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Hike Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale

Hike Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale
One of my favorite hikes, Pinnacle Peak is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet. At its highest point, 2,889′, the hike allows for spectacular views of the Valley and a chance to experience the uniqueness of the Sonoran desert filled with native plants which are marked along the trail. I learned the hard way, but I will let you in on an important tip. The entire trail is not a loop trail meaning that you come back over the same trail. If you’re not up for the...
October 5th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 1
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Dining Out: Houston’s Top 10

Dining Out: Houston’s Top 10
Houston is well known for its large variety and good quality of restaurants, in fact, according to the New York Times, citizens of Houston spend more per capita on restaurants than any other city. This list of the top restaurants in Houston will impress you with the different ethnic cuisines, savory steakhouses, and succulent seafood preparations. With such a large cultural population in Houston, delicious influences from all over the world show their true colors in these culinary creations here...
October 5th, 2009 | Katrina Verweel | Read More | Comments: 0
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Look, Up in The Sky….It’s the Oceana Air Show

Look, Up in The Sky….It’s the Oceana Air Show
When you take the hottest jet fighters in the military and combine them with the best pilots in the world, you get the Oceana Air Show ‘09. From the precision of The Blue Angels and the Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic teams to the low level and high-speed strike fighter demos, you not just see, but feel the power of these impressive military aircraft.  Watch gyroscopic aerobatic maneuvers, low-level aerobatics and flying  demonstrations by dozens of planes, ranging from vintage jets to the most...
October 5th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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Go Island Hopping in Sydney

Go Island Hopping in Sydney
Sydney is surrounded by plenty of tiny islands, but few locals ever explore these serene spots. After all, there’s no public transport and you need to book a time with the National Parks and Wildlife Service just to make a booking. Who wants that kind of hassle? October’s Sydney Harbour Island Hopping take the stress out of the equation. Between October 3rd and 18th, island trips will run each weekend. For one ticket you can hop between Fort Denison, Shark Island, Clark Island, and Garden Island....
October 5th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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Phoenix Art Museum Celebrates 50th

Phoenix Art Museum Celebrates 50th
Celebrating their 50th anniversary in November, The Phoenix Art Museum is the home of an outstanding collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. As Arizona’s cultural hub, located in downtown Phoenix within walking distance of the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum presents festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs for people of all ages that both enlighten...
October 5th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 3
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October is Filipino-American History Month

October is Filipino-American History Month
Last month, the State Assembly of California designated the month of October as Filipino American History Month. Many organizations, museums and various groups will recognize the Fil-Am heritage with exhibits, festivals, performances, and other activities. Here are some links to point you toward some of the events going on around the U.S.: In California, the calendar is pretty full, with something going on pretty much every day. The State of Hawaii also has its own set of special events for the month. ...
October 4th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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A Pleasant River Walk: Historic Cannery Row, Steveston

A Pleasant River Walk: Historic Cannery Row, Steveston
Nestled on the shore where the Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean, the quaint historic fishing village of Steveston is a perfect destination for a sunny day.  Whether you visit to stroll the friendly neighbourhood, shop in the unique boutiques or dine at many of the wharf-side restaurants, Steveston is one of Vancouver’s  most interesting places to spend an afternoon. I have both cycled and walked the dykes at Steveston, but this day my friends and I walked along the paved river path,...
October 4th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Save Big at Outlet Stores

Save Big at Outlet Stores
Los Angeles certainly doesn’t lack for shopping opportunities. Although not everyone can afford Rodeo Drive or the city’s myriad other trendy boutiques, it’s not necessary to settle for Walmart either. The option: Outlet stores, which offer a huge selection of designer brands (Guess, Calvin Klein, BCBG, Max Studio, DKNY, etc.) at equally huge discounts of 30-70 percent off retail prices. Makers of children’s wear (OshKosh, Carter’s) also maintain a presence, as do manufacturers...
October 4th, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 0
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In October, Book-Lovers “Fall” for the Boston Book Festival

In October, Book-Lovers “Fall” for the Boston Book Festival
The Boston Book Festival takes place Saturday, October 24 from 10AM-6PM at venues throughout Copley Square (Map). The Boston Book Festival is not a staid gathering  of book-worm types attending workshops and reads-this event attracts some serious star power.  Some of the authors that have already signed on include Turkish author and 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Orhan Pamuk, Caldecott -award winning children’s book author Chris Van Allsburg , famed documentary film-maker Ken Burns,...
October 4th, 2009 | Maria Olia | Read More | Comments: 1
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Get Some City Therapy at These Chicago Spas

Get Some City Therapy at These Chicago Spas
Many world-class spas are calling Chicago home, especially inside some of Chicago’s top hotels. Treat yourself to a spa day at one of these hotel spas. The Spa by ASHA The James Chicago; 55 East Ontario; 312-337-1000 Best Treatment: Aqua Massage – Start off relaxing with a heated neck pillow and a cup of tea followed by a Dead Sea salt body polish, canopy steam and full-body massage with reflexology. (2.5 hours; $280) The Spa at Dana Dana Hotel and Spa; 660 North State; 888-301-7952 Best Treatment:...
October 4th, 2009 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Ala Moana Hotel’s “The More You Stay, The More You Play” Program

Ala Moana Hotel’s “The More You Stay, The More You Play” Program
Ala Moana Hotel guests can hit the jackpot and win a free trip for two to Las Vegas, thanks to the property’s new “The More You Stay, The More You Play” promotion. From now through January 31, 2010, Ala Moana Hotel is giving away a trip for two per month to its kama’aina patrons, for a total of eight Vegas vacations. Frequent visitors have a greater chance of winning the flyaway – as each night of stay earns another entry. Each Las Vegas prize package includes roundtrip airfare...
October 4th, 2009 | byun | Read More | Comments: 0
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Haunted Houses in South Florida

Haunted Houses in South Florida
As the shelves in Publix become filled with the colors of orange and green and our favorite chocolate treats are now wrapped in ghosts and goblins, that could only mean one thing – Halloween is just around the corner. Costume stores, murder mysteries and scavenger hunts are aplenty, but it wouldn’t be Halloween with a haunted house. Although, we still have a few weeks until the festive holiday, haunted hayrides, hospitals, mazes and houses will be opening up as early as next week. Here’s...
October 4th, 2009 | klynch | Read More | Comments: 1
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Potts Point Opium Den Serves up Thai

Potts Point Opium Den Serves up Thai
With a name like the Opium Den, you’d expect the Asian dishes at this Potts Point eatery to be somewhat addictive. You wouldn’t be far wrong. The menu draws from Northern Thailand, which is where opium originated. Old favourites like Thai fish cakes and deep-friend soft shell crab sit comfortably alongside more exotic fare. Try Chieng Mai Kow Soi, traditional Northern Thai noodles served with a fiery curry, or for a slightly sweeter alternative, stir-fried duck and pineapple with a red curry...
October 4th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Seattle Monorail

The Seattle Monorail
It came for the 1962 World’s Fair, and ever since the Seattle Monorail has been both a favored and disfavored means of getting around the city. The elevated rail runs from the station at the Westlake Center Mall (map) to the Seattle Center (map), passing through the EMP/Science Fiction Museum (map) along the way.  Trains depart approximately every 10 minutes, and it takes two minutes between stations. My biggest complaint about the monorail is the hours of service, 9 am –11 pm.  It’s starts...
October 3rd, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
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Welcome to the OC!

Welcome to the OC!
My name is Abbie Mood and I am here to write everything you could ever want to know about Orange County!  We moved from the east coast to sunny Southern California weeks after I graduated from college, and have now been here for just over 4 years.  Besides being a freelance writer, I also teach preschool Special Ed. and earned my Master’s degree in Special Education earlier this year.  In my free time, I can be found with my boyfriend and our two dogs, rock climbing, running, traveling,...
October 3rd, 2009 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 12
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2022 Winter Olympics in Denver?

2022 Winter Olympics in Denver?
Since Chicago did not get the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, this means Denver could be a viable candidate for an upcoming Winter Olympics. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said that Denver is still very interested in bringing the Olympic games to our city. When could we possibly see Denver put in a bid for such a huge event? The earliest we could bid for the Olympics is for the 2022. The USOC said that the U.S. can not bid on the 2018 Olympics because the deadline is October 15th, which is way too soon...
October 3rd, 2009 | thedenverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Rembrandt and the Old Bell

Rembrandt and the Old Bell
The Old Bell is a typical eetcafé and English-style pub located at Rembrandtplein, Rembrandt Square. Eetcafés are popular places and may serve anything from simple snacks to full three-course meals. The Old Bell’s menu is all in English, no Dutch translations. The all time British favourites fish ‘n chips and meat pies stand next to classic Wiener schnitzel or typically Dutch croquettes and saté. But it’s the beer on draught that draws the crowd; Guinness Stout, Murphy’s...
October 3rd, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Collecting Disney Character Autographs

Collecting Disney Character Autographs
Guests of all ages at Walt Disney World Resort can meet and greet their favorite Disney characters to pose for pictures, even share a quick hug.  In fact, a favorite activity at Disney theme parks is to track down those famous Disney characters and ask for their autographs.  While this seems like a simple enough task, there are a few pointers to keep in mind. Disney Characters can be found throughout the Disney World theme parks in many outdoor locations throughout the day.  Be sure to check...
October 3rd, 2009 | Jenni Ingersoll | Read More | Comments: 4
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Evening Standard goes free!

Evening Standard goes free!
I thought there would be a few changes when the Evening Standard was sold to Alexander Lebedev. But with the (free) London Paper pulling out of the competition, I thought the Standard would probably take advantage to close its ‘Lite’ free edition and make a bit more money out of circulation revenue. Well, I was wrong. The Standard – the whole, big, real newspaper – is now going to be completely free. It’s a real gamble. Basically, the Standard suffered from the freesheet...
October 3rd, 2009 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
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Hit The Streets Tonight And Join The Fun: Nuit Blanche 2009

Hit The Streets Tonight And Join The Fun: Nuit Blanche 2009
Be prepared to make a stop at your favorite Starbucks venue tonight for a vente sized shot of caffine, consume several shots of espresso after dinner or make sure you have some No-Doz on hand cause it’s going to be a long night. Tonight is Nuit Blanche 2009,  the yearly cultural event centered around celebrating France’s patrimoine; loosely translated into  pride for their fantastic cultural heritage.  A raucous all night event that pairs museums, town halls and other historical venues...
October 3rd, 2009 | Kim Poulin | Read More | Comments: 0
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