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Foothills Focus is not being published December 31st, 2014
Our office will be closed December 25th through January 1st so that our staff can enjoy the Holidays with their families and friends. The office will resume normal business hours January 2nd and normal publication January 7th. The Foothills Focus would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Buddy Stubbs museum offers 3,000 sq. ft. of bike history
PHOENIX – Motorcycles have changed a lot over the past 100 years. Bike enthusiasts can see the transformation over the decades at the Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum in Phoenix.

Dennis Desprois: “The most interesting man in the world”
SCOTTSDALE – The great New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” – the perfect metaphor for the way local artist Dennis Desprois has approached his life and career.

‘Native American Experience Month’ at Butterfly Wonderland
SCOTTSDALE – During the month of January, Butterfly Wonderland will be celebrating with a dedicated month devoted to the “Native American Experience.”

Dreamchaser rescue relocated; rescue in need of new barn
NORTH VALLEY – Dreamchaser Horse Rescue has officially relocated to Falcon, Miss. The rescue is reaching out to local supporters now to help construct a new barn for the animals.

Access to arts education increasing, but improvement still needed
PHOENIX – According to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an update to a 2010 census on access to arts education in Arizona schools reports that while the number of students without access to any arts education has declined, more than 115,000 students still lack access to arts instruction by highly qualified arts teachers.

Local author seeking New River photos
NEW RIVER – Local author Marcy Miller is seeking historic photographs of New River to be featured in an upcoming book about New River history.

Department of Environmental Quality sending no-burn reminder
With the holidays approaching, it’s time again to remind Maricopa County residents and businesses to not burn wood or wax logs in fireplaces, chimneys, and outdoor fire pits on designated No Burn days.

Waste Management to continue PGA TOUR sponsorship
PHOENIX – The PGA TOUR, Waste Management, and tournament host The Thunderbirds have announced a 10-year sponsorship extension, which becomes effective once Waste Management’s original agreement expires upon completion of the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Giving back: Food bank making holidays brighter
NORTH VALLEY – As the iconic first line of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ says, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.”

Phoenix retirement system changes being considered
PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix retirement system has been under scrutiny this past year, due to voters’ consideration of Proposition 487, which would have eliminated participation in the current retirement plan and established a plan for new employees.

TV stations to simulcast ASU report on heroin use, Jan. 13
PHOENIX – In a highly unusual collaboration, every broadcast TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona will simultaneously air a 30-minute commercial-free investigative report produced by Arizona State University student journalists on the growing perils of heroin and opioid use.

Horseshoe Trails kindergarteners Skype with Chinese students
CAVE CREEK – Horseshoe Trails Elementary School kindergarteners took a virtual trip to China on Dec. 8.

‘Pineapple Express’ storm brings cold, wet weather to north valley
NORTH VALLEY – Move over, Polar Express – the ‘Pineapple Express’ moving in from California took center stage on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Christmas Eve church services around the north valley

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.