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A new support mechanism for the community will provide support for those who are in crisis, and their family members who see a problem but may not know where to turn. The Mesa Fire and Medical Department recently teamed up with Crisis Response Network (CRN) to offer the “Prevention Action Line” (PAL) and will establish a PAL Response Unit.
My youngest son started middle school this year. On the first day of classes, climbing on the bus with all his No. 2 pencils and three-ring binders, he also carried with them enough anxiety to fill a mama’s boy’s backpack. It wasn’t just the reality of a new school that put them on edge; it was middle school, and that is scary enough all on its own.
Let’s face it: the best antidote for a sweltering summer day is a dive in the swimming pool. Metropolitan Phoenix boasts more than 400,000 swimming pools, proof that we love nothing more than a refreshing dip as the temperatures climb.
At the risk of mixing metaphors, the cards were stacked against Dungeons & Dragons as the venerable roleplaying game embarked upon its 5th Edition this summer. The last incarnation (4th Edition) met with withering criticism from longtime players with its attempts to appeal to computer gamers, while a rival took advantage of the 3rd Edition’s open-source license to re-create that popular version in all but name and take it places just about everyone had always wanted to go.
Recent Corona del Sol graduate Sarah Galvin’s scientific prowess has earned her a high accolade at an international science fair and a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to be among some of the sharpest minds in the world.
Gubernatorial hopefuls Tuesday discussed issues related to education, immigration and the state’s economy as part of a series of five forums for statewide elections.
Two Chandler businesses, the Hampton Inn at 1231 S. Spectrum Blvd. and McDonald’s at 1060 E. Pecos Road, are victims of false reporting.
The library may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the kids get cabin fever, but based on these library events — which are only a fraction of the programming offered by your local lending institution — there’s plenty of fun, engaging and interactive ways to while away the blazing summer hours. Most libraries have limited space, so be sure to register beforehand to reserve a spot.
Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s
This fun and funky club, targeting kids in grades 3-5, combines math principles with zany activities like “Bouncy Dice Explosion,” “Glow-in-the-dark Geometry” and “Toilet Paper Olympics,” designed to get your tween fired up about the sum of all things.
DETAILS >> 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 23. Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Free; registration required. (480) 782-2828 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Rich Ihle Reptile Adventures
Perry Library hosts local snake man Rich Ihle, who brings eight different reptiles from around the world to discuss with the kids. He chats about each reptile, how they live, what they eat and their defense mechanisms. Rich will have a large python that kids can pet, so things could get a little slithery.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000 or Mcldaz.org.
Zoo to You
It’s hard to muster up courage for the zoo when it’s 110 degrees in the shade, but fear not — the Phoenix Zoo is coming to Chandler’s Sunset Library with a free, hands-on educational presentation with live animals. Ticket prices for similar programs at the zoo can run as high as $25 a person, making this event — designed for kids 5 and older — a real bargain. It is expected to fill up quickly, and tickets are required. The free tickets become available at Sunset Library’s info desk Saturday, June 21. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, but families are limited to six tickets per household, so if you need several tickets, plan on picking them up Saturday morning — there’s a good chance tickets will be “sold out” by the end of the day.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. Free; pick up your tickets Saturday, June 21. (480) 782-2800 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Magician Eric Giliam
Local magic phenom Eric Giliam showcases his award-winning illusion skills in this all-ages show. Tickets to see this Valley performer run in the $15-$20 range, so don’t pass up this opportunity to enjoy a fun, free, kid-centered show by a quality entertainer.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27. Chandler Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler. Free; admission is first-come, first-served; doors open 45 minutes before the show. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org
‘The Little Red Hen’
Normally you’d have to drive to downtown Phoenix to catch a puppet show from the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, but this Chandler Library event brings them to you. Kids ages 3-11 will be treated to a sing-along performance about the independently minded chicken who pursues a goal in spite of her flaky friends. The participatory performance will have kids laughing and clapping while teaching them a moral about helping others.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org.
A tax on renting cars to help pay off the Arizona Cardinals' home is illegal, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.
Two people on board a Mesa Police Department helicopter are expected to be OK following an emergency landing around 1:00 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix is sending all the kidlets home for the evening and making way for some 21-and-older fun.
The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected a legal bid to force a change in procedure on how ballots for future elections are counted and handled.
Mesa native Matthew Brown is one of 15 people to receive a prized fellowship that will guide him through his PhD studies.
Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature "is the greatest source of visual beauty."
In this photo provided by Insect Lab, inspired by science fiction and science fact, Insectlab.com customizes preserved insect specimens, such as this dragonfly, with antique watch parts and mechanical components. (AP Photo/Insect Lab)
In this photo provided by Insect Lab, inspired by science fiction and science fact, Insectlab.com customizes preserved insect specimens, such as this grasshopper, with antique watch parts and mechanical components. (AP Photo/Insect Lab)
In this photo provided by Insect Lab, inspired by science fiction and science fact, Insectlab.com customizes preserved insect specimens, such as this staghorn beetle, with antique watch parts and mechanical components. (AP Photo/Insect Lab)
A Tucson firm is hoping to launch Arizonans toward the edge of space – or maybe somewhere close to that – from Southern Arizona.
What could be better than a roller coaster ride down the Grand Canyon?
My role in resurrecting a dead criminal case began a few weeks back with an out-of-the-blue phone call courtesy of a private eye named Don Corbett. He phoned with news of a strange case with ties to a Mesa woman and an impending trip to Scottsdale for an interview or potentially an interrogation.
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Students at Red Mountain High School in Mesa took a shot at reemphasizing the harm caused by tobacco with a robot they designed themselves.