JUNE 1, 2011

Daisy Mountain photo contest

Have you taken any great photo this year of Daisy Mountain or one that depicts what you value about Daisy Mountain – a Sonoran Desert treasure?

Could you take of photo a Daisy Mountain view, plant, topography, geology, reptile, insect, animal, or other aspect of Daisy Mountain that you love?

Would you like to share your photos?  North County Conservancy – Preserve Daisy Mountain Effort's Calendar Photo Contest photos are due by July 1, 2011.  Entries will be judged based on quality and effectiveness in conveying the unique character of Daisy Mountain. 

Sharing your photos will reinforce NCC's efforts to keep Daisy Mountain as a preserve (open space) to retain the quality of life surrounding the mountain (includes land values, wildlife values, recreational opportunities, business concerns, and much more).

Photos must be in color, taken in 2011, and original (taken by the person entering).  See daisymountain.org for the entry form and the rules.

NCC judges (professional photographers and living in the Daisy Mountain area) will select three winners - one from the 18-years old or older group, one from the 13 to 17 year old group and one from the under-13-years old group.  Each will receive a framed copy of their photograph, public recognition, and gift certificate worth $25 or more.

The 3 winners and at least 9 more entrants will be selected for the NCC 2012 calendar with credit given for their work.  NCC plans to have the calendar ready by November; you may wish to reserve your copy.

If you wish to have more information on the contest, or reserving a calendar, e-mail ahutchinson@daisymountain.org or call 623-742-6514.

JUNE 1, 2011

Baseball exhibit begins new ‘homestand’ at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The Scottsdale Spring Training History Exhibit is beginning a new “homestand” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 

The free exhibit features memorabilia from players and teams that have trained in the Cactus League, plus artifacts and history displays from the original Scottsdale Stadium.
The items are part of an exhibit that appeared in March at the Scottsdale Historical Museum. They will be on display in the art center’s Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium through the July 12 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix.

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. and is open seven days a week. Call 480-994-ARTS for hours or visit: scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

The baseball exhibit not only features items from the Scottsdale Historical Museum, but also from the collections of two Scottsdale restaurants synonymous with spring training – The Pink Pony and Don and Charlie’s.

The exhibit is part of Scottsdale’s 60th anniversary celebration, which features 60 days of events. The fun culminates June 25 with a public birthday bash at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. For more information on 60th anniversary events, visit: www.Scottsdale60.com.

The Scottsdale baseball exhibit and the restaurants are part of the Cactus League Legacy Trail, a project to recognize and celebrate the rich history of Cactus League baseball.
Six memorabilia collections in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix make up the trail.
In addition to the Scottsdale baseball exhibit now at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Legacy Trail exhibits include:

Play Ball – The Cactus League Experience exhibit at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Avenue, Tempe. The exhibit, presented in partnership with the Mesa Historical Museum, features historical items, photos and objects relating to the Cactus League you won’t see anywhere else in America! For more information, visit: www.playballexperience.com

The spring training memorabilia collection at the new Pink Pony restaurant, 3831 N. Scottsdale Road. Hailed as the "the best baseball restaurant in the land" by New Yorker writer Roger Angell, the Pink Pony presents a unique exhibit dedicated to 60 years of Cactus League history.  For more information, visit:  www.pinkponyrestaurant.com.

The sports memorabilia collection at Don and Charlie’s restaurant, 7501 E. Camelback Road. With walls brimming with jerseys, shoes and autographs, plus a display case filled with baseballs signed by Hall of Famers, Don and Charlie’s is a museum in its own right. For more information, visit:  www.donandcharlies.com.

Play Ball – The Cactus League Experience exhibit at the Arizona Museum for Youth in downtown Mesa at 35 N. Robson, features a youthful spin on the League’s history, plus some objects and photos not found in the Tempe show.  For more information, visit www.playballexperience.com

Play Ball – The Cactus League Experience exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport’s Terminal Four.  Visitors arriving in the Valley get an introduction to the Cactus League through baseball art and items from the stadiums and communities that host spring training in Arizona.  For more information, visit www.playballexperience.com

For a map of the Cactus League Legacy Trail and more information about the exhibits, visit:  www.ExperienceScottsdale.com/LegacyTrail.