Volunteers needed for Flashlight Tours
The Desert Botanical Garden announces the return of its popular summer Flashlight Tours, to be held every Thursday and Saturday evening in June, July and August, beginning June 4. All tours begin at 7 p.m. at the Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Flashlight Tours are free with Garden admission.
Volunteers are needed (ages 12 and up), and training sessions are set for 6 to 9 p.m. May 21, 23 or June 13 (only need to attend one session). Learn all about the desert night creatures and their partnerships with desert plants.
Contact Pamela Levin at (480) 481-8166 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up for training.
For additional information on the tours, call (480) 941-1225 or visit www.dbg.org.
‘Ignite Phoenix' wants your ideas
The Ignite Phoenix program will host its fourth community presentation night from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The evening will feature 18 diverse speakers on a wide range of topics, each with five minutes to light a creative fire with the audience drawn from the business, creative and technical community in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
If you have a topic to share, complete a submission form before 5 p.m. May 22.
To learn more about Ignite Phoenix, submit a presentation proposal or to get more details about attending the June 16 event, visit www.ignitephoenix.com or call Roger Williams at (602) 380-2692.
Annual diaper drive helps Valley Diaper Bank
Disposable diapers will be collected throughout May to help needy families during the Valley Diaper Bank's seventh annual Valley Diaper Drive.
Residents may drop off unopened packages of disposable baby and adult diapers at all Discount Tire Co. locations in Maricopa County, 4831 E. Chandler Blvd., locally. Each store will have a designated diaper donation bin near the front of the store.
The Valley Diaper Bank provides diapers to local nonprofits, government agencies and faith-based organizations because WIC, Medicare, food stamps and other safety-net social programs do not cover the cost of diapers. The Diaper Bank supplies diapers to agencies already working with people in need, and does not give diapers to individuals.
For more information on volunteering, making contributions or for tips and suggestions on staging your own drive, visit www.valleydiaperbank.org or call (602) 253-0050.
Contest for moms seeking better nutrition for kids
Revolution Foods, a provider of healthy, organic foods for children, has partnered with green parenting publication Kiwi Magazine, the EcoMom Alliance and Myhealthyschool.com to create a contest that honors hometown activists - the Moms of the Revolution. The contest runs through May 30 and is the first of many upcoming initiatives helmed by Revolution Foods' Moms of the Revolution campaign - a nationwide search that aims to honor (and inspire) hometown activists who are revolutionizing the way kids in their communities eat.
Five moms who have taken actions to secure better nutrition for kids, advocate for change in their school's lunch program or who seek to redefine the lunchbox, will be selected to receive the Moms of the Revolution Award.
You can submit yourself or other amazing moms you know by filling out the submission form for free at www.kiwimagonline.com/momsoftherevolution.
Food and water drive under way
The Phoenix Rescue Mission is sponsoring a food and water drive through June 10 to benefit neighbors throughout the Valley in need of food, water, clothing and shelter.
Items needed include canned and boxed non-refrigerated foods and personal-size bottles of drinking water.
Some collection sites are the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA and many local churches such as the Ahwatukee Assembly of God, Bridgeway Community Church, Esperanza Lutheran Church, Horizon Presbyterian Church, Mountain Park Community Church, Mountain View Lutheran Church, St. Benedict Catholic Church, Calvary Chapel Awhatukee, Lamb of God Lutheran Church and Life Quest Church.
For questions or additional collection sites, e-mail Don Jones at email@example.com.
ASU Cronkite School offers discussion on freelancing, finances
The Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Phoenix chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) are partnering to present a panel discussion on making smarter decisions with your business and your finances from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 8 at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave. (at Fillmore Street), downtown Phoenix.
Sandwiches, deli salads, iced tea and lemonade will be served. The cost is $20 for SPJ and PRSA members; $30 for others.
FOL charity golf tournament coming up
The Festival of Lights is gearing up for its Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Foothills Golf Course on Saturday, June 6. This four-person scramble with a 7 a.m. shotgun start will benefit the Festival of Lights and the Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee.
The registration fee is $95 per person or $350 per foursome and includes round of golf, cart, goody bag, range balls and buffet lunch.
Players may sign-up and pay with a credit card online at www.FOLAZ.org, download an entry form to send in with a check or call (480) 460-6169.
The Wine and Beer Tasting Festival will be held Saturday evening, June 6, at the Foothills Golf Course Clubhouse. Tickets, $40, are available at the three Ahwatukee Safeway stores or online at www.FOLAZ.org.
Young professional women learn to thrive
For the first time ever, Jenny Ferry, Founder and CEO of Crest of Your Life, will launch a transformational one-day workshop for young professional women on June 6 at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix called the "I Thrive Experience."
In an interactive and highly-engaging personalized manner, Ferry along with a highly-sought after team of professional coaches and speakers including Pamela Slim, author of the just released Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, will show young women how to drop the fear and latch on to renewed energy and enthusiasm to build their ideal personal and professional life.
Registration for the full-day event is $59 per person and includes a spa luncheon. Additionally, workshop attendees who book a Saturday night stay at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa will be invited to a VIP evening soiree with exclusive access to the speakers for additional mentoring and networking.
A portion of the registration fees will be donated to the Valley Kids Foundation.
For more information, visit www.ithriveexperience.com.
Free Tubby Tags at La-Z-Boy
Giving new moms a hand on the "how-to" is a top priority for the Tubby Tag program, a partnership between La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Water Watchers at Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Phoenix Fire Department. The program includes the distribution of special tags reminding parents of the need for supervision at bath time. The tags are placed in Tubby Tag folders, filled with safety information for parents.
The Tubby Tags and folders are available for free at all La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores, through Water Watchers at Phoenix Children's Hospital and through the Phoenix Fire Department.
For more information about the Tubby Tag program or about the prevention of bathtub drownings, visit www.phoenixchildrens.com and key Tubby Tag into the search engine.
Bondurant School introduces dads to high performance driving
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is giving dads a taste of racecar driving with its Father's Day Rapid Precision Maneuvers Program (RPM) on June 20.
Rapid Precision Maneuvers is a four-hour course featuring a timed autocross event, accident avoidance and lead and follow time on the 15-turn, 1.6-mile Bondurant track.
Interested parties can sign up until June 1 at a reduced price of $349. Check program availability and register by visiting www.bondurant.com or calling Travis McClure at (480) 403-7648.
Subway offers waterpark discount coupons
Subway restaurants throughout the Valley are offering coupons good for several discounts at Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa and Big Surf in Tempe.
Kitten season is under way in Maricopa County
HALO Animal Rescue is teaming up with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Maddie's Projects in Maricopa County to implore people to spay and neuter their cats and help bring an end to kitten season.
Kitten season is the dramatic increase in the number of kittens who find their way into shelters at this time every single year. MCACC sees at minimum an additional 5,000 kittens during the "season" on top of the tens of thousands of cats already within the Animal Care and Control system within a given year. States along the sunbelt are traditionally hardest hit since cats breed in warmer weather.
Registration open for linedancercise, muscle mania classes
Group fitness/line dance instructor Carrie McNeish is offering linedancercise and muscle mania classes this summer, and registration is now open.
Evening Linedancercise classes will be held at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Beginners (course 55617) will meet at 5:15 p.m. and intermediates (course 55618) at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. The next session runs June 2 to Aug. 25. Register in person at the center or online at www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration (click on "programs/courses" and insert the course number).
Afternoon Linedancercise classes will be held at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center (through South Mountain Community College), 4700 E. Warner Road. Beginners (course CONT_ED22661) will meet at 3:30 p.m. and intermediates (course CONT_ED22662) at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The next session runs June 10 to July 29. Register through SMCC by calling (602) 243-8393 or (602) 568-4523.
Muscle Mania classes (course 55631) will meet 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays June 3 to Aug. 26 at the Pecos Community Center. Register in person at center or online.
Girl Scouts...where girls grow strong
Girl Scouting helps girls develop new skills, explore new worlds and build self-esteem and confidence while having fun. Troops are available and always forming for girls in kindergarten to 12th grade. Meetings are held throughout the school year.
To join the Girl Scout family and/or volunteer in the Ahwatukee Foothills area, contact Mag Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 228-6551, Debra Gutierrez at email@example.com or Rose Shepard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the adventure, discovery, friendship and fun!
For more information, visit www.girlscoutsaz.org.
As You Wish Pottery offers summer classes for children
Children are invited to travel around the world without leaving town at As You Wish Pottery, a painting studio located at Interstate 10 and Ray Road.
Summer classes offer artists of all ages the opportunity to create souvenirs from around the globe. The fun begins in the Big Apple on June 8 just in time for Father's Day and will wrap up in Italy the last week of July.
Classes are designed with age groups in mind. All classes start at 9 a.m. and advanced registration is suggested. All Monday through Friday classes are $20 plus tax and include all supplies needed to complete the project, including pottery. Saturday classes are $15 plus the cost of pottery.
For more information, visit www.asyouwishpottery.com or call (480) 753-9500.
Goodwill needs donations now more than ever
Goodwill of Central Arizona is working to keep up with the increased demand for its job training programs and career services as national unemployment rates continue to rise. Goodwill cannot provide these critical services without community donations to sell in its stores. Goodwill is asking people to be generous this spring as they clean out their closets and donate gently-used clothing and house wares at one of its 42 donation drop-off centers.
For more information on Goodwill of Central Arizona, visit www.goodwillaz.org.
Reading keeps summer from turning kids' minds into Jello
As another long summer away from school approaches, many parents are wondering how to keep their children busy doing something constructive.
Public libraries all over the country are busily gearing up for the 2009 summer reading program "Be Creative at your Library." The free program promotes parent/child involvement and also gives kids an opportunity to have fun while learning valuable skills. Program coordinators often incorporate puppet shows, crafts, skits and other fun activities to help children interact with the characters they read about and make various subjects come alive for them in a meaningful way.
To find out the details about dates, times, and registration for this summer's program, call or visit your local library. To learn more about effective and engaging children's educational materials, visit www.scholastic.com, www.billygorilly.com and www.pbskids.org.
Women's retreat offered in Sedona
The Sedona Meditation Training Company announces Writing as a Meditation: A Woman's Retreat scheduled for May 29 to 31 at the Briar Patch Inn in Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona.
Cafe collects clothes for the homeless
Dolce Luna Italian Cafe is holding an underwear and sock donation drive to benefit CASS (Central Arizona Shelter Services), which provides services and housing for homeless families and single adults.
Donations of new, packaged underwear and socks may be dropped off at Dolce Luna, 4647 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 10, now and throughout the summer. All sizes are needed for children, women and men.
KRC sets wave pool theme days
Wave pool theme days at Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 South All America Way, Tempe, run 1 to 3 p.m., and the wave pool hours are 1 to 5 p.m.
Theme days include Mother's Day Weekend, May 9 and 10; Armed Forces Weekend, May 16 and 17; Happy Birthdays Day (for birthdays in that month), May 23, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29; Report Card Day, June 6; Father's Day Weekend, June 20 and 21; Grandparent's Day, Sept. 5; and Boy Scout's Day, Sept. 19.
For details, call (480) 350-5201, (480) 350-5050 TTY or visit www.tempe.gov/kiwanis.
Bookins.com gives new life to old books
Bookins.com is a simple-to-use book-trading site with 42,000 members. The site allows members to swap books and DVDs by mail with no fuss. Membership is free - the only cost is postage, which is printed right from the Web site. In return for sending out their own items, members can pick from over 500,000 books and DVDs to get in exchange.
Bookins.com is the only service of its kind to provide a money-back guarantee, so if you ever receive an item you are not happy with, Bookins will refund the shipping cost.
Summer savings at Kartchner Caverns
Kartchner Caverns State Park will lower the price of the Rotunda/Throne Room tour for the summer. When you book your tour for any day between June 1 and Sept. 4, cave tour tickets for adults will be reduced to $12, and tickets for youths aged 7 to 13 will $5 (children six and younger are always free). Ticket buyers will save $6.95 and $4.95, respectively, per ticket.
Kartchner Caverns State Park is located on Highway 90, nine miles South of I-10 near Benson.
For more information or to make a tour reservation, call (520) 586-2283.
European river cruise series benefits local Public Broadcasting
Sunsational Cruises and well-known travel, culinary and cultural journalist Burt Wolf are teaming up in a new series of European river cruises to benefit Public Broadcasting. For each confirmed booking made through Sunsational Cruises, a significant donation will be made to help support the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) in our community.
Wolf will accompany all guaranteed departures, sharing his in-depth knowledge of each intriguing port and its culture and customs.
Prices start as low as $2,934 for the nine-day river cruise of Holland and Belgium. For more information, call Sunsational Cruises at (480) 753-6671 or visit www.burtwolf.com.
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. Winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The market features local growers and specialty food producers, bath and beauty products, as well as local artisans with arts and crafts. Wild caught salmon and grass fed beef are also currently available.
Admission is free. The market is family friendly, and canine good citizens are welcome.
For more information, visit www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.
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.