Lemon Divas hosting ‘Nothing to Wear for a Cause’ happy hour

East Valley Businesswoman Chrissa Michelle and her group of Lemon Divas will host a “Nothing to Wear for a Cause” happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Su Vino Winery, 7035 E. Main St., Suite 110, Scottsdale.

The Lemon Divas invite women to take some of the “nothing to wear” from their closets and donate it to help victims of domestic violence. Gently used professional clothing will be collected at this happy hour, and all the items will be donated to The Sojourner Center, a domestic violence shelter.

For more information, visit www.LemonDivas.com.


Pettit named Life Care’s Southwest Division Medical Director of the Year

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dr. Kenneth Pettit, medical director at Life Care Center at South Mountain in Phoenix, was recently named Medical Director of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s Southwest Division.

The award was given during a ceremony at the American Medical Directors Association Symposium in Long Beach, Calif. During the ceremony, Pettit was praised for serving not only as the facility’s medical director but also its wound consultant. Through his expertise and education of associates, the facility was able to achieve a zero in-house pressure ulcer rate for two years. His compassion also leads him to find ways to care for difficult cases that other physicians and facilities do not accept. He stays current on the latest medical research and technology and shares his knowledge with the facility staff so that they can all care for residents the best way possible.

Life Care Center at South Mountain, 8008 S. Jesse Owens Parkway, is one of 18 skilled nursing facilities in Arizona managed by Life Care Centers of America. Life Care’s Southwest Division includes 34 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

For more information, visit www.lcca.com.


Woda named director of sales, marketing at Hawthorn Court

Senior Resource Group has announced the appointment of Kimberly Woda as director of sales and marketing at Hawthorn Court Senior Living Community, the company’s award-winning memory care community in Ahwatukee Foothills.

Prior to joining Hawthorn Court, Woda worked in several senior level positions within the senior care industry. She was formerly the eldercare adviser for Assisted Living Locators, the sales and marketing manager at Brookdale Senior Living and the admissions manager for Banner Hospice Mesa.

Woda is trained as an RTA Hospice volunteer and is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information, call (480) 598-1224.


Ahwatukee Jazzercise moves

On April 3, Ahwatukee Jazzercise moved to a new location in the Bashas’ Shopping Center at 48th Street and Warner Road. The studio is now at 4855 E. Warner Road, Suites D-11 and D-12, in the Center Pointe Dance Studio just south of Chuck E. Cheese and east of Taco Bell on the south side of the shopping center.

For more information, call (602) 292-7521 or e-mail jazzisfun@cox.net.


Hot Yoga Ahwatukee now open

Hot Yoga has opened at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 22, in the Trader Joe’s and Safeway shopping center.

Hot Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga, the physical form of yoga designed to bring balance and well-being into your life. Classes are practiced in a heated room to stretch and strengthen various areas of the body. The movements reach deep into the tissue, relieve tension and stress, revitalize and assist in overcoming many physical and emotional problems.

For more information, visit www.HotYogaAhwatukee.com, call (480) 786-8124 or e-mail the owner, Sandra Lassiter, at Sandra@HotYogaAhwatukee.com.


Extreme Bodyshaping opens for business

Lance Farrell, owner/president, and local franchise owner Randy Edwards have opened Arizona’s first Extreme Bodyshaping (XB) gym at 4939 W. Ray Road, Suite 9, Chandler.

Farrell has taken the tenets of Tae Kwon Do to develop a program that incorporates group resistance training, fitness kickboxing and nutrition to inspire people of all shapes, sizes and ages to transform their bodies.

For more information, call (602) 885-1512.


Medic Business Solutions opens in Ahwatukee

Medic Business Solutions is a new medical billing service at 3145 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 110-333.

According to owner Sandeep Gupta, “Our practice offers innovative online practice management services to physicians that will help them better manage their revenue and increase their cash flow.”

For more information on services offered, training schedule or to schedule a free practice analysis, visit www.medicbizsolutions.com or call (888) 296-4121.


Boys & Girls Clubs, Jersey Mike’s team up to help local kids

Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants in Phoenix and surrounding communities are joining forces in a month-long campaign to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (BGCMP). To support the organization, Jersey Mike’s stores will donate $1 for every No. 13 sub (the Original Italian) sold throughout the month of April.

In addition, 10,000 free sub coupons will be distributed throughout the community and at BGCMP events during the month of April. For each card redeemed, Jersey Mike’s will donate $1 to the cause.

The nearest Jersey Mike’s location is at 4605 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 100.

For more information, visit www.jerseymikes.com.


Interested in hosting an event?

Hosting an event for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is a great way to get your business noticed.

Tuesday morning mixers are from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at a local business. Dates needing hosts are July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Wednesday evening mixers are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, also at local businesses. Open dates are June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

For detailed hosting information, contact Christine at (480) 753-7676.


$20K office renovation up for grabs in contest for nonprofit leaders

Donations to nonprofits may be down, but local office furniture dealer Goodmans Interior Structures remains committed to the community and is again giving away a $20,000 office renovation to a nonprofit leader in Maricopa County and another in Pima County.

Nominations for the fifth annual Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy contest will be accepted through April 16 at www.GoodmansGoodGuy.com.

To be eligible, nominees must be the executive director, president, CEO or other top executive of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Maricopa or Pima counties. Finalists will be selected based on the nominee’s application of good business principles, demonstration of excellence in leadership, organizational influence on the community and populations served and need for a more efficient workspace.

Ten finalists will be announced in May, and the public will have the opportunity to vote online for the 2010 “Good Guys” in each market. The winners, to be announced in June, will be selected through a combination of online public voting and an assessment by a panel of local judges.

Winners will receive a renovated workspace that supports individual work style, improves productivity and communicates the organization’s mission. The community is encouraged to submit multiple nominations for the same candidate.


Financial planning breakfast April 8

Cynthia Fick of Financial Life Planners will host a breakfast club meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Ahwatukee Foothills Mimi’s restaurant on Ray Road, near 48th Street. The topic: “ROTH IRA’s: The Big New Opportunities in 2010! To convert or not to convert?” RSVP at (480) 346-4073.


Chamber offers new programs to build businesses

A new business leads group, Wednesday Business Leaders, meets from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday mornings at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce offices, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. Attendees must RSVP with their business category to info@AhwatukeeChamber.com.

A new round table discussion and springboard called Social Media Toolkit will gather from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays at the chamber offices. The event will encompass social media ideas, what works, what doesn’t and a chance to hear from professionals who use it every day.

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