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Scorpion Sting? Ouch! Here is What You Should Do.
Stung by a scorpion in Arizona? Here is what you should do, no matter what kind of scorpion it was, including the poisonous Arizona Bark Scorpion.
20 Must-See Destinations in Phoenix
Whether you're a local or a visitor, there are certain activities and destinations in the Phoenix area that must be on your bucket list. Here are 20 places to start.
Be Careful Out There! Arizona Monsoon Facts
Is the Phoenix monsoon a real thing? When does it start? When does the Arizona monsoon end? Find the answers to these monsoon questions and more!
What's the Weather Like in Phoenix?
What is Phoenix weather like? See the average monthly temperatures as well as average rainfall and record high and low temperatures fro each month.
Tons of September Fun in Metro Phoenix
See which annual festivals and events are held during September in the Phoenix area. Includes Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Peoria, Glendale and other local communities.
Hello! Are You a Good Scorpion or a Bad Scorpion?
There are many types of scorpions in Arizona, but not all are the dangerous bark scorpion. Here are some tips on identifying the scorpion you found.
Everything You Need to Know About Craigslist...
Should people use phoenix craigslist to advertise merchandise and services? Get the basics and a few of my warnings about using craigslist in Phoenix.
Retail Sales Tax Rates For Phoenix, Scottsdale...
Find the current sales tax rates for all the cities in the Greater Phoenix area, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale and others.
Guide to Rocky Point, Mexico: Directions,...
If you go to Rocky Point, Mexico (Puerto Peñasco) make sure you know what you need and how to drive there. Rocky Point is a popular weekend trip for Arizona locals.
How Much is Sales Tax in Arizona?
Sales tax in Arizona varies from city to city. Here are the sales tax rates for cities in Maricopa County, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale, Tempe, Gilbert.
Median and Average are the Same Things, Right?
What's the difference between median and average? Here's what I mean when I provide real estate prices for Maricopa County (Phoenix) in Arizona.
20+ Things To Do In Phoenix This Weekend
Looking for something to do in Phoenix, AZ this weekend? I have the list! Community performances, fundraisers, workshops and activities for all ages.
Everything You Need to Know about Child...
Here is what you need to know about the Arizona law that requires children in vehicles to be in car seats or booster seats, including tips and resources for buying car seats.
50+ Things to Do in Phoenix in October
October is a busy month! Check out the big list of festivals, activities and events in Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Peoria, Glendale.
You're in Phoenix. Don't Touch that Clock.
What time zone is Phoenix, AZ in? Does Arizona change clocks for Daylight Saving Time? Here's the scoop.
White Knuckles on the Apache Trail Scenic Drive
The Apache Trail takes you on winding roads, past lakes, canyons, incredible desert views and Tortilla Flat. An adventurous driving experience.
Who Called Me From Area Code 602, 480 0r 623?...
See where the telephone area codes in Arizona are on a map.
Be Prepared for Arizona Monsoon
Is there really an Arizona monsoon? Yes! Here's the information about monsoon in Arizona including safety tips.
Escape the Heat at These Phoenix Area Resorts...
Find out which resorts in Scottsdale and Phoenix have the best pools, water features and kids activities for summer fun. Page 1 of 9.
Addresses, Phone Numbers and Interactive Map of...
Find the addresses, phone numbers and use an interactive map of the Phoenix area locations of Costco warehouse stores Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa and Avondale.
What is the Current Local Time in Arizona?
What time is it in Arizona? Is the time in Tucson the same as it is in Phoenix? What time is it in Scottsdale? Here are your answers!
Make a Summer Day Awesome for Your Kid at a...
Find spray pads and splash parks in various communities around Phoenix. They are usually free; it's a great ways to cool off for the little ones.
It's Huge! It's Not Air-Conditioned! It's...
Quick facts and details about Phoenix's Ak-Chin Pavilion, including directions, ticket information, seating map, and my tips about the venue.
How Are Property Taxes Calculated in Arizona?
Information about how Maricopa County computes the property tax on your home. Property taxes are levied on the assessed value of a home, not the market value.
August in Phoenix: Hot? Yeah. Things to Do?...
See the calendar of annual festivals and events that are held in the Phoenix area during the month of August. Even though it's hot, there is still plenty to do!
Do You Have Valley Fever? You Might, and Not...
Valley Fever affects many people in Arizona. Find out what Valley Fever is, how to know if you have it, and what to do about it.
We Have Scorpions in Arizona: Deal With It!
All about scorpions: what they are, what they look like, how to find them, how to avoid them and what to do if you are stung by a scorpion.
Where to Vote for City of Phoenix Elections
City of Phoenix residents have 3 ways to vote in city elections. Here are the details, dates and the list of voting centers for the current election.
Haboob: A Funny Word, A Serious Situation
Phoenix experiences several haboobs each year during the stormy summer months. What is a haboob?
I Live in Arizona. Where Do I Go to Vote on...
How to find out where to vote if you live in Arizona. It's easy!
Everyone Loves IKEA!
Take a photo tour of IKEA in Tempe, Arizona. The Phoenix IKEA store is located in nearby Tempe.
Metro Phoenix: Best Free Things To Do and See
See a list of some of my favorite free things to do and see in Greater Phoenix. You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy yourself in Arizona.
Myth or Reality: Cats Are Immune to Scorpion...
Does having a cat reduce your risk have getting scorpions in your home? Are cats immune to scorpion stings? Here's some information on the myth.
Purple Sage
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 12.
Which are the 10 Biggest Cities in Arizona?
Here are the 10 largest cities in Arizona, as of the U.S. Census data estimates from 2014.
10 Things to Know About Arizona Liquor Laws
Here are ten things you should know about Arizona Liquor Laws, including the legal drinking age, hours bars are open, and who can be served alcohol.
Guide to the 5 Best Grass Types for Arizona Lawns
Putting in a lawn at your Phoenix home? Here are some tips on 5 different types of lawns that are available in the desert.
15 Tips to Maintain Your Pool All Year
15 tips to keep your pool properly maintained to save money. Keep it simple and do it regularly to keep your swimming pool ready to use every day.
Map of Phoenix METRO Light Rail Stations -...
See a zoomable map of the Phoenix light rail stations, and places of interest that are within walking distance of the stations.
Treat Yourself Like You're Special. These...
Take advantage of great rates on short summer stays at local Phoenix resorts.
Do You Need a Passport or Passport Card to Go...
Find out how you can get a passport or passport card for travel to Mexico in the Phoenix area. Includes ten tips about getting a passport.
Where to Go in Phoenix for Low-Cost Dental Care
Find low cost dental care for your family, even without insurance. These dental students provide dental care at low prices, and no insurance is necessary.
Foreign Currency Exchange in Phoenix
Find out where you can exchange or order your foreign currency for U.S. Dollars in the Phoenix area.
Discover Phoenix Area Restaurants With the Best...
These restaurants in the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona area offer a fantastic scenic view along with your meal. If you are looking for a romantic or special occasion restaurant in Arizona, choose from these restaurants with a view.
Elevations of Arizona Cities
Find the elevations of the cities and towns of the Greater Phoenix area. This page lists the elevations of the cities of Maricopa County, Arizona from lowest to highest.
Everything You Need to Know about Arizona Taxes
Moving to Arizona? Here is a breakdown of tax implications that you should understand.
Tumbleweeds
Are tumbleweeds real? We have the answer to all those questions that you have been itching to ask about tumbleweeds.
Monsoon in Arizona? Really? Yes, Every Summer.
Get the facts about the Arizona monsoon, including expected dates, description of monsoon weather in Phoenix, safety tips, monsoon pictures and more.
In the Greater Phoenix Area? These Museums Have...
Here's the list of free museums in the Greater Phoenix area. These museums don't charge admission, or have certain days where admission is free.
Where Can Your Kids Eat For Free in Metro...
You could take your kids out to eat every day of the week in the Phoenix area and get them a free meal. Here are the restaurants that offer a kids eat free program, organized by day.
Free and Fun! No Charge for These Phoenix Area...
Free things to do with children in Phoenix and Scottsdale: how to have fun in the Phoenix area with your kids for little or no money.
5 Things You Should Know about AZ HOV Lanes
Here are five things you need to know about the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane in Phoenix. The Phoenix carpools lanes are restricted during certain hours.
What Does Prix Fixe Mean?
What does the phrase Prix Fixe mean? Here's the answer.
Dog in the Pool. Yay or Nay?
If you live in the desert southwest you might be one of tens of thousands of people who have a pool. Should you let your dog swim in it with you?
Ouch! Scorpion Stings Hurt. But Don't Just Take...
Stung by a scorpion? You're not alone. About.com Phoenix readers submitted their stories of what is was like to be stung by a scorpion.
Discover Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free in...
Find restaurants in the Greater Phoenix area where kids can eat for free, or for a very small charge. Your kids can eat for free every day of the week!
Bottlebrush
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 70.
Mexican Petunia
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 66.
Save Money on Your Arizona Summer Electric Bills
Every home is different, but if you are curious what the typical electric bill in the Phoenix area is like, these examples might help you. Page 3.
Phoenix in November? Lots Happening Here!
The big list of things to do in Greater Phoenix in November includes annual festivals, events, and activities. Some are even free admission.
Oleander
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 18.
Dilemma: What Do I Wear to a Summer Funeral?
Summer funerals in the Phoenix desert mean that often attendees will be braving temperatures above 100 degrees. Is black (hot) attire still required?
Orange Jubilee
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 56.
Power Outages in Phoenix
Does Phoenix experience rolling blackouts? Are power outages in Phoenix a problem? Here are the answers to your Phoenix power questions.
Chlorine Generators 101: What Pool Owners Need...
Confused about whether or not to get a salt-water pool? This article will tell you what you need to know about putting in a chlorine generator, or a salt-water pool.
Lantana
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 26.
Cactus Plants and Flowers
Pictures of Arizona cactus flowers. These pictures of cactus plants and cactus flowers were taken in the Phoenix area.
Got Ink? Get Some at Hell City!
2015 details for Hell City, a tattoo festival in Phoenix, Arizona each year. See date, ticket info, activities, photos of Hell City Tattoo Festival.
Fairy Duster
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 48.
Winter Rye Grass
People who have lawns in Phoenix plant both summer grass and winter grass. Find out why, and what you need to do if you have a desert lawn.
Which Chile Peppers are Which?
How hot is a jalapeño? See a description and see a picture of jalapeño peppers, commonly used in Southwestern cooking.
11 Budget Friendly Furniture Stores in Phoenix,...
New to the Phoenix area? Here are places where you can find reasonably priced furniture.
Fresh, Local and Fun: Phoenix Farmers' Markets
Find a farmers market in metro Phoenix. There's a farmer's market every day of the week in various locations in Greater Phoenix. See the schedule.
Summer Baseball: Tomorrow's Stars Play in AZ
Major League Baseball has a rookie league that plays in Arizona. The games are free to attend and watch. Here are the details and the schedule for 2015.
Why the Grand Canyon is Worth a Short Trip
How to get the most from a short trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Labor Day in Phoenix: Say Goodbye to Summer
Labor Day 2015 in Phoenix and Scottsdale is a time to relax and enjoy. Soon the summer will be over, and that's cause for celebration!
Scorpion Map of Phoenix - Which Areas of...
Are there scorions in your neighborhood? Check this map to see which parts of the Phoenix area have the largest population of scorpions.
Register Your Out of State Vehicle in AZ
If you have moved to Arizona you must register your vehicle through the MVD. Here is a step-by-step guide to out-of-state vehicle registration in Arizona. Page 2.
Arizona Wildfires
See photos of various Arizona wildfires submitted by About.com readers.
Who's Coming to Phoenix to Perform in September?
Find shows and concerts playing in the Phoenix /Scottsdale area in September 2015. See big name performers in the Valley of the Sun!
Be on Your Guard Against This Clever Scam
Is that job as a mystery shopper or secret shopper for real or is it a scam? Here's how you can tell.
Your Guide to the Phoenix Airport Rental Car...
See photos and learn about the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Rental Car Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tubing on the Salt River in AZ
Summer means tubing on the Salt River! Get details, prices, tips and photos of Salt River Tubing, an Arizona tradition.
Outlet Malls
There are several outlet malls around the Phoenix, AZ area. If you are looking for a bargain, you might just find it outlet shopping.
Hot Summer Deals at Scottsdale Resorts
Take advantage of great rates on short summer stays at local Scottsdale resorts, designed to attract local Arizona residents.
Tips and Tricks for Gardening Red Bird of...
The Red Bird of Paradise, often referred to as the Mexican Bird of Paradise, is one of several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.
Are All High Winds Microbursts?
What is a microburst? It isn't a tornado, but it might seem like one when you are in it. Not every monsoon storm or windy situation is a microburst.
Phoenix Airport Rental Car Center Address, Map...
Sky Harbor International Airport Rental Car Center is about two miles from the airport terminals. Get the address, directions and see a map.
Discover the Phoenix Area's Most Romantic Places
My top picks for romantic spots in the Greater Phoenix area.
Glossy Snake
See pictures of both venomous and nonvenomous snakes found in the Greater Phoenix area (Maricopa County) including the Glossy Snake. Page 21.
Reduce the Number of Telemarketing Calls: Do...
You can enroll in the national do not call registry to stop telemarketers from calling. Many states, including Arizona, have their own Do Not Call lists.
Does My Dog Have Valley Fever? Is it Fatal?
Dogs, like humans, can get Valley Fever. Yes, they can die from it. Here is what it is, how to prevent it, what the symptoms are, and what to do if your dog has Valley Fever.
First Friday in Phoenix: What, When, How and 15...
Take an art walk on the first Friday of each month in the downtown Phoenix arts district. The event is called First Friday.
Bull Snake
See pictures of both venomous and nonvenomous snakes found in the Greater Phoenix area (Maricopa County) including the Gopher Snake. Page 33.
In Phoenix, On Your FM Dial
See a numerical listing and description of FM Radio Stations that you can listen to in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Tips and Tricks for Gardening Texas Sage/Purple...
The Texas sage or Purple Sage is one of several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.
Central Arizona Better Business Bureau
Use the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Central Arizona to check on local vendors, and to find out how to file a complaint against a local company.
What You Should Know About Buying Prescription...
People traveling over Arizona's Mexican border to buy prescription drugs should be aware of the risks associated with buying Mexican medicines.
Find That Scorpion Paperweight or Cactus Seeds
Almost every Phoenix attraction has a gift shop, but some Phoenix gift shops and better than others. Here are my favorite gift shops for buying Arizona-themed merchandise.
Bougainvillea
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants.
Get to Know Downtown Scottsdale on a Free...
You can take a free trolley tour of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale Trolley Tour introduces you to downtown Scottsdale districts, history and trivia.
Arizona Burning: Current Major Wildfires
Wildfires burn in Arizona every summer as dry, hot conditions spark both natural and human-caused fires. See what's burning near Phoenix now.
Groundsnake
See pictures of both venomous and nonvenomous snakes found in the Greater Phoenix area (Maricopa County) including the Groundsnake. Page 25.
Fire Ants
Learn about the Red Imported Fire Ant and the Southern Fire Ant. Page 2.
Why Pay Full Price for AZ Tickets?
Looking for discounted tickets to concerts, shows and sports in Arizona? You can often find great deals on tickets if you know where to look.
Car Seat and Booster Seats in Arizona. Here's...
Confused by Arizona's car seat law? Does My 8 ear old need a booster seat? Ewhat if my child is young but weighs 50 lbs? I'll clear it up for you.
Eat! Drink! Schmooze! It's Phoenix Cooks! in...
Get the details about the 2015 Phoenix Cooks! Culinary Festival, held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It's one of the biggest and the best!
Ornamental Grass
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 41.
Don't Make These Common Swimming Pool...
Maintaining a pool isn't difficult if you develop a regular maintenance schedule. Here are the 12 most common swimming pool maintenance mistakes.
When is the First and Last Day of School?
If you need to know when the first or last day of school is in the Phoenix area, here's how you find out.
Sonoran Whipsnake
See pictures of both venomous and nonvenomous snakes found in the Greater Phoenix area (Maricopa County) including the Sonoran Whipsnake. Page 22.
Who's Performing in Phoenix in October?
List of the shows and concerts in the Phoenix and Scottsdale in October 2015. See big name bands, Broadway-quality plays and other performances.
Try These AZ Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
See which restaurants in the Greater Phoenix area have been featured on the Food Network TV show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.
Getting Married in AZ? You'll Need One of These.
Here's what you need to know about obtaining a marriage license in Arizona, and what you have to do to get one.
After You Build a Pool, What Does it Cost?
A professional pool builder in Phoenix helps assess what it will cost to maintain a swimming pool at your home.
Arizona Scorpion Pictures
See pictures of the Arizona bark scorpion. The Arizona bark scorpion is found all over the greater Phoenix area. This scorpion is venomous and dangerous.
Birds of Phoenix and Arizona - Gallery 1
See pictures of different birds that are often seen in the greater Phoenix area. These Phoenix bird photos were submitted by residents and visitors to Arizona.
What You Should Know About Working in a Right...
Arizona is a Right to Work state. Learn what the Right to Work law means, and some of the common misconceptions about it.
What is the 2015 Minimum Wage in Arizona?
Find out what the current minimum wage is in Arizona.
Meet the Real Allison DuBois: Arizona's...
You can sneak a peek into the life of Allison DuBois in a TV show called Medium. Find out more about the real Allison DuBois.
How to Get or Renew Your Arizona Driver License
A simple 'how-to' on obtaining an Arizona driver's license.
Roof Rats in Phoenix? Really?
What is a roof rat, and why do we have them? Find out about roof rats and how to eliminate them.
Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Where the...
The public can tour the stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play football. Get the details about the University of Phoenix Stadium Tour in Glendale, Arizona.
Best Desert Plant Gardening Ideas
Here are several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. They are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.
Does It Ever Rain in Phoenix, AZ?
Does it rain in Phoenix? Yes it does. Find out how much rain Phoenix gets and which months get more rainfall.
Rides, Concerts, Games, Food, Exhibits: Arizona...
The Arizona State Fair comes to the Valley every fall. Here's what you need to know to enjoy the Arizona State Fair.
Yellow Bells: Colorful Low-Care Plants for Any...
Yellow Bells are a highly recommended desert perennial plant. They are hardy, drought resistant, and provide lovely color many times during the year.
Find a Gas Station Near the Phoenix Airport and...
Use this interactive map to find a gas station near the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Rental Car Center.
At Some Point Everyone Needs to Find a Walmart
Get the addresses and phone numbers for Walmart stores in the Greater Phoenix area. Includes Scottsdale, Glendale and other cities.
What to Expect When Touring PING Golf Factory
See pictures and get details about the free factory tours of PING Golf in Phoenix, Arizona. Karsten Manufacturing makes PING golf clubs in Phoenix, and offers a limited number of free tours throughout the year.
What Types of Homes Will You Find in the...
If you are researching homes online, it can be confusing at to what sellers mean when they advertise a home. What's the difference between a townhome or townhouse and a patio home? What's the definition of a duplex? What's a gemini?
Would You Eat Here? Phoenix Inspection Failures...
Worst health department restaurant inspections in Greater Phoenix for the week ending August 23, 2015. Do you really want to eat here?
Things That Go Bump in the Night: Halloween in...
Looking for some creepy, spooky, fun activities for Halloween in metro Phoenix? More than 75 events every year for adults, children and families.
Go Directly to Jail: The Arizona DUI Stop and...
An Arizona attorney shares Information about courts, sentencing and mandatory jail time relating to DUI convictions in Arizona. Page 3.
What to Know About Gardening Oleander Plants
The oleander is one of several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.
Up Late in Phoenix? These Places Are Open 24...
Need to find something in the middle of the night? Here are some stores and restaurants that are open 24 hours in the Phoenix area.
Hey Arizona! Are Your Ready for Some Football?
Are you ready for some football? See the current schedule for the Arizona Cardinals and find out how to buy Cardinals football tickets. Page 2.
Photo Guide of Arizona's State Tree
The Palo Verde tree is the state tree of Arizona. It has a green trunk and green branches, and blooms with bright yellow flowers.
It's Easy if You Know How It Works: Phoenix...
If you aren't familiar with riding the light rail train system in Phoenix, these tips should make you more comfortable about how to take the train.
Polkas, Brats, Beer and Fun! Oktoberfest in...
Where can you celebrate Oktoberfest in Phoenix, Arizona with German beer, food, dance and costumes? Here's the list with dates and details.
Check Out All You Can Do in Phoenix in December
Annual festivals and events held during the month of December in the Phoenix area. Includes Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Peoria, Glendale and other area communities.
Easy Desert Plants
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants.
What Kind of Jobs are in Phoenix, AZ?
Here are the 25 fastest growing and the 25 most common jobs you'll find in Arizona, most of them in the Greater Phoenix area.
Rattlesnake Bite? Here is What You Should Do!
We have rattlesnakes in Arizona. What to do (and what NOT to do) if you are bitten by a rattlesnake.
Pet Adoption in Phoenix
If you want to adopt a dog or cat in the Phoenix area, you might want to contact the Arizona Humane Society.
What Does A La Carte Mean?
What does a la carte mean? If a menu says the price is a la carte, how much is it?
Yellow Bells / Trumpet Bush
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants. Page 61.
Over 18? Find an Adult Store in the Phoenix Area
Find stores for adult movies, books and novelties, in the Phoenix area. Addresses, phone numbers, hours and services are included here.
All-You-Can-Eat Buffets in Phoenix: Where to Go
If you are really hungry or like a lot of variety, these all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants in Phoenix will satisfy for a very reasonable price.
You Probably Didn’t Know This About...
How many days does Phoenix have temperatures over 100 degrees? How many over 110? Get these and other details about our triple digit temperatures. Page 2.

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