Join Mercury Mine Elementary School for Desert Clean-Up Event
Mercury Mine Elementary School is calling upon the community to participate in their Desert Clean-Up event on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The initiative aims to enhance the Desert Education area located west of the upper parking lot. Families, individuals, and volunteers of all ages are encouraged to join.

This “open house style” event allows participants to contribute as much or as little as they prefer. Attendees are advised to bring water, gloves, and weeding tools if available. However, the school will have some tools on hand for those in need.

Located at 9640 N. 28th St., in Phoenix, Mercury Mine Elementary School welcomes community members to drop by and support their efforts in maintaining the local desert environment. This collaborative effort not only beautifies the surroundings but also instills a sense of environmental stewardship among participants.

Taylor Swift Concert Experience Up for Grabs in Charity Raffle
Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) is offering the chance to win a Taylor Swift Eras Tour experience. This unique raffle aims to raise funds to support CSCAZ’s mission of providing essential emotional and social support to those affected by cancer throughout Arizona.

The grand prize includes coveted floor seats to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour concert on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The winner will also enjoy a comprehensive package designed to enhance the concert experience, featuring $1,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards for airfare, a two-night stay at The Shepley Hotel in South Beach, and a $500 gift card to cover additional expenses.

Raffle tickets are available for $100 each and may be purchased through CSCAZ’s official website. The raffle will close on Friday, June 28, with the winner being announced on Monday, July 1.

This fundraising effort comes at a critical time, as more than 40,000 Arizonans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. Research underscores the importance of integrating psychological and social support into comprehensive cancer care. In response, CSCAZ offers a wide array of no-cost services, including weekly support groups, educational seminars, and healthy lifestyle classes, both in-person and virtually, to residents across the state.

Raffle tickets may be purchased for $100 by visiting

Scouts BSA Troop 3226 Hosts Annual Shred-a-Thon Fundraiser
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 3226 invites the community to their Annual Shred-a-Thon Fundraiser on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the At Home Store located at 12025 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix. Keep an eye out for the large truck adorned with the American flag on the side.

Support your local scout troop while clearing out your file cabinets and closets. Bring your old documents for on-the-spot secure and confidential shredding. Witness as video surveillance allows you to watch your documents get securely shredded onsite in real-time. Save a significant amount of money compared to big-box office supply stores, where shredding can cost $1 per pound. At the Scout’s Shred-a-Thon, securely shred a whole banker box for just a $10 donation. Not only will you declutter and save money, but 100% of the proceeds directly benefit the Scouts, funding their summer camp, leadership training, rank advancement, community service projects, campouts, and outings.

For questions, contact Scoutmaster Rob Madden at 480-888-1234. For more information, visit