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The Wildlife World Zoo

The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park.

For more information on all the zoo's exciting attractions and events, call 623-935-WILD or check out their website For more pet training tips from Dr. Grey Stafford, visit

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy

Contact Dave at or visit

Mesa's Mekong Plaza to Host Fifth Annual Filipino Festival

Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mekong Plaza (66 S. Dobson Rd.) in Mesa.

The Phoenix area's Filipino-American community will gather to celebrate Philippine Independence Day with colorful performances of music and dance, plus authentic foods, arts and crafts, a business expo, contests and giveaways.

The public is invited to attend the family event. Admission is free. The air-conditioned Mekong Plaza provides a cool indoor venue for the festival's wide variety of activities.

This special community event is presented by LARAS Media International & the Philippine Times of Southern Nevada & Arizona, in cooperation with Mekong Properties, Inc.

Traditional dances from various regions of the Philippines will be performed by members of the Valley's Filipino-American organizations, including the Southeast Valley Filipino-American Family and Friends (SEVFAF), the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Arizona (PACCA), the Filipino American Business Chamber of Commerce (FABCCA), and the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (Arizona Chapter), which are sponsoring the day-long event. In addition, the event will have a coloring contest, free popcorn, balloons and prize drawings.

Also on hand will be dozens of vendor booths offering Filipino arts and crafts, refreshments and merchandise for sale, along with services offered by Filipino-American business owners.

Among the taste-tempting food choices available to attendees will be Filipino cuisine from Wholly Grill including pork and chicken adobo, sinigang, barbecue skewers, inihaw, lumpia egg rolls, halo halo (mix mix) desserts, and many more.

Sports Fan Expo

The inaugural Arizona Sports Fan Expo will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on June 28-29.

Arizona Sports 620AM (flagship radio partner of the Cardinals, Suns, Diamondbacks, and Coyotes) and Cox Communications (Home to ESPN, Fox Sports and major network programming) are the premiere media and promotional partners for the interactive fan festival and sports enthusiast expo. Tickets start as low as $5.

As part of the event, the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Arizona Rattlers will showcase interactive activities, team personalities, cheerleaders and mascots. In addition, celebrity appearances will be held throughout the two-day event. Hundreds of sports-oriented businesses will also sell, demonstrate, and display their products and services on the 160,000-square-foot stadium floor.

Features will include the Ultimate Fan Cave, a Tailgate Party Pavilion, Video Gaming Wall, Golf Lovers' Club House, Action Sports Photo Booth, Sports Card Collector's Corner, Girlfriend's Got Game, and Kids Zone. Live entertainment will occur on multiple stages and include team chef demonstrations, player autograph and photo sessions, and educational sports panel discussions.

Tickets are only $12 for adults and $5 for children (ages 10 and above). Children under 10 years old are free. University of Phoenix Stadium's box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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House Check While On Vacation From Peoria Police Department
The "Vacation Watch" program is a free service provided to residents of the city of Peoria. The program was designed to have police volunteers  check on your home while you are away. Citizens living within the city limits can be placed on the "Vacation Watch" list by completing a form at the Peoria Police Department or by downloading the form and sending it in electronically. Homes will be watched for up to 30 days. Volunteers may walk around your home to see if there is anything unusual or if there is any apparent damage. If any sign of forced entry or unexpected change occurs, a uniformed police officer will be contacted and an investigation will be conducted.  The emergency contacts will also be contacted. When on vacation, it is also important to make arrangements with family members, friends or neighbors to also check on your home. It is recommended that mail and newspaper delivery is stopped prior to your departure and that you leave a key with a personal contact or trusted neighbor. For more information, visit  

 offering free admission every sunday in July.
But there is a $5 fee for people who want to play in the lego exhibit.