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Calista’s journey from victim of dogfighting to therapy dog
PHOENIX – Sometimes miracles have four legs.

DownEast Home & Clothing opening May 29
PHOENIX – DownEast Home & Clothing will be opening in the Tramonto Marketplace on Friday, May 29. Store hours will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

MCSO: Zaza Nails and Spa acted as front to launder drug group’s profits
ANTHEM – Zaza Nails and Spa was one of eight Valley locations raided in a drug bust on May 20.

Gavilan Peak kindergartners honor veterans
ANTHEM – Seventy kindergarten students from Gavilan Peak School traveled to the Anthem Veterans Memorial on May 19 to learn about the Memorial’s design elements and symbols.

Michael Alexander Salon and Swankys team up for salon/boutique
ANTHEM – Feeling the need for some pampering? Stop by Michael Alexander Salon & Spa’s new location, sharing a storefront with Swankys Boutique.
www.michaelalexandersalon.com

Around The Bluhmin’ Town
Have you moved lately? I am a realtor, so I know about moving. It might be fun, even thrilling. But mostly, it is the sorting, packing, and cleaning that make grown men cry. Statistically, Americans move about every seven years. Why? Make a list.

DVUSD to implement athletic participation fees
NORTH VALLEY – After repeated debate, the Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board voted to implement athletic participation fees for the upcoming school year.

Movie Review — “The Age of Adaline
If you had all the time in the world, what would you do? If today would be the oldest that you would ever get, what would you do tomorrow?

Movie Review — “True Story
There are always two sides to every story. The back and forth, cat and mouse discussions between a suspected murderer and a discredited journalist take focus in director Rupert Goold’s “True Story”, which also happens to be based on a true story.

Movie Review — “While We’re Young
During some pre-movie chitchat a few weeks ago, I struck up a conversation about music with a young man sitting nearby.

Movie Review — “Focus
A jigsaw puzzle can be put together in many different ways. Some start with the edges, while others focus on distinguishable objects. In the end, it's a pleasant process of time spent in a non-too-complicated exercise.

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.