DV Band offers Winter Concert
The Desert Vista High School Band will perform its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the school’s auditorium, 16440 S. 32nd St., featuring performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Tuesday and Thursday Jazz Bands and a Percussion ensemble piece.
The concert is open to the public. Admission is $5 each (maximum of $20 per family), and proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to a good cause to be announced at the concert.
For information, call Doug Dynes at (480) 706-4402.
MPHS Boys’ Basketball Food Drive
Friday, Dec. 11, is Boys’ Basketball Community Night at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road. Community members are invited to join together to help stop hunger this holiday season by donating non-perisable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank during the Mountain Pointe vs. Desert Vista basketball game, which tips off at 7 p.m.
MPHS Grad Night fundraiser at Barnes and Noble
A fundraiser to benefit Mountain Pointe High School Grad Night is being held through Dec. 15 at Barnes & Noble, 4847 E. Ray Road. A portion of proceeds from merchandise or Starbucks purchases will benefit Grad Night, the safe after-graduation party for May graduates.
Shoppers must present a flyer, which is available at www.mpgradnight.com or by mentioning Bookfair ID No. 10077139.
Seniors or their parents may also enter their name in a raffle at customer service on Saturday or Sunday to win a free Grad Night ticket.
For more information, call Denise Konieczny at (480) 496-0948 or e-mail email@example.com.
SMCC Writer’s Workshop features Stella Pope Duarte
Popular Valley author Stella Pope Duarte will conduct a free writer’s workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12, in the South Mountain Community College Student Union, 7050 S. 24th St.
The workshop, entitled “Short Days, Long Nights and Rewrites,” will treat participants to a panoramic view of the writing process. Duarte will draw on story, humor, memoir and tall tales to help participants wend their way through the world of words. Writers of all experience levels are welcome.
The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling (602) 305-5771 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about Duarte, visit www.stellapopeduarte.com.
High School Foundation selling Suns tickets
The Tempe Union High School Education Foundation benefits many students throughout its seven schools in the form of scholarships, teacher enrichment and providing learning opportunities that would not normally occur.
The Foundation is currently selling Phoenix Suns tickets for two games, giving community members an opportunity to enjoy a game and at the same time make some money for our kids.
The games are San Antonio on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Philadelphia on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, and the Foundation makes $10 for each ticket sold.
For each ticket purchased, the person will receive a free raffle ticket for the chance to win an autographed picture of Leandro Barbosa and a limited edition money ball from the 2009 All-star game, as well as a gift from the Phoenix Suns at the game. Details will be provided when tickets are purchased.
Tickets are available by cash, check or through PayPal. Cash or checks made payable to TUHS Education Foundation and dropped off at the Tempe Union District Office, 500 W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283. Checks may also be mailed to the office to the attention of Dianne Welling, noting that they are for Suns tickets. You will then be contacted to let you know your tickets are ready to be picked up. To use PayPal, visit www.tuhsdedfoundation.org and click on “donate” at the bottom of the page. Please indicate “donation is for Sun’s tickets” in the second line for Billing address. You will be then be notified to pick up tickets.
Thunder Speech Theater and Debate Company wins national competition
The Desert Vista High School Thunder Speech Theater and Debate Company recently competed at the Glenbrooks 30th Annual Invitational in Chicago, Ill., one of the largest, most exclusive high school speech and debate tournaments in the nation.
The Company represented Desert Vista with the following results:
Mike Witt and Zaki Aizaz reached the octafinal round in Public Forum Debate, earning them a bid to the Tournament of Champions.
Brendan Porter was a semifinalist in Student Congress, Greg Hietala took seventh place in Student Congress and Brittany Stanchik earned third place in Student Congress. All Student Congress participants received a bid to the Tournament of Champions.
In speech events, Katy Miller was a quarterfinalist in Original Oratory; Priyanka Atreya was a quarterfinalist in Original Oratory; Sam Abney was a quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation; Alexa Saunders was a quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation; Mike Mazzella and Sammi Saunders were semifinalists in Duo Interpretation; Dillon Olmanson and Holly Nordquist were finalists in Duo Interpretation, placing third; Sam Abney was a finalist in Prose/Poetry Interpretation, placing fourth; and Rebecca Decarlo was a finalist in Prose Poetry Interpretation, placing third, and Original Oratory, placing second. She was the only student from any school to reach two final rounds.
Anna Gunderson was a finalist in extemporaneous speaking, placing third. Her ranking got her invited into the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin. Only 16 students in the entire nation received an invitation to the MBA Round Robin in that tournament.
The Glenbrooks Invitational hosted more than 1,800 students from 220 schools in 36 states. Of all schools and all students, the Thunder Speech Theater and Debate Company placed first in the competition!
Registration open for Kyrene winter break school closure camps
The Kyrene School District is offering winter break school closure camps for Kyrene families from Dec. 21 to 31.
Camps will be held at Kyrene de la Mirada, 5500 W. Galveston St., Chandler, for ages 3 and 4 and school age (kindergarten to grade 5) and at Kyrene de la Sierra, 1122 E. Liberty Lane, for school age only.
Early bird registration runs until Dec. 11 – save $10 per day. The last day to register online is Dec. 15, and the last day to register is Dec. 17.
For more information or to register, go online to www.kyrene.org/childcare, call (480) 783-4314 or visit Kyrene Customer Service at 8700 S. Kyrene Road in Tempe from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
MPHS Baseball Boosters hosting golf classic
The Mountain Pointe Baseball Boosters’ Fifth Annual Pride Baseball Golf Classic will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Club West Golf Club, 16400 S. 14th Ave. The classic features a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, dinner and a silent auction.
Registration is due by Jan. 1. Sign-up fees are $500 for a foursome or $130 for individual golfers, and all MPHS Baseball Booster sponsorship contributions are tax deductible. Proceeds will help defray the cost of field preparation, equipment and other expenses that the district budget does not cover.
For more information, registration forms, sponsorship information or to donate to the silent auction, visit www.MPHSbaseballboosters.com, call Mitch Gladstone at (602) 320-8378 or Tom Kingery at (480) 699-9841 or send an e-mail to email@MPHSbaseballboosters.com.
DV Baseball annual golf tournament Jan. 20
The Desert Vista Baseball team will host its Third Annual Golf Tournament with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Club West Golf Club,16400 S. 14th Ave. The team is seeking golfers, sponsorships and donations of any kind. Proceeds will help support improvements to the fields and equipment to assist the baseball program. Dinner, awards and a silent auction will follow the afternoon of golf.
For more information or to sign up to sponsor, golf, make a donation or attend the dinner and silent auction, call Rod Ticknor at (480) 650-9084 or Carlene Wehrli at (480) 460-8302.
Seton receives major grant from GRIC
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Gila River Indian Community that will be used to help fund completion of the new classroom building scheduled to begin construction in early 2010.
On an annual basis, through the State Shared Revenue Program, the Gila River Indian Community awards 12 percent of its gaming revenues directly to cities, towns and counties for services that benefit the general public.
Seton continues to need the community’s support to complete the funding of its new classroom building. To learn about memorial or naming opportunities, or for questions about the project, contact Paula Osterday at (480) 963-1900, ext. 2011 or e-mail email@example.com.
Paloma PTA hosting family fitness event
Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary School’s PTA is holding its second Family Fitness 5K and 1 Mile Dove Dash on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the school, 5000 W. Whitten Drive, Chandler. Registration starts at 7 a.m., the 5K at 8 a.m. and the 1 Mile Run/Walk at 9:15 a.m. An awards ceremony follows at 10 a.m.
The event encourages Valley families to start the year being active and spending time together. The first 100 finishers in each race will receive a medal, and those who registration up to Dec. 9 are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration fees are very reasonable, and a discounted family rate is offered.
For details or a registration form, visit www.palomapta.org/Fundraisers.html.
SMCC to offer short-term classes between fall and spring
Registration is now under way for South Mountain Community College’s “Holiday Express,” a selection of 10 course offerings that students may complete within a four-week period between the fall and spring semesters.
Online classes run from Dec. 19 through Jan. 15 and include Chemistry and Society with lab, College Critical Reading, Chicano Literature, Excel Spreadsheet, PowerPoint, Counseling in a Multi-Cultural Setting and Intro to Art Therapy. Most earn three credit hours. In addition, two one-week counseling classes will be offered the week of Jan. 11.
Tuition is $71 per credit hour, with a $15 registration fee. To enroll, students may register online at www.southmountaincc.edu. For more information, call (602) 243-8123 (English) or (602) 243-8135 (Spanish).
Popular Valley authors to teach creative writing at SMCC
This spring, South Mountain Community College students can learn creative writing skills from a pair of popular Valley authors.
Toni Eubanks, author of Passage to Womanhood: Journey Home, will teach Writing Children’s Literature (CRW120), a five-session online class beginning Jan. 16.
Stella Pope Duarte, award-winning author of such books as If I Die In Juárez, Let Their Spirits Dance, and Fragile Night, will teach Introduction to Writing Fiction (CRW170), a five-session online class beginning Jan. 23.
Each three-credit class will meet online one Saturday each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class dates are staggered, so that students may enroll in both. Tuition for each class is $213, plus a $15 one-time registration fee. Students may enroll online at http://my.maricopa.edu, or by calling (602) 243-8123.
For additional information about these courses, call the Language Arts Office at (602) 305-5771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy an evening of theater at DV
The Desert Vista Theater Troupe will present the following performances in the school’s Black Box Theatre at 16440 S. 32nd St.: 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.
“African Storytelling Tradition” offered at SMCC
The award-winning South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will offer a brand new storytelling class this spring, focusing on traditional African folklore.
The class, entitled “The African Storytelling Tradition” (STO283), will focus on the history and practice of storytelling in Africa. Students will explore African myths, legends and folktales, and also research, develop and craft African stories for their own telling.
Class instructor is Marilyn Omifunke Torres, an SMCC adjunct faculty member. Torres has been an ordained West African traditional storyteller for more than 30 years and has received two chieftaincies.
The class will run for 16 weeks on Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9:05 p.m., beginning Jan. 25 in Room PAC-739 on the SMCC Main Campus, 7050 S. 24th St. Tuition for the three-credit course is $213, plus a $15 registration fee.
To enroll or get additional details, visit http://my.maricopa.edu or call (602) 243-8026.
CGCC begins campaign to construct outdoor “green” classroom
Imagine an outdoor classroom that uses the sun and wind to save and generate energy - a “living” classroom designed to teach students about sustainability and environmental technology through hands-on learning and interaction.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College students and faculty are looking forward to this vision becoming a reality as the college implements a fundraising campaign to secure materials, labor donations and financial support from local businesses and the community in order to construct an Environmental Technology Center on the college’s Pecos campus.
CGCC’s first partner with the project, Jan Lorant, principal of Gabor Lorant Architects Inc., has volunteered many hours to date, consulting, site planning and designing the Environmental Technology Center. The 1,200 square-foot open classroom will have solar panels, amphitheater-style seating and energy monitoring devices, surrounded by demonstration areas, gardens, wind turbines and environmental education information kiosks.
For more information about the CGCC’s Environmental Technology Center or to make a donation, call (480) 732-7030 or access www.cgc.edu/etc.
CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.