Chamber asking for volunteers, vehicles for Easter Parade

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is looking for people interested in driving its Breakfast of Champion Winners in the Easter Parade on April 3. A pick-up truck and three convertibles are needed, all to be driven by their owners. Those interested are asked to contact the chamber by Friday, March 26.

Volunteers are also needed to walk the parade route and give out candy. Bring a bag of wrapped candy to hand out to the crowd (no chocolate, please).

If interested in helping out, e-mail or call (480) 753-7676.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. rain or shine on Saturday, April 3, at 48th Street and Warner Road and progresses north about one mile along 48th Street to Cheyenne Drive. After the parade, enjoy the Spring Fling until 5 p.m. at Ahwatukee Park at Warner Road and 48th Street.


Subway hosting essay contest

Subway Restaurants of Arizona has announced a call for entries for its third annual “Subway Freshest, Fittest Essay Contest of the Year,” where kids throughout the Valley will have the chance to win tickets to the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 10.

From now until March 26, Subway is asking that young people ages 7 to 17 write and tell Subway what their organization, troop or program does to help them live healthier, happier lives. Each essay must be 200 to 500 words and should describe how the child’s school, after-school program, sports team or youth organization helps to teach them about eating habits, exercise and how to live a fresh, fit life.

The essay must include the name of the child or teen; name of the organization or school; contact information for organization and specific program leader, teacher or counselor; name of program, mentor or learning experience being nominated; and confirmation that the child or teen is between 7 and 17 years of age.

All essays must be typewritten and received by March 26. Essays may be e-mailed to e-mail, faxed to (602) 957-0131 or mailed to Subway, c/o Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations, 3610 N. 44th St., Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

A judging panel will review all entries and award the top two “freshest, fittest” kids in the Valley with tickets to the race for their entire class or club. Each winner will also receive a Subway-catered party in their classroom or during their club or group meeting in advance of the event. All winners will be notified by April 1.


‘Cop on Top’ event to raise funds for Special Olympics Arizona athletes

Phoenix Police Department officers will be at the Safeway at 4005 E. Chandler Blvd. from 5 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run “Cop on Top” event. The mission of the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona statewide.

For more information, visit


Lions Club hosting annual pancake breakfast

The Ahwatukee Lions Club invites everyone to attend its sixth annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St.

The Lions are offering free vision screenings to all, in conjunction with Save Your Vision Month. A free raffle will also take place, and used eyeglasses, hearing aids and luggage will be collected to help those in need.

Tickets – $5 for adults and $3 for children – may be purchased in advance or at the door. Proceeds will benefit Lions Charities.

For more information or advance tickets, call Steve at (480) 893-3555.


Bon Vivant event for Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s 25th Annual Bon Vivant ~ A Celebration of Fine Food & Drink will take place from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler.

A few dozen restaurants will have samples of some of their most popular dishes and participate in a culinary competition. Entertainment will be provided.

Sponsors, restaurants and silent auction items are being accepted. Tickets range from $100 to $150 and may be purchased at or by calling (480) 820-3688.

For more information, e-mail Kerri at, call her at (480) 820-3688 or visit


Hair Cut-A-Thon supports youth missions

Through Monday, March 29, Sports Clips at Raintree Ranch, 2875 W. Ray Road, Chandler, will offer $5 haircuts with any donation to Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth Missions. All donations will support the church’s youth mission projects, including the mission trip to Peru in July to serve at the Refuge of Hope, a local school, rehabilitation center and vocation-training center for children and young adults with disabilities.

For more information, visit


Join a book club

If you like to read, this club could be for you. And don’t worry how old you are. This group is open to all ages.

For details, e-mail


Looking for community supervisors

Peace 4 Kids, a non-profit high school foreign exchange organization, is 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


Registration open for spring Parks and Rec classes

Registration is open for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s April and May class and program season. Choose from hundreds of special interest classes and sports programs at dozens of sites throughout the city. Classes feature experienced instructors, affordable prices and convenient times and locations. Late spring classes will run from early April through May.

Registration is available online at through the Classes and Programs page or in person at any community center.

Additional information is available by calling (602) 262-6862.


Registration open for Ahwatukee Dog Show

The fourth annual Ahwatukee Dog Show will take place Sunday, March 28, at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road.

Bring your dog out for a morning of fun and games. Pre-registration is $5 per dog per category and $3 for each additional category. Judged categories will include best dressed, best kisser, looks most like owner and more.

All dogs must be on a leash and only well behaved dogs are welcome.

For more information or to register your dog, call (480) 893-3431.


Living Well Retreats celebrates 1st year

The Living Well Retreats, provider of whole-person wellness programs, will celebrate its one year anniversary with a “Mindful Eating Dessert and Tea Tasting” from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Pomegranate Cafe, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd.

Dawn Rutledge, founder of the Living Well Retreats and Am I Hungry? facilitator, will help guide participants toward a lifestyle of health and wholeness. Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat books autographed by author Michelle May, M.D. and founder of Am I Hungry?, will be available for a special $20 price, sales tax included.

The cost of the event is $20 per person and includes the instruction, materials, dessert and tea. As space is limited, reservations are required at or by calling (480) 250-5867. Attendees will also be eligible for a $25 discount off the price of registration for the upcoming “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” eight-week mindful eating workshop Series scheduled for March 25 to May 27. For more information on the workshop, visit “Upcoming Events” page.


Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade, Spring Fling April 3

The 34th Annual Kiwanis Ahwatukee Easter Parade and Spring Fling will take place Saturday, April 3.

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


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.

Members of the community, including amateur and professional chefs, are invited to compete. All chili must be prepared on site and will be judged in one of three categories: red chili with beans, red chili without beans and an open category.

Registration is $40 for amateur cooks and $100 for professional cooks or chefs who cook at a resort or restaurant. Community members may enjoy all-you-can-eat samples for $5. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a “home away from home” for children and their families who travel to Phoenix to receive treatment for serious, often life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Local Valley celebrities will assist in the judging, and a “People’s Choice Award” will be given based on a popular vote.

For more information or to register for the competition, visit


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, contact or call (480) 753-7676.


Hispanic Chamber hosting Black & White Ball and Business Awards

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) and Qwest Communications will present the 52nd Annual Black & White Ball and Business Awards starting at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

The event is the premiere social gathering for Arizona’s Latino community and is also the AZHCC’s biggest annual fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Bailando al Exito” (Dancing Toward Success). The event features the Chamber’s prestigious business awards ceremony, and the AZHCC will also honor an Arizona Legacy, former Arizona Gov. Raul H. Castro.

The program also includes the announcement of the Chamber’s college scholarship award recipients. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been awarded to deserving Latino students from across the state.

Guests will also enjoy live musical entertainment, a ballroom dance competition and a live performance by the Tejano group, La Familia Band.

Individual tickets are $300 for members and $350 for non-members.

For more information, contact Frankie at (602) 294-6081 or


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 Guests must be 21 years or older - ID’s will be checked at the door.


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 is 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. 


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


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.


Donate items at ARC to support troops

Once again the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) is busy collecting items for its “Support Our Troops” program. This program sends care packages to our troops serving overseas. Care packages are sent to the troops twice a year in cooperation with Luke Air Force Base.

Volunteers will prepare the care packages on April 5, and donations of individual packages of nuts, beef jerky and snacks along with travel-sized personal items and sanitizer may be dropped off at the ARC until then. Because the care packages will be received in a Middle Eastern country during the hot summer months, soldiers are especially in need of sun block and water flavoring packets.

If you have a family member serving overseas this summer, you may drop off his or her name and address and the ARC would be happy to thank this soldier with a care package.

For more information, call Amy at (480) 821-0276.


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 or visit


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


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 or call (602) 262-6541 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.


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.


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

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.


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 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


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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