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Papago Park planning process May 15, 2009

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Let’s Talk Tempe highlights Papago Park planning process

Tempe, Arizona On Tuesday, May 19, Mayor Hugh Hallman and the Tempe City Council invite residents to attend the monthly taping of “Let’s Talk Tempe.”

Sharon Doyle, Rio Salado Papago Park Ad Hoc Committee chair, and Jeff Kratzke, lead Papago Park Regional Master Plan consultant, will be the Mayor’s guests. They will discuss the future of Papago Park and will encourage residents to give their input in the planning process in order to enhance the park’s resources.

Papago Park is a 1200- acre regional jewel situated in north Tempe and in Phoenix. A formal master planning process is ongoing to determine the best uses and improvements to make the park an even more vital community asset. For more information on the master plan, visit www.discoverpapagopark.com.

Residents are encouraged to attend the taping and participate in the discussion on Tuesday, May 19, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. Let’s Talk Tempe is a monthly issues talk show taped each month before a live audience and replayed on Tempe 11.

Residents interested in receiving an invitation by mail for future Let’s Talk Tempe tapings can contact Mike Crusa at mike_crusa@tempe.gov or 480-350-8905.

Source: City of Tempe

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Downtown Tempe’s Arts & Entertainment Week March 27, 2009

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Downtown Tempe’s Arts & Entertainment Week

Tempe, Arizona – The 32nd Annual Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts and the 7th annual Circle K Tempe Music Festival make for two powerhouse weekends of entertainment in Tempe.

Mayor Hugh Hallman has declared March 27 to April 4 as “Downtown Tempe’s Arts & Entertainment Week.” Thousands will flock to Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue District for both events. For bus detours and street closures/restrictions, visit www.tempe.gov/tim and click on “Street Restrictions” on the top navigation bar.

About the Tempe Festival of the Arts:
The 32nd Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts will offer more than original arts and crafts Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29, in downtown Tempe. Free to the public, the event boasts a long list of entertainment, fun, music and youth activities from 10 a.m. to dusk.

More than 450 artists and crafts persons will display and sell their original visual art in downtown Tempe’s walkable and urban Mill Avenue District. In partnership with the Arizona Wine Growers Association, the Tempe Festival of the Arts will also host the Arizona Wine Festival, which will feature a number of local Arizona wineries as well as showcase the Valley’s best live jazz groups. There’s a $10 admission to the wine tasting area, and all patrons must be at least 21 years of age. The Kids Innovation Station, presented by APS, provides hands-on art education and entertainment for children.

For more information, visit www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is produced by the Downtown Tempe Community, Inc., the private, non-profit organization that manages the Mill Avenue District.

For more information, contact Casaundra Brown from the Downtown Tempe Community at 602-478-1659 or casaundra@downtowntempe.com.

About the Circle K Tempe Music Festival
The Circle K Tempe Music Festival returns to rock for a seventh year on April 3-4 at Tempe Beach Park, with a variety of national, regional and local music acts on several stages. Kid Rock with Cowboy Mouth, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and The Outlaws will perform on Friday, April 3. The All American Rejects, 3 Doors Down, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman of Rage Against the Machine, MUTEMATH and Shiny Toy Guns will perform on Saturday, April 4.

The Circle K Tempe Music Festival will also host the Red Bull Wake Lab on Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, April 4. Some of the nation’s best riders along with several Arizona athletes will wakeboard in this revolutionary competition on a course that includes a complex mix of handrails and transfer rails, along with an elevated pool and wall ride built on Town Lake.

Other attractions include kids activities, the SRP Garage Band Competition, interactive music displays, extreme sports demonstrations and live interviews with musicians on TMF TV. Guests can also enjoy multiple beer gardens, food booths and retail vendors.

Various companies have contributed to a “Safe Ride” program at the event in an effort to prevent drinking and driving. METRO Light Rail has agreed to extend their operating hours to accommodate the Circle K Tempe Music Festival fans, until at least 12:30 a.m. on Friday, April 3 and Saturday April 4.

Tempe Beach Park is located at the northwest corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. For more information, visit www.tempemusicfestival.com.

Tickets are available at www.livenation.com, Dodge Theatre Box Office, Tempe Marketplace Guest Services or by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX. Two day passes are currently available for $60. Advance tickets are available $35 and will increase to $45 the week of the festival. Special VIP tickets are available for $100 each day, for complete information go to www.livenation.com.

Members of the media can call Alison Bailin from HMA Public Relations for event details and press credentials. She is available at 602-957-8881 or abailin@hmapr.com.

Tempe Arizona Christmas and New Years December 23, 2008

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TEMPE, Ariz. – In observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day, the City of Tempe will close all administrative offices on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

Emergency services will be unaffected by the holiday. Residential and commercial recycling/solid waste collection will be moved from normal Thursday collection to Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Bus and rail service operate on extended hours from 3 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 31 until 2 a.m. Bus service will operate according to holiday hours Thursday, Dec. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 1. Light rail service will operate according to holiday hours on Thursday, Jan 1. Visit www.tempe.gov/tim for more information on transportation. The Tempe Transit Store will be closed.

Tempe Beach Park will be open from 5 a.m. to midnight. Tempe Town Lake will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe. The Rio Salado Operations Center will be closed. Kiwanis Recreation Center,  6111 S. All-America Way, will be closed (480-350-5201). Kiwanis Park Batting Range will be closed. (480-350-5727). The Jaycee Splash Playground, 715 W. Fifth St., 480-350-5200), the Esquer Park Splash Playground, 2407 E. McArthur Dr., (480-350-5200), Beach Park Splash Playground, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, (480-350-8625), the Clark Park Swimming Pool, 1730 S. Roosevelt St (480-350-5203), and the McClintock Swimming Pool, 1830 E. Del Rio Dr. (480-350-5202), are closed for the season.

The Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5500). The Tempe Historical Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5100). The Petersen House Museum, 1414 W. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5151). The Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, 3340 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5287). The Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, will be closed Dec. 25 -26 and Jan. 1-2; On Jan. 2 the TCA box office will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (480-350-2822).

The Escalante Multi-Generational Center, 2150 E. Orange St., will be closed. (480-350-5858). The Westside Multi-Generational Center, 715 W. Fifth St., will be closed. (480-858-2400). The Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5211). The North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St., will be closed. (480-858-6500). The Cahill Senior Center, 715 W. Fifth St., will be closed (480-858-2420).

The Household Products Collection Center, 1320 E. University Dr., will be closed Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3. (480-858-2223).

Ken McDonald Golf Course, 800 E. Divot Dr., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5250). Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5275).

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Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to perform at Destination: Tempe light rail opening event November 22, 2008

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Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to perform at Destination: Tempe light rail opening event

Entertainment, family activities and free rides to mark light rail’s debut

Tempe, Arizona – What’s there to do in the Valley once the presents are unwrapped and the holiday leftovers have been gobbled up? Party in Tempe, of course!

The city is gearing up for a major celebration in conjunction with the opening of light rail on Saturday, Dec. 27, and has arranged a terrific lineup of entertainment to mark the occasion. Destination: Tempe includes the light rail grand opening, the Insight Bowl, Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party, APS Fantasy of Lights, P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and other fun celebrations of the season.

Residents across the Valley will mark the opening of the new 20-mile light rail system with parties along the alignment on Saturday, Dec. 27.
That day in Tempe, there will be free celebrations at five of the city’s nine light rail stations, with a centerpiece community party from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. near the new Tempe Transportation Center at Fifth Street and College Avenue. The new Tempe Transportation Center also will be celebrated Dec. 27, alongside the light rail festivities. As the transit hub of Tempe, the center serves local and regional bus patrons and, starting in late December, light rail riders.

Arizona band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will headline Tempe’s main light rail station celebration from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. In addition, the Chris Parker Project will play two sets on the main stage from 2-3:45 p.m. Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars will play from 10 a.m. to noon, and Ringo McLennonSon will play from noon to 2 p.m. Fireworks over “A”
Mountain will wrap up the day starting at 5:30 p.m.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers’ well-known passion for green causes makes the band an especially good fit for Tempe’s biggest light rail celebration, which will focus on environmental sustainability. Clyne, an Arizona State University alumnus, started The Refreshments in the 1990s, which evolved into Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Current band members include Clyne, P.H. Naffah, lead guitarist Steve Larson and bassist Nick Scropos. Their latest CD, Turbo Ocho, was released in March. More information about the band is available at http://www.azpeacemakers.com. A downloadable photo of the band is available at Tempe’s Web site, http://www.tempe.gov/newspix/RogerClynePeacemakers.jpg.

The Chris Parker Project, headed by Mix 96.9 FM disc jockey Chris Parker, is a popular cover band that performs the work of diverse artists from the country, hip-hop and rock genres. CPP’s unique sound includes a lively horn section and the powerful voice of lead singer Chris Parker. More information about the band is available at http://www.chrisparkerproject.com.

Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars is a lively Arizona cover band – more information is at http://www.chuckebaby.com. Ringo McLennonSon is a local Beatles tribune band – more information is at http://www.ringomclennonson.com.

Beyond the tents and attractions at Tempe’s largest party Dec. 27, there will be parties from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the light rail stations at:
Priest Drive and Washington Street; Third Street and Mill Avenue; Dorsey Lane and Apache Boulevard; and Apache Boulevard and the Loop 101.

From Dec. 29 through Jan. 15, the Tempe Rail Rewards program will allow shoppers to collect 10 punches from participating businesses and be entered into a drawing for prizes such as a $250 US Airways gift card, tickets to the upcoming Childsplay production of Busytown and more. The drawing will take place Jan. 16. For more information and to get an entry form, visit http://www.destinationtempe.com. For questions, e-mail business@tempe.gov or call 480-858-2059.

Just a few days after riding the rail, head over to Sun Devil Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 31, to cheer on the Big Ten and Big 12 teams playing at the 20th annual Insight Bowl. The game kicks-off at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.insightbowl.org. Football fans can continue the festivities at the Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party on the night of Dec.
31 in the Mill Avenue District. More than 100,000 revelers are expected to attend Arizona’s biggest and best midnight countdown event.

All things Destination: Tempe can be found at http://www.destinationtempe.com – check the site for updates each week until the event.

Volunteer to help light rail riders rejoice October 24, 2008

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Tempe light rail volunteers to celebrate trains and tracks

Tempe, Arizona – Be part of a historic event by volunteering for light rail grand opening festivities in Tempe!

On Saturday, Dec. 27, the first 20 miles of light rail in the Valley will be open and ready for riders to board. Residents will be celebrating this historic event at different stops as they ride the train for free through Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.

Tempe’s biggest celebration will take place around the City’s new Transportation Center at Fifth Street and College Avenue, and will include food, entertainment and fireworks.

Volunteers will be needed to serve in the children’s activity and information booths and assist with set-up and take down. Shifts are available between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Volunteers will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt to wear at the event and keep as their souvenir of this special day.

For more information and to volunteer, call the City of Tempe volunteer office at 480-350-5190.