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Orchestra Benefit

Wendi VanBriesen - Wife, Mother, Daughter and Friend to many was tragically killed on July 19th, 2014 in a body surfing accident in Maui while on vacation. A legacy is what we all at some point leave behind and Wendi left a legacy that touched many. On Monday, October 20th, at 7:00pm, award winning "Consider the Source" (CTS) rock band and Chandler High School Orchestra will perform a benefit concert honoring the life of Wendi VanBriesen with their "Freedom Rock Experience". It's a radical and funky performance where some-50 high school students, members of the orchestra, get up on stage with the CTS rock band and jam out to original rock music! All proceeds go to VanBriesen family and Chandler High Orchestra.

 
 
Chandler Center for the Arts (Live in front of building)
250 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ ‎ 
Chandler Blvd & Arizona Avenue 
(480) 782-2680 
 
 
Spooky Treats
Jewel's Gluten Free Sugar Cookies-(No refrigeration needed)
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 ½ cups Jewel's All-purpose flour
 
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
3. Beat in extracts and egg.
4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients.
5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
 
Frost cookies with royal icing, recipe below, or shape into creepy finger, below also.
 
Royal Icing
 
INGREDIENTS:
3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
 
In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
 
Creepy Fingers
 
Shape cookies into long finger shapes and make small indentations for knuckle wrinkles. Add an almond for the fingernail. Bake for suggested sugar cookie time. Add red piping gel around the nail and bottom of finger after cooling for bloody effect.
 
 
Whiskers Wine
This is one of the Valley's few no-kill, cage-free shelters...where puppies and kittens are free to roam about! And they can use your help... this non-profit is holding their annual "Whiskers & Wine" event on Thursday Oct. 23rd, where all proceeds go to the shelter and caring for the animals, which they rescue from Maricopa County public intake facilities. 
 
Foothills Animal Rescue
23030 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 
Pima & Pinnacle Peak
480-488-9890
 
 
Gators & Ghouls
Gators and Ghouls fun at the Phoenix Herpetological Society Tuesday, October 21, is Reptile Awareness Day. Also, the Phoenix Herpetological Society will hold Gators & Ghouls October 25 where people can spend the evening with more than 1700 reptiles including alligators, crocodiles, snakes, tortoises and lizards, as well as have fun with a pumpkin patch, games, raffle items and more. PHS can demonstrate pumpkin tosses to some of the crocs, which will be one of the fun things going on that day.
 
Saturday, Oct. 25
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
 
Children 3 to 16 years:  $10
Teens and adults 17+ : $15
Children under 3 years: Free
 
Phoenix Herpetological Society
78th St. and Dynamite Road
Scottsdale, AZ
 
 
Selfie Photo Art
The next time you stop by Scottsdale Quarter, you may be inspired to take a selfie. That's because the high-end shopping mecca has just debuted #Selfie-Centered, a temporary art installation by Tempe artist Peter Bugg. The series of life-size vinyl photo sculptures of local personalities is installed in The Quad, the central outdoor public and fountain area within Scottsdale Quarter, and will be on display from now through March 2015. 
 
 
4419 N. Scottsdale Road, #218
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
 

Halloween Candy Buy Back Program
Parents can also have kids choose their favorite pieces and donate the rest. On Monday, November 3, Dr. Philipp will continue his Halloween tradition of paying $2 per pound (up to 5 pounds) for candy. The candy will be shipped to American troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Sending candy to troops provides a 'taste of home' and lets them know that children appreciate their service. Parents can bring their children to Dr.Philipp's office in Chandler located at 3230 S. Gilbert Road, Suite 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to donate.