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Finding a faux snow- and candy cane-filled homage to Santa Claus is easy; just look at your local mall for the line snaking around the giant Christmas tree. Honing in on an experience that makes as much of the Christmas story — the story of the birth of Jesus — is another matter.
Adilynn Shook hasn’t even reached seven months of life yet, but the small child with multiple wires wrapped around her body has gone through far more medical procedures than many adults will experience in their entire lives. But despite all the tests, surgeries, checkups and symptoms which will continue to arise throughout her life, the perpetually sick child rarely loses her energy and a sweet smile that lightens the soul.
A rare, but alarming case of a tonsillectomy gone wrong is raising concerns for parents who are considering tonsil surgery for their kids.
Gov. Jan Brewer wants children to know that, yes, there is a Santa Claus.
Thorobred Chevrolet in Chandler is providing free photos with Santa up through Christmas Eve while collecting items for area charities.
Only a week after the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board temporarily mucked up the Apple-related company deal to build a huge plant in east Mesa, the board majority struck again, again reflecting the highly partisan Tea Party nature of what’s supposed to be a non-partisan position.
In this techno-centric age, it’s easy to forget about tangible things like paper, pipe cleaners, bits of wire and the endless array of possibilities they present. “Imaginate” at the Arizona Science Center reminds us of the simple joy of puttering and the inherent value it holds for the next generation of innovators, engineers and world-changers.
Strumming a guitar, decked in high heels and a homemade fringe dress, Wanda Jackson had no idea she was on the cusp of making history. She realized something was afoot when she and tour mate Elvis Presley started packing out auditoriums and coliseums across the country.
As the saying goes, Jimmies and Joes trump X’s and O’s.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
The Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department’s will continue to accept donations for its annual toy and clothing drive until Dec. 16.
A program launched by Mesa’s Rotary clubs reached a milestone this year when members breached the 50,000 mark for the number of dictionaries donated to Mesa students in just short of a decade.
As you know, or if you don’t know, I’ll tell you this: “The Velveteen Rabbit” play is a Christmas story.
For high school students, being a part of a team can really make a difference in kids’ successes, and Hamilton High School’s Anthony Campo is among several who chose to join a team to gain an opportunity.
The kids can play in more than 20 tons of snow at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, where the Phoenix Coyotes will also have an ice rink, hockey activities and special guests. Kids can get pictures with Santa or make Christmas ornaments, paper snowflakes or glitter tattoos with Make Meaning.
Beat Brophy? Many have a chance.
District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh wrapped up his annual toy donation drive for Cardon Children’s Medical Center by delivering more than 1,000 toys on Dec. 11.
Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Department recently received a grant from Coca-Cola for the city’s Fun ‘n Fitness Mobile Recreation Unit.
Browse original work from more than 60 artists or enjoy the live music, gallery openings, food booths and kids games that pepper Downtown Mesa during its monthly 2nd Friday block party.
It’s easy to let Christmastime slip by without ever taking time to pause and enjoy purposeful activities with our closest friends and family. Here are several ways to make special memories this holiday season, whether you’re catering to kids, out of towners or a tight budget.
LOS ANGELES — Wags and barks speak volumes when it comes to understanding what a dog is saying, but there are also clues in a dog's eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head. Are humans getting the right messages?
Benjamin Sibole, 7, a.k.a. Buckaroo Ben, and Matthew Sibole, 5, a.k.a. Coyote Kid, twirl ropes for the crowd at Mesa Old West Fest in downtown Mesa on Dec. 7, 2013. The talented and entertaining boys are part of the Association of Arizona Gunslingers. [More on next slide >>]
Balloon maker April Pulley of Flagstaff's Kiddie Caboose makes fun creations for kids at Mesa Old West Fest in downtown Mesa on Dec. 7, 2013. [More on next slide >>]
This is a Shout Out to the Cambridge Academy Students in Queen Creek, who are participating in the second “Cans 4 Kids” aluminum beverage can recycling fundraiser. The funds raised by these students will benefit a boys foster group home in the area this Christmas Season. Thank you for being kids helping kids during this season of giving! Merry Christmas!
You got trouble at home? Kids not interested in family stuff? Spouse or friends not around much? Family is one of the hardest parts of life and with all the competition against bonding and parental influence, it’s a wonder families ever work.