Off the Wall - Exhibition and Silent Auction Thu. 09/14 - Sun. 09/17, times vary Art Intersection, Gilbert Off the Wall is a special exhibition and silent auction in which you can view and bid on works form local and national artists. more infomap
Toney Rocks in Concert Fri. 09/15, 7pm The Listening Room, Phoenix The Listening Room presents national touring musician, Toney Rocks for an intimate acoustic concert. $20 more infomap
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Fri. 09/15 & Sat. 09/16, times vary Mesa Convention Center Card makers, stampers, and scrapbook enthusiasts can find new products and designs from vendors. $8-$20 more infomap
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Fri. 09/15 - Sun. 09/17, times vary WestWorld of Scottsdale This weekend event will feature over 200 of the finest vintage and handmade vendors selling all things chipped, rusty, vintage, and handmade. $50-$65 more infomap
William Lee Martin Sat. 09/16, 7pm & 9:30pm Stir Crazy Comedy Club, Glendale Comedian William Lee Martin tours to pour his heart out on stage with engaging original material of family, the frailty of life, and love. $18 more infomap
Scottsdale Quarter Fall Concert Series with Shallow Water Sat. 09/16, 5pm-7pm Scottsdale Quarter Known as one of Arizona's premier party bands, Shallow Water is a high-energy dance band that mixes the best of classic hits with the popular hits of today. more infomap
Ride-in-Movies at the Park Finding Dory Sat. 09/16, 7pm Harmony Park, Mesa Families are encouraged to ride bikes or walk to the park to enjoy this family-friendly showing of Finding Dory. more infomap
Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks Sat. 09/16, 9:30am Scottsdale's Museum of the West This exhibition by Allan and Judith Cooke features more than 65 of the finest examples of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time. $0-$13 more infomap
Momma's Organic Market Sat. 09/16, 9am-2pm Park West, Peoria Momma's Organic Market of the West Valley Your go-to for wholesome, local, and organic products for the entire family. more infomap
Rockin' Taco Street Fest Sat. 09/16, 12pm-9pm Dr. AJ Chandler Park & Downtown A food, music, and cultural celebration, Rockin' Taco Street Fest will feature creative tacos from two dozen local restaurants. more infomap
Bark Happy Summer's End Pawty Sun. 09/17, 6pm-8pm DeSoto Central Market, Phoenix Enjoy freebies, featured food and drinks, treats, doggie musical chairs, and fabulous raffle prizes. $12-$15 more infomap
Football @ UTEP 09/15 @ 7:15pm Women's Soccer vs Brigham Young 09/15 @ 7:00pm Women's Volleyball Wildcat Classic Tucson, AZ vs William & Mary 09/15 @ 12:30pm vs New Mexico State 09/15 @ 7:00pm vs Illinois State 09/16 @ 1:00pm
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Football @ Texas Tech 09/16 @ 5:00pm Women's Soccer vs Hawai'i 09/15 @ 7:00pm vs Weber State 09/17 @ 1:00pm Women's Volleyball UT Arlington Maverick Classic Arlington, TX vs Lamar 09/15 @ 3:00pm vs Houston Baptist 09/16 @ 8:00am vs UT Arlington 09/16 @ 4:00pm
Mortgage rates and their fluctuations are closely tied to investment activity. When investors feel confident about the economy, they’re more willing to invest in stocks rather than bonds. As bond prices fall accordingly, the Treasury yield goes up, as do mortgage rates.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation Survey on Friday, Aug. 4, which revealed an increase of 209,000 jobs in July. Though not as robust an increase as the one seen in June, this number was higher than many economists anticipated and successfully boosted confidence in the economy – and interest rates, according to NerdWallet.
One week later, the Consumer Price Index was announced to be slightly lower in July than it was in June. The reading of 1.7%, up 0.1% from June, wasn’t what economists wanted or anticipated to hear. The Federal Reserve’s systematic rate hikes over the past two years are intended to bring inflation to 2%, and as this measure continues to come in below target, investors may be discouraged.
Investors also look to headlines and current events to help them determine whether stocks or bonds will be most beneficial to them. This month, many people throughout the U.S. and globally have tuned into President Donald Trump’s rhetoric regarding North Korea.
Global uncertainty typically encourages investors to seek safety in the historically more stable bonds rather than stocks. As tensions grow between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, investors turned to bonds in August, moving their prices higher and pushing Treasury yields down, NerdWallet explained.
Later in the month, Trump traveled to Arizona where he touched on the topic of a U.S.-Mexico border wall in a speech. Discussions regarding the border wall have espoused numerous opinions and have been a source of tension between those who support the idea and those who oppose it. Regardless of personal opinions, this kind of volatility generally encourages investors to focus on bond purchases, continuing to push residential mortgage rates downward.
The coming month brings a Federal Reserve meeting and press conference, which will likely have an impact on mortgage rates, though whether it’ll push them up or pull them down remains to be seen.
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The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. "Heart-gripping and cathartic, Fun Home occupies the place where we all grew up." (The New York Times).
An annual celebration of the upcoming season, this free, family-friendly festival will share the theme, The Good, The Bad and The Weird with five new exhibitions in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, and will present live music, great foods, outdoor festival, great atmosphere and more!
On the second Friday of every month, guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. More than 1,200 guests attend each of these free, family friendly events that include giveaways, special-themed contests and prizes. This month's movie is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Mesa downtown galleries and businesses have joined together to create an exciting, friendly and free way to spend a Friday evening. With a new theme every month, visitors can enjoy an art walk, dining, shopping, activities, entertainment, and fun every 2nd Friday of the month. This event is held on Main Street between Center and Country Club. The information booth located on Main and Macdonald has a map of the evening's activities and locations.
Movies in the Desert features an outdoor movie for families the second Saturday of every month. On Saturday, September 9th guests will enjoy a live screening of Moana beginning at 6:30pm under the stars.
The ninety minute pre-movie entertainment show will begin at 5pm featuring a Moana meet and greet and photo opportunity; a Hawaiian dance performance; a learn to draw PUA activity, a Lei making station and a giveaway table with a prize wheel. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets while food and drinks will be available for purchase at the surrounding restaurants.
We all have those ugly eyesores in our yard. Trash cans, utility meters, AC units… you know, those “things” that your home can’t run without, but you wonder why no one has figured out a way to make them look better? Lucky for you, some creative folks in the blogging world agree, and have come up with these DIY ways to hide outdoor eyesores! So get ready for greater curb appeal, and hide the ugly!