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‘Art in the Garden’ happening April 18
CAVE CREEK – ‘Art in the Garden’ will be at Desert Foothills Library on April 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Art according to the realm of balance and harmony
“Black Sect Tantric Buddhism, accords utmost importance to the role of the idea, which harmonizes the mind with the physical matter of our life world.

Buddy Stubbs holding Motorcycle Boot Camp
ANTHEM – Interested in learning to ride a motorcycle? Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is holding a free class on Saturday, April 18, for anyone interested in riding.

Roadrunner Chili Cook-off raises funds for Kiwanis
NEW RIVER – The 17th annual Roadrunner Chili Cook-off was held on April 4. The proceeds from this tasty fundraiser went to the New River Kiwanis, to support their work in the community.

Go Green recycling event, April 25
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council is hosting a recycling event for Anthem residents on Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

MIM celebrates five years of bringing music to the community
CAVE CREEK – Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is turning 80 years old this September.

MIM celebrates five years of bringing music to the community
PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. The celebration begins Monday, April 20 and runs all week.

Local cashier recognized for going ‘above and beyond’
ANTHEM – We’re all familiar with the stomach-dropping moment of panic with lost keys, wallet, etc.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
I don’t want to grow old. Okay, so I know the alternative is not exactly a pleasant thought. And my minister says that, “Old age is a privilege denied to many.” Yes, this is true. It’s just that old age is rough.

CenturyLink vandalism case remains unsolved
NORTH VALLEY – The vandalism case that caused the major CenturyLink outage in the north valley is still under investigation.

Fraud alert: ADOT offers tips to help avoid vehicle sale fraud
PHOENIX – Buying or selling a vehicle can be a risky process if the proper steps are not taken by the people involved in the transaction.

‘Crimes of opportunity’ on the decline in Anthem
ANTHEM – During the December 2014 through February 2015 period, the Anthem community experienced a surge in crimes, with theft and burglaries from vehicles accounting for 53 percent of 60 reported crimes.

Council approves Cahava Springs project
CAVE CREEK – On April 6, the Cave Creek Town Council approved a resolution that puts the Cahava Springs Utility District project in motion, which would essentially provide a dedicated funding stream for public infrastructure projects estimated at over $19 million through special assessment bonds.

Bill that would let Arizona landlords to evict tenant guests faces opposition
PHOENIX – Arizona landlords will have the ability to evict tenants’ guests for any reason without notice if the governor signs a bill on his desk, opponents of the legislation say.

Sunset Kiwanis to host the American Healing Arts Foundation
FOUNTAIN HILLS – The American Healing Arts Foundation, a 501-c3 non-profit veteran charity, is uniting with Sunset Kiwanis for the month of May. Sunset Kiwanis is offering their building at 16057 E. Kiwanis Drive, in Fountain Hills, for art classes.

Universities scrambling to balance budgets after deep state cuts
NORTH VALLEY – At Northern Arizona University, Christopher Gass said he and other engineering students looked forward to having a new building to house the 3-D printers, machines such as laser cutters and other technology they need to complete capstone design projects.

Musical Theatre of Anthem presenting Wizard of Oz
ANTHEM – The Musical Theatre of Anthem will bring the magic of the Wizard of Oz to the stage, opening April 30.

Police situation at the Hampton Inn
PHOENIX – Emergency crews responded to a police situation at the Hampton Inn in north Phoenix on the morning of Friday, April 10.

Rattlesnake season: What to do if you find a rattlesnake
NORTH VALLEY – Snake sightings are on the rise. While many snakes inhabiting the North Valley are harmless, dealing with the venomous ones, such as rattlesnakes, can be challenging.

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.