October 23, 2004 issue

Face it: nothing says fun like a fall Punkin’ Patch
It was nothing less than a smashing success last year, and so the Mary Contreras State Farm Agency at Warner Road and the Price Freeway will repeat its free Pumpkin Patch event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.



Howdy, neighbor
Kyrene Corridor neighborhoods took on an old-fashioned look when hundreds of residents locked their doors, turned on their porch lights and spent the evening outdoors with their neighbors and the officers who patrol Tempe and Chandler.



New skate park promises to draw Valley devotees
As a youngster, Colby Carter fondly recalls gliding his skateboard through the malls at Arizona State University and jumping “ollie” tricks onto benches at various local high schools. He also has memories of being detained by the police at those same locations for having fun as a young skateboarder.
By Matthew Garcia  

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
‘Tis the season for persimmon pudding, no fooling

Persimmons have an undeserved reputation, to the extent that they have one at all.

Corona continues climb toward football playoffs
For the first time since 1998, it looks as if the Corona del Sol High School football team might actually meet its lofty expectations.

By Brian Gomez

Bob Hope-style show a morale booster for troops
Bob Hope touched the lives of thousands when he entertained war-weary soldiers during his famous USO tours. His famous comedy routines brought diversion and a much-needed “sense of home” to men who were desperate for recognition, support and love. Last spring, a team of 15 Hooters employees from around the country did their part to honor Hope’s outstanding legacy of service.
By Melissa Hirschl

Sports Notebook...with Brian Gomez
Davini to chair national high-school coaches group
Known for his commitment to amateur sports, Corona del Sol High School baseball coach Ron Davini is soaring back onto the national scene.
By Brian Gomez  

Kyrene Athletes of the Week
Jesse Olguin and Francesca (Frankie) Dicesare - Aprende Middle School

Area schools meet or exceed goals, state audit reveals
Twelve schools in the Kyrene Corridor have been listed among those meeting or exceeding state performance and progress goals, with four earning the “excelling” label.

Success Stories: Someburros
Pursuit of quality: A Vasquez family tradition that never ends
What began more than 30 years ago in south Phoenix with a quaint mom-and-pop restaurant named Ponchos has developed into one of the Kyrene Corridor ‘s fast-food staples, Someburros.

By Matthew Garcia

Pair share Volunteer of Year honors
The winners are Cheryl Hornyan and Gloria Fox, driving forces behind the Cinderella Affair which helps high school students from across the entire Valley attend their high school proms while also reducing their out-of-pocket expenses.

Tips for a happy—and safe—Halloween
With witches, goblins and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across Arizona, the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter offers parents some safety tips to help prepare children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
Surviving Christmas

Think Bad Santa in Chicago Married With Children and you get the picture. This low-budget film will probably appeal to fans of The Sopranos, Ben Affleck and few others.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
Scary stories, revisited
With Night of the Living Dead, George Romero gave us more than a horror classic. He invented a genre, and, indeed, added a new monster to world folklore.

Carnival to go ‘down on the farm
Can coming to a farm be fun and offer some safety for children? The answer is yes for kids attending Kyrene del Cielo school’s fall carnival, this year with a down-on-the-farm theme.

Kidz Calendar
Calendar of events for November 2004

Holiday boutiques: The list