Chamber Masters 2010 charity golf tournament to benefit fireworks
The annual Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament takes 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.
The entry fee for foursomes is $375 and includes a windbreaker, dinner and goody bags. The fee for single golfers is $100. Sponsorships are available from $50 to $500.
The winning foursome will receive four pink tournament suit jackets with the chamber logo and “Chamber Master” embroidered on it.
Tax Day Bites!
To help make tax day a little less taxing, Cinnabon will give guests two free cupcake bites from 6 to 8 p.m. April 15 (while supplies last) at participating mall-based locations.
Guests may also enter an online essay contest now through April 15 for the chance to win a $100 gift card. In 500 words or less, participants should explain why their life needs more frosting.
For more information, visit www.cinnabon.com.
Paradise Bakery launches ‘Cookie for a Kid’ program
Paradise Bakery and Café is giving everyone a reason to eat cookies this April with the launch of its fourth annual “Cookie for a Kid” program. The program will contribute 10 percent of cookie sales throughout the month to Free Arts of Arizona (www.freeartsaz.org), a nonprofit that inspires creativity in abused, homeless and at-risk children.
April is Valley Bike Month
Throughout April, cities around the Valley will host free or low-cost family bicycling events as part of Valley Metro’s 13th annual “Valley Bike Month.”
Valley Bike Month encourages people to try biking as a mode of transportation for a weekend errand, commuting to work and school, or as a fun family outing.
• City of Chandler Family Bike Ride, Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to noon, Chandler Park & Ride, 2100 S. Hamilton St., Chandler. This 6.4-mile family fun ride includes bike safety information, helmet fittings, free T-shirts and giveaways and an appearance by Radio Disney. Free and open to the public. www.chandleraz.gov/transit or Ann Marie, (480) 782-3442 or email@example.com.
• Bike2BBQ @ Papago Park, Sunday, April 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Papago Park, 1000 N. College Ave., Tempe. The festival features food, bicycle games, “bike polo,” helmet and bicycle decorating and more. Choose between mountain biking in Papago Park or a mellow, self-paced family rides on the greenbelt. Free. www.biketempe.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tempe Bike to Work & School Day, Thursday, April 22, 6:30 to 8 a.m. Six locations are offering free breakfast snacks to bike commuters. www.tempe.gov/tim or Tanya, (480) 858-2215 or email@example.com.
• Valley Metro Great Bike Chase, Sunday, April 25, 9 a.m. registration, ride to Chase Field at 11 a.m., watch Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St. Ride is free; baseball tickets are $16 (upper deck) or $20 (lower deck, left-field). Pre-registration encouraged. Fee is $30 on day of event for best-available seats. Bike safety rodeo, face painting, entertainment, prize drawings, new bike ride & drive area, prize drawings. Includes T-shirt and secure bike parking at Chase Field. www.valleymetro.org or Suzanne, (602) 534-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nationwide Vision sponsors food drive for Children’s First Academy
Nationwide Vision Laser and Medical Centers (Nationwide Vision), is hosting a food drive now through April 30 for the Children First Academy of Tempe, formerly known as the Thomas J. Pappas Elementary School, in an effort to fight hunger on a local level.
Children First Academy provides many of the basic needs children routinely go without such as food, shelter and medical care.
All 61 retail locations in Arizona (the nearest is at 4302 E. Ray Road) will have collection boxes where anyone may drop off non-perishable food donations and in return receive an eye glass cleaner kit. Nationwide Visions will deliver all collected donations to the school the week of May 3.
For more information, call (800) 660-2740 or visit www.nationwidevision.com.
Hispanic Chamber hosting Black & White Ball, 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.
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 email@example.com.
Arizona PTA supports Prop 100
The Arizona Parent-Teacher Association, one of the State’s largest and most prominent child advocacy groups, has extended its support by publicly backing Prop 100, the 1-cent sales tax increase proposed by the Arizona State legislature to generate revenue to fund K-12 public education, public safety and health and human services.
School district officials across the state face dramatic cuts in education funding for the 2010-11 school year. The decision on the size of cuts will be left up to the public since they will be voting in May on Proposition 100, a 1-cent sales tax to help fund education.
Arizona per-pupil funding is currently among the lowest in the nation. Public schools across our state have already absorbed several rounds of cuts in 2009. Arizona public schools are experiencing increased class sizes, cuts to extra-curricular activities and athletics and the loss of PE, music, librarians, books and even paper as a direct result of these cuts. Arizona PTA feels that this 1-cent sales tax will help ease the burden of having to do more with less that our children face in the classroom, especially in our most economically depressed areas.
The 1-cent sales tax would be in place for three years and would generate $900 million in revenue, and $428 million of this amount would be used for K-12 education.
The Arizona PTA encourages all of its members and the public to vote yes on May 18 in the special election in support of Prop 100.
Arizona PTA has over 23,000 members spanning the entire state. It was founded in 1906, prior to Arizona’s official statehood.
‘Thanks mom!’ Think you have the best story?
At Home Personal Care is hosting a Mother’s Day contest for the best mother-daughter-grandmother story. Stories need to be 300 words or less and the deadline to enter is April 20.
Three finalists will be featured online, along with a picture of “mom” herself, and will be judged by the general public. The winner, announced May 4, will receive a gift basket, and the story will be featured on the Web site. What better way to say, “thanks mom!”?
At Home Personal Care has been helping seniors to remain in the comfort of their homes for over 10 years. Its goal is to offer relief from the worry and stress of caring for an aging family member.
To enter the contest, visit www.athomeprc.com/media.
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 www.phoenixzoo.org/RocktheZoo2010. Guests must be 21 years or older - ID’s will be checked at the door.
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 www.supportrad.com.
Join a book club
Like to read? Looking for adult members of all ages!
For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for community supervisors
Peace 4 Kids, a non-profit high school foreign exchange organization, is currently 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 www.peace4kids.net.
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.
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 www.phoenixchildrens.com.
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 www.golffestshow.com.
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.
Donations needed for Red, White and Boom fireworks
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is inviting community members to make donations of $5 or more to help keep the Red, White and Boom Fireworks show in Ahwatukee.
For a donation of $25 or more, be a “Friend of The Fireworks” and display a commemorative decal in your home, business or car.
This year’s fireworks will be on Saturday, July 3, at the Ahwatukee Country Club.
For more information or to make a donation, call (480) 753-7676 or visit www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.riosaladosportsmans.com/hospitality.
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 phoenix.gov/parks or call (602) 262-6541 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Hot weather supplies needed for homeless
Southwest Behavioral Health Service’s Homeless Outreach, a non-profit program to help homeless individuals with mental illness, is requesting donations of hot weather supplies.
The Homeless Outreach program is not a traditional shelter or food bank but a mobile program that delivers supplies to the homeless where they live – on the streets, in alleyways, riverbeds, parks and near deserted buildings. The program covers all of Maricopa County. With homeless populations growing to record levels, the need for donations is greater than ever.
Items that are requested include water, sunscreen, hats or caps, lip balm, hygiene kits (including toothpaste and toothbrushes), lightweight T-shirts, shoes, socks, underwear and monetary donations.
Supply donations may be dropped off 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.
Golf tourneys support Optimist Club
Desert Divots is producing golf tournaments May 14 and June 4 at the Club West Golf Club, 16400 S. 14th Ave., to support the Ahwatukee Optimist Club. Proceeds from the tournaments will then go to the Kyrene Schools Community Foundation, Kyrene Resource Center and Ahwatukee Little League.
• The Hillside Spot Market & Cafe tournament will begin Friday, May 14, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, scramble format. The fun-filled day will include an awards banquet and a silent auction immediately following golf, plus prizes for the first three teams, several contest holes, Hole-N-One prize on all par 3s, a “cash bucket” putting contest, long drive demonstrations and more. The cost is $89 per player or $350 per team, and a variety of sponsorships are available. For details, call Doug at (480) 223-8705 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up, visit www.desertdivots.com.
• The Ahwatukee Foothills Optimist Club and Kyrene Schools Community Foundation’s tournament will begin Friday, June 4, with a 8 a.m. shotgun start, scramble format. The event includes prizes, contest holes, an awards banquet immediately following golf, silent auction, prizes for the first three teams, plus several contest holes, Hole-N-One prize on all par 3s, a putting contest, long drive demonstrations and more. The entry fee is $89 per player or $320 per team, and a variety of sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Jim at (602) 793-1930 or email@example.com or Tim at (480) 221-3388 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit www.ahwatukeeoptimists.org.
Sunday Farmers Market
The Arizona Community Farmers Markets Group hosts a farmers market on Sundays in the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center parking lot at 4700 E. Warner Road, just west of 48th Street. Hours are 8 to 11 a.m. July to mid October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. mid October to April and 8 a.m. to noon May to June.
Admission is free. The market is family friendly, and canine good citizens are welcome.
For more information, visit www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.
Farmers’ Market at Wild Horse Pass
The Gila River Farmers’ Market at Wild Horse Pass, located at Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road in Chandler, is now open and will run from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday year-round.
Support the Arizona-grown and Arizona-made garden market while enjoying a morning of fun for the whole family. The market features produce from the Wild Horse Pass garden, community farmers, artisans, vendors, kids activities, cooking classes, breakfast and story telling in Akimel Basho, the newest frontier attraction. Breakfast and brunch are also offered, as well as college football on many big screen TV’s in the Casual Cowboy Saloon.
For information, visit www.rawhide.com or call (480) 705-2936.
Bull riding at Rawhide
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, is offering bull riding at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Fridays through January. Fees are $60 for open bull riding, $40 for novice riding, $20 for calf riding (10 years and under) and $1 for sheep riding (6 and under).
Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are good for both shows.
For information and entries, call RC Mercer at (602) 237-3000.
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 www.Suns.com.
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 email@example.com or call (480) 940-3540.
Food distributor launches food drive benefiting Ariz. residents
The Treasure Box, an economical meal program developed by San Diego-based Good Source Solutions, provides quality, nutritious food for everyone trying to stretch their food dollars. Treasure Box can feed a family of four for almost a week or an individual for nearly one month!
The Treasure Box is able to leverage its buying power through partnerships with more than 500 well-known and popular food brands to provide a pre-assembled, frozen box packed with $75 to $100 worth of food offered to individuals and families for just $30 per week.
The program has partnered with churches across the Valley to offer this unique opportunity. Pickup locations include Tempe Nazarene Church, 3929 S. Rural Road, and First Baptist Church of Tempe, 4525 S. McClintock Drive, in Tempe. Deliveries are made monthly.
Individuals and families may place their orders online at www.thetreasurebox.org. For more information about the program or to become a community partner, call Koni Gould at (602) 663-0350.
Support domestic abuse awareness, recovery
Sunsational Cruises and Bravery Project are partnering to offer a journey of recovery. An escape to sea supporting domestic abuse awareness sets sail June 6 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The 2010 Bravery Project Cruise is a seven-night cruise to the eastern Caribbean with rates beginning at $979 per person for double occupancy. For each confirmed booking made through Polly Waln at Sunsational Cruises, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Bravery Project.
While enjoying the scenery from the deck, travelers will also be treated to original artwork exhibited by creator Florschuetz.
For details, visit www.braveryproject.org.
Woodworkers looking for projects
The Ahwatukee Woodworkers Club gets together on Thursdays to work on charity projects and is currently looking for more projects to take on.
Past projects have included making plaques for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, building tables and chairs for preschools and even making model MRI machines for doctors to explain the procedure to children to ease their fears. A model doll house kit was donated to the group, so members built it and held a raffle to raise money to support the club. In another project, models of homes in Tempe were built for the Tempe Historical Society that were raffled in a fundraiser for the society. The group is currently busy making cubbies for a local preschool.
The club is located near the Ahwatukee Recreation Center and is part of the Ahwatukee Retirement Community.
Projects are needed, and organizations such as schools, hospitals, churches or other charities in need of something built or made are asked to contact president Tom Rosenthal at (480) 275-6631.
YMCA’s OPAS program
Y OPAS (Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors) is a volunteer program of the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA providing support services for seniors, 62 years and older, who live in Ahwatukee Foothills. Transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visiting, caregiver relief, business help and household assistance are some of the services provided by Y OPAS volunteers.
If you, or someone you know would like to use its services, or if you are interested in volunteering, call (602) 212-6088. Volunteers that can help seniors with transportation and friendly visiting are especially needed.