British Open Pro Am event

Team up with a player in the 2010 British Open starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. The two-man scramble will be combined with a blind draw pro pick from the Open.

The event includes awards, brunch and watching the event in the movie theater, and the cost is $45 per player ($20 per team optional skins).

For more information or to sign up, call (480) 460-4653 or visit


Passport fees increase

The U.S. Department of State has announced new passport fees that went into effect this week. The new fees will be applied to the passport book, the passport card and other passport services.

To illustrate the fee increase, AAA has compiled the following list of passport products and services and their current and future fees:



Current Fee

(Before July 13, 2010)

New Fee

(After July 13, 2010)

Adult Passport: First-Time 

(Age 16 & older)



Adult Passport: Renewal



Minor Passport

(Under age 16)



Adult Passport Card: First-Time

(Age 16 & older)



Adult Passport Card: Renewal



Minor Passport Card

(Under age 16)




The State Department is currently processing routine applications in approximately four to six weeks from the time of application. Expedited passport processing services, including overnight delivery to and from the passport agency, are reported to take between two and three weeks door-to-door.

Arizona travelers should also be mindful of the changes implemented by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which was enacted last year. Forms of identification that were previously accepted at land crossings, such as original birth certificates, are no longer accepted to gain entry or re-entry to the United States. U.S. citizens returning from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to have either a passport book, a passport card, or in exceptional cases, another approved travel document.

To learn more about U.S. travel requirements or how to apply for a U.S. passport or renew one, visit the State Department Travel website at


Beauty and basketball benefit animals

Join the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA on July 17 for a day of beauty and evening of basketball. The sale of tickets to the 7 p.m. July 17 Phoenix Mercury vs. Tulsa Shock game at a special reduced price will benefit AAWL & SPCA and help them save more animals from avoidable euthanasia. Discounted tickets are $15 each or two for $25 for lower-level seats that normally sell for $45 each.

The day of beauty begins at 4:30 p.m. July 17 at US Airways Center during the Beautiful Confidence Beauty Expo. Just bring your ticket for that evening’s game and enjoy Phoenix’s first “over the top” hair competition, a fashion show and a dance performance. Visit the AAWL booth and sneak a peak at its “Tailwags & Handbags” event coming in December. Miss Teen Arizona, Taylor Mullholland, who has chosen AAWL & SPCA as her charity of choice, will also be on hand. Beautiful Confidence is a non-profit organization aimed at building the self esteem of young girls. 

Purchase tickets by going to and clicking on the Donate Tab. Put in the dollar amount corresponding with the number of tickets being purchased and write “July 17 Mercury Game” in the memo section. 

AAWL & SPCA rescues adoptable animals from other shelters to give them a new chance at life.

For more information, call (602) 273-6852, ext. 101.



Free child care offered to job seekers

Sunrise Preschools, located at 4111 E. Ray Road west of 48th Street, is offering free licensed child care for children ages 6 months to 12 years while parents go to job interviews.

To learn more, visit Sunrise Preschools online at or call (480) 759-4098.


AZ RESCUE wins $20K donation from Chase Community Giving

Arizona’s own RESCUE dog and cat non-profit rescue group was awarded $20,000 from Chase Community Giving’s program. From a field of more than 500,000 non-profit groups that signed up, RESCUE placed 80th nationwide and first in the state of Arizona.

The voting was done on Facebook. RESCUE garnered 1,801 votes to be the state’s leading vote getter.

For more information about RESCUE and its programs, visit


DV Hockey Club sets pre-skates for upcoming season

The Desert Vista High School Hockey Club is offering four pre-skates at Polar Ice in Chandler for those interested in playing high school hockey. The one-hour Saturday pre-skates will begin at 11:35 a.m. July 31, 9 a.m. Aug. 14, 9 a.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. Aug. 28.

The cost is $15 per session. Those attending are asked to bring a copy of their USA Hockey registration, consent to treat, birth certificate, and copy of their student ID card. The USA Hockey registration may be found at and the consent to treat forms are at

For more information, e-mail


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  


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. 


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


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 or call (480) 705-2936.


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, e-mail 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


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 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 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 Dr. Pearson’s office is at 4350 E. Ray Road, Building 3, Suite 112.

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


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.


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 $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


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


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.



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