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Famous Dave’s in Valley honors local military with free meal April 30, 2009

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Did you know May is National BBQ Month?

What better way to celebrate May than to grab some delicious BBQ from a Valley Famous Dave’s location (Peoria, Mesa or Chandler.) Remember Famous Dave’s catering for graduation, reunions and any ol’ party where there are good friends and fun times!

Famous Dave’s is also honoring local military on Saturday, May 16th for Armed Forces Day.
From 11a-10p, on May 16 all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve members who dine at Famous Dave’s will get a complementary entrée when they show their military ID.

This is a kick-off to a year long promo called MILITARY MONDAYS in which all Valley Famous Dave’s will provide anyone with a military ID or family military ID a 20% discount off their meal from May 18 – Dec 31, 2009.


Teach Kids to Cook at Summer Bootcamps in Mesa

Teach your kids valuable cooking lessons with a summer kids cooking boot camp. Not only will they learn how to cook some delicious meals, they’ll also brush up on their science and math skills in the kitchen. Some examples of meals kids will learn to cook (depending on age) are pizza, pasta, Asian chicken, fettuccini alfredo, mexican, ribs, kabobs and cookies.

Judy Toth, owner and instructor of Simply Impressive Cooking School in Mesa is available for interviews and ideas for your stories.

Take look at the June calendar for examples and scroll over dates to see the class itinerary and foods that will be prepared by the kids.

Judy Toth
Simply Impressive Cooking School


Su Vino Winery Events this May April 29, 2009

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Su Vino Winery releases the second installement of their Limited Release Artist Series Wine featuring Bob Estrin; this is a copy of the label.  Bob will be on-site on May 2nd to sign bottles purchased

Su Vino Winery releases the second installement of their Limited Release Artist Series Wine featuring Bob Estrin; this is a copy of the label. Bob will be on-site on May 2nd to sign bottles purchased

MAY 2, 2009

Join Su Vino Winery in Scottsdale on Saturday, May 2nd from noon-5pm for the final Saturdays on the Plaza of the season located on the Plaza in front of Su Vino Winery! This free event will feature live music by Matthew Thornton along with a variety of local artists, and the release of the second installment of the Artist Series Wine Collection, featuring “Sign of the Times” by Bob Estrin. Su Vino Winery is located at 7035 E. Main Street, Suite 110, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Mother’s Day at Su Vino Winery for a Mother’s Day Food & Wine Bottling Experience
Looking for the perfect afternoon for that very special mother of yours? Su Vino Winery’s Food & Wine Bottling Experience will host 10 people for an afternoon of wine and hors d’oeuvres topped off with a bottling experience for the group where each person will take home 3 bottles of wine with a commemorative Mother’s Day label.

May 10, 2009 1-4pm
RSVP: 480.994.VINO(8466)

Su Vino Winery
7035 E. Main Street
Suite 110
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Paradise Valley Welcomes New Derma Health Institute April 28, 2009

aesthetics-room(Phoenix, Arizona) – On Monday, May 4, 2009 Derma Health Institute will expand its offices into the Paradise Valley area. Located at 10214 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite B-300, this office marks the fourth Derma Health Institute location in the Valley.

Recently honored by Arizona Woman Magazine as one of the Top 10 Med Spas in the valley, Derma Health Institute is a physician-based medical center specializing in non-invasive and minimally invasive laser and aesthetic procedures. Derma Health Institute offers services such as the new hCG Ultimate Fat Burning Diet, VelaShape body contouring and cellulite removal, microdermabrasion, photo facials, laser resurfacing and laser hair removal.

“We are extremely fortunate that in this economy; where companies are closing their doors and having to layoff employees, we are able to expand our business, open new offices and create job opportunities,” said Trish Gulbranson Derma Health Institute owner. “We have already added 12 new jobs this year and to date our business is up 16% over last year.”

Gulbranson attributes the sales increase to the rise in requests for non-invasive procedures like Botox and fillers. “Tough economic times have caused a decline in plastic surgery revenues; however, our figures show patients are visiting Derma Health Institute for things like Botox 2.9 times a year which is more than twice the national average of 1.3 times annually. Our revenue has increased 71% for these types of procedures over the past year. Revenue is also up due to fractional CO2 laser resurfacing.”

In 2008 Derma Health Institute was honored as a Diamond Level provider of Botox® and Juvederm™ by Allergen, the company that produces the products, and was recognized as one of the largest providers of these procedures in the state of Arizona.

The Paradise Valley Derma Health Institute offers top-of-the-line care performed exclusively by Dr. Laurie Moody and her team of four trained, licensed and certified medical and aesthetic professionals.

For more information on the Grand Opening event May 30, 2009 or to schedule your appointment at the new Paradise Valley location, call 480-991-7900 or go here.



Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists to Become Phoenix’s First Certified Female Friendly Service Location





Howard J. Fleischmann Sr., Owner, Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists.

Howard J. Fleischmann Sr., Owner, Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists.

Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists to Become Phoenix’s First Certified Female Friendly Service Location
New Services Designed with the Women Consumer in Mind

(Phoenix, AZ) – Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists is pleased to announce they have made a significant commitment to the woman consumer to become Certified Female Friendly, through the exclusive training and certification program. Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists will be the first Certified Female Friendly tire and service center group in Phoenix, AZ.

An Ask Patty certified service center creates an inviting and comfortable environment where women feel welcome. They guarantee that the experience of repairing and maintaining a vehicle will be a pleasant one. trained and certified associates are held to a high level of customer satisfaction with women consumers.

In support of this commitment, Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists is announcing their Mother’s Day Service Specials and Coupons. To all customers who bring their vehicle in for service, or make an appointment for service, during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, May 10, 2009, they shall receive a Coupon for a Free Nitrogen fill/Five tires ($39.95 value), and be entered in to a drawing for a month of free house cleaning. The Free House Cleaning Service (Maid Pro North Phx) can be awarded to the winning customer, or they may present it to a deserving person of their choice. Anyone who comes to one of the 5 locations will be entered in to the drawing, May 4th through May 9th. No purchase necessary to be entered in to the drawing. Winner to be announced through the Community Tire eNewsletter on May 14th. Any questions, please email us.

“Up until now, like many automotive businesses and service centers, we thought the obvious goal was to ensure that women were treated the same as men. Through the AskPatty program, we’ve learned that treating women the same as men does not necessarily yield the ideal experience for women. This may not sound profound, but with an increased awareness of what elements women seek in a positive automotive servicing experience, our service centers are better prepared to meet and exceed the expectations of our female customers” stated Howard J. Fleischmann Sr., Owner, Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists.

Service Coupons and drawing will be offered at all the Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists locations: 15812 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032; 12251 N. 51st Ave., Glendale, AZ 85304; 2424 E. Buckeye Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85034; 4139 E. University Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85034; and 945 Cove Parkway, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

Visit Community Tire and Automotive Specialists here.

Our facilities are full service operations offering complete automotive service and automotive repair and tire repair and tire service on both domestic and import vehicles. For the highest quality automotive service and only the highest quality tires and tire products, and wheels, call the people you can trust. Trust Your Community Tire and Auto Service Specialists. We are an A+ Rated BBB Facility with You in mind!

About, Inc.
The, Inc. website and blog is a safe place for women to get advice on car buying, maintenance and other automotive related topics. Women can shop for vehicles at our network of Certified Female Friendly retailers across the U.S. is a member and 2009 corporate sponsor of the Women’s Automotive Association International based in Detroit, MI, Board member of the, Member of the California board, on the Women’s Board of the Car Care Council, a SEMA member and a member of the SEMA Business Women’s Networking Group. is partnered with,,,,, NIADA,,, MyAutoLoan, Aware and

Ask Patty Certified Dealer Program:
Properly armed with the right tools and training, automotive retailers can increase their share of the largest and fastest growing demographic of new vehicle buyers in the US — Women. The Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly program was designed specifically for automotive retailers to attract, sell, retain and increase loyalty with women.

What Is An Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly Automotive Retailer?
An Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly automotive retailer creates a safe and comfortable environment where women feel welcome and make the experience of purchasing and maintaining her vehicle a pleasant one.

Ask Patty trained and Certified Female Friendly retailers are held to a high level of customer satisfaction for women consumers.

Go here to learn how to become Certified Female Friendly:



Tax Credit, Save Money in home with Solar Water Heating System April 21, 2009

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Did you know you can get a tax credit and save money in your home with a solar water heating system? This is one of the most popular services Donley Services is offering right now.

Donley Service Centers can show you how affordable a Solar Water Heating System can be.

The Donley Solar Hot Water Heating System is a closed-loop system that provides you with the latest in solar technology from SunEarth Inc., a leader in today’s industry. This high performance system is designed to provide solar hot water year round!

With newly extended Federal Tax credit, an Arizona state tax credit, and either an SRP or APS rebate, your net cost will be about the same as for an electric hot water heater, except that you will be saving approximately $261 per year in electricity costs. A payback in under 5 years!!!

Donley Service Center has been serving the valley with Honest, Committed, and Caring service since 1976. Over the years Donley Service Center has evolved by adding more services while maintaining it’s excellent reputation for providing quality repairs and installations in a customer oriented environment. Today, Jim along with company president Mike Donley, lead Donley Service Center in providing both residential and commercial customers award winning service for air conditioning, heating, plumbing, water systems, and solar hot water.

Donley Service Center today is a company you can depend on!

  • More than 60 employees dedicated to our goal of 100% Customer Satisfaction
  • Experienced technicians that receive over 120 hours of continuing training per year
  • An Arizona family-owned company, proud to be involved in our community
  • Serving the Valley since 1976
  • 2004 and 2008 winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award
  • All work is fully guaranteed
  • Featured on NBC Dateline



Basics of using Twitter April 8, 2009

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twitterIt seems everyone is all a-twitter about Twitter. A lot of people sign up for it and then get stuck. They post what they had for breakfast or just start following a few people and then stop and forget to use it. Or they just “lurk” and read what others say, but never say anything themselves or get involved in conversations. OR, there are the ones who just post tweet after tweet and promote they are on Twitter, but never communicate with the people following them. That is probably one of the most frustrating aspects of new Twitter users who seem to be joining lately because “everyone is doing it.”

Please see these basic tips on using Twitter to make it worth your while and not frustrate other Twitter users.

1. When you sign up, upload a photo and fill out your bio. Followers can see your website info, a little about you and start to identify who you are and what you’re all about. If anything, post your location, your job or blog and a few interests. I know some people who won’t follow you if you don’t have a bio or info.

2. Don’t just post info about yourself or try to sell us in every tweet. INTERACT with others and reply to them and what they are saying. If someone is talking about the Culinary Festival and you are (or aren’t going and want to explain why and join the convo), hit the “reply” curvy looking arrow symbol next to their tweet and add to the convo.

3. Wondering how to find people to follow? Go to the top of the page and click on “Find People”. You can then find people in your email contacts who use it or you can type in keywords or names to find others. After that, if you find someone you really have interest in, see who THEY are following and go through their list where you can easily click “follow”. AND, as you start to use Twitter regularly and participate in convos with others, you’ll see them replying to people you find interesting too and you can start following them. Do you start to see how conversations with others is how people learn to connect on Twitter?

4. Please, if you have something private to say or you wouldn’t want it posted on a billboard over the I-17, don’t tweet it or say it in a “DM”. A DM is a Direct Message that only works if you are following someone and they are following you back. What you post on your regular twitter feed is public.

5. Check your replies. Look over on the right side of Twitter and look at the categories. They read from top to bottom: HOME, @YOURNAME, DIRECT MESSAGES AND FAVORITES. Check your replies because if you are tweeting and people are tweeting back, you’ll never know unless you check your replies or DMs. When you get a reply, reply back if you want to by easily just hitting that little curved arrow.

6. RT’s. Re-Tweets are a great way to build communication and spread the word about tweets you find interesting, important or educational. RT means you copy what that person says, and post it this way in your tweet: “RT @thattweetersname Top Tips for getting PR for your widget”

I’ll break it down even more:
Type RT then a space, then the @ symbol, the twit’s name, a space, then their tweet you find interesting enough to “Re-Tweet”.

7. Ever find a great link but its about 200 characters long? You can’t fit that into a tweet, so you need to go to and copy and paste that link into their site and they will re-produce that link into a much smaller web link for you to use.

8. You only have 140 characters to say what you want to say. So, sometimes you may not use best spelling, or revert to using a “2” for “Too” or 4 for “For”. This is ok, but dont do it all the time. Its amazing how well you can learn to communicate in short statements.

9. A lot of people make fun of Twitter because they think people just talk about what they ate for breakfast, but you’ll find as you go along that you’ll begin to start building relationships with others from the things you say. As humans, we bond with others when we find commonalities. I moved here from MI and used to work in TV. If I was tweeting about my old station and winter weather warnings because of lakeshore snow and someone else following me noticed and had lived in Grand Rapids, they may not have ever known that and now we have something new in common and build a convo and possible relationship. You know how its just not that easy to explain HOW you became great friends or biz partners with someone, you just know it was built through time and communication? Thats just like how Twitter works.

10. Have fun. So far, I rarely see many hate-filled tweets or mean stuff going on. People I follow are full of great info, helpful, cheerful and regular people sharing their thoughts and experiences. Have fun and learn that it takes some time to build a following and get the whole thing figured out, but thats ok. Just have fun and interact!