Adult Co-ed Softball leagues return to Ahwatukee
The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, in partnership with the Independent Umpire/Softball Association, is bringing back Adult Co-ed Softball.
Starting the week of Sept. 20, five leagues will be available – two men’s leagues (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and three co-ed leagues (Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays). All leagues are designed for the recreational “D” Division of players, and games will be played at either Mountain Vista Park (I-10 and Ray Road) or Desert Foothills Park (Desert Foothills Parkway and Chandler Boulevard).
The cost is $650 per team, which includes Double Round Robin league, double header game schedule and a post season tournament with awards.
If you are interested in playing, contact Deborah Rothstein at email@example.com or (602) 212-6084.
Desert Botanical Garden offers volunteer training
The Desert Botanical Garden is holding a series of new volunteer training sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12; Thursday, Sept. 17; Saturday, Oct. 10; and Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.
Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque, an arts and crafts village nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona, will host the 36th annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.
For more information, visit www.tlaq.com.
New MOPS group starting in Sept.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at theSprings invites all mothers of children ages newborn through kindergarten for a time of authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope during this vital season of mothering. Meetings are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month beginning Sept. 15 at theSprings Church, 6135 W. Detroit St., Chandler. Meetings and childcare are free.
MOPS International in Denver requests that moms sign up for an annual membership, and for the yearly $23.95 fee they will receive a book, a bi-monthly magazine and weekly mom e-mails.
For more information, contact Heather at (480) 202-4477 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eighth Annual Holiday boutique seeks artists, crafters
Artists and crafters are invited to participate in the Eighth Annual Holiday Shoppe at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Vendor registrations will be accepted until Oct. 16 or until all spaces are sold.
Over 100 spaces are available. Vendor setup will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, and the Shoppe will run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
To download a vendor packet, go to www.azcc.org, click on “Ministries” then “Women’s” then “Holiday Shoppe.” Or stop by the church between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up a packet, contact Kay at (602) 549-2267 or email@example.com to have one e-mailed to you.
Zoo offers Wild Wednesdays and more
During September, Fry’s Food Stores are celebrating Wild Wednesdays at the Phoenix Zoo (455 N. Galvin Parkway), where V.I.P Club card members will receive up to two free general admission tickets when they show their Fry’s V.I.P card at the admission gate. The promotion is good for regular day time admission only – special events, animal experiences and rides are not included.
Upcoming events include: ZooFari Silent Auction, through Sept. 28; Experience the Zoo at Night – Camping Without the Hassles, Sept. 17; National Elephant Day, Sept. 22; Cat-Tales Conservation and Awareness Weekend, Sept. 26 and 27; ZooFari – Black-tie Fundraiser, Oct. 2; Boo! At the Zoo, Oct. 24 and 25; Howl-O-Ween, Oct. 30 and 31; ZooRide – Phoenix Zoo Motorcycle Poker Run, Nov. 1; ZooLights, Nov. 26 to Jan. 10.
For more information, call (602) 273-1341 or visit www.phoenixzoo.org.
Lite baking recipe contest
To highlight the relaunch of CorningWare SimplyLite, the CorningWare brand is sponsoring a national recipe contest inviting consumers to submit original low-fat, low-calorie “lite” baking recipes.
The recipe contest runs through Dec. 31, and the grand prize winner will receive $5,000.
For details, visit www.corningware.com.
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.
Ladies organization celebrates Southern heritage, patriotism
The General Joe Wheeler Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will resume its regular meeting schedule beginning Saturday, Sept. 19.
Membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy requires direct lineage to a Confederate soldier or sailor who served honorably between the years 1861 and 1865.
For additional information, call Kimberley at (480) 747-0893 or Stacy at (480) 833-3302.
Safety course for adolescent babysitters
Chandler Regional Medical Center will host a two-day Safe Sitter course from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 19 and 26 in the center’s Morrison Building at 1875 W. Frye Road, Chandler. Adolescents age 11 through 13 will receive hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques from trained Safe Sitter instructors so they are prepared to respond to crisis situations. The program’s goal is to reduce the number of unintentional deaths of children being cared for by their babysitters.
To successfully complete the 12-hour medically accurate program, students must pass a practical and written test, showing that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle emergencies.
The cost is $60 for the two-day course, and all supplies and lunch are included. Registration is required by calling 1-877-728-5414. Space is limited.
Church offering rent-a-space parking lot sale
Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., will host a parking lot sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, and community members are invited to rent a space to bring their stuff, staff their booth and handle their own money.
Booths are available for $25 each and must be reserved in advance. The fee includes chairs for each booth and advertising. Six-foot tables are available for the first 60 reservations.
The sale is sponsored by Outreach Ministries and proceeds will go to local charitable organizations. A donation truck will be available after the sale for unsold items. The Outreach Ministry will also hold a coffee and bake sale.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Cindy at (480) 893-2579 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DBG presents Biergarten
The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, will present Biergarten from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The new beer-tasting event fuses old world charm with a modern flair in a spectacular outdoor setting.
Tickets are $70 per person for members and $75 for the general public and must be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets prior to Sept. 11 and receive a $10 discount. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend, and must show proper identification to be admitted in to the event. Tickets are limited. All proceeds from ticket sales and beer purchased at Biergarten directly benefit the Desert Botanical Garden.
Tickets are available at www.dbg.org or by calling (480) 481-8188.
Tukeefest coming up Sept. 26
Get ready for the second Tukeefest rockin’ in the park, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Ahwatukee Community Park, 4700 E. Warner Road.
Gather up your blankets, chairs, family and neighbors for a fun night out, featuring great food, music and rides. More information to follow.
Fall events at the Desert Botanical Garden
Fall events and exhibitions at The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway: Biergarten, Sept. 25; Mariposa Monarca, Sept. 26 to Nov. 15; Fall Music in the Garden Concert Series, Oct. 2 to Nov. 6; Spiked! Thursdays, returns in October; Legacy: An ASBA Exhibition of the Diane Bouchier Founders Award for Excellence in Botanical Art Recipients, Oct. 3 to Jan. 3; Fall Plant Sale, Oct. 17 and 18. The Great Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 22 to 29; Dia de los Muertos, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1; Native American Recognition Days Music Celebration, Nov. 7 and 8; Corks & Cactus, Nov. 13; Chiles & Chocolate Festival, Nov. 14 and 15; Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction, Nov. 21 to May 31; Berlin Agave Yucca Forrest opens, Nov. 21; and Las Noches de las Luminarias, selected nights Dec. 3 to 30.
For more information, call (480) 941-1225 or visit www.dbg.org.
Design a bra, help create awareness of domestic violence
The Bravery Project is hosting the fundraising event, “Karma Cups: An Uplifting Affair,” from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Cup O’ Karma: Community Cafe for a Cause, 1710 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, to benefit efforts to support and create awareness of domestic violence in our communities.
Participants are invited to create their own uniquely designed bra and enter it in the Bra-Vogue Contest. The event also features a fashion show and activities for the whole family, including music, food, artwork, jewelry, a silent auction, raffles and pampering services (massages, manicures and more) to soothe the soul.
Tickets are $10 ($12 at the door) or $5 with donation of a bra. Children under 12 are $1. The entry fee is $15 for first entry and $8 for each additional entry. The grand prize will be $200 with additional prizes for second and third place.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://braveryproject.org/karmacups.html.
Tukee Community Day at Chase Field
The Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce is inviting all Ahwatukeeans to support their community and the Arizona Diamondbacks as they take on the San Diego Padres in their last home game of the regular season starting at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at Chase Field. Kids will also get to run the bases after the game. Tickets are $15 each, and proceeds from every ticket purchased will go back to the chamber.
To purchase tickets online or to print order form, visit the events section at www.ahwatukeechamber.com. Orders must be received by Sept. 14th.
Golfland Fright Nights return in October
Golfland, located at 155 W. Hampton Ave. in Mesa, will evolve into a chilling site for Halloween thrill seekers from Oct. 1 to 31 featuring the The Gauntlet Haunted House. For those too squeamish for The Gauntlet, visit Spooktacular Golf, the 18-hole miniature golf course that has undergone a terrifying transformation.
Tickets for The Gauntlet are $12 and operating hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays.
Spooktacular Golf will be available 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. The cost is $6.50 for children and $7.75 for adults. Golf sales end one hour before closing time.
An Unlimited Fear and Fun Package is available for $29.95 and features unlimited visits to The Gauntlet, miniature golf, race cars and bumper boats.
For more information, call (480) 834-8319 or visit www.golfland.com.
ZooFari – Phoenix Zoo black-tie fundraiser
The Phoenix Zoo’s black-tie fundraiser, ZooFari, will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct, 2, at 455 N. Galvin Parkway.
Admission is $225 per person general admission or $325 per person VIP.
Visit www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
Photography workshop near Flagstaff
View The Nature Conservancy’s Hart Prairie Preserve just north of Flagstaff through a camera lens Oct. 2 to 4.
The $575 workshop fee includes materials, lodging in historic cabins, all meals and professional instruction.
To learn more or to register, contact Neil Chapman at (928) 774-8892, ext. 5, or e-mail email@example.com.
Rotary to host coin, canned food drive
The Ahwatukee Rotary is planning a coin and canned food drive to support domestic and international hunger programs. The drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at MidFirst Bank at 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard, and the bank will match coin donations up to $1,000.
For more information, call Liane Rouzaud at (480) 755-0937.
Top gift-wrapper will win $10K cash prize
On Friday, Dec. 4, eight gift-wrappers – four amateurs and four professionals (anyone who is currently or has previously earned income as a gift wrapper at a department store, specialty store, etc. is considered a professional) – will leave no bow untied as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize and the title of the “Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper” for 2009. Held at New York City’s Rockefeller Center, the eight contestants will show off their creativity, technique and style as they go bow to bow in this gift-wrapping competition.
To enter, describe in 100 words or less why you or someone you know has what it takes to be crowned this year’s best gift wrapper. The person who nominates the grand-prize winner will also receive $1,000 for his or her winning recommendation. For a complete set of rules, visit www.ScotchBrand.com.
Entries must be received no later than Oct. 5 and may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (212) 679-6607 or mailed to Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, c/o Hunter Public Relations, 41 Madison Ave., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010.
Volunteers needed for haunted house, hayride
Volunteers are needed for the Eighth Annual Haunted House and Hayride taking place 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 to 25 at the Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road.
Volunteers may work two to four hours on one day, two days or all three days. The hosts are primarily looking for dependable high school students in need of community service hours and/or have an interest or background in theatrical productions.
Proceeds from this annual event help raise money for youth programs at the Center.
Tempe holiday events schedule
Downtown Tempe will offer the following holiday events:
• APS Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade, Presented by Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Nov. 28, 5 to 9 p.m., Mill Avenue District, free admission. Features Light-Up-A-Luminaria sales and special exhibitors, the parade and the arrival of Santa Claus.
• 41st Annual Fall Tempe Fall Festival of Arts, Dec. 4 to 6, Mill Avenue District, free admission. Features original fine art and crafts, the Arizona Wine Festival, Kids Innovation Station Presented by APS and other activities and entertainment.
• APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, Dec. 12, Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake, free admission. Features free hands-on kids activities, special “Town Lake Turns 10” birthday celebration displays and activities, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, Santa’s arrival, a concert by as many as 85 tuba players who comprise “Tuba Christmas,” Light-Up-A-Luminaria display throughout the park, METRO Light Rail’s grand illumination of the Tempe Town Lake bridge and the Lighted Boat Parade showcasing dozens of festively-decorated and lighted boats.
• Mill Avenue Holiday Lighting Display, Nov. 28 to Jan. 1, free viewing. Features festively-lighted trees along Mill Avenue and adjacent streets for pedestrian holiday enjoyment.
Applications now being accepted for 2010 Master Gardener training
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County Master Gardener Program holds certification classes throughout the Valley twice yearly. The classes teach future Master Gardener Volunteers the details on how to successfully garden in the Valley.
Topics that will be covered in the Master Gardener class include Basic Botany, Propagation, Cacti and Succulents, Turf, Citrus, Plant Diagnosis, Soils and Fertilizer, Vegetables and Herbs, and much more.
In 2010, classes are being held on the following dates and locations: Tuesdays Jan. 12 to May 4, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Desert Breeze Police Substation, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler, application deadline is Nov. 30; and Tuesdays July 13 to Nov. 2, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, application deadline is May 31, 2010.
The Web site http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/mgclass.htm will acquaint anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer with all the information needed to apply to the program.
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. Summer hours are 8 to 11 a.m.
Admission is free. The market is family friendly, and canine good citizens are welcome.
For more information, visit www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.
VNSA wants your books
VNSA (Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association), a local, all-volunteer nonprofit corporation, needs donations of gently used books, paperbacks, videos, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, books on tape or CD and any other book-related items for the 54th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale scheduled for Feb. 13 and 14, 2010. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit Valley nonprofit agencies that serve families and children in need.
Tax deductible donations of books can be made at the VNSA book collection box at Bashas’ at 4855 E. Warner Road (look for cream colored box featuring the VNSA owl). Home or business pickups can be arranged by calling (602) 265-6805.
More information is available at www.vnsabooksale.org.
Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo
Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 at the Phoenix Convention Center, featuring inspiring keynote speakers Valerie Bertinelli and Olivia Newton John, 500 shopping booths and a weekend of pampering and rejuvenation for Arizona women.
The expo takes place in October, during National Cancer Awareness Month, with a special emphasis on early detection and healthy living.
Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.azwomenssexpo.com or call (866) 618-3434.
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.