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  • Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill closing Mesa

    Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill will close its Mesa location and move to a new spot in Phoenix.Bar parent company Boomtown Entertainment announced in a statement it will close the Mesa spot located in Riverview and reopen it on High Street in North Phoenix in November.“In efforts of focusing on Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill as a premier dining and entertainment venue, we made a business decision to close our Mesa location,” said Boomtown President Frank Capri in a statement, “we really appreciate the support from the City of Mesa and the Mesa Riverview development for believing in us when we first introduced this concept and are excited for the strategic growth into a new market like High Street.”The Mesa location of Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill was the first one the company opened; the Phoenix opening will give Boomtown 17 locations across the country.

  • Arizona drivers see huge decline in fuel prices

    The price to fill the pump in Arizona sustained a significant decline thisweek, especially at East Valley stations.AAA Arizona reports the average in Arizona has dropped just shy of 10 cents to $3.049 a gallon. East Valley drivers once again have the lowest average at $2.939, while Flagstaff is at the high end at $3.361.The national average has dipped by more than 8 cents to $3.049.

  • Glass maker deals to exit Apple, Arizona plant

    A deal between Apple Inc. and a synthetic sapphire glass maker that was gearing up to produce huge amounts of the product for Apple in an Arizona factory allows for the sale of more than 2,000 furnaces to repay Apple.The documents released by Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies Thursday show the company will exit the glass-making business and try to sell the furnaces. GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Oct. 6 and says it will use the sale proceeds to repay $439 million Apple advanced GT to outfit the Mesa, Arizona, plant.GT is laying off 724 workers at the plant.Apple bought the facility last year and announced a deal to lease it to GT to produce super-hard glass the tech company uses on iPhones.

  • Oven fire leaves three displaced; no injuries reported

    Three people were displaced from a Mesa home Wednesday after a fire ignited in the kitchen.The Mesa Fire Department said the fire started in the oven and spread to parts of the kitchen at a home near North Val Vista Drive and East Main Street. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fine in less than 10 minutes.No injuries were reported and damage from the fire was still being assessed, according to officials.Fire officials said cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires in Arizona. Fire safety tips can be found at mesaaz.gov/fire .

  • Suspects flee after Tempe shooting; considered armed and dangerous

    Three armed suspects are on the loose after a shooting Wednesday in Tempe.Tempe police Lt. Michael Pooley said a call was received around 12:30 p.m. of shots fired near Hardy Drive and Baseline Road.Pooley said when officers arrived at the Villagio Apartment homes they found two victims, neither of whom had been shot.Police said there was an altercation when the victims met with some acquaintances they know only by their nicknames.The three suspects pulled out guns and began assaulting the victims.The victims tried to get away, but the suspects went after them and one of the suspects fired multiple rounds. No one was struck by bullets. Police said, however, bullets hit the office of the apartment complex.

  • Jurors given conflicting views of Jodi Arias

    A prosecutor at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias showed jurors two photos Tuesday of her ex-boyfriend and victim Travis Alexander.One was an unremarkable picture of his face taken some time before his death. The other was a crime-scene photo showing his slit throat."She loved him so much that this is what she did to him," prosecutor Juan Martinez said in his opening statement, describing the gruesome suffering Arias inflicted on Alexander before his death in 2008."There are no mitigating circumstances in this case. None," Martinez said. "The only just punishment for this crime is death."Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors said it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi said Tuesday that Arias was the victim of profound sexual humiliation by Alexander, and that she is mentally ill and a victim of child abuse.

  • Exhibit takes visitors to the Arctic and beyond

    Explore the polar regions, oceans, rain forests, mountains and caves without even leaving Phoenix at the Arizona Science Center’s National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers exhibit, open until Jan. 4.When you walk into the exhibit, you have an opportunity to download an app to your mobile device that activates information throughout the exhibit. There are also plenty of selfie opportunities with life-sized replicas of a polar bear, a dog sled and a great white shark.The kiddos will love the opportunities to explore an arctic cabin, descend into the deep ocean in a 3-D submersible and take a hot air balloon ride over the African savanna.Tickets for the National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers exhibit are $7 plus general admission for adults, seniors and children. Arizona Science Center members are able to enter for $5 per person.• Read more at TheHotSheetBlog.com, a source for Phoenix locals and visitors that sheds some light on all the fun things to do in the Greater Phoenix area.

  • 10 things to do this weekend and beyond...

    Phoenix Mud RunHere’s mud in your eye (and nose, ears and everywhere else). The Phoenix return of Terrain Racing’s Mud Run provides a chance for some dirty fun, as participants will maneuver around, through, under and over the many obstacles on the mud-filled course.DETAILS>> 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Rawhide Western Town, 5700 N. West Loop Road, Chandler. $35-$70; parking is $10 per vehicle. (503) 974-4683 or TerrainRacing.com/register/phoenix-fall-2014.Luke BryanThe country superstar brings his That’s My Kind of Night Tour to Phoenix. Fans can expect to hear many of his 10 country-chart-topping singles, such as “Crash My Party,” “Play It Again” and “Drunk On You.”DETAILS>> 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $29.50-$59.25. (602) 254-7200 or LiveNation.com.

  • ‘Migrant Series’ exhibit debuts at Phoenix Art Museum

    After over a decade of work on incredibly detailed paintings, Don Coen’s “Migrant Series” is making its world debut at the Phoenix Art Museum.Using photography to study migrant workers and then replicating his photographs with numerous layers of airbrushed paint, Coen created 15 large, 10-foot-tall paintings.“I spent a lot of time 20 feet away with a coffee cup deciding what to do. I can’t make corrections. People who make opaque paintings can correct their mistakes. With airbrush, you can never really cover it up,” he said.Coen spent many days of his childhood on his family farm in Colorado, which cultivated his respect for migrant workers and the difficult labor they complete every day.“People go into Whole Foods and pick up flour and they don’t know where it came from. I am trying to show people what an incredible thing they do for your country,” Coen said.Originally intending to photograph fields and cows, one day Coen turned around and saw a migrant worker. He said that he was amazed by the way the sun shone through the migrant’s bandana and photographed him.

  • Football Friday Night Out

    With only two weeks of regular-season play to go, your chances to catch a high school game along with some good eats is winding down, so make your plans now to cheer on your local team.Corona del Sol at Desert VistaCorona del Sol didn’t have a lot of highlights during a 3-7 campaign a year ago, but its impressive 41-28 win over the Thunder was the high point. This year has been worse for the Aztecs, who are in the midst of a 1-7 season. But, as bad as things have been for Corona del Sol, they’ve been just as bad at Desert Vista, which is 2-6, but coming off a win against Dobson. Both teams will be fired up for this one, so expect a high-intensity showdown.CK’s Tavern & Grill(480) 706-5564 or CKGrill.com4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix (2 miles from Desert Vista HS)

  • ‘Book of Life’ offers subpar, overwrought story with dazzling animation

    “The Book of Life” has most of the same pros and cons as “The Boxtrolls” from a couple of weeks ago. Both films are absolute joys to watch for their delightful characters, unique worlds and dazzling animation. As creative as they are in terms of presentation, neither film is all that original when it comes to storytelling. “The Book of Life” isn’t just a familiar story like “The Boxtrolls,” though. It’s also a very overstuffed and awkwardly paced one too.Deriving inspiration from the Day of the Dead, “The Book of Life” implies that the afterlife is made up of two worlds. There’s the Land of the Remembered, ruled by the kind and colorful La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), and the Land of the Forgotten, ruled by the grim and dark Xibalba (Ron Perlman). In the land of the living reside three children trapped in an age-old love triangle. Manolo, who grows up to be voiced by Diego Luna, is a free spirit who wants to be a musician, but is told by his father that he must follow in his family’s tradition of bullfighting. Joaquín, who grows up to be voiced by Channing Tatum, is the cocky son of a war hero with a medal that gives him eternal life. They’re both in love with María, who grows up to be voiced by Zoe Saldana, a spunky señorita reminiscent of Catherine Zeta-Jones in “The Mask of Zorro.”The spirits make a bet. If María marries Joaquín, Xibalba gets to take over the Land of the Remembered. If María marries Manolo, La Muerte holds onto her turf. Without giving too much away, one of the three lovers is killed. To get back to the land of the living, they must confront their greatest fear and choose their own path. Oh, and there’ also a pig, a candle maker voiced by Ice Cube, a bandit who wants to steal Joaquín’s medal of eternal life, and a framing device with a museum guide telling this needlessly complicated story to a group of kids.Phew … as you can see, that’s a lot of characters and ideas to take in. It doesn’t help that “The Book of Life” rushes from scene to scene without ever taking a breather. Fortunately, the story is the last thing you’ll be thinking about when observing the film’s stunning visuals. This is one of the best-looking animated features you’ll ever see. The characters are all cleverly designed like wooden Mexican Day of the Dead figurines. The Land of the Remembered is a spectacle of art direction with the appearance of a fiesta Baz Luhrmann would throw. Every frame is just pure eye candy and it tastes great, even if it is mostly empty calories.While the narrative isn’t on par with the craft, that doesn’t mean “The Book of Life” is purely style over substance. Director Jorge Gutierrez and company obviously put a ton of effort into the film’s music, humor, and, most of all, culture. It’s actually quite encouraging to see an American family film put emphasis on a culture that isn’t white. I’m not sure how much of the culture, legends and fables presented in the film are accurate, but they’re still absorbing. When all’s dead and done, “The Book of Life” has just enough substance to check out, although you may want to hold out for the upcoming Pixar Day of the Dead film or rent Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” instead.• Nick Spake is a college student at Arizona State University. He has been working as a film critic for the nine years, reviewing movies on his website, NICKPICKSFLICKS.com.

  • Halloween how you like it

    However you like the year’s most frightful holiday — horror-heavy or heavy on candy only, please — keep reading for an event to satisfy your Halloween hankerings.The CryptWhat: A three-in-one attraction that’s earned praise over the years from local media for its craftsmanship, spook-level and quality of actors, this haunt is anchored by The Crypt, a haunted house where a Crypt Keeper and an army of restless spirits thirst for the souls of suburban schmucks out for Halloween thrills. Another house on site, The Asylum, is modeled after an 1870s mental hospital that’s fallen victim to the madness it once aimed to cure. There’s also a haunted maze. Change-ups are made every year to keep the scares fresh. The attractions are not recommended for children younger than 10.When: Open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 26-30, 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 24, 25 and 31 and Nov. 1; may close for rain.Where: Fiesta Mall parking lot, 1445 W. Southern Ave., MesaCost: $23 for all three attractions, $5-$15 for a la carte options; a $3-off coupon is available at The Crypt’s website.

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  • Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill closing Mesa

    Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill will close its Mesa location and move to a new spot in Phoenix.Bar parent company Boomtown Entertainment announced in a statement it will close the Mesa spot located in Riverview and reopen it on High Street in North Phoenix in November.“In efforts of focusing on Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill as a premier dining and entertainment venue, we made a business decision to close our Mesa location,” said Boomtown President Frank Capri in a statement, “we really appreciate the support from the City of Mesa and the Mesa Riverview development for believing in us when we first introduced this concept and are excited for the strategic growth into a new market like High Street.”The Mesa location of Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill was the first one the company opened; the Phoenix opening will give Boomtown 17 locations across the country.

  • NextCare locations in Chandler, Mesa to scan Halloween candy for free

    NextCare Urgent Care locations in Chandler and Mesa will provide parents free X-ray scans of their children’s Halloween candy.The screenings will check to see if the items children receive were tampered with or contain items like safety pins and razors. The East Valley locations that will scan the candy are at 600 S. Dobson Road Suite C-26 in Chandler; 3130 E. Baseline Road Suite 105 in Mesa; 1066 N. Power Road Suite 101 in Mesa; 4401 E. McKellips Road Suite 102 in Mesa; and 535 E. McKellips Road Suite 101 in Mesa.NextCare also recommends parents throw out unwrapped candy, search for choking hazards like hard candy and gum, and look at the ingredients for allergy purposes.

  • Arizona drivers see huge decline in fuel prices

    The price to fill the pump in Arizona sustained a significant decline thisweek, especially at East Valley stations.AAA Arizona reports the average in Arizona has dropped just shy of 10 cents to $3.049 a gallon. East Valley drivers once again have the lowest average at $2.939, while Flagstaff is at the high end at $3.361.The national average has dipped by more than 8 cents to $3.049.

  • Walmart to add employees for holidays

    Walmart is set to hire 60,000 employees to compensate for the upcoming holiday season.The company expects to hire 60,000 seasonal associates — a 10-percent increase from 2013 — to cover the stretch between Black Friday and Christmas. Walmart anticipates the hirings will open up more registers during peak hours.

  • Glass maker deals to exit Apple, Arizona plant

    A deal between Apple Inc. and a synthetic sapphire glass maker that was gearing up to produce huge amounts of the product for Apple in an Arizona factory allows for the sale of more than 2,000 furnaces to repay Apple.The documents released by Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies Thursday show the company will exit the glass-making business and try to sell the furnaces. GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Oct. 6 and says it will use the sale proceeds to repay $439 million Apple advanced GT to outfit the Mesa, Arizona, plant.GT is laying off 724 workers at the plant.Apple bought the facility last year and announced a deal to lease it to GT to produce super-hard glass the tech company uses on iPhones.

  • There’s a reason 'Team' is the first word in 'Team Orthodontics'

    Everyone knows the saying: “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team.’” That’s never been truer than of Team Orthodontics, where the mission is simple: enhance patients’ lives in a positive and significant way. It’s a theme that runs through the veins of every Team Ortho employee.“Our passion is to provide those whom we come into contact with an extraordinary experience in a warm, inviting atmosphere,” said Team Ortho’s Dr. Danyluk.Dr. Danyluk has been at the forefront of building a unified vision at Team Orthodontics. His extensive experience in orthodontics, general dentistry, and patient interaction have given him a platform on which to succeed, but as with any leader, his success depends on the engagement of those who make up the Team Ortho staff.The team at Team Ortho has more than 200 years of combined experience working in a caring, positive, high-tech environment, where customer service and achieving the results are true priorities.“Our relationships with our team members, our patients, and our referring offices are very clear; everyone involved must succeed,” said Dr. Danyluk. “They are all an integral part of Team Orthodontics.”Equally important at Team Ortho is providing patients with the most up-to-date care and technology, which Team Ortho accomplishes with 3D imaging, lingual orthodontics (braces set on the back of your teeth), an on-site orthodontic laboratory, and a state-of-the-art sterilization facility and techniques.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Keeping the Faith: Make your home with me

    Lately, one of Jesus’ more cryptic phrases has been making laps inside my head. I came back across his words while reading the Passion accounts in the Gospels, this year quickly speeding toward the Lenten season as it is. These words were spoken on the last night Jesus was with his disciples: “Abide in me, and I will abide in you.”Abide. That’s not a word we use every day. Personally, the word “abide” reminds me of the old Stamps-Baxter hymns I grew up singing in church. Those hymns were loaded with phrases from the old English, and we were forever singing about abiding, bringing in the sheaves, or that glad reunion day. The word “abide” also conjures up images of Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliot at the conclusion of “The Big Lebowski,” but I think I should stick with Jesus here.With the invitation to “abide,” Jesus was welcoming his disciples to remain connected with him and to spiritually rely upon him. Jesus was simply saying, “Stay put. Don’t move away. Don’t abandon your relationship with me.” Eugene Peterson gets right to it when he translated Jesus words like this, “Make your home in me just as I do in you.”Now, that’s not so cryptic after all; we understand home quite well. Home is where each day begins and where each day ends. Home is where we eat, rest, relax, take shelter, play, and love. Home is where we go when there is no other place left, and where we always return.Home is that glorious place where we can walk around in our socks and underwear, scratch our backsides without worrying about who is looking, and lounge around on the weekend without showering or shaving if we so choose. Home is where we can drop all our burdens, barriers and coping mechanisms.Home is sweet, it is where the heart is, and it is our castle. It is where we bring the bacon and where we wait for the cows to arrive. Home is like no other place in the world, and no matter where or how far we travel, home is where we always call, well, home. It is where we feel safe, secure, and ultimately, where we can be ourselves. Jesus said, “Make your home” – relax and be yourself – “with me.”

  • Keeping the Faith: Dancing, not marching

    There is a story about two monks walking along the road when they come to a shallow, muddy river. A beautiful woman in a long white dress is standing there. She can’t figure out how to continue her journey without ruining her outfit.So one of the monks picks her up in his arms - something he was absolutely forbidden to do, for touching a woman was against his vows — and he carries her across to the other side. Then, all parties continued on their journey.After a few hours, the second monk was unable to remain silent about this breach of conduct. He blurts out, “How could you pick up that woman when you knew it was against the rules?” The first monk replied, “Are you still carrying her around? I put her down hours ago.”This is an instructive tale about two different approaches to spirituality. One can view faith as a tightly controlled, carefully managed list of “dos and don’ts,” or one can move with the spirit, so to speak. While the latter is not without its pitfalls, the former is certainly rife with peril. Managing our spiritual lists becomes a heavy, taxing burden.This point is eloquently driven home by pastor, author, and scholar Eugene Peterson. When he discovered that his congregation was failing to connect with the Bible, he did something radical. He rewrote it. Technically, he paraphrased the original language, crafting a translation for the contemporary context called “The Message.”Beginning with the book of Galatians, and taking more than a decade to work his way through both Testaments, Peterson “hoped to bring the Scriptures to life for those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too … irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.’”

  • Catholic Charities offers counseling to Valley residents

    Catholic Charities of Arizona is offering a variety of counseling services to those who might not previously have been able to afford them. Holy Cross Catholic Church, on Power Road in Mesa, is one of many locations where East Valley residents can seek help for a variety of needs.Rebecca Sauer, a program manager for Catholic Charities, supervises a team of paid and intern counselors who are available to the general public at reduced rates, based on the individual’s ability to pay.“I’m very passionate about this program,” Sauer said. “Catholic Charities has a mission statement to help the most vulnerable of the population. We have made an effort to keep our fees very low so that those who would never be able to come to counseling can come.”She estimates the program has served some 4,000 people directly or indirectly connected to the 902 families who have sought counseling in the last year. Counseling is also available for individuals as well as couples, with marriage counseling being common as well. Spanish-speaking counselors are available and the program operates on Saturdays as well as evenings to meet busy schedules.Hourly rates range from $25 per hour for an intern to $35 per hour for a licensed counselor and move on a sliding scale from there based on income.Where the program really distinguishes itself is in Sauer’s work with the interns. Most of the time, she said, interns are supervised by other counselors who struggle to deal with their own caseloads and help their charges succeed as well. Sauer is able to devote her time to case reviews and mentorship, ensuring that the program’s interns are well-served, as well as those they counsel.

  • Take me Home: Handsome Jax is playful, sweet

    Jax is a big beautiful boy, about 3 years old. He’s very playful and sweet. Thus far he’s gotten along with most cats he’s met. It isn’t sure if he’d be happy living with dogs. Jax has been at the shelter for quite some time so when he does get adopted, the family should understand it might take him some time to adjust to a home environment. His last person ended up having to return him due to allergies. Jax would like to be brushed sometimes to keep that wonderful mane of his looking its best. He seems to understand there’s a price to pay for being so handsome so he doesn’t mind it.Jax is neutered, up to date on vaccinations and tested FELV/FIV negative. His adoption fee is $85. If interested in adopting Jax, contact Friends for Life Animal Rescue, 143 W. Vaughn Ave., in downtown Gilbert at (480) 497-8296 or visit www.azfriends.org.

  • Shapiro: Love deserves society’s support

    Love always wins. It may be denied for a time, but not forever. When it can’t flourish, it burns and breaks us. When love is allowed, it transforms, improves and heals. It makes us deeper, kinder, more caring people. When we love, we see beyond ourselves, and come to experience another person’s full humanity. When we recognize another person’s full humanity, we can see it in everyone else, too. The more love the better.What’s true for individuals is also true for societies. Love strengthens the bonds between people. In so doing, it transforms us into more caring communities. That’s why love deserves society’s support in all the many ways a culture can promote and protect it. The more love the better.How magnificent, then, that marriage equality is coming to Arizona. When all couples share in the joy, security, and context of marriage, love is allowed to flourish, individuals fuse into families, and our society becomes warmer, more caring, more inclusive. This is a change that’s been dreamt about for decades. I didn’t expect to see it in my lifetime.Some people are thrilled by marriage equality; others are terrified. What does it mean to us?I can tell you one thing it does not mean: I, as a clergyperson, will not be required to officiate at any wedding I don’t support. I have always had the right and ability to decline to perform marriages. That will remain the case under this change in law. I would decline to officiate at a wedding if I don’t believe the relationship to be a healthy one. I would decline to do so if I feel that Judaism isn’t at the heart of the new home — after all, I’m a rabbi, not a Justice of the Peace. The state does not and will not tell me whom to marry. In this way, neither my religious beliefs, nor those of any other clergyperson, are infringed by marriage equality. Our individual moral compasses remain intact.What I won’t have, and neither will you, is the right to deny what the state has called legal and binding: the self-declared relationship between two other people. You don’t need to bless it, but you aren’t allowed to trample it, either. Why would you? Like a sapling, love is tender and fragile and good, and therefore merits support.

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