Kyrene offers Fall Break camps

Fall Break camps offered by the Kyrene Elementary School District:

• 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.

Registration ends Oct. 8. Fees are $40 per day per child for ages 3 and 4, and $35 per day per child for school-age children. For information or registration, visit or call (480) 783-4000.

• The Kyrene Athletic Program is also offering a basketball clinic for all boys and girls in fifth to eighth grade from Oct. 12 to 15. The clinic will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Centennial Middle School (barcode #13401) and 1 to 3 p.m. at Kyrene Middle School (barcode #13398).

The cost is only $65, and the deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 8. For more information or registration, call (480) 783-4040 or 4060 or visit

In-person registration is also available at the Customer Service Center, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays or 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.


Sonoran Science Academy’s fall festival is Saturday

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.


Seton Booster golf tourney this Sunday

The 16th Annual Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Booster Club Golf Tournament will begin with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start Sunday, Oct. 4, at Ocotillo Golf Club, 3751 S. Clubhouse Drive, Chandler.

Eddie Johnson, former Phoenix Suns player and current Suns announcer, will be the guest speaker. The tournament includes prizes, lunch and a silent auction.

For details and registration forms, visit


MP Grad Night Committee meets Monday evening

Mountain Pointe High School’s Grad Night 2010 Planning Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Room E204 at the school, 4201 E. Knox Road. All parents of graduating seniors are encouraged to help plan the all-night event.

More information about Grad Night and current fundraisers is available online at

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 on Oct. 6

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


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


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!


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


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


DVHS hosts ‘Savior of the World’ 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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