Thursday July 28

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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, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center Street in Mesa. Some of the employers attending this event include: Arizona Dept. of Economic Security, H&H Resolution, Quicken Loans and Saturn Wealth.

Jobs will be available in Accounting, Administrative, Banking, Customer Service and Sales. 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 www.ChoiceCareerFairs.com.

Beat the Heat and Support Phoenix Children's with a Dairy Queen Blizzard 

On Thursday, July 28, Dairy Queen will host their 11th Annual Miracle Treat Day, with $1.00 or more from the sale of each Blizzard Treat benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit that raises money for children's hospitals across the country. Proceeds from Blizzard Treat sales in the Valley and surrounding areas will benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH).

Last year Dairy Queen stores in the Valley raised nearly $75,000 for Phoenix Children's on Miracle Treat Day and through additional fundraising efforts. Nationwide the day raised more than $5 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the biggest Miracle Treat Day to date for the organization.

Participating Dairy Queen locations nationwide, including all Valley stores. To find a participating location, visit www.miracletreatday.com.

Arizona Breakfast Weekend Returns, July 28-31

Valley chefs and restaurateurs are uniting for an event that celebrates the most important meal of the day: breakfast. The second annual Arizona Breakfast Weekend hits eateries July 28-31. Diners will enjoy special dishes at breakfast and brunch spots offered at $7, $10 and $15 price points. 

Confirmed restaurants so far include: Wildflower Bread Company, Rusconi's American Kitchen, Original Breakfast House and The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer's. Over 40 restaurants participated last year, and it is anticipated that the number will increase to over 50 this year. 
A full list of participating restaurants and menus will be available in late June/early July at www.arizonabreakfastweekend.com or call 602-307-9134.

Arizona Breakfast Weekend Menu:

  • Pastries (choose one)
  • Plain or pecan cinnamon roll maple scone - blueberry muffin apple streusel muffin banana-pecan muffin brown sugar bran muffin
  • Breakfast favorites (choose two) 
  • Chipotle egg burrito the killer the farmers’ choice the bono the house request - Sante Fe sautee crack-o-dawn sautee  huevos-N-chorizo 
  • Specialty coffee drinks (choose two) 
  • Traditional latte flavored latte cappuccino Americano cold brew chai-tea

After School Snacks

Funky Monkey Bruschetta
Serves 6 - 8

8 oz. cream 
1 tsp. peanut butter or other nut butter
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. maple syrup
1 small loaf of oat bread
1 banana
¼ cup coconut chips
¼ cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Combine cream cheese, peanut butter, cinnamon and maple syrup and mix until smooth.
Spread cream cheese on bread slices and top with chopped banana, coconut chips and walnuts.

After School Apple "Pies"
Serves 6 - 8

2 large apples (favorite variety)
3 Tbs sunflower seed butter (or nut butter)
3 Tbs agave nectar (or honey)
4 Tbs granola
¼ cup dried cherries
2 tsp chia seeds

Slice apples into 1/8 in slices through the middle so that they are flat rounds
Combine sunflower seed butter and agave and mix until its easily spreadable consistency (add more or less agave depending on the thickness of your nut/seed butter)
Put the sunflower butter spread into a Ziploc bag and snip off one end to create a piping bag
Pipe the butter onto the surface of the apple slice
Sprinkle with granola, cherries and chia
Repeat until all apple is used
Serve immediately (apples will brown if they sit out in slices) *spray or toss with lemon juice if you are making these in advance and want to prevent browning

For more information visit Joanie Simon Food Blogger at www.JoanieSimon.com 
Email: food@joaniesimon.com

Recipe Links:
http://joaniesimon.com/funky-monkey-kids-banana-bruschetta/
http://joaniesimon.com/after-school-apple-pies/

Dr. Redcross: Price of Pain and Safer Options for Relief

PAIN: It's a massive problem that affects 125 million Americans who are spending close to $300 billion on pills, pot, procedures and natural remedies to find relief. These numbers are fueling a national conversation about pain relief and how it should be addressed. Are doctors responsible for the painkiller epidemic or is it the patient's fault? "When your head is pounding, joints are aching or your back is in agony, the normal reaction for most people is to reach for the first thing that can help make that pain go away," says Dr. Ken Redcross, a board-certified internal medicine physician and founder of Redcross Concierge. "Patients in pain are not always thinking clearly and will go to their doctor demanding painkillers for quick relief.

It's the doctor's responsibility, as well as the patient's, to step back and take time to assess the root causes and explore the best protocol for immediate and long-term relief." Redcross says that pain medication can be an ineffective treatment and frequent use of over-the-counter painkillers can be a slippery slope to addiction. She says pain is your body's way of alerting you to an underlying problem that needs to be resolved, not masked. Redcross also says there are diet and lifestyle changes as well as natural remedies that can help pain sufferers get relief from some of the three most common pain complaints, and reduce reliance on heavy sedative medication that have potential side effects:

1) Muscle Pain: Tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries are the most common causes of muscle pain. Muscle pain is usually localized, affecting just a few muscles or a small part of your body with some of the most common complaint areas being the neck, back and shoulders. Causes of muscle pain include injuries, poor posture, sitting or standing for too long without movement and repetitive movements or overuse of certain muscles. In addition to pain, many sufferers feel fatigue and have trouble sleeping. A JAMA study reported the diseases with the largest number of years lived with disability in 2010 were low back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders including neck pain. Changes that help relieve muscle pain:

Diet Fixes: Eat more foods that can help ease muscle pain like Indian foods that have superpower spice turmeric. If magnesium is low in the body, it can cause muscle aches and pains so be sure to eat plenty of pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, black beans, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, cocoa powder, Swiss chard and spinach.

Relief Remedies: A homeopathic medicine derived from Arnica montana (aka mountain daisy) can be taken orally or used topically as a gel or cream for relief of muscle pain and stiffness. The ingredient found in Arnicare can also relieve swelling and discoloration from bruising. Unlike menthol rubs, the cream and gel is odorless.

 Lifestyle Changes: Warm baths or showers can help relax muscles. Add Epsom salts to a hot bath for an added benefit.

2) Joint Pain: Damage to the joints from disease or injury can cause pain in the form of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains and other injuries. Joint pain can affect any part of your body but knee pain is the most common complaint. In one national study, one-third of all adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Age and injuries increase your risk. Changes that help relieve joint pain:

Diet Fixes: Limit foods that trigger joint pain to reduce inflammation including processed, fried and frozen foods; dairy products; sodas, sugars and refined carbohydrates; and salty foods.

Relief Remedies: Since natural glucosamine levels drop as you age, supplementing with it helps keep the cartilage in joints healthy. Check your vitamin D levels to see if you need to supplement with more D. Research shows that people with low levels of vitamin D may have more joint pain.

Lifestyle Changes: Weight loss is highly effective because every pound you lose equals 4 pounds less pressure on your knees. Some sufferers even see their symptoms disappear if they lose 10-20 pounds. Low-impact exercise also helps reduce pain and can contribute to weight loss.

Dr. Ken Redcross, MD, is founder of Redcross Concierge, a personalized medical practice designed to enhance the patient-doctor relationship while providing convenient access to a full spectrum of healthcare services and holistic and wellness counseling. As one of the first full-service concierge, personalized medical practices in the United States,

For more personalized medicine tips go to: www.drredcross.com or follow on Twitter at @DrRedcross.

The First Lady of Philanthropy book signing at The Bookshop

If you've always wanted to give back, but you don’t know where to start, the First Lady of Philanthropy can help. Jean Shafiroff, known as The First Lady of Philanthropy is in town with her new book called Successful Philanthropy. It's a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today's era. Far more than making monetary donations, philanthropy today encompasses giving time and knowledge, resources that can be just as valuable as financial contributions. 

She buried herself into Philanthropy after her children went to college (empty nester). She can speak about the steps to look at when analyzing and vetting a charity how anyone can help, and that it's not just about the $$$, why philanthropy should start at a young age, how to build a social philanthropic backbone, and the power celebs she has worked with.  

1)    Charity Starts at Home for families pick something that you can do as a unit common interest this will be a twofold experience to give back and also get to spend more time with your loved ones.
2)    Making sure the charity you choose is above board simple sites like Charity Navigator help you make an informed decision and see how the money raised is used etc.
3)    When it comes to deciding between donating money and or time do what is comfortable for you start small and if circumstances allow monetary will come but time is more than ever valuable.
4)    Have fun Philanthropy will open your life up to so much more and provide fulfilment so love what you do and your chosen cause and you'll never go wrong.

Available at all good bookstores and also visiting: www.jeanshafiroff.com 

The Bookshop
6018 N 16TH ST, PHX, 85016
Thursday July 28
12-1pm 
Website: http://www.thebookshopaz.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-BookShop-Arizona-735819506533934/

Flower Child

For those that are busy or simply don't know how to cook but want to serve a healthy meal on the family dinner table, Flower Child offers family pick up options and pricing. 

The food is prepared very quickly which makes it great for people who are looking for healthy options to go. Even great for parents looking to pick up a quick meal for their kids between soccer, piano, dance, etc. 

Facebook webpage: www.facebook.com/EatFlowerChild 
Instagram: @eatflowerchild
Website: www.iamaflowerchild.com

Locations in North Scottsdale, Arcadia and Uptown Phoenix.