Foothills Food Bank in Need of Food, Monetary Donations

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center has too many empty shelves and is in need of non-perishable food donations and foods for the upcoming holidays.

Pam DiPietro, executive director for Foothills Food Bank, says that even more families and working individuals are in need of food due to changing economic forces and work transitions.

“Factors such as job change issues, the cost of living and other life changes have resulted in an increase in the nutritional needs of many in our communities,” says DiPietro. “We ask the public to provide us with food donations to increase our food inventory through spring.”

“The food bank also encourages area businesses, churches and individuals to host food drives and/or drop off food and toiletries to help the food bank,” adds DiPietro.

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale.

Visit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center online at or send an email to Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.1145.

The Enclave at Anthem to Host Pet Adoption & Expo

The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living, one of eight Spectrum Retirement communities in Arizona, will host its third Pet Adoption and Expo in partnership with different local pet-related businesses.

Guest are invited to visit The Enclave April 20 and meet the dogs and cats that are ready to be adopted from Anthem Pets Animal Rescue, Puppy Luv Rescue and Rusty’s Angels, all nonprofit organizations. Each adopted pet will go home with an adorable basket created by local businesses.

Vendors partnering with the event and providing information for guests and their families include Animal Hospital at Anthem & Grooming, Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital, Das Pooch Grooming, Doody Defense Pet Service’s LLC and Mojo’s Spot.

“Many of our residents and staff are animal lovers and this event is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Kathleen Connolly, executive director at The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living. “We have partnered with these rescues and local businesses because we all have one goal in mind; To help find a loving home for these beautiful cats and dogs.”

Homemade dog treats that were crafted by Anthem residents will available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will help with shipping costs of care packages made for Youth for Troops, a youth-led nonprofit volunteer and donation-based organization serving veterans, service members and their families.

The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living offers residents 55 and older independent, assisted and memory care well-appointed living apartments. Located in the Phoenix area, residents learn, grow, experience and live life to the fullest – all while enjoying great amenities and services.

The Pet Adoption & Expo will be held Saturday, April 20, 9–11am, at The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living, 42015 North Venture Drive, Anthem. For additional information, call 623.469.8757.

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Anthem Lifeguards Receive High Rating From Aquatics Organization

The Anthem Community Center’s aquatics staff received an “Elite” rating at the annual Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) conference earlier this month. This marks the fifth-straight year that the Community Center lifeguard staff has earned an “Elite” or five-star rating from SAI.

Desi Valdivia, the Community Center’s aquatics and programs manager, accepted the award on behalf of her staff at the SAI conference in Florida.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award,” said Valdivia. “Our aquatics staff trains and works hard to make sure our residents and their guests are safe while they enjoy our pool and water park.”

The summer season is the busiest time of year for the Community Center. The lifeguard staff will enjoy the largest return rate ever, with 55 guards slated to return from last summer. Lifeguard classes for aspiring guards are currently open for enrollment through April 5. New this year is a lifeguard skills preparation class, being offered March 19 and April 7. While the registration deadline for the March 19 class has passed, the deadline for the April 7 class is March 31. The skills class helps registrants prepare to pass the lifeguard class first day pre-course skills test. While completion of the classes doesn’t guarantee employment, it is a great first step.

Information about the aquatics staff and the lifeguard classes are available at or by contacting Desi Valdivia at 623.879.3015 or

Anthem Celebrates Mom May 9

The Anthem Community Council will celebrate moms this Mother’s Day weekend with two special events, May 9. The monthly program Java & Jammin’ will feature the musical talent of 76th Street from 9:30-11:30am, followed by a special Pie a la Mom social for mothers and their children from 12:30-2pm at the Anthem Civic Building.

76th Street debuted in Anthem at the Valentine’s Day Java & Jammin’ to a record crowd. Over 100 were in attendance for the live music, coffee, treats and crafts projects. At the Mother’s Day weekend event, the band returns for a double-header, playing for Java & Jammin’ and the special event that follows.

In addition to live music, Pie a la Mom will feature pie and ice cream, special craft projects, games and a photo booth. Kids of all ages and their moms/grandmas are invited to attend. Admission is $5 per person and reservations should be made in person at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 West Anthem Way, or at (payment must be made in person in advance or at the event).

Alzheimer’s Association To Host Conference In Anthem

The Anthem Civic Building will be the site of the May 8 Alzheimer’s Conference, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter. The free event, which runs 12-5pm, will cover facts and resources about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 individuals under age 65. One in nine people over the age of 65 has a form of Alzheimer’s; a new diagnosis is made every 67 seconds. At the conference, learn about the basics of dementia, legal and financial planning for patients, behaviors and communication and resources that the Alzheimer’s Association can provide.

According to the 2010 Census, there are 2,203 people age 65 or older in Anthem.

Approximately one in nine of the population has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in the Anthem area, and one in three of those over 85 have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

According to the National Alliance on Caregiving, there is an average of at least seven people involved in the care for a person affected.

When surrounding areas are added to the Anthem average, the total number of those affected and involved caregiving increases.

Register to attend at There is no cost to attend. Snacks and beverages will be provided during scheduled breaks. For questions or more information, send an e-mail Jan Sieber at

State Political Candidates To Appear At Anthem Open Forum

Anthem, Desert Hills, New River and surrounding area residents are invited to attend an open forum with candidates for state office beginning at 6:30pm April 22 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 West Anthem Way.

The evening will consist of candidate introductions and a public question and answer period, moderated by Holly Matson, president of the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors and Alan Muller, president of New River/Desert Hills Community Association

The public is encouraged to submit questions for the candidates, which will be accepted through April 17 via email at, by mail or in person at the Anthem Civic Building front desk. Questions must be of general interest to the public; specific personal issues or scenarios will not be accepted.

All candidates who have filed paperwork for candidacy were invited to attend. Candidates who have confirmed their attendance include:

For Governor:  Republican candidates Ken Bennett, Christine Jones, Alice Lukasik, John Molina, Scott Smith and Frank Riggs; Libertarian candidate Barry Hess;  and Independent candidates Chip Howard and John Mealer.

For House District 1: Republican candidates Noel Campbell, Karen Fann, Linda Gray and Sean Englund, as well as Democratic candidate Frank James Cuccia.

For Senate District 1: Republican candidate Steve Pierce.

The forum is one of the first public gatherings for the candidates in the 2014 election series. The event is a partnership of the Anthem Community Council and the New River/Desert Hills Community Association.

For more information, visit or call 623.742.6065.

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