Youth

2,000 Miles for Music

2015-08-03 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Arizona is a major draw to people all over the world for various reasons. The winter weather can’t be beat. Sedona and the Grand Canyon attract tourists year-round. But when 23-year-old Lauren Koeritzer decided to pick up her life in Damascus, Maryland and move to Arizona, she came for a very different reason.   Lauren grew up in a small suburban town and was always a very musically inclined child; her parents noticed she was always singing. She participated in the children’s choir at church and continued throughout school. Come high school, Lauren found that she wanted music to be a bigger part of her life.   Her love of performing stems from many years in gymnastics, during which she grew accustomed to performing and was comfortable on stage. She eventually found that musicals combined her love for the stage and her love for singing.   “I auditioned for the musical ‘Grease’ in 10th grade and was terrified of the audition,” Lauren shares. “On my application, I only... More

NVSO Auditions

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Audition for a number of string, wind and bass positions available for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season. Check northvalleysymphony.org/adult-orchestra/ for audition instructions and excerpts. Contact music director Kevin Kozacek to schedule at conductor@northvalleysymphony.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E. Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.... More

NVSO Youth Orchestra Auditions

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Youths skilled in string instruments can audition for North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, which plays in an honor orchestra setting and performs six times a season. Contact music director Kevin Kozacek to schedule at conductor@northvalleysymphony.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 3141 E. Beardsley Rd., #120, 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.... More

Air Jags: Johnson Plus Reed Equals Electric Season

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
It’s almost not fair for defenders facing Boulder Creek High School.   Not only are strong-armed quarterback Gunther Johnson and sure-handed receiver Troy Reed two of the most talented athletes in Arizona high school football, they’re also both exceptionally intelligent. Their physical skills and brains combined with a knack for one knowing what the other is about to do makes this an almost unstoppable duo — quite fitting for the Anthem high school, which values school achievements as much if not more than wins and losses.   After clicking often in a breakout and surprising 8-3 junior season, the childhood friends spent their summer working on routes and visiting prestigious East Coast campuses, which comes as no surprise to their coach, Brandon Willard.   “Troy and Gunther are both phenomenal students,” he said, noting that both are taking advanced placement classes that push their grade point averages above 4.0. “They’re outstanding student-athletes who want to play... More

NDP Football

2015-08-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
“What’s new?”   How many times do we ask — or get asked — that question? Usually, the answer to this most mundane query is an equally predictable, “Not much,” or “Same old, same old.”   Not so at Notre Dame Preparatory, where a flurry of “new” activity demands a complex and fascinating answer.   What’s new at NDP? A new football coach, new football uniforms (sponsored by Nike), new school uniforms (also sponsored by Nike) and a new football field, named in honor of an NDP legend and part of a sprawling sports complex.   Last month, a press release announced that NDP has signed a four-year, head-to-toe agreement with Nike and LIDS Team Sports products.   As the release states, “Nike will be the exclusive supplier of athletic uniforms, sports footwear, apparel and equipment beginning in the 2015-16 school year. In addition to the athletic gear, all NDP students will be decked out in new apparel, as Nike will become the provider of the NDP school uniform... More

Jubilate Violin Orchestra and Chorus Class Registration

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Register for free children’s violin and choir classes offered by Jubilate Violin Orchestra, which meet Saturdays from August 22 to December 5 and are taught by Laya Field, a classically trained violinist and opera singer. Classes are for beginning level violinists and singers at all levels. 9 a.m. Free. Christ Anglican Church, Dorothy McGinnis Hall, 35500 N. Cave Creek Rd., 480-993-6147 or 623-628-9709.... More

Musical Theatre of Anthem Auditions for “Shrek The Musical Jr.”

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Youth


Performers ages 6 to 18 years old can audition for a spot in Musical Theatre of Anthem’s upcoming production adapted from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, and can get a leg up on their audition by working with the production staff during a vocal audition preparation workshop held August 13 and 14 for $35. Check website for times and details. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.... More

ACC Teen Series: Amplif(i) – Coping with Stress, Overcoming Depression

2015-07-15 | ImagesAZ | Youth


This peer-to-peer prevention education program inspires positive life choices in youth through the sharing of real-life stories from the presenters themselves. Learn how youth have successfully recovered from depression and stress issues and how they positively cope today. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/acb-programs.... More

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