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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 11:00 pm

Early Learning Expo Sat.

The Ahwatukee Babies ‘R' Us location will be giving tips on how to choose appropriate educational toys for babies and toddlers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12.

The Early Learning Expo will also share information on the latest innovations in the juvenile industry that will enhance a baby's development. Information will be presented by Dr. Gregg Zankman, Goddard School, Fisher Price and Precious Wee Pigges. Kindermusik will teach seminars at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and story time with Five Star Publications will be held at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.

Babies ‘R' Us is located at 4835 E. Ray Road, Phoenix. For details, call (480) 705-0400.


Toy Town reopening Monday

To celebrate Toy Town undergoing new ownership, it will hold a grand reopening from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 14.

The play center will be offering refreshments and $1 off admission.

Toy Town's regular hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and evenings are reservation-only for private parties, playgroups and get togethers.

For details, visit


TurnKey Graphics opens

TurnKey Graphics, a marketing and creative services firm, has opened a new office at 4621 E. Chandler Blvd.

The firm specializes in graphic design, printing, direct mail and promotional item For more information, call Andy Smalley at (480) 706-7253 or visit

Marketing program July 17

The Arizona Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) will host a morning breakfast with Darline Serrano of IMMEDIA, to discuss tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time at events and build relationships.

The breakfast and program will be held from 7:15 to 9 a.m. July 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4300 E. Washington St.

Registration and networking begin at 7:15 a.m. The cost for SMPS members is $35 and $50 for non-members. Registration is available online at

For more information on the Arizona Chapter of SMPS, or to inquire about membership, contact Michelle Kelly at (602) 523-4928 or visit


Small business ‘Webinars'

Infusionsoft, a marketing automation software company for small businesses, has begun to offer a monthly Webinar series focused on helping businesses market and grow sales more effectively.

Upcoming marketing Webinars include:

July 22: Enabling the Entrepreneur, featuring Michael Gerber, author of E-Myth and Awakening the Entrepreneur Within

Aug. 7: Supercharge your Web site

Sept. 15: Convert and Flip Your Funnel

Oct. 13: Sell Stuff Online

Nov. 10: Collect the Cash

To register, visit


Toy store offers free fun

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., has begun hosting free activities to serve as inexpensive outings for parents and kids.

The toy store will hold Friday game nights, story book hours, baby sign language story time, yo-yo classes and morning social times for moms and dads.

Friday game night runs from 5 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 1. Mommy/daddy mornings run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon through July 31. Baby sign language story time will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. July 19, and the yo-yo class will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. June 28.

For more information, call Janet Hoo at (480) 785-8697.


Massage week starts July 20

The Back Rub Company has teamed up with the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals to participate in July's EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week.

From July 20 to 26, The Back Rub Company will donate 10 percent of its profits from each massage scheduled to the 100 Club of Arizona, which provides assistance to the surviving families of public safety officers and firefighters killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

The Back Rub Company has four Valley locations, including 303 E. Baseline Road. For more information or to schedule a massage, call (480) 330-2066 or visit


Simplot named president

Tom Simplot has been named president of the Arizona Multihousing Association.

Simplot is responsible for operations and general management of all association activities.


Romp n' Roll now open

Ahwatukee Foothills residents Jim and Lisa Cook have opened Romp n' Roll play center, which focuses on "nurturing the genius, unleashing the goofball" in children ages 3 months to 6 years.

The brightly-colored facility has ramps, bridges, slides, tulles, a trapeze, balance beam and monkey bars.

Romp n' Roll is located at 4825 E. Warner Road. For more information, call (480) 961-7655 or visit


Web site to help students

Former Ahwatukee Foothills resident Daniel Berke has launched a nonprofit Web site asking for donations to help students pay off their student loans.

The Web site,, asks that people put $5 toward helping students with outstanding student loans, rather than spending the money on their morning latte. Berke came up with the idea for the Web site when he realized presidential candidates can raise $5 million a month in donations. His goal is to raise $50,000 within two months.

Requirements is that they must have at least a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and they must be working in the field that their degree is in.

For more information or to make a donation, visit


The Buttes offers summer package

The Buttes is offering summer room rates valued at $89 per night.

With rooms starting at $139 per night, The Buttes also offers a $50 voucher per night good for food and beverage or spa treatments. The credit can be used at any of the resort's restaurants, lounges or room service. Restaurants include the Market Cafe, Thirsty Cactus and Top of the Rock.

The Buttes is located at 2000 Westcourt Way in Tempe. The summer package is available through Aug. 31. For more information, call (888) 867-7492.


The BAR Fitness

Ahwatukee Foothills fitness center The BAR Fitness begins its summer program this week to engage young athletes in sport-specific training.

Participants of the BAR School of Athletic Performance will be spending up to four days each week in the weight room building strength, power and speed, as well as confidence, leadership, teamwork and service.


Goodwill offers free pick-up services

Goodwill is offering Valley residents free pick-up services to donate their gently-used household and clothing items.

A uniformed team will come to residents' homes, pick up their items and leave them with a Goodwill tax receipt.

For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up, call (480) 663-0000 or visit


Local man opens copy, imaging business

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michael Corey announced the opening of Imaging Technology Solutions in Tempe.

Imaging Technology Solutions offers a variety of copiers, printers and business equipment, and also services and repairs products of major brand names. The company's goal is to respond quickly and keep offices running smoothly, and most service calls are completed in the same day.


Online tool for home improvement projects

Arizona homeowners experience up to $25 million in annual losses in the remodeling industry due to contractor fraud, so Buildproof allows for every project, regardless of size, to be paid for, managed and tracked online. Project funds are held by an independent third-party financial institution to ensure safe handling and timely payment processing. There is no cost for homeowners to use the system and contractors are only required to pay a small percentage of the total project cost.

For more information, visit


Dance studio makes changes

Desert Dance Club, located in the Fry's/Melting Pot shopping center, has been purchased by Michael and Sheila Jewell and named ExquisiDance Ballroom Studio.

Instructors Tony and Margaret Long are five-time British and International Ballroom champions, eight-time Open French champions and Open British Latin champions.

For details, call (480) 706-0171 or e-mail


Send submissions to: (480) 898-7911 or

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