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Arizona State YoYo Contest

YoYo Contest

YoYo Contest

Yoyo Contest to Decide Best in State

Winner earns seed in the 2018 West Coast Regional Contest


Chandler, AZ – Yoyo’s will take center stage at the Chandler Community Center as participants compete for the title of state champion at the Arizona State Yoyo Contest. The event, which is free to spectators, takes place on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


“We are excited to bring this event to Chandler for the first time and encourage yoyo artists, both beginners and advanced players, to take part,” said Stephanie Riley of event sponsor YoYoFactory.


Yoyo players have the option to compete in the novice or professional division. Within the pro division, choreographed routines are set to music as multiple styles are represented. Various forms include “off string” yoyo, where the yoyo is not attached to the string, and two yoyos being used at the same time. Not only will winners of the pro division claim the state champion prize, but will earn a seed to compete in the 2018 West Coast Regional Yoyo Contest to be held on June 30th, 2018 in Chicago, IL.  In order to compete, yoyo players can sign-up online with a registration fee of $15.


As a special bonus, 2014 World Yoyo Champion Gentry Stein will be on hand contributing his talents as a judge. This event is open to the public and seats are available on a walk-in basis with a capacity up to 350. Spectators can make a day of it by not only watching incredible talent, but can join in the fun by learning how to yoyo. Community donated raffle prizes will also be given out.


For more information and how to register, please visit



The Arizona State Yoyo Contest has been held in various cities across the state since the modern-day yoyo created an influx of competitive players five years ago. Players compete at the state level with the ultimate goal of advancing to the World Yoyo Contest, being held later this year in Shanghai, China.


Chandler Community Center is located at 125 East Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler, AZ, 85225. Free parking just south of the center off of Boston.


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98th Tucson Veterans Day Parade


98th Annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade

Join the American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7 and the City of Tucson in recognizing current members of our military and veterans at the ninety-eighth annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.  The theme this year is “For the hearts of veterans”.

Traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the day.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya, one of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis.  Harpo survived for five days holding onto a raft after the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine just after midnight on July 30, 1945.

Parade entrants will be judged and awarded trophies in the following categories: Senior Color Guard, Junior Color Guard, Senior Marching Unit, Junior Marching Unit, Float (truck and trailer), Decorated Automobiles, Musical Group, Veteran’s Organization, Military Unit and Motorcycle Group.


Parade participants will start assembling at 8 a.m. The parade begins downtown at West Alameda Street and Granada Avenue and heads east on West Alameda Street and turns onto North Stone Avenue, then onto West Franklin Street. From West Franklin Street, participants will continue on North Church Avenue and then to West Sixth Street. From Sixth Street, parade participants will head south on North Granada Avenue and return to the staging point on West Alameda Street.
Road closure info:

From 8am to about 1pm, West Alameda Street between Manning House Way and Church Avenue will be closed.

From about 10 am, Stone Avenue south of Sixth Street will be closed; Church Avenue between Pennington Street and Sixth Street/St. Mary’s Road will be closed; Sixth Street/St. Mary’s Road between Stone Avenue and Granada Avenue will be closed; Franklin Street between Stone Avenue and Church Avenue; and Granada Avenue between Congress Street and Sixth Street/St.  Mary’s Road will be closed.

Businesses, parking garages, and parking lots will be open and accessible.  Local resident, pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained in and around road closures.

Participant Registration:

Questions? Contact:

Lisette Eckman, Tucson Veterans Day Parade Chairman, 520-622-8703 or

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Suit Drive for St. Joseph The Worker – Donate Your Old Suits

SuitsArtful Tailoring asks that you join us in donating your old suits to St. Joseph The worker. SJW teaches improved job readiness by focusing on timeliness, attitude, appearance, responsibility, and job search techniques.

Our suit drive starts September 25th and runs through September 30th. We have donation boxes and flyers at both of our locations.

Here is a list of acceptable items that people can donate:

The following items are needed to help fill our Career Clothing Closet. Items should be up-to-date in style, in-season, and clean or pressed.

Please contact St. Joseph the Worker if you have an item not listed that may assist a person with quality employment.

Gently Used Clothing Items:

  • Men’s dress pants and jeans
  • Men’s white button-down dress shirts
  • Men’s dress shoes
  • Men’s used belts
  • Men’s tennis shoes
  • Women’s dress shoes
  • Women’s professional clothing

New Clothing Items:

  • Men’s and women’s dress socks
  • Men’s underwear and undershirts
  • Women’s underwear and bras
  • Women’s new pantyhose

About Artful Tailoring: As a small business, we know the importance of supporting our local community just as our customer’s support us. Our goal is to help people look and feel their best, regardless of budget or background. Visit us at 2950 N. Dobson Road Suite 8 Chandler, AZ 85224 or at the Biltmore Fashion Park: 2502 E Camelback Road Suite 105 Phoenix, AZ 85016.

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Hava Java 5K & 10K Run – Phoenix, AZ

PHOENIX, Ariz.— October 17, 2014 — You want to make a coffee run? In what may be the only race in Arizona to begin and finish at a coffee shop, the second annual Hava Java 5K and 10K Run is set to take place Sunday, October 19. Take a caffeinated Sunday morning run along the canal to help a great cause: Valley Youth Theatre.

There’s nothing like running along the Arizona Canal on a cool Sunday morning in October, so grab some friends and meet at Hava Java, Arizona’s oldest, most awarded coffee house since 1992. Have a quick jolt of caffeine before you head out, or sip some water ahead of the run. Either way, it will be great to run alongside Hava Java customers and friends.

Both the 5K and the 10K will start and stop at the coffee house, located on the northwest corner of 32nd Street & Camelback. The route will take runners up 32nd Street and west along the canal. All proceeds from the race will benefit Valley Youth Theatre.

The 10K will kick off from the coffee shop at 7:15 am and the 5K starts at 7:30 am.

“We are thrilled to be doing this again for the 2nd year. Last year was so much fun we had to do it again! It’s a fun run along the Canal with friends and family to help Valley Youth Theatre, which we are big fans and supporters,” said Hava Java owner Tina Shafer. “I would like to thank our sponsors for their support and we look forward to seeing our customers and friends on what will be a memorable day.”

Sponsors for the 2nd Annual Hava Java 5K & 10K Run include: The MacLean Team, Gallagher & Kennedy, drybar, Molina Fine Jewelers, Active Moms Magazine, Local First Arizona, Mane Attraction Salon, Barrio Café, iRun, CAS Chiropractic, Green Street Communities, Orange Theory Fitness Arcadia, Delux and Robson Communities

To register for the event, please go to



Hava JavaHava Java began in Phoenix, Arizona on February 27, 1992. From humble beginnings, Justin Shafer (“Mr. Hava Java”) had a dream of a friendly place, where the world’s best coffees, from the finest beans were served in a family atmosphere. He started his dream outside with the only state of the art gourmet coffee cart in Arizona. He went on to build a gourmet coffee business that soon became a legend. Because of Justin’s dream, Hava Java is now the longest running gourmet coffee company in Arizona. Hava Java uses only the finest roasted coffee beans and the most select ingredients to achieve the highest quality products. Bottom line, you can’t buy or make a better cup of coffee than Hava Java. By the way, his gourmet coffee cart is still a Hava Java trademark!

Justin’s motto is this: “Serve customers only the very best product possible, as expediently as possible, in a clean environment and make them your friends. Not only do I treat my customers the way I like to be treated, but I also treat my Crew Members with respect. I never forget where I came from!”

With a tenaciously loyal clientele, Hava Java is a tasteful and immaculate store serving the best coffees, teas, and baked goods. Quality, Speed, Cleanliness, Friendship and Respect – it’s the Hava Java difference and our formula for success!



Founded in 1989, Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) is a professional-quality theatre company dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education, and excellence in the performing arts.

Winner of more than four dozen National Youth Arts awards, voted “Best Live Theater” on, heralded as “Best Place to Take a Bow” by Phoenix Magazine, and rated one of the “Top Ten Places to Become a Future Star” by The Arizona Republic, VYT produces six mainstage shows each season including two at the Herberger Theater Center.


Hava Java Fun Run

For more information, visit or
contact Tina Shafer at 480-414-6767.



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Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) Announces Chairs for Annual Porch Party Gala

PHOENIX, Ariz.— September 9, 2014 — Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ)  is excited to announce Event Chairs for the 12th Annual Porch Party;  Molly Stockley and Sameer R. Keole, M.D. Molly is currently the Assistant Vice President of Hospital Growth at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and has been a longtime supporter of CSCAZ. Molly is also the co-founder of Kristi Cares Melanoma Foundation in honor of a dear friend who lost her life to the disease which strives to educate Arizona residents about the dangers of skin cancer. Dr. Keole is the Proton Beam Medical Director at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Keole is overseeing the complex proton therapy building project set to open to treat patients in 2016.


Honorary Co-Chairs:

Kay Kays and Michael S. Gordon, M.D. will be spotlighted as our Honorary Chairs for their support to those on their cancer journey.  The Honorary Chairs will speak during the event and give their perspectives of cancer research and advocacy.  Kay is a 20 year pancreatic cancer survivor and patient advocate. Kay said “My dissemination of cancer research to patients is always a two way street of learning and I am able to represent cancer patients at the grant review table with up to date information for accrual and quality of life from the real world of cancer.”  Dr. Gordon is the CEO and Director of Research at Pinnacle Oncology Hematology. His interested have been in the development of new cancer therapies with a focus on targeted therapies and drugs that affect angiogenesis (tumor blood vessel supply).


About Porch Party:

Porch Party will be held on October 18, 2014 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix (map).  This event will be business casual with unique event details. Youth cancer survivors host an art gallery and showcase their photographs that depict what leadership means to them.  Appetizers are made from a local chef that showcase cancer fighting foods.  Guests can then take the recipe home and make the healthy dishes for themselves.  This event will include a live auction, drawing prizes and a fund-a-program opportunity.


About The Cancer Support Community Arizona:

SCSAZCSC-AZ (formerly known as The Wellness Community Arizona), is the Arizona affiliate if an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body programs utilizing the Patient Active Concept, people affected by cancer can learn vital skills to regain control, reduce feelings of isolation and restore hope-regardless of the stage of disease. To learn more, visit

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GRAND OPENING of Metro Sunday Market

Metro Sunday Market is announcing its GRAND OPENING October 6, 2013.

Special events planned for that day include local entertainment and music, raffle drawings, education on the food we put into our body and sustainable education on the environment and being more efficient with the resources we have today and preparation for tomorrow, kids will also enjoy some of the crafts and games we have to share with them, and much much more to enjoy when The festivities begin at 2 pm.

Everyday communities are converging to celebrate a simple miracle: farmers, as stewards of rural America, coming together to share a harvest that’s feeding local families. The result? More viable regional economies and increased access to fresh, nutritious food as well as stronger social networks that help keep communities strong. Metro Sunday Market is proud to become a part of that long standing tradition.

Since 2000, across the country the number of farmers markets has grown 150%, from 2,863 markets to more than 8000 in 2013. These numbers continue to rise as farmers markets become fresh food mainstays for shoppers across all socio-economic, political, and ethnic ranges. Farmers markets bolster local economies, improve community health, and bring diverse groups of people together through a shared social space. ARIZONA is home to more than 80 farmers markets.

The Metro Sunday Market currently has local farmers, gardeners, artisans, and also include unique and interesting vendors selling a wide variety of products – far more than a traditional farmers market. Besides the fresh local produce you will also find artisan breads, locally made foods, local wines, collectible antiques and unique one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. You will also enjoy live music from the finest local artists and more.

Market manager, Cody Smith states: “Our community market can help stock your kitchen year round with healthy, accessible local food. We believe viable local farming operations are cornerstones of a more sustainable community. We are a family of vendors committed to serving our local community and building a more sustainable future. We have a comprehensive product policy, driven by our ideals and ethics. We strive to carry more of the finest, most ethical and most nutritious products. We’re passionate about community, food and fun!”

“community markets grow healthy farms, healthy people, and healthy communities” says Executive Director Bobby Clayborn. “During a slow economic recovery, farmers markets are stand-out successes in delivering triple bottom line benefits while making entrepreneurship work in communities large and small. Metro Sunday Market invites everyone to celebrate their local farmer and community markets and enjoy fresh local food from America’s most innovative farmers.”

Metro Sunday Market is located in the parking lot near the Southwest corner of the Metro Center Mall.

For more information,  please contact us at 602-888-6226 or visit

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The Nephcure Walk Arizona

Saving Kidneys. Saving Lives.

Walk to support research for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS

On Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Kiwanis Park – Fiesta Ramada’s in Tempe, AZ.


San Tan Valley, AZ. 8-2013 — The Nephcure Foundation along with local patients will be holding a NephCure Walk on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The family affected is a committed member of the community. Elizabeth (Ely) Grau, age 50, has been dealing with FSGS-Focal Segmental Glomeruli Sclerosis for over 8 years. There is no cure for this rare condition, which affects the kidney filtering systems. Ely found out that she had this disease at the same time that her favorite basketball player Miami Heat Alonso Mourning was going through his kidney transplant for the same disease.  “I remember being told that if I did not attack it aggressively I would have to go on dialysis and would need a transplant within a year. It was scary to hear that, being a single mom with a 13 year old daughter at that time. Luckily the aggressive treatment put me in remission but it was at a cost. My immune system got bad, gained weight and lost a lot of my strength. I wake up everyday wondering what the day will bring. I can relapse at any given moment, with still NO CURE.”

With the cause and cure unknown and a continual increase of newly diagnosed patients, Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS, have become a concern to patients, families, and physicians. The Nephcure Walk will allow community members to give back locally and support families like Ely’s by participating in the fight to discover the cure. Registration for the walk will begin at 9:00 am and the walk will start at 10:00 am. There is no registration fee but fundraising is encouraged. Any walker who collects over $100 will receive a free T-Shirt. All proceeds will benefit the NephCure Foundation, an organization the Grau family has been supporting actively since Ely was diagnosed with the disease.

To sign up for the walk, join Ely’s team or make a donation go to:

Contact: Ely Grau: 480-347-8791 Email: (committee member Arizona)

Contact: Kelly Helm Phone: 719-510-7969 Email: (Colorado)

Click here for more information about The NephCure Foundation on Wikipedia and GuideStar



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CONNECT Your Business to Success – May 17

Dear Small Business Owners, the business leaders that comprise Social Network Arizona look forward to meeting you Thursday, May 17th to help you take your business networking to the NEXT level!

This social media, business networking event & seminar will put you in touch with hundreds of Phoenix and Scottsdale area business leaders… Expand your local network… and increase the online visibility of your company, website, and brand.

To RSVP and learn how you can earn a free Golden Ticket (a $20 value!) visit our event page:

Hosted by Andre Morris
President and Founder, seenBEST Internet Marketing



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