January 8, 2005 issue

Coming-of-age ceremony tests a girl’s resolve —and her nerve
From time immemorial, cultures around the world have been celebrating a colorful mix of “coming of age” ceremonies. Upon turning 12 years old, a Jewish girl traditionally experiences a marvelous milestone in her life called a Bat Mitzvah.

By Melissa Hirschl

Car lovers...Rev your engines
Car enthusiasts around the Valley are putting the finishing touches on their “true sweethearts”--the resplendent cars they love to tinker with, polish and passionately slave over.
By Melissa Hirschl  

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
Celebrate the new year: Juice it up

Citrus fruits of all types are excellent in salads, and one of my favorite simple recipes is my mother-in-law’s grapefruit-avocado salad.

Affordable, all-breed shot clinic
Dogs of all breeds will be eligible for a low-cost vaccination clinic being sponsored by Boxer Luv Rescue and Arizona Animal Wellness Center from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 at the dog park at Chandler Boulevard and Kyrene Road.

Credit union selects area man as new president, CEO
Kyrene Corridor resident Steve Hazel has been promoted to president/CEO of Tempe Schools Credit Union, succeeding Jim Simpson, who retired.


Ambulance donated to Rocky Point
In collaboration with the city of Tempe, Southwest Ambulance has donated an ambulance to Rocky Point, Mexico.

Techno Files...with Riley Gay
A consumer first: Now you can disconnect the phone company

Sometimes keeping a New Year’s resolution can be hard to do. But as long as your resolution was to lower your long distance phone bill, there’s hope.

Church, school kids send holiday greetings to troops
Ahwatukee Preschool, along with a confirmation group from Mountain View Lutheran Church, sent boxes of toiletries and holiday wishes to 12 soldiers last month.

Tsunami relief effort
Spa collecting funds
Funds received, as well as proceeds donated by the salon, will be forwarded to the Salvation Army and its South Asia Disaster Fund. Donations will be accepted through January.

Tempe 93 Pros U-12 Elite champions
Tempe 93 Pros took first place in the biggest tournament of the 2004/2005 season.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
White Noise

Whether or not you believe in the premise of a film is not as important as the strength of the film’s characters and a solid story.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
Phantom of the Opera
So, has Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera left you wanting more of that masked man? Well, don't worry. There's plenty more, available on video.

‘Gypsy’ performer no stranger to stage
Kyrene Corridor resident John Chamberlain is among area students have gone back to school after the holidays and back to work as the talented young performers hitting the boards every night at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in the current production of Gypsy, playing through Feb. 12.


Grad Night preview
With rainy skies and chilly winter temperatures, it hardly seems time to think about graduation from high school. But that’s exactly what planners from the Corona del Sol High School Parent Teacher Organization are busy doing.

Libraries offer abundance of ways to improve your mind
Public libraries in both Tempe and Chandler have unveiled programs that are certain to find a niche in virtually anyone’s busy schedule.

Event to raise funds for longtime resident suffering from lymphoma
Erica Petroff is a 21-year-old graduate of Corona del Sol High School, Aprende Middle School and Mariposa Elementary School. She attends ASU, where she is pursuing a career in journalism. She was diagnosed in April 2004 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

By Jean Hagen

Ancient mysteries of healing to be explored at Jan. 14 workshop
The workshop presents sacred knowledge that deals with the core processes and methods of spiritual transformation