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While learning to play an instrument fosters the arts, it also teaches children valuable lessons about hard work and the importance of practice. But children everywhere are losing access to basic music classes in school.
Art livens up downtown Mesa storefronts
Deck the halls with local art during the Phoenix Artists Guild Art Exhibit and Sale at the Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., from 3 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 29.
The West kisses one cheek like an old friend and the other as a beguiling stranger in The West Select: A Western Art Invitational Sale and Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum. A Men’s Arts Council fundraiser for the museum, it’s also a gallery show full of high-caliber art worth seeing, whether you’re whiling away a winter afternoon or occupying out-of-towners.
For cinema buffs, a cruise on The African Queen is a dive into reel world of Key Largo
Families looking to start a new holiday tradition or simply feel the spirit of the season will find an abundance of options in downtown Mesa this year. From visiting the Mesa Temple Garden Lights to enjoying a holiday concert at Mesa Arts Center (MAC) and everything in between, there are plenty of possibilities for celebrating the holidays practically every day of the week.
The Great Globe Project developed at the East Valley Institute of Technology is drawing crowds and fascinating young minds at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix.
Twenty years is a rather long gap to bridge between films, especially for a story that filled its original runtime just fine. Yet, somehow, “Dumb and Dumber” evolved from a singular comedy to encompass an animated series (featuring the voice of Patrick Star), an abysmal prequel and the just-released sequel titled, fittingly enough, “Dumb and Dumber To.”
‘Walking With Dinosaurs — The Arena Spectacular’
If the last quilt you laid eyes on is the threadbare and well-loved relic at the foot of your bed, you’re in for a surprise at Chandler Center for the Arts’ newest gallery exhibition. The annual Art Quilts show puts nearly 70 contemporary “stories in stitches” on display.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Visiting the Grand Canyon and other national parks could get a little pricier.
The National Park Service said 115 of its 401 units plan to seek public comment on entrance fees that could go up starting next year. It's part of a broader effort by the agency to bring in more money for visitor services and start addressing a backlog of projects ahead of its centennial.
"Obviously everyone would love to have fees not go up, but we also know the reality is budgets have been static and tight," said Patrick O'Driscoll, a spokesman in the agency's Intermountain Region based in Denver. "Fees are one of the only ways that parks can try to catch up with some important improvements, badly needed upgrades."
The Grand Canyon announced a proposal Friday to increase its single-vehicle entrance fee from $25 to $30 for a seven-day pass. Efforts to raise fees at other parks across the country will be wide-ranging but cannot top certain limits. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and Sequoia are among 10 parks where proposed entrance fees will be capped at $30 per vehicle or $15 per person, for example, the Park Service said.
About 130 national park units charge entrance fees, and they are able to keep 80 percent of those fees for use within the individual park. The other 20 percent goes into a pool and is distributed to parks that don't charge visitors to enter.
Entrance fees pay for things like repairs and maintenance, visitor exhibits and resource protection. At the Grand Canyon, a percentage of entrance fees is set aside for eventual replacement of aging water pipelines.
Under the Grand Canyon's proposal, prices for visitors on motorcycles also would go up from $20 to $25. Bicyclists and pedestrians would be charged $15, up from $12. Annual passes would go from $50 to $60. The price of a pass to visit any of the national park units would remain the same at $80 per year.
The public has 60 days to weigh in on the proposed increases at Grand Canyon. Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis wrote in an August memo that a park could chose not to implement proposed fees if there is significant public outcry.
One national monument in southern Arizona has since decided to eliminate its $5 entrance fee per person. Chiricahua National Monument spokeswoman Julena Campbell said raising prices didn't make sense because many people who visit the monument known for its volcanic rock formations already use an interagency pass or have discounted passes.
Grand Canyon spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said the park receives about $18 million per year from entrance fees. The park last increased its per-vehicle fee in 1997 from $20 to $25.
Darren Weigl, who works at an outdoors shop in Flagstaff, said the proposed increase is reasonable. He would like to see the extra money go to educational programs.
"I imagine if they're getting less or staying stagnant, you have to create revenue in some way to keep people enjoying it," he said. "If it's for the betterment of the park, I'm for it."
Lloyd and Linda Andersen of Sun City, senior citizens who have a $10 lifetime pass to national park units, said the Grand Canyon should consider raising that fee to keep people who are unemployed or families struggling with money from having to pay more to enter.
"Let the younger families keep enjoying it without raising it," Linda Andersen said. "They won't come."
Her husband suggested people could cut down on expenses inside the park and spend the extra money to get through the gates. "Seeing it is the best part," Lloyd Andersen said.
When my wife and I carried our newborn child through the sliding glass doors of the maternity unit, we were not given an instructional manual. No type of handbook accompanied the second or the third child either. Like all parents, we were directed to the exit sign clutching our new wrapped-in-blue bundle, with little more than a slap on the rear end, like a coach sending in his second-string substitutions. We were those kids with plenty of eagerness to play the game, but not a lot of knowledge about the playbook. We simply were not prepared for or coached up on every possible situation that would arise in our family-building career.
As we begin National Bully Prevention Month, I feel it would be pertinent to put some thoughts on paper that would bring to light an important aspect of the bullying issue that is not usually addressed.
Roughly two years ago, I came home from work to find a letter on my front door. That letter was to inform me about a junior high school in my neighborhood that was closing. As any community member would, I simply asked why?
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.
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.
WWE goes pink with Susan G. Komen
WWE goes pink with Susan G. Komen
WWE and Susan G. Komen will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign. “The “Courage Conquer Cure” campaign will continue throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and WWE will donate 20 percent of the retail price of all co-branded merchandise sold on WWEShop.com and at WWE live events, as well as 5 percent of all other WWE merchandise sold on WWEShop.com, to Komen. For the first time, fans will have the option of donating $1, $5 or $10 upon checkout from WWEShop.com with all proceeds benefiting Komen.
WWE and Komen will also feature special “Keep Calm and Never Give Up” T-shirts inspired by WWE superstar John Cena, “Support the Twins” T-shirts and pink Hulk Hogan “Hulkamania” T-shirts.
To support Komen’s mission, WWE will utilize all its assets including WWE Network, TV and pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, PSAs, digital and social media to generate awareness and encourage fans to get involved. The campaign will also be featured on the reality series “Total Divas,” in an episode that airs on Oct. 19 on E!. Throughout the month, the WWE announcer table, entrance ramp and ring skirts will be co-branded and the middle ring rope turned pink to promote the fight against breast cancer.
For more information about Susan G. Komen, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org/wwe or call 1 (877) GOKOMEN.
Mountain Vista Medical Center offering mammogram special in October
In honor of National Breast Cancer Month, Mountain Vista Medical Center is offering a special price of $75 for routine screening mammograms on weekdays through October. Mammograms can help detect tumors and increase the chances of a successful fight against breast cancer.
DETAILS>> Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa. Call 1 (877) 924-WELL (9355) for more information or to make an appointment for a digital screening mammogram. Please mention the mammogram special when you call. A physician’s order is required. Insurance will not be billed and the screening is not valid for patients with breast implants or pre-existing breast conditions.
Valley business hosting Breast Cancer Action Project
Spiritude Restorative Therapies for Women LLC will be hosting the Breast Cancer Action Project to benefit for the nonprofit organization Breast Cancer Action, based in San Francisco. The event will strive to change the focus of Breast Cancer Awareness Month from awareness to action. at its location, .
DETAILS>> All events will be inside Bikram Yoga East Valley, 1011 N. Val Vista Drive, Suite 106, in Gilbert. Noon Oct. 11 — Audrey Parets will conduct a free one-hour lecture and a Q & A session in which she will outline breast health advice that women can pursue on their own as preventative measures. Noon Oct. 12 — Spiritude will offer a complimentary screening of the film, “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” which reveals those individuals and companies who have co-opted what marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause.” A silent auction will also be held throughout the weekend with proceeds benefitting Breast Cancer Action. For more information on the Breast Cancer Action Project, visit spiritude.com, or call (480) 861-1101. For further information on Breast Cancer Action, visit bcaction.org.
Valley Auto Repair Shops putting the brakes on breast cancer
Dozens of locally owned, neighborhood auto repair shops (including all NARPRO shops) are joining forces to raise money for a promising breast cancer vaccine. All proceeds from the “Brakes for Breasts” campaign will go directly to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. During the month of October, at least 30 locally owned shops from across Arizona will join more than 100 other independent shop owners in 26 states in the “Brakes for Breasts” campaign. Customers will receive free brake pads (up to $80 retail value) when scheduling a brake service in October. Customers will pay labor and any additional parts while each shop donates 10 percent of every brake service to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.
DETAILS>> To locate a shop participating in the campaign, visit www.brakesforbreastsAZ.org.
Donate & Skate at Arizona Coyotes game
BH Skating Pop Up Rink Events presents #PINKRINK, Donate & Skate event during pre-game activities at the Arizona Coyotes game at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Proceeds from the event will support Making Strides Against Cancer AZ.
DETAILS>> The event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and feature a promotional skating rink venue that will include 3-on-3 hockey exhibitions, as well as opportunities for the public to Donate & Skate until 6 p.m.. The first 100 guests who donate $5 or more will receive a #PINKRINK gift.
Raising Cane’s donating sales proceeds to Susan G. Komen
During the month of October, all six Arizona locations of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will donate 15 percent of proceeds from lemonade and tea jug sales to Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona. The proceeds donated will directly support the organization in providing grants to local hospitals and community establishments that provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs for medically underserved and uninsured women and men
DETAILS>> Arizona Raising Cane’s locations. 2715 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix; 4325 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 960 E. University Drive, Tempe; 9935 W. McDowell Road, Avondale; 1945 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa; 7920 W. Bell Road, Glendale.
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Arizona is well known for its Western heritage but it can be easy to get lost in suburbia and urban life as we go about our day-to-day routines. Sometimes it can be rewarding to put on your boots, let your hair down, and kick back. But don’t take my word for it. Check out these five family-friendly places where you and your kin can experience the Old West and get in touch with Arizona’s wild West side.
BARKtoberfest started as a small dog washing event in a parking lot, but the much-larger event will celebrate its 15th iteration on Oct. 11.
Four East Valley chambers of commerce are organizing their annual expo to introduce local businesses to one another next month.
The purpose of Trevor Godfrey’s Sept. 14, article," Mesa preschool accuses Groupon of religious discrimination,” mystifies and disappoints me. The front-page title, subtitle, and picture of the angry owners and employee eagerly satisfy those who love sound-bite journalism. Yet those who make the effort to turn to page 8, learn that Groupon denies that they discriminate against religious organizations. In fact, many readers confirm that they do indeed advertise events connected to the faith community.