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

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Raising dairy goats in the City of Mesa

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Join Mesa's own Garden Pool experts for a free talk covering the ins and outs of raising dairy goats at home. The workshop will take place on Thursday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 64 E. First St. in the Saguaro Room.

Participants will learn everything from choosing and finding goats to zoning issues, as well as the care, keeping, and milking of dairy goats. This workshop is free and open to the public. Garden Pool is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the public with agricultural and horticultural knowledge and skills.

Every month, the Mesa Library’s "Downtown DIY" series features a different do-it-yourself topic provided by local experts. Drop in to pick up the know-how, tips, and techniques you need to create with confidence.

For more information visit: www.MesaLibrary.org or call (480) 644-3100

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Free Trees


Free Shade Tree Planting Workshops and are being offered in Mesa this summer for SRP customers.

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On Sat., July 18, attend at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Williams Campus (7360 E. Tahoe Ave.) or, on Sat., Aug. 15, you can attend at Mesa Community College at Red Mountain, (7110 E. McKellips Rd.). Learn the best methods for planting and caring for trees during the program. Then, those who attended the class can pick up two free trees on September 19 for planting.


Learn more and register early.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June's Watering Reminder

June'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 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

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

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May's Watering Reminder

May's watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

While we’ve been flirting with triple digits, next week should be closer to average temps of low 90’s. Mid-May through October is considered our summer season. Bermuda grass and many landscape plants may look a little stressed as they transition from our spring to summer temperatures. 

Humidity levels are low and there are lots of windy days. What this means for plants is a lot of moisture gets lost from the soil surface and through the leaves. Make sure you are giving plants a good drink of water, especially during or after a dry, windy day. 

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

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) – once every 4-5 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 3 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted – once every 17 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days watering_depths

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 20 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
High Water Use – once every 6 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
High Water Use – once every 6 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 24 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.

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

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mesa Summer Youth Activities

Image result for city of mesa logoMesa Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of family members. 

All programs are staffed with individuals trained in CPR, First aid, Child Development and Recreation Programming. Staff must pass a background check prior to being placed with your child.  

Field trip transportation is secured through Mesa Public School Transportation. Swimming sites visited are Mesa Parks Aquatics facilities.  Many staff have participated in city of Mesa summer programs and want your child to have positive fun experiences which they had.

There are some great looking programs:

Fit Kids - This summer fitness program is devoted to education youth about the importance of healthy living.  Participants will learn about nutrition and physical fitness through special speakers, recreational activities and field trips.

Play-Well TEKnologies using LEGO - Work with Play-Well instructors to create super machines, villages, castles, and learn concepts of engineering and architecture.

Masterminds/Masterpieces - A variety of activities designed to keep your child’s interest and expose him/her to new recreation activities.  Programming includes music, crafts and group games.

My First Camp - A variety of activities designed to keep your child’s interest and expose him/her to new recreation activities.  Programming includes music, crafts and group games.

Wiggles and Giggles - A variety of activities designed to keep your child’s interest and expose him/her to new recreation activities.  Programming includes music, crafts and group games.

Safety Town - A variety of activities designed to teach your child safety rules before they enter school.  Includes bike safety, bus safety, water safety and much more.

All Sports Camp - A program where registrants will participate in sport activities through individual and team games.

Boredom Busters - A program where registrants will participate in activities that include crafts, games, PE skills, guest speakers, movies, theme events and swimming once a week.

Teen Leadership Training - The TLT program trains teens with hands on training for future employment by having them assist at our various summer camps. 

Summer Adventure Program - This all day program offers activities that include crafts, games, PE skills, guest speakers, movies, theme events, swimming twice a week, and field trip. 

For information, please contact Beverlee Nielsen at 480-644-4345, or check the website at 
http://tinyurl.com/pg7gmvp





Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Watering Reminder

April's watering reminder from the City of Mesa

April through June is typically our dryer period with low humidity and little chance of rain as temperatures warm up. It is a critical time to be providing irrigation as many plants are flushing out with new growth.

Recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years). Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

Lawn watering:
    Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 7 days
    Overseeded cool season grass (rye)-once every 4 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
    Desert Adapted - once every 20 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 16 days
    High Water Use - once every 8 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
    Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
    High Water Use - once every 8 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28 days

Annuals watering - once every 4 days

Wildflower watering - once every 7 days

Reduce your landscape watering 30 to 50 percent by adjusting your irrigation each season. Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert will help you determine how much water to apply and how long to run your system. Visit the interactive Web version or request a free copy of the booklet at www.wateruseitwisely.com.

Check out Mesa's checklist for the month - Prepare Your Landscape for Summer Sizzle