Friday, December 2, 2016

LIGHT the WORLD

LIGHT the World



In 25 ways. Over 25 Days. What a wonderful Advent idea.

#LIGHTtheWORLD

December's Watering Reminder

December watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

Because December is cool and day length is short, plant water usage is at its lowest point. Learn in our Water – Use It Wisely news, Ten Tips for Winter Watering.

Our typical first frost is around Dec. 12. If you want to be prepared for a cold snap, learn how to protect your plants from frost in a University of Arizona publication. For frost warning advisories, visit the National Weather Service Phoenix Web site and click on "Read watches, warnings and advisories." Keep in mind that plants that are not water stressed tolerate frost better.

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering

Summer grass (dormant Bermuda) - once every 30 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 10-14 days.

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

Desert Adapted - once every 35 days
High Water Use - once every 18 days

Tree watering

Desert Adapted - once every 45 days
High Water Use - once every 21 days

Shrub watering

Desert Adapted - once every 30 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days

Groundcover and vine watering

Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days

Cacti and succulent watering - if needed

Annuals watering - once every 7-10 days

Wildflower watering - once every 10-15 days (if no rain)

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Garden Trains



Don't miss the trains this year. See the locations and schedule at Arizona Big Train Operators, Friday and Saturday, Dec 9/10 and 16/17.




Wednesday, October 19, 2016

City of Mesa Survey regarding Access and Reception of City Information

From the City of Mesa:

In the City of Mesa’s efforts to better communicate with its residents, the City’s Office of Public Information and Communications is conducting a brief survey to find out how you as a Mesa resident access and/or receive City information as well as how you would prefer to access/receive City information. The survey results will help improve and expand efforts to communicate with City residents, therefore your feedback is important. The survey link below will be live through October 31st. Thank you in advance for your valuable time and feedback 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RC2R363


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hundreds of volunteers to participate on Make a Difference Day in Mesa

From the City of Mesa:

Post Date: 10/18/2016 3:22 PM

More than 2,500 volunteers, the majority of them Boy Scouts, will be getting dirty to help our community. They are participating in a variety of projects across the City of Mesa Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of National Make a Difference Day. 

Residents, neighborhood groups, local businesses, service organizations, church groups and City of Mesa employees have registered to volunteer for an assortment of Love Your Block community projects. Examples include distributing neighborhood resource bags, painting walls, cleaning up illegal dumping, reporting graffiti, painting homes and doing yard work for residents in need. 

As part of Mesa Scouting Day of Service, happening on Make a Difference Day, members of the Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council-Mesa District of will also be working on service projects. Examples include painting curb numbers, distributing recycling information and helping Mesa Public Schools. 

National Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world. 

For more information on opportunities to volunteer throughout the year please visit www.mesaaz.gov/Volunteer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mesa Hazardous Waste Collection

The City of Mesa is hosting a hazardous waste collection this coming Saturday. 

Details:

Date: 10/15/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: East Mesa Service Center
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, Arizona 85207

Residents are encouraged to bring in their household hazardous waste, electronics and appliances to this free event.  Collected material will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.  More information

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Decatur St. will be temporarily closed.  Event traffic should enter through Adobe St. via northbound Power Rd.  Access to Adobe St. from southbound Power Rd. will be restricted.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October's Watering Reminder

October watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

October started with a great rain last Sunday for most areas of the Valley and temps are running in the ‘cool’ 90’s. If you haven’t adjusted your clock in a while, now is the time to do so. Water needs for plants are about half as much as they were in June. Check out these step-by-step instructions to reprogram your timer to the watering schedule suggested below.

Fall is such a great time to plant, (see bonus tips below about plant sales and more). It’s a great time to sow your Sonoran Desert wildflower seeds for spring bloom. Call us at 480-644-3306 or email us for a free seed packet!

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 6 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – 4x per day for 1st 7 to 10 days to germinate, then once every 3 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 24 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28 days

Annuals watering - once every 4-5 days

Wildflower watering – once every 1-2 days to germinate, then once every 7-10 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

September's Watering Reminder

Watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

Remember that the September 30 is the ‘official’ end of the Monsoon Season, so there’s still hope for more summer rains. September is also when activities BEGIN for seeding winter rye grass (we suggest not doing so until October). And, once again, we encourage all water customers to consider limiting, or forgoing, this practice. Check out our Top 10 Reasons Not to Plant a Winter Lawn.

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 4 or 5 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – 4x per day for 1st 7 to 10 days to germinate (October is a better time to seed)

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 7 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 5-6 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28 days

Annuals watering - once every 3-4 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

See more information at http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/water-conservation 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

August's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3-4 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - grass dies out

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve
Desert Adapted - once every 15 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Tree watering
Desert Adapted - once every 17 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days

Shrub watering
Desert Adapted - once every 13 days
High Water Use - once every 6 days

Groundcover and vine watering
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 5 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 22 days
Annual & vegetable watering - once every 2-3 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

See more information at http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/water-conservation

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Free Spay and Neuter Events

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control will be hosting a free spay and neuter and rabies vaccine event at Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St.

Spay and neuter surgeries for pets will begin at 6:30 a.m. until full and rabies vaccines will start from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the following days:

Thursday, Aug. 11
Saturday, Aug. 13
Tuesday, Aug. 23
Thursday, Aug. 25
Tuesday, Aug. 30

Service is limited to first come, first served.  Limit 2 pets per household.  

Please bring water for your pets as lines may be long.  All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.  Animals must be brought by legal owner 18 years and older and only Maricopa County residents.  Pregnant females will not be accepted.

For more detailed information, please visit: www.pets.maricopa.gov or call (602) 506-7387.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Scorching high temps even have some desert plants looking stressed, but monsoon clouds and increased humidity will be easier on plants.

Shop for a rain gauge if you don't have one (or empty the dust out if you do) as monsoon storms are localized. We also have suggested rainfall measurement sites below. If you get at least 1/2" of rain, use the 'off' 'stop' or 'rain' setting on your controller to stop the watering cycle without disturbing your programs. See our tips below to learn about grass removal and rainwater harvesting - both will save you water and money!

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – grass dies out

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 14 days
High Water Use - once every 7 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 5 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 4 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 21 days
Annual & vegetable watering - once every 2-3 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.


See more information at http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/water-conservation

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Save Lives - Tenth Annual Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign

From the City of Mesa this morning:

The Tenth Annual Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign is underway with a goal of collecting 500,000 bottles of water to help people in need during the extreme summer heat.

“The campaign is a life saver for the less fortunate during the hot summer months. Our residents have been extremely generous in donating bottles of water in previous years and I know they are ready to do so again this year,” Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said.

A news conference to launch the campaign was held this morning at United Food Bank, which distributes donated water to numerous nonprofit organizations in Mesa and throughout the valley including Paz De Cristo, Mesa United Way and A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center. Last year, a record 836,154 bottles of water were collected for the campaign, surpassing the goal of 400,000. This included a unique one-time donation of 100 pallets or 195,600 bottles from Valley Transit Contractors after using pallets instead of sandbags for safety testing before the light rail extension into downtown Mesa opened.

“The Hydration Donation Campaign makes it simple to help the vulnerable in our community. For less than five dollars, Mesans can buy a case of water, so the donation will definitely save lives over the next few months as temperatures soar,” United Food Bank President and CEO Ginny Hildebrand said.

The Mesa Hydration Donation campaign is a stark reminder of the dangers of summer heat in Arizona, which first responders encounter on a daily basis.

“The risks of dehydration are great for anyone exposed to the triple digit temperatures, especially those who are homeless or don’t have a place to easily
get out of the sun,” Mesa Fire and Medical Deputy Chief and Public Information
Officer Forrest Smith said. “Without donations of water, the outcomes of our emergency responses to cases of dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke would be much worse.”

Residents can donate water at various drop-off locations throughout the City:

• Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center
2830 E. Adobe (located behind Fire Station 206 at Lindsay and Adobe)
24-hour drop-off at Volunteer Center door

• Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550 E. Adobe
5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday

• Rhodes Aquatics Complex
1860 S. Longmore
1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday
1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
(Pool open daily through Aug. 7, weekends through Labor Day)

• Mesa Main Library
64 E. First St.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Saturday

• United Food Bank
245 S. Nina Drive
6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

• Paz de Cristo
424 W. Broadway
7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

• A New Leaf – MesaCAN
635 E. Broadway
6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday in front lobby

• A New Leaf – East Valley Men’s Center
2345 N. Country Club Drive
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily

• Fiesta Mall – Guest Services and collection bin outside Entrance #3
1445 W. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

• Superstition Springs Center – Management office (upper level near food court)
6555 E. Southern Ave.
8:30 a.m. – Noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or call security at any time (480) 641-1052

• Mesa Chamber of Commerce
40 N. Center St. #104
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

• Mesa Community College – Southern and Dobson
1833 W. Southern Ave.
24-hour drop-off at Public Safety – Building SC 14

• Mesa Community College – Red Mountain
7110 E. McKellips Road
24-hour drop-off at Public Safety – Ironwood Building

• Southern Pavilion Self Storage
7110 E. Southern Ave.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday

• Mesa Family YMCA
207 N. Mesa Drive
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

• Keller Williams Integrity First Realty
2500 S. Power Road, Suite 121
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

• The Kenny Klaus Team
Keller Williams Integrity First Realty
2919 S. Ellsworth Road #133
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

• Golfland Sunsplash
155 W. Hampton Ave.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daily

• USA-Skateland Mesa
7 E. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday – Monday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday

This year, there are several generous special projects and promotions to collect water for the campaign:

• Donating at the Rhodes Aquatics Complex Monday through Friday will provide a two-for-one admission to the pool. This does not include the FlowRider.

• Golfland Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave., is offering Water Wednesday during June and July. Donating a case of water at the park on any Wednesday through July 27 will provide a two-for-one waterpark admission. It is not valid with any other coupons or discounts.

• USA-Skateland Mesa, 7 E. Southern Ave., is offering Thirsty Thursdays during June and July. Customers donating a case of water between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on any Thursday through July 28 will receive one free admission.

• Customers donating at Fiesta Mall Guest Services will receive a merchandise gift at the time of drop-off.

The Mesa Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses and community groups to organize campaigns to collect water for the campaign.

“The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign is a great way for businesses, nonprofit groups and other associations to network and organize efforts to collect cases of water,” Mesa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sally Harrison said. “For the past couple of years, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce has organized friendly competitions to get water donations and help a great life-saving cause and we are happy to lead the efforts again this summer”

The campaign kickoff event included a donation of 17 pallets, or 24,480 bottles of water from Wal-Mart and a donation of two pallets, or 3,744 bottles of water from Jackson White law firm of Mesa.

The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, September 16. For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/H2Omesa.  
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699
kevin.christopher@mesaaz.gov   

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June's Watering Reminder

June's reminder from the City of Mesa:

The party’s over! Temps are soaring over the weekend and staying in the triple digits. I hope your irrigation system is in working order. Be sure to water deeply at each irrigation for greatest efficiency.

Did you know that starting in 2008, the National Weather Service defined our monsoon season to begin June 15 and end September 30. If you didn’t live here prior to 2008, you missed the methodical but quirky way we used to determine the start of the season. Learn more at AZ monsoon trivia. The point is, that you should be ready for wind, dust and power outages... and let's hope for some rainfall.

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – grass dies out

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 14 days
High Water Use - once every 7 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 5 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 4 days

Cacti and succulent watering once every 21 days

Annual & vegetable watering - once every 1-3 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

See more information at http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/water-conservation

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SRP Spring Landscaping Guide


Check out SRP's free Water-Efficient Landscape Guide.

In the guide you'll find:

  • Landscape design ideas
  • Hundreds of desert-adapted plants
  • Watering best practices
  • Irrigation tips and resources

Go here to see it. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mesa opens new urban pocket park

City of Mesa announced today:

Mesa held a dedication ceremony today to celebrate the grand opening of Fountain Plaza, an urban pocket park located on the southeast corner of Mesa Drive and Southern Ave. 

“We have intentionally designed pocket parks around our more urban and dense areas in Mesa,” Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Director, Marc Heirshberg said. “This provides a place for the neighborhood and community to recreate within walking distance of their home. Fountain Plaza is a unique design and we hope the community embraces it.” 

Fountain Plaza is approximately 5,000 square feet and features a small fountain in the center with skateable features including grinding rails, boxes and ramps. A small shade sail is the central focal point of the plaza. The fountain features seat walls and nine water jets with light that chase streams of water. 

“This park is a wonderful new addition to District 4,” Mesa District 4 Councilmember, Chris Glover said. “It is unlike any other pocket park in the city and it offers something extremely distinctive to the area.” 

Mesa currently has 5 pocket parks located along the light rail line, Southern Ave. in the Fiesta District and along Mesa Dr. Fountain Plaza will be open from sunrise to 10 p.m. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March's Watering Reminder

March's watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

It’s official, we hit a new record for the earliest measurement of a 90 degree day on February 17. Don’t despair, it seems that the forecast for March is back to average temperatures, although expected rain for early next week isn't looking good now.

March is a transitional month when warm days will nudge Bermuda grass and other cold-sensitive plants out of dormancy. This has happened more quickly with our higher temperatures. Having moisture available when new growth is emerging is important for a healthy start before heat sets in.

Many desert trees (such as mesquites, palo verdes and lysilomas) may look sparse, but it's normal! They will drop their leaves and leaf out with new growth soon. It is not due to under watering.

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Dormant summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 14 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 7 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted – once every 25 days
High Water Use – once every 12 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 30 days
High Water Use – once every 14 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 21 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 21 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Cacti and succulent watering -  once every 28 days

Annual and vegetable watering - once every 5-6 days

Native wildflowers - once every 10 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.