Monday, May 26, 2008

Recipes for 'Getting to Know You' activity

Chicken Cabbage Salad (from Laura Church)

This salad works best if you can make it a day before you need it. Or at least a couple of hours before serving.


2 cups cooked chicken
1 head cabbage-chopped fine
2 chopped green onions
2 ounces slivered almonds
2 pkgs. raman noodles, crunched up


1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
3 T soy sauce
2 packages chicken top raman flavorings
1/4 t. pepper
Mix dressing well. Pour dressing over mixed salad.

This salad makes a lot - I'm guessing but I would say about 14 people.

Please have the dish to the church by 6:25pm on June 12. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Pace at 279-1665. Thank you!


Benihana Japanese Fried Rice

1 cup uncooked rice (not instant)
2 eggs
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 T finely greated carrot
1/2 cup diced onion
1 1/2 T butter
2 T Soy sauce
Salt pepper

Cook the rice following instructions on the package. This should take about 20 minutes. Pour rice into a large bowl to cool.
Scramble the eggs in a small pan over medium heat. Chop scrambled chunks into pea-size bites with your spatula while cooking.
When the rice has cooled, add the peas, carrots, eggs, and onion to the bowl. Carefully toss all of the ingredients together.
Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium/high heat.
When the butter has melted completely, dump the rice mixture into the pan and add the soy sauce plus a dash of salt and pepper. Cook the rice mixture for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often.

Please have the dish to the church by 6:25pm on June 12. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Pace at 279-1665. Thank you!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Splash Parks

Power Ranch Club House Spray Pad: At the Clubhouse

SanTan Villages: Located at Williams Field & Greenfield

Pecos Park Spray Pad: 48th Street and Pecos Road in the Ahwatukee Foothills area of Phoenix. You must enter the park from 48th Street, via Chandler Boulevard.

Altadena Park Spray Pad: 3711 E. Altadena Avenue. The nearby major cross streets are 36th Street and Cactus Road.

Arcadia Park Spray Pad: 3402 N. 56th Street. The nearby major cross streets are 56th Street and Indian School Road.

Edison Park Spray Pad: 901 N. 19th Street. The nearby major cross streets are 19th Street and Roosevelt.

Harmon Park Spray Pad: 1239 S. 5th Avenue. The nearby major cross streets are 5th Avenue and Buckeye.

Mountain Vista Park Spray Pad: 13647 S. 50th Street in Ahwatukee Foothills. The nearby major cross streets are 50th Street and Ray Road.

Barrios Unidos Park Spray Pad: 1501 E. Mohave in downtown Phoenix.

Nuestro Park Spray Pad: Ninth Street and Pima, south of downtown Phoenix.

The Phoenix Zoo has a sprayground called Leapin' Lagoon, and is included with your paid admission to the Phoenix Zoo. This splash playground is located near the main lake across from the Enchanted Forest. Call for info 602-273-1341. (Note: This splash pad is not operated by the City of Phoenix.)

The Tempe Splash Playground is located on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake at Tempe Beach Park near the entrance to the park at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue.

"The entrance to the playground is a metal circle of clouds that rains a light mist of water onto visitors. Thunder claps and lightning flashes. Waterfalls turn into streams and water rushes into canals. Children can enjoy running through the ocean and riding toy whales, or playing on the sandy beach. Only about two inches of water will pool in parts of the park. The water is kept flowing across the playground, where it is eventually collected, filtered, cleaned, and re-circulated in a state-of-the-art system." Call for info 480-350-8625.

The Jaycee Park splash pad is located at 817 W 5th Street (at Hardy Drive) in Tempe. Call for info 480-350-8625.

The Chuparosa Park Spray Pad is located at 2400 S. Dobson Rd., south of Germann Rd. in Chandler. The spray pad has one ground spray, four spray rings, and one candy cane shaped shower. Call for info 480-782-2750.

Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals are located at 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., between Rural Rd. and McClintock Dr. and between Ray Rd. & Chandler Blvd. There are 3 Dolphins, 1 elephant, and 3 ground sprays. Call for info 480-782-2750.

The Espee Park Spray Pad is located at 450 E. Knox, between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road. Call for info 480-782-2750.

The spray pad at Vista del Camino Park is located at 7700 E. Roosevelt. This park is located in the Indian Bend Wash complex, near Hayden Road.

The spray pad at Paiute Park is located at 3210 N. 66th street, South of Osborn Road.

Scottsdale has "spray poles" on the playgrounds at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road (Scottsdale Road, north of Lincoln), and at Agua Linda Park, 8732 E. McDonald (Pima Road and McDonald).

La Mirada Park has sprayers. It is located at 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in north Scottsdale.

The Chesnutt Park spray pad is located at 4565 N. Granite Reef Road.

The spray pad at Pima Park can be found at 8600 E. Thomas Road.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May Events

Every Monday
Drop the kids off at the IKEA supervised play area and ballroom, and shop in peace. This way, everyone's happy. Or if you want them to help make furnishing decisions, strollers are available at the entrance. Since kids are the most important people in the world, they deserve furnishings made just for them. You'll find plenty of colorful, playful products for kids' rooms. And of course, lots and lots of toys. * 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. * IKEA Tempe * 2110 W. IKEA Way * Tempe * 480-496-5658

Every Tuesday
Storytime at Pottery Barn Kids
Kids of all ages are invited to this fun storytime. Join the Pottery Barn Book Club and receive a special gift after attending five storytimes! * 10 a.m. * Pottery Barn Kids * 7014 E. Camelback Road * Scottsdale * 480-423-3813

Family Bounce Night
Come have a bouncing good time with the kids! Call ahead, reservations required. Free for parents; $8.95 for first child; $7.95 for siblings. * 5 to 8 p.m. * Bounce U * 1166 S. Gilbert Road * Gilbert * 480-632-9663

Chick-fil-A Tuesday Kid's Night
Kid's Night Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. Arts and crafts and other fun activities. Free Kid's Meal with purchase of adult meal 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Kids activities are free and are held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Monthly activity schedules are available at the Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Every Thursday
Scottsdale ArtWalk
Enjoy an evening full of gallery show openings, food and drink and other entertainment. * 7 to 9 p.m. * Downtown Scottsdale * Main St. and Marshall Way * Scottsdale * 480-990-3939

Every Friday
Arizona Sunrays Open Gym
Come tumble! Kids will love to practice gymnastics during open gym. For ages 2 to 5 with parent. Cost is $10 for non-members and $8 for members. * 10 to 11:30 a.m. * Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics * 3110 E. Thunderbird Road * Phoenix * 602-992-5790

Open Gym at USA Gymnastics
Hang around upside down at Open Gym! Kids will love using all the different gymnastic equipment including trampoline and rope swing. Cost is $5, bring a friend for free with mention of Active Moms Events Calendar.* 7 p.m. * USA Gymnastics * 1866 S. Fraser * Mesa * 480-926-1480