Wednesday, March 9

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Pinspiration

Pinspiration is a DIY arts and crafts studio/wine bar/events space in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area located on High Street (City North). 

The studio removes DIY's common barriers to creativity and make it easy for every member of the community to unleash their inner artist and "try DIY.

Pinspiration's hip studio offers both open-ended and tutorial-let art experiences in a supportive, playful venue. Customers have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. Customers can create their own idea on the spot or they can choose from an array of ever-changing monthly project menus based on the most popular "pinned" social media projects and current craft trends. 

The venue includes a VIP party room, a full-service beer/wine bar, a crafting/project room and Arizona's first splatter room, inspired by Jackson Pollock. 

Please call ahead at 480-636-8010 or email info@pinspirationaz.com before visiting so we can make sure your space is reserved for your group.

Visit their website at: www.pinspirationaz.com

Pinspiration
5410 E. High Street, Ste 105
Phoenix, AZ 85054
480-636-8010

The Wildlife World Zoo

The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park.
For more information on all the zoo's exciting attractions and events, call 623-935-WILD or check out their website www.wildlifeworld.com

Victoria Swimsuit for Less: Outlets at Anthem

The 2016 Victoria's Secret Swim Special is on tonight and we want you looking just as fabulous in your swimwear as the models! Our classy Outlets at Anthem Shopping Gal, Lisa Acquafredda has been happily browsing through the best new spring/summer swimwear 2016 trends and shows us some great styles at a fraction of retail cost. 

Outlets at Anthem is home to more than 60 designer brand shops including Michael Kors, Guess Factory Store, Coach, Calvin Klein Outlet and many more. All the designer name stores offer 30 to 70% off of retail prices daily, so you can always find amazing deals.

The center is located just 15 minutes north of the loop 101 off I-17 at Anthem Way. 

Get your FREE Spring Training Tickets. Spend $200 in same day purchases at Outlets at Anthem and receive two free ticket vouchers to select spring training games in March. Redeem your receipts at Customer Service. For more details visit our website: www.outletsanthem.com/events

For more information on Outlets on Anthem visit their website: www.outletsanthem.com

Outlets at Anthem
4250 W. Anthem Way
Phoenix, AZ 85086
623-465-9500

How Disney Surge Pricing Impacts Park Prices: AAA Travel

What do we need to know about surge pricing?
- The most important thing to understand about surge pricing is that it is only on single day tickets.

- As a full-service travel agency, we know most people traveling from Arizona to Disneyland go for more than a day. As a result, the new surge pricing won't make ticket prices more expensive. 

- What hopefully will happen is the people who go for a single day (primarily Californians) adjust the days they attend and some will move from peak time to off-peak, making the park a little less crowded at peak times, which is better for everyone. 

And you say there's already "surge" pricing in place due to seasonal pricing. Is that right?
- It is important for travelers to understand there is already seasonal pricing when you look at packages with hotels. It's going to cost more to go to Disneyland over Spring Break, for example, than it would be in the middle of September. 

- Prices for onsite hotels will also be a bit more than good neighbor hotels, but if you can pay the extra, it is worth it to be onsite!

Let's put this into perspective for our viewers and talk how much more it costs you to visit Disney during peak times of year.

- We priced out a 3-night, 2-day Disneyland trip for a family of four staying onsite at Disney's Paradise Pier over Spring Break, Fourth of July weekend and Christmas:

Over Spring Break, this package would cost: $2,315
Fourth of July weekend: $2,205
Christmas: $2,263

- For comparison sake, we also priced out this package during an off-peak time in September. The off-peak package price came in at $1,990, which is a savings of $325 or 14 percent lower compared to Spring Break prices.

Same package in September: $1,990!

For more information visit: www.AAA.com/Disney 
AAA Travel
1-888-870-9408

Attorney Monica Windstorm gives us tips on dangers of Airbnb, legally and practically.

It is beautiful outside in the Valley and the visitors are coming.

Our weather, along with spring training, are the two biggest reasons that others flock to our state this time of year.

Although many will stay in hotels, there is a huge market for short-term rentals. Think Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, Roomarama, and HotelTonight.

If you are thinking of renting out your place and making some fast cash, there are several things you need to be aware of from both a #LegallySpeaking perspective and a practical one.

Lease: If you have a lease, does the lease allow you to rent out your place short-term? Do you have to notify or ask your landlord? Most leases will not allow you to rent out your place for any period of time. If they do, they will almost always have a provision that requires your landlord to approve the renters.

You could decide to do it anyway, and not ask your landlord, but be ready for the consequences. You could find yourself in breach of your lease, being served an eviction notice and looking for a new place to live.

Insurance: You need to be aware of what type of insurance you have and what it will and will not cover. If the short-term tenant damages your property or if they are injured on your property, does your insurance cover it and to what extent?

You do not want to end up being sued for that loose step, wobbly railing, or a slip and fall in your shower because you did not have enough insurance. You may find that you need to add insurance or increase existing coverage.

Personal items in your home: A short-term tenant will almost always expect the place to be furnished. You can keep your personal items and furniture on the property while you rent it out or you can move it all out and bring in different items.

You are looking at a nice price tag to rent furniture for a short-term tenant, plus the time of moving your items and moving in the rented ones; but if the items remain, you could also be looking at your personal items being stolen or damaged.

Privacy: People are curious. They will look through your drawers, closets, medicine cabinet and boxes. You need to take adequate precautions to ensure your personal information is either gone or locked up tight.

Background checks: I highly suggest these. You are inviting strangers into your home. They may seem and appear to be wonderful people but do you really know if they are? Of course you don't. They could be convicted felons, child molesters and/or drug dealers.

I know this sounds unlikely but you need to protect yourself. Background checks are relatively inexpensive and can be done easily with the right starting information.

HOA/condo association rules: Many housing communities and condo buildings have an association with a plethora of rules. One common rule is that owners/tenants cannot rent to short-term tenants. Consequences vary from a warning to a fine to a lawsuit. No one likes dealing with their HOA or association so make sure you read the rules.

Squatters: Once someone comes into your home it is not always easy to get them out. You could rent your place to a person who simply refuses to leave. This would result in you having to go to court to get a court order to have them removed, which takes time. During that time you could find yourself without a place to live. This could also result in the squatter damaging your property, taking your things, and causing havoc with your neighbors. This is another reason why background checks are a great idea.

For more information visit: Monica Lindstrom blog at: http://monicalindstrom.com/category/monicas-blog

Scottsdale Community College Garden Sale

Scottsdale Community College's Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) is holding its Spring Plant Sale Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11, 2016 at the SCC greenhouse.

The sale will feature cacti, succulents, native perennials, trees/shrubs, custom arrangements, indoor plants, hanging plants, wildflower seeds, bee poles, and care and planting tips from CNUW experts.

The proceeds benefit CNUW, a non-profit started by the SCC Biology Department to serve as a place for students and others to learn, engage and connect to the Sonoran Desert biodiversity through conservation, education and research opportunities.

Plant prices will range in price from $3 to $20. Only cash and checks accepted for payment.

Sale times will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on both days.

SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. The greenhouse is located on the north side of campus. Enter from Entrance 4 and head to Parking Lot I. See map: http://bit.ly/1KYdc31.

For more information, call Edward Weigand at (480) 423-6731 or edward.weigand@scottsdalecc.edu.

Visit their website at: http://cnuw.scottsdalecc.edu/

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

CTA owns and operates CES, the largest consumer technology tradeshow. 

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
1919 S. Eads St. Arlington, VA 22202
http://cta.tech/