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ASU Homecoming block party and parade
Thousands of Sun Devils and their families will partake in ASU's 2014 Homecoming block party and parade celebrations that will take place at Tempe campus and feature fun-filled, family-friendly activities.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 1 between 4-8 p.m. Football game against University of Utah will begin at 8 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium.
WHERE: The parade will start at University Drive and McAllister and head west down to University and Myrtle Avenue.
WHO: The block party and parade will feature departments, schools, colleges, special guests, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Information regarding street closures and parking can be found here.
Chef Jon Paul Hutchins

Turkey Drive
The Arizona Big Turkey Drive starts Sunday.  20,000 turkeys are needed.  Purchase a turkey at Safeway and leave it at the store for St. Mary's Food Bank.

Dia de los Muertos
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 85003
Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead Festival

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

Water Cooler Tips
Erik Bryan is from Precision Air & Heating.

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy

Contact Dave at, or visit

Banner Children's GO KIDS! Festival and Banner Children's at Cardon Children's Medical Center 5th Birthday party
WHEN: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1
WHERE: Mesa Community College  (major cross streets are East of Dobson and South of Southern)
1833 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85202

Obstacle course info:
Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to create a fun obstacle course right in your own backyard! If you don't have all the materials below, just improvise and have fun!

Materials needed:
4+ kitchen or lawn chairs
1 spool of white yarn
8-10 hula hoops
1 roll of painter's tape
4 pool noodles
3 jump ropes
1 package of paper plates (cut out holes from the inside to make paper rings)
10 full water bottles
1-2 bags of water balloons (filled and ready to go)
8-10 plastic cones
8 small cardboard boxes

1. Warm Up: Start by having the kids do 25 jumping jacks in place to warm up their muscles and increase their heart rates. Make sure they count out loud.
2. Spider Web Crawl: Arrange 4 [or more] chairs in the shape of a rectangle. Tie yarn to one chair and create a web by weaving it around the other chairs. For this part of the obstacle course, the kids will have to crawl on their hands, knees or stomach from one side of the web to the other, and must avoid touching the web.
3. Hula Hoop Run: For the next obstacle, take 8-10 hula hoops and place them down on the ground creating a "tire run."
4. Roll Call: Take the roll of painter's tape, and for the next obstacle, tape all different letters of the alphabet on the ground. Yell out certain letters that the kids will have to jump to and from. Do this activity for about 2-3 minutes.
5. Tight Rope: Next, grab the jump ropes and place them in a straight line on the ground. This will be known as "walking the tight rope" where their balance will be a key component. You can also choose to have the kids jump rope for a few minutes somewhere within the obstacle course as well.
6. Hopscotch: For the next obstacle, use the chalk to draw a hopscotch board on the ground for the kids to jump across.
7. Ring 'Em: Next, set up water bottles in the same triangular shape as bowling pins. Have the kids throw the paper rings at the water bottles to see how many times they can get the ring to land around them during a 3-minute period. Have them drink some of the water before moving on to the next obstacle!
8. Weaving: For the next obstacle, grab the plastic cones and set them up in zig-zag formation about five yards apart. Have the kids sprint from one cone to the next until they reach the 10th cone. To make this more difficult, try having them alternate between sprints and backpedaling.
9. Hurdles: Take the pool noodles and prop them each up below knee-height on two overturned boxes. This will create four hurdles your kids will have to jump over.
10. Water Balloon Fight: To celebrate completing the obstacle course, have water balloons filled with water and waiting for them at the end for a friendly water balloon fight and a nice cool down.

Be sure kids are well-hydrated before, during and after they participate in the obstacle course. Also, do the activity in the morning to avoid excessive heat and UV sun exposure. If your kids are prone to injury, set up the obstacle course on a soft surface like grass, or strap on some protective gear like elbow and knee pads.

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