Register now for the 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, and entries need to be received by June 28.  

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


Phoenix Perks activities at Pecos Senior Center

“Phoenix Perks,” a series of entertaining and educational programs for active adults 45 and older, are offered daily at the city of Phoenix Pecos Senior Center, 17010 S. 48th St.

Complimentary coffee is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays sponsored by the Pecos Site Council. Yoga classes are offered at 9:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for $4 per session. A happy hour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 28 will include refreshments and entertainment for $1 per person. Other free ongoing activities include a Spanish class from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, a walking club at 9:30 a.m. Mondays to Fridays and an art class from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays.

An annual $10 registration fee for Phoenix residents is required and may be used at any of the city’s 15 senior centers. The fee is $20 for non-residents. Participants will receive a membership card that allows them to access to activities or services at senior centers and parks and recreation facilities.

Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. For the monthly lunch menu and registration information, call (602) 534-5366 or visit


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, 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.

Through June, visitors to 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 more than $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 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.

Free golf clinic for ladies

A free golf clinic for ladies 21 and older will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at CrossWoods Indoor Golf Center, located just west of Kyrene Road on the north side of Chandler Boulevard in Chandler.  All levels of golfers are welcome. Ladies are encouraged to bring their own golf clubs if they have them or loaners will also be available.  The class is limited to 12 women.

During the event CrossWoods will offer $2 off all appetizers, $2 domestic draft beers, $3 import draft beers and $3 wines. All participants will receive a gift and a door prize will also be given away.

For more information or to register, call (480) 961-GOLF (4653).


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 12th-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 $55 if forms and fees are turned in 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


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


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

July 4th 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. Time will be approaching 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.


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


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 or call (480) 792-6927.


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


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.


Join a book club

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

For details, e-mail


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 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.



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College honors for local students

           Andrew Nesdill has been named to the spring semester’s Dean’s List at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.

           Ashley Joy McAllister has graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. She majored in English and Spanish.

           Alexander Higgins was named to the spring semester’s Dean’s List at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

           Sarah Frazer was named to the spring semester’s Dean’s List at Drew University in Madison, N.J.

           Darren J. Pilcher has graduated from Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., with a degree in chemistry.

           Sean Michael Barr, Melinda Kate Davey, Christopher John Kaczmerek and Renee Elizabeth Lyding earned Dean’s List honors for the spring semester at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

           Kelly Coleman has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

           Philip Jason Schroeder was named to the spring semester’s Dean’s List at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

           Zachary Owen Rall was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics in Macon, Ga.


Team Leinenveber wins Disney Imagineering’s design competition

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Jeff Leinenveber and teammates from the University of Arizona have won Disney Imagineering’s 19th ImagiNations design competition in Glendale, Calif. Leinenveber entered the contest with fellow graphic design student Bianca Kuo, architecture student Patrick Bradley and illustration student Lane Garrison.

Six teams designed potential attractions for Disney and spent two weeks working with Imagineers on their designs, presenting their ideas to 30 senior Imagineers and interviewing for internship opportunities.

Leinenveber’s team just learned that they won the competition but even before he knew the outcome, he felt he had already won his prize – not only was he a finalist in the competition, he’s also staying for a summer internship in graphic design.

Leinenveber graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 2007 and went to the University of Arizona, where he just finished his junior year studying visual communication with a graphic design emphasis.


Goe graduates from veterinary school

Alexandra Marie Goe has graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Commencement exercises took place June 11 at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts where she received the degree of doctor of  veterinary medicine.

Goe will begin a one-year internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.  She hopes to return to UC Davis to complete her residency program in zoological medicine.

She attended Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School and earned her undergraduate degree with a major in avian sciences at the University of California, Davis, in 2005.

She is the daughter of Sam and Kari Goe of Ahwatukee Foothills. 


DV Robotics Team places in national challenge

Atlantis Robotics of Desert Vista High School placed second in the high school division and fourth overall at the National Underwater Robotics Challenge recently at Chandler High School. The students not only participated in the underwater challenge, but they also competed in writing a technical report on their robot, giving an oral presentation on the robot, discussing their robot with the judges, presenting a video of the challenge they created about the mission, developing a website about Atlantis Robotics and hosting a green charging station for the robot batteries.

The students involved in the project are Dominic Chen (captain, pilot and webmaster), Elaine Rhoades (co-pilot and public relations), Craig Bishop (electrical and programming), Mike Hudson (mechanical and electrical), Dakota Boyd (mechanical and electrical), Nick Selby (mechanical and video), Kevin Zheng (programming), Matt Giovanucci (electrical) and Chelsea Waverley (mechanical).

For information on the competition, visit For details about Atlantis Robotics, visit



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