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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 04:27 PM MST
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Cascadia Irish Music Week
Aug. 10-16, 2014
Camp Casey Conference Center
Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington
Contact: Diane Murphy 206-851-4658
Cascadia Irish Music Week offers classes, concerts and sessions with some of the world's finest Irish
traditional musicians, August 10-16, 2014 at Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island,
Washington. Students receive beginning through advanced instruction in fiddle, flute, tinwhistle,
concertina, button accordion, guitar, song and dance, in one of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful
seaside locations. The week closes with a grand farewell concert and dance (open to the public)
featuring all the teachers, Friday, Aug. 15 at 8pm. More information online at
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Sister Cities News

The Japanese Friendship Garden re-opens for the season on Tuesday, October 1st at 10:00 am.
New Gift Shop!
New Gift Shop will open on October 1, 2013 in the garden. The shop is stocked with a full selection of fun & authentic Japanese merchandise such as  Wind-charm, Maneki Neko, Festive cards, cute Japanese stationaries and many more.....
New Website launched
We are pleased to announce the launch of our revamped website, along with a new look, we have included some features that we hope will make visiting the site a quicker, easer and more interactive experience.
Enhancements to the website include:
-Improved Navigation
-Clean User Interface
-New features such as photo gallery and map
-Much more!
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization in partnership with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department; our Sister City is Himeji, Japan.
Stay Connected
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-256-3204 /

presented by Japanese Friendship Garden
Entries accepted until May 16th, 2014
Entries will be displayed on May 24th & May 25th, 2014
10:00pm - 4:00pm (public hours)
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
Are you an artist? Do you love anime and manga? Consider entering our 6th Annual Anime and Manga Drawing Contest! Featuring three different age and medium categories, there are options for everyone!
For more information, or


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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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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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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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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
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A fluent Irish speaker is urgently needed in the Tucson area.  Need not be from the Gaeltacht or have prior language teaching experience.  Please contact Shirley McDowell, Administrator, Critical Languages Department, University of Arizona in Tucson at (520) 621-3387.