JANUARY 20, 2016

Troon Country Club to host 6th annual Special Olympics Arizona Tennis Fun Day

Arizona athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in on-court clinics on January 23

SCOTTSDALE – Arizona Special Olympic athletes will take to the courts at Troon Country Club in the 6th annual Tennis Fun Day on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Mark Pachtner, director of tennis at Troon Country Club has coordinated the event, which annually attracts more than 180 participants. Prior to his tenure at Troon Country Club, Pachtner developed Fun Day events with the local chapters of Special Olympics in Georgia, Florida and California since 1999. Tennis Fun Day is also a well-established fundraiser for Special Olympics Arizona, raising nearly $14,000 from last year’s event.

JANUARY 20, 2016

Discovery of adult quagga mussel at Canyon Lake could impact recreational and municipal water users

PHOENIX – In mid-December of 2015, personnel from the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program positively identified an adult quagga mussel attached to the hull of a boat recently removed from Canyon Lake, a major recreational lake on the Tonto National Forest.

Previous sampling conducted at Canyon Lake in October and November produced evidence of the genetic presence of quagga mussels near Mormon Flat Dam. Microscopic analysis of the October and November samples yielded a total of two veligers (quagga larvae). The findings suggest for the first time that quagga mussels are able to survive and reproduce in the lake.

JANUARY 20, 2016

Scottsdale, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
celebrate 25 years of dedication to the preserve

It took an inspired network of citizens to create Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and a unique public-private partnership to steward its evolution. That partnership between the city and the non-profit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is marking its 25 anniversary on Jan. 21.

It’s been a quarter century of achievement, discovery and vigilance protecting a scenic natural treasure. Lately, it’s a partnership that’s also garnered national recognition.

JANUARY 20, 2016

Desert Foothills Library presents 8th Annual Gala “A Magical Evening” on February 6

Music performed by acclaimed vocalist Khani Cole

CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK/N. SCOTTSDALE (November 30, 2015) - The Desert Foothills Library invites the Valley community to its 8th Annual Gala “A Magical Evening” on Saturday, February 6, at 5:30 p.m. The much anticipated charity event will take place at the Library, 38443 N. School House Road, in Cave Creek.

Tickets are $175 per person and are available by contacting Executive Director David Court at 480-488-2286 or dcourt@dfla.org. Sponsorship opportunities and donations for the silent auction are welcomed. All proceeds benefit the library.

JANUARY 20, 2016

Hiking prep important for locals, visitors

Editor note: Although this is written specifically for those planning to hike the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, this is good information for anyone planning a hike in the desert and outlying foothills.

January’s special events bring an influx of visitors and locals to the abundance of hiking trails available in the City. “Concern is high as inexperienced hikers may find themselves in precarious condition if they have over-estimated their hiking abilities and preparation,” says Operations Division Chief Mark DeBruyckere.

JANUARY 20, 2016

“FIRST Manassas: Legends, Lies And History’s Revisions” presented by John Hennessy

February 16, 2016, 6:40 pm at Scottsdale Civic Center Library (Auditorium)

John Hennessy is the author of dozens of articles and four books on history and preservation, including his recently revised, updated, and re-released  “An End to Innocent: The First Battle of Manassas”, published by Stackpole Books in late 2015.  He started his National Park Service career at Manassas National Battlefield Park in the early 80’s and is presently the Chief Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

JANUARY 20, 2016

Black Mountain Campus expansion celebrated

Aquila Hall project adds classrooms, labs, amphitheater, and astronomy viewing deck.

PHOENIX-Paradise Valley Community College is celebrating the newest enhancement to the PVCC Black Mountain campus – completion of the $10 million, 20,000 square foot construction of Aquila Hall.

The public is invited to join Dr. Paul Dale, PVCC president; MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper; architectural and construction partners Dick & Fritsche Design Group (DFDG) and Austin Commercial; and college personnel at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 29, at 10 am.  The program will be followed by an open house and building tour. 

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