Friday, March 18

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Lake Pleasant Bill Luke Bass Days: Fun for the Entire Family!

The 18th Annual Bill Luke Bass Days Family Fun Festival is set for March 18, 19, & 20th, 2016 at Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina, Lake Pleasant, Peoria, AZ. Making Bass Fishing Great Again with three days of Bass Fishing Competition, over $50,000 in cash prizes! One cast, one fish and one check for $10,000 dollars. All kids fish for free with an adult. Competition Corn Hole Contest, Free Carnival Rides, Car Shows and Military Vehicle displays and concert entertainment, wildlife and education exhibits by AZ Game & Fish Department, lots of vendors and free Boat Safety Inspection by USCG Aux Flotilla 10-11, fishing food and fun. Gates open to the public daily at 9:00 AM 

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Shamrock Farms and Girl Scout Cookies

Shamrock Farms and Girl Scouts will be at St. Mary's Food Bank this Friday, March 18, for their annual donation of milk and cookies. The donation is used to help fill emergency food boxes and serve as a nutritious and sweet treat to families in need. The two organizations give back annually through their Gift of Caring program (to three charities), with more than 150,000 cookies and 100,000 servings of milk donated since it began in 2003. 

For more information about the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council and the Gift of Caring program visit People can learn more about supporting St. Mary's by visiting

For more information on Shamrock Farms visit:

Italian Association Italian Festival

The Italian Festival brings Italian culture, food, fashion and more to Scottsdale for its biggest year yet. Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501c(3), this two-day celebration will double in size, taking up the entire Scottsdale Waterfront on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2015. The event features everything from live music and unique, hand crafted Italian items, to wine tastings, authentic Italian cuisine and artists straight from Italy, like A' Ziarella. Of course, no Italian event would be complete without gelato, Italy's favorite dessert. With over 10,000 visitors last year, the Italian Festival is expecting higher numbers with more vendors and entertainment for everyone to enjoy! 

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

$10 Entrance fee. Children under 12, Veterans and Italian Association members FREE. Visit or for event details.    

For more information about the Italian Festival, contact the Italian Association at 480-745-7020 or email

Potential vendors can visit to learn how to get involved! 

Scottsdale Waterfront (Scottsdale's SouthBridge, Soleri Bridge and the Canal)
7135 E. Camelback Rd. 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

Extra Innings-East Valley

Baseball fever is back in the Valley with spring training games underway, Little League starting up their season and thousands of fans flocking here to see their favorite teams. Extra Innings-East Valley is the perfect place for fans to get more of their baseball fix.

Extra Innings-East Valley converted a Basha's supermarket into the Valley's premier baseball and softball training facility that can get fans and recreational players ready for the upcoming baseball & softball season.

-Extra Innings has a great pro shop with all the latest equipment and apparel any fan could want.
-Great place for parties with 2 team rooms that can be rented out along with food and beverages on site.
-Extra Innings offers much more than just a batting cages. They are a multi-purpose facility that has opened its doors to high school football practices.
-Extra Innings is the place where many pros come to train in the off-season.

Extra Innings-East Valley
3530 E Southern Rd, Mesa, 85204
Check the website for the latest baseball and softball events, camps and clinics throughout the spring.

Financial Literacy and its Impact on women  

We have credit cards, own homes, cars, etc. but nearly half of Americans are financially illiterate.  According to a global survey of financial literacy around the world, the U.S. ranks 14th.  Nancy Tengler of Arizona Bank & Trust and author of The Women's Guide to Successful Investing is a Financial Ambassador for Women and is featured in today's Phoenix Business Journal.
"Nearly all high school students have an 'F' education in economics. Adults have a 'C' in understanding the economy."

Financial literacy is especially important for women as they tend to be great savers, but overall they are conservative about investing.  However, evidence does show that women outperform men in investing 2 to 1.

More than 90 percent of women will become a family money manager during their lifetimes, often through divorce or death, so it is very important that they learn how to invest.  
For this reason, Arizona Bank & Trust has implemented the Women's Financial Forum (WFF) where we provide financial resources in a fun setting.  We have an image consultant coupled with financial trends program in April and a Wine Tasting paired with the topic of estate planning in May.

Arizona Bank & Trust
Camelback Banking Center 
2036 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Link to Arizona Bank & Trust's Women's Financial Forum

Link to Nancy Tengler's Phoenix Business Journal article:

Free Memory Screening Event: Banner Sun Health Research Institute

Banner Sun Health Research Institute is offering free memory screenings allowing community participants to screen for potential memory concerns and provide direction to prevention studies, clinical trials and memory clinics. The event will also include information on brain health, and information and referral for those with memory symptoms or concerns. The memory screening takes up to 30 minutes to complete and is scheduled by appointment. Free but registration is required. 

Banner Sun Health Research Institute
10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


For more information visit:

7702 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Suite 300
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Vistancia hosting 5th Food Trucks Experience

Vistancia is hosting its fifth annual Food Truck Experience from 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday, March 19 featuring food trucks appearing on Food Network's 'Great Food Truck Race' and Cooking Channel's 'Eat St.'
Open to the public and free gourmet food trucks will be located at Vistancia's model home neighborhoods in The Village at Vistancia, Blackstone at Vistancia and Trilogy at Vistancia

See new model homes by builders Ashton Woods, David Weekley Homes, Meritage Homes, Shea Homes and Toll Brothers.
Other food trucks to see at Vistancia include LA Roots, Panini People, Aioli Burger and Dough Mama Woodfired Pizza.

Blackstone Country Club will be providing tours and carrot cake cupcakes and salted caramel ice cream
Vistancia is teaming with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance this year, with donation boxes for canned, non-perishable items to be located at each neighborhood
The event begins at the Vistanica Information Center at 12026 W. Lone Mountain Parkway in Peoria, where visitors will receive a community map, passport for free food truck samples and can enter to win raffle prizes

For information on this event visit: 

Vistancia Food Truck Experience
12026 W. Lone Mountain Parkway, 
Peoria, AZ 85383