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Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:36 pm

Creative career-themed classes get kids painting and thinking

As You Wish Pottery believes in encouraging kids to follow their dreams and be everything they imagine they can be.  So this summer As You Wish is helping their imaginations along with a career-themed summer class program.

Whether kids want to shine on the silver screen, build skyscrapers or protect citizens, they will explore different career options, as well as art techniques while they paint pottery as part of their on-the-job training. An instructor teaches the class about the profession they are focusing on for the day and then they paint a pottery piece that signifies the career. 

A new career is explored every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting on June 7 through July 30. Classes are for kids 5 and up and are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fees are $20 and include studio time and pottery. Advanced registration is suggested.

Kids can also learn about helping other kids at As You Wish through the Tiles for Smiles program, which sends children with serious illnesses to camp. Come in to paint an inspirational tile that becomes part of a custom mirror for Camp Soaring Eagle. The cost is $10 per tile, with $7 going directly to the Camp. 

As You Wish Pottery is located at 4905 E. Ray Road, Suite 103.

For more information, call (480) 753-9500 or visit www.asyouwishpottery.com.

 

Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center summer programs

The Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, is offering a variety of summer programs, including swim lessons for parents and tots (6 to 36 months) and ages 3 to 8; private swim lessons; a weekly (Mondays to Thursdays) golf, swim and tennis camp; pre-school tumbling and a back handspring clinic for ages 6 and up; summer junior tennis two-week camps; adult stroke technique swim class; aquatics masters group and a triathlon swimming and endurance class.

For details, call (480) 893-3431 or visit www.ahwatukeehoa.com.

 

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.

 

Kinder Prep pre-literacy program

New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and First Things First are presenting a free three-part series of parent-child interactive workshops from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 11, 18 and 25 at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., Room 1. Sessions will focus on inexpensive, at-home activities known to encourage brain development and help prepare a child’s brain for success in school. The free workshops are for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children 3 to 5 years old (childcare for other children is not provided).

For more information, visit www.newdirectionsinstitute.org.

Registration is required by calling (602) 371-1366, ext. 224.

 

Laurie’s Laughoholic Club to meet at Curves

Laurie’s Laughoholic Club has found a new home at Curves Ahwatukee, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month (June 13).

For more information, call (480) 540-4776 or e-mail laurie52@cox.net.

 

Registration open for city aquatics programs

Registration for city of Phoenix summer aquatics programs has begun. Early registration is recommended (online or walk-in) as spaces are limited.

For more information or to sign up, visit phoenix.gov/parks or call (602) 262-6541 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

 

 

 

Win the ultimate bridal getaway

A designer wedding gown and luxurious honeymoon on a private island in paradise may sound like a wedding only afforded by the rich and famous, but SpaWeek.com, WeddingChannel.com and St. Regis Bora Bora Resort have teamed up to make this A-list fantasy a reality for one lucky couple by entering the Wed Like a Celeb Sweepstakes.

During the months of May and June, visitors to SpaWeek.com that are planning a wedding may enter for a chance to win one of five David Tutera by Faviana wedding gowns plus a six-day honeymoon at St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Complimentary round trip airport transfers to and from the resort will also be provided by Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Tourism from Los Angeles to Bora Bora. The Giveaway, valued at over $17,000, has it all: luxurious accommodations, a romantic dinner, spa treatments and a bridal emergency gift basket from Dove Deodorant for the bride on her wedding day.

At the top of every page of SpaWeek.com is a Wed Like a Celeb banner that leads directly to a promotional page. Here, consumers will see an outline of the details of the package. Consumers simply need to fill out the form with contact information and wedding details to be entered to win the trip of their dreams.

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.

 

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.

 

Join a book club

Like to read? Looking for adult members of all ages!

For details, e-mail mplunkett33@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

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.

 

LEGO mini-build workshops offered

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa has again partnered with the LEGO Store and Arizona Science Center to offer a fun-filled and memorable summer family getaway, featuring four swimming pools, a huge waterslide, Cinema Splash, watermelon eating contests and family access to the amazing world of science at Arizona Science Center. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort (5594 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler) is bringing out a professional LEGO builder from the LEGO Store at Chandler Fashion Center to lead a weekend workshop for a limited number of guests. 

Offered twice, June 18 and 19 (Father’s Day weekend) and again July 16 and 17, these packages provide the ideal way to build not only a commemorative LEGO model but also lasting family memories. 

This package is suggested for children ages 5 to 12 and is limited to 60 children per workshop on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or reservations, call (602) 225-0100 and mention the LEGO2010 promotion code or visit www.wildhorsepassresort.com  to book online.

 

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 June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26.

For information, call (602) 495-5811.

 

Backpack drive benefits less fortunate

Ahwatukee Foothills orthodontist Dr. Joe Pearson and his staff are hosting a backpack drive from May 24 to 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.

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.

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