October events continue for Cancer awareness

October 14, 2009

C4 Martini & Wine Bar adds ‘Pink’ to their drinks in honor of Breast Cancer Month
CAVE CREEK – Throughout the month of October, C4 Martini & Wine Bar encourages guests to “Pink their Drinks” in support of Breast Cancer Research and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization.

Chambord Black Raspberry liquor, containing raspberries, blackberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac, is sponsoring the campaign and encouraging bar and dining patrons to add a splash of Chambord to their beverages such as a martini, margarita or white wine for $2, proceeds benefiting the charity.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, is the global leader for the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, the organization continues an effort to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

C4 Martini & Wine bar is located at 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd. For more information visit www.cavecreekcoffee.com.

English Rose Tea Room partners with Team W.I.S.H. Arizona
CAVE CREEK – On Saturday, Oct. 17 over 80 women motorcyclists will converge on Carefree for a ‘formal’ tea and lunch at the English Rose Tea Room. Jo Gemmill, owner, explains, “This is our 4th Annual event with these ladies and it’s an afternoon we look forward to each year because all of us have been touched by breast cancer, someway, somehow.”

The event this year starts at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson in Anthem and is limited to 100 women riders, with stops at the Tea Room and ending at the Cave Creek Coffee & Wine Company.

“We are so honored to participate in this event with the Tea Room because we’ll all be raising funds for the same cause … to help find a cure for breast cancer!” comments co-captain, Carol Stacy. Team W.I.S.H. will be on hand to create awareness, pass out educational information about mammo-grams, fund raising and more benefiting Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

Everyone is invited to stop by for a ‘spot of tea’ with lunch seating still available after 1:30 p.m. Bring the family, your friends and neighbors to help raise awareness for a great cause and relax for an afternoon of fun and chatter.

Second Annual Ride to Provide for L.I.F.E. Oct. 24
CHANDLER – L.I.F.E. (Lauren’s Institute for Education) is a school for special needs children. Registration will be available online at www.laurensinstitute.org or at the day of the event from 9 – 11 a.m.

Kick stands up at 11 a.m. at Chandler Harley Davidson, Chandler. They will be riding to The Buffalo Chip, 6811 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek.

Music, food, drinks, raffle, silent auction, casino tables, Texas Hold’em Tournament ($100 donation per seat).

Lunch will be provided: BBQ Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Cole Slaw, Beans, Rolls.

National Brain Tumor Society’s 5th Annual Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk
PHOENIX – Phoenix unites to fight brain tumors on Saturday, Oct. 24. Hundreds of participants will gather for a 5K walk starting and finishing at Kiwanis Park in the Ruben Romero Corporate Area to raise awareness and essential funds at the National Brain Tumor Society’s Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk (www.PhoenixWalk.org).

Families, friends, and co-workers will rally together to participate in this fundraising walk and community day including food, music, prizes, and more. Proceeds support research and patient services at the National Brain Tumor Society.

Gold Medal-Winning Pianist Haochen Zhang to perform for 2009-10 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
SCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a recital on Oct. 25 by the extraordinarily gifted 19-year-old Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang, the gold medalist and youngest participant at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The recital will be held in the new Virginia G. Piper Theater

Single tickets are available for $24 through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ patron services box office at 480 994-ARTS (2787) or online at
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, is located at 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale.

Laughing Matters by Charles Marshall
Getting phrased out

October 14, 2009

charles marshallAs I float through life I hear things that get on my nerves. I periodically exercise these minor annoyances by writing little columns about them and thereby retain my sanity for another day. Here are a few phrases that I hear people using that repeatedly get on my nerves.

We have a very full flight today – Oftentimes when passengers are boarding a plane, flight attendants will announce that the flight is “very full today.” Now, I’ve always understood the word “full” to mean “filled to capacity,” or in other words, full.

So it works like this. A plane can be almost full. The plane can be just about full. But it is technically impossible to have anything that is very full. Nor can anything be quite full, extremely full, awfully full, incredibly full, exceedingly full or exceptionally full.

Full is a finite word just like the word “dead.” You can’t have someone who is very dead. News reports just don’t read that way.

“Today local resident Alvin Jones fell off his roof while attempting to rescue his cat.
Authorities at the scene pronounced Mr. Jones to be very dead. Police investigators have also concluded that Mr. Jones is indeed extraordinarily dead. Officer Steve Smith was quoted saying, ‘Of all the dead people I’ve seen in my career, this guy is the most dead.’ Mr. Jones’ funeral services are expected to be very, very full.”

See? It just doesn’t work. Again, the rule is something can be almost full or not quite full, or even dang-near full. It just can’t be very full.

That door swings both ways – This is a common retort people use when they are trying to convey the concept of reciprocity – what is good for the goose is also good for the gander or what goes around comes around. The problem with saying “that door swings both ways” is that every door swing both ways.

Think about it. If a door swings one way, eventually it has to swing back, right? The door that doesn’t swing at all isn’t a door. It’s a wall. And if you had a door that really only swung one way, it would be a one-time-use door – a disposable door.

The one exception is a revolving door, which truly does only swing one way, except for the revolving doors that swing both ways. See? It’s maddening, isn’t it?

So I guess the saying should be amended to “that revolving door, which normally only swings one way, swings both ways.” Yes, that’s much better.

Pretty upset – The other day a friend of mine told me his wife was pretty upset, and I thought that was a bit odd because I’ve never seen anyone who was pretty when they were upset. The face usually gets red, eyes bulge out and veins start sticking out on the forehead. No, it definitely isn’t pretty.

If you really want to communicate the depth of one’s upset-ness, then you should say “Man, she was ugly upset. I’ve never seen her so ugly upset.”
Doesn’t that work much better?

Anyway, it’s time for me to wrap this up. I have a very full schedule today and if I don’t get everything done, my wife is going to get pretty upset. But remember, that door swings both ways.

?Charles Marshall is a Christian comedian and author. Visit his website at www.charlesmarshallcomedy.com