Wednesday, October 4

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D-backs post season gear

As we head into the post-season, you have to be outfitted with the proper gear. We're in the Team Shop at the D-backs with all the latest fashions you might want to stock up on. 

The Chase Field Team Shop currently has postseason merchandise and is running extended hours from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., seven days a week, through the end of the season. For questions regarding merchandise, please call the Chase Field Team Shop at (602) 462-6701.

For more information: http://www.mlbshop.com/Arizona_Diamondbacks_Gear/source/bm-mlbcom-ari?partnerId=131C3881Z-CUE12

D-backs unveil new food & street festival for Wild Card game

Special food items will be unveiled at the Dbacks Wild Card game tonight. We get a sneak-peak of what tasty dishes they'll be serving up. Also, you'll want to arrive early to enjoy a street festival starting at 3:00 p.m. along 4th Street and Jackson. Gates to Chase Field open at 3:00 p.m., and first pitch is scheduled for 5:08 p.m. 

The street festival will feature live music from "Rock Lobster," a beer garden, postseason merchandise truck and the D-backs Street Team. Game Seven Grill will open for lunch at 11:00 a.m. and remain open for an hour postgame. Mark Zubia from "The Pistoleros" will perform in the Draft Room, presented by Four Peaks, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

For more information: www.dbacks.com  

Talking D-backs sports with Mark McClune at the PetSmart Patio

Here's something new, you don't see at most post-season games. We're at the The PetSmart Patio, because it will be open for the Wild Card Game. In fact, it will be the first-ever MLB Postseason game that will have dogs in attendance. 

The first 45,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a D-backs Rally Towel, courtesy of Cox Communications, Fry's Food Stores and PetSmart. Wednesday's game will also be the first Major League Baseball postseason game to feature dogs in the stands at PetSmart Patio. Throughout the postseason, fans will be able to participate in the D-backs 50/50 Raffle in ballpark, in which half of the jackpot will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. In addition, fans can purchase postseason game-used and team-issued items at D-backs Authentics. 
 
Fans can still access postseason tickets by purchasing a 2018 ticket plan, including full season, half season, series plan or weekend plan, which are available at dbacks.com/season tickets or 602.462.4600. A limited number of seats for the Wild Card Game will be released at a later date and fans should continue to check back at www.dbacks.com/postseason for information.

Hitting the batting cages during Wild Card fever

Batting cages, like Legends Baseball in Chandler see their share of kids who want to pursue that baseball dream. But now with Wild Card fever, these kids are even more pumped up. We join Legends as their Fall baseball camp is in full swing with kids ages 7-11 years old. 

Batting cage rentals available all-day long.  1/2 hr., Full hr., or full facility rentals.  Personal coaching available.  Their focus is on developing all players to reach their full potential.  From Little Leagues to the Big Leagues, their professional staff is here to help with all aspects of the game. Private parties, team workouts, All-Star Birthday parties and much more.  Be sure to look for our spring, summer, and fall break programs. 

Fall Baseball Camp - Enrolling September 1st
October 2 - 6   Fundamentals and Fun
8:30am to 11:30am    Monday -  Friday
Cost: $175

Fall Baseball Camp
October 9 - 13   Fundamentals and Fun 
8:30am to 11:30am   Monday -  Friday
Cost: $175 

For more information: http://www.legendsbaseball.org/

Legends Baseball
221 E Willis Rd Suite 24
Chandler, AZ, United States
(480) 917-2020

Feeling the fever of Wild Card Wednesday at Zinger Bat Co.

They provide the wooden bats to professional players, and have done so for the past five seasons; you can bet the fever and excitement for Wild Card Wednesday is being felt in Chandler at Zinger Bat Co. We join the owner who shows us how these bats are made in about a minute. 

For more information:  www.zingerbats.com and www.zingerbats.bigcarte.com
 
Zinger Bat Company
3155 N. Nevada St. Ste 4.  Chandler 85225

Wildlife World Zoo: Meet a Tangerine Leopard Gecko

Meet Suni and Lilly. They're both different types of leopard gecko's that you can see at the Wildlife World Zoo. We hear they stalk their prey just like a cat. We learn more about that, and why they make such popular pets. 

Leopard Gecko Facts:

  • Leopard geckos are nocturnal lizards found in desert environments in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and parts of India.
  • They usually grow to about 10 inches long, although half of this is tail. 
  • They have been popular pets in North America since the 1980's. 
  • They are carnivorous and will stalk prey like a cat.
  • They lack adhesive toe pads like other geckos and have tiny claws instead which gives them an advantage in sandy environments. This also prevents them from climbing up surfaces easily so they primarily live on the ground and do not climb. 
  • Most geckos cannot blink or close their eyes (which is why many geckos rely on licking their eyes to keep them clean), but leopard geckos have eyelids so they can blink and close their eyes when sleeping.
  • Despite being one of the most popular lizard pets, little is known about leopard geckos in the wild, their population numbers are unknown.
  • Their unique dots and coloring makes perfect a camouflage for their natural environments which makes them a challenge to find. They are excellent at hiding from predators and stay hidden during the day to avoid being seen (and to stay away from the heat) Leopard geckos shed their skin and eat it to prevent their scent from being discovered. 
  • Leopard geckos can live over 20 years in human care, they have a much shorter lifespan in the wild due to predators, disease, and injuries.
  • Since their natural environment consists of harsh conditions including soaring temperatures and weeks without food or water, leopard geckos have adapted to survive where other animals cannot. 
  • When agitated, leopard geckos will bark. 
  • Leopard gecko’s tails are used as an emergency fat and water supply. When confronted by a predator or if attacked, the leopard gecko will drop their tail to give them enough of a distraction to escape. The leopard gecko's tail will eventually grow back.
  • They have an unusual anatomy. At the right angle, you can look in one ear, see though their head, and out their other ear.
  • The temperature of their eggs determines the gender of the hatchlings. At 80 degrees, most will be females; at 91 degrees most will be males. At 86 degrees Fahrenheit, there will be an even mix. 

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.  

How you can participate in the ZooWalk for Autism Research 

Saturday, Oct 7th, you can join the hundreds who participate each year for the ZooWalk for Autism Research. We talk to Dynamite Therapy, one of the biggest supporters of the event, to learn where the money goes and how you can help. 

Dynamite Therapy has been in Arizona for over 10 years and is a team of over 100 Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists as well as Developmental Special Instructionists, Service Coordinators and administrators who provide dynamite therapy services to children throughout Arizona

They are a Gold Sponsor for the ZooWalk for Autism Research and are fundraising for the event.  It is a fun, family friendly event held on Saturday, October 7th from 6:30am-9am for the actual walk, but all walkers get to stay for the entire day at the Zoo!  What could be better than donating to a great cause and spending a Saturday at the Phoenix Zoo!  Register or donate today online at the ZooWalk.org and go under the Dynamite Therapy team.  You can also register the day of the event.

All the money raised for the ZooWalk stays right here in Arizona; after costs for the event, all the money goes towards the research that is being conducted at ASU's Autism/Asperger's Research Program.

Their research focus is primarily on biomedical issues, like nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, and bacterial or yeast overgrowth in the gut.  For instance, some research suggests that addressing issues in the gut can show improvement in the symptoms of autism.  This team at ASU recommends that a combination of biomedical, behavioral, therapy, and educational interventions be used to best help children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The therapy and educational interventions are where Dynamite Therapy comes in and what specialize in and know best.

--Saturday, October 7th 
--Registration from 6:30am-8:30am at Phoenix Municipal Stadium Parking Lot
--Walk Starts: from 6:30am-8:30am
--Walk Ends: at 9am
Walkers Are Welcome to Stay at the Phoenix Zoo All Day!!
Kiddos 12 and under and All on the Autism Spectrum are Free!!

To donate or register to the Dynamite Therapy Team: https://zoowalk.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/a3196ba/reg-pledge/donate/dynamitetherapy

For more information: www.zoowalk.org

Dynamite Therapy, LLC
10049 E Dynamite Blvd, Ste 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Phone: (480) 419-0848
Toll Free Phone: (844) 330-8600 

National Taco Day

It is National Taco Day! And, did you know, last year, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos? We love tacos and for good reason they’re crunchy, filled with meat, cheese and all the fixings. So, today, is the perfect time to learn how to make a traditional street taco right in your own home with a little help from Z'Tejas. 

  •     Z'Tejas has been a Valley favorite for almost 30 years! 
  •     The menu offers 3 types of tacos classic street tacos, baja fish tacos and pesto Mahi Mahi. 
  •     Guests who dine at Z'Tejas today (Wed. 10/4) will receive a 20% discount on their next taco purchase. 
  •     Z'Tejas serves lunch and dinner Monday-Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekends.
  •     The restaurant has daily happy hour specials both food and drink discounts, Mon.-Fri. 3-7pm. Sat & Sun. 3-5pm. 

For more information: www.ztejas.com

"My Nana's" product line is growing  

Valley company La Canasta adds to its "My Nana's" product line-up with chipotle and spinach wraps and blue corn tortilla chips. 
Find out how you can put these delicious additions to work in your kitchen with some easy and tasty recipes. 

For more information: www.mynanasbesttasting.com

La Canasta Mexican Food Products, Inc 
3101 W. Jackson, Phx, AZ 85009 
Phone: 602-269-7721

Recipes:

My Nana's Scary Halloween Chips and Dip

Yield: Serves 8-10 | Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  •  16 ounce can refried beans
  •  2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  •  1/4 cup My Nana's Hot Sauce
  •  guacamole: 1 ripe avocado, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pinch garlic powder
  •  1/2 cup sliced ripe black olives
  •  1 cup shredded cheddar
  •  1/2 cup chopped ripe tomato
  •  1 green onion, thinly sliced
  •  1/2 cup sour cream
  •  plastic spider rings (optional)
  •  My Nana's Blue Corn Tortilla chips or My Nana's All-Natural Tortilla Chips

Instructions:
Stir together the refried beans, taco seasoning and My Nana's Hot Sauce; warm the beans up.
Spread beans in the bottom of a glass pie plate.
Mash the avocado and stir together with the lime juice, salt and garlic powder.
Spread guacamole over the top of the beans.
Spread sour cream over the top of guacamole.
Sprinkle olives, cheese, tomato and green onion on top.
Drizzle My Nana's Hot Sauce on top.
Place plastic spiders throughout top for decoration (but do not eat! LOL!)
Serve scary dip with warm tortilla chips.

My Nana's Southwest Chicken Wrap Pinwheels

Yield: Serves 10 | Total Time: 70 min. + 1 hr. optional chill time

Ingredients:

  •  1 (8 ounce) package of Regular Cream Cheese, Softened
  •  1/2 Cup sour cream
  •  5 ounces My Nana's Hot Sauce
  •  1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (like Lawry's)
  •  1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  •  1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  •  5 green onions, thinly sliced
  •  1 (2.25 ounce) can chopped olives
  •  2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  •  6 My Nana's Chipotle Wraps or 5 Burrito Grande size flour tortillas

Instructions:
Use a mixer to combine cream cheese, sour cream, My Nana's Hot Sauce and seasonings. Use a spoon to
stir in cheese, green onions, olives and shredded chicken.
Divide mixture between wraps or tortillas, spreading out evenly leaving about a 1/2" border at the edge.
Roll up tightly. Wrap rollups tightly in plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least an
hour or until ready to serve.
Remove from refrigerator and use a sharp knife to slip into 2" pieces.
Garnish platter with Green leaf lettuce.

My Nana's Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Yield: 6 tortillas (approx. 45 pinwheels) | Total Time: 20 min. + 1 hr. optional chill time 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. (1.5 pkg) Softened Cream Cheese 
  • 1 C Crumbled Feta Cheese 
  • 1/3-1/2 C Chopped Green Onion 
  • 1 pkg dried sweetened Cranberries 
  • 6 My Nana's Spinach Wraps 

Instructions: 
Combine all ingredients except tortillas. Mix well. Divide and spread cream cheese mixture evenly between six spinach tortillas. Roll tightly, wrap in clear plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour. * To serve, cut into approximately 8 slices. *NOTE* If you don't have time to chill before slicing, never fear, these will be fine without the additional hour of chilling.