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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009 12:00 am

MPHS Grad Night hosting Avon sale

The Mountain Pointe High School Grad Night Committee is hosting an Avon sale through Nov. 16. Grad Night will receive 10 percent from online orders and more on some items when you order from the catalog.

To order online, visit, click on “online events,” log in and use promotion code mpgradnight2010. Shipping is free for orders over $30.

For those that prefer not to order online, e-mail or call Denise at (480) 496-0948.

Primrose School collecting food

Demonstrating their commitment to giving to others, the Primrose School of Ahwatukee is helping feed families throughout the Phoenix area. On Nov. 20, as part of a group pledge of 10,000 items from the Primrose Valley Schools, the Primrose of Ahwatukee preschoolers will donate their pledged 2,500 items. The donation is being presented to St. Vincent de Paul’s food bank in cooperation with the Ben and Matt Million Can Crusade.

To help in this effort, please drop off any unopened non-perishable foods to the Primrose School at 3922 E. Chandler Blvd.

For more information, call (480) 460-1575.


CGCC hosting golf tourney for student scholarships

The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Athletic Department is hosting the 12th Annual Coyote Golf Classic fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler to benefit CGCC student-athletes. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

For details, visit or call (480) 732-7073.

AF Montessori offering Wednesday tour

Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori, 3221 E. Chandler Blvd., will host a tour starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. A short video on Montessori will be shown, followed by a visit to a classroom where the school’s materials and program will be presented.

A few afternoon spots are available.

For more information, call (480) 759-3810.


Holiday poinsettia sale

Tis the season already and the Mountain Pointe High School Band and Orchestra Boosters are doing their annual poinsettia sales to help decorate the auditorium for the choir, band and orchestra winter concerts. You purchase the poinsettia, they decorate with it and it is yours to keep after the last concert. 

Orders are being taken now through Tuesday, Nov. 24. The concerts are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10 and 11, and the poinsettias you order must be taken home after the final concert on Friday, Dec. 11.

For more information or to place an order, contact Mary at (480) 893-8364 or


HCLC hosting Eagle Day

Eagle Day, a fundraiser for Horizon Community Learning Center, will take place Nov. 21 at The Foothills Golf Club. Eagle Day includes a silent auction, dinner, dancing and an optional golf package. Proceeds will be used to increase technology in all HCLC classrooms.

Registration begins at $30. To register, call (480) 659-3098 or visit


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.


High schools: register now for 2010 AZ Construction Championships

For high school educators looking to challenge their construction students, the upcoming Arizona Construction Championships event is an opportunity to test students’ skills while introducing them to construction companies from across the state in a fun, competitive environment.

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at Metro Tech High School, 1900 W. Thomas Road. The championship is open to all qualified high school students involved in a construction or trade training program. The $20 registration fee per student includes lunch, T-shirt and a certificate of participation.

For more information or to register, contact Dave Severn at (307) 760-3634 or or Doug Bogart at (602) 696-8185 or This event, now in its eighth year, is sponsored by Metro Tech High School with support from GateWay Community College’s Apprenticeship Programs.


CGCC collecting oral histories of Bracero workers

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is collecting the oral histories of community members who participated in or had experiences with the Bracero Worker Program/El Programa Bracero. These oral histories will be included in an upcoming traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution entitled, “Bittersweet Harvest, The Bracero  Program, 1942-1964,” which will be on display in the CGCC Library in spring 2011.

Those interested in participating are asked to call Dr. Kim Chuppa-Cornell at (480) 732-7022.  All participants will receive a copy of their recorded interview to keep.


Register now for spring 2010 classes at CGCC

Registration for spring 2010 classes at Chandler-Gilbert Community College is now underway. To check out the spring 2010 class schedule, access Spring classes begin Jan. 16.


Monte Vista celebrating 20th anniversary

Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an all-day event on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the school, 15221 S. Ray Road. All former students are invited to participate in a variety of alumni activities (visiting classrooms, reading to students, sharing stories and more). Photos are also needed from the past to create a montage slide presentation of 20 years of excellence in education.

For more information or to RSVP, call Sandy at (480) 759-1111 or e-mail To contact the school, call (480) 783-1500.


Kyrene offers free immunization clinic

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

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


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

South Mountain Community College employees and students are selling discounted boxes of high-quality food for the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance. The next sales event will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.


Akimel hosting HATB garage sale

Akimel A-al Middle School will host its annual Hands Across the Border garage sale from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5, on the school’s tennis courts at 2720 E. Liberty Lane.

Akimel, in partnership with Escuela Secundaria Estatal “Manuel Robles Tovar” in Esperanza, Sonora Mexico, participates in the Hands Across the Border cultural exchange program which involves students, their parents, other family members and community members. This year Akimel celebrates 17 consecutive years of the exchange.

Akimel’s Hands Across the Border Web site is For more information on the HATB International Foundation, visit

To donate for the garage sale, contact Spanish teacher Sarah Carranza at or (480) 783-1614.


SMCC to present Highlights from Handel’s Messiah

The 22nd annual performance of Highlights from Handel’s Messiah will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the South Mountain Community College Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St. (just north of Baseline Road). 

More than 60 vocalists and 25 instrumentalists participate each year in this award-winning performance, comprising the Community Concert Choir and Orchestra. Area students, workers, retirees, teenagers, great-grandmothers, counselors and civil servants all join together for the opportunity to perform one of the most moving musical pieces of all time.

 Tickets - $10 general admission - are available at or at the door.

For more information, visit or call (602) 243-8353.


Seton hosting holiday bazaar

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School will host its annual holiday bazaar following the Mothers’ Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Mass begins at 1 p.m., and the holiday bazaar follows in the student quad.

A variety of local vendors will be on site with jewelry, candles, pottery, religious gifts, lotions, “blessing pillows,” gourmet treats, unusual Christmas gifts and more. Raffle tickets for great prizes will also be available.

Seton is located at 1150 N. Dobson Road in Chandler. For information, visit


ASU students host open gym sessions at MPHS

A new program has been introduced to Mountain Pointe High School to promote physical activity for students. Arizona State University physical education majors are hosting “The Den,” or open gym sessions, from 7 to 7:44 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the gym at Mountain Pointe. Activities also take place on the football field, outdoor basketball courts and the softball field. Students are encouraged to come out and play and get in some of their recommended minutes of daily physical activity.

For details, contact Kimberly Cowell at or call (480) 217-2136.


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 For more information, call (602) 243-8123 (English) or (602) 243-8135 (Spanish).


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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