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DVC In Conversation With District 4 and 8 Council Candidates

Downtown Voices Coalition, downtown Phoenix’s only grassroots stakeholder group that champions issues of urban excellence, like small and locally owned business, historic preservation, sustainability in a broader perspective, and good government, is hosting a series of one-on-one online conversations with the four remaining candidates for Phoenix City Council. The four candidates will be in conversation with our Edward Jensen, our group’s Secretary as well as an ardent observer in Phoenix politics and governance.

Leading off the conversations will be Laura Pastor, a program director at South Mountain Community College and the daughter of U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor, on Friday, October 4, from 7:00-8:00pm. Justin Johnson, running against Pastor for the District 4 seat, will be in conversation with Jensen on Monday, October 7, also from 7:00-8:00pm. Johnson is a real estate developer and the son of former Phoenix mayor Paul Johnson. Conversations with Kate Gallego and Warren Stewart are being scheduled for the week of October 7.

The conversations will be hosted on DVC’s Google+ page  as a Google+ Hangout On Air, an innovative platform to allow many observers from Phoenix to watch and participate in the conversation. Twitter users can send in their questions and comments using the hashtag #DVC4 and #DVC8 (depending on the district represented). Participants who do not have Google+ can watch on DVC’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/DVCPhoenix. The conversation will then be available on the DVC YouTube channel for watching after the live event has concluded.

“I am pleased to be hosting these one-on-one conversations,” said Jensen. “This is a unique, first-of-its-kind way to engage with the candidates and the questions that will be asked are not the conventional questions asked in debates and fora. It gives the candidates an opportunity to envision that they are in their respective City Council seat and working to accomplish their agenda.”

The questions are focused around the central theme of governance and how the candidates plan to accomplish their policy proposals while they are in office.  The four subthemes are “City Hall and the Next City Manager,” “Governance and Intergovernmental Relations,” “Downtown / Urban Phoenix and Urban Living Infrastructure,” and “Sustainability and the Environment in a Broader Context.” The one-on-one conversation format will allow Jensen to pursue different lines of questioning based on the answers given, allowing for tremendous flexibility. About 15-20 minutes at the end will be reserved for audience questions.

Downtown Voices Coalition is a coalition of stakeholder organizations that embrace growth in downtown Phoenix, but is mindful that healthy growth should be based upon existing downtown resources — the vibrancy of neighborhoods, the strength of the arts community, the uniqueness of historic properties, and the wonderful small businesses that dot downtown. For more information, visit downtownvoices.org.

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Earth Day Phoenix 2011

The official Phoenix celebration of Earth Day will be held on Thursday, April 21 in Cesar Chavez Plaza from 11-2. The City of Phoenix Sustainability HUB will showcase most of the city’s sustainable programs in one location near Jefferson Street.

Within the  100 other booths you’ll find reusable grocery bags, Sun Chips (in the newly reformulated environmental bag), samples from Coke and Nestle Water as well as hot-dogs provided by Republic Services.

Come by and learn more about what YOU can do for the environment in your every day life.

Details:

What:                Earth Day Phoenix 2011
Date:                Thursday, April 21
Time:                11 AM to 2 PM
Location:          Cesar Chavez Plaza  (2nd Ave between Jefferson & Washington)
Who:                Everyone welcome
Cost:                FREE

New Bike and Beer Festival near Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Tempe Bicycle Action Group]

New Bike and Beer Festival – SanTan Wheelie Jam – 4/23

Get ready for a new bike and beer festival on April 23rd at Steele Indian School Park [near] downtown Phoenix, the SanTan Wheelie Jam. EVERYONE should be there, and bring all your friends too (oh and make sure everyone buys a few beers).

This is an all local festival, local bike groups, local beer (SanTan brewing), local food, local bands, local bike shops. TBAG is getting it going, and all beer sales proceeds will go to Phoenix groups like Rusty Spoke, AZ Bike Polo etc.

Right now we need to line up sponsors and bike activities. We can do roller wars, mini/tall bike rides and races, riding contests, fixie trick demos, bike build offs, giveaways etc. Contact ryan@biketempe.org if you know someone who wants to sponsor the event, or can help provide some kind of bike related fun. Also let me know if you can help plan the event or would like to volunteer at the event.

Any non-profit or club that wants to get the word out about their group is welcome at the event. There will be table space, you can do fliers, stickers, or sell merch.

This festival is for and by the local bike community. It’s all new so it’s a great place to try new ideas and get people excited about riding bikes and being involved in their local community.

FREE Regional Tree & Shade Summit in Downtown Phoenix on Wednesday

Growing Connections: Roots to Branches

Arizona and its communities face challenging problems with diminishing resources. How do communities do more with less? Green Infrastructure is a solution multiplier that provides cost effective solutions to many economic, social and environmental problems. All Arizona communities and businesses have a role in cultivating a healthier, more livable and prosperous future.

Presentations and a Discussion on Cultivating Green Infrastructure

The Regional Tree & Shade Summit will bring together municipal and private sector professionals for a one-day meeting to address the growing importance of regional tree and shade plans and green infrastructure to the long-term sustainability and success of our communities.

Details

Date

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
8:30am – 5:00pm

Location

A.E. England Building @ Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave, Downtown Phoenix

Adjacent to Downtown Phoenix Central Station. Light Rail Use Strongly Encouraged

RSVP

Space is Limited: Register at http://sustainablecities.asu.edu

More information

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Reichman at anne.reichman@asu.edu or call 480-965-2168.

Sponsors

This event is brought to you by: 

  • Arizona Forestry
  • ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Phoenix
  • City of Mesa
  • US Department of Agriculture Forestry Service

Mid-Century Marvels at Phoenix Public Library on Feb 24

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., will host local architect Don Ryden and Barbara Stocklin, Phoenix historic preservation officer, in a talk about the city’s new book “Midcentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture of Phoenix: 1945-1975” at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24.

Produced by the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and Ryden Architects, Inc., the book features more than 400 images, some rare, of buildings lost and those preserved for generations to come. It highlights the work of architects Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Bennie Gonzales and others, and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on the architecture of Phoenix.

“Mid-Century Marvels” was published with funding provided by a Federal Historic Fund Certified Local Government Grant, The Arizona Heritage Fund and the Phoenix Historic Preservation Bond Fund.

Books will be available for purchase at the program or at phoenix.gov/historic.

Phoenix Public Library is a system of 15 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library. For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visitphoenixpubliclibrary.org. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/phxlibrary.

City of Phoenix Meetings and Events for the Week of Feb 7-13th

Here is a listing of city events that may be of interest to downtown Phoenix residents and observers.

[Source: City of Phoenix]

All Week

Feb. 1 – 28,  Library Hours            “Beauty of Taiwan” Photo Exhibit,

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., second floor,
Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

Monday, Feb. 7

6:15 p.m.            Encanto Village Planning Committee,

Phoenix College, Willo Conference Room, 3310 N. 10th Ave.,
Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

Tuesday, Feb. 8

9 a.m.           17th Annual Employee Memorial Ceremony,

Honoring employees who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2010,
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St.,
Joyce Valdez, 602-262-6213

Wednesday, Feb. 9

10 a.m.            City Council Housing and Neighborhoods Subcommittee,

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.,
Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512

4:30 p.m.            Planning Commission Briefing,

Phoenix City Hall, assembly room C,
Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.            “Midcentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture of Phoenix, 1945-1975,”

Featuring speakers Historic Preservation Officer Barbara Stocklin and Architect/Author Don Ryden,
Royal at The Market, Downtown Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce St.,
Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

6 – 7 p.m. District 7 Coffee Chat with Councilman Michael Nowakowski,

Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road,
Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512

Thursday, Feb. 10

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.      College Depot Workshop, “Budgeting for College Students,”

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.,
Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

The meetings listed in the calendar are accurate as of Friday, Feb. 4.  For possible changes and additional city meetings, visit phoenix.gov/publicmeetings.

Volunteers Needed for Arts Advocacy Day in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Boy Meets Blog]

Arts Congress 2011: Monday, February 7th

The Arts Congress is coordinated by the Arizona Action for the Arts and is the official advocacy day for the arts here in Arizona. The event draws attendees from across the state representing large arts organizations, arts administrators, artists and community leaders. The event consists of training sessions, face-to-face meetings with state legislators, networking, caucuses, and representation in the House and Senate galleries. (If you don’t want to volunteer but would prefer to go as an attendee, click here to sign up.)

The Arts Congress is this Monday, February 7, 2011 at the State Capitol on the Senate Lawn and is is an all day event beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 3:30, but volunteers can sign up for 4 different shifts.

The Arts Congress organizers are looking for volunteers to work at the registration booth, volunteers to set up the coffee and muffin table and coordinate with the catering company for the lunch order, volunteers for the event check out, and volunteers to work as ambassadors. The ambassadors will be staged throughout the State Capitol and will be pointed out to the event attendees to answer questions, etc. The ambassadors are asked to work from 9 am to 3, but the organizers can be flexible. And if you can give a minimum of 3.5 hours, you’ll get lunch.

To sign up or if you have questions, contact Michelle Peralta at info@azcitizensforthearts.org or call 602-253-6535

 

City of Phoenix Meetings and Events, Jan 24-30th

[Source: City of Phoenix Public information Office, 602-262-7176


Monday, Jan. 24

Bus Service Changes go into effect

Check valleymetro.org or call Valley Metro Customer Service at 602-253-5000

 

Tuesday, Jan. 25

10. a.m.       City Council Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee

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

Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512


2 p.m.      Phoenix City Council Work Study Session

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

Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512

 

5:30 – 7 p.m.       College Depot Workshop

“Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Lab and Workshop,”

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.,

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

 

6 p.m.      Alhambra Village Planning Committee

Washington Activity Center, 2240 W. Citrus Way,

Michael Hammett, 602-495-5405

 

Wednesday, Jan. 26

6 – 7 p.m.      College Depot Workshop

“It’s Not Too Early to Plan for College: 7th and 8th Graders,”

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.,

Rita Marko, 602-534-2025

 

The meetings listed here are accurate as of Friday, Jan. 21.  For possible changes and additional city meetings, visit phoenix.gov/publicmeetings.

 

A Scandalesque Evening of Intrigue and Delight in Downtown Phoenix on Friday!

[Source: Scandalesque Event Description]

World:Life:Music & Scandalesque Present an Evening of Intrigue and Delight at The Duce…

A Scandalesque Burlesque show featuring new acts! Live sexy music, singing, dancing, specialty acts and more.

Hosted by the Mistress of Tease – Blissom Booble and featuring Scandalesque Artists:

  • Pyrrha,
  • Lady Fontayne,
  • Metta Morpheus,
  • Bella Bella,
  • Jazz Corset, and
  • the Scandaleque Twins (La La Ru and Saffron Mi Chelle)

Also featuring World Famous Rani “g” with Live Sax by Dan Puccio.

An event like no other – held in a prohibition era warehouse on a boxing ring stage. Be there!

Details

21+ Event
Doors open at 9 pm
Show starts at 10 pm

The Duce, 525 S Cental Ave. [Map]

Tickets – $15 CASH at the door
Limited VIP tickets available.

For more info send an email to djrani.g@gmail.com or check out the Facebook event page.

www.scandalesque.com.

Places, Spaces and Faces Community Dinner in Downtown Phoenix

Feasting on Phoenix: Creating Community over Food and Place

[Excerpts from a post originally published on BloomingRock.com]

There’s something special about sitting down over a meal and how it brings people together and forms a special bond between them. This is what happens at the Places, Spaces and Faces Community Dinner (PSF) every month. This event started about a year ago by some dedicated Phoenix residents who were craving community, Yuri Artibise, Kathleen Bartolomei, Jim McPherson, Marshall Shore and Taz Loomans.

PSF is not an exclusive club where you need some sort of membership to attend. It’s open to the public. It’s a way to get together with your fellow Valley residents and share some things with them: your time, your food, your stories, your presence, your self. It’s a way of saying, hello, how are you, my name is…to new people in a beloved setting in the city.

January’s Dinner

When: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Where: After Hours Gallery – 116 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ (between N. 3rd Ave. & 1st Ave.); West of Light Rail station: Central/McDowell

Organizers: Yuri Artibise, Joseph Cuevas and Julie Zagars

Theme: Come “C” What’s Cookin’!

Co-mingle with comrades and come celebrate our city over courses of communal cuisine! Cue the “Sesame Street” theme song: this month’s Places, Spaces, & Faces potluck event is brought to you by the letter “C.”

Feel free to interpret this concept creatively. “C” can stand for Casseroles, Carrots, Cookies, or Cucumbers. Think Cake, Corn, and Calamari. Serve your creation on a Cake Stand, in a Carafe, or atop a Chia Pet. Consider Chicken, Cheese and Cashews. And Chocolate (after all, January 22nd is National Blond Brownie Day). Oh, and definitely Cocktails!

As usual, there will be a people’s choice vote to determine three prize winners in the categories of “top savory dish,” “everyone’s favorite dessert,” and “the evening’s best beverage.” After Hours Gallery permits alcohol so feel free to play with booze in your shared dish or drink.

Last names A-I: a drink
Last names J-R: savory
Last names S-Z: sweet

*Plus appropriate serving spoons/forks/tongs.

Please bring your own plate, cup, napkin, and silverware. We’ll again utilize a buffet setup, like we did with December’s dinner. Please label your shared savory/sweet/liquid contribution to share and highlight any prospective allergens (particularly if you are working with alcohol).

Speakers: Our speakers will include gallery owners Mike and Russ, plus Scott Roeder, After Hours construction project manager. Photographer John Wagner will also speak about his exhibit “SALT,” featuring photographs from the Bonneville Salt Flats currently on display at the gallery

More information/RSVP HERE.