Articles by Mala Blomquist


The Phoenix Holocaust Association brings survivors and students together

Photo: Holocaust survivor Charlotte Adelman speaking to students at Peoria Accelerated High School. Photo by Tony Fusco In 2018, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany commissioned Schoen Consulting to conduct a comprehensive national study of Holocaust knowledge and awareness in the United States. The results from 1,350 interviews with American adults age18 and…


Weekend events for Dec. 13-15

Photo: Find unique gifts at Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Lighting up Tempe Town Lake Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade (Sat. Dec. 14). 4-9 pm, 7 pm parade. Free. Professionally decorated boats in all shapes and sizes, Santa Claus, holiday shopping and fireworks. Tempe Town Lake, 100 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe.   Become…


Get Gardening!

Gardening is a pleasurable pastime for many. If you have not picked up the shovel in years, or want to start enjoying the great outdoors more, give gardening a try. There are also a host of health benefits associated with playing in the dirt. Boosts brain health.  The process of gardening involves numerous brain functions,…


Tikkun Olam Top 10

Whether they are called unsung heroes, influencers, or change makers, there are certain people in the community who seem to make a difference in everything with which they become involved. People are drawn to their confident energy and the positive impact they create. Tikkun olam is defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or…


Weekend events for Oct. 25-27

Photo: Trick-or-treat amid hot air balloon in Scottsdale. Photo courtesy Sppoktacular Balloon Festival Spooktacular in Scottsdale Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival (Fri.-Sat. Oct. 25-26). 5-9:30 pm. $15; $10 ages 3-12, ages 2 & under free. Haunted house, costume contests, hot-air balloon glow, live entertainment, kids zone, trick-or-treat candy stations, fireworks and more. Salt River Fields…


Weekend events for Oct. 18-20

Photo: Stroll through the Carefree Desert Gardens and enjoy whimsical pumpkin carvings by artist Ray Villafane. Photo courtest Enchanted Pumkin Garden Spooky Fun Enchanted Pumpkin Garden (Oct. 18-27). 10 am-10 pm Fri.-Sat., 10 am-7 pm Sun., 10 am-8 pm Mon.-Thurs. $15/person weekend, $10/person weekday, under 2 free. More than 30 sculptures from pumpkin carving artist…

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