Fearless Kitty Celebrates National Foster a Pet Month — Recognizes Local Foster Hero

Michele Sivets
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Fearless Kitty Rescue says that it is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing “Local Foster Hero” Michele Sivets for stepping up and saving animal lives in Fountain Hills.

According to the rescue, Sivets has been a hospice foster volunteer since 2014, offering the gifts of love, companionship and care until it is time to accompany a kitty as they make a final journey across the rainbow bridge.

“One of Michele’s hospice kitties, Walter, was given a prognosis of 3–6 months because of renal failure and went into hospice care with Michele,” the rescue shared. “In her home, his spirits were lifted, and he flourished, and that sweet boy lived for almost three years more — nurtured and cherished.”

“Being a hospice foster takes a great sense of purpose and the biggest heart imaginable, and this is why Michele Sivets is our Foster Hero,” said Tim Sandor, foster coordinator of Fearless Kitty Rescue.

Sandor went on to say that all foster parents are special and during these times of COVID-19 are needed more than ever.

“We have been fortunate during this time as volunteers have opened up their homes to take care of the kitties, but we can always use more volunteers to help,” he added.

“If less than two percent of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “These local foster heroes are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving impact of fostering.”

National Foster a Pet Month is part of Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives, which encourages animal lovers to adopt, foster, volunteer and/or donate this summer with a goal of inspiring 1.5 million pledges to match the approximate number of pets unnecessarily euthanized in shelters each year in the U.S.

To learn more about Fearless Kitty Rescue, visit fearlesskittyrescue.org and fearlesskittyrescue.org/foster for foster details. For more information on the Petco Foundation and to take the Pledge to Save Pet Lives, visit petcofoundation.org/pledge.

Arizona VFWs Partner with Local Organizations to ‘March Out Hunger’

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In the United States, food insecurity affects one in eight people, and one in five households served by a local food bank has at least one member who has served in the U.S. military. This is according to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States.

Humana, a health and well-being company and a national affiliate partner of the VFW, is bringing the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) and St. Mary’s Food Bank (one of Feeding America’s network of food banks) together to impact food insecurity locally. Last year, Humana partnered with Feeding America to stage a series of events that drove food donations and raised awareness of food insecurity with a focus on helping veterans.

To address food insecurity among veterans locally, Human, Arizona VFWs and St. Mary’s have partnered to host a food and fund drive, which runs through Feb. 28. The campaign kicked off Saturday, Jan. 19, with a Rucksack March at the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon. In the military, soldiers carry a heavily-loaded rucksack, similar to a backpack, over a long distance. To bring awareness to food insecurity among military and veterans’ community, participants brought packs filled with food donations and marched the 5K route, delivering the food to St. Mary’s Food Bank at the finish line.

As part of the “March Out Hunger” campaign, non-perishable food will be collected at 19 VFW Posts in Maricopa County, the Humana neighborhood center and 11 Iora Primary Care locations. In the Northeast Valley, community members may drop off donations at:

  • VFW Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale
  • VFW Post 7507, 9624 N. Monterey Drive, Fountain Hills
  • VFW Post 9400, 804 E. Purdue Ave. (7th Street and Cave Creek Road), Phoenix
  • Iora Primary Care – Greenway, 3202 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix

In addition to food donations, members of the community can provide monetary donations to this food drive at http://smfba.convio.net/marchouthunger2019. Learn more about the participating organizations at www.humana.com; www.vfw.org; and www.firstfoodbank.org.

No Right To Die — A Life-Saving Mission


Meet Zeus, a 1 ½-year-old German Shepherd found tied to a tree, without food and water, near the dog park in Fountain Hills this past April. Because of his aggressive demeanor, Zeus had to be taken to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control where, within a week, he found himself on the euthanasia list. Zeus’ story was quickly shared on social media with pleas from the community for someone to help him.

Domenic Anthony, owner of Shelter Paws Rescue, quickly stepped in and began to visit with Zeus. Using his experience working with dogs that have aggression and other behavior issues, within three visits he became the only person Zeus would befriend. With the help of donations from the community, Anthony raised enough funds to offer Zeus the proper bedding, food, supplies and behavior training that he would need. Reluctant however, because Shelter Paws has reached its capacity for taking in more dogs, Anthony picked up Zeus from the county facility. On the drive home, they stopped off for a “Freedom Burger.” Zeus’ story has a happy ending.

Unfortunately, they don’t all end up that way. At the same time, another German Shepherd named Ruger was also on the e-list. Ruger was euthanized only a week after Zeus almost met the same fate, along with several other dogs. The reason, space restrictions and no available fosters at Shelter Paws Rescue. Because of behavioral problems, County deemed Ruger unadoptable. There simply aren’t enough resources to rehabilitate these animals and bring them back to love. Anthony, unique in his training and compassion for aggression animals, is often their only hope.

Domenic and Lucky

“Had I not stepped up, I’m fairly confident all of these amazing animals would not be with us today,” Anthony says. “At this point, I am full and cannot help any further pups until I have somewhere to take them … I’m saddened knowing that many dogs will end up getting euthanized, that I could otherwise save.”

Donations Desperately Needed

Shelter Paws Rescue was founded on the principle of “saving the truly unwanted and creating amazing transformations through patience, love, faith, and lots of hard work.” The rescue is committed to every animal until the end of life. Donations are urgently needed to furnish and supply a new rental building that will help house these animals and save a few more on the e-list — while funds are continuously being collected to build a sanctuary on a 10-acre lot in North Scottsdale purchased by Anthony.

To donate, visit youcaring.com/shelterpaws. For more information, visit www.shelterpaws.org.

Desert Hills Presents Free Concert Series

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway, welcomes the Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet as the premier concert of its Arts at the Rocks series. This free concert of classical to jazz, ragtime to patriotic music, begins at 4pm Sunday, February 11, in the Church Sanctuary.

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 34605 North Scottsdale Road in North Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.488.3384 or visit deserthills.org.

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Free Estate Planning Workshops Offered

Nicole Pavlik of Nicole Pavlik Law Firm, PLC will host two free Estate Planning Workshops providing a small group setting for participants to learn the essentials of developing or updating an estate plan.

In a supportive and engaging environment, participants will learn:

  • Powers of Attorney: Why they are important and what specific language should be in them
  • Probate: What is it and how to avoid it
  • Living Trust: How it is different than a Last Will and Testament and when is one needed
  • Beneficiary Designations: Why these need to be looked at and possibly updated

The first workshop will be held October 7, 11:30am-12:30pm, at My Office Business Suites, 2155 West Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 201, in Phoenix.

A second workshop will be held October 14, 11am-12pm, at Fountain Hills Community Center, Conference Room, 13001 North La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills.

Seating is limited. Call 602.635.6176  to RSVP. For additional information, visit http://www.npavliklaw.com.

2016 Arizona Presidential Preference Election Public Meetings To Be Held

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will hold three public meetings to listen to voters describe their experience as a part of her review of the frustrations related to the 2016 Presidential Preference Election.  Upcoming meetings in Phoenix and Gilbert include:

Monday, April 11
Cartwright School District Building
3637 North 55th Avenue, Phoenix, 85031

Wednesday, April 13
Church of the Beatitudes
555 West Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, 85021

Thursday, April 14
McQueen Park Activity Center
510 North Horne Street, Gilbert, 85233

Additional meetings are expected to be announced soon. For additional information, call 602.542.8683 or visit www.azsos.gov.

Elf in the Hills – A Christmas Holiday Party For All

elfThe Town of Fountain Hills invites residents to its Elf in the Hills Holiday Party Saturday, December 5. This Christmas Party for all ages will be held from 2-5pm at the Community Center, 13001 North La Montana Drive, in Fountain Hills.

Known for their mischievousness, the elves have planned silly and fun games with prizes, ornament making by one and all for the community tree, refreshments and a Hot Cocoa Station, with interactive trains to be tested, musical instruments and live music and a parade with all of the children around the center. All ages are welcome to come and enjoy the festivities, the refreshments and maybe even a visit from the special guy himself, Santa. This event is free.

For more information, visit www.fh.az.gov.

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Fountain Hills Theater Presents SYLVIA

L-R: Dyana Carroll, Emily Mohney and Tom Koelbel

L-R: Dyana Carroll, Emily Mohney and Tom Koelbel

Fountain Hills Theater (FHT) presents Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, the author of The Cocktail Hour and Love Letters, August 21-30.

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications.

FHT’s production of Sylvia is produced by Stephani McDonald and directed by Ben Tyler, and stars Dyana Carroll as Kate, Michael Corbett as Tom/Phyliss/Leslie, Tom Koelbel as Greg, and Emily Mohney as Sylvia. Advisory: adult language. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.   Individual tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and under. All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage Too at 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. Tickets are available through the box office at 480.837.9661, Extension 3.  For additional information, visit www.fhtaz.org.

Slide Into Fountain Hills April 25

New PictureFor the first time, a one-of-a-kind slip and slide event, Slide the City, is coming to Fountain Hills. Cool off from the scorching Arizona sun with more than with 1,000 feet of slip and slide fun along Palisades Boulevard.

In addition to the main slip and slide attraction, the event will also feature water games, food, music and much more. All sliders must slide on a tube – bring your own or tubes may be purchased at the event. The event is open Saturday, April 25, from 12-5pm, with VIP sliding open from 11am-6pm.

This event takes place on Palisades Boulevard between Sunflower Road and Lost Hills Drive. Parking will be at Fountain Hills High School, as well as nearby church parking lots (see map).Slide the City parking map_sm Shuttles to and from the churches will be available during the hours of the event. Road closures and detours will be in effect and event participants are encouraged to use Fountain Hills Boulevard as their primary route. This event will be held near a residential district and participants are asked to park in designated parking locations only.

For advanced ticket purchase, visit www.slidethecity.com.  For more information, visit www.experiencefountainhills.org.

Fountain Hills Theater Presents “The 39 Steps”


Terry Gadaire as Richard Hannay and Deborah Ostreicher as Annabella Schmidt in "The 39 Steps" - a Fountain Hills Theater production.

Terry Gadaire as Richard Hannay and Deborah Ostreicher as Annabella Schmidt in “The 39 Steps” – a Fountain Hills Theater production.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps. A cast of four actors play over 150 characters in this fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure. The madness begins when mild-mannered Richard Hannay starts his evening at the theatre and ends the night with a dead body in his lap. Caught in maze of murder, espionage and flirtatious entanglements, our hero careens from the British music hall to the moors of Scotland and back to the London Palladium in search of a plausible alibi and the true identity of the killer.

Produced by Patty Torrilhon and directed by Peter J. Hill, The 39 Steps features Terry Gadaire, Deborah Ostreicher, Roger Prenger and Michael Stewart, and will play January 11-27 at Fountain Hills Theater. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Individual tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5 discount on all Thursday performances.

Fountain Hills Theater is located at 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. For more information or for tickets, call 480.837.9661, Extension 3, or visit www.fhtaz.org.

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