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Air Force nurses complete inaugural trauma fellowship
Three Air Force nurses became the first graduating class of the Scottsdale Healthcare-U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center on Aug. 7.

Sandy Schenkat: Sparkle, gleam, shine, and magic
Author Nora Roberts wrote, “Life will be your treasure box, filled with the sparkle of laughter, the gleam of adventure, the shine of discovery, the flash of magic.

Local teen brings home championship tennis title
Fifteen-year-old Anthem resident Kylie McKenzie took home the Girls’ 16s singles title at the USTA Girls’ 18s & 16s National Championships in San Diego this month.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department awarded hiring grant
Over the past five years, the Daisy Mountain Fire District has seen over a million dollar reduction in tax-generated revenue as property values declined.

One-of-a-kind items at J & B Furniture
Owner Barb Willis bought J & B as an existing Anthem business. The store now offers mainly furniture and home décor items.

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral hosting luau
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is hosting its 17th Annual Hawaiian Luau on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Storm cleanup continues throughout north valley
North valley communities are working to repair the damage caused by Aug. 19’s severe storm.

Robotics camp students show off their skills
The students of the Cave Creek Robotics camp got to test out their newly-built robots at a competition on Aug. 6.

Veterans Day ceremony details announced
The Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team has announced details for the annual Veterans Day ceremony to be held Nov. 11, 10 a.m. at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

Accident claims life of Paseo Hills student
A second grader at Paseo Hills School passed away on Friday, Aug. 22, after a choking accident during lunch.

Binkley’s hosts celebrated chef
Binkley’s Restaurant is offering a special dining experience on Sept. 10, 5-9:30 p.m.

Labor Day I-15 traffic advisories
The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning Labor Day travelers to expect slowing on the Interstate 15 this holiday weekend. An existing work zone through the Virgin River Gorge, combined with increased traffic due to the holiday, is expected to slow traffic as much as two hours.

Upcoming Carefree Cave Creek Chamber events
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce has a variety of events planned for the next several months.




 

Movie Review — “ Box: Transformers: Age of Extinction
It was clear that there were plenty of different explosions Michael Bay could generate in 165 minutes. The fourth incarnation, which forwent the cast from the past three films, introduced a world where the Transformers were hunted as fugitives and were forced into hiding.

Movie Review — “22 Jumpe Street
Sequels, especially to great first films, are difficult to accomplish effectively. Creating new conflicts, coming up with fresh comedy, or allowing the characters to change are all reasons for failed second films.

Movie Review — “Edge of Tomorrow
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a smartly designed and skillfully constructed science fiction thriller, with good performances from the two leads.

Movie Review — “Maleficent
The 1959 Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” is given a makeover with a new leading lady, the villainous Maleficent.

Movie Review — “The Amazing Spider-Man 2
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” ushered in the beginning of the summer movie season where big budget popcorn flicks saturate the box office.

Movie Review — “Transcendence
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Sabotage
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Veronica Mars
It started with a video that appeared on a crowd funding website just under a year ago: A proposal to produce an official “Veronica Mars” movie—with all the major cast and show creator involved—if enough money could be raised.

‘Aristocats’ auditions open
Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for its upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” on April 5. All children ages 6-9 who audition will be cast.

Upscale Singers bring Cave Creek ‘Back to Broadway’
The Upscale Singers’ 10th annual spring musical review, “Back to Broadway,” will be coming to the Cave Creek area for 3 days in April.