HOTLINE: Friday, Sept. 7

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Neil Garfield
How the housing crisis and home foreclosures could impact the 2012 presidential election

Dr. Michael Thompson
Dr. Michael Thompson is the co-author of a book called

"Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys". 

The book makes a compelling case that emotional literacy is the most valuable gift we can offer our sons, urging parents to recognize the price boys pay when we hold them to an impossible standard of manhood. The two psychologists identify the social and emotional challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness and empathy–giving them the vital connections and support they need to navigate the social pressures of youth. For more information visit the website at

Dr. Kevin Leman
Dr. Kevin Leman's new book, "What a Difference a Mom Makes," was just released and is available in stores and online now. In his book, Dr. Leman explains why a mom's relationship with her son matters uniquely and how to make it stronger at every age. For some moms, sons are confusing right from that first diaper change on. But by the time a mom makes it through the treasures a boy brings home in his pockets during grade school, the extra dirt her boy seems to find every time he goes outside, and the changes that puberty and driving privileges bring, she's sure of only one thing -- she does not understand boys! But if any of that tempts a mom to leave the big stuff to Dad, she's missing out on an amazing opportunity, says Dr. Kevin Leman. "Of all the people in the world, you, Mom, make the biggest difference in your son's world." Leman says, "He'll never reveal it to you straight out, so I'll say it plainly. Your boy wants to please you. And that driving need will stay with him for a lifetime. By recognizing the deepest desire of her son, a mom can speak into her son's life in ways that help him develop good relationships with other women, understand his own sexuality, fight his own battles, and command respect. And along the way, it is possible, Leman believes, to learn some key coping skills for parenting your son and keeping a sense of humor along the way. True, moms may never understand why some things are funny to your son that are just disgusting to you, but you can still embrace the chance to leave an indelible imprint on your son's life with fun and grace.  For more information visit the website at For more information visit the website at

Debra Beck
Debra Beck's Book, "My Feet Aren't Ugly," is available now. For more info on helping teens:

Empowered Teens and Parents
P.O. Box 772
Sedona, AZ 86339

Pete Holmes
Pete Holmes, comedian and voice of the E*Trade baby, is performing at Stand-up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club, 6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale. Showtimes: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8. Tickets cost $15/person and can be purchased online or at the door. Reservation/Info Line for Stand-up, Scottsdale! is 480-882-0730. For more information visit

Fact Checking President Obama's DNC Speech

Westgate Entertainment
Heading out to the Cardinals game on Sunday? Be sure to go to Westgate Entertainment District before the game for fun, free activities for all ages and fan deals and specials. Fans can enjoy free activities at WaterDance Plaza from 10am-1pm including face painting, corn hole and ladder ball.
Red Bull will host a Pop Up Show with DJs spinning music in its Thre3style Neo Booth featuring DJ JR, DJ Circle and DJ Cutswell.  Westgate tenants are offering football fans specials all day long, including:
The SHOUT! House
FREE Nacho Buffet during the game. $10 burger, fries and a beer special. $3.50 Domestic bottles or drafts, $5 Bloody Mary's, $5 Cardinal bombs, $7 Big Ass Beers and $5 refills. No cover the night before with Cardinals ticket stub! Visit the website at or call 623-772-1500.

Just Sports
Gear up! Show your Cardinals home opener ticket stub at Just Sports' Westgate store on September 9 and receive 10% off your entire purchase. Visit the website at  or call 623-872-9490

Which Wich
All season long on game days, Which Wich is offering a free kid's meal with the purchase of a large Wich combo. And, for anyone who shows their ticket stub from the previous weekend game, they can chose a free cookie or "house" chips with the purchase of any Wich. For tailgaters, you get a free platter of "house" chips with the purchase of a Wich platter. Visit the website at  or call 623-977-9424.

Mama Gina's Pizzeria
All day on September 9, you can get a 16" pizza for $12.99 or a 16" pizza + 12 traditional wings for $19.99. Pair your pizza with a glass of house wine for $4. Visit the website at or call  623-872-0300.

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Right after kick-off, you can kick back at Margaritaville and watch the game on their big screen TVs inside the restaurant or on their misted patio.  For every Cardinals game all season, drink specials include $2 (14oz) and $4 (20oz) Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts and $3 shot specials.  Visit the website at or call  623-772-0011.

Calico Jack's Cantina
All season long for every home game, fans can charge up for the game at Calico Jack's "Kick off Brunch" buffet. $20 for adults, $12 for kids. All you can eat. Visit the website at or call 623-877-5225.

Saddle Ranch Chop House
Enjoy brunch or lunch before the game and dinner after! Don't have tickets? Stop in and watch the game on over 50 big-screen TVs. Visit the website at or call  623-889-7770.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings
Saturday at Arizona Science Center
For more information visit

Free Drinks at Dutch Bros. Arizona
Celebrating the opening of it's new Mesa location
1136 S. Greenfield Rd.
$3 drinks at all other locations
5:30am - 10pm

Free Admission to Phoenix Children's Museum for Grandparents Day
For more information visit