Wednesday, February 8

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A Patagonian Cavy visits GMAZ A Patagonian Cavy visits GMAZ

The Wildlife World Zoo/ Patagonian Cavy

Patagonian Cavy Facts:

  • Herbivorous 
  • Rabbit-like animal is found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina including large parts of Patagonia.
  • These diurnal cavies are usually between approximately 27 and 30 inches long and weight is in the range of about 18 to 35 pounds. 
  • Their basic fur coloration is brown, although their underbellies are white. 
  • Facially, Patagonian cavies possess big eyes and wide muzzles.
  • Patagonian cavies may walk or hop like hares or gallop like horses. 
  •  Patagonian cavies communicate with a number of sounds, from grunts to screams.
  • Being monogamous, pairs stay together for life with replacement of partners only occurring after its death.
  • Male Patagonian cavies essentially function as protectors of the females against predators and other threats.
  • Gestation lasts 100 days and 1-3 offspring are born at a time.
  • Young can walk almost immediately after being born
  • The dig large burrows and go underground to escape danger.
  • They will tooth chatter and emit low grunts when threatened.
  • The Patagonian cavy is considered to be a near threatened species and have been greatly affected by hunting and habitat alteration.
  • These agile rodents are not immune to the threats of predators, with some of their prominent dangers including birds of prey, lesser grisons, pumas and foxes.
  • Being a rodent its teeth are always growing

The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park.
For more information on all the zoo's exciting attractions and events, call 623-935-WILD or check out their website  

Bus Driver and Assistants Transportation Job Fair

Deer Valley Unified School District will be hosting a Transportation Department job fair to help connect with a great team. The job fair will be held Wednesday, February 8th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Transportation Building 18360 N. 51st Ave.  DVUSD provides the training to become CDL licensed at no cost to you, while you are working.

Apply online at

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
9:00 A.M.  1:00 P.M.
Transportation Building 
18360 N. 51st Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308

Western Week- City of Scottsdale

The City of Scottsdale is debuting Western Week, which runs February 4th to 11th and includes a week full of festivals and events and ends with the Parada Del Sol parade on Saturday.

List of events at Western Week

Marshall Trimble: Tombstone's Social Life (What Folks Did When They Weren't Gun fighting) February 8 at 1:00 p.m., at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, For more information:

Gold Palette ArtWalk themed Western Spirit: Thursday, February 9, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  For more details, call Cyndy Carstens at 480-946-3217 or visit

The Mail Arrives at Scottsdale's Museum of the West: At high noon on Friday, February 10, more than two dozen members of the Hashknife Pony Express conclude their 200-mile horseback trek in front of Western Spirit. For more information, visit:

Old Town Farmers Market: Select the freshest product of the season and indigenous specialties of the West such as flowers, free-range beef and eggs, local cheeses, freshly baked artisan breads, jams and more on Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Located at 3806 N. Brown Avenue. For more:
Parada del Sol Parade & Trail's End Festival: As Western Week comes to a close, locals and visitors can look forward to the Parada del Sol Parade & Trail's End Festival on February 11. The parade runs from 10:00 a.m.-noon. embarking from Drinkwater Boulevard south down Scottsdale Road, turning east on Second Street 

From noon-4:00p.m., the Trail's End Festival in Downtown Scottsdale features entertainment on three stages including western entertainers, Native American and Hispanic dancers. For more information, visit:

For more information, visit:

City of Scottsdale Tourism & Events
7506 E Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 

Jaime's Local Love: Le Bouquet 

A Valley woman left the corporate world, bought a flower shop and Le Bouquet was born. 

Le Bouquet Florist and Boutique proudly serves the Scottsdale area, family owned and operated. 

Le Bouquet is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. 

For more information, visit:

Le Bouquet
9393 North 90th St Suite 115
Scottsdale AZ 85258
(480) 991-8800  
(800) 374-0122

Valentine's Day gift ideas for everyone

From the outdoor junkie to the toddler in your life, local consumer expert Andrea Toch shows us a roundup of gift ideas for anyone on your list! 

Not Vodka - For the person with a sense of humor/drinker.   Wide array of bright colors and emoticon designs.

RAU- For the chocolate lover. Think outside the Chocolate box! The first cold pressed, organic cacao drinkable chocolate.

Country Archer- For the outdoor adventure (hiking, camping, fishing) lover: grass fed, beef jerky
TigerLady- For the runner/fitness gal: safety defense, hollow channels collect DNA, so you don't have to see him, to I.d. him.
Chewbeads- For the new mom. Let's mom accessorize in style without having to worry about getting their jewelry tugged or chewed on by little ones. They're made of 100% silicon and have fun heart and pink/red choices.

Gunapod- To help baby sleep like a baby (so for mom too!). A line of soft and luxurious sleep sacks allow baby to sleep peacefully. The heart pattern is perfect for Valentine's Day!

NOSH! Munchables- for baby and tot to have a sugar-free treat. All-natural, organic teething wafers that come in foodie flavors like Banana-Mango; Broccoli, Pear and Kale; Strawberry-Beet; Simply Rice

Be Fitz's Valentine to support a good cause 

If you're a huge Larry Fitzgerald fan, you can show your love by supporting the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund this Valentine's Day while dining at Dominick's Steakhouse and Steak 44. The restaurants are selling limited edition bottles of 2014 Caymus Cabernet Wine for $299 to benefit the fund, through the month of February, or until they run out. In 2003, Larry Fitzgerald lost his mom, Carol Fitzgerald to a long hard-fought battle with cancer at the age of 47. 

For more information on Dominick's Steakhouse or Steak 44 please contact Jennifer Parks at 480-495-3806 or

Steak 44 
5101 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018. 602-271-4400.
44th St. & Camelback 

Advice for running a successful family-owned business 

We feature family-owned businesses every week on Good Morning Arizona, but what's going on behind-the-scenes? Working with family can complicate an already daunting task of owning a business, and it's tough not to take work problems home with you. So, what's the best approach? A mother-daughter team is releasing a new book today called, "Business is Business," and they join us with advice on what's worked for them, and how family-run shops can find the most success. The book covers the good, the bad and the awkward, like how you fire a family member, and more. Yikes!

For more information and to order a copy go to:

Pat's Run

Saturday, April 22nd 
Register for $42 before the price increases Feb 14 at midnight MST
4.2 mile run/walk ends on the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium

By supporting the Pat Tillman Foundation, you'll empower more Tillman Scholars to become leaders for our country. 

3TV and CBS 5 are the official media sponsors this year
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