Monday March 10, 2014
This week you can get your geek on, see a horse show, walk like a character, make a green thing, hear bands at the mall, play out west, celebrate Wisconsin, attend an outdoor music festival, take your pooch on a date, talk about art, be healthy and wealthy, and plant vines.
This column includes activities and programs in the Greater Phoenix area that have free admission. If you are looking for fundraisers, seminars, workshops, and other community programs that have an admission charge, or where donations are expected, I have a separate column for those. You can find those listings in my blog. They tend to cover a wider range of dates than a week, because advance registration is often required. For the long list of activities and festivals that are annual events -- usually the most popular, larger events -- in Greater Phoenix check the calendar.
Monday March 10, 2014
That's the Irish version (from what I can tell) of my name, and I'm sticking with it, at least through March 17th. Phoenix is a great place to be Irish -- or to pretend to be Irish -- when St. Patrick's Day arrives. Traditionally, the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire is the big event, but there are other ways to enjoy this day of green beer, shamrocks and renditions of Danny Boy.
He probably isn't really Irish either.
Photo credit: Getty Images
Check here for five great ideas for celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Phoenix area, as well as selection of bars and pubs with great eats, drinks and Irish entertainment.
If you are wondering what your friends and relatives in other locations will be doing next weekend, here are a few more Guides to St. Patrick's Day festivities:
- Brooklyn, New York
- Portland, Oregon
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Vancouver B.C., Canada
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Denver, Colorado
- Washington D.C.
- Seattle, Washington
- Long Island, New York
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Reno, Nevada
Friday March 7, 2014
Every March most people spring forward--you know, set their clocks an hour ahead to return to Daylight Saving Time. And every fall they fall back. In 2007 and beyond, Congress decreed that this would happen at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and on the first Sunday in November. The second Sunday in March is this coming Sunday, March 9, 2014. That's nice to know, but here in Phoenix we don't ever change our clocks.
Our Sundials Are Always Correct! © Judy Hedding
Even though we don't change our clocks here no matter when Daylight Saving Time stops or starts, you should probably take note of the dates so that you don't call Aunt Sally too late at night, and so you know when the stock market opens and such. And even though you might not care about Daylight Saving Time, your computers, iPhones, DVRs, Keurig coffee machines and a host of other items that may have been programmed before this change, so be careful to check that they are NOT set to observe DST. You wouldn't want your recording of The Voice to be an hour off! Finally, if you have appointments with people who live in other time zones, you might want to verify the time of that appointment again in case they forgot about the DST change. I know I will.
Do you think Arizona should switch to DST, or do you think everyone else should stay on standard time? Read the opinions and add your own!
Thursday March 6, 2014
Our worst offender for the week ending March 2, 2014 is actually a highly acclaimed Central Phoenix eatery. One of the items noted by the inspector was "Unit was holding at 62*F- person in charge discovered it had been turned down. Unit was up to obtain and maintain 41*F or below. Items inside included raw beef, eggs, butter, cooked vegetables, cooked rice, cooked quinoa, cheese, and chicken." Instead of cooling, that refrigerator was almost heating!
© Judy Hedding
My list represents those restaurants (ten or more seats, but not schools, grocery stores, caterers, corporate cafeterias, bakeries or other food processing businesses) that had five or more Risk Factor violations -- those are considered a risk for foodborne illness -- during the inspection. A restaurant with that many Risk Factors would be one that I'd avoid, at least until they had subsequent inspections showing more understanding of safe food preparation standards and concern for their patrons.
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