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ADOT will be hosting a series of workshops seeking input on what the long-term vision for Arizona’s transportation system should look like. The input should include goals reaching out to 25 years into the future and should focus on priorities the department should adopt for their infrastructure plan. Current workshops are scheduled for various communities around the state with Phoenix meeting dates yet to be announced. For a full list of meeting locations and time, visit azdot.gov/whatmovesyouarizona.
The city of Phoenix has numerous festivities planned for Chinese Week, which will take place between Feb. 8-14. The highlight of the festivities will be the three-day Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival that will be from Feb. 12-14, with the hours being 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend. The festival will be at Margaret T. Hance Park (East), 1202 N. Third St. Admission and parking are free. Other events will be in celebration of the week, including a table tennis open and a Chinese New Year banquet at the Great Wall Restaurant, located at 3446 W. Camelback Road on Feb. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a $45 cost. For more information on events, call 602-534-3751 or visit phoenixsistercities.org.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign operated by the city of Phoenix assists families who earned less than $54,000 in 2015 with tax preparation and filing services; it has begun offering preparation services. Those that apply can file for child tax credit, dependent care credit, education tax credit and EITC tax credit up to $6,269 at free tax preparation locations throughout the city. Those attending must bring both their and their spouse’s picture ID, Social Security cards or individual tax ID number for all members of the household, proof of income, including W-2’s and 1099 Retirement Income forms, information for other income, 1095-A as well as verification for all tax credits, deductions and credit. If filing jointly both adults must be present to sign the tax return. For more information on the EITC campaign, visit phoenix.gov/eitc and for more information on free tax preparation, visit irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep or call the IRS at 1-800-906-9887.
The National nonprofit SCORE, which is dedicated to mentoring small business owners, has joined with Sam’s Club for the 2016 American Small Business Championship. The prize is granted to two businesses in every state to celebrate exceptional small business owners and entrepreneurs. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, a free trip to a training event and SCORE mentoring for one as well as a free promotion. Winners will also have the chance to compete with the other winners from across the nation for $25,000. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12 with winners announced in March. To apply visit score.org/championship.
An Arizona Senate committee voted on Jan. 13 to advance a bill that would prevent the city from issuing the proposed municipal ID cards unless they use the same strict criteria used for state-issued identification. The vote was split along party lines, with four Republicans voting to advance the measure and the three Democrats on the committee voting against it. Advocates of the bill say it would make it easier for city residents to access city programs, banks and other services, while opponents argue that all identification should be held to the standards of the statewide identification.
Kyrene Aprende Middle School in Chandler will be hosting a day of free activities for the public. More than 50 booths and activities including bounce houses, arts and crafts, musical performances and more will be available.
Bernadette Coggins and John King have been selected by the Kyrene governing board to be president and vice president, respectively. Coggins has served as vice president for the last two years and King has been on the board since 2012. Coggins will be replacing Ross Robb as acting president.
Registration for the charity event “Bunco for Breast Cancer” has started. Bunco, a dice game, will be played at Macayo’s Depot Cantina in Tempe on March, 20, to raise money for breast cancer research. To compete players must donate $40 per person, and the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The non-profit St. Vincent de Paul has received a dental grant from the nation’s largest pediatric-lead dental foundation. The grant, which amounts to $375,000, seeks to improve access to dental care for children and low-income residents.
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is accepting applications for its Community Arts Grant Program, which supports general operations and expenses for Phoenix-based arts and cultural organizations, festivals and arts learning projects. The application deadline is March 30.
The “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial exhibit will be open at the Arizona Capital Museum through Feb. 6. It will be open during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dig Studio has been named the winner of the second competition of the PHX Innovation Games for their design for a future light rail station near 48th Street and Washington Street. The competition, which seeks innovative designs to be incorporated into the city’s infrastructure, selected Dig Studio’s design for a table top-style platform that would transform the station into a pedestrian plaza while still ensuring it is entirely accessible to residents with disabilities.
The city of Phoenix is seeking feedback from residents, commuters and business owners alike as to how best to improve traffic circulation and mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists on Third Street. The current plan for the roadway, between Indian School Road and Roosevelt Street, involves additions ranging from better access for pedestrians with disabilities to the reduction of the number of travel lanes and addition of bike lanes on both sides of the street. The city will be hosting two meetings to get public input: the first on Jan. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., and the second on Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road. City officials will be available to answer questions.
Keep It Cut hair salon, with a location in Ahwatukee at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 50, will offer a free haircut every time the Cardinals win a playoff game to fans that come in the day after wearing Cardinals apparel.
A stray dog was found at the intersection of Clubhouse Drive and Liberty Lane in Ahwatukee. The dog, which is medium-sized with white curly hair, appeared friendly and house-trained but with no microchip or tags. The animal is in good shape and was taken to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, 2630 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. in Mesa. To reach Maricopa Animal Control, call 602-506-7387. The animals assigned ID number is A3711955.
The Kyrene del Norte Equity Team, which works to address issues of student achievement, is one of the recipients of the city of Tempe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award. The team will be honored at a dinner on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Tempe Marriott at the Buttes Resort for their work in examining the impact of race and culture in education.
The Arizona Small Business Association has received a $22,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation through the Community Grant Program to provide education and mentoring for the small business community. The grant will go towards expenses faced by the small business community and will work to advance what the Wal-Mart Foundation states is its goal of promoting a community-based company.
The Phoenix City Council approved the My Brother’s Keeper Action Plan that combines the resources of businesses, academia, clergy, neighborhood leaders as well as those in the private and public sectors to promote literacy, learning and job training among boys and young men of color. The first course of action was for the group to form a set of strategies and related performance measures to discover how best and most effectively to use the local government and community-based programs that encourage education and career preparedness among young men of color. The educational opportunities will range from preschool through secondary education.
Reservations for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards, on Jan. 16 at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, are currently being accepted. Reservations are $65 per person and can be made by calling 623-236-7332 or by visiting azgfdportal.az.gov/agency/commission/awards.
The city of Phoenix has started a program that will allow residents to donate to schools through tax credit donations. The donations will help pay for hands-on experiences that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education including field trips, music programs and sports programs.
Inspire Kids Montessori is hosting an art contest for children ages 3-5, where children from around the community are encouraged to submit photos of drawings, creative projects or short videos lasting a minute or less. The prize will be two free weeks of early childhood education at the school. The deadline for the contest is Jan. 7.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is looking for community members to help volunteer their time to prepare taxes for members of the Gila River Indian Community. Those interested in helping will receive a brief certification course that will train them to prepare simple tax returns for individuals with low to moderate income. Volunteers can be of all ages and backgrounds. The program is a part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly Programs. Training will be in January and parts of the course can be taken online. For more information, visit irs.gov.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will be hosting its Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge Jan. 1-27 for children ages 9-12 living anywhere in Arizona. Children meeting those qualifications can submit their healthy and tasty side dishes with the winner being awarded a new bike. For complete contest details and to submit a dish, visit walkonaz.com.
The deadline to make nominations for the Annual Governor’s Arts Awards is Dec. 11. The awards will be given to artists, businesses or organizations that have made serious contributions to the arts in the last year and will be given out in seven separate categories: artist, individual, community, arts in education, arts in education individual, small business and large business. The winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges. To make a nomination, visit azcitizensforthearts.org/governors-arts-awards.
Phoenix has placed third among cities of 250,000 people or more in e.Republic’s 2015 Digital Cities Survey for cities that best use digital solutions to improve citizen engagement. It is the second consecutive year that the city has placed in the top 10 in this category and moved up in the rankings to the No. 6 position for cities that develop technology to help citizens.
The Street Transportation Department has won a $10,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help fund the department’s bike safety initiative for students. The grant will be used to produce a series of comic books for primary school students as well as for the purchase of helmets for students that participate in the city’s Bike to School event.
The Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic grossed more than $360,000 during its 21st year raising money for the organization that is dedicated to supporting women in their path towards self-sufficiency, personal development and continued education. Almost 230 golfers turned out on Nov. 6 at the Kierland Golf Course to participate in the tournament, which offered 12 hole-in-one opportunities with the chance to win a new vehicle.
The Fourth Annual Holiday Drive for Foster Care is being put on by Operation Christmas Smile, a project of the Caring Big Foundation.
All elementary school teachers, take a minute to nominate a student from your school. Must be kindergarten through fifth grade, show kindness to those around him/her. The winner of the kindness award will receive a certificate, a school backpack, and $100 gift card. Submit your letters to Isabella.email@example.com. All nominations end on Nov. 26, Thanksgiving. Encourage kindness at an early age.
The Phoenix Rescue Mission has launched its Third Annual Feeding Phoenix program. The program, which began on Oct. 1 and ends the last day of the year, spans several holidays and is purposed to raise awareness and collect donations for the homeless, including food, water, blankets and sleeping bags along with other supplies that could help the under served and comparably large homeless population in Phoenix.
The Fourth Annual Holiday Drive for Foster Care is being put on by Operation Christmas Smile, a project of the Caring Big Foundation.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be at the Tempe Kiwanis Park to promote awareness about the 10th leading cause of death in America. At least 1,500 people from around the Phoenix area are expected to participate and all funds raised will go towards the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs. The walk will be on Dec. 5 and will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a veteran outreach center present.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the state of Arizona, announced that it will pilot a new artist-to-artist professional development program called AZ ArtWorker in three Arizona cities: Douglas, Phoenix and Tucson.
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators has announced the launch of a new Back to School website with numerous resources for K-12 health and physical education teachers.
Secretary of State Michele Reagan announces the grand opening of www.azcapitolgifts.com, the online component of the Arizona Capitol Museum Store.
Propositon 100, the ballot measure that seeks the ratification of the 2015 Phoenix General Plan, was passed overwhelmingly by Phoenix voters. According to the unofficial results from the Phoenix City Clerk’s Office, YES on Prop. 100 received 76.02 percent of the votes as of 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 27.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) announced its new board chair, a new chair-elect and 11 new members to its board of directors. Ken McMahon, vice president of enterprise sales mountain west at CenturyLink, will serve as the 2015-2016 board chair, succeeding Ed Munson of KPHO-TV CBS5. Daniel Froetscher, senior vice president of transmission, distribution and customers at APS, has been named chair-elect.
The Cigna Summer Itty Bitty Beach Party is a free water safety event that offers children 6 and younger and their parents the opportunity to cool off and celebrate summer. The event is part of Cigna HealthCare of Arizona and the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Section water safety program.
The 19th annual award winning Taipei Chinese Culture Summer Camp of Arizona will be June 22 to June 26 at Herrera School Performing Arts Center. The week-long camp will provide students ages 6 to 16 many levels of various learning courses.
Looking to stay connected about neighborhood cleanups, free Neighborhood College workshops, zoning notifications and other community news? The city’s Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) is updating its listing of neighborhood organizations.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has a Call-to-Action for business leaders to participate in the Phoenix R.I.S.E. (Reach and Invest in Summer Employment) internship program. The program, which offers summer youth employment opportunities, is actively recruiting local businesses, non-profits, philanthropic and government agencies to create internship opportunities for Phoenix youth this summer.
This class is taught by Kristin Triece, who has 27 years of experience in fitness instruction. Following a brief warm up, participants will rotate through nine stations to challenge the muscles of the core then alternate with six intervals of cardio/plyometric work to keep the heart rate in the fat burning zone. This class will conclude with a cool down, floor work and stretching. Participants will develop a foundation of balanced strength in the muscles of the core including abdominals, back, hops, glutes and inner thigh, which will improve daily function and sports performance. Classes are Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. You may pay a drop-in fee of $8, pay by the month $32, or purchase a fitness punch card. For additional information, call (480) 893-3431 or visit our website, www.ahwatukeehoa.com.
For making “significant and exceptional contributions” to the community, Phoenix Public Library is among 30 finalists for the nation’s highest library honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
AAA Arizona is calling for nominations from Maricopa and Pima counties for its eighth-annual Crossing Guard of the Year. The club will select one guard from each county. Each winning school and guard will receive $500, courtesy of AAA Insurance. The nomination form can be downloaded online at az.AAA.com/news/traffic-safety/CrossingGuard2015. The deadline to submit is March 9.
Valley residents can watch Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meetings live online over the Internet.
On March 7 and 8, from 7 a.m. until approximately 12:00 p.m., Pecos Road will be closed to all traffic (including all vehicles, pedestrians, runners, skaters and bicycles, except if participating) from 40th Street to 17th Avenue for running and cycling events that are part of the annual Arizona Senior Olympics games. Motorists are advised to plan extra time for travel on these dates and to utilize Liberty Lane or Chandler Boulevard as detours.
The Phoenix Police Department’s quarterly Tukee Talk is scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. at 6:30 p.m. The quarterly gathering gives residents a chance to meet local officers and hear about the latest problems in Ahwatukee Foothills in a casual setting. Local officers will give safety tips and reminders.
The Kyrene School District will host a job fair Feb. 9 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kyrene School District Office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road in Tempe.
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season — a lifesaving blood donation.