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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 at For more pet training tips from Dr. Grey Stafford, visit

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy
Contact Dave at or visit

Phoenix Housing Market Explained
Put on by the ASU Real Estate Council and the W.P. Carey School of Business. It happens at the Business Administration C-Wing Building on the ASU campus in Tempe. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Jan. 17. The event runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and costs $30 per person. Space is limited so you'll want to pre-register this week at

Skate Fest at AZ Ice in Gilbert
Saturday, Jan. 10 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. with limited spots available, so be sure to get there on time to reserve your spot. There are two available time slots that guests can register for, 12:30-1:15 p.m. and 1:30-2:15 p.m. A waiver form and photo release will need to be signed upon registration.

Skate Fest is an event held by the AZ Ice Gilbert Figure Skating Department, and offers free lessons and skating to all ages, adults included, allowing everyone to join in the fun. The event includes a free skating lesson as well as free rentals will be available. All ages and abilities are welcome

Tips for protecting your child's identity

1. Protect kids' Social Security numbers: Parents should store kids' cards in a safe and hidden place, and think twice before giving out their child's number. Health care providers may need this information, but is it necessary for Little League or a library card, or are there other options for identification?

2. Pay attention to their online activity: Kids surfing the web or checking email or social accounts may unwittingly click on links or download content from unknown sources, putting sensitive information at risk. Parents can teach their kids appropriate online conduct and utilize an array of tools that help protect them online.

3. Protect financial accounts: Many parents open savings accounts for their children, but they must be careful to keep financial statements private, ensure accounts can't be accessed without their approval, and opt out of any marketing to avoid credit card offers in their children's names. To opt out of credit card offers for five years, call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (567-8688) or visit

4. Understand warning signs: Parents who receive credit card offers in their kid's name should be wary, as this may mean their identity has been compromised. Other signs include denial of a bank account or driver's license, or collection calls or bills addressed to a child.

5. Check your child's credit: Parents who believe their child is at risk for identity theft should request a credit report from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The process for requesting a report on behalf of a child is different for each credit bureau. The steps and required documentation can be found on their respective websites.

Steve & Annette Economedes Money Saving Tips
This information comes from the book, "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family."

1) Freezer (cost $25 - $200 - annual savings $1,000 to $2,000)
2) Meat Slicer (cost $12 - $30 - annual savings easily $500 for lunchmeat and cheese)
3) Spoonula (cost $4 - annual savings - hard to estimate, but if used several times in a day, it could save up to $1 per day, or $350 per year, plus time saved rinsing out containers for recycling)
4) Pyrex bowl set (cost $10 - $20 - annual savings $1000 - $2,000 by taking lunch two or more times per week)
5) CrockPot (cost $10 - $20) - annual savings $1,700: eating out vs eating dinner at home two days per week

ECONOMEDES- Financial Hope Conference
Saturday, Jan. 24
North Hills Church
15025 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023
Info / Registration:

Kids Cooking
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona just launched its 2015 kids cooking contest aimed at motivating Arizona kids to incorporate healthy options into their daily food choices. For the fifth consecutive year the company is looking for great-tasting, kid-inspired side dishes for the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge. Children ages 9-12, living anywhere in the state of Arizona, are encouraged to submit their healthy and tasty side dish creations for a chance to win great prizes and an opportunity to prepare and share their masterpiece at a Phoenix Suns home game.

Contestants can submit recipes online at anytime between Jan. 1 - 21

Recipes must be:
-An original recipe for a hot or cold side dish
-Include at least one fruit and/or vegetable
-Able to be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time)
The top five recipes will be selected based on nutritional value, taste and originality. Finalists will be invited to present their creations at a public event Feb. 6 at the U.S. Airways Center in central Phoenix before a Phoenix Suns home game. After the cooking demonstrations, recipe details will be posted online at for a public vote. Voting will be open from Feb. 6 through Feb. 17.

Cajun BBQ Dusted Cauliflower

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 fresh shallot, sliced
1 head cauliflower, approximately 8 cups bite size pieces
1/4 cup of canola oil (for a healthier option try olive oil)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Mix the first six ingredients together to create spice mixture
3. Trim cauliflower and cut into bite-sized pieces
4. Slice onion and shallot
5. Combine cauliflower, onions and shallot into a large bowl
6. Toss with canola oil and spice mixture
7. Line cookie sheet with tinfoil and spray with nonstick spray
8. Pour cauliflower mixture onto the pan and spread evenly over pan
9. Bake for 18 minutes