Thursday, August 18

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Dave Owens, The Garden Guy

We are coming up on the most productive time of year for gardening in the southwest. The first thing to remember is that the soil needs a lot of organic material. This makes for a richer, more productive, chemical-free garden. To achieve good soil, lay down a 6 inch layer of compost, then add blood meal and soft phosphate along with vulcanite. Use a hard rake and a pick to work the products about 13 inches into the soil. If you don't want the backbreaking work of tilling the soil, just build a raised garden about 12 to 18 inches high. Fill it with pure compost or an organic planting mix. To reap the benefits of your work, plant tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and black-eyed peas immediately. When the weather cools down (usually at the end of September), plant winter vegetables like artichokes, bush beans, carrots, garlic, ,lettuce, onions peas, radishes, spinach and strawberries. To increase your chances of success in the garden, plant companion plants like thyme, mint, lavender and alyssum throughout your garden. Remember if you plant anything by seed you must keep that seed moist until it germinates, be sure the water penetrates at 6 inches into the ground each time you water.

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Chompies is known for its New York Style bagels. This month, it introduces 5 new flavors - and a new Protein Bar. Chompies co-owner Neal Borenstein is here to show us how they make this new low-carb, high protein bar. 

    The Protein Bar is a variation of Chompies Carbs, Not bread.
    It includes flax seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries and sliced almonds.
    It has 30 grams of protein and 6 net grams of carbs.

    The Carbs, Not Bread is popular with the health and fitness conscious. 
    Customers are finding new and delicious ways to eat the Protein Bar topping it with avocados, peanut butter, bananas
    The bar like a bagel is easy to eat on the go.
    Chompies also have five new bagel flavors out now:

  •     Spinach
  •     Spinach Everything
  •     Whole Wheat Everything
  •     Salted Pretzel
  •     Banana Chocolate Chip Swirl

Chompies has five Valley locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale and Chandler.

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Kids Recycling

The average person generates over four pounds of trash a day and there is no magical place called "away" to throw it. 

  •     By shopping smarter and recycling, we can save money, protect the environment, and delay the need to build new landfills.
  •     If you're confused by recycling, remember these three rules: 
  •     Recycle bottles, cans and paper including cardboard
  •     Keep food and liquids out of your recycling
  •     Recycle plastic bags at the grocery store

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National Fajita Day - The First-Ever National Fajita Day Takes Place on Thursday, August 18th at all Locations 

On The Border knows that nothing says "celebration" quite like the fiery-crackle of the cast iron skillet AND the aroma of delicious-smelling sizzling, grilled-to-order fajitas. So now, they're making sure the dish itself has its very own holiday. National Fajita Day will take place for the first time ever on Thursday, Aug. 18, at On The Border (OTB) locations across the country, with fajita specials designed to get everyone fired up about this classic regional Mexican favorite.

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina National Fajita Day! 
Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center
5005 E Ray Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Arrowhead Crossing
7873 W Bell Rd, Peoria, AZ 85382 
1710 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206

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Nonstop Tennis

Canoeing/Tempe Town Lake

Canoe sprint has two different types of craft, the kayak and the canoe. The kayak probably originates from Greenland, where it was used by the Eskimos, primarily for hunting, fishing and transportation. The canoe was used all over the world as a method of transportation, trade and war. The first official sporting events were created utilizing both of these crafts during the mid-19th century. Canoe sprint has been the traditional form of racing since the inception.-Source: www.OLYMPIC.ORG

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Pro-Slackliner, Alex Mason

Learn to Slackline with Pro-Slackliner, Alex Mason! 19-year-old, Alex Mason, is one of the world’s best professional slackliners. He's been competing all over the world and mastering new tricks all year gearing up for his biggest adventure yet -- college. 

He'll be putting on a demo at ASU on Thursday from 11am-1pm during the back-to-school festivities for new and returning students as a part of the inspiring, Red Bull Campus Quest.