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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 www.newcomersclubofscottsdale.com  ... 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.   www.dfla.org... 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.   www.brighterbeginningspreschool.com... 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

Thank You from Anthem Giving Circle

2014-07-02 | ImagesAZ | Community


Anthem Giving Circle members would like to thank those who helped to raise $4,675 toward a wheelchair van for the VanderMeulen family. The group held a 50/50 raffle during the Anthem Country Club men’s annual dual in the Desert Golf Tournament and is grateful for those who contributed for such a good cause. Sarah VanderMeulen has an extremely rare genetic condition that, among other things, has left her immobile and dependent on a wheelchair. Now that she is getting bigger, her family is desperately in need of a wheelchair-accessible van that is large enough to transport her and her two older brothers. The winner of the raffle, Champ, graciously contributed his 50 percent to help raise the total amount of funds donated to Sarah. The results exceeded the expectations of Anthem Giving Circle members, and they could not be more excited. The Anthem Giving Circle is a social non-profit group that contributes money to neighbors in need. Members of the Giving Circle pool their time,... More

Music in the Pines

2014-07-02 | ImagesAZ | Community


Conveniently enough, just as the North Scottsdale/Cave Creek music scene starts to go into a heat-induced hibernation, the music festival season in Prescott starts blowing up like a Fourth of July firecracker.   Can you imagine sitting outside listening to music in July? It might not be too fun from Chandler to Anthem, with the temperature above 100 degrees long after sundown. But here in Prescott – pronounced “press-kit” by locals – summers are all about outdoor fun, as July temperatures in the mile-high city usually top out around 90, with a quick cool-down at dusk.   And this town of 40,000 loves to hear music filling the mountain air. The City of Prescott sponsors a summer concert series every night except Sundays and Mondays. At the courthouse plaza downtown, in addition to movie screenings on Wednesday nights, there will be jazz bands on Tuesdays, a “Prescott Idol” competition on Thursdays and country-blues-rockers on Fridays and Saturdays.   While there is music... More

Standing Proud in Cave Creek

2014-07-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Last year when the Town of Cave Creek put out an open call for artwork for two strategic gateways into the town, town officials had no way of knowing that the search would not take them far. Sonoran Arts League artist and Cave Creek resident Mark Carroll, whose work includes several styles of outstanding sculptures created from stone, wood and metals, submitted the winning proposal: two identical stainless steel horses that stand about 13 feet tall on a base made of complementary rust-colored steel and sandstone. His concept was chosen over 17 other submissions proposed by other talented artists.   Much to the delight of town residents, the sculptures were unveiled to the public June 10 and now stand proudly at entrances on the east side of Cave Creek Road, approximately six tenths of a mile south of Carefree Highway, and on the north side of Cave Creek Road, 100 feet west of Scopa Trail. They are beautiful testaments to the heritage and history of this corner of North Phoenix, where... More

July 5: Judy Collins in Concert

2014-07-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


  Folk music doesn’t produce stars bigger than Judy Collins. For nearly 50 years, she has been performing and recording folk, pop, and art music. Take a walk down memory lane with Collins July 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. A classical piano prodigy, Collins turned to folk music early on, embracing the social and musical elements of the movement. Her performances since the mid-1970s have balanced her original material with her other hits and gems by artists such as the Beatles and Harry Chapin — all showcases for her haunting, focused voice. Ticket prices are $52.50-$72.50 and are available online.   480-478-6000 www.mim.org... More