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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.

Tempe Public Library renovation to temporarily displace some public computers June 12, 2009

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Beginning June 22, renovations at the Tempe Public Library will mean a temporary reduction in the number of computers available for public use. The library has assembled a list of other Tempe sites, and locations in other cities, where patrons can find computers available for public use.

The library’s lower-level Computer Access Center will close June 22 until a new computer center opens next spring. During the renovation, a reduced number of library computers will be accessible to library card holders, who will be limited to 60 minutes per day. Guest passes will be limited to 20-minute sessions. The process has been set up to allow as many patrons as possible to use the computers during the renovation.

“Tempe knows that our library patrons have been increasingly using these computers over the past few months for job searches and other tasks,” said Deputy Community Services Manager Teri Metros. “We want to provide our patrons with other options and hope they will stick with us during this period of renovation as we work toward our goal of providing an even better Tempe Public Library for our 1 million annual customers.”

In May, the library began preparations for a 15-month interior renovation project – the first-ever overhaul to the 20-year-old building. Construction will begin in mid-July. The library will remain open during the renovation, which is anticipated to conclude in June 2010. Highlights of the renovation will include an expanded Youth Library, a new Teen Center, improved Computer Commons, more seating and more computers throughout the facility.

In May 2006, Tempe voters authorized the sale of bonds for the $8 million renovation. Tempe’s Capital Improvement Program budget is separate from the city’s operating budget; bonds are repaid through secondary property taxes. For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/library and click on the renovation link.

Other computers available for public use include:

Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St. Facility has 16 computers. Visit www.tempe.gov/escalante/ or call 480-350-5800.

North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St. Facility has 14 computers. Visit www.tempe.gov/northtempe/resource_center.htm or call 480-858-6500.

Westside Community Center/ Cahill Senior Center, 715 W 5th St. Facility has seven computers. Visit www.tempe.gov/cahillseniorcenter/computerlab.htm or call 480-858-2420.

Mesa Community College/ Paul A. Elsner Library, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. Library has 300 computers. Visit www.mc.maricopa.edu/library/ or call 480-461-7194.

Chandler Public Library Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Library has 73 computers. Visit www.chandlerlibrary.org/ or call 480-782-2803.

Chandler Public Library Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road., Chandler. Library has 56 computers. Visit www.chandlerlibrary.org or call 480-782-2842.

City of Mesa Library Main Library, 64 E. First St., Mesa, has 62 computers. For more information, visit www.mesalibrary.org or call 480-644-2207.

City of Mesa Library Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Library has 14 computers. Visit www.mesalibrary.org or call 480-644-3441.

South Mountain Community College Library, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix. Library has 28 computers. Visit http://library.southmountaincc.edu or call 602-243-8187.

Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. Library has 68 computers. Visit http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/location.cfm or call 480-312-7323.

Phoenix Public Library Ironwood Branch, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix. Library has 13 computers. Visit www.phxlib.org or call 602-534-1900.