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Phoenix Public Library Will Host Celebrated Hispanic Author by quotes

Phoenix Public Library Will Host Celebrated Hispanic Author

Acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea will present two “Serious Confetti” programs as part of Phoenix Public Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month observance.

Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, will be at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., on Sept. 20 and at Palo Verde Library, 4402 N. 51st Ave., on Sept. 21.

The free programs will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Book sales and an author-signing will follow.

Born to a Mexican father and an Anglo mother, Urrea uses his dual cultural experiences to explore life’s major themes. His most recent book, “The Hummingbird’s Daughter,” tells the story of his great aunt, Teresa Urrea, who is known as “the Mexican Joan of Arc.”

He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for “The Devil’s Highway: A True Story,” which explores the fate of 26 Mexican men who attempted to cross the border into southern Arizona through a scorching stretch of desert know as “the Devil’s Highway.” Four days later, only 12 were alive. Urrea’s book examines immigration issues while illuminating the lives and deaths of the victims known as “the Yuma 14.”

“Serious Confetti” is the library’s ongoing literary series that has brought many acclaimed authors and artists to Phoenix libraries. It is funded by APS, Friends of the Phoenix Public Library and the Phoenix Public Library Foundation, with additional support from the John F. Long Foundation.

For more information, visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

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Fair Housing Workshop by quotes

 Fair Housing Workshop

Learn more about fair housing practices and laws at a free two-hour workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 17, at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.

The workshops, sponsored by the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department, will explain how fair housing practices apply to apartments, houses, condominiums and mobile home parks.

It is illegal for housing providers to discriminate against tenants, rental applicants or customers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familiar status. Housing providers include landlords, leasing agents, realtors, property managers and others.

Examples of housing discrimination include refusing to show an apartment, condominium or house to an interested minority applicant; having an “all adult” complex, except for senior housing; and building or designing an apartment complex that is not handicap accessible.

Registration is suggested. Call 602-262-7486/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY to register.



Phoenix Arizona – Certification Workshops for Minority, Women and Small Business Owners by quotes

Phoenix Arizona –Certification Workshops for Minority, Women and Small Business Owners

Minority, woman and small business owners in Maricopa County are invited to attend free workshops and learn more about the city of Phoenix business certification programs and how they can provide opportunities for small business economic growth.

The city’s Equal Opportunity Department is offering a yearlong series of monthly educational workshops to help business owners complete the application process for certification with the city as a minority-, woman-owned or small business enterprise. The workshops offer in-depth information about the requirements, process and benefits of becoming certified.

The next workshop will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Longview Community Center, 4040 N. 14th St.

Seating is limited for these presentations. Call the Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-6790/voice or 602/534-1557/TTY to reserve a space.