Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Story Telling

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 2 children ages three to five can experience the magic of storytelling at the Red Mountain Library. Volunteer storytellers will be on hand every Saturday at 11 a.m. to read to and engage children a wide array of educational and fictional books.

Please meet in the Open Book Lounge at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Career Expo

The Phoenix Job Corp is hosting a Career Expo on Thursday, Sept. 30, at their Phoenix Job Corps Gymnasium. It is located at 518 S. Third St., in Phoenix.

Parking is located on the southwest corner of Third and Lincoln.

For more information contact Che Collins at (602) 322-7078, or via email at

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Linked in Love: Celebrating Adoption Together

There is an adoption conference sponsored by LDS Family Services

When: Friday, October 8, 2010 @ 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 9, 2010 @ 8 a.m.

Where: ASU Institute Building
1000 S. McAllister, Tempe, AZ

Who: Anyone who is thinking about adoption, thinking about placing a child for adoption, adoptive applicants, birth families, adoptive parents, those who were adopted, and Stake Agency Representatives

What: Over 30 classes to choose from with topics such as Adoption Basics, Infertility, International Adoption and cultural identity, Adoption Advocacy, Adoption and Schools, Post Placement Expectations and Communication. Also hear some stories from panels of Adoptees, Birthmother, Birthgrandparents, and Adoptive Parents.

You will get to hear from and visit with amazing adoption advocates such as Lindsey Redfern of "theRhouse" blog, Kerstin Daynes author of "Infertility: Help, Hope and Healing", Heidi Naylor of the National FSA Board, Lewis Tenney, Charon Slater of Family Watch International and other amazing speakers and entertainers.

Cost: $22 per single and $40 per couple (to cover the cost of food, materials and a conference t-shirt) Free for Birthmother/Fathers and 1 guest $10 for Agency Representatives

Go to to register until September 30th cost goes up $5 starting October 1st

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Desert Guide

 For visitors to Mesa, there are so many unique and exciting ways to explore the surrounding Sonoran Desert - hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting – the list goes on! This playground for locals and tourists alike is home to three lakes and two rivers and Tonto National Forest, one of the most-visited "urban” forests in the country.  If you'd like to order the new brochure: Mesa Exploring the Desert Pocket Guide, click here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Household Hazardous Waste Collection event

Mesa residents looking for a way to get rid of old cans of paint, batteries, pesticides, electronics, tires and prescription drugs are invited to bring these and other household hazardous waste materials to City sponsored collection events.  The next event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St. (east of Power Road, north of University).  There is no cost to take advantage of this service.  Household hazardous waste will only be accepted during the event dates and times and residents are asked to remain in their vehicles and refrain from smoking at all times while at the collection site. 

Waste should be sealed in its original container if possible, and unmarked containers should be labeled if the contents are known.

Acceptable items:
  • Paint, polishes & varnishes
  • Fuel additives
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paint-related materials
  • Smoke detectors
  • Aerosol cans
  • Adhesives
  • Motor oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances (limit 2)
  • Gasoline & propane tanks
  • Batteries
  • Mercury
  • Pesticides
  • Electronics – TVs, computers, etc.
  • Transmission fluid
  • Automotive tires (limit 5); rims are accepted if the tire has been removed
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Prescription & non-prescription drugs
Industrial waste, radioactive material, explosives, large truck tires and trash will not be accepted.  Collected materials will either be recycled, reused or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. 

As an added convenience feature, Mesa residents may sign-up to receive automatic email reminders for future household hazardous waste collection events.  To subscribe to this list, residents should visit the City’s Web home page and follow the posted instructions.

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

Monday, September 20, 2010

Electronics and Appliance express drop-off recycling event

Mesa residents looking for an environmentally responsible way to get rid of old computers, televisions, PDA phones, audio/video equipment, printers, appliances, etc. are invited to bring these items to the City’s appliance, computer and electronics express drop-off recycling event (A.C.E. Express). 

Working in partnership with Westech Recyclers, A.C.E. Express will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St.  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.  Open to Mesa residents only.

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

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mesquite Pancake Breakfast

Support the Phoenix Permaculture Guild's mission of sustainable living by attending our Mesquite Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 25th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM - a Special Community Event!

Enjoy a fabulous breakfast spread, including pancakes made from locally grown and milled mesquite and carob pods (gluten-free), prickly pear and agave syrup, juice, coffee, etc. Meet new like-minded friends and participate in our local permaculture community to share resources, connections and great company!

Cost $15 (children age 12 and younger eat free)  Purchase tickets on-line at

Event held at the University Club located at 425 E. University Drive in Tempe. Free parking is available on site.

The Phoenix Permaculture Guild is also hosting a Mesquite Cooking Class at 8:00 AM (prior to the Pancake Breakfast) at the same venue, to teach those interested in how to use native plants in cooking.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Your September Landscape Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Days are getting shorter and plant water needs have already begun to decrease. How did your plants fare the months of June, July and August?

The monsoon rains have been a little above average so far (Sept. 30 is the official end of the season), but we also had one of our warmest summer periods on record. The record-breaker was due to high nighttime temperatures likely caused from the urban heat island. This can be stressful for plants as they need more water and/or just a break from the heat. Learn more about the likely causes of the urban heat island at

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

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.

Friday, September 17, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings

New or revised this week:

Parks Maintenance Assistant  $28,745 - $38,854
Wastewater Collection System Worker  $31,762 - $42,973

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bye-Bye Buzzards


In case you don’t have anything else to do on Saturday, Sept. 18, you may want to head over to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to see the annual departure of the Turkey Vultures.

They will be opening at 7am for viewing. We did this last year and just got down to the trail where they nest when they took off. It was an awesome sight.

Read more about it at the Arboretum’s webpage.

The Miracle of America, Birth Of A Nation

book cover

If you are not busy tomorrow night this is a great event. We attended it at the City of Mesa Freedom Celebration and it was outstanding. It is at Mesquite High School on Friday.

More information at their website.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Star Spangled Banner

Today, September 14th, is the birthday of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. It was on this day, September 14, 1814. Written by Francis Scott Key while he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.

A more unconventional version was by Jimi Hendrix, but nonetheless, it is our national anthem.  In 1969, I was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base.  We hosted a music night at the base club each Friday night. One Friday a young airman came in to play. He played Jimi’s version, all the customers immediately came to their feet except one, a career sergeant.  A Colonel on his feet, standing at attention with the rest of us noticed this one person still sitting. With a loud commanding voice he ordered him to attention.  The humbled sergeant snapped to attention. A great reminder that we all honor our anthem.


Help Elevate Life for Pets

H.E.L.P. is a non-profit, no kill, no cage animal shelter. They are located at 12000 W. Northern Ave., in Glendale, 623-934-5406. Their web site is available to answer common questions that the public may have regarding pet adoption, their facilities and mission.

There are a number of alternatives available for spaying, neutering, vaccinations, and in the adoption of dogs and cats. Check out the Spay/Neuter Hotline here.

For feral cats, check or for help with capturing and having them spayed and neutered.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Storytime at the Library

Join in an engaging storytime with music and fun for children ages three to five at each branch of the Mesa Library beginning this month.

Storytime is held on Tuesday at the Main Library, 64 E. First St., Wednesday at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, and Thursday at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road. Times at each location are from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Each Library cannot accommodate non-family groups of five or more children. For questions please contact the Main Library at (480) 644- 2207, Dobson Ranch Library at (480) 644-3441, and the Red Mountain Library at (480) 644-3184.

Friday, September 10, 2010

City of Mesa to host free Financial Planning Day

From the City of Mesa:

We’ve all heard that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but in these challenging economic times, Mesa-area residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at Mesa Financial Planning Day.  The event will be held on October 23 at the Mesa Convention Center and will feature experts from the Financial Planning Association® and highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals, all volunteering their time and expertise to work with local residents one-on-one to address important financial issues. 

In order to tailor the program to meet the needs of the community, we need residents to complete a simple four-question survey about the financial topics they are most interested in learning about such as budgeting, investing, credit repair, tax planning and home ownership.  This data will help us select the topics that are most important to Mesa residents and choose financial planners for the one-on-one sessions.  

“What better way to meet the needs of our community than to ask them exactly what they need,” Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said. “This innovative program is designed to get directly to the issues of most concern to residents and provide free advice to those struggling to find answers. The Financial Planning Association and the US Conference of Mayors have hit the nail on the head in developing this program and I am happy to welcome Financial Planning Day to Mesa.”

To fill out the survey go to This page also has more information about Mesa Financial Planning Day and free online registration.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Season Kick-Off Party


Mesa Arts Center is having a free Season Kick-Off party, Friday, Sept 10, 6 to 10pm.
There will be a special appearance by R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman: The R. Carlos Nakai Trio.

The event will also feature:
  • Founding Resident Companies' performances
  • Live outdoor entertainment
  • Live artist demonstrations
  • Native American Marketplace
  • Book signing by Jana Mashonee

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Apple MacIntosh and NFS

It is finally here, received this notification today from SLC:

“A Certified Record Manager for the Apple MacIntosh is ready. After over 18 months of development and coordination with FamilySearch Developer Support, MacFamilyTree version 6 is fully integrated with Get the details about their public beta test at

Sunday, September 5, 2010

US Immigration Collection searchable free

Subscription genealogy site is making its entire US Immigration Collection searchable free through Labor Day, Sept. 6. (You’ll need to register for a free account to access full search results.)

The immigration collection has virtually every available passenger list for U.S. ports, as well as the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index. It also includes nearly 2 million new U.S. naturalization record indexes dating from 1791 to 1992, part of the World Archives Project. The indexes cover the states of Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington. The Boston Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1943, database has been enhanced with nearly 2 million records documenting crew members on ships who arrived in Boston.
Ancestry's announcement includes the following details:
The voyage to America was an experience filled with hope, fear, disappointment and promise. And nothing can capture these emotions like hearing the stories of those who lived it, in their own words. Our unique collection of Ellis Island Oral Histories practically puts you on the ship with these brave immigrants.
Our U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1791-1992, offer invaluable details about your immigrant ancestors, like their birth date, arrival date, occupation and address. We’ve just expanded this informative collection, adding 1.8 million new records indexed by World Archives Project contributors.
Our complete New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 collection is a great place to start your search. Immigrants also came through ports like Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and San Francisco, so be sure to explore passenger lists from those cities, as well as our Boston collection which includes 2.4 million new crew records.

Il Divo – Amazing Grace

I once was lost, but now am  found, was blind, but now I see….