Notre Dame Prep Wins Awards at Student Government Convention

2014-04-13 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

The Notre Dame Preparatory (NDP) Student Government Association was honored at the state convention for the Arizona Association of Student Councils in downtown Phoenix. NDP won the Outstanding Council of Distinction award and a Gold Level award for its charitable contributions to Heifer International during Catholic Schools Week in 2013. Heifer International is a non-profit organization working in 30 countries around the world to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. The charity promotes economic development through the use of animals, clean water, women’s empowerment, education and sustainable farming. Approximately 2,000 students representing 168 Arizona high schools participated in the conference.  ... More

Hospice of the Valley Offers Grief Support Group in Anthem

2014-04-07 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

  Hospice of the Valley is offering a new drop-in grief support group in Anthem. The group meets 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month through June 3 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way. There is no fee and participants may attend whenever they wish. Support groups are open to adults 18 and older who have experienced a loss through death. The agency’s bereavement counselors address a range of topics, including dealing with loneliness, understanding the grieving process, adjusting to life without the loved one, taking next steps and finding meaning and reinvesting in life.   602-530-6970... More

Extreme Home Makeover: Traditional to Contemporary Southwest

2014-04-07 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Jenn Korducki Krenn Photographer Bryan Black The year was 2011, and the Arizona real estate market was near rock bottom. It was a buyer’s paradise full of short sales, foreclosures and properties priced too low to pass up. Yet when Kelli Caster and her husband, Greg, decided to leave behind the overcast skies of London to spend Christmas in sunny Scottsdale, the last thing they expected to bring back across the pond was the key to a home more than 5,200 miles away.   “We had rented a house in Desert Mountain and were looking forward to warm weather and plenty of golf,” Kelli says. “On a whim, we decided to look at homes in the neighborhood.” The couple toured five properties, but only one had a personality compelling enough to capture their attention. With a floor-to-ceiling adobe brick interior and colorful turquoise accents throughout, the house was an authentic representation of desert Southwest style.   For Greg, it was love at first sight. For Kelli, it... More

April 5: MTA Casting Call for Aristocats Kids

2014-04-03 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for their upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats Kids,” April 5. The award-winning theatre will cast all who audition, ages 6-9. Rehearsals begin April 10, with performances taking place May 15-18. Vocal auditions will be held April 5 at 10 a.m. Dance call is April 6 at 10 a.m., with callbacks at 11:30 a.m. Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals will be held at MTA’s performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way in Anthem. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment CD or iPod to sing with; you may also sing a capella if needed. Registration materials (available on the website) should be completed prior to arrival. Audition preparation classes will be held April 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MTA. During this 90-minute session, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and more. Cost for... More

Right to the Heart

2014-04-03 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Tom Scanlon   How to stay young? If you’re thinking miracle creams or injections, good luck with that. The Fountain of Youth is a terrific idea – if you can find it. One safe, exciting, satisfaction-guaranteed way to stay young is to start a new life every decade or two, à la Francesca Evans, actress-turned-mom-turned-interior-designer-turned charity worker – and now, in her latest life, singer.   If you didn’t know a thing about Francesca, and only heard her sing the likes of “Love is a Long Lonely Road” and “He Don’t Live Here No More,” there are two things about this soulful singer that would surprise (if not shock) you. To begin, she’s English – as in the Queen’s own; and second, despite her penchant for broken-hearted country songs, she’s been happily married for 30-some years.   She performs woeful ballads and tunes – “with an American accent,” she adds with a giggle. Her native London has for decades dominated rock music, but is hardly... More

March 30: Scottsdale North Rotary Hosts Wine Tasting for FAR

2014-03-28 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

  The Scottsdale North Rotary Club is sponsoring a wine tasting fundraiser for the Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) March 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Vino 100 in Tuscany Village Center, 30835 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Enjoy wine, appetizers, and music by the popular group The New Deal while raising funds for FAR, a cage-free, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that saves lives through rescue, care and adoption of homeless cats and dogs. Tickets are $20 per person, $35 per couple and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Checks should be made payable to Foothills Animal Rescue.   480-595-0697  ... More

March 29: MIM Curator’s Choice Lecture: Ritual Musical Instruments

2014-03-27 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

  Join Manuel Jordán, chief curator and director of collections at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), for this short, informal lecture as he highlights the use of a variety of musical instruments in the context of divination and healing among Central African peoples. The lecture will take place March 29 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MIM, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. It is free with museum admission. Jordán will present specific cases to illustrate how music and musical instruments become strategic devices in the process of redressing illness and misfortune. Among different Central African groups, divination is viewed as a process through which individuals with extraordinary knowledge attempt to find solutions to the problems of others. Learn how a diviner and/or healer aims to create order out of disorder and, through the use of divination and musical instruments, has the ability to identify an agent of misfortune and recommend actions toward resolution of... More

March 29: Victorian Tea at Pioneer Village

2014-03-27 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

  Please join the lady volunteers of Pioneer Village, 3901 W. Pioneer Rd. in Phoenix, in a centuries-old tradition of Victorian Tea March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A Victorian-era fashion show will also be presented. Ticket cost of $30 provides admission to the village and a seat at the tea party where delectable finger foods will be served along with tea and desserts, and a narrated trolley ride through the Pioneer Living History Museum. All profits will be used for the preservation and upkeep of Pioneer Village. All tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Children must be eight years or older to attend. Victorian fashion (hats, gloves, pretty dresses, tail coats, vests, etc.) is optional, or ladies, wear your fanciest tea hat!   623-465-1052  ... More

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Support Groups Available

2014-03-25 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

  Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease can often leave otherwise strong people and their caregivers or loved ones feeling overwhelmed, angry or alone. Support groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns and information and as a way of supporting and encouraging each other. A Parkinson’s support group meets the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. until noon at Desert Mission United Methodist Church, 7373 E. Dixileta Dr. at the southeast corner of Dixileta and Scottsdale Road. At each meeting, a guest speaker gives a presentation followed by a time of questions and answers. In addition, an Alzheimer’s support group held its first meeting March 12 at the church and will meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This support group is sponsored by the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Both these meetings are open to everyone. No registration is required and there is no cost to... More

March 23: Arizona Musicfest’s “A Touch of Class” Musicale

2014-03-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

  What could signal spring more than a beautiful string ensemble, the Tetra Quartet, performing an intimate concert on the tiered garden patio of a charming home at The Boulders! The Arizona Musicfest “A Touch of Class” Musicale March 23 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. recreates a full traditional high tea in the garden. Delicious scones with all the scrumptious accompaniments, tea sandwiches of delightful varieties, and a full dessert selection catered by Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room are all part of the musical event. Feel free to wear your favorite garden party hat, or for the gentlemen, a straw boater or cap could be a festive accoutrement! (White gloves not required.) Limited seating provides the ultimate musical and dining experience, so reserve early so you won’t be left out. Tickets are $80 per person. Hosts and co-hosts have generously covered all Musicale-related expenses, allowing the ticket price to fully support Arizona Musicfest’s annual festival, youth education... More

March 22: Free Skin Care, Health & Fitness Evaluations and Pain Relief Demos

2014-03-20 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

  Bodywork for Life and Fusion Skin Care are hosting an open house in their new north Scottsdale location in The Peaks Corporate Park at 7629 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 118 in Scottsdale March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. The experienced Bodywork for Life staff will be offering complimentary postural analysis, strength and fitness assessments, and demonstrations of unique pain relief methods. Fusion Skin Care will also be available. Esthetician Paula Ridley will be giving demonstrations of her unique ultrasonic facials, as seen on “The Doctors,” and talking about her specialty line of natural skin care products. Learn how these treatments and products can effectively treat dry skin, hyper-pigmentation, acne and rosacea. We will be offering demonstrations of frequency-specific micro-current, equipment-based Pilates and movement therapy, and therapeutic exercises created by famed author of “Pain Free,” Pete... More

Rockhounding in the North Valley

2014-03-17 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Writer Ed Winbourne Photos by Nancy Gallegher and Ed Winbourne   What do you do when you have an interest in geology, gems, minerals or rocks, or just want to understand how the mountains were formed, why some are tilted, or why mesas have flat tops? Do you buy a book, take a class, or join a club if there is one in your area?   Lucky for those of us in the North Valley a club exits where you can go on field trips to collect geodes, garnets, Apache tears and amethyst as well as learn about Arizona’s geologic history. That club is the Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club (DMRMC).   At the club’s monthly meetings, members hear presentations from retired geologists who are club members, as well as from graduate students and professors from ASU. In addition to professional speakers, a number of knowledgeable hobbyists with experience in everything from gold prospecting to rock swapping share what they have learned. Anyone can join the club, and like current members Dan Janko, Ginny... More