Hi everyone! My name is Quetzal, I am female, and I thought it was about time I met some local furs! I'm probably a bit young when it comes to the fandom, which is a little intimidating, and I am shy as it is, but I am eager to get involved and hopefully make some friends :)
I've been living in Chandler for a little over two years now, and I'm still not quite adjusted to things. I have a few interests, but art is one of the most prominent among them! I've recently been working on a fursuit, and have received many compliments so far, which is definitely encouraging! I hope to be done before Arizona Furcon, which will be my very first fur con!
Don't worry too much about being "too young for the fandom" - there's a couple of us who are only about a year older than you, and it hasn't really stopped us from enjoying the community. Just be cautious, start meeting people, and make friends at your own pace and you should be fine. There's also a lot of talk going on over Facebook, so if you haven't gotten involved there yet you should definitely check it out.
If you want to get involved with some other locals, most of the stuff happening in the Valley is in Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. There's a FurHop meet in Ahwatukee/Tempe on Saturdays last I checked, and there's the Cup O' Karma meet in Mesa (near MCC) every Thursday afternoon.
Thank you for the nice welcome! This is good advice yes! I'm trying to get involved in facebook, so hopefully that will be a good resource for me! Thankfully I'm not too far from the locations you've mentioned, so I'll keep an eye out for those events and get informed. Thanks again!