When Tzikii Pita Grill co-owner Mo Khalek first entered the Nara Lounge one afternoon over a year ago, there were two things he couldn’t have known: one, the person he was scheduled to meet with, wouldn’t end up showing; and two, that his future business partner Mino, owned the very business he had just walked into. Fate, it seems, had stepped in, leading to the development of Tzikii Pita Grill.
Now a partnership of three (Mohsen, Mo and Mino), each young innovator brought their own vision to the table as they literally built the restaurant from scratch, using passion, hard work and a little magic in the process.
A blend of fragrant spices, traditional Mediterranean music and welcoming faces will greet you as you walk through the doors of Tzikii Pita Grill, located at 7510 S. Priest Dr., # 104, in South Tempe. The concept is a marriage of little-known Egyptian food with traditional (and more familiar) Greek cuisine, which exemplifies the true diversity of the Mediterranean.
Tempe locals pride themselves on welcoming and supporting locally owned businesses and appreciate diversity in our cuisine. This quick-casual restaurant boasts signature dishes like Koshari, a traditional Egyptian vegan dish that is absolutely delicious – even for us carnivores.
Tzikii Pita Grill invites you to attend a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 27, at 4:30 p.m. In addition to samples of their lighter fare, they will offer all in attendance a 25% discount on orders placed that evening.
Support the dream and vision of three local entrepreneurs. Attend the ribbon cutting, sample the unique and delicious cuisine, and enjoy!
One of my favorite events at the Desert Botanical Gardens is Las Noches de las Luminarias. It’s a beautiful Southwestern holiday tradition that’s been taking place for 35 years. The Garden’s lovely paths are aglow with more than 8,000 lit luminaire bags and the trees sparkle with thousands of tiny white lights. Adding to the festivities are the numerous musical groups that perform throughout the garden. From Dickens carolers to bell ringers to Flamenco to steel drums to Mariachi and more, there’s music everywhere. You can also enjoy a fantastic holiday buffet served in Dorrance Hall or Southwestern favorites at the Patio Café. You have through December 30 to experience this beautiful celebration. It’s another reason why I love being here during the Holidays.
- December 17-23, 26, 27-30: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Gardens
- December 18: Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- December 18: The Stu Siefer Combo, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- December 19: Krystal Clarke; December 20: Colin Barley, Studio Vino
- December 20: Jeff Sullivan; December 21: The Sullivans; December 22, Keltic Cowboys, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- December 21: Sicmonic, Marquee Theater
- December 21: Bob Ravenscroft Christmas Concert, Tempe Center for the Arts
- December 21: The Jake Dean Band; December 22: Raun Alosi Band, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- December 21: Dani Zubia; December 22: Tera Crisalida, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- December 22: Opening of Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, ASU Art Museum
- December 22-23: Childsplay Presents Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, Tempe Center for the Arts
- December 23: Jake Greider, Rula Bula Irish Pub
Please join us for a backyard open house on Saturday, April 21st from 5-6:30pm!
It’s always great to be in Tempe, but this week it’s especially great because there are so many outstanding events going on. In addition to great live music taking place throughout the week, we have two fantastic festivals to look forward to over the weekend and both are free! The big one that’s been around for 34 years is the Tempe Festival of the Arts. It brings more than 400 artists as well as musicians, street performers and children’s activities to Mill Avenue and provides a great opportunity to purchase beautiful, original art.
Lesser-known, but also fantastic, is the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival that will take place on Tempe Town Lake. Now in its ninth year, this colorful event celebrates Asian culture with two days of dragon boat races, vendors, food booths and performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned by teams of up to 20 paddlers. One team member pounds a drum to keep the paddlers’ oars in sync; the drum represents the heart of the dragon. Close to 60 teams will participate, including our own ASU team.
These are just two of many events taking place this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.
- March 27: Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- March 28: Stu Siefer Combo, Dave’s Electric Brew Pub
- March 28: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
- March 29: Music on Mill, Mill Avenue District
- March 29: A Boy Named Sioux, Cadillac Ranch
- March 29: Ken Kaz, Tempe Improv
- March 29: Jeff Sullivan; March 30: Walt Richardson, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- March 30: Dale Kavanagh, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
- March 30: Agave on the Rocks, Desert Botanical Garden
- March 30: ASU Beyond Center: Freeman Dyson, Tempe Center for the Arts
- March 30: Opening of BRAWL AT THE MALL: Eddie Mitchell and Ben Willis, Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace
- March 30: Ted Brown’s Mailbox; March 31: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- March 30: Scott & John of Hello Swindon; March 31: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- March 30 & 31: LCS Double Feature – Myq Kaplan & Roy Wood Jr., Tempe Improv
- March 30-April 1: 35th Annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts, Mill Avenue District
- March 31-April 1: Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, Tempe Town Lake
- March 31: Yumi La Rosa and Ava Fleming present “Mujeres Cuatro,” Center for the Arts
Angel Spring Training has begun! Don’t stress over parking, traffic, or where to eat before or after the game- we’ve got you covered. The Angels Baseball Spring Trolley will make your trip to Tempe Diablo Stadium quick and easy. Here’s the kicker- it’s all FREE. Free parking, Free trolley, Stress Free. What are you waiting for?
Park at any of these designated ParkiT garages and lots*:
Hayden Station Garage – Located on 3rd Street just west of Mill Avenue
Centerpoint Surface Lot – Located on Maple, just south of 5th Street
City Hall Garage – Located on 5th Street and Forest Avenue, 2 blocks east of Mill
*Remember to take your parking ticket for validation at the Trolley stop
Catch the Trolley at the northwest corner of Mill Ave. & 5th St. (in front of Lotions & Potions). Look for the Angels Spring Training Trolley sign.
On each game day, Trollies will pick-up every 20 minutes beginning at 11am until 30 minutes after the end of the game. The Tempe Diablo Stadium trolley stop will be located at 52nd Street and Campus Dr.
BE STRESS FREE
Plan your day with room for some downtime in the Mill Avenue District. We have over 100 restaurants, shops, bars, and entertainment venues to round out your leisurely day. For a complete list of Mill Avenue District restaurants and shops visit MillAvenue.com.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your ride to Angels Spring Training. Play ball!
The 2nd annual Broadmor AIR Run for Academic Interventions happen this Sunday 2/26/12 8am Kiwanis Park. There is a free kids dash, 5k run/walk and 10k. North side of park entrance off of Baseline and Ash. Online registration closes 2/22. You can register at Roadrunner Sports at Tempe Marketplace this Saturday 11-5, or register race day for $5 more. Please support our local elementaryschool and the wonderful local sponsors that make this possible
Tempe, Arizona — The city is assisting residents interested in learning more about preventing and eradicating roof rats. Residents are urged to pick up fruit and nuts from the ground, keep garbage containers covered, clean up pet waste, store bulk foods and pet foods in sealed, rat-proof containers, and harvest citrus promptly and completely.
To help control roof rats, residents are invited to drop off quality fruit at a local citrus drop so it can be donated to food banks, senior centers, jails and other locations. The location to drop off citrus is Elks Scottsdale Lodge 2148, located at 6398 E. Oak St., in Scottsdale. Residents can drop off citrus on Saturday mornings through March 25 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Tempe will also be holding a roof rat prevention meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Tempe History Museum Community Room, 809 E. Southern Ave. Neighborhood activist and local roof rat expert Barry Paceley will share his suggestions for tackling existing roof rat problems and preventing them from entering your home or yard. Roof rat bait stations will be available for purchase at the meeting.
Signs of roof rat activity include hollowed-out citrus or fruit, rat droppings, gnawing or scratching noises around home, damage to plastics and coverings on electrical wires and unsettled pets. People who suspect they have roof rats should call Maricopa County Vector Control at 602-506-6616. Leave your name, address, telephone number and the location of the sighting. If sightings occur, residents should work with their neighborhood or homeowner associations to set up neighborhood meetings or citrus cleanup dates. For more information on this process please call Neighborhood Services at 480-350-8234.
SUBJECT: Request adoption of a resolution to proceed with design of hydraulically operated
steel hinged gates as a replacement for the Tempe Town Lake downstream dam.
DOCUMENT NAME: 20120119pwdr04 ENGINEERING ADMINISTRATION (0803-02) RESOLUTION
PREPARED BY: Donna Rygiel, Engineering Contract Supervisor (x8520)
Chris Kabala, Senior Civil Engineer (x8585)
REVIEWED BY: Andy Goh, Deputy PW Director/City Engineer (x8896)
LEGAL REVIEW BY: Chuck Cahoy, Assistant City Attorney (858-2382)
DEPARTMENT REVIEW BY: Don Bessler, Public Works Director (x8205)
FISCAL NOTE: $4 million was approved and appropriated in FY 2011/12 for design of the
downstream dam in Capital Improvement Project No. 6504229, Town Lake Dam
Replacement. The estimated cost of the hydraulically operated steel hinged gates
recommendation is $35.4 million; additional sources would have to be identified
to fund this capital project.
RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 2012.09.
ADDITIONAL INFO: Per the lease agreement signed on April 21, 2009, between the City of Tempe
and Bridgestone, the existing downstream rubber bladders shall be
decommissioned and removed at the City’s sole expense by the end of the
leasing term in December 2015.
Phase I of the design process has identified and validated all potential dam and
gate alternatives that would be the best solution for the Tempe Town Lake dam
replacement (see attached executive summary for Tempe Town Lake
Downstream Dam Replacement Alternatives Evaluation Report). City staff made
a presentation to the Mayor and City Council during the Issue Review Session
on January 5, 2012, and made a recommendation on using the hydraulically
operated steel hinged gate as a the best option for replacement of the dam. The
recommended dam replacement alternative provides a high degree of certainty
with respect to safety, reliability and durability and we believe it will provide the
City with a successful long-term solution without negatively impacting Town Lake
A public information meeting was held on January 11, 2012, and approximately
25 people attended. Generally, attendees were satisfied with the recommended
steel hinged gate system. Few were concerned about the cost and the means to
fund the project. Overall, the project was well received.
Staff is recommending that the City Council formally approve proceeding with the
design of a hydraulically operated steel hinged gate system for the Tempe Town
Lake dam replacement.
Childsplay, Tempe’s award-winning theatre for young audiences and families, will preview the world premiere of With Two Wings on January 22 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The play by Anne Negri, tells the story of Lyf whose overprotective parents have kept him safe in their nest and not allowed him to learn to fly. One day, a hilarious pair of fast-talking twins who have skipped “flock” school burst into their lives challenging everything Lyf thought he knew. Will his parents’ secret reason for protecting him be enough to keep him from the skies?
Tempe also offers some great music this week ranging from jazz to classical to country-western to hip hop and more. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.
January 18: Renee Patrick, Judy Roberts & Dom Moio , Dave’s Electric Brew Pub
January 18: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
January 19: Greg Freiler, Tempe Improv
January 19: Third Thursday Presents Rose’s Pawn Shop with Ragamuffin Stampede, Mill Avenue District Hayden Square Amphitheater
January 20: Johannes Moller, Guitar, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
January 20: The Sullivans; January 21: Sea Merchants Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
January 20-21: Jay Pharoah, Tempe Improv
January 20: Los Guys; January 21: Ratio, Funk, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
January 20: David & Amy; January 21: Mary Hoffman Duo, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
January 22: Cinco de Moio, Desert Botanical Gardens
January 22: Trevor Rogers and The Wilderness, Cadillac Ranch
January 22-February 5: Childsplay Presents: With Two Wings, Tempe Center for the Arts