Friday, August 26

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American Girl welcomes new Melody doll  

American Girl's Melody Ellison doll has finally hit shelves. The new doll is based on the Melody stories written by Author Denise Lewis Patrick about a character set in 1960's Detroit, who has a passion for singing. Melody is part of a 30th anniversary edition that aims to educate young girls about the civil rights era. For more info:

American Girl--At the Scottsdale Quarter 
15059 N Scottsdale Rd #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Scottsdale Rd & Greenway Parkway/Butherus (Butherus & 73rd Place)
Phone :( 877) 247-5223

Princess: Set sail on a Labor Day dreamcation

When the last days of summer sail into the sunset, vacationers can wave bon voyage aboard the S.S. Princess, a.k.a. the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, during the resort's 6th Annual Labor Day Dreamcation weekend, Sept 2th through Sept 5th, 2016. Known for creating unique experiences for the whole family, the Princess is having fun with a Caribbean cruise ship theme - from pirates and mermaids on the white sands of its new Sunset Beach pool - to limbo on the Lido Deck, Calypso music and fireworks lighting up the night sky.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort & Spa 
7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255   
Scottsdale & Princess Dr.
Phone: (480) 585-4848 

Rescued Canadian Caimans

It was one of the largest international rescues of reptiles, and it was all thanks to the Scottsdale-based Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS). Twenty-five common caimans that were at risk of being euthanized at a zoo in Ontario, Canada, are now calling the U.S. home. The reptiles, including the largest known common caiman in captivity, which weighs about 300 pounds, were driven over and moved in yesterday. Twelve of the animals, including the largest caiman, will stay in Scottsdale at the PHS sanctuary, while the rest will continue on to their final destination in South Carolina. 

Due to the harsh Canadian winters, the caimans were housed indoors, but they had outgrown their enclosures at the Ontario zoo. Because of its vast experience with large reptiles and capability to safely transport these animals, Phoenix Herpetological Society coordinated the rescue. Just the permitting process, to make the move possible, took over a year to complete. PHS has the second-largest collection of crocodilians (which includes crocodiles, alligators and caimans) in the United States, with 21 of the world's 24 species in residence. For more info:

Phoenix Herpetological Society
28011 N 78th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Cross Streets: 78th St. and Dynamite Road, North Scottsdale (78th Street is a dirt road) 
Phone (480) 513-4377

Celebrate National Dog Day! 

Aug 26th is National Dog Day! It's a day to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, and embrace the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and "abuse-free life." Lost our Home Pet Foundation, a no-kill shelter in Tempe, can help do that. Plus, they offer a pretty neat enrichment program for animals at the shelter. For instance, when it's too hot outside, they get to run on the treadmill indoors. They also have a stocked freezer with peanut butter Kong toys for the dogs during the hot summer months. Volunteers also work with the dogs on puzzles - another activity to stimulate their mind. The dogs here also have an opportunity for a weekend getaway - they can go home with foster families to escape the shelter for a few days. For more info:

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue
2323 South Hardy Drive Tempe, Arizona 85282
(602) 445-7387 (PETS)

Alex Naddour-USA Youth Fitness Center

USA Youth Fitness Center
1530 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert 85296
Cross Streets: Ray Rd. and Gilbert Rd.
Phone: (480) 926-1480

Jeff Flake Cooking: Biscuits & Gravy Recipe


Take 1/2 lb. sausage and eight strips of bacon. Cut bacon into small pieces 

Brown bacon and sausage in large cooking pot.  Don't remove grease (unless you're one of them vegan Democrats)

Lower heat and add 1/2 cup flour, stirring contents until flour sticks to bacon and sausage pieces

Add four cups of milk while increasing heat, making sure to stir frequently, scraping the bottom of the pot.  Add salt and generous amounts of pepper as gravy thickens


For biscuits, just use a Bisquick or Krusteaz recipe (or heaven forbid one of those lame biscuit tubes at the store) that will yield ten or so.  Be sure to cook biscuits while the gravy is made so that both can be served piping hot 


How one man used Oprah to get through pain  

He can be summed up as a Survivor. James Mercer says he grew up thinking he was a 'mistake.' He says his father was an alcoholic and homophobic, and denied him as his son. As a child, James channeled his hurt and anger into letters he wrote to Oprah Winfrey. As an adult, he channeled his experience into a new book called "Secrets and Shame-Dear Oprah Diaries." This book tells the journey of an abused teen, and how strength and determination can win. James started a non-profit in Texas called to help other teens in similar situations. He is currently on a nation-wide book tour, he is a father of three, a child and family advocate, LGBT supporter, and dedicates himself to finding forever homes for foster kids.  

Space Dogs Movie Premiere and #LovePup Fundraiser   
The movie "Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon" is coming out in limited release, and one of the premiere locations is at UltraStar in Maricopa. The movie will be played Aug 26, 27 and 28th and a portion of the proceeds will go to Blake & Johnjay Van Es' #LovePup charity. Blake joins us to talk about the charity, donations and movie premiere.

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle
16000 Maricopa Rd
Maricopa, AZ 85139

Charlie the Chicken

"Charlie" the chicken of Prescott Valley, Arizona has ruffled a lot of feathers with his attire. The chicken's stylist/owner uploaded a video to Facebook of "Charlie" bouncing around a farmyard while wearing blue shorts! The other chickens didn't seem to notice but the video has been viewed more than 2.2 million times as of 3 p.m. on Thursday. Debra Snodgrass posted the video on Sunday night. Among the comments on the video, Snodgrass wrote, "Connor and I also painted his nails last night. He was feelin good with his nails did and new pants. Ha ha ha."

To see the video of Charlie visit:

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