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  • Sat, 08 Dec 2018 23:33:49 +0000

    Support your future workforce with an EVIT tax credit donation

    Did you know that you can help students at the East Valley Institute of Technology and reduce your tax liability at the same time? The East Valley Institute of Technology qualifies for Arizona’s Public School Extracurricular Activity Tax Credit program.

    It works like this:  Individual taxpayers contribute up to $200, married couples up to $400, in a tax credit donation to EVIT, and then claim the donation on their income tax return to reduce how much is owed.

    When you make your donation, you can donate to a specific EVIT program or just to EVIT. The donation will be used for students’ extracurricular activities, such as field trips or travel to competitions.

    At EVIT, you know your contribution will support high quality career and technical education. EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 85 percent are in college, jobs or the military within one year of completing their training. That’s a great return on investment for taxpayers, industry and Arizona’s workforce and economy. It’s why TIME magazine called EVIT “learning that works.”

    To make a tax credit donation to EVIT, click on this link: www.pulseradio.fm/donations

    For more information about Arizona’s tax credit program for public schools, visit this link: https://www.azdor.gov/Portals/0/Brochure/707.pdf

    We pride ourselves at EVIT for helping students find their passion and then turning those passions into paychecks. Now you have the opportunity to turn a tax credit donation into a win-win for you and for EVIT students.

    Thanks for all you do to support EVIT — Arizona’s premier career and technical education school!

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  • Sat, 08 Dec 2018 01:00:53 +0000

    You can call Santa Claus and tell him what you want for Christmas

    Who needs Christmas cards to Santa when you can call him directly? The days of writing long letters to the North Pole’s main man are over!

    Now, kids and even kids at heart can dial direct to the North Pole and call Santa at (951) 262-3062.

    Have you been naughty or nice?

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  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:26:32 +0000

    Cool temperatures offer great time to get out this weekend Dec 7-9

    Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60’s all weekend so what better time to get out and enjoy the cooler weather with friends or family. We have some fun holiday events for you this weekend including FREE haircuts, movies, art, shopping, and holiday lights, and of course, a food festival!

    Friday, December 7: Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with the family or need to take a break from shopping, the Scottsdale Quarter will show free Christmas movies over the next three weeks. The movies will be shown on Fridays within The Quad, near the fountain. Features include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Movies will start at 6 p.m. You can bring blankets, chairs, and snacks. This Friday’s feature will be How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) and Frosty the Snowman, next Friday is The Polar Express, and in two weeks on December 21st is The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you go, Scottsdale Quarter – The Quad, 15059 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. scottsdalequarter.com/events-news

    Fri-Sun Dec 7-9: The annual Phoenix Festival of The Arts is goin’ down all weekend long. Open until 5 p.m Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 7-9, at Margaret T Hance Park. It located on 3rd st between Roosevelt and McDowell. Over 125 art vendors and cultural organizations are scheduled to participate. It’s a perfect time to connect with the community and shop for holiday gifts. There’s live music, food trucks and best of all, its FREE to attend. phoenixfestivalofthearts.org

    Sat Dec 8: Get holiday season ready with FREE wash & haircuts for Men + Kids at Bishops Cuts/Color in Phoenix on McDowell near 5th Aveunue and Gilbert on Market Street near Pecos. Saturday, December 8th from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. More info at bishops.co/bishops-holidayshear-event.

    Sat Dec 8: Everyone loves a parade, right? A parade that floats…even better! The community is invited to take part in the holiday tradition at Tempe Town Lake for the 20th Annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Watch as 50+ festively-decorated boats float on the lake. Enjoy food from on-site food trucks, get your holiday shopping done at the Holiday Market, and enjoy a glass of beer or wine while watching live entertainment on the main stage. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 7 p.m Saturday, December 8th. downtowntempe.com/events/boat-parade

    Sat Dec 8: The 15th Annual Glow on Monroe Parade is this Saturday, December 8th from 630-930 p.m. It’s an Electric light parade featuring historic fire trucks, school marching bands, horse drawn carriages, and trucks of all sizes, all with dazzling lights. buckeyemainstreet.org/events/electric-light-parade

    Sat Dec 8: World Bazaar PHX returns with more culture, cuisine, and community than ever! Experience over 50 different vendors selling food, art, and homemade goods from around the world at this free event – perfect for holiday shopping. Enjoy live music and dance performances from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. World Bazaar PHX is near 19th Ave and Camelback at 1813 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix. Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. FREE to attend! visitphoenix.com/event/world-bazaar-phx/119065

    Sat / Sun Dec 8-9: Cooks from all around the state will show off what they can do with a traditional Mexican dish of steamed dough and filling at the Tamale Festival this weekend in Phoenix. Grocery chain Food City said the 17th annual celebration will begin Saturday, December 8th at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza on Washington Street between First and Fourth avenues. Sunday hours are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m, a panel of local celebrities will taste-test the entries and choose the winning “Best Tamale.” Admittance to the event is free. Tamales are a Christmas staple in the Southwest and often families band together to make them. Festivalgoers will see folklorico dance performances and the goods on sale from vendors and hear mariachi bands. Tamales won’t be the only treat on the menu: carne asada burritos, menudo and Mexican hot chocolate will also be available. Sales from the tamales, made by local faith-based groups, will go towards their organizations. The groups sold more than 700 dozen tamales at last year’s holiday party. Tamales are $2 each, or a dozen for $18.

    Sat / Sun Dec 8-9: Searching for unique gifts this holiday season? Do you enjoy arts and crafts? How about entertainment? Maybe you just want to get into the spirit of the season. Mesa Arts Festival downtown is this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9 at Mesa Arts Center. The FREE event will take place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m each day. mesaartscenter.com

    Nightly: The votes are in and the baby reindeer at the Phoenix Zoo finally has a name — Noel. The Phoenix Zoo announced the name that won its week-plus contest. Noel, a female reindeer, hauled in about 1,300 of the 2,500 or so online votes. Runner-up was Flurry, which got around 1,000 votes.  Caribae finished a distant third. Zoo workers had narrowed the choices to three names before turning over the final decision to the public. The 6-month-old Noel is one of four reindeer visiting the zoo for the holidays. She, Frosty, Snowflake and Velvet will be on their way shortly after the annual ZooLights display ends Jan. 13. The four will go back home to a petting zoo in Southern California. ZooLights run nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/

    Nightly: The tradition continues for the annual Festival of Lights in Ahwatukee. From 6-11p nightly, Chandler Blvd from 24th st. to Desert Foothills Pkwy features 1 million plus LED lights! folaz.org

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  • Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:58:36 +0000

    World’s highest earning YouTube star for 2018 isn’t even old enough to drive

    Forbes Magazine has released it’s list of the world’s highest earning YouTube stars.

    The winning personality earns $22 million a year and yes, he is still in elementary school! A 7-year-old boy named Ryan who reviews toys is the highest-earning YouTube star, according to Forbes’ annual list.

    Ryan and his parents make videos in which Ryan appears “unboxing” toys and playing with them. YouTube’s Ryan ToysReview, which often reviews toys or food products for kids, has more than 17 million followers and 26 billion views.

    Ryan leapfrogs Jake Paul for the highest earning place on YouTube.

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  • Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:39:58 +0000

    Some fun festive things to do this weekend in Arizona November 30 until December 2

    88.7 The Pulse has found 14 fun things for you to do this weekend!

    We aim to keep you entertained the next three days, Friday through Sunday, November 30th to December 2nd.

    It’s a family fun adventure at the 30th Annual Peoria Old Town Holiday Festival. 20 tons of snow will be imported to play in. There are pony rides and carnival rides. Food and drink vendors are ready to serve you. Who can forget holiday shopping? It’s everything you need for fun! 5 to 10 p.m. in Old Town Peoria. Visit peoriaaz.gov/specialevents for more information.

    The Tempe Center for the Arts presents Movies on the Edge: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Are you or a friend a fan of Robot Chicken ? Enjoy a FREE meet and greet with stop motion animator Rich Zim from The Cartoon Network’s comedy series, Robot Chicken. No RSVP or tickets needed. The event will take place Friday, November 30th at 6 p.m. It will be followed by the full-length feature “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Rich Zim will host a question and answer session after the film. The entire experience is FREE! Need more details? Go to tempecenterforthearts.com

    88.7 The Pulse mix-master DJ Tsunami will be blending the beats at Stacy’s @ Melrose. Not just any club, this is Stacy’s @ Melrose…. located at the heart of the popular downtown Melrose District near the iconic curve on 7th Avenue just north of Indian School Road. The party starts at 9 p.m Friday November 30th and goes until 2 a.m the next day. Expect his signature sound of 80s, 90s, and now. Craft brews on tap, spacious patio, and the friendliest bartenders in town combine to make an unforgettable Friday night out! Whether it’s girls or guys night out, birthday celebrations, or a craving to dance, Stacy’s is the place! Casual atmosphere with an ambiance and charm of an old-world cathedral featuring walls with local community artists work. Call 602 264 1700 for more info and online at stacysatmelrose.com

    Seeking a scholarship for your hard-working student? The theme for the 2018 Christmas Idea House is “A Family Christmas.” Christmas Idea House Luxury Tour & Holiday Shopping is an annual fundraiser for Desert Club of Mesa, a non-profit women’s organization for over 70 years. This year promises to be a “destination to remember” for visitors and shoppers alike who crave something truly unique for the holidays! All purchases awarded as scholarships for East Valley High School students. To date, Desert Club of Mesa has gifted more than $2 million in scholarships. Desert Club works all year long to make Christmas items available to the public at the annual Christmas Idea House & Luxury Home Tour located in Gilbert. The soiree kicks off Friday, November 30th from 4 to 8 p.m. It continues Saturday, December 1st from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Tickets and more information are available at ChristmasIdeaHouse.org.

    The 36th Annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade will go down Friday and Saturday afternoon. The festival launches Friday, November 30th from 5-10:30 p.m with a carnival. 12 awesome attractions for both kids and kids at heart will be in play. The festival marches on Saturday, December 1st from Noon until 11 p.m. A community parade will begin at 3:30 p.m that day featuring beautifully decorated floats. Each year there are 1,000 parade participants. Indulge in an assortment of mouthwatering grub such as corn dogs, hot dogs, southern comfort food, gourmet grilled cheese, Hawaiian BBQ and so much more. Need to know more? queencreekparade.org

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    It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Tempe Festival of the Arts! That means back in 1968, your Mom, Grandma, or Aunt were likely strolling the same sidewalks you are today. Maybe even your Dad, Grandpa, or Uncle were there! The Tempe Festival of the Arts is a well-loved community event that showcases over 350 artists from around the country. Celebrate the achievement starting Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 2nd, located on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Each day will offer food, drink, art, and fun from 10 a.m until 5:30 p.m. Get the 411 at tempefestivalofthearts.com

    The 23rd Annual Arizona Asian Festival will happen at Scottsdale Civic Center Park, Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd. The festival is representing 18 diverse Asian cultures throughout the world. Beginning at 10 a.m through 5 p.m, the event includes cultural performances, a fashion show, marketplace, and tea garden. You also cannot forget the delicious culinary taste of Asia! FREE to attend for all ages. More info at arizonaasianfestival.com

    When it comes to fun, the Annual Holiday Boutique is hard to beat. Looking for unique and memorable gifts for your loved ones? How about beautiful décor to add to your home? The 23rd Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique is the perfect event! The boutique not only features incredible craftsmanship by local talented artisans and crafters, but also an array of activities such as DIY make and take crafts, pictures with Santa, a book sale, live entertainment and much more. This event is FREE and friendly for all ages. 9 a.m to 4 p.m Saturday, December 1st at Sundance Crossings. More details at buckeyeaz.gov.

    Magic on Monroe is a FREE family event. Wear your jammies, bring your chairs and blankets for a fun holiday evening. All activities including cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar, ornament making, candy cane hunt are free of charge while supplies last. Food vendors will be onsite with treats for the movie. At dusk (approx. 6 p.m) the Christmas classic film, Elf will be shown. The 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will immediately follow the film. Saturday, December 1st from 4 to 9 p.m. buckeyeaz.gov

    It’s not a mall. It’s not a flea market. It’s not even a craft fair. It’s Phoenix Holiday Market. Shop local this holiday season & make a difference in your community! Sunday, December 2nd from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Over 25 vendors are on site. $5 admission includes drinks, a limited-edition tote bag, fun DIY projects, holiday portraits and photo booth fun, gift-wrapping, and more! uniquemarkets.com/phoenix

    Check back often as we update our list of things to do this weekend in Arizona.

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  • Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:32:19 +0000

    The Halal Guys Avondale opens this Saturday with FREE food

    The Halal Guys, New York City’s famous food cart, continues to expand its Arizona footprint by opening its first West Valley location in Avondale. On Saturday, December 1, the concept known for its ‘never-ending line,’ will open its fifth Arizona brick-and-mortar location and the first 100 eager guests in line at 11 a.m. will receive a complimentary entree.

    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy Grand Opening festivities such as a hot sauce eating contest between some of the Valley’s most popular foodies, family-friendly activities, promotional contests and giveaways, and more. The Pulse Crew will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with our inflatable basketball hoop (make a shot for a chance to score FREE tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival). Additionally, The Halal Guys would like to officially welcome the holiday spirit by offering a “buy one, get one” sandwich or platter special to any guest that donates cans to the canned food drive, which will then be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

    Located in the Gateway Crossing Shopping Center at 10277 W. McDowell Suite 100, The Halal Guys will offer the Avondale community a mix of various gyro sandwiches and chicken and rice platters, smothered in their popular white sauce. Guests can also enjoy popular sides such as hummus, baba ganouj, falafel, fries, as well as baklava dessert to complete the meal.

    The Halal Guys in Avondale will be open from Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. This location is the first and only location within the entire Halal Guys chain to open at 10 a.m. For more information about The Halal Guys please visit www.thehalalguys.com.

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  • Mon, 26 Nov 2018 18:57:11 +0000

    Award winning movie debuts on this day in history

    Imagine a time when a car cost just $1,100. Gas was 19 cents per gallon. You could get a gallon of milk for only 60 cents. Of course, minimum wage was also 30 cents an hour, so you do the math. The year was 1942.

    The Academy Awards began handing out Oscars in 1929 and a few years later on this day, November 26, 1942, the classic film, “Casablanca,” premiered.

    Starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, the dramatic movie won 3 Oscars for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. The motion picture, set during the Second World War, follows the life of Rick Blaine, a former freedom fighter and a club owner in Casablanca, Morocco, who has to choose between his love for a woman, Ilsa Lund, and saving her husband from the Nazis.

    Ask your parents or grandparents if they have seen this cinematic masterpiece, and plan to see it yourself to experience Hollywood history!

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  • Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:11:10 +0000

    Valley Metro is changing the way you ride the light rail

    Valley Metro has created an app that allows light-rail riders to discreetly contact security about non-emergencies. The app is available at no cost on both Apple and Android devices. Riders who aren’t able to download apps can still report incidents by texting 602-253-7886.

    When a rider reports an incident by app or text, security staff will be notified by the operations center so they can track down the train and respond.

    Riders can use the service to report anything that is not urgent enough to warrant a 911 call. For example, riders can report an unruly drunk passenger, or any behavior making someone uncomfortable.

    The Valley Metro website said riders can also report human trafficking, maintenance issues, panhandling, suspicious packages and vandalism. It could be something as simple as a spilled drink that’s created a mess in the car.

    For now the app and texting service are only available on the light rail, but they could expand to the bus system.

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  • Wed, 21 Nov 2018 23:05:51 +0000

    Is it possible to microwave a turkey for Thanksgiving?

    It started out as a viral prank and Butterball responded. The question is … Can you actually microwave a Thanksgiving turkey?

    Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, I have to apologize in advance for this mind blowing information.

    It began as a millennial joke #25lbTurkeyChallenge and there is some truth to it.

    Famous for their turkey talk line, 1-800-BUTTERBALL, answers all your Thanksgiving Day turkey questions including whether or not you can microwave a turkey. The answer is YES!

    It’s a seven step process.

    First, thaw the turkey. Never put a frozen one in the microwave! When it’s ready, put it breast side down on a microwave safe dish or plate.

    Next, comes the important part. You’ll want to microwave the turkey 4 minutes per pound on full power.

    After that, remove the drippings and baste the partially cooked turkey so it begins to get that golden brown skin.

    Next important part, flip the turkey over and cook it at 50 percent power for 8 minutes per pound. Check the turkey’s temperature every 18 minutes with a meat thermometer. When it’s 180 to 185 degrees it’s ready to eat! Baste the turkey once more before serving.

    By the way, 1-800-BUTTERBALL handles over 100,000 questions every year, so there’s a good chance the expert on the other end of the line will have a solution to any last-minute query.

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  • Wed, 21 Nov 2018 21:00:03 +0000

    Black Friday Small Business Saturday and Cyber Mondays offer shoppers great deals

    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday? Whichever one you choose I’ve got the secrets that will save you the most money!

    Starting with Black Friday, you may want to get a peek at those super deals! You can find all of them in one place online at blackfriday.com. Everyone from Walmart to Target, Best Buy to Gamestop, even Macy’s, Kohl’s, Home Depot, and JCPenney are there!

    Four retail stores will be open late Thanksgiving night, and one for 24 hours ! JCPenney will be one of the first stores to throw open their doors Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m. and remain open until 10 p.m Black Friday. Target starts it sale 5 p.m Thanksgiving Day. Arizona Mills Mall will have deals as early as 6 p.m Thanksgiving Day until 1 a.m Black Friday.

    As far as Small Business Saturday, one place has quite a few of them. It’s called Phoenix Flea. It all happens this Saturday, from 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Heritage Square in Phoenix will offer over 170 vendors with great holiday shopping items and gifts.

    Cyber Monday brings all these deals online from Amazon to Groupon and you don’t even have to leave your favorite cozy chair.

    Here are some of the toys that people are buzzing about starting with the least expensive to most.

    At just under six bucks, Maya Toys has adorable magic pets that come hidden in a globe filled with clear Orbeez. When you add water, you’ll magically reveal which magical pet you got. There are 20 to collect and your kids may find them addictive. They are available at Target, Kmart, and Claire’s.

    Another popular toy is the Mystery Flying Snitch which allows your little one to recreate scenes from the Harry Potter films. You can find it at Target for under $25.

    Now, this next toy, kids can swing, tickle, rock, and turn them upside down for different reactions. They are called Fingerlings Hugs. Kids can even record what they say and watch the Fingerlings Hugs repeat them in funny ways. Available at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Kohl’s for under $30.

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