Cub Scout Pack 879 sets registration meeting

Cub Scout Pack 879 will host a registration meeting for first to fourth graders at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in the multipurpose room at Cerritos Elementary School, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway.

For more information, call (480) 688-4020.


Learn how to save money at the grocery store

Sheryl Cuevas, creator of the website, will present a “Cents’Able Shoppin” class from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.

Cuevas will teach attendees how to cut their spending in the grocery store by as much as 90%. The free website is also a source of information on frugal living – making your own laundry detergent, hand soap, shampoo and more. The $20 class fee (cash or money order) is due at class. Sheryl,


Twilight golf fun and dinner

Local Sorority group Zeta Chi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 11. Proceeds will fund the group’s philanthropic programs that include Loved Ones Lost, St. Jude’s, Easter Seals and Camp Hope. Zeta Chi also hosts annual events such as Breakfast with Santa.

The event will run from 5 to 10 p.m. starting at the Ahwatukee Country Club (12432 S. 48th St.) with a raffle and dinner (served at 6 p.m.). At dusk (around 8 p.m.), twilight golf will begin at The Lakes at Ahwatukee Golf Course (13431 S. 44th St.). Twilight golf is a fun nine-hole game that can be played by anyone regardless of golf skill level. Participants will use neon glow-in-the-dark golf balls and wear glow-in-the-dark necklaces.

The cost is $55 per person for golf and dinner or $35 per person for dinner only. Festivities include prizes, games and raffles. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, and raffle prizes are needed. Payments must be received no later than Sept. 1.

For more information or to sign up to play, sponsor or donate raffle prizes, e-mail or call Kyle at (480) 235-1457 or Stormi at (602) 561-7904.


Zoo welcomes pelicans affected by oil spill

The Phoenix Zoo is now the permanent home to six American White pelicans affected by the oil spill in the Gulf.

All of the birds have wing injuries that prevented them from being released into the wild. By housing the birds at the Phoenix Zoo, it saves them from the oil spill and also frees up room in the Gulf for birds that still need help.

The pelicans will be held in quarantine for 30 days and then will be released into the Zoo’s new Wetlands exhibit.


Tukee[j1]  Fest coming in Sept.

The Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center will present the 3rd Annual Tukee Fest Rockin’ in the Park event from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, at Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road.

Bring blankets and chairs so you can relax while listening to the sounds of A Boy Named Sioux and Cooper Point on Friday evening. Those bands will be joined by Mark Mulligan from South of the Border on Saturday, who will make you feel like you are sitting on the beach in Mexico. 

Kids will be able to run through an obstacle course, test their skills on a rock wall and enjoy a variety of other slides and bounce houses.

This is a fun, affordable way for families and friends to spend time together. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids. Proceeds will benefit various programs at the Ahwatukee Community Center, such as golf, swim and tennis camps during summer, spring and fall school breaks; materials for Child Enrichment classes (progressive learning for children two to five years old); CPR and Lifeguard training classes.

Individual tickets for rides and food may be purchased the day of the event; all-day ride wrist bands will also be available for purchase. The event will feature food from Macayo’s, Nello’s Pizza, Hawg n Dawg, cold beer and more.

For more information visit or call (480) 893-3431.


Arizona Charity Golf Classic supports troops

The Arizona Charity Golf Classic presented by General Dynamics will take place Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale. The event is hosted by The Marshall Faulk Foundation, and proceeds will benefit Packages From Home, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans.

Registration starts at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. The format will be a four man team or a two man scramble An awards luncheon follows golf, and gift bags, awards and prizes will be presented. The cost for individual players is $99, and sponsorships are available. Golfers that enter before Sept. 1 will be eligible to win a free two-day golf vacation.

For more information, visit or call (480) 585-5300.


Joe[j2]  Hasulak golf tourney coming up

The Joe Hasulak Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by the Corpus Christi Knights of Columbus will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Foothills Golf Club.

The tournament is a four-person best ball scramble. The entry fee - $75 per person or $275 for a foursome - includes golf, dinner and raffle ticket for prizes. There is also room for hole sponsors and prize donors. All proceeds go to local charities.

Go to for an entry form or e-mail Tom at for more information.


Martha White challenges home bakers to share their best recipes

The third annual Martha White Muffin Mix Challenge is under way, and entries will be accepted through Dec. 29. The challenge is to create an original recipe using at least one of the 17 varieties of Martha White muffin mixes.

For official rules, entry information and complete details, visit


Girl Scout camps accredited with the American Camp Association

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s (GSACPC) Camps Maripai, Shadow Rim Ranch and Willow Springs have just been accredited for another three years with the American Camp Association (ACA).

ACA accreditation is verification from the American Camp Association that these camps are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp industry.

The ACA accreditation program has a 50-year history and is continually evaluated and updated to reflect current best practice in camps.

For parents, the ACA-accredited camp sign symbolizes excellence, accountability and ongoing commitment to the children served.

GSACPC camps offer a unique experience for girls including swimming, archery, primitive camping, cabin and program shelter activities, hiking, canoeing, low and high challenge course, a climbing tower, ecology and nature studies.

For more information on the GSACPC camps and programs available, visit


Screenwriting expert returns with chairman of UCLA film school for screenwriters’ conference

The Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference,the Valley’s premiere resource for educating, inspiring and connecting all screenwriters with “the biz” returns Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Gainey Suites Hotel, 7300 E. Gainey Suites Drive, Scottsdale. This intensive, information-packed  popular conference is for aspiring writers as well as established screenwriters interested in either film or television.

The conference features Ken Rotcop, former creative head of four film studios (Embassy Pictures, Hanna-Barbera, Trans-World Productions and Cannon Films), winner of the Writer’s Guild Award and the Neil Simon Award, founder of Pitchmart (as featured on Oprah) and author of the best-selling The Perfect Pitch.

Joining Rotcop will be Richard Walter, a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert, novelist, screenwriter and longtime chairman and professor of UCLA’s graduate program in screenwriting. Walter lectures throughout the world and is also the author of Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.

Attendees who register by Sept. 30 are eligible for a discounted ticket price of $149 for the conference (includes lunch.) After that, tickets are $175 for the conference (includes lunch.) Seating is limited.

      For more information, visit




Oktoberfest[j3]  celebrates German beer, food and music

Bratwursts, brews, and oompah-pahs will spice up Historic Downtown Chandler for the Third Annual Chandler Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 25. An estimated 5,000 Oktoberfest revelers will gather at SanTan Brewing Company (8 S. San Marcos Place, between Arizona Avenue and Buffalo Street) beginning at 2 p.m. and party until 11 p.m.

Local microbrewer SanTan Brewing Company will set up Bavarian style Biergartens and offer a spectacular assortment of fine craft beers (available for purchase by adults 21 and over). SanTan Brewing and Von Hanson Meats will also serve up signature-style Bratwurst, German sausages and many other Oktoberfest treats.

The festival includes beer Olympics, strongest man competition with the Tundra Tug provided by Big Two Toyota, beer pong tournament, bratwurst eating contest, keg stacking, as well as kid-friendly activities and games, including bounce houses, tricycle races and bag toss. An impressive lineup of entertainment will be showcased, including authentic polka tunes from the Arizona Accordion Club and live music and entertainment.

Tickets are only $10 and may be purchased at SanTan Brewing Company, one of the festival sponsors.

For more information, visit or call Landon at (602) 276-2499.


Morton’s Mondavi wine dinner celebration

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Napa Valley’s famed Mondavi family have joined forces for a nationwide wine dinner and charity auction starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Charles Krug Winery Carriage House in Napa Valley. This gathering, the first of its kind in Mondavi family history, will celebrate the family’s more than 90 years in growing and crafting wine and will broadcast simultaneously to 53 Morton’s The Steakhouse private dining rooms (including the location at 15233 N. Kierland Blvd. in Scottsdale) via a state-of-the-art satellite broadcast technology.

By using high definition programming, a nine-foot screen and theater-quality surround sound, guests will be served the exact same menu and wine as guests at the Charles Krug Carriage House in Napa Valley.

Guests may bid in a silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Tickets for this exclusive event are $175 per person, and reservations may be made online at or by calling (480) 951-4440.


Parenting classes open to community

Temple Emanuel Preschool is offering a six-part parenting series, and the first class will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. This series is open to parents of children of all ages.

All workshops will be facilitated by Barb Grady, founder of Parenting Plus. Grady is a mother, teacher and counselor. She has been teaching parenting classes and counseling families for over 20 years. She currently teaches parenting classes at North Central Parenting Group, Scottsdale Parenting Group and Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

Topics in the series will include Seven Steps for Effective Parenting and Building Self-Esteem, Raising Appreciative Children, Discipline Techniques That Work, Teaching Money Management, Couples and Co-Parenting and Ask Barb Anything.

The cost for all six classes is $60 per family. 

For more information or to register, contact Leslie at (480) 838-1414, ext. 20 or


Golf Classic benefits Child Crisis Center

Child Crisis Center’s 18th annual “For the Love of Kids” Golf Classic, presented by T.W. Lewis and Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc., will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4, at Whirlwind Golf Club. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The event includes lunch and tee gifts, cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony, hole-in-one prizes, raffle prizes and prizes for tournament winners. Sponsorships are available.

For 18 years running, the golf classic has helped ensure that the children who find themselves in the Center’s care have a safe place to live, heal and grow. Proceeds from the tournament have a direct and substantial impact on the lives of children and families in our community.

For details, visit or e-mail


Sunday [j4]  Farmers Market

The Arizona Community Farmers Markets Group hosts a farmers market on Sundays in the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center parking lot at 4700 E. Warner Road, just west of 48th Street. Hours are 8 to 11 a.m. July to mid October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. mid October to April and 8 a.m. to noon May to June.

Admission is free. The market is family friendly, and canine good citizens are welcome.

For more information, visit


Donate[j5]  water to save lives

Valley of the Sun United Way urges local residents to donate water to help individuals experiencing homelessness this summer.

The nearest locations to donate cases of bottled water are St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, 2831 N. 31st Ave., (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Friday); and United Food Bank, 245 S. Nina Drive, Mesa (7 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Monday Friday). Additional donation sites are listed at

For more information about the Valley of the Sun United Way, visit


VNSA[j6]  wants your books

VNSA (Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association) is a local, all-volunteer nonprofit corporation requesting donations of gently used books, paperbacks, videos, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, books on tape or CD, and any other book-related items for its 55th Annual Used Book Sale scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13, 2011. VNSA is conducting a summer book drive to help overcome lagging book donations.

Tax deductible donations of books can be made at VNSA book collection boxes located in shopping areas around the Valley. Home or business pickups may be arranged by calling (602) 265-6805. More information, including specific drop box locations, is available at


Silent[j7]  Sundays at South Mountain Park

Cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and stroller-riding tots get to call the roads of South Mountain Park their own one day each month when the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department continues its popular Silent Sunday at South Mountain on the fourth Sunday monthly. Starting at 5 a.m. the park’s roadways past the Central Avenue gate, 10919 S. Central Ave., will be reserved for non-motorized use.

Remaining Silent Sunday dates for 2010 are Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26.

For information, call (602) 495-5811.


Nominations[j8]  open for Girl Scout World Awards

Do you know a woman who you want to recognize as the best in female leadership and service for the community? Then nominate her for the Girl Scout World Awards.

The World Awards recognize Arizona Girl Scout alumni and current Girl Scouts who exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

In making distinguished contributions to their communities and professional careers, Women of Distinction are honored as outstanding role models for girls and young women. As a testament to the power of our youth and hope for the future, Young Women of Distinction represent strong youth leadership and display the utmost commitment to their communities.

Seven categories are available for nominations: World of Learning, World of Future, World of Arts, World of Community Service, World of Humanity, World of Courage and the Leadership Award.

Nominations will be accepted through September, and nomination forms are available at

For information on sponsorship opportunities, call Leslie Friedman at (602) 452-7003.


Arizona’s[j9]  Ultimate Women’s Expo coming up

Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo, the ultimate weekend designed for Arizona women, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The expo will feature keynote speakers Kirstie Alley and Diane Keaton; over 500 booths filled with the very best in fashion, beauty, health, fitness, home décor, careers, financial planning, education and more; and pampering and rejuvenation for Arizona women, including an amazing array of complimentary spa services, free makeovers, haircuts, manicures, massages and facials.

Attendees will also enjoy a full schedule of speakers on four stages, book signings, celebrity appearances and cooking and design demonstrations. The Pottery Barn Holiday Decorating Stage features renowned design experts providing new ideas on preparing your home for the holidays.  The Williams-Sonoma Cooking Theatre features some of the Valley’s most talented chefs preparing the latest in holiday meal ideas.

The expo takes place each September, just prior to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and has a special emphasis on early detection and healthy living. 

Admission is $8 with a discount ticket downloaded from Discount tickets benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Phoenix.

For more information, visit or call (866) 618-3434.


Members[j10]  encouraged to enroll on Foothills Community Association’s website

The Foothills Community Association covers about 20 square miles between 24th and Second streets and Pecos Road up Desert Foothills Parkway until you reach Foothills Club West Community.

This Association has decided to take advantage of a new community website available through Rossmar & Graham to assist you in getting access to important information regarding your community.

Information available includes Board minutes and community news; the community calendar; downloadable association documents such as CC&R’s Bylaws, Architectural Guidelines, CPA annual report, monthly financial report, reserve study, etc.; your account balance and account history; and the ability to update your emergency contact information, communicate with your manager and receive community information e-mails.

Accessing the website is easy - all you need to get started is an Internet connection. Log onto and enter your personal registration code (you may obtain this code by calling Rossmar & Graham at (480) 551-4300). Then follow the on-screen instructions.


YMCA’s [j11]  OPAS program

Y OPAS (Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors) is a volunteer program of the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA providing support services for seniors, 62 years and older, who live in Ahwatukee Foothills. Transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visiting, caregiver relief, business help and household assistance are some of the services provided by Y OPAS volunteers.

If you, or someone you know would like to use its services, or if you are interested in volunteering, call (602) 212-6088. Volunteers that can help seniors with transportation and friendly visiting are especially needed.


Care Card helps Ryan House

Purchase a $50 Care Card at and receive a 20% discount every time you use it at over 500 participating retailers Oct. 15 to 24. One hundred percent of the sales price will go directly to Ryan House, a respite home for children with life-limiting conditions.


Chandler offers Historic Downtown walking tours

Want to find out what makes downtown Chandler historic? The staff of the Chandler Museum is offering walking tours on Fridays Oct. 15 and Nov. 19. Meet in front of the coffeehouse at the San Marcos Resort (1 N. San Marcos Place) at 4:30 p.m. Tours last approximately one hour and are free of charge.

Pre-registration is required by calling (480) 782-2751 or e-mailing More information is available at or


Farmers[j12]  ’ Market at Wild Horse Pass

The Gila River Farmers’ Market at Wild Horse Pass, located at Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road in Chandler, will re-open Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Support the Arizona-grown and Arizona-made garden market while enjoying a morning of fun for the whole family. The market features produce from the Wild Horse Pass garden, community farmers, artisans, vendors, kids’ activities, cooking classes, breakfast and story telling in Akimel Basho, the newest frontier attraction. Breakfast also offered, as well as sports events on many big screen TV’s in the Casual Cowboy Saloon.

For information, visit or call (480) 502-5600, ext. 1204.



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  [j9]Photos of Kirstey Alley and Diane Keaton

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