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  • Movies on Screen

    The BFG – Opens Friday, July 1The Big Friendly Giant is nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie's presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.Rated PG Buddymoon – Opens Friday, July 1When David is left by his fiancé just days before the wedding, Flula, his relentlessly upbeat best man, insists that the pair go on David's previously planned honeymoon together: a seven-day backpacking trip through the breathtaking mountains of Oregon. On the trail, the two friends cross paths with a conspiracy theorist, a friendly backpacker, and a bloodthirsty predator (an actual wolf), while the unrelenting trek tests their friendship and their lives.

  • Field guide authors hosting dragonfly walk July 2

    With 459 pages, 621 photos, 93 line drawings and 167 species-by-species distribution maps, a new field guide in the gift shop at Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the definitive resource to Arizona odonatan—or dragonflies and damselflies.Quite literally from A-Z (that’s Anisoptera to Zygoptera), the thorough book is lavishly illustrated with close-ups that reveal subtle field marks and explain characteristics, distribution, genera and species numbers. Authors Rich Bailowitz, Doug Danforth and Sandy Upson provide general information about habits and habitats of all species, noteworthy and singular behaviors, plus selected information about history and biology.Bailowitz and Danforth are special guest guides for the Arboretum Dragonfly walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2. It offers a chance to see Blue Dashers, Mexican Amberwings and other poetically named insect predators as they patrol and hunt over the waters of Ayer Lake. The authors also will sign copies of their field guide before and after the walk.Weekend nature walks are included with $10 daily admission; free to Arboretum annual members and also free to Arizona State Parks pass holders. Event dates and times can be confirmed at ag.arizona.edu/bta.“The Arboretum is near the northern limit of the Sonoran Desert,” Bailowitz said. “Two species at the park reflect this location: the Black Setwing and the Straw-colored Sylph.”He also said the Claw-tipped Bluet may be spotted at the Arboretum. “You all need to keep your eyes peeled,” he said

  • In Your Neighborhood

    Desert Foothills Methodist helping the homelessSeveral women are helping to lead a community drive by Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee, for supplies that the homeless need to combat scorching summer heat.Those women include: Jill Sears, director of the church’s youth ministry; overall church program director Stephanie Giel; and Susan Osman, co-chair with Sears of the church’s Witness Team, which looks for opportunities in the community to help people.They and other church volunteers are asking Ahwatukee residents and businesses to drop off cases of water, T-shirts, hats, new white socks, sunscreen and lip balm through August at a table in front of the church or an adjacent box for cases of water.Sears said the church recently delivered 400 water bottles to the Justa Center, a Phoenix organization that helps senior citizens and veterans living on the street. “The reality is that was enough water to help that population for two days. They need 8 to 10 cases a day,” Sears said.Desert Foothills has supported heat relief efforts for many summers, Sears said, and in the past its volunteers have manned hydration stations with the Salvation Army and ridden along on the Hope Coach with the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

  • Thefts remain a problem for Ahwatukee car and truck owners, police data show

    Motor vehicle thefts may be declining in neighboring Tempe, but the number of automobiles stolen in Ahwatukee has increased slightly in the last two years.Data from raidsonline, the site Phoenix Police use to give people access to current and historical crime data, show that car and truck thefts increased last year after a dip in 2014 from the previous year.Car thefts in 2013 totaled 122, then dropped to 95 the following year, raidsonline.com data show. But last year vehicle thefts increased to 104 incidents. So far this year, police have recorded 65 vehicle thefts in Ahwatukee.Among Ahwatukee’s three zip codes, 85048 recorded half of all motor vehicles stolen  last year, according to the data.Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said that while he couldn’t explain last year’s increase in vehicle thefts in Ahwatukee, his department continues to wage an aggressive campaign to educate owners on ways to avoid being victimized.“The Police Department works to educate the public to help them protect their vehicle from theft. This includes reminding people to lock their cars and keep valuables out of site,” Sgt. Howard said.

  • Around Ahwatukee

    DiCiccio blasts proposed hike in city property taxesPhoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio is trying to stop his colleagues from approving a proposed 26 percent increase in property taxes.Council is scheduled to hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Friday, July 1, on a measure that would raise the levy from $1.82 per $100 of assessed valuation to $2.17, increasing taxes by about $60 a year. The increase – the first since 1995 – would cover parks and recreation maintenance, library operation and maintenance and debt payments. The city’s debt reserves have declined in recent years, posing a threat to its credit rating, according to city officials.DiCiccio, whose district includes Ahwatukee, said in an email to some of his constituents that the tax hike is “unnecessary” and “would punish” property owners.“We have a record high surplus of cash,” he said. “We have enough funds to pay our debt obligations and keep a reserve. This 26% tax is unnecessary and would punish you, the hard working taxpayer, by squeezing your family budget.Calling the proposal a “tax grab,” DiCiccio is asking constituents to post their objections on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #‎NoPropTaxPHX.

  • SE Valley youth football numbers comparable to past seasons

    The future of the game was supposed to be as clouded as the brain function of a football player who was dinged in the head.The growing concern over brain injuries and football was expected to put the game’s long-term future in question when former NFL players started committing suicide and others brought lawsuits against the league for hiding the ramifications of head trauma.The belief — long before Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said in April “We got to make sure that moms get the message; because that’s who’s afraid of our game right now” — was that parents of potential players were going to take notice of the negative headlines and push their sons toward other sports.It seems to be all for naught, at least for one local youth football league that has seen participation climbing.The Southeast Valley Youth Football League is for ages 5 to 15 and has both flag and tackle football, along with cheerleading.The upcoming season is off to a good start, according to Doug Powell, who has been the SEV director of registration since 2013. He says 230 participants have signed so far, which that puts them on pace for more than 400 players. That would surpass last year’s number of 385.

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  • Movies on Screen

    The BFG – Opens Friday, July 1The Big Friendly Giant is nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie's presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.Rated PG Buddymoon – Opens Friday, July 1When David is left by his fiancé just days before the wedding, Flula, his relentlessly upbeat best man, insists that the pair go on David's previously planned honeymoon together: a seven-day backpacking trip through the breathtaking mountains of Oregon. On the trail, the two friends cross paths with a conspiracy theorist, a friendly backpacker, and a bloodthirsty predator (an actual wolf), while the unrelenting trek tests their friendship and their lives.

  • Field guide authors hosting dragonfly walk July 2

    With 459 pages, 621 photos, 93 line drawings and 167 species-by-species distribution maps, a new field guide in the gift shop at Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the definitive resource to Arizona odonatan—or dragonflies and damselflies.Quite literally from A-Z (that’s Anisoptera to Zygoptera), the thorough book is lavishly illustrated with close-ups that reveal subtle field marks and explain characteristics, distribution, genera and species numbers. Authors Rich Bailowitz, Doug Danforth and Sandy Upson provide general information about habits and habitats of all species, noteworthy and singular behaviors, plus selected information about history and biology.Bailowitz and Danforth are special guest guides for the Arboretum Dragonfly walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2. It offers a chance to see Blue Dashers, Mexican Amberwings and other poetically named insect predators as they patrol and hunt over the waters of Ayer Lake. The authors also will sign copies of their field guide before and after the walk.Weekend nature walks are included with $10 daily admission; free to Arboretum annual members and also free to Arizona State Parks pass holders. Event dates and times can be confirmed at ag.arizona.edu/bta.“The Arboretum is near the northern limit of the Sonoran Desert,” Bailowitz said. “Two species at the park reflect this location: the Black Setwing and the Straw-colored Sylph.”He also said the Claw-tipped Bluet may be spotted at the Arboretum. “You all need to keep your eyes peeled,” he said

  • Frankie J. bringing ‘the artist’ to Rawhide

    Mexican-American singer Frankie J. is known for his enthusiastic and energetic stage presence. But when he returns to his San Diego home, he’s simply known as “dad.”“I’ve been very blessed to keep my feet on the ground and be a family man,” said Frankie J., who is married and has two teenagers.“Whenever I leave the house, I become ‘the artist.’ When I’m home, I’m dad. I have a regular job, but it’s kind of different. I go out there to be able to feed my family and enjoy the fruits of my success.”Frankie J. will earn his keep when he performs at Rawhide on July 2. It’s one of three shows in the state, as he’ll hit the stage July 3 in Tucson and July 4 in Nogales.“I’m bringing a lot of energy to the table,” he said. “I love doing these festivals with bands. It feels so much better on stage, as opposed to a track show. I feel a lot more comfortable and I have the freedom to do what I want to do musically.”He said a track show, in which recorded music is played behind the artist, is limiting, as opposed to a live show.

  • ‘Eazy’ Does It: G-Eazy finds stardom comes through hard work

    A strong work ethic has never been a problem for G-Eazy. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that in less than 18 months, he has followed up his breakthrough 2014 album, “These Things Happen,” with “When It’s Dark Out.”The new album—his first under a deal with RCA Records—arrived on Dec. 4, despite the fact that he toured into the early months of 2015 behind “These Things Happen.” He needed to include time for the manufacture and promotional set-up of the new album, process that can take a few months for a major label release.“I don’t know how we did it,” said G-Eazy, who performs at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday, July 2. “I went from the end of the last tour straight to the studio, just set up shop, locked the doors and put my phone on airplane mode and made the album.”G-Eazy had good reason to push himself to make “When It’s Dark Out.” “These Things Happen” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard magazine’s all-genre album chart and topped the magazine’s hip-hop and rap album charts. That’s an impressive showing for an album that was independently released (although it was distributed by RED, one of the industry’s leading distributors).Now G-Eazy—real name Gerald Gillum—is being touted as a candidate to be hip-hop’s next superstar. His single “Me, Myself & I” (featuring Bebe Rexha) topped Billboard’s Hot Rap, Mainstream Top 40 and U.S. Rhythmic singles charts and reached No. 7 on the all-genre Hot 100 singles chart.Raised by a single mother in the San Francisco bay area, he got into hip-hop as a teenager, and during college at Loyola University in New Orleans, began releasing a steady stream of mixtapes. He began with the 2008 release, “The Tipping Point.”

  • Ahwatukee couple puts the Ahh! in Red, White and Boom…and 86 other area fireworks spectaculars

    Like most of us, Ahwatukee residents Kerry and Lori Welty are prepping for the Fourth of July holiday.But unlike the rest of us, their weekend calendar includes 87 fireworks shows between Friday, July 1, and Independence Day.This holiday’s opening show for their company, Fireworks Productions of Arizona (FPA), will be Ahwatukee’s Red, White and Boom! on Friday, July 1.During the holiday weekend after the Ahwatukee event, FPA will produce fireworks shows throughout the East Valley, lighting skies over Tempe, Guadalupe, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Apache Junction.Other communities throughout the state, including the San Carlos Apache Indian Community, will also be seeing FPA fireworks displays.The family-owned and operated pyrotechnics business, based in Chandler, is celebrating its 63rd year.

  • Mesa Arts Center announces ‘Performing Live Season’

    Veteran performers Lyle Lovett, Jackson Brown and Boz Scaggs will be playing the Mesa Arts Center as part of its 2016-17 Performing Live Season.Call 480-644-6500 or see www.mesaartscenter.com for information about performance. The box office, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.Sponsors include the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Bill Passey and Maria Silva, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Boeing, SRP and the National Endowment of the Arts.All shows are in the Ikeda Theater unless otherwise noted.PerformersLyle Lovett & His Large Band, July 12 (country)Boz Scaggs, July 26 (pop/jazz)Jackson Browne, Aug. 19 (rock)Leon Bridges with Lianne La Havas, Sept. 20 (soul)Bernadette Peters with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 15 (pops)Malcolm Jamal Warner’s Miles Long, Oct. 28 (R&B)Celtic Thunder Legacy, Nov. 2 (Irish)The Paul Thorn Band, Nov. 17 (rock; Piper Theater)Vocalosity, Nov. 18 (a cappella)Riders in the Sky: Salute to Roy Rogers, Nov. 26 (country)Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Nov. 27 (music collective)Christmas with the Ukulele Orchestra, Dec. 4 (holiday)Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2016, Dec. 14 (holiday)Band of Merrymakers Christmas Party, Dec. 17 (holiday)Straight No Chaser I’ll Have Another...20th Anniversary Tour, Dec. 31 (a cappella)The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute, Jan 20 (pop)Neil Sedaka with the Phoenix Symphony, Feb. 3 (pop)The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Feb. 11 (Native American)Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues, Feb. 21 (kung fu)Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Revue, April 15 (Indian)

  • Lend a helping hand during National Volunteer Month

    April is National Volunteer Month. It’s a time for nonprofit organizations to thank the people that help them do the work they need done, and it’s an opportunity to invite more people to become volunteers. For some organizations, such as Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), volunteers are vital for the success of their programs. TCAA needs volunteers to help stock and distribute food at the food pantry, help operate the homeless shelter, and deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons. One such “super volunteer” is Shari Hamblin of Tempe. After her retirement, Hamblin initially spent time completing a list of jobs in her home and yard that she had always wanted to get done. But, once those were finished, she decided to look for a way to volunteer.“I enjoy meeting people,” Hamblin said. “I saw a news story looking for volunteers to drive/deliver meals for Tempe Community Action Agency.”So, in 2006, Hamblin went to talk with the agency to learn more. A staff member took her along on a meal delivery route. “I enjoyed meeting these clients, mostly elderly, and I decided to volunteer,” she said.Since then, Hamblin has delivered more than 1,000 nutritious meals to the homebound. She is scheduled to deliver meals to clients once a week, but she also delivers on other days if needed.

  • Cigna celebrates each Cardinals kick

    Cigna presented a $10,000 donation to the Foundation for Blind Children at the Arizona Cardinals game on Jan. 3, as a sponsor of the Cardinals Charities “Kick for Kids” program.For the sixth consecutive year, Cigna contributed funds to Cardinals Charities for every field goal the Cardinals made during the season — up to a total of $10,000. As a result of Cigna’s sponsorship, Cardinals Charities has donated a total of $60,000 to area organizations focused on wellness, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Florence Crittenton of Arizona, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  • Pitman named to Hamilton College dean’s list

    Kyle J. Pitman, son of Ronda Pitman of Ahwatukee and James Pitman, also of Ahwatukee, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2015 fall semester.To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.Pitman, a junior majoring in economics and mathematics, is a graduate of Desert Vista High School.

Arizona sheriff orders new look for Maricopa County inmates

PHOENIX - The Arizona sheriff famous for making inmates wear pink underwear is now ordered that an American flag be affixed to inmate uniforms…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 11:07 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Fans Can Catch Movie Early During Special Marathon Event

Trekkies, now is your chance to see “Star Trek Beyond” before its July 22 release. Select Imax and premium large screen theaters in the U.S. a…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:55 am @ http://www.indiewire.com/2016/07/star-trek-beyond-…

For men only: Free mullets to celebrate the 4th

Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below. Login|My Dashboard|Register Posted: Friday, July 1, 2016 6:00 am Barbecues, beer, and fireworks ar…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:53 am @ http://www.ahwatukee.com/news/article_a814ae3a-3ee…

'What on earth were you thinking?': Attorney general grilled over meeting with Bill Clinton

Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressed regret Friday for meeting earlier this week with Bill Clinton, adding that it had “cast a shadow” on …

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:56 am @ http://www.businessinsider.com/attorney-general-me…

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By PAUL LASTER, JUN. 2016 A painter, sculptor and printmaker living in Phoenix, Arizona, Matt Magee spent his formative years in a somewhat no…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:56 am @ http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/on-road-with-…

Real, Wild & Woody Craft Beer Festival Is Back for Summer 2016

Lauren Cusimano A A No, Real, Wild & Woody is not a group hike or camping trip, but a craft beer festival happening on July 23 at the Phoe…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:25 am @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/real-wi…

Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch just made Hillary’s email problems even worse

A big part of politics is appearances and perceptions. If something looks bad, people will likely conclude it is bad — even if there's no actu…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:25 am @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/201…

Get Ready for Strut Your Mutt + the #9000Steps Challenge!

Stepping into the real life role of an animal advocate, movie star Amanda Seyfried and her dog Finn are shining a spotlight on a fundraising e…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:25 am @ http://www.dogtipper.com/blog/2016/06/strut-your-mutt.html

Bronx teacher shares passion for running with students

She’s run 100 grueling miles through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, completed six New York City Marathons and has twice been named Ultra Run…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:26 am @ http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/home…

Arizona troopers respond to 840 wrong-way driver calls

PHOENIX - Arizona troopers have responded to more than 840 calls for wrong-way drivers so far this year. The Arizona Department of Public Safe…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 10:27 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/state/arizona-troopers-r…

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