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Friday, August 22 2014 @ 12:38 PM MST
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presented by Woodcarving Master, Yo Takimoto
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00am - 12:30pm
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
$40 Per Person
($35 for JFG members)
All Material Provided
Reserve at Giftshop or call 602.256.3204
Master woodcarver Yo Takimoto will guide you in the traditional process of Japanese woodcarving, or kikezuri. In this meditative process, you will utilize the natural characteristics of the wood to carve and sand a unique sculptural form. Yo will provide a variety of woods to choose from and all tools. Beginners are welcome!
Born in Kumano, Wakayama (JAPAN) in 1949. Graduated from USC with a degree in architecture, and has worked in city planning in Tokyo for 22 years. Since 1998, his woodcarving (kikezuri) workshops have been held in Japan, as well as shops and schools in Los Angeles, The Craft & Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles), Arcosanti in Arizona, New York , and also in Hawaii.
I have been into the art of woodcarving (kikezuri) for over 15 years now. One day, a friend of mine who is a furniture maker gave me a Japanese hand carving knife called "Kiridashi", as a way to deal with my stress from the office work. Carving wood allowed me to reconnect with my childhood in Kumano, where I played in the forest and swam in the river. When carving wood, I am often reminded of the Mother Nature that tends to be forgotten in the urban environment. I can be in tune with nature while spending hours and hours with the wood, and paying attention to what the wood itself is doing. I call this "kikezuri" which is an act of whittling rather than just carving.
Many woods that I bring to the workshops are from Japan, and from the US where I have traveled and collected along the way. Each has different history, touch, scent, and character. At my woodcarving class, I encourage everyone to pick the material as you see it, and to find the character of the wood as you carve into it.
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presented by Through Each Others Eyes
MAY 1 - JUNE 19, 2014
Shemer Art Center & Museum
5005 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
As Shemer Celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we are thrilled to announce Through Each Others Eyes, a Cultural Retrospective Exhibit also commemorating the organization's 25th Anniversary.
Through Each Others Eyes held its first exhibit February 22, 1988, as an art exchange with the Phoenix Sister City of Himeji, Japan. Since that time the photographers have sponsored 38 photographic exchanges with photographers, not only in Japan, but in Mexico, Cuba, Canada, China, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
In celebration of their 25th year, they will be displaying their photographs at the Shemer Art Center from May 1 - June 19, 2014.
Through Each Others Eyes encourages people around the world to understand and appreciate diverse cultures through photography.
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Join us for a FREE Documentary Film Screening
Operation Thunderbolt:
The Israeli Rescue at Entebbe
June 10th
at 7PM
RSVP to: or call 602-241-7870
People of all faiths welcome
Originally produced in 2000 as a television documentary, Operation Thunderbolt tells the gripping story of the hijacking of Air France Flight AF139 on June 27, 1976 from Athens and the subsequent Israeli mission to rescue the hostages from the airport terminal at Entebbe, Uganda.
The movie contains original
footage and photographs, along with interviews with former hostages as well those who planned and executed the rescue mission.
This film is shown free thanks to a generous donation by Jewish War Veterans Post 210.
Do you enjoy our film series and other programs?
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Coldwater Athletic Club is seeking players and coaches for its two high school teams, West Valley Rugby and Dysart Rugby. If you are new to rugby, we will teach you the game. If you think you know rugby, come dazzle us. West Valley Rugby is open to anyone outside of Dysart USD. West Valley practices 4-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Friendship Park in Avondale (12325 W McDowell). Dysart Rugby is open to anyone in Dysart USD. Dysart practices 4-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Dysart HS.
Coldwater Athletic Club is also expanding and is developing U14, U11, and U8 co-ed non-contact rugby and is seeking players and coaches.
For more information, please contact Coach Huntington at 623-826-2784, and find us on Facebook: West Valley Rugby Football Club
Coldwater Athletic Club is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth athletics in the west valley of metropolitan Phoenix.
William Stacy Huntington
Glendale, Arizona
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We are pleased to announce the release of our "Desert Fare Cookbook" - a wonderful gift suggestion for family and friends - and one for yourself  Students from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler and Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, Ireland have created a cross-cultural cookbook as part of a Sister Cities relationship between Chandler, AZ and Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.  Make popular Irish dishes from recipes straight from the Emerald Isle along with Southwestern flavored family favorites from Chandler!  Chandler's rich history is reflected in the culinary contributions and stories from our residents, both present and past.  Tullamore students photographed their authentic dishes and supplied a history of Tullamore.  Over 100 recipes have been published - definitely a cookbook of diverse culinary delights!
The Cookbooks are priced at $20, with a discounted price for 6 or more.  Orders are accepted on our website,, either paid with a credit card or by downloading a form and mail the payment.  The form is also attached.  The book(s) will be promptly shipped directly to you.  Our cookbook will also be available at designated locations in Chandler and at any of our events.
The mission of the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities group is to cultivate and maintain a strong reciprocal relationship between the cities of Chandler, AZ and Tullamore, Ireland; to encourage cultural understanding, community involvement, and economic development.  Our collaborative cookbook represents the first of our student-based activities.
For further information, please contact Chairperson and Board Member, Jill Johnson, at, or President, Ellen Harrington, at (480) 600-8509, or
So, on behalf of the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, thank you for considering purchasing this Cookbook, and we hope you will enjoy the history and tastes of Chandler and Tullamore!
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The purpose of PIFD is to promote folk dancing within the community and to welcome new folks who would like to learn folk dancing.
All ages and dance levels are welcome. No partners are needed. Circle, line, couple and solo dances include dances from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia, Armenia, Israel, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, United States and more.
Tuesday Night Folk Dancing at Irish Cultural Center at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Instruction is provided by local and visiting teachers. Dances are open to the public. A $3 or  $5  donation per person is requested to help cover expenses. Come dance with us at 7:30 PM when easy and intermediate dances will be taught. At 8:15 enjoy and join in a program of international folk dances. From 9:00 to 10:30 PM, request your favorite dances! 
For additional information,  see our website for schedule, map, special events, and more: or email:  or call
(480) 968-0573.

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Phoenix Friends of Old Time Music are now called Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance and they host the fourth Friday,  7:30 - 10:00 pm Contra dance at the Center.  All figures will be taught during the evening; no formal workshop. Non-dancing children must be attended by their parents at all times. Snacks are potluck provided by the participants; water fountain available.  Please bring your soft soled non scuffing dance shoes!  For more information join them on the web at

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Arizona Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

“The bagpipe is much used by the Irish: to its sound this unconquered fierce and warlike people march their armies and encourage each other to deeds of valor. With it they also accompany the dead to the grave making such sorrowful sounds as to invite, nay to compel the bystander to weep.”
Vincenzo Galilei – 1581
A group of like minded individuals from the Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society and the Phoenix Fire Fighters Emerald Society are interested in forming a joint Police and Fire Emerald Society pipe and drum band.  Band membership will be open to all active, associate, and honorary members of the societies.  The Band’s mission will be to support fraternity and brotherhood between the Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Emerald Societies, to support all community police and fire departments throughout the valley, to support the activities of the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center, and to support our community as a whole. The Band will be a non-competition band, wear the Irish solid green kilt, and play predominately Irish pipe tunes.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity please contact Ed Collins, 480-216-7748, or email
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EventsIf you know anybody especially those born in Ireland who want to play either Hurling or Gaelic Football with the Gaels this year its important we have them all registered so Please notify Denis at
If your interested in playing please drop me a email  or contact me through our facebook page!/group.php?gid=53110445534.

For those of you interested in learning or dusting off the cobwebs we will have a few pre-league sessions at Palo Verde Park in Mesa, I will forward details to those that are interested. They will begin just after christmas.  If you still know people interested its not too late to join. just an overview of Gaelic Football
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ICLF Board meeting minutes are available at the office of the ICC
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The Phoenix Job Corps Center located in central downtown Phoenix has proudly served   thousands of disadvantaged youth in our community for 43 years. Since its inception in 1970 Phoenix Job Corps  student’s have   increased their educational, career and technical training needed to become successful in careers .Many graduates have been placed in  the military, higher education and working good paying jobs.
Phoenix Job Corps students have acquired much success due to the meaningful partnerships that we have engaged within our communities. The true meaning of partnerships is exemplified by The Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation which has extended their friendship, support and opportunities to the students of Phoenix Job Corps. The Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation has engaged with Job Corps students providing them opportunities to participate in activities, projects and community events. These events have benefited the community and provided positive public image as well as contributed to our youth’s self confidence and the experience necessary to enter into meaningful careers.
Phoenix Job Corps extends their thanks to The Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation for their commitment and partnership to serve the youth in our communities.

Fred Rivera
Business Community Liaison
Phoenix Job Corps
Educational Management Corporation