July 19, 2017

AZGFD seeks wildlife photo submissions
NORTH VALLEY – If you enjoy watching and photographing Arizona’s amazing wildlife, consider entering the Arizona Game and Fish Department's annual wildlife calendar photo contest.

Send three of your finest wildlife photos via email or through a file-sharing web site. Information and rules are posted at As always, entry is free.

Winning images will be featured in the 2018 wildlife calendar and in the November–December 2017 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine. Cash prizes are awarded. Prize money is funded through publications sales. The contest accepts entries through Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. MST.

See contest details at


Continuous Chest Compression class, Aug. 10
ANTHEM – Daisy Mountain Fire Department is conducting free CCC (Continuous Chest Compression) CPR classes. The next class is set for Aug. 10, 7-8 p.m., at the Anthem Civic Building.

This one-hour course uses the Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE curriculum and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact. The class is partially lecture and partially hands-on. No certificate is issued.

Cardiac arrests are common, and most cardiac arrests happen at home. Everyone can learn CPR and can help save a life. When performed correctly, CPR can more than double a victim’s chance of survival. This course will teach you what action to take. It may help you save the life of someone you know.

The Anthem Civic Building is located at 3701 W. Anthem Way.


MVD offices changing Wednesday hours
PHOENIX – Starting this month, Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division offices in the Phoenix and Tucson areas will open at noon on the second Wednesday of each month to accommodate expanded employee training.

MVD continues to improve its technical infrastructure, and added continuing education and other staff training is designed so employees have the tools and knowledge needed to implement these improvements on an ongoing basis.

The new permanent opening hours for the second Wednesday of each month only affect MVD locations in the greater Phoenix and Tucson areas. On all other business days, urban offices open at 7:30 a.m., so even with the modified schedule on the second Wednesday, the overall number of hours MVD locations are open each month has increased by six hours.

MVD also encourages customers to explore online options at More than half of MVD transactions can be done online.


​​​​​Bat workshop offers hands-on experience with AZGFD biologists​​
SCOTTSDALE – Bats get a bad rap, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department aims to change that by highlighting all the good they do, such as eating pesky mosquitoes and flies, during a series of bat monitoring surveys on July 21, July 28, and Sept. 15.

The workshops and surveys run from 7:30-10 p.m., cost $25 per person, and will be held at Needle Rock Recreation Area northeast of Scottsdale. During the events, participants will help capture and identify local bat species alongside AZGFD biologists as part of the department’s overall bat conservation and monitoring efforts.

AZGFD biologist and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager Randy Babb will provide a dynamic evening experience educating participants about Arizona’s 28 species of bats, while netting over the Verde River. Attendees will help identify bats captured and collect important data before the animals are released unharmed.

Space is limited for the events, so  register early; register online at


EPCOR rate case update, Aug. 1
ANTHEM – Learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission’s decision in the EPCOR wastewater case at a presentation at the Anthem Civic Building on Aug. 1.

EPCOR representatives will be at the Civic Building to update residents on the wastewater rate case consolidation decision. The presentation begins at 5 p.m.

The Anthem Civic Building is located at 3701 W. Anthem Way.


Arts and Culture Awards recipients announced
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has announced the recipients of the Community Arts Support Grants Program for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This month, the Office will award 63 grants totaling $865,346 to 54 non-profit arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix residents through arts and culture activities.

General operating support grant recipients include Alwun House,  Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Arizona Opera, Arizona Science Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Artlink, Ballet Arizona, Black Theatre Troupe, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Cultural Coalition,  Desert Botanical Garden, Free Arts of Arizona, Grand Canyon Performing Arts,  Great Arizona Puppet Theater, iTheatre Collaborative, Jazz in Arizona, Heard Museum, MusicaNova Orchestra, Musical Instrument Museum, North Valley Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Boys Choir Association, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Phoenix Chorale, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix Film Foundation, Phoenix Symphony Association, Phoenix Theatre, Rising Youth Theatre, Rosie’s House, Rosson House Heritage Square Foundation, Valley Youth Theatre, Young Arts Arizona, and Xico.

Arts and culture learning grant recipients include Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, Essential Theatre, Kids in Focus, Movement Source, Inc., Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, School of Hip Hop PHX, and Young Arts of Arizona. 

Festival grant recipients include African Association of Arizona, Arab American Festival, Arizona Lao Association, Arizona Matsuri, Artlink, Cultural Coalition, Flamenco Por La Vida, Furious Style Crew, India Association of Phoenix, Irish Society of Arizona, Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix Blues Society, and Teatro Bravo!. 

Through the Rental Support Program, a total of $250,000 is awarded to major cultural organizations that help revitalize the Phoenix downtown corridor through their presentations in city-owned performing arts facilities. Grantees include Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona, Center Dance Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, Phoenix Symphony, and Valley Youth Theatre.

Six new organizations received grant funding this year: Arizona Lao Association, Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, Furious Style Crew, Kids in Focus, North Valley Symphony, and School of Hip Hop PHX.

Information about the 2018-2019 Community Arts Grants will be available in January 2018 at


Nominations sought for Game and Fish Commission Awards
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is soliciting nominations for its 2017 Commission Awards. The deadline for submission is Aug. 24. The purpose of these awards is to recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Nominations may include individuals, organizations, clubs, foundations, or government agencies. Arizona Game and Fish Department employees are not eligible for nomination. To submit a Commission Awards nomination, download a nomination form and submit the completed form and all supplemental materials to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: 2017 Commission Awards, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Nominations also can be submitted via email to or faxed to (623) 236-7299.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will select the 2017 Commission Award recipients in September. The awards will be presented at the annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet to be held on Jan. 13, 2018.

To download a nomination form or view a list of past award recipients, visit


Presentation on foster care and adoption
PEORIA – Learn more about foster care and adoption in a presentation from West Valley Child Crisis Center, happening Aug. 15, at the Rio Vista Recreation Center.

Approximately 18,000 children are in foster care in Arizona. Come and learn about foster care and adoption in Arizona and other ways to help children in the child welfare system. Specialists will educate participants on the foster care and adoption process in Arizona, and the presentation will also feature a speaker who was in foster care as a youth. Representatives will be available to answer questions about the foster care and adoption process.

The presentation runs 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call (623) 773-7070.


Free D-backs tickets for kids, July 21-23
PHOENIX – The D-backs are offering free tickets for kids 15 and under to celebrate summer and kick off the second half of the 2017 season. The offer is valid for the weekend series beginning Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23.

Fans can receive up to two free kids’ tickets with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket for select sections in the ballpark, including Bleachers, Bullpen Reserve, Club Reserve, Infield Reserve and Outfield Reserve. Free kids ticket(s) cannot be combined with any other offer.

The weekend series features a matchup against the National League East-leading Washington Nationals and includes the Saturday, July 22 game in which 20,000 fans will receive a Robbie Ray Strikeout Counter Bobblehead, courtesy of Sprint.

Adult tickets for games next weekend start at $19 and are available at the Chase Field Box Office, by calling (602) 514-8400 or online at