Tuesday, November 29

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Chase Job Fair

Chase has 200 job openings for experienced and inexperienced individuals in the Phoenix market. The financial institution is hiring for positions that include call center jobs in customer service, collections, Commerce Solutions (merchant services), fraud, and new client engagement. All attendees will receive an interview. Candidates who have held jobs helping customers face-to-face are also encouraged to apply for call center positions. Bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply.

The job fair will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Phoenix Chase Tower, 201 N. Central Ave. Parking will be available in the Chase Parking Garage, which you can enter on First Street between Van Buren and Monroe streets. 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about careers in Chase's Consumer & Community Banking division available in the metro Phoenix area. 

More information for job candidates is available by contacting CCB Recruiting Manager Carrie Walz at (602) 221-4453. 

Apply to job #160114375 at chase.com/careers.

#GivingTuesday Event

More Than 5,000 Families Donate Up to 15,000 Gifts For Valley Families in Need as Part of Central Christian Church's "Adopt-a-Family" Campaign.

Seeking a way to give back, combat divisiveness or change the life of a child in the weeks to come? Look no further than the "Adopt-a-Family" program, which links more than 1,000 low-income families with those who have a little extra time, energy and generosity to spare this holiday season.
A great way to celebrate #GivingTuesday, a fast-growing social movement celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29), the Adopt-a-Family program benefits the public-at-large by encouraging generosity, recognizing the needs of the less fortunate and helping establish stronger connections within the community.
The large-scale gift-giving program is a community effort, combining the work of thousands of Central Christian Church staff and volunteers, more than 5,000 local donor families, and school nurses, social workers and other staff-members from more than 100 Valley schools.
The school contacts help identify families in need, and those families are then matched with Adopt-a-Family donors (individual, family and group donors are all encouraged) who will be given wish lists detailing specific family member desires and requests.
Adopt-a-Family donors may choose to adopt an entire family, or they may make a single donation of as little as $10, which will go toward providing a present for one child in need.

For more information on AdoptAFamily and locations-times visit:

Adopt a Family by Central Christian Church

Gift donations accepted at any Central Christian Church Campus. For Valley locations, visit CentralAz.com/Locations-Times

Lights of the World

Lights of the World, is a unique International light festival that combines the age-old Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with modern cutting-edge technology and lights.  The Chinese light festival signifies and celebrates the declining darkness of winter. The dynamic lantern displays extend from 18 to 60 feet, showcasing features of different cultures and civilizations around the globe. Travel the world with 11 overarching exhibits and 75 stunning light displays, Lights of the World promises an unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine. Other entertainment features will be showcased including over 30 Carnival rides and games, a daily performance showcasing live acrobatics, dance, and musical concerts. 

Lights of the World runs November 18, 2016 to January 29, 2017.

Pre-sale tickets are now available, visit: https://lightsoftheworldus.com/ and use code 10OFF for 10% off.

Rawhide Western Town
5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226 (just South of Rawhide)
Cross Streets: Wild Horse Pass and I-10

Gingerbread Village goes Under the Sea/JW Marriott adopts 25 families 

Using 500 pounds of gingerbread, 3,000 pounds of sugar and 1,000 pounds of chocolate, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge does it again with their life-sized gingerbread village. This year's theme is "Under the Sea." 

 At the new "Under the Sea" Gingerbread Village at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, you can help the hotel with their adopted families for the holidays. You'll find a donation station where you can bring gifts for these 25 families, and enjoy the sights of a life-sized gingerbread village. 

For more information, visit: www.jwdesertridge.com
JW Marriot Desert Ridge 
5350 East Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Deer Valley & Tatum, East to Marriott Drive 

Queen of Clean: Answers to the top 5 cleaning questions

These are the top five cleaning questions; everyone seems to ask The Queen of Clean on her website. She shares the secrets to removing sweat stains to toilet rings

Sweat Stains on Whites and Colorfast Clothes
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
Most people think sweat stains are caused by sweat, but they are actually the result of a reaction between aluminum-based antiperspirants and your body. To attack the discoloration, soak the shirt in a bowl filled with 1 cup vinegar and two cups warm water. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
Mix together the baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide until it forms a paste. Remove the shirt from the vinegar water and gently squeeze until the shirt is just damp. Lay flat on a towel-covered work surface and coat the stains with the mixture. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural whitening agent, and baking soda and salt work together to lift the stain. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
Toss the shirt in the laundry with a load of whites and wash.

Soap Scum and Mineral Deposits
This white nasty builds up on showers and shower doors is one of the most asked questions. Removing it can be easy with the right solution.
You will need:
1 cup of heated white vinegar 
1 cup of DAWN Original Liquid Dish Soap
Combine in a spray bottle.  
Spray on one wall of the shower at a time and work in with a scrubbing sponge.  This is very concentrated so make sure you move it around over the entire shower wall. If you have heavy buildup, give it 30 minutes to work and then scrub once more prior to rinsing.
Rinse with cool water.  Hot water will make it foam.  Rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towels or cloths.
Continue, one wall at a time, and then do the shower doors, if you have them.  Save the bottom of the shower for last.  This solution can make the floor slippery.
If you have a fiberglass or faux marble surround you can use RAIN-X (automotive aisle) on it to protect it and make it easier to clean or car wax.  DO NOT USE ON FLOOR OF SHOWER.

Toilet Ring
Pretty much all of you seem to have experienced the nasty ring around the toilet.  It is easy to remove.
Shut the water off at the toilet tank.  The handle is next to the back of the toilet tank usually.  Flush the toilet to bring the water level down and expose the ring. 
Sprinkle on Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser (cleaning aisle) covering the line completely.  This cleanser will remove rust also.  
Now the secret, FINE DRYWALL SANDPAPER.  Drywall sandpaper looks like window screen. Find it where all sandpaper is sold. 
Cut a small piece, glove up and rub the line with the fine drywall sandpaper.  That line will be removed almost immediately.  Toss the piece you used.  No need to save it like you do pumice stones.  Store the fresh sandpaper for reuse. 
Turn the water back on at the tank and flush.  Swish with a bowl brush and flush one more time. 

Impossible Laundry Stain Remover including Grease
This is the laundry question I get asked most. 
Combine, in a dark (opaque) bottle with a sprayer, these ingredients.  Hydrogen peroxide is broken down by light so it must be a dark bottle.  I use the bottle peroxide comes in and put a sprayer on it. 
1-part Dawn Original Dishwashing Liquid
2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide
Shake prior to using.
Spray the stain, work it in well.  Let sit 15 minutes or so and then launder as usual. 
Safe for whites and colorfast clothes.

Pet Oops
The spaghetti didn't agree with the dog, the cat had a hairball.  If you have pets you know what I am talking about, and it's always on the carpet or rug.
Make the clean-up easy.  Here's what to do.
DON'T touch the accident.  It only pushes it further in to the fibers and spreads it. 
Cover the area with a good coat of baking soda.  Make sure the entire stain is covered.  Let it sit until the accident is dry and the baking soda has absorbed the problem. Usually overnight.
Take a dull straight edge, I use a wide plastic putty knife that I keep just for this, and lift up the baking soda and the mess. 
Using your vacuum, with only the hose attachment, vacuum really well to remove the remaining accident and baking soda.  Using only the hose increases the suction.  Using an indoor/outdoor vacuum is a good idea. If this is a frequent problem, buying a handheld vacuum at the thrift store might be a good option.  Keep it just for this purpose. Make sure you are cleaning it frequently.
Now you can clean with your favorite carpet spotter and you are done!  One to try, Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover.  

For more information, visit Linda's website and Facebook page.

Christmas cookies with Sassy's

Melody and Geoff Larsen, owners of Sassy's Cafe & Bakery in Mesa love to bake Christmas and holiday cookies. Melody's Molasses Krackle Cookie won one of the Food Network cookie challenges. She shares that recipe along with other cookie hacks for the holidays. just in time for cookie exchanges, treats for neighbors, kids and Santa. 

For more information, visit: http://www.sassyscafeandbakery.com/

Molasses Krackle Cookie RECIPE: 

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter flavor shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sanding sugar, for rolling

Special equipment: a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the sugar, shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add the molasses and egg, and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger and salt. With the mixer set to low speed, add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, and mix until combined. Chill the dough for 1 hour.

Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough, and then roll the portions into balls. Then roll in the sanding sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Sassy's Cafe & Bakery
4210 E Main Street Mesa, AZ 85205 
(480) 649-3067
Monday-Saturday: 7a5p
Sunday:  CLOSED

Noisiest Toys

Many popular toys that are purchased during the holidays can actually be harmful to our children/grandchildren and could damage their hearing permanently. ACDHH has released a list of the top 15 most dangerous, noisiest toys this holiday season to guide parents, grandparents or anyone in their holiday shopping.

Topping the noisy toys list: 
1.    Bruin Press 'n Go Horse 115.8 dB near the ear, 74.6 dB at arm's length
2.    Bruin Press 'n Go Cow 110.5 dB near the ear, 79.4 dB at arm's length
3.    Tonka Lights & Sounds Toughest Minis Ambulance   108.9dB near the ear, 83.3 dB at arm's length
4.    LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set 106.6 dB near the ear, 81.1 dB at arm's length
5.    Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Truck 105.7 dB near the ear, 86.7 dB at arm's length
6.    Tonka Toughest Minis Recycling Garbage Truck 105.3 dB near the ear, 84.2 dB at arm's length
7.    B. Woofer Hound Dog Guitar   104.6 dB near the ear, 79.8 dB at arm's length, on low volume
8.    VTech Lil Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo 103.9 dB near the ear, 76.5 dB at arm's length
9.    LeapFrog Melody the Musical Turtle 103.8 dB near the ear, 71.9 dB at arm's length
10.    Fisher-Price Alvinnn!!! & The Chipmunks Chipmunk Funk Guitar 102.0 dB near the ear, 73.0 dB at arm's length
11.    Disney Frozen Musical Lights Elsa doll 101.9 dB near the ear, 81.0 dB at arm's length
12.    Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar 101.5 dB near the ear, 74.4 dB at arm's length
13.    Me Reader Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Electronic - 8 Book Library 97.0 dB near the ear, 68.1 dB at arm's length
14.    VTech Alphabet Activity Cube 96.4 dB near the ear, 72.3 dB at arm's length
15.    Road Rippers Rush & Rescue Fire Engine 95.7 dB near the ear, 81.0 dB at arm's length

ACDHH recommends parents refrain from purchasing these noisy toys and instead consider safe alternatives. Some tips for purchasing a safe toy are determining if the toy seems loud to you don't purchase it. If the toy has volume control, ensure it is always set to the lower level. 

For more information, visit The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing website and social media platforms:
Website:  www.acdhh.org
Twitter: @azcdhh (https://twitter.com/AzCDHH
Facebook: https://facebook.com/AzCDHH 

Phoenix Rising

Arizona's professional soccer team, Phoenix United SC (old name), is announcing a new name, new logo and plans to build a soccer-specific stadium. The team also has new owners who have plans to take soccer to new heights in AZ.

For more information, visit: www.PHXRisingFC.com

Whole 30 Diet-Lifetime Fitness

Keeping your eating habits wholesome during the holidays can be a bit of a challenge, but here are some simple ways you can make modifications to some of your holiday classics for a healthier holiday season this year.
1. When you are running around town, be sure to pack a quality, portion controlled snack to keep you energized and out of the drive thru.
    Protein bar or Generation UCAN bar (available at the Life Cafes)
    1/3 cup nuts add bits of dark chocolate to avoid snacking on sweets
    Shaker bottle with protein just add cold water and you've got a great snack

2. Traditional holiday meal favorites can push your plate over the edge into an unhealthy territory, so 
    Green Bean Casserole á Garlic & Bacon Green Beans
    Cornbread Stuffingá Quinoa & veggie stuffing
    Mashed Potatoes á Mashed "Fuax"tatoes from cauliflower

3. Desserts can derail your holiday plans, so try some alternatives this year to keep your sweet tooth in check. Remember: no matter what you choose portion size is key if you do indulge, keep your portions in check!
    Sautéed or baked apples w/ cinnamon and butter (rather than apple pie)
    Pumpkin protein bread (rather than Pumpkin Pie) recipe on www.lifetime-weightloss.com 
    Ginger Nut Cookies (instead of Gingerbread) recipe on www.lifetime-weightloss.com 

Lifetime Fitness will have a complementary "Healthy Holiday Habits" seminar on Saturday December 10th, @ 10am at each of our Valley Area Life Time Fitness locations. 

Life Time Fitness -  Tempe
1616 W Ruby Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone:(480) 705-8855

Life Time Fitness - Gilbert
381 E Warner Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone:(480) 892-5020

Life Time Fitness - Scottsdale
6850 E Chauncey Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone:(480) 538-9009

Life Time Fitness Palm Valley
14540 W McDowell Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395
Phone:(623) 536-9595

For more information, visit: Life Time Fitness https://www.lifetimefitness.com/en.html 

Dedication of Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park 

Governor Ducey attends a special dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. for the new Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Along the trail, 19 stone plaques will honor each of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed on June 28, 2013 in a fire that swept the hilltop. The new park will open to the public on Wed., Nov. 30, 2016. 

For more information, visit: http://azstateparks.com 

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park
Continue on I-17 N. Take AZ-74 W and US-60 W to AZ-89 S in Yavapai County

"Be the Match," at Phoenix Children's Hospital

In honor of Bone Marrow Transplant Awareness Month, Phoenix Children's will host a "Be The Match" bone marrow registry drive to bring more awareness to the cause and register as many employees and visitors to potentially become a life-saving bone marrow donor for someone in the future. 

For more information about the hospital, visit http://www.phoenixchildrens.org.

Tuesday, November 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main lobby at Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ

AZ Blankets 4 Kids celebrating 100,000th Blanket

AZ Blankets 4 Kids was formed in 2001. In those 15 years, their amazing volunteers and dedicated Board members have distributed over 100,000 blankets. Some of the blankets offer a small comfort during a difficult time and some of them become the only thing that child has to cling to. AZ Blankets 4 kids are working toward 200,000th blanket.

If you would like to help, Here's how:

  • Make a blanket and donate it to AZ Blankets 4 Kids. All blankets should be handmade and washable. 
  • Join us quilting bee. No prior experience required. 
  • Donate blanket making supplies: new fabric, batting, or yarn. 
  • Donate gift certificates to local fabric and quilt stores. 
  • Donate postage stamps, office supplies and/or copying services. 
  • Have your organization host a Blanket Bee at your facility. 
  • AZ offers a tax credit for CASH donations to AZ Blankets 4 Kids and could give you a dollar for dollar reduction in your state taxes. 

For more information, visit: www.azblankets4kids.org
Phone: (480) 283-8746
E-mail: info@azblankets4kids.com