Blood drive

Because blood supplies typically plummet by as much as 75 percent over Labor Day weekend, United Blood Services has scheduled three drives next month.

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Ahwatukee blood drives aimed at critical need

Because blood supplies typically plummet by as much as 75 percent over Labor Day weekend, United Blood Services has scheduled three drives next month.

Donors can make an appointment at 1-877-827-4376 or www.BloodHero.com (enter your city or zip code).

The drive dates are: 3-7 p.m. Sept. 12, Ahwatukee YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18, St. Benedict Catholic Church, 16223 S. 48th St.; and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 20, Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St.

Mayor to address Ahwatukee Chamber

Tickets are on sale for Mayor Greg Stanton’s address 8 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Four Points by Sheraton Ahwatukee, 10831 S. 51st St., Ahwatukee.

Stanton is scheduled to discuss the Phoenix business climate and his goals for 2017. A moderated question-and-answer session will follow.

Tickets are $45 for chamber members, $55 for nonmembers. Purchase: www.ahwatukeechamber.com or 480-753-7676.

Dem candidates deliver school supplies to Kyrene

Two Democrats in the Legislative District 18 election delivered school supplies to the Kyrene Resource Center last week. State Senate hopeful Sean Bowie and State House candidate Mitzi Epstein said they wanted “to ensure that every Kyrene student has the tools they need, including school supplies.”

Bowie, who lives in Ahwatukee and works for the provost at Arizona State University, is a product of Kyrene schools. A Tempe small business owner, Epstein is a former Kyrene governing board member.

“The Kyrene Foundation is a great facilitator of neighborly helping,” said Mitzi Epstein.  “Donations are always important, but we need a solution for the big picture. Our schools are hurting.  …The legislature must restore education funding to recover from the drastic cuts of many years.”

LD 18 Democratic Committee chair Janie Hydrick said her party would continue collecting supplies for Kyrene students at their campaign office, 1867 Baseline Road, Tempe.

Female bunco gathering set in Ahwatukee

Another intergenerational bunco game for Ahwatukee females from 10 years old and up will be held 6:15-8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road, Ahwatukee.

Although not a church-sponsored event, the gathering was started years ago and has been kept alive by Abby Gerdis and Wendy and Katy Cornacchio.

Participants are asked to bring something they own for a white elephant gift and anyone who brings a first-time attendee will get a special prize. Gerdis said bunco is an easy game to learn and the gathering enables women to “gain friendships of many in a short period of time.

Participants also are asked to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Text 612-709-9671 with questions.

Charity League seeking new members

The Ahwatukee Foothills National Charity League will kick off a new membership drive with an informational meeting 2-3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Club West Clubhouse, 16400 S. 14th Ave., Ahwatukee.

AFNCL is a mother/daughter organization that focuses on leadership, cultural experiences and community service.

The group will focus on seventh graders living in Ahwatukee, although openings in other grades may be offered as well.  Information:  aajenfig@yahoo.com.

Cheer clinic scheduled at Kyrene Altadena School

A football cheer clinic for students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade will be held 1-4 p.m. Sept. 10 and Kyrene Altadena Middle School, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Pkwy., Ahwatukee.

Desert Vista High school cheerleaders will teach cheers, chants, jumps and dances and are inviting the clinic participants to perform during halftime for the Sept. 16 home game of the Thunder varsity football team. My Fit Foods will provide a snack.

Cost is $35 for preregistration and $40 for walk-ins and will cover instructions, a clinic T-shirt, pompoms, and admission for one adult to the Sept. 16 varsity game.

Registration: www.dvcheer.com.

College hosts an ‘Evening with the STARS’

South Mountain Community College will hold “An Evening with the STARS” to raise money for the Students Transforming to Achieve Radiant Success scholarship fund at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at its campus.

Highlighting the evening will be a performance by the Harmony Project Phoenix, a research-based multi-year mentoring program for low-income youth that uses music for positive development and social inclusion.

Also performing will be Johnny K and Kompany performing oldies from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.

Tickets are $25. Purchase: mcccdf.org/colleges/smcc/stars-event.

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