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Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 12:20 AM MST
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Good afternoon, Members and Friends of Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC),
We're pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit, "The Chandler Portraits," by artist Tad Smith.  Among the community leaders represented will be portraits of CTSC Members Victor Hardy and Laurie Fagan (also a former CTSC Board Member). The Exhibit runs from January 24 to March 8, 2014; please consult Vision Gallery's website,, for operating hours. Hope to see you there!
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The Irish American Club has a terrific opportunity to present Andy Cooney’s Irish Cabaret on March 18th at Mountain View Rec Center in Sun City at 7:00 p.m. Andy Cooney is well known in Irish Circles - check for information and to view the fliers. Tickets are $20.00 and seats will be assigned in the order in which the reservations come in. Reserve EARLY - call Maura McConnell 623-933-3698; Ski Matelski 623-979-9447; Mike Coyne 623-937-1031 or Patrick O’Leary 623-322-3572.   Tickets and directions will be mailed.
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Save the Dates!

April 16 - Celtic Fiddle Festival in Concert - Coconino Center for the Arts
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Peter Foley, Director of The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, is teaching Celtic Spirituality at the University of Arizona Religious Studies Department. enrollment is closed, but nice to know these offerings are right here in our Tucson community.

Flanagan's Celtic Corner
2719 E. Broadway
regular business hours at 10-6, Tuesday through Saturday 623-9922
Please be sure to stop by and see all the new inventory of Irish, Scottish and Welsh items, as well as their new venue.
Best of luck Flano, with Arizona's only Celtic store

Celtic Fiddle Festival
April 17, 2014
Berger Performing Arts Center

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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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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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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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The Arizona Colleen and Rose of Tralee Selection began as the Arizona Colleen Pageant, a heritage pageant, in 1983. The competition is open to single women of Irish descent, ages 18-27, with herself or an ancestor born in Ireland.  The Arizona Colleen and her court reign over the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Faire. Along with the crown and the title Arizona Colleen, the winner is also awarded jewelry, scholarships, and a free trip to Ireland where she carries her dual title as the Arizona Rose at the Rose of Tralee International Festival Regionals in Ireland. The Arizona Colleen will act as a spokesperson the year of her reign.  Application deadline is January 18 and the event is held March 1 at St. Paul’s Church, O’Carroll Hall, 330 W. Coral Gables, Phoenix.
For more information on all the competitions and for event tickets, go to