Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Reminder - Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Saturday Oct. 3rd

Mesa residents looking for a way to get rid of old cans of paint, batteries, pesticides, electronics, tires and now also prescription drugs are invited to bring these and other household hazardous waste materials to City sponsored collection events.

The next event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St. (east of Power Road, north of University).

There is no cost to take advantage of this service, but Mesa residents are asked to show their most recent trash bill upon arrival.

For a list of acceptable items and more information can be found at www.mesarecycles.org

Mike Rowe's Eagle Letter


I wasn't sure who Mike Rowe was when I saw an email that he had written a letter to young man struggling with the decision to get his Eagle or not. From what I can tell he is the dude on the Dirty Jobs show on Discovery. Since we don't have cable I am not really up on these shows.

In any case, you really need to read this letter. It is great.

He will even write a letter to your son.

Check it out at this link.

And when you consider it, do YOU have the passion to follow the road less traveled...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Emergency Preparedness - Important Documents

When we think of emergency preparedness we usually think about food and water, and maybe medical supplies. But our important documents can also be very useful, if not essential.

At the ReadySetPlan blog, the author goes into detail on doing this project in about four hours for about $40. Obviously, this does not include the fire proof safe. She details:

A. What supplies you will need to start

B. What to gather:

  • Contact
  • Family ID
  • Auto and Rec Vehicles
  • Church
  • Employment/ School
  • Estate Planning
  • Financial
  • Housing
  • Insurance
  • Medical
  • Keepsake
C. How to put it all together

Even more details are available at The Simple Dollar site.

Are you doing this now and have ideas to share? If so, leave us a comment.




Sunday, September 27, 2009

Peppers - All Kinds

Don't know the difference between a Bell Pepper and a Serrano? You can be like Doug and just take a bite of each... If you are not that brave, try one of the guides below.

Check out this basic Chile Pepper Buyer's Guide, click here, from Kashi Foods.

If you want to know more, check out this extensive article from Backyard Gardener, at this link.

For those more visually inclined there are these guides at Epicurious.com and sheknows.com.

We have still have an unidentified pepper growing in our garden from the spring. Maybe we can identify it with one of these guides. It is not too hot and has a nice flavor.

Free RootsMagic Training

The Mesa Family History Training Center is offering two free sessions of training on the features, demonstration of synchronization with the new.familysearch, and general use of this program.

Classes will be Friday, October 16th, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 17th, at 10:00 am.

Both classes will be held at the MRFH Training Center located at 464 2nd Ave., in Mesa.

If you plan on attending please call 480-964-1200 to register for a session since seating will be limited.

You will have an opportunity to learn how to use this product to organize your genealogy and to use it to prepare names for temple ordinance work.

Angel Moroni Now Overlooks the Gila Valley


Align Center

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cat Management Workshop in Mesa - Sept 26

The City of Mesa thinks we may have a cat problem? Really? I wonder what gave them that idea.

I have a solution to the cat problem but I doubt they want to hear about it. If you would like to hear about it just let me know. I am really tired of them thinking my yard is a gigantic litter box.

So if you are interested here are the details:

Do you have free roaming cats on your property and feel the issue needs to be addressed? A Cat Management Workshop is being held Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road.

“So many people are frustrated by not knowing what to do. The workshop will focus on developing a cat management plan and other solutions that are effective, long term, legal and humane,” Mesa Animal Control Supervisor Diane Brady said. The workshop will address the problem of feral cat colonies and the importance of having cats spayed or neutered.

The workshop is open to homeowners, businesses, property management companies, homeowners associations, condominium/apartment owners/tenants and anyone else interested in learning about the resources available to deal with the issue.

“When the problem is not taken care of, the free roaming cats continue to breed. This is a great forum to educate about what to do if you have free roaming cats on your property,” The Foundation for Homeless Cats Director Carla Jewell said.

The workshop is co-sponsored by City of Mesa Animal Control Unit, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and The Foundation for Homeless Cats. For more information, contact City of Mesa Animal Control Unit at (480) 644-2268 or The Foundation for Homeless Cats at (602) 410-2972.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection event

Mesa residents looking for a way to get rid of old cans of paint, batteries, pesticides, electronics, tires and now also prescription drugs are invited to bring these and other household hazardous waste materials to City sponsored collection events.

The next event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St. (east of Power Road, north of University).

There is no cost to take advantage of this service, but Mesa residents are asked to show their most recent trash bill upon arrival.

For a list of acceptable items and more information can be found at www.mesarecycles.org

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Dinosaur in Mesa (and it's not Barney)!

Ok, who loves dinosaurs?!? There is a new exhibit at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, coming October 3rd. It features a "lost dinosaur": Therizinosaur. I am trying to teach my two-year-old to say that.

While you are at the museum, check out dinosaur mountain, with monsoon storms every fifteen minutes. Since the outdoor temperature has cooled down from blistering to scorching, you might enjoy panning for gold in the courtyard!

For more information on the new exhibit, check out their website: http://www.azmnh.org , or see below.

Don't forget to take your receipts to the Mesa Arts Center to get a free admission at the museum: http://providentlivingmesa.blogspot.com/2009/07/shop-mesa-get-arts.html




One of the newest and strangest dinosaur fossils from North America is the subject of a stunning new major exhibit. "Therizinosaur-Mystery of the Sickle-Claw Dinosaur" opens Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa.Paleontologists from the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff made an once-in-a-lifetime find in 2000 with discovery of a single toe bone during an excavation in southern Utah. The discovery led to the recovery of the most complete Therizinosaur skeleton ever found. While all dinosaurs lived on land, the Therizinosaur was found in a location that was the bottom of the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway, an ancient sea that covered the middle of North America. But how did the whole animal, 93 million years ago, get buried in a seafloor, 60 miles from shore? Come to the Arizona Museum of Natural History to find the answer.The exhibit will include fossil beds and a life-size Therizinosaur that is a free-standing skeleton, cast from the original bones of the 13-foot tall, one-ton sickle-clawed and feathered dinosaur. It is the first mounted interpretation of the animal's stance and posture.The opening day of the exhibit will also feature a talk by Museum of Northern Arizona Paleontologist Dr. David Gillette, the exhibit curator, who led the excavation team that discovered the Therizinosaur remains. "The Curator's Story of Therizinosaur" will be held at 2 p.m. in the Arizona Museum of Natural History Theatre.For more information, contact Arizona Museum of Natural History Curator of Education Kathy Eastman at (480) 644-5662, or visit http://www.azmnh.org.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Great Cooking Site

In need of some new ideas? New recipes, or just good advice?

Check out this really nice cooking site, Our Best Bites, www.ourbestbites.com.

Since they never use canned cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, cream of ANYTHING soup, it is hard to seriously consider them for dutch oven recipes. If you ask my better half, she will tell you that these are the staples of a dutch oven cook...

Check them out, a lot of it looks pretty good.

Monday, September 21, 2009

National Emergency Preparedness 2009 in Mesa

Are you ready? Are you prepared for a disaster? The City of Mesa Emergency Management is sponsoring a citywide community event, National Emergency Preparedness 2009 on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mesa Riverview's Bass Pro Shops, 1133 N. Dobson (Loop 202 and Dobson).

The theme for this fourth annual event is "Family Disaster Planning," and will feature valley wide emergency/disaster equipment, disaster education seminars, displays and entertainment focusing on the theme.

More than 20 agencies, including Mesa Fire, Mesa Police and Mesa Energy Resources, are participating in National Emergency Preparedness 2009 with displays outside and inside Bass Pro Shops. The displays will include a variety of emergency disaster vehicles and apparatus, including helicopters, an emergency command van, fire trucks, mass decontamination equipment semi-trailer, HAZMAT unit, bomb squad and SWAT Team truck. The event also features free community preparedness seminars, such as Family Preparedness, CPR and First Aid, Flu Pandemic Planning, Making Sure Your Pets are Ready for a Disaster and Utilities and Safety.

At noon, there will be a flag raising ceremony inside Bass Pro Shops.

There will be plenty of children's activities, family entertainment and free prizes. There will also be appearances by several very popular mascots, including McGruff the Crime Dog and the Chick-Fil-A Cow.

The American Red Cross will have a Community Blood Drive at Bass Pro Shops during the event. To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.givelife.org. The sponsor code is BeReady.

For more information, contact Mesa Fire at (480) 644-2101, extension 5163, or visit http://www.mesaaz.gov.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Free Diapers

Free Diapers! I know my kids could use these. The information below is from the Engineer A Debt Free Life website:

You get about 20 - 140 disposable diapers (or training pants) sent to you FREE in the mail, and then they send you a check for $10 after you complete a quick phone survey. (As I mentioned, the last time I did this, I got SIX PACKS of diapers, or 138 diapers, free - so the number varies with each diaper study.)

The name of the company is Arquest, and they are looking for moms of children still wearing diapers. (Sometimes they have trials with disposable training pants/pull ups as well.) If you have a child in diapers/pull ups and want to leave your name to be contacted when they have more openings, call:

GIRLS: 1-888-342-7372 ext. 646
BOYS: 1-888-342-7372 ext. 634

You can also press 9 for "diaper study" when you call the above number. It is a recorded message.

You will need to leave your name, your phone number, your child's gender and diaper size. They will call you when they have an opening. (Be patient, it can take 4 - 8 weeks to be called the first time! But sometimes they will call you right back, the same day!)

Apparently you can also get paid to test diapers, that may even be better the free. Click this link for more information on the above and on being paid for diaper trials.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Family History Expo

The 2nd Annual Mesa Family History Expo will be held January 22-23, 2010 at the Mesa Convention Center.

There are doing Early Bird Registrations between now and Friday, September 25th. The Early Bird cost is $55 for the full 2 day registration. Last year it was $95 at the door.

You can register at this link.


Friday, September 18, 2009

September 19th - Talk Like a Pirate Day!


If you are not reading the blog you will probably miss this auspicious event.

Tomorrow is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Check out their website at http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Arrrrr!!!!

Dogs in city parks

The city is seeking citizen input on the issue of dogs in the city parks and retention basins.

The release states:

The City of Mesa often receives inquiries as to why dogs are allowed in some Mesa parks and not allowed in others. Currently only on-leash dogs are allowed in designated parks and all retention basins. A subcommittee of the City of Mesa Parks and Recreation Board has been charged with exploring the issue and whether or not to revise the current rules. The Board's subcommittee needs park user input to help them in the decision making process and is asking all park users to take a short survey. To participate visit www.mesaaz.gov/parksrec/surveys.aspx

For more information contact, Dale Furnas at (480) 644-3498 or email dale.furnas@mesaaz.gov

Thursday, September 17, 2009

City of Mesa Job Openings beginning 9/18/2009

New or Revised job listings beginning 9/18/09

Equipment Mechanic II
Equipment Repair Assistant
Office Assistant II

For more details check www.mesaaz.gov/jobs

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dancing Therapy

A lot of people, especially of the husband variety don’t like to dance. I attribute this to the lack of experience. Most of us have never had any real dancing experience other then gyrating on the dance floor like possessed demons from Tasmania.

Why do you want to dance? Well…

We believe that dancing is more effective, and cheaper, then marriage counseling. Think about it, what are you doing when you dance?

• You have to touch each other

• You have to look into each other’s eyes

• You have to cooperate

• You need to be patient with one another

• You have to touch each other

• You (the male) need to learn to lead

• You (the female) need to learn to follow

• You need to learn to block distractions so you can concentrate on your partner

• You need to trust your partner to be where they need to be when they need to be there

• You need to learn to connect with each other

• Did I mention you have to touch?

What does all this mean? YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO COMMUNICATE!

And in the process you get to have fun. When was the last time you asked your spouse, let’s have some fun and go to marriage counseling this weekend? Dancing is a lot more fun!

Where can you get lessons? We have been taking them from Mary Lou Kaye, you can check out her website at www.tourdedance.net

Where do you dance? There are a number of places, but the closest we have found is JohnE’s Cabaret. There is dancing every week at JohnE’s and it is located in the ballroom at Greenfield Village at Greenfield and Main Street in Mesa. Dances are from 7:30 to 10:30pm each Friday (Country) and Saturday (Ballroom). If you look up the address it will be 111 S Greenfield Rd, however the entrance is actually on Main St. on So. Quinn Circle, the first right if you are going east on Main St. past Greenfield. If you get to 48th St, you missed it.

We generally prefer the Friday’s. The crowd is a little younger and the music is not too country. Usually it is a good mix of swing, two-step, and cha cha.

A copy of JohnE’s schedule can be found at this link.

Job workshops for teens

Putting your teenager to work, now there is a great idea.

The City is offering free training at the Mesa Library. Presented by Career Services and the City of Mesa Library, teens ages 13 to 18 can learn vital skills such as communication, how to write a resume and interview techniques. All workshops are held at the Main Library, 64 E. First St.

The 4 week series begins Tuesday, Sept. 22 and will end on Oct. 13. The following topics will be covered:

Sept. 22 - Self-Esteem and Communication
Sept. 29 - Job Seeking
Oct. 6 - Resumes
Oct. 13 - Interview Prep

Workshops start at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.

For questions please contact, Mesa Librarian, Shari Brown at (480) 644-4090.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Emergency Preparedness Workshop

The Higleys Stake monthly workshop this month is on Pandemic Influenza an update on the Swine Flu, how does a pandemic spread, and how you can protect your family.

It will be held on Saturday, September 24th, at 7:00pm.

They are located on Recker Road, just south of Warner Road.

Check this link for more information.

http://www.iwillprepare.com/index_files/Workshops.htm

Power Paws dogs at AZMNH in Mesa

Need somewhere to take the kids this Saturday?

At the Arizona Museum of Natural History Power Paws will be there kicking off National Dog Week. This will be the 8th Annual Service Dog Awareness Day. Power Paws dogs and their trainers will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide demonstrations of their amazing abilities. The trainers for these special canines will be on hand to answer questions and
provide information about the Power Paws program.

Be careful with this program, we almost joined it last year.

In addition, local Girl Scouts will get the opportunity to work on earning a Disability Awareness Badge and meet some cute, cuddly companions at the same time. Girl Scout Day is being held Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Pre-registration is required, contact Arizona Museum of Natural History Educational Services Coordinator Alice Jung at (480) 644-3553 or alice.jung@mesaaz.gov.

For general Museum information check their website at http://www.azmnh.org

An Engineer's Take on Getting Out of Debt

Check out the website Engineer A Debt Free Life. This couple found themselves over $200,000 in debt and decided to do something about it.

Posted are suggestions of managing your debt and getting out of it. They also post coupons, giveaways, and other deals.

One quote from the site: "Remember what is important. It is more important to spend a couple years living without so that you can spend your whole life having what you want."

Check it out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

City of Mesa Job Openings

New job listings for period beginning 9/11/09.

Contract Specialist

For more details check www.mesaaz.gov/jobs

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Chocolate Silk Pie

I think soy is nasty, so imagine my surprise when I found a great pie recipe that uses a block of tofu. This recipe is for a chocolate silk pie, and tastes like it is chock full of dairy and eggs.

One of my children always gets gypped when it comes to desserts, so I am constantly on the lookout for something tasty and special, but without the allergens. This recipe calls for chocolate chips, a brick of tofu, and honey. If you have problems digesting wheat, try this pie crust-less. If you are sensitive to dairy, use dairy-free chocolate chips (we used Ghiradelli's semi-sweet). Also replace the liquor with 1/4 C hot water, or leave it out all together.

Anyway, I made the pie last weekend. It was fabulous. Now, I don't claim to have a sophisticated palette, but I am pretty sensitive to things that taste... nasty. The day I made the pie, I thought I detected a hint of soy, but by the following day, when the pie had been refrigerated for about 24 hours, I couldn't taste the soy at all.

Allergy Kid was delighted to be able to eat some, this kind of dessert is usually off-limits.

Click on the title to try it!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Grandparent's Day

Don't forget, this Sunday (Sept. 13th) is Grandparent's Day. This site has some cute ideas on how to celebrate. Don't have a grandparent living close by? Adopt one at a local nursing home!

SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU ARE A GRANDPARENT TO ONE OR MORE OF MY CHILDREN, DON"T CLICK ON THIS LINK!! Here is a cute treat we are going to make.

National Turn Off Week

While Flat Tail Chef is relaxing in the pines, I'm slaving away at his blog.... here's a great idea for families that I just ran into:

"Turnoff Week" will be held throughout the Town of Gilbert Sept. 21-25. This community sponsored event was designed to help individuals realize how dependent we are on digital media. The Town of Gilbert will be offering FREE activities for families, including: puppet shows, rock wall challenges, craft nights, demonstrations, etc. Check out this flyer and join us for a week of stimulating family oriented activities! Gilbert residents are SOOO friendly and welcoming, I'm sure they won't mind if a few Mesans showed up! A lot of these activities are held at Freestone Park/Rec Center or the SE Regional Library/Riparian Preserve, so they aren't too far of a drive.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Wonders of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a great addition to any pantry. It is high in protein and fat (the good kind of fat, like the kind in avocados). It is great for people who are allergic to dairy, and it stores well, so it is perfect for food storage. I keep about a case of coconut milk on hand. Here are some tasty ideas:

  • Put a bunch of fruit in your blender (pineapples, peaches, bananas, whatever), add some ice, a little honey, and about a half a can of coconut milk, This little shake should fill you up for the rest of the morning!
  • Mix one can of coconut milk with one package of jell-O pudding (3 oz. size). It tastes like Boston Creme!
  • Make coconut ice cream (it's dairy free!). This recipe only calls for coconut milk, coconut, and sugar! This recipe is for chocolate coconut ice cream.

Note: when buying coconut milk, you want a good quality product. Quality coconut milk will have around 12 grams of fat MINIMUM!! Anything less than that is more water than anything else. Coconut cream is just a heavier version of coconut milk. If you are using this in your food storage, you will want a higher fat/protein content.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

09/09/09 09:09

I am leaving for the beautiful pines again this morning. In fact, I am leaving at 09:09.

There will be a guest poster while I am gone. Be nice to her.

National Emergency Preparedness Event 2009

Are you prepared for a disaster? What about your family, pets, and
neighborhood? Here is a great opportunity to learn how to develop a
preparedness plan for you and your family.

Saturday, September 26, 2009
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops at Mesa Riverview
1133 North Dobson (Loop 202 and Dobson)

Check out the City of Mesa link.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Seed Catalogs - Native Seeds

If you really want success in your garden try growing plants that are supposed to grow here.

Check out www.nativeseeds.org. This is an non-profit organization, based in Tucson, that sells seeds of crops traditionally grown in the American Southwest and Mexico, as well as crafts, gift baskets, and notecards.

This year my wife planted a delicious bunching onion from their site. She has also successfully grown sorghum and devil's claw that she had ordered from them.

Family Search Indexing

A major part of Provident Living is service. A great way to serve, from home, is taking a few minutes each day and doing Family Search Indexing (www.familysearchindexing.org). This is not just for the adults, or retired folks. Almost everyone in the home can do this, especially our Young Men and Women. It would be a great Wednesday activity.

There are a number of projects that are being worked on at any given time. Currently I count 88 projects by Family Search (e.g. Argentia, Santiago, Sante Fe 1869 Census; Canadian, British Columbia Deaths 1872-1986; and US Freedmen Marriages 1861-1869) and another 15 with partners (e.g. Belgium, Flanders Deaths 1796-1900 with the Algemeenn Rijksarchief en Rijksarchief in de Provicien; Norway, 1875 Federal Census with the DIS Norge; and the US Vermont Militia Records 1861-1867 with the New England Genealogical Society).

You can chose which project you would like to work on, plus you can indicate your level of experience so that they system will attempt to provide you with images within your skill level. If a particular download is not within your current ability you can even return it and get a different batch. You have seven days to complete a batch. If you do not complete it in that time the batch will be assigned to someone else to complete and you will need to download another batch to work on. Several people have mentioned to me how afraid they are that they might do something wrong. All records are indexed by at least two individuals to increase the probability that the information is correct. Just do your best.

When you first register, your name and email will be sent to the Stake Indexing Director. She will contact you to offer assistance and see how you are doing. You will also need to download the free software that is required to see the images and do the actual indexing.

If you would like to take part in this great experience and have problems getting it setup, feel free to contact me. I would be glad to assist you with it.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Free Admission to Phoenix Zoo

Have some fun and take the kids to the zoo.

Use your Fry’s VIP Card to get two free admissions to the Phoenix Zoo on Wednesdays during September.

Valid for daytime admission (7 a.m.-2 p.m.); no special events, animal experiences or rides are included. 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 602-273-1341.

Yes, it is during school hours, but ...

Ballet Arizona - Free Perfomances

Spend a relaxing evening under the gorgeous Arizona sky as Ballet Arizona continues its annual season opening tradition with "Ballet Under the Stars".

Bring the entire family and enjoy a combination of classical and contemporary works in a casual setting for FREE.

Performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

Check out the Ballet Arizona website at www.balletaz.org

Seed Catalogs

If you are going to have a garden, somewhere along the line you have to have plants. Below are some links are for seed catalogs that are available online.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Healing Fields


Would you like a moving experience that will make you proud to be an American?

Attend the 6th Annual Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park, September 10-13.

Walk through the flags and as they softly brush against you, you will fill awash with the glory of this country and the Divine Providence that has put us here. If you go at dusk you will especially be moved by the soft swaying of the flags, their shadows dancing across the field seemingly going on forever. As you stand amongst them, close your eyes and feel their strength, think of those that have sacrificed so much, be lifted up in spirit, and thank our Heavenly Father for the freedoms that allow us to worship as we please, and allow us to pursue our eternal promises.

It is indeed an experience we each need to have.

The Healing Field is a free event presented by the Valley of the Sun Exchange Clubs Foundation and the City of Tempe.

http://www.healingfield.org/staticpages/index.php/tempe

Mesa South Networking

The Stake has setup a networking site at Goggle Groups to assist you in securing job and career opportunities. At it you will find:
  • Job Opportunities - Search through job opportunities that we have heard about
  • Group Members Looking for Jobs/Careers – Networking / "Put your name out there"
  • Service Directory - Helping each other by using each other’s services
To access the site, goto the Stake homepage at www.lds.org, or click here.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Free Chicken Sandwich

Chick-fil-A is offering free chicken sandwiches for those wearing sports-related apparel on Labor Day. The apparel must have a sports-team logo, and can be from a kids team to a professional team.

Check out www.chickfila.com for details.

It's Raining, are you saving your share?

Did you know that the state of Arizona has tax credits for rain water harvesting? You can read about the tax credit at this link.

We all have noticed how much greener and lush the plants look after a nice rain. It is not just because of the extra water. Rainwater contains beneficial ingredients for plants. Rain can contain sulfur, potash, several other minerals and even microorganisms, all of which provide a boost to plant growth. During summer thundershowers there can even be an added nitrogen.

A 1,500 square foot roof can collect 7,300 gallons of water. A basic cistern system, like the one shown, can collect 400 gallons of water.

For more information check out the City of Mesa Conservation site at this link.

Turn Your Timer Off!

A reminder from the City of Mesa

After a record dry monsoon, we are actually getting some moisture thanks to tropical depression Jimena.

Many got substantial rains last night, but if you didn't, you may before the weekend is over. Anytime you receive at least one-half inch of rain, use the 'off' 'stop' or 'rain' setting on your controller to stop the watering cycle without disturbing your programs.

Rain amounts did vary greatly across the Valley. So, if you are not sure how much fell in your yard, visit www.rainlog.org to see what your neighborhood weather watchers recorded.

Keep an eye on your landscape to determine when you need to turn the controller back on. Use a soil probe or long screwdriver, and when you cannot easily slide the probe into the soil your plants need water again.

Bonus Tip: You may notice that your plants look greener and brighter after the rains... and it's not just because the dust got washed off! Rainwater contains many beneficial ingredients for your plants, but thunderstorms provide an added bonus when lightning converts atmospheric nitrogen into a nitrogen-fertilizer solution.

GI Training at Mesa Museum

Like the Mesa Museum, love the movie Night at the Museum?

Now is your chance to become a Gallery Interpreter at the Mesa Museum.

Training is being held for five consecutive Mondays: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Arizona Museum of Natural History Theater. The training will cover archaeology, paleontology, geology, interpretation techniques, customer service and how it relates to the museum. You will be trained in all exhibition areas of the museum.

After training, you are asked to commit to one shift per week as a Gallery Interpreter.

The museum is also recruiting Museum Store volunteers.

For more information or to register for the training, contact Arizona Museum of Natural History Volunteer Coordinator Yvonne Petersen at (480) 644-2760

Friday, September 4, 2009

Free Real Chocolate

The Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act is offering free chocolate for registering at their site.

Check it out here.

They do 250,000 coupons every Friday, don't miss out! You will be easier to live with if you have chocolate!


Sale on Charcoal

Lowe's this weekend, is selling 18lb bags of Kingsford Charcoal for $8.48, buy one bag get one bag free. That is 36lbs for $8.48, a great price.

If you are using it for Dutch Ovens do not get the Match Light, or other fancy stuff, just the regular briguettes (blue bag).

Happy cooking



Rhodes Pool Reopening

Go swimming this weekend.

The newly renovated Rhodes pool will be open Labor Day weekend.

A dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon at 1860 S. Longmore.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony with a free swim and watch a demonstration of Flowrider. Flowrider is a unique way to surf or boogie board on a free standing wave.

The pool will be open until 6 p.m. on Saturday with free admission but a fee will be required to ride Flowrider. Rhodes pool will be open Sunday, Sept. 6 through Monday, Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Free Blue Bunny Ice Cream

Well, not exactly ice cream but I had to get you to look!

Blue Bunny is offering free Aspen or Sedona Frozen Yogurt over the Labor Day weekend. You purchase any of the Aspen or Sedona desserts over Labor Day weekend and they will refund your money.

See their website for more details and rebate form, click here.

City of Mesa Job Openings

There are no new or revised job listings for period beginning 9/04/09.

For more details check www.mesaaz.gov/jobs

Are You Prepared?


Remember the Scouting motto? Be Prepared!

This website from FEMA will assist you in getting your emergency preparedness ducks in a row.

Check out www.ready.gov


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Landscape Watering for September

From the City of Mesa:

View a Web version at http://tiny.cc/DXjIS

Technically, monsoon season does not end until September 30, but so far it
has been nicknamed the non-soon (see bonus tip below). The lack of
rainfall and record high temps means your plants are more dependent on you
watering them properly. However, plant water needs will decrease as days
shorten.

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape
(in the ground about two years).

RECOMMENDATIONS

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 4 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – 4x per day for 1st 7 to 10 days to
germinate

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 7 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 5-6 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 22 days

Annual watering - once every 3-4 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be
modified for your specific site conditions.

**Reduce your landscape watering 30 to 50 percent by adjusting your
irrigation each season.** "Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for
the Arizona Desert" will help you determine how much water to apply and how
long to run your system. Visit the interactive Web site or request a
free copy of the booklet at http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/arizona

Bonus tips:

Looking for reasons to NOT overseed with winter rye grass this fall? See the
top ten reasons to skip overseeding at http://tiny.cc/BtMGp

To date, this monsoon is running as the 16th driest on record. However, due
to El NiƱo conditions in the Pacific, there is an increased
possibility of rains for September. Learn about maximizing this 'free' water
with water harvesting at http://tiny.cc/CyVn8

It takes water to produce energy, so save both by attending our solar
workshop. Learn more about it at http://tinyurl.com/l4mdtk

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Registration to buy a home as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in Mesa is now available online. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides grants to certain communities to acquire foreclosed or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, resell or redevelop them to stem the declining property values of neighboring homes. The City of Mesa has been allocated more than $9.6 million to acquire, rehabilitate and resell foreclosed or abandoned properties in the 85204 zip code. This is in the area bound by Mesa Drive to Val Vista Drive and Main Street to Baseline Road.

There is a two page application which will be used to determine if a potential homeowner is qualified for the program. Eligible homeowners must complete eight hours of home buying counseling, provide a minimum of one percent of the purchase price for down payment, secure a 30 year fixed rate amortizing loan from a lender and agree to live in the home five years or more. They will also receive down payment assistance of 15 percent of the purchase price. Houses will be sold at fair market value.

Eligible families can earn up to 120 percent of the area median income, based on the number of persons living in the household. For a family of four, the income limit is $79,100.

The application form is available at www.mesaaz.gov. For more information, contact Mesa NSP Project Coordinator Ray Thimesch at (480) 644-4521 or Mesa Housing and Revitalization Management Assistant Lisa Karpowicz at (480) 644-5288.