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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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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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Jamie Fletcher is Named a “2013 Women’s Business Enterprise Star” by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

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Jamie Fletcher is Named a “2013 Women’s Business Enterprise Star” by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

To be honored before 1,000 at “Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises”


Tempe, AZ – March 18, 2013 –Jamie Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer of Mach 1 Global Services, will receive the nation’s premier award for excellence among women’s business enterprises (WBEs) bestowed by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) at its Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises. The annual event will take place March 14, 2012, before 1,000 corporate and government executives, WBEs and members of WBENC’s Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) at the Baltimore Hilton, Baltimore, MD. 


Mach 1 Global Services is a worldwide transportation and supply chain logistics provider offering specialized services for their clients seeking solutions for distribution, warehousing and all levels of domestic and international freight services, including air, ocean and ground.


“Jamie Fletcher is an outstanding leader whose strategic and innovative approach benefits her clients and her company. She demonstrates the power of women’s businesses in driving sustainable economic growth,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President and CEO, the leading advocate for and authority on WBEs as suppliers to the nation’s top corporations and government agencies.


“We are proud to receive this recognition by WBENC and cannot thank WBEC-West enough for the nomination. Our WBE certification and involvement with WBENC has been a tremendous asset to our growth and continues to open the door for numerous opportunities with its corporate members. ” said Jamie Fletcher.


Jamie Fletcher will be recognized for her leadership in business, her inspiration to other women, and her active role at the helm of Mach 1 Global Services.   The Women’s Business Enterprise Council –West (WBEC-West) selected Jamie Fletcher for this national honor. It is one of WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) that process WBENC’s world-class certification of WBEs, in addition to providing skills-building educational programs and business development opportunities in their regions.


Women business owners like Jamie Fletcher make such outstanding contributions to the US economy each and every day,” said Dr. Pamela Williamson, President & CEO of  WBEC-West. “ The WBENC Summit & Salute recognizes certified WBEs who have positively impacted not only the economy but their community.  Ms. Fletcher has been an active member of the Women Business Enterprise Council –West community for several years .  She has held the position of forum chair and forum vice chair for the state of Arizona in both roles she acted as both  a leader and a mentor to both certified and non certified women business owners in the region that WBEC-West services. WBEC-West would not be as strong as it is without  the support and education that Ms. Fletcher has provided.


WBEC-West is a regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a coalition of corporations, WBEs and regionally focused women’s business organizations. As an affiliate organization, WBEC-West implements the certification standards of WBENC throughout Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, Hawaii and Guam. WBENC certification is nationally recognized and accepted by more than 10,000 major corporations. WBEC-West also supports corporations in their efforts to include WBEs in their supplier diversity programs. WBEC-West is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  For more information, please go to


Under the banner of the organization’s 2013 theme “Join Forces. Succeed Together,” WBENC’s Summit & Salute is a major national event designed to drive business development and collaborative success among WBENC’s Corporate and Government Members and WBEs. Sponsored by Accenture and Ernst & Young LLP, the two-day event provides vital access to the thought leaders, business intelligence and senior-level networking opportunities that enable sustainable growth.


About WBENC: The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the leading advocate for, and authority on, Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) as suppliers and vendors to the nation’s corporations. Founded in 1997, WBENC is also the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with nearly 11,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs.   WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) provide opportunities for interactions among Corporate and Government Members and certified WBEs at business building events and other forums.  WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs.  For more information, please go to


About MACH 1: Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Mach 1 Global Services is a global freight forwarder and transportation, logistics and supply chain management services provider. Established in 1988, Mach 1 is the 31st largest privately held corporation in Arizona and employs over 230 industry professionals throughout its 34 company-owned offices in the US, Mexico, China and India. Mach 1’s commitment to quality includes ISO 9001:2008, WBE, C-TPAT and US EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership certifications. For more information, please visit

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