Thursday, June 22

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World's Largest Swim: Swimming lessons save lives

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson is a one morning global event to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. SWIMkids USA joins other aquatic facilities around the world to host free swim lessons in an attempt to show that swimming lessons saves lives. 

Learning to swim helps prevent drowning, yet millions of kids never take swim lessons and many parents don't understand the risks involved. Drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death in kids ages 1-4 in the US.  "Swimming lessons save lives and reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent, which is pretty amazing," said Lana Whitehead, President of SWIMkids USA. "Swim lessons should start very early for children and we have found that babies love the water and you are never too young to learn." Knowing how much of a difference lessons can make, SWIMkids USA offers free swim lessons all year round for babies between 2-7 months and also gives free CPR classes.

For more information, visit: www.swimkidsaz.com

SWIMkids USA Mesa - Guadalupe and 101
2725 W. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 820-910

Win prizes tonight when the Phoenix Suns host the free NBA Draft Party

The Phoenix Suns are inviting fans to Talking Stick Resort Arena this afternoon at 4 p.m. for the Official Suns NBA Draft Viewing Party. All fans in attendance will have a chance to win a number of Suns prize packages, including official NBA Draft gear and autographed merchandise. Tonight, the 2017 NBA Draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Phoenix currently owns the fourth, 32nd and 54th (via Toronto) picks in this year's draft. Those interested in celebrating the next chapter in Suns history must register to attend the free event. 

To register and for more information: www.Suns.com/DraftParty

Talking Stick Resort Arena
201 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Jefferson & 1st Street 

Ninja-warrior style "Wipeout" is now in Arizona 

The city pool in Peoria, Ariz., is not just for swimming anymore. Peoria has taken its open swim to a whole new level by offering a new inflatable obstacle course and water warrior challenge. Think "wipeout" and ninja-warrior. On this "World's Largest Swim Day," 

Lots of kids demonstrating Peoria's new Tadpole Strolling and Water Warrior Challenge. Tadpole Strollers will maneuver and race through various obstacles in the play pool, while learning the benefits of staying active.  Water Warriors will challenge a new inflatable obstacle course and various other stations. Like the Tadpole Strollers.

  • New Activities for Youth Promote Healthy Living
  • The City of Peoria, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association and University of Phoenix, is announcing the expansion of the Commit to Health Initiative with two new programs.
  • Youth ages 3-17 are invited to participate in Peoria's new Tadpole Strolling and Water Warrior Challenge. Tadpole Strollers will maneuver and race through various obstacles in the play pool, while learning the benefits of staying active.  
  • Water Warriors will challenge a new inflatable obstacle course and various other stations. Like the Tadpole Strollers, Water Warriors will also learn benefits of an active lifestyle.
  • In addition to the aquatics activities, participants receive free nutrition courses Thursdays prior to their races and points to receive awards for completing the obstacle course.  
  • It is also the The World's Largest Swimming Lesson on Thursday, June 22 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 22nd, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe host local WLSL lessons in an attempt to make noise that Swimming Lessons Save Lives

For more information or to register, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/aquatics or call 623-773-7137

Habit Burger tops the list for best onion rings 

On this National Onion Ring Day, we check out Habit Burger's onion rings for their secret, as the food chain tops two "best of" lists for their fried goodness. They hit the #1 spot on Foursquare and they're ranked in the #4th position on Yelp. 

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

Warning from AG's office: Be aware of A/C repair fraud 

Record-breaking temperatures, and maxed out air conditioning systems make local consumers vulnerable to shady sales tactics and unreliable contractors, so says the Attorney General's office. Mark Brnovich joins us with ways to avoid high-pressure sales tactics and unneeded or costly repairs. 

AG Brnovich offers the following tips to avoid AC repair scams: 
1.    Troubleshoot First: Take some time before calling for service to check a few basic things. Is the electrical breaker tripped? Is your thermostat operating? Are the filters on your unit dirty or blocked and need to be cleaned? If it's minor, you might be able to fix it yourself.
2.    Check Warranty Coverage: Your air conditioner might still be under the manufacturer's warranty. Be sure to check your owner's manual or warranty to avoid unnecessarily paying for repairs that might be covered.
3.    Do your research: Research contractors with the Better Business Bureau to see if they have a Business Review on file at bbb.org
4.    Verify License: Locally, search the Arizona Registrar of Contractors at https://roc.az.gov/ to find the status of a company's license and the history of complaints filed against them.
5.    Online Reviews: Look up third-party review sites over the company's own webpage. Give more weight to a company with hundreds of good reviews over a multi-year period.
6.    Obtain Multiple Bids for Extensive Repairs: Try to solicit at least two or three bids on large projects. Find out the proper size unit to cool your home and the energy efficiency of a new unit. 
7.    Get it in writing: Prior to any sale, obtain a written contract of the equipment and services the company is selling and review thoroughly before signing. Don't sign anything that you don't agree to.
8.    Consider Payment: When buying a unit, avoid paying the entire amount before the unit is installed. It's common to pay a third to secure the contract, another third when the work is half done and the final third only when the work is completed. Under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, for a contract of more than $5,000, the contractor legally cannot accept a deposit in excess of 1/3 of the contract price, or 1/3 of the contract price plus the cost of special order materials.
9.    Know Your Rights: Be wary if a contractor uses a sense of urgency in their selling methods. Some dishonest contractors may use high-pressure tactics to recommend repairs and replacements that are not actually needed.
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 an air conditioning scam or any other type 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.

For more information, visit:  www.azag.gov and to verify a license or find the status of a license on the Arizona Registrar of Contractors: https://roc.az.gov/  

Attorney General's Office
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Garden Guy: Hot weather gardening

Summer is here and here are a few tips to help you make your plants a little less stressed out. Paint citrus trees and other fruit trees, like apricots, apples, peaches with 50% latex paint and 50% water. It acts like sun block and keeps your plant trunks from sun burning. Prune your palms, keep an eye out for powdery mildew. It looks like a white film on your leaves. Spray the leaves with ¼ cup baking soda and a drop of dishwashing soap per gallon of water. Hold off on pruning sun or salt damaged foliage until September or October. The damaged or dead foliage protects the plant from further damage. Potted plants need to be protected from the sun and one way to insulate them is inserting your existing pot into a larger pot and then insulate the space with peat moss, sphagnum moss or newspaper.

Contact Dave at gardenguy@gardenguy.com, or visit www.gardenguy.com 

Cold & no-cook recipes for summer

With our triple-digit temps in the Valley, CRUjiente Tacos is here to cool you down with refreshing dish ideas that keeps cooking at a minimum and can be served cold. Chef Rich Hinojosa is the mastermind behind these no-cook or make-ahead recipes to cool it this summer including Spanish-inspired gazpacho and Hawaiian-influenced ahi poke tacos. 

Visit CRUjiente Tacos in Arcadia (40th Street & Camelback Road) for happy hour, dinner or late-night happy hour to get a taste of summer and the new cold menu items.

For more information, visit: www.crutacos.com

CRUjiente Tacos
Chef Rich Hinojosa
3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Located on 40th Street and Camelback Road
(602) 687-7777

At the Movies: Transformers hits theatres

The movies have made billions of dollars over the years, so it's no surprise there's another Transformers film in theatres this week. Tara is across the pond, sitting down with the cast of Transformers: The Last Knight.

For more information on the movie, “Transformers," visit: http://www.transformersmovie.com/

For more information on Tara reviews and interviews visit these websites:
http://www.harkinstheatres.com/behindTheScreens.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/TaraOnTV/

It's National Onion Ring Day & National Eclair Day! 

We couldn't let Tess be the only one having all the fun with fried foods! It's National Onion Ring Day and its National Eclair Day, so to celebrate, we're frying up both! We're with Sassy's Bakery & Cafe this morning with the best way to make these delicious fried foods. 

National Onion Ring Day
If you've got a craving for all things deep-fried, National Onion Ring Day is the holiday for you! On June 22, the nation celebrates the irresistible deliciousness of onion rings often by eating as many of them as possible. It's unclear when onion rings were first developed, but an onion ring-like recipe appeared in an 1802 cookbook, and another surfaced in a New York newspaper in 1910. Texas-based restaurant chain Kirbys Pig Stand claims it played a big part in onion rings' creation, and fast food restaurant A&W helped them reach widespread popularity. There is still an ongoing debate over who deserves credit for the snack's creation, and cooks also still argue about how to best prepare and serve onion rings for the most flavorful results. Some onion rings are even made from an onion paste, as opposed to an onion ring itself! This style of preparation can make it easier to eat the rings without accidentally yanking the onion out of the fried batter. However, onion rings first came to be and however you prefer yours prepared they’re now a beloved snack across the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, some regions of Asia, and other corners of the world. They've also inspired countless spin-off snacks, like blooming onions and Funyun chips. So, no matter how you like them, grab a fried onion snack for National Onion Rings Day!

National Chocolate Eclair Day
National Chocolate Eclair Day is observed annually on June 22nd.  This is a day for everyone to enjoy a delicious cream-filled pastry that is covered in smooth chocolate.

The French make many delicacies from a dough called pate a chou. One of these pastries is the Eclair.  It is piped into an oblong shape using a pastry bag.  When baked, it is light and crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside making it the perfect avenue for transporting creamy vanilla or chocolate creme.

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

Sassy's Bakery & Cafe 
4210 E Main Street Mesa, AZ 85205
480-649-3067

Brain Draining Drinks

Research recently published from Boston University School of Medicine the Framingham Heart Study proves the theory that excess sugar -- especially the fructose in sports drinks, flavored coffee drinks, sweet tea, fruit juices and sodas -- might cause significant damage to the brain.  The study found that more than 2 drinks per day were associated with 2-11 years of accelerated aging of the brain also affecting memory.  Swapping out for diet drinks did not improve study results and actually found that artificial sweeteners cause even more extensive brain damage, leading to early onset of degenerative diseases like dementia. 

The Herbal Pharmacist, David Foreman says most people gravitate to sugar and sugary drinks at times during the day when they feel they need to stay mentally focused or energized, but he says there are other ways we can drive energy to the brain that doesn't shock it with sugar.  Because our brain uses about 20 percent of our body's energy, Foreman says we need to feed it the right nutrients at the right times to maintain focus, concentration and memory throughout the day and also for long-term brain health.  He will share his A-B-C-D's of best nutrients that can help feed the brain while helping halt bad sugar habits.  

Avocados: Loaded with potassium and B vitamins, avocados release calming neurotransmitters like serotonin dopamine. Plus, avocados are packed with nutrients and healthy fats making them a perfect sugar-craving substitute. 

Blueberries: Can boost "concentration and memory" for up to 5 hours according to studies, because "the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain." Blueberries also contain a variety of antioxidants including anthocyanins, proanthocyanins, resveratrol and tannins that have been shown to boost focus.

Cera-Q (Cognium): A natural ingredient made from silk proteins (derived from threads of silkworm cocoons) taken in the form of a dietary supplement. Cera-Q, used in Cognium, has nine human clinical studies, published in 11 peer-reviewed reports showing significant improvements in memory and cognition for adults and children within 3-4 weeks. Studies find it works better than other proteins in the body to transmit glucose (energy) to specific areas of the brain when needed the most, allowing the brain to perform at its best and stay sharp. 

Dark Chocolate (add walnuts): If you have a real sugar tooth, make the transition from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. The flavonoids in dark chocolate have been shown to improve blood flow to the brain no matter your age and studies show that compounds in dark chocolate boost memory, attention span, reaction time and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. Pair dark chocolate with walnuts for added brain benefits. Walnuts have significantly high concentrations of DHA omega-3 fatty acid, which has been shown to improve cognitive performance and prevent age-related cognitive decline. A quarter cup of walnuts provides nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of DHA. 

For more information, visit: www.herbalpharmacist.com