Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games begin April 29
Well over 1,000 Special Olympics Arizona athletes from around the state will compete in the 2010 Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games April 29 to May 1 at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave.
Events will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 30; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Kayaking will be from 7 a.m. to noon at the north shore of Tempe Town Lake. Opening Ceremonies and dance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, featuring a free Groove Merchants concert.
Events are free and open to the public.
For details, visit www.SpecialOlympicsArizona.org/2010-summer-games.
Competitive cheer clinics, tryouts coming up
Two East Valley cheer and tumbling gyms, Arizona All-Stars and Superior Cheer Outlaws, have come together to form a stronger force dedicated to enriching the lives of youth by offering coaching to teach the fundamentals, athleticism and sportsmanship of competitive cheerleading. Teams and classes are available for all ages (4 to 18) and all ability levels.
April practices are open for anyone to attend before tryouts. Clinic and Tryout Week is May 3 to 6 at AZ All Stars Gym, 7425 S. Harl, Suite 3, Tempe.
For more information or an informational packet, call (480) 831-1105.
Phoenix Parks and Rec offering full-day summer programs
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering full-day recreation programs at 12 locations this summer to help keep kids active, engaged and safe over the break. Community centers also are offering a full schedule of general-interest classes and programs for people of all ages to get active, learn new skills and have fun.
Exact prices, dates, times and other details in the full-day recreation programs vary from center to center; however, most are for kids ages 6 to 12 and run from early June through July. Prices range from $280 to $350 for the seven to eight weeks. Some centers offer shorter duration program options at a reduced price. Many centers also are offering programs for teens.
Details are available online at phoenix.gov/parks in the “Classes and Programs” link. Registration for the summer session opens May 1 at 10:30 a.m. Register online with any major credit card or in person at any department community center or administrative office.
Additional information on the parks, programs and facilities of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is available online or by calling (602) 262-6862.
Local letter carriers, United Way fight hunger with food drive
On Saturday, May 8, the largest one-day food drive will reach the Valley when more than 5,000 local city and rural letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations across local neighborhoods. Valley of the Sun United Way urges Valley residents to help fight hunger by donating to the 18th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. The annual drive provides vital resources to our Valley’s major food banks – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, St. Vincent de Paul and the United Food Bank. Last year, local letter carriers collected more than 795,000 pounds to help meet community needs.
City and rural letter carriers will deliver grocery bags to residents’ mailboxes; then residents are asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food items and then place the bag next to their mailbox. Letter carriers will pick up donations while on their regular route, and all donations will be delivered to local food banks.
Residents may also donate online at www.stampouthungeraz.org.
Celebrating motherhood after 40 campaign launches
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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 Foothills.
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.
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 7 to 9 years old. This program, sponsored by Cigna Healthcare of Arizona, gives children the opportunity to learn skills such as assisting in a water emergency, use of personal flotation devices, when to call 911 and basic swimming instruction, all from a certified lifeguard. The participants will meet twice a week for five weeks beginning in early June. 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 years old 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 Flotation 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 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. Register onto a wait list 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 from 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.
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.
Keller Williams hosting food drive
Keller Williams Realty around the country will be closed May 13 to give back and serve each of their communities.
In Ahwatukee Foothills, Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living will host a “Fill a Box – Feed a Family” food drive to collect food from the community and local businesses. The goal is to give 100 food boxes to local schools, churches and the community for families in need.
Look for Keller Williams agents in red shirts on May 13 at local supermarkets, the YMCA and other locations for food drop offs.
For more information, call (480) 759-4300.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim at (480) 221-3388 or email@example.com. To register, visit www.ahwatukeeoptimists.org.
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 May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26.
For information, call (602) 495-5811.
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.
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 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.