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New Schools For Phoenix is a non-profit organization that is seeking to support the development and expansion of high quality schools serving low-income students in the Phoenix area. Two of these schools are located in the South Mountain and Laveen Villages, Aim Higher College Prep and Maricopa Institute of Technology. Their mission is to “develop and grow high quality innovative schools, develop high-potential schools into high-quality schools, and recruit and develop talent.” The Prickly Pear Festival is a culinary event that celebrates the cactus fruits, which are perfect for the picking every August. There will be a pancake breakfast with prickly pear syrup, prickly pear dishes from local restaurants, desert hikes, art, entertainment and classes that will teach you how to pick and prepare this desert delight. For more info, head to

Head to the Desert Botanical Garden between now and September 3rd for a Flashlight Tour! This is a self-guided tour through the gardens where you’ll get to see and enjoy the desert at night through various learning stations. Head to dbg. org for more information.

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Mayors Corner By Mayor Greg Stanton

It’s critical we make sure every young person in our community has the skills and education they need to succeed. That work is especially important during the summer months, when our children aren’t in school and are at risk of falling behind. In July, the City of Phoenix added new partners to promote our local efforts to keep kids engaged and learning during the summer including the White House, the National Summer Learning Association, Clear Channel and iHeartMedia, Inc. At a recent event at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, we unveiled two new Clear Channel billboards and a radio public service announcement by First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage summer learning. These efforts help spread the message about the importance of keeping our youth engaged all year round. We know that children from low-income neighborhoods are even more affected by the summer break. On average, they lose two to three months in reading achievement over the summer, while their higher-income peers actually make slight gains. This is a challenge in our community. For 23 percent of Arizona children under age nine, poverty is a barrier to school readiness; for 48 percent difficulty speaking and understanding English is a primary barrier. We have to work together to make sure our kids are exposed to books, literary resources and hands-on learning opportunities early and often. Nationally, the White House and the National Summer Learning Association launched the Summer Opportunity Project to keep kids learning, safe and healthy during these critical summer months. And Phoenix is one of hundreds of communities supporting the project through our own local initiatives, including Read On Phoenix and Great Start. If students are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, they are far more likely to continue struggling in the classroom and far less likely to graduate from high school. Read On Phoenix is a public-private partnership that is tackling the literary crisis by bringing resources to our highest-need communities. Our efforts are making a difference and earning accolades: Earlier this year, the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recognized Read On Phoenix with a Pacesetters Award for solving challenges around summer learning. To make sure our youngest students are school-ready, we launched the Great Start initiative. Great Start gives incoming Phoenix kindergartners – the summer before they start their K-12 careers – free access to community learning centers such as the Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Children’s Museum. These places help build a solid foundation of learning – but for many families, would be otherwise cost-prohibitive. We started Great Start in 2013 with one school district, Balsz Elementary, and have since grown it to reach nearly 2,000 students and their families. The program now includes Phoenix Head Start and nine Phoenix school districts. Both Read On Phoenix and Great Start can be transformative for students during the summer months. They keep our kids engaged, give them the tools they need to strengthen their reading abilities, and provide one-of-a-kind experiences to make sure they never lose their love of learning. We’re fortunate that we don’t have to address the summer achievement gap on our own – we have great local and national partners who are ready and willing to help us deliver excellent education to every child. To find out more about our efforts in Phoenix and around the country visit:

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This year SABIS ® International School -- Phoenix will mark its 15th year anniversary of delivering a world-class education to the students in the South Mountain Village area. SABIS International School®, nestled in the South Mountain Village, had its humble beginnings on a lot reserved for a farmers market. SIS – Phoenix has become a vibrant and active school campus that has become a serious educational institution producing students that are civic-minded and have developed a strong sense of purpose in the community. It is evident each year by the involvement of students in various community events. SABIS International School® has educated over 5,500 students during its 15-year existence. SIS Alumni have gone on to graduate from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. These students have not only graduated from a major university but have come back to SIS – Phoenix to teach future students and to impact their community. Will Henry, the school’s Director, and his faculty have celebrated the high expectations that SABIS® International has set and achieved over its 15 years. Mr. Henry has been with SIS for 14 years and states, “ We could not have reached school accreditation by MSA- CESS, an independent agency that accredits school academics and operations, without the help of our entire school community. We are proud of our 20-year charter renewal by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, which allows us to operate and continue to provide 20 more years of outstanding educational services to the children in the South Mountain community. Through hard work and a commitment to excellence SIS – Phoenix has either been an “A” or “B” rated school since the Arizona Department of Education began issuing letter grades.” SIS-Phoenix is a member of the SABIS® School Network. SABIS® is a global education network that has an active presence in 20 countries on five continents Schools in the network educate over 70,000 students and implement a proven proprietary system. SABIS® Network Schools provide the student with a quality education that prepares them to meet the challenges of a changing world. SABIS® is proud to have empowered students for 130 years and looks forward to educating future generations. SABIS® International School of Phoenix looks forward to celebrating their 15 years with their students, parents, and members of the South Mountain Community. For more information about SIS –Phoenix call (602) 305-8865 or go to

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SOUTH MOUNTAIN VILLAGE New Crosier Village in South Phoenix To Serve Local Community

The Crosier Fathers and Brothers, one of the Roman Catholic Church’s oldest religious orders, is planning to purchase the South Mountain Community Church campus at 7th Street and Southern Avenue. The Crosier Village in South Phoenix is designed to expand services, programs and supportive benefits for members of the Catholic Church and the wider community. “In our style of religious life, we go about mission by building communities. This is what fuels our energy and passion to touch suffering with hope,” Prior Provincial Tom Enneking, osc, said. “My dream is to have the village stand as a spiritual center, a place of light in people’s daily lives.” The Crosiers are the only religious community whose national headquarters is located within the Diocese of Phoenix. The Crosier Village will include a priory church for daily and weekly worship; a community center with a public meeting space for retreats, religious celebrations, veteran services, immigration classes, and other social gatherings; and a priory residence where priests and brothers of the Crosier Community of Phoenix and vocation candidates can live among, and work in communion with, area residents and neighboring churches. The adjacent two-story building will provide office space for the Crosiers, staff and partners; spiritual direction rooms and program-related space for veterans’ programs, immigration services and other ministries. The Crosier Order provides ministry and service to many different groups including seniors who live on fixed incomes; those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and their families as they face the many challenges of this condition; the incarcerated to offer them a connection to the faith community; veterans to accompany them in their spiritual healing; immigrants to become citizens and learn English; and young people seeking a spiritual path and purpose in life. They also offer healing, pastoral and sacramental ministries and assistance; pastoral support to parishes; spiritual direction and retreats; and mission outreach. About the Crosiers: The Crosiers, officially known as the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, were founded in 1210 in modern-day Belgium. For more than 800 years, the priests and brothers have lived a life of community, prayer and service under the Rule of St. Augustine. The Crosiers have two large, vibrant communities in the United States–one in Phoenix, Arizona, and the other in Onamia, Minnesota. The Crosiers gather as a community each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrate Eucharist. Members are involved in a wide range of ministries serving the Church and those in need, including parish assistance, retreat work, spiritual direction, elder care, immigrant services and jail ministry. There are more than 350 Crosiers today worldwide serving in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil and Rome. For more information, contact the province office at 602-443-7100 or visit 10 - South Mountain Villager


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Back-to-School with Roosevelt by Dr. Jeanne Koba - Superintendent

Excitement is in the air, it’s back-to-school time! Roosevelt School District is proud to be your local school district. We take this responsibility very seriously and have much to offer the entire South Mountain community. Our 19 schools, serving students in preschool through 8th grade, offer many exciting and innovative opportunities for both students and families. We believe in the importance of early education and the enormous role it plays in setting the stage for the future academic success of the children in our community. The partnership that begins in the early school years between home and school can be extremely impactful and positive for years to come. This is why Roosevelt offers free preschool and Head Start classes for three- and four-year-old children in our community. These preschool programs include both full and half day options to best meet the needs of our youngest students and their families. For children who are five years old by September 1, we offer full day Kindergarten classes that are completely free and no cost to families. We believe in the importance of enabling students to express themselves academically, artistically and physically which is why we offer students art, music and physical education classes during the school day across the district. When students participate in activities that they enjoy and are good at, they are more likely to stay engaged and involved in the learning process. Roosevelt students also benefit from many after-school programs including tutoring and sports. In addition, twelve of our schools have a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) which is a competitive federally-funded grant that offers extended day programs. These enrichment programs provide students with academic, artistic and cultural experiences either before or after school hours to support their acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to master state curriculum content standards. In addition, our 21st Century Learning Centers offer literacy and educational services to the families of participating students. While we have a rich history of serving the south Phoenix community for over one hundred years, we are a school district of the future. We have state-of-the-art technology that provides students and teachers the tools to teach and learn in an innovative and digitally relevant environment. Our classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards to allow for interactive learning that engages students in experiences that were not seen just five years ago. The Neighborhood House, located at 6029 S. 7th Street directly across from the District Office, is a Roosevelt facility with the sole purpose of serving our community. We proudly welcome all community members to come and use the computer lab as we have done for many years. We also encourage our families to visit the Neighborhood House to take advantage of the new resources we have to offer, including parent workshops, trainings and events. The Neighborhood House also offers Rosetta Stone for parents interested in learning the English language. In addition, we invite our families to take advantage of the lending library that consists of games, activities, and books. Please feel free to call (602)305-4639 for workshop dates and times or to get more information about the multitude of services offered at the Neighborhood House. Our priority is to advance the District’s mission to inspire, motivate and educate each student for success as future leaders in our society. It takes each and every one of us; Governing Board Members, staff, parents and community members working closely and collaboratively to ensure that our mission is a reality for each and every student. This year’s convocation theme was “Make Your Mark” and that is just what Roosevelt is doing! Our students are encouraged to think creatively and critically so that they can be successful today as students and later in life as adults. Staff makes their mark on the students’ lives by providing exceptional instruction, relentless support, a safe environment and lots of love. The recruitment and retention of high quality staff is a major focus in our district and we will continue to actively seek and employ staff of the highest caliber. Part of our initiative has been and will continue to include mentoring new teachers and providing teachers and administrators with exceptional training to develop and maximize their skills and talents as educators. Our efforts are paying off as we have an amazing team ready to make its mark this school year. We are pleased to welcome six new principals to the Roosevelt leadership team. Some have been promoted from within, some are returning to Roosevelt after a brief time away and others are new additions to the Roosevelt family. All come with a great deal of experience, strong knowledge of how students learn and a passion for student success. At the District level we are excited to welcome two of our former principals into new leadership positions. Ms. Lynette Stephenson who was previously the principal at Amy Houston Academy, our school for students with significant disabilities, is now serving as the Director of Special Education. She comes to the position with a great deal of background and knowledge in the area of exceptional students. Ms. Ivette Marquez who was previously the principal of Cesar Chavez Leadership Academy is serving as our Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services. Ms. Marquez led her previous school’s team in a major transformation, turning what was an ordinary and unfortunately underperforming school into an extraordinary Leadership Academy where student achievement steadily increased, performance soared and students were empowered to become leaders. Roosevelt School District values the legacy of its diverse community, dedicated staff and talented students. As a member of the Roosevelt family for thirty years, I have seen firsthand the incredible growth and transformation we have made to be the neighborhood school of choice in the South Mountain community. The entire staff of the Roosevelt School District is here to serve you! 12 - South Mountain Villager

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August 2016

Cesar Chavez Library

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3635 W. Baseline Rd. - all programs are free! Mon: 9am-5pm . Tues-Thurs: 10am-8pm . Fri: Closed Sat: 9am-5pm . Sun: 1pm-5pm Closed Monday July 4th VIRTUAL WORKFORCE STATION Looking for a job? Updating your resume? The Virtual Workforce Station is a dedicated computer and printer to use for job-searching related activities in reservation blocks of two hours with a Phoenix Public Library card.

BabyTime: Mondays 9:30 AM (BabyTime for Crawlers) Babies, 0-12 months (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. Space is limited; free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to program. BabyTime with Sign for Walkers : Mondays 10:30 AM Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books and playtime in each lively session. Babies and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow babies' communication skills. Using sign language speeds babies' language development. Tickets available at the information desk 30 minutes before storytime. #pplstorytime #babytimewithsign Toddler Time: Tuesdays 11:15AM - Two-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a session dedicated to active toddlers. Space is limited; free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to program. Read to Orlagh Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 6:30-7:30PM - Orlagh, the gentle Golden Retriever, is an excellent listener for emerging readers. Children accompanied by a favorite adult are invited to come read to Orlagh, who is a registered therapy dog. Bring your own book or choose one from the library collection. Drop in Craft: Wednesday, August 10

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Bring out the scientist in you! Come explore science, technology, engineering and math through various activities that everyone in the family can do and enjoy! There will be a new theme and lots of fun every month.

TEEN PROGRAMS AAA Permit Prep Challenge: Tuesday, August 23 6-7:30 PM Meeting Room REGISTRATION REQUIRED Registration Opens Monday June 20 Itching to get your drivers permit and the keys to the family car? Make Mom and Dad feel good about the decision to let you drive by bringing them to AAA’s Permit Prep Challenge. Not only will it help you ace your permit test, it will also reassure the parental units that you’re ready to drive. The 90-minute program is free and fun – the game-show-style format covers the Graduated Driver Licensing law, learning-to-drive tools and resources, and an overview of the Arizona Driver’s License Manual. Teens must attend with a parent or guardian. Reservations are required (please register for each member of the family that is attending). #permitprep

Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-9pm Fri-Sat: 7:30am-5pm . Sun: 1pm-5pm Closed: Monday, July 4th – 4th of July Holiday CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Have FUN sharing books, songs, stories, and activities that are just right for your little one! DiscoveryTime — Mondays 6:30 p.m. Focuses on science/math concepts for children ages 3 to 5, with caregiver.


Family Game Night: Thursday, August 4

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Babytime with Sign— Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. Ages birth to 23 months, with caregiver. Babies and Caregivers are introduced to Baby Sign Language. ToddlerTime with Sign– Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. Ages 24-36 months, with caregiver. Family Storytime - Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. Children birth to 5, with caregiver. Family Storytime with a DIY Component - August 31st 10:30 a.m. Children birth to 5, with caregiver. Let us show you how to share books, stories, songs, rhymes and music to make a fun learning experience at home. Builder’s Club – August 13th Drop in between 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Use LEGOS and other building material to build a creation and have it displayed in the library. Ages 6-13. LEGOS and other materials for in-library use only. Paws2Read – August 27th Drop in between 10:30 a.m. - Noon. – SMCL has paired with Paws 2 Read, an organization that connects young readers with registered therapy dog teams. Free Reading Screening - Ages 3-5 August 27th 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This screening measures a child’s progress in specific areas and detects strength and needs. It quickly and efficiently determines if a child should undergo further assessment and evaluation. The screening is provided free of charge by the Arizona Literacy & Learning Center.


Teen Time – August 2nd and 16th 4:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. Drop into the Limitless Lounge, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Have a snack, spend time with friends or make new ones as you enjoy movies, crafts, games and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library, South Mountain Community Library Chapter. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) - August 23rd 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Help TAB plan programs and events at South Mountain Community Library, all while earning volunteer hours! Go to Volunteer Phoenix, search "teen volunteer" and sign up for South Mountain's program. A staff member will contact you soon.


FREE Self-Defense Class - August 13th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Don’t be a victim. Attend this free class, and learn how to use a kubotan to protect yourself and your loved ones. Program presented by staff from the City of Phoenix Office of Emergency Management. All ages welcome. Computer Classes in Spanish – Thursdays 7:00–8:30 p.m. Basic Computer Skills I, Introduction to the Internet, Basic Computer Skills II, and Introduction to Email. Limited seating. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to beginning of class. Hiring Fest – August 3rd 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Meet with featured employers for job applications and on-site interviews. Presented in partnership with Goodwill of Central Arizona.

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Good Folks

of the South Mountain Village

Originally ran in the South Mountain District News on July 8, 2016

Determined to preserve what they consider a crown jewel of their South Phoenix neighborhood, homeowners and residents near The Raven golf course emphatically state they will not compromise on wanting to keep their 18-hole golf course intact. Earlier this year, golf course owners , listed The Raven as one of several properties nationwide under review for potential redevelopment. Representatives from Arcis and Ridgewood, as well as their law firm, Scottsdale-based Rose Law Group, began meeting with residents about using the RE-35 residential zoning to build 1-2 houses per acre on what is now a 164-acre golf course with 6,000 trees dotting the green space. “We were honestly shocked. We were opposed immediately. What you will find is complete solidarity in opposition to any proposed development,” says Melanie McClintock, chairman of Save The Raven, a coalition of community leaders and residents formed following those initial meetings. McClintock, a 14-year resident of Ravenswood, said the group’s goal is to show the cultural, historical and economic importance of The Raven as a point of pride in the South Phoenix community. “The golf course has significant historical meaning to South Phoenix,” McClintock said. “It was developed as an economic magnet for South Phoenix. You certainly couldn’t get people to move to South Phoenix before it.” Perhaps no one understands that better than Cody Williams, a South Phoenix resident, a Maricopa County Justice of the Peace, the former leader of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce and former City Councilman from 1994 to 2002. Williams spent much of his council term advocating for quality development in South Phoenix and pushing back against a negative image many in the media and Valley had of his neighborhood. “I was on the city council when the project was under way. I used the development of that project as one of the things that I pointed to and showed other developers to encourage them to come down to the South Mountain and the Laveen area. The area had a stigma back in 1994 as a place no one wanted to live.” During his tenure, Williams took 15 bus loads of 50 developers, lenders, builders — “anyone I could think of who might bring quality development’” – on tours through South Phoenix. The Raven development was the star of his road shows. When they saw The Raven, Williams recalls a collective “wow” from the visitors, and nearly all of them came back to do business or invest in the community in one form or another. “We changed the minds of the larger community, and the lives of the people who live in this area,” Williams said. Andrew Crosson, senior vice president of acquisitions at Arcis, which is the nation’s second-largest owner of daily fee golf courses and country clubs, declined to comment for this article and referred questions to Jonathan Grebow, founder of Ridgewood Real Estate Partners or to Jordan Rose at Rose Law Group. In an April interview, Crosson noted that changes at The Raven could be a “time-consuming and unpredictable process and it would have to be economically and politically feasible.” Rose said that feedback from the initial community meetings indicates residents are adamant about maintaining a golf course at The Raven property. However, she noted that her clients also want to “keep on top of the changing trends in golf courses.” She cites a decline in golf enthusiasts, particularly among the younger Millennials, who she said prefer shorter, faster-playing courses. “The shorter course concept is being rolled out all around the country.” Following the first round of community meetings, the developers proposed a compromise in which the 18-hole course was cut back to nine and designed in such a way along the perimeters of the community that homes retained their course views. That proposal is now being fine-tuned By George Young and Rose expects more meetings with residents in September. She said the owners are taking into account the “thoughtful comments” from residents and community leaders as they move forward. 14 - South Mountain Villager

“This is not the end of the conversation,” Rose said. “We are still refining things based on the meetings we had recently. We’re in the redesigning stage based on the input from the community conversations.” It might be a long conversation, based on the growing opposition. McClintock said more than 80 supporters showed up at a recent South Mountain Village Planning Committee meeting to ensure the city hears why maintaining the golf course is important to the community. “I think what we have going for us is that we don’t view this as a neighborhood issue. We view this as a South Phoenix issue,” McClintock said. “It’s not just a home value issue. It’s going to be a major change in South Phoenix and we believe it will change the character of South Phoenix.” That’s certainly the message getting through to Vice Mayor Gallego. “Residents of the South Mountain community take immense pride in the amenities of The Raven Golf Course,” she noted. ”The 18-hole course has given character to the area and is widely credited as a tourist attraction bringing visitors from across Arizona and across the country to South Mountain. This point of pride is not only an institution in the South Mountain community, but it brings significant economic impact to the community. “I have received overwhelming feedback from the community that preserving an 18-hole golf course at The Raven is critical for preserving the character of the entire South Mountain area” Gallego said via an emailed statement. “I’d like to see The Raven and community groups work together to better market the golf course and make it an even greater tourism destination for Phoenix.” Ravenswood resident David Salgado says he’s been going to nearly all the meetings about the property. The 28-year veteran Phoenix police officer grew up in South Phoenix, went to South Mountain High School and graduated from South Mountain Community College. “When I was growing up, it was a very tough, bad environment to grow up in. It was one of the worst parts of Arizona. What happened is people would get a career and move out. That’s what I did. But I came back.” Salgado said that when the golf course came, “people started to come here. The Raven was the foundation of change for South Phoenix. For someone to come in here and destroy something we’ve built over 25 years is wrong. I am going to go to every single meeting and do my part to stop this.” Joe Schraan is another Ravenswood resident who’s been attending many of the meetings. He says nearly everyone he talks to wants to keep it as an 18-hole course. “The bottom line is it needs to stay as it is to keep the face of South Mountain Village as it is.” Rose, the attorney for the developers, noted that zoning for the land already is low-density residential housing, but Williams said the overlay for the area is open space. If a plan is brought before the city, council members would have to vote to overturn the overlay and allow the residential zoning to take effect. “What is the purpose of taking an 18-hole, nationally recognized golf course that I understand is still profitable … and turning it into houses? There is no added value to the community; it’s only being added to the pockets of those who want to make profits,” said Williams. “I don’t like to see open spaces turned into housing. He cites the former Vistal Golf Course, a 140-acre parcel in South Phoenix rezoned for 550 homes. The course closed its doors last summer and construction is under way on the site that abuts South Mountain along Dobbins Road near 20th Street. “You can never turn that back into a golf course, but if you keep it as open space you can always redesign it,” Williams said. “I think that is our fight right now and that is what the community is up in arms about. You can never let it go because you can never get it back.” by Rose Hutchinson

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church directory Southern Baptist Temple Church 6520 South Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Word of Truth Christian Center Loving – Encouraging - Healing


Pastor Dr. Jess Garrison

SouthGate Church 2020 East Baseline Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Worship Times: Sunday 10:00am Wednesday 6:00pm Pastor Robert Johnson

Pastor Andrew Cunningham

Home of 91st Psalm Christian School 4 yr old - 12th grade 602-243-1900

“Principal Rob Arthurs”

South Mountain Community Church 717 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040 A “United Methodist/United Church of Christ” Church Worship Service: 10:45am every Sunday. (602) 451-2788 Pastor David Patterson Church Of Christ @ The Vineyard 6642 South 16th. Street Phoenix, Arizona 85042 (602) 243-7426

Southminster Presbyterian Church 1923 E. Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040 Pastor Judith Wellington

Trinity Baptist Fellowship Church 3213 East Southern Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85040 (602) 276-4444

Phoenix, AZ 85042



6401 South 16th Street

Vincent Ford, Ministering/Evangelist Austin Brabble Jr.-Minister Emeritus Church at the KROC The Salvation Army Ray & Joan 
KROC Corps Community Center 
1375 E Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040 Sunday School – 10am, Worship – 11am 602-425-5010

Pastor David Ekblad

Shiloh Apostolic Church 1921 East Wood Street Phoenix, AZ Sundays at 10am

Streams Church Laveen 3908 W South Mountain Ave


The Elect Lady Pastor Nancy P. Jones

Meeting at Vista Del Sur School - Sundays at 10am

PO Box 642

CrossWalk Church Worship Location: 3921 W. Baseline Rd.

Laveen, AZ 85339 602-734-5702

Shawn Lind, Campus Pastor

Church for the City

In the auditorium of Cesar Chavez High School Worship Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Mailing address: PO Box 13 Laveen, AZ 85339 602-304-0072

Pastors: Jeff Gunn & Dan Solofra

2802 E. South Mountain Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85042

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August Concerts, Shows, and More 1. City Light Art Exhibit Paintings celebrating all things Phoenix by Allen Garns. Free. Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-262-4636. 2. The Piano Guys August 5th 8pm. $35-$169.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000. 3. Jay Leno August 5th Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale,, 480-850-7734. 4. First Fridays Art Walk August 5th See art from people all over the Valley in the downtown Roosevelt district. Free. 6-10pm. 5. Brantley Gilbert August 6th Justin Moore and Colt Ford special guests. 7 p.m. $30.25-$45. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 W. 83rd Ave., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000. 6. Jason Aldean August 12th Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses special guests. 7:30pm. $30.75-$70.75. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 7. Fitz’s Supper Club August 29th Served by Larry Fitzgerald’s Arizona Cardinals teammates. The fundraiser supports the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which benefits children and their families through numerous organizations across the country. 6pm. $750. Dominick’s Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 8. Inspiración Flamenca August 26th The local dance company performs as part of the Live & Local series. Arrive early for happy hour drink specials and food from Boss Pizza Bar. Friday 6pm; concert at 8pm. $15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499TKTS. 9. The Rock Hall Three for All August 21st 6:30pm. $25.25. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000. 9. Coldplay August 23rd Alessia Cara is special guest. 7pm. $23-$173. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,, 800-745-3000.

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Summer wine Predicament The worst part of summer, other then the heat, is the lack of red wine. There is no place for it in the Arizona heat. Drinking that heavy cabernet on the patio is like turning on the fire place mid-July. These things just do not go together. But what will we drink in the summer for us wine lovers? Especially those who lean more towards the reds, this presents a problem. Though we love staying in our comfort zones, there is no better time then to explore the white wine world then right now. There are plenty of arguments to look past these white wine varietals and go towards what you know. But did you know that there are over 250 types of white wine? From Albarino to Zibibbo, there are grapes that range from sweet and high in sugars to rich and oaky. Many people have just not had the opportunity to find what they would enjoy when it comes to that cold glass of wine. The first step to choosing a wine is deciding what you’re looking for. Are you looking for something light and crisp to enjoy out by the pool while sun bathing? Is there something specific you’re needing to pair with some heavier BBQ items? Maybe something that would complement a nice summer dessert like strawberry shortcake for a luncheon? There is a white wine for almost any occasion. The two most popular are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay is an outstanding food wine because it ranges from dry, crisp and vibrant all the way to rich, creamy, butter and oaky. California Chardonnay’s are known for richness, baked apple and pear notes. These are perfect for a nice bowl of pasta with your favorite garlic cream sauce. If you’re on the other side of the spectrum, French Chardonnay’s are crisp with citrus notes and a balanced minerality. Nothing compliments a big plate of oysters then a French Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc, like chardonnay, has a broad spectrum of flavors. Depending on the region, it can be aggressively green (grass, green bell peppers, jalapeño) all the way to tropical and stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots, etc.) If you enjoy a nice fruit-forward (fruity and jam-packed with primary fruit flavors) Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand is known to produce a signature grape fruit like wine. Not the bitterness that grape fruit is known for, but the crisp and tart aspect of it. If you enjoy this style but want a beefier glass of wine, try a Fume Blanc. Though history shows this was just a name created to describe a drier Sauvignon Blanc by the Wine God Robert Mondavi, it does have its differences than the traditional. Fume Blanc is aged in oak barrels majority of the time whereas Sauvignon Blanc may only see steel or concrete. The oak brings a toasty vanilla aspect that makes the wine richer. If you’re hesitant to introduce yourself to those two, a Pinot Grigio is always a great place to start. There are 3 main types of Pinot Grigio : minerally and dry, fruity and dry, and fruity and sweet. Italian Pinot Grigio’s usually are drier and less fruitier. When you’re looking for more fruit, look for labels that say Pinot Gris (French style Pinot Grigio). These are packed with lemon, apple, and white peach notes. These french styles are usually creamier also which makes the wine richer. For my sweet wine drinkers that are looking to graduate to a next level wine, look for an Alsace Pinot Gris. Honey comb and lemon candy over take the palate with these wines.

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Dry? Mineral? Green? If these words are discouraging you, don’t fret. There is still hope! Riesling is a varietal that comes full circle in almost every wine lover’s journey. It usually is the first wines that most people introduce themselves to when they begin to drink wine. It is approachable and delicious. The nose alone has inviting floral, apricot, and honey notes. Beginners tend to stick with the sweet rieslings because it goes down much easier than a dry white wine. Some people look down on Riesling as it may be a bit amateur but the most dedicated wine connoisseur appreciates a well made Riesling. This white wine has a sweetness and high acid profile which allows it to pair well with Indian and Asian food. This white wine does the unthinkable and pairs extremely well with spicy foods also. Unlike most wines, the residual sugar and acid in the wine compliments the spice and also helps to scrub the palate. Let’s not forget that we live in Arizona and we love our Mexican food here. Riesling goes just as well as your favorite lager with some chips and spicy salsa. I encourage you to explore the spectrum of Rieslings and to move up from sweet to dry and so on with the other white wines I’ve talked about. I know there are people out there that cannot sway themselves away from red wine, and that’s perfectly okay. Though it might not always be my first choice, putting a bottle of Pinot Noir in the fridge for a quick chill is almost as enjoyable as a German Riesling while I’m out by the pool with the kids. This was just a small introduction of the white wine varietals. Exploring the different grapes from region to region and finding something new is what makes drinking wine so enjoyable. It is forever educating the palate and expanding our knowledge of the world we live in. So before you grab your comfort red wine, take an adventure and try something new!

-Samuel Perez Manager, Tarbell’s

Author’s Recommendations Chardonnay:

Chloe (California, oaky & creamy) Fry’s Grocery Luc Pirlet Unoaked (French, crisp and citrus) Total Wine

Sauvignon Blanc:

Cloudy Bay(New Zealand) Total Wine Pomelo (orange, grass, and figs) Total Wine

Pinot Grigio:

San Pietro (Northern Italy, fruity, rich) The Wine Store Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris (Alsace, France, rich, and dry)


Soil to Soul (honey, apricots, and caramel) Tarbell’s Dr Loosen “Dr. L” (peach, citrus, crisp) Total Wine

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Lawrence Dunham Sky Island Viognier (dried apricots, dry, crisp) AJ’s Fine Food Sand Reckoner Malvasia Bianca (elderflower, peach, lychee) The Wine Store

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South Mountain/Laveen Village Festival Calendar 2016 July 4th--The Twenty-Eighth Annual Fiesta of Independence. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in The South Mountain Community College Gymnasium. The Fiesta of Independence is a homegrown event of community groups in the South Mountain Village in conjunction with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Homeland Security. November 5th--44th. Festival of Thanksgiving Parade on Central Avenue. The parade begins at the Jesse Owens Parkway and South Central Avenue and proceeds north to East Alta Vista and then east to the El Reposo Park at 212 East Alta Vista. Contact George Young for entry forms and information. Application available on our Facebook Page: South Mountain/Laveen Villages Festival Committee. Free. November 5th--Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Southgate Church and IHOP, located at South Jesse Owens Parkway and East Baseline Road behind the Discount Tire Store. 7 AM. Free. November 6th--38th Annual Pioneer Luncheon at the Corona Ranch. 1 pm. Honors those who have lived in the South Mountain Village for 50 years or more. Food, fun, fellowship and door prizes. Bring memorabilia to share. Pioneers free, all others: donation. Everyone welcome. Must have reservations. Sponsored by Lowman’s Arizona Funeral Home. Please call Ingrid at 602-276-3601. November 12th--Community Fair, 10 am –3 pm, at the South Mountain Community College. Call Karen at 602-438-2928. November 13th--Faith Day. 3 pm. Community gathers to celebrate beliefs and share pride of community and country. Contact Mickey at 602-276-6578. Free. December 3rd--Christmas at South Mountain Park. A special event for children. Presents for the children and a visit from Santa Claus. Must be registered to participate, please call Lori at 602-495-7535. 9 AM to 1 PM. Supported by Australia's Friends Helping Friends. December 11th--Fun Fest to be held at the Southern Baptist Temple. 11 am to 2 pm, Free. Sponsored by Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Southgate Church, the Southern Baptist Temple, and South Mountain/ Laveen Village’s Festival Inc. Free.

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community events 1st Mon


(1)Laveen Planning Committee (2)Laveen Citizens for Responsible Development Laveen Elementary School, Building A, 5001 West Dobbins Road, Phoenix

Contact Stefany Scovell 602-332-0645

Mon. and Thurs.

6:20-8:15 p.m.

Laveen Wrestling Club - Pack Practice 602-677-1980 Steve and Veronica Wene

Tues. and Fri.

6:20-8:15 p.m.

Laveen Wrestling Club - Technique Practice 602-677-1980 Steve and Veronica Wene

1st & 3rd Tues

7:00 p.m.

Roosevelt School Dist, Pub. School meeting.

Maricela Lerma, 602-243-2605.

1st Tues.

4:00 p.m.

South Mountain Village/Laveen Village’s Festival Inc. Festival Committee, 7401 S. 32nd Street

George Young, President 602-243-3162.

1st, 3rd, & 5th Tues 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Down to Earth Toastmasters, 4341 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040

1st Tues.

7:00 p.m.

Laveen Community Council, Laveen Elementary Building A, 5001 W. Dobbins Rd.

Shane Cathers,


9:00 a.m.

SEVEN Networking Meeting Grill 36 in the Raven Golf Club

Catherine 602-295-3411

Laveen Wrestling

Veronica Wene 602-677-1980 Club Administrator Laveen Wrestling

(except Jun, July & Aug)

Tues. Sept. 2 Thu. Sept. 5 1st & 3rd Tues

1:00 to 2:00 pm Healthy Lifestyles and Wellness Topics, Immune Support Education for People and Animals, and Business Development. Cesar Chavez Library, 38th Ave. and Baseline, Phoenix, AZ.

Martha at 505-730-4972 (cell). www.

1st & 3rd Tues

7:00 pm

Knights of Columbus St. Catherine of Sienna Parish Hall Central and Alta Vista Road

Paul Montoya 602-276-1321

3rd Sat.

10:00 am

American Legion Spur Lounge 5535 W Baseline Road

Ken King 602-672-8916

1st & 3rd Thurs.

7:00 p.m.

Laveen Lions Club - Laveen Educational Center 5001 W. Dobbins Rd.

Jackie Ward

1st Sat.

9:00 am

Friends of the Library, South Mountain Community Library Branch 7050 South 24th. Street, South Mountain Community College Library

President: Scott Muir•

2nd Tues.

6:30 p.m.

South Mountain Village Planning Committee 7050 South 24th. Street, South Mountain Community College Library

George Young, 602-243-3162.

3rd Tues.

6:00 p.m.

South Mountain Block watch Southwest School, 1111 West Dobbins Road

George Young at 602-243-3162 or gayoung@

2nd Thu.

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Lindo Park Neighborhood Association/Block Watch First New Life Baptist Church 1902 West Roeser Road

Muriel at 602-525-4406--

2nd Thu.

6:30 p.m.

Hermosa Community Block Watch Hermosa Park, 20th St. & Southern Ave.

2nd Sat.

10:30 a.m.

Friends of the Public Library Ocotillo Branch

Pres. Kedrick Ellison 602-262-6694.

3rd Tues.

6:00-8:00 p.m.

People United Fight Back Neighborhood Association/Block Watch 2405 E. Broadway in Neighborhood Resource Center

David Seward 602-486-5077

3rd Wed.

5:45 p.m.

Friends of the Public Library, Ceasar Chavez Branch

George Young 602-243-3162

3rd Thu.


Roosevelt Neighborhood Women’s Club, Local Women meet and eat to be involved in our growing community

President Linda Kenrich, 602-989-6508

2nd Tue.


Republican Legislative District 27 meets at Jumbo Buffet, NE corner of 35th Ron Harders Ave and Southern. The dinner starts at 6:30 pm and the meeting at 7:00 pm. 602-243-0111

4th Wed.

6:30 p.m.

“Target Area “B” Citizen Advisory Commitee, 4732 South Central Avenue

George Young, Chairman 602-243-3162 or

2nd Sat.

9:00 a.m.

Write with Light Camera Club South Mountain Community Church

Contact: Karen Hill 602-595-3787

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Back to School: helping your kids get back in to routine It’s that time of year again – back to school time! The relaxed flow of the summer is coming to an end and parents are getting ready to send their children off to another year of learning. Do you, like many other parents, wonder how to make the transition as smooth as possible? Here are a few pointers: Start talking to your child about it: Children thrive on a consistent routine. When it needs to be changed up, letting them know ahead of time is not only respectful, but also will help their and your sanity. Talk them through teacher’s names, what will be different, how they can help, etc. Encourage an early bedtime and early get up: Getting back in the groove can be hard on their growing bodies. By gradually getting them back into the timing of school, they’ll have a better chance of being alert and ready to learn. Include them in the prep: Depending on the age of your child, they can easily be included in setting out clothes the night before, making lunches, picking out school supplies or meal prepping for night-time dinner making. Most kids just want to be a part of what their parents are doing. Including them in these mundane daily tasks gives them a sense of purpose and also makes less work for you! For young children, post create a picture schedule to post up in their rooms. Include a visual representation of brushing teeth, hair, eating breakfast, and feeding the dog. This helps them to get ready independently! --Erika Marcy

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Distict 8 Council Corner Vice Mayor: Kate Gallego Monsoon season has affected all parts of Phoenix and city officials are working keep Phoenicians safe and prepared for rainy weather and dust storms. We recommend you consider flood insurance and review emergency plans during this season of unpredictable weather. If you’ve been impacted by monsoon activity, you can use the hotline number(s) below to request assistance: Life-threatening emergencies: 911 Non-emergency police assistance: 602-262-6151 Report street issues: 602-262-6441 Report traffic signal outages: 602-262-6021 Request storm debris pickup: 602-262-7251 Report power outage: APS: 855-688-2437 or SRP: 602-236-8811 American Red Cross: 800-842-7349 In other news, the City of Phoenix has been chosen as one of only seven communities to host a workshop as part of the White House Build American Investment Initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth. My office had the opportunity to attend the LadderStep Workshop at the A.E. England Building, where we learned about investment opportunities along the South Central Light Rail Corridor. The workshop focused on opportunities along this section of the corridor to implement a predevelopment process, improve transit-oriented development, and learn from similar projects in other communities. There were a lot of great ideas exchanged that will make this corridor even more prosperous. On August 2nd, from 6-8 pm, there will be a public meeting for the Dobbins Road Design Concept Update at Fire Station 57, 1708 W. Dobbins Road. You’re invited to attend and give input on the type of roadway improvements you’d like to see along Dobbins between Central and 67th avenues. They’ll also address the importance of maintaining open canals and rural character. Bring your ideas for the best way to change Dobbins Road traffic lanes, sidewalks, and multi-use trails. As the Vice Mayor of Phoenix and your elected Councilwoman, I am always looking for new innovative ways to partner with communities and neighborhoods across the district. If you have further questions, concerns, or ideas, please feel free to reach out to my office at: (602) 262-7493 or council. Have an enjoyable summer, Vice Mayor Gallego 28 - South Mountain Villager

SHINING STARS Brayden Brayden is a social guy who loves to meet new people. He has a love for cars, and hopes to be a mechanic when he gets older. For now, Brayden just wants to learn where to start when it comes to fixing cars. Brayden’s hobbies include playing basketball, video games and working with technology. Once Brayden was able to take apart an MP3 player and a laptop to see their innerworkings. Brayden says he would like his forever family to be talkative and enjoy lowkey activities at home. He also hopes his forever family will be open to allowing him to maintain contact with his brother. Brayden would like to have a sibling and a dog in his forever family. Brayden was born in 2000. For more information on Brayden, please visit or call 1-877-Kids-NeedU (1-877-543-7633). Janine Ramirez DCS CHG Coordinator/Resource Parent Liaison Department of Child Safety 3003 N Central Ave, S/C CH010-22A Phoenix, AZ 85012 Phone: (602) 255-2635

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Where To shop for back to school deals! These Phoenix area stores are offering back-to-school deals through the month, so grab your school supply list and stock up on the essentials. Promotional details vary and are subject to change, so always check your local ad before heading to the store. Have fun & happy back-to-school season!

Staples :25% off qualifying school supplies with the purchase of a backpack. Through 8/13/16 View all Staples Deals at

Walmart: Save on everything on your list by shopping online or in store at Walmart. From laptops and tablets down to 8-packs of crayons, almost every price has been rolled back for this back-to-school season. Walmart also offers free store pickup for online orders.

Office Max: Office furniture, computers and tablets, printers and ink, as well as traditional school supplies are all on sale. Purchases of qualifying school supplies will receive 5% back in credit towards supplies for your chosen school (must provide your school ID).

Walgreens: Save on Crayola items, notebooks, and backpacks with new sales weekly. Kohls: Shop school uniforms, backpacks and lunchboxes, and dorm room decor, all on sale through the start of the school year. Check closest Kohls for promotions & sales as they are changing every week.

Giving Back Looking for ways to give back to your community this season? By donating new school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, notebooks, crayons, markers, and folders, you can help a child in need on their way to a great school year.

Catholic Charities :Local Catholics are collecting and distributing supplies to the valley’s foster children. Items needed include backpacks, spiral notebooks, USB drives, binders, and higher functioning calculators. School supplies can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, at Catholic Charities - 4747 N. 7th Ave.

AZ Helping Hands :Working to assist 4,000 children this season, AZ Helping Hands is a locally dedicated organization focused on meeting the basic needs of Arizona children. Financial donations are eligible for an Arizona tax credit and will be used to buy beds, cribs, and more for children in foster care.Become a back-toschool sponsor, donate a backpack online, or learn more at

Dollar Tree Back-to-School Brigade :Through August 11th, Dollar Tree is partnering with Operation Homefront to donate school supplies to military families. Drop off new school supplies to any Dollar Tree location in the designated bins, and these will be distributed to local military families in need. More info:

#KohlsClassroomDonation :Post a photo of your child’s first day of school using hashtag #KohlsClassroomDonation and Kohls will donate $5 to, an orginzation that assists teachers and students with materials and supplies. More info: --Kaityln Facista 30 - South Mountain Villager

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August 2016

Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center 102 W. Southern Ave. - all programs are free! Mon: Closed . Tues-Thurs: 11am-7pm Fri-Sat: 9am-5pm . Sun: Closed

CULTURE PASS A Culture Pass gives a library customer FREE admission for two people at participating arts and cultural institutions. Find the laminated card for destination in which you're interested and take it to the service desk. Staff will give you a date-due slip admitting two people for one visit to that museum or cultural institution during the following seven days. Customers are limited to one pass per family at any one time, up to two passes per month. For more information visit the library, or go to

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Babytime (Fridays) 9:30 am --Children birth to 23 months accompanied by a caregiver. Have fun sharing books, fingerplays, songs and more. Learn tips to build a foundation for reading. Playtime follows program. Family Storytime (Fridays) 10:30 am -- All ages with children, birth to five, accompanied by a caregiver. Have fun sharing books, finger plays, songs, flannel board stories, and more. Learn tips to build a foundation for reading including dialogic and sound awareness activities. JOB CENTER SERVICES Drop-in Employment Assistance – (Tuesday through Thursday) 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Employment assistance: Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Get one-on-one help with your resume, cover letter, searching & applying for jobs online and more! No registration required. For more information visit the library. Recruitment Thursdays: Every Thursday @ Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center There are employment recruiters on-site seeking jobseekers for open positions. Various recruiters are at the library each Thursday from 11:00A – 1:00P, no appointment necessary. Upcoming Classes in the Job Center Tuesday, August 2: Internet Tips and Tricks Tuesday, August 9: Job Search Strategies Thursday, August 11: Great Resumes Tuesday, August 16: Interview Skills Tuesday, August 23: Successfully Navigating a Job Fair Saturday, August 27: Teen Job Hunting Tuesday, August 30: Finding your Path: Using Assessments to find your Dream Job Wednesday, August 31: LinkedIn and Open Lab 11-1pm

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CAVALRY’S CORNER American Legion – Laveen Cavalry – Post 134

More Just Words on a our Page Armed ForcesThan Day is an annual day to celebrate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard members for the service they perform for the USA. It was May 17th. The Post #134 is being recognized at the State Convention next month for being the first to meet and exceed the 100% membership goal. We American Legion Post 134 and nineteen retention will receive a ribbon from the National Office.

other West Valley posts belong to District 11 of

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The next four weeks will be of interest. We will have our joint yard sale on May 31; our annual visit that Day, areMay supported byofDistrict withveterans senior veteransand on Memorial 26; the installation new officers 11 at the Spur Lounge at State 'Arizona For more information, call Ken 10:00 am onthe June Fisher 21st. plus theHouse are: in Department' Tucson;convention. the Arizona King at 602-672-8916.

Standdown Alliance, and the Arizona State Veterans Home.

The Fisher House in Tucson is part of a network of comfort homes where military and veterans families can stay, at no cost, while a loved one is receiving treatment. The home is located on the campus of the Tucson VA Medical Center. It is the first such home in Arizona, and is the 63rd in the US. The organization, which actually does much more for veterans and their families, has the website, and phone number (520) 838-3680. For more information, contact your nearest VA office, or go to FisherHouse/Arizona_Fisher_House.asp. The Arizona Standdown Alliance ( is a group of communitybased organizations. They provide annual 1-3 day events around Arizona to bring together homeless and at-risk veterans and their families with appropriate services. The services include: VA Healthcare; mental health services; clothing; meals; emergency shelter, and a myriad of other services. The Maricopa County Standdown, held in January, is the largest in the US. Post 134 provided 160 pairs of shoes for the last Standdown. Posts in the American Legion Department of Arizona will continue to support this worth-while cause. There is an Arizona State Veterans Home located by the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. It is a 200 bed Medicare-certified facility which serves the long-term care and rehabilitation needs of Arizona veterans. The staff provide nursing, therapeutic recreation, and social services. The website is For more information on Post 134 and the American legion, go to or call (602) 400-2154. The American Legion National and Department of Arizona websites are and respectively.

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District 7 Council Corner Michael Nowakowski New Police Chief As Chairman of the Phoenix City Council’s Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee, I want to congratulate and welcome Jeri Williams on her appointment as the next Phoenix Police Chief. Jeri Williams is no stranger to our community having spent 22 years rising through the ranks of the Phoenix Police Department. Having worked with her during this time, I’ve seen first-hand her deep involvement in our community. Jeri, also understands the need to build bridges between residents and the Phoenix Police Department, an issue that is very important to me. I want to thank City Manager Ed Zuercher for a transparent recruitment process that involved advisory groups and community input. Chief Williams’ appointment is truly historic for Phoenix -- we are now the largest city in the country with women leading our Police and Fire departments. I look forward to working with Chief Williams. Dogs Off Hiking Trails The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved a pilot program for three months to prohibit dogs on trails when the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher. The City of Phoenix also banned all dogs from Camelback Mountain, regardless of temperatures. Violators may be cited with penalties up to $2,500 and jail time. A proposal to ban hiking on all trails when the temperature reaches 110 degrees, or higher, was not rejected by the board. The board requested, however, that a task force be established, a survey be conducted and that the city get additional data on rescues related to heat and the associated costs. After three months, the board will develop a comprehensive plan based on the task force recommendations. Neighborhood Block Watch Grant Application Training Neighborhood Block Watch Grants allow neighborhood block watch groups to purchase certain necessary items for patrolling their neighborhoods. To help neighborhood block groups fill out the applications correctly, the Phoenix Police Department is offering a class to show residents how to use the new grant management software system to apply for a $1,000 - $10,000 block watch grant for their neighborhoods. Topics will include how to register your group with the Neighborhood Services Department; guidelines for eligible expenses; and how to submit an application online. Groups within the corporate limits of the City of Phoenix are eligible to apply. The class will take place Aug. 25 from 5:30-7 p.m., Burton Barr Library, 1221 N Central Ave., 4th Floor Lecture Room. To register visit,

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Bingeworthy Shows Kick off your shoes after a long day of work and dive into some of our favorite and bingeworthy shows. Friday Night Lights: We love this one because it’s genuine, well-written, and an all-around great show. Centering on a high school football coach and his family, it’s a solid dose of middle America, drama, and football. It might be the one show that will leave you wanting to be a better person after you’ve streamed through all five seasons in a week. Parks and Recreation: No list could be complete without Leslie Knope, right? If you haven’t seen Parks and Rec yet, fire up Netflix, fast! This quirky political comedy will hit you right in the feels. Plus, it’s the reason we have Chris Pratt. No additional commentary necessary. Luther: This British import is solid gold. It revolves around the upstanding (or is he?) British detective Luther, played by Idris Elba. If Idris isn’t enough reason to turn it on, it’s got plenty of mystery, intrigue, and action to reel anyone in. Better Call Saul: Even as huge fans of Breaking Bad, we weren’t sure that Better Call Saul would quite stand up. After all, Saul Goodman wasn’t our favorite character from Breaking Bad. Give it a shot anyway because this show will grab you from the first scene and before you know it, you’ll be googling when season 2 is going to hit Netflix. Sherlock: Another BBC drama, Sherlock is a modern interpretation of everyone’s favorite detective. Sherlock brought Benedict Cumberbatch to America and boy are we thankful. Highly stylized, all three seasons on Netflix will keep you coming back for more. Devour them before the next season hits in 2017. Portlandia: This one is a highly irreverent commentary on all things hipster that come out of Portland. If you need a good laugh but Parks and Rec is too sweet, try this one. Wayward Pines: It’s kind of weird, we won’t lie, but from the moment you step foot in Wayward Pines you won’t be able to get out—literally and figuratively. Part mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and CIA love story, this one will spin you on top of your head and land you in the middle of can’t-turn-on-the-next-one-fast-enough.

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