North Phoenix News, April 2023

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Our Energy Future Depends on Us, So Let’s Get Involved!

In 1819, toward the end of his illustrious life, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

He may have been right, but certainty with respect to taxes is limited to the mere matter of their existence. Several important details about our tax system are uncertain and up for debate, including which public needs our tax money goes to and how quickly it gets there.

That’s why one of the co-owners, Michael O’Donnell, attended the Solar + Wind Finance and Investment Summit at the Arizona Biltmore last month, where he took the opportunity to conduct and record an impromptu interview with Derek Ganter, a community-relations official at the IRS. It was an enlightening conversation, and it reinforced the conviction that citizen participation will be essential to the success of America’s energy transition.

Ganter, director of the stakeholder liaison at the IRS, had spoken about his agency and how it was working to meet its obligations under the Inflation Reduction Act, the recently passed law that allocates a huge amount of resources—almost $400 billion in tax credits, grants, and loan guarantees—to renewable energy and other infrastructure needs, including rooftop solar. In the conversation, he emphasized the service-oriented mindset

his agency was taking toward the newly allocated IRS funds (which total about $80 billion and are expected to raise $124 billion in increased revenue).

“It’s needed for our agency, but more importantly, it’s needed for the country. We serve at the pleasure of the American taxpayer, and they deserve to get top-quality service. Now we have the wherewithal.”

Given the IRS’s central role as the link between legislative means and ends, it’s clear that good taxpayer service will indeed be indispensable to achieving the country’s ambitions for distributed solar power. Good service takes money, which is why the new funding, as controversial as it may be, will undeniably play a critical part in the country’s energy transition.

“It’s huge,” says Ganter. “It really helps cultivate that green economy that I think we’re all getting to at some point—but maybe it’s going to happen a little bit faster.”

Ganter’s comments reflect the fact that the IRS is at the center of America’s green-energy revolution, and this fact should be top of mind for anyone who has a stake in our nation’s transformation into a renewable-energy economy (which, is to say, everyone). Like many other public priorities addressed through our overloaded tax code, public financial support for renewable energy (including solar) is achieved in large part through tax credits, an approach that relies on individual initiative—from energy

consumers as well as investors—rather than direct construction of infrastructure by the government.

It’s a system with upsides and downsides, one of the downsides being the fact that low-income homeowners with no tax liability cannot easily make use of the credits. The upside—more flexibility and speed in deploying resources to where they’re needed— depends on the initiative and energy of the private sector, which is why it’s up to businesses and regular citizens to get engaged.

“That’s why I’m here,” Ganter says. “Because we want to make sure we get it right, and we want to leverage your expertise, your perspective on things. And so being able to build networks with you and others so we can learn how this should be done is important. And so, we’re looking forward to working with your industry more and more in the future so we can make sure we get it done right.”

About that expertise: as a sales and installation company with eight years in the solar-energy business, Sunsolar Solutions certainly does have a lot of hard-won knowledge to offer government agencies regarding the best ways to craft rules and processes (which is why the owners frequently engage the Arizona Corporation Commission in public hearings regarding utility rates and regulations).

But customers are experts as well.

Arizona homeowners and ratepayers with solar systems know from experience how to get qualified for credit and how to get project approval from their city and their utility. And they know how painful it was to see their energy costs rise year after year with little they could do to get them under control—until, that is, the option to harness their share of the sun’s rays came along.

That’s why everyone who owns a home or buys energy should get involved in the nitty-gritty of turning the law into specific rules. The IRS is getting close to finalizing its first wave of “guidance” for taxpayers to take advantage of clean-energy tax credits, a process that is shaped in part by public comments. The agency is still accepting written comments (the portal for electronically submitted comments is now closed), and it will be making more requests for comments in the future. We’ll be sure to cover those and let you know how to submit your ideas regarding future proposed rules and guidance.

Fortunately, Franklin’s intuition about the durability of the new constitution turned out to be right, which is why we can submit those ideas to begin with. Whether or not those ideas become reality is not as certain as death or taxes, but it’s worth a shot.

The experienced professionals at SUNSOLAR Solutions are ready to help you take control of your family’s energy future. Call today at 623-562-9009 to have a design prepared for your home free of charge!

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Pick up a free book at Customer Service starting 11 a.m. every day to start the scavenger hunt and win an “eggscelent” surprise. To further celebrate spring, the Outlets at Anthem and Retail Therapy AZ have teamed up to host a Spring Market on April 1, 8, and 15. Participants are able to explore and shop over 40 local vendors, artists, and entertainers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy 25% off at participating Outlets of Anthem stores.


The Anthem Parkside community elected Rob MacGregor and Naresh Goel to two-year terms on the APCA Board of Directors. Dino Cotton was elected to a threeyear term on the Anthem Community Council (ACC) Board of Directors as a representative of the APCA.


Sprouts is slated to open in the former Bed Bath & Beyond store in Tramonto marketplace by I-17 and the Carefree Highway. According to Sprouts representatives, a 2024 opening date is anticipated. Tramonto Marketplace is situated on nearly 15 acres and is part of the Tramonto master-planned community.


The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce will hold ribbon cuttings for two local businesses in April. The ribbon cutting for Charcuterie by Kaiti will be held on April 6, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Merrill Gardens at Anthem, 2800 W. Rose Canyon Circle. The ribbon cutting for Creatyf Designs is April 13, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Rosati’s, 3668 W. Anthem Way. For more information, visit


opportunity to recycle electronics, personal documents, bulk cardboard, paint, and other items on April 15. The event is 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Vehicles must be in line before 10:45 a.m. to participate.

Enter the lower lot from Freedom Way to Whitman Drive only, then exit onto Gavilan Peak Parkway only. This event is for residents only (no business/ commercial vehicles will be allowed). Also, no U-Hauls, oversized vehicles, or RVs will be allowed. Residents will have the opportunity to safely discard the following: bottled prescription and non-prescription drugs - no needles of any kind will be accepted; drop off bulk materials (e.g., furniture, mattresses, panes of glass, small household appliances, etc.); recycle electronics with Westech Recyclers; and more. Residents may also donate non-perishable food and other items to St. Vincent de Paul. For more information, visit


Bring your camera to take free Easter Bunny photos on April 1 and 8 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way. Kids can also participate in the center’s Little Bunny Egg Hunt.

The Anthem Community Council is teaming up with Republic Services, ProShred, MCSO, and other community partners to offer Anthem residents the

Anthem Community Council and The Market on 41st present Anthem Market in the Park on Sun., April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. Enjoy fun outdoor shopping from local vendors.

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City News City of Phoenix Welcomes Community Input for Proposed Trial Budget


City Manager Barton presented a balanced Trial Budget to council on March 21.

The proposed Trial Budget will provide new and expanded programs and services to the community and ensure the city can competitively pay its employees to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce.

“This year’s Trial Budget is focused on ensuring that we can deliver quality, timely, and efficient services to our residents,” says Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Over the last three years, the city has made smart, strategic decisions and has expanded programs to assist our residents with the impact and aftermath of COVID-19. The Trial Budget ensures that those vital services and most importantly the people who provide them can be sustained for years to come.”

During the month of April, the Budget and Research Department will hold 11 community budget hearings, inviting residents to attend in-person and give public comment.

This proposed Trial Budget for fiscal year 2023-24 includes $14 million for service additions in key city council priority areas such as: public safety and criminal justice, including adding firefighters to staff a new fire station, which will help to improve response times; further efforts to civilianize positions in the police department to allow sworn officers to respond

to higher level public safety calls for service; resources to continue important expiring grant funded programs to support low-income residents and victims of crime; resources are also proposed to add park rangers for overnight patrol at city parks, and increases for community arts grant funding. Additionally, $1 million is reserved for community input and recommendations reflecting resident comments gathered over the next several weeks. Based on available funds some of the suggestions could be incorporated into the final city manager’s budget scheduled to be presented to city council on May 2. The remaining $5 million would be allocated to the General Fund contingency fund, or rainy-day fund to account for proposed ongoing spending initiatives.

The 2023-24 Trial Budget also proposes to allocate resources to address employee compensation, to provide a high level of service ensuring the city’s most valuable assets are paid competitively and positions can be filled with the best talent available. The city is experiencing significant vacancy rates due to the competitive labor market and therefore approximately 85%, or $114 million, of the total $134 million surplus in the 2023-24 Trial Budget is allocated to employee compensation. According to the city, this investment is necessary and will help to fill vacant positions so the services residents rely on and expect can continue to be provided with improved service levels.


The General Fund is part of the city of Phoenix’s total budget. The General Fund is made up of resources including general sales tax, property taxes, revenue distributed by the state from income tax, sales and

vehicle license taxes, and some fines and fees. The General Fund supports many of the services residents, visitors, and businesses have come to expect in Phoenix such as libraries, parks, senior and youth programs, and police and fire services.


After community review, City Manager Barton will present a revised proposed budget to the Phoenix City Council on May 2. The council is expected to decide on the budget on May 16. The approved budget will take effect July 1.


Residents are encouraged to participate in upcoming in-person budget hearings. The community is also encouraged to use the City’s FundPHX interactive tool to provide input. The FundPHX tool allows residents to provide direct feedback on the proposed FY 2023-24 Trial Budget additions. All input received from the tool, at the budget hearings, or by contacting the Budget and Research Department directly at budget.research@ or by calling 602-262-4800 will be provided to the city council, so they may consider your feedback prior to adopting the budget.


The city’s 11 budget hearings include one bilingual community-wide hearing and community-wide hearings for youth and arts.

For information on dates, times, and locations of the scheduled budget hearings, which will also be held on the city’s YouTube page. For more information, visit

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Phoenix Lawyer Becomes First Black Woman Pictured on Valley Metro Bus

Photo courtesy of Lelia Adams


Last month Lelia Adams, Esq., a Valley attorney who specializes in immigration law, became the first black woman to be pictured on a Valley Metro bus, thanks to a collaboration with Lamar Transit of Arizona.

“It is especially impactful for minority communities who utilize public transportation in the Valley to see someone who looks like them and provides much needed legal services,” says Renee duPlessis, Lamar Advertising representative.

When Adams was a child in Nigeria, Africa, she walked more than three miles a day to collect clean drinking water. Never did she imagine she would have her face on the side of a Valley Metro bus in the Phoenix.

“My dad hated idleness,” Adams says. “Even when going to fetch water, I was expected to be studying. He would buy a newspaper and tell me to summarize it. It was very annoying, but that skill serves me well in my professional life now.”

Today, as an attorney at Essien Law Firm, in Phoenix, Adams specializes in immigration, family-based petitions and family reunification, nonimmigrant visas for students/exchange visitors, investment-based immigration, as well as employment-based immigration, deportation and removal and asylum.

Her passion to help those seeking immigration comes from a very personal place. When she was 16 years old, Adams and her family came to the U.S. through an immigration program known as the “Green Card Lottery.” Officially known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, the program provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas annually. Only those from countries

with low rates of immigration to the U.S. are eligible to register and winners are selected randomly. Adams’ father was among them.

However, her mother was deported after a critical misunderstanding of one aspect of the immigration process. Watching her mother get deported was the driving force behind Adams’ desire to pursue a career in law with a focus on immigration.

“After my mother was deported, I had one single goal – to bring her back to the U.S. no matter what,” Adams says. “The day I got my license to practice law, I got all the documents I could for my mom and started petitioning to get her back. After my mother’s application was accepted, I cried my eyes out. Although I had officially graduated and passed the bar, this personal success made it feel like I had finally completed law school.”

When the bus with Adams’ photo was unveiled, her aging parents were on hand to see the display.

“The day I saw the bus for the first time, I kept pinching myself. I never imagined that I would one day leave my village and make the journey to America, let alone have my picture on a bus,” Adams says.

“The idea of having an advertisement for my law business on American streets is something the little girl who grew up without electricity in a tiny African village could have never dreamed of. Sometimes I cannot believe this is my life.”

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Easter Roundup

Festivities, photo opps, entertainment,



Peoria Sports Complex

16101 N. 83rd Ave. Peoria

The city of Peoria’s 47th Annual Dolly Sanchez Easter Celebration is Sat., April 8, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cottontail Lane will offer a walking path of table stations on the stadium field that children can pass through with their Easter baskets to collect goodie-filled eggs, toys, trinkets, and crafts.

Westgate Entertainment District

6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale

Westgate will be holding free Easter Bunny photos from April 1 to 8, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This photo opp. event will be held in Westgate’s Fountain Park.



The Way Fellowship Church

8542 W. Deer Valley Rd., Peoria

Bring the entire family to the Way Fellowship’s annual free spring picnic and movie under the stars on Sat., April 8 at 5 p.m. There will be carnival games, raffle prizes, a bounce house, music, face painting, the movie “Yogi Bear,” and more.

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Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

The Shops at Norterra

2460 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix

The Shops at Norterra will be holding free Easter Bunny photos from April 1 to 8, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This photo opp. event will be near the Harkins Theatre.

On Fri., April 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., hop on over to The District for the ultimate spring celebration. Guests are invited to follow the trail of eggs from store to store, test their creativity with egg decorating, strike a pose with ‘somebunny’ special and enjoy balloon art, live entertainment, giveaways, and more. The Bunny Bash is free and open to the public to get the Easter festivities started early. City
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Celebrate National Telephone Day with a Potentially Life Saving Call or Text to a Teen


Each year, the free, confidential Teen Lifeline crisis hotline, which is staffed by volunteer teen peer counselors, experiences an average 10% increase in calls during the months between spring break and the end of the school year.

“Connection, family support and community support are all preventive factors that decrease the risk of suicide for our youth,” says Nikki Kontz, clinical director at Teen Lifeline. “There’s no better way to celebrate National Telephone Day than to use your phone for its best possible purpose – to connect with the teens you know and possibly save a life.”

The importance of connecting with teens is especially poignant as data released in February from the most recent “Youth Risk Behavior Survey” by the Centers for Disease Control show 42% of teens reported experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness during 2021.

The same survey revealed a 60% increase from 2011 to 2021 in the number of adolescent girls who made a suicide plan.

Research indicates that suicides by people of all ages, including teens, tend to increase during the spring months.

Teen Lifeline received more than 43,000 calls and texts messages from teens in crisis in 2022. One in three calls and texts was from a teen with suicidal thoughts.

“Any teen death by suicide is one too many,” says Kontz. “The reality is that the entire community needs to get involved if we’re going to stop teen suicide in Arizona.”

According to Kontz, reaching out on National Telephone Day can be as simple as sending a message like this:

• Just checking in. How are you doing?

• Thinking about you today – how’s it going?

• Doing OK at school? Feeling good about finals or do you need some support?

• Haven’t talked in a while and wanted to say hi!

• I hope you’re having a great week!

“We doubt that Alexander Graham Bell knew he was creating a great tool to help prevent teen suicide when he invented the telephone,” Kontz says. “But he did.”

Adults who suspect a teen may be considering suicide should ask the teen about it directly. Asking the question will not plant the idea of suicide in a teenager’s head and can give them permission to open up, says Kontz.

If a teen replies that they have been thinking about suicide, Kontz recommends thanking them for their honesty and then asking questions about how they’ve been feeling and why.

Experts recommend validating the teen’s feelings while being careful not to be dismissive, pass judgement or act like the teen is being dramatic.

If a teen is in immediate danger of selfinflicted harm or of acting on suicidal thoughts, call 911 or take the child to an emergency room.

If the teen is not in immediate danger, create a plan to get help by calling Teen Lifeline or seeking a referral to mental health services or counseling. While waiting for services, be sure to minimize suicide risks by locking up all medications, sharp objects, and poisonous chemicals and securing all firearms, including storing ammunition separately.

For more information, visit teenlifeline. org.

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Arizona's Biggest Kentucky Derby Party Returns to Turf Paradise

Photo courtesy of the Polo Party

ON SAT., MAY 6, ARIZONA'S BIGGEST AND ONLY KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY, THE WOODFORD RESERVE DERBY DAYCLUB: PRESENTED BY SANDERSON LINCOLN, WILL MAKE ITS RETURN TO TURF PARADISE IN NORTH PHOENIX. Organized and produced by The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, America's most attended polo event, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Two track-side VIP experiences are available for guests. The Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge and the new High Noon Sun Sips Pavilion will offer live horse racing, betting terminals, no-host bars serving mint juleps, champagne and cocktails, food trucks, and 65" TVs to watch the Kentucky Derby.

The Woodford Reserve Derby DayClub will open its doors at 10:45 a.m., giving guests plenty of time to get settled in and start enjoying the day's festivities.

According to organizers, the event will offer a unique experience that combines the excitement of live horse racing with the glamour and sophistication of the Kentucky Derby. Attendees will have the opportunity to dress up, enjoy a day out with friends, and watch the races in style.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at Guests are encouraged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment as this event is expected to sell out quickly.

In addition to providing a fun day out for attendees, the event will also support local businesses and the community.

With live horse racing, betting terminals, and a range of other activities on offer, this year's Woodford Reserve Derby DayClub promises to be an unforgettable experience for all who attend. Turf Paradise is located at 1501 W. Bell Rd.

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Cultural Connection For volunteers and hospice patients, Spanish is their love language.

Dieppa’s fondest memory is spending time with family and friends in the Cuban household in Miami where he grew up.

Now living with his only daughter, Elena, in Phoenix, the 91-year-old Hospice of the Valley patient still yearns to be around people. That’s why both are so grateful for Brian Robles, a Spanish-speaking volunteer who visits every week. His companionship lifts the spirits of Dieppa and gives Elena a break from being a full-time caregiver.

“It’s made a huge difference. Without this socialization, my father would be depressed,” Elena shares. “He loves his volunteer!”

Robles started volunteering eight years ago, after a close relative received compassionate care from the nonprofit hospice. “I liked Hospice of the Valley’s mission and holistic approach,” he recalls. “There is tremendous value in the services provided for families on a hospice journey.”

Though he was born in the U.S., Robles lived in Guatemala until middle school. “Spanish is my first language and is at the forefront of my identity.” When a patient like Dieppa, who can speak English, requests a Spanish-speaking volunteer, Robles feels honored to provide support in his patient’s native language.

“I know that Jacobo is craving that cultural connection,” Robles says.

Despite his full-time job and juggling the demands of a growing family, the new Valley homeowner has found a way to carve out a few hours each week to be there

for Dieppa. “This kind of service is badly needed in the Hispanic community,” Robles shares. “And volunteering has been very grounding. Every patient is different, there’s always something to learn.”

The relationship between volunteer and patient is a two-way street. On a recent visit, Dieppa shared some parenting advice with 32-year-old Robles, who will be a first-time dad soon. The two have grown close.

“Brian is a really good guy with a big heart,” Dieppa reflects. “I love his company. I treat him like family.”

Hospice of the Valley volunteer Mark Robles (left) has been a steady presence and source of joy in patient Jacobo Dieppa’s life.


Hospice of the Valley’s Hispanic volunteer program matches monolingual and bilingual volunteers with Spanish-speaking patients to offer companionship and respite.

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Veterans’ Donation Fund Large Grant Winners

The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) recently announced the 2023 Veterans’ Donation Fund (VDF) Large Grant winners!


VDF LARGE GRANTS, TOTALING $729,575 INCLUDE: Arizona Warrior Hockey Charities (awarded $75,000): Helps improve the quality of life for disabled veterans (PTSD/TBI) through sports and physical activity. They hold regularly scheduled skates every Sunday at 7 p.m. at AZ Ice Arcadia. info@

Ayuda Smiles for Veterans (awarded $55,000): Provides veterans with dental care. smilesforveterans. org

Brain Injury Alliance (awarded $45,500): Brain Injury Alliance provides advocacy, education, information, support, and resources, while promoting brain injury prevention.

Cochise Serving Veterans (awarded $75,000): Provides a transitional assistance program, addressing veteran healthcare, homelessness, housing and basic needs, employment, food insecurities, clothing, transportation, utilities, and financial counseling.

Duet Partners in Health & Aging (awarded $75,000): Partnering with the Arizona Caregiver Coalition, Unlimited Potential, and the So’Tsoh Foundation to help Arizona veterans and their families regain hope and build resilience when confronting the complexities of caring for individuals with dementia, traumatic brain injuries, or other cognitive challenges.

EMPACT – Suicide Prevention Center (awarded

$47,250): Provide 315 sponsored training days designed to increase access to mental health care and prevent suicide for Arizona’s Veterans.

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation (awarded $50,000): Support services in organization’s Impact Program, which offers women veterans a holistic, personalized pathway to self-sufficiency.

Heard Museum (awarded $25,000): To support the Heard Museum’s annual Veterans Day Celebration and Sunset Tribute. Will also fund an artist’s workshop for Arizona’s Native American Veterans.

Justa Center (awarded $54,600): Aims to create intervention and provide housing support to older veterans 55+. Program removes street-level barriers for veterans in extended homelessness who are or will be transitioning to independent living.

Law College Association UofA (awarded $45,000): The Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic at Arizona Law provides pro bono legal services to veterans. The only law school clinic in Arizona whose clientele are exclusively veterans and service members. law.

Merging Vets and Players (awarded $57,225): Supporting the mental health of veterans in the greater Phoenix area and Maricopa County through a unique peer-to-peer programming. locations/phoenix

Power Paws Assistance Dogs (awarded $50,000): Provides trained mobility assistance and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) dogs for veterans, as well as training for the veterans to become primary trainers.

Assistance dogs train to calm their handler, help them deal with stressful situations, and wake them from night terrors.

U.S. Vets – Prescott (awarded $75,000): Support long-term supportive housing units across the Prescott and Prescott Valley areas covering a portion of the operating costs such as maintenance and repairs, transportation, property management, case management, and more. prescott

To learn more about the Arizona Veterans’ Donation Fund visit donation-fund.

Veterans Dental Day at Midwestern University

Midwestern University dentists and students will provide free dental services on Fri. April 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for U.S. military veterans who are unable to afford care. Services may include exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, extractions, or implant consultations. A copy of your Arizona driver license with veteran designation, DD214, or other discharge document is required. To register, visit events/veterans-dental-day-x63285.

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Getting Involved During National Volunteer Month—and Beyond

April is National Volunteer Month and one of the best ways you and your family can get involved within your local community is through volunteering.

Fortunately, there are several Arizona-based nonprofit organizations who are consistently in need of volunteers to assist with serving their greater mission of helping others.


United Food Bank has been providing hunger relief to people in the East Valley since 1983. The local food bank collects, acquires, stores, and distributes food to 150 partner agencies and programs throughout five counties. Each year, United Food Bank distributes over 21.6 million pounds of food equating to 49,000 meals a day. To help provide food for Arizona families facing hunger, United Food Bank relies on volunteers to assist with boxing and storing food. Volunteers, as young as 5 years old, can help build food bags, sort and box food donations, and serve families at its food distributions.


The Arizona Animal Welfare League is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in Arizona. Founded in 1971, AAWL rehomes and rehabilitates more than 4,000 rescue animals across the state that have been abandoned or surrendered. Besides adoptions, AAWL offers a variety of services such as animal foster programs, Rural Rescue outreach, youth education, and low-cost clinics. Residents can volunteer at the shelter and become foster pet parents.


New Life Center serves more than 1,000 children and adults annually through an emergency shelter and outreach support program, where more than 70% of the shelter population is children. In 2017, New Life Center served more children and provided more bed nights than any other single facility providing emergency shelter to domestic violence survivors in Arizona. Volunteers are always needed at Hope’s Closet, a thrift store in Goodyear owned and operated by New Life Center.


Volunteers are vital to the operation of Hunkapi Programs. At Hunkapi, volunteers can choose from a wide variety of opportunities, all of which are designed to support the growth and expansion of the program. No previous experience with horses or disabilities is necessary – you will be taught everything you need to know.


Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) is one of the largest providers of child welfare and behavioral health services in the state of Arizona. The community’s support directly impacts AzCA’s ability to provide essential services to Arizona’s children. An amazing way to show your support is by conducting a volunteer drive, where companies, churches, individuals, businesses, and other organizations can provide necessary items for children and families throughout Arizona. All donated items must be new.

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Hope 4 Kids International Raises $16,742 During Norterra Fundraiser

Money will provide clean drinking water for students and families in need.

Photos courtesy of Hope 4 Kids

Water 4 Kids International, a division of Hope 4 Kids International, a nonprofit working to provide clean water to children and families who are suffering through extreme poverty and disease, hosted their signature Walk 4 Water Fundraiser last month in partnership with Hope Church and Elevate Coffee Co.

With over 140 participants walking the two-mile trail, Hope 4 Kids International raised $16,742 - surpassing their $12,500 goal. These donations are being used to fund a clean drinking water borehole in the remote village of Bilton Forest, Uganda. The organization is still welcoming additional donations to hopefully fund another well for the Bilton Forest Village and School.

The well will be drilled next to Bilton Forest High School, where schooling is interrupted each day by the student’s 2-mile trek to retrieve drinking water from a marsh.

Clean water is one of the best ways to prevent diseases in remote villages in which a minor ailment could be fatal. In addition to drilling deep water wells, Hope 4 Kids International also provides these communities with hygiene and sanitation education, as well as operation and maintenance training. When properly installed, these wells can last between 30 to 50 years with little to no maintenance.

Walk 4 Water participants walked this course as individuals and as a team. Many posted their progress on social media and shared the impact with friends and family using the hashtag #W4WNORTERRA.

Walk 4 Water fundraising supports the nonprofit’s international efforts to provide clean drinking water and deliver long-term solutions.

To learn more about Hope 4 Kids International and their mission to providing clean drinking water to those in need, visit

A Haven for Foster Teen Girls OCJ Kids opens The Restoring Dignity Room.

Photo courtesy of OCJ Kids

Over 50 guests gathered last month to celebrate OCJ Kids for its grand opening of The Restoring Dignity Room and to

learn more about the Deer Valley organization’s work in the foster care community.

OCJ Kids provides resources and programs to foster children in Arizona

through their journey into adulthood, opened the doors to its newest project.

“Research tells us that 80% of the girls who enter foster care have been sexually abused. They have been made to believe that they are not valued, and that they are only property to be used for someone else’s pleasure,” says OCJ Kids Co-founder Tammie Webb. “Foster girls often enter care without properly fitting bras, sometimes with no bra to wear at all. It affects their self-confidence, physical well-being, and emotions.”

The Restoring Dignity Room is the journey to healing. As foster teen girls enter the room, they will be greeted by volunteers who can speak into their hearts about what incredible young women they are.

A video will teach them how to properly size and fit a bra by themselves. They will receive a tape measure and bra fitting guide to take home with them and can choose two brand new bras, as well as underwear.

“We express our deep appreciation and gratitude to our philanthropic leaders who invested and supported this project - Thunderbirds Charities, e-Women Network, and Studio Academy of Beauty,” says OCJ Kids President Gary Webb. “OCJ Kids’ goal is that every young lady who walks through our doors will leave knowing she is seen, she is valued, and she is loved.”

If you are interested in learning or donating to OCJ Kids and The Restoring Dignity Room, please contact Development Director Tiffany Luu at or visit

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Education The Phoenix IDA and Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corporation Fund the Verma and Ed Pastor College Scholarship

Maricopa County students with financial need encouraged to apply.

As part of the community-focused missions of both the Phoenix IDA and the Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corporation (PCDIC), the organizations are jointly funding the Verma and Ed Pastor Scholarship, which was established in 2018 as the PCDIC Scholarship Fund but renamed in 2019 to honor the late Ed Pastor, who was the first Mexican-American elected to Congress in Arizona, and his wife, Verma.

The Pastors served as instrumental figures in their Phoenix community and inspired multiple generations of people dedicated to public service and community leadership. Ed Pastor was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Arizona State University.

The Verma and Ed Pastor Scholarship supports postsecondary education for students with financial need

attending an accredited public college or university in Maricopa County and pursuing any field of study. Students must be enrolled full time, and the scholarship gives preference to high school seniors, first-time college students, and re-entry students ages 26 and younger who currently reside in Maricopa County.

“By making higher education more accessible to underserved populations, we’re strengthening local communities and educating future leaders. Since the scholarship first launched in 2018, 264 students have received scholarships totaling more than $2 million,” says Juan Salgado, CEO of the Phoenix IDA. “Last year alone, 59 new

students received scholarships, and our scholarship funding totaled $580,000.”

Maple Waldron is a current Verma and Ed Pastor scholarship recipient who is attending Arizona State University and majoring in education. “Before receiving this scholarship, I had to work 40 hours a week while enrolled in school full time,” she says. “Now I work part time and I can attend classes in person, which has given me more confidence and connections to my fellow students and professors.”

Award amounts are $2,500 for one academic year at a two-year college and $5,000 at a public university, and the scholarship can be renewed for one additional year if students are in good standing and maintain the required grade point average.

Those interested in the scholarship should apply online by May 1 at

Grand Canyon Council Presents the First Annual Class of “Scouts of the Year”

Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Council

The Grand Canyon Council (GCC), an independent nonprofit organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Arizona, is excited to honor four outstanding Scouts who have made a distinct impact in the community through leadership, citizenship, Scout spirit, heroism, or community service with the inaugural 2022 Scouts of the Year.

The selected honorees will be awarded the distinction of Scout of the Year at a public event this spring. The awarded youth, Emma Hirning, Lola Money, Sergio Joel Rivera-Orbegoso, and Mason Takeushi will represent GCC throughout the year and be involved in council events and executive board meetings.

Money, from Troop 3014, joined the Scouts in 2019. She was selected as a GCC Scout of the Year for her strong leadership skills and involvement in her troop as senior patrol leader. She is currently working on her Eagle Scout project, making tangible efforts to restore Papago Park by pruning existing plants, removing invasive species, as well as planting more native plants in the aquatic areas. Her goal is to increase the biodiversity within the park, to improve the area for wildlife, and people.

Rivera-Orbegoso is a devoted Scout from Troop 172, who is also involved in martial arts. This past year, he attended National Youth Leadership Training where he has learned how to stay focused, physically fit, and delegate, in addition to communication and teamwork.

Hirning helped form Troop 9142, on the day girls were invited to join Scouting in 2019. For her Eagle Scout project, she filmed, produced, and published an informative video to increase awareness of the Anonymous Alerts app used in her school district to decrease bullying threats. After sharing this video with her peers, the usage of the app increased by 520% within a year.

Takeushi, from Troop 7031, is a part of the Governor’s Youth Commission to help provide youth with better opportunities across the state of Arizona. He uses his communication and leadership skills to help gain better access to education for Arizona’s children.

“This is the Grand Canyon Council’s first year of hosting nominations and selecting Scouts for this prestigious

award,” says GCC Scout Executive/CEO Andy Price. “We are very impressed with these youth and look forward to making the Scouts of the Year Award an annual tradition.”

For more information, visit Youth looking to join Scouting can visit to learn more.

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Maple Waldron

Kids' Corner

Ridgeline Academy’s 2023 Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team Scores First State Championship

Photos courtesy of Cody Kunigel

Ridgeline Academy’s 2023 Varsity Boys’ Basketball team captured its first State Championship in school history on Tues., Feb. 21, at Arizona State University’s Desert Financial Arena. The Ridgeline Eagles defeated Southwest Leadership Academy by the score of 77-38 in the State Championship game. Senior Guard, #0 Paul Haley, was awarded the Most Valuable Player with 21 points.

The Ridgeline Eagles Boys’ Basketball program is led by Coach Cody Kunigel. Assistant Coaches Kyle Bristow and Dave Melancon rounded out the coaching staff. The team finished its season with an overall record of 23-1. Ridgeline Academy is part of the Canyon Athletic Association’s (CAA) Mountain Region, also bringing home the regional title with a 10-0 record.

“This team and season was special. Being around the game for a long time, I know firsthand that you cannot take a season like this for granted. They do not come around that often!” says Coach Kunigel. “I want to thank everyone that played a part in making this season successful, from parents, players, school staff, and our community, it truly does take a village.”



Kaylon Norman

All-Region 1st team and Player of the Year


Enrico Roque

All-Region 1st team


Mitch Van Dijk

All-Region Honorable Mention and #1 in State of AZ (all classes) in Steals 6.5 steals per game


Paul Haley

All-Region Honorable Mention

Coach Cody Kunigel

CAA Coach of the Year

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This activity will have you rolling! In this experiment, you’ll find that physics isn’t just for adults or older kids. With just a few simple items, students as young as preschoolers can learn and experiment with concepts like movement, momentum, force, energy, and speed to name a few. Starting with things you likely have around the house, this activity will help you understand the basics of more complicated scientific theories while playing with some of your favorite toys in the process.


• Toilet paper roll

• Cardboard rectangles

• Different kinds of balls including:

• Marbles

• A bouncy ball

• A ping pong ball

• A golf ball


1. Bring out the materials (tubes, rectangles, and various balls) and ask yourself “How can we use these to make the ball roll?”

2. Try putting the tubes together and talking about what happens when your child rolls the marbles through the materials.

3. Ask questions: What do you want to do with the materials? Why does the ball roll? What can you do to make the ball roll faster or slower? Does the ball roll faster or slower if its larger or heavier?

4. What other materials might be helpful for making a ball roll? If you set it on a book, or a table, does it roll differently than if it’s on carpet? What if you’re outside on grass?

5. Observe each time you change the conditions and note how it changes the speed of the ball.

Have fun and keep testing as often and in as many locations as you’d like!

Are you looking for more ways to learn about science? Visit Arizona Science Center! We have four levels of hands-on science exhibits and demonstrations unlike anywhere else in the state. Be sure to explore "Get Charged Up" on level two to explore the science of physics! For more information, please visit

Sari Custer is a lifelong science junkie, Chief Curiosity Officer at Arizona Science Center, and mom to daughter Carson (7). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ SariOnScience.

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THORNLEY LAW FIRM brings boutique feel, individualized service to legal system.


For six years, Zach Thornley worked for a corporate defense firm handling 120 to 150 cases at a time. Now he focuses on fewer cases delivering personalized, client-centered service.

Since opening Thornley Law Firm in Phoenix in April 2021, he’s been conducting thorough evaluations of each case that comes into his office, putting his many wins in court to represent people in criminal, real estate, and personal injury law at an affordable cost.

“When it comes to large corporate firms, you don’t always get what you pay for,” Thornley says. “Large firms employ line attorneys who are paid a salary. Then, to squeeze as much of that salary money out of the attorneys, they load them up with an unbelievable number of cases. The client is just another file added to a pile.”

To give perspective, Thornley explains that the public defender's office assigns roughly 35 to 45 cases to public defender attorneys. Whereas large firms routinely assign 120 to 150 cases to their attorneys. “You’re better off with a public defender than spending your money on an overworked attorney,” he says.


Thornley’s path to the big firm began in law school, where he interned with prosecutors in the Gila County dangerous drugs division and with prosecutors of Avondale, Tolleson, and Buckeye, where he prosecuted cases as an Arizona Supreme Court Certified Limited Practice Student.

Thornley represented a client facing life in prison in his first jury trial, acquitting him of all counts after a three-week trial. He’s obtained dismissals in many misdemeanor cases and not-guilty outcomes for clients that didn’t commit the crime for which they were charged. Thornley has also successfully resolved several serious felonies,

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aggressively pursued clients’ rights, and represented those facing probation violations and restitution issues.

Over the years, his training and understanding of law enforcement practices helped him lead clients through sensitive government investigations. Thornley has extensive experience with law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona, dissecting issues that arise when law enforcement fails to conduct a thorough and ethical investigation.

He’s held an active real estate license since 2013, assisting with transactions, issues with homeowner’s associations, and property disputes.

Thornley earned a reputation at a big law firm for successfully representing clients in various criminal matters and effectively guiding clients through the most severe crimes, including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, and more. His representation of clients also includes those facing misdemeanors and serious felonies with possible life sentences.

“I've been in nearly every superior court in Arizona,” says Thornley. “I understand when people are charged how it can affect their lives, the amount of money they pay. The big law firm has a hoity-toity image, and people pay top dollar for it. But it didn't sit right with me that people spent tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars, for an attorney that didn’t have much time to spend on their case.”


The opening statements on the Thornley Law website are peace of mind and relentless representation.

Defending the statement, Thornley says, “I’m committed to each client until there is a successful resolution. With our firm, you get direct access to me. You’re not just a file in a pile. We care about helping clients and aim to get results.”

What does this look like in practice?

“We’re not the shining house on the hill — and that's a good thing because it’s a distraction,” Thornley says. “The big firms distract from the fact that clients are getting an overworked attorney who can’t devote

enough time to their case. We spend a lot of personal time with our clients. They're going to pay more for less service somewhere else. I don't think many people realize this; they go with the big law firm that pops up at the top of their Google search, thinking they must be the best.”

Most of Thornley’s clients even have his cell phone number to contact him anytime with questions and concerns.

“Personal injury claims are personal,” Thornley says, adding that big firms, or billboard firms, as he calls them, “want to move people through their case as fast as possible because they don't get paid until it’s resolved. That money goes toward the firm’s marketing budget. So, fighting for an additional $30,000 with the insurance company is not worth their time, but that's a lot of money for the average person.”

Thornley Law Firm understands that every dollar matters and will fight for all its clients’ claims. Besides representing people charged with a crime, it also represents people under criminal investigation before a charge has been filed.

“If the cops are investigating someone because they're a lead or a suspect, we represent people in those situations,” Thornley says.

Thornley Law also represents people with post-conviction relief to repair the consequences of decriminalized crimes on their records.

“I'm a big supporter of vets,” Thornley says. “If a vet has any prior convictions that can be expunged or we can restore their civil rights, voting rights, or gun rights, we do it for free.”

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“During the consult, I give potential clients enough information that they feel comfortable knowing I’m the right attorney for them,” says Thornley. “People feel comfortable with me given the information I shared. They say, ‘Other attorneys I've spoken to didn't help me feel comfortable.’”

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Things are Heating Up in Deer Valley Value Store It opens

community,” says Property Manager at Value Store It Management, Inc. Jenilee Gube. “We would like to thank the members of the community that joined us for our grand opening event.”

The festivities at the new Deer Valley Value Store It facility included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Curt Moroney, senior business development executive from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and catered meals provided by Ms Mae Homecooking.

“This event is just the beginning of a long relationship with the Phoenix community,” says Value Store It Management, Inc. Vice President of Storage Operations Bryan Lekas. “Our ultimate goal is to provide an exceptional customer service experience at a great value to all of our tenants.”

The newly opened Value Store It, located at 21427 N. Black Canyon Hwy., becomes one of more than 30 selfstorage locations within the Value Store It portfolio of facilities that spans Florida, Massachusetts, and Arizona.

“We are so excited to share our stateof-the-art facility with the Phoenix

The new facility boasts access hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 365 days a year, offers U-Haul rentals on site, and a wide range of moving and packing supplies. In addition, the facility also has a wide variety of climate controlled self-storage unit sizes to accommodate all types of rental needs. With convenience being an important feature, this Value Store It facility is located with easy access to I-17 and provides amenities on site like all indoor climate-controlled units, free WiFi, and courtesy push carts to help with the moving process.

All Value Store It facilities are managed by a professional staff trained to meet your needs and expectations. Their knowledge of the storage industry and the local area make them a reliable source for questions about storage, truck rentals, moving services, and packing supplies.

For more information, visit valuestoreit. com.

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Real Estate Interest Rate Roller Coaster

The effect of Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse on mortgage rates.

By now, we’ve all heard about Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse. The question is, what (if any) impact will it have on the real estate market?

SVB’s failure means the Federal Reserve can’t be as aggressive in raising shortterm interest rates, so the result will be a decline in mortgage rates. Lower mortgage rates mean that homebuyers can potentially afford more expensive properties or lower their monthly mortgage payments, which could increase demand for homes. Home buyers have been facing affordability issues as mortgage rates are nearly double what they were just a year ago.

However, the uncertainty caused by the bank’s failure may also make buyers more cautious, leading to a decrease in demand. Also, if more banks were to collapse, it could lead to tighter lending standards and fewer financing options for homebuyers, which could further impact the real estate market. So, it will be interesting to see how the situation evolves and how it may affect our North Phoenix real estate market in the coming months.

News headlines have also affected the real estate market. Both Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg have revised their predictions for this month’s interest rate hike. Goldman Sachs had previously projected a 0.25% increase in interest rates for this month. Now, following SVB’s collapse, they no longer expect a rate hike. This is because the market uncertainty caused by the bank failure has led them to believe that the Federal Reserve may be hesitant to raise interest rates.

On the other hand, Bloomberg analysts disagree with Goldman Sachs’ take.

They say the Federal Reserve will stick with the predicted 0.25% increase in interest rates for this month. According to them, the strong jobs report indicates that the economy is performing well, and the Fed may be more focused on controlling inflation than on addressing market volatility. The disagreement between Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg highlights the uncertainty surrounding the financial industry following SVB’s collapse. It is difficult to predict how the Federal Reserve will respond to the situation, and this has led to differing opinions among analysts. While the future remains uncertain, it is clear the financial industry will need to take steps to address the issues raised by this development of SVB.

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THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… my Mom. She is a female entrepreneur who is passionate about what she does, has built phenomenal relationships, and continues to be dedicated and successful in her business.

HI, MY NAME IS... Jennifer Kaplan.

I’VE LIVED IN PHOENIX MY ENTIRE LIFE AND I LOVE IT FOR SOME MANY REASONS… my family is here, the weather, activities, and the great places to explore.

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… early morning yoga, hustling to different client meetings and events, interacting with my team, and trying to squeeze in a few minutes of downtime before bed.

MY FAMILY IS… one of the most important things in my life. I’m very close with my parents and talk to them almost daily. My husband and I work together and he’s a huge support in my life.

ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… yoga! It helps me stay centered and grounded and I am a creature of habit so when I find something I like, I stick with it.

MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY IS… “Love Actually.” I am a hopeless romantic and enjoyed following the different story lines.


THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… having dinner with friends and sharing stories among each other - lots of great laughs!

THE PERFECT DAY INCLUDES… yoga (see a pattern here), checking in on work to make sure everything is up to date, time with my husband, then enjoying one of our favorite bars or restaurants for a night out.

MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… hard to choose. I have the opportunity to work with so many through my company, and I get to see the impact they

have on so many people’s lives, as well as animals, I can’t say I have just one.

MY LIFE IS… full of zig zags! I love riding the wave of life and trying not to control or predict what’s going to happen. I try to stay prepared and aware of what could happen.

THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… my wedding ring from my husband, not as a material piece, but as a symbol of our love and commitment to each other.

MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… anywhere in Italy.

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED… “People do business with people they trust and people they like” – it really made me realize the importance and value of building relationships.

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North Valley Junk

Family-owned business is dedicated

removal and keeping the desert trash-free.

North Valley Junk Removal is a small, family-owned business.

As the name suggests, the company operates in the northern part of Phoenix. Founded in 2016 by North Phoenix residents, Dustin Holm and his wife Elizabeth, the company has developed a dedicated clientele of homeowners and businesses needing junk removal. With over 19 years of experience in furniture, logistics, moving, and construction, the team at North Valley Junk Removal has the expertise and equipment to handle any debris removal or estate clean-out job.

The Holms’ son Nathan has since joined the couple’s experienced team in offering a wide range of options, including appliance removal, tile removal, carpet and flooring removal, shed removal, playset removal, above ground pool removal, hot tub and spa removal, and many other tasks. No matter the size of the job, the team at North Valley Junk Removal has the equipment and expertise to get it done quickly and efficiently.

Customers rave about their professionalism, promptness, and attention to detail. They appreciate the company's commitment to minimizing waste and its efforts to give back to the community. A customer said, "I have used North Valley Junk Removal multiple

times, and each time they have been professional, punctual, and thorough. They go above and beyond to make sure everything is done to our satisfaction."


One of the unique things about North Valley Junk Removal is their commitment to giving back to the community and conducting business in an environmentally conscious way. They dump legally and seek to donate, recycle, or reuse items whenever possible to minimize the impact on landfills.

An outdoorsman, Holm respects and honors nature. As such, over the years, he’s grown increasingly troubled by the amount of debris being carelessly (and illegally) thrown out in the desert.

In response, he started picking up illegally disposed of trash and hauling it to the landfill. The endeavor became more than he could handle alone. Holm also wanted to make a greater impact, so in 2020 he started a group called Don’t Dump in Our Desert. As part of this initiative, North Valley Junk Removal hosts neighborhood cleanup groups, providing the equipment and sponsoring dump fees. Don’t Dump in Our Desert has picked up over 100,000 pounds of litter and 500-plus tires in BLM, state trust, and forest service land. Their efforts have received recognition

The Don’t Dump in Our Desert initiative celebrated their third anniversary last month with their 20th cleanup event. “We had close to 40 volunteers at the cleanup,” says Holm of the milestone. He’s looking forward to hosting more and larger cleanups in the future. “I am someone who’s used the outdoors their whole life,” says Holm. “If people don’t take care of the land, we’re going to lose access to it. The government will shut it down.”

If you're in need of debris removal or an estate clean-out, give North Valley Junk Removal a call, and they'll take care of the rest.

Follow the Don't Dump in Our Desert group on Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor to stay abreast of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. For more information about North Valley Junk Removal services, visit

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from Congresswoman Debbie Lesko and the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth and Dustin Holm at an Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce event. The Don’t Dump in Our Desert initiative celebrated their 20th group cleanup.
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When: April 7 & 8

Where: Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

What: Families are invited to experience hot air balloons, free candy for the kids, a free kids zone with tons of inflatables and rides, and tethered balloon rides. Info: bunnyballoonblast


When: April 8

Where: Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix

What: This free outdoor event promises some high-flying fun and learning for the entire family in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. Enjoy entertainment, a Superhero 5K, splash pad, crafts, fishing, vehicle displays, food trucks, and more.

Info: departments/parks-recreation/events/ kidfest


When: April 12 - 16

Where: Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix

What: The fair features the largest county

fair carnival in Phoenix with over 35 rides, food offerings like Steve’s Flaming hot turkey legs, deep fried coffee, the Mac Doggie Dog, and so much more. Like to shop? The shopping pavilion is filled with over 60 vendors plus there are over 25 more vendors outside. Agriculture and livestock are a part of the fair’s history and remain a mainstay.



When: April 13

Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

What: Don’t miss the exclusive opportunity to play the iconic Mexican lotería game on a Desert Botanical Board tabla created by garden graphic designers! Win fun prizes, including a garden membership, plants, gift cards, and other special items. Enjoy an evening with rounds of lotería, cerveza, and food y más! Doors open at 7 p.m. Loteria starts at 7:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend. Valid identification is required for entry to this event. No person under the age of 21 will be admitted. Please arrive during your ticketed arrival window. Food and beverages available for purchase.



When: April 14

Where: Downtown Phoenix, 5th St. and Garfield in Roosevelt Row

What: Building off the success of last year’s sold-out event, Buds-A-Palooza 2023 highlights the best of Southwest cannabis culture and lifestyle. Attendees will experience a captivating night of nonstop action, including two music stages with national and local performers. The Buds-A-Palooza 2023 star-studded line-up includes performances from The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, Bumpin Uglies, Fayuca, and Kyle Smith. There will also be an Arizona Glass Masters’ glass blowing demo, 20 local and national stand-up comics performing at the Laughing Gas comedy club, a Sneaker Head Pop-Up Shop, stoner flicks, classes for beginner gardeners, an artisan vendor village, live and interactive art, and food and drinks galore, including 15 food and dessert trucks along with eight bars. Info:


When: April 14

Where: The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix

What: The Arrival from Sweden plays the music of the legendary Swedish band ABBA. From “Dancing Queen to “Mamma Mia” and much more, these covers are sure to delight. Held at The Van Buren, the venue includes both indoor and outdoor dining, a full bar at the venue’s entrance, and an exclusive VIP lounge.



When: April 15

Where: Bell Bank Park, 6321 S. Ellsworth Rd., Mesa

What: Muddy Kids is a 1.5 and 2.2 mile adventure event series for kids ages 5 to 15, with fun and challenging obstacles, mud, and entertainment for the whole family.



When: April 23

Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler

What: Melissa Etheridge stops at Chandler Center for the Arts as part of her national “One Way Out” tour. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, she’s remained

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one of America’s favorite female singersongwriters for more than two decades. Info:


When: April 21 - 23

Where: WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

What: Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, a semi-annual shopping experience that connects shoppers with local artists, makers, and curators, has a reputation for featuring quality vendors selling oneof-a-kind items and inspiring design. This is a popular attraction for shopping enthusiasts across the Southwest. Attendees can shop all things vintage, local, and handmade in a space of over 120,000 square feet filled with 160+ small businesses from across the country offering a vast selection of clothing, jewelry, furniture, vintage, décor, and much more. Other highlights of the market include food trucks and live music. Info:


When: April 27

Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale

What: Enjoy a wide range of resort activities while sipping tropical cocktails and wearing your festive aloha wear. Bask in a variety of curated experiences: sip crafted cocktails by top mixologists, browse the pop-up Art Show, relax in a cabana by the pool, schedule a soothing spa treatment, attend an educational seminar, relish the rooftop sunsets, sway to the Tiki Oasis soundtrack, reserve Hotel Valley Ho luau tickets, shop the outdoor marketplace with a variety of artists, makers, and traders and, of course, enjoy the overall Tiki island-inthe-desert vibe. Although many events will be all ages such as the marketplace and seminars, the overall event is adult


oriented. Arizona Tiki Oasis benefits Arizona Preservation Foundation.



When: April 27

Where: WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

What: If you’re searching for a new or used camper van, 4x4 adventure van, motorhome, or luxury 5th wheel, start your journey at this expansive RV show.



When: April 29 – 30

Where: Phoenix Convention Center, 33 S. Third St., Phoenix

What: Shop at hundreds of boutique booths featuring the very best Arizona has to offer in fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, travel, jewelry, accessories, home decor, entertaining, and much more. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages, shopping, samples, celebrity keynote speakers, plus enjoy endless retail therapy.




When: May 5 -7

Where: WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

What: The Home & Garden Show features 950 vendor booths, local experts, and inspiration all in one place for one weekend only. Take full advantage of these home improvement experts by bringing pictures of your space and your ideas – home improvement inspiration has never been so easy.


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Entertainment Movie Reviews and Upcoming Release Dates


“Creed III”

Adonis Creed finds himself having to face his greatest fight in the ring after a friend from his past returns.

Michael B. Jordan has long since proven himself to be one of the most interesting actors of his generation, and “Creed III” not only continues that but also reveals his skills as a director. You’ve never seen a boxing scene like this in any of the “Rocky” movies, in terms of visuals and the way you feel the impact of each punch given. The movie manages to feel fresh despite being movie number nine in the series, with a story about what it’s like to still be in the boxing business, despite retiring as a fighter, that adds a new perspective we haven’t seen before. And, of course, Jonathan Majors is one of the best opponents of the series as a cunning but still empathetic figure who has reached a new level of brutality. Some character stories can feel rushed, but overall, it makes for a great and arguably one of the best sports movies ever made. More that 45 years on, the “Rocky” series continues to surprise.

This movie has such a great premise, of future technology versus old environments, but its execution is incredibly disappointing. It’s clearly been chopped to bits in postproduction, with strangely timed flashbacks and scenes that stop the movie’s progression. Adam Driver, despite giving his all, feels miscast and lost in trying to convince the audience of his character. Even the action feels weightless, with a lack of true horror or the feeling of danger from the dinosaurs. Even its worldbuilding feels half-baked, and like the rest of the film, doesn’t reach its potential. This movie is likely the first major letdown of the year.

reveal. Based on a true story, it gives you what you want: a bear is high on cocaine and gruesomely murders people in comedic fashion. That’s all you want to see, and Elizabeth Banks does a decent job at balancing the horror and humor together, even if her direction doesn’t reach the full potential of insanity the story has. Similarly, the incredible cast aren’t at their best, but they’re likable enough where you don’t mind when they’re on screen instead of the bear. It’s a good 90 minutes of fun – entertaining and amusing if not fully memorable.

the runtime, it keeps up that suspense and improves characters that weren’t as engaging in the last film. There are some interesting themes regarding true crime’s exploitation and even distrust in law enforcement. The film does still stumble regarding the inclusion of older characters (namely Gale, who is essentially here so the film has an original character involved for a few scenes) and retreading old ground in terms of plot and characters. Most devastatingly though are the last 15 minutes featuring a leap in logic that is asked of the audience that throws out its ideas and themes for action that’s over the top, even by “Scream” standards. It’s a shame that it squanders all of that so quickly, and almost ruins what was an otherwise solid and tense film.


April 5

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie”


“On A Wing and A Prayer”

April 7


“How To Blow Up a Pipeline” (Limited)

“Showing Up” (Limited)

April 14


“The Pope’s Exorcist”


April 21

“Evil Dead Rise”


“Cocaine Bear”

“Scream VI”

“Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant”


A pilot and one of his passengers crash land and must face the elements and dangers of prehistoric Earth.

In Georgia, the stories of various individuals collide when they come into the sight of a dangerous, coked-up bear.

There’s not much to say about “Cocaine Bear” that the title doesn’t already

A new series of Ghostface murders begins after previous survivors move to New York City.

The sixth installment of the “Scream” series has a lot of excellent moments, from chase scenes to gore that are some of the best we’ve seen. For most of

“Beau Is Afraid” (Limited)

“Ghosted” (Apple TV+)

April 28

“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”

“Polite Society”


“Big George Foreman”

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2. Precedes sesame

3. Power system

4. Botch

5. Marcona nut

6. Curved molding

7. Endorsement

8. Call forth

9. Not his

10. Aquarium show star

11. Mine deposits

12. Water lily leaf

15. One behind the other

20. *Like crowd of fans?

22. “____ the crowd goes wild!”

24. Misstep

25. Obelus, pl.

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29. *Org.

31. Witty Coward

32. Dress up or deck out (2 words)

33. Blue-Green scum

34. *Easiest shot?

36. Location

38. Hero shop

42. Never say what?

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Type of salmon
College entrance exam
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Flagstaff: Two Days of Astronomical Astro-Tourism Experiences with Stellar Star Bathing and Spectacular Stargazing in the World’s First Dark Sky City

Spending time under dark starry skies and appreciating their beauty is a special astro-tourism experience that will leave you dazzled yet calm, inquisitive yet pensive – yep, that’s Flagstaff and star bathing is a real thing. It’s a BYOB (bring your own blanket) event and a time to connect to nature spent outside embracing the moment showered by the twinkling stars of the night skies. Flagstaff is the world’s first international dark sky city designated by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), home to the discovery of Pluto at the world-famous Lowell Observatory, and all the astronauts that walked on the moon trained in Flagstaff.

Plan a stellar escape full of astronomical adventure with two-days in Flagstaff to take in the cosmos.


Celebrate star bathing in Coconino National Forest connecting with galaxies, star clusters, and the Milky Way through

darkness. Seek out the stars at Buffalo Park with your night eyes. It takes approximately 10 minutes for eyes to adjust to the night skies. Enjoy a star party with the nonprofit Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition. Free star parties offer an opportunity to peer through telescopes discovering constellations with expert astronomers sharing cultural astronomy with the mission to promote and protect dark skies. You can even purchase a “Night in Flagstaff” non-fungible token (NFT), log-on at or to learn more.

a completed passport to the Flagstaff Visitor Center and be rewarded with a free commemorative pint glass.

A favorite daytime activity is discovering Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy with a stop at several astro-tourism sites. Download a Flagstaff Lunar Landmarks Passport at discoverflagstaff. com or pick one up at the Flagstaff Visitor Center. An amazing astro-tourism experience includes Meteor Crater – this place has the world’s largest preserved meteor impact site and it’s another astronaut training location to “moon-boot!”


Enjoy Grand Canyon National Park, only 80 miles from Flagstaff, where beautiful night skies offer an exceptional quality of starry nights. Arizona boasts 12 dark sky parks designated by IDA with Grand Canyon

National Park as the most famous along with Flagstaff’s area national monuments of Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki. Grand Canyon National Park is also a Flagstaff Lunar Landmark because astronauts trained there in the 1960s.

Return to Flagstaff for stargazing re-imaged at Lowell Observatory. Lowell Observatory offers abundant opportunities to experience viewing Flagstaff’s dark skies. The Clark Telescope, Pluto Dome, and the Giovale Open Deck Observatory provide unique telescope programs.

Visit Dark Sky Brewery (DSB) for original craft brews, delicious pizza, and starry skies on the recently expanded patio and restaurant. Did you know, Flagstaff is Arizona’s leading craft beer city? Download a Flagstaff Brewery Trail Passport at and take a trek on the Flagstaff Brewery Trail. Visit all eight award-winning breweries and return

Flagstaff has more than 300 clear nights where the sky is full of stars and star clusters showcasing the Milky Way, Mars, Jupiter, and the Moon. This mountain town at 7,000 feet is out of this world and ready for your discovery. For more information go to and request a free official visitor guide or stop by the Flagstaff Visitor Center in historic downtown. While visiting, please stay and play responsibly.

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Photos courtesy of Discover Flagstaff Photo Courtesy of Dark Sky Brewery Photo by Tom Alexander

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Our window has the elegant look and strength of a wood window, but our Fibrex material doesn’t demand the same maintenance of wood.4

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more. Buy 2 windows or doors and get the second 2 windows or doors, of equal or lesser value, 40% off – applied to lowest priced window and/or door products in purchase. To qualify for discount offer, initial contact for an appointment must be made and documented on or before 4/30/23 with the purchase then occurring on or before 5/10/23. 2No payments and deferred interest for 12 months available from third-party lenders to well qualified buyers on approved credit only. No Finance Charges will be assessed if promo balance is paid in full in 12 months. Products are marketed, sold and installed (but not manufactured) by Renewal by Andersen retailers, which are independently owned and operated under Southwest Windows & Doors LLC, d/b/a Renewal by Andersen of Arizona. AZ ROC lic. #311233. See complete information and entity identification at ©2023 Andersen Corporation. ©2023 Lead Surge LLC. All rights reserved. 3Values are based on comparison of Renewal by Andersen® double-hung window U-Factor to the U-Factor for clear dual pane glass non-metal frame default values from the 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 International Energy Conservation Code “Glazed Fenestration” Default Tables. 4See limited warranty for details at

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Getaway Flagstaff: Two Days of Astronomical Astro-Tourism Experiences with Stellar Star Bathing and Spectacular Stargazing in the World’s First Dark Sky City

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Entertainment Movie Reviews and Upcoming Release Dates

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removal and keeping the desert trash-free.

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Neighbors Hello Neighbor!

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Real Estate Interest Rate Roller Coaster

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Things are Heating Up in Deer Valley Value Store It opens

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THORNLEY LAW FIRM brings boutique feel, individualized service to legal system.

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Kids' Corner Ridgeline Academy’s 2023 Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team Scores First State Championship

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Grand Canyon Council Presents the First Annual Class of “Scouts of the Year”

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Education The Phoenix IDA and Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corporation Fund the Verma and Ed Pastor College Scholarship

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A Haven for Foster Teen Girls OCJ Kids opens The Restoring Dignity Room.

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Hope 4 Kids International Raises $16,742 During Norterra Fundraiser

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Charity Getting Involved During National Volunteer Month—and Beyond

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Veterans’ Donation Fund Large Grant Winners

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Community Cultural Connection For volunteers and hospice patients, Spanish is their love language.

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Arizona's Biggest Kentucky Derby Party Returns to Turf Paradise

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City News Celebrate National Telephone Day with a Potentially Life Saving Call or Text to a Teen

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Easter Roundup

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City News

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City News City of Phoenix Welcomes Community Input for Proposed Trial Budget

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City News 411: The Latest Local News You Need to Know

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Our Energy Future Depends on Us, So Let’s Get Involved!

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