Friday, July 1

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Google "My Activity" Tool

Google has come out with a new tool called, "My Activity." This tool shows you almost everything you do online related to your google account.

If you find something you'd like Google to stop tracking, Go to "My Account."

Under the "Personal Info & Privacy" section select, "Manage your Google Activity."  

Select, "Activity Controls," there is where you'll be able to pick and choose what Google is recording.    
Red, White and Boom

Celebrating the bright light of patriotism, the 41st annual Ahwatukee Red, White & Boom Fireworks Celebration is taking place today, July 1st from 5-10 p.m. at Pecos Park. We will showcase some of the highlights, vendors, entertainment elements, etc. Plus, the Phoenix Fire Department will join us for fireworks safety.

Admission is $5 and that includes the entertainment, activities and kids’ zone. 

Dedicated FREE parking with courtesy shuttle service will be available at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Valley Metro shuttle service will also be available, please be advised that 48th Street will be closed between Chandler Blvd and Frye Rd. Also, Willis Road will be closed from 9-9:30 p.m. 

There will be two different entertainment and VIP packages available in limited quantities, while supplies last, for $25 per person. First, patrons can enjoy the Oasis Lounge Pack which includes all access to the swimming pool and water play area, private restrooms, a complimentary meal and beverages. Also, for $25 enjoy access to the Boom Room offering a misted zone with private restrooms, a complimentary meal, beverages and exclusive access to the live entertainment and fireworks show. 

Full Entertainment Schedule
5-6:55 p.m.    Blue Review Band
7-8:55 p.m.    Georgia Chrome
8:55-9 p.m.    National Anthem 
9-9:30 p.m.    Fireworks

Activities Schedule
5:45 p.m.    Hula Hoop Contest
6 p.m.        Spoon Races
6:30 p.m.    Von Hanson's Hot Dog Eating Contest
7 p.m.        Sack Races
7:30 p.m.    Cherry Pie Eating Contest

For more information visit: 

Ahwatukee Red, White & Boom Fireworks Celebration
Pecos Park
17010 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048

Kris Kringle Closing

It's Christmas every day of the year inside Kris Kringle on 5th, especially on July 1st for Christmas in July. But this year, sad news, as this whimsical shop will be closing their doors after 35 years in business. Right now, customers can say goodbye to owner Margie Lee, while getting 50% off all ornaments. Margie is expecting to close up shop by July or August. 

Inside this consignment shop there's tons to look at, and maybe you'll see a trinket or two that'll bring back memories of Christmas growing up. You'll be overwhelmed by the feel of Santa's workshop, dolls and figurines. If you come in here ready to browse, dig and collect, during your hunt, you'll be sure to find a treasure or two. 

Visit their Facebook page for more information:

Kris Kringle on 5th
7116 E 5th Ave
5th Ave, 1 block West of Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 949-5933 

Bevy 4th Brunch

Bevy will be hosting a huge Sunday "3rd" of July Pre-Bash as a prelude to the 4th of July. The 3rd of July Pre-Bash will be an ode to "Sparkling Wine and Good Times," guests will be able to celebrate with $15 bottles of Italian Prosecco, $15 bottles of Campo Viejo Rose Champagne, $3 beer specials and $5 liquor specials all day long. 
Plus, guests can upgrade to a Bevvy Champagne Breakfast, which includes a bottle of Dom Perion and two Jumbo Bacon Wrapped Corn Dogs.  

Bevvy will be hosting an Independence Day party on Monday, July 4th. They will be extending all of your favorite patriotic specials including Red, White & Blue liquor specials & beer specials, $20 bottles of wine, $15 buckets of beer, and much more!  We will also be serving our menu of upscale gastropub fare including 60/40 Burger, Chicken Drummies and Homemade Poppers.  

For more information visit:

4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Cross Streets: Saddlebag Trail & Shoeman Lane
(480) 525-9300

4 ways to Recycle on the 4th

Four Ways to Make Your July 4th More Sustainable"! As you plan your July 4th picnics and barbeques, here are four tips from Republic Services to help you make your holiday celebration more sustainable:

1.    The safest way to dispose of both used and unused fireworks is to submerge them in water before disposal. Disposing of your soaked firework debris, including used matches, also helps to prevent littering.

2.    After your cookout, be sure to allow charcoal ashes to safely cool. Then, carefully pour water over the charcoal to accelerate the cooling process. Once completely cool, wrap charcoal in aluminum foil. Now it is ready to be safely disposed of in a trash bin. You might also consider using petroleum-free charcoal starters as alternative for your cookout.

3.    Careful meal planning and grocery shopping can help to curb food waste. In addition to making a shopping list, send leftovers home with guests to further reduce food waste.

4.    Consider using washable serve ware whenever possible. If that's not possible, try to buy environmentally friendly, disposable serve ware, such as products made from renewable, biodegradable, or recycled material.

And always make sure your recyclables are EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY before tossing them in the blue recycling bin. Help make this Fourth of July safe, fun and sustainable!

Japhy's Descent

For over half a decade Japhy's Descent has been rocking out in every local venue throughout the Phoenix metro area. Their combination of blues, hard rock and classic rock comes is an electrifying sound whether it's found on record or in their stunning live show. If Japhy's Descent first record was Just A Peak (2011), everything since then has been the entire mountain range, it seems everything they do is a blues drenched, psychedelic, rock odyssey and keeps going. Japhy's Descent consists of Travis (lead vocals/guitar), Martin (lead guitar), Brian (bass), and James (drums). Together they have crafted an amazing sound that has garnered a loyal and fervent fan base. Their shows are always an amazing experience that attract more interest with each passing gig.

The first great record Japhy's Descent released was the Feedback EP, which was a four song affair previewing their following release. This led to their stunning double album Moon Noon, featuring one disc of acoustic tracks joined by their fellow artists in the community and the other disc featuring the raw rock'n'roll of Japhy's Descent. Both of these releases were produced by Brian and they stood out as a clear sign that Japhy's Descent had truly come in to their own. This fall Japhy's Descent released their newest masterpiece and highly anticipated new record, Christopher Robin an album inspired by Benjamin Hoff's book The Tao of Pooh. Featuring singles like "The Owl" and "Bounce" it is their best work to date. It far surpasses their previous releases in scope, vision and sheer brilliance. In concept, execution and delivery Christopher Robin is one of the finest full length album of the year. Clearly, Japhy's Descent is on a roll and their music seems to get better with each show, each recording and each passing day.

For more information visit:

High Pollutions

1- PHX is #5 in the country: The association's 2016 "State of the Air" report found that the Valley of the Sun ranked No. 5 for most polluted city nationwide for ozone, decreasing only slightly from levels recorded in 2015

2- Poor air quality has long been linked to lung and heart problems, including coronary artery disease, emphysema, respiratory infections, stroke, and cancer. It also is especially dangerous for pregnant women, as it can contribute to birth defects. 

3-Of the pollutants- Ozone is the worst-Ozone -- which can pose a major problem for asthmatics and others--
Ozone causes inflammation and heightens sensitivity to outdoor allergens such as pollen or mold. This can increase the chance of an asthma attack.

4- What do?  On day with High levels of ozone-- Asthmatics and sensitive people should stay inside or try to avoid a lot of outdoor activity. For others try to stay away from roads and avoid high exertion exercise outdoors
Get HEPA air filters

Dr. Amy Shah
Allergy & immunology 
18700 N 64th Dr Ste 201, Glendale, AZ 85308 
(888) 322 - 7296

The Rise Dance Academy


Cigna Summer Itty Bitty Beach Party

The Cigna Summer Itty Bitty Beach Party is a FREE water safety event Friday, July 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at University Pool that offers children ages six and younger and their parents the opportunity to cool off and celebrate summer. The event is part of Cigna HealthCare of Arizona and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's Aquatic Section water safety education program. 

Activities and visuals include:

  •     Free open swim
  •     Water safety puppet show
  •     CPR demonstrations
  •     Appearance by Buddy Bear, City of Phoenix water safety mascot
  •     Games
  •     Dance contests
  •     Swimsuit contests 
  •     Hawaiian leis, sunglasses, prizes and more!

University Pool
1102 W. Van Buren St. 
(Located on the North side of Van Buren St. off of 11th St.)

Cigna HealthCare of Arizona and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's Aquatic Section are partnering for the 29th year to make summers exciting with free water safety programs for children and discounted water aerobics classes for seniors.

For more information on Cigna Summer activities visit

Let Freedom Read

From July 1st through July 7th 2016, Books will be kicking off Let Freedom Read Campaign! All of our books will be 20% off. While supplies last, we will be passing out free copies of the U. S. Constitution & Declaration of Independence with every purchase. We will donate a portion of our sales to the Semper Fi Fund.

This event will run from July 1st through July 7th. Our hours are M-F 10 AM to 6:30 PM, Sat. 10 AM to 5 PM. Our address is: 9201 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021. There is no cost to attend. 

Our store has a history of helping out military members and veterans. During the Second Gulf War, we shipped thousands of books to our service members stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as others stationed worldwide. In honor of our Nation's birthday, we'd like to help the Semper Fi Fund in their mission to help our veterans. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance and support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U. S. Armed Forces. Charity Watch has given the Semper Fi Fund their highest rating of an A+. 

To learn more visit, or call us at 602-678-4576.