Camp Verde Performing Arts Center Announces New Season


The Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts Foundation announced that its 2019–20 concert schedule will kick off with the annual Labor Day Jazz Festival Aug. 30, featuring the Bresnan Unplugged Ensemble. The Festival continues Aug. 31 with the Dom Moio Quintet. Moio will be joined by Nick Manson, a jazz pianist and two-time Emmy […]

Waking Up In Budapest


By Kathi Kovach Koenig It’s just before dusk as we slowly head into the city. Suddenly, our driver takes a quick turn, skirting traffic. Circling a flower-lined roundabout, he stops in front of a glistening hotel set in a centuries-old backdrop. I’m immediately struck by the beauty of fading light and color, the mix of […]

Kitchen Design Begins with the All-Important Countertop


By Barbara Kaplan – We’re surrounded by counters — particularly in the kitchen, home office and bathroom. We take them for granted and don’t realize the impact they have on us. Their colors, patterns and textures affect our feelings daily. Choosing the material is a decision based on style, function and cost, whereas the design […]

Envy Will Make You Miserable


By Paul Witkop – When I was about 12, my close friend Jeff had a gold colored Schwinn Stingray bicycle with a banana seat and 3-speed stick shift. I wanted one too…very badly. It is called envy and it starts young. Experience has shown me that envy is a very destructive force. It is a […]

Male Call: A Charted Conversation


 By James Roberts – A guy-pal — let’s call him “Jon” — related an interesting get-to-know-you phone convo that, sadly, ended less than gloriously. Or, perhaps that’s really the point of such conversations. You decide. Backing up. Jon and the woman — let’s call her “Jan” — connected on Tinder. She seemed perfectly aligned with […]

Healthy Eating On The Go


By Erin Mahoney — A healthy diet takes dedicated focus and intention. So, what do you do when you set good and healthy intentions when on the road? Here are some tips for staying on track when travel plans arise including starting the day right, choosing healthy meals while on the go, and establishing healthy […]

Nominations Sought for Eighth Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards — Deadline is July 31


Phoenix Center for the Arts will present the Eighth Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza. Nominations for this year’s awards officially opened to the public today and will remain open until 11:59pm MST July 31, 2019. Nominated artists will be asked to fill out a more detailed […]

Tech4Life Presents Cyber Security Workshop at Desert Foothills Library


Ransomware, identity theft, password hacking… Tech4Life says that small business owners and affluent households are prime targets for these cyber crimes, and the company wants to help Valley residents avoid becoming a victim: 22 major public sector ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2019 Standard Wi-Fi routers now put users at major risks Customized […]

Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood and Platelet Donors


Today the American Red Cross announced that, following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the organization is facing a blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care. […]

Carefree Vice Mayor John Crane Writes… JULY 2019


Desert Wildfires While we may have had the most pleasant May on record, the exceptional winter and spring rains, combined with the unusually long, cool growing season have set the stage for an exceptionally scary fire season. Compounding the situation, the invasive Globe Chamomile has sprung up everywhere.  The seas of dry yellow flowers are […]