Arizona Concealed Carry Permit Class Set at Ben Avery Shooting Facility
Concealed Az is inviting the public to join a five-hour Arizona Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) class at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., in North Phoenix, on Aug. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The class aims to provide participants with the certificate and paperwork necessary to apply for an Arizona CCW permit.

Though firearms and range time are not included in the class, it will offer a comprehensive legal review. For attendees purchasing the Essentials ticket or higher, fingerprinting is included. Participants must procure a $60 money order after class for the application fee charged by the state of Arizona.

Though the permits will not be issued during the class, successful completion of this course is an important step towards acquiring the permit issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The Arizona CCW permit offers several benefits. It is reciprocated in 36 other states, including Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado, and permit holders can skip the federal NICS background check when purchasing a firearm, as they are pre-approved by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

More information can be found at or by contacting [email protected] or 602-633-5833.

Desert Ridge Community Association Invites Residents to Coffee Club Gathering
The Desert Ridge Community Association (DRCA) is set to host a casual get-together on August 8 for community residents, providing an open forum to discuss topics of common interest and concern. This informal gathering, known as the Coffee Club, will be held at the Cambria Hotel Phoenix – North Scottsdale, 4425 E. Irma Lane, and it offers an excellent opportunity for community members to mingle and forge new friendships.

Complimentary light breakfast will be served during 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., adding to the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Sharon L. James, DRCA community relations specialist, will be the primary point of contact for the event.

Residents interested in attending the event or with any queries may reach out to Sharon James at 480-551-4559 or via email at [email protected].

Summer Sweat with Radi8 Hot Yoga
Sweat, stretch, and soothe your soul with the free outdoor yoga series led by experienced instructors with Radi8 Hot Yoga. Held Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., participants can enjoy a free hot yoga class in The Courtyard near Copper Blues Live and Barnes & Noble. All levels are welcome, just bring your own yoga mat and come prepared with water and sunscreen. To learn more, visit
Phoenix is Selected as One of 17 Finalists for Bloomberg Philanthropies $1 Million Public Art Challenge
​Bloomberg Philanthropies selected Phoenix as one of 17 finalist cities to receive up to $1 million as part of its Public Art Challenge. This unique grant program supports public art projects that address essential local civic issues in cities nationwide.

Phoenix’s proposed project, ¡Sombra!, aims to address heat mitigation by creating a family-friendly festival introducing a dialogue about Phoenix’s urban heat challenges to a new audience. The festival will engage residents with experiential and educational public art installations and activities for children, food, and music to celebrate the community.

¡Sombra! will foster community dialogue among residents about the city’s extreme heat challenges. The project will feature up to 12 artists whose work responds to the urban heat crisis. These works may include shade and cooling structures that create street-scale microclimates; installations that promote the protective beauty, comfort, and cooling power of hats and parasols; and other participatory arts experiences that provoke dialogue about rising temperatures and sustainable heat-mitigating tactics. These installations will debut at the one-day ¡Sombra! Festival but installations will remain on display for a year.

Phoenix was selected as a finalist from more than 150 project proposals from cities in 40 U.S. states. This fall, Bloomberg Philanthropies will select up to 10 winning cities to execute their projects over the next two years.

Visit to learn more about the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.