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Tempe to host public meetings about Orbit July 8, 2009

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Tempe residents are encouraged to attend one of three public meetings to learn more about potential route changes to the existing Orbit neighborhood circulator system.

The purpose of these meetings is to gather ideas from neighbors and get input on potential route changes using existing monetary resources. The same information will be presented at all three meetings.

Meetings will occur:

Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Community Room
200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Community Room
200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.
Pyle Adult Recreation Center
655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

Orbit is a free bus route system that uses small mini-buses to serve residential areas and connect them to local destinations such as parks, shopping areas, other neighborhoods, major bus and light rail routes, schools and multi-generational centers. Orbit buses are smaller and quieter than traditional buses. Each bus holds about 20 passengers and travels along collector and residential streets. Residents may board Orbit anywhere along residential streets by signaling the driver.

An online comment form will be available Sept. 1. For information call (480) 350-2775 or visit www.tempe.gov/tim

Tempe encourages residents to ride Orbit to ASU home football games July 8, 2009

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The city of Tempe transit program, Tempe in Motion, will make it easy for residents to get to all Arizona State University home football games.

Residents who live along any of the Orbit routes (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter) re encouraged to use the service. Hours of operation on Orbit will be extended until midnight on game days. Residents who do not live along an Orbit route are encouraged to park at the Tempe Library Complex (3500 S. Rural Road) located at the southwest corner of Southern Avenue and Rural Road and take Orbit Jupiter to the game.

Below is a list of all ASU home football games and tentative kick-off times:
• Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. – ASU vs. Idaho State
• Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. – ASU vs. Louisiana-Monroe
• Oct. 3 at TBA – ASU vs. Oregon State
• Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. – ASU vs. Washington
• Oct. 31 at TBA – ASU vs. California
• Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. – ASU vs. USC
• Nov. 28 at TBA – ASU vs. Arizona

For more information, please call 480-858-2350 or visit www.tempe.gov/tim.

Kiwanis invites kids to shoot and score in summer soccer camps July 8, 2009

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Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S. All America Way, offers boys and girls ages 5 to 10 years old a chance to develop sound fundamental soccer skills in two four-day Indoor Soccer Camps in July.

Corona del Sol Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Dan Salas will help participants learn the rules and strategies of soccer while emphasizing dribbling, passing, headers and shooting.

The camps will be held at the Kiwanis Recreation Center’s 23,000 square foot multi-purpose gymnasium. Each camp session is $95 and will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 20- 23 (15911) or July 27-30 (15912). Advance registration is required.

Camp participants should bring their own size 4 or 5 ball and wear loose fitting clothing and tennis shoes. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit www.tempe.gov/kiwanis or call 480-350-5201 or 480-350-5050 TTY

Savor summer with six months of savings at Kiwanis Recreation Center July 8, 2009

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Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S All America Way, provides residents looking to stay active with an irresistible opportunity this summer.

From July 1 through Sept. 30, guests that purchase an unlimited use six month fitness card for $154 will receive their choice of one of the following passes at no extra charge: 20 punches for lap swimming, eight punches for water fitness or a youth or adult wave pool season ticket.

The Kiwanis Fitness Center features various fitness tools that include cardiovascular and strength equipment, free weights, stability balls, tubing and bands. Packages are available with no contract or joining fees for various levels of use. New users can inquire at the front desk to receive two free weeks of unlimited use.

For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/fitness or call 480-350-5201 or 480-350-5050 TTY.

Tempe Debuts Recycling Education Trailer July 1 June 19, 2009

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Tempe, Arizona — The City of Tempe will debut E.R.I.C. (Education/Recycling Information Center), a 38-foot trailer filled with museum-quality interactive exhibits about recycling, at a 9 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, July 1, at the city’s Public Works/Field Operations facility, at 55 S. Priest Drive.

Tempe received a Waste Reduction Initiative Through Education (WRITE) grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to construct the trailer, which is the first of its kind in Arizona.

E.R.I.C. will be transported to schools and events beginning in the fall to increase awareness of and participation in Tempe’s solid waste and recycling programs, and to promote environmental stewardship. The project’s mascot, which will be featured prominently on the unit, is a likeable desert tortoise named “ERIC,” who will help carry the environmental message.

At the event, the city will recognize ADEQ, contractor Quality Vans, and partners Nike and Freelite, for helping in the construction. Singh Organic Farms will provide food for the event, which will be prepared by Chef Wade Simpson of the Paradise Valley Country Club.

The traveling museum will feature eco-friendly materials, and post-consumer and reclaimed interior finishes. The floor surface will feature Training Ground with Nike Grind, a rubberized floor surface made of nearly 100 percent recycled material.