Library Summer Reading Program Blasts Off June 1


Maricopa County officials are encouraging residents — particularly young readers — to include summer reading in their vacation plans. More than 60 libraries across Maricopa County participate, so people of all ages can log their reading online, complete challenges, and attend library events to win prizes. Beginning June 1, participants can start logging their summer […]

Camp Hubbard to Hold Open House Events May 4


Now that summer’s almost here, it’s time to get the kids enrolled in fun-filled summer day camp. Camp Hubbard — a Valley summer sports camp since 1998 — will host informative open house events for parents and children Saturday, May 4, 12:30–3:30pm, at its four summer day camp locations: Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix; St. […]

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 […]

Spring Break Camp at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center


When the kids are off from school during Spring Break, the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center will offer its “Supercamp” for ages 3 to 13. Children will have the opportunity to learn gymnastics and dance, and participate in a “Ninja Zone,” yoga, trampoline, playing games and much more. Supercamp is offered half-day (8:30am–12:30pm) and […]

AASK Recruiting Volunteer Summer Camp Counselors


Hiking and kayaking in the cool high country near Payson are a great way to spend a week in June. And doing it while bringing smiles to the faces of children in foster care is even better. The Sixth Annual AASK Sibling Summer Camp is recruiting volunteer counselors for a week of adventure at  near […]

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 […]

PVEA Collecting Prom Attire for PVSchools Girls & Guys


Spring is just around the corner and it’s a great time to clean out those closets. The Paradise Valley Education Association (PVEA) is collecting prom attire for its annual Prom Dresses & Ties for PV Girls & Guys event. PVSchools students are invited to visit the boutique prior to prom to select an outfit of […]

Deadline Extended for Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman of the Year Program


The City of Phoenix Youth and Education Office is now accepting applications for the 2019 Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman (OYMYW) of the Year awards. The OYMYW of the Year program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of young people, enhances the perception of youth and raises community awareness of the positive contributions of youth. This […]