May 24, 2017

Art exhibit to be held on June 3
ANTHEM – Tour the latest ‘Art in Public Places’ exhibit at the Anthem Civic Building at a special walkthrough on Saturday, June 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

A special Java & Jammin', featuring music by Masato Tachi, will also be taking place. Attendees will enjoy a full morning of art, live music, treats, and coffee. Featured art is also for sale.

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


Foothills Community Foundation hosting painting class
SCOTTSDALE – Join Sunny Hall, owner of Paint and Gogh, for a creative painting experience at the Holland Community Center on Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

This step-by-step guided acrylic painting class will help students create their own artwork, and no painting experience is necessary. Students will take home their own 16" x 20" acrylic painting of a vase with flowers at the end of the class. All supplies are furnished, including easels, paint, canvas, aprons, and brushes.

The class costs $40 per student. Register online at

The Holland Community Center is located at 34250 N 60th Street, Building B, in north Scottsdale.


AZGF Commission approves proposed boating rules
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Commission recently approved several boating and watercraft regulation changes aimed at increasing customer service and public safety on Arizona’s waterways. 
The commission approved the changes in April, amending the state’s Article 5 rules, which outline boating and water sports regulations and fees. The proposed changes will now be considered by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council on June 6 and, if approved, will become effective Aug. 5. 

The proposed changes were recommended as part of a legally required five-year review of the department’s administrative rules. For more information or to view the complete list of proposed Article 5 changes, visit and click on “Rulemaking.”

The proposed changes include requiring a signature be notarized/witnessed when the seller is not listed as the owner on the current registration or the signature of the buyer or seller is in question; allowing owners to obtain a duplicate watercraft registration/decal online; increasing the valid timeframe for a temporary certificate; requiring liveries to affix a placard on the watercraft indicating the business name and phone number; requiring towing companies to notify the owner/lienholder that they have taken possession of a vessel within 15 days of obtaining the information from the department; and authorizing a third-party vendor to process new watercraft registrations, transfers, renewals and duplicate registrations. New safety regulations include requiring a wake surfer to wear a personal floatation device and that an operator ensure an observer is watching if a person is being towed behind the watercraft and/or surfing a wake created by the watercraft, as well as prohibiting teak surfing, which is pulling a person from a vessel’s swim platform. 

The following fee changes are also proposed: watercraft transfer fee to $13; duplicate decal and certificate number fee to $8; dealer certificate of number fee to $20; establish an abandoned/unreleased watercraft application fee of $100; and transfer of ownership of a towed watercraft application fee to $100.

For more information on boating in Arizona or to sign up for a safety course, visit


Morning meeting with Supervisor Gates, June 1
PHOENIX – Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Bill Gates will hold his monthly morning meeting at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant on Thursday, June 1, 8-9 a.m.

These meetings are held monthly, with the exceptions of the months of July and August, during Summer Break.

The Deer Valley Airport Restaurant is located at 702 W. Deer Valley Rd # B, in north Phoenix.


Butterfly Wonderland unveils new Rainforest Reptile exhibit
SCOTTSDALE – Butterfly Wonderland will introduce their newest exhibit, Rainforest Reptiles, on Memorial Day weekend.

Guests can enter the new area following their journey through the Chrysalis Emergence Gallery, the Butterfly Conservatory, and the Spineless Giants area. They continue through a new entranceway where they are greeted by a “Welcome Wall” with interesting facts about the rainforest’s eco-system including how these reptiles interact in the rainforest with the butterflies. Video monitors display beautiful imagery and educational information about each species.

Guests then follow a path to 12 large exhibits, each custom-designed to depict the natural environment of the reptiles and amphibians that hail from exotic locales. The exhibits are set to display Poison Dart Frogs showcasing their brilliant blue, yellow and red skins; the Mata Mata Turtle; the Green Tree Lizard; Peacock Tree Frogs; the Asian Water Dragon; the White-eyed Crocodile; the Giant Leaf Tail Gecko; and many more of the rainforest’s most intriguing reptiles and amphibians.

During the 30-minute tour of the Rainforest Reptile exhibits, natural rainforest sounds resonate throughout, recreating the echo of a real forest experience. Natural lighting ambiances and state-of-the-art imagery further emerge guests into this jungle journey. 

A variety of interactive activities allow guests to become educated about these animals in an up-close-and-personal way.  Keepsake “trading cards” will share interesting and educational facts about the featured reptiles.  In addition, there will be “Animal Talk” presentations.

After visiting the new Rainforest Reptile exhibit, visitors then continue through to the Tropical Waters exhibit and enjoy the rest of the Butterfly Wonderland experience.

For special activities taking place over the Memorial Day weekend, visit


P.E.O. Anthem Chapter accepting scholarship applications
ANTHEM – The Anthem Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood is inviting high school senior women in the area to contact them at regarding applying for the $2,500 STAR Scholarship sponsored by P.E.O.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is one of the largest community-based women's organizations in North America with almost 250,000 members. This organization provides loans, grants, and scholarships for women through its six philanthropies. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is committed to helping women achieve their educational goals. 

This is a competitive application process for those extraordinary and well-rounded senior women who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in the areas of academics (a 4.0 GPA is not required), extracurricular activities, and community service. The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009. Since 2009, over $5 million has been awarded by P.E.O. through this scholarship in US and Canada. With individual awards of $2,500, the STAR Scholarship will enable outstanding high school seniors to pursue post-secondary education at accredited institutions.

STAR Eligibility Requirements:

  • Exhibits excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success
  • Is in the final academic year (senior year) of her secondary education and is 20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year
  • Has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • Plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation

More details regarding the scholarship and the online application process can be found at To learn more about applying, email


Sonoran Arts League offering free art classes for veterans
CAVE CREEK – The Sonoran Arts League is offering free art classes for veterans. These classes are held the first and Thursday of every month at Stagecoach Village.

Classes will explore multiple art mediums, and needed materials for each session are provided.
The art classes are open to non-veterans for a cost of $12. Reserve your spot by calling (480) 575-6624 or email

For more information, see Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., #144, in Cave Creek.


Babysitter certification class, May 31
PEORIA – Future babysitters can get prepared for the important responsibilities of babysitting at a certification class on Wednesday, May 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The class will include training in CPR, first aid, child safety, and more. This certification class is for ages 8-16.

The class will be held at the Vistancia Clubhouse, 29701 N Sunrise Point, in Peoria. Cost is $40 per student, and students should register by May 29.

To register, contact Claudia at (623) 328-8990 or