IKEA hosting school supply drive

IKEA Tempe is hosting a school supply drive through Aug. 20 to benefit Communities In Schools for Tempe and Kyrene communities. Supplies will be donated to the "Supplies 4 Students" program for children in need.

Supplies may be dropped off in the bin by the exit doors at the store, 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe.


Edward Jones branch ranks No. 1 in client service excellence for the region

Richard A. Davenport and Gayle Bollinger of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Ahwatukee Foothills recently received the firm's Client Service Excellence award for their region.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.

For more information, visit www.edwardjones.com. Its recruiting Web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Foothills Golf Club offers more than golf

The Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive, is offering the following events:

The 92nd PGA Championship Pick a Pro Shamble, 7 a.m. shotgun start, Sunday, Aug. 15. It's $45 per player, two-person teams, includes golf, cart, GPS, barbecue buffet, prizes and gift cards to top five teams. Call (480) 460-4653 to reserve your spot.

Horse Race, 5 p.m. Fridays. All competitors start at the same time - only the best scores will advance. $5 (golf and cart), $5 prize fund. No reservations necessary.

Friday Fish Fry, 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays. Watch family-friendly movies and/or sporting events in the Theater Room.

Sunday Brunch, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

Happy Hour, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays.

RA Sushi hosting D.J. on Saturday nights

RA Sushi, 4921 E. Ray Road, has kicked off a new Saturday D.J. night with hot entertainment, cool contests and bodacious food specials.

For details, call (480) 940-1111.

Crossroads Indoor Golf offering monthly happy hour, networking mixers

An indoor golf happy hour and networking mixer will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the third Friday of each month (Aug. 20) at Crosswoods Indoor Golf, 6170 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.

The event is open to the public and will feature golf contests on the indoor PGA golf simulators, prizes, happy hour food and drink specials and the opportunity to network with other community business professionals. The events will be sponsored by Loco4Golf and NetworkingGolf Events.com.

The cost is $10, which includes admission and use of the PGA golf simulators. RSVPs and payments may be made online at Loco4Golf.com and NetworkingGolfEvents.com.

For more information, call (602) 910-3035 or visit the above websites or www.crosswoodsgolf.com.

Online marketing class offered

Internet marketing expert Dr. Ron Marek will offer the online marketing class, "How You Can ‘Be Found' Online by Your Customers," from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Phoenix Marketing Offices, 5010 E. Warner Road. Marek has been an online marketer since 1994.

Class attendees will get an understanding of everything from what it takes for a website to be on the first page of Google and Yahoo, to what a blog is and how it helps a business.

The cost is $35 per person, and seating is limited. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Christine at (480) 456-4700.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance distributes all-time record

Breaking its own 43-year-old record for the second consecutive year, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance distributed an all-time high 72,262,239 pounds of food during fiscal year 2009/10 - the most of any food bank in the United States by a margin of more than 10 million pounds.

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance has been able to respond to the demand for food only through the benevolence of the people of Arizona - from individual donations and tributes to donations from corporations, companies and businesses to the more than 86,000 individual volunteers who donated more than 386,000 hours in 2009/10, a workforce that equates to more than 150 full-time employees, that collected, sorted and inspected food and packed it into emergency food boxes for those in need in the community.

For more information, visit www.FirstFoodBank.org or call (602) 242-FOOD (3663).

Fresh & Easy offers reusable grocery bags

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is making it easy for shoppers to help preserve the environment through their line of reusable canvass grocery bags. For 99 cents, shoppers may purchase an eco-friendly reusable canvass bag to carry groceries from their cars to their kitchens. These bags are also a great way to show your personal efforts to reduce landfill waste, and they can be a tool to open the door to educate kids about the importance of natural resources and how they need to be preserved.

The Ahwatukee Foothills Fresh & Easy is located at 4816 E. Ray Road.


New chair for Phoenix-Mesa Airport Authority

Councilwoman Thelda Williams has been elected chairwoman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. The Airport Authority elects the chairperson and other officers from the five board members on an annual basis. Each member has a single board seat and vote.

The Airport Authority is comprised of its neighboring municipalities: Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek and the Gila River Indian Community.

The airport was established in 1994 and is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.

For more information, visit phxmesagateway.org.

Travel at the Foothills has new location

Travel at the Foothills is moving to a new location, at 4809 E. Thistle Landing Drive, Suite 100, effective Aug. 30.

For more information or assistance with future travel plans, stop by or contact Teresa Ciarleglio at (480) 893-0203 or e-mail teresa@travelatthefoothills.com.


Online service launch serves needs of design community

Prisma Graphic announces the launch of PrintPower, an online service featuring web to print marketing materials with custom design quality printing with reduced turnaround times.

Products available through PrintPower include business cards, brochures, door hangers, table tents, menus, rip cards, die cut postcards, window mailers, sell sheets, folded cards and file folders.

To learn more about the services available, visit www.printpower.com.

Ahwatukee Chamber events

• 8 a.m. Aug. 11, 18 and 25, LeadzSmart Leads Group, chamber offices.

• 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 12, One-on-One Professional Business Counseling. Call (480) 753-7676 for an appointment.

4 p.m. Aug. 12, Board meeting, Chamber offices.

Noon (new time) Aug. 16, 23 and 30, Ahwatukee Chamber Professionals Leads Group, Chamber offices.

Noon Aug. 17, Business Builders Leads Group, Chamber offices.

5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Ahwatukee After Hours Evening Mixer, Advantage Office Suites,

4809 E. Thistle Landing Drive.

8 a.m. Aug. 26, Get to Know your Chamber Member Orientation, Chamber offices. RSVP to christine@ahwatukeechamber.com.

Noon Sept. 2, Women in Business event, "Getting What You Want - No Matter What!" with keynote speaker Kandi Lee, award winning business owner. Mad Chef Gastropub, 1345 E. Chandler Blvd. Tickets are $25 in advance ($5 from each ticket will benefit the Women in Business Scholarship Fund).

Noon Oct. 7, Women in Business event, "Health, Happiness and a Heck of a Good Time!" Listen, laugh and cry with three guest speakers. Heidi's Event & Catering, 2095 W. 15th St., Tempe. Tickets are $30 in advance ($5 from each ticket will benefit breast cancer research).

6 p.m. Nov. 6, Women in Business red carpet event, "A Night to Remember." Awards dinner, entertainment and dancing. The Women in Business Palo Verde Award Winner and Women in Business Scholarship Recipient will be honored.

The Chamber offices are at 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. For more information, call (480) 753-7676 or visit www.ahwatukeechamber.com.

As You Wish Pottery celebrates 15 years

The month of September marks the 15th anniversary of As You Wish Pottery, and throughout the month you can join As You Wish by helping to paint smiles for sick children as they give back to the community in a fun, creative way.

As You Wish has partnered with Camp Soaring Eagle, a local non-profit dedicated to sending seriously ill children to camp to experience the healing power of laughter and sheer joy of play that sickness has denied them. In honor of their 15-year anniversary, As You Wish has committed to send 15 children to camp through the Tiles for Smiles program.

Visit the store at 4905 E. Ray Road, Suite 103 to paint four-inch tiles for $10 each or 12 tiles for $100 and the proceeds will go directly to send a child to camp (over 3,200 tiles need to be painted to send 15 kids to camp). As You Wish will donate $7 out of every $10 tile purchased. The tiles are then donated to Camp Soaring Eagle and made into art projects that are sent to various camps across the country. Everyone painting a tile during the month will be entered to win a $150 As You Wish gift certificate, which will be drawn Sept. 30.

As You Wish is also offering $1.50 studio fees all day Sept. 17 to 19 and will raffle $15 gift cards throughout the day Sept. 18. All September classes will reflect the celebratory theme, including Mommy & Me Cupcake Handprint class on Sept. 6, Pottery Pals Celebrate Cake Plate class on Sept. 13 and Beginning Technique Class - 15 Techniques to Celebrate on Sept. 15.

For more information, call (480) 753-9500.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books celebrates third anniversary

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, Arizona's largest specialty toy store located at 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., will celebrate its third birthday the weekend of Sept. 25 and 26. Community members are invited to help celebrate with cake, games, raffle prizes and a huge sidewalk sale.

For details, contact Janet Hoo at janet@hoomadetoys.com or (480) 785-8697 or visit http://www.facebook.com/Brilliantsky.

Giddy-up on over to Rawhide

Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, is offering its Ride ‘N Dine special through Oct. 1. Saddle up and go horseback riding then enjoy a meal at the steakhouse. The ride starts at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:30 p.m.

For details or reservations, visit www.Rawhide.com.


Sundown cookouts will take place Saturday nights in October and November. The chuck-wagon cookout under the stars begins with a mule-drawn hay wagon ride to the desert cookout area, and the evening features live country music, cowboy games and storytelling, line-dance and 2-step instructions and a marshmallow roast.

The Wild Horse Pass Farmers Market reopens Saturday, Oct. 30, and will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests are invited to support an Arizona-grown and Arizona-made garden market while enjoying a morning of fun for the whole family. The market features produce from Rawhide's garden, community farmers, artisans, vendors, kids' activities, cooking classes, breakfast and story telling in Akimel Basho, the newest frontier attraction. Sports viewing will also be available in the Golden Belle.

The annual Rawhide Rumble will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. Feel the rumble of the baddest rides and enjoy this year's car show that also features vendors, entertainment, food and beverages. All makes and years of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. On Saturday a special 50's dance will follow the car show with a surprise live band. A car display on the Pavilion Lawn is scheduled for Sunday, with awards to follow.

USCIS expands payment options at all domestic offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning Oct. 1 domestic offices and U.S. territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, will no longer accept cash payment. Eliminating the acceptance of cash will reduce USCIS operating costs.

As an alternative to cash, customers may pay using checks (including personal checks), money orders and credit cards. Checks and money orders must be made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Processing of your application will not be affected by the use of an alternative payment method.

USCIS accepts credit cards in all field offices that accept payments. Accepted cards include Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Network.

USCIS International Operations offices, located in embassies internationally, may continue to accept cash.

For more information on USCIS payment options, visit www.uscis.gov.

Chandler Chamber needs golfers

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is looking for people who want to have a fun day of golfing while helping raise funds at the annual Chandler Chamber Golf Challenge. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler and features breakfast, goodie bags for golfers, raffles, a silent auction, team photos, golfer gift and awards luncheon.

Tournament fees are $175 for an individual player or $700 for a foursome. Corporate sponsorship foursomes are available. Raffle and auctions donations are also requested. Registration forms are available on the Chamber's website at www.chandlerchamber.com or by calling the Chamber.

Proceeds will be returned to the community through many business development programs and events presented by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce throughout the year.

To reserve your foursome or to advertise your business by donating a raffle item, call Karen Hall at (480) 963-4571.

Promote your business, cater Chamber breakfast

Are you a new business? Or, maybe an existing one that would like to donate your culinary selections to let people in the community get a taste of what you are all about? Then the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce's monthly Get to Know Your Chamber breakfast is the place for you! The breakfasts are generally attended by about 30 people that you would need to cater for.

If this is something you are interested in, contact Christine Hamel at (480) 753-7676.

East Valley Business Breakfast Group

The East Valley Business Breakfast Group meets on the third Thursdays of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Chandler Police Department, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler.

The EVBBG is a not-for-profit volunteer organization promoting growth of small, minority, women and diverse business owners. No membership is required, and services are provided by experts and professional mentors.

For more information, e-mail evbizdev@gmail.com.

LeadZSmart business meetings on Wednesdays at chamber

A LeadZSmart Leads Group meets every Wednesday at the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st Street, Suite 185. A meet and greet starts at 7:30 a.m. and the meeting is from 8 to 9 a.m.

All who attend will have a 60-second intro at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a 10-minute member presentation. The meeting will also include a helpful lead referral lesson and group discussion.

For more information, e-mail Christine Marek at info@PhoenixMarketingLtd.com or Judy Young at judyyounghomes@cox.net.

Interested in hosting a chamber event?

Hosting an event for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is a great way to get your business noticed.

Tuesday morning mixers are from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, and Wednesday evening mixers are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

For detailed hosting information, contact Christine at (480) 753-7676.

Organizations come together to advance civic engagement and civil dialogue

Five of Arizona's premier organizations have joined forces as a collective catalyst for civic action to help advance the important interests of Arizona. The organizations involved in this special collaboration will host a unique event, It's Up to Me AZ: A Day of Civic Action, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Wyndham Phoenix Downtown, 50 E. Adams St.

All concerned Arizonans are invited to attend either half or full day. Individual full day tickets are $225, the luncheon only is $125 and dinner only is $150. Corporate tables and sponsorship packages are also available. Please contact Tara at (602) 252-9600 or Mary Lee at (602) 452-7000, ext. 7043. A special online portal has been established for this collaboration and event day registration at www.itsuptomeaz.org.


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