Archive of articles from previous issues.
Hal Ketchum’s performance at the Webb Center is on April 27. The country-rocker is making us his only stop on his latest national tour for his soon-to-be-released album.
Jane Seymour, Sharon Lawrence and
Headline KTVK-TV’S 2007 Women’s Expo
15th Annual Event to be held April 14 and 15th at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
KTVK-TV features a new location and high-profile celebrity speakers at their 15th annual Women’s Expo, produced in partnership with its sister station, KASW-TV. Actresses Jane Seymour and Sharon Lawrence will speak Saturday, April 14 at the University of Phoenix stadium. Actress Gabrielle Union will speak on Sunday, April 15th.
With the added excitement of a new venue, the home of Cardinals Football, women can count on the same shopping and entertainment extravaganza that has made the Women’s Expo an annual must-attend girls’ day out. This year’s event includes thousands of square feet of shopping, interactive exhibits, the wine chateau hosted by WineStyles, free food samples courtesy of Fry’s, beauty makeovers from Rolfs, a chance to win a 2007 Chrysler Jeep Patriot Sport, the opportunity to sign-up as a Super Bowl 2008 volunteer, featured speakers such as the popular Queen of Clean Linda Cobb and Relationship Guru Lissa Coffey and a chance to meet KTVK talent, the KASW Six Pak and KOOL and KMLE radio personalities.As part of the Expo festivities, KTVK, mysweetconnection.com and Movin 97.5 radio teamed up to choose the first Queen of Expo. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 14th by KTVK and Movin 97.5 talent and be awarded special gifts.
The Women’s Expo, named one of the top
five consumer events in Arizona, is
Saturday, April 14th from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. and Sunday, April 15th
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University
of Phoenix Stadium, One Cardinals Drive
in Glendale. Tickets are $10.00 a person
and can be purchased day-of at the
University of Phoenix box office.Women’s
Expo goers are encouraged to visit any
Stores to pick up their $2.00 off
discount coupon to the Women’s Expo.
receive a free ticket with membership by
signing up either before or at Women’s
Belo Corp. is one of the nation’s largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,100 employees and $1.6 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America’s most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island. Belo owns 20 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo’s daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Día in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.
3rd Annual AZDance
Group's Celebration Dance Concert
Featuring professional dancers of AZDance Group, Movement E-Motion, Community Education Outreach Program and Guest Artists, Jeffrey Polston principal dancer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company and Grammy nominated flutist K. Mockingbird, Dimeh Nation
• Friday, May 4th 7:00 p.m. • Saturday, May 5th 1:00 p.m. matinee and 6:00 p.m. Tickets $10.00 Seniors/Students and $18.00 Adults, Group Discounts Available, ACNV Members $10.00. Available at Our Kitchen to Yours, Deer Valley Credit Union. Fax requests (623) 551-6494 further information please call: (480) 215-1916 email@example.com www.azdance.org
On Going Classes
AZDance Group's Movement E-Motion (MEM) dance classes for individuals with different abilities.
WHEN: Semester II (February 12th-May 10th, 2007) / Monday and Thursday 2:15-3:30 p.m.
WHO: Down Syndrome, Autistic and Physically Challenged Young Adults age 12 and up
WHAT:Taught by professionals of AZDance Group and director/creator Kenda Newbury. MEM is made possible through a grant from the Molly Lawson Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation. Further support from the Rotary Club of Anthem and Friends of AZDance Group.
LOCATIONS: Anthem, Cave Creek and MORE. PERFORMANCE: May 4 and 5, 2007 at BCHS PAC in Anthem. CALL: (480) 215-1916, www.azdance.org firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY INVOLVED HELP NEEDED! WANT TO BE INVOLVED? Volunteers and Carpenters Needed All organizations need volunteers and survive through your kind generosity. AZDance Group is no different and needs your assistance, talents, time and care. If you are a carpenter and can donate your talents and time to building a set for our new piece "Passages" please contact Ms. Newbury immediately. Volunteers for ushering, dressers, ticket takers, poster hanging, ticket sales, design, costume work and much much more are always needed and welcomed. Help a professional dance company!
A call for ALL Fine Artists, Musicians, Vocalists and Video-graphers! AZDance Group/Kenda Newbury is producing Passages, a multi-media work which is in need of: fine artists, musicians, singers, videographers and photographers. We would love to work with dedicated high school students or adults. Descriptions: The artist-sketch or draw live, using the inspiration from the music and dancers to create a piece of art work (or many pieces) (which will be auctioned off in our silent auction to benefit Movement E-Motion and company production costs). The videographer-to catch all artists and throw these images up on screen so the audience may have a better view of all actions (video-grapher would be very mobile throughout production). Musicians/Vocalists-work with the dancers to bring live music to the stage and be accompaniment for various pieces including Ava Maria, Moon River, Thank You, Amazing Grace and original pieces. Performance dates May 4th 7:00 PM, 5th 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM, plus rehearsals, tech week and dress rehearsal. Performances at BCHS PAC in Anthem. CALL KENDA NOW! (480) 215-1916, email@example.com www.azdance.org
of Sudan Choir to Sing in Sun City
The Lost Boys of Sudan will share their musical talent on April 15 at the Church of the Palms in Sun City. The choir is composed of a dozen young men and women, refugees from Sudan. They survived the horrific destruction of their villages, murders of their families, and persecution for their faith in Christ. The service begins at 10 and they will sing before the service at 9:45. The church is located at 14808 Boswell Boulevard, across the street from the Sundial Rec. Center.
“African Christianity is vibrant, high-spirited, and soul-deep. More than one scholar has said it may be the closest thing to first-Century Christianity on the planet,”said Pastor Len Silvester. “We invite the whole community to enjoy the Sudanese Choir and learn more about the Lost Boys Center on Van Buren.” The Center is a place for social activities, classes, counseling and support.
The Church of the Palms is part of the United Church of Christ, and describes itself as a "glad and generous" community. Further information may be found at www.thepalms.org or by calling 623-977-8359.
Youth Theatre Broadway Production
Begins Mar. 30
AZ March 9, 2007- Valley Youth Theatre
presents the Arizona premiere of LITTLE
WOMEN - THE BROADWAY MUSICAL beginning
Friday, Mar. 30 through Sunday, Apr. 15.
LITTLE WOMEN - THE BROADWAY MUSICAL is
adapted from the Louisa May Alcott
classic novel about the four remarkable
March sisters who come of age during the
Civil War era. This endearing tale about
the power of family, friendship and
romance is capturing the hearts of a new
generation and is captivating audiences
of all ages.
The entertaining production will
showcase young actors, ages 14 to 20
years old, from across the Valley. Cast
members include the following:
Carrie Braver as Beth March, Age 14,
McClintock High School, Tempe resident,
D. Justin Carpenter as Laurie, Age 19,
Arizona State University, Tempe
resident, Sydney Marie Hawes as Troll,
Age 14, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School,
Tempe resident, Christopher Kelley as
Professor Bhaer, Age 19, Arizona State
University, Tempe resident, Jessica
Moffitt as Amy March, Age 14, Tempe
Preparatory, Tempe resident, Lindsay
Armstrong as Mrs. Kirke, Age 17, Horizon
High School, Scottsdale resident,
Mallory Fox as Meg March, Age 20,
Arizona State University, Scottsdale
resident, Kaitlyn Hickey as Jo March,
Age 17, Xavier College Preparatory,
Scottsdale resident, Elizabeth
Paffenberger as Hag, Age 15, Arcadia
High School, Scottsdale resident,
Bradley Keene as John Brooke/Braxton,
Age 19, Chandler Gilbert Community
College, Gilbert resident, Megan Power
as Aunt March, Gilbert Resident, Age 18,
Arizona State University, Gilbert
resident, Hannah Bentley as Marmee, Age
18, Centennial High School, Glendale
resident, Rachel Killeen as Clarissa,
Age 19, ASU West- Peoria, Glendale
resident, Zach Tatum as Knight, Age 15,
Sandra Day O'Connor High School, Peoria
resident, Ashley Waggoner as Rodrigo 2,
Age 15, Agua Fria High School, Avondale
Performance times are Fridays, 7:30
p.m.; Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. and 3:30
p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Admission is $18 per person, adults and
children two and older. Tickets can be
purchased by calling Valley Youth
Theatre's box office at 602-253-8188,
ext. 2. For more information about
LITTLE WOMEN - THE BROADWAY MUSICAL and
additional Valley Youth Theatre
performances please visit
Valley Youth Theatre is a non-profit organization that targets Arizona's talented young performers for participation in and attendance at quality live theatre productions. Its positive impact on youth provides them with lifelong lessons through a wide range of performing arts opportunities. VYT is an award-winning theatre company most recently winning 32 ariZoni Awards for theatrical excellence in the 2005-2006 season.
Valley Youth Theatre is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Partial funding also is provided by the Phoenix Arts Commission through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.
Restaurant's Opening Night To
Benefit Children's Charity
Melting Pot Grand Opening will be held Thursday, Apr. 19, 2007
Scottsdale, AZ March 26, 2007- The Melting Pot will donate 100% of the ticket sales from its Scottsdale Grand Opening on Thursday, April 19 to Camp Get-A-Well-A®, which will hold a free camp for patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital from April 23 through April 27. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at 8260 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale.
"We are thrilled to raise money to support Camp Get-A-Well-A® during our Grand Opening celebration," says Dan Arndt, franchise owner of the Melting Pot in Scottsdale and Ahwatukee. "We are always looking for opportunities to give back to the community in any way we can." Camp Get-A-Well-A® is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit program that provides a fun, complimentary summer camp experience to sick and terminally ill kids in children's hospitals across the country. Since the year 2000, approximately 6,000 children nationwide have benefited from experiencing Camp Get-A-Well-A®. For more information, please visit www.campgetawella.org
The current 4,000-square-foot Scottsdale Melting Pot will move in April to a nearby 7,900 square-foot building in the Mercado del Lago Plaza, one mile west of the Loop 101 at Via de Ventura. The impressive expansion project, estimated at $1 million, will also feature a 3,000 square-foot-patio, state-of-the-art wine cellar and "Lovers Lane," a row of tables-for-two with curtains for an intimate setting. The evening will feature the Melting Pot's signature cheese and chocolate fondues, passed hors d'oeuvres as well as fine selections from Michael David and Pink wines, live entertainment, a Silent Auction and raffle. Guests can win a diamond tennis bracelet from Ganem Jewelers, a trip to Jamaica, an Alaskan cruise for two and many other exciting items.
The Melting Pot is a five-time recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and was voted "Best Date Spot in Phoenix" by AOL CityGuide, The New Times "Most Romantic Restaurant" and "Best Group Dining" by CitySearch.com. The Melting Pot is also located at 3626 E. Ray Rd. two miles west of the I-10 Exit 159 in Ahwatukee. To book your next fondue experience please call 480-607-1799 (Scottsdale), 480-704-9206 (Ahwatukee) or visit www.meltingpot.com
Scottsdale's NV Lounge Grand Opening Mar. 28
Proceeds Will Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Savvy Scottsdalites looking for the hottest new nightspot and a chance to give back to their community while enjoying a night on the town. NV Champagne Bistro and Lounge Grand Opening will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Wednesday, March 28th. A $20 donation gets you in the doors to be the first to experience Scottsdale's newest and finest nightspot, experience the savory menu and sip on signature cocktails to the sounds of DJ Maji.
NV, standing for Non Vintage (a term used when describing Champagne) has a classic meets contemporary vibe. Red brick walls surround the plush Vegas-style interior with chocolate brown furniture accented by platinum whites. Each signature house drink includes a little bit of the bubbly. Mojitos, cosmos, shooters and more have all been redesigned to feature Champagne.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Doors open at 8 p.m.Hosted bar until 10 p.m. NV Lounge 7419 E. Indian Plaza Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251480-947-6829
Benefiting 2007 AZ's FINEST Honoree
Chris Osborne and Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation. Each year, the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation chooses 20 single
men and women that exemplify leadership
qualities, are active in volunteer roles
and have excelled in the Arizona
business community to be AZ's FINEST
Honorees. As part of their recognition,
each Honoree agrees to raise a minimum
of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000) on
behalf of CFF. Proceeds from AZ's FINEST
will be quickly translated into
scientific advances, 90 cents of every
dollar raised is used to fund research
to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and
fund the CF Care Centers at Phoenix
Children's Hospital and the University
Medical Center in Tucson.
At the end of their journey all Honorees are celebrated at the Honoree Recognition Dinner hosted by ABC 15 Anchor Katie Raml on July 21, 2007, at the Hotel Valley Ho. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
XLII 2008 Volunteer Draft April 28th
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has announced its plans to hold a “Volunteer Draft” at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 28th, in conjunction with the Arizona Cardinals draft day event. The event will take place at the Insight Club East on the concourse level of the stadium.
“We are very excited about our Volunteer Draft,” said Host Committee President Bob Sullivan. “We need to assemble a team of 10,000 volunteers for Super Bowl XLII, and the people that sign up with us on Draft Day will all be first-round picks. We plan to engage our volunteers on a monthly basis, and this Draft party is our way of inviting Arizona residents to join our team.”
As of March 24th, 2007, prospective volunteers can sign up at www.azsuperbowl.com to become official volunteers for Super Bowl XLII; volunteer activities during Super Bowl week will include working at NFL Experience and volunteer headquarters, as well as in the transportation, hospitality, special events and office operations areas. Interested participants may also sign up by attending the Volunteer Draft on April 28th to become a first-round pick of the Host Committee. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and will include appearances by Cardinals players, coaches and cheerleaders, Spike the Super Ball and Big Red. There will be entertainment, food, raffle prizes and giveaways, a Kids Zone with face painting and balloon artists, and Spike will give out t-shirts to all those who sign up to join his Super Crew of volunteers. Attendees should park in the East General lot and enter at Gate 3.
“The Host Committee volunteers are the heart of Arizona’s Super Bowl,” said Carolyn Pattison, the Host Committee’s Vice President of Hospitality Services. “There will be approximately 200,000 people coming to our community during Super Bowl week, and our volunteers are the most recognizable state representatives. We are looking for proud Arizonans who want to help our guests have the most enjoyable Super Bowl experience possible.”
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, not-for-profit Arizona corporation that serves as a liaison with the National Football League in organizing local efforts and preparations leading up to the Super Bowl. It has the responsibility to implement Arizona’s action plan for Super Bowl XLII, which culminates with the game on Feb. 3, 2008 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
RACEWAY WELCOMES NAPA
FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST TRUCK SHOWS IN THE SOUTHWEST
April 6, 2007(Phoenix, AZ) Firebird Raceway is proud to announce a new partnership with NAPA Auto Parts as presenting sponsor of the TIRE PROS MONSTER JAMMIN' NATIONALS. The event is scheduled April 28 & 29, 2007.
This event is in the ninth year at Firebird Raceway and considered one of the largest truck shows in the southwest. NAPA has made a splash in the motorsports category with other sponsorships with SPEED TV, and IHRA. ³Our clients are involved in motorsports by racing, watching and working on these fast vehicles. We want to be where our clients are, and that is AT the track,² said Terry Porco, NAPA Phoenix Sales Manager.
“We are extremely pleased to have NAPA signed on as a sponsor for this event. They have proven to be an enthusiastic partner that not only supports their programs from a national level, they ensure the Arizona stores get behind the activation,” said Franki Buckman, Vice President of Firebird Raceway.
FIREBIRD RACEWAY is home to more than 25 events each year including; NHRA Checker Schuck¹s Kragen National Drag Races, IHBA Coors Light World Finals Speed Boat Races, All Harley Drag Races and Santa¹s World. Located in Chandler off of I-10 and Wild Horse Pass, Firebird Raceway first opened in 1983 and is a proud member of the Gila River Indian Community. For more information call 602.268.0200 or online at www.firebirdraceway.com
NAPA was founded in 1925 to meet America's growing need for a world-class auto parts distribution system. By providing excellent customer service for more than 70 years, NAPA has become the industry leader. NAPA's strength is unrivaled, with 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 69 Distribution Centers, over 12,000 affiliated NAPA AutoCare repair facilities, 200,000 parts in inventory every day, and more ASE-Certified Parts Professionals than anyone in the industry. NAPA is also a leading supplier of specialty parts and equipment for the collision repair, heavy-duty truck, and industrial markets. NAPA serves automotive consumers through the UAP division in Canada, Auto Todo in Mexico and with other locations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Online at www.napaonline.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
40th Anniversary of
Ballet Arizona presents Mixed Repertory
April 13-15 at the Orpheum Theatre
Phoenix, AZ (March 2007) Ballet Arizona presents a celebration of dance that includes ballets from three of the world¹s greatest choreographers; from classical to contemporary, it¹s the perfect evening of dance.
George Balanchine Rubies: Opening Night April 13th is the 40th year anniversary of Rubies! It was originally performed by the New York City ballet on April 13th 1967. It¹s a ballet lover¹s fantasy! Originally part of Jewels, a three-act full-length ballet, Rubies is a witty ballet inspired by the work of jewelry designer Claude Arpels. Danced to Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, Rubies reveals the spirit, color and fundamental nature of the jewel itself. This exciting ballet is a burst of dazzling red on stage, full of pure athleticism and passion that will stimulate the senses and quicken the pulse.
Top Ballet Arizona dancer and soloist in Rubies, Natalia Magnicaballi on the ballet: “Rubies, with Stravinsky¹s bright, bouncy Capriccio, is the second section of Balanchine¹s full-length ballet, Jewels. He created this ballet based on the beauty of precious gems. It is so wonderful that Ib is bringing this marvelous piece to Phoenix. I¹m sure it will delight the audience as much as it did when the ballet premiered in NYC in 1967.”
Twyla Tharp The Golden Section
Ballet Arizona is thrilled to present this rapturous ballet by Twyla Tharp (recently she choreographed the hit Broadway show Movin’ Out set to the music of Billy Joel). The Golden Section, created as the explosive finale of The Catherine Wheel, a collaborative piece by Twyla Tharp and David Byrne (of The Talking Heads), expresses the joy and fiery energy of a select group of individuals.
Twyla Tharp on The Golden Section: "the dancers stormed the stage with a new, positive energy" and anything that wasn't sheer dancing "disappeared into a harmonious wash of light, costumes, music and movement." The scene was "an abstract arena of pure energy." Dressed in dancer/athlete get-ups of burnished golds, as if they were all Olympic champions, the seven male and six female dancers sail, soar, and tear through the air of the stage's golden, glowing light”
August Bournonville Kovservatoriet and Flower Festival in Genzano (pas de deux): Pure and rich, the ballets by Bournonville represent classic ballet at its best. Danced to music by Holger Simon Paulli, Konservatoriet is the Danish word meaning conservatory, or a place of study. In this ballet, the dancers act as pupils in the setting of an old Parisian ballet studio. For Flower Festival, Ballet Arizona¹s costume department is recreating a look that is 150 years old!
WHAT: Mixed Repertory presented by Ballet Arizona
WHEN: April 13, 2007 at 8 p.m. April 14, 2007 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 15, 2007 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre 203 West Adams Street Phoenix, AZ
TICKETS: $10, $25, $40, $57, $77, $104
Special reduced pricing for Saturday matinees;
All shows: children 12 and under 50% off;
Discounts also available for seniors, students, K-12 teachers, active duty military, and groups of 10 or more
Phone: Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096
In Person: Ballet Arizona Box Office 3645 East Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ
(Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.) or visit any Ticketmaster Outlet
Online: www.balletaz.org or www.ticketmaster.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Coming to Phoenix
Gary Kaltbaum, Fox News Channel business
Contributor and host of the popular
radio show "Investor's Edge" heard live
Monday-Friday on KFNN 1510 at 3 pm will
be appearing at the Wyndham Downtown
Phoenix on April 28th from 9am-noon.
Gary will be going over many of his
disciplines. He will be going over
market conditions as well as his
favorite longs and shorts.The cost is
$20 per person, including a personalized
autographed copy of his book. There will
be limited seating. Registration is
required.To register email
name, phone number, how many people and
their names. Someone will contact you to
Desert Dance Theatre presents "Aesthetic Radix" on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at Mesa Arts Center – Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater. The fundraising event starting at 6:30pm will include: food, silent auction, raffle and fun! RSVP by April 13. The performance begins at 7:30pm. The company will premiere new works along with a variety of works from their eclectic repertory. Featured guest artists, Meadowlark (New World Music) will perform live in collaboration with company choreographers and artistic directors of Desert Dance Theatre, Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis, Other dances to be performed include choreography by Billbob Brown, Laurie Eisenhower, and Marion Kirk Jones.
information contact Desert Dance
Theatre, 480-962-4584 or go to
For info about Meadowlark, go to
PHOENIX COYOTES TO HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME BUILD
Players, Wives, and Staff Assisted in Building Home
When: Monday, April 2nd, 1:30 P.M.
Who: Coyotes players, front office and staff, Habitat for Humanity Valley of the Sun,
Realty Executives, Centex Homes, City of Glendale and the Klomega family
What: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the home. The build began December 18th, 2006 in the Jobing.com Arena parking lot and is now completed.
Where: 5914 W. Northview Ave., Glendale
Cave Creek Museum FUNdraiser Adventure
We have partnered with Johnny Ringo from Carefree Adventures to offer you a wonderful four hour adventure. Please check your calendars and support the museum.
Museum FUNdraiser Adventure - Rackensack
Canyon / Gold Mine
You will begin your Arizona journey as Carefree Adventures customized off-road vehicles tour guides round you up at the Cave Creek Museum.
The ride to your destination is not only exciting but also very picturesque. We will be heading north into Tonto National Forest down a winding road to Rackensack Canyon. We enter the canyon and take a trail with thrilling twists and turns while ascending to a beautiful mountaintop at approximately 4,500 feet elevation. Load your camera for some magnificent photo of the 4 peaks, Weavers Needle and Superstition Mountains. We can't forget our Cave Creek Complex fire. See our exclusive slide shop of the first spark that started it all. Witness Mother Nature rejuvenating back to her beautiful High Chaparral.
As you enter the mine, you'll be equipped with hard hats, flashlights, and the feeling of unknown territory which will keep your adrenalin pumping as you follow the same vein of Gold as Old Rackensack did, and leave with lasting memories of the Old West.
Your guides will tell you about mining in the area and the tales of one of the most colorful characters of that ear. Edward G. Cave, nicknamed 'old Rackensack' came to Arizona in 1870 with a gambling spirit to try his hand at a desert fortune.
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended. Souvenir leather bookmarks are included and e-mail photos(upon request) of your experience will be worth their weight in GOLD!
Reservations are required! Please
contact the CAVE CREEK MUSEUM at
480-488-2764 Price $100.00 per person
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HARLEY DRAG RACING
RETURNS TO FUEL THE EXCITEMENT OF ARIZONA BIKE WEEK.
The All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) will make its first Western appearance of the 2007 season on March 31st and April 1st at Firebird International Raceway in conjunction with Arizona Bike Week.
The Screamin' Eagle Arizona Bike Week Nationals Presented By Chandler Harley-Davidson and Arrowhead Harley-Davidson will host sixteen classes of competition, including a monster field of Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harleys that reach speeds up to 220 miles per hour.
Racing gets under way on Saturday, March 31st, with qualifying at 9:00 a.m.; on Sunday, eliminations begin with sportsman classes at 9:00a.m. and the Pros take the track at 12:30 p.m.
The Screamin' Eagle Arizona Bike Week Nationals is proud to host an Official H.O.G. Pit Stop at Firebird International Raceway. H.O.G. members will receive a free pin and refreshments with paid admission.
Admission is $50 for both days and $30 for single-day passes. Children 11 and under are admitted free, and H.O.G. members receive a $5 discount at the gate. AHDRA offers free admission for active and reserve military personnel.
In addition to the racing and H.O.G. PitStop, there will be vendors, and a manufacturers midway.
Fans can also meet custom bike builder, Kendall Johnson and local racer, Valerie Thompson. Thompson, of Scottsdale, AZ is rapidly gaining fame as a "GoDaddy.com girl" and was featured in 2007 Super Bowl commercials. Valerie will be campaign a racebike for GoDaddy.com during the 2007 race season. She will be signing autographs all weekend at Firebird Int¹l Raceway.
Also attending the event will be Willie G. Davidson- better known as Willie G, he is the grandson of one of the original founders of Harley-Davidson. Davidson will be signing autographs on Sunday at the H.O.G. Pit Stop at Firebird Raceway.
AHDRA welcomes Chandler and Arrowhead Harley-Davidson dealers as returning presenting sponsors of the event along with Screamin'Eagle Performance Parts returning as the title sponsor.
Chandler Harley-Davidson will kick off the racing weekend at the AHDRA Nitro Party on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00-7:00pm. In addition to food, there will be contest raffles, and discount race tickets. AHDRA riders also will be on hand to present a nitro preview as they fire up their machines on site at the dealership.
Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 56th Street and Chandler Blvd in Chandler, AZ. Discount race tickets are also available at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson which is located between 83rd Ave and the 101 Fwy- just south of Bell Rd. in Peoria, AZ. For more information on the pre-race activities, visit the dealer websites at www.chandlerharley.com or www.arrowheadharley.com or call (602) 923-4360. For more information on the Screamin' Eagle Arizona Bike Week Nationals Presented By Chandler and Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, or the 2007 Screamin'Eagle-AHDRA Championship Series, please call 336-924-2095 or visit www.ahdra.com
FIREBIRD RACEWAY is home to more than 25 events each year including; NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen National Drag Races, IHBA Coors Light World Finals Speed Boat Races, All Harley Drag Races and Santa's World. Located in Chandler off of I-10 and Wild Horse Pass, Firebird Raceway first opened in 1983 and is a proud member of the Gila River Indian Community. For more information call 602.268.0200 or online at www.firebirdraceway.com 220mph Top Fuel Nitro Harleys will compete at Firebird this weekend.
SCOTTSDALE WOMAN TO RACE VROD
DURING ALL HARLEY DRAG RACES AT FIREBIRD RACEWAY
Valerie Thompson of Scottsdale, AZ will race for the win at Firebird Raceway March 30- April 1, 2007 during the All Harley Drag Racing Association western opener.
Going into her sophomore year as a professional racer, Valerie Thompson will race in the most competitive class, the V Rod Destroyer. Faced with the challenge to outrace approximately forty riders in this class and 350 riders in the overall competition, Thompson views her chances as excellent; "This is my home track, I have a new motor, and I am focused", Thompson stated. Thompson is sponsored by Scottsdale based Hacienda Harley-Davidson. "Rick Hatch (owner of Hacienda Harley-Davidson) has been great to me, I enjoy working to represent his shop", continued Thompson.
Sponsorship has been key to her continued success on and off the track. GoDaddy.com signed Thompson this year and she was part of the famed Go Daddy Super bowl commercial. "I have had some great opportunities to work for Go Daddy. The Super bowl commercial was a hoot and I also had an appearance on the OCC with Paul and Paul Jr." Thompson has solicited and secured all her own sponsors and has the goal of owning her own team. Presently the bike she rides is owned by Rick Hatch of Hacienda Harley. "I hope to buy my own pro-stock bike next year; AFTER a winning season with AHDRA."
After blowing two motors and traveling the AHDRA circuit for fourteen races Thompson finished sixth nationally and comes into the 2007 season confident. ³I work seriously on my business, but when I hit the start line, I am completely focused on the race.² Thompson continued. Thompson secured fifteen sponsors in her first year on the circuit. Including: GoDaddy.com, Hacienda Harley-Davidson, Independent Cycle, MAC Tools, Screamin¹ Eagle Designs, D.M.E. Racing, Dirty Dogg Saloon, MTC Engineering, Red Line Oil, The Real Security, Monster Energy Drink, Phoenix Bikers.com, Custom Rod Gauges, 5-Ball Racing/Bikernet.com, AHDRA.
This weekend will include test n tune on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday. Thompson finished second last year and looks to take home the hometown win. More information online at www.vtracegirl.com ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Public Service Announcement Noise Self Regulated for Motorcyclists in Carefree and Cave Creek.
There will be a “Listen Up” event during bike week on March 30th, 31st and April 1st at Harold¹s Cave Creek Coral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. Barry Caraway of Cyclerides.com will emcee the event. Be informed, take the time to attend
Times of the event:
Friday March 30th 2.00 p.m. 5 p.m.
Saturday March 31st 10.00 a.m. 1.00 p.m and 4.00 p.m. 6.00 p.m.
Sunday April 1st 10.00 a.m. 2.00 p.m.
Members of the Motorcycle Industry Co-uncil (MIC) and American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) will be in attendance.
For further information call Harold’s (480) 488-1906 or visit www.carefree.org ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Photo by
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on April 10, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is presented with support from Betty Hum and Alan Yudell with additional support provided by New England Foundation for the Arts.
Single tickets are available for $42 through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org .
The company will perform three works from its repertoire, including Crises (1960) with costumes by artist Robert Rauschenberg; CRWDSPCR (1993) featuring computer-generated choreography and a Blues-inspired score by John King; and the recently commissioned eyeSpace (2006) with designs by Miami artist Daniel Arsham.
Merce Cunningham is widely recognized as the greatest living choreographer. Earlier in his career he was also one of the greatest American dancers. After five years as a soloist in the company of Martha Graham, he began choreographing independently, and in 1953 he formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company which gave its first performance at Black Mountain College. In his many works for the company, he has been noted for his collaborations with contemporary visual artists and musicians, especially with composer John Cage. In the course of their work together, they proposed a number of radical innovations, including the extensive use of chance in dance and music. Known for using cutting-edge technology, Cunningham¹s pioneering work in video and film enlarged the possibilities of choreography for the camera.
LOCATION AND PARKING
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East Second Street in downtown Scottsdale, four blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road The amphitheater is located on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall at 75th Street and Main Street. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and directly behind Los Olivos restaurant on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance our audience members¹ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assisted listening devices and wheelchair seating are always available. Visit our Web site www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or contact the box office at (480) 994-ARTS [TDD: (480) 874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.
A $3 discount per ticket is available for groups of 15 or more (subject to restriction and limitation). Call (480) 874-4657 for more information.
Students with valid student identification may purchase half-price tickets (subject to availability; limit one per student) 72 hours before any performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office. Tickets must be purchased in-person; phone orders are not accepted.
SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Opened in 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is one of the leading arts presenters in the Southwest, offering exceptional and culturally diverse performances of classical and world music, contemporary dance, jazz, comedy and theater. More than 1,000 performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are showcased annually serving more than 300,000 people. Performances take place in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts¹ 838-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater and 136-seat Stage 2, the 2,200-seat amphitheater on the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and the 326-seat Theater 4301 @ Galleria Corporate Centre. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts¹ educational programs reach more than 43,000 school children each year, and its free programs are available to the entire public. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts also produces the acclaimed Scottsdale Arts Festival every March; Sunday A¹Fair, a series of free outdoor music festivals held on Sunday afternoons from January to April; and Native Trails, a collaboration with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau that features free demonstrations of Native American arts and culture from January to April. Open daily and through evening performances, The Store @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers imaginative gifts for all occasions, including contemporary jewelry and home furnishings, music, books, greeting cards, novelty items and toys.
The Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, to administer certain city arts and cultural projects and to manage the City-owned Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art Program. The programs of the Scottsdale Cultural Council are made possible, in part, by the support of members and donors and grants received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
CANADIAN DANCE COMPANY TURNS
CONVENTION ON ITS EAR
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal: Minus One
April 6 7, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal on April 6 7, 2007, at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the Soaring Inspirations Series presented by the Daron and Ron Barness Family Foundation. The program is presented with support from Suzanne T. and Irving D. Karpas Jr. Foundation.
Single tickets are available for $47 through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org .
Considered by many to be Canada¹s premier dance company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal will perform Minus One, an emotionally charged and highly entertaining work created for the troupe by the renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Radically breaking from the traditions of classical ballet, Minus One brings together song, dance and cabaret in an inspiring, eight-part program. The dancers use their voices as well as their bodies and even invite audience members onto the stage. Dynamic, playful and full of surprises, Minus One turns convention on its ear and has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Led by Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal defines daring. The company was founded by Ludmilla Chiriaeff in 1957 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2006-07 season. Throughout its history, Les Grands Ballets has presented a wide variety of ballets ranging from the great classics to groundbreaking 20th-century works by Balanchine, Jooss, Nijinsky and many others. The company has fostered artists who have achieved international renown and stands out for presenting the work of the world¹s foremost choreographers. It regularly tours throughout Europe and North America.
ARTISTS RESPOND TO HURRICANE KATRINA
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Uprooted: The Katrina Project on April 21st, 2007, at Theater 4301 in downtown Scottsdale. Proceeds from the event benefit local Hurricane Katrina survivor relief. Single tickets are available for $25 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org .
Developed by Alternate ROOTS and co-commissioned by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Uprooted is an artist collective of actors, dancers, musicians and poets who were affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Now, traveling the country, they share their stories while engaging in art for social change and delivering a taste of home to the displaced. Story Continues
Celebrating their 10th season of smashingly successful performances in the United States and abroad, the eleven electrifying dancers of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet return to the Webb Center Friday, March 23rd, 7:30 pm with a diverse program featuring choreography by their veteran directors: Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has
brought their innovative style to the
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as well as New
York’s Joyce Theatre. Discover the company
whose sophisticated style and refreshing
repertoire makes it a leader in the next
generation of American contemporary ballet
and a "company to see again and again." -The
Salt Lake Tribune
“Aspen Santa Fe Ballet went for broke. . .with magical and poetic results." – The New York Post
“If there's a classically trained company of the future, it's Aspen Santa Fe Ballet." – The Boston Herald
Sponsored by: Arizona Commission on the Arts, Dance on Tour, WESTAF
Scottsdale Public Art Program completion
Jarvis Rockwell's wall drawing in the Civic Center Library
The Scottsdale Public Art Program is pleased to announce the completion of Jarvis Rockwell's wall drawing in the Civic Center Library! This yet-to-be titled piece will be unveiled on: Saturday, March 24, 2006 at 3:30pm in the Civic Center Library. Please join us for the opportunity to view this masterful work and meet Mr. Rockwell himself. Light refreshments will be served.
Rockwell's latest drawing is the result
of his five-month artist's residency in
Scottsdale, during which time Rockwell
also oversaw installation of MAYA II
See link , his monumental toy
pyramid. Commissioned by the Scottsdale
Public Art Program, the drawing in the
Civic Center Library commenced in
mid-November. Due to the intricate,
fine-lined nature of the work, it took
Rockwell almost four months of nearly
daily work to complete the piece. Those
same intricacies encourage viewers to
get close and study the work, thus
allowing for a more intimate
relationship with the drawing than that
generally achieved with two-dimensional
Jarvis Rockwell began his wall drawings series in 2000, but this exquisite work is the first to belong to a public art program. The only others in existence are: on the walls of Rockwell's Massachusetts home, an entryway to a Williamstown, MA restaurant, and within MassMOCA (where the original MAYA was housed). These masterful works are all drawn in a freeform, stream-of-consciousness style, with Rockwell allowing his hand, rather than his mind, to lead him. While the style of the drawings is consistent, each one serves as a snapshot of a point in time or a certain mind frame for Rockwell, and thus are each decidedly different. Some architectural, some playful, each is inviting, challenging, and most of all, stunning.
SMoCA and the creative community wish to continue helping the arts flourish throughout the Valley with ASU Art Museum, March 31st event, "Carnaval do Rio" to support the arts around the city.
You and your guests are cordially invited to the First Annual ASU Art Museum Carnaval do Rio - OBA! celebration and auction. Saturday, March 31, 2007, 7pm - Whenever it Ends, ASU Art Museum * 10th Street and Mill Avenue, Tempe.
Festive Cocktail Attire (Boas & Beads Preferred), Silent Auctions & Live Auction with complimentary Cigar Bar, Bistro Stations, Open bar featuring Specialty Drinks, Live Entertainment, and Dancing. TICKET PRICE Non-Museum Members $150, Museum Members $100 PURCHASE TICKETS at www.asuartmuseum.asu.edu/carnival Or call 480.965.ARTS to purchase or for Group Ticket Pricing
Asia de Cuba at The Mondrian Hotel , Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa , Rio Sabor Brazil Steakhouse,
Corona , Don Julio Tequila, Moet Hennessy
Bell Lexus , Cranial Crush Consulting, Latino Future Magazine , Latino Perspectives Magazine , El Gordo Cigar Company,
The Ivy Council , Village Health Clubs & Spas
CHAIRS Annie Wacker, Nancy Lyon - HONORARY CHAIRS Jose Habre, Chair, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., Stephane Janssen, Kwang-Wu Kim, Dean, Herberger College of Fine Arts, Daniel T. Klutznick, Thomas J. Klutznick Company, Matt Molina, Publisher, Latino Future Magazine, Ricardo Torres, Publisher/CEO, Latino Perspectives Magazine, Luz Sarmina-Gutierrez, President & CEO, Valle del Sol, Mikki & Stan Weithorn
Step into the creative confines
of the Third Annual Arizona Fine
Art EXPO and you¹ll immediately
sense a superb and beautiful
exhibition like none other.
This event began January 11th
and only has 11 days left to
enjoy this astonishing fine art
experience. Meet 115 nationally
acclaimed and award-winning
artists and watch them create
and develop the finest paintings
and sculptures in the state of
Arizona. This 10-week event
ends March 25th and takes place
on the southeast corner of
Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak
Roads in Scottsdale.
This unique event showcases juried artists applying their skills in a working studio environment, giving patrons unprecedented access to some of the world¹s most gifted painters, sketch artists, welders, sculptors, glass blowers and more.
Complementing this fine arts
event are the fine foods served
at the Café de EXPO hosted by
Chompie¹s New York Style Deli.
While roaming the sculpture
garden, you¹ll have a chance to
dine alongside a life-sized
bronze, sip a great cup of
coffee while conversing with
working artists or visit the
outdoor working cabanas and
watch the spectacular colored
sparks of metal being welded.
See the master glass blower,
Bruce Freund, as he shapes a
glowing bowl or vase out of a
simple gather of glass. All the
while, relaxing music will
resonate throughout the venue,
creating an ideal ambiance for
fine art viewing.
The last scheduled entertainment for this season will be Mexican Folkloric Dancers held this Saturday, March 17th at 2pm. Enjoy the colorful costumes, traditions and fancy footsteps.
If you are looking for a meeting location for a group of people, specialty luncheons or club meetings, the Arizona Fine Art EXPO is the place to go. Art on display is for sale or may be commissioned by the patrons, designers, corporate collectors, landscape designers and art collectors.
About the Arizona Fine Art EXPO The Arizona Fine Art EXPO, a production of Thunderbird Artists of Fountain Hills, Ariz., the leading provider of fine art and wine festivals throughout the Southwest, combines the aspects of a juried fine art festival, the elements of a gallery and the inner-workings of an artist¹s studio. The EXPO takes place on the southeast corner of Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Roads, Scottsdale, Ariz. Season pass is $7, $6 for seniors and military, children under 12 are free. Parking is free too. More information is available by visiting our website at http://www.arizonafineartexpo.com
USMC Award for
Courage & Commitment
For the next month Studio 28 at the Arizona Fine Art Expo is home to the Teresa Hansen Art Collection. Hansen, a Colorado based artist has been awarded for her fine detail in portraits of stylized realism and figurative sculpture. Much of Hansen’s work focuses on children and animals. Particularly well known is "Star Struck," a limited edition life size bronze sculpture of child with starfish, "Healing Touch," a bronze sculpture depicting mother and child and "Gifts of Nature," a limited edition life-size bronze sculpture of three girls.
Jason Dreweck, Hansen’s representative says that they have participated in many art shows over the past twenty years; but this year’s art show, Arizona Fine Art EXPO in Scottsdale , will undoubtedly be the most memorable. Hansen is the first artist to design the Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment. Hansen is donating the relief that she has created while working at the Fine Art EXPO.
The Award is given annually by the Basilone Award Committee on February 19th- Iwo Jima Day. However, the recipient is picked by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps; currently Sergeant Major John L.Estrada. The Award is in memory of GySgt. Basilone, a nationally known and widely loved World War II Marine hero. Basilone received the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.The purpose behind Basilone Award is to honor an enlisted Marine resonating the same courage, commitment and excellence that Basilone exhibited.
The Basilone Award Committee, located in Manassas, Virginia was unaware of Hansen’s talents and had struggled to have previous awards made at local award shops. Dreweck and Hansen spend time in San Diego, California and were intrigued as to why a stretch of Highway 5 in the San Diego area was named after Basilone. Researching Basilone’s life moved them to contact the Committee and offer to contribute. Originally the plan for the 2007 Award was a drawing. But Hansen felt that a relief would be more appropriate in honoring Basilone and the 2007 Marine recipient.
Chuck Tatum, Honorary Chair of
the Award Committee and Iwo Jima
survivor who served with
Basilone feels that his Gunny
would be proud of the Award.
Tatum says “Basilone was from a
large family and wanted to have
lots of children with his wife
Lena; so he is sure that
Basilone would have liked
Those wishing to see Hansen’s work and maybe take a sneak peak at the Basilone Award can do so seven days a week from 10-6 until March 25, 2007 at 23023 North Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak; Scottsdale, Arizona- Studio 28. For more information on Basilone’s life, go to www.johnbasilonestampcampaign.com . To view Teresa Hansen's entire portfolio, please visit www.teresahansen.com .
COYOTES PROUD TO INTRODUCE ‘HOCKEY ‘N
Saturday, March 24th, 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
The Phoenix Coyotes are excited to announce the first installment of ‘Hockey ‘n Heels,’ a fun and interactive time for women to learn about the sport of hockey. Beginner female hockey fans who want to learn more about the great sport are invited to Jobing.com Arena on Saturday, March 24th, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. to receive some great insight into the sport from experts.
There will be on-ice instruction (no
skates necessary) with former NHL
players and Coyotes staff that will give
lessons on the rules of the game, a
coach’s chat and other behind-the-scenes
Tickets are only $100 and include:
Admission to the Premier Hockey ‘n Heels program designed for the female audience
A lower bowl ticket (regular $55) for the Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars game March 24th 7PM
The opportunity to meet former NHL players and Coyotes Radio and TV Personalities
Pre-game Happy Hour complete with appetizers, drinks, games and prizes on the Terrace Patio following the event
A copy of the book “Hockey & High Heels” by Lisa Ovens
Space is limited to the first 200 participants. Must be 21 or older. For more information and to sign up, fans can call Scott Schiff at 623.772.3461 or visit www.phoenixcoyotes.com
Make A Difference Serve A Thon for
3000 Volunteers Serve Children and Education in State’s Largest Day of Service for Schools
Serve A Thon will bring together the talents, time and energy of hard-working volunteers to meet the needs of the community’s most valuable resource: our schools. Volunteers will be helping with large-scale revitalization and beautification projects as well as hosting social activities to serve students and families! Through corporate sponsorship and individual pledges, the event will also raise vital funds that allow Make A Difference to continue meeting needs in the community through meaningful volunteer action throughout the year.
Valley wide on Saturday, April 21st, in partnership with Valley schools, Make A Difference will train and mobilize teams of volunteers to brighten classrooms, clean up school campuses, paint murals, organize supplies, host fairs for the students and much much more! 3,000 corporate, civic and individual volunteers in a day of hands-on community service for Valley schools. Teams of volunteers will dedicate 20,000 hours of volunteer service to Valley school children, creating cleaner, safer and more stimulating environments in which to learn. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Projects Completed All Over the Valley! 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Celebration at Phoenix Convention Center Visit www.makeadifference.org or call 602.973.2212
ARIZONA RANKED FIRST IN U.S. FOR
FOUR STRAIGHT YEARS AT #1
(FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION DATA JUST RELEASED THIS MORNING)
Chris Pierson, an attorney with the Phoenix office of Lewis and Roca LLP who established the firm’s Cybersecurity/Cyberliability group, is available to discuss the 2006 results released this morning from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data. The results announced that Arizona is ranked first in the nation for identity theft complaints. This is the fourth year in a row that Arizona has been #1 in the U.S. for identity theft. Four years ago, Arizona jumped to #1 beating California, which has the 5th largest Gross National Product in the world. During the past four years the Southwestern U.S. has seen an increase in identity theft with Arizona, Nevada, and California being the top three states in the U.S. for identity theft these past two years.
Specific breakdowns of identity theft in Arizona for 2006 include the following:
Employment Related Fraud – 39%
Credit Card Fraud – 15%
Bank Fraud – 13%
Government Documents/Benefits Fraud – 6%
Pierson can address what these results mean to consumers, how consumers can protect themselves and what factors contribute to these shocking rankings. He is also available to discuss the Cyber/Internet side of identity theft including data breaches, phishing and other online risks for consumers. Lewis and Roca’s Cybersecurity/Cyberliability group handled the first data breach in the U.S. and has been involved with some of the largest data breaches to date.
To review Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data for 2006, visit http://www.consumer.gov/sentinel/index.html For more information contact Abbie Fink or Jolinda Nestor at 602-957-8881 or contact Christopher Pierson direct at his office 602-262-5763.
STUDENT SHOW CELEBRATES THE CREATIVE
“Thanks to BRIO instructors, releasing your ‘inner artist’ can be an exciting experience,” says Diane Sanborn, co-director of the Scottsdale Airpark fine arts center. “Our third annual student art show dramatizes just how rewarding that experience can be.” Encompassing a variety of mediums, ranging from oils, acrylics and watercolors to prints, drawings and papermaking, the non-juried exhibit showcases works from dozens of participants.
One of the stars of the show, Dyanne Fiorucci Siders, 60, discovered her “inner artist” in oil painting. “I took classes from Diane at Paradise Valley Community College and followed her to Scottsdale when she and her husband opened the art center,” says Siders. “I was very shy and easily intimidated at the beginning and find Diane to be extremely helpful and encouraging.” The semi-abstract painting exhibited in the show, entitled “Betty’s Inspiration”, is distinguished by exuberant colors and unique textures. (Siders often uses a comb and palette knife to apply finishing touches.) “Dyanne has made such progress, we’re staging a solo exhibit of her work next year,” says Sanborn.
A student of BRIO instructor Dianne Burkhardt, member of the Arizona Print Group, John Erwin is exhibiting his charming, historic-looking print “San Xavier del Bac” in the show. “I’ve been taking classes at BRIO for two years and also take advantage of their Saturday morning Open Studios,” says Erwin, 56. This dedicated student is eagerly anticipating internationally-famous Dan Welden’s appearance at BRIO next month. A master printmaker and pioneer of the solar plate process, Welden is teaching a special workshop April 12th-14th, assisted by Burkhardt.
“I’m a freelance graphic designer and wanted to try something new and different in terms of art,” says Sara Becker, 44. “ BRIO’s Susan Falcon-Hargraves is such a great teacher, I’m taking my second acrylic painting course with her.” (A distinguished artist in her own right, Falcon-Hargraves will have a solo exhibit at the West Valley Art Museum next year.) Drawn to portraiture, Becker is showing her endearing painting entitled “Grandma Ann” in the show. “Since I dislike painting figures on a blinding, white canvas, I initially concentrate on the background,” says Becker, commenting on her individual creative process. “Sara’s backgrounds are very impressive and unusual,” says Falcon-Hargraves. “By painting several layers, a multitude of colors show through.”
The BRIO Fine Arts Center Student Show opens Saturday evening, March 3rd, with a reception from 6-9pm. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for BEST OF SHOW and prizes will be awarded. Refreshments will be served and live music provided. Artwork will be for sale; MasterCharge and VISA honored. For a list of BRIO’s spring/summer art classes for adults and children, visit www.briofinearts.com BRIO Fine Arts Center, is located at 8340 E. Raintree Drive, C-6, Scottsdale. Three blocks west of loop 101 on Raintree. Hours are M-F 9-5 and Sat. 9-12. 480-941-8310.
new Executive Director
for the Cave Creek / Carefree Chambers of Commerce
Ian Ellison is the new Executive Director for the Cave Creek / Carefree Chambers of Commerce taking over for David Lewis. Ian Ellison recently was a business improvement consultant specializing in the elimination of waste (processes and procedures), in Phoenix Arizona.
Ian is a recognized executive with expertise in operations, administration, communicating and problem solving. During his career, he has successfully turned around companies that were on the brink of collapse. He then led those companies back to being a significant player in the market and producing a quality product.
In addition, he has provided a key impact in economic development in the Southern Arizona market. Through his involvement in community and business to business activities, and as Executive Director and leader in the Southern Arizona Industry and Aerospace Alliance he has forged business alliances that have spurred economic growth.
Ian began his career in the rubber manufacturing industry as a counter salesman. He has risen through the ranks in progressively responsible positions, namely: Plant Manager, General Manager, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and ultimately President and CEO. His areas of expertise included turning two companies around into highly profitable corporations.
Ian has been extremely active in the community in programs that assisted and developed small businesses. He was an Ambassador for both the Cave Creek / Carefree and Scottsdale Chambers of Commerce before taking up his current position as Executive Director.
Ian undertook his education in Rhodesia under the auspices of Cambridge University and the City and Guilds London University and has lived in Arizona for 29 years.
Seeking Nominees for Community
The Community Megastar Award was created in 2005, and recognizes the community outreach efforts of micro-businesses. The award is available for businesses in existence for more than two years that are either run by only the owner, or by the owner and 15 or less employees. Nominees are being sought by Maximize Your Publicity, LLC a Glendale-based public relations firm for this years award. To get nomination information visit www.MaximizeYourPublicity.com/megastar.htm . Deadline for receiving nominations is April 6th. Award winners will be announced in April during Community Spirit Days.
“This year the program is expanded to a national level. Because this recognizes micro-businesses for their community effort, each city will be able to have a winner in each of the categories,” said Julia-Isabel Davenport, MBA, owner of Maximize Your Publicity(Photo Right). “Micro-businesses contribute so much to their community. This is a wonderful way for their community to recognize them.”
Classical Chamber Quartet
with a Twist:
Quartetto Gelato in One Night Exclusive Concert at Webb Center
Classical in intent but eclectic by design, the chamber ensemble Quartetto Gelato brings a combination of exceptional musicianship and invigorating on-stage charisma. Quartetto Gelato will perform their Latin America: Hot and Cool program at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30pm.
The exotic sound of Quartetto Gelato is often immediately recognizable to listeners of NPR, PRI, CBC and other classical radio networks. They break the traditional trend of quartets by incorporating operatic tenor, violin and mandolin by Peter DeSotto, accordion, piano and bandoneon by Alexander Sevastian, cello by Elinor Frey and clarinet from Shalom Bard. Their unique instrumentation has a new and fresh sound that critics throughout the world have loved. Their blend, style and humor in live performance create an instant appreciation from audience members regardless of the listener’s classical music experience.
Since their inception in 1996, Quartetto Gelato has become one of the classical genres most sought after chamber ensembles. With their initial recordings that year and exceptional live performances, they were named NPR Performance Today’s Debut Artist of the Year. Each of their subsequent recorded releases and live performances has met with similar acclaim and accolades.
Their Latin America: Hot and Cool program features songs primarily from Hispanic composers ranging from pop too classical. The selections display the variety of styles mastered by Latin composers. The program will include “La Flor de la Canela” (Cinnamon Flower) by Isabel “Chabuca” Granda, “Besame Mucho” (Kiss Me a Lot) by Consuelo Velasquez, “Suite Latinoamericana” by Hilario Duran, “Milonga” by Aberto Ginastera, “Meditango” by Astor Piazzola, “Longina” by Manuel Corona, “Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel, “Tango del Mare” by N. Salerno, “Choros No. 5” (“Alma Brasileira”) by Heitor Villa Lobos, “Tico Tico” by Zequinha Abreu, “Under Paris Skies” (Sous le Ciel de Paris) by Gannon/Giraud, “Konzerstuck” Opus 79 by C.M. Von Weber and “Romanian Caravan” by various composers.
Tickets to hear Quartetto Gelato on Thursday, March 29 are now on sale through the Webb Center Box Office for $25 (students 18 and younger are $5). To reserve your tickets, please visit www.delewebbcenter.org or call (928)684-6624.
FOR A DRUG-FREE AMERICA ARIZ CHAPTER
TEAMS UP WITH MOHAVE COUNTY
The Mohave County Tobacco Use Prevention Program (McTUPP) has become an alliance partner with The Partnership for Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter to raise awareness and educate the community on the drug threats facing our children. Thanks to a generous grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation, this innovative new partnership will promote drug prevention education and information to parents, healthcare providers, community members and teens in the Bullhead City area. As an alliance member, McTUPP will utilize the research based education and media messages from the The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Community awareness programs such as parental/caregiver and youth education and professional training will also be provided by the Arizona Chapter to McTUPP.
According to Susan Williams, program manager of McTUPP, the new collaboration is a good fit with McTUPP’s already existing mission. “The topic of drug prevention and smart choices for youth is already a part of our curriculum. This alliance with The Partnership is a natural expansion for McTUPP and our programs,” said Williams.
The alliance coordinator for the Bullhead City area is Carol Smith-Carter. Smith-Carter was McTUPP’S Community Health Educator in Lake Havasu City. “This is an exciting opportunity to develop and implement a quality drug awareness and prevention program. The Partnership for a Drug- Free America and McTUPP will bring years of professional experience and dedication to Mohave County.”
Ron TenBarge, vice president of program development for the BHHS Legacy Foundation stated, “One of our funding priorities is to improve community health and quality of life through prevention, education and awareness. This collaborative effort will help address a major concern in our area. Drug education is vital to the control and eradication of drug use among our children and families.”
Leslie Bloom, executive director for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter said, “The alliance program is essential to our state. It allows us to effectively service the needs of communities that are seeking our expertise and public awareness resources. Our goal is to create a statewide network of organizations and community groups that will benefit from the Partnership’s 20 year history of proven effective campaigns.” Bloom added, “We are proud to have McTUPP as a community alliance member. We know it will be a partnership that will help save lives and we are truly grateful for BHHS Legacy Foundation’s investment in this program for Bullhead City. We also sincerely thank Thunderbirds Charities, for its founding support and investment in our statewide Community Alliance Program.”
To become an “alliance member” the group must be a coalition or task force dedicated to substance abuse prevention. For more information about becoming an Alliance Partner, contact The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter office at 602-664-5987 or e-mail the Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about the alliance in the Bullhead City area, contact Carol Smith-Carter at 928-453-0734 or email@example.com
About The Partnership for a Drug-Free America The Partnership for a Drug-Free America was formed in 1986 by the communications industry to educate children, parents and communities about the consequences of illicit drug use and the benefits of living drug-free. The Partnership is highly regarded for its proven effective media campaigns and public awareness programs. Independent studies from academia, business and science document the profound impact of The Partnership’s programs on attitudes and behavior.
The Arizona Chapter was established in 2003 to carry out The Partnership’s mission to reduce illicit drug use in America and throughout the state while meeting the unique needs of Arizona communities. The Partnership is a privately funded, 501-c-3 organization.
Through its programs, the Arizona Chapter inspires and persuades Arizonans to join in a united effort to prevent illicit drug use among teens through community-based education. The research-based public education campaigns reach parents and children through public service announcements, parent outreach programs, pediatricians, public relations (news stories, editorials), school-based programs, and educational brochures. For more information, visit the Chapter website at www.drugfree.org/az .
Electric cars get White House showcase
by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
Writer - Fri Feb 23, 4:51 PM ET
President Bush peered under the hood of an all-electric sport utility truck parked at the White House Friday and said his goal of reducing gasoline use by 20 percent over the next decade is realistic. "I firmly believe that the goal I laid out, that Americans will use 20 percent less gasoline over the next 10 years, is going to be achieved. And here's living proof of how we're going to get there," Bush said on the South Lawn after examining the truck and a car that had a battery tucked in its trunk.
Bush's energy proposals, made in his State of the Union address last month, include ramping up the production of alternative fuels such as ethanol made from new, non-corn feedstocks. The proposal calls on Congress to require the annual use of 35 billion gallons of ethanol and other alternative fuels such as biodiesel by 2017, a fivefold increase over current requirements.
White House aides said the sharp increase in alternative fuels and technological changes, including the use of more gas-electric hybrid cars, will cut projected gasoline demand by 20 percent over the next decade. "We're going to be driving our cars using all kinds of different fuels other than gasoline. And using batteries that will be able to be recharged in vehicles that don't have to look like golf carts," Bush said after meeting with business leaders and scientists who believe there is a market for automobiles that use high-tech batteries.
The White House has called for reforms to the car system, which requires automakers to meet a fleetwide average of 27.5 miles a gallon, to provide more flexibility for automakers and take into account the vehicle's dimensions. Kevin Curtis, senior Vice President of the National Environmental Trust, said if Bush wants to meet his gasoline savings goal, he needs to include a mandatory, four percent annual increase in his fuel economy bill. "Without that, everything else is just talk," Curtis said. "The best way to increase fuel efficiency is with a clear, enforceable mileage target, not a vague request for regulatory flexibility."
The hybrid car that Bush inspected had a high-power lithium-ion battery made by A123 Systems of Watertown, Mass. It can power the car for about 40 miles and recharge in five hours. The white truck, made by Phoenix Motorcars Inc. of Ontario, Calif., uses a different kind of high-powered battery made by Altair Nanotechnologies in Reno, Nev. The battery has a range of 130 miles and can be recharged in about 10 minutes with a rapid-charging unit or trickle-charged overnight with its onboard charger.
"It's the same thing you plug your electric dryer into," said Bryon Bliss, Vice President of sales with Phoenix Motorcars. "My wife, she gets out with our kids during the week and I swear she could drive all week on this vehicle on one charge. She goes to the grocery stores, to the zoo with the kids and such, but she doesn't go that far," he said.
Automotive Industry Education Foundation www.autoedfuture.com
Phoenix Motorcars’ CEO Discusses Alternative Fuel with President Bush
Daniel J. Elliott, CEO of Phoenix Motorcars met with President George W. Bush today to discuss the future of alternative fuel and its impact on improving environmental and energy performance. The one-hour meeting included a small group of alternative fuel entrepreneurs and scientists.
Elliott was among a select group of alternative fuel specialists who had a one-on-one meeting with the President to discuss Phoenix Motorcars' role in the electric vehicle industry. Following the meeting, President Bush had the opportunity to get an up-close look at Phoenix's sport utility truck and four other alternative fuel vehicles to evaluate overall performance.
"It was a pleasure meeting with the President and having the opportunity to speak on behalf of the electric vehicle industry," says Elliott. "Shifting to alternative fuel is a viable and crucial solution to protect America's economy and ecosystem, which in turn has global implications."
President Bush recently proposed a mandatory alternative fuels standard during a January 23, 2007 State of the Union Address asking Congress, scientists, farmers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to increase the supply of alternative fuels and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next 10 years. The "Twenty in Ten" plan will also require the Federal Government to increase its energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to purchase environmentally sound products.
"I am pleased to see the Federal Government is investing in energy security," added Elliott. "Innovative research and technological advancements in alternative fuel will only improve our infrastructure."
Elliott oversees Phoenix Motorcars, a California-based manufacturing company specializing in all-electric, zero-emission, freeway-speed vehicles. The privately-held company currently targets the fleet market with its sport utility truck model. A limited number of their sport utility trucks will be available to consumers in 2007 with an expanded consumer launch scheduled for 2008. Phoenix Motorcars will also introduce a sport utility vehicle model in late 2007.
Elliott's alternative fuel background consists of over 16 years of industry experience, including the development of low-speed and high-speed electric performance vehicles. Elliott has also worked in both project management and business development on several alternative fuels projects including methanol, hydrogen ICE, fuel cells and hybrids.
Joseph Kenny, President of the Scottsdale-based Automotive Industry Education was invited by actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., Phoenix Motorcars, Inc., and Brentwood Communications International, Inc., producers of the hit TV series Living With Ed starring Ed Begley Jr. on HGTV, as a VIP guest to participate in the launch of the new Phoenix Motorcars all electric Sport Utility Truck (SUT) at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, on March 1st.
The Phoenix is the only 5-passenger, freeway speed, all electric SUT available in the United States in 2007. This VIP launch event will be hosted by Ed Begley Jr. and features test drives in the Phoenix for all guest attendees and the unveiling of a custom Phoenix SUT by Darkside Motorsports.
Phoenix Motorcars, Inc.Phoenix Motorcars Inc., a privately-held company headquartered in Ontario, Calif., has been an industry leader in the development of battery-electric, freeway-speed vehicles since 2001. The mission of Phoenix Motorcars is to manufacture zero-emission vehicles including Sport Utility Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles to reduce the toxic emissions from the largest contributor to air pollution, personal automobiles. Phoenix Motorcars has strategic alliances with UQM Technologies (AMEX: UQM), Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) and Boshart Engineering. For additional information, visit www.phoenixmotorcars.com .
& CORKS 2007
Serves distinctive Arizona cuisine at the Camelback Esplanade
On Thursday April 5th from 5-9 p.m. at the Camelback Esplanade patrons will enjoy sumptuous samplings of cuisine. All of the fabulous cuisine will be prepared on-site by more than 20 top chefs from Arizona’s finest restaurants along with tastings from leading boutique wineries. The event will include live music by the jazz stylings of Alice Tatum, and a silent auction featuring luxurious get-aways, decadent dinners and one-of-a-kind sports packages to benefit the Arizona Hotel and Restaurant Education Foundations. This is a 21-and-over event. Forks & Corks is designed to promote cuisine from Arizona’s fine assortment of restaurants and resorts, and to benefit the educational efforts of the Arizona Hotel and Restaurant Education Foundations
Forks & Corks is presented by Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association (AzHLA), the Arizona Restaurant & Hospitality Association (ARHA) and the Arizona resort and restaurant community. Alliance Beverage Distributing Co. and the Arizona Office of Tourism are proud sponsors of this event. The Camelback Esplanade is at 2425 & 2525 E. Camelback Road and the event will be held at the East end of the complex in the outside courtyard area rain or shine.
Tickets for Forks & Corks are $70 at the door or $60 per person in advance and can be purchased online at www.forksandcorks.org or by calling the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association at (602) 604-0729.
Participating restaurants to date
• The Capital Grille • Compass
Room--Hyatt Regency Phoenix • Deemo’s
American Grill • enFuego--Doubletree
Paradise Valley Resort • Fleming's Prime
Steakhouse & Wine Bar DC Ranch •
Latitude 30--Pointe South Mountain
Resort • LON’s--The Hermosa Inn •
Macayo’s Catering • McCormick and
Schmick's Seafood Restaurant • Moriah--Renaissance
Scottsdale Resort • Morton's of
Chicago--The Steakhouse • Nixon's
Restaurant • PF Chang’s China Bistro
Waterfront • T. Cook’s--Royal Palms
Resort and Spa• Ventana Room--Loews
Ventana Canyon Resort
• Victoria's Catering • Wright’s--Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa • 7th Heaven Eatery
Festival of Fine Art Show
The non-profit Sonoran Arts League is once again hosting the Sonoran Festival of Fine Art on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 30, March 31 and April 1 on Easy Street at the Carefree Town Center. The juried show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features 100 local and nationally-acclaimed painters, sculptors, jewelers, wood and glass artists, photographers, and artists working with mixed media. The event also includes live entertainment, in-booth artist demonstrations, and special exhibits dedicated to wildlife and desert preservation. Admission is FREE.
Highlights include: Carefree Farmer's Market will take place in conjunction with the Festival in the Carefree Town Center Amphitheatre. The market will feature fresh produce, chef demonstrations, organic meats and cheeses, specialty Italian entrees, tamales, award-winning salsas, luscious desserts, pastries and freshly-baked artisan breads.
“A Brush With Fine Art” is a popular interactive activity that allows patrons to try their hand at painting. Two tents will be set up with several canvases, paints and brushes inside. Each canvas will have a recognizable image gridded into 4”x6” squares. Similar to a mosaic style, adults and children will be able to paint a square and contribute to the overall piece of art.
According to Beth Zink, Sonoran Festival of Fine Art chair, the Festival features members of the Sonoran Arts League along with several renowned artists from other states. The Festival committee adheres to strict guidelines during the jurying process when reviewing artists’ work. Each piece of art must be 100 percent hand-crafted. Imports, manufactured goods, or artwork produced with kits or other commercial methods are not allowed. In addition, the committee reviews slides of each artist’s booth and any other information pertaining to how the artist will exhibit his or her work.
“Any profit that the League makes from the Festival will be put back into the community between student scholarships, art awareness, and art education,” Zink says. “We hope to raise funds through sales of this year’s Festival Poster. During last year’s event, pencil artist Dick Mueller was chosen to create the image for this year’s poster. The 18”x24” poster features an image of his drawing “Old Charlie.” Posters cost $15 each, and a portion of proceeds will support League scholarships.”
Based in Carefree and Cave Creek, Arizona, Sonoran Arts League is dedicated to the promotion of art, artists, and art education, affirming the belief that art and artistic awareness is essential to the well being of life and the community. The non-profit organization’s 400+ members actively participate in community outreach programs, including mentoring programs, workshops, seminars, fundraisers, and other activities, such as the Empty Bowls Project each October, and the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour every November. For more information about the Sonoran Festival of Fine Art, visit www.SonoranArtsLeague.org or call (480) 575-6624.
Barbera Bronze Hoop Dancing
Marie Barbera, is a first generation Italian-American. Her father who emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1915, was a craftsman restoring architectural details on federal and state buildings during the WPA programs of the 1930's. Both Marie and her brother chose to pursue an interest in art while growing up. Married to Frank Barbera in the 1950's, Marie and her husband raised two children and now have two grandchildren as well. After many years as wife and mother, Marie returned to her work and developed the Barbera Studio.
As of late, Marie Barbera has started working on and producing life size works that are well suited to public and private outdoor installations. She is an artist who is reaching her prime and looks forward to a productive life as a successful working artist.
Marie Barbera Artist Statement - I cannot identify why I felt so strongly about Native American culture but I did not create my art until discovering the world of the Native American Nations. At first I felt it was not my place to appropriate Native American subjects. This was not my own cultural heritage. At first I experimented with pastoral landscape but found this did not hold my interest. I relented to my fascination with the subject of native women and the influence of my appreciation for the work of Francisco Zuniga.
Indiginous Americans are peoples of the earth and I feel I have developed a dialogue with them as I recreate their stories from their history into clay and into bronze. I develop my ideas from researching books. Something I read will intrigue me and I'll seek out additional information and become so involved in that story that I will integrate it to my own remembrance. These stories allow me to relate to you my works.
In the 1960's I produced the first work of this Native thematic in the form of large scale watercolors reminiscent of Zuniga's sculptures of that same period. I love Zuniga's figures with large hands and feet, which suggest strength to me. I studied his drawings and sculptures in books and from examples of actual work from the San Diego Museum of Art Collection. I resisted the transition to a three dimensional medium for nearly twenty years and am sorry I waited so long. Clay is a wonderful medium that facilitates the full expression of my ideas.
In my work I choose to represent moments that leads up to or follows the ritual act rather than the sacred moment. Native Americans frown upon divulging sacred activities. This is my work. I hope it touches you as it moves me. It is my addiction to create it. If I did anything else, I would be cheating myself. Second to my family, art is my life. And the histories of Native Americans is what I hope to leave for generations to come.
American Diabetes Association Challenges
Make a difference in Diabetes Research
The Valley of the Sun Chapter of the American Diabetes Association is challenging local cyclists to dig deep within themselves and un-tap the determination, strength and courage it takes to participate in the 4th Annual Tour de Cure®. This great cycling event is to raise money for diabetes, the nation’s fifth leading cause of death by disease.
“Many people will participate in Tour de Cure for the stimulating competition, camaraderie and physical cycling challenge. But the real reward comes in knowing that every mile they ride and every dollar they raise brings us that much closer to a cure for this disease that kills over 200,000 Americans each year,” said Pamela Bradshaw-Stone, American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure Chair. “With diabetes growing at near-epidemic proportions, the need for funds has never been so great.” she added.
Each year, more than 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes and this number is expected to rise as our population becomes older, more sedentary and obese.
On Saturday, March 24th, cyclists from around the region will gather in North Phoenix, starting at USAA at 25500 Norterra Parkway, to participate in the event and raise more than $175,000 to support research for a cure. They will join over 30,000 other cyclists and volunteers at more than 80 sites throughout the nation this spring.
Riders are invited to enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran Desert in spring on one of three new routes designed to accommodate and challenge all levels of cycling abilities. The Tour de Cure is for EVERYONE! Riders of all athletic abilities are invited to raise funds and ride to fight the epidemic of diabetes. Whether in training for a big ride or riding in your first organized cycling event, we have a ride for you.
The 12-mile route is a family and novice-friendly ride through mostly quiet, residential communities in North Phoenix. The 32-mile and Metric Century routes both follow the 12-mile route before heading north on roads that will take you away from everyday traffic. The Metric Century will pass through the beautiful communities of Anthem, New River and Desert Hills, and Cave Creek Recreation Area. All routes were created by experienced cyclists to provide a safe and memorable riding experience for all participants.
Riders will be supported by an enthusiastic team of volunteers at rest stops every 8 - 10 miles, featuring an array of rider-friendly food and beverages, and SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles along the routes. At the Finish Line, our celebration will feature entertainment from a DJ and live band, exhibits, massages, and lunch, provided by Sweet Tomatoes, Famous Dave’s Barbeque and other food sponsors.
Sponsored nationally by Gold’s Gym and LeMond Fitness, Inc., and presented locally by Charles Schwab, the Tour de Cure raises funds through registration fees and pledges collected by the cyclists. To register for Tour de Cure, cyclists or volunteers can call the American Diabetes Association toll‑free at 1‑888‑DIABETES (1-888-342-2383), ext. 7093 or visit us online at www.diabetes.org/tour .
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association is a community-based organization that provides services in every region of the country.
Built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."
The ship's motto? "Never Forget"
March of Dimes WalkAmerica 2007
We’re expecting about 5,000 participants this year, all to support the March of Dimes mission of preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Also of note, WalkAmerica has moved to a new Valley location, the Peoria Sports Complex located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Peoria.
In an average week in Arizona, 239 babies are born prematurely. Babies should grow and develop inside their mother for 40 weeks, babies born three or more weeks before their due date are considered premature. Each year in the United States, 4,000 babies die because they are born prematurely and many more struggle to survive respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Some preemies suffer from blindness, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and are hearing impaired.
According to the March of Dimes, more than 470,000, or one out of eight babies, in the United States will be born this year before they are due. Of those babies born premature, half of them are born early without any medical explanation. In fact, the rate of babies born too soon has grown by nearly 30 percent in the past 20 years. Because of the dramatic rise in the number of babies born prematurely, the March of Dimes launched a national campaign in 2003 to help fund research to find answers that will help reduce the rate of premature births by 15 percent and increase the awareness of the problem
WalkAmerica 2007 will be held on Saturday, April 21st to raise money in the fight against prematurity is heading West, now looping four miles through Peoria Sports Complex. 5,000 plus individuals and team walkers from corporations, small businesses, elementary and high schools are expected to attend. Check-in for this years event begins at 7 a.m, the official start is 8 a.m. and the WalkAmerica festivities conclude at 11:30 a.m., for more information or to register: 602-266-9933 or www.marchofdimes.com/arizona. CIGNA is a proud national sponsor of the national prematurity campaign, and the CIGNA Foundation is a sponsor of the 2007 March of Dimes WalkAmerica event in Phoenix.
LAWYERS HONORED FOR PRO BONO SERVICE
At the 13th Annual John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Dinner. Ric Tobin and 37 additional firm attorneys with Lewis and Roca LLP were recognized for their commitment to pro bono service. Tobin, received the John P. Frank Award for his longstanding and dedicated pro bono service. Tobin provided more than 400 hours of legal services representing abused, abandoned and neglected refugee and immigrant children. Tobin is a co-chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Environment Committee and a volunteer at the Crossroads Legal Clinic. 2006 was a remarkable pro bono year for Lewis and Roca. The firm had a collective total of more than 5,800 pro bono hours with 38 lawyers contributing more than 50 hours.
Other Lewis and Roca lawyers recognized for meeting or exceeding the Supreme Court’s 50 hours of recommended pro bono services in the calendar year 2006 included: Phoenix: Elias Batchelder, Emily Bayton, Jim Belanger, Scott Bennett, Kirsten Copeland, David Cowles, Kim Demarchi, Scott DeWald, Susan Freeman, Jason Furedy, Sean Garrison, Tom Gilson, Rich Goldsmith, Jessica Hernandez, Kristina Holmstrom, Christy Hubbard, Doug Irish, Larry Kasten, Stacy Luedtke, Katosha Nakai, Randy Papetti, Adele Ponce, Foster Robberson, Ken Van Winkle and Jon Weiss Tucson: Frank Bangs, Rob Charles, Abbe Goncharsky and Amy Welander Las Vegas: West Allen, Jim Berchtold, John Krieger and Michael McCue Reno: Jasmine Mehta Albuquerque: Jeff Albright, Ross Crown and Cynthia Loehr.
APRIL 2007 @ SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Sarah Chang April 1, 2007
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal: Minus One April 6 – 7, 2007
Merce Cunningham Dance Company: CRWDSPCR April 10, 2007
Close Encounters with Music: Schubert and Dvorák – the Contour of Melody April 14, 2007
Soweto Gospel Choir April 16, 2007
Uprooted: The Katrina Project April 20 – 21, 2007
TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation April 21 – 22, 2007
Arlo Guthrie, The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour - Woody, Arlo and the Guthrie Family April 28, 2007
Late Nite Catechism Ongoing
Late Nite Catechism II: Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We Are Guilty Ongoing
Sunday A’Fair NOW – April 8, 2007
Native Trails NOW - April 7, 2007
PERFORMANCES & EVENTS:
• Sarah Chang April 1,
2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Single ticket price: $58
Violinist Sarah Chang is recognized throughout the world as one of classical music’s most captivating and gifted performers. A true prodigy, she has matured into a young artist whose musical insight, technical virtuosity and emotional range continue to astonish. Chang has collaborated with major orchestras including the New York, Berlin and Vienna philharmonics, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras and the Chicago and Boston symphonies She has performed with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Yo-Yo Ma and the late Isaac Stern. Presented by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation.
• Les Grands Ballets
Canadiens de Montreal: Minus One April 6
– 7, Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Single ticket price: $47
Considered by many to be Canada’s premier dance company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal will perform Minus One, an emotionally charged and highly entertaining work by the renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Radically breaking from the traditions of classical ballet, the dancers use their voices as well as their bodies and even invite audience members onto the stage. Dynamic, playful and full of surprises, Minus One has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Presented with support from Suzanne T. and Irving D. Karpas Jr. Foundation.
• Merce Cunningham Dance
Company: CRWDSPCR April 10, 2007;
Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Single ticket price: $42
Praised by The New York Times as “Cunningham at his best,” CRWDSPCR was choreographed using a computer program and premiered at the American Dance Festival in 1993. Stripped of vowels, its title is a whimsical play on the words “crowd spacer” or “crowds pacer.” This colorful, exuberant piece features a cast of 13 dancers with costumes and lighting designed by artist Mark Lancaster and a Blues-inspired score by John King honoring the late composer John Cage. Presented with support from Betty Hum and Alan Yudell.
• Close Encounters with
Music: Schubert and Dvorák – the Contour
of Melody. Featuring Lydia Artymiw
(piano), Catherine Cho (violin) and
Yehuda Hanani (cello) April 14, 2007;
Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre Single ticket price: $25
Close Encounters with Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. The series, now in its sixth season in Scottsdale, brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and musical commentary, all in the intimate setting of Theater 4301. The 2006-07 season features four wonderful concerts. If melody is the narrative of music, what makes it moving and memorable? Schubert and Dvorák, the Contour of Melody features two of the most enduring favorites in the chamber music canon: Schubert’s B-flat Trio and Dvorák’s E-Minor Trio No. 4 (Dumky), which share a richness of melodically inspired moments that play to the hard-wired human attraction to beauty of line. Close Encounters with Music is underwritten by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation. Accommodations for artists graciously provided by The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix.
• Soweto Gospel Choir
April 16, 2007; Monday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Single ticket price: $40
An international musical phenomenon, the Soweto Gospel Choir shares its heartfelt and inspirational message of love, joy and hope with audiences around the world. Following the extraordinary success of its two American tours, the group is returning to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for this special one-night engagement. In addition to traditional African gospel, the Soweto Gospel Choir’s exuberant repertoire includes renditions of Amazing Grace, Paradise Road and Oh Happy Day.
• Uprooted: The Katrina
Project April 20 – 21, 2007; Friday and
Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre Single ticket price: $38
Developed by Alternate ROOTS in collaboration with Holden & Arts Associates, Uprooted is an artist collective of actors, dancers, musicians and poets who were affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Now, traveling the country, they share their stories while engaging in art for social change and delivering a taste of home to the displaced.
• TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation
April 21 – 22, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.,
Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Single ticket price: $38
Founded in 2000, TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of America’s premier emerging taiko drummers. The group’s work balances the traditions and rich history of Japanese taiko with a contemporary edge. Its latest creative effort, (re)generation, is a state-of-the-art theatrical production that blends taiko with storytelling, spoken word, music, hip-hop choreography, video multi-media and dance. TAIKOPROJECT is endorsed by the Asano Taiko Company, Ltd., one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious taiko drum-makers established in 1609, whose drums are used by only the world’s top taiko groups.
• Arlo Guthrie The
Guthrie Family Legacy Tour - Woody, Arlo
and the Guthrie Family
Featuring special guests Abe Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion April 28, 2007; Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Single ticket price: $36
As the son of legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie grew up surrounded by some of the most important musicians of the era. Drawn to the music that was shaping the world in the 1960s, he developed his own folk style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in a crowded field of singer-songwriters. His career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice’s Restaurant, followed by classic hits such as Coming Into Los Angeles, a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and his distinctive rendition of Steve Goodman’s City of New Orleans. The Guthrie legacy will continue in Scottsdale when Arlo performs in the amphitheater with his family band that includes his son, daughter and son-in-law.
LOCATION AND PARKING Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East Second Street in downtown Scottsdale, four blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road. The amphitheater is located on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall at 75th Street and Main Street. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and directly behind Los Olivos restaurant on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street. Theater 4301 is located in the Galleria Corporate Centre at 4301 Scottsdale Road on the corner of Drinkwater Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, one block east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the Galleria Corporate Centre parking garage. Visit our Web site www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or contact the box office at (480) 994-ARTS [TDD: (480) 874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.
March 4 - Red Rock State Park "Arts and Cultures of the Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians" Allen Dart, Archaeologist and Executive Director of the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson, will present this program featuring slides of the Hohokam culture that flourished in the valleys of the Salt, Verde, Gila and Santa Cruz rivers. Sponsored by the AZ Humanities Council and Benefactors of RRSP. Reservations recommended. 2pm in the theatre. 928-282-6907
March 5 - Buckskin Mountain State Park Venomous Creatures Join Ranger Brian Crouse for his presentation at Buckskin Mountain. 4pm. 928-667-3231
March 8 - Jerome State Historic Park Shafted! The Anita Mining Company Copper Bust of 1905 By the late 1800s, our Nation's growing reliance on electricity made copper a highly prized mineral. Towns such as Tucson, Superior, Globe, and Jerome reaped the riches of copper mining. As a result the 1890's discovery of copper at the Grand Canyon, prospectors filed claims throughout the area. In May of 2004, volunteers worked alongside Kaibab National Forest archaeologists to study the mining district that became known as Anita. Neil Weintraub's presentation will chronicle the short-lived, but rich history of Anita between 1897 and 1905. 3pm. 928-634-5381
March 10 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau Neil Weintraub, Kaibab National Forest Archaeologist, will discuss the variety of rock art styles found specifically on the Coconino Plateau south of the Grand Canyon. Weintraub will discuss how the distribution of rock art styles may support recent archaeological evidence that shows how the Cohonina migrated from the Coconino Plateau during the late 11th and early 12th century. Evening Slide Presentation, 7pm. 928-779-4395
March 10&11 - Picacho Peak State Park Civil War in the Southwest Event will be a re-enactment of three different Civil War battles, which were in Arizona and New Mexico. Since many people only know of the battles that were fought in the eastern states, this desert battle becomes another exciting history lesson. $8 per vehicle Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Civil War memorabilia & food booths -Vendors must apply. 520-466-3183
March 10&11 - Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park Ed Schieffelin Days In conjunction with the City's celebration, the park will offer three van tours of the monument on each day. Don Taylor will present a paper each day about Mr. Schieffelin at 1pm. 520.457.3311
March 10&11 - Lake Havasu State Park Lighthouse Festival Food, exhibits, and items for sale at Windsor 4. More details soon at www.LH-lighthouseClub.org or 928-855-2784.
March 10&17 - Fort Verde State Historic Park Archaeology Awareness Month Living history presentations. 928-567-3275
March 11 - Buckskin Mountain State Park Swansea Field Trip Mike Riddle will be guiding this trip, bring a sack lunch and meet at the Buckskin Mountain Ranger Station. 10:30am. 928-667-3231
March 11 - Red Rock State Park Fire by Friction Al Cornell, a retired U.S. Army Officer with 30 years active service, will present. Mr. Cornell has an avid interest in pre-historic technologies, specializing in fire starting, cordage making, stone tool production, and the processing and use of primitive pigments. He will be demonstrating the four pre-historic fire-starting methods known to have been used in the New World prior to the arrival of the first Europeans. 11am at the La Fon Center. 928-282-6907
March 11 - Red Rock State Park Atlatl & Dart Before the Bow and Arrow there was the Atlatl and Dart. Robert Sizemore will demonstrate these instruments and participants may try their skill in this event. Mr. Sizemore will also discuss the origin and history as well as the continuing sport competition of the device. 12:30pm at the LaFon Center. 928-282-6907
March 13 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park "En Vogue: 90 Years of Riordan Women's Fashion" Adrienne Rose, Volunteer & Textile Historian, Riordan Mansion, will discuss styles of women's clothing popular from the late 1880's - 1960's, featuring garments worn by three generations of Riordan women. Adrienne Rose holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in clothing and textiles. For the last 13 years she has owned and operated The House of Rose Fashion Services, a design and custom sewing business in Flagstaff. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, 12:15pm. 928-779-4395
March 16&17 - Yuma Crossing State Historic Park 2007 Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Expo The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places, what archaeologists, historians, and tribal members do in their jobs, and about the prehistory and history of Arizona. Both days will feature workshops, archaeology hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events. Special displays and booths by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, Hispanic groups, state and federal agencies, and others will allow you to participate as an archaeologist might in their research today, or make crafts that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest, or play historic period games. Living history re-enactors, storytellers, Native American demonstrators and entertainers, and hands-on activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, tours of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the Colorado River Valley area will be featured; some of these sites are not normally open to the public. Free raffles featuring prizes of archaeology education-related items will occur throughout both days and local ethnic foods will be available for purchase. The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona's many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures, and will help instill a sense of stewardship for our state's nonrenewable heritage resources. FREE. 602-542-7138
March 17 - Patagonia Lake State Park Annual Mariachi Festival A number of Mariachi bands perform, and there are a variety of food vendors on hand to feed your family. Ballet Folklorico dancers will kick things off at 11am, followed by local high school Mariachi bands at 12 noon, with a new band starting every hour until 5pm. 520-287-6965
March 17 - Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park Arizona Territorial Justice Forum: The Pleasant Valley War A feud between cattlemen and sheep ranchers resulted in the murder of Tom Graham by Edwin Tewksbury and the subsequent trials to convict Graham. Scholars will present papers, historical overview, prosecutorial, and defense issues of this case before a panel of Judges (adult students) and the public. The program will be heard in the Yavapai County Courthouse from 1-4pm. 520-457-3311
March 17&31 - Fort Verde State Historic Park Archaeology Awareness Month Adobe brick-making workshops. 928-567-3275
March 18 - Red Rock State Park Plant a Native Garden Join us as one of our rangers plants a Native American garden using authentic native digging sticks and seeds provided by Native Seed/Search. Parents and children can participate in this project. Meet at the Visitor Center. 2 pm. 928-282-6907
March 24 - Jerome State Historic Park "From the Trickster to the Braggart: Folktales of Arizona" Arizona is blessed with several strong folktale traditions. Enjoy the wonderful and beautiful stories as you are introduced to the people who told them. Peter McMillian Booth brings the tales of Arizona to Jerome State Park. 2pm. 928-634-5381
March 24&25 - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park World War I & World War II Event Uncle Sam wants you to come join us, in remembering our soldiers of World War I & World War II. There will be an encampment on the park grounds, as well as uniform and firearms displays and motorized vehicles. Share a cup of coffee and a memory with our staff & volunteers. 10am-4pm. 520-398-2252
March 25 - Red Rock State Park Archaeology Hike Join volunteers Bob Dick and Brenda Robinson for a hike to celebrate Archaeology Month. Learn about the pre-historic Sinagua Indians who inhabited the Sedona/Verde Valley area over 1000 years ago. Learn how they utilized plants found in the area for survival, and about traces of what they left behind. Meet at the Visitor Center. 2 pm. 928-282-6907
April 1 - Red Rock State Park "Balanced Living in the Desert" Wendy Harford and John Neville, members of the Sustainable Arizona Resource and Educational Council, will present this program including a verbal and slide/video presentation, samples from the Sustainable Resource Library collection and several exercises/activities. Reservations recommended, seating limited. 2pm in the theatre. 928-282-6907
April 7 - Lake Havasu State Park Chili Cook-off Fun, food, and drink from 11am-5pm. 928-855-2784
April 7 - Jerome State Historic Park Antique Stereographs Jeremy Rowe, a collector of antique stereographs, will be talking about photography and photographers. Please call for time. 928-634-5381
April 10 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park "Old Time Skiers" Jane Jackson, NPS, will present this Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at 12:15pm. 928-779-4395
April 14 - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Ghost Towns of the Second World War Erik Berg will talk about the major military bases in AZ. The Navajo Army Depot, Kingman Army Air Field, and the Winslow Airfield were all important northern AZ bases that still have interesting things to see. Erik will also cover the ruins of Patton's Desert Training Camp, and extensive remains at Douglas and Coolidge airfields. Evening Slide Presentation, 7pm. 928-779-4395
April 14-15 - Fort Verde State Historic Park History of the Soldier Military encampments, living history presentations and re-enactments. 928-567-3275
April 21 - Jerome State Historic Park Mining, Minerals and Mucking Celebrate the mining history of Jerome, Arizona. There will be programs on geology, mining, minerals, and history. 928-634-5381
April 22 - Red Rock State Park Earth Day - "How Wet is Our Planet?" Come join us as we perform a demonstration followed by a walk along the beautiful riparian area of Oak Creek and learn the importance of preserving this unique water. 2pm at the La Fon Study Center. 928-282-6907
April 26-29 - Dead Horse Ranch State Park 7th Annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival Unique field trips, exciting workshops and seminars, and special events highlight this event for anyone interested in wildlife and nature. Pre-registration begins Feb. 1. Reservations for field trips are recommended. Check out birdyverde.org or call 928-282-2202.
April 28 - Catalina State Park Solar Expo Exhibits and demonstrations of solar cooking, water heaters, photovoltaics. Potluck at 5pm. Expo from 9am - 8pm. 520-628-5798
On February 24th, AZDance Group implemented their new Community Education Outreach Program (CEOP) with the Boulder Creek High School Dance Department, directed by Ms. Stacy Shane. Dancers were evaluated by the board of AZDance Group at the high school dance department's fall 2006 concert and at the Art Council of the North Valley's Festival of Fine Art community-based performances. The three dancers selected to work with AZDance Group's Celebration Dance Concert May 4th and 5th, 2007 include Marisa Drake (Sophomore), Sarah Brugeras (Sophomore) and Brianna Bedard (Senior).
AZDance Group is a professional contemporary ballet, jazz and modern dance company, under the direction of Kenda Newbury. There are four primary divisions of the company: professional, junior/trainee, children's company and Movement E-Motion. There is also a community performing group which gives an opportunity to those without any dance training the exposure of working alongside dancers in a performance setting. The CEOP (Community Education Outreach Program) is now the company's second effort in involving the community to partake onstage while promoting high-quality art education to those with prior dance training.
BHCS dancers through an audition process, have the opportunity to be cast in several of the company's pieces, including the newest work, Passages, a work-in-progress, co-choreographed by Stacy Shane and Artistic Director, Kenda Newbury. "These CEOP dancers will gain a real sense of working in a collaborative and professional dance environment, states Kenda Newbury."
Coincidentally Celebration Dance Concert will be held at Boulder Creek High School Performing Art Center (40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem) Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. matinee and Saturday 6:00 p.m. The two-hour concert will also feature guest artists such as Jeffrey Polston of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company/NYC, K. Mockingbird, Native American Flutist and AZDance Group's Movement E-Motion dance program. Tickets will be available at Our Kitchen to Yours and Deer Valley Credit Union in Anthem. Your ticket requests can also be made by faxing (623) 551-6494. For more information about the company, contact Ms. Newbury at (480) 215-1916, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.azdance.org .
AZDance Group is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts through funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Movement E-Motion (MEM) is made possible through a grant from the Molly Lawson Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation. Special guest artist Jeffrey Polston (December 2006) was made possible through a Sudden Opportunity Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Further support of the MEM program is made from the Rotary Club of Anthem and Friends of AZDance Group, including Dynamic Motion Dance Academy, Desert Foothills Dance, Our Kitchen to Yours, Dollyrockers Salon, Deer Valley Credit Union, ImagesAZ and the Volunteers of AZDance Group. Further support of AZDance Group includes a generous sponsor through the United Way.
AZDance Group, the professional contemporary ballet, jazz and modern dance company of Arizona, is now officially a non-profit 501c(3) organization! Congratulations! And thanks to the Arts Council of the North Valley for being the company's fiscal sponsor for the past year. REMEMBER members of ACNV pay only $10.00 to see any of AZDance Group's spring concert Celebration Dance Concert performances May 4th and 5th, 2007 at BCHS PAC in Anthem. AZDance Group looks forward to our continued successes throughout the North Valley, Arizona and beyond. AZDance Group is available for regional and national tours, master classes, showcases, choreography, collaborative projects and private parties. For information on how to continue to build educational programs, bring professional productions to the Arizona stages, expand the MEM dance program for individuals with different abilities and to foster art awareness in schools and communities, please contact the director. www.azdance.org (480) 215-1916.
Ballet Arizona Presents
Ballet Arizona presents a celebration of dance that includes ballets from three of the world’s greatest choreographers; from classical to contemporary, it’s the perfect evening of dance. “I have been waiting all season to present this program” says Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen. “It features three extremely different choreographers. However, the ballets have one thing in common; they are physically demanding, and truly exciting to watch.”
Ballet Arizona is thrilled to present this rapturous ballet by Twyla Tharp (most recently she choreographed the hit Broadway show Movin’ Out set to the music of Billy Joel). The Golden Section, created as the explosive finale of The Catherine Wheel, a collaborative piece by Twyla Tharp and David Byrne (of The Talking Heads), expresses the joy and fiery energy of a select group of individuals.
About the choreographer: Twyla Tharp is a world renowned artist who has choreographed more than one hundred thirty-five dances, five Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed three Broadway shows, written two books and received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates, among many other awards and honors.
Twyla Tharp on The Golden Section: "the dancers stormed the stage with a new, positive energy" and anything that wasn't sheer dancing "disappeared into a harmonious wash of light, costumes, music and movement." The scene was "an abstract arena of pure energy." Dressed in dancer/athlete get-ups of burnished golds, as if they were all Olympic champions, the seven male and six female dancers sail, soar, and tear through the air of the stage's golden, glowing light.”
A ballet lover’s fantasy! Originally part of Jewels, a three-act full-length ballet, Rubies is a witty ballet, epitomizing the long-term artistic relationship between Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine. Inspired by the work of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, Rubies reveals the spirit, color and fundamental nature of the jewel itself. This exciting ballet is a burst of dazzling red on stage, full of pure athleticism and passion that will stimulate the senses and quicken the pulse.
About the choreographer: George Balanchine (1904-1983), a major artistic figure of the twentieth century, revolutionized the look of classical ballet. Balanchine heightened, quickened, expanded, streamlined and even inverted the fundamentals of the 400-year-old language of classical dance. This had an inestimable influence on the growth of dance in America. His ballets are performed by all the major classical ballet companies throughout the world.
Mixed Repertory presented by Ballet Arizona will be at the Orpheum Theatre 205 West Adams Street on April 13th, 2007 at 8 p.m. April 14th, 2007 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 15th, 2007 at 2 p.m. For ticket information call Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096 or Ticketmaster: 480-784-4444
BCHS ACADEMIC DECATHLON
TEAM WINS AT REGIONALS
Boulder Creek High School Academic Decathlon team took three silvers, two bronze and Rookie of the Year at the Region 2 Arizona Academic Decathlon on February 2-3. Out of 50,000 total scoring points, BCHS team scored 32,153 which qualify the nine member team for state competition. Taking individual awards at the Academic Decathlon were Elissa Thomas - Silver Art Honors, Elissa Thomas - Silver Art Overall, John Doyle - Bronze Music Scholastic, Scott Berlin - Silver Interview Scholastic and Katrina L. Vargas - Bronze interview Scholastic. The team is coached by Rosalyn McDermott, BCHS Language Arts Teacher. Region 2 consists of all schools in Deer Valley, Dysart, Glendale Union, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix Union, and Tolleson Union school districts plus Xavier College Prep. Academic Decathlon is an honors level class for grades 10, 11 and 12. It is a rigorous course of study on an exclusive topic which is announced each year by the United States Academic Decathlon curriculum committee. This year's theme is China and its Influence on the World, with an emphasis on climatology and globalization. Students will explore the topic through history, literature, economics, art, music, math and science.
DVUSD HOSTS FREE PARENTS
AS PARTNERS SEMINARS
DVUSD Parent/Community Involvement is excited to offer three free seminars for parents and community members. No registration required; simply choose the dates and locations that best meet your needs. All seminars will be held in the school media center and childcare will not be provided. Seminars start 6:30pm and last approximately one hour. Parents as Partners Spring Seminars are sponsored by the Deer Valley Education Foundation. For more information on Parents as Parents, contact Kenna Hough, Parent/Community Involvement Manager 623-445-5017.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SO TOUGH – Strategies for Raising Teens – Grades 7-12
Relationships are everything. Happiness is a by-product of healthy relationships. When we are happy our life tends to expand; when we are unhappy our life tends to contract. As soon as you become unhappy with your teenager, you tend to stop doing things with him/her and start doing things to him/her. It's not necessary to do the same things with your teenager as you did with him/her as a pre-teen but it helps to talk, listen, and share on a different level with this more mature person. Dr. Mike Andersen, presenter.
Wednesday, March 7 Wednesday, March 28 Tuesday, April 17
Diamond Canyon Elementary Mountain Ridge HS Barry Goldwater HS
TOP TEN TIPS FOR DAD – All Grades
Just for Dad, tips from Dads about how to stay involved with your kids and make a difference. Two dynamic principals will share not only research based fatherhood tips, but their own experiences as fathers (between them they have 8 kids!). This new session is designed specifically by Dads for Dads! Mark Anderson and Brian Fineberg, presenters.
Tuesday, March 6 Wednesday, April 4
Copper Creek Elementary Anthem Elementary
ADVENTURES IN PARENTING – Birth – Grade 8
Parenting is not easy, but it is the most important job you will ever have. Based on the book Adventures in Parenting published by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), this session will provide an overview of the RPM3 guidelines that help parents shape their own decisions about parenting. Kenna Hough, presenter.
Thursday, March 15 Thursday April 12
Village Meadows Elementary Legend Springs Elementary
Screenings Now Available at Kronos
Optimal Health Centre
Stroke, heart attack, Diabetes Kronos Optimal Health Centre now offers Valley residents monthly preventive screening services for these leading killers. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month through May, adults can take advantage of this convenient new opportunity to have Kronos health professionals check their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. In less than 30 minutes, screening participants will walk away with both their test results and some proactive steps they can immediately take to improve their cardiovascular health. The cost of the testing is just $35.
“We are delighted to make these important health screenings available to our community at such a reasonable price,” said William F. Fulton, Jr., MD, FAAEM, medical director for Kronos Optimal Health Centre. “Our mission at Kronos is to prevent or delay the onset of the chronic diseases and conditions that impair the quality of people’s lives. These simple, affordable screenings extend our preventive health services to a group of people who might not otherwise learn about their health risks, or know what to do about them.”
Interested people can simply stop by 15211 N. Kierland Blvd., Suite 200, Scottsdale, Ariz. during the screening hours or call Kronos Optimal Health Centre at 480.483.4300 for more information
FIRST ANNUAL LAURA’S RUN
FOR LUNG TRANSPLANT PATIENTS AND
Valley Run Honors Life of Loved One And Promotes Education On Innovative Procedure
In the wake of the newly formed lung transplant program at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, the first annual Laura’s Run, in memory of the late Laura Burdick will commence on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 9 a.m. at the Cap Basin Sports Complex in North Scottsdale. All proceeds generated from Laura’s Run will benefit the Laura Burdick Foundation, supporting programs for the families and recipients of the innovative lung transplant operation.
“We are very excited to kick off the first annual Laura’s Run,” said Kristi Johnson, organizer and avid charity runner. “This will be an extraordinary event for all ages remembering the life of an amazing and strong woman, Laura Burdick while supporting a great cause."
In addition to raising awareness and proceeds, Laura’s Run will celebrate the life of Laura Burdick who was a recipient of a lung transplant in 2003, but lost her courageous battle with life in 2005. Burdick’s friend, Kristi Johnson and Burdick's husband Jon Burdick serve as co-founders for the run, which they hope will continue for years to come educating and benefiting those who are touched by the lung transplant procedure in addition to sharing the importance of organ donation. After the race, Laura’s Run invites participants to kick off their running shoes and enjoy live music from local performers Todd and Ethan as well as complimentary food from leading sponsor Cactus City Catering.
“We at the Laura Burdick Foundation wish to assist and educate families who are involved in organ transplantation,” said Jon Burdick, co-founder of the Laura Burdick Foundation and owner of Cactus City Catering. “Eventually it is our hope to fund housing for post operation patients and to provide education scholarships to individuals who reflect Laura’s strength.”
Those who register for the run will receive a free First Annual Laura’s Run t-shirt and a chance to win many great raffle prizes for their $25 donation to participate. Prizes will also be awarded to top male and female runners in each age group. The course will consist of a 5K walk/run, and a kids dash. Participants can register for the run online at www.active.com or www.arizonarunningeventsco.com/laurasrun . On-site registration is also available at Cap Basin Sports Complex beginning at 8 a.m. on race day, which is located at 8081 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz. 85255 on the northeast corner of Bell and Hayden roads.
For more information on Laura’s Run or the Laura Burdick Foundation, please visit their Web site at www.arizonarunningeventsco.com/laurasrun . For media inquiries please contact Brosseau PR at (480) 247-8090.
Free Online Summer Camp
Guide Lists Over 800 Camps in Its Fifth
Scottsdale, Arizona. Before we know it, summer will be here and parents will be scrambling to locate summer activities for their children. Those who use www.CampsAtoZ.com can find just the right camp from the comfort of home with only a few key strokes. Now in its fifth year, the convenient free online guide to kids’ summer activities lists more camps than ever - over 800 camps for a wide variety of interests and ages. With listings throughout Arizona and California (and beyond--there is even a listing in Canada), it is free to parents and requires no registration. For busy parents, www.CampsAtoZ.com is the quick, simple answer to a prayer – one-stop shopping for summer activities.
Using the site’s built-in search engine, parents can easily locate a camp that matches their child’s age and interests. They will find day and overnight camps for children from pre-K to eighteen and listings for camps to satisfy almost any interest and need.
More than 500 of the camps are in Arizona. They include such popular programs as Amare Stoudemire’s Basketball Camp, Girl Scout camps in four different locations, a variety of horse riding camps, theater, arts, academic, religious and special needs camps.
The almost 300 California camp listings include a gifted program at UC-Berkeley, overnight camps in Yosemite and on Catalina Island, and a science camp in Malibu.
Each year, the website receives high praise and numerous e-mails from relieved parents, many of whom use www.CampsAtoZ.com several times over the season. Now as www.CampsAtoZ.com begins its fifth full year of operation, it is listing more camps than ever.
The idea for www.CampsAtoZ.comm originated with Julia James, President of Corfe Marketing Group who, having spent countless hours searching for summer activities for her own family, discovered that other parents faced the same situation. Determined to create an easy-to-use central source of camp information, she developed www.CampsAtoZ.com and introduced it in February 2003. “CampsAtoZ.com is a solution for every parent who needs to find fun and more positive activities to occupy their children during the summer,” she commented.
Corfe Marketing Group, a woman-owned business, is a Scottsdale marketing consulting boutique. Owner Julia James has an MBA in marketing and over twenty years of experience in marketing. Her expertise includes market research and marketing communications in medical products, consumer goods and consulting.
For further information about www.CampsAtoZ.com, visit the web site at www.CampsAtoZ.com, email to info@CampsAtoZ.com , or contact Julia James at: Corfe Marketing Group, Inc. 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite D7 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Voice: (480) 563-3770, Cell: (480) 332-5340, Fax: (480) 342-9613 Email at email@example.com
One Stop RV Shopping
RV Show, Nine dealers on location, scheduled April 13-22, at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive. Sponsored by the Arizona RV Dealers. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily. Free Parking. 15,000 square feet of motor homes, travel trailers, tent trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, toy haulers and more. One-stop shopping to view the latest high-tech recreation vehicles from a variety of dealers who are offering great prices and the ultimate in luxurious on-the-road living.
Peoria Pioneer Days
Parade Entries Wanted
Peoria’s Pioneer Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 31st, 2007 beginning at 10am in Oldtown Peoria. If you are interested in being a parade entry or would like more information, please call Jenny Sokol at (623) 773-7393 or download an application from www.peoriaaz.com/events . There is no entry fee to participate in the parade.
University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix has a new home in the Northwest Valley and new leaders to welcome area residents to its degree programs. Craig Bartholomew recently was named Campus Director of the Phoenix campuses. He joined the University in 2001 and quickly climbed the ranks from enrollment counselor to business development specialist, corporate and community relations manager, and most recently associate director of corporate relations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Utah State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Marissa Vega was promoted to Director of Enrollment for the Phoenix campuses in 2007. Most recently, she served as associate director of enrollment in Tucson. Her career with the University spans more than a decade and includes efforts to lead enrollment and international efforts in Puerto Rico, Northern Mexico, New Mexico and California. Prior to this, she obtained diverse work experience in investments, import-export, and hotel remodeling. Marissa has participated in the board for the Instituto Cultural Mexicano and the Diocese of Tucson Lay Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Arizona, and an MBA with specialization in global management from University of Phoenix.
Both Bartholomew and Vega were available for opening day of the new campus at 2550 West Union Hills Drive in Phoenix. With construction complete, the University is able to make higher education more accessible to students in surrounding areas, including those who live and work in the North Phoenix area, Glendale, Peoria, Anthem, and Paradise Valley. The 45,000-square-foot wi-fi equipped campus features 28 classrooms, computer, and faculty labs, dedicated study rooms for individuals and learning teams, as well as administrative space. In addition to academic uses, the campus will offer rentable space to accommodate large groups for meetings and other events.
“The Northwest Valley is a rapidly growing area with increasing demands for higher education,” said Vega. “We are responding to the population explosion by offering easier access to facilities and expanding our degree program offerings to meet our students’ needs and employer demands for ongoing workforce development.”
Drummers of Taikoproject
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation on April 21st– 22nd, 2007. The performance is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation. Single tickets are available for $38 from the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org .
Founded in 2000, the TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of America’s premier, emerging taiko drummers dedicated to preserving and disseminating American taiko drumming through educational activities and public performances. The ensemble’s work balances the traditions and rich history of American taiko with a contemporary edge.
The TAIKOPROJECT will perform (re)generation, a state-of-the-art theatrical production that blends taiko with storytelling, spoken word, music, hip-hop choreography, multi-media video and dance. The group performed (re)generation in 2003 at Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State University as part of its world premiere tour.
In 2005, the TAIKOPROJECT performed in Mitsubishi Motors of North America’s innovative national ad campaign “Taiko Drums,” featuring women from the group in a breathtaking 60-second commercial spot that was one of the highest-rated commercials of that year. The ensemble then performed for the most prestigious taiko concert in North America – Taiko Jam ’05 – as part of the 2005 North America Taiko Conference. The TAIKOPROJECT was also invited to perform for the Hollywood Bowl’s Summer Sounds program, working with the L.A. Philharmonic’s education division.
In 2005, the TAIKOPROJECT also traveled to Japan for the first time to represent American taiko at the 4th Annual Tokyo International Taiko Contest. As one of 12 finalists from more than 60 groups, the TAIKOPROJECT was the first American taiko ensemble to participate in the internationally recognized event. It made history when it took first place in the adult group category, becoming the first American taiko group to win the contest.
The TAIKOPROJECT has developed collaborations with a diverse group of artists, including klezmer clarinetist Leo Chelyapov, Vietnamese pop singer Bao Han, Chicano rock band Quetzal, internationally acclaimed European DJ Tiesto and Vancouver’s Chibi Taiko. It has been recognized with grant awards from the Durfee Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and has been involved in projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Western States Arts Foundation.
The TAIKOPROJECT is the latest taiko group endorsed by the Asano Taiko Company, Ltd. Formed in 1609, Asano is one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious taiko drum-makers that provides drums for the world’s top taiko groups, including Kodo and Ondeko-za.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East Second Street, in downtown Scottsdale, four blocks South of Indian School Road and three blocks East of Scottsdale Road. The amphitheater is located on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall at 75th Street and Main Street. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and directly behind Los Olivos restaurant on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.
The Pursuit of Happyness
by Karen Michelle Sarver
The title of this (mostly) true story was inspired by misspelled graffiti spray painted on a building. It also encapsulates the film’s plot.
Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, a single father struggling to keep himself and his preschool-aged son Christopher, (played by Will Smith’s son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith), fed and sheltered in San Francisco in the early 1980s. Abandoned by his son’s mother, Chris makes his meager living (or tries to) selling portable bone density scanners to doctors. But the expensive scanners—which Gardner purchased with his life savings—are less efficient than x-ray machines and not easy to sell. Consequently, Chris and his son end up broke and homeless.
But father and son won’t be down-and-out forever. Chris’s motto is, “You want something, go get it. Period.” That something turns out to be a position as a stockbroker with the Dean Witter brokerage firm. Chris is accepted into a “highly competitive” internship at Dean Witter after impressing the program’s head by solving the Rubik’s Cube. The unpaid internship lasts six months, and there are twenty interns competing for a single permanent position.
By day, Chris sells stocks in a bright and shiny office. By night, he and his son sleep in public restrooms or dark and dreary shelters. Throughout it all, Chris wears a suit and tie. But as any astute moviegoer could have guessed, the struggle pays off in the end. Today Chris Gardner is a multi-millionaire.
Will Smith’s portrayal of misery incarnate is sufficiently convincing to have earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Jaden’s performance has received mixed reviews. He’s been criticized for his lack of acting experience. But his inexperience comes across as authenticity. Anyone with a young child will be familiar with Jaden’s facial expressions. He’s real.
But I have two gripes about the film. First, it seems writer Steve Conrad (The Weather Man) couldn’t decide whether the movie was about the pursuit of wealth or the promotion of proper parenting. In the beginning of the movie’s trailer, Will Smith (as Chris) says “I met my father for the first time when I was twenty-eight years-old. When I had children, my children were gonna know who their father was.” But the movie isn’t so much about a father-son relationship as it is about chasing the American Dream. Then again, maybe the emphasis on the latter was influenced by Italian director Gabriele Muccino (Remember Me, My Love) who, according to Will Smith, understands the American Dream better than Americans do. Second, some of the plot’s details are inaccurate. For instance, Chris was paid a thousand dollars a month during his internship at Dean Witter. Of course it’s expected that a writer will take liberties with the facts when writing a “true” story. Nevertheless, I felt as if I had been lied to.
The deception aside, The Pursuit of Happyness is an inspiring movie that will most likely make you feel—you guessed it—happy. [On a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 being excellent, I would give The Pursuit of Happyness 3 stars.]
Welcome to Wickenburg's historic Helm Barbershop & Bath House built in 1910! C'mon in and Cool Yer Heels! Discover Western Gifts for Gals with Grit and Unique Western Treasures to Last a Lifetime! Round up a herd of fun things to do while you are visiting Wickenburg, Arizona! Buckshot Babe's is located at 69 North Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ 85390. To send us snail-mail: P. O. Box 1357, Wickenburg, AZ 85390 or give us a call at (928) 684-0750. If you would like to have a Buckshot Babe’s in your town? Franchise opportunities are available!
|DEL E. WEBB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS|
The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art 600 seat theatre dedicated to enhancing the cultural richness of Wickenburg and all of the Valley by presenting a variety of the finest performers.
Throughout the Centers history, it has presented a variety of performances ranging from internationally acclaimed pianist Olga Kern to cowboy poet Baxter Black to the hilarious musical production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The Center strives to present the highest quality art to our ever-expanding patron base.
The Webb Center officially opened in December of 2000. It was constructed through a joint effort between the Wickenburg Unified School District and local arts supporters through the Wickenburg Foundation for the Performing Arts. In recognition of a generous contribution made by the Del E. Webb Foundation, the theatre was honored to assume the name Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts. The collaboration between the school district and the community raised money to complete and furnish the theatre; continuous funds raised through grants and donations have allowed the Webb Center to remain on the cutting edge with sound/lighting technology and to expand our performance capabilities. The Webb Center’s inaugural season began in the fall of 2001. The bar was set high for such a new institution, with more then 15,000 people attending more then 55 separate performances. From the beginning, the Webb Center presented a thrilling combination of public performances, educational artist interactions for students and a wide array of local community programs.
In June 2003, the Webb Center began what would become one of it’s most prized endeavors: Camp Imagination. The two week summer arts camp exposes 120 children (grades 1-12) to all of the arts genres (music, dance, theatre and visual arts) encouraging them to explore their creativity and stretch their imaginations. Classes vary from year to year due to the range of talented professionals and specialists brought in to teach, but have included dance, tumbling, drama, choral music, and stand-up comedy! Camp Imagination culminates with a public performance starring the campers either onstage as actors, singers and dancers or backstage as make-up artists and technical crew. The long-term goal of camp is to build audiences, artists and arts supporters who are appreciative of the many facets of the arts. The Webb Center is located at 1090 South Vulture Mine Road, in Wickenburg, for more information call (928) 684-6624 and check out www.delwebcenter.org .
Horseback Rides and Ranch Cookouts
"A trip back in time." Ride the range with real cowboys on this 44,000 acre turn of the century cattle ranch. "Complete Cowboy Evening"
Experience a "Complete Cowboy Evening" that includes a sunset trail ride, wagon ride, steak cookout by campfire, and western music under the stars. Presented exclusively by Sedona Red Rock Jeep Tours.
Cave Dwellings of the Ancients
For the individual who enjoys wading in a shallow stream or scampering up a short trail in order to experience Northern Arizona's best-kept archaeological secret. Travel by van to the caves, hand-carved into the limestone cliffs above the Verde River. Nearly 100 cave groups with some 400 rooms in all - the ancient cave dwellings of the Sinagua.
(All hikes can be physically demanding, requiring agility and traction tread shoes.)
We are located at 15650 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 2, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (conveniently located behind Hacienda Harley), our hours are Tuesday - Friday: 9am to 6pm, Saturday: 9am to 4pm, Sunday & Monday: Closed. After Hours by Appointment. For more information please check out our web site www.arizonabosshoss.com .
Air travel can be stressful. From finding parking at the airport to suffering frequent flight delays, you can use a little relief.
The Parking Spot exists to make your air travel experience a little easier. Since your trip begins and ends with airport parking, The Parking Spot is the way to reduce travel stress.
The Parking Spot provides airport parking at 15 facilities near airports across the United States. We strive to treat airport parkers as valued guests. Because our airport parking guests are often in a hurry, The Parking Spot offers shuttles to the airport every 5-7 minutes. When you enter The Parking Spot near your airport, you'll see a clean, well-lit, fully fenced airport parking facility. You may choose open air or covered parking. Valet parking is available at The Parking Spot St. Louis Lambert Airport, Los Angeles LAX Airport Century Boulevard, Los Angeles LAX Airport Sepulveda Boulevard and Houston Bush Intercontinental JFK locations.
Free USA Today newspapers are available during weekday mornings while supplies last. One of our easy-to-spot yellow and black spotted airport shuttles will meet you at your car. Our driver will be glad to assist you with your luggage. You'll then be driven to the front door of the airport terminal, avoiding long walks through airport parking ramps and remote airport parking lots.
When you return, you'll be picked up at the front door of the airport and returned to your car at The Parking Spot. By using your free Spot Club frequent parker card, you'll receive credit for your stay that can be redeemed for free parking. Use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club or Discover credit card on the way out and you can bypass the cashier and speed checkout via state-of-the-art technology. Don't forget to grab your free bottled water out of the cooler or from the cashier.
The Parking Spot's next location will be at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The Parking Spot has purchased Rapid Airport Parking and will be transforming it into The Parking Spot Phoenix airport by the summer of 2007. Rapid Park will remain open during the transition. For more information check out www.the parkingspot.com or call 602-393-4780.
Desert Caballeros Western
Once upon a time there was a museum that liked to do things differently, and decided it was high time the West’s best women artists all had a chance to kick up their extraordinarily talented and artistic heels in one place. At one time. And so it created Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West which promised to be a true Cinderella story complete with a magical boot that would draw not only artists, but those who love art, to its place for one very special night. There, the best of all the artists would be given the boot as both a symbol of her contribution to the art of the West, and as an honor to wear for the rest of her days.
The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is the setting for the Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Invitational Show & Sale. The celebration begins the evening of Saturday, March 24th with a full weekend of events and continues through Sunday, April 29th. The Museum is located at 21 North Frontier Street in Wickenburg, approximately 45 miles northwest of Phoenix.
• March 23rd, 2pm - 5pm Cowgirl Up! Preview. Preview of art in the Galleries for ticket holders.
• March 23rd, 6pm Artists’ and Patrons’ Party Held at a ranch estate also for ticket holders.
• March 24th, 10am - 3pm Cowgirl Up! Preview of art in the Galleries for ticket holders.
• March 24th, 1pm Beyond O'Keeffe: The Women Artists of Taos (1929-1979) Talk and conversation with Taos art authority Dr. Dean Porter. Complimentary to ticket holders.
• March 24th, 5:30pm - 9pm Cowgirl Up! Invitational Exhibition & Sale Opening Night Bash ‘n Bid $150 per person; includes ticket for exhibition & sale, ballot book, catalogue and inclusion in all Friday, Saturday and Sunday events.
• March 25th, 8:30am Cowgirl Up! Chuck Wagon Breakfast, Artists' Quick Draw & Auction On the grounds of the Museum. Complimentary to ticketholders.
• March 26th, Noon Lunch with a Legend Lunch and conversation with Monty Roberts, “The Horse Whisperer,” and Cowgirl Up! artist Pat Roberts. $30 per person, additional.
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Reviewed by LA Sharpe
“The Hoax”, stars Richard Gere as writer Clifford Irving who wrote Howard Hughes autobiography from supposed personal interviews. Of course ever reclusive Hughes never granted those interviews. Thus the whole bit was a big hoax, in fact, the biggest literary scam ever. The movie, inspired by true events in the life of writer Clifford Irving in the early 1970s, when he sold the book to McGraw-Hill for big bucks, provides Gere with a role he used to display more acting talent then any before. He’s not just a pretty man any more. But then we’ve always know it was there.
Director Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Shipping News, An Unfinished Life) had a wonderful cast to tell this story including Richard Gere and one of my favorite actors Alfred Molina, who is in my opinion often unappreciated. As Irvin’s researcher and accomplice he transforms himself body and spirit in every role, making it so believable he is absorbed into the thread of the story magically. Marcia Gay Harden plays as Irving's wife, Hope Davis as his hard edged editor and Julie Delpy as the girlfriend, all presented excellent performances as well.
The plot of "The Hoax" itself twists and turns, making you question what's real and what's spun. The nearly two-hour film is a portrait of an era in American history before deception had become commonplace, making this Hoax all the more stunning. Remember, this is the same era the country was first learning about Watergate and the pulse of the nation was quickening with burgeoning paranoia over what to believe and what not to believe. The age of innocence was quickly departing and the Clevers were making way for the Bunkers.
The Hoax, demonstrates what Irving claimed, that "a man who says something completely implausible will always be believed." The film entertains and makes Irving a somewhat likeable conman. It teaches us something about our gullibility and why we continue to fall for every hoax that comes along. I give the Hoax three stars out of five.