ARC 40th Anniversary

Eddie Schluttenhofer, 87, holds a photograph of her, her husband, Charlie, and Presley salesman Pete Meier outside of the Ahwatukee Recreation Center on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Schluttenhofer bought her house in 1974 and still lives there, making her the only original member still at the ARC.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

The Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) will host its ARC Craft Fair this Saturday, giving the Ahwatukee community a head start on the holiday shopping season.

The Craft Fair will be in ARC’s main hall, where numerous booths selling different items to the public. Vendors selling artwork are both ARC volunteers and artists in the area.

ARC member Vicki Tallon said they have hosted similar events in the past, but was at a standstill over the years.

She approach Activity Director Amy Nicholls, asking her when the next Craft Fair would be and was told the center was having difficulties finding a person to chair the event. Tallon jumped at the chance to organize the event.

More than 400 individuals attended last year’s Craft Fair, and Tallon is looking forward to this year because she hopes to double the attendance.

One driving force that kept Tallon organizing the event was three years ago she became a widow. She needed an activity that kept her mind occupied rather than being at home.

“I needed something to get more active in the community and keep me busier, and doing something other than being at home feeling sorry for myself,” she said.

Being in charge of the event fits well for Tallon because she enjoys organizing events.

There will be a wide variety of arts and crafts sold at the event consisting of acrylic paintings, clothing apparel, pottery, jewelry and wood pieces made by the ARC’s Sunshine Group.

“I think sometimes people underestimate what senior citizens are capable of, and I think this is a great way to really showcase the talents we have here within the ARC,” Tallon said. “It’s great to see something like this come all together and happen.”

The ARC Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.

For more information, visit www.ARCAZ.net.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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