Kids helping kids in Haiti

The Bahá’í Children’s Class of Ahwatukee will host a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 7, in front of Blockbuster Video at 48th Street and Warner Road, next to the Ahwatukee Farmer’s Market. The event is in celebration of Ayyam-i-Ha, and proceeds will support relief efforts in Haiti.

The class needs baked goods to sell, kids to sell them, parents to wrangle the kids and folks to buy the goodies.

If interested in helping, call Leanne at (480) 460-1088.


Arizona hunting, fishing licenses available online

Arizona hunting and fishing licenses are available online at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site, A $1.50 Internet fee applies, and you must print out the license you purchase online.

If needed, telephone assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (602) 942-3000.

The Web site is full of where-to and how-to fishing and hunting information. You may even subscribe to the weekly fishing report or the Hunter Highlights e-news products and have them delivered directly to your computer.


Public forums, open houses scheduled for 2010 fall hunting regulations

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is hosting a series of public forums followed by open houses across the state to allow constituents an opportunity to provide their input, learn about the process and then see the preliminary hunt recommendation package before it is set by the commission in April.

Each Arizona Game and Fish region will be hosting a public forum and providing details about the populations within their jurisdiction. This means that if you have interest in a particular unit, you will need to attend the public meeting in that region to discuss management direction.

The nearest forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Mesa regional office at 7200 E. University Drive.

The final draft of the hunt recommendations will be made available for public review through six regional open houses prior to being presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. No formal presentation will be made. However, a knowledgeable staff person will be available to discuss regional hunt recommendations.

A PDF version will be available at the Game and Fish Department’s Web site beginning Saturday, April 3, at

The Mesa regional office will host its open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 12.

The final proposed recommendations will be presented to the commission for consideration during its April 16 and 17 meeting at the department headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway. The agenda will be posted at under commission agenda.

The Game and Fish Department operates on revenue-driven “user pay, user benefit” business model and relies on non-tax dollars – it receives no tax money from the state’s general fund. To learn more, visit


Parks and Rec offering 4-week class session in March

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation has opened registration for a special four-week special interest class session that will run in March.

The four-week session may be supplemented with a late spring session running in April and May when operating hours are finalized following City Council adoption of the budget for the coming year. The new center operating hours are determined in early March, and the April/May session classes will be available and registration will begin at 6 p.m. March 11.

Additional information is online at or by calling (602) 262-6862.


Catwalk for Haiti brings fashion to HCLC

On Saturday, March 13, the fundraiser fashion show series Catwalk for Haiti brings fashion to the Horizon Community Learning Center, 16233 S. 48th St. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. with red carpet appearances by professional skateboarder Derek Tracy, professional Motocross athlete Carey Hart, actor Kel Mitchel, AMA Pro Racer Johnny Rock Page and Phoenix Mercury all-stars Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor. Live entertainment will be provided by Superstar DJ Robot Love, and models are set to rock the runway at 2 p.m.

The event is open to the public, and tickets are $20 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the Haitian organization Yéle Haiti (, founded in 2005 by Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean. The organization is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief.


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


REI selects Javelina Canyon Trail for service project

In partnership with Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona and the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, REI’s Tempe and Paradise Valley stores have chosen Javelina Canyon Trail in South Mountain Regional Park as the location of the Spring 2010 Outdoor Service Project. The project will take place from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13.

Javelina Canyon Trail is accessible from the Beverly Canyon parking lot at South 46th Street, a bit south of Baseline Road. For directions, visit

Volunteers are invited to sign up and bring their own gloves, sun protection and water. Registration is available at For more information, contact Sarah at (480) 967-5494.


Y offers spring break camp, essay contest

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane, is offering Y-Teen spring break camp and an essay contest to promote keeping kids off drugs.

The Y-Teen spring break camp will run 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.

An essay contest is under way for students in sixth to eighth grades who are drug free. Essays should be 150 to 250 words describing why they choose to be drug free. Students with the top 10 winning essays will receive a free trip to Magic Mountain in California. The deadline to enter the contest is Feb. 26.

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


Entries, sponsorships available for chamber golf tourney

The 2010 Chamber Masters Golf Tournament will begin with a 7 a.m. shotgun start on Friday, April 16, at the Club West Golf Club, 16400 S. 14th Ave.

Fees are $100 per person or $375 a foursome, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ahwatukee Fourth of July Fireworks.

Reasons to sign up now: Hooter’s girls, sink the hole-in-one and win a Ford FL-150 Truck or a vacation, more prizes, sporty windbreaker and good old fashioned BBQ and beer.

Teams and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Contact or call (480) 753-7676 for more information.


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 For more Spring Fling information, call (602) 402-6267 or e-mail


SRP Duct Test & Rebate Program

The Salt River Project Duct Test and Repair Rebate Program will provide quality duct diagnostic testing and repair services to improve the efficiency of home cooling and heating systems. SRP offers up to $75 toward duct testing and up to $175 for qualified duct repairs.

When ducts are properly sealed and insulated, conditioned air is delivered more effectively to all rooms — helping to ensure a more constant temperature throughout the home. Tightly sealed and well-insulated ducts can save you $200 or more in annual energy costs. Sealing these ducts also helps improve indoor air quality.

The program is available to current SRP residential electric customers with an existing home.

To receive an application and a referral to a licensed, BPI-certified contractor or for more information, call (602) 274-6808.


SRP announces 50 percent off cooling system checkup

Salt River Project recommends an annual checkup on cooling systems to make sure units are functioning efficiently. Through April 15, SRP will pay 50 percent of the regular price.

Discounts on cooling system checkups are for all SRP customers. For $29.95 per working unit (not including tax), licensed, bonded and insured contractors will perform a 16 point checkup on cooling system. Any repairs performed by the contractor will result in additional cost.

To take advantage of this offer and be referred to a participating contractor, call the SRP Certified Contractor Program at (602) 274-6808.


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




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 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


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 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.


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 at 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.


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


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 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 or visit


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 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 The deadline for entries is March 31.


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


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


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

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


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


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 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, 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


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 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 or


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 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


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 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


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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