United Blood Services has announced an urgent need for donors with O-, A-, B-, AB- and O+ blood types.

The cold and flu season has hit Arizona hard with 1,000 new cases recently, resulting in a high number of donors cancelling appointments.

United Blood Services is Arizona’s largest non-profit community blood provider, filling the transfusion needs of 58 hospitals.

Ahwatukee-area blood drives are:

• Sunday, Jan. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 16223 S. 48th St.

• Monday, Jan. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hobby Lobby, 4710 E. Ray Road.

• Monday, Jan. 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hobby Lobby, 4710 E. Ray Road.

To make an appointment, call 1-877-827-4376 or visit bloodhero.com.

2013 fishing regulations available

The 2013 Arizona Fishing Regulations are now available at all seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices and at fishing license dealers throughout the state. They are also posted online at www.azgfd.gov/fishing.

Bass, crappie and catfish are abundant in Arizona’s large lakes and reservoirs. Mountain lakes and streams will be well stocked this year with trout.

Local urban lakes are regularly stocked and are a terrific option for anglers who want to stay close to home.

A summary of key changes is on Page 2 of the 2013 Fishing Regulations booklet. Of special interest to many anglers are limit changes at Alamo, Cataract and Kaibab lakes.

For more information on fishing, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website at www.azgfd.gov/fishing.

‘We Read’ at Phoenix Public Library through March 2

Phoenix Public Library’s annual family winter reading program, “We Read @ Phoenix Public Library,” goes through Saturday, March 2 at all library locations.

Children up to 12 years old are eligible to participate in the program and earn prizes by reading or listening to books. Every child who completes the program will receive a “We Read” T-shirt. The program is designed to encourage families to read together.

Select library locations will also celebrate the end of the program in March with a program during which children can tie-dye their “We Read” T-shirts.

For additional information, call (602) 262-4636 or visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

• Briefs compiled by staff and wire reports

ASU offers classes for recently divorced parents to improve children’s well-being

Arizona State University researchers have developed a parenting-after-divorce program that has been found to substantially reduce behavior problems, mental health disorders and substance abuse among children whose parents have divorced. They are now offering the program free to divorced or separated parents, as part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The program is available to mothers and fathers in four counties in Arizona: Maricopa, Pima, Coconino, and Yuma. ASU hopes to have about 1,000 parents participate over the next two years. It’s free in return for parents participating in an evaluation of the program.

Parents must agree to be randomly assigned to sessions lasting either two weeks or 10 weeks. Both versions of the program cover the same topics, but the longer version provides more opportunities to practice the skills presented in the program. Separate groups are offered for mothers and fathers.

Parents must agree to participate in three telephone interviews as part of the evaluation.

To be eligible, parents must be divorced or separated from a spouse or domestic partner during the past two years, have children between the ages of 3 and 18, have a minimal level of regular contact with the children and not be remarried.

Parents interested in participating can call toll-free 855-531-0851 or visit http://nbpdivorce.org.

ADOT’s bicycle, pedestrian plan rolls out public comment period

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is working on finalizing an update to its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which was first established in 2003. Everyone has the opportunity to share their thoughts on the draft final report by filling out an online comment form and providing input. The draft final report and comment form can both be found at http://www.azbikeped.org/studyupdate/documents.asp. The public comment period runs until Feb. 8.

Recommended strategies fall into three categories: plans and policies; education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation; and bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure. The updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is expected to be finalized this spring.

ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was developed as part of a federal long-range bicycle transportation and pedestrian walkways plan. It is also part of Arizona’s Long Range Transportation Plan, also known as “What Moves You Arizona.” The web address for the draft final report and the comment form is http://www.azbikeped.org/studyupdate/documents.asp. For those who don’t have access to a computer and would like to request a mailed copy of the comment form, call (602) 712-8141 or send your request to ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at 206 S. 17th Ave., Mail Drop 310B, Phoenix, 85007. Those who wish to take the survey can also print and mail the form to the above address.

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