Wednesday, Jan. 6

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Sandbag Locations

The valley of the sun is expected to have rain for the next few days. To avoid flooding in some areas fire stations in the Phoenix Metro area will supply sand. You must provide your own shovel. Here are the fire stations that will provide sand.

Phoenix Sandbags:

SAND ONLY on a first-come-first-serve basis from the following Phoenix Fire Stations: 
*Station 16 1414 E Mohave Rd.
*Station 26 3301 W. Rose Ln.
*Station 31 5730 E. Thunderbird Rd.
*Station 36 21602 N. Ninth Ave.
*Station 39 2276 W. Southern Ave.
*Station 40 3838 N. 83rd Ave.
*Station 43 4110 E. Chandler Blvd.
*Station 48 5230 W. Happy Valley Rd.
*Station 49 3750 E. Dynamite Blvd.
*Station 52 21650 N. Tatum Blvd.
*Station 57 1708 W. Dobbins Road  
There are a limited number of sand bags available. We recommend you bring your own just in case. Also bring a shovel or scoop to load the bags.

Mesa sandbags: 

Free sand and bags are available for Mesa residents at the following locations. Sand bags are constantly being replenished throughout the day. 
Please bring your own shovel. 
Fill the bags one-half to two-thirds full. The bag should lie fairly flat when filled. Overfilled bags are too firm and do not nestle into one another; tight bags make for a leaky sandbag wall. Tying bags is not necessary.  

*Fire Station 202, 830 S. Stapley Drive
*Fire Station 204, 1426 S. Extension
*Fire Station 205, 730 S. Greenfield
*Fire Station 209, 7035 E. Southern
*Fire Station 212, 2430 S. Ellsworth
Filled sandbags are available at the following Transportation Department locations:
*Transportation Building, 300 E. 6th St. (west side of building)  
*East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur (front parking lot)
For more information about sandbag availability in Mesa call 480-644-2160.

Glendale sandbags:  

The City of Glendale provides sand and sandbags at the following locations. Citizens must bring their own shovel.
*67th Bethany @ Bonsall Park NE corner
*55th Orangewood behind old Fire station #1 near park
*59th Hearn NE corner of Fire Station 153
Apache Junction sand bags:

The city and fire district would provide sandbags. Citizens will need to bring necessary tools to fill their own bags and arrange own pickup and delivery. The sand bins and bags would be available around the clock at the following locations: 

*Fire Station 261, 1135 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
*Fire Station 262, 3955 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
*Fire Station 264, 7557 E. U.S. Highway 60, Gold Canyon

Chandler Fire Department seeks volunteers for Crisis Response Unit; orientation meeting Jan. 19 

Chandler Fire, Health and Medical (CFHM) is seeking volunteers to serve on the Crisis Response (CR) unit, a group of trained professionals, Masters level interns, and volunteers who support the Department's social service efforts. 

Potential volunteers must attend an orientation meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at the Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department headquarters, 151 E. Boston St. The orientation will include an overview of the Crisis Response program, the Fire Department's service philosophy, and a question and answer session. Volunteers must be age 21 or older. 

The selected applicants will be required to attend Regional Crisis Intervention Academy (RCIA) training, and specific CFHM and Police Department training, including ride-alongs, driving and blood borne pathogen safety training. Volunteers are also required to attend quarterly meetings for continuing education opportunities, service call discussions, and more. Additional details are online at

To attend, please call 480-782-2120 or email your interest to

For more information visit: 


Pinspiration is a DIY arts and crafts studio/wine bar/events space in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area located on High Street (City North). Pinspiration is complete with a large crafting room, a DIY retail corner, a VIP party space, an all-you-can-create area for the kids and Arizona's only Splatter Room.

Please call ahead at 480-636-8010 or email before visiting so we can make sure your space is reserved for your group.

For more information visit:

5410 E High Street, Ste 105
Phoenix, AZ  85054  

The Wildlife World Zoo

The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park.
For more information on all the zoo's exciting attractions and events, call 623-935-WILD or check out their website  
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Local Love: Midwestern Meats

Midwestern meats prepared fresh chicken/broccoli dishes for fitness plans.
They deliver to your door. 

For more information visit:

4308 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205 
(480) 924-4884
Open 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Championship Chef

Where there is football, there is food! The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation invites the public to come sample gourmet food and beverages representing geographic regions from around the country at the Northwestern Mutual Taste of the Championship. 

The ticketed event, which begins at 5 pm on Sunday, January 10, 2016, will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center (100 N. Third Street, Phoenix) in the South Ballroom. An official part of CFP championship weekend, it will feature top chefs from around the country, music and appearances from former college greats. Proceeds from this elegant evening will go the CFP Foundation, St. Mary's food Bank in Phoenix, and will be used to support education initiatives to raise awareness for programs that fight hunger. 

Headlining the Northwestern Mutual Taste of the Championship will be renowned Food Network celebrity chef Beau MacMillan, executive chef at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and its featured restaurant, Elements. Other Arizona-area chefs featured at the event include Gregory Weiner (Top of the Rock Restaurant; Tempe), Christopher Gross (Christopher's & Crush Lounge; Phoenix), Rick Boyer (The Phoenician; Scottsdale), Masood Shirmohammadi (Phoenix Convention Center), Matthew Carter (The Mission; Scottsdale), Gio Osso (Virtu; Scottsdale), Massimo De Francesca (Taggia at FireSky; Scottsdale), and Eddie Matney (Eddie's House; Scottsdale). 

Four chefs from Playoff Semifinal host cities will also be in attendance, including Chris Lusk (Restaurant R'evolution; New Orleans), Kevin Rathbun (Rathbun's; Atlanta), Steve Samson (Sotto; Los Angeles), and Allen Susser (Chef Allen's Café; Miami). Also featured will be chefs representing the homes of the two schools in this year's College Football Playoff championship game: Jason McCarthy (Rick Erwin Dining Group; Clemson, SC), and Paul Kerr (Cyprus Inn; Tuscaloosa, Ala.). Chef Paul Shaver (Mad Dogs and Englishmen) from Tampa, Fla., host city to the 2017 national championship game, will also be on hand. 

Tickets are on sale now at $250 per ticket or a table of 10 for $3,000, and available by logging on to 

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016, starting at 5 p.m. 
Location: Phoenix Convention Center (100 N. Third Street, Phoenix), South Ballroom 

School of Ballet Arizona

The School of Ballet Arizona is offering adult drop-in ballet classes for FREE from January 6 - 10.  
The classes were recently voted Best Drop-In Adult Ballet Classes in the Valley.

Open to teens age 14 and up along with adults of all ages, this program is a great way to experience dance training, stay in shape, and have fun! Three levels of ballet classes are offered: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Live Piano accompaniment for all ballet classes! Dress for comfort ballet slippers (tights & leotards recommended).

Below is a schedule of classes, offered to everyone in the community!  For a full weekly schedule, go to

Ballet Arizona
2835 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

January 6 - 10, 2016

7:00-8:30pm Advanced Ballet
7:15-8:15pm Jazz

7:00-8:30pm Horton Technique
7:00-8:30pm Beginner Ballet
6:30-7:30pm Ballroom
7:30-8:30pm Ballroom Party

6:30-8:00pm Intermediate Ballet

9:00-10:30am Advanced Ballet
10:30-11:30am Beginner/Intermediate Pointe Class 11:00-12:30pm Modern 11:30am-1pm Beginner Ballet 1:30-3:00pm Intermediate Ballet
12-1:30pm Beginner/Intermediate Ballet

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