Job fair offered for

positions at 21st Century

21st Century Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., a member of Farmers Insurance Group, has immediate openings for 35 sales and service representatives for their Phoenix call center location.

Those interested in learning more about the available positions are invited to attend an open house job fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, or Thursday, Sept. 23, at the 21st Century offices at 16001 N. 28th Ave.

The full-time call center positions, which include positions for those with bilingual skills, are for customer service (representatives respond to customer questions regarding their auto insurance policy) and sales (representatives help generate new auto insurance policies via inbound calls and outbound, follow-up phone calls).

Interested individuals are also invited to apply online for these positions by visiting and clicking on "Corporate Careers."

ADVANCE hosting

virtual job fairs

ADVANCE will host a national online virtual job fair from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, and a southwestern region virtual job fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

Health care exhibitors will be recruiting for a variety of positions. Attendees will be able to chat with representatives from hiring facilities and submit resumes from the comfort of their computer. They can also take advantage of education sessions, enter online prize drawings, collect downloadable resources and more.

As an added bonus, the virtual job fairs will remain open to attendees for an additional 30 days after the live event ends. This gives anyone who wasn't able to attend the chance to submit a resume, gather important company information and review recorded versions of the education sessions. However, the chat options and prize drawings are only available during the live event.

Chats are supported by most browsers, including Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox 2.0 or higher, all versions of Chrome and all versions of Safari, so attendees can look forward to a user-friendly experience.

Health care professionals interested in participating may sign up now at

For more information, call (800) 546-4987 or e-mail

T3 Salon hosting

open house, customer appreciation event

T3 Salon, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop in the Equestrian Center, will host an open house and customer appreciation evening from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The event will feature complimentary refreshments and special drawing and discounts.

For more information, call (480) 705-9873.

Arizona Police

Association Conference needs sponsors, donors

The Arizona Police Association (APA) will host its eighth annual conference and seminar Oct. 20 to 22 at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino, 9700 E. Indian Bend Road. The event will feature a variety of world class speakers and vendors.

The APA is seeking sponsors and individual donors.

For additional information on the conference and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call Brian Livingston at (602) 249-4358.

Vendor applications

now being accepted for

Nov. 20 Block Party

Applications are now being accepted from vendors who would like to participate in the Downtown Chandler Block Party, set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, on Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road.

The Downtown Chandler Block Party is a community-wide event to celebrate the completion of the Arizona Avenue construction and the new City Hall, as well as a chance to showcase the events and businesses that have made the downtown area so popular. It is being jointly sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and the city of Chandler.

Both food and nonfood vendors are invited to participate. Booths are $200 for a single space and $375 for a double space for food vendors and $75 for a single space and $150 for a double space for nonfood vendors.

Applications are available by calling (480) 855-3539 or e-mailing

For more information, call Darryl Toupkin at (480) 609-3978.

LifeLock introduces new service offering

LifeLock, Inc., an identity theft protection company based in Tempe, will introduce LifeLock Credit Score Manager, a comprehensive tri-bureau credit management suite offering credit score tracking and credit monitoring. The new service is expected to be available to consumers next month.

LifeLock Credit Score Manager utilizes a tri-bureau credit management approach, helping members maximize control of disposable income and credit reputation by monitoring all three credit bureaus daily and sending alerts when changes are made to the member's credit files. The service also provides members with monthly updates to their TransUnion credit score and annual updates to credit scores and reports from all three credit bureaus. Members will also have anytime online access to their scores and reports from all three credit bureaus.

For details, visit



T3 Salon hosting open house and customer appreciation event

T3 Salon, located at 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop in the Equestrian Center, will host an open house and customer appreciation evening from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The event will feature complimentary refreshments and special drawing and discounts.

For more information, call (480) 705-9873.

Workshop offered on preparing estate plans

Joseph Ortiz, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, will host a free workshop on "Preparing Your Estate Plan" at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S 51st St. Learn more about what to consider when creating your will, the benefits of trusts in estate planning, how to help reduce taxes on your estate and how insurance can help protect your family. A local estate planning attorney also will be available to answer your questions. A light breakfast will be served.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice.

Please RSVP to (480) 753-7664 by Sept. 24.

Lester named dean of humanities at ASU

Literary scholar and Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dr. Neal A. Lester has been appointed dean of humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. He assumes the leadership role held since 2004 by Deborah Losse, a scholar in French literature who will be retiring from the university.

Lester, whose teaching and scholarship focus on African American literary and cultural studies, including children's literature, drama, folklore and popular culture, has been a professor of English at ASU since 1997, serving as chair of the department since 2004. This past February, Lester was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Arizona Humanities Council board of directors.

Online marketing class helps business owners be found online

Internet marketing expert Dr. Ron Marek will present the online marketing class "How You Can ‘Be Found' Online By Your Customers" from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the second floor seminar room at Hotel Tempe, 1660 W. Elliot Road, Tempe.

The following topics will be covered: what it takes for your website to be on the first page on Google and Yahoo, what a blog is and how it helps your business, what videos do for the online ranking of your business, how important keywords are in your website ranking, how to spot a good SEO service provider and one that is a fake, what back linking is and why you need it for your website, how to get more leads from your website, how important footprints are on your website, tricks to saving hundred of dollars each month with Pay-Per-Click campaigns, and current, up-to-the moment information shared on organic online marketing.

The cost is $35 per person, and seating is limited.

For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Christine at (480) 456-4700.

AFCC Women in Business present "A Night to Remember" Awards Gala

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business will present the Awards Gala, "A Night to Remember," from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Raven Golf Club at South Mountain, 3636 E. Baseline Road.

The Gala will feature the presentation of the Palo Verde Award, which goes to an outstanding woman in business within the Ahwatukee community. The chamber will also announce the winners of two $500 scholarships awarded to local women continuing their education.

The Gala will transport attendees back to an era of glitz, glamour, good taste and great fun. Music will feature big band sounds to set the mood and sensational dance performances. Enjoy cigars from The Tinder Box, signature cocktails and a sumptuous buffet. The awards will be announced and then be prepared to dance the night away. A full bar will offer beverages for purchase.

Tickets - $95 a couple or $55 per person - are available through Friday, Oct. 29. Space is limited.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (480) 753-7676. If you are interested in sponsoring the Gala, contact or call (480) 753-7676.

Applications available for AFCC Women in Business Palo Verde Award, 2 scholarships

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee will present the Palo Verde Award to an outstanding woman in business Nov. 6 at the Women in Business Awards Gala. This annual award embraces women in the community honoring their contribution to area business and recognizes a female chamber member's personal achievements in business.

The recipient must be an Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce member and a woman who believes in and demonstrates her purpose. Her commitment to business excellence, management and community involvement are among the characteristics sought.

If you would like to nominate an Ahwatukee businesswoman, visit to download a nomination form.

Along with the Palo Verde Award, the Women in Business committee will bestow two $500 scholarships to women continuing their education. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the advancement of a local woman into the business world. The scholarship money will be used to further her business education at the college or trade school level. Applicants must be a legal U.S. resident and work or reside in the Ahwatukee Foothills community. Scholarship candidates will be judged on community activities and business experience, a letter of recommendation and a written essay.

To download an application or for more information, visit

Applications for both the scholarships and Palo Verde Award nominations are due to the chamber by Sept. 30.

The Women in Business Gala Awards ceremony will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Raven Golf Club at South Mountain, 3636 E. Baseline Road. Tickets are $55 per person or $95 for a pair. Share in an evening of dining, dancing, entertainment and honors.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call (480) 753-7676 or visit

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass names new director of sales and marketing

Bill Hunter has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. With extensive experience in the hospitality industry, Hunter will contribute his luxury resort background and sales expertise to the resort's overall efforts.

Hunter replaced Patrick Connors, who left to become the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Chevrolet sponsors Cruze contest for high school seniors

Chevrolet and the Valley Chevy Dealers Association will celebrate and honor Arizona high school students who earn perfect attendance for the 2010/11 school year.

According to the Arizona State Board of Education, high school students who have logged 98% or better attendance records during the 2010/11 school year will learn that the payoff could be extra special when Chevrolet hands over the keys to a brand new 2011 Cruze as a reward.

High school seniors at more than 36 schools in Arizona will become eligible for a chance to win the Chevy Cruze after completing 180 days of 98% or better attendance at their respective schools. Qualifying students will be invited to attend the end-of-the-year event.

In its first year in Arizona, Chevy Drive for Perfection is an initiative presented by Chevrolet and the local Valley Chevrolet dealers in conjunction with local school boards. The program was created to give seniors an additional incentive to finish their high school careers strong in order to adequately prepare for post-secondary education or the workforce.

More information can be found at

Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce events

8 a.m. Sept. 22 (Wednesdays), LeadZSmart Networking Group, Chamber offices. Business owners network and provide leads and helpful business suggestions for other business owners. Facilitated by Christine Marek, owner of Phoenix- Bushido Corp., and Judy Young, associate broker of Phoenix View Realty. Visitors encouraged.

8 a.m. Sept. 30, Get To Know Your Chamber New Member Breakfast and Member Orientation, Chamber offices.

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).

8 a.m. Oct. 12, morning mixer, Verizon Wireless.

Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 (second Thursdays), Marketing "Think Tank," Chamber offices. This business support meeting, facilitated by marketing instructor Christine Marek, is an informal roundtable discussion of successful marketing tactics and strategies for chamber member business owners. Members are encouraged to bring ideas, actual marketing situations and brainstorming abilities to the meeting. No sharks allowed. Visitors encouraged.

5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, evening mixer, The Foothills Golf Course.

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.

8 a.m. Nov. 9, morning mixer, Gameworks.

5:30 p.m. Nov. 17, evening mixer, M&I Bank.

8 a.m. Dec. 14, morning mixer, Dunkin Donuts/Zoyo.

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

Arizona Trail Association wins $50,000 grant

An Arizona-based nonprofit is $50,000 richer after winning the title grant in the Redwood Creek wines Greater Outdoors Project. The Arizona Trail Association (ATA) was named the winning environmental organization after a summer-long, nationwide vote at

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800-mile path across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. The trail offers hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and outdoor aficionados a unique opportunity to enjoy scenic Arizona.

With grant money from Redwood Creek wines in place, ATA is ready to construct a new, 11-mile trail in the lush, central Arizona Sonoran desert to replace nine miles that are now on a rocky, eroded road. The new Arizona Trail construction will begin this November and be completed by December 2011.

For more information about the Greater Outdoors Project, visit

Chamber seeks people for Red, White & Boom committee

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is looking for fun and exciting people to join its fun and exciting Red, White & Boom committee. If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your community, then this is the place for you.

The Red, White & Boom committee is responsible for bringing the community fireworks display to Ahwatukee Foothills for free! It takes a lot of people to make this event happen.

Meetings will take place at the Chamber, 10235 S. 51st St., from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays Oct. 8 Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27 (no meeting due to holiday), June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24 and July 1.

If you are interested or even just curious, come and see what is happening. While it is work, it is also a whole lot of fun!

For more information, e-mail Christine Hamel at

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


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

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

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.


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