AAWL, SPCA filled to

the brim with kittens

The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA) is offering savings on kittens through June 30. The adoption fee for one kitten is $50, and the cost for two kittens is $75 through the end of this month – a savings of $50 to $100 off normal adoption prices.

Cats are available for adoption at the AAWL & SPCA Adoption Center, 30 N. 40th Place, just north of Washington and east of 40th Street, in central Phoenix. Adoption hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, www.aawl.org or call (602) 273-6852.


Arizona Animal Welfare League, SPCA offer tips for pet-safe July 4

July 4 is no “blast” for pets. Here are some tips for pet owners for a safe Independence Day holiday.

Resist the urge to take pets to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area inside your home.

Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear of loud noises, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company while you’re attending picnics, parades and other celebrations. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so remove any items your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.

Never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can result in severe burns and trauma to the face and paws of curious pets. Even unused fireworks can pose a danger, as many types contain toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Make sure your pets have a microchip and are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost they can be returned promptly. 

Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects – even death – in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.

Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also possible.

 If you are using a barbecue grill, always keep an eye on your pet to be sure anything hot is out of reach of hungry dog noses. Remember some food and drink may be toxic to pets. Also make sure gates to your yard are kept closed, so your pet does not get lost while you entertain guests. 

 For more information on keeping your pets safe this summer, visit the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website at www.aawl.org.


Independence Day

children’s parade at

Mountain Park Ranch

The community of Mountain Park Ranch is again sponsoring a Children’s Fourth of July Parade on Saturday, July 3. All families are invited to join in and celebrate with Mountain Park Ranch family and friends.

The parade begins at 8 a.m. at Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St., and will follow Thunderhill east to the park near Ray Road. The Phoenix Fire Department will be on hand to lead the kids down Thunderhill. The time is here to start decorating bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters and electric kiddy cars with red, white and blue streamers and ribbons. Making a small float could be a great neighborhood project to keep the kids busy.

A family celebration will follow the parade at Thunderhill Park and end around 10:30 a.m. The celebration will include a DJ, superslide and other family activities, sno-cones, hot dogs and drinks for the entire family. Best of all, awards and prizes will be given for best decorations and spirit. 

For more information, call (480) 704-5000.


Ahwatukee Star Spangled Bicycle Parade

The Ahwatukee Star Spangled Bicycle Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road.

Kids ages 0 to 15 are encouraged to decorate their “wheels” in a patriotic theme. Strollers, wagons, bicycles – anything with wheels and no motors –may be used.  Prizes will be awarded for creativity and originality in age brackets 0 to 5, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15 years.

Registration is free, but entries needed to be received by June 28.  

For more information or to register, call the Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center at (480) 893-3431.


Texas God Bless Arizona Tour to attend Red, White & Boom

Texas radio talk show host Michael Berry came up with the idea to support Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona law enforcement and the citizens of Arizona by spending money and patronizing Arizonan businesses. Berry has been highlighting Arizonan businesses on his afternoon radio show and his website.

In addition to “buycotting” Arizona products, Berry took his support for Arizona to the next level and created the God Bless Arizona Tour, the Freeway to Phoenix. The tour will arrive in Phoenix July 2 and spend the long weekend visiting various points of interest in the state. The tour group is more than 60 strong and plans to visit with Brewer and attend the Red, White and Boom fireworks in Ahwatukee Foothills on July 3. 

For more information on Michael Berry and the GBA Tour, contact Liz Foley at (838) 877-5263 or lfoleytx@aol.com.  The GBA website may be viewed at www.GBAtour.com.


Ahwatukee Book Club

looking for members

ABC (Ahwatukee Book Club) had its first meeting and is looking for four more members. The new club welcomes adult men and women and meets on the third Monday of each month.

For more information, e-mail mplunkett33@gmail.com or call (480) 430-3465.


Backpack drive benefits less fortunate

Ahwatukee Foothills orthodontist Dr. Joe Pearson and his staff are hosting a backpack drive through July 30 to help those less fortunate.

If your child’s present backpack is in good shape and you know he or she will be getting a new one for the next school year, please donate it. New backpacks are also welcome. 

Students at Frank Elementary School in Guadalupe will be the recipients of these backpacks. According to the school’s staff, 98 percent of their students start school without a backpack and supplies.

If you are interested in donating, please call (480) 759-7575 or e-mail peggy@bracedoc.com. Dr. Pearson’s office is at 4350 E. Ray Road, Building 3, Suite 112.

Baby zebras at zoo now have names

The pair of female Grevy’s zebras at the Phoenix Zoo now have names: Amira and Kirafiki.  The names are derived from the Swahili language, which is African in origin. Amira means “princess,” and Kirafiki means “friendly.”

Voting took place online at phoenixzoo.org over the last month in celebration of the arrival of the foals. More than 3,000 people cast their vote from five sets of names provided by keepers at the zoo.

The two female Grevy’s zebras are on display to the public along the Africa Trail.


Christmas in July raises money for MCACC

The Kokopelli Winery & Bistro at 35 W. Boston St. in Chandler is teaming up with the 12k’s of Christmas to celebrate Christmas in July and raise money for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC).

From July 12 to 16 just mention MCACC and Kokopelli will donate a percentage of your tab to help the animals.

For more information, visit www.kokopelliwinery.net or call (480) 792-6927.


Final Republican Congressional Debate for the 5th Congressional District coming up

In 2008, Ahwatukee Foothills resident John D. Rodriguez hosted 19 campaigns in various town halls for the residents of Ahwatukee including all the Republican Congressional candidates for the 5th district.

As in 2008, Rodriguez will again host all the Republican candidates for the 5th district currently being held by incumbent Harry Mitchell (D) who is seeking his third term. The 2010 Republican Congressional Debate will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Clarion Hotel Tech Center, 5121 E. La Puente Ave.

Seating is limited. For more information, contact Rodriguez at (602) 526-7512 or jdrfoundation@msn.com.


Nominations open for Girl Scout World Awards

Do you know a woman who you want to recognize as the best in female leadership and service for the community? Then nominate her for the Girl Scout World Awards.

The World Awards recognize Arizona Girl Scout alumni and current Girl Scouts who exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

In making distinguished contributions to their communities and professional careers, Women of Distinction are honored as outstanding role models for girls and young women. As a testament to the power of our youth and hope for the future, Young Women of Distinction represent strong youth leadership and display the utmost commitment to their communities.

Seven categories are available for nominations: World of Learning, World of Future, World of Arts, World of Community Service, World of Humanity, World of Courage and the Leadership Award.

Nominations will be accepted through September, and nomination forms are available at www.girlscoutsaz.org/events/world-awards/.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, call Leslie Friedman at (602) 452-7003.


Seminar provides tips for high school success

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Shauna Cahill, The Successful Tutor, will present the seminar “What It Takes to Succeed at High School: Organization and Study Skills” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St.

The experienced tutor will show seventh to twelfth grade students and their parents how to use school websites effectively, study efficiently with proven tools and techniques, improve time management skills, manage multiple classes and due dates, prepare for semester finals throughout the school year and compute quarterly and semester grades.

The registration fee includes one parent and one student (additional family members are $20). The cost is $40 if forms and fees are turned in before June 15, $55 before July 15 or $70 before July 31.

For more information or to request a registration form, call (480) 794-0177 or e-mail Shauna@thesuccessfultutor.com.


Indoor playground helps beat the heat

Arizona All-Stars Tumbling & Cheer at 7425 S. Harl, Suite 3, in Tempe is offering open play from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays through July 30. Kids ages 6 and younger are invited to jump, play, do crafts, tumble, sing-a-long, catch bubbles and bounce on the bounce house.

The cost is $7 per child ($3 for each additional child). Punch cards are also available for $50 for eight open plays ($15 for each additional child). Special rates are given to groups with advance reservations (minimum participation required). Wireless is also now available.

For more information, call (480) 831-1105 or visit www.azallstars.com.


Local author offers writing workshop

Bhira Backhaus is the author of the novel Under the Lemon Trees and teaches writing courses at Arizona State University.

Backhaus is offering Monsoon Writing, A Fiction & Memoir Writing Workshop from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays July 6 to Aug. 24 at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

This workshop is a call to craft and shape the unfinished stories and chapters lurking in the corners of computer desktops and in desk drawers or to develop persistent ideas buzzing in our heads. Bring your drafts of stories, novel chapters and memoir pieces to the workshop in a supportive environment. Participants will engage in creative exercises, reading and writing. Elements of story will be discussed.

The cost is $120. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, e-mail bhirabackhaus@yahoo.com.


Host families needed

The Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) is looking for families to host foreign exchange students from their Academic Year Program (AYP) for the upcoming school year. AYP offers students the chance to be fully-immersed in a cultural experience which includes connecting with a host family in the United States, attending an American high school, participating in eco-focused activities through AYP and experiencing first-hand life as a teenager in America. All of the students placed are 15- to 18-years old and are proficient in English.

The deadline for families to apply to host an AYP student is Aug. 31.

CCI needs to place 1,000 foreign exchange students from more than 40 countries around the world.

For more information, visit www.cci-exchange.com/host.htm, e-mail ayp@cci-exchange.com or call (800) 634-4771.


More host families needed

Volunteers - with or without children at home - are needed to share their hearts and homes with international high school exchange students for the upcoming fall semester or school year. The students are part of the SHARE! High School Exchange Program sponsored by ERDT, a global nonprofit educational foundation.

The students are from more than 25 countries and will arrive in August. They need caring adults or families to provide a home and share the experience. The host family will provide a bed and meals, as well as friendship, understanding and a genuine desire to share the American way of life with a youngster from overseas.

The students are between the ages of 15 and 18, speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have spending money for their personal expenses. They will attend the high school closest to their host family’s home.

Families are able to review student applications and select the student they feel is the best match.

For more information, call Yvette at (800) 941-3738 or visit www.sharesouthwest.org.


Donate water to save lives

Valley of the Sun United Way urges local residents to donate water to help individuals experiencing homelessness this summer.

The nearest locations to donate cases of bottled water are St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, 2831 N. 31st Ave., (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday); and United Food Bank, 245 S. Nina Drive, Mesa (7 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Monday – Friday). Additional donation sites are listed at www.cir.org.

For more information about the Valley of the Sun United Way, visit www.vsuw.org.


VNSA wants your books

VNSA (Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association) is a local, all-volunteer nonprofit corporation requesting donations of gently used books, paperbacks, videos, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, books on tape or CD, and any other book-related items for its 55th Annual Used Book Sale scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13, 2011. VNSA is conducting a summer book drive to help overcome lagging book donations.

Tax deductible donations of books can be made at VNSA book collection boxes located in shopping areas around the Valley. Home or business pickups may be arranged by calling (602) 265-6805. More information, including specific drop box locations, is available at www.vnsabooksale.org.


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 July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26.

For information, call (602) 495-5811.


Grand Canyon adventure

A two-night, three-day hiking retreat to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is scheduled for Aug. 1 to 3. The all-inclusive cost of $599 covers transportation, hotel, el Tovar dinner, accommodations and food at the bottom.

For details, contact Donna DiNunzio at (480) 330-2015 or dsdinunzio@cox.net.


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.


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. Please 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. 


Members encouraged to enroll on Foothills Community Association’s website

The Foothills Community Association covers about 20 square miles between 24th and Second streets and Pecos Road up Desert Foothills Parkway until you reach Foothills Club West Community.

This Association has decided to take advantage of a new community website available through Rossmar & Graham to assist you in getting access to important information regarding your community.

Information available includes Board minutes and community news; the community calendar; downloadable association documents such as CC&R’s Bylaws, Architectural Guidelines, CPA annual report, monthly financial report, reserve study, etc.; your account balance and account history; and the ability to update your emergency contact information, communicate with your manager and receive community information e-mails.

Accessing the website is easy - all you need to get started is an Internet connection. Log onto www.rossmarconnect.com/register and enter your personal registration code (you may obtain this code by calling Rossmar & Graham at (480) 551-4300). Then follow the on-screen instructions.


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.



(480) 898-7924

or jwalker@ahwatukee.com

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