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Farmers Market comes to Fulton Ranch this summer

Chris Ray Don’t you just love those open air

markets that you see in the movies and wished that you lived close to one? Well, now you do or at least the beginnings of one. Ray’s Market is starting to bring some local vendors, farmers, artisans and crafters to the parking lot of the Fulton Ranch Promenade on Saturday mornings (NE corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights). Chris and Rhonda Ray,

the owners of Ray’s Market, have two other markets in the Valley. There is one located in south Tempe, just east of McClintock on Warner. This one is also open every Saturday morning. The other one is found in South Scottsdale (Hayden and Thomas) and open on Wednesday evenings. Chris summarizes why they run these

markets: “We believe that people want to know who makes and produces the food they eat and the merchandise they buy. People also like to know that when

they buy something from a vendor in the market, they are supporting that vendor directly as well as the local economy. You can’t beat the personal touch and it’s worth it to know that we are supporting small local businesses.” When asked about why the

vendors to come.

market is so small, “It’s simple, the market will be as big or as small as the community wants it to be. Each of our vendors are independent businesses and if they get the support of the community by buying their products and stopping to chat about the products, then they stay, allowing more The summer is the

hardest time for an open air market, but we are committed to coming out if you are.” Chris and Rhonda hope that the local

community comes to love the market as much as they do and that we all

see you this Saturday. look

forward to visiting new and old friends each week at

the market. They hope to — June 2012

Captain Craig Dimerling was recognized May 1, 2012, by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as the “Outstanding Firefighter/Paramedic” of the year.

New Frontiers posts summer activities

Caroline Cline Learning and social activities will go on most of the summer for New Frontiers members at the Mesa Active Adult Center at 247 N. Macdonald St. in the program

called Under the Yellow Umbrella. Go to the website at to see the list of classes and activities. To register for the classes a member of NFLL or the Mesa Active Adult Center can call or contact the Mesa Active Adult Center at 480-962-5612 or contact the facilitator. A few classes will take place in other locations. Games, Games & more Games, Readers Theatre, Humor in Everyday Life, Backyard Birding, Book Discussions, Women’s Issues, Creating your Own Mind Map, Basics to Enjoy Wine, Understanding Complexity, and Ghost Towns of Arizona are a sample of the classes available. The Outback Theatre on the Dobson/

Southern MCC campus is offering some Musicals for the summer from July through August. Call the Box Offi ce at 480-461- 7172 weekdays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for dates, times, and to order tickets at $10 student prices for NFLL members. An open house for registration for fall take place at

classes will the downtown

MCC Campus at 145 N. Centennial Way on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the fourth fl oor of the building. After paying a yearly fee of $70 or $50 a semester, a member can sign up for as many classes as time will allow. 

PAL summer notice

Mary Scala As summer approaches, we have to rely

on air conditioning to make life in Sun Lakes and the Valley livable. That gives some of us, including me, your Splash reporter, an excuse to sit around the house reading, embroidering and doing a little Googling [not cleaning the house].

Here are some facts I discovered

about the month of June. According to the Gregorian calendar, which we now use, June is the sixth month. On the Roman calendar, it was the fourth month and had only 29 days. Julius Caesar gave the month 30 days in 46 BC. Spring ends and summer begins around June 20, 21 or 22. It is the time the fl owers are beautiful, especially the roses. Flag Day is observed on June 14. It commemorates the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes as our fl ag. At that time, it had only 13 stars to match its 13 stripes. President Harry S. Truman offi cially recognized June 14 as Flag Day. Some important Americans were born

in June. Nathan Hale, patriot, was born 6/6/1755. George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army 6/15/1775. Helen Keller, deaf and blind, was born 6/27/1880. Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize winner, was born 6/27/1880. Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was born 6/21/1850. I could go on and on and bore you some more, but we have something serious to discuss. This past year has been very trying for your Board of Directors. As I have

— PAL cont. on page 25 SUN LAKES SPLASH

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