It was the calm before the storm Tuesday evening at Mesa's Dobson High School as the curious drove through the parking lot with random questions about President Barack Obama's visit Wednesday morning.
They wanted to know if any tickets were left, if they could camp out on the school campus and if a screen would be set up outside the school to watch Obama's speech.
The answer to all: no.
Police officers and security guards kept the campus tightly locked down, answering questions as cars were turned away from the parking lot.
It's a regular school day Wednesday. The gates will open to the limited number of ticket holders at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Others stopped Tuesday evening to take pictures of the school's marquee as the words "Welcome Mr. President" scrolled across, along with information on Wednesday's 10:15 a.m. speech in the school's gymnasium.
Brett Kier, a 1989 Dobson High graduate, stopped to take pictures of the marquee with his camera phone to send to friends and colleagues.
Kier said he was excited Obama will be coming to his old high school. The Chandler resident didn't hear about the ticket giveaway until it was too late, and Kier said he was disappointed he didn't get any tickets. However, he'll be working.
Across the street from the high school, St. Timothy's Catholic Community prepared for an 8:30 a.m. Mass and 9:30 a.m. prayer vigil today to coincide with Obama's visit.
Kelli Hartley, the church's audio and media specialist, spent the day setting up speakers, musical instruments and microphones in the outdoor amphitheater for the full music ministry and vigil. The church is north of the school.
"It's an exciting opportunity we have to hold a prayer service and be an example to the world of peaceful prayer," Hartley said.
The church isn't sure how many people will show up today, but they're opening their doors at 6 a.m. and offering coffee and doughnuts, said Debbi Mesa, the church's director of liturgy. The church is discouraging any protesters, and telling people "Prayer, not protest," she added.
"This is a day to come together to pray for our president, who happens to be across the street," Mesa said. "It's an incredible opportunity for us to share our faith and let people know that we are praying for him (Obama)."
Although Mesa said the vigil was not an abortion protest, a statement released Tuesday from Father Jack Spaulding, pastor of St. Timothy's, expressed the opposite, saying, "Catholics stand in opposition to a Freedom of Choice Act and in support of a culture of life."
"We might not be able to impact the dire state of the economy or other national woes our president plans to address, but we do know we can lift our voices in prayer for our leaders, not only for wisdom, but also for a change of heart when it comes to life issues," said Spaulding in the release. "As Catholics, this is a tremendous opportunity for each one of us to put faith into action through a peaceful and prayerful acknowledgement that everyone, including our president, must respect the sanctity of all human life, especially the unborn."