Get a Jump on Summer at Free YMCA Family Event


Area families are invited to have fun and gear up for summer at the Desert Foothills YMCA’s (Y) Healthy Kids Day event, Saturday, April 27, 9am–noon. Healthy Kids Day is a national Y initiative to improve the health and well-being of children. During this free event, families can enjoy games and giveaways, as well as […]

North Valley Arts Academy Presents Retelling of THE ODYSSEY, April 25–27


The North Valley Arts Academy theatre program (NVAA) and Shadow Mountain High School Drama Club will present their spring production, Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka. Anon(ymus), Iizuka’s entrancing contemporary adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey, retells the classic story through the eyes of a young refugee. Separated from family and in a strange place far from a […]

PVCC To Host Literacy Event Providing Thousands of Free Children’s Books


Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) and Southwest Human Development will again partner in hosting the Spring Festival of Tales, a free community literacy event offering storytelling and cultural activities for children and families from 9am to 2pm Saturday, April 27, at Paradise Valley Community College. The bi-annual festival brings reading to life through the “Art […]

Up Your Recycle Game — Five Common Mistakes and Quick Solutions


While residents may strive to be earth-friendly when they recycle, there is a chance that they are doing it wrong. According to Republic Services, one-third of what residents try to recycle in Phoenix can’t be recycled — whether it’s a dirty diaper, bowling ball (the company says they’ve seen them both) or peanut butter-coated jars. […]

The Enclave at Anthem to Host Pet Adoption & Expo


The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living, one of eight Spectrum Retirement communities in Arizona, will host its third Pet Adoption and Expo in partnership with different local pet-related businesses. Guest are invited to visit The Enclave April 20 and meet the dogs and cats that are ready to be adopted from Anthem Pets Animal Rescue, […]

Second Annual Carefree Community Block Party to be Held April 6


Area residents are invited to an afternoon of food, music, friendship and fun as the Town of Carefree hosts the Second Annual Community Block Party Saturday, April 6, 2–7pm, in Downtown Carefree along Easy Street and in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. “Everyone loved the Block Party last year and we have received many requests to […]

Make a Positive Impact on Local Nonprofits — Arizona Gives Day is April 2


With recently enacted changes in tax laws that double the standard deduction, many people who would normally itemize their returns — and be able to deduct donations for charitable giving — may no longer make charitable contributions because there is no financial incentive to do so. In Arizona, that could mean a projected annual loss […]

March 16 Parade Kicks Off Two Weekends of Cave Creek Rodeo Days Events


Now in its 42nd year, Cave Creek Rodeo Days will take place March 22–24 at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, offering three days of thrilling PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association contestants. This year’s festivities kick off Saturday, March 16, with the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Parade. […]

PVSchools Governing Board Selects Next Superintendent


The PVSchools Governing Board has selected Jesse Welsh, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of Clark County School District, to serve as superintendent of the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) beginning July 1, 2019 and will vote to approve Dr. Welsh’s contract at its March 7 meeting. “The Governing Board is excited and honored to welcome Dr. […]

Scottsdale Schools Board Hires Dr. John Kriekard as Superintendent


Last week, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board approved a contract naming longtime Valley educator Dr. John Kriekard as SUSD’s Superintendent through June 30, 2020. Kriekard has been serving as the district’s Acting Superintendent since May 2018. “I am pleased the Governing Board unanimously voted to hire Dr. Kriekard as Superintendent for the […]