Queen Creek/San Tan Valley news briefs: Great Neighbor nominations, school fundraisers, Pinal County Town Hall, more

Recipients of the town of Queen Creek's Great Neighbor award are honored by members of the Queen Creek Town Council during an earlier ceremony.

Recipients of the town of Queen Creek’s Great Neighbor award are honored by members of the Queen Creek Town Council during an earlier ceremony.

The following are news briefs for Queen Creek and San Tan Valley for the week of Aug. 24-31:

Deadline for Great Neighbor nominations is Aug. 31
The Queen Creek Town Council invites residents to nominate and recognize their neighbors for the “Great Neighbor” program. The town-sponsored program recognizes and honors residents who go out of their way to improve and enhance the quality of life in Queen Creek, according to a press release.
The deadline to submit nominations online is Monday, Aug. 31, for recognition at the Sept. 16 town council meeting.
Residents who know someone who deserves to be recognized as a Great Neighbor can nominate him or her using the form on the town’s website. Recipients will be honored by the town council and presented with a certificate and photo opportunity with the mayor. The Great Neighbor ceremony is held quarterly at town council meetings.
The fall nomination deadline and ceremony dates are:
•Nov. 30 for recognition at the Dec. 16 town council meeting
For more information, visit the town’s website or call 480-358-3000.

Salmon in Queen Creek Sept. 1 to meet with constituents
Congressman Matt Salmon will host a town hall 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Queen Creek Branch Library Zane Grey Room, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Mr. Salmon is the Republican representative for Arizona’s 5th congressional district.
The public is invited to attend and discuss issues and concerns with the congressman.
For more information, visit his website.

Master gardeners’ 15-week course to start Sept. 2
Registration in under way for the  University of Arizona’s Master Gardener Program’s “Garden and Landscape Short Course.”
It will take place 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays from Sept. 2 through Dec. 9 at the Salt River Project Service Center, Eagle Conference Room, 3735 E. Combs Road in Queen Creek.
The course is open to anyone interested in gardening in the desert Southwest, from novice home gardener to landscape professional. The class size is limited.
The cost per person is $120, which covers the cost of materials and includes a reference notebook.
For more information or to register for the class, call Lynne Davis at 480-464-4627 or BJ Seemuth at 520-431-6167.

Registration under way for golf outing to benefit QC schools
The Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation is accepting registration for golfers and sponsors for its eighth annual golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Las Colinas Golf Course, 21515 E. Village Loop Road in Queen Creek. It will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start.
The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2005 to support Queen Creek Unified School District students and staff. Over the past eight years, the foundation has awarded student scholarships totaling more than $60,000, teacher grants totaling more than $5,000 and monthly gift cards to the school district’s classified and certified employees of the month, according to a press release.
The QCSEF golf outing is the major fundraiser that enables the foundation to award the scholarships and grants to deserving QCUSD students and staff. The 2014 outing had 92 golfers and many sponsors.
Registration and sponsor information can be found on the foundation’s website. For more information, e-mail qcgolf15@gmail.com.

Parks and rec announces classes for the fall session
Registration for the town of Queen Creek’s fall session of recreation classes is under way. The complete catalog of classes is available online.
“Fall into fun” with a variety of preschool, youth, teen and adult classes ranging from one-day workshops to monthly programs, there is something for everyone.
Fall classes will be offered September-November at the Library Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.
Class offerings help participants learn how to paint, dance or play the piano, or practice their baseball, basketball, football or soccer skills. In addition, programs such as Bounce Boot Camp, Fit Families Club, and an improvisation troupe will be offered.
Registration for all classes is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is available at the Library Recreation Annex and online.

Businesses sought for Desert Mountain school fall festival
The Desert Mountain Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will hold its fall festival Friday, Oct. 23, at the school, 22301 S. Hawes Road in Queen Creek, and is seeking local businesses to participate.
“It is great for advertising and also giving back to the school and community,” PTO President Jennifer Revolt said in a press release. “This year we are trying to raise enough to buy 32 laptops and a mobile cart. This will provide an excellent resource for our students and teachers.”
The deadline to apply is Oct. 10.
The following sponsorships are offered:
•Level one: $20 for a small sign or small banner (provided by the vendor) over a game station. Business name listed on fliers to go home to parents.
•Level two: $100 to have a sign (or banner, if provided by the vendor) and/or business cards or brochures at the face-painting station. Business name listed on fliers to go home to parents and on PTO Facebook page.
•Level three: $200 to sponsor a bounce houses. Sign (or banner, if provided by the vendor). Vendors also may set up a table in the bounce house area with information about his or her business and staff. Business name listed on fliers to go home to parents and on PTO Facebook page.
•Level four: $500 to sponsor a petting zoo area. Vendors may also have a table set up in the bounce house area with information about his or her business and staff. Business name listed on fliers to go home to parents and on PTO Facebook page.
•Level five: $800 to sponsor entire bounce house area with five bounce houses. A banner, if provided by the vendor, and signs at all bounce houses plus a table to set up at. Business name listed on fliers to go home to parents and on PTO Facebook page. Also, a full ad listed on PTO Facebook page.
•Level six: $2,000 to sponsor the entire fall festival. Event sponsor would be able to advertise at all stations as well as being named the main sponsor of the event. This sponsor may also send home brochures with all 480 students. The sponsor name would be listed as “Coyote festival brought to you by (sponsor name).” It would also be listed in the yearbook, on the PTO Facebook page, school website and fliers to promote the event.
Vendor booth spots also will be available for small home-based businesses. The fee is $30 plus an item for the raffle.
To obtain a vendor form or for more information, e-mail Ms. Revolt at DMEPTO@gmail.com.

Pinal County Town Hall Oct. 22 to focus on taxes
“Where Your Tax Goes” is the theme for the 28th Annual Pinal County Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley. Approximately 180 delegates are expected to attend the informative sessions, according to a press release. A pre-event reception and networking get-together will take place 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the LB Cantina On-the-Patio in Florence.
The overall goal of the sessions, said Town Hall Director Maxine Brown, is “to equip citizens with information and knowledge to understand their Pinal County tax bill. We will hear from both sides: why and why not? What does that darn bill mean? The Pinal County Town Hall believes information on how the taxes work from the state down to the county and where they go from there will improve the knowledge of delegates and enable them to return to their community with a better understanding.”
This year’s speakers include Ken Bennett, government relations at Arizona Supreme Court. Mr. Bennett has served on a city council, the State Board of Education, as president of the Arizona Senate, as the 19th Arizona Secretary of State and the CEO of a private business. He will explain taxes at the state level with Levi Gibson, director of Pinal County Finance, providing information on how the county tax system works.
Arizona Tax Research Association will provide information on their findings regarding the Arizona tax system. The town hall will have panels representing cities/towns and special districts, along with school districts.
The Pinal County Town Hall Wayne G. Gerken Youth Scholarship will be awarded during the event. The town hall offers students the opportunity to attend the event and participate in an essay contest for the scholarship.
“Town hall has provided a venue for young people to come together with local leaders. Helping them learn about important issues such as the Arizona tax system will help create the next generation of leaders,” Town Hall Advisory Committee Vice-Chair Donna McBride said in the release.
Pinal County Town Hall Advisory Committee Chair Sandie Smith, said, “I have attended all 27 town halls. These events have been instrumental in bringing together diversified interests to focus on timely, relevant issues vital to Pinal County and its citizens. This focus is then transformed into information taken back to local communities for a better understanding of the issue. The networking and friendships formed at these town halls are invaluable for forming alliances that will help ensure Pinal County is a place where we can live, work and play.”
For registration or sponsorship packets and/or additional information, call Ms. Brown at 480-322-1626 or e-mail m.leather@mchsi.com.

Vendors sought for annual car show at Poston Butte HS
Vendor registration is now under way for the Third Annual 3rd Annual COP’s Classics and Customs Car Show to be held on Nov. 14 at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley.
Each year this show, which showcases classic and custom vehicles, has grown and gained in popularity among car enthusiasts and spectators, according to a press release.
Designated areas for sponsors and vendors will be provided to make it easier for vendor set-up. Vendors can download a printout showing the layout, where entry cars will be parked and where food vendors, sponsors and other vendors will be.
Vendor booths cost $50. The fee includes a 10-foot by 10-foot booth space, recognition in pre-event promotions as available, the vendor’s name announced by the event deejay throughout the day and a mention on COP’s website/Facebook pages. Vendors should bring their own table and supplies. Electricity will not be available.
Trophy sponsorships are available for $200. The fee includes the company/organization on its sponsored trophy, premier booth space at event (optional, recognition in pre-event promotion as available, the vendor logo on show banners, a mention on COP’s website/Facebook pages and the vendor’s logo on the car show T-shirt.
Trophies will be given in the following show categories: best interior, cars 1950’s, cars 1970-84, trucks 1960’s, trucks 1970-84, trucks 1985 and up and work-in-progress.
Sponsor and vendor space is available on a first-reserve basis. Forms and payment must be made to reserve space. Only one vendor per product category will be accepted.
For more information, call Doug Horner at 480-204-6201 or e-mail him at dhorner4589@gmail.com.

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