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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 11:04 pm | Updated: 11:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Ground has been broken on the Village at Mayo Clinic. Nine 4,900-square-foot casitas will be erected on the grounds of the Mayo Clinic Hospital to provide temporary accommodations for transplant patients and their families.

Ground broken on new Mayo Clinic casitas

Ground has been broken on the Village at Mayo Clinic.

Nine 4,900-square-foot casitas will be erected on the grounds of the Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.

The goal is to provide temporary accommodations for Mayo Clinic transplant patients and their families during the recuperation process.

Each $2 million casita will feature six bedrooms and six bathrooms and surround a central community center.

Three casitas are expected to be completed by August 2009, said Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Lynn Closway.

Julie Janovsky, (480) 970-2369

Heard Museum seeks branch tour guides

The Heard Museum is accepting registrations for a training course to lead tours at the Heard’s north Scottsdale branch or two other locations.

To become a docent, students must attend a seven-month, weekly class focused on the history, cultures and arts of native people in the Southwest and commit to leading 30 tours or talks per year.

The class also includes several day trips, which are designed to enhance the coursework.

All guides must be a member of the Heard Museum and become a member of the museum’s guild.

Weekly classes start Oct. 7 and run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Courses cost $100, plus museum and guild membership.

For information, contact Phyllis Noone at (480) 483-6506 or kpanaz@cox.net or visit www.heardguild.org.

Amanda Keim, (480) 970-2337

Scottsdale candidates to appear at Tribune forums

Watch Scottsdale mayoral and City Council candidates answer questions from the Tribune in two one-hour candidate forums Tuesday at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Mayoral candidates Jim Lane and Mary Manross, along with mayoral write-in candidate John Washington, will answer questions from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Council hopefuls Lisa Borowsky, Joel Bramoweth, Betty Drake, Oren Davis, Tom Giller, Suzanne Klapp, Ron McCullagh and Nan Nesvig will answer questions from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The forums will run live on CityCable Channel 11 and will rerun July 29 and Aug. 5 at these times:

• City Council candidates: 7 p.m.

• Mayoral candidates: 8 p.m.

City Desk, (480) 970-2330

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