Phoenix Arizona


Phoenix Neighborhoods Stand Together to Stop Gun Violence in South Phoenix by quotes

Phoenix Neighborhoods Stand Together

to Stop Gun Violence in South Phoenix

June 05 , 2008 by EditorA gun buy-back, a neighborhood cleanup and community walk are part of the “Take Back Your Neighborhood” campaign recently unveiled by Mayor Phil Gordon.

The month-long campaign will focus on four specific neighborhoods that, according to police, experience a disproportionate amount of gun violence and include several events specifically designed to make the neighborhoods a safer place.

Joining the mayor were Phoenix City Council members Michael Johnson, District 8, and Michael Nowakowski, District 7, and representatives of the Phoenix Police Department, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, Silent Witness, Phoenix Fire Department, Silent Witness and Arizonans for Gun Safety.

The goal of the program is to empower the residents of these neighborhoods to take action to prevent future gun violence. The neighborhoods involved in the project and their boundaries are:

7/11 Fight Back (7th to 15th avenues and Buckeye Road to I-17), Lindo Park (19th to 23rd avenues and Roeser Road to Southern Avenue), South Vista (12th to 16th streets and Roeser Road to Southern Avenue), Hermoso Park (16th to 24th streets and Vineyard to Broadway roads).

Spearheading the Take Back Your Neighborhood program is Arizonans for Gun Safety, a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to reducing gun deaths and injuries.

In addition, several private individuals and companies have pledged their support, including APS, Gust Rosenfeld, Jerry and Joan Colangelo, Phoenix Community Alliance, SRP, the Arizona Republic and La Voz.

The Take Back Your Neighborhood program is a coordinated effort between the city of Phoenix, Phoenix Police Department, ATF, Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office and Arizonans for Gun Safety to dramatically reduce the amount of violent crime in the four Phoenix neighborhoods.

The events for the bilingual campaign include:

The “Steps to Stop Gun Violence” community walk 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Lindo Park, 19th Avenue and Roeser Road, led by faith-based communities in the four neighborhoods. The walk will culminate with a free breakfast and the distribution of free gun locks.

Two job fairs scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 19, to help neighborhood residents take charge of their lives.

A neighborhood cleanup event 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, presented by the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department to help encourage community involvement. In addition to dumpsters and garbage bags, paint and rollers will be provided to stamp out graffiti.

A “no questions asked” gun buy-back program 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, will award a $100 grocery gift card to anyone who brings in a firearm. Buyback locations will include the Phoenix Police Department’s South Mountain Precinct, as well as community churches in each of the four participating neighborhoods.

A community celebration of Take Back Your Neighborhood month 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28, from at the South Mountain Community Center. Activities will include music, food, games and free swimming in the community pool.

The Take Back Your Neighborhood campaign will include weekly door hangers on every one of the 4,000 homes and apartments in the participating communities, as well as billboards, posters and event fliers promoting specific events. Additionally, 600 free gun locks will be distributed throughout the duration of the program to promote firearm safety.

For more information about the program, visit http://takebackyourneighborhood.com or call 602-222-5400.

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Mesa VITA volunteers needed for training session by quotes

Mesa VITA volunteers needed for training session

 

Source: VITA volunteers

Volunteer tax preparers are still needed in Mesa for a training session for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) that begins Saturday January 19 at A New Leaf (MesaCAN), 635 E. Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The only experience needed is the spirit of volunteerism! The IRS will provide free training and materials. Basic computer knowledge is a definite plus.

New volunteers will need 20 hours of training to 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).

 

The other classes are scheduled for January 23, 30 and 31 from 6 p.m. to 9

p.m. Returning volunteer tax preparers need 10 hours of self-study. There is also a need for other volunteers with the VITA program, including greeters, screeners and translators. All volunteers must attend an orientation session Saturday January 26 at the City of Mesa Utility Building, 640 N. Mesa Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon.

VITA offers free tax help to hard working community members who cannot prepare their own tax returns. VITA tax sites will be open in February, March and April at four locations in Mesa: Mesa Community College, Southern and Dobson Campus, Student Union, 1833 W. Southern Ave.; Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Campus, Acacia Village Computer Lab, 2305 N. Power Road; A New Leaf (MesaCAN), 635 E. Broadway and Mercy Housing Villas de Merced, Club House, 520 N. Mesa Drive.

For more information, contact Mesa Human Services Specialist Lisa Wilson at 480-644-5831 or

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) information from CIR
Updated January 2, 2008
Return to Give Help
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a program that provides free tax preparation to benefit individuals with low to moderate income, senior citizens, Non-English speaking persons, and individuals with disabilities. Volunteers prepare basic tax returns at conveniently located community and neighborhood locations. Returns are filed electronically resulting in fast refunds. All training and materials are provided free from the IRS.

Local VITA Impact

In Arizona, millions of EITC dollars were not collected by eligible families. In one hour, you can help a moderate or low-income family collect an average of $1,871 (to a maximum of $4,700) for things like meeting basic needs, purchasing a house or buying a car through your local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program!

Volunteers play a crucial role in EITC campaigns. Free tax preparation sites depend on volunteers and not only do they help working families get the credit(s) they deserve, but also save families the fee charged by professional tax preparers. Last year, volunteers returned more than $7 million impacting more than 10,000 hard working families.

Bill Austin
Scottsdale Job Network
AZhttp, Inc.



Library showcases senior artwork by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. – “Visions of Arizona: People, Places and Things from our own

experiences,” the 2007 senior art exhibition will be on display from

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday (except on city-observed holidays), from

Oct. 25 through Jan. 24 in the Public Library Second Floor Gallery, 3500 S.

Rural Road.

Admission is free.

This exhibition features Tempe senior artists from five city-sponsored art

classes at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center. The classes provide the

opportunity for individuals to enhance their skills and experiment with new

and traditional techniques and materials.

The students come from widely varied backgrounds and all parts of the world.

Nearly all of these students have found their creativity to be a source of

deep personal satisfaction and growth, keeping them young in both mind and

heart.

Artists display work in acrylic, oil, water color, colored pencil and other

drawing media. This year’s exhibit is a collection of artwork designed from

artists’ personal “Arizona” experiences.

Information: http://www.tempe.gov/arts/exhibitions/Library.htm or call

480/350-5211

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-5211> .

Tempe galleries are operated and maintained by the city of Tempe Cultural

Services Division.



Tempe’s 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival by azhttp

Tempe’s 30th Annual Halloween Carnival a treat for all

Families invited to the best “monster mash” in town

TEMPE, Ariz. – Don’t get spooked this Halloween! Come to one of the most

exciting and safe places in the Valley to celebrate Halloween with your

family. Tempe’s 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival will be Wednesday,

Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Kiwanis Community Park, 6005 S.

All-America Way (Mill Avenue and All-America Way).

Some spooktacular highlights include entertainment, food, face painting,

carnival games and a 7:30 p.m. costume contest for goblins of all ages.

Local groups will provide live entertainment.

Admission is free and is offered to Valley families as a safe alternative to

trick-or-treating. Carnival tickets are 25 cents each, and proceeds will

benefit non-profit groups around the state.

More than 5,000 families are expected to attend this year’s event, and Tempe

hopes that number will grow even more in the years to come.

For more information visit www.tempe.gov/events or call the City of Tempe

Parks and Recreation Office at 480-350-5200. Text telephone/TDD is available

at 480-350-5050.



Elements invade Post Office windows by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. – “Element,” an exhibition inspired by the extravagant holiday

window displays in Macy’s and other New York City department stores, will be

on display from Oct. 19-Jan. 31 at the United States Post Office, 500 S.

Mill Ave. (5th Street & Mill Avenue).

Artists Nicole Royse (Tempe), Jeff Falk (Phoenix), Adil Rahee (Mesa) and

Manny Burruel (Glendale) have prepared elaborate window displays that

celebrate one of the following elements: air, fire, earth and water.

Water

Royse earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History from Arizona State

University. She currently works on several research projects in the field of

art history.

Fire

Falk is a long-time active artist in Phoenix that has studied art at

Glendale Community College, Arizona State University and Phoenix College and

has shown his artwork in more than 200 exhibitions in venues across North

America.

Earth

Since moving to Arizona and becoming an American citizen, Rahee has shown at

the Arizona State University Art Museum, as well as at the January Solo

Exhibition at Shemer Art Center and Museum. He is currently earning his

Masters of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at ASU.

Air

Burruel is a member of the Glendale Arts Commission and is a past member of

the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He was president of the Shemer Art

Center and Museum Associations Board of Directors and is a past vice

president and artist member of Movimiento Artistico del Rio Salado. His work

has been shown in countless exhibits throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan

area. His work has appeared in numerous publications, as well.

Information: Visit http://www.tempe.gov/arts/exhibitions/USPO.htm or call

Michelle Dock 480/350-2867.



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

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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.