Spring Production Success For Tesseract

NORTHEAST PHOENIX – Tesseract School held its Middle School spring production of Once Upon a Mattress, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable The Princess and The Pea, May 17-19 at the Paradise Valley Community College
Center for Performing Arts.

Tesseract students between grades five-eight held three evening performances and one matinee, which featured a double cast with several of the 59 actresses and actors rotating between productions. Several students, who did not perform in a particular production, gained additional experience working backstage and in the front-of-house.

For more information, visit www.tesseractschool.org or call 480.991.1770.

Non-Profits Reach New Heights

Community health grant gives assist

Grant dollars in action.

By Kathryn M. Miller – It has been a tough couple of years economically, and there is no doubt that non-profits have taken a hit. For many communities, cuts to health and wellness programs have exacerbated the issue. Fortunately, there is a bright spot on the horizon.

Maricopa County charities have the opportunity to secure funding to improve the health and wellness of community residents through the $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit-Arizona charitable grant, sponsored by Humana Inc. The program will award a one-time grant to a non-profit organization focused on the areas of childhood health and education, health literacy and services or intergenerational health.

The 2011 grant was awarded to Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, which provides independent living services to people with disabilities. The funds were used to purchase adaptive exercise and fitness equipment – specifically designed for the physically disabled – for its Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities. The facility celebrated its grand opening in February.

Applications for the grant will be accepted through June 29. Visit www.humana.com/hcb for details. |CST

AZ Spring Restaurant Week

By Katherine Koenig – Celebrating local fare in a big way, the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) kicks off its 2nd Annual Spring Restaurant Week May 19-27. Now’s the perfect time to try those restaurants that have been on your wish list. Enjoy top Valley dishes, from fine dining to casual fare, at some of the area’s most popular spots. And beginning this year, diners can take a drive for a delicious meal in the Tucson area

“We are looking forward to an expansive list of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine,” says Steve Chucri, ARA president. The list of restaurants is growing from last year and we are thrilled to welcome some new establishments this year.”

With about 100 restaurants to choose from, there’s something to please almost everyone’s palate. Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course dinner menu of signature dishes for $30 or $40 per person ($20 available in Tucson), excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Reservations are highly recommended as restaurants fill up quickly. For more information, visit www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. For a list of participating area restaurants, go to page 43. | CST

Failing To Protect The Children

Public water safety campaigns still not enough

By Katherine Koenig – Despite major communitywide efforts and media campaigns over the past decade, drowning prevention efforts in the Valley haven’t significantly lowered the numbers of drownings and near drownings each year. Careless supervision coupled with a lack of any pool barrier or faulty pool barriers top the list. Doggie doors, buckets and bathtubs are other potential hazards. Most people think it will never happen to them. As a veteran Phoenix firefighter once said, “You have to be humble and say, ‘Yes, it can happen to me.’”

May is National Water Safety month and for Arizonans, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water – a child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone. Phoenix Fire officials report that people who receive CPR up to four minutes after an incident have a 45 percent survival rate – those who don’t get help until four to eight minutes have only a 10 percent rate of survival. So although you may think you’ve heard or read it all before, revisit a few of the basics regarding pool safety below, and then pass the word on.

• Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures. Then update those skills regularly

• Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive, losing valuable life-saving seconds.

• Install a poolside phone with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.

• Always brief caregivers/babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.

• If a child is missing, always look in the pool or spa first.

For information on pool barriers and other safe pool ideas, see story on page 39. |CST

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