Daily Archives: January 27, 2009

Phoenix working to adapt vintage buildings for new uses

The city of Phoenix is working to simplify the process of adapting older buildings for new business uses on an all-new episode of Building Phoenix, premiering 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, on Phoenix 11, the city’s news and information station available to Cox and Qwest Cable subscribers (for additional airdates and times, click here).

Program highlights: A 1940s firehouse in Sunnyslope becomes Bomberos Café and Wine Bar; coffee connoisseurs are filling up at Copper Star Coffee, housed within a vintage gas station in the Melrose on 7th Ave. area of midtown Phoenix (pictured at right); a former tire shop is transformed into Results Only, a facility to get pumped up and healthy; and the trendsetter who transformed a historic post office into Postino Wine Café is ready to do it again; plus appearances by Vice Mayor Tom Simplot and Councilwoman Maria Baier.

“Building Phoenix” is a production of the city of Phoenix Development Services Department.  Michael Hammett, host and executive producer, is an Emmy Award winner and former contributing reporter/producer for ABC 15’s Sonoran Living.  The program will be streamed live during the premiere.  The Building Phoenix show is available on-demand.

Phoenix schools/students can benefit from city’s education grants website

The city of Phoenix Youth and Education Programs Office has compiled a list of available grants for schools and youth programs.  Complete information can be found on the School and Teacher grants page.  Schools, teachers, and youth program staff can visit the Web site often to receive current updates about available grants.

Educational grants highlighted on the list include the Arts in Education Grant from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program grant, which both have an application deadline of Feb. 17.  The list also includes the U.S. Department of Education Partnerships in Character Education Program and the National Association of Biology Teachers Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award among others.

The Youth and Education Office provides resource information for schools and youth programs and serves as a catalyst for Phoenix youth to express their voices.  The office facilitates the Outstanding Young Man Young Woman and Principal for a Day programs and manages know99, the city’s educational television channel.  Additionally, youth and education staff oversees the U.S. Airways Center Suite Program, staffs the Phoenix Youth Commission, and sends out a monthly e-newsletter to Phoenix schools.

Register for UA’s Mini-Med School in downtown Phoenix

[Source: University of Arizona] — Sex, lies, and venomous creatures! Now is your chance to experience medical school without the homework, exams and tuition. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University Mini-Medical School is a vital tool to educate the community about the medical college and the research taking place on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.  It also provides community members with a hands-on medical school experience.  This is an opportunity to learn about medicine, current health issues, and the medical curriculum in a way that is fun and understandable, such as why patients and physicians sometimes avoid telling the truth or which area hospitals carry the scorpion anti-venom.

This popular evening series is registering for the spring session, which begins Feb. 18 and continues each Wednesday evening through March 4.  Leading faculty members from the College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and other institutions will present interactive lectures on subjects related to curriculum experienced by medical school students.  Following is the spring schedule:

  • Feb. 18 – “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire: The Need for Ethics in a Health-care Setting” presented by David Beyda, MD, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Feb. 25 – “Sex and Cardiovascular Disease: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask!” presented by Taben Hale, PhD, College of Medicine – Phoenix
  • Oct. 22 – “Scorpion Antivenom in Arizona” presented by Leslie Boyer, MD, College of Medicine and Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center (Tucson)

Other details:

  • DATE/TIME: Beginning Feb. 18 – every Wednesday for three weeks.  All classes are from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • PLACE: College of Medicine – Phoenix, 550 E. Van Buren St. (corner of Seventh Street & Van Buren Street in downtown Phoenix)
  • COST: The three-week series is $75 (includes lecture materials and a light dinner).  Early registration is recommended as space is limited. Call Barbara Quinlan at 602-827-2024 to register or for more information.