Wednesday, April 1

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Food City grand reopening

No April Fool's joke here! Food City is having a grand reopening with its newly-remodeled store at 27th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix today, April 1.

Shoppers are invited to the store to grocery shop, enjoy food samples, and have an opportunity to win big prizes. The first 300 customers at the store on Wednesday will receive a free reusable bag filled with goodies.

Food City will randomly give away grocery gift cards and prizes, which include cameras, concert tickets and more.

Shoppers can taste food samples throughout the store and enjoy live Mariachi performances from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Additionally, guests can enjoy Ballet Folklorico dancers.

For more information, visit myfoodcity.com.

Inspired Soles

Check out 70 funky locally designed stilettos at the fourth annual "Inspired Soles" art show and auction.

More than 70 participating artists and designers have volunteered their time and talent to creating unique works of art using a black stiletto as their canvas. The result is stilettos as you've never seen them before.

These one-of-a-kind pieces will be sold to the highest bidders in a silent auction that takes place this Thursday, April 2 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Luhrs Tower City Center.

The shoes will remain on display through First Friday on April 3.

Proceeds from the event benefit Artlink Phoenix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, businesses and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote a thriving arts community in central Phoenix.

For more information, visit 6thAvenueGallery.com.

Luhrs Tower City Center
11 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix

Holocaust-era rail car

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) is using a powerful artifact to connect students with an important part of history.

The Pecos Campus will have a Holocaust-era rail car from Macedonia. The 11-ton, 33-foot-long rail car is the type and kind that Nazi Germany used to transport Holocaust victims to labor and death camps during World War II.

In addition to the rail car, attendees can also view the exhibit, “Then They Came for Us...A Revolutionary Exhibit” which includes photos from the Holocaust, the Civil Rights movement and the treatment of Blacks in Europe.

This is the first time the rail car has been put on display at a college in Arizona and the event is open to the public.

The exhibit is on display in the college library until April 3rd.

Pecos Campus
2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler, AZ 85225

24 Carrots Natural Cafe & Urban Juicery

A local vegan eatery shows off two ways to celebrate spring and Easter with vegan and gluten-free desserts. 24 Carrots shares the recipe on how to make a carrot cake smoothie and avocado truffles:

Carrot cake smoothie:

8 oz carrot juice

2 oz coconut milk

1/4 cup favorite granola

1/4 tsp mix of favorite spices (we use our house chai mix, but a blend of ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon would be perfect)

1/3 cup cooked, cooled sweet potato

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup frozen banana

3-4 dates

Purée all of this deliciousness together and enjoy with actual carrot cake!

Avocado truffles:

1 medium avocado

1.5 cup dark chocolate chips or bar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

A pinch of coffee, optional

2 tablespoons cocoa powder, for rolling

Can also use sprinkles for decoration!

Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. Mash avocado till smooth & then stir it into the melted chocolate mixture along with vanilla, coconut oil and optional coffee. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch.

Scoop, shape and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper- take egg shaped truffles and roll in sprinkles, cocoa powder or anything other delicious decorative flair!

24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery
1701 E. Guadalupe Road
www.24carrotsjuice.com

Gilbert playgrounds

Gilbert Parks and Recreation needs your help in deciding which designs to choose for seven new playgrounds to be constructed in local parks. Residents now have the opportunity to look at the proposed designs and vote for their favorite in an online poll at gilbertaz.gov/projectplayground.

Gilbert Parks and Recreation will be hosting open house meetings at the Gilbert Community Center in the Oak Room at 130 N. Oak St. See below for meeting times and dates.

Wednesday, April 1st:
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Oak Tree Park
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.: Veterans Park
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Village II Park

Thursday, April 2nd:
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Vista Allegre Park
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.: Freestone Ballpark
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Crossroads Park

Saint Xavier's

Construction crews are nearing completion on the four-story, 90,000-square-foot Saint Xavier University-Arizona as one of the centerpieces to Gilbert's growing and historic downtown Heritage District.

Saint Xavier opened a recruitment office in Gilbert, a milestone in the 169-year-old Catholic university's expansion plans. When the campus opens in the fall, it will be Gilbert's first university and Saint Xavier's first comprehensive educational initiative outside of Chicago.

For additional information about Saint Xavier's recruitment center on 119 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 102, and the school's programs, contact the office of admissions at (844) 468-6798 or email admission@sxu.edu.

Wallace & Ladmo Foundation

The kick-off announcing the creation of the Wallace and Ladmo Foundation and statue will be at 10 a.m. today, April 1 at First Studio, the birthplace of the Wallace and Ladmo Show.

The Wallace and Ladmo Foundation will offer financial support and recognition to Arizona kids pursuing a career in the varied avenues of the performing arts. In honor of the show's 36-year run, the Wallace and Ladmo Foundation has commissioned Arizona native and respected sculptor, Neil Logan, to produce a life-size sculpture of Wallace, Ladmo and Gerald to be placed on the grounds of the Herberger Theater as a gift to the City and State.

For more information about the Wallace and Ladmo Foundation, visit WallaceAndLadmoFoundation.org, visit their Facebook page, or call 602-525-0527.

First Studio
631 N. 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003