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Women’s Economic Forum Offers Steps to Increase Earning Power by quotes

 Women’s Economic Forum Offers Steps to Increase Earning Power

“Women Talk: Money and More!” is the topic of a Women’s Economic Forum from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Phoenix College, John Paul Theatre, 1202 W. Thomas Road.

The free event will provide a forum for women to learn about personal economic growth and development. Panelists will offer presentations on current civil rights issues impacting women, personal safety awareness, mental and physical health for the working mom, guiding students toward a life of connectedness, and defining retirement dreams and retiring to something rather than from something.

The panel discussion will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Panelists include Virginia Herrera-Gonzales, chief counsel, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Division; Commander Jeri Williams, Phoenix Police Department; Nina Mares, personal and career counselor, GateWay Community College; and Laura Wagner, platinum financial advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. The panel moderator is Cristina K. Munoz, community relations/business development manager, West & Southwest Business Units, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.

The commission in partnership with the National Association of Commissions for Women “Healthy Bones Program” will offer a free osteoporosis screening and educational information from 10:30 a.m. to l:30 p.m. as part of a national initiative to raise awareness of the risk to women of osteoporosis, the silent disease.

The forum is sponsored by the Phoenix Women’s Commission and the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department in partnership with Phoenix College and Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. Lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 602-261-8242 or 602-534-1557/TTY by Oct. 4.

Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria to Highlight the 21st National Hispanic Women’s Conference by quotes

 Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria to Highlight the 21st National Hispanic Women’s Conference

The Hispanic Women’s Corporation (HWC) is hosting the 21st National Hispanic Women’s Conference on Oct. 12-13 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The two-day conference, supported by the city of Phoenix, is the largest gathering of Latinas in the country and will provide leadership and professional development to more than 2,000 participants while raising funds for college scholarships to benefit Latinas. The conference kicks-off Oct. 12 with a Youth Leadership Conference targeting approximately 400 local area school students.

The event will feature a corporate luncheon on Friday, Oct. 13. The luncheon will honor three dynamic Latinas: Eva Longoria, Julie Stav and Maria Marin.

Qwest Communications is sponsoring a special appearance Friday, Oct.13 featuring the guest of honor and the Latina Visionary and Community Empowerment award recipient, actress Eva Longoria, star of the mega hit Desperate Housewives. “I am honored to be part of this important conference that educates and improves the lives of Latinas,” said Longoria. “We are committed to the Hispanic community and are very proud to bring successful Latina Eva Longoria,” said Hector Placencia, director of Hispanic marketing for Qwest.

This year, State Farm Insurance Co., will present the conference honorary luncheon chair and international financial expert Julie Stav. She is the founder and owner of Retirement Benefit Systems, a financial planning firm, and Julie Stav Inc., an educational communications company. She is also an author, host of a daily radio show and a featured guest on the ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, Univision and Telemundo networks.

Maria Marin will receive this year’s Latina Excellence Award for her successful career and contributions to the Hispanic Women’s Corporation. She is considered one of the leading motivational trainers in the world on the subject of “Personal Empowerment” and “The Art of Negotiation.” Marín is a national newspaper columnist, who writes on personal growth topics for women. Her column “Mujer Sin Límite,” (Women Without Limits) is published weekly in the top markets throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

“Latina Power: The Billion Dollar Market” is this year’s conference theme. “It celebrates and recognizes our strong and important financial contributions to society,” said Alexis Parra, conference chairwoman. The conference will highlight influential Latinas who will share their stories of success. There also will be a series of workshops on financial planning, professional development, entrepreneurship, leadership and more.

“The National Hispanic Women’s Conference serves as a source of inspiration, empowerment, and wealth building, both personally and professionally,” said Linda Mazon-Gutierrez, president of the Hispanic Women’s Corporation. This year more than 45 scholarships will be awarded to students locally and nationally ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. This year’s scholarship winners will be majoring in business, engineering, nursing, liberal arts, education, medicine and the sciences.

The conference also will host a two-day Latina Art and Cultural Exhibit, an Expo Center, and will present a unique and colorful Dillard’s and Latino Future Fashion Show and Reception on Oct. 13.

Key sponsors for the conference include: APS, Arvizu Advertising & Promotions, Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Tobacco Education and Prevention, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Canyon Ranch Resort, Cox Communications, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and UAW Delphi, La Voz, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Prensa Hispana, Qwest, State Farm Insurance Co., Univision, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Wells Fargo, The Arizona Republic, and 12 News.

The Hispanic Women’s Corporation was founded in 1981 and is a model organization, recognized as a 501 © (3) nonprofit corporation known for being a proactive leader in the development of Hispanic women. HWC empowers women through its commitment to the culture by promoting higher education, community involvement, professional advancement and leadership development for the improvement of Latinas’ cultural quality of life. For more information on the HWC, registration or to purchase tickets to the fashion show, please visit

Phoenix Parks Taking Applications for APS Electric Light Parade by quotes

 Phoenix Parks Taking Applications for APS Electric Light Parade

Though temperatures have only just started to drop, organizers for the APS Electric Light Parade already are accepting applications to participate in the Dec. 2 holiday gala.

The theme for the 2006 parade is “Southwest Holiday Traditions.” The APS Electric Light Parade is the biggest attraction of the annual APS Fiesta of Light series of holiday events. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department currently is accepting applications from group and organization motorized floats, custom helium parade balloons, performance groups and marching bands. Entry fees range from no charge up to $400.

The parade gets under way at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road). The 2006 parade will head south on Central Avenue to Camelback Road, where it will turn east to Seventh Street, where it will turn south and end at Indian School Road.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the parade route each year to enjoy the amazing spectacle of lighted floats, performance groups and the sights-and-sounds of the holidays.

Groups or individuals interested in participating can find comprehensive registration information and submit an application online at or they can call 602-262-4627. Parks staff will accept registration applications until Nov. 3 or until a total of 80 entries have been accepted.

Source: Phoenix Arizona East Valley City News

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Hosts National Public Lands Day Celebration by quotes

 City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Hosts National Public Lands Day Celebration

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department staff will host a National Public Lands Day Outdoor Recreation Fair Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals of all ages are invited to the event at the North Mountain Visitor Center at 12950 N. 7th St., which is just south of Thunderbird Road. A volunteer trail project will precede the fair from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Attendees will have a chance to enjoy live animals up close; take a guided hike; scale an outdoor climbing wall; attend special presentations and workshops; and much more. Many of the displays and activities are geared toward children, making this event both exciting and educational for the whole family.

National Public Lands Day also will include displays and demonstrations from over 50 outdoor recreation and public land agencies. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will also be on sale throughout the course of the event.

Public parking for the event will be in the Western Saddle Club lot, across from the center on the east side of 7th Street. Disabled-accessible parking will be in the center lot. For more information call the center at 602-495-5540. Information on the North Mountain Visitor Center is online at

The National Public Lands Day Celebration is sponsored by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and APS. Would-be volunteers also can arrange to work on a trail project at the Preserve before the festival begins. Community groups or individuals interested in participating in the trail project must pre-register by calling 602-534-6522.

Cinderella Affair recognized with partnership award by quotes

Cinderella Affair recognized with partnership award


TEMPE, Ariz.- Since 2002, dreams have come true for high school girls in
the Valley who otherwise would not have been able to afford prom
dresses. Now the program has been recognized statewide with an award
commending the partnerships it has fostered.


The Cinderella Affair was the brainchild of Cheryl Hornyan, Gloria Fox
and their daughters. They enlisted the help of Tempe Community Council,
the City of Tempe Parks and Recreation Department, and the East Valley
Women’s League to set up a program to gather donated prom dresses and
give them to girls in need. 


Cinderella Affair was recognized in August by the Arizona Parks and
Recreation Association with the 2006 Partnership Award, which recognizes
collaborations of public and private groups that have made significant
contributions in the field of parks, recreation and cultural services. 


Mayor Hallman will highlight the award during the Mayor’s Announcements
portion of the City Council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in
City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth St.


More than 2,000 dresses are in storage today, thanks to the enthusiastic
support of the original partners, along with the East Valley Women’s
League and the Valley community. More than 100 volunteers offer their
services to the program each year. Every March at the Pyle Adult
Recreation Center, volunteers help the girls select the right dress,
shoes and accessories while a sewing group, the Needlewielders, provide
on-the-spot alterations.


Western States Dry Cleaning and Launderers Association provides free dry
cleaning once a dress is selected. The United Phoenix Firefighters
Charities and the Tempe Diablos financially support the program. In
2004, Mr. Formal began offering 50 free tux rentals for male students
needing prom attire. Last year’s prom season served students from 43
Valley high schools, including public, private and charter, as well as
schools in Florence and Prescott.


In 2007, Cinderella Affair is tentatively scheduled for March 30-31 at
the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., in Tempe. For
more information, call 480-858-2310 or visit
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Parks and Recreation Department Hosts the Smithsonian’s CultureFest 2006 by quotes

 Parks and Recreation Department Hosts the Smithsonian’s CultureFest 2006

Experience the cultural treasures of Arizona when CultureFest 2006 returns to the Valley Nov. 1 – 5. This five-day cultural festival will feature events and programs presented by the Smithsonian’s best and brightest scholars and experts – who combine the magic of the Smithsonian with the treasures found only in Arizona. The following CultureFest 2006 events will take place at these Phoenix Parks and Recreation facilities:

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 – 8 p.m. Shemer Art Center & Museum
    Silly Putty, Jacks and Yo-yos: Stories behind Our Favorite Toys

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project:
    “A Bird’s Eye View”

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 7 – 8 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
    “Off –the-Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination”

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 – 11 a.m. South Mountain Environmental Education Center
    “Coyotes: History and Folklore”

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. North Mountain Visitor Center
    “Where the Chicks Hang Out”

For a complete listing of all Smithsonian’s CultureFest 2006 workshops, classes and presentations that will be held throughout the Valley and for additional information visit

Art Reception and Presentation Focus on World War II Internment Camps by quotes

 Art Reception and Presentation Focus on World War II Internment Camps

Phoenix artist Mona Higuchi soon will dismantle “Line of Exclusion,” her temporary artwork at Phoenix’s Verde Park that recalls the relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

To mark the end of the project, Higuchi will discuss her artwork and the history of the camps during a free presentation and closing reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Verde Park recreation building, 916 E. Van Buren St.

Laura Stewart, Arizona State University curator of education, will join Higuchi with a presentation about Japanese American art created at the Poston Internment Camp in Arizona.

During World War II, the U.S. military designated “exclusion zones” in the western United States: individuals of Japanese ancestry were banned from those zones. To commemorate that chapter in history, Higuchi created panels based on archival photographs from the collection of the War Relocation Authority. The artist mounted them on the Verde Park fence that faces Van Buren, near the former zone boundary through Phoenix.

Installed at the park in June, “Line of Exclusion” is the final of six temporary works commissioned this year through the Artists’ Initiative 3, which is part of the Artists’ Initiative Temporary Public Art Program. In addition to Higuchi, participating artists were Aaron Cuthbertson, Holly Carpenter, Ron Floyd, Steve Merka, Donald Fodness, Daniel Hortung, Joseph Lupiani and Elena Lourenco.

Artists’ Initiative 3 projects are funded by city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Percent-for-Art Funds.

For more information about these projects and project locations, visit or call the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture at 602-262-4637.