Clean Air Make More asking for nominees
for Blue Sky Awards
Clean Air Make More is looking for nominees for the first-ever Blue Sky Awards. Individuals and organizations committed to improving the air quality in Maricopa County should submit their entry by Friday, Sept. 25. Winners will be recognized at the Partnering for Cleaner Air Annual Air Quality Conference Oct. 20 at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.
Desert Botanica Garden
offers Biergarten Friday
The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, will present Biergarten from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The new beer-tasting event fuses old world charm with a modern flair in a spectacular outdoor setting.
Tickets are $70 per person for members and $75 for the general public and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend, and must show proper identification to be admitted in to the event. Tickets are limited. All proceeds from ticket sales and beer purchased at Biergarten directly benefit the Desert Botanical Garden.
Tickets are available at www.dbg.org or by calling (480) 481-8188.
Upcoming events and exhibitions include Mariposa Monarca, Sept. 26 to Nov. 15 and the Fall Music in the Garden Concert Series, Oct. 2 to Nov. 6.
‘Rail Ride Event’
METRO light rail, US Airways Center and the Phoenix Suns have partnered to launch the “Rail Ride Event” program, which allows consumers who purchase a ticket to an event at US Airways Center to ride METRO light rail at no additional cost, on the day of the event.
Through Rail Ride Event, METRO will recognize US Airways Center event tickets as valid light rail fare on the day of the event for four hours prior to the start of the event, through the end of the transit day. The program will begin Oct. 1 and run through Sept. 30, 2010.
Upcoming classes at SMCC
South Mountain Community College is offering a variety of classes beginning in October.
Classes at the Ahwatukee Foothills Campus at 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 101, include Yoga I (starting Oct. 13), Basic Techniques & Commands of the Camera (Oct. 15), Speedy Italian III (Oct. 19), Yoga II (Oct. 19) and Using Excel: Level I & II (Oct. 20). Boot Camp will be held at Horizon Community Learning Center, 16233 S. 48th St., beginning Oct. 27.
For information, call (602) 243-8393.
SanTan Apple Festival taking applications
The Apple Dumpling Café will host its fifth annual SanTan Apple Festival, Apple Barn Bazaar and A-Peeling Apple Cooking Contest from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. Higley Educational Foundation, The Wellness Community Arizona – Southeast Valley Project and Pan de Vida Foundation of Queen Creek will benefit from this year’s charity event.
Vendors, artists, family cooks, health care providers, car enthusiasts, celebrity judges and family style entertainers are encouraged to apply by the Friday, Oct. 16, deadline. Applications are available at www.appledumplingcafe.com or by calling Sue or Floyd Bailey at (480) 279-3879.
Eighth Annual Holiday boutique seeks artists, crafters
Artists and crafters are invited to participate in the Eighth Annual Holiday Shoppe at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Vendor registrations will be accepted until Oct. 16 or until all spaces are sold.
Over 100 spaces are available. Vendor setup will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, and the Shoppe will run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
To download a vendor packet, go to www.azcc.org, click on “Ministries” then “Women’s” then “Holiday Shoppe.” Or stop by the church between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up a packet, contact Kay at (602) 549-2267 or email@example.com to have one e-mailed to you.
Design a bra, help create awareness of domestic violence
The Bravery Project is hosting the fundraising event, “Karma Cups: An Uplifting Affair,” from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Cup O’ Karma: Community Cafe for a Cause, 1710 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, to benefit efforts to support and create awareness of domestic violence in our communities.
Participants are invited to create their own uniquely designed bra and enter it in the Bra-Vogue Contest. The event also features a fashion show and activities for the whole family, including music, food, artwork, jewelry, a silent auction, raffles and pampering services (massages, manicures and more) to soothe the soul.
Tickets are $10 ($12 at the door) or $5 with donation of a bra. Children under 12 are $1. The entry fee is $15 for first entry and $8 for each additional entry. The grand prize will be $200 with additional prizes for second and third place.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://braveryproject.org/karmacups.html.
Lite baking recipe contest
To highlight the relaunch of CorningWare SimplyLite, the CorningWare brand is sponsoring a national recipe contest inviting consumers to submit original low-fat, low-calorie “lite” baking recipes.
The recipe contest runs through Dec. 31, and the grand prize winner will receive $5,000.
For details, visit www.corningware.com.
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.
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 - with more than 65 percent savings on your grocery bill! What’s more amazing is one 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 delicious, high-quality 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 Dr.) in Tempe. Deliveries are made monthly, and October orders must be placed by Oct. 7 for pickup on Oct. 24.
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.
Golfland Fright Nights return in October
Golfland, located at 155 W. Hampton Ave. in Mesa, will evolve into a chilling site for Halloween thrill seekers from Oct. 1 to 31 featuring the The Gauntlet Haunted House. For those too squeamish for The Gauntlet, visit Spooktacular Golf, the 18-hole miniature golf course that has undergone a terrifying transformation.
Tickets for The Gauntlet are $12 and operating hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays.
Spooktacular Golf will be available 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. The cost is $6.50 for children and $7.75 for adults. Golf sales end one hour before closing time.
An Unlimited Fear and Fun Package is available for $29.95 and features unlimited visits to The Gauntlet, miniature golf, race cars and bumper boats.
For more information, call (480) 834-8319 or visit www.golfland.com.
Photography workshop near Flagstaff
View The Nature Conservancy’s Hart Prairie Preserve just north of Flagstaff through a camera lens Oct. 2 to 4.
The $575 workshop fee includes materials, lodging in historic cabins, all meals and professional instruction.
To learn more or to register, contact Neil Chapman at (928) 774-8892, ext. 5, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church offering rent-a-space parking lot sale
Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., will host a parking lot sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, and community members are invited to rent a space to bring their stuff, staff their booth and handle their own money.
Booths are available for $25 each and must be reserved in advance. The fee includes chairs for each booth and advertising. Six-foot tables are available for the first 60 reservations.
The sale is sponsored by Outreach Ministries and proceeds will go to local charitable organizations. A donation truck will be available after the sale for unsold items. The Outreach Ministry will also hold a coffee and bake sale.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Cindy at (480) 893-2579 or e-mail email@example.com.
Top gift-wrapper will win $10K cash prize
On Friday, Dec. 4, eight gift-wrappers – four amateurs and four professionals (anyone who is currently or has previously earned income as a gift wrapper at a department store, specialty store, etc. is considered a professional) – will leave no bow untied as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize and the title of the “Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper” for 2009. Held at New York City’s Rockefeller Center, the eight contestants will show off their creativity, technique and style as they go bow to bow in this gift-wrapping competition.
To enter, describe in 100 words or less why you or someone you know has what it takes to be crowned this year’s best gift wrapper. The person who nominates the grand-prize winner will also receive $1,000 for his or her winning recommendation. For a complete set of rules, visit www.ScotchBrand.com.
Entries must be received no later than Oct. 5 and may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (212) 679-6607 or mailed to Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, c/o Hunter Public Relations, 41 Madison Ave., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010.
Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo
Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 at the Phoenix Convention Center, featuring inspiring keynote speakers Valerie Bertinelli and Olivia Newton John, 500 shopping booths and a weekend of pampering and rejuvenation for Arizona women.
The expo takes place in October, during National Cancer Awareness Month, with a special emphasis on early detection and healthy living.
YMCA offers Monster Ball, Family Fun Night
Gather up the whole family and head over to the YMCA for an evening of monstrous fun on Friday, Oct. 23. The Monster Ball, a Halloween dance, trunk or treat and haunted house family fun event all rolled up into one, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. Enjoy games, prizes, a kid-friendly haunted house, “trunk-or-treating” and another opportunity to wear your Halloween costume. Windy City DJ’s will emcee the event.
The cost is $5 per family, and the event is open to the community.
For more information, call (480) 759-6762.
Tempe holiday events schedule
Downtown Tempe will offer the following holiday events:
• APS Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade, Presented by Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Nov. 28, 5 to 9 p.m., Mill Avenue District, free admission. Features Light-Up-A-Luminaria sales and special exhibitors, the parade and the arrival of Santa Claus.
• 41st Annual Fall Tempe Fall Festival of Arts, Dec. 4 to 6, Mill Avenue District, free admission. Features original fine art and crafts, the Arizona Wine Festival, Kids Innovation Station Presented by APS and other activities and entertainment.
• APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, Dec. 12, Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake, free admission. Features free hands-on kids activities, special “Town Lake Turns 10” birthday celebration displays and activities, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, Santa’s arrival, a concert by as many as 85 tuba players who comprise “Tuba Christmas,” Light-Up-A-Luminaria display throughout the park, METRO Light Rail’s grand illumination of the Tempe Town Lake bridge and the Lighted Boat Parade showcasing dozens of festively-decorated and lighted boats.
• Mill Avenue Holiday Lighting Display, Nov. 28 to Jan. 1, free viewing. Features festively-lighted trees along Mill Avenue and adjacent streets for pedestrian holiday enjoyment.
Fiesta del Tlaquepaque holiday events
Tlaquepaque, an arts and crafts village nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona, will host the following holiday events:
• Festival of Trees, 10 a.m. to close Nov. 27 through Dec. 6. Area artists and galleries will have over 30 Christmas trees on display fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways. Kick off your holiday season with a beautiful themed tree already pre-decorated by making a bid on the silent auction bid sheets. Bids may be checked through 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Proceeds from will benefit Toys for Tots, Camp Soaring Eagle and the Waldorf School. For additional information, call (772) 643-2742.
• Festival of Lights, 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The cherished tradition involves the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in the courtyards and walkways. Dozens of entertaining events, including performances by carolers, musicians and dancers, will take place, along with a visit by Santa. Hear the River of Life Tabernacle Choir at 5:30 p.m. Specially designated luminarias honoring cancer survivors and victims may be purchased in advance. For details, call (928) 282-4838.
To learn more about Tlaquepaque, visit www.tlaq.com.
Applications now being accepted for 2010 Master Gardener training
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County Master Gardener Program holds certification classes throughout the Valley twice yearly. The classes teach future Master Gardener Volunteers the details on how to successfully garden in the Valley.
Topics that will be covered in the Master Gardener class include Basic Botany, Propagation, Cacti and Succulents, Turf, Citrus, Plant Diagnosis, Soils and Fertilizer, Vegetables and Herbs, and much more.
In 2010, classes are being held on the following dates and locations: Tuesdays Jan. 12 to May 4, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Desert Breeze Police Substation, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler, application deadline is Nov. 30; and Tuesdays July 13 to Nov. 2, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, application deadline is May 31, 2010.
The Web site http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/mgclass.htm will acquaint anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer with all the information needed to apply to the program.
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. Summer hours are 8 to 11 a.m.
Admission is free. The market is family friendly, and canine good citizens are welcome.
For more information, visit www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.
VNSA wants your books
VNSA (Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association), a local, all-volunteer nonprofit corporation, needs donations of gently used books, paperbacks, videos, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, books on tape or CD and any other book-related items for the 54th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale scheduled for Feb. 13 and 14, 2010. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit Valley nonprofit agencies that serve families and children in need.
Tax deductible donations of books can be made at the VNSA book collection box at Bashas’ at 4855 E. Warner Road (look for cream colored box featuring the VNSA owl). Home or business pickups can be arranged by calling (602) 265-6805.
More information is available at www.vnsabooksale.org.
2010 Real Gardens for Real People Garden Tour
The Master Gardener volunteers from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County will host the Ninth Annual Real Gardens for Real People Tour to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13.
The public is invited to view the home gardens of certified Master Gardeners in the historic vicinity of the Central Corridor in Phoenix.
Guest speakers will be onsite at the various gardens to give talks and answer gardening questions on many different topics, from soil and irrigation basics to attracting wildlife and growing edible treats in your garden.
For information or tickets, visit www.maricopamastergardener.com/gardentour.htm.
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, 2010, 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.
Classes offered for un- and under-employed
Training to YOU, a computer technology center located at 2200 N. Central Ave., Suite 100, is offering local un- and under-employed persons a unique opportunity to update their Microsoft Office skills. A number of half-day classes are available each week, and empty seats are available on a “pay-what-you-can” basis.
Class size is limited to 12, and each student receives instructor-led classroom training and a manual for ready reference. Fees are normally $120, but un- or under-employed people are only asked to pay what they can afford.
For more information or to register, visit www.trainingtoYOU.com or call (602) 266-1500..
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.
Older children and larger sibling groups need adoption, too
Christian Family Care Agency hopes to draw attention to two very 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 for loving parents willing to adopt these kids is still tremendous.
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.
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.