Monday, March 6

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AZ Consumer Fraud Week

In recognition of Arizona Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a list of the Top AZ Consumer Fraud Complaints received in 2016.  The Attorney General's Office received more than 15,000 consumer complaints and recovered more than $3.9 million dollars for Arizona consumers in 2016.

"Con-artists are constantly creating new schemes to steal money from hardworking Arizonans," said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "Education is the key to protecting yourself and your loved ones."

Arizona Consumer Protection Week is held in conjunction with National Consumer Protection week, a nationwide campaign aimed at consumer protection and fighting fraud.
 
2016 Top AZ Consumer Fraud Complaints:
1.    Motor Vehicle Sales, Repairs, & Rentals 
2.    Telemarketing Scams 
3.    Mortgages and Real Estate Services 
4.    Internet Service & Cell Phones 
5.    Online Sales 

Five Warning Signs of a Scam:

1. The Offer Seems Too Good to be True
If it seems too good to be true, it is. Examples include money left to you from an unknown relative or being awarded a grant you did not apply for. Be very suspicious of winning a large sweepstakes prize unless you can confirm its authenticity.

2. They Want Private Information
Anytime someone tries to get your bank account number, Social Security Number, or other sensitive information, you should automatically be on alert. Don't give out personal information.

3. They Ask You to Wire Money
STOP! It's a scam. Con-artists prefer untraceable payment methods like wire transfers.

4. Requests for Fees
Never pay fees or taxes in advance unless you are 100% certain it is not a scam. It is illegal for someone to require up-front payment before funding a loan or paying out a sweepstakes prize.

5. Pressure
Scammers will often put pressure on their victims and urge them to pay immediately or lose the opportunity.

For more consumer protection tips visit the Arizona Attorney General's Office website at www.azag.gov.

If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Attorney General's Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, or outside the metro areas at (800) 352-8431. Bilingual consumer protection staff is available to assist. Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General's website at https://www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer.

Over 1,200 Tempe jobs available this Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Tempe Diversity Career Fair

Over 1,200 local jobs are up for grabs in Tempe this Monday, March 6, 2017. Jobertising.com is hosting the Tempe Diversity Career Fair at the Tempe Center for the Arts (700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe AZ 85281). The job fair will be open to all job seekers from 11am- 2pm. A good portion of the featured companies will be hiring on the spot. Bring plenty of resumes and dress to interview. Attendance is free for job seekers. Job seekers are encouraged to arrive early to beat the crowd and can RSVP for free online at https://jobertising.com/CareerFair-Tempe-March-2017

Featured Companies Include: Chase, iQor, Bard, State Farm, Walgreens, Advanced Business Learning, Cox Communications, Sears, AFH, Satellite Autoglass, Cyracom Language Solutions, SLS, Honor Health, Enterprise, Randstad, RW Lynch, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Dignity Memorial, Marc Community Resources, AGIA, Revana, ESW Staffing, Discount Ride and many more.

Tempe Diversity Career Fair -Tempe Center for the Arts 
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe AZ 85281). 

Chicago Cubs Wives Build Greenhouse at Mesa Urban Garden Downtown, Mesa 

Mesa Urban Garden, a popular event space and a source of locally grown food for families, food banks and nearby restaurants, has exceeded the expectations of its founders and the volunteers who run it. But as every gardener knows, there's always room for improvement.

On March 6, Cubs Wives will finish the assembly of a greenhouse with the financial support of the Cubs Foundation, completing a task on Mesa Urban Garden organizers' to-do list.

After nearly five years of operation, the garden is firmly rooted as a downtown Mesa community gathering place and a point of pride for revitalization of the Southside Heights neighborhood. The greenhouse adds another amenity to an urban garden that features 120 plots and event space for a variety of uses, such as art shows, weddings and yoga classes.

The frame of the greenhouse has been at the site for several months. But Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle, a founder of Mesa Urban Garden, said extra hands were needed to finish the greenhouse project, including installing shelves.

Cubs Wives volunteered to complete work on the greenhouse plant seed starter trays. Seedlings grown in the greenhouse will be transplanted to several plots that supply produce to local food banks, Winkle said.

To learn more about the Mesa Urban Garden and Chicago Cub Charities visit these websites:
www.MesaUrbanGarden.org
http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/community/charities/

Mesa Urban Garden 
212 E 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210

Get paid to Spring Cleaning

Do you ever go in your closet or your kids' closet or walk around their playroom and say, I’ve got too much stuff! It's time to spring clean!  Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate are sister-stores and are one the valley's top "Upscale Resale stores” Clean out your kids' closets AND mom and dad's closet and sell us your quality, Ready-to-Wear- Current Styles. For CASH! 

Kid to Kid locations:   
Peoria, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler 
Every Kid to Kid provides hand-selected gently used items, as well as an affordable selection of brand new items. Because stores are locally-owned and locally-stocked, with hundreds of new items coming in every day, you will find different items behind every pink door. One thing you can always expect: a wide selection of ways to save.

For more information, visit: www.KidtoKidUC.com
 
Uptown Cheapskate locations:  Peoria, Scottsdale, Chandler 
Uptown Cheapskate is not your average thrift store. We buy only the most stylish gently used clothes and accessories you loved yesterday and sell them today at up to 70% less than mall prices! Unlike consignment stores, you can earn cash on the spot when you sell us your like-new fashions for guys and girls.  With three Phoenix-area locations to serve you, our stores offer low prices on new and second-hand clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry from your favorite brands and designers all under one roof! 

For more information, visit: http://www.uptowncheapskate.com/

Sneak peek inside Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in Gilbert

The new Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in Gilbert opens to the public on Tuesday, March 7th. The official grand opening kicks off Thursday, March 16th with a free performance from country superstar Kelsea Ballerini! 

For more information, visit: www.dierkswhiskeyrow.com/gilbert

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
323 Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296
(480) 476-8595

Soft opens to the public on Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Official Grand Opening March 16, 2017

The Pop Game-Timbaland

Multi-platinum Grammy® winning Super-producer and artist Timbaland has stamped his indelible imprint on the music scene since the mid-1990s, working with such diverse artists as Aaliyah, One Republic, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Drake and Bjork. Timbaland's Mosley Music Group has sold more than 25 million albums and 40 million singles in 10 years.

Timbaland is the Executive Music Supervisor for season one and two of the hit TV series Empire. He has an autobiographical six-part series coming in 2017 called Opera Noir which will feature all music from his forthcoming LP of the same name. Timbaland's other upcoming album is entitled Textbook Timbo and features artists ranging from Justin Timberlake and Pharrell, to Brad Paisley and Tove Lo and many more.

On Lifetime's new series The Pop Game, Timbaland works with five aspiring young vocal artists, all vying for a record contract with his label. Timbaland's team of writers, producers and top celebrity guest artists include JoJo, Macy Gray, Nelly Furtado and Jordin Sparks. They all assist the kids and their manager-parents in challenges designed to teach and test the skills they'll need to grace some of the world's biggest stages. The Pop Game artists include 13-year-old Ashlund from Riverton, UT; 16-year-old Cravetay from Atlanta; 17-year-old Grant from Joplin, MO; Ian, a 15-year-old from San Antonio; and 15-year-old Madysyn from Huntington Beach, CA.
 
The Pop Game Airs Tuesdays on Lifetime at 10PM ET/PT.  

For more information visit these websites:
https://premieretv.box.com/v/ThePopGame-Alert
https://premieretv.box.com/v/Timbaland-Bio
http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/the-pop-game

CAN'd AID Bicycle Donation

The Can'd Aid Foundation donates 71 bikes to the New World Educational Center. The bikes will go to 1st-3rd graders as well as special education students from 4th grade. 

To read more about CAN'd AID Bicycle donation to the New World Educational Center click on this link:
http://candaid.org/uncategorized/cand-aid-donate-newly-built-bikes-phoenix-area-elementary-students/.

This donation is kindly being offered by the CAN'd AID Foundation, which promotes community activism.  To learn more or donate visit their webpage: http://candaid.org/

Can'd Aid Foundation
Phone:(303) 776-1914 
E-Mail: info@candaid.org

Power Rangers

Lionsgate Pictures SABAN'S POWER RANGERS opens nationwide March 24th
Tickets go on sale today March 6 -- visit http://tickets.powerrangers.movie/ to reserve your tickets>
    
To learn more about the film, visit: http://www.powerrangers.movie/ and Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/PowerRangersMovie

Cooking mussels at home

Mussels look intimidating but Valley food blogger and chef Joanie Simon shows us they are one of the easiest things, especially when entertaining. 

Mussels

  •     Cooking mussels look intimidating, but they are one of the easiest things, especially when entertaining.
  •     Be sure to buy quality mussels so that they don't taste super fishy.  
  •     To prep them, rinse them well in water and then remove the "beards".
  •     You also want to make sure to only cook the live ones.  How do you know they are still alive?  They will close their shell when you squeeze them.
  •     Once they're cooked, only eat the ones that opened, discard any that stayed closed.

Mussels in Thai Curry Broth

Ingredients
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 Tbs. fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 serrano pepper, minced
3 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
can unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
2 limes
2 1/2 pound mussels, debearded and scrubbed
¼ cup of fresh basil and cilantro chopped together

Instructions

  • Heat a wok or large pot on the stove over medium high heat with the peanut oil, then add in ginger, garlic, and pepper and sauté until soft.  
  • Then add in the curry paste and stir to combine with the vegetables.  
  • Then add in the coconut milk, vinegar and fish sauce and simmer 10 minutes to allow the flavors to intensify.
  • Next, prepare your mussels and then add them to the simmering broth, stir and then cover with the pot's lid and steam 3 minutes or until they're all opened.
  • Move the mussels to a serving dish and garnish with fresh herbs and lime wedges.

For more information, visit: Joanie Simon Food Blogger at www.JoanieSimon.com
Email:  food@joaniesimon.com

Take advantage of artichokes while they're in season!

Artichokes are in season from March to May, so if you've never prepared them, now is the time! 

Artichokes

  •     Artichokes are in season from March to May, so if you've never prepared them, now is the time!
  •     When you trim them, rub them with lemon to keep them from discoloring.
  •     The vary in size and depending on how big they are will dictate the cook time.
  •     I like to cook them in the pressure cooker and then finish them on the grill to get a nice smoky flavor.  If you don't have a pressure cooker, you can steam them and then finish on the grill.
  •     Be sure to remove the "choke" the fuzzy part.  I take it out after cooking because it's easier to remove then.

How to Cook Artichokes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TarvLO1YlRs

Ingredients
2 large artichokes
2 lemons
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
olive oil 
1 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp. Dijon

Instructions

  • Start by trimming off the tips of the leaves.  
  • Then, cut off the top and rub it with lemon juice. 
  • Put them cut-side down in the pressure cooker, add a cup of water, a tablespoon of salt and then pressure cook on high for 7 to 10 minutes, depending on the size of the artichokes.
  • Don't have a pressure cooker, you can steam them for 25 to 35 minutes (again, depending on size) or boil them for about the same amount of time.  
  • You'll know artichokes are done when the leaves easily pull away, but not fall apart.  
  • Then slice them down the middle, starting from the stem since it's softer.  This will expose the beautiful interior of the artichokes.  
  • From there, run a knife along the line right below where the fur or the "choke" is and remove that fuzzy center.  
  • Rub the artichokes with olive oil and then toss them on the grill for 60 seconds to seal in a nice sear.  It's up to you if you want to keep them there longer to get even more char.
  • Combine the sour cream and Dijon for a dipping sauce and serve.

For more information, visit: Joanie Simon Food Blogger at www.JoanieSimon.com
Email:  food@joaniesimon.com

Queen of Clean Window Cleaning Hacks

This formula is for washing windows and using the hose to rinse them and not drying them.  I have found these types of formulas work quite well, but anytime you wash and don't dry windows, it won't be perfect.  
HOSE OFF OUTSIDE WINDOW CLEANER 
Combine:
1 gallon warm water
2 cups white vinegar
1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap
I suggest using a sponge mop or a microfiber mop on an extension pole to wash the windows.  Dip the mop/brush into the solution and wash the window well.  Immediately hose off the window, working from the top down.  It is important to not let the solution dry on the window so rinsing immediately will give you the best results.  Let window dry.  NOTE:  Do not do this when sun is hitting the window or they are hot.
OUTSIDE WINDOW CLEANER
2-gallon bucket of warm water
¼ cup cornstarch
½ cup white vinegar
Combine well to dissolve cornstarch.  Using a sponge (a natural sponge works best) wash window, do not rinse and buff dry with paper towels or microfiber cloth
TOUGH JOB WINDOW CLEANER FOR SCREEN STAINS, BUG STAINS, HARD WATER
There is NO water in this solution
1 pint of rubbing alcohol
2 Tablespoon ammonia
2 Tablespoons liquid dish soap. 
Apply to window using a scrubbing sponge, rinse and buff.  
This Is great for windshields too.  
BUG, HARD WATER AND SCREEN STAIN REMOVER 
Moisten a bar of Lava™, Soap and rub a wet cloth across it.  Rub into stain, rinse and continue with your choice of window cleaning solution.  Buy LAVA where you buy hand or bath soap.
SPRAY AND WIPE WINDOW CLEANER 
2 cups water
½ teaspoon liquid dish soap of liquid castile soap
Shake, spray and wipe
Simply spray and wipe with a lint-free rag, micro fiber cloth or paper towels.
STREAK REMOVER 
Simply take a black board or white board eraser and erase the streaks away. 

For more information visit Linda's website and Facebook page.
www.Queenofclean.com
https://www.facebook.com/Queen-of-Clean-Linda-Cobb-412666695292