Sunday, January 31, 2010

Free Cream of Wheat

Start you day right, with a hot bowl of cereal, and what could be better than a bowl of Sponge Bob SquarePants Bikini Bottom(TM) Chocolate Lagoon Cream of Wheat!

Click on the picture above to order your free sample. I ordered the Sponge Bob SquarePants Bikini Bottom(TM) Maple Brown Sugar.

Check out their website for recipes and more information.

Thanks Cheryl.

Friday, January 29, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings

Only one new listing this week:

Mesa Arts Center Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator  $49,837 - $67,371

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Don’t forget that Mesa residents interested in working for the Census should call the LCO at (480) 270-8361 and say they were referred by the City of Mesa. They can also call the main jobline at (866) 861-2010. Here is the link to the jobs webpage: To be eligible for any of the Census jobs, a person must pass a test and background check and this process takes some time, so we encourage people to apply as soon as possible.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Electric Air Festival

Don't forget this is happening this weekend. The Arizona Electric Festival, Jan 28-31, is real close and a lot of fun to watch. It is held at the Superstition Air Park in Usery Park. 

Flying time is 8am to 5pm, Thursday - Saturday, 8am to 2pm on Sunday. Helicopter only times are 10am to 10:30am and 2pm to 2:30pm each day.

The last time I was there I got to watch a helicopter smash into a thousand pieces when he clipped a rotor on the ground doing inverted flight. Cost of this is around $5 per carload if I remember correctly. You can get more information here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Dancing Opportunities

Two extra opportunities this week to dance. So get out of the house and warm up your feet. You will want to be extra sharp for the Stake Sweetheart Ball.

This Thursday will be the first week of Dance Workshops at the Merrymakers Dance Club. Admission to the dance is $7 for guests, $6 for members, and will include the workshop from 6:15 to 7:15pm, with the general dance going until 10pm. Location is the Ballroom at Los Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth, just south of Baseline.

This Friday, at the Chandler YMCA (south side of Frye, east of Dobson) there will be a Dance Social from 7 to 10 pm. At 7pm there will be:
  • Complimentary dance lesson for those needing some warm up
  • Complimentary snacks
  • General Dancing
Cost for the dance itself is only $5.00 per person.

There will also be a Dance Shoe Sale for those needing, or just wanting, a pair of dance shoes. All shoes will be $40. (I should have waited and bought mine now!)

Don't forget the schedule posted in the right column. To see why you should be dancing see my post of Sept. 16.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Free Weather Stripping

With all the rain and colder weather you may have noticed you could use more weather stripping. SRP and ACE Hardware are offering  purchase two packages and get another free between now and March 31st.

Click here for more details.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Boy Scout Movement Begins

On this date, January 24, 1908, the Boy Scouts movement began in England. The first installment of Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was published. By the end of 1908, there were over 60,000 Boy Scouts across the Commonwealth.

For more details, check This Day in History

Friday, January 22, 2010

National Pie Day

That’s right, Pie day, not Pi day. It is time for real pie. Myself, I just love Strawberry pie, but I can’t really think of any pie I don’t like. In any case, head on down to Marie Callender’s and get a free piece of pie with your meal.

marie callenders
You can check out the details by clicking on the picture.

Mesa FH Expos Started Today

And it is packed. The first class I tried to attend the “Getting the Most from your Subscription” and was kicked out. It was standing room only and the Fire Marshall was on the way. I am sitting with Holly, the organizer, and she has been told that the walk-ins alone were way more then expected.

You can follow the proceedings on Twitter at @FHExpos and @geneabloggers.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings


Golf Ranger - Part-time $8.38 - $11.35 Hourly
Trades Worker $40,830 - $55,162

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Learn How to Geocache

The City of Mesa is having a free lecture “Geocaching 101” at the  Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Rd., on Sat., Jan. 23 from noon to 2 p.m.  Participants will learn the history of Geocaching, how to locate a Geocache, placing a Geocache, and an introduction to Geocaching applications like Google Earth, GSAK and Cachemate.  A live demonstration will be held after the lecture. Participants are encouraged to bring a GPS device.

Geocaching is described at a real life treasure hunt by some people. We have friends who do this all over the country and the entire family is involved. It has even allowed them to meet some interesting police officers.

For more information contact Mesa Librarian, Bruce Barnes at (480) 644-3572.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Turn Your Irrigation Timers Off!

The City of Mesa reminds us:

After a record dry year with less than 4" of rain in 2009, we may make up
for it this week as the jet stream is directing multiple storms our way.
Heavy rains are expected on Thursday.

Anytime you receive one-half inch of rain or more, use the 'off' 'stop'
or 'rain' setting on your controller to stop the watering cycle without
disturbing your programs.

Rain amounts across the Valley will likely be well-covered by the media,
but if you want to see what your neighborhood weather watchers are
recording, visit

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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Squirrel Appreciation Day

PATRIOTIC-SQUIRREL-large January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day! Don’t you just love these “nutty” proclamations? There are 365 varieties of Squirrels and in Arizona we have some very special ones, just ask the folks on Mt. Graham.

eHow even has a page on how to celebrate the day. One suggestion is to watch Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes. I just love Rocky and Bullwinkle, they don’t make shows like that anymore.

BTW, January 20th is Penguin Appreciation Day, just thought I would mention that in case I have offended any of our very formal friends.

Food Storage Bins

The Pantry Panel has a nice posting about building your own storage bins for canned goods. These are kind of unique because they are small, easy to make, and made primarily from cardboard, take a look at this link.

Another great Blog, Food Storage Made Easy, has posted the plans and step-by-step instructions for making them. The posting about the racks can be found at this link.

Thanks Stephanie, this is great.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings

Census 2010

Mesa residents interested in working for the Census should call the LCO at (480) 270-8361 and say they were referred by the City of Mesa. They can also call the main jobline at (866) 861-2010. Here is the link to the jobs webpage: To be eligible for any of the Census jobs, a person must pass a test and background check and this process takes some time, so you should apply as soon as possible.


CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System) Supervisor (Desktop) $74,464 - $100,381
Crime Scene Unit Supervisor $42,973 - $57,928
Development Planning Specialist $42,973 - $57,928
Facilities Equipment Technician $42,973 - $57,928
Water Plant Maintenance Specialist II $40,830 - $55,162

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Synchronize PAF 5 & Ancestral Quest

On January 21st, we have a unique opportunity to hear directly from Gaylon Findlay, the president of Incline Software. Gaylon has been developing Ancestral Quest (AQ) for the last 16 years. In 1999, he gave a copy of the AQ code to the LDS Church, who then made a few adjustments and changed the name to PAF.  

For the last 3 years, he has worked closely with FamilySearch to provide the synchronization capabilities which connect PAF data to NFS.

Come learn how to synchronize records in a PAF 5 or AQ file with the records in (NFS).

Learn to quickly match groups of records, individuals and families, and to analyze and synchronize details of individuals and families.  Learn how to quickly combine duplicate records in NFS using the tools in this FamilySearch Certified PAF add-in. 

Learn how to keep track of LDS Ordinances, directly from NFS into a PAF or AQ file. 

The sessions will be held:
-          Thursday Jan 21, 2010:  3:00 p.m. at the Family History Training Center 464 E. 1st Ave
(across the street on the West side of the temple)
-          Thursday, Jan 21, 2010:  7:00 p.m. at the Olive Ward Building 525 E. 2nd Avenue
(across the street on the South side of the temple)

Please call the Family History Center at 480-964-1200 to reserve a seat. Seating is limited (particularly in the 3:00 PM presentation) 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mayor Smith invites Mesa residents to serve on King Day

Mayor Scott Smith today issued a call to all Mesa citizens to volunteer their time and talents on the annual Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

“This is an opportunity for all Mesa residents to join together in the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy to help better our community through service,” Mayor Smith said.  “I ask all of our residents to join me in rolling up our sleeves to work together to tackle the problems facing our City.”

There are many ways to volunteer by either participating in a onetime event or through an ongoing opportunity. Volunteers are needed for City libraries, art center, museums, parks, public safety and many other areas.

One of the service opportunities happening on Jan. 16 is a project in partnership with HandsOn Greater Phoenix.  Volunteers will paint homes located in the area of Broadway and Mesa Drive.

For more information on this and other service opportunities, call (480) 644-3705 or log on to

Monday, January 11, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings


Accounting Specialist I (Water Resources) $31,762 - $42,973
Parks and Aquatics Maintenance Technician $40,830 - $55,162
Public Safety 911 Operator $35,131 - $47,424

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Infinite Power of Hope

Through Jesus Christ our Hope sustains us through despair. It gives us reasons to rejoice even when all seems dark around us.

From, thank you President Uchtdorf.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Adopt a Dog and get FREE Dog Food for a Month

When you adopt a shelter dog Pedigree Dog Food with give you a free month’s supply of PEDIGREE® Food For Dogs.
Click on the pugs to get more information and the form for your free food.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Things To Do in the Air

If you like airplanes, helicopters, or just about anything that defies gravity check out these events at These are great fun for kids of all ages.

The Arizona Electric Festival, Jan 28-31, is real close and a lot of fun to watch. It is held at the Superstition Air Park in Usery Park. The last time I was there I got to watch a helicopter smash into a thousand pieces when he clipped a rotor on the ground doing inverted flight. Cost of this is around $5 per carload if I remember correctly. You can get more information here.

The Electric Flight Expo, March 12-14, is also great. It is held in the Cardinals Stadium and they have exhibits, competition flying, and hands-on training outside. Check out their site,, for more information.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rock Out at the Gem Show

The 38th Annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Jan. 8, 9 and 10 in the west parking lot of Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa (entrance on Dobson Road). Admission and parking are free.

An event primarily designed for the children, this is a great opportunity. BTW, the define the age of a child as 3 to 83.

We took our granddaughters to this last year and they had a blast. They especially liked the booth, by the Arizona Leaverites, where they got an egg carton and got to choose an assortment of  minerals, rocks, and fossils. The staff then labeled each one so they would know what they were. I think it cost us $1 per child. Of course, our one granddaughter dumped hers out as soon as she got home and sorted them by color.

Great fun, check it out this Saturday.

More information can be found in this article.

Cruisin' & Cuisine on Main

2nd Friday on Main Street is this week! 

Classic cars cruisin' down main street, Poodle Skirt contest and more.

Click here for more details.

Phoenix Career Fair

Monday, January 18
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - FREE to attend! >

Phoenix Airport Marriott
1101 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Learn more and register online at this link.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Answering Alma’s Questions

I am borrowing this from one of my favorite blogs, Gently Hew Stone. I find his observations, at times, very thought provoking and I enjoy his writing style.

Even though we have been taught to liken the scriptures to ourselves, it has never occurred to me to apply these questions, put forth by Alma in Chapter 5, to my own life. This is an interesting exercise and one that causes real reflection. I am working on my “to do list”, I would challenge you to do likewise.

If you would like to see his answers to these questions, click here.



Remembering God’s Acts for His People

Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers [or the LDS pioneers] ?
Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance God’s mercy and long-suffering towards your fathers?
Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell?
Were your fathers destroyed? .
Were the bands of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled your fathers about, were they loosed?

Knowing the Essential Logic of the Gospel

On what conditions were your fathers saved? 
On what grounds had they to hope for salvation?
What is the cause of your fathers’ being loosed from the bands of death, yea, and also the chains of hell?
Did not my father Alma  [or any other modern prophet] believe in the words which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi [or any earlier modern prophet] ? 
Was Abinadi not a holy prophet? 
Did Abinadi not speak the words of God? 
Did my father Alma believe them? 

Being Personally Converted

Have you spiritually been born of God?
Have you received his image in your countenance? 
Have you experienced this mighty change in your heart?
Do you exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you?
Do you look forward with an eye of faith? 

Imagining the Judgment Day

Do you view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
Can you imagine to yourself that you hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me you blessed, for behold your works have been works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? 
Or do you imagine to yourself that you can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, my works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you? 
Or otherwise, can you imagine yourself brought before the tribunal of God with your soul filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that you have set at defiance the commandments of God? 
Can you look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands?
Can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenance? 
Can you think of being saved when you have yielded yourself to become subject to the devil?
How will you feel if you shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness? 
What will these things testify against you? 
Will they not testify that you are a murderer?
Will they not also testify that you are guilty of all manner of wickedness?
Do you suppose that such an one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?

Assessing One’s Spiritual Condition

If you have experienced a change of heart, and if you have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can you feel so now? .
Have you walked, keeping yourself blameless before God? 
Could you say, if you were called to die at this time, within yourself, that you have been sufficiently humble?
Could you say that your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ? 
Are you stripped of pride?
Is there one among you who is not stripped of envy?
Is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions? 

Identifying with a “Fold”

If you are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are you? 
The devil is your shepherd, and you are of his fold; and now who can deny this? 

Obtaining Spiritual Knowledge

Do you not suppose that I know of these things myself? 
How do you suppose that I know of their surety? 

Refusing to Repent

Can you withstand these sayings? 
Can you lay aside these things and trample the Holy One under your feet? 
Can you be puffed up in the pride of your heart? 
Will you still persist in the wearing of costly apparel and setting your heart upon the vain things of the world, upon your riches? 
Will you persist in supposing that you are better than another? 
Will you persist in the persecution of your brethren, who humble themselves and do walk after the holy order of God, wherewith they have been brought into this church having been sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and they do bring forth works which are meet for repentance? 
Will you persist in turning your back upon the poor and the needy, and in withholding your substance from them? 
The names of the righteous shall be written in the book of life, and unto them will I grant an inheritance at my right hand.  What have you to say against this? 
What shepherd is there having many sheep doth not watch over them, that the wolves enter not and devour his flock? 
If a wolf enter his flock doth the shepherd not drive him out?

Mesa hosting 2010 HOA Academy

We do not live in an HOA, but if we did I would want to attend these.

The City of Mesa is hosting its second HOA Academy to provide residents with the education and resources needed to understand the various aspects of membership and management of a homeowners association. The 2010 HOA Academy will include six sessions on the following dates from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Utilities Building, 640 N. Mesa Drive:

• Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 “HOA 101”
This class explores the responsibilities and challenges associated with running an HOA, including structure, obligations, committees and vendors.

• Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 “Legal Aspects of HOAs”
In this class, community association attorneys speak on the creation and enforcement of CC&Rs, legal jurisdictions, obligations and homeowner’s rights.

• Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 “Budgets, Financial Statements and
Reserve Studies”
In this class, HOA specialists cover fiduciary responsibilities, reserve amounts, budgets and audits.

• Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 “Codes, Covenants & Restrictions (CC&Rs)”
This class covers how to enforce CC&Rs with fairness and in the best interest of the community.

• Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 “How to Conduct Successful & Peaceful
This class will cover Robert’s Rules of Order, creating an agenda, keeping minutes, establishing ground rules and how to address conflict and security issues.

• Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 “Selecting a Management Company & Other
This class explores how to determine specifications; request, review and analyze bids; and how to make the final selections.

Participants are invited to attend any or all of the sessions. Classes are $10 per person for Mesa residents and space is limited. Preregistration is requested. To register or receive more information, log onto

The City of Mesa’s Neighborhood Services Department works regularly with HOA leaders and residents to connect them to City resources and assist them with addressing neighborhood challenges. There are currently 412 HOAs registered with the City.

The 2010 HOA Academy is presented by the City of Mesa and The Leadership Centre.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Harvesting Rainwater

Attend the City of Mesa's January Living Green Workshop.

This month it features Master Gardener, Greg Morris, presenting “Harvesting Rainwater for Your Landscape” on Sat., Jan. 9 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Red Mountain Branch library at 635 N. Power Rd.

Call (480) 644-4400 for more info.

You can check out Greg Morris at these sites on Twitter and Blogspot.

Landscape Watering for January

City of Mesa watering guidelines for January.

Don't be concerned if you see leaf yellowing or leaf drop which occurs to many plants this time of year in response to cold weather. Palo verdes, mesquites, elms, ash and Texas sage are just some of the plants that can be affected. The watering guidelines suggested below will keep plants healthy and well-hydrated.

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (dormant Bermuda) - once every 30 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 10-14 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 35 days
High Water Use - once every 18 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 45 days
High Water Use - once every 21 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 30 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days

Cacti and succulent watering – if needed

Annuals watering - once every 10 days

Wildflower watering – once every 15 days

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