Musical Theatre of Anthem Auditions

2014-10-22 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Audition for roles in MTA’s upcoming productions: “The Diary of Anne Frank” (ages 13 to adult) and their 2014 holiday show (ages 9 to 19). Registration materials available online. 11 a.m. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, More

A Taste of Fall

2014-10-22 | ImagesAZ | Community

Get a taste of fall by sampling local wine, beer and whiskey paired with appetizers. Proceeds benefit Rotary Club of Anthem charities. 6 p.m. $30 per person or $50 for two people. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-551-5457, More

Mind Quest Lecture Series: A New Look at Old Faces with Dr. Britton Shepardson

2014-10-21 | ImagesAZ | Art

Archaeologist and author Dr. Britton Shepardson discusses the mysteries surrounding Easter Island. 7-8:30 p.m. $18 FCF members; $20 non-members. FCF Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St.... More

Cinematic Reflections on the Cold War Era: An American Ism: Joe McCarthy

2014-10-21 | ImagesAZ | Community

Trace the evolution of the Cold War from its genesis after WWII to its conclusion in 1991 with a series of documentary films and discussions held the third Tuesday of each month. 5-7 p.m. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, More

TRRFCC Fall "Fun-Raiser"

2014-10-20 | ImagesAZ | Community

Support TRRFCC Horsemanship with an all-u-can-eat chuckwagon dinner and silent auction. Plenty of fun for the whole family. 5-8 p.m. $15. Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse, 6811 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-272-0929, ... More

Cabaret Series: Charles Lewis & Shannon Wallace

2014-10-19 | ImagesAZ | Art

Relish an evening of Broadway favorites and jazz greats with the smooth sounds of cabaret duo Charles Lewis and Shannon Wallace. 6-9 p.m., $40 (includes appetizers, wine and show). Venues Café, 34 Easy St., 480-488-1090, More

NVSO's Cool Tropical Nights

2014-10-18 | ImagesAZ | Community

North Valley Symphony Orchestra opens its 2014-2015 concert season with this musical performance featuring Gottschalk’s A Night in the Tropics, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Gould’s Latin-American Symphonette and Chabrier’s España. 7 p.m. $5. North Canyon High School, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, More

"A Handshake is Enough" Book Launch

2014-10-18 | ImagesAZ | Art

Artist Marless Fellows’ first book, A Handshake is Enough, combines 36 of her original art works with poetry by nationally known cowboy poets. Celebrate the book’s release with music, refreshments and poetry presentations by Gary Penney. 5-8 p.m. Saddle Up Gallery, 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. 3B, 480-488-9303, ... More

Cars for Charity

2014-10-18 | ImagesAZ | Community

Get your motor running with this festival featuring more than 150 antique, muscle, hot-rod and custom cars. Proceeds benefit various church and Knights of Columbus charities. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., More

Rhapsody School of Music

2014-10-14 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Jenny Brooks   The North Gateway has a music school of its very own. Rhapsody School of Music, opened on September 1, 2013 by Brian and Angie Benson, is the only school or store of its kind serving the area. It provides music education to persons of all ages in private and group music lessons and is an authorized dealer in name brand instruments. It also provides great rock band and Kindermusik programs and features a new on-site recording studio.   “We started with a great foundation and worked really hard building a brand families needed that was locally owned and operated,” says Brian. “We have unbelievably gifted musicians teaching wonderful students and are grateful for the families we see every week who choose to be involved with our business. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished in just one year.”   He adds, “To see a person walking out with an instrument they’ll treasure forever is something special to be part of. For us, it’s the relationships... More

Wheels are Turning for Bike Season Two

2014-10-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Paul Neal
Writer Tom Scanlon     It’s strange, in a way: Why hasn’t this sport taken off?   For generations, American kids have loved riding bikes, from the Schwinn generation to the current mountain bikers. Yet biking has never really been a popular organized sport in this country, especially at the high school level, where athletic kids might ride their bikes to practice and then focus on football, basketball or volleyball.   That might be changing, though. Last year, the Arizona High School Cycling League had its first season. It was almost an instant success, with 208 student athletes from 31 teams competing in the inaugural season.   A Boulder Creek team was right there from the beginning, not only taking part in the competition, but also establishing itself as one of the best teams, finishing sixth in the state.   You won’t find the BC team listed on the high school’s athletics website, as the bike squad is a “club” team, not officially affiliated with the... More

Happy Accidents: Kickin' Down Walls of Sound in Anthem

2014-10-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Michele Celentano
Tom Scanlon     It’s just another quiet Sunday afternoon north of Phoenix, and in one gated community the residents of a modern, spacious home are enjoying an informal family day.   The teenage boys are working on their project, the parents are watching appreciatively … and Anthem may never be the same.   Happy Accidents is what the Droban boys call a “progressive hard rock trio.” They crank out thundering, downhill racer-paced songs inspired by great rock bands: Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and even a few bands from the 2000s (think Muse).   Though Happy Accidents hasn’t yet shattered any windows or set off car alarms, they are loud. And, more importantly, they are good, playing technically advanced riffs that belie their ages.   Guitarist-singer-lyricist Sergei Droban, a sophomore at Boulder Creek High, is 15 years old. The John Bonham Jr.-like figure crushing the drums is Sergei’s kid brother D’mitri, a 13-year-old 8th grader... More

Tour de Scottsdale

2014-10-12 | ImagesAZ | Community

Bike riders of all types can traverse a 30-mile or 70-mile citizens ride throughout picturesque North Scottsdale. Proceeds benefit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 6:30 a.m. Check website for registration fees. Market Street in DC Ranch, 480-998-7971, ... More

Boulder Creek Girls Look to Follow Boy's Volleyball Success

2014-10-12 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon   The Boulder Creek Lady Jags girls’ volleyball team reached 20-plus wins in three seasons under Sara Wildman, highlighted by a 25-13-1 record in 2010.   Last year, Troy Dueling took over as coach, and the season started … well, it wasn’t quite a train wreck, but it was pretty bad. The Lady Jags lost their first four matches under Dueling by a combined score of 10-1.   Finally, against Dobson, the BC girls gave Dueling his first victory. The rest of the season was up and down, with a few wins followed by a couple losses. Though the Lady Jags finished the season under .500, it was hardly as disastrous as it seemed at the beginning. So, a losing record. No big deal, like the Katy Perry song goes, right? Then again, last year could be a stepping stone toward a very big deal, if Dueling’s plan comes to fruition.   After finishing the girls’ season, Dueling went on to coach the boys’ volleyball team in the spring – and he coached them all the way to a... More

Meet the Inez Family

2014-10-10 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Michele Celentano
Writer Barb Evans     French fries. That’s what prevented Torrey and Christina Inez from going on their dream honeymoon. Already married for two years, the couple had yet to take the traditional holiday when Christina came up with an idea to audition for an episode of “The Newlywed Game.” The grand prize? A honeymoon trip to Spain.   The California couple made it onto the show after three auditions and a cancellation by another couple. Before going into the final bonus round, host Bob Eubanks asked the question: “What was the last French food you ate?”   “We had just eaten at a restaurant and had French toast,” says Christina. “I thought we had it in the bag.”   “It was my fault, of course,” admits Torrey. “I answered ‘French fries.’ We actually got the bonus round question correct and that put us in the lead. All we needed was the last couple to get it wrong and we were headed to Spain, but they got it right and we lost by five points.” Sixteen years... More