Register now for Child Enrichment Classes, swim lessons

The Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, is accepting registration for Child Enrichment classes that start Aug. 16. Classes offered are: Time for Twos (24 to 36 months), Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Little People (ages 2-and-a-half to 3), Tuesdays, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; Tiny Tot Time (age 3), Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 9:15 to  10:45 a.m.; Kinder Prep (ages 4 to 5), Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Pre-school Tumbling, Mondays or Wednesdays, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Swimming lessons are also still going on. Register now for the session Aug. 17 to 26. Classes will meet from 3 to 3:30 or 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information or to register, call (480) 893-3431.


Parks and Rec fall classes, sports programs viewable online

New outdoor sports program options highlight the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s fall program and classes, available online at

General interest classes are available for all ages. Classes feature experienced instructors and convenient times and locations. Prices range from $30 to $75 for seven-to-10-week classes.

Registration for the fall session opens Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Register online or in-person at any department community center or administrative office.

Additional information on the parks, programs and facilities of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department also is available by calling (602) 262-6862.


Programs offered for persons with disabilities

Two programs for persons with disabilities are being offered on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Disability Empowerment Center, Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center, 5025 E. Washington St.

Join the Independent Living (IL) Team at the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) for a personal safety class from The Rock, a family martial arts academy, which will assist you in feeling safer through Tae Kwon Do. The class will run from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information or to reserve your space, call Rosalie at (602) 443-0707.

An ADA update teleconference on “After School and Daycare Programs for Children with Disabilities” will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join speakers as they discuss best practices in day care and after school programs for serving children with disabilities and resources that are available to assist providers and parents. The guest moderator will be Shelley Kaplan, director of DBTAC-Southeast ADA Center. RSVP to Andrew at (602) 296-0536. To participate via teleconference, visit The teleconference is presented by Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (PDBTAC).


Writing conference coming up

Crime will be analyzed, sketched, discussed and written about at the upcoming Write Now Detective and Mystery Writing Conference sponsored by the Desert Sleuths. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at The Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telawa Trail.

James O. Born, the award-winning author of the Alex Duarte and Bill Tasker series, is slated as the keynote speaker. Sheila Lowe, handwriting analyst and author of the Claudia Rose series, will open the conference with her tales of testifying in criminal court cases and what mystery and crime writers need to know about graphology before incorporating it into their stories. Lowe will be followed by Dr. Erin Nelson, a renowned forensic and clinical psychologist whose does profiling, and Robin Burcell, an FBI forensic artist. Allen Kates, a professional editor and former Fox Films development executive, will speak on getting a novel’s first 10 pages on the page and provide critical feedback to writers on an individual basis. Barbara Peters, owner of the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, will discuss her work with the bookstore and as the editor-publisher of the Poisoned Pen Press. Guest of honor Lisa Holstine is a librarian for the city of Glendale, a blogger-critic and a life-long lover of books.

The cost is $75 to pre-register, or $80 at the door.

More information is available online at


State’s largest no-kill organizations team up for adopt-a-thon

As part of their quest to stop the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of homeless pets in Maricopa County each week, the state’s two largest no-kill organizations will try to place 180 animals at special adoption prices during a joint event.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA) and HALO (Helping Animals Live On) Animal Rescue will host the “Empty the Shelter” 12-hour Adopt-a-thon Challenge from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the AAWL & SPCA shelter at 30 N. 40th Place, (just north of Washington Street and east of 40th Street). Public parking will be available on the northeast and northwest corners of 40th and Washington streets.

During the event, adoption fees for dogs will be $25, $50 for puppies, $5 for cats and $25 for kittens. All animals will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and have at least one set of vaccinations.

The 12-hour Adopt-a-thon Challenge will also feature a special holding area for adopters to bring their own pets in order to introduce them to new members of the family; a cooled outdoor area provided by Typhoon Cooling; goodie bags to the first 100 people; refreshments; and a raffle.

For more information, visit or call (602) 273-6852, ext 116.


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


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

For more information about the Valley of the Sun United Way, visit


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


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

For information, call (602) 495-5811.


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


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

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


Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo coming up

Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo, the ultimate weekend designed for Arizona women, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The expo will feature keynote speakers Kirstie Alley and Diane Keaton; over 500 booths filled with the very best in fashion, beauty, health, fitness, home décor, careers, financial planning, education and more; and pampering and rejuvenation for Arizona women, including an amazing array of complimentary spa services, free makeovers, haircuts, manicures, massages and facials.

Attendees will also enjoy a full schedule of speakers on four stages, book signings, celebrity appearances and cooking and design demonstrations. The Pottery Barn Holiday Decorating Stage features renowned design experts providing new ideas on preparing your home for the holidays.  The Williams-Sonoma Cooking Theatre features some of the Valley’s most talented chefs preparing the latest in holiday meal ideas.

The expo takes place each September, just prior to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and has a special emphasis on early detection and healthy living. 

Admission is $8 with a discount ticket downloaded from Discount tickets benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Phoenix.

For more information, visit or call (866) 618-3434.


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 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.


Care Card helps Ryan House

Purchase a $50 Care Card at and receive a 20% discount every time you use it at over 500 participating retailers Oct. 15 to 24. One hundred percent of the sales price will go directly to Ryan House, a respite home for children with life-limiting conditions.


Chandler offers Historic Downtown walking tours

Want to find out what makes downtown Chandler historic? The staff of the Chandler Museum is offering walking tours on Fridays Oct. 15 and Nov. 19. Meet in front of the coffeehouse at the San Marcos Resort (1 N. San Marcos Place) at 4:30 p.m. Tours last approximately one hour and are free of charge.

Pre-registration is required by calling (480) 782-2751 or e-mailing More information is available at or


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, will re-open Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon.

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 also offered, as well as sports events on many big screen TV’s in the Casual Cowboy Saloon.

For information, visit or call (480) 502-5600, ext. 1204.



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