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Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 12:00 am

Make great chili? Enter the cook off!

The Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center will present a Chili Cookoff March 13 and 14. Cooks from all over the country will compete at the Sixth Annual International Chili Society AZ Copperstate and AZ Valley of the Sun Regional Cookoffs. Winners will then move on to the World Championships.

If you think you have a winning recipe, call (480) 893-3431 or stop by the Community Center at 4700 E. Warner Road for a registration packet.

The event is free to the public; food, beer and chili taster kits will be available for a small fee. Entertainment on Saturday will be provided by A Boy Named Sioux.

Sunday morning, March 14, begins with a 5K Run/Walk or Family Fun 1 Mile Run/Walk (the entire run/walk course will be entirely on the Ahwatukee Country Club Golf Course). The race starts at 8 a.m. Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger.

After the 5K enjoy the second day of the Chili Cookoff and also the Ahwatukee Farmers Market.

 

Golf, swim, tennis camp offered during spring break

The Ahwatukee Community Center’s Golf, Swim and Tennis Camp, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 to 18 at the center, 4700 E. Warner Road, in time for spring break.

Kids ages 6 to 14 will get instruction in golf and tennis in a non-competitive environment with an emphasis on recreation to allow each child to participate at his or her own level. Camp swimming is designed as a fun, recreational time for kids to enjoy the pool.

The fee is $190 per camper.

Registration is available in person or by calling (480) 893-3431.

 

Y offers spring break camp

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane, is offering Y-Teen spring break camp March 15 to 19 for students in fifth to ninth grades. Field trips include Skateland, Fiddlesticks, hiking and more. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and students may attend part time or full time.

For more information, call teen director Bethany Davis at (602) 212-6169 or e-mail her at bdavis@vosymca.org.

 

Kiwanis Club hosting children’s book drive

The sixth annual Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club Children’s Book Drive is under way and will run through March 15. The club is collecting slightly used or new children’s books suitable for preschool through junior high students. The books will be donated to St. Vincent De Paul, Guadalupe Head Start programs and St. Peter Indian Mission School, located on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

Drop-off locations include the Ahwatukee Foothills News, Ahwatukee Preschool at Mountain View Lutheran Church, Horizon Community Learning Center, Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori School, Childtime Learning Center, Toy Town Play Center, Triple R Childcare, Great Choice Chiropractic, Grace Garden Christian Preschool, Kindercare Learning Center, Tutor Time Child Care, Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, Cupz N’ Crepes, Center Pointe Dance and Barnes & Noble. Just look for the Kiwanis sign and book collection box at any of these locations.

In the last five years, nearly 9,000 books have been collected thanks to the community.

For more information, contact Bill at (480) 496-4270 or bclark43@cox.net.

 

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.

 

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 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 on site 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.

 

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 getaways.  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.

To sign up, visit www.AhwatukeeChamber.com, contact Christine@AhwatukeeChamber.com or call (480) 753-7676.

 

Tickets available for Fergie & Friends Celebrity Baseball Game

Tickets are on sale for the third annual “Fergie & Friends” Celebrity Baseball Game, presented by PhxMesa Gateway Airport, to be held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Baseball fans join Hall of Fame ‘91 pitcher Ferguson Jenkins and other Hall of Famers and all-stars for an evening full of fun – an exhibition baseball game for charity, plus autograph session and on-field meet and greet with the players. Check www.fergieandfriends.com for an up-to-date roster.

The game will begin at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Mesa HoHoKam Stadium, 1235 N. Center St. Gates open at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and include a souvenir game program. The $25 VIP ticket includes admission, souvenir program, VIP meet & greet and on-field photo opportunity with the celebrities prior to the game and seating in a reserved VIP section. Group tickets are available. Proceeds support the Ferguson Jenkins and the Mesa HoHoKam Foundations.

For information or tickets, call (480) 491-BALL (2255) or visit the HoHoKam box office.

 

Hop over to Arizona Mills to see the Easter Bunny

Children and families are invited to celebrate Easter and visit with the Easter Bunny from March 11 to 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.

For more Easter Parade information, call (480) 496-4270 days, (480) 759-0007 evenings or e-mail msch0007@aol.com. For more Spring Fling information, call (602) 402-6267 or e-mail andi@wttaz.com.

 

Glad2BHome creating a ‘Cents of Community’

In February, Valley-based Glad2BHome, LLC launched its Cents of Community campaign to help small business owners, schools and nonprofits in Ahwatukee Foothills rekindle a renewed energy and enthusiasm around the places in which we live, work and play by involving residents, business owners, schools and local non-profit organizations in bettering the local economy.

Glad2BHome is promoting a Cents of Community Neighborhood Discount Card where local businesses provide attractive discounts, promotions and free gifts to community residents. The Discount Card is complemented by a user-friendly Web site (www.glad2bhome.com) where residents can search and view deals from local businesses available to Cents of Community cardholders.

Local businesses (sponsors) pay a small subscription fee to participate in the program. Cents of Community Neighborhood Discount Cards are $15 each and are available at www.Glad2BHome.com. Five to seven dollars from the sale of each card will be donated to local schools and non-profit organizations in the Ahwatukee Foothills community.

For more information, visit www.glad2bhome.com.

 

Save money on weather stripping

Ace Hardware and Salt River Project are partnering to provide energy-saving solutions to Valley homeowners. In a promotion that runs through March 31, SRP electric customers may take advantage of a special offer to buy two, get one free on packages of Ace brand weather stripping at participating stores.

SRP customers are invited to visit www.savewithsrp.com to print a money-saving coupon and view the list of participating Ace Hardware stores, where coupons are also available.

More information about SRP energy-saving programs is available at www.savewithsrp.com.

 

Aji Spa offers ‘Mom and Me’ spa package

Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort is offering a Mom and Me spa package through March 31 for mothers and daughters (ages 12 and older).

For more information, call (602) 385-575 and mention promotional code MOMANDME.

 

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, 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.

 

Laughter coach offers life-changing workshops

A revolutionary method of laughter therapy is now available from Laurie Nathanson. This Certified Laughter Coach will deliver life-changing 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 contactmie@expressmie.com or call (480) 626-5973.

 

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.

For more information or to sign up, contact Carol Murphy at (602) 218-5052 or execdirector@aafmetrophoenix.com or visit www.aafmetrophoenix.com.

 

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.

 

Indie Excellence Awards accepting submissions

The 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards are 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.

 

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 frankiejor@azhcc.com.

 

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 vp@riosaladosportsmans.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.

 

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.

 

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 erin@adventurecc.org or call (480) 940-3540.

 

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. 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, 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. 

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