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Phoenix Public Library Will Host Celebrated Hispanic Author by quotes

Phoenix Public Library Will Host Celebrated Hispanic Author

Acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea will present two “Serious Confetti” programs as part of Phoenix Public Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month observance.

Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, will be at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., on Sept. 20 and at Palo Verde Library, 4402 N. 51st Ave., on Sept. 21.

The free programs will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Book sales and an author-signing will follow.

Born to a Mexican father and an Anglo mother, Urrea uses his dual cultural experiences to explore life’s major themes. His most recent book, “The Hummingbird’s Daughter,” tells the story of his great aunt, Teresa Urrea, who is known as “the Mexican Joan of Arc.”

He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for “The Devil’s Highway: A True Story,” which explores the fate of 26 Mexican men who attempted to cross the border into southern Arizona through a scorching stretch of desert know as “the Devil’s Highway.” Four days later, only 12 were alive. Urrea’s book examines immigration issues while illuminating the lives and deaths of the victims known as “the Yuma 14.”

“Serious Confetti” is the library’s ongoing literary series that has brought many acclaimed authors and artists to Phoenix libraries. It is funded by APS, Friends of the Phoenix Public Library and the Phoenix Public Library Foundation, with additional support from the John F. Long Foundation.

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Neighborhood Services staff donate backpacks to group homes by quotes
August 25, 2006, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Arizona, City of Mesa, Education, K-12 Schools, Mesa, Youth | Tags: , , , ,

Neighborhood Services staff donate backpacks to group homes

The days are getting shorter. Commercials and ads for back-to-school sales are everywhere. This means that teenagers all across Mesa are preparing to go off to school. But staff in one City of Mesa department knew that the ringing of the bell would not signal joyous preparation for every student. Neighborhood Services were aware that some teenage girls did not have the proper school supplies for the coming year, so they answered the call of that ringing bell.

The staff took nineteen backpacks filled with school supplies to the girls at A&A Cottages to outfit them for their first day of school. Jane Albin, Management Assistant in the Community Revitalization Division, who spearheaded the effort, said, “We were just as excited to buy these supplies as the girls were to receive them. The staff of A&A Cottages assured us that with 18 girls in the houses everything would be used, right down to the last piece of paper.”

The girls are between the ages of 12 and 18 years old and live in one of several group homes in Mesa. Kee Hudgens, staff member at A&A Cottages told Jane Albin when the backpacks were delivered, “The girls of A&A Cottages will go back to school with their heads held high, thanks to City of Mesa Neighborhood Services and Community Revitalization. …this generous group at the city gave the girls all the tools they needed for a great start to the school year.”

A&A Cottages provides homes for teenage girls who have been abused, neglected or who come from troubled backgrounds. A&A Cottages was formed in 1996 to address the increasing need for foster care group homes for teenage youth in Arizona. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth through quality residential and support services that promote dignity, integrity and responsibility.

For accompanying photos of city staff and A&A staff with the backpacks, please call Katie Brown at 480.644.3705.

August 25, 2006, 9:07 pm
Filed under: City of Mesa, Maricopa County, Maricopa County News, Mesa | Tags: , ,


Date of Application: Saturday, August 26, 2006 (Weather Permitting: Windy Conditions may postpone application)

Time of Application: After 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM (Contact the County at the number below for a more precise timeline)

The following areas in Mesa are scheduled:

Northern Boundary – Broadway Road
Southern Boundary – Guadalupe Road
Western Boundary – Country Club Drive
Eastern Boundary – Gilbert Road

Questions regarding this program should be referred to Maricopa County Vector Control at 602-506-0700.

Tempe Symphony conducts new member auditions by quotes
August 17, 2006, 7:09 pm
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, City of Phoenix News, City of Tempe News, Tempe

Tempe Symphony conducts new member auditions


TEMPE, Ariz. – Auditions for the 2006-2007 Tempe Symphony Orchestra
season will be at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Arizona State University’s
Gammage Auditorium (North Portal, Room 311), 1200 S. Forest Ave. The
first rehearsal is on Aug. 28.


Those auditioning should bring their instruments and the music they want
to play. The Symphony is looking for musicians, especially string
players, to bring its sections up to 20 first violins, 20 second
violins, 12 violas, 12 cellos and 6 string basses (or more).


 “The Tempe Symphony provides its members the opportunity to play
challenging music in front of large audiences in a friendly,
non-competitive atmosphere,” Dr. Richard Strange, Orchestra leader,


Dr. Strange is the Director of Bands Emeritus at ASU and is the founder
and conductor of the Tempe Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment
at ASU, Dr. Strange served as Director of Bands at Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, Pa. While in Pittsburgh, he conducted both the
Carnegie Civic Symphony and the Butler County Symphony.


He has served as President of the College Band Directors National
Association and the American Bandmasters Association. Strange has
appeared as guest conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the
United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He also has numerous articles
published in professional music journals.


For information, call Carl White, Orchestra Manager, at 480/786-6778

Tempe offers Volunteering 101 class by quotes
August 17, 2006, 4:09 am
Filed under: City of Tempe News, Seminars, Tempe, Volunteering, Workshops | Tags:

Tempe City Council to vote on appointment of new City Attorney by quotes
August 17, 2006, 3:58 am
Filed under: City of Phoenix News, City of Tempe News, Tempe

City Council to vote on appointment of new City Attorney



TEMPE, Ariz. – The Tempe City Council will vote Thursday on an
appointment for City Attorney. Longtime Tempe resident and former city
employee Andrew Ching is recommended for the position.

By city charter, the City Council is responsible for selecting whomever
they feel will best represent the city in the position of City Attorney.

Andrew Ching started his career in the Tempe City Attorney’s Office as a
volunteer in 1992, became a law clerk in 1993 and served as a contract
attorney from 1995 to 1996. He left briefly from 1996 to 1998 to work in
the Mesa City Prosecutor’s Office. Returning to Tempe, Ching worked as
Assistant City Attorney from 1998 to 2005, and was named Senior
Assistant City Attorney in 2004. He left the city in 2005 to work as an
associate at Phoenix firm Moyes Storey in the areas of civil litigation,
land use litigation, zoning law and local government law.

Ching was born in Tucson and raised in Tempe, and is currently a Tempe
resident. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona
in 1991 and earned a law degree from Arizona State University in 1994.
He was named Prosecutor of the Year in Mesa in 1997.

Ching can be reached at 602-604-2158.

A Cultural Journey Through Taiwan Offered at Brown Bag Lunch by quotes
August 17, 2006, 3:54 am
Filed under: City of Phoenix, City of Phoenix News, Events, Phoenix, Seminars, Workshops | Tags: ,

Valley Broadcasting Veteran Heads Phoenix Youth and Education Channel by quotes

Phoenix Convention Center Hosts Open House by quotes

ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Grand Opening by quotes