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By Meghan McCoy Foodies will have the opportunity to sample food from more than a dozen restaurants at SanTan Village while supporting an East Valley organization this month. The Taste of SanTan will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field Rd. Tickets for the 21-and-older event are $50, with $25 tax-deductible. “This event supports Save the Family’s general operating budget by generating over $50,000 in gross revenue annually,” said Tina Lopez, Save the Family Foundation of Arizona’s chief development officer. Lopez said the event can hold up to 800 attendees and has sold out in years past. She said eight years ago shopping center operator Macerich, formerly Westcor, approached Save the Family about being the beneficiary. The organization said yes. “Over the years this has become one of two of Save the Family’s signature fundraising events, which is hosted

More than 1,500 volunteers are expected to participate in more than 50 Love Your Block projects across the City of Mesa Oct. 24 as part of National Make a Difference Day. Residents, neighborhood groups, local businesses, church groups and City of Mesa staff will volunteer for a variety of beautification and cleanup projects. Examples of service projects include painting walls and curb numbers; cleaning up parks, alleys and canals; distributing neighborhood resource bags, and helping residents who need assistance with painting and landscaping. Love Your Block is a high-impact service strategy in which community members are engaged in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time. The deadline to submit a grant application is Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. The application form and more information are available at www.mesaaz.gov/residents/volunteer/makea-difference-day.

by SanTan Village and managed and facilitated by Save the Family,” Lopez said. The event will feature unlimited food tastings from 16 restaurants in the shopping center. Beer, wine and signature Santinis will be provided by Tito’s Vodka, as well as other refreshing nonalcoholic beverages. The restaurants include Barnes & Noble Café; Brio Tuscan Grille; Caketini; Cantina Laredo; Famous Dave’s; Fat Straw; Frost Gelato; Gordon Biersch; Grimaldi’s; Johnny Rockets; The Keg; Kona Grill; The event supports Save the Family’s general operating budget by generating over $50,000 in Paradise Bakery; Wok Box and gross revenue annually. World of Beer. door prizes will also be available. “Guests will be served samA free photo booth is being providplings from each restaurant that will ed by Cox Communications and free range from fajitas, chopped pork sliders and Japanese yellowtail sashimi to caricature drawings are included. There’s even more. brownies, cheesecakes and cannolis,” “There will also be a super raffle that Lopez said. you do not need to be present to win, At 7 p.m. TreJa Vu Band will perform followed by Arizona’s Original which includes prizes of $500 SanTan Dance Crew Footklan. Cornhole and Village shopping spree, Apple iWatch,

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