DVUSD Theatre Rocks

Students are spending the summer on stage By Jadyn Fisher Summer is finally in full swing, which means students get to spend more time doing what they love and catching up from the busy school year. For most, this means sleeping in and getting those well needed Z’s, but for Deer Valley Unified School District’s “Theatre Rocks!” campers, it means being at school at 8 a.m. and spending the day learning the ro ...

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Building a Dream

Dignified Home Loans opens Anthem location By Alison Stanton Deborah Hartwick was inspired to choose a career in the mortgage industry for two key reasons — she loves numbers and she’s a people person.  “I like walking my clients through the challenges each borrower can go through on the journey to homeownership,” Hartwick says. With 30 years’ experience in the mortgage lending industry, Hartwick is the sal ...

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Lexus RC-F V-8 Coupe

This car is a ‘blast’ to drive Story and photos by C.A. Haire There are plenty of two-door sport coupes on the market, but very few are powered by a V-8 engine. Lexus has one it would be glad to sell you, called the RC-F. Under the hood is a potent modern 5.0-liter V-8, cranking out 467 horsepower, and 389 pound/feet of torque. It’s hooked to an 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. Gears can be sele ...

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Take a Chance on This Starlight Community Theater puts its spin on ‘Mamma Mia’

By Bridgette Redman Sometimes the things we hate in our childhood are the things we love as adults. For some who might be eating vegetables or taking naps, for others it is the music their parents played. Dan Ashlock has vivid memories of the drives his family made in the 1970s from Phoenix to El Paso to visit his grandparents. Even though his dad insists now this isn’t true, he and his sibling remember for ...

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A Homemade Grilled Meal

Try these steak recipes when throwing a July 4 party By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Bringing over family and friends for a backyard barbecue is a classic way to show appreciation to loved ones. Celebrate the summer by grilling steak, one of the most popular meals for a cookout.   Almost nothing beats a steak hot off the grill, and ribeyes are one of the most popular and flavorful cuts.  Classic Ribeye The cl ...

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Good Vibes

Serena Nicolle goes solo for Elevate Coffee Company show By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Singer-songwriter Serena Nicolle is used to people asking if she’s sad or depressed. Her songs are in minor keys and about sad topics, she admits.  “They’re not just about me, though,” she says with a laugh. “They’re about what I see other people go through, random people in the streets.” The 21-year-old Arcadia resident— ...

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‘Hope’

Building a Community By Shelley Sakala If you live in 85085 you may have noticed a barn being built last year in North Phoenix. No livestock, no crops. They’re growing something else at this particular barn. They’re growing hope. Welcome to Hope Church, the culmination of many years of hard work, support and prayers. It began with a small group of people gathering in the home of Pastor Paul and Carol Sorens ...

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DIY Staycation

Summertime activities strengthen family ties By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church, Standing Stones Christian Academy St. Francis of Assisi once said, “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” These are words of wisdom spoken 800 years ago. He also said “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” What was he trying to say?  Instead of seek ...

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Breaking the Stigma

Club Pilates enters Norterra with is innovative and traditional programs By Octavio Serrano Club Pilates wants to distance itself from the assumption that the exercise is only for the elite.  “Club Pilates has made Pilates available to everybody and you don’t have to be extremely wealthy,” says Kim Pickens, who owns and manages two studios in the Valley.  Club Pilates is celebrating its grand opening on Sat ...

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Festive Fun

Puff paint, rockets and filter crafts will make July 4th colorful By Shannon Fisher July is here and the 4th is a great time to make festive crafts.   Homemade puff paint is easy and fun. We started with 1/2 cup of flour and mixed in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and just kept stirring in water until it was the consistency of pancake batter.  We divided our mix into two parts an ...

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