April 19, 2017

St. Philip Benizi Catholic Mission to hold Spring Fling
BLACK CANYON CITY – St. Philip Benizi Catholic Mission will hold a ‘Spring Fling’ event on Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Activities will include children’s games, a silent auction, and a raffle drawing. First prize in the drawing is a Walmart gift certificate in the amount of $250; other prizes include $25 certificates for Fry’s, Home Depot, and Olive Garden. A number of local crafters will have their merchandise on display for sale. Barbecue sandwiches and beverages will be available.

St. Philip Benizi Mission is located at 34621 Old Black Canyon Highway (next to the Library) in Black Canyon City.

For more information, follow St Philip Benizi Catholic Church on Facebook.


‘The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business III’ set for May 5
CAREFREE – Fearlessly Deliver and Fearless Art Works will co-host a special evening celebrating entrepreneurs, business networkers, and art lovers who are serious about exploring fearless and creative ways to succeed at life and business. ‘The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business III’ (AoFDB III) takes place on Friday, May 5, from 6-9 p.m. at Fearless Art Works at Spanish Village, located at 7211 E Ho Rd. #17, in Carefree.

Guests are invited to meet Visual Journalist and Business Executor Michelle Micalizzi and the area business leaders who inspired the artwork for this year’s show. Admission is free, but reservations are requested by May 3rd by calling (480) 526-2609 or RSVP at or or to michelle@fearlesslydeliver.

Each event highlights thirteen unique business leaders. Micalizzi captures the spirit of each subject in a painting. A list of participating entrepreneurs can be viewed at Ten percent of sales from all Fearless Art Projects is donated to an art or business related charity every year.

For more information, call (480) 526-2609 or visit


New features at MVD kiosks
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division has added a new feature to its self-serve kiosks. For the first time, customers can use a ServiceArizona kiosk to print the annual off-highway vehicle decal, eliminating the need to wait in line.

OHVs made primarily for use over unimproved terrain and weighing 1,800 pounds or less are required by law to display a valid OHV decal, which costs $25 and must be purchased annually. This includes “street legal” vehicles that meet those requirements. Getting the decal isn’t to be confused with registering the vehicle, which is required only for those OHVs that are meant to be street legal.

While OHV decals and registration are handled by the Motor Vehicle Division, renewal notices are sent by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. For more information, visit

In fiscal year 2016, nearly 86,000 decals were issued. Thirty percent of the funds collected go into the state’s Highway User Revenue Fund, which is distributed to counties and cities for road and highway maintenance.

For an interactive map showing court and MVD office locations with self-serve kiosks, visit and click the Hours and Locations link under MVD Services.


Latex paint recycling event, April 29
PHOENIX – Just about every homeowner has half-filled gallon cans of paint in a closet, garage, or shed waiting for the next improvement project. Some of that paint never makes it on the wall, and when it comes time to throw it away, the landfill isn’t the place for it. That’s why Maricopa County Waste Resources has partnered with GreenSheen Paint to help recycle unwanted latex paint with a recycling event on Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.-noon.

The event will be held at the Maricopa County Cave Creek Transfer Station, located at 3955 E Carefree Hwy., in northeast Phoenix. The recycling event is open to everyone.

GreenSheen will only accept latex/water based paints and stains, and products must be in the original container, so please don’t consolidate small cans. Cost is 50 cents per pint, $1 per quart, $2 per gallon, and $4 per 5-gallon container.

For more information on this recycling event, email


Yoga in the Rainforest at Butterfly Wonderland
SCOTTSDALE – Butterfly Wonderland will host Yoga in the Rainforest on Tuesday, May 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m. This hour-long class will guide attendees through a series of yoga poses to help build strength and gain flexibility. 

Modifications and adjustments will be offered, so any level of student will feel supported. Breathing and meditation techniques throughout the class will allow students to find peace and steadiness within their personal practice. Students will be invited to enjoy the beauty of butterflies while connecting to the beauty within. This class is recommended for ages 18 years and older.

Cost for Yoga in the Rainforest is $20/person. Pre-registration is required.

To register, call (480) 800-3000 ext. 210 or visit


County expanding use of Electronic Document Review 
NORTH VALLEY – With funding from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department is expanding its use of electronic documents, cutting the vast amounts of paper plans and helping customers submit permit applications from anywhere and at any time.

Electronic Document Review will give people the option to use a Citizen Access portal to upload documents, check the status of their project, and schedule inspections. They will also be able to submit electronically for plan changes after receiving a permit. If they prefer to deliver paper plans, that option will still be available.

Planning and Development currently accepts electronic plan submittals for residential building permits, including new homes. The new and expanded Electronic Document Review service options are being implemented in phases at the department.

This new service is the latest effort to use technology to make it easier for residents to do business with Maricopa County regulatory agencies. These ideas have been generated and fostered through a stakeholder task force that consists of business owners and county employees.

For more news about the Board of Supervisors and Maricopa County, visit

Sips and Sounds Concert by Rock Lobster, May 4
SCOTTSDALE – The Sips and Sounds concert series continues at the SHOPS Gainey Village this spring with a live concert by Rock Lobster from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4. 

Guests are invited to listen to music while enjoying complimentary soft drinks and food for purchase from many of the shopping center’s restaurants including Drexyl, Village Tavern, ALMA, Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, Panera Bread Company, Pei Wei, Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana, Forno Fabbri Italian Market & Mozzarella Bar, Hash Kitchen, and the Living Room, among others.

Rock Lobster is an Arizona cover band, playing the ultimate in 80s retro music. Band members include John Colby, Gary Sanchez, Stephanie Foxx, Dallan Baumgarten, and Jessica Jackson.

For more information, visit


Read with a therapy dog at the library
ANTHEM – On April 29, the North Valley Regional Library will host a reading event at which kids can read to a therapy dog at the library.

The library offers a quiet and safe place to read to a licensed therapy dog. Research shows that reading to dogs can not only boost reading fluency, but can increase confidence and improve social skills. Each child will spend 15 minutes per session reading with the therapy dog. Registration is required for each session and is limited to children ages 5 and up.

The event starts at 11 a.m. For more information, go online to and choose North Valley Regional Library from the Events menu.


CPR class for students grades 6-8
SCOTTSDALE – A CPR class for students grades 6-8 will be held at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center on May 6-7.

This class is designed to prepare students to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students will use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR.

Pre-registration is required. Students should eat prior to class, but may bring a snack and water. Parents should arrive at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday for the Certificate Ceremony.

For more information or to register, visit