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Kitchell donates 100 pairs of shoes to burn camp

Young burn victims attending this year’s “Camp Courage” in Prescott will be greeted their first day of camp with a new pair of athletic shoes, thanks to a generous donation from Kitchell.

Kitchell shoes burn victimsThe company purchased, sorted and labeled 96 pairs of shoes for the campers, mostly teens, who attend the annual camp. Many of the children are from backgrounds in which new athletic shoes are a luxury. The camp is offered through the Arizona Burn Foundation, part of the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.

“It’s difficult for us as builders to deal with the intense summer heat in Phoenix, but for burn victims the effects are much more profound, because their skin suffers heightened sensitivity to sunlight,” said Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson. “It’s great that these young kids can go to cooler climates, escape the heat, and just be regular kids.”

Kitchell shoesCamp Courage gives young burn survivors strength and confidence to face an often unaccepting world, helping their scars “disappear,” if only for a short time. Campers reunite with friends, and make new ones with those who share similar experiences of physical and emotional scarring resulting from severe burn injuries. The program offers activities such as hiking, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, rappelling and more. The majority of the children who attend camp are from Arizona. This year there are also four children from Calgary, Canada and two from Hermosillo, Mexico as part of the Sister Cities program.

Kitchell’s focus on safety is built into its culture and values, and the opportunity to make sure the camp attendees had safe footwear was a natural fit. Company representatives loaded the supply truck with the shoes, sunblock and lip balm prior to the kids departing for camp.

The Arizona Burn Center is a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence providing comprehensive and individualized care for patients and families who suffer from burn injuries. It is Arizona‚s only nationally verified burn center, which means it has met all the requirements to be called a burn center and offer the best and most progressive burn care available in the United States.

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Kids Get In Free At Diamondbacks Games Next Week

Earlier today, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) announced via Twitter that the D-backs are offering free tickets for kids 12 and under to kick off the summer break. The offer is valid for games May 26-29 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket for any section in the ballpark, excluding the All-You-Can-Eat section and cannot be combined with any other offer.

The offer begins this Monday, Memorial Day, and the D-backs encourage families to come out to support Military Appreciation Day. Every D-backs game offers tons of fun for kids, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot, an area dedicated just for kids. The Sandlot is open for every D-backs home game and includes age-specific playground areas, Futures Field and a batting cage. D-backs Baseball Academy coaches offer free clinics at Futures Field in the Sandlot one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning. In addition, kids can sign up to be a part of the free Raising Cane’s Kids Club program in the Sandlot to earn prizes for every game they attend.

Adult tickets for games next week start at just $12 and are available at the Chase Field Box Office, by calling 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/kids.

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Summer Camp set

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa announces its Summer Camp 2014 for children ages 6-14, which will run weekdays from May 26 through Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices for Summer Camp are:

Registration: $20 per child; $35 per family
Full day, per week: $210 for the first child, $185 for the second child (includes 2 complimentary daily snacks)
Half day, per week: $155 for the first child, $135 for the second child (includes 2 complimentary daily snacks)
Daily rate: $49 full day; $39 half day (includes 2 complimentary daily snacks)
Lunch: $40 per week, per child
Summer Camp activities will include: tennis, basketball, volleyball, Capture the Flag, soccer, movies, swimming, crafts, gymnastics, tumbling, Wii gaming, billiards, foosball, ultimate Frisbee and kickball.

child-poolDuring swimming, lifeguards will be on duty and there will be staff members in the water with summer campers at all times. Lifeguards will administer a swim test each Monday to determine where each camper is allowed to swim. Staff members will also ensure that campers have applied their own sunscreen each hour during outdoor activities. Water breaks will occur every 15 minutes and upon request.

Westward Look Wyndham Grand will have two rooms designated for summer campers during the hottest part of the day with air conditioning, cold water, restroom access and gaming activities.

Parents are given contact information with the daily schedule so they know where their children are at all times. Parents will have access to staff members’ cell phones in case of an emergency. Each staff member will have each camper’s emergency contact information and documentation at all times when camp is in session.

For more information or to register for Summer Camp, please call (520) 297-1151.

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Solar Energy Powers Aspire Kids Sports Center

As the sounds of kids jumping, tumbling and somersaulting echo through the Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler, solar panels silently soak in the sun on the roof of the 32,000-square-foot facility.

With the help of incentives from the SRP EarthWise Solar Program, owners Scott and Dona Barclay have invested in the 100-kilowatt system, which will provide approximately half of the center’s electricity needs.

“We have had it in our plans to put solar on our building since we built Aspire,” said Scott Barclay. “We feel living in Arizona, it makes sense to utilize the God-given resources provided by the sun. We have had solar water heating on our own home since the 1980s. The technology has now advanced to make it more affordable, so we decided now was the time to act.”

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art gymnastics equipment, a heated indoor swimming pool, dance and martial arts room and a preschool gym. It is also the home and training center of the ASU men’s gymnastics team.

“Aspire is another example of business owners who are making investments in the future of environmentally, emission-free, renewable energy,” said Lori Singleton, director of SRP Program Operations.

For more information about the SRP EarthWise Energy Solar Program, visit www.srpnet.com/solar.

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Josh Welp Joins Kitchell as Safety Director

Josh Welp has been appointed Kitchell’s new Safety Director.

Welp has more than 15 years of safety engineering experience, including six years as Safety Manager and then Site Safety and Health Officer at Sundt Construction.

Recent projects include safety oversight of a new $21M hangar and aircraft wash facility for B-52 aircraft at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and construction of a $20M dormitory renovation project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lackland AFB in Texas.

Welp received a B.S. in Safety Engineering from Kennedy Western University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in International Business from the University of Iowa.

Currently working on a M.S. in Safety and Environmental Management at Columbia Southern University, Welp holds various safety and risk certifications. He has received numerous awards including Projects of the Year from the American Public Works Association APWA (safety in the environmental category (Gilbert Water Treatment Plant), safety in the transportation category and safety in structures, among others).

In addition he was given the Project Safety Manager award of the year by Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix.

Welp will oversee safety programs for all Kitchell construction projects, bringing his extensive experience refined working on safety initiatives for highly regimented Federal projects to Kitchell’s diverse portfolio of projects.

 

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Glendale Glitters and Glow Block Party

During the holiday season, one area of Arizona outshines all others. The small, historic town of Glendale is lit up by more than one million Christmas lights that are strung throughout the trees and shine brightly on the small, antique homes and shops that compose the 12-blocks from Old Towne and Catlin Court Districts.



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However, one of the more popular events of the Glendale Glitter festivities takes place on Jan. 8, when the city hosts their traditional Glendale Glitters and Glow Block Party to finish their annual celebrations. From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. friends and families will make up an attendance of more than 75,000 people who stroll the sidewalks of the district for one last chance to witness the twinkling, colorful lights.

Adults have the chance to enjoy looking through each of the antique shops, which are decorated for the holidays, for fine crafts and historic relics. The kids will be entertained by large, tethered hot air balloons as they are blown up to reveal fantastic designs and patterns from the glow of their flame. Together, families can feel the festive spirit from the multiple live bands and performers throughout the evening. Other kid-friendly and family-fun activities will be available, as well as an assortment of food vendors.



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Parking for the event is limited but if you can find a spot in the neighborhood, it is free. Otherwise, you can use the Glendale Community College parking lot where a free shuttle, which runs all night from 3:30 until 11:30 p.m., will take you to-and-from the night’s event. This event, like all of Glendale Glitters festivities, has no admission charge.