/Monday, June 21: COVID-19 update

Monday, June 21: COVID-19 update

Today is Child Tax Credit Awareness Day. Learn about the new monthly payments of $250 to $300 for each child included in the American Rescue Plan to support nearly all working families and reduce childhood poverty. Sign up by July 15: ChildTaxCredit.gov

Public meetings

Join the conversation and provide input.
June 22: Climate Action Plan Update
Share thoughts, stories and the expertise of your lived experience at one of two virtual forums for the Climate Action Plan 2021 update. Join us on June 22 for the Youth/Student Forum at 4 p.m. or the Neighborhood/General Public Forum at 6 p.m. tempe.gov/ClimateAction.
June 23 and 26: Country Club Way
3.5 miles of bike and ped improvements, along Country Club Way, spanning from the 60 to Warner Road. Join us on Wednesday, June 23, at noon or Saturday, June 26, at 9 a.m. Info.
June 26: Character Areas
Get a cool, sweet treat and help determine the future of north Tempe at the next Papago/North Tempe Character Area meetup this Saturday, June 26, at 9 a.m. at Tempe Papago Park. Vote with dots to prioritize the community’s draft planning principles online or in person. Details: tempe.gov/CharacterAreas.
June 26 and 28: STEP manual update
Updating procedures for installing traffic calming and safety devices, such as speed humps, traffic circles and medians. Join us on Saturday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. or Monday, June 28, at noon. Info.

Take in the local vibe as six Tempe-based musicians showcase their talents live in the first ever Tempe Playlist Jam this Friday, June 25, from 8-11 p.m. There’s something for every musical palette, with genres ranging from cumbia to hip-hop to rock. Get the details.

Tempe Time Machine
Wednesday, June 23
This week’s Tempe Time Machine theme is Traveling Through Tempe. Pick up your free take-home kit at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., this Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Preorder July scones from Hackett House
By June 23
Have a craving for some homemade scones? July’s flavor is cherry/blueberry/white chocolate. Gluten-free also available.
Tempe Council Committee meetings
On Wednesday, June 23, at 4 p.m., Councilmembers Adams and Kuby discuss programs, infrastructure and policy that help create a more Sustainable and Livable Community.
On Friday, June 25, at noon, Councilmembers Navarro and Garlid address issues related to Human Services and Community Safety for residents, visitors and the business community.
Tempe Accelerates
Thursday, June 24
2 p.m.
How does the City of Tempe ensure that all our residents, visitors and workforce members feel included and connected? Find out at Tempe Accelerates, a series of data-driven, explanatory talks about how Tempe’s strategic goals help us effectively serve the community. Hear about Tempe’s Municipal Equality Index score, which shows how Tempe scores for LBGTQ equity and the Disability Social Inclusion measure. 
Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Breakfast
Friday, June 25
7:30-9 a.m.
Enjoy some delicious crêpes and learn how you can get involved in Tempe Community Action Agency’s (TCAA) Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Senior nutritional programs. Tickets are $20 and benefit TCAA’s Senior Independence programs.

Free and reduced-tuition preschool spots available

Still looking for a full-day preschool for the 2021-22 school year? Tempe PRE, the city’s high-quality preschool program, has limited free and half-tuition spots available for income-qualified families. The program is also now accepting DES childcare assistance funds.
Tempe PRE offers small class sizes, early childhood education-certified staff and play-based learning. Classrooms are conveniently located at seven neighborhood schools in the Tempe Elementary School District.
Free tuition is available to Tempe families with an income at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Half-tuition of $375 per month is available to Tempe families with an income between 200 – 300% of the FPL. Find all the eligibility and applications details at tempe.gov/TempePRE.

Upcoming closures

Starting today, June 21, eastbound Rio Salado Parkway will be closed to through traffic just west of Hardy Drive for a public utility project. Through

traffic can use Priest to University to Hardy as a detour. Bus route 48 will be detoured. Project is anticipated to take about four weeks.

Beginning Wednesday, June 23, northbound Priest Drive at Elliot Road and onto Grove Parkway will be closed to all traffic for the final construction phase of the Grove Parkway and Priest Drive roundabout. Orbit Saturn and bus route 56 will be detoured. Project is anticipated to be

completed mid-late August. The completed roundabout will include landscaping and streetlights and will also have ADA, bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

The Compost/Inert Yard will be closed Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 27, for site maintenance. It will reopen Monday, June 30.  More info at tempe.gov/compost.

Tempe’s new centralized online payment system is now live. This change will only impact those customers who pay by credit card or are enrolled in recurring credit card payments. When you receive your new eBill email, you will be directed to the new online payment portal.
If you are enrolled in Surepay (automatic deduction from checking or savings account) or pay by cash or check, you do not need to make any changes, and the new system will not affect you.
If you make recurring payments with a credit card, you must create a new account to authorize recurring payments in the new payment system.
Questions? Call 480-350-8361 or email customerservices@tempe.gov.

Milk n’ More Store opportunity to give

Since 1939, the month of June has been Dairy Month, a time to celebrate delicious dairy products, hard-working dairy farmers and the contributions they make in our communities!

The Milk n’ More store, 2008 S. Hardy Drive, is hosting a Great Gallon Giveback event to get milk – one of the most requested, yet least donated – to local food banks.

Throughout the month of June, the Milk n’ More Store is collecting donations to help purchase milk for Tempe Community Action Agency and United Food Bank. United Dairymen of Arizona will also match up to 500 gallons of milk to help those donations go even further. Just stop by the store to make a donation – and while you are there, pick up some yummy cheese curds and other locally-made dairy goods.

The Salted Knot

Along with her job as a social worker, Maria Vasett photographs concerts professionally. When COVID-19 hit, concerts were canceled, causing a financial pinch. The holidays were coming and she

and her longtime boyfriend Chad Day wanted to come up with a wonderful gift for friends and family. They decided on pretzels because people just weren’t going to the places where delicious, doughy pretzels were easy to find.
The treats were a big hit. Everyone told the pair to start selling them. So together they launched The Salted Knot, a home-based business in the Hudson Manor neighborhood. Order your pretzels online, pull up to the curb at the appointed time and truly amazing pretzels are brought out to your car, COVID-safe, soft and piping hot, cheese on the side. They have a full vegan pretzel line and sweet pretzel bites with cinnamon sugar coating and a fluffy dip.
Want to try the pretzels? Visit their Facebook page to see their menu or message them.

State of the Chamber

Celebrate the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s dedication to the community, recognition of its volunteer leadership and plans for the continued road to recovery at the State of the Chamber on June 25. Four award winners will be announced:

  • Large Business Excellence Award finalists: Becton Dickinson, Dircks Moving and Logistics and Vitalant

  • Small Business Excellence Award finalists: Laura’s Gourmet Granola, Rango Honey and TerrainHopper

  • Spirit of Tempe Award

  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Tickets available here.

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