Youth

Lego Builder's Club

2016-07-28 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Children ages 4 and up will be excited to show off their skills at Desert Foothills Library’s monthly building club. To include both young and old builders, the library makes available both chunky and regular building blocks. Call to register. Free. 4-5 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, desertfoothillslibrary.org.... More

Story Time for Tots

2016-07-28 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: butterflywonderland.com
Two favorites collide for kids at Butterfly Wonderland: butterflies and story time. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 are invited to hear a special story read to them. Certified massage therapist Laurie Schaefer will also lead a pediatric massage instructional at the event. Free with admission. 10-11 a.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.... More

Phoenix Zoo’s Prowl and Play

2016-07-28 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: phoenixzoo.org
Calling all pirates and princesses! Phoenix Zoo will be taken over by enchanting fairytale princesses and the swashbuckling pirate Jolly Roger for a special meet-and-greet. The fun will continue with musical entertainment, animal encounters, water slides and more. $6, members; $8, general admission; free, children 2 and under. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org/event-items/prowl-and-play-2.... More

Superheroes of the Bible Summer Camp

2016-07-28 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: desertmissionumc.org
Children entering grades 1-6 will explore superheroes of the Bible with acting, singing, comic book art and much more! $60 per week. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Desert Mission United Methodist Church, 7373 E. Dixileta Dr., 480-595-1814, desertmissionumc.org.... More

NVSO’s Youth Orchestra Member Auditions

2016-07-07 | ImagesAZ | Youth


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Come audition to join the 2016-17 season of North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra. Advanced string players are encouraged to audition if they can attend weekly rehearsals and commit to the necessary practice. 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.... More

Casting Call for 13 The Musical

2016-07-06 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: MTA
Musical Theatre of Anthem is holding auditions for “13 The Musical,” a hilarious, coming-of-age story. Participants must be 12-15 years old. General vocal auditions, July 30; dance call, July 31. Check website for audition times. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org. ... More

Casting Call for Disney’s Aladdin KIDS

2016-07-05 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: MTA
Children ages 6-11 can audition for Musical Theatre of Anthem’s Disney's “Aladdin KIDS.” General vocal auditions, July 30; dance call, July 31. Check website for audition times. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org. ... More

Summer Performing Arts Institute

2016-07-03 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Musical Theatre of Anthem’s 2016 Summer Performing Arts Institute provides youth ages 6-18 with a two-week musical theater intensive where experienced instructors will teach them dance, tap, voice, acting and improv. $375. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.... More

Arizona Science Center Exhibit: The World of Giant Insects

2016-07-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Get ready to creep and crawl with giant insects at the Arizona Science Center. Each animated, gigantic insect has its own unique sequence of movement and sound, made possible with the latest robotic technology. See website for prices and times. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., azscience.org.... More

Camp Rising Star

2016-07-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Starlight Community Theater’s 2016 Camp Rising Star has two more summer sessions for youth wanting to explore theater. Session 2, held July 11-16, is for teens ages 13-18, while Session 3, held July 18-30, is for youth and teens ages 7-18. Check website for details. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 W. Whispering Wind Dr., 623-252-6815, starlightcommunitytheater.com.... More

Anthem’s Presidential Scholar: Calen Firedancing

2016-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Youth


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Writer Tom Scanlon   “The Greeks had a beautiful word for ‘vulgarity’; they called it apeirokalia, lack of experience in things beautiful,” wrote German-American political philosopher Leo Strauss. “Liberal education supplies us with experience in things beautiful.”   There is only one word for Calen Firedancing’s achievements at Glendale Preparatory Academy: beautiful.   Calen grew up in Anthem, but chose to follow his older brother, Kristoff, at Glendale Prep, seeking the kind of beauteous, liberal education recommended by Strauss (1899-1973).   “It’s a really unique school,” Calen says, shortly after graduation. “We read a lot of philosophy, which makes it different from most schools. It emphasizes the moral life, being a good person, doing community service. It’s about being a member of society. It’s enabled me to be one of most educated kids in America.”   And he has the award to prove that.   In May, U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced... More

Awarded: The Rotary Club of Anthem Annual Scholarships

2016-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Submitted Photo of Marcella Baietto and Ashley Jones
Writer Peni Long   The Rotary Club of Anthem recently awarded five $1,000 scholarships to North Valley high school students during their May graduation and recognition ceremonies. Chosen from a record number of applicants, this year’s recipients are Karley Pillsbury and Brionna Raum (Anthem Preparatory Academy), Marcella Baietto and Ashley Jones (Boulder Creek High School), and Andrew Yancy (Sandra Day O’Connor High School).   Each scholarship supports full-time enrollment at any accredited community college, trade school or four-year college or university for the 2016-17 academic year. Applicants were sought from the two public high schools serving Anthem, as well as from any Anthem senior attending a private or parochial high school in the region. School counselors help to identify qualified students and spread the word about the scholarship program.   It’s not an easy process. Each applicant is asked to submit information on academic standing (GPA 3.0 or above required),... More

Learning by Giving: Lexis Preparatory School

2016-06-12 | ImagesAZ | Youth


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Writer Shannon Severson   While the students at Scottsdale’s Lexis Preparatory School might not fit the mold of typical learners, they positively demolish the notion that being different precludes one from making a difference. In fact, the small but mighty group of 70 children is having an impact in their community and across the globe.   “One of our parents, Tyler Brossart, always says something that resonates with me about our purpose here at Lexis,” says head of school Bonnie Dougherty. “It’s that what we are trying to do is make our kids contributors rather than consumers. I love that quote. We want to engage them in learning by giving them the information, guiding their research and then allowing them to actually do something with what they learn.”   Lexis individually tailors its college preparatory curriculum for children who struggle with ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety and other mild to moderate learning disabilities, as well as autism and executive function deficits.... More