Monday, December 26

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Experience Chanukah in a meaningful way

Chanukah Wonderland is a free hands on event taking place today in the east Valley, beginning at 10:30 a.m. We join Rabbi Mendy Deitsch as he explains how you can experience the holiday with your family in a fun and meaningful way. Chanukah begins Sat. night, Dec. 24, 2016 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Chanukah, a celebration for all time, is highlighted by the kindling of the Menorah each night of the holiday. "It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," said Rabbi Mendy Deitsch, director of Chabad of the East Valley. "In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place." Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. 

Chanukah Wonderland, will open its doors to the entire community on Monday December 26th, starting at 10:30 am until 4:30pm. Conveniently located at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life 875 N. McClintock, children and adults experience Chanukah through some fun and exciting activities
Every hour on the hour another program - Fun all day long!

For more information and schedule of special activities contact Chabad of the East Valley, 480-855-4333 or log on to:

The Pollack Chabad Center at 875 N. McClintock in Chandler
Monday, December 26th, 2016
10:30am - 4:30p.m
WHO: Moms Dads and Children of all ages
COST: Free

LEGO exhibit & Noon Year's Eve at The Phoenix Zoo and Winter Camp

This weekend will be your last chance to take one last look at Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks at The Phoenix Zoo before it leaves on January 2. Also, get ready to ring in the New Year at the stroke of 12pm-noon with a fun-packed party for the whole family, which includes 30 tons of snow, music, games and more. All activities included with general admission. 

If you're looking for something for the kids to do on winter break, Winter Camp Zoo begins today, with zoo campers learning all about the different trails at the zoo. Kids will also experience fun animal encounters, and learn about the habitats of Arizona, tropics, Africa and more. And it's not too late to sign up! 

For more information:

Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
455 N. Galvin Parkway | Phoenix, AZ 85008

Motivation Monday: Bootcamp, couple's workouts and "Slim it to Win it" training 

We get motivated on this Monday morning at Pro Physiques in Gilbert where they offer boot camp style and on-on-one training. They even offer couple's training for you and your significant other to get in shape together. 
You can transform your body in just 12 weeks! And to prove it, Pro Physiques is offering a 12-week contest where you can win $1,000. 

For more information, visit:

Pro Physiques 
1522 S Gilbert Rd #103
Gilbert, AZ 85296
(480) 917-7767
Ray Rd. & Gilbert 

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Valley hotspots

Looking to make your New Year's Eve plans? What are the best parties around town? Cynthia Sassi from has the list of the hottest parties around the Valley, from BLK Live where the 80s lives on, to a Champagne Ball in Tempe. 

Shimmer New Year's Eve at W Scottsdale
Toast to 2017 with Shimmer New Year's Eve at W Scottsdale, a diamond-inspired party under the stars. Held on the hotel's rooftop WET Pool Deck, the festive New Year's Eve celebration will kick off on Saturday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m. and is open to guests ages 21 and over. The extravagant event will transport guests into a wonderland of lustre and lights while they enjoy a night of music and festivities. Revelers will be greeted by a towering champagne bottle as they make their way through the elegant entryway draped in crystals. Inside, the festivities will continue in The Living Room with live music, shimmering chandeliers and specialty cocktails. At midnight, attendees will welcome 2017 with an impressive firework display from the hotel's rooftop. Table reservations are also available.
Tickets start at $50 and are on sale now at

Confetti Ball at Hotel Valley Ho
The upscale affair held in the SoHo Ballroom and Courtyard will feature a four-hour premium reception, savory hors d'oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, interactive performers and the largest confetti drop in Scottsdale. Renowned DJs will build excitement on the dance floor with the best top 40, club and EDM hits, while vibrant expositions from interactive performers entertain revelers throughout the evening. At the stroke of midnight, a massive midnight confetti explosion will propel 100lbs of confetti throughout the ballroom. The blizzard-like effect will be the largest confetti drop in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Confetti Ball: New Year's Eve 2017 Gala takes place on December 31, 2016 from 9:00pm to 2:00am at Hotel Valley Ho.

New Year's Eve Arizona at The Saguaro
LIVE 101.5 presents NYE 2017: New Year's Eve Celebration at The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel. Joey Boy and Eneesh from LIVE 101.5's The Morning Mess will host the multi-room bash. LIVE 101.5's DJ Decipha and the official DJ of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Slippe, will spin the hottest dance, hip-hop and EDM music. General Admission Tickets provide access to the Main Ballroom and include a complimentary midnight champagne toast along with party favors and hats. VIP Lounge Tickets provide access to the exclusive VIP Lounge, a one-hour premium reception from 9:00pm-10:00pm, hors d'oeuvres, midnight champagne toast along with party favors and hats.

Gatsby Under The Stars Party at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
Hotel Palomar Phoenix is hosting a "Gatsby Under The Stars" Party at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar on Saturday December 31st. This 21+ event is $40 per person starts at 7:00pm. There will be complimentary passed appetizers 7-9pm. Enjoy beats by DJ Kim E Fresh at 7pm and DJ Jen Jones at 10pm. There will be 20s-inspired cocktails a photo booth and champagne bar.

EEG New Year's Eve
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Downtown Scottsdale at EEG's locations Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails, the Mint, the Bevvy, and Bottled Blonde. Party like a rock star at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails under the black lights at their 4th annual Black Light Party. Celebrate the #NYE with The Mint, where you can tweet, post and snap all the fun of the evening. Revel in the New Year with Bottled Blonde's Champagne Garden, the perfect excuse to toast the New Year. Ring in the New Year with A Bevvy NYE at the Bevvy in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Enjoy live music and DJ spinning all night long, plus a midnight Champagne toast to ring in the New Year right. Plus, revelers can continue celebrating with Hi Fi's Neon Sunrise party from 3am-9am, featuring breakfast and the bar will reopen at 6am. In addition, EEG is offering an EEG NYE 4 club pass, which allows you to bypass the General Admission line and gain access into Bottled Blonde, Hi Fi, the Bevvy and the Mint in downtown Scottsdale for only $80. You can also pre-purchase entry into all 4 spots today to avoid the lines on NYE. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit Table reservations are also available. 

Rock Out at BLK
To ring in 2017, BLK in Scottsdale is hosting an 80s throwback party complete with performances by the 80s tribute band, "RockHard" and the 80s New Wave band, "The Spazmatics." Guests are encouraged to come dressed in classic 80s attire and will be able to enjoy an open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. and a champagne toast at Midnight. Pre-sale tickets cost $50 and $75 at the door and can be purchased via Eventbrite:

Champagne Ball at El Hefe & Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Tempe
The Champagne Ball, the biggest block party on Mill Ave in Tempe this year, will include El Hefe & Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Tempe as well as a 40ft massive stage in the middle of 6th St. with performances by AZ's Top Local DJ's. There will be confetti blasts, champagne inflatables, a ball drop, champagne tubs and more. Local DJs include Diesel, Squared and Steel. General admission tickets start at $25, VIP tickets (includes VIP bar and lounge, guaranteed upfront view of stage) start at $50. VIP and bottle service available.
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The new face of cosmetic procedures is men 

There is a growing trend in the battle for beauty, as more men are filling the seats at plastic surgeons’ offices. We follow a young Valley man through an aggressive dermabrasion procedure to smooth out the skin.  30-year old Jordan Peck just underwent one of the most invasive facial treatments in an effort to smooth out his skin. He's an example of plastic surgery's new normal, as more men go under the knife. 

For more information:

Two Valley Locations:
Advanced Aesthetic Associates
Advanced Aesthetic Associates 9250 North 3rd Street #1003
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: (602) 331-7811 

Advanced Aesthetic Associates
Advanced Aesthetic Associates 8900 East Raintree Drive #200
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 752-7874 

Local dog Rooster will be surfing in the Rose Parade on The Lucy Pet Foundation Float.

Rooster, a 2-year old Australian Shepherd from Scottsdale, will be riding on the Lucy Pet Foundation Float on Tournament of Roses parade.
To learn more about the float and the parade visit:

*The mission of the Lucy Pet Foundation is to provide Spay/Neuter and adoption Mobile clinics all across the country. The goal is to help reduce pet overpopulation and find forever homes for millions of loving dogs and cats.

For more information on the Lucy Pet Foundation visit:

Treecycle' in Apache Junction After Holiday

The city of Apache Junction is participating in this Christmas tree recycling effort by providing two free drop-off points in the city. The sites available to accept trees for recycling will be open 24 hours a day for free drop-off from Dec. 26, 2016 through Feb. 1, 2017.

Those sites are:
Paws & Claws Care Center, 725 E. Baseline Ave. 
Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Rd.

For more information, visit: