Ahwatukee Stroller Strides, Ahwatukee West MOMS Club partner for charity

Ahwatukee Stroller Strides is collecting used athletic shoes through April 9 to support Nike’s ReUse a Shoe Campaign, one of Nike’s longest-running environmental and community programs where worn-out athletic shoes of any brand are collected, processed and recycled into material used in sport surfaces such as basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds for young people around the world. To learn more about this program, log onto www.letmeplay.com/reuseashoe.

Stroller Strides is an hour long total fitness program for moms that they can do with their children. Taught by a certified instructor, the class includes power walking/running and intervals of body toning using exercise tubing, body weight, the environment and the stroller.

The first week (five) classes are free and if you bring a pair of shoes to donate, Linda Nagel, owner and instructor, will waive the registration fee, a $75 value. For class times and locations, visit www.strollerstrides.net/ahwatukee.

The Ahwatukee West MOMS Club is also collecting worn-out athletic shoes for the campaign. To arrange a drop-off time, e-mail Nagel at lnagel@strollerstrides.net.


Girl Scouts hosting Animal Welfare donation drive

Ahwatukee Junior Girl Scout Troop 2163 will host a collection drive of animal care items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St.

The girls will be collecting items to donate to AZ Animal Welfare League as part of a community service project to earn a Bronze Award, the highest honor a Jr. Girl Scout can earn.

Community members are invited to drop by with needed animal items, such as cat litter, canned dog and cat food, litter pans, office supplies, etc., to support the Animal Welfare League. Free popcorn and games will be available when you deliver your supplies.

For more information, contact Joanna at (480) 586-5223 or e-mail bonjovifan030262@yahoo.com.


Chili cook-off will benefit Ronald McDonald Charities

Collins College, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and Sanford-Brown College will host the inaugural “High Noon Chili Shoot-Out” to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. The chili cook-off, which is open to the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler.

For more information or to register for the competition, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com/how-you-can-help/community-fundraisers/124.


Donations needed for Red, White and Boom fireworks

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is inviting community members to make donations of $5 or more to help keep the Red, White and Boom Fireworks show in Ahwatukee.

For a donation of $25 or more, be a “Friend of The Fireworks” and display a commemorative decal in your home, business or car.

This year’s fireworks will be on Saturday, July 3, at the Ahwatukee Country Club.

For more information or to make a donation, call (480) 753-7676 or visit www.ahwatukeechamber.com.


New hours at Phoenix preserve trailheads

New hours at trailhead parking areas at Phoenix desert and mountain preserves took effect April 5. The new hours – 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. – apply to all gated trailhead parking areas throughout the city of Phoenix preserve system. The 7 p.m. closures apply only to gated parking lots and any restrooms and ramadas within those areas; adjoining preserve trails will remain open for use until 11 p.m. The 5 a.m. opening time is unchanged from current hours.

Those areas that already operate on a sunrise to sunset schedule, such as Camelback Mountain and the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, will continue to close at sunset or 7 p.m., whichever time comes first.

Rangers patrol and lock trailhead parking areas in evening hours to protect developed areas and nearby trails from vandalism, to prevent and discourage other illegal activity and to cut down on noise, which often generated complaints from nearby residents.

The new hours are necessary because reductions in park ranger positions in the past three budget years have left too few rangers to patrol, monitor and close trailhead parking lots and facilities later in the day. The latest park ranger reductions also will require all preserve gated areas to be closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Additional information on the trails and facilities in the Phoenix desert and mountain preserves is available online on the Parks and Recreation Department Web site at phoenix.gov/parks.


IKEA happenings

Upcoming events at IKEA Tempe, 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe:

• Learn more about choosing kitchen appliances that will work smarter for you at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

• Representatives from Great Spaces, one of IKEA Tempe’s certified kitchen installers, will offer free advice on kitchen remodeling at 11 a.m. April 10 and 24 in the kitchens department.

• Professional organizer Charlotte Steill of Simply Put Organizing will give free tips on organizing your home to sell at 10 a.m. April 16 in the restaurant.

• In collaboration with HGTV, visit the kitchens department by April 22 and register to win the IKEA $10,000 Kitchen Makeover Sweepstakes.

• A food drive through April 30 will benefit Tempe Community Action Agency’s emergency food box program. A donation bin is located by the exit doors.


Paradise Bakery launches ‘Cookie for a Kid’ program

Paradise Bakery & Café is giving everyone a reason to eat cookies this April with the launch of its fourth annual “Cookie for a Kid” program. The program will contribute 10 percent of cookie sales throughout the month to Free Arts of Arizona (www.freeartsaz.org), a nonprofit that inspires creativity in abused, homeless and at-risk children.


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.

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


April is Valley Bike Month

Throughout April, cities around the Valley will host free or low-cost family bicycling events as part of Valley Metro’s 13th annual “Valley Bike Month.”

Valley Bike Month encourages people to try biking as a mode of transportation for a weekend errand, commuting to work and school, or as a fun family outing.

• City of Chandler Family Bike Ride, Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to noon, Chandler Park & Ride, 2100 S. Hamilton St., Chandler. This 6.4-mile family fun ride includes bike safety information, helmet fittings, free T-shirts and giveaways and an appearance by Radio Disney. Free and open to the public. www.chandleraz.gov/transit or Ann Marie, (480) 782-3442 or annmarie.riley@chandleraz.gov.

• Bike2BBQ @ Papago Park, Sunday, April 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Papago Park, 1000 N. College Ave., Tempe. The festival features food, bicycle games, “bike polo,” helmet and bicycle decorating and more. Choose between mountain biking in Papago Park  or a mellow, self-paced family rides on the greenbelt. Free. www.biketempe.org or sam@biketempe.org.

• Tempe Bike to Work & School Day, Thursday, April 22, 6:30 to 8 a.m. Six locations are offering free breakfast snacks to bike commuters. www.tempe.gov/tim or Tanya, (480) 858-2215 or tanya_chavez@tempe.gov.

• Valley Metro Great Bike Chase, Sunday, April 25, 9 a.m. registration, ride to Chase Field at 11 a.m., watch Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St. Ride is free; baseball tickets are $16 (upper deck) or $20 (lower deck, left-field). Pre-registration encouraged. Fee is $30 on day of event for best-available seats. Bike safety rodeo, face painting, entertainment, prize drawings, new bike ride & drive area, prize drawings. Includes T-shirt and secure bike parking at Chase Field. www.valleymetro.org or Suzanne, (602) 534-1809 or sday@valleymetro.org


Hispanic Chamber hosting Black & White Ball, 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.

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.


‘Thanks mom!’ Think you have the best story?

At Home Personal Care is hosting a Mother’s Day contest for the best mother-daughter-grandmother story. Stories need to be 300 words or less and the deadline to enter is April 20.

Three finalists will be featured online, along with a picture of “mom” herself, and will be judged by the general public. The winner, announced May 4, will receive a gift basket, and the story will be featured on the Web site. What better way to say, “thanks mom!”?

At Home Personal Care has been helping seniors to remain in the comfort of their homes for over 10 years. Its goal is to offer relief from the worry and stress of caring for an aging family member.

To enter the contest, visit www.athomeprc.com/media.


ZooBrew is now Rock the Zoo

The event formerly known as ZooBrew is back and wilder than ever. Now called Rock the Zoo, this annual 21-and-over party fundraiser promises plenty of music and merriment while raising money for the Phoenix Zoo. The event will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway.

Nationally-recorded alternative rock band Vertical Horizon will energize the crowd with live performances throughout the night, while Marcy Playground will also make a guest appearance. Guests will have the opportunity to sample beverages from more than 30 vendors ranging from national and small craft breweries to large scale and independent wineries. A silent auction and a host of other fun activities will round out the evening.

General admission is $65 for members, $75 for non-members. VIP admission, which includes a catered meal, private bar and restrooms, is $125 for members and $135 for non-members (subject to availability). All proceeds will directly support the Phoenix Zoo’s mission and operations.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (602) 914-4333 or visit www.phoenixzoo.org/RocktheZoo2010. Guests must be 21 years or older - ID’s will be checked at the door.


RAD hosting Sock Hop

The Recreation and Athletics for the Disabled (RAD) along with the city of Chandler will bring the fifth annual Sock Hop to the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 23.

Many bobbi-soxers will have their classy chassis adorned with poodle skirts and you can expect some cool cats to show up with T-shirts and rolled-up sleeves.  Both will have their dancing shoes flying as a live D.J. from Limelight Entertainment will be spinning “wax from the past.” Root beer floats will be provided.

RAD is a non-profit organization founded by parents of the disabled and other concerned citizens. Its slogan, “RAD pays so others can play,” is a simplification of its more serious mission of generating funding for any person who is disabled and wants to participate in recreation or athletic activities and otherwise couldn’t afford it.

For more information, call Vicky at (480) 777-5831 or visit www.supportrad.com.


Join a book club

Like to read? Looking for adult members of all ages!

For details, e-mail mplunkett33@gmail.com.


Looking for community supervisors

Peace 4 Kids, a non-profit high school foreign exchange organization, is currently looking for community supervisors.

Community supervisors find host families and work with their students during the school year. Individuals must enjoy working with teenagers and have good communication skills. Community supervisors receive a stipend for their work.

For more information, call 1-877-381-4739 or visit www.peace4kids.net.


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.

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


Salon honors those seldom recognized

Applause Full Service Salon at 7246 E. First St. in Old Town Scottsdale, is once again honoring those who rarely get recognized for their efforts in our communities. Events take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hero Day is Wednesday, April 28, and features free services (haircuts and styles, manicures, facial waxing and chair massages) and food for all military, police, fire, sheriff department and EMT employees, including support staff. Valid I.D.’s are required.

Givers Day is Wednesday, June 30, and features free services and food for all volunteers and hospice workers, including support staff.

Angel Day is Wednesday, Sept. 1 and features free services and food for all healthcare workers, including support staff.

For additional information, call (480) 994-5911.


Registration opens May 8 for city aquatics programs

Registration for the following city of Phoenix summer aquatics programs begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8. Early registration is recommended (online or walk-in) as spaces are limited.

• Registration for all swim classes and programs begins May 8 and will continue throughout the summer or until classes fill to maximum capacity.

• The Cub Club program is available at all city pools and is free for children ages seven to nine years. This fun and exciting program, sponsored by Cigna Healthcare of Arizona, gives children the opportunity to learn skills such as assisting in a water emergency, use of personal floatation devices, when to call 9-1-1 and basic swimming instruction, all from a certified lifeguard. The participants will meet twice a week for five weeks beginning in early June. Upon completion participants receive a T-shirt, beach safe and prizes. Join all the participants at the conclusion of the program for the Cub Club Olympics on Saturday, July 17, hosted by Perry Pool, where athletes will show off their newly acquired skills.

• Children ages 10 to 12 will discover the fun of boating safety in the Discovery Guards program, free and available at all city pools. Discovery Guards develop basic First Aid and Water Safety skills, including boating safety and Personal Floatation Device training taught by a qualified lifeguard. The participants will meet twice a week for five weeks beginning in early June. Upon completion, Discovery Guards will receive a T-shirt and gym bag. Join all the participants at the conclusion of the program for the Discovery Guard Olympics on July 17, hosted by Perry Pool, where athletes will show off their newly acquired skills.

• The Junior Lifeguards program is free to youths 13 to 15 years old at select pools. Gain insight into the skills needed to be a Lifeguard from a certified lifeguard. Participants will learn water safety skills, be exposed to lifeguard training techniques, leadership, responsibility, first aid, pool operations and CPR/AED for the Professional Lifeguard. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a discount to a city of Phoenix Lifeguard Training class and be much better prepared for lifeguarding. Join all the participants at the conclusion of the program for the Junior Lifeguard Olympics on Saturday July 24, hosted by El Prado Pool, where athletes will show off their newly acquired skills. You will register onto a waitlist and pool staff will contact you for an interview. All participants will be chosen through an interview process. Interviews will begin the first week of June.

For more information or to sign up for any of the programs, visit phoenix.gov/parks or call (602) 262-6541 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.


Hot weather supplies needed for homeless

Southwest Behavioral Health Service’s Homeless Outreach, a non-profit program to help homeless individuals with mental illness, is requesting donations of hot weather supplies.

The Homeless Outreach program is not a traditional shelter or food bank but a mobile program that delivers supplies to the homeless where they live – on the streets, in alleyways, riverbeds, parks and near deserted buildings. The program covers all of Maricopa County. With homeless populations growing to record levels, the need for donations is greater than ever.

Items that are requested include water, sunscreen, hats or caps, lip balm, hygiene kits (including toothpaste and toothbrushes), lightweight T-shirts, shoes, socks, underwear and monetary donations.

Supply donations may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the front office of Southwest Behavioral Health, 3450 N. Third St., (602) 265-8338, or 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at SBH’s Homeless Outreach offices at the Day Resource Center, 1125 W. Jackson St., Suite 448, (602) 393-9930, ext. 3444. It is recommended to call before making any drop-offs to the Day Resource Center. Monetary donations to purchase supplies are greatly welcomed and may be dropped off at either location. 


Golf tourneys support Optimist Club

Desert Divots is producing golf tournaments May 14 and June 4 at the Club West Golf Club, 16400 S. 14th Ave., to support the Ahwatukee Optimist Club. Proceeds from the tournaments will then go to the Kyrene Schools Community Foundation, Kyrene Resource Center and Ahwatukee Little League.

• The Hillside Spot Market & Cafe tournament will begin Friday, May 14, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, scramble format. The fun-filled day will include an awards banquet and a silent auction immediately following golf, plus prizes for the first three teams, several contest holes, Hole-N-One prize on all par 3s, a “cash bucket” putting contest, long drive demonstrations and more. The cost is $89 per player or $350 per team, and a variety of sponsorships are available. For details, call Doug at (480) 223-8705 or e-mail doug.rankin@cox.net. To sign up, visit www.desertdivots.com.

• The Ahwatukee Foothills Optimist Club and Kyrene Schools Community Foundation’s tournament will begin Friday, June 4, with a 8 a.m. shotgun start, scramble format. The event includes prizes, contest holes, an awards banquet immediately following golf, silent auction, prizes for the first three teams, plus several contest holes, Hole-N-One prize on all par 3s, a putting contest, long drive demonstrations and more. The entry fee is $89 per player or $320 per team, and a variety of sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Jim at (602) 793-1930 or j.maiefski@cox.net or Tim at (480) 221-3388 or tmaiefski@cox.net. To register, visit www.ahwatukeeoptimists.org.


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

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.


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.

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