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Every Friday, more than 2,000 school children from low-income families in the Southeast Valley are discreetly given a backpack of food to ensure they have enough to eat during the weekend so they’ll return on Monday nourished, alert and ready to learn. The backpacks are provided by Arizona Brainfood, which is supported by Mesa United Way and a number of local businesses and philanthropic organizations.
Mesa will receive free sterilization for homeless cats living in two zip codes — 85201 and 85204. The Spay Neuter Hotline will be scheduling appointments, giving out humane traps and aiding in the process. The money for the program comes from a grant given out by PetSmart Charities.
A homeless man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for breaking into a Chandler home and attempting to sexually assault a sleeping woman.
Over the years there have been countless interpretations of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” including the 1939 Oscar-winning film starring Judy Garland. The latest stage adaptation, featuring original music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, plays Feb. 4-9 at ASU Gammage and includes all the beloved characters along with a few new songs and some high-tech theater magic.
When the Mesa Family YMCA opened its thrift store last fall, manager Georgie Campanozzi’s first customer was a homeless man who needed shoes and a shirt. He found both, which he proceeded to put on immediately and tuck his old shoes into a backpack that he’d gotten earlier from the Salvation Army in Mesa.
Not recommending “Gimme Shelter” feels about as low as kicking a lost puppy. The film’s heart is definitely in the right place. All writer/director Ron Krauss wishes to do is uplift audiences with an inspiring true story. If it were being graded on good intentions alone, “Gimme Shelter” would be an A+ movie for sure. On an overall filmmaking level, though, it’s more of a C+ movie.
A local animal rescue organization will be hosting the Spay Pride Parade 5K Run/Walk on Jan. 25 at the Kiwanis Park Lake in Tempe.
Within our East Valley is a microcosm of a healthy community, a stronger nation. It’s an ageless pattern offering solutions to our national fiscal crisis, our narcissistic living and our growing proclivity for surrendering freedoms.
There’s nary a chimney at Leisure World Chiropractic in Mesa, but more than 40 homemade stockings were still hung with care and loaded with presents to donate to children at a Valley domestic violence shelter.
The holiday season is a time for joyous family gatherings, parties and festivities. However, the holidays can be stressful for many people. The high expectations for social gatherings, financial strain, and even having to spend time with family/relatives with whom there may be lingering issues can test our patience, our pocket-books and our self-control.
A homeless man accused of breaking into a Chandler home and attempting to sexually assault a sleeping woman has pleaded guilty in the case.
Sleep America and 93.3 KDKB will start collecting items to donate to homeless pet shelters and low-income families with pets on Dec. 9.
The City of Mesa held a grand opening event on Dec. 4 for a new mixed-use development that will provide housing for low- to moderate-income families.
A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen.
Eddie Basha loved St. Vincent de Paul, and he especially loved Turkey Tuesday.
Area nonprofit agencies have until Nov. 26 to apply for federal and city grant money through the City of Chandler.
Mesa police arrested a man who planned to set his estranged wife on fire, kill her boyfriend and then commit suicide, according to a police report.
In this Nov. 4, 2013 photo, Stephen Lazicki holds Santina, a 14-year-old macaw, at Lazicki’s Bird House and Rescue in South Kingstown, R.I. Lazicki must find a new location for the shelter by Dec. 30 because the current building is destined to be torn down. (AP Photo/David Klepper)
Armed with a camera and a big heart, Jon Linton uses art to spread awareness and compassion about the issue of homelessness in Phoenix.
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Frustrated by the ease at which digital photos can be taken and doctored, some artists are kicking it old school: They've revived wet plate collodion photography, a medium invented and popular during the mid-1800s.
Residents of Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert participated in numerous projects within the city and school districts last weekend as part of the annual Make a Difference Day.
Debbie Kelly, a Great Clips employee, cuts hair during a Project Connect event at Chandler Christian Church, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Valley of the Sun United Way and its partners providing services to the homeless. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
It’s nearly universal. Perhaps not so readily apparent in some, but I submit it’s there, even under the crustiest of countenances. When you get right down to it, we want to make a mark. To leave a legacy. To make a difference.