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Grid Bike Share Program

After several delays, Phoenix is finally prepared to launch "GR:D," its much-anticipated bike-share program. Bikes will be available to rent starting Nov. 25, when city leaders are scheduled to unveil the system. Dozens of riders on lime-green bikes will hit the streets in the city's urban core in the coming weeks - up to 500 bikes and 50 rental racks are expected to be rolled out this year. The program will eventually expand east along the light-rail line to Tempe and Mesa. Phoenix follows in the footsteps of cities across the U.S. that have launched bike-share programs in recent years to match the changing transportation habits of urban dwellers, particularly Millennials. The move aligns with city leaders' goal of encouraging biking, use of mass transit and walking. They want to show Phoenix is moving away from its car-centric culture. "Better late than never," Mayor Greg Stanton said, noting delays in launching the system. "I think it's going to be a very successful program."
Ferguson, Missouri Protests
A grand jury did not indict Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown to death. Brown a black teenager was unarmed at the time of the shooting. This fact alone caused many to question the police's treatment of minorities in Ferguson and around the country. Following the grand jury's decision protests broke out in several major cities with Brown's supporters demanding justice. Law enforcement in Ferguson and areas nearby said they were prepared to handle violent protests. 
GMF Bike Shop
GMF Bike Shop is a Non Profit Arizona Corporation that is now in the process of opening a Bicycle Shop. They will Service and Sell New and Used Bicycle's. 
Though they will have some new items, their focus will be on used parts, since the majority of Bikes are donated to them. They intend to repurpose and refurbish those they recieve and place them for sale. A portion of all their Proceeds will be donated to Barrow Neurological Institute for Brain Tumor Awareness and research.                                                       
Cards Feed Families
Lorenzo Alexander (#97) and other players of the Arizona Cardinals football team will be on site at Arthur M. Hamilton School, Tuesday, November 25, 2014. The players and other organizations will work together to distribute a Thanksgiving meal to 75 families in the high-needs community. Arthur M. Hamilton Elementary School is bordered by the Coffelt-Lamoreaux Housing Project and Sherman Park residential communities in Central Phoenix. Many of the students who attend the school come from families that live in these areas and struggle financially every day. Their struggle is especially evident during the holiday season. The Arizona Cardinals and other donors are working to ensure that the children and families in this school community are well-fed this upcoming Thanksgiving. 
Arthur M. Hamilton Elementary School
2020 West Durango St, Phoenix, 85009
Westgate Winter Wonderland
Westgate Entertainment District turns into a winter wonderland starting Tuesday, Nov. 25 with the opening of the holiday skating rink, the lighting of the 33-foot holiday tree, Santa's arrival, horse-drawn carriage rides and nightly snowfall. Best part is - it's all FREE! 
Celebrate the start of the holidays and watch as Fountain Park magically transforms into a winter wonderland! The night kicks off with a festive ice skating performance, followed by Santa's official arrival and the lighting of our holiday tree. Then, at 7pm, experience the very first snow fall of the season. Santa will be available for photos from 7-9pm. 
West Gate- 101 & Glendale
6770 North Sunrise Boulevard
Glendale, Arizona 85305
(623) 385-7502