Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center in Dire Need of Plastic Bags

According to Pam DiPietro, executive director for Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, grocery-style plastic bags are needed to pack up crucial food items for food bank clients.

“People can bring the bags to our Cave Creek and Black Canyon City locations,” says DiPietro. “This will help us serve the hungry and give them a proper way to take food to their families.”

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center serves a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale.

The food bank has two locations: 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek and 34501 Old Black Canyon Highway in Black Canyon City.

For additional information, call 480.488.1145 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com.

Desert Foothills Family YMCA Kicks Off ‘Livestrong’ Program

Carol Maxfield, pictured on the left, is a volunteer and a graduate of the first Livestrong program at Desert Foothills Family YMCA. Read her personal journey below.

The Desert Foothills Family YMCA (Y) and the Livestrong® Foundation joined together to create Livestrong at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, Livestrong at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, Livestrong at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

Livestrong at the YMCA is a free 12-week small-group fitness program for adult cancer survivors. The program focuses on improving cardiovascular fitness, strength and balance to regain overall health. Classes meet twice a week for 75 minutes. Participants will receive a free Y membership for the session’s duration.

Program Goals:

  • Improve energy levels and self-esteem
  • Build muscle mass and strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve ability to do everyday tasks
  • Develop an ongoing fitness plan to continue practicing a healthy lifestyle.

Those who are interested in sponsoring the Livestrong at the YMCA program may donate at https://valleyymca.org/donatedffy — $250 supports one participant, $1,000 supports a class of four participants — or contact Allie Avishai, associate executive director Desert Foothills Family YMCA, at allie.avishai@vosymca.org or 602.212.6058. The next program at Desert Foothills Y kicks off March 3.

Carol Maxfield, pictured above, is a volunteer and a graduate of the first Livestrong program at Desert Foothills Family YMCA. Here is her personal journey, in her words:

My name is Carol Maxfield and I am a volunteer at Desert Foothills YMCA. I am here representing the LiveStrong Program for cancer survivors.

Let me ask you a rhetorical question.  How many of you know someone who has cancer?

My guess is that you all do.  Friends, family members, co-workers …. it seems to be everywhere.  I never thought I would be included in the ranks of those who have the disease, but I am, and  I remember September 9, 2016 like it was yesterday, when my husband and I  heard the terrifying words, “you have Stage 4 ovarian cancer.”  How could this happen to me?  In a split second my life as I had always know it, and the future my husband and I had always planned, was forever changed. Of course there were treatments, Dr’s appointments, good days, bad days – it all comes with the diagnosis. 

I don’t share this with you because I want sympathy — I share this with you because 3½ years later I AM standing in front of you today. When I completed my treatments I knew I needed to take back control of my new life. One of the things that has allowed me to do that is the Live Strong Program offered thru the Desert Foothills YMCA. This program believes that our Drs have done their part, it is now up to the survivor to take their life back and start building their new norm with a healthier body and mind.

LiveStrong is a 12-week physical activity program that meets 2 times a week and is designed to get survivors back on their feet after a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. During the 12 week program, membership to the Desert Foothills YMCA is complementary for the participants. The primary focus is helping our participants to strengthen their bodies through a series of closely monitored exercise routines. They receive encouragement, work-out in a safe environment, and most importantly have FUN.  Accordingly, our program is tailored to each individual’s fitness level, disease state and stage of treatment.  They learn exercises that can be continued in whatever phase their journey presents itself. They have all seen remarkable results in their stamina, strength and the ability to return to doing some of the things that have always made their life fulfilling

The program is blessed to have a certified group fitness trainer and a compassionate facilitator at its helm, Laurie Satter. She has also become one of my best friends. Two other LS graduates are also volunteers for the program and we all help Laurie in any way we can. Each of us is a cancer survivor and has experienced its benefits firsthand and want to give back. For me, it has become a passion to help the program succeed. We have all joined forces to make a difference in someone else’s life and to continue growing the program. 

Our program is not just an exercise regimen. Laurie and I believe the mind is an integral part of recovery. We try to create an environment of trust. We have heard over and over that having a place to come together with other survivors and be able to share, is key. Knowing that you are surrounded by the support and care from others, who intimately know all that you have experienced in ways no one else can understand, has given a voice back to all of us. We ARE a big family.

We are the exercise program with a heart.

Since its inception at Desert Foothills and Laurie took the helm, LiveStrong has graduated 6 classes. Several of those graduates are with us tonight. Feel free to ask them any questions about their own experiences. They are all strong, compassionate and remarkable women and are easily recognized by the t-shirt they are wearing.

Sixth Annual ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’ Seeks Entries — Deadline is Feb. 7

The 20129 first place winner, “Desert Jewels” by Peggy Orbon

Early inhabitants of Arizona were drawn to the awe-inspiring landscape that is the Sonoran Desert. Its unique flora and fauna continue to draw people from all over the world to it today. Desert Foothills Land Trust understands the importance of preserving this special place for the survival of the species that dwell here and for the enjoyment of generations to come. It’s a landscape worthy of not only protecting forever but immortalizing through art as well. It’s Art for Land’s Sake is a juried art exhibit and sale designed to promote conservation and wildlife protection through representational art.

The Land Trust is hosting the sixth annual exhibit and sale at the Desert Foothills Library March 6–19 with an opening reception Thursday, March 5, from 6–8 pm. The public is invited to attend the reception, and the exhibit will be open for the duration during regular library hours. The library is located in Cave Creek at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road.

Artists of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to submit their work. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and all works of art must be 2D and representational of a Desert Foothills Land Trust preserve. The entry deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4pm. Entry forms and a complete copy of the rules and guidelines can be found on the Land Trust website at www.dflt.org. Entrants may also call 480.488.6131 or email info@dflt.org for more information.

All proceeds will be for the benefit of Desert Foothills Land Trust and/or Desert Foothills Library.

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

Cave Creek Unified Superintendent’s Student Cadre Holds Blanket Drive

The Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) Superintendent’s Student Cadre meets monthly with Superintendent Debbi Burdick and is no stranger to service projects. For two years in a row, the students have conducted a sock drive for homeless senior citizens who frequent the Justa Center in Phoenix. A Cadre member makes the flyer and monitors collection bins, which are placed at all Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) school front offices, at the district office and at the Education & Community Services office.

This year, CSHS Varsity Football Head Coach Mike Hudnutt asked the players to bring socks for the drive to their year-end banquet. Thanks for CSHS Football and the generosity of the schools, district office and ECS office, Superintendent Burdick and her husband were able to deliver a SUV full of socks to the Justa Center in December.

At their recent meeting, the Cadre voted on another service project for the spring — The Santa Rose Blanket Drive. A Cadre member, CSHS freshman Madison O’Sullivan, brought this need to the attention of the Cadre back in November. This service project is asking the CCUSD community to donate new or gently used blankets to benefit the victims of the fires/mudslides in Santa Rosa, California. The service project will run from February 5 to March 1, 2018, with collection bins at all CCUSD school front offices, the district office and the ECS office.

Superintendent Burdick said, “I am so proud of this Cadre and their altruism, kindness and caring for others.”

For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit www.ccusd93.org or call 480.575.2000.

Area Allstate Agency Owners & Professionals Earn $21,000 Grant For New Life Center

Twenty-one Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals from Arizona came together to secure a $21,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit New Life Center. The grant will support New Life Center’s mission to provide high-quality programs that demonstrate respect for the individual and a serene environment in which families can heal and plan for the future.

These agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals earned $1,000 each for New Life Center by collecting clothes donations:

  • Anniece Acker, Scottsdale
  • Michael Bailey, Phoenix
  • Blake Doten, Yuma
  • Heather Everette, Phoenix
  • Misty Everette, Scottsdale
  • Ben Farwell, Surprise
  • Robert Harris, Scottsdale
  • Joseph Jackson, Scottsdale
  • Julie Jakubek, Phoenix
  • Paulina Kalaj, Scottsdale
  • Joe Kennedy, Chandler
  • Nicole Kittelson, Scottsdale
  • Kevin Lum, Chandler
  • Lisa Mercier, Scottsdale
  • Christine Morrow, Apache Junction
  • Rebecca Niessink, Scottsdale
  • Kimberly Pervez, Phoenix
  • Jacque Riggs, Chandler
  • Kemberly Stallings, Chandler
  • Jason Thorpe, Gilbert
  • Christine Yap, Phoenix

The participants are among thousands of agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals around the country working to improve communities by volunteering for the causes they care about most.

“As small business owners and community leaders, Allstate agency owners and financial specialists see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities they serve,” said Charlie Lala, Allstate field vice president. “Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to improve the lives of people across Arizona.”

New Life Center is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by agency owners and financial specialists on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

For additional information, visit https://allstatefoundation.org.

Bodega 13 Opens Second Restaurant In North Scottsdale

Bodega 13, an international tapas kitchen, opened its first restaurant last November in Carefree, and now has opened a second location in North Scottsdale.  The new Bodega 13 is located at the northeast corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads in the La Mirada Center, directly across from Mastros.  They will be open for lunch and dinner with happy hour from 3-5:30pm.

The owner, Larry Foppe, is excited about the new location saying, “Our goal is to create a restaurant destination in North Scottsdale with three great and uniquely different dining options – Mastros, Bodega 13 and Jade Palace.”

Bodega 13 has received excellent reviews for its innovative menu featuring international tapas and entrees, with dishes from over 25 countries are represented on the menu.  Executive Chef Michael Bouwens states that, “Our menu has no fried food, few carbs and is mostly protein based.  The menu also has ample selections for vegetarians, vegans and customers with gluten free diets.  It is not your typical restaurant.”

The new location is much larger than the Carefree location and has a private dining room and outdoor patio.  The Chef’s table has also been built into the kitchen, allowing guests to interact with the kitchen staff while dining.  Starting in November, Bodega 13 will also feature a Sunday Brunch.

Bodega 13 is open for lunch and dinner from 11am-10pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 480.284.7600 or by visiting www.bodega13.com.

%d bloggers like this: