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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
ATHENA RESTAURANT
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
www.inkwellproductions.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inkwell-productions/82985249535?v=wall&ref=ts
480-315-3781

 

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.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MAP & INFO

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLIER

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)

INFO AT:      www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org

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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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
ATHENA RESTAURANT
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
www.inkwellproductions.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inkwell-productions/82985249535?v=wall&ref=ts
480-315-3781

 

4th Annual Glendale Green Festival!

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.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MAP & INFO

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLIER

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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ANNUAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL FEATURES KITES, KOI AND KIDS AT JAPANESE GARDEN

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)

INFO AT:      www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org

Tel:  602-256-3204

 

Young is Winner of ACTC Annual Arizona Tree Climbing Championships

Young Climbs to the Top to Advance to RegionalsAndy Young Arizona Community Tree Coucnil

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 call for peace and prayers in wake of shootings involving Congresswoman Giffords

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.

 

 

Supreme Influence | Niurka

Wealth and Prosperity in Alignment with your Higher SelfNiurka

WHEN:

Sunday, February 6, 2011 from 1 - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Creative Living Fellowship
6530 North 7th Street. Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-906-4080
http://creativelivingfellowship.com

COST:

Suggested Love Offering: $25 but no one will be turned away.


At this workshop, you will learn:

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ACTC Announces Annual Arizona Tree Climbing Championships

Bells Will be Ringing as Professionals Climb High for State Honor

PHOENIX, Arizona (December 13, 2010) – Professional tree climbers will gather for a day of competition, camaraderie and sharing of information and techniques at the Annual Arizona Tree Climbing Championships hosted by the Arizona Community Tree Council (ACTC) on Saturday, January 15, 2011 in Casa Grande.

"This isn’t the tree climbing stuff of your youth,” says Louisa Ballard, president of the ACTC. “Professional tree climbers prune trees, care for trees and save lives. These 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," adds Ballard.

Climbers will compete in four events during the championships.

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FIFO “50 STATES” by Hayley Rose

Inkwell Productions announces book release party for children’s book FIFO “50 STATES” by Hayley Rose.         

A Book Release Party for FIFO “50 STATES” will be held on November 21, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town, 7300 E Third Avenue, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251.

In FIFO’s second book “50 STATES” told in rhyme, FIFO dreams about visiting all 50 states. A colorful reference-like... book, FIFO discovers the wonders each state has to offer. He learns along the way each state’s capital, shape, flag, motto, and much, much more. The possibilities are endless! So, come along with FIFO and you’ll soon discover the beauty of America one state to another.

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Homeowner Tree Care Clinic comes to Glendale

Certified Arborists Will Provide Tree Information at Workshops

GLENDALE, Arizona (October 26, 2010) – Fall has finally arrived and that means it’s time to plant and care for trees. The Arizona Community Tree Council (ACTC) is excited to provide interesting and practical workshops to the public.

On Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. homeowners will have the opportunity to participate in two 45-minute classes developed specifically for urban landscapes. This unique afternoon interactive opportunity will be led by certified arborists who are experts in tree care. Homeowners will learn about the best trees to choose for our desert soils and climate, how to correctly plant and stake trees, watering newly installed and established trees and the best pruning techniques to ensure success.

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La Frontera Times and MAPA Announces the launch of “Voto de Castigo

PRESS RELEASE: 26 October, 2010

A New Website to Keep Congressional Candidates Accountable on the Issue of Immigration

The Mexican American Political Association and La Frontera Times have collaborated to create a website to rate Congressional incumbents and candidates on immigrant justice. The site can be accessed at the top of the front page at http://www.lafronteratimes.com/

Why a Voto de Castigo? Too many incumbents, Democrats and Republicans alike, have either ignored or taken our vote for granted. Many have made explicit promises to our community that after being elected they have brazenly ignored.

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AZ Construction Career Days 2010 October 21-22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phoenix, Arizona (September 28, 2010) – The Association for Construction Career Development is sponsoring its 10th Annual AZ Construction Career Days. The event is open to 11th and 12th grade high school student interested in pursing a career in the industry. Employers and construction representatives from numerous trades and associations will be available to answer questions about job availability, training and education, pay, and benefits. The event is for both college-bound individuals as well as students planning to enter skilled trade programs. This year’s event will invite legislators and key educators to create dialogue and see the impact construction plays in supporting Arizona’s economy. AZ Construction Career Days is October 21-22, 2010 from 8:00am-12:00pm in Phoenix at the Army National Guard, Papago site, 5636 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85009.

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Arizona immigration law (SB1070) inspires art exhibit

 

"SB1070 - An Artist's Point of View."

SB1070 An Artist's Point Of View
Host: Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center (ALAC) and The FUSION Foundation at 147 East Adams St, Phoenix, , AZ

When: Saturday, July 24, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

WHAT: ALAC in collaboration with The FUSION Foundation, The Anti-Defamation League, The Arizona Hispanic Forum, and N'Touch Magazine, invites the community to participate in this Saturday’s premier of the exhibit entitled “SB1070 - An Artist's Point of View.”

WHERE: Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center (ALAC), 147 East Adams St, Phoenix, , AZ

The wall, the Arizona flag, stop signs, The Constitution, death, skeletons, labor, fields, The Dream Act, the Virgin of Guadalupe are but a few of the images used by artists for Saturday’s premier of the thought-provoking exhibit entitled: "SB1070 - An Artist's Point of View." The exhibit opens at the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center (ALAC) this Saturday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m.

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Art Exposition & Open House Benefiting Free Arts of Arizona

Gallery 2345 proudly announces its next exhibit and special event entitled “Made in Arizona.”

The exhibit will feature the works of Arizona Artisans ranging from pillars of sculpted hand carved wood…pottery…spectacular images from photography from around the world…not to mention magnificent hand blown glass vessels and chandeliers, oils on canvas, hand crafted jewelry, ethnic treasures from Latin America and much more.
Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be provided at this special program including opportunities to “Meet the Artists”.

WHO: Gallery 2345
WHAT: “Made In Arizona,” an Art Exposition and Open House to benefit Free Arts of Arizona featuring Arizona Artisans
WHERE: Gallery 2345, 2345 East University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034
WHEN: Friday, July 16, 2010 at 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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Art Exposition & Open House Honoring Artist Kathryn Henneman

 

July 14, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ – Kathryn Henneman, born in Prescott, AZ lived the corporate life before her inaugural art show on Cinco de Mayo, 1985 in Westwood, CA. Starting with chalk pastels on Italian hand-made rag paper, moving to one-of-a-kind monoprints and oils on exotic woods, then advancing to richly textured, large-scale acrylic on canvas paintings, Henneman’s self-taught career in art covers a wide swath of styles.

Henneman thinks the eye can consume art as food is consumed by the mouth. “There is a certain heat in my work. I see paints as salsas, as secret sauces and the canvas as a banquet table,” she said.

Henneman believes that she is blessed to be a self-supported artist. “I am grateful to those who have chosen the work I’ve created to be part of their life.”

Currently, Henneman is the studio director of Gallery 2345 in Phoenix. Her art hangs in casinos, boutique and luxury hotels, country clubs, sports facilities’ suites, private residences and corporate offices. 

Splash Media | Despins Printing and Graphics in collaboration with Gallery 2345 invites the community to meet and speak with artist Kathryn Henneman. She’s titled

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POPs Ride makes the News!

Two Peoria brothers, along with family and friends, plan to ride bicycles coast to coast to raise money to fight Parkinson's disease.

Shane Stutzman, 40, and Shannon Stutzman, 32, hope to raise $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that has dramatically impacted their family.

Their father was diagnosed with Parkinson's six years ago. Four years later, a cousin was diagnosed with the degenerative disease. Although there is no cure, there are some medications or even surgery that can treat the symptoms, which can include tremors, speech changes and loss of automatic movements such as blinking or smiling.

The cycling idea came from Shannon, who sent his older brother a text message with the plan: "Let's ride coast-to-coast and raise a million dollars for Parkinson's!"

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/peoria/articles/2010/07/01/20100701peoria-brothers-bike-fight-parkinsons.html#ixzz0sXRfe6vB

 

Art Exposition & Open House Event Honoring the World Renowned Icon of Holistic Medicine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Annie Loyd, CPR-Community Public Relations
602.999.2424 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or Sheila Martin-Castillo, Gallery 2345
602.300.2682 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Art Exposition & Open House Event Honoring the World Renowned Icon of Holistic Medicine

June 27, 2010 – Phoenix, AZ ­—If anyone has aged gracefully with purpose and continues to impart to the world life-giving healing medicine, it’s Dr. Gladys T. McGarey, known to most as the revered "mother of holistic medicine."

Gallery 2345 (http://gallery2345) in collaboration with Amelia magazine (http://ameliamagazine.com) opens its doors and invites the community to experience an evening of exceptional art and music dedicated to the persevering spirit of a global icon who resides in the Valley – Dr. Gladys T. McGarey.

Join us as we share Gladys' compelling story of her young life growing up in northern India as the daughter of two medical missionary parents who worked in the

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Public Asked to Hold April Diaper Drives

Event Goal is to Collect 25,000 Diapers for Needy Families and Seniors; Program Has Collected More Than 1 Million Diapers Since Inception

Phoenix – Seeking to ease the burden on low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes who struggle to afford diapers, St. Mary’s Food Bank is asking churches, schools, scout troops, employee groups and individuals to start collecting disposable diapers for the 8th annual Valley Diaper Drive. St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has assumed the program from Valley of the Sun Diaper Community Bank, which has collected more than 1 million diapers since its creation in 2002, nearly 800,000 of which were collected in just the last five years.

St. Mary’s will team with Discount Tire, 98.7 FM The Peak, KTAR AM/FM and Sunflower Farmers Markets to collect the diapers and will culminate the drive with a “Diaper Dump Day” collection event from 9 am to noon on Saturday, May 1 at the Sunflower Farmers Market (3rd Street and Bell Road in Phoenix). St. Mary’s personnel and volunteers will be on hand to accept donations and offer an opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes.

Organizing a drive is as easy as asking church members to bring in an unopened package of disposable diapers to services, or holding a contest in your office to see which area can collect the most diapers. Eagle Scouts, Bar Mitzvah candidates and other service groups have staged successful drives, collecting diapers in unique ways.

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Urges Obama Continue Moon Missions

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Urges Obama Continue Moon Missions

Lake Worth, Florida ─ April 19, 2010 ─ Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and sixth man to walk on the moon, speaking from his home in Lake Worth, Florida, in proximity to Kennedy Space Center where he is on the board of the Astronaut Scholarship Fund, urged President Obama to continue Moon missions as an important flight destination for testing advanced, next generation rocket propulsion systems, and close-to-home team building.

Mitchell, a strong proponent of a manned mission to Mars, sees moon missions as prerequisite for testing spacecraft propelled by advanced propulsion systems such as zero point energy, which are capable of eventual travel to Mars and deeper into space.

Mitchell confirms, “It is the destiny of humans to, as Obama said, ‘live beyond earth for extended periods of time…even indefinitely’.”

Mitchell commends Obama’s decision to strengthen the private sectors’ role in the space program. “The intellectual energy of scientists and inventors as well as private entrepreneurs will catapult Earth’s people into a space-faring race.”

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Artists. Authors & Angels Happy Hour

We are gathering a community . . .

Remember to join us at our community gathering "Homecoming Happy Hour" and bring your friends! Through the generosity of our friends at Despins Printing and Graphics located at 15770 North Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, Google map to Despins Printing, 480-483-0166 , we have a great space with yummy food and beverages. No cost to attend ~ bring a friend or two and enjoy yourself!

Friday, October 29th at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m we host a fun filled salon with local Artists, Angels and Authors.

 

What is Homecoming Happy Hour? - Read more . . .

 
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