Sept. 13 - DAR Presents “If You Build It They Will Come”

2014-09-13 | ImagesAZ | Community

Daughters of the American Revolution, Ocotillo Chapter, welcomes speaker Claudia Cucitro of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the world’s first food bank. 9:30 a.m., Free. Outlets at Anthem Community Room #435, 4250 W. Anthem Way, 623-551-3764, More

Sept. 13-14 - Audition: MTA’s Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS

2014-09-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Kids ages 6-9 can audition for this adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning Magic Tree House book series. General vocal auditions are at 11 a.m. Saturday; dance call is at 10 a.m. Sunday. All who audition are cast. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, More

Sept. 11 - Budgeting and Financial Management for Families

2014-09-11 | ImagesAZ | Community

Work toward your family’s financial goals by learning how to gainfully use savings and checking accounts, credit and debit cards, and allocating funds for emergencies, college education and 401Ks. This is the first of five educational seminars. 6:30 p.m., Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6020, More

Bravo! Praise & Awards pour in for The Mucial Theatre of Anthem

2014-09-11 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Writer Tom Scanlon   “And the award goes to …. the Musical Theatre of Anthem!”   Another year, another batch of awards for the Musical Theatre of Anthem.   It would be tempting to say MTA is getting downright spoiled, until you consider the hard work that goes into a show and the philosophy that this Anthem youth gem follows.   MTA scored a stunning 12 National Youth Arts Awards (with an additional 50 nominations) for the 2013-14 season. The awards can be called “The Tony Juniors,” as NYA honors outstanding work by artistic kids across the nation. Award winners were honored at the Arizona West Valley ceremony at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts on July 20. More than 400 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from more than 130 different theaters in more than 60 cities.   MTA also scored big in ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence (a.k.a. “Zoni”) nominations. Jackie Hammond, who founded MTA with husband Jeff just six years ago, has turned... More

Sept. 10 - Foreign Language Film Festival – Hitler’s Children

2014-09-10 | ImagesAZ | Community

This documentary examines the lives of descendants from the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that permanently connects them to one of the greatest tragedies in history. 6:30 p.m., Free. Paradise Valley Community College, Center for Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-787-7738, More

A Community's Advisor: Ryan Rosenmeyer

2014-09-10 | ImagesAZ | Community

Writer Jenny Brooks   Financial advisors are tasked with setting up a financial future you can count on. Although it’s your money, you trust them to help you invest it. Which is why Ryan Rosenmeyer, financial advisor with Edward Jones, believes it’s important to consider how in tune they are with your goals.   “I approach my business from a ‘planning first’ perspective,” he says. “I want to get to know my clients so we can plan according to their goals. You don’t need a million dollars to start investing; even the richest people in the world had to start somewhere. It’s just important that you start and that you start with someone who understands what you need.”   Ryan knows a little something about diving in and getting started. He and his wife, Danielle, relocated to Arizona from Iowa in 2010. He’d been working for a financial division within Wells Fargo but was looking for a new challenge, and family contacts led him to Edward Jones.    After researching... More

Beating Breast Cancer: Young Survivors Tell Their Story

2014-09-09 | ImagesAZ | Community

Writer Peni Long   What happens in the aftermath of a breast cancer diagnosis? How do increasingly younger women deal with perhaps a deadly diagnosis? What are the keys to survival? These are the questions I set out to answer when I met with several members of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a support group sponsored in part by the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center.    The observations and stories shared in this piece are about finding the dreaded lump and fighting the aftermath of positive diagnosis, sometimes with laughter and always with honesty. They also reveal the importance of mutual support and the need to share experiences with those who are facing the same challenges. Although the focus is on breast cancer and how it is striking younger women, the lessons learned can apply to any age and any type of cancer. Finding the Lump: Do It Yourself Regular mammogram? Sure thing. It’s part of a prescribed regimen. But the person who knows your body best is you.... More

Restore and Habitat for Humanity: Working together for people and our planet

2014-09-08 | ImagesAZ | Community

Writer Peni Long   The ReStore in Anthem offers shoppers and donors the chance to do good work for those who need a helping hand, and to do “green work” by reusing, recycling and repurposing all manner of stuff. From art work and furniture to clothing, electronics, paint, screens, sinks and books, the ReStore provides a temporary home for discards, a source of inexpensive treasures for shoppers and funds for helping Habitat for Humanity build new homes for deserving families.    To add to the store’s contribution to the community, there are now DIY learning experiences scheduled to teach homeowners how to reuse, update or repurpose old treasures. According to ReStore’s manager, Chris Carillo, “We want to help people find and use old things in new ways and add value to the community while fulfilling our mission to support Habitat projects.” One hundred percent of store profits go to the Habitat organization, so as more people patronize the store and find usable goods,... More

Into the Fire Pit!

2014-09-07 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon   On a hot summer day, a batch of boys and girls were splashing around in the Anthem Community Center pool.   Sound fun? Well, they weren’t doing cannonballs or playing “Marco Polo,” they were swimming laps, back and forth, back and forth for two solid hours every day of the summer.   By the time early morning treadmillers, weight lifters, cross trainers and stationary bikers at the community center were getting a sweat started, these swimmers from the Anthem Dolphins club were halfway done with their workouts. Summer vacation? What summer vacation? The Dolphins spent their school break in the water, five days a week at 6:00 a.m.   But that’s not the toughest thing about being an Anthem swimmer, as these talented, dedicated kids will tell you. When school started, most of the Dolphins began swimming for the Boulder Creek High School team, and most planned to attend even earlier “optional” workouts before school, which begin at 5:30 a.m.   Being in... More

Sept. 6 - Run Boy Run

2014-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

The bluegrass sounds and vocal harmonies of Run Boy Run kick off a series of three free monthly concerts under the stars. Hosted by Paradise Valley Community College’s Center for Performing Arts. 6 p.m., Free. PVCC’s Outdoor Amphitheater, 34th St. and Union Hills, Phoenix, 602-787-7738, More

Sept. 6 - Brazilian Day Arizona Festival

2014-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Experience the diverse, historic and colorful culture of Brazil with more than 60 Brazilian musicians, dancers and performers, along with food, drinks and more. Presented by Afro:Baile. Noon. $5-$10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, More

Meet the Herrington Family

2014-09-06 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Karen Sophia Photography
Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque   Anthem resident Lori Herrington, a former preschool teacher who majored in child development, and her husband, Malcolm “Mac” Herrington, an ordained pastor and former U.S. Navy corpsman who served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, had no idea their education and experience would help prepare them for raising 11 children (seven adopted, four biological). Along with “Gramma,” Linda Conti, the Herrington household of 14 could be considered a small military squadron.   Originally from Buffalo, New York and Glendale, California, respectively, Lori and Malcolm met at their California church, Hosanna Christian Fellowship, in January 1992. It all began when Lori was late for a young adults and singles group outing. When she arrived, she found pastor, David Coleman, his wife and Mac leaving to see a movie.   “They invited me to go with them,” Lori says. “Under his breath, the pastor said, ‘I get to do the wedding!’ I thought I would... More

Sept. 5 - Lend Me a Tenor

2014-09-05 | ImagesAZ | Community

Desert Foothills Theater kicks off its 40th season with Ken Ludwig’s comedic farce about mistaken identity. Full of non-stop double entendre and sidesplitting hilarity, the play features a renowned Valley cast. Show runs through Sept. 14. $15-$32. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, 480-488-1981, More

Sept. 5 - Cave Creek Food Truck Round–Up

2014-09-05 | ImagesAZ | Community

The best gourmet food trucks in town saddle up to give you a night of great food, live music and events. 5 p.m. Wild West Mall, 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-575-0069, More

Celebrating 40 Years of Theatrical Success

2014-09-05 | ImagesAZ | Community

Writer Rebecca Zaner   It all started with a tent and a few dirt roads. In 1975, Anne and Carl Nusbaum traveled the streets of Carefree and Cave Creek with a dream and a passion to share the arts with their small, tight-knit community. Much like a traveling circus, they pitched a tent in the middle of town and put on a show. Their “traveling theater” came to be known as the town’s own Desert Foothills Theater (DFT), which now holds rehearsals at the FCF-Holland Community Center and performances at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.    The first show to appear under Anne and Carl’s tent was Night of January 16th, a murder mystery written by Ayn Rand. The Kiwanis Club of Carefree sponsored the show, and its success brought excitement to the town and locals, who eagerly awaited the next performance. The tent traveled from dirt roads to parking lots, through sunshine and thunderstorms, and continued to interest people from all walks of life.    Over the years, the... More