Thursday, March 3

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Octonauts Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium for An Ultimate Experience

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium is opening The Ultimate Octonauts experience on March 3, 2016. The brand new exhibit will allow guests to explore the amazing world of the Octonauts and take part in brand new underwater missions.

Guests will be able to explore a mysterious cave with Captain Barnacles and join Kwazii on a thrilling chase to reclaim his lost treasure. Guests will also enjoy helping Peso clean-up coral reef and rescue all the sea creatures. 

The Octonauts Experience will feature many new and exciting sea creatures that are very unique in nature. Some of these creatures include clownfish, Lionfish and snowflake moray eel, amongst many others. "SEA LIFE Aquarium is very excited to bring The Ultimate Octonauts Experience to Arizona" says Elizabeth Mathews, Head of Marketing for SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. "Octonauts are a guest favorite and we look forward to seeing the excited faces on these young children as they explore the new experience."

The Octonauts event will be free to guests with paid admission into the attraction. For more information regarding the event, please visit SEA LIFE Aquarium's website: https://www.visitsealife.com/arizona/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sealifearizona

Arizona Mills Mall--SeaLife Aquarium
5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, 
Tempe, AZ 85282
US-60 & Baseline
1-877-526-3960

2nd Annual Out West Ballon fest and Fun Run

50 hot air balloons will decorate the sky at the 2nd annual Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run, Featuring the G1GABLAST Fun Run benefiting Cox Charities at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz. on March, 4, 5 and 6 2016.

This event will be the largest balloon race in Arizona where pilots will be competing for the Arizona State Champion title.

Spectators will witness the launch and landing of the most beautiful vehicles in the sky and partake in a weekend full of special activities to keep the whole family entertained. 

"It not only generates a competitive edge for our balloon pilots, but it's a magnificent site to see by spectators," said Vanessa Clifton, owner of Aerial Solutions, LLC, event operators for the Out West Balloon Fest.

This year, the stadium will not only allow spectators to watch balloons launch each morning, but will also be able to watch them fly toward the spectator field and watch them glow on Friday and Saturday evenings.

After each morning mass ascension, the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies will be putting on one of the best gunfighter shows in the Southwest. Other activities include tethered balloon rides, a kids zone, a 5k Fun Run (Saturday morning only), live music and much more. 

Gate Tickets 

Morning: $10 adult, Kids 12 and under free
Evening: $15 adult, $7 child, kids 2 and under are free

If you purchase your tickets online before the event:
Morning: $7 adults, kids 12 and under free
Evening: $11 adult, $4 child.

Combo tickets for both the morning and evening event can be purchase for $15, adult and $4, child. 

More information can be found at www.outwestballoonfest.com.

University of Phoenix, Glendale
1 Cardinals Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85305
Maryland & 95th Ave.

Home & Landscape Show

The 24th Annual Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show, the largest home show in the Southwest, is returning for its second show of the year March 4, 5, and 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Attendees will be inspired by home, landscape and creative DIY projects including Crafting in the Garden which includes a free make and take craft. Other highlights include pet adoption, pet training tips and tricks, a luxury tiny home, gardening seminars and tons of DIY workshops.

For more information call 602-485-1691 or visit www.MChomeshows.com. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HomeShows

Admission is $7 daily for adults, kids ages 3-12 are $3. Children two and under are free. Senior Morning will take place on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and guests 60+ can get in with $2 admission. Customer Appreciation will take place Friday evening: Attend the show between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and get in for $2. Current members of the military can get in for $2 with valid military identification all three days. Sign up for discount tickets at www.MCHomeShows.com. Onsite parking is FREE. A large food court and ATMs are onsite for your convenience. 

Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show
March 4 - 6, 2016
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
University of Phoenix Stadium  
1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, AZ 85305

2nd Annual Arizona Jerk Festival

2nd Annual Arizona Jerk Festival Saturday March 5, 2016 at Kiwanis Park, Tempe, AZ. The Arizona Jerk Festival is marketed to attract the numerous Caribbean national and "friends of the Caribbean" who reside throughout Arizona and surrounding states. This is the largest Caribbean food festival in Arizona featuring chefs from all over Arizona and the West Coast!  We will have live musical performances and a kids zone as this is a family friendly event.  Ticket information can be found on www.azcaribbeanjerkfest.com

General Admission tickets can also be purchased at the following ticketing outlets:
Hot Pot Caribbean Cuisine
Caribbean Palm Restaurant and Bar 
Caribbean Marketplace Grill 
Caribbean Spice 
Arizona Caribbean Jerk Festival
www.azcaribbeanjerkfest.com
Arizona Caribbean Jerk Festival Good Food 
Phone: 602-733-2998. 
Email: azjerkfest@gmail.com 

Forbes Travel: AJI Spa and KAI Restaurant 

Two of our Valley's esteemed offerings are fresh off their Forbes wins.   KAI Restaurant and AJI Spa both at The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler.

On Feb. 22, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list.  Aji Spa, was named to the Forbes Four-Star list. This is the 8th consecutive year Aji has been awarded Four Stars.  Aji continues their legacy as one of the top 8 spas in the thriving Arizona spa market. Aji, means "sanctuary" in the Pima language, continues to develop treatments and offerings inspired by the Pima and Maricopa culture that are part of the Indigenous Collection, 

We have a brand new luxurious package available in Aji through March 31, called the Awaken Package. 
This robust package offers: 

  •  A full body 50-minute Swedish Massage or a 50-minute skin cleansing Facial with 'Wow Brow' Lift
  •  A 25-minute minute foot refresher in the Aji Salon
  •  Guests can enjoy full all day access to the spa's amenities including the private adults only swimming pool, fitness center, steam room and  sauna 
  •  And to top it all off, everyone on this package receives a delicious "Awaken cocktail"
  •  A vibrant beverage featuring gin, agave nectar, muddled strawberries, lime & a splash of club soda.

For more details visit ajibrochure.com or wildhorsepassresort.com for pricing, details and to learn more. 

Aji Spa 
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. 
Chandler, AZ  85226

Kai restaurant was given their highest rating the Five-Star Award.  This is the 8th consecutive year Kai has been awarded this esteemed honor. Kai maintains its position as the only restaurant in Arizona and one of only 38 restaurants in all of North America to receive the Five Star Award. What is even more:  Kai joins an elite group of only 26 restaurants in the entire country that earned the dual designation of both Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond.

Kai, meaning "seed," in the Pima Language is a distinctive dining experience focused on sharing a regional sense of place through sophisticated cuisine. 

Kai Restaurant Chef De Cuisine, Ryan Swanson, makes Bellota Iberico Llomo Wrapped High Country Elk Loin 
Fossil Creek Chevre Risotto, Wild Mushrooms, Natural Jus & Truffle Emulsion 

Risotto 
Ingredients:
6 cups carnaroli rice    2 cups minced sweet onion
4 TBSP. Minced garlic    1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 qts. Chicken stock    2 qts. Fish stock
2 ¾ cup white wine    salt

Procedure:
Starting in a cold pot heat the oil and onion together.  Salt to season while bringing up the heat.  Once the onion start to become translucent add the garlic.  Stir in the rice and constantly stir until slightly opaque.  Deglaze with the white wine and stir until au sec, then add the stock slowly until all 4 quarts are incorporated or you reach al dente while constantly stirring.  Pour onto a lined sheet pan to cool

For more information on Kai Restaurant visit: www.wildhorsepassresort.com and click on "dining" 

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226