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Health Benefits of Kombucha

Though kombucha didn’t appear on the shelves of U.S. health food stores until the 1990s, humans have been swilling the fermented tea for more than 2,000 years. Legend holds that this mystical brew was first consumed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in ancient China, one of the first civilizations to recognize the health benefits of kombucha. Whether you drink kombucha for those very purported health benefits or just because you enjoy the taste of the fermented tea drink, kombucha has a storied history with human health. Sometimes referred to as “mushroom tea”, homemade kombucha is fermented by a colony of bacteria

8 Arizona Breweries You Should Visit

Beer enthusiasts around the Grand Canyon state would agree that over the last half decade, Arizona breweries have grown exponentially. Phoenix and Tucson, in particular, have exploded their numbers of craft breweries, as Arizona residents have fallen hard for beer from small and independent brewers. In Tucson alone, seven new breweries opened up in 2016 and another one opened its doors just at the turn of 2017. However, there are lots of craft beer watering holes all throughout the state, which makes it a haven for beer lovers who love to road trip through the Southwest. Here are eight that

ASU Pop-Up Event on AI

ASU will host a pop up-up event on April 6 to feature short talks on the implications of artificial intelligence in health. According to the director of Health Innovation Programs at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the integration of artificial intelligence into health care is inevitable. “AI has been around for quite a while, but its ability to be effective in the health care arena is just beginning,” said Rick Hall, who also serves as a clinical professor and director of the recently established health- and wellness-centric entrepreneurial HEALab. Chris Yoo, HEALab advisory board member and founder

Opening Day 2018

The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – opening day of 2018 major league baseball! Our Arizona Diamondbacks are hosting the Colorado Rockies in their first regular-season game on March 29th, and the game and celebration will be a great one. The D-backs announced their full list of scheduled festivities, ceremonies and giveaways before the game, including: An Opening Day Street Festival beginning at 4pm in front of the Gila River Casinos Plaza along Fourth Street and Jackson Street. Food trucks, D-backs inflatables and live music will be a part of the festival. Rally towels and a

Arizona Bucket List

Arizona is full of cool things to see and do, with everything from sweeping vistas to scenic hikes, funky artists colonies to relaxing resorts, historical monuments to only-in-Arizona museums. Below are the must-do items to add to your bucket list when traveling to Arizona. Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon yawns across a remote part of Arizona roughly 80 miles from the closest towns, such as Flagstaff and Tuba City. If seeing the majestic canyon is your top priority, the best option is to stay at Grand Canyon Village, a historic town on the canyon’s Southern rim built for the sole purpose of accommodating tourists.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Across the Valley

St. Patrick’s day is this Saturday, March 17th, and there is no shortage of festivals and celebrations to attend. Here are just a few to check out. Pot of Gold Music Festival March 16 – 18, Chandler This three day music festival starts March 16th and features the Dirty Heads, Rebelution and over 30 more musical acts over three days. In between acts check out the regional and local art festival or visit Arcade Alley and put your pinball skills to the test. And don’t forget to stop by Vendor Village to refuel with tasty snacks and drinks. Visit the

March Madness Begins March 11th

Now that it’s March, the madness can begin. The annual basketball tournament begins with Selection Sunday on March 11th, when the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee reveals which 68 teams have made the field for that year’s basketball championships. In addition to the selection, the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, televised on TBS at 6pm ET, will feature the exclusive live first-time announcement of pairings for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Since the tournament began in 1939, UCLA has the most titles with 11, followed by Kentucky with eight and North Carolina with six. Will

Hayden’s Ferry Days, March 2 – 4

Hayden’s Ferry Days is what it has come to be called — honoring one of our community’s first businesses. Introduced in 1971 for Tempe’s centennial year, it proved to be a wildly popular six-month celebration of our city’s heritage and history. In 2016, Peggy Bryant, Tempe Historical Society member and former Tempe Daily News reporter and editor who worked on the 100th birthday event, suggested reviving the spirit of ’71 and turn it into annual tradition. So March 2-4, the Tempe Historical Society, along with numerous community partners, hosts the 3rd Annual Hayden’s Ferry Days – a lively, family-friendly, citywide festival paying homage

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

They are as much of an American tradition as apple pie – Samoas, Thin Mints and the chocolate-coated, peanut butter-filled Tagalongs. Girl Scout cookies, around over 100 years, have become the must-have dessert this season. In Arizona, chefs are reimagining the traditional Girl Scout cookies – and whipping up their own versions of the timeless classics. #DessertChallenge was started by the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council troop five years ago and as part of the competition, chefs are turning the famous cookies into shakes, cakes and even pops, with an added twist. At least 25 local restaurants in the state are participating in the

Spring Training Soon to Begin

Athletes and coaches are already making their way to Arizona to get a head start on spring training. Games officially begin February 23rd across different stadiums in the Valley, so there is no shortage of baseball for the next few weeks. Members of the Cactus League include: Arizona Diamondbacks Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Breweres Oakland Athletics San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers   See schedules, games and buy tickets at the official spring training site here.

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