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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:00 pm

Midsummer Night’s Dream opens tonight at Seton Catholic

Members of the Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Drama Department will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream Oct. 16 to 24 at the school at 1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m. dinner theatre Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, 3 p.m. Oct. 18, and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24.

Tickets, $5 for adults and $4 for students, are available in the Seton Catholic SCRIP Office.

For additional information, contact Matthew Frable at


Akimel hosts Multicultural Night

Akimel A-al’s Annual Multicultural Night will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2720 E. Liberty Lane. The event will celebrate the diverse culture of the school and community. Cultural groups will perform and ethnic food vendors will be on site.

Students will also have the opportunity to dunk their favorite teachers in the dunk tank!

Admission is free, with food and drinks available for purchase. The entire community is welcome to attend.


MPHS hosts College Night Oct. 22

In-State College Night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the auditorium at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.

Mountain Pointe, Desert Vista and Horizon seniors, juniors and parents will have the opportunity to get information from in-state university and community college representatives.

Staff from the following colleges are scheduled to attend: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Southwestern College Central Arizona Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Easter Arizona Community College, Gateway Community College, Maricopa Skills Center, Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Rio Salado Community College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College.


'Think Globally, Eat Locally’ at CGCC

Students and community members will have the opportunity to sample locally grown produce and herbs as well as locally produced cheese, jams, preserves and salsa as Chandler-Gilbert Community College hosts the “Think Globally, Eat Locally: Local Food Fair.” This farmers-market style event will be held 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, outside the college’s Student Center Pavilion at 2626 E. Pecos Road.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (480) 732-7030.


Sierra hosts 'Team Fit Kids’ program

Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School is bringing the “Team Fit Kids” running club program to its students for the second year. This fitness program is geared for children and supports Chances for Children-AZ.

The program, which began Oct. 5, encourages students to run at school and at home with their families. Throughout the school year, they will log their miles during lunch recess on Mondays and Wednesdays. Team Fit Kids will also host family fitness nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and Feb. 4 for the community.

The cost is $45 per student and includes the sneaker charm for every mile run, four entries into one-mile fun runs, team T-shirt and other incentives and prizes. The goal is to run a total of 25.2 miles before the P.F. Chang Marathon on Jan. 17. The day before the actual marathon, the students will run the 1-mile Fun run, thereby completing a total of 26.2 miles.

For details, contact Jill Ostendorp at or (480) 283-0839. For information on Chances For Children or to sign up for their adult marathon training program, contact Susan Loken at


SMCC presents The Time Is Now!

The Time Is Now! is an original play featuring South Mountain Community College theater students and members of the college’s theater club, Spotlight Productions. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23 in the SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St. The production combines personal stories, collective experiences, movement, monologues, poetry and other elements of performance.

Tickets, $10, are available at and at the box office on the night of the show. Maricopa Community College District students will be admitted for free with ID.


DV Hockey hosting annual golf classic

The Desert Vista High School Hockey Club’s fifth annual charity golf classic will be held Nov. 8 at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, four-person scramble format. The cost is $85 per player or $300 for a team, and sponsorships are also available.

Community members are invited for a fun-filled day of golf followed by a buffet, prizes, awards, raffle and silent auction.

The DV program is fielding three teams again this year, providing opportunities for nearly 50 skaters. Annual operating costs exceed $32,000, all of which which must be raised through fundraising. Ice time costs, the single largest expense, runs approximately $14,000 annually. Funds earned from this tournament will help defray ice costs, as well as the many other expenses associated with running this outstanding program.

Registration is due by Friday, Oct. 23. For more information, to sign up or to sponsor, call Heather Cole at (602) 739-9300.


Colina to host book fair

Celebrate books and find great reads for every person in your family at the A+ Book Fair running Oct. 23 to 30 at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, 13612 S. 36th St. Fair hours are 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the school’s library. Many award-winning titles will be available at affordable prices.

Students will also collect loose change during the fair to purchase books for the Child Crisis Center in Mesa.

For information, call Cathy at (480) 664-1721.


Cerritos students wiping out germs

The Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary School Library is sponsoring a campaign to collect disinfectant wipes to help “wipe out germs” on its library books. When books are returned to the library, the outsides are cleaned with disinfectant wipes in order to cut down on the spread of germs.

Library staff members are building a pyramid of donated wipe containers in the hallway, and the students are quite involved and very excited to see the pyramid growing.


HCLC students read thousands of minutes during summer

Horizon Community Learning Center students in grades K-6 participated in Scholastic’s “Read for the World Record” summer reading program, logging 403,089 minutes from May 1 to Aug. 1. Schools from all over the world participated in the program and helped to set the record for summer reading. The top 20 schools that read the most minutes, including HCLC, will be featured in the 2010 Scholastic Book of World Records. All schools that participated in the challenge are listed at


SMCC offers new health care career training programs

South Mountain Community College, in partnership with Boston Reed College, is now offering courses to train individuals to become pharmacy technicians and clinical medical assistants.

Interested students are encouraged to attend a free orientation starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St. Classes will be held on the SMCC Main Campus. 

For information, call (602) 243-8034, e-mail or visit


Harvest Festival Carnival at DV Oct. 30

Desert Vista High School will host its annual Harvest Festival Carnival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the school’s courtyard at 16440 S. 32nd St. The family-friendly event, being held just before the Homecoming game, is open to the community and will include rides, games, food, live performances and a costume contest for those under eight.

Admission is two cans of food, and the Senior class will sell tickets for games and refreshments for 50 cents. Planned activities include buddy pictures, bounce houses, pie-in-the-face, fishing game, ping pong toss, cake walk, rock band and a dunk tank.


Middle-schoolers needed to create green spaces for Future City Competition

Arizona’s middle-schoolers are preparing to take part in National Engineers Week Foundation’s 2009-10 Future City Competition. Now entering its 18th year, Future City Competition invites seventh- and eighth-graders nationwide to create the cities of tomorrow and encourages interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on applications.

Themed “Providing An Affordable Living Space For People Who Have Lost Their Home Due to a Disaster or Financial Emergency,” this year’s Future City Competition will attract more than 33,000 students from 1,100 middle schools across the country.

Participating students are asked to design a model of their city using SimCity 4 Deluxe software, provided by Electronic Arts, and then build a physical model of the city using recycled materials. They will also write a research essay describing their design and a second narrative outlining the key features of their city.

The Arizona regional competition gets under way in the fall and culminates with the regional finals at University Public School (formerly Phoenix Preparatory Academy) in Phoenix on Jan. 23. One winning team from Arizona will qualify for a trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C., which take place during Engineer’s Week, Feb. 15 to 17, 2010. The National Finals Grand Prize winners receive a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., provided by National Finals host Bentley Systems, Inc. The second and third prize winners receive $5,000 and $2,000 scholarships for their schools’ technology programs.

The registration deadline for schools nationwide is Oct. 31. Future City is also looking for professional engineers who may be interested in serving as mentors.

For information, school registration or to volunteer in the competition, visit


Eagle Day registration under way at HCLC

Registration has begun for Eagle Day, a fundraiser for Horizon Community Learning Center taking place Nov. 21 at The Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Eagle Day includes a silent auction, dinner, dancing and an optional golf package. Registration begins at $30, and proceeds will be used to increase technology in all HCLC classrooms.

For information or to register, call (480) 659-3098 or visit


 Kyrene offers free immunization clinics

The Kyrene School District, in cooperation with Chandler Regional Medical Center, is offering free immunization clinics from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop.

Parents are required to accompany their children to the clinic and should provide shot records. Children ages six weeks to 18 years old are eligible to attend the clinic. Appointments are not necessary, and shots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, call (480) 728-5697 or go to

For exact information on what immunizations are required for each age group, call The AZ Immunization Program Office number at (602) 364-3630 or the Maricopa County Health Department at (602) 506-6767.


ASU invites schoolchildren to enter creative contest

Arizona State University invites schoolchildren from all over the state to enter its 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay-poster contest. Winners will receive savings bonds and have their entries displayed at ASU. They also will be honored at ASU’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration breakfast in January, along with their parents, teachers and school principals. Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 4.

Students are asked to create their entries around the theme, “Beyond the Dream: Building Communities Through Servant Leadership,” focusing on a member of their family, school or community who demonstrates leadership through service.

Details and entry forms are available online at or by calling Heidi Maxwell at (602) 543-5306 or e-mailing


 SMCC teams with St. Mary’s for monthly discount food box distribution

Monthly sales events will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 in front of the SMCC Performing Arts Center at 7050 S. 24th St.

This is not a government program or a handout, and anyone is welcome to purchase the food. St. Mary’s Food Bank purchases the food at a reduced price from area grocers and passes the savings along to consumers. There is no paperwork, and all purchases must be in cash.

For additional information and purchasing options, call (602) 305-5830.


 Phoenix School of Law to host Dean’s open house and mixer

Join Dean Gene Clark for an open house and mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Phoenix School of Law, 4041 N. Central Ave. The free event will be held in the Admissions Department and will feature a tour of the school. Refreshments will be served.

Parking is available in the garage, directly east of the building. RSVPs requested by Nov. 9 to Jasmine Crowe at (602) 682-6800 or


Seton hosts 'Starry, Starry Night’

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School will host its 22nd annual dinner auction, “A Starry, Starry Night,” starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the San Marcos Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler.

Early bird tickets are $125 per couple.

For more information or to buy tickets, call (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006.


Goodwill’s charter high school receives $206K grant

ecademie Charter High School, which runs under the auspices of Goodwill of Central Arizona, received a $206,000 grant from the Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program run through the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will be used to establish a library for students.

As part of Goodwill’s commitment to the education and vocational advancement of Arizonans, ecademie helps at-risk youth overcome their personal barriers and earn a high school diploma so they have a foundation of success transitioning into the work world.

The LSL program aims to improve student literacy skills and academic achievement by providing increased access to up-to-date library materials, a well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media center and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.

An open house for ecademie’s new library is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at 417 N. 16th St. Students, parents and the public are invited to attend.

For more information on Goodwill of Central Arizona, visit


Enjoy an evening of theater at DV

The Desert Vista Theater Troupe will present a variety of performances in the school’s Black Box Theatre at 16440 S. 32nd St. The lineup includes Tartuffe Dec. 2 to 4, One Acts Jan. 20 to 22 and Children’s Hour March 10 to 12. My Fair Lady will run April 29 to May 1 in the Dr. Joe McDonald Auditorium.

Wednesday and Thursday performances will start at 7 p.m., and Friday performances will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.


SMCC offers GED high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering GED testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The GED testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.

For more information, call (602) 243-8188.

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