Wednesday, Sept. 27

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The Wildlife World Zoo: Hyacinth Macaw 

Hyacinth Macaw Facts:

  • There are over 370 different types of parrots on Earth, and Macaws are the largest.
  • Macaws normally weigh between 2 and 4 pounds, which is fairly hefty for a bird.
  • The largest of the macaws, the Hyacinth Macaw, can reach lengths of nearly 3 and a half feet long from the beak to the tip of the tail.
  • In addition, they boast an impressive wingspan of up to 60 inches.
  • Hyacinth macaws are cobalt blue with yellow skin around their beaks and eyes
  • Life span: 60-80 years
  • Usually only a single hyacinth macaw chick in a clutch will make it to maturity.
  • The illegal pet trade presents a major threat to the hyacinth macaw through over-collection.
  • The majority of the hyacinth macaw diet is comprised of fruits and nuts.
  • They have enough crushing power to crack open a coconut.
  • The hyacinth macaw is found in South America, mainly in Brazil.
  • The hyacinth macaw is classified as Endangered
  • Hyacinth macaw numbers are in decline as a result of habitat loss and over-collection for the illegal pet trade.
  • They are zygodactyl which means that they have their first and fourth toes pointing backward. This adaptation allows them to use their claws to perch securely and use their claws as hands and hold their food while they eat it.
  • A Macaws feather pattern on their face is as unique as a human's finger print. No two Macaws have the same pattern
  • Conservation efforts include education, laws banning the sale and export of these birds and stricter guidelines for deforestation of their habitat. They have the same intelligence as your average 2-year-old and can learn to mimic sound.

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:  www.wildlifeworld.com.  

Local Love: Lilac Bakery

Chef Lauren Paulse takes special care to source the highest quality organic ingredients with your best health in mind. You'll find an assortment of hand-crafted muffins, cakes, scones, pies, cookies, biscuits and so much more baked fresh every day. Lilac Bakery also features a daily selection of gluten free and vegan items to accommodate special dietary needs.

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

Lilac Bakery
2747 E Indian School RD Phoenix AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 559-4869

Open
Tuesday through Sundays
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed: Mondays

Build your own robot

Combine art and science fiction to add a fun accessory to your home, a robot that expresses your own personality. 

Every Saturday Practical Art will be offering artist led classes. This is your opportunity to spend two hours with one of your favorite local artists, learn a new craft, and make and take your very own piece of Practical Art.

Selling pre-made Robot Photo Holders for $30, a portion of the proceeds go to Phoenix Children's Hospital 

For more information, visit: http://practical-art.com/artist-classes

Visit Jordan-Alexander Thomas's website at www.spaceboyrobot.com

Practical Art
5070 N Central Ave
Phoenix Arizona 85012
Email: info@practical-art.com
602-264-1414

Patients, Employees and Parents Cut Their Hair for Locks for Gold 

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Phoenix Children's community will come together, including patients, to cut and donate their hair to Children with Hair Loss and Crowns of Courage, two non-profit organizations that make wigs for Phoenix Children's patients who lose their hair during treatment. There will be at least 11 volunteer stylists and a patient "stylist in training" who will help cut the ponytail once the stylists have it in place.  

WHEN:    Wednesday, September 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Phoenix Children's Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 85016

For more information about the hospital, visit http://www.phoenixchildrens.org.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

A lot of news regarding prostate health. New guidelines on prostate cancer screening, new ways to diagnose, and new treatment options are available. We talk to Valley urologist, Dr. Mark Hong about the latest in prostate health and what couples need to know. 

For more information, visit:  www.markhongmd.com

Locations:
Phoenix Office
6245 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 337-8500

Glendale Office
6525 W Sack Dr #201
Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 337-8500

Fall financial advice, how to detox your budget

Your pocketbook may be feeling the pinch after summer vacations and back to school expenses, and the holidays are just around the corner.  But don't worry, you have time to put your budget in order with some simple tips.

  • Too many people are taking summer vacations that they can't afford. Maybe FOMO (fear of missing out) gets the best of them - or they want to keep up with the Joneses and try to compete with the great trips their friends share about on social media.
  • Whatever the reason - 1 in 5 families say they will go into debt to pay for a summer vacation. 
  • And of those families, 70 percent admit to already having debt on their credit card.  
  • So, the biggest mistake is putting everything on the credit card and digging a deeper and deeper hole by not paying it off.

 Here are a few tips to help you reboot your budget:

1. Take a Fiscal Fast

  • Do you think you could go one week without spending a single cent? Stock your fridge and your gas tank - and then literally spend nothing for 7 days.
  • The goal is to see how it feels to live without spending money. 
  • If you are trying to get back to living on budget, it might be easier to stick to it this way.
  • Try going cold turkey first and then gradually start spending again - this time with intention. Only spend money on what you need vs. what you want.
  • If one week sounds too adventurous? Then, start with one day. 
  • The point is to get started and be more in tune with your spending habits.

 2. Note Every Nickel

  • There are plenty of apps that can help you figure out where you are spending your money.
  • Mint.com is a favorite for many. 
  • But sometimes to get really serious, you need to get back to the basics and get out the pen and paper and literally note every nickel you spend. 
  • This will help you see where you spend money and where it will be easy to stop spending. 
  • I have a budget worksheet on my website, that can help you get started.

 3. Go All Cash

  • Another way to help get your spending in control is to go all cash for a specific amount of time. 
  • I'm talking about locking up your credit cards and only using cash for purchases. 
  • There's something about actually handing over dollar bills vs. swiping plastic that makes you think twice about what you are buying.
  • Figure out how much you need each day for groceries, gas, etc. - and only take out that amount of cash. When the cash is gone, it's gone. 
  • Don't cheat by running to the ATM to get more dough.

 4. Purge Your Place

  • Finally, spend some time looking around your home or apartment. 
  • Donate or sell clothes that you are no longer wearing; toys your kids never play with; and crystal you received from your wedding 20 years ago that's still in the box.
  • Seeing all the extra stuff you have accumulated should be inspiration enough to buy less stuff - and help keep your spending under control.

 Credit Card-Best ways to pay it off:

  • Your credit card debt may seem daunting or overwhelming. That's why I recommend starting with something simple- getting organized. 
  • Then, start with the credit card with the lowest balance and devote as much of your income as you can afford to paying off that one card. 
  • Make sure you are paying the minimum balance on every card to avoid fees and penalties.Once you pay off the balance on the smallest card, move to the next smallest balance. That rush you get from paying off each card will help build momentum and keep you motivated.

For more information, visit: www.dewwealth.com

Dew Wealth Management
8888 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: 480-614-9119
Email: info@dewwealth.com

DIY: Add some spice with Green Chili

It's not hard to get hooked on Hatch Green Chili's, from the perfect hamburger topping, to dousing them all over your breakfast eggs, there are a number of ways to enjoy these chili peppers. But cooking them to perfection is the trick! Javier and Gibby show us how to roast, peel, freeze and cook this traditional New Mexican staple that'll not only spice up your life, but all of your dishes. 

If you don't know much about the tradition, the New Mexico chile peppers are popular in the cuisine of the Southwestern United States and in the broader Mexican cuisine. Chile grown in the Hatch Valley, in and around Hatch, New Mexico, is called Hatch chile, but no one type of chile is specific to that area.

These chili peppers were first developed and pioneered by horticulturist, Dr. Fabian Garcia at New Mexico State University in 1894, then known as Las Cruces College. Selective breeding developed a larger, smoother and fleshier pod for canning purposes. First released in 1913, this first batch of chilies was called "New Mexico No. 9."  

The New Mexico green chile pepper flavor has been described as lightly pungent similar to an onion, or like garlic with a subtly sweet, spicy, crisp, and smoky taste. 

How to Roast and Freeze Green Chiles:
http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-roast-and-freeze-green-chiles-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-193168

To learn more about the history about Hatch Green Chiles, visit: https://www.hatch-green-chile.com/new-mexico-chile-history/

Ten Pretend Foods" you need to know about

You've heard of the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15"-- foods you should and shouldn't eat. But have you heard of the "Ten Pretend Foods?" Holistic Health and fitness Expert Lauren McBride shows the top ten most genetically modified produce, and offers advice on cleaner eating. 

10 Pretend Foods
1.  Corn
2.  Soy 
3.  Alfalfa 
4.  Canola 
5.  Sugar Beets 
6.  Milk 
7.  Aspartame 
8.  Zucchini 
9.  Yellow Squash 
10. Papaya

For more information, visit: https://www.laurenmcbride.com/