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6th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic takes flight this weekend

Beginning tomorrow, you'll see the Arizona Balloon Classic take flight over the skies of Arizona, and we get a sneak peek at what it takes for these balloons to lift off. The 6th Annual hot air balloon race and festival in the West Valley, benefits the Ryan House. The event usually takes place in January, but was postponed due to weather. This weekend's event takes place at The Phoenix Events & Sports Complex March 3rd-5th. 

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The 6th Annual hot air balloon race and festival 
Phoenix Events & Sports Complex 
Address: 2209 N 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037
Phone: (602) 622-2518

Shiplap trend popular in homes

TV shows like "Fixer Upper" has made the shiplap deco popular. You can learn how to do it yourself this weekend. Restyle Junkie will be giving live shiplap demonstrations at The Maricopa County Home & Landscape show March 3-5, at The University of Phoenix Stadium. 

The Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show, complete with thousands of home improvement, design and landscaping products and services offered at exclusive pricing.
Unique Show Attractions Include (FREE with admission):

  • Artisan Home Décor Marketplace: Featuring 100 local Arizona artisans, shop one-of-a-kind, curios, handmade home décor, home furniture and art.
  • DIY Workshops and Presentations: Featuring a hands-on DIY cabinet painting demo, DIY artificial grass and putting green installation, shiplap DIY instruction and more.
  • Meet 'Chopped' Judge Scott Conant: Conant will meet-and-greet guests as they sample a line of Italian specialties, olive oils and vinegars.
  • FREE Walk-Up Landscape Consultations: Bring your backyard measurements and photos for a custom landscape consultation from a professional horticulturist. 
  • Tour a Tiny Home: Step into the latest trend in home buying! Learn how living in a 344 square-foot tiny home can feel like living large.
  • Receive a FREE Arizona State Park pass: Attend a State Parks seminar to receive a free one-day park pass.
  • Meet Your New Best Friend: On-site dog adoptions presented by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.
  • FREE wine tasting: Explore Old World wines with tasting experiences throughout the show.

Friday, March 3 - Sunday, March 5
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • General Admission: $8 daily for adults, kids ages 3-12 are $3. Children 2 and younger are free. 
  • Senior Morning: Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., admission for guests 60 and older is $2.50. 
  • Customer Appreciation:  $2.50 admission Friday evening between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
  • Military Appreciation: Half off admission with valid military identification all three days. 
  • Donate & Save: Donate three cans of dog, cat, puppy or kitten food for Maricopa County Animal Care & Control at Gate 2 and receive one FREE ticket to the show.
  • Free onsite parking: A large food court and ATMs are also on site for your convenience.

For more information, visit: 

Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show
University of Phoenix Stadium
Address: 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale 85305
Cross Streets: Maryland Avenue and 95th Avenue

'Shark Tank' for Valley students

3TV's Heidi Goitia shows us how an enterprising Valley school is using the popular TV show to help students learn about sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. For more info on how schools can participate for no cost, visit or

World's most high-tech diamonds comes to Scottsdale 

Beginning this week, Scottsdale will be among the first cities in the country to have access to the most high-tech diamonds in the world. Instead of being mined from the Earth, these diamonds are created in a plasma chamber using breakthrough technology that replicates the natural process. They are said to be identical to the finest mined diamonds in every way, physically, optically and chemically, while being ethically produced, eco-friendly and socially responsible. Can you tell the difference? 

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Spence Diamonds
Scottsdale Quarter
15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 140 (next to Zinburger)

A tour through Randy Johnson's Mummy Mountain home 

Imagine coming home to a palatial estate like this. On 5-secluded acres at the base of Mummy Mountain, this home boasts 25-thousand sq. feet, a world-class, 1700 sq. foot fitness facility, and 1900 sq. ft. guest house. And that's not all. We get a tour of some hidden passage ways through this amazing home that took three years to build. 

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Desert Landscaping 101 with Dave "The Garden Guy" 

If you want to beautify your yard, and keep it looking as natural as possible and true to our desert, you can mimic some ideas from Randy Johnson's backyard. Dave the Garden Guy has ideas for some aesthetically pleasing looks from seasonal focal points to shrubs and cactus.    


Desert Landscaping Tips for the DIY
Compiled by Tom Gatz
First published in The Central Spine by the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society

If you are planning to landscape your property or just have a corner of your yard that you would like to make-over into a more natural, appealing landscape, here are some tips I have gleaned from the experts over the years. Great examples of these concepts in practice can be seen in much of the new landscaping at the Desert Botanical Garden entrance and around the new buildings and patios such as the new Queen Victoria agave rock garden near the entrance to the library.

  •     Add elevational relief with low, gently-sloping mounds.
  •     Use one large year-round focal point (a large columnar cactus, for example) or a few seasonal focal points (large shrubs that flower at different times of the year).
  •     For a more natural and aesthetically pleasing look, repeat 2 or 3 primary accent species of shrubs and cacti instead of the cluttered look of a collector's garden with one of each species.
  •     Similarly, use several individuals of the same species of tree.
  •     Mimic nature by clustering groups of the same species and boulders together, using uneven numbers (3, 5, 7) of each.
  •     Irregularly space clusters and individuals, leaving some open areas and meandering paths between planting islands.
  •     Bury your boulders about 1/3 deep to eliminate the "just fell off truck" look.
  •     Use plants with contrasting shades and shapes such as low gray foliage plants in front of taller, green foliage plants.
  •     Add movement to your landscape with native bunch grass accents.
  •     Soften the cacti, agaves and rocks by inter-planting with leafy desert shrubs. For example, try a prickly pear and a fairy duster together.
  •     Add architectural exclamation points by using specimen plants in large pots, especially in transition areas near patio, entry-ways and walkways. Again, cluster them.
  •     Use one species of low shrub or perennial to knit the entire landscape together. Bursage, desert marigold, or creosote work well.
  •     Use gravel, rock mulch and boulders of the same color for a natural look.
  •     To combine higher water shrubs with low-water succulents, try planting the plants that need less water and better drainage higher on a berm and the leafy plants at the base of the berm where the water will collect. The elevational relief will also allow the higher succulents to make more of a statement.

Also, Consider:

  •     Planting species like cholla and native bunch grasses where the western sun will back-light them.
  •     Replicating natural associations like cacti/nurse-tree growing together.
  •     Think of flowers as a seasonal bonus instead of a year-round focus and depend instead on variations in shades of green and plant textures to provide year-round visual interest.
  •     A nice 3-way combination is the boulder/succulent/perennial combo. The perennial (penstemon, desert marigold, etc.) softens the boulder and provides seasonal color, while the succulent (cacti, agave or aloe) provides year-round visual interest with the boulder as a backdrop.

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Is this Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine? 

"Logan" hits the big screen this weekend, and after 17 years and nine films, Hugh Jackman says it's time to hang up the claws. Our movie critic Tara Hitchcock has more on that, a chat with the cast, and says this final Wolverine will be unlike any you've ever seen. 

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Scottsdale Fashion Week features begins with a stellar lineup

Scottsdale Fashion Week returns March 2-7 with a stellar lineup of designers including Zandra Rhodes, Laurel DeWitt and more. This year's talent has designed garments worn by some of the world's biggest stars including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis and Lady Gaga. The event begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale located at 4725 N Scottsdale Rd., with a portion of the proceeds benefitting National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. 

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His and her closets that'll make anyone jealous

Architecturally designed by Erik Peterson and custom built by Desert Star Construction, this magnificent estate, which belongs to Randy Johnson boasts 7 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. But, one of the biggest highlights of this home, is the owner's suite and the owner's his & her closets, you must see to believe.    

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Get killer arms just in time for Spring 

We're nearing tank-top weather, and Spring Training is now in full swing, time to dust off the tank tops and short sleeves. But, are your arms ready to be seen? Celebrity Trainer Felicia Romero joins us in Randy Johnson's killer gym with a killer workout to target every part of the arm. These are five exercises she says will hit every muscle in your arms. 

Spring Training themed- Tank top arms
**5 exercises to hit every part of the arm**
1. Around the worlds (shoulder)
2. Triceps extensions (triceps)
3. Bent over rows (back)
4. Half burpee with bicep curl (bicep and HIIT) 
5. Plank to pushup (Core and chest) 

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Address: 263 E Warner Rd #103, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone: (844) 269-5354

Using Hardscapes and adding color to your desert landscaping

Now is the perfect time to makeover your yard, and if you want to mimic our natural desert landscape, you can do that with sloping mounds, boulders, and clustering groups of plants together.  Dave shows us how to add color and dimension with walkways, hanging vines, and more.      

Desert Landscaping Tips for the DIY
Compiled by Tom Gatz
First published in The Central Spine by the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society

Hardscape Considerations

    Walls, fences, walkways and seating areas provide a touch of civilization to a natural landscape and can complement or set off the plants.
    Pull from the architecture of the house for your hardscape (brick, tile, adobe, wood).
    Stone walls or rock veneer over cinder blocks look great with desert plants. Wedge old stockings filled with dirt to create planting pockets between rocks in the wall.

  •     18" walls are the best height for seating.
  •     Add color by painting boring, cinder-block walls. Be brave!
  •     Use old and/or interesting gates to add character.
  •     Use vine-covered arbors between areas of the garden to give illusion of separate garden rooms.

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Tuscan Cooking and Training calls for outdoor grilling gourmet-style 

The old-world charm of Randy Johnson's kitchen calls for authentic Italian cuisine. Italian chef, John Collura joins us with his new Mangia Mangia marinara sauce, and teaches us the art of making home-made linguini, meatballs and sauce. He also gives a lesson in outdoor gourmet grilling. We're talking sausage, peppers, homemade marinara, stuffed burgers, grilled mushrooms and more. 

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