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Celebrating the Persian New Year: Scottsdale entrepreneur brings her heritage to the Valley

By Octavio Serrano Lawdan Shojaee grew up in Los Angeles, where her Persian culture is vibrant and present. She misses it, so she’s bringing it to the Valley, where she lives now, with the second...

Button Up: Arizona State Button Society’s annual show returning to Avondale

By Sara Edwards The phrase “button up!” will have a different meaning this weekend in Avondale. Some people have memories of rummaging through their grandmother’s button tin or sewing box for stray materials. While some people...

Avenue of Cultures: 19 cultures meet at Arizona Asian Festival

By Connor Dziawura The United States of America is often called a melting pot of cultures. Keeping true to that idea, but in a different way, the Arizona Asian Festival will once again bring an assortment...

Light ‘Em Up: Michael Pollack promises a brighter than usual holiday season

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sitting in his opulent Mesa office, Michael Pollack is proud of what he’s accomplished. Drive up and down Alma School Road and Pollack’s name is present on most strip malls. He’s refurbished and...
Day of the Dead

Mesa Arts Center hosts revived Day of the Dead celebration

By Laura Latzko   During El Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, family members have a chance to honor their lost loved ones and invite them to return to Earth. Originating in Mexico,...

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA’s New “Ruff Draft Book Club” Helps Animals Prepare...

By Alexis Andreopoulos   Entering the walls of any animal shelter is usually the same, there are cages full of sad and hopeful animals longing and looking for a forever home. But, when entering the Arizona...
Guru Nanak Dwara

Guru Nanak Dwara

As the longest continuously operating Sikh Gurdwara community in Arizona, Guru Nanak Dwara offers visitors a beautiful and peaceful place to meditate, or to simply learn about another culture. Founded in 1970 by Yogi Bhajan,...
Islamic Community Center of Tempe

Islamic Community Center of Tempe

Built in 1984 and designed to resemble the iconic Dome of the Rock, this gorgeous mosque at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe sits next to the Arizona State University campus and Tempe's Mill...
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Fans of trains and American railroad history need to visit McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and its many avenues for exploration. Take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad, a 5:12 scale narrow gauge railroad that...
Culter-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

Built in 1921 and now a historic landmark, the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center hosts regular faith- and community-related activities and events. These include a regular series of film screenings, lectures and talks, a book...

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