Friday, July 14

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Your teen can learn how to deliver a baby cow

Midwestern's Heath Care Careers High School Summer Camp is going on right now, through next weekend, and get this, these teens are learning how to deliver a baby cow. We check out this high school camp, where the kids get very hands-on, experiencing everything from veterinary medicine, to running a heart lung machine, to taking blood, and more. The program is free to the top 50 students selected from more than 150 applicants Valley-wide, and your teen could have what it takes to participate. 

The Health Careers Institute for high school students is a free hands-on opportunity for high school students to explore a variety of health professions.
Featured professions include:

  •     Osteopathic Medicine
  •     Physician Assistant Studies
  •     Pharmacy
  •     Occupational Therapy
  •     Biomedical Sciences
  •     Dental Medicine
  •     Cardiovascular Perfusion
  •     Podiatric Medicine
  •     Nurse Anesthesia
  •     Clinical Psychology
  •     Physical Therapy
  •     Optometry
  •     Veterinary Medicine
  •     Speech-Language Pathology

In addition to workshops and labs with Midwestern University faculty and students, institute participants will experience a behind-the-scenes fieldtrip to Arrowhead Hospital and an Emergency Response Workshop with the Glendale Fire Department.

For more information, visit: https://www.midwestern.edu/azhealthcareersinstitute.html

Midwestern High School Health Careers Camp--Bovien Center 
19555 North 59th Ave. 
Glendale, AZ 85308
phone:(623) 572-3298 

Veterinary medicine being taught to top students

If your teen is a top student, this vet camp might be for them. Midwestern's Heath Care Careers High School Summer Camp is going on right now, through next weekend, and get this, these teens are learning how to take a horse’s vitals, and even deliver a baby cow. We check out this high school camp, where the kids get very hands-on, experiencing everything from veterinary medicine, to running a heart lung machine, to taking blood, and more. The program is free to the top 50 students selected from more than 150 applicants Valley-wide, and your teen could have what it takes to participate.

The Health Careers Institute for high school students is a free hands-on opportunity for high school students to explore a variety of health professions.
Featured professions include:

  •     Osteopathic Medicine
  •     Physician Assistant Studies
  •     Pharmacy
  •     Occupational Therapy
  •     Biomedical Sciences
  •     Dental Medicine
  •     Cardiovascular Perfusion
  •     Podiatric Medicine
  •     Nurse Anesthesia
  •     Clinical Psychology
  •     Physical Therapy
  •     Optometry
  •     Veterinary Medicine
  •     Speech-Language Pathology

In addition to workshops and labs with Midwestern University faculty and students, institute participants will experience a behind-the-scenes fieldtrip to Arrowhead Hospital and an Emergency Response Workshop with the Glendale Fire Department.

For more information, visit: https://www.midwestern.edu/azhealthcareersinstitute.html

Midwestern High School Health Careers Camp--Bovien Center 
Address: Bovien Center Bldg. 15 C
19555 North 59th Ave. 
Glendale, AZ 85308
phone:(623) 572-3298 

Yoga & brunch at Coup des Tartes

Yoga and brunch, what could be better on a relaxing Sunday? Starting on July 16th, yoga instructors from The Baltimore Studio will teach Sunday yoga at Coup Des Tartes! Guests can pay a $10 drop-in fee, which includes the class, a mimosa and 10% off brunch after the class. Space is limited. 

To purchase tickets, visit: www.nicetartes.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoupDesTartes

Coup Des Tartes
1725 E Osborn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-212-1082

Keep kids sharp with STEM gadgets

We're building our own Bose speakers and robotic crossbow. And get this, were learning how to code through play. It's all the things you can do to keep the kids busy this summer. We learn the art of stemming "summer brain drain" with our friends at Best Buy. It's the best tech to keep kids sharp before heading back to school.      

Build your own Bose speaker with the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube $149

  • Everything about the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is carefully designed with kids in mind. The parts are rugged and resilient and the app-driven construction steps are clear and easy to follow.
  • Cables and connectors are big, bright, and easy to handle. Even the circuit board is clearly labeled. The end result of all this exploration and discovery is a durable high-performance Bluetooth speaker. Every time your children listen to it, they can enjoy the Bose-quality sound and customizable colored LED lighting.
  • But most importantly, they can feel the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from being able to say: "I built that!"

Operate your robot Sphero with the Sphero SPRK+ $129

  • Learn coding through play with the Sphero SPRK+ robot kit. SPRK+ and the Lightning Lab app work together to introduce programming, robotics and other STEM principles. Teach the robot to navigate a maze, swim or paint, and collaborate with others around the world to share knowledge. The Sphero SPRK+ robot kit also includes a charging base and cable.

Build your own robotic crossbow with the HEXBUG - VEX Robotics Crossbow Construction Kit $19.99

  • Imagine yourself as a warrior in an ancient Greek or Roman battle as you launch this Hexbug Vex robotics crossbow. Fusing historic invention with modern robotics, this playful machine is a timeless device that teaches important STEM concepts. The Hexbug Vex robotics crossbow kit lets you use two alternate builds and includes two foam darts.

For more information on products and valley locations, visit: www.bestbuy.com

Back-to-school tech trends 

Back-to-school is right around the corner, time to load up on all things high tech for your soon-to-be student. Whether they're about to head into middle school, high school or are moving back into their college dorm, we check out the trendiest high-tech gear for kids who want to be plugged into homework and friends, from laptops, to smart toys to creating smart dorms and smart workspaces for your high-tech student. 

Make your dorm a Smart Dorm

Google Home: answers any question you have "how much does a blue whale weigh?" "what is the square root of 196?" "who won the 1988 college football championship?" in addition to giving weather and calendar updates and much more. 

It can also control smart things in your room, like Philips Hue light bulbs (literally offering millions of colors) all controlled via smartphone or Google Home.

Even better: put a Chromecast in your TV and now you can, for example, say "Play the Spiderman: Homecoming trailer" to Google Home and it will play on the TV.

Insignia Smart Plug: Control your lights or AC unit with your smart phone. Just download the Insignia Connect app and you're good to go making something that wasn't a smart device a smart one. Coming back to campus from a weekend away, turn on the AC the morning before you arrive to come back to a cool dorm. And it's just $25. 

Nomad Power Adapter: Everyone has too many cords to charge all their devices and they all look terrible now, organize and clean up these cords with this all-in-one adapter.

Insignia Dry-Erase Mini Fridge: Writing and leaving notes on the fridge was fun when you were 5 and now you can do it again in your dorm with your roomie.

Nintendo Switch: This is the console you want to hit campus with this fall. Not only can you play Nintendo Switch with friends while docked in your dorm room, you can play against others in table-top mode, or play on your own while en route to class.

SoniCare toothbrush and Philips Norelco OneBlade Trimmer: Look your best on campus this year with these smart additions. 

Tablet, laptop, 2-in-1 computers which is best for you and why?
First off, just go to www.BestBuy.com/studentdeals for the best Back to School deals such as save $100 on select MacBook and iMac, and save $125 on select computers. Also save 10 percent off select new Microsoft Surface devices.

Secondly, questions you should ask yourself are:
1.    How will you use this computer? 
a.    Determining if you're a light, average or advanced user will help determine what laptop specs fit your needs best. For example, demanding users will want to invest more in a higher resolution screen, faster processor, more memory and a larger hard drive. For those with low needs, a tablet could be a good fit.
2.    How important is portability? 
a.    This will help determine what balance to strike with large or small screen and keyboard size, as well as how many accessories, like Blu-ray drives you carry with you. There's even a special laptop category for those that value portability above all else, known as "Ultrabooks".
b.    In the end, a Microsoft Surface can be both high-powered and portable. 

Now that you know what you're looking for things to keep in mind when looking at specs: 

  • Processor - This is both the brain and the muscles of the laptop. The faster and more powerful a processor is, the more work it can handle from your programs, just like an engine in your favorite car.
  • RAM - System memory, or RAM, is where your data and program lives while you're working on the laptop. The more RAM, the more data you can be accessing and manipulating at any given time, like adding more seats to your car.
  • Hard Drive Storage - This is where your data, like your photos, documents, music and videos lives while not in use, and the more you have, the more files you can carry with you.
  • Battery Life - This one is important for college students on the go, because you may not always have a handy outlet to use at the library or time to recharge between classes.

Products to consider
Samsung Chromebook Plus $449
Enjoy effortless multitasking and superb video quality on the go with this Samsung Chromebook Plus. It has a 2.0GHz hexa-core processor and 4GB of RAM, so it responds quickly to your commands. This Samsung Chromebook Plus 12.3" has a 32GB hard drive with plenty of room for documents, photographs and music. 

Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 $829
Enjoy hours of reliability and speed with this 13.3-inch Dell Inspiron laptop. Its Full HD resolution displays crisp images and text in full color on the responsive touch screen, and its Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM let you run multiple programs smoothly. This Dell Inspiron laptop has a 256GB solid-state drive for fast boot times.

Surface Pro $999
Better than ever, the new Surface Pro gives you a best-in-class laptop, plus the versatility of a studio and tablet. The stunning PixelSense™ Display supports Pen* and touch, while the refined design provides up to 13.5 hours of video playback 50% more battery life than Surface Pro 4. A powerful Intel® Core™ processor runs full desktop software with ease, ensuring a smooth, productive workflow.

For more information on products and valley locations, visit: www.bestbuy.com

Christmas in July: Cityscape brings real snow and tropical Santa downtown

Santa feels sorry for us Phoenicians and our record-breaking heat. That's why on Friday, July 14th he's bringing a taste of Christmas to the hugely popular City Lights Movie Nights at CityScape Phoenix with piles of real snow, a giant snow slide and a tropical Santa. The free family-friendly event will have contests, giveaways and prizes and a screening of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

For more information, visit: http://cityscapephoenix.com/ 

CityScape Phoenix 
1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 
(602) 772-3900
FREE and open to the public

Previewing the Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show with a custom wine barrel furniture demonstration from vendor DDMK Rustic Wine Barrel Decor

Beginning today, through Sunday, get out of the heat at the Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Doors open at 10 a.m. But first, we get a sneak-peak at what the show has to offer, and we're introducing you to a 16-year-old furniture maker. We're talking furniture made out of wine barrels, it's one of the hottest trends in furniture right now. 

DDMK Rustic Wine Barrel Décor makes many different kinds of furniture from wine barrels, including decor, tables and coolers. 

DDMK's items will be available for sale at The Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show all weekend at University of Phoenix Stadium. 

Cost:     

  • 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 a NEW backpack and receive two FREE tickets at Gate 2. Alternatively, Donate FIVE of the following school supplies to receive one FREE ticket: 4-pack of glue sticks, 12-count box of No. 2 pencils, 12-count box of ballpoint pens, 8-count box of water-based markers, 16-count box of crayons, 4-pack of dry erase markets, single subject spiral-bound notebook, package of loose-leaf notebook paper, pocket folders or Scotch tape. Donations benefit Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA).  
  • On-site parking: On-site parking is FREE. A large food court and ATMs are also on site for your convenience.

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

For more information about the Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show, call (602) 485-1691 or visit www.MChomeshows.com. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HomeShows.                     

The Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show
University of Phoenix Stadium
1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale
Friday, July 14-Sunday, July 16

Gabe Kubanda plays Rebel Lounge tonight

Gabe is a Phoenix singer-songwriter, international touring artist, and owner of the acclaimed Epic Proportions Tour.  Since being a featured cast member on Season 2 of VH1 Classic's: Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, performing in bands all over the country, creating the Epic Proportions Tour, and taking other bands with him on the road.  His latest music video "SUGAR" can be found on YouTube!  Catch his show tonight at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix. 

For tickets and information visit: www.GabeKubanda.com and www.EpicProportionsTour.com 

Rebel Lounge
2303 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Web: http://www.therebellounge.com/
Phone: (602) 296-7013

Food Truck Friday: Chef on the Go 

It's one of the newest and family-owned food trucks to hit the Valley. We meet the folks behind "Chef on the Go" who will be featured at tonight's AZ feastival event in Queen Creek. For food inspired by the classics, but with an all new twist, we're told that this is the truck to check out. Joins us as we taste-test it ourselves! 

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/Chefonthego17/

Chef on the Go, LLC 
134 W. Canyon Rock Rd.  San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
Phone: (815) 600-0200

Tara at the movies: War for the Planet of the Apes

For more information on the movie, "War for the Planet of the Apes," visit: 
http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes

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