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Marana District Play & Learn Center Family Fun Day

Marana District Play & Learn Center Family Fun Day

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The Marana Unified School District Play and Learn (PAL) Center invites parents and prospective parents to a Family Fun Day. The event is FREE …

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day at Saguaro National Park Jan. 23

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day at Saguaro National Park Jan. 23

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Buffelgrass is a non-native invasive grass that threatens Sonoran Desert wildlands and urban areas. To combat this invasive weed, and encourag…

Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library fall programs

Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library fall programs

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The Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library has a number of ways to get help with computing, reading and homework. Here is their fall schedule of prog…

Tucson Mall welcomes UA back with fashion, fun  and freebies

Tucson Mall welcomes UA back with fashion, fun and freebies

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It’s always fun to get new stuff for a new school year. But no matter how much you’ve bought over the summer, there’s always something more to…

Race for Life at Xtreme Fun Spot on Saturday

Race for Life at Xtreme Fun Spot on Saturday

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BMX riders, don’t miss the Race for Life benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Xtreme Fun Spot BMX trac…

How to Prepare Fast, Inexpensive Family Meals

How to Prepare Fast, Inexpensive Family Meals

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(StatePoint) There are unlimited excuses you can make to skip cooking. But if lack of time or money is the reason you’re getting take-out yet …

Drab, serious 'After Earth' falls short

Drab, serious 'After Earth' falls short

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Most of the ads for “After Earth” have neglected to mention that M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote and directed the film. Movie studios finally seem…

Friday Night Live! presents Domingo DeGrazia Band

Friday Night Live! presents Domingo DeGrazia Band

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Domingo DeGrazia blends Spanish guitar passion with the flair of flamenco music. His music couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, salsa a…

Kevin Kline to perform one-man show in Mesa

Kevin Kline to perform one-man show in Mesa

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Academy, Tony and Screen Actors Guild Award-winner Kevin Kline performs his new one-man Shakespeare show -- ‘He That Plays: An Evening of Shak…

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

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One of rock’s most enduring bands stops in Phoenix during its 34-city U.S. tour. The tour marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the 197…

Concert Notice: 'Journey Unauthorized' returns

Concert Notice: 'Journey Unauthorized' returns

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 “Thursday Rocks!” at the Monsoon Nightclub continues on Aug. 22 with the return of premier tribute group Journey Unauthorized to Desert Diamo…

Great grilling tips to make summer meals sizzle

Great grilling tips to make summer meals sizzle

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(StatePoint) Now that warmer weather and summer are upon us, grilling season is here again and families are taking meals outside to enjoy the …

Fast & Furious 6 – Six one way, half-dozen the other

Fast & Furious 6 – Six one way, half-dozen the other

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The latest addition to the Fast & Furious franchise is just like the tie rods on a ‘72 Buick … no, not really. I don’t pretend to know or …

Summer blockbusters aim to be bigger than ever

Summer blockbusters aim to be bigger than ever

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(StatePoint) This year’s summer blockbuster season is shaping up to be a big one, full of some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.

Saturday Puzzles 5-25-13 - Can you beat the challenges?

Saturday Puzzles 5-25-13 - Can you beat the challenges?

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Mount Lemmon Sky Ride now open

Mount Lemmon Sky Ride now open

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The Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley ski lift is now open as a Sky Ride, Thursdays through Mondays, during the summer. A ride on the Sky Ride to the summ…

The Hangover Part III – The return of the red-eye

The Hangover Part III – The return of the red-eye

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While The Hangover Part III may seem like a retread of very familiar ground, this “final” film in the Hangover trilogy completely abandons the…

Abrams has made the best ‘Star Trek’ movie

Abrams has made the best ‘Star Trek’ movie

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On paper, J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” is one of those movies that should have crashed and burned. A reboot of a beloved franchise with young…

Sippin' Social: The Explorer visits Metropolitan Grill

Sippin' Social: The Explorer visits Metropolitan Grill

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Last week, staff from The Explorer stepped foot into the Metropolitan Grill, otherwise known as “America’s Kitchen,” located at 7892 N. Oracle…

“The List: A Musical”

“The List: A Musical”

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“The List: A Musical” had a great success both Friday and Saturday nights at the Fox Theatre.

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Marana celebrates 40 years since incorporation at annual State of the Town address

Marana celebrates 40 years since incorporation at annual State of the Town address

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Every year the Town of Marana and the Chamber of Commerce host a State of the Town luncheon to share with the community all that’s happening i…

Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

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Democracy can be messy and complicated. But in some circumstances—like right now in the Town of Oro Valley—democracy in action is a beautiful …

Didn’t we make a promise?

Didn’t we make a promise?

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Over the weekend many of us saw protests break out at most large-city airports, such as JFK in New York City and San Francisco. The protesters…

Building community: Maybe it does start at home

Building community: Maybe it does start at home

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My son is 15 years old, and everyday I think about how lucky I am to have such a unique child in my life who brings me joy. But like many pare…

Devil’s in the details: Living in reality with the Governor’s budget

Devil’s in the details: Living in reality with the Governor’s budget

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Governor Ducey’s new budget again shortchanges both students and teachers.  A report from Capitol Media Services on the 13th of this month, re…

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  • Town council hears from community on $17M bond plan

    Town council hears from community on $17M bond plan

    Last month the Oro Valley town council asked the community to make its opinions heard at the April 19 regular session, and weigh in on a potential, bond-funded improvement plan for Naranja Park. Answering the call were more than a dozen area residents, parents and athletes, each of whom offered a different perspective on the importance of the $17 million plan going forward.

  • MUSD preschool renamed for innovative teacher

    MUSD preschool renamed for innovative teacher

    Marana Unified School District’s Play and Learn (PAL) Center is undergoing a name change to honor a key member of the district. 

  • Gaslight Music Hall to host Up with People founders this summer for two show evening

    Gaslight Music Hall to host Up with People founders this summer for two show evening

    From its beginnings as a vehicle through which 1,000 college-aged youth could voice their ideas at a conference in the mid 1960s, Up with People has become an international education foundation working to bring people closer together through music and community service. With roots in the Tucson region, Up with People returns this summer with founding members Paul, Ralph and Steve Colwell and Herb Allen to play their famous tunes – all at The Gaslight Music Hall.

  • More stops and less tickets working in Marana

    More stops and less tickets working in Marana

    Those breaking traffic laws in Marana are more likely to get pulled over than they were five years ago, but are also less likely to get a ticket. It is part of the Marana Police Department’s goal to educate drivers instead of punishing them. 

  • Local business community benefits from refugees who arrive and thrive

    Local business community benefits from refugees who arrive and thrive

    When Hussein Haki and his family fled Iraq and came to Tucson in 2008 he needed a job. In Iraq he was an architectural engineer, but buildings and materials are different here, he claims. Now, he owns and runs local businesses Babylon Market and Kebab King. 

  • United Healthcare is jeopardizing  its members’ access to local healthcare services of Northwest Healthcare

    United Healthcare is jeopardizing its members’ access to local healthcare services of Northwest Healthcare

    Local residents with United Healthcare health insurance should be concerned. Your access to high-quality healthcare services at Northwest Healthcare is at risk.

  • Families working to raise funds to fight blood cancer

    Families working to raise funds to fight blood cancer

    When Jude Anderson recently celebrated his fifth birthday, he was surrounded by aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and other family members. To ring in the occasion, the party enjoyed a taco bar (Jude’s choice), two cakes, a piñata and some quality time playing with Legos. Caught up in the excitement, the man of the hour chattered away with his friends, ate what he calls “Dragon Tacos” and made his rounds collecting candy.

  • Marana 2340 Foundation making a difference

    Marana 2340 Foundation making a difference

    From the first day students in the Marana School District step into their kindergarten classrooms until the day they toss their caps in the air for graduation, a student will spend 2,340 days in school. 

  • Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

    Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

    Democracy can be messy and complicated. But in some circumstances—like right now in the Town of Oro Valley—democracy in action is a beautiful thing. Boiled down to its simplest components, it looks like this:

  • Congressman Tom O’Halleran talks Obamacare, internet privacy and immigration

    Congressman Tom O’Halleran talks Obamacare, internet privacy and immigration

    Congressman Tom O’Halleran is in his first term representing Congressional District 1, which includes Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Flagstaff and much of eastern rural Arizona. He recently appeared for a one-on-one interview on the televised edition of Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel. This Q&A is an edited excerpt from that conversation.