 100,000 people provides a taste of Chinese culture with its pagoda-style roofs and delicious authentic food. The best course of action to experience Chinatown is to not have one at all; visitors should simply walk along randomly exploring the shops and soaking up the atmosphere.

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San Francisco’s diversity is evident even in its climate as neighboring parts of the city can sometimes experience dramatic differences in weather. All of that diversity is packed into a relatively small space, measuring roughly six square miles; this means it is easier to take in than those cities that are spread out over a larger area. For those who seek a 2013 vacation trip that will provide a variety of different experiences for those with different tastes and interests, San Francisco is one of the best places to visit.

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Live Music in Silicon Valley: Unique and Soul Touching Concerts

In April, Silicon Valley is going to be a rather busy area. Many different performances will take place in this area. Various artists with various styles will perform there. Here is a list of some unique ones:

Rhye is set to take the stage in a Live Night Event in Bimbo’s 365 Club

Rhye is a relatively new band formed by Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal. Mike Milosh is an electronic musician and vocalist from Canada. In 2010, Robin Hannibal, when working on the album Quadron, was tipped about Milosh’s work. They were both working under the same record label, Plug Research.

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The duo became appreciative of each other’s work during their collaboration in Denmark. Both independently move to the United States. Upon finding each other, they started to work together once again in Los Angeles. They released two romantic soul pop hits, ‘Open’ and ‘The Fall’ together. They released little information about themselves.

Their songs garnered great attention and speculation. Rhye released their first album titled ‘Woman’ in March 2013.

Jesse Cook is one of the most famous figures of nouveau flamenco

The handsome and charming Jesse Arnaud Cook will look to have the crowd at his fingertips when he performs live at Motalvo Arts Center, Saratoga. His musical tastes developed via different influences. He spent his initial years moving between Southern France, Paris and Barcelona. He was influenced by Gypsy guitarist Manitas de Plata’s music as a toddler.

After his parents separated, Jesse Cook moved to Canada with his mother and sister. Heather Cook understood her son’s talents and admitted him to Eli Kassner Guitar Academy in Toronto. Nicolas Reyes, a famous Gypsy artist lived close by to his father’s house in France. In trips to France, this famous guitarist found himself admiring the tunes of the Gypsy Kings.

people-who-love-san-franciscoHe studied about jazz and classical music in Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, York University and Berklee College of Music. Cook’s first album, Tempest, made huge waves. In 1995, he signed a deal with American company Narada. He was asked to perform in a small bar downstairs during the Catalina Jazz Festival during intermissions. His performance was so well appreciated that he was invited to perform on the main stage. Cook was given a ten minute standing ovation during this performance.

If you live in Silicon Valley, do not forget to enjoy the performances of these soul touching musicians. Their performances will surely enrich your tastes in ways you had never imagined.

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