MAY 6, 2015

Community Briefs

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Chapter2 Monthly Book Sale May 8 – 10
Friday, May 8, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: On the tables and black carts outside Chapter 2 Books.
Check out our special cart of "odds and ends" – 50% off marked price
Chapter 2 Books at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek.
480-488-2777 or

Summer concert series sounds off Sunday at railroad park
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concerts every Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. through July 5. Bring a blanket or chair and hear a variety of favorite local bands. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts. Tickets are $2 each and children younger than 3 ride free with a paying adult. Food will be available for purchase. The park is at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.

As weather heats up, obey hiking and hydration rules
Play it safe when hiking. Take a buddy. Hydrate the day before you go. Bring plenty of water and your cell phone. Tell friends and family where you’re heading and when you plan on returning. If you are thinking of bringing your dog with you, remember that it, too, can suffer from heat stress. Learn the signs of heat stress.

Tea Party Scottsdale
Tea Party Scottsdale will host Diane Douglas, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, at their monthly meeting to be held Thursday, May 21 at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N Scottsdale Rd, Barcelona Room, Scottsdale from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Ms. Douglas, recently elected to her position, will speak on her experiences in the new job with particular emphasis on Common Core and her plans to modify or eliminate the program. A question and answer session will follow. The meeting is sponsored by Tea Party Scottsdale. The public is invited. There is no charge, although a small donation to defer expenses will be appreciated. For additional information, visit

Summer camps keep youth active & engaged
Registration opened at 7 a.m. on May 4 for residents and opens May 6 for non-residents. Parks & Recreation offers many summer programs for youth entering grades 1-8 in the fall. All camps run June 1 - July 24. There are two extended locations for the week of July 27. Full day camps can run anywhere from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. depending on location and start at $75 per week. These camps include sports, games, crafts, STEM, events, and excursions. Youth Sports offers a half-day option for $63 per two-week session. This camp consists of sports instruction, conditioning and agility exercises. They also offer a morning basketball camp for the week of July 27. Find the camp that works best for you: Call 480-312-2329 with questions.

Extra time means more flying as NAU researcher awaits one-of-a-kind octocopter
For Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist Teki Sankey, conducting research has usually meant interpreting coarse pixels from satellite images to draw conclusions about the vegetation covering landscapes worldwide. Now, by flying a custom-engineered octocopter packing two powerful sensors, Sankey will reap exquisite detail from forests, sand dunes and other natural features in Arizona. The unmanned aerial vehicle to be flown by Sankey and her graduate students will gather data on the scale of five square centimeters—hundreds of magnitude more detailed than NASA satellite-generated pixels showing 250 square meters.