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AGiving Back: Daisy Mountain Veterans toy drive sharing Christmas joy
NORTH VALLEY – For the second consecutive year, Daisy Mountain Veterans members are teaming up with local businesses to collect toys for local children in need.

Adventures With Mary Poppins story ballet happening Dec. 10
SCOTTSDALE – On Dec. 10, the Plumb Performing Arts Center will bring the full-length story ballet of ‘Adventures With Mary Poppins’ to the stage.

Woman dead, child injured after a driver intentionally struck them
CAVE CREEK – Two pedestrians were intentionally run over by a truck, killing a 47-year-old woman and seriously injuring an 11-year-old girl last Wednesday night near 41st Street and Maya Way, said Phoenix Police.

Being Extraordinary
“Fitting in is boring for anyone that wants to be extraordinary!” ~ Adam Levine; a quote lifted directly from the author’s blog.

Cactus Shadows High School Boys Basketball holding donation drive
SCOTTSDALE – The Cactus Shadows High School Boys Basketball team is holding a donation drive on Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Cactus Shadows High School.

Guardrail repairs performed at Anthem Way/I-17 intersection
ANTHEM – The Anthem Way on-ramp to northbound I-17 was closed for about three hours on Wednesday morning

Kiwanis awards November TERRIFIC Kids
NEW RIVER – New River Elementary is the school home of many terrific kids, and Kiwanis of New River helps recognize these students through the TERRIFIC Kids awards.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
O Tannebaum! O Christmas Tree! Who knew you were so buggy? Your branches green delight us! The sight of thee, at Christmastide spreads such joy and bugs among us!

Business Spotlight: Maian Pediatrics
Maian Pediatrics opened in Cave Creek in September, and the practice is welcoming new patients. Thomas Erskine, MD, FAAP has been a board-certified pediatrician since 2003, and pediatric critical board certified since 2008.

New app helps citizen scientists protect Arizona water quality
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has announced the launch of a new tool, Arizona Water Watch mobile app, allowing ‘Citizen Scientists’ to contribute photos and data that will help ADEQ more quickly discover and analyze water quality issues in Arizona. Anyone can become a Citizen Scientist by collaborating with professionals in scientific research, in just a few minutes on a smartphone.

Black Canyon City Community Library holding holiday events
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Black Canyon City Community Library is ringing in the holiday season with fun and the gift of a good book! The Library is extending its Book Sale for another week and will be running until Saturday, Dec. 9.

First Things First shares gift recommendations for kids
NORTH VALLEY – Every year there’s a hot new toy that sells out and drives parents to race from store to store in search of the latest gadget or stuffed animal.

A musical journey: ProMusica Arizona celebrates 15 years
NORTH VALLEY – ProMusica Arizona is celebrating 15 years of bringing music to the Valley, and this season showcases the variety of musical experiences PMAZ brings to life. The next concerts will be Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, featuring Christmas music and more.

Phoenix Police safely detain person in crisis
PHOENIX – Phoenix Police reported that a person in crisis was detained without further incident after a widespread search during the early hours of Sunday morning, in the area of Carefree Hwy. and 27th Dr.



Boulder Creek volleyball team continues to aim high
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School’s varsity women’s volleyball team was beat by Mountain Pointe High School on Sept. 13 after a defeating 3-0 loss.


Movie Review — “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Drive along any busy freeway in the city and you are bound to see advertisement billboards glowing throughout the day. Everything from political commentaries to sporting events to local attorneys have the opportunity to influence and impart their message on your drive through the city.

Movie Review — “Justice League
There is nothing wrong with a little teamwork. The superhero genre has been working towards the team oriented concept for some time now. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the first to successfully achieve this feat with “The Avengers”, talk about a D.C. Comics Justice League movie has been brewing for some time now, long before Marvel thought about bringing a team of heroes to screens.

Movie Review — “Thor: Ragnarok
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor, the god of thunder, gets the short end of the hammer. Having two feature films and numerous cameos, Thor has been relegated to somewhat of a supporting character position within the heavy hitters in the Avengers. Iron Man is charismatic, Captain America is proud, Hulk is smash, and Thor, well, he has a hammer.

Movie Review — “The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Good families are seemingly always cursed in horror films. Whether a maniacal supernatural force or suppressed family secrets, something is bound to tear the family unit to its core. “The Shining”, “The Amityville Horror”, even “The Conjuring” have all used some horrific device to accomplish this aspect. It creates great drama watching an upstanding family fall to pieces.

Movie Review — “Only the Brave
The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots is tragic and heroic. It’s a story that displays the consistent, and often underappreciated, bravery that firefighters demonstrate while battling some of the biggest fires in the country.

Movie Review — “Happy Death Day
Remember that movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray? It’s the film where Murray relives the same day over and over again. It’s a simplistic, often goofy, premise that conveniently allowed the comedian the opportunity to do what he does best.

Movie Review — “Stronger
Jeff Bauman may not be a name that you recognize, but his story is one that you’ll remember. The Chelmsford, Massachusetts native was waiting at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two homemade bombs detonated, which resulted in the loss of both of Bauman’s legs.

Movie Review — “It
“Everything down here floats…” If you were a fan of Stephen King and watched television in the fall of 1990, there’s a good chance that you didn’t look at clowns the same way ever again.

Movie Review — “Good Times
If you are going to make bad choices, it's important to stay a step ahead of them. Directors Benny and Josh Safdie make the most of this method in the new film "Good Time".

Movie Review — “Detroit
In the summer of 1967 in Detroit, race issues between Black Americans and authority figures divided the city, turning it into a war zone of military patrolled streets filled with angry and frustrated protestors.

Movie Review — “Atomic Blonde
Actress Charlize Theron commands your attention whenever she is on the screen. It’s more than just her stunning beauty however; Theron has always had a unique, mysterious quality about her. It would seem that by this time in her career, considering her extensive filmography, that she should have tackled, punched, kicked her way through a cool, hard-hitting, spy film.

Movie Review — “Dunkirk
In the chaos and confusion during an evacuation of more than 300,000 British and Allied Forces from the shores of France in director Christopher Nolan's World War II film "Dunkirk", one soldier tells another, "Survival is not fair". Indeed, with the shores of England so close, safety for the Allied Forces was still far from being achieved.