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KENTON, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart.
The Campo Verde High School Orchestra is collecting clothes and textiles as a fundraiser for new musical instruments and field trip expenses.
Expanding a child’s mind and body are the two tenets Connect5 takes to heart.
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It's the dirty work of home life: dusting the shelves, mopping the floors and doing the laundry, load after load. Yet asking kids to help has gotten harder for some parents, caught up in the blur of today's competitive, time-pressed, child-focused world.
A Hamleys employee steers the Lego Mindstorms EV3 with an iPad application at the toy store Hamleys in London, Thursday, June 27, 2013. The Lego based prototype robot with advanced technology can walk, talk, think and nearly anything the user can imagine. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
I know shopping online is the craze nowadays, but it can be bland. I recall that thrill in trying out the latest gadgets at the local Five & Dime, the intrigue I felt in browsing through that Army Surplus store, the entice in a candy shop, and the joy I had in playing around at the toy store.
Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, Lego will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every Lego box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. Lego has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion Lego pieces later, we get “The Lego Movie.”
In this publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Bumblebee is shown in a scene from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Since the popularity of the “Transformers” franchise, Hollywood has increasingly turned to Hasbro toys like “G.I. Joe” and “Battleship” to capitalize on their familiar brands, even though crafting an actual story based on kid playthings requires more than a little assembly. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
Do your young ones balk at bedtime? Get gnarly at naptime?
When the Mesa Family YMCA opened its thrift store last fall, manager Georgie Campanozzi’s first customer was a homeless man who needed shoes and a shirt. He found both, which he proceeded to put on immediately and tuck his old shoes into a backpack that he’d gotten earlier from the Salvation Army in Mesa.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It's just another spa day in the 90210. A valet parks the car, then it's off for a facial, manicure and shopping for couture fashions. The reward for a long day of pampering: a raw meat treat. The pets of tony Beverly Hills enjoy the good life as much as their owners.
Georgie Campanozzi, manager of the Mesa Family YMCA's new thrift store, says she has everything from men's suit coats to girls' prom dresses, plus housewares and toys. Donations of good used items are welcome Tuesday mornings.
Calling all Trekkies and fans of the galaxy, the mother ship is calling and is predicted to land Jan. 17 in The Gallery at Tempe Center of the Arts.
Darrell Hargis did volunteer work at Helen's Hope Chest, Mesa United Way's free clothing "store" for foster children, for about a year until a change in his employment schedule forced him to withdraw. But he and his wife still find ways to help, mainly by searching garage sales on weekends for the highest-demand items at Helen's.
Outfitting a play space for children might consist of nothing more than setting up a few old furniture pieces, plastic storage bins and the extra TV.
IT Partners hosted the annual W. Steve Martin 911 Police Toy Drive to benefit Tempe officials on Dec. 27. [Submitted]
A Tempe-based IT firm recently provided a few police officers a toy shopping trip to support children they serve.
Christmas for the Van Horn family wasn’t supposed to turn out the way it did. The plan was for presents opened at home and the newborn, Logan, to make his first visit with Santa Claus. Breathing apparatuses and a prolonged hospital stay had no place on the family’s list of expectations.
NEW YORK — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.
Christmas isn’t really about some fat guy sliding down the chimney. The significance of it should represent a spirit of “Peace on earth and goodwill toward man,” but it’s Christ’s birth foremost.
East Valley residents looking to launch off a few fireworks to celebrate the new year need to follow a few regulations depending on where they live.
There’s nary a chimney at Leisure World Chiropractic in Mesa, but more than 40 homemade stockings were still hung with care and loaded with presents to donate to children at a Valley domestic violence shelter.
The East Valley Tribune and the Ahwatukee Foothills News wrapped up their inaugural toy drive this week with a donation of approximately 650 toys and other items to Cardon Children’s Medical Center.
Each year, Ballet Arizona rings in the season with Ib Andersen’s “The Nutcracker,” when dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s score performed by The Phoenix Symphony.