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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009 11:00 pm

MPHS Band Invitational tomorrow

On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Mountain Pointe High School Lionheart Band will host the 2009 Lionhearts Band Invitational at the school, 4201 E. Knox Road. The competition begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by a 12:45 p.m. award ceremony.

Bands from throughout the Valley will perform their 2009 marching shows. Bands will be judged by ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association) judges in either a competition format or to receive festival ratings, either of which may qualify them for State competition.

Admission is $5 per person, and concessions will be available. For details on times and the schedule, visit


DV Marching Band offers Saturday performance

Members of the Desert Vista Thunder Marching Band will perform their 2009 competition field show, Fusión, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Thunder Stadium, 16440 S. 32nd St. Members of the community are invited to attend the free performance.

The band has kicked off the season with new uniforms, replacing the old uniforms that were over 10 years old.

The 123-member Thunder Marching Band will be performing their show at a number of competitions this year, including Arizona State University Band Day, University of Arizona Band Day, the Bands of America Regional in Los Angeles, and the inaugural Arizona State Marching Championships.


Kyrene offers camp for Fall Break and Staff Development Day

The Kyrene Elementary School District’s annual Fall Break is quickly approaching, and the Kyrene Kids Club is offering a full service School Closure Camp for those who have to work and are looking for a worry-free option for their children. The camps will be held Oct. 12 to 16 and 19 at Kyrene de la Mirada (ages 3 and 4 and school age) and Kyrene de la Sierra (school age only) elementary schools.

Each location will be open from 6:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m., and children may attend for any period of time during those hours. Many special events are planned, and two daily snacks will be provided. Children will need to bring a non-perishable lunch each day.

The Kyrene Kids Club offers high-quality, safe, fully state-licensed programs that support children cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally. The program was voted the Best Multi-Site Program in the state by Arizona’s School Age Coalition in 2006.

In person registrations will be accepted at the district’s Customer Service Center at 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.

The early bird registration deadline is Sept. 28 and regular registration ends Oct. 8. Fees are $30 (early bird) or $40 (regular) per day per child for ages 3 and 4, and $25 (early bird) or $35 (regular) per day per child for school-age children.

For information, visit or call (480) 783-4000.


Reunion planned for DV’s 1st graduating class

The Desert Vista High School Class of 1999 will have its 10-year class reunion from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Rustler’s Rooste, 8383 S. 48th St. (on the Arizona Grand Hotel property - formerly The Pointe at South Mountain).

For more information, e-mail

Help is needed in finding classmates, so spread the word and forward this information to anyone you keep in contact with from the Class of 1999!


CGCC hosts award-winning author

Award-winning author, educator and family therapist Chris Crutcher will address students and community members in celebration of Banned Books Week at Chandler-Gilbert Community College from 9:50 to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the CGCC Performing Arts Center at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.

Countless stories drawn from his work as a mental health expert and child protection advocate have made Crutcher’s 10 novels realistic, compelling and unflinchingly truthful. Crutcher will map out his history with and response to being challenged and banned for more than two decades.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kim Chuppa-Cornell at (480) 732-7022.


DV Band offers fall concert

The Desert Vista High School Band will perform its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the school’s auditorium, 16440 S. 32nd St. Performances will include the school’s concert and symphonic bands, wind ensemble and percussion ensemble.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the entrance for the Pakulis family, a band family whose father sadly passed away recently. If you would like to make a donation but are unable to attend the concert, contact Beth Dickson at or (480) 759-5875.

For more concert information, contact Doug Dynes at (480) 706-4402.


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. Oct. 2, 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.


Sonoran Science Academy sets fall festival

The Sonoran Science Academy Ahwatukee, located at 14647 S. 50th St., Suite 175, will host its fall festival and fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The event will feature games, raffles, bouncy houses, water balloons, food, prizes, cake walk and more.

The academy is owned and operated by Daisy Education Corporation, is tuition free and is a college preparatory nonprofit charter school for motivated students.

For more information, call Audrey at (602) 882-0580.


SMCC offers bike repair and maintenance class

South Mountain Community College is teaming up with outdoor specialists REI to offer a series of one-day, non-credit classes on bicycle repair and maintenance. The sessions will focus on intensive bike maintenance taught by an REI Certified Bike Technician and will focus on basic tools and how to use them, tire removal and replacement, brake pad alignment and adjustment, chain wear, wheel truing and much more.

The next class will meet from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the SMCC Guadalupe Center, 9233 Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive), Guadalupe. Another class will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, at the SMCC Main Campus, 7050 S. 24th St.

The workshop fee is $35.

For more information, visit, call Tony Espinoza at (602) 305-5772 or e-mail


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


POWER Program helps re-careering adults

In today’s economy, many working adults are headed back to school to either train in a completely new field or to learn new skills to put them ahead in their current occupation. To help in this transition, GateWay Community College hosts the POWER Program, a two-course program designed to help re-careering adults explore new career options and learn basic computer skills.

To learn more about the POWER Program, the public is invited to attend a free orientation and information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, at GateWay Community College in room MA2124, 108 N. 40th St.

The second session of the POWER Program begins Tuesday, Oct. 20, with the option for participants to take either day or evening classes.

For more information, visit or contact Barbara Grady at or (602) 286-8126.


SMCC offers certified fiber optics networking classes

The South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center will offer three industry-recognized and certified fiber optics networking classes during the week of Oct. 5 to 11.

The courses, presented in association with BDI DataLynk, will include the following: Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT), Oct. 5 to 7; Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T), Oct. 8 and 9; and Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist, Oct. 10 and 11. Each class session runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The SMCC Guadalupe Center is located at 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive south of Guadalupe Road) in Guadalupe.

To enroll or get more details, visit or call (602) 243-8217.


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 Oct. 6, 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.


DV Orchestra, Guitar Ensembles present fall concert

Desert Vista High School’s Orchestra and Guitar Ensembles will present their first formal concert of the year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the school’s auditorium, 16440 S. 32nd St.

A variety of styles – from classics to funk and rock-n-roll – will be performed by Concert, Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras, as well Concert and Chamber Guitar Ensembles. This concert will be an event the whole family can enjoy.

Admission is $5 (free for children 7 and under) at the door.

For more information, visit


Performance highlights Hispanic 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 further details, visit or e-mail


Artist, author to address CGCC students, community members

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.

Born Daphne Scholinski, as a young girl growing up in the Chicago suburbs, she played first base in Little League and preferred drawing to playing with dolls. When she was 15, she was locked up in a mental hospital, diagnosed as “an inappropriate female,” and spent the rest of her high school years undergoing extreme femininity training. After transitioning and living as a man, 37-year-old Dylan Scholinski is a distinguished artist, author (The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir), and public speaker. His work not only portrays the anguish of his hospital years but also his ultimate triumph.

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


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.


Third-grade art requested for 2010 Valley Metro calendar

The fifth annual Cool Bus STUFF contest kicks off with an invitation to all Valley third-graders that love to draw. With the theme, Valley Metro: Go Smart. Go Transit., Valley youth are encouraged to demonstrate their artistic ability by showing how transit can be fun, safe and help the Earth!

Winners will be featured in the Valley Metro Transit Education 2010 calendar and receive fun prizes.

Entries will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 9. Entry forms and contest details are available at

Judging is based on successfully illustrating one of the three themes, as well as creativity and neatness. For more information about the contest, contact Dolores Nolan at (602) 262-4001.


DV make-up day information

Due to a cooling system malfunction at Desert Vista High School on Aug. 21, the day will be made up on Friday, Dec. 18. Final exams will be Dec. 17 and 18.


Dig Pink in Tukee coming in October

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.


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.


Goodwill’s charter high school receives $206,000 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 G.E.D. high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering G.E.D. 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 G.E.D. 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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