Thursday, Dec. 10

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Empereon-Constar Hosts Job Fair December 10th

Empereon-Constar is partnering with the City of Phoenix: Phoenix Workforce Connection, Maricopa Skill Center, GateWay Community College, and Goodwill Industries to host a Job Fair for positions at their Phoenix call center.  The event will be held on Thursday, December 10, from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., at the Maricopa Skill Center NW Campus. 

Empereon-Constar is seeking qualified candidates to fill positions including customer service, customer care, lite collections, tech support, and back office support.  We have 200 immediate job openings and job offers will be made on the spot.  Candidates of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend to fill a wide range of full-time positions from entry-level to management.

Thursday, December 10, from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. 
Maricopa Skill Center NW Campus 
2931 W. Bell Rd. 
Phoenix, AZ 85053

Applicants are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and dress appropriately for a job interview.  Individuals who would like to apply for a position, but are unable to attend the job fair may apply online at:

Arizona Dentists Deliver Free Care to Thousands of Patients

The Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation (CADSF) is hosting its 4th annual Dental Mission of Mercy event at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds Dec 11th-12th, bringing together hundreds of dental professionals who will provide free care to adults and children.

The Coliseum floor will be transformed into a clinic with more than 100 portable dental units staffed by nearly 1,500 volunteer dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, assistants and lay people.  Approximately $2 million in free care is expected to be delivered to over 2,000 patients on a first-come, first served basis during the two-day period.  Patients are advised to arrive early. Doors to the clinic will open at 6:00 am.  Treatment will be performed both days from 6:00 am till 6:00 pm.

As in past years, the emphasis will be on relieving pain and infection.  Dental services such as fillings, extractions, cleanings, as well as limited lab work - including dentures will be provided to both adults and children of all ages. All patients will undergo a limited medical screening and those who have medically compromised conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes or severe disabilities may not be able to be treated in this setting, and will be referred to other community resources.

For more information visit:

Veteran's Memorial Coliseum
Arizona State Fairgrounds 
1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 252-6771
McDowell & 19th Ave. 

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy

Contact Dave at, or visit

Stay up and Sleep well for the Holidays

Lindsay Hunt is a Certified Integrative Health Coach gives us tips on how to keep awake and not be tired and how to get plenty of rest and sleep during these holidays.

To keep awake:

1.  Eat for energy! Food is fuel. Keep these foods in your daily diet to stay energized throughout the day; coconut oil,chia seeds,and green leafy vegetables.

2.  Balance your blood sugar levels through the day. By balancing your meals and snacks with a healthy carb, protein and fat your blood sugar will remain      stable and you will not crash at 3PM.

3.  Exercise and movement is important to refresh and wake yourself up. Get up and stretch or take a walk.

4.  Vitamins and supplements such as B12 (the energy vitamin) and D3 (sunlight) are great energy boosters!

5.  Choose water or tea before caffeine dehydration zaps energy which is why you want to constantly hydrate!

Before you sleep:

1.         A bed time snack 30 min. before bed can help you sleep more soundly.

2.         Read a fun/light book, journal, write out to-do's to distress before sleep

3.         Dim lights 30 min before bed ... keep electronics out of bed

4.         Lavender essential oil and chamomile tea before bed

5.         Natural Cam Magnesium calm Magnesium is a supplement many are deficient in and supports sleep!

Lindsay Hunt is a Certified Integrative Health Coach in Scottsdale, AZ. She is dedicated in helping people make healthy lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results. You can work with Lindsay from anywhere as she offers virtual health coaching programs. For more information, visit or follow her on

Lindsay E. Hunt, CHC, CPT
Certified Health Coach & Certified Personal Trainer
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Avoid Being Taken For a Ride Valley Mechanics Offer Holiday Car Shopping Tips

If a used car for a family member is on your holiday shopping list, your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) want to make sure you don't get taken for a ride.

Inspect before you buy:

Even a savvy shopper is unable to perform a thorough inspection on his or her own.

A certified mechanic can explain what will be examined and how the inspection is performed.

Ideally, you want to take the car to a shop so it can be put on a lift and inspected for leaks but a mobile inspection (where mechanic comes to the car's location) is always better than no inspection.

-An inspection can take over an hour and cost about $100

-Benefits of a certified mechanic inspection

-Confirms the condition and equipment

-Reveals frame damage and poor bodywork

-Finds codes that reveal engine problems

NARPRO also provides 3 TV viewers with a download checklist to help make your inspection easier:

The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.

15 days till Christmas and if you're stumped about some of the friends and family on your list we’ve got some fabulously unique ideas!

Valery Lodato, Lifestyle guru gives us ideas to shopping ideas for the Holidays. Let's start with the hardest to shop for.

Tough to Shop for Tweens/BFFs/Teachers: We couldn't be crazier for Rolf Bleu's affordable collection. It appeals to girls and women of all ages! From  a Chanel bag inspired phone and tech case for your BFF, fave teacher, babysitter or tween, to girl's bracelets (a top seller at Nordstrom's) to sweet, cozy beanies and fun totes  we love it all! Rolf Bleu is dedicated to designing & manufacturing fashion forward products that deliver positive messaging, such as "Live Well. Be Kind." Best part -- Rolf Bleu won't set you back a ton of money. Items range from $12 to $48. Sold at retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Check it out:

MLB Love: For boys and men who love baseball, MLB licensed art!  Minimalist stadium art posters make great collectables for sports fans and S Preston Designs has released a new collection of modern sports art with a fresh perspective! Preston's most popular collection is the Minimalist Ballpark Series, in which he focuses on one key feature of your favorite MLB ballpark. For Chase Field, the highlight is of course the pool. Available in many sizes at: 

Passion Meets Fashion! For the fashionable female sports lover in your life  a gift to make a statement while cheering on her team! Cuce' Shoes (coo-cheh)  offers chic, cruelty-free footwear that allows fashionistas to sport their team logos on wedges, sandals, pumps and boots. Almost every pro and college team is available: NFL, NHL, NBA and NCAA. They are comfy and you will score big with the compliments. Cuce' also has sexy fleece and crystal coated team tops! 

Pillow Talk For the mom/pet mom who has it all, we love Uptown Artworks custom pillows! These plush pillows are designed with your pet's silhouette or picture or your family info. You get to choose the fabric color and every other detail, down to the color of the dog collar! The pillows are made with eco-friendly natural linen and cotton. For every custom pet pillow sold through the holiday season, Uptown Artworks donates 15% to North Shore Animal League America a no-kill rescue and adoption organization.

Pamper Him: Just in time for the holidays, Jack Black men's grooming line is out with gift sets for the man who wants to put his best face forward. Featuring three of the brand's most popular products all in luxury sizes - the About Face trio exfoliates, conditions, and moisturizes for a gift that will keep on giving. No wrapping necessary, the collection is complete with a giftable tote, which features hand-drawn illustrations for Jack Black's 15th Anniversary. Jack Black also has a pack to give the gift of smooth moisturized lips! The Balm Squad is going to the "vault" for the company's 15th anniversary and bringing back three of the most coveted lip balm flavors for this holiday season. Selected on social media - these fan favorites are packaged in a festive box. There's Mango & Mandarin; Natural Mint & Vanilla; Asian Pear & White Tea and Natural Mint & Shea Butter. Great stocking stuffer!  Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, UTLA Beauty, and 

Gems for Good: Love jewelry and helping with an important local cause? The Shine Project is a cause driven Phoenix business that's changing the future of at-risk youth. The Shine Project employs and teaches inner city youth to make beautiful jewelry in exchange for scholarship money. At its headquarters in downtown Phoenix, every day after school, you'll find students busy making the jewelry that will change their future.  Most Shine Project employees are first generation college students --100% of the proceeds from the jewelry purchased from the Shine Project goes directly to students. Choose from stylish stackable bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings and more at:

Since 2011, the Shine Project has given more than 40 college scholarships to Phoenix inner city youth.

Mommy Bling: Jewelry for the new mama in your life GUMEEZ has 100% medical grade silicone jewelry for mom to wear and baby to safely teeth on. Made of the same material used in pacifiers and bottle nipples, this collection is non-toxic - BPA & lead free. It's also washable and dishwasher safe. Find the whole line on Amazon:

Funky Holiday Sweaters & Dresses Finally - the latest offerings from Festified! Keeping you toasty warm and festive through the holidays, Festified will have your entire family (even Rover!) dressed for seasonal success! You can mix, mingle and jingle this season while rockin' your favorite matching holiday print - perfect for any tacky holiday parties you may be attending or just lounging around on a chilly winter's night! $30 and up.

Pizzelle Pasteries

We learn how to make the delicious and popular flat, round cookie called Pizzelle's, which is perfect for the Holiday season, with expert and owner of Pizelle Pastries, Leslie Van Valkeberg. She makes 52 different flavors of Pizelle's and sells them at the Mesa Marketplace every Friday, Sat and Sunday. She's a regular vendor and people have come to love her cookies, which are diabetic-friendly. Leslie says 40-percent of her client-base is diabetic so she makes her cookies with no butter, no salt and no dairy. Plus, her cookies are only 35-50 calories each. She says she also has gluten free varieties.


For more information visit her Facebook page:

Get Your PHX and Phoenix Public Market present 6th Annual Phoestivus Market

Phoestivus at the Phoenix Public Market will be returning once again for two fun evenings of holiday cheer on Thursday, December 10 and 17, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 721 N Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix. The event is hosted by Get Your PHX and the Phoenix Public Market, a program of Community Food Connections. The title sponsor for Phoestivus 2015 is Melinda's Alley.

Shop local at Phoestivus this Holiday Season when selecting holiday gifts or preparing holiday meals! Attendees will have the opportunity to shop over 130 local vendors, showcasing a unique variety of locally grown, produced and prepared foods as well as hand-crafted gift items, jewelry and holiday decorations made by local artisans.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy dinner from our vendors and food trucks. Make a toast to the holidays with beer, cider and cocktails from the Phoenix Public Market Café and the always-popular Phoestivus Ale from Phoenix Ale Brewery.    

The event will also feature the World's Largest Phoestivus Pole ("as far as we know"), Pheats of Strength, Airing of Grievances, Arizona Storytellers, vendor raffle, holiday entertainment, and much more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Phoenix Public Market, a program of Community Food Connections, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Look for Phoestivus Ale at your favorite bars around town during the holiday season. Snap a photo, tag us at @phoestivus, and be entered to win our raffle!

For more information on Phoestivus, visit or the event page on Facebook:

Thursday, December 10 and 17, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
721 N Central Avenue 
Downtown Phoenix.