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Councilman’s forums offer a homey venue for chats: his own back yard

Councilman’s forums offer a homey venue for chats: his own back yard

Tempe City Councilmember Kolby Granville is planning a pair of kickoff public forums—which he refers to as “community conversations”—in what some might consider a rather unpublic kind of place: his home. The first of these open-to-all meet-and-greet sessions—noon to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.—are planned Saturday, May 18, at Granville’s Tempe home, 2516 S. Jentilly […]

Wet & Wild

Wet & Wild

It’s often 112 degrees here in the Valley. For years after I first got to town, I’d spend much of the day working outside, reflecting that the cliché was true—it really is a dry heat. By the time I’d collapse on my couch, I’d feel as dried out as a clay pot, as a pot […]

Zoning changes could relax rules for some neighborhoods

Zoning changes could relax rules for some neighborhoods

Fresh eggs for breakfast? A newly plucked chicken for dinner? Who wouldn’t love that? One small problem: If you live in Chandler, zoning regulations rule out the idea of residents raising farmyard fowl in their back yards. That may be about to change, at least in some neighborhoods. The city is considering an amendment to […]

Grant to fund new residency program for young Latino audiences

Grant to fund new residency program for young Latino audiences

Childsplay, a Tempe-based nonprofit theater company of professional, adult artists who perform for and teach young audiences and their families, has received a $155,000 grant to plan and implement a residency program to create programs for young audiences a vital part of Latino families’ cultural experience. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which announced the funding […]

A guide to some of our area’s Easter services

A guide to some of our area’s Easter services

Arizona Community Church—Good Friday: March 29, 7:00 p.m. Communion Service; Saturday: March 30, 10:00 a.m. “Egg”Stravaganza egg hunt; Easter: Sunday, March 31, 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Traditional Services, full orchestra and choir, 11:15 a.m. Contemporary Service. Child care at all services. 9325 S. Rural Rd., Tempe 85284. 480-491-2210, www.azcc.org   Mountain View Lutheran Church—Maundy […]

Bye-bye wi-fi

Bye-bye wi-fi

Steve Schmidt has been cheerfully getting his south Tempe neighbors caffeinated for almost nine years at Steve’s Espresso café, where he serves up bold French press coffee, loose-leaf teas and an array of baked delectables prepared in-house. When it comes to wi-fi though, Schmidt does not mince words. Simply stated, he refuses to be the […]