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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

AAA Travel
For more travel info, go to
For more car info, go to

Appliance Art
Perfect for entertaining, Appliance Art's instant granite, instant chalkboard and appliance covers add a luxurious yet affordable flair to any event. Easy to apply, the instant granite and chalkboard come in rolls - just apply to the surface and go! Appliance covers are magnetic or adhesive, and they are available in a variety of holiday-themed patterns.
Ahwatukee Festival of Lights
19th Annual Kick-Off Party, sponsored by Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, Earnhardt Ford, Ahwatukee Foothills News and UBG. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Desert Foothills Park in Ahwatukee, 85048. Southwest corner of East Chandler Boulevard and Desert Foothills Parkway.  For more information, go to Great family event for every age.

Twist and Seal Mini
Keep the outdoor decorations shining bright! Twist and Seal keeps holiday light cord connections safe from rain or snow. This smart solution insulates small holiday light cords, enclosing connectors inside a tight cocoon. For just $5 each, this award winning product helps protect families from outages and electrical shock. Available at national retailers including Home Depot, Target, and Lowe's.

Fodeez Frames
Fully customizable holiday display frames and dry-erase boards that work on all smooth surfaces and can be reused hundreds of times. A great way to show off those new family holiday photos! They will now be available at 4,000 select Walgreens locations nationwide beginning Nov. 1.


2015-Model Arizona International Auto Show
Nov. 27-30, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ  85004

Official website:
Twitter: @ArizonaAutoShow
Instagram: @ArizonaAutoShow, #ArizonaAutoShow

Days/hours -- admission
Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving day) -- 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. -- Adults $11
Friday, Nov. 28 -- 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. -- Senior citizens (62 and over) $7
Saturday, Nov. 29 -- 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. -- Military (with any DOD ID) $7
Sunday, Nov. 30 -- 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. -- Children (7-12) $7
Children (6 and under) FREE

Westgate Winter Festival
Nov. 25 through Dec. 24
7 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly at Fountain Park
The only place in the West Valley to see it snow nightly is at Westgate Entertainment District! Watch as Fountain Park magically turns into a living snow globe each evening with a snow show twice a night.

Free holiday skating
Wednesday, Nov. 26: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Enjoy free skating for children 5 years and older with skate rentals included at Fountain Park. Don't forget to bring your socks

Free horse-drawn carriage rides
Fridays and Saturdays
Nov. 28 - Dec. 27
5-9 p.m. at Fountain Park
Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides around Westgate Entertainment District throughout the holiday season. Instead of just one carriage, this year there will be three that will allow you to hop in, take a spin and be whisked around Westgate.

Chabad West Valley Menorah Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 18
6 p.m. at Fountain Park
Celebrate Hannukah with a Grand Menorah lighting along with activities, raffle prizes and games for children. Traditional light bites and latkes will be served.

Visit santa claus
Nov. 25 through Dec. 24
Saturdays from noon - 8 p.m., Sundays from noon - 6 p.m., select weekdays from 4 - 8 p.m.
For the full calendar of Santa's appearances at Fountain Park, visit
Are you on the good list or the bad list? Come meet jolly Old St. Nick himself at Fountain Park and find out. Share wishes, snap pictures and every child who visits Santa receives a free gift. A photo package is available for $24.99.
For more information about the holiday season at Westgate Entertainment District, visit

Gifts for mom
1). Fits for the Occasion Tiles - For the home entertainer
Fits for the Occasion Tiles are a new line of stylish, erasable ceramic accent labels with interchangeable, magnetically attached motif designs, perfect as dinner table place cards for guests, as descriptive accessories for each dish being served and for many other entertaining uses. Each Fits for the Occasion ceramic label tile can be customized for the setting and occasion by simply detaching one motif and attaching a new one. Comes in 16 different motifs to fit any party or gathering theme. The Fits for the Occasion Tiles come in two sizes, 6-by-8-inch MessageTile size and 2.25-by-3.75-inch PlaceTile size. $14.95 - $38.95, depending on size and style.   
2). Downton Abbey Fragrances - For the perfume lover
Each scent has top, middle and bottom notes that develop slowly after application on the skin, creating a sensual experience that lasts for and develops over a period of hours. It is this kind of painstaking fragrance artistry that allows the Downton Abbey collection perfumes to reflect the personality of the show's characters.  $74.99 (8 ml).

3). Light Affection - For those who appreciate unique memory/keepsake items
Light Affection frames are framed sculpture duplications of any photograph. The photograph is duplicated perfectly in sculpture and then combined with a beautiful lighting system that illuminates every aspect of the sculpture, creating a work of art that makes the memory displayed in a photograph seem as if alive and making it even more treasured. Comes in sizes from night-lights to large frames in various styles and shapes. $45 - $239 depending on size

4). Sachi Insulated Fashion Handbags - For work or on the go
Sachi Insulated Fashion Bags are insulated, fashionable lunch bags suitable for any setting.  Stylish and roomy enough to double as a purse or handbag, while effectively keeping food hot or cold as desired. Handles fold down for easy fit in the refrigerator. Zips closed and handles fold down to the sides so that you may lay it flat, allowing for easy refrigerator storage. Comes in a variety of styles and colors. Retails for $5.99 - $27.99.   

5). Cushies - For comfort around the house
Comes in a variety of colors in sizes for both men and women. $19.99

6). Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System - for the music lover
The Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System combines the best facets of a high-quality, wireless bluetooth speaker and a therapeutic sound and sleep therapy device. Perfect for improving sleep, blocking noise and managing tinnitus. 10 different sounds are built-in and more sleep/sound therapy tracks/sounds can be downloaded from the store or from the Sound Oasis Apps. $59.99

7). Clever Crates Folding Utility Boxes - For the home organizer
Pop'em up, fold'em down, Clever Crates are the smartest, easiest way to organize and transport household items. Ranging in size from 32 Liter (35 lb capacity) to 62 Liter (132 lb. capacity), coming in both open walled and solid wall versions and with or without handles. They are made from durable, reusable, sustainable and recyclable material.  Comes in a variety of colors. $11.99 - $19.99 depending on size.

Andy Hendrickson
{laying at House of Comedy at 5350 E. High St., Ste 105 (Formerly City North) in Phoenix.

Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
Ticket price: $20

Saturday, Nov. 29 at 9:30 p.m.
Ticket price: $20  

Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
Ticket price: $15

Rusconi's American Kitchen
10637 N. Tatum Blvd. Ste. 101B
Tatum and Shea boulevards in Albertson's shopping plaza near My Big Fat Greek Restaurant

Candy cane beets with arugula, goat cheese and sherry vinaigrette
By Chef Michael Rusconi
(Serves four)

1 lb. wild arugula (washed)
8 ounces goat cheese crumbles
4 ounces passion fruit syrup
4 ounces toasted hazelnuts
1 small Chioggia beet (candy cane), peeled and shaved
Sherry vinaigrette
1 each chopped shallots
1 each clove of garlic
1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp. chopped thyme
1 teaspoon chopped tarragon
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil  
A pinch of sugar  
Salt and white pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients, except oil, and blend. Slowly add your olive oil and one ice cube to keep vinaigrette chilled while blending. Salt and pepper to taste.

Passion fruit syrup:
1/2 cup passion fruit puree
2 tablespoons honey
Reduce in a stainless steel pot on low heat until it becomes thick.

For the beets:
Peel and shave the beets very thinly with a knife.

Toss the arugula with the sherry dressing and place on a plate. Disburse all ingredients on and around the arugula. Drizzle the passion fruit syrup around the salad. Serve.