Youth

Desert Life After Dark

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Youth


You don’t need to be an early bird to catch the bloom. Thanks to Desert Botanical Garden’s Flashlight Tours, night owls may see Peniocereus greggii, also known as Arizona Queen of the Night, one of many night-blooming cacti on the tour that dons its flowers while most people sleep, only to hide them away with the scorch of the sun. These cacti are among the countless plants, insects and animals that light up the desert nightlife each Sonoran summer.   Grab your flashlight and head to the Garden to see, hear and feel the desert night on this self-paced stroll along the Desert Discovery Loop Trail. Recommended for families and children of all ages, a summer date or even a birthday party, the tour offers a chance to experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert after dusk. Additional discovery stations vary by night, each with a unique, close-up look at agave, saguaro, insects, geckos, lizards, snakes, night birds, bats, tarantulas, scorpions, frogs, toads and other... More

Anthem Filmmaker Blossoming at USC

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Youth


INTERIOR BAR – NIGHT 1   Jonah sits at the bar scribbling a plan on a piece of paper. A book and the name Iris are written on the paper. Penny walks up.   PENNY I hear they call you the Architect. That you plan out the perfect cons.   JONAH You’ve got the wrong guy.   Jonah starts to get up.   PENNY Yeah, I didn’t believe a word of what they said. You don’t seem like a real con artist to me.   Jonah turns back to her.   JONAH I am a real con artist. I can make anything happen, anytime I want.   PENNY Prove it. Rob this bar.   Welcome to “CON,” from the percolating mind of young Amy Suto. As she introduces herself on her website, amysuto.com, “I’m a caffeine connoisseur, thriller enthusiast and a screenwriting BFA at the University of Southern California.”   There’s a saying that goes, “a writer writes,” meaning it’s easy to talk about being a writer, another thing to actually set your mind to it and do it. But Suto, who was raised in Anthem and now... More

BC Tennis Star Learns Ace Lessons from His Father

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Raise your hand if you wish you had Tyler Pham’s problem: “I’m too skinny.”   He said this, in all sincerity, after rallying from mid-season doldrums to charge through the early rounds of the state high school tennis tournament.   Pham, a Boulder Creek High School junior, made it to the quarterfinal match with a tough three-set victory over Freddie Wentling of Hamilton High School, the No. 8 seed in the tournament. (Victories are declared when one player wins two sets; the first to win six games wins the set.)   Pham then faced off against Horizon High School’s Jarod Hing, the top seed who had not lost a single game after dominating his first two opponents. Pham battled to win three games against Hing, but lost 6-2, 6-1. That was the same score that Hing would ring up the next day in winning the state title. Since Hing won his semifinal match 6-0, 6-1, Pham can take consolation in knowing that he won as many games against Hing as anyone else. Even so, Pham knows he has a... More

ACC Teen Series: Kaity’s Way – Healthy Relationships

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Youth


The family of Kaitlyn (Kaity) Marie Sudberry, a Moon Valley High School student who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2008, leads this presentation on violent relationships in hopes of preventing others from facing the same tragedy. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/acb-programs.... More

Teddy Bear Tea

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bears dressed in their best teatime attire to enjoy tea, treats and a story read by Goldilocks. Reservations required. 3-5 p.m. Adults, $25; children, $15; bears, free. English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., 480-488-4812, carefreetea.com.... More

ACC Teen Series: Unleash Your Inner Power

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Motivational speaker AJ Adams delivers an influential message of recognizing the power individuals have within them to overcome any obstacle. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/acb-programs.... More

ACC Teen Series: Stay Sharp Drug Prevention

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Youth


In this hard-hitting, high-energy presentation, teens learn about the destructiveness of drug and alcohol abuse by hearing the stories of other teens who found out the hard way that using drugs and alcohol come with serious consequences. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/acb-programs.... More

MIMkids: Musical Adventures Series

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Pick up your MIMkids Passport and embark on a musical journey with MIMkids Musical Adventures Series, an educational program designed for kids ages 6–10. Participants will discover new cultures by actively participating in music making, creating musical instruments and exploring MIM’s exhibits. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12 per class. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, MIM.org.... More

MTA Summer Workshop: “School House Rock LIVE! Jr.”

2015-06-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


“School House Rock,” the Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon, comes to life in this full-scale, no-cut production for ages 8 to 14 offered in a summer workshop format. Workshop runs June 8-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; final performances run June 19-21. Check website for show times and to register. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.... More

Deer Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School

2015-06-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Extend your child’s religious education and help them conquer everyday challenges with God’s might and power with this summer’s “Everest” themed vacation bible school for children ages 4 to 12. 9 a.m.-noon. Deer Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church, 220 W. Union Hills Dr., 623-581-1198, deervalley.org.... More

Brighter Dreams: Local Dancers Look Forward to the Future

2015-06-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Sam Paul
For hundreds of local dancers, Dynamic Motion Dance Academy (DMDA) has launched his or her own personal journey through the expression of dance. This year marks the 15th anniversary of dance at DMDA, and many of the academy’s students have come together to celebrate the success of their beloved dance studio.   Born and raised in Phoenix, studio owner Tiffany Rollins has spent her entire life dancing. She began lessons at the age of three and, once introduced, she never stopped.   Tiffany graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in performance and choreography. She spent her performing career dancing with Center Dance Ensemble, Showstoppers, Dance FX and AzDance Group. She also had the opportunity to train with prestigious organizations such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Company throughout her career. She is currently a wife and mother to a 12-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.   Tiffany has owned her own dance studio for 15... More

Josh The Otter

2015-06-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Sam Paul
Sometimes significant events happen in our lives that bring us to our knees and render us helpless. Times like those also seem to present the greatest opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.   Such was the case with the death of young Joshua Collingsworth, son of Kathy and Blake Collingsworth of Lincoln, Nebraska. The scenario itself is so common, particularly in Arizona; it is almost a cliché. A beautiful day by the pool spent with family and friends – a moment or two lapses when each parent mistakenly believes that the other is watching their child, until someone says the words, “Where is ….”   The day this happened to the Collingsworth family changed their lives forever. Little Joshua was found floating in the pool, and after spending three days on life support at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, his parents made the agonizing decision to remove the machines that were keeping him alive.   To honor little Joshua, the Collingsworths created the Joshua... More