The following are news briefs published by the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent for the week of Aug. 24-31:
Chamber of commerce to host open houses Aug. 27-28
The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce will host its annual open house during two events scheduled for Aug. 27-28. They will take place 1-6 p.m. Aug. 27 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 28 at the chamber office, 567 W. Apache Trail.
People may attend on either day to learn more about the chamber, how to become a member or how to leverage their membership. The chamber will conduct a raffle with prizes, including a one-year chamber membership. Attendees should bring business cards. Chamber members who bring a non-member guest will receive an extra raffle ticket to the drawing.
For more information or to RSVP, call 480-982-3141 or e-mail Melissa@ajchamber.com.
Girl Scouts collecting donations for local food bank
Girl Scout Troop No. 216 in Apache Junction is hosting a food drive to benefit the Apache Junction Reach Out Food Bank.
Donations should be deposited in the collection bins at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road.
The food drive will run through Sept. 16.
Registration under way for girls athletic program
Apache Junction Parks and Recreation is accepting registration through Aug. 27 for its Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole (formerly Girls on the Run) programs. They are transformational physical activity-based, positive youth development programs for girls in third to eighth grades.
These programs teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, according to a press release. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
The programs start the week of Sept. 7 and meet at 4 p.m. twice a week for 90 minutes. For registration information, visit the program website.
For more information on this or other parks and recreation programs and services, call the department at 480-983-2181 or visit the department webpage.
Gold Canyon Arts Council seeks festival participants
The Gold Canyon Arts Council is soliciting for artists to take part in its one-day, annual arts festival Jan. 23. Highlighting local artists and musicians, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon.
Nearly 4,000 people attended last year, according to a press release.
This is a juried show, and approximately 85 artists are expected to participate.
Applications are available for artists who would like to share their work online. Go to “Artists Information” and then scroll to the bottom of the page after “printable artist rules and application.”
Photos of an artist’s work and his or her application must be submitted to the jury by Nov. 15. Artists may submit in two categories, but may sell only in categories approved by the jury)
Work will be juried in one of the following categories: painting/drawing, photographic art, clay art, metalwork art, glass art, wood art, jewelry art, natural product art (gourds, seeds), fabric/fiber/leather art and other.
The Gold Canyon Arts Council promotes and sponsors the performing and visual arts through its Canyon Sounds Artist Series. More information about the organization can be found online.
The council is supported in part by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, the National Endowment for the Arts, local corporations and businesses.
Businesses sought to participate in CAC job expo
Central Arizona College invites organizations and businesses to participate in the Seventh Annual Job Expo. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the school’s Superstition Mountain campus in Apache Junction.
This annual event provides a unique opportunity for employers to have direct access to educated adult students, according to a press release.
“These are adults that understand the value of an education and they’re investing today for successful careers tomorrow,” event organizer Ann Mitchell said in the release. “The expo is held on campus during a time when most students are present to meet with prospective employers. The caliber of candidates that you will meet at the expo is comprised of currently enrolled adult students, CAC alumni and community members.”
A fee of $35 will be assessed to each for-profit exhibitor. The fee for government and non-profit organizations is $25. Each exhibitor will be provided with a table, a chair and a light lunch for one representative. A fee of $10 is required for each additional representative.
Save money and register by Aug. 22. The last date to register for the expo is Sept. 8. Space is limited; vendor spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so employers are encouraged to register early, according to the release.
For more information on how to register as an expo vendor or to obtain a registration form, call Ms. Mitchell 520-494-5428 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Charity car show at Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Mesa Market Place Swap Meet, 10550 E. Baseline Road in Mesa, is hosting a car show to raise money for the Arizona Humane Society on Saturday, Sept. 5. The full 100 percent raised at the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. event will go to the Arizona Humane Society, according to a press release.
The Arizona Humane Society Waggin’ Wheels Adoption Van will be at the car show, full of puppies, dogs, kittens and cats looking for a good home. Adoptions will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the release.
More than 100 vintage, classic and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected to be on display in the hopes that car enthusiasts and animal lovers will stuff dollar bills into money bins set in front of each vehicle.
The show, an annual event, is sponsored by Arizona Mini Owners. For information on Mesa Market Place Swap Meet, go online or call 480-380-5572.
Police ask public to follow back-to-school safety tips
Now that the 2015-16 school year has arrived for most schools serving Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, the Apache Junction Police Department encourages motorists, parents and youth to observe the following tips to stay safe, according to a press release:
Motorists are reminded to:
•Slow down and obey all traffic signs.
•Stay alert for children, especially in crosswalks and medians in the morning and after school.
•Approach driveways with extra caution.
•Eliminate the potential for distractions by not using a cell phone or multi-tasking while driving.
Parents and children are reminded to:
•Always cross in a crosswalk and obey all traffic signals.
•Never run into the street or between parked cars.
•Use the buddy system, never walk or bike to school alone.
•If riding a bike, ensure proper safety equipment is used.
•Remind children to stay alert, do not approach any vehicles and do not talk to strangers.
•Teach children what to do if they are followed or approached. Say no, get away and tell a trusted adult.
•Develop a family “code” word for emergencies and teach children not to go with anyone, even people they know, without their parent’s permission.
During these initial weeks when children are returning to school, the police department has increased patrol around the schools.
Officers are being hyper-vigilant in ensuring traffic laws are obeyed so that all children, parents, and motorists remain safe.
For more information, contact the police department’s community resource coordinator at 480-474-5442 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessor’s office: Senior Freeze deadline is Sept. 1
Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf reminds senior citizens the deadline to apply for Senior Freeze is Tuesday, Sept. 1.
“If the application is postmarked the first, or dropped off at our office in Florence, Casa Grande or Apache Junction by 5 p.m. that day, it meets the deadline,” Mr. Wolf said in the release.
The Senior Freeze, formally known as the Senior Property Valuation Protection Option, locks the value of the primary residence for homeowners who apply and qualify for the program. There are residency, age and income restrictions. The program does not freeze taxes but it can protect seniors from the effects of rising property values.
To learn more, go online and look for the Senior Freeze link.
“Property values are slowly starting to rise county-wide and this benefit should be looked at by every senior citizen,” Mr. Wolf said.
The Pinal County Assessor’s Office values more than $18 billion dollars in property for 145 different taxing authorities within Pinal County. For more information, visit the assessor’s office website.
Pinal County Town Hall to focus on taxes
“Where Your Tax Goes” is the theme for the 28th Annual Pinal County Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley. Approximately 180 delegates are expected to attend the informative sessions, according to a press release. A pre-event reception and networking get-together will take place 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the LB Cantina On-the-Patio in Florence.
The overall goal of the sessions, said Town Hall Director Maxine Brown, is “to equip citizens with information and knowledge to understand their Pinal County tax bill.”
This year’s speakers include Ken Bennett, government relations at Arizona Supreme Court. Mr. Bennett has served on a city council, the State Board of Education, as president of the Arizona Senate, as the 19th Arizona Secretary of State and the CEO of a private business. He will explain taxes at the state level with Levi Gibson, director of Pinal County Finance, providing information on how the county tax system works.
For registration or sponsorship packets and/or additional information, call Ms. Brown at 480-322-1626 or e-mail email@example.com.
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