Friday, Dec. 18

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ADC Correctional Officer Job Recruitment Fair

The Arizona Department of Corrections will host a job recruitment fair/information session on Friday, December 18. The Department is looking to hire more than 400 Correctional Officers for positions throughout the state.

The event will be held in Pinal County at the ResCare location at 555 W. Main Avenue, Casa Grande, AZ 85122 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Recruiters will be on hand to provide more information about a career in corrections and to accept applications.

More information regarding the application process for becoming an ADC Correctional Officer can be found on the Department website: https://corrections.az.gov/employment 

ResCare location 
555 W. Main Avenue
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Two new mobile APPS that could really boost your business, your online "brand" and even help you with those awkward moments at holiday parties

PR expert Mark Macias who developed two apps: the Publicity App is the ultiamte PR Playbook and Blush No More explains how these apps work.

The Publicity App is the ultimate PR Playbook that guides you through the narrative and story generation process. It walks you through the different steps required for launching any publicity campaign and details strategies for the different types of PR goals, including: 1) Launching a Startup 2) Generating Revenue 3) Publicizing an Event 4) Establishing Credibility 5) Building an Online Presence 6) and Managing a Communications Crisis. 

The free mobile app, Blush No More, is a conversation cheat sheet that can make even the most boring accountant sound interesting. It provides personalized conversation starters based on where and what you are doing.

Blush No More consists of thought-provoking and fun questions based on a location or situation. These questions move your conversation forward.

Glance at your phone, and suddenly, you have material for the next person you meet. Just ask these questions and listen to how they drive interesting topics that will make others want to know more about you.

At a networking event: "What's your superpower over your competitors?"
At a dinner party: "If you could trade places with anyone at this table, where would you want to sit?"
At the water cooler: "If we slipped vodka into this water cooler, who do you think would start acting tipsy first?"
At a political fundraiser: "What do you think your scandal would be if you were a politician?

The mobile app also provides tips on how to move these questions forward. And when you're in the conversation and want to take it to the next level, the app provides gimmicks that give more depth to any conversation. 

Not sure if the other person is interested? The app contains a visual guide to help users read anyone's body language. Just compare the person's posture to the photos in the app, and read what it suggests.
Just make sure you're discreet when using this cheat sheet. No one wants to be in those awkward silent moments when you run out of things to say. Blush No More is your cheat sheet to conversation. 

These apps can be found on the app store for iphone and the google play for android.

Top Holiday Hazards for Kids in 2015

HonorHealth is looking to keep kids and homes safe this holiday season by providing some of the latest tips on toys and holiday decorations this season. Julie Johns, DO, and medical director of HonorHealth's 24/7 Children's Emergency Center is here to talk about what to look for and be mindful of.

Hover boards
The hit film, Back to The Future, set in 2015, sparked the idea of hover boards as the new means of transportation. One company brought the invention to fruition, but not without some safety hazards. To date, there has already been a handful of accidents  including one in which the brand-new gadget caught fire, exploded, and burned down a house in Louisiana  it's now one of the season's most dangerous toys of 2015. Injuries can include:
-    tearing ligaments of knees, legs and feet
-    face and head injuries, as the boards make you lean forward, which have led to face first     accidents to the pavement
-    broken wrists and arms, because naturally your instincts tell you catch yourself as you fall with your arms and hands.
-    Defective hover boards can explode causing burn injuries and even cause trauma to the head and neck
Button Batteries
To children, these batteries are small and shaped like candy, which are appealing to put in their mouths. Even if you did your homework and stayed away from toys with button or watch batteries, you may not realize that hearing aids, key chains, flashing shoes and even some of those holiday greeting cards with music also contain these deadly hazards.
When a battery is swallowed, it generates a small electric current, which burns the tissue next to it.   
-    An experiment showed that a button battery will burn straight through deli meat after only 2 hours.
-    In some cases, a swallowed battery is small enough that it can pass through the system (with careful medical monitoring). 
-    In others, the battery becomes lodged (often in the esophagus).
-    As soon as the battery is lodged against tissue, the electrical current starts. Tissues are seriously damaged.  Resulting injuries have required surgeries, feeding tubes, respiratory tubes, and home nursing care.
-    There are several possible routes of injury, and a few ways that a swallowed battery can become fatal.
Magnet Toys

Refrigerator magnets and other magnetic toys can provide a fun, educational experience for many young children. However, loose magnets and magnetic toys designed for adults can cause serious injuries and lifelong impacts for children and teens.

In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was successful in advocating for new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards for children's products and toys that contain magnets. These new standards help keep children safe by ensuring that magnets in children's products will not fall out or become dislodged. This decreases the risk of loose magnets being swallowed by young children.  

Unfortunately, the new safety standards only apply to children's products. Many magnets are found in products designed for adult use. Recently, children have been injured as a result of swallowing small, round magnets marketed as "stress relief" desk toys for adults. 
Use the tips below to protect your children from the dangers of magnets:
-    Keep products with small or loose magnets away from young children who might swallow them.
-    Closely monitor loose magnets and other magnetic products to ensure children do not swallow them.
-    Avoid purchasing magnets sold in sets of 100 or more, as it is difficult to recognize if a few magnets have gone missing.
-    Talk to your older children and teens about the serious dangers associated with using magnets as fake piercings in their mouths or noses.
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Know the symptoms of magnet ingestion:

-    Children who have ingested magnets may have abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever. Because these symptoms are common in children and not usually caused by ingested objects, the true cause may not be suspected right away.
-    Delaying treatment can lead to severe injuries to the stomach, intestines, and digestive tract and even death.
-    Contact your pediatrician or nearest emergency department immediately if you suspect your child has swallowed or been injured by a magnet

Marble Run

It's pretty obvious that marbles are a choking hazard for those ages 6 and younger. And while we may not be gifting these toys to this age group, their older siblings, cousins and friends may receive these gifts and accidentally get into the hands and mouths of little ones. 

If you see your child swallowing something, and you cannot stop it happening, or your child may have swallowed something, look for these signs that there could be a problem requiring emergency treatment:
-    trouble breathing, crying or talking
-    coughing that does not clear the airways (the trachea or bronchi)
-    wheezing or noisy breathing
-    trouble swallowing
-    drooling or bringing up saliva
-    loss of consciousness.

For more information visit: www.honorhealth.com

2015 marks the 16th Anniversary Production of The Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet
 
This is the ONLY Nutcracker Ballet performed in the entire country by young dancers age 3  18. Dancers from around the valley have been rehearsing since August for the upcoming performances in December. Dancers in the Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet Cast live in Casa Grande, Phoenix, Maricopa, Scottsdale, Peoria, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Paradise Valley, and Glendale.

We invite the audience to come up on stage to meet Santa Claus and the Cast members will sign autographs following the 2:00 pm performance on Saturday, December 19th Audience members can also sit and take photographs on Clara's Throne in the Land of Sweets, and take photographs with the Nutcracker, Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy & Clara and many other cast members. We will have holiday music and snow falling from inside the theatre. You don't want to forget your camera!

Performance Dates: 
Friday, December 18th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 19th at 2:00 pm (special appearance by Santa Claus and cast members sign autographs) Saturday, December 19th at 7:00 pm

Tickets are currently on sale at Dance Studio 111 (located right off the
I-10 Freeway on Chandler Blvd.) at 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. #111 Phoenix, Arizona 85048 or by phone 602-706-6040 or email afnutcracker@gmail.com 

Watoto Children's Choir Travels From Africa With Inspiring Story Of Hope

The Watoto Children's Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will kick off a four-month U.S. tour in the Phoenix area Dec. 9-27, featuring a brand new concert, titled Oh, What Love.
The concert will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children and the hope that they have because of God's love. All performances are free and open to the public.
Since 1994, Watoto Children's Choirs have traveled the world sharing the plight of Africa's orphaned children. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents but they have been rescued and now live in a Watoto village. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of the people of Africa.

The choir will be performing at the following venues:
Phoenix, Ariz.  Community Christian Vida (5106 North 37th Ave.) on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.  Camelback Seventh-Day Adventist Church (5902 East Camelback Rd.) on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
Peoria, Ariz.  Antioch Church of God in Christ (9600 West Peoria Ave.) on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Chandler, Ariz.  Desert Springs Church (19620 South McQueen Rd.) on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.  Desert View Bible Church (105 West Carefree Hwy.) on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 9 and 10:45 a.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.  South Peoria Baptist Church (9000 West Olive Ave.) on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m.

For more information visit: www.watoto.com/choir

Scottsdale dad invents easier way to carry the car carrier with baby in it: Lug Bug

One Valley dad of three young girls is about to make it big in the baby product world with an invention that is taking the industry by storm and last week was named "Top Baby Products of 2016" by several national mom and baby product websites. The product just hit the market and it's only $39.99. 

Infant carriers can be tough on the arms  tough enough to dislocate the shoulders of even the most strapping young parents, which is why creator and young dad, Nathan Day, invented LugBug™. 

Day set out to build a sturdy, reliable and easy-to-use handle for parents to prevent strain-related injuries when lifting inherently awkward infant car seats. The result is LugBug, a lightweight, ergonomic and exceptionally strong little handle that adjusts to any single-handle baby carrier. It offers a range of better, more comfortable and enjoyable carrying positions that ease tension on the wrist, forearm and shoulder. 

LugBug is compatible with all single-handle infant car seats, which is nearly every major brand on the market including Graco, CYBEX, Britax, UPPABaby, Safety 1st, Baby Trend and more. 

For more information or to order LugBug, visit www.lugbug.com or connect on social media at https://twitter.com/LugBugHandle

Year End Money Moves

It is nearing the end of the year, which means we need to start thinking about taxes.  There are a number of thing you should add to your financial checklist before December 31st.  Nancy Tengler, Chief Investment Officer for Heartland Financial is here with some advice:
If you must take a Required Monthly Distribution (RMD) from your IRA why you may want to transfer a stock holding rather than liquidate, pay the tax and be out of the stock.  However, if you need the cash then obviously you need to liquidate.  
Tax Loss Harvesting makes sense but you must beware of the wash rules (IRS). Tax loss Harvesting is when you sell an investment to offset your capital gains tax liability.  The Wash sale rule is when after you sell that investment for a loss, you buy a nearly identical security in a 30 day prior or after the initial sale. 
Gifting to Kids to maximize your gift allowance  you can gift $14,000 per person per year.  This means you and your spouse can gift up to $28,000 per year.  While this is not a tax deduction, it helps with both state and federal estate taxes in the future.
Donate - You can donate appreciated securities which means low-basis stocks or mutual funds to avoid capital gains tax. This helps because you will not pay tax when you transfer to a charity and there is no tax to the non-profit.  

For more information visit: https://www.arizbank.com/
Arizona Bank & Trust
Camelback Banking Center 
2036 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-381-2090

Republic Services Holiday Recycling Ideas

You're gonna get tons of boxes, gift wrap, bows, ribbon and more... do you throw it out and feel wasteful? What's recycleable and what is not! We break it down, and even help you save money by identifying what can be re-used for next year...

Less stuff and more cheer! Tips for reducing, reusing and recycling with holiday cheer! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average American household throws away nearly 125 pounds of trash per week. From Thanksgiving to New Year's, Americans discard 25 percent more
trash than normal, or approximately 940 pounds of waste. Roughly 80 percent of what is discarded during the
holidays could be recycled or reused.

We encourage families to make recycling a part of their holiday tradition. It's a simple way to make a positive difference in the local environment by diverting items that can be recycled. It can also potentially save your family money by identifying items that can be reused in creative ways.

ENTERTAINING
-Send email invitations, or for more formal occasions, use post-consumer recycled paper.
-Minimize food waste by carefully planning your menu. According to the EPA, more food ends up in landfills than any other single
item. Only 5 percent of the nation's food waste is diverted from landfills for compositing.
-Make your own refreshments to cut down on excess packaging.
-Use durable, reusable plates and serving ware when possible.

DECOR ATING
-Be resourceful  Consider repurposing recycled items such as glass bottles and aluminum cans, or discarded household items like light bulbs, into unique holiday crafts, gifts and decorations. Several web sites, such as Pinterest, have creative tips for recycled and repurposed holiday crafts.
-Live trees  After the holidays, consider planting your holiday tree in your yard.
-Reuse cut trees  If you have a cut tree, consider using it as mulch.

GIFTS
-Consider gifts that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. 
-Choose gifts with minimal packaging.
-Consider alternative gifts such as charitable donations or volunteerism in the recipient's name.

GIFT WRAP
-Save gently used gift wrap, gift bags, ribbons and bows for reuse.
-Repurpose packaging such as foam peanuts and bubble wrap, and start your own packing utility box to store these materials for future use.
-Use shredded newspaper for packing material in lieu of purchasing new foam peanuts or bubble wrap.
-Reuse gift tags by converting them into holiday cards or decorations.

Guide created by the Waste Prevention Action.

Recycle
-Boxes (gift, shoe and shipping)
-Wrapping paper (plain or sparkly)
-Tissue paper 
-Holiday cards & envelopes (without embellishments)
-Gift bags (paper)

Dispose
-Bubble wrap
-Ribbons & bows
-Gift bags (laminated, coated or dyed)
-Cellophane
-Packing Peanuts (polystyrene foam)
-Anything on the Christmas tree

*These items can also be reused. 

Watch List
-Combo materials Separate metal from paper and paper from plastic.
-Separate Toy Packaging Separate heavy cardboard from plastic containers.
-Sticky gift tags  Recycle only if affixed to an envelope or wrapping paper.
-Christmas trees Recycle undecorated trees and place next to bins, not inside bins.

* Check with your local waste and recycling provider for holiday collection times and special pick up instructions.