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  • Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:36:52 +0000

    Plenty going on this weekend in Arizona for November 16 to November 18

    Now through November 18 is Canal Convergence. It’s a 10-day exhibit which features a confluence of water, art, and light. Large scale interactive artworks, hands-on workshops, live music, and dance performances are all part of the awe. The events are FREE! Canal Convergence is located at Scottsdale Waterfront, on Camelback road. 4-8 p.m weekdays and 4-10 p.m weekends. canalconvergence.com for more info.

    Few musicians have traveled to 24 different countries. Having earned a Record of the Year in Hong Kong was quite an accomplishment for the Russian String Orchestra. The young players known for creating high energy performances are coming to Arizona this Friday, November 16th. The concert at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for students! More details at goldcanyonarts.org

    You may be excited about the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes coming around the corner, but first, pizza. Downtown Phoenix Inc. will hold the Phoenix Pizza Festival. It takes place on Saturday, November 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. Organizers urge pizza lovers to buy the $10 tickets (which only cover admission, not pizza) online, as they expect to sell out. There’s also an option to sign up for a volunteer slot, with jobs including ticketing, kid’s crafts and wine pouring, for free admission. There are at least 20 pizza makers participating in the festival, offering $2-4 slices as well as whole pies. For washing down the pizza, five craft beer and wine bars will be open. Besides stuffing your face, other activities include local music, lawn games and a kid’s zone. Did you know there’s a dot pizza? Yes! In fact, the website is phoenix.pizza. Ready for dessert? Come back to the park the next day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the Downtown Donut Festival.

    The inaugural Downtown Donut Festival will take place at Hance Park from 11am-3pm Sunday, November 18th. 20 Donut Vendors will offer $1 samples and donuts as well as specialty items. The event also benefits Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Tickets are $8 and available online in advance only. downtowndonutfest.com

    Can’t wait for your Thanksgiving feast? Mac & Cheese Fest AZ has you covered. For an entire weekend, the festival will be offering $2 tasting cups of the beloved pasta as well as craft beer, cooking demonstrations and games. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Food and beverages from more than 20 vendors will be sold separately. Another way into the festival is by signing up for a four-hour volunteer shift, which comes with free admission and a free t-shirt. For another $20, mac and cheese lovers can gain access to the Beer Garden, which includes ten 6-ounce samples of regional craft beer. For the $75 VIP package, pasta aficionados get four drink tickets, five mac and cheese sample tokens, one free water or soda and access to the private entrance, lounge and bathrooms. macandcheesefestaz.com

    Pet-A-Palooza Day of the Dog Festival is Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17th in Old Town Scottsdale. It is the west coast’s largest outdoor pet festival! The cute and cuddly event kicks off at 10 a.m and goes until 4 p.m. It’s FREE and obviously very pet friendly. Bring your loved ones! Enjoy yoga, wiener dog and chihauhua races, the running of the bulls featuring english and french bulldogs, and more! 70 pet-inspired exhibitors await you. petapaloozawest.com/scottsdale

    The annual ArtFest of Scottsdale is one of the valley’s most popular holiday traditions. Downtown Scottsdale features 150 artists from across the country. You can find that one of a kind gift just in time for the holidays. Enjoy fine arts & crafts, local authors, live music throughout the festival, tempting foods in a beautiful sculpture garden setting. Other fun includes hands on kids activities, Scottsdale art museum, great restaurants, plenty of close parking and unique shops. Artfest offers FREE parking and admission! 10 a.m to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th at Scotssdale Civic Center Plaza. Need to know more? 888artfest.com

    From Graffiti Workshops to Beat Battles, the Urban Sol festival puts hip-hop culture front and center in Tempe. Some think hip-hop is nothing more than Lil Yachty or Young Money, but promoters hope to change that perspective. A lot of people get the idea that hip-hop is nothing but misogyny and wealth chasing, but there are artists like Killer Mike with Run the Jewels and Nas who use hip-hop to make a positive impact in the community. The event includes beat battles, graffiti battles, an emcee competition and a dance competition. Urban Sol is FREE and goin’ down at Galvin Playhouse. The time to be there is between 3-9 p.m, Sunday November 18th. 411 at facebook.com/pg/UrbanSolAZ/events

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  • Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:00:09 +0000

    Green Book Movie Review

    It’s time for another movie review presented by our good friends over at FatCats Gilbert on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline! FatCats Gilbert is the best place to see all of the latest box office hits like Bohemian Rhapsody! To see all showtimes and to purchase tickets, you can click right HERE!

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    Oscar season is rolling in, and Green Book has been one of the front-runners since its announcement. With Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali leading the cast, I felt pretty confident that it would become an audience favorite. The trailer was fantastic, and the subject matter hinted that it might be a movie that is relevant both in the time it takes place as well as now. It’s also a different look for the director, Peter Farrelly, who has made his name with movies like Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There’s Something About Mary. I love all three of those movies, but it’s always excited to see a director step outside his or her comfort zone and take on a new challenge. Let’s talk about the movie!

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    Green Book is directed by Peter Farrelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Tony Lip, played by Mortensen, is a blue-collar worker in New York City. He works as a bouncer, but when his club shuts down for maintenance, he is left looking for work. Luckily, his name spreads around town as the best candidate to be a personal driver for a doctor of music, played by Mahershala Ali. The doctor will need all the help he can get as Tony drives him on a tour of the south as the two encounter racism and learn a little bit more about the way others see the world.

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    It’s not unusual to see a movie about race relations and racial tension that immediately goes the hard-hitting and terrifyingly filterless route. Green Book does not do that, which is why I think that this movie will stand out. Hard drama works, but it is refreshing to see such positivity with negative subject matter. It actually reminds me of Hidden Figures from 2016. Yes, both films tackle racism and division, but they both use such positive tones and positive messages to convey what they are trying to say. I actually believe that the message is more powerful this way. There are some moments that become difficult to watch, but as a whole, this could be the crowd-pleasing feel-good movie of the year. Instead of discussing the consequences of racism, it shows the possibilities of relationships that look past that aspect of humanity, and the emotional payoffs are spectacular. I also loved the acting. The best thing about Green Book, in my opinion, is the relationship between Tony and Dr. Shelly. The two are from completely different worlds, and we see a bit of a role-reversal. They actually discuss their different backgrounds and how they may be filling the opposite stereotypes, and I loved that dynamic. Both of these characters, but especially Dr. Shelly, defy norms, and the writing is able to bring out the best in the two men. The writing really pops because of the performances, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see either Mortensen or Ali nominated for an Oscar. As the more vocal, crude, outspoken man of the duo, Mortensen definitely shines brightest, but often times it takes even more control to give the subdued performance Ali gives. As different as the two may be, they have great chemistry and bring so much humanity to their roles. It’s also much funnier than I expected it to be. Again, this is partially due to the acting and the delivery, but I love that the film is often able to find the comedy in this situation, making it so accessible and easy to watch while also having so much to say.

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    My only issue with the film lies in one particular scene. The movie spends a lot of time building its characters, and the time is well-spent. The characters, Tony and Dr. Shelly in particular, are beautifully fleshed out, but there is one scene early in the film that I feel doesn’t belong. I think that it definitely sells us on something that Tony is not. The scene takes place in the first act, so it established something early on that was never given more screen-time. I’m glad the film never returned to that aspect of Tony’s character because I love the direction he goes through the rest of the film, but I think that this particular sequence could have been deleted entirely. It’s not that big of a deal, but I do feel that it changed my watching experience unnecessarily. Green Book is based on a true story, so it may have been something that happened in real life, but in the context of the film, it doesn’t make sense.

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    Overall, Green Book is one of the best movies of the year, and I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if it came out as an audience favorite. It’s an easy movie to love, and I attribute most of that to the fact that it rarely goes dark. Most of the time we see films that cover race relations take an extremely dark route. Green Book remains positive and even finds the comedy in the differences between Tony and Dr. Shelly. The characters are great, and their dynamic is one of the best things about the film. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali give amazing performances, and they give so much humanity to their characters. You just can’t help but smile while watching it, but it’s sneakily well-crafted and well-written to be a nicely rounded Best Picture front-runner. I’m going to give Green Book a 9.4/10.

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    Will you be seeing Green Book? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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  • Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:40:14 +0000

    Instant Family is the feel good film of the season

    Instant Family is the feel good film of the season!

    Jeff Kode of The Morning Beat had the opportunity to interview Sean Anders, the director of Instant Family. He quickly learned it all came together when Anders was driving his foster kids to flag football. He got a call from Mark Wahlberg while sitting in an empty parking lot. Flag football was the next day, but the good news was Wahlberg agreed to do the film. Wahlberg had met many kids over the years that are in foster care. It was something that really mattered to him. Anders’ kids said, “Who is Mark Wahlberg?” he answered, “Dusty from Daddy’s Home.” They knew instantly and replied how cool he was, and how excited they were to see the movie. With an A-list star confirmed, Sean was ready for the next step.

    Rewind to two years ago when the script was being developed by Anders and his writing partner from Hot Tub Time Machine, John Morris. Anders had adopted his children before he had even thought about making the movie. He would tell Morris stories about everyday things that happened to the kids. While it’s a fictional tale inspired by the director’s own story, and the stories of other foster families, there was plenty of material for laughs.

    Instant Family has a lot of heart. Both serious and silly, Instant Family blends a satisfying balance that will leave audiences feeling good after the final credits roll. David Ehrlich of IndieWire puts it’s best when he says, “Instant Family takes the stuff of real life and turns it into a touching reminder of what love can do for the people who need it.”

    Instant Family premieres in theaters this Friday, November 16.

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  • Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:00:08 +0000

    EVIT Radio to Broadcast 24 East Valley High School Basketball Games

    MESA, AZ (November 14, 2018) – 88.7 FM, The Pulse, and Neon 90.7 FM, the student radio stations at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), will broadcast 24 East Valley high school boys & girls basketball games during the regular season, from November 27th through February 5th.  The broadcast schedule highlights schools throughout the East Valley, including Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee and Queen Creek.  It also includes a rematch of last year’s boys 6A state title game (Pinnacle @ Mountain Pointe), last year’s 5A boys champ (Sunnyslope), last year’s girls 6A state champion (Xavier College Prep), the 2018 girls 5A champ (Chaparral) and a matchup between last year’s 4A girls champ (Seton Catholic Prep) and the 5A runner-up (Mesquite).

    The Pulse and Neon Radio are products of EVIT’s Radio/Audio Production program, located at the Main Campus of EVIT.  Both are public radio stations that showcase the talents of the students enrolled in the program. The broadcasts provide current EVIT Radio students the opportunity to gain valuable experience contributing as play-by-play announcers, analysts & onsite engineers.  EVIT students will also handle all pre and post-production of the broadcasts.

    The Pulse and Neon Radio have established themselves as the go-to place for live radio coverage of high school athletics.  Pulse Sports is in its fourth year of broadcasting high school football, boys and girls high school basketball and high school baseball and softball games.  This fall, Pulse Sports just completed a 22-game broadcast schedule of regular season high school football games throughout the East Valley.

    Current high school sophomores & juniors who are interested in sports broadcasting and learning more about The Pulse and the opportunities within the Radio/Audio Production programs at EVIT, please contact Dave Juday at dave@pulseradio.fm.

    EVIT is a public school providing tuition-free career training to high school students and adults who live in 10 school districts east of Phoenix. EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate and two out of three go on to college, many of them using their EVIT training to obtain jobs to help pay for college. More info: www.evit.com

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  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:52:35 +0000

    Chick-fil-A Announces Nationwide Delivery Starting Today + FREE Chicken Sandwiches

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally came. You can “Eat Mor Chikin” from the comfort of your home.

    Chick-fil-A is now available for delivery nationwide. The chain is partnering with DoorDash to bring its famous chicken sandwiches to you.

    Delivery from any of the participating 1,100 nationwide restaurants begins today.

    As part of the celebration, Chick-fil-A and DoorDash will give away up to 200,000 free chicken sandwiches from now until next Tuesday when placing an order through DoorDash with the promo code “CFADELIVERY.”

    “So many of our guests’ busy lives and family commitments have them strapped for time,” Chick-fil-A senior vice president and chief marketing officer Jon Bridges said. “Delivery is one way we can help them get a quick yet high quality meal.”

    Delivery is only available for customers within a 10-minute radius of participating restaurants.

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  • Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:22:50 +0000

    Veterans Day 2018: Freebies, discounts and deals for military members

    As a “Thank You” to veterans and active duty of the U.S. armed forces dozens of restaurants and businesses across the Valley of the Sun are offering discounts, free meals and special deals for Veteran’s Day.

    Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.

    Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: FREE meal from a special menu on Sunday

    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: FREE meal up to $12.95 and free Dr. Pepper beverage on Sunday

    Boston Market: Buy one individual meal and a drink, get one individual meal FREE with a coupon posted on BostonMarket.com Sunday or Monday.

    Note: this deal is not only for Veterans

    Buffalo Wild Wings: FREE small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries on Sunday

    California Pizza Kitchen: FREE meal from special menu Sunday. Get a buy-one-get-one free card to use Nov. 12-18

    Chili’s: FREE meal from special menu Sunday

    Chipotle: Buy-one-get-one free deal Sunday

    Chuck E. Cheese’s: FREE personal one-topping pizza Sunday.

    Cracker Barrel: FREE slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee beverage.

    Dunkin’: Free doughnut Sunday. No purchase required. 🍩

    Famous Dave’s: FREE two meat lunch combo Sunday and Monday.

    Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Veterans and active military who visit a Freddy’s restaurant Sunday get a FREE combo meal card good through Nov. 30.

    Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: 15 percent off Sunday and Monday.

    Hooters: FREE meal from a special menu Sunday

    IHOP: FREE Red, White and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday or a free patriotic pancake combo offer varies by location.

    Krispy Kreme: One FREE doughnut and a small cup of coffee Sunday. No ID is required

    LongHorn Steakhouse: FREE appetizer or dessert Sunday.

    Main Event: FREE meal from special Veterans Day menu and $10 in arcade game play Sunday.

    Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: FREE six ounces of frozen yogurt Sunday

    Mimi’s Cafe: FREE meal from special menu Sunday

    MOD Pizza: FREE MOD-size pizza or salad Sunday

    Native Grill & Wings: FREE menu item up to $11.99 Sunday

    Olive Garden: FREE meal from special menu Sunday.

    On The Border: FREE Create-Your-Own combo meal Sunday.

    Outback Steakhouse: FREE Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage Sunday, plus 10 percent off everyday.

    Red Lobster: FREE appetizer or dessert Sunday and Monday.

    Red Robin: FREE Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries Sunday

    Sizzler: FREE lunch from special menu until 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Starbucks: FREE tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Sunday

    Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from a special menu Sunday. Hours may vary.

    Other Veterans Day Deals

    Great Clips: Veterans and active duty get a free haircut on Sunday or pick up a free haircut card to use through Dec. 31. Also non-veterans who get a haircut Sunday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.

    Sports Clips: Participating Sport Cause lips locations will offer free haircuts to active duty military and veterans Sunday through its Help A Hero campaign. Also Sunday, $1 from every haircut service will be donated to the program.

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  • Sat, 10 Nov 2018 15:30:48 +0000

    Time to order your Thanksgiving baked goods at EVIT

    It’s that time of year again to let students in The Culinary School @ EVIT take care of your Thanksgiving baking while providing them with valuable real world work experience.

    Students at the East Valley Institute of Technology have already started mixing ingredients and baking sheets of rolls, pies, quick breads and more for the big sale Nov. 19-20. Orders can be placed through Nov. 16 by calling 480-461-4132, emailing bakery@evit.com, or through the online ordering site: https://squareup.com/store/evit-bakery.

    Orders may be picked up between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Nov. 19-20 at The Culinary School @ EVIT, which is located at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. EVIT will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    Items for order include annual favorites such as pecan pie and pumpkin toffee bread as well as three different kinds of dinner rolls. See attached menu. Proceeds benefit students in the Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking & Pastry Arts programs.

    EVIT is an AdvancED-accredited career and technical school providing over 40 programs tuition-free to high school students who reside in Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs school districts. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered with financial assistance available to those who qualify.

    Programs in The Culinary School @ EVIT are the only high school culinary and baking programs in Arizona that are nationally accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

    EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 92 percent are in jobs, college or the military within a year of completing their training. Information: www.evit.com.

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  • Fri, 09 Nov 2018 19:34:20 +0000

    Celebrate the three day weekend with movies music food fun and more Nov 9 to 11

    Downtown Mesa will host The Mesa Music Festival. Multiple stages will feature nearly 300 rising artists from all over the U.S. Guest speakers include actor and musician Henry Rollins. Headlining performances by the L.A trio Dreamers, who were selected to open for Stone Temple Pilots on their US tour. Dreamers will close the main stage Saturday with a performance kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Best yet, it’s FREE! Friday, November 9th, 1 p.m until just past midnight, and Saturday, November 10th, Noon until Midnight at various venues. All the info you need is at mesamusicfestival.com

    The Chiles and Chocolate Festival is the ideal recipe for a sweet and spicy fall. Sample and shop your way through the top chile and chocolate vendors Arizona has to offer. Indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fresh fire-roasted chiles and other mouthwatering delights. Listen to catchy musical mixes and enjoy fiery live performances of Latin, Brazilian, and Spanish dance on Boppart Courtyard. All products featured are available for purchase throughout the weekend. Desert Botanical Garden hosts the three day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th. The festival is included with paid admission to Desert Botanical Garden. You could also get a culture pass from your local library which will give you FREE admission.

    The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is a rare, up-close look at Western history. This Saturday, November 10th is a free, family-friendly culinary event. Authentic 1880s chuck wagon teams around the West use historic cooking methods creating the best meals fit for the trail. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. Enjoy Western history, cooking demonstrations, unique vendors and live music. The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. Meal tickets can be purchased for $15 but sell out quickly beginning at 10 a.m. The winners are announced around 2:30 p.m. It all goes down at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler until 4 p.m.

    The Arizona Honeybee Festival is a “buzzworthy” event that encourages you to taste, shop, and learn! The FREE, family-friendly event will feature local beekeepers, live music, delicious food, kids’ activities and more. Many of us have allergies and locally sourced honey can help! It’s a sweet time for everyone this Saturday, November 10th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

    The 10th annual Grand Avenue Festival offers attendees music, art, performances, tours, food trucks, and more! The House of Cirque will delight young and old alike with their exotic costumes. Their entourage includes strolling musicians, jugglers, dancing skeletons, 10-foot-high stilt walkers and interactive hula hoopers. Free children’s activities include face painting, creative hat-making, a puppet-making workshop, and other activities. The “Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade” will walk the stage at Unexpected Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, at 2:30 p.m., then promenade to ThirdSpace (1028 Grand) for jurying and prizes at 3:30p.m. An old fashioned talent show, “Trolley Follies”, will take place at 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Trolley Museum. Kicking off After Hours at 8pm, Marshall Shore (Arizona’s “Hip Historian”), WEARizona and Hamati Designs, present “Decades of Decadence,” highlighting local designers, stylists and makeup artists. Show starts at Unexpected Gallery at 8p.m.; doors open at 7p.m. Taiko and African drumming, and Chinese dance will activate the stage all day. The festival is FREE for all! The entire event runs from 11 a.m until 10 p.m. More details at grandavenueartsandpreservation.com

    Romanians are recognized as being some of the most beautiful people in the world. They are friendly and outgoing. This weekend is your chance to catch up with your Romanian friends
    and neighbors at the annual Romanian Festival. Saint John Romanian Orthodox Church in Glendale will be transformed into a fun and festive environment. Traditional Romanian foods like
    mititei, sarmale (cabbage rolls), tripe soup, and crepes, along with sweets will be served. Live performances and music will be heard throughout the day. FREE parking and only $3 to get
    in. Join the festivities Saturday from 10 a.m to 8 p.m and Sunday, Noon until 8 p.m. More info at stjohnchurchaz.org/event/romanian-festival-2018

    Are you at pet lover? Maybe you just love watching those funny cat and dog videos on YouTube. Filmbar in downtown Phoenix has dedicated an entire two days to our furry friends!
    Saturday November 10th and Sunday November 11th is The Cat and Dog Festival. Indulge in doggy documentaries and kitty cartooons. Ok, that second one I made up. There will be docs
    and shorts like Nobody Owns A Cat, Outdoor Adventure, and Who Rescued Whom? Follow the catnip to thefilmbarphx.com for more details.

    Get your holiday shopping done early this year! Arizona Harvest Festival is a farmers market and more! It’s set for this Sunday November 11th from 9 a.m to 4 p.m in Chandler. Over 100
    merchants will offer a huge selection of products and services. Some include artisan gourmet foods, holiday items, home décor and furnishings, jewelry, clothing, art, home improvements,
    and much more. Featuring live entertainment, Arizona Harvest Fest will offer a cornucopia of recreational fun for all ages. Activities include: pumpkin toss, pumpkin pageant, cornhole, pie
    eating contest, corn shucking, cake walk and a kid’s zone. For the adults, enjoy the flavors of the season in the beer garden featuring local pumpkin ales and seasonal brews. It all takes
    place at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in downtown Chandler.

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  • Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:12:21 +0000

    FREE daycare for parents with kids on Voting Day Tuesday November 6

    Are you a busy parent who can’t find a babysitter for your kids while you head to the polls on Tuesday?

    We got you covered! YMCAs across the Valley are offering free baby-sitting services on Election Day.

    Most of us are aware that taking kids to the polls can add stress to busy parents and caregivers. The YMCA wants to help remove any obstacles or barriers that parents face when it comes to voting, hoping they can get everyone out to the polls on Election Day.

    If you want to drop off your kids, it doesn’t matter whether you are YMCA members or not.

    The only things they ask is to keep in mind the hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, a maximum of four hours for care, and make sure your kids are potty-trained.

    There will be cool activities provided for the kids, including an opportunity for kids to get into the voting spirit themselves. They’ll vote on their favorite candy or cartoon character.Kids can only get creative with arts and crafts while waiting for their parents to vote.

    More info at valleyymca.org

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  • Fri, 02 Nov 2018 21:00:09 +0000

    You will love what we have in store for you this weekend November 2 to 4

    With the weather in the 80s and lows in the 50s, we are looking forward to a great weekend! There is plenty going on around the Valley. Here are some of the highlights.

    — Friday, November 2nd and beyond —

    Your Phoenix Suns will be in action against the 7-1 Toronto Raptors Friday night, November 2nd at 7 p.m. Devin Booker and Isaiah Canaan are likely to play according to AZCentral.com. Tip-off is 7 p.m. If you can’t make the game at Talking Stick Arena, it will be televised on FoxSports Arizona. GO SUNS!

    Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Kicking off Friday, November 2nd and continuing Saturday, November 3rd is the Gilbert Off the Street Festival. Over 50 restaurants are serving up their best bites. Street performers, artisan and craft vendors will entice shoppers. Art and music will also be featured. Head to Gilbert Heritage District for the fun! It is located off Gilbert Road, between Guadalupe and Elliot Roads. The sights and sounds start Friday from 4 p.m until 9 p.m. and the vibrant energy flows into Saturday, from 9 a.m to 7 p.m.

    If you have seen the movie, “Coco,” then you know a bit about the culture behind Dia De Los Muertos. A celebration of the tradition will take place at Old Adobe Mission in Scottsdale, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This fun, free community event will bring art, dance and culture to life through ancient Aztec ritual, art installations and Folklorico waltz demonstrations. The grand opening festival will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Other activities take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. Scottsdaleaz.gov for more info.

    Experience authentic Lebanese cuisine, music and dance at the 17th annual American Lebanese Festival. Dabke dancers will entertain to live bands and singers. Kids can enjoy an outdoor play center and games in the free kids area. Located in Phoenix at St Joseph Maronite Church. A mere $3 will get you in. Experience the culture all weekend. Friday, November 2nd launches the event from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. It continues Saturday, November 3rd for 12 hours, 10 a.m to 10 p.m. The event concludes Sunday, November 4th from Noon until 7 p.m. americanlebanesefestivalaz.com has everything you need to know.

    Since 2001, the annual Scottsdale International Film Festival has brought award-winning cinema to Arizona from around the globe. More than 90,000 attendees, flock to Harkins Shea where the festival features a variety of themes. A total of 45 unique films from Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and Latin America are shown. The festival takes place Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 11th. It’s a 10 day film lovers fantasy as works highlighting women, Jewish, LGBT, and more are premiered. Everything from movies based on books to documentaries, and even children’s animated shorts. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! scottsdalefilmfestival.com has more details.

    — Saturday, November 3rd and beyond —

    Downtown Tempe’s 6th Street Market has returned to 6th Street Park. This year more than 100 vendors are juried to participate. And, new this season, the market will welcome Food in Root which will feature 30-40 Arizona food producers. 6th Street Market happens each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s just off Mill Avenue on 6th st.

    Local First Arizona presents their Fall Festival this Saturday, November 3rd. The fun begins at 10 a.m and lasts through 4 p.m at Margaret T. Hance Park. A FREE, family and pet friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona. Boasting 200 vendors featuring food + drink, live entertainment, and games. Get the 411 at localfirstaz.com/events.

    Your ASU Sun Devils are coming off a big win at USC. This weekend is homecoming as we host the Utah Utes at Sun Devil Stadium, Saturday, November 3rd at 1 p.m. Can our home team pose a challenge for 16th-ranked Utah? It could be the opportunity our quarterback Manny Wilkins and his team are looking for. One thing is for sure, it will be a physical game!

    Do you love all things bacon? You’ll want to check out the Bacon, Blues, and Brews Festival this Saturday, November 3rd in Queen Creek! It all goes down Noon to 9 p.m. From ice-cold brews to lively tunes, Bacon, Blues and Brews offers something for all appetites. The family-friendly celebration of craft beer, blues music and everyone’s favorite pork product will feature an array of inventive bacon-based dishes from chefs from around Phoenix, as well as an assortment of additional offerings for those looking beyond bacon and beer (if such individuals exist). From slices of bacon, a “bacon flight”, bacon tacos, bacon lobster rolls to bacon kettle corn, bacon ice cream and bacon cupcakes. Everything you desire is there! Discount tickets at all Basha’s stores valleywide for only $8.

    Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of pie, storytelling, art, music and merriment at the beautiful Hance Park. (Event will be on the west lawn — west of Central Avenue!) The 9th Annual Pie Social is FREE to attend. Sample a variety of pies for only $15, or just come for the fun! Sure to be the sweetest event in November. Satisfy your sweet tooth from 2 until 5 p.m. More info at facebook.com/PieSocialPhx.

    Learn about the rich history, culture, music, dancing, and culinary specialities of Serbia. It’s the 16th Annual Serb Fest! Delicious homemade Serbian cuisine and pastries will be offered. Live music and folklore performances are on display. Shop for cultural and ethnic items. Take a tour of the beautiful host venue. Serbfest.com has a buy 1 get 1 free ticket waiting for you! Enjoy quality time with your family, friends, and neighbors from 11 a.m to 10 p.m Saturday, November 3rd and Noon to 8 p.m Sunday. Directions to the festival at serbfest.com. It’s located near 44th st and the 202 freeway in Phoenix. Only $4 to get in.

    — Sunday, November 4th —

    Southwest Vegfest is a 100% FREE AND 100% nonprofit festival with a focus on food, retail, entertainment, education and inspiration from the southwest region. It’s the 2nd annual SW VegFest in downtown Phoenix at the beautiful Steele Indian School Park. Come enjoy fantastic food, awesome vendors, live music, local and national sponsors, community outreach groups, youth (and adult) activities…oh and more fantastic food! Southwest VegFest celebrates health, environment, and animal welfare. Plan on visiting this Sunday, November 4th from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Need to know more? swvegfest.com

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