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VotesmART Aims to Engage and Educate Voters

Pictured above: Anna Lentz in Arizona Theatre Company’s last season’s performance of “Diary of Anne Frank.” Photo by Tim Fuller. VotesmART, an Arizona Citizens for the Arts (AzCA) campaign to educate and engage voters and candidates about arts and culture issues before the upcoming local and federal elections, is underway. Visitors to azcitizensforthearts.org/vote-smart will be able…

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The J hosts fall youth basketball clinics

The Valley of the Sun JCC is hosting its inaugural Jeff Berkowitz youth basketball clinics on Aug. 19 and 26. The clinics are geared towards boys and girls grades Pre-K through 7. Youth learn fundamentals and techniques to improve their game, as well as how to be a champion on and off the court. The…

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Serving the community to a helping of F.U.N.

Blenders, ovens, power cords, coolers, groceries, posters, games and giveaways – the scene was chaotic as we unloaded the delivery van stocked with the items needed to kick off the second annual F.U.N. Day on April 15. It was finally coming together after months of planning, envisioning and preparing. In October 2017, I received notice…

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Nerf gun violence

“Mom, he’s got a gun!” I hear my 17-year-old son, Levi, scream from the den where he’s doing his homework. I race to him faster than a cheetah pursuing a wildebeest. When I get to the den, Levi’s sitting on the couch, his computer open on his lap, the television blasting. My 14-year-old son, Joe,…

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Cookie Conundrum

Full disclosure: I was never a Girl Scout. I will admit to a short stint as a Brownie. But I really couldn’t stand how bossy Angelise Haralumbus was, and since her mom was the troop leader, I gave it up pretty quickly. Plus, honestly, I wasn’t into the regalia. Brown just isn’t my color. But…

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2018 Camp Directory

  DAY CAMPS Animal Camp at Arizona Animal Welfare League 15 N. 40th Place, Phoenix 602-273-6852 ext. 121 • aawl.org/camp Our campers will learn about animal veterinary needs or learn about the wide variety of animal jobs available (and the steps to get them!) or have a blast learning cool animal facts while using their…

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Shemesh receives ACA accreditation

Pictured above: Shemesh Camp Director Megan Rich, left, and Youth Coordinator Ali Gates are excited that the Valley of the Sun JCC’s Shemesh Camps have received accreditation from the American Camp Association. In October 2017, Shemesh Summer Day Camp at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center received accreditation from the American Camp Association….

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Fun new facilities for Arizona Sunrays

When children sign up for summer camp this year at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, they will have two new locations to choose from. The first is the Sunrays’ 34,000-square-foot gym at 15801 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix that opened in September of 2017 and the second is at 3923 E. Indian School Road…

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