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Independence Day

July Newsletter

Happy Fourth of July!

Dear Friends,

Happy Independence Day! 

As we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the 13 American Colonies becoming a new nation, I wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July.  Whether you are heading for cooler weather or staying in town, please celebrate safely and responsibly.

Fun fact: There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, but the Continental Congress actually voted to declare independence on July 2nd.

All my best,


*The Maricopa County offices will be closed on July 4th.

Are My Fireworks Legal?


Due to the extreme drought, I would encourage residents to weigh the fire danger and use an abundance of caution when lighting fireworks or consider celebrating the Fourth of July in another fashion by attending one of the many fireworks displays hosted throughout the valley.

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June County Coffee Highlights

CC w/ Secretary Reagan

Secretary of State Michele Reagan joined Supervisor Bill Gates for the June County Coffee at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant. Be sure to join us when County Coffee resumes in September.

District 3 Community Events

Open Conversation with Supervisor Gates

New River / Desert Hills / Anthem Area

Next Meeting - September 18

Date:      3rd Tuesday of the Month
Time:      Noon - 1:00 PM
Where:   Daisy Mountain Fire Department
              1120 W. Desert Hills Dr.
              New River, AZ 85086

Dates: October 16, November 20,
*July & August - No Meeting, Summer Break


County Coffee with Supervisor Gates

Next Meeting - September 6

Date:      1st Thursday of the Month
Time:      8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:   TBD*

Dates: November 1, December 6
July, August, October - No County Coffee
*Location TBD

We look forward to seeing you when our meetings reconvene in September.   

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Spur Cross

Check out the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area Facebook page for a peak into the natural wildlife inhabiting the park.

Teen Texting and Driving Ban

As of July 1st, it is against the law for teens to text and drive. Drivers between the age of 15 1/2 and 18 are now prohibited from using cellphones while driving.  Exceptions to the law come if the driver needs to use their phone in a specific emergency situation or to listen to navigation.

This serves as a good reminder that the city of Phoenix already has a texting and driving ban for all drivers.  For the safety of our community, do not drive distracted.

Click HERE to read more about the newly enacted law.

Sign up for Supervisor Gates' 2018 Summer Reading Challenge

library challenge

Join the Maricopa County Summer Reading Program to earn points, prizes, and complete Supervisor Gates' reading challenge badge!

To participate, sign up online and then stop into the library to check out books and materials.

Customize your rock star avatar and show it off to your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #read20az!

Sign up HERE today! The challenge ends August 1st.

The library is also a great way to beat the heat! Check out the various programs offered below.

Food for Fines

food for fines

The annual Maricopa County Food for Fines program runs from July 6 - 15. Bring in non-perishable food items to any of our Maricopa County libraries and the library waive $2.00 in overdue fines, up to $50! Your donations stay local and go to your community food pantries!

Upcoming Library Events

Rising Writers!

Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 6/29/2018
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM

Do you love to write and want to meet other like-minded people? This writing group is for adult writers 18 years and older to share and discuss their work. Group meets weekly.

Library: North Valley Regional Branch location
Location: Meeting Room
Contact: Pam Blair-Sheldon

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