Thursday, December 31, 2009

City of Mesa Job Offerings

New or revised this week:

Aquatics Coach $11.35 - $13.16 Hourly
Assistant Pool Manager $12.50 - $14.57 Hourly
Crime Scene Unit Supervisor $42,973 - $57,928
Head Lifeguard $11.35 - $13.16 Hourly
Lifeguard $9.75 - $11.35 Hourly
Lifeguard/Swim Lesson Instructor $10.78 - $12.50 Hourly
Pool Manager $14.57 - $16.89 Hourly
Solid Waste Equipment Operator II $37,024 - $49,837
Swim Lesson Instructor $10.78 - $12.50 Hourly
Water Plant Maintenance Specialist II $40,830 - $55,162

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Great Sunflower Project

Join the hunt for bees at the Great Sunflower project.  As soon as you create an account, they will add you to the list of people to send sunflower seeds for 2010.  They will mail their main group of seeds out in March and other batches in April and May. These are annual Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). These sunflowers can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden. If you are able to get your own seeds and want to send them data, please use the annual sunflower known as "Lemon Queen". That ensures that everyone will be comparing apples to apples!

They ask that you do four easy steps:
1. Sign up and plant your sunflower
2. Describe your garden
3. Time how long it takes 5 bees to visit your sunflower plant
4. Enter your data online or send us your form.

Click here to get started.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

City of Mesa Job Openings


Parks and Aquatics Maintenance Technician $40,830 - $55,162 

For more information check out the City of Mesa Job website.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

'Cruisin' on Main Street' in Downtown Mesa

Tonight is another Cruisin night in downtown Mesa.

This free, monthly cruise is open to every make and model, and regularly fills Mesa's historic Main Street with more than 150 customs, hotrods and classics from across the Valley.

Cruisers can park along side streets in the downtown area and along Center Street. At the corner of Center and Main, the Mesa City Plaza building's large parking lot and has become a favorite stop for participants to hangout between trips down the main drag.

The "Crusin' on Main Street" event is held the 4th Saturday of every month and takes place on Main St. in Mesa, between Country Club and Mesa Drives.
More info here 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Cookies

Is it too late to be a little irreverent about Christmas? Never!! 

Have you ever wondered how the Christmas cookies feel about Santa? Well, JibJab has documented an encounter between the big guy and the little sweeties. 


Mesa residents can help the City of Mesa give the environment a present this holiday season by recycling their Christmas trees. Residents are encouraged to bring their tree to any of the free drop-off locations listed below. Residents are asked to remove all nails, stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees. Flocked trees will not be accepted because the flocking does not break down in the environment and wreaths will not be accepted because of the metal wiring.

The following 24-hour drop-off sites will be open Dec. 26-Jan. 17:
City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department, 730 N. Mesa Dr. 
East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St.
Superstition Springs Police/Fire Substation, 2430 S. Ellsworth Road
Mountain View Park, 845 N. Lindsay Rd. (enter off of Adobe St.)
Dobson Ranch Park, 2363 S. Dobson Rd.

Residents wishing to take their trees directly to the Salt River Landfill at Gilbert Road and the Beeline Highway can do so between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Mesa residents will need to have a current Arizona driver’s license. Curbside pickup also is available. Residents should contact City of Mesa Customer Service at (480) 644-2221 for more information or to schedule a pickup time. Additional information may also be found by visiting the City’s Web site at 

Finally, Mesa also accepts donations of live potted trees, which will be planted in Mesa City parks. Live trees, five feet or taller, will be accepted at any Mesa Fire Station. The Christmas “Treecycling” program is provided for resident use only and is sponsored by the City of Mesa and the Salt River Landfill. Tree lot vendors should call Customer Service for alternative disposal options. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Letter from Jesus about Christmas --

Forwarded from a friend of the blog:

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. 
Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town. 
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8. 
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it: 
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time. 
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up... It will be nice hearing from you again. 
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them. 
5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her. 
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference. 
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families 
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name. 
9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you. 
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine. 
Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember : 


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Spirit

How often do we get tied up in the world's vision of Christmas. As Christ taught, we need to listen to the little children. In case you missed this:



Free Movies

Grab your popcorn and snuggle up for a free showing of “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and “High School Musical 2” at the Red Mountain Library.  “The Spiderwick Chronicles” is PG rated, and will be shown on Wed., Dec. 23 and “High School Musical 2” is G rated, and will be shown on Wed., Dec. 30.  

Both movies are geared for children ages eight to 14.  Movie times start at 10:30 a.m. in the Program Room.  The Red Mountain Library is located at 635 N. Power Rd., just north of University Dr. in Mesa.  

Call (480) 644-3183 for more information or visit the Library’s website at

City of Mesa Job Openings


GIS (Geographic Information System) Technician $45,178 - $60,965

Utilities Distribution Shift Leader $49,837 - $67,371

For more information check out the City of Mesa Job website.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

You Are Always On My Mind

This time of the year, for some, is often a time of depression and regret. For some they feel forgotten and unwanted by the world, that there is no hope, no future, and no love. This link is for them, there is always someone that loves and cares for you.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dance Classes

New dance lessons are starting on January 11th. You can get 10 hours of instruction for $95.

Check out this pdf flyer for more details. 

The fact is everyone is dancing...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

City of Mesa Job Openings


Director of Arts and Culture / Executive Director - Mesa Arts Center
Information Technology Architect I (Oracle/SQL Server Database) $74,464 - $100,381
Library Page - Part-time $8.83 - $11.92/hour
Water Resources Advisor $70,803 - $95,493

For more information check out the City of Mesa Job website.

Christmas Trees

I have been trying to convince my wife this would be a great tree this year, so far all I have got is a maybe... that is not so bad. That is better than a flat out no, I will keep trying.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Even More Free Christmas Songs

This time from, 20 free songs from people you have actually probably heard of. Folks like Amy Grant, David Archuleta, and Rascal Flatts. This offer is only good for one week, so get busy and get your music!

Click here to download your iTunes Holiday Sampler.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Footnote's WWII Records Free Through December

From Genealogy Insider

In honor of Pearl Harbor Day today, subscription site Footnote is making its WWII records collection—with more than 10 million records, documents and photos from the National Archives—free to the public for the rest of December. Included are:

  • The Interactive USS Arizona Memorial, a virtual wall of names linked to information about each person who died on the vessel.
  • Missing Air Crew Reports, more than 16,605 case files and related records of the US Army Air Forces
  • Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls listing all personnel assigned to ships based at Pearl Harbor between 1939 and 1947
  • Army and Navy Judge Advocate General case files.
  • Submarine Patrol Reports, 1941 to 1945
  • Naval press clippings collected from 1942 to 1960 by the Public Information Department of the 13th Naval District, headquartered in Seattle
  • Holocaust records (Footnote had already made this collection free through the end of the year)

Access the records from Footnote's WWII landing page.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holiday Bargains at City of Mesa Surplus Sales

Looking for gifts at a great price?  You can find lots of bargains for the holiday season at the City of Mesa surplus sales every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at the City of Mesa Warehouse, 7401 E. Adobe.

Prices for all bicycles that are outside in the warehouse lot will be 50 percent off until Christmas. Prices for costume jewelry have also been reduced 50 percent while 15 inch flat screen computer monitors are being sold for 40 dollars.  Electronic devices, such as DVD players, VCRs and car stereos will be 25 percent off for this week only.

The surplus sales involve a wide variety of merchandise, including clothing and office furniture.  The merchandise consists of surplus items from various City departments and unclaimed police evidence.  Payment can be made by cash or approved check or debit card with photo identification.  All major credit cards are accepted.  Proceeds from the surplus sales benefit the City of Mesa General Fund.  All sales are final without warranty or guarantee of any kind and there are no refunds.

For more information, visit or call (480) 644-2663.

Hazardous Waste Event

Don't forget that the City of the Mesa will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 12.  

The City of Mesa now accepts prescription and non-prescription drugs at its household hazardous waste collection events.

The location for this event will be at the Center Street Facility, 2412 N. Center St.

For more information, visit or call Customer Service at (480) 644-2221.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Arizona Family History Expo is returning this year to the Mesa's Convention Center. The first expo was great and from a class perspective a real bargain at $65 for the two days. Classes include topics such as:

  • Organizing, Preserving, Accessing, and Sharing Your Genealogy Using Digital Documents and Pictures
  • Ellis Island and the Immigrant Experience
  • Evaluating Genealogical Evidence
  • How to Do Mexican Research and Be Successful at It

The exhibit hall and keynote are free to the public.

Check out the details at

Sunday, December 6, 2009

More Free Christmas Music

More free MP3's from Amazon. This seven song album includes the old favorites like Silent Night and  Panis Angelicus. Just click on the album picture.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Protect Against Frost

The average first frost date is Dec. 12. 

Learn about frost and how to protect your plants in this University of Arizona publication

For frost warning advisories, visit the National WeatherService Phoenix Web site.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Landscape Watering for December

Watering information from the City of Mesa, view their Web version at

While we had a wild mix of weather over the weekend (blowing dust, wind gusts, even hail in places) no significant rainfall occurred. Looking at rainfall amounts since Jan. 1, we are only about one-half of normal - most Valley areas have measured below 4" of rain so far. Next Monday sounds like another chance for some much-needed rain.

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

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

City of Mesa Job Openings


Administrative Support Assistant I $31,762 - $42,973

Buyer $49,837 - $67,371

For more information check out the City of Mesa Job website.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Free Christmas MP3's

Amazon is offering 25 free Christmas MP3’s right now – a different free Christmas MP3 each today, starting December 1st.

Get today’s FREE Christmas MP3 at Amazon by clicking here.

I didn't say they were great renditions, just FREE!


Composting made simple. What could be simpler then using two 25 to 30 gallon bins?

Composting seems to always be a challenge. Ours right now is ants. They really like the compost barrel and make it very difficult to work with the material. If we had used these bins, they would not have been able to get inside.

So check out this article and see how easy it is.

Free Huggies

That is Huggies, not hugs. I suppose if you really need a hug you can drop by and get one.

If you are spending $$$ on diapers, for you kids, not yourself, then you might want to check this out.

One sample pack per household, click here to get to the website

Electronics and Applicance Express Drop-Off Event

The City of Mesa is having an electronics and applicance express drop-off recycling event this Saturday, December 5, 2009, at the Center Street Facility, 2412 N. Center St.

Mesa residents will have an environmentally responsible way to get rid of old computers, televisions, PDA phones, audio/video equipment, printers, appliances, etc.

There is no cost to take advantage of this event and it’s a quick and easy way for residents to recycle their items with minimal wait time. Staff will be available to help unload items.

For more information, call City of Mesa Customer Service at (480) 644-2221 or visit