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Thursday 01/28/2016
ADOT hosting workshops on transportation system
Posted: January 28, 2016

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.

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Phoenix to celebrate Chinese Week
Posted: January 28, 2016

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.

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Phoenix launches tax program for working-class families
Posted: January 28, 2016

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.

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
National nonprofit looking for small business champions
Posted: January 26, 2016

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.

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Arizona Senate committee advances ID card limits bill
Posted: January 26, 2016

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.

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Tuesday 01/19/2016
Kyrene hosting Play Day
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Kyrene governing board elects officers
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Registration for Bunco for Breast Cancer open
Posted: January 19, 2016

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 azbfbc@hotmail.com.

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St. Vincent de Paul receives dental grant
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Phoenix art grants program accepting applications
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Memorial for fallen service members opens in Phoenix
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Winner of 2nd PHX Innovation Games announced
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Phoenix looking for public input on Third Street improvements
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Local salon offering free haircuts if Cardinals win
Posted: January 19, 2016

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.

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Thursday 01/14/2016
Stray dog found, owners sought
Posted: January 14, 2016

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.

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Kyrene del Norte Equity Team wins Diversity Award
Posted: January 14, 2016

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.

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Tuesday 12/15/2015
Small Business Association receives grant from Wal-Mart
Posted: December 15, 2015

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.

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Phoenix approves education action plan for men of color
Posted: December 15, 2015

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.

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Reservations open for Fish and Game Awards
Posted: December 15, 2015

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.

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Phoenix launching ‘Adopt a School’ program
Posted: December 15, 2015

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.

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Inspire Kids Montessori to host community art contest
Posted: December 15, 2015

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.

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IRS seeking tax help for Gila River Indian Community
Posted: December 15, 2015

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.

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Monday 12/14/2015
BCBS to host kids cooking competition
Posted: December 14, 2015

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.

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Thursday 12/10/2015
Deadline nears for arts awards nominations
Posted: December 10, 2015

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.

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Thursday 12/03/2015
Phoenix ranks among best cities in tech survey
Posted: December 03, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 12/02/2015
Agency wins grant for bike safety program
Posted: December 02, 2015

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.

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Tuesday 12/01/2015
Charity tournament raises money for women
Posted: December 01, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 11/25/2015
Winter Holiday Drive for Foster Care
Posted: November 25, 2015

The Fourth Annual Holiday Drive for Foster Care is being put on by Operation Christmas Smile, a project of the Caring Big Foundation.

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Monday 11/16/2015
Epic Natural Beauty recognizing good hearts
Posted: November 16, 2015

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.sneezy@gmail.com. All nominations end on Nov. 26, Thanksgiving. Encourage kindness at an early age.

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Valley mission launching Feeding Phoenix program
Posted: November 16, 2015

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.

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Sunday 11/15/2015
4th Annual Winter Holiday Drive for Foster Care
Posted: November 15, 2015

The Fourth Annual Holiday Drive for Foster Care is being put on by Operation Christmas Smile, a project of the Caring Big Foundation.

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Walk promoting suicide awareness Dec. 5
Posted: November 15, 2015

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.

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Thursday 09/03/2015
Arizona Commission on the Arts announces new program
Posted: September 03, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 09/02/2015
SHAPE America keeps students moving to boost learning
Posted: September 02, 2015

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.

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Arizona Capitol Museum Store launches online
Posted: September 02, 2015

Secretary of State Michele Reagan announces the grand opening of www.azcapitolgifts.com, the online component of the Arizona Capitol Museum Store.

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Tuesday 09/01/2015
Phoenix passes Prop. 100, approving city’s General Plan
Posted: September 01, 2015

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.

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Friday 06/19/2015
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announces new board leadership
Posted: June 19, 2015

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.

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Thursday 06/18/2015
Itty Bitty Beach Party this Friday
Posted: June 18, 2015

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.

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Taipei Chinese Culture Summer Camp of Arizona
Posted: June 18, 2015

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.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
Stay connected to city news about your neighborhood
Posted: May 02, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Applications available for Summer Youth Employment Program
Updated: June 16, 2015 - 10:38 am

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.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Register CORE FITNESS class at the Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 1:38 pm

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.

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Phoenix Public Library finalist for nation’s highest library honor
Posted: March 12, 2015

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.

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Friday 02/27/2015
AAA Arizona seeks Crossing Guards of the Year
Posted: February 27, 2015

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.

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Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meetings now streamed online
Posted: February 27, 2015

Valley residents can watch Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meetings live online over the Internet.

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Thursday 02/26/2015
Traffic notice issued for Ahwatukee Foothills
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 8:15 am

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.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Tukee Talk with Police
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 11:44 am

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.

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Sunday 02/08/2015
Kyrene School District part-time job fair Feb. 9
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 1:35 pm

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.

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
American Red Cross seeks blood donors
Posted: December 30, 2014

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season — a lifesaving blood donation.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Mayor’s Coffee Shop Stop at Hillside Spot Dec. 11
Posted: December 09, 2014

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be hosting a Coffee Shop Stop meeting at Hillside Spot Cafe on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

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