“Saguaro Hill Festival” set for Sat., Nov. 7 at Desert Foothills Library

November 4, 2009

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Desert Foothills Land Trust and Desert Foothills Library Association Partner to Coordinate Free Family-Friendly Event
CAVE CREEK – Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) and Desert Foothills Library Association (DFLA) are partnering to bring the inaugural “Saguaro Hill Festival: A Gathering for the Plants, Animals & People of Our Desert Home” to Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, in Cave Creek on Saturday, Nov. 7. The free special event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature a plant sale, educational seminars, book signings, pet adoptions, wildlife exhibits, and guided nature walks. Funds raised by the event will benefit Desert Foothills Land Trust’s Caroline Bartol Preserve and the Desert Foothills Library Association.

Among the many indoor and outdoor highlights: a plant sale featuring over 100 varieties of native plants and seeds; 12 educational seminars on topics ranging from Rain Water Harvesting and Native Edibles to Landscape Water Conservation and Desert Tree Care; guided tours and wildlife viewing stations; an Authors’ Table with book signings; and pet adoptions from several animal rescue groups.

The Friends of the Desert Foothills Library will also host a huge book sale, as part of their monthly events, in the used Bookstore in back of the Library. The book sale will feature thousands of titles of virtually new items and gently used collectibles, both fiction and non-fiction.

For more information about the “Saguaro Hill Festival” call 480-488-6131 or visit www.saguarohillfestival.org.

To learn more about Desert Foothills Land Trust, visit www.dflt.org or call (480) 488-6131. For more information about the Library book sale, call Desert Foothills Library at (480) 488-2286 or visit www.DesertFoothillsLibrary.org.

MindQuest Intellectual Discussion Series kicks off new season on Thur., Nov. 10

November 4, 2009

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Former Newspaper Editor of Minneapolis Star-Tribune to discuss “The Future of Journalism”SCOTTSDALE – The MindQuest intellectual discussion series, a program of the nonprofit Foothills Community Foundation (FCF), announces their new season lineup of guest speakers designed to evoke thoughtful dialogue on relevant topics.

The series kicks off on Tue., Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. with Tim McGuire, former editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune who will discuss the future of journalism and the shift from a print-based, scheduled world of media to a digital, on-demand world. He will present how readers will be impacted and whom they will rely upon for accurate, truthful reporting.

Tickets are $15 each, or $40 for the series and are available by calling the FCF at 480-488-1090, or by writing to info@azfcf.org. MindQuest events take place at the new FCF-Holland Community Center at the Black Mountain Campus, 34250 N. 60th St., in Scottsdale.

Discounts are available for FCF members. MindQuest is sponsored by Pages Bookstore in Cave Creek.

The series also includes:
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 – “The Arizona Supreme Court” with Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch. You will meet Arizona’s newest Chief Justice who will discuss the Supreme Court’s role and processes, and provide perspectives on the challenges facing Arizona’s justice system.
Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2010 – “Rethinking AZ’s Tax & Revenue System” with Tara Jackson, Arizona Town Hall president. Arizona Town Hall is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization that identifies critical issues facing Arizona. Jackson will report on the findings of the recent Town Hall that examined Arizona’s tax and revenue system.