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Stacy Godfrey: Inventing, experimenting, and having fun
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”

MTA presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem will be presenting the Tony® Award-winning Broadway hit CATS March 5-8.

Desert Hills resident arrested on animal cruelty charges
PHOENIX – As the invasive species coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, part of Tom McMahon’s job is to stop the destructive quagga mussel from spreading.

Quagga mussels: Understanding the enemy
DESERT HILLS – Local homeowner Andrea Mikkel was arrested on Feb. 19 on multiple charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

Country Music Festival happening April 25-26
SCOTTSDALE – Sidewinder, Arizona’s Country Music Festival, is a two-day festival featuring a diverse lineup of Country music artists including long-time fan favorites and up-and-coming acts.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Remembering Kayla
Do you know who you are? Psychologists claim that “finding out who we really are” can be a lifelong journey.

Last call for Cave Creek ballots
CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek recall election ballots are due back on March 10.

Insurance coverage for eating disorders focus of proposed committee
NORTH VALLEY – Establishing a study committee may be a gateway to increasing health insurance coverage for people with eating disorders.

Sustainable water resources focus of Council meeting
CAVE CREEK – Water was the hot topic at Cave Creek’s town council meeting on Feb. 17 after it was presented with a study from the water advisory committee showing major failures resulting in 123 million gallons of wasted drinking water resulting from malfunctions at the water treatment plant.

Red Cross holding local blood drives
NORTH VALLEY – the American Red Cross is holding three local blood drives in March. Blood drives will be hosted at the Desert Broom Library on March 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Anthem Community Center on March 10, 1:30-6:30 p.m., and the Sonoran Foothills Community Center on March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Future Starlets Cheer starting season on March 3
ANTHEM – North valley cheerleaders have something new to cheer about. Future Starlets Elite Cheer is a new cheer program in the community. Their season is starting March 3 and will run through May 28.

Chief Joe Yahner appointed as Phoenix Police Chief
PHOENIX – Acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner has been appointed as the permanent chief. Yahner has been serving as the acting police chief since December 2014, after former chief Daniel Garcia was removed from the position.

Proposed bills would ban texting while driving
NORTH VALLEY – You’re cruising on the freeway when your cell phone chirps with a text. Glancing at your phone, you know the text is from someone you’ve been waiting anxiously to hear from. What do you do?

Fourth Annual Honor Walk to be held March 1
PHOENIX – Join thousands of people honoring military members on Sunday, March 1, at the 4th Annual Honor Walk and 5K Fun Run.

Ben Avery dedicates new shooting range
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department, Berger Bullets, and Nightforce Optics hosted an event on Feb. 14 to dedicate a newly constructed building and parking lot at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.

Desert Foothills Land Trust presents ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’
NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust is giving art lovers the perfect opportunity to own a reproduction of the beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape that the North Valley offers.

Carefree Town Council to appoint new member
CAREFREE – The Carefree Town Council is seeking a new member to fill a vacancy on the Council.

Cave Creek Council candidate Mike Durkin
Current Cave Creek Councilmember Mike Durkin is looking beyond March’s election to Cave Creek’s future. He is especially focused on Cave Creek’s budget and financial responsibility.

Cave Creek Council candidate Mark Lipsky
Mark Lipsky is a relative newcomer to town politics. He notes that he has “had a desire to serve the people of Cave Creek since first arriving here in 2003.”

Anthem announces Board of Directors, Council candidates
ANTHEM – It’s election season in Anthem. The 2015 Parkside Board of Directors, Anthem Country Club Community Association Board of Directors, and the Anthem Community Council elections will be happening March 13. Ballots will be mailed out to residents on Feb. 20.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town: Valentine’s Day
How was your Valentine’s Day? It’s that time of year to celebrate all things connected to love, romance, and the color red. Let’s face it, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. Couples go out to dinner (and some even dance!), while red flowers brighten the tables and hearts of millions or lovers. Yes, it seems that Valentine’s Day is all about matters of the heart.

Impossible Things Happen Here
“Sometimes as many as six impossible things happen before breakfast here!” ~ an exuberant statement by Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  Alice could have just as well been expressing her excitement over local artist, Eddie Sparr’s whimsical, fantastical, and imaginative work.


Movie Review — “McFarland USA
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Kingsman: The Secret Service
The spy movie is defined by the James Bond film series. Whenever the world is in some kind of beyond ridiculous circumstance of peril, James Bond is called in to handle the situation with that cool and calm British demeanor.

Movie Review — “Selma
Selma, Alabama is the location of the events in director Ava DuVerney’s exceptional and confident film about a small, in the vast continuing struggle, yet significant moment in the civil rights movement.

Movie Review — “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s body of work can easily be described as serious and downtrodden but also in moments exceptional and striking. From his first impressive feature “Amores Perros” into further serious and grim pieces “21 Grams” and “Babel,” Iñárritu is always commenting on something.

Movie Review — “Fury
David Ayer understands how to make procedural films. Look no further than the “day-in-the-life” cop drama “End of Watch” for evidence. “Fury” examines a worn-out and broken group of soldiers, following them at the end of one battle right into another mission, just another day of work for these men.

Movie Review — “Gone Girl
David Fincher has made a career taking audiences to dark places with bad people. In the beginning moments of Gillian Flynn’s scripted adaptation of her popular novel “Gone Girl,” a man is gently caressing the head of a beautiful woman, the way two people in love would – however, the voice-over narration concerning the situation is a violent soliloquy of hatred.