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TEMPE, Ariz. – “Mighty Manimal March.” by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. – “Mighty Manimal March,” the second of a two-part temporary,

shared-terrain public art exhibition was installed on Friday October 12

Friday on the ASU Gammage lawn, at the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and

Apache Boulevard.

Seattle artist Nicole Kistler, formerly of Tempe, will install a more than

160 commercially produced plastic, latex and fiberglass animal lawn

ornaments, such as deer, flamingoes and coyotes on the Gammage lawn. The

menagerie features 64 flamingoes, 30 penguins, five pelicans, seven iguanas

and lizards, two pythons, 10 chicks, a baby elephant named “Bessie,” 11 wild

boar, 20 rabbits, four squirrels, six reindeer and three bears. She intends

to arrange this “river” of animals so that they appear to be on a protest

march or leaving class together and chatting about the course material.

The installation will be on display through December (date pending).

Shared Terrain exhibitions are intended to explore the blurred territory and

shared history where the university meets the city. Pedestrians and

passengers of the thousands of vehicles that pass through this area can

receive a new perspective on the familiar territory and expand their

awareness of site-responsive artwork.

This exhibition furthers the arts district concept of Mill Avenue, which

begins at Gammage Auditorium and includes the Music Building, ASU Art Museum

and the Ceramics Research Center and several School of Art galleries.

Shared Terrain information:

http://herbergercollege.asu.edu/public_art/temporary/sharedterrain.html

Nicole Kistler information: www.nicolekistler.com

<http://www.nicolekistler.com/>

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Mesa agencies support Domestic Violence Awareness Month with display by azhttp

In Arizona, a woman is murdered by her husband or boyfriend every four days.

In an effort to bring attention and awareness to this staggering problem,

the City of Mesa and Save the Family Foundation of Arizona have joined

forces to create a display at the Main Library, 64 E. First St., which will

run through the month of October. The display contains artwork and

stories from the mothers and children in Save the Family’s program.

Visitors to the display will learn to recognize domestic violence, see how

domestic violence victims are working to turn their lives around as well as

find out how they can volunteer and help be part of the solution. The

display coincides with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Save the Family provides transitional housing and case management services

to more than 300 families a year. With 159 housing units serving homeless

families with children throughout the Valley, Save the Family is changing

the face of homelessness and helping many women and children of domestic

violence get a fresh start. Through programs like Career Development, Legal

Assistance and domestic violence and parenting classes, clients in Save the

Family’s program learn to become both economically and emotionally

self-sufficient.

For more information, contact Save the Family Volunteer Director Andrea Sok

at 480-898-0228, extension 215.



VITA volunteers needed in Mesa by azhttp
October 15, 2007, 7:46 pm
Filed under: City of Mesa, Community, Mesa, Tax, Taxes, Volunteering, Volunteers | Tags: , , , ,

Volunteer tax preparers are needed in Mesa for the Volunteer Income Tax

Assistance Program (VITA), which offers free tax help to hard working

community members who cannot prepare their own tax returns. During the last

tax season, the VITA program returned almost $1 million in federal tax

refunds directly to 934 households in Mesa.

New volunteer tax preparers are required to commit to a minimum of 2 to 4

hours per week. They will prepare the basic 1040 tax returns and related

schedules and know the eligibility rules for claiming the Earned Income Tax

Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). New volunteer preparers must

attend training in January.

There is also a need for other volunteers with the VITA program, includin= g

greeters, screeners and translators. All volunteers must attend an

orientation session.

VITA tax sites will be open in February, March and April on weekdays and

weekends throughout Mesa. They are generally located at community and

neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other

convenient locations. All locations also offer free electronic filing.

For more information, contact Mesa Neighborhood Services Volunteer

Coordinator Katie Brown at 480-644-3705 or

www.cityofmesa.org/volunteer/neighsvc



AWARD WINNING TEMPE FACILITY CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING by azhttp

TEMPE (October 11, 2007) – Please join us as we celebrate the

newest and “greenest” facility in the Valley Metro transit system.

The public is invited to view and tour the East Valley Bus Operations and

Maintenance Facility at 2050 W. Rio Salado Parkway and understand more about

what makes a building environmentally friendly at the grand opening on

October 22.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a breakfast and facility tours

to follow at 10:30 a.m. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Scottsdale Mayor Mary

Manross will make remarks about the features of the facility at 9:30 a.m.

The facility was recently awarded the Valley Forward Association Award of

Merit for Buildings and Structures because of its innovative use of recycled

materials and use of local resources.

“In Tempe, we are working to create an economically, culturally

and environmentally sustainable community,” said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman.

“This new facility is a tangible representation of that commitment and of

our ability to work together to make that sustainable vision a reality.”

The cities of Tempe and Scottsdale, along with Valley Metro,

will be celebrating this new facility that contains sustainable elements

that help to protect and conserve the Earth’s natural resources. Tempe and

Scottsdale are actively supporting Leadership in Energy and Environmental

Design (LEED) certified buildings in their communities.

Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross said, “I am particularly proud

that Scottsdale and Tempe have supported a goal of LEED certification, and

with a Gold certification submittal for the facility’s administration

building it proves outstanding dedication to this effort.”

The new facility will provide and enhance future transportation

services in the Valley. The 24-acre facility will house 250 buses and 600

employees and include more than 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art

maintenance, fueling, bus wash and administrative “green” space. The

administration office will be submitted for LEED Gold certification and the

remainder of the project will be submitted for LEED Silver certification by

the U.S. Green Building Council.

Funding for the facility is a combination of Proposition 400

public transportation funds, local funds from Tempe and Scottsdale, and

federal funds. The event is free to the public.

Valley Metro/RPTA is an organization of 14 local governments

that provides or funds transit services to citizens in the greater Phoenix

metropolitan and surrounding areas. For more information about Valley Metro

public transit services, call Transit Information at (602) 253-5000; for

callers with TTY (602) 261-8208; or visit the Valley Metro website at

www.ValleyMetro.org <http://www.valleymetro.org/> . The ON THE MOVE logo

designates those transportation projects approved by voters in November

2004.



Toys for Tunes by quotes
October 11, 2007, 2:04 am
Filed under: Arizona, Art, Artists, Arts, Arts and Entertainment, Music | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Tempe delegation to accept 100 Best award by quotes
October 6, 2007, 7:08 pm
Filed under: City of Tempe, City of Tempe News, Tempe, Tempe Arizona | Tags: , , , ,

Tempe delegation to accept 100 Best award

Outstanding programs and facilities win accolade for Tempe

Tempe, AZ – A Tempe delegation will accept the city’s second 100 Best Communities for Young People award in Washington, D.C., next week.

City Councilmembers Mark Mitchell and Onnie Shekerjian, along with Tempe Community Council Executive Director Kate Hanley, and Communities in Schools Director Lynette Stonefeld, will be in attendance at the America’s Promise Alliance National Forum on Youth Oct. 10-11 in Washington.

Earlier this year, Tempe learned it had been named – for the second year in a row – as one of the top communities in the nation for youth.

Hundreds of communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands applied to win the designation, which honors commitments to provide healthy, safe and caring environments for young people.

Founded in 2005 by General Colin Powell, America’s Promise looks for communities that fulfill the organization’s Five Promises: Caring Adults; Safe Places; Healthy Start; Effective Education; and Opportunities to Help Others. Powell and his wife, Alma, will attend the forum, along with hundreds of representatives from other winning communities.

The two-day forum is designed to allow representatives from the winning communities to exchange ideas and hear from national leaders on issues that impact children.

Tempe’s application for the 2007 award was possible because of the support of many partners, such as the Tempe Community Council, the East Valley Boys & Girls Club, KAET Channel 8, the Tempe Elementary School District and the Mountain Park Health Clinic, among others.

Tempe won the award, in part, because of the efforts of Tempe/Kyrene Communities In Schools (CIS), a collaboration of the City of Tempe, Tempe school districts and many businesses and nonprofits. CIS has opened nine family resource centers in high-poverty elementary schools, with the aim of supporting parents as they take part in their children’s education.

Other programs and initiatives that helped single out Tempe for this honor include: the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, which gives young people a voice in local government; the city’s establishment of an adaptive recreation program to serve children with disabilities who wish to participate in Special Olympics; an advisory committee of local businesses that hire special education and at-risk students for after-school jobs; the Tempe Public Library’s Experience Corps project, which pairs retirees with students for tutoring; and the first community health clinic serving low-income residents.



Mesa – City Portals by azhttp
October 3, 2007, 5:17 am
Filed under: Arizona, Arizona Technology, Awards, City of Mesa, Innovation, Mayor, Mesa, Technology | Tags: ,

Contact: Jessica Brodersen

Web Specialist

480.644.5035 Tel

jessica.brodersen@cityofmesa.org

Mesa was recently named as a finalist in the Best of the Web Awards for City Portals. In addition, the city won an honorable mention in the government internal category for the automated web application for PC cycle replacement.

The Best of the Web Award is a national program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals.

“We are extremely proud to have received this recognition from the Center for Digital Government not only this year but on numerous occasions in the past because it shows we are consistent with our efforts to increase our use of technology, which will improve the quality of life of our citizens,”

Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said. “The award recognizes the creativity, innovation and dedication of our employees who have truly made the City of Mesa tech savvy.”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. For more information about the Center, and to view the list of all award winners, visit the Web site at http://www.centerdigitalgov.com.