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In anticipation of the 15th annual Canyon Arts Festival on Jan. 23, 2015, the Gold Canyon Arts Council seeks original submissions for the event poster. Artists may use the media of their choice to create a work that reflects one of the following:
Sonoran Spine will host an event on Aug. 22 as part of the opening its fifth location in Tempe.
Sonoran Spine Center of Phoenix will open a fifth office in Tempe at 1255 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Ste. 107.
Editor’s note: In the July 13 Ahwatukee Foothills News, resident Jim Jochim challenged fellow Ahwatukee residents to think outside the box to help save The Lakes Golf Course by coming up with “Green Light Ideas” on the Opinion page. Here’s what they had to say:
PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK — "Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!" I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
Southwest Shakespeare Company, the state’s Mesa-based classical theater company, is bringing a touch of fairyland to the Sonoran Desert.
In anticipation of its June 6 performance in Normandy commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing, Sonoran Desert Chorale performs Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” along with choral selections by Clausen, Stroope, Duruflé, and Vaughn Williams.
"Don’t Call Me Pig.” “Josefina Javelina.” “A Cowgirl and Her Horse.” “Only One You.”
Best Band/Music Ensemble
East Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras
performs at Mesa Arts Center
(855) 233-2900 or millennial.org/east-valley
This national group, formerly known as the Mormon Choral Organization, began its Arizona chapter in 2009. With seven performing ensembles — six choirs and a symphony orchestra — Millennial provides a musical entry point for all ages, from 4 year olds to adults, training each in the structure and forms of traditional, sacred and classical music. All groups perform at Mesa Arts Center.
Sonoran Desert Chorale
1530 E. Indigo St.
(480) 835-7059 or sonorandesertchorale.org
Salt River Brass
performs at Mesa Arts Center
(602) 334-4556 or saltriverbrass.org
Each year, hundreds of spectators descend on Picacho Peak State Park on the way to Tucson to watch re-enactments of an Arizona Civil War skirmish and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15-16 at Picacho, 60 miles south of Phoenix off Interstate 10 at Exit 219.
Saguaro jumped out to an early lead against the visiting Cactus Shadows Falcons and held on to win 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon.
TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
The Saguaro Sabercats beat the Thunderbird Chiefs Monday afternoon, 7-5 as play continues in the Scottsdale Invitational tournament. Tom Jahnke got the win working 4 innings and only allowing 1 run while fanning 2. Turner Lace gave up an unearned run in the 7th to earn the save.
The Saguaro Sabercats and Skyline Coyotes matched up for the second straight day in the Scottsdale Invitational and for the second straight day the Sabercats came away with a victory, this time 9-3.
The W.P. Carey School of Business’ February housing report reveals that new home sales are showing the largest percentage price increase in all three measures over the last year for the greater Phoenix area.
The terrain around these parts might seem ordinary once you’ve become accustomed to it, but take Tishia Stewart’s word for it: the Sonoran Desert is a wild, fascinating place — and she wants to help you discover it for yourself.
Perhaps it’s because this desert of ours is such a bizarre looking place already that the otherworldly spires, orbs and bursts of brightly colored hand-blown glass that have cropped up amid the flora of Desert Botanical Garden fit right in. Like Sonoran Desert natives cholla and ocotillo, the works of art are at home here, yet still mind-blowing as all get out.
If you’re new to the Sonoran desert or just want to learn more about it, you might enjoy this informational hike at Usery Mountain Park. After a question-and-answer session, you’ll take a brief quarter-mile stroll along the Desert Hawk Trail. Water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
The Sonoran Desert Chorale and Sonoran Brass Quintet perform John Rutter’s “Gloria,” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” and Jeffrey Van’s “Child of Peace” along with popular Christmas tunes like “Ding, Dong Merrily on High” and “Sing We Now Of Christmas.” There’s also an audience sing-along.
Take in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert as you wander along the paths of the Desert Botanical Garden amid 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and vibrant works of art. Live music, Dickens Carolers and food and beverage options compliment the experience.
The gravy train is back on the tracks, the economic engine a runnin,’ and the demise of our Sonoran desert being outdone by the good weather in the “Valley on the run,” Phoenix metro.
In the wake of the downturn that launched in 2008, it’s old news by now that the construction industry took a massive hit. Nearly half of those in the construction business were forced to find work elsewhere. Today, even as the housing market — and by default the contracting industry — rejuvenates, reports over the summer showed a weaker pool of skilled labor available to meet the spike in demand for new homes. But you wouldn’t know it by all the new homes that will be available in Ahwatukee!