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Exhibition examines individual, funny, hazardous nature of shoes by quotes
April 26, 2007, 7:26 pm
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 Exhibition examines individual, funny, hazardous nature of shoes

TEMPE, Ariz. – Artists Mary Consie (Mesa), Andrea Evans (Tempe/Boston) and Deb Salac examine the fun and whimsical representation of shoes in “Shoe Fetish,” an exhibition from May 4-June 28 in the United States Post Office front windows, 500 S. Mill Ave. (5th Street & Mill Avenue).

This exhibition explores the many aspects of shoes. Shoes are utilitarian. Shoes are fashion statements. Shoes are comfortable. Shoes are hazardous. Shoes are status symbols. Shoes are individual. Shoes are funny. Shoes are serious. Shoes are cool. Shoes are hot. Shoes are clean. Shoes are dirty. Shoes are storytelling. Shoes are cultural.

Shoes are required. Shoes are not permitted. Shoes are open. Shoes are closed. Shoes are high. Shoes are low. Shoes are flexible. Shoes are hard. Shoes are simple. Shoes are intricate.

Information: www.tempe.gov/arts/exhibitions/uspo.htm.

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Phoenix City Hall Event Will Salute Veterans by quotes

Phoenix City Hall Event Will Salute Veterans Mayor Phil Gordon and the Phoenix Military Veterans Commission will present the fourth annual “Mayoral Salute to All Veterans of American Wars,” 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq will be honored during the ceremony at the City Hall atrium. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, a decorated Vietnam veteran, will be the keynote speaker. The Cesar Chavez High School Color Guard will post the colors, and the musical group, “VA Voices” will perform.

The public is invited, especially families of current military members. For more information, call 480-844-4851.



Come “Tee It Up” for the 24 Hour Help Hotline by quotes

Come “Tee It Up” for the 24 Hour Help HotlineOn Sunday April 29th, Community Information & Referral (CIR) will present its inaugural “Tee It Up” Golf Classic at the beautiful Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club, a fundraising event benefiting one of Arizona’s leading nonprofits who has served the community through their 24 Hour Help Hotline since 1964.    

What makes the CIR “Tee It Up” Golf Classic unique and sets us apart from other golf fundraisers is the event is designed to reward ALL participants, regardless of talent. A “shotgun” start at 7:30 a.m. and “best-ball” style of play sets the stage for a great day of fun.  A $150 Single player entry fee or $500 fee for Foursomes provides golf giveaways, a great day of golf in a beautiful setting followed by an awards ceremony and luncheon.  All proceeds from the event will benefit CIR’s 24 Hour Help Hotline that has provided
Arizona communities information and referral resources for health, human and emergency services for nearly 43 years.  In 2006 the CIR 24 Hour Help Hotline responded to 259,341 calls for help and anticipates exceeding this number for 2007.
 

The event has captured some major sponsors already by receiving support from General Dynamics, First National Bank of
Arizona, SRP and The Thunderbirds Charities who donated a 2008 FBR Open Package including entry for four guests for all seven days of the upcoming event.  Single players, foursomes and select corporate sponsorships are still available. For complete event information, registration, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities, please visit http://www.cir.org and click on the “Tee It Up” Golf logo or call (602) 263-8845, ext. 113.
If you are in need of help, call the 24 Hour Help Hotline at (602) 263-8856 

 

Bill MansonFund Development ManagerCommunity Information & Referral

2200 N. Central Ave.

, Suite-601
Phoenix, AZ
85004
Tel. (602) 263-8845, Ext. 113Cell (602) 505-0528Fax (602) 263-0979bmanson@cir.org

www.cir.org



RESEARCHERS FIND ‘LARGE IS SMART’ WHEN IT COMES TO CITIES by quotes

RESEARCHERS FIND ‘LARGE IS SMART’ WHEN IT COMES TO CITIES

TEMPE, Ariz. – Cities are considered by many to be both a blessing and a curse. Large cities generate considerable wealth; they are home to many high paying jobs and are known as engines of innovation. But cities also generate much pollution, crime and sometimes degraded social environments that lead to the urban blight that plague their very existence.
 
Now a team of researchers, including an economist from Arizona State University, has studied the growth of cities in different parts of the world and has come up with general equations that can foretell their resource consumption patterns as well as their contributions to society. The work has debunked the notion that cities act like biological organisms in the sense that they grow to a finite size and consume resources in ways that decrease per capita with size.
 
“It’s true that large cities have more problems, they are more congested, they create more pollution and they have more crime,” said Jose Lobo, and ASU economist in the School of Sustainability. “But also because of their size, cities are more innovative and create more wealth per capita. Large cities are the largely the source of their problems but they also are disproportionately the creators of the solutions to the problems of society at large.”
 
The researchers working with Lobo — Luis Bettencourt of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mex.; Dirk Helbing and Christian Kuhnert of Dresden University of Technology, Germany; and Geoffrey West of the Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mex. — detailed their findings in the article “Growth, innovation, scaling and the pace of life in cities,” in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. An on-line version of the article was published on April 16, 2007 (www.pnas.org
<http://www.pnas.org> ).
 
“Humanity has just crossed a major landmark in its history with the majority of people now living in cities,” the researchers state. “The inexorable trend toward urbanization worldwide presents an urgent challenge for predictive, quantitative theory of urban organization and sustainable development.”
 
This will require thinking about cities in new ways.
 
The old way of thinking about cities is as if they are an organism, which consumes resources and grows in size. Oftentimes, cities are referred to as its own ecosystem and many use the metaphor of it acting like a biological organism, Lobo said.
 
“The one thing that we know about organisms whether it be elephants or sharks or frogs, is that as they get large, they slow down,” Lobo said. “They use less energy, they don’t move as fast. That is a very important point for biological scaling.”
 
“In the case of cities, it is actually the opposite,” he added. “As cities get larger they create more wealth and they are more innovative at a faster rate. There is no counterpart to that in biology.”
 
In fact, Lobo said, the larger the city the greater return on investment.
 
The researchers base their findings on data on the growth of cities (metropolitan areas) in the U.S., Europe and China over the past 150 years. They analyzed cities consumption of resources, (such as water or electricity usage), requirements for infrastructure (roads, transportation, lengths of electrical cable), they also compiled and analyzed data on the creative output of these areas (patents issued, “super creative jobs” generated, R&D employment, total wages). The sizes of the cities were determined by population.
 
What they found were some general correlations of size and resource consumption that more or less fit the biological organism metaphor, meaning as the city grew in size it required less energy (resources) to sustain it in a proportion called sublinear scaling. What was surprising to the team was that the creative output (jobs, wealth generated, innovation) as cities grew, becomes faster and faster per capita.
 
“It isn’t like if you double the size of a city you double its creative output,” Lobo said. “But it does increase by about 10 to 30 percent.”
 
“We are not saying that any large city is assured of prosperity forever, but if you look at the collection of cities, large cities have managed to out run their problems,” Lobo added. “Large is smart.”
 
All of this points to the need of rethinking large cities, both in how they are managed and what they contribute to the greater good. This is especially true today, as cities are on the brink explosive growth in the developing world. Today a little more than half of the world’s population live in large urban areas. By 2030, it is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.
 
“Cities are really one of the most important innovations in human history,” Lobo said. “We need to think of them as being very human entities and as engines of our collective creation. We need a different perspective about cities, one that is away from thinking of large cities as a source of problems, but rather as the possible and unavoidable sources of solutions.”
 
“The practical application of this work is that the problem is not large cities, the problem is the conditions in which some of the people live in large cities,” Lobo added. “Policies should be directed to making large cities more livable not making them smaller.”



Phoenix again claims top spot for job growth by quotes

 

Phoenix again claims top spot for job growth

The Business Journal of Phoenix – 11:11 AM MST Thursday, April 5, 2007

As per the usual, the Phoenix area is No.1 for new jobs.

Arizona State University’s Blue Chip Job Growth Update ranks the area first among the nation’s largest metro markets for employment growth between February 2007 over February 2006.

The area’s 4.8 percent increase in total nonagricultural employment represents 89,200 new jobs. In metropolitan markets with less than 1 million workers, the Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss., area ranked No. 1, posting a 14.5 percent gain equating to 13,500 jobs.

Among states, Utah holds the top position in nonagricultural job growth for February, with a 4.4 percent increase, representing 52,000 jobs. Michigan remains in last place, with a 1 percent decrease, losing nearly 45,000 jobs.

Overall, the U.S. economy grew by close to 2 million jobs in February 2007 over February 2006, an increase of 1.5 percent.



Moonwalker to talk about future exploration by quotes

Moonwalker to talk about future exploration

TEMPE, Ariz. – Nearly 35 years ago, Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Hagan Schmitt became the 12th and last man to step onto the moon. He was the lunar module pilot for that mission, and carries the distinction of being the only geologist to ever walk on the lunar surface. Photos showing him in a space suit – covered in lunar dust as he collected geological samples – are reappearing these days in magazines and on the Web as NASA prepares to return to the moon.
 
Schmitt, who chairs the NASA Advisory Council, will be on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University April 10 to present a 7:30 p.m. lecture in Armstrong Hall titled “Lunar Field Exploration: the Post-Shoemaker Era.” The lecture rounds out a day of public events to mark the official launch of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.
 
In addition to the lecture, Schmitt will receive the inaugural Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Award, presented by BEYOND, ASU’s Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. Shoemaker, who was known for his pioneering research with his wife, Carolyn, in the field of asteroid and comet impacts, hired Schmitt to work at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1964. It was at the USGS that Shoemaker established the agency’s astrogeology center where astronauts who would later explore the lunar surface were trained. At the time, no one knew that Schmitt would be selected for NASA’s scientist-astronaut program and later become a moonwalker himself.
 
According to oral history transcripts, Schmitt said of Shoemaker: “He was one of the foremost planetologists who ever lived.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of Shoemaker’s death in a automobile accident in Australia.
 
Among Shoemaker’s many contributions to astronomy was the co-discovery with his wife, Carolyn, and his friend, David Levy, of a comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. That comet was named Shoemaker-Levy 9.
 
The Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Award will be presented each year to a leading scientist in honor of his life and work, says Paul Davies, ASU professor and director of BEYOND. “It’s fitting that Harrison Schmitt be the first recipient,” he says.
 
As a USGS astrogeologist, Schmitt instructed NASA astronauts. He has a diverse background as a geologist, pilot, astronaut, administrator, businessman and writer. His recent book is Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space.
 
Schmitt also served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 through 1982, representing his home state of New Mexico. In addition to serving as chair of the NASA Advisory Council, Schmitt consults, speaks and writes on policy issues of the future, the science of the moon and planets, and the American Southwest. He is the founder and chairman of Interlune-Intermars Initiative Inc., where he works to advance the private sector’s acquisition of lunar resources.
 
His scientific research concentrates primarily on the synthesis of data related to the origin and evolution of the moon and the terrestrial planets and on the economic geology of the lunar regolith and its resources.
 
Schmitt received his bachelor’s from California Institute of Technology, studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Oslo and attended graduate school at Harvard. His Ph.D. in geology in 1964 is based on geological field studies in Norway. As a civilian, Schmitt received Air Force jet pilot wings in 1965 and Navy helicopter wings in 1967.
 
The Shoemaker Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Registration and additional information are available at sese.asu.edu or (480) 965-5081.



Maricopa County Fair – County Fair Offers Free Day for Seniors by quotes

Maricopa County Fair – County Fair Offers Free Day for Seniors

PHOENIX, AZ – A free day to play for everyone 55 and over! That is what the 2007 Maricopa County Fair is offering seniors this year. Opening day of the fair, Wednesday April 11, has been officially designated as Seniors Day. Admission will be free to visiting seniors.

A day full of fun to help celebrate “It’s Showtime” is in store for all visitors. Lots of great entertainment is scheduled. Daily shows by Skip Banks the Balloon Man, Madame Zelda’s Puppet Circus, Terrell & Takako – Jugglers Extraordinaire and Doggies of the Wild West are just some of the lineup.

Two stages will be filled with dancers, school bands, local musicians and other community acts. “We are currently booking barbershop quartets, sweet Adelines, square dance groups and other specialty acts,” says Carolyn Siebrand-White, Seniors Day Coordinator. “We are thrilled to offer the fair to seniors for free.”

As a special treat, everyone 55 and over will receive a free carousel ride from 10am to 2pm. “Thanks to Butler Amusements, the fair is able to offer Seniors carousel rides at no charge. Come on out and enjoy the fair, the food, the entertainment, the exhibits and even the carnival,” says Michael Searle, Executive Director.

Don’t miss the 2007 Maricopa County Fair, April 11th through April 15th. For more information check the website, http://www.maricopacountyfair.org or call the fair office at 602-252-0717.

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