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Tempe Takes Home Three Valley Forward Awards September 23, 2008

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Tempe takes home three Valley Forward awards

“Tempe, Arizona – The City of Tempe claimed three honors at Valley Forward’s 28th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards for its transportation program and arts center. Held Sept. 6 in Scottsdale, the awards ceremony recognized the sustainability initiatives of 49 public and private projects in 24 categories, from private homes to commercial buildings to public spaces.

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) and Tempe in Motion (TIM), the city’s transportation program, won prestigious Crescordia awards. The Tempe Center for the Arts won an Award of Merit in the Site Development and Landscape/Parks category. In the Buildings and Structures/Public Assembly category, the Tempe Center for the Arts was praised for transforming a former landfill on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake into an architectural showpiece that houses local arts organizations and adds to community quality of life.

In the Livable Communities/Multimodal Transportation and Connectivity category, TIM was recognized for implementing innovative projects that provide alternative modes of transportation to improve air quality and decrease traffic congestion. Since the passage of the city’s 1996 transit sales tax, Tempe has added bus service, implemented five free neighborhood circulator routes, created an alternatively-fueled fleet, constructed light rail, built bikeways, constructed two “green” buildings and implemented neighborhood pedestrian facilities. For more information on the Tempe in Motion Program, visit www.tempe.gov/tim

Tempe won an Award of Merit in the Site Development and Landscape/Parks category, for the Tempe Center for the Arts. Design Workshop and the City of Tempe collaborated on the beautifully appointed, 17-acre lakeside art park that is an outstanding contribution to the City of Tempe’s sustainability.

Way Out West Oktoberfest September 5, 2008

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36th Annual Way Out West Oktoberfest

It’s time for Tempe’s annual Way Out West Oktoberfest, celebrating this traditional German festival Arizona-style.  Wear your lederhosen or your shorts & flip flops. Dance the polka, or do the chicken dance.  Eat some German Bratwurst, sauerkraut and strudel, or have some pizza. Drink traditional Oktoberfest beer direct from Germany or have a good American brew!

It’s all there at Tempe’s Oktoberfest from October 3rd to 5th. Three stages of entertainment – polka, mainstream contemporary and family. Plus a ton of kid’s activities in Kinderfest – arts & crafts, painting the Hansel & Gretel castle, carnival games, clowns, face painting, inflatables, rock climbing wall and carnival. It’s fun for the whole family!

And, in the tradition of Oktoberfest (it began as a wedding), we invite you to renew your wedding vows at the Polka Stage on Saturday.

Not your ordinary Oom-Pah!

October 3-5, 2008
Location: Tempe Beach Park
80 West Rio Salado Parkway,
Tempe 85281 (Rio Salado & Mill, Tempe)

FREE Admission

Hours: Friday 5 pm to midnight; Saturday 10 am to midnight; Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

For 36 years running, Way Out West Oktoberfest has been produced by Tempe Sister City volunteers to raise money for international student/teacher exchanges and humanitarian projects with Tempe’s seven sister cities. Funds raised at Oktoberfest send a group of educators and high school students abroad each year. Funds also support humanitarian projects, like water wells in Timbuktu, Mali.

For more: www.wowoktoberfest.com or call 480 491 FEST.