Tuesday, March 15

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Stroller Strides Workout

FIT4MOM of Phoenix & Scottsdale gives women the "Strength for Motherhood" by providing classes and support for moms in every stage of motherhood. Through Fit4Baby's prenatal fitness classes, Stroller Strides, Body Back, and Our Village, women have the opportunity to have a workout and support that is flexible around motherhood.

FIT4MOM of Phoenix & Scottsdale provides Mommy and Me fitness programs such as Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre that allow Moms to get a workout with their baby in tow. These hour-long classes provide a high intensity workout that will tone and burn calories through strength training and cardio and allow Moms to workout at their own pace. 

Classes are offered at locations around town, including Desert Ridge Marketplace, Kierland Commons, the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Shops and Norterra, Cactus Park, just to name a few of the outdoor locations! In the summer months, the programs move inside and allow Moms to workout alongside their babies in air conditioning.

For more information about classes and locations, visit our FIT4MOM of Phoenix & Scottsdale website (www.phoenix-scottsdale.fit4mom.com). Mention GMAZ for a FREE trial week of classes and $25 off our registration fee (new clients only).  

Tempe Marketplace Restaurants & Retailers Put the Craic into St. Patrick's Day with Tons of Irish Food and Fun from Thirsty Lion, Bar Louie and Road Runner Sports

The luck of the Irish is alive and well at Tempe Marketplace as its restaurants and retailers help everyone get their green on and celebrate St. Patrick's Day, one of the most festive cultural holidays in the Valley, in grand style. 

The Thirsty Lion, a gastropub which blends American and European traditions, is St. Patrick's Day central as the restaurant holds a three-day festival of food, drink and fun. Beginning Thursday, March 3, the restaurant will be serving up traditional Irish
favorites with a modern twist, including Irish Beef Stew, Bacon Cheddar Potato Cakes, Irish Shepherd's Pie, and Jameson Bing Cherry Bread Pudding. Not to be left out, several Irish cocktails and beer flights will also be available.

In addition, the restaurant will hold a charitable event on Saturday, March 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer. During the event, the restaurant will be gathering pledges from participants willing to shave their heads to become "shavees." Guests don't need to have their heads shaved to donate. 

The restaurant will also hold musical and dance performances Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18. Performers will include Irish dancers, bagpipe players and several high-profile local Irish performers, including Steve Ayotte and Shallow Waters. 

Bar Louie is also hosting "Shamrock 'N Roll" on Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19, where $4 green beers and $5 Jameson drinks will be on tap all day as patrons cheer on the Fightin' Irish during the televised NCAA Tournament. The St. Paddy's Day party really heats up Saturday night when the restaurant is overtaken with Irish sights and sounds as live entertainment pumps up guests looking to celebrate. Performers including local Irish performers Levi and Tim. 

And for shoppers wanting to earn a little green, Road Runner Sports will be holding its Third Thursday Adventure Run on Thursday, March 17. Beginning at 6 p.m., this 60-minute scavenger run is packed with cool giveaways, raffle prizes, music and a beer garden at the after-party. 

For more information, visit www.tempemarketplace.com/events.
  
Tempe Marketplace 
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, 
Tempe, AZ (Loops 101 and 202)

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. 

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time when thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness. Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. On average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about one in 20. Despite these statistics, it is one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.

During the month of March, the Colon Cancer Alliance encourages everyone to choose a day to dress in blue. Clothing designer and colon cancer survivor, Carmen Marc Valvo has created a pretty blue floral dress for Dressbarn in support of the cause. If Olivia and/or April would be willing to wear the dress on air, I can have the dress shipped to them. It would be theirs to keep. Here's a link to the dress: http://www.dressbarn.com/detail/luxe-by-carmen-marc-valvo-floral-dress/102625547/938

For more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance and colon cancer screening, treatment and patient and family support, visit www.ccalliance.org. Toll-free Helpline: 877-422-2030

For more information about Colon Cancer Awareness Month, or to find nearby events and ways to get involved, visit coloncancermonth.org.

2016 Challenger Hellcat

The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has a starting price of $65,190 and that price includes the 6-speed manual transmission. Adding the 8-speed automatic transmission adds $2,995 and other options include the engine block heater ($95), the Power Sunroof ($1,995), red seat belts ($195), the satin black hood ($1,995) and summer performance tires ($595). If you go through the 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat build and pick every available option including one of the premium paint options which add $500 to the final price the fully loaded 2016 Hellcat Challenger tops out at $73,365.
That is a big chunk of change, but when you consider the fact that the 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat will comfortably thrash cars that cost 3-4 times more the supercharged Mopar muscle car is still a bargain in the world of 700+ horsepower production street cars.
See more at: http://www.torquenews.com/106/2016-challenger-configurator-fires-hellcat-starts-65190#sthash.pYA8Tc2p.dpuf

Healthy Dishes with Isaac Rios of Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa

Chef Isaac Rios from the Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa in Chandler is here to make some tasty and healthy dishes that are great for those looking to eat better in the New Year.

Lean Bowl:
5oz. Grilled chicken
5oz. Tri-colored quinoa
1oz. Olive oil
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of green and red bell peppers
1oz. Ponzu sauce
Half an avocado
Garnished with fresh daikon sprouts, tomato and a grilled lemon
    
Tex-Mex Bowl:
5oz. Flank steak
5oz. Brown rice
3oz. Pico de Gallo
3oz. Blackbeans
1oz. Pepperjack cheese
Garnished with fresh chopped cilantro

Blackened Salmon:
6oz. Wild-caught salmon filet w/Cajun spices
5oz. Tri-colored quinoa 
1oz. Scallions
1oz. Diced tomatoes
1oz. Lemon juice
1oz. Olive oil.
5oz. Of grilled asparagus 
Garnished with a grilled lemon

The Village has four locations around the Valley:
Camelback Village Health Club & Spa at 4444 East Camelback Road in Phoenix
-Includes the Camelback Courtside Cafe and V Lounge
Gainey Village Health Club & Spa at 7477 East Doubletree Ranch Road in Scottsdale
-Includes the Gainey Atrium Cafe
DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa at 18501 North Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale
-Includes the DC Ranch Veranda Cafe
Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa at 4200 S Alma School Road in Chandler

More information about all of the Village Health Clubs & Spas can be found at www.villageclubs.com 

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival

Can you smell what the pitmasters are cooking? This Saturday, March 19, 2016, Arizona's largest BBQ event, the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival, returns to downtown Chandler from noon till10 p.m. with 20,000 lbs of BBQ, 200 kegs of craft beer and 20 bands.  

Headlining this year's entertainment will be Granger Smith, best known for his hit single, Backroad Song from his 4x4 EP. Supporting acts include the Ben Miller Band, Zack Deputy and Georgia Chrome. 

Hungry BBQ fans can expect delicious grub from many of the Valley's top BBQ joints, serving up a range of mouthwatering dishes, including ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and more. Restaurant highlights include Smokehaus, Tom's BBQ, Porkopolis BBQ, Montana BBQ, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ, The American Poutine Co, Honey Bear's BBQ and many other vendors dishing out some finger lickin' good food. 

To wash it all down, enjoy over 200 kegs of locally brewed craft beer from SanTan Brewing, including their new seasonal Grapefruit Shandy and everyone's favorite Mr. Pineapple wheat beer. 

During the Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival, guest of all ages can participate in a variety of themed zones, including the Kids Zone, the Live and Local Stage, Bravo Fan Experience, Food Eating Competition Zone, Desert Wind Harley Davison Pavilion, March Madness Lounge and more entertaining zones. 

The seventh annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will be held in downtown Chandler, spanning the entire east and west Dr. AJ Chandler Park as well as the connecting Arizona Ave., which will be closed from Buffalo St. to Boston St. on Saturday, March 19, 2016. 

General admission tickets are available online for $12 at www.chandlerbbq.com and $15 at the gate. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free.

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival
3 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
602-276-2499
www.chandlerbbq.com