DMUMC Says “Thank You” to Troops

2014-07-31 | ImagesAZ | Community

Over the last year and a half, Desert Mission United Methodist Church has sent 60 care packages to our troops and would like to send 35 more this year. These packages weigh 20 pounds each and cost $15.45 in postage, and all items, including cans collected to pay for postage, are donated. Donate items for boxes, money or cans to Desert Mission United Methodist Church at 7373 E. Dixileta.   480-595-1418... More

Come Toot Your Horn at NVSO Adult and Youth Auditions

2014-07-30 | ImagesAZ | Community

North Valley Symphony Orchestra adult orchestra and youth orchestra audition dates are fast approaching. Auditions for the adult orchestra, including students wanting to be considered for the adult orchestra, will be Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2 and Aug. 9. Auditions for the youth orchestra will be held Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please contact Music Director Kevin Kozacek to schedule your audition.   623-980-4628 Photo by Mike Spinelli  ... More

July 31: An Evening with Benise with Karen Briggs at MIM

2014-07-29 | ImagesAZ | Community

  Presented in true Musical Instrument Museum style, the public is invited to a spectacular concert July 31 at 7:30 p.m. featuring vibrant Spanish guitarist Benise and virtuoso Karen Briggs. An evening with Benise is a portal into the vibrant world of Spanish guitar. The famed guitarist blends styles from Spanish flamenco, Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba, African tribal drumming and more to create his own redefined brand of flamenco. Along with his world-class band and flamenco dancers, Benise is joined by Karen Briggs, whose four-decade career as a violinist has seen her master numerous genres and styles. In this show, classic songs from the Rolling Stones, Queen and the Eagles are married to Spanish themes as Benise channels his passion for Spanish guitar and classic rock. Benise has been lauded for his PBS production, “Nights of Fire!” which won an Emmy Award and was hailed for its blending of theater and music in Spanish styles. Karen Briggs, on top of releasing three albums, has... More

July 26: Family Day at MIM

2014-07-23 | ImagesAZ | Community

  Get out of the heat and celebrate a special day for cool kids at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix, with music, instruments, hands-on activities, comic videos and lots of family-friendly fun all highlighting the diversity and talent of Arizona children. Kids and families from everywhere are welcome! Family Day will be held July 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are free with paid museum admission.   480-478-6000  ... More

July 20: Happy Birthday to After the Homestretch AZ

2014-07-17 | ImagesAZ | Community

  After the Homestretch AZ (ATHA) is planning its third anniversary birthday party to be held at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek July 20. An online auction, updated daily with new items, is currently on the organization’s website until July 13, and a silent auction will be held at the party. Since its inception in July 2011, ATHA has rescued 37 horses, 35 ex-racehorses and 2 colts. Volunteers have found homes for 22 horses and now have 15 horses in our current herd ranging in age from 3-18. There are currently 11 rescued horses on a ranch located in the Desert Hills area of Cave Creek, and four horses in foster care. Most of the horses at ATHA are sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of racing legends such as Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Storm Cat. Horses arrive at ATHA from a variety of avenues, sometimes directly from the track, and others it is from owners who can no longer care for them. Some are even found wandering the desert by the Arizona Department of Agriculture.... More

July 17: Introduction to the Meeks Method

2014-07-14 | ImagesAZ | Community

  Join friends at the Desert Foothills Library for “Introduction to the Meeks Method: Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis and Postural Changes of Aging” to be held July 17 at the library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The program is part of DFL’s “Focus on Your Health” series with Scottsdale Healthcare. This bone-safe program is a comprehensive 12-point approach to the physical therapy prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, adaptable to all levels of care and age groups. Therapy includes instruction in body mechanics for daily living and exercises for postural correction, strengthening, flexibility, balance, and weight-bearing activities. These exercises can improve body alignment, restore some body height, and reduce the risk of falls and fracture. Limited seating. Please register by phone.   480-488-2286  ... More

Register for Teen Church Camp in Big Bear

2014-07-13 | ImagesAZ | Community

Registration is now at Sun Valley Baptist Church for fun and exciting teen church camp in Big Bear, California July 28 – Aug. 1. Camp is open to students in grades seven through 12, and cost is $250 per person. Campers will spend time in the beautiful surrounds of Big Bear while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball, volleyball, zip lining, swimming, hiking, good food and more. The trip to camp is being sponsored by Sun Valley Baptist Church, 42302 N. Vision Way in Anthem.   623-986-1687... More

July 14–August 9: Summer Music Enrichment Program

2014-07-12 | ImagesAZ | Community

  Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Carefree announces a summer music enrichment program July 14 through August 9. The church will be partnering with Grand Canyon University for class offerings, which will be held at the church at 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Carefree. These include private lessons in voice, strings, piano, organ and trumpet. Classes for all ages will be offered, including “How to Find Your Inner Diva,” “Singing Audition and Preparation,” and a special class, “You Thought You Couldn’t Sing Anymore!” The second session of hand bell instruction will be held July 7 through August 4. Register by phone.   480-488-2081 ext. 12  ... More

First HOPE Scholarships Awarded

2014-07-10 | ImagesAZ | Community

HOPE (Helping Out People Everyday) awarded their first scholarships to two local young ladies, Megan Elizabeth Villandre and Kaitlyn Ashton Males. The scholarship was established to honor a female who attends Anthem Preparatory Academy or is an active HOPE member. The award is based on the leadership they show in their community and their school.   Kaitlyn is a graduating senior at Anthem Preparatory Academy who will be attending college and majoring in exercise science. She has been in involved in show choir, cross country and cheerleading. She has also had the opportunity to go on several missions to Mexico and participate in equestrian rehabilitation.   Megan Villandre is also a graduating senior at Anthem Preparatory Academy who is planning on majoring in mechanical engineering while attending Notre Dame. She has received the National Merit Commended Academic award and has been actively involved in her school as a member of the leadership committee, volleyball team, basketball... More

Ready to rock enroll: Principal Dr. Mike Andersen

2014-07-09 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

On paper, Dr. Mike Andersen is an award-winning principal at Barry Goldwater High School with an extensive list of accomplishments and accolades achieved during his tenure.   But a resume never quite captures the full scope of a career, and what is perhaps most striking about Dr. Andersen’s journey is how he has thrived when the going gets tough. Nearly 30 years of experience in education produces its fair share of battle scars and lessons learned, especially when much of the work involves groundbreaking (i.e., difficult and often unpopular) changes to the status quo. But nothing extraordinary comes easy, and not everything worth fighting for has to be well liked. It just has to make sense.   “People can’t do what they can’t envision and won’t do what they don’t understand,” Dr. Andersen says. “My role is to provide my staff with a clear and precise vision that we can unite around, even if it means making changes to the way things have always been done.”   Chief... More

July 11, 15, 24: Newcomers Events in July

2014-07-09 | ImagesAZ | Community

  The Newcomers Club of Scottsdale will be holding three fun get-to-know-you events in July. Whether you are new to the area, have experienced life changes and are ready to meet new people, or just want to see what’s happening, join the club. July 11: Get Acquainted Coffee at 10 a.m. Please RSVP. July 15: Newcomers Club of Scottsdale Happy Hour. Location to be determined. Individual checks. Please RSVP. July 24: Newcomers Club of Scottsdale Luncheon at Tanzy in Scottsdale Quarter. Individual checks.   480-990-1976  ... More

July 11, 18, 25: DFL Independent Film Festival

2014-07-09 | ImagesAZ | Community

  Who says you have to leave town for an independent film festival? The Desert Foothills Library Independent Film Festival 2014 will begin July 11 and run Fridays through August 29. Popcorn and soft drinks are free! Just bring a love for film and a desire to have a good time! Enjoy a selection of award-winners from independent film festivals around the world. Descriptions can be found online, or visit the library for a flyer with descriptions. Shows begin at 10:30 a.m. The line-up is as follows: July 11: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (NR) Mandarin Chinese w/subtitles. July 18: “Stories We Tell” (PG-13) July 25: “Short Term 12” (R) Aug. 1: “Least Among Saints” (R) Aug. 8: “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (NR) Dutch w/subtitles. Aug. 15: “Spinning Plates” (NR) Aug. 22: “Somewhere Slow” (NR) Aug. 29: “Saints and Soldiers” (PG-13) German w/subtitles. More

Coach Cass

2014-07-08 | ImagesAZ | Community

Over the summer, Darian Slaga has been doing something that, in years past, would have landed the star girls basketball player in big, big trouble.   She’s been lifting weights.   That used to be a big no-no for basketball players, who were preached to for years that pumping iron would ruin their jump shots and free throws. Ditto for baseball players, who had it hammered into their heads that hitting the weights would prevent them from hitting the baseball.   Those days are as long gone as a Mark McGwire home run, and spiked like a LeBron James slam dunk; with high school athletes following the model of chiseled baseball and basketball pros, the weight room is no longer the exclusive territory of football players looking to “hulk out” for the upcoming season. Now, baseball and basketball coaches that once banned the weight room are now pointing the likes of Slaga to it. The All-State hoops star has been participating in Anthony “Coach Cass” Casarella’s Speed & Power... More

Everson Joins Brighter Beginnings

2014-07-06 | ImagesAZ | Community

Lori Everson is excited to join our Brighter Beginnings team as our kindergarten teacher. Lori and her family moved to Arizona from Iowa in 2002. She graduated with high honors and her degree in elementary and early childhood education from the University of Northern Iowa. She joins us with 10 years of teaching experience, including kindergarten and the lower elementary grades, and most recently as a teacher at the Caepe School. She is trained in guided reading and math and offers many hands-on activities to ensure the best education for your children. Lori’s philosophy and experience as an educator makes her the perfect fit for this position. More

MidFirst to Sponsor Linda’s WISH 5K Walk/Run

2014-07-03 | ImagesAZ | Community

For years, we’ve been using phrases like ‘save’ this date and ‘lend’ us your feet to talk about the Linda’s WISH breast cancer fundraiser. You can ‘bank’ on having fun at the 13th Annual Linda’s WISH 5K Walk/Run presented by New Balance to benefit John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center September 27. This time though, the words take on new meaning. They represent the event’s newest sponsor, MidFirst Bank of Anthem. MidFirst occupies a rare position within the banking industry. It is one of the largest privately owned banks in the US, and a combination of size and private ownership provides customers with a special brand of banking. Plans are being formulated to create a friendly but fierce coin collection challenge between various groups in Anthem and surrounding communities. MidFirst’s coin truck will be on hand at the Linda’s WISH event to determine who has collected the most coins. Winners receive a free pizza party for their group! More... More