Monday, November 21

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Ways to Volunteer & Give Back during the Season of Thanks!

  • Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children- create packs that get boxed up and shipped around the world to children in need. Ages 5 and older can volunteer, so bring the kids!
  • Visit a local senior center or retirement center find out if you can help with the next talent show or holiday programming.
  • Habitat for Humanity find out how to start a project and get going! 
  • Clean up a local park- Grab some friends, trash bags, gloves, and make it a beautiful day
  • Help out a neighbor in need- Grocery runs, pick up their mail, drive to doctors’ appointments, deliver a homemade meal, or spend some quality time talking and sharing with them
  • Random acts of thanks hand out Starbucks or grocery gift cards in small amounts when you see people doing good deeds or just in general to spread the gift of gratitude.

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PCH Festival of Trees

Tis' the season for giving back in a festive way! Starting Monday, November 21, the 6th annual Festival of Trees benefitting Phoenix Children's Hospital returns to Scottsdale Fashion Square with new one-of-a-kind trees designed by top local interior designers. All week long, shoppers will be able to view and bid on the uniquely decorated 9-foot trees on display between Dillard's and Neiman Marcus. Tree bidding concludes on Monday, November 28 and each tree will be personally delivered to the winning bidder or donated back to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

For more information, visit: 

Phoenix Children's Hospital's 6th Annual Festival of Trees on the lower level 
Scottsdale Fashion Square, November 21 through November 28

7014 East Camelback
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-2140 

Hottest Thanksgiving parties  

One of biggest party nights for millennials is the night before Thanksgiving's four-day weekend. Before you enjoy the big meal with family, you can enjoy drinks and fun with friends on Wednesday night at a few of the Valley's best hot spots. 

Omni Scottsdale at Montelucia
Omni Scottsdale's annual celebration will feature locally inspired culinary creations and live entertainment by The Joe Costello Syndicate and DJ Jen Jones. A portion of the proceeds collected this evening will go to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance as part of Omni's Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative. Help support the community by brining non-perishable food items. For table reservations, call 480.627.3039. For special overnight reservation packages, call 480.627.3102.

Kelly's at SouthBridge
Kelly's at SouthBridge in Old Town Scottsdale is hosting their 5th Annual Friends-Giving Party on Wednesday, November 23, starting at 6pm. There will be live music, drink specials and giveaways.

Blue Martini
Blue Martini Phoenix at High Street is having a Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration on Wednesday, November 23, 8pm to 2am. There will be no cover and 1/2 priced drinks for ladies as well as live entertainment and $5 Tito's Vodka Cocktails for everyone. For VIP table reservations, call 480.638.2538. 

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar Phoenix is hosting their Thanksgiving Eve on the Rooftop party on Thursday, November 23. The "pre-hangover party" starts at 6:00pm until late-night. The evening will feature guest DJ Kim E. Fresh mixing at 8:00pm and seasonal cocktails all night. This is event is open to the public (21+). There is no cover. 

Sumo Maya
Reunite with friends and family at SumoMaya on Thanksgiving Eve. There will be a DJ starting at 5pm until close as well as $5 specials on signature cocktails. Sumo Maya is also accepting nonperishable food items as well as cash donations (made via credit card) to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. 

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Motivational Monday: Bollywood & Ballet

The Bollywood/Belly Dance workout 
For this Motivational Monday, we try out a Bollywood workout at the new Dance Fusion studio in Scottsdale. It's a high energy, modern dance from India, with a flare of belly dance, as it pays homage to Bollywood, India's largest film producers. Belly dancing is expressive and fun, but also a great workout for your oblique's, glutes, abs and more.

Adult Tap and ballet keeps you lean and in shape 
If you're feeling graceful, and just want to dance, or you rather stomp your feet around, Dance Fusion, has just what you need. For this Motivational Monday we also check out their adult ballet and adult tap classes which are also offered here, at this new studio in Scottsdale. Whichever is more your speed, both workouts offer to burn calories, and promise to be fun, while helping you stay young and fit. 

For more information, visit:

Dance Fusion
7601 E. Gray Rd., Scottsdale AZ 85260
Thunderbird/Redfield Rd between Scottsdale & Hayden

Winter Warmer Day at SanTan

It's an annual tradition at SanTan Brewing Company to kick off the holiday season with their Winter Warmer ale, the first specialty beer ever brewed there. The event is called Winter Warmer Day. It takes place on Monday, Nov. 21st at 11 a.m. It's the day where the whole community comes out and helps deck the halls with holiday cheer while sipping Winter Warmer beer.

For more information, visit:

SanTan Brewing Company
8 S San Marcos Pl, Chandler, AZ 85225
Chandler Blvd & Arizona Ave. 

November 24 is National Family History Day

Since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving Day, Family Health History Day 
    As you are gathered for the holiday with family, review and document your medical and family history

  •     It is important to know what diseases and health issues run in your family e.g. cancer, diabetes or heart disease 
  •     Knowing what your risks are can help you make lifestyle changes
  •     Discuss advanced directives and health care wishes what health care decisions you would like made in the event that you can't decide for yourself 
  •     Try to document at least three generations (to your grandparents or great-grandparents), collecting details on parents, siblings and grandparents
  •     When documenting medical conditions, including the age at which they were first diagnosed, their treatment, and if they ever had surgery

How is a family's medical history used?

  •     Family histories are used to help document patterns that can impact your health. They can assist your health care provider with the following:
  •     Diagnosing a medical condition
  •     Determining whether you may benefit from preventive measures to lower your risk of a specific disease
  •     Deciding what medical tests are needed including genetic testing
  •     Calculating your risk of passing certain conditions to children

What types of questions should you ask?

  • Have family members been diagnosed with diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, lupus, bleeding disorders, blood clots, etc.

How old were family members when they died?

  • Are there any diseases present in people throughout multiple generations?
  • Is anyone adopted?
  • Create a living family history project by recording some of the older members of your family  

-The goal is to gather as much information as you can and document it 
-Include children when talking about the family's history

Online and electronic tools can help
Surgeon General's Family Health History tool:
The Talk Health History Campaign:

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

Holiday dishes like Carrot Pie, Chocolate Tart from 24 Carrots are not only DELISH, but Vegan and can stave off cold/flu

6 large yellow potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 cloves garlic
1 cup cashews
1 cup coconut cream
3 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 cup cream cheese (lots of vegan brands to choose from!)
2 cups favorite cheese (chao vegan cheese melts beautifully for this!)
4 tbsp. vegan butter, or coconut oil
2 bay leaves
1 shallot
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1 cup bread crumbs of choice

Purée cashew, coconut and veggie broth with garlic and shallot, nutritional yeast, and nutmeg. 
Mix cream cheese and cheese for cheese mixture. 
Rub 2 tbsp. butter across the inside of your baking dish. 
Layer potatoes, cheese mixture, and puréed sauce adding a whole bay leaf every now and then, and while seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Let final layer be sauce and cheese mixture, top with breadcrumbs and dot with butter. Bake till bubbly brown on the top and potatoes are fork tender. Enjoy!

For more information, visit:

24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery
17701 E. Guadalupe Road
Tempe, AZ 85283

Rice Kristy turkey treats Recipe


6 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
4 tbsp. Butter
10.5 oz. Marshmallows
9 Reese™ Miniatures
9 Orange Reese Pieces
18 Candy Eyes
45 Candy Corns
1/4 cup Red Candy Melting Chips    

1. Line a deeper (1"³)baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place Reese™ Miniatures in freezer for 15 minutes.

3. In a Large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.

4. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

5. Add cereal and mix well.

6. Remove from heat and allow to sit about 3 minutes.

7. Butter your hands or use wax paper to press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Focus on getting the 1" depth and only fill as much the sheet as you can while keeping the thickness.

8. Allow to set for at least 10 minutes.

9. Using a 2"³ cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or drinking glass, cut out circles.

10. Place red candy melting chips in corner of zippered sandwich bag and microwave for 45 seconds.

11. Gently massage candy to insure that it is smooth and completely melted. If not, heat another 15 seconds.

12. Clip very tip of the corner of bag to allow you to pipe on candy.

13. Using candy as glue, attach miniature to bottom half of circle.

14. Using candy as glue, attach 5 candy corns around upper half of miniature to be tail feathers.

15. Using candy as glue, attach Reese Piece to bottom half of miniature on its edge as beak.

16. Using candy as glue, attach eyes above beak.

17. Pipe on a waddle down the bottom of miniature below beak.

18. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set up.