Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program.

Barnes & Noble is holding their summer reading program again this year. Your child reads 8 books and track them using their “passport”. When the passport is completed you receive a free book.

Requirements are:
  • Kids read any eight (8) books of their choosing.
  • Kids use the Passport to Summer Reading to document the places visited in each book. A parent/guardian signs the Passport when it's complete.
  • Kids bring their completed Passport to any Barnes & Noble store between May 25 and September 7, 2010.
  • They will receive a coupon for a FREE BOOK, to be chosen from a list of exceptional paperback titles.
Check here for more details on the program.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Native Seeds

Native Seeds, a Southwestern Endangered Aridland Resource Clearing House, mission is:

Ancient Seeds for Modern Needs...Native Seeds/SEARCH conserves, distributes and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico. We promote the use of these ancient crops and their wild relatives by gathering, safeguarding, and distributing their seeds to farming and gardening communities. We also work to preserve knowledge about their uses.

Located in Tucson, they have just recently moved to 3061 N. Campbell Ave. They also have an online store and are listed in Facebook.

This is a great resource, check out their website at and, if in Tucson, visit their store.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Volunteer Job Fair for Teens

Mesa Libraries will be holding a job fair for teens ages 12 to 18 or teens entering 7th through 12th grade to fill 150 volunteer positions this summer.  Teen volunteers will assist in the following areas:
  • Summer Reading Program Desk Aides
  • Teen computer Aides
  • Self Checkout Assistants
  • Shelving positions
  • Program Craft Aides
  • Misc. Duties Assistants
The job fair will be on: Saturday, May 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 N. Dobson Road.  Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road and at the Main Library, 64 E. First Street from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information contact Mesa Library Volunteer Coordinator, Kathee Herbstreit at (480) 644-4638 or email Kathee.Herbstreit@mesaazgov.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Celebrate Urban Birds

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology would like as many people as possible to participate in Celebrate Urban Birds and use the project resources. The 10-minute bird observation is at the heart of the project and the kit materials support that 10-minute citizen science observation, but there are lots of other materials and resources on the web site. 

During the sign-up process you will be asked whether you'd like to be sent you a kit or whether you would prefer to download the materials from the web site.

Information can be found at Celebrate Urban Birds website.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pancake Breakfast Grants


No, not that kind of Grant, the money kind! 

That’s right, you can get a grant from Bisquick for a Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser.

By registering your event you can get invivations, signage, placemats, pancake calculator, height chart (height in pancakes) and fun tips! You may even qualify for a $250 donation toward your expenses.

Check out the details at the Bisquick Pancake Nation.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Geocaching Merit Badge

This is cool, a new merit badge that combines the art of map reading with new satellite technology.  This new merit badge was announced Monday and the final requirements published.

Read about it in Scouting Magazine.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Job Training for Teens

You probably don't want to miss out on this if you have teens in the house.

Mesa Libraries will be hosting a job workshop for teens ages 13 to 18.  Presented by Mesa Public School’s Career Services Department, teens will learn all the necessary tools needed to get a job.  From filling out an application to resume writing, interviewing tips and communication skills, your teen will be well prepared for the workforce.  No registration is required but space is limited to 40 teens.

The workshop will be at the following library:
April 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 N. Dobson Road, call (480) 644-3444.
May 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road, call (480) 644-3183.
May 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Main Library, 64 E. First Street, call (480) 644-3100.

For more information visit:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Free Fries!

Free Fryday. Try my new fries for free on Fryday, April<br />16th.
This Friday Jack in the Box is giving away free bags of fries, no purchase necessary.

See here for more details.

Meenakshi Matai's Art

From her April 2010 newsletter:
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
Edgar Degas
Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this Springy April. There's color everywhere and it is truly inspiring, telling us to make the most, to seize the day! What you see at the top there are some of the paintings done by my students at Arts Collective. I have been enjoying teaching these classes and working with the kids to create something beautiful. The children, who attend, get to learn some basic art techniques and tap into their world of imaginations, but more importantly, they teach me so much! They teach me the art of simplicity, innocence, letting go, determination and patience. One of the kids once said, "I want to draw the sun, a huge sun." I said, "It might not really look good if it's huge, try painting it smaller." He was so determined to draw his huge sun, that he went ahead and did it and I didn't have the heart to stop him. After all, this is about expression! After he was done, he showed it to me and said, "Look. It's big, red and powerful. Just like my dad's car." :)
Arizona Arts Collective Art Classes
Midge White runs a lovely art gallery/ workshop called "Arizona Arts Collective" in Mesa exhibiting and selling art work done by special needs adults and children. There are several classes held there for all kids (with and without disabilities) and adults. If you have children or know any children who would enjoy a laid back, fun-filled art class, please send them this way. The classes I'm volunteer teaching are:
What: Basic Art Classes for children, 6 years and older
When: Saturdays, 2 to 4pm
Where: Arizona Arts Collective, 138 W Main St, Mesa, AZ (Map)
How much: $10, goes towards supplies, electricity and rent.
ETSY Shop ~

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Appliance Rebates

The appliance rebate program begins in Arizona on Monday, April 12.  Its stated purpose is to “help residents replace older, inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances.”

There has been $6,237,000 designated for this program and it ends when the funds are depleted.
Eligible products include:
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Gas storage water heaters
  • Gas tankless water heaters
  • Electric heat pump water heaters
Details can be found at the Energy Savers website.

Free cat only spay/neuter clinic in Mesa

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Services, in cooperation with Mesa Animal Control, are holding a “Cat Only” Spay/Neuter Clinic Saturday, April 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot parking lot, 853 N. Dobson Road.  Check in time is at 7 a.m.

Surgeries are on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited to approximately 80 cats.  No food or water is allowed after 10 p.m. the night before.  The surgery will not be provided to more than two cats per household. 

There are several other rules to keep in mind:
  • cats must weigh at least two pounds
  • no hernias or cryptorchid males
  • no pregnant or in-heat females
  • no feral or stray cats
For additional information, please contact Mesa Animal Control at (480) 644-2268.  For clinic information, visit

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April Landscape Watering

El NiƱo showers bring spring flowers, but we might not see much more rain as April through June are typically dryer as temperatures warm up. This is a great time to do an irrigation system tune-up so that your landscape will have reliable water into summer. Find common irrigation problems and how to fix them at 

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
     Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 7 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 4 days 
If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted – once every 20 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days
Tree watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 24 days
High Water Use – once every 12 days
Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 16 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days
Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 16 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days
Cacti and succulent watering – once every 28 days 
Annuals watering – once every 4 days 
Native wildflowers – once every 7 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

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wilderness Medicine and Disaster Preparedness

An interesting website but together by a 4th year medical student and National Health Service Scholar endeavoring to provide information on Wilderness and Disaster Medicine.

She defines that site as: “This is an educational blog based on the principles of wilderness and disaster medicine. Links and information concerning these fields of medicine will be provided.”

Some of the illustrations are a little graphic, but is looks like a good site to keep track of. Check it out at Disaster Medicine.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Blog

For those wanting more information on dancing in Mesa I have started a new blog. There are sections on band schedules, places to get lessons, dance locations, and general information. 

Check it out.  Dancing in Mesa 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"If I Make My Bed in the Depths, You Are There"


Both American and Chinese officials are racing against the clock in two catastrophic mining accidents, working desperately to find survivors. In West Virginia, 25 have already been presumed dead as rescuers frantically tried to drill ventilation holes.

Please join us in praying for these families, as these small communities cling to their faith in these dark hours. "Every time you turn your lights on at home," said miner Kevin Lambert, "you should think about them guys." And pray for them too. Each day, men we don't know brave one of the deadliest jobs on earth so that you and I can have power. They deserve our support and appreciation for risking their lives in an often thankless--and fatal--line of work. 

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up." (Psalm 71:20)

From the Family Research Council April 7, 2010  Washington Update.

Thanks for sharing this Den.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Peace of Preparedness


Debbie Kent has put together a really nice site on preparedness. She covers large range of issues for both emergency preparation and food storage.

There is a very large, very good Resource Library and an extensive list of links that I really need to go through.

Click on her picture above and check out her site, it will be well worth your time.

Being Prepared in Peoria

Lisa Bedford is a mom that is trying her best to be prepared for any event. She is storing food, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and other supplies. She has a 72-hour kit in her car and knows how to get out of town in a hurry if she has to. She and her family are ready bug out if necessary. She has even downloaded her kids textbooks into her Kindle.

She has a blog,, that is worth taking a look at.

The entire article appeared in the Arizona Republic on March 21st. It is a good read, and is located at this link.

Monday, April 5, 2010

IRS Jobs

I worked at IRS for over 42 years and do not regret it all. It has been a good place to work. The IRS has stood up a website advertising jobs to the public. Check out their site at IRS Careers.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stargazing at Red Mountain Library

From the City of Mesa:

Reach for the stars on Wednesday, April. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Rd., professional stargazers, Tony and Carol La Conte, will present a 40 minute interactive outdoor lecture on stargazing. This event is free and all participants will receive a free map of the night sky.

Bring your digital camera and take amazing photos right through the telescope lens. Participants will have the opportunity to view: Mars rising in the east, fleeting glimpse of Jupiter, the Great Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters, exploding stars and double stars.

In the event of inclement weather, the lecture will be a longer, interactive multimedia presentation. Wheelchair accessible telescopes will be available upon request. Please call (480) 644-3572 to reserve one. For more information visit

He Is Risen, He Lives!

For me, for you, for each of us. The Son of God has atoned for our sins..

from LDS.ORG

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Friday Night Dancing Is Back

Well, back to JohnE's Cabaret anyway.

After a layoff for the winter, the summer Friday night dances are back in full swing. Each Friday come dance to a different band, some Fridays will be Country and others 50's & 60's Rock and Roll.

JohnE's is located at the Greenfield Village Resort. Located on the southeast corner of Greenfield and Main. The entrance in on Main Street just east of Wendy's. Doors open at 6pm, tickets are $8 per person, BYOB, Soda Pop is $1. Dancing is from 7:00 to 9:45pm.

There will be a free country line dance lesson every Friday night with paid admission, from 6:15pm to 6:45pm.

This is one of the best dance floors in the East Valley so come join us for some FUN!

Historic Merit Badges

These original merit badges are being offered once again to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Scouting. They will be using the original requirements (with supplemental information) and can be earned between April 1 to December 31, 2010.

These do count toward a Scout’s rank advancement and each merit badge features a gold border to identify it as a special centennial year badge.

More information can be found at the website.

Amazing Family Tradition

My family thinks I have gone bonkers because I have joined Twitter. I joined Twitter about 2 months ago while attending the Family History Expo in Mesa. I had set down at the Blogger’s table and found that they were all tweeting about the classes they were attending. So I joined Twitter and followed the other classes as well. I have found a ton of information via Twitter just by following the Genealogy tags and several of the Genealogy bloggers who also tweet.

In any case, the other day there were several mentions of an article in The New York Times, A Father-Daughter Bond, Page by Page. I thought it was a great example of a father remembering what is important, his family. They read from over 700 books in more then nine years. Never missed a night.

I really liked his quote: “If you love to read, you’ll probably go to college, maybe for free. You’ll get a better job, get a higher income, live longer.”

What are your family traditions?