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Christian Youth Theater presents "Once Upon a Mattress"

If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a surprise. Did you know, for example, that Princess Winifred really swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it actually wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night?

With tuneful, hilarious, and romantic songs, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship provides some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

Performances are held at the Phoenix Center for the Arts – Third Street Theater located at 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.


Friday, Feb. 21 –- 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 –- 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23 –- 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28 –- 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 -– 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 -– 2 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 18, 2014 and can be purchased online at or at the door. Prices are $12.50 for children, seniors or groups of 10 or more, $15.00 online and $16.00 at the door.

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 6-18. For more information about Christian Youth Theater, visit or call 480-310-0366.

bRUNch Running

When people ask why we run, we simply tell them this, "We run to have fun, mimosas and French toast."

bRUNch is a social group made up of people who love to run and eat brunch. Each Sunday the group meets for a training run at a local restaurant. We offer both 5k and 10k runs each week. The fun continues back at the restaurant with the ultimate brunching experience and post-run chatting.

There are no membership fees associated with joining bRUNch. Ticket purchases cover the cost of weekly bRUNch.

The mission of bRUNch is to promote a healthy active lifestyle, one in which physical fitness and food both play a vital role.

bRUNch Running Phoenix benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix.

Upcoming bRUNches:

Feb. 23 -- Z'Tejas at Fashion Square (7014 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251)
March 2 -- Spoke & Wheel (8525 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020)
March 9 -- Betty's Nosh (6685 W Beardsley Rd. Glendale, AZ 85308

Tickets are available at

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

2502 E Camelback Rd, Ste 148-K
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Biltmore Fashion Park between Stingray and Seasons 52 at the Union Shops
602-955- 2354

Bright Beginnings

2716 N. Dobson Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224

Arizona is one of the "fattest" states in the nation. Currently, 14.2 percent of children in Arizona are obese and, as easy it is to blame the parents, schools are just as responsbile.

With budget cuts happening across the state, physical education classes are usually the first to take the hit. However, one Valley physical education teacher is determined to beat the childhood obesity epidemic.

Drew Partridge, a physical education teacher at Bright Beginnings charter school in Chandler, realizes the need to get students active. Partridge has added his own twist on physical education by steering away from traditional gym classes, such as team sports and running laps on the track, and introducing unique activities and technology.

Partridge recognized that budget cuts do not have to impact the quality of a child's education, especially when it comes to something as simple as exercising. Partridge has introduced activities including pickleball and ultimate Frisbee and the use of pedometers. Since then, Partridge has witnessed not only an increase in participation, but a joy in attending P.E.

Timo Wood Oven Wine Bar

“We created the ultimate experience for guests with our intimate ambiance and warm, friendly service.  We take great pride in our exquisite wine list and delectable food.”

Phoenix location:

8801 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Live music every Thursday for happy hour.  Wine bar happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Brunch Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sedona location:

160 N Portal Lane
Sedona, AZ 86336


Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday - Sunday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Timo's Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Makes 12 crab cakes (5 ounces each)

Ingredients for the crab cake mix:

1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 cup green opnions (chopped)
Chopped parsley (fresh)
Two whole eggs
Tabasco or Gun Slinger
1 tsp white sugar
Kosher salt (optional, depending on the salt content in the crab)
White pepper

Make your batter first and add the lemon juice last so that it will not curdle the cream. Try not to break up the jumbo lump crab.

1.5 pounds lumbo lump crab
1 cup Panko-Parmesan mix (see recipe below)
Juice from a half fresh lemon

Recipe for the breading (Panko-Parmesan mix):

3 cups coarse (Japanese Panko), bread crumbs
1 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (ground fine in the processor)

Mix the coarse bread crumbs with the fine ground parmesan cheese. Add one cup to the crab cake mixture and use the rest for the outside crust.


1. Make batter first
2. Add 1 1/2 cans (1.5 pounds), jumbo lump crab
3. Add lemon juice last so you don't curdle the cream
4. Add 1+ cups Panko-Parmesan mix (just enough to soak up excess)
5. Try not to break up the jumbo lump crab (do not over mix)
6. Let rest in frig for 15 minutes so the bread can soak up the excess batter
7. Make 5-ounce cakes using the ring mould
8. Coat the outside of the cakes (top and bottom only) before you remove the ring-mould
9. Remove from the ring mould and place on a half sheet pan with paper

Note: There should be no bread crumbs on the side (round edges). Brown on a hot flat top with clarified butter. Be sure the crab cake is hot in the center before you serve it (145 degrees minimum)