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Wonderful West Valley Earth Day Events

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Wonderful West Valley Earth Day Events

Did you know? Only twenty-seven percent of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled it would save one quarter of a billion trees EVERY YEAR. Today is Earth Day and it’s important to help raise awareness of the impact we have on the environment and what can be done about it today and every day. Whether you make a small change at home or volunteer in your west valley community, there are many great ways to help preserve our living planet. Here are some wonderful West Valley Earth Day events happening today.

Green Fest: Under the theme "Practical Sustainability", Estrella Mountain Community College located at 3000 N Dysart Rd in Avondale is hosting a Green Fest event for Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sustainable organizations and vendors will be on site to incorporate educational components showing their students and community how they can implement sustainability in their day-to-day life. This will be an outdoors event with booths set up from various organizations. Click here for details.

Earth Day Family Movie: Celebrate Earth Day by joining White Tank Mountains Regional Park for a showing of the animated film, "The Lorax" Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Nature Center classroom located at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd. in Waddell. Popcorn will be provided, or bring your own snacks (no glass bottles, please). Each family will receive a packet of wildflower seeds to sow and grow. Click here for more information.

Regardless of how you celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week, please enjoy ways to spread awareness about our environment and how we can protect if for years to come! – Joe

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Be Aware of Snakes this Spring

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Be Aware of Snakes this Spring

Arizona spring weather is some of the most anticipated seasons of the year for many residents and out of town visitors. Everything from camping in Arizona to various outdoor festivals and events are available for everyone to enjoy valley-wide. But the rise of temperature also awakens the rise of something else; snake bites. In fact the spike in snake bites has become a rite of late spring, according to hospital officials at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, the hospital in Maricopa County that specializes in treating snake bites.

Banner Hospital sees about fifty snake-bite patients a year, the most in the Southwest, according to Dr. Frank Lovecchio, co-medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. Last month the hospital cared for ten snake-bite patients in a single month. “And there could be more before the month's end,” Lovecchio stated, “because the number of snake-bite reports increases this time every year, as temperatures creep toward ninety degrees.”

"When snakes sense a little bit of heat and humidity, they come out," Lovecchio said. "The snakes are hibernating most of the year and now they are starting to come out.

It’s important for Arizona residents to be aware of snakes this spring. Suggested tips include:

  • If you come across a rattlesnake, observe its beauty from a distance and let the snake go on its way.
  • From a coiled position, a rattlesnake can strike at a distance of about half to two-thirds of its body length, so you do not want to get too close.
  • Rattlesnakes are most active in the evening and a night when they do most of their hunting. They are usually very active in the early spring after remaining inactive during the winter months.
  • It's best not to hike in wilderness areas after dark. Carry a walking stick and keep it forward to let snakes know you are approaching their area.
  • If you hear the "rattle", freeze. Look carefully to locate the rattlesnake and move slowly in the opposite direction.

If you happen to see a rattlesnake on your property, call a local agency that can help remove the reptile. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake get to an emergency room right away or call the national network of poison-control centers immediately at 800-222-1222 if you are quite a distance away. Stay safe this spring and please be aware of snakes!

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Volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix

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Volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix

If you, your friends, family, or coworkers are looking for a great way to donate your time and give back to those in need this spring, then you may want to volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix.

As many of you know, our family lived in the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles, California for a month last summer when our son Jackson had to have back to back heart surgeries. In June he had to have a double valve transplant (Aortic and pulmonary) and a valve replacement (the Ross Procedure). The kindness and compassion the many volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House is the very reason we want to spread the word and encourage others to join their wonderful organization as well.

Volunteers are the heart of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc. by helping them provide comfort and support to families at their Houses and in their Ronald McDonald Family Room. They have a variety of opportunities and schedules available. And they are always looking for people to join their richly rewarding volunteer family.  They’re looking for a variety of volunteers including: house volunteers to help keep the charity houses clean and organized for families, event volunteers to help with the multiple upcoming non-profit charity events, and Meals of Love volunteers to provide home cooked meals for children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. (If you recall, my wife Courtney and I had the pleasure of serving dinner to families for the Meals of Love program back in February. We had a blast and it was so rewarding to give back!)

For more information about how you can get involved with this wonderful organization, click here. We don’t know where would be today without the caring support of the Ronald McDonald House for our son Jackson and will forever be grateful for their kindness. - Joe

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7 Interesting Facts about Easter You Never Knew

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7 Interesting Facts about Easter You Never Knew

Can you believe April is already here? It’s amazing how fast this wonderful New Year is flying by. With Easter coming up this Sunday, April 5th, we wanted to share some of our favorite fun details about the holiday. Here are 7 interesting facts about Easter you never knew.

1.) The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 409.05 inches in height and 15, 873 pounds in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant!

2.) Jellybeans were first made in America by Boston candy maker, William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Now, Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over!

3.) The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to a springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.

4.) The traditional act of painting eggs is called “Pysanka” and is a Ukrainian tradition. The word comes from the verb “pysaty,” which means "to write," as the designs were not originally painted on but written with beeswax.

5.) Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow peeps during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. Also, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year in the United States.

6.) Half of the states in the United States have banned the practice of dyeing chicks for Easter. However, Florida recently overturned the forty-five year old law of preventing the dyeing of animals.

7.) The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

The Bourland Group hopes you and yours have a safe and Happy Easter! - Joe

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Avondale Unrolls Sacks to Mats Program

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Avondale Unrolls Sacks to Mats Program

On a single night in January, 610,042 people were experiencing homelessness according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The overall economy is starting to recover, but this improvement does not appear to be penetrating lower-income populations. The pool of people at risk of homelessness has remained high despite improvements in unemployment and the overall economy.

That’s why volunteers in Avondale have taken on a mission to help Arizona’s homeless population. Their initiative is designed to alleviate two major issues at once — keeping plastic bags out of landfills and providing the homeless with a softer place to sleep. The “Sacks to Mats” program takes ordinary grocery store bags and turns them into protective cushions for Arizona’s homeless to sleep on. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 grocery bags each year, and less than five percent are recycled, the Environmental Protection Agency reports.

The group’s goal is to make fifteen mats by March 31st, which is when the Men’s Overflow Shelter in Phoenix will close its doors, leaving hundreds to sleep in an empty parking lot. Dozens of volunteers have stepped in to help at Mosaic Arts Center in Avondale. Each mat uses about 600 bags, which means they need at least 9,000 to meet their goal. Donation boxes have been set up throughout the city for people to drop off plastic bags including the Avondale Community Center, the Avondale Elementary District Office, the Avondale Police Department, and the Mosaic Arts Center in Avondale.

People can also volunteer to prepare the bags. Bag preparation events will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library located at 11350 Civic Center Drive, and crochet classes will be offered from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday at Mosaic Arts Center.

The mats will be donated to the Salvation Army along with hygiene care packages, which will then be given to the homeless as a replacement for the typical cardboard used on the streets. For details on how you can donate or help with the Sacks to Mats cause, click here.

To stay up to date on Avondale community news and Avondale real estate, please contact the Bourland Group.

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Top 3 Recently Extended Tax Write-Offs for Homeowners

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Top 3 Recently Extended Tax Write-Offs for Homeowners

Did you know? The primary source of funding for county government and the board of education is property taxes. In fact, many of the aspects that make your community a desirable place to work, live and play are a direct result of the investments made by your local government and board of education with your property tax dollars. Turns out utilizing your tax breaks does more than put a pretty penny back in your pocket. It can do some great things for your west valley community as well. And thankfully, many of the tax breaks that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2014 were extended at the last minute by Congress and the President with the Tax Increase Prevention Act, which was signed Dec. 19, 2014. Seeing how tax season is in full swing this spring, here are the top 3 recently extended tax write- offs for homeowners.

1.) Energy tax credit. Homeowners can still get a tax credit of up to $500 for making home improvements that save energy to their primary residences. This could include installing solar panels, new energy efficient windows or getting a new roof, air conditioning system, furnace and more. In general, the deduction is ten percent of the cost of the improvements, up to $500. There is also a credit for purchasing an electric vehicle. A separate Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, which was not part of this extension and is in effect through the end of 2016, gives credits of up to thirty percent for qualifying alternative energy improvements.

2.) Deduction for private mortgage insurance. It’s no secret that anyone who buys a house with less than twenty percent down has to pay private mortgage insurance. Fortunately, the ability to deduct PMI for mortgages taken out on primary residences in 2007 or later was extended one more year for homeowners who meet income limits. So homeowners not only get to deduct the interest they’re paying but also the private mortgage insurance as well which is a big write-off that affects a lot of homeowners.

3.) No tax for canceled debt. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 allowed thousands of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale not to have to pay tax on the forgiven debt. The new extension means that debt forgiven on a mortgage for a primary residence (up to $2 million) is still untaxed and is a hefty sum of savings for many homeowners.

Looking to use your tax refund towards a down payment towards buying a new Arizona home? Contact the Bourland Team today and let us help you reach your real estate goals. - Joe

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Spring Training Sweeps the West Valley

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Spring Training Sweeps the West Valley

Take me out to the ball game, take me with the crowd! Baseball season is here and spring training sweeps the west valley like a fast ball over the plate. The West Valley is home to four major league spring training ball parks and the west valley community is excited for the upcoming spring training games and events.

The first game of the Cactus League season was at Camelback Ranch - Glendale and was designated as Glendale Appreciation Day. The game took place last week on March 4th, and Glendale residents received special discounted tickets to the game and enjoyed various pre-game festivities. Residents can purchase tickets for future games at the stadium box office with a valid ID or proof of residency in Glendale. Spring training at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will feature additional promotions this season, such as spring break specials and Senior Day every Wednesday. Visit here for more details.

Were you unable to make it to the first spring training game of the season? Don’t despair! Arizona residents and out of town visitors can enjoy Cactus League games valley wide, including the popular west valley stadiums. Fans can catch one game or several during the 2015 Spring Training season at the Surprise Stadium, Peoria Sports Complex, Goodyear Ballpark, and Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Click here for a spring training schedule or to purchase tickets to see your favorite teams play.

For more Arizona spring training events and local west valley events please contact us today. - Joe

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West Valley Small Business Workshop Comes to Avondale

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West Valley Small Business Workshop Comes to Avondale

Avondale really loves its small local businesses. So it’s no surprise that the City of Avondale would offer a west valley small business workshop to help business owners in Avondale learn about ways to grow their business. The 1st Annual West Valley Small Business Workshop is offered Thursday, March 19th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00  p.m. at the Avondale American Sports Center located at 755 N. 114th Avenue, Avondale AZ 85323.

The City of Avondale workshop will address topics such as the best ways to market your business, where you can find finance options, and how to increase profit margins. Subject matter experts throughout the Valley will lead the workshops and will also discuss finance, talent recruitment, marketing and branding, and accounting.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to find out what their business health score is in today’s market. 

The Avondale Small Business Workshop is the perfect opportunity for small business owners to discover how to take their business to the next level of success! This is a free event and seating is limited so interested business owners are encouraged to register soon. To register, a business owner can go to www.avondale.org/smallbiz

For more information about local west valley events and Avondale real estate news, please contact us. - Joe

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Avondale State of the City Event and Business Mixer

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Avondale State of the City Event and Business Mixer

The City of Avondale recently embarked on an exciting journey with the launch of their new brand for the city that aptly defines the Avondale community: “Aspiring. Achieving. Accelerating.” As a part of this proudly presented brand initiative the City of Avondale will host State of The City 2015: Avondale Means Business, a business mixer focusing on economic development and business partnerships, on Thursday, March 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will take place at Avondale City Hall’s outdoor Amphitheater located at 11465 W Civic Center Drive in Avondale, amid a sunset backdrop with food, entertainment and more.

In his keynote inaugural State of the City Address, Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise will highlight many of last year’s accomplishments, including the city’s development and redevelopment successes. The city will also highlight three companies whose contributions and stories embody Avondale’s brand story of Aspiring, Achieving, and Accelerating. The event will also include entertainment, opportunities to mix and mingle, and refreshments provided by “uniquely Avondale” businesses. The event is open to the public, however RSVPs are requested. Dress is business attire. Click here for more information or to register for the Avondale State of The City Event and Business Mixer.

For more information about local events in Avondale, AZ please contact us! – Joe

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Serving Meals of Love at the Ronald McDonald House

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Serving Meals of Love at the Ronald McDonald House

As many of you know, our family lived in the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles, California for a month last summer when our son Jackson had to have back to back heart surgeries. In June he had to have two surgeries; the first being a double valve transplant (Aortic and pulmonary) and the second being a valve replacement (the Ross Procedure)

While we were going through this life changing journey with Jackson, we had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of several “Meals of Love" during our stay. Meals of Love is program which provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to get involved with the Ronald McDonald House by providing a home cooked meal for the children and families staying at the House. The volunteers were so supportive and wonderful that my wife Courtney and I decided to return the favor here in Arizona. On Monday, February 16th, we helped by serving dinner to the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix.

The Ronald McDonald Cambridge House is the newest addition to the RMHC Phoenix facilities. The House, located on the campus of Phoenix Children's Hospital, opened its doors in June of 2008 and provides housing for the growing number of families traveling to Phoenix to receive treatment for their seriously ill or injured children.

It was an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to give back and repay the kindness to other families who were going through the same struggles we ourselves had faced not that long ago. If you’d like more information about how you can help support this wonderful non-profit charity, please visit http://www.rmhcphoenix.com/cambridge-house. – Joe

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