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The next Goofy, Belle or Cinderella could live in Ahwatukee.
Robert De Niro is a ruthless gangster; John Cusack is experiencing motel hell; a hot hooker with a heart of gold is on the run; a satchel bag with mysterious contents. Haven’t we seen all this before? The Bag Man desperately borrows from dozens of other dark and gritty crime-thriller films, but, unfortunately, it is more ‘bore’ than noir.
Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, LEGO will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every LEGO box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. LEGO has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion LEGO pieces later, we get “The LEGO Movie.”
’Twas the afternoon of Christmas and all through the house, presents were opened and appetites doused. Get away from the mess and out on the town; these are the places fun can be found.
Can there be too much of a good thing? Where did that expression come from, anyway? If it's good, isn't more always better?
When you look at the big picture of life (or as my pastor calls it, “the whole shebang”) you see that there are three main players: God, us, and the devil (which is Satan and all his mini-me’s).
Feeling challenged in the crafty, do-it-yourself costume department? Or ill-prepared altogether for this whole dressing up on Oct. 31 thing? This easy Mesa Halloween activity has you covered.
When you look up the meaning of Labrador in the dictionary you will find Brandy. She is a lab through and through. Beautiful brown coat of fur and a tail that doesn’t stop wagging. Show her a tennis ball and she is in heaven. Chasing after it time and time again. Like most labs she is very food motivated so training is going to be a snap. Show her a treat and she will sit very nicely in front of you. She will sit and wait for you to throw the ball again for her and has even given a little yodel with the ball in her mouth from time to time. Brandy has a lot of energy and likes to be on the go. A hiker or very active outdoors person is at the top of Brandy’s wish list. She is a very loyal girl and makes friends wherever she goes. She can pull a bit on her walks so she will need a person who is able to handle a strong girl and show her the proper way. You will not be bored with this girl in your life. Brandy is an excellent swimmer and loves the water. As long as you are involved she is up for anything and is just a happy goofy lab.
A fresh new cast is hoping to bring a new perspective to the classic play “Annie” this fall at Ahwatukee Children’s Theater (ACT).
Rocky came to us through the Mill Dog Rescue as a very small puppy about three months ago. He has always been known as a ball of personality and energy as soon as he arrived. He is a 6-month-old Mountain Cur mix, and is definitely still very puppy like and goofy.
Time flies when you're not wondering about the welfare of the Smurfs, those diminutive, animated blue-skinned forest-dwellers. Turns out they've been just fine since their 2011 big-screen outing, but there's trouble brewing in their new adventure-comedy that will require their curious blend of wide-eyed optimism and goofy enthusiasm to peacefully resolve.
Leslie Patricelli didn’t keep junk food in the house when her three kids were toddlers, but the goofy, bald baby in her board book “Yummy Yucky” grins from ear to ear over chocolate sauce and cookies. The prolific picture book writer also included pepperoni pizza as a positive, acknowledging in a recent interview that some of her empty calorie imagery for kids too young to seek out sugary and fatty foods on their own have earned her a kvetch or two from parents. “If I were to do it again I would probably make a few different choices, but I don’t think I would leave everything out,” said Patricelli, in Hailey, Idaho. “All you have to do is watch a kid eat a piece of cake to know that they’re in heaven.” Heaven, indeed, especially when it comes to an abundance of frothy pink cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and candy in books aimed squarely at babies, toddlers and preschoolers who may not be intimate with the meaning of moderation. But some authors and publishers are focused on creating alternatives to c-is-for-cupcake picture books for parents struggling to promote broccoli. Even Cookie Monster sometimes eats smarter, chowing down on celery and demonstrating smaller portions of his namesake treats in “Ding Dong, Elmo’s Here!” and other books from the folks on “Sesame Street.” “Food is everywhere kids turn,” said Betsy Loredo, executive editor for Sesame Workshop’s publishing group. “So it’s natural for us to want to think of ways we can integrate that and make choices that are healthier. We try to go for at least equity.” “Sesame Street,” with an appearance by obesity fighter and first lady Michelle Obama, took on nutrition and exercise as an initiative back in 2004. The effort expanded to other divisions and special projects that included distribution of kits to six million families and child care centers offering ways to eat healthy on a budget and educate parents on the difference between “sometime food” and “anytime food.” With the childhood obesity rate tripling in the past 30 years to 1 in 3 children in the United States overweight or obese, books with healthy eating pictures and messages may not be everything, but they’re something, advocates said. Sesame Workshop, for instance, concluded in a 2010 study that when children are shown fruits and vegetables linked with favorite characters from the show they choose those foods at a much higher rate and eat more of them, according to Sesame researcher Jennifer Kotler. Even broccoli, she laughed. “Something happens between 3 and 5 where there’s a growing awareness of what healthy means. Where 3-year-olds like the foods they like, 5-year-olds know things they might choose might not always be the healthiest,” Kotler said. David Goldbeck in Woodstock, N.Y., isn’t an absolutist, but he does care about what kids see in their books when it comes to food. He wants more of them to eat fruits and vegetables, so he co-wrote an alphabet book that puts broccoli and yams in equally healthy company. The Michigan Fitness Foundation, which is home to that state’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, uses Goldbeck’s “The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond” in take-home book bags that are part of a health literacy program in more than 400 public elementary schools, said Marci Kelly Scott, the organization’s vice president for health programs. The book includes an alphabet format with illustrations (E is for eggplant!) but also history, fun facts and recipes for older kids. Scott ordered 500 of the books in 2008 and routinely reorders to keep up her supplies. In this alphabet world, C is for carrots, D is for date, as in the “desert fruit found in Kuwait,” and O is for organic.
There's a siege mentality about Michael Bay's movies, as though viewers are the enemy holed up in a bunker and he's the guy ordering heavy-metal music around-the-clock to wear down our morale and force us to surrender.
Being a person of faith isn’t like being a football player or a plumber. In those cases, everyone knows the rules, the skills and who qualifies. Christians don’t even have universal agreement of what it means to “belong” or “get in” the club, let alone answers to life’s most pressing questions.
What should be a hilarious, long-overdue pairing of two hugely likable, superstar comedians ends up being a major disappointment with "Admission."
Danielle Block pitches hungry.
The genders have been reversed but the supernatural, star-crossed teen angst remains firmly intact in "Beautiful Creatures," which clearly aims to pick up where the "Twilight" franchise left off.
Lights! Camera! Action! Ahwatukee is going Hollywood!
"Warm Bodies," the latest permutation of the zombie screen phenomenon, places heart over horror and romantic teen angst over sharp social commentary.
Stomp, on stage Wednesday and Thursday in Phoenix, has been making international headlines since it burst onto the music scene in the early ’90s. The renowned street performers continue to wow audiences, using everything from brooms and boots to trash cans and Zippo lighters to create a percussive experience like no other.
Tugboat is a 5-year-old, medium-sized male Beagle who was rescued from the shelter. He is a very friendly guy who really wants a family to hang out with ... maybe with some older kids who can keep up with him and take him for long walks. Tugboat gets excited when it’s time to go on a walk, but also loves just hanging out and being around people. He is housebroken and would love to snuggle with you on the couch.
Ringo is a 2-year-old Boxer who is a super playful and outgoing guy looking for his forever home. He’s very happy-go-lucky and gets excited about everything he does. Ringo needs plenty of training and exercise in order to keep himself from getting bored. He’d make a fantastic addition to a family that’s looking for a running, hiking, or even a biking buddy. If you already have a dog, please bring them to the shelter so they can meet Ringo. It is not recommended that he be with cats.
Khari Holloway is confident in his abilities on the basketball court and he had no reason to believe otherwise.
CSI Powerline, an Electric Powerline Construction company based in Chandler and owned by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dan Sager, recently had a Decorate Your Cubicle Contest. Many employees went crazy with their efforts and creativity that Sager decided to give three employees first prize checks of $250 each. The winners were Erica Woods, Jan Stanford and Nicole Childers.
After five strikes, 6-year-old JayC bunted the ball and stood still on home plate. The crowd cheered and yelled for him to run, and after some gentle one-on-one coaxing — off he went. Three outfielders waited for him at first base, but with an enthusiastic high five, JayC was deemed safe.