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  • Judge rejects challenge to ban on selling dogs from breeders

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has upheld a Phoenix city ordinance prohibiting pet stores from selling dogs or cats obtained from breeders.The law was challenged by a pet store, Puppies 'N Love, but the ruling issued Monday by U.S. District Judge David Campbell says the law is constitutional.Phoenix enacted the law in an attempt to crack down on puppy mills — businesses that breed dogs in large numbers and in inhumane conditions.Campbell called Puppies 'N Love "exemplary" and said the business works hard to ensure that its puppies have been raised in humane and caring environments.He acknowledged that the Phoenix law will burden the business, but he said it's not the court's place to judge the fairness of the city's decision to enact the ban.

  • Gilbert seeks workers for Special Census

    The town of Gilbert, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, is hiring nearly 500 temporary full-time and part-time employees to assist with the community’s Special Census.The Special Census is set to take place in October.Positions are available for those interested in administration, data collection and operations management with hourly rates ranging between $12.25 and $19.25. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and have a valid driver’s license.Visit www.GilbertCensus.com to learn more and apply.• Briefs from staff reports.

  • Valley teacher’s aide Nikki Sianez accused of sexually abusing 17-year-old

    Valley teacher’s aide Nikki Sianez accused of sexually abusing 17-year-oldA 25-year-old special education instructor is accused of sexually abusing one of her 17-year-old students.Phoenix police say Nikki Sianez met the victim while she was one of his teachers at La Joya High School in Avondale.Authorities uncovered the relationship while investigating the victim’s status as a runaway. The victim told investigators that he had been staying with Sianez at her mother’s home in Tempe.According to court documents, a search warrant on Sianez phone showed “numerous photographs of Nikki and the victim hugging and kissing, as if they were in a romantic relationship.”Sianez turned herself into police and was arrested and booked into the Tempe City Jail.

  • Judge denies injunction stopping work on Loop 202

    A judge has denied granting an injunction stopping all work on the South Mountain Freeway, allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to continue its preliminary work on the $2 billion project.Judge Diane Humetewa listened to oral arguments on the issue on July 22 and issued her order on Tuesday. Plaintiffs in the case, Ahwatukee-based Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC) along with several neighborhood partners, allege ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and that the project should be put on pause until the organizations comply with the law. Humetewa elected not to grant that injunction. The organizations will be allowed to continue work currently underway, purchasing homes in the right of way, testing the soil along the route, and negotiating and entering into contracts with designers and contractors.The case will continue in court as the judge still needs to decide the merits of the project. The case will be considered on an accelerated schedule. Humetewa also granted the motion to consolidate the suit filed by PARC with the one filed by the Gila River Indian Community because both lawsuits seek to stop the freeway, which they say is violating NEPA.The court found that PARC’s lawyer, Howard Shanker, failed to demonstrate irreparable harm if an injunction was not granted. Shanker gave only one example of an individual who did not wish to sell his property to the state — but that person did submit a counter offer to the offer from the state, showing a willingness to sell. The court was also not persuaded by Shanker’s argument that an injunction must be issued to stop the state from entering into multi-million dollar contracts that may ultimately be cancelled if the project is stopped on its merits. PARC was unable to prove geotechnical testing going on was causing environmental harm or loss of aesthetic value, Humetewa said, because all work is being done on state land or with permission of the land owner.

  • What? Hollywood memorabilia in Tempe?

    Great Movies and life-size figures of famous Hollywood icons can be found at Pollack Tempe Cinemas. The walls are lined with autographed photos, and movie memorabilia, extending over 30 years of amazing movie history.The collection at the cinema changes from time to time, adding newly acquired memorabilia and figures that the owner Michael Pollack finds all over the world. The collection includes great icons such as Batman, Superman, Darth Vader, The Stormtrooper, Jar Jar Binks, John Travolta and Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction, Al Pacino from Scarface, Arsenio Hall from Coming to America, Laurel and Hardy, The Blues Brothers, The King, Marilyn, 3’ Chipmunks and many more Hollywood favorite icons.Michael Pollack, Owner of the cinema, and longtime Commercial Real Estate mogul, acquired the theater as part of the shopping center purchase in 1999. In 2014 due to the change of 35mm reel films to digital distribution in the movie industry, Michael spent nearly $1 million on new digital, state of the art projectors and sound. He didn’t stop there with improvements; he added all new flooring and theater seating. The amazing thing is that Michael has kept the $3 per ticket admission and almost every item in the concession stand is priced less than the competitors.For “The Best Movie Experience & Popcorn Around”, visit Pollack Tempe Cinemas. If you would like to be added on their email list for special events and movie showings, text to join. Text: TempeCinemas to 22828 to get started. Their Website is www.TempeCinemas.com.

  • Mesa opens multi-million-dollar office building in Fiesta District

    Retail space that once lay barren, a sign of a struggling economy in Mesa’s Fiesta District, will soon become a beacon of growth in the city’s effort to redefine the district as a nucleus of industry in the East Valley.Centrica, a $20 million adaptive reuse office building, will act as a core project in the revitalization of the Fiesta District, a once vibrant and now growing center for commerce in Mesa. The location was once home to big-box retailers like Circuit City and Toys”R”Us before closing and being purchased by Phoenix Rising Investments last year.The building was transformed into Class A office space through adaptive reuse, where the location was retrofitted with the necessary infrastructure it would need to act as an office for tenants ranging from the high-tech industry to law firms.“It is a very functional block of space so it offers a potential tenant a wide footprint where they can be flexible with how they occupy and utilize the space,” said Ryan Bartos, managing director for Savills-Studley’s Phoenix office, the brokerage firm representing the property. “It also has really high ceilings, which is one of the trends we are seeing in the market right now.”Centrica offers 23-foot-high ceilings with 100,000 square feet of space, along with exposed ductwork and wood accents, an aesthetic meant to appeal to a very specific demographic — Millennials.“Millennials will represent half the workforce by 2020,” said Bartos. “Now we see companies like insurance, tech and law firms are trying to utilize their space differently to help attract and retain better and younger talent.”

  • Arizona Opera goes Bold

    When Ryan Taylor took over as general director for the Arizona Opera in 2013 the company was at a low point financially. With $3.5 million in long-term debt and low attendance, the company, which had been a cultural mainstay in the Phoenix since 1976, was suffering not just fiscally but creatively as well.“The artistic model that had been in place was infinitely leaning towards what would sell tickets to generate revenue,” Taylor said. “We had these giant shows like ‘Barber of Seville’ and ‘La Bohème’ that were so well known and in the public consciousness, however, we had been relying on those shows really close together in succession.”Ironically, in their effort to sell more tickets by trusting in only the most well known productions the Arizona Opera was suffering from declining patronage as well as a dearth of investors.“We really did not have a functional development plan and we did not have work that inspired people to want to give,” said Taylor.So Taylor decided they would hold a series of community discussions, talking with patrons and supporters to see what they could be doing differently. It was from these discussions that Arizona Bold was born, brought forth by a desire to see more shows that were relevant to the community.“We were trying to figure out why it was that we were once perceived as a vital resource for the community and now we were sort of seen as an elitist, homogenous group of people,” Taylor said. “After those conversations and after talking with people about what they were interested in many people came back with the same things — we didn’t offer shows for a very diverse section of the population.”

  • GetOut Weekend: Steve Miller Band, Jimmy Carter, and vintage cars

    Steve Miller BandOne of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 40 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. Their trademark blues-rock sound made them one of the key artists in classic rock history.DETAILS>> 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. $30-$195. ticketmaster.com.SalivaSaliva is an American alternative metal band from Memphis, Tenn. After undergoing a lead singer switch, Saliva produced their eighth studio album, Rise Up. This new album manages to push the band’s sound into new areas, as well as retain the group’s trademark elements — including Saliva’s signature anthemic choruses and crushing riffs.DETAILS>> 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $17. luckymanonline.com.

  • Let's have a tiki

    Linger Longer Lounge is hosting a luau. Come to Tongue Tied’s monthly dance party on Aug. 1 and get ready to hula your heart out! The tropical-themed dance party will be a tropical escape unlike an other. Get lei’d, shake your grass skirt, and enjoy tropical punches. There will be a chance to do the limbo, a costume contest, a photo booth; plus drink specials including aloha punch, mai tais and more.The lounge is located at 6522 N. 16th St. in Phoenix. Cover is free before 9 p.m. and is just $5 after. For more information call (602) 277-9373 or visit facebook.com/TongueTiedPhoenix.

  • Drinks for dogs

    Salut Kitchen Bar is holding a rescue adoption on its dog-friendly patio Thursday, July 30 from 6-8 p.m. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has partnered with the restaurant find forever homes for pets in need. Guests who attend can leave with a brand new family member or can bring their own dog to play around with others. Salut’s wine menu also features Chateau La Paws, where 10 percent of every bottle sold goes to no-kill animal shelters. The restaurant is between McClintok Drive and Dorsey Lane at 1435 E. University Dr., Tempe. Serving up re-imagined Mediterranean cuisine with American flare Salut also boast and extensive drink list that will compliment what ever dish you choose. For more information call 480.625.3600 or visit salutkitchenbar.com.

  • Free Chandler summer concert series

    Have a rockin’ summer at the Chandler Center of the Arts. Intel is presenting On The House Free Summer Concert Series, currently in 19th year. The three-month-long event is a blend of music from across multiple genres including blues, jazz, cumbia, and rock-n-roll.To kick things off, Come Back Buddy performs on July 31. The band will play a variety of 1950s classic hits from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and more.On Aug. 14, Sugar Thieves will perform their mix of jazz, folk and blue. The band is a three-time winner of Phoenix Blues Society’s “Arizona State Blues Showdown.”Up next are the musical talents of Tres Guitarres on Aug. 21. Their music spans the genres of Flamenco, Blues, and Jazz.Then Ritmo-Latino brings cumbia and Latin jazz to Arizona on Aug. 28.Closing out the series is Plugged In on Sept. 12. This will be a performance of nine youth bands selected by the Chandler Center for the Arts and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Auditions are still available on Aug. 22 at the Hard Rock Café and on Aug. 29 at Alice Cooperstown. Email steve@rocknrollhighschool.biz for your band registration packet.

  • Teo Gonzáles comes to Phoenix

    The Los Reyes de La Riza 5 show featuring El Comediante de la Cola de Caballo Teo Gonzáles and special guest Chavatin and Grupo Caribe de Alfredo Ramirez is coming to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Saturday, Aug. 1. Known as Mexicon's best comedian, Gonzáles has a full set of jokes and impersonations to keep a whole arena of fans laughing all night long. The Valley’s own Grupo Caribe de Alfredo Ramirez will warn up the crowd with cumbia music. Ticket prices range from $35-$85 and all prices go up $5 on July 27.DETAILS>> The Los Reyes de La Riza 5. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1. Celebrity Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $35-$85. 602-267-1600 ext.1. celebritytheatre.com.

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  • Let Joe Know: Local veteran spends last year fighting with VA hospital to get needed surgery

    Navy veteran Dennis Pruitt used to fly planes and ride motorcycles, now he says he can barely walk.What started as a pinch in his ankle led to surgery at the Phoenix Veterans Administration hospital last year.“They agreed that they would fuse the joint with some screws, then they said you would be pain free,” Pruitt said.Screws were drilled through the heel of his foot, but painful weeks followed.Pruitt says the wound was infected. That meant emergency surgery and another stay at the VA.This time he left with a gash in his throat, a skin condition, and a painful limp he never had before.

  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance opens administrative service center in Tempe

    TriWest Healthcare Alliance plans to open a new administrative service center in Tempe that will create 300 new jobs. The opening is part of a company-wide expansion.TriWest is looking for people to fill various positions in clinical and non-clinical roles including: patient services representatives, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, management and operations.The Tempe Health Care Administrative Service Center will help serve Veterans in 28 states

  • Mesa opens multi-million-dollar office building in Fiesta District

    Retail space that once lay barren, a sign of a struggling economy in Mesa’s Fiesta District, will soon become a beacon of growth in the city’s effort to redefine the district as a nucleus of industry in the East Valley.Centrica, a $20 million adaptive reuse office building, will act as a core project in the revitalization of the Fiesta District, a once vibrant and now growing center for commerce in Mesa. The location was once home to big-box retailers like Circuit City and Toys”R”Us before closing and being purchased by Phoenix Rising Investments last year.The building was transformed into Class A office space through adaptive reuse, where the location was retrofitted with the necessary infrastructure it would need to act as an office for tenants ranging from the high-tech industry to law firms.“It is a very functional block of space so it offers a potential tenant a wide footprint where they can be flexible with how they occupy and utilize the space,” said Ryan Bartos, managing director for Savills-Studley’s Phoenix office, the brokerage firm representing the property. “It also has really high ceilings, which is one of the trends we are seeing in the market right now.”Centrica offers 23-foot-high ceilings with 100,000 square feet of space, along with exposed ductwork and wood accents, an aesthetic meant to appeal to a very specific demographic — Millennials.“Millennials will represent half the workforce by 2020,” said Bartos. “Now we see companies like insurance, tech and law firms are trying to utilize their space differently to help attract and retain better and younger talent.”

  • Let Joe Know: Keep a close eye on those automatic bill pays

    Call me old fashioned, but allowing a company to dip into my banking or credit account for the sake of convenience, just doesn’t appeal to me. It gives them too much power.Walter Fisch of Buckeye is starting to feel the same way.He had a Vivint security system installed in his home and agreed to have $49.99 automatically debited from his bank account each month.Then one day, he looked at his bank statement.“They started double dipping. Then got into two months of triple dipping,” Fisch said.In all, Fisch says Vivint took nearly $1,000 extra over the course of a year.

  • Wells Fargo invests $7.3M in Ariz. schools, nonprofits

    Wells Fargo showed it is one generous company. It announced investing more than $7.3 million in schools and nonprofits in Arizona in 2014, totaling more than $20,000 in daily giving to local non-profit organizations.Wells Fargo team members personally pledged more than $3.4 million of the total in addition to recording 90,757 volunteer hours to help Arizona neighborhoods and communities succeed.Nationally, Wells Fargo invested $281.2 million in 17,100 nonprofits in 2014 and Wells Fargo employees volunteered more than 1.74 million hours around the country.

  • Kneader’s Bakery & Cafe names CFO

    Popular bakery chain Kneaders Bakery & Café has announced that David Vincent has assumed the role of president and CFO, effective July 1.Vincent has worked closely with founders Gary and Colleen Worthington, where he has been actively involved in refining the systems and processes which have led the company to a 375 percent growth in sales throughout the last five years and expansion to 35 locations in five western states.

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  • Creating fun lunches for school

    For kids, especially younger ones, lunch time at school is as much about the socializing as it is the food. How many times has your son or daughter come home with a lunch box that looks like it was not even touched? Kids are hungry and want to eat, but they would just rather socialize.In my home, we have encouraged better sack lunch consumption by applying the following tips:• Get the kids involved in the planning and making of their lunch. If you can do this the night before, you’ll save time in the morning rush to get out the door.• Keep the lunch balanced and colorful. According to federal dietary guidelines, children should eat two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. And what could be more colorful than an apple or a peach or some broccoli florets?• Tack a cue from the culinary field where small bites and tapas are in. Make your own “Lunchables” meals, such as a combination of grapes, crackers, ham slices and cheese.• Feed the sweet tooth a bit. It is OK for children to have something small and sweet. Moderation is the key.

  • Keeping the Faith: For a ride

    I tried to stay out of this, but like the proverbial moth drawn to the flame, I couldn’t: Oh Creflo, say it ain’t so! The Creflo of whom I speak is Creflo A. Dollar, pastor of the World Changers Church near Atlanta, Georgia, a church of some 30,000 members with a worldwide TV broadcast.First, I have to say that Creflo has the best name for a televangelist in the history of the genre. Dollar! And dollars, it appears, is what Brother Creflo is most concerned with. His net worth exceeds $25 million; he owns an $8 million home in Atlanta; a $2.5 million Manhattan Apartment, and various real estate holdings around the world; and he has a posh Rolls Royce or two in his driveway.Now, I don’t begrudge the man for being successful. Nor do I take issue with him because he was arrested last year. The charges were later dropped, but he allegedly assaulted his teenage daughter during an argument. I understand. With teenagers of my own, you could be reading about my booking at the local jail any day now, so I have no stones to throw.No, what draws me to the scorching flame is his most recent fundraising effort, an effort that has broken the Internet and a few pocketbooks this summer. He needed a new airplane so he asked his followers to assist him with the purchase of a Gulfstream G650, a $65 million technical marvel that is “the fastest plane in the history of civilian aviation.”If the man thinks he needs a $65 million jet, well, get the bit between your teeth and run with it over glory hill, brother, I don’t care (so long as I’m not the one paying the monthly operational costs). But for me, this is a problem: Creflo says that “faith” makes his success possible, and if you had faith like him, you could have everything he has and more, too. Yet, coercion has more to do with his financial success than faith.Here is what Creflo said back in 2011 (when he was slumming around on a Gulfstream III that only had a seven-figure price tag attached to it). Preaching about what he would do - if he could - to those who did not put their tithes in the offering plate, he said: “Red and blue lights would start going, the siren would go off, and a voice would go out throughout the entire building, ‘Crook, crook, crook, crook!’

  • Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of music icon Whitney Houston, died on Sunday, more than five months after being found unresponsive in her Roswell, Georgia home. She was 22 years old."Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," a statement from the Houston family said.Brown, who was an aspiring actress and singer, was found in her bath tub by a friend, Max Lomas, and her partner Nick Gordon on Jan. 31 and taken to a local hospital, according to police. Sources later told ABC News that she was moved to the Neurology Intensive Care Unit of Emory University Hospital a few days later, and then a rehab facility in late March.In late June, her aunt Pat Houston said Brown was moved to hospice care after her condition worsened."Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate. ... She has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now," she said in a statement.The situation in which Brown was discovered happened almost three years to the day when her legendary mother Whitney Houston was found in almost the same manner, also unresponsive in a tub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California around the time of the Grammy 

  • Culture Pass opens doors to the arts

    How do you make arts venues accessible to people who might want to visit, but can’t afford the price of admission?For six years, one marquee answer has been the Culture Pass program. Through it, Phoenix-based Act One has offered thousands of Valley residents, especially young families, seniors, veterans and members of the military, an opportunity to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts.Act One provides K-12 students and teachers from Title 1 schools in Maricopa and Pima counties with little or no arts programming the opportunity to attend a live performance or visit a museum through a comprehensive field trip program. A collaboration between Act One and public libraries and arts and cultural institutions, Culture Pass offers library users Valleywide free admission for two people to participating cultural institutions or theater performances. Library patrons select the venue or performance from the display at their local libraries and have seven days to visit the venue or reserve their tickets. The Culture Pass program, however, does not include engagements such as special exhibits at the Heard Museum or Phoenix Art Museum. “The performances passes are available for specific performances, and the details vary from performance to performance,” said Geri Wright, Act One executive director.All the Valley is a stage

  • Spiritual Side: Fully human in the eyes of my country

    The Supreme Court has legalized marriage between two people of the same sex in all states. There is equality before the law. What a profound blessing.The Stonewall Riots took place just months before I was born. Forty-six years ago, men and women were routinely arrested for drinking or dancing together. In many places, in my lifetime, people like me were labeled “criminal.” We were invisible — or worse — in conventional culture.For the first time in my life, I’m fully human in the eyes of my country. The next generations of gay men and lesbians will never know any different. I am overjoyed for them.Even in my joy, I remember the many who didn’t live to see this day: those who led tortured lives, pretending to be what they were not; the pioneering few who risked everything to create a new possibility; the honorable many who lived lives that were good and worthwhile, but lacking complete humanity because an important component of the human condition — loving commitment — was unimaginable. Today, I remember my brothers who died, who became the silver platter on which this grand right was acquired. Their suffering and strength brought homosexuality into mainstream consciousness. I remember my gay and lesbian aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers who, like me, came out to family and friends uncertain of the response. This road was paved by our peril. I salute all who canvassed and lobbied and protested and donated, all who knew that keeping silent meant death. I thank the allies who struggled with us mightily. They did not take their own privilege for granted; that is precious and exceedingly rare.To those Men in Power — officers, judges, senators, clergy — who told us we didn’t deserve what they claimed for themselves: No longer can you promote your own dignity at my expense. You may no longer cloak your bigotry in the Constitution. You must find a new way to buttress your worth in the world. This is the lesson of the Exodus: The fully-realized individual will not be kept down.We understand that this will be difficult for some. Change always is. We’ll have to work things out, and we’ll do so as we always have: together. Society will get used to it and be better for it. No member of the clergy will be required to marry any couple that he or she doesn’t want to. True liberty never requires the suppression of others’ dignity.

  • Spiritual Side: Imagine children of God changing the world

    For a little over eight years we lived near Montreal, in Canada’s predominantly French-speaking Province of Quebec. Clearly the ability to communicate is key to our daily interactions, and a vital part of our life in the world, and our life in Christ. Some people are linguistically gifted and others aren’t. If you’ve ever traveled abroad then you know how frustrating it is if you can’t make yourself understood or understand what others are trying to say. I was blessed to have the opportunity to join a language class where we could all improve our ability to understand French (in this case), and converse more fluently. The emphasis was on practice, and the words that made the palms of my hands instantly sweaty were “Imaginez-vous!” This prompt, to imagine ourselves in some situation or other, was designed to give us the opportunity to talk about what was going on, describe the scene, the people, or the activity. Imagining the scene wasn’t a problem. Finding a way to express all that I wanted to say was much more difficult with my limited French vocabulary. So let’s skip the sweaty palms, and move straight on to imagination!Just a few weeks ago, we transformed our sanctuary into Everest base camp for our annual Vacation Bible School. It’s always a lot of fun, and I learn just as much from the children, as the children learn about God and our Lord Jesus. I really love spending time with children because their imaginations are so brilliant and present as they live in the moment. Just a few simple props transform our time and space into a glorious and beloved bible story. A balloon is the gateway to all kinds of new and exhilarating games, and an introduction to lots of new friends. Children hear and embrace God’s awesome truth in the wonder of their imaginations in a way that adults sometimes struggle to do. No wonder Jesus was eager for the children to come close to him, as Luke tells us (Luke 18:16-17), “But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”In a week of fast-paced and jam-packed fun I’ve experienced, once again, how close we can all be to God through the joy of our imaginations, and the wonder of seeing like a child. With the summer heat and humidity wearing us down, let’s give ourselves permission to spend a little time seeing the world with the same awe as a child again. Hint: that’s not the same as being childish. Here are some ideas. A coloring book and crayons only cost a couple of bucks at a dollar store, or get a pack of balloons. Finding something to play with at home is completely free. Get out that squirt bottle and cool off in a fun game; find that old jigsaw puzzle or board game tucked away in the cupboard; doodle more; make some salt dough (the Internet has lots of easy recipes), add some food coloring and do a little sculpting. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. As children of God, we sometimes take ourselves much too seriously and forget how to live in the moment. So take time out and play. Then reflect on how it feels to be a beloved child of God. Does it feel good to let your imagination have free rein? To create something – anything – just for fun? Or just to laugh and feel carefree for a while. Ask yourself what’s stopping you from being in the moment more often? What needs to change in your life so that you’re free to be a playful, imaginative, creative, beautiful, yet vulnerable child of God?I’ve heard it said that God has no grandchildren, and it’s true. We’re each called by name, into our relationship with God in Christ Jesus, and into the body of Christ. The choice to be a child of God is yours to make, and yours alone. Our faith isn’t dependent on what our parents or friends believe. It’s our choice to make. Our Lord asks us to share the Gospel so that every new generation is given the opportunity to make their choice. So here’s our end of summer challenge: Imagine how you will change the world as a child of God.• The Rev. Susan E. Wilmot is Vicar at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church, 975 E. Warner Road, Tempe. Reach her at rector@stjamestempe.org or at 480-345-2686. Visit www.stjamestempe.org.

New Study Suggests Marijuana Could Reduce Withdrawals In Opioid Users

But anti-pot advocates are mad that researchers are touting weed as a safe alternative to pills. It may seem counterintuitive for those in rec…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 10:01 am @ http://www.thefix.com/content/new-study-suggests-m…

Want to talk to your Representative? Check this list

As always, make sure to confirm the details with the Representative or Senator’s office. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) 96% (R-AL06) 8:30am CDT, Coff…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 10:00 am @ http://heritageaction.com/2015/07/town-hall-list/

How Sports are Influencing Sustainable Practices

We sat down with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Portland Timbers and San Diego Padres to talk sustainability, the position sports teams are in to i…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 10:01 am @ http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/07/sports-influen…

CO+HOOTS to represent Arizona in global incubator alliance

Coworking space CO+HOOTS will represent Arizona in Startup Federation, a global network of coworking spaces and incubators. CO+HOOTS is locate…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 9:31 am @ http://aztechbeat.com/2015/07/cohoots-to-represent…

Episode 89: One of the Best Movies of the Year Gets a July Release Date

On this week's Voice Film Club podcast: The Vacation reboot disappoints, as does Adam Sandler's Pixels (but it can't be near as bad as critics…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 9:00 am @ http://www.villagevoice.com/film/episode-89-one-of…

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