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I have a Bible verse propped up on my desk as a great reminder throughout the day. It reads, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Of course the answer to that is a resounding NO! I would like to share a few encouraging stories that illustrate how nothing is impossible for God.
A long-standing tradition in Mesa, the community is asked to once again participate in a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” to increase the East Valley holiday spirit.
Downtown Mesa’s Arizona Museum for Youth is inching closer to becoming the i.d.e.a. Museum. The re-branding, set to launch to the public on Feb. 7, 2014, will transform the much-loved family venue with creative innovations, including — fundraisers hope — a place called The HUB.
In this techno-centric age, it’s easy to forget about tangible things like paper, pipe cleaners, bits of wire and the endless array of possibilities they present. “Imaginate” at the Arizona Science Center reminds us of the simple joy of puttering and the inherent value it holds for the next generation of innovators, engineers and world-changers.
Ahhh, it’s that time of the year again. The holiday traditions take us home for the holidays to reunite with parents, siblings, cousins and old friends. Often this experience is joyous and as it should be, a time to appreciate one another, reminisce about the past and enjoy food, wine, gifts and conversation.
Small Business Saturday is gaining in popularity, according to a new survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
Disney will be visiting Ahwatukee Foothills this Thursday, Dec. 12, and hosting an open audition to find musical theater performers for its Disney Cruise Line.
Hundreds of parents, foster parents, current and former Child Protective Services (CPS) employees and child advocates showed up Tuesday night when the public had a chance to offer constructive ideas to five members of the CPS Oversight Committee.
I have always enjoyed this time of year. Even as a child growing up in Chicago, fall afternoons meant playing baseball with a sweatshirt on or running through piles of fallen leaves, some of which were raked quite neatly and I mischievously found joy in rummaging through those piles as well.
In an effort to raise funds for the Philippines, the Desert Vista National Honor Society (NHS) will be hosting a movie night next week for the entire Ahwatukee community.
Have Americans lost hope? The trust-deficit between them and their policymakers is distressingly large, with only 19 percent, according to an October Pew poll, who say that they have faith that the government will do what is right just about always or most of the time.
Talented young dancers have a chance to show off their creativity and compete to be awarded the best choreographer in the second Next Generation of Fine Arts Competition.
With the rush of the holidays safety may take a backseat to the festivities, but local organizations are warning people to be aware this holiday season.
Pet Paradise’s fifth annual Food for Paws food drive is going on through Dec. 31. This year, Pet Paradise Phoenix will be donating to Maricopa Animal Care and Control. Food for Paws will benefit more than 18 nonprofit organizations as well as pet owners struggling to feed their pets. To date the annual pet food drive has collected and distributed more than 50,000 pounds of pet food.
Have you ever walked through a season in your life you thought might break you? I’m not talking about the everyday stuff. We’re each going to wrestle with our share of broken air conditioners in July, cranky bosses, and family feuds. I’m talking about soul crushing, heart wrenching times when getting through the days takes a herculean effort. When you can’t lift yourself out of the pit despite all of your coping resources – faith, friends, family, chocolate ice cream. And wine, in the name of truth telling.
Advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (English translation: amnesty) like to point out that immigrants in the past have flocked to America and made important contributions to our nation. That’s true, but the America of 1913 was different from 2013 in ways that greatly affect the probability that immigrants will become contributing citizens.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Desert Vista Marching Band has been crowned state champions by winning the Arizona State Marching Band competition.
Ahwatukee Girl Scout troops are in the middle of preparations for hosting their own fashion fair event for the Ahwatukee public.
Well ... that was graceful.
Ashley is a sweet and quite snowbird kitty. She is fine with being an only cat, or sharing your affections with another laid-back cat. She is very smart and, with a little encouragement, will go in and out of her carrier with ease, thus she might be a good travel cat. She enjoys brushing, cat scratching posts, and running a sprint through the house.
Girls on the Run, a Valley nonprofit organization, will be hosting its ninth annual 5K run, celebrating their fall graduates and raising awareness on ways of combating bullying.
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Adele Verkamp may not look serious and calculating from the outside, but her years of experience playing bridge may say otherwise.
Forty is a significant number in the Bible, and there are many instances of something happening for 40 days or 40 years. To name a few things that lasted for 40 days — during the time of Noah, it rained for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:12); Moses met with God on the mountain for 40 days twice, first to obtain instructions for building the tabernacle and then to receive the 10 commandments (Exodus 24:18 and 34:28); the spies explored the land of Canaan for 40 days (Numbers 13:25); Goliath taunted the Israelites for 40 days until David put an end to him (1 Samuel 17:16); one meal gave Elijah enough strength to sustain him for 40 days (1 Kings 19:8); the city of Nineveh was given 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4); Jesus fasted and was tempted by the devil for 40 days (Luke 4:2); after Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared on earth for a period of 40 days before ascending into heaven (Acts 1:3).
The Phoenix Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) announced that its 2013-2014 governing board of directors was installed on Oct. 15. The new board will serve through September of 2014.
The Rev. Ralph M. Worden died on Nov. 11 in Phoenix. He and his wife were the first residents to move into the Mountain Park Senior Living Community complex in Ahwatukee.