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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2005 12:08 pm | Updated: 8:44 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The East Valley Women’s League seeks donations of Halloween costumes for children at the Thomas J. Pappas School in Tempe.

The school will host a fall festival Oct. 27, but many of the students cannot afford a costume for the event. So far, the league has collected 100 costumes, but needs about 150 more.

New or gently used costumes can be donated Saturday through Oct. 15 at the Pappas school, 1938 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe; at Tempe fire station No. 4, 300 E. Elliot Road; and at Phoenix fire station No. 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix.

"It means a lot to a kid to have a Halloween costume,’’ said Diana Shaw, a member of the nonprofit volunteerbased women’s league.

The league’s 45 members work all year to improve the lives of underprivileged women and children. From gathering backpacks filled with school supplies to partnering with Save the Family Foundation during the holidays, the league channels all money it raises back into the community.

Other fundraising endeavors include an annual Kentucky Derby Day Party and golf tournament, both of which raise thousands of dollars for charities and scholarships.

"We work where we’re needed,’’ Shaw said.

Membership is by invitation only, but the league always welcomes donations. To learn more, e-mail dshaw@qwest.net. To donate costumes to the school, call (480) 557-6211.

For Tempe folks

Longtime residents of Tempe gather every year to reminisce about their beloved city’s past.

The Tempe Old Settlers Association, which began meeting in 1902, will hold its reunion and potluck luncheon starting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at Arizona Community Church Social Hall, at Knox and Rural roads in Tempe.

Doug Royse went to his first Old Settlers reunion three years ago and was surprised to find so many of his former neighbors and school teachers. However, learning about the number of Old Settlers who died that past year inspired him to keep the group thriving. As a board member and president, Royse worked to form a "younger" nucleus to ensure that the reunion stays.

"I didn’t want to see a longtime Tempe tradition go away,’’ said Royse, a Tempe native. "It’s tragic that something that’s been going on for close to a hundred years would not be here anymore.’’

Of course, the reunion is known as much for old stories as for the people who share them. Royse remembers that back in the day, most kids rode their bikes or walked everywhere. He recalls watching a few hundred bicycle riders at a Tempe park in his youth.

"Not one bike had a lock,’’ he said, noting the same about the hundreds of bikes parked outside schools at one time. "If you go by the school lots today, you’ll see 10 or so bikes.’’

Information: (480) 831-0322.

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