Tuesday, Sept. 12

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Riparian Preserve in the heart of the valley    

Gilbert has put lots of time and thought into developing riparian preserves. They have become magnets for wildlife and tourists alike, while also helping re-use water.  

The Riparian Preserve was created by Gilbert as an innovative and unique way to combine water resource development with wildlife habitat, and also provide opportunities for education and recreation. The preserve features 7 ponds for groundwater recharge and wildlife habitat, a fishing lake, over 4.5 miles of trails, and excellent education and wildlife viewing opportunities. There is even a dinosaur dig site for children, pollinator gardens, and an observatory to view the night sky!

o    Excellent birdwatching opportunities- visitors can see a large variety of songbirds, ducks, and shorebirds
o    Hiking and equestrian trails
o    Kids/family activities: dinosaur dig site, and picnic ramadas
o    Fishing opportunities are at Water Ranch Lake - be sure and check special regulations
o    Pollinator Gardens offer opportunity to see wildflowers and pollinators
o    Camping: you can camp right here in the heart of Gilbert! Campsites available for rental

What kind of events are held at the RP?
o    Monthly Audubon bird walks
o    Naturalist tours 
o    Valley's only observatory is open Friday and Saturday nights 
o    Butterfly and dragonfly walks
o    Wildlife illustration classes for children and adults in the Holiday Recreation Guide

For more information, visit: www.gilbertaz.gov/parks

2757 E. Guadalupe Road
Gilbert, AZ  85234
(480) 503-6200

Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival is free for pets

Ever heard of a pet reading? If you like animal art or looking for something fun, you won't want to miss the Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival, to be held Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This is the second year that this fun, animal-themed arts festival will be held at the Shemer and it is growing every year!

For more information about the Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival or the Shemer Art Center call (602) 262-4727 or visit www.shemerartcenter.org.

Shemer Art Center & Museum
5005 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018
Camelback & Arcadia Drive 
(602) 262-4727 

Hartford House: Interior and Exterior Renovations

Justin & Shea Rollins have spent the last three months renovating a home near 56th Street and Shea. They give us a tour of the new space! 

For more information, visit: www.myhartfordhouse.com   

Tess' Tips: Clearing garage clutter 

It's one of the most neglected places in our homes: the garage! All week, Tess Rafols is sharing tricks to simplify and organize your home and your life. Today, professional organizer Danielle Wurth with Wurth Organizing helps us out in the garage. From how to use pegboards, bungee cords and mason jars, this is a Tess' Tip you don't want to miss! 

For professional organization help, check out www.WurthOrganizing.com 

Putting on a tailgating party even the host can enjoy.

You can please your tailgating, game watching friends without the hassle.  Emeals offers an occasion plan, helping you create and shop for a crowd-pleasing menu, then recipes for putting it all together.

To learn more about Emeals, visit: https://emeals.com/

Healthy scratch meals even your kids will eat

It's not always easy to get your kids to eat healthy, and it's timely topic right now as it's Childhood Obesity Month. We enlist the help of Registered Dietician Julie Brown who's here with healthy scratch meals even your kids will eat. 

  •     Sweet Potato Chile
  •     Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
  •     Spaghetti Squash Pizza

The Tempe School District is a recent recipient from a grant from Life Time's School Support Initiative Partnership.  
To help schools make the transition to serving more scratch-cooked, healthy food, School Food Support Initiative (SFSI) was born. SFSI is a Life Time Foundation program in partnership with Chef Ann Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, with support from The Gateway Fund.
Tempe completed their assessment last month.  The report is currently being written for their strategic planning meeting in November

These recipes and all scratch meals in our initiative are free of The Harmful 7 which we have talked about in a prior segment:  

  •     Trans Fats & Hydrogenated Oils
  •     High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  •     Hormones & Antibiotics
  •     Processed & Artificial Sweeteners
  •     Artificial Colors & Flavors
  •     Artificial Preservatives
  •     Bleached Flour Processed

For more information: http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs-and-grants/school-food-support-initiative/ and https://www.lifetimefitness.com/en.html 

Valley band "Mercer Lane" records tribute for Hurricane Harvey victims  

They are one of the Valley's most popular event bands, Mercer Lane, really known for giving their audience a real "experience." Well, now they join us live with a special tribute they recorded for Hurricane Harvey victims, a song called "Right Here," as a way to help the Red Cross increase donations. 

To donate to the American Red Cross, visit: www.redcross.org

For more information on Mercer Lane, visit: https://www.facebook.com/mercerln

Dr. Phil: Singer Sinead O'Connor Exclusive Interview

The Grammy Award Winning Singer Sinead O'Connor is best known for her shaved head and her haunting rendition of the Prince song "Nothing Compares 2 U." A recent Facebook video posted by the Irish songstress revealed she was depressed and desperate for help, living alone in a modest motel room in New Jersey. Sinead asks Dr. Phil for help placing her in a long-term treatment facility, and for a platform to tell her story to destigmatize mental illness.

Watch the Sinead O'Connor interview today on Ch. 3 at 3pm. For more information, visit https://www.drphil.com/

Back to School Sickness/ Flu Shots

For more information visit: http://mysickkid.com/

AllKids Urgent Care Locations:

AllKids Urgent Care Mesa Pediatric Urgent Care
10720 E. Southern Ave. #112A
Mesa, AZ 85209

AllKids Urgent Care Gilbert Pediatric Urgent Care
1430 N. Cooper Rd. #101
Gilbert, AZ 85233

Phone: 480-633-1111

AllKids Urgent Care believes that all kids deserve the best and is active in the community, educating kids, parents, teachers and caregivers about children's health. AllKids Urgent Care has clinics in both Mesa and Gilbert off the US60. Both locations are open from noon to 10 pm every day.