Friday, June 23

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"Safe Football" being practiced at more Valley high schools 

As high school football teams brave the summer sun and head into summer practice, now, more high schools will be offering "safe football." Higley Unified School District is the latest to adopt this program, thanks in part to McCarthy Building Companies, who stepped in financially to bring the district the "Safe Football Coaches Clinic."

Safe Football is a proprietary instructional training and skill development system for football coaches and players. It is designed to increase on-field performance while simultaneously reducing head and neck injuries from helmet contact on the field. The philosophy is safety through superior technique by eliminating the use of the helmet, since repeated head contact is the underlying cause of concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Safe Football is the only program to gain adoption at all levels of the game, from youth to the NFL, as well as the only program to boast proven results in prevention.

The instructional programs have gained 100% adoption by every coach and player trained to date, due to the competitive advantage the techniques provide. And Safe Football also offers certification through its Coaching Clinics, with ongoing support and advanced programs, as well as Youth Football Skills Camps and High School Player Camps delivered by former NFL players.

To date, Safe Football has delivered 750 clinics and camps, certified 5,000 coaches, and trained more than 40,000 players from youth-level players to the NFL's Detroit Lions, USC Trojans, University of Washington, and others.

For more information, visit:

It's the busiest moving weekend of the year 

We take a ride along with Two Men and a Truck while they gear up for what they're calling the busiest moving weekend of the year. Systemwide, they expect to move 33 million pounds- the equivalent of 6,600 elephants this weekend of June 23rd-25th, and they're doing it in this heat. Drivers are expected to travel 343,750 miles. That's nearly a trip and a half to the moon, or 14 trips around the world. Yikes! 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are 352 national locations and 2,669 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates more than 380 locations and 2,700 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than 6 million moves since its inception in 1985. The company has seen consistent monthly growth dating back to December 2009 and more than 85 consecutive months of growth. Each location is independently owned and operated. For franchising opportunities, visit

Two Men and a Truck-Mesa
1916 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa 
Baseline & Gilbert Rd. 
Phone: (480) 559-8085

Journey under the sea with the cast of The Little Mermaid 

Get out of the heat this weekend, by going under the sea! Dress rehearsals are underway right now, at Studio 111 Theatre Company, as children and teens prepare for the musical theater production of the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. Shows will be held tomorrow, Saturday June 24th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

For more information, visit:

Saturday, June 24th at 2pm and 7pm
Mountain Pointe High School Theatre 
4201 E. Knox Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044

Tickets on sale: In Person:
Studio 111 Theatre Company
4910 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 111
Phoenix, Arizona 85048

by Phone Call: 480-706-6040
or email:

The Art House in Gilbert: Summer Camp Let's Kids get Creative

Sick of hearing I'm bored from the kids? We'll get them out of the house and bring them to The Art House in Gilbert. The fun place offers different 3-day camps with weekly themes. The goal at The Art House with is to give art to children in the form of a creative kid-lead approach that is fun for both kids and parents.

Kids Summer Camps and Classes Start in July
Sign up online. Classes are 3 days, T-Th. 2 time/age Sessions 3-5 years 9-11:30am and 6-10 years
12:30-3pm. The ages are give and take so if you have siblings that will be attending the older session,
yet an almost 5 or a 5-year-old that you would like to attend you as well can place them both in the
same older session camp to make the drop off/pick up schedule easier on the parents. 

"Shark Week". All things shark and other ocean creatures. Class is July 11th-13th. (Come for a JAW-some time and go underwater with us
as we explore shark facts, marine life and create fun!! Shark shark shark!!!)

"Out of This World for Dinosaurs and Unicorns". Class is July 18th-20th. (What this says
exactly! Come for some fun creating galaxy's, stars, and we might just see some Dino and
unicorn fun on different planets! It's going to be a crazy rocket ride! ) Think Dino's and Unicorns
mixed with Outer Space))

"Mad Scientist Week". Class July 25th-27th. (We’re all a little MAD! Come for an
exciting time as we learn the ART of science! We will create and explore our way through
different materials, potions and experiments! (Flubber and Slime lovers this is for you!))
They will be offering other 1-hour classes in the next month like: Sensory bin hours
for littles, tinker times where kids can come explore kid-led, and craft hours where kids can come for an
hour and create.

To register visit:

The Art House Gilbert
36 N. Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 818-5831

Redhill performs tonight at Mesa Arts Center

Strings, fresh compositions and beautiful vocals. Spencer Jones' Redhill just completed a London tour and is back here in the Valley performing new music at the Mesa Arts Center. 

For more information, visit:

Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St
Mesa, Arizona, AZ 85201
Phone:(480) 644-6500

Enjoy your vacay but keep your health goals

Christina Jordan, Master Nutritionist & Founder of Fit Body Weight Loss, says she wants you to enjoy your vacation! But you don't have to come back feeling guilty either. She shows us a healthy "mock-tail", lettuce wrapped club sandwich and crunchy parsnip chips with hummus. 

1) Plan for a treat meal, not a treat day. This means YES you can have that delicious slice of pizza with the family, but skip the doughnuts, milkshake, fries and handfuls of greasy chips. By focusing you’re eating on healthy 80% of the time your vacation, you give your body the nutrition it needs to feed metabolic hormones. This means you can splurge a little once a week while vacationing. (*This also is a great tip for home as well.)

2) Eating protein and healthy complex carbs, like fruit and veggies, with every meal will help lower stabilize your insulin levels and keep you from packing on the extra vaca-pounds. I've used this even while on an all-you-can-eat cruise and still came home at my healthy weight. 

3) Relax! Vacation is all about relaxation, de-stressing and enjoying life. This will actually lower stress hormones, such as cortisol, and allow your body to burn stored body fat in your midsection. Not to mention it lowers adrenaline levels which makes you a much happier, relaxed and emotionally stable person. This is a WIN for everyone! 

For more information, visit:

4140 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85206
Office: 1-844-537-2408

Comedian Bret Ernst performs at Stand Up Live

His "Comedy Central Presents" special was voted one of the Top 5 specials of 2011 and he was most recently seen on the Kevin Hart series "One Mic Stand" on BET. He's performing in Phoenix Friday and Saturday nights. 

For ticket information and times:

Stand Up Live
50 W. Jefferson St. 
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Box Office: (480) 719-6100