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Girl Scout Cookies!
Cookie Season is Here!
Girl Scouts bringing tasty treats to the Valley Jan. 26 - March 8
For six weeks each year, Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the largest girl-led business: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. From Jan. 26 to March 8, more than 17,000 girls in central and northern Arizona will be walking around neighborhoods with delicious cookies in hand and boothing in front of local stores.
Girls participate in the cookie program because it's fun AND it teaches important life skills needed to become a responsible woman; such as goal setting, people skills, money management and how to give back to the community. These are essential values to successfully navigate life - whether working on a high-school science project team, running a household, being a project manager or a company CEO.
The cookie program also focuses on giving back. The Gift of Caring program allows customers to purchase cookies and donate them to community partners serving those in need. This program allows girls to learn about serving their community and social responsibility. Recipients of donated cookies include: St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, St. Vincent de Paul and USO Arizona.
Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council sold 3.2 million packages of cookies last year. This year's goal is 3.4 million packages. All proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie Program are used to support Girl Scout programming in Arizona.
Use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder to find a cookie booth near you. It's simple - just enter your zip code. You can go to www.girlscoutcookies.org, and install this free Girl Scout Cookie Finder app on your mobile device from Google Play or the Apple store.
Be sure to get social! Tag any and all of your Girl Scout Cookie finds in photos and posts with #CookieBoss and/or #GirlScoutsAZ!
Keep Scottsdale Beautiful Project Uses Recycled Material from Your Shoes for Homeless Shelter's Basketball Court
Keep Scottsdale Beautiful (KSB) wants shoes - 49,000 shoes to be exact. KSB is encouraging the Valley to "never throw away a shoe" by spearheading the Super Scottsdale Shoe Drive in conjunction with Super Bowl XLIX. Shoes will be recycled into a resurface material for a basketball court at Family Promise, the only homeless shelter in Scottsdale.
American Textile Recycling Services is partnering in the project and locally owned Flex Ground will install the recyclable material from shoes for the shelter's basketball court.
Everyone can participate. Currently, businesses, retailers and various venues have set up collection bins in and around Scottsdale. Bring in your old shoes, new shoes and worn out shoes, any and all shoes to these participating locations: Sun Run, Prestige Cleaners, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale Insurance, Lifetime Fitness, Scottsdale Leadership Club, Scottsdale Public Libraries and Republic Services.
Kicking the shoe drive into high gear is Fan Fest Scottsdale - Home of the ESPN Live Broadcast, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, where fun, music, food and celebrities all come together to celebrate the week before the Big Game. KSB will host a booth where everyone is encouraged and welcome to come join in the fun and drop off their shoes.
The shoe counting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 11 on the Scottsdale Community College football field. All shoes that have been collected will be transported to the football field and counted by volunteers - all 49,000 of them! This exciting event will shine light on the importance of recycling and sustainability while also lending support to Family Promise.
Celebration of Football and Art
Renowned Sports Artist Danny Day created a new oil on canvas depicting Super Bowl XLIX. In the painting the Lombardi Trophy rises above the University of Phoenix Stadium, host of Super Bowl XLIX.
In the painting the Stadium is framed with the famous Cathedral Rock found in Sedona, Arizona in the background, and images of both teams will be represented. This promises to be Danny's Greatest NFL painting ever!
The painting will be unveiled during Super Bowl week Thursday, Jan. 29th between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Calvin Charles Gallery is located on 4201 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Arizona 85251.
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition
Just in time for the Pro Bowl and NFL's Biggest Game, Arizona Science Center is exhibiting some of the most iconic football artifacts of all time in Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gridiron Glory is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibit ever done on America's most popular sport. The 5,000 square foot exhibition features some of the rarest historical artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame's collection and captures the essence of the Hall of Fame experience.
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a production of Pro Football Exhibits, LLC., presented locally by JPMorgan Chase, APS, and located in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries. The traveling exhibition is located in the Sybil B. Harrington Gallery on Level 3 of Arizona Science Center. The exhibition will be open to the public between Jan. 24, 2015 and May 3, 2015. Tickets are $12 plus general admission for adults, seniors, and children. Arizona Science Center members are able to enter for $8 per person.
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 www.drartmollen.com.
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 www.azhumane.org.
ANIMAL PLANET’S PUPPY BOWL IS HEADING TO PHOENIX
Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL CAFÉ offers a daily dose of cuteness with a live replica of the most anticipated canine event of the year, PUPPY BOWL.
The PUPPY BOWL CAFÉ opens each day at 6:30 a.m. for food and beverage.
Puppies hit the field every day at 10 a.m. beginning on Thursday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 1.
You can see them in person at Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003.
Puppies will then be available for adoption Sunday at 3 p.m. at AHS’ Campus for Compassion, located at 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. in Phoenix.
You can also view Animal Planet’s live stream at www.apl.tv.
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Chef Dad's Baked Buffalo Wings
4 lbs. chicken wings and/or drumettes (thawed*)
1 stick salted butter
1 cup hot sauce (preferably Franks® brand)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. Kosher salt
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. pepper
Blue Cheese or ranch dressing for dipping sauce (optional)
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees with your oven rack in the second position from the top. If making more than one rack of wings at a time, use the "convection" setting of your oven and make the temp 350 degrees instead.
2) Rinse thawed chicken with cold water then pat dry with paper towels. In a large bowl, combine wings with olive oil and toss then sprinkle on the salt, chili powder and pepper. Toss again to coat.
3) You'll need a baking pan lined with foil that has a baking rack to set your chicken wings on so the fat can drain away while baking. Spray your baking rack with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Spread wings across the rack so they don't crowd each other and bake evenly. Put in the oven for 30 minutes.
4) While the wings are baking, melt your butter and hot sauce together in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for just one minute and stir well to combine. Turn off heat and cover until wings are finished cooking.
5) After wings have baked for 30 minutes, check to see if they are nicely browned. If not, let them go another 5-10 minutes.
6) Remove from oven then put the wings in a large, clean bowl. Pour just enough sauce to coat the cooked wings and toss together then serve. Save excess sauce for other batches you may be making.
*Some stores sell fresh/thawed chicken wings in their meat department, but most have them only available in the freezer section. Four pounds of wings will only feed 5-6 people, so plan accordingly. If you buy them frozen, you can thaw then quickly by taking them out of the bag and putting them in a large bowl of tap water for about 30 minutes. Don't use hot water, just room temp tap water. Just remember to dry them off with paper towels before adding the oil and seasonings.
Cook's Note: You can double or triple this recipe if you're cooking for a big group, but make sure you don't overcrowd the baking rack. Otherwise, the chicken won't cook thoroughly and brown well. Just throw another batch in after the first one comes out. Finally, if your chicken starts browning early, take them out of the oven and turn wings over then put back in the oven.
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We get a rundown on the Valley's hottest jobs from Ryan Naylor with www.localwork.com.
Hot Industry: Call center (Don't rule out call centers; they also hire for highly professional, well-paid jobs, too!)
Companies: Hypertec Direct, International Cruise and Excursions, First American Home Buyers Protection, Direct Energy, Progrexion and Revana.
Hot Job: Tech support/engineering
Companies Hiring: Infusionsoft, Concentrix, Jewish Family & Children's Services, SiteLock
Compensation: Depends on experience
Hot Company: Blue Sky Pest Control
Positions: Pest Control Technician, Commercial Sales Professional
3 Ways To Make Sure a New Job is a Fit For YOU - Courtesy of LocalWork.com
1- The company's communication style should matches yours -- if your communication style isn't consistent with the organization you're thinking about joining, it may become frustrating to work there.
2- You should share the same values -- it becomes much more enjoyable to work for an organization if you have similar missions regarding how you want to affect positive change in the community.
3- You need to enjoy the corporate environment -- if you're a fun, enthusiastic individual and the environment is "stuffy" or vice versa, you won't look forward to going to work every day