Thursday, June 30

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Riverside Elementary School District Job Fair

Riverside Elementary School District No. 2, located in West Phoenix, is hosting a job fair for those interested in the very rewarding education field to fill positions for bus drivers and teachers from 2nd grade to 8th grade in Riverside Traditional Elementary and Kings Ridge Preparatory, its soon-to-open Advanced STEM Magnet School (MIT, 7th and 8th grade) and Maricopa Institute of Technology (MIT, 9th and 12th grade.) Riverside School District strives to hire the best STEM-minded teachers and bus drivers and compensate them with higher salaries, great health benefits and many other incentives.

Thursday, June 30th
From 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Riverside Elementary School District Office 
1414 South 51st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85043
The event is free and individuals are invited to walk in without prior registration.
For more information call 602-477-8900 or fill out an application, visit

Choice Career Fairs is holding a career fair to give job seekers the opportunity to connect with local employers

The career fair will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. in Glendale.

Some of the employers attending this event include: Celerion, First American Homebuyers Protection, Rest Assured, Sodexo and Valley Life.

Jobs will be available in Customer Service, Healthcare, Hospitality, Sales and Transportation.

All job seekers are welcome to attend this event to submit resumes, network and meet face-to-face with local hiring managers.

To learn more about this career fair, go to

Steak and Stone Steakhouse and Barbeque

American cuisine. Steak and Stone has painstakingly assembled a pallet of sultry tastes designed to woo the senses! The truly unique artisan steaks, chicken and seafood is served on a 500 degree searing hot stone that the guest cook their meats at the table. 

2613 N Thunderbird Circle
Cross Streets:  Higley and KcKellips
(480) 830-6100

4th of Zoo-Ly

Monday, July 4th
7pm to 10 p.m. 

  •     Free carousel rides 
  •     Bounce houses, inflatable slides
  •     Up-close animal encounters
  •     Studio 8 Entertainment providing music and games
  •     Special view from the Zoo of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular
  •     Catered BBQ dinner at the lakeside lawn

Tickets on sale now and must be purchased ahead of time!

  • Adults (13+): $45.00 
  • Children (3 - 12): $35.00 
  • Children 2 and under are FREE, but reservations are still required. 

For more information visit:

Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
455 N. Galvin Parkway | Phoenix, AZ 85008

Social Media Day: How to teach kids to be responsible on social media - do's and don'ts of posting.

  • Don't post private information or locations
  • Don't post status updates or share detail about emotional state - sad, lonely, depressed
  • Only connect with people you actually know - teach difference between real friends and online friends often and early
  • Check and recheck privacy settings
  • Turn-off geotagging whenever possible
  • Parents be aware of the Apps kids are downloading
  • Have all family members' passwords and check their pages and profiles regularly

Technology Wellness Center
Dr. Lisa Strohman
8757 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

In addition to establishing Technology Wellness Center, Dr. Strohman also co-authored a book, "Unplug: raising kids in a technology addicted world," which is available via and Amazon. 

Slow Cookers: Crockpot Meals

The secret to slow cookers is 1 lb. of meat/vegetables to 1 cup of liquid/sauce
Hak's is a personal favorite for a super easy sauce.  Dump it in the cooker with a combo of meat and veggies and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  Add more delicate vegetables (bell peppers, peas, asparagus) near the end so they don't disintegrate.
Slow cooking is a great way to use up veggies that are past their prime.
Be sure to season the final result before serving
More Slow Cooker recipes can be found on my website at

Joanie Simon Recipe Developer -

Sweet & Sour Pork with Pineapple

    1.5 - 2lb boneless pork sirloin roast
    1 Tbsp. oil
    1 Tbs flour
    1 yellow onion chopped
    2 red bell peppers chopped
    1 green bell pepper chopped
    ½ fresh pineapple chopped
    4 ounces water
    ¼ cup orange juice
    4 cloves garlic minced
    6 ounces tomato paste
    1 Tbs ginger paste
    2 Tbs soy sauce
    2 Tbs agave nectar (or honey)
    ½ cup brown sugar
    2 Tbs rice wine vinegar
1.    Cut the pork roast into 2 inch cubes and toss with flour. Sear the pork cubes in a skillet over high heat in 1 Tbs oil just to get some browning on the outside of each.
2.    Add the pork and all other ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. *If you prefer your peppers less soft, wait to add them until the last hour of cooking

Disney Princesses and Girls' Self-Image

Q: So, are Disney princesses harmful to girl’s development?  
A: Princesses in and of themselves are not harmful; it's the thinking that young kids take away that matters. So parent/child conversations about princesses really count!

Q: So, parent-child conversations can lessen the effects of princess media & marketing? 
A: Yes, always! Talk about: prosocial, personal, and physical qualities of princesses & marketing (ex: Merida from Brave). 

Q: How does this Princess research relate to the growing conversation about gender identity?
A: Any parent-child conversation that promote flexible, tolerant thinking about gender and gender non-conformity is good for every child's self-esteem and for compassionate social development. 

Q: How can parents support tolerance even if they are not comfortable with gender issues? 
A: Encourage tolerance in your children - Even if you don't share that child's outlook, there is no excuse for being mean. 

Q: Are there any media resources to help parents have these conversations? 
A: Yes!   Twitter@CommonSense  Twitter@AMightyGirl   Twitter@tolerance_org     Twitter@GenderSpectrum

Dr. Beth Onufrak 
Clinical Child Psychologist, Early Childhood Specialist and Parent Educator

Owner of Dr.BethKids
Creator of the ChildSightTools® parent seminar series

Office Location: 
1300 E. Missouri Ave.
Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 386-1292


Next ChildSightTools® Parent seminar is July 9th 
Details & registration at

Tips for purchasing a used vehicle

1.    Check engine light: turn the key and make sure all lights come on. Look at the Instrument cluster. Do a bulb test. 
2.    Tires in need of replacement: use a coin and check the tread. 
3.    Masking the engine compartment: even though the car is detailed look for hidden problems such as radiator hose that is ready to blow 
4.    Is the vehicle due for major maintenance service?  Check service invoices or better yet, get inspected by a mechanic. 
5.    Make sure car hasn't been in a wreck, if so, warranty transfer: Frank will show how to check various areas to determine if repairs have been done. Look at warranties.
6.    Flood damage Vehicle from a part of the country that may be prone to flooding?  Look in the trunk for water line stain.
7.    Recalls with long waits, have they been performed? Take the VIN# and make sure it is clear. 
8.    Vehicle too detailed or too clean? Too much could mean hiding an expensive repair or problem. 

Desert Car Care of Chandler 95 N. Dobson Rd. Chandler, 85224 (480) 420-3555

The Arizona heat can create serious health issues quickly. How can I stay safe?

Listen to your body. When outdoor temperatures and activity levels increase, it's vitally important to listen to your body and take breaks - especially if you start to feel light-headed, overheated or develop a headache. These are warning signs of dehydration. Don't ignore them!

Have fluids readily available. Plan ahead and make sure you drink water throughout the day and night to replenish fluids lost during activities. 
Water will do the trick. For most people, water will be sufficient enough to keep you properly hydrated. 
How much water is enough? To avoid dehydration, active people should drink at least 16-20 ounces of fluid one to two hours before any outdoor activity. After that, you should consume 6-12 ounces of fluid every 10-15 minutes that you are outside. When you are finished with the activity, you should drink another 6-12 ounces.

Be careful when drinking alcohol. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. A good strategy is to alternate alcoholic beverages with water. 

The hotter it gets outside, the more people spend time in the pool. How can we stay safe around water?

Watch children at all times. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, at least 202 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in a swimming pool or spa in the United States last year, according to statistics.

Be prepared for the worst. Know the basics of life-saving, including compression-only CPR. Keep a cellphone close when you're outside. 
Learn how to swim, and teach your child how to swim. Teach children basic water safety tips. 
Watch out for hidden dangers. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments. 

The Fourth of July is fast approaching. That means a lot of backyard grilling. What do we need to know to stay safe around the barbecue?

According to national statistics, each year in the United States grill fires cause: 

  •     13 deaths 
  •     120 injuries 
  •     $70 million in property damage 
  •     Children under five account for about 22% of burn injuries involving grills.

Some tips for safe grilling:

  •     Select a location away from children, pets or flammable objects. 
  •     Keep the grill clean by removing excess grease and residue. 
  •     Keep a fire extinguisher close by. 
  •     Use long-handled tongs and spatulas with heat-resistant handles. 
  •     Never leave the barbecue unattended.

If you need to learn more about how to stay safe this summer, visit the AMR Maricopa Facebook page at today.