Wednesday, Sept. 20

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The Wildlife World Zoo: Thompsons Gazelle

Thompsons Gazelle Facts:

  • There are over 500,000 in Africa and are recognized as the most common type of gazelle in East Africa. 
  • There numbers have decreased 60% over the past 20 years due to habitat management.
  • It is the second fastest animal on earth.
  • Thomson's gazelle is relatively small and can range 3355 lbs.
  • Both sexes possess horns, that curve slightly backward with the tips facing forward. The horns are rigid and 9.816.9 in on males and 2.85.9 in on females.
  • The Thomson's gazelle lives in Africa's savannas and grassland habitats
  • In the wild, Thomson's gazelles can live 1015 years. 
  • Their major predators are cheetahs, which are able to attain higher speeds, but gazelles can outlast them in long chases and are able to make turns more speedily. 
  • This small antelope-gazelle can run extremely fast, from 50 mph-60 mph and zigzag, which often saves it from predators. Sometimes they are also chased by leopards, lions and hyenas, but the gazelles are faster and more agile; these predators attack especially the young or infirm individuals. 
  • They can also be devoured by crocodiles and pythons, and their fawns are sometimes the prey of eagles, jackals, and baboons.
  • A noticeable behavior of Thomson's gazelles is their leap, known as pronking, used to startle predators and display strength.

The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park.
For more information on all the zoo's exciting attractions and events, call 623-935-WILD or check out their website:

Scottsdale Tattoo artists show off talents on national TV

Aaron "Bubba" Irwin and DJ Tambe are on the Spike TV's hit show Ink Master, hoping to make the finals. We talk with Bubba and get a look at his amazing art and talent at the shop, and find out what it takes to be among the best tattoo artists in the nation.

For more information on Old Town Ink, visit: 

For more information on the show, "Ink Master," visit:

Old Town Ink 
7154 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-6923

Local Love: Fabio on Fire

Born, raised and educated in Domodossola (the last train stop before Switzerland) in northern Italy, Chef Fabio Ceschetti is part of a family of restauranteurs.  He worked his way through the ranks of his family's restaurant, Il Barcantonio, from dishwasher to pizzaiolo to head chef.  While Fabio was raised in Domodossola, his family originated from southern Italy in the Puglia region.  Generations of family recipes were handed down to him by his grandparents, Rocco and Marianna.  Chef Fabio honed his skills alongside his mother, Felicetta, in the Barcantonio.  He was schooled in the culinary arts in Italy and worked for five (5) star and diamond companies in Italy, London and the United States to expand and refine his skills.  We are proud to serve delicious authentic Italian pizzas, bread, desserts & cuisine made from only the freshest, high quality ingredients. Many of our ingredients are imported from Italy or from local and, ideally, organic growers.

For more information, visit:

Tues-Thurs from 3-9 pm
Fri-Sun from 11 am 9 pm
Closed on Mondays

8275 W Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Suite 101, Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: 623-680-5385

State-of-the-art gymnastics studio opens in the Valley

Exciting news that many children will flip over literally! The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center has moved into one of the largest, most state-of-the-art gymnastics and dance facility in the entire U.S. And, Sat. Sept 23rd the center will host a free grand opening from 3 to 6 p.m. Children of all ages are invited for free gymnastics, dance, aerial arts, and Ninja Zone classes. 

The new facility will also feature an increased viewing area for parents, a preschool program, snack bar, gift shop, and much larger parking area. 

For more information, visit:

Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center 
15801 N. 32nd Street
(602) 992-5790 

Meet LEGO Ninjango characters inside "Brick City" 

If you're kids are into LEGO's or the new Ninjango movie, boy are they in for a treat. The movie characters will be visiting the Valley, and your kids can meet them inside the new "Brick City" at Tempe Marketplace. We check out this entire city made of LEGO bricks and find out how your kids can get a picture with some of their favorites from this new animated adventure. 

For more information, visit: and

Tempe Marketplace---Inside "Brick City" 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Starting at 7pm
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281 
(The suite is next too Claire's Boutique, across from As You Wish and Panera Bread)

Frankenstein art exhibit opens in Scottsdale

200 years after the classic novel thrilled readers, local artists bring Frankenstein back to life with an exhibit celebrating one of the most iconic horror characters of all time. 

Opening Reception from 6pm to 8 pm. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.   

For more information, visit:

Scottsdale Civic Center Gallery
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ  85251
Phone: (480)874-4645

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2017 comes to the Valley 

They were named one of the top touring acts of the decade! The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming back to Gila River Arena for two shows on December 3rd, and tickets are already on sale. TSO is a critically acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tour is a beloved holiday tradition. 

For up-to-the-minute news and on-sale information, visit:  

For more information on Trans-Siberian Orchestra, visit:

"Lasers and Liquor" show features Pink Floyd music

Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to your favorite music Pink Floyd, Nirvana and more while being dazzled by a multi-colored laser light show inside the Dorrence Planetarium at the Arizona Science Center. 

Enhance your experience and come early beer, cocktails, snacks and other refreshments will be available from our concession stand 45 minutes prior to the first show. 

  • Doors Open: 6 p.m. 
  • 6:15-6:30 p.m.: Trivia 
  • 6:45-7:30 p.m.: Karaoke in Planetarium 
  • 8 p.m.: First Laser Show begins in the Planetarium
  • 9:30 p.m.: Second Laser Show begins in the Planetarium 

Purchase the first show and receive $2 off the second show. Shows begin at 8 p.m. These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and may not be suitable for all ages. Limited seating. Buy your tickets now!

For more information, visit:

Arizona Science Center
600 Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 716-2000

Observing the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and all it symbolizes

Today at sundown many in our community will be praying for a sweet year. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year begins tonight and extends into Friday. The two-day holiday commemorates the creation of the world through festive meals, song and prayer. The Chabad Jewish Center of Anthem joins us with a traditional recipe and what it symbolizes. 

Cinnamon Raisin Round Challah Recipe

    11/3cups warm water
    2 tsps. yeast
    3 1/2 tsps. sugar
    4 cups bread flour
    1 tsp. heaping kosher salt
    7 tbsp. sugar
    3 tbsp. oil
    1/2 cups raisins                                                    Egg Wash
    1 egg, beaten

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
    1½ cups sugar
    ¼ cup cinnamon


1.    In a bowl mix 2 tsps. yeast, 3 ½ tsps. sugar, and 1 1/3 cups warm water. Let sit until it begins foaming.
2.    Add 7 tbsp. heaping kosher salt, 3tbsp. Oil, 4 cups of flour and mix. 
3.    Add 1/2 cups raisins
4.    Cover dough with damp cloth & let rise in a warm place for one hour.
5.    Place dough on a floured surface.
6.    Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Each part will become one challah. Separate the dough into 6 strands (or the number of your preference) and roll them out into a snake-like shape.
7.    Dip the strands into the cinnamon sugar mixture and shape the challahs into a round Rosh Hashanah challah. Place them into a greased 9-inch round pan. 
8.    Let the round challahs rise for 1 hour and then brush with egg wash.
9.    Sprinkle more cinnamon-sugar topping
10.    Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes or until golden brown (time varies based on size)

About Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah begins this year at sundown on Wednesday, September 20th and leads into Shabbat on Friday, the 22nd. 

Rosh Hashanah, which translates as head of the year, is the Jewish new year and commemorates the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.
This Rosh Hashanah we will mark 5,778 years since creation.
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram's horn which is sounded on both days of Rosh Hashanah.
It is customary to eat a piece of apple dipped in honey symbolizing the desire for a sweet year.

For more information, visit: or call: 623-349-1770

The Chabad Jewish Center of Anthem located at 41332 North Hudson Trail in Anthem, AZ will be hosting Rosh Hashanah services which will begin Wednesday, September 20th at 6pm followed by services Thursday morning at 10am and Shofar blowing at 11:30am. 

High Holiday Services will take place at the Anthem Civic Center located at 3701 W Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086.

Moviegoers to receive FREE small popcorn with drink purchase on September 20th at all Arizona Harkins locations 

Harkins Theatres, Arizona's homegrown movie theatre company, celebrates its 84th anniversary with gifts for Moviegoers!  Guests will receive a FREE small popcorn with the purchase of a drink at all Harkins locations on September 20.  Guests are also invited to enter weekly drawings on Harkins' Facebook page for a chance to win Family Prize Packs including loyalty cups, tickets and FREE popcorn as well as Harkins gift cards.  All entries will have a chance to win a FREE private screening for up to 20 guests!

Celebrate with Harkins Theatres and enjoy the following Anniversary offer:

  • FREE small popcorn with ANY drink purchase on September 20th
  • (Including fountain drinks, Loyalty Cups & refills, ICEEs and bottle drink purchases)

Enter online: through September 20.  

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