Monday, August 22

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Employment Symposium to Help Young Adults Find Employment at Phoenix Sky Harbor International

Young adults’ ages 18-24 interested in working at one of the dozens of food, beverage and retail establishments at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can join the "PHX Employee 101" employment symposium on Aug. 22. Event participants will learn about current job openings and get to meet representatives from some of the businesses at the airport currently hiring.
The Aug. 22 symposium is at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel, 4300 E. Washington St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to meeting employers, fair participants will get a chance to ride the Sky Train to the airport and enjoy free lunch. 

The event is part of the City of Phoenix's My Brother's Keeper initiative and is co-sponsored by Support Sky Harbor, the City of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. 

Registration for the free event is required and can be done online at: Additional information is available online at or by calling 602-495-0358.

Motivational Monday: My Perfect Body Fitness Boot Camp

My Perfect Body Now Fitness Boot Camps located at 2214 E Pecos Rd Gilbert, AZ 85295. FREE 4 Week Boot Camp! Sign-up online to secure your FREE spot: Contact Info: Jennifer Shumway, the Owner and your Coach at 480-570-2800. Checkout our Facebook Fan Page for tips on how to get out of a funk and clean up your diet.

Shipwreck Treasure

3-Day Auction August 25, 26 & 27 featuring rare treasures from Mel Fisher's Nuestra Senora de Atocha shipwreck find and other collectibles
J. Levine Auction & Appraisal (SE corner of Shea & Scottsdale Rd.)
10345 N. Scottsdale Rd. 
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 496-2212

Decker at Valley Bar
Valley Bar 
130 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-368-3121

Tickets at
More info @
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Meals that Freeze/Date Night Meals

Joanie Simon Food Blogger at

Cheesy Orzo Stuffed Peppers 

    2 large red bell peppers
    ¾ cup orzo pasta, prepared according to package directions
    ¼ yellow onion, diced
    1 cup zucchini, diced
    1 cup button mushrooms, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 Tbs olive oil
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp smoked paprika
    1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
    ¾ cup Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup
    5.2 oz Boursin cheese
    2 Tbs basil, minced

Preheat oven to 450F
Cut both peppers in half, lengthwise, from the stem to the base. Remove seeds and trim white membrane.
Heat olive oil in a large pan and sauté© onions until fragrant, then add in garlic, zucchini, mushrooms, oregano, paprika and balsamic vinegar and sauté© until zucchini and mushrooms are soft. Then stir in Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup, orzo, basil and ½ of the Boursin cheese and mix to fully incorporate.
Next, stuff the four pepper halves with the orzo filling and place on a baking tray. Cover the peppers with tin foil, and bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 450F.
After 25 minutes, remove the peppers from the oven, remove and discard the tin foil and top the peppers with the remaining Boursin cheese.
Put the oven temperature on Broil and broil the peppers for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned.
Serve garnished with extra basil leaves.

Beef Wellington for Two

    2 filet mignon
    2 Tbs oil, divided
    1 tsp salt
    2 Tbs butter
    8 ounces chopped white mushrooms
    1 clove garlic minced
    ½ tsp thyme dried
    2 Tbs dijon mustard
    2 Tbs sour cream
    1 sheet puff pastry defrosted
    1 egg

Take your steaks out of the refrigerator and place on a plate rubbed with 1 Tbs oil and 1 tsp salt. Allow to sit out on the counter for an hour to remove the chill from the meat.
Preheat the oven to 400 F with rack in center position
Heat a heavy bottomed pan or pot to medium high heat with 1 Tbs oil. Sear steaks on all sides for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, including the edges. You want to lock the juices into the meat. Exterior should be a nice brown sear. Once seared, place on a plate to rest until ready for the next step.
Next, melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and add in garlic, mushrooms and thyme, sweating out the mushrooms a bit, stirring occasionally for 3 to 5 minutes. Then add in the mustard and sour cream and continue to simmer, reducing to medium low until the mixture is not watery and is thick and creamy.
Place your puff pastry on a clean work surface and roll it a bit longer and thinner, slicing it down the middle into two square pieces.
Divide the mushroom mixture onto each of the two pieces of cut pastry, then place a steak on top of each pile of mushrooms.
Next, fold up the pastry by pulling up the left and right side up over the steak and to the same with the top and bottom edges, securing with egg wash on the bottom. Cut off excess pastry if needed so that you don't have too much pastry on the seam. Flip the pastry so that the seam is on the bottom and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the other pastry.
Brush both pastries with egg wash all over.
Bake at 400F for 10 minutes then rotate the pan for even baking and browning. Bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes until the pastry is a golden brown and baked all over. Should be crusty when tapped with your fingernail.
Remove from the oven when they're done, then serve.
*If you selected really thick cuts of meat and you don't want them to be super rare inside, you can bake them a little longer. The standard thickness of the steaks I tested in this recipe were 1.25 inch thick and were medium rare after a total bake time of 18 minutes.

Dr. Thompson/Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country.
On August 26, 1920, women in the United States were granted the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified.
The controversies in this year's election highlights the importance of voting right we take for granted but was hard won for many of us.

  • Women consistently participate more than men in the electoral process. 
  • According the US Census 65.7% of eligible female voters (70.4 million) voted in the 2008 election vs 61.5% (60.7 million) of male eligible voters who voted in the 2008 election. 
  • 42% of AZ women vs 39% of AZ men voted in the election in 2014 

Fun Facts and timeline about the 19th amendment

  • Amendment Text: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  • The Constitution has never prohibited women from voting however very few states allowed women to vote and in many states it was prohibited until the 19th Amendment established a uniform rule for all states to follow in guaranteeing women this right. The struggle for the vote did not end with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In some southern states, African-American women were unable to freely exercise their right to vote up until the 1960s.
  • Passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868 introduced explicit discrimination between men and women by penalizing states who deprived adult male citizens of the vote, but not for denying the vote to adult female citizens.
  • In 1838, Kentucky authorized women to vote in school elections and its reforms were later copied by other states. Andrew Jackson administration.
  • The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 in upstate New York played a pivotal role in bringing to public consciousness the right of women to vote. 
  • In 1869, when the Wyoming Territory granted women voting rights on an equal basis with men and continued the practice following its admission to statehood.
  • In 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration as President in Washington, D.C., Alice Paul and Lucy Burns organized a parade promoting votes for women. National media attention focused on the 5,000 participating women and brought the issue in front of the country.
  • By 1914, just 10 states had joined Wyoming and other legal efforts failed. 
  • Paul and Burns formed the Congressional Union, later the National Woman's Party, a group whose mission was to get Congress to pass a women's voting bill. 
  • By mid-1920, 35 states had approved and Tennessee's ratification ensured that the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution, ensuring that American citizens could no longer be denied the right to vote because of their sex.

Key Legislation on Women's Health and Safety

  •     1972: The Supreme Court rules that the right to privacy encompasses an unmarried person's right to use contraceptives.
  •     1973: The U.S. Supreme Court declares that the Constitution protects women's right to terminate a pregnancy.
  •     1974: Legislation is passed making it illegal to force pregnant women to take maternity leave on the assumption they are incapable of working in their physical condition.
  •     1976: The Supreme Court upholds women's right to unemployment benefits during the last three months of pregnancy.
  •     1978: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act bans employment discrimination against pregnant women.
  •     1993: The Family and Medical Leave Act goes into effect.
  •     2010: The Affordable Health Care Act is signed into law. Under this law, private health insurance companies must provide birth control without co-pays or deductibles. The law requires private insurance companies to cover preventive services.
  •     1993: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the victim did not need to show that she suffered physical or serious psychological injury as a result of sexual harassment.
  •     1994: The Violence Against Women Act funds services for victims of rape and domestic violence, allows women to seek civil rights remedies for gender-related crimes, provides training to increase police and court officials' sensitivity and a national 24-hour hotline for battered women.
  •     1998: The Supreme Court balances employee and employer rights by ruling that employers are liable for sexual harassment even in instances when a supervisor's threats are not carried out. 
  •     2005: Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Allocating federal funds to aid victims, ensures victims have access to the justice system, and created intervention programs to assist children who witnessed domestic violence and to those at risk of domestic violence.
  •     2013: Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act extends coverage to women of Native American tribal lands who are attacked by non-tribal residents, as well as lesbians and immigrants.

Other Noteworthy Legislation

  •     Fair Pay: In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act established minimum wage without regard to sex.
  •     Education: In 1974, the Women's Educational Equity Act funds the development of nonsexist teaching materials and model programs that encourage full educational opportunities for girls and women.
  •     1994: Congress adopts the Gender Equity in Education Act to train teachers in gender equity, promote math and science learning by girls, counsel pregnant teens, and prevent sexual harassment.
  •     2009: Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act allows victims, usually women, of pay discrimination to file a complaint with the government against their employer within 180 days of their last paycheck.

Important Dates
8/30/16      AZ primary election 
10/10/16 Voter registration deadline for general election
10/12      Early Voting begins for general election
11/8/16       US General Election

This Friday, August 26, 5:30 p.m., at Central High School there will be a celebration event for the 96th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage & the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For more information on the event and tickets visit:

Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology 
926 East McDowell Road, #134, Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 288-0777

Some additional voting resources:
Find your polling place:
Register to vote online:  
AZ election information page:
Voter registration form:
Permanent early voting list: