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Harvest of Orchids
Annual Orchid Show and Sale to celebrate
the 51st Anniversary of the Orchid Society of Arizona, Inc.

Sat. & Sun., Oct. 19 & 20, 2013
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 19;
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 20

Arizona State Veterans Home, Liberty Hall
4141 S. Herrera Way (formerly N. 3rd St.), Phoenix

Admission is Free! Donations accepted for St. Mary's Food Bank

Call (602) 451-5952 or visit

"Harvest of Orchids" Set for Oct. 19 & 20
at Arizona State Veteran Home in Phoenix Orchids. The 25,000-variety species that comprises one tenth of the flowering plants on the planet is the focus of the Orchid Society of Arizona's 51st annual show and sale, Harvest of Orchids. This year's family-friendly event will be held at the Arizona State Veterans Home in Liberty Hall, 4141 S. Herrera Way (formerly N. 3rd St.), in Phoenix, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 19 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 20. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for St. Mary's Food Bank.

Here are a few strange facts about Orchids:

 There are 25,000 species of orchids, growing everywhere on the globe from deserts to Antarctica.

 The history of the orchid dates back to the time of dinosaurs! In 2007, Harvard biologists found the fossil remains of a bee trapped in amber. On the back of the bee was orchid pollen! To date, the orchid holds the record for the oldest evidence of plant pollen.  In nature, orchid pollen is dispersed only by insects, not wind.

 The first orchid hybrid was created in 1856. Today there are more than 100,000 hybrids.

 Not all orchids have a pleasant fragrance; some orchid flowers smell foul; and others have no fragrance.

 The vanilla bean, which comes from an orchid, has been used for hundreds of years as a seductive perfume.

Founded in 1962, The Orchid Society of Arizona is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides hobbyists with advice and support in the process of growing orchids in the Valley's desert environment. The group also underwrites the cost and makes presentations about orchid growing to elementary schools, senior centers, garden clubs and veterans organizations.
Additionally, OSA has provided funds for world-renowned orchid taxonomists to search for orchids in remote regions of the world.
For information, call (602) 451-5952 or visit

On October 20, Valley residents will join the Phoenix AIDS Walk, to help raise funds for 18 AIDS agencies across the Valley.  The support this event brings to families across the Valley is immeasurable, especially during these fragile economic times.
Aunt Rita’s Foundation’s 6th Annual event is open to everyone of all ages and good natured dogs. The 5K Run is a chip-timed race timed by Race Place Events. Kids 12 and under are free to walk but need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Entertainment at 7:45am, the 5K Run starts at 9:00am and 5K Walk starts at 9:10am at 3rd Ave & Washington Street, Phoenix. To register, sponsor a walker, runner, team or pet, or donate directly and for parking and light rail information visit or call 602-882-8675.

Aunt Rita’s Foundation serves 18 member agencies in Central Arizona that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. Money raised is equally distributed to these agencies. There are two agencies in the East Valley that receive financial support.

“Some of our agencies are small and rely on us for a major portion of their fundraising,” states Kit Kloeckl, Executive Director of Aunt Rita’s. “Without our help, it would be difficult for them to survive. Federal funding continues to decline and HIV/AIDS is not immune to those cuts. New infections still exist and the need for community dollars are greater than ever.”

AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run info:
•           Walkers: $25 Registration fees include an official AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run T-shirt
•           Runners: Early $30/ Day of $40 Registration fees include an official AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run
            T-  shirt
•           Friendly, good natured dogs can take part in Paws for the Cause for $10 and must be registered. Dogs receive a commemorative bandanna and a bag of treats! Each participant can register up to two dogs. Assistance dogs are not charged to participate, but must be registered by phone. Please call 602-904-6001
•           Virtual Pets for the Cause for $10, where any pet can help raise money for the AIDS Walk and 5k Run. You can register your pet fish, ferret, mouse, snake, cat, bird, etc. (you get the idea) for this very important event and while your pet relaxes at home, you will walk or run on their behalf.

Our goal is to raise $500,000.00 to assist the agencies we serve.


Native American Connections, 4520 N. Central Ave. Ste. 600, Phoenix, AZ 85012, 602-254-3247

The 31st Annual Native American Connections Parade

Phoenix, AZ - The Native American Connections (NAC) Parade is a celebrated tradition and signature event of Arizona's Native American Recognition Days which occurs every year in October.  The parade is produced by NAC and features nearly 100 entries every year. 

We are excited to have as our 2013 NAC Parade Grand Marshall Arizona local, Tony Duncan, the 5-Time World Champion Hoop Dancer. This year, the parade will feature exciting new entries from the Arizona Science Center, Wells Fargo, and many more. 

"We hope the entire community will come out to support this wonderful event.  It's meant to bring people together, share Native American culture, and celebrate cultural diversity in the Valley"; says NAC's CEO, Diana Yazzie Devine, "these are important things to Native American Connections because they foster strong communities".

Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa) has performed for audiences worldwide including performances at the The Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show, and The White House.  Also an accomplished flutist, he has released 6 albums to-date, including his latest album titled "Earth Warrior" a 2013 NAMA Record of the Year Nominee. 

"This year's parade is set to be the most exciting and diverse parade NAC has had in a long time", says CEO, Diana Yazzie Devine.  "We're excited to have Tony head-up the parade this year; he's energizing and so fun to be around it's going to be great to watch him perform the whole parade route."  

2013 Parade Theme:  "Native American Pride: Celebration of Culture through Art, Music, and Dance"

WHO:  This is a FREE event, bring the whole family!
WHEN:  Saturday, October 12, 2013 @ 9:00am-11:00am
WHERE:  Downtown Phoenix, AZ - Starting at 3rd Street and Oak heading north to Indian School Road
The judges' station will be located at 3rd St. and Earll where spectators can see each entry perform. 
About Native American Connections

Native American Connections owns and operates 15 different service sites that provide wellness and recovery services and affordable housing to more than 10,000 individuals and families annually.  Native American Connections' mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families through culturally appropriate behavioral healthcare, affordable housing, and community development.  NAC serves all people who seek out its services.


Michaels Craft Store
1925 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 132
(602) 241-9285

Of all the Halloween traditions, pumpkin carving is one of the most popular, but cleaning up the mess can be sticky. A great alternative is decorating with craft pumpkins - and an added bonus is that they can be used year after year!
On Saturday, Oct. 12, local Michaels craft specialist Pam McLaughlin joined us in-studio to demonstrate several ideas for decorating faux pumpkins. Michaels has everything you need to create one-of-a-kind Halloween pumpkins, including a variety of project ideas and tutorials available at

Educator Teaches How to Involve Children in Cooking
Jacque Wick is pleased to announce the release of her new cookbook, "A to Z Cookbook for Kids," which is set to release October 8, 2013. Jacque is committed to showing parents how to involve their children in the kitchen. She also believes in teaching children other basic skills for life such as letters, counting, and creativity.