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It’s not news when politicians try to get into our wallets. But this year, both the city of Phoenix and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) have crossed the decency line in their efforts to keep our money flowing their direction.
Gilbert Mayor John Lewis said there are three concepts that get at the heart of what the town is about: family, faith and freedom.
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.
Organ Stop Pizza wants to show appreciation for Valley teachers. Educators who come into the Mesa restaurant 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 5-9 will get a gift card for a free pizza valued up to $20. Teachers must show valid school i.d. to get the deal.
If you’ve got a teen reader in the house, he or she may be familiar with the characters in a play opening this weekend at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Arizona is broken! No "ifs," "ands" or "buts", the state the once reigned supreme in growth, jobs, education, public pensions and public safety is now best known for being the source for national humor and taking the heat off of Mississippi as being the armpit of ignorance in America.
Did you know that only one of the actors in Childsplay’s current production of “The Cat in the Hat” has a cat? Debra Stevens, who plays Thing One, has a naughty cat. I found this out when I got to go backstage and interview the actors.
When you think of the 1980s movie “Top Gun,” it’s easy to picture Tom Cruise wearing aviators and looking ever so handsome in his uniform. This image won’t be completely fulfilled in the All Puppet Players’ adaptation of the film, “Top Gun: Live, Abridged & Completely Underfunded.” It premieres Feb. 7 at Mesa Encore Theatre’s Block Box On Brown.
Juror deliberations began Wednesday in the trial of a Tempe man charged in the 2010 shooting death of his girlfriend.
The well-known fairy tale gets a re-make in this interactive show from Great Arizona Puppet Theatre.
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.
For years, Julie Fischer has devoted her life to trying to better young children in the realms of education and social behaviors.
The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.
This photo provided by ProjectNursery.com and Liz Carroll Interiors shows a children's theater for putting on plays, puppet shows, and other performances. Interior designers say families are finding more inventive uses for their homes’ extra little rooms, optimistically called “bonus rooms” by real estate agents. So instead of that dust-collecting desk, many families are seeking creative ways to customize these alcoves as game rooms, dressing rooms, small theaters and more. (AP Photo/ProjectNursery.com/Liz Carroll Interiors))
Remember the timeless scene in “The Sound of Music” when the Von Trapp children put on a puppet show? Ever wish that you could witness those puppets in real life? Well you’re in luck, because the same marionettes are making their way to town.