PACC911, Earnhardt Ford team for pet adoption event
The Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911) has teamed up for a second year with Earnhardt Ford in Chandler for its Paws to Make a Difference pet adopt-a-thon. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Earnhardt Ford/Mazda dealership, 7300 W. Orchid Lane, Chandler.
More than 35 animal rescue groups will be on hand with hundreds of family-friendly dogs, cats and critters for adoption. The event will also feature live music, a grill and a handful of vendors and other animal organizations available to answer questions and provide services. All animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and evaluated. PACC911 will also accept donations with all funds raised benefiting the Emergency Medical Fund (EMF), which provides financial aid to Valley nonprofit animal welfare groups needing assistance with medical costs.
Admission is free; adoption fees vary by group.
For information, call PACC911 at (602) 992-4779 or Earnhardt Ford/Mazda at (480) 893-0000.
Donate items at ARC to support troops
Once again the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) is busy collecting items for its “Support Our Troops” program. This program sends care packages to troops serving overseas. Care packages are sent to the troops twice a year in cooperation with Luke Air Force Base.
Volunteers will prepare the care packages on April 5, and donations of individual packages of nuts, beef jerky and snacks along with travel-sized personal items and sanitizer may be dropped off at the ARC until then. Because the care packages will be received in a Middle Eastern country during the hot summer months, soldiers are especially in need of sun block and water flavoring packets.
If you have a family member serving overseas this summer, you may drop off his or her name and address and the ARC would be happy to thank this soldier with a care package.
For more information, call Amy at (480) 821-0276.
Designated Drivers Foundation comes to Valley
The Designated Drivers Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization designed to create awareness about the perils of drinking and driving, educate the public about available driving programs and fund sensible alternatives to drinking and driving.
The program also offers a designated driver service, which provides drivers to transport clients in their own vehicle, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information or to take advantage of the free ride service, bar owners and restaurateurs may call 1-877-456-RIDE (7433) and request a free ride card or visit www.designateddriversinc.com or www.designateddriversfoundation.org.
Indie Excellence Awards accepting submissions
The 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards is accepting submissions through March 31 for books published from 2007 to the present.
Submissions of books by self-published authors, small press and independent publishers will be judged in the categories of their choice, and winners and finalists will be announced nationally in mid May. All winners and finalists will receive extensive media coverage and are in the running for the Sponsor’s Choice Prizes, valued in excess of $12,000. These include sessions with outstanding media and PR consultants, marketing experts and others in a position to assist authors and publishers in creating greater success with their books.
For information about the contest including how to submit books, visit www.indieexcellence.com. The deadline for entries is March 31.
Older children, sibling groups need adoption, too
Christian Family Care Agency hopes to draw attention to two special groups of kids who need adoptive homes – children over the age of 10 and children from larger sibling groups (three or more children).
Louise Gonzales of Christian Family Care Agency’s Phoenix office said while progress is being made in these two areas, the need remains for loving parents willing to adopt these kids.
Gonzales said parents willing to adopt children from these two areas often will move through the adoption process more quickly. She added that a parent’s age isn’t usually as big an issue when it comes to adopting an older child.
An adoptive parent’s bank account also isn’t necessarily a barrier. For more information, call (602) 234-1935 or visit www.cfcare.org.
Lender’s Bagels launches $1K contest
From now through March 31, Lender’s Bagels invites anyone ages 18 and up to enter the “Now That’s A Bagel That ...” contest by submitting a sentence that completes that phrase, along with a photo that illustrates what the brand brings to your family’s life, whether at breakfast, lunch, dinner or any time of day.
To enter, go to www.lendersbagels.com, click on the “Now That’s a Bagel That...” banner and follow instructions.
This year’s grand-prize winner will receive $1,000 and a year’s supply of Lender’s Bagels. All entrants will receive one free package of Lender’s Bagels.
Laughter coach offers life-changing workshops
A revolutionary method of laughter therapy is now available from Laurie Nathanson. This certified laughter coach will deliver workshops on some of the better ways to reduce stress and improve health. Get the tools and learn how to protect your body from many chronic health problems during her first Thursday workshops from 5:30 to 7 p.m. starting April 1 at Express Mie, 6448 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (480) 626-5973.
Hikers special added to Grand Canyon rafting schedule
Arizona River Runners is offering three new spring trips in the Grand Canyon, each allowing more time for additional side-canyon hiking and discovery in the milder temperatures of the desert in April.
A 12-day motor powered trip is scheduled for April 3 to 14, a six-day motor powered trip runs April 3 to 8, and a seven-day motor powered trip will go from April 8 to 14.
For details, go to www.raftarizona.com and click on “Browse Our Specials,” or call 1-800-477-7238.
Registration open for Ahwatukee Dog Show
The fourth annual Ahwatukee Dog Show will take place Sunday, March 28, at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road.
Bring your dog out for a morning of fun and games. Pre-registration is $5 per dog per category and $3 for each additional category. Judged categories will include best dressed, best kisser, looks most like owner and more.
All dogs must be on a leash and only well behaved dogs are welcome.
For more information or to register your dog, call (480) 893-3431.
Chamber Masters 2010 Charity Golf Tournament to benefit fireworks
The annual Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament take place Friday, April 16, at the Club West Golf Club, 16400 S. 14th Ave. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ahwatukee Red, White and Boom Fireworks Celebration.
The tournament begins with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start followed by dinner, tournament prizes and your best Mulligan story. This year the hole-in-one contests offer a Ford F-150 truck from San Tan Ford or your choice of three play-and-stay golf get-a-ways. Bid on the silent auction items and enter the raffle for prizes and cash.
The entry fee for foursomes is $375 and includes a sporty windbreaker, dinner and goody bags. The fee for single golfers is $100. Sponsorships are available from $50 to $500.
If you don’t have a foursome but would like to golf, the chamber will take are of pairings for you. If you aren’t a golfer but want to join in the fun, attend the old-fashioned all-American barbecue.
The winning foursome will receive four pink tournament suit jackets with the chamber logo and “Chamber Master” embroidered on it. “We started the pink jackets tradition last year and it was a big hit so we are making it part of the tradition,” said chamber president Terri Kimble.
Hop over to Arizona Mills to see the Easter Bunny
Children and families are invited to celebrate Easter and visit with the Easter Bunny through April 3 in the food court at Arizona Millls Mall, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Professionally produced photos of the Easter Bunny with children or the entire family will also be available.
For more information, call (480) 491-9700 or visit www.arizonamills.com.
Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade, Spring Fling April 3
Planning is under way for the 34th Annual Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade and Spring Fling scheduled for Saturday, April 3. Entries are needed for businesses, youth and church groups, families and individuals for the Easter Parade.
Sponsored again by the Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee and beginning at 10 a.m., the parade forms at 48th Street and Warner Road and progresses north about one mile along 48th Street to Cheyenne Drive. Spectators are welcome to bring lawn chairs or spread blankets and enjoy the parade. Public address stations will be at Ahwatukee Country Club and at the corners of Ahwatukee Drive, Kiowa Street and Pawnee Street.
After the parade, all are invited to the Spring Fling at Ahwatukee Community Center Park at 48th Street and Warner Road. Enjoy entertainment by local groups, carnival rides, games, food, beverages and games for the whole family from about 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ahwatukee AARP Tax-Aide program under way
AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. This service is available to Ahwatukee Foothills residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through April 14 in the Fire Station Community Conference Room at 4110 E. Chandler Blvd.
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and offer help with personal income tax returns. Completed returns are filed electronically to expedite any refunds. E-filing is also more efficient for the taxpayer, and refunds are received much sooner.
This free tax service is available by appointment and to walk-ins. To make an appointment, visit the fire station during the hours listed above and talk to one of the volunteers at the registration desk.
Ahwatukee Citrus Program
Community members are invited to take any excess quality fruit left over when picking fruit from their citrus trees to the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. This citrus program will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Silent Sundays at South Mountain Park
Cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and stroller-riding tots get to call the roads of South Mountain Park their own one day each month when the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department continues its popular Silent Sunday at South Mountain on the fourth Sunday monthly. Starting at 5 a.m. the park’s roadways past the Central Avenue gate, 10919 S. Central Ave., will be reserved for non-motorized use.
Remaining Silent Sunday dates for 2010 are March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26.
For information, call (602) 495-5811.
AAF Metro hosts golf tourney
AAF Metro Phoenix will host the 30th annual Phoenix Golf Tournament on Friday, April 23, at Club West Golf Club, 1640 S. 14th St.
Registration, free golf clinics and free range practice begin at 11 a.m., followed by the tournament at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Golf clinics are available at 11, 11:20 and 11:30 a.m.
Register by April 1 and you will automatically be entered into the early bird drawing for a twosome at Club West Golf Club. Advance tickets are $120 per person or $440 per foursome and include course fees, snacks, awards and dinner reception.
After April 1, tickets are $135 per person or $540 per foursome.
Hispanic Chamber hosting Black & White Ball and Business Awards
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) and Qwest Communications will present the 52nd Annual Black & White Ball and Business Awards starting at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.
The event is the premiere social gathering for Arizona’s Latino community and is also the AZHCC’s biggest annual fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Bailando al Exito” (Dancing Toward Success). The event features the Chamber’s prestigious business awards ceremony, and the AZHCC will also honor an Arizona Legacy, former Arizona Gov. Raul H. Castro.
The program also includes the announcement of the Chamber’s college scholarship award recipients. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been awarded to deserving Latino students from across the state.
Guests will also enjoy live musical entertainment, a ballroom dance competition and a live performance by the Tejano group, La Familia Band.
Individual tickets are $300 for members and $350 for non-members.
For more information, contact Frankie at (602) 294-6081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycle old car seats, check current ones
Did you know that car seats expire within six years? Phoenix Children’s Hospital will host its annual Keep Our Planet Neat, Recycle Your Car Set Demolition event from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 22, at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Volunteers will dismantle car seats, and all metal and plastic parts will be recycled.
According to Angelica Baker, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Safety Passenger Specialist, “Garage sales and trash cans are not the answer to unwanted, old car seats – de-manufacturing and recycling is. This is the proper way to dispose of car seats. It’s important not to throw car seats in the dump. We have seen many cases where people will pull old car seats out of dumpsters or trash cans and use them.”
Along with car seat recycling, the hospital will also offer community car seat checks. Trained technicians will check car seat installations and answer questions about car seat safety.
For more information call (602) 546-CARS (2277) or visit www.phoenixchildrens.com.
Golf Fest coming to the Raven
The consumer golf show Golf Fest will be at the Raven at South Mountain Golf Club, 3636 E. Baseline Road, April 23 to 25. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 23; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25.
The extravaganza will feature incredible deals from top golf companies plus great values on clothing, golf resorts, golf tee times, emerging golf company products and services, and more. Golf Fest will feature free lessons, free driving range use to test the latest technology, golf skill contests for great prizes, plus tee time and golf vacation discounts. World-renowned golf trick shot artist Craig Hocknull will also bring his Outback Golf Show to Golf Fest.
Paid attendees will receive a free round of golf at the Raven and a one-year subscription to Golf Digest or a six-month subscription to Golf World magazine. A $15 cart fee per person and tee time restrictions will apply.
Admission is $10; children under 10 will be admitted free.
For information, visit www.golffestshow.com.
Golf tourney in memory of Jim Poulos
The inaugural golf tournament for the Jim and Tracy Poulos Charitable Foundation will take place Saturday, April 24, at Robson Ranch Golf Club in Eloy (about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson). The tournament honors the memory of Ahwatukee Foothills resident Jim Poulos, who passed away from cancer in September.
Registration begins, the range opens and continental breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by a four-person scramble shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The cost – $125 for singles, $400 for foursomes – includes range balls, cart, green fees, entry fee, continental breakfast and lunch. Non-golfers may enjoy lunch for $20. Prizes will be awarded for various contests, and a silent auction will also take place. Hole sponsorships, corporate donations and items for the silent auction are being sought.
Proceeds will benefit Holy Trinity Cathedral, UMOM and the Humane Society.
To sign up, donate, sponsor or for any other questions, call Tracy Poulos at (480) 496-4285.
Hospitality Day and Swap Meet
The shooting and non-shooting public is invited to a free, enjoyable, educational hands-on day exploring the many shooting activities available at the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club, 3960 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24.
Bring your whole family for a safe, fun experience and improve your marksmanship skills. Each of the competition divisions will be available for you to experience the many competition opportunities the club offers. For each event, equipment and orientation will be provided, or you may use your own. Here is your chance to try something new!
Club members who have become national and world champions will demonstrate various shooting techniques, and community organizations will also put on demonstrations.
There will be also tables for you to buy, sell or swap that excess stuff from the back of your safe. For details, e-mail Scott at email@example.com.
Eye and ear protection is required for everyone - bring your own or purchase them at the Club for a small charge. Food and drinks will also be available.
For more information on the event, visit www.riosaladosportsmans.com/hospitality.
Sunday Farmers Market
The Arizona Community Farmers Markets Group hosts a farmers market on Sundays in the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center parking lot at 4700 E. Warner Road, just west of 48th Street. Hours are 8 to 11 a.m. July to mid October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. mid October to April and 8 a.m. to noon May to June.
Admission is free. The market is family friendly, and canine good citizens are welcome.
For more information, visit www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.
Farmers’ Market at Wild Horse Pass
The Gila River Farmers’ Market at Wild Horse Pass, located at Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road in Chandler, is now open and will run from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday year-round.
Support the Arizona-grown and Arizona-made garden market while enjoying a morning of fun for the whole family. The market features produce from the Wild Horse Pass garden, community farmers, artisans, vendors, kids activities, cooking classes, breakfast and story telling in Akimel Basho, the newest frontier attraction. Breakfast and brunch are also offered, as well as college football on many big screen TV’s in the Casual Cowboy Saloon.
For information, visit www.rawhide.com or call (480) 705-2936.
Bull riding at Rawhide
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, is offering bull riding at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Fridays through January. Fees are $60 for open bull riding, $40 for novice riding, $20 for calf riding (10 years and under) and $1 for sheep riding (6 and under).
Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are good for both shows.
For information and entries, call RC Mercer at (602) 237-3000.
Suns, AAA Arizona hosting fan celebration cruise
The Phoenix Suns and AAA Arizona are offering a Suns Fan Celebration Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” to the Eastern Caribbean, beginning Saturday, July 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Vacationers will have the opportunity to see three of the Eastern Caribbean’s most beautiful islands, as the cruise liner will stop at ports in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau. The seven-night, round-trip cruise will also include one pre-departure night of accommodations at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, July 16.
For details, visit www.Suns.com.
Adventure Play Group getting started
Adventure Play Group is a moms and baby play and support group that meets on a drop-in basis from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays in the nursery at Adventure Community Church, 4633 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 112.
Moms are provided support and affirmation through relationships with other moms, and children ages 0 to 5 enjoy the fully equipped nursery. Snacks and beverages are provided, and older siblings are also welcome.
For more information, contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 940-3540.
Food distributor launches food drive benefiting Ariz. residents
The Treasure Box, an economical meal program developed by San Diego-based Good Source Solutions, provides quality, nutritious food for everyone trying to stretch their food dollars. Treasure Box can feed a family of four for almost a week or an individual for nearly one month!
The Treasure Box is able to leverage its buying power through partnerships with more than 500 well-known and popular food brands to provide a pre-assembled, frozen box packed with $75 to $100 worth of food offered to individuals and families for just $30 per week.
The program has partnered with churches across the Valley to offer this unique opportunity. Pickup locations include Tempe Nazarene Church, 3929 S. Rural Road, and First Baptist Church of Tempe, 4525 S. McClintock Drive, in Tempe. Deliveries are made monthly.
Individuals and families may place their orders online at www.thetreasurebox.org. For more information about the program or to become a community partner, call Koni Gould at (602) 663-0350.
Support domestic abuse awareness, recovery
Sunsational Cruises and Bravery Project are partnering to offer a journey of recovery. An escape to sea supporting domestic abuse awareness sets sail June 6 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The 2010 Bravery Project Cruise is a seven-night cruise to the eastern Caribbean with rates beginning at $979 per person for double occupancy. For each confirmed booking made through Polly Waln at Sunsational Cruises, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Bravery Project.
While enjoying the scenery from the deck, travelers will also be treated to original artwork exhibited by creator Florschuetz.
For details, visit www.braveryproject.org.
Woodworkers looking for projects
The Ahwatukee Woodworkers Club gets together on Thursdays to work on charity projects and is currently looking for more projects to take on.
Past projects have included making plaques for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, building tables and chairs for preschools and even making model MRI machines for doctors to explain the procedure to children to ease their fears. A model doll house kit was donated to the group, so members built it and held a raffle to raise money to support the club. In another project, models of homes in Tempe were built for the Tempe Historical Society that were raffled in a fundraiser for the society. The group is currently busy making cubbies for a local preschool.
The club is located near the Ahwatukee Recreation Center and is part of the Ahwatukee Retirement Community.
Projects are needed, and organizations such as schools, hospitals, churches or other charities in need of something built or made are asked to contact president Tom Rosenthal at (480) 275-6631.
YMCA’s OPAS program
Y OPAS (Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors) is a volunteer program of the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA providing support services for seniors, 62 years and older, who live in Ahwatukee Foothills. Transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visiting, caregiver relief, business help and household assistance are some of the services provided by Y OPAS volunteers.
If you, or someone you know would like to use its services, or if you are interested in volunteering, call (602) 212-6088. Volunteers that can help seniors with transportation and friendly visiting are especially needed.