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

You can sign up for notifications from the City of Mesa    http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/enotifications

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

You can sign up for notifications from the City of Mesa    http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/enotifications

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

You can sign up for notifications from the City of Mesa http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/enotifications

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.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bethlehem Peace Light

In Bethlehem, Israel, resides one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world, the Church of the Nativity. It is built over the cave traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. The current basilica was built in 565 AD, replacing the original which was built in 333 AD. The site where Jesus was believed to have been born is marked by a 14 pointed star, and illuminated by lamps that have been continuously burning for as long as anyone can remember.

On November 22nd 2008, Marlene Irndorfer an 11‐year‐old schoolgirl from Altenberg in Linz Austria, collected the 2008 Peace Light from one of the lamps at the site where it is believed that Jesus was born.

Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent. Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to houses of worship, hospitals, homeless shelters, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural and political importance - to anybody who appreciates the significance of the "gift".

The BSA Grand Canyon Council will be sharing the light from 10am to noon, on Saturday, December 19th. Come and share in a short devotion, and take the light from Bethlehem home with you. Bring a suitable candle or lantern to transport it. 

http://peacelight.org

Friday, November 13, 2015

November's Watering Reminder

November's watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

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

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 14 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - 4x per day for first 7-10 days to germinate, then once every 7-10 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 24 days
High Water Use - once every 11 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 27 days
High Water Use - once every 12 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 - if needed

Annuals watering - once every 5 days

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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October's Watering Reminder

October'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 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

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September Watering Reminder

September's watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

You may or may not have gotten the rains that have accompanied the recent storms. The UofA Arizona Meteorological Network shows rainfall amounts for the violent August 31 storm that hit Phoenix as 1.98 inches of rain at the Phoenix Encanto weather station vs. a mere .02 inches at the Mesa station. Visit the site and check out your closest weather station results (click under the heading of “Standard Reports” 2015 "Monthly" and scroll to August).

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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Haws Haven Experimental Farm

The Haws Haven Experimental Farm (560 S Spur) will host a gardening experience on Saturday, 22 Augustm at 5 pm until 7 p.m. 

This will be an open discussion, come-n-go format where you can learn from the experience of others and can share your own knowledge about gardening (seeds, sprouting, soil, garden plans, fertilizer & compost, fruit trees, harvesting, canning, drying, etc.). 

If you have a special skill or knowledge related to gardening and want to share it, please come prepared to do so. 

No products will be sold, endorsed nor any commercial gain permitted at this event nor associated with this event. The sole purpose of this event is to encourage as many people as possible to plan and prepare their own gardens and to learn from each other. 

The time to prepare for a winter garden is now!

Contact Wallace Haws at 480-313-0169 for more information.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August's Watering Schedule

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

You can view the entire reminder at the City of Mesa website.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Big Trains at Mesa Library

The Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) model train club is back this year bringing more model trains and scenic dioramas to share. 

The free exhibit will run from July 27 to Aug. 1 at the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., in the Saguaro Room.

Hours for the exhibit are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

A raffle prize for free coach tickets on the Verde Canyon Railroad and Grand Canyon Railway will be given away. 

For more information please visit the Library’s website: http://www.mesalibrary.org