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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to US Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., and to Gila River Arena in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 "Washington Generals' Revenge" Tour.
Valentine's Day Deals from the Deals Diva
- Take your Valentine out for coffee at Chick Fil A. You can get a cup of hot or iced coffee for free every single day in February, no purchase necessary. This deal is good all day long.
- Fifty Shades of Grey is coming out just in time for Valentine's Day and you can save on tickets. Head to www.dealsinaz.com to pick them up for just $5 each at Studio Movie Grill in Scottsdale. These are good anytime except Friday and Saturday after 5. Valentine's Day you could catch a matinee.
- A great place for everything Valentine's Day is Oriental Trading Company. You can get free shipping on any size order through Wednesday night with a code on the site. You could get 25 dipped Valentine fortune cookies for $6.78, usually $10.99 or get a dozen red foil-wrapped chocolate roses for $7.98, usually $10.50.
- Flowers are always appreciated on Valentine's Day, $40 to spend at FTD.com for $20 or $30 to spend at Proflowers.com for $15.
- Get a Heartbaker heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's for just $8.
Valentine's Day Gifts
Lady O's collection contains a patent pending design using pressed flowers infused in vinyl. Such a perfect splurge gift for her, because these flowers will never wilt and they are inside many woman's favorite accessory, her shoes: $338.
Olive & Cocoa also offers a chic crate for the chocolate lover called of course SWAK - sealed with a kiss! Two full pounds of festive foil wrapped milk chocolate lips come gift wrapped with ribbon for $44. Olive & Cocoa also has a fresh take on champagne consumption - check out these delicate glass champagne flutes! They are both chic and sensible. This set of six 8 ounce flutes is adorned with dots, swirls and stripes. They also make beautiful bud vases. $78 for 6 www.oliveandcocoa.com
Fuzz Therapy-Give your Valentine the gift of love with a beautiful gift set from Fuzz Therapy. The "With Love" basket includes sweet caramels, a wonderful book about love, a box of love quote cards, a "You Hold the Key to My Heart Forever" card complete with a limited edition, hand-forged key and to top it off the softest, fuzziest teddy bear! www.sendfuzz.com
For him - how about some swank socks with a sweet philosophy: "buy one - give one!" For every pair of socks purchased, Mitscoots gives an equal quality pair to someone in need. Mitscoots socks aren't just good looking, they also last a long time because they're designed for folks who need to wear the same pair of socks for days on end. Starting at $10.99; www.mitscoots.com
Beautiful things on a budget at KarmaGifts.com These boho-chic, affordable accessories will really put a smile on her face. They're great for mixing and matching, so you can keep adding to your collection with purses, scarves, flip flops and so much more! Feel great about spreading the love - Karma Gifts donates a portion of each sale to those in need. www.karmagifts.com
Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the second year in a row, chefs from some of the state's most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies - Do-Si-Dos, Samoas Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and new flavor Rah Rah Raisins - into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 28, 2015, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the transformation of the local Council's Camp Sombrero to a Leadership Center for Girls and Women.
Banana Trefoil Puddin'
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups milk
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter
3 medium bananas, sliced
1 box of Trefoils (girl scout cookies)
For the meringue topping, optional:
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar
Mix together sugar and cornstarch and slowly add milk. This should be cooked in the top of a double boiler, but you can cook it over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens--do not leave it unattended. Slightly beat egg yolks and temper with a small amount of the hot custard; stir well. Add egg mixture to custard pot and cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter. Let cool. In a 9 by 9-inch oven proof baking dish, alternate pudding, bananas, and trefoils, beginning with pudding and ending with pudding. Add topping, if desired, use additional trefoils on the side if you wish to dip into the puddin.'
For the meringue topping (if using): Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar until stiff peaks form, then spread onto top of pudding mixture. Bake until golden brown.
National Geographic Explorers
The 2014-15 National Geographic Live Arizona Speaker Series sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, brings veteran climbers Mike Libecki and Cory Richards to Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ikeda Theater. Libecki and Richards will take audiences on an epic ten-day climb to the summit of Bertha's Tower, a never-before-climbed, 2,000-foot spire in Antarctica's remote Wohlthat Range. "The time is now. Why ration passion?" - Mike Libecki. Tickets are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.
Feb. 4, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Ikeda | $26-$40
Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
USO's 74th Birthday
February 4 is the USO's 74th birthday and children from the YMCA will be delivering about 100 thank you notes to be posted in the Sky Harbor USO facility. The YMCA was one of six nonprofit organizations that initially formed the USO in 1941, and wanted to continue that support for our troops by celebrating the birthday this year. The notes are meant to uplift soldiers as they pass through the USO seeking rest and a place to unwind during their travels.
ASU's National Signing Day
It's National Signing Day! When high school seniors can sign their national letters of intent, and Arizona State hopes to finish off its 2015 recruiting class -- currently rated among the Top 25 nationally -- on a high note. The Sun Devils have 19 known commitments and remain in the hunt for several more. (not sure if they are still currently on the hunt) On Monday, the Arizona State football program added two members to its 2015 recruiting class....Four-star linebacker JayJay Wilson confirmed his commitment to ASU Monday night via Twitter, and it came after 3-star cornerback Kareem Orr gave his commitment to the now-21-player class. Coach Todd Graham's class ranked No. 25 heading into Monday but with the two additions moved up Scout.com's team rankings to No. 18.