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Posted: Sunday, August 8, 2010 12:30 pm

Big Surf to show appreciation to loyal guests

Big Surf Waterpark is offering guests the choice of one free hot dog, hamburger or cheeseburger with the purchase of a $19.50 or $26 admission ticket at park ticket windows through Sunday, Aug. 8.

The last day the park will be open is Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6.

For more information, visit

Free back pack safety checks at Great Choice Chiropractic

Dr. Greg Hauser of Great Choice Chiropractic is offering a free back pack safety check from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12.

Great Choice Chiropractic is located at 15810 S. 45th St., Suite 160, just south of Chandler Boulevard in the Ahwatukee Medical Center.

For more information, call (480) 704-6600.

Design Ramon Hair Studio offering free haircuts for teachers

Design Ramon Hair Studio, 4405 E. Ray Road, is offering free haircuts (cut and style) exclusively to teachers during its annual "Back to School Teacher Appreciation" event. The event will continue throughout August and will be available to new clients with the proof of a valid school ID.

For an appointment, call Christina or Wendy at (480) 763-5588.

LensCrafters back-to-school special

LensCrafters stores are hosting a semi-annual sale and will perform an eye examination for your child to determine vision needs. The sale is offered through August.

For more information, visit or call (800) 522-5367.

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 located by the exit doors at the store at 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.

"We are honored to receive this award," Davenport said. "The Client Service Excellence award is special because it is a direct reflection of the relationships we have with our clients."

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

Edward Jones, which ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazines "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2010, is headquartered in St. Louis.

For more information, visit Its recruiting Web site is Member SIPC.

RA Sushi offers hot deal during hot temperatures

One of RA Sushi's newest menu items, Hot Mess, is available throughout August for $9 (normally $13), and anytime temperatures reach 120 degrees, the Hot Mess will be available for $1.20 that day only.

The nearest location is at 4921 E. Ray Road. For details, call (480) 940-1111.

Travel at the Foothills traveling to 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

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.

Fresh & Easy is located at 4816 E Ray Road.

Councilwoman Williams elected new chair of 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: Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, 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.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service via Allegiant Air with flights to more than 20 cities nationwide.

For more information, visit

Online service launch serves needs of design community

Prisma Graphic announces the launch its latest development, PrintPower, an online service featuring web to print marketing materials with custom design quality printing at affordable price points and significantly reduced turnaround times. PrintPower was created specifically to serve the design community and to provide better online service and user experience so designers can deliver high quality marketing materials that will meet their client's budget requirements.

Products available through PrintPower include business cards, brochures, door hangers, table tents, menus, rip cards, die cut postcards, window mailers, sell sheets, folded cards, file folders and more. Sheets are sold by the square inch, which makes the system more cost-efficient. Templates are also provided for download.

PrintPower customers upload design files as PDFs, TIF, EPS, InDesign, Quark, Illustrator or Photoshop and have the choice to provide print ready files or request a proof before printing. Projects are shipped within three to five business days after proof approval for more basic projects and seven to ten business days after proof approval for more complex projects.

To learn more about the services available, visit

Upcoming events at The Foothills Golf Club

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

92nd PGA Championship Pick a Pro Shamble, 7 a.m. shotgun start, Sunday, Aug. 15. $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.

Ahwatukee Chamber events

Noon (new time) Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30, Ahwatukee Chamber Professionals Leads Group, Chamber offices.

8 a.m. Aug. 10, Wake Up Ahwatukee Morning Mixer, Mathnasium, 1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1-201.

Noon Aug. 10, Social Media Toolkit, Chamber offices.

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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 or Judy Young at

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


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