Sunday, March 28, 2010

Grandma Evelyn's 90th Birthday Party

Josh's Grandmother is charming.  She welcomed me into her family with open arms and I've grown to care about her as if she is my grandma too.  I cherish the time that I've gotten to spend with her, Josh's Grandpa Wally and his Great Aunt Eileen. We enjoyed celebrating Evelyn's 90th birthday with a nice sized gathering of family and friends at Mt. Claret in the foothills of Camelback Mountain.  Being that she is a life long Catholic, it was the perfect and most beautiful setting for such an important occasion.  Josh even got to spend a little time talking to Monsignor McMahon, the priest who baptized him.  Josh and I both very much enjoyed the party.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Plant Sale at Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden

If you live in the Phoenix area and want healthy, hardy plants for Spring - the plant sale at dbg is just for you.  Josh's parents grow the most lovely scented geraniums (shown above), as well as a variety of other plants and herbs.  They are also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to gardening.  The plant sale is open to the public this weekend:  March 20-21st.  You should go!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Did you fill out your 2010 Census form yet?

Did you get your census form yet? If so, FILL IT OUT. We can save our federal government $85 million for every one percent increase in mail participation. The form this year is only 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to fill out.  Easy!  Here is some more information on why the census is important.

Importance of Mailing Back a Census Form

·         Completing and mailing back a form is the easiest and most efficient method of participating in the 2010 Census.

·         One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

·         The Census Bureau has challenged everyone in the United States to top the Census 2000 mail participation rate of 72 percent, which was the national rate as of the April 2000 cut-off.

·         High mail participation rates reduce the number of census workers who must go door-to-door to collect census data.

·         Mailing back your form is important because about $85 million is saved for every one percent increase in mail participation.

·         Additionally, the Census Bureau saves $60-$70 per census form returned by mail.

·         Filling out your form and mailing it back will help ensure a more accurate count.

·         Participation is easy, important and safe. 

Importance of the 2010 Census

·         The census helps paint a portrait of America by showing how the country evolved over the past 10 years and what America needs for the next 10 years.

·         The 2010 Census is more than just a population count. It’s about the future and well-being of our community and country.

·         Census data are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the subsequent redistricting of state and local governments.

·         Census data help to determine how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments for important social services that affect local communities like ours.

·         Census data can help fund services for people in poverty, establish facilities for people with disabilities, determine locations for hospitals and senior centers, and forecast transportation needs, such as new roads and public transit options. 

Explaining the Census Process

·         Everyone in the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups; citizens and noncitizens.

·         Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March 2010. 

·         Households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Remember, we can’t move forward until you mail it back.

·         Census Day is April 1, 2010. Responses to the census form should include everyone who will be living at your address on that date. (It is not necessary to wait until Census Day to return census forms, however. Forms should be returned as quickly as possible.) People should be counted at the residence where they live or sleep most of the time.

·         The individual in whose name the housing unit is rented or owned should complete the form on behalf of every person living in the residence, both relatives and nonrelatives.

·         Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take the count in person.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Date Night

Established in 1928
Downtown Phoenix - 2303 N. 7th St.

Friday, March 5, 2010

ATC Production of "[title of show]"

I had the extreme privilege of seeing a gem of a show tonight - [title of show].  Even better, I had the opportunity to sit across the aisle from 2 gentlemen that wrote the musical and then listen to a post show discussion with 3 of the 6 originators and the Artistic Director of Arizona Theater Company.  It was such a treat.  It only plays through this weekend - GO!  If not, Arizona Theatre Company never disappoints.  If you get a chance to catch any of their shows, it will be well worth your time.

More about this musical:
Book by Hunter BellLyrics by Jeff Bowen, Music by Jeff Bowen
Tucson: January 23 - February 13, 2010
Phoenix: February 18 -March 7, 2010
Imagine two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York trying to write a new musical about two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York trying to write a new musical?! That’s [title of show], the deliciously smart and tuneful musical that wowed Broadway audiences and critics last fall. It’s a dizzy, unpredictable, and uproarious tongue-in-cheek musical about show business and making one’s dreams come true. Follow Jeff, Hunter, Heidi and Susan as they negotiate a musical theatre obstacle course of finding backers, casting singers, and making it to Broadway. Fresh, funny and playful, [title of show] is a Cinderella tale set to music about the journey from the unemployment line to the Great White Way. "Delectable entertainment! Hilarious! A fresh new musical worth cheering!" -- The New York Times.Staged by the same team that brought you the recent smash hit Hair, [title of show] will be directed by David Ira Goldstein with musical staging by Patti Wilcox and musical direction by Christopher McGovern.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lucky Ducks

What a brilliant spot to take a nap.  These ducks were so relaxed, they didn't even move when I walked right up to them.  If I was a duck, I'd nap here too. 


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