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Latino Institute Back to School and Informational Fair Set for July 21 by quotes

Back to School Fair

The Latino Institute will present its sixth annual Back to School and Informational Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Cesar Chavez High School, 3921 W. Baseline Road.

This free event brings together organizations that provide services and programs that contribute to the advancement of the community. It also will prepare families and their children for the upcoming school year.

A popular feature of the event is the health section, which includes free health screenings, free mammograms on-site for women 35 years or older who already have a primary care physician and nutrition cooking demonstrations by local chefs.

The event also will include information about education, finance and parks programs, in addition to other valuable resources.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a neighborhood plenary to ask questions regarding the area in which they live.

Youth and families can participate in raffles, get free student backpacks, family backpacks, gift certificates for swimwear and school uniforms, and enjoy free entertainment and lunch provided by the Latino Institute.

Two players from the Harlem Globetrotters, an exhibition basketball team that combines

athleticism and comedy, will perform an interactive game.

For more information, call the Latino Institute at 602-534-6923 or visit

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Aaron Matos at Arizona Professional Recruiters Association (APRA)

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ARIZONA Aaron Matos, CEO and Founder of spoke at the last breakfast meeting of the Arizona Professional Recruiters Association (APRA) on Wednesday, June 20. The topic was “Blogs. Videos. Social Networking. Relationship Recruiting. Using Web 2.0 to Hire Better Candidates Faster than Your Competition.”Aaron’s talk was met with enthusiasm from the room full of recruiters. It appeared that many of them were not yet exploiting or making use of many of the tools and techniques that he described.

Some of the more memorable bits of wisdom that Aaron imparted included these:

“Recruiting is the most competitive sport.”
– Aaron Matos

Aaron described his history in the recruiting business and how he came to found

When asked about linkedin as a tool for recruiting he had this to say:

LinkedIn is huge with recruiters”
– Aaron Matos

That was probably the biggest understatement of the entire talk.

“You can’t hire people who don’t know you’re hiring”
– Aaron Matos

“You can’t hire people who don’t think of your company as a place for them.”
– Aaron Matos

The two quotes above remind me of a famous quote from a book written by a friend. It is so important that it is printed inside the front cover of his book “The Perception of a Difference” and it says this:

“I cannot buy from you until I know you exist.”
Wes Zimmerman

Finding a job is a marketing and sales process just as recruiting is.

Jim Clark, a Scottsdale Job Network volunteer who works for Odysseyware asks the crowd at the beginning of each meeting of the Scottsdale Job Network

“How many people here are not sales people?”

Those who raise their hands are asked to stand up.

“Raise your right hand and repeat after me …” says Jim.

“I, am a sales person. I sell the most important product in the world, myself.”

I wonder how many of the recruiters out there reading this do not think they are sales people?

Bill Austin

AZhttp, Inc.

Scottsdale Job Network

Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts forms by quotes

Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts forms

Volunteer group adds extra support to Tempe’s new arts facility

Tempe, AZ – The Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts has been formed by community leaders whose mission is to support the artistic activities of the Tempe Center for the Arts through grants, series funding, special projects, events and educational programs.

The group is offering memberships good through the end of 2008 with a variety of benefits.

“What was once a dream and a strategic goal of the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission has become a stunning reality,” said Gail Fisher, president and founder of the Friends. “We are rolling out the Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts to coincide with the announcement of opening weekend activities at the center on Sept. 7, 8, and 9.”

Memberships range from $100 for individuals up to $5,000 for individual/couple or corporate patrons. A Founder Donor Circle membership at $1,500 includes two tickets to the Grand Opening Gala on Sept. 9, recognition on a theater chair and lobby donor wall, invitations to artists’ receptions and a 10 percent discount in the TCA gift shop. The Grand Opening Gala is a fundraiser for the Friends.

Funds for the TCA were made possible by the citizen-driven “Yes on Prop 400” campaign, which convinced Tempe voters to support a sales tax to fund the TCA. Many of the individuals who organized that campaign have formed the Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts.

Others involved in the Friends include: Dianne Cripe, vice president; Kathy Stevens, secretary; and Scott Essex, treasurer. Board members are Scott Burge, Barb Carter, Brooke Corley, Mel Kessler, Robin Trick and honorary board member Virginia Tinsley, a longtime Tempe arts supporter.

More information on the Friends is available at <> or by calling 480-350-2884.

Tempe prepares for Valley’s biggest July 4th bash by quotes

Tempe prepares for Valley’s biggest July 4th bashTips for accessing and enjoying the best party in town

TEMPE, Ariz. -Tempe Beach Park will be ready next week for the Kiwanis Club of Tempe’s 56th annual celebration of our country’s birthday as US Airways presents the CBS 5 Tempe Town Lake July 4th Festival. The event features local bands, a children’s carnival and “splash zone” area, a food court and the SRP Fireworks Spectacular, a one-hour spectacle coordinated to patriotic and classical music.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The event closes at

11 p.m.


Advance tickets are on sale for $5 at: the Town Lake Operations Center (620 N. Mill Ave.); at the city’s Parks and Recreation Office on the second floor of the Tempe Public Library (3500 S. Rural Rd.); at Kiwanis Recreation Center (6111 S. All-America Way); and at the Escalante Community Center (2150 E. Orange St.). Tickets also are available for $6 at Safeway stores or at <> . At the gate, tickets are $8 or $15 for two. Children 12 and under are free.Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the event benefits local charities. For event details, visit <> . For traffic and bus details, visit Getting there and getting homeThe City of Tempe will make it easy for residents to get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival with FREE extended bus service. Residents are encouraged to park at one of the following park-and-ride locations and ride the bus for free to the festivities:

* Tempe Library Complex, located at the southwest corner of Rural

Road and Southern Avenue (Route 72)

* Tempe Sports Complex, located on Hardy Drive just north of

Warner Road (Route 62)

* Target, located on the northeast corner of Baseline Road and

McClintock Drive (Route 81)

* Arizona Mills Mall located, on Priest Drive north of Baseline

Road near entry 1 (Routes 56, 92)

Before 3 p.m., all Tempe bus routes will run according to Sunday schedules. After 3 p.m., the following bus routes will run every 15 minutes to downtown Tempe until 8 p.m. with return service until midnight. All routes serving downtown will drop off and pick up on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive in the Tempe Center parking lot.

* 56 – Priest

* 62 – Hardy

* 66 – Mill

* 72 – Rural

* 81 – McClintock

* 92 – 48th Street/Guadalupe

Several Tempe bus routes will be detoured from 5 a.m. July 4 to 1 a.m.

July 5. Visit for bus detours, routes and scheduling. The Tempe Transit Store, 502 S. College Ave., will be closed July 4. For more information about the July 4th festival, visit <> or call 480-350-5189. For street closure information, visit ParkingFree ADA-accessible parking will be available at the US Airways parking lot on the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and 3rd St. Other lots are available at $10 per vehicle, including: ASU’s Lot 59 at Rio Salado Parkway and Rural Road; Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy; and the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Free bicycle parking is available on the east and west sides of Tempe Beach Park.

Do not park on the north side of Tempe Town Lake if you intend to come into the event at Tempe Beach Park, since the Mill Avenue bridges will not be open for vehicles or pedestrians.

What to bring

Sealed containers of water, portable chairs and blankets are okay to bring into the event. Food, coolers, pets, skateboards, skates and bicycles are not allowed. Permitted service animals are allowed.

City of Tempe Independence Day schedule by quotes

City of Tempe Independence Day schedule

TEMPE, Ariz. – In observance of Independence Day, the City of Tempe will close all administrative offices on Wednesday, July 4.

Emergency services will be unaffected by the holiday, and residential and commercial recycling/solid waste collection will take place under normal operating hours.


Tempe Town Lake and its surrounding parks will be open from 4-11 p.m. as US Airways presents the CBS 5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival. The Town Lake Operations Center will be closed. Kiwanis Recreation Center,

6111 S. All-America Way, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. (480-350-5201 or 480-350-5711). Tempe Beach Park Splash Playground, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, will be closed (480-350-8625). The Jaycee Splash Playground, 715 W. 5th St., will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

(480-350-5200). The Clark Park Swimming Pool, 1730 S. Roosevelt St., will be open from 1-5 p.m. (480-350-5203). The McClintock Swimming Pool, 1830 E. Del Rio Dr., will be open from 1-5 p.m. (480-350-5202).


The Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5500). The Tempe Historical Society Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5100). The Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, 3340 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5287).


The Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St., will be open from noon to 6 p.m., and the center’s pool will be open from 1-5 p.m.

(480-350-5858). The Westside Community Center, 715 W. 5th St., will be closed (480-858-2400). The Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5211). The North Tempe Multigenerational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath., will be closed (480-858-6500).


The Ken McDonald Golf Course, 800 E. Divot Dr., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5250). The Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5275).

Rebate For Xeriscape landscaping instead of grass by quotes
June 28, 2007, 3:16 pm
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New rebate to encourage Xeriscape landscape instead of grass

Mesa water customers that replace their water-thirsty grass with low-water using plants will now be rewarded with cash back. The new Grass-to-Xeriscape Landscape Rebate, approved by the Mesa City Council on June 25, will encourage the use of landscape plants appropriate to our Sonoran Desert climate. The current owner of a single-family home can apply for a rebate of $500 for removing at least 500 square feet of grass. The new program takes effect July 25, and customers must qualify, which includes receiving prior approval from the City before removing the grass. A yearly budget of $50,000 has been set aside for the program, to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since more than half of the water used by homeowners can often be spent on outdoor watering, converting from grass to an attractive low-water using landscape is one of the best ways to conserve water and energy, save money on your water bill, and create a landscape that is much easier to maintain. Local studies show that a Xeriscape landscape can use 50 to 60 percent less water than turf-style landscapes.

Xeriscape (zeer-a-scape) is a term that defines a creative approach to landscaping that includes the use of well-adapted plants, efficient irrigation, careful design and proper maintenance. Xeriscape also creates or replaces habitat needed by wildlife, and helps to create shade for people, our homes and our communities.

The new Grass-to-Xeriscape Rebate program replaces City Ordinance 5-17-8 (E), which provided a rebate of 10 to 25 percent of the water impact fee (paid at the time of construction), when specific low-water using landscapes were installed. The impact fee rebate was only available to customers whose homes were built in 1984 or later, so it did not offer any incentive to residents with older homes. Performing a landscape renovation, especially when it involves grass removal, is typically more costly, complex and difficult to accomplish than simply constructing a new landscape or replacing existing plants.

The City offers a number of publications to assist customers in their conversion from grass to Xeriscape, including Converting to Xeriscape, Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert and Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style in the Arizona Desert. For a complete listing of available publications or to find out how to qualify for the Grass-to-Xeriscape Rebate, visit or call (480) 644-3306.

Biomedical Sciences at ASU by quotes

Bee researcher at Arizona State University is one of 20 new Pew Scholars in the biomedical sciences

TEMPE, Ariz.– It’s hard to imagine, for most of us, that the bees we see buzzing between strands of orange flowers of the desert mallow could potentially usher in a medical breakthrough. However, in the right hands, these insects best known for their banded coloration, social life and skills with pollination could some day be the key to advancements in biomedical neuroscience of aging – if Gro Amdam has her way, with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Amdam, an assistant professor in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences who heads social insect studies in laboratories at both ASU and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences’ Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, is one of only 20 researchers chosen this year to enter the Trusts’ exclusive rolls as a Pew Scholar in the biomedical sciences. About 150 eligible colleges across the nation were invited to submit a candidate for the award this year. Remarkably, it was the first year that Arizona State University was invited to participate and Amdam was the sole candidate put forward by ASU President Michael M. Crow.
“The focus of this award – biomedical sciences – is an evolving area of emphasis for ASU,” says Crow. “The fact that the award is going to a researcher using the honeybee as a biomedical model exemplifies the spirit of ASU unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries.”
Robert Page, founding director of ASU’s School of Life Sciences and Amdam’s oft-time collaborator in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says he never had any doubt that the Pew Trusts would select Amdam, and that the award has special significance on several fronts: “This the first year that ASU was invited to nominate, so it marks our initiation as an institution into this select ’club.’ The fact that our faculty member was chosen also shows that ASU belongs in the club. Then, when you consider that this award is in the area of biomedical science and will support research using honeybees … it shows just how much the world of biology is changing and that comparative biology will be central even to the biomedical sciences.”
The Pew Charitable Trusts is composed of seven separate trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by the heirs of Joseph N. Pew, founder of the Sun Oil Company, and is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. It partners with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share its commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

“The Pew Scholars are among America’s finest biomedical research entrepreneurs. They seek out and mine unexpected leads in a quest for knowledge that may one day lead to new medical treatments and save lives,” says Rebecca W. Rimel, president and chief executive office of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

As a Pew Scholar, Amdam will receive a $240,000 award over four years to help support her research.

Among past Pew Scholars are Nobel Prize winners, such as Craig Mello from the University of Massachusetts, who shared the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Stanford’s Andrew Fire for their development of the RNA interference (RNAi) technique. Amdam’s research will make use of RNAi to study genes implicated in plasticity of honeybee neuronal aging.

Of the award, Amdam says, “In the scholarly system of Norway, where I come from, such recognitions are very rare, nearly unheard of. This is a great honor for me.” She also notes, “The award gives me a unique opportunity to take my research at ASU into the field of neuroscience, and neurogerontology in particular.”
According to Amdam, her Pew project will join two lines of study that have never been coupled: the emerging field of honeybee comparative neurogerontology – in which Amdam has published the first work on plasticity of neuronal oxidative damage – and honeybee behavioral physiology, where cumulative data show that age-related cell damage can be reversed. Amdam has authored or coauthored publications in Nature, Public Library of Science Biology, Advances in Cancer Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Experimental Gerontology and Behavioral Brain Research in the past year, laying the foundation for this work. Her group has documented that social reversal, which triggers old bees (that usually forage outside of the hive) to revert to tasks normally performed by younger bees (that nurse larvae within the hive), is associated with reversal of several physiological markers of senescence. Her findings, and supporting findings from other groups, Amdam says, indicate that “behavioral reversal triggers a systemic response, one which translates into a unique cascade of cell repair in bees.” Preliminary data collected in her laboratory suggest that this cascade can include the central nervous system.
“If social reversal causes arrest or partial clearance of neuronal oxidative damage, my project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts will establish the first model for neuronal oxidative remission,” Amdam notes.
Oxidative brain damage is a fundamental pathology in normal human aging and in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and development of novel treatments has high priority in biomedical research, says Amdam. Although she describes this line of discovery as risky, “its prospective contribution is of considerable relevance for human health.” 

Wild Wednesdays event takes children to Mars by quotes

TEMPE, Ariz. – Wild Wednesdays takes a voyage to Mars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Tempe Historical Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., (southwest corner of Rural Road and Southern Avenue).

Participants will discover the history of mars exploration, make a solar system and UV bead bracelet, see images of Mars topography, test their knowledge at the mysterious planet station and more.

Families looking for a cool way to spend their summer days are invited to walk-in anytime during the event and enjoy games, crafts, scavenger hunts, demonstrations, story times and/or music. Summer camp groups are welcome and need to reserve time in advance by calling 480-350-5100.

Remaining dates and themes

July 11

Farmers and Ranchers- learn how to twirl a rope, make your own cotton plant, see an old fashioned chuck-wagon and more.

July 18

Prickly & Wild: Desert Plants – Learn about low water use plants, view a pollination display with a matching activity and discover recipes using desert plants. Participate in a story time and demonstration featuring fascinating facts about desert plants and enjoy scavenger hunts in the courtyard and in the museum.

July 25

Time Travel: The Roaring 20s – travel back to the 1920s and learn about baseball, movies, comic strips, airplane flight, toys and more. Enjoy a DJ with 1920s music, a dance “marathon” with prizes, stories from the era, a scavenger hunt and more.

Funded in part by the Tempe Historical Society. Information:


Kari Kent named Deputy City Manager by quotes
June 21, 2007, 8:50 pm
Filed under: City of Mesa, Mesa

Kari Kent named Deputy City Manager

Kari Kent, Neighborhood Services Director for the City of Mesa, has been =

selected as Mesa’s new Deputy City Manager. She replaces Paul Wenbert,=

who retired March 1. Kent’s appointment will be recommended to City =

Council at its June 25 meeting.

“Kari was chosen from among a strong pool of candidates across the country,” Mesa Assistant City Manager Debra Dollar said. “Ultimately= , she was selected as the top candidate because of her leadership and communication skills, solid work ethic, dedication to Mesa and passion to=

serve the community.”

Kent has worked with the City of Mesa for 14 years. She was promoted to =

Solid Waste Management Director in 1999 and Assistant Development Service= s Director in July 2001. She has been Neighborhood Services Director since=

November 2006. In this capacity, she oversees Code Compliance, Housing =

and Community Revitalization, Diversity Office, Neighborhood Outreach and=

Historic Preservation. Kent will continue as Acting Neighborhood Service= s Director until a replacement is named.

Kent received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and a Masters of Public Administration from =

Arizona State University. She joins Deputy City Managers Bryan Raines an= d Jack Friedline in providing leadership oversight to the City’s many diverse divisions.

Mesa Southwest Museum by quotes
June 21, 2007, 8:45 pm
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“Your Healer Within” exhibit at Mesa Southwest Museum

It is a fun human body show for the whole family! Mesa Southwest Museum =

will be hosting “Your Healer Within,” a new temporary exhibit that op= ens June 23 and continues until September 9. The exhibit focuses on the science of self-healing and self-directed wellness and looks at health =

issues you should know at every stage of life from the cradle to the grave. It features numerous inter-active tools including:

· A virtual reality tour through the immune system

· “Boarding Around Town” which has a model skeleton skateboarding=


music of your choice

· A virtual pond which lets you move water and melt ice with your


· “Cell Warrior” which lets you imagine yourself as a white blood=

cell to help the body heal

“Your Healer Within” is a public education project of A.T. Still University in Mesa. For more than 100 years, A.T. Still University has =

been educating compassionate healthcare professionals. The University =

loaned the exhibit to the City free of charge.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with A.T. Still University to bring thi= s exciting and innovative exhibition to the City,” Mesa Southwest Museum =

Curator of Education Kathy Eastman said. The museum is the first stop fo= r the exhibit, which will be on a national tour for at least five years. =

For more information on the exhibit, contact Kathy Eastman at 480-644-566=


or log onto For more information about A.T=Still University, log onto