Free breakfast club meeting focuses on long-term care

Cynthia Fick of Financial Life Planners, LLC will host a free breakfast club meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 17, at Mimi’s Café, 4901 E. Ray Road. The topic is “Long-Term Care: The U.S. Government has a Plan for Your Long-Term Care – Do You?”

For more information or to RSVP, call (480) 346-4073.


Commemorative ‘Boomer Bear’ offered to benefit the fireworks

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is raising money for the 2010 Red, White and Boom Community Fireworks Celebration and is offering commemorative Boomer Bears for just $15 each. Each plush bear stands 13 inches high and has a paw stamped with “2010.” The bears are made by Toy Town in Ahwatukee Foothills. 

To purchase bears or donate to the Ahwatukee Red, White and Boom Fireworks, visit


Food Network Star runner up now at Caffe Boa

Executive Chef Jamie Santoro of the former That Italian Place in Ahwatukee Foothills and runner up on season six of The Next Food Network Star, is now at Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road, on Sundays and Mondays cooking her family recipes. She may also be seen live several times a month on 12 News Valley Dish and has been featured on the front cover of Ahwatukee Magazine.


MPR board of director nominations

Preparations are under way for the Mountain Park Ranch Homeowners Association Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Two of the five board of director positions will be voted on this year. Nominations are being accepted in the MPR office, 15425 S. 40th Place, Suite 4, for the open positions until July 8. Any member interested in serving on the board should contact Jim Welch, executive director, at (480) 704-5000 or e-mail

MPRHOA by-laws allow board members to serve two consecutive two-year terms.

For more information, visit


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.


Nominations open for annual Business in the Arts Awards

Nominations are being accepted in six categories for the 20th annual Business in the Arts Awards.   Winners will be announced at the Business in the Arts Awards Breakfast, presented by Wells Fargo, taking place from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

The categories are Large Business Partner of the Year, Mid-Size Business Partner of the Year, Small Business Partner of the Year, Arts Organization of the Year, Arts Advocate of the Year and Arts Board Member of the Year.

The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, July 5.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available at or by calling (602) 234-4711. 


Sun Sounds of Arizona honored with 7 international awards

Sun Sounds of Arizona received top honors with six programming awards and a Public Awareness Award at the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) Conference in June. The annual IAAIS awards recognize quality programming and technical achievement among nearly 100 reading and information access services world-wide.

Program of the Year, Interview or Call-In Show, went to BookWorld, a 30-minute interview hosted by volunteer Joyce Totlis with Alberto Rios, author of the 2010 OneBookAZ selection, Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir. Bruce Halperin engineered the interview, which aired before and after Ms. Totlis’ reading of the book.

Two Sun Sounds of Arizona newspaper programs received top honors in their categories. The Yuma Sun, read by Tempe volunteer Laura Miner, won Newspaper (Recorded), and Arizona Daily Sun, read by Flagstaff volunteers Carol Cummings and Kelly Gibbs got the nod for Newspaper (Live Reading).

In the Information category, Program of the Year went to Catalog Shopper, a weekly program highlighting catalog sales and advertisements, read by Tempe volunteer Janice Plado Dalager.

Limericks walked away with Program of the Year, Thematic Production (Short Program) category. It was produced by Doug Martz and recorded by Shaw Kinsley in Tucson. 

The Economist, read by Tempe volunteer Roger Downey, received an Honorable Mention in the category of Magazines II.

Sun Sounds also received the 2009 Public Awareness Award for its 30th anniversary publicity campaign which culminated in an open house reception and tour of the broadcast studios in Flagstaff, Tempe and Tucson. This is the second time in four years that Sun Sounds’ marketing and public relations efforts have garnered this recognition.

Each year the IAAIS Program Awards competition receives more than 100 entries in 17 different categories, ranging from pre-recorded entertainment and news to live, on-location productions.

These six award-winning shows, and the nearly 100 others produced by Sun Sounds, provide a vital link to current print information for the disability community. From news and entertainment to the weekly grocery ads and obituaries, the programs on Sun Sounds help thousands of Arizonans with disabilities live more independent and self-directed lives.

For more information, visit


Ahwatukee Chamber events

June 16, 8 to 9 a.m., LeadZSmart Networking Group, Chamber offices.

June 16, Ahwatukee After Five evening mixer, Spooner Physical Therapy, 16611 S. 40th St., Suite 130. Mexican fiesta. 

June 17, 5 to 9 p.m., Red, White & Beautiful spa night to benefit the fireworks. Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. $35. 

June 22, noon, Social Media Toolkit Roundtable, Chamber offices. Bring your laptop.

June 23, 8 to 9 a.m., LeadZSmart Networking Group, Chamber offices.

June 23, 6 to 9 p.m., Fireworks fundraiser, Ruffino Wine Tasting, 4902 E. Warner Road. $35 per person at the door.

June 24, 8 a.m., Get to Know Your Chamber, Chamber offices. RSVP to

June 26, 6:30 p.m., LuLu’s “Night Golf” Tournament at The Lakes. 6:30 p.m. dinner and drinks, 8 p.m. night golf. $40 per person, includes green fee, cart fee, range balls, glow in the dark ball and necklace, dinner and two drink tickets. Space limited. RSVP by June 18 to or (480) 650-7975.

June 30, 8 to 9 a.m., LeadZSmart Networking Group, Chamber offices.

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


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 way to get your business noticed.

Tuesday morning mixers are from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at a local business. Dates needing hosts are July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Wednesday evening mixers are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, also at local businesses. Open dates are June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

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

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