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When I first moved to the Valley of the Sun in 2000, the PBS TV channel, KAET, was a “powerhouse.” The best TV programming on local television. “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” gave the best (unbiased) analysis of the day’s news events. “Masterpiece Theatre” and “Masterpiece Mystery” were “must watch” week in and week out. Wonderful foreign films were shown that could be seen nowhere else on the Valley of the Sun’s TV channels. We viewers didn’t know it be we were seeing the “beginning of the end” for KAET.
If asked the difference between jackrabbits and hares, would you know the answer? I have a gigantic hint for you; they both belong to the lagomorph order of mammals.
The border has been all but erased. Mexico is not coming: It is here. This is not racist rant. My Mexican great-great-grandparents were here when the whole Southwest was still Mexican territory.
It’s getting too hot to hit garage sales, but that doesn’t have to stop you from finding great deals, thanks to the My Sister’s Attic re-opening celebration May 31 in the Fulton Promenade, 4955 S. Alma School Road, Chandler.
The Chandler location of My Sister’s Attic is expanding from 6,300 to more than 9,000 square feet and will host a reopening celebration at 9 a.m. on May 31st. The first 50 people will receive a free goodie bag filled with treats from nearby merchants.
The Mesa Police Department and its community lost one it finest early Monday morning while heading home after just completing his shift. Officer Brandon Mendoza’s — 32 years old and a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department — life was tragically taken by a person driving the wrong way on three separate valley freeways ending in the fatal crash at the I-10 and U.S. 60 loop. I along with my fellow park rangers acquired a great working relationship with Officer Mendoza for many years patrolling several high crime area Mesa parks.
Residents can register to participate in the third Gilbert Police Rock ‘N Run at the RIP event set for April 12.
Eating well can be hard to do — but not because of a lack of options. Farmers markets make finding fresh-picked produce (and a variety of locally made specialty foods and products, like hummus and bath soaps) convenient in and around the East Valley.
With Mardi Gras looming, I thought it might be fun to cook up some New Orleans-styled goodies featuring duck, andouille sausage and Creole seasoning. These rich ingredients are typical of the fare from this town that knows how to party — an instinct that goes into overdrive during Mardi Gras.
After many years of curiosity and speculation as to what lies inside the confinements of a Mormon Temple, my guessing has ended. On Jan. 15, being a freelance community columnist, I was invited to participate in the pre-opening tour reserved for the media by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Desert Botanical Garden is opening its doors to Fido and the family for Dogs’ Day in the Garden from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25.
Cemeteries are filled with the names of the long forgotten, those whose marks on the world are confined within the dash between year one and the final year. Legacies that reach beyond those years on earth are difficult to achieve and belong to the men who define history — for better or worse — and on scales both small and large.
Christmas arrived on Dec. 2 for the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. committee, as the Mesa City Council voted unanimously to rename 3rd Place — located off Center Street south of University Drive — to Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the downtown corridor.
Get warmed up for the season at “America’s Sweetest Race,” benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities. The race is the culmination of a three-day Hot Chocolate Expo at the Pavilions at Talking Stick, where participants can pick up their race packet, bib, and goodie bag while enjoying music, hot chocolate samples, and a bounce house as a part of the Kids Zone. After the race, runners will be treated to a finisher’s mug full of hot chocolate and chocolate fondue with dippables.
Tickets are still out there for families who want to dine with Santa Claus at the Mesa Convention Center on Dec. 14.
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
Cherie Currie fronted the teenage all-girl band the Runaways and, along with fellow band mates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West and Jackie Fox, punched through a male-dominated field with a groundbreaking look and sound.
Hit up Small Biz Saturday artist market in Scottsdale Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) invite customers to kick off their holiday shopping with the Small Business Saturday Artists Market from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at 7380 E. Second St.
Mesa residents will have an opportunity to share a special breakfast with Santa Claus at the Mesa Convention Center on Dec. 14.
Former EVIT Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking students Audrey Koch and Jessica Hillman prepare pie crusts and other goodies for the school’s annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale
Crazy about your dog? Want to spend quality time with him or her while enjoying company from dog owners like you? Look no further than the sixth annual Woofstock - The Great Chandler Dog Walk. This tail-waggin’ event at Tumbleweed Park features numerous events including interactive dog demonstrations, dog massages and a pet psychic.
Q: Is the government too big and powerful? Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
NEW YORK — In the decade Sarah Tetley has worked with college students, she's seen a change in care packages sent from home.
The Sonoran Sunset Series has been in hiding for the summer months but is finally coming back for the fall.