Monday, March 20

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First Day of Spring free Italian ice day 

The first day of spring is right around the corner and while it may mean warmer temperatures for some, it only means one thing for Italian Ice lovers. Today is Rita's First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway at each of its 600 stores from coast to coast.   

Rita's will celebrate the first day of spring on March 20 with its 25th annual First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway at each of its stores from coast to coast. 

It's expected that more than one million Rita's guests nationwide will visit Rita's on March 20 as part of the family-favorite tradition. 

As part of the springtime celebration, all guests who visit a Rita's location on March 20 during operating hours will receive a free Italian Ice in a limited-edition First Day of Spring cup.

On the first day of spring, PEEPS® Italian Ice will be available at select stores and at all Rita's locations for a limited time beginning on March 27

PEEPS® Italian Ice has been on our menu in the past so we're excited to bring it back! If you love PEEPS which so many people do, you’ll love this flavor! 

Guests are encouraged to snap a photo and share it on social media using #RitasFirstDayOfSpring to enter the Rita's First Day of Spring Photo Contest. You'll be entered for a chance to win one of 25 prizes, including a chance at the grand prize of free Italian Ice for a year.

For more information and store locations, visit:

Dog Day at the Ballpark benefits the Arizona Humane Society

It's Spring break for the West Valley, and its also Dog Days at the Peoria Sports Complex. Tonight, the Padres face off against the Rangers, and a dog ticket on the lawn or "Paw-tio" section will support the Arizona Humane Society (AHS). Ballpark fans can bring man's best friend or adopt a dog. Dog tickets are available at the Ticket Office windows only. AHS will be onsite during the game with information about their programs, services, merchandise and even a few adorable, adoptable dogs. 

For more information, visit: or call 623-773-8700. 

Peoria Sports Complex 
16101 N. 83rd Ave

Wet n Wild opens for Spring break

Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix will be open all week for Spring Break Monday the 20th-26th just in time to cool off from record-breaking temperatures. To celebrate, guests can get discounted admission for dressing up during spirit week. Additionally, guests will get a first look at the newly painted Monsoon Bay Mural that celebrates our Arizona spirit. The park is open daily for Spring Break March 18th-  26th then on Spring Weekends, and open seven days a week beginning the end of May.

4 Tips Make the Most of your Waterpark Trip
1.    Hydrate several days before and during
2.    Wear flip-flops or water socks to protect feet
3.    Wear sunscreen and reapply throughout the day
4.    Buy a season pass it pays for itself in less than 2 visits

Visit to purchase a tremendous early season discount on Season Pass for the low price of four for 54.99 + tax each with Free parking. Become a fan on Facebook for special event information and giveaways 

Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix
4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Glendale, AZ 85310
Phone: 623-201-2000.

Motivational Monday: Line Dancing for your way to better health 

We do-se-do and two-step our way to better health this Motivational Monday with line dancing at Cactus Jacks Bar & Grill. Did you know line dancing can improve bone density, quality of sleep and anxiety? Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's jump in line and get inspired to work up a sweat, and have so much fun, you don't even realize you're working out. 

For more information, visit: and Carrie McNeish, Dance Meets Fitness,, 480-221-9090

"Motivation Monday” Line Dancing with Carrie 
Tuesday Evenings & Thursday "Midday" @ the Pecos Community Center
FREE - Wednesday Evenings, 5:30-7:30pm @ Cactus Jacks - "Happy Hour"

Cactus Jacks Bar & Grill
4747 E. Elliot Rd, Phx, AZ 85044
SW Corner of Elliot & 48th St. in Ahwatukee

Queen of Clean: Wait! Don't throw that away

There are so many things we toss out without even thinking about it. Things like tissue boxes, pump soap containers, sneakers, and used tea leaves. But stop, don't toss until you read this.  

Tissue Boxes:  
Empty tissue boxes make great trash containers for the car. They don't allow trash to spill out like plastic bags do, even if they tip over. They can be emptied easily or replaced anytime you want. I like the square boxes, but use whatever size works for you.  
Tissue boxes are also great for storing used fabric softener sheets which can be used for so many things.  

Dry Fabric Softener Sheets: 
Used dryer fabric softener sheets still have a lot left to give, so don't toss them. Store them in the laundry room in an empty tissue box. Use them to remove burned on food from casseroles. Fill container with hot water and drop in a couple of used softener sheets. Let them soak a few hours or overnight. When you dump out the water, the food will be softened and you can wipe it right out, wash and dry as usual, no scrubbing required. Next Monday I will show you ways to use dryer fabric softener sheets that you won't believe! Join me on FB or right after the show for a written printable copy.

Tea Leaves:
If you have a fireplace, then you have a place to use your used wet tea leaves. Sprinkle them over the ashes in the fireplace before you clean it out. The damp leaves will keep the ashes from creating dust that goes all over. You can also use the grounds from your morning coffee the same way.  

Tennis Shoes: 
Instead of throwing the shoes out, toss them in the washer and wash them so they are nice and clean and let them dry. Then toss them in the dryer with things like down bedding, towels, blankets, pillows etc., anything that you want to puff up and remove static electricity from as it dries. You can toss them in the dryer with your down vests and coats and set on "air dry" to puff the down up again. 

Pump Soap Dispensers: 
Never toss these. You can buy large economy soap refill containers and put the soap into the dispenser. Put your liquid dish soap in one and use at the kitchen sink. When the kids are going to paint instead of an open container of paint put the paint in a soap or hand sanitizer container. Then simply squirt a small amount into a small container. No more large quantities of paint spilled all over. The colors show through the bottle, you can tell when you are running out and storage is a breeze.

Paper Towel or Gift Wrap Cardboard Rolls: 
Make a cut lengthwise from one end to the other. Place it over a hanger and use it to lay folded sweaters or table linen over. It will not leave a crease in these items like thin cardboard cover hangers or regular hangers.

For more information, visit Linda's website and Facebook page.

Manga! It's National Ravioli Day!

S & V Urban Italian in Scottsdale shows us how to make their Spinach Ravioli in honor of the holiday. 

For more information, visit: 

S & V Urban Italian
9343 E Shea Blvd Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 451-1850

Car Dogs 

Arizona rolls out the red carpet for the Hollywood cast and crew of the upcoming movie release of CAR DOGS. The film, inspired by an old Scottsdale car dealership, was shot on location in Phoenix, and hired over 85 ASU students to assist with the production. CAR DOGS, starring Patrick J. Adams, George Lopez, Josh Hopkins and Nia Vardalos, opens in Harkins Theatres valley wide on Friday, March 24. #CarDogs 

For more information on Car Dogs visit:

For movie information, locations and show times, visit:

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Parks 

Spring break is here.  Don't let your kids sit in front of TV playing video games, get them movin'! Shut-down all technology (computers, iPhone, iPad, etc.), if even for a couple of hours and get some good ol' fashion family fun! 

Jumpstreet has TWO valley locations, the other Jumpstreet is in Chandler!  (On Warner between McQueen and Alma School!)  

For more information, visit:


  • Glendale: 5665 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308 
  • Phone: (602) 889-0081
  • Chandler: 455 E Warner Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225
  • Phone: (480) 270-8008

American Legion to Host Veterans Town Hall Meeting in Phoenix to Discuss Quality of Care

The American Legion will host a System Worth Saving town hall at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, at American Legion Post 1, 364 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona. "All Phoenix-area veterans, their family members and VA personnel are invited to attend and participate in the town hall meeting so that veterans' health care issues can be handled in a timely and collaborative manner," Bozella said. 
The System Worth Saving event in Phoenix is one of about a dozen that the Legion will conduct around the United States this year. The Legion hosts these events to hear feedback from veterans about the quality of health care they receive at their local VA facility. 

Representatives from The American Legion Department of Arizona, The American Legion National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., and representatives from VA and members of the Arizona congressional delegation will be in attendance. 

The American Legion Post 1
Address: 364 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 253-8431