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City of Phoenix Meetings and Events, Oct 18th-24th

Here’s this week’s list of downtown Phoenix related meetings and events hosted by the City of Phoenix:

Monday, Oct. 18

7:30 a.m. Proposed Bus Service Changes Public Meeting,

Phoenix Central Station,, 300 N. Central Ave.,

Matt Heil, 602-261-8392

2 p.m. City Council Downtown, Aviation and Economy Subcommittee,

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-261-8512

Tuesday, Oct. 19

10 a.m. City Council Seniors, Families and Parks Subcommittee,

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-261-8512

10 a.m. Public Meeting on Proposed Taxicab Ordinance

Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road

Marcie Colpas, 602-262-6164

1 p.m. City Council Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee,

Phoenix City Hall, 12th floor, City Council Subcommittee Room, 200 W. Washington St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-261-8512

Wednesday, Oct. 20

3 p.m. City Council Formal Meeting,

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

Alejandro Montiel, 602-262-8512

5 p.m. Proposed Bus Service Changes Public Hearing

Phoenix Public Transit Building, 4th floor, Conference Room, 302 N. First Ave.

Matt Heil, 602-261-8392

Friday, Oct. 22

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch and Learn Session Recognizing National Cyber Security Awareness Month,

“Password Cracking 101 – How to Create a Safer Password,”

Phoenix City Hall, assembly room C, 200 W. Washington St.,

Margaret Shalley, 602-262-1623


Saturday, Oct. 23

2 – 3:30 p.m. Meet Best-selling Author Lisa McMann,

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025


The meetings listed in the calendar are accurate as of Friday, Oct. 15.  For possible changes and additional city meetings, visit

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Burton Barr Library Issues Call For Artists For 2011

[Source: City of Phoenix Public Information Office]

Photo credit: all in green on Flickr

Burton Barr Central Library is seeking submissions from artists for exhibition in 2011 in its @Central Gallery, located on the first floor at 1221 N. Central Ave.  Proposals will be accepted from artists residing in Arizona, 18 years or older, and not currently represented by a gallery.

Artists may submit up to 10 images on CD following the prospectus instructions.  Works previously exhibited in @Central Gallery and artists who have had a solo exhibition at the library in the past two years are not eligible for consideration.

The submission fee is $15.  Submissions must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

For a prospectus and submission form, visit or send an e-mail to

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Jackalope Ranch’s Student Guide to Downtown Phoenix

Here is the latest installment in Claire Lawton’s series of great guides to downtown Phoenix!

[Source: Claire Lawton, Jackalope Ranch, Phoenix New Times]

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The first week is never about what actually goes on during class. It’s about figuring out what your schedule means by “the Brickyard,” checking out potential lag-time hangouts and figuring out which path will save you three more minutes.

Here’s a peek at our guide to ASU’s Downtown Campus …

Claire Lawton

Click on the image (or right here) for a full-size, printable version.

On the Map:

  • New vending machines, sweet couches and every news show you could ever want to see are up and running in the Cronkite Building’s First Amendment Forum (they also host pretty cool speakers every Monday).
  • Cheap/Free/Easy Date Night: Take a look at a ton of local art that’s featured on the second floor of the UCENT building and check out the view of the city from the eighth floor.
  • For caffeine and munchies, skip the Starbucks down the street and check out Fair Trade Cafe across Central Avenue, Royal Coffee Bar at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market on Pierce Street (Jackalope sighting!), Conspire on Fifth Street, or Cartel Coffee on First and Washington Streets.
Off the Map:
  • The Heard Museum is free for students on Sunday, August 15 (just show your Sun Card). Heard also hosts free admission events every third Friday.
  • Check out the Phoenix Public Library for refuge from the sun, a quiet afternoon, or a ride up and down the elevator (seriously).
  • Third Friday Concerts are back on at the Civic Space Park (under the large, flying blue object) at 424 N. Central Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m. (totally free). This space is also popular for bikini-clad sunbathers, who consequently create a popular activity for those on the fifth and sixth floors of every building that surrounds it.

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Read the full post here.

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A New Life for Downtown Phoenix’s Deck Park?

[Source: Connie Cone Sexton, The Arizona RepublicFeaturing a quotation from past DVC Chair, and current Secretary, Steve Weiss.

Photograph: Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic

Work is under way to pump new life into a 32-acre park that floats above the Deck Park Tunnel near downtown Phoenix.

City officials are dusting off the late 1980s original master plan and hope one day to find the money to see envisioned projects become real.

Twenty years ago this month, Valley residents flocked to the opening of the tunnel, a marvel of transportation engineering that cut a hole through a half-mile of central Phoenix real estate.

It was the final puzzle piece to finish Interstate 10 and create an unbroken 2,400-mile-plus stretch between California and Florida.

But the tunnel was also one of the biggest bonanzas for the city of Phoenix: a chance to create a park atop the portion of the Papago Freeway between Third Avenue and Third Street, just south of McDowell Road.

Thousands of homes had already been cleared when initial plans called for the highway segment to be aboveground.

Officials and area residents had grand plans for a sort of mini Central Park: Visitors to the Deck Park would be able to stroll through a grassy picnic area, pass through a grove of trees into a bustling urban plaza, snap a few pictures by the park’s fountains and carousel, then head for a concert at the outdoor amphitheater.

Since opening in 1992 as the renamed Margaret T. Hance Park, the site offers several amenities, including the Japanese Friendship Garden, the Irish Cultural Center and large expanses of grass, but it lacks the allure that city leaders hoped to see.

Downturns in the economy and constraints on the Phoenix budget kept the city from adding features like the amphitheater and carrousel. Although a handful of festivals are held outside the Burton Barr Central Library, which sits on the northern midpoint of the park, more are needed, observers say.

But with a resurgence of interest and activity in downtown Phoenix and new residents moving into surrounding historic homes, the time is right to take another look at the park, said Tom Bryne, a landscape architect for the city.

The potential for the site is great, he said, adding: “It has good bones but not a lot of attractions or things in the park to stimulate activity.”

A task force reviewing the park and neighbors say they’d like to see better lighting, maybe a dog park, coordination among the cultural groups to expand activities, a bike-rental shop, food vendors and canopies of shade.

Joan Kelchner, a member of the neighborhood Roosevelt Action Association, is excited that the city is starting what she calls “a very aggressive attempt to update the park.”

Kelchner, who moved into the Roosevelt Historic District adjacent to the park in 1984, hopes the new visioning of the park will spur the preservation of the city-owned Winship House, a historic building on the west side of the park.

She believes it will take private-public partnerships to truly ignite the master plan for Hance Park. Kelchner suggests a public outdoor market for the site and for artists’ lofts to be developed, much like what the original plan envisioned.

“There has been progress at the park, but it’s been spotty,” she said.

Steve Weiss, secretary of the Downtown Voices Coalition, wishes Hance Park were used more frequently.

“The sad thing about some of the Phoenix parks is that they’re either ignored or loved to death. Hance Park is falling into the former category.”

Jim Burke, Phoenix assistant parks director, is encouraged by the activity he does see.

“There are a lot of folks who jog through or use it as passive recreation,” he said. “But it’s probably a little underutilized.”

Jonathan Davis, a former landscape architect for Howard Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff, who was the project coordinator for the deck, said the park and the tunnel came about when the city was coming of age.

The tunnel and park project is an “incredible engineering marvel,” said Davis, now president of SEMI North America. “It was a fantastic project that had a real hope to serve as a catalyst for growth.”

He said the park was a terrific solution for easing an old wound after the homes had been leveled to make room for the freeway. Instead of a divide that separated neighborhoods, the park, he said, “could be the bridge.”

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College Depot is holding three FREE workshops

[Via City of Phoenix/Phoenix Public Library] College Depot, located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave. (map), will host three free workshops in August.

  • Writing a Winning Personal Statement Tuesday, Aug. 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Make your personal statement for college or scholarship applications come alive.
  • Explore Engineering at ASU Wednesday, Aug. 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Learn about opportunities in the field and engineering programs at ASU.

Space is limited. To register or for more information, call 602-261-8847 or email: College Depot is a full-service college planning center that offers free one-on-one assistance, family consultation and workshops on all aspects of the college planning process, fromfinancial aid to career exploration.  The service is open to anyone seeking assistance with planning for college. For a complete list of workshops and events, visit  their website. You can also follow them on Twitter

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