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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2008 2:11 am | Updated: 11:16 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

April Pool's Day has variety of activities

Gilbert's April Pool's Day is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the new Williams Field Pool at Williams Field High School, 1900 S. Higley Road.

GILBERT

April Pool's Day has variety of activities

The town's April Pool's Day is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the new Williams Field Pool at Williams Field High School, 1900 S. Higley Road.

Activities include free swimming, a firetruck tour and raffle prizes. Information about water safety also will be available. For more information, call (480) 503-6353.

Beth Lucas, (480) 898-6373

Sizzling Sisters benefit postponed

The Sizzling Sisters Spring Fling, a fundraiser benefiting Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, has been postponed. The event had been scheduled for Saturday in Gilbert.

Staff report, (480) 898-6848

MESA

Trust fund will honor pilot killed in crash

A trust fund has been established for Brian White, a pilot killed Wednesday in the crash of a small plane in Mesa. White, 27, left behind his wife, Lauren, who is expecting daughter MacKenzie in June.

The fund has been established through Chase Bank; the account number is 2743903300.

Mike Branom, (480) 898-6440

Career symposium

Salt River Project will present a biotechnology symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Life Science building at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. The symposium offers a chance for students to explore the diversity of careers available in the industry. The event is also open to educators. For information, call (480) 461-7862 or visit www.mccbiotechnology.net.

CONTACT WRITER: (480) 898-6547 or aboeldt@evtrib.com

QUEEN CREEK

Schnepf Farms invites dogs, owners to party

Schnepf Farms is going to the dogs this weekend as Trigo and Princess Buttercup Schnepf, the Schnepf family's dogs, are celebrating their fifth birthday. All dogs and their humans are invited to attend the party from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Admission to the event is any donation to the Arizona Humane Society including food, money or dog toys.

Schnepf Farms is at 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road. For information visit www.schnepffarms.com or call (480) 987-3100.

Sarah J. Boggan, (480) 898-6574

Queen Creek Road stretch to close

Queen Creek Road will be closed between Ellsworth and Crismon roads from 9 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Monday.

Local access will be maintained from Crismon west to about 500 feet east of Ellsworth. Westbound traffic also will not be able to access Ellsworth during the closure. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes and be cautious when driving through the construction area.

For information, call (480) 358-3132 or e-mail traffic@queencreek.org.

Sarah J. Boggan, (480) 898-6574

PINAL COUNTY

Illness hits inmates at Eloy private prison

Pinal County officials reported an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among 80 inmates at a private prison facility in Eloy run by the Corrections Corporation of America. Symptoms of the infection include diarrhea and vomiting and can include systemic conditions such as fever.

The cause of the infection could be anything from bad food to improper food handling, and county officials are hoping to verify the cause of the infection by today.

Jason Massad, (480) 898-6842

SCOTTSDALE

Learn safety on April Pools Day

Scottsdale's annual April Pools Day event to educate families about water safety features water games, contests, a Kids Zone and water safety demonstrations.

The free event will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center, 2301 N. Miller Road. For information, call (480) 312-2484.

Marge Purcell, (480) 970-2328

Hope Ball will aid leukemia fight

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Hope Ball will begin at 6 p.m. May 3 in the Herberger Ballroom at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway.

The evening includes a silent auction, dinner, live auction as well as entertainment with Alice Tatum and dancing. Attire is black tie.

Tickets are $250. To purchase tickets, call (602) 788-8622, Ext. 26. For information, visit www.hopeballaz.org.

Marge Purcell, (480) 970-2328

Conservancy sets photo contest

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is hosting a photo contest with winners being those whose overall impact best capture the McDowell Sonoran Preserve as a natural treasure to be protected.

Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. May 15. Winners will be announced June 1.

Three awards of $250 each will be presented for "Best of Show," "Best Color" and "Best Macro."

There also will be three winners (one from each division of professional, amateur and youth) in each of the following categories: landscape, flora, fauna and people.

Entry is free. Complete an entry form, sign it, attach it to your print and deliver it in an envelope with name clearly printed on the outside.

Submit entries to MSC office, 16435 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Photos will be displayed at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts during McDowell Sonoran Month in October. Images also will be featured on the conservancy's Web site.

For information and to print a contest entry form, visit www.mcdowellsonoran.org.

Marge Purcell, (480) 970-2328

Tennis complex wins trade laurels

The Tennis Industry Association, the U.S. Tennis Association and Racquet Sports Industry magazine named Scottsdale Park Ranch Sports Complex at 10400 E. Via Linda as one of the top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers in the United States.

To be a selected as a Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center a facility must exhibit excellent participation figures, support of industry programs and community development, as well as other requirements.

For information, call (480) 312-8401.

Marge Purcell, (480) 970-2328

TEMPE

First Amendment advocates to meet

First Amendment advocates will gather Saturday to push for more openness in government and access to public information. The “listening session” will let Valley residents speak about their dealings with government as part of the 21st Century Right to Know Project, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. It’s being held by Arizona media groups, the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and OMB Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy organization. Admission is free and a light lunch is included.

Reservations aren’t required but can be made at (202) 683-4835 or by e-mail at mchurchill@ombwatch.org. Information: www.ombwatch.org/21stProject/AZ/index.html.

Garin Groff, (480) 989-5938

VALLEY

Buckeye Ohio Club to meet Saturday

The Arizona Buckeye Ohio Club will meet 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Home Town Buffet, 1501 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix.

All former Ohioans and friends are welcome. Information: (480) 802-0868.

City Desk, (480) 898-6514

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