Daily Archives: February 22, 2011

Reminder: Morning District 4 Meeting on Thursday

A reminder that this month’s Morning District 4 Meeting will be held at Park Central Deli on Thursday, February 24th at 7:30 am. Park Central Deli is located at 3110 N Central Ave (at the south end of Park Central Mall).

Squaw Peak Precinct Commander A.B. Smith and Transit Bureau Commander Jeff Alexander will be our guest speakers. They will discuss the relationship between transit security on light rail and neighborhood crime issues, and how they are working together to prevent crime in both areas. There will also be time for questions.

Please RSVP to Councilman Simplot’s office if you are planning to attend; 602-262-7447 or  council.district.4@phoenix.gov.


Downtown Phoenix is home to the 27th Annual Matsuri Festival this weekend

Arizona Matsuri 2011 Feb 26 27

The 27th Annual Matsuri Festival takes over Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2011.

This two-day celebration features colorful displays of authentic Japanese art, crafts, and entertainment.

Traditional Japanese food and merchandise will be on sale.

This year, the festival recognizes and celebrates Phoenix’ Sister City Himeji in Japan, making it the 2011 theme for Matsuri.

The second city to be formally recognized as a Phoenix Sister City, Himeji became a partner in 1976. The city is located along the Seto Inland Sea some 40 miles west of Kobe, which is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture.

While Phoenix is named for the mythological Phoenix bird, Himeji Castle, which is considered the best-preserved castle in Japan, is called Oshiro or “White Heron” and is designated as a United Nations World Treasure.

The Japanese Friendship Garden, Ro Ho En, located in Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, is the product and shared vision of the Sister Cities of Phoenix and Himeji and features 1,500 tons of handpicked rock, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams, an authentic tea house, and a 12-foot waterfall and Koi pond.

New This Year!

  • A beer garden with extended hours on Saturday only from 12 noon to 9pm each day.
  • Karaoke contest and some dancing from 5pm-9pm each day.

2011 Taiko Entertainment

The following Japanese Taiko drumming groups and entertainers will be performing on the ASU Stage at Heritage Square and Science Center from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm:

  • Fushicho Daiko*Phoenix Drummers
  • All Arizona Taiko Team
  • Phoenix Taiko Kai
  • Saboten Taiko
  • Aozora
  • Kemushi
  • Ken Koshio, a native Japanese singer & song writer, Taiko player and Japanese folk artist.
  • Washington Elementray Taka Taiko Drummers
  • Faith North Montessori Taiko
  • Senators Taiko
  • SGI Taiko
  • Awa Odori Dancers from Los Angeles, CA
  • Hands On Taiko ~ you know you want to try it!

Monroe Street Stage Performers:

Stay posted to AZMatsuri.org for entertainment updates.



Admission to attend the festival is free.  For more details, please call Heritage Square Office at 602.262.5071.  Recorded information is available at 602.262.5029. Or at the website:www.azmatsuri.org

What: 27th Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan!  Phoenix Sister City-Himeji Celebrating 35 Years

Who: Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Sister Cities Commission / Himeji Committee, Japanese American Citizens League, ArizonaBuddhist Temple Desert Cross Community Church, and the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, along with many other individual benefactors and supporters.

Where: Heritage and Science Park, 115 North 6th Street Phoenix, AZ 85004-2328 (7th Street and Monroe, downtown Phoenix)

When: Saturday and Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights: Japanese Exhibits, Demonstrations, Arts and Crafts, Children’s Activities,Bonsai Displays, Japanese Food and Entertainment.

Councilman Nowakowski Invites Residents to Crime Summit

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Councilman Michael Nowakowski will host his District 7 Crime Summit at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Phoenix Police Training facility, 10001 S. 15th Ave. The summit will bring together law enforcement personnel, city staff and local residents to discuss crime issues in their communities, police resources, Block Watch, Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol (PNP), and Blight and Graffiti Busters programs.

Speakers will include Public Safety Manager Jack Harris and a presentation on the Police Community Engagement and Outreach Task Force. Residents will be able to speak directly with the District 7 precinct commanders (Estrella, South Mountain, Maryvale and Squaw Peak police precincts) along with community action officers and code enforcement officers.

Event schedule:

  • 8 to 8:30 a.m. – Registration
  • 8:30 to 9 a.m. – Opening remarks from Councilman Nowakowski, Public Safety Manager Jack Harris and Assistant Police Chief Andy Anderson
  • 9 to 10 a.m. – Breakout sessions for each precinct area with community action officers, Block Watch representatives and Blight and Graffiti Busters
  • 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. – Panel discussion with representatives from the Police and Neighborhood Services departments, PNP and Block Watch
  • 11:30 to noon – Lunch, followed by an optional tour of the facility

Lunch will be provided (at no cost to city taxpayers). RSVPs are requested. To confirm your attendance, call the District 7 Office at 602-262-7492 or e-mail council.district.7@phoenix.gov.