Tuesday, Sept. 5

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Pinspiration

Pinspiration is a DIY arts and crafts studio/wine bar/events space in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area located on High Street (City North). 

The studio removes DIY's common barriers to creativity and make it easy for every member of the community to unleash their inner artist and "try DIY.

Pinspiration's hip studio offers both open-ended and tutorial-let art experiences in a supportive, playful venue. Customers have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. Customers can create their own idea on the spot or they can choose from an array of ever-changing monthly project menus based on the most popular "pinned" social media projects and current craft trends. 

The venue includes a VIP party room, a full-service beer/wine bar, a crafting/project room and Arizona's first splatter room, inspired by Jackson Pollock. 

Please call ahead at 480-636-8010 or email info@pinspiration.com before visiting so we can make sure your space is reserved for your group.

Visit their website at: www.pinspiration.com

Pinspiration
5410 E. High Street, Ste 105
Phoenix, AZ 85054
480-636-8010

Valley boy creates non-profit to help kids in need 

12-year-old Chance Peterson has spent much of his life in and out of Phoenix Children's Hospital battling a rare kidney disease, but that hasn't stopped him from creating his own non-profit. 

-Chance Peterson has been in and out of PCH for the last 12 years with a rare kidney disorder
-Created a nonprofit called Giving Chances to help homeless and foster kids in AZ
-First big project is to help kids in Tuba City
-He's been collecting donations and will drive it up to Tuba City this weekend

GoFundMe Link:
https://www.gofundme.com/giving-chances-helping-tuba-city 

Connect with on Facebook at www.facebook.com/givingchances.

Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona's kids in foster care. For more information visit www.azhelpinghands.org.

AAWL: Read to a pet for Nat'l Read a Book Day!

Who would have thought, animals like to hear a good story just as much as humans? They are looking for volunteers to read to animals at AAWL, because, as it turns out this simple activity can help socialize shy pets. And, it's just in time for National Read a Book Day, which is tomorrow, Sept 6th. We join the Arizona Animal Welfare League for more about their unique reading program. 

  •     Tomorrow is National Read a Book Day and Friday is International Literacy Day
  •     AAWL's shelter dogs love to listen to people read
  •     It can help socialize shy dogs 
  •     And it keeps them cultured or up to date on the latest gossip
  •     Volunteers can help read to dogs. One, Canuck, is working his way through a novel. Volunteers are taking turns reading him chapters.
  •     What is he reading right now?
  •     Kiddos can also read to dogs as part of the Create Your Own education program

For more information, visit: www.aawl.org

Arizona Animal Welfare league
25 N 40th Street Phoenix AZ 85034
602-273-6852            

Gallagher's partners with 2017 Autism Speaks Walk

Gallagher's is a big supporter of the Autism Speaks Walk, which is coming up Oct. 29th. Gallagher's will be donating 50-percent of every sale of ribletts to the organization, here in the Valley. Over the past twelve years, $8.8 million dollars have been raised to improve the quality of life for people with Autism and their families. This year, our own Scott Pasmore will lend his voice to the event at Tempe Beach Party. 

Event Highlights 

  • 5K & 1-Mile Family Fun Route
  • Family Fun Festival & Kid Zone
  • Autism Resource Providers
  • Sprouts Vendor Village
  • Food Truck Caravan

To join Scott's Team: http://act.autismspeaks.org/goto/walkwithscott  

2017 Autism Speaks Walk
Oct. 29th, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
Tempe Beach Park
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281

Poke Bowl meal prep to save money

They're popping up at restaurants everywhere, it seems the poke bowl is the new favorite food. Originally from Hawaii, this raw fish salad can be a little pricey, but not if you do it yourself. Food Blogger Joanie Simon joins us with a mix and match poke bowl meal prep menu that's healthy, and affordable.  

Poke Bowl Meal Prep

  • Poke Bowls are super popular right now, restaurants popping up everywhere.  Though they're healthy, they can weigh heavy on your wallet.
  • This mix and match poke bowl meal prep menu is great for making on Sunday night and packing for healthy, affordable lunches on the go all week.
  •  The main components are some kind of healthy grain like rice or quinoa, mix and match the toppings and then include my sesame dressing.
  • This dressing is also great on a simple green salad and is super versatile.

Meal Prep Poke Bowls Sesame Dressing Recipe:
Ingredients
 2 tsp fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup agave
1 Tbsp. sesame oil 
1/4 cup soy sauce 
1/4 cup vinegar 
1/3 cup grapeseed oil 

Instructions
Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth.
Use on top of a simple green salad or pack as a part of a homemade poke bowl with quinoa, shrimp, cucumber and edamame.

For more information, visit: www.joaniesimon.com

American M.C. docuseries shot in Arizona  

Do you have what it takes to become an American M.C.? It's a docu-series on a member only motorcycle club that's roaring to a small screen near you. The show features fast rides, a little danger, and Oscar nominee Gary Busey and NFL legend Brian Bosworth. We talk to show creator Tommy Baker who rode, and shot this 7-part series all across Arizona. 

For more information, visit: www.americanmc.tv
Available exclusively at: www.itunes.com/americanMC 

Oven-baked fried chicken with a Saltine secret

If your kids love chicken tenders, but you could do without the fried-part, you could make your own breading and oven-bake them instead. Food Blogger Joanie Simon shows us that the secret to this recipe uses simple cornmeal and Saltine crackers. 

Oven "Fried" Chicken Fingers Recipe:

14 saltine crackers
2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
½ cup corn meal, divided
¼ tsp garlic salt
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbsp. fresh grated parmesan cheese
¼ tsp pepper
1 cup half and half or whole milk
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
8 chicken tenders

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 450F
Drizzle melted butter all over a baking pan
Place ¼ cup of the divided corn meal into a shallow dish or plate
Combine the crackers, rosemary, remaining cornmeal, salt, garlic salt, parmesan, and pepper into a bowl and smash with your hands so as to break up the crackers into small pieces. This will be our chicken breading.
Take one chicken tender and roll it in the plain cornmeal to coat, then dunk it into the milk and then roll it in the cracker crumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into the chicken to make sure it's well coated.
Place the tender on the baking pan that has been coated with butter. I place it directly on a baking sheet, but if you want to protect your sheet, use parchment paper (tin foil will stick to the chicken).
Repeat with remaining tenders until they're all coated and on your baking sheet.
Place in the 450F oven for 8 minutes, then flip the tenders and cook for another 8 minutes until the tenders are golden brown, sizzling and register at least 160F in the thickest part.
Serve hot!

For more information, visit: www.joaniesimon.com

Promise Arizona reacts to expected Trump announcement to change DACA  

Reaction is sparking on both sides as President Donald Trump is expected to announce today his plan to end a program protecting undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Currently, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protects so-called "Dreamers" from being forced out of the country. Last night, Promise Arizona hosted a vigil to pray for the "Dreamers" and their families. We hear more from them this morning as 800,000 undocumented immigrants working and studying in the US await their fate.  

For more information, visit: www.promiseaz.org

"Dancing with a Demon": When your child stops eating

What would you do if your child stopped eating? When author Valerie Foster's teen-aged daughter, Jenna, plunges into the dark world of anorexia nervosa, Valerie has to fight against a demon that threatens her daughter's life and her own mental health. Valerie shares her riveting and inspiring story, and how the complexities of this disease affects the entire family. You can meet Valerie and Jenna for a book signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe on Sun., Sept 10th at 3 p.m. 

For more information, visit: http://www.changinghands.com/event/september2017/valerie-foster-jenna-warnecke-dancing-demon

Changing Hands Tempe
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283
480-730-0205 
Mon-Fri: 10-9 | Sat: 9-9 | Sun: 10-6

Taylor Phelan will be performing tonight at the Rebel Lounge at 8 pm.

Phelan is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist who works within multiple genres. He was raised within a tight-knit musical family in his home state of Texas and began to play guitar and write his own songs at 16, cutting his teeth performing at coffee shops. He started his professional career as the founder and front man for the Chicago-based alternative band, The Canes. 

For ticket and show time information, visit: http://www.therebellounge.com/

2303 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Open today · 7PM-2AM
Phone: (602) 296-7013