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April is National Autism Awareness Month

Lisa Masters, author of, The Funny Side of Autism is hosting a fundraiser in conjunction with Inkwell Productions and Athena Restaurant

APRIL 10, 2011
3:00 – 6:00 PM
7000 E. Mayo #26, Scottsdale & 101

$40 Single / $70 Couple

Includes: Buffet with dessert * Live entertainment * Goody bag w/ a copy of The Funny Side of Autism * Meet the author & have your book signed * kids 12 & under eat free

Proceeds will be donated to The Autism Society of America

The Funny Side of Autism is a book about the funny things children with autism do and say. It is a compilation of short stories related to my own experiences raising two boys with autism, and         stories generously shared by people from around the country who have been in some way affected by autism. The Funny Side of Autism is the first book of its kind to focus on the positive side of an otherwise dark diagnosis.  ~ Lisa Masters

Thank you
Inkwell Productions


Information for Glendale Green Festival Exhibitors

The city of Glendale Conservation and Sustainable Living Program staff thank you for your involvement and support of the 4th annual Glendale Green Festival! The event last year attracted 1,200 attendees! Listed below are event logistics for Exhibitors that will be located near the Library’s front entrance.



DATE: Saturday, March 26th, 2011

FESTIVAL TIME: 12 pm to 4 pm

SET-UP: A 6-foot table and two chairs will be provided. There will be signs on the tables identifying the various organizations and businesses, so look for your group’s name. If you have a shade structure, you are encouraged to bring along some spare sand bags to secure your shade structure in case it is a windy day. Since this is a green-themed event, disposable tablecloths will not be provided. You can set-up your booth from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please have your booth set-up no later than 11:30 a.m. Volunteers will be on hand to help you transport items to your booth.

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Celebrating the health and well-being of children has been a Japanese custom for centuries.  The tradition of Boys’ Day and Girls’ Day have been combined at Phoenix’s Ro Ho En garden to take full advantage of the warm weather of spring.

Kids of all ages can also enjoy face painting, traditional games, refreshing shaved ices, and Japanese treats from Kirin Wok restaurant. Samurai Comics will host a booth alongside the ever-popular Anime drawing tables. The Shiba Inu dog club will have several furry friends on site. The Valley of the Sun Koi Club will host their statewide koi competition in conjunction with the festival and students from Horizon High School will teach the secrets of Kendama, the Japanese ball and cup toy requiring great hand-eye reflexes.

Postcards to Japan, a project coordinated through On Semiconductor and their Japanese facilities, will offer local kids the chance to write to Japanese children in the affected areas of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, offering their own words of encouragement and hope. Students from Central High School will teach how to fold an origami crane. The paper cranes will be sent to the Bezos Family Foundation earning $2 each toward Japan relief efforts.

WHEN:          Saturday,  April 2                        10:00 am  -  3:00 pm

WHERE:       Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, located in Margaret T. Hance Park

1125 North 3rd Avenue    Phoenix, AZ 85003

(Third Avenue, ½ block north of W. Portland Street)


Tel:  602-256-3204


Young Climbs to the Top to Advance to Regionals

PHOENIX, Arizona (February 8, 2011) – Climbing to the top at the Annual Arizona Tree Climbing Competition was Andrew Young of Mesa, Ariz. and owner of “The Tree Amigos.”

Young won the Master’s Climb to secure his place as Arizona's best climber. His win secured his spot at the Western Chapter Tree Climbing Competition in San Diego, Calif.

Dan Stevens of Living Tree Service and three-time ACTC Tree Climbing Champion, placed second in the Master’s Climb and Johnnie Morales of Tree Doctors, Inc. placed third.

"It was a great day to be out there," said Conni Ingallina, executive director of the ACTC. "There were well over 100 spectators who came out to watch the day-long event." All who competed in the annual competition are professional tree climbers who prune trees, care for trees and save lives. ACTC's Tree Climbing Championships bring out the state’s best and highly-skilled climbers. "The day-long event helps educate the public and instills a respect for tree climbers and focuses on techniques and equipment to improve the work environment for all tree care professionals," added ACTC President Louisa Ballard.

Young, a professional tree climber of 10 years, has been competing in tree climbing competitions for about five years. This was his first year to win the state competition. Young owns and operate a tree service company called "The Tree Amigos," which specializes in high quality pruning and tree care. When he's not working, he likes to boulder (a form of rock climbing), camp and spend time with his family. Young is married to his wife Heather and they have two children.

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Community leaders from across the Phoenix Valley are deeply saddened by today's senseless act of violence against U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff and innocent bystanders, who were shot during a public event in Tucson, Arizona.

Preliminary information alleges that Congresswoman Giffords is out of surgery, that some 12 people were shot and that a young person was killed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of today's shooting.

A press conference with a diverse group of community leaders will be held at 5:00 p.m. tonight at the Arizona State Capitol with a 6:00 p.m. prayer candlelight vigil to follow.

Contact Annie Loyd at 602-999-2424, Lydia Guzman at 602-451-4462, or Sharon Zapata at 602-703-5243 for more information.


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