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Last week’s column about the Los Angeles Dodgers taking a dip in the Arizona Diamondbacks swimming pool after beating the local team to win their division elicited some backlash from a reader who thought I should be dealing with weightier subjects.
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Stuffed morel mushrooms and braised free-range chicken with fennel puree and blackberry compote. Served on linen tablecloths with a carefully matched wine. Pineapple upside-down cake for dessert.
It’s easy to get used to things that have been around awhile, to assume you know them. Take Chase Field, for example. Opened 15 years ago, most of us have been to at least one ball game there, but few have scratched beneath the raucous game-time veneer of waving for the JumboTron, downing hot dogs and slurping beers.
How fast summer begins to wane. Though the season’s tell-tale heat is still surface-of-the-sun intense, we know our days of lounging in the pool with the radio on and skipping the twice-daily school run are numbered.
Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert.
US President Barack Obama waves to spectators before he delivers a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday June 19, 2013. On the second day of his visit to Germany, Obama met with German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel before delivering a speech at Brandenburg Gate. Atop of the gate the Quadriga sculpture. ( AP Photo/Michael Kappeler,Pool)
Families in need of a reprieve from the summer heat can visit the Kiwanis Park indoor wave pool every day throughout the summer.
Along with the sunscreen, book, toys and snacks we haul to our waterside of choice this summer, we need a beach towel or two.
Kiwanis Park's indoor wave pool is open throughout the summer from 1 to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Saturdays. The pool also has a double wave time every Saturday between noon and 3 p.m. [City of Tempe]
Ladies and gentlemen, start your summer. More than 20 neighborhood pools across the East Valley make affordable places to while away hot days, and many go beyond basic lap pools to mimic the attractions at pricey water parks.
LAS VEGAS — To step into club XS at the Wynn Las Vegas is to enter the dreamscape of a modern artist with fetishes for gold and bronze and bodies in motion.
The heat may be back, but so is a great way to cool off: Big Surf Waterpark opens Saturday, May 4.
Spring is in the air and the desert is entering its cycle of new life. However, for the Ahwatukee community, that could mean more than seasonal allergies.
While the pool, which once sat in the center of the courtyard of Mesa’s Starlite Motel, has long since been filled in, the Diving Lady will again plunge from her perch on Main Street this coming Tuesday.
President Barack Obama waves and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applauds after the president gave his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI waves to wellwishers as he leaves the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, following a vespers service. Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, he would resign Feb. 28 because he is simply too old to carry on. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool, File)
President Barack Obama waves after being officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)
President Barack Obama waves after his Inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews, Pool)
TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The all-inclusive Cancun resorts are not known for topless women on the beach or Argentinians with scraggly beards playing Gypsy music. But that's the norm in Tulum, a Mexican seaside spot south of Cancun that attracts a mix of bohemians, well-pocketed New Age types and sun-seekers to its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.
It’s a wacky but fun East Valley tradition for kids: Swimming with Santa.
Based on the true story of a family swept away by the deadly 2004 tsunami that pummeled Southeast Asia, "The Impossible" is about as subtle as a wall of water.
Learn to surf — sort of — at Rhodes Aquatic Center in Mesa.
Help a student start his or her school year on the right foot by making a donation at a back-to-school drive this weekend at the Tempe Kiwanis Recreation Center. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona is collecting donations of new and unused backpacks, spiral notebooks, crayon packs, pocket folders and index cards. Every person who makes a donation will get half-price admission from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 at the Kiwanis Wave Pool, 6115 S. All-America Way.
With the number of water-related fatalities up this year compared with the past two summers, parents and children can learn safety tips this Sunday, July 15 at Mesa Golfland Sunsplash. As part of the annual Fulton Homes 2 Seconds is Too Long Water Safety Campaign, experts from the American Red Cross will share safety information.
Although a sequel to 2010's "Piranha 3D" seems entirely superfluous, don't tell that to the target demo of gorehounds and softcore-deprived teens (if they still exist) who may still take some notice.