Saturday, December 8, 2012

Trains in the Garden



Just found about this year's event. This is a lot of fun for the family. Get more information at azbigtrains.org.

The tours are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16. The exception is one at 1929 N. 24th St., Mesa, where tour times are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15.

Here is a list of locations, but check the website for more details:

Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Dobson Road at U.S. 60. 

1708 W. Dixon Circle, 1861 E. Fountain St., and 6130 E. Colby St., all Mesa. 
4141 W. Corona Drive and 739 E. Prescott Drive, Chandler. 
861 W. Emerald Island Drive, Gilbert. 
9401 Jadecrest Drive, 25025 S. Lakeway Drive, and 9636 E. Mossy Rock Drive, all Sun Lakes. 
7097 E. Cuernavaco Way, Gold Canyon.
1149 E. Saddleback Place, Santan Valley area.



Friday, November 2, 2012

Breakfast DOG

Come join us for a Breakfast Dutch Oven Gathering on Saturday, November 10th. Serving time will be 8:30am and it will be at the corner of Barkley and Southern Ave. Specifically, in the east parking lot of the LDS Church building at 1415 E. Southern Ave, Mesa.

I don't know about anyone else, but I plan on cooking Chile Relleno Souffle.

Keep your coals hot!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Watering Guidelines for July

July's reminder from the City of Mesa, the web version can be found at  www.mesaaz.gov/conservation/LWR.aspx

July started with high temperatures and heat advisories but increased humidity is easier on plants.

Rains have been hit or miss. Shop for a rain gauge if you don't have one (empty the dust out if you do) as these storms are localized. Turn your irrigation off if you get at least 1/2" of rain. See our tips below to
learn about grass removal and rainwater harvesting - both will save you water!

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.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Why Scouting

Ever wonder why my family does Scouting? Watch this video for your answer.



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Free Trees


SRP has invited Phoenix area customers to participate their Shade Tree Program, enabling you to save up to $50 a year on your energy bill. Planting trees will reduce your cooling costs and improve air quality.

You are required to attend a workshop to teach you how to best select, plant and care for your trees. They will provide up to two desert-adapted trees for homes built in 1980 or later, and three for homes built before 1980.

Check out Free Trees for more information.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arbor Day


Did you know that Mesa has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the second consecutive year?
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The first official Arbor Day was created by J. Sterling Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day.

Arbor Day 2012 is Friday, April 27th. Check out your landscape and decide where a tree should be. Then use this Tree Planting and Tree Care Guide from the City of Mesa.

For more information about Arbor Day activities in Mesa, check out the City of Mesa website.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April Watering Schedule

From the City of Mesa:

Windy days and fluctuating temperatures have been the norm the last few
weeks but temperatures will increase through the month until we settle
into the 90's. April through June is typically dryer as temperatures warm
up. It is a critical time to be providing irrigation as many plants are
flushing out with new growth. Find our checklist for the month, “Prepare
Your Landscape for Summer's Sizzle” at www.mesaaz.gov/conservation.

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

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

Native wildflowers – once every 7 days

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

Friday, April 6, 2012

Household Hazardous Waste Collection


The City of Mesa is having a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, April 14. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Center Street facility, 2412 N. Center St. (Center Street, north of McKellips).

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

You can sign-up to receive automatic email reminders of future household hazardous waste collection events on the City's Web home page. They could make it easier to find, but it is under Email Alerts.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fourth Annual Dino Egg Hunt


The Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa, will once again host the popular Dino Egg Hunt on Friday, April 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition, the museum will have children’s craft activities and a dinosaur touch cart available with factual information about dinosaur eggs.

They will be replenishing the dino eggs until 7:45 p.m., so you don't have to be there at 6 p.m. to get in on the fun.

There is special discount pricing for this event: $7 for adults, children three to 17 years are $4 and members are free.

For more information, call the Arizona Museum of Natural History at (480) 644-2169 or AzMNH.org.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Charcoal Sale


For all of you Dutch Oven cooks and grill masters, Home Depot has charcoal on sale for $5.88 for 2-13.9 lb bags. That is only $0.21 cents per pound. Good time to stock up, this is a pretty good price by today's standards.




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Free Immunization clinics move to Fiesta Mall


The City of Mesa Fire Department’s West Mesa free monthly immunization clinics have re-located to Fiesta Mall. The clinic will be located on the first floor of Fiesta Mall next to Macy’s. The first clinic at the new location will take place on April 11.

The clinics are held the second Wednesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for children ages birth to 18.  Childhood vaccines are offered free of charge to all children. Participants are asked to bring their child’s immunization records with them in order to make sure the proper vaccines are administered.

For more information calll the Mesa Fire Department at (480) 644-3459 or Vianey Celestino, Marketing Manager for Fiesta Mall at (480) 833-5587.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Watering Guidelines for March

From the City of Mesa, view their web version with photos at www.mesaaz.gov/conservation/LWR.aspx

How dry is it? Well, La NiƱa conditions prevail with over 80 days since our last significant rainfall. Due to this along with some windy days means plants are definitely counting on supplemental water this winter to stay healthy. Learn more at www.climas.arizona.edu/drought-tracker/jan2012.

March is a transitional month when warm days will nudge Bermuda grass and other cold-sensitive plants out of dormancy. Many desert trees such as mesquites 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

Annuals watering – once every 6 days

Native wildflowers – once every 10 days

Meet the Pterosaurs - Over-Night at the Museum


Arizona Museum of Natural History is having another overnight at the museum on March 16.

Head on over to the Meet the Pterosaurs Over-Night at the Museum. There will be special flying guests from Liberty Wildlife, create art during craft time, and have a bed time snack and movie. You will also get to meet the pterosaurs from the newest exhibition “Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies.”  Get up-close with living flying animals in this fun-filled night of activity.

The Meet the Pterosaurs Over-Night program is designed for children six to 12 years old and an adult chaperone over 21 years. The cost for members is $35 and $45 for non-members.

For more information, visit their website at AzMNH.org.  To register, call (480) 644-3553.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nooks Available at Mesa Library


Thirty-four Nooks are now available to checkout at any branch of the Mesa Public Library.   E-books are downloadable through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library.

General checkout rules for the Nooks are:

•       E-readers are location specific – they must be checked out and returned to the owning library.
•       The checkout period is 3 weeks with no renewals.
•       Overdue fines are $1.00 per day with a maximum of $10.00.
•       Patrons must be 18 years of age or older to check out an e-reader with a valid Mesa Library card.
•       A user agreement must be signed each time a patron checks out an e-
reader.
•       E-readers can be placed on reserve but will not change locations. Patrons will have to pick up at owning branch.
•       The cost of replacing the e-reader is $400.00.  Each lost or damaged part of the kit will have a smaller replacement charge.
•       All Nooks must be returned to the service desk. Upon return, desk staff will check the ensemble for pieces, but not check it in. They will put it on a special shelf for a Library Assistant to check the items for condition erase the unloaded devices and then check the item in. They will ready the item for the next patron.

For more information about the Library or to view a training video on how to use the Nook visit: http://mesalibrary.org.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Don't Let Them Close the SSDI!




We need to save the SSDI from government closure. This valuable resource to genealogists is being threatened by the bureaucrats in Washington. Sign the petition at http://wh.gov/khE

We still need over 20,000 signatures on the petition. We only have 2,609 signatures as I type this. I know more genealogists then that care about this valuable asset.

See FGS's page on the Records Preservation and Access Committee for more details.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mesa Hazardous Waste Collection


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, Feb. 4.  
The location for this event will be at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 
E. Decatur St.

Acceptable items include paint, tires, automobile fluids, batteries, 
appliances, computers, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, propane 
tanks, prescription and non-prescription drugs, etc.

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Family History Expo


The Mesa Famiily History Expo will be at the Mesa Convention Center this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 & 21.

Check out the event here.

You can follow the expo at my Family History blog at www.familyhistorytech.com.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Free Community Cinema series in Mesa


The City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS present “Community Cinema,” a monthly series of free movies through May, along with post-show discussions.

The first new film of the year is “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,” which will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center’s Dobson Lecture Hall.  Daisy Bates was a complex, unconventional and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Following the screening, there will be a half hour discussion featuring John Goodie, a pioneer member of the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee which began in 1988.  Mr. Goodie also founded Concerned Citizens of Mesa which initiated a campaign to create a MLK holiday.  Proposition 408, which established Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day as a paid municipal holiday, was approved by 52 percent of the Mesa voters in November 1996.  For information about this year’s MLK events, visit www.mesamlk.org.

A free film screening will take place on the third Thursday each month through May.  For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/diversity.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gem and Mineral Show


2012 Poster - Arizona Pyrite

The 40th Annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show will be held Friday, January 6, 2012 to Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 9 am to 5 pm. The show will be located at Mesa Community College in the West parking lot which is on Dobson Road between Southern Avenue and the Superstition Freeway (Route 60). A number of exhibits will be set up including the Peralta Stone maps and a special fluorescent display. Parking and admission is free, and there will be free activities for children along with free samples for children and teachers.

This is a great event for kids and especially Cub Scouts.

You can get more information at this link.