Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run

2015-03-06 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

More than 35 hot air balloons will light up the night sky at this inaugural festival featuring live music, food, kids activities, wine and craft beers and a family-friendly 5K fun run benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona. Check website for event times. $10-$20 per person; kids 12 and under, free. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., More

Starlight Community Theater Presents “The Curious Savage”

2015-03-06 | ImagesAZ | Community

Greedy children conspire to have their wealthy, recently widowed mother committed to a private sanatorium where she gets to know five colorful long-term patients in this play based on the book by John Patrick. Check website for times and ticket prices. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 W. Whispering Wind Dr., Ste. 160, 623-252-6815, More

Spring Butterfly Garden Workshop

2015-03-05 | ImagesAZ | Community

Butterfly Wonderland’s director of education Adriane Grimaldi reveals the elements needed to attract butterflies to your yard. 6-8 p.m. $15, members; $20, public. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, 480-800-3000, More

MIM Wedding Showcase

2015-03-05 | ImagesAZ | Community

Brides-to-be and engaged couples can tour the museum’s unique wedding and reception facilities, meet with award-winning vendors and enjoy an evening of live music, dancing, complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and giveaways. 4-7 p.m. Free. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, More

MTA Presents “CATS”

2015-03-05 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Musical Theatre of Anthem brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical to life with a cast of award-winning performers ages 10 to adult. Check website for times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, More

“8 Weeks to Wellness” Orientation Workshop

2015-03-03 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Learn how the “8 Weeks to Wellness” program can change your health and reverse metabolic syndrome at this informational workshop. 6:30 p.m. Free. Back to Health Chiropractic, 42104 N. Venture Dr., Ste. A-102, 623-551-6677, More

Carefree Concert Series

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Community

Come to the heart of Carefree and dance to the sounds of some of the area’s best musicians. March performers include The Sahnas Brothers, March 1; Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee, March 8; The Sugar Thieves, March 15; Marmalade Skies, March 22; and Urban Electra, March 29. 1 p.m. Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., 480-488-3686, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29... More

Woodworking: A Family Creation

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Bryan Black - Blackswan Photographers
Everything in life starts small and grows into something bigger. We crawl before we walk. We ride a bike before we drive a car. The Pereida-Rice siblings built furniture before they built a business. Amras, Tristan, Kalen and Ashton Pereida-Rice run a first-generation family woodworking business on Camelback and 54th Avenue in Glendale. The four siblings create and build custom furniture in their workshop using quality wood and finely honed skills. Pereida-Rice Woodworking offers a fresh and innovative perspective on the art of woodworking.   Growing up, the siblings were constantly exposed to the talents of their father, who had a knack for crafting and building many things while his children were young. Considered a handyman around the house, the children recall him always fixing whatever he found broken. Over the years, the children would watch their father work and they were taught to do the same.   The siblings all took an early interest in building and crafting. Their father... More

Meet The Bachara Family

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Family

Eli Bachara has a bit of swashbuckling buccaneer in him. He proposed to his high school sweetheart, Alissa, at Disneyland on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Alissa, who is accustomed to Eli’s spontaneous humor, got nervous and began to reprimand Eli as he stood up mid-ride so he could get down on one knee to propose. She thought he was overzealous about getting a good picture and was afraid he would be kicked off the ride.   Eli and Alissa’s love story began when they were only 16 years old in a tiny Southern California town by the name of Tehachapi, where Eli’s cousin, Danielle, who was Alissa’s very close friend, introduced them. Alissa went to school at Antelope Valley College in California and she is currently a registered nurse certified in labor and delivery at Arrowhead Hospital. Eli went into the trades and currently owns his own business in Anthem called 3:23 Plumbing and Handyman Services, LLC. He has had a lot of success working with several different realtors in... More

Boulder Creek Bikers, Spiritline, and Soccer shine in fall

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

In the second season of the Arizona High School Cycling League, Boulder Creek High School finished ninth in the state out of 31 teams — the second straight top 10 finish for the BC bikers. Isaiah Martinez, the young club team’s top racer, was crowned sophomore state champion.   “We only had five riders this year and they all had great results,” said Paul Neal, one of the club team’s coaches. Another sophomore, Brenden Bengston, came in third in the state.   Two freshman boys also did well, with Will Drubka ranking 11th overall and Chase McCormick finishing 13th in the state.   “Natalee Skoubis was our only girl and in the freshman class,” said Neal. “She finished sixth in the state.”   Led by Martinez and Bengston, the BC wheels should be spinning fast when racing begins again in the fall.   “It should be an interesting year next season,” said Neal. “Every rider is returning to the team and we have a couple new student athletes who are planning on joining... More

A Miracle for Max Barnett

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Young Max Barnett is a beautiful boy with piercing, soulful blue eyes that draw in everyone who is lucky enough to know him. He is part of a beautiful, loving family who live in North Phoenix. Unless told, one might never know the pain that the Barnett family is harboring on a daily basis. Max was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Krabbe. At least four other families are dealing with Krabbe disease in Arizona.   Krabbe disease (also known as globoid cell leukodystrophy) is an inherited disorder that destroys the protective coating (myelin) of nerve cells in the brain and throughout the nervous system. It is a progressive degenerative disorder of the nervous system that affects approximately one in every 100,000 live births. Most patients with Krabbe disease (85 to 90 percent) have the infantile form. During the first few months of life, these children develop normally, but extreme irritability, spasticity and loss of developmental milestones soon become evident, typically... More

Cahava Springs: Building Upon the Principles of Frank Lloyd Wright

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Community

There’s a new community taking shape in Cave Creek that builds upon one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic principles: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”   Cahava Springs, a 982-acre master-planned community located just north of Carefree Highway, is set to begin construction this summer. Because of its pristine location nestled into the hills behind Cave Creek Regional Park, this project is one of the most environmentally sensitive major developments in the Phoenix metro.   To help maintain the land’s integrity, developers sought the help of those who could best interpret Wright’s tenet for nature: his students.   A Partnership In February 2014, the Cahava Springs Development Corp. (CSDC) entered into a licensing agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation that contracted Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, to design a series of homes for the first of five phases for Cahava Springs.   “The organic... More

Evan Shinners a variation of classical piano

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Music

He’s not quite a guitar-smashing rock star, yet miles from your stereotypical classical music performer. No wonder Time Out New York called him “a bona fide Bach star.”   Though catchy, that’s a bit simplistic. Evan Shinners is one complex artist, bringing everything from Rimbaud energy to a “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” casual genius to the symphony hall. He has been known to play two pianos at once, mixing his own compositions in with Beethoven and Bach and drawing in younger audiences with his mad performance style.   Yet there is a method to his madness, as this 28-year-old — somewhere between a wunderkind and seasoned professional — is not only wildly entertaining, but also seriously talented. As The New York Times raved after witnessing his contribution to a multi-disciplinary Museum of Modern Art piece, “Evan Shinners attacked the score with a bravura that might have pleased Liszt.”   Shinners, a native of Denver who attended the Juilliard School, will play... More

That's a Wrap! Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club Jewelry Classes

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Art

Photographers Ed Winbourne and Nancy Gallagher, the rockhounds in the Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club, have been on field trips to the desert and mountains for the past five years, collecting everything from geodes and Apache tears to amethyst and travertine.   Some of the rocks, such as petrified wood from Northern Arizona, can be displayed in a member’s yard or on a living room shelf. But gems such as peridot from the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, almandine garnets from Lion Springs — south of Wikieup — or other materials that members have tumble-polished present a different problem. Placing them on a shelf in a display case is one way to exhibit them, but their beauty calls for more than that; they need to be out in the world for more people to see and enjoy.   What to do with stones that have such special beauty? That was the question members of the Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club asked themselves as they accumulated more and more of them. Last summer,... More

Cruise the World's Most Scenic Waterways

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Travel

From April’s tulips to December’s Christmas markets, hundreds of riverboats glide along Europe’s historic rivers and canals, which span thousands of miles of Continental waterways connecting North Sea to Black Sea. The major rivers of the world are increasingly popular vacation destinations thanks to the growing trend of riverboat cruising, one of the best ways to explore inland Europe, visiting cities, towns and villages that big ships usually can’t access. Riverboat cruises offer an alternative to both ocean cruising and land-based bus tours, combining some of the best qualities of each.   Like their counterparts on ocean cruises, riverboat cruise passengers have the luxury of unpacking just once. However, rather than unbroken expanses of ocean water, river cruisers enjoy constantly changing scenery at a more leisurely pace from their cabin windows and balconies or from the top deck lying comfortably on a lounge chair with a glass of wine or coffee in hand as the countryside... More