Nov 17, 2017

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast to be held in Carefree
CAREFREE – The Fall Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is set for Saturday, Nov. 18, running 7-11 a.m.

The breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, coffee, and orange juice. Tickets are available at the event.

This community tradition raises money for the programs of Kiwanis of Carefree. Pancake breakfasts are held in the Carefree Town Center, at 101 Easy St.

Learn more about Kiwanis programs at


Items being collected for Christmas for the Troops
PEORIA – The city of Peoria has partnered with the Peoria Sunset Lions Club Foundation for a special holiday donation drive to support the troops. Items will be collected through Friday, Nov. 17.

Christmas for the Troops aims to send cheer to troops serving overseas by sending them items like coffee, granola bars, and toiletries. Collection boxes are located at Peoria City Hall, Sunrise Mountain Library, Peoria Main Library, the Peoria Community Center, and Rio Vista Recreation Center.

For more information, including a list of requested items, visit


Winter Wonderland at Butterfly Wonderland starts Nov. 24
SCOTTSDALE – Beginning on Nov. 24, Butterfly Wonderland welcomes back its annual holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland, running every weekend and select days from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Attractions include holiday music, festive décor, and 7-foot-tall angel displays throughout the conservatory. Winter Wonderland will be offered on Nov. 24-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-17, Dec. 22-23, and Dec. 26-29.

For more information, call (480) 800-3000 or visit


PACC911 pet adoption event, Nov. 18
SCOTTSDALE – PACC911 is hosting a charity pet adoption event on Saturday, Nov. 18, at PetSmart in the Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center. The event runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come meet the pets available for adoption, and 45 rescue groups are expected at the event. All pets up for adoption are spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

The Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center PetSmart is located at 10030 N. 90th Street, in Scottsdale.


Peoria seeks volunteers for Design Review Board
PEORIA – The city of Peoria is seeking citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on the Design Review Board. 

The Design Review Board hears design review appeals, works with city staff on issues related to the design review process, recommends process modifications, and ensures community review and input on design review concepts. Seven positions and one alternate are available.

For applications, a complete listing of vacancies and descriptions of the boards and commissions, contact the Peoria City Clerk’s Office at (623) 773-7340, visit the City Clerk’s office at 8401 West Monroe St., or visit


NVCC holding ‘The Stories Behind the Hymns’ service
PHOENIX – On Sunday, Nov. 19, North Valley Christian Church will host ‘The Stories Behind the Hymns’, a special service that shares the origins of well-known hymns.

This service will feature the NVCC Choir. The audience is encouraged to sing along during the service.

The North Valley Christian Church holds services in the Opera House at Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Rd.

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ADOT publishes Tentative Long-Range Transportation Plan
NORTH VALLEY – After two years of research and analysis, the public now has the opportunity to comment on the Arizona Department of Transportation’s draft long-range plan, outlining strategies for meeting the state’s highway and bridge needs over the next 25 years.

ADOT’s Tentative Long-Range Transportation Plan, which is required to be updated every five years, is available for comment through Dec. 21 and can be reviewed at The CiviComment online tool, which is also available on the project web site, allows users to comment on the full report or comment on individual pages pulled from the document. The direct link to CiviComment is provided here:

ADOT has spent the past two years drafting this update to the Long-Range Transportation Plan, which looks through 2040. The project team conducted stakeholder outreach, gathered extensive public comment across the state and worked through months of technical analysis.

During the 25-year period of this draft plan, about $923 million in annual highway capital funding will be available from state and federal sources. On average, the Phoenix and Tucson regions are expected to receive $512 million annually. Of that, $223 million comes from voter-approved regional programs in those two metropolitan areas dedicated largely to highway expansion. ADOT’s Recommended Investment Choice calls for all of the remaining annual average of $411 million to go toward preserving and modernizing highways in Greater Arizona.

Comments can be sent to ADOT Project Information Line: 1(855) 712-8530, Mail: Long-Range Transportation Plan c/o ADOT Communications, 1655 W. Jackson St., Mail Drop 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Visit for more information on ADOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan.


Phoenix Pizza Festival, Nov. 18
PHOENIX – The 3rd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park.

This event brings together great pizza makers and local businesses. The festival will include live bands, lawn games, craft beer and wine stations, dessert stations, as well as a kids’ craft zone. Cost is $10. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Downtown Phoenix Inc.

For more details, see


Anthem Turkey Trot, Nov. 23
ANTHEM – The 15th Annual Anthem Turkey Trot is set for Nov. 23. The course will begin and end at the Anthem Community Center.

The event includes a 10K, 5K, and kids’ dash. The course is family-friendly, and kids are welcome. Finisher medals will be provided to all 5km and 10km participants.

Participants are asked to consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the St. Rose Food Pantry. All participants that donate will go in the draw for raffle prizes.

See more information and registration details at


Arizona Road Racers Thanksgiving Day Classic, Nov. 23
PEORIA – The 30th Annual Arizona Road Racers Thanksgiving Day Classic will be held at the Peoria Sports Complex on Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m.

The Peoria Diamond Club, Arizona Road Racers, and hundreds of runners will be participating; race options include 10 Mile, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. Proceeds from the races will support the Peoria Diamond Club, providing grants to many local charities. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Peoria Diamond Club’s Toy Drive.

Learn more at


Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend, Nov. 24-25
GLENDALE – The 24th Annual Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend is set for Nov. 24-25 at Murphy Park.

The stunning display includes 1.6 million twinkling lights. The opening nights include holiday entertainment, food, crafts, children's wonderland and snow, and horse-drawn carriage rides. The display will remain lit nightly through Jan. 6 from 5-11 p.m. each evening.

For more details, see


Prescription Drug Awareness class, Nov. 18
ANTHEM – A Prescription Drug Awareness class will be held at the Anthem Civic Building on Nov. 18.

At the class, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies offer instruction specific to the prescription drug epidemic. They will share information about how to tackle the challenge together and have time for open Q-and-A. The class runs 11 a.m.-noon and is free to attend.

Register online at