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Dr. Art Mollen

Dr. Mollen's Practice is located at 16100 N. 71st St. in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-656-0016 or log onto

Sunday's Sweetheart

If you'd like to add Sunday's Sweetheart or any other pet to your family, contact the Arizona Humane Society at 602-997-7585. For more information about AHS events and programs, visit

Wally's Weekly Car Review

For more on Wally Cahill, visit his website at, Facebook page at Wally's Weekly Car Reviews, or Twitter @CahillWally.

How To Repair Drywall


For larger holes

-Drywall knife
-Drywall repair clips
-Spare piece of drywall
-Drill with a screwdriver bit
-Drywall tape


For smaller holes

-Mesh drywall repair patch
-80- or 100-grit sandpaper


-Drywall mud (joint compound)
-80- or 100-grit sandpaper
-Can of spray texture (knockdown or orange peel)


For larger holes

1. Cut a piece of new drywall from the 2-by-2-foot square to approx 2 inches larger in each direction than the hole you are repairing.

2. Place that square over the damaged area and trace around it.

3. Cut out square with a drywall knife.

4. Insert drywall repair clips, one each on all four sides.

5. Secure the clips by screwing through the existing drywall into the clip on the outside of the newly cut square hole.

6. Place the new piece of drywall in the hole, and secure the clips again by screwing into the new piece of drywall and into the clips (two screws for each clip).

7. Sand edges.

8. Place self-adhesive drywall tape over all four seams.

For smaller holes (up to 10 inches)

1. Sand around the perimeter of the hole, enough to remove any paint and texture around the hole to ensure patch adheres and doesn't stick out over existing texture.

2. Apply drywall repair patch


3. Apply drywall mud to area, getting thinner around the perimeter to blend old with new.

4. Let dry 24 hours.

5. Sand area

6. Apply primer

7. Apply spray texture, let dry.

8. Prime and paint to match existing (or use paint and primer in one to save a step).

AC Care During Monsoon

Monsoon season includes dust storms, too. What should you do to assure your air conditioning unit is functioning properly and effectively?

Use a surge protector for your AC! Don't let one lightning storm blow out your entire unit (and all your other electronics).

It is important to maintain your outdoor condenser coil. It needs to be washed regularly by a professional, especially during the monsoon season. When it is loaded with dust and dirt, the unit operates hotter, uses more electricity overall and produces less of a cooling effect. 

Filters need to be changed monthly. A good reminder is to change your filters every time you get your electric bill. A slightly dirty air filter can increase your utility bill five to 10 perecent. A dirty air filter also lets more contaminates into your house -- who wants to breathe those in?

If you have a rooftop unit, contact a professional to make sure it is secured properly to prevent high winds from pulling the unit off the roof or away from your ductwork.

Make sure ductwork on roof is sealed properly to prevent dust and dirt from entering your home through holes, cracks and poor seals like cracked silicone or tar.

For more information, visit

24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery

Local vegan eatery 24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery showcases brunch options including eggs benedict with baked "eggs," smoky sweet potato, sauteed greens, avocado and hollandaise.

24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery
1701 E. Guadalupe Road, Tempe

Getting School-Ready

It’s a phrase a lot of kids dread, but a lot of parents are looking forward to “back to chool.” 

Some school districts start three weeks from now, so it is the perfect to check if your child has all the necessary immunizations because there have been some changes. And if your child is playing sports, a checkup is mandatory, but not getting the right kind can be detrimental to your child. Dr. Kathleen Nichols, a double board certified physician in pediatrics and internal medicine, explains what parents need to know.

Kathleen Nichols MD FAAP/ Board Certified Pediatrician & Internist
La Loma Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
14044 W. Camelback Rd. #114, Litchfield Park, AZ 85383