Thursday, August 11

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Sandbags Locations


Tropical Storm Javier is headed our way! We have sand available for residents at two Tempe locations: Tempe Field Services, Rio Salado Parkway & Priest Drive (northeast corner, in the parking lot) and Benedict Sports Complex (northwest corner of Guadalupe and Kyrene roads)  east side of parking lot. There are a few bags available at each location on a first-come, first served basis. Be prepared for the storm: #monsoonready

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Sand and sand bags are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis through at three locations: 

  • Near the city's north Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador.
  • Near District 1 Police Headquarters, 7601 E. McKellips Road.
  • Solid Waste Transfer Station, 8417 E. Union Hills Drive.

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In the event of flooding, the city of Phoenix will provide sand at certain fire stations. Those fire stations will be listed on this page. Residents must bring a shovel and bags. We also encourage residents to learn more about Flood Barriers as a new way to protect property.
Current Locations:

  • Phoenix Fire Station #16, 1414 E. Mohave St.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #31, 5730 E. Thunderbird Rd.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #36, 21602 N. 9th Ave.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #40, 3838 N. 83rd Ave.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #48, 5230 W. Happy Valley Rd.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #49, 3750 E. Dynamite Blvd.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #52, 21650 N. Tatum Blvd.
  • Phoenix Fire Station #57, 1708 W. Dobbins Road

Phoenix Fire Department will provide free immunizations at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus on Thursday, August 11th 
Free vaccinations for children and free flu shots for children and adults will be available from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 11th at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Road.

The Phoenix Fire Department Baby Shots Immunization Program is providing the children's vaccinations and Walgreens is providing the flu shots. This program is available to anyone at least 8 years old.

The Phoenix Fire Department provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children's Program, a federally funded program that provides free immunizations to eligible children. Immunization records and proof of eligibility must be provided for the Baby Shots program. 

Vaccinations will be given to protect children against serious childhood diseases: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Pneumococcus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Meningococcal Disease, Human Papilloma Virus and Varicella.  The expanded program will now include adult Measles, Shingles and HPV.    

Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC reports that in the United States, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue as late as May.

For more information, call 602-534-BABY (2229) 
Free spay and neuter event at Pioneer Park

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control will be hosting a free spay and neuter and rabies vaccine event at Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St. 
Spay and neuter surgeries for pets will begin at 6:30 a.m. until full and rabies vaccines will start from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the following days:

  •     Thursday, Aug. 11 
  •     Saturday, Aug. 13
  •     Tuesday, Aug. 23
  •     Thursday, Aug. 25
  •     Tuesday, Aug. 30

Service is limited to first come, first served.  Limit 2 pets per household.  Please bring water for your pets as lines may be long.  All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.  Animals must be brought by legal owner 18 years and older and only Maricopa County residents.  Pregnant females will not be accepted. 
For more detailed information, please visit: or call (602) 506-7387.

Trampoline Injuries

A recent study claiming trampoline accidents are increasing didn't look at all the data- numbers went up because the number of parks across the country also went up!!!  From 25 to 350!  
Jumpstreet gets 1.8M visitors a year in its 16 locations across the country.  For every 10K visitors there is LESS than 1 injury per 10K people!  Compared to a football study of 38.7 injuries per 10K participants.  
Trampoline parks ARE safer due to safeguards and proper monitoring BUT the customers or jumpers have to know what to do in order to stay injury-free. 
Tips:  JUMP WITHIN YOUR ABILITIES! (Don’t do tricks you've never done.  NEVER do flips if you've never been trained to do.) 
Be aware of other jumpers around you.  You can control yourself but no one can control someone's last minute decision to do something unsafe.  
Report any unsafe behaviors to a monitor, if our monitor already hasn't spotted it out. 
Hydrate, condition yourself, and stretch and ease into the jumping and TAKE breaks! 

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Parks 

Chandler Location
455 E. Warner Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 270-8008

Glendale Location
5665 W. Bell Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 889-0081

Hula Hoop Record 

In celebration of the company's 61st anniversary Natural Grocers will attempt to beat the Guinness World Records title for most people hula hooping at multiple venues simultaneously.

The world record attempt will be streamed on social media using Facebook Live at all 122 Natural Grocers locations.
To participate in the Guinness World Records attempt anyone can come to a Natural Grocers store on August 11 at 4:45 pm, bring hula hoops (some hoops will be available at the store) and participate. Show up 30 minutes early to sign up. 
The current world record was set by the South Kesteven District Council in the UK with 4,700 participants in 93 locations on June 29, 2010. See world record.
The world record hula hooping attempt will be accompanied by a free 1950's style ice cream social featuring dairy and non-dairy sundaes and root beer floats from 4 to 6 p.m.
Natural Grocers sells only 100% organic produce, offers a variety of natural food options and has full time nutritional health coaches offering free classes and coaching sessions to the community. The company was founded in 1955. 

For more information visit:

Natural Grocers Gilbert- Val Vista
1625 E Williams Field Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85295

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy
Contact Dave at or visit 

Coco 21 

Coco 21 has FOUR different flavors Original, Pineapple (best seller!), Guava and Cocorita. 
Low calorie, gluten-free, no artificial sweeteners, colors, preservatives, or flavors. Made with Premium Vodka distilled five times, low in sugar and carbohydrates.

Coconut Water is currently a $600 million industry and will be valued at $1 billion by 2019
Available at all Valley grocery stores and Total Wine
Social media - @drinkcoco21

Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill Turns Up the Heat with 12th Annual Chile Feast

Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill invites Valley residents to enjoy their 12th annual Chile Feast using the seasonally grown favorite Hatch New Mexico green chile! Beginning August 1 to mid through October 15, Z'Tejas will offer their innovative Chile Feast menu at all five Valley locations. Sink your teeth into the Green Chile Queso or the Prime Pork Chop Milanesa stuffed with roasted pepitas, hatch green chiles, goat cheese and crispy jalapeno bacon!
Items from the Chile Feast Menu:
Green Chile Queso With roasted jalapenos, grilled green onions, Hatch chile relish.
The Hatch Chile Burger  Fresh ground chuck topped, with roasted Hatch chile relish, green chile queso, pickled red onions, and crispy tortilla strips, on a toasted ciabatta bun accompanied with cotija and cilantro fries.
Achiote Marinated Mahi Mahi - Topped with a roasted Hatch chile and fresh strawberry relish, served over saffron chile rice, tender asparagus and finished with a balsamic drizzle.
Pepper Crusted Center Cut Beef Filet Stuffed with Hatch chiles, caramelized onions, crimini mushrooms and goat cheese, served with green chile mash, tender asparagus and a sweet and sour black bean sauce, topped with pickled red onions.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Stuffed Roasted Jalapeno with Z BBQ sauce and Hatch chile relish.
Cornmeal Crusted Stuffed Hatch Chile Relleno Stuffed with roasted shrimp and gulf crab meat, served with saffron green chile rice, roasted red pepper cream sauce and chipotle oil.
Prime Pork Chop Milanesa Stuffed with roasted pepitas, Hatch green 
chiles, goat cheese and crispy jalapeño bacon, topped with a 
blueberry pineapple relish and finished with a roasted tomatillo sauce.
You can follow Z'Tejas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information, visit
Z'Tejas Locations:

10625 N. Tatum
Fashion Square
20 W. 6th St.
7221 W. Ray Rd.
Bethany Home
1525 E. Bethany