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Vintage markets are spreading like wildfire — think Phoenix’s Sweet Salvage or WestWorld’s Junk in the Trunk — but until recently, the East Valley didn’t have a permanent presence on Arizona’s shabby chic shopping circuit. That changes with today’s opening of the Old Brick House Vintage Market in downtown Mesa.
DETROIT — Some call it a game-changer. Some just shake their heads. Either way, Ford's new aluminum-clad F-150 is such a radical departure from past pickup trucks that it dominated talk at the opening of the Detroit auto show.
TAOS, N.M. — To winter sports enthusiasts, Taos is best known for its challenging ski slopes. But this northern New Mexico town has plenty more to offer visitors year-round, on and off the slopes. A hipper little sister of sorts to Santa Fe, Taos is known for its diverse outdoor offerings as well as its funky town square packed full of history, art galleries and Hispanic and Native American culture. Whereas Santa Fe is known for its wealth, Taos is lower-key and tends to attracts a younger, more starving-artist-type crowd. It's a town where new-age nomadic hippies, (referred to locally as "sage monkeys") peacefully coexist with artists, natives, daredevil skiers and even wealthy Texan tourists. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Taos.
This September 2013 photo shows a structure in Tres Piedras, a colony of self-sustaining homes near Taos, N.M., that look like spaceships embedded in the scenic landscape. The 70 homes are made from all recycled materials and the community is headquarters of one of the early leaders in the sustainable building movement, Earthship Biotecture. The community is one of a number of attractions in the Taos area that won’t cost visitors a dime. (AP Photo/Erica Asmus-Otero)
The Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation will hold its 10th annual Holiday Arts Festival in Chandler on Dec. 14.
LOS ANGELES — If "unplugged" acoustic music was a hallmark of the '90s, surely "wireless" listening is the big trend of the '10s.
Home beer and spirit-making have become popular hobbies. Bars and beverage stores feature a growing range of artisanal spirits and craft brews. Cocktail parties are back in vogue.
People who plan to participate in Mesa’s annual Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26 are eligible to receive small grants for their service.
If you lived in a comfortable home in 17th century France or 19th century England, your chairs might well have been embellished with nail-head trim. It was a clever, decorative way for craftsmen to secure materials to upholstered furniture.
To make an original statement with yard art, think beyond fountains, globes and statuary. Add chicken coops to be chic.
Recycling in buildings is nothing new to most businesses.
The placemat is a favorite at many dinner tables: The often-whimsical plastic version catches the slip of spaghetti from a youngster's fork, while a nice cotton placemat elevates the dining experience just a little without having to set down a whole tablecloth.
Even though “The Great Gatsby” has gotten the movie treatment several times in the past, no film adaptation has ever really stood out as the definitive version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel.
Before material collected from Mesa’s blue barrel can be sent to a recycling plant to be made into new products, it must first be sorted locally at a materials recovery facility (MRF). Mesa residents are invited to attend a one-hour workshop from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Salt River Landfill at Gilbert Road and Beeline Highway (US-87), to learn about how the material is separated at the MRF, which uses a combination of high tech equipment and hand sorting.
Long before animated sitcoms like “Family Guy,” “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers” hit the small screen, “The Simpsons” captured the hearts of viewers worldwide with its biting social commentary and lovable bunch of outrageous characters.
While visiting a second-grade classroom in Chandler some seven years ago, Barbara Blalock witnessed a 7-year-old girl hand in her right tennis shoe as collateral. She was borrowing a pencil from her teacher.
Residents can recycle electronics in the East Valley 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market, 5120 S. Rural Road in Tempe.
As the weather warms and residents start to work on their yards, they’re reminded Mesa is the only city in Arizona to offer a curbside green barrel program the weekly collection of green yard waste such as grass, leaves and small branches. The collected material is taken to a special processing area at the Salt River Landfill where it is converted into mulch and compost. In 2012, Mesa green barrel customers recycled 17,511 tons of yard waste.
The first time I saw the work of Mesa artist William Barnhart, I was smitten. When I learned he is also the man behind one of the most interesting buildings in the city — the eye-catching cinder-block and steel Quonset hut on Center Street just north of University Drive — I was over the moon.
Mesa residents looking for a way to get rid of old cans of paint, batteries, pesticides, electronics, tires and prescription drugs are invited to bring these and other household hazardous waste materials to the next city-sponsored collection 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St. (east of Power Road, north of University).
Having a child reach toddler age involves many exciting new questions and avenues for parents: What should my child eat? What books should I read to my child? What activities should I start involving him or her in? How should I socially interact my child?
Mesa residents looking for a way to get rid of old cans of paint, batteries, pesticides, electronics, tires and prescription drugs are invited to bring these and other household hazardous waste materials to the next city-sponsored collection 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St., east of Power Road, north of University Drive.
‘The Last Stand’
Now that his reign as The Governator is officially over, Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to shoot bad guys, sell one-liners, and butcher the English language again.