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TCH exec named top chamber vol

Dawn Hocking has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. The recognition was announced at the chamber’s 17th annual Breakfast for Chamber Champions held at Embassy Suites Tempe. “This award is given to someone who has gone above and beyond to help make the Tempe Chamber and its programs a […]

Kyrene de la Brisas rolls out its 30th annual heart-warming production

Photo by Nicole Burt This year marks the 30th production in 20 years for the Kyrene de la Brisas Gecko players, who have provided years of heart-warming productions. Seventy-five students in the program, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, recently performed their annual drama show, “Into the Woods” about a fractured fairy tale. The production […]

Stay cool and get fit during warm months at the local YMCA

Photo by Billy Hardiman Spring has sprung, meaning that it’s time to dust off those exercise routines that just might have fallen dormant during the Valley’s cooler season (apologies to our neighbors in the East and Midwest). A perfect venue for the annual reblossoming of our resolve to get into shape is the Tempe YMCA, […]

Area woman joins MDA march for a cure

By Chelsea Martin Lending a helping hand is what humanity exists and thrives upon. There are countless individuals donating their time to creating a better world for future generations. Muscular Dystrophy Association is just one of the many non-profit organizations fighting for a cure and a better tomorrow through endless awareness, fundraising and research. Twenty […]

2014 Ostrich Festival

Photo by Billy Hardiman We’re not sticking our necks out when we recommend the Chandler Chamber’s 2014 Ostrich Festival, coming to Tumbleweed Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 7-9. The event is previewed each year with a parade through the city’s downtown, featuring local color and, of course, lots of kids. Visitors to the festival, […]

California drought: Different story, same result

Story By Chase Kamp When I hit the road last year, looking forward to settling into my new home in Oakland, I was ready to face the challenges of a new state. Nothing suggested those would include a state of emergency. I had managed to roll into Los Angeles late in the afternoon, beating the […]

History of Cactus League next Sunset Library topic

The history of Arizona’s Cactus League, including spring training baseball at Chandler’s Compadre Stadium, is the featured topic at the next Our Stories guest speaker presentation Saturday, March 15, at Sunset branch library, 4930 W. Ray Road. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Our Stories series is presented by the Chandler Museum, […]

Aztecs take their ‘best shot’ with spectacular three-peat win of Arizona basketball title

Photo courtesy Kelly Zimmer, Corona Sunrise online photo editor Story by Alex Zener It took the 15 players on Corona’s boys basketball team 96 days in this 2013-14 season, playing 35 games with targets on their backs, to 3-peat as Arizona’s Division I state basketball champions by defeating Pinnacle 71-70 in overtime at arena. […]

Honors group strives to make a difference

By Chelsea Martin           Jayelee Dorris, left, with SOL Buddies officers Laura Rodriguez, Hannah Allen, Tyler Thompson, Julia Maisel, Bridget Manning and Erin Wochner. When you believe you can make a difference, you will. Whether it takes a day, a month, a year or longer, positive change can occur, even in […]

Walking: As vital to your dog as it is to you

By Don Kirkland Rain or shine, young or old, Bowser needs exercise. And even though he doesn’t speak our language, he has no trouble letting us know when it’s time for his daily walk. After all, there are only three priorities in Bowser’s life. “Unlike people, a dog doesn’t look forward to sitting down and […]

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