Stephanie Giel, Jennifer Stevens and Jill Sears plates food while Don Stevens prepares to serve them during a Thanksgiving dinner for foster youths at First United Methodist Church of Mesa on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
Just about everyone would like to have a polite, well-mannered dog. Such dogs are a pleasure to take with you into the community, greet guests well and make their owners feel proud. Here are three key training exercises that you can practice with your dog to teach him to be more polite.
Zagnut candy bars are like a crumbly, coconutty Butterfinger, minus the chocolate. These cookies play off that crisp coconut texture, combining both coconut flour (often found with the gluten-free products) and shredded unsweetened coconut. You also can make your own coconut flour by pulsing unsweetened shredded coconut in a food processor until finely ground.
For the first time in its 52-year history, the Maricopa County Community College District will have some governing board members who were elected by voters across Maricopa County. Two at-large members have been elected to serve with the five members elected from districts around the county, beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
Giving yourself some luxury for the holidays makes the season merrier and brighter. But luxury means different things for each of us. Luxury defined in the dictionary means: “not essential or necessary, but conductive to pleasure or comfort in life.”
The nation’s housing industry managed to dodge the remaining potholes that continue to mar the road to full recovery, and in the process, turned in a strong showing in September. Housing starts surpassed the million mark for the third time this year, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Rising 6.3 percent during the month and 17.8 percent year-over-year, groundbreakings reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units.
On Veterans Day, my children made cards to cheer their grandfather, who is in a VA hospital. My first-grader drew the American flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. He named these symbols he learned about in school and explained why he thought grandpa would be cheered by these symbols due to their meaning. He included a thank you because his teachers taught him why Americans are grateful for veterans’ sacrifices. My fourth-grader recently participated in a patriotic celebration at school honoring parents who serve in the military and who are firefighters and police officers. This prompted a thoughtful discussion at home about why Americans feel proud of their country and honor those who serve.
Fans of craft and local beer in Mesa are flocking to a new bar built specially for imbibers of the millennia-old beverage. The Brass Tap, tucked inside Mesa Riverview, opened its doors in March and, according to its owners, is thriving.