This wouldn’t be about Sam Allen if the 71-year-old Mesa resident has his way. He doesn’t mind being part of it, but what follows wouldn’t focus as much on his efforts as much as it would the many people he works alongside during the week.
The “snowbirds” are in Arizona for a vast array of fun and games within the next three months. They have been winter traumatized by the last couple of server storms and are now ready to have some warm merriment in our renown state for great winter weather. There will be visits from family, friends and visitors descending on many households for a few days, a week, or even longer. They can enjoy such things as golf tournaments, sports events, car auctions, horse shows, charity balls, concerts and all kinds of cultural entertainments. Is your home ready to entertain guests for the evening, a few days or for a special event?
So have you made some? You know what I mean. Have you made some New Year’s resolutions? Something about January and the need to change the number when we write the date that drives us to make bold declarations about how we are going to amend our lives for the next 365 days. Chances are you are a much better person than I am, but I was never very good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. For years I made the one about losing some weight — a lot of weight actually. Not much success there. And then there is the one about getting more exercise. There are cobwebs on the spokes of my bike.
With the holiday season here, we encourage Maricopa County residents and businesses to pay attention to No Burn Day alerts and not burn wood in fireplaces, outdoor fire pits or other wood burning appliances on designated No Burn Days. Lives literally depend on your cooperation.
The holidays call for perfectly justified cravings that may border on obsessive any other time of the year. Among the sweet and savory flavors of the season are burgeoning craft breweries that have fast become local fan favorites. Warm up this winter at one of these hopps-spots, and satisfy your taste for seasonal suds.
Maricopa County has seen a rise in the number of people burning wood on No Burn Days in the past two years and if the trend continues it could result in higher fines and tougher restrictions in years to come.
The weather outside is finally feeling like Christmas, and St. John Bosco Catholic School (SJBCS) will be putting on their Winter Wonderland for the Ahwatukee community’s enjoyment, just in time for the holidays.
My assignment: In 700 words or less, I’m supposed to keep you and your money safe while you’re out buying for the holidays. How about I do it in 17 words and two punctuation points: do not buy gift cards, do not shop online, and do not get talked into extended warranties!
The cooler fall temperatures are here at last. Summer vacation time is lingering in the corners of our minds. Our children and grandchildren are back in school. The winter visitors are beginning to arrive. The traffic volume is heavier. The stores are gearing up for the upcoming fall festivals and winter holidays. Many of us are beginning to feel like we’re stuck in the “I Love Lucy” candy factory episode on a speeding conveyer belt, hurtling along and out of control. There’s so much busy packed into our days that we’re in danger of forgetting that the origin of holiday is holy day. If you’re days are anything like mine, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the business of busy too frequently equates to major stress and anxiety. When I prayed about my own busyness, I found my mind dwelling on two Bible stories.
Last week children returned to school after two weeks of winter recess. Two weeks of fun and frolic are over. The excitement of the season, treats, family reunions, unscheduled activities, late bedtimes, and no early morning hustle of getting ready are all in the past. The return to school brings a different routine requiring a disciplined approach.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald