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Senior Living Free coffee, donuts for seniors at ALP Assistance League of Phoenix Thrift Shop is giving seniors another reason to come out and shop early every Wednesday. The Thrift Shop, located at 7044 N. 7th St., will open its doors early and host coffee and donuts for senior shoppers from 9 to 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday. Seniors ages 60 and older will continue to receive a 25-percent discount every Wednesday with a valid photo ID. Summer hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday are in effect until Sept. 10. Cleaning out your closet? The thrift store needs your gently used items, and will provide a tax receipt. Donations are accepted during normal business hours. Call 602-9449845 to schedule pick up of large furniture. For more information about the Assistance League of Phoenix, including membership, volunteering, and the various programs that service the community,

Care center receives new higher rating Arizona Grand Senior Living Community’s Care Center, 4602 N. 24th St., recently was given a new 4Star Overall Quality rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This new rating reflects a high quality in staffing levels of nurses to patients and overall exemplary operations of the care center. Arizona Grand Care Center now rates in these following areas as designated by CMS: Overall Quality, 4 Stars; Staffing, 5 Stars; RN Staffing, 5 Stars; Health Inspection, 3 Stars; and Quality Measures, 3 Stars. In addition to the overall 4-Star CMS Rating, Arizona Grand Care Center also has received an “A” Quality Rating from Arizona Department of Human Services (DHS) for the seventh consecutive year. And, the Care Center also was a recipient of the national AHCA/NCAL Bronze Commitment to Quality Award in 2011. Only four other skilled care centers in Arizona received this honor in 2011.

Arizona Grand Care Center offers 36 beds of skilled care in a boutique setting. The on-site rehabilitation center offers physical, occupational and speech therapies seven days a week. The Care Center is part of a campus that also provides independent and assisted living, and a new memory care community of private studios and friendship suites. For more information or admissions, call 602-759-6405, or visit

Kids & Families Family Fun Day: AZ Mine Inspector Starting this month, Saturdays are Family Fun Days at the Arizona State Capitol with free activities and fun programs. Come see what’s waiting for you under the copper dome, 1700 W. Washington St. Families and all other weekend visitors are welcome to stop by the Capitol for the first Family Fun Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, for the opening of the new State Mine Inspector Exhibit. Activities include: Make your own mining hardhat and learn about mine safety; meet Arizona State Mine Inspector Joe Hart; explore hands-on mine safety artifacts; see a recreated entrance to an abandoned mine; and create your own mine safety bill and see if it becomes a law. Visitors also are invited to enter the Museum Store for fun activities like the Arizona jigsaw puzzle. The Arizona Capitol Museum has virtual and physical exhibits, events, and educational programs that are free and open to the public. The Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, is the oldest cultural institution in Arizona, dating to the organization of the Territory in 1863. For more information, contact Luke Bate, assistant museum director, at 602-9263620 or

Center seeks donations for fall community sale Beatitudes Agelink Intergenerational Child Development Center, a nonprofit that serves children from birth through pre-kindergarten, is seeking donations for its second-annual fall fundraiser, set for Saturday, Oct. 13.

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Music for Birth – Kindergarten


Community members are asked to clean out their closets and overstuffed garages and donate gently used items such as clothes, toys, furniture, tools, household goods, art, and more. Donations can be dropped of at the center’s front desk, 1548 W. Glendale Ave. Tax exemption forms will be provided upon request. If you’d rather take your unneeded goods and make a little cash yourself, the center also is renting vendor space for $35 plus 10 percent of sales. For more information, call 602-9553363.

Sept. 3 rally seeks better standards in maternity care Thousands of men, women and children will gather in more than 100 major cities around the country on Sept. 3 as part of a national movement. Locally, a rally will take place at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 350 W. Thomas Road. The rallies are being held for Improving Birth’s “National Rally for Change on Labor Day.” The purpose is to bring awareness to the lack of evidence-based maternity care in the United States. The organization is advocating for medical practice standards at both the federal and the state level that would address C-sections performed without medical justification and assure more mother-friendly births and fewer medical interventions during labor “Until we get it right, we are needlessly subjecting mothers and babies to major abdominal surgery, the longterm side effects that go along with that and the unnecessary risk of death for both,” says Dawn Thompson, founder of Improving Birth. “Despite the dire situation, this is

not a protest,” she adds. “It is a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the outdated practices that have been proven time and again to not be what is best for mothers and babies.” For more information, visit

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Lincoln Learning Center, 303 E. Eva St., offers a free pre-kindergarten program to children whose family’s income is 200 percent or below the federal poverty guidelines. “Building social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills are all key factors in readiness as children enter the school system,” said Kathryn Wauters, director of the Lincoln Learning Center. A new scholarship grant will be open to children of families who meet specific income and age requirements. The program includes free childcare from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, with all meals and snacks, physical fitness, small classroom sizes and state-certified teachers with a background in early childhood education. Before and after school care is available for $11 a day per child. Requirements to enroll include: Children must be a U.S. citizen or have proof of legal residency; family must show proof of income if working; family income must be at or below the 200-percent poverty level; and children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2012. For more information, call 602-943-3731.

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Join us at the Stratford for great fun, great food and great care! The Stratford, an Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, invites you to our weekly musical social in our Grand Lobby! Every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Stratford hosts a musical social with some of the Valley’s favorite performers. RSVP to (602) 841-2500 for a fun afternoon of music and refreshments.

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