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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:49 pm

The Greater Phoenix Pond Society is bringing its Phoenix Pond Tour to the Valley, highlighting a couple of homes in Ahwatukee Foothills this weekend.

The free, self-guided tour will be hosted at pond society members’ homes tomorrow, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ahwatukee residents Rod and Pamela Brooks have one of the biggest ponds on the tour with a 12,000-gallon pool remodeled into a pond at their home near 34th Street and Chandler Boulevard.

It took Brooks nearly a year to complete the revamping of his swimming pool that sits on the side of his home. Going with a “Mediterranean” feel, Brooks has nearly 60 koi fish and about 20 large goldfish in the pond surrounded by plants.

Brooks also has a 10-foot dock expanding out onto the pond, a fountain, small waterfall, and canopies providing shade.

In their second year of participating in the tour, Brooks said having a pond like that has always been an interest of his.

“It’s a lot of work, but we’re anticipating a lot of people, it’s pretty cool,” he said.

Fellow Ahwatukee residents, Tom and Carla Briggs, are another stop on the tour near 40th Street and Pecos Road. The Briggs’ pond is nearly 5,200 gallons and features about 20 koi fish among 10 Mesquite trees, nine citrus trees, and an array of plants and flowers that attract butterflies and dragon flies. The yard also has a large tree house.

Vice president of the society, Ria Karsten, has been a member for about 10 years, and said the event is a great way to get inspired.

“A lot of people are interested in building ponds and attend to get new ideas,” she said. “It’s just great fun to see the backyards and landscaping.”

For more information about the Greater Phoenix Pond Society, or for a map of the tour, visit phoenixponds.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.


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