Daily Archives: October 6, 2010

Recovering from the Storm

[Source: City of Phoenix]

After Tuesday’s storm, the city of Phoenix and its residents are recovering in its aftermath and preparing for a chance of thunderstorms forecast later today.

Residents in actual emergency situations should call 9-1-1.

Maintenance Contacts:

  • Trees blocking roadways/sidewalks 602-262-6501 or 602-534-9440
  • Localized flooding 602-262-6441
  • Traffic signal information 602-262-6021
  • Code inspections-damage to businesses 602-262-7811
  • Arizona Public Service 602-371-7171
  • Salt River Project 602-236-8811
  • Southwest Gas 602-271-4277
  • Garbage and bulk trash 602-262-7251

To dispose of storm damage material, residents may request a free voucher this week for one of the city’s transfer stations at 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road or North Gateway Transfer Station off of Interstate-17 and Dixileta Road. Residents should cover their loads and bring a city water bill and driver’s license for proof of residency.

Street Closures:

The city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department reports no street closures due to flooding at this time, but 19th Avenue from Broadway to Lower Buckeye roads continues to be closed due to downed power lines.

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Mayor Gordon Kicks Off 5th Annual Old World Oktoberfest in Downtown Phoenix


Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon will perform the traditional tapping of the keg, kicking off the 5th Annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest opening ceremonies at 12 noon, Saturday, October 9th, 2010 at Margaret T. Hance Park (1134 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85004) in downtown Phoenix.

This year also marks the 200th Anniversary of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, organized in celebration of the marriage of Bavarian King Ludwig I in 1810 as a “volksfest,” which has continued to this day as a popular annual tradition. In commemoration of this anniversary, a German couple (the bride is from Germany, and the groom is American of German descent) will be married across the street from the Phoenix Oktoberfest at Grace Lutheran Church in traditional attire and will lead a processional to the Oktoberfest event.

Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest is hosted by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures in partnership with members of Grace Lutheran Church in Phoenix. The purpose of the event is to reach out to the German community and introduce others to German culture and traditions. Funds raised by the event will be used to help build a Germanic Cultural Center and support German language education in the Valley. Grace Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries will also benefit from the proceeds of food sales, which will feature a traditional German pig roast with all the trimmings, as well as other favorites.

In addition to several varieties of imported German beer, provided by Warsteiner, festival guests can enjoy traditional German fare, including bratwursts, frankfurters, and roast pig, sauerkraut, apple strudel, pretzels and other specialties.

The authenticity of the event is enhanced by the musical entertainment, flown in from Germany especially for this occasion: Die Echten Waldbuam, who lead the crowd in traditional Oktoberfest sing-a-longs throughout the afternoon and evening.

This family-friendly event also includes a free Kinder Village featuring an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball pitch and other inflatables, plus games, contests and other interactive kids’ activities, free all day.

Attendees can also compete for fun and prizes in a variety of contests, including a Polka Dance Contest; “Best Dressed” of Oktoberfest; Sauerkraut Cooking Contest; Beer Stein Holding, and Alphorn Blowing for kids & adults. A raffle offers opportunities to win two roundtrip tickets to Europe, courtesy of Lufthansa and various other prizes.

Additional event sponsors include Henkel and Gundelsheim.

This Oktoberfest family event is truly Bavarian-style like the original in Munich — right down to details such as the long tables papered in Bavarian blue & white, where attendees can chat with neighbors and make new friends while singing along with old-time drinking songs.

The event is easily Light Rail accessible, from the Roosevelt stop. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids under 12 free. For more information visit www.phoenixoktoberfest.com or call (480) 947 PHXO (7490).

Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures (www.ac4gc.org) created the annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest in 2006 as a way to introduce Arizonans and visitors to German culture and traditions, serve as a social outlet for the large and growing local Germanic community, and raise funds to build a Germanic Cultural Center, while supporting worthwhile local charities.

About Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures:

The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to establishing a place for people of Germanic background to share their traditions, history, contributions, culture and celebrations with their fellow Americans. www.ac4gc.org.


5th Annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest
www.phoenixoktoberfest.com or 480 947 PHXO
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 – 10 am to 9 pm
Margaret T. Hance Park, (on the deck tunnel/Moreland Ave, west of Third Street))
1134 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 85004 (map)
Light Rail – Roosevelt stop
Admission: $5 (Free for children under 12)

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FREE Women’s Economic Forum near Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Marcie Colpas, City of Phoenix]

“Women Talk: Money and More!” is the topic of a Women’s Economic Forum from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Phoenix College, John Paul Theatre, 1202 W. Thomas Road.

The free event will provide a forum for women of all ages to learn about personal and professional growth and development. Panelists will offer presentations on health and wellness, career planning, personal safety, estate planning, debt management and planning your educational and financial goals.

The panel discussion will be from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Panelists include Kyla Johnson, educational counselor and career service advisor, Phoenix College; Tiffany Friedel Broberg, associate, Ridenour, Hienton and Lewis; Catherine Arvizu, assistant vice president, National Bank of Arizona; Jeri Williams, assistant chief, Phoenix Police Department; and Jan Herzfeld, fitness coordinator, Maricopa County.

The panel moderator is Valerie Todorovich, partner, Ridenour, Hienton and Lewis.  Welcoming remarks will be provided by Dr. Anna Solley, president, Phoenix College.

The forum is sponsored by the Phoenix Women’s Commission and the city of Phoenix Equal

Opportunity Department in partnership with Phoenix College.  A complimentary box lunch will be provided to attendees.  Seating is limited.  For more information or reservations, call 602-495-0358 or 602-534-1557/TTY or visit phoenix.gov/phxwomen/emenu.html by Oct. 8.

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