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All Veterans Career Fair

More than 400 veterans are expected to attend and network with veteran-friendly employers. There will be national, regional and local job opportunities, as well as entrepreneurial and educational offerings.

This event is being produced by RecruitMilitary in partnership with DAV (Disabled American Veterans)

Event Details
A free hiring event for veterans, military spouses, guardsmen, and reservists

Thursday, June 9, 2016
11:00am to 3:00pm

Talking Stick Resort Arena
201 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Mimi's Guests Can Treat a Veteran -- Active Duty or Retired Military -- to an Entrée on Holidays from Memorial Day through Veterans Day
Mimi's, the popular neighborhood café offering French-inspired American comfort food, is ready to serve veterans active duty or retired military through its Red, White & Blue celebration, where Mimi's guests can treat their favorite veteran to a free entrée on holidays beginning with Memorial Day weekend through Veterans Day weekend by signing up at    
Members of Mimi's eClub will receive a "free entrée with purchase" offer which they can use on the following holiday periods: Memorial Day (May 27- 30), Flag Day (June 11- 14), Independence Day (July 1-4), Bastille Day (July 14- 17), Labor Day (September 2- 5) and Veterans Day (November 11- 13).
In addition to eclub members receiving an entrée offer that can be used to treat veterans, Mimi's is giving all guests specials on 100% USDA all-American premium-cut beef burgers, Peaches & Cream Griddlecakes, Hand Mixed Guacamole, Fresh Lime Margaritas and House Wine from France to celebrate the Red, White & Blue holidays.   New members of Mimi's eClub also enjoy additional perks upon sign-up: a free slice of Crêpe Cake or a free 2-pack of muffins or croissants for joining and on their birthday as well as special offers like free meals during the year.

Also, on Veterans Day (November 11, 2016), veterans and troops will be able to choose a free entrée from a special menu during breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the purchase of a drink.
The eclub free entrée offer requires a purchase of another entrée and two drinks. For more information, please call your local Mimi's or visit:    

Free Museum Admission at Pueblo Grande for Vets and their families

Pueblo Grande Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children's Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science Technology Centers. This year's Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children's museums.

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 495-0901

The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington
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Twitter @PuebloGrande and Facebook @PuebloGrandeMuseum!
Hours:  October through April, Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m.  CLOSED Sunday and Monday May through September and most major holidays
Admission:  Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free and Children 17 and under are free on Sundays

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Arizona Remembers it Fallen this Memorial Day with the Arizona Gold Star Military Medal 
Since Arizona statehood, 3,029 of her sons and daughters in uniform have given their lives in defense of this nation. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, their sacrifices will be especially recognized by the Arizona Gold Star Military Medal.
Created by the Arizona State Legislature, the Arizona Gold Star Military Medal may be awarded by the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services on behalf of the people of this state to a member of the Arizona National Guard, United States Military Reserves, or Regular Armed Forces of the United States who was a legal resident of Arizona at the time the member was killed in action or died in the line of duty while deployed in support of combat operations since February 14, 1912, the day Arizona became a state.
Beginning on Monday, May 30, 2016 Memorial Day next of kin of eligible service members will be able to learn more about the medal and apply for presentation of the Arizona Gold Star Military Medal at or they may write to:
Arizona Gold Star Military Medal
Arizona Department of Veterans' Services
3839 N. 3rd Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, Arizona 85012

Chandler Veterans Memorial

The City will dedicate the first phase of its new Field of Honor Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day. The memorial honors veterans and pays tribute to all branches of the U.S. military. Although located in Chandler, it will stand as a regional memorial, honoring the dedication and love of country shown by all those patriots from the Southeast Valley who have served in the armed forces.

The memorial's completed first phase includes a family plaza overlook that replicates the Arizona State Flag and features low walls with inscriptions recognizing six core values significant to veterans and their families:
Freedom, Reflection, Recognition, Sacrifice, Family and Memories.  A donor recognition area and parking lot also are included.

The memorial is part of the 113-acre Veterans Oasis Park that includes a stocked urban fishing lake surrounded by walking trails, picnic areas and play areas for kids. The park also features an Environmental Education Center that has classrooms, a nature discovery room, exhibit areas and a nature store. Other features include a police substation and recessed wetlands area that recharges excess reclaimed water piped to the area in the winter months when demand for the water is low.

More information is available online at

Veterans Oasis Park, on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and
Lindsay roads, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler

Pioneer Park Observance

Honor America's military members at this traditional celebration and wreath presentation at Pioneer & Military Memorial Park in Phoenix.

There will be speakers and presentations by local Boy Scouts as well as re-enactment organizations representing the Revolutionary and Civil wars and the Buffalo Soldiers. There will also be rifle volleys by the Confederate Veterans and ceremonial Civil War-era cannon fire.

Visitors can tour the Smurthwaite House, which, along with the cemetery, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Details: 9 a.m. Monday, May 30. Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Free. 602-534-1262,


It is the kick off to Golfland Sunsplash's summer season. We will focus on their newest attraction the Double Dare, where the floor drops out beneath you and you land in the pool. Other attractions include the wave pool, zillions of slides, golf, race cars, bumper boats, arcade and laser tag. They won't be open yet but will have kids out there for us. 
155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210
Major cross streets: US 60 and Country Club

49 Angels

49 babies were killed in a fire at the ABC Daycare center in Hermosillo on 6/5/2009. Not a single person is in jail today for this tragedy. Was this an accident or a deliberate act?

Charlie Minn is back with this documentary titled "49 Angels." The film will open on 6/3 at Harkins Arizona Mills in Tempe and will run for at least a week. The seven-year anniversary of this tragedy is on June 5th. The website is

Sun Safety Myths

Summer is upon us and the American Cancer Society wants to encourage sun safety awareness. As you head spend your Memorial Day holiday outdoors, the Society reminds you to protect your skin from harmful UV rays by using a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), wearing clothing that limits the amount of skin exposed and a wide-brimmed hat, as well as sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them. 

If you or someone you know needs help or information about cancer, please call the American Cancer Society toll-free number 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our web site at The website has a lot of information about skin cancer, including quizzes to gauge your sun safety, example pictures of different types of skin cancer, and detailed information about the different types of skin cancer.

Chef Dad: Food Safe Summer

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and everyone's going to be grilling out, cooking out, or at BBQ parties.... and while all that food looks amazing.... if it's sitting out too long, it could be entering the danger zone. Chef Dad is here with some food safety and handling advice we should all be following...and this topic is one Chef Dad knows all too well, it was his major point of study in college. And, according to, there are four simple steps we should all follow, and "when in doubt, throw it out."

Food Storage
Always bring at least two large coolers with you. If you keep your coolers out in the hot garage, bring them inside the house the day before with the lids open to cool down. Use one that has about 10lbs. of ice with the food in it.  Fill the other with just ice to serve the food with.  Before putting the ice and food in your cooler, clean the inside of the cooler with warm soapy water and rinse well.  Any item you would keep in your fridge at home needs to be kept in the cooler until it's time to eat then back in the cooler within an hour after eating.

The Danger Zone
Everything from your mayonnaise to your cooked hamburger is exposed to potential bacteria when it is exposed to a temperature over 40 degrees and up to 140 degrees.  But just keep one rule in mind and that is if your outside temp is below 90 degrees, you've got between 1 ½ - 2 hours max of exposure time that is safe.  If it's over 90 degrees out, don't leave the food out for more than an hour.  In both instances, avoid exposure to direct sunlight by setting up in a shaded area or use an umbrella.  

Packing Up
When packing your cooler, be sure each veggie, condiment, meat, salad, etc. is packed in separate containers to avoid cross contamination.  If possible, use the container from the store to serve the food in or move it into the serving dish before covering and packing.  Bring extra wrapping paper and zipper bags with you to re-seal your foods to bring home safely.

Serving the Food
Avoid the temptation of setting the table with your condiments, cheeses, veggies, buns, etc. well in advance of the time to eat.  Wait to do that until the last minute to minimize the exposure time.  If someone is barbequing, ask them to tell you when they are about 10 minutes away from serving to give you time to set up.

If you are serving things like potato salad, cole slaw, tuna salad, etc.  Bring an extra-large bowl to fill halfway with ice so you can put your smaller containers of those cold foods on top of that ice.  Don't leave the spoon or fork for dishing out that food on the table.  Stick a serving spoon or fork in each container with the food and let people know to please put that back in when done helping themselves.  Bring extra serving utensils in case some of them end up getting dirty.  Put everything back in their storage containers and in the cooler soon after the meal is served.

Serving Beverages
If you're planning on serving drinks that require ice, get yourself a separate cooler that is clean and has a scoop or empty plastic cup to get that ice out.  If you're worried that the container is not sanitary, leave the ice in the bags standing up with the top of the bag opened.  The best way to keep canned beverages super cold is to fill a large bucket or cooler halfway with ice then add water just until the ice starts floating.  Add your drinks and they will be totally chilled within 15 minutes.

All Day Snacking Outdoors
As for the foods that can be left out, but not in the sunshine such as chips, cookies, pretzels, etc. Bring a large plastic container that has a snap on cover for the kids to grab a quick bite and run.

Rule of Thumb
If in doubt, just remember that fresh foods like veggies, meats, cheeses, dairy products and foods that contain any of these items will spoil quickly. Foods that have preservatives in them last a while longer.  Heat & light will accelerate spoilage, so avoid them for all foods the best you can. 

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Stay cool in the summer with Udder Delights Sorbet's

Truck is a Vintage 1958 Restored Mr. Softee Ice Cream Truck Sorbet's are dairy and fat free, always use fresh ingredients and are made from scratch Prince Tribute Flavor Raspberry Sorbet

Other flavors include Cucumber, Passionberry, Sweet Tea, Mangoneada, Strawberry Moscato, Pineapple and more
Visit the store at Val Vista & Warner in Gilbert
Udder Delights
1385 Warner Rd Ste 103
Gilbert AZ 85296

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Available to book for private parties and events