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The Talking Stick Resort of Scottsdale Arizona is a beacon of hospitality and entertainment. Boasting 497 rooms and suites, world-class gaming, upscale gourmet dining, championship golf and over 100,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and conference space, attendees will be wowed by their onsite experience. Only 10 minutes away is downtown Scottsdale, set in the heart of the lush Sonoran Desert. Here, indigo skies beckon you out of doors to explore pristine desert trails, rivers and mountains. Fasten your seatbelts for what is sure to be a memorable visit to the Grand Canyon state!

Dining
Is a breathtaking view your ideal side dish to a sumptuous meal? If so, try a dinner at Orange Sky on the 15th floor of the Talking Stick Resort. Boasting panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, the restaurant also has a world class list of regional and reserve wines to complement your fine dining experience. Though you won't run out of restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer at the resort, for those of you wanting to poke around Scottsdale, rest assured you won't walk away hungry! The city's robust menu of eateries includes time-honored favorites like Cowboy Ciao Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , Don & Charlie's Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and Roaring Fork Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , as well as newcomers such as Petite Maison Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , Blanco Tacos + Tequila Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , and Prado Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer .

Nightlife
After dinner, let your mood determine the tone for the night. In downtown Scottsdale alone you'll find more than 50 wine bars Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , lounges Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , dance clubs Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and performing arts venues waiting to entertain. Axis/Radius Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and Myst Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer are great choices for anyone who likes to dance into the wee hours of the morning. For a more laid back and sophisticated evening, Kazimierz world wine bar Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , Trader Vic's Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer at Hotel Valley Ho Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and the Living Room Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer at the W Scottsdale Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer all fits the bill. And, if you're feeling a little bit Country, mosey on over to the Rusty Spur Saloon Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer for live music, cold beers and an authentic Old West atmosphere.

Art
The arts take center stage in Scottsdale with more than 125 galleries Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , museums Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and art festivals Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , an expansive public art program and a special events calendar Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer that is brimming with art-related activities. In downtown Scottsdale Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , cutting-edge modern art adorns the walls of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , free outdoor festivals celebrate the area's Native American cultures Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , and top-name comedians, dance troupes, actors and musicians headline shows at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer . Just a few blocks away, the Scottsdale Arts District offers dozens of outstanding galleries showcasing works in all media and styles, ranging from kaleidoscope-colored blown-glass flowers and authentic Native American pottery to dramatic paintings that capture the spirit of the Southwest.

Get Outside
Nevada likes to claim it. The United States Postal Service tried to give it to Colorado. But, Arizona is proud to tell you that the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is indeed in Arizona! In fact, it's just a 4-hour drive from Scottsdale, which makes it perfect for a day-long adventure or an easy overnighter. There are many exciting ways to discover the magic and mysteries of the Grand Canyon. Designated viewpoints provide breathtaking photo ops. For an eagle's view, helicopter and fixed-wing operators offer scenic air tours Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer over the canyon. You also can tour the Canyon's rim by bus or foot path, hike down its famous trails or take a mule ride to the bottom. The Grand Canyon Railway Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer departs daily from nearby Williams, AZ. And, multi-day river rafting excursions offer thrills, chills and an abundance of scenic views

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invite you to participate in the 2011 Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration to be held in the Phoenix, Arizona area.