Volunteers Participate in two Glendale “Serve Days”

Volunteers in two Glendale “SERVE DAYS”

February 21st & 28th, 8am – 1pm

Glendale’s Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services

Hundreds of volunteers from various organization, schools and non-profits will complete several community services projects in Glendale on two different “SERVE DAY” Saturdays (February 21st & 28th).  Projects include:  gleaning fruit, nature trail cleanup, refurbishing downtown park benches, and neighborhood beautification.

Glendale’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services identified the projects.  The volunteers come from various churches and organizations, including Catholic Charities, Apollo High School, School Nutrition Association of Arizona (SNAAZ), Glendale Elementary School District and Faith Bible Church, as well as individual citizens.

Participating in “SERVE DAY” is an opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need.  For the city, “SERVE DAY” now  in its 9th year, is an opportunity to address projects that would not be possible without volunteer support.

The first “SERVE DAY” is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21.  Volunteers will work at several locations across the city:

  • Picking fruit at Sahuaro Ranch Park.  All fruit will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.  The park is at 59th Avenue and Mountain View Road.  Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at this location.
  • Refurbishing downtown park benches.  Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.
  • Nature trail cleanup at Skunk Creek, volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Drive.
  • Nature trail cleanup at Thunderbird Paseo Park.  Volunteers will meet 8:30 a.m. at 59th Avenue, just south of Thunderbird Road at Paseo Park.

The second “SERVE DAY” is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feburary 28th.

Volunteers will work at various location in Granada Estates on a neighborhood beautification project.

Art and Culinary Festival

17th Annual Litchfield Park

Art and Culinary Festival

March 7-8, 2015

9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Litchfield Park’s Art & Culinary Festivals offers two fun-filled days of art, music, food and drinks.

  • Over 200 Fine Artists & Craftsmen
  • Celebrity Chef Demonstrations
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Wine and Beer Garden
  • Extensive Food Court

Located at Old Litchfield Rd. & Wigwam Blvd.

2 miles north of I-10 Exit 128

(Litchfield Rd.)

For more information, please call the City of Litchfield Park at 623-935-9040

or visit www.litchfield-park.org.

Improvements underway in West Valley

Downtown, Historic areas get Updates

in West Valley

Buoyed by an improving economy, some West Valley cities are working to breathe new life into older areas of town and create new centers of civic life.

Surprise, which seemingly grew overnight into a city of more than 125,000 people, is still playing catch up as it tries to use undeveloped land surrounding the Civic Center to create a downtown.  The city’s years-long quest to create a downtown seems to be speeding up with the city’s master planner;  Scottsdale-based Carefree Partners, announcing firm plans for development.  The company owns 480 acres around the Surprise Civic Center where currently cattle sometimes graze and mesquite bushes abound.  City planners are using a voter-approved General Plan that envisions a downtown with restaurants, residences, shopping, medical offices, hotels, a performing arts center and a university.  The downtown could take many years to build and would be privately funded.

Surprise is also working to create a Heritage District to preserve its Original Town Site.  The area has a library, community pool, senior center and a recreational complex, among other city-owned entities.  The City is asking residents to complete an online survey to help determine other types of facilities, services and elements that they would like to be in the area.

Peoria, adopted a revitalization plan in 2009 for Old Town Peoria, its historical heart.  Since then, it has invested $80 million in landscape, street and infrastructure improvements, undertaken property improvements and built a performing arts center, among other steps. This month, RV accessory superstore State Trailer RV & Outdoor Supply purchased the 173,000 square-foot Peoria Towne Center, with plans to renovate, occupy and lease a portion of it.

Buckeye, opened La Placita Cafe in 1962 owned by Manuel and Nellie Amabisca.  The building has been remodeled and continues to  be a landmark in Buckeye.  Buckeye continues to rehabilitate its original main street, Monroe Avenue.  Last year, the city spent close to a quarter million dollars on a street improvement project that created new parking, sidewalk curbs and landscaping.

Its new city hall, built in 2009 and located in the historic town site along the 2.5-mile stretch of Monroe, has helped build momentum, officials say.  The Benbo Veterans Park contains a wall honoring past residents who died serving a war.  The park was revitalized with help from the non-profit organization Main Street Buckeye.

Tolleson, shrank the five-lane Van Buren Street to three lanes between 91st and 94th Avenue to allow for on-street parking ,bicycle lanes, outside dining, landscaping, a central plaza and a series of public art installations.  The city see the $10.2 million downtown enhancements as the first step toward drawing tourists and residents and also encouraging businesses.

Avondale, has also introduced a program to help improve its historic areas, namely, the half mile on Western Avenue known as Historic Avondale, and the areas of Las Ligas and Cashion to the East.  The earlier investments on Western Avenue are bearing fruit.  The street is home to the Mosaic Arts Center, Catitude Art Gallery and the Juice Box Dance Academy.  Sernas Plaza is a meeting ground for artists and local performances.  Also, the Historic Avondale Merchants Associated hosts a monthly art walk. 

Glendale’s, quaint, Midwestern downtown has  found a niche with antique dealers and other eclectic boutiques and restaurants, bolstered by city-sponsored festivals in the area.



Buckeye Air Fair

Buckeye Air Fair

Saturday, February 21st,  9am


Pilots from across the Southwest will convene to show off their planes at the Buckeye Air Fair on Saturday, February 21st.  Browse the vintage aircraft, as well as the classic cars at the car show.  The Air Fair will also host the Arizona SciTech Buckeye Festival featuring science and technology activities to promote STEM programs in the state.

$25 registration for car show

Buckeye Municipal Airport, 3000 South Palo Verde Road

contact:  buckeyeairfair.com

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