Band is hell. Oh sure, the “American Pie” movies might have you believe it’s nothing but fun and games. Anyone who majored in music or even took band class in high school, however, knows that it’s like prepping for war. The hours are brutal, your teachers push you to be the best, and it’s literally the end of your world if you fail. You might think I’m exaggerating and to some extent maybe I am. After all, not every band instructor on the planet can be a ruthless slave driver. The instructor in “Whiplash” on the other hand most certainly is.
Lately, one of Jesus’ more cryptic phrases has been making laps inside my head. I came back across his words while reading the Passion accounts in the Gospels, this year quickly speeding toward the Lenten season as it is. These words were spoken on the last night Jesus was with his disciples: “Abide in me, and I will abide in you.”
Members of the United Fantasy Flight will host a fundraiser on Thursday at My Wine Cellar and Bistro in Ahwatukee to raise money for two underprivileged Valley schools and its upcoming 2014 United Airlines Fantasy Flight.
Horizon Community Learning Center’s executive director, Betsy Fera, and Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School’s principal, Michael Lamp, both received an Administrator’s Appreciation Award at the 2014 Arizona Health & Physical Education State Convention on Thursday afternoon.
Ahwatukee resident Neal A. Lester received the East Valley NAACP’s highest honor, the Roy Wilkins Community Service Award, on Oct. 4 at the NAACP’s 40th Freedom Fund Gala Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort-Pavilion in Chandler.
This August, I began my 19th year as a public school educator in the field of American history and government. The message I convey to my students each year is that they can make an impact in the world that they live in. When they enter my classroom, they see the following statements on my back wall: Use Your Voice, Take A Stand, Make A Difference.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?