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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 12:58 am | Updated: 9:11 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging Arizona companies to take part in the Scottsdale Green Challenge. The bureau is sponsoring the Green by Design awards, which will recognize companies that exhibit environmentally friendly practices.

‘Green’ challenge posed to businesses

The Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging Arizona companies to take part in the Scottsdale Green Challenge. The bureau is sponsoring the Green by Design awards, which will recognize companies that exhibit environmentally friendly practices.

Contest entrants must be able to demonstrate how their efforts help preserve the environment or reduce their carbon footprint.

Applications are due Sept. 15. Winners will receive public recognition.

Visit www.scottsdalegreenbydesign.com to download a nomination form and get more information.

Julie Janovsky, (480) 970-2369

Diners dreaming of a warm ‘Christmas’

It’s Christmas in July this Sunday in Scottsdale.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 44 is hosting its annual Christmas-themed dinner and auction.

The event benefits a variety of community projects and special veterans programs during the year, including sending Scottsdale students to Girls State, a weeklong civics program that examines how local, county and state governments work.

Dinner will include turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and dessert. Attendees will then get the chance to bid on wrapped “Christmas gifts” containing hotel packages, dinners and merchandise.

The event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 44, 7145 E. Second St.. Tickets are $8 in advance or $9 at the door. Call the American Legion at (480) 941-9053 for tickets.

Amanda Keim, (480) 970-2337

Jenkins’ life profiled on city Web site

Scottsdale residents may view a photo collection commemorating the life of the late former Mayor William C. “Bill” Jenkins posted on the city’s Web site, www.scottsdaleaz.gov.

Jenkins, 79, who died July 2, served as mayor from 1974 to 1980 and as a City Council member from 1966 to 1974. He was a retired social studies teacher who taught at the former Scottsdale High School.

City spokesman Mike Phillips said in a statement that the online collection illustrates many city events during Jenkins’ tenure, including:

• Jenkins at the groundbreaking for Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

• Jenkins with singer Roger (“King of the Road”) Miller at the inaugural performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

A memorial service for Jenkins will be 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road.

City Desk, (480) 970-2330

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