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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 12:00 am

CGCC Performing Arts presents A Christmas Carol

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts will present Alan Menken’s Broadway musical, A Christmas Carol, in the college’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 3 to 5, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Tickets – $10 general admission, $9 for seniors, $7 for students and $5 for the matinee – may be purchased by calling (480) 732-7343.

CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.

 

Akimel hosting HATB garage sale Saturday

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, 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 http://sites.google.com/site/handsacrosstheborderaz. For more information on the HATB International Foundation, visit www.handsacrosstheborder.org.

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

 

Author Tania Katan featured at SMCC Writer’s Workshop

Award-winning writer Tania Katan, author of My One-Night Stand With Cancer (www.taniakatan.com), will present a free reading and writer’s workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Student Union at South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St.

The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling (602) 305-5771 or e-mailing sue.aroz@smcmail.maricopa.edu.

 

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.

Tickets – $10 general admission – are available at www.showup.com or at the door.

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

 

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!

 

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 www.setoncatholic.org.

 

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 posterday@setonchs.org.

 

Nutcracker Ballet Suite performed by DV Orchestra, En Pointe Co.

Desert Vista High School Orchestra and En Pointe Company will perform the Nutcracker Ballet Suite at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Desert Vista Performing Arts Center, 16550 S. 32nd St. A full Symphony Orchestra, along with dancers from En Pointe Company, will bring out the magic of the holiday season.

Admission is $5 (free for children seven and under) at the door. For more information, visit www.dvorchestra.org.

 

Kyrene seeks donations for Winter Wonderland event to benefit homeless families

The Kyrene School District is seeking donations of new toys and games for students in kindergarten through eighth grade for their annual Winter Wonderland event that will benefit 400 homeless Kyrene families.

Toys for middle schoolers (ages 11 to 14) are particularly needed, such as sporting equipment, bath gel sets, MP3 players, wave boards, Twilight book series, etc.

Donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 to 11 at the Kyrene District Office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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 sue.aroz@smcmail.maricopa.edu.

For additional information about Duarte, visit www.stellapopeduarte.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 smcc@southmountaincc.edu.

 

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.

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