A Green Valley women's group, the Women of Quail Creek, got together to write a cookbook, which it published, quickly sold out two printings and raised more than $10,000 for the Green Valley Food Bank. The nonprofit used the money to buy more than $110,000 worth of food.
Dubbed "A Taste of Quail Creek," the book featured recipes from the group's members. Led by President Peggy McGee, the group started by selling the books to friends and family by word of mouth but were overwhelmed by interest from the community.
The philanthropy-minded group identifies worthy causes and raises money to help them out.
"When you get to be this age, you just feel a great need to give back," said 71-year-old Marilyn Miller, a member of the group who moved to Green Valley from Washington state six years ago. "The food bank's demands were far exceeding what they had on their shelf."
Miller said her favorite dish among the 388 recipes in the book is for "fiery fried chicken," which includes chili, garlic sauce, pineapple juice, skinless chicken, bread crumbs, salt and oil.
McGee said the group printed the books through Morris Press Cookbooks in Nebraska. The group sold 2,300 copies.
The group is moving on to other charitable endeavors - including selling re-usable shopping bags to benefit a domestic-abuse shelter - and has no more copies of the book to sell.
"The Biggest Loser" sets Phoenix casting call
If your life goals are to lose a bunch of weight and star on a reality show, you'll want to head up to Mesa on Saturday for a casting call for NBC's "The Biggest Loser."
Mesa is one of 13 cities included in the nationwide series.
Producers will be on the lookout for charismatic teams and individuals age 18 and up who have at least 85 pounds to lose. Competitors can win a $250,000 grand prize.
The event will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., in Mesa.
community radio station looks at 2013 air date
Jason LeValley, who used to be the host of a show at KXCI 91.3-FM, is in the early stages of attempting to launch a low-frequency FM station with a local group.
Seeking funding provided by the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, LeValley and two others are trying to drum up support for an independent music and talk-oriented station.
LeValley said the group plans to choose a local nonprofit to pair with and submit an application for a Federal Communications Commission license. He hopes the station will broadcast from downtown and expects its range to be from eight to 10 miles.
The earliest the station could broadcast would be 2013, LeValley said.
KGUN hires reporter
KGUN 9 has filled an opening left by the departure of meteorologist Brian Basham to Memphis, Tenn.
Corinne Hautala, an Arizona State University grad who most recently worked as a morning anchor and reporter at WTLV in Jacksonville, Fla., will start at KGUN Aug. 22.
KGUN staffer April Madison replaced Basham as the meteorologist.
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