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Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:00 pm

KSD Governing Board moves meeting day to Thursday

Due to the Kyrene School District Fall Break Oct. 12 to 16, the next Governing Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Ben Furlong Center, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe. For more information on the Governing Board, go to

A Governing Board study session will also take place beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the same building.


Performance highlights Heritage Month at SMCC

Award-winning author Denise Chávez will be the featured guest artist at South Mountain Community College’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 6 and 7.

Chávez will include a public reading of her works, a student presentation and visits to SMCC classrooms during her visit. Her public performance will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St., just north of Baseline Road. Her books will be available for purchase that evening, and Chavez will be available for signing.  Admission is free.

For details, visit


The Very Hungry Caterpillar wiggles into Summit School

Students across the globe join forces each year to set a worldwide reading record by participating in “Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.” The goal is to read the same book on the same day to students in preschool through second grade. This year, staff and students alike are excited to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Oct. 8.

To make the story come to life, students will also create watercolor paintings, feast on caterpillar shaped cookies and re-enact the story with a tray of apples, pears, oranges, strawberries and other healthy foods that the caterpillar eats throughout the book. There will even be a “nice green (lettuce) leaf” to finish off this culinary adaptation of the story.


Artist, author to address CGCC students, community

Artist and author Dylan Scholinski will address students and community members at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts Center at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.

Scholinski’s art exhibit, Sent(a)Mental Project: A Memorial to GLBTIQA Suicide, will be on display in the CGCC Library Gallery beginning Oct. 6. The exhibit is a collection of creative works – about, by, or for individuals or groups affected by suicide. The project also includes a section for survivor stories. A reception with Scholinski will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the CGCC Library Gallery.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Lori Girshick at (480) 857-5536.


DV hosts ‘Savior’ production

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will present Savior of the World, a musical in two acts, at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee for children 8 to 12.

Through music and drama, the production recounts historical events leading up to the birth of the Messiah and the events following His glorious resurrection.

Reserved seating is available online at for $5, with general seating available at the door.


Gateway CC celebrates arts and culture

GateWay Community College is celebrating 10 years of its GateWay to the Arts series, an ongoing effort of the college’s Liberal Arts program to bring cultural events to students, staff and community members.

Silent Comedy Shorts will be shown from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Center for Health Careers Education Building Auditorium at the GateWay campus, 108 N. 40th St. The collection of popular slapstick comedy classics will be accompanied by live music performed by accomplished theatre organist Ron Rhode.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Donald Hall at (602) 286-8730 or e-mail


Support MP Grad Night by ordering Gold Canyon Candles

The Mountain Pointe Grad Night Parent Committee is holding a Gold Canyon Candle Fundraiser through Oct. 31 to raise funds for the Class of 2010’s Grad Night event.

This fundraiser uses three steps: 1) visit to view the fall/holiday catalog, 2) select your favorite scents, and 3) place an order for any item. When checking out on the Web site, be sure to add MP after your name (for example, Sue Smith-MP). Merchandise may be sent directly to you or anywhere else in the United States. Grad Night will benefit by receiving 25 percent of sales during October.

For more information, e-mail Kathy Groenewold at or


‘Team Fit Kids’ program starts at Sierra

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 every week 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 at the school for the community and have guest runners join the program to help motivate the kids.

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, which is the distance of a marathon. So far 180 kids have signed up, double the number last year.

For more information or to join the team, 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


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


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


CGCC buildings, classes, students going green

CGCC has committed to building all new facilities to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

CGCC has constructed three new classroom buildings in the last three years that have qualified as LEED Silver buildings and will complete its fourth, Ironwood Hall on the Pecos campus, this fall. College facilities also utilize energy-saving lighting, low flow faucets and even “green” cleaning materials. The printing of class schedules and catalogs was discontinued this past spring in favor of making the documents available to students on the college’s Web site – saving millions of sheets of paper in the process.

For more information about CGCC’s sustainability initiatives, visit CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. 


Gateway designated a Hispanic Serving Institution

GateWay Community College has received official designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. With the HSI designation, the college was awarded a $2.76 million Title V grant to enhance and expand programs for the colleges’ diverse student population.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, a Hispanic-Serving Institution is defined as a nonprofit institution that has at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent enrollment.

For more information about GateWay Community College, visit


CGCC hosts College Night or Noche de Colegio 

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Chandler-Gilbert Community College will host its fifth annual “College Night” or “Noche de Colegio” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Student Center Pavilion at 2626 E. Pecos Road.

This free event is open to prospective students and their parents, as well as current CGCC students. Student and parent workshops will run from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a student panel and question and answer session. Information will also be available about admissions, financial aid, student life and career services, as well as CGCC’s academic and career and technical education programs. Refreshments will be served and two partial student scholarships will be raffled off.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Jesus Chaidez-Hernandez at (480) 732-7277.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream 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


Dig Pink in Tukee coming up

Get ready for a “Pink Out” on Thursday, Oct. 22, as the Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe girls volleyball teams participate in the Dig Pink in Tukee community volleyball match to support the fight against breast cancer. The event will take place in the Mountain Pointe High School gymnasium at 4201 E. Knox Road. The freshman game starts at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

The teams will make a donation to the Side-Out Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.

The community is invited to get involved by wearing pink and attending the match, purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes (donations of sports memorabilia, travel opportunities, gift cards, gift baskets and more are needed), becoming an event sponsor or making a donation at

For more information or to donate items for the raffle, e-mail or call (480) 232-5770.


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.


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


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

South Mountain Community College employees and students are once again helping their neighbors by packing and selling discounted boxes of high-quality food for the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance throughout the 2009-10 school year.  

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.


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