Off the Soundtrack

Musical Theatre of Anthem stages non-musical The Giver   By Kenneth LaFave For most of the year, Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is exactly what its name indicates: a company devoted to producing shows such as Cats and Les Misérables. The MTA opened its 2018-19 season with Footloose, and will close it with Sweeney Todd. But for a sliver of days between November 29 and December 2, it will drop the music ...

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Glow City

Illumination: Symphony of Light returns bigger and brighter By Lauren Wise   To date, 96 Guinness World Records have been set in Arizona. They include some odd but awesome accolades: largest cornhole shot (110 feet, set in Cottonwood in 2015); fastest speed barefoot water skiing (135.74 mph, set in Chandler in 1989); most Caesar salads made in one hour (108, set at Yuma Territorial Prison in 2010); and ...

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Post-Turkey Plans

Five fab activities to stave off boredom and burn calories By Shelley Sakala   The plates are cleared, the dishes are washed and the leftovers are loaded into the fridge. You’re sitting around with family and friends, with the top button of your jeans unsnapped (to ease digestion) as you fight off the effects of the tryptophan. Another Thanksgiving dinner is in the books. With the final few minutes of ...

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Day of Heroes

The Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade returns for its 14th year By Niki D’Andrea   When board members for the Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade met at Amped Coffee Company in Anthem the first Saturday in September, the java wasn’t the only thing creating a buzz. The parade and post-parade picnic, taking place on Saturday, November 3, created a lively discussion: How many golf carts can we get? Has the milita ...

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The Meaning of Veterans Day

By Judge Gerald A. Williams   What we now know as Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it as such in 1919 after World War I had ended the year before on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m.).  Years later, a World War II veteran organized a parade to honor all veterans, and eventually, Congress ch ...

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Room with a Vision

Local Girl Scout turned Navy Seaman honors veterans with Gold Award project By Grace Flemer   Books and boats are a huge part of Tanner Laizure’s life. Laizure, a recent graduate of Cactus Shadows High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award from the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council for creating a teen room full of books and other media at an apartment complex that gives priority to veterans. T ...

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Bring It Home, Jags!

Boulder Creek’s homecoming week instills school pride Story and photos by Emma Suttell   Hailing in the fall season, Boulder Creek High School also welcomed homecoming week with the theme of “The Greatest Homecoming,” inspired by the movie-musical The Greatest Showman. Homecoming is organized by Boulder Creek’s Student Government, a select group of student leaders who organize several events at the sch ...

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Community News

Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce opens office at Anthem Corporate Center The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of its office co-op and visitor information center at the Anthem Corporate Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 25. Festivities included music, food and beverages, catering by Merrill Gardens at Anthem, and of course, business networking. Located at 3715 W. Anthem Way, t ...

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Kilstrom was here

Anthem original retires from football announcing By Garrison Murphy   For Anthem original resident Eric Kilstrom, community involvement is a way of life.  One of his favorite methods of involvement has been announcing football games at Boulder Creek High School. He has been doing this for 12 years and this is his final season.  “I love it, I love the kids,” Kilstrom says. “But my son is a senior and he ...

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“Boo-Tox”

And other spooktacular skin care treatments By Elizabeth Hausman   It is that time of year again when the days are getting shorter, the smell of fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner. In celebration of the ghost and ghoul season, let’s look at some frightening-sounding but highly effective skin care treatments. Although relaxing “fluff” facials still have a place in the aesthetic ...

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