Thursday, August 25

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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. 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.

National Banana Split Day at Splurge

Thursday, August 25th, is National Banana Split Day. As crazy as it might seem, the banana split was created over 100 years ago! It was originally offered to customers for 10 cents, which at the time was twice the price of other sundaes. 

Splurge is located adjacent to Luci's at The Orchard. Kids and families can indulge in various sweet treats such as smoothies and other ice cream novelties. The décor includes striped walls with beautiful white tile throughout. Gifts and candies people can purchase inside. Splurge is one part of The Orchard PHX, a two acre venue located at 7100 N 12th St. in Phoenix between Northern and Glendale avenues. The property was an old citrus farm in the early 1900s. A 30-foot water tower sits in the center of the property, surrounded by more than 80 citrus trees. 

For more information visit:

Splurge is located at The Orchard PHX
7100 North 12th Street
Phoenix, AZ  85020
(602) 633-2442

Rattlers- Arena Bowl

Its official, Rattlers advance to ArenaBowl! And tickets are on sale now! Plus, the game will be nationally televised on ESPN. The five-time ArenaBowl Champion Arizona Rattlers will host the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Football League (AFL) ArenaBowl on Friday, August 26 at 4:00 p.m. PDT at Gila River Arena in Glendale. 

Single-game playoff tickets start at just $9. Tickets are available at the Gila River Arena and Talking Stick Resort Arena box offices or online at
Fans interested in group tickets may contact a sales representative at 602-514- TDTD (8383), or visit

Gila River Arena 
9400 W Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305
Glendale & 95th Ave. 

Get Hired! Job Employment Event-City of Phoenix

Hundreds of jobs are available in a dozen departments with the city of Phoenix, so today Thursday, Aug 25th, the city is holding a unique "Get Hired" event at the Phoenix Convention Center where people will be interviewed on the spot, and some will get offers the same day. These are part-time to 6-figure salaried positions. By noon, some people could potentially be walking out of there with a job! 1,500 have pre-registered, and the city is expecting lines to begin forming at 9:30am. 

What you should know before you go: 
-pre-register online to fill out necessary paperwork and save time
-dress to interview as you will meet with department hiring supervisors 
-bring many copies of your resume

What: Get Hired! Job Employment Event
When: Thursday, August 25, 10:30 a.m.  4:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Convention Center, West Building 100 Level (enter on Monroe St. between 2nd & 3rd Streets.)

It's recommended that job applicants come prepared with several copies of a current resume and dressed to interview. To save time, applicants are strongly encouraged to pre-register and look up when interviews are being held for the jobs they are interested in by going to

Kaya Stewart

16-year-old singer/songwriter Kaya Stewart (daughter of Dave Stewart/The Eurythmics) is in Phoenix today opening for The Go-Go's on their farewell tour. She recently released her debut album, featuring her new single, "Sleepover." 

Stewart is currently on a summer tour with The Go-Go's and Best Coast. You can purchase tickets HERE. *Denotes headlining show, not in support of The Go-Go's.
Tour dates below:
8/12*    The Studio At Webster Hall    New York, NY
08/13     SummerStage, Central Park    New York, NY
08/14     Stone Pony Outdoor Stage    Asbury Park, NJ
8/16     Massey Hall    Toronto, Canada
8/17     The Rose Music Center At The Heights    Huber Heights, OH
8/18*     Cambridge Room At House Of Blues    Cleveland, OH
8/23     Vina Robles Amphitheatre    Paso Robles, CA
8/25     Comerica Theatre    Phoenix, AZ
8/26     Mandalay Bay Beach    Las Vegas, NV
8/28     Segerstrom Center For The Arts    Costa Mesa, CA
8/30     Greek Theatre    Los Angeles, CA
For more about Kaya, visit:


Dave Owens, The Garden Guy

It's getting to be that time of year to start thinking about fertilizing your trees, roses, vegetables and other plants around your yard. There are a few things you should keep in mind when fertilizing with inorganic fertilizers. Typically, synthetic fertilizers cause quick, succulent growth that is more susceptible to disease and insect damage, and contaminate our ground water supplies. You also kill a lot of beneficial organisms in the soil that help plants manufacture food, which helps your plants and lawn grow. Synthetics also do not add carbon to your soil which is needed to create microbiotic activity, which is the starting point to having a great garden. If I were going to have only one item to help my garden grow, it would be compost. Good compost not only fertilizes, but also reduces water consumption and disease. I top-dress my rose beds, vegetable garden and lawn with compost, gradually reducing any extra fertilizer needed during the year. Spread 2 to 4 inches of compost around your shrubs and trees but do not let the compost come in contact with the trunks. Epsom salts can be uses for reses and daffodils and help produce bigger canes and brighter blooms. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup around each rose bush. Put about 1 tsp. around each daffodil bulb and try making a foliar spray of 1/4 cup t a gallon of water and spraying it on your roses. Remember you are feeding the soil, not the plant. By using organic fertilizer, you are building up disease resistance, decreasing the amount of water needed and fertilizing your garden with natural products that don't harm the environment.

Contact Dave at, or visit 

Coffee Trends

August is National Coffee Month and food & lifestyle expert Diana Brandt is on air to show off some of the newest products, recipe trends and "all-things coffee" to help viewers jazz up their daily routine.

Latest at-home coffee machines: from espresso to traditional coffee 
Must-have mugs & coffee accessories & local beans
Trendiest coffee add-ins to try: from coconut oil to lemonade

Diana Brandt, lifestyle expert and AZFoodie blog 

The Shop Beer Company

Tempe's newest brewery, The Shop Beer Company, will open Saturday, August 27. The brewery will feature a 1,000 sq. ft. tasting room, a 2,000 sq. ft. beer garden and a 3,200 sq. ft. brewery. The shop Beer Company is located at 922 W. 1st Street, Tempe, AZ 85281. For more info:

The Shop Beer Co.
Taproom & Brewery
922 W 1st Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Larry Slater Olympics Photographer

Larry Slater
16444 E. Pecos Road
Gilbert, AZ 85295