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Martha and Dave are in their mid-50’s and they make up the middle section of the sandwich generation. Dave’s father lives with them and his mother is in a nearby assisted living facility. They have a daughter in high school and a 26-year-old son who recently moved back home when he got laid off from his first post-college job. Baby boomers like Martha and Dave are giving up to 40 hours a week of unpaid care for elderly parents while balancing child-rearing and full-time jobs. How can they make this work?
Denial’s worked pretty well for me so far. But as I type with trembling fingers, reality is seeping in. Just after Christmas, my family is moving. To Seattle. I know. From sunshine to rain. But then, change is as inevitable as the lights that twinkle along Chandler Boulevard during the holidays each year. And so, I have to embrace one more in a long lifetime of transitions.
The Ahwatukee Recreation Center’s Women’s Club had its annual luncheon on Dec. 11 at the Grace Inn in Ahwatukee Foothills. During the annual luncheon the women collected dozens of stuffed animals, which will be donated to Arizona DES to go to needy children across the Valley. The group also participated in a raffle, the money from which will be used for a music scholarship for a local middle school or high school aged child.
In the spirit of holiday giving, Susan Boyd, a first-grade teacher at Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School, and her class buy toys to be donated to the less fortunate.
The city of Phoenix has released a website to help Phoenix residents understand which school districts could use school tax credit contributions before the end of the year.
About 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isn’t such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign language. But when we make financial resolutions — resolutions that, if achieved, could significantly help us in our pursuit of our important long-term goals — it’s clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through.
The Kyrene School District, located in parts of Ahwatukee, Chandler, Guadalupe, Tempe and the Gila River Indian Community, invites parents of kindergarten age children to mark their calendars for the 2014-2015 Kindergarten Orientation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at all Kyrene Elementary schools.
The ending of one year and the beginning of another allows us to reflect on where we have been, where we are and where we hope to be. It is also a time to reflect on the many gifts that we have been given.
The 2014 Golf Fest Phoenix show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14-15 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, 5601 E. Longbow Parkway.
The holidays are a wonderful and fun time to go shopping. But, while you are out buying presents for your family members, especially the kids, it is important to read the warning labels for age-appropriate toys, small parts, and other things that may be harmful. This also includes the noise level that a toy registers.
This time of year employees at Synergy HomeCare aren’t just following daily routines of the seniors in their care, they’re often going above and beyond to work as elves for the senior citizens they take care of daily.
The embattled director of the Department of Economic Security said Tuesday that his agency has been telling the governor, lawmakers and everyone else for years that some complaints of child abuse were not being investigated.
Gov. Jan Brewer wants children to know that, yes, there is a Santa Claus.
Peter R. “Bob” Ethington, 84, passed away Oct. 27 at Royal Park Care Center in Spokane, Wash., succumbing to complications of a stroke suffered Sept. 16.
Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori will be hosting its 18th annual Holiday Sing-A-Long at the school for neighboring businesses and the community to enjoy holiday caroling.
Festive light displays are never far away in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Downtown Mesa’s Arizona Museum for Youth is inching closer to becoming the i.d.e.a. Museum. The re-branding, set to launch to the public on Feb. 7, 2014, will transform the much-loved family venue with creative innovations, including — fundraisers hope — a place called The HUB.
Tucked into the Forum at Gilbert Ranch on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field Road in Gilbert is Isabel’s Amor, a new mom-and-pop restaurant serving homemade Mexican food and craft cocktails.
In this techno-centric age, it’s easy to forget about tangible things like paper, pipe cleaners, bits of wire and the endless array of possibilities they present. “Imaginate” at the Arizona Science Center reminds us of the simple joy of puttering and the inherent value it holds for the next generation of innovators, engineers and world-changers.
Each year CK’s Tavern and Grill in Ahwatukee Foothills hosts a Holiday Wish Tree for kids at Crisis Nursery but this year the number of kids they’ve been asked to help has nearly doubled.
Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) President Eric Larson and Executive Director Joyce Grossman presented a check for $3,575 to Ryan’s House Executive Director Julie Bank. Ryan’s House was the selected beneficiary of AAED’s annual charity luncheon and raffle. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales were donated to the organization, whose mission is to provide respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care.
Strumming a guitar, decked in high heels and a homemade fringe dress, Wanda Jackson had no idea she was on the cusp of making history. She realized something was afoot when she and tour mate Elvis Presley started packing out auditoriums and coliseums across the country.
Winter break is quickly approaching, and the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA will be offering its Winter Break Camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Making a list and checking it twice, as you manage home, family, friends and business during the holiday season? Do you feel sometimes like you are not giving enough? Do you feel you need more time, energy or money? You are not alone! Think about what you can do that serves family, friends and business.