All Hands on Deck – A Night to Empower Community Resilience
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN), a community-driven charity, is orchestrating a Helping Hands Night to rejuvenate spirits and provide genuine support for those facing health or financial challenges.

Join the community on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the CB Live Rock Pub & Showroom at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. For a ticket price of $75, attendees will enjoy a specially prepared buffet by CB Live, lively music, and the chance to participate in a live auction, with items graciously donated by local sponsors.

Formed in 2013, NHN emerged from a shared vision among locals who recognized unaddressed needs within their very own streets. Bypassing broader-focused organizations, they founded a charity with a direct purpose: neighbors genuinely supporting neighbors. Despite its relative youth, NHN has had an impressive impact in the community, having organized successful initiatives like Honor Flights AZ, raising $86,000 to send 86 World War II veterans to the capital for a special ceremony, and Shop with A Cop, generating over $80,000 to brighten the Christmases of over 800 underprivileged children.

The organization’s mission is punctuated by its 100% volunteer model. Each cent donated directly propels their mission, ensuring that all contributions are efficiently channeled to those in genuine need. Such dedication has fostered trust, partnerships, and has enabled NHN to work on various projects, from building access ramps for the elderly and disabled to revamping spaces for children battling cancer at Camp Sunrise.

For those eager to lend a hand, NHN offers diverse volunteering opportunities, ranging from event assistance to answering individual calls for specific community needs.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

City of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Notice
​City of Phoenix offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday. Here’s how some city services are affected:

Solid Waste Collection: Curbside trash and recycling schedules remain unchanged on Monday, Oct. 9, with no schedule changes on the days following the holiday, either. Collection will happen as regularly scheduled, even on Indigenous Peoples’ Day itself.

Library: 16 of Phoenix Public Library’s 17 locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday; South Mountain Community Library will remain open. All Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/eresources are available 24/7. Visit for more details.

Parking Meters: All parking meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.
Parks and Recreation Facilities: City of Phoenix Community centers will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 for the holiday. Parks and trails will be open for regular hours.
Animal Cruelty Code Bans Chains AND Requires Adequate Shelter
The Phoenix City Council recently passed an update to the city’s Animal Cruelty Ordinance. This update is the result of a review by city staff of the ordinance with input from animal welfare organizations, and several city departments.

Of the changes made, two are important to note. Updates were made to the definition of adequate shelter and the types of restraints a dog owner can use. Chains have been outlawed as an option for tethering a dog.

The first major change to the Animal Cruelty Ordinance was to change the definition of adequate shelter. The exact verbiage of Ordinance 8-3.K.8 now reads: Adequate shelter means any natural or artificial cover accessible to an animal throughout the year, which is structurally sound, maintained in good repair to protect the animal from injury, and of sufficient size to permit the animal to enter, stand, turn around and lie down in a natural manner. Adequate shelter must protect the animal from extreme weather conditions, have adequate ventilation and drainage, and maintained in a manner which minimizes the risk of disease, infestations, or parasites.

The second major change to the Animal Cruelty Ordinance was to ban animal owners from using chains to tether their animals. Owners who do use chains can now be cited under Unlawful Restraint of Dog 8-3.08.A.5. The exact verbiage of the new ordinance reads: Restraint means a rope, tether, leash, cable, or other device other than a chain that attaches a dog to a stationary object or trolley system.

Read the updated ordinance at