Thursday, December 8

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Choice Career Fairs

Choice Career Fairs is holding a career fair to give job seekers the opportunity to connect with local employers.

The career fair will be held on Thursday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North at the Metrocenter.

Some of the employers attending this event include: Cartwright School District, Celerion E.A Renfroe & Company and HonorHealth.

Jobs will be available in Customer Service, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality and Sales.

All job seekers are welcome to attend this event to submit resumes, network and meet face-to-face with local hiring managers.

To learn more about this career fair, go to

Radisson Hotel Phoenix North
10220 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051 
(602) 997-5900

The City of Avondale, in partnership with Goodwill of Central Arizona, will host a Job Hiring Event, Thursday, December 8th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

The Hiring Event is offered to provide experienced and highly-motivated job seekers options to find work. More than 20 businesses, in addition to service programs and other resources, will be on site at the Avondale City Hall (11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323).  Bring copies of your resume, and come prepared to meet many local prospective employers, representing various West Valley industries which include banking, government and retail/food services.

The event is free and open to all.

For more information, visit: or contact Avondale's Neighborhood Family Services Department at 623-333-2703.  


Founded in 2012, ProteinHouse was created with the quickly expanding fitness and health conscious community in mind. In a market saturated by fast food establishments and other restaurants operating from a profit-over-nutrition mindset ProteinHouse set out to bring you delicious, nutrient dense meals made fresh to cater to each persons' specific needs.

For more information:

7077 E. Mayo Blvd Suite B-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85054
Phone: 480-502-5183
101 & Scottsdale Rd, South to Mayo Blvd. (Next to PetSmart) 

Celebrate the holidays with Santa on Ice and learn to skate for free and take in a show 

Nothing says the holidays more than a figure skating show on ice. Santa's Animation Celebration will take place at AZ ICE Gilbert on Friday and Saturday, December 9th & 10th. New this year, get a free 45-minute introductory skating lesson with free skate rental from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday

Santa's Animation Celebration is a production by AZ Ice Gilbert, featuring Santa at the North Pole. "This is the most beautiful time of the year to watch skating in-person, and even learn to skate on your own," says AZ ICE Gilbert Skating Director, Mark Fitzgerald. AZ ICE Gilbert will offer the holiday skating show on Friday and Saturday, along with a free skate lesson on Saturday. 

For more information:  

Santa's Animation Celebration (Fri. & Sat.) 
FREE Skating Lesson (Sat.) 

AZ Ice Gilbert 
Address:  2305 E Knox Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296 
Knox and Greenfield  

Two sisters in their 80's wow senior living center with decorations

Joan Horner and Gloria Petri are sisters and both over the age of 85. They live next door to each other at Fellowship Square Historic Mesa and keep the holiday spirit alive with their own version of a decorating contest. 

Fellowship Square Historic Mesa
35 West Brown Road
Mesa, AZ 85201

Phoestivus returns to Phoenix Public Market 

Inspired by the famous Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas markets in Germany) and Seinfeld's Festivus, a parody and secular holiday celebrated in an episode of the show, Phoestivus was born to be an all-inclusive December celebration. The Phoestivus market, held on Dec. 8th and Dec. 15th, from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., features locally grown and produced gifts from 130 vendors. Last year, 6,000 shoppers gathered for these two nights of local shopping. 

For more information:

Phoenix Public Market Café
14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cross Street: Central & Pierce

Dave Owens, The Garden Guy, Frost protection and steps to protect yourself

Temperatures are dropping and we need to start focusing on protecting our plants and trees during the night time lows in to the 30s and lower.  It is important to protect these frost sensitive plants like lantanas, bougainvillea, natal plum, citrus trees, cape honeysuckle, myoporum, any variety of ficus trees, and any tropical type plant.  For any others that you are unsure of it is better to be safe and protect those as well now rather than later.  When preparing for frost protection it is important that you stop pruning your plants and trees until at least late February or until the overnight temperatures stay above 32 degrees.  The top layers of foliage act as insulation for the underlying layers protecting them from extreme temperatures, so it is important that you do not prune your plants anymore even if they have sustained frost damage.  If you forget to cover them most plants can survive a few nights of frosty temperatures but the quicker you act the better, you are.

Some steps to take to prepare for and going into the colder nights is watering later in the evening (between 8-10 pm), this actually helps release heat as the water evaporates and helps protect the plants.  Once you have that established it is time to look at different items you can use to cover your plants: newspaper, sheets, blankets, cardboard boxes, paper bags, burlap, frost cloth (found at local nurseries or home and garden centers) and Christmas lights (large lights work the best).  These are all great tools to use and it's not necessary to even use all of them with a vast variety available, avoid using plastic at all.  There is no right or wrong way to cover your plants as long as they are protected completely like wrapping yourself in a blanket and when using any of the above mentioned you want to at least remove them during the day for proper air flow and give your plants a break and try to get some sun light.  
It is also important to mention that when covering your plants, they get completely covered to the ground to help capture that heat and hold it in, and keep an anchor nearby just in case of any gusts of wind that might blow them off.  If any of your plants or trees sustained any frost damage do not to trim it back until after the frost season or the temperatures have stayed about 32 degrees at night.  Also find where your ASV is located and make sure to cover that at night with some sheets to avoid any costly repairs if the piper were to ever freeze and break, it is also good to run your pool pumps to have the water continuously moving in the pipes to help prevent any damage there as well.

Contact Dave at, or visit 

Sugahbeat gives back to the community through music.

Sugahbeat is donating 20% of song sales for "I Finally Feel It" to the Arizona Humane Society, who partnered in the making of the music video. Purchase song and watch video at

Sugahbeat will release their latest E.P. after New Year’s and plans to continue giving back by pairing other causes with songs and encouraging donations through song sales.
Members of Sugahbeat can be recognized from the '90s Valley favorite, Azz Izz Band.

Sugahbeat performs at O.H.S.O. Paradise Valley every Sunday from 4-7 p.m., among other festivals, special events, weddings, corporate events, restaurants and bars. Visit: for more information

O.H.S.O. Paradise Valley
10810 N. Tatum Blvd. #126
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Tel: 602-900-9003

7th Annual Family Holiday Jazz Party at the MIM

On Friday, Dec 9, five-time Grammy award-winning Jazz guitarist and producer, Marty Ashby, will be presenting his 7th Annual Holiday Jazz Concert at the MIM. And, for the third time over the past seven years, Valley local Jazz singer, Shannon Wallace will be singing right alongside him. 

For more information: 

4725 E. Mayo Boulevard 
Phoenix, AZ 85050 
(480) 478-6000