Friday, Oct 2

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GMAZ Links Oct. 2

Maricopa County Home and Landscape show

The Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show is back October 2 - 4 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds! With temperatures cooling down and backyard bashes in full swing, attendees will be inspired home, landscape and DIY seminars, gardening 101 and tips and tricks from HGVT's landscape expert Chris Lambton. 

October 2-4, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COST: Admission is $5 daily for adults, kids ages 3-12 are $2. Children 2 and under are free. Current members of the military will receive free admission with valid military identification all three days. If your birthday is in the month of October, show ID at the gate for free admission. Sign up for discount tickets at There is onsite parking for a fee, a large food court and ATMs onsite for your convenience

Price: $2 - $5 
Admission is $5 daily for adults, kids ages 3-12 are $2. Children 2 and under are free. 

The Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85007
For more information call 602-485-1691 or visit Follow them on Facebook at

Bend It

From simple home fixes to gardens, sculptures, furniture and even creative walkways, PVC BendIt is giving attendees a chance to bend their own PVC pipe while offering tons of inspiration for creative ways to use PVC pipes to add unique personality to your home and garden.  Tony Roberts the owner of PVC Bendit works. He demonstrates how you can heat up and bend the PVC. You can use the PVC in just about anything from home improvements to arts and crafts.

You can see more of this at the Maricopa County Home and Garden show this weekend at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.

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SanTan Oktoberfest
This Saturday Oct 3rd: Beer, Brats & Bands at SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest in Downtown Chandler Featuring Matisyahu and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. Gates open at 3 p.m. and that's when the fall festivities will begin! 

This year, the festival is heading across the street to the east side of the Dr. AJ Chandler Park where the City of Chandler recently installed a new permanent entertainment stage. Matisyahu is set to headline the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest, featuring Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers performing live. 

Other highlights include a beer pong tournament, bag toss, the buddy carry, wiener dog races, keg stacking, tricycle races and a brat eating contest. Brats, pretzels, schnitzel and more! This year's Oktoberfest will feature a variety of delicious treats from Brat Haus, Fabio on Fire, Montana Bar-B-Q, Fry Bread Inc, SanTan Brewing Company, Elmer's Tacos, and the San Francisco Chocolate Factory. 

Here's the official event schedule:
3 p.m.        Gates Open
3 p.m.        Polka Band
3:30 p.m. Let the "Beer Games" Begin!
Beer pong, bag toss, stein races, keg stacking, buddy carry, giant flip cup, wiener dog races, and the Global Bikes tricycle races 
6 p.m.        Good Rust
7:15 p.m. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
7 p.m.        Von Hanson's Brat Eating Contest
9:30 p.m. Matisyahu

No Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without beer! The SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest will feature a Bavarian-style beer garden where thirsty patrons will enjoy SanTan's Oktoberfest lager. Oktoberfest is a traditional German lager boasting a toasty strong malt profile with a clean and crisp lager flavor, ABV 5.5%. SanTan will also pour their core beers and other seasonal offerings. Look for the rare beer garden featuring many small batch and aged brews.

Presale general admission tickets are on sale now for $12 online at SanTan Brewing Company or online at All valley Bashas' locations have general admission tickets on sale now for $10. Kids 12 and under are admitted for free with a paid adult. Day of general admission will be $15. 

A portion of the proceeds from the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the homeless, low income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.  For more information about St. Joseph the Worker, visit

For more information on SanTan Brewery

Nick's Menswear

Nick's Menswear
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226
Store Phone: 480-857-7931

3 Locations  Chandler Fashion Center, Arrowhead Towne Center, Arizona Mills 

School Crisis Plan

After yesterday's tragic deaths at the small college in Oregon, how can we handle these situations better with schools locally. Mike Bradley, a local education crisis plan expert can discuss how schools can protect their students in case of an emergency. He will give us concrete advice. Mike is the CEO of ECD Systems, a company that provides security technology to local schools, primarily elementary and high schools, along with a providing schools with a plan of action to escape in emergency situations.

1. What can local schools do to prevent these type of situations? 
2. What kind of technology and crisis plans can local schools have in place for these emergency cases? 
3. Besides implementing the latest technology in schools,  Schools can placesecurity gates in place or having a means to block out windows and doors or in the class room, etc. 
4. Ask if your child's school has a crisis plan in place?

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Toy Tester

This is the eighth annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. The Toy Test is a nationwide event conducted by children at select Goddard Schools. Toy manufacturers from across the country submit their products for the children to test. (The children range in age from infants to six years old.) The Toy Test provides an exciting opportunity for The Goddard School to help families identify fun educational toys for their children for the upcoming gift-giving season.

The toys are tested at age-appropriate levels. The toy manufacturers submit toys for children from infant through kindergarten age, and we distribute them accordingly in our classrooms. The teachers monitor the children's play and ask open-ended questions to encourage their feedback. Once the children have had an opportunity to play with the toys, the teachers will ask the children to identify their favorites and to tell them why they enjoyed the toys. In the younger children's classrooms, the decision is a little more subjective. The teachers encourage the children to play with the toys and then watch as children reach for them and monitor how long the toy maintains each child's interest.

A 'good' toy encourages children to use their senses while playing and learning. Toys and activities should pique a child's interest, invite him or her to explore, provide tactile sensation, perhaps encourage interaction with other children and provide a level of satisfaction through play. Popular toys in the past have included building blocks, oversized puzzles and drawing sets.

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The Goddard School located in Scottsdale, AZ
13940 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 451-5512