Thursday, December 1

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National Career Fair

National Career will be hosting a career fair today at the Windemere Hotel & Conference Center from 11am-2pm. There will be onsite interviews, bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally. The event is free.

To register for this event, visit:

For more information, visit:

Thursday Dec. 1, 2016  
5750 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85205

Meditation Studio

Current Meditation is the Valley's first studio that focuses on meditation- and is shattering the traditional perceptions of "ancient" meditation practice and introducing meditation for the modern world- is opening this week. Meditation has recently gained popularity in cities around the U.S. including NYC and LA, and now its hitting the Valley. 

Meditation is scientifically proven to reduce stress, sharpen your cognitive skills, and increase brain power, but most Valley residents aren't aware of its numerous health benefits and many are intimidated by the thoughts of exotic chanting and ancient cult-like rituals associated with the word "meditation.” But Current Meditation is making meditation sexy and trendy with its non-traditional and modern studio located in Arcadia.

Just as you would use a personal trainer to get physically fit, Current Meditation's instructors help you get mentally fit guiding you through each meditation class in a group-setting to help you shed the weight of the world and tap into the powers of mental fitness. Each of its unique seven classes, including its signature Aerial Meditation, teach you techniques that you can use in your everyday life- whether you are at the office or with family during the holidays- to relieve stress and "just be" in our busy and constantly connected world.

For more information, visit:

4325 E Indian School Rd #130
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 522-2000

Holiday tradition glows at Desert Botanical Garden

Eight thousand hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of twinkling lights are putting on quite a show this holiday season at the Desert Botanical Garden. 

Ticket Information
Adults: $25 | Children: $10 (3-12) Children under 3 admitted free.
General Public
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Adults: $30 | Children: $12.50 (3-12) Children under 3 admitted free.

Purchase Tickets
Order online at
Call (480 )941-1225 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily)
Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily)

For more information, visit:

Desert Botanical Garden 
1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008
Cross Streets: Galvin Parkway and Van Buren

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on the first day of December each year, to unite in the fight against HIV. Aunt Rita's Foundation sponsors 15 sections of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which consists of 8 panels honoring 120 lives lost to AIDS, many from Arizona. 

The panels will be available for viewing from November 29th to December 8th, excluding December 2nd and 3rd, at The Parsons Center for Wellness, 1101 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. They will also be on-site at the RED Brunch at the Phoenix downtown Sheraton. 

For information or tickets for the Red Brunch, visit or call 602-882-8675.

Dress for Success Sale

Dress for Success Phoenix will kick off their annual women's clothing sale this week - hundreds of gently used blouses, pants, dresses, shoes, purses and more - everything is $5 and $8! ALL proceeds benefit Dress for Success and the hundreds of Valley women they serve. Definitely a great way for 'women to support women' this holiday season! 
Sale starts this Thursday, Dec. 1st and runs through Saturday 12/3.
Thursday/Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday - 9am to Noon 

For more information, visit:

Dress for Success Sale
2406 S. 24th Street
Unit 105 & 109
(Units are on the back side of the building) 

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy: Christmas Trees

So many Christmas trees to pick from you cannot make a wrong decision in what is best, they are all beautiful and have their own characteristics that make them unique below is just a small list of fir you can find at many Christmas tree lots or nurseries.

Types of Trees:
Noble fir - these are tall and pretty symmetrical, one distinction of a noble fir is that the needles are typically twisted upward so the lower surface branches are exposed.  The branches are pretty stiff as well making a great tree for heavier ornaments.
Fraser fir - the needles on the Fraser are dark blue/green in color and a great scent, it is more of a pyramid shaped tree with strong branches as well.  The needles are also flattened vs. having multiple sides to them.
Douglas fir -t he Douglas is an interesting tree with its branches spreading to dropping, the bark is very thick, rigid and the buds are sharply pointed so watch for those.  The needles are dark green or blue green in color and give off a sweet scent when crushed.
Grand fir - considered one of the tallest firs it has shinny needles in two distinct rows that usually spread horizontally so that both the upper and lower sides of the branches are visible.  The needles are long and dark green with two visible white lines underneath them.

Maintenance for firs or pines is no different between each other, keeping them away from fireplaces or warms vents is ideal, and always adding clean water to the pots.  It is important to always remove a piece of the butt of the tree before place with a stand so it is fresh.  Another thing to consider LED lights uses less electricity and is cooler so they would be a great upgrade from the traditional lights that are typically warmer.  If taken care of properly it can last up to 5 weeks, and when it has reached the end consider recycling the tree.  Live Christmas trees are biodegradable and can be used for mulch or other gardening needs.

Contact Dave at, or visit 

59th Annual Christmas Idea House 

The Christmas Idea House has become a holiday tradition and lures thousands of visitors each year. It is the primary fundraiser for Desert Club, a 70-year-old, all-volunteer women's service organization. 

The theme for the 2016 Christmas Idea House is "Wrapped In Red." This year promises to be a "destination to remember" for shoppers who crave something truly unique for the holidays

The home will be open for Public Tours and shopping on Friday, Dec. 2 from 4, 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.  4:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the door. Guests may receive a $2 discount by bringing at least one canned food item, which will be donated to a local food bank.

Parking is located in the LDS Church parking lot at 7361 S 164th St, Gilbert, and guests will be shuttled to the home. Directions: From the 202 (San Tan Freeway), exit Higley Road, South to Riggs, West to 164th Street, South to LDS Church parking lot.

For more information, visit:

Valley's first Paleo restaurant opens in Chandler

Blooming Beets Kitchen, a gluten-free & paleo sit-down restaurant concept is expanding from Colorado to Chandler. This unique restaurant concept caters to health conscious patrons looking to clean up their diets and avoid processed ingredients. 
For more information, visit:

Blooming Beets Kitchen 
7131 W. Ray Road Chandler, AZ 85226 suite #45
(480) 699-7639

Barrio Queen's Holiday Tamales

One of the best parts of the Holiday, is enjoying good food and tradition with friends and family. One of those traditions, for a lot of people, is enjoying tamales for the holidays. Barrrio Queen helps us create their new tamales de carne.

  • Tamales de Carne: delicately slow cooked beef brisket in a ancho-guajillo and chile de arbol sauce
  • Pork Green Chile: A shredded tender pork slow cooked in a fresh green chile tomatillo sauce
  • Chile Verde del Pollo: flavorful pulled chicken combined with our fresh green chile tomatillo sauce

They are $24 per dozen and will be available until Dec. 31 at both the Scottsdale and Gilbert locations.

For more information, visit:

"Miss Sloane"

Oscar winner Jessica Chastain stars in a film that she says shows the inner world of the American political system and what it takes to get a bill passed and the role money plays in all of it

For more information on the movie, visit:
To see reviews and behind the scenes segments visit: