Kyrene Corridor Briefs

State of City address on Tempe 11

For those who didn’t attend Tempe’s State of the City Address, city officials say it’s now available online at

The speech by Mayor Hugh Hallman, “Taking Care of Tempe,” outlines accomplishments of the past year and lists challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

A text version of the speech, with links to the videos, is available at

The State of the City address was presented by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

‘Mowing for Toys’ benefits kids

Grass Guys, a local landscaping company, will give back to the community again this year by donating time during December to bring toys to children in need during the holidays. 

The company is offering a “mowing for toys” service in which its crews will mow a friend’s, neighbor’s or family member’s lawn in exchange for toys. 

The company will conduct the program on Saturdays Dec. 4, 11 and 18, and on other Saturdays during the month if response so indicates.

For any who would like to participate in the program as a gift for someone else and donate the toys themselves, the company will mow any lawn in the southeast Valley (permission of the owner required.)

The goal is to collect $20-$40 worth of new, unwrapped toys per yard. All toys donated during the program will be turned over to local charities by Dec. 21. 

The company’s goal is to get enough toys for 100 or more children.

Information: 480-644-0101.

8th grade transition to HS

The Parent Network, a non-profit education organization, will host parents of eighth graders at an informational meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the South Tempe Police Substation.

Parents with children in the Tempe and Kyrene school districts are invited.

Focal point will be the transition to high school, including information about honors classes, gifted programs, the registration process, the International Baccalaureate Program, and career and technical programs.

Questions are welcome.

Information: Sandy Lowe, 480-961-0388 or

The south Tempe police station is at 8201 S. Hardy Drive.


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