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NVSO Auditions

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Audition for a number of string, wind and bass positions available for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. Check northvalleysymphony.org/adult-orchestra/ for audition instructions and excerpts. Contact music director Kevin Kozacek to schedule at conductor@northvalleysymphony.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E. Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.... More

NVSO Youth Orchestra Auditions

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Youths skilled in string instruments can audition for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, which plays in an honor orchestra setting and performs six times a season. Contact music director Kevin Kozacek to schedule at conductor@northvalleysymphony.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E. Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.... More

Meet The Meyers Family

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Family


Photo Credit: Keri Meyers Photography
Former teachers David and Keri Meyers never imagined life outside of the education profession. Little did they know, teaching themselves a thing or two about their personal passions would lead to successful entrepreneurial careers.   The pair met in college as part of the education program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. David went on to teach high school English and Keri taught the fifth grade. After the birth of their oldest son, they realized they could not raise a family on two teacher salaries in Seattle.   Around that same time, Keri found herself smitten with her newborn and capturing every moment with her camera. Her love for photography began in high school and quickly grew the moment she became a mom. She began researching, perfecting and honing her photography craft. It quickly caught the attention of others. Before she knew it, she had opened up her own photography business.   “I fell in love with capturing newborns, children and... More

Air Jags: Johnson Plus Reed Equals Electric Season

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
It’s almost not fair for defenders facing Boulder Creek High School.   Not only are strong-armed quarterback Gunther Johnson and sure-handed receiver Troy Reed two of the most talented athletes in Arizona high school football, they’re also both exceptionally intelligent. Their physical skills and brains combined with a knack for one knowing what the other is about to do makes this an almost unstoppable duo — quite fitting for the Anthem high school, which values school achievements as much if not more than wins and losses.   After clicking often in a breakout and surprising 8-3 junior season, the childhood friends spent their summer working on routes and visiting prestigious East Coast campuses, which comes as no surprise to their coach, Brandon Willard.   “Troy and Gunther are both phenomenal students,” he said, noting that both are taking advanced placement classes that push their grade point averages above 4.0. “They’re outstanding student-athletes who want to play... More

#FoodforFido

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration


It was 14-year-old Sabrina Seifert’s attendance at a local community meeting last year that alerted her to the fact that supplies for Anthem Pets were running low. The discovery led Sabrina to suggest to her mom that she initiate a pet food drive through their mother-daughter community group, Believe in Anthem AZ. The drive was such a success that they are planning for an even more successful sequel this year.   Last year, the group collected 575 pounds of dog and cat food, 30 cans of wet cat food and treats and 155 pounds of cat litter thanks to the many community members who donated, as well as PostNet, who graciously made space for the donated items.   According to Anthem Pets volunteer Lisa Kilwein, the food is collected from PostNet periodically and delivered to a central location in Anthem, where volunteers repackage the food into 5-gallon bags.   “A large portion of the food is donated to families in the area with financial needs,” she said. “It’s amazing how many... More

Swinging With Precision

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
For most, the game of golf is measured by distance. Golfers select the tee they play based on the length of the course, as listed on the scorecard. Each hole has a tee plate denoting the distance to the hole, and sprinkler heads marked with yardages are littered all over the course as reminders of the distance yet to travel.   Golfers talk in yards, feet and inches, describing the length of their best drive, the proximity of their approach and the chagrin of a missed putt. Even the great Bobby Jones used a unit of measurement when he described the game as being played on a five-inch course, the distance between one’s ears.   Mike Tomas is a golfer, but one who measures the game by more than distance alone. As a master club fitter, Mike sees golf in terms of swing speed, angle of attack, set makeup, swing weight, shaft droop, shaft profile, loft, lie and dispersion rates. His evaluation of the game is far more precise than that of the average golfer; he talks in tenths of a degree,... More

Down & Dirty with Anthem's Mud Mama

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
At 53 years old, Gale Walker is doing anything but entering quietly into her golden years. While her peers contemplate the slow, easy pace of retirement and empty nests, this mom of seven (with her third grandchild on the way) is on a whole different course — and it’s as muddy and dirty as it gets!   In her fifth decade, “Granny Gale” decided to not only take up running as a sport; she’s taken to obstacle course races — mud runs — and intends to set a world record in the popular Spartan race series. Her goal: to complete the most trifectas in her age group in a calendar year. That’s a combination of a five-mile, a 10-mile and a 15-mile race. She’s already done three trifectas and has four more to do before 2015 ends. Secretly, though, she confides that she’d really like to do nine this year.   Her growing strength and her humility are an inspiration to her children and grandchildren, as well as those who hear her story.   “Let’s get one thing clear,” says... More

Sustainable Roadtrip

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Community


Whether you prefer to patronize green businesses or are simply up for a road trip, pack this list of sustainable stops with you. According to the World Tourism Organization, destinations like these are managed for economic, social and aesthetic needs in a way that maintains the cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems of the area.   Sleep Flagstaff Nordic Center’s Off-Grid Getaways is an unplugged, low-to-no carbon print resort comparable to glamping (glamorous camping), sans the planning, packing and lugging of gear and food. Located 15 miles from downtown on Forest Service campgrounds, the center rents nightly yurts and cabins year-round.   Purists can request the Eco-Hideaway, a fully self-contained cabin not connected to utility lines. Electricity is generated through solar- and wind-generating systems, rainwater is collected and filtered for house use and heat is provided via a propane fireplace and heaters.   From May... More

Meet The Satran Family

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Family


Entrepreneurs have long lived by the motto, “See a need, fill a need!” The Satrans took this concept and turned it into a family business: Doughlicious.   Victoria Satran, who was born in Hungary, first visited Arizona as an exchange student during her senior year of high school — and decided to stay. She met her husband-to-be, Michael, an Arizona native, through her host family in Sedona.   Before getting married, Victoria earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and international marketing from Northern Arizona University (NAU). She continued her education at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Michael also studied at NAU and holds a real estate salesperson license.   The Satrans have two young daughters, Isabella (Bella), who is 7 years old and attends Desert Sun Academy, and Vivienne (Vivi), who is 19 months old. Both girls love to dance; Bella has been with Centre Stage Dance Studio in Scottsdale since she was 3 years old and competed with the studio... More

NDP Football

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
“What’s new?”   How many times do we ask — or get asked — that question? Usually, the answer to this most mundane query is an equally predictable, “Not much,” or “Same old, same old.”   Not so at Notre Dame Preparatory, where a flurry of “new” activity demands a complex and fascinating answer.   What’s new at NDP? A new football coach, new football uniforms (sponsored by Nike), new school uniforms (also sponsored by Nike) and a new football field, named in honor of an NDP legend and part of a sprawling sports complex.   Last month, a press release announced that NDP has signed a four-year, head-to-toe agreement with Nike and LIDS Team Sports products.   As the release states, “Nike will be the exclusive supplier of athletic uniforms, sports footwear, apparel and equipment beginning in the 2015-16 school year. In addition to the athletic gear, all NDP students will be decked out in new apparel, as Nike will become the provider of the NDP school uniform... More

Bartlett Lake: Right In Your Backyard

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration


Being confined to a wheelchair has never stopped Bryan Church from chasing his dreams. Little did he know how big of a leap his dreams would take after a trip to Arizona.   “My brother and I decided to make a trip to Arizona to watch the Cleveland Indians spring training in Tucson in 1980,” he said.   Someone told them about Bartlett Lake, the best kept secret in Arizona, according to Church, and they decided to trek up to Phoenix and check it out.   The lake is the last reservoir on Verde River and fed by a 7,500-square-mile watershed located south of Flagstaff. It heads over east of Payson and the Mogollon Rim and west near Prescott. Back then, the last seven miles of the road to Bartlett were unpaved.   “I just got this vision,” said Bryan, as he described the marina he had pictured in his head the moment he “laid wheels” on the shoreline. So he went home, grabbed his typewriter and wrote a letter to the United States Forest Service about his idea. Three months... More

Flamenco and Fashion

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Enjoy an evening of flamenco and fashion with this event supporting the El Samaritano Equestrian Center and featuring a special appearance by Inspiration Flamenca and fashions sported by Daisy Blue, Pretty Please, Kimes Ranch jeans, Four Peaks Amethyst and more. 6:15-10 p.m. $25 per adult; children under 12 free. El Samaritano Equestrian Center, 28345 N. 84th St., facebook.com/elsamaritanoequestriancenter, 206-604-3034.... More

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra Auditions

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


All are welcome to audition for ProMusica Arizona’s 2015-16 concert season. Vocalists should be able to read music and have experience in choral singing. Instrumentalists need to have an intermediate or advanced skill level. Contact artistic director Adam Stich for an appointment at astich@pmaz.org. 7-9 p.m. Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, 20125 N. 15th Ave., pmaz.org, 623-326-5172.... More

Anthem Youth Advisory Council’s Teen Movie Night: “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story”

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Community


Anthem’s teens are invited to get together for a friendly tournament of dodgeball before settling in for a viewing of the PG-13 movie “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story,” starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. 7 p.m. Free. Anthem Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, onlineatanthem.com/AYAC, 623-742-6050.... More

Jubilate Violin Orchestra and Chorus Class Registration

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Register for free children’s violin and choir classes offered by Jubilate Violin Orchestra, which meet Saturdays from August 22 to December 5 and are taught by Laya Field, a classically trained violinist and opera singer. Classes are for beginning level violinists and singers at all levels. 9 a.m. Free. Christ Anglican Church, Dorothy McGinnis Hall, 35500 N. Cave Creek Rd., 480-993-6147 or 623-628-9709.... More