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Double the community service

Flori (left) and Ilyena Witenstein (14) of Phoenix.

More than 100 artists will be displaying their wares along Central Avenue between Dunlap and the canal from 5 to 9pm Saturday, April 9 as part of Sunnyslope Art Walk.

Among them will be Ileyna & Flori Witenstein, creators of “Whoopies, Caps with a Cause!”

The twins in 2009.

We first wrote about the twins, who are the daughters of Dan & Julie Witenstein of Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance, in 2009. The girls, who came home from summer camp the year before with whooping cough, spent their convalescence creating magnets and jewelry with a bottle cap decorating kit. Their hobby turned into a community service project.

They donate a percentage of the proceeds of their sales to The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI ) and spread the word about their experience with whooping cough and the need for immunizations.

“From the sales of our ‘Whoopies’ just this year, we have donated close to $400 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Desert Mission Community Health Center (in Sunnyslope), and to TAPI,” the girls told us.

For the Sunnyslope Art Walk, they’ll be located in the parking lot near Grinder’s Coffee at Central & Dunlap. The event features paintings, photography, mixed media, fiber/wearable, metal work and much more. Parking is available at Sunnyslope Village Center (115 E. Dunlap), Sunnyslope High School (35 E Dunlap) and Cowden Center (9202 N 2nd St.). Learn more at sunnyslopecommunity.org.


Swim and Gym spells “win” for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

An Arizona Sunrays volunteer collects donations for Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The 2nd Annual Swim & Gym Festival to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital takes place this Saturday, Sept. 25, from 3 to 7pm.

The event is co-hosted by Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance and Hubbard Family Swim School. Arizona Sunrays will host free dance, gymnastics and karate classes and Hubbard Family Swim School will host open swim time and water activities in its indoor pool.

Admission is free but donations to PCH are encouraged. The two companies hope to raise $10,000 for the hospital.

More than 75 vendors will have booths set up in the parking lot located between the two facilities. Featured activities include a bounce house, food, face painting, police and fire vehicles, live entertainment and celebrity guests including Miss Arizona.

Event parking is available at Arizona Sunrays (3110 E. Thunderbird Rd.), St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (3030 E. Thunderbird Rd.) and Paradise Valley Baptist Church (14034 N 32nd St.).

Following are some more photos our staff took at last year’s event.

Open swim time at Hubbard Family Swim School during last year's Swim & Gym event.

A dance performance by students at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance.

A Phoenix Fire truck allows kids to get an up-close look.

An impromptu sword fight with balloon swords provided by a balloon artist.

Trying out the balance beam during a free gymnastics class.