Ahwatukee resident Mina Brun poses with her quilt, which will be raffled off at the book sale.
Special to AFN

For the 10th consecutive year, people will have a chance to get a jump on their Christmas shopping and help a cause benefitting Ahwatukee senior citizens with the Y OPAS Book Sale on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The sale is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee.

Approximately 6,000 books will be available, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2 and some specialty books priced separately. After 2 p.m., patrons can fill a grocery bag for $5.

Categories range from fiction, foreign, history, biography, religion, cooking, crafts, health, home and garden and humor. Cash and checks are accepted.

A special feature this month will be a raffle of two quilts and some ceramics by Ahwatukee artists. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or three for $10.

The quilts are on display at the Ahwatukee YMCA and tickets can be purchased there or on the day of the sale. The raffle will be held at 4 p.m. the day of the sail.

While parents are perusing books, their children can play at a table for making bookmarks.

Additionally, handmade jewelry will be for sale.

All proceeds from the sale and raffle benefit The Y’s Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors, whose volunteers help seniors with transportation to medical and other appointments, shopping and errands, friendly visiting and care-giving relief.

Y OPAS offers these services and social activities to prevent isolation for seniors who are homebound. These services are offered at no charge to seniors age 62 and older who live in Ahwatukee.

Book sale chairwoman Bev Strom said organizers have worked long hours for two months sorting through the books so that they will be organized by category for the sale.

“We have two storage units at U-Haul on Chandler Boulevard next to Ironwood Library – one unit is for sorting the books and the other is for storage after they are sorted and boxed,” she said.

Strom said people might want to stop at one of the ATMs near the Y before they hit the books, since they will not be able to use debit or credit cards.

More than 50 volunteers from Y OPAS, Mountain Pointe High Key Club, Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors, the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other organizations have been working on the sale, Strom said.

Andrea Groves manages the volunteers who collect and sort books. Maureen Davies has been organizing the book sale from the start, “and we credit her with the idea to have a book sale to fundraise for Y OPAS,” Strom said.

Linda Jochim, outreach coordinator for Y OPAS, and Jill Sears, Y OPAS program director, also are part of the planning committee.

The sale itself usually draws hundreds of people.

“We don’t keep track of attendance, but we have local residents as well as a number of people attending from other parts of the Valley and Tucson,” Strom said.

“We have a great selection of children’s, teen and young adult books, too” Strom said. “We take all kinds of books except textbooks, encyclopedias and dictionaries. We do not take magazines or damaged and soiled books.”

One of the quilts being raffled is a blue 1930 reproduction by Mina Brun of Ahwatukee. The other, a green quilt with a traditional pinwheel pattern and a prairie point border, was made by an Ahwatukee senior who asked to remain anonymous.

Mary Anne Doty, an Ahwatukee ceramics artist, is donating a half-gallon pitcher. She will have a table at the book sale with some of her ceramics works for sale.

Doty received sculpting and painting instruction from the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. during the 1980s and additional training in Phoenix under several noted artists.

She has worked in watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, textiles and clay. Her works primarily reflect the natural world, and since 2010, has focused on clay/ceramic art, taking classes from Julius Forzano, Mark Honaker and acclaimed ceramic artist, the late Bridget Harper.

Between 1998 and 2005, Roussos Doty operated her own decorative painting business, Artistic Finishes, and designed and painted children’s furnishings, including foot stools and bookcases/doll houses.

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