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Andrea Merican: Sharing the color, line and shape of life
The love and passion of a lifetime for drawing and painting began with, “Look mommy, it’s a duck!” as proclaimed by 3-year-old Andrea in 1979.

DFLT announcing 2014 photo contest
The love and passion of a lifetime for drawing and painting began with, “Look mommy, it’s a duck!” as proclaimed by 3-year-old Andrea in 1979.

Diamond Canyon wins McTeacher’s Night Challenge
Diamond Canyon School won the Anthem McDonald’s September McTeacher’s Night Challenge, netting a $1,000 prize.

Horseshoe Trails Elementary goes solar
Horseshoe Trails Elementary’s future has never looked brighter.

Lisa’s journey for new lungs
In through the nose and out through the mouth. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe.

Anthem teens join advisory council
Thirteen Anthem kids have been selected to serve on the inaugural Anthem Youth Advisory Council. The students will officially begin their roles Nov. 1.

Phoenix man hiking Arizona Trail to fundraise for cancer research
When Chip Tolleson of Phoenix learned his longtime friend Pete Kuehner, 53, was diagnosed with brain cancer, he wanted to help – but how?

CCUSD bond forum, Oct. 21
The Cave Creek Unified School District will be holding a Community Bond Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. at Sonoran Trails Middle School, 5555 E. Pinnacle Vista, in Phoenix.

Neighborhood Watch block parties
Get to know your neighbors through the annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods block parties.





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. 

Movie Review — “The Maze Runner
“Never go beyond the walls.”  A rule inherently made to be broken by the young men confined behind massive, mechanical walls in director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel “The Maze Runner.”

Movie Review — “The Drop
The moment the familiar voice-over narration introduces “The Drop,” it’s obvious what kind of film will follow.

Movie Review — “As Above, So Below
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “A Dame To Kill For
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “The Giver
The beloved Lois Lowry novel “The Giver” was a self-interpretive experience for readers. Discovery of individualized emotional conditions and thought provoking open-ended questions were two major components in bringing the reader into the dystopian world.

Movie Review — “ Box: Transformers: Age of Extinction
It was clear that there were plenty of different explosions Michael Bay could generate in 165 minutes. The fourth incarnation, which forwent the cast from the past three films, introduced a world where the Transformers were hunted as fugitives and were forced into hiding.

Movie Review — “22 Jumpe Street
Sequels, especially to great first films, are difficult to accomplish effectively. Creating new conflicts, coming up with fresh comedy, or allowing the characters to change are all reasons for failed second films.

Movie Review — “Edge of Tomorrow
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a smartly designed and skillfully constructed science fiction thriller, with good performances from the two leads.

Movie Review — “Maleficent
The 1959 Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” is given a makeover with a new leading lady, the villainous Maleficent.

Movie Review — “The Amazing Spider-Man 2
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” ushered in the beginning of the summer movie season where big budget popcorn flicks saturate the box office.

Movie Review — “Transcendence
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Sabotage
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Veronica Mars
It started with a video that appeared on a crowd funding website just under a year ago: A proposal to produce an official “Veronica Mars” movie—with all the major cast and show creator involved—if enough money could be raised.

‘Aristocats’ auditions open
Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for its upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” on April 5. All children ages 6-9 who audition will be cast.

Upscale Singers bring Cave Creek ‘Back to Broadway’
The Upscale Singers’ 10th annual spring musical review, “Back to Broadway,” will be coming to the Cave Creek area for 3 days in April.