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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2007 12:43 am | Updated: 7:50 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PIZZA NIGHT: Support Jane Dee Hull Elementary Parent Teacher Organization by buying pizza 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pizza Factory, at McQueen and Riggs roads in Chandler. Information: (480) 883-4500.

PARENT INFO NIGHT: Kyrene de los Niños Elementary School will host a Parent Information Night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library, 1330 E. Dava Drive, Tempe. Parents can learn about tardy and attendance policies, services offered at the school, how to help your child with homework, and how to support and benefit from the school behavior expectations. Teachers, the school social worker and the school behavior interventionist will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments, childcare and transportation will be provided. There will also be a drawing for movie tickets. Information: (480) 783-3100.

PETER PAN: Join the Chandler High Theater Department in their production of “Peter Pan” at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. General tickets are $6, students are $5, seniors and children are $2.50. Information: (480) 812-7700.

COLLEGE FAIR: Gilbert Unified School District is holding a regional college fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Highland High School, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road. Highland and Desert Ridge high schools and the Arizona High School/College Relations Council will present information to students and parents about the community college and university programs available throughout the state. Representatives from local colleges as well as Ft. Lewis College in Colorado and New Mexico State will also be present.

For more information, call Ina Welker at (480) 813-0051, Ext. 4020.

SOCK HOP: The Hancock Elementary School fifth grade is sponsoring a sock hop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 2425 S. Pleasant Drive, Chandler. There will be pizza, dancing, costume contests, hula hoop and limbo. Proceeds from the dance will help fund the fifth grade science camp. Information: (480) 883-5900.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER: The Chandler, Gilbert, Higley and Queen Creek education foundations and Chandler-Gilbert Community College are hosting a fundraiser Sept. 29 to raise scholarship money for high school graduates to attend CGCC. The event, called C³ Cuisine, Conversation, Community, will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the college’s Pecos campus and costs $50 per person for dinner and conversation. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at $250, $500 and $1,000. Representatives from the college and community will facilitate conversations about topics selected by the diners. For more information, call (480) 732-7312 or visit

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Gilbert Education Foundation is holding its fifth annual charity golf tournament at 7 a.m on Friday, Oct. 5 at Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch. The cost is $125 and proceeds benefit the foundation’s scholarship program. For more information visit or call Candy Dratnol at (480) 239-5117.

DRUG TALK: Gilbert Unified School District has partnered with notMYkid and the Gilbert Police Department to give a parent drug-prevention presentation called “Let’s Talk Drugs: Learn the Facts on Helping to Keep Our Kids Safe.” The presentation will be given from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Mesquite Junior High School auditorium, 130 W. Mesquite St. in Gilbert. For more information, contact prevention coordinator Susan Cadena at (480) 497-3300, ext. 275.

DINNER AND AUCTION: The Gilbert High School Marching Band Booster Club is holding a dinner and auction at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the school cafeteria, 1101 E. Elliot Road, to raise money for the band to travel to Dublin Ireland in March 2008 to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and visit Gilbert’s sister city of Newtown Abbey. The cost is $25 per person. Dinner will be catered by Carraba’s. The band will play and be auctioned along with other items. For more information or to purchase tickets call Tina Besthoff at (602) 750-7949.

COLLEGE FAIR: Officials from universities and colleges from around the state will be on hand to talk to current high school juniors and seniors at an In-State College Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. For information, call (480) 423-6450 or e-mail info@sccmail.maricopa. edu.

WELCOME, CHRISTOPHER VERDE: Cave Creek Unified School District is hosting two informational meetings for residents of the former Christopher Verde Unified School District.

The superintendent and other district officials will be on hand to talk about district growth and answer questions. Meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. today in the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall, 25105 North Pima Road, Scottsdale and 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Rio Verde Community Church’s Founder’s Hall, 25603 North Danny Lane, Rio Verde.

PARENT FORUM: The Scottsdale Parent Council is hosting a communications forum and workshop at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Scottsdale Unified School District’s Education Center, 3811 N. 44th St., Phoenix. Learn about the district’s new parent notification system and learn how to make the most of online communication tools at your school.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Parents and community members in the Paradise Valley Unified School District are invited to serve on the Citizens Community Advisory Council. Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., usually on the third Tuesday of each month, in the district Community Resource Center, 15032 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. The next meeting is Tuesday. Call (602) 867-5229 for information.

“HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL”: Desert Stages Theatre’s production of Disney’s “High School Musical” continues weekends through Sunday. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Tickets are $12 in advance or $12 for children and $15 for adults the day of the show. Visit or call (480) 483-1664 for information.

IB NIGHT: Seventh- and eighth-grade students interested in learning more about North Canyon High School’s International Baccalaureate Program are invited to an information session at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the school, 1700 E. Union Hills, Phoenix. Information is available at

RUMMAGE SALE: Fountain Hills High School’s Dance Company is hosting a rummage sale featuring more than 15 vendors from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 in the school’s parking lot, 16100 E. Palisades Blvd., Fountain Hills. Money raised will offset the cost of dance concerts, guest artists and dance competition and workshop fees.

FASHION SHOW: Tickets are on sale for the Brophy College Preparatory Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18 in The Phoenician’s Grand Ballroom, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Fashions by designer Oscar de la Renta will be featured. Tickets range from $75 to $300 with proceeds benefitting Brophy’s financial aid fund. Contact Vicki Maus at (602) 625-9894 or Gwynne Fijan at (602) 943-4745 for tickets.

FALL BREAK FUN: Valley YMCAs are already planning activities for fall break. The Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, 6869 E. Shea Blvd., will host Y-Kidz Fall Break Day Camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 through Oct. 19. Cost is $165 for members and $190 for nonmembers. Contact Marcia Leach at (480) 951-9622 or for information.

MORE IB: Students interested in enrolling in Vista Verde Middle School’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program for the 2008-09 school year are invited to attend an information session at the school’s media center, 2826 E. Grovers Ave., Phoenix. Meetings are at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 15 and 4 p.m. Oct. 17 and Nov. 1. Contact principal Elaine Jacobs at for more information.

SAT PRACTICE: Students can take a free SAT practice exam from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 or attend a SAT strategies workshop from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale. Registration is required. Reserve a spot by calling (800) 273-8439 or going to

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