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Lights at the Farm: Mesa’s Vertuccio ramps up for holiday lights

By Mallory Gleich | October 16, 2021 Joe and Maria Vertuccio immigrated to America from Italy many years ago. They set up shop in New York but decided it wasn’t for them, so they started saving...

An Explosion of Color: Mariachi festival entertains and educates

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | September 22, 2021 Vanessa Ramirez calls the upcoming Mariachi and Folklorico Festival an “explosion of color and sound.” “We have mariachi in the lobby entertaining the guests as they’re coming in,” Ramirez...

Love Letter to Creativity: East Valley Children’s Theatre marks 25 years

By Srianthi Perera | September 8, 2021 A 25-year-long love letter to creating, performing, growing and making friends that have become family. That’s how C. Lynn Johnson describes East Valley Children’s Theatre. The Gilbert woman’s talents run the...

They’re Crafty: PIP Coffee + Clay molds everyone into an artist

By Annika Tomlin | July 12, 2021 Mara Friedman and her husband, Kacey “KC” Bonnem, took their “perpetual idea projects” and turned them into PIP Coffee + Clay. “I was doing ceramics in my laundry room,...

Dive into Summer Fun: Camp fills summer with swimming, other activities

By Lila Baltman | July 12, 2021 Children can unplug and learn how to swim at Hubbard Family Swim School’s summer six-pack sessions. The six 30-minute swim lessons feature the same instructor throughout the two-week session. “Parents...

Toy Story: The Great Arizona Puppet Theater brings magic to the stage

By Claire Spinner | July 9, 2021 Nancy Smith has always been fascinated by puppetry. After receiving a set of puppets and a stage when she was 5 years old, the art form quickly became the...

No More Waiting: Goodyear welcomes residents to new recreation campus

By Lauren Serrato | July 1, 2021 The wait is over. A long-anticipated recreation campus will open its doors to the Goodyear community on July 3. The two-story campus is 48,000 square feet and located at...

Floating Fun: Salt River Tubing celebrates state’s natural resources

By Claire Spinner | June 8, 2021 Salt River Tubing gives tubers the chance to celebrate their inner pirate and sail the “seven seas” without leaving Arizona. Salt River Pirates, as part of USDA’s National Get...

A Little Horseplay: Edward Maciejczyk leads one unbelievable ‘knight’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | June 8, 2021 Edward Maciejczyk walks through Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament’s stables, petting and making conversation with horses with names like Jalapeno, Jaramillo and Donador. Medieval Times’ head knight treats them...

A ‘Life Skill’ to Learn: Desert Foothills plans musical theater camp

By Bridgette M. Redman | June 4, 2021 Sandi Carll has done summer theater camps before. Now, in a new role as Desert Foothills Theater’s education director, she’s planning to bring the best of what...

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