Friday, March 25

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Alternative racing returns to Turf Paradise, Saturday March 26th featuring camel racing, ostrich racing and for the first time zebra racing.

Camel racing is popular in the Middle East, Australia and Africa. Ostrich racing is more difficult than camel racing. The sport is popular in Africa. Zebra racing is very difficult as well, as the animals are much more difficult to train compared to horses.

Here are some highlights from last year's camel and ostrich racing at Turf Paradise.

The day also features a full card of live horse racing. And while you can't wager on camels, ostriches or zebras; you can still wager, watch, and win with the horses. 

 In addition to some of the strangest racing to grace our track the day also features: 

  •     Live Music
  •     $3 bottled Beer
  •     A Kids Fun Park with Bounce Inflatables, a Petting Zoo and Face Painting
  •     A full card of traditional racing with horses and, of course, you can bet on them!

Grandstand admission is $2 and kids 16 and under getting in for free. 

The event is sponsored by the Arizona Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. 

Saturday 11 am gates open. Kids 16 and under free.  For more information call 602- 942-1101 or visit their website: 

Celebration of Fine Art

The Celebration of Fine Art, the working studio and art show featuring the work of 100 artists, is now open through Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the southwest corner of Hayden Rd. and the Loop 101 (18400 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz.). The event, where art lovers and artists have been coming to connect for 26 years, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHAT: The Celebration of Fine Art
WHEN: Through Sunday, March 27
WHERE: Southwest corner of Hayden Rd. and the Loop 101 (18400 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz.).
COST: Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and children under 12 are admitted for free. Tickets are good for the entire duration of the show.

Easter Pastries

Bring your entire family to Ko'Sin Restaurant for an Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a great meal, decadent desserts a visit from the Easter Bunny and much more. 

Seating is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 602-385-5726. 
After brunch enjoy the Easter Extravaganza from 9:00  12:00 where you can partake in the large Easter egg hunt, egg dying, cookie decorating, face painting, a bounce house and more

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Resort

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
See all Easter information at under the "Activities tab" 

Tom Dreesen

Tom Dreesen will be appearing at the Laugh Factory in Scottsdale, March 24, 25 & 26.
For more details on his performances visit:                                                                                           

Also visit his website to see many of his appearances on Late Night with David Letterman.

March 25th is International Waffle Day

Did you know you can put just about anything in a waffle press for an unexpected twist and perfect crisp? The Waffle BLT from Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery is what happens when a warm, buttery croissant packed with American cheese, Swiss cheese, bacon, tomato, arugula and pesto mayo is delightfully pressed in a waffle iron. 

Trust me, there's nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a warm and buttery croissant oozing with ooey gooey cheesey goodness! This sandwich is a game-changer for kids and adults of all ages.

Additionally, in honor of International Waffle Day on March 25, the restaurant and brewery will be offering 1/2 off the Waffle BLT!

Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery
4321 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

15th Annual Cinderella Affair Offers Free Prom Dresses, Accessories, Shoes to High School Juniors and Seniors, March 26, April 2 and 9

The 15th annual East Valley Women's League's (EVWL) Cinderella Affair gives high school juniors and seniors from around the state thousands of prom dresses to choose from for free, along with shoes, purses and accessories at 411 N. McKemy in Chandler from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays March 26, April 2 and April 9.
Last year, nearly 1,500 dresses were given away to students statewide and more than 9,000 have been handed out since the program began.

Juniors and seniors with valid IDs participating in the Cinderella Affair will be provided with a numbered ticket upon their arrival at the Cinderella Affair Boutique.  Once that number is called, girls will be escorted to the dress room to choose five dresses to try on.  Volunteers will provide guidance and assistance.

Once a final selection has been made, volunteers will escort the students to a separate room to select shoes and accessories.  
Volunteer seamstresses will be on hand to make minor alterations and repairs.  If needed, a dry-cleaning voucher may be provided.  Once the final selection is made, there are no exchanges.

For more information about the Cinderella Affair and how to donate dresses and for volunteer opportunities, visit

Taphouse Kitchen: Crème brule French toast


Crème Brule French toast
Serves 4
8 pieces of challah bread
Mixed berries for garnish
Powdered sugar for dusting
Maple syrup to taste
8 tbsp. sugar 
2 tbsp. butter

For the French toast batter
1 cup half and half
3 large eggs
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean (scraped)
Mix together thoroughly

For the crème brule
1 quart heavy cream
1 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean scraped

Bring cream, sugar and vanilla bean to a simmer and then pour over the egg yolks slowly to temper them, you do not want to scramble or cook the yolks.
Return the egg cream mixture to the stove and on medium heat continuing mixing until sauce begins to thicken, about ten minutes. Set his aside until ready for service. 
Dip the challah bread in the batter and then in a pan with some butter added to it cook the French toast on medium heat about 4 minutes on each side. Golden and brown is what you're looking for. Spread the crème brule on the toast and then add the sugar on top of that and begin to brule with a torch or place in the oven on broil until sugar is caramelized,
Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar and berries. 

Taphouse Kitchen
6137 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Hickman's Family Farms Pepper Pots 


2 Bell peppers halved with seeds removed.
1 ½ cups diced hard boiled eggs
1 ½ TBSP Sour cream,
Cayenne pepper to taste
3 tsp. Fresh squeezed lime juice
Sprinkle of Parsley


Use non-stick spray on cookie sheet, cut bottoms of peppers to sit level and core out the middle and remove seeds. 

In mixing bowl, combine and mix all ingredients, except parsley.

Fill mixture to top of peppers and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes depending on oven. Remove from oven and dust with parsley. 

*This recipe is fridge friendly. You can use mayo or sour cream and add any leafy greens and desired grated cheese, or other veggies.