Friday, June 3

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The City of Phoenix is reminding hikers to "Take a Hike. Do it Right." by following essential desert hiking safety precautions

  • Watch the Weather: Yes, "it's a dry heat” but Arizona's temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it's cool outside, try early mornings and evenings when there's more shade.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring Water: Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need.
  • Keep in Contact: Carry a mobile phone.
  • Team Up: Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.
  • Be Honest: Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)
  • Don't Trailblaze: Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.
  • Take Responsibility: Don't be "that person" - the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!

Sobas Noodles

Craving Japanese, but the boss wants pho? Have a hankering for hot and spicy, but the kids are clamoring for Chinese? Once upon a time it would have taken some serious international traveling to accommodate all taste buds, but that's all about to change with the upcoming opening of Sobas.

With a menu boasting everything from Korean BBQ and Bao Mi to ramen noodle bowls and
Boba tea, Sobas is set to please fans of all types of Asian cuisine when it bursts onto Gilbert's burgeoning restaurant scene on June 4th.

The free bowls are happening on Saturday, June 4th starting at 11 am. 

Free Bowls Day Sobas
Grand Opening!
Saturday, June 4th at 11:00 am
3757 S. Gilbert Road, Ste 106, Gilbert, AZ

Carbs for a Cause

Oregano's Pizza Bistro and its 14 locations in the Valley and Flagstaff are partnering for the second consecutive year on a charity food donation event with St. Mary's Food Bank this time on "Carbs for a Cause," an effort to donate more than 50,000 pasta meals to needy families in the Valley and Northern Arizona

The drive gives Oregano's guests three ways to "Use Your Noodle" to help hungry families in need of a hearty meal:

By buying a pasta dish at any Oregano's location between June 6th and June 10th. For every pasta dish sold between 6/6 and 6/10, Oregano's will donate three pasta meals to St. Mary's Food Bank.

By buying a special edition "Noodlist Colony: For every $20 t-shirt sold, Oregano's will donate five days of pasta dinners for a family of four to St. Mary's Food Bank.

By donating online at For each $5 donation, Oregano's will donate one week of pasta dinners for a family of four to St. Mary's Food Bank.

With food banks reliant on pasta as a staple for families in need, Oregano's founder and CEO Mark S. Russell saw "Carbs For A Cause" as a perfect match for the restaurants, their guests and Oregano's more than 1,100 employees. The goal of the drive is to donate at least 50,000 pasta meals to St. Mary's. Additionally, Oregano's two Tucson locations goal is to donate at least 10,000 pasta meals to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
"Pasta is huge for us and it's just as big for our partners at the food banks," said Russell. "At Oregano's, we've been feeding families heaping pasta dishes for more than two decades. We're putting our energy into Carbs for a Cause because we very much want to share the great feeling a pasta meal brings with the families who rely on St. Mary's Food Bank."
Founded in 1993, Oregano's has 13 Valley locations, one location in Flagstaff and two Tucson restaurants. Two new locations will open soon one in Surprise and one in Superstition Springs. Specializing in original Chicago-style thin crust, stuffed and pan pizzas, as well as abundant specialty salads and pastas, Oregano's menu continues to be inspired by recipes passed down from Russell's family. You can learn more about St. Mary's Food Bank online.
Want to help us help needy families? Click here:

AAA is revealing the top three distractions that lead to teen car crashes

1.     Passengers (15 percent): Having just one passenger with a teen driver adds a 44 percent likelihood of crashing, while having three passengers quadruples the chance. In a 2015 focus group of Arizona teen drivers, 69 percent of teens reported driving with more than one passenger and a quarter of drivers reported that they or their passengers do not always wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
2.     Cell phones (12 percent): Cell phone use deserves its often-maligned reputation as a deadly weapon. Talking, texting or operating a cell phone remains a leading cause of crashes, as the time a driver's eyes are off the road can increase by up to 400 percent. In the 2015 focus group of Arizona teen drivers, 64 percent of drivers age 17 and older reported using a cell phone or texting while driving.
3.     Looking around (11 percent): Drivers that attend to things or look at passengers inside the vehicle are more prone to crash. Even looking away from the road for 2 seconds doubles the chance of having a crash.

As the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer begins, AAA offers tips on what parents can do to help keep teens safe this summer: 

4.     Contract negotiation. Written agreements help enforce clear rules about night driving, passengers, access to the car, and more. AAA Insurance offers a parent-teen driving agreement on its teen driver safety website, Keys2Drive. The website also offers a variety of additional tools and resources for parents and teens as they progress through the learning-to-drive process.
5.     Take advantage of training tools. Enhance your teen's driving, critical thinking and decision-making skills with driver training. AAA offers programs such as teenSMART, which can earn up to 24 percent off your teen's AAA auto insurance upon completion; Teaching Your Teens to Drive, which helps guide parents who choose to teach their teens to drive themselves; and Driver-ZED, which helps teens practice recognizing and avoiding road hazards. DrivingMBA is the only driving school in Arizona that uses state-of-the-art driving simulators to test its students.
6.     Permit Prep Challenge. Families with teens approaching driving age should consider attending AAA's Permit Prep Challenge. This free, 90-minute workshop prepares teens for their written permit test and educates parents and caregivers on what they need to know before their new driver takes the wheel.
For more information on AAA's resources for parents and teens, visit:

AAA is the best roadside assistance solution, offering the fastest response times and highest satisfaction rates in the industry. The club responds to more than 550,000 calls for roadside assistance in Arizona every year. AAA Arizona provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 900,000 Arizonans. The club also provides discounts, financial services, driver training resources and is a leading advocate for motorists and travelers alike.
Stay connected with AAA Arizona online at

Summer Books

Changing Hands Tempe
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283

Changing Hands Phoenix
300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013


The city is beginning to offer self-defense classes to residents. They are going to be taught by Jui Chiu.out of the city's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He has an extensive background in law enforcement, military, and martial arts making him an expert in this area.
He teaches people how to defend themselves from attackers with simple objects, like markers!

He even teaches the technique to kids, and could bring in a child for a demonstration.
More details:

Pursuit of Happiness

Adam Shell's film, Pursuing Happiness will play at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona (June 1-5). Americans spend billions of dollars a year trying to get happy but what is the secret to actually finding happiness?  How do America's most positive people actually fulfill the pursuit of happiness that is promised to us as a right?  Documentarian Adam Shell (Put the Camera on Me and Finding Kraftland) wanted to find the answer so he asked.  

And the response is the compelling, joyous, and provocative documentary, “Pursuing Happiness.” Made over the course of two years   with crowdfunding and social media as the source for both the production budget and the film's content the film follows Shell and producer Nicholas Kraft across the country where they talk to remarkable people who radiate genuine happiness. Every story shows a different struggle and a different triumph as artists, public servants, parents, and dreamers show the world what makes them happy   and how that happiness has a remarkable impact on the people and communities that surround them.

With testimony from experts in the field of mindfulness, psychology, art, sociology, religion, and cultural studies, Pursuing Happiness is a crash course in what makes us our best, and the film has brought Shell into contact with the growing worldwide happiness movement.   With successful screenings at several film festivals (which lead to an appearance for Shell at the United Nations and on  The Today Show ), the film will be released in select theatres this spring and on demand and streaming services throughout 2016. 

For more information on the movie visit: 

For more information on the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona (June 1-5) visit:

Ozzy Food Truck

We're SO excited to announce our food truck, named "Ozzy" in honor of our greatly missed Labrador, will be on the road November 2015! Our friendly team will be making their way around Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Phoenix right here in Arizona! Stay tuned for details, and make sure to bookmark our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ pages for up to the minute information on where we'll be serving up our famous, melt in your mouth savory pies!  Visit:

Down Under Foods is a member of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition,  AZ Gourmet Wheels, Food Truck Feeds, RAD Food Trucks, Food Truck Familia, has a Mesa Peddler's License and is an approved vendor at Mesa Public Schools. We're also licensed in Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, and Chandler (we are now proudly a member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce).  We plan to expand to the West Valley of Phoenix in the coming weeks and months. The Collins family is also affiliated with the following rescues: Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue, Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary, and Underdog Rescue of Arizona.
For more information visit: