Monday, Sept. 18

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The Salvation Army and American Red Cross host a blood drive for Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief on Monday, Sept. 18th.

At a time when thousands of Americans along our coastlines are suffering after recent hurricanes, The Salvation Army and American Red Cross are coming together to support survivors and first responders.

The Salvation Army's Southwest Divisional Headquarters, located at 2707 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix, will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief on Monday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome, but please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for availability.

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National Cheeseburger Day

It is National Cheeseburger Day, and Chef Robert Wagner from Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers shows us some great twists on this all-American favorite. He also shares some secrets to making sure your cheeseburger comes out just right. And for those in the west Valley, good news, they just opened a new location in Glendale. 

  •     All-American Burger: American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle
  •     Bacon PB& J Burger: bacon, peanut butter, grape jelly, cheddar, chipotle sauce
  •     Mammoth Burger: two patties, American cheese, mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle
  •     Jucy Lucy: cheddar-jack stuffed patty, lettuce, tomato, pickle
  •     Mmmac & Cheeseburger: mmmac & cheese, grilled tomato

For more information, visit:

Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers/Glendale
6718 W Deer Valley Rd., Glendale, AZ 85310
Phone: 623-213-7622

Dinosaurs are coming to the Valley

Mark your calendars! The Phoenix Zoo is becoming "the land of the lost." Today the zoo is busy prepping for the arrival of twenty-three prehistoric creatures. They'll descend onto the zoo's "Desert Lives Trail" and will offer guests an unforgettable self-guided expedition beginning Oct 3rd for members, and Oct 6th to the general public. 

"Dinosaurs in the Desert" will open to ACNC/Phoenix Zoo members on October 3-5, with the general public grand opening taking place October 6- 8, 2017. The exhibit will be $4 for Phoenix Zoo members and $5 for general public, and will take approximately 25-30 minutes to roam or spend longer if you choose! The self-guided tour includes the animatronic dinosaur structures which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of a tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will also have the chance to become a paleontologist as they sift through a fossil dig in search of ancient artifacts. 

For more information, visit:

Phoenix Zoo-Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
455 N. Galvin Parkway | Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: 602-286-3800

Oregano's Carbs for a Cause

The Oregano's 2nd Annual Carbs for a Cause event is happening all week at each of the Valley's 15 Oregano's locations. 

Oregano's Pizza has partnered with St Mary's Food Bank to help feed 50,000 needy families

This is the second year Oregano's and St, Mary's have partnered for Carbs With a Cause. There's two ways you can help feed 50,000 needy families for the food bank's 50th anniversary. Guests can help by:
Buying a pasta dish at any Valley Oregano's between September 18th and 22nd. For every pasta dish sold between 9/18 and 9/22, Oregano's will donate three pasta meals to St. Mary's Food Bank.
Buying a special edition "House of Carbs" T-Shirt at For every $20 t-shirt sold, Oregano's will donate one week of pasta meals for a family of four to St. Mary's Food Bank.

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Motivational Monday: Perfect Mommy Workout

Now that school is back in session for the kids, it's time for mom to focus on herself. However, most moms neither want to spend hours in the gym or have that time, so why not get a quick, total body workout in. At Simply Cardio, they focus on a 30-minute intense circuit. 

For more information, visit:

Simply Cardio
4207 N. Scottsdale Rd. 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: 480-945-2282

New cervical cancer screening guidelines announced

The rules around cancer screenings in women have changed again. A new update from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has announced new cervical cancer screening guidelines for women 30 to 65. The biggest change--you don't need to get an HPV test and a pap smear at the same time. 

Cervical Cancer

  •     Cervical cancer used to be the #1 cause of cancer death in women but now less uncommon with less than 12,000 cases/year
  •     Over the past 40 years, the rate of cervical cancer deaths has decreased by more than 50%
  •     The main reason for the decrease was the increased amount of detections from Pap tests
  •     Cervix cancer is caused by sexually transmitted HPV virus. It takes years to decades for cervical cancer to develop
  •     Changes in cells before cancer occurs can be detected through regular Pap tests. Treatment at this stage can prevent cancer
  •     Most women who get cervix cancer have not seen a doctor in the last 5-10 years.
  •     There is an effective vaccine available for ages 9-26 to build immunity against 9 types of HPV (2 or three dose regimen)

Who are guidelines for?

  •     Only women who have not had an abnormal pap smear in the last 10 years
  •     Over age 21
  •     Under 65
  •     Have a cervix

USPSTF United States Preventative Services Task Force 

  •     New draft guidelines released on 9/12/2017. This updates guidance last revised in 2012
  •     Guidelines are intended for clinicians and researchers 
  •     Draft guidelines are published with accompanying data and open for review and public comment until October 9

Get screened if:

  •     20-29 every 3 years
  •     30-65 every 3 years with a pap test alone 
  •     OR every 5 years with HPV test alone

No need to screen if:

  •     Under 21
  •     Over 65 with no normal paps in the past
  •     Uterus removed with no cancer or abnormal cells

Vaccinate if: 

  •     9-26 male or female

ACOG American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines have not changed
Get screened

  •     20-29 every 3 years
  •     30-65 every 3 years with a pap test alone 
  •     OR every 5 years with pap test and HPV test 

No need to screen

  •     Under 21
  •     Over 65 with no abnormal paps in the past
  •     Uterus removed with no cancer or abnormal cells

What you need to know
Cervical cancer screening is no longer done every year but see your health care provider on a yearly basis to 

  •     Discuss signs or symptoms that are concerning you
  •     Review your health history
  •     Update family history
  •     Review medications
  •     Get cancer screenings according to your age
  •     Vaccinate girls and boys 9-26 against HPV

For more information, visit: and

Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology
926 East McDowell Road, #134, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone:(602) 288-0777

Queen of Clean: Cleaning with Cream of Tartar

  • Mix equal parts vinegar and Cream of Tartar for a wonderful non-abrasive cleaner for nearly all surfaces.
  • Mix with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to clean stubborn pots and pans.
  • Mix with 1/2 as much glycerin and add to a labeled spray bottle.  You now have your own homemade laundry stain remover. Works well on grease stains.  Shake well before using.
  • Mix 2-part Cream of Tartar with 1-part lemon juice for a great copper cleaner. Rub in and rinse well,
  • Porcelain tubs and sinks can be cleaned with equal parts vinegar and Cream of Tartar.  Stains will magically disappear when rubbed with this mixture.
  • Add water to form a paste and apply to bathroom mildew stains. Apply, work in and let sit 1 hours and then rinse.
  • Remove scratches on dishes with a paste of Cream of Tartar and water.
  • One teaspoon of Cream of Tartar per quart of warm water makes a great presoak for your whites.
  • Remove mold and mildew from grout with a mixture of Cream of Tartar and vinegar made into a paste the thickness of school glue.
  • Remove rust stains from fabric with a paste of Cream of Tartar and water. Mix to consistency of school glue.
  • Remove ring around the collar by wetting it and applying Cream of Tartar directly to the ring. Rub in. Launder as usual.
  • Mix equal parts Cream of Tartar and vinegar to clean burner pans.  Apply paste and soak about 30 minutes before scrubbing.  Repeat if needed.
  • Mix paste of Cream of Tartar and vinegar to clean your oven.  Apply and allow to sit for 2 to 3 hours before rubbing with a scrubbing sponge dipped in vinegar.  Repeat if needed.

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Keep your waist lines happy this football season

Football season makes every fan crave wings and beer - but how much can the scale take? With the first Cardinals preseason games underway, Pita Pit is in game mode too. They join us with some ideas on how to enjoy the games without accidentally packing on the pounds. 

Buffalo Chicken Pita:
Grill Chicken and toss with your favorite buffalo sauce. Add chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, provolone cheese and ranch into a pita. 

Chicken Souvlaki: 
Grill Mediterranean seasoned chicken. Add chicken, spinach, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce into a pita. 

*All amounts are options depending on the persons preference. 

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Labor of Love: AZ Wine Industry

The Arizona Wine Industry is in its infancy but is growing fast. We take a look at what it takes to make a bottle of wine. From growing grapes, to harvesting them, to crushing grapes and making them into wine and finally bottling. There is a lot of physical labor that goes into making a great bottle of wine and we will show the labor of love that goes into every bottle of Arizona grown wine.

We follow Eric Glomski, a well-known Arizona wine producer who owns Page Springs Cellars, Arizona Stronghold and Provisioner wines. We visit his secret vineyard as they harvest this year’s crop and follow the grapes through the process until they become an award-winning wine.

For more information on Page Spring Cellars, Arizona Stronghold and Provisioner Wines visit their websites:
Page Spring Cellars:
Arizona Stronghold:
Provisioner Wines:

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