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Today JB the Bernese Mountain Dog is an award winner and a professional model, but at 8 months old he was a bullied puppy whose owners couldn’t keep him around.
There was only one little blip on the start to C.J. Cron’s career.
National Adoption Month has special meaning to several Ahwatukee Foothills families who’ve chosen adoption to grow their families.
ABCO Shredding and Recycling Services will host a paper-shredding and electronics-recycling fundraiser for Hospice of the Valley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15. Participants can watch the shredding at two Phoenix locations: ABCO Shredding, 21628 N. 2nd Ave. and White Dove Thrift Shoppe, 5035 N. 7th Ave. A third location is for drop-off only: White Dove Thrift Shoppe, 8461 E. McDonald Dr., Scottsdale. The cost is $5 per box or bag, with all proceeds going to nonprofit Hospice of the Valley.
Raven Golf Club–Phoenix announced the addition of PGA teaching professional, Eddie Kilthau, to the club’s golf instruction team. Kilthau played college golf at Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University. After that, he built a career in the golf industry as a player and teacher for more than 37 years. Along the way, Kilthau managed to card six holes-in-one, two of which were made in the PGA Tour qualifying events.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. the Arizona Psychological Foundation and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road, will be sponsoring a free public education presentation on teen drug use.
The obsession began somewhere around the same time I got my first pair of Underoos.
Local comedy club Outliars Comedy will begin offering improv classes at Higley Center for the Arts every Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The first class is free.
Mountain Pointe earned the top seed in the Division I postseason after completing a 10-0 regular season on Friday.
Fall sports are winding down. Here are the dates for each sport:
An Ahwatukee Foothills home will be part of the Arizona Solar Home Tour this weekend, showcasing how solar can be used throughout the state.
My wife and I have lived in the Lakewood community in Ahwatukee for 18 1/2 years. When we moved here in 1995 we still had an 8-year-old daughter living with us. She entered third grade at Kyrene de los Lagos, completing fourth and fifth grades there. She went through sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Akimel and graduated from Desert Vista in 2004.
Ahwatukee resident Riley Rae Kocsis, 16, has spent the past two years traveling between Los Angeles and Phoenix, studying music from across the world and writing music with her own flare. Next year, she’s planning to go on tour to perform her music all over Europe.
Get your fill of $2 tacos, Lucha Libre wrestling, cooking demos, food contests, live music, a tequila expo, and a kids’ zone at the festival USA Today named one of the “Top 10 Fall Fests to Feast At.”
Richard Neale “Tuff” Hedeman is coming to Phoenix today for a kick-off party for the Scottsdale Showdown, Oct. 19 at Westworld of Scottsdale.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) is the recipient of three community grants based in three different municipalities for its 2013-2014 season. The city of Chandler, the city of Scottsdale, and the West Valley Arts Council awarded the GPJFF grants ranging from $1,250 to $2,000. Each grant corresponds to one of the three geographic locations where the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival screens its films every February.
The smell of grass, the sound of sprinklers and the shade of three large ficus trees have all disappeared from Arthur and Jeananne Pastin’s yard. Instead, barrel cacti, red bird of paradise shrubs and palo verde trees sprout from gray- and brown-flecked granite gravel.
Arizona, specifically the metropolitan Phoenix market, is among the strongest commercial real estate markets in the United States and is quickly rising as one of the most resilient markets to recover since the onset of the recent recession. While overall, multifamily, office and industrial property values have posted positive net absorption numbers in recent quarters, it is the retail market that is finally stabilizing and showing promise of improvement.
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A new apartment complex that boasts the most amenities of any in the community is currently being built at Chandler Boulevard and 51st Street.
There’s a new place to catch live comedies and dramas in Mesa, and it’s backed by the city’s oldest community theatre company.
Home prices are on the rise in the Valley, but new single-family homes aren’t very plentiful because of the time it takes home builders to get land ready for construction.
Ahwatukee resident Everardo Keeme, a certified professional photographer with offices in Ahwatukee and Scottsdale, was a special presenter at the Skip Cohen University International Workshop in Oakbrook, Ill., last month. Featuring top photographers from around the country, the four-day event focused on technology and consumer trends. In “Price for Profit,” Keeme outlined strategies for creating sustainable business through correct product pricing and time management. Keeme has been specializing in family and high school senior portraits, as well as commercial photography, since 2010.
Arizona hospitals should net $108 million in the first six months of 2014 under a Medicaid expansion plan, even after paying their new assessments, according to a state study.
Chicago-based fast-casual restaurant Portillo’s will open 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Tempe Marketplace. It will be open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on the northeast corner of Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Drive.