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Hundreds of students at Boulder Creek High School participate in a national walkout to protest gun violence
ANTHEM – A couple hundred Boulder Creek High School (BCHS) students gathered outside in the campus courtyard to participate in the national March For Our Lives school walkout on March 14, which was organized to protest gun violence and to honor the victims of the Florida shooting.

2018 Anthem Days is almost here
ANTHEM – Residents and visitors from across the Valley will enjoy perfect weather and the premier showcase of the community at Anthem Days from March 24 to 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day at the Community Park located at 41703 N. Gavilan Parkway.

Peoria Fire-Medical rescues two teens stranded on water
PEORIA – On the afternoon of March 15, Peoria Fire-Medical was dispatched on a possible drowning call at Lake Pleasant. The initial information was two individuals went overboard on a kayak and their whereabouts were unknown.

MLB, ASU launch spring training sustainability initiative at all 10 Cactus League ballparks
PEORIA – Major League Baseball (MLB) and Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability (ASU) announced a groundbreaking partnership with Camping World to launch and initiative that will see the two organizations undertaking sustainability efforts during parts of the 2018 Spring Training Cactus League schedule.

2018 Cave Creek Rodeo Days Queen and Teen Queen crowned
CAVE CREEK – The 41st annual Cave Creek Rodeo Days is upon us, and the 2018 Rodeo Royalty was officially crowned on March 10, during the pageant at Outlaws, where young woman participated in horsemanship, modeling, speech and interview competitions.

Bike MS: The largest fundraising bike series in the world will ride through Cave Creek, Carefree
PHOENIX — More than 250 cyclists are setting out to raise $250,000 toward a world free of Multiple Sclerosis by riding up to 150-miles over two-days.

AZGFD Outdoor Expo this weekend
PHOENIX –The largest hands-on outdoor recreation expo in Arizona is coming soon!

13th annual Wickenburg Art Club Spring Fine Art Show
WICKENBURG – The Wickenburg Art Club will kick off its annual Spring Fine Art Show with an artists’ reception on March 25, at the Wickenburg Art Center, located at 188 S. Tegner Street. The reception, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Power of the Written Word
Author Katrina Shawver is “passionate about the power of the written word to influence opinion, provoke discussion, and inform the community.”

Business Spotlight: United Real Estate Success, Anthem
ANTHEM – United Real Estate Success (URES) is an Anthem-based real estate sales and leasing company specializing in residential homes in the North Valley. The Anthem office is owned and operated by Doreen Drew, Amy Wylie, Gary Drew and Kristin Crook, in partnership with URES designed broker, Byron Short.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Flippy, where are you? Just when the future was coming in the form of a shiny steel robot who could flip burgers at a California fast food restaurant, he was put on paid leave one day after he started! It seems that Flippy’s human co-workers just couldn’t keep up with the robot!

Car strikes kills three pedestrians
FOUNTAIN HILLS –  On March 13, at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received several calls about a fatal traffic accident involving four pedestrians that were walking on the sidewalk near Saguaro and Palisades Boulevard.

Free entry for kids under 10 to Cave Creek Rodeo Days
CAVE CREEK – The 2018 Cave Creek Rodeo Days is here! General admission tickets are $25 at the gate or $22 online, and it gets you full access to vendors, concessions and bleacher seats. 

Desert Willow Elementary language program officially recognized by Spain
CAVE CREEK – Desert Willow Elementary students in Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) responded with a loud "Olé, Olé, Olé" upon hearing that they now belong to the first school in Arizona to receive official accreditation from the Embassy of Spain.

Desert Foothills Theater produces Lin-Manuel Miranda's play 'In the Heights'
SCOTTSDALE –  The next production in the 2018 season at Desert Foothills Theater is the high-energy, award-winning, hip-hop musical called “In The Heights,” created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Wet 'n’ Wild Phoenix kicks off 2018 season with discounted admission, supply drive
PHOENIX – Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix opens for its 2018 season, and to celebrate, guests can get discounted admission for dressing up during school spirit week or donating school supplies. The park is open daily from March 22 through April 1.

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 — “Tomb Raider
Lara Croft has been running through jungles, caves, and ancient ruins, solving all manner of puzzles and problems since 1996 when the character made her first appearance for avid gamers. More than twenty years later and Lara Croft is making her third appearance on the silver screen, this time replacing Angelina Jolie with Alicia Vikander in the second franchise film simply called “Tomb Raider.”

Movie Review — “Red Sparrow
At this point in the career of Jennifer Lawrence it’s pretty easy to imagine her playing almost any kind of character no matter how preposterous it might look like on paper. Body morphing blue mutant, home shopping network tycoon, talented archer in a dangerous game; it all seems possible for the Oscar winning actress.

Movie Review — “Black Panther
There are more than a few moments in director Ryan Coogler’s superhero feature “Black Panther” where real trials and injustices of the past converge with the fictional lives of the characters living in this superhero universe.

Movie Review — “Fifty Shades Freed
At the end of “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to the 2015  hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Anastasia Steele was being proposed to by Christian Grey. The couple, dealing with the kind of relationship complications that would spell doom for any new romance, haven’t grown much since their first meeting. 


Historic Oscar snubs: Five movies that should have been nominated
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this week; as with most years usually the favorites make the cut, but there are always some surprises. This is the Super Bowl for the film industry, and fans arduously pick who they think should win the big prize for best film, actor or director.

Movie Review — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
A magical board game called Jumanji wreaked havoc on two kids in the 1990s, unleashing a jungle of wild animals, dangerous challenges, and a long-lost man who had been trapped in the game for decades.

Movie Review — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The battle between good and evil continues in the newest “Star Wars” film. Forty years ago, the franchise, which shows no sign of slowing down under Disney’s guidance, created a science fiction opera that pitted a rebellious young boy with astounding hidden skills against an evil empire lead by a masked villain that would become one of cinema’s most iconic characters.