Phoenix Arizona

SJN – Scottsdale Job Network by quotes

SJN – Scottsdale Job Network

Job Seekers, Employers and Volunteers helping place wokers in Phoenix Jobs.

SJN – Scottsdale Job Network – is a group of job seekers and others volunteering their time to help them in their career transitions. The group attracts speakers from industry, technology, government, finance, coaching and recruiting to discuss job search fundamentals including developing a marketing plan, writing a resume, networking and interviewing.

Scottsdale Job Network NEXT MEETING: TUES, OCT 2

Guest speaker:

Peter Polk, Retired Healthcare Executive
Governor’s Task Force on Aging-Mature Worker InitiativePresenting:  Conversational Rituals

How can we overcome frustrations and avoid misunderstandings that result from gender differences in conversational style?  When conversational rituals are not understood, we tend to interpret them literally = misinterpreting the speaker’s intentions and abilities.  In every office, no matter what part of the world, and no matter what kind of business, there’s one activity without which no work could ever get done …… Talking.  In any job search, effective talking at an interview can result from knowing conversational style to apply whether the interviewer is a man or woman.

Retirement transition talk at Tempe Public Library by azhttp

Tempe, Ariz. – Retirement can be more than golfing, traveling and sitting

around the house. Participate in an informal panel discussion of the

challenges and opportunities of post-career life.

If you’ve recently retired or are thinking about retirement, sign up for the

Retirement Transition Talk, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Tempe

Connections Café at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd.

The panel includes successful professionals who have made the leap and are

enjoying active lifestyles full of fun and fulfillment. They will share

their personal experiences, tips and techniques for maintaining social

connections, engaging in the community and finding purpose and meaning in a

post-career life.

Ask questions, share ideas, and meet new people who are committed to

reinvention and renewal in the second half of life. Speakers include: Ken

Bond, a retired Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer; Doug Cullinane, a

retired civil/environmental engineer; and Ilene Dode, retired President/CEO

of Empact Suicide Prevention Center.

The session is $5 per person and includes coffee and dessert. For

registration, send an email to or call


Tempe Connections is a nonprofit community service program and café based at

the Tempe Public Library. The proceeds from the full-service coffee bar

support programming and community involvement activities for older adults.

Tempe Center for the Arts by azhttp
September 15, 2007, 5:57 am
Filed under: Artists, Arts, Arts and Entertainment, City of Tempe, Entertainment, Tempe, Tempe Arizona | Tags: ,

April 21

Tempe Center for the Arts (Theater), 700 E. Rio Salado Parkway


“Overature to ‘Colas Breugnon’ ” by Dmitri Kabalevsky; “La Fiesta Mexicana”

by Herbert Owen Reed; and “Concerto for Piano, No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18” by

Sergei Rachmaninoff with Steinway Artist Walter Cosand, piano.

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra is a program of the city of Tempe Cultural

Services Division and is supported by the Arizona State University School of


Tickets for events at the Tempe Center for the Arts will be available at the

door, or patrons may call the TCA Box Office at 480-350-2822 to reserve a


Information: 480/350-5287 or visit

Greater Phoenix resale numbers end summer on sour note by azhttp

MESA, Ariz. — With 4,240 recorded sales in August 2007, the local resale housing market continues its uninspiring march. The activity of August followed July 2007 at 4,330 sales and was below last year’s 5,685 transactions. The month of August brought the year-to-date total to 37,750 sales, which is well below the 47,515 for 2006 year to date and 78,935 sales for 2005 year to date.

“Primarily the role of August is to act as a transition from the heady days of summer to the lower recorded sales of the last months of the year,” said Jay Butler, director of Realty Studies in the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness at the Polytechnic campus.

“However, there are increasing risks that the market could move lower than expected, driven by geopolitical risks and tighter mortgage underwriting guidelines. Both of these factors could make it increasingly difficult for people wanting to buy, but are not able to obtain needed financing. This point will be especially true in the move-up market,” Butler added.

The combination of large inventories and low interest rates have enabled people to purchase more expensive homes, which is one reason the county median price has remained fairly stable. But, recent troubles in the nonconforming mortgage market (mortgages above $417,000) have begun to adversely impact the move-up market. Last year, 39 percent of the resale homes sold for more than $300,000, while it was 37 percent for August 2007.

Foreclosures and new homes are providing a competitive alternative to the resale home in many areas of the market. New home builders continue to aggressively pursue buyers through incentives such as specially priced upgrades, free pools and gift cards. Thus, the 2007 resale housing market is showing signs of increasing weaknesses that could drive it below the current expectations of it being a good year.

Much like the ever-increasing sales activity of the last few years, the rapid improvement in price has disappeared. The median home price in August was $255,000 in comparison to $265,000 for July and last year’s $262,500. The most evident impact of lower prices is improved affordability. Although mortgage interest rates increased slightly from last year’s 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent, the lower median price allowed the monthly payment to decrease slightly from last year’s $1,350 to $1,330.

Changes in median prices can vary tremendously throughout the valley. For the western suburbs the median price has fallen from $240,000 in August 2006 to $217,450. On the other hand, homes in the North Mesa area have gone from last year’s $235,000 to $255,000. While some areas have declining prices, other areas are increasing or remaining fairly stable, especially the mature neighborhoods that are close to freeways, retail and schools. Since the greater Phoenix area is so large, the median price can range significantly from $680,000 ($697,500 in July) in North Scottsdale to $189,000 ($185,000 in July) in the Maryvale area of the city of Phoenix.

Although townhouse/condominium units have retained some popularity with seasonal visitors, investors and people seeking affordable housing, this housing sector has continually fallen from the 1,350 sales in March to 955 sales, while there were 1,100 sales for a year ago. Even with slower sales, the median home price increased slightly from $181,000 in July to $182,500 in August ($170,000 for August 2006).

The median square footage for a single-family home recorded sold in August 2007 was 1,740 square feet, which is larger than the 1,640 square feet for a year ago. The larger size further demonstrates the role of the move-up sector in the local housing market. In the townhouse/condominium sector, the median square footage was 1,115 square feet which is larger than the 1,090 square feet reported a year ago.

·       In contrast to August 2006, recorded sales in the city of Phoenix decreased from 1,760 sales to 1,160 sales, while the median sales price decreased to $220,000 from $224,000 for a year ago. Since Phoenix is a geographically large city, the median prices can range significantly such as $189,000 in the Maryvale area to $314,750 ($330,000 in July) in the Union Hills area. The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 395 to 300 sales, while the median price increased from $153,295 to $173,000.

·       While the Scottsdale resale home market declined from 390 from a year ago to 360 recorded sales, the median sales price decreased from last year’s $598,500 to $559,375. The median resale home price is $680,000 ($697,500 in July) in North Scottsdale and $305,000 ($315,000 in July) in South Scottsdale. The townhouse/condominium sector in Scottsdale increased slightly from 205 to 210 sales, while the median sales price decreased from $266,000 to $242,900.

·       Compared to August 2006, the Mesa resale housing market declined from 645 to 460 sales, while the median price fell from $240,000 to $237,000 ($242,000 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector also fell from 165 to 120 sales, while the median home price decreased from $159,950 to $152,000.


·       Glendale decreased from 445 to 300 sales and the median sales price decreased from $255,000 to $240,750 ($238,500 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 65 to 45 sales, while the median sales price decreased from $143,000 to $140,500.

·       For the city of Peoria, the resale market declined from 280 to 205 sales, while the median price dropped  from $270,000 to $257,500 ($264,950 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector decreased from 25 to 20 sales and the median price went from $165,000 to $162,500.

·       In comparison to a year ago, the Sun City resale market remained at 90 sales, while the median sales price decreased to $175,000 from $200,000. Resale activity in Sun City West declined from at 50 to 45 sales, the median sales price decreased from $240,650 to $220,000. The townhouse/condominium market in Sun City declined from 50 to 45 recorded sales, while the median home price decreased from $139,000 to $124,000. In Sun City West, activity fell from 15 to 10 sales and the median sales price decreased from $175,750 to $130,000.

·       The resale market in Gilbert decreased from 355 to 290 sales and the median sales price decreased from $320,000 to $300,000 ($314,500 in July). The townhouse/condominium market remained at 10 sales as the median sales price decreased from $210,000 to $180,000.

  • For the city of Chandler, the resale market fell from 410 to 300 recorded sales, while the median sales price went from $308,000 to $282,800 ($308,375 in July). The townhouse/condominium market stayed at 40 sales and the median sales price declined from $182,000 to $163,250.

·       The resale market in Tempe decreased from 155 to 115 sales, with the median sales price decreasing from $299,950 to $270,000 ($283,810 in July). The townhouse/condominium sector was stable at 70 sales, but the median sales price increased from $179,250 to $194,950.

·       The highest median sales price was in Paradise Valley at $1,950,000 with a median square foot house of 4,220 square feet.

·       In the West Valley, the following communities represent 10 percent of the resale market.

        o       Avondale fell from 130 to 95 sales with the median price moving from $254,325 to $223,275 ($222,500 in July).
        o       El Mirage decreased from 80 to 60 sales, while the median home price went from $212,750 to $185,000 ($180,000 in July).

        o       Goodyear went from 95 to 80 sales, while the median price decreased from $280,000 to $272,000 ($248,750 in July).

        o       Surprise decreased from 225 sales to 200 sales, with the median price decreasing from $250,000 to $232,500 ($234,900 in July).


Realty studies

Realty Studies is associated with the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus. Realty Studies collects and analyzes data concerning real estate in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Realty Studies is a comprehensive and objective source of real estate information for private, public and governmental agencies.  Its director, Dr. Jay Q. Butler, may be reached at (480) 727-1300 or e-mail him at To subscribe to RSS feed for Realty Studies news, visit

ASU’s Polytechnic campus, located in southeast Mesa, offers bachelor and graduate degree programs, unparalleled by other Arizona state universities, through the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, the School of Applied Arts and Sciences, the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation, and the College of Technology and Innovation. Visit us online at

Aaron Copland with Jenny Armendt by azhttp
September 14, 2007, 5:53 am
Filed under: Arizona, Artists, Arts and Entertainment, Entertainment, Maricopa County

Feb. 25

Location to be announced

“Old American Songs, Set 2” by Aaron Copland with Jenny Armendt,

mezzo-soprano; “Ballet Music from ‘Le Cid’ ” by Jules Massenet; and “Grand

Canyon Suite” by Ferde Grofé.

ASU Gammage by azhttp

Nov. 26

ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave. (northeast corner of Apache Boulevard and

Mill Avenue)


“Triple Concerto (Mvts. 2 & 3)” by Ludwig Van Beethoven with Katherine

McLin, violin, Thomas Landschoot, cello, and Andrew Campbell, piano; “Suite

from the Opera, ‘Merry Mount’ ” by Howard Hanson; “Crown Imperial March” by

William Walton with Kimberly Marshall, organ; and “Mass in G Major” by Franz

Schubert with vocalists Carole FitzPatrick, soprano, Glenn Bennett, tenor,

Robert Barefield, baritone, and the Deseret Chorale (Michael Willson,

Conductor); Red Mountain Community College A Capella Choir; Sun Valley

Chorale (Glenn Bennett, Conductor).



CHANDLER, AZ – The Chandler Center for the Arts will host public forums on

the following dates: Wednesday, September 26 @ 7pm ~ Tuesday, October

16 @ 7pm ~ Wednesday, November 14 @ 7pm. The purpose of the forums is

to assess the need for expanded arts facilities for today’s population.

Chandler’s population has grown from 89,000 when the Chandler Center for the

Arts opened in 1989 to 247,567 today.

Chandler Center for the Arts is a multi-theatre performing and visual arts

facility that is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler

Unified School District. The facility is used Monday through Thursday

primarily for school arts curriculum and other school activities, and Friday

through Sunday for City/or public performances. The City contracts with the

Chandler Cultural Foundation, a non-profit corporation, to act as the

programming and fundraising entity of the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Under this scenario, the Center represents one of the most unique

organizational structures in the country.

In the last year, separate bond elections were held in the Chandler Unified

School District and the City of Chandler that resulted in $6.7 million in

approved funding to replace aging theatrical equipment and to updating

facility amenities at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Additionally, the

City of Chandler and the Chandler Cultural Foundation hired Architekton and

Associates to lead a Facility Review and Expansion Feasibility Study. The

facility review portion was completed in May and is primarily associated

with the bond-approved projects. The expansion feasibility portion is

primarily intended to guide long-range planning and/or expansion for the

Chandler Center for the Arts. Interviews for the expansion feasibility

began in July with organizations, individuals and community groups and will

conclude with the public forums.

Each public forum will begin with an introduction on the study that has been

conducted to date. Additionally, each forum will include a different focus

of arts services for discussion and will provide an opportunity for public

input. Specifically, the September 26 forum will include a discussion on

facilities; the October 16 forum will focus on programming, and the November

14 forum will cover marketing. Light refreshments will be provided. All

forums will be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona

Avenue. For more information call (480) 782-2683.

“Volunteering 101” session scheduled at Tempe Library by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. -Do you want to help your community, but just don’t know how?

Tempe will host a “Volunteering 101” session will show you how and where you

can help your community, and how volunteering can help you reach your goals.

The free session will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10-11 a.m., in the

Connections Café on the main floor of the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S.

Rural Rd. Registration is required by calling 480-350-5190 by Sept. 14.

Mesa Southwest Museum by azhttp
September 12, 2007, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Artists, Arts, Arts and Entertainment, City of Mesa, Entertainment, Mesa, Museum | Tags:

Night at the Mesa Southwest Museum

Dress as your favorite character in the movie Night at the Museum and come

see the real thing at the Mesa Southwest Museum Friday September 14 from

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for this special event.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the museum as part of Friday

Night Out, have fun with the ‘Night at the Museum’ theme and promote our

name change,” Mesa Southwest Museum Director Tom Wilson said.

After the museum visit, you are encouraged to stay in Downtown Mesa for

Friday Night Out. Approximately 50 shops, galleries, restaurants and other

businesses along Main Street between Country Club Drive and Center

Street have been staying open until 10 p.m. for Friday Night Out on the

second Friday of every month. Some offer discounts and many host live

music, art exhibitions and other activities.

The Mesa Southwest Museum will change its name to the Arizona Museum of

Natural History October 1 to more accurately reflect the mission of the

institution as a natural history museum and emphasize its statewide scope .

For more information on Night at the Museum, contact Mesa Southwest Museum

Curator of Education Kathy Eastman at 480-644-5662.

Tempe Center for the Arts by azhttp

Oct. 15

Tempe Center for the Arts (Theater), 700 E. Rio Salado Parkway


“Prelude to the Third Act of ‘Lohengrin’ ” by Richard Wagner; “Concerto for

Cello & Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 85” by Edward Elgar with Brinton Smith,

cello soloist; “Symphonic Dances, Op.45 (Mvt.1)” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; and

“Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland with Mayor Hugh Hallman, narrator.