EVENTS, THINGS TO DO

Who Doesn’t Love a Block Party?

Diva Dana is putting on this bad boy and she could use our support.  It’s going to be a great event and we can all help her make it a success. Proceeds raised support the Desert Foothills Library which is the only privately funded library in the company.

More info at www.dflaevents.org

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EXPERIENCES, THINGS TO DO

Gong Meditation

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(l-r, Diva Tina, Diva Wendy, Diva Lisa Gonster, Diva Diane)

Lisa Gongster has an incredible story.

She was a corporate pilot flying jets. Big jets. An incredible story in itself being a woman in a male dominated field.

That all ended when she came down with vertigo.

So bad, it ended her career.

She tried everything to try and cure it. Doctors, tests, more doctors, more tests.

Someone suggested something, she did it.

Nothing helped.

All of a sudden life as she knew it, was over.

She heard about sound therapy and the gongs.

And that, my friends is what helped her heal.

Now she goes around the country holding classes, workshops and helping other people heal too.

Pretty amazing isn’t it?

My friend Wendy introduced me to Gong Meditation after she tried it an absolutely loved it.  She saw colors, her body tingled, it was amazing.

I had to try it too.

Hearing the word “Gong” conjured up an image of Mathew McConnaughey playing the bongos naked. Don’t ask me why.  I just wondered if this was going to be really weird.

I have been struggling with meditation.  Trying to keep focused, trying not to fall asleep, trying not to think about stuff, trying to calm the mind….the struggle ensues.

I thought this would be a good way to help me meditate.

They have everything there.  But I brought my own blanket, pillows, bolsters. I mean, I really looked like I was moving in.

I wanted it to be as comfortable as possible.

So my first time….I brought everything, got as comfy as possible, Lisa started on the gons and the other instruments and I started to drift off….

I fell asleep.

Damn.  No colors. No tingling.

I felt like I was missing out.  Especially after everyone around the room described their experiences with colors and light and tingling.

I will tell you though, it is unbelievably relaxing.  And I felt incredibly relaxed after but also reinvigorated. Like I had been sleeping for hours. Who doesn’t need that?

To learn more about sound healing and the gongs and the effect sounds and vibrations has on your health just go on Lisa’s website  www.gongster.com

I’m completely copying it here to give you an explanation.

“Sound meditation is a mental practice engaging your attention to sound. Sound acts as an auditory stimulus that overrides the activity in the brain and synchronizes the brain’s activity to the frequencies and rhythmic patterning being heard.

•When used with live sound, the experience is not just with the ears, it is a full body sensory experience in which the body comes into direct contact with vibrations.

•It is sound that makes this type of meditation practice unique. The sound waves travel as energy from the sound source to the listener, who may then experience a shift in awareness, increased alertness, an ease in mental activity and reduced discursive thinking patterns.

•Sound meditation has a biochemical effect, reducing stress hormones and creates a feeling of contentment and relaxation.

Immerse yourself in the Sacred Journey of Vibrational Healing. The Mixture of Sound, and frequency will Cleanse, Uplift and Heal; Restore your Inner harmony to RE create PEACE with-IN your BEing. Each participant will Reach a Higher state of Calm, Deep Relaxation and Complete Serenity when surrounded by the harmonic tones of the pure vibrations. Once emerged into the natural rhythm, a higher state of Truth, Purification and Restoration occurs.”

Sounds pretty amazing, huh?

I’ve taken several classes and enjoy them immensely.

To find a class near you, check out Lisa’s website Gongster.com

I’m not giving up on the color and tingling though!

Here’s a sample of what it sounds like….

BLOG, EVENTS, EXPERIENCES, THINGS TO DO

Phoenix Police Citizen Academy

If you ever want an incredible experience full of adventure, we encourage you to enroll in the Phoenix Police Citizen Academy.  Not only do you learn all about the police department which is nothing short of fascinating, but you go through part of their training.  Diva Diane and Diva Lisa took part in media today and got to experience the tactical village.

Contact Phoenix Police Sergeant Joel Leavitt for upcoming classes and to get an application. They are holding at least six academies a year. It’s one night a week for six weeks.

Joel.Leavitt@phoenix.gov

THINGS TO DO

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Do we really need to be reminded that we have no man?  Sigh, happens every year.  But maybe at this time those with a man take stock of their relationship?  Regardless, that’s not what I’m here to dive in to.  I’m here to talk about fun!!  Yes ladies, LETS HAVE FUN!!

So really who needs a Valentine?! How about a Girl’s Night!!! Ladies this Friday, Feb 9th. It’s the Goddess Galentine! Dance, Yoga, Essential Oils and a lot of yumminess (is that a word?) .Would love to see you there! $24. Pilates Room 20789 N.Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ
www.eventbrite.com/e/godess-galentine-tickets-42520170976

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THINGS TO DO

January 2018

Always confirm details via the websites or phone numbers. We are human and make even more mistakes if we’re writing this while sipping wine. The Editor is no help as she gets into the sauce too. Thank you to our favorite magazine Phoenix Magazine for keeping us updated on events all the time.  We. Love. You.

If you would us like to include your event. Just contact us.

WASTE MANAGEMENT OPEN 

January 29 – February 4

This is one of our favorite events of the year.  We still refer to it as the “Phoenix” Open since people from out of state give us a confused look when we say “Waste Management.” It’s also called the “Greatest Show on Grass.” Such great people watching and atmosphere that there have been years we haven’t even seen anyone take a swing of a golf club.  So much more than golf.

Saturdays are the busiest.  Pro Am on Wednesday with athletes and celebrities is a great day to try out the Open if you’re not a big crowd person.

Impressed every year with how well organized and easy it is to get from your car to the bus to the golf course.

wmphoenix.com for tickets and prices.

Tournament Players Club – 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale AZ

BARRETT JACKSON CAR AUCTION

January 13 – 21

First of all, you don’t have to be a car lover to enjoy this event.  we could give a flying leap about cars but we’ll never miss this event.  It’s not because there’s men from all over the country that are here. (That would be reason enough though.) Really….. it’s sooooo interesting.  The vehicles are incredible, the auction is amazing, the scenery (men) is fabulous. Plus, there are awesome vendors.  Not just car stuff.  There’s Art! Another example, hair dressers were there selling curling irons that straighten your hair in seconds.  They did mine!  It took seconds. Who would have thought? At a car show!  barrett-jackson.com

Westworld of Scottsdale – 16601 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

RUSSO AND STEELE COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION.

January 17-21

Always the same last weekend as Barrett Jackson.  We, not being car girls, don’t know the difference, just that Barrett Jackson is bigger.  So someone please break it down for us.

russoandsteele.com 602-252-2697

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

P.F. CHANG’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON

January 12-14

We personally don’t run unless being chased but do understand there are a ton that love it.  This also features a 1/2 Marathon and a distance for everyone, including 5k, 10k and kids races. Live bands will be playing the entire course through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

runrocknroll.com/arizona

The finish line & festival: Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ.

ZOO LIGHTS

Through January 14, 2018

Ah-MAZING! If you haven’t been – you crazy, Girl.

Millions of lights.  Millions.

Call for tickets. 602-286-3800

Phoenix Zoo 5:30pm – 10:30pm – 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

phoenixzoo.org

THEATER

MAN OF LA MANCHA

January 5-28

arizonatheatre.org

Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, AZ

HAMILTON

January 30-February 25

C’mon you haven’t heard about it yet?

asugammage.com 480.965.3434

ASU Gammaage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe AZ

FUN STUFF (Well it’s all fun, we just couldn’t come up with a better title)

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Who doesn’t get excited about the Price Is Right?

Come on down!

chandlercenter.org 480-782-2680

Chandler Center For The Arts – 250N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ

MUSICA & CONCERTOS & SINFONIAS

WASTE MANAGEMENT OPEN’S BIRDS’ NEST

FLO RIDA featuring Kelly James – January 31, 2018 – Birds’ Nest – wmphoenixopen.com/tickets/birds-nest-tickets/  TPC SCOTTSDALE – 17020 N Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ (Feb. 1, 2018 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – Feb. 2 ONE REPUBLIC – Feb 3. ZEDD)

KATY PERRY – January 19, 2018 – Gila River Arena – 940 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale AZ (where the Coyotes play) – ticketmaster.com

BRAD PAISLEY – January 27, 2018 – Gila River Arena – 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, AZ (where the Coyotes play)

THE TEMPTATIONS & FOUR TOPS – January 26, 2018 – Comerica Theater – 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 1-800-745-3000

G3 TOUR – JOE SATRIANIA, JOHN PETRUCCI & DEF LEPPARD’S PHIL COLLENJANUARY 18, 2018 – Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ – mesaartcenter.com 480.644.6500

ADAM ANT – January 28, 2018 – Celebrity Theater – 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix 602.267.1600.

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER – January 31, 2018 – Scottsdale Center for the Performing ARts – 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale AZ 480-499-TKTS

THE GUTHRIE BROTHERS – Simon & Garfunkel Tribute – January 18, 2018 – Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd. Gilbert, AZ higleycenter.org 480.279.7194

HARRY POTTER – January 5-7, 2018 – Symphony Hall 75N. Second St., Phoenix AZ 602.495.1999

TANGO FIRE CO. OF BUENOS AIRES – JAN 6 -7 – DEL E. WEBB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road,Wickenburg, AZ – 928.684.6624

MIM CONCERTS – January 6-28 – Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Az 480.478.6000 – mim.org

Jan. 6 – Ruthie Foster

Jan. 16 – Rob Kapilow: Dvorak’s American Quartet

Jan. 19 – Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: The Way Out Wet Tour

Jan. 21 – Alan Doyle

Jan. 28 – Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians.

THINGS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH

ADAM SANDLER

January 25,2 016

ticketmaster.com

Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. Phoenix (For those of us who can’t remember these name changes – U.S. West Arena. Ha!)

ARTSY FARTSY STUFF 

CELEBRATION OF FINE ART

January 13-March 25 10am to 6pm

100 famous & not so famous up and comers from all over the U.S. selling their wares. Find it at South west corner of Hayden Rd. and the Loop 101.  Celebrateart.com

ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO

January 12-March 25

Looks like this is only famous artists and you can watch them hone their craft in their studios. We really need to get an “art” person to type these write ups because the current author’s capabilites are strictly stick figures with maybe some not so anatomically correct body parts.

arizonafineartexpo.com 480.837.7163

26540 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale

CAREFREE ART & WINE FEST

January 19-21

More than 165 artists, live entertainment and wine. Did we mention wine?

101 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ 480-837-5637

FINE ART COMPETITION

January 6-28

Hosted by the Glendale Arts Council and proceeds support art scholarship, art projects and community theater. Close to 200 artists are entered into this competition.  We had to google “juried competition” to see what that meant.

Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 58th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 623.561.8526

NATIVE AMERICAN ART

January 13-14

litchfieldparkgathering.com

Old Litchfield Road, south of Wigwam Road, Litchfield Park

SURPRISE FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL

January 12-14

Ooooh, this one sounds high brow.  More than 100 “jury selected artists” from around the country. We don’t even know what that means.

Surprise Recreation Campus – 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise, AZ 480.837.5637