January 22, 2005 issue

Mom’s goal for kids: ‘More aware than scared’
If you’re anything like me, you wish you could place a bubble around your children whenever they’re out of sight. Unfortunately, that imagined scenario is getting more frequent as the children get older and want to pursue more activities.

By Melissa Hirschl

‘Cinderella’ group launches formal prom-raising drive
Cinderella Affair, a volunteer project of Tempe Community Council, is again asking for donations of formalwear from the community to help make attending prom affordable for all high school junior and senior students.

City office helps to preserve Tempe’s sense of community
Maryanne Corder, Tempe’s longtime neighborhood services director, retired last year. The job was awarded to Shauna Warner, Corder’s assistant for the past five years. Wrangler News contributor Melissa Hirschl asked Warner about the job and how she sees the department’s work progressing under her direction.


Quick tips from greyhound lovers: A how-to workshop on doggy first-aid
Playful encounters and wet kisses are just a few of the delightful perks of canine ownership, along with unconditional love and companionship. Then there’s the icing on the cake: big, soulful eyes expressing adoration and contentment.

Dear Phil: Weather great, glad you’re not here
Groundhog Day
concerns a Pittsburgh TV weatherman named Phil Connors, a sour, cynical prima donna who doesn’t feel he’s gotten his career due, and is miserable at the prospect of covering the Punxsutawney festivities yet again.

By M.V. Moorhead

Kyrene Athletes of the Week
Ashley Kniffen and Whitney Miller - Aprende Middle School

Kyrene Athletes of the Week are selected by each school’s coaching staff.

Teens’ sales effort memorializes sacrifices of young, old
Selling memorial bracelets to raise funds for victims of terrorism in Israel has turned into quite a social action project for congregants at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

‘Mission Organization’ zeroes in on sprucing up a deserving home
When Sara Baxter, a producer for cable TV’s popular do-it-yourself show Mission Organization, came to town looking for prospects, she zeroed in on Kyrene Corridor insurance agent Mary Contreras.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
Spring film preview: A numbers game?

Based on the number of families in the Kyrene Corridor, Pecan Grove Estates resident and Wrangler News columnist Mark Moorehead tries to filter newly released films based on their suitability for family audiences. The following, a preview of upcoming productions, addresses that issue.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
DVD: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

If, like me, you regard fanciful pulp-cover painting as one of the glories of 20th-Century American art, you'll probably enjoy watching Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Area performer, cast revisit ‘60s TV classic ‘Gilligan’s Island’
“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.” Kyrene Corridor resident Juel Masnard can vouch for the enduring quality of the theme song that introduced the cast of the 1960s TV sitcom Gilligan’s Island.

A night to remember
Girls and their dads can enjoy a night in an enchanted forest--and create lifelong memories--at the 12th annual Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance, planned for the pre-Valentine’s Day weekend at Kiwanis Recreation Center.

Drivers revving up for Jan. 28 start of NHRA racing season at Firebird
Firebird Raceways’ vaunted dragstrip will once again roar to life Jan. 28-30 with the fastest and quickest cars in the world, along with the greatest drivers the sport has to offer.
By Dee Myers

Whatz up for kidz
Tempe and Chandler - January events

Tempe, Kyrene unit supporting woman’s anti-violence campaign
With a doctorate in psychology, Mary Arredondo has made a two-year commitment to educate Arizona communities about violence, using what is known in education circles as the Adults and Children Together Training Program.

Unity Walk to draw from wide area
This event is in honor of civil rights history and ideals and in celebration of the East Valley's diversity and unity.

Capitol tour offers chance to meet area lawmakers
Chandler residents are being invited to the legislature to hear from lawmakers, learn about the 2005 neighborhood legislative agenda, tour House and Senate chambers and enjoy a free lunch at the Capitol Mall.