Wednesday, October 25

Posted: Updated:

Phoenix Suitcase Party will take 12 partygoers on a private jet vacation

Pack your bags!  Have you ever dreamed of stepping onto a private jet and being whisked away to a luxurious destination for the weekend? Your dream can become a reality on Friday, October 27th, at the Phoenix Suitcase Party hosted by the Active 20/30 Club of Phoenix, with proceeds benefiting the Phoenix Children's Hospital and Children In Need Foundation. For the 9th year in a row, the Phoenix Suitcase Party will take guests on an aviation themed bash that culminates with 12 lucky guests boarding a private jet while partygoers watch them depart for an unforgettable weekend escape to either beautiful Carmel, CA or fabulous Las Vegas. 

This year, the party will take place at the Signature Flight Support hangar (8014 East McClain Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260) within Scottsdale airpark at 6:00 p.m.  There will be food, cocktails, auctions, entertainment, and the chance to preview (take selfies) in some fabulous jets.

For more information and tickets:

9th Annual Phoenix Suitcase Party.
Friday, October 27, 2017 (6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.).

Local Love: Wally's American Pub and Grille'

Wally's has always been the go to for family dinners. They have flat screen TVs for watching sports. Their outdoor patio is perfect for those pleasant evenings.

For more information: 

5029 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 954-2040

Phoenix 10K

This is the race that started it all, bringing the City of Phoenix to its feet back in 1976. Founded by Dr. Art Mollen, his vision brought our growing, vibrant city together with a sport still in its infancy.  It set the charge used to ignite the running boom in Arizona. Over the years, the race has hosted Olympic Gold medalists, American record holders and more first-time race participants than any other event in the southwestern United States. It's not just Arizona's original road race. It's not just a great party. It is Phoenix at its finest!
Starting Friday, September 22nd and continuing weekly through October 27th, New Balance will be raffling off one pair of New Balance 860 training shoes from the pool of currently registered participants. The earlier you register, the more chances you have to win so enter today!  Weekly winners will be notified by email each Friday.

For more information and to register visit:

Best breakfast patios in the Valley: Joe's Farm Grill

Joe's Farm Grill used to be the Johnston family residence. Built in 1967, Jim and Virginia Johnston built a ranch-style home for their young family.  In 2006, their son Joe redesigned it to become the restaurant it is today.

The building is now a modern, mid-century restaurant, blending the indoors and outdoors. The patio area is a peaceful setting created by the large trees. There are plenty of picnic tables where you can dine and plenty of grass for the kids to run around on. 

Common food done uncommonly well. As seen on the Food Network's Diner's, Drive-in's and Dives.

For more information:

3000 E Ray Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Hours: Monday through Sunday 8 am -9pm
Phone: (480) 563-4745

Wildlife World Zoo: Bats!

Just in time for Halloween! Wildlife World Zoo joins us this morning with a flying mammal that most people are creeped out by. Meet Stellaluna, and find out why people are so batty over bats. 

Bat Facts:

  • Bats are flying mammals. 
  • While others can glide, bats are the only mammals capable of continued flight.
  • There are over 1000 different bat species.
  • Bats make up one fifth of the world's mammals and are the second largest group of mammals with rats taking first place.
  • They live on all continents except Antarctica.
  • Scientists have found evidence that bats have been around for 50 million years.
  • Bats are nocturnal.
  • Can range in size from the tiny bumblebee bat (which is the size of a jellybean) to the huge Bismarck flying fox (with a wingspan as long as an average man).
  • Echolocation is a way for some mammals to communicate and find objects or their prey. Bats use echolocation as well as dolphins. This is how bats 'see' in the dark. They make noises and wait for the sound waves to bounce back off objects, just like an echo. These noises can't be heard by human ears. If the sound doesn't bounce back it safe to push on and fly. 
  • They can tell the distance of various objects by how quickly the sound waves bounce back to them.
  • Not all bats use echolocation with their mouths. Some of them eat while they're flying, and of course it's rude to talk with your mouth full. So, what do they do? They use their noses instead for echolocation. Wow. The bats that use their noses have special flaps and folds of skin on their nose called 'nose leaves'. 
  • Their ears are huge in comparison to their bodies. All the better to hear with, they have the best hearing of all land mammals. 
  • Most bats feed on insects, while others eat fruit, fish or even blood
  • There are 3 species of vampire bats which feed solely on blood.
  • 70% of all bats eat insects, in fact the little brown bat can eat 1,200-night flying insects in an hour.
  • In the southwestern part of the United States, nectar-feeding bats are the main pollinators of the giant saguaro cactus.
  • They are in fact very clean and just like cat’s groom themselves very well.
  • Their droppings are called guano, which produces a bacteria that is used to improve soaps and antibiotics
  • Some bats live by themselves while others live in caves with thousands of other bats.
  • Bats can live for over 20 years.
  • Most bats only see in black and white, but some old-world fruit bats can see in color.
  • Their wings are made of two thin layers of skin stretched over the bat's arm and fingers; yes, they have arms, four fingers and a thumb.  Their fingers are very long when you compare them to the size of the body. If our fingers were the same as bats they'd be longer than our legs.

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:  

74th Street Band to perform at the Ride for Warriors

Ride for the Warrior presents the sixth annual Ride for the Warrior Music Festival fundraiser. It's Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th at Paul Mason Sportsplex in Casa Grande. 

Band Bio:
74th Street's high-energy performance is unique in that they play with your audience, not to them. From the very first chord, they energize the audience. Feeding off that energy, they perpetuate the intensity and the cycle continues throughout the entire show.
Based out of Phoenix, AZ, 74th Street is a four-piece classic and southern rock band featuring a dual-threat guitar attack like no other. With a powerful, dynamic rhythm section and four-part harmony vocals, 74th Street is considered a premier cover band in the Valley of the Sun.

Performing regularly at nightclubs, festivals, rallies, weddings, corporate and private events, they are well known for their lively and energetic performance and their ability to produce a festive party atmosphere at any venue. 74th Street provides the perfect mix of music from the 1960's to present day hits, guaranteed to keep your guests dancing and partying all night!

Ride for the Warrior presents the sixth annual Ride for the Warrior Music Festival fundraiser; Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, 2017 at Paul Mason Sportsplex in Casa Grande, AZ 

Bring the family and enjoy 2 days of back-to-back music, kids zone, fireworks, food court, vendors, veterans’ organizations, free parking - No Host Dry camping (Donations Accepted) and more. 

Holiday Inn Casa Grande is offering special room rates for Ride for the Warrior attendees.
$85 + 10.5% tax (Included in this rate is a breakfast buffet for up to

For more information:

What is your body language saying to your date?

You think you and your date are having a great conversation, but what isn't being said may be more telling about here this relationship is headed.  Body language expert Yana German has some insight on exactly what signals you are giving and your date is sending.

1.    Head tilt - When your date tilts his/her head after you've said something in the conversation they are literally saying "tell me more."
2.    Cross leg towards the person - This person is showing interest in you and sometimes even trying to be more attractive to you. This move can even deter others from interrupting your conversation.
3.    When they touch their face or neck - When someone softly begins to touch their face or neck this shows they are feeling attracted to you or what you might be saying. 
4.    Placing their hand on your arm or shoulder - This is a great sign - your date not only feels very comfortable with you, but they are expressing interest with their body language as opposed to just thinking it. 
5.    Real Smiles Come through Eyes - When someone is truly feeling happy around you their eyes also "light up" and sometimes look squinty, not just their mouths.

Yana German is a body language expert and coach to help people gain confidence in everyday life situations. 

For more information: 

Break Out of the Box Design Challenge

If you have a creative middle school student, in grades 6th-8th, a free Valley design challenge might be calling their name. CK Valenti Designs of Chandler is challenging local middle school students (grades 6 to 8) to test their design and building skills at the company's first annual "Break out of the Box Challenge." 

Registered participants will be given a box of materials with instructions and two weeks to complete their design/build challenge. Students must present their creations at the "Break Out of the Box Challenge event and awards day to win. Judges will award prizes based on creativity, execution and craftsmanship.  
Students and families are welcome to attend Challenge and Awards Event, which will include food, drinks, interactive activities, building demos, shop tours and an award presentation.
Top three winners will receive prizes and the opportunity to be VIP apprentices for a day at CK Valenti Designs, where students can explore future career opportunities, learn from the company's expert craftsmen and engineers, and explore how to "make cool stuff."
The Challenge is free to enter and attend; families and friends are welcome.
Registration begins online:                Sunday, Oct. 1
Box pick-up begins at CK Valenti:      Friday, Oct. 20
Challenge Day & Awards Event:        Saturday, Nov. 4 ,12:00 p.m.  2:00 p.m.

Registration is required to enter, and spots are limited

Registration, instructions and challenge rules available at:
CK Valenti Designs 
385 E Warner Road, Suite 4, 
Chandler, AZ 85225

Create spook-tacular treats for your Halloween party

Impress your friends, neighbors and family this weekend, at your Halloween party, with creative, spooky treats. And, who better to give us the 4-1-1 on party ideas and creepy recipes than Melody and Geoff Larsen of Sassy's Cafe & Bakery of Mesa. 

For more information: and

Sassy's Cafe & Bakery 
4210 E Main Street Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 649-3067
Hours: Monday through Saturday 7am -5 pm, Sunday: closed