MAY 1, 2013

Community News Briefs

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Scottsdale library first in state to launch public collaboration space
The Scottsdale library is home to an innovative space designed to entice groups to gather, share ideas and work together to launch new ideas. The Eureka Loft is the first in Arizona and part of an initiative to create a statewide network of collaboration spaces for public use. The public is invited to learn more at the loft's opening from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

The loft features collaborative meeting and workspace with free Wi-Fi, featured speakers, mentors and access to critical information via library resources. It's part of the Alexandria Network, a new ASU program that seeks to bring together inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses into libraries across the state. The Eureka Loft is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

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Scottsdale Civil War Round Table will meet May 7
The Scottsdale Civil War Round Table meets May 7 at the Civic Center Library (Auditorium), 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale at 6:40 p.m. Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, The Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero will be presented by Gordon Rhea. Everyone is welcome. No admission charge.

For more information visit or call 480-699-5844.

Have a Heart: Adopt a Homeless Pet
The state’s first and largest no-kill organization will try to place all of its adoptable animals in new homes during a one-day event to empty its shelter. AAWL & SPCA is offering special savings on adoption fees to enable more people to adopt these homeless pets. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help match pets with the right homes.

When: Sat., May 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Sonia Breslow Adoption Center at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, 25 N. 40th St., Phoenix (just north of Washington Street)

Cost: During the event, adoption fees will be $25 for adult dogs (older than six months), $75 for puppies up to six months, $30 for adult cats six months and older, and $75 for kittens.

Info: or call 602-273-6852, ext. 116.

Mayme Kratz: A special, not-to-be-missed art experience 4 – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24
Join us for a special viewing of the new documentary on the world-renowned local artist, Mayme Kratz. Created by our beloved and very talented local filmmakers, Suzanne Johnson & Penelope Price, they have successfully delved deep into Mayme's being to extract very powerful, universal truths about what an artist is.

Every minute of this half hour documentary is rich and exciting, and the word is this film is the caliber of an Academy Award nominee. Jim and Judy Bruce are hosting an afternoon preview party (with the filmmakers in attendance) for this powerful documentary.

Wine and cheese will be provided. Limited seating. Desert Foothills Library.

Register: 480-488-2286.

3rd Annual Memorial Day Ride Benefits Military Assistance Mission
There are 50 FREE tickets for the first 50 veterans for entry to the SALUTE TO SERVICE BBQ CHALLENGE on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Chester's Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa.

The event starts at 11 a.m. with live music and 30 to 50 teams in an all out BBQ Competition. We are proud to be a part of the 3rd Annual Memorial Day event and that it benefits Military Assistance Mission (MAM).

Through the month of May, please shop all Bashas to support our veterans. Purchase a food bag for $12 of non-perishables or a candy bar for $1.00 (20 cents goes to MAM) to help feed or support a veteran in need. Food City stores will be selling candy bars throughout the state supporting MAM's mission: Provide financial and morale aid to our current Arizona active duty military, their families, and wounded warriors regardless of overseas deployment status.

Please Email for tickets (first come first served). Visit for more information.

Focus on Conservation Photography Contest

Take your best shot! Participate in the Focus on Conservation 2012 – 2013 Photography Contest! Submit your favorite photographs taken in or of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve by May 31, 2013. The contest will be judged by experts and a Best of Show and a Youth Best of Show will be determined during judging, and the photographers will receive a prize.

For information and contest entry rules click here