Sept 13, 2017

Registration open for Parkside community-wide garage sale
ANTHEM – The Anthem Parkside Community Association’s annual community-wide garage sale will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Registration is now open for Parkside residents to register to participate in the garage sale.

Parkside residents who would like to participate in the community-wide garage sale can register online at and select categories of items that they will be selling. This will allow buyers to view what types of items will be sold at each of the participating homes.

Maps of homes participating in the garage sale will be available on the Parkside web site, as well as at the Anthem Civic Building, located at 3701 W. Anthem Way. Residents may also place garage sale signs in their yards. The APCA will be putting up banners and distributing maps, as well as additional advertising to promote the sale.

For those items that didn’t sell, a Goodwill collection trailer will be set up in the Community Center parking lot at 41130 N. Freedom Way, on Oct. 1, 1-3 p.m. A receipt will be provided for tax-deductible donations.

For more information, call (623) 742-4563 or email


Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival, Sept. 16
PHOENIX – Get ready for a tail-wagging good time at the Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival, happening Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The festival takes place on the lawn of the Shemer Art Center. This animal-themed arts festival will feature 20 artists, showcasing paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, metal, furniture, clothing, and more. The Arizona Humane Society will be on hand with their Waggin’ Wheels trailer, joining Woofs, Wiggles & Wags to offer pets for adoption. The event includes live music, food vendors including Black Cat Coffee House, and more.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person or $10 per family, and furry friends are free. For more information, see


Annual Run Fore Cancer at Silverado Golf Course
SCOTTSDALE – The 5th Annual Run Fore Cancer takes place at the Silverado Golf Course on Sept. 23.

All participants will receive a custom race tech shirt and a custom race finisher's medal. The race starts and ends at the Club House, with two distances, a 5K course and an 8.2K course. Proceeds from the run will benefit St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center and Barrow's Neurological Foundation.

For more information, see  


Outlets at Anthem to host annual Shopping Extravaganza
ANTHEM – The Outlets at Anthem is hosting the 13th annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are on sale now at

The one-day only event provides shoppers exclusive discounts at retailers, free lunch, live entertainment, the opportunity to win more than $30,000 in gift cards and prizes, and wine and chocolate tastings. Each ticket will benefit a Valley charity; $15 from each ticket sold will be donated to one of 18 participating non-profit organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics-Arizona Chapter, Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities, and the Phoenix Rescue Mission. 

Steve Craig, president of Craig Realty, owner of Outlets at Anthem, introduced the Shopping Extravaganza event in 2004 to give back to the community and support local charities. Since its inception, it has become a go-to charity shopping tradition for people throughout the Valley. It’s also a great way to kick off the holiday shopping season.

To learn more about the Shopping Extravaganza retail philanthropy event and view a list of participating charities, visit Purchase tickets online, at the customer service desk at the Outlets, or through a participating charity.


Family History Writing workshop starts Sept. 16
SCOTTSDALE – A Family History Writing workshop will be held at the Foothills Community Foundation Holland Community Center, starting Saturday, Sept. 16. Additional workshop sessions will be held on Oct. 7, Oct. 21, and Nov. 4.

Workshop topics include Write Your Family Members to Life, Telling the Story Behind Your Family Artifacts, Writing Your Ancestor’s Everyday Life World, and Writing Captivating Vignettes for your Family History. Workshop times and prices vary; see for more details.

Workshop instructor Cynthia Kiefer has been teaching for over 20 years and has experience in teaching writing, literature, and research. She is currently writing a historical fiction novel.

Learn more and register for these workshops online at


Awards program seeks Arizona’s top youth volunteers
NORTH VALLEY – Now through Nov. 7, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Arizona's top youth volunteers of the year.

Students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service in the past year are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The application is available at and

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. Arizona's top youth volunteers of 2017 were Emery Miller, 18, of Gilbert, who launched an annual holiday drive that collected thousands of teddy bears for hospitalized children; and Lauren Basye, 13, also of Gilbert, who led a small group of students in turning an old storage room at their school into a much-needed library.

To apply for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students need to complete the online application by Nov. 7. Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization. Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by Nov. 7. Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or an affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. Students can request a paper application by calling (855) 670-4787.

On Feb. 6, 2018, the top middle level and high school volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia will be named State Honorees. They will receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian for four days of recognition events from April 28-May 1, 2018.


Peoria wins award for innovative traffic project
PEORIA – The city of Peoria was awarded the Traffic Engineering Council Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers for designing an innovative pilot program that archived intersection video footage to aid police investigations.

For the last two decades, traffic engineers have deployed CCTV cameras at intersections to monitor traffic levels to ensure traffic flows properly, while aiding commuters with timely notification of closures. The Peoria Traffic Engineering Division and the Peoria Police Department teamed up to find a way to harness the technology for public safety. A pilot project was launched to determine whether it was technically feasible to archive intersection video for a specified amount of time to investigate serious fatal and injury crashes and felonies. The team used a two-pronged approach when developing the program – technical and policy-based. Upon completion, the team was able to provide policy guidance and a technically feasible approach for improving the investigations of serious collisions and intersection safety for police and traffic departments worldwide. 

The ITE has 14,000 members working in 90 countries. The association’s members work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users and help build smart and livable communities.


Benefit concert to be held at Harold’s
CAVE CREEK – A benefit concert for Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be held at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral on Sept. 17, starting at 5 p.m. The benefit concert will feature RIG.

The event includes a silent auction, raffles, and more. Ticket prices range from $10-$20.

Purchase tickets online at or by calling Jim at (480) 363-6047. Harold’s is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd.