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Marine Mural
This coming Thursday, September 10th is the start of Marine week in the valley.  Starting today, five Marines will paint a mural at the Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library. These Marines are combat illustrators and they will show their talent from 8 am to 5 pm all day Sept 7th -11th. The mural will be unveiled on Saturday, September 12th from noon to 3 pm. 
The public is invited to watch these artists paint a mural of iconic Arizona images as well Marine week themes.
Scottsdale Civic Center Public Library, Scottsdale 
Address: 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Wet and Wild Labor Day
Looking for something to do with the kids this Labor Day.... how about some Wet 'n' Wild fun.... they've got deals today for free admission for heroes, first responders and military, and half off discounts for military family's their "Salute To Heroes" weekend.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5-7, veterans, members of the active U.S. military as well as first responders (active duty police, fire and EMT) can enjoy a day of fun at Arizona's largest water park for FREE. Additionally, up to six immediate family members will receive half off admission - $19.99 plus tax during this special weekend. 

- One free admission per ID per day
- All tickets must be used on day of distribution only
- Must have a valid government issued ID or badge

The park is open for additional holiday hours from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, September 7th and then will reopen each Saturday and Sunday until October 18th.
Wet n Wild
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Glendale, AZ 85310
Pinnacle Peak & 43rd Avenue

Money 101

It is never too early to start teaching your kids about the value of a dollar. However, can you teach your child good money habits? Nancy Tengler from the Arizona Bank & Trust says you should start teaching your child by the second grade to start learning the difference between the "needs" and "wants."

Start your kids young in understanding that money is a tool. For example, at second-grade level, children learn differences between needs and wants, costs and benefits of personal saving.

Open a savings account with your kids at Arizona Bank & Trust. The bank has a kid's "Passbook" program which allows them to track their interest earnings, withdrawals and deposits.

At the seventh-grade level, students learn the different types of personal investments such as stocks and bonds. 
At high school level, they learn the advantages and disadvantages of using various forms of credit as well as credit score .

Talk about money with your children. For example, in order to purchase this item, parents need to work 10 extra hours. The brand name costs $10 more than the generic name for the same product. If you want to purchase this, there isn't money for that. Talk to them about choices, that every choice has a cost. Children model after parents' behavior. Set model examples of saving, budgeting and spending behavior. 

Adults respond to incentives, so do children. For example, by matching your children's savings or paying an interest on their saving, you give them incentives to develop good money behavior early on. Paying your children reasonably for productive work can teach them that money must be earned. They are not entitled to money. 

Arizona Bank & Trust
Camelback Banking Center 
2036 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Alcohol Metabolism

It's Labor Day, people are enjoy the day with a barbecue and they may have an alcoholic beverage. But did you know one drink might have 800 calories and another just 250?

Your body has to work much harder to metabolize alcohol and by doing so, your fat metabolism slows down significantly. That is just part of the equation, the other being what is in your drink.

Dr. Robb Bird lists some drinks with their calorie intake:

1. Margaritas: Margaritas are made with tequila, triple sec and often sugar-laden frozen limeade concentrate. A sugary margarita can weigh in at 800 calories.  

2. Mojitos: Mojitos are made of sugar, lime juice, rum and club soda. The sugar is another culprit here for this 250-calorie drink.  

3. Daiquiris: Frozen daiquiris are like a 250-calorie dessert. They are often made with both Schnapps and rum, lime juice, sugar and fruit.

4. Pina coladas: If you like pina coladas, watch out. The rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut drink can contain up to 650 calories.

5. Sangria: Sangria is another summer crowd pleaser. While a traditional sangria can have only 150 calories and 16 grams of sugar, if you add in a lot of fruit juice, you can be lopping on an additional 60 calories and 12 grams of sugar.

6. Beer: A cooler full of beers is often poolside. On average, one beer contains about 150 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates. However most people consume way more than one beer. If you have six beers that is more than 900 calories and close to 80 grams of carbs.

7. Shots: If you are even thinking of doing shots, remember, moderation is key, especially on a holiday where many will overindulge. Studies show that regular binge drinking can lead to obesity.

TransformYou Weight Loss Clinic
4025 S. McClintock Drive, Suite #210
Tempe, AZ 85282 
Office: (480) 839-4131