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Join Me for the Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run

by Lisa Bray

Join Me for the Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run

As an Arizona native and Goodyear resident, I’ve been proudly serving the West Valley real estate market since 2003. In addition to working as full-time agent helping clients achieve their real estate goals throughout the Valley, I love participating in local community events. Especially the charity 5Ks! Back in December I had the pleasure of running in the Run Run Rudolph Quarter Marathon Run at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This month, I invite you to join me for the upcoming community walk/run event, Are you Faster than a Boy Scout on Saturday, March 17th.

This is a fun, family-friendly event that you will want to return to year after year. The race is a flat and fast, chip timed event and is staffed by the Boy Scouts with support from adult volunteers. Best of all 100 percent of the proceeds for this race go to fund Scouting activities including, summer camps and high adventure camps for the active Scouts in the local Troop. Troop 99, based in Litchfield Park, was chartered by the Goodyear Aircraft Corp. in 1943 and has been developing young boys into leaders in the community ever since.

The run will take place at 7:00 am at the City of Litchfield Park located at 100 S. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield. There will be a 5k and 10k course available to either walk or run and participants will receive a race shirt, Boy Scout themed finisher medal, and assorted discounts. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive awards and there will be a special division for Scouts. If you’d like more information about the first annual Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run or if you’d like to join me, you can register by clicking here.

For more fun things to do in the West Valley or if you’re ready to buy or sell a home in the communities of Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Avondale, please contact me today!

Lisa Bray

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Abrazo West Campus Annual Water Drive

by Lisa Bray

Abrazo West Campus Annual Water Drive 

Arizona is one of the hottest places on earth from May to September. Heat-related illnesses are most  common during the summer and nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses. Staying hydrated is imperative to not only surviviving the summer season but to better enjoy it as well. That’s all the more reason why Abrazo West Campus is hosting their 2nd Annual Water Drive to help keep the community stay hydrated and safe this summer. All donations benefit the All Faith Community Services Food Bank which serves the West Valley.

Cases of water can be dropped off at the Abrazo West Campus front desk at 13677 W. McDowell Rd., Goodyear, AZ or at any City of Buckeye Fire Station through Friday, June 10th. There will also be a celebration at Abrazo West Campus on Friday, June 10th at 12:00 pm. All participants will receive a prize ticket with each case of water dropped off. Random winners will be announced during the celebration.

Additional Drop-Off Locations:

  • Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center  525 S Watson Road
  • Station 701 – Downtown Buckeye  404 S Miller Road
  • Station 702 – Sundance  1911 S Rainbow Road
  • Station 703 – Verrado 2582 N Verrado Way
  • Station 704 – Festival Ranch 26100 W Beardsley Road
  • Station 705 – Tartesso 30050 W Tartesso Parkway
  • Station 706 – Westpark 25821 W Magnolia Street

If you’d like to learn more about how to help support the All Faith Community Services Food Bank or are looking to buy or sell a home in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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City of Avondale poised for future growth

by Lisa Bray

City of Avondale poised for future growth

If you were lucky enough to catch Mayor Kenn Weise’s State of the City address last week, then you’re sure to be fired up about living in Avondale! His theme of “Striking a Balance” really hit home as it was hosted near the bowling lanes at the newly opened Main Event, one of Avondale’s major new commercial developments.

Weise said Avondale is among the healthiest home construction markets in the country, with an increase of 175 percent in permits for new houses in 2015. “2015 was a great year for Avondale. If 2015 was the year of groundbreakings, 2016 will be the year of ribbon-cuttings,” Weise told a group of about 180 public officials, business leaders and others who attended the event.

As the city observes its 70th anniversary this year, Avondale is one of twenty cities named as finalists for the 2016 All-America City Award. Here are some of the upcoming community projects that further demonstrate Weise’s statements that Avondale is poised for future growth:

  • Copper Springs Hospital, which Weise said will have 150 high-wage jobs.
  • Two locations for QuikTrip gas and convenience stores.
  • Seven restaurants will open in the next eighteen months along McDowell Road.
  • Copper State Rubber facility
  • 200,000 square feet of entertainment and retail space on the city’s east side

“Avondale remains among the most stable government organizations in the Valley of the Sun. People want to live in Avondale. This is where they want to raise their families,” stated Weise. “They will eat, they will shop, they will play here.”

Want to live in the booming City of Avondale? If you’d like information about relocating to Avondale or buying a home in Avondale, please contact Lisa Bray today. My goal is to leverage my knowledge and experience to help you get the best price the market. Your complete satisfaction with my service and representation is the number one priority!

Lisa Bray

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FREE tax prep services available in Avondale

by Lisa Bray

FREE tax prep services available in Avondale

Tax time is here again and if the thought of having to prepare your own taxes or coming up with the funds to hire someone is daunting, then you’re in luck. The City of Avondale’s Neighborhood and Family Services Department, together with Valley of the Sun United Way offers free tax prep services available in Avondale. The no cost tax preparation services will benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income. Services will be offered to the community every Tuesday and Saturday at the Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center until April.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, known as VITA, offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $54,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns. VITA sites not only offer free tax preparation, they also help taxpayers apply for benefits they may not be aware of such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.

Tax preparation assistance is available at Care1st Avondale Resource Center located at 328 W Western Ave., Avondale on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1p.m. until April 16. No appointment necessary. Walk-ins are welcomed.

VITA site visitors should bring the following items with them:

•Social Security cards or IRS ITIN card or ITIN letter for all household members

•Picture ID for taxpayer (and spouse)

•Birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return

•Proof of all income, including W-2 and 1099 forms

•Name, address, and tax ID# of childcare provider

•Amount of money paid to childcare provider last year

•Account and routing numbers for direct deposit

•Copy of last year’s tax return, if available

•All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements

•Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received

•Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

Contact the Care1st Avondale Resource Center for further detail at 623-333-2703. For more information about local community events in Avondale and the West Valley please contact Lisa Bray today.

Lisa Bray

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Save the Date! 5th Annual Tale of Two Cities Festival

by Lisa Bray

Save the Date! 5th Annual Tale of Two Cities Festival

Want to learn about a variety of cultures without even leaving Arizona soil? You’ll definitely want to save the date for the upcoming 5th Annual Tale of Two Cities festival on Saturday, February 20th! The Tale of Two Cities is an international-themed, award winning event that is a collaboration between the cities of Avondale, Goodyear and Estrella Mountain Community College, and attracts thousands all over the Valley! Over 8,000 attendees enjoyed this multi-cultural festival complete with parade, festival and a naturalization ceremony last year.

‘Tale of Two Cities’ was awarded the AzTEC Awards for 2015 Outstanding Event of the Year and is produced by Goosebump Marketing Events. The parade, booths and activities promote a multi-cultural theme, with food, music and performances to complement the experience. Vendors and community groups offering a diverse assortment of products, including arts and crafts, as well as concessionaires that share authentic food and international cuisine from nations around the world.

Also, a total of one hundred fifty area residents will take the Oath of Allegiance and become United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony on the main stage. The ceremony is coordinated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Festival admission is free and includes music and entertainment, a kids’ zone, vendor booths, cultural-related displays and more.

The cities of Avondale and Goodyear invite locals and visitors to the 2016 Tale of Two Cities Parade and Festival, themed ‘International Celebration’ and see the world without leaving town! For more event details, visit www.taleof2cities.org. And for more local west valley events and things to do in Goodyear, please contact Lisa Bray.

Lisa Bray

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Out and About in Avondale Arizona

by Lisa Bray

Out and About in Avondale Arizona

There’s no denying that summer is cooking up some fun in Avondale. In fact, The City of Avondale recently announced the summer season for the 2015 “Out and About” Event series for the community. For those who don’t know “Out and About” is a series of events “Out” in Avondale each month. These events are “About” community, and range from block parties, concerts, movies, art showcases, family socials and even seasonal holiday theme events. 

For the summer event season, Avondale invites families to take a cool break from the heat and visit the libraries for fun filled events inspired to beat the heat, and to explore the magical world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  These events are free to attend and space is limited, so it is requested to reserve your space in advance to attending. Avondale Out and About events include:

Charged Up & Electricity Bingo

Wednesday, June 17; 2-4p.m.

Sam Garcia Library – 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale 85323

Between the times of 2-3 p.m., special guests from the Arizona Science Center will allow participants to get hands-on with electricity and circuits!   Learn about insulators and conductions, circuit boards and a Van Graff generator.  From 3-4pm play Electricity Bingo to win prizes. Space is limited, so please pre-register at the library or call 623-333-2601

Ice Cream Social & Cool Science

Wednesday, July 8; 2-4 p.m.

Avondale Civic Center Library11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale 85323

At 2 p.m., library staff will serve ice cream, and offer board game time.  At 3p.m., guests from the Arizona Science Center will provide an interactive showcase to demonstrate just what happens to solids, liquids and gases as they are introduced to temperatures approaching -320 degrees Fahrenheit. Space is limited, so please register at the library or call 623-333-2602

For more information about fun programs and summer events happening in Avondale and the West Valley community, please contact Lisa Bray.

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Lisa Bray
RE/MAX Professionals
10320 W McDowell Rd, Suite B2005
Avondale AZ 85392
(602)762-3691
Fax: (888)277-2250