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CrossFit, Comfy Pets offer November classes

Broadway Extension near Laveen, AZ

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The following news briefs appear in today’s print edition of the South Mountain District News

Broadway Road opens between 43rd and 51st in Laveen

With road projects tying up traffic along Dobbins Road and Southern Avenue, the opening late last month of this extension may relieve a little of the east/west morning commute.
Named “Segment 5” in the city of Phoenix’s $84 million Avendia Rio Salado / Broadway Road project, the extension officially opened on Oct. 26.  The north half of the new roadway section is open with one lane of traffic in each direction, bike lanes and a center-turn lane.
As a result of the opening, there are two traffic signal changes and there are flashing boards to alert drivers to be aware of the changes.
There is now a four-way instead of a three-way intersection at 51st and Broadway with a four-way traffic light. Northbound traffic on 51st must stop as well as southbound. At 43rd Avenue, north and southbound traffic must stop while Broadway Road motorists now have the right-of-way.
“Great cities make it easy, and safe, for residents to connect to neighbors and other areas of the city. That’s why I’m so excited about the opening of the new roadway section of Broadway Road,” Councilman Michael Nowakowski said in a statement issued by the city. “I encourage residents to come check out the improvements and celebrate another great investment in our city.”
Improvements to the south side of Broadway Road between 51st to 43rd avenues will be completed as part of final phase for the project. The project is primarily federally funded and eventually will take Broadway from 51st Avenue all the way to Seventh Street. Visit www.avenidariosalado.com for more information.

Laveen CrossFit to start new 6-week classes
Laveen CrossFit Co-owner Kristi Oquist said the gym’s 6 Week Transformation is a great way for a group of 10 women to jumpstart their fitness journey.
14882258_880613705373967_8180717519983841298_oOquist said CrossFit will be offering both a morning and evening class with classes at 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for the morning group, and at 6:30 p.m. for the evening participants. Both groups also will meet at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings for their third workout.
Prices for the classes vary depending on the nutritional component members choose to use.
The first option is the basic 6 Week Transformation for $250, which includes three workouts a week, some meal planning and shopping guidance. For an additional $100, participants also will receive Advocare nutritional supplements.
A kick-off event is set for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at the gym, 3648 W. Southern Ave., No. 148, where everyone can learn about the products. The CrossFit team will take initial measurements, discuss nutrition, and talk about which Advocare products are part of the upgrade.
For more information or to sign up, email Oquist at kristi@laveencrossfit.com or call 602-243-4225.

Comfy Pets schedules 3 equine health clinics
Laveen-based Comfy Pets of AZ is offering three different Equine Health & First Aid Training Clinics this month:

  • Saturday, Nov. 5: Equine First Aid Fundamentals. This 4-hour fast-paced clinic covers the fundamentals of Equine First Aid.  Working hands-on with the horses, participants will learn to take vital signs, recognize pain in a horse, detect colic, and get to place lots of bandaging in realistic scenarios.
  • 20160610_185215Sunday, Nov. 20: Safety First — The Barn & Beyond.  Looking to buy your first horse? Your first acreage? New to the world of ranching or just want to get close to a horse and learn more about them? This 3-hour comprehensive safety clinic focuses on farm and livestock safety, and of course horse safety.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: I Can Help! Horse First Aid for Kids (ages 5-10).  Have a horse crazy youngster? Sign them up for the 3-hour kids program. They’ll learn horse safety and basic first aid in a fun, hands-on environment. There’s even a recipe for horse cookies.

All training clinics are taught by Teri Ann Tate, who is certified and trained in equine and pet First Aid. Participants will get a Three-Year Certificate of Training and a manual. Visit  www.comfypetsofaz.com to register.

Three-way vendor fair set for Nov. 4
Get some holiday shopping done early with a multi-vendor event starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.
Laveen representatives for Gold Canyon Candles, Usborne Books and Origami Owl have planned a joint holiday event at Sweet Bites, 3552 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix.
Email marvinfam5@yahoo.com for more information or to place orders.

1623 Illegal Ink sponsoring free Tuesday meals
Noreen Ayonayon, owner at Illegal Ink at 1010 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, continues an annual tradition of offering free meals to families and children who need them.
14067430_652773601547449_9053805354582962653_nThe free meals start Nov. 15 and will continue every Tuesday at 4 p.m. until February at the southwest corner of Central and Southern avenues.
Ayonayon welcomes community donations of food, water, blankets and jackets to support the effort as well as volunteers to help serve the meals and distribute items. Also, bring in a donation of a Thanksgiving turkey or canned and boxed foods and receive discounts on a tattoo. All the food collected will go to needy families.
For more information, visit Illegal Ink on Facebook or email Ayonayon at noreyon@yahoo.com to volunteer or donate.

Local woman leads Alzheimer financial workshop
Julie Gunn, a financial advisor at Edward Jones, 2030 W. Baseline Road, No. 178, Phoenix, is helping lead a workshop to educate about Alzheimer’s disease as well as make healthy financial strategies. The workshop takes place beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Edward Jones Training Center, 8333 S. River Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85284.
Gunn said the workshop, titled Health and Wealth: Making Sense of Alzheimer’s, is in two segments:

  • Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
  • Health Care and Your Retirement**

Gunn’s co-host is Martha B. Burruel, education coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call Gunn at 602-268-7622.

Planet Fitness opens Laveen-area center
The New Hampshire-based fitness chain has been pre-selling memberships for several weeks now and announced plans to open by the first week of November.
Laveen’s center is at 3630 W. Southern Ave., Phoenix, 85041. Planet Fitness is open 24 hours a day and is known for supporting athletes of all levels. It offers unlimited fitness training, cardio and strength machines and more. Currently, there are early-bird incentives to sign up before Nov. 8 at the local location.
Visit www.planetfitness.com for more information or call (602) 354-3887.

Black Bear Dinner to open in Laveen next year
Black Bear Diner, a California-based restaurant chain that has multiple Arizona locations, has announced plans to open in Laveen by summer 2017.
The company was founded in 1995 in Mount Shasta and has about 75 restaurants throughout Pacific Northwest and Southwest.
Visit www.blackbeardiner.com for more information.
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