Tuesday, October 3

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3TV's Javier Soto battles for the dough competition

In honor of National Pizza Month, Valley locals and a few local celebs, including our very own Anchor Javier Soto, will create pizzas for a chance to be the featured pizza of the month at Sauce. Proceeds from that pizza will benefit a charity of their choice, it's called the Sauce Pizza and Wine Battle for the Dough competition. 

For more information and to vote for your favorite pizza:  www.saucepizzaandwine.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/saucepizzaandwine

  • Voting will take place through Oct. 18th and featured pizza will be featured on the menu through November

Jewel Box Homes/Phoenix Home Garden

Chris Kafentzis and Michael McCulloch are valley residents that choose to stay in or building smaller homes called Jewel-Box homes. Jewel-Box Homes, houses 3000 sq. feet and under that live big with smart luxuries. 

Jewel-Box homes make the most of small living spaces, including bumping living spaces to outdoors, installing skylights to open-up ceilings, creating creative storage and connecting interior spaces visually. Customizing a galley kitchen for optimum functionality.

To read more about Chris and Michael's home visit: http://www.phgmag.com/home/furnishings/201710/a-custom-fit/

  • Also, pick up Phoenix Home & Garden, Oct issue on newsstands now.

Phoenix Home & Garden Home Tour, Nov 12th, tickets on sale at www.phgmag.com/hometour 

Explaining traumatic events to young children and teens 

After the images we saw yesterday from Las Vegas, and all the information coming in through television and especially social media, it begs the question; how do we help our children process these events so they understand, cope, grieve, and learn to continue living without fear? Child and Family Therapist Brandon Jones of Christian Family Care joins us to talk about this trauma, and how to explain it to our young children, and our most impressionable teenagers. 

Children take cues about how to react to events from watching their caregivers. Parents must model healthy coping.

Take care of yourself:

  •  Maintain routine and allow time to share your experience with loved ones
  •  Be with family, friends, faith community
  •  Maintain healthy habits
  •  Seek trained help if you need to

Emphasize their safety/security 

  •  Breathe. Be patient with each other. People cope differently with stressors.
  •  Encourage your child to share when they are feeling worried or insecure
  •  Provide calming supportive environment.

Limit exposure to graphic pictures and videos (especially younger children)

  •  Studies show that exposure to violence affects individuals
  •  Seeing/experiencing violence is more traumatizing than talking about a traumatizing event

Encourage your children to talk about the events with you 

  •  Be as calm and collected as you can while discussing the event
  •  Do more listening than talking listen for themes of worry, anxiety, and safety
  •  Start with questions to understand what they already know. Don't assume.

Rise Up

  •  Do something positive in response as a family encourage it

                 o Write a letter
                 o Serve others that need help in your community
                 o Pray as a family
                 o Donate items

Early Warning Signs of anxiety/worry (seek additional services counselor, pastor, etc.):

  •  Change in appetite
  •  Change in sleep pattern
  •  Change in behaviors or mood
  •  Increased themes involving worry, safety

For more information, visit: https://cfcare.org/

Christian Family Care 
3603 North 7th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: 602 234-1935

Musician Blane Long releases new album 

Blaine Long's new album release, "Scorpio” CD release show is October 7th, at Cactus Jack's Bar in Ahwatukee.

Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door it is a FULL BAND SHOW

Blaine has a new album "Scorpio" since being on the Voice Season 11, digital download available on iTunes/Google Play; CDs for sale at his live gigs

Blaine continues to play all original music all around the valley solo, duo, or full band events / plays corporate events, private parties, weddings, bars, restaurants, fundraisers

For more information, visit: www.blainelong.com
Tickets for sale at www.blainelong.bpt.me

For more information on events at the Cactus Jack Bar and Grill, visit: http://www.cactusjacksbar.co/

Cactus Jack's Bar
Located in: Safeway (Ahwatukee Mercado)
4747 E Elliot Rd #2, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone: (480) 753-4733

Pittie-Palooza helps reduce breed prejudice

Pittie-Palooza, now in its fourth year, is an adoption event presented by Fix.Adopt. Save in which many Valley shelter participate including the Arizona Animal Welfare League. 

  •     Each shelter brings all of its bully breed dogs to Metrocenter Mall
  •     Arizona Animal Welfare League has worked to end breed prejudice by no longer including "pit bull" as a breed label at its facility
  •     Pitbulls are also used as brand ambassadors at day camps and summer programs
  •     The Valley shelters tend to have a high percentage of homeless pitbulls 

Event Details:

  •     Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to Noon
  •     Metrocenter Mall (9617 N. Metro Pkwy in Phoenix)
  •     $20 adoptions, $20 microchipping, $5 pet ID tags
  •     1,000 spay/neuter vouchers for owned pets
  •     Free vaccinations, trainers at an Ask A Trainer booth, giveaways

For more event information: www.Fixadoptsave.org

For more information, visit: www.aawl.org

Arizona Animal Welfare league
25 N 40th Street Phoenix AZ 85034

Pumpkin pie meets chocolate chip cookies

It's the season for pumpkin everything! But have you ever heard of a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie? It's chocolate chip cookies meets pumpkin pie and it's ridiculously good, and easy to make, according to Food Blogger Joanie Simon. We learn how to whip up this recipe that combines two dessert favorites you and the kids will love.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

    2 eggs, room temperature
    ½ cup sugar
    ¾ cup brown sugar
    ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
    ½ tsp vanilla
    ½ cup pumpkin
    1 cup flour
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    ¼ tsp ginger
    1/8 tsp allspice
    1 deep dish pie crust, defrosted, uncooked
    1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1.    Preheat oven to 350F
2.    Combine the eggs and sugars in a bowl and beat on high with an electric mixer until smooth and lightened in color. Add the softened butter and vanilla and continue to beat until smooth.
3.    Add the pumpkin to the batter and just stir until combined.
4.    Combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice and then add to the batter and stir until combined, but don't overwork.
5.    Fold in the chocolate chips.
6.    Pour the batter into the pie crust and bake on the lowest rack of the oven for 50 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For more information, visit:  http://joaniesimon.com/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookie-pie/

For more information on Joanie Simon, visit: www.JoanieSimon.com and email: food@joaniesimon.com