Tuesday, April 19

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City of Surprise Job Fair

The City of Surprise and Arizona@Work are teaming up to present both a job seeker workshop and job fair!  

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Communiversity@ Surprise, 15950 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374

The employers scheduled to attend the job fair represent a variety of industries, including healthcare, real estate, banking, automotive and more. Representatives from City of Surprise Human Resources, Police and Fire-Medical will be onsite too! See the full list of employers at www.surpriseaz.gov/communityjobs

For more information, please contact Julie Neal at 623-222-3322.

Autism Humane Society

Pieceful Solutions
Pieceful Solutions schools were founded in 2008 to offer children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays a comprehensive program from kindergarten through 12th grade. With schools in Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert, the student-to teacher ratio is small to provide personalized attention to each student. Pieceful Solutions uses innovative teaching techniques, working cooperatively with students and parents to set and achieve goals that focus on academic, social, emotional development and life skills. Students are encouraged to participate in fun, socializing activities like cooking, yoga and karate. For more information, visit www.piecefulsolutions.com or call 480-309-4792.

Arizona Humane Society
Every pet deserves a good life. This passionate belief has driven the Arizona Humane Society to serve a critical role in our community for nearly 60 years. We rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for homeless, sick, injured and abused animals. Through collaborative partnerships, affordable community services, emergency rescue and our medical trauma center, we are committed to providing second chances and saving the lives of animals. Follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, sign-up for our eTails email newsletter, or visit www.azhumane.org.

Ahipoke Bowl - first poke restaurant in the Valley

2805 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

For the second year in a row, AAA says it costs less to own and operate a vehicle.

A lot goes into owning and operating a vehicle and it can add up quickly. As an automotive resource, AAA's annual "Your Driving Costs" study provides a realistic framework of the cost to own and operate a vehicle. 

For 2016, the average cost to own and operate a sedan, based on 15,000 miles of driving, is $8,558 per year, which is a decrease of $140 from 2015.

Costs rose in all categories:  insurance, tires, depreciation, maintenance except one: gas prices.

-Gas prices had the single largest decrease from 2015 to 2016, declining almost 25 percent year over year. 

-Vehicle redesigns and improved powertrain technologies increased the average fuel economy in vehicles.

This is a 2016 Ford Fusion, it's one of Ford's most popular fuel efficient sedans, getting 22 MPG  in the city and 34 MPG on the highway (starting from $22,260)..

One in five Americans plans to buy or lease a new vehicle in the next year. Consumers can't control a number of factors that dictate their vehicle ownership costs, but they can select a vehicle that's going to work for their budget.

It will cost you $1,000 more to drive an SUV ($10,255 a year) compared to a minivan ($9,262).Comparing a SUV vs. a minivan, 

For more information visit: https://www.az.aaa.com/automotive 

Health Food Frauds/Spring Cabinet Clean Out

"Health" foods are actually full of processed ingredients and contain hidden sugar and high sodium content
-Identify foods commonly thought to be healthy (i.e. fruit juices are loaded with sugar; organic high-fiber cereals are often packed with sugar; veggie chips are packed with potato starch or corn flour; fruit, yogurt and granola parfait  loaded with sugar; frozen veggie burgers contain highly processed soy and other ingredients, etc.) 

Offer healthy alternatives to snacks/foods commonly thought to be healthy
-Can set up as an "eat this, not that" style  steel cut oats with berries instead of sugary/organic cereals; whole vegetables instead of bottle green juices; home-made granola bar instead of granola bars; yogurt with fresh fruit instead of parfaits; whole vegetables sliced with peanut butter instead of veggie chips, etc. 

Easy-to-make snack recipe 
-I.e. Home-made granola bars, kale chips, trail mix, etc., have ingredients separated out and walk viewers through part of the process, discuss why it's better as home-made; have completed version for display

Spring Cabinet Clean Out
How to know if what you're putting in your cabinets is healthy or not by reading food labels
-Identify the top ingredients/nutrients to look for when reading a food label sugar, protein, fiber, calories/serving, sodium
-Identify how much is too much sugar and salt

"Eat this, Not That" style with the worst cabinet culprits and healthy replacements
-Sugary cereals vs. steel cut oats; granola bars vs. healthy granola bars (i.e. Kind Bars, etc.); gummy fruit snacks vs. whole fruit; buttery microwave popcorn vs. organic popcorn w/o butter; potato chips vs. home-made baked chips, etc. 

Easy-to-make recipes in place of processed cabinet foods
-Home-made trail mix, kale chips, etc., have ingredients separated out and walk viewers through a portion of making the recipe with completed version for display

Take Shape for Life Health Coach

AAWL Pup: "Popcorn"

Fluffy "Popcorn" is the epitome of puppy-ness:  He loves toys, playing and giving puppy kisses. 

But this adorable puppy being cared for by the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) faces an uncertain future. AAWL veterinarians diagnosed Popcorn with a severe heart murmur that will require surgery if he is to have a chance at a normal life.

The two-month-old shepherd-mix pup was rescued through the Navajo Nation Puppy Adoption Program. He will be seen by a veterinary specialist, and will need blood work, ultrasound and X-ray studies, and other tests. AAWL medical staff say that time is of the essence in getting this little guy the care he needs.

If you would like to help Popcorn, go to www.aawl.org, and click on Donate Now under Medical Miracle Fund on the home page.

Arizona Animal Welfare league
25 N 40th Street Phoenix AZ 85034

Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game Charity Event

Saturday. April 23rd
Salt River Fields
7555 N Pima Rd, 
Scottsdale, AZ  85258

For more information visit: http://www.larryfitzgerald.com/fanzone/events/event/299/6th_annual_larry_fitzgerald_double_play_celebrity_softball_game_weekend.aspx

Richard Green: Diabetes Fundraising Walk for money for JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter 

His online fundraising page is http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/TeamJDRF/DesertSouthwestChapter4010?px=10838063&pg=personal&fr_id=5731

JDRF info: http://jdrf.org/dsw/blog/